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Parents, students, and community members showed their support for striking teachers outside Isabella Dicken Elementary School last Thursday.


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arents and students joined teachers outside of Isabella Dicken Elementary School last week as they picketed in protest of B.C.'s public education system. Thursday was the second strike day to occur in School District 5 as the B.C. Teachers' Federation (BCTF) continues rotating strikes in response to a year long stalemate in negotiations with the provincial government. President of the Fernie District Teachers'

Association Kate Noakes was happy to see such a strong turnout of support from the community. She understands the strike has been tough on parents and students. “When we're on strike it is hard on children, and we 100 per cent get that, we're the ones who work with them every day,” she commented. The BCTF has been working towards a new collective agreement with the government since February 2013. They are asking for a wage increase, smaller class sizes, more one on one support for

students who need it, as well as guaranteed levels of specialist teachers. “We're in a bad way in public education and it's not going to get better,” remarked Noakes. “I know some people think we're just thinking of ourselves here, but our working conditions are our students' learning conditions. Where we work and how we work is where they learn and how they learn. You cannot separate the two.” She went on to say, “We want a decent pay increase. We're near the bottom in Canada for some of the best test results in Canada. No

matter what they do to us, we work hard and we do a good job. I don't think they should be treating a group of teachers this good that badly.” The BCTF's rotating strike action is now in its third week, with parents in School District 5 asked to keep their children at home today. Teachers spent Monday and Tuesday discussing whether or not to escalate the job action to a full walkout. Results of a strike vote were expected Tuesday night. The union is required to give three days notice before members can walk off the job, meaning the earliest


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possible date for school closures would be Monday, June 16, impacting the last nine days of the school year. The provincial government issued a statement Sunday emphasizing they will do their best to make sure report cards and final exams aren't affected. It states, “The Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Public School Employers Association want to assure parents that every effort is being made to ensure the strike does not disadvantage students, nor delay their transition to the next grade or on to postsecondary.”


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Fernie cadets celebrate By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


he Royal Canadian Army Cadets proudly marched across the Fernie Memorial Arena’s floor on Saturday to celebrate the 50th annual cadet review. “Today marks the culmination of service to your community, 50 years of leadership and good citizenship, 50 years of young men and women like yourselves aspiring to better themselves mentally, physically, spiritually and morally as your honour code so admirably states,” reviewing officer, Capt. James M.P. Cressal said during the postawards speech. Several cadets were honoured with prestigious awards, including the award for the most improved cadet, given to Zachary Watson. RCMP Sgt. Will Thien and Mayor Mary Giuliano were among

From left: Zachary Watson receives the Most Improved Cadet award from Captain James M.P. Cressal. Photo by K. Dingman

the representatives in attendance commemorating the cadets success and skills development — skills that didn’t go unnoticed. The cadets had a range rifle drill demonstration where BB guns and bicycles were used to depict a battlefield scene. This year’s cadet review coincided with the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 100th

anniversary of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). “As Royal Canadian Army Cadets and an affiliated core of the PPCLI, that history is your history,” Capt. Cressal said. Although he acknowledges that many cadets will not join the Canadian Forces, he still recognizes the value this program has in shaping the futures of the young men and

women involved. “You have been given the tools to set you up for success in whatever you should choose to do in life,” Capt. Cressal said. “We take our pride not from being the first boots on the ground (the first men signing up for service), but for always being ready for the next task and approaching it with a can do attitude.”

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2014 Electoral Area A Volunteer of the Year Cathy Broten will be recognized at the RDEK Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:00pm Fernie Family Centre 7:00pm - 7:30pm Volunteer of the Year Presentation Please join us as we recognize Cathy Broten for all of her volunteer efforts. Refreshments & cake will be served. 7:30pm - 8:45pm Town Hall Meeting Meeting will include an update from Director Mike Sosnowski along with presentations on Elk Valley OCP, Sustainability Plan, West Fernie Water, Area A Flood Control, and Financial Plan.

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Fernie Secondary School students walk out By Nicole Obre Free Press Staff


group of students at Fernie Secondary School participated in a student organized walkout last Wednesday. The roughly 30 teenagers who took part were protesting the current strike action between the provincial government and the B.C. Teachers' Federation. “We feel that the teachers and the government are almost using us as leverage to achieve their demands. As a personal slogan here today we're all kind of saying 'end the debate, it's time to educate',” remarked Grade 10 student Alias Engelhardt-LaChance. “We feel that we're losing out because they're fighting for their needs and we don't feel like we're going to gain anything from this.” Engelhardt-LaChance emphasized that the students were not supporting the teachers or the government, but rather protesting the strike action in general. “We're not here as a part of any side, we don't want to be biased against anybody,” he said. “We just want to see change happen, and maybe not for us because we don't know how soon this will be resolved, but we want the future generations, and the kids below us, to have a full, well-rounded education.” The protesting students felt the strike action was compromising their education and learning experience. “It's just really disappointing because in the career that I want to go into, I need to take biology, and in biology this year I'm not allowed to dissect anything because of the strike,” said Grade 11 student Kyra Kallies. Grade 10 student Brandan Dixon chimed in, “We're losing out on our educational help because they're locking the teachers out at lunch. It's limiting how much we can learn.” The walkout was not sanctioned by Fernie Secondary School and all students who participated were encouraged to return to class. “Our focus remains on the academic success of our students... We tried to have a conversation with them about not falling behind on their classes and making sure they were keeping up with their studies,” explained Principal Bill Johnson. Despite rumours that any students who did not attend classes that day could face serious consequences, including suspension, loss of scholarships, and not being allowed

A group of Fernie Secondary School students participated in a walkout last Wednesday. Photo by N. Obre

to attend graduation, Johnson said that was not the case. “We treated it as an unexcused absence and we did our best to contact parents to let them know that their children weren't in class... we aren't looking to suspend anyone,” he commented. “We do understand it's a difficult situation and we're hoping that next week we're back to something a little more normal.”

