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From right: Rowan Helm, Kjell Osborne and Aaron Denis get autographs from Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson after an Oilers-Sabres game last week. The PeeWee Rockets were in Edmonton for a season ending road trip. For more on the team, see page 19. Photo Submitted

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Jessica Schwitek A proposed amendment to the BC Park Act has several regional environmental groups in opposition. Bill 4 has passed its second reading in the provincial legislature, and many environmentalists are hoping that is as far as it will go. “Thousands of letters protesting this Bill have poured into government offices,” said Anne Sherrod, a director of Valhalla Wilderness

Watch, a group based in the Kootenays. “The Liberals ignored those letters and refused to allow time for further consultation. This bill was only tabled on Feb. 13, which shows how much it is being fast-tracked to prevent the public from making an effective defence of our parks.” When the bill was originally introduced, the government said it would provide clear and consistent direction around authorizing outdoor recreation, tourism, commercial filming and research activities in BC Parks. Continued on page 4


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damage to local ecosystems by competing with local wildlife for forage, damaging crops, uprooting native vegetation and eating the eggs of ground nesting birds,” according to a government press release. “They can also be the source of infectious diseases and parasites which can be harmful to wildlife, livestock and human health.” Only trained and certified hunters with valid licences can hunt feral pigs, which can be aggressive and be dangerous to the public or a hunter if wounded. In addition to feral pigs, the province has also reclassified European wall lizards and non-native turtles as Schedule C wildlife that can now be trapped or killed without a special permit.

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Little Mittens hosting adopt-a-thon Saturday Joel Tansey Spring is here and Little Mittens Animal Rescue is hoping to move some of the group’s cats out of its facility by holding an adopt-athon this Saturday Mar. 29. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Little Mittens’ animal shelter, which is located at the end of Airport Road. Little Mittens has more than 30 kittens and cats available for adoption at a cost of $50 each, half the regular price. The cats come spayed or neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed, procedures that would cost close to $300 at a vet. “We’ve still got quite a few

cats that need homes right now, probably between 30 and 40,” said Little Mittens’ Jamie Crawford. “Kitten season is starting any time now, once the snow is completely melted we’re going to start seeing more kittens coming in so we want to try and get as many of the ones we have now out.” Applications can be filled out on location and approval decisions will be made on the spot. Payment is due up front and Little Mittens encourages adopters to bring something to transport their new pet home in. To take a look at the cats that Little Mittens has available for adoption, log on to their website at

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Family Center celebrates 25th anniversary Golden Family Center Submitted Twenty five years ago this month, the Golden Family Center Society opened its doors. What started out as a small organization with only two counsellors has grown to a busy place where 10 staff provide counselling and support services to individuals and families. In the background, two administrative staff and a committed Board make sure the organization is running as effectively as possible. Like so many other

societies in Golden, the Golden Family Center Society was formed by a group of people with a passion for their community. This group of dedicated individuals including Rita Scott, Rhonda Smith, Jane Doel, Carl Trinkwon, Jennifer Philip, Sheryl Walker and Ann Younger - wanted to create counselling and support services for the community of Golden in general and for young parents in particular. In 1988, the BC Task Force on Teen Pregnancy had drawn a lot of attention to a rise in teen

pregnancies, and many communities, including Golden, held meetings trying to come up with ways to support young parents. By 1991, the Golden Family Center was not only supporting young parents, but was also offering addictions services, as well as victim support and legal advocacy. Even though the Community Advocacy Project was lost in 2001 due to funding cuts, the Golden Family Center now has many more services - ranging from youth outreach, couples and indi-

vidual counselling, youth counselling, parenting support, child & youth support, infant development consultation, to abuse recovery services and services specifically for men. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Golden Family Center is launching a new and engaging web site, one that can easily connect you with us and the greater community linked to the Center. On our site you will find out who we are, what we do and how you can use our services. We also have a multitude of tried and true educa-

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The bill will affect all provincial parks, including several in Golden’s surrounding area, such as the Bugaboo Provincial Park. The bill introduces amendments to the BC Park Act that will ensure commercial filming activities are properly authorized, remove size provisions to ensure all Class A parks are managed to the same standard regardless of size, and allow permits for research and information gathering. Wildsight worries that these changes are being implemented to allow for “exploratory drilling, ore sampling and

road building” within the parks, threatening both wildlife and recreation. “Our parks, including the Purcell Wilderness conservancy, Height of the Rockies, St. Mary’s Alpine Park… and provincial parks across B.C. were created to strike a balance on the landscape, to assure future generations have the opportunity to experience the wildlife and wilderness that makes British Columbia unique in the world,” said John Bergenske, executive director of Wildsight. “These proposed changes threaten the integrity of our park system and the wild places that British Columbians cherish.” Minister of the Environment May Polak insists that these concerns are unfounded.

“To be absolutely clear, these proposed amendments do not allow, promote or otherwise enable industrial projects in parks and protect-

including the redevelopment of a hydroelectric power generation station and community water supply systems, and commitments from land

“These proposed changes threaten the integrity of our parks system and the wild places that British Columbians cherish” — John Bergenske — Wildsight ed area. Recent suggestions that future mining or forestry or other industrial operations will be allowed in parks are simply not true,” said Polak. “These amendments assist government in meeting a number of its economic objectives,

use plans and strategic agreements with First Nations.” The proposed amendments are being put in place to allow for studies. Currently issuing research permits is not permitted, meaning there is no way to take soil samples for

archaeological assessments, or collect animal or plant specimens. “Research can be purely for academic purposes, or as part of an environmental assessment,” said Polak. The Bill was debated in the legislature in early March, with the NDP in opposition, and passed its second reading. To read the bill, go to http://www.leg. read/gov04-1.htm. “Any constituents who object to this kind of treatment for a 100-year old park system should let them know,” said Sherrod. Both Valhalla Wilderness Watch and Wildsight are also encouraging concerned British Columbians to write Minister Polak about Bill 4.

