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he union representing employees at two Elk Valley mines has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to try to stop Teck implementing a random drug and alcohol testing program. The union said the program, brought in to effect on Monday, is unlawful and inconsistent with human rights privacy legislation. The parties are in arbitration, but according to the union there is no way to stop the program quickly without intervention from the court. Teck said the new program will reduce injuries at work, but the union said this is unjustified, since

fatalities and injuries are low at open pit mines in B.C. The union said that insurance rates for such mines, which are based in part on injury rates, are lower than those of lawn bowling facilities. The union representing employees at Teck's open pit Elkview and Fording River mines filed the petition at the Vancouver courthouse on Wednesday, November 28. The union said the drug and alcohol testing program will randomly select all employees for mandatory screening. It will replace the company's existing screening process, which only targets employees the company has reasonable cause to test. However Teck told The Free Press the random testing only applies to operations employees, in other words, those working at the mine

sites. They said that random testing is an effective deterrent to employees considering using alcohol or drugs. “One of our chief obligations is to provide a safe workplace for our employees,” said Nic Milligan, Manager of Community and Governmental Affairs at Teck. “Evidence shows that drug and alcohol use is an issue based on pre-employee screening and also voluntary disclosures by employees.” Milligan said that 39 per cent of job applicants tested last year tested positive for various drugs of concern. The union disagrees, saying the testing is an infringement of human rights, treating workers as if they are guilty until proven innocent. “It is an invasion of pri-

vacy,” said Alex Hanson, President of United Steelworkers Local 9346 in Sparwood. “How far will they go under the guise of safety? And why didn’t they implement this two years ago when coal prices were high? Why do they wait until coal prices have dropped and they don’t have as much work? “I believe this is more about control than safety. Random testing is immoral, humiliating, degrading, and demeaning. “This is a gross invasion and violation of a worker’s privacy, and completely obliterates the trust of the employer-employee relationship.” Teck said the new program strikes “an appropriate balance” between protection of

privacy and improving the safety of all employees. “When the trucking and transportation industry introduced random testing it resulted in a 23 per cent reduction in fatal crashes of highway trucks,” said Milligan. “This is strong evidence that it works as a deterrent.” Milligan also said that if an employee tests positive in a random test, it is not a firing offence, and the employee will be sent for evaluation and treatment at the company’s expense. Vancouver lawyer John Hodgins filed the petition on behalf of the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union.


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Superheroes show off their skills By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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oin your favourite heroes, villains, and a new cast of unforgettable characters as they battle for Gotham City at Creative Energy Arts Factory’s winter production. The factory’s young singers and dancers are ready to take the stage with Superheroes: The Rise of Inferno. With musical theatre and dance students of all ages, Creative Energy Arts Factory is known for entertaining Elk Valley audiences with their spring and winter shows. Principal Director Alana Rybar explained this year’s production will be a little different. “This is the first show we’ve done that’s completely original,” said Rybar. “It’s set in the comic universe, so you have Batman, Robin, Joker, and Cat Woman, all those heroes, but Inferno is actually a character that my husband and I created. “She’s a scientist that got in a little explosion, she was trying to help the heroes, and she ends up not dying in the fire, but turning

into Inferno.” Having put on more traditional dance productions in the past, like Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a superhero themed show is certainly a step in a new direction for the factory. “It’s definitely the most artistic show we’ve ever put on, it’s different,” remarked Rybar. “The kids are so engaged in it, I’m happy I picked it, and I think it resonates more than something like a Christmas carol.” Rybar started up Creative Arts Energy Factory in 2009 after realizing Fernie was lacking a performing arts outlet for children and teenagers. She commented, “For me, it’s more than just dance and singing lessons, it’s got that magic to it. It’s about making a fun place for the kids, creating a space where they can get creative and be themselves.” With a variety of classes including modern dance, hip-hop, classical ballet, musical theatre, and tap, there’s something for everybody. Rybar enforces that no mat-

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ter the student’s age or skill level, the most important thing is to have fun. “It’s a challenge, because you want to make sure that the kids are always learning and progressing, but also having fun,” she said. “It’s a profession where you can be scrutinized a lot, and I never want them to feel like that, so I think that joy kind of comes through, and it helps build confidence too.” Fernie’s very own superheroes and villains will show off their skills at two sold-out shows in Traynor Hall on December 13 and 14.

Fernie’s young dancers rehearse and get ready to perform as superheroes in Creative Energy Arts Factory’s winter production. Photos by N. Liebermann

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Snowboarders enjoy the fresh power on Sunday. By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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ernie Alpine Resort got the lifts running for another winter season this weekend.

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The lifts on the 'old side' started up at 9 a.m. Saturday, and, despite the rain, there were a few eager skiers and riders ready to load and hit the slopes, including Greg Barrow, who has been on the first chair for

12 years. Sunday saw plenty of snow covering the resort, to make up for the wet Saturday opener, and more snow is forecast for the end of this week

he Fernie man accused of abducting his son and fleeing into the U.S. with him is no longer fighting extradition back to Canada. In a surprise move, Robert Barnett, arrested earlier this month for abducting his son Alvin and then crossing into Montana with the child has ended his fight to avoid extradition. Barnett, who is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, was the subject of a regional manhunt November 15 after disappearing with his three-yearold son, Alvin, from the hotel where he lived and worked in Fernie. On November 16, Montana authorities issued an Amber Alert for Robert and Alvin Barnett after the two were spotted crossing into the U.S. at the Port of Roosville, north of Eureka, Mont. He was arrested in Whitefish, Mont. the next morning. Alvin was found unharmed and has been returned to Canada. Following his arrest,

Barnett initially refused to be voluntarily extradited back to Canada, where he is charged with abduction and theft of more than $5,000. On Tuesday, November 27, he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong in Great Falls, Mont. for a hearing originally scheduled to review Barnett’s request for bail. However, midway through that proceeding Barnett’s attorney announced his client had reconsidered his opposition to extradition. “This is, at its heart, a child custody issue,” federal public defender Hank Branom told Strong prior to Barnett’s decision. “He believes he has a legitimate claim to legal custody of his child, that’s why he brought him here to the United States.” “It seems to me this is an issue that’s going to have to be resolved in Canada,” Strong replied. “We can’t resolve it here in the U.S.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Whittaker said it would likely take 30 days before an order is issued to return Barnett to Canada.

CUPE college support workers construct framework deal By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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hree days of bargaining in Vancouver has produced a provincial framework deal for CUPE college support workers. The Colleges and Institutes Support Bargaining Association and the government’s B.C. Post Secondary Employer’s Association reached the template for agreement late Sunday night. The deal follows job action that affected the Fernie College of the Rockies (COTR) campus, over the last two weeks. Following a

complete campus shutdown and picketing on November 20 and 21, the facilities and shipping/ receiving/purchasing departments of all COTR campuses were closed on November 28, 29, and 30. The five other COTR campuses also took part in the strike action, along with several other colleges across the province. The framework is for a no concessions, four year deal, with no wage increases in the first two years, and increases spreading over the last two years, keeping in line with other recent public

sector agreements. “It was the unity and determined action of the CUPE college members standing strong that helped bring about the talks with the government,” said Ian McLean, CUPE B.C. Colleges Coordinator. “It was solidarity with our colleagues in other college support staff unions that brought us to a satisfactory framework.” The framework will now go back to CUPE staffed colleges for finalizing agreements at local bargaining tables. CUPE President at College of the Rockies, Pam

Catsirelis, said she expects an agreement to be reached by Christmas. The CUPE Colleges Bargaining Committee (CCBC) was at the table representing more than 3,000 college support workers across the province. Also at the table as part of the CISSBA were representatives of the BC Government & Service Employees’ Union and the Canadian Union of Office & Professional Employees. CUPE also represents workers at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Langara College and Vancouver Community College

through locals which were not involved in the weekend negotiations. The unionized college support workers of CUPE Local 2773 serve in a number of support service departments at College of the Rockies, including facilities, IT, finance, admissions, registration, financial aid, library, and bookstore. For the most recent labour action updates, go the Job Action website at http://www.cotr. bc.ca/jobaction.

