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By Angela Treharne, Arne Petryshen and Sally MacDonald Black Press Staff

Spring Tea at Isabella Dicken - Page 2 SPARWOOD

Students learn heavy duty lessons - Page 20 ENTERTAINMENT

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iberal candidate Bill Bennett has cruised to a win for the fourth straight time. The former Liberal cabinet minster had won 63 per cent of the vote as The Free Press went to print on Tuesday night. The NDP’s Norma Blissett had 36 per cent of the vote in the twohorse race. Bennett has held the Kootenay East riding since 2001 when the BC Liberals took power. His party also formed another majority government, despite broad polling throughout the election campaign and before that suggested the NDP would form a majority. At his party's celebration at the Heritage Inn in Cranbrook Tuesday night, Bennett said he was happy to hear that his party was poised to take a majority lead in the province. “I never believed that we had no chance,” Bennett said. “I always believed we had a good chance at winning.” About his own victory in the riding Bennett echoed the sentiment. “I'm really, really grateful that I won,” Bennett said. “I have a lot of support in Kootenay East. I know people personally. It's not like a big city riding where you don't know your constituents.” Bennett is currently Minister of Community, Sport and

Cultural Development and has served as a cabinet minister under both Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark. Bennett thanked those who voted for him in the Elk Valley. “ I'm particularly humbled by the support I received in the Elk Valley today, because I know that there were a lot of union workers in the coal industry and the forestry industry whose union leaders were telling them to vote NDP. I know this,” he said. “We ran into it a lot over the last 28 days, and despite that they came out to the polls, them and their families, and they voted for me. What that means to me is that it generates a trust between us. I need to perform for them. I need to represent them vigorously and effectively as I can. It means I have to fight against a park in the Flathead. It means that I have to stand up for coal mining and coal mine workers. It means that I have to support and represent the values of the people in the whole riding and they're not that much different in the Elk Valley then they are here. “This is rural Canada. This is not downtown Vancouver. You have rifles in the backs of trucks and people driving around with dogs barking, they're on their way out hunting and that's the way we live here.” Bennett is an avid hunter and fisherman. Before moving to Cranbrook, he owned and operated

Bill Bennett, the newly re-elected MLA for Kootenay East, accepts congratulations from his supporters at the B.C. Liberal gathering held at the Heritage Inn in Cranbrook, Tuesday evening, May 14. Photo by Arne Petryshen

wilderness fishing and hunting lodges in the Northwest Territories for 15 years. The only other candidate, Norma Blissett, is a high school teacher at Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Secondary. She has also worked in the forestry industry. She serves as president of Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook. She was surrounded by supporters chanting her name at Cranbrook pub Dee Dee Magee's as the election was called for Bennett Tuesday night.

“I thought we had a good chance, but obviously the voters have spoken and they wanted Mr. Bennett back,” she said. Blissett said she has been campaigning door-to-door since February, “and we’ve had other people helping in the past month, and we’ve been phoning and canvassing, and we had some good communications, so I think we ran a good campaign. It’s just the will of the people; they really wanted to support Mr. Bennett

and the B.C. Liberals. Her campaign team was hard-working and dedicated, Blissett went on. “I have had wonderful support. We have a great team of volunteers... they came through big time for me. Between all the scrutineers we had today, and people manning the office, and the sign crew did a fantastic job. So I am so pleased with all the volunteers,” she said. Like many people in British Columbia, Blissett said she was surprised the B.C.

Liberals won the province. “The last polling I was looking at on the weekend showed us being nine points ahead,” Blissett said. “I knew this would be a tough riding, Kootenay East would be hard, but I thought we had a shot. “And I felt confident that we would be forming government, so I am quite surprised.” Kootenay East has now had four liberal MLAs, six NDP and three Social Credit.

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Spring Tea is a cheesy hit By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he annual Isabella Dicken Spring Tea was as popular as ever this year, despite some controversy over menu changes. Families and friends of students enjoyed being served

cheese and biscuits, cakes and refreshments by the grade six students Wednesday morning. The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the school. As always, the line up of people waiting for their chance to have tea went out of the gym and out into the parking lot.

The school also held a book sale. The books were for students to purchase as part of the reading incentive program at the school where parents log the hours their child spends every evening reading, with a reward of a free book after they hit their target number of hours.

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Host an International Student! Add an international flavour to your home starting this fall by hosting an international student studying at Fernie Secondary School. Most students coming this September are from Germany, Mexico, Spain and Brazil and will stay for one or two semesters. Host families receive a tax-free allowance of $660 per month per student, and weekend/vacation coverage is available. Placements for September are arranged in June. For an information package, please contact Kim Hopkins at (250) 423-3191 or hopper4@telus.net.

What about Hosting 2 Students? Placements of two students from different countries are consistently very successful. We invite empty-nester parents or any family to consider a double placement.

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6th Annual Coal Miner Days Bed Races

Who: Anyone that wants to have fun! • Teen/Adult Races (13 and older) • Youth Races (under 13) What: A bed race with challenges – STOP!!! I know what you are thinking – I can’t make a bed to race. Do NOT worry! We have two beds available to all teams to be raced. Teams will draw to see which bed they will push for each race. When: Friday, June 7th, 2013 starting at 6 pm Where: Meet at Curling Rink Parking Lot at 6 pm for bed judging with races to follow judging Why: Because it’s FUN!!!!!

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Race Entry Fee: $25 per teen/adult team due on race day. There is no entry fee for the youth teams to race but they are eligible for a prize for 1st and 2nd. Entry Deadline: No deadline…but we just want an idea of how many teams to expect so please register by June 6, 2013. If you find a team on June 7, 2013 that’s okay too. Come on out and join us for the race! Late entries are allowed!

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Contact Person: Renee MacCormack 250-425-0021 or email at coalminerdays@hotmail.com Prizes: • $100 for Best Costume – sponsored by CMD Society – one prize for all entries from youth to teen to adult • Teen/Adult Race – Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will depend on the number of race entries. Entry fee will be totaled and split for prize money • Youth Race – $75 for 1st and $25 for 2nd – sponsored by CMD Society

Since the race is very fast, it is recommended that you wear good running shoes. Please no flip-flops, sandals, or bare feet. Entry forms available at Chamber of Commerce online at www.coalminerdays.co, or email coalminerdays@hotmail.com

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Monument may be in the works for misplaced burials By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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t has been nearly four months since two community members came to Fernie Council with the belief that there are additional burial sites outside of St. Margaret’s cemetery, but their concerns have not been forgotten.

Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano, along with councillors Joe Warshawsky and Dan McSkimming, paid a visit to Cherished Memories Funeral Services last Thursday to take a look at John Gawryluk and Corlyn Haarstad’s research. Gawryluk and Haarstad have spent the last 12 years gathering data and rec-

ords from the Fernie and District Historical Society, the City of Fernie, B.C. archives, newspaper articles, and obituary notices. They believe that inaccurate record keeping and the improper designation of cemetery boundaries has led to the misplacement and/or removal of 393 people that died and were buried in

Fernie. The pair presented their findings at a Committee of the Whole meeting in January attended by dozens of concerned citizens. “After the last meeting where John and his group presented to council, I made the comment that council is taking this whole issue very seriously,”

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stated Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano. “I have given it lots of thought, and now is an opportune moment when council and John and his group can work together to make a dedication happen.” She went on to say, “I would like to see something really lovely that shows the concern that this present council feels. I just believe that now is the time and I think we can make it happen. “I would love to have everybody, including the public, involved in giving us suggestions as to what they think

is appropriate to show love and respect for the people of the past.” Gawryluk and Haarstad had previously asked the City to consider the development of a memorial park or monument to honour the people buried in unmarked graves and appreciated Giuliano’s response to the issue. “We’re happy that she came to see our research, because without seeing the research you can’t wrap your head around how much information there is,” commented Haarstad. “We’re look-

ing forward to working with the City in the future to come up with a design on a monument that can be installed after the research has been completed.” Haarstad also encourages anyone interested to stop by Cherished Memories to have a look through the records and data compiled by herself and Gawryluk. Giuliano said that council will hold a meeting some time in June to further discuss a monument.