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In keeping with the provincial trend of addressing the increase in need of seniors’ services, the BC Liberals have appointed Canada’s first seniors advocate. Isobel Mackenzie, who brings with her 18 years of experience working on behalf of seniors, has accepted the appointment. “I am confident that we have found a strong voice for British Columbia’s nearly 700,000 seniors and I welcome Isobel as our first seniors advocate,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. The Office of the Seniors Advocate will monitor seniors’ services, promote awareness and work collaboratively with seniors, families, policymakers, service providers and others to identify solutions to systemic issues and make recommendations to government on ways to improve care for our aging population. These recommendations will range from areas like health and personal care to housing and income support. “I have seen first-hand the issues, the challenges and the choices facing our seniors, their families and their caregivers,” said Mackenzie. “I have witnessed the profound desire of seniors to maintain their dignity and independence.” Communities are also taking steps themselves to address seniors issues. Golden was recently the recipient of a grant to make an age-friendly community plan. Golden’s plan will target areas like transportation, civic participation, community support, health services and housing. The appointment is in line with the Province’s Seniors Action Plan (2012), and has been advocated for by many groups.

Isobel Mackenzie takes on the job as B.C.’s first seniors advocate.   Photo Submitted The New Democrats are among the groups who have been calling for a dedicated seniors representative, but are not 100 per cent satisfied with the new position, arguing that Mackenzie has not been given enough power. “This advocate is not empowered to look at individual issues facing seniors,” said NDP seniors critic Katrine Conroy. “These individual issues often signal systemic problems.” Mackenzie officially takes her post on March 31 and will advise government and service providers in an independent manner, meeting with the minister a minimum of once a year. All her reports and recommendations will also be made public. That promise to create the advocate position came after the B.C Ombudsperson issued a highly critical report in 2011 on problems in seniors’ care with 176 recommendations that critics say have largely been ignored. With files from Black Press

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RCMP Report: Vehicle search finds large quantities of drugs Joel Tansey Liquor in a public place On Mar. 16 a 35 year old male from Alberta was charged for consuming liquor in a public place after he was spotted by a police officer conducting routine patrols on 9th Avenue North. The RCMP remind people that is illegal to consume liquor in public and those who are caught can receive a fine of $230 or more. Vehicle thefts A local business reported the theft of a pickup truck from 11th Avenue North on Mar. 16. The vehicle had a B.C. license plate of EJ6072. The truck is described as a white 2003 Ford F350 pickup truck with a rear headache rack and red tidy tank in the pickup box. Also that day, a red F350 Ford pickup truck was recovered that had been stolen from Leduc. The investigation into the theft and recovery of these two vehicles continues. This vehicle was located near the dump on Golden Upper Donald Road. Illegal drugs found after chase On Mar. 20, RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver near the Redgrave rest area. The suspect was driving a black Infiniti SUV. RCMP located the suspect’s vehicle, travelling eastbound just west of Donald. RCMP attempted to stop the vehicle at the four-lane weigh scales. The suspect’s vehicle reached a speed of 180 kilometres per hour. RCMP immediately terminated the attempt to stop the

vehicle taking into consideration the danger to the public, offenders and police that these speeds and driving behaviour posed. Extensive patrols were conducted, and after a couple of hours the suspect’s vehicle was located at a pull out at Doyle Creek. The vehicle had been driven over a slight embankment. RCMP followed two sets of foot prints and located a male and female on the banks of the Columbia River. The female was taken into custody without incident, while the male fled on foot on the CP Rail tracks and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Both subjects were arrested. After a search of their property, police located large quantities of illicit drugs. The drugs included over two kilograms of cocaine, 100 grams of heroine, vials of anabolic steroids and pills believed to be fentanyl. A small quantity of marijuana and open liquor were also found. The male subject has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest and four counts relating to the possession of the illicit drugs. The female has been charged with four counts relating to the illicit drugs and one count relating to flight from police. Both subjects next court appearance with be Apr. 8 in Golden. Collision at Kicking Horse Canyon On Mar. 20, RCMP received a report of a collision between two tractor trailer units at a sharp corner on the east end of Kicking Horse Canyon on the Trans Canada Highway. RCMP members from Golden attended and determined an eastbound tractor trailer unit crossed the centre line and collided with the trailer of a westbound tractor trailer unit. There were no injuries, however the eastbound tractor trailer rolled over into the westbound ditch and had to be

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The next Community Conversations is opening up to a new demographic. On April 2, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.m, the Community Conversation will be moving to Golden Secondary School (GSS). The conversation will be multi-generational and the discussions will be reflecting on the future opportunities of Golden. “The idea was brought up at one of the last conversations by a participant. The conversation will, as always, invite any-

one from the community, but this time we will also be involving Grade 11 and 12 students. We are so excited to hear the different opinions and discussions that arise from involving both youth and adults in the conversation,” Mayor Christina Benty said. Future opportunities in Golden is a topic that many community members have on their mind. The Community Conversation will be a great time for citizens to be involved in meaningful dialogue with others regarding our future. “Involving youth in this con-

versation will bring a multitude of new thoughts and ideas. It will be interesting to see how the different generations feel about the future of Golden. Everybody loves our community, and its future is incredibly important. This Community Conversation will give citizens the opportunity to discuss that.” The conversation will be taking place in the GSS library during the student’s regular lunch hour. There is no need to bring a lunch, as Columbia Basin Trust will be providing free pizza for all participants.

Town hears carbon neutral update Jessica Schwitek Dale Littlejohn was in Golden last week to fill Town Council in on what is going on in the Carbon Neutral Kootenays project. Carbon Neutral Kootenays project, and its project manager Littlejohn, covers 31 communities with almost 400 buildings, almost 1,000 vehicles, and 20,000 tons of carbon and $11 million spent annually on energy. The purpose of the project, which is now five years old, is to help municipal operations reduce their emissions. “This was the first initiative of its kind in British Columbia with that level of collaboration,” said Littlejohn.

“We helped Golden with a carbon neutral action plan, looking at ways to save energy emissions and money.” Since the start of the program, in 2009, strides have been made. “We’re seeing results across the region,” said Littlejohn. “What we’re seeing with greenhouse gas emissions is that it is going down in a way that’s well beyond seasonal variations.” The project is winding down, but Littlejohn assures council they will not “be left in the lurch.” There will be materials available for town staff if they would like to refresh their carbon neutral plan in the future. “We’re gracefully fading away...however you can always still call us if you have any questions,” he said.

uprighted and towed. This caused interruptions to traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. The driver of the offending vehicle is facing charges contrary to the Motor Vehicle Act in B.C. Parks Canada employees sprayed, assaulted On Mar. 20, Parks Canada reported that two males were attempting to steal fuel from a loader at Yoho Pit when the suspects sprayed the Parks employees with bear spray and assaulted them. The two males got into a white Ford pickup truck with Alberta license plates and left the scene. The Ford pickup truck had been reported stolen out of Leduc. The Ford pickup truck was located shortly after by Parks Canada Wardens at the entrance to the Hoodoo campground. Golden and Lake Louise RCMP members attended along with Parks Canada wardens and conducted patrols in attempts to locate the subjects responsible for the assaults. It appears the suspects got into another vehicle and left the area.   Charges being considered in single vehicle accident RCMP received a report of a single vehicle tractor trailer crash on the Trans Canada highway near Moberly flats on Mar. 22. Upon attendance RCMP assisted the driver of the transport truck out of his vehicle. The tractor trailer unit completely left the highway and collided with an electrical pole. The driver was not injured but presented symptoms of impairment. The driver was transported to the Golden detachment where he refused to provide breath samples. A search of the driver located a quantity of marijuana. The RCMP is considering charges of impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and possession of marijuana.