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Fernie getting closer to being named top ski resort town By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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ernie is moving into the third round of the Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown after collecting enough online votes to bump Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, two adjacent resorts in Vermont, out of the competition. Fernie comfortably beat the American resorts, collecting nearly three times as

many votes in the competition’s second round. Fernie collected nearly 800 more votes than Mad River Glen and Sugarbush during two days of voting on November 28 and 29. The final tally was 1,268 to 485. The Free Press has been following the throwdown, and encouraging readers to get online and vote. Fernie beat Mammoth, California in the first round. It will now move into

round 3, along with eight other ski towns in North America. Voting for the next round will go December 12-13 and will be against the winner in a competition between Jackson/Teton Valley, Wyoming and Seattle, Washington. Only two BC ski towns remain in the competition — Fernie and Rossland/ Nelson. Whistler lost in the first round, and Revelstoke was edged out by just 40 votes in its Round 2 face-off against Salt Lake.

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ocal RCMP are advising residents of the Elk Valley to keep themselves, and their personal belongings safe this season. Recently, RCMP have dealt with numerous calls of petty theft and entry into vehicles, mostly taking place in the Sparwood and Fernie area. In most cases, the vehicles involved were left unlocked. Suspects have not yet been arrested in the case, and investigations are ongoing. RCMP members have also been called on several occasions in which residents have received a phone call from an individual claiming to be from Microsoft or Windows, saying they believe the person’s computer has been hacked. The alleged technician claims that for a price, they can protect your computer and stop the hacking from continuing. "Both of these cases are different in nature, but in each case residents need to remember simple things that can keep them safe," says Sgt. Will Thien. "Residents are strongly encouraged to keep the doors of their vehicles and homes locked. Sometimes, in a small town one gets a false sense of security, but these types of things can and do happen," he says. "Also, we would like to warn all people that callers claiming to sell or offer computer protection, with an online credit card payment are usually scams, and there is really very little police can do to track the thieves, as callers are conducting the scams from worldwide locations," says Sgt. Thien. "We just advise all people to use common sense and caution. It is better to keep your belongings and money protected than to try to recover it after an incident has occurred.”

Chef braves cold to win snowboard A face in the crowd By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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ne lucky snowboarder will be riding on opening day at Fernie Alpine Resort on a brand new Never Summer snowboard after winning the Board Stiff ‘Last One Standing’ competition last week. Harley Flood stood out in the cold for 13-and-a-half hours with his hand on the snowboard in order to win the prize. The Fernie man, who works as a chef at Loaf bakery/restaurant began at noon on Saturday, November 24, and also took part in elimination challenges in order to win the snowboard. Board Stiff run the competition to win a snowboard every

year but the elimination challenges were a new addition this year. “Last year the contestants were standing out in the cold until 8 a.m. the following day, so this year we wanted to speed things up,” said Board Stiff owner Geof Hare. “We had contestants doing puzzles, and the winner would score extra time and the loser would be eliminated. We also bribed contestants. One accepted a bribe of a Yamagoya gift certificate. He decided after six hours that was a good offer. He was hungry, and took his girlfriend out for a sushi dinner! “Negotiations over prizes got quite intense towards the end, but nobody went home empty handed.”

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Caravetta honoured with award and medal By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ergeant Joe Caravetta’s contribution to the Elk Valley as a part of the Conservation Officer Service has been recognized with a 30-year long service award, as well as Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I am very humbled and honoured to have received this medal,” commented Caravetta. “I would like to thank first and foremost my family and those I have been mentored by, worked with, and the community that has helped me.” The B.C. Governor General and the Minister of Environment presented Caravetta with his 30-year long service award in Victoria. He is one of eight Conservation Officers in the province to be honoured for his ongoing service to the public, commun-

ity, and country with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Born and raised in Fernie, Caravetta was brought up enjoying what the area had to offer for fishing, hunting, and trapping. His career began back in 1977 with the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch, working on studies in the Flathead, Elk Valley, Koocanusa Lake, and Whiteswan Lake areas. Caravetta went on to serve as an Environmental Officer at the start up for the Line Creek mine, assisting in the development of fish and wildlife studies, before returning to work for the government. During his time with the Conservation Officer Service, Caravetta has been from Bella Coola to Castlegar, followed by Dease Lake and Grand Forks. “I have enjoyed my tour of duty as a Conservation Officer, have made many

friends along the way, and have no regrets of the places I have worked,” Caravetta said. While working with the Special Investigations Unit, he completed roughly 40 investigations. Caravetta returned home to Fernie in 2004 as the District Officer for the Fernie office. In 1997 he was honoured by his peers and nominated as a B.C. Conservation Officer of the Year, as well as receiving a certificate of outstanding service from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers’ Association. Caravetta was promoted to Sergeant Conservation Officer for the East Kootenay region in 2008, allowing him to continue working out of Fernie. He remarked, “This is an awesome place to have been from and an even more awesome place to work.”

Chief Superintendent Barry Farynuk (left) and Inspector Aaron Canuel (right) present Sergeant Joe Caravetta (middle) with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal on behalf of the Governor General of Canada.  Submitted photo

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October 1, 2012 to May 1, 2013 Please ensure that your valves are in working condition before you turn them on. Residents are reminded to conserve water and to only turn on their valves when the risk of utility freezing is apparent. It is the residents' responsibility to ensure that their systems do not freeze. Any thawing of lines will be at the homeowner's expense. For more information please call Public Works at 250.865.4025.

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings •December 10 Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00 pm

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To achieve efficiencies in snow removal and to reduce unequal windrow distribution while plowing, on-street parking will be prohibited from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, November 1 to March 31. Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited. It is an offence to push, place or throw any snow or ice upon a highway or lane. The District of Elkford will be actively working with residents to inform and ensure compliance with this new bylaw, as the intent of these changes is to increase the efficiency of snow removal within the community.

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It’s one of the things a parent fears most – having a child diagnosed with cancer. On hearing this news, most parents don’t stop to think about whether they can afford the treatment. All they can think about is how to make their child better, no matter what the cost. The reality is, the treatment can mean expenses that can leave parents bankrupt. Not only is there the cost of the drugs and care for the child, there are the travel expenses, the cost of hotels for the parents, and the lost wages of the parent that is looking after the sick child. Brooke Malakoff and her parents have been living the nightmare for the last year, travelling back and forth to Vancouver for treatment for Brooke’s lung cancer. She admitted it was hard for her and her parents to accept that they were struggling. “It’s hard to accept help because we don’t want to feel like we need help, but we do,” she said. Luckily, her parents have accepted help and Fernie has been in full swing fundraising to help the family out when they need it most. Community support goes a long way, and the new BC Children’s Hospital will also certainly help. Imagine being 10-years-old, alone, away from home and faced with an illness you don’t really understand, and a treatment that makes you feel even sicker. The new hospital will mean parents can stay with their child. Having a parent next to them helps children find the strength and courage to battle their illness. This comfort and support is almost as important as the treatment itself. The new hospital will also be more comforting to the parents, who would do anything to heal their child, and may be even more terrified. The hospital will mean the parents can stay with their child, with beds in the rooms and kitchen facilities, and even offices enabling some parents to work remotely. It is great news that the 100 to 150 children diagnosed with cancer in B.C. each year now have an 80 per cent chance of survival, up from 20 per cent 25 years ago. Brooke’s odds are very good, and thanks to the support of her community, the financial burden shouldered by her family will mean they will be able to get back to normal life quicker after she gets the all clear.

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Letters to the Editor Feral cats need our help About eight years ago, a feral cat had three kittens in my yard. This was a result of a domestic cat abandoned. She had two kittens and one of them grew up to have this litter of three. With the help of neighbours, two kittens were caught and taken to the SPCA. The two older cats were caught (a more difficult task) and were eventually euthanized in Cranbrook. I adopted the third kitten as he evaded the initial attempt to be captured. As soon as he was able, he was taken to the vet and neutered. Now it has happened again. A feral cat has been in our neighborhood and had a litter of four. This cat has tried to find refuge in three residences in my neighbourhood. For at least a month and a half we have been trying to get help to humanely deal with them. Individual people have tried to help but, at the end of the day, it is back to square one. We are forced to look outside of Fernie to help us but other communities are full to capacity with their own cat issues. I tried to arrange for the cats to be treated by our vet but then what? Where do they go now? Sparwood and Elkford have a bylaw/animal control officer. We could have had help and a shelter to take them to a long time ago but we live in Fernie. A lot of stress, time and money has been spent on trying to get help and we are no further ahead. To me, "we'll discuss it at a meeting" or "write a letter, phone here, phone there" is code for "you are not getting any help so go away.”

