Skaha Matters September 2020

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Skaha Matters

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This has been a very challenging last 6 months globally, due to the pandemic. With our businesses and schools shut down in the spring, to re-opening slowly, to wildfire season, to a new type of back to school ... What’s next? Not sure what to say other than, “Worrying is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere”. We know Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher that change is the only constant, so go Okanagan Matters Publications with the flow and keep your stress low. While COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, hopefully our daily routines following the latest health protocols are becoming second nature. From the dentist to the doctor, Walmart to Superstore, and now riding the bus, anywhere you can’t keep 2 metres apart, you’ll need to wear a facemask. Let’s all do our part to ensure our schools and businesses stay open. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications 250.490.6951 Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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From The Hill

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By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay Bill Morneau resigned as Minister of Finance on August 17, 2020. I enjoyed my interactions with the former minister - he was approachable and often crossed the aisle to chat with me when I had a question or comment on financial issues affecting my constituents. Rumour has it that he was at odds with the rest of the cabinet when it came to the overall course of pandemic recovery, with Morneau recommending caution and others wanting to seize the moment and bring in more meaningful changes to support Canadians and the development of a fairer, greener economy. If that’s the case, perhaps it is for the best that he has stepped down, since we are at a critical time in pandemic planning in many ways. But there are immediate issues that make this change of Finance Ministers badly timed. In the next two weeks, we are facing the end of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This is a huge issue that will affect millions of unemployed Canadians. The government plans to shift people off CERB and back on to Employment Insurance, but that will leave 60 percent of unemployed Canadians without any supports. These self-employed Canadians, many working in the “gig economy”, are ineligible for EI and have always led a precarious financial existence that was hit hard by the pandemic. We hear of rumoured plans to create a parallel program to help these workers, but details have not been presented. This is why it is concerning that the Minister of Finance has resigned at this critical moment. We have only days to make these changes and millions of Canadians have not heard concrete plans from the government on how they will be able to pay the rent or put food on their tables.

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On top of this, the government apparently plans to prorogue parliament for a “summer reset.” While some of these CERB/EI changes might be able to be made through changes to regulations, it would be better to have legislation brought before the House of Commons, as has been happening all spring and summer for COVID-related changes. For instance, we recently debated and passed legislation that, among other things, provided long-overdue supports for people with disabilities. We could do this again for legislation needed to protect and support unemployed Canadians, yet the government seems to be leaving this to the last moment and with prorogation may miss the chance entirely. The NDP believes this is the moment to make consequential changes to our social support systems and efforts to tackle climate change. The pandemic has exposed serious weaknesses in both these broad issues. The failings of EI have prompted serious conversations on all sides of the political spectrum about a guaranteed annual income. Such a program would ensure that Canadians would not live below the poverty line, whether or not they qualified for EI or any other government supports. My colleague Leah Gazan, MP for Winnipeg Centre, has put forward a motion to create a guaranteed annual income program in Canada, and my colleague Peter Julian, the MP for New WestminsterBurnaby, has tabled a motion for a Green New Deal in Canada. I have joined many other MPs in supporting their efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it challenging for all of us to get together to discuss important issues. I planned my annual “Ride the Riding” event from August 24-30 and made sure that the cafes and restaurants scheduled for meetings had outdoor spaces where we could keep our proper distance. I welcomed cyclists to join me on the trails as well. I trust you were able to join me. If you have any questions or concerns, please email richard. or phone 250-770-4480 in Penticton.

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The volume of visitors we are experiencing is a mixed blessing for the entire Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen. Our Tourism Industry desperately needs the numbers of visitors that are here just to continue to survive as businesses, and also, to continue to employ the large numbers of local people who depend on those jobs. With the extra visitors around, I have made it a habit to wear a mask whenever I am inside where there are people not in my bubble, and I continue to social distance where possible and wash my hands.

whether there will be only one day, or two days,or five days a week, that kids will be in school. The Minister of Education is now leaving all the decisions up to each individual school district to come up with a plan, and I am sure no two districts will be the same. The BC Government continues to hide behind Dr. Henry to make all the decisions as it relates to every aspect of our economic recovery, while in every other Province the elected government is taking responsibility and putting out concrete plans to move forward to reboot their economies. And, daycare is still an issue for many And yet, we are all concerned at the rising numbers of Covid-19 parents trying to get back to work. It will be a difficult and uncertain cases and the impact another lock down would have on our September, not just for the parents, but also for our hard working economy and our mental health. It is extremely unfortunate that school trustees, teachers, school district staff and all the people our population under the age of 40 does not understand the who work inside our school system. Please be patient. seriousness of this virus. This group is used to socializing in larger numbers with many people who are not close friends, but Another aspect of concern for this Riding is staffing our Ski Resorts are part of a larger collective, that meet at bars and other social this winter. Big White normally hires 1200 workers for the season, gathering places as part of their normal lifestyle. I think we all many who normally come from Australia and New Zealand and can understand the difficulty in changing these patterns, but it with the resurgence of Covid-19 “down under” this is another very is extremely important to the health of our entire community that serious economic issue facing our communities. Apex and Mt everyone make an effort to social distance and follow all the health Baldy, as well as numerous other ski hills around our Province, are also caught in this situation - where are the employees going guidelines. to come from this winter? The Legislature completed a six week hybrid sitting on August 14th with the Premiers Estimates, which is really an opportunity Over the next few weeks, I will be on the road in my Riding trying to for the Leader of the Opposition catch up with communities on issues that have had to take a back to question the Premier directly seat to Covid-19 for the last 6 months. UBCM is traditionally held on issues of concern to all British the last two weeks in September, but like most organizations, the Columbians. There are always Executive will be working on plans to help Municipal and Regional lots of questions and traditionally Governments connect to the Ministries with their concerns. It will not a lot of answers, this year be virtual and unfortunately will not have the same success rate on was no different. Topics such resolving issues as meeting face to face has done in the past. We as an Economic Recovery Plan will all make the best of it. (which other Provinces have, My office is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and but BC doesn’t), the escalating Thursday from 10-2. If you cannot connect with us during that Opiod crisis, the warehousing of time, please phone 250-498-5122 and we will return your call and the homeless in motels without arrange a face to face meeting if necessary. supports that is destroying the surrounding businesses, the costs of strata and ICBC insurance, and the uncertainty of just what school is going to look like for the fall, just to name a few. I have a daughter who is trying to work and yet has two young children who need an education also. How do parents hold down a job when they have no idea of | September 2020 | Page 5


Welcome to September. I am writing this on August 24, 2020. COVID-19 continues to be a prime concern for all of us. Tourist season is ending. It’s time for back to school. Flu season is coming. It is important that we do our best in following advice and recommendations of our provincial Ron Obirek health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Director of Wearing masks, washing hands, and RDOS Area ‘D’ physical distancing are Important safety actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On Tuesday, August 18, our community was significantly affected by the Christy Mountain fire. My family was one of the 319 homes impacted by the evacuation order. At approximately 2:30 pm on August 18, I received my first phone communication about the fire from a neighbour. I was at home working at my desk. I went outside and saw the smoke rising from somewhere up the mountain. I called the Okanagan Falls Fire Department and spoke with Fire Chief Rob Oliver. He advised that his crew were already deployed. He advised that he understood air and ground support from BC wildfire were also en route. I spoke with neighbours and we watched the flames up higher on the side of the mountain. I drove up to the top of Christy Mountain Lane and spoke with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department members on site. They were already going door-to-door advising occupants to be ready for evacuation. As a community, we watched as aircraft arrived and dropped water buckets from helicopters and the red fire suppressant from planes. Police and search and rescue personnel quickly set up roadblocks and took action protecting the community and advising that we were on an evacuation alert and that an evacuation order was likely. Soon after the evacuation order came and I watched as neighbour after neighbour drove by; many sharing words with me as they left. Many neighbours were in the streets talking and sharing thoughts, as they quickly took action packing to leave our homes. My wife and sons quickly came home from work and we all packed swiftly to leave our home. Having watched excellent fire response in our region in the last 10 years, including the response to the McLean Creek fire in 2013 and the equally excellent response to the Kaleden fire on July 4, 2017, I was optimistic that our evacuation would be temporary and success would be quickly achieved. I watched a very efficient, orderly, and calm exit by the community and at the same time, the arrival of more search and rescue personnel and police. Eastside Road was blocked to other traffic, as the community was evacuated. My wife, our children, and I stayed with family in Penticton after registering at the Evacuation Centre on Ellis Street. While at the Centre, I saw community members physically distancing and most wearing facemasks waiting in line to register. Volunteers and staff at the Evacuation Centre asked for as many as possible to register using phones online, while others registered in the heat inside. By 7 pm, the fire was growing rapidly and an evacuation alert soon came for approximately 3600 properties in Penticton. Like most people who were in Penticton and looking south, I could see the smoke increasing and the glow of the fire as it came over the hills and mountains towards Penticton. I drove to Kaleden, where I watched the wind change to the south and the fire began to move more aggressively towards our neighbourhood. I watched from across the lake as flames 40 or 50 feet high or higher leapt down the mountain slowly ever closer to my neighbour’s homes. I watched as more emergency vehicles arrived from the south and

then from the north throughout the evening. I was horrified, as I watched the fire slowly cascade down the mountain side towards our homes and by 11 pm it was obvious that the fire had reached the edge of our community. I was terrified that homes would be lost and came to the realization that my home and my neighbours homes might not survive the night. I left at 1 am not knowing what would happen, but knowing it did not look very good. I did not sleep well and was up early and back at Pioneer Park In Kaleden By 6 am, I was comforted to see the vast majority of the homes looked okay. At the same moment, I could see fires adjacent to homes. I was first afraid and then thrilled as I watched the fire truck lights flashing in front of homes, while flames were evident in the backyards and then a helicopter with a bucket doused the flames perfectly all in a matter of moments. I watched for more than four hours, as helicopters repeated this pattern countless times around the perimeter of the community dousing flames after flames after flames. Later that day, I learned that more than 85 firefighters from our own fire department and neighbouring fire departments had arrived through the night, working hard and together they saved every single one of the 319 homes, but for one. Help came from as far away as Armstrong and Coldstream. I understand Keremeos, Kaleden, Anarchist, Penticton, Oliver, Summerland and Naramata Fire Departments all sent help. The local water utility had staff in the community making sure the water pumps kept working through the night. The community did not have sufficient water to fight the fire and water was brought in from neighbouring Skaha Estates and Penticton. Some of my neighbours have home security cameras and told me that they watched during the night, as four, five or six firefighters were visible in their yards fighting embers and burning branches and setting up water hoses, spraying strategically to protect our homes. By Wednesday night, the change was dramatic. On Tuesday night, the mountain above our neighbourhood was roaring with bright fire ranging in colour from a light hot yellow colour to a magnificent hot red orange. Flames were visible across the lake reaching 50 or 60 feet high, as Ponderosa pine trees candled. By Wednesday night, the same mountain side was mostly dark with hundreds of tiny fires sprinkled like twinkle lights all through the region. The fire response continued through Thursday and Friday. As days went by, more helicopters and resources arrived and continued to fight the fire with a shifting of our focus to protect Penticton from the risk of the fire heading north and west. Very severe winds on Friday, August 21 caused a fright, as the risk of an evacuation order being necessary for Penticton increased. Over the weekend, the actions taken by so many firefighters and air and ground crews proved successful in helping to protect our communities from the fire. As of the time I am writing this article, we have been notified that steps are being taken for the safe re-entry to our community. I have thanked chief Rob Oliver of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department and have asked him to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all his members and all others on our behalf. I have done likewise at the RDOS board meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2020 asking other Directors to pass on our gratitude to their Fire Departments. On Friday, August 21, 2020 at 7:30 am, I saw a red fire truck at a local gas station getting fuel and the firefighters were cleaning the fire truck windows. The truck was from Armstrong. I stopped and thanked the four firefighters for their coming to our aid. They responded that they were glad to be of service and assistance. And then, they asked me to pass on their thanks and appreciation to our community for what they called a job well done in FireSmarting. They explained that they could tell many efforts were made in this regard and that it really made their job easier in protecting our homes. I have passed these comments on to the community association that has done a lot of work in the FireSmarting of our community over the past 10 years. I also know

