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Thursday, June 13 2013

Vol. 8 • Issue 25

Pictures from the last RSS graduation ceremony

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It was fitting the theme for the final graduating class of Rossland Secondary School was vintage Hollywood because it was vintage RSS. The Friday graduation ceremony was thick with the nostalgia accumulated over the 61

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years the high school resided in the building, and it cast the last 41 Grade 12 graduates of the school into an even more intense spotlight. And they rose to the occasion, speaking beyond their years about the significance of the day, looking every bit the fine men and women Rossland has produced without fail over the life

of the school. “It’s monumental,” said graduate Brogan Pastro (pictured, right). “This gives us the opportunity to not only be the people that defend a legacy but uphold what RSS means, and it’s just so surreal to have come so close together as a family and as a student body this year.”

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A little unknown Rosslander speeds around the pump track on Tuesday evening during Revolution Cycles and Services Inc.’s ninth anniversary celebration, before speeding away on the city’s sidewalks. A two-man crew from Sombrio out of North Vancouver set up the track and offered local mountain bike riders and those on two-wheel scooters a free spin on the challenging track. Several hundred riders showed up and signed waivers to ply the track’s waves, while several hundred more watched from around the track.

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of the sport. Through a survey in late summer 2011 derived from mountain bike visitors to the city, incremental spending was studied to produce visitor spending profiles. The study was meant to follow the money, to see how big of an impact the sport had on the city’s economy—and was not inclusive of the economic

impact of the residents who were also involved in the sport. The study found that mountain bike visitors to Rossland spent a total of $589,000, even though the data was gathered during the “worst possible year ever,” said Tourism Rossland (TR) executive director Deanne Steven, who helped gather information for the study.

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FOLLOWING THE MONEY

When combined, mountain bike visitors to Rossland spent a total of $589,000 and their spending had the following associated impacts on the province: • total output (revenue) of $362,000; • gross domestic product of $290,000 in all supplier industries; • commodity taxes (HST, GST, fuel and other taxes) of $122,000 paid directly (or embedded in the cost of goods purchases) by mountain bike visitors • taxes paid by supplier industries of $35,000. Source: Destination B.C.


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Arts and culture UPCOMING your rossland events Calendar Friday, June 14 • Canadian Burlesque and Cabaret legend sasha Van Bon Bon is coming to rossland on June 14 in the rossland art Gallery. doors open at 7:45 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance at rossVegas. The burlesque extravaganza will be accompanied by musical guests and feature debut performances by local talent, “The Cute Knees.” • ers HealinG GaTHerinG June 14-16 at earth rising sanctuary north of Kettle Falls, Wash. Contact 509-732-4301 for more information. Saturday, June 15 • Burlesque inspired art and Fashion day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the rossland art Gallery (Old Bank of Montréal building).Fifteen per cent off summer clothes, 25 per cent off leather goods and a whole rack at 40-60 per cent off. This shopping day features Burlesque inspired art by local artists. Friday, June 19 • THe rss PaC will be sponsoring an rss community barbeque on Friday, June 14. RSS kids, first burger and pop free. everyone else, $2 for a burger and 50 cents for a pop. Volunteers needed to help cook for the BBq (andrea at andrea.mckay@telus.net). Saturday, June 29 • GOld FeVer FOllies For 25 years the rossland Gold Fever Follies has been going strong with original stories from Rossland’s rich gold mining history. While artistic license is often in play, many of the characters are based on real people from Rossland’s past. This live musical theatre show, held in the restored 1898 Miners Hall, only runs for two months. Performances take place from June 29 to aug. 24. showings are at 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Tuesday through saturday. This year’s new show is called A job well done, a brand new comedy by Kate eldridge with music by Harris anderson. Ongoing • THe rOssland MuseuM is now open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. Open daily July and august 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. including holidays. admission is adults $10; children 6-13 $3; students 14+ $5; seniors 60+ $8; children under six free. Family rate is $28 based on two adults and children. • Vinyasa FlOW yOGa instructor Cynthia anonuevo, ryT, is hosting an outdoor beginner Vinyasa Flow yoga class at the rossglen Park in lower rossland. The weekly class will run on Wednesdays, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. until July 31. Please contact rossland recreation, at 3622327 for more information.