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September 9 - May 8, 2014 Registration starts April 30, 2013 at 10:00 am Mon. 1/2 Hour Class - $273.00 Mon. 3/4 Hour Class - $336.00 Tues. or Wed. or Thurs. 1/2 Hour Class - $300.00 Tues. or Wed. or Thurs. 3/4 Hour Class - $375.00 Registration Fee may be split into three equal payments. Due May 1, Sept. 11, & Jan. 8, 2014. Mondays 8-10 Year Old Tap 4:00 - 4:45 5-6 Year Old Tap 4:45 - 5:15 July 8 - 12, 2013 6-8 Year Old Jazz 5:30 - 6:00 April 8, 2013 - June 5, 2013, Ages: 6 - 9 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 8-10 Year Old Jazz 6:15 - 7:00 Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm July 15 - 19, 2013 10-14 Year Old Jazz 7:00 - 7:45 This will be a time for men fifteen and older to come out Ages: 9 - 14 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesdays and participate The in aDistrict fun game of scrimmage. Mandatory of Sparwood is pleased to announce the Melcer. “This allows ourOld brand most- 4:30 6-8 Year Balletto resonate with our4:00 July 22 - 26, 2013 equipment is helmet and gloves. Face masks/shields are also 4-5 Year Old Ballet 4:30 - 5:00 Ages: 4 5 9:00 am Noon recommended. launch of its new brand and identity. “We’re now important audience first — our own community.” 3-4 Year Old Ballet 5:15 - 5:45 Ages: 4 - 5 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Registration: $50.00 ideally positioned to clearly and consistently share our 8-10 Year Old Ballet 6:00 - 6:45 Drop In: $5.50 Registration: 9-15 Yearbranding Old Jazz Technique 6:45 The initial results of the exercise include a new- 7:30 Full Days: $230.00 community’s story,” said Terry Melcer, The District of Wednesdays Half Days: $115.00 logo, new taglines, a community website, professional Sparwood’s Chief Administrative Officer. 6-8 Year Old Stretch 4:00 - 4:30 Yearshow Old Ballet 4:45 - 5:15 August 6 - 9, 2013 images, posters, 4-5 trade materials, ads, and other Mommy & Me Dance 5:30 - 6:00 The WSI course certifies candidates to Unlike community brands, Sparwood’s has informational collateral, as Jazz well as recommendations on- 6:30 Julybrand 8 - 12, 2013 3-4 Year Old 6:00 instruct the Red Cross Swimmany programs 10-14 Year Old Ballet 6:45 - 7:30 by focusing on how to effectively The AWSI course is the national pre-requisite to the Water Safety not been developed primarily to increase tourism or how to implement the brand as the community moves teach and evaluate the performance Thursdays Instructor course. AWSI prepares candidates by providing them attract destination visitors. Rather, its brandwith development criteria set out by Red Cross. 10 Plus forward to Stretch proactively share its story. 4:00 - 4:30 a foundation of instructional skills needed to teachand Red begins 4-5 Year Old Jazz 4:30 - 5:00 Cross Swim Lessons. Pre-Requisites: is to strengthen its distinctive characteristics, demonstrate 8-10 Year Old Stretch 5:15 - 5:45 16 years old by the last day of the Pre-Requisites: “We’re not intent7-8 onYear strictly developing as a tourism6:00 - 6:30 Old Tap a desirecompleted to continue to develop economic diversity, and course, and successfully 15 years old by the last day of course. 11-14 Year Old Tap 6:30 - 7:15 AWSI. community,” to perform Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 strokes and skills. says Melcer. “But we are intent on to continue to provide a solid foundation toAble increase 9-15 Year Old Ballet Technique 7:15 - 8:00

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Search and Rescue recover injured biker By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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mountain biker was carried off the trails on a spine board yesterday afternoon after falling off his bike and hitting a tree. The 52-year-old man, from Calgary, was with a group of bikers on the Ridgemont Trails when he fell while riding downhill on the R Trail. He went over the handlebars and hit a tree, injuring his hip and back, and was not able to

move. His friends called 911 and because of the location, Fernie Search and Rescue were called to recover the man. “We were able to drive up the Ridgemont hill and leave our truck there,” said Simon Piney from Fernie Search and Rescue. “Then seven of us headed up the trails to find the biker. “Because of the way he had fallen, we were concerned for his back, even though it was mainly his hip giving him pain, so we decided to put him on a

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ake caution if your home has a faulty or sensitive alarm system. The District of Sparwood has created a new bylaw that will fine residents of the community for an excessive amount of false alarm calls. Bylaw 1120 was adopted on May 6 and outlines the fees that will be charged for repeat visits by the police when responding to a false security alarm at a household or business. Property owners will be allowed one false alarm call at no charge within each calendar year, however a second visit in the same year will come at a cost of $150. A third response will result in a fine of $300, a fourth will result in a fine of $600, and a fifth will come with a fine of $1,200. “This was requested to us from the RCMP regarding an abundance of calls taking them away from their other duties,” said Mayor Lois Halko. The Elk Valley RCMP appeared before council in March to explain that false alarm calls in the area had increased by 53 per cent since 2010, and were costing the police time that could be better spent policing the community. The bylaw and its corresponding fees will come into effect on August 1.

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spine board.” The Search and Rescue members were also able to give the man Entonox, commonly known as laughing gas, to help with the pain. Several Search and Rescue members qualified to administer the gas last year. “The training certainly paid off for this man,” said Piney. The man was carried down to the truck and taken to hospital where he had X-rays and will be sent for a CAT scan.

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Editorial by Angela Treharne

The votes are in. Whether or not you exercised your right to vote, and whether or not you are happy with the result, the majority has spoken. Both candidates made election promises – perhaps these promises won your vote. No matter what you think about the election, the results, or provincial politics, our MLA is our best chance of getting changes for the Elk Valley. Obviously, the MLA can only push for changes at the provincial level, and doesn’t have power at the federal level. The federal government is responsible for such things as national defence, foreign affairs, criminal laws, banking and issuing paper money. But provinces have the power to make laws affecting forests, hospitals, highways and municipalities. Provinces are also responsible for administering criminal laws (hiring police and establishing courthouses), even though those laws are written by the federal government. In other words, most of the things that matter locally can be affected by laws coming out of Victoria. Now it is up to the Elk Valley residents to make sure the MLA sticks to all those election promises that got him elected as our voice in Victoria. If you want to see changes, give Bill a call. Remind him about the promises he made in the run up to the election. Tell him what you want to see happen in the valley. How else will he know what the residents need? Keep pushing until you see the Elk Valley get what it needs. Bill might be our voice in Victoria, but we are the ones that put him there and we are the ones whispering in his ear.

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Letters to the Editor Be a good role model I was recently at my younger brother’s soccer practice in Fernie, listening in as the coaches were giving advice to the team. One of the boys had his pinny tied up, rather than tucked in or hanging down, and so one of the coaches said to him, “Don’t wear your pinny like that; that’s how girls wear it.” Rather than continue on with the lesson, like most probably would, one of the other coaches piped up and said, “We are inclusive here. He is a player on our team, even if he decides he wants to wear a dress to practice.” I must commend the coach who spoke up against this blatant gender stereotyping, as people are often unconcerned with stopping male gender stereotypes. I sometimes think that, with our society’s focus on the negative aspects of female gender stereotypes, we often aren't aware of how brutal male culture can be on young boys who are trying to find their identities. Negative comments aimed at ‘masculinizing’ boys are far too common, especially in sports, and can do real damage to boys’ characters. I am sure that the coach who made the initial comment did not mean any harm to the boys of his team, but I am pleased to see that there are positive male role models in Fernie who are willing to stand up against this type of injustice.

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Wow! What a great performance. I attended the first night of three performances and was impressed by the talent of the six cast members. Virginia Robinson was fabulous as Truvy with her quick wit and wonderful presence. The make-up, clothes and shoes were so vibrant, so unlike how Virginia dresses yet she played the part to a tee. I will remember her great one-liner, as Truvy made a statement in regards to doctors, “what do they know?” Sandra Summerfield, M’Lynn, was incredible as she made me feel many Adam R. MacDonald things, as a mother can do. She was Fernie opinionated and compassionate almost at the same time. She made me laugh and she made me cry. She brought out a huge range of emotion in me and the entire audience. Shelby Eatenton, the young woman played by Shelby Knudsen was the daughter who told her mother that she would rather have This week’s poll question: Are you happy with the result of the provincial election? 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special. I This web poll is informal, not scientific. It reflects opinions of site visitors who voluntarily participate. Results may not represent the opinions of the public could feel her desire as a whole. to have a baby as she Black Press is not responsible for the statistical accuracy of opinions expressed here. took the chance to get

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what she wanted and ultimately paid the price. It was very evident that Heather Boyd embraced the character Clairee. She was spontaneous, whimsical, caring and, on occasion, selfish. A very likeable character who loves life. Lynda Bird is far from the crabby character she portrayed as Ouiser. She was fabulous with her door slamming, her impatience and got our attention as soon as she came on stage. Yet she had a compassionate side that is certainly more like her soft-spoken, kind self. Annelle played by Liza Gareau Tosh was a very likeable, in-the-background kind of character. Yet when she needed to make a point she did with a lot of emotion. What a group of talented women! I feel so fortunate to live in a community with so much to offer. The Fernie & District Arts Council provides us with so many choices to expand our creative side as well as entertainment that is second-to-none. Thank you to Denise Baughan for directing this great performance. Hats off to the continued efforts of Courtney Baker and Jenn Woods for bringing so many good things to our community. Since this production I have become a member of the FDAC/The Arts Station. I feel it is important to support such a wonderful group who offers so much to me and my community. Val Luznar-Purdy Fernie


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Shred Kelly scoop two awards at the 2013 KMA’s from 16- to 17-years old, was named Artist of The Year, as well as Best Roots and Blues artist. Too young to legally enter Spiritbar in Nelson, where the awards were handed out Friday night, one of the band members' dad accepted the trophies on their behalf.

