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Th ursd a y , Se p tem b er 2 6 , 2013


Celebrating 115 Years

Serving the South Country, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford since 1898


Getting racy on Dirt Diggler

Ducks make the drop - Page 16 SPARWOOD

Visiting the animal control centre - Page 3 FERNIE

Swim, Drink, and Fish! - Page 2

Conrad Spring makes his way down the hill at the weekend’s Dirt Diggler DH Fall Classic mountain bike race. Turn to page 16 for the full story and more photos. Photo by Simon Valiquette


Fatal collision on Hwy 43 under investigation By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff

Rugby Club are cup champs - Page 15


Exhibit features local artists - Page 14


nineteen-yearold Sparwood man is dead and a 38-year-old Sparwood man is in stable condition in the Calgary Foothills Hospital after their vehicles collided on Highway 43 on Thursday, September 19. The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who died following the motor vehicle accident as Dakottah James Alexander Myles, aged 19,

of Sparwood. Myles was the driver and sole occupant of a car, which was in the collision with a pickup truck on Highway 43 about 10 kilometres north of Sparwood. “The collision, which occurred just before 6 pm, claimed the life of the 19-year-old man who's vehicle crossed the center line while traveling southbound on the highway,” said East Kootenay Traffic Services (EKTS). “The young man's vehicle collided head on with a northbound pickup.

The northbound pickup was driven by a 38 year old Sparwood man.” Once on scene, Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services conducted an initial scene assessment and witness accounts have assisted in determining that the collision occurred when the southbound passenger car attempted to pass a vehicle in a two lane passing section of roadway. The passenger car was unable to complete the pass safely and collided with the northbound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck suffered severe injuries to his chest and lower body. He was taken to Sparwood Hospital and later transferred to Calgary Foothills Hospital via STARS air ambulance with serious life threatening injuries. As of Monday, September 23, “the 38-year-old Sparwood man was in stable condition in a Calgary Hospital being treated for injuries sustained as a result of failing to wear a seatbelt,” said EKTS. RCMP Traffic Services investigators and a

collision reconstruction analyst examined the scene collecting evidence including a ‘black box’ from one vehicle. Many newer vehicles have what’s commonly referred to as a ‘black box’, which records details like outside temperature. RCMP reported that the collision occurred during daylight hours and the weather and road conditions at the time were clear and dry with good visibility. EKTS has not released the name of the injured man.

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Swim, Drink, Fish Festival celebrates Elk River By Shelby Cain Contributor


he Elk River Alliance brought the third annual Swim, Drink, Fish Festival to the banks of the Elk River last weekend. The two day event focused on celebrating the healthy waters of the Elk River and ensuring sustainability of the river through support from both community and industry. Lee-Ann Walker, Executive Director and founder of the Elk River Alliance, stated the importance of water literacy for our community. The Elk River is so important to the community for many different reasons, and ensuring it remains healthy and diverse in its species of both fish and invertebrates is something everyone can join together to

accomplish. On Saturday, families explored the many different life forms in the river. Complete with a very successful fly-fishing demonstration from long-time fisherman John Poirier, president of Wapiti River Fly Fishers, bamboo rod builder, and master tier of flies. Kids participated in crafts, a ‘fishing’ pond, and aquatic themed face painting. The “Great Elk River Shoreline Cleanup” was held on Sunday, which coincided with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Communities across Canada came together to keep their precious water resources clean. For more information on our river and how you can help in the effort to protect it please visit

The Elk River Alliance held its third annual Swim, Drink, Fish Festival over the weekend. All photos by S. Cain

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Local leaders attend annual UBCM By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


ocal leaders attended the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Conference in Vancouver last week. Elk Valley Mayors, Councillors and Regional District of East Kootenay Area Directors used the time to network with politicians and other municipal leaders during the week of September 16-20. UBCM is a recognized advocate in policy development and implementation, government relations, and external liaison communications with other groups. The Convention opened by adopting a resolution to declare a year of reconciliation with First Nations across B.C. “The harm done through Indian Residential Schools and throughout history and injustices perpetrated against aboriginal peoples have had a deep and lasting legacy,” said Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko. “By declaring this year of reconciliation, it is hoped that the importance of working together can be emphasized and that relationships will be built on mutual respect.” For Mayor Halko, a highlight of the conference was a keynote address by Stephen Lewis who spoke of his experiences in Africa and of the horrors of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and of global

efforts to address sexual violence. “Lewis applauded B.C. for the Climate Action Charter and followed with insights on issues of water, sanitation and mental health and addictions,” said Halko. “He emphasized that efforts taken at the local level significantly contribute to global efforts. B.C.'s local governments were applauded for being agents of change and community strength.” Many topics discussed at the convention included a special resolution on packaging and printed paper product stewardship, mobile business licensing benefits, property tax and the finance system for local government, existing and updated federal medical marijuana regulations, conflict of interest issues for elected officials and a proposed rural strategy for social and economic development of B.C.'s rural regions. “Also of note was a discussion on local government election reform,” said Halko. “The body of UBCM did endorse a change to a four-year term of office.” That recommendation will be put forward to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for consideration along with a proposed new Act for campaign finance. “Attending such a conference enhances the knowledge required for elected officials to meet their obligations as a council

member of our municipal corporation,” said Halko. Mayors and councillors attended the RDEK group meeting with the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), the Honourable Steve Thomson and his staff to discuss the results of an aerial survey of the Elk River done by the Water Stewardship Branch after the flooding in June and asked if assistance could be provided to address remediation work in the high risk areas. “In the first two days of the conference there were forums showing success stories from different communities,” said Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano. “Monday had a mayor’s caucus with a presentation including information on the role and responsibility of a mayor as well as the power a mayor holds. As well, 14 resort communities met to discuss concerns and successes.” “Elk Valley Mayors, Regional District Directors and Columbia Valley met with the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) regarding the Elk River,” said Giuliano. “It has been a very productive conference.” Mike Sosnowski, RDEK Area A Director, met ministers like Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Steve Thompson, Minister of FLNRO, regarding flood recovery plans. “I requested government assistance for


funding to repair dikes, remove log jams and plan for the next high water,” said Sosnowski. “The Ministers had been briefed by our MLA Bill Bennett and promised to work with us to help mitigate the flood damage. The fiscal cost of this mitigation is what poses difficulties. “Mayor Guiliano, Councillor Iddon, CAO’s from Fernie and the RDEK and myself met with the new Minister of Community Sport, Art and Cultural Development, Coralee Oaks, regarding transitional funding for the West Fernie Project. I am hopeful that this project will soon be going to public information meetings. “Networking with other directors and councillors from all corners of the province it is realized that we share many common concerns. I also listened to their structural problems and realized we are very fortunate in the Elk Valley and East Kootenay to have the quality of life we enjoy,” said Sosnowski. During the conference the RDEK won an award for Best Practices in Civic Engagement with emergency communication for their “Regional Snapshot” created by Communications Manager Loree Duczek.

A visit to Sparwood Animal Control Centre By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


og, cat and animal owners may be surprised to know there is an animal control centre in Sparwood located on Engelmann Spruce Drive behind the fire hall on Pine Avenue. Children from Tree House Daycare came to visit as they were learning about animals that week. They discovered where animals go if they are lost or can’t find their way home and how the bylaw officer’s help to find their owner or find the animals a new home. “The kids were so receptive and sweet,” said Lottermoser. “They were very vocal telling me what they knew about how to take care of animals. They loved petting the dog, Charger, and watching how the dog door works.” On any given day, there is usually one cat and dog at the centre but it has been a busier summer with seven to eight cats and two to three dogs at a time. The public brings the animals to the centre and animals are also collected when they are running at large.

Alternately a bylaw officer can retrieve an animal if people are not comfortable bringing it in. In two years of East Kootenay Security Services managing the contract, all animals have been reunited with their owners or have found homes through adoption. No animals have been put down. “I am very proud to work for such a great District who allows us to proceed in such a compassionate way with the animals that come into our care,” said Lottermoser. After 144 hours (six days) at the centre, animals are adopted out. When an animal without an identifying dog tag comes to the centre, notices are posted on local bulletin boards at the District office, the store at the Heights, by the post office, in front of RBC and at the Sparwood Recreation Centre. “It really is a lot easier if people purchase a dog tag for $35 at the District office on any business day so dog’s homes can be found without the dog having to go to the pound,” said Lottermoser. “No animal likes to go to the pound.”

Bylaw Officer Cortney Lottermoser (left) welcomed unique visitors at the Sparwood Animal Control Centre. Children and Jenn Houze (back) from the Sparwood Tree House Daycare came to learn about animal care. Submitted photo


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Upcoming Home Games

Walking to Ottawa By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff




Sat., September 28

7:30 pm * Fernie Memorial Arena Game Night Sponsor: Fernie Ford and the Fernie Ghostriders are teaming up again this year for the Drive One For Your Community Event.