that many other local communities from Anarchist to Kaleden and West Bench and Naramata and others have taken steps in this regard. Mitigation efforts like FireSmarting are low cost and high value. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff and firefighters and search and rescue personnel and police and BC wildfire and media and the community members for all the help and efforts that resulted in a tremendous success saving countless homes. It is humbling to receive so much help from so many. And last but not least, a special thank you again to the Okanagan Falls Fire Department and Chief Rob Oliver for all the good work and service. “Coffee with the Director” meeting at Christie Memorial Park on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 9 am. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket and your own coffee. I ask all to be respectful of physical distancing and safety protocols. See you there! Yours Truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Rini Van Uden At the time of submitting this article, we were in the midst of a grassfire/wildfire incident at Christie Mountain by Heritage Hills. We would like to thank the following for their support and assistance on this fire: Kaleden, Oliver, Willowbrook, Naramata, Summerland, Anarchist, Penticton, Peachland, Kelowna, Vernon, and Keremeos Fire Departments; Search & Rescue; Ambulance; RCMP; Bombers and Helicopter Air support; Forestry Services; along with private individuals with their equipment and tender services. Thanks for the donations of water, fruit and food from Okanagan Falls residents - very much appreciated. Thanks to the Emergency Support Services personnel for their care and support for the evacuated homeowners of the affected areas. I trust that no one was missed, and if that did happen, our apologies to you and a grateful THANK YOU for your help. Again, THANK YOU ALL from Okanagan Falls Fire Department and I’m sure that 100% from the residents of Okanagan Falls and surrounding area THANK YOU as well.

AGM ~ As long as Dr. Bonnie Henry doesn’t take us back a stage or two, and the Seniors Centre remains available to us, we are still planning on holding our AGM in a couple of weeks. The date is Tuesday, September 15th at 6 pm at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. Just a reminder ... It’s an open meeting, but only registered property owners are eligible to vote or speak at the meeting. If things go south with Covid-19, one way or another we will figure something out. It could end up being a Zoom-athon. We ask that those who plan to attend our AGM to please pre-register. Master Plan ~ We have contracted with our engineers to create a Master Plan for the future development of the Irrigation District. The general objective is to make recommendations for our system to meet future demands. The Master Plan will be a road map to identify where we need to focus, improve and plan for the future We are trying to use the best technology and expertise available to ensure that we are on the right track in terms of projects, repairs, and how we plan for the future. More to come. I’ll keep you posted. Our Cemetery ~ It’s a good bet that most folks in Okanagan Falls don’t know that the cemetery is owned and maintained by the Irrigation District. It goes back to the early days when Okanagan Falls was starting out. The Irrigation District was the first elected body and became responsible for not just our water, but Centennial Park, some street lighting, and the cemetery. Over time our cemetery has not kept up to standards that we would like to see. Cemetery upgrades are a major undertaking. We thought it time to bring in some experts to bring our cemetery up to modern standards. It will be a big job, but we owe it to our ratepayers both past and present. Kim ~ Time flies by when your having fun, or maybe when your just trying to hang on for the ride. September marks the first anniversary when Kim Kirkham joined the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. Kim was parachuted into the office with few resources. No training manual. No trainer. Despite her initial roadblocks, she has managed to use her past experience, contacts, and smarts, and overcome many hurdles only to make us better. We’ve come Every second Sunday of September is Firefighters National a long way this past year. Good job Kim. We’re lucky to have you. Memorial Day. Since 1848, over 1,300 firefighters have fallen. Water We Thinking ~ Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. If your interested in joining our Fire Department, we’re Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. ~ Unknown holding interviews at the end of September, please get your applications in ASAP. Applications can be picked up Office Hours: Tue/Wed/Thu from 9:30-4:30 Wednesdays 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. 1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls

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By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Hey, Where Did My Water Go? At 1:30 pm on July 25th, a main control valve in the KID pumphouse failed in a 90% closed position, resulting in reduced flow rates of 3000 L/min. Kaleden residents were unaffected initially, as reservoir levels were at 85% capacity. However, the low supply flow resulted in reservoir drawdown, which in turn reduced water pressure in the upper areas of Kaleden. Although initially there were fears that repairs could take days, quick thinking by KID staff and contractors got the system back up and running by 8:30 pm. Additional repairs will have to be done, but can be deferred until irrigation season ends. Problems such as this also present opportunities for learning; in this particular case, KID is investigating ways to improve its public alert system. You can help us by providing KID with your email address and telephone number. Long-term Water Quality Trends ... At the Sewer Project Information Meeting held in Pioneer Park on August 15th, questions were asked regarding Kaleden’s water quality, and the impact that septic tank effluent might be having on it. The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Water Quality Database ( provides some perspective on these concerns. Transparency, Total Dissolved Nitrogen (TDN), and Total Dissolved Phosphorus (TDP) are three key criteria used as potential pollution indicators. These criteria have been monitored for Skaha Lake since the mid1970s, with separate stations at the north and south ends of the lake sampled since 1981. Here’s the skinny on the trends seen up to 2020: • Transparency (measured using a Secchi disk, which is lowered into the water until it can’t be seen) has increased significantly. From 3.0 m depth in 1980, both basins have shown a fairly steady increase up to 2020, and now average 6.0 m or more. This greater clarity suggests no significant introduction of nutrients along the shores of Skaha Lake. • TDN decreased from 0.35 mg/L in 1980, to 0.04 mg/L or less since 1990 in the north basin. The south basin has seen somewhat higher and more variable levels up to 0.05 mg/L, especially since 2010. As agricultural and residential landscaping activities are also potential sources of nitrogen along with septic tanks, this result is not unexpected. • TDP declined from 0.25 ug/L in 1978 to 0.15 ug/L or less since the mid-1990s, with no obvious difference between basins (0.15 ug/L was established as the target level for Skaha Lake). This indicates no significant phosphate inputs coming into the lake along the foreshores. Annual water quality samples from KID’s deepwater intake tell a similar story. Rest assured that the water delivered by KID to your taps meets or exceeds Drinking Water Standards! In the last 20 years of sampling, TDN has never exceeded 0.03 mg/L (the maximum acceptable TDN concentration in drinking water is 10 mg/L) and coliform bacteria - especially E. coli, a sure indicator of fecal contamination - has never been detected in the intake water (KID does not test for TDP). So bottom line (pun intended) is that a sewer system will not so much improve our current water quality as to help maintain it in the long term. Ratepayers are also reminded that KID is required by the Province to upgrade its water treatment system by 2025. While final costs for this remain uncertain, they will be an additional draw on our pocketbooks in the near future. Cross-Connection Inspections ... may be coming your way! KID is updating its cross-connection program and KID staff are contacting owners of agricultural properties, wineries, restaurants and other businesses to conduct cross-connection / backflow risk assessments. Questions? Contact KID.

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ I would like to thank all of our RDOS volunteer fire department members, who helped fight the Christie Mountain wildfire that impacted Area ‘D’ and City of Penticton residents. I’m grateful to all who assisted from RDOS EOC, Forestry, SARS to Alert, who all worked together to help residents mobilize Subrina Monteith and reach safety. This experience has Director of been a giant reminder of the high value RDOS Area ‘I’ of FireSmarting our community and the high value of keeping our community fire department. RDOS has had some technical challenges after a ransomware attempt on the internal server. The result is limited website operations and very little email accessibility by staff and none by directors. Please call me at 250-486-1346, if you have questions or wish to reach me. The Sewer Referendum has been pushed into Spring 2021, as the provincial ministry that oversees referendums won’t authorize a referendum with the current Covid situation. Please continue to visit the project website at for updates, as well as the Kaleden Community Facebook group. I have dropped off a copy of the project study for viewing at the Kaleden Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. Sickle Point has been put into a court sale, which has spurred a group of residents to form an ad hoc group. The group is looking at the community to purchase the land as a conservation park. So far $50,000 has been raised in pledges towards the purchase price and residents are asked to make pledges towards the purchase. Further community discussion will occur soon, as residents continue to not support development on Sickle Point and are adamant to keep it in community hands as conservation land. I have engaged staff in discussion on the purchase of the land, with the hopes of donors reducing the acquisition cost. To get involved or make a monetary pledge towards this project, contact myself or If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | | Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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Kaleden Community Association Update


By Glenda Livolsi

Grant Funding Program DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA? Connect Kaleden residents? Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Bring neighbours together?


The winners of the Kaleden Community Assocation Art Raffle are shown above. On left - Fran from Kaleden won the “Fall Through the Trees”. On right - Lindsay and her daughter from Kelowna won the “Sandhill Cranes”. Thank you to all who helped support our annual Art Raffle. Looking forward to next year’s Art Raffle!


Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.


Grant is open to all ages.


Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.


Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year.


Grant application may be submitted at anytime to or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0


Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.


All new website for all things Kaleden! Courtesy of the Kaleden Community Association

If you’re out for a walk on the corner of Lakehill and Linden, stop and have a look at the new “pollinator garden” that was planted by Ben Davidson. Ben is a local teenager from Kaleden and has a passion for bees. He successfully applied for the KCA grant funding and was able to establish a garden for our community to enjoy. Ben planted nine different self-seeding plants, including heather, lavender, and echinacea (see image above). A good pollinator garden should contain a diversity of local plants and Ben has already noticed bumble bees, sweat bees and mason bees happily enjoying their new garden. Be sure to stop by and see it. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via email to

September FireSmart By Linda Dahl

Annual Chipping Event ~ October 17th Join us on Saturday, October 17 from 10-3 at the Dogwood Site for our Annual Chipping Event. Bring all your chippable materials, plus separated grasses and shrubs! Watch for flyers and more information coming soon.