Environment or economy We need to keep British Columbia’s natural resources and park lands as pristine as possible. I doubt anyone would disagree with that comment. However there is constant disagreement over the best way to do that, and even more disagreement on how we should weigh that pri- I SURMISE ority with the economic By Jessica Schwitek health of the province. Both Wildsight and the Valhalla Wilderness Watch are upset about the proposed amendments to the BC Park Act (see story on page 1 and 4), arguing that it opens up the door to industry in our parks, many of which surround the Golden area and provide priceless recreational opportunities. The Province is adamant that these changes are to benefit research, not industry. Of course I am wary of any decisions that are made without public consultation. And I don’t see any end to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline controversy anytime soon. Many of you have probably seen the pro-pipeline ads on TV, showing the very same B.C. scenery many environmentalists fear will be destroyed by the pipeline. The NDP environment critic, Spencer Chandra Herbert, was quoted as saying “There is no longer any doubt that the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to northwest communities and the environment,” after a recent federal study indicated that diluted bitumen sinks when combined with sediment, making spill cleanup that much more difficult. I of course agree that such extreme environmental concerns should overshadow the potential economic gains, (if I didn’t place a higher value on nature and quality of life, I wouldn’t choose to live in a place like Golden), but what I find far more aggravating is certain pro-industry groups and companies arguing that these projects (especially ones that deal with the oil industry) do not pose a threat to the environment. If you think that the economic spinoff from such projects is worth the potential harm, that’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and there are many people who would agree with you. But pretending these projects are safe, and that protecting nature is a top priority, is insulting. I know that propaganda is the way of politics, but I think being honest with people and focusing on the real benefits would persuade more people than misleading them will. British Columbians are smart enough to not be distracted by images of the beautiful north, and see the real message.


Youth Centre Dear editor, While reading the article “Loitering youth frustrates store owner” I couldn’t help but become frustrated myself, but instead by the words of  the store owner, Janet Crandall. I disagree with the fact that the youth centre belongs in another area. I think that having them in the downtown area keeps them accountable to the community they live in, it’s easily monitored by police, citizens and shop owners, and it provides a safe place for the participants to interact and socialize. It has also proved to be a great music venue for all ages to enjoy.    We live in a small town, with limited buildings to operate all the stores, conveniences and programs that makes us a diverse mountain town, and sometimes

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we have to learn to be neighbourly. It’s unfortunate that a store specializing in sugary treats cannot capitalize on their largest customer demographic when they are direct neighbours.     And blaming the youth for “killing your business” is opinion and not fact. In the last 5 years in Golden, how many businesses have failed to stay open to see a 2 year anniversary?! It was in the same 5 years that two other stores that specialized in similar candy products had to close their doors. There are all sorts of statistics that show sales start to decline after the first initial months of a new business being open, and many variables are to blame. A large population of Golden residents live a fairly healthy, active lifestyle and sugar is not a huge part of our intake. Could it be that a niche market such as specialty sweets isn’t what we will

Hydro Bill Editor, Imagine my surprise, on opening my February Hydro bill, to find that BC Hydro has gone back over one year and revised all costs. Now, they want me to pay more than double my usual monthly amount. Going back through my Hydro folder I find that a smart

spend the remainder of our disposable income on?!   The Youth Centre provides a safe place for youth of all social, economical and ethnic backgrounds to complete their homework, build their confidence through music, games and art, and to simply be kids. This does not mean there won’t be disputes or arguments, but you can’t guarantee that at any store.    I think being a business owner in Golden means working with the community not against it, and the reason I pass your store has nothing to do with the kids that stand outside your door, but rather with the way you have decided to talk poorly about them the few times I did come in. And those visits took place long before Feb. 24 when you were trying to “co-exist”. Jan Kotyk Golden

meter was installed on my home in April 2012. Since December 2012, all my bills have been “estimates.” One would have thought that with the smart meter, accurate billings could have taken place. This seems counterproductive. Also, I am asking myself “why have I bothered to clear a path through the snow to my meter if it hasn’t been read anyway?” Continued on page 7


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Do you support the petition that Kicking Horse Culture has been sending to CSRD Area A Director Garry Habbart? Stingers to people who let their dogs roam free around the neighbourhood and don’t clean up after them, even when they poop repeatedly on someone else’s driveway. Have some courtesy.

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“Yeah I support it. I’ve never been to any of their shows but I’ve heard they are pretty good.”

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“Yeah, it’s a good thing for Golden and there are worse ways to spend money.”

A huge Stinger to a local woman…yes you know who are. Who do you think you are? You blame a neighbour’s

Go to to have your say. Continued from page 6 One would have thought that a contract involves an exchange between two parties of something of value, and that when that exchange has taken place, legally the contract has been concluded. However, BC Hydro seems to think that by

Enbridge Pipeline Editor: As we continually get bombarded with commercials highlighting the benefits of this pipeline and how they are there to protect nature, I still have this burning question that I just can't get past.

Al Christie Salmon Arm ocean. It seems absurd that Enbridge should risk taking a ship through such narrow channels from Kitimat, putting the entire B.C. coast in peril of an oil spill, when they could easily navigate the waters near Prince Rupert. Kevin Marston Vancouver Island

Stars to John at Tru Value for continuing to be such a super, customer service oriented, friendly guy. Stars to Dr. Leah for her attentiveness

and professionalism that goes above and beyond. Stingers to a local free of charge Facebook group. It has no right deleting comments until a person is finished. Stingers to the girl who said I never called. I did, you just didn’t pick up. It is your loss, not mine.

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putting the word “estimate” on their bills they can revisit the contract at any time. The sad thing is that the consumer has very little recourse. Call me a disappointed customer.

