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The city passed a contentious bylaw concerning a property on Georgia Street Monday, despite three people speaking against it. Monday’s meeting began with Jackie Drysdale stating her case during a special public input period for bylaw 2526, which allows the property owner, Kevin Fairweather to build two duplexes on the lot. Drysdale, who lives nearby, worried

that the map doesn’t give the full picture of the properties slope. “On a map, you don’t always get that consideration,� Drysdale said, adding her real concern is access through the alley in winter driving conditions, as the residents in that area don’t use Fourth Avenue because it gets too icy and is steep. Drysdale said that for the past 36 years the road has had to accommodate the neighbourhood and more cars would cause problems as she said they will be using a lot of the lot.

The city has requirements for snow storage and off-street parking and the mayor said that these have been addressed by city staff. John Dugal, who also lives on Georgia, said that despite the requirements, there may not be enough space on the lot to account for a heavy snow year. “There are parking issues,� Dugal said, bringing up an illegal bed and breakfast in the area last year, which ended up causing parking problems. His other issues were lack of green space and the ability of the orchard on ttements ents


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the property to absorb water run-off. Dugal said he spent a lot of money on water removal. He also commented that the area is difficult to access for fire and ambulance and other emergency vehicles. Kevin Fariweather, who owns the property in question spoke in favour. He noted that he is very near to the area would not need any bylaw amendments to go from R-1, residential to R-2S small lot duplex.

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Rossland Real Food and the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture welcomed some of the best local seed growers in the West Kootenays to Rossland’s annual Seedy Sunday at the Miners’ Hall. The event brought together local organic seed and produce growers from around the area. Mountain Seeds, Seed Basket, Stellar Seeds and Cherry Meadow Farms were all at the event with their unique locally adapted seeds and heirloom varieties. One of the featured events was a a presentation by Mad Dog Farms’ Jeremy Lack on how to get the best results in growing potatoes. There was also dinner and movie to round out the afternoon, with a bowl of vegetarian chilli on the menu and the documentary Queen of the Sun being shown. Sarah Flood, one of the Rossland Real Food members, said that the seed swap offers residents a chance to purchase local seeds that are more suited to this area, something that store bought seeds are not. “Local seeds are adapted to the area so they’re used to our weather conditions and they’re usually fresh,” Flood said, adding that the seed growers are selling high quality goods, which are mostly last years seeds, as opposed to older ones. She also said that it’s important to support seed growers in general because, “without seeds, we don’t have vegetables.” The seeds are organic and free from genetic modifications. Flood has her own garden and says she loves to grow potatoes. “A lot of people wonder why you’d grow potatoes when they’re so cheap

Elizabeth and Jeremy Lack stand behind the seeds from Mad Dog Farms near Castlegar during Seedy Sunday, an RCAC and Rossland Real Food event..

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at the store,” she said. “But you can get these crazy colours and all kinds of different flavours. Things you never imagined, and they just taste so good.” She also enjoys fresh lettuce and tomatoes, things that can taste much different form the store bought variety. Rossland Real Foods is in the process of becoming a society. This was the second annual seed swap and Flood said that there were quite a few new vendors this year. Flower seeds and other things were also available, including hats and books on gardening. The presentation by Mad Dog Farms’ Jeremy Lack was intently listened to by the seed enthusiasts at the event. Lack detailed the methods that his farm uses to maximize potato output including chitting the potatoes before burying, which is allowing the sprouts to grow in the open air prior to burying, and building up mounds around the potato plants to keep better temperature regulation in the soil. The afternoon’s events finished off with a bowl of vegetarian chilli and a showing of the movie Queen of the Sun, a documentary about the global bee crisis.

