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Skaha Matters

Volume 13 : Issue 9 September 2021 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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New Rates & New Public Health Orders By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters To keep up with a substantial rise in overhead costs, Skaha Matters rates had to increase September 1, 2021. Full details can be found at SkahaMatters.com. A HUGE thank you to all the advertisers who have supported this newsletter since it began in August 2009.

“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.

The Aloha Award!

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Helena Konanz For South Okanagan West Kootenay Canada’s Conservatives Authorized by official agent for Helena Konanz.

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community centre. At the meeting, you can discuss concerns and possible actions that the neighbourhood members are prepared Back To School to take to address the concerns. There does not seem to be an issue in getting people to attend a meeting to voice their concerns, & Neighbourhood Watch the problem lies in getting people to step up and work together Hopefully things start to get back to some sort of normal whatever to address the concerns. It will be up to you and your respective that looks like this fall. All indications are that schools will be neighbours to organize and operate your Neighbourhood Watch in operating and as such, Penticton RCMP are reminding residents to a manner that best suits your neighbourhood and concerns. I am be aware of school zones and school buses. The Penticton RCMP always available as a resource to provide guidance and to attend will be monitoring school zones for speeders and persons parking meetings to discuss best practices and concerns. in “No Stopping Zones” to unload or load their children. The No Stopping Zones are just that - No Stopping Zones and are there to Community Policing is now located in the main Penticton RCMP provide visibility and a buffer zone for children entering and leaving detachment and no longer in the office on Lakeshore by the Peach. school. People are reminded that it is also a Motor Vehicle Act You are welcome to drop in or call me at 250-770-2374. Offence for vehicles to pass a school bus in either direction when Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police the bus is stopped and warning signals are activated while children Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca are loading or unloading. Vehicles following and approaching a school bus with its signals activated must stop until the bus driver shuts off the signals to indicate it is now safe to proceed. The fine is $167.00. I have been getting as few inquiries lately on how to start a Neighbourhood Watch or Block Watch. The first step is to find out if there is an interest in your neighbourhood or community to participate in such a program. As the name implies, you need other neighbours to watch or all you got is a “you watch”. If you have interest, arrange a meeting at someone’s home, backyard, park or

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Better at Home is a non-medical program helping seniors remain independent in their homes. We will be offering the following services in Okanagan Falls: • Housekeeping • Transportation

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There is no question, to me, that we are watching the climate crisis in action. But in this time of crisis, I have been encouraged by how people come together to care for each other. People in surrounding areas have taken in their neighbours’ livestock and offered their homes to evacuees. These gestures of kindness show great compassion and a dedication to community that really helps solidify my love for this part of the world. I want to thank everyone involved in the wildfire effort, including firefighters, volunteers, OIB, PIB, RDOS & municipal governments, and thousands of other first responders and staff across the Province. Your sacrifices and dedication are deeply appreciated. At the same time that we’re being challenged by relentless wildfires, heat-waves, and the pandemic’s fourth wave, I also need to spotlight the drought risk ahead. My latest newsletter (accessed through the website rolyrussellmla.ca) takes a deep dive into this issue. It’s significant, and widespread across our riding, yet this is a climate threat that our individual actions can have a real and direct impact upon. So I encourage everyone to be extra conscious of your water management over the weeks ahead, be a little more judicious with your use, and have a look at some of the great tips for being water-wise on the OBWB.ca website. Our current environmental extremes - heat, fire, and drought are a clear indication to me we need to act now to mitigate and adapt to climate change. I’m proud of the breadth and depth of our CleanBC plan, and being one of the leading jurisdictions on the continent, yet I recognize there’s much more to do. I’m looking forward to seeing what more we can accomplish in the years ahead to help make real progress on climate action. Finally, I’ll highlight one of my many meetings over the last few months, which included the opportunity to meet with the Trail of the Okanagans Society. The group has a vision of bridging the gaps in order to complete a hiking and biking trail along the Okanagan Lake and River system from Kelowna to the US Border. They did a great job of outlining the remaining gaps in this trail system, and had an excellent handle on the necessary (and many!) partners required to address each of these gaps. The benefits would be many. I’m pleased to amplify the announcement from ETSI BC of a grant for $15,000 to advance this vision. I look forward to working with MLAs Ashton and Stewart on this project, and am thrilled we have a passionate champion for active transportation in Victoria with Minister Bowinn Ma! Please stay safe, all.

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For full details, regular updates, to ask questions, or to join committee meetings, please visit our website at rdosregionalconnections.ca/area-d-boundary-study To reach the RDOS, please call 250.492.0237. The purpose of this study is to analyze services, with public engagement in the RDOS Area ‘D’ communities on services and opinions on incorporation, and to develop potential municipal boundary configurations. The first step is the preparation of “Fact Sheets” for the Area ‘D’ services detailing what services are provided, at what cost, how decisions are made, and high-level impacts of incorporation on each service. This information will be available online and shared with the public in a mail-out this winter. Formal public engagement will begin in 2022, but you can be involved now by: 1. Attending monthly committee meetings (6 pm 2nd Wednesday each month). 2. Reviewing information on the RDOS Regional Connections website and registering for updates. 3. Submitting questions to the RDOS Regional Connections website for answering. For factual information about the Study, go to the RDOS Regional Connections website. The website has information compiled for, and approved by, the Study Committee. On the site, residents can submit questions and answers will be posted from the RDOS, study consultants, and the Province, where applicable. Transit

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Covid-19 vaccination rates continue to climb in BC. Of concern for me recently is that infection rates are also unfortunately increasing again. Two disturbing patterns are identified in the data. The first is that the Delta variant (spreading quicker and with potentially more serious illness) has become the primary source of infection. The second is that non-vaccinated members of the public are the group getting the most infections and the most serious health consequences. For those interested, a further pop-up clinic for vaccination may be coming to our community soon. As always, I encourage everyone to follow BC CDC and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice and recommendations.

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I am writing this on August 20, 2021. The wildfire situation in the South Okanagan continues to be of concern. Thankfully, the Thomas Creek Fire has been well-managed with respect to safety of our residents. In BC generally and in our Regional District, extreme fire risk conditions continue. Please Ron Obirek watch the RDOS EOC website for Director of updated emergency information as RDOS Area ‘D’ it becomes available. I encourage everyone to be mindful of fire bans and follow advice regarding all activities that can contribute to wildfire. The cause of the Thomas Creek wildfire is under investigation and I am curious to learn from the investigation for the benefit of us all in efforts to better prevent and respond to wildfires in the future.