Has no one looked at a map of B.C. lately? Why would you want to end the pipeline at Kitimat and then take a long and narrow path out to open ocean when you could just carry on the pipeline a short distance to the Skeena River near Prince Rupert? From this location there is a closer and direct path to open

dog for getting your unfixed dog pregnant, then you want the people of Golden to give up their bottles to pay your vet bill! Get a life!

BC Teachers Dear editor, The B.C. Teachers Federation says there are over 41,000 school teachers in the federation. Strike vote results from March 6 show that only 29,301 teachers voted, with 26,051 voting yes for strike action. This leaves 14,949 teachers, or 36.46 per cent, who seem to be happy with the way things are. The way things are is that the average teacher compensation in B.C. is $89,000 per year ($70,624 in wages, $18,000 in benefits), two weeks off at Christmas, two-week spring break, lieu

days, a pension plan that B.C. taxpayers pay 16.13 per cent of salary into, having July and August off, and a taxpayer-funded benefits plan. With the Alberta Teachers’ Federation recently agreeing to a four-year contract of zero per cent increase in the first three years, and a two-per-cent pay raise in the fourth year with a cash bonus, and with the announcement March 7 that Staples will close 225 stores, these 14,949 are saying, “Things are great the way they are. “We are lucky to be working.” Joe Sawchuk, Duncan

Make family mealtimes a happier time for Nutrition Month Kristi Estergaard Registered Dietitian with Interior Health Let’s face it. Eating with young children can be stressful, especially at dinner time. Even though I know the spilling, throwing food, picky eating, and crankiness are all normal they are hard to face each evening. Knowing the many benefits that eating together offers my toddler - from learning more vocabulary to accepting new foods– gives me the push to continue making family dinners a priority in my home. Nonetheless, I recently asked myself how we can make our family mealtimes a happier time. And what a better time to be asking than during Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is Simply Cook and Enjoy. You may be wondering is the ‘enjoy’ part even possible when eating with

young children? The answer is YES. Over the past month I began carefully practicing what I preach. The following tips really are key. Ensure the focus for eating together is simply to enjoy each other’s company. So much stress is lifted when I let go of being concerned about how much or what my son will eat. Plan for early dinners. On work nights if dinner is running late I find it helpful to offer my son a light pre-dinner snack to prevent him from becoming over-hungry. Offer new foods along with familiar, loved foods. By doing this it helps my son feel comfortable at meal times. Don’t let food refusal get under your skin. Once the food is served I remove all emotional investment for the creation of the meal, and focus on my own eating, not my toddler’s. It is okay if my son does not want to eat. Coaxing

or bribing children to eat certain foods or amounts does not help, in fact it can cause children to eat less and take longer to accept new foods. Enjoy pleasant conversation. We keep the conversation light and involve our toddler. Interestingly, by doing this it has helped decrease the amount of food that is thrown! Keep distractions at a minimum. At mealtimes we turn off the TV, cell phones, ipads, and put away toys (or hide them out of site, if needed). Expect a mess. We keep cloths handy to catch large spills and wait until the meal is over to pick up food that has been dropped on the floor. Creating happy meal times is worth the effort. These changes have made a huge difference for my family. Give them a try!


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Parent and Tot Play lets parents and kids from birth-five enjoy preschool type activities. Wednesdays at the Rec Plex from 10:30am-12pm. Badminton Wednesdays 7-9pm at the Rec Plex. Adults $7, students/seniors $5. Need your own racket. Public Skate at the Arena every Wednesday 7-8pm. Winter Walking at the Rec Plex Wednesdays 1-2pm. Job Skills Workshops at the Work BC office every Wednesday at 10am. Call 250-344-5413 to register. Money Skills, a FREE program to help adults understand concepts of money. Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm. Call 250-4399665 for info. Women’s Journal Writing a FREE 6 week program Tuesdays. Call 250-344-5317 for info.

Thurs, Mar. 27 Men’s drop-in basketball Thursdays from 8-10pm at the Rec Plex. $8. Bridge Club every Thursday at the Senior’s Centre from 1-4pm. Contact 250-344-5448. Golden Toastmasters Thursdays, 7:30pm at the College of the Rockies. Mountain Magic Quilters Guild Thursdays, 7:30-9pm in the Golden High School’s sewing room. New members

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and guests welcome, annual membership is $25. Jam Night at the Golden Taps Pub every Thursday. A.A Meetings Thursdays, at the Family Centre 421 9th Ave N. All meetings are open and start at 8pm. Golden Youth Centre Band Of Guys drop-in for male teens (12-18) every Thursday from 3:45-5:30pm. Shinny hockey at the Arena Thursday at 8pm, 19+.

Fri, Mar. 28 A.A Meetings Fridays at the Lutheran Church basement 915 - 9th St S. All meetings are open and start at 8pm. Golden Youth Centre drop-in Fridays from 3:30-7:30pm. Mother Goose Program Fridays 10:30-11:30am at the Library. Snacks included, just drop in! Karaoke Night at The Mad Trapper every Friday night. Public Skate at the Arena every Friday 12-1pm. Parent and Tot skate at the Arena Fridays 10-11am. Meat Draw every Friday at The Legion 5:30pm. Bridge Club every Friday at the Centre for Peace in St. Andrew’s Church, 7pm. Winter Walking at the Rec Plex Fridays 1-2pm. Special Olympics “FUNdamentals” youth program Fridays 9-10am at APES. For children 7-12 years with intellectual disabilities. Call Cyra 250-9190757 for more info. Food Fridays at the Golden Legion 6:30-8:30pm. Curling, Fridays at 7:30pm, 2 spaces available. Call Greg 250-344-0644 for info. Soup Day at the Golden Seniors Centre Mar.28 from 11:30am-1pm $5 per person.

Sat, Mar. 29 Storytime at the Golden Library, Saturdays 10:3011:30am. Free drop-in, runs from Jan.18-Apr.5. Meat Draw Saturdays at The Legion 5pm. A.A Meetings Saturdays at the Golden Museum 1302 -

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11th Ave S. All meetings are open and start at 8pm. Public Skate at the Arena Saturdays, 5:30-6:45pm. Saturday Night Chapel at the Pentecostal Church (717 10th St S) at 7pm from Jan.4 - Apr.5. Food Skills for Families, a free program on healthy cooking on a budget. Starts Feb.1, 10am-1pm. Call 3441032 for more info. Farmers Market Mar.29 from 11am-3pm at the Mount 7 Rec Plex. Little Mittens Adopt-aThon Mar.29 from 10am1pm at the shelter (by the airport).

