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The Times Review has toured the MAX Mine site. The mine adits are at the top right, near the brown staff buildings. The grey building at the centre left is the crushing complex, and the building at the bottom is the processing mill. The mine is located on a mountainside just above Trout Lake, B.C. Discovery Ventures image

New life for Trout Lake’s MAX Mine? Aaron Orlando

The MAX Molybdenum Mine, located on a mountainside just above Trout Lake, B.C., may see new life after a flurry of activity on the finance markets in the past two weeks. In September, 2010, the molybdenum mine suffered a serious underground collapse, bringing a halt to mining and milling operations at the on-site refining mill. The company conducted remediation work and did resume milling and some mining, but a combination of weaker molybdenum prices and geotechnical challenges underground eventually shuttered the mill. On Nov. 4, 2013, Max Mine’s parent company Roca Mines Inc. announced it had received notice from the TSX Ventures Exchange that it was about to be de-listed from the Toronto-based stock exchange. This set off a succession of wheeling and dealing in the next few days.

By Nov. 6., Vancouver-based Discovery Ventures Inc. announced it had entered into an agreement with Roca to acquire the MAX Mine. The deal will see Discovery Ventures pay $5.675 million in cash and stocks to Roca for the 59 mineral claims that make up the 5,489-hectare MAX project. The deal is not complete; the buyers are still seeking just under $1 million in funding to complete the transaction. On Nov. 7, Discovery Ventures announced it had received conditional approval of the transaction from the TSX Venture Exchange. Discovery Ventures is led by Akash Patel. The Vancouver-based president and CEO is an accountant who specializes in corporate taxation. “We are very excited about the proposed acquisition of the MAX Mine and mill complex and the strategic synergies that may result by combining Discovery’s existing Willa Project with the Max Mine processing facility.” The 5,238-hectare Willa Project is

key to the deal. It is a gold, copper and silver deposit located eight kilometres south of Silverton, B.C. on Red Mountain. The mineral deposit has been explored since the 1890s, when the area was known as the ‘Silvery Slocan.’ Since the 1960s, a long list of mining companies have conducted exploration work at the Willa Project. According to Discovery Ventures, a 2005 exploration showed that metal prices wouldn’t provide adequate returns to justify proceeding. The plan now is to use the MAX Mine mill to process minerals from the Willa Project. The mines are 135 kilometres apart by road. In an interview with the Times Review, Patel said the Willa site was not financially viable partly because it lacked a mill. “It’s like having a sawmill without trees,” he said. The idea is to truck about 500 tonnes of ore per day – to start –

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CSRD votes to support adventure park ALC application

This image shows the site plan for the proposed adventure park as it relates to the Agricultural Land Reserve. CSRD image Alex Cooper

The board of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District voted to recommend approval of two applications to the Agricultural Land Commission relating to the Revelstoke Adventure Park and an adjacent subdivision. The Illecillewaet Development company submitted two different applications to the Agricultural Land Commission relating to their property in the Greeley area. The first is to allow non-farm use on a portion of private land that will be part of the adventure park. The other is for a 21-property sub-division along the Illecillewaet River. Last Thursday both applications were presented to the CSRD for referral and in both cases, the board voted to recommend approval to the ALC, which has the final say on both applications. In doing so, they voted contrary to staff reports that recommended refusal for both applications. For the first application, a report

prepared for the proponents by agrologist Bob Holtby says the land is “obviously arable” but the wetness of the field limits it to permanent pasture or forage harvesting. Holtby’s report concludes, “It is my opinion that the proposal will have little, if any, impacts on the agricultural capability of the land.” A CSRD staff report counters some of the claims in Holtby’s report. It says Holtby’s report doesn’t properly consider the volume of use that would be required to make the adventure park viable. It questions the assessment that the adventure park wouldn’t impact future agricultural use of the land and says that the volume of use needed for it to be successful is “not especially compatible with agricultural use.” Hotby’s report on the sub-division says the land is arable and the best use would be for forage crops. Dividing the land into 21 one-hectare lots would allow for hobby farm development similar to homes nearby.

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from Silverton to Trout Lake via Nakusp, then mill on site. Patel said that would mean a few trucks doing a few round-trips per day. The mill at the MAX Mine would require modifications to process silver, gold and copper, Patel said. He didn’t have technical details, saying company engineers are working on it. Patel said they are exploring backfilling the MAX Mine with tailings from Willa to help stabilize it. He said MAX is not viable as a molybdenum mine under current prices, but if they went up, they could also explore reopening the mine. Further permitting for mining at Willa and processing at MAX Mine


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mining molybdenum; backfilling the mine with tailings from Willa would be designed to deal with ongoing instability issues at the mine. Molybdenum is a metal added to alloys to bring them heat- and corrosion-resistant properties. Patel said significant new pipeline projects, for example, could push molybdenum prices up past the mine’s economic viability threshold.

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Five options presented at Mountain View open house Alex Cooper

Five options for the old Mountain View Elementary site were presented at an open house on Saturday, and they all contain nearly identical ideas – a mix of residential lots and park space, and preservation of the original school building. "There's a lot of options," said retired superintendent Anne Cooper, who is helping with the work on the Mountain View site. "What we're trying to do today is get some information out and let people comment." A steady stream of people showed up at the community centre on Nov. 16 to see the plans and provide their own input into what should be done. Four of the ideas came from consultants Graham Farstad and Donald Luxton. They all preserve the original school, with parking in the rear of the building. They all call for a mix of residential lots and park space on the rest of the site. Where they differ is in the size of the lots and where the park should be. "We're looking at the heritage building, the park, and the residential is the last component to generate value," said Farstad. The first option contains 22

Consultants Donald Luxton and Graham Farstad were in Revelstoke on Saturday for the open house on Mountain View Elementary. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review

10-metre wide lots, and the second option has 19 12-metre wide lots. On each of those, the park would be place in the middle of the site, and the east end would contain six larger lots that could be sold together for future commercial or town home development. For the third and fourth options, the park would be at the east end of the site and the western portion would be divided into either 10-metre lots or 15.5-metre lots.