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Rossland quilter Karen Thatcher takes second in national quilting exhibition in Penticton

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The student is now becoming the teacher. For years Karen Thatcher used the craft of quilting as therapy to heal herself from a brain injury she suffered in 1998. She undertook the labourious task of not only putting her life back together after her accident, but also wove new ways of living to help her cope with her new condition. Quilting trained her to think in a more linear fashion, a function many people take for granted. Through a series of workshops in her new art, Thatcher found resonance in the craft, and climbed to the near pinnacle of the art late last month at the Canadian National Quilter’s Association juried quilt exhibition in Penticton. The long-time Rosslander finished second in the nation in the original design abstract pictorial with her silk piece Hiking B.C. “When you do something like that you never expect to do so well. Who knew? It was fun. It’s been a trip,” she said. The placing now qualifies Thatcher for the role of teacher, and allows her to host her own workshops and convey the wealth of information she has learned over the years. The quilt Thatcher made—the first of a series on playing in B.C.— was made from silk ties, donated by some of the 64,000 employees of the Jim Pattison group. Thatcher had written to Pattison in the fall requesting a donation of ties after she elected to work in the material, but was not able to afford the cost of the material. In two months she received 4,000 ties from his companies. Three months later Thatcher had her first quilt in the series finished and entered it into the national exhibition. Many are called but few are

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Karen Thatcher and B.C. Hiking, the quilt that won second place in the Canadian National Quilters’ Association juried quilt exhibition in Penticton.

chosen to the national exhibition, with only 120 making the cut for the final juried component in eight categories. In Thatcher’s category she went up against 24 other people from across Canada and the U.S. Rossland resident Deyanne Davies also made the cut for the final exhibition in the original design, non representational category, but didn’t place. Thatcher’s award-winning quilt

made out of donated materials is now destined to be donated to the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. And her career as a teacher has now begun. “But that’s the way things happen for me. Things tend to fall into place for me,” she said. “This award has helped. I’m already getting phone calls about classes now.” editor@rosslandnews.com

It’s the last Joe Hill Coffee House before summer happens this coming Sunday, June 16 in the Miners’ Union Hall (7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.). The lineup includes the little No Frets fiddle players and the Golden City Fiddlers and various friends, with a toetapping jamboree in two parts. The Rossland Glee Club will provide great voices and sweet harmonies as well. In addition, the Frequent Flyers return with four new and original songs. Keith Simmonds brings a farewell rendition of the Ballad of Joe Hill and a story to go with it (Keith is leaving the Kootenays before the fall). Les Carter has a special song for the audience to sing for Father’s Day. The Gold Fever Follies cast will be there. Alexandra Wever will present a dramatic-dance number; Cate Richardson will sing and play for us. Paul Dasti and Aaron Andrews cap the evening with their big professional sound. Admission is $3, kids and students free.

Folk and violin fusion at the Rossland Miners’ Hall TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are the combined forces of a mesmerizing and soulful violinist and a prolific Canadian singer/songwriter who will perform at the Rossland Miners’

Hall on Thursday, June 20. Frechette and Thomsen bring a joy to music and a power to phrases that move listeners, reminding audiences that the best moments of music are full of surprises. Frechette has recorded 13 solo albums and many

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of his songs have been covered successfully by other artists. Classically trained violinist Thomsen performs and records across a variety of genres, founded the Violin Geek Podcast, and is a regular contributor to Strings magazine. “This dynamic duo

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will surely warm your way into the summer months of 2013 with their passionate musical synergy,” said Rachael Roussin, administrator, Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC). Presented by the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture, Frechette

and Thomsen will perform at the Rossland Miners’ Hall on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $10 at the door and at Out of the Cellar on Columbia Avenue. To listen to Frechette’s music visit www.ramblingdan.com.

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MacLean meeting dismissed as ‘worthless’ TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

It was déjà vu all over again when the board of trustees for School District 20 rolled into Rossland Tuesday evening for another meeting with the community. It was a familiar scene to Rosslanders: the school district’s predicament rolled out in a series of carefully prepared slides, the silent sentinels of the board arranged along the head of the gymnasium, and an opportunity for the people to give their input on an decision that will greatly affect the community. The board was tasked with the process of disposing of MacLean Elementary School, now deemed a superfluous facility with the kindergarten to Grade 5 program heading two blocks away to Rossland Secondary School in the fall. The board was required under its own bylaw to hold a public meeting to begin the process of the sale, and see what the community wished. The trustees sat impassively while superintendent of schools Greg Luterbach spoke to the thinly scattered crowd of 22 people about the situation and the options facing the school board. The rhetoric was lost on Rossland city councilor Kathy Moore, who asked the salty question that still rubbed the

wounds of most Rosslanders. She pointed to two previous public meetings on kindergarten to Grade 12 education that each had over 500 people attend, in which the board claimed it would take the broad wishes of the community into consideration in its decision. In each of those meetings the board intimated its door was open to the community for input, but quickly closed it when the time came for debate. “Our input didn’t make much difference,” Moore told the board. “What difference does it make in this process?” She characterized the board’s actions as “insulting,” but her comments drew no response from the impassive board members. After city councilor Jill Spearn said the disappointing turnout for the meeting was due to how “deflated” the community still was over the board’s earlier decision, SD20 chair Darrell Ganzert broke the board’s silence. “I know the decision the board made wasn’t what the vast majority of the people in Rossland wanted and expressed very clearly,” he said. “But I know the effort and the work the people of Rossland put in had an effect on every single board member.” Every trustee had to make up their mind in their own way, he said, and