Sun, Mar. 30 Public Skate at the Arena every Sunday 4:30-5:45pm. Sunday Howl open mic at the Wolf’s Den Sundays 4-8pm. Magic the Gathering Game Tournament 12-5pm at Bizarre Entertainment.

Mon, Mar. 31 Join the Cadets. Free program meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm at the Legion Banquet Hall. For young men and women ages 12-18. Golden Community Choir, Mondays from 7:30-9:30pm at the Lutheran Church. Member fees $10. For info call Joyce 250-344-6043. Seniors Day at Reflections Hair Studio Mondays 15% off all regular priced services, call 250-344-5766. Heroclix League 6-9pm Mondays at Bizarre Entertainment. Family Dinner Play and Learn Mondays 5-7pm in the StrongStart room in APES Free program includes dinner, discussions, and activities. Call 250-439-9665. The Cadets meet Mondays 6:30-8:30pm at the Legion Banquet Hall. Winter Walking at the Rec Plex Mondays 1-2pm. Golden Youth Centre drop-in every Monday from 5-8pm. Badminton at the Mount 7 Rec Plex Mondays 7-8:30pm. Need your own racket, $7 (or

$5 for seniors/students). Shinny hockey at the Arena Mondays at 9:15pm, 19+. Family Dinner Play and Learn, free program for families with children 3-5 starting Mondays, 5-7pm in the StrongStart room. Dinner, discussion, and activities. Call 250-439-9665.

Tues, Apr. 1 A.A Meetings Tuesdays at the United Church 901 - 11th Ave S Alley Ent. All meetings are open and start at 8pm. Parent and Tot skate at the Arena Tuesdays 10-11am. Volleyball Tuesdays at the Rec Plex 7-8:30pm $5. Golden Youth Centre drop-in Tuesdays from 3:30-7:30pm. Aquafit at the Travel Lodge Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm. Until Mar.13. Curling, Tuesdays at 7:30pm, 3 spaces available. Call Greg 250-3440644 for info. Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition Tuesdays 6-9pm at Bizarre Entertainment. Rockwater Grill & BarR

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Help Form Golden’s Future feedback/suggestion forum Apr.2, 5:30pm at Mad Trappers for youth 19-35 years old. Spring Bazaar at the Golden Seniors Centre Apr.5 from 10am-5pm. Electro Social Club at the Rockwater Grill&Bar Apr.5 tickets $10, show at 9pm. Golden Light Horse Club meeting Apr.6 at 7pm at the Museum. WWF Showdown Hung Like a Horse at the Rockwater Grill&Bar with DJ Mihajic Touch and The Boom Booms Adham Shaikh Arp.6. $20. New will information session at College of the Rockies Apr.10 at 7pm. 344-5901 to register. Kelowna Ballet “Innovation” Apr.11, 7:30pm, Civic Centre. Emergency Ser vices 9-1-1 Ball Apr.12 at Emerald Lake Lodge. Kicking Horse Culture presents The Good Lovelies Apr.23, 7:30pm, Civic

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Ballet Kelowna comes back to Golden with Innovation Jessica Schwitek Ballet Kelowna is returning to one of their favourite venues to perform their new spectacle, Innovation, at the Golden Civic Centre on Friday April 11. “Golden is one of our favourite audiences of all time, we have a tremendous relationship,” said David LaHay, the company’s artistic director. “It’s always nice to come back and see familiar faces.” Innovation is helping Ballet Kelowna launch their second decade on the scene, and is featuring Canadian choreographers and composers. “What I’ve tried to do is incorporate some amazing Canadian choreography. We have a great history of dance here, and a lot of this work I believe should have had a life beyond its premier,” said LaHay. The show boasts six classically trained dancers, who have had fun broadening their styles for the new production. An entire production with so few dancers puts a lot of pressure on the performers, but LaHay says that’s what Ballet Kelowna has come to be known for. “Redux Continuum is one of our dances, using the music of local jazz composer Neville Bowman. He actually created an original score for the piece. The dancers have had a lot of fun with that one,” he said. “It really adds another flavour and context to the show.” LaHay is also excited about the company’s performance of Etude, by one of Canada’s greatest choreographers, Kay Armstrong. “It was such a landmark performance when it originally opened in 1949,” he said. Ballet Kelowna has already begun touring with Innovation in several locations around British Columbia, and has also had the pleasure of performing in front of several schools in the Okanagan area.

Clare Bassett dances in I Remember You, which is part of the Innovation program, in Vernon earlier this month.  Glenna Turnbull Photography “We’re really happy with the reception, the audiences have been enjoying it so far,” said LaHay. Tickets for the ballet are available at the Art Gallery of Golden. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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As of March 31, there are going to be significant changes to the law of wills in B.C. If you do not have a will or if your will is old, this would be a good time to think about what you want to happen to your estate. The biggest change coming relates to what might be considered a will. For hundreds of years a will had to be written down, signed and properly witnessed. Now in B.C., judges will look at electronic records, notes and scraps of paper to see if these make up a will. Scribbles and cross-outs in existing wills may also be considered. It used to be the case that if you married after you made a will, the marriage cancelled the will. Now, an old will made before your new marriage is still a valid will. The old will may not contain what you would want for your new, married life, but it remains your will until you change it. If you want to learn more about the new wills laws, I will be giving a free discussion session at the College of the Rockies in Golden on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. Please call the College at 250-344-5901 to register.