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not working elsewhere. This way we can better improve our own rules to achieve the best outcomes possible for our community. Further to this initiative, I was successful Thursday, August 19, Congratulations to Kate McLean and her partner Kelly Kask 2021 at the RDOS board table achieving support for a further (proprietors of the 97 and Main Crossroads) on the addition of motion requesting a moratorium on cannabis retail licenses until a coin-operated ice and water dispensing unit at their location. I the aforementioned review and resulting amendments, if any, to encourage everyone to drive by and take a look and enjoy the our bylaws are completed. many tasty choices available at the site. I again encourage all to support local businesses as much as The repairs and renovations to our community tennis court is proceeding quickly with plans for an opening celebration on September 2, 2021. The upgraded amenity will be a big improvement for both tennis and pickleball players. Thank you to all the community members who have volunteered and donated time to the success of this project and to those who have donated money.

possible. Thank you to all local businesses for the goods and services that you provide.

In the spirit of following my own advice, I contacted the Johnston Meier Insurance corporate head office to ask if they would be reopening their temporarily closed Okanagan Falls office (so I could purchase some car insurance). They answered that their goal was to reopen the office, but they were having trouble finding Stay tuned for more information to come regarding a public staff. They have over 40 locations and are having trouble finding information and community celebration event that we are hoping staff generally, not only in our community. I asked if I could help to put together (Covid rules permitting) at our waterfront park. We and offered to share information in this article. They thanked me are working on an agenda of speakers, music, food, making it an and answered “yes and please”. They have jobs available not only event for us all to get out and celebrate our community together. in Okanagan Falls, but in the South Okanagan generally. Anyone I have listened to the community concern about our community interested is encouraged to visit their website at jmins.com. They development and community improvement concerns. Specifically, have phone numbers and information available on the website. many concerns have been raised regarding our zoning rules that For anyone interested, this could be a good job opportunity for a relate to retail cannabis and the need to carefully balance many person young or old or in between. community concerns in the context of good community planning My next scheduled “Coffee with the Director” meeting in Christie and development. To this end, I have successfully gained the Memorial Park is Monday, September 13, 2021 at 9 am. I will be support of the RDOS Board in a motion this past spring to have there and look forward to meeting with any person who wishes to our zoning bylaw pertaining to Canada’s retail reviewed with the come out. As always, I welcome phone calls and emails any time. goal of better community balance and planning. In this context, Yours truly, community input and engagement will be welcome and invited. I have asked for review of best practices in other communities, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ so that we can get the benefit of learning what is working and Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


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By Janet Black, Retired Recreation Coordinator See ya later, summer of 2021. So many events were on again off again, ebbing and flowing through the heat and fires. It was a test of patience for our program participants. We appreciate you hanging in there with us! A very special thank you to Alice James (on left below), our recreation summer program leader, who kept smiling and showing up to PLAY whenever we could. RDOS Recreation has launched our new Fall Guide. We hope Step 4 of the BC Restart Plan arrives on September 7th, as we are very excited to welcome you back to our indoor facilities. Look for the return of our favorite classes, including Karate, Yoga, Explorers, Ninja-nastics and more. We also have a number of new creative and active play programs on offer in both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Check it all out at rec.rdos.bc.ca! This note will be my last contribution to Skaha Matters in the role of Recreation Coordinator. I retired from my position on August 31st. It has been a privilege to have worked alongside the many instructors, volunteers, youth leaders and recreation enthusiasts. You are the heart of recreation and your dedication is inspiring. After more than 15 years in this role I’ll be treating myself to a recreation sabbatical; bike, climb, paddle, and play! Thanks to everyone in the community who has joined me on this wonderful ride and to all of you who value community based recreation. Allow me to introduce Sydney Clement (on right below) as the new Recreation Coordinator. Syd brings many years of experience with her. She is an avid golfer, fitness instructor and is very passionate about health and wellness. She looks forward to meeting everyone in the Community.

Alice James, Summer Program Leader & Sydney Clement, New Recreation Coordinator

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair

And the Heat Goes On ~ On August 12th, the Irrigation District received a directive from Interior Health that we needed to move to Stage Two in our water conservation. The dry summer, the fires, and the amount of water being used by our rate payers was not sustainable. We were advised to reduce our consumption by 30%. On August 13th, we moved to our Stage Two protocols. This means that homeowners can only do lawn watering one day a week. Even addresses on Saturday, and odd addresses on Wednesday. Hand watering is permitted three times a week. These restrictions are not implemented unless we are in a critical state. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but we all have to be mindful and cooperate. Leave your vehicle dirty, never mind about brown grass, or a dirty driveway. If you see blatant violations, please contact our office. Violators will be tagged. Developer Fees ~ The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has advised the Irrigation District that if we want to increase our fees to developers, that we have to advise our rate payers. So, for the record this is to formally advise the rate payers in the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District that we are asking the Ministry for permission to raise developer fees. The new fee rates will keep us in line with neighbouring irrigation districts and will allow us too minimize rate increases to our rate payers. Heads Up ~ I recently signed off on the leasing agreement with RDOS to begin the construction of the washroom in Centennial Park. With any luck, it will be completed by next spring. It’s too bad that we don’t have a Miss Okanagan Falls pageant. If we did, the reigning Princess could officiate at the opening, cut the ribbon, and perform a Royal Flush. So Long To Marcus ~ Time flies when you are having fun, working hard, or doing both. That’s why this summer has flown by so fast with the addition of Marcus Granger as our summer student. Marcus used his many talents to lighten our workload and to make this a win/win summer for all. His computer skills were able to convert old hand written files into a computerized format. He produced reports, brochures, and a variety of online info for the District. Out in the field with our operators, he assisted in pumping, flushing and testing. This was the first summer that we have had a student assist us and it was a great success. Let’s wish Marcus the best as his continues his studies at the University of Victoria. Water We Thinking ~ You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. ~ Unknown

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

CivicReady to Voyent Alert ~ Watch for upcoming changes to CivicReady moving to a new notification system called Voyent Alert, which will replace CivicReady. Voyent Alert requires registration to receive calls, texts, email notifications on the topics you select. It is important for all residents to register Subrina Monteith to receive notifications from garbage Director of service notices to land use applications RDOS Area ‘I’ and emergency notifications. Being informed is important for all residents and signing up is the only way you will be guaranteed to hear information that impacts you. RCMP Crime Report for Kaleden ~ I often hear residents mention criminal activity in our community. The recent report by RCMP to the RDOS Board shows a different picture of lower activity in our community. Report all incidents that occur to ensure we receive proper stats that lead to increase in services as needed. If we don’t report, then it appears that all is well, when I hear the opposite. Report to the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-492-4300. Crime prevention is key by not leaving vehicles unlocked and putting precious items out of sight.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department By Jean Dube Barbeque season is in full swing and KVFD would like to remind everyone to follow these simple tips for SAFE GRILLING. • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors • The grill should be placed well away from the home, windows, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill • Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda to smother a grease The Greater Twin Lakes Area fire Stewardship Society • Never use water to put out a fire from your grill, this will only spread flames AGM 2021 • Never leave your grill unattended Saturday, September 4th at 10 am • Always make sure your gas lid is open before lighting it On the grounds beside the Twin Lakes Store • All propane cylinders must be re-certified every 10 years, or Shayleen Gray, graduate of Thompson Rivers’ Natural Resource they cannot be filled Science Program, will share her fascinating experiences as a • If you are transporting your propane cylinder, keep it secure, Western Painted Turtle and Western Rattlesnake researcher. upright and in a well-ventilated space at all times When you are finished grilling on your charcoal grill, let the We warmly welcome everyone to attend the AGM, meet your • coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container neighbours, learn more about what GTLASS does and consider joining us! You will find our membership form on our website below. An outdoor stove is any device that burns fuel for cooking. The You don’t need to be a member to attend our AGM, although you only outdoor stoves that may be used during a campfire prohibition must be to vote. Join us and share your vision for the Twin are those that use liquid fuel, gaseous fuel or briquettes, and are Lakes Area, its water, land, air and inhabitants. CSA-approved or ULC-approved. E: tlstewardship@gmail.com W: sustainabletwinlakesbc.ca/gtlass HAPPY GRILLING! For more barbeque safety tips, visit www.gov. bc.ca/FireSafety Page 8 | September 2021 | SkahaMatters.com


Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Hot Stuff! ~ Unprecedented hot and dry weather prompted the Province to increase the Okanagan to Drought Level 4 on August 14. As of August 18, we have had only 7 mm of precipitation. As discussed last month, KID is caught between conflicting objectives for water conservation and water quality. Reviewing our water consumption data since 1991, KID decided to continue with Stage One Water Conservation Measures until further notice. Why? Much is due to your efforts to conserve water. Eight of the ten years receiving 10 mm or less of rain in August were between 2002 and 2017, and the monthly consumption for those years averaged 318 million liters. August 2021 consumption is forecast to be about 25% less than that figure. While no firm target for reduction in water usage has yet been provided to water utilities, 30-50% has been suggested. However, agricultural users are exempt from these restrictions. Over 90% of KID’s August consumption is for all types of irrigation, and a fair amount of that goes to agriculture. Furthermore, if KID moved to Stage Two restrictions, some of the water savings would be lost when reduced flows impacted in-line water quality and forced additional flushing of lines that service primarily residential needs. More discussion with the agencies setting water conservation and water quality targets is definitely needed! If Stage Two is initiated, KID will advise property owners in a variety of ways as outlined in last month’s column. KID Water Patrols ~ As promised, have been increased. Thanks to the majority of you who are following the watering restrictions. However, some still weren’t getting with the program. As of midAugust, 21 Violation Notices had been issued. If found to be watering outside of your allotted times after receiving a Violation Notice, KID will shut your water off, charging $50 to do so, plus another $50 to turn the water back on. So, please follow the water conservation measures that are in force. A Tale of Two Bills ~ A ratepayer questioned why KID issues two bills - one for tolls due in June, and another for taxes due in October. Like most improvement districts, KID has been separating water tax and toll billings for years. While splitting the bills assists the cash-flow situation for agricultural users, KID also had many requests to pay the bill semi-annually from domestic users, mostly from young working families. The second billing also presents an opportunity for KID to distribute other information, offsetting the extra mailout costs. Watch for your 2021 Water Tax Bill, coming in the mail soon.

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Kaleden FireSmart By Linda Dahl British Columbia is facing one of the driest and most active wildfire seasons on record, so it’s critical to get prepared now before it’s too late. FireSmartbc.ca is probably one of the most informative sites you can visit to get all the tips and suggestions you need to stay safe and get your property FireSmart. The trend is that we will possibly face the same situation next year. Don’t wait until the Spring and Summer of 2022 to do something. START NOW! Prepare yourself and your family. Prepare your pets. Prepare your property. Go to FireSmartbc.ca and join to get the newsletter for up to date information. This is an amazing site with excellent videos, and many ideas and ways to help yourself in these unsettling times. It is everyone’s responsibility to do their part.

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Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre By Nikki Panagiotopoulos, CSJ Student Despite travel restrictions and wildfire season in full effect, our Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has been booming this summer. The new official highway signage is emblematic of the leaps and bounds since previous years. Our hardworking team of RDOS staff, Canada Summer Jobs students and dedicated local volunteers have been the fuel for this progress. The growth in Okanagan Falls is felt synchronously and will continue with the community’s much appreciated hard work. We encourage you to stop by the VIC (located in the Corral Shopping Mall off Hwy 97) and read “A Day in OK Falls”, our new self-guided walking tour. It is a resource for visitors to use when they are wondering how to spend their time here. Okanagan Falls is full of hidden gems, and we cover many of them in this brochure. Come take a tour! When you arrive, you will find a brand-new bulletin board outside our door. We use this for notices, events, business information, and gathering statistics on after-hours visitors. During business hours, however, we have many things that visitors can enjoy. Our GoFish BC fishing rod loan program has brought a lot of excitement to the centre; you just sign out a rod with us (tackle boxes and life jackets included), remember to bring your fishing license if you are older than 12, and hit the lake! Soon to be installed will be a new KVR Trail Head Map Kiosk provided by RDOS Community Services to direct visitors, guests, and locals to the trail and to be used as a muster point for cycling and hiking groups. Additionally, the VIC now sells handcrafted walking sticks by Penticton Indian Band artisan, Elvis George. Elvis selects natural wood materials that he finds within his traditional territory and creates authentic, durable, ornate walking sticks and canes. Why not purchase one for your walk along the KVR or as a gift or memento of your visit to Okanagan Falls. Our social media has increased significantly and shows no sign of slowing down following the release of our Stay & Play contest. Contestants can win a complimentary stay in Okanagan Falls paired with activities like golfing, wine touring, and shopping included. We created this contest to stimulate tourism in our offseason, increase online traffic to our social media, and support our local businesses (who we cannot thank enough for participating). Head to our “Visit Okanagan Falls” Facebook and Instagram pages to check it out. More off-season support comes from the recent partnership between the Visit South Okanagan Alliance and Travelzoo. Travelzoo is an online company that features travel deals and vacation packages for those looking to plan a trip. They published an article highlighting some of the best things to do in the South Okanagan during the fall season. South Okanagan businesses are encouraged to list themselves on Travelzoo at no cost, but make sure you inquire for more details because Travelzoo does work on a commission-based model. Contact: Dana Skogstad (dskogstad@ travelzoo.com) for hotels; and Li-Ann Ooi (looi@travelzoo.com) for restaurants, spas, wineries, and activity providers. Summer may be gearing down, but we are just getting started. Okanagan Falls is becoming more of a destination every day, and we at the VIC are so excited to be a part of it. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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The summer holidays are over, kids and grandkids heading back to school and new beginnings ... And OFCA is looking at some new beginnings too: forming new committees to direct / initiate specific activities. Part and parcel of that new beginning is a quick look back at what’s been accomplished. Looking back, a surprising amount HAS been done, and - big or small - OFCA is playing a role in strengthening / improving the community, for example: • The Economic Development Recovery Plan, prepared and being implemented with many signs of success; • Banners and Welcome / Come Again signs up; Both Programs are provincially funded. • Summer students for the Visitor Information Centre employed by OFCA; Starts September 15th. • Ongoing preparation of a business case for Fibre Optics in Please contact us for details. the community; • The Relocation & Visitor Resource Guide prepared; Email: sclement@rdos.bc.ca • Resurfacing / repurposing of the tennis court to provide 4 Phone: 250-497-8188 pickleball courts; • The Okanagan Falls Community Fund established; • And Yes, There’s More! There’s lots more to do. So, looking ahead we are establishing committees to guide additional initiatives in specific areas, for example: • Finance ~ Keeping the association on solid ground; • Community Fund ~ Creating awareness and promoting donations; • Community Economic Development ~ Overcoming barriers and attracting development; • Membership & Communications ~ Soliciting new members Tennis Court/Pickleball Resurfacing - individual and business - and communicating through traditional and social media. By Ron Crawford If you’re interested in sharing your ideas and supporting work in As this is being written, RDOS Parks and any of the above areas, please contact us! Recreation are at work resurfacing the existing To close, while the ‘crowds’ may be leaving with the holidays now tennis court to accommodate four pickleball over, the rest of us will enjoy one of the most beautiful periods of courts along with the existing single tennis court. the year in one of the nicest places anywhere! The existing tennis court was in poor shape and a combined If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to join the initiative of a small group of pickleball players came together to OFCA, please email okanaganfallscommunity@gmail.com. convince RDOS of the need for both tennis and pickleball in the community. To celebrate this achievement, we are planning a small celebration on Thursday, September 2 at the court.

