Page 6 After decades of film, Paramount Theatre goes digital with new projector.
Page 26 John Pippus catches the blue at Char’s Landing this weekend.
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Vol. 6 No. 8
Happy trails The original steward of the Log Train Trail hangs up his walking shoes.
Page 3 Where others saw overgrown railway beds, Frank Stini envisioned a trail system that would one day be the envy of Vancouver Island.
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◆ COVER STORY
Longtime trail advocate retires WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON
and families using and enjoying it. ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS “It makes you feel like you really ocal resident accomplished Frank Stini something that will never forgets last,” he said. the day more than 20 Replacing Stini will years ago that he first be hard, said ACRD worked on the Log planner Mike Irg, who Train Trail. first met Stini in 1998. The trail used to “He’s one of the be a logging railway driving forces behind but ceased operation developing the trail in 1957. The brush, into the amenity that which had been kept people use now for trimmed and free of walking, marathons, the railroad tracks and cycling,” Irg said. had become long since “There’s always cars overgrown by the time parked along it.” Stini got to it in 1991. Stini’s and others’ “My daughter and I work has produced walked across it but a trail network that we got lost along the connects the city trail because it was so with the Inlet trail. overgrown,” Stini, 83, “Frank is one of those said. “We came back passionate, tireless with tools after and volunteers and he did that’s how that first a lot,” Irg said. day went.” Stini has Age hasn’t dulled worked closely Stini’s spirit. But with the Alberni time has slowly Environmental corroded the former Coalition for more millworker’s back and than 20 years. What he now suffers from you see is what you sharp lower back pain, get with Stini, Alberni forcing him to make Environmental WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS some changes. Coalition Stini is retiring from At the Alberni Environmental Coalition office Frank Stini shows one of several bridges he helped build along the Log Train Trail. spokesperson working on the trail to Maureen Sager said. which he has dedicated the last in Austria, then, did something he club. “He’s always been a pleasant, 20 years of his life. wanting to do more saw the next day. The club lacked trails to ride person to work with over the “I’m the kind of guy who likes with his life he set “It was sunny on and set to work finding ways past 20 years,” Sager said. “And working with people and not out for Canada in and clear the next to expand riding opportunities. he’s remained a very modest just watching people work but 1953 at the age of 25. day and I looked After the ACRD obtained a man.” Where others saw an now I can’t anymore,” Stini said He lived and out and saw Mount lease for the trail land from implacable, overgrown area that about retiring. worked in Toronto, Arrowsmith and the provincial department of was formerly used as a railway – Maureen Sager Mount Klitsa for Getting to this point has been Ont. for three years highways in 1991 Stini chose the Stini foresaw as a trail network a great walk along life’s trail for and then in 1957 the first time,” Stini 20-kilometre long area known used for recreation by people. the father of three. made his way west said. “I thought as The Grade to begin trail “Without Frank the trail likely Stini was born one of three to Vancouver. “There were a “Gosh, this is the place to be.” reclamation. wouldn’t exist today,” Sager children in Austria on Oct. 11, few Austrian guys who went to He started working in the “It was a railway so its gravel said. firstname.lastname@example.org 1928. Kimberly to work in the mines Somass Mill then moved to the base made it compact and Austria’s mountainous but I went to Vancouver,” Stini Plywood Mill where he would perfect place for horseback geography was plush with said. spend the next 31 years. riding,” he said. forests and lakes and wasn’t He got the urge to move again Along the way he met his late Moving a 50-foot long bridge by much different from that of and inquired about where the wife Ellie, who had lived in the hand and not a helicopter stands Western Canada. best place to find work was. same boarding home as him. out in Stini’s mind, as does But the geographic boundaries “They told me the best place to The two had three children, two the labour employed by young ◆ A CELEBRATION of Frank of the country rendered that find work was on the Island in of whom still live in the Alberni offenders through a program. Stini’s accomplishments is beauty compact. “Austria is Port Alberni and sure enough Valley. Ellie passed away eight “I see some of them today and being held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 beautiful but it’s so vast and I was hired right away,” Stini years ago. they still say “hello” to me,” at Chances RimRock Gaming so wild here and there is an said. Stini retired from the mill in Stini said. Centre’s Pacific Rim Room. The ocean,” Stini said. The first ride down the hump 1986 and, not one to spend his The trail was important event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. He learned the electrician into town on a rainy day stands time idly, he involved himself to Stini because it gave him The cover charge is $15. trade after completing school out in Stini’s mind, but so too with the ACRD and the horse enjoyment to see other people
‘Without Frank the trail likely wouldn’t exist today.’
