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pirits will be high at this year’s Wapiti Music Festival. Fernie city council recently approved Wapiti’s liquor licence. The festival, on August 10 and 11, will host a newly expanded refreshment garden featuring local wineries and breweries. Creston, BC’s Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery will feature their Gewurztraminer and Rosé. Gehrunger Bros. from Osooyoos, BC, will feature a red wine appropriately titled Summer Night. Orchard Hill Estate Cidery from

the south Okanagan is bringing its semi-sweet, fruity Okanagan apple cider. Last but not least, the Fernie Brewing Company will be back for another year of refreshments. Along with great drinks, there will also be eight different food vendors from Fernie and beyond. “You definitely want to bring cash because you won’t be able to resist,” said Chantel Souliere, the festival’s director of marketing. Patrons will also be able to ride and check their bikes instead of driving to the festival. “This year we’ve quadrupled the size of the bike shack. It’s totally free and gated and secure. You drop

your bike off and get a ticket, just like you would a coat check.” Let’s not forget about the music. Headliners, Born Ruffians, will close out the festival on Saturday night. The rest of the lineup includes Cuff The Duke, The Boom Booms, The Belle Game, The British Columbians, Five Alarm Funk, Red Girl, Michael Rault, Stellar Radio Choir, Sean Ashby, and this is The Shoes. Souliere wanted to emphasize that kids 12 and under get in for free. Seniors 65 and older also are free. Advance weekend passes for the festival are available at Le Grand

Fromage in Fernie or online at for $45 plus tax until August 1, or until they’re sold out, whichever comes first. Souliere said tickets are going fast and there is a good chance that people who wait until the last minute will not get in. People can also buy tickets for individual days. Friday will cost $25 and Saturday will be $50. Day tickets are only available at the gate. Souliere said volunteers are still needed and can sign up at


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extremely remote most of the time. You can go well over 100 miles without seeing anybody, and then come to a one-horse town and resupply.” Chiasson said he wasn’t as fast as the riders in front of him, so his strategy was to ride for longer. “The clock is essentially running the whole time. I would ride until I couldn’t ride any more, and then sleep in a ditch,” said Chiasson. “It became easier when I didn’t have to worry about bears anymore.” The Tour Divide website states that this race will forever change the people who participate in it. “I didn’t go into it expecting a vision quest. But, it was as close to it as I’ll ever get,” said Chiasson. “I thought I knew how tough it would be, but there is no way to anticipate how tough it actually is. There

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self-employed carpenter from Fernie finished with the sixth fastest time ever at the 18-day Tour Divide bike race in June. Serge Chiasson, 38, endured 4,418 km over the Continental Divide, and finished the race in fifth place. The world’s longest off-pavement cycling route has riders starting in Banff, AB, and eventually finishing in Antelope Wells, N.M. This year was Chiasson’s first time ever participating in the race. He rode from 5:30 a.m. to midnight every day, by himself, with no support vehicle of any kind. “All my sleep system, first aid and clothes were carried on the bike,” said Chiasson. “It is

was nothing I could have done to prepare for the suffering.” The race has no registration fee and no prize money at the end. “It is the most expensive free race in the world,” said Chiasson. “But, I’ve already forgotten how much it hurts.” Throughout the journey, Chiasson encountered kindness and friendliness in every town he rode through. “Everyone was quite amazed and respectful. Even the border guards gave me bacon and eggs for breakfast.” Being away from his family for so long was not easy for Chiasson, but he said they were extremely supportive. “My wife realised I needed to do it before I did. She is a biker as well,” said Chiasson. “It was a lonely, painful journey. But it was a dream come true to do it.”



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BC Hydro’s new smart meters may help RMCP with busting marijuana grow ops By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


C Hydro’s new smart meters may help local RCMP in busting marijuana grow operations. BC Hydro recently began installation of 10,000 smart meters across the Elk Valley. Along with the new smart meters, BC Hydro created two new investigator positions in Cranbrook. Their primary objective is to detect and investigate

hydro theft. The new meters are equipped with a tamper detection mechanism. “It is kind of like a pinball machine. It has a little tilt mechanism,” said Cindy Verschoor, communications manager for the smart metering program. “If somebody wiggles the meter or tries to remove it or tries to tamper with it, it will send us a signal. We will know immediately.” BC Hydro will also

be putting meters where they’ve never had them before, said Verschoor. “That means we will be metering our feeder meters and our transformers. We will be able to tell how much electricity has been delivered to a certain area. And we’ll know how much we are billing the customers on the other side,” said Verschoor. “If we identify an area where there is electricity going missing that’s unexplainable,

Bring your own wine comes to restaurants By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


icensed restaurants in British Columbia now have the option to let customers bring their own wine. The Bring Your Own Wine program went into effect on July 19. “Bring Your Own Wine offers more choice and flexibility for both customers and businesses. The province, the restaurant industry and consumers in B.C. all strongly support this change,” a British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to The Free Press. Participation in the program is left to the individual restaurant. The wine must be unopened and

commercially produced, meaning no homemade products are permitted. Customers will be required to hand the bottle to a staff person as soon as they enter the restaurant. Restaurants may set a corkage fee for the service. Customers will be allowed to take home unfinished bottles of wine. The restaurant is required to put a new cork in the bottle. As is the case with all opened liquor bottles, it must be stored out of reach from anyone in the car. The LCBL spokesperson went on to write, “the province had received a number of requests from the public over the past several years to allow customers to bring their own bottle of wine into a restaurant. The Canadian

and BC restaurant associations had also written in support of this initiative. The Grass Roots Bistro in Fernie has not yet made a decision about participating in the program. “It would be something we might be interested in. But we haven’t discussed it yet,” said Carolyn Doyle, co-owner of Grass Roots Bistro. Boston Pizza in Fernie gave a similar response. “We haven’t actually talked about it,” said Amanda Grant, manager of Fernie’s Boston Pizza. “It is something we’d have to look into and make a decision about, which we haven’t yet done. We’ll probably have a manager meeting about that and discuss it further there.”

not due to physics or street lights, then that instigates an investigation with the RCMP,” said Verschoor. BC Hydro has also taken steps to prevent people from hacking into the grid system and changing the meter readings remotely. “It starts with data being encrypted similar to online banking. It is all transmitted through secure channels and is processed in secure facilities,” said Verschoor. BC Hydro hired Texas-based South West Research Institute to be “white hat hackers.” “Their job is to try to

break into our system. These are the same people who work for the US Department of Defense. They weren’t actually able to get in through the first layer of security,” said Verschoor. Sgt. Dave Dubnyk with the Elk Valley RCMP said they will be working with BC Hydro when the need arises. “Often, hydro theft and marijuana grow operations go hand in hand. When appropriate we will work with those investigators,” said Dubnyk. At the July 16 Sparwood council meeting, Dubnyk pre-

sented the Elk Valley RCMP’s first quarterly report. Dubnyk said there have been three marijuana grow operation busts in the Elk Valley in this fiscal year, which runs from April 2012 to March 2013. “Every year we do a consultation with all our mayors and councils to see what everybody’s main concerns are for policing priorities,” said Dubnyk. “Inevitably, in every town drug and alcohol abuse is always high on the list.” One of the Elk Valley RCMP’s initiatives is to try and concentrate more on the detection

and eradication of marijuana grow operations. Dubnyk said they have set a benchmark goal of six busts in the year, but they will not stop at that. “We have more of a concentrated effort on getting out and getting the information from people on the street and then once we have the information, making sure we act on it in a timely manner,” said Dubnyk. Dubnyk urges anyone who suspects or knows about marijuana grow operations to contact their local RCMP detachment or call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Running a marathon each day to protest budget cuts By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


North Vancouver teacher will be running 1,000 kilometres across British Columbia to raise awareness of Bill 22, the province’s Education Improvement Act. Ian Cunliffe has been a teacher for the past seven years and he has seen a lot of changes to the educational system. “Most of the changes have not been positive,” he said. “It’s hard to spend time with each student individually when there are too many of them in a classroom. Most students that come into my classroom come with different concerns and needs. Some children need help in other areas that others may not.” Cunliffe noted that a teacher’s job is to motivate and inspire

kids. “I see many great problems and with the removal of class size limits for Grades 4 and up, the tendency will be to gradually increase class sizes,” he said. “It’s all about cost savings. If you can increase class sizes by 10 per cent, you’ve just saved 10 per cent of your labour costs.” During his run, other teachers may join Cunliffe on some portions, but he will ultimately be completing the journey by himself. “I’ve had a lot of support from private citizens but I’m still working to gain support along my run,” he said. “I’m still looking for places to stay and shower, but the support is coming in.” After each leg of his crossprovince journey, Cunliffe will be speaking to local parent advisory committees, teachers

and the public about the issues Bill 22 raises. Ian will run three marathons in this area, from Sparwood to Fernie on August 8, Fernie to Jaffray on August 9, and Jaffray to Cranbrook on August 10. He will start at 9 a.m. and run/ walk for about six hours per day. Runners and cyclists are welcome to join Ian each day. A driver will be along to provide some snacks and water at stops along the way, but there will not be a follow vehicle, so participants are asked to wear bright clothing and to follow the usual safety precautions for running or cycling alongside a highway. Follow his journey at: 22MarathonsAgainstBill22.