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Continued from P. 1 that the properties would sell and would make work for are the community. He said he would be giving about 1,100 sq. ft. to the city to be used as a bike trail or foot path, and that any trees in the way would be relocated. Of the 5,000 sq. ft. on the property, his building would only take up 1,000 sq. ft., he said. Mayor Greg Granstrom said that any major concerns he had were addressed by staff, so he had no problems passing the motion, which eventually was voted in, all in favour. Coun. Kathy Moore had initial concerns about green space, but ended up supporting the amendment. Moore said she believes the city needs to increase density and pre-

The property that received the bylaw amendment pictured above. vent sprawl. Coun. Tim Thatcher said he agrees with it. “It’s a good lot for making a du-

plex,” Thatcher said, though his biggest concern was that of access as well. “The access isn’t that good.”

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One of Rossland’s former mayors was at Rossland city council Monday asking that councillors move forward on the Columbia infrastructure project. Bill Profili, who was representing a group of citizens, asked that council take into account that the naysayers of the project are usually much more vocal than those that support it. Profili said that he understood there is a choice of two decisions before

scouncil; one is the status quo and the other is to “look into the future with a vision.” “The value of status quo is related to the old adage that, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said. “I see businesses in downtown closing, I see our community not growing and developing in the needs of the problems that were here 30 years ago.” He added that even though neither decision is right or wrong, he thinks there are a lot of Rosslanders who hope council chose the decision that brings a

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Rock Cut Neighbourhood Pub are preparing for the “Spring Fling” event March 28, starting at 5 p.m. Canadian Cancer Society volunteers Deborah Shergold and Dorothy Northrup, with pub owner Darrin Booth and staff member Justin Zattleman, invite you out. The event is a fundraiser. Submitted photo

Annual Turkey Roast coming up ARNE PETRYSHEN Rossland News Editor

Get your turkey or other potluck foods ready as Red Mountain Resort and the Spirit of Red is having their annual Turkey Roast. Lisa Wegner, events co-ordinator for the Spirit of Red, said the event is about celebrating something unique to Rossland and began with

a group of Americans who were so thankful that Rossland existed that they had a turkey roast. Wegner said that if you don’t have the cooking touch, then you can always bring a $5 donation to take part in the feast. The donation goes to Spirit of Red. Wegner adds that for those who bring a food, be it a turkey, ham or another dish, make sure it’s ready to go, as they won’t have time or

the volunteers to carve the food as well. The event is Thursday March 22 at the Sourdough Deck. It begins at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a shuttle service every half hour starting at 8 p.m. The Spirit of Red is also looking for volunteers for the event so if interested, contact Lorilie Jones at Red’s guest services, 362-7384 ext. 201

slow-growing rural communities. If DCCs work for about 70 per cent of the municipalities in B.C., why is Rossland so different that the city claims they are not applicable here? On the one hand, the city’s position seems to be, we expect little development so we don’t need DCCs. On the other hand, the infrastructure for the Columbia/Washington project is being sized for a pro-

jected population of 10,000 at Red Mountain and the RDKB has been told to use a future Rossland population of over 17,000 for any land purchase that may be necessary for a new sewage treatment plant. As Yogi Berra reportedly said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up somewhere else!” Ken Holmes Rossland

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Ski museum for all the world to see

With the recent announcement that Rossland is one of five cities in the running for the National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, excitement over the possibility of the prestigious building residing in this town is mounting. The museum could be exactly what the city was hoping for when news that the mine addit tour would be closed for good. There is also the argument that the current museum would have the knowledge to keep the skiing artifacts and precious memorabilia safe and in good condition, since there is already a wing of the museum devoted to that endeavour. On the historical side, Rosslanders are well aware of their cities historical feats when it comes to the endeavour of having two sticks of wood strapped to ones feet while getting from a elevated point to a lower point. Rossland is home of Western Canada’s first ski hill, as well as the first World Cup of skiing held in North America. There is also the long line of historical figures who had worldly ski success, from Nancy Greene-Raine to Kerrin Lee Gartner. There are also the significant characters of Rossland’s history, like Olaus Jeldness, who is right now being having his likeness molded into a bronze statue that will celebrate him and Rossland’s history in the heart of downtown. Though there is extensive work that the city, Teck and the museum will need to do before a sucessful but if the historical and social aspects come into play then there is no city that could use it more than Rossland. We want to hear from you.