"The only thing that I know we all have to remember is we can't donate the whole piece of land to somebody to develop something without getting any revenue," said Cooper. "We have an obligation to get some revenue, so that's our limiting factor." The fifth idea was from local planner Glen O'Reilly, who pitched a similar site layout to those of the consultants, but had fewer residential lots on his proposal, and four

commercial lots at the east end of the site. In his proposal, the parkland would be at the middle of the site and would provide a connection from St. Peter's Church to the riverfront, where, ideally, a small landing would be built. James Walford, a member of the city's heritage committee, said he wasn't overly concerned with what happened to the site, as long as the heritage school building is preserved. "I think most of us are in agreement," he said. "Lots of people would like to see it retained for school use or commercial use, but I just want it retained." Kelly Rienks agreed that the heritage building should be kept. "My worry is they don't find a buyer so it deteriorates more," he said. "That will be the challenge." His wife Mieken said she hopes the heritage building would be turned into a community centre for youth groups. "There's so many that are in basements or churches," she said. "A lot of communities have youth centres for all the youth groups." The school district has started the process of designating the original school building as a heritage site. A statement of significance prepared by Luxton notes the school

"is valued as the last remaining example of a large, masonry school constructed during the early years of Revelstoke's development, and as an excellent example of institutional neoclassical architecture. It is connected with the early growth and development of the Revelstoke community." He concludes "it is an important landmark in the community." Luxton also prepared a statement of significance for the former student support services and aboriginal education building, which was originally built in 1938 as the manual training and home economics building. Retired superintendent Cooper has commonly referred to the building at the pink nipple, and Luxton's report reflected that sentiment, saying, that due to the modest, utilitarian nature of the building, and the high costs of rehabilitation, it shouldn't be retained as a heritage site. Cooper said she and the consultants will be going over the public feedback over the winter and will also start the process to solicit interest in purchasing the heritage building. They will then come up with a plan to present to the Revelstoke Board of Education for re-zoning the site. To see the proposed plans, visit

Revelstoke H2O system leaks Olympic pool of treated water every day Aaron Orlando

The typically porous ground underneath Revelstoke is enabling an Olympic-sized swimming pool of treated water to leak from the city’s water network undetected each day. At their Nov. 12 meeting, images like that crystallized Revelstoke City Council’s support for water metering consultant Veritec’s recommendation to implement district water metering, as outlined in their comprehensive report on the water system. Engineer Graham Waley pre-

sented the findings to council. The report, which was discussed at length in an article in the Nov. 6 Times Review, found that district metering was the best water metering option for Revelstoke. Basically, district metering means employing several metering and leak-detection techniques and technologies to detect and fix leaks on main water lines. The Veritec report found this system would be far more effective and much cheaper than alternatives like commercial metering, or placing meters on all homes in Revelstoke. “The only return on investment

Veritec engineer Graham Waley reported on Revelstoke’s ‘D’-grade water leakage. Aaron Orlando/ Revelstoke Times Review


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comes out in the district metering,” Waley told council. He said based on their studies and results achieved in similar communities like Cranbrook, he felt district metering could achieve, “a 30 per cent reduction in water loss.” Pointing to an international index that grades water system leakage, Waley noted Revelstoke’s rate of earns us a ‘D’ grade, saying there was room for improvement. How did it get this bad? Waley explained in locations with clay soil, leaks are more easily detected because water is forced to the surface. But in Revelstoke many leaks,

cracks and holes go unnoticed because the water simply drains away and doesn’t cause visible disturbances. Our leaky water pipes aside, Waley also said universal metering would likely not be suitable for Revelstoke because the economics only pan out in locations where water is scarce and expensive to treat. At their Nov. 12 meeting, Revelstoke City Council opted to incorporate bulk water meter replacement and district metering into the 2014 budget, and that federal gas tax funding be considered as a funding source.

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are designed to protect the public. It wasn’t always so. Back in the early years of the 20th century, people could buy products like Coca Wine and Heroin which contained the drugs cocaine and heroine, which made addicts out of many people. Even morphine products were freely available. Drug laws protect us well today.

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Winter is here and snowmobile thieves have returned to Revelstoke. The Revelstoke RCMP reported two thefts of vehicles and snowmobiles on Nov. 12. First, at about 2:45 a.m., a Ford F-350 pickup truck and Ski-Doo Summit snowmobile were stolen from the 700 block of Eighth Street East. Three hours later, RCMP received a report that a Dodge truck, snowmobile trailer and two Polaris RMK snowmobiles were stolen from Oscar Street in Southside. At about 8:30 a.m., the Dodge truck and the trailer were found, but the snowmobiles were not located. The Ford F-350 was found not long after, without the snowmobile. Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said he would not reveal where the trucks were found, saying he hoped that information could be used in the investigation.


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“They were recovered in very close proximity to where they were stolen,” he added. He said there was no evidence the thefts were by the same people, but based on the fact the thefts were done in close time and proximity to each other that “it would only make sense this was planned and by the same people.” “We’ll be working very diligently to figure out if this was organized crime, what exactly was going on and, as mentioned in the news release, really trying to encourage people to come up with prevention methods,” he said. The RCMP is reminding residents to secure their snowmobiles with a variety of theft deterrents, such as video cameras, chains and locks. “Anything to keep it safe and combat the theft,” he said. Grabinsky said one trailer was well-protected with chains and a locking hitch, but the thieves were still able to make off with the truck, trailer and sleds. “We’re talking people with fairly aggressive means,” he said. “I’m not going to hide it from people – they need to combat it with fairly aggressive means as well.” Grabinsky noted that Revelstoke is one of the top spots for snowmobile theft in Canada and he said RCMP would be using the bait sled program at some point this winter to try and tackle the problem. “We rate success on how we do the next year, and until we start really solving this problem, we’re not finding success yet, and we’re trying to do that,” he said. The RCMP is asking anyone with information about the thefts to contact the detachment at 250837-5255 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Adventure park from page 1 “I believe that this proposal, coupled with the nonfarm use application that has been presented, would provide a non-conflicting development in a currently isolated area,” Holtby concludes. Still, in it’s report on the sub-division, CSRD staff opposed the application on the grounds that the proposed 21 one-hectare lots are not supported by the Area B Official Community Plan, and so the ALC should not approve it. However, at the meeting of the CSRD Board of Directors on Nov. 14, Area B director Loni Parker spoke in favour of both applications. She told the board she spent a lot of time in her youth there, and with the lack of sun, late springs and early falls, it was a place the ALC should review. She said she supported the sub-division application and that small hobby farms were needed in the area. She said the developments would not impact the City of Revelstoke’s watershed. She said both applications represented good economic opportunities for the area and she urged the board to support the applications. In a follow-up interview, Parker said the guidelines laid out in the OCP were there to make sure the Greeley area didn’t turn into a second base village for Revelstoke Mountain Resort, not that there shouldn’t be any development there. “I’m not concerned we’re going to have rampant development out there that’s not done by design,” she said. “There’s still a process that would happen.” The adventure park proponent is still applying for a tenure over crown land. If it moves forward, it would still need to apply for an OCP amendment and re-zoning. The board voted to reject the staff recommendations and instead voted on a different motion supporting both applications. Revelstoke mayor David Raven, the chair of the CSRD, stepped out of the meeting while the applications were discussed. “I’ve taken a lot of personal attacks and any participation of mine in that decision would be taken the wrong way,” he said. “It would bring question to the decision regardless of whichever way I voted on it.” With files from Barb Brouwer/Salmon Arm Observer