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n a last ditch attempt to keep the doors open, the Sparwood Michel Natal Heritage Society (SMNHS) is making a public plea for help. The current location of the museum across from New to You in Centennial Square is undergoing extensive renovations and forcing the museum to move out with nowhere to go. “At this time, we decide whether to store the items and reopen in a new location, or simply close the doors forever,� says Rosalie Fornasier, SMNHS President. The artifacts, photos, oral tapes and other items number in the thousands and were donated by many residents of

1. BC understands and supports the need to build trade with Asia. BC already leads Canada in developing exports of lumber and coal and led the Canadian eort to have China designate Canada as a favoured tourism des na on. 2. BC is not opposed to transpor ng heavy oil from western Canada to the west coast. But BC has set 5 condi ons: a full federal environmental assessment; world-leading marine oil spill preven on & management; world-leading land oil spill preven on & management; legal obliga ons to First Na ons must be met & significant opportuni es oered; BC must receive benefits equal to the risk from any oil pipeline across our land to our coastline. 3. The NDP proclaimed their categorical opposi on to any oil pipeline, even before the environmental assessment started and despite the jobs it would create. BC Conserva ves proclaimed their categorical support, before any environmental analysis and before any nego a ons with Alberta. Premier Christy Clark’s posi on is balanced & smart & I stand shoulder to shoulder with her.

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he city has started repainting 20 handicap parking spots across Fernie. The late spring and heavy rains pushed the painting schedule back this year, said Dave Cockwell, director of operational services for the City of Fernie. The city is currently

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just have only a few people who are able to volunteer their time, and we have been able to make that work, but at times it is quite a struggle, now with having to move and having nowhere to go, it is time to make a decision,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It saddens us as a society to think of dissolving the museum or the society as we have put our hearts into this, and preserving the history of Sparwood but there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and we need some help.â&#x20AC;? As a decision needs to be made within a month the SMNHS is looking to the public for input and options, wondering if the museum is something people are even concerned about keeping going. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We

need people to stand behind us, offer input and suggestions and give their time and support if they want to keep this museum going. If we do just close, it is highly unlikely that there will ever be a museum in Sparwood again. What we desperately need now is to know if the museum should stay or go, and if it should stay, we need a new location, boxes to move things, storage, members and volunteers,â&#x20AC;? says Rosalie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really up to the public to help us make the decision of keeping the doors open or closing them forever.â&#x20AC;? For m o re information or to help, please call Rosalie Fornasier at 250425-6443 or Monica Beranek at 250-4256300.

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Sparwood and the former Michel, Natal and Middletown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These items are priceless, and many of them were from people who have since passed away. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a struggle to even find a suitable place to store everything as paper and various other records, furniture and clothing are very susceptible to weather and cold temperature damage. At this point, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know where we could store everything, never mind move to permanently,â&#x20AC;? says Fornasier. The Sparwood Museum is no stranger to troubled times, as they have frequently been at a loss for volunteers to keep the museum open and memberships to keep it going. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really

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er constant energy and commitment to the A Clear View ~ digital mammography campaign is keeping Fernieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stephanie Rogers busy these days. Not only is the inspiring entrepreneur (owner of Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glass & Art Studio) dedicating much of her time to her business; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her volunteer efforts to support East Kootenay Foundation for Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major capital campaign that is

inspiring. Earlier this year Stephanie created the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Breast Buddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ski/Board-a-thon event held at the Fernie Alpine Resort that witnessed almost $25,000 in pledges raised for the imaging equipment. Over the past several weeks, Stephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breast Buddy spirit is back again with her latest creative venture, the Clothesline Art Sale and Auction. Thanks to many Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass contributing artisans the sale and auction received some outstanding

pieces and although a major rain storm on July 15 kept buyers at bay the event helped the mammography campaign with an additional $518 to the cause. Remaining unsold pieces are not being forgotten and many will be making their debut (for auction or sale) at other Clear View fundraising events in the East Kootenay. For more information contact Donna Grainger, EKFHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Director at 250 4896481 or toll-free 1-877-489-6481.


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Fernie to get new sander truck By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


ernie will be getting a brand new sanding truck for the upcoming winter season. The city council approved the $120,603 bid from Freightliner in Cranbrook. Within the 2012-2016 five year financial plan, the city had budgeted $150,000 for the purchase of a new truck to replace the 1997 sander unit, which is in need of

major repairs. “It was 15 years old and requires upgrades. This was the time to make the decision of do you replace it or do you spend more money on it,” said Dave Cockwell, director of operational services for the City of Fernie. The new truck will be equipped with a 10-foot reversible belly plow, which will allow the city to sand and plow at the same time.

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Freightliner’s bid outlined a three to six month time frame to build the truck. “We are trying to get delivery in November,” said Cockwell. If there are any delays in building the new truck, the city does have a second sander. Bids were also received from Inland Kenworth for $129,603 and Glover Trucks International for $146,525.

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River the Elk calf is recovering well

River, an Elk calf, enjoys a leafy meal after being rescued by conservation officers Frank De Boon and Trish Burley.

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T Fernie’s 15-year-old sander and plowing truck will be replaced in time for winter. Submitted photo

he Free Press reported last week that an Elk calf had been rescued from the Elk River. The calf, named River, was rescued by conservation officers Frank de Boon and Trish Burley on June

24 and is now doing very well at the rescue centre in Cranbrook. River had been suffering from a massive infection and tendon and nerve damage in her right hind leg. The staff at Steeples Vet Clinic in Cranbrook worked on her for a long time trying to save the leg.

She had to have her wounds flushed twice a day and her splint changed once a week. She was allowed to put weight on the leg when the splint was off and she was able to walk on it for a short time. Today she is doing great and the splint will come off for the final time next week.

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Balmer Drive Hill Closure Balmer Drive Hill, Highway 43 to Cariboo Drive, will be closed for repair. Construction will begin on August 13, 2012 and the approximate date of completion is August 26, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. For more information, please contact Duncan McDonald, Superintendent, Public Works, at 250.865.4025 or

Water Conservation The District reminds residents that outdoor water use restrictions are now in effect. Outdoor water use is permitted between the hours of 6:00 am to 9:00 am or 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings • August 13th Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm • August 27th Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm All Regular Council and Committee Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.

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Quotations must be received by sealed Tender marked “District of Elkford Campground Shower Building” in one hard copy by mail, courier or personal delivery by the closing date and time to the following address. Fax submissions accepted to 250865.4001 or email submissions accepted to ONLY. Confirmation of electronic submissions is the sole responsibility of the proponent. District of Elkford 816 Michel Road Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0 For further information: Attention: Duncan McDonald Email: Tel: 250.865.4025 Fax: 250.865.7746

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Notice of Annual Report & Meeting The Community Charter requires Council to prepare an Annual Report regarding financial and operational information related to the municipality. The Annual Report will be made available in June, with a meeting scheduled on June 30, 2011 to present the report to the public. The Annual Report will incorporate the progress on Council’s Strategic Plan and the audited 2010 financial statements.

Stat Closure Please be advised that the District Office, Community Conference Centre, Recreation Centre, Aquatic Centre and Public Works will all be closed on Monday August 6, 2012 due to the statutory holiday. Have a great long weekend!


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I received a very thought provoking letter from Grace Brulotte this week, which is printed to the right. When I imagine what it must be like to try to get around Fernie in a wheelchair, I think it must be frustrating. I think how annoying it must be to try to get up on the curbs, or get into buildings that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have wheelchair access. I think it would be exhausting and time consuming. What I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t considered was how that would make me feel about myself. Grace made me realise that being unable to get around like the rest of us actually makes her feel ostracised and embarrassed. She absolutely should not have to feel this way. Grace is a very smart, capable young adult, who has written for The Free Press in the past. She enjoys all the same kinds of activities as most teenagers, hanging out with friends, earning money in a part time job, going shopping. And there is no reason why she shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to do all these things as easily as her friends do, other than that we are making it so hard for her. Why should she have to struggle to get to City Hall and need to ask people for help, when the rest of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t? Think about walking through town. Are there always sidewalks to walk on, or do we have to sometimes walk in the road and jump up on the grass, out of the way when a car is coming? Imagine doing that in a wheelchair. The roads that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have sidewalks are dangerous for all of us, but especially for wheelchair users. Think about crossing the highway. We step over the curb, then over the grassy, gravelly, uneven bit to reach out to hit the button. How is this done in a wheelchair? I understand that maybe it is hard to justify the expense of putting in ramps and elevators in buildings, shops and businesses, when there are so few people in the valley who need to use them. However, this is an example of when it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about money, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about giving people the chance to feel like they are part of society, and the community. Surely this is a basic human right in a civilised country?