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Pssst…can you spare an hour? Earth Hour is Saturday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m. Pledge to be a part of the FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge and get set to turn off your lights and electronics for one hour. Join the millions that are showing they care about how they use power every hour of every day. If you have a youth in the house who would like to play soccer this Spring, don’t delay registering them with Kootenay South Soccer. The closing date for registration is March 16. Log on to www.kootenaysouthsoccer. com to register. If you’re looking for something for the kids to do over the break, Shelley Painter will be running March Break Art Classes! Running Monday to Friday, March 12 to March 16 and then again from March 19 to 23, these two hour long classes run from 2 – 4 p.m. Each day will be a different project and some days will explore more than one project, using a specific technique. Participants can come to one class or all the classes – whichever works best for your child’s schedule. Suggested ages are 6 to 12 years, but 3-5 year olds are welcome to come with a parent or babysitter, for the first hour only. For specific information about each day, please log onto www.rossland. ca and look at the Spring Break Art Camp information in the center of the home page. The Spring Brochure is now online and can be viewed on the city’s website ( and also on Facebook. Hard copies of the Spring Brochure were put into post boxes on Friday, March 2. The brochure is full of action and activity for all ages as we shift seasons from winter to spring. Heather and Pam are available Monday to Friday at the recreation desk at city hall to take your registrations. Contact them at 250-3622327 or to arrange for program registrations! The Neighborhood of Learning (NOL) and Visions for Small Schools (VSS) committees have created a survey regarding the school configurations in Rossland. The survey can be found at Rossland Schools or in hard copy format at city hall. Important decisions are being made in our school district regarding school configurations and they need your input! The Neighborhood of Learning committee needs to know what Rosslanders want. It is critical that you make your views known so that NOL committee knows what to fight for and what perspectives to present to the

school district. All views and ideas matter and they want to hear from a diverse range of people. Make your views known!! Rossland residents completing this survey will be eligible for a $50 draw prize! Please complete this survey by March 19 to be eligible for the draw. Morning Zumba will be changing to a 7 a.m. start time on Mondays and Thursdays, starting Thursday, February 16. The class will run from 7:00-8:00am and help you get an early, healthy start to your day! Classes run in the Miners’ Hall and are $7 drop-in for those younger than 55 years of age and $6 drop in for those older than 55. The early morning classes will run until March 8 if there is enough interest to continue the 7 a.m. class. Evening Zumba will continue on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 7 p.m. If you would like to be on the instructor’s email list, to receive updates about schedule changes, please email Amber, at If you currently enjoy a recreation program in one of the school buildings, please note: all recreation programs either end before Spring Break (March 12-27) or take a break during the two weeks, resuming when school starts again, on March 28. There are no recreation programs when school is not in session. Rossland REAL Food presents: Native Pollinator Workshops: A combination of indoor information sessions and outdoor field days, featuring entomologist Lynn Westcott. The indoor information session will be held at the Rossland Legion Hall from 7 – 9 p.m. (starts on time) and will include: An introduction to native pollinators and their importance to our local plant and farm communities; specific information about the types of plants and nesting habitat that native pollinators require to thrive here; and a demonstration of how to make and manage nesting blocks. The indoor workshop is FREE!!! Pre-registration is required. Pre-register for the Rossland session by contacting Hanne Smith at 250-362-7767 or There are outdoor field days held in conjunction with the indoor information session. The low altitude field day will be held Rossland on Saturday, June 2 and the high altitude field day will be held in Rossland on Saturday, June 16. Funding and other support for these sessions is provided by Columbia Basin Trust, City of Rossland, Communities in Bloom, Selkirk College, Les Carter and local gardening groups. A7