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ernie's Shred Kelly came home with the award for Song of the Year and Best Live Act at the Kootenay Music Awards, held in Nelson Friday night. Kootenay Music Award nominees were shortlisted by a panel of five music industry pros, then the public had a chance to vote daily online for their favourites. The awards went to the artists who collected the most votes. Cranbrook youth band The Good Ol' Goats were the biggest winners. Shred Kelly took home Song of the Year and Best Live Act at the The six-piece bluegrass band, Kootenay Music Awards. Submitted photo whose members range in age

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Mondays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 1:00pm- Dominoes Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm – Bridge Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Tuesdays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am start – Ladies Day (morning group) at Fernie Golf & Country Club • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 1:30pm- Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmStorytime Fernie Library • 3:00pm start – Ladies Day (afternoon group) at Fernie Golf & Country Club • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00 pm start – Men’s Night at Sparwood Golf Club • 5:00 pm start – Men’s Night at Indian Springs Ranch in

Eureka • 6:30pm- Ladies Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:30 pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre

Wednesdays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmStorytime Fernie Library • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 3:00 pm start – Men’s Night at Fernie Golf & Country Club • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00 pm start – Ladies Night at Sparwood Golf Club • 5:00 pm start – Ladies Night at Indian Springs Ranch, Eureka • 6:30pm to 8:00 pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Thursdays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood

Library Open to Public • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:30 am – Sparwood Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm- Youth Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Fridays

• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15 am- Aqua Blast Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 9:30 am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:00am to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 11:00am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pmStorytime Fernie Heritage Library • 3:30pm to 4:45pm- After School Program for Kids at the Fernie Library • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre

• 4:00pm to 5:30pm- Free Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00pm to 9:00pm- Teen/ Adult Swim Elkford Pool

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• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00pm to 5:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:30pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 4:00pm to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie & Sparwood Legions • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 5:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

Sundays

• 12:00pm to 2:00pm- Family Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 2:00pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

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Caregiver Seminar: Getting to Know Dementia, EV Hospital Boardroom, Fernie, 9am-3pm Reading & Conversation with Fernie Author Angie Abdou, Grasmere Pioneer Hall, 6-9pm EV Minor Hockey Assoc., AGM, Elkford Com. Conference Centre, 6:00pm No School Friday Art Madness, Fernie Arts Station, 9am-noon Life Drawing Weekend Workshop at The Arts Station Victoria Day Ladies Opening at the Fernie Golf & Country Club Fernie Ghostriders AGM, Annex Room in the Arena, 7:00pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7:00pm Fernie & District Historical Society, 7:00pm, Fernie Museum Robin Spano, “Death’s Last Run”, Fernie Library, 7:00pm A Night of Classic Rock (Brian Pottie) at Infinitea, Fernie, 7:00pm The Abramson Singers, Fernie Arts Station, 8:00pm District of Elkford Open House, Community Conference Centre, 10am-3pm (BBQ 11:30am-1:30pm) Creative Energy Arts presents Aladdin, FSS Traynor Hall, 7:00pm The Arts Station AGM, 7:00pm Creative Energy Arts presents Aladdin, FSS Traynor Hall, 7:00pm Sand Creek Seniors Strawberry Tea, Seniors Centre, Rosen Lake Road, 11am-2pm Spring Bike Blitz, Kids Bike Race & Fernie Mountain Bike Club AGM, Elks Hall Fernie Legion Roast Pork Dinner, sign up by May 23rd Elkford Council Meeting, 6:00pm Fernie Council Meeting, 7:00pm Committee of the Whole Meeting, Sparwood Council, 7:00pm Development Forum Luncheon, Elkford Community Conference Centre, 12:00-2:00pm Kevin Armstrong’s Opera for Heathens, Fernie Arts Station, 7:30pm Gallery Opening Reception for Karen Tamminga Paton & Kari Lehr, Arts Station, 7-9pm

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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

Just a reminder to everyone, the use of pesticides is prohibited on City-owned and residential property in the City of Fernie.

Pesticide Use Control Bylaw No. 2093, 2010 regulates the use of non-essential pesticides within the City. The purpose of the bylaw is to reduce the amount of pesticides used for nonessential purposes on outdoor plants and grass and further, prohibits the use of pesticides for maintaining outdoor trees, shrubs, flowers, turf or other ornamental plants.

991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254

For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Some pesticides are still permitted under this bylaw, to learn more visit: www.fernie.ca to get a list of pesticides that you can still use

250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

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Fernie Aquatic Centre Spring 2013 Swim Schedule March 24 to June 2, 2013 Public Swim Times Monday through Friday 6:30 am - 1:00 pm 3:30 - 8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday 2 pm - 8 pm Water Slide Hours Mon - Fri, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Sat & Sun, 3:30 - 8:00 pm Water Fit Classes Active Fit Mon/Wed, 8:30 - 9:15 am Fri 8:30 - 9:15 am Gentle Fit Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:30 - 11:15 am $2.50 Swim 7:30 - 8:00 pm Daily. 250-423-4466 ext “0” - www.fernie.ca

Please do not dump garbage outside of the gates or at the previous location as this creates wildlife attractants which promotes an increase in bear activity, thereby creating a risk to the safety of the public in the neighborhood or vicinity. Hours of Operation Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Closed Statutory Holidays

Bears in and around our Community

We want to encourage residents to practice proper horticulture and have healthy natural lawns; for a healthy natural lawn is more resistant to pests, drought and other conditions. Is “brown the new green”, find the fine balance between function and esthetics? What can we do to preserve and better our earth, now and for future generations? Reduce your environmental footprint by practicing the following techniques: • Mow high and keep your mower blades sharp • Aerating, top dressing, and over seeding all help • Use proper watering techniques to reduce outside watering • Eliminate unnecessary pesticide use.

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The City of Fernie would like to remind residents that the Fernie Transfer Station, operated by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), moved to 6000 Highway 3, across from Brenner Road.

The City of Fernie reminds residents to store their garbage in a secure garage or shed or inside your house until collection day. Excess garbage may be taken to the Transfer Station located on Hwy 3 at Brenner Rd across from Home Hardware, Mon-Fri (9 am - 5 pm) and Sat-Sun (10 am - 4 pm). Waste & Regulation Bylaw No. 1845 It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that there are no unnatural food sources available to attract bears into residential areas. The Waste & Regulation Bylaw No. 1845 specifies that: It is unlawful to accumulate, place or store wildlife attractants (garbage, food products, food waste and other

SPRING CLEANUP May 21st to May 31st

The City of Fernie is offering a FREE Spring Pickup within City limits for

“LAWN AND GARDEN WASTE”

Garden refuse, tree and brush clippings, leaves and grass clippings will be picked up. All loose waste must be contained in bags, branches must be securely bundled and tied. Please place your waste at the curb by 7:00 a.m. in the same location as your garbage pickup in all areas except the Annex and Maintown, which will be picked up in the alley. Pickup Schedule • Maintown: Tues May 21 & Wed May 22 • Ridgemont, Pine Grove, Fernie Mobile Home Park & Castle Mountain: Thurs May 23 & Fri May 24 • Parkland Terrace & Alpine Trails: Mon May 27 • Mt. View & Park Ave: Tues May 28 & Wed May 29 • Annex & Riverside: Thurs May 30 & Fri May 31

SENIORS!

In addition to our Spring Cleanup we have a special service just for seniors! If you have large items you wish to have picked up (appliances, furniture, mattresses, etc.) REGISTER at City Hall 250-423-6817 and we will take these large items for you.

accessible, edible products or waste that attracts wildlife) under your carport, on your deck, in your backyard or in such a manner as to promote an increase in bear activity, thereby creating a risk to the safety of the public in the neighborhood or vicinity. By complying with this bylaw and keeping your property free of attractants (garbage and bird feeders), bears will move on resulting in a safer community and avoiding the unnecessary destruction of bears. Your help and compliance is appreciated. Keep our community safe. Manage your garbage, fruit trees and other bear attractants responsibly.

Turbidity in Our Water

May 14, 2013 - Water Quality Rating “Fair” The City of Fernie reminds the public that due to normal snowmelt conditions and in the event of heavy rains Turbidity levels in our water may fluctuate throughout the spring season. During these fluctuations the City of Fernie will issue public notices advising of the water quality ratings. For current ratings check the City’s homepage at www.fernie.ca. If you or your business would like to receive this notification via email or fax please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817.