Sat., September 28 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Fernie Memorial Arena

Fernie Ford will donate $20.00 for every test drive to the Ghostrider Scholarship Fund.

f you’re travelling on Highway 3, you might see an elderly gentleman walking eastward with a yellow placard on his back. Ted Musson is walking to Ottawa to protest the federal election of 2011 due to the use of “robocalls” fraudulently claiming to be from Elections Canada that sent many voters to non-existent polling stations. A retired carpenter, Musson spent most of his time playing jazz on his alto saxophone until two months ago when he began walking from his Victoria home. Travelling on his own with an older RV, Musson is doubling walking the distance with a pedometer, then walking back to retrieve and move his RV along the road. Ted has just recently celebrated his seventy-first birthday walking through the Kootenays. All this walking has taken a toll on his knee so he is taking the walk one day at a time. “The important part is the message that everything Stephen Harper does is illegal, not that I make it to Ottawa,” said Musson. “Robo calls are serious law breakers. No one has been taken to task for what has happened. So what are they saying, that legal elections are passé and not important? Very few people seem to be aware.” “This (walk) is not a lark. I have so much pain by midday due to arthritis everyday. I gave up a very comfortable life in Victoria where I

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Ted Musson, 71, took a rest day in Fernie during his walk from Victoria to Ottawa to protest the Federal election of 2011 due to the use of ‘robo-calls’. Photo by T. Hynd

could play music in my studio. But I was getting angry everyday watching T.V. seeing what the government was doing.” To follow Musson’s journey visit his blog

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n September 21 at approximately 4 pm, the Elk Valley RCMP responded to a suspicious occurrence at Rotary Park located at 600 - 6 Avenue in Fernie. Nine children showed signs of being cross contaminated with what appeared to be bear spray or pepper spray. The children did not suffer serious injuries, however they were treated at the hospital and later released. The Elk Valley RCMP is requesting anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact Cst. Patchett or any members of the Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233.




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Rousselle’s remarkable road to recovery By Arne Petryshen Daily Townman Staff


ince losing his left arm and right leg almost four years ago, Mike Rousselle has battled back along a remarkable road to recovery. Since that time, the Cranbrook resident has returned to his job, and has been featured in "Return to Work: The Mike Rousselle Story," a WorkSafeBC short that can be viewed on YouTube. Rousselle will also be doing presentations for WorkSafeBC. On Nov. 26, 2009, while working on a transformer on a power pole in the Hartley Lake area near Fernie, Rousselle came into contact with a loose live wire above him. Rousselle said he doesn't remember most of the week surrounding the electrocution. "The pole had a really sloppy jumper wire that goes across," he said. "When I went up there I either made contact or it came down and contacted me." The other worker had his back to him. Rousselle was electrocuted. He was brought to the Elk Valley Hospital then airlifted to Calgary. “I spent a few nights there,” he said. “They amputated my

arm that night and a week later, after about seven surgeries, they amputated my leg above the knee.“ He was released from the hospital after two months, but stayed another month for rehab then went to Vancouver to continue rehab. After a year there he was having problems with his right limb and had to go back for another surgery. About six months after that he was back working, at first doing scheduling, then working his way to becoming foreman for the company, Arctic Arrow Power Contracting, formerly Arrow Installations. His wife Brett supported him through the difficult time. “She has been amazing, she kind of knows when to push me and when I need a break,” he said. “When I was in rehab I wasn’t doing too many activities.” Brett suggested that he start swimming. “She pushed me long enough and finally I ended up swimming laps and turned out I was a pretty decent swimmer with only one arm and one leg,” he said. They have three kids: Boston, 11 months old, Jonas, four years old and Montana, nine years old.

“She looks after them and me at the same time, so it’s pretty amazing,” he said. Rousselle said he has even gone back in the bucket a couple times to do the odd small job, and because he has no memory of the incident, he doesn’t feel a fear of being in the same circumstances. “I’m lucky that way,” he said. He just got a new prosthetic leg this summer. The new model is enhanced by a computer chip that monitors stability through five sensors. The model was covered by WorkSafe since Rousselle is at work and also in the field. “Because we’re contractors, we do a lot of the rural area jobs and I’m out on uneven ground or hills,” he said. “So I was pretty fortunate WorkSafe supplied it for me because of the work I do.” He said that’s one of the big reasons the special prosthetic was covered since he is missing his left arm. He said the prosthetic leg is quite an expensive one. Rousselle can also use a snowmobile. At first he found it to be too much work, but WorkSafe modified it with a special brake. His prosthetic arm clips in to the handlebars as well for steering. “The same setup I have for

Mike Rousselle and wife Brett pose with children Boston and Jonas. Rousselle lost his left arm and right leg after being electrocuted on the job as a linesman in 2009. Photo by A. Petryshen

the snowmobile, I have for my mountain bike,” he said. He has another prosthetic leg that allows him to do water sports like wakeboarding. “Return to Work: The Mike

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Letters to the Editor District of Elkford response to L. Gerhardi This letter is in response to a letter to the Fernie Free Press, September 19, 2013 edition regarding Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use within the District of Elkford. The District of Elkford, like all Municipalities in BC, makes regulations to address the community’s needs that are at times specific to particular situations. These regulations cannot be repugnant to Provincial and Federal laws. In other words, no municipality may make regulations exempting people from the requirements of a superior jurisdiction. The District of Elkford does not have a Bylaw stating that “motorized vehicles need not be registered, plated, insured, nor do you need to wear helmets.” The District of Elkford Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Regulation Bylaw, No. 671, 2006 goes above the requirements of the provincial law and requires licensing and insurance. There are many more safety and regulatory features to this bylaw which can be found on our website at The District of Elkford cannot regulate ORV use outside of its boundaries. The District does regulate riding within the boundaries, which is restricted to multi-use trails designated for the use of these vehicles. The bylaw specifically states that ORVs must be moved from road to trail in a direct fashion and be pushed rather than ridden. Generally users respect this requirement and those that willfully and dangerously ignore are subject to fines by the District or the RCMP. The District of Elkford has some innovative bylaw measures which address the issue of ORV use within the municipality, to which it focuses on safety of the public and riders before convenience. The District works with the Elkford ATV Club, the Elkford Trails group and the Elkford Snowmobile Association to address needs, and when warranted, will propose changes to the bylaw. The District of Elkford values the safety of its residents and visitors and always works towards allowing free and expansive access to our wild surroundings, while attempting to ensure the regulations meet the needs of users and non-users alike. District of Elkford

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ATV Usage I read the letter from L. Gerhardi regarding ATV usage in Elkford. I am not sure where L. Gerhardi lives or where they got their information but they are not alone in their beliefs and rightly so as there are no end of ATVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles on the streets which causes a misconception that it is okay, perhaps even legal. It is not. I have gone to the District website as there is a grey area as to what is believed

Off-highway vehicles A response to MOTORIZED VEHICLE CONCERNS by L. Gerhardi, printed September 19, 2013 I am saddened that such a negative and damaging letter was written about our community without the writer first researching the facts. The facts as it pertains to ALL motorized vehicles within the town limits of Elkford are as follows: • All motorized vehicles operated within Elkford town limits MUST BE insured • All motorized vehicles operated within Elkford town limits MUST have a valid provincial and/or Elkford multi usage trail plate • All motorized vehicles operated within Elkford town limits MUST follow all provincial laws, which include use of helmets on vehicles that require them • All motorized vehicles operated

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and/or allowed, what is ignored and what is misunderstood. Rather than my copying and pasting the District Website, please go to www. where you can then click on the links and bylaws. • Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Bylaw Bylaw 671 District of Elkford • Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Ticketing Bylaw 672 District of Elkford • Elkford Trails

within Elkford town limits must adhere to posted speed limits • Elkford has an extensive trail system, of both motorized (generally listed as “multi-use trails”) and non-motorized trails (pedestrian only) • All multi-use trails within Elkford town limits are clearly posted at MAX 20 km/hr. As for the statement “Form a group and start cleaning and grooming these trails/ roads”………Elkford has a very large and active ATV membership (around 100 members) and has been instrumental in many trail maintenance programs, bridge maintenance/reconstruction, trail/road clean-up and recently joined with Elk River Alliance (September 21, 2013) to do a river clean-up. Elkford also has an active Snowmobile Club (around 50 members) that also participates in trail and bridge maintenance but also grooms trails in the area, as well, safety has always been both clubs’ number one

That will hopefully shed some light on this rather than the he said/she said that everyone seems to run with. What I would really like to see is a response to L. Gerhardi from the District of Elkford as well as a separate response from the RCMP to see if they are on the same page. Merle Dyck Elkford BC

priority. The statement “these folks are left to run loose” cannot be farther from the truth, as with most small communities across Canada, Elkford has a very active and visible RCMP presence, anyone ignoring the laws will be apprehended. It is clear that L. Gerhardi has grouped all operators of “off highway vehicles” into one group, by this logic all people that drive a vehicle MUST drive and send/read text messages, drive while under the influence, drive without the use of seat belts, etc. Not all people that operate a vehicle break the law, and not all people that operate an off-road vehicle break the law, so don’t condemn all off-road operators for the actions of a few. Granger Bertrand Law abiding Elkford citizen