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they used that Rossland information to make their decision. “Even though it didn’t go the way of the decision that Rossland wanted, I know it had a huge impact on every trustee I talked to,” he said. “So I didn’t see it as a waste of time. But perhaps I could see the perception of that.” “Those other meetings were not a waste of time,” Moore replied. “I’m saying this one is because from the last ones you didn’t hear what we wished. The community came to the board with a good, compromised solution and was willing to give up MacLean to keep kindergarten to Grade 12 in the community, but it was shut down, Moore said. “So now you ask us to come here and give our thoughts on this facility?” she said. “The reason we don’t have 500 people here is because the other 475 people don’t think it is worth their time to come because you don’t listen to us.” Moore’s comment drew applause from the people gathered. The meeting marked the beginning of the formal process of deciding what to do with the MacLean Elementary School, the Annex building and its lands. editor@rosslandnews.com

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New garden artisan fair this weekend will bring a bit of England to Rossland countryside said. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Follow the yellow flags to the garden site.

Jessie Bryce in her one-acre garden on Highway 3B, the site of the summer fair this weekend.

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HIGHWAY CLOSURE & PROPERTY DISPOSITION Take notice that the Council of the City of Rossland intends to adopt a bylaw that will close a portion of the road abutting 1960 Kootenay Ave, 1980 Kootenay Ave and 1992 Kootenay Ave, legally described as Lots 1,2 and 3, NEP 82582, DL 535, Kootenay Land District, which will form part of the lots noted above in exchange for an area of land to be used as snow storage. A copy of the Highway Closure Bylaw #2555 and plan may be inspected at City Hall between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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A bit of England will be gracing the hillsides of Rossland this weekend when a summer fair in the garden bursts forth with art, colour, food and foilage. It will be a feast for the senses as the work of eight artisans, as well as the culinary prowess of several more people, will be framed in the accoutrements of Jessie Bryce’s garden on the

outskirts of the city. Located at 2735 Highway 3B—the grey house across from the old cemetery—the artisan fair was inspired by the numerous community fairs Bryce grew up with in her hometown of Brighton, England, where art, music and food were set in a garden. “I thought it would be really nice to bring something like that here,” she said. “The whole town opened up in Brighton, people

opened their gardens and served tea and cake and the kids came and played. And then you could look at all the amazing art and listen to the music.” Many of the artists include din the show also are part of an informal group that meets to knit, sew and paint. The fair will include paintings, pottery, herbal lotions and potions, as well as folk art. There will be examples of felting, up-cycled bags and

“stuffies,” gems and crystals, knitted and sewn items and possibly some sculpture. The one-acre garden will be decorated with what Nature has given it, as well as a few man-made objects, including eight pavilions set up to highlight the artists. Bryce felt the artisan fair could be the first of many at the site, with possibly another one later in fall. “This show will give people a place to show off their art,” she

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would affect the sight lines of people who have made developments that are in accordance with the bylaw,” said one neighbour. Another neighbour said the “monster” carport would reduce the light she received in her garden nearby. “And, unlike some of my neighbours, I live here all year round,” she said.

Council deliberated on if they should deny the variance based on the neighbours’ obvious dissatisfaction with the development. However, it was determined that a carport of some note could still be put into the yard even if the variance was denied. editor@rosslandnews.com

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The Rossland Museum’s Family Fun Day held on Saturday, June 1 was a huge success. The museum hosted approximately 150 visitors of mostly locals who made their way up to try gold panning and participate in all the special events of the day. The museum is currently open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday and will open seven days a week on July 1.

