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Friday, April 27 • 2012

Vol. 4 • Issue 86

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Pioneer profile discovers A League of Their Own See Page 5

City axes Bringing back an ecosystem longtime heritage adviser Selkirk College Students Continue Cottonwood Restoration Project

Consultant who played key role in revitalizing downtown dropped from latest budget

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GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

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students in areas intended for non-human use. “There are other parts near the waterfront for people to use. We’re putting more of the focus on non-human use for this restoration,” she said. “I feel like we need to take care of nature that’s close at hand… If we can take care of what we have right in our city that is a habitat for wild creatures, then we should do that.”

In a move one critic calls a “death knell for heritage” in Nelson, the city is cutting funding to its community heritage commission by more than half and dispensing with its longtime design consultant. Robert Inwood, who has been closely associated with local heritage projects for more than 30 years, will no longer be kept on retainer, and specific consulting projects will instead be tendered competitively. The commission, which makes recommendations to city council on matters affecting downtown heritage buildings, will have its budget of $14,000 reduced by $7,500, senior city planner Dave Wahn told members during their regular monthly Tuesday. That’s roughly equivalent to what Inwood was paid.

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Members of the Selkirk College restoration program got their hands dirty this week as they took to planting native species of plants along the banks of Cottonwood Creek. The restoration initiative aims to build natural ecosystems in the area. SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

An area of town that was once neglected will be receiving a little extra attention through a restoration project aimed at recreating a natural ecosystem. “I’ve been involved in this project to restore Cottonwood Creek for 10 years,” says Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, a member of the committee dedicated to the effort. The goal of the initiative is to restore the natural ecosystem for

vegetation and wild creatures by putting in several plants that would have naturally grown in areas where there’s currently little more than grass. “Once the plants establish they’ll bring in other native plants and birds will stop in and use the area, and then the whole ecosystem starts to work,” said Derek Marcoux, program chair for the School of Environments and Geomatics at Selkirk College. Delehanty Pearkes said plants such as dogwood and cedar have already been planted by Selkirk

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A Nelson resident has become the first participant in the city’s new EcoSave energy retrofit program. “There are lots of opportunities with the program,” said Jason Boily. “Initially we thought about upgrading some of the single pane windows and there are also some small insulation things and other projects.” Boily owns a 113 year old heritage home on Victoria Street. “The greatest thing about this for me is I don’t even know a lot of things that can be done,” he said. “I want to learn about them and I want to do my part and be a prudent member of our community.” The program is being launched first as a pilot program for 2012 and 2013 and program co-ordinator Carmen Proctor is hoping to see as many as 200 participants.

The City of Nelson’s energy retrofit co-ordinator Carmen Proctor helped launch the new ecosave project on Monday by naming Jason Megan Cole photo Boily the first participant.

“We would be the very first in BC and one of the first in Canada to offer onbill financing for this type of program,” Proctor said on Monday. The EcoSave program will

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“I have a feeling interest in the program is really going to explode,” said Proctor. “I know that one of the hardware stores has turned away customers coming to buy insulation and windows saying ‘wait, there is an exciting program starting up. Watch for it in the newspapers and on the radio.’” Proctor said the city is hoping to offer this as a long term program and during the two year pilot they will work to improve it and modify to “perfect” it. “I don’t think we’re going to close the participation at any certain number, but we have a target we’d like to see which is 200 people with at least half of those doing retrofits to their homes,” she said. Without even having registration forms printed, Proctor said there are already 37 interested homeowners. For more information about the EcoSave program and how to register, contact Proctor at cproctor@nelson. ca or call 250-509-2021.


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Several groups have taken part in Cottonwood project Continued from Page 1 Marcoux said students taking restoration courses at the college have been taking part in projects like this in the city for the past 10 years. “We walk the students through how to do an ecological restoration project from start to finish and this is a great part where we can get on the ground, put plants in and do all the labour that’s

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News Tightening Budget at City Hall

Heritage commission fate unknown GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

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While the community heritage commission digests the news its budget has been slashed and its design consultant let go, the future of the commission itself is up in the air. Senior city planner Dave Wahn says staff has been asked to review options for restructuring the commission, but the final decision will be up to council.

He reassured members, however, that whatever recommendation comes forward “will make sure heritage has the opportunity to flourish. How that will happen, I can’t say.” But Robert Inwood, the commission’s former design guru, is concerned with the city’s stance. “They were talking about reviewing some of the commissions with an eye toward improving or streamlining them,” he says. “I don’t know

how you can make them more economical because they’re essentially volunteer.” Inwood says while the heritage commission is sometimes perceived negatively by business owners as impinging on their freedoms, its purpose is to protect the overall look of the downtown as well as the public and private money that refurbished it. “There is a reason behind the guidelines and rules,” he says.

“Nelson is not like every other community. Because it has this unique heritage, you have to adjust your thinking a bit.” Commission member Pat Rogers concurred, calling heritage “our only sustainable industry.” “I think heritage is in trouble. If it doesn’t have a separate voice, it’s going to be in dire straits,” she said. “You have to have a heritage and history watchdog in this community.”

Inwood authored city’s design guidelines Continued from Page 1 “Budgetary considerations necessitated we do not have a design consultant as part of the team, but some flexibility to hire as needed,” Wahn said. “We will get expertise case-by-case as applications come across our desk.” He explained that while small projects can be awarded directly, all larger contracts must go through a competitive bidding process. “Even if we had the money, we would have to go out to market,” he said. “[Inwood] may or may not be the successful candidate. Bob is an important player with a lot of expertise, but he’s a contractor, not an employee.” The move didn’t sit well with the commission. “I just find it a step backwards,” said Patricia Rogers, who has served on the volunteer group for four years. “Bob has been connected with heritage in the city since the early ‘80s.” She worried it sounded the “death knell for heritage,” and noted the commission recently passed a motion ask-

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ing the city to cut the rest of its budget but keep Inwood. In an interview after the meeting, Rogers added: “A man with how many years of experience and we’re not prepared to use him? That doesn’t make sense. They don’t call him Mr. Heritage for nothing. He has knowledge of every building on Baker Street. That’s what we need — that’s what the city needs.” Wahn pointed out Inwood’s contribution will continue to be felt regardless of his absence from the meetings: he is the author of the design guidelines in the official community plan, which the commission will still rely upon. “That is not going to change. Bob’s expertise is

here with us in the guidelines he established.” The commission passed a motion asking the city to restore funding for a design consultant — although they were told they could not specifically name Inwood. Inwood sat on the city’s first heritage advisory committee and co-ordinated the revitalization project that saw Baker Street restored to its Victorian splendour. He has been an adviser ever since, although kept a lower profile in recent years. In an interview, he said he was surprised to learn his services were no longer required. “Some months ago we discussed the contract. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I guess generally to carry on as we have successfully for many years,” he says. “For whatever reason, council decided to eliminate that bit of the budget used to fund my services.” Inwood said he worked with city staff to review several dozen applications each year and fast-track signs and

minor building renovations while maintaining a level of visual quality. He was paid $1,500 quarterly — a discount rate given his lengthy relationship with Nelson. “It didn’t seem like it was breaking the bank and typically in the past I think the mood of council and staff was they were getting good value,” he said. “Weird things happen in politics sometimes. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a longstanding situation with a community and they very coldly, it seems, axe people out of the picture.” Inwood, who lives in Winlaw but has property in Nelson, added he might be interested in serving on the commission as a volunteer. “I am a building and business owner on Baker Street. That is also part of my concern. I count on a certain set of regulations, processes, and standards being in place to safeguard my investment.” Inwood says he sent a “pretty strong letter” to Wahn, carbon copied to the mayor.

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tion. In the 1940s, city native Lillian Hickey played for two years with the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous to later generations by the movie starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks. The second oldest of Robert and Jean Hickey’s six children, Lillian showed outstanding athletic ability from an early age. “Lil was an outgoing, vibrant person and a talented all-round athlete during her era,” says her niece Bev LaPointe. “She loved sports and excelled in whichever sport she touched.” At 13, she started playing senior softball for the Nelson Red Sox, and was described in newspaper reports as “a brilliant batter and outfielder.” She won the city league batting title in 1941, and for years was among the top players on the Nelson rep team. She also played basketball, bowled for a team that won the first inter-city ladies five pin tournament, and regularly swam across Kootenay Lake, winning numerous swimming and diving competitions. During World War II, she worked in the Civic Centre manufacturing parts for Boeing’s Catalina Bombers, and then in 1942 moved to Vancouver to play ball for the Pacifics. Over three seasons, she divided her time between third base and outfield, and was among the league’s best hitters, never batting below .382. When an offer came to turn pro, she demurred at first while trying to convince pitcher and fellow Nelsonite Hazel Johnson to join her on the Pacifics. Ultimately, however, she

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did head south to play for Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1946, she appeared in 21 games, went 13-for-61 at the plate, with three runs scored, three runs batted in, one walk, one stolen base, and 13 strikeouts. The team finished seventh in the eight-team loop, with a 42-70 record. The following year, she attended spring training in Chicago and then went on a two-week tour of Cuba. In the second week, her team’s exhibition games drew 75,000 people. They followed it up with a whirlwind tour of the American south. Hickey then made her way home from Ontario, working at the Banff Springs Hotel en route. In 1952, she went to Panama and spent a few years living among the locals while working on a banana plantation. Upon returning to Nelson, she was active in the early development of the Silver King ski hill, and was elected president of the

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Nelson ski club in 1954. After her death in 1965 at 43, a ski trophy in her honour was created for the most “sportsmanlike skier on the hill,” which aptly described her. Although she was only eight when her aunt passed away, LaPointe says Hickey “had a tremendous impact in my life and I still think of her often.” A standout softball player in her own right, LaPointe credits her aunt with teaching her to swim, ski, skate, and play ball. Around the time A League of Their Own was made, someone called the family asking if they had Hickey’s old uniform. Unfortunately not, although LaPointe does have some

Cuban cigars with Hickey’s name and “Kenosha Comets 1946-47” inscribed on them. In 1998, Hickey was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as one of 64 Canadians who played in the All-American league, including five others from BC. (Ironically, they accounted for more than 10 per cent of all players.) “Lil’s athletic ability coupled with the opportunity to play ball carried her far beyond the limits set out by society for women of that era,” LaPointe says. “She was and will forever be my hero.” ™ For more photos from Lillian Hickey’s sporting career, see

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Friday, April 27, 2012 Nelson Star

Editorial Celebrating the season


his weekend winter will be officially ousted when the Lakeside playing fields come alive with young soccer players. Winter lovers had a bounty of snow to keep them busy for the last few months and chilly temperatures held on for a little too long for some. But now that the grass has hued into green and the buds on trees are emerging, it’s time to embrace the new season. If Mother Nature agrees — the forecast for Saturday looks promising — Nelson Youth Soccer players of all ages will descend on the playing fields. Soccer season is really a celebration of community. The largest sports organization in the region, Nelson Youth Soccer will have almost 1,000 kids kicking the ball around this spring. It’s the world’s game and over the past few years thousands of Nelson area youth have joined the fun. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to take in Super Saturday during a Nelson spring, it’s more than just the sport. Parents and supporters assemble along the sidelines with their lawn chairs, sipping their morning coffee and cheering the kids on. It’s a chance to catch up with friends and get to know each other a little bit better. All of this in one of the most incredible natural stadiums on the planet. With pitches along the shoreline of Kootenay Lake and Elephant Mountain helping frame the scene, it’s one of the reasons people choose to make this area their home. Though Nelson’s forefathers may have made some mistakes on our city’s waterfront — either through necessity of the times or bad judgement — the playing fields and pathway are an example of fantastic planning. It takes an incredible amount of energy to pull off a youth sport season of any sort. The volunteer hours put in by association brass, coaches and parents can never be repaid. But it never hurts to give a simple thanks. Sport is one of the pillars of overall community health. With soccer being the biggest of them all, it’s time to celebrate the beautiful game. To all participants, parents and planners... have a great season. The Nelson Star is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to the BC Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

Victoria View – Tom Fletcher

Imagining an NDP government


DP victories in two byelections bring the standings in the legislature to 46 BC Liberals, 36 NDP and three independents, one of whom has pledged allegiance to the BC Conservatives. BC Conservative leader John Cummins put a brave face on his third-place finish in Port MoodyCoquitlam and Chilliwack-Hope. Even in bedrock conservative Fraser Valley farm country, in a protest byelection with a high-profile candidate, the BC Conservatives managed to attract just enough to deliver a landmark NDP seat. The NDP was helped by the absence of the BC Green Party on the byelection ballots, with most of its five per cent support from 2009 presumably going to the winners. Cummins said his party’s goal going into the Port Moody-Coquitlam vote, with an unknown candidate and a handful of volunteers, was to break 10 per cent. They got 15 per cent and he declared a moral victory. Cummins rejected a possible merger with the “discredited” BC Liberals. Premier Christy Clark was equally emphatic that she will be the leader of the “free enterprise coalition” in the 2013 election. So the stage is set for an NDP majority government. What will that look like? Well, Port Moody mayor-turnedMLA Joe Trasolini has a wealth of local government experience, so pencil him in as municipal affairs minister. A long-time supporter of the BC Liberals, Trasolini should clarify if he endorses the NDP constitution, which still opposes all profit-making activity. He’s not the only high-profile newcomer likely to be included in an Adrian Dix cabinet. New NDP candidates from union executive ranks will likely include long-time Hospital Employees’ Union president Judy Darcy. She no longer talks about bringing a “Marxist analysis” to economic matters. Darcy is now best known for leading the long court battle against the BC Liberal government’s contract-

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breaking legislation of 2002. The eventual decision of the Supreme Court of Canada basically invented a constitutional right to collective bargaining. (The high court could also ponder if there might be a right not to belong to a union, but that’s another story.) Then there’s George Heyman, the long-time BC Government Employees’ Union president. After leaving the BCGEU, Heyman has taken a turn as executive director of Sierra Club BC, a branch plant of the US enviro-machine that works against BC forest, mining, power and petroleum development. These folks would be working with Stephen Howard, who went from senior positions at the BCGEU and CUPE to his current role as Dix’s chief of staff. Dix, of course, benefited from the sudden ouster of Carole James, who made the mistake of trying to loosen big labour’s grip on the NDP and modernize some of its quaint 1930s notions. Then we have BC’s third-largest political party, the BC Teachers’ Federation, which has already

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confirmed it will continue its long campaign to replace the BC Liberals with the NDP next year. Such a team brings impressive experience, but unfortunately for taxpayers, much of that experience has been in extracting money from the public treasury. And if recent BC history is any guide, this fundamental conflict of interest will receive little or no media attention in the months to come. Instead, the conventional wisdom will be that voters want “change.” Correction: Last week’s column referred to the 1971 Greenpeace campaign against atmospheric nuclear testing. That protest boat was directed at a US nuclear test off Alaska, not a Soviet test as stated. Subsequent Greenpeace protests targeted the Soviet slaughter of grey whales, and the last atmospheric nuclear tests, conducted by France in the South Pacific. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press. He can be reached at

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Letters to the Editor

Serving Nelson & Area Since 1987.

Second opinions are vital For the third time in my life, through the regular West Kootenay medical channels, I was diagnosed with cancer. Chemo was strongly advised and two different kinds of chemo were offered. Because I felt healthy and strong, not at all exhausted like I had with my previous bouts of cancer, because all my blood tests showed my body wasn’t fighting anything, and because my naturopath, Dr. Brenda Gill, who read copies of all the various medical reports said to me, “nothing is conclusive in these reports,” I declined the chemo. Further CT scans over the course of a year showed slow growth of the lump. More pressure was applied by various Nelson medical people for me to have chemo, including an offer to go to Calgary to have a sizable chunk cut out of my body and in conjunction with this, to have various kinds of chemo applied, all of which sounded horrendous and terrifying. Dr. Gill still said the information was inconclusive.

Next came a suggestion I look into palliative care for myself, followed by a string suggestion that I have palliative surgery, with the understanding that I would have at most a year to live.