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department The Annual Recruitment Drive Is On NOW! Are you fit, committed, motivated, and have a desire to help your community? Extensive training provided and skills learned are through weekly training sessions. Must be over 19 and live in the Kaleden Fire Protection area. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

New water buckets (shown above) are now available at Pioneer Park for extinguishing pit fires. Please use these buckets to fully extinguish your fire. Too many fires have been left to smoulder and then re-ignite in the morning.

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To Sewer Or Not To Sewer ... By Bruce Shepherd ... That is the question! As a retired Fisheries Biologist, I would agree that a sewer system for Kaleden could provide long-term benefits in maintaining our water quality (our current water quality is good, and there is little evidence that septic tank leakage Neighbours Launch is degrading water quality in Skaha Lake - see the Kaleden The Kaleden Community Fund Irrigation District’s column in this issue of Skaha Matters for more Submitted Press Release details about this). But during my working career, it was also my A group of local volunteers recently launched the Kaleden experience that increasing density of humans had major impacts Community Fund, an affiliated fund of Community Foundation on lakeshore habitats. In this respect, the Love Your Lake program South Okanagan|Similkameen (CFSOS). The Kaleden Community ( just begun for Skaha Lake potentially offers Fund will support charities and programs for the communities of greater environmental benefits than sewering Kaleden would. Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Marron Valley and St. Andrews By-The- As a Kaleden resident since 1988, the Sewer Project concerns me in that it has the potential to significantly change the character of Lake. this community. If you refer to the 2016 Area ‘I’ Official Community “We believe the Kaleden Community Fund is an important tool that Plan, the door opens to densification of Kaleden if sewers come will keep our community thriving. The Fund is like our own savings to town. The current Low-Density Residential zoning (RS1) “may” account for the community and it will offer financial resiliency for then be increased to Medium-Density Residential zoning (RM1), the community of today and for our next generation,” explained which allows townhouses up to four-plexes. To allow for future Randy Cranston, member of the Kaleden Community Fund expansion of the system, the current sewer design has capacity Advisory Committee. for up to ten times the population of the initial service area. Will The Kaleden Community Fund (KCF) is a charitable endowment that extra capacity really be reserved for servicing other areas of fund where donations are pooled together and permanently Kaleden? I have no doubt that developers will be eagerly applying invested. The income generated from the capital flows back to the for zoning variances to bump up densities even higher than what community in the form of grants to eligible charities and activities. RM1 allows. “Together we can provide lasting support for the needs and A case in point. Buried on page 133 in the appendices of the priorities of our community,” said Eryn Wiedner, another member Preliminary Design Report for the sewer extension to Kaleden, of the KCF Advisory Committee. “We hope to inspire others who peak flow estimates include an “ultimate buildout” estimate of 400 love our community to ‘give where you live’ and make an impact “tent/trailer units” in the Ponderosa Point area. This is far larger with a donation to the Fund.” than the corresponding estimate of just 100 units forecast for the “The Kaleden Community Fund will support all charitable Banbury Point area, and it is hard to see how the current resort endeavours in the community,” Randy Cranston described at Ponderosa Point, containing 26 cottages, could accommodate the purpose. “We want to see vibrant arts and cultural events, such development. Has this high estimate been used to allow recreational activities flourishing, and expanded opportunities for for a hotel or other high-density development proposal for this property? Given that Ponderosa Avenue turns into a speedway our youngest and oldest people.” during the summer, I shudder to think what the traffic down Lakehill People who want to support the Kaleden Community Fund can and along Ponderosa Avenue would be like if this high density contact the Kaleden Community Association or CFSOS. The KCF came to pass ... accepts tax-deductible gifts of cash, cheque, RRSP, RRIF, TFSA; So, the devil can be in the details. I treasure Kaleden as a gifts of appreciated property, and gifts by will or trust. community renowned for its spirit of volunteerism, which built To learn more about the Kaleden Community Fund and to the amenities such as the Community Hall and Pioneer Park at support the work of the KCF advisory committee, visit www. little cost to taxpayers. Higher-density development might provide or contact CFSOS at 250-493-9311 or some housing opportunities for younger families, which Kaleden visit needs to maintain its strong community spirit. But I fear that such About the Kaleden Community Fund ~ The Kaleden Community developments are more likely to end up as summer vacation Fund is dedicated to the improvement and long-term viability of the homes for largely absentee owners, who will have less incentive community, including Twin Lakes, Marron Valley, and St. Andrews to volunteer and contribute to community spirit. By-The-Lake. A volunteer fund advisory committee actively works to increase charitable giving and award granting to local worthy causes and projects that address emerging needs and future opportunities in the community. Established in 2020, Kaleden Community Fund is an affiliated fund of Community Foundation South Okanagan|Similkameen (CFSOS). Contact Randy Cranston, Kaleden Community Fund, at or 250-497-6985. About CFSOS ~ Community Foundation South Okanagan| Similkameen unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build smart and caring communities. For information visit Contact Kim English, CFSOS Regional Community Development Officer, at, Cell: 250-486-2020 or Office: 250-493-9311. Page 10 | September 2020 |

To sum up: For me, densification trumps sewer, both in terms of environmental and community impacts. Without assurance of constraints placed on zoning densities if sewers come to Kaleden, I will be voting NO when the referendum is held.

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and demand money for fines or a warrant and threaten arrest for non payment. If you have a warrant for your arrest, the police can arrest you and either bring you before a Justice or Judge or Scams release you on a process to attend court on a later date. You don’t I have discussed scams before, but people continue to be taken pay the police for this and certainly not in gift cards, money orders, in by new variations of the various scams that have been around money transfers or bit coin. If you owe fines, they are paid to the for years. COVID-19 has given these con artists a new target rich court or government agent responsible for collecting same, not environment to operate in with more people relying on the internet the police and certainly not over the phone. The police are also to conduct their daily lives. Many things that we used to do in not a collection agency for anyone, including Revenue Canada, person, such as banking, shopping, education and even seeing a and don’t arrest you simply because you owe money. Anytime you doctor, are currently much easier to do online. This is all good, we receive an unsolicited request for immediate payment or there will just have to be aware and careful of what we are doing online and be dire consequences, chances are it is a scam. who we are doing it with. Before you send payment or personal information to anyone, take There are scams involving COVID-19 cures, personal protection some time to do your own research. If you become a victim of a equipment, hand sanitizers and even scammers that will help you scam, report it to your local police. As always, if you have concerns complete applications for government subsidy programs where or questions, you can contact me at 250-490-2374. they end up with the money and not you. If they can get enough personal information, they can even apply for benefits in your Stay Safe and Healthy! name that you don’t even know about or qualify for until Revenue Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Canada comes after you for the tax money or the money back. Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or No matter the variation or type of scam, they have one thing in common and that is to get you to part with your money, identification or both. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is and it is a scam. Once these scammers have your money, the chance of recovering the money is next to nothing. Currently, one of the popular scams making its rounds is where you receive a call from the local police advising that you or a loved one has warrants or outstanding fines, and unless you pay immediately, they will be sending an officer to arrest you. The caller is quite aggressive and they often have the local police phone number show up on call display to further legitimize the call. No Police Department in Canada is going to contact you

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update

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By Matt Taylor, President

I’m looking at the fire along Christie Mountain that led to evacuation of some 320 families in the Okanagan Falls community, while writing this. With the really great work of the fire fighters and emergency management professionals - a little luck, the right wind and a good rain won’t hurt either - this fire will be contained and everyone back at home when this gets read. Self-Serve Fruit Stand It’s submitted ... The Okanagan Falls ‘Economic Development Open 24 hours a day & 7 days a week! 598 East Side Rd & 6th Ave, Okanagan Falls & Recovery Strategic Plan’ was submitted the third week of August. It should be considered for acceptance by RDOS Board Freshly Harvested From The Farm of Directors in September. Completion of the Plan was contracted by the OFCA, and RDOS assisted (financially and expertise). The Plan can guide development and growth efforts by families, community and RDOS staff, over the next couple of years. It’ll also foster grant applications that benefit the community. Would your group, condo association or workplace want a brief overview of the report followed by discussion? We’ve already made several presentations and judging by the engaged discussions participants were very interested. Thanks to all the community members for contributions. Farm Fresh One action from the Plan is to update our “Welcome/Come Again” signage on Highway 97. The current signs have done a great job Fruit & for several decades. OFCA is working with the Area Director to Vegetables update them. Look for opportunities to comment on Facebook. Speaking of which, is there a Facebook / Social Media person ‘out Arriving Daily! there’ who’d like to support OFCA? Interested parties are invited to send an email to Enjoy Farm Direct Pricing For large orders of 20 lbs or more, call 250-809-5353. To close, Covid-19 challenged all of us this summer! That said, there’s been more family traffic through the parks than ever before and that has to be a good thing. So, looking ahead to Information Centre Update what will undoubtedly be one of the more challenging fall periods By Deb Morrow, in collective memory - with back to school and back to work as RDOS Economic Development Clerk summer and CERB come to an end in a time of Covid-19 ... may Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, the good work good things result in our September! of the Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA), and our incredible team of volunteers, the Okanagan Falls Visitor Membership Drive ~ We’ve just started now, to actively Information Centre was open 7 days a week for the first time this seek members - with memberships available to individuals past summer! After Labour Day weekend, we will be reducing our and small and large businesses. Before seeking community operating hours to 10 am - 3 pm from Tuesday through Friday and support through memberships, we wanted to complete the 10 am - 4 pm on Saturdays through Thanksgiving weekend. Economic Development and Recovery Plan, to demonstrate what we are about and what we want to achieve. A brochure The Visitor Information Centre assisted guests to our area looking describing this and letting you know how to become a member for biking and hiking trails, as well as fishing and camping spots. will be available in early September. As our local businesses adapted to Covid-19 protocols, locals and visitors alike were able to enjoy outdoor bistros, pizza, slower Accomplishments of the past 6 months - including the Plan paced wine tastings, and of course, Tickleberry’s kept delivering have been funded by directors, corporate donations and an tasty treats to everyone that stopped by. As usual, our splash park, RDOS grant. We welcome your support and membership! KVR trestle bridge and beaches were enjoyed by those wishing to So please watch for our brochure at your homes and cool off in Skaha Lake on those long hot summer days. businesses, and available at the RDOS office. Things have run smoothly in the centre, as we ensured that everyone was following the most up to date Provincial Health By Appointment Only recommendations and protocols for accessing local businesses, which is a high priority for staff and volunteers. We definitely saw an increase in outdoor information requests, likely due to Covid-19 and the desire to get outdoors and enjoy nature as much as possible after a spring of much isolation. A big thanks to Moriah, our summer student, along with our amazing volunteers - Mike, Karen, Linda, Lynn, Catherine and Sheila, who are committed to giving the best customer service and always leave a great impression on our visitors. Thank you! Please look for us and like us on Facebook: @visitokanaganfalls Page 12 | September 2020 | and Instagram: Okanagan Falls.