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Upcoming Meetings of Council (in Council Chambers)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Monday, May 27, 2013 Monday, June 3, 2013 Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Regular Meeting at 7:00 pm Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm Regular Meeting HAS BEEN CANCELLED Special Meeting at 7:00 pm

Prescribed Burning

The District of Sparwood will be burning brush piles west of Sycamore Road and west of Cherrywood Subdivision in Sparwood Heights throughout May, when conditions are favourable.

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT Private and semi-private swimming lessons are ideal for those families with busy schedules. If your child learns better one on one, wants to learn faster, needs to master a couple of skills to advance to the next swim level or likes the privacy of one to one lessons, then private or semi private lessons might be for you. Lessons will be arranged with participant and instructor. Cost: $22.50 per Half Hour Lesson or $99.00 for 5 Half Hour Lessons

It is that time of year again when people want to have a fire in their back yard. Please note that it is a requirement of the District of Sparwood that you first obtain a fire pit permit. These are available at the Main Office free of charge and need to be renewed every year.

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RESIDENTIAL SPRING CLEANUP Begins Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Any person wishing to take advantage of this service is required to register at the District Office no later than Friday, May 17, 2013 and pay the required fee of $20.00. Seniors 65 and over receive this service free of charge. Please register in person or by calling the District Office. **Limit of 1 Pickup Truck Load per household** All refuse including household furniture; white goods, metal and wood will be picked up including fridges, freezers or air conditioners. All refuse for disposal must be separated and placed just outside property line and piled in such a manner that it can be picked up with a loader. Small branches must be tied or secured in bundles. The following items WILL NOT be picked up: Batteries Oil or used oil filters Tires over 16” in diameter

GARBAGE PICKUP SCHEDULE There will be NO GARBAGE PICKUP ON Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2013 Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

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Trees and large branches Vehicles Construction refuse

VICTORIA DAY GARBAGE PICK UP

Special Wastes as defined by the Ministry of Environment

April 8 - June 5th, 2013 Mondays & Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm Ball hockey for men of all skill levels. A fun game of scrimmage. Mandatory equipment is helmets and gloves. Face masks/shields are also recommended. Registration: $50.00 Drop In: $5.50

SUMMER DANCE CAMP

Each day will consist of a selection of mini classes. Dancers will be exposed to a variety of different styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, musical theatre and lyrical, along with stretching classes. History of dance, goal setting and personal best coaching classes will be a focus for the oldest age group. A dance inspired craft will add an element of fun to the middle age category and a short dance story will be read to wrap up each half session for our youngest dancers. Register soon to avoid disappointment, as there are a limited number of spaces available. July 8 - 12, 2013 Ages: 6 - 9 9:00 am - 4:00 pm July 15 - 19, 2013 Ages: 9 - 14 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Recyclable material (must be taken to recycling depots) ALL REFUSE MUST BE OUT BY 8:00AM ON TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

SENIOR’S BIRTHDAY BOOK

Sparwood commemorates seniors turning 75 years of age The District of Sparwood recognizes the contribution that seniors make to our community. Those Sparwood seniors who have, or will, reach the age of 75 years this year are invited to attend a Council Meeting to sign our “Senior’s Birthday Book”. They will also receive a lilac lapel pin (Sparwood’s flower) that has been specially made to commemorate the occasion. Please notify the District of Sparwood Municipal Office by June 7, 2013 if you, or someone you know has turned 75 years of age or will be turning 75 this year. We will then send an invitation to the recipient to attend the June 17, 2013 Regular Meeting of Council. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend. The “Senior’s Birthday Book” will be kept at the Municipal Office as part of our community’s heritage records. Please ensure that you or your loved one becomes part of Sparwood’s history. For further information, please contact the District Office.

July 22 - 26, 2013 Ages: 4 - 5 9:00 am - Noon Ages: 4 - 5 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Registration: Full Days: $230.00 Half Days: $115.00

ASSISTANT WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR July 8 - 12, 2013 The AWSI course is the national pre-requisite to the Water Safety Instructor course. AWSI prepares candidates by providing them with a foundation of instructional skills needed to teach Red Cross Swim Lessons. Pre-Requisites: 15 years old by the last day of course. Able to perform Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 strokes and skills.


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Sparwood forms OCP Community Planning Team By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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new Official Community Plan (OCP) is in the works for Sparwood and the District has formed an OCP Community Planning Team to help. The OCP provides a long term vision for the community and was last updated in 2002. The District is working on a rewrite to deal with the inadequacy of the current OCP, the need to develop a future land use strategy that corresponds to anticipated growth in various sectors, as well as an interest in

improving the livability of the community. Golder Associates Ltd. is assisting the District with the update and the OCP Community Planning Team will provide input into the planning stages of the rewrite and participate in public engagement events. At a council meeting on Monday, mayor and council appointed five community members to serve on the planning team; Tracey Brook-Baker, Jenna Jensen, Tracy Kaisner, Cal McDougall, and Nicole Palone. Mayor Lois Halko and

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The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Jennifer and Wilma Hutchinson to discharge Land Use Contract R21546 from their property title. If the discharge is approved, the property will no longer be subject to the restrictions of the land use contract, and development of the property will be subject to RDEK zoning bylaw regulations only. The subject property is located on Stephenson Road and is shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2449 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Land Use Contract Bylaw No. 5, 1977 – Amendment Bylaw No. 4, 2013 (Hosmer / Hutchinson)” will discharge the Land Use Contract and all amendments thereto from Lot 2, District Lot 4589, Kootenay District, Plan 12000. A public hearing will be held at: Hosmer Community Centre Front Street & 6th Avenue Hosmer, BC Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area A, the City of Fernie and the District of Sparwood. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician at 250-489-0306, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email tvandewiel@rdek.bc.ca.

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Three valley mine rescue teams head to provincials

Finning in Sparwood hosted the East Kootenay Zone Surface Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition on Saturday. Photo by P. Spohr By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he Elk Valley mining industry’s high safety standards were displayed last Saturday, May 11 at the East Kootenay Zone Surface Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition. The annual competition is hosted locally by the East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association (EKMISA) and gives teams the opportunity to be judged on how they would deal with five skill challenges – First Aid, Fire, Bench, Rope and a general – or ‘Other’ task. In the surface mine rescue category, Teck’s Coal Mountain Operations took first place in the Six Person Team event, while Teck’s Greenhills Operations took second place. Greenhills Operations took

first place in the Three Person First Aid event and Teck’s Line Creek Operations took second place. Scott Shalaton of Coal Mountain had the highest score in the written test and Loren Langille was named the best captain for his leadership of Greenhills Operations team. Greenhills and Coal Mountain Operations will now compete in the Six Person Team event at the provincial competition in Revelstoke, and Greenhills and Line Creek Operations will compete in the provincial Three Person First Aid event. In the Level Three First Aid competition, sponsored by Staying Alive Academy, SMS Elkford won first place and immediately donated their $1,000 prize money to Mining for Miracles, the mining industry’s campaign to raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital.

The Canfor team from Elko took second place. Volunteers from across the Elk Valley mining companies also formed an exhibition team for this category, called Team Miracle which aims to raise the profile of mine rescue while also raising money for the Mining for Miracles campaign. Team Miracle was given the Novice trophy. Two teams from Sparwood Junior Firefighters competed in the intermediate first aid competition. The Annihilators were awarded first place, and The Eradicators came in second. The awards were presented at a banquet for 350 people at Fernie Community Centre. Around a dozen volunteers helped Fording River Operations organize the event, which was held at Finning in Sparwood.

Did You Know? Summer Safety

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Summer is a good time to kick back, relax and have fun. If alcohol is part of your summer plans keep a few important points in mind. These points can also be used year round to avoid potentially harmful situations. KNOW YOUR LIMIT – monitor your drinking. Spacing drinks, by keeping at least an hour between standard drinks (341ml of 5% beer/142ml of 12% wine/43ml of 40%). Adult women are recommended to limit intake to 3 standard drinks, while adult males are recommended to limit intake to 4 standard drinks in one day. If you are driving, or operating any machinery, not drinking is always safest.

AVOID MIXING – Mixing drugs and alcohol can have devastating consequences. Illegal drugs are not monitored; therefore it is difficult to know what you are ingesting. Consult your physician when considering mixing prescription medication and over the counter medication with alcohol. Often medication and alcohol do not mix. KEEP AN EYE ON EACH OTHER – remember safety in numbers. Do not allow your friends to go with people you do not know or trust. Ensure at least one person in the group is sober to drive home. BE PREPARED –carry a cell phone and let people know where you are. Extra clothes, food and water are always a good idea.