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The day held many special moments aside from the nature of it being the last RSS graduation class, said graduate Alex Reid, and the significance of that designation sometimes was lost in the excitement of graduating high school. “This school has stood for so many years that to be the last class to ever graduate here is just sort of dawning on us now,” he said. “It’s the end of an era, but at the same time, the elementary school being here is sort of a good thing.” “It’s not the end of an era but it’s the beginning of a new chapter, per se,” Pastro added. The new chapter for Pastro will be written in Switzerland next year when begins his academic journey into law, while Reid heads east to Montreal’s Queen’s University to undertake the uphill climb to medicine. The two were part of the first and last class to start school in the new millennium

Renato Magnone Memorial Award (outstanding commitment to athletics): Jaala Derochie and Kaela Zimmer Don Saare Memorial Award (exceptional student and leadership): Brogan Pastro Eddy Shepherd Memorial Award (academic endeavour): Jeanine McKay John MacMaster Award The major award of the school. It is presented to the graduating student with exceptional commitment and dedication to RSS in all areas of their high school life: Annie Cameron Sherri Gawryletz Scholarship (for integrity): Samanta Fleming

and finish school. “For the next 987 years they will all follow you,” said superintendent of schools for School District 20, Greg Luterbach. The school year was also highlighted by not only the debate and the struggle with the school district to keep the high school program in Rossland, but by the introduction of blended learning. Considered the future of

education, Rossland was the first school in the province to adopt the program and instituted it throughout its top three senior grades. It came with growing pains, as did the process to save the school, and that pain was not lost on Rossland’s school trustee, Gordon Smith, who fought to keep the school. “This past school year has been a challenging one, and I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for persevering through uncertainty, for your hard work, for your love, and for your sacrifice,” he said in his address to the graduates. There were many tears as the graduates were presented with their Dogwood certificates for high school matriculation, as they were called one by one and strode across the front of the gymnasium before a crowd of over 500 people. editor@rosslandnews.com

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City planning staff visited the property and determined any shading of the neighbour’s yard was minimal because the carport would be located 3.9 m. from the neighbouring property and was likely not high enough to cast a shadow that far. But the protests, although noted by council, were not enough to deny the application.

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Time to put the money where the mouth was. For all of those people who raised their hand at a public meeting on the future of kindergarten to Grade 12 education in Rossland and said they would send their young people to a school outside of the public realm in Rossland—if one should exist—now is the chance to ante up. The call for enrolment is going out as the Neighbourhoods of Learning (NOL) committee in the city—

will determine where the classes will be held. “So we have to get a sense of that before we move into confirming a location,” she said. The new school would include Red Mountain Academy in its mix. For people considering registering a student in an independent Rossland school for fall of 2013, they can express interest to info@redskiacademy.com for an application before Wednesday, June 19. editor@rosslandnews.com

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who is investigating an alternative to sending grade 10-12 students down the hill to Trail’s J.L. Crowe Secondary School— is asking for parents to sign up their young people for fall. The group has secured funding from the provincial government and will know by early next week if the school will be a distance learning partnership or an independent school. “So we’re looking to the community for an expression of interest ... because we are moving ahead even if there are only eight kids,” said NOL committee chair Aerin Guy. The size of the enrolment

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People are being asked to join in for A Day in the Life of MacLean Elementary on Wednesday, June 19 (1-3 p.m.). The public is invited to tour through MacLean School and view students at work, bulletin board displays and past school year photos. In existence since 1918, the open house walkabout ends with cake, coffee and conversation in the school gymnasium.

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Teck Metals Ltd. will be undertaking geotechnical drilling at the intersection of Highway 3B and Kirkup Avenue in Rossland from Monday, June 17 through Wednesday, July 3. During this time, there will be traffic controls resulting in periodic singlelane traffic and minor delays. This work is part of Teck’s ongoing management of historical mining lands.

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Learn how to protect your fruit trees, chickens, bees and other attractants from hungry bears. Meet at the Rossland Community Garden in Jubilee Park on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. A discussion on the “how to” of electric fencing will be followed by an actual fence set up around a residential garden. Please call to register or for more info. 250231-2751.

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Several prominent business people are voicing their concern over the lack of public transit to Red Mountain Resort and threw their support behind a Tourism Rossland initiative to offer regular free service to the hill in the winter. Six people representing Red Mountain, the Prestige and the Flying Steamshovel stood up Monday night and told city council a regular free service to the hill in the winter was essential to grow the city’s economy. Led by Tourism Rossland’s Deanne Steven, the group urged council to consider a request for a partnership that will come June 24 in the next council meeting. Already Tourism Rossland (TR) has assembled around $35,000 in support from several city organizations and businesses for the service, said Steven, but they are working on getting more partners involved. Time was of the essence to get the service into place well before the ski season, said Steven, since Red Mountain and other tourism providers are selling ski packages now, the busiest booking season for the winter holidays. The board of Tourism Rossland will be presenting the city with two options for a service partnership to consider at its next meeting. “This economic development project we believe will have an immediate impact on tourism revenues in Rossland,” Steven said. It would have an immediate impact on the ability of the Flying Steamshovel to grow their room revenue over the next few years, said inn manager Chris Bowman.