Wheelchair accessibility by an expert! Hello! My name is Grace, and I was diagnosed with a condition called Arthrogryposis at birth, which simply means that I cannot use my limbs as well as the average person, so therefore I must use an electric wheelchair to get myself out and about. I have lived in Fernie my whole life, and let me just say this, I have a lot of challenges in my life, and a lot of them cannot be helped, but accessibility in this town is one thing that I know can and should be changed. I am a busy 16-yearold who has places to go to and people to see, and most of the time it can be very difficult for me to do what I have to do. Things like finding a parking

space, getting into a store, getting around the store and using the washroom, which might seem easy to the average person, are extremely hard for people like myself who have difficulties getting from place to place. The average person doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how difficult these tasks can be, until they are put in a situation in which they must experience them face-to-face. For me, the most important thing is to be treated equal, like every other person, and when the store, parking stall, or washroom is accessible, it makes me feel less like an alien and more like a regular human being, which is why accessibility is extremely important to me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing that separates me from being just like everyone else, to being â&#x20AC;&#x153;disabled,â&#x20AC;? the person that is unable

to do something because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;special.â&#x20AC;? If Fernie decided to make the change, to make things easier for the people that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it so easy, then equality might actually be in our grasp. If the person that parked in the handicap stall, who said they were just going in for a quick second, made the right decision and parked somewhere else, even if it meant walking a little bit further, if one store owner decided to make a ramp outside their door or put an elevator in their store, if one person is willing to make the change then who knows what can be accomplished. So let me ask you something, when life gives you lemons, should you always make lemonade? In other words, should we be content with everything we have, or should we stand up for what we

think is right? Where would the world be today if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have fighters and people to stand up for what they believe in? I am just a little person (quite literally) and my opinion might not mean much, but how do we know what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re capable of, or not capable of, how do we know what we can do, and what

we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do, to make a change, unless we try? This is something that I have to ask myself every single day, and now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m asking you, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll end with this, how do you know what you can do, unless you try? Grace Brulotte Fernie

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n Saturday and Sunday, 10 teams from the Valley took part in the first annual, Jen Hickling memorial ball tournament. On Saturday the sun was shining, children were laughing, and fresh homemade burgers were grilling but everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts were with Jen. Jen recently passed away on July 4 from a cancer she had only known about for close to 10 months.

Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games got more competitive during a single knockout. Team Jen placed fourth, The Beaters third, BA Blacktop (from Jaffray) second, and Jenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current team of several years, ODB, took home the first place trophy. Event co-ordinators who put it all together in less than three weeks, Sara Mitchell and Shiann Martin, said they are overwhelmed by Fernie and Sparwood businesses and their donations, friends and family who donated

their time barbecuing and selling raffle tickets, the teams and all the people that came out for the weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without any of them, it just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been possible,â&#x20AC;? said Sara. Shiann, who was close with Jen said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be an annual event. Jen loved playing and we are going to keep her memory alive in the sport.â&#x20AC;? The weekend raised more than $6,000 for Jenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriend of 16 years and their fiveyear-old daughter, Payton.

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Around the Valley Around the Valley is a free listing to any local service. Please send an email to or drop off a brief description of your event at The Free Press office. The Vogue Theatre Starting Friday, August 3 to Monday, August 6 ONLY

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THIS WEEK Thursday, August 2 • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 250-423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m. onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion. • Fernie Heritage Library free, drop in program for ages 6 to 10. Join summer student Meredith at the Summer Reading Club, from Tuesday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn crazy facts, make new friends and have fun! Call the Fernie Heritage Library or check their website for more information.

Friday, August 3 • Cribbage at Senior Drop-In Centre, Fernie, every Friday 7:30 p.m. •Sparwood Legion open jam session at 7 p.m. • Jitney darts every Friday at Fernie Royal Canadian Legion, 7:30 p.m. Drop in and meet new people. All adults welcome. If you are interested phone the lounge at 250-423-6218 for details. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon • Fernie Heritage Library free, drop in program for ages 6 to 10. Join summer student Meredith at the Summer Reading Club, from Tuesday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn crazy facts, make new friends and have fun! Call the Fernie Heritage Library or check their website for more information.

Saturday, August 4 • Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 - 6 p.m. • Fernie Legion meat draw 4 - 6 p.m. Fun and Entertaining. All welcome to join us. • The Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market at the Baynes Lake Community Centre, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 5 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. • LDS Family Services women’s only support group for spouses of those struggling with all addictions. Anonymous call-in group meets every Sunday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call toll-free 1-877-453-7266 and enter meeting number ID 2977.

Monday, August 6 • Mahjong at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 7 p.m. • Dominoes at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 1 p.m.

• Fernie Chamber Orchestra meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Musicians of all abilities are welcome. For more info call Yolaine at 250-423-7825 or • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Tuesday, August 7 • Crib / Whist alternate weeks, Seniors Drop In Centre, Fernie, 7:30 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program - ages three-five: 11:15 a.m. – Noon • Fun, crafts and lunch anytime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Seniors Centre in Fernie. The kitchen at the Seniors Centre is open weekly from 9 a.m, to 2 p.m Monday through Thursday. Coffee or tea, sandwiches, soup and/or dessert can be purchased. General public welcome. • Fernie Heritage Library free, drop in program for ages 6 to 10. Join summer student Meredith at the Summer Reading Club, from Tuesday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn crazy facts, make new friends and have fun! Call the Fernie Heritage Library or check their website for more information. • Fernie Options For Sexual Health Clinic: Open the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. at Elk Valley District Hospital. Confidential drop-in clinic for comprehensive sexual health services include annual PAP exams, pregnancy testing and counselling, STI screening, subsidized birth control and education service. No appointment necessary. 250-4238274.

Wednesday, August 8 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. •Cribbage, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 1 p.m. •Darts, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 7 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library toddlertime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 7 to 9 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie. • Fernie Heritage Library free, drop in program for ages 6 to 10. Join summer student Meredith at the Summer Reading Club, from Tuesday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn crazy facts, make new friends and have fun! Call the Fernie Heritage Library or check their website for more information.

Bear Corner By Kathy Murray Elk Valley Bear Aware

Bear sightings There have been no reported bear sightings in residential areas in the Elk Valley and South Country communities this week.

Recreational areas • A grizzly bear was seen sitting in the middle of a trail by mountain bikers just past the cattle guard on Mad Cow trail. A small black bear was seen by the entrance of Mt Fernie Provincial Park Campground and on Old Goat bike

trail in Fernie. The Elk Valley is bear country. Put thought and energy into preventing encounters with bears. Make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprising them at close range. Travel in groups during daylight, carry bear spray and know how to use it and do not litter on trails. For more info on bear safety visit www. Please report all bear sightings and incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour

hotline at 1-877952-7277. For more information, updated bear activity and bear safety please visit and elkvalleybearaware. or visit us on Facebook.

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THANK YOU FROM BC HYDRO BC Hydro would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding while crews worked hard to safely restore power as quickly as possible following the wind storm that hit the Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie and surrounding areas on July 20th. The storm affected approximately 20,000 BC Hydro customers. The severity of the storm caused considerable damage to power lines, hydro poles and other BC Hydro infrastructure. The extent of the damage was widespread and crews continue to repair damaged infrastructure and equipment. Public and worker safety is our number one priority. BC Hydro would like to remind the public to keep at least 10 metres (33 feet) away from any power line or any object in contact with a power line. To report a downed power line or an object in contact with a power line, please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766). BC Hydro staff and crew appreciated your patience during the storm and clean up afterwards, including all of the positive feedback we received during this event. On behalf of our team, thank you to all our customers!



Calling all Citizens!

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The City of Fernie invites residents who want to make a difference within their community to apply to serve as a member on:

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Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466 Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254 For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Help lawns, trees, and shrubs grow deep, strong roots by watering thoroughly but infrequently. About 3 cm a week, measured in a tuna tin, is generally enough water, even in warm weather.