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society has sponsored this column. The intent of this column is to provide information and to encourage healthy choices. Free, confidential services are available to anyone dealing with their own or someone else’s substance addiction or misuse. For more information contact 250-423-4423, 1-800-644-6144 or visit www.ekass.com


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Take it from a pro: golf lessons

efore diving into a lake or racing down a mountain on skis, it is highly advisable, even essential, to take some lessons. The same recommendation applies to people interested in playing golf. You’ll have a lot more fun if you learn the basics of the game and the right techniques before you venture out for your first

round. Many golf schools offer lessons to all calibers of golfer. Beginners can become familiar with the equipment and the different aspects of the game, while regular golfers will have the opportunity to develop their skills and improve their techniques. As for experienced golfers,

they can sharpen their game with a few refresher lessons to refine certain movements and techniques. Over the last few years, technological developments have improved teaching tools for golf pros, enabling them to round off lessons in the practical aspects of the game. More and more sophisticated video technology allows your

swing to be analyzed and then corrected where necessary.

The Green Tee restaurant opens up for the season on May 17th, pop on down and try one of Julies famous sandwiches! Cobra and Cleveland demo day Tuesday May 28th try before you buy Men’s Night every Tuesday night from 5pm Ladies Night every Wednesday night 5pm Enjoy a fun social golf evening in a relaxing atmosphere. Make sure that you "Like" us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SparwoodGolfClub We will be doing draws to Win Free rounds etc.

Even during the season, don’t hesitate to go back to the practice range and spend an hour or two following the advice of a pro...

As in all sporting disciplines, physical fitness plays a major role in golf. So, before starting your season, it is important to prepare your body. A golf pro can guide you in your choice of exercises to help you avoid injury, and a few lessons will also help you to get back into the rhythm and perfect your technique. After this, be

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before you even step up to the teeing ground, it is time to seriously reflect on what is happening. First, identify your problem areas with precision, and pay attention to which clubs were used on your missed shots. Once this is done, the first thing to correct is your choice of club or combination of clubs. For example, if you are having problems

teeing off with a 1 wood, change to a 3 or 5 wood. Sacrifice a bit of distance for precision. You will always come out ahead. If you are having difficulty with your second shot, using a club that you do not control very well, aim to place your ball at a distance where you feel comfortable. How many times do golfers use their 1 wood, and place some 75 yards

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For all types of golfers, the mental aspect of the game is an important factor. Here again, your golf pro can give you tricks to improve your concentration and be better able to forget about the shots you miss. The most important thing, after all, is to enjoy the game and appreciate your improvements as the season goes on.

How to better manage your game!

ven if you have an excellent h i t t i n g technique, the way you manage your game greatly influences your final result, which is your score. How many people play 15 good holes and always under-perform on the other three? The same mistakes are often repeated on the same holes. If you keep choosing the same club each time and you expect the same result

a pro in order to perfect your routine and regain your confidence.

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from the green, without realizing that this distance is one of the most difficult shots for them to execute? In this case, start with a fairway wood to place the ball a shorter distance, at least 100 yards from the green. This game strategy respects your comfort zone and minimizes one of your weak points. In golf, you must maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. Only you can identify them and it is different for every golfer. Opt for your personal comfort zone and forget about playing golf “by-thebook”.


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By Kathy Murray Elk Valley Bear Aware

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hank you to Elk Valley residents who are making efforts to bearproof their properties. There have been no recent reported bear sightings in Elk Valley communities. There is plenty of natural food for bears to forage on in the surrounding wilderness. Securing wildlife attractants (garbage, barbecues, birdfeeders, compost) will help keep our communities safe and wildlife wild by enabling them to make use of natural habitat. Bear sightings have been reported on recreational trails.

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• A grizzly bear was reported on Uprooted bike trail in Fernie. Remember, the safest bear encounter is the one prevented.

Travel in groups and during daylight, make noise to warn bears of your presence, carry bear spray and know how to use it. Please report all bear sightings a n d incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-9527277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and bears to encourage bear use of natural habitats and food sources before the bear becomes habituated and/or a safety concern. For more information please visit www.bearaware.bc.ca and elkvalleybearaware.wordpress. com or follow us on Facebook.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to the volunteers that selflessly gave their time to make this event possible! You know who you are and please accept our deepest gratitude for your commitment of time to help us out during Comedy Night 2013! Thank you to Sparwood Esso, Sparwood Chamber of Commerce and The Free Press for selling tickets for this event and to Sparwood Curling Club for allowing us to use their ice machine.

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DRINKING WATER WEEK When you turn on your tap and clean, safe water comes out, do you ever stop to think about how it gets there and where it goes when you’re finished with it? BC Water & Waste Association and the Province of BC have proclaimed Drinking Water Week from May 20 – 26, 2013. Celebrate this exciting week by learning more about your water and what you can do to protect it. We challenge you to get to know your H2O! www.drinkingwaterweek.org

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hen you turn on your tap and clean, safe water comes out, do you ever wonder how it got there or what happens to it when it goes down the drain? Or why you should care? “We may think we have enough water for our needs in BC but that is not always the case. Our water is finite, and the demand is increasing due to climate change, population growth and industry needs,” says Daisy Foster, CEO of the 4,700-member BC Water & Waste Association. “Although the expenses may not be apparent, there are significant costs, energy and human input required to treat our drinking water to be clean and safe, deliver it to our taps, and manage the wastewater that goes down the drain.” She adds, “New regulations and aging infrastructure such as pipes and treatment systems will mean upgrades and replacements and this is something we are all going to have to pay for.” During Drinking Water Week, May 20 – 26, BC Water & Waste Association asks you to ‘Get to Know Your H2O’ and think about the impact of your everyday habits. “We forget that we use the same treated drinking water

to wash our cars and water our lawns. We flush our toilets and away it goes with whatever we put down there,” says Foster. “Just a few simple changes such as watering our lawns less, using rain barrels, installing water efficient fixtures or appliances, and not putting harmful substances down our drains can make a big difference.” For example, detergents, paint, medications, and many other household products end up at wastewater treatment plants where special processes are required to minimize the impact on the environment and receiving waters. Fats, oils and grease that we put down our drains can often cause blockages in sewer lines resulting in costly repairs. Foster says, “During Drinking Water Week, get involved and learn more about your water and the impact of your actions. Start by taking the Community Water Challenge and pledge to be water wise.” The five easy pledges can be taken online. People can also find out about community events such as tours of water and wastewater treatment facilities in their area, or download fun and educational activities for children and families, at www.drinkingwaterweek. org.

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True and False: Test your water knowledge! 1.

British Columbians use more water than other Canadians.

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Are you water wise? Take the Community Water Challenge and enter to win an exciting water-themed getaway in Vancouver courtesy of The Fairmont Waterfront and Helijet, plus receive 10% off water efficient fixtures at Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres across BC! It’s simple – just pledge to take one or all of the water wise actions below. Make your pledge at:

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□ I will limit my shower time to 5 minutes per day. □ I will install a water efficient fixture or appliance in my home. □ I will use less water outdoors by giving my lawn only the amount of water it needs (2.5 cm of water each week, or the height of a tuna can). □ I will turn off the tap when brushing my teeth, scrubbing dishes, shaving, or during any other water wasting activity. □ I will not put harmful substances such as cleaners, paints, pesticides and grease down my drain.

For more water wise tips and ‘Did You Knows’, and to download educational activities for your home or classroom, visit www.drinkingwaterweek.org.

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■ The average British Columbian uses 353 litres of water per day, yet thinks they use less than 200 litres per day.* ■ 78 per cent of British Columbians would fix an internet outage within a day, but only 50 per cent would fix a leaky faucet within the same time frame.* ■ Replacing an 18-litre-per-flush toilet with an ultra low volume 6-litre or less model leads to a 66% savings in water flushed and will reduce indoor water use by about 30%.  *RBC 2013 Canadian Water Attitudes Study.

Celebrate Drinking Water Week! Protecting our water supply and quality What is Turbidity and why do we have it?

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ANSWERS: 1.True: British Columbians use an average of 353 litres of water per day; the average Canadian uses 274 litres of water per day.* 2. True: To find out if your toilet is leaking, put two or three drops of food colouring in the tank at the back of the toilet, and wait a few minutes. If the colour shows up in the bowl, there’s a leak. 3. False: Watering your lawn thoroughly once per week rather than lightly at a greater frequency will strengthen the roots and promote a greener, healthier lawn.

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10am - 3pm Elkford Community Conference Centre

Come learn about your drinking water through interactive displays.

Got questions? We've got answers!

Where does our water come from? The City of Fernie water system relies upon Fairy Creek as its main water source for serving the municipality and West Fernie. The Fairy Creek source is essentially a spring that is enclosed by a structure that directs water into a pipeline that supplies the system. The water is chlorinated and then piped to your tap for consumption. To ensure supplies during peak usage periods, the City constructed a new Northwest Reservoir to replace the Ridgemont Reservoir. This reservoir is able to hold a larger supply of water.