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By Bob Shanks Be sure to be prepared for the contest. Earn $500 for each of up to 4 new growth sites of the Short Rayed Alkali Aster (SRAA). Join us on Saturday, September 12th between 1-3 pm at Christie Memorial Beach and we will show you the plant you are looking to find elsewhere. The SRAA is most easily identified when it is in flower and this occurs in mid to late September. This is why we are inviting you come to Christie Memorial Beach on September 12th. The first 12 people to arrive will receive a free magnifying glass to help with identification of the SRAA. Why are we so interested in new growth sites of the SRAA? We want to remove the SRAA from the endangered species list. In order to remove the SRAA from protected status, we are required to find 10 or more locations of SRAA in Canada. If we are able to locate 10 or more sites of SRAA, we can apply to the appropriate government body to remove the status of endangered species for the SRAA. We only need to locate 3 more growth sites in Canada and we will have reached our goal. We want to ensure the SRAA has viable habitats as required, then we can reclaim Christie Memorial Beach. We hope to restore a fully usable and beautiful beach front recreation area for all the community to enjoy. Okanagan Falls Elementary School children will also be involved with the Save the Aster Save the Beach Society to help assist with caring for the SRAA. Please come out and find out how to identify SRAA, so you can begin your search for it and find a new growth site and earn $500 in the process. Please Note - The new growth site of SRAA will need to be verified by an accredited biologist.


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Recreation Update By Janet Black & Nancy Wigley “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Whitecaps FC Add Homegrown Goalkeeper Isaac Boehmer To First Team Submitted Press Release Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday, August 17th that the club has signed goalkeeper Isaac Boehmer from the Whitecaps FC Academy to an MLS Homegrown contract through 2020 with options to extend the contract for future seasons. “Isaac was with our first team in preseason and has worked hard to improve while developing in our academy system,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director and chief executive officer. “We are in a unique situation and this is a good opportunity for him to continue working with our first team and goalkeeper coach Youssef Dahha.” “This means everything to me,” added Boehmer. “I’m very thankful to all the people who have helped me along the way, especially my family. Starting at a young age with the ‘Caps, we drove five hours to training sessions on Friday nights and five hours back. I’m going to continue to work hard, grow as a player here in Vancouver and most importantly help the team.” Boehmer, 18, first entered the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System in the club’s Okanagan Academy Centre program while playing with Thompson Okanagan FC in the BC Soccer Premier League. The product of Okanagan Falls, BC was selected to join the ‘Caps MLS Academy in September of 2018. In two seasons playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league, Boehmer made 14 starts with the U-19 team. Earlier this year, he joined the Whitecaps FC Development Squad. Boehmer becomes the 23rd player from the Whitecaps FC Academy to sign an MLS Homegrown contract with the club. In his youth, Boehmer played with Pinnacles FC in the Okanagan. In February 2016, the young goalkeeper experienced a training stint in Germany with Bundesliga FC Schalke 04’s youth academy. Registration is open for the summer phase of regional Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System programs across Canada. For more information, visit Isaac Boehmer: • Pronunciation: BO-mare • Position: Goalkeeper • Height: 6-02 • Weight: 185 pounds • Date of Birth: November 20, 2001 in Penticton, BC • Hometown: Okanagan Falls, BC • Citizenship: Canada, Germany • Status: Homegrown, Domestic • Youth Club: Pinnacles FC • Last Club: Whitecaps FC Development Squad (‘20), WFC Academy (’18 - ’20)

As we come to the close of this most memorable of all summers, we offer up gratitude to the many instructors and community partners who supported Parks and Recreation in delivering programs and services. Since the onset of the pandemic, we were determined to support our many small contractors and instructors as they transitioned to our current reality. It has been inspiring to witness their responsiveness and commitment to community recreation. At risk of forgetting someone, we offer a Skaha Matters style “Flowers” to the following: • Marsha, Annette, Karla and Rosemary for leading our beautiful Fresh Air Yoga programs. • Wendy and John of Get Bent Yoga and Sparkle Dance. Check out the September offerings in Kenyon Park, which include dance, meditation and fitness. • Darcy and Nels and Glow SUP Adventures, offering socially distanced exercise ... It is so enjoyable out on the water! • Jackie of Get Jacked, keeping Kaleden fit and active. • James Chicalo with his HIIT classes ... Zoom On! • Elly’s water colour classes. • Barb with her Joyful Drums (PS - we now have a September date for Kaleden!) • Devonne and Water Waves Swim School. • Pickleball and Tennis Volunteers. • Summer Students - Shannon, Naomi and Ava. Gratitude and thankfulness to the community, for your patience and trust in the ever changing world of recreation programming, special events and facility management. We look forward to seeing you at the fall offerings - from goofy golf to salsa dancing, pumpkins to ninja’s, may we continue to stay connected, stay active, and stay safe.

“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.

SUP Socials On Skaha Lake Darcey Godfrey, in centre and owner of Glow SUP Adventures, hosted Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Socials on Skaha Lake in Okanagan Falls this summer. Locals and visitors alike could join together on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm or Sunday mornings at 8 am. They could bring Photo by Malibu Dream Photography their own board or rent one. Each session brought out like-minded people to exercise, while maintaining their social distance. What a great way to bring people together, while being Covid conscious, and build community spirit in the process. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to


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That’s A Place To Be… Regional Hub For Newcomers By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services There is a surprising place on Ellis Street in Penticton. If you are new to the area, you may not know it. It is a small centre of a multitude of cultures, languages, stories and smiles. It is the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS). If you are new to Canada, that’s a place to be. SOICS is hub for free services for all immigrant newcomers to the region; employment and settlement supports, English language classes, computer classes, community connections, and much more. One of its newest programs is the “OneWorld Youth Crew”, which is a volunteer-based project for young leaders to design and implement art and media initiatives focused on creating inclusive and welcoming communities in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. The organization also leads a partnership table (Local Immigration Partnership) that includes mayors, councilors, businesses, health and education organizations, community agencies and newcomers to develop a strategy for successful newcomer integration. Of course, you will not want to miss a celebration of diversity of our community - “OneWorld Festival” held annually in February. Notwithstanding its 40 years of experience, this non-profit organization is constantly developing thanks to the support by the community. If you want to share your experience and support your new neighbours, that’s a place to be.

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Your Gut Health Is Key To Your Overall Health By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Research is growing rapidly in Gastrointestinal (GI or gut) health and uncovering some insights into how this part of the human body is responsible for so many health problems. What we know definitively is that a healthy gut is a major predictor of wellness and an unhealthy gut a major predictor of disease. The rich microbiome, mainly in the large intestine, is comprised of many different microbes which are extremely health promoting, when properly balanced. A healthy microbiome contains in the range of 100 trillion microbes, which is at least 10 times more than our own human cells. This is our “top-soil” and it maintains our vitality and health. As every organic farmer knows, the health of the plants and animals depends on the health of the soil. And, so it is with people. We cannot grow healthy cells and tissues without a healthy microbiome. When an abundance of health-giving microbes lines our gut mucus membranes, as well as all the other protective membranes in our body (such as our respiratory tract), they maintain not only healthy digestion and absorption of vital nutrients, but also a highly functioning immune system, brain, and organ system. The gut mucus membrane, if stretched out flat, is the size of two tennis courts and acts as a filter between us and the outside world. It is our main area of interaction with our environment and distinguishes that which is friendly to us from that which is harmful. Utilizing a complex system of immune, hormonal, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms, our gut lining protects us from harmful invaders and allows us to be nourished by friendly nutrients. This filter is largely maintained by our microbiome. When the microbiome is out of balance, leaky gut can occur which is like having holes in the filter. The barrier breaks down and the system of discerning good from bad begins to fail. This leakiness leads to inflammation, which is the root cause of most chronic illnesses (which account for 75% of health care costs). Estimates are that illness is at least 80% environmentally caused and at the most, 20% genetically induced.

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Stark examples of these changes we have made as a society are: • An increase in prescription antibiotics (which kill the healthy microbiome). • An increase in pesticide use in farming (these also kill the healthy microbiome). • An increase in highly processed food intake and a decrease in the consumption of fiber. • A decrease in real food intake, which is full of health-giving nutrients. • A decrease in naturally fermented foods, which are rich in healthy bacteria. • An increase in GMO food which is designed to be sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup), which is a chemical proven to So, what is causing such havoc in our guts to lead to skyrocketing cause leaky gut and destroy the microbiome. rates of chronic illness? Chronic disease such as illnesses of the A change in childbirth and child rearing practices with more heart and circulation; of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease, • C-Sections and less breast feeding. Plus, the decline of real Parkinson’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety; digestive food in children’s diets. disturbances; metabolic disorders like diabetes, thyroid disorders, and obesity; arthritic and pain conditions; as well as chronic Getting to the cause of ill health is the first step in moving fatigue syndrome and autoimmune conditions. Yes, these are towards wellness, vitality, and becoming the healthiest version of all inflammatory conditions, caused, or at least made worse, by yourself. We should not accept the notion that our bodies are gut issues. The underlying causes seem mainly to be linked to just falling apart. Research and common sense tell us that this dysbiosis and leaky gut. But what is causing that? The answer is not the normal course of our lives. We can, and should, be lies in the changes we have made over the past few decades in vital and healthy for our entire lives. With an understanding of the way we eat, the medicine we take, or lifestyle habits, and the underlying mechanisms that can disrupt optimal health, and by level of toxins we are taking in. These things can all upset our adopting a preventive, wellness approach to daily living, lifelong microbiome and lead to leaky gut and immune imbalances. wellness is very possible. Proven nutritional strategies have been developed to reverse the damage caused by this imbalance and to Farm Stand Open ~ July to October Master enhance a healthy, life promoting microbiome. For guidance, see Open Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 4-6pmStylist a Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Tamara Browne can be reached at Oyster Mushrooms, Squashes, Corns, Tomatoes, Potatoes, etc. 250-497-6681 or online at 1644 Highway 97 S, Okanagan Falls | September 2020 | Page 17

BATS In Our Midst * Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society Did you know that bats consume noxious pests (mosquitoes), agricultural pests and forest pests, and that bat guano is an excellent fertilizer (collected by placing a screen under bat houses)? Bats are fascinating and provide a learning environment, especially for children. Bats can live more than 30 years! They usually only have a single pup at a time. Most colonies in buildings are maternity colonies, used year-after-year. The Okanagan Valley is well-known for its diverse habitats. Is it any surprise that the Okanagan Valley has more species of bats living here than anywhere else in Canada? Bats that are commonly seen at night and found roosting in and around buildings are the Little Brown Bat and Yuma Bat. The Okanagan and Similkameen region is also home to many unique bats that are at risk, due to loss of habitat and lack of suitable spots for winter hibernation and summer maternal colonies.