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In Mr. Bennett's response to the Steelworkers letter of November 15 he offered a remarkably irrelevant and speculative observation. ‘Only the NDP would start training for new mines that do not exist,’ he wrote. Speculation like this has little or no significance in a rational political discussion but since it is at least interesting to speculate, then perhaps others should have the opportunity to do so.

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For example, although in the same letter Mr. Bennett claims to support, ‘Unions and union reps [who] play an important role in the employee-employer relationship,’ his right-wing, free market bias might lead EK constituents to speculate that he is in

fact, like many others of his political stripe, no supporter of the labour movement. It might also lead them to further speculate that, in the Elk Valley, he keeps this aspect of his political philosophy well hidden. Mr. Bennett could therefore strike a blow for transpar-

ency and accountability by telling his constituents whether or not he supported or voted for the Gordon Campbell 2001-2002 anti-labour legislation which gutted or tore up legally binding contracts negotiated by, for example, the Hospital Employees and the B.C. Ferries and Marine Workers

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ents whether or not he would still vote on labour legislation the same way he did back in Gordon's glory days. This would certainly help to avoid any further speculation.

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ayor Bruce Decoux floated out an idea that proposes the Devin gas plant site stage future events to become Alberta’s attraction headquarters. He told council on Nov. 27 that the property would not be returned to its natural state for perhaps 10 years, and due to its industrial use, would never be used for residential or commercial purposes. It could, however, be used for ‘convertible’ land on a temporary basis for many purposes, he said. The site, which has been home to a natural gas plant for 51 years, is undergoing decommissioning and is not expected to be available for another two to three years. Devin announced the closure of the plant in April because of sustained low nat-

ural gas prices and the age of the facility. In discussions with Devin, Mayor Decoux said the idea was presented as a way for the company to leave a legacy to the Crowsnest Pass. For example, the area could be called Devin Park Recreation Area Crowsnest Pass. He added that the municipality is ‘first on the list’ for the land. The idea of using the site for Crowsnest Pass festivals in the future was also suggested to the Lethbridge & District Exhibition Board, said Mayor Decoux. He said this festival would not eliminate current events such as Bellecrest Days, Canada Day and Rum Runner Days, but would be in addition. Mayor Decoux told council a 20-acre parcel of land has been found that could be used

until the Devin site was ready. He said the Lethbridge Board would be prepared to put on four concerts over two days followed by fireworks as early as next summer. He suggested events such as Jamborees, fireworks, mud bogs, monster truck competitions, drag racing, and Enduro racing. In the winter, he suggested snowmobile and quadding races or a staging area to backcountry trails. The money generated from the events could be used to support volunteer organizations or maintenance of a future recreation centre, said Mayor Decoux. “It is an idea that we maintain people that we lost and to a certain extent with our Rum Runners but it’s an opportunity to maintain in a safe and acceptable format and that everyone could have fun at,” he said.

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Around the Valley MLA and Minister visit seniors Around the Valley is a free listing to any local service. Please send an email to editor@thefreepress.ca or drop off a brief description of your event at The Free Press office. Banff Mountain Film Festival

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• 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 Elks Lodge meeting – promoting and supporting community needs. Call 250-423-7536. • Fernie Heritage Library after school program, ages 11 – 13, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Interviews – with real characters from the community and wacky fake characters from our imaginations. Drop in, but some commitment to regular attendance is required.

Friday, December 7

• 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 after school program, ages 9 to 12, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Horrible Histories and Ancient Civilizations –Take a walk in the past and discover things much stranger than fiction. Pre-register for this program.

Church Anglican, Fernie. To Register - Call 250 423 6517 or email christchurchfernie@gmail.com • Pancake breakfast at Elko Community Hall. $7. 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone welcome.

Monday, December 10

• 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 wyhames@gmail.com • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

• Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 to 6 p.m. • Fernie Legion meat draw 4 - 6 p.m. 
Fun and Entertaining. All welcome to join us. • Christmas Bazaar, Tobacco Plains Band Hall, Grasmere. Lots of handmade goodies, baked goods, preserves, even things for your pets. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 9

• 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. • Healthy cooking program at Christ

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ootenay East MLA Bill Bennett and Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan visited seniors’ facilities in the Elk Valley on Tuesday. They stopped in for chats with seniors at the Fernie Seniors’ Centre, Sparwood’s Lilac Terrace and Elkford Community Centre, to find out what is on their minds and what is important to them. 24 Unit

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• 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 after school program, ages 6 – 9. 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Hello! I’m your body – Funny facts, Parts and Experiments to learn more about the amazing body that you live in. Pre-register for this program.

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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: cityhall@fernie.ca Website: www.fernie.ca 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

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS Recently you should have received the City’s annual Parking and Snow Removal brochure in your mailbox reminding you that effective November 1st the Winter Parking Restrictions are in effect per Consolidated Streets and Traffic Bylaw No. 1400. Residents are encouraged to use off-street parking whenever possible. Enforcement of parking restrictions and alternate parking will be carried out and any vehicle parked contrary to posted signage, or the regulation, is subject to towing, vehicle impoundment and fees. It is your responsibility to ensure that doesn’t happen to you!

For more information on the parking schedule for your area, visit the City’s website at www. fernie.ca or call City Hall at 250 423-6817.

Notice of Intention to provide assistance under partnering agreements. Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to provide assistance to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce under the terms of a partnering agreement for the provision of municipal services, being the operation of a Visitor Information Centre at 102 Commerce Road, for a five year term commencing January 1, 2013 and ending on December 31st, 2017 providing for payment by the City to the Chamber for the services described in the agreement the sum of $6,609.97 for each month of the first year of the term, $6,742.17 for each month of the second year of the term, $6,877.01 for each month of the third year of the term, $7,014.55 for each month of the fourth year of the term and $7,154.84 for each month of the fifth year of the term. Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to provide assistance to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce under the terms of a partnering agreement for the provision of municipal services, being the operation of a Visitor Information Centre at 491 2nd Avenue, for a five year term commencing January 1, 2013 and ending on December 31st, 2017 providing for payment by the City to the Chamber for the services described in the agreement the sum of $2,571.25 for each month of the first year of the term, $2,622.68 for each month of the second year of the term, $2,675.13 for each month of the third year of the term, $2,728.63 for each month of the fourth year of the term and $2,783.20 for each month of the fifth year of the term.

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Notice of Proposed Property Disposition (Lease)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to dispose of an interest in land, being the entering into of a lease for the Arts Station (Lot A Pl 17655, DL 4588, LD 26), with the Fernie and District Arts Council, for a term of 5 years, commencing on January 1st, 2013. The consideration to be received by the City for the proposed Lease is the initial sum of $1.00 per year. This is the second of two notices, dated the 6th of December 2012. Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services

Thank You!

A Special thank you to all the volunteers who have graciously donated their time to sit on various committees with the City of Fernie. To those people who offer their gift of time to teach, listen, help and inspire, we thank you. You expect no pay, yet the value of your work knows no limits. Fernie is very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers throughout our community. We are very grateful to each and every one of them, for they are the reason that events and programs are so successful. Extraordinary people with amazing hearts! We look forward to continue working with these caring individuals and encourage new volunteers who may be interested in helping people of our community.

Complete copies of the proposed partnering agreements can be viewed at the office of the undersigned at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, during regular business hours.

Thank you, the gifts of your time and talents are truly appreciated.

This is the second and last, of two notices, dated this 3rd day of December, 2012.

Max Turyk Soccer Fields Redevelopment and Expansion Project

Jim Hendricks Director of Financial and Computer Services / Acting CAO

Request for Proposal Facilities Master Plan The City of Fernie is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide a Facilities Master Plan.

The City of Fernie currently operates a number of civic buildings of varying ages and with varying maintenance and replacement needs. The City requires a Facilities Master Plan that addresses the maintenance requirements and future replacement timelines of all building systems (HVAC, plumbing, structural, etc.), including anticipated cost(s). The deadline for submissions is 4:00 pm December 28, 2012.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal for Facilities Master Plan please visit the City of Fernie website www.fernie.ca

For more information, please contact Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services at (250) 430-1766 or email cam.mertz@fernie.ca

Request for Proposal The City of Fernie is seeking proposals for a site design, tendering and contract administration for the redevelopment and expansion of the Max Turyk Soccer Field site. The deadline for submissions is 4:00pm December 13, 2012.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal for Max Turyk Soccer Fields Redevelopment and Expansion Project please visit the City of Fernie website www.fernie.ca

For more information, please contact Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services at (250) 430-1766 or email cam.mertz@fernie.ca NOTE: Should any potential bidders download the above document, it is the proponents/bidders responsibility to check for Addenda's that will be posted on our website.