Design Review Panel Members will be responsible for making recommendations to the Director of Planning on the design merits of all Development Permit applications, including buildings, site development and the physical and aesthetic impact of proposed development plans in order to promote and uphold standards of design excellence. (This is a volunteer position and members participate primarily in an advisory capacity to the Planning Department.)

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For more details about the Design Review Panel, contact the City’s Planning and Development Services Department at 250-423-6817.

in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust’s Water Smart Initiative For more info:

Submit a letter of interest to: City of Fernie P.O. Box 190 501 – 3rd Avenue Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 Email:

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Deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 20, 2012.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR The City of Fernie is seeking an experienced Operations Supervisor. The Operations Supervisor exercises a high degree of initiative, judgment and authority in the management and operation of the outside Operational and Leisure Services Departments. As a member of the management team, the successful candidate will have worked in the municipal sector or related area and is best known for his/her ability to effectively manage operations, assets and people in a cost effective and customer service oriented manner. For more details visit the City’s website at and follow the links City Hall / Job Opportunities. Qualified applicants are invited to submit resumes in confidence to: Dave Cockwell, Director of Operational Services, City of Fernie, Box190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 No later than 4:00 p.m. MDT, on August 8, 2012.

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Leisure Services Department Employment Opportunities The City of Fernie is now accepting applications for several Leisure Service Department Positions. These positions will be part of CUPE Local 2093. • Ticket Taker/Skate Monitor (Arena) • Lifeguard /Instructor I Part-time No Guaranteed Hours • Aquatic Slide Attendant Part –time No Guaranteed Hours Application forms and full detailed job descriptions for these positions can be obtained online at Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue PO Box 190 Telephone: 250 423-2225 Fax: 250 423-6608 As only those short-listed candidates will be contacted, we thank you in advance for your interest in these positions.



Take notice that pursuant to Section 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323 a Public Hearing will be held during the Regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012 in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC to receive written and verbal submissions respecting the following Bylaw:

Take notice that pursuant to Section 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323 a Public Hearing will be held during the Regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012 in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC to receive written and verbal submissions respecting the following Bylaw:

Bylaw No. 2192 cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 136, 2012

Bylaw No. 2194 cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 137, 2012

Applicant: City Initiated Location: 400 Bossio Road

Applicant: Vincent and James Barbaro Location: Lot 6, Block 77, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 734A (892 10th Avenue)

This Bylaw proposes to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 by:

This Bylaw proposes to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 by:

(a) Rezoning Block A, District Lot 4137, Kootenay District, Plan 1623 from RR-Rural Residential to P2 – Parks and Open Space as shown outlined in heavy black line on the map attached to, and forming a part of, the Bylaw as Appendix “A”. The subject property is owned by the City and civically known as 400 Bossio Road. The property lies at the eastern edge of the Parkland Terrace neighborhood on an escarpment above the Elk River. Persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw may: • •

Send written submissions to the City of Fernie prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; Fax written submissions to the City of Fernie (250 423-3034) prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; • E-mail submissions to prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; or • Present written and /or verbal submissions at the hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Copies of the above mentioned bylaw and related documents and reports can be inspected during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 30, 31, August 1, 2, 3,7,8, 9, 10th and 13th, 2012 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue Fernie, BC. Further information may be obtained by calling the Planning Department at (250) 423-6817. Dated this 30th, day of July, 2012. Jim Hendricks, Deputy Clerk

(a) Lot 6, Block 77, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 734A is rezoned from R1 – Single Family Residential to R1SL – Single Family Residential Small Lot as shown outlined in heavy black line on the map attached to, and forming a part of, this Bylaw as Appendix “A.” Persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw may: • •

Send written submissions to the City of Fernie prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; Fax written submissions to the City of Fernie (250-423-3034) prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; • E-mail submissions to prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; or • Present written and /or verbal submissions at the hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Copies of the above mentioned bylaw and related documents and reports can be inspected during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 30, 31, August 1, 2, 3,7,8, 9, 10th and 13th, 2012 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue Fernie, BC. Further information may be obtained by calling the Planning Department at (250) 423-6817. Dated this 30th, day of July, 2012. Jim Hendricks, Deputy Clerk



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All garbage normally picked up on Monday, August 6 will be picked up on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. PLEASE HAVE YOUR GARBAGE OUT BY 8:00 A.M.


Building permits provide homeowners and building owners with a reasonable assurance that the structure will perform as intended and provide occupants with as acceptable level of life safety. District of Sparwood Inspection Services is the approving authority for all construction and renovations and is responsible for: • Issuing building/plumbing permits • Inspection of construction for all types of buildings • Plan review • Building code administration Some projects do not require a building permit. However it is still necessary for these projects to comply with the building code and applicable zoning requirements. Be responsible and be safe. contact the inspection services department for information on permits at: District of Sparwood 136 Spruce Avenue 250-425-6271 OR 250-425-6833 Or or

TOILET REBATE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM! Does your business have all water friendly low-flush toilets? If not, take advantage of Sparwood’s Toilet Rebate Replacement Program! Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to contributing to Sparwood’s goal of reducing water use by up to 50% by 2015! 1. Purchase and Install any brand new CSA-approved, 6L or dual flush toilet(s). 2. IMPORTANT: Take the old toilet(s) to the Sparwood Transfer Station. 3. Obtain a signature from an Attendant at the Sparwood Transfer Station confirming that you have dropped off a 13L (or greater) toilet(s) for recycling. 4. Bring Signed Application and Original Receipts to the Main Office, or the Planning Department. 5. Wait for municipality to confirm rebate. A rebate cheque of the amount you paid for the toilet(s) up to $100 per toilet and your original receipt will be sent to you within six (6) weeks. Become a Water Smart Business today! (More detail on website: www.

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Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, to consider a proposed amendment to the District of Sparwood “Official Community Plan No.869, 2001” and “Zoning Bylaw No. 264 1981”. Applicant: District of Sparwood Property affected: 2302 Highway 3 (Lot A DL 4589 KD Plan EPP1729), 2402 Highway 3 (Lot B DL 4589 KD Plan EPP1729) and a portion of Remainder of Lot 1 DL 4589 KD Plan 7590. Council deems it appropriate to amend the Official Community Plan to allow for more industrial areas and rezone the properties detailed above to accommodate both industrial and commercial uses. In general terms, Bylaw 1098 cited as "Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 869, 2002, Amendment Bylaw 1098, 2012" will change the land use of 2302 Highway 3 and the entirety of 2402 Highway 3 from No Land Use Designation and a land use of Commercial to Industrial. In general terms, Bylaw 1099 cited as "Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981 Amendment Bylaw 1099, 2012” will rezone the following properties: 1. A portion of 2302 Highway 3 from A-1 (Agricultural Land) and M-2 (Heavy Industrial) to M-1 (Light Industrial); 2. 2402 Highway 3 from A-1 (Agricultural Land) to M-1 (Light Industrial); 3. A portion of 2302 Highway 3 from A-1 (Agricultural Land) and M-2 (Heavy Industrial) to C-2 (Highway Commercial); 4. A portion of the property described as Remainder of Lot 1 DL 4589 KD Plan 7590 from A-1 (Agricultural Land) and C-2 (Highway Commercial) All persons who believe that their interest is affected by the proposed bylaws shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission on the matters contained within Bylaws 1098 and 1099 at the Public Hearing. Written submissions may be sent to the District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0. Electronic submissions by email should be sent to Please note that due to potential email issues, all submissions sent by email should be confirmed by phone at the number listed below. These submissions must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 7th, 2012 in order to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address and are considered public information, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Following the close of the Public Hearing, no further submissions or comments from the public or interested persons can be accepted by members of Council. The above Bylaws and related staff reports and background information may be inspected at the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, B.C., during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday excepting Statutory Holidays from July 12, 2012 to August 7th, 2012. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department at 156 Spruce Avenue or (250) 425-6271. Dated July 15, 2012. Danny Dwyer Director of Planning and Engineering Services

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Artss&Entertainment Rebel music comes to Fernie By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he award-winning nine-piece band Rocky Mountain Rebel Music (RMRM) is the perfect dose of high-energy dance music for those times when you just need to get down. Inspired by the classic sounds of reggae and ska RMRM mixes their sound up with funk break-downs, Latin flavours and straightup rock and roll. In addition to the usual suspects of guitar, bass and drums,

RMRM features keys, two horns, auxiliary percussion and a didgeridoo-playing singer. Seasoned road warriors, RMRM has toured extensively for the past three years throughout Canada, playing to enthusiastic crowds everywhere from friends’ backyard parties to grungy punk bars to the main stage at Open Sky Festival in Edmonton. Their time together on stage (more than 100 shows and counting) has helped them hone their craft and tighten their set,

and nowhere is this more apparent than on their newest release, Vic Sound System. Their 2012 summer tour will find them headlining some of the finest festivals in Western Canada, such as The Victoria Ska Festival, Vic Fest, Shambhala, The Calgary Reggae Festival and The Big Time Out in Cumberland, BC. Rocky Mountain Rebel Music will be in Fernie on August 4 at the Royal Hotel. Catch them before they are discovered by the masses.