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Assessment uncertainty new norm for City of Revelstoke Aaron Orlando

The City of Revelstoke will have to deal with budget uncertainty for the foreseeable future caused by “aggressive” re-assessment appeal practices, caused mainly by Revelstoke Mountain Resort owner Northland Properties appealing assessments on its condo units at the Sutton Place Hotel. In a report discussed at Revelstoke City Council’s Nov. 12 meeting, city finance director Graham Inglis explained why property tax revenue projections have gone from stable and predictable prior to 2008, to the current wild swings that are making nailing the city budget very difficult. The BC Assessment Authority (BCAA) assesses property values in B.C. They issue their tax assessments in the first week of January. A few months later, municipalities like Revelstoke finalize their budget, and then set a tax rate that will raise the amount of money budgeted. Inglis explained that prior to 2008, assessment appeals were rare and insignificant to the budget process. “In recent years however, there

Assessment appeals for condos at the Sutton Place Hotel (pictured) are driving budget uncertainty at Revelstoke City Hall. Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review

has been a shift towards aggressively appealing assessment values by the larger corporate property owners,” Inglis explained. “This has resulted in some significant assessment value reductions and reclassifications from higher taxed classes to lower taxed ones.” Inglis explained to the Times Review that Northland Properties is appealing the assessment category in which condos are categorized.

For example, if an individual condo is rarely rented out as a hotel room in one year, the owner can appeal a commercial assessment to BCAA, arguing it should be assessed as residential for the past year. If successful, the City of Revelstoke would gather far less taxes on the property because the residential tax rate is far lower than the commercial one. The assessments go both ways; a property that is classed residential

one year can be commercial the next if it’s rented out enough to trigger a taxation threshold, which is determined by BCAA. The appeals are typically sorted out after the city is done with the budget, meaning the city often receives far less tax income than it budgeted for. For example, so far in 2013, the total negative impact on tax income for the city is $209,395. In addi-

tion, some appeals from 2011 and 2012 are still in the appeal process. They could add up to $41,689 in losses for the city. Together, it’s about $250,000. It looks like the city will have to live with this “ambiguity” in “perpetuity,” Inglis explained to council. Inglis prepared his report to inform council about what’s going on. Mayor David Raven said getting docked about a quarter of a million dollars late in the year was “a bit of a kick in the head.” Raven told council: “It eats up whole parts of the restraint that council has practiced over the past year. In fact it will eat up the tax increase we put forward to build our reserves. Council has taken the course of pursuing some fairly restrained budget practices to build our reserves in a fiscal way. At the end of the day, the rug is pulled from underneath us.” In response to questions from the Times Review, Inglis said the City of Revelstoke had been forecasting a general operating surplus of about $500,000 for this year, but that will be halved by the supplementary assessments.

CSRD asks forest ministry for say in logging in ‘sensitive areas’ Alex Cooper

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District asked the B.C. government to put a mechanism in place to ensure local government is consulted on logging in sensitive areas. The request came after the

CSRD Board of Directors discussed the report by the Forest Practices Board on the Begbie Bench logging. The report, which was written about in the Nov. 13 issue of the Times Review, said Stella-Jones did not adequately consult with local stakeholders prior to logging 60 hectares of forest in the area.

The FPB report recommends that the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) work with licensees and plan signatories to either amend local land use plans to reflect current management and legislative obligations, or rescind them. “This would provide clear direction to licensees, stakeholders and

the public on government’s objectives and expectations for activities on B.C.’s Crown land,” the report states. At the Nov. 14 CSRD board meeting, Area B director Loni Parker re-iterated her stance that Stella-Jones should have consulted with the signees of the 1993 Begbie Falls Integrated Resource Plan. She

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Empty Glacier Park Lodge is an eyesore Editor, Re: Glacier Park Lodge future awaits end of legal battle, News, Nov. 20. Parks Canada and the B.C. Government should be totally ashamed of the condition of Glacier Park Lodge in Rogers Pass! Whoever is in charge should make settlements, bulldoze this mess and create a road-side picnic spot, washroom facility and parks interpretation centre for the travelling public. Can you imagine the opinion of any of the thousands of tourist who travel through this passage to the Rockies - and how many friends they discuss this with when they get home? Can you imagine anything in such a condition in Glacier or Yellowstone Park in the USA ? Or even in  an Alberta park? Not likely !  

Revelstoke into round four of Ski Town Throwdown

L ET T E R S Someone please fix this mess soon and while you are at it fix the road. Garth Elrick, Revelstoke, B.C.

Hunter hunts camera thieves

Editor, I had a motion-activated bush camera that takes a picture every 15 seconds whenever there is movement within its range. This is my hobby, taking pictures of wildlife. It gets me out with nature and I can shoot wildlife without a gun. Last week I went to pick up my cam-

era and download the pictures. When I got there, it was gone. The thief went to considerable effort to steal it, breaking through a padlock and pipe stripping. Mr. Thief, I know who you are. I have pictures of you casing my camera. If you are a hunter, you have no ethics. If you are not a hunter, you are just a common vandal. I even left a note saying I would send you pictures from the camera, including my phone number. Please send the memory card to me as it is no use to you. This also applies to whoever stole the camera from the Downie Creek area! Clancy Boettger, PO BOX 757, Revelstoke, B.C., V0E 2S0

Knights donate to Home for Hunts

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Revelstoke is on to the elite eight in Powder Magazine's Ski Town Throwdown. Revelstoke fans outvoted Banff supporters to push the town into the next round of the online popularity contest. In round one Revelstoke beat out Cypress Mountain and in round two it defeated Nelson/Whitewater in a nail biter. Revelstoke will now face either Rossland's Red Mountain, or Juneau, AK's, Eaglecrest in the quarterfinals of the competition from Nov. 20–21. The winner of the competition gets to declare itself North America's top ski town. Voting takes place on the Powder Magazine Facebook page.

From left: Kevin Coulter, past Grand Chancellor for B.C. Knights of Pythias; Simon and Pauline Hunt, Geoff Battersby of the Home for the Hunts project team, and Ray Cretelli, Grand Prelate for B. C. of the Knights of Pythias, together at the Home for the Hunts Project. The Knights donated $2,000 towards the project to support the purchase of specialized assistive and accessibility devices that Pauline Hunt requires for her safety and independence within the home. Hunt has ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and the project aims to renovate her home to make it wheelchair accessible. Coulter noted the Knights have raised $250,000 in funds over 10 years to support the people of Revelstoke with their special needs. Contributed

Ski bums that stayed

Marc Joiner is the owner of Burridge’s, one of Revelstoke’s oldest businesses. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review Alex Cooper

The business owner

We all know the tired stereotypes. They don’t shower before getting in the hot tub. They don’t shower at all. The smell. They drink and party too much. They make too much noise while walking home. They steal from Cooper’s. They steal from the food bank (this is not true). They don’t tip. The list goes on. But what about the ones that stayed? The ski bums that came for a bit of fun and decided Revelstoke is pretty great, so they found jobs – any jobs – and stuck around. They started volunteering and started businesses and bought homes. They plan on staying. Here’s a few of their stories.