“The pathology report shows that the lump was benign and no signs of cancer were found anywhere. It was simply a lump I would have died with rather than from.” I would have two and a half years left with the chemo regime. Being more interested in a good life rather than a longer life of suffering, with my continued good health and good blood tests, with skiing still in full swing, I continued to decline. I cashed in some of my RRSPs, considered euthanizing my old dog since I didn’t want her to outlive me,

looked into putting my house up for sale this spring, and gave away carloads of belongings. I canceled my trip to Holland for my mother’s 91st birthday and a family reunion. Finally an appointment with a specialist in Kelowna for a second opinion was arranged. This urgent visit took more than four months to arrange while my emotional rollercoaster ride continued. The Kelowna specialist apologized for anyone ever having used the word palliative. The lump was surgically removed. The pathology report shows that the lump was benign and no signs of cancer were found anywhere. It was simply a lump I would have died with rather than died from. Always get a second opinion and look for alternatives before making life-changing decisions. Having written this, I can now continue with my life which may very well be a long and healthy one. Ann Alma Nelson

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Lovely 3 bedroom home tucked away on a roomy lot walking distance to downtown, the mall and Lakeside Park. Many nice updates including the bathroom. 2 Bedrooms on the main and one in the finished basement with outside entry. Beautiful yard with landscaping, rock work and private back patio. Covered front porch with lake view.

Character home in lower Rosemont. Quality built with wood windows and oak floors. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, two gas fireplaces. Full finished basement gives lots of room for the family to spread out or very good suite potential with an outside entry. New hot water tank and 100 amp electrical service, roof is 3 years old. Very large lot with beautiful flowers and plants, great back yard. A walking path across from the home takes you right down town in 10 minutes. Very good value for you and your family.










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What A View

Top floor, corner unit. Neat and tidy one bedroom condo at Blaylock just a few miles from Nelson on the beautiful North Shore. Vaulted ceiling in living room, beautiful kitchen and bright bedroom. The 8’x25’ deck has a wonderful lake view and is great for container gardening. Condo also includes a single carport and storage room.

Prime lake and city view property conveniently located on Douglas Rd. in Fairview. A 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 storey house on a .21 acre spacious family property. This solid house could use some cosmetic upgrades but well worth it with this lot and location.

Public Notice WATER MAIN FLUSHING PROGRAM SLUGS. To Nelson city council and mayor for failing to do their jobs and provide Nelson citizens with adequate facilities: 1. The Nelson recreation complex is too small to accommodate fitness classes and there is no gym to play basketball or hold classes. Poor people don’t ski and play hockey. 2. The “regional” airport. Constant cancellations and unpredictable service is killing business. 3. No movie theatre. 4. No outdoor skate areas for youth. Nelson is not a place for families but a place for the dead. The council is so concerned about their budget, but they have supported the police and fire department so you know where their loyalties lie and it’s not with citizens. SLUGS. Slithering slimy slugs to the nasty neighbour who resides next to a children’s daycare who continues to harass parents as they drop off and pick up their children. FYI: The alleyway is for public use! You have seriously traumatized my four year old son with your foul mouth and aggressive behavior. He still asks about the mean man in the alley. Shame on you for scaring the children! Perhaps moving will be a solution to your discomfort living next to a daycare centre. Next time I hope the police handcuff you and take you away! – Fat “Butt” Mother

HUGS. A huge thanks to Karen MacDonald of the City of Nelson and her street sweeping crew who have worked so diligently to make the streets in our neighbourhood look so tidy. Karen has responded to the needs of the neighbourhood in a prompt and efficient manner. The City of Nelson is to be credited for the great choice in putting Karen in charge of this department. She has always responded to any concerns in a most positive manner. Thank you from the Braderwood Estates neighbourhood and for the work on Mill Street and Elm Street. HUGS. To Corazón and Allison Girvan for their unique performance at Touchstones. What an honour and privilege to witness and be immersed in such ethereal music. Many were moved to tears including me. We are all richer for the experience. Many thanks. My only regret was in not purchasing tickets for every show. HUGS. To Ian and your love for your son Theo. Thanks for sharing your story. You are just so cute. HUGS. To the mystery person who left chocolate eggs for the water crew. Mmmmm! SLUGS. To the women who left her dog in the Chevrolet on April 23 at the dog park. Parked in the hot afternoon sun without a window even slightly open!

If you have a Hug or a Slug... we’d like to hear it. Simply email us at editor@nelsonstar. com with your short quips, compliments or complaints. We will print the anonymous submissions for all to see. Be honest, but all we ask is you keep it tasteful. You can also drop by a written submission to our offices at 514 Hall Street.

The City of Nelson Utilities Department will start the Water Main Flushing Program. The Àushing will be done Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, commencing on Tuesday, May 1st until (approximately) Monday, June 11th. Flushing water mains is carried out as part of an annual scheduled preventative maintenance program to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes and to help maintain water quality in the water distribution system. The bene¿ts include maintaining and potentially improving the water quality level in the mains. This method will also reduce bacteriological growth, restore disinfection residuals, improve colour, control corrosion and can help restore Àow and pressures in the distribution system. As your area is Àushed, your plumbing may experience a temporary reduction in water pressure and/or discoloration of the water. These conditions are normal during Àushing activities and are only temporary. Please run your drinking, cooking and laundry water before using. To clear your water lines, turn on your cold water tap or outside hose bib and let it run until the water is clear for approximately 15 minutes. Residents on a dialysis machine should call us at the number listed below and the crews will work to accommodate the resident. Some larger facilities will be contacted prior to work being done in their area of town. We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause. For more information, please contact: Phone: 250-352-8238 email:


Friday, April 27, 2012 Nelson Star

News Greg Scott’s Popular History Column Moves Into Its Second Decade

Finding a point where past and present meet GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter


or ten years, Greg Scott has combed the vast back files of the Nelson Daily News, picking out forgotten items to present to a modern audience. For his former weekly column, All the News That’s Fit to Print, and now his bi-weekly Star column, Touchstones of Nelson, he’s spent hundreds of hours looking at old newspapers. “My father always said you’ve got to have something to do when you get old, or six months after you retire you’ll be dead,” he says. “I discovered the museum and got into history.” That was 1998, not long after he had been hired as office manager at the Daily News. When the paper celebrated its centennial a few years later, he was asked to do a column detailing what was going on in Nelson 100 years ago. The idea certainly wasn’t unique — many papers have “remember when” type features, usually looking at a given date in five or ten year intervals, and retired archivist

Shawn Lamb did one for the Daily News. But from the outset, Scott set himself apart by seeking links between the past and the present. “I’ve always looked and said ‘What’s relevant today? What happened then that’s happening now?’” The handful of items he chooses are sometimes abridged but otherwise unedited. He has since zipped around to different years, switching things up every six months or so. He’s currently alternating between 1922 and 1962. While he doesn’t shy away from tragedy or controversy, he is careful not to come too close to the present. “The problem with newer stuff is you start running into people whose lives were affected,” he says. “I ran into that twice.” In one instance, a suicide victim’s sister was still alive. In another, a now-elderly woman who was part of a love triangle that ended with a murder-suicide was still around — but had never told her family about it. Mostly, however, Scott says he has received positive feedback from those for whom the column brings back memories.

Greg Nesteroff photo

Greg Scott examines an old volume of the Nelson Daily News as he prepares his next Touchstones of Nelson column.

This week marks his tenth anniversary. Now retired, he’s kept the column up without fail except for a two-month hiatus after the Daily News folded, and figures he has done 450 installments. Touchstones has sponsored

it that entire time and provided him with the original papers to work from. He spends about three hours a week at it. “The great thing about reading old newspapers is following things as they happen,” he says. “You know the outcome. You

know the king didn’t die.” While he isn’t sure what year he will tackle next, he finds the era from 1890 to 1925 the most interesting : “I like the earlier years and the war years as well. They hold a lot of memories for people.”

Touchstones of Nelson – Greg Scott

Dam construction to begin soon


Dateline April 7, 1962

he decision to sell Vernon Street Park to commercial interests, or move the War Memorial to the park or Courthouse lawn may be placed in the hands of the voters. In January Hume Hotel approached the city with the prospect of converting the lawns and flower gardens into a commercial development, an extension of its holdings. Immediate objection was registered by the legion and Ald. B.C. Affleck, a veteran of the First World War. They claimed the park was an extension of the war memorial and originally it was planned to move the cenotaph to the small park. The general meeting approved that a referendum be presented to the populace with questions as to move or not to move the ceno-

taph and if moved, should it be to the park adjacent to the hotel or to the Courthouse grounds


the Arrow Lakes as a power reservoir, said that the government “hasn’t got the answers” to the Columbia critics.

Dateline April 17, 1962

he Provincial Water Rights Controller has announced that he has issued conditional licences for the construction of the three dams called for under the Columbia River treaty. This means that the newly-created British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority could start construction immediately under provincial laws. However, there are two other federal laws which must be complied with. The dams are at Mica Creek, Arrow Lakes and Duncan Lake. Meanwhile in Ottawa, H.W. Herridge, the MP whose Kootenay West constituency would be affected by flooding


Dateline April 21, 1962

he permanent city fire staff will be reduced by four men, city council decreed as one of three budget balancing moves in a special city council meeting. Council believed that the four remaining firemen plus the large volunteer unit could maintain the city’s national fire safety ranking despite increased area through amalgamation last summer. The fire staff shrinkage decision came just days after the Firefighters’ Union presented their agreements concerning the 1962 wage agreement to an arbitration board. The firemen were asking for a 15 per cent

wage increase. However, the Firemen feel that a staff cut would be false economy for the city. A rise in insurance rates in reaction to the city staff reduction would possibly cost more in the long run than what the city would save by reduction of the permanent staff from eight to four men.


Dateline April 23, 1962

oronto Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 2-1 Sunday with late period goals to win the Stanley Cup for the eighth time in the team’s history. The Leafs, who outplayed and outskated the defending cup champions throughout most of the suspense filled game, spotted the Hawks a goal midway through the final 20 minutes and then whipped in a pair in less than

four minutes. The Leafs, who had last won the cup in 1951, took the series 4-2.


Dateline April 26, 1962

nland Gas Company crews completed repair work late Wednesday on a section of the gas pipeline just above the Kootenay River crossing on the south side of the river from Glade. The pipeline was blown on Tuesday by terrorists who dug several feet to place a bomb beneath the pipeline. A two-foot section of the pipe was ripped out by the blast and debris was blown many yards. The explosion failed to cut service to Nelson as two days supply to the city was left in the standby tank if the present rate of consumption had continued. The attack has been blamed on Sons of Freedom by RCMP.

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News Nelson Gyros Start Coin Drive for Friends of the Family

Helping get rid of pennies, helping others SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

The Nelson Gyro Club is encouraging the community to save their pennies for a fundraiser that aims to help out friends and families. Starting today, the Gyro Club is holding a coin drive throughout the community to raise money for Friends of the Family, a local charity dedicated to helping those in time of emergency. Eli Tetrault, a member of the Nelson Gyro Club, said the club doesn’t usually hold fundraisers, but they felt it was the right time to give back to the community. “Now that the federal government is doing away with pennies, we thought it would be a great time to start a coin drive,” he said, adding that after looking for a charity to donate to they chose Friends of the Family for the work they do supporting those in need in the community. “They do a lot of good in the

community and all of the money stays in the community,” said Tetrault. “I was totally pleasantly surprised when I was informed of it,” said Friends of the Family board member Ruth O’Bryan. Operating in the community since 2000, O’Bryan says the charity was formed to fill a gap that was evident in terms of helping people out. “What we do is try to help out families that get into sudden medical crisis, provide them with financial aid so they can deal with some expenses of their medical situation,” she said. “There’s all sorts of medical plans, but they don’t kick in very quickly. If you have to go to Vancouver or Calgary for medical reasons tomorrow and you don’t have that kind of money, you’ll need some help.” O’Bryan said last year they helped out nine families, one on a recurring basis, and gave out just under $20,000. Friends of the Family receives

Ruth O’Bryan from Nelson Friends of the Family (left) and Eli Tetrault from the Nelson Gyro Club (right) get prepared for the coin drive which aims to raise money for the local charity. Samuel Dobrin photo

donations from the community periodically, but O’Bryan said to have a fundraiser like this if

very uncommon. Those looking to donate their coins can call 250-352-7042, or

visit one of the local businesses where the Gyro Club is placing mason jars for donation.

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Friday, April 27, 2012 Nelson Star


Finley’s nine years in business this Friday, April 27! On May 1, 2003 we were 26 years old and thought we can do this. Thank you so much Nelson for making Finley’s dreams come true! Come down this Friday to Finley’s and check out their new menu, the renovations and have a Finley burger on them! It’s their way of saying thank you!

Opening social at the Taghum Hall, Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. bring an instrument and partake in fireside story telling accompanied by warm bannock and borscht. Saturday and Sunday enjoy morning and afternoon workshops at LVR covering topics on global warming, energy systems, solar panels, and go carts. Then on Saturday night at 7 p.m., April 28, the Legion will be hosting environmental documentaries made by YOU! Create a three minute video telling us what you LOVE about the Kootenays and win $100! For more information and registration details contact Shannon Lanaway at or call 250-354-1743.

Friends of the Library will hold their spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28 at the basement of the library. Book extravaganza, where you can pick up a bag of books for only $3, between 2 and 3 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

It’s spring, and time once again for the annual community luncheon hosted by the Balfour Anglican Church Guild! Admission is $4 for adults and $2 children and includes sandwiches and cupcakes and there will also be a bake sale, deli, plants, and prizes! Come join us at the Balfour Community Hall on Saturday, April 28.

Living the Practice, Collected Writings on the Transformative Potential of Yoga draws on Swami Radhananda’s 30 years as a yoga teacher and her rich experiences as a mother and educator. She presents yoga not as the esoteric art of a few flexible people, but as an everyday spiritual practice that can play a role in anyone’s life – at a business meeting, while driving in traffic, cooking or gardening. Join us in launching the new title on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Yasodhara Ashram, at the end of Walker’s Landing Road near the Kootenay Bay ferry terminal. Swami Radhananda will read from the book and there will be group discussions, followed by tea. All are welcome. For more information, visit or call (250)227-9224

Seniors have the right to live in dignity, free from abuse, neglect or exploitation. If you have questions or concerns for yourself or an other senior please contact us at the Nelson and Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at 719 Vernon Street or phone 250-352-6000 or read more about us and email us via nelsonelderabuseprevention. org. All seniors welcome to the monthly meeting of the

Senior Citizens’ Association Branch No. 51, located at 717 Vernon Street. Meeting commences at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Tea and goodies will be served after the meeting. Some of the activities enjoyed at the centre include bridge, crib, whist, dominos, chess and snooker. For further information, call 250-352-7078 weekday afternoons. It’s Wild and Wacky time again at the Nelson library. Our last teen program of the school year, for ages 12 and up will be on Wednesday, May 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. This month’s program will be a chance to make something special for Mother’s Day. Come on down – have a snack, play a card or board game, hang out with friends. For more information email jharris@ or call 250-505-5683.

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lery 378 (Craft Connection, 378 Baker Street). Door open at 6:00 p.m.. Delicacies and refreshments will be served. SPIRITUAL

Walk As One At One is a celebration of World Labyrinth Day which is locally facilitated by the Nelson Community Labyrinth Group. Join thousands around the globe who will be walking labyrinths at 1:00 p.m. in their respective time zones. This will create a rolling global meditation celebrating our connection with the global community. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event being held on Saturday, May 5 at the Lakeside Labyrinth located in Rotary Lakeside Park near the tennis courts. For more information call 250-352-9630.

The Nelson Branch of the BC SPCA invites you to an animal-themed day of fun on Saturday, May 5. The event, presented by Hill’s Science Diet, takes place from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Nelson SPCA, 520-C Falls Street. In addition to featuring pets looking for loving homes, activities at the Nelson SPCA Open House will include a barbecue, refreshments, and much more.