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Building bat houses mitigates the loss of natural roosting habitat. The large Pallid Bat hunts over grasslands below the rugged cliffs where it roosts. The beautiful black-and-white Spotted Bat is the only bat whose echolocation calls can be heard by humans. The Townsend’s Big-eared Bat has ears half the size of its body and roosts in caves, mines and buildings. Half the bat species in BC are considered species at risk. With their important role in controlling nocturnal insect populations and cycling nutrients from wetlands to forests, bats are a critical part of our ecosystems. House cats are the main cause of bat deaths reported to the BC Community Bat Program. Outdoor cats are exposed to various wildlife diseases including rabies. Reduce needless bat deaths and keep your cats safe by keeping them indoors or building an outdoor cat run. You can learn more from Habitat loss is also reducing bat populations. Bats require summer roosting habitat (such as large trees, caves, or cliffs), winter hibernation sites, and a good source of insects (like wetlands), all of which are impacted by human activities. Human persecution, extermination and pesticides also reduce bat populations. Bat species that rely entirely on natural roosts, such as older trees, caves or rock crevices, may permanently lose habitat when an area is developed for housing, industry, and roads. Page 18 | September 2020 |

Bats find their food and drinking water in wetlands, ponds, channels, and rivers. Areas where bats hunt for food may be eliminated or degraded as a result of draining wetlands, diverting waterways, eliminating ephemeral wet areas or reducing insect productivity as a result of toxic run-off from industry, orchards and vineyards, or high rates of sedimentation. Bats are highly sensitive to contaminants, because of their high metabolic rates and small body size. Bats may move great distances across the landscape from their summer day-roosts to their nightly foraging areas. Slow flying Townsend’s Big-eared bats were found to move up to 4 km from a barn to food sources. High, fast-flying species such as silverhaired bats and hoary bats may cover 20 km or more (one-way) away from their day roost on a given night, with most species returning by morning back to the same or a nearby roost. Bats need three things: food (insects), clean water and a safe roosting spot. By offering any of these things, you are creating bat habitat. Even small ponds created as a part of landscaping plans can provide an important source of drinking water, especially during summer in the drier parts of the province. If your property has rock faces or rock outcrops, or tall rock walls, these features can provide excellent bat habitat. Deciduous trees are important to bats not only as potential roost habitat, but also because of their role in production of invertebrate prey for bats. Generally, bats prefer tall, old, dead, large diameter trees with peeling bark, cracks and crevices. By helping our bats thrive, you are reducing noxious pests (mosquitoes), agricultural pests and forest pests, and increasing availability of bat guano for fertilizer! If you see a dead bat or have bats roosting on your property, in a barn, attic, or under the siding, contact the Okanagan Bat Program at 855-922-2287 x 13 or email * Excerpted from

Notes From The Beehive By Ben Davidson, Local Beekeeper Did you know that pollinators are responsible for 35% of the world’s food production and, amazingly, British Columbia has close to double the amount of bee varieties than the rest of Canada combined? This causes bees to be an important local issue with global implications. So, what can we do to help? Planting flowers that attract bees will provide much needed food for pollinators near you, and can require very little space. To help all the different varieties of bees (and other pollinators) make the most out of their active months, it’s best to have flowers that bloom at different times of the year. If you are unsure of what to plant or want to enhance your garden with flowers to attract bees, here is a list of plants that are recommended for bees: Lupine, Lavender, Borage (Star Flower), Cranesbills, Bigroot Geranuim, Hyssop, Phacelia, Catmint, Fuschia, Butterfly Weed, Garlic, Chives, Onion, Bee Balm, Coneflowers, Sweet Clovers, Scabious Pincushion Flower, Golden Rod, Eryngium, Sea, Holly, Snapdragon, Fleabane, Spider Flower, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Foxglove, Artichoke, Hollyhocks, Verbena, Black-eyed Susan, Sunflower, Veronica, Lavatera, Cornflower, Poppy, Sage, Salvia and Heather.

Backyard Nature By Michel Destimauville

We are now at an ideal time to be out by the pond, comfortably away from the air conditioner as the summer heat wave begins to recede. Pond owners are more likely to spend time outdoors, relaxing to the sound of moving water or watching meandering fish. There is a lot of scientific evidence pointing to the many advantages of spending time in Nature. The list is long and some of these include boosting your energy and immune systems, improving The best part is that these flowers will not only add beauty to your your vision, mitigation of physical pain, enhanced creativity, stress garden, but they will provide lots of forage for the wide variety reduction and a free daily dose of Vitamin D. I surely do not reap of pollinators that BC is so fortunate to have. Bees play a vital those same benefits from watching Netflix or even a hockey game roll in pollinating our orchard fruit and other crops in BC such as (without fans) in the Summer. blueberries and strawberries. Water features are certainly not the only draw that will get you Stay tuned for more information about bees coming in future out of the house, but they have the one big advantage of being so close and accessible. You don’t even need footwear! They issues of Skaha Matters. amalgamate a host natural elements in the intimate space of your own yard. From invisible microbes that purify the water, creepy crawly bugs that make the pond teem with life, finned fishes looking for food, feathered friends landing for a bath, four-legged creatures wandering in for a drink and the two-legged taking it all in. I forgot to mention that some of the visitors may not be so friendly (to your fish), but in my eyes that only adds an element of reality to the ecosystem. If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard and you do not yet have a water feature, consider incorporating some form of water into your landscape. It might change your life! Above - Honey bees found in Ben’s garden. L - On Lavender. R - On Milkweed.

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Agriculture Land Commission Refuses Application For Trailer Park At Vaseux By Norm Gaumont, Chair Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association is pleased to report that the application to exclude 1.2 ha from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) for the development of a 35 pad trailer park on Vaseux Lake has been turned down by the Agriculture Land Commission (ALC) as of August 19, 2020. The Association would like to thank the outpouring of support from those members of the public who signed the petition to stop the development. We received just over 14,600 signatures on the online petition, which helped send a strong message to the ALC of the community’s concerns. For more information, please email the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association at

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Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 2 - 6 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Okanagan Regional Library has opened most of its library branches for “Browse & Borrow” service to the public. Patrons can now enter the libraries and browse the library’s collection of books, DVD’s, CD’s and more. The library staff are looking forward to seeing everyone back in the branches. Please remember to use the Outside Book Drop when returning your library items, as these items are quarantined for 72 hours. The BC Summer Reading Club this year has gone virtual with over 165,000 reading entries as of August 2nd. Stay tuned for the BC SRC winners to be announced in next month’s Skaha Matters issue. Fall Storytime will also be online. Check with your local branch for times ... even a PJ Storytime is being offered on Tuesday evenings. The Okanagan Regional Library was established in 1936 and is the 16th largest library system in Canada. It serves over 400,000 residents through the 31 branches and covers 59,600 square kilometers of some of the most beautiful parts of BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan Wine area.

Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Magic Of Dogs Submitted Press Release A local Okanagan Falls author, C.H. (Cecilia) MacDonald, has had her poem “Everyday Joy” included in a new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs. How do dogs do it? They somehow magically brighten our days, act as our therapists, and become our best friends - without saying a word. And, during the COVID-19 pandemic, they rose to the occasion and transformed that stay-at-home experience. This new book will have dog lovers laughing, tearing up, and nodding their heads in recognition as they dive into 101 heartwarming and often hilarious stories about all the ways in which dogs enrich our lives, become part of our families, and make us better people.

“Everyday Joy” by C.H. MacDonald To chase a ball across the room To sleep in sunshine ‘til high noon To lick the face of all my friends To romp and play ‘til daytime ends To eat the scraps upon the floor To bark at people at the door To run as fast as ever I can To lie beneath a scratching hand To catch a really scary cat To sleep ‘til morn upon my mat My joys in life are very few But, for a dog, a few will do! Cecilia is donating several of the books sent to her by Chicken Soup For The Soul to South Okanagan Similkameen SPCA in Penticton to be used for future fundraising. Page 20 | September 2020 |

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886

Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Our doors are open to provide the following in-branch services: • Browse for materials to borrow • Pick up your holds • Use socially distanced computers • Return materials to our outside book drops Using the Library Safely during the Browse & Borrow Phase The ORL is committed to providing library service to our communities, while maintaining a safe environment for both staff and customers. We can work together to keep everyone safe! Please follow these guidelines when visiting the library: • There is a limit of 9 people allowed in the building. • Please disinfect your hands before entering the library. A sanitization station is present at the entry of our library customers are asked to please disinfect their hands when entering the library, and advised to disinfect their hands when leaving the library as well. • Feel free to wear your face mask. We are encouraging customers to wear a face mask when inside the library. • Use our self-checkout machines to borrow your items. We are encouraging customers to use our self-check-out machine to check-out their materials. • Follow the sign and keep two metres apart. As needed, directional signage is in place to help facilitate social distancing while in the library. • Return all items using the external book drops. Return library materials to the book drop located outside the library branch. Staff will quarantine all returned items for 72 hours. In-branch book drops are closed. • Feeling sick? Please stay home. We ask customers to not visit the library if ill or showing Covid-19 symptoms. Items can be renewed by phone or through your account online, https:// No late fees are being charged at this time. • Try to keep your visit short. We are asking customers to browse efficiently to ensure everyone is able to get the materials they need without undue delay, especially when there is a line up of people waiting to get in. • Additional Safety Measures: • We have temporarily removed high touch items like magazines, newspapers, and children’s toys from the libraries. • Acrylic panels have been placed at all service points to ensure staff and public safety during customer service interactions. • Public Internet Stations are available for use, though numbers have been limited in some locations to ensure social distancing of 2 metres between users if possible. Wishing you all a lovely September! ~ From Lynn Warfield, Community Librarian

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Audiobook Reviews By Kilmeny MacMichael

Under Occupation ~ Written by Alan Furst. Narrated by Peter Noble. MP3 Audiobook file runs 6 hours 56 minutes. I started off quite enjoying this listen, but as it went along, its moody charm wore off. The relationships increased in salaciousness and the plot started to resemble more a poorly-designed collage then a streamlined story. I was disappointed, as I’ve previously quite enjoyed Alan Furst. I guess we all have our off days. This is a recently-written world war two spy thriller, and in several places, there are references to the spy novels of Eric Ambler - and having read some Ambler, these references increasingly made me wonder why I was listening to this book, when I could maybe be re-reading or listening to an Ambler, instead. Unbury Carol ~ Written by Josh Malerman. Narrated by Dan John Miller. MP3 Audiobook runs for 10 hours 56 minutes. This is ... sort of a western. Or, it’s a horror story. It’s quite strange, is what it is. I was left uncertain if I enjoyed it or not. In an alternative world, a woman, Carol, falls into a coma-like state, and her husband tries to have her buried. A famed outlaw who was once her intended hears about her peril, and sets out to reach her before she’s buried alive. He has to travel a dangerous road, chased by a mad man and haunted by some ... thing ... in the shape of a man, before he can reach her. Meanwhile, Carol must try to fight the threat against her from inside the “coma”. A sometimes violent, grim-sided fantastical western-flavoured bit of nonsense. There is unfortunate repetitive use of some phrases and obscenities. I wasn’t entirely clear on how everything worked in this nonlinear tale. Perhaps I just wasn’t paying close enough attention. Weird stuff. Felt a bit like something Stephen King might write. Only Killers and Thieves ~ Written by Paul Howarth. Narrated by David Linski. MP3 audiobook runs 11 hours 33 minutes. Well narrated, quickly wrapping you into its well-rendered atmosphere. As the story begins, two poor white teenage brothers witness the killing of a defenceless aboriginal man during a drought in Queensland, Australia, in 1885. Death reaches further into the brother’s lives. There is a fantastically sinister policeman. Violence, ethnic slurs and many obscenities all ensue. While surprising in places, the story has its predictable moments. Brutal realism and great (sometimes grisly) details are undercut by the somewhat unbelievably, more or less consistently modern attitude of hero and some villains are straight from central casting. More nuanced characterizations would have elevated the story to greater heights, but it is already a gripping tale. Although, I felt it’s story drive faltered a bit towards the end. While the hero is a teenager, content may not but suitable for many teenage readers and will likely not appeal to all adults either, due to the extent of violence described. But, it has sure got style.