Rocky Mountain Rebel Music will play in Fernie, August 4.

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Hungry Baynes Lake residents get served By Anthony Dransfeld Contributor

T Baynes Lake Cafe cook, Bonnie, and granddaughter Bailey.

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wo years ago Rob Prevost looked out from the porch of the Baynes Lake General Store and had an idea. That idea became a reality on Wednesday, August 1 when Rob and his wife Debbie opened the Baynes Lake Café located next door to the General Store in

Baynes Lake. Rob did the renovations with help from some of the local contractors and neighbours and has been working non stop this past month to get open on August 1. The Baynes Lake Café will open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week and will offer a lunch and dinner menu, which include prime rib burgers, pulled pork, various salads, veggie burgers, beef

dip, sandwiches and soups as well as pizza (a hot one appropriately called the Fire Hall, which is funny because Rob is a volunteer fireman for Baynes Lake) and a house special pizza as well. The Baynes Lake Cafe will offer take out and sit down (26 seats.) The cooks at the Baynes Lake Café will be Bonnie Kari and her daughter Brenda.

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percussionist and pianist duo will be performing their unique blend of music in Fernie this week. Percussionist Joe Porter and pianist Joel Goodfellow will join forces for two evening concerts at the Mountainside Community Church in Fernie. Being born and raised in Fernie, Joe is particularly excited to perform in his hometown. Joe and Joel met as students at the University of Lethbridge. Joe is currently working on a Masters of Music Degree, and Joel is finishing


here are still places available on the Streamkeepers course this month, for those who want to get out in nature and learn about the living world. Streamkeepers is coming this August to Alexander Creek, east of Sparwood, and there are still a few weeks left to register for this interesting water stewardship program.

The Elk River Alliance is hosting the first Streamkeepers Program in Sparwood on August 18 to 19. “This is simply the best way local water stewards can gain hands-on field training in stream habitat, water quality and more,” said Kalista Pruden, Wildsight’s Lake Windermere Project coordinator. Participants will come away from the twoday workshop with

an understanding of how to conduct stream invertebrate and habitat surveys, measure water quality and even how to trap and identify juvenile fish. “The Streamkeepers program empowers community members with amazing and fun tools to assess and monitor the health of their backyard waterways,” Pruden said. “The beauty of it is that everyone

with an interest in our waterways — residents, youth, second-home owners, seniors — will learn some pretty awesome skills in how to keep these great, natural assets healthy. It’s a really fun mix of science and hands-on, light activity.” People are asked to pre-register by August 10. To register, contact Ayla Bennett at 250423-8799 or ayla@

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his Bachelor of Music. The concert will include a variety of pieces and will feature many different percussion instruments including marimba, vibraphone and hand drums. The duo will also perform pieces from their new album, “Joe Porter Plays Philip Glass,” which will be released at the concert. Reserve an evening on either August 6 or 7 at 7 p.m. for an unforgettable piano percussion performance. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth. Under-10s are free. Tickets are available at Ginger Beef Restaurant in Fernie and at the door.


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Interior Health CEO visits the Elk Valley By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


ecruiting and retaining doctors has become a major issue for both Sparwood and Elkford. Interior Health’s CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny visited Sparwood, Elkford and Fernie last week. Halpenny said he tries to tour each Interior Health site at least once a year. During the visits, he’ll meet with medical staff, Interior Health staff, foundation staff, auxiliary staff, volunteers and local elected officials. “We went to Elkford and met with local physicians. We understand the issue of recruitment and retention in those smaller

communities,” said Halpenny. “We went to Sparwood and had the same issues of recruitment and retention.” Earlier this month, the emergency department in Sparwood had to close over a weekend because of limited doctor availability. “When the number of physicians is three or less, and you lose one, it becomes a crisis,” said Halpenny, adding that these issues are unfortunately not unique to this area. Halpenny said he wants to work with clinicians, communities, P r o v i n c i a l recruitment agencies and Interior Health agencies to accomplish two

things. “There’s short term and long term. The short term obviously is to try and find the locums (fill in doctors.) The long term is to do appropriate recruitment across Canada and outside of Canada.” It is a very difficult climate right now to recruit and retain doctors across Canada, said Halpenny, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This year, University of British Columbia’s Southern Medical Program began in Kelowna with teaching sites throughout the Okanagan. “Our goal is when we teach and train these physicians in rural communities, that there is a

greater chance they will gravitate to those sites.” Another new initiative announced by the province this year is the potential to use nurse practitioners in primary care settings, such as those in Sparwood and Elkford, said Halpenny. “We will be looking over the next year to find appropriate places to have nurse practitioners participate in primary care. “ Despite the challenges that lie ahead, Halpenny was impressed by the facilities he toured. “When you walk into the facilities, the people are bright and friendly. You feel that there is a sense of caring.”

Interior Health CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny visited Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie last week.

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Nearly half of all wildfires in British Columbia are caused by human carelessness. Please prevent and report wildfires. To report a wildfire, call *5555 on your cell. For more information, visit

Rhys Coppens, age 20 was on a ski trip on March 21st, 2010 when he was found unconscious in a small space between two buildings outside a bar in Fernie around 2:25 a.m. Suffering from numerous injuries, he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving in hospital. If you have any information please contact the local RCMP at (250) 423-4404 or anonymous tips call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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A weekend aerial adventure at FAR By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


he Fernie Aerial Playground and Rippinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zipline played host to The Free Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff, family, and friends last Saturday. The guide, Alex, helped us into our harnesses and helmets then we trekked up the mountain to the aerial playground. Safety was a top priority as we received a hands on tutorial of how to properly hook and unhook our clips to the metal guide wires spider-webbing the aerial playground. For every action we

took, we needed to ask permission from our partners and wait to receive a go-ahead. The obstacle course, located 60 feet in the air, got progressively more difficult as I continued on. I encountered everything from walking across unstable tires, to climbing across a mesh netting, to gliding across guide wires on a snowboard. After a few more obstacles, it was time for a 60-foot free fall, although it seemed like 200. The seatbelt like mechanism clicked on after 15 feet and allowed for a

gentle landing on the ground. After a bicep-burning climb back up to the obstacle course, it was time to take a ride on the zipline. Flying through the air provided a highly addictive adrenaline rush. The teens and tweens in our group seemed to have far more courage than the rest of us as they went beyond the intermediate course all the way to the expert level. Throughout the day there were a few expletives and highpitched screams. There were fears overcome and a lot of physical

exertion. There were moments of terror, as well as freedom as I flew, ungracefully, through the air. But most importantly there was a lot of mutual support, camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment. For those who have never tried ziplining before, I highly recommend you head over to the Fernie Alpine Resort and give it a whirl. The staff are friendly and patient, the course is challenging and rewarding, and the view is breathtaking. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed.

The Free Press staff, family and friends getting advice from our guide, Alex.

Brian Goertzen rides the aerial snowboard.

A Fernie Aerial Playground employee sends Jake Lewis off on the zipline.

Anthony MacDonald keeping his balance.

Michele LaPointe and Val Luznar-Purdy practising with their clips.

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TransRockies rolls through Fernie

TransRockies Sunday rollout. Photo by D. Hamilton

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EcoGarden Summer Camp brings smiles By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ids in Fernie and around have been

enjoying the sunshine and playing in the garden at the EcoGarden Summer Camp for five to 10 year olds.

The kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; camp included lots of fun and activities including art, music, games and drama and, of course, gardening.

Kids getting messy.

Drying off after a dip.

Two little friends share a hug.

A young writer enjoying the beautiful weather.

Kai Deydey deep in thought.

Going for a swing at Isabella Dicken Elementary School.

All photos by Paige Hilderman


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Kids at FAR get grizzly By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ids at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday enjoyed face painting fun, balloon animals, kids crafts, bouncy tents, carnival games and more in the Griz Kids Summer Carnival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the plaza.

Kids enjoyed free face painting at the Griz Kids Festival held at the Fernie Alpine Resort.

Taking a break from learning about different types of bears in the Elk Valley.

This young man just finished enjoying the dragon bouncy castle. All photos by J. Arenson

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Golf for the Cure golfers form a pink ribbon at the Fernie Golf and Country Club. Submitted photo

Fernie’s Avalanche City Roller Girls will be competing at the Memorial Arena on August 4.