On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 many people in Nelson and around the world will take to the street to answer Jane Jacobs’ famous call to “get out and walk”. The Sixth annual Jane’s Walk is a chance to explore Nelson’s neighbourhoods with fresh eyes and a curious mind. Find detailed walks at www.janeswalk. net look out for posters with walk details in local shops, select favourites on the free iPhone app and get out and walk on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday May 6.

Looking for a fun way to run around indoors? Join Nelson’s Indoor Ultimate Frisbee League on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Drop-in spots available. Contact for more information.

The first Sunday of every month those who love story gather at the Back Alley Studio. Everyone one is welcome to attend and/or recount traditional tales, myths, personal experiences, local history, or just about anything that moves you to speak. It is an informal gathering with lofty aspirations of bring the world to Nelson and Nelson to the world. A place to remember: The Back Alley Studio, first Sunday of every month. St. Saviour’s stained glass windows are unique and collectively the best example of Church stained glass in the Kootenays and on par with those in cathedrals in Vancouver and Victoria. Local history researcher, Greg Scott, will highlight the people and history of the 16 memorial stained glass windows and some of the memorial plaques in the Church. This will be followed by stained glass artisans, Moss and Gavin Holland, describing the history of church stained glass itself and its restoration. A question period will follow. Join us Thursday, May 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for the general public or $5 for Touchstones and KHIG members. Tickets available at Touchstones Nelson or at the door. The Garden Inspirations home and garden show opening reception will be held Friday, May 11 at Gal-

Are you looking for a fun sport this summer? Join the Nelson Tennis Club. All levels welcome. Registration will be held at the Chahko Mika Mall on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information please visit or call 250-352-9341

Enjoy some Scottish country dancing every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Central School gym. Beginners welcome. For more information contact Kathy at 250-359-7545, June at 250-352-1836, or Beverly at 250-352-7850. Chen tai chi, chi gong and broad sword classes. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Central School gym. For more information call Chris Gibson 250-505-4562. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Call for photos. Wanted: Old, candid pictures of the Balfour ferry landing and Kootenay Lake for a commemorative poster series, a keepsake that shows the ferry landing legacy. Black and white or colour OK. Winning pictures will receive Dock ‘n’ Duck gift certificates, will be named on the posters, and will receive a free copy of the commemorative poster. Proceeds from poster sales go to the Anscomb Wheelhouse project. Cut off for photo entries is April 30. For more information call Robin at 250-229-4244. If you have an event or announcement you’d like to put in the Star, email with a short write-up in sentence form including date, time, location and contact information if needed. Listings may be edited for space and style. Events can also be submitted and posted on our new online calendar on

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News Smart Phone ‘Explosion’ the Reason

Telus investing to improve service

Did you know? The ballpoint pen was invented by László Bíró, a Hungarian who manufactured them in a factory in England, which was eventually taken over by a French company called Bic. Ballpoint pens, due to their low cost and ubiquity, are the most widely used pen to date. Neat huh?

Kootenay Lake Levels April 4, 2012 For the benefit of Kootenay Lake area residents, the following lake levels are provided by FortisBC as a public service. Queen’s Bay:

Present level: 1741.41 ft 7 day forecast: Up 12 to 15 inches. 2011 peak:1751.71 ft. 2010 peak:1748.68 ft.


Present level: 1740.39 ft. 7 day forecast: Up 12 to 15 inches.

Levels can change unexpectedly due to weather or other conditions. For more information or to sign-up for unusual lake levels notifications by phone or email, visit or call 1-866-436-7847.

Bob Hall photo

SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

Nelson is set to see improvements in communications infrastructure as Telus plans to invest $700,000 in the area this year. “This really builds on investments we’ve been making over the last number of years across BC including right in Nelson and across the West Kootenay,” said Shawn Hall, Telus media relations. The goal of the infrastructure upgrade is to increase capacity and wireless coverage in the area. “The number of people using smart phones has just exploded in recent years, almost doubling in the last year alone,” said Hall. “With more than half our wireless customers on smartphones, which require a lot of bandwidth, we will be increasing the capacity that we have at existing wireless sites within the community to make sure that we stay one step ahead of the demand.” Hall said they also plan to install more fibre-optic cable in the

ground to further increase Internet speeds. Additional towers may be in the future for the area, but it’s uncertain if any will be built this year. “This year we’re upgrading capacity at existing sites, so people will notice better coverage and more capacity,” said Hall. “This is not a project with a starting date and an end date. This is a continuation of the work that’s been going on for the last number of years.” Hall said that areas such as Fairview that have coverage gaps may see some improvement. “The amount of signal coming off a wireless site is very, very low, so it doesn’t turn corners,” he said. “When you’ve got challenging geography as we know Nelson does, the signal can’t always get through. Some of these enhancements will help fill in some of those coverage gaps… we are aware of those areas and people certainly let us know about them, which we appreciate.”

Transfer station contract awarded by RDCK board Nelson Star Staff

The new Nelson transfer station is one step closer to reality with the award earlier this month of a $156,000 contract to Ward Engineering and Land Surveying Ltd. The Nelson firm will complete design, tendering, and construction supervision services for the new transfer station, which will be west of the city near Pacific Insight. It’s part of the regional district’s

plan to get the present transfer station off the waterfront.

TRESTLE REPAIRS IN THE WORKS The regional district will chip in $30,000 to help repair the ravine bridge along the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern trail. It’s estimated labour and equipment to repair the structure will cost $240,000. The Ministry of Transportation is putting up $210,000 and has already purchased $90,000 worth of materials.


GOLF TOURNAMENT Sunday, May 6th 2012 Granite Pointe Golf Course in Nelson Registration 10:00 am Shot gun Start 12 noon Dinner to follow with prizes Fee $100.00 for golf & dinner For further information contact Ron World Phone 250-352-7617 • email:


Friday, April 27, 2012 Nelson Star

Seen & Heard

Georama’s Plant of the Week Weeping French Pussy Willow Common name: Weeping French

Pussy Willow

Botanical Name: Salix caprea

Pussy willow is a collective name used to describe the willows that produce soft, fuzzy buds up and down the shiny bare twigs in late winter. The weeping form of the French pussy willow also comes in a very unique serpentine’ version. You will see these exotic plants at our Garden Centre blooming right now. These small trees are a very worthwhile addition to the garden, with their graceful small forms. Their inviting buds and catkins are a harbinger of the spring to come. Pussy willows are not particular about growing conditions but do require full sun. It will perform best in a fertile soil but will tolerate less desirable conditions. These showy zone 3 plants are very hardy and easy to grow for even the most novice of gardeners.

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Arts & Entertainment section in the Nelson Star. It is always the second section on Friday. Look to {vurb} for all the latest music, theatre, food and art events!

Where there’s smoke...

Fire departments from as far away as Elkford gathered for a special training session at Mt. St. Francis in Nelson Wednesday where training officers from New York, Pennsylvania and Washington came to instruct career and volunteer firefighters in the area on firefighter extrication while keeping fire suppression and victim rescue under control Samuel Dobrin photos

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News Professional Football Players Visit Local Schools

BC Lions turn energy to education program

BC Lions player Jason Arakgi gives a presentation to students at Hume Elementary School Tuesday. Samuel Dobrin photo SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

Hume Elementary School students had a special treat Tuesday morning as members of the BC Lions visited to give a presentation that would both excite and educate. As one of 75 schools in the province that the Lions will visit — including several Nelson

locations — the young students were given a presentation from players Jason Arakgi and Jon Hameister-Ries emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility and sustainability. The pair of professional football players gave the students tips like turning off lights that aren’t in use, washing clothes with cold water, taking short-

er showers and more through games and activities. “I think activities are the best tool,” said Sean McGarva, community relations representative for the BC Lions. “We’ve got to the point in the three years of doing this program where it’s a good mix of activities to get the kids involved and let them burn off some energy as well as getting the message across.” Each year in the off-season, the BC Lions participate in initiatives like this one, including anti-bullying, gender violence and literacy campaigns. “It starts when companies that have a message they want to get into the schools approach the team to use athletes as a platform to deliver the message,” said McGarva. “I think having the BC Lions come and present the program has a bigger impact than a teacher or parent because they hear from them all the time. Sometimes it just takes someone different even though it’s the same message.” McGarva said being in the community is a massive part of what the BC Lions football team is all about. “We have a campaign, The Pride of BC, and we live that… it’s not just about making fans, but it’s about getting messages across to kids and being the whole province’s team.” This Energy Champions program by FortisBC is just one initiative the team is a part of across the province.

Mud Slides and Boil Advisories

Spring weather gives rise to issues Nelson Star Staff

Spring weather has been causing problems this week. Mud slides in the area have closed several sections of highway including 13 kilometers south of Nelson that was limited Thursday to only single lane alternating traffic. A slide alsp caused delays near Galena Bay. Mudslides have also caused closure of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail between the Stanley Street entrance and Hall Siding. The Regional District of Central Kootenay reports the closure is a precaution as there may

be risk of additional slides or flooding in the area. Current spring conditions have also caused elevated levels of turbidity in water sources near Riondel where the RDCK has announced a water quality advisory is in effect. This temporary measure is to protect water users from risk of waterborne disease. People with weak immune systems, those over 65 years of age, children under 12, people with chronic illness and those seeking additional protection are advised to boil water for human consumption for at lease one minute. The RDCK warns this water quality advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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Community A Focus on Smoke Alarms and Saving Lives

Fire department delivers message to schools SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

“Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep‌.â€? It is a sound we are all familiar with, and a sound that can save a life. In the case of one Abbotsford family earlier this month, it saved ten. Shortly after midnight, a grandmother was woken by the sound of an activated smoke alarm. After alerting the remaining residents, all ten members of the family safely exited the home. By the time the fire department arrived, just minutes later, the

front of the home was entirely engulfed in flames. Despite the tragedy of losing a house, the timely escape of ten residents highlights the importance of a working smoke alarm. In coordination with a broader provincial campaign, Nelson firefighters are busy bringing a message of smoke alarm awareness to our community. Recent studies of 11,000 fires in the Lower Mainland show that almost 70 per cent of homes that Story continues to Page 15

Chief Simon Grypma speaks to students at Hume Elementary last week about the importance of smoke alarms.

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Community Continued from Page 14 catch fire do not have working smoke alarms. Fire chief Simon Grypma suggests that Nelson’s statistics mirror this study. “What the studies also show is that when it comes to fire fatalities and the absence of working smoke alarms, it is most often children, the elderly and low income residents who are the victims,” he said. In response to these shocking statistics, Grypma has launched a multi-tiered campaign with the goal of ensuring that every home has a functioning smoke alarm. To accomplish this, the fire department is conducting neighborhood visits, telephone surveys, and running contests with community business partners, including 103.5 The Bridge. When it comes to residential house fires, children and the elderly are the most at risk. Aimed at young children, the first of several contests has now been running for four weeks. While on the radio with 103.5 The Bridge host Robyn Nicholson on Monday mornings, fire-

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fighters talk fire safety and accept a call from an elementary school age child willing to test their smoke alarm live on the radio. Winning callers who successfully test their alarm receive a unique prize. “We have had great responses to the rides in the fire truck,” said firefighter Scott Jeffery, who has driven groups to Hume, Waldorf, and NDCC schools. “The kids are very excited to ride

in the engine, but the best part is when they arrive at school and surprise their friends. Last week at Hume Elementary school they had more than 100 students gathered around the engine as winner Cole Woodward helped Chief Grypma show kids how to test their smoke alarm.” Research has predicted that if we can ensure that every home has a working smoke alarm, up to 70 un-

Granite Pointe Golf Club 1123 West Richards Nelson 250-352-5913 Whether or not you’re a golfer, there’s reason to be excited about Granite Pointe’s season opening. More than just a golf club, Granite Pointe is home to the freshly re-designed fairway restaurant, Wedge, and one of Nelson’s few licensed patios. The new Wedge logo was designed by Minn Benedict of Prefix Media ( “You don’t have to be a member to dine here,” General Manager Robyn Mitz says. “It’s a great place for people in Rosemont to just come for a drink in the sun, without having to worry about driving home.” A former manager at Whitewater, Mitz has spent her first year at Granite Pointe looking for ways to infuse the community feeling she knew from the ski hill into the golf course. “The reality is fewer people are golfing, and if we want to make this club sustainable, we need some new ideas,” Mitz says. Granite Pointe is run by a non-profit society, which means every member gets to vote at an Annual General Meeting and is directly involved with shaping the future of the 18-hole course.

“We have a lot of amazing longtime members who have supported us throughout the years,” Mitz says. “Attracting new members is one of the biggest challenges.” She hopes giving more people a reason to visit Granite Pointe will also lead to more people deciding to dust off their old clubs or take up golf for the first time. This year, the club will be particularly focused on bringing in more youth golfers with a new juniors program. As well, it will be offering a ladies “Nine and Dine” night where women can enjoy a round of golf and dinner for $35. The cost of membership also came down a bit this year. “We want to give people lots of reasons to come here,” Mitz says. “If the community wants a golf course here, they need to use it.” Granite Pointe is now open! Book your tee time by calling 250-352-5913. Wedge is now open. Hours of operations for Hours of operations for Wedge are 11:00am - 8pm Mon. - Fri. and 8am- 8pm Sat./Sun.

necessary deaths per year in Canada could be prevented. Grypma is ardent in his goal to reach every home owner and resident in Nelson. “Having a working smoke alarm is the single most important thing to ensure the safety of you and your family,” he said. “In a community our size, I see no reason why we cannot reach out to every resident and achieve our goal of becoming a safer community.”

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<< Sylvia Stevens on “Chichita” at the Cocoraque ranch about 45 minutes west of Tucson, Arizona. >> Our guide ``Van`` was quite the character and yacked the whole wayeven busted out a melody. After the ride he did chiropractic on the horse that we found interesting. Oh yeah-was a bit saddle sore the next day! Also won (LOL) at the horse races. It was like being in another world with mostly Mexican folk. The week was Àlled with great company, wonderful food and wine, hiking, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (unbelievable prices) and visiting art museums and shops -Loved it!

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Sticky Situation for Downtown Parking Spray foam hanging out of Nelson’s downtown parking meters Thursday morning was a common sight. It it believed that sometime Wednesday night the foam was sprayed into a number of meters, disabling them. Bylaw officers were seen cleaning the foam from the meters to make them operational again.


Dine Out Nelson A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9 Dine out Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants. Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Dine Out Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

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Community EcoSociety Prepares for Annual Garden Festival

A garden education SUBMITTED

The Rick Hansen Relay wishes to send out a huge Thank you to all who participated in the 3 day event and for making the team most welcome in the region. Thanks to the following for making the event happen!!

Special to the Nelson Star

If gardens are good teachers, there will be lots to learn at the 11th annual Nelson Garden Festival on Saturday, May 12 on downtown Baker Street. “We have more vendors than ever,” says one of the festival organizers, Glyn Violini. “Each year the festival grows and really, community agriculture prospers.” Violini, a heather and rose vendor who helped start the first garden festival, has seen the event grow from a few tables in 2001, to more than 40 vendors and community groups today. Sponsored by the EcoSociety, the garden festival will again feature a stunning array of perennials, annuals, veggies, herbs and flowers as well as garden accessories and custom furniture, manure and fertilizers. “This is where you’ll find

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Organizer Glyn Violini gets ready to sell her heather plants at the 11th ansubmitted photo nual Nelson Garden Festival.

hardy local varieties for your garden from the region’s prime growers,” says Violini. “We always hold it on Mother’s Day weekend so you can find something for mom, too.”

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on the 200 Block of Baker Street and Kootenay Street. For more information call 250-354-1909 or visit

And the Organizing Committee, Bill, Chris, Christine, Daphne, Dino, Eric, Frances, Gord, Henry, Janet, Karen, Kevin, Kim, Lauren, Lori, Robyn, Wayne.

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Sports Neptunes ink new head coach SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

The Nelson Neptune Swim Club has a new head coach and high hopes for the upcoming swim season. “It’s going to be exciting to have some fresh blood and fresh ideas with the team this year,” said Paul Cowan, the club’s coach liaison.