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Camper refutes letter My name is Sandy Fokkens, and I again am sending a letter to the editor. I would like to add a quick response to the comments and accusations that were published in response to my complaint of a local business – Newgate Sandy Shores and the subsequent leaser – Victor Robinson. This is an excellent example of what we had to deal with, the lies and bullying we are not willing to stand for. I am not going to waste my time (or yours) reiterating again what occurred, I knew we were dealing with a disreputable business owner and he has confirmed this for not only I, but all parties who were involved in this incident by his horrendous and completely false response to my complaint. All can be proven in the official police report that is public record, and available to anyone who would care to confirm. Newgate Sandy Shores is a private camp ground. Regardless of whether the RCMP feel you are being unjustly evicted, they have no choice but to enforce the whim of the proprietor – to confirm, you have no rights as a paid camper on a private camp ground. The only thing the RCMP could do, and did do, was their due diligence to ensure an accurate report was on file and provide locations of local provincial camp grounds we could relocate to, which we did – literally 5 mins down the road. This would not have been provided had we been deemed in any way a danger to fellow campers or reckless fire

practices etc., clearly. At our request, the RCMP went to all neighbouring campers and confirmed that not one complaint was made or issued. I myself have lost a family member to a drunk driver, and there is something that needs to be clarified. Under no circumstances would any member of my family EVER endanger themselves or others by drinking and driving. Under no circumstances would an RCMP representative EVER allow someone to drive while even the hint of drinking. Under no circumstances, were we requested/provided numerous breathalyzers, and at no time were we EVER detained and deemed unfit to drive and be allowed to drive in a few hours – this did not happen and is a complete and total attempt to discredit myself and my fellow campers. Anyone with half a brain would realize this is a total fabrication, and I would strongly urge anyone who even remotely believes this version of events to contact your local RCMP office and confirm the law. As I’m sure you can determine, I am furious. I am furious with how we were treated at this campground, furious that we had no rights at all, furious that a business owner is allowed to treat people this way and I am even more furious that instead of owning what he did, accepting that he overreacted and completely went off the deep end, he responds with even more lies and fabrications – only this time it is in writing for all to see, thank you Victor for confirming all we have said. Shame on you Victor Robinson, and shame on anyone who supports this type of blatant bullying, dishonesty and misuse of beautiful, provincial land.

Karen Pepper (right) presented a cheque on behalf of the Fernie Alpine Resort C o m m u n i t y Summit Fund to the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation during the annual olf tournament held at the Fernie Golf and Country Club on Setptember 21.  Submitted photo

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EmploymEnt programs of BC.... with MLA Bill Bennett 1. There are 85 WorkBC Employment Services Centres around B.C. The Employment Program of BC (EPBC) works with more than 300 service providers to deliver employment services across the province. Government will invest $344 million in employment services for 2013-14. 2. More than 108,000 British Columbians have received services through WorkBC Employment Services Centres since the program was launched in 2012. 83 per cent have had an employment case manager, while the balance were able to use self-serve options. Since the EPBC was launched, 22,320 people have found work and 500 people have found meaningful community attachments. 3. More than $473,000 has been invested to provide assistive technology to more than 330 job seekers with disabilities. Tools are provided for employed individuals who are at risk of losing employment or self-employment due to their disability. As well, employment options are offered for students with disabilities who are in their last year of school. Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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Rated: G 7:00 & 9:00 pm


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• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Noon Hour Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00pm- Dominoes Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:00 to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm – Bridge Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00 to 9:45am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00am to 1:30pm- Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Noon Hour Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:30 to 2:30pm – Parent & Tot Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:30pm- Ladies Archery, Fernie Elks Hall

• 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Aqua Fit 14+ Over at the Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Active Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Toddlertime at the Fernie Library for ages 2 & under • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Noon Hour Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 3:30 to 4:45 pm – Lego Club & Board Games at the Fernie Library, ages 6-10 years • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 3:45 to 5:00pm – After School Rec Hockey in the Sparwood Arena • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00 to 9:00pm – Adult (19+) Badminton, Fernie Community Centre • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Over at the Sparwood Pool


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre

• 8:45 to 10:15am – Adult Shinny at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00 to 9:45am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:30-11:30am - MOMs Group at the Fernie Library • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Noon Hour Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm- Youth Archery, Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 9:30 to 11:00pm – Adult Rec Hockey in the Sparwood Arena


• 6:30am to 1:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:15am – Aqua Blast at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:00 to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 11:15am – Gentle Fit at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Noon Hour Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Skate & Shoot at the Sparwood Arena • 1:15 to 3:15pm – Public Swim at

the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 4:45pm – Word Play at the Fernie Library, ages 11-13 years • 3:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Free Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – $3.00 Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:00 to 8:15pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Teen/Adult Swim at the Elkford Pool



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• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • Noon to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 1:00 to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00 to 3:45pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 2:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:30 to 4:30pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 4:00 to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie Legion • 5:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:45 to 8:15pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 12:00 to 2:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:15 to 4:00pm – Public Skating at the Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 3:00 to 4:45pm – Public Skating in the Sparwood Arena (most Sundays) • 7:00 & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre

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Gallery Opening Reception for The Visual Arts Guild Workshops at The Arts Station, 7-9pm Columbia Basin Trust AGM (4pm) & free community BBQ (5-8pm) Elkford Community Conference Centre Fun with Clay at The Arts Station, 6-7 pm Highroller – Ride all day and social Heritage Tea at the Fernie Museum, 3 sittings: 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm. Limited seating. Purchase tickets in advance at the Fernie Museum. Community Celebration at the Fernie Museum, 4:30pm Harvest of Memories Gala at the Greenhouse in the Crowsnest Pass, 6pm Zachary Lucky at Clawhammer Press in Fernie, 8pm Power Interruption in Elkford, 4-10am Fernie Seniors Drop-In Centre Open House, 2-4pm

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Sparwood Senior Citizen’s Society AGM, Sparwood Library, 7pm Fernie Winter Guide Photo Submission deadline Anglican Church Women host Fall Tea at the Seniors Drop-In Centre, Fernie, 11:30am-2:30pm Mens Closing at the Fernie Golf & Country Club Fernie Half Marathon, 10am start Fire Prevention Week Indie Film “Blackfish” at the Vogue Theatre in Fernie, 7pm Sparwood Council Meeting, 7pm Reach a Reader in Fernie, Sparwood & Elkford, 3-5pm Roots Rock – WiL at the Fernie Arts Station, 8pm


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013



City of Fernie CONNECTION | Community Information and Opportunities | City Council Meeting Schedule October 2013 6 13 20 27

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

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226

Fernie Aquatic Centre

250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3)

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


The City of Fernie is now accepting applications for grant funding for the 2014 budget year.


Any community groups or organizations that are interested in requesting grant funding from the City for the upcoming year and can demonstrate financial need are encouraged to submit an application.

RFP for the Audit of the City of Fernie

Application forms and guidelines for obtaining grant funding are available for pickup at City Hall at 501–3rd Avenue and can also be found on our website at www. Completed applications can be faxed, mailed, emailed or dropped off at City Hall. The deadline for submission of completed application forms is Wednesday, October 31, 2013. Terry Holt, Director of Financial and Computer Services Phone: (250) 423.6817 Fax: (250) 423.3034 Email:


Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to dispose of an interest in land, being the entering into of a lease for a portion of the Max Turyk Community Centre (Lot 1 District Lot 4588 Kootenay District Plan 10777), specifically Room 8 comprising of 528.3 square feet, with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, for a term of 2 years, with two year option to renew. The consideration to be received by the City for the proposed Lease is the initial sum of $5,288.30 per year. This is the first of two notices, dated the 26th of September, 2013. Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services

FERNIE AQUATIC CENTRE FALL SCHEDULE September 2 to December 21, 2013

Water Slide Hours Monday through Friday 5 pm – 7 pm Saturday and Sunday 2:30 pm – 7 pm No School Fridays Crocodile is in! 5 pm – 7pm

Fernie Memorial Arena

Winter Public Program Schedule Monday to Thursday Adult Shinny 8:45 am to 10:15 am No School Friday Public Skating Noon to 12:45 pm Youth Shinny 10:45 am to 11:45 am Friday Public Skating 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Saturday Public Skating 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm Sunday Public Skating 2:15 pm to 4:00 pm NOTE: No public skating on the weekend of December 8th & 9th

Noon Hour Swim Monday through Friday 12 pm – 1 pm $2.50 Public Swim Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 1:00 pm 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 2 pm to 8 pm At least one lane open for laps in main pool during public swim times * 250 423 4466 ext “0”

Water Fit Classes *Active Fit* Monday – Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am – 9:15 am *Gentle Fit* Tuesday – Thursday – Friday 10:30 am – 11:15 am *Aqua Blast* Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 9:45 am Red Cross Swim Lessons Sets run 4 weeks – 2 days per week Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs Lessons run from 9:30 am to 10:30 am and 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Private and Adult Lesson are also offered at selected times. Parented Lessons Tues & Thurs 10:00 am – 10:30 am Please call front desk for more detailed information

The City of Fernie Finance and Computer Services Department is inviting proposals from qualified accounting firms to audit the annual financial statements of the City of Fernie for a period of five years, commencing with the 2013 fiscal year. Audit firms with proven experience and expertise in municipal audits are invited to submit detailed proposals setting out one or more means by which the goals, objectives and other requirements of this request may be best met. Request for Proposals (RFP) documents are available for download on the City of Fernie website at Submissions MUST be received prior to 2:00 PM on Monday, September 30, 2013.