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he Fernie Memorial Arena will be full of fishnets, zombie make-up and rock’n’roll when the roller derby comes to town. Fernie’s own Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) are undefeated this season and will be hosting the semi-finals of the East Kootenay Roller Derby League on Saturday, August 4. The ACRG will take on the Mountain Town Maulers in one of the semi-final match-ups. The other will feature Invemere’s Killer Rollbots against the Bavarian Barbarians. “We can’t wait to blow the Elk Valley’s collective minds by bringing modern roller derby

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to Fernie,” said ACRG coach, HeWhore. “When these ladies come home from work, they tuck their kids into bed, grab their skates and they become, well, superheroes.” Flat track roller derby is full contact, aggressive and competitive. The object is for the jammer on each team to get through the pack of girls as many times as possible to score more points for their team. “Wrapped in rock and roll, fishnets and zombie makeup, these girls are more like gladiators than any other modern athletes,” said Coach HeWhore. The Fernie City council waived the rental fee on the Memorial Arena for the upcom-

ing bout. “The city has been amazing. They’ve really been flexible on our practice times,” said ACRG team member Chantel Souliere, also known as, Cherry Whiskey. “They’ve been really cooperative. It’s been great.” Alya Ramadan from CBC’s Daybreak South in Kelowna will be the MC for the event. Tickets for the family friendly event are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students, and children five and under get in for free. Tickets can be purchased at Freyja Lifestyle Fashion and Board Stiff in downtown Fernie or online at or at the door for $15. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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he annual Golf for the Cure event at Fernie Golf and Country Club raised nearly $3,000 for a digital mammography campaign. The event on July 24 saw 82 women wearing pink playing nine holes at twilight, followed by a delicious salmon dinner, silent auction and prizes. “The Golf for the Cure event is something we have been doing over the past eight years to help support the Canadian

Cancer Society,” said Pat Moore, a co-organizer of the event. “This year the CCS gave us their approval to extend an invitation to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health so that some of the proceeds from the silent auction and draw could go to the digital mammography campaign which has a direct impact on us here in the region.” After dinner, Donna Grainger provided an overview of the benefits the equipment will have for the region and the success of the campaign to date.

When the silent auction closed, bidders had provided an additional $2,235 to the equipment goal. One of the highlights of the evening was a special draw that saw the winner Sandra Graham, herself a breast cancer survivor, donating all her proceeds back to the mammography campaign. By the time the night was over the A Clear View campaign was graced with a gift of $2,888 bringing the total dollars raised for the campaign to just over the $830,000 mark.

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Monday, July 2

• In Hosmer at 8:41 a.m. there was a breach of court ordered conditions.

In Sparwood at 10:53 a.m. there was vandalism to an RV involving spray on contact cement. Monday, July 2

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at 11:19 a.m. a lost licence plate was reported • In Elkford at 1:37 p.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 1:39 p.m. a complainant reported theft from a vehicle on Parkland Drive. • In Elko at 4:22 p.m. there was a single vehicle accident when a vehicle hit a bear. • In Elko at 6:40

p.m. a minivan was being driven erratically.

In Elkford at 10:55 p.m. five or six teens were seen racing shopping carts down the road. Monday, July 2

• In Fernie at 8:25 p.m. possible gunshots were heard.

- Crime in the Elk Valley • In Fernie at 10:18 p.m. fraud was reported.

Tuesday, July 3 • In Sparwood at 2:42 a.m. a bike was found. • In Sparwood at 6:55 a.m. an injured elk needed to be dispatched. • In Fernie at 7:40 a.m. vandalism occurred when windows were broken at a

school. • In Grasmere at 7:55 a.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 9:40 a.m. another school was vandalised and windows were broken. • In Roosville at 12:19 a.m. Border Services reported a driver. • In Fernie at 12:28 p.m. a theft occurred.

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• In Elkford at 3:52 p.m. there was a hit and run incident. • In Fernie at 7:54 p.m. an older theft was reported. • In Sparwood at 10:11 p.m. there was a domestic dispute. • There were 15 false 911 calls.

Wednesday, July 4 • In Hosmer at 7:42 a.m. there was a breach of court ordered conditions. • In Fernie at 9:34 a.m. a hit and run to a vehicle occurred.

In Sparwood at 10:04 a.m. vandalism occurred when a front window of a residence was broken, possibly by a shot from a BB gun. Wednesday, July 4

• In Baynes Lake at 12:35 p.m. vandalism to a vehicle occurred. • In Elkford at 2:51 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 6:16 p.m. there was a two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Elkford at 7:30 p.m. an ATV accident occurred. Non life threatening injuries resulted. Rider inexperience was the most likely factor and alcohol was not a factor. • In Elkford at 10:08 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 11:45 p.m. a caller requested police assistance in getting to the hospital.

Thursday, July 5 • In Fernie at 3:28 a.m. a three-day driving prohibition was issued. • In Fernie at 6:19 a.m. police attend to a wellbeing check. All was fine.

In Sparwood at 1:50 p.m. a complainant reported an ongoing problem with people riding dirt bikes on his property. Thursday, July 5

• In Fernie at 9:25 a.m. a large semi unit was blocking the road. • In Fernie at 9:33 a.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 1:41 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Fernie at 2:17 p.m. a black Silverado was reported for passing on double solid lines. • In Fernie at 3:26 p.m. a two vehicle accident occurred. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 5:30 p.m. a male subject exposed himself to a woman. • In Sparwood at 5:41 p.m. a truck travelling towards Sparwood was seen driving with a child not restrained in their car seat. • In Elkford at 7:01 p.m. police attended to a dispute between neighbours. • In Sparwood at 7:42 p.m. an assault occurred. • In Fernie at 9:24 p.m. an abandoned vehicle was reported. • In Fernie at 10:18 p.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 10:41 p.m. a missing person was reported. The individual is known as a habitual runaway and police are working with the Ministry of Children and Families on this incident. • In Hosmer at 11:03 p.m. a complainant reported an ongoing problem with an impaired driver.

Friday, July 6

• In Fernie at 1:16 a.m. a loud party was reported. • In Fernie at 1:43 a.m. several people were seen fighting outside a liquor establishment. • In Fernie at 4:13 a.m. there was a fight in the parking lot of a business. • In Fernie at 5:54 a.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. • In Elko at 7:19 a.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. • In Fernie at 7:28 a.m. a vehicle was parked in a travel por- tion of the highway, blocking traffic. • In Elkford at 9:33 a.m. a hit and run to a vehicle was reported. • In Sparwood at 10:28 a.m. a white SUV with Alberta plates was reported for passing unsafely and tailgating. • In Elko at 12:27 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 1:07 p.m. an erratic driver was reported when a copper coloured pickup was seen passing unsafely and speeding. • In Fernie at 2:01 p.m. horses were seen on the road near Grasmere. • In Fernie at 2:50 p.m. a hit and run motor vehicle accident occurred. • In Fernie at 4:38 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. • In Fernie at 4:47 p.m. vandalism to a vehicle occurred when a rear tire was slashed. • In Elkford at 7 p.m. threats were reported. • In Elkford at 8:52 p.m. there was a hit and run motor vehicle accident. • In Elkford at 9:23 p.m. a 12-hour driving prohibition was issued. • In Elkford at 10:50 p.m. a subject reported possible gunshots heard.

• In Fernie at 10:08 a.m. a laptop was stolen from a vehicle. • In Fernie at 10:18 a.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Elkford at 11:32 am. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 11:51 a.m. a car went into the ditch. • In Fernie at 12:49 a.m. a semi unit was swerving and passing on double solid lines. • In Fernie at 3:38 p.m. a suspicious vehicle was reported.

In Elkford at 8:26 p.m. there was a theft of firewood from a campground. Saturday, July 7

• In Fernie at 6:56 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Baynes Lake at 8:51 p.m. a single vehicle accident occurred. The driver sustained minor injuries and is currently being investigated for impaired driving. • In Fernie at 10:49 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 10:57 p.m. a vehicle hit an elk.

In Fernie at 4:47 p.m. a silver Porsche with Alberta plates was seen driving erratically.

Saturday, July 7 • In Fernie at 12:36 a.m. a 12-day driving prohibition was issued.

In Fernie at 9:19 a.m. a cat was shot with a pellet gun. Saturday, July 7

• In Sparwood at 1:11 a.m. dirt bikes were seen racing around the Whiskey Jack development. • In Roosville at 8:08 a.m. a lost passport was reported.

