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VALLEY ECHO T he Serving the Columbia Valley from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen since 1956 September 14, 2011 Vol. 55 Issue 36 Rockies head into regular season Get revved up for show 'n shine Page B1 Page B3 Bernie Raven Serving you in all aspects of real estate. 250-342-7415 MAXWELL REALTY An Independent Member Broker 926 - 7th Avenue, Invermere Office: 250-341-6044 REALTY INVERMERE Email: 1 $ 15 INCLUDING HST PUBLICATIONS MAIL REGISTRATION NO. 7856 Learning from the Best ▼Valley Votes: District of Invermere Miller in the hunt for mayor's seat ANDREA KLASSEN A scarecrow in training takes some tips from one of the pros at the Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival Saturday, August 10. This year's event featured a parade, races and other family-friendly events. For more photos see A6 and A7. ANDREA KLASSEN/ECHO PHOTO First-term District of Invermere councillor Al Miller will try his luck against incumbent mayor Gerry Taft in this year's November municipal election. Miller, owner of Invermere Home Hardware and president of the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey club, says he's considered running for mayor for years — well before he was elected to district council in 2008. "I was tempted, but decided I needed to get my feet wet. I needed to learn from the ground up," Miller says. "So I've done my term on council and I've learned a lot. I've got lots more to learn, but I think the time is right. It's been a dream for a long time. Now's my chance and I'm going to take a run for it." Miller says many of the issues he's hoping to champion in the fall campaign stem from his work as a volunteer in the community, as well as concerns he's heard from residents and visitors. "I'm a little concerned about families," he says, citing declining school enrollments and a lack of employment opportunities to keep locals in the valley as two problem areas. "I see a lot of need [while volunteering], so I think I've got a pretty good understanding as to how to provide for some of those needs." Al Miller If he's successful in his bid for mayor, Miller says economic development would be a primary focus. He'd also work to expand local recreation opportunities and push for a recreation director for the Invermere area. As well, he would work with local arts groups to fill a performancespace "void" he sees in the district's cultural community. STORY CONTINUES TO 'SEATS' ON PAGE A3 MaxWell Realty Invermere 926 - 7 Avenue, Invermere Ph: 250-341-6044 Toll Free: 1-888-341-6044 Glenn Pomeroy Bernie Raven Jan Klimek Ed English Daniel Zurgilgen Scott Wallace Steve Williams Geoff Hill 250-342-1612 250-342-5309 250-342-1195 250-342-1194 250-270-0666 250-342-7415 250-342-1031 250-341-7600

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