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Travel In A Covid World By Vi Creasey I am finally starting to travel again, and how exciting it is! My first “staycation” was to Lillooet for sturgeon fishing. Travelling close to home can be fun, especially since we had the whole resort to ourselves, meaning only my family. This is partially due to Covid-19, and wanting to stay within our “bubble”. My second travel experience was a little more daring, doing a Celebrity Cruise out of Seattle. Since crossing the land border into the USA was still not allowed in July, my granddaughter, Samantha, and myself had to fly. We drove to Vancouver and stayed overnight. The hotel was extremely cautious with cleanliness, which I’m positive they were pre Covid, but they did take extra precautions with mask wearing and having hand sanitizer in all public spaces. To fly into the US, we had to produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. We went to the Kelowna airport to obtain the test. We also had to fill in an “attestation form” at the airport, basically saying who we were and that we were healthy. The Covid results had to be “uploaded” prior to our flight, however, and had to be produced again at the check-in counter with Air Canada, before we were allowed to board the flight. Both in the Vancouver Airport and the Seattle Airport, masks were mandatory. Boarding the cruise ship, in some respects, was more complex than previous; however, it went fairly quickly. Celebrity required adults to provide proof of being fully Covid vaccinated prior to embarking the ship. 95% of all passengers and 100% of the crew, were fully vaccinated; however, there were children on the ship, and to date, children have not been able to get the vaccine either in Canada or the USA. The ship was at 40% capacity, since Celebrity Cruise Lines still want people to have plenty of room and not feel crowded in any venue. This was very nice in some ways, but also sad in others. The sad part was for all the entertainers. They did their acts to a very small audience, but they all seemed to be thrilled to be on the ship working. Also, all the staff was thrilled to be back working after 16 months off. Wearing masks on board the ship was optional for the guests. Very few people wore masks, but the choice was left to the guest. All the staff wore masks all the time. Prior to returning to Canada, we again had to have a Covid PCR test. The medical staff on the ship provided this test to us, at no cost, which was great. When we had left Canada 7 days prior, the rules were that if you had a negative Covid test, and were fully vaccinated, that testing at the Vancouver Airport would be done randomly. However, one week later, the arrival test was mandatory. If you wanted to bypass the long lineup you could opt to take a test kit home and complete it within 24 hours. Since we were driving back to Okanagan Falls, we choose to take the test kit with us. The rules are ever changing, so to travel you definitely need to be accepting of change and aware of what the changes are. This is where we at Reliable Travel can help you stay abreast of the rules that are in place today and the changes that happen before and while you are travelling. I think that travelling today is safe as long as you observe the same rules as you do at home. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, avoid touching Our new billboard on Hwy 97. your face, wear your mask, and try to social distance as much as possible. We are here to help you with every phase of the next vacation; from planning to seeing you home safe. Visit our facebook page to take part in our poll about travel.

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Welcome Back To Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair

Welcome Back for the 2021-22 school year! I hope everyone is excited to return to school for our first day on Tuesday, September 7th from 8:28-11:00 am. Due to the wildfires, it has been a stressful time for many around BC. On behalf of Okanagan Falls Elementary, I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all those who have and are helping to keep our families and communities safe. At the time of submission, we have not yet received information from the Ministry regarding Covid protocols for school start-up. Families are asked to watch their email and/or check our website at okf.sd53.bc.ca for any new health and safety information. As in past years, supplies will again be purchased directly from the school, so there are no school supply lists. Please be sure your child has a backpack, water bottle (labeled), and inside shoes. We are looking forward to a fantastic year with lots of learning!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun summer! The Okanagan Regional Library had over 120 people registered in the Adult Summer Reading Club! As of mid-August, these adults have logged over 58,000 minutes of reading, completed 431 activities and earned 586 badges. Pond Supplies Design & Consulting At the Kaleden Library, over 49 Summer Reading Club bags were Installations Aquatic Plants & Fish handed out to children 5-12 years old. There was also 5 teens who signed up for the “Teen Challenge”. Hope everyone had fun with the Scavenger Hunt in our community this year! All prizes will be Open 10-5 on Fridays & Saturdays awarded at the beginning of September. Winners will be notified or call 250.497.5658 for an appointment by phone and printed in the October issue of Skaha Matters. www.SkahaWaterGardens.com We would love to hear about the experiences, learning and reading you’ve done over the summer. Fill out our survey online to share Okanagan Falls PAC Update with us how it went. Visit https://forms.office.com/r/iuHgccBby6. Stayed tuned for more exciting events and activities happening at By Kandis Lipsett, PAC President the Kaleden Library this fall. The start of the 2021-2022 school year is shortly upon us. With a Submitted by Glenda Livolsi, Kaleden Community Librarian new year, the Okanagan Falls Elementary School PAC is always looking for fresh ideas. It’s important to note that if you have a OK Falls Branch: 101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 child attending OKFES, you are already a member of the PAC. As a member of the PAC, we want to hear from you. Your ideas, skills Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm and uniqueness can contribute to shaping your child’s learning Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm environment. So, please bring them to the meetings! See you there. Summer Reading Club ~ If you participated in SRC and completed your “Crack the Case Reading Record”, please come H&M Thrifty Boutique to the branch to receive your SRC Reading Medal! Open 10-3 Wed-Fri & 12-3 Sat Congratulations to our Book Draw and Prize Winners! ~ Accepting Clean & Gently Used 250-486-6371 Clothing & Accessories Although our programs were online, we had several different Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Place - 1145 Main St In Person When Open Please! contests within our branch. We are hopeful that next year will allow us to offer more local content. OK Mini School Update Book Club ~ Okanagan Falls Library Book Club will begin By Chantelle Bruwer Wednesday, September 22nd from 1-2 pm. We will discuss a book you read over the summer to share your thoughts with others. We OK Mini School Cookie Dough Fundraiser ~ OK Mini School are always looking for a good book! If you are interested in joining is proud to have teamed up with Future Fundraising for our Fall Fundraiser. We are selling delicious Cookie Dough, which is our book club, please call the library for more information. Banned Books ~ Come and see our Banned Book Display at the a quick and delicious snack, great for holiday baking and last library. See books that have been banned for various reasons over minute gift ideas. Perfect for baking with your family and it can be stored frozen or refrigerated. The cost is $20 per 3.5 lb pail, which the past few decades. These books are available for check out. makes 56 cookies. You can choose from Buttery Shortbread, Story Time ~ Dependent on Public Health Orders, Story Time is White Chocolate Macadamia, Double Chocolate, Monster scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 19th from 9-10 am. Join us (M&M’s), Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin. Orders are due by for stories, crafts, songs and more! Tuesday, October 12 and will be available for pick-up on or after Crafting Circle ~ Dependent on Public Health Orders, Crafting Thursday, October 28. To order, visit https://futurefundraising.com/ Circle is scheduled to start on October 13th and 27th from 1-3 pm. online/store/?seller=OFMS1028 or contact Chantelle Bruwer at Bring your crafts and perhaps share your talents in a group of like- chantellebruwer@gmail.com. minded individuals. The OK Mini School is hiring! If you or someone you know is a Wishing you all a Happy September and a beautiful fall! certified ECE and interested in the head teaching position at the Submitted by Lynn Warfield, Okanagan Falls Community Librarian preschool, email okminischool@shaw.ca for more information. H&M Thrifty Boutique


Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey The Kaleden Bursary Committee is pleased to have awarded six bursaries this year to graduating students from Kaleden. The committee would like to thank the sponsors of the bursaries and those who donated their time by working at the Kaleden Community Church Bottle Depot sorting bottles and cans donated to the depot.

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee In July and August 2021, the Board participated in the following meetings: July 7, 2021 Board of Education Evaluation Process ~ The Board met with consultant Anne Cooper to do a Board Evaluation. Anne Cooper took the Board through the evaluation process that we developed over the 2020-2021 school year. We examined whether we are adequately focusing on and implementing the strategic plan. We looked at areas of strength and areas requiring more attention.

The committee awarded the Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary to Faith Henderson. The Kaleden Community Association Bursary was awarded to Kara Stayberg. The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Bursary was awarded to Nicola Thompson. Three bursaries were sponsored by the Kaleden Bursary Committee and were awarded to Ben Davidson, Kylie Schwarz and Liam Wallich. Congratulations to all the graduating students.

The Kaleden Bursary was established in 1971 using funds from the Kaleden Bingo Committee revenue, Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast and Valentines Tea. In the early years, a letter was sent out to all graduating students from Kaleden encouraging them to apply for a bursary. As the years progressed, that method was replaced by advertisements in the local newspaper and posting August 23, 2021 Strategic Planning and Board Governance on bulletins boards placed through out the community. Today, we Session ~ The board participated in a final Strategic Planning share our message through Skaha Matters. For more history on session with Michael McKay (Consultant). We developed an the Kaleden Bursary, go to Kaledencommunity.com and click on Services. For more information, email kaledenbursary@shaw.ca. action plan to support the refreshed strategic plan in 2021-2022. August 30, 2021 Board of Education Meeting ~ Part 2 of The Indigenous Ways of Knowing Learning Series (IWKL) will continue with various Pro D learning opportunities for teachers throughout the 2021-2022 school year. In late August, the IWKL planning committee met to finalize the various Pro D opportunities planned for the Fall 2021. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@SD67.bc.ca, if you have any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live steamed and can be accessed at www.sd67.bc.ca. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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Artistic Autumn With The OSA By Kim Palmer, Executive Director As we move into autumn, the Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) is poised to help you expand your artistic horizons. Our Life Drawing group meets every Wednesday. The drop-in fee is just $10, and sessions feature a live model and a long-standing community of supportive artists. Email info@osarts.ca for details.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

Showtime! Community Theatre was initially launched in February 2020, and after a long hiatus, we’re excited to be starting again. This program aims to provide a vibrant outlet and training ground for adult amateur performers. Join us as we produce a fully-staged musical using existing songs and an original script. Sing your heart out and set your jazz hands free! We hope to start rehearsing on Thursdays in September. Email info@osarts.ca for details.

Want to get involved at a deeper level? The OSA is seeking dedicated board members who are passionate about fostering Hey everybody! Welcome back to another wild and wacky school creativity and connection in the Penticton community through arts year. Are you wearing a mask because of a pandemic or because education and programming. Please contact our board president, of forest fires? Which disaster are you protecting yourself from? Miranda Galea, via email at mgalea.osa@gmail.com if you are Now, straight to the point. School Zones are back in effect, so interested in becoming an OSA board member. please pump the breaks. Every time you do under 30 in a school We’re always adding new classes to our social media pages and zone, an angel gets its wings. to our website (www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com), so follow us, Our AGM and first KPAC meeting is not until October 12th. We sign up for our newsletter, and stay tuned! need some butts in seats at our meetings and on our board. Please come out and lend a hand. We rarely bite and we can Providing creativity and connection for use all the help we can get. We also need some good fundraising Penticton and surrounding communities ideas. If you have a way to bring in some dough, please reach out. 778-718-5757 or info@osarts.ca We would love to hear from you. www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com Welcome back KES families and staff. Here’s to a great year! Let’s get learning! SkahaMatters.com | September 2021 | Page 17 By Brad Nunes


Black Holes - The Children Of Gravity By Tom Landecker

Everybody is familiar with gravity. It’s hard to lift a shovel full of dirt in the garden. It’s hard to carry furniture from the basement up to the living room. You’re working against gravity. Gravity is the pull that the Earth exerts on every atom, every grain of sand, every object. If you throw a stone in the air, gravity pulls it back down. If you shoot an arrow in the air, it will rise higher, but soon fall back. Could you shoot something into the air with enough force that it could escape the pull of Earth’s gravity? If you can get an object moving at 11 kilometres per second (per second, not per hour), it will escape from Earth’s gravity. That’s what we do when we launch a spacecraft into orbit, or send it to explore a distant planet in the solar system. That’s not easy - it takes a big rocket. 11 kilometres per second is called the escape velocity. But why 11 kilometres per second? That’s a consequence of the mass of the Earth, and of the size of the Earth. If the Earth had the same mass, but was packed into a smaller sphere, only one tenth as big, the escape velocity from the surface would be 35 kilometres per second. Could a rocket escape from the gravity of the Sun? From the surface of the Sun, our rocket would have to reach a much higher speed, 630 kilometres per second, to escape (of course the Sun has no solid surface - it’s a ball of gas - and it’s hot, and we, and our rocket, would be destroyed). Neutron stars have as much mass as the Sun all condensed into a ball 10 kilometres across, about the size of a mountain here on Earth. Their gravity is very strong, and the escape velocity is 50,000 kilometres per second, a fair fraction of the speed of light, 300,000 kilometres per second. Even light has trouble getting off the surface of a neutron star, and light no longer travels as straight rays, but follows bent paths. Now, dump a little more mass onto a neutron star. Now the escape velocity is more than 300,000 kilometres per second, and not even light can escape. That’s a black hole. At the very centre of the Milky Way galaxy there are so many stars that they run into one another and merge. Over billions of years a black hole has grown there, that now contains 4 million times as much mass as the Sun. Stay tuned, we’ll come back next month for more on this story! Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300.