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“When we get phone calls to book our rooms, the first question we get is how do we get up to the ski hill while we are there? I’ve driven people myself on many occasions, but (the bus) is very important to us to grow our business in the future,” he said. Booking agent Matt Adams of Red Mountain Resort Lodging said he knows of 20 different ski groups booking up to 60 people each right now, but the number one question is how do they get into Rossland. “So if they want to go shopping on an off day or to a group dinner, we currently don’t have any way to accommodate that. “A lot of these sales hinge on us finding a way to provide that,” he said. Public transit service to Red Mountain was stalled after cash cost considerations detailed in a report— Service Options for Red Mountain Resort—last month questioned how viable a public service to the hill was. The report delivered by BC Transit to the East End Services (EES) committee and the West Kootenay Transit committee (WKTC)—the local governing bodies overseeing and contributing to the service—looked at the question of extending public transit to an area that was in need of service for only four months of the year. And it found that the best option available was to expand the Kootenay Boundary Transit service with the purchase of a community bus, a solution that could cost over $120,000, with local shares in the cost totalling $56,900. editor@rosslandnews.com

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nother casualty of the closure of the Rossland Secondary School program—one that will leave a huge hole in the community—is the loss of Mike Vanness. The school’s vice principal will be losing his job once the program is closed in Rossland and moved down the hill to Trail’s J.L Crowe Secondary School. Vanness’ value to the community and the young people of Rossland is inestimable. He was an energetic, bright and personable teacher, as enthusiastic about teaching as he was to live and work in the community he grew up in. Vanness was the glue that held the student body together, and was part of the reason the facility felt like home to its students, not just a place of learning. With the loss of Vanness the school also loses a legacy: both of Vanness’ parents attended and graduated from the school in the 1960s. The human cost of the closure of the program can’t be measured on the school district ledger, but it will be felt for years to come with the absence of people like Mike Vanness.

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ood afternoon. On behalf of the graduating class of 2013, I would like to thank all of you for coming to support us on this momentous occasion. Some of us are truly surprised to be here. I would like to thank my classmates for making this such an unforgettable year, as well as the previous 13 years. It is incredible how this year has brought us all together. I would like to give a special thanks to Sara for her role in that. This year has gone by far too quickly, from the first week, planning out where we should build our grad room in the foyer, to all of the grad pranks we thought up but didn’t go through with (you’re welcome Mrs. Lavender), well, with the exception of the chicken incident, until now. It all just blurs together into one big stressful, incredible and memorable experience. I am genuinely proud of all of you here today and I’m not just saying this because your parents are here. This year has proven to be very testing on all of us. Not only was it a challenge to be faced with our Grade 12 year, but to be thrown into a new system at this point in our schooling was a struggle. This system caused many minor breakdowns throughout the year and I know that there were times when some of us seriously considered giving up and marrying rich. But nevertheless, we prevailed. Despite all of the changes it was worth sticking it out because it was an honour to have the opportunity to graduate from Rossland Secondary. Regardless of whether or not our grad picture will be put up in the main hallway, we are proud to be joining a long list of RSS graduates. I would like to tell the younger

students, in particular the Grade 11s, that although you will not graduate from RSS, you will always be part of it. Good luck to all of you heading into the soon-to-be overcrowded hallways of J.L. Crowe. They are lucky to have you. Be sure to participate in all the extra curricular activities, maintain our standards of excellence and be proud of where you came from. Oh, and give my best to Mr. Wheeler. I would also like to thank all of the teachers and staff members here at RSS. You have helped us throughout our high school careers and somehow you managed to get us through this year! You have all inspired us in your own way. Thank you for everything you have done for us and for our school. You have been the foundation of what has made RSS great. It is sad to think many of you will not be here next year. Mrs. Bella will no longer be giving out excessive amounts of sweets, and putting on the Spanish subtitles for Sinead; Mrs. Austin will no longer know everything that happened last weekend, Mr. Winkers will no longer be “terrifying” his students and Mr. McKinnon will no longer be the coach of the Rossland Royals. RSS has been more than just a school to many; it’s been a home where we have shared incredible memories with our extended family, and if you’re the McKinnons then your whole family. Even with this year’s “splendid learning” we are still the top ranked school in the district. Don’t get me wrong, we all loved blended learning! It taught us many valuable lessons. It taught us time management, putting everything off until the very last minute, it taught us how to “work in groups,” covering for someone while they were on a Timmy’s run, and it helped us learn different forms of social media, as we kept up to date on Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as all of our favourite TV shows. Despite all these fun new lessons, I know that there are