“It’s really about motivation and making the swimmer responsible for their own race.” Andre Kubada

At just 21, the new head swim coach brings with him a great deal of enthusiasm, but a surprising amount of experience as well. Swimming since he was six, Andre Kudaba still holds a number of records for the eight and under age group, including two provincial records. He made the junior national teams several times and was also the 100 metre butterfly champion five years in a row. Recognized as a phenom in his younger years, Kudaba began swimming full-time at 10 in New Westminster. Over his swimming career, he’s won four gold medals at the Canada Games and after high school he attended the University of Calgary on a swimming scholarship, which is where his swimming career took a

different turn. “I got in a car accident in my second year and it put a stall on everything,” said Kudaba, adding that he already had a few other injuries at the time and recognized it was time to quit. Coming from an athletic family, Kudaba knows what it takes to succeed. His father was a BC Lion for eight years, his mother competed in the 1972 Olympics in marathon, his brother is the captain of the Canadian national water polo team and his sister is also a swim coach, who he began coaching with when he was 16. Kudaba says he’s going to try and help the team get fit and just have fun with racing. “It’s really about motivation and making the swimmer feel responsible for their own race… the coach is there to help and be a leader,” said Kudaba. Cowan said through the hiring process they found Kudaba was enthusiastic about training with all the kids in the club. “I think probably one of the biggest things that appealed to us about him was that he really enjoys training the young kid, the five year olds as well as the 18 year olds. He can do the whole range of ages and he’s very enthusiastic about it,” said Cowan. “He’s got the experience behind him to know what it takes to swim at a high level, so I think you’re going to see the Neptunes moving up the ranks throughout the summer… we’re really excited.”

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Glacier Gymnastics Club Athletes Earn Great Results

In the provincial mix

Glacier Gymnastics athletes who took part in the provincials this month include: (back row L-R) Noah Daigle-Aresenault, Rebecca Benner; (front row L-R) River Murphy, Quinn Barron, Senna Moroney, Matthew Bullen, Sam Fisher. SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

Glacier Gymnastics Club members attended the BC Provincial Gymnastics competition earlier this month in Vancouver. Seven boys and nine girls represented the Nelson club and all came home very proud of their accomplishments. Quinn Barron and Oliver McDougall-Eisele competed in the Mens Artistic Gymnastics Level 3 (Under 13) category. Barron earned a silver medal in vault, and placed eighth overall, while Oliver placed seventh on bar out of 28 athletes. Christopher Lawrence-Jeffery, Matthew Bullen, Noah DaigleArsenault, River Murphy and Sam Fisher competed in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 1 category. Lawrence-Jeffery earned gold in floor, rings and parallel bars. Bullen earned gold in floor. DaigleArsenault earned gold in floor and rings. Murphy earned gold in floor, pommel horse and rings.

Fisher earned gold in floor, rings and vault. Senna Moroney competed for the first time at the provincial level in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 2 Argo category. She competed against athletes who train up to three times as often per week, making her involvement in this category quite an accomplishment. The club is very proud of Moroney’s successes at this competition. Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 2 Tyro category. Victoria placed 17th on floor out of 46. Kylee Dyck and Bronwyn Sutherland competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 2 Novice category. Dyck earned a silver medal on floor, placed sixth on beam and eighth overall, while Sutherland placed fourth on beam, eighth on floor and 11th overall out of 43. Chultim O’Neill and Rebecca Benner competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 2


Open category. O’Neill earned a gold medal in vault, placed sixth on bars, and sixth overall, while Benner placed 13th on beam and floor out of 30. Ella Keelan competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 3 Novice (1999) category and placed fourth on floor, sixth on vault and fourth overall out of 21. Jasmine Schacher competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 3 Open (1997) category and earned a silver medal on floor and placed eighth on vault, ninth on bars, and seventh overall out of 20. Mackenzie Carlstrom competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 3 Open (1996+) category and earned a gold medal on floor, a silver medal on beam and placed sixth on vault and bars with a second place ranking overall out of 21. The Level 3 rankings all contributed to help the club’s Provincial Level 3 team place sixth out of 21.

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Sports Outdoor Adventure

High School Soccer

Bombers play stingy D Nelson Star Staff

The L.V. Rogers girls soccer team came home from the Okanagan last weekend as champions of the Summerland tournament. The Bombers girls went 3-1 in the tournament with their only loss coming in a shootout. In the first game against Williams Lake, goals by Laurel Sherriff, Paige Mansveld, Keegan Paterson and Erica Augsten gave the locals a 4-0 win. In game two the Bombers’ offensive assault kept rolling with a 5-0 win against Queen Elizabeth of Surrey. Morag Paterson notched the rare soccer hat trick with Hailee Gerun and Mansveld adding singles. The third game was the Bombers toughest game of the weekend with Princess Margaret of Penticton giving the locals all they could handle. The score ended deadlocked in zeros. The shootout resulted in a 1-0 loss for the Bombers. The final saw Nelson once again

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The Bombers girls soccer team celebrate their tournament title in Summerland last weekend.

matched up against Williams Lake. Two goals by Mansveld and singles by Gerun and Andi Stinson resulted in the same 4-0 result as the first game of the tournament. So far this season, Bombers goalie Kat

Garbula has not allowed a single goal during regulation time. Mansveld has scored in every game so far this spring. The Bombers will travel to Kelowna this weekend where they hope to keep their roll going.

Soccer Players in the House Nelson Youth Soccer kicked off its house league game schedule on Wednesday night at Lakeside. In U14 boys action, Mallards downed Prestige. A full slate of games in the younger ages is scheduled for this Saturday at the pitch. Bob Hall photo l 250.354.3959










New company opens up Slocan Valley bike trips



This spring there is a new mountain bike shuttle service offering trips into the Slocan Valley’s little known bike trails. Footsteps Eco Adventures is equipped with a sturdy 15 passenger van with a roof rack for 10 bikes. Owner/operator Leah Brown has been running shuttles and tours in the valley and wants to bring attention to the spectacular riding there. Footsteps bike shuttles are a great way to ride with friends as well as meeting new biking partners. The shuttles will visit a new trail each week, and the group will choose according to their dynamic. Some examples of trails she will visit are Pass Creek’s Goose Creek trail, Passmore’s the Duke, Lemon Creek trails, Idaho peak’s Wakefield and Choices, and Kaslo’s Monster. Brown had gone on bike shuttles from Nelson and loved it, but realized there were none to the valley. Footsteps is a valley-based business, and most hiking, kayaking and biking tours operate there. In addition, Footsteps offers group trips to local bike parks such as Silver Star, Fernie and Kicking Horse resorts. There are cross country tours available such as Champion Lakes and the Galena trail. Brown is open to private charters as well. Shuttle days will begin in May (weather permitting). The price per person will be $15-20, depending on the trail and the number of participants. Meeting point will be at the junction park and ride of Highway 3A and 6. Footsteps can provide a guide to lead tours or trips can be self guided. For more information contact Brown at 250-505-6727 or email Check out the website at for more information on adventure tours and see the exciting summer calendar of events.


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Freshen up your A/C system Check your radiator

Maybe you’ve owned the same vehicle for a few years and have recently started to notice a funny smell inside. If the smell is strongest when you start using the air conditioning, it’s a sure sign that your A/C system needs to be serviced or cleaned. The first thing to do is check to see if your vehicle has a cabin filter. If it does, begin by either cleaning or changing the filter. If you discover it’s quite dirty, chances are the air ducts in the A/C system are also lined with dirt of some kind. You could try dismantling the A/C system to clean those ducts, valves, and doors by yourself, and you could deodorize your interior with an aftermarket product, but there is no way you will get it cleaned up as thoroughly as a professional shop could. In fact, it’s a good idea to have the whole system checked by a professional. In many cases, older vehicles have lost some of their refrigerant, a special cooling gas that is essential to the system. This gas is not meant to be released into the air, as it pollutes the atmosphere. A professional shop will be able to identify leaks, make the necessary repairs, and top off the system with the proper gas. Be sure to get your A/C work done now, though. Don’t wait for those hot days to arrive to make you realize how important air conditioning is in your car!

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Granted, most recent cars and trucks require less maintenance than before. But, with time, they too age. Although the vehicle might still look very good, there are some components that do wear out and require replacement. And remember: it’s not necessarily ample mileage that wears out a car. Dirt and oxidation will also do their part of the damage. Take the radiator, for instance. If you own an older car or truck, chances are its radiator will be partially made of copper. That copper will oxide with time and self destroy. The only way to know if yours is going that way is to run your finger along the thin fins running between the radiator tubes. If they crush very easily or, worse, crumble apart, it is definitely time to have the radiator reconditioned. Mind you, a radiator does not have to leak to be shot. Weak fins will not disperse heat properly in summer weather and the engine will start to overheat. If you’re having the radiator replaced, while you’re at it have the whole cooling system checked, including hoses and clips and fasteners. Anything that might seem weak or worn out must be changed, no matter how much it costs. And if your mechanic tells you that it would also be a good idea to change the thermostat, do it! You don’t want to be stuck in traffic on a hot summer day when one of these parts fails.

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Community Check This Out - Anne DeGrace

Cutting to the chase To avoid being cut to the quick


ast week a poster appeared on one of our library walls. I suspect a librarian; we’re a subversive bunch (just ask Michael Moore), and I wouldn’t put it past any of us. The

poster sports a quote by UBC librarian Eleanor Crumblehulme, based on a tweet she sent last year to author Neil Gaiman. “Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague.”

A look online shows the sentiment is widely shared; it turns up on blogs and websites and been tweeted across the continent. The posts, comments, and essays it has sparked are enlightening.

Look it up for yourself on your library’s public access computer. That is, unless it’s been cut. The Internet has opened up the world. And no, it’s not a threat to libraries; the web enhances what

we do; it enables, it informs, and yes, it entertains. Libraries have embraced the World Wide Web for what it can offer library users, and librarians make great guides. When you want

to find a job, learn about a medical condition, get homework help, find the right government program or find out how to navigate the legal system, your library is your one-stop-shop. Yes, of course we have books. We also have the whole world at your fingertips. Or at least, we should. British Columbia is being hit with a $515,000 cut in funding to 135 Community Access Program (CAP) sites in libraries across the province. CAP sites offer free Internet access to anyone who needs it, especially those who don’t have home access to a computer or to the Internet. Seniors, rural residents without high speed Internet, low income families, tourists, seasonal workers, and youth are particularly affected by CAP funding cuts. The library has one CAP computer — always there, always free — in addition to eight other stations which are free for cardholders and available for a nominal fee to noncardholders, fees that help us pay for maintenance. Running a bank of public computers comes with a hefty price tag. Losing CAP computers will force libraries to re-allocate funds to keep the service so many rely upon. Some libraries will pull from book budgets, maintenance budgets, or even staff budgets in order to offer an essential service to those who need it most. We are in tough times, and as jobs become harder to find, as food and shelter costs rise, people more than ever need access to job banks, health information and housing opportunities. As legal, so-

cial, and employment assistance programs lose their frontline workers in favour of online services, what happens when you cut that access, too? And if the plague comes? Better have access to those online prevention tips.

“The Internet has opened up the world. And no, it’s not a threat to libraries; the web enhances what we do; it enables, it informs, and yes, it entertains.” To keep the CAP program going across Canada — helping people to help themselves — will cost every Canadian just 42 cents a year. The BC Library Association is urging the federal government to re-examine its decision. You can find out more at To do that, of course, means accessing a computer. The Nelson Library’s CAP computer is still available, with helpful — and possibly subversive — librarians ever at the ready. So what did controversial filmmaker Michael Moore say? “I really didn’t realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. They are subversive. You think they’re just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them. You know, they’ve had their budgets cut.” Indeed. Anne DeGrace’s library column is featured every second Friday in the Star.

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The Gospel Rev. Scott Simpson • First Baptist Church, Nelson

What is the point of the gospel?

The ancient story of Adam and Eve in the garden is a sacred mirror that reveals something of our own brokenness; it shows us what is lost. The narrative shows our lost connections to our Creator, to our fellow human beings and to the earth. These three critical human attachments are the keys to ‘shalom’ – peace or wholeness.

Let’s back up a bit. The church, especially Evangelical traditions, love the word ‘gospel’. It’s a good word. It comes to us from the Greek language through some Old English and essentially means, ‘good message’. In the Christian writings, this word is connected to the person of Jesus, the message he shared and the work that he did.

This is why communion with God, community building and creation care are the essential vocations of the gospel; they are the three full-time occupations of humanity. To favour one above the others is to miss out on the fullness of the good message of Jesus.

So, what is the point of it all? SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

Community First Health Co-op opened its community education series with a frank and informative session on the benefits and risks of medical marijuana with Dr. Joel Kailia of Community First Medical Clinic. Dr. Kailia shared his findings from his extensive review of the limited existing research and his desire to know much more to be able to work with the residents of our communities on the use of marijuana as an effective pain medication. Participants from all walks of life learned valuable information to consider in the use of marijuana. The informal presentation provided the attendees opportunity to clarify the information with many questions. “The research would suggest that there is indication of benefit for folks with chronic pain, particularly those confronting cancer and MS in conjunction with narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications,” he said. Dr. Kailia said he would recommend that chemo treatments be a part of the cancer treatment process. However, Dr. Kailia advised against smoking marijuana because of potential damage to the heart and lungs. Vaporization, baking and synthetic cannabinoids are possible ways to reduce this risk. Dr. Kailia also pointed out that the content of marijuana available in the region is a much higher level of potency than used in the research settings. The decision to use medical marijuana can best be made with your physician weighing your personal risk factors. Community First Health Co-op’s free education series takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at 518 Lake Street in the Stoddart Education Room. If you have a suggestion for an education session to promote well being and increasing the quality of life for residents in our community, let them know at or drop off in the mail slot of the Health Co-op office. Dr. Kevin Mackenzie, of Community Chiropractic, will be presenting useful information to support those living with lower back pain on May 9.

The purpose of the gospel of Jesus is not to get us into heaven. It’s not ‘fire insurance’. It’s not meant to help inflate church attendance. It’s not meant to make more Christians.

‘So we are meant for the whole, not the part, and our health is in finding our down-to-earth God right where we are, in The point of the life, message and work of Jesus is to find the business of ordinary life, doing our three full time jobs and restore that which was lost (Luke 19:10). and giving ourselves exclusively to none’. (Paul Stevens, Disciplines of the Anglican Church of Canada Hungry Heart). Evangelical

Covenant Church Loving Jesus, Loving People, Transforming Lives


• Nelson

702 Stanley St. • 352.9613 Sundays at 10:00 am Pastor Arden Gustafson Pastor Chris Wiens


• Balfour

7741 Upper Balfour Rd. • 229.2301 Sundays at 9:30 am Pastor Jason Ashley

• Playmor


2840 Eden Rd. • 359.5065 Sundays at 10:00 am Pastor Jesse Lerch

Celebration of Life Patricia Horlick Memorial Sunday, May 6th 2012 2:00pm

St. Matthew's Village Road, South Slocan Sunday 9:30 AM (No service third Sunday) Office: 8am - 1pm Tue - Fri

250.352.5711 St. Michael & All Angels Busk Road Balfour Sunday 11 AM

The Salvation Army

Nelson Community Church

Sunday Worship Service at 11:00 am Everyone is Welcome

Your Pastors: Majors Robin and Yvonne Borrows (New to Nelson) 601 Vernon Street (Middle Level)

Nelson United Church Sunday Worship Gathering: 10:00 am Nelson United Church

UCW 50th Anniversary Celebration Lynne Busby presiding Sunday School (Ages 4 andd up) Nursery Room Available 602 Silica Street, Nelson BC V1LL 4N1 Ph: 250.352.2822 • dh h


$)ULHQGO\%LEOH &HQWUH&KXUFK Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 am

“To Eat Or Not To Eat.” 623 Gordon Rd. Nelson BC V1L 5X6 Phone 250-352-9322 • Pastor Rev. Ken H. Keber


Unity Centre of the Kootenays Angel with original songs Cedar “Nutritional Healing”

Hume Room, Hume Hotel 422 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC

Ward & Silica, Nelson Family Service & Eucharist Sunday 10:30 AM

250 551 4986

Sermon title:


St. Saviour's ProCathedral

905 Gordon Rd (IHA Bldg., back door)

First Baptist Church Parenting Course Begins April 16th 611 Fifth Street 250-352-3212 Sunday Worship at 10:00 am Pastor Scott Simpson

First Baptist Church


CATHEDRAL OF MARY IMMACULATE 813 Ward Street 352-7131 Sunday Mass Times: • Saturday 7:00pm • Sunday 8:30 am and 10:30 am Parish office open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am - noon •

The church is meant to be the steward of this ‘good news’ treasure. Not to hoard it or simply show off our favourites bits of bling. As good stewards we are to share it so that we might participate in the restoration story of Jesus. “How is it possible that the gospel should be credible, that people should come to believe that the power which has the last word in human affairs is represented by a man hanging on a cross? I am suggesting that the only answer, the only hermeneutic of the gospel, is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it.” (Bishop Leslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society). So to the church the challenge comes again to repent and believe the gospel. And this good message is meant to reconnect us with God, one another and the earth so that we can know what it means to be fully and beautifully human.