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A Reel Review: Vince Vaughn out of his element in Delivery Man Joel Tansey

Perhaps it’s due to the cast, or maybe it’s because of the quirky sounding premise, but Delivery Man seems like it should be a straight, slapstick comedy. It isn’t. It has much more drama and emotion in it than you would normally expect from a movie starring Vince Vaughn, and it produces very mixed results. Delivery Man is a remake of Starbuck, a French-Canadian film that was directed by Ken Scott (who also returns to direct the remake). I haven’t seen the original but I am intrigued after seeing this movie, as it seems unusual for a director to remake his own movie, although the language difference makes it a little more purposeful here. David Wozniak (Vaughn) is a troubled delivery man for his father’s butcher shop who owes $80,000 to a group of shady thugs. David soon finds out that his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant, although

she tells him that he isn’t ready to be a father and plans to raise the child on her own. Meanwhile, David also receives a visit from a lawyer for a sperm bank where David provided “donations” in his college years (earning nearly 25 grand in the process). It turns out that David’s genetic material was used 533 times and almost 150 of the kids are suing the bank to force them to reveal David’s identity. David receives profiles on all of his children, and against the advice of his lawyer-friend (Chris Pratt), opens the envelopes and finds a way to meet most of them, acting as their “guardian angel”. He also finds a way to make things better with Emma, but doesn’t tell her about his 533 children, a problem that continues to bubble under the surface. I’m a big fan of Vaughn’s comedic work, but I’m not sure he was right for this role based on its status as a dramedy. He seems uncomfortable and out of his element on more than one occasion and it takes something away

from the film. There are too few moments where he can use his comedic skills the way the audience is generally accustomed. My biggest issue with Deliver Man is that it has some incredibly cheesy moments that make it almost gag-worthy. You’ll know the scenes I’m talking about once you get to the end. At the same time, after digging through the cheesy outer-layer, there is some heart here at the film’s core. David is a hard luck character who appears to be a genuinely nice guy but is unfairly criticized with increasing intensity as his story (and lawsuit) plays out. He really seems to care about being a good father to his future children, and takes a serious interest in his hundreds of biological children. It’s easy to cheer for him. Still, there is something missing here from making this an above average film. The story feels disjointed at times and lacking in focus and the supporting cast isn’t good enough to make

Vince Vaughn plays a man who discovers that he sired over 500 children after donating to a sperm bank.  Touchtone Pictures up for Vaughn’s shortcomings as Man 7 dancing hot dogs out of 10. a dramatic actor. All in all, Delivery Man falls just short. Delivery Man is now available at For that reason, Ill give Delivery Kicking Horse Movies.

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Golden Star Staff The next critically acclaimed film to be brought to the Golden Cinema for Film Kicks is The Lunchbox. The Indian romantic film has gained praise from both audiences and critics around the world, and has been screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. The movie centres around Saajan, who is still in mourning for his deceased wife, and Ila, who is desperately trying to rekindle the romance in her marriage. Their two lives cross paths when the lunchbox with delicious food Ila prepared for her husband gets mistakenly delivered to Saajan. They start writing to each other, and begin a friendship even though the two have never met face to face. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They eventually decide to meet.

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The Lunchbox, a critcally acclaimed film that was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, will be played on Apr. 3 at the Golden Cinema.  Dharma Productions After the film debuted in India and various film festivals, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the rights for North American distribution. Writer/director Ritesh Batra picked up a Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director for his first film. Many, however, were

unhappy that the Film Federation of India “snubbed” the film, and decided to submit a different film for the 86th Academy Awards Best Foreign Film Category. The Lunchbox will be playing on Thursday Apr. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Debit is not available, so bring cash for admission.

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The BC Government is now off-loading our recycling decisions to Toronto.

Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just

$35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first priority, nor does it guarantee that there won’t be job losses here in BC. It doesn’t guarantee service levels, or say anything about how big business will pass along the costs to you when you go to pick up a pizza or buy groceries. Yikes! Perhaps this is why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to sign onto the new program, calling it a “scam.” Given that, maybe it’s time you called Premier Clark to keep BC’s environmental decisions right here in BC where they belong.

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Cover to Cover: Short story collection focuses on Columbia Valley

Wilson’s book features short stories set in Invermere. Hamish Hamilton Canada Joel Tansey There’s a certain but evident melancholy in D.W. Wilson’s collection of short stories (titled

Once You Break a Knuckle) that connects each of the 12 tales. From a pair of bullied teens who make a life-changing decision to a math teach-

er that reflects on his life and the mistakes he has made, there is definitely a depressing element at play here. Behind all of that, however, is some excellent writing about small town Canadiana that makes Wilson’s stories tick. All of the stories are set in Invermere, which will make both the setting and characters relatable for Goldenites. Most of Wilson’s pieces are written from the point of view of males who have skeletons in their closet that they can’t quite block from their memory. Some stories do offer a slightly more optimistic outlook on life. The Elasticity of Bone leads off the book and tells the

story of a son who matches up with his father in a judo tournament the day before the father is to depart for Kosovo. Whether it’s judo, tennis or golf, I think most men can relate to trying to beat their father at one sport or another and the inevitable “passing of the torch” moment that is common in any fatherson relationship. Perhaps the most haunting, gutwrenching piece of all is Don’t Touch the Ground, which tells the story of a couple of young adolescents who are bullied and then compelled to exact a measure of revenge on their tormentors. It’s one of the darker stories in the book as it demonstrates both the fragility of life and the

Minister recognizes Day of Forests Steve Thomson Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations There’s no better time than International Day of Forests to reflect on the importance of forests to the social and economic well-being of British Columbians. Whether you’re taking a camping trip, going for a nature walk, enjoying the view from a wilderness back road or even buying a bit of lumber for a home improvement project this weekend, I encourage all British Columbians to consider what these activities would be like without healthy forests. International Day of the Forests is celebrated worldwide every year on March 21 as a way of increasing public awareness about the contribution of healthy forests to the planet’s overall health. The B.C. government continues to do its part by ensuring B.C.’s forests are properly managed and cared for, despite significant challenges that remain in the wake of the mountain pine beetle outbreak. In 2005, we launched the Forests for Tomorrow program, which has invested almost $300 million in reforestation activities, surveyed about 1.3 million hectares and planted more than 130 million seedlings over 95,000 hectares. In 2013, ministry staff surveyed close to eight million hectares of forest in the B.C. Interior as part of a 10-year, $80-million strategic inventory program announced last winter. Those efforts are continuing this year with major reinventory projects of the 100 Mile House, Vanderhoof, Haida Gwaii, Mid-Coast, Kamloops and Lakes timber supply areas. The forest industry continues to be a major

economic driver, providing jobs and prosperity for tens of thousands of British Columbians. In 2013, the value of B.C. forest product exports rose by over $1 billion to $11.6 billion. As well, direct employment in the forest sector rose to 58,200 people, a 13 per cent increase from 2009. More than ever, the B.C. government is focused on restoring forest health and striking a balance between job creation and long-term sustainability. Through targeted investment, sound decision-making and responsible stewardship, we can help ensure B.C.’s forests will continue contributing to the prosperity and enjoyment of British Columbians for generations to come. British Columbia is home to one of the largest public forests in the world. Of a total land base of 95 million hectares, 55 million hectares are considered productive forest land and only 22 million hectares are available for commercial timber harvesting. Only five per cent of the land base is privately owned - meaning that 95 per cent of the forests belong to the people of British Columbia. About 75 per cent of B.C.’s annual timber harvest comes from operations that meet one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management certification standards. Since reforestation programs began in 1930, government and private industry have planted well over seven billion trees in the province. Forest companies have been legally required to reforest the areas that they harvest since 1987. About half of all reforestation expenditures in Canada occur in B.C. with more than 200 million seedlings planted every year to supplement natural regrowth.

dire consequences our choices can have on others. The eponymous Once You Break a Knuckle closes out the book and reconnects readers with the first story of the judoist father and son. It provides an

excellent wrap up for the collection and combines themes of life-long friendship and family, aspects of life that are especially important in small mountain towns. Overall, Once You Break a Knuckle is a

fine collection of short stories that is worth checking out for anyone who is interested in reading about stories set in the Columbia Valley. Once You Break a Knuckle is available at Bacchus Books & Cafe.