also many stressful and frustrating memories that you can recall from the last nine months. However, when you look back on this a year from now and five years from now, you probably won’t remember much at all! But you may flashback to a memory of Sadie Hawkins day, or apples to apples, or whatever else you did at home because, honestly, who was actually at school, or think of Spring Formal 2013 and think of Jill, because who won’t when they remember that dance. Whatever it is that causes the memory to surface, think of us, what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished together. Now while I was looking for things to say and YouTube-ing valedictorian speeches, I noticed that in many of them, they would acknowledge groups of people going into each of the different fields. I thought to myself, ‘Hey, that could be really cool! Except when I began to ask people what their plans were for next year, “I’m not sure yet” seemed to be the theme. By this time next year many people will have changed their minds and their majors. And if you happen to be one of those lucky people that know what they will be doing for the rest of their lives then congratulations! I may need a place to stay at some point. That is one of the nice things about high school and especially RSS. That being that we have never had to search for friends. There have always been people here that we have grown up with and relied on. Next year, however, we will all be forced into situations where we will have to meet new people. Those of us who were involuntarily put into shared dorms, thanks mom, we will have to make at least one friend, and those of us who stay will have to meet new people to fill the void of loneliness caused by our departure. Except for Jill and Kaela, because they will always have each other.

This socially expected ritual will be easy and exciting for some and hard and scary for others. Now, Sara, don’t worry, someone will feel obligated to be your only friend. Regardless of your situation, just remember home is wherever your loved ones are. Even though you will be away from your family, your home and all that you know, you are sure to make new acquaintances, new memories and new friends. You will begin to build a new home and then before you know it you will be done school, done your degree and either coming back to mooch off your parents or heading off on your own. Wherever you are, you will be experiencing new, terrifying and exciting adventures and beginning your life. No longer will you have Maddie to talk to, Sara to laugh at or Jill to tell you what to do. You will be on your own at last. But always remember that a home will always be here, Rossland will always be here, we will always be here. Some of us will come back, some will never leave. But the nice thing about living in a rural area is we will always have a closeness with each other and our community that you can’t get just anywhere. There is a big world ahead of us and, as individuals, we may not be the smartest, with the exception of a few, we may not be the most articulate, with the exception of a few, we are certainly the best looking, with no exception there. Nevertheless, we have grit. Throughout this year and our previous years here we have all shown perseverance and determination, and those qualities will see us through whatever obstacles we face in life. You will all be great, I know you will. Graduates if you could please stand. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with not only the graduating class of 2013 but the last ever and best looking graduating class from Rossland Secondary School. — Jaala Derochie, RSS 2013 valedictorian

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ood afternoon, graduates, parents, and guests. Grads, let’s start by talking about you. Right now, you are all teenagers; you’re 17 or 18, and being a teenager is glorified in our culture, and for good reason. You’ve got youth, you move fast, and you are fairly intense about everything you do. Some of the best movies ever made are about teenagers doing things they probably shouldn’t be, and most of that revolves around teenagers thinking they can take on the world, and sometimes being right about it. You, as a graduating class, present yourselves differently than most. I’ve watched how you interact with each other, and the ways you resolve your differences. You are perhaps best described as a group of individuals that travels in ever-changing tribes. You don’t seem to have defined peer groups. The groups of you I see through my office window arriving late for school with coffees in hand changes daily, yet I know from experience that when an issue affects your class as a whole, you have each other’s backs. This can also be seen in the ways you work together in the school, on sports teams, and as you socialize. I admire that you are not afraid to point out what’s wrong, or when you disagree, with adults, and with each other. Most generations start by questioning the answers, but I hope that yours is the one with the guts and creativity to come up with some

answers, and viable solutions to old problems. In a few days you’ll finish your final high school class or your last provincial exam, and in effect, you will be handed the most freedom you have ever had in your life. You will soon be free to live where, and with who, you want. Many of you will experience the next few years with multiple roommates, high rent, superhuman schedules, and not enough sleep. Somehow, this won’t be a problem for you. In car racing, they say that “If your foot isn’t firmly on the gas or on the brakes, you aren’t racing.” This quote is significant right now, because that’s what the next period of your life is going to feel like. We often focus on goals and success, while down playing mistakes we make. This, in itself, is a mistake because when we don’t get it right— when we make mistakes—it means we are learning. So take advantage of that. At your age, and into your twenties, you can screw up spectacularly, and still look good doing it. Frankly, if you don’t make mistakes along the way you’re either (A) lying, or (B) a little bit boring. Right now, you are probably as open minded as you will ever be. As you move towards your twenties, your interests will focus and narrow, and you will tend to surround yourself with people of similar interests. This is natural, but be careful, because it can also be the start of a closing mind. When

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Above: Annie Cameron gets graduated as Greg Luterbach places her tassel on the right side of her cap to signify the event. Cameron won the major award of the school, the John MacMaster Award.