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Career Opportunities

Celebration for Frank Carlson ‘s Life Sat May 5th 1-4 pm at The New Grand Hotel

Coming Events

Dance Umbrella 15th Annual Spring Showcase Tickets on sale now at the Capitol Theatre

May 10th • 7pm May 11th • 7 pm May 12th • 2 & 7 pm Tickets $11 Balfour Anglican Church Guild Spring Luncheon Sat, April 28th,11:00 - 1:00 Balfour Community Hall Bake Sale, Deli, Plants, Prizes Admission: Adult $4 Children $2 Please join us for Sandwich’s & Cupcakes


BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Creston Valley Blossom Festival needs vendors for the Street Fair for Saturday, May 19, 2012

Space is limited.

FISHERIES TECHNICIAN AMEC NELSON, BC Certifications: Fish & Wildlife Technician diploma (or equivalent); Backpack Electrofishing; Swiftwater Rescue Level 1; First Aid Qualifications:i) Proficiency with computers and data entry (Excel and Access); ii) Minimum of 1 year experience in fisheries/aquatics (local experience preferred); iii) Experience with jet boat operation; iv) Willing to work in remote locations; v) Willing to work some nights/weekends. Send an email with your resume outlining the above experience to:

Help Wanted ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? Relief is only a call away! Call Shelley Cameron Estate Administrator at 877-797-4357 today, to set up your FREE consultation in Nelson. Donna Mihalcheon CA,CIRP 31 years experience. BDO Canada Limited Trustee in Bankruptcy, #200 -1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC. V1Y 9X1 Kootenay Kids Society is seeking Early Childhood Educator to be responsible for implementing a comprehensive, age appropriate program for children age 0-6 years. For detailed job posting please go to Posting closes Apr 27th.


Employment Help Wanted

Care Aides & Cooks Career Opportunities at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson, BC “Pride in Caring” is AdvoCare’s philosophy and we welcome you to become a part of our team! We are currently recruiting casual positions with the potential to be permanent positions; Care Aides The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ exp. as a Care Aide, must be registered with the BC CARE AIDE REGISTRY and have a registration # to be considered. Cooks Must have certification from an approved training program, Food Safe, and a minimum of 2 years cook experience (preferably in a resident care facility enviro). For both positions you must be able to work variable shifts, including weekends, have WHMIS, TB Test and provide a Physician’s Clearance note. Successful candidates will undergo a Criminal Record Clearance. To apply, please go to our website or fax resume to (1)250-352-0056 CONCRETE Pump Operator required in Salmon Arm area. Must have experience Call Pete (1-250)833-5722 Kootenay Society for Community Living is looking for a Community Support Worker to support individuals with developmental disabilities in the community and at day program. Experience and/or Education as well as use of a vehicle essential. Please fax your resume by Apr 26, 2012 to 250 352-0866 or email



Help Wanted

Financial Services

FULL TIME Executive Assistant to the Pastor Needed Kootenay Christian Fellowship, a community minded church with an active ministry with the poor, is looking for an Executive Assistant to the Pastor. Must be proficient in MS Office, Office Administration diploma would be helpful, highly organized, understand basic bookkeeping and be a team player. This is a ministry position, therefore the successful applicant will be expected to attend and support the vision and mission of KCF. Comprehensive wage package according to experience. Email resume to or mail 812 Stanley St, Nelson, BC V1L 1N7 Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following job: 1)Heavy Duty Mechanic. Details can be seen at Fax resume to 250-287-9259 LEGAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED for solicitors’ practice. Preference will be given to those with real estate conveyancing and development experience. Deliver resume to the attention of Kenneth R. Watson, Spilker Watson & Company, #2 609 Baker Street Nelson, BC V1L 4J3 fax 250-352-6581 or via email PICKERS NEEDED BUSY ASPARAGUS FARM Season Starts Approx May 1 - June 15 1252 Indian Road Creston, BC Accommodation available Evenings: 250-428-2734

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Garage Sales

NELSON: April 28th 8am-1pm 420 Third St. Collectables, books, skis, inflatable bed, golf clubs, BBQ, Air Hockey

Nelson: Sat Apr 28th, 28 View St # of furniture pieces e.g. bed, desks, chairs, carpet etc 8 am - 1pm No Junk Moving Sale in Sunny Taghum Rain or Shine Sat Apr 28th 9am-3pm 6405 Sproule Creek Rd 352-5900 Furniture, heaters, lamps, hammock, curtains, garden, antiques & more

Heavy Duty Machinery

A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

Basement Sale: Ascension Lutheran Church 1805 Silver King Road Apr 27th & 28th 8am-1pm Coffee & Muffins Lots of good stuff Mega Garage Sale Apr 27th, 28th & 29th across bridge 604 Johnstone Rd. 8am-4pm

For Sale: Blackberry Pearl 8130 smartphone, gently used. Works with Telus cellular plans only. $40. Call/text 551-7268

Cleaning Services

Cleaning Services

Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical

Misc. for Sale

Pets & Livestock

Boarding Sentinel Boarding Kennels snowbirds are back, business as usual book a summer vacation for your pets 250 359-7433

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Relief Route Sales Representative

Lost & Found

Business Opportunities

Food Products

Merchandise for Sale


Rosi 250-428-3545 or 250-402-9837


Farm Equipment Ford 8N Tractor $1800.00 Are you interested in Share Cropping? About 20 level acres in Crawford Bay 505-5200

FRESH ASPARAGUS Sutcliffe Farms Creston, BC Place your order to ensure availability 250-428-9961

To book your space or to book a table call

Found Cell Phone @ Kokanee Park ph to ID 250 825-4112 Found Red Kids Bike in Uphill to identify phone 352-9730

Merchandise for Sale

Notice of Passing Sanders: On Sunday, April 22, 2012 Vida Merle Sanders of Nelson passed away at the age of 83 years. Vida was born in Kitchener, BC to Charles (Gigs) and Leila Nowland on March 26, 1929. She was predeceased by her parents, a brother Alton Nowland and a sister Claudia Sanders. Vida is lovingly remembered by her husband Harry, four daughters Ronna Wapple, Nina Wapple, Terry Riley and Sheila Sanders, 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, a brother Wayne Nowland of Cranbrook. Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy family and friends may make donation to Nelson Jubilee Manor/ Place Foundation 500 W. Beasley St. Nelson, BC, V1L 6G9. Online condolences may be expressed at Funeral arrangments are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

If you’re looking for a challenging position with one of the world’s leading snack food companies, here’s your chance to join the largest sales team in Canada as a Relief Route Sales Representative in Nelson, BC and surrounding areas. As a Relief Route Sales Representative you’ll be responsible for managing your route inventory and guaranteeing that the customers’ shelves are fully stocked with fresh Frito Lay products. You’ll also be involved with a number of hands-on activities, including loading and unloading products from the Route Sales truck, handling carton returns for recycling, and assuring that your customers are fully satisfied. Ultimately, your objective will be to develop and maintain your customer base through regular contact, drive sales by merchandising our worldleading snacks, build promotional displays, and make presentations to your customers. If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply online at or fax your resume to:

(780) 577-2174 ATTN: Human Resources


International Forest Products Ltd. is looking for ticketed electricians, millwrights and a mobile mechanic to join our lumber manufacturing facility in Castlegar, BC. The skilled individuals must be self motivated, able to work on their own, and in a team environment. Preference will be given to those Journeyman with Level 3 First Aid ticket. Applicants must be flexible with shift scheduling and trade lines. Interfor offers a competitive wage and benefits package as outlined in the USW Southern Interior Master Agreement. Interested candidates are invited to submit resumes by April 26, 2012 to Interfor’s front office in Castlegar. Candidates can also submit their resume by mail, fax, or email to : PO Box 3728, Castlegar BC, V1N 3W4 Fax #: 1-604-422-3252 Email: We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate

Misc. for Sale

Houses For Sale

Duplex / 4 Plex


Want to Rent

Auto Financing


1991 Knight Car Dolly $1,000 OBO. Perfect for towing mid to small vehicles. Recently rewired, repacked bearings, 2 sets of straps, 13” & 15”. It’s ugly but works great & tows wonderfully. Located in Nelson. Call 250-354-7471.

Almost waterfront 3475 Fisherman Rd 10 mins from Nelson private 6 acres 3 brd 3 bath 2400 sf newly renovated $579,900. 354-7383

NELSON: Uphill Sunny 2 bdrm wood floors, gas f/p, yard. NS/NP $1000/mo + Util Avail. June 1st 250-505-2103

Room for Rent In a beautiful established 10 yr hair salon, great Baker St location. Ideal for Esthetics or Massage 550/m includes shared reception laundry, heat, hot water, phone & air conditioning. Contact Diana @ 250 352-1955 or evenings 250 505-3098

Nelson: Long-time West Kootenay resident requires affordable housing in Nelson, or area. Over 50, quiet & responsible solid tenant. Up to $550./m all included. call Marty @ 352-9876

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1999 Palomino 21’ tent trailer, sleeps 8, new king & queen foamies, 3 way fridge, propane stove, $5000, 250-368-7286

RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New, Opening May 2012. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC 250-462-7055.

Rentals Apartment Furnished

Misc. Wanted Local Coin Collector buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold & Silver Coins. Call Chad 250-499-0251

Real Estate For Sale By Owner Unfinished cabin on 2.8 acres on Riondel Rd near the Ashram. Will be appraised in May. Making a list of interested individuals. Price likely well under $200,000. Terms Negotiable. Excellent for handy person or couple 780-566-0707

SWEET furnished basement 2 rooms + kitchen + bathroom. Rosemont, garden space. N/S, pet ok. Child friendly. Suitable for 2 students to share. Honest, respectful tenant who enjoys gardening. $850 incl. utilities, negotiable for yard maintenance. 250-505-5787

Commercial/ Industrial Nelson: 1800 sq ft street level in commercial building with excellent exposure. Natural light and recent renovations parking avail 352-2629 or 354-8403





Auto Loans or We Will Pay You $1000

Auto Financing

Rooms for Rent

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.


Misc for Rent Nelson Boat House (Not House Boat) secure storage & power avail May 1st N/S $1600/yr 604 989-0258

Homes for Rent 2 bdrm bungalow 6010 Harrop Procter Road close to Harrop ferry avai June 1st $1000/mo + utilities 229-4374 Lrg 3 bdrm home lake front access 20 min East of Nelson N/S N/P $1300/m + utilities Avail June 1 250 352-0009 NELSON: Perrier Rd. Small 2 bdrm. WD,F/S. NS/NP. Yard, shed & parking for 2 Avail now $900/mo 352-2439 or 7492 Nelson: Small House 1 bdrm, kitchen living room combined N/S N/P call 352-5498 or 352-7884 Nelson: Well maintained 4bdrm, 2 bath family home. F/S, D/W, W/D, NS/NP $1200/mo + utilities avail May 1st Attn Larry 250-352-3581 (Rosling Real Estate)

Blewett Room for Rent 10 mins from Nelson, house next to Eagle Creek, garden space W/D N/S N/P (cat is temporary) 2 baths, big windows, lots of morning sun, 2 decks, mature indv experienced in shared living & healthy lifestyle $575/m + utilit avail May 1st 352-0886

Suites, Lower Beautiful 1 bdrm suite located in Upper Fairview. Brand new ground level suite is sunny & private, convenient, bordering Davis St park and the trail. In-floor heating, W/D, private entrance & patio. avail May 1 st $1000/m + utilities 352-5544

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Like New Uphill walkout studio, partially furnished, suitable to a single person, preference to mature, long term tenant N/S N/P avail May 1st $650/m includes utilities References required 352-1951

Transportation DL# 7557

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Mild Gouda Cheese farm produced 5 kg half rounds. Only $2.00/100 gr., also various pieces of cut spiced $2.70/100 gr 250 352-7230

Mobile Homes & Parks

Uphill Nelson duplex suitable for family 4 bdrm, 2 bath sundeck N/S N/P references & DD required $1500/m + utilities avai May 1st messages 505-5188



HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837


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Scrap Car Removal Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

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Cars - Domestic 2006 Toyota Corolla one owner, low km (74,000) well maintained, very clean, standard, moon roof, sports rack, hidden hitch, cruise control, 2 sets of tires on rims $11,000 352-1951

Sport Utility Vehicle

For Sale: 1998 Ford Explorer excellent condition, new transmission, brakes & tires. Set of winter rims & tires $4500. OBO 352-1706



Motorcycles Motorcycles: V Star Silverado 1100 Special Edition #268 only 500. Excellent touring bike, silver/white, 22480 km, very clean, she’s a beauty! $6,488. Call today 250 357-2267.

2008 Seadoo GTI130 1 owner, 3 person water craft. only 50 hours on this unit. Dealer maintained & serviced. Cover, bumpers, trailer incl. Pkg new was $12,083 + tax, first $6,450 takes!! 250-551-3336/250-352-3942

World’s Finest FISHING BOATS Weldcraft, Hewescraft, Lund, Godfrey Pontoons Mark’s Marine, Hayden, ID 1-888-821-2200

Nelson:2 bdrm basement suite, wifi, $950/mo+util. Avail May 1st 250-352-3365

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Dine Out Nelson A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9

Dine out Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants.

Volunteer your time, energy and skills today.

Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Dine Out Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

Make your reservations today and don’t miss out on this amazing restaurant festival! Participating restaurants include:


Great Food, Great Service, Great Times!

Baba‘s Epic Sushi/ Funky Monkey

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Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. A time when workers, families, employers, and others come together to remember. A ceremony will be held in Nelson at Lakeside Park Tyler Lake Memorial Fieldhouse starting at noon on Saturday to pay tribute to fallen workers. All are invited to attend and organizers ask for understanding from Nelson soccer youth and their families who have games going on at Lakeside Park. Ceremonies will also be held in Trail with a march starting at the Steelworkers Hall to the Family Plaza at 3:30 p.m. and in Castlegar at Kinsman Park at 6 p.m. The day, observed across the country, honours the memory of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. The Canadian Labour Congress first recognized the Day of Mourn-

ing in 1984. In 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, and on April 28, 1991, the federal government officially proclaimed the national Day of Mourning. Canada was the first nation to recognize the Day of Mourning and since 1984, acknowledgement of the day has spread to many countries and is now observed throughout the world. Typically, the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is flown at halfmast, and workers and employees observe the day in various ways including wearing ribbons, lighting candles, and observing moments of silence. In 2011, there were 142 workplace fatality claims in BC. Of these 71 were the result of occupational disease, mainly owing to previous exposure to asbestos. In BC an average of three workers die each week, 2,600 injuries are reported each week and 17 workers are permanently disabled every working day.