Marc Joiner came to Revelstoke before Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened. He grew up in Melbourne, moved away when he was 24 and eventually wound up in Invermere, B.C., in 2006. While he was there, someone told him about this new resort they were developing in Revelstoke. He looked it up on the map and made the move in early 2007. He skied at the Powder Springs and though that if that little hill was so good, just imagine how much better it is up high. "I came out to Revelstoke and skied Powder Springs," said Joiner. "I loved the town. It was perfect. I wandered around town. Everyone was so friendly and wanted to get know you."

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For some ski bums, it’s one winter and out. For others, a winter has turned into years and into life

He went to the visitor information centre and told them he was an electrician who was thinking about moving here. He got help finding a place to rent, finding a job and with how to get his residency. "They took me upstairs to the office and said, 'How can we make you part of this town,'" he said. He worked first for Burridge's Electrical, then spent a few months wiring the gondola and Stoke Chair at Revelstoke Mountain Resort before returning to Burridge's. A few weeks later Joiner ended up taking it over from his boss Martin Greenwood. He is now the owner of one of Revelstoke's oldest businesses – it's been around since 1909. "This business has basically given me my dream of being able to live in a town like this, surrounded by the people that are here, and surrounded by these beautiful mountains, and having everything I dreamed of in my early20s at my doorstep," he said. Joined credited the Greenwoods, and his original landlords, Dave and Nicole Grimsdell, with helping him get established in Revelstoke. Now he is happily married and owns a home in Columbia Park. "I always expected I'd come here and work," he said. "I was here to work, but the bonus is at the end of the day when you knock off you're in the world's best playground." His advice to newcomers is to make an effort to get to know the community beyond the ski resort. "I basically just had the advantage of getting in before the swarms," he said. "That's not an option now, but I'd say as long as you can commit to this town, you'll be absolutely blown away about what

comes back to you."

The lawyer and Realtor When Brendan Ginter and Jody Lownds moved to Revelstoke in 2008, the plan was to have a bit of an adventure for six to 18 months, and then move back to Ottawa and get on with their lives. "Jody will tell you it was her way to get me to move in with her," joked Ginter. Lownds, who worked as an environmental lawyer, was going to work remotely and Ginter planned on quitting his job as a sunglasses salesman for Ryder. "We thought we would end up back in Ottawa, she would work at a big law firm somewhere, and I would find a new job," Ginter told me. Five years later, and that hasn't

been the case. Ginter was able to keep his job with Ryder, working around the B.C. Interior. Then, one day, they decided to buy a house. "The overwhelming thought wasn't buy a house so we can stay, it was let's buy a house so we can get a dog," said Ginter. "We got the most expensive dog house in the world." When they were closing the deal on the house, lawyer Connie Brothers told them how there was a big need for lawyers in Revelstoke and that Lownds should set up a practice here. Six months later, Lownds was a licensed lawyer in B.C. and set up her practice, B Jody Lownds Law. For Ginter, it was then a matter of finding a new job that would involve spending less time on the road. He decided to follow his father's foot steps and become a Realtor.

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FROM THE SUMMIT at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. The side galleries feature Holes and Tunnels by Jacqueline Palmer, Work from the Glacier Stewardship Adventure Program, and I Dream of Skiing by Julie Kozek. Opens on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20

MOVIE: BABIES The Revelstoke Early Childhood Development Committee celebrates National Child Day with a free screening of the film Babies. This 2010 documentary is a look at one year in the life of four babies from Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo. At the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m.

Monday, November 25



Come and enjoy a lasagna dinner, check out volunteer opportunities and learn about community resources. Catered by Begbie BBQ & Catering. At the United Church from 5–7:30 p.m. $5/plate – tickets at the door.

about emerging forest industry issues, challenges, trends and opportunities. 7–8:30 p.m. at the community centre.

Thursday, November 21

STREET SPIRITS THEATRE PRESENTS MAN UP! Follow the journey of a man who is suffer-

ing from a variety of health issues & does not want to seek help. The pressure to seek help is coming from all sides. How does he deal with it? Street Spirits Theatre is a social action theatre company that puts on plays looking at a variety of social issues. At the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m.

November 22–23

BARBARA SAMUEL This soulful singer plays music ranging from jazz to classic top 40, with her husband on guitar and piano. Live at the Last Drop at 9 p.m.

November 22–24

PEEWEE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT Revelstoke Minor Hockey hosts an Peewee hockey tournament all weekend long at the Revelstoke Forum. Come out to see how our boys fair against other teams from throughout the region.

Tuesday, November 26

The Revelstoke Community Foundation is hosting a new event called the Roaring ‘20s Night. Foundation director Steven Hui explained they wanted to create a fun, signature event, and settled on the Roaring ‘20s for its fun, carefree feel. “It’s just gathering together, putting out some information and sharing some of the success. More on the fun side, not fund [side],” Hui said. The dinner and dance at the Glacier House Resort will feature chicken valentine, beef tenderloin, Waldorf salad, lemon cake, champagne and music by local jazz four-piece Relative Jazz. The Revelstoke Community Foundation provides grants and financial support to local community initiatives and student scholarships, amongst other endeavours. They gave over $20,000 in grants and bursaries this year. They focus their fundraising efforts on memorial funds and large donations from community members, and try to avoid competing with other community groups in fundraising. Hui said the board of directors is always interested in new talent, particularly with skills in finance, grant-making, marketing and investment management. “We know the town is changing and we are trying to attract people that reflect the new priorities in the community,” he said. In the next year, they are exploring launching a smart and caring communities fund. Join the RCF this Saturday, Nov. 23 at Glacier House Resort at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75. Pictured above, foundation members Peter and Zofie Humphreys are ready for the event, and are pictured with George Hopkins Sr.’s 1928 Model A Ford Coupe, which will be available for photo ops this Saturday at the event. Photo contributed by Robert Bittner

Friday, November 22

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Cats at the Revelstoke Forum. 7 p.m. RELATIVE JAZZ Local jazz band will play tunes ranging from classic jazz, reggae, funk, blues and even a little rock and roll. With special guests, the Revelstoke Community Choir. At the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the Revelstoke Nickelodeon, the Revelstoke Credit Union, and the Powder Springs. GRANDTHEFT Toronto DJ and producer has played clubs around the world and private parties for the likes of Seth Rogen and Paris Hilton. Live at the Traverse at 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 23

munity Foundation presents a Roaring ‘20s themed dinner, with a classic ‘20s menu, games, photo booth and music by Relative Jazz. Roaring ‘20s attire is encouraged. At the Glacier House Resort. Tickets are $75, available at Pharmasave and the Revelstoke Credit Union. All proceeds go to the Revelstoke Community Foundation.