To Mars, And Back By Tom Landecker On July 30th, a rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It carried the most ambitious exploration attempted yet of Mars. All going well, a new robot will be placed on the Martian surface in February next year. Among other things, it will dig up some rocks, package them up, and leave them to be picked up by a future spacecraft and returned to Earth. Why bother? What’s so special about a handful of rocks? Isn’t a rock a rock, no matter where it comes from? No, rocks are special, and each and every rock has a history, if we know how to read the story. We have learned to read the five-billion year history of our Earth from the rocks, and we can do the same thing with pieces of other planets. Fifty years ago astronauts brought back rocks from the Moon. Over a few missions, the haul added up to 382 kilograms. That’s not much, just a few wheelbarrow loads if you’re clearing your garden. But that little heap of rocks changed our ideas of the history of the Moon. We used to think that the Moon had always been cold, that it was formed by the gathering together of cold lumps of material. The story told by the Moon rocks was quite different: the Moon formed hot, and oceans of molten rock once covered its surface. Facts can turn your favourite theories upside down. In the year 2004, a spacecraft meandered through the tail of a comet, and gathered fragments from that environment. More surprises. Comets form at the very outer edges of the Solar System, and scientists had expected that comets would carry traces of debris from other, distant stars. It turned out that all the material was formed near the Sun and somehow found its way to the outer reaches of the Solar System. Those samples from Mars are due back on Earth in the year 2031. While you’re waiting, you can look at the planet yourself, without risk and at no expense, from the safety of the Okanagan Valley. Mars is rising in the South-East at about 11 pm. You will recognize Mars by its orange colour, the colour of its dusty surface. Mars won’t be in that part of the sky forever. Because they are quite close to us, all the planets are seen to move against the background of more distant stars. The very name “planet” comes from the ancient Greek language; it means “wanderer”. In 2031, we will learn more about the history of the red wanderer. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • • • The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee

Welcome to Diane Haddow, Principal At Kaleden Elementary School!

In July 2020, the Board was pleased to announce the new Diane started her career in SD67 executive team appointments for SD67. Jason Corday has been in 1992. She has taught French appointed Assistant Superintendent, replacing Todd Manuel, Immersion at O’Connell Elementary, effective August 1, 2020. Ms. Nicole Bittante has been appointed at KVR Middle and most recently Secretary Treasurer/CFO. Ms. Bittante is coming to us from at Summerland Middle. For the Comox Valley (SD71). She has previous experience working as past three years, Diane has served the Secretary Treasure for SD83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) as Vice Principal at Summerland and SD63 (Saanich). Mr. Allen Beckingham has been appointed Middle and two years prior to that, Director of Instruction. she served as Vice Principal at Oliver Elementary. Diane has a On July 27, 2020, Minister of Education Rob Fleming announced Master’s of Education degree in that school districts across British Columbia begin Phase 2 of Administration and Leadership the Education Re-entry Plan. This means that students return from Gonzaga University and a to in-class instruction in September 2020. Superintendent Todd Bachelor’s Degree in Education with Manuel emphasized the plan will evolve and be adjusted when minors in French and Psychology new information becomes available as the status of the COVID-19 from Simon Fraser University. pandemic changes. School districts must be ready to make changes to transition to either Phase 1 or Phase 3 depending Diane is looking forward to meeting the families, students and staff on circumstances and COVID-19 data. In August, school of Kaleden Elementary and is excited about learning about the administrators developed a re-entry plan that was submitted to the community! Ministry of Education for approval on August 21, 2020. Schools are taking safety measures as outlined by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Provincial Health Office (PHO)and the Ministry of Education to ensure student safety. In August, families were asked to register their children via an online bus transportation registration that was posted on the SD67 website at This assisted the district in establishing bus routes for September 2020. In closing, the Board wishes everyone a safe return to school in September 2020. School administrators, teachers and support staff are working diligently to ensure a positive school re-entry for all. Please contact Kathy Pierre at, if you have any questions regarding the above. DE

















Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Kaleden Youth Tennis A Success!

A big thank you to the Kaleden Tennis Club for their generous support of our Youth Tennis Lessons at the Pioneer Park Courts during several mornings this summer! The kids had so much fun. We plan to organize Youth Tennis again next season.

Alright folks! We are BACK baby! I mean, the new back to school hot look may be a hazmat suit, but we are back. All joking aside, KPAC would like to remind everyone to keep washing their hands If you have children or teens who would be interested, please and if your kiddos do get the back to school sniffles, please keep contact Jessica ter Wolbeek at or Eryn them home. I mean back in my day we didn’t have Minecraft to Wiedner at keep us busy on sick days. We had to make do with “The Price is Right” and “Yan Can Cook”. How times have changed. KPAC is getting back into full swing here shortly. We are hoping to have an AGM very soon, so please keep tuned into the usual channels. We do have a few executive positions to fill. Don’t want to hold an executive position? Please come on out and learn about all the other exciting things we can put you to work on. We may need someone to model for a ‘KPAC Needs You’ style poster. Please send your head shots to Karen P. for assessment. Lastly, don’t forget school starts on September 10th (at time of writing ...), so please remember to SLOW DOWN in the school zones. Shame and disgrace upon all who race! Thank you everyone for your ongoing and amazing support. Much love from KPAC!

School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee

Welcome Back To Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair

It was a tumultuous finish to the 2019/2020 school year, so before I go any further, I would like to sincerely thank the community of Okanagan Falls and their continuing and generous support of the SOSS Bursaries and Scholarships for the graduates of 2020. These funds were awarded to students from Okanagan Falls:

Welcome back for the 2020-21 school year! We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Okanagan summer, and is excited to return to school. Due to Covid-19, our September start-up will be a bit different than other years. Parents are asked to watch their email and/or check • OK Falls Royal Canadian Legion #227 ~ $2,000 our website at for information regarding the learning • OK Falls Legion #227 Ladies Auxiliary ~ $2,000 groups, orientation days, bus information, and health and safety measures that will be in place at our school. Kindergarten parents • OK Falls Senior Citizens Bursary ~ $1,000 will also have information sent to them regarding our gradual • OK Falls Lions Club Bursary ~ $500 entry plans for Kindergarten students. A reminder to parents and It is now the beginning of September. Students have enjoyed an students that there are no school supplies lists, as supplies will extra long Summer Vacation. I know many families will be grateful again be purchased directly from the school. for a return to school, while other families have some anxieties We are looking forward to another fantastic year at OKF! SEE about what school will look and feel like. By this time, you will all YOU SOON, FALCONS! have received information from your school and the new health Thank you to all those people, including firefighters, emergency and safety measures in place. The district’s priority is to ensure a response teams, and volunteers, for protecting our community and safe return to school for all staff and students. assisting families during the Christie Mountain Fire. BC’s Back to School Plan is built on three core principles to keep everyone safe. 1.

New health and safety measures


Increased funding to keep schools safe and clean


Learning groups to help reduce transmission

I would strongly suggest that parents and caregivers go to the link “BC Back to School Plan” on the district’s website (www.SD53. This is where you can find an excellent resource titled “What Parents Need to Know” that details all the following: •

Our plan

Health and safety measures

Increased funding

Learning groups

Orientation week

COVID-19 science and children

COVID-19 protocols

Attendance requirements

Supporting additional needs

In the classroom

Outside the classroom

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Okay, so we parents and guardians won’t be popping the bottle of champagne in the playground at 8:30 am on September 8th this year, but it can still be a great year with school! Now, more than ever, is a good time to be involved with PAC. What is PAC? It is a Pretty Awesome Council made awesome by those that get involved ... a.k.a. Parent Advisory Council. If you have a child at Okanagan Falls Elementary School, then you are automatically a member of our PAC.

I can not overstate the amount of hard work and professionalism demonstrated of all our district staff and school administration teams. These are unusual times that call for patience, understanding and no shortage of resilience. Rest assured we are in good hands and as always, the well-being of our children is the top priority.

Being involved with PAC does not mean you have to bake burnt sugar-gluten-flavour-free-all-natural cookies. Being involved can mean attending meetings, helping at school events, or even offering a special skill you might have for a project to help the school. Meetings offer you a chance to keep up with what is going on at the school and hear from our dynamic superhero principal Karen Sinclair ... and we are currently holding them remotely, so you can attend from anywhere your phone works.

For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, Having a school PAC allows us to access government grants SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or that help pay for all the fun extras that enhance the learning experience for our little ones. Past PACs have achieved such Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry things as; Smartboards in every classroom, new playground and sports equipment, new stereo and PA system for concerts, selfregulations kits for every classroom, iPads for coding, and ukuleles Helping the for music classes. We are small, but MIGHTY!

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The first PAC meeting of the 2020-21 school year will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 pm. Please contact us by email to, so we can send you the link to join the meeting online. GO FALCONS! | September 2020 | Page 23

Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey The Kaleden Bursary Committee was pleased to award six bursaries this year to graduating students from Kaleden. The committee would like to thank the sponsors of the bursaries. We would not be able to award these bursaries to assist our students with out these sponsors. The committee awarded the Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial South Okanagan Similkameen Bursary to Jillian Varaska, the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Bursary was awarded to Rowan Brown. The Allan Leslie Willis Volunteer Centre Update Memorial Bursary was awarded to Cassidy McCafferty. Neil By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Burnett sponsored two bursaries, which were awarded to Maddy Roth and Nathan Parsons. A new bursary this year from the Next Team Volunteer Gathering - Wednesday, September 30th Kaleden Community Association was awarded to Tyler Henderson. from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Congratulations to all the graduating students. • Connection and recent volunteer involvement For history of the Kaleden Bursary, please visit the webpage at For more information, please contact Darlene Bailey at 250-4978140 or email

Volunteer Spotlight Meet Mike Livingstone

Upcoming volunteers opportunities

Volunteers and Stress Management during COVID-19

Register by email to by September 16th and after this date an invite to a Zoom meeting will occur, as well as an offer of Zoom orientation for those who need it. Are you comfortable navigating online video conferencing applications? The MS Society is seeking a Virtual SelfHelp Group Facilitator. Volunteers are at the heart of the MS Society. Join an exciting, dynamic and diverse organization that is committed to improving the lives of Canadians with Multiple Sclerosis and accelerating the high-quality research for a future free of MS. Self-Help and Community Support Groups provide people affected by MS with an opportunity to meet, socialize, and discuss common interests related to MS, including strategies for how to cope better with the disease. The Virtual Self-Help Group Facilitator is responsible for facilitating these virtual sessions in British Columbia and the Yukon. The virtual self-help group meetings are held via teleconference on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Please note that this is a remote role, which involves working off-site and communicating with the office virtually. The time commitment is a 1.5 hour orientation, with 4 hours per month for one year. If interested in this volunteer role, please contact or 250-314-0773. South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Society

Register on the SOSVC website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Like us on the SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional information. Before volunteering, read the Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering During COVID-19, on our webpage. For more information or to speak with a staff member, Mike is currently the chair of the Lions Club School Breakfast please email or call 1-888-576-5661. Program. You will find him in the kitchen with his chef’s apron on, preparing pancakes and sausages, or French toast to help give the students a hearty start to their day. Giving of himself to his community has been in Mike’s genes for generations. Following in his parent’s footsteps, he joined the Lions organization as a teen. In his 40 years of service, he has held every position in the club and many in the district cabinet.