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We Love Your Pets & They love Us!


Animal A niimall Hospital

Nelson and District Credit Union Holds AGM

Healthy Pets, Happy Pets

Credit union looks back, moves ahead

250.352.7861 2124 Ymir Road

SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

The Nelson and District Credit Union board held its 61st annual general meeting in Rossland on Tuesday night where it released financial results for 2011 and introduced new board members. The year’s high points were the community investment program, which saw close to $270,000 distributed to over 140 local individuals and organizations, NDCU’s successful banking system upgrade called “SWITCH” and the 70th anniversary celebration of a credit union in Rossland. “Looking ahead, Nelson and District Credit Union will be completing its migration to chip payment technology by the end of 2012,” said Doug Stoddart, credit union CEO. “Despite the ongoing challenges in the economy, 2011 was a progressive year for your credit union. We appreciate the great job our employees did to serve the members and help us transition to our next-generation banking system. To the members, thank you for continuing to support your local credit union. “And as CEO, I thank the board for their oversight and strategic direction. Our job is to serve in the best interests of the membership; without you, we are not relevant! I encourage all members of our communities and our credit union to consider us first for a great rate, community based mortgage.” At the AGM, incumbent director Andy Chute was re-elected while directors John Edwards, Mark Martin and Lorne Westnedge were elected by acclamation. Chute will serve the Nelson representative area, Edwards will serve the East Shore representative area, Martin will serve the Rossland representative area and Westnedge will serve as director at large. The board elected Nelson business owner John Malakoff to the position of chair. Malakoff has several years experience in the role as chair of NDCU. Nelson and District Credit Union was established in 1950 and has grown to over $167 million in assets and serves over 12,500 members throughout the Kootenay area. The credit union is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking and financial, wealth management and insurance services. Their three community branches are located in Nelson, Rossland and Crawford Bay. Visit for more. If you would like to take a moment and review this year’s corporate reports, they can be found online at

250.352.7178 Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)

Valhalla Path Realty 280 Baker St., Nelson, BC

(250)354-4089 FAMILY HOME

Wayne Germaine 250.354.2814

Robert Goertz 250.354.8500

Norm Zaytsoff 250.354.8584

Call 250-551-1053 for information or visit:

Adopt + Cute Pet = Save a Life Here are some of the cats and dogs currently looking for new homes through the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP). All KAAP pets are cared for in foster homes, and you can call 250-551-1053 to set up a visit with any of our animals. More cats and dogs are listed on, or on KAAP’s Facebook page.

Call Wayne



A heritage classic that has been updated to today’s standards while maintaining the original detail work. Loaded with charm, you won’t be disappointed with this brilliantly renovated beauty from the past that has updated mechanical systems and features a new kitchen.

Call Robert

Bounce and Pounce


These two adorable kittens are twin marble tabbies, about 9 weeks old. Healthy, very funny and playful, very bonded. Bounce is a climber: she loves to sit on your shoulder. They have cute little caramel coloured noses. They are now ready to meet their new forever family.

Here is your opportunity to live off grid and still be close to shops, services and schools. This unique property, 8 km north of Slocan, is situated on 14.5 breathtaking acres overlooking the Valhalla range and Slocan Lake. A completely private setting away from development and surrounded by crown land. Completely new micro hydro system on Memphis Creek. Multiple building sites for additional dwellings. Endless potential. Nothing else like it.

Pango She’s a beautiful 8 month old spayed Lab cross pup. Pango is great with people and other dogs, very obedient for her age. She needs devoted owners who will continue her obedience training to help direct her fun puppy energy. She loves the classes.


Lev Zaytsoff 250.354.8443



Boasting over 2 sun soaked acres, this custom built home is far from ordinary. This 5 bedroom home has it all; from a gourmet kitchen to a theater room, nothing has been missed. The property offers a detached workshop, beautiful landscaping and a creek meandering through. This home has been lovingly maintained inside and out and will not disappoint. This must be seen to be appreciated.

Call Lev or Norm WHY RENT? At 3.1% interest, 5% down, you can live in this brand new duplex for as little as $1,016 per month. Why pay rent? Call James to view these beautiful 3-bed, 2-bath half duplex units anytime. Call James

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A classy, charming character home in lower Rosemont. Quality built with wood windows and oak floors. 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 2 gas fireplaces. Full finished basement gives lots of room for the family or good suite potential with outside entry. New hot water tank and 100-amp electrical service; roof is 3 years old. Large lot, beautiful plantings, great backyard. 10 minutes walk to downtown on a path across from the home. Very good value for you and your family.

Pets Available for Adoption


James Loeppky 250.509.0804



DOING 520 C Falls Street Nelson TIME! (Above Savoy Bowling Lanes) Open Tues - Sat.: 12:00 - 5:00pm View our current animals available for adoption and check out the new Lost & Found section on our website!

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George This friendly senior Shepherd is in dire need of a kind retirement home. George is 8 years old, needs moderate exercise, and a home where he can sleep indoors at night. He is great with children, and fine with most other dogs. No cats. Very nice dog.

GREAT NEWS! The Kootenay Co-op has included KAAP in their “Till Donation” program. Now it is easy to make a small donation to help our community pets when you shop. Just look for the KAAP till card, and have it scanned when you do your checkout. Thank you!


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317 feet of frontage on the Slocan River, located in very sunny Winlaw. The River is deep off of the frontage, ideal for either launching the canoe or kayak or simply making the jump from the dock.

This four bedroom, 2 bath home has much more space than you would believe! Tastefully updated & well maintained. Hardwood floors, open living space, large family room in the finished basement, fenced yard, patio, deck, hot tub, and more. New Price!

Great 2 bedroom cabin or comfortable year round home in the Procter area. 84.5 feet of frontage on Kootenay Lake gives access to outstanding summertime fun. Also includes a rental cottage.

Truly one of the West Kootenay’s premiere addresses, this timeless 5,300 sqft Edwardian Mansion on 3.4 acres was built by Colonel A.N. Taylor in 1920, and has undergone a 20+ year painstaking and loving restoration, now one of the most successful B&B’s in the Nelson area.

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Located in Slocan Park, this 11.4 acre property lies across the road from Slocan River and offers good building sites at road level and upper benched area. Outbuilding, recreation nearby, 30 min. to Nelson/ Castlegar.

The Property Lab Team $440,000

Call Lorne or Drew $129,000

Call Glen $365,000

Call Dave $559,000






3 bdrms up & 2 baths on both sides plus one extra on one

Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath Post & Beam home on .56 acre with views of Kokanee Glacier, and situated directly across from Kokanee Springs Golf Course. 220Amp shop + Double Garage! Amazing Value.

This well built quality home offers an open main floor living space with a gourmet kitchen, wood burning F/P, exposed timbers concrete countertops, tile and hardwood floors and more. Great family home with 4 bdrms, 4 baths, 3500 sq ft of living space, only minutes to the heart of the city and fully landscaped.

Ideal getaway! This .42 acre lot has good sun exposure, cozy cabin & great views of Kootenay Lake. Water hooked up to cabin and septic already installed. Live in cabin while you build your dream home!

Just 8 minutes from Nelson and you get to enjoy a panoramic view of the Kootenay River. A 5 bedroom, 3 bath custom built home offers 2 bedroom in-law suite, sundeck, in floor heat and too much to list.

Call Lorne or Drew $199,000

The Property Lab Team $599,950

side of this grand heritage investment property. Many new upgrades, charming heritage features, spacious and perfect layouts, basements, attic space to add, large fenced back yard with lane access and all just steps from downtown Nelson.

Call Tad at The Property Lab Team $625,000

Call Paul at The Property Lab Team $849,900

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Call Lisa $479,000

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2 bed 1 bath modern, cozy home with great views of Slocan River/Lake. Also 24’ x 32’ shop, full basement and unfinished 2nd floor, all on a private treed 24 + acres within 1 hour from Nelson/Castlegar.

Offered for the first time is this beautifully upgraded Villa at Granite Point. A 3 level, 1,644 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath corner unit with attractive features, sun drenched deck, close to golf course, and Art Gibbon Memorial Park.

This property is located on a dead end street and has a 60X120

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A 4 bedroom 3 bath comfortable home on a lake access lane. Vaulted ceilings and gourmet kitchen. Lower level has an in-law suite. Large deck with carport. Paved drive, RV parking and terraced lawn.

4 bdrm/ 4 bath home located on a very large 86’ x 125’ fenced yard close to city limits in Salmo. This very nice home has a great floor plan with plenty of room to move around. 2 gas fireplaces, wood stove, double garage and the list goes on. Do not want to miss!

Call Lorne or Drew $399,900

The Property Lab Team $320,900

Call Alan $359,900

Call Christine $329,000

Call Lisa $289,900






Horse lovers, hobby farm enthusiasts, nature buffs or artists wanted. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home in the Sunshine Bay area of Harrop sits on 32 acres with a panoramic view of Kootenay Lake. The property has a large garden area, plenty of yard for kids or animals to run around, multiple outbuildings and so much more.

Centrally located 3 bedroom home, with original hardwood floors and wood accents. This cared for home has many upgrades, don’t pass this affordable family home up!

Four bedroom and den home in a quiet Salmo location. Also includes 2 bathrooms and an updated kitchen. A great family yard that can be made even larger with the purchase of the adjoining lots.

Featuring oak hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, open beam construction, open layout, fenced level yard. This uphill gem also has suite potential with kitchen in lower level & separate entry. Home in excellent condition!

Three level 1/2 Duplex with a gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings in living-room, and private sun deck. Master loft bedroom with a 4 piece ensuite. Two bedrooms, a full bath plus laundry and storage room in the lower level. Glass sliding doors leading out to a covered patio with a hot tub. This is a must see.

Call Christine $329,000

Call Dave $209,000

Call Lorne or Drew $389,500

Call Alan $329,000






2 bed, 1 bath very open & inviting, bright kitchen, spacious dining/living room with wood stove, master bedroom has a huge walk in closet. Double carport, 2 decks, situated on 6.5 acres with views of Ainsworth across the lake.

Well maintained semi-detached home located in the Hospital area. Nicely updated living with three bedrooms including a “loft” master bedroom suite, 2.5 stylish bathrooms, deck with partial roof cover, and corner gas fireplace.

1/2 duplex in great condition and well maintained with updated bathrooms, fresh paint, newer flooring and appliances! Also paved driveway, fenced rear yard, storage shed and a covered deck all on a prime view lot!

This large 5-6 bedroom, 3 bath home has been meticulously well kept, boasts combination of gorgeous hardwood, brand new carpets and a mother-in-law suite. Attached double garage, multiple decks on a huge 0.31 acres parcel..

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3 bed, 3 bath open floor plan, bamboo hardwood, granite counter tops, wood burning stove, double garage, fully landscaped .20 acre corner lot private setting with hot tub & swimming pool.

Call Laura $269,777

Call Glen $338,500

Call Lorne or Drew $239,000

The Property Lab Team $487,000

Call Laura $369,777

Call Tad at The Property Lab Team $519,900

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BRINGING BEATS TO NELSON {vurb} chats with two of city's biggest venues about Nelson's music scene Page 11

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Apr. 28th - Fort Knox Five May. 4th - Neighbour Home Breakin’ Records May. 5th - Tantrum Desire with DJ Cain &

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Since The Great Lake Swimmers debuted over a decade ago they’ve released four albums, taken home the award for favourite folk/roots artist/group at the Canadian Indie Awards, nominations for a 2009 Polaris Music Prize, a Juno Award for roots and traditional album of the year — group and a Canadian Folk Music Award. The band was originally built around the songs of Tony Dekker. “My family wasn’t musical at all,” said Dekker. “I was kind of the oddball. I’m totally self-taught. I learned to play the guitar on my own. It’s not so much that I got into music but that music got into me. I’m not even sure how.” With the depth of Dekker’s the lyrics it’s no surprise that the early Leonard Cohen albums were a big influence on him musically. “I was 16 when I learned to play the guitar. It was a really crappy Les Paul,” he said with a laugh. “I totally started writing songs and figured out a few chords. Immediately after I was writing little songs using power chords.” Dekker played in “scrappy rock bands” through high school and said he’s been in bands for more than half his life now. It was after university that he found himself diving more seriously into songwriting. “After the release of the first album it really seemed like there might be a possibility to do a bit more with it,” he said. When Dekker is writing songs he said he strives to find the spirituality in the natural environment. The artists making up The Great Lake Swimmers have changed over time. Currently, Dekker shares the stage with Erik Arnesen on banjo, electric guitar and harmonium, Greg Millson on drums, Bret Higgins on upright bass and Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals. “I sort of just met people playing in the music scene in Toronto. There’s a pretty healthy musical environment there and things just fell into place,” he said. In the early years of The Great Lake Swimmers Dekker Editor: Megan cole

describes the band as a “revolving door of musicians in and out.” “This current line-up has been playing together for about two and half years and I feel like this is the most stable line-up.” Earlier this month The Great Lake Swimmers debuted their fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere. The release was met by rave reviews from publications like The Globe and Mail, exclaim! and Paste. “It’s interesting to listen to all our albums in context,” said Dekker. “It’s like a jigsaw puzzle where all the albums fit together in some way. You can definitely see a growth from the beginning to now. Not only in sound but hopefully in songwriting and musicianship.” The Great Lake Swimmers have had the opportunity to work with a number of other Canadian musicians including Sarah Harmer, Owen Pallett, Serena Ryder and Bob Egan. “It was great to have someone like Owen Pallett channel his energy to one of my songs. It was fascinating to watch how he works and he’s just such a great string arranger, and just an awesome creative person. That was a real thrill,” said Dekker. “Sarah Harmer is such a great songwriter and Canadian institution. It was an honour that she was interested in singing with us.” With the growth of Canadian music on an international level, Dekker said that there seems to be a real sense of camaraderie among Canadian musicians. “It’s interesting to watch the response to our new album because there are a lot of people who have no idea we’ve been recording and performing in relative obscurity for the last 10 years,” said Dekker. “It’s great though that you can discover a band and find out that they have a back catalogue of five albums that span the last 10 years.” The Wednesday, May 9 performance at The Royal will be the first visit to Nelson for The Great Lake Swimmers Dekker said the band is excited to play as many towns in Canada as possible. Tickets for The Great Lake Swimmers are on sale now at The Royal,, Urban Legend and The Music Store. Tickets are $20 and doors open at 7 p.

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I first heard of Sydney, Australia band The Jezebels over a year ago and immediately purchased their Dark Storm EP. I was captured by the vocals and the full sound they created and the EP has been in regular rotation in my music collection ever since. But I'd resigned myself to the fact that I'd likely never see them live. Great things happen in Nelson though, and The Jezebels are set to take the stage at The Royal on Saturday night. The four piece band features the vocals of Hayley Mary, backing vocals and keys by Heather Shannon, Samuel Lockwood on guitars and Nik Kaloper on drums. As the band prepared for their Nelson tour date, I caught up with Kaloper. “I never really got a drum kit until I moved to Australia,” he said. “I was more of a percussionist until I was about 18 and bought my drums.” Kaloper grew up in California and moved to Australia with his family when he was 15. “We all sort of met in university,” he said of his bandmates. “I was studying at Sydney University and working at the cafe at the time. Sam, our guitar player, was a regular and we’d chat from time to time. One day he mentioned that he was jamming and making music with two other girls — obviously Hayley and Heather — and they said they were looking for someone to play drums. I thought that sounded like a bit of fun and about three weeks later we had our first gig at the university’s battle of the bands competition.” The group ended up coming in second in the competition which motivated them to keep playing and writing together. “We were playing local rock clubs and venues after that around Sydney,” said Kaloper. “It took us about a year before we started playing outside of Sydney.”