November 23 to December 1

WELCOME WEEK A week of events for everyone,

CHRISTMAS MARKET Come shop for local food

and crafts at Revelstoke’s annual Christmas market. At the community centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CHILDREN’S TRACKSIDE CHRISTMAS PARTY All aboard the Polar Express! Dress in your

pajamas and enjoy fun activities and a special visit from Santa. At the Revelstoke Railway Museum from 12:30–3 p.m.

WELCOME WEEK: WARREN MILLER MOVIE NIGHT The latest ski movie from the

genres pioneering company. At the Roxy Theatre. The 5 p.m. show is all ages and the 8:30 p.m. show is 19+. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and

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of musicians and poets from Vancouver, including Canadian SLAM poetry champion Brendan McLeod, musician Adrian Glynn and others. Their laid back indie-folk music has drawn comparisons to the Arcade Fire. At the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at Arts First, the Chamber of Commerce or through the Revelstoke Arts Council website. ROYAL OUI Ari Shine and Adrienne Pierce worked as solo artists for years, before getting married and forming a duo, playing soft and folksy songs. Live at the Last Drop at 9 p.m. DJ DEEPS Crunk, bass, synth and funk will get you dancing. Live at the Traverse at 10 p.m.

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WELCOME WEEK: FREE YOGA CLASS At the community centre at 7 p.m. AUTOPILOT Indie-alternative rock from Saskatchewan. Live at the Last Drop at 9 p.m. DJ JFB A two-time UK DMC champion, JFB plays styles ranging from jazz to funk to hip hop to dub step to breakbeats and more. Live at the Traverse at 10 p.m.

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This week’s talk is on mining and avalanches. Enjoy a talk on Revelstoke’s history by local researcher John Woods at the Revelstoke Museum & Archives. At 12:15 p.m. $5. WELCOME WEEK: KON-TIKI Come enjoy the screening of Academy award-nominated Norwegian movie about Thor Heyerdahl’s incredible journey across the South Pacific in a primitive raft. At the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. $7.

Thursday, November 28


ment centre has to offer. At 1:30 p.m.

WELCOME WEEK: TOONIE SWIM Everyone into the pool, for only $2. At the aquatic centre from 6:30–8 p.m. SAMANTHA SAVAGE SMITH Sparse, strippeddown accompaniments support pretty melodies and strong, personal lyrics. Live at the Last Drop at 9 p.m. INCREDIBLE EDIBLE FILM FESTIVAL features Nelson-based food journalist Jon Steinman who will present episodes of his new TV series Deconstructing Dinner. Revelstoke Community Centre, 7 p.m. $10.


COMING NEXT: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Friday, Nov. 29 thru Sunday, Dec. 5

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Farm and Craft Christmas Market Saturday, November 23rd Revelstoke Community Centre 10 AM – 3 PM Come support your local artisans and buy unique and handmade gifts for Christmas!


Mountain Harvest

Around town

The Times Review has been toying with a social events photo page, and should be launching it soon. We’re getting pretty close to the format, but are just short of a name. This week, we stopped off a The Cabin’s whiskey tasting on Saturday (above) and attended Art First!’s Friday night Christmas party (below). Here’s what we learned. 1. Annie Hewitt (right) of StokeFM hams it up for the camera. She’s launching the 20 Days of Stoke contest starting in December. Sign up and compete in daily challenges for a ton of ski/board prizes. Annie made Karilyn Kempton and Simon Wex of the Stoke List (left) ham it up for the camera. They are joined by Angus McLean-Wilson Revelstoke’s Pre-Order your book at (centre right). 2. Agnes Kowalczuk of the Cabin (centre right) hosts Mica Heliskiing lodge manager Cathy Shewchuk (right) and Mica senior Chantilly Kitchen Heliskiing lodge operations manager Barbara Rose. Mica’s heli operations commence in December. Their award-winning new lodge, gardeners before Nov. 26 and save! which opened last season, now has an additional 40 per cent new ski terrain after a tenure acquisition. The hot tubs have been moved share their to a new view location and Mica is offering heli-transfers from the Calgary airport this season. The ladies are joined by Mark Davis Learn from long time secrets (left), who’s back in Revelstoke after working in Lake Louise this summer. Davis was seriously injured in a dirt-biking crash last October, local gardeners but we’re happy to report he’s back on his mountain bike and ready to charge this ski season. 3. The Cabin server Jenna Forter (left) presents a range of liqueurs as part of the local bowling alley and snowboard shop’s whiskey tasting night on Nov. 16. She’s joined by guests and New Zealanders Jess Gee and Jemma Hughes, who are looking forward to a season on the Revelstoke slopes. 4. Revelstoke artist Barbara Maye with partner Geordie Knoess at Art First!’s Christmas party. Maye’s carving entitled Patience (pictured) 216 Mackenzie Ave., Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0. Tel: 250-837-2161 web: was created from Zimbabwean soapstone using only hand tools. Maye doesn’t start with a pre-conceived composition, instead she lets the individual stone guide her towards a final creation. “The stone has its own energy if you come at it with peace and respect,” Maye said. Maye then creates paintings based on NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS her sculptures, explaining she enjoys reliving the experience of carving. 5. Slocan Valley metal artist James Karthein has been working on a new metal sign for The City of Revelstoke wishes to advise the public that although City crews assist property owners with the extensive renovations underway at the Eagle Pass Heliskiing headquarters the clearing of deep snow and sanding of sidewalks, the ultimate responsibility for keeping the sideon Mackenzie Avenue. You’re probably familiar with some of Karthein’s work; he walks clear of snow and ice, rests with the property or business owner, whose property borders the built the sturgeon and kokanee sculpture on Mackenzie Avenue (along with artist sidewalk. (pursuant to Bylaw #1400, 1992). Kevin Kratz). The giant, metal heron statue in the front window of Art First! is City of Revelstoke Public Works Department another fantastic work by Karthein. It was actually built as a maquette for a ninefoot version erected in Castlegar. It’s for sale at around $10,000. Karthein has other downmarket works at Art First! including a fire poker set made to mimic the tools of winter – a ski pole and shovel. It’s pictured on the front page. Photos and words by Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Times Review

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Author Alli Graham signs copies of her book Life is What Happens at the Revelstoke Museum on Nov. 14. The pioneer and prolific letter writer has printed 200 copies of her memoir, which was featured in last week’s issue of the Times Review. Copies are available for sale at the Revelstoke Museum. She’s joined by daugther Susie Green.