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Sunday, July 8 • In Fernie at 2:39 a.m. pylons were placed in the middle of the highway. • In Fernie at 3:38 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 8:32 a.m. a suspicious vehicle was reported. • In Sparwood at 10:45 a.m. mischief was reported when paper towel was thrown all over the ground in a

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park. • In Fernie at 11:11 a.m. a complainant reported an ongoing problem with slow moving motor homes. • In Sparwood at 12:55 p.m. an abandoned vehicle was reported. • In Elkford at 1:24 p.m. there was a theft from a camper at a campground. • In Sparwood at 1:26 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 1:52 p.m. an erratic semi driver was swerving and driving unsafely. • In Fernie at 4:23 p.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 4:27 p.m. there was a child custody issue. • In Fernie at 5:51 p.m. a hit and run motor vehicle accident occurred. • In Fernie at 7:25 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Baynes Lake at 7:48 p.m. a silver Mercedes was speeding and tailgating. • In Sparwood at 8:39 p.m. a black custom Chopper motorcycle was speeding and not allowing others to pass. • In Fernie at 11:17 p.m. there was a loud party complaint on the 1400 block of Ninth Avenue.

Monday, July 9 • In Sparwood at 1:18 a.m. a caller reported people yelling near city hall. • In Sparwood at 1:27 a.m. an intoxicated man was seen walking down the middle of the street. • In Fernie at 9:21 a.m. a lost licence plate was reported. • In Sparwood at 10:46 a.m. fraud was reported. • In Sparwood at 1:10 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Fernie at 1:45 p.m. a complainant reported a possibly

impaired driver. • In Fernie at 2:27 p.m. possible counterfeit money was passed at a local business. • In Sparwood at 2:38 p.m. a lost licence plate decal was reported. • In Sparwood at 3:06 p.m. police attend to a wellbeing check. All was fine. • In Fernie at 5:41 p.m. a two-vehicle accident occurred. No injuries were reported. • In Hosmer at 6:36 p.m. a woman was seen flagging down traffic. Extensive patrols were made but the woman was not located. No further calls were received on this issue. • In Fernie at 7:19 p.m. a semi unit drove over the centre line in the tunnel and tore the mirror off of the complainant’s vehicle. This incident is still under investigation. • In Galloway at 8:51 p.m. trespassing was reported.

Tuesday, July 10 • In Fernie at 1:40 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 10:57 a.m. a blue Hyundai with B.C. plates was passing unsafely. • In Sparwood at 2:11 p.m. a vehicle went into the ditch. • In Fernie at 3:06 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Roosville at 3:28 p.m. a 30-day driving prohibition was issued. • In Sparwood at 4:20 p.m. an ATV rollover occurred. Injured parties were

In Fernie at 3:34 a.m. there was a disturbance on the 300 block of Fourth Street. A complainant reported people were acting like zombies. Wednesday, July 11

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taken to the hospital. • In Fernie at 4:32 p.m. harassment was reported. • In Elkford at 5:02 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 5:15 p.m. there was a complaint of stalking. • In Sparwood at 5:44 p.m. harassment was reported. • In Fernie at 6:21 p.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 6:54 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 8:23 p.m. a lost wallet was reported. • In Sparwood at 8:56 p.m. police were requested to keep the peace. • In Elkford at 9:35 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 11:42 p.m. possible gunshots were heard. • In Sparwood at 11:59 p.m. police discovered an unsecured vehicle with keys. The registered owner was called to pick up the vehicle the following morning.

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Wednesday, July 11 • In Sparwood at 8:20 a.m. threats were reported.

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Grass Roots Bistro serves delicious, nutritious fare in Fernie By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


he Grass Roots Bistro is Fernieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest, hippest vegetarian restaurant. The bistro opened on the July long weekend. Its mission is to bring fresh, nutritionally balanced vegetarian fare to everyone. The bistroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu states that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that choosing vegetarian cuisine can promote optimal health and environmental sustainability.â&#x20AC;? Almost all the food is made on site and from scratch. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it in house, the bistro sources food locally, including ice cream from Happy Cow and cheese from Le Grand Fromage. The bistro operates in the same location as Big Bang Bagels at 502 Second Avenue in Fernie. When the bagel shop closes for the day, the bistro opens up at 6 p.m. from Monday to

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break the misconception that people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get all their nutritional needs from a mostly vegetarian diet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just have to be smart about planning your meals,â&#x20AC;? said Parnell, who will eat meat on occasion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eating meat once a week is more than sufficient. If you choose to eat vegetarian more often than not, you will end up with a healthier, longer life.â&#x20AC;? On each table is a top ten list of reasons to eat a vegetarian diet, including better looking skin, weight control, more nutrients, reducing type 2 diabetes, a longer life expectancy, it is better for the environment, it is less expensive, it lowers risk of cancer, it lowers risk of cardiovascular disease, and it is delicious.

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Subway in Sparwood now open By Jenna Jensen Contributor


aving been open a little over a week, Subway in Sparwood is hugely popular with residents and tourists alike. People are flocking to the new restaurant and are very pleased with the new quick, healthy food options Subway has to offer. Owners Ravi and Aman Matharoo and their two-year-old son, relocated to Sparwood after closing down their Subway restaurant in Calgary. Along with establishing and running a very busy business, they find their spare time filled with getting to know the community they now call home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were looking for a new location, when we found this one in Sparwood. It was such a great location right

in front of the Titan, and also with the scenery of the mountains,â&#x20AC;? says Matharoo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were willing to move out of the city, and this seemed like the perfect location. We are living in a small, very beautiful community, but are still close to our family in Calgary,â&#x20AC;? he says. While launching the business, the Matharoo family is making the big adjustment from life in the city to life in Sparwood. Extended family has also joined them in Sparwood to help them out at home Subway owners Ravi and Aman Matheroo and employees catch a brief for the first couple of break for a quick photo at the new Subway in Sparwood. Photo by J. Jensen weeks, while Ravi and Aman bank 12 to 14 hour days at the with a few employees the community of Sparwood has a taste but we are currently Sparwood and the Elk for the Sweet Onion restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, we are in the process of tak- Valley, we extend a Chicken Teriyaki and just working on find- ing applications, and huge thank you for all current special Pulled ing a consistent flow. hiring a couple more,â&#x20AC;? of your support,â&#x20AC;? says Pork,â&#x20AC;? he says with a Matharoo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invite chuckle. We have been really he says. Subway is located at you to come on over, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really would steady with custom131 Aspen Drive Unit try your favourite sub like to thank all of ers, and realized in a 2, across from the big and say hi,â&#x20AC;? he says. the patrons for their hurry we need to hire more staff. We started patience. And to â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can already tell green truck.

Canadian Pacific honours Teck Chairman By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff


ritish Columbia Transportation Minister, Blair Lekstrom, and East Kootenay MLA, Bill Bennett, visited Elkford last week. The pair toured the Fording River Operation, then hopped on a Canadian Pacific train and headed to the new Keevil siding for a commemoration ceremony. Then it was back on the train for the politicians, who finished their journey in Sparwood where they met with Mayor Lois Halko. The Keevil siding is named in honour of Dr. Norman Keevil, Chairman of the Board of Teck. Keevil is a lifetime director of the Mining Association of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in January 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canadian Pacific has a close and longstanding relationship with Teck and in recognition of this important customer, we felt an appropriate tribute

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would be to name a siding in honour of Dr. Keevil,â&#x20AC;? said Canadian Pacific spokesperson Ed Greenberg. CP put the Keevil Siding into place in December 2011. It is a stretch of track that runs parallel to the main track. It is used to enhance train efficiencies, such as providing the ability for one train to pull over to allow another train to pass or staging trains until they are ready to move. The siding can also be used to load and unload rail cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole project is all about increasing capacity and getting more coal to the coast, which is no easy task,â&#x20AC;? said Bennett.

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ong service awards were presented at an annual noon barbecue at the public works yards in Fernie on June 28. City of Fernie employees receiving long service awards this year went to the following. Firehall: Brendan Morgan, 10 years. City Hall: Carole Peterson, 15 years. Public Works: Bruce Westhaver, 10 years, Wayne Gowanlock, 15 years, Adam McNaughton, 15 years, Michael Sevinski, 30 years. Aquatic Centre: Justine Holder, 10 years, Nicole Friesen, 15 years. Arena: Wayne Hornquist, 20 years.

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signs for Section C this year. The Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration Society has received some grant money from the following: the Columbia Basin Trust through its Community Initiatives grants and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance; the East Kootenay Community Credit Union, and the City of Fernie. The Society received Summit funds from Fernie Alpine Resort in 2011. The major fundraiser in our community was the Canada Day Beer Garden. The Society owes much of its success to the many volunteers who provided materials and worked in the garden. The Society had a threehole golf venue fundraiser. The Society thanks Carolyn Woodfine and Giselle Kitchen for manning it.