Turbidity is a water quality term that refers to the relative clarity of water and occurs when fine suspended particles of clay, silt, organic and inorganic matter, plankton, and other microscopic organisms are picked up by water as it passes through our watershed. Turbidity levels are typically much higher in water from surface water sources such as streams, rivers, and lakes than from groundwater sources. Because surface water sources can exhibit high turbidity levels during periods of high rainfall or snowmelt (e.g. spring runoff) we typically have times of high turbidity in the spring time. Measured in nephelometric turbidity units (NTU), turbidity ranges from less than 1 NTU to more than 1,000 NTU. At 5 NTU water is visibly cloudy; at 25 NTU it’s murky.

In addition to the Fairy Creek water source, the City is working hard to construct a new well in James White Park. This means that during periods of high turbidity we can access this secondary water source for quality, safe and secure water. Despite the apparent wealth of fresh water in the Columbia Basin, increasing human activities, population growth and climate change are all placing pressure on this precious resource. As a community, Fernie has set a target of 20 percent reduction in our water consumption by the year 2015. Working toward this goal, the City has constructed two new Pressure Reduction Stations and has a continuing program for leak detection in our water lines. By reducing pressure and fixing leaks we can reduce the volume of water loss and preserve the life of our infrastructure.

Take a Public Tour of our Water Supply Facility The City of Fernie is offering public tours to interested groups and citizens who would like to know more about our water source and what process the water goes through before it comes to your tap. Call City Hall at 250-423-6817 for more details.

We need you to be Watersmart too! How can you make a difference? • • • • •

Think ‘water efficiency’ next time you buy products like washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, irrigation systems, taps and toilets. Fix dripping taps; usually it’s an easy job to replace the washer. Landscape using native or drought-resistant plants that minimize water use. Collect rainwater for watering the garden. Water the roots of your plants, instead of the leaves. Visit the Living Water Smart website and learn more about how you can live watersmart!

Would you like to receive an email advising of Water Quality Notifications? Email City Hall cityhall@fernie.ca or call 250-423-6817 to be added to the notification list.


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hen you turn on your tap and clean, safe water comes out, do you ever wonder how it got there or what happens to it when it goes down the drain? Or why you should care? “We may think we have enough water for our needs in BC but that is not always the case. Our water is finite, and the demand is increasing due to climate change, population growth and industry needs,” says Daisy Foster, CEO of the 4,700-member BC Water & Waste Association. “Although the expenses may not be apparent, there are significant costs, energy and human input required to treat our drinking water to be clean and safe, deliver it to our taps, and manage the wastewater that goes down the drain.” She adds, “New regulations and aging infrastructure such as pipes and treatment systems will mean upgrades and replacements and this is something we are all going to have to pay for.” During Drinking Water Week, May 20 – 26, BC Water & Waste Association asks you to ‘Get to Know Your H2O’ and think about the impact of your everyday habits. “We forget that we use the same treated drinking water

to wash our cars and water our lawns. We flush our toilets and away it goes with whatever we put down there,” says Foster. “Just a few simple changes such as watering our lawns less, using rain barrels, installing water efficient fixtures or appliances, and not putting harmful substances down our drains can make a big difference.” For example, detergents, paint, medications, and many other household products end up at wastewater treatment plants where special processes are required to minimize the impact on the environment and receiving waters. Fats, oils and grease that we put down our drains can often cause blockages in sewer lines resulting in costly repairs. Foster says, “During Drinking Water Week, get involved and learn more about your water and the impact of your actions. Start by taking the Community Water Challenge and pledge to be water wise.” The five easy pledges can be taken online. People can also find out about community events such as tours of water and wastewater treatment facilities in their area, or download fun and educational activities for children and families, at www.drinkingwaterweek. org.

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British Columbians use more water than other Canadians.

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Are you water wise? Take the Community Water Challenge and enter to win an exciting water-themed getaway in Vancouver courtesy of The Fairmont Waterfront and Helijet, plus receive 10% off water efficient fixtures at Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres across BC! It’s simple – just pledge to take one or all of the water wise actions below. Make your pledge at:

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For more water wise tips and ‘Did You Knows’, and to download educational activities for your home or classroom, visit www.drinkingwaterweek.org.

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■ The average British Columbian uses 353 litres of water per day, yet thinks they use less than 200 litres per day.* ■ 78 per cent of British Columbians would fix an internet outage within a day, but only 50 per cent would fix a leaky faucet within the same time frame.* ■ Replacing an 18-litre-per-flush toilet with an ultra low volume 6-litre or less model leads to a 66% savings in water flushed and will reduce indoor water use by about 30%.  *RBC 2013 Canadian Water Attitudes Study.

Celebrate Drinking Water Week! Protecting our water supply and quality What is Turbidity and why do we have it?

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ANSWERS: 1.True: British Columbians use an average of 353 litres of water per day; the average Canadian uses 274 litres of water per day.* 2. True: To find out if your toilet is leaking, put two or three drops of food colouring in the tank at the back of the toilet, and wait a few minutes. If the colour shows up in the bowl, there’s a leak. 3. False: Watering your lawn thoroughly once per week rather than lightly at a greater frequency will strengthen the roots and promote a greener, healthier lawn.

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Where does our water come from? The City of Fernie water system relies upon Fairy Creek as its main water source for serving the municipality and West Fernie. The Fairy Creek source is essentially a spring that is enclosed by a structure that directs water into a pipeline that supplies the system. The water is chlorinated and then piped to your tap for consumption. To ensure supplies during peak usage periods, the City constructed a new Northwest Reservoir to replace the Ridgemont Reservoir. This reservoir is able to hold a larger supply of water.

Turbidity is a water quality term that refers to the relative clarity of water and occurs when fine suspended particles of clay, silt, organic and inorganic matter, plankton, and other microscopic organisms are picked up by water as it passes through our watershed. Turbidity levels are typically much higher in water from surface water sources such as streams, rivers, and lakes than from groundwater sources. Because surface water sources can exhibit high turbidity levels during periods of high rainfall or snowmelt (e.g. spring runoff) we typically have times of high turbidity in the spring time. Measured in nephelometric turbidity units (NTU), turbidity ranges from less than 1 NTU to more than 1,000 NTU. At 5 NTU water is visibly cloudy; at 25 NTU it’s murky.

In addition to the Fairy Creek water source, the City is working hard to construct a new well in James White Park. This means that during periods of high turbidity we can access this secondary water source for quality, safe and secure water. Despite the apparent wealth of fresh water in the Columbia Basin, increasing human activities, population growth and climate change are all placing pressure on this precious resource. As a community, Fernie has set a target of 20 percent reduction in our water consumption by the year 2015. Working toward this goal, the City has constructed two new Pressure Reduction Stations and has a continuing program for leak detection in our water lines. By reducing pressure and fixing leaks we can reduce the volume of water loss and preserve the life of our infrastructure.

Take a Public Tour of our Water Supply Facility The City of Fernie is offering public tours to interested groups and citizens who would like to know more about our water source and what process the water goes through before it comes to your tap. Call City Hall at 250-423-6817 for more details.

We need you to be Watersmart too! How can you make a difference? • • • • •

Think ‘water efficiency’ next time you buy products like washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, irrigation systems, taps and toilets. Fix dripping taps; usually it’s an easy job to replace the washer. Landscape using native or drought-resistant plants that minimize water use. Collect rainwater for watering the garden. Water the roots of your plants, instead of the leaves. Visit the Living Water Smart website and learn more about how you can live watersmart!

Would you like to receive an email advising of Water Quality Notifications? Email City Hall cityhall@fernie.ca or call 250-423-6817 to be added to the notification list.


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High school students learn heavy duty lessons By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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select group of students from Fernie Secondary, Sparwood Secondary, and Elkford Secondary schools got the chance to get behind the wheels of some real life, heavy duty equipment this week. Project Heavy Duty saw eight students from each school spend four days learning safe heavy equipment operation, while gaining some valuable safety certifications at the same time. The program starts off with a day of First Aid Occupational Level 1 training and a day touring Teck’s Elk View Mine Operations and Finning. It’s on days three and four that the real fun starts. A makeshift work site is set up at a gravel pit in Sparwood where the students try out everything from bulldozers and cranes to excavators and dump trucks. “We’re hoping they get a real sense of the importance of due dili-

gence and safety,” commented Brian Conrad, Regional Transitions Coordinator with College of the Rockies. “We also hope that they learn the value first hand from future employers of a strong work ethic and things as simple as being on time, wearing the correct safety gear, asking questions if they’re not sure how to operate something, and basically conducting themselves in a safe manner so they can work their whole life without serious injury.” The program is a partnership between School District 5, College of the Rockies, Work Safe BC, and several Elk Valley industry-based companies like Teck, Finning, SMS Equipment, and Mainroad, plus the Districts of Sparwood and Elkford, and the City of Fernie. Conrad believes the program is hugely beneficial not only to the students, but to the many organizations that volunteer their time and equipment. “There are several other very

important purposes and goals. One is improved communication between all sectors in the community - people who often don’t get time to talk to each other like teachers, employers, government agencies like Work Safe BC, and the college.” He went on to say, “It’s really neat that the youth here are seen as so valuable. We know that there is a shortage of labour, and particularly skilled labour and trades people, everywhere in the western world, and notably in industrial places like the Elk Valley. “So it’s hopefully a benefit to the employers too that the motivation comes to the students to say hey, there’s a really good career in mining, or mining contracting, and I’m going to stick around and find good work here.” Project Heavy Duty runs every two years in the Elk Valley and students that attend receive two credits for Work Experience 12 after completing the program.