MP David Wilks joins members of Revelstoke Fire Rescue’s Highway Rescue team to honour their recent nomination for an award from Emergency Management BC. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Victoria in November. Firefighters Steve Olsson and Dan Sculnick will represent Revelstoke Highway Rescue at the award ceremony. “This is truly an amazing recognition for our firefighters,” said firefighter Brad Faucett, President of Revelstoke Fire Rescue Society, in a statement made in late October. “They have been, and continue to be, a very dedicated group who are there to help the motoring public in crisis.”

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CORRECTIONS In our Nov. 13 issue, we incorrectly stated the name of the Parliamentary Secretary that local politicians met with in their Trans-Canada Highway lobby efforts. It was Colin Kerry, not Jeff Watson. In our Nov. 13 issue, we got the first name of an artist featured in an exhibit at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre wrong. Her name is Julie Kozek, not Deb Kozek. We apologize for the error.


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Clockwise, from above: Krista Carnegie was selling a number of crafts and clothing from Cambodia, where she works with the Golden Leaf Education Foundation to build schools. She is wearing the scarf she bought from a Cambodian woman at a market in the capital Phnom Penh. All proceeds from her sales go to the foundation. She will be setting up an e-commerce site soon, but for now, call her at 250-837-8569.; Hayley Colpitts (left) was selling mason mug cozies. The hand-knitted cozies come with a mason jar mug packed with five tea bags inside. Brittany Emery (right) was selling a variety of jewellery. Here, she holds up a sun catcher, which she says you can put in your window to help brighten your room. Her product line is called Wabi Sabi, a Japanese term that means, roughly, beautifully unique.; Sandra Flood holds up a ceramic teapot, one of many pottery items she had for sale. Her artful wares are made out clay and coated with a glaze to make them safe for using with food. Look for them at the visual arts centre, Sangha Bean or by e-mailing; Mieke Blommestein was selling Benjamin the Crocodile, the fourth in her line of children’s books. The book tells the story of a boy shy crocodile who meets a mouse who teaches him how to appreciate himself for what he is. It is being sold at Grizzly Books and Beyond Gifts. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review

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You’re new in town. You don’t have a job yet, or you don’t plan on getting one. Or you do have a job, but you can handle a night out and still be productive. Or not. Either way, there’s a whole host of options lined for Welcome Week – ski movies, Academy Award-winning movies, rock bands, folk bands, and indie bands. Here’s our guide to official Welcome Week events:

Start the night off at the Roxy Theatre, where two screenings of Warren Miller Entertainment’s new ski movie Ticket to Ride are scheduled. The movie was filmed in exotic destinations like Kazakhstan, Iceland and Greenland, as well as classic ski movie destinations of Switzerland and, of course, Alaska. The athlete roster includes Olympians Ted Ligety, Gretchen Bleiler and Julia Mancuso; freeskiers Sean Pettit and Sierra Quitiquit; and ski mountaineer Chris Davenport. There’s an early screening at 5 p.m. for kids, and a late screening

at 8:30 p.m. for adults. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Afterwards, head over to the Big Eddy Pub for The Boom Booms. This Vancouver six-piece formed while treeplanting, and they’ve kept going even after the move to the big city. The rockpop band has charted on Much More Music, finished second in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, and have toured as far away as Brazil. They’ve become known for their catchy songs and feelgood party anthems. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.




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It’s Sunday, and time for quieter evening of laid back, indie-folk courtesy of The Fugitives. The group includes Canadian SLAM poetry champion, musician Brendan McLeod and musician Adrian Glynn. Their latest album, Bigger Than Luck, marries the driving banjo and harmonies of their previous work with celebratory vocals and sombre piano tones. They are joined by White Ash Falls, the solo project of former Yukon Blonde bassist Andy Bishop. The show is at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at Art First, the Chamber of Commerce or through the Revelstoke Arts Council website.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27 Come enjoy a screening of Kon-Tiki, the Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Norwegian film about Thor Heyerdahl’s amazing journey on a raft from South America to Polynesia. It’s at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.

The Boom Booms kick off Welcome Week at the Big Eddy Pub on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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FRIDAY, NOV. 29 Did you pack your afro wig with you? You’ll get a chance to use it at Disco Funk skating night at the Revelstoke Forum from 7–9 p.m. Entry is $2 and you can rent skates for $3. If you get bored there, you can head next door for drop-in night at the Revelstoke Curling Club. For $5 you can rent equipment, learn how to play the game, and enjoy the cheapest beer in town.


SATURDAY, NOV. 30 You’ll need to be mobile to enjoy everything this night. At the Sutton Place Hotel, the Revelstoke Ski Club is hosting its fifth annual Snowflake Wine Festival. Sample wines from 20 BC wineries, while enjoying some great food and live music. It starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $50. If that’s not in your price range, you can spend $3 for a night of acoustic music at the Coffee House. The headliner is the Steve Brockley Band, an altcountry trio out of Salmon Arm. Anyone can play, so show up early to sign up. It’s at the United Church at 7:30 p.m. For a more rocking night, Vancouver indie-rock darlings Said the Whale are playing an all-ages show at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. Their songs feature catchy melodies, spike choruses, and ‘60s-style vocal harmonies. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children.

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Warren Miller Movie Night - 5pm: all ages / 8:30pm: 19+ at The Roxy Theatre - Adults $15 + GST, Children 12 and under $10 + GST

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The Fugitives - Laid back Indie Folk band from Vancouver - 7:30pm at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre - $10 tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce and ArtFirst!

Monday, November 25

Welcome Week Community Dinner - 5-7:30pm at the United Church Hall, 314 Mackenzie Avenue. Come and eat, check out volunteer opportunities and learn about community resources. Lasagna Dinner catered by Begbie BBQ - $5 / plate tickets at the door

Tuesday, November 26

Free Yoga Class - 7pm at the Revelstoke Community Centre, 600 Campbell Avenue

Wednesday, November 27

Revelstoke Museum & Archives welcomes you! Join us at 315 First Street West & learn about our exciting history. FREE Brown Bag History - 12:15pm - Local expert John Woods on avalanches & the mining industry. Open House at the Museum - 1-5pm - Guided / self-guided tours, & slideshow on Revelstoke’s ski history.