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Golden Emergency Services hockey challenge

The Golden Emergency Forces (RCMP, Golden Fire and Rescue, Golden and District Search and Rescue and BC Ambulance Service) played kids from Golden Minor Hockey in a fun hockey game in support of East Kootenay Brain Injury (EKBI) on Thursday Mar. 13. The second annual hockey game was to promote awareness and prevention of brain and head injuries. The EKBI does several education and awareness programs, as prevention is the only cure for a brain injury. Photo Submitted




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Golden was not officially incorporated until June 26, 1957

We live in a pretty fabulous community! Visitors are always surprised to hear that Golden wasn’t incorporated until 1957. The system in place for the previous 75 years - Turning Back the Pages had worked well By Colleen Palumbo but the need to install a water and sewer system meant a need for taxation which wasn’t possible for an unincorporated area. The following information was submitted for Golden Memories 1982 edition. Prior to incorporating as a Village, Golden incorporated as a Fire Protection District for fire protection and street lighting. At that time, Golden was served by a volunteer brigade. The brigade was very dedicated but handicapped by the lack of funds. Any money available had to be raised by the firemen by operating midways, etc. Some equipment was supplied by the A.R.P. and the brigade, among other things, purchased a second hand model A Ford and installed four fire wells. The fire hall was an empty room at George Keenleyside’s butcher shop. George was the fire chief. After the protection district was formed Golden purchased a well-equipped fire truck with a five hundred gallon tank for water and the capacity to pump from wells. A store building originally operated by Mrs. Weston as a ladies’ shop, and then by Hugh and Olive Sutton was purchased at

a sherrif’s sale for $150.00 and equipped as a fire hall. George Keenleyside, George Marrs and Vaughan Kimpton were elected as Trustees of the District. The main reason for incorporating as a Village was to supply Golden with a central water and sewer system. A public meeting took place in the Rod and Gun Hall at its summer location. A provisional council was nominated and elected to work towards incorporation. The council worked on this including considerable correspondence with Victoria. Also in due course a referendum was held and due to the large majority in favor of incorporating we were advised that no further action was necessary and we would become a Village. Also if we incorporated before July 1, 1957, we would receive the full amount of the property taxes for the full year. This amounted to $8,000. The population of Golden was about 1200. Accordingly, Golden incorporated on June 26th, 1957. Elections were held in December of that year. George Marrs became Village Chairman (Mayor) and the Commissioners were Dr. Gordon Lapp, Sam Thompson, Gene LaRue and Vic Collins Princess Margaret stopped briefly in Golden in 1958 on her Canada wide tour by train accompanied among others by Lieutenant Governor Frank Ross. George and Gertie Marrs greeted her at the station on behalf of the village. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip crossed Canada by rail in 1959 and stopped in Golden for 30 minutes. All the delegates from down the valley were present. George accompanied Her Majesty and Gertie accompanied Prince Phillip as they walked along the platform to greet the large crowd assembled. After the


The Town of Golden’s Municipal Office, pictured in 1979, was built in 1960.  Photo courtesy of the Golden Museum royal train departed, George and Gertie entertained the dignitaries at a cold luncheon in their home. The present Municipal Office was built in 1960 at a cost of $51,000. The Cranbrook Health Development Department offered financial assistance provided health organizations were allowed quarters there. The Kinsmen backed the project as well. At the official opening Kin President Bill Dainard was Master of Ceremonies. The Fire Hall and Library were located in the building. Over the years considerable improvements were accomplished in Golden. A central water and sewer system were installed. A storage tank for water was installed on the hill above Golden and water was pumped from deep wells below the hill to the tank and fed back to town by

gravity. Lagoons for the sewer system and a treatment plant were installed near the Columbia River. Quite a number of streets were paved and sidewalks constructed. The Municipal Park was taken over and a residence constructed for the caretakers use. The campsite for tourists with campers and trailers was enlarged and improved. Bath houses with showers and toilets were built. The Golden cemetery came under the jurisdiction of the Village. This was improved and more land was added. W.A.C. Bennett, the then Premiere of British Columbia, with his cabinet met here for meetings on a tour around the country. The Village Council met them at the Municipal building during one of their meetings.

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Joel Tansey Wrangle the Chute at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is heading into its 6th year with some major changes that organizers hope will take things up a notch. “To be honest the (previous) concept was a bit played out,” said Kicking Horse Resort Services Manager Maxime Cretin. “We really wanted to implement a big mountain competition. For that, the previous location was too short, it was steep and deep but it was too short on vertical.” This year competitors will be dropping into Truth and Dare on the north side of Terminator peak. The runs will give skiers and boarders more challenging terrain and significantly more vertical compared to previous years. “There’s one feature in the middle that if you go off it, you’re looking at a 60 footer,” said Events Assistant Russell Willer. “People are coming from all over the world to ski these two chutes,” said Cretin. “We want this to showcase our in-bound, world-class terrain.” Participants are by invite only and were chosen based on applications and video footage. It is expected that 45 athletes will compete, each of whom have two runs to impress the judges and take down the top prize. The top male skier will receive the biggest prize of $1,000 as that competition is considered the premium event for Wrangle. Male snowboarders will be classified separately along with female skiers and boarders. Competitors will be judged to International Free Skiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) standards, with judges paying close attention to an athlete’s fluidity, style and choice of lines. The base of the runs will have a village type of feel, with a carved out grandstand for viewers and a DJ providing additional entertainment. The new location will also give audiences a view from the top of the Golden Eagle Express gondola, and a barbecue will be set up for those who wish to hangout and watch the action


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Logan Pehota of Pemberton, B.C. will be among the top competitors at this year’s Wrangle the Chute.  Photo Submitted from a distance. Fans will also have a chance to party with some of the athletes on Saturday night when the Day Lodge is transformed into a western-style concert venue. Rock and roll band The High Kicks will be the featured performers and tickets are available from guest services at Kicking Horse and at Plain Wayne and Jane in town. The regular weekend shuttle will depart from downtown to the resort at 4:40, 6:40, 8:40 and 10:15, with late night return trips to Golden via the Rockwater bus at 11:30 and 12:30.