Mike joined the South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS) in 2015, and now acts as the Vice Chair. To top off this busy volunteer’s time, you will find him bartending at the Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion, or answering visitor’s questions at the Okanagan Falls Information Centre. Thank you Mike for your service to our community. You are appreciated and deserve this recognition.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to Page 24 | September 2020 |

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin

Spectacular September of colour and change. Are you ready for the fall season? I like taking care of the garden when it is a bit cooler. Give me a call if you could use some help around the yard, or would like your home cleaned. I can also clean cars and do detail work. Call me at 778-889-9725. Happy September!

Services for the Heart & Home House Cleaning, Yard Work, Community Support Worker & Massage Technician

For more info, call Patricia at 778.889.9725

Consumers Deterred By COVID-19 Are Banking On Traveling In Early 2021

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By Vi Creasey The latest findings of the Travel Advisors COVID-19 Sentiment Barometer (Wave II), indicate that travelers are being cautious about their international travel plans by booking with some of the longest windows advisors have ever seen. Meanwhile, there is still limited appetite for travel in the near future. Reliable Travel is presently promoting a Greek Island Cruise for October 2021. To date we have 29 people booked, so if the Greek Islands is on your bucket list, and you would like to travel with a group of like-minded people, please give one of us at Reliable Travel a call. This trip is fully refundable and only a deposit is required until July 2021. Prices are very affordable at this time. The industry survey of North American travel advisors has revealed that the majority of travel being booked is for seven or more months in advance. This time frame is even longer for international travel, cruises and group tour vacations. However, there has been a slight increase in the percentage of travelers booking North American travel for the next 30 days. Overall, Canadian advisors report that 42% of all inquiries received are about Canadian destinations. Prior to COVID-19, domestic destinations made up only about 16% of all inquiries. Outdoor vacations, specifically Canadian beach and mountain destinations are showing to be of most interest to our clients in the next six months. Our beautiful Okanagan has many tourists, mainly from BC and Alberta. In regard to lodging, the survey found that clients appear to feel more comfortable staying in smaller, more private accommodations. Interest in short-term rentals increased slightly, but still remains low overall, and there was less interest in large hotels. According to travel advisors, health concerns related to COVID-19 are even more of a concern, indicating this is a barrier to booking travel. The growing concern for health and safety has advisors increasingly believing that promotional offers would not impact clients’ decisions to book a trip, but knowing what the resorts are doing in the way of cleanliness is important. As travel continues to be hindered by the pandemic and a return to normalcy remains unclear, travel advisors are increasingly concerned about their business, so please do support your local travel industry.


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Okanagan Historical Society Launches 84th Report By Karen Collins, Penticton Branch President, Okanagan Historical Society For almost a century, history buffs and academic historians alike have welcomed the release of the Okanagan Historical Society’s “annual report”, now entitled “Okanagan History”. This month, the society is pleased to announce the release of its 84th Report. “I am excited about the collection of articles,” says Ken Mather, editor of the report, “and delighted with the selection of short histories, along with community and family stories and memories. Over the years, the OHS has taken special care to collect and publish the stories of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation, as well as communities large and small, thriving and disappeared.” Every corner of the Okanagan Valley is represented, and in many cases, there are new insights into the history and people of the region. Articles which will appeal to local residents and history buffs: •

A Short History of Okanagan Falls provides a brief geographic and historic description of the area.

Getting to know William Jessup Snodgrass, pioneer settler and promoter is the story of an entrepreneur and investor from Oregon enticed to visit Okanagan Falls by Tom Ellis. His optimism and dreams for the community’s prosperity as a hub city were reflected in the townsite he laid out in 1893.

Fairview, the Town That Was

Early Customs Houses in Similkameen and Osoyoos

Orchard Bear & Equestrian Royalty: Early Days of Oliver & Penticton

The “84th Report” also includes: •

Celebrating the Life of Kathleen Ellis: pioneer daughter and Canadian nursing leader

Skaha Park Development - Waterslide or No Waterslide

The Mask of COVID-19: A photo montage from Penticton and Okanagan Falls

Cost is $25. Payment by cash or cheque only. Includes a one-year membership in the Okanagan Historical Society. Books will be available in September at the Dragons Den, located at 12 Front Street in Penticton. Open Hours are 10-4 Mon-Sat. Authors and members of the Penticton Branch will be on hand 10-2 each Saturday in September in the Dragon’s Den courtyard. For more information, please contact: Penticton: Karen Collins 250-493-1898 or Oliver: Larry Shannon 250-498-2452 or Osoyoos: Gayle Cornish 250-495-7715

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson There isn’t much to report about the Society in general. There have been no general meetings since February this year. We are still working in the Thrifty Boutique on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We have no idea when we might be back on the five day schedule, but hopefully this coming winter will allow that activity. We’ll just have to wait and see. Many thanks to the community for your continued support of the Shop and the Society. The shop will continue to bring out the fall and winter clothing that has been in storage throughout the summer. Everything will look fresh and new in there. Did ja know? Okanagan Falls Lions Club celebrated 40 years of service to the community last year. The local Lions Club was chartered on December 5, 1979. The club was sponsored by the Lions Club in Keremeos. The first executive were: President - Gary Smallwood; 1st Vice President - Eric Armstrong; 2nd Vice President - Elmer Curtain; 3rd Vice President - Ray Martineau; Secretary - Mike Livingstone; Treasurer - John Menu; and Directors - Gary Brummer, Keith Weideman and Jim Moriaty. (See photo in Lions Club news.) One of the first fundraisers was an auction to provide funding to make 30 to 40 picnic tables for the Community Centre. On November 29-30, 1980, the Lions members pumped gas to provide funds for Crippled Children and the Timmy’s Telethon. The Club received 10% of the money made in gas sales and had a whopping $85.85 for the cause. Imperial Oil also donated a percentage of all gas sold throughout the province those days and donated $12,000 to the Telethon that year. The Lions Club planted trees in Kenyon Park and installed the irrigation system in Lions Park. In June 1981, they donated $200 to the new Playschool. An Okanagan Falls Loness Club was sponsored by the Lions Club. The Inauguration took place on May 12, 1982. Club officers were: President - Brenda Boyce; Vice President - Alice Atkins; Secretary - Margo McGee; and Treasurer - Delma Wiedman. Many other community projects have been undertaken by Lions. A wood lot was run by the group to provide cut and split fire wood to residents of Okanagan Falls with wood burning furnaces. Highway cleanup was done twice a year going up the first two miles of Waterman’s Hill. This continued until Highways closed that activity.

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School Breakfasts began in the 1990’s. First breakfasts were served every other Thursday and consisted of French Toast, sausages, juice and milk. As years passed, the Lions were given every Thursday for the hot breakfast. In 2019, the cold breakfast served on Tuesday became a Lions program. “Coats for Kids” are supplied for school children who do not have warm winter clothing. Lions have been collecting eye glasses for a very long time. Sight has always been a concern of the organization. One member of the Okanagan Falls Lions Club has been collecting glasses since 2008. He has now collected nearly 70,000 pair and they have all gone out to eye centres for distribution in third world countries. Lions International celebrated 100 years of Lionism in America in 2017. Canadian Lions celebrated 100 years of service in 2019. Our motto has always been ”We Serve”, and the new slogan for Lions Clubs is “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion”. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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The Findlay family moved to Kaleden in 1913, into the large home across the street from the current hall and post office. With them they brought their daughter Annie, who later married Bill King, and son Judson, who married Iva Simpson, both of whom settled and raised their families in Kaleden. The senior Findlay’s had been persuaded to move to Kaleden, for their health, by their daughter Margaret, who had married Jim Ritchie, the developer of Kaleden. The remaining daughter, Catherine, at first did not come west with the rest of the family. She remained in Manitoba to pursue her career at Winnipeg General Hospital, where she became a nursing supervisor. She was a member of the medical team that was sent to the mining town of Anyox when the flu epidemic of 1919 threatened to wipe out the whole population. In 1920, she resigned her position to come to Kaleden to nurse her invalid parents. Her father passed away in 1923 and her mother in 1929, so by that time she was a fixture in Kaleden and never returned to Manitoba, living out her remaining years in the little green house across from the post office. She was known to all as “Aunt Kate” and became doctor, nurse, confidant, advisor and friend to the entire community, ushering many of Kaleden’s new arrivals into the world. When Reg Murfitt was born, Aunt Kate was in charge, and Reg became Reginald Findlay Murfitt. It is said that Mrs. Murfitt was disconsolate that the new arrival was not a girl and made such a fuss that Aunt Kate finally said, “Well if you’re not satisfied we’ll put it back where it came from”. That seemed to settle the issue. One of the advantages of living in a small town was that there was so little traffic that even the least expert driver might navigate the roads without causing great havoc. This circumstance even induced some elderly beginners to take to the roads in motorized conveyances. Aunt Kate was one such, having learned (?) to drive


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This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.


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very late in life. She was never involved in any major accidents, which is certainly adequate proof of the existence of guardian angels. One day Aunt Kate was driving up the lane and when she crested the hill she espied Lorne Findlay across the road. Not wishing to appear unfriendly she tooted and waved gaily at him, and as is so often wont to happen she drove exactly where she was looking. Lorne fled but the car was faster, as Aunt Kate panicked and stomped on the gas pedal instead of the brakes. Lorne ended up being pinned unceremoniously against a barbed wire fence. There was no permanent damage done to Lorne, the car or the fence, although I think maybe Lorne became a little more wary when walking the roads of Kaleden. One additional episode stands out in my memory. When I was still a fairly young man, I was called to come over and see if I could get her car out of the garage. Now that seemed like a pretty simple chore, in fact, I wondered why it required a call for help. Obviously if it had been driven in, it could be put in reverse and backed out. I had not enough faith in her ability to get into scrapes. The car was parked diagonally across the garage, the front bumper hard up against the north wall, the back bumper equally intimate with the south wall. How she had managed to get it into that position, I have no idea. It looked as though she had parked the car and the garage had been built around it. It took three of us to jack up the rear end on two jacks and then push the car until if fell off the jacks to get it free. Despite her foibles, Aunt Kate was a well known and much loved member of the Kaleden community until her passing in 1954. She continued to receive letters from around the world simply addressed to Aunt Kate, Kaleden, BC, Canada.