There has been critical acclaim internationally for the The Jezebels, which Kaloper said is “perpetually surprising.” “The fact that we’re still doing this five years later and I’m sitting in a car driving to Pittsburgh right now to play a gig, that’s very surprising, especially if you told me that five years ago,” he said. Last month The Jezebels took home the Australian Music Prize which came with a $30,000 cash prize. The Jezebels take the stage at The Royal on Saturday night. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at The Royal, or The Music Store. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show. For more on The Jezebels visit

Tantrum Desire is Jay Faleye and Devin Smith, a south London UK duo who have been producing some of the biggest drum and bass anthems since 2004. They have been getting major recognition by many of the world’s top bass music acts such as Andy C, Aphrodite, Camo and Krooked, Skream, Benga, Sub Focus, and many more. Now expanding their horizons, working on projects which integrate house, electro and dubstep influences, they have been getting major recognition in many different music scenes around the globe. Their stop at Spiritbar on Saturday, May 5 is part of their first Canadian tour and will also be at Shambhala Music Festival as a headliner. The evening will also showcase Banff’s DJ Cain and Four20 MC. DJ Cain’s trunk tight mixing skills and seamless scratching abilities combined with Four20’s energetic and super hyper lyrical flows are a rowdy combination that will keep you bass faced up, sweaty and jumping around all night. This will be a guaranteed high energy dancefloor frenzy with some of the most upfront and fresh bass music on the planet. Custom Visuals by Onbeyond. Opening set by DJ Four20. Advance tickets $20 at Hume Hotel and more at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m.


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From EA Games to the stage at Shambhala Music Festival Fort Knox Five has almost done it all. Before playing Spiritbar on Saturday night, Shambhala took time to catch up with Jon Horvath of Fort Knox Five.

games to providing the musical direction for Eyecandy Sound Lounge at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. What stands out for you as the most exciting or inspiring project you’ve worked on? We love doing scoring projects for EA Sports and EA Games. It is really interesting, and we end up learning a lot of different techniques every time we work on a new project. We recently completed scoring work on a SIMS3 expansion pack. It helped us get into using a lot of virtual synths, and virtual instruments. We love some of the elements of bass music. Incorporating those instruments help us meld an organic yet gritty sound. The scoring stuff gets you thinking outside the box.

1. You hope that your music will inspire, incite and unite audiences to “Funk 4 Peace!” What inspired you to make that your mission? We like making music that is fun and happy. It has always been our mission not to take things too seriously. Funk 4 Peace was spawned on bringing people together to rally for peace through music. Music is an integral part of everyone’s lives, whatever culture or place they come from.

4. Veteran Shambhala DJs, what is your fondest memory thus far? We have so many fond memories of Shambhala. It is truly one of the best events in the world. We love spreading the word about it. We love that people all over the world now about it! It is very inspiring to play Shambhala. When we get home from Shambhala, we are always ready to work on new tunes. The family feeling is unmatched anywhere. We are very excited to be a part of it again in 2012!! Counting down the days!

2. What do you feel was the defining moment of your career? We have had several moments that we are really proud of. A chance meeting with Afrika Bambaataa in our local DC record store led to producing several songs together. That was a huge moment, because Afrika Bambaataa is the Amen-Ra of the universal hip hop culture. Also having the opportunity to remix some of our all time top inspirations like Bob Marley, Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong to some our funk compatriots like A Skillz and Krafty Kuts, Kraak and Smaak, Mo’Horizons, Nick Thayer and more. We are really happy with the way our career has gone. We have spent the last year and a half focusing on developing our label, Fort Knox Recordings. We have released amazing debut albums from Empresarios, See-I, Nappy Riddem and Liftoff as well as a slew of top charting remixed compilation. Our next release bring things full circle with the release of All Good Funk Alliance’s Jacks of all trades album. The AGFA guys have been down with Fort Knox since the beginning. They decided to let us release their new album. It is definitely their best work thusfar, and we are extremely proud to be releasing it. 3. You’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of interesting projects, from soundtrack production for EA

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5. When we released Shambhala’s 2012 lineup, you tweeted that it might be the best SMF lineup you’ve ever seen. What are you most excited about? Who comes FK5 recommended? We are really stoked on the line-up this year. It features a lot of the who’s who of the electronic music scene. Some of the peeps we are stoked to check out are Claude Von Stroke, DJ Dan, Love & Light, Pretty Lights, The Correspondents, A Skillz, Bobby C Sound TV, Dreadsquad, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Neighbour, Janover, Eoto, Break Science, Chali 2na, Vinyl Ritchie, Smalltown DJs, Mat the Alien, Wax Romeo, Delhi 2 Dublin, Librarian, El Papa Chango, Nasty Nasty, Czech, Bitchin’ and so many more!! Fort Knox Five takes the stage at Spiritbar on Saturday night. Tickets are available through the Hume Hotel. Doors open at 10 p.m. To hear Fort Knox Five go to

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Steve Earle Megan Cole {vurb} editor

Excitement is building around this year’s Live at the Capitol series presented by The Royal after they announced last week that Steve Earle would play June 1. “I’m most excited about Steve Earle, and this years’ Live At the Capitol series, because it’ll be a huge step for Nelson’s already explosive music scene,” said Paul Hinrichs of The Royal. “It really feels like now is our time, and the calibre of musicians we’re able to bring to town these days is really exciting.”

Last year the Live at the Capitol series included Leo Kottke and Judy Collins. “Huge names, from every genre, are putting Nelson on their tour route,” said Hinrichs. “We are so fortunate to have people like Steve Earle come and inspire us in our own mountain town.” Tickets for Steve Earle go on sale today and are $40 plus fees. They are available at the Capitol box office or at The second Live at the Capitol artist will be announced Monday. Steve Earle


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Stash Trax This is going to be a completely biased review. Why? Well, because I will always love heart-on-the-sleeve music. I’m talking about music that actually means something. It’s not that I’m depressed all the time and can commiserate with singers/songwriters and cry into my beer (or cheap wine most likely made from potatoes), but quite the opposite. It pleases me to know that others can actually evoke their words and feeling into music that they put their heart and soul into. What a beautiful talent to have. The Lumineers have that, in spades. The Lumineers are a roots revival band from Colorado, consisting of three people: a guitar player/singer, a drummer, and a cello player. It doesn’t seem like they’d be able to make some of the sounds that they do, but they pull it off and sometimes it sounds like an eight piece folk band. Their self-titled album is full of heartfelt/quotable lyrics, and pleasant sounds from a cello to round things off. Every SINGLE song on this album is as great as the last one, and has either a lyric that will stick with you for ages, or a drum beat that will have you stomping your feet. Classy Girls has one of the most honest lyrics that everyone should pay attention to. “Classy girls don’t kiss in bars... you fool”.

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You know when you a hear a song for the first time and immediately fall in love with it? Well when my ears first stumbled upon Ho Hey.... It was like they removed their clothes in a furious pace, made passionate love with each other, and proceeded to snuggle in the afterglow until they fell asleep. I’m sure your ears might have some different things in mind, like maybe going for a nice spaghetti dinner and settling for a kiss on the porch... But mine don’t think about the consequences. I listened to the song a solid 50 times in the course of one day, and I’m still not sick of it. That says a lot about the song. This is a pop gem that will be blasting on everybody’s radio this summer. Download it now. Big Parade has hand claps! If you don’t like hand claps in songs you should seriously re-consider things about your life. Anyways, the song’s a classic ballad that tells the story of politicians, beauty queens, priests, and a rock and roller. It’ll captivate you all the way until the last note hits your ears (that are still reeling from the love affair). On Flapper Girl we hear singer Welsey Schultz singing about how naive girls can be, when they think cutting off all their hair will make everything change and add some bright to their lives. As the song progresses,

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My favourite books always seem to be by British authors. The one I am going to write about today is an author called Jilly Cooper. The first one I read was called Riders. In this book there is a huge list of characters and some you really like and some, not so much. The book is based around the world of horse show jumping and everything else related to horses and their people. Most of the time in Cooper’s books

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there is some vulgarity going on but these Brits have such a way of writing that I find I am laughing out loud, which always pleases me in a book. I am not a horse person myself but the books make it all seem pretty exciting. There are quite a few books by Jilly Cooper in this series as well as others, but she does a nice job of moving along with characters and making other stories that are related but different.

The other thing about her books is that they are all quite long, like usually 1,000 pages, so you can really settle in for a funny long read. I also find I am always longing to go to the British countryside after reading one of these books. Do you have a favourite book you think we should know about? Email or visit {vurb}’s Facebook page and let us know.

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Instead, I’ll leave you with this bold statement: This band is going to be big, Mumford and Sons big. Get your hands on this album. It’s my favourite musical discovery of the year. This really should be how everybody listens to music, with a big fat grin.



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Megan Cole {vurb} editor Both of Tobias Jenny’s passions are labours of love but when he began go focus more on baking he discovered what he calls the simple pleasures of bread. Jenny – who owns and operates Uphill Bakery with his wife Joan - originally came to Nelson 12 years ago when he was offered a job as a music teacher but when the job was eliminated a year later do to the economy he was left with a decision about what to pursue next. “I had to reinvent my life because trying to start a music career isn’t easy and we didn’t want to move again because our children had just settled in school,” he said. “I followed my own advice which I one day gave to my boys that if they want to study to be a baker or a cook you’ll always have part time work to pay your way through.” While Tobias said his boys didn’t follow his advice it worked out well for him and with the help of the Community Futures program he opened Uphill Bakery in 2002. “It was a good thing to happen actually because music and working with music can be stressful and it definitely using up all your attention but once the bakery was running it doesn’t high jack the brain so I was able to study theology and psychology along side it.”

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Tobias said that he finds baking meditative and relaxing. Unlike other bakeries, which deliver their bread by truck, Tobias and Joan deliver their bread by foot in the winter and by bike in the summer. Uphill bakery bread is sold at Burrell’s Grocery, the Kootenay Co-op, the Fisherman’s Market and the Evergreen Market. Tobias also delivers his bread to Oso Negro – which uses it for their Oso baguettes- and Bibo. On May 1, Uphill Bakery will be celebrating their 10th anniversary and to give back to the community, which has supported them, Tobias decided to 10 per cent of the proceeds of the bakery’s gross sales for the month of May will go to the St. Saviours Food Cupboard. “They are definitely needing as much as they can get. They are a small completely volunteer driven outreach program,” said Tobias. “It’s my little thank you to the community. Instead of giving 10 per cent off I thought let’s put that 10 per cent where it’s really needed.” For more information about Uphill Bakery visit



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Chef Jamie Hertz For the last two weeks I’ve been in Ontario on a business trip and when anyone travels they tend to eat out a lot. Being a chef and a foodie you can see that this is no problem for me. It gives me a chance to see what a town or city has to offer in the culinary world and perhaps it will unveil some culture and history. During my three week trip I had a lot of really great meals but one I thought I would mention was at a restaurant in Thunder Bay. Not many people have a lot to say about Thunder Bay because people simply don’t go there. I wanted to mention a meal I had while I was there because I notice this a lot with restaurants and it is something often overlooked. First off let me start off by telling you what the dish was. I had a beer battered braised short rib on a cauliflower puree and a gravy. I liked everything about the dish other then the gravy. On the menu it was called sauce, but I have had enough orders of fries and gravy to know that it was the generic powder gravy that some pub cook adds water to and presto. I find that the sauce is often an afterthought for a lot of cooks, which is sad because in this case it ruined the dish entirely. The chef goes through two days of preparation braising the short ribs, battering them in a perfect batter, making a cauliflower puree and then a copout for a sauce. Either they don’t know how to make a proper sauce or it is flat-out lazy. I find the same when I go to restaurants and eat pastas with cream reduced sauces such as alfredo and carbonara. Who can’t add some heat to a pan and cook until it is thick? It shows a lack of creativity and a lack of skill. The point is that a sauce should be on a dish to highlight the dish and enhanced something already on the plate. It should not be the main event or the dead weight of a dish no matter what it is. In the case of the short ribs, the chef could have used the brais-

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ing liquid and added a couple of basic ingredients and I would have been writing a different column. Here is what I would have done to make the dish better -in my opinion - and I hope that it inspires all you Nelsonites to do the same when it comes to your next dish with a sauce. I would have taken the braising liquid which probably had the basic mire poix (onions, celery, carrots) with some garlic and perhaps some red wine and tomato paste and passed it through a strainer (china cap). This would have left me with a very flavourful liquid that would be too runny for a sauce. Now in the old school kitchens a lot of people add flour until you are left with the classic gravy that our grandmothers have passed down the family tree. In my case I want to get a little creative with this and avoid flour for all of you Celiac out there. Sautee some onions and garlic in a pan and deglaze with some brandy or whisky and make sure to scrape the pan of any bits stuck to it. I would then add your braising liquid and gently whisk in some Dijon mustard until it is smooth. Reduce this until it has a nice consistency and it has the correct seasoning. Just before it is finished squeeze some lemon juice in the pan and a couple of cubes of butter and whisk until smooth. You can even add some hoisin sauce if you feel the need, but this takes just about as much time as it would to make the powder brown gravy and you know what is in it. In closing I just wanted to say that if you are going to put the time and effort in a dish then think it through and if you are going to do then do it right. Cutting corners never pays of and this goes with all things life has as well. It doesn’t have to be a difficult process and involve a professional but, just a little bit of love and attention and you reap the rewards.



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Lettuce Wraps with spicy pork & rice noodles I’ve been happily walking around in my sandals and dresses the past few days as summer seems to have come to Nelson a bit early. But I must confess that when the weather gets hot the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven and make dinner. I saw a recipe for Lucky Lettuce Wraps on a blog called Vegan Stoner a few months ago. I’m not a vegan but sometime I feel like doing my animal friends a favour by laying off the meat. I had every intention of doing this with my lettuce wraps but when I arrived at the store I couldn’t find tempeh. There were shelves piled with tofu, but no tempeh. I caved and walked to the meat section and through some ground pork in my basket. I will try to make a vegan/vegetarian recipe at some point but this wasn’t it. What you need: 1 tbsp veggie oil 1/4 of a package of rice vermicelli noodles 1/2 cup of roasted and roughly chopped cashews 4 green onions, sliced just the white and light green parts. 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tbsp of ginger, minced

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1 1/2 pound ground pork 3 tbsp hoisin sauce 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp fish sauce Hot sauce, to your preference 1 head of butter lettuce, wash and separate the leaves Cook the noodles according to package instructions and set aside. Heat the veggie oil in a medium size frying pan. Add 1/2 the green onions, garlic and ginger. Saute until garlic has softened, roughly two minutes. Add ground pork and cook through. While the pork is cooking in a small bowl mix together the hoisin, soy sauce, fish sauce and hot sauce. When the pork is cooked through pour sauce over and cook for an additional three minutes. Divide the pork and noodles over the lettuce leaves and garnish with the cashews and remaining green onions. Dig in!