Kon-tiki Movie Screening - Toronto International Film Festival screening of this epic expedition - 7:30pm at Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre - $7

WorkBC Employment Centre ‘Movie & Popcorn’ Open House - 1:30pm at 117 Campbell Ave

Toonie Swim - 6:30-8pm at the Community Aquatic Centre - $2

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Kaylin Richardson and Aurelien Ducroz ski in Norway for Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride. The movie is showing at the Roxy Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sverre Hjoernevik photo

80s Disco Funk Ice Skating Night - 7-9pm at the Revelstoke Arena - $2 entry / $3 skate rental

Drop-In Curling - 7-9pm at the Revelstoke Curling Club - $5

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Said The Whale, Juno Award-winning Indie Rock Welcome Week headliners perform at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets are $10 student, $15 advance, and $20 on the door. Tickets available from the Chamber of Commerce, ArtFirst, and online. Movember final contestants on parade.

The Revelstoke Coffee House featuring the Steve Brockley Band - 7pm at the United Church - $3

Snowflake Wine Festival - 7pm at the Sutton Place Hotel - $50

Pancake Breakfast at Revelstoke Mountain Resort – 8am - 9:30am at the bottom of the Revelation Gondola. By donation to Rotary with proceeds going to the Adaptive Sports Program.

Thanks to our Community Partners - Welcome to Revelstoke!

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Over the weekend Revelstoke hosted a very successful Atom hockey tournament with teams from Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Windermere Valley and Nakusp. The teams all played at least four games with some exciting end to end hockey in many of the games.  Revelstoke ended up on the top of their pool after two days and had a close game against the Kelowna Jetz to make it into the finals. The final ended up being a rematch against the Windermere A team. Revelstoke came back from a 3-1 deficit against Windermere in the round robin, so they knew the final would be tough.  The final game was very close with both teams giving it their all.  The score at the end of the second period was 2-2. In the middle of the third Revelstoke pulled ahead by one and then Windermere scored a minute later. Revelstoke scored with six minutes left to make the score 4-3. 

The last 6 minutes were all out hockey action with Windermere pulling their goalie with 1:20 left.    It was a nail biter until the end with Revelstoke coming out on top.  A big thank you to all the sponsors, the referees, friends, families, and to Dennis Berarducci for his enthusiastic announcing all weekend long, and for the Grizzlies Junior B team for their enthusiastic support.

Calum Gribbon scores against Kamloops during opening day action of the tournament on Friday. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review

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Grizzlies trample Rockies, get reigned in by Wranglers

Tre Mason continued his strong play this year with a goal and assist on Friday against Columbia Valley. Alex Cooper/Revelstoke Times Review Alex Cooper

The Revelstoke Grizzlies have crawled out the KIJHL basement after splitting their weekend games. Revelstoke thumped the Columbia Valley Rockies 6-1 on Friday before falling 3-2 to the 100 Mile House Wranglers on Saturday. On Friday, Kyler Wilkinson led the Grizzlies to a 3-0 nothing lead after the first period, chasing Rockies' goaltender, former Grizzly Conrad McMillan from the net. Kyler Wilkinson opened the

scoring after bouncing in a puck off McMillan nine minutes into the game. Four minutes later Wilkinson set up Kohl Bell in front. Finally, in the final minute, Wilkinson scored on a nice individual effort, deking out the defence and going five-hole for his second goal. Tre Mason added to the Grizzlies lead in the second period with a high wrist shot from near the goal line. Kent Hendrickson made it 5-0 five minutes later. The Rockies got on the board in the third period when Mitchell Rosko put one past Aaron Brandoli,

but Brodie Buhler would capitalize on a miscue by Rockies goaltender to cement the 6-1 win. "For the first time all year we finally had some puck luck," said coach Darren Naylor, who also credited Brandoli for his strong play early on. "Brandoli held us in the first five minutes, they came out pretty hard on us. Brandy was really good and allowed us to get going." On Saturday, the Grizzlies hosted the Wranglers. A poor first period saw Revelstoke fall behind early when Darcy Flaherty and Connor Sloan scored for 100 Mile House. Revelstoke's new goalie Matthew Mitchell was peppered with 20 shots in the period. The second period was scoreless, but Michael Lynch scored in the first minute of the third period to make it 3-0 Wranglers. Devon Hascarl and Hendrickson score late goals for Revelstoke to make it close, but they were unable to complete the comeback, falling 3-2. Naylor said if the team started the game with the same urgency it showed in the third period, the result could have been different. "For some reason we're having a hard time on second games on weekend where we're coming out flat, not ready to go," he said.

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"I think what they do after the first game, I think they go home and stay up too late... "It's not conditioning. We probably practice as hard as any team. We go two hours hard every day. It's not a conditioning thing, it's a get to bed type thing." The Grizzlies made a number of moves over the week. Aiden Silzer-Hooker was dealt to the Kamloops Storm for defenceman Steindor Igason. Naylor also acquired 19-year-old defenseman Ethan Larson from Princeton. He said both players should help strengthen the defence going forward. He also added two local players. Chevy Hantula is returning to the squad and Jay Adam, a former Revelstoke Minor Hockey product, is attempting a return to competitive hockey after taking a few years off for personal reasons. "Hopefully hockey can help him out a bit," Naylor said. "I'm cheering for him." This weekend the Grizzlies play one game, hosting the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Friday. "We only have one game this weekend so there's no reason not to go out and give it our all," said Naylor.

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The Revelstoke Secondary School Swim team finished off their re-building year with lots of potential for growth at the BC High School Swimming Championships in Richmond last weekend. At an event where all age categories compete as one, the mostly grade eight and nine RSS athletes showed they weren’t intimidated by older competitors. Leading the team was Beth Granstrom who finished in ninth spot in both the 50m backstroke and the 100m individual medley. Granstrom also lead the 4X100m freestyle relay along with sister Kate, Anna Pfeiffer, and Claudia Cinelli to a ninth place finish. Another grade eight athlete, Alyssa Spataro, battled mostly grade elevens and twelves, beating over half the field to finish 13th in the province in the 50m breaststroke. The meet ended strongly for the RSS team with the 200m freestyle girls relay team improving by five seconds from their prelims to finish 13th in the province. For full results by RSS swimmers, visit











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David Earl (Bud) Abbott David Earl (Bud) Abbott lost his battle to cancer on November 10, 2013 at the age of 82 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Bud’s request. Donations in memory of Bud can be made to the Revelstoke Hospice Society, Box 3133, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0, the Canadian Cancer Society, 202 – 1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 3H5, or to the charity of one’s choice. Bud was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan on January 12, 1931. He spent his childhood on a farm with his seven brothers, four sisters and parents John Roy Abbott and Clara Annie Hubble. Bud made Revelstoke his home in 1961. He did a variety of different jobs, all in the forest industry. Bud was known as the family handyman and could fix just about anything. He took pride in all of the many creations he made of wood. Bud enjoyed working in his garden, doing puzzles, playing bingo and card games, but most of all he loved camping and fishing with his family. Bud leaves behind his wife Betty Lue of 44 years; three children: Betty (Frank), Robert and Allan (Christa); grandchildren: Karrie (Scott), Crystal, Cole and Christopher; great grandchildren Devyn and Rylee, all of Revelstoke. Bud will be always and forever missed by his family.