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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator As I sit on my porch, watching helicopters and airplanes fight the wildfire raging across the lake and knowing our volunteer fire department is there in the hills doing what they can, I’m filled with immense gratitude for our little community. Everyone is working together to overcome the challenges presented, as usual. Your Kaleden Seniors Committee is meeting September 1st to plan activities for the fall that meet current COVID-19 restrictions. We are hoping to host a couple of events, for example, possibly a lunch and learn session on estate planning and a modified wreath making event. Registration will likely be required for all events, participants will be asked to wear masks if they attend and any lunches would be prepared by a qualified chef and served to participants. We won’t, for obvious reasons, be having any cooking courses this fall. Watch this column in the October edition of Skaha Matters for updates and information on how to be involved. Information will also be circulated via the seniors email contact list and posted on poster boards in the broader Kaleden community. KSC is also co-sponsoring a drumming session with Kaleden Parks and Recreation on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Hotel Park. (See information elsewhere in Skaha Matters.) Registration is required and attendance is limited for this FUN event. Looking forward to seeing you around Kaleden in September.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, Vice Chair

Hope everyone is okay out there, especially now with us battling the Christie Mountain Fire. Remember to check on loved ones. Remember social distancing will apply.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Annual General Meeting scheduled for September has been postponed. We hope to reschedule for sometime in the near future. Keep you posted.

Branch #227 donates many dollars into our community, as well as surrounding communities by way of charitable donations and scholarships. In 2019, we donated over $26,000 back to our community and surrounding organizations. We are proud to have given $30,000 to the South Okanagan Medical Foundation in Penticton. We have donated to our school in Okanagan Falls. All these funds come from the profit from the Meat Draw and the 5050 Draw. So, volunteers are so appreciated, young and old. Come and see what your Legion does in your community.

As we are nearing the 1st Anniversary of the affordable seniors housing complex, “South Skaha Place”, we are becoming more excited over our next phase of development. We held an Open House on August 20th to show the citizens of Okanagan Falls what we are proposing for Phase 2.

If you are interested in joining the SSHS, or have not paid your dues for 2020, we have made arrangements for membership renewals and new membership forms to be available at the Economic Development Office or the Visitor Information Centre. If anybody has any CANS & BOTTLES you would like to donate to As a volunteer run non-profit society, we are always looking for the Legion, call Bev at 250-809-5537 to pick them up. interested individuals to become involved. Dues are just $10/year. Open Hours ~ We will be open 7 days a week starting at 2 pm. You can pick up a form, fill it out, put $10 with the form into an envelope and leave it at the RDOS Economic Development Office, Everyone is welcome! the Visitor Information Centre, or you can mail it to South Skaha Yard Sale ~ Saturday, September 12th from 8 am - 12 pm. Held Housing Society, P.O. Box 511, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. in the Legion Parking Lot. $10 if you bring your own table and $20 if you use a Legion table. Call Bev at 250-809-5537 for more information or to book your table. Pancake Breakfast ~ Sunday, September 20th from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults $6, children $3, and those under 3 years of age are FREE. Maximum of 50 people at any one time allowed inside the building. Meat Draw and 50/50 Draw ~ For now only on Saturdays starting at 4 pm. Food will be served. Maximum capacity is 50 people. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served their country. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care This rendered drawing of Highway 97, or 9th Avenue, faces northeast, putting and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways the existing South Skaha Place building to the north and closer to Skaha Lake. in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Early Bird Renewal Memberships ~ September 1 - October 31. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us! We are a small Legion with a big heart!”

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton We continue to wish a safe and healthy summer and fall to all our Ladies Auxiliary Members and their families. Please Note: There will be No General Meetings until further notice. Please watch Skaha Matters next month for an update.

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We were hoping to unveil our new Cookbook at our September General Meeting, where it would be available for viewing and then for sale. Thank you to all the ladies who have submitted a number of their favourite recipes for our Cookbook. We are still in the process off compiling, preparing for printing, followed by binding as the last step. Stay tuned on when our Cookbook will be available for purchase. We are still holding our Meat Draw with the Branch on Saturdays at 4 pm. Further activities will be re-addressed in September.

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society As of this writing, it has been a challenging time for all of us since the Seniors Centre closed in March due to COVID-19. Currently, the Centre is only open for drop in exercises on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 and Book and Puzzle exchanges on Thursdays at 9:30 until 11:00. COVID-19 protocols, such as crowd limits, social distancing and contact tracing are in place, keeping in mind the directives of the Provincial Chief Health Officer. Use of masks while in the Centre is strongly encouraged. We are excited to announce a soft startup of many activities in September, with the launch of a Pancake Breakfast on September 5th from 8-10 am. We would love to see you there for an awesome breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee for only $5 per person!

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President

Here we are at September ... 5½ months since the ship hit the sand and BC / Okanagan is doing a Our General Meeting, the first since closure, is on Monday, lot better than most locations ... well done everyone! We’re not September 7th at 1 pm, with a max of 50 people in attendance. In addition, we need some new ideas we can safely do at the there yet and the possibility exists that what we knew as normal Centre. If you have any ideas that you feel would be a good fit for will never be back again. I read somewhere lately that at no time our members, please share your ideas with us. We would love to during recorded history, have we as a species been able to say just what “normal” really is, living as we do through constant change. have some new activities for our members! Hopefully, we can return to a more informed, smarter manner of We really need volunteers to help us with Tuesday Bingo. If you are existence, only elapsed time and cool heads will prevail. willing and able to help, we would love to hear from you. Please Found by my dear wife at the Heritage office and mentioned call Linda at 250-497-8713. with her submission this month, below is a photo of the original Your Activity Leader will contact you to sign up for an activity, or you Okanagan Falls Lions’ Club charter members (I stole it off her can call them, should you need more information. For information desk!). How many of these guys do you know? or other questions regarding the Senior Society, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or Linda at 250-497-8713. Tentative Calendar ~ Starting after September 5 * Please Note: Not all activities can launch now due to COVID-19 concerns, but we are working hard to get them going ASAP. Canasta ~ Monday, September 7, 14 & 21 at 10 am Exercise ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Tuesday Bingo ~ September 8, 15, & 22 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Possible start in September Wednesdays from 9-10:30 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm

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School breakfasts will continue at Okanagan Falls Elementary just as soon as we are authorized to carry on. We are planning a socially distanced meeting on Tuesday, September 8th ... location still TBA. We are going to participate once more at the Legion Yard Sale on Saturday, September 12th. Cookies will be for sale and more to finance our upcoming events. Lions International donated $10,000 to Beirut, Lebanon emergency as a starter fund to get much needed supplies to the homeless, injured people of the devastation caused by the explosion. “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” Our motto, “We Serve”, has promoted Lions worldwide for the last 103 years and will continue to do so. Everyone keep well and keep your distance - only we can make it work! Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are September 28, 29 & 30 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/ or volunteer, please visit or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - Live!

The Kaleden Church is gathering outdoors in our parking lot, located across the street from the church building, on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. You can bring a lawn chair and sit socially distanced or remain in your car and tune to 93.1 FM. Please check our website,, and our Kaleden Church Facebook posts for updates and changes. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

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Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am We are open for services with a maximum of 50 people allowed inside, while following social distancing practices. Guest Speakers for September, including Jon Manlove. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church - On Line!

Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom service from Oasis Church in Penticton. The service is at 10:00 am. Church at home, following directions for all of us to be safe. For further information, please visit our website listed below. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! For local members, phone the church office for latest updates. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line!

Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Zoom! Ask a local member for the Zoom details, if you’d like to join in. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842

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COVID-19 Won’t Stop Us We’re Still Donating! By Bruce Tawse The Covid-19 pandemic has made it necessary for groups to rethink how they meet. As a result, the decision was made to cancel the regularly scheduled May meeting and instead members were encouraged to donate to the Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund. This fund was established to provide support to local charities that are either struggling themselves or supporting people who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. Once again, members of 100 Men contributed $5,800 to this cause, bringing the total contributions to date to $107,900! Given the continuing concern for the safety of everyone, the next meeting of 100 Men will be a virtual meeting. Wednesday, September 30th 5:30 - 6:30 pm Join us in the Virtual Meeting Room using ZOOM 100 Men meets four times a year and each member commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at the meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used, whom it will help and the impact the donation will have in the community. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 60% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 20% each. All of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. For the September meeting, current members will receive an email invitation in advance and will simply need to click on the meeting link to join. Representatives from three charities will present to the members online and members will have an opportunity to ask questions before voting. If you are interested in becoming a member and want to join this meeting, contact us at More information about the organization, how to join, and all the charities who have received support can be found on the website at You can also email with any questions. For information regarding a similar organization for women, you can visit their website at

Giving Back Together By Colleen Pennington Like all of us, the 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan group changed how it helps local charities. With in-person parties impossible, three presenters went online to tell us how they are helping those in need. As a result, we donated over $3000 to three local charities with the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society and Penticton & District Arts Council each receiving $500 each and a local charity addressing Autism needs, Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning, receiving $2,050. During the pandemic, join our group, hear about local needs each quarter and pool your donations to make a difference right in our community. Perhaps more than ever, we need 100 Women Who Care. To join and make a difference together, please visit The next donation event will be in September. Page 30 | September 2020 |

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1st Year Business Anniversary By Penny Elliott I would like to thank all of my supporters in Okanagan Falls and surrounding areas, as September 2020 marks my One Year Business Anniversary! It’s been a pleasure serving you. We will continue to assist our community and provide the best and most convenient services for those in need. Our Costco Runs have been very busy and am grateful for that. We are happy to be Covid-19 friendly and continue to ensure the best service possible in keeping people at home and out of harms way. For more information on grocery shopping from the comfort of your own home, with delivery to your cupboards, please contact the O’l Mother Hubbard Grocery Assistant at 250-408-4990 or email Thanks again for your support!

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A HUGE Thank You! By Doug & Susan Lychak On behalf of the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Community Association and all the residents in the community, we wish to thank everyone who has so ably protected our properties from the horrendous fire this past week. First of all, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department and all the other fire departments in the surrounding areas who came to help; the BC Wildfire Services who provided air and tactical support; all the volunteers at the Evacuation Centre who assisted so graciously with accommodation, meals and other support; and all of the residents and friends who have provided generous offers of accommodation and support to us. We have been in touch regularly with our Area ‘D’ Director, Ron Obirek, who has fielded hundreds of calls and offered what information he was provided with. This event has heightened awareness to all of the importance of our Emergency Response Teams, and for the need to be a FireSmart Community.

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