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KAST pulls together education and innovation Innovate, Motivate, Educate. That’s the current “tagline” at the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) and something our little team has been thinking a lot about this year. What does it mean? Is it meaningful? The last piece is the easiest bit: Educate. KAST has always been passionate about education, about supports for kids, families and communities in our region, and about the basic idea that technical subjects like science, technology and math need not be dry or intimidating, or fit to any of the old clichés. These things can be tactile and engaging, fascinating and fun. KAST proudly runs an annual program of science and technology-based initiatives for kids and youth that we call GLOWS, or “Growing, Learning Opportunities with Science.” And grow it does! Sometimes it feels like GLOWS includes everything under the sun, because science really does surround us, and technology offers increasingly important opportunities to improve our lives, learning and work. It sounds heavy put that way, perhaps. So we start young and and we kast (ha!) our net wide. This year, Kootenay kids can join KAST and our partners in education at a science fair or math festival. They can build popsicle bridges with the Association of Professional Engineers and Scientists. They can come see Science World put on a show at the annual Community Science Celebration in April, where businesses and organizations from across the region come with their interactive demonstrations of the cool projects they’re working on right here in our region. Kids can see the stars with local astronomers and

Sign-up for the science fair The West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Science Fair had to be postponed from its March date, over to April 14. Registration for the fair opened March 9 for the region’s stellar young scientists. The fair allows the youths to compete for medals, prizes and the chance to show off their science projects on the national stage. They can even win scholarship money. The science fair takes place at the Castlegar Recreation Complex, in the Selkirk Room Saturday, April 14. With set-up at 8:30 a.m., judging from 9-11 a.m. and Public project viewing from 11-12:30 p.m. then finally Science Fair Awards at 12:30 p.m. in the arena. You can register online before April 5 at sfiab/westkootenayboundary. For more info, download the 2012 science fairs brochure and guide to completing your science fair project or contact the WKB Science Fairs Committee

the H.R. MacMillan space centre’s travelling exhibit, or check out a starfish in the BC Hydro AquaVan. We hope young people from the Boundary will help us build a solar car this summer, and we’re supporting a diverse offering of summer science camps hosted by our remarkable municipal recreation partners across the region. Scholarships are up for grabs for our grads in school districts 8, 10, 20 and 51. Teens can build a robot in the autumn with the Nelson Tech Club, or win cash by putting their ideas into film at one of our professionally-hosted fall filmmaking workshops and entering one of our two local Under-19 film festivals. And second-to-eighth graders give us the best laugh of the year with their wild and wacky problem-solving contraptions in the Christmas Kootenay Contraption Contest. KAST cannot and does not educate alone. GLOWS supporters include the Columbia Basin Trust, NSERC, FortisBC, Teck, Columbia Power, Nelson & District Credit Union, ASTTBC, APEGBC, BCHydro and partners at the school districts, Selkirk College, in communities and all our amazing volunteers. But mostly GLOWS relies on local families and educators to join us and share in celebrating the science that surrounds us throughout the West/Central Kootenay Boundary. Check us out at and by “liking” Growing, Learning Opportunities with Science (GLOWS) on facebook for the most current information on what’s happening at KAST – for kids. Submitted by KAST

It pays to be a youth volunteer The Columbia Basin Trust rewards students for volunteer service in their communities. If you are graduating this year and have a track record of volunteering, CBT wants to reward you with $2,000. The Youth Community Service Awards (YCSA) are available to 45 high school grads from a Basin high school, alternate school or other institution that grants Ministry of Education-recognized grad diplomas. These awards are not based on academic achievement, only on volunteer community service activity. Submit your application by April 13, 2012. Not graduating this year? Don’t despair! Now is a great time to get inspired and see what you can do to help your community grow and prosper by volunteering. The possibilities are many, but a few suggestions might be: helping a local non-profit organization, assisting with programs for seniors, a day camp for kids or joining an environmental organization looking for some help. Already graduated? CBT also provides 21 similar awards to Basin college students through the College Community Service Awards – administered through the regions local colleges. For more information on either program visit us at

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Top to bottom: The Rising Stars prepare for their skate to 99 Red Balloons; Starskaters Reina Cancilla, Payton Reed, Sianna Tomich and Desiree Cassidy, missing Alex Stephens, who all skated to Black Horse and a Cherry Tree; The Rising Star boys Sebastian Stephens and Brian Chan. Submitted photo