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Request for Proposal Leisure Services Master Plan Update The City of Fernie is seeking proposals from qualified firms to update the Leisure Services Master Plan The deadline for submissions is 4:00pm December 13, 2012.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal for Leisure Services Master Plan Update please visit the City of Fernie website www.fernie.ca

For more information, please contact Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services at (250) 430-1766 or email cam.mertz@fernie.ca NOTE: Should any potential bidders download the above document, it is the proponents/bidders responsibility to check for Addenda's that will be posted on our website.

Red Cross Water Saftey Instructor Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Ave Feb 7,8,9,10, 2013 Thurs. & Fri. 4:30 to 8:30pm Sat. & Sun. 8:30am to 5:00pm. Cost: $200.00 +Tax (Includes manual) Prerequisite: AWSI Call to register your spot today! 250.423.4466 ext. 0 - www.fernie.ca

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New hospital to be a boon to cancer-struck children B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation raising $200 million for new facility By Jeff Nagel Black Press Staff

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ids fighting cancer will be among the prime beneficiaries of plans to rebuild B.C. Children's Hospital starting in 2014. The $683-million project will roughly double the amount of space in the hospital and it will also reconfigure the pediatric oncology department, now inconveniently spread out over three floors, onto one much more efficient level.

and infection control, there are advantages to letting parents stay in a private room. They can comfort their child and they know so much about treatment protocols, they're essentially experts who help back up staff. Medical technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since B.C. Children's Hospital opened in 1982, when personal computers were a novelty. Diagnostic scanning is light years ahead and minimally

“The stress families feel is intense. Not only are you dealing with a child who is ill, you are dealing with parents of that child who would literally give their lives if they could to save the child.” Stephen Forgacs Spokeman for B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

"It will provide much greater continuity of care," said Stephen Forgacs, spokesman for B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation. The foundation is helping support the new hospital – to open in 2018 – with a $200-million fundraising campaign and Forgacs said the new design is centred around the needs of families. "We're building exclusively private rooms in the new hospital," Forgacs said. "There will be no more open ward." Those private rooms will have their own bathrooms, fold-out beds and wardrobes to accommodate parents who want to stay overnight with their sick, frightened kid. Also planned are kitchen facilities for families, office space for parents needing to keep up with work duties and wifi access everywhere. "In any hospital room you'll be able to get online, which is great for parents who are away from work," Forgacs said, adding it also helps kids beat boredom with video games and connect online with friends. Besides improving privacy

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invasive medical procedures allow much more use of day surgery rather than overnight stays. The new hospital will be much better designed with all technology needs in mind. Demand has also soared over the years and not just due to B.C.'s growing population. Kids whose conditions meant a death sentence in the 1980s are surviving in much greater numbers – the pediatric cancer survival rate is up to 80 per cent from 20 then. And others who once died young from chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis now routinely live into their 40s. It all means a hospital that was at capacity the day it opened 30 years ago is now bursting at the seams. Forgacs said myriad improvements will make the new hospital more welcoming and comforting to families enduring the worst and most terrifying moments of their lives. It's critical to meet those emotional needs – not just the medical ones. "The stress families feel is intense," he said, adding hospi-

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tal staff feel it too. "Not only are you dealing with a child who is ill, you are dealing with parents of that child who would literally give their lives if they could to save the child." Forgacs said the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation has raised $155 million over the past four years toward its $200-million target through tremendous grassroots support as well as support from major donors. High-profile donations have come from Vancouver Canucks Daniel and Henrik Sedin and singer Michael Bublé. The biggest contributions have been $25 million from Teck Resources and $20 million from the Overwaitea Food Group. Just as honourable, Forgacs said, is the support from parents whose kids have been through the hospital but who perhaps can afford only to volunteer or simply share their stories. "They look for ways to express their gratitude," Forgacs said. "For many of them I think it's almost thereapeutic to remain involved with the hospital." Forgacs said the foundation is now hoping more donors will step forward to raise the remaining $45 million. "We're appealing to British Columbians in every income bracket to help us complete the campaign." By the numbers: - 100 to 150 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in B.C. - 800 children are in active cancer treatment at any time - There is currently an 80 per cent survival rate, up from 20 per cent 25 years ago

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Fernie girl continues her fight with cancer By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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lmost one year after she was diagnosed with cancer, Brooke Malakoff is staying strong and still smiling. Brooke is back home in Fernie following a long stint at B.C. Children’s Hospital. She’s getting ready to continue her treatment in Cranbrook, and is hoping to be home for the holidays this year. Between her original diagnosis just before Christmas of 2011, an emergency surgery, and spending months at a time in Vancouver for chemo, Brooke’s last year of high school, and what was meant to be her first year of college, didn’t exactly go as planned. “Two days into winter break I was told I had a giant mass, three quarters the size of my lung, on my lung,” said Brooke. “After that it was about 10 days of scans, tests, being flown down to Vancouver, and going right into surgery. “For me it was really blurry because they kept me pretty sedated through the whole thing. But through all of the ups and downs, it was still a lot to take in. Especially being 17 you’re like wait, this doesn’t happen to people like me, but apparently it does.” Brooke lost her left lung during surgery, however the operation was successful. She returned home to finish the school year, but just a few short months later, Brooke learned that her cancer had returned. With the exception of

coming back to graduate, and a couple of weeks in Fernie here and there, Brooke has spent the majority of the last six months in Vancouver at Children’s Hospital. “I’ve been doing a lot of chemo, lots and lots of chemo, and getting pretty sick,” admitted Brooke. “There was one stretch that I was in the hospital for 12 days because the chemo made me so sick. “That was the loneliest time I think. I was in isolation so there was no contact and no food for 48 hours.” Brooke was undergoing a round of chemo every 21 days. She explained, “It’s usually a week of chemo, then for the next two weeks I’m down. I’m tired, can’t really do anything, and I just don’t feel good. “There’s about three or four days when I’m up again and I’m starting to feel better, and then they hit me with another round of chemo.” While her mother Rochelle stayed with Brooke full time in Vancouver, her stepfather George remained in Fernie for work, and to stay with her brother Wes, who goes to Fernie Secondary School. Well known around town for her time working as a cashier at Overwaitea and volunteering at Ghostriders games, Fernie residents began to come together to help out Brooke and her family. With everything from penny drives and hot dog sales, to concerts and hockey uniform auctions, the entire community got

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involved. “It’s hard being in this situation, and it’s also hard to accept people’s help because we don’t want to feel like we need help, but we do,” expressed Brooke. “We’re just thankful for the people who have stepped up.” She went on to say, “It’s flattering first of all to think that many people want to help and it’s so amazing what people can do these days. I just can’t wait until somebody else is in my shoes and I can help them.” Brooke celebrated her eighteenth birthday on November 27 and is looking towards the future. She’s been accepted to Selkirk College in Castlegar for 2013 and is planning on studying psychology. “I think maybe somehow I was supposed to be put in this situation,” remarked Brooke. “Somehow, somewhere, fate decided, she needs to have

cancer because she needs to meet these certain people, and I’m getting real experience in the field of psychology.” Now with the one year mark of her diagnosis approaching, Brooke remains optimistic. “It’s all mind over matter,” she asserted. “When I think about it, it’s do you want to go through this and be miserable the whole time, or do you want to try and feel good about yourself?” she commented. “You want to feel good, so you just have to keep smiling and thinking one day this will be over. Always looking at the end, but still not getting your hopes up too high, because we’ve had a couple of bad PET scans. “You have to think there is going to be a light at the end of the tunnel, we may not see it now, but it’s going to be there eventually.”

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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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Lower Cost for Generic Drugs… with MLA Bill Bennett

1. BC is reducing the price of generic drugs to 25 per cent of the brand name come April 1, 2013, and to 20 per cent as of April 1, 2014. Currently, British Columbians pay 35 per cent of the brand name price for generic drugs. 2. For example, current cost of a 30 day prescription of Lipitor is $55 (not including pharmacy fees). Today, the generic version costs about $19. On April 1, 2013, the generic cost will be $14, and on April 1, 2014, $11.00

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About 350 people were affected by the collision, losing power for a period of 10 hours. The driver was taken to the hospital and treated for cold related symptoms. Police would like to remind drivers it is better to be overcautious and take the time to remember the feel and reaction of their vehicle in conditions of snow and ice. "Every time we see a snowfall we see an increase in motor vehicle accidents. People really need to slow down, and adjust their driving habits to the road conditions," said Erichsen.