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Left: Caps are thrown at the end of the graduation ceremony; Below, left: Kaela Zimmer, left, and Jaala Derochie share the Renato Magnone Memorial Award for outstanding commitment to athletics: Below, right: The hall was decked out with star and starlet pictures on a walk of fame; Bottom: The many provincial titles won by RSS sports teams looked down on the graduation proceedings in the gymnasium.

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Above: Rick McKinnon (left) receives congratulations from Grade 12 student Patrick Soltice as the rest of the class applaudes; Right: the auditorium was decked out for the banquet; Bottom: the 41 graduates of the class of 2013 decked out in their finery; Below: three graduates take the stage in the main entrance of the school for photos; Left: Each student had their picture taken as a movie star or starlet and hung on the wall.

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Good question. Most home policies do cover boats, motors and their equipment but only up to a specified limit, usually around $ 2,000. The liability under your home policy only covers the ownership and operation of certain size and types of boats. Every Insurance Company has different wordings but usually if the boat is less than 26 feet and the outboard motor is less than 25 hp or the inboard motor is less than 50hp, they can be included under the home policy. If your boat is worth more than $ 2,000 you can either add coverage to your home policy or purchase a separate marine policy. Coverages vary and you want to make sure you know what you are purchasing. The best policy is an agreed value policy with no depreciation for repairs on partial claims. Agreed value means the Insurance Company pays the amount of insurance purchased so this is why older boats require a marine survey to determine the value of the boat. Some policies have extensions automatically included in the policy, such as coverage for tenders (dingys), personal effects, loss of use and fire department charges. There may also be a separate water-sport liability limit on your policy. To get more more information contact RHC Insurance Brokers at any one of our 8 locations. RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd. 2080 Columbia Ave, Rossland 250-362-7337 1(877)797-5366 www.rhcinsurance.com

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The Grade 5 and 6 track and field boys titles fell to two Rossland athletes at the School District 20 elementary school track and field meet at Haley Park last week. Simon Hills of Rossland’s MacLean Elementary School won the individual overall individual track and field title for Grade 5 boys on Tuesday, June 4, while Ethan Jang of Rossland Secondary School (RSS) was all around top boys athlete in Grade 6. About 250 athletes from eight schools participated in the annual event with 16 records being broken, 10 of them on the track. Fruitvale’s Macy Verigin set two records for Grade 5 girls in the 400 metre and the high jump, while school

mate Josh Mason broke three records for Grade 4 boys in the 100 m., 800 m., and 4x100 relay. Mason also won first in the long jump and took the overall individual award for Grade 4 boys. Glenmerry’s Megan Caron took top honours in Grade 4 girls, while Verigin took the girls Grade 5 title. In Grade 6 girls there was a three-way tie between Eva D’Odorico of RSS, Camryn Haines of Fruitvale, and Ella Mayer of St. Michael’s. Jackson Konklin of St. Michaels and Josh Fogul of Kinnaird tied for top boys award in Grade 7, while Glenmerry’s Emma Caron won it in the girls division. F r u i t v a l e Elementary won the overall team title with most points in total followed by Glenmerry and RSS.

2013 Black Jack membership survey

Black Jack Ski Club (BJSC) members are being asked to fill out the 2013 annual member survey, open now until June 17 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BlackJack2013. This year the club is also doing a five-year plan, so there are some extra questions in the survey to help the club come up with a plan that serves all members. There is plenty of space provided for comments so provide your input. The survey should take less than 10 minutes but will guide the BJSC committee for the next five years.

McKay comes out on top in Bucyk golf Staff Rossland News

Seventeen-year-old Tyler McKay of Rossland won the Johnny Bucyk championship the June 1 weekend in Creston. The players all played 36 holes on Saturday and then 18 on Sunday. McKay opened with rounds of 75 and 74 on the difficult Creston course on Saturday, June 1. This was good enough to have a nine shot lead over his brother Braden McKay who posted 81 and an 77, and Jake Reeves of Sandpoint, ID who had rounds of 76 and 84. On Sunday the weather turned a bit worse, and Tyler

struggled out of the gate. He posted an 82, but was still able to hold on and win. Braden finished second in the 15-19 year division, and Carson Arcuri from Nelson finished third. In the 14 and under division, Reeves finished first, Kaeden Lane of Grand Forks finished second and Aiden Browell of Fruitvale came in third. Tyler and Jake will both receive exemptions into the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship and the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship.