RFP for City of Fernie Phone System Replacement The City of Fernie’s Finance and Computer Services Department is inviting proposals for the replacement of the City’s telephone system. The City desires to replace existing phone systems with current voice/data technology and is requesting the new telephone system to be Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) based on and including feature sets found in unified communications systems. Proponents with proven experience and expertise in telephone systems & implementation are invited to submit detailed proposals setting out one or more means by which the goals, objectives and other requirements of this request may be best met. Request for Proposals (RFP) documents are available for download on the City of Fernie website at Submissions MUST be received prior to 2:00 PM local time on Monday, September 30, 2013. For more information, please contact: Terry Holt Director of Financial & Computer Services City of Fernie, 501-3rd Avenue Box 190, Fernie BC, V0B 1M0 T: 250.423.2223 | F: 250.423.3034 | E:




THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

d is tr i c t o f spa rwo o d Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email:


Upcoming Meetings of Council (in Council Chambers)

Monday, September 30

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

Monday, October 7 Monday, October 21 Monday, October 28

Take notice that judgments will be obtained on the following manufactured homes unless delinquent taxes and accrued interest are paid before Monday, September 30, 2013. A judgment entitles the District to seize the manufactured home or any other personal property of the owner. Folio No. 70600.600 70600.634 70603.502 70603.660 70605.016 70605.270 70606.690

IT’S YOUR FUTURE. GET INVOLVED! Stop by District Hall on September 24 from 6 – 8 pm for a relaxed and meaningful discussion about how we can make Sparwood a better community.


District of Sparwood “Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987, Amendment Bylaw 1106, 2012” prohibits on-street parking from six o’clock a.m. to four o’clock p.m. October 1 to March 31 inclusive.

16. This kit will help you organize and lead your own discussion at home or work about something you care about.

For more information, contact Nelson Wight 250.425.6271

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The Public Works Department thanks you for your co-operation so that the roads can be maintained in a satisfactory condition during the winter season.


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Residents should note that: • Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited; • It is an offence to push, place or throw or allow to be pushed, placed or thrown any snow or ice upon a highway or lane; • That no advance warning is required under the bylaw and the Motor Vehicle Act and offending vehicles will be towed. Please make appropriate arrangements for parking your vehicles.


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morning aquafit swim on statutory holidays 1:00 - 4:00

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Afterschool Swim Club Beginner Afterschool Swim Club Advanced

September 10th – October 10th, 2013 Tuesdays & Thursdays Registration Fee: $80.00

Canadian Swim Patrol

September 9th – October 7th, 2013 Mondays Registration Fee: $38.00

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013


Fernie Museum got mail: History in the making By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


letter written by William Fernie to his sister 116 years ago details issues still relevant today. Fernie speaks to his sister’s question of available doctors and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Fast forward to 2013 as Sparwood and Elkford struggle to fill physician vacancies and three Elk Valley mayors received medals for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. What seems so long ago maybe wasn’t after all. While means of transportation and communication technology have transformed, health care and industrial investments are still influencing Elk Valley residents today. Will it ever change? Time will tell. For more glimpses into the life and times of pioneers like William Fernie, visit the refurbished Fernie Museum or join in the community celebration this weekend. A Heritage Tea with three sittings will be followed by the grand opening cake and ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 28. Transcript of letter from W. Fernie to his sister Mary, from Victoria BC, February 1, 1897. Dear Mary. Your letter of 14th ult. received today. In regard to your request about the chances out here for a doctor I can only say this that there are at present 66 registered medical men in the province of B.C. We have only a population of about 120.000 including Indians and Chinese. There are numerous towns springing up in the mining sections and all classes of adventurers rush to the scene, lawyers, doctors and toughs of all kind. As a general thing a doctor could not make a living by his profession in these new towns as the class going there to settle are generally very healthy men. A young doctor coming out here without sufficient means to keep him for a year or two would likely find himself in a bad fix. All the towns on the coast are overflowing with doctors and the only chances for a newcomer would be in the interior. The Provincial Government pays a subsidy to some of the doctors in the mining camps to help them make a living where there are too few patients to support them. These appointments are scarce and hard to get. Another thing a doctor’s life in the interior is one of hardship in many respects, very little decent society and lack of home comforts and it requires a man of a very peculiar disposition to make himself popular amongst the different classes he would come in contact with. Of course if a young fellow is fond of

roughing it and a life of adventure and has a little capital to keep him going for a year or two he might do worse than come to B.C. There are chances for speculation in the new mines being continually discovered of late and fortunes will be made and lost too very easily in the next few years in B.C! There is sure to be a big boom in the Kootenay District this coming summer! Railroad building and development of mines will attract a large population and towns will spring up in many directions. We have made our arrangements with the C.P.R. to take over our R.R. charter and build the road, contingent however on their getting assistance from the Dominion Government to build the road. If they deal honestly and honourably with us our coal property will be very valuable. Our share in it however is very much diminished on account of having to take in so many politicians to help us carry our points with the C.P.R. and the Dominion Govt. We expect to commence work on the opening up of the mines at once in the Spring so as to be ready to supply the demand for coal and coke as soon as the R.R. reaches the mines which will likely be in a year. I expect our Co. will want a resident doctor in the mines as soon as we get well started but that will take a year yet and no doubt there will be lots of applicants for the position. I do not know at present whether my influence in the new Co. will amount to much so that I could make no promise to get the place for any one until I see how the business works. If the old Co. had the control I should have had no difficulty at all. I expect to be one of the Directors in the new Co. and the President is a friend of mine and I will see what I can do for James but he had better not depend on it all. The salary paid to such Co. doctors generally is about 16 to 20£ per month with a chance of course of practice outside of the Co. employees. We shall need no one for this year as the number of men employed will not be great until we make room for more underground. I do not know yet what part of the performance I am going to play or what I am going to do this year. We shall get nothing out of our coal mines for 2 years and maybe three unless we sell out. I expect as soon as the R.R. is finished and the mines opened there will be no trouble in selling the mines for a large sum. We ought to get a good income from the mines without selling them for there will be a large market for the coal and coke. Peter is still at Saanich at the Lime kiln. I have not seen him since I last wrote to you. I have been busy in Victoria arranging matters in connection with the coal mines. We are expecting to sell the lime property soon to

From left: Peter and William Fernie.

Submitted photo

an English Co. to start hydraulic cement works there. We shall have little left after paying off all the indebtedness and Peter and I together will come out losers nearly £2000 not counting any interest or loss of time. I worked hard at it for a year and did not get enough to pay for my washing let alone buy any clothes. I shall be glad to get rid of it. Bad management, bad debts and business depression is the cause of our loss. We are having a very mild winter, very little frost since November but lots of rain and fog. I suppose you will have gay times this year celebrating the Queen’s second jubilee. It will be exactly ten years next June since I discovered the coal and I called the first big seam I found the Jubilee seam. I have heard nothing about the young Fernie’s out here or whether their sister came out. I will write you again before I leave Victoria and know where I am going to. I expect my jubilee will be in the mountains this year. With kindest love to all Your affectionate brother Willie

Ode to Workshops by the Visual Artists Guild Submitted


n October, The Arts Station Gallery will be exhibiting brand new images by the artists in the Visual Artists Guild. In the 2012-2013 season, the Guild had the fortune to host two workshops, both financed through Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) grants. The theme of the workshops was aimed at teaching emerging artists the skills to accomplish "Fearless Painting", and this exhibition will showcase their brave new work. In November 2012, the first workshop was given by

Karen Tamminga-Paton. Karen is an artist, mother of three teenage girls, and a high school teacher in the Crowsnest Pass. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Karen's goal was to pull in new and emerging artists who wanted to "get their toes in the water but were afraid of getting wet." Her style develops through story telling with the use of paints and collage. The idea was for each participant to express personal ideas and visions. In February 2013, the second workshop funded by CKCA was held. The instructor was Michael Hepher, owner and operator of Clawhammer Press and Gallery,

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lead guitarist of the Red Girl band, marketer and logo designer, and artist - among other things. Mike's focus during the two day workshop was to create emotion through the use in a painting of different colours than expected. After taking both workshops these fearless artists will display their new works at The Arts Station for the month of October. Come see their paintings, collage, sculpture and even an old boot or two! The opening reception will be on Thursday, September 26 at 7 pm. Meet these fantastic artists, see their newest creations, and enjoy refreshments.