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was relatively uninjured," said Cpl. Don Erichsen. The highway was closed for approximately five hours as B.C. Hydro teams were called out from Cranbrook to fix downed lines. "We were really lucky that traffic was not halted in this situation as we were able to re-direct traffic on the Lower Elk Valley Road," said Erichsen. "Mainroad really worked efficiently and quickly to address that section of the road immediately, ensuring it received a suitable amount of sand and salt, so we didn't have a similar accident on that road.”

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Shred Kelly is home for the holidays By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ernie’s favourite folk band is putting on a special holiday concert as part of the 2012 What the Dickens Christmas festival lineup. Shred Kelly will take the stage at The Arts Station on Wednesday, December 12 at 8 p.m. for a free show. The band will show off songs from their latest full-length album, ‘In the Hills’. The mountain string band has taken their music to the next level, with a new electric shock sound, as they belt out stories of small town love and tragedy in the places they hail from. Shred Kelly was recently given the honour of 2012 Artist of the Year at the Kootenay Music Awards, and won a spot on the Green Couch Sessions/CBC Radio 3 ‘Tracks on Tracks’ train adventure, that took them from Vancouver to Toronto. Tickets to the event are free, but there’s only a limited amount available. Just 90 tickets can be picked up at The Arts Station prior to the show. Donations will be welcome, with all of the proceeds going to The Art Station’s Youth Public Art Local band, Shred Kelly will play a holiday concert at The Arts Station on Wednesday.  Submitted photo Project.

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tudents at Isabella Dicken Elementary School in Fernie recently spent a morning with singer and songwriter Lowry Olafson, creating the words and

music for a school song. The new song, titled "Running with the Power of the Panther Spirit" focused on the themes of belonging and respect and was performed for the entire school as students and staff sang along.

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ernie Arts Co-op will be holding its annual pre-Christmas, ‘we-pay-thetax’ sale this week. Anyone looking for a special present for someone or just a gift to themselves will be able to come away with a deal on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The artists themselves will also be there from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to give a little extra insight into their work. The Co-op offers shoppers free gift wrapping during the holiday season. “We have some-

thing for everyone,” said Jeanne Parker, artist and Co-op member. “Our items are well-priced, and many feature local scenery and landmarks”. The co-op is also holding a draw to give people the chance to win some of the artwork and artifacts. When you buy at the Arts Co-op, you’re supporting locally-based artists. The Co-op features over 30 artists working in a wide variety of media including painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, photography, wood and handmade soap, among others.

Skis and boards showcase art By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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he Guide’s Hut is teaming up with local ski and snowboard designer, DID, to create a one-of-a-kind art show. The mountain equipment shop has enlisted the help of DID owner, Jean-Vincent LeBrun, to create custom skis and boards using original art from Elk Valley artists. “Mark Gallup from The Guide’s Hut came up with the idea of having an art show with local artists,” remarked LeBrun. “I thought I’ve had that idea before, I think it can be done.” A call to artists was sent out and seven have signed on to create original pieces to be used on either a pair of skis, or a snowboard. Contributing their creativity are Mike Hepher, Catilyn Bellavance, Brina Schenk, and Mark Kowalchuk, just to name a few. “We started with just three artists, which had me kind of worried, but then all of a sudden they just kept coming, we even have a couple from Calgary,” explained LeBrun. “We did give out guidelines to the artists, which are necessary for me to put them on the equipment. They had to paint on a specific type of paper that I can transfer to a ski or board and use water based

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colours.” The functional works of art will be on display for the public to view at the Clawhammer Letterpress and Gallery on the night of December 8. LeBrun commented, “We just want to get the community involved and have everyone come out to check it out.” The public will get the chance to vote for their favourite piece of art, and the artist who created the winning design will take home the skis or board they created. The Guide’s Hut and DID will provide ballots at the art show, and starting December 8, voting will take place for a week on The Guide’s Hut and DID’s Facebook pages. Following the art show and contest, the remaining pieces will be displayed and available for purchase at The Guide’s Hut. “The prices are the same as a regular ski so we’re talking around $800 for custom art and an exclusive product, which is really unbeatable,” said LeBrun. “The piece will be a one-off, the prints won’t be reused again for copies or anything else, so it’s a unique item.” The free ski and snowboard art show will take place at Clawhammer Letterpress and Gallery on Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

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her previous experience with social work also plays into the business. She explained, “I feel like I’m a good motivator when I’m in my classes talking to people, getting them through it.” While things may have got off to a slow start in January, membership at Vitality has been on the rise since this fall. “Not until the weather got really bad in the fall did it start to pick up

and turn around,” said Markou. “The people who have been with me since January, that I’m so grateful for, are starting to see the facility get busier. We’re getting there, it’s good.” Now with once a month wellness workshops offered, plus the addition of pre-natal yoga classes, Vitality is continuing to grow. For more information on membership or classes, visit www.vitalityfernie.ca.

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Acting out their legends By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

Come celebrate the season with the FJMES fundraising event of the year. Bid on great gifts and specialty baked goods while supporting the students at Frank J Mitchell.

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rades 4 and 5 students in Jay Arnold’s class at Isabella Dicken Elementary School let their imaginations run wild last week. The students made up their own legends, then acted them out in short plays in front of family and teachers on Thursday afternoon.

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Fernie skiers prominent in B.C. A lesson in trap shooting Alpine Ski Team selections

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“Despite the snow and the -3 temperature hardy shooters took to the line to learn the finer skills of blowing clay targets out of the sky with a 12 gauge shotgun,” said Cooke. “All had a grand time and came away with a fun new experience.”

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mployees from Gear Hub in Fernie received trap shooting training from the Fernie Rod and Gun Club Directors Tyler Temple and Randy Cooke recently.

Elk Valley curling results Elk Valley Superleague

Women’s B.C. Ski Team at Nakiska: (left to right) Back row - Coach Gregor Druzina, Sarah Elliot, Sarah Freeman, Coach Aaron Speden. Front row - Charley Field, Emma King, Hallie MacLachlan; missing Stephanie Gartner, Alix Wells. Submitted photo By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he B.C. Alpine Ski Team was announced recently, including a mix of rookies and veterans, and skiers from Fernie Alpine Resort were prominent in the selections. There are six Fernie Alpine Ski Team (FAST) members on the team this year, matching the number from Whistler.

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On the women's team, Sarah Freeman, Stephanie Gartner and Haillie MacLachlan are all representing Fernie, joined by Sarah Elliot (Big White), Alix Wells (Prince George), and Charley Field and Emma King, from Whistler. On the men's team, Tyler Werry, who is also a member of the prospect group, will be representing Fernie alongside Roger and

Patric Carry. They are joined by Whistler’s Ford Swette, Broderick Thompson, Brodie Seger and Blake Ramsden, and Windermere's Martin Grasic and Dominic Unterberger of the Revelstoke Ski Club. "I am extremely excited about this year's B.C. Ski Team," said head coach Brandon Dyksterhouse. "We've had great leadership from our veterans

Tyler Werry and Ford Swette, and our youngsters are showing real promise as well. Our four 17-year-olds (Patric Carry, Martin Grasic, Blake Ramsden and Brodie Seger) were all podium athletes at J1 Nationals last season and are well prepared to cut their teeth on the NorAm circuit." The team will race on the NorAm Cup circuit, as well as FIS races and nationals.