Dine Out Nelson A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9 Dine out Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants. Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Dine Out Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

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been on CBC’s The Debaters more than 20 times. “I also waste a lot of time on Facebook After 12 years as a stand up comic, there and Twitter,” she says. “That’s part of my aren’t many Canadian cities Erica Sigurd- job too, right?” son hasn’t had a show in. Listening to Sigurdson on stage is someBased in Vancouver, Sigurdson is no thing like hanging out with the office gosstranger to airports and rental cars. The sip. She doesn’t talk dirty and she doesn’t day we talk, she’s about to fly to Regina. get political. Instead, her routine is based “To make it as a comic in BC, you’ve around her own experiences and relationgot to travel a lot,” she says. “There’s not ships. enough comedy clubs to have “I have to make sure I regular work here.” know who’s in the auPast tours have taken dience before I tell Her mother is also a her all the way to Nusome of my jokes,” navut, so it’s perhaps gold mine for material, she says, explainsurprising this Saturing she scratches but not someone she’ll day will mark Sigurda few things from censor the show for. son’s first appearance the set when her in Nelson. in-laws come to see Yet our little mountain her. town holds a special place in Her mother is also a gold her memory. mine for material, but not someone “It’s the only place I’ve ever been bitten she’ll censor the show for. by bed bugs,” Sigurdson says with mock“My mother was pretty strict raising me,” fondness, recalling a hotel she stayed in she says. “Quite often after she watches during a ski trip here. me, she’ll come over and say, ‘obviously I “I’m actually surprised I don’t get bit- should have spanked you a little harder.’” ten more often, considering the number of Check out Erica Sigurdson at the Capinights I’ve spent in hotels.” tol, tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tickets $20 for Between comedy gigs, Sigurdson does adults, $16 for students. Charge by phone some writing for television and radio. She 250-352-6363 at the theatre box office or spent last summer as story editor for the online CBC television series Mr. D. She has also Sam Van Schie Special to {vurb}

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Bulgarian pianist Anna Petrova steals the hearts of Nelson Anna Petrova performed as part of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society’s presentation of the Symphony of the Kootenays. This is a review submitted by the society. Ten days prior to the Nelson Overture Society April 21 concert, a phone rang in New York. Piano soloist Koreen Kawalec, contracted in 2011 to perform Chopin’s virtuoso and tremendously moving Piano Concerto No. 1 Opus 11, had cancelled due to health reasons. Would Anna Petrova, student in the prestigious doctoral program at the Manhattan School of Music, be willing and able to take Koreen’s place? A warm conversation followed, which resulted in her stunning Saturday night performance at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre. When completed, an unprecedented standing ovation, amidst loud “Bravos,” burst loose — before the Chopin/Beethoven concert’s intermission! A feat never witnessed before by long standing members of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society. Petrova, a soft spoken, highly intelli-

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gent, meticulously professional young woman, prepared her performance in just 10 days. A quick calculation suggests Chopin’s 1st piano concerto, a 45 minute piece, probably contains some 25,000 different notes. Petrova performed these flawlessly, from memory. One of the moving aspects of this young

lady’s performance was her complete engulfment into the ocean of musical sounds produced by the entire orchestra, conducted by music director Bruce Dunn from Kamloops. Petrova’s body would weave, her hands dancing above the keys, as her keen eyes tracked the conductor’s body language. When her

turn would come, which was obviously often in a piano concerto, fingers — moving with supreme mastery of technique — started their dance with the keys and strings. The evening did encounter one embarrasing glitch. Not on Petrova’s part, but simply caused by the last minute rush of changes in the programming. Petrova’s bio in the programs was — in fact — not her bio. St. Petersburg-born Anna Petrova is a colleague pianist, and has been confused before with Bulgarian-born Anna Petrova of our Nelson concert. Our Anna — so to speak — is a prize winner in numerous competitions, including Josoca (Valencia), Bdorfer (Sofia) and Maria Yudina (St. Petersburg). We are sure to see and hear more of her. Nelson may consider herself privileged, having witnessed the amazing performance of this rising star. Thank you, Petrova. It was unforgettable.


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Renwick Portrait Studio Collection goes digital


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For the past four months, an archives student enrolled in the University of British Columbia’s school of library, archival and information studies has been researching, digitizing, and preserving photographic images from the Renwick Portrait Studio Collection. Owned and operated by Archibald (Archie) Renwick, the studio opened in 1942 and was located at 577 Ward Street between 1958 and 1984. Over this period, Renwick took numerous photographs that reflect the diversity, popular fashions, and prominent residents of the city of Nelson. We will be celebrating the completion of this project on Saturday, April 28 in the main lobby of Touchstones Nelson. Drop by for some refreshments and information on how to view this diverse collection of over 300 digitized Nelson-based portraits now located on the Touchstones Nelson Flickr® Photostream. This project was made possible through the generous funding of the BC Arts Council.

Bessie and the Back Eddies Submitted Special to {vurb}

Write this down: April 28, Vallican Whole Community Centre, bring dancing shoes! On Saturday, Bessie and the Back Eddies, best roots and blues group at this year's Kootenay Music Awards, will hit the stage at the Whole, get you up and dancing — and then won't let you quit till you drop. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., the dancing starts at 8 p.m., and it costs $12 to get in. The organizers, who have become some of the band's biggest fans, guarantee it will be the best $12 you've ever spent. Bessie and the Back Eddies are a seven-piece old-school R 'n' B show band that mixes style and class with more than a bit of mischief. The elegantly powerful vocal stylings of Bessie Wapp are backed by a dynamic three-piece horn section and an all-acoustic rhythm section. Their repertoire dips into the songbooks of Ruth Brown, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, and Nina Simone. They take off from there and deliver it all, from the swing of the big band sound and the grooviness of soulful R&B to the sass of burlesque classics and the raunch of down-home blues. This appearance at the Whole has special meaning for Bessie Wapp, “The first amplified band I ever played in was Carnival, the brainchild of Clinton Swanson, bandleader of Bessie and the Back Eddies. I can't believe it was 20 years ago! That band was only together for the

summer of '93, but it was great and I'll never forget the night we played the Vallican Whole. “The place was packed and we played over three hours of music!” There are still people around who will tell you Carnival's appearance at the Whole was one of the finest of many amazing nights at the Kootenays' finest dance hall. The other members of Bessie and the Back Eddies are: Tim Bullen (trumpet), Keith Todd (trombone), Clinton Swanson (saxophones), Marvin Walker (drums), Jesse Lee (acoustic bass), and Colin Spence (piano). This gig is a bit of a homecoming for several of these players as well. Clinton grew up in the Slocan Valley, Walker confesses he has “always loved playing at this hall,” and Lee played at the Whole with Aspen Switzer. This is simply an event you don't want to miss. Bring your lover, bring your friends, bring your mother. Clinton Swanson says it all: “The Vallican Whole is like another world. A gathering place in the middle of the woods where magic seems to happen. I have been wanting to play the Whole again for quite sometime and it has finally come together. The music always flows at the Vallican Whole.” The Vallican Whole Community Centre is at 3762 Little Slocan River Road. For more information call 250-226-7624. To watch a promo video of Bessie and the Back Eddies: youtube. com/watch?v=4adFucr25cg

Diana Robles art exhibit Submitted Special to {vurb}

The White House Backpacker Lodge is unveiling a unique art exbibit titled A Gift of the Moon by Diana Robles on Sunday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Internationally recognized Kootenay artist Diana Robles’ paintings will be on display and available for purchase throughout the spring and summer.

Robles multi-layered works have been described as “powerfully intricate.” Her remarkable creativity draws you in, not only to the power of her vision, but to its artistic truth. Robles, who lives in Robson, has been painting for more than 30 years — her pieces belong to collections all over the world. Light refreshments available will be available at the opening. For more information contact the White House Backpacker Lodge.

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Dining out for a cause Looking for a way to support local businesses, enjoy great food and drinks, and raise money for a great cause? Dine Out Nelson is a celebration of our restaurants aimed to support our restauranteurs and business owners and raise funds for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. “When I was living in Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver was like Christmas,” said {vurb} editor Megan Cole. “I love to try new food and new restaurants, but it went beyond food to supporting the community.” Running from May 7 to 9, restaurants all over Nelson will be offering a unique prix fixe (fixed price) menu ranging from $15 to $45. “It has been so amazing to see all the restaurants who were excited to participate in Dine Out,” said Cole. 18 restaurants are participating including: Main Street Diner, Ric’s Lounge and Grill, Baba’s Indian Cuisine, Bibo, Itza Ristorante and Pizzeria, King’s Family Restaurant, Dominion Cafe, Jackson’s Hole, Kurama Sushi, Sages Tapa and Wine Bar, Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill, Louie’s Steakhouse and Lounge, Uptown Sportsbar, Epic Sushi/Funky Monkey Burger Bar, Relish, Nelson Underground and Outer Clove. “There really is something for everyone,” said Cole. “It’s a great opportunity to eat at restaurants you wouldn’t ordinarily go to or maybe you want to go to an old favourite and have something you missed.” Ten per cent of the proceeds raised by Dine Out Nelson will go to the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Make your reservations today to avoid missing out. To see menus and prices visit {vurb}’s Facebook page at


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Shambhala shares line-up excitement

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Shambhala Music Festival has announced the line-up for their 2012 event. As each stage director posted their list of who would grace the stage ticket holders reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm. This year highlights how Shambhala aims to offer something for every music lover, no matter their taste. “I first reacted with an extra large grin, which led to a bit of a pre-festival dancing, followed by a similar celebration to when one gets a unexpected few hundred dollars back on their tax return,” said Jacob Oudshoorn, who first got involved with Shambhala’s talent department. Oudshoorn said he didn’t really have any expectations leading up to the festival’s lineup release but was thrilled to see some names from previous years along with “fresh names” he has yet to witness. “All around I believe that each stage is always trying to top their line-ups from the last year and as tough as it is, they are doing a good job,” he said. The stage Oudshoorn will be spending the most time at this year’s event will be the Living Room Stage which will be hosting acts like Robot Koch, Thriftworks, Nasty Nasty, Adahm Shaikh, Fort Knox vis. Thunderball, Yan Zombie, Buck Lee, Gisto and more. For those lucky enough to have a ticket, Oudshoorn recommended any artist from Vancouver’s Lighta Sound crew playing at the Living Room, followed by the limitless Fluxo at the Rock Pit and Lorne B. For Tee Haynes who recently took up a full time role with Shambhala after volunteering last year, Sigma, Evol Intent, Chali 2na, JFB and Keys and Krates are some must sees at this year’s festival. “After picking my way through the line-up, and finding plenty of artists to get excited about, my reaction was something like ‘man I

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wish I wasn’t working during the festival so I had more of an opportunity to get to the stages and teach everyone in Salmo how to dance.,”’ said Haynes. “The line-up is a good representation of the many hours of hard work and negotiation from the stage directors. Not being from this part of the world there are plenty of acts that I am not familiar with but last year I loved walking around the festival and exposing myself to all the quality local talent. I hope to get a chance to do the same this year as local talent rules!” Haynes came to Canada from Perth, Australia and is recommending some homegrown talent from that part of the world at this year’s Shambhala. “I would love to see El Hornet (Pendulum), ShockOne (Viper Recordings) or Phetsta (Technique Recordings) rocking out at the Village,” said Haynes. “I also think Shambhala is screaming out for the services of Shad. Other than that, how about a James Brown hologram for Saturday afternoon on the beach at the Living Room?” In addition to Chali 2na, Delhi 2 Dublin, Scientists of Sound, the Boom Booms and Hank and Lily will be taking the stage at the Rock Pit. The Labyrinth will showcase music by DJs and artists like Dessert Dwellers, Dela, Gemma Luna, Foggy Mountain Rangers and We the Sheep People. Mat the Alien, Love and Light, Comic Strips and DJ Dan are among the line-up at the Pagoda Stage. Funk Hunters, A Skills, Smalltown DJs, Jpod, Stickybuds and The Gaff are a few of the acts taking the stage at Fractal Forest™ this year. For more information about Shambhala and this year’s full line-up visit Visit each stage’s Facebook page for up-todate information on what’s coming up at this year’s event and keep reading {vurb} for information on all of this summer’s music festivals.

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Arts and Entertainment Listings ON STAGE The Capitol Season 2011-2012 ends with a stand up performance by twice nominated Best Female Stand-Up in Canada” Erica Sigurdson. Based in Vancouver BC, Erica Sigurdson is a strong dominating force in the Canadian Comedy scene as well as an award-winning writer. Sigurdson will take the stage on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, P.E.I., Sudbury and Vancouver comedy festivals. Tickets are $20 adult and $16 full time student and are available Charge by phone 250.352.6363 at the theatre box office or online capitoltheatre. Sigurdson will also be at the Langham Theatre in Kaslo on Friday, April 27.

On Sunday, April 29 at The Royal Scarlet Mary Rose and The Heavy Petal Burlesque will be doing their a neo-vaudevillian burlesque caberet. Tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open 5 p.m.

Kaslo’s Randy and Janet take the stage at the Langham Theatre on Friday, May 4 for Life! 9 Lessons, 2 Points of View. It will be an evening of laughter and insight. Tickets are $10 and are available at Sunnyside Naturals and Willow Home Gallery.

MUSIC The Royal presents two backto-back shows on Friday, April 27 of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of show and are available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store and Doors for the early show open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. For the late show, doors open at 9:30

p.m. with the show starting at 10:30 p.m.

Ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.

The Kootenays’ best roots and blues group is about to hit the Kootenays’ best, iconic dance hall. Bessie and the Back Eddies will be at the Vallican Whole Community Centre on Saturday, April 28. Most of the members of the band have a personal connection to the Whole, so this will be a very special evening indeed. Doors open 7:30 p.m., dancing starts at 8 p.m. Then you don’t get to stop dancing until at least midnight. Admission is $12. This is a fundraiser for the Rural Alternatives Research and Training Society, parent organization of the Vallican Whole (and so much more!) Check out for more info.

Head to the Royal on Tuesday, May 1 for DJ Express' birthday bash. There is no cover and doors open at 9 p.m. Tuesday nights features local musicians. Sometimes they're a DJ, sometimes it's a band or artist. This week we're celebrating DJ Express' birthday! The night will also feature Sturdy, Brand Electrix, Suplex and MC Ses.

5 with DJ Cain and Four20MC. Doors open at 10 p.m. and tickets information is available at the Hume Hotel.

LITERATURE The Nelson Public Library invites

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teen art on display in our TeenScene. Students have created very colourful pictures of famous people, by drawing fruits and vegetables.

Every Wednesday at the Royal Estevan and Tracy Lynn host the Variety Show. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Join us for one the Kootenay's best open stages. Take your turn in

young writers to raid their imagiDance Umbrella nations and 15th Annual Spring Showcase find the burTickets on sale now at the Capitol Theatre ied treasure May 10th • 7pm in a special May 11th • 7 pm six-week seMay 12th • 2 & 7 pm ries for kids who love to Tickets $11 write stories with pirateinstructor Eileen Holland. The series beganApril 24. Sessions Expert Tax Preparation are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the program room for the duration of the series. Pre-registration is Plus HST required, as class size is limited. A fee of $15 is requested to No Appointment Necessary help offset costs.

The Jezebels take the stage at The Royal on Saturday, April 28 with Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store and Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The Fort Knox Five is a leading force in the international funk and breaks scene and will be playing Spiritbar on Saturday,

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AT THE PUB the spotlight, or enjoy the music of those who do! Talk to Estevan or Tracy to sign up for a timeslot during the night. At The Royal on Friday, May 4 the Gemma Luna Trio with DJ Geo will take the stage. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

April 28. Having released an arsenal of floor rocking singles and remixes, the Fort Knox Five has the midas touch for producing heavy hitting records. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Hit the dancefloor on Friday, May 4 at Spirtbar when Neighbour takes the stage. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel. Tantrum Desire takes the stage at Spritbar on Saturday, May

Join the Ymir Hotel's country and blue grass jam every Friday night. Things get going around 5 p.m. and wrap up around 9 p.m. Every Monday at Finley's head down for the blues jam from 8 p.m. until midnight. Hosted by Magic Carpet Blues Band. Amps and drums are supplied but please bring your own instruments. Welcome all singers, bands and musicians. Starting Wednesday, May 9 Bogustown Pub is hosting trivia night. Things get started at 7 p.m.

VISUAL ARTS L.V. Rogers art is on display this spring at the Nelson Public Library. Come see some great

Touchstones Nelson has two new exhibits opening. In Gallery A will feature the work of well known local artist, teacher and curator Deborah Thompson. In Tales From the Underworld she continues to explore the human psyche through her intuitive and gestural paintings, as well as through a number of sculptural pieces. In Gallery B, see the annual Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College graduation exhibition. A Gift of the Moon an art exhibit by Diana Robles will be opening Sunday, May 6,from 6 to 8 p.m., at the White House Backpacker Lodge at 816 Vernon Street. Internationally recognized Kootenay artist Diana Robles’ paintings will be on display and available for purchase throughout the spring and summer. Ourglass Gallery and Studio presents the opening of Little Effigies an exhibition by photographer Mark Felt on Friday, May 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you have an arts and culture event you’d like to see in the Nelson Star or in {vurb} email entertainment editor Megan Cole at Also add your events to our online community calendar which can be found at For concert announcements and up to date arts and culture news like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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