Annual General Meeting Sparwood Senior Citizen’s Society

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:00 p.m. Location: Sparwood Public Library

Business: Election of Officers


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

Drive One 4 the Fernie Ghostriders By Sara Moulton Contributor


ernie Ford will again team up with the Fernie Ghostriders this Saturday for their ‘Drive One 4 UR Community’ event, raising up to $6,000 to go towards the Player Education Scholarship Fund for the team. It’s easy to get

involved– simply head down to the Fernie Memorial Arena between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday, September 28 and enjoy an obligationfree test drive in a current Ford model of your choice. For each drive, Fernie Ford Sales and Ford Canada will donate $20 to the local Junior ‘B’ hockey

team. Ltd. is pleased to be Since its inception hosting the event for in 2010, the Drive the third consecutive One 4 UR School/ year. Community program “Fernie Ford has been growing is committed to every year and has supporting the raised over $1,000,000 community, and when for local schools, the opportunity arose community groups with the Drive One and charities in 4 UR Community Canada and the United event through Ford of States. Loretta Johnson Canada, we knew we of Fernie Ford Sales to be a part 2.8” x wanted 3”

Fernie Seniors Drop-In Centre Open House

Monday, September 30th 2:00 - 4:00 pm All members and general public are welcome to visit our newly renovated centre and enjoy refreshments. Membership available.

FREE Community BBQ!

You are invited

Elkford Community Conference Centre, Sept. 27, 5 – 8 p.m.

Friday, September 27


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Notice of ScHeDULeD power iNterrUptioN iN eLKforD We will be making electrical system improvements in Elkford on Sunday, September 29, 2013. To ensure the safety of our work crews, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately six hours.

Where: Town of Elkford - all customers in Elkford-including Highway 43, 4km south of Industrial Park. When: Sunday, September 29, 2013 Time: 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time To prepare for this interruption and protect your equipment from damage, turn off all lights, electric heaters and major appliances and unplug all electronics.

of it,” said Johnson. “This is a great way for the Ghostriders to fundraise and for Fernie Ford to showcase our vehicles.” Available models to test drive include the Focus, Fusion, Edge, F150 Ecoboost, F150 XTR, F350, Explorer and Escape. For the cost of nothing but a small amount of time, the community can experience the features and performance of a new Ford while helping out their favourite Junior hockey club. The President of the Ghostriders, Barb Anderson, knows all too well just how supportive Fernie and the Elk Valley are of their local team. “This town is pretty passionate about the Ghostriders. I think it shows, not only in the support we get from the arena, but also in the support that we get with helping the team through volunteering and donations,” she said. Anderson is also proud that the club will be doing some community fundraising of their own, through a barbeque supplied by Overwaitea Fernie. “We’ll be holding a barbeque on the day of the Drive One 4 UR Community, and then we’ll donate that money,” said Anderson. “This year, all the proceeds will be going to Kidsport, which helps kids with sports fees and gear if they are not able to afford it.” In past years, the barbeque has raised money that was then donated to other very worthy causes, like the Children’s Hospital.






o m e times it’s hard to know when, and how, to teach our kids things. There Shelby Cain are some very important, life-saving lessons they need to know. But depending on how you explain it to them, it can really backfire. I was watching the news recently and saw the story of a three-year-old girl whose mother was choking. She quickly grabbed the phone, dialed 911, and stayed calmly speaking with the operator until help arrived. She did ask to speak to her dad, but overall she totally got it. Her mom was saved. Here’s another story. The other day my friend and her husband decided it was time to get the hot tub operational and have the first soak of the season. They spent the day getting it all cleaned out and filled, achieved the perfect 104 degree temperature, even put in some fresh mood lights. That night, her husband was extra helpful in getting the kids to bed. When the obligatory fifteen-minute window was passed, all was still quiet. Yes! They stripped down, grabbed a cold beer and headed out to the back deck. Just to be clear, and I think this is pretty normal for most hot tub owners, when it’s your hot tub swimsuits are optional. They opted out. A little while into their soak my friend thinks she hears a noise from inside. After perking up her ears, jets off, for a few seconds she decides to check it out. As she hops out of the tub, her warm towel waiting just inside the door, the wail of a siren comes screaming around the corner. She bolts for the house and just makes it before the red lights illuminate her…self. As she steps inside she finds her six-yearold on the phone, little sister clung to her side. “Sweetie, who are you talking to?” She asks as she simultaneously grabs her towel, the phone, and has a heart attack. The 911 operator on the other end of the line does not think this is funny. Neither does my friend, her naked husband being questioned by the police, or the kids who thought they were abandoned. Backfire. But I do think it’s very important for kids to know how, and when, to dial 911. And if my friend had been choking she would have been forever grateful her kids learned this lesson. So I guess the moral of this story is, when you’re teaching your kids about when to call for help, make sure they check the hot tub first.

The Parent Trip

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53 people ran, biked or walked our routes raising $1,272! Thank you for coming out and raising funds for cancer research!

mployees of Canadian Tire in Fernie decided to donate funds to Friends for Friends, which are normally collected for their social functions like staff lunches and Christmas parties. “We chose Friends for Friends because it is a local charity,” said Sue Fox.

$3 ,000

$3 ,500 Chris and Shelley Moulton from Friends for Friends receive a $1,000 cash donation from Canadian Tire employees Sue Fox, Karren Bax and Donna Uphill on September 23.  Photo by T. Hynd

















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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

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By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


Grace Brulotte, President of Fernie Adaptive Snow Program (F.I.R.E.), received a $4,700 cheque from Highline 100’s ninth annual Ride for Charity. Left to right: Nelda Carruthers, Maggie Edworthy, Grace Brulotte, Gord Reese and Jerry Nieuwesteeg.  Photo by David Carruthers


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

Flathead Wild art exhibit features local artists By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


Tara Higgins oil on canvas artwork came from her three-day retreat in the Flathead during the 2012 BioBlitz. Submitted photo

‘Flathead View’ by Laura Nelson is an acrylic on canvas painting created from a six-day artist retreat at the 2012 Bio-Blitz in the Flathead  Submitted photo

ocal artists Tara Higgins and Laura Nelson will have their paintings featured in the Flathead Wild Art Exhibit as part of the Missing Piece Festival in Waterton Lakes National Park this weekend. How many times have you gone into the backcountry to return to create a painting that could hang in an art gallery? For most of us, the memories of nature are what we treasure after our return. Artists Higgins and Nelson joined a retreat in the Flathead Valley last summer as part of BioBlitz by Wildsight. In August 2012, 10 scientists, including six from the Royal B.C. Museum, focused on documenting a stunning variety of rare, at-risk and extensive invertebrates from clams to butterflies to spiders and eight artists exploring the natural beauty of the Flathead Valley. Higgins and Nelson were two of eight artists who were there for the week. What came from that trip are five new paintings by Higgins and Nelson which will receive their inaugural showing at the Waterton Heritage Centre on September 28. “We hiked up a ridge in front of Commerce Peak that gave us this amazing view of the whole valley,” said Nelson. “The ridge is bare at the top except for a stand of old gnarly fir trees covered in bright golden green lichen watching over the Flathead. I