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Youth in Rossland take figure skating path On March 7, the Rossland arena was the backdrop to the yearend show “Carnival of Colors” presented by the Rossland Figure Skating Club. Opening the evening was Liz Stephens leading O Canada and announcing the skaters as they came out onto the ice. With over 50 skaters in the club, in their colorful outfits the audience sat back and enjoyed 13 songs with choreographed moves showcasing skills and talents. From the youngest skaters to the oldest members the “Starskaters” entertaining with their moving solos, it was a fun collective of colors. Coach Sabrina Hinson stepped up in Rossland this year to keep RFSC going another season, as well as the hard work of volunteers and RFSC President Teri Mack. All the Starskaters had the opportunity to perform solos including an Interpretive by Sianna Tomich and an Intro-Interpretative by Alex Stephens. The Rising Stars performed a skate to 99 Red Balloons, pictured lined up & lacing just before going on the ice. The ice dance includes red helium balloons, (helium was donated by Jeff ’s Collision in Rossland). Canskater groups delighted the crowd with colorful numbers that included songs and themes from “Charlie Brown, Blue Suede Shoes, Pink Panther and the Purple People Eaters. The finale closed with the entire club members skating to “True Colors.” All donations from the event went to help support RFSC. Submitted by the Rossland Figures Skating Club A11

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Helping to build the bridges of the future Time to test your bridge building skills, because the annual Popsicle Bridge building competitio put on by the Association of Professional Engineers and Scientists (APEGBC). The event is supported by the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology. Sets can be picked up at the KAST office in Rossland. Build your bridge and bring it to the April 14 Community Science Celebration for testing and a chance to win cash prizes! Here are some popsicle bridge building instructions:

There are no step-by-step instructions for this project! The object is to build a bridge using only popsicle sticks and glue, big enough for a “hot-wheels “ car to go across, and as strong as you can make it. One hint - any glued joint will be much stronger if it can be clamped in some fashion, like with a clothes peg, a C-clamp, or a vice. Materials: Bridge kits ($5) can be picked up at the Rossland KAST Office located at #1082196 LeRoi Avenue, or call (250) 483-5052 for more info.

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Still time to fill out Rossland school survey The Neighbourhood of Learning committee is still urging everyone who hasn’t to fill out their survey. The survey can be found both online and in paper form at city hall. The committee advises that important decisions will be made in our school district regarding school configurations and so would like to know what Rosslanders want for the schools. It’s important that residents make their views known so the

committee knows what to fight for and what perspectives to present to the school district. All views and ideas matter and we want to hear from a diverse range of people. For questions about the survey contact Jennifer Ellis rosslandvss@ Rossland residents completing this survey will be eligible for a $50 draw prize. Your name and contact information will be collected in a separate file at the end of the

survey. To be eligible for the draw prize, please complete the survey by March 19. The address to the survey is: www.surveymonkey.coms/RosslandSchools Paper copies of the survey can be picked up at city hall, MacLean Elementary and Rossland Secondary School and other Rossland businesses and dropped off at city hall or mailed to the Neighbourhood of Learning Committee, c/o the City of Rossland, PO Box 1179.

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Rossland hosting young leaders conference this week Young leaders from around the Basin will be coming to Rossland to participate in an important conversation at the Columbia River Treaty Young Leaders Conference. Hosted by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the conference takes place March 16 to 17 in Rossland. The event is free to attend. The goal of the conference is to help young people better understand what the Columbia River Treaty is, how it works and what considerations exist for the future. “This is a unique opportunity for young people to get involved and increase their knowledge on this important issue that may affect their future,” said Kindy Gosal, director of Water and Environment at the CBT. “We encourage young people to learn more and participate in this discussion about a locally-relevant international water management agreement.” The treaty is an international agreement between Canada and the United States to coordinate flood control and optimize hydroelectric power generation on both sides of the border. Under the 1964 treaty, three dams were constructed in Canada, including Mica, Duncan and Hugh Keenleyside. A fourth dam, Libby, was constructed in Montana. Its reservoir, the Koocanusa, extends 67 kilometres into Canada.