Elk Valley secondary students learned how to drive and operate heavy machinery and equipment with Project Heavy Duty last week. All photos by N. Liebermann

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Drinking Water Week May 20 – 26th Got questions? Ask the experts.

Garbage Service The District’s Automated Garbage Truck is down for repairs. Residential and commercial garbage pickup will be performed manually by the Public Works Department until the truck is repaired. The crew will try and maintain regular pick-up schedules to the best of our ability, but we ask all residential and commercial customers to minimize the amount of garbage placed into the collection containers. Residential customers that do not require pick-up (container not full); please refrain from placing your container at the curb if at all possible. During Spring Clean-Up from May 6th to May 18th, the Transfer Station is open every day except Sundays. Assistance by anyone wishing to take their garbage directly to the Transfer Station would be greatly appreciated.

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he Avalanche City Roller Girls stormed their way to a victory over Cranbrook’s Mountain Town Maulers at the East Kootenay Roller Derby League’s season opener over the weekend. The girls demolished the Maulers with a final score of 276 to 83. Avalanche City proved they put in their time practising and recruiting this winter, with a larger and stronger team ready to take on the 2013 season. “Last year we faced the Maulers with a small team of eight players, this year we have doubled in numbers and played with a full roster of 14,” said Captain Jacqueline Fieldhouse, aka Crack Her Jax. “This shows the strength and dedication of our team.” The bombsQUAD, Fernie’s own junior roller derby team, also stepped up to play in their

first ever game on Saturday. The young team showed determination, putting up a fight against Central Alberta's Misfit Toys. It was a tough battle against Central Alberta’s strong team of experienced skaters, and the bombsQUAD gave up the win to the Toys, with a final score of 215 to 98. They may not have finished victorious, but the young bombsQUAD team ensured that fun was the aim of the game. Kimberley's Barbarian Bavarians shut down the league’s newest team, Creston's Black Eyed Cherries. In perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend, the Bavarians took the win, with a score of 131 over the Cherries’ 112. The Avalanche City girls are off to Creston next weekend to face the Black Eyed Cherries, ahead of their next league match on June 1. Round two is set to be a thriller in Kimberley, where Fernie will take on Killer Rollbots, last year’s league champions.

Minor Ball Association asks Sparwood for help By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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t’s that time of the year again. Baseball is back and the Sparwood Minor Ball Association is asking the District for help in making the season run a little smoother. Representing the Sparwood Minor Ball Association, Jill Klapp spoke at a council meeting on May 6 to explain how baseball in Sparwood has started to take a toll on the available facilities. “We are dealing with 100 kids, sometimes five games a week, and hosting communities from Claresholm, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Sparwood, and Elkford,” Klapp explained. “There has

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been significant growth that’s happening within Sparwood Minor Ball and so it’s really becoming a reflection of our community.” The association offers baseball to kids between the ages of three and 16 and utilizes two baseball diamonds that were beginning to look a little worse for wear. Klapp asked the District if they would consider assisting in the upkeep and maintenance of the two dugouts and diamonds. Klapp is also hoping the District will allow and finance the installation of an electrical outlet. “A lot of our skill development devices, like the pitching machine, require a power outlet,” she said. “Right now

we’re using a generator that is incredibly loud and it does not allow for active one on one coaching.” Klapp went on to say, “We would also like to install a concession. We could start to build our own revenue and rather than defer costs to taxpayers in Sparwood, we could build our own revenues, share it with soccer, share it with lacrosse, and share it amongst our baseball teams.” In addition, the association is asking the District to waive or reduce user fees for use of the Rec Centre for indoor skill development. Mayor and council will consider the requests and the matter will be brought back at a future council meeting.

Avalanche City Roller Girls The Avalanche City Roller Girls started the 2013 season off with a bang. They skated their way to a 276 to 83 point victory over the Cranbrook Mountain Town Maulers on Saturday night at the East Kootenay Roller Derby League’s season opener. Sponsored by

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Singer-songwriter tells unforgettable stories By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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upbeat tempos, retro organs, and catchy melodies. The band’s sophomore album, Late Riser, was just released on May 14 and finds the group exploring new pop and indie rock sensibilities, while holding on to their firm base in folk songwriting. A Vancouver native, Leah Abramson enlisted her friends from some of Vancouver’s best-

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The family of Jack Marasco would like to thank all the people who, in any way helped Jack, wherever he went, especially in the last few years, your care and understanding was so appreciated. Thank you for the beautiful flowers, phone calls, emails, all the baking and food, mass cards, cards of sympathy, your visits, those who travelled, your kindness will always be remembered. Special thanks to Cherished Memories, Dr. Soetaert for looking after Jack so well, Father Bart, the pallbearers, the choir and the CWL ladies for the lovely luncheon. To all family and friends, thank you so much for your support, care and compassion. All this will forever remain in our hearts. Thank you from the Marasco family, Mary, Kevin, Ty & Austin Melanie, Steve, Addison & Kylee Glanville

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Help Wanted An Alberta Oilfield Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator, and labourer/rock truck operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction (780)723-5051. CHALET CHEVROLET Buick GMC in South Kimberley is looking for a Service Manager. Chalet Chevrolet recently completed an expansion and renovation to the new GM North American wide image standards, and is the recipient of “Best of Businessâ€? platinum awards for vehicle service 2010, 2011 and 2012. The successful applicant will be highly customer focused. Full benefits package, incentives and bonus structure. Contact dealer, Jim, at 250-427-4895 or email chaletgm @shawlink.ca Fully CertiďŹ ed Fernie Based Contractor needs: Carpenter: framing, concrete, roofing experience. Drywaller: mudding, taping, painting. 2 Labourers: general construction experience. We offer: travel allowance, ITA Training, opportunity to get Red Seal Certification. You will be: accountable, punctual, honest, energetic. Pay Scale: Union rates based on experience & certification. Phone 250-4230272 for appointment. HIRING LOCAL DRIVERS to transport railway crews. Vehicle & training is provided. Class 4 driver’s license is required, assistance will be provided for those who require upgrade. Flexible schedule for a 24/7 operation. F/T & P/T opportunities WINTER WAGES $19.50/HR Contact Wolf Bigge:

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ELK VALLEY CHURCH SERVICES THE SALVATION ARMY 741 2nd Ave., Fernie

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ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH Centennial Square, Sparwood

YOU ARE INVITED! Mass Times: Saturdays: St. Michael’s ~ 7:00 pm Sundays: St. Michael’s ~ 11:00 am St. Bernard’s Mission, Elkford ~ 4:00 pm Thursdays: St. Michael’s ~ 6:30 pm Fridays: Lilac Terrrace ~ 11:00 am Confessions: Following each mass, or by appointment. Pastor: Father Bart Van Roijen 250-425-6444

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 691 4th Avenue, Fernie Sunday Worship...1:30 pm Pastor Fraser Coltman

cell 250-417-5016 Pastor David Morton cell 250-417-5017 or 1-866-426-7564

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WILLIAM “BILL� MILBURN JULY 5, 1929 – SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 Please join the Milburn Family for a Celebration of Life being held at the Senior Citizen’s Drop In Center, 562 3rd Ave. Fernie, on Saturday, May 18th at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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TRINITY PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE 1361 8th Avenue, Fernie EVERYONE WELCOME

Sunday Worship & Children’s Ministry ...10:30 am Wed; Fellowship & Bible Study...7 pm Friday Youth Group...7 pm Pastor Dennis Williamson Office 250-423-4114 Res. 250-423-4102

HOLY FAMILY PARISH Catholic Church 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

Parish Office 250-423-6127 Masses:

Tues. & Wed. 9:00 am Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am Confessions: Before 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday or by appointment Father Bart Van Roijen

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN 591 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6517

250-425-7787 Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) Services: Sunday 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:47 pm Everyone Welcome Pastor: Rev. R.G. (Ross) Powell

Christ Church Anglican Fernie

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Sunday Service & School 9:30 am BAS Wednesday Service

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Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Arthur Lewis Harrison are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor at Purvin-Good & Co., 11518 hare Road, Lake Country, BC, V4V 2H3 on or before June 30th, 2013, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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Re: THE ESTATE OF ARTHUR LEWIS HARRISON, a.k.a. LEWIS ARTHUR HARRISON, a.k.a. A.L. HARRISON, a.k.a. LEWIS HARRISON, a.k.a. ARTHUR HARRISON, Deceased, formerly of Fernie, British Columbia

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Beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. Spacious, open concept living. Potential for additional income with lower level currently set up as inlaw suite with private entrance, or, if desired, keep as single family home. Many great features including laundry on both levels, gas fireplace in living room, woodstove in lower level, large private deck & fully fenced yard. Mountain views in all directions. Desirable location, across the street from James Whyte Park and Elk River.