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ew picture quality and better sound are ushering in a new era for movie-goers at the Paramount Theatre in Port Alberni. The theatre is the owner of a new Christie model digital movie projector, which Landmark Cinemas delivered to the venerable Argyle Street venue this week. More than 200 people were treated to the new picture and sound at a movie on Tuesday night. “You’re the first audience in the Valley to see a movie on the new projector,” Fournier said to the unsuspecting crowd. The picture quality and sound are second to none. “It’s the same as you’d find in Nanaimo theatres,” Fournier said. “We hope to keep more people here instead of having them go to movies there.” The new system also means that Port Alberni will get a better movie selection
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Paramount Theatre manager Scott Fournier runs the first movie shown using the theatre’s new digital film projector on Tuesday night.
‘It’s the same as you’d find in Nanaimo theatres.’ – Scott Fournier faster, Fournier said. The industry is moving away from film, which Fournier has used since he started with the Paramount 16 years ago. “Pretty soon they’ll stop making movies with film so the transition had to be made,” he said.
Seven large film reels had to be used just to show one movie. Now the same movie can be shown using a VHS cassettesize container. The Paramount is the last theatre on the Island to be outfitted with the new projector. Landmark outlets in Courtenay and Campbell River have already made the changeover. Fournier showed his last film movie on Monday night. “I’m excited that we’re going digital but it’s sad too that
it’s the end of an era,” Fournier said. “But you won’t see scratchy crackling film anymore.” Combined with the theatre’s new silver screen the theatre will have the versatility to bring in 3-D movies. The move has been in the works for more than a year and the projector was delivered to the theatre. “It weighed a tonne and took us a long time just to get it up the stairs and into the projector room,” Fournier said.
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Trash trucks on the READ way but cans delayed ON ... SUSAN QUINN
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The new automated garbage trucks will make their debut in the Alberni Valley next week, as Rollins Machinery Ltd. of Langley rolls at least one of them into town. The new garbage carts, though, are going to be delayed by a couple of weeks, meaning the new system of garbage pickup won’t happen by Nov. 7 as planned. Both the trucks and carts are coming from Rollins, which won both bids. The city has paid $562,000 for two automated arm trucks and another $493,000 for the garbage carts. Once the trucks arrive, the city’s public works mechanics will get a chance to go over any servicing issues. The sanitation staff
will also learn how to operate the automated arm, “which is like a video game joystick, basically,” public works superintendent Randy Fraser said. The trucks only require a single operator with the new system. The public will also have an opportunity to check out the new trucks in the coming weeks, he said. The new carts, manufactured by Schaefer and distributed by Rollins, weren’t ready in time, Rollins sales representative Grant McAuley said Wednesday. Fraser said the city should find out Monday when they can expect the carts. Once the new carts arrive, the public education process will begin, Fraser said. “We understand there’s going to be a
learning curve for everybody,” Fraser said. “We know 98 per cent is going to go fine; we know some glitches are going to happen.” Rollins will deliver 6,300 carts door-todoor inside the city limits over a twoweek period, leaving them at the curb or roadside. They will have an informational leaflet with the cart, Fraser said. The carts, which have wheels, will have to be left against the curb a certain way in order for the automated arm to dump the trash properly, he said. The new system will be handy for residents and safer for city staff, Fraser added. “Once this gets going...the carts will be great.”
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I like this book because it was funny when Dinorella saved the duke. And I liked the pictures. I also liked it because it was based on Cinderella. And I like dinosaurs. I didn’t like it because it Doris and Dora called Dinorella names. ~Olivia, 8th Ave. Elementary
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I liked this book because every part was funny. I like the book because there was a little bit of action at the end. I also liked this book because the characters were dinosaurs and I love dinosaurs. ~Tanner, 8th Ave. Elementary
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The City will be conducting an auction at the Public Works Yard, 4150 6th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC commencing at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 29th day of October, 2011.
To be sold on an “as is, where is” basis. Cash or approved cheque only. Bidders must register. The City of Port Alberni assumes no liability whatsoever for the removal and/or future use of these items. No warranties or guarantees are offered or implied by the City of Port Alberni concerning this auction. All sold items must be removed by 4:00 Saturday the 29th. Auction items may be viewed in the morning from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the start of the auction. Sharon Janzen, Purchasing City of Port Alberni Telephone: 250 720 2847 Fax: 250 723 1022
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