The Society is now engaged in a can and bottle drive in the surrounding communities in order to continue fundraising to help pay for the work in the Hosmer and Morrissey cemeteries. To support this fundraising project, you may donate your cans and bottles to the Society by calling Len Kosiec, 250-4236091 to come pick them up. Supporters of the cemetery projects can make a monetary donation on the Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site, Pay pal, or by cheque to the Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration Society, P. O. Box 1275, Fernie, B. C. V0B 1M0. The Society invites you to visit the website to see the progress that the Society has made in cleaning and restoring the cemetery for the past five years and to submit your comments.




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his year, the District of Sparwood was dedicated to, and actively promoting water conservation and encouraging all residents to get on board with ways to save water. As part of the initiative, the District of Sparwood and Sparwood Arts Council launched the rain barrel silent auction, getting local artists,

businesses and youth to paint rain barrels that were displayed at several locations throughout Sparwood and were bid on by Elk Valley residents. Along with the auction the District partnered with Sparwood’s Elk Valley Greenhouse and Landscaping to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a water friendly landscape worth half of all auction totals. This year’s lucky winners were Aaron

and Jenna Jensen, winning a landscaping project worth over $600. “Even though I didn’t win the rain barrel I was bidding on I was really excited to learn I had won the landscaping project,” said Jenna. “For me, water conservation is really important so it was great to have the opportunity to learn about all the things I can do in my yard to help save water,” she said.

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FONTANA: MS. LORRAINE MARY FONTANA of Lethbridge passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the age of 59 years. Lorraine is survived by her son David (Tanya) Kordikowski and their children Bailey and Dawson of Calgary AB; son Daniel (Veronika Muendel) Kordikowski of Lethbridge, AB; sisters June (Tony) and their son Kyle Carpino of Sparwood BC; Wendy (Ed) Holland and Wendy’s children Mandy, Candus and Dusty of the Cranbrook BC area; brother Wayne MacFarlane of the Cranbrook BC area. Lorraine is predeceased by her parents Fred “Tiki” and Sophie Fontana of Sparwood BC. She is also predeceased by her birth mother Laura MacFarlane and family members Kenny, Jimmy, and Leanne all from the Cranbrook BC area. A Memorial Service was held at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be to the St. Michael’s Health Care Foundation, 1400 – 9 Ave South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels Ltd. 1-800382-2901 Send condolences at www.

KAISNER: On Wednesday, July 18th, 70 year old Beverley Ann Kaisner passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Calgary, AB to parents Hilda and John Stuckert on July 27, 1941. Bev is survived by her husband Fred, brothers John (Millie) Stuckert of Balcarres, SK, Harold (Liz) Stuckert of Edmonton, AB, and George (Candace) Stuckert of Castlegar, BC, and her brother-in-law George (June) Kaisner of Sparwood as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and good friends. A Memorial Service was held at the Sparwood Christian Center on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Lt. Kyla McKenzie of the Salvation Army officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bev’s name to Lilac Terrace, PO Box 1587, Sparwood, BC, V0B 2G0. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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CANNING: Thomas (Tucker) Roger Canning, of Springhill, NS and Fernie, BC passed away suddenly on July 24, 2012 while visiting family and friends in Springhill, NS. Born March 18, 1939 to Thomas & Margaret (Rogers) Canning in Springhill, NS. Tom went to Springhill High School and in his early years was a fisherman and hunter. Started his career in #4 mine, went on to join the Navy, attended Halifax Trade School and became a welder in the Shipyards. In 1961 he moved to Fernie, BC becoming a heavy-duty mechanic in Creston and Fernie, Tom retired from Finning Tractor after 26 years of service but he still had things to do. He managed Barbie’s Riding Stable, became President of the Snow Valley Wranglers, and enjoyed working with his horses. Tom was a “Jack of All Trades” and he really had a good time helping people and making them laugh. A kind and generous man, he loved his cottage at Heather Beach, where he spent 3 to 4 months every year walking on the sand and watching the glorious sunsets. His greatest joy was being with his family and friends. Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Tabor), his sons, Thomas (Jan) and Troy (Deb); grandchildren, Colin and Denika; sisters, Jewel (Ken) Spence and Pat (Murray) Gilroy and several cousins, nieces and nephews. His sudden unexpected passing will be forever mourned by all his family and friends. Visitation was held at A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm. A celebration of Tom’s life was held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 28 at 2 pm followed by a reception. The Celebration of Life can be veiwed by visiting www.

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STEEL BUILDING - Huge clearance sale! 20x24 $4,658. 25x28 $5,295. 30x40 $7,790. 32x54 $10,600. 40x58 $14,895. 47x78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel, 1-800-668-5422.

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REQUEST FOR RETURN OF SENTIMENTAL ITEMS 3 Bird pictures (Canada Geese - 1 large & 2 small) were sold by mistake at a yard sale held at 305 Red Cedar Drive, Lower Sparwood, on June 16th. If you are the gentleman who purchased these we are hoping for the opportunity to purchase them back. Sentimental value to family. Please call 250-425-5522 or 425-2491. Thank you.

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Play to your strengths D

o you have a powerful drive? Do you find long iron shots easy? Are your approach shots precise? Can you handle a putter with assurance? If you’ve replied in the affirmative to all these questions, you must be a professional!

Indeed, very few golfers can boast of possessing all these skills. How many times have you heard golfers returning to the clubhouse saying they would have had a better score if they hadn’t missed some drives or some threefoot putts. Some grump about their lack of power, while for others it’s their poor performance on the green that ruins their score gree ccard. Every golfer finds it difficult to really master all aspects of their game. The important thing to remember is to play to your strengths and be able to adapt to different situations. Golfers who don’t have a Gol

powerful swing can often compensate with precision. For example, it’s always possible to have a par score with a well-placed approach shot or a long putt. On the other hand, those who can drive long distances often have to rely on luck with their short game or their putter. In the end, all that really counts is the result. Don’t forget: apart from power and precision, the mental aspect of the game counts for a lot. Golfers who can concentrate despite all kinds of disturbances, and those who can quickly turn the page and get on with their game after missing a shot have a great asset in their bag.

Area Golf Tournaments Summer 2012

The Release! By Mel Dies CPGA Head Professional Fernie Golf & Country Club


know there are a lot of people out there that don’t know what the release means in the golf swing. Because of this there are a lot of amateur golfers that don’t release the club in the golf swing and are missing out in a lot of potential distance and accuracy that could be fairly easily obtained. Below is an explanation and a few tips to help everyone on the road to releasing the club. The “release” by definition means the turning of the club from an open position to a closed position through the golf swing. The easiest way to see and understand this release is to start your backswing and only take the clubhead back to waist high. At this position the toe of the club should be pointing to the sky. If it is not you need to turn the wrists so that it is pointing to the sky which is a necessity as it will now allow the release to

happen during the golf swing. The next step is to slowly bring the club back down to the starting position and then through to waist high on the follow through. At this position the toe of the clubhead should once again be pointing to the sky. In order to get the toe to point to the sky on the forward swing the wrists must turn over (turn to the left for a right handed golfer) during the golf swing. This opening and closing of the clubhead could also be referred to as club mechanics. The benefit of knowing this is that club mechanics will produce good swing mechanics automatically but not the other way around. Letting the club open (toe up) on the backswing will make your shoulders turn and weight go towards your back foot which are keys to a good swing. The same goes as we turn the club over (toe up) at waist high on the forward swing, will turn your body to the target and make the

weight go forward, which are also keys to a good swing.

A lot of people will try to keep the club square to the target through the whole swing which is impossible and does not allow the release to happen. It is much easier to let the wrists open and close throughout the swing as it is a much more natural movement and will help you hit the ball farther and straighter.

FEEDBACK! I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to e-mail me at meldies@golffernie. com with any questions you may have about the release or anything else that I may be able to help answer in future golf tip articles. Lessons are also available at anytime by calling the Pro Shop at 250-423-7773.

FERNIE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Sat, Aug 11th He/She Tournament Tues, Aug 21st Fernie Ladies Amateur Open Sat, Sept 22nd Emily Brydon Foundation Event Tues, Sept 25th Ladies Closing

ELKFORD GOLF COURSE Aug 11th & 12th Men’s Open Aug 14th Ladies Open Aug 22nd Seniors Open; Ladies & Men

Sun, Sept 30th Mens Closing

Sept 8th Club Championship

Sun, Oct 7th Ironman Open

Sept 9th Men’s Windup

Mon, Oct 8th Turkey Scramble

INDIAN SPRINGS GOLF RESORT MONTANA Aug 11th Mixed Scramble Aug 29th Seniors Tournament


Sept 29th Fun Mixed Scramble

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