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Rebels too much for Riders in a home and home series against Castlegar this weekend. After losing 5 – 2 against the Rebels he Fernie Ghostriders are win- on Friday, the Riders looked in control less in their last three games, to earn the split, carrying a two-goal after earning just a single point lead into the third period on Saturday. The Rebels had other plans. Diego Bartlett gave the visitors hope with an early third period goal, before as of December 5, 2012 Jamie Vlanich silenced Fernie DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena with just 30 Team GP W L T OTL Pts seconds to play. Fernie Ghostriders 25 16 6 1 2 35 Ten minutes of overtime, Kimberley Dynamiters 29 16 13 0 0 32 including five minutes of Golden Rockets 25 14 9 0 2 30 three-on-three, solved nothCreston Valley Thunder Cats 27 9 14 0 4 22 ing and the Ghostriders, who Columbia Valley Rockies 29 9 18 0 2 20 managed 12 shots in overtime, DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Neil Murdoch were forced to settle with a Team GP W L T OTL Pts single point. Nelson Leafs 28 21 5 1 1 44 “Saturday was obviously Castlegar Rebels 28 18 5 4 1 41 tough,” said forward Braeden Beaver Valley Nitehawks 28 16 10 1 1 34 Monk following the rare tie. Spokane Braves 29 11 16 1 1 24 Grand Forks Border Bruins 28 4 22 0 2 10 “We felt like we deserved better. It wasn’t just that we tied, DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Doug Birks Team GP W L T OTL Pts but it was how we tied. We felt like we played a solid game, Sicamous Eagles 26 16 5 2 3 37 even without some of our top North Okanagan Knights 26 17 8 0 1 35 Revelstoke Grizzlies 27 13 10 3 1 30 players, so it was frustrating.” Kamloops Storm 31 12 14 2 3 29 The Ghostriders were playChase Heat 29 7 19 2 1 17 ing without their top scorer, DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan Brendan Burge, who was Team GP W L T OTL Pts away celebrating the birth Princeton Posse 26 17 8 0 1 35 of his daughter. He hopes to Kelowna Chiefs 28 16 11 1 0 33 return later in the month. Osoyoos Coyotes 29 15 14 0 0 30 Fortunately for the Riders Summerland Steam 27 14 12 0 1 29 (16 – 6 – 1 – 2), the Kimberley Penticton Lakers 27 6 19 0 2 14 Dynamiters lost twice over the

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weekend, and remain three points back in the Eddie Mountain Division. December is a crucial month for the Ghostriders. With 12 games this month, including four against the rival Dynamiters, the Riders have a chance to create some separation within the division. “There is no doubt it’s a big month for us,” said Monk. “We’re playing some real quality teams.” Monk, who joined the Riders after two seasons in Revelstoke, has heard how much the rivalry means to the Valley. “I wasn’t here the last couple of seasons, but I certainly have heard what these games mean. I’ve been told it can get pretty rowdy when Kimberley comes to town, but we look forward to that.” Before worrying about Kimberley, the Riders will have their hands full when they begin a home and home series against the Nitehawks on Friday in Beaver Valley. It is the first time the teams have met since the 2012 playoffs, when the Hawks won in five games. “They won the conference last year after beating us,” said Monk. “It’s obviously pretty easy to get jacked up to play Beaver Valley.” Be sure to come watch the Ghostriders faceoff against the defending Kootenay Conference Champions on Saturday night in Fernie. As always, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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he 2014 spring soccer season is looking a little brighter for Fernie kids. The City is redeveloping and expanding the Max Turyk soccer field site to allow for two minor league-sized soccer fields. The soccer field revamp project was put in motion after Fernie received a $350,000 grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development’s Community Recreation Program in March. Along with a commitment for $225,000 from the City, the revamped soccer facility will be constructed and ready for the spring of 2014. “We look forward to a truly high standard soccer facility that will benefit children in the area for years to come,” commented Scott Dressler, on behalf of the Fernie Soccer Association. “The fields are badly needed and will be used extensively, and will help the children to be able to

play more often and at a higher level.” Presently, the Fernie Soccer Association relies on the school district for three quarters of their playing space. Dressler expressed that the care and maintenance at school fields is out of the hands of the association, and can often cause scheduling and safety issues. He spoke to council on November 26 to express the association’s gratitude for the upgraded soccer site, but also to ask for their assistance in maintaining it. Dressler stated, “When this field complex at Max Turyk is completed in 2014, it will represent an amazing resource. It will only remain an amazing resource if it is looked after in the same manner as it was built.” Council agreed the redeveloped soccer site would be an important resource to Fernie’s soccer community. They will look at the possibility of incorporating the maintenance of the fields into the City’s budget.

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avid and Debbie Marion and their two sons couldn’t wait to watch ‘Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups’ when the direct-to-video movie was released last week. It’s not every day the family dog is the star of the show. Their Great Pyrenees, Ace, was just a puppy when filming for the ‘Santa Paws’ sequel began a year ago in Fernie. Dr. David Marion, a veterinarian with offices in Eureka, Montana and Fernie, was selected to provide health checks for the puppies on the film set. He remained on call for veterinary services throughout the filming. “As a thank you, they let us pick a puppy,” said Debbie Marion, the practice manager for their business, A Country Animal Hospital. The film crew arrived in Fernie in September 2011 and had to make do with artificial snow until the real white stuff arrived in November. ‘Santa Paws 2,’ produced by Walt Disney Pictures, is the sequel to the 2010 direct-to-video film, ‘The Search for Santa Paws.’ It’s a fun holiday movie revolving around a group of playful pups who stow away on Mrs. Claus’ sled as she travels to Pineville. Cheryl Ladd plays Mrs. Claus. Taking mischief to a

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Pyrenees is a force of nature. “I pet him at chest level,” Debbie said. Their sons, Cody, 10 1/2, and Danny, 9, adore the dog. “They’re always saying, ‘Our dog is so cool,’” their mother said. “They’re all brothers.” The Marions opened their veterinary clinic in Eureka in 2007 and added the clinic in Fernie two years ago. A Country Animal Hospital has carved out a niche as the only veterinary clinic in the region and in Canada that specializes in stemcell treatment that’s sought after for pets suffering from arthritis, tendinitis Ace starred as a puppy in the film ‘Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.’  Submitted photo and other inflammatory conditions. Establishing a second clinic across the border was a paperwork-laden process, Debbie said, but it’s going well. For clients who may not have passports or not want to travel to Eureka, a special shuttle transports animals to the Eureka facility for various procedures. Christmas shopping is a little easier for the Marions this year. Many on their list will be getting a copy of the new movie, which was released on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes. “We bought quite a few,” Debbie said. “We just watched it last night and it was fun to say, ‘That’s Dr. David Marion with Ace, a Great Pyrenees who is now 16 months old, weighs 120 pounds, and is still growing.  Submitted photo our boy.’”

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• In Sparwood at 5:15 p.m. threats were reported. This incident is still under investigation. • In Fernie at 7:52 p.m. a lost passport was reported.

Tuesday, November 13

• In Sparwood at 2:21 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 5:21 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 8:29 a.m. mischief was reported when a complainant noticed his tire had been slashed. A suspect has not been identified. • In Sparwood at 2:36 p.m. loose change was taken from a vehicle. • In Sparwood at 3:30 p.m. a suspicious vehicle was reported. A driver of a red pickup was seen honking his horn and looking at a young girl. The girl ran away. • In Fernie at 4:36 p.m. there was a minor vehicle accident. • In Fernie at 5:32 p.m. there was a single vehicle rollover. The driver received minor injuries. • In Fernie at 7:17 p.m. a vehicle rolled down an embankment and stopped against a pole. Occupants received minor injuries. • In Sparwood

at 7:55 p.m. a car had been gone through overnight. There have been many of these calls over the past two weeks. No suspects have been identified and most vehicles involved had been left unlocked. Wednesday, November 14

• In Sparwood at 2:08 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 5:53 a.m. there was a single vehicle rollover. Minor injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 7:13 a.m. there was a single vehicle rollover. The vehicle went over an embankment and there were minor injuries reported. In Fernie at 8:08 p.m. individuals were reported to be on the roof of a business. No damage was done, but the suspects did place a piece of wood in front of the door. Wednesday November 14

• In Sparwood at 11:42 a.m. an erratic driver was reported for passing unsafely. The vehicle was located and pulled over. The driver was issued a warning.

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• In Fernie at 12 p.m. a hit and run was reported. No suspect vehicle has been identified.

Thursday, November 15

• In Sparwood at 5:57 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 7:37 a.m. there were three reports of unlocked vehicles being gone through overnight. • In Fernie at 7:51 a.m. Fas Gas cards were taken from a vehicle overnight. • In Fernie at 8:34 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident. The vehicle hit black ice. Minor injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 8:36 a.m. a vehicle had been gone through overnight. • In Sparwood at 8:38 a.m. a computer bag with a passport was reported lost. The bag has Wajax stickers on it. • In Fernie at 8:42 a.m. a vehicle had been gone through overnight. • In Sparwood at 9:32 a.m. a cell phone was reported lost. • In Sparwood at 10 a.m. a lost licence plate decal was reported. • In Sparwood at 1:08 p.m. possible fraud was investigated. The incident is still under investigation.