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The 1st Warfield Beavers hosted the annual Beaveree on June 1 at Camp Tweedsmuir in Fruitvale. ABeaveree is a gathering of all the local “Beaver Colonies� for a day of fun activities. The 2nd Rossland, 1st Nelson, and 1st Beaver Valley Beavers were all in attendance. Al Richardson from the Sinixt First Nation was on hand for a stick and drum ceremony demonstration. A representative from Teck Trail Operations gave a well received presentation on insects. The Beavers enjoyed investigating the bug population in several buckets of water from different local waterways. There were various activity stations that the youth rotated through including: a watchtower and zipline; a climbing wall; leather stamping; homemade fishing hooks; and wooden toy boat building. Of course, there was the traditional gourmet Scout lunch of hotdogs, veggies, and juice. The tired Beavers went home after a busy day of building.


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New organic salon offers healthy options Jenn Wilson Rossland News

Rossland’s new organic hair salon and barbershop, Salon Kula, opened its doors on June 11, offering the community and surrounding region fully chemical-free, organic services, which is a first in the West Kootenay. Aw a r d - w i n n i n g stylist and owner, Tennille St. John, has nearly 20 years of experience in the business and is passionate about providing her clients with top-notch results using healthy, organic options at down-to-earth prices. “It’s not more expensive, it’s just a high-quality option that I want to share with my clients,” said St. John. “I encourage options that are not only healthier for clients, but also for me as their stylist, and the products I use are also better for our environment.” Salon Kula is the only fully organic salon in the area which uses a variety of carefully selected ecofriendly products, including Organic Colour Systems, Onesta Hair Care, KeraGreen, Kynk Naturals for body, Ecokid organics for children and Hanz de Fuko for men. All of these products meet the PETA standards, eco-certification and are vegan friendly. Also, Kynk Naturals are sourced

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Tennille and Kelly St. John (right) are offering the West Kootenay’s only fully chemical free, organic hair salon and barbershop and opened on Washington Street on Tuesday.

through Fair Trade and Onesta offsets 100 per cent of its energy consumption by wind power and donates 10 per cent of its net income to cancer research. “Shortly after I opened my own salon, I began to search for alternatives that worked just as well or better than the industry standards, but without the chemicals,” said St. John. “ Fortunately, over time I found those excellent alternatives. The products I now use do the job they’re meant to do, often better than the industry standards, and I can feel really good about what they’re doing behind the scenes too.” St. John is also committed to giving back to the community and recently volunteered

her services at the Mapleloop clothing fashion show and will volunteer for the upcoming Burlesque Extravaganza. She plans to continue working with other local events throughout the year, including fundraisers for local causes. She is also exploring creating a scholarship fund to send an area student to Selkirk College’s hairdressing program. At Salon Kula’s Open House, Thursday, June 20 from 7-9 p.m., prizes will be given to anyone who can bring in a historical photo of the building. “And I don’t mind if your smiling face is in it,” St. John said. In past years, the newly renovated space at 2167 Washington St. served as the former

About teNille St. JohN

After graduating high school and completing her hairdressing apprenticeship, St. John went on to compete successfully at an advanced level, winning awards along the way. She joined the Aveda network, where she began to master her craft, gaining experiences from working back stage at fashion shows to editorial work and the creation of educational videos. After more than 10 years in the Aveda network, Tennille opened her own salon in Hamilton, Ont. which she successfully operated for over seven years. Eventually, the call of the mountains and the beautiful Kootenays proved too much, and she and her husband decided to relocate to Rossland after researching and road-tripping to other areas in B.C. They chose Rossland for its wonderful setting, vibrant close-knit community, the active lifestyle and sustainable mentality of its residents. When she’s not at work, you’ll find energetic St. John and her husband Kelly enjoying their surroundings on snow, dirt, and water. Salon Kula is located at 2167 Washington St., just down from Idgie’s Restaurant, and is also wheelchair, stroller, and mountain bike accessible. You can book your haircut online via www.salonkula.ca or www. schedulicity.com. Colour services can be booked over the phone, via email or in person. For more information, please contact Tennille St. John at 250-921-KULA (5852) or visit www.salonkula. ca.

Mountain Gypsy Restaurant and Malahoff’s Grocers, for those long enough in the tooth to remember that time. “When my husband and I chose the name Kula, we felt it best conveyed our thoughts of Rossland

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