The treaty has no official expiry date, but has a minimum length of 60 years, which is met in September 2024. Either Canada or the U.S. can terminate many of the provisions of the agreement effective any time after September 2024, provided written notice is filed at least 10 years in advance (2014). While no decision has been made by either Canada or the U.S. on the future of the current treaty, given the importance of the issues, and the approaching date of 2014, both countries are now conducting studies and exploring future options. Over a thousand Basin residents have already attended CBT-hosted information sessions about the treaty in communities around the Basin. The Columbia River Treaty Young Leaders Conference is one more way CBT is helping ensure Basin residents are informed about the treaty. For more information, visit Deadline to apply was Wednesday, February 29. To learn more about the Columbia River Treaty, visit

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MacLean Elementary students Charlotte and Tatyanna take a break during the Grade 4/5 ski day at the end of February. Monika Smutny photo

A way to affordable ski lessons For families with young students looking for an affordable way to teach their kids to ski, snowboard or cross-country ski, now is the time to get started. Across Canada, ski areas are offering discounts to first-time skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. Discover Skiing and Discover Snowboarding are all-inclusive lift, lesson and rental packages at Canadian ski areas from coast to coast. And if you are a new nordic skier, check out the Discover CrossCountry package which include all-inclusive trail, lesson and rental packages. For years, millions of Canadi-

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Arts & Culture



The Fugitives played the Miners’ Hall on Saturday as part of the Rossland Council of Arts and Culture’s performance series. Arne Petryshen photo

The Fugitives let loose in Rossland ARNE PETRYSHEN Rossland News Editor

The audience at the Miners’ Hall Saturday night was treated to the interesting performance of Vancouver’s The Fugitives. The band played an eccentric number of tunes over the various

stringed instruments; guitar, violin, banjo and a three-stringed triangular guitar. The group played folk style music with spoken word intermitted within and even had one song that used nothing but a snare drum and clapping for rhythm. The next Rossland Council of the Arts and Culture performance series is April 7.


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FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.



The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.


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Join the celebration ’fer the grandest time ta’ be had! March 17,2012

A day of celebration for all the Irish Every March 17, Irish culture is celebrated in Ireland and around the world, especially in Canada, the United States, and Australia, where Irish ancestry is common. During these festive occasions alcohol flows freely and green decorations abound. St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated for the first time in North America in 1737, in the city of Boston. Since then, parades in North America have developed into entertaining events that draw huge crowds. In pubs and restaurants along the route, anybody can be Irish for the day as they imbibe great mugs of green beer and jiggle their feet to fiddle music. The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world is held in New York. More than two million revellers gather on Fifth Avenue, where the flamboyant towers of St. Patrick’s Cathedral have been part of the skyline since the end of the nineteenth century. The parade was first held in 1762 when Irish soldiers crowded the sidewalks of the city on March 17 to hail St. Patrick. The most impressive is undoubtedly the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade, where the Chicago River is dyed green for the event. In order to do this, a green fluorescein dye, usually used to study marine currents, is added to the water. In the city’s early days, up to 45 kilograms of this dye would be dumped into the river, although since 1962, only 18 kilograms of green make the river Irish for the day.

St. Patrick’s Day!!

On St.Patrick’s Day, the Chicago River is dyed green for the event.


Introducing our Kitchen Manager, Renowned In ned Chef Carol Enns & her talented team. Catherine Craig Kris Markling Stephanie Verot

Hannah Enns Brittanie Catalano o Cody Shaw

st . .patrick’s day featuring Clansey’s own slow roasted Corned Beef

• Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs • Corned Beef Reuben on Winnipeg Rye Bread • Corned Beef & Cabbage Soup-An Irish Tradition

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Sundays All Day Breakfast features “Exclusive from Scratch Hollandaise Sauce” on Free Range Farm Fresh Eggs Benny, Eggs Florentine & Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny

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March 15, 2012 edition of the Rossland News