• In Sparwood at 1:57 p.m. youths were seen running on the roof of a business. A fan was damaged at the time and the incident is being dealt with by the business owner and youths’ parents. • In Fernie at 2:47 p.m. a parental abduction was reported. The father was arrested in the USA, and a provision warrant was made for extradition. • In Sparwood at 4:57 p.m. police assisted the ambulance with a patient. In Fernie at 9:40 p.m. there was a possible break and enter to a medical clinic. Police investigated and there was no break and enter, just people causing mischief in the area. Thursday November 15

• In Sparwood at 6:52 p.m. there was a traffic accident. • In Sparwood at 7:37 p.m. a rear licence plate was stolen.

Friday, November 16

• In Elko at 8:43 a.m. an erratic driver was reported. • In Fernie at 9:10 a.m. there was a

dispute over a parking space. Members attended and helped the individuals come to a resolution. • In Elkford at 11:31 a.m. two vehicles were seen doing doughnuts in a parking lot. • In Fernie at 12:10 p.m. three cars were seen racing towards the Cranbrook area. Licence plates were obtained and a follow up will be made. • In Sparwood at 4:29 p.m. an ATV was seen driving on the road. The complainant was concerned for children's safety. • In Galloway at 8:26 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. The vehicle was located and the driver was not impaired. • In Sparwood at 9:51 p.m. a vehicle had been gone through overnight. • In Fernie at 11:50 p.m. a suspicious incident was reported when people were seen inside a medical clinic. The suspect vehicle was located and it was the cleaner.

Saturday, November 17

• In Fernie at 12:35 a.m. a fight between six individuals was reported outside a liquor establishment. Those involved had fled before police

arrived. • In Fernie at 1:47 a.m. the hospital had requested police assistance with intoxicated individuals. In Elkford at 1:53 a.m. a hiker called the detachment reporting they were lost. Elkford members were able to locate the man, who was intoxicated. Saturday November 17

• In Hosmer at 3:37 a.m. there was a domestic assault. One person was arrested and will face charges. • In Sparwood at 6 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 8:09 a.m. an assault was reported. The suspect was arrested. • In Sparwood at 10:33 a.m. police attended to a family dispute. Police attended and mediated. • In Sparwood at 1:18 p.m. there was an erratic driver reported. The vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 2:08 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Fernie at 5:31 p.m. shots were heard. A suspect was located and did have

a gun and was shooting from a hotel into the highway and hit a passing car. Police attended and surrounded the area. The suspect did surrender and turned over a very realistic pellet gun. He was charged with mischief and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace. • In Elkford at 10:44 p.m. there was a noisy party complaint. • In Fernie at 11:14 p.m. there as a disturbance at a liquor establishment. The intoxicated patron left before police arrived. • In Sparwood at 11:47 p.m. there was a report of an injured hotel guest. She denied medical assistance.

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• In Fernie at 2:49 p.m. a handmade burgundy and leather purse was reported missing. • In Sparwood at 5:35 p.m. there was mischief done to a vehicle when the complainant reported spark plugs and wires were changed around and cut. This incident is still under investigation. • In Fernie at 6:27 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. The vehicle was not located and the licence plate number provided was wrong. Continued on page 22

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couple from Fort Mcleod who had been missing for three days, have been found safe after sending an emergency call for help. Police and Search and Rescue in the Elk Valley and Alberta had been searching extensively for the couple after they left for a day trip on Saturday morning and did not return. Their family and friends had not heard from them since they

left. At about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Elk Valley RCMP were notified of a radio transmission received from a remote area in Bow River. A woman with a European accent indicated that she and her husband’s car had become stuck, and they could not get it out. Her husband had an injured knee, but otherwise they were OK. The transmission was very broken, and no further details could be ascertained. A helicopter was dispatched to the area,

and located two people confirmed to be Jacob and Anja Oosterwijk, the missing couple. The Oosterwijks were transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Apparently, after becoming stuck, the two were able to locate a cabin with a radio, and make the call for assistance. Shortly after the transmission, and once a narrower area was determined, a police dog was able to locate the stranded vehicle. Jacob and Anja were found safe Tuesday.

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OPERATOR III PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DATE OF INTERNAL POSTING: November 22, 2012 Written or typed applications for this position must be filed with the undersigned no later than December 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm. NATURE OF POSITION: This is a Full Time position that performs duties as an Operator III. This position encompasses a variety of general and specific labour type duties related to the maintenance of the District of Sparwood’s fleet, infra-structure, buildings, roads, parks and other facilities, as well as operating equipment under the current Operator III designation. This employee may be engaged in anything from installation, maintenance and repairs of roads, sewer and water systems, sidewalks, parks, fields, gardens and equipment. This position receives general direction and varied levels of supervision from the Director of Operations or his designate. Responsible for efficient and effective operation and must assure own safety as well as the safety of others. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Valid Class III Drivers License or higher with Air Brakes Endorsement (provide abstract). • Physically capable of lifting heavy weights etc. • Equipment Experience on rubber tire loader, back-hoe, track loader, dump trucks, high pressure sewer cleaner, street sweeper and plow trucks. • Grade 12 Education or equivalent. • Capable of following oral and written directions. • Able to perform duties as set out in the skills assessment for this position. Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current 2012 collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698, Operator III – $31.18/hr. APPLY TO: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations District of Sparwood Box 1929, 477 Pine Avenue Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 mbohmer@sparwood.ca

The District of Sparwood is requesting information from interested parties for the supply of towing services within the District of Sparwood boundaries. The District of Sparwood reserves the right to waive informalities, to reject any or all RFQ’s, or to accept the RFQ deemed most favourable in the interest of the District of Sparwood. The District of Sparwood Sparwood is situated in the Rocky Mountains of south eastern BC. Our location offers a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities, stunning vistas, and all the fresh elements naturally afforded in a spectacular mountain setting. We're a working community. We've always been involved in the mining industry, and coal is at the core of our community. But we're more than metallurgical ore; we're a group of people who are united in interests, activities and place. Sparwood was originally a collection of five coal mining communities. During the 1960's, the communities were consolidated into one area or District, called Sparwood, in homage to the history of trees harvested in the area intended for use as masts on ships. For a complete overview on our incredible Rocky Mountain mining community, download and view our Community Profile. Local Government in Sparwood Sparwood’s local government is lead by a proactive Mayor and six Councillors that work hard to explore opportunities for diversification and growth. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and reports to the Municipal Council. The CAO oversees the overall administration of the Municipality, its officers and employees. In addition, the CAO is charged with keeping Council up to date on corporate matters, advising Council on policy and other matters and ensuring that Council policy is implemented. The CAO also leads the senior management team and sets the overall strategic direction for short and long term administrative goals The Purpose of Issuing this RFQ is to: a) Receive quotations; and to b) Award the contract for the provision of towing services within District boundaries. Interested parties are invited to respond to this RFQ by submitting a response to the District. Responses should include ideas, information, and recommendations that could result in a clarification of the requirements, cost-saving opportunities, and the identification of potential problem areas with this initiative. RFQ Specifications: Specifically, this project is to provide towing and impound services for the District of Sparwood, as required. It is expected that this quotation will outline requirements such as; a 6 am to 4 pm availability, local impound locations and hours of operation, collection and remittance of fees, and fee structure for different types of towing services. Term: The term is for a three (3) year period. The District of Sparwood will require information as to the following services provided: • Local impound yard; • Collection of fees; • 6 am to 4 pm availability; • After hours contact information and availability;