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chose a smaller broken off snag to contrast the strong horizontal silver band that is the Flathead River in my painting titled ‘Flathead View’. The Flathead River is the life blood for the entire ecosystem there, as it heads south to the forty-ninth parallel and beyond. “The colour, clarity and movement of the water were mesmerizing and very symbolic of the issues surrounding the protection of this special place,” said Nelson. This inspired Nelson’s painting titled ‘Current Direction’. “There are no borders for that water. It links the whole area. There are all kinds of water activity underground beneath the gravel,” said Nelson. “That valley is so untouched. Typically, anywhere else by a river, it would be populated. I understand both sides of the argument. So far people who go there take care of it but who knows what future generations and politicians will do. So it would be nice to preserve the Flathead in perpetuity.” As an artist Nelson could paint many subjects yet landscapes speak to her. “At a cellular memory, how does a coyote orphaned at birth know how to howl?” said Nelson. “I think it’s because we know it’s our future; we came out of that (wilderness), whether we understand that or not.” Tara Higgins has three paintings showing in the exhibit. “The Flathead is such a varied landscape. The forest is dense and there’s an amazing light,” said Higgins. “I tried to capture the light and the intensity of it all untouched with ‘Drive By Shooting.’ “There are a massive amount of rivers and the creeks are prolific when you get a chance to stand out on a cliff to see the rivers (below). It’s quite a contemptuous

place with the sunset over the river and a storm brewing with oranges and red bouncing off the bottom of the clouds. The whole valley thrives because of this grand river running right through the heart of the valley.” “It’s such a grand valley with blue, blue, blue sky and mountain ranges spanning on forever. ‘Over the Rainbow’ represents the openness and vastness of the area.” If you can’t make it to the Missing Piece Rendezvous next weekend, the Flathead Wild Art Exhibit is a travelling art show expected to come to Fernie in the new year. Hosted by some of North America’s leading conservationists, ‘The Missing Piece Rendezvous’ intends to send a message that people are excited and committed to the idea of the expansion of Waterton Lakes into B.C.’s AkaminaKishinena Provincial Park, also known as the Flathead Valley. “The line-up is a who’s who in renowned conservationists,” said Andrea Becker, Waterton Wildlife Weekend Festival Co-coordinator. Harvey Locke, will be joined on stage by Charlie Russell, famed for his work with bear conservation in North America and Russia; Cristina Eisenberg, an American biologist and author who, through her studies on wolf and prey dynamics, is revealing the benefits of this misunderstood animal on the ecosystem; and Sid Marty, author of many books on natural history and western culture. The ‘missing piece’, as is evident by a map-view of Waterton and Glacier national parks, would match the western border of Glacier and the northern border of Waterton, with the Flathead River marking the western edge of the new national park.

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

Elk Valley Rugby Football Club wins Saratoga Cup


By Sara Moulton Contributor


Elk Valley Bulls Pete Dudman, Dan Parker, and Ronan MacCon. Photo by Matt Frost

hen Dan Parker and Pete Dudman planned a meeting to discuss the possibility of reviving Fernie’s defunct rugby club last winter, the idea that they would even be the top of their district was the last thing on their mind. However, just six months after the club’s creation, this past weekend saw the Elk Valley Bulls win the championship for the entire province. “It was completely unexpected”, said club Captain, Dudman. “When we first began, I wasn’t even expecting to win a single game. Then we finished undefeated!” The semi-final and final games were played back-to-back in Penticton over the weekend, with the Bulls defeating Manthers North Okanagan 23 to 7 on Saturday before crushing the Delta Brit Lions 26 to 10 in Sunday’s Grand Final. While there were a few heated incidents on the field, the president of the club, Parker, credits the team’s extra-fiery spirit to some of the offfield antics of their rivals. “The ‘disappearance’ of our mascot headgear [a pair of elk antlers mounted to a hard hat] the previous night fired us up even more, and we were determined to show you don’t mess with a Bull’s antlers!” said Parker. With tries by Adam Walker, Mike Harrington, Chris Schliebs and Dave Walker being followed with three conversions by Tom Baker, the Bulls closed their first-ever season as undefeated provincial champions. Player Sheldon Root showed great commitment to the team, playing in the final despite injuring his back the previous day, only to suffer a broken nose during the big game. Parker is proud to be a founder of the first team from the Kootenay Region to bring the Saratoga Cup home. “It’s something no other rugby team in the Kootenays has ever done… we have won the Provincial Championships, a competition that has been around since 1974,” said Parker. The Bulls are keen to keep building the club and are set to work with the Fernie Secondary School next year to create a Junior team in addition to the Men’s team. They plan to start

Pete Dudman prepares to kick things off.

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meeting and training again in April 2014 and are hoping to expand their player base. Those with little or no experience are welcome to get involved. “We’re always looking for new recruits and many of our players from this year had never played before,” said Dudman. “We have players from all over the Elk Valley and we alternate training between Fernie and Sparwood, so everyone has a chance to join in.” For now, the team is looking forward to taking a welldeserved break over the winter. Reflecting on the past six months, Parker recognizes the team’s achievements so far as well as their prospects for the future. “The story could not have been scripted any better and was a dream just six short months ago… it was the passion of a few in early 2013 that gave life to the Elk Valley Bulls, and with the support of the community and dedication of the team we have achieved something special.”

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The 3300 Club’s 23rd annual Duck Race took place Saturday starting at the East Fernie bridge. Hundreds of ducks were dumped into the river to race to the West Fernie bridge. Photo by A. Horton


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iders got grounded by the extreme steeps and coal shutes on the Dirt Diggler Down Hill Fall Classic mountain bike race for the eighth year running. Nick Quinn broke a new course record completing the double black diamond course in 10 minutes when the usual rider takes 15 minutes. Thirty-nine riders braved the challenging course that was built by Derek Bird nine years ago. The double black diamond trail is 3,500 vertical feet over six and a half kilometres and is very steep. It begins at the top of Morrissey Ridge and ends on River Road in Cokato. Due to heavy rain, a lot of work was done two weeks prior to get the course race ready. “A lot of riders were impressed how much the trail has improved. It’s getting easier to ride every year,” said Bird. “The traction was good due to the recent moisture. Last year the course was dry and people were nervous to ride it.”

Photo by Simon Valiquette

Black lung and Coal Shute are two challenging sections. Black lung is 100-foot long steep section; when it’s dry, it’s silty with a couple fivefoot drops on a 35 per cent slope. With a technical course that length, approximately twelve course marshals volunteered to assist along the route. Bird built the trail with a big mountain race in mind. Inspired by Psychosis, the infamous epic downhill trail and race in Golden, he flagged the Dirt Diggler course ten years ago. “It’s been eight years of full on work,’’ said Bird. “Fortunately it is getting to be less work each year.” An Irish crew has been coming to the race from Vancouver every year, one of which has since moved to Fernie. Bird was happy to see a couple people visiting from Vermont join the race. An award ceremony was held at El Guapo thanks to Scotty and his crew. There was $4,000 in prizes donated by Ski Base, Straight Line, GearHub, Planet Foods and Edge of the World plus $850 in cash prizes for the top four finishers.

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013



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Ghostriders return for first home game of the season “We lost, but we played well. We did everything but win, and we made some nice plays”, said he Ghostriders returned to Hladun. the Fernie Memorial Arena The first period was particularly on Friday, September 20 explosive, with several close putting up a great effort against goal scoring attempts by players the Sicamous Eagles during their such as Dylan Robertson and first home game of the season. Cole Keebler. With Sicamous Despite ultimately being hungry for a win after their defeated, 3 to 1, the Ghostriders 6-point thrashing at the hands worked hard to give the crowd of the Ghostriders last weekend, a taste of what to expect for the start of the game was full this season. Head coach, Dale of tension and resulted in both Hladun, was keen to focus on the Colby Burns and Josh Teves positives after the game, which earning penalties. was his first home match with his By the end of the second period, new club after eight seasons with Coach Hladun looked somewhat the Princeton Posse. concerned but was still optimistic. “We’re just going to make it really exciting for the fans at the end, that’s what we’re doing,” he as of September 25, 2013 said. DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Eddie Mountain Goalie Phoenix Team GP W L T OTL Pts Logan-Hill Kimberley Dynamiters 5 4 0 1 0 9 worked hard at Creston Vally Thundercats 4 3 1 0 0 6 holding Sicamous Columbia Valley Rockies 5 2 1 1 1 6 back, but couldn’t Fernie Ghostriders 4 1 2 0 1 3 By Sara Moulton Contributor



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goalkeeper and Olympian Arthur "Jakie" Nash] played there, a few years after they were in the Allan Cup. I’ve actually got a lot of family in Kimberley who are going to come and watch, so I’m excited.” His attitude on their loss is positive. “We won’t dwell on it. We had so many chances tonight, we just hope we’re going to get the same in Kimberley and put more in the net this time.”

The result of that game was Fernie 3, Kimberley 4, with Kimberley scoring the winning goal in the final moments of the game. The Fernie Ghostriders’ next home game will be at 7:30 pm Saturday, September 28. You can also meet the players at the Drive One 4 UR Community event with Fernie Ford, taking place from 9 am to 5 pm on the same day.

Ladies Soccer Team visits Whitefish

From back row, left to right: Leanne Pierce (assistant coach), Mary Shier, Patti Malmas, Marian Ma, Amy MacCon, Leah Spergel, Lucrecia Najera, Stella Hutchinson, Heather Macdonald, Lynn Ferguson, Nicole Neufeld (captain), Nicole Heckendorf, Patrice Oscienny, Taylor Caravetta. Missing: Trish Burley and Cait Good.

The Fernie Ladies Soccer Team played hard at the Whitefish Summer Games in Montana over the weekend of September 7 and 8. The Fernie Flash played two games on Saturday winning both games, 2-1 over the Calgary Alum Jag and 4-1 over the Calgary Straycats. After losing three of their offensive players by the end of Saturday, they lost their game on Sunday 4-0 to Cranfish, the Whitefish/Cranbrook team. A great weekend filled with great soccer games was had by all and finished off the ladies' 2013 outdoor soccer season.