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Melissa Holly Otsig September 24, 1973 November 2, 2013

it is with much love and sadness, Melissa’s family announces her unexpected passing in Vernon, BC

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Melissa was born in 100 Mile House, raised in Revelstoke, and settled with her family in Vernon. At the time of Melissa’s passing she had been a healthcare aide for 5 years at the Heron Grove Good Samaritan Society. Melissa loved her job and excelled in her profession. She had a contagious smile that could light up a room. It was her kind and compassionate ways that would draw people to her. Anyone that was a part of her life will miss her immensely. Melissa’s children were always loved and meant the world to her. In her spare time Melissa had a passion for writing inspirational sayings, poetry and songs. Melissa loved flowers, unicorns, angels, butterflies, anything shiny and sparkly. Melissa is survived by her children Destiny and Jaden and her loving companion Adam Elliott of Vernon; two brothers Mike (Cassandra) of Revelstoke and Brad of Vernon. Nieces Tiffany, Rebecca, Morgan, and Emma and numerous Aunts, Uncles, cousins and many friends. She is preceded by her parents Roger (1989) and Lorraine (2003). A celebration of life for Melissa will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a contribution in her memory can be made to a trust account for her children at TD Canada Trust Branch #9360 Account #6267825.

Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.

“Grief is the one thing that you can hold on to and let go of at the same time” - Melissa Otsig

Assunta Mele Mrs. Assunta Mele passed away at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at the age of 93 years. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Revelstoke on Thursday morning, November 14th, 2013. Pallbearers were Assunta’s grandchildren: Gerry, Rob, Mark, Tina, Adam, Laura, Scott, Ryan, Christy and Alicia. Inurnment of Assunta’s cremated remains took place at Mt. Begbie Columbarium in Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke on Friday morning, November 15th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Suite 300 – 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2, in memory of Assunta. Assunta was born in Spezzano, Piccolo, Cosenza, Italy on August 20, 1920 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1953. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and foraging for mushrooms. Assunta loved her garden and was a wonderful baker and cook. She was very strong in her faith. Assunta was predeceased by her husband Salvatore, daughter Enza, brother Ottavio Staino and son-in-law Ron Patchett. She is survived by five children: Marisa (Phil) DeCicco, Anna Patchett, Julie (Les) Kehtler, Frank (Lynn) Mele and Joe (Eness) Mele; 10 grandchildren: Gerry, Rob, Mark, Tina, Adam, Laura, Scott, Ryan, Christy and Alicia; seven great grandchildren: Rachel, Jacob, Quinton, Mya, Alex, Charlee and Bennett as well as her siblings: Antonietta, Rita, Eva, Olga and Giuseppe. Messages of condolence may be sent to Assunta’s family by viewing her obituary at Arrangements were in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.

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We would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to the amazing nurses and staff of Queen Victoria Hospital. A special thank you to Dr. Leslie. Dr. Mostert and community care nurses Heather and Audrey. Thank you also to Jill and Vivian from the Revelstoke Hospice Society and to all our family and friends for your support. We can’t thank you all enough for the care and attention given to our husband, father and grandfather,

Bud Abbott This has been a very difficult time for us and we are truly grateful for all the kindness shown to our family. Thank you -

Betty Abbott and family

Thank You Lorelei Campbell & Bev Sneddon

‌daughters of the late Doris Morgan would like to thank the staff at Mt. Cartier Court Cottages for their love and care of Mom for the four years she was in Cottage A, Dr. Rennie for all the years she took care of her as a patient, Pauline Baird for all her untiring care and, of course, Gary and Chrissie Sulz who supported us from beginning to end. This community is very fortunate to have you all.

Thank You All Again!

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“In Revelstoke you have to find a job, you have to make a living,” he said. “You can’t be picky about what you do, you have to find something you can do and go with it. That’s why I chose real estate.” They found themselves both with steady jobs, a house and two dogs, and a new life in Revelstoke. Ginter started volunteering at the food bank and with search and rescue, and he is now on the board of directors of Community Connections. Lownds is a board member with the North Columbia Environmental Society. “It was not a plan. I think if we’d come out here with this plan, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I would have been scared,” Ginter said. “My parents would have strongly objected to us moving out west. We weren’t moving out west, we were going for adventure.” For Ginter, the key to staying in Revelstoke is finding a good job, and not being picky about what it is. He said you shouldn’t expect to work your dream job if you want to stay here, but be flexible as to what you do. “There are people with MBAs driving trains,” he said. “There’s lots of people doing jobs they never saw themselves doing. “If you want to stay here you have to figure something out.”

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Miranda Murphy, out sled-skiing.


Ms. Versatility Miranda Murphy has worked her fair share of jobs since moving to Revelstoke in 2007. She was a lifty, gladed runs at the resort, did landscaping, worked for Selkirk Tangiers, was an operations assistant for the Ministry of Forests, and has done a bunch of other small jobs. This winter she will be working for CMH. “I’ve had to do courses and network and spend a lot of time to get where I am in the community,” she told me. “I’m currently doing distance education upgrading for accounting so I’m expecting to start a student position full-time in the next year.” Murphy first came to Revelstoke the year before the resort opened. A native of White Fish Falls, Ont., she was attending Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., when her and some friends came out west on a ski trip. A year later she decided to move out west and finish her schooling online while being a ski bum. “It was supposed to be a season, possibly two,” she said. “Somewhere else to finish university other than at a school while doing something fun. “My claim to fame is I was running the gondola on opening day.” After her first winter, she went back home to do horseback guiding. She got injured on her third day on the job, got bored sitting around, and decided to come back to Revelstoke and experience the summer. “Then I didn’t leave anymore,” she said. “I think the thing that brought me here and made me decide to stay over other towns with ski hills is Revelstoke was a town first,” she said. “It was a foggy, snowy week in March in winter 2007. The town was so magical and all the little shops and the community was amazing. And there was sushi.” Finding ways to make a living here proved difficult. As mentioned, she worked many different jobs to make ends meet, all the while completing her education. She now owns a house in town too. “People always talk about how hard it is but sometimes you have to do it and make it work, and its fantastic being locked in and getting to stay,” she said.

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Revelstoke Times Review, November 20, 2013  

November 20, 2013 edition of the Revelstoke Times Review

Revelstoke Times Review, November 20, 2013  

November 20, 2013 edition of the Revelstoke Times Review