• Fee structure for towing different types of vehicles; Respondents are requested to provide a concise and focused response to this RFQ. Responses are requested in the following format: a) Brief company or personal profile; b) Name of a key contact person, including telephone number, fax number and email address; c) Your interest in providing the services; d) Brief description of experience in the towing industry; e) From your past experience, has the District identified all the major components necessary to complete this project? If not, please provide information on other necessary components; f) Please provide a list of potential problems/risks that the District may encounter during this project; g) Please provide any ideas or suggestions about how such problems/risks should be addressed in a solicitation; h) Please provide a per type of tow rate; i) Two (2) professional references; j) Your ability to provide for back-up and substitution if you are unable to provide available towing services; k) Identification and discussion of key factors that the respondent recommends the District consider when establishing its future business requirements; and l) Other required information specific to the nature of this RFQ and deemed important by the respondent. If subsequent competitive bidding opportunities are issued, the District is under no obligation to advise any vendor responding to this RFQ. Vendors are advised to monitor the District of Sparwood website (www. sparwood.ca) for any such opportunities, which will be open to all vendors regardless of whether or not a response to this RFQ has been submitted. All responses to this RFQ become the property of the District and will be held in confidence, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Respondents to this RFQ consent to the District incorporating any submitted ideas, concepts, approaches, or strategies into any planning, design, procurement, or contractual activities related to any aspect of the project without any obligation, liability, or consideration on the part of the District. The District will not be responsible for any costs incurred by any vendor in responding to this RFQ. Responses should be delivered by hand, regular mail, facsimile or email to the following location before 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time on January 3, 2013 and should quote RFQ Number 2013-013. District of Sparwood PO Box 520 136 Spruce Avenue Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Fax: 250-425-7277 Email: mbohmer@sparwood.ca OR Contact Person: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations 250-425-7760 mbohmer@sparwood.ca


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Table of contents: Page 2 - Let It Snow Candy Cane, Tradition Page 3 - What Child Is This Jingle Bells Christmas Tree, Tradition Poinsetta, Tradition Page 4 - Away In A Manger The Date of Christmas, Tradition Deck The Halls Page 5 - Jolly Old St. Nicholas The First Noel Page 6 - Scalloped Corn, Recipe The Christmes Song O Holy Night Gift in a Jar - Christmas Brownies, Recipe Page 7 - O Come, All Ye Faithful Zucchini Quiche, Recipe Mistletoe and Holly, Tradition Sanata Claus, Tradition Page 8 - The Free Press Holiday Hours

Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Snow! When we finally kiss goodnight, How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But if you’ll really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm.

It doesn’t show signs of Pausing, And I’ve bought some corn for popping, The lights are turned way down low, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It

The fire is slowly dying, And, my dear, we’re still goodbying, But as long as you love me so, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The Candy Cane

Candy canes started being used to decorate Christmas trees in the 17th century, but were then just a straight white candy stick. In about 1670 the sticks were bent to resemble shepherd hooks. Candy canes did not appear in North America until the 1800’s. Some say that the bold red stripe symbolizes God’s love, and the three smaller stripes represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; while others say that the red stripes represents the blood spilled from Jesus by Roman soldiers.

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What Child Is This

What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? Refrain:

This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Why lies he in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear: for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. Refrain: So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own him. the King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone him. Refrain:

Christmas tree According to legend there was a monk in the 7th century who traveled around Germany to teach the word of God. To represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit he used the triangular shape of a fir tree. Those who converted took to hanging the triangles around their homes as a symbol of Christianity. The first decorated tree is said to have been by Martin Luther with candles in Riga, Latvia in 1510; to show his children how the stars twinkle at night.

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Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way

A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side

Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight

The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh yeah Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way

Poinsettia The popular Christmas flower, the poinsettia, is native to Mexico. The legend of how it came to be is as follows: two poor children in Mexico loved Christ very much but had nothing to offer him at the church service. They each picked weeds and laid them with the infant Jesus doll in the nativity scene. All the other children laughed them at, until the poinsettia bloomed from their weeds. Dr. Joel Poinsett brought the poinsettia to American, over one hundred years ago.

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Away In The Manger

Deck The Halls

Away in a manger, No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head

I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, ‘Til morning is nigh.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray

Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of Yule tide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

The Date of Christmas The 25th of December was chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in the 4th century by the Catholic Church. They chose this day in order to compete with the pagan holiday, Mithras, which was celebrated by the Romans. Christmas was slow to catch on in North America.

Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas Jolly Old Saint Nicholas Jolly old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way! Don’t you tell a single soul What I’m going to say: Christmas Eve is coming soon; Now, you dear old man Whisper what you’ll bring to me; Tell me if you can.

The First Noel

When the clock is striking twelve, When I’m fast asleep Down the chimney, broad and black, With your pack you’ll creep All the stockings you will find Hanging in a row Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know

The first Noel, the angel did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

Bobby wants a pair of skates, Suzy wants a sled Nellie wants a picture book, yellow, blue, and red Now I think I’ll leave to you What to give the rest Choose for me, dear Santa Claus; You will know the best.

They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

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And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their

intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. This star drew night to the northwest, O’er Bethlehem it took its rest; And there it did both stop and stay, Right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Then entered in those wise men three, Full reverently upon their knee; And offered there in his presence, Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.


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Scalloped Corn 4 ears fresh corn* 1 small onion, chopped (about ¼ cup) ½ small green pepper, chopped 2 Tbsp margarine or butter 2 Tbsp flour 1 tsp salt ½ tsp paptrika ¼ tsp dry mustart Dash of pepper ¼ cup milk 1 egg, slightly beaten 1/3 cup cracker crumbs 1 Tbsp margarine or butter, melted

drained can be substituted for the fresh corn.

Cook fresh corn in cold water, with a little sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes. Take off heat and let sit in the water for 10 minutes. Drain. When cool enough to handle, cut enough kernels from cob to measure 2 cups. *1 package (10 ounces) frozen whole kernel corn, cooked and

Mix crumbs and 1 Tbsp melted margarine; sprinkle over corn. Cook uncovered in 350o oven until bubbly, 30-35 minutes. 4 servings.

Cook and stir onion and green pepper in 2 Tbsp margarine until onion is tender; remove from heat. Stir in flour, salt, paprika, mustard,and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk gradually. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in corn and egg. Pour into ungreased 1-quart casserole.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe, Help to make the season bright. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, Will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa's on his way; He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh. And every mother's child is going to spy, To see if reindeer really know how to fly. And so I'm offering this simple phrase, To kids from one to ninety-two, Although its been said many times, many ways, A very Merry Christmas to you

Cheese Scalloped Corn: Fold ½ cup shredded natural Cheddar cheese into the sauce mixture.

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night, O holy night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.

The Christmas Song

The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friends. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Gift in a Jar Christmas Brownies Mix 1 cup flour and ½ tsp salt. Either funnel or spoon into a 1 quart (4 cup) glass jar with lid. Add the following, tapping jar to settle ingredients creating a layered look: 6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, ¾ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup packed brown sugar, ¾ cup more granulated sugar, then 6 Tbsp more cocoa. Top with ½ cup chopped walnuts or toasted pecans and ¼ cup each of white and semisweet chocolate chips. Close lid. You may decorate the lid with a little Christmas material and tie the baking instructions to the lid/jar with raffia/ ribbon. Baking instructions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch square pan. Whisk brownie mix in a bowl. Stir in ½ cup melted butter, 3 beaten eggs and ½ tsp vanilla. Spread into pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in center has a few crumbs – about 35 minutes. Cool. Cut & enjoy!


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O Come, All Ye Faithful O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels; Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, Lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb; Son of the Father, begotten, Not created; Refrain Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

Refrain See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; Refrain Child, for us sinners poor And in the manger, We would embrace Thee, With love and awe; Who would not love Thee, Loving us so dearly? Refrain Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to Thee be glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing Refrain

Mistletoe and Holly Mistletoe was used many years before Common Era. It was used by the Druids to decorate their homes in celebration that winter was approaching. The early church banned the use of mistletoe, because of its pagan origins. It was suggested for them to use holly instead.

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Zucchini Quiche

An easy, make ahead dish for Christmas Breakfast/Brunch 1 ½ cups Bisquick ½ cup chopped onions ½ cup parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley ½ tsp salt ½ tsp seasoned salt ½ tsp Italian seasoning ½ tsp Oregano 1/8 tsp pepper ½ cup Mazola (corn) oil 3 cups grated zucchini 1 cup grated cheese (mix cheddar and mozza) Grated carrot Diced green pepper 5 eggs Cooked bacon (diced) or Italian sausage (removed from casing & cooked) Mix everything in one bowl – add beaten eggs last. Spread in a 9X13 pan, bake at 350o for 40-50 minutes or until brown. This dish also freezes well.

Santa Claus The original Santa Claus was born in Turkey during the 4th century, and was known as St. Nicholas. He devoted his life to Christianity, but was imprisoned by Romans. When Constantine became emperor he released him. The legend of St. Nicholas began in the 16th century when Dutch children placed their wooden shoes out, hoping “Sint Nikolass” would fill them with treats. The name “Sint Nikolass” was later shortened to “Sinterklaas”, and then to Santa Claus in English.

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