1996 Chev Cheyene pickup, 4X4, 5 speed manual trans.,excellent condition, chrome grill & running boards. 200,000 miles. Asking $3,500 OBO. 250-423-4551

STORAGE PLUS: Bays heated or cold & service bays with air, minor repairs. 250-4237492.

SPARWOOD - 2 bdrm condo, top floor, fridge, range, $850 (inc. heat). Call Randi 250425-7711 or Rick 250-4255432.

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1991 Bounder MH 31’. Built in generator. 57,000 original miles. Good clean condition. May be seen at Ben Palmers RV Storage in Baynes Lake. Take B.L. Loop + turn on Saunders Rd. Asking $10,900 OBO. Must sell, Best offer take it. 406-291-2380

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Fernie local’s experience in Zambia By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ick Vandenbogerd has just returned home from the trip of a lifetime. The Fernie local spent three unforgettable months working at Chavuma Mission Hospital in north-western Zambia. Nick had applied last year with a charity to do construction work in either Haiti or Japan, but was never given the chance to follow through with it. It was actually a friend who was already working in Africa who let Nick know that the Chavuma hospital needed help. After one quick email with the onsite director, Nick found himself in Zambia. “Not everybody has the health, time, and money to volunteer oversees but it came together for me this January,” remarked

Nick. “I covered all my own expenses of about $3,300, which encouraged the churches and friends to contribute directly to the costs of operating the hospital complex and the cost of materials, as well as the salaries of the national maintenance workers, which is about $200 a month each.” It was a busy three months for Nick as he worked on various maintenance and construction projects for the hospital. “The challenge was to do any job with the materials and tools available or not available,” he explained. “Improvise would be the word to use.” He went on to say, “All the wood is milled and planed on the property. All the metal is salvaged from other projects. The table saw blade was so dull it was smoking like a diesel engine, so I made a table saw

out an old circular saw, but at least we had a new blade for it.” When he wasn’t hard at work, Nick was getting to know the locals. “In my spare time I made soccer nets out of scrap material,” he said. “I played card games with the kids and gave them away at the end of my stay along with anything else I didn’t need.” It wasn’t until the very end of his trip that Nick got the chance to experience Zambia’s wild animals. “I never saw any wildlife in three months, but on the way back to Lusaka we saw elephants and buffalo, and in the campground just outside of the city there were giraffes, zebras, baboons, impalas, and kudus. You could pretty well walk right up to them.” It’s back to Fernie reality for Nick now, but he may be planning another trip soon.

Nick Vandenbogerd spent three months working at a mission hospital in Zambia.  Submitted photo

“I like the motto ‘live simply so others can simply live’,” he shared. “I’ll go back next year if the opportunity is still there.”

Mothers Day at Rocky Mountain Auxiliary

Rocky Mountain Village Auxilliary members celebrating Mothers Day. Photo by Mary Giuliano By Mary Giuliano Mayor of Fernie

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Many on the Auxiliary have been members since the facility opened and several were also members of the previous Tom Uphill Home Auxiliary that donated gifts and raised funds to purchase equipment for decades. They changed the name and continued the work when the residents were moved to Rocky Mountain Village and today still conscientiously provide the same services they did in the past. Wilda Quail, longtime member and president of the Auxiliary says, “We have donated many items over the years, an aspirator suction machine, digital spot monitor, oxygen generators, Broda chairs, active trainer, hair dryers, as well as individual gifts for all residents.” This past Easter, cuddly, fluffy bunnies were a real hit, they said, as were the tweeting birds handed out last year. In December, socks and other personal items such as body washes, shampoos, shave accessories and interactive games and puzzles to stimulate mental activity were purchased. For this year, there were colourful, potted silk orchids for the women and framed prints for the men. This small group does a lot but they are always looking for assistance with funding as well as needing new members. Members are Wilda Quail, president, Elsie

Singleton, Doreen Neidig, treasurer, Margaret Caldwell, Celia Roccamatisi, secretary Cathy Barnett, Joanna Pitt, Charlotte Leffler and Rosa Rocca. They are keeping this auxiliary functioning both physically and financially by personal contributions such as donating cash in memoriam of deceased family and friends says Doreen. “Rotary and Lions Clubs have been very generous, and last year the firemen donated too,” adds Wilda. There are individuals in residential care who need constant 24 hour care. What isn’t known is that some of these people don’t have family close by and some may have outlived family so they don’t have anyone to bring them any of the small personalized items needed although RMV supplies institution quality soap, body wash, cream and shampoo. What these women do is not only provide the items, but much more; they deliver the touch of warmth that is lost when someone is left alone without a caring family member around for support. All people need this kindness but to an aging person this is invaluable. Monthly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Village. If you have a couple of hours to spare a month call Wilda at 250-423-6703 for information.

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One in three Canadian kids are left on the side of the rink

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n Canada, one in three families cannot afford to enrol their children in organized sport or recreation activities because of financial barriers (Vision Critical 2011). Six years ago, Marlee Stein wanted to learn to skate but she

The Jumpstart program helped Marlee Stein pursue her dream of figure skating.

Photo by Alex Vakulenko Photography

didn’t think it would be possible Olympic team.” coming from a family of four “The benefits of kids kids and facing the struggles of a participating in sports affects parent battling illness. their entire lives,” said Johnny Through a family support Misley, President, Canadian Tire service in her community, Marlee Jumpstart Charities. “Jumpstart and her family were introduced is dedicated to removing barriers to Canadian Tire Jumpstart. The so financially disadvantaged Jumpstart program supported children can simply participate, Marlee’s skating lessons and and ultimately pursue their skate Canada membership dreams.” through financial assistance. Kids who are able to participate A year after lacing up her skates in organized sport and recreation, for the first time, outside school Marlee decided hours, gain “Jumpstart to turn her many short is dedicated to desire to skate and long into a goal... term benefits removing barriers to one-day join including so financially the Canadian increased self disadvantaged O l y m p i c esteem, greater Figure Skating children can simply self confidence, team. Through leadership participate, and Jumpstart, skills, and better Marlee is able grades. ultimately pusue to continue her D e s p i t e their dreams.” skating lessons the financial and is working hardships many to achieve this dream. Canadian families face, there is a “Jumpstart helped me get the way to get kids into the game, no lessons I needed to enter some matter what barrier. By covering very challenging provincial the cost of registration, equipment and national figure skating and/or transportation, Canadian competitions in Canada,” said Tire Jumpstart has helped 570,000 Marlee Stein. “With all the lessons (and counting) children like I have taken, I hope it opens Marlee participate in the sport of up opportunities to eventually their choice. become a part of the Canadian Help kids from your

New owners of Canadian Tire, Angus and Margaret McDonald are excited to be a part of Canadian Jump start program in our community. Photo by A. Horton

community by visiting Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, Mark’s and Canadian Tire Gas+ stores as well as Pita Pit locations throughout the month of May to donate $2 in exchange for a red ball, with 100% of all donations going to help kids play. The May campaign will be celebrated on

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ON THE 25th OF MAY HELP A KID PLAY Saturday�May�25th�Is�Jumpstart�Day Come on out for a day of fun at:

Fernie Canadian Tire, 1791 9th Avenue You can help get a kid into sports and recreation by donating

Canadian Tire money, cash or all of those pennies you have around the house. 100% of your donations will stay in this community.

MORE�THAN�560�000�KIDS�HELPED�(AND�COUNTING)�

Thanks Fernie!

The generosity of this community allowed us to help 40 local kids in 2012, and over 174 since 2005.

Jumpstart Day on Saturday, May 25, with fun activities taking place at participating Canadian Tire Retail stores across the country, including charity barbecues or GoClean waterless car washes. Visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca to learn more.


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Taking Action on Water Quality Teck operates five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley of British Columbia which employ over 4,000 people. We raise our families in the valley, fish and swim in the river and care deeply about the environment. That’s why we’re taking action to ensure that water quality is protected in the valley now and for generations to come. We are working with governments, First Nations and communities to develop an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan that will maintain the health of the watershed. To find out more information, get involved or provide your feedback, go to www.teck.com/ElkValley


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