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The Fernie Ghostriders line up ahead of their first game of the 2013/14 season. Photo by S. Moulton


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stop them from sneaking through to a 2-point lead. With Justin Mitchell receiving a late penalty with less than four minutes left in the game and a tough opposition goalie, the Ghostriders were unable to level the score. Nevertheless, Coach Hladun is particularly impressed with new recruit, Aidan Geiger, who scored the Ghostriders’ only goal for the night and is currently leading the points board after a great opening weekend during their two away games. Joining the team as a rookie from Calgary, Geiger has been enjoying his time with Fernie so far. “I’m having so much fun and I’m playing with a great group of guys,” says 17-year-old Geiger. “Everyone’s on the same page, everyone wants to win. It’s great to play here… I was pretty excited to score in our first home game.” Geiger was also looking forward to the following night’s game in Kimberley, where he has a family link to the city that dates back to the 1940s. “My great-grandpa [legendary

Derek Bird ripped up the course at this weekend’s Dirt Diggler downhill mountain bike race. Derek built the challenging race course that begins at the top of Morissey Ridge and ends on River Road in Cokato nine years ago.

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sparwood Curling Club Diane Stemberger passes the torch

Final Registration October 1st Sign up as a single or team.

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Stephanie Hornquist (left) with Diane Stemberger at the Nationals when Hornquist won the Gold Ladies Triathlon event and became the National Champion of Canada in Calgary in 2007. Submitted photo

By Tamara Hynd Free Press Staff


iane Stemberger is taking a step back from leading the Fernie Skate Club after 16 years of coaching the thriving Fernie club. With new head coach Kathy Sutherland leading the way, Stemberger is still involved with the club during practices assisting the other professional coaches as she still enjoys being on the ice. Goals and focus for the club have been and will continue to see growth in membership and development with all the skaters from wee ones to the graduating skaters. “Skate Canada is moving in the direction of the Long Term Athlete Development program

(LTAD) and the Fernie Skating Club is implementing the LTAD program this season,” said Stemberger. “There has been a lot of changes in competition levels in the past few years, so I decided to become a Technical Specialist. This is a volunteer position, and the job is to help identify the elements that are being performed in a skater’s routine.” “There are so many memorable moments over the past 25 years of coaching,” said Stemberger. “What makes coaching so rewarding, is to see skaters achieve their own personal goals. It can be as simple as taking a few extra steps that a skater wasn’t able to do last week, or a new landed jump, a new spin, a gold test

level, or a skater achieving their ultimate, winning a Provincial or a National Championship.” Her future plans are to continue to work with School District No. 5, currently at Fernie Secondary School, and be working in a full time position in the future as she enjoys working with kids of all ages. The club membership continues to grow and the skill level continues to rise with highly qualified coaches Marni Wilson, Lisa Skubovius, and Debbie Joseph to help with their success. The Fernie Skating Club has been offering power skating sessions in summer camp and spring camps. For more information, go to www. website.

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Baynes Lake Fuel Treatment Program 2013 The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) invites proposals on two blocks that are proposed for fuel treatment with a total area of 52.1 Ha. The proposed treatment involves mastication in preparation for a prescribed burn. Work must be completed by May 1, 2014. The goal of the treatment is to protect the community from wildfire. SEALED ENVELOPES marked, “Regional District of East Kootenay - Baynes Lake Operational Fuel Treatment 2013.09 Price Offer” will be received by the Emergency Services Coordinator, Regional District of East Kootenay, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 until 2:00 pm local time on October 11, 2013. Please quote title in subject line if sending by email to The Request for Proposal packages may be obtained as of September 13, 2013 from the Cranbrook RDEK office during regular office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday) and are available online at or on BC Bid’s website. A site meeting and field tour is mandatory and will be held Friday, September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am. The meeting will be held at the intersection of Jaffray-Baynes Lake Road and Sweet Road. Those planning to attend the meeting must submit an RFP receipt confirmation form, which is located in the tender package. The Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily accept or reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities at its own discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing the Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily reject any bid submitted by a contractor that has a disputed account against or due by the Regional District or against whom the Regional District has a disputed account. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted and the Regional District reserves the right to negotiate terms and conditions with the successful Bidder.

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Support the Reach-A-Reader campaign On October 10 buy your local newspaper from a volunteer on the street. Your donation goes directly to a literacy program in your community. Join the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Black Press to promote, celebrate and support literacy initiatives. Submitted


he Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is the Columbia Basin and Boundary region not-for-profit literacy organization. Our vision is that local communities across the Columbia Basin and Boundary region will be healthy, inclusive, and committed to literacy and learning as lifelong and lifewide activities. CBAL works closely with libraries, schools, colleges and other community partners in your community to offer a variety of paths to learning. Schools and colleges provide formal learning opportunities that follow a curriculum and result in formal recognition of learning by awarding diplomas or degrees. Both CBAL community based programming and college continuing education courses provide opportunities to learn in non-formal ways. That is,

although there are recognized learning outcomes, the learning process is generally more relaxed and does not result in a diploma or degree. A silversmithing course at the local college or a senior’s computer program offered by CBAL are both examples of nonformal learning. CBAL’s informal learning programs provide experiential learning opportunities and are designed to be responsive to the needs of those who participate. They do not result in formal credits and are led by someone who is acting as a facilitator of learning. These kinds of programs include Autobiographical Writing, Making Connections: Learning and Reading Partners, ESL conversation groups, and various parent and child early learning programs. CBAL’s staff recognize the uniqueness of each community we serve and offer non-formal and informal literacy and learning

programs to meet specific, local needs. The staff helps adults develop the functional skills in reading, writing, numeracy, English language, essential workplace skills and computer skills they need to be successful lifelong learners. We also help families with resources and information about how to support the learning development of their children beginning at birth. Improved skills increase confidence and participation in the economic, political and cultural life of the community. You can make a difference in your local community. Participate in the Reach-a-Reader campaign by purchasing a paper on October 10, volunteering to sell papers, or simply spreading the word as a campaign champion. To get involved, contact The Free Press or Meghan Morton, Community Literacy Coordinator Elk Valley at

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CBAL is a non-profit charitable organization that supports literacy development in the communities of the Columbia Basin and Boundary region of south eastern British Columbia. For more information,

visit or call 1.250.342.3210 ext. 8 CBAL Facebook Page columbiabasinallianceforliteracy Contact: Ali Wassing,

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The The Free Press and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy are The Fernie Ghostriders, The event Free Press and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy partnering on a great new for Fernie. are partnering to raise awareness and promote literacy programs in the Elk Valley. On Thursday, October 6, some of Fernie’s highest profile people will be out on the street with our October newspaper asking forgroups donations support literacy initiatives On Thursday, 10th, these will to behelp out in each community, Fernie,in our community. Along with your we will give youasking a copy for of your community Sparwood and Elkford, with Thedonation Free Press newspaper donations to help newspaper for FREE (plus there might be a few extra promos to go along with that). support literacy initiatives.

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Absolutely all funds raised from the day will go towards CBAL and all funds will stay in community in which they are raised to support literacy programs. the community in which they are raised to support literacy programs in our community. Please Help toLiteracy Promote Literacy and LifelonginLearning in our Communities. Help Promote and Lifelong Learning our Community Help Promote Literacy and Lifelong Learning in our Community

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fernie Gymnastics new equipment Submitted


he Fernie Gymnastics program is enjoying some new equipment thanks to a donation from Teck. The program has been successfully running through the City of Fernie for many years with limited equipment that includes a high beam, low beam, spring boards and some landing mats. This year the program was able to purchase an inflatable tumbling track, a fitness wheel, a floor strip for tumbling as well as a mini-bar A donation from Teck allowed the Fernie Gymnastics program to purchase new equip- setup for kids. The City is hosting ment for developmental gymnastics.  the program in the Max Turyk facilities in the old library space. Submitted photo

There still is some work to do but now that the participation base has increased by 60 gymnasts, we are hoping to continue to fundraise to improve the space. For now the goals of the program are fun, fitness and fundamentals. A full gymnastics setup that could support a competitive program costs $70,000 for just bars, beam, floor and vault. Teck’s $7,000 contribution allowed the program to purchase equipment that focuses on developmental gymnastics. The program is being coached by Cathy Korne and Carissa Hart on Mondays and Saturdays. For more information and to register, please call the Aquatic Centre.