Okanagan Historical Society Launches 85th Report By Karen Collins, Penticton Branch President, Okanagan Historical Society

The Okanagan Historical Society, with members spread throughout the Okanagan valley, was formed in 1925 with the First Annual Report published in 1926. One of the principal objectives was to save from probable loss or destruction data relating to the history of the Okanagan Valley and its development. The Okanagan Historical Society is pleased to announce the release of its 85th Report. Again, this year it is divided into geographic sections, covering the Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswap Valleys. The latest publication has a selection of articles which will appeal to local residents and history buffs. Some of the articles included in this issue: Testalinda Creek School ~ The history of a small rural school located between Oliver and Osoyoos. Osoyoos Dividend Mine and J.O. Howells ~ Tells of the gold mine located where Osoyoos Golf & Country Club is today and the very interesting man in charge. The Shatford Brothers: Entrepreneurs and Civic Leaders ~ Four brothers who made their way from Nova Scotia to British Columbia all had an impact on the development of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Community of West Bench ~ Sue Gibbons tells the story of West Bench, created more than 60 years ago under the Veterans’ Land Act (VLA) to provide housing and a source of agricultural income for local veterans following World War II. Princeton to Summerland Road ~ The history of a road that began as well-travelled Indigenous trail, changes throughout the years and the people who have called the area home. Olalla Remembered Through the Eyes of Aunt Doll ~ Glimpses of Aunt Doll Barbers memories of Olalla, as told through interviews she gave to local newspapers and writers. Other articles include: Enderby’s Great Bridge Debate, Armstrong Elementary School, CPR Section House #4, William Pion Okanagan Pioneer, and The Riddle of the Summerland Cannonballs. The Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society will be holding a Book Sale on Saturday, September 18 from 9:30-5:30 and Sunday, September 19 from 11-5 in the common area at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton. Books are also available at the Dragon’s Den, located at 12 Front Street in Penticton. For more information, please contact Karen Collins at 250-4931898 or email karen_collins@shaw.ca.


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Home on the farm near Turtleford, Saskatchewan was Robert, his wife Hazel and two children, Evelyn Ruby, born July 3, 1919, and Clarence, born July 9, 1921. When, after a few years in Kaleden, Robert’s brother Richard decided he would rather be a farmer than an orchardist, the two brothers decided to switch places. In 1926, Robert, Hazel and the 2 children moved to the 10 acre orchard on Linden Avenue in Kaleden, while Richard moved home to Turtleford. 1926 proved to be a very remarkable year for the Robert Prestons as they packed up house, moved two provinces away, began a new life in a new location all while Hazel was carrying twins. On June 13th of 1926, twins Lawrence and Lyle were born. The Prestons quickly acclimatized to the community and became very active participants in the church, school and community events. On December 17, 1934 their final child, Lloyd, was born.

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator

We are so excited to share with you our first event for 2021! Party in the Park is planned for Monday, September 13th. Details are in the poster below and everyone is welcome for this social event in the park featuring live music by Yanti. October 22nd will be our popular Lunch & Learn. Details will be in the October issue of Skaha Matters, but plan on joining us for lunch and a presentation by the Community Foundation around Estate Planning. Please mark your calendars: • November 20th ~ 2nd annual Progressive Winter Market • December 3rd ~ Wreath Making @ Linden Gardens Meanwhile, across the country, in Gaspereaux, Prince Edward We look forward to seeing you out and about in Kaleden in the Island, on Dec 25, 1909, Cecil Elwood Hayter was born, one of four boys and five girls, to Benjamin, a fisherman and logger, and coming weeks. Any questions? Email kaledenseniors@gmail.com. Lydia Hayter. In the mid 30s, when Benjamin and Lydia had separated, Cecil, his mother and 5 sisters decided to join two of Cecil’s brothers in BC. Ray Hayter ran a dairy farm in Penticton on the property where Princess Margaret High School now stands, and his brother Rex lived not too far away at Harrison Mills in the Fraser Valley. So, it was to the Okanagan that the Hayter family came. Cecil found work in the orchards around Penticton and felt at home here. He particularly enjoyed the work on the Preston acreage in Kaleden, perhaps because of the lovely young Preston girl who lived there. A romance developed, he and Evelyn fell in love and they Cecil & Evelyn Hayter on their wedding day. were married in 1938. They moved into a home on Churchill Avenue in Penticton and Cecil found work driving a gravel truck. On April 17, 1939 their first child, Sylvia was born. In 1941, Cecil enlisted in the army and in November of 1941 was sent overseas to the United Kingdom, unaware that his wife was pregnant with their second child. A son, Marvin was born on June 24, 1942. Father and son would not meet until Cecil’s return in 1946. Cecil served in the 9th Armoured Regiment, BC Dragoons, in the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, trained as a tank driver and was shipped out to Italy in December of 1943. He fought there until December of 1944, when he was wounded at Lamont Crossing, Italy and left for dead. Thankfully he survived, was found and