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Members of the Golden PeeWee Rockets took in an Edmonton Oilers- Buffalo Sabres game as part of a season-ending trip to Alberta’s capital.  Photo Submitted face-off against the Spruce Grove Cobras, which Joel Tansey they won by a score of 8-2. On Saturday afternoon the Rockets met their The Golden PeeWee Rockets wrapped up their match against the St. Albert Saints and lost a close season in style this past weekend with a trip to 7-6 decision. Edmonton that included an NHL game, a trip Prior to their trip, the Rockets gave out their to World Water Park and a couple of their own end of season awards. Among the winners, Datton games as well. Durning was given the team’s MVP award, Sam The PeeWee team left for Edmonton last Thurs- Lussier was named the most sportsmanlike player, day and arrived well in time to take in an Oilers Dylan Anderson won the award for the player with game that night. The game itself was only half the the most heart, Rowan Heim was named the most excitement, however, as the team got the chance improved player and Johhny Crawford was given to meet a few players from the visiting Buffalo the award for the player with the most hustle. Sabres after the game. All in all, it was a very successful year that saw the “They were happy to sign anything that we entire team improve their game throughout. handed their way…they were really fantastic,” “This was probably the best year of hockey I’ve said one of the Rockets’ coaches Mike Palumbo. ever been involved in…and that’s a lot of years,” “Some of the kids had never even seen a game, it Palumbo laughed. was really great.” The trip to Edmonton was made possible The Peewee Rockets played two games and fin- through a variety of fundraisers, including a bake ished the weekend with a 1-1 record against local sale and bottle drive. In addition, the team’s sponcompetition. sors for the road trip included Jepson, Down Their first game on Friday night saw the team Memory Lanes and Kootenay Pumping.

My next vehicle came from a used car wholesaler*. There was nothing wrong with it, but he couldn’t find a dealer who wanted it. I gladly took it off his hands. How hip was I? I had a new source of newer vehicles that would come right to me. “Two-year-old car for sale. No previous accident history reported, only 35,000km on it. Call with offer.” Shortly after, I got a call from a young man. His car had just broken down, and he needed a new one fast. He agreed to meet me at the local construction site where he worked. He was just finishing up his lunch when I arrived. He was wearing his construction uniform and I immediately noticed his tired eyes. I felt bad for the poor fellow, and I was glad that I was selling him a reliable vehicle. He didn’t need another headache on top of everything. I even knocked $500 off the price I wanted. It was a smooth transaction. The guyy looke looked edd hhappy and thanked me immensely ely forr all the help. I beamed back at him. Around 5:00 a.m. the next morning, I got a call. It was the construction ructioon worker, yelling so loudly that I could barely ely uunderstand him. “THEY TOOK IT AWAY,” ” he said over and over again. “REPOSSESSED!” !” I hung up on him and triedd to make sense of the situation. Why would the ld th he car be taken away in the middle of the he night? n Who’s “they”? Liens. Of course. The car ha had ad a lien on it. That’s why it wouldn’t sell ell on a lot. The bank must have seized it due to an unpaid balance. As before, I panicked. I didn’t idnn’t want to get involved in this right now. w. Sure, S I sold him the car, but how was I supposed seed to know it had

a lien on it? I realized the wholesaler* had scammed me! If that fellow had asked for a CarProof history report or even a provincial lien search, I’d be the one screaming. Over the next several hours, I kept letting my phone go to voicemail – I couldn’t bear speaking to the young man. I knew I had to switch phones again. I felt a bit ashamed. But I needed to be selfish about this. At this point, the best thing for me was cash. And lots of it. *Wholesaler – Vehicle sellers may call themselves auto brokers or wholesalers to sound legitimate and cheaper. But if they’re selling to private buyers, they must be licensed as a dealer. Like any curber - an individual posing as a private seller but selling vehicles as a business – wholesalers and brokers offer none of the protection the law provides for purchases from a Vehicle Sales Authority licensed dealer. Walt learned that lesson, sson, but his buyer paid the price.

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3 baths

3 bedrooms       4 baths        2700sqft

3 bedrooms       3  baths     2,532sqft

Land & Building

2 baths


$219,500 #106, 1545 Kicking Horse Trail

2 bedrooms

1 bath


$620,000 #15 Whitetooth Trail

3 bedrooms

3 baths



$500,000 1021 - 11th Avenue North

1 acre

#12, 2924 Kicking Horse Road

2 bedrooms

$945,000 1618 Purcell Woods Close



$899,000 1632 Purcell Woods

1.03 acres


$234,600 3bdrms     1 bath    1,312sqft 1.46 acres



$599,900 5 bdrms 2 baths 2,986sqft 10.28 acres


$420,000 1502 Poplar Street

$539,000 3 bdrms 3 baths 2,500sqft 5.28 acres


#306, 521 - 8th Avenue

$429,000 1525 Fir Crescent

4905 Castledale Heights


Building, Land & Business

2 baths

1114 - 11th Street

$399,600 1449 Granite Drive

DanDan Veselic Veselic (250) (250) 344-1435 344-1435

$294,300 520-9th Street

$359,900 527 - 12th Street

$317,600 1222-11th Street

$238,000 4 bedrooms


1312 - 11th Street

$299,000 921 - 14th Street

$274,600 3+1 bdrms


$299,900 #16, 415 - 5th Avenue

$349,300 1610 Gareb Road

4 bedrooms

Marlon Chambers Norma Crandall Flec Demmon Marlon Chambers Bob Tegart Flec Demmon Bob Tegart (250) 344-0735 (250) 344-0275 (250) 344-8451 (250) 344-0735 (250) 272-4321(250) 272-4321 (250) 344-8451

#10 Swiss Village MHP

3 bedrooms

2 baths


Golden Star, March 26, 2014  

March 26, 2014 edition of the Golden Star

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