Search and Rescue teams practise life is getting back more-or-less to normal. I would like to apologize to our sponsors for this late thank you, ell, the spring and summer as Search and Rescue (SAR) has had a seasons are winding down, busy season. kids are back in school, and During the spring of 2013, SAR volunteers began the challenge of hosting an exercise in the Elk Valley that brought in members from the East Kootenay, West Kootenay, and South Okanagan regions, as well as other organizations that teams partner with while completing tasks within the province. This exercise, SAREX, is a great opportunity for teams Get up to $100 when you automate your to get together, practise, and 1 mutual fund savings. share their skills and methods in non-pressure situations. Unfortunately, many members who planned on attending ended up getting deployed on other tasks over the weekend. This year, CASARA (Civil Air Search and Rescue Association) was involved in SAREX for the first time. CASARA was successful in finding subjects so that teams could be deployed to extricate them. Another goal was to build on By Marianne Stone Elkford Search and Rescue


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“Bear calls on an upswing after a ‘good’ start to the year.” Even though bear related calls are down on average across the province in comparison to last year, WildSafeBC warns residents that the active fall season is about to heat up with regards to human-bear conflicts. “We’re down about 20 per cent province-wide in terms of bear related calls to the Conservation Officer Service Reporting line,” says Frank Ritcey, Provincial Coordinator of the WildSafeBC program.” However, that could all change with the fall season. Natural forage has been good with a long wet spring but the dry hot summer could have reduced the availability of natural foods.” Bears are entering a phase of their yearly cycle called “hyperphagia” a time when they can take in up to 20,000 calories in a single day. It is during this period that they create great stores of fat to make it through their winter hibernation period. “Garbage, unpicked fruit, bird feeders, pet food, outdoor freezers, and small livestock all become targets for the bears,” warns Ritcey. “Preventing bears from accessing these attractants will help to keep the wildlife wild and our communities safe.”

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Wildlife Sighting Update Bear sightings and reports of bears accessing garbage and other food sources have been reported throughout the Elk Valley. Fernie: A black bear and two cubs have been seen on Fourth Avenue and behind the Leroux Mansion in Fernie. Bears reported on McLeod Avenue and Anderson road. Sparwood: Bears reported throughout town, Pine Avenue, Ponderosa, Hickory, Cypress, White Birch, Juniper and by the Fire Hall. Elkford: Bears reported on Elk, Ash, Arbutus, Alpine Way and by the District Office. Since the inception of Bear Aware (the fore-runner of WildSafeBC) the annual destruction of bears has dropped from about 1,000 animals a year to approximately 500 animals a year. WildSafeBC is a program run by the B.C. Conservation Foundation and more information about the program can be found at or they can be followed on Facebook at Locally you can reach your WildSafeBC community coordinator at fernie@wildsafebc. com Thank to you our local program sponsors, City of Fernie, District of Elkford, R.D.E.K. and the Columbia Basin Trust.

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HILL, Sept. 26, 2002 In Loving Memory of our dear son & daughter-in-law Garry & Nadine No words we write could ever reveal our love for you both or how we feel with aching hearts. We whisper low “god bless you� both, we loved you so and always will. All our love, forever... Mum, Dad, Michael, Elaine, Shelby, Ryan, Nadine & Brandon

To Jack & Jackie

The Broken Chain Little we knew that day, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly. In death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. For a part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. We miss you very much! Frances & Girls

Obituaries HOPE: Adery C. A. Hope passed away peacefully at the Elk Valley Hospital on September 18, 2013 at age of 74 years. Adery was predeceased by her husband Gordon in 2002 and will be sadly missed by her son Erik (Liz) and daughter Dr. A. Willow Hope, one grandson Alexzander, and her little companion Otis, who has found a new home with Dr. Hope. She held a master’s degree in business statistics and was a professor for many years. In her spare time she loved to ski. She moved from Calgary to Kragmont on Lake Koocanusa in 1997, and then on to Fernie. Cremation was held. Please join the family in “A Celebration of Life� and potluck supper at the Hope residence on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 2 – 6 PM by drop in. No flowers please. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

MYLES: Dakottah (Cody) James Alexander Myles, born on June 9, 1994 in Sparwood, B.C. Cody was taken from us unexpectedly on Thursday, September 19th, 2013. Cody leaves behind his family, Robyn Myles (Mother), Lance Myles (Father), Fontanna Myles (Sister), and grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended friends. Cody loved life and his family. Cody enjoyed his sports and started playing hockey at the age of 5 until 17 years of age. Cody started officiating at the age of 12 years until present. Cody was known for his laid back demeanor and his huge heart, as well as an incredible sense of humor. Cody has a smile that you could never forget and never will. Cody touched many lives and will continue to do so. Cody loved his fishing, golfing, and being outdoors with family and friends. Cody will forever be loved and never forgotten. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Cherished Memories “Serenity Chapel� with Reverend Jane Clarke officiating. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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LIGHTBURN: Agnes Mary passed away quietly with loved ones by her side on September 18, 2013 at the age of 91 years. Agnes was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Anna and Ivor Soderberg and spent her childhood on the prairies with her brother and two sisters. She met her soul mate George Lightburn in Saskatchewan but it wasn’t until she moved to BC that they were married. After they were married, they settled down and raised a family of their own. Agnes had the hardest, most rewarding job of all, she was mother to 13 children, she enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and yet she found time to do needlework, garden, jigsaw puzzles and was a member of the Sand Creek Lady Lions. Agnes was predeceased by her parents, husband George, a baby daughter Marion, son Lawrence, her brother Ben and sister Frieda, as well as grandson Sheldon. Left to mourn her passing are her children: Fred (Janice), Doreen, Georgina, Bill (Virginia), Alice, Gordon, Stuart, George, Nelda (Steve), Dixie (Ron) and Dennis (Cindy), as well as grandchildren: Natalie, Marty, Clint, Shelley, Lisa, April, Dwayne, Stephanie, Domenic, Darren, Michelle, Dan, Amanda, Mike, Ken, Brenda, Tanya, Teresa, Wayne, Meagan, Brittany, Jason, Brent, Alisha, Shalane, Katelynn, Kelsey and Brody, along with 47 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Jaffray Community Hall with Pastor Bill Plant Officiating, burial followed at the Sand Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Agnes’ name to: Sand Creek Lions, C/O PO Box 178, Jaffray, BC, V0B 1T0. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

BRENNAN, 1928 - 2013: Pegeen Brennan died peacefully on Sept. 17 at home, surrounded by family. She was 84 years old. Born in Ashcroft, B.C., she was brought up in Ontario, but she returned to B.C., to Fernie, where her father was a coal miner. She received two degrees from UBC. She wrote poetry and novels, and joined the English Department at UBC, where she met her husband, Lee Whitehead. Pegeen and Lee retired to the Okanagan, where she delighted in horses, cats, and wild birds. Pegeen is survived by her husband; son Paul and his wife Lenore; daughter Lael Whitehead, her husband Richard Iredale, and their daughters Lauren (Blake Wilder), Marlies, and Julia; by a great-grandaughter, Kymera Wilder; by her sister Sandra Gabriel, her brother Desmond Brennan; by her foster daughter, Meltem Brennan; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger. com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos From Remuda, by Pegeen Brennan: “Love� (1977) LOVE

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SACCOMANI, GIUDITTA LOUISA: Our loving mother passed away peacefully in the arms of her family on September 18, 2013. She was such a caring, beautiful, loving, hard working mother that would do anything for her family. She will be so deeply missed, by her family and will leave a hole in our hearts that could never be filled and never ever forgotten. Judy is survived by daughters; Candida and Aurelia Saccomani (Terry Alebakis) and numerous nieces and nephews. Judy enjoyed gardening, flowers, hummingbirds and walks with her family. Mamma always taught us to do the right thing in life. She was predeceased by her husband, Aurelio Saccomani, her son Pierino, her brother Lieto Masotti and her cherished parents, Clemente and Alfronso Masotti. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, September 23, 2013 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sparwood, with Father Bart van Roijen Celebrant. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge, AB. Our heartfelt thanks to all the staff at the Elk Valley Hospital and a special thank you, to Dr. Stephen Gray who gave our mother the best care. In lieu of flowers please donate to the: Elk Valley Hospital, PO box 670, Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.


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MULLEN, HELEN MARIE December 18, 1942 – September 10, 2013 After a long battle with illness it is with the utmost sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Mullen. Helen was a long-time resident of Cranbrook, BC. She formerly resided in Fernie, BC and Saskatoon, SK where she raised both of her children. She loved spending time with her family and friends, playing bingo and gardening. She will truly be missed by all who knew her and loved her. Helen is survived by sons Clayton (Karen) Mullen of Okotoks, AB and Todd Tarasoff of Cranbrook, BC, four grandchildren, Eric and Ryan Mullen, Payton Craig and Angel Tarasoff, as well her sisters Karen (Rick) Thomas of Red Deer AB, Marjorie Mullen of Saskatoon, SK and brother-in-law Reg Pryor of Saskatoon, SK as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Mickey Tarasoff (2010), four brothers and three sisters and her parents, Fred and Blanche Mullen. A Celebration of Life will be held at the house of her long-time friend, Bev Westerby, on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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