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This has inarguably been the strangest summer I can remember in Okanagan Falls. We dealt with the Covid and all that was involved with that. Then came that little heat spell! One day, I was driving between Okanagan Falls and my home in Gallagher Lake and the temperature outside my car read 49˚ Celsius. I looked that number up on my conversion list and found that in Fahrenheit that came to 118˚. Anyway, that passed and then came the smoke. Some days are rather light, others are dense. Museum Manager Sue Walker closes the museum and Bassett House on those thick smoke days. The collections in the buildings are old and fragile and we do not want them to soak up that smoke. On lighter days, we have opened and had some interesting guests. One lady came who’s father had grown up in Okanagan Falls. She found him in a school picture taken in 1922 and she was so excited. Join our General Meeting at 1 pm in Community Room at the school on Tuesday, September 21st. Everyone welcome! The Thrifty Boutique continues to be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday afternoons. They will be changing the stock over to Fall and Winter in September. They have an Eyeglass Collection Box from the Lions Club that collects used eye glasses and send them to third world countries. Did’ja Know? Okanagan Falls has celebrated three centennials, the Canadian National Centennial in 1967, the British Columbia Centennial in 1958, and the Okanagan Falls Centennial in 1993. In ’93, they really knew how to throw a party! They started planning the whole celebration about two years before it took place. The Okanagan Falls Chamber of Commerce were the main push. Many meetings and discussions decided who was going to do what. The festivities took two weeks to complete, with something different every day. Some people worked on two or more committees. The Heritage and Museum Society were busy every day being the place for visitors and residents to register at the Bassett House. The main venues for events were the Senior’s Centre, the Community Centre, the Beach and Christie Park, the Legion, the Provincial Campground, and Weyerhaeuser tours. Events started on July 25, with a Pot Luck supper at Christie Park. Scheduled events took place each day till August 8th. Going down the list of activities, it went like this. There was a Home Coming for residents who had moved away. At the Community Centre there was Square Dancing, a Western Dance, Heritage Fashion Show and Dinner, and an Historical Slide Show. In the Senior’s Centre, a Bird Slide Show, Art Show, Antique Appraiser, and Pancake Breakfasts. At Christie Beach, there was Beach Volley Ball, Western Theme Sand Castle Contest, and a Beach Party. At the Provincial Park, there were Park Lectures. Four H Cattle Show and Horse Shoeing display at Kenyon Field, and a Breakfast served at Kiwanis Gardens, and Hot Air Balloon Rides in Kenyon Park. Another venue was Bird Watching a Vaseux Lake. People who wished to visit Weyerhaeuser were picked up and returned to the Hotel. A Centennial Time Capsule was put together and the name of every baby born that year was put in the time capsule. On August 7, a parade was planned that wove its way around the town. That evening was a Street Dance and a Fire Works display. In July 1993, they moved the old log house onto the Heritage Place property. It had been an Info Centre run by the Chamber of Commerce. It is now home to the Kenny McLean “Hall of Fame”. The 500 visitors who inspected the Bassett House and Museum on Main Street’s Heritage Place had come from all over the world, reported Mr. Mallory. “From Scotland, Holland, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and California, Montana, Washington State, Washington DC, and from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec ... and quite a few from Kaleden!”

Fall is upon us, the Senior’s Centre is open and ready to resume most activities, AND we are trying to get some new activities started. The Exercise activity has a time slot available Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 am; however, we do not have Activity leader. If you are a member who wishes to take this Activity on, please phone President Grethe Jensen at 250-497-5669. Some members have asked if they can form a group to play Whist and Mexican Train, and we have time slots available if there is enough interest. We have an Activity Leader for Whist, and now we need members who want to participate. If you want to play Whist, please call Linda Rich at 250-490-7245 and she will pass your name on to the Activity Leader. Now, all we need is some more members who want to get together to play Mexican Train. Elections Canada - Federal Election Advanced Polls are being held at the Senior’s Centre on September 10, 11, 12 and 13 from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Activities in September 2021 Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, September 4 from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday, September 6 at 1 pm Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, September 18 at 1 pm Canasta ~ Only Monday, September 20 at 10 am Tuesday Bingo ~ September 7 & 14 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 5 pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays at 9 am Please Note: Interior Health Authority regulations effective August 20, 2021 require that all persons attending activities and events must wear masks in the building. In effect until the end of September.

Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Society! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

South Skaha Housing Society Update

By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair

South Skaha Housing Society is still planning to have our Annual General Meeting on October 14, 2021 at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre Meeting Room or Gym, depending on BC Public Health Rules. And, if there are issues with that, we will then have our Annual General Meeting via Zoom or at the Senior Centre, whichever is allowed. We will know by early September. All members of the SSHS will receive a notice on the AGM. As mentioned before, there is an application form for potential tenants for South Skaha Place to get on the waiting list. The form can be found online at lockeproperties.ca/rental-application/. Drop Off Non-parishables

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Lots of Vendors with Arts & Crafts, Household & Garden, Books, Homemade Baking & Food Items, Home Care Products, Curious Oddities, and don’t forget to enter our 50/50 Draw too! To book your table or any inquires, please phone or text 250-809-7342 or 250-487-8381

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden Hello Branch 227 Members & Guests ~ Hello everyone! It is so nice to see our members coming back in. Great to see new faces. We are still open Tuesday - Saturday from 2 pm until closing. We are working on the Sunday opening. Please stay tuned for updates. General Meeting ~ To be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, providing Covid rules don’t change. Early Bird Registration ~ Starts September 1st. Recycling Donations ~ If anyone has cans/bottles/water bottles, please call or text Bev at 250-809-5537. Games ~ The registration sheet for Shuffleboard is now posted. For any info, please call Sue Walker at 250-462-4128. Also, pool players are welcome! Come check out the regulars playing pool Volunteers ~ We are looking for volunteers for the Meat Draw & 50/50 Draw. For more information, call Bev at 250-809-5537. Again, a huge thank you to all our volunteers for your devotion. Any updates will be posted on the Legion Facebook page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. You can also check the sign outside the Legion for updates as well. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more info, call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart! SEPTEMBER EVENTS Meat Draws & 50/50 Draws ~ 5 pm Fridays and 4 pm Saturdays, with food available. All revenue from the Meat Draws & 50/50s are donated to charity. Car Show Every Wednesday ~ Cars start rolling in about 5 pm until 8 pm. We will have the bar open with food available. Music Bingo every 2nd Thursday - September 2, 16 & 30 with Okey Dokey Karaoke starting at 5:30 pm ~ Food will be available. Mark your calendar for some good fun! Legion Town Market ~ Saturday, September 4 from 8-12 Noon. To book a table, please call either 250-487-8381 or 250-809-7342. All vendors welcome. Pancake Breakfast every 3rd Sunday of the month - September 19 from 8-11 am ~ Pancakes, French toast, bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. $7 each. Kids under 3 are free.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President

Month #9 has arrived and what a summer we’re having. These past few years just don’t seem like typical Okanagan seasonal weather, do they? I suppose we are going to have to develop a new anthem … “Oh say can you see, not through the heat and smoke and subsequent tears, I can’t!” Any suggestions for Fall & Winter? I really didn’t think that there was anything left to burn, but wrong again, seems like there was a lot left! The environmentalists are giving out all manner of prognostications for the rest of us to ponder, let’s hope they are wrong and this is simply a cyclic occurrence, a natural cleansing as it were. Perhaps the Earth is simply trying to rid itself of a nasty infestation! Which brings us to the ongoing Covid variations, mutations and proliferation - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Follow the guidelines, be cautious and just put up with inconvenience for a while and we won’t keep backsliding!” The Lion’s School Breakfast Program is ready to start up again this month. We will be following school directions and hope to have another successful year. Thanks to Mike Livingstone and his team. Watch for eyeglasses collection boxes around the area and put your unused eyewear to good use. All donated glasses and lenses are graded, repaired and distributed to needy peoples around the world, as part of ongoing projects by Lions International. The Lions Club International Fund (LCIF) is still there to help communities and their citizens cope through the disasters that are happening around the world and at home. Please feel free to help if you are able. We’re all in this together. Nothing more to add at this time, so please stay as safe as you can, watch out for more children on the streets as school starts up. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics will be held on September 1, 25, 28 & 29 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 www.blood.ca or call 1-888236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club will continue in the fall with a regular Tuesday meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, face to face if all goes well. If you would like to join us, call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Marla Wilson

It has been a long 18 months since we were able to be together. We really look forward to the return to a more “normal” schedule. The good side is that we have all been well and safe throughout the pandemic. Life has gone on and we’ll be able to share the good, as well as the not-so-good, experiences in our lives. The wildfires and smoke has been another hump to get over, but we’ll be there when it all ends. After being in the LA over the years, there is a sisterhood that remains firm and safe no matter what SkahaMatters.com | September 2021 | Page 21 goes on around us.


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Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church Website: kaledenchurch.ca - for up to date event information

By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

Okanagan Falls United Church

We have opportunities for everyone! As we move into fall, the shoulder season as the tourism sector call it, the SOSVC has noticed a big upswing in local events that have exciting opportunities no matter what your interest is. These opportunities are all over the region from Cawston’s Elevate Now Festival (Sept 3-5), Rotary Ribfest in Penticton (Sept 17-19) to the Kettle Metal Gravel Fondo (Sept 25) which takes riders from Naramata to Kelowna, and Ironman Canada (Sept 23-26). Take a look and learn more at www.volunteercentre.info under Browse Opportunities, and connect directly with the organizer.

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There is something for everyone! 2 the Rescue Expeditions is a nonprofit start up looking for Board members. Crime Stoppers are looking for help with social media, marketing and fundraising.

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Service at 11 am ~ Pastor Jon Manlove on YouTube live at Okanagan Falls Community Church and date. For Children’s Church, Bible Studies, Prayer Meeting info, call 250-497-5131. FB: Okanagan Falls Community Church. Everyone is welcome! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Please visit www.okfallsunited.ca or call us for more information. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 or 250-497-2560 Sunday Mass at 11 am - Service held in St. Barbara’s Church 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil - 250-498-3934

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Volunteer Gathering ~ Join us on September 29 for the monthly Volunteer Gathering. We are planning a special get together. Register at info@volunteercentre.info.

Sunday Service at 9 am with 4th Sunday each month at 1 pm. Register on the SOSVC website, www.volunteercentre.info, as a 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi - 250-899-0163 ‘Volunteer’ to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register as a ‘Leader’ in to receive board training and opportunities. ‘Like us’ on SOSVC Facebook. Before volunteering, read the “The Volunteer We Are Back With “Hilda’s Yard”! checklist - Volunteering during Covid-19”. For more information, By Ed Schneider, Many Hats Theatre Company Publicist email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. We are beyond thrilled to let you know that we are reopening the Cannery Stage with a fabulously appropriate play from Canada’s favourite playwright Norm Foster. September 9 is opening night for HUB We would like to welcome you & provide you with a package Foster’s heartwarming and hilarious “Hilda’s Yard”! of community information. Please call 250-460-3387. Lemonade is for people who use the front door! It’s an exciting September day in 1956 for Hilda (Jane Pilkey) Volunteer Spotlight and Sam Fluck. (Vance Potter), who are newly on their own since their thirtysomething children Gary (Andrew Knudsen) and Janey Meet The Visitor Centre Volunteers (Dianna Zumpano) moved out. They are finally ready to relax. Hilda plans to finish the laundry, while Sam goes to buy a shiny new television. What could disturb their simple peace? Turns out doors are merely decoration as Gary and Janey literally fall into the backyard, looking for help out of sticky situations. Gary has lost his job and is enamoured with his new girlfriend, Bobbi (Megan Kimberley) an ‘experienced’ trombone player, and running from a bookie named Beverly (Rob McCaffery), while the everdependent Janey has unexpectedly left her husband. The family careens into an afternoon of calamity, showing them that ultimately they must celebrate how they can be together rather than apart. Norm Foster’s heartwarming and relatable family comedy proves that there will always be a significant weight to an empty nest. A perfect story for these post-pandemic times! “Hilda’s Yard” opens Thursday, September 9th and runs until Saturday, October 2nd on the Cannery Stage, located at 1475 The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre Volunteers are always hard at Fairview Road in Penticton. Performances are Thursday, Friday, work to create the most memorable visitor experience. Each one Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $28 for adults of these volunteers offers their gifts and talents to support their and $25 for seniors/students. Visit www.manyhatstheatre.com and community and make every visitor experience one to remember. click on the ‘ticket info’ link to purchase your tickets. Any questions, We are seeing growth in our Centre this year and it would not be possible if it were not for the dedicated volunteers who make all email ManyHatsTheatre@shaw.ca or call 250-462-6428. happen. If you would like to be a part of this amazing team, please email visitokfalls@gmail.com. In photo from left to right - Sheila, “Hilda’s Yard” September 9 - October 2, 2021 Catherine, Karen, Sharilyn and Mike. DE

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Flowers to the local merchants (Esso) and newcomers such as Little Falls Foods, that took a giant leap of faith spending thousands of dollars on renovating, inventory, etc. to bring groceries to us. I hope that we are supporting you in return and those of us that made the pledge a couple of years ago in a town hall with Director Ron Obirek are keeping the promise to support local businesses. ~ From Angi L-T of Okanagan Falls

Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

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Flowers to Janet Black on her retirement as Recreation By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos Coordinator for our area. You were such an inspiration and a joy to work with. You will be missed greatly! ~ From Skaha Matters Credible Cremation Services is available 24 hours to assist families with final arrangements, either due to a death in the family, or to offer families some information regarding pre-arrangement for future final arrangements. Credible Cremation Services has HUB always made the effort to provide families with seamless personal for knowing and responding to individual service at a very affordable price. and family need in the community If you live in the Kaleden area and have needs during this time, please call the HUB. Be prepared for the inevitable! We must all leave this life at some time, like it or not, and unless we have left our house in order, the Our frozen meals (mostly soup) are available immediately. task of tidying up the loose ends will fall upon one of our loved We can also provide grocery shopping - Please allow a few days advance notice. ones. Make sure you have made or updated your Will. Choose your executor/executrix. Make sure that the person is up to the We are grateful for all the neighbours helping neighbours! task. Document all your vital information and inform your executor HUB NUMBER: 250-460-3387 as to the location of that information. Please, feel free to call Lesley if you have any questions, or send an email to Lesley@crediblecremation.ca. In the meantime, do your civic duty and get vaccinated. Taking this simple step will both protect and prolong all of our lives. DE

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Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand during the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 778-559-2412 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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Skaha Matters September 2021  

Volume 13 : Issue 9

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Volume 13 : Issue 9

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