Sparwood kids discover what it takes to be a firefighter

Sparwood held its first Emergency Awareness Day on Saturday.  Photos by K. Dingman

By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


he kids of Sparwood got to enjoy all the perks of being a firefighter at Saturday’s Emergency Awareness Day festivities. The event, hosted by the Sparwood Fire Department, encouraged children to participate in fun activities such as hosing down targets, riding alongside firefighters in the fire truck - bells and whistles included and climbing to the top of the truck’s ladder. “All the participants really enjoyed it and they were really enthusiastic about the day,” Jacob Isaacs with the Sparwood Fire Department said. “We like to be open with the public as to what we do, who we are, where their tax dollars are going,” he added. And although the festivities catered to children, parents had the opportunity to learn a thing or too as well. Various booths were set up at the Recreational Centre providing the public with information on safety, bear awareness and emergency preparedness, something Isaacs said is a necessity in the Elk Valley. “Being in the Elk Valley region, help can be a long ways away sometimes,” he noted. “We like to promote the idea of getting certified in first aid and getting to know the people that are helping you and what they can provide for you when you get into trouble.”


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From left: Environment Minister Mary Polak presents Conservation Officer Patricia Burley with the Outstanding Officer of the Year Award.  Submitted photo By Nicole Obre Free Press Staff


ocal Conservation Officer (CO) Patricia Burley has been named the Conservation Officer of the Year. Burley was flown to Victoria, B.C. last week where Environment Minister Mary Polak presented her with a plaque and thanked her for her important work. Burley was surprised and delighted to receive the award. “It was a huge honour to be recognized as the CO of the Year,” she said. “I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award, especially since I was the first female named on the history plaque; it was a proud moment for me.” A Conservation Officer since 2009, and most recently posted to Fernie, Burley is known for consistently performing above and beyond the job’s expectations. Most notable are her efforts in partnership building as seen in the success of the Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program (AMCEP) – a collaborative

effort between the Conservation Officer Service (COS) and the regional district of East Kootenay (RDEK), city of Fernie, district of Sparwood, district of Elkford, and the Columbia Basin Trust. “There are so many good things that I love about this job. I live and patrol in a beautiful area, I work with excellent co-workers and get to help protect our natural resources,” remarked Burley. “I especially enjoy working in the great outdoors, interacting with the public, and working with wildlife.” She continued, “I come from a family of teachers and I feel that has become a big part of my life; to educate people. I really enjoy teaching all ages of the public about our fish, wildlife, and of course the AMAs within the Elk Valley.” The Outstanding Officer Award has been given out annually since 1992 to recognize and honour a conservation officer who has demonstrated an exceptional level of service and commitment to the people of British Columbia, bringing credit to the Conservation Officer Service and to the Ministry of Environment.

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West Fernie residents to decide on incorporation into the city By Nicole Obre Free Press Staff


he decision of whether or not to incorporate West Fernie into the city is in the hands of West Fernie residents. The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has sent out an information package and petition to all residents in the affected area detailing the proposed servicing and restructure project and asking for their approval. Roughly 120 people came out to a public meeting held last Wednesday to hear a presentation by the RDEK in the hopes of making an informed decision. “The purpose of the meeting was to provide residents and property owners with detailed information on the project and the petition process that will determine whether residents want it to move ahead,” commented Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “Having an opportunity to hear concerns and to understand where people need more information will help us to ensure people have a clear understanding of the project, so it was great to see so many people come out to the meeting.” Sosnowski, with the help of RDEK staff, went over the three main components of the project - servicing: providing/improving water, sewer, and storm drainage

systems; financing; utilizing become part of Fernie's future.” reminded West Fernie residents grants, securing additional Following the presentation, of the city's intentions. grants, and borrowing money to the floor was opened up to give “Having West Fernie come into pay for servicing improvements; residents a chance to voice their Fernie is not really benefiting us and governance restructure: questions and concerns. And as much as it's going to benefit joining the city of Fernie. they didn't hold back. you, because we're considering Representing the city of Fernie Some of the issues brought the safety of all of you,” she said. was Mayor Mary Giuliano, forward included the possible Fernie councillor Dan as well as councillors Dan change of lifestyle, the fact that McSkimming stepped up to McSkimming and Willard Ripley. West Fernie residents have share council's stance on the Giuliano recognized the project chosen to live out of the city controversial project. comes with a large and daunting for a reason, a difference in “In no way, shape or form do price tag for we want to West Fernie change your “It wouldn’t be perfect for you, and it wouldn’t residents. lifestyle. In no, be perfect for us, but our whole idea behind “ W e way, shape or understand form do we this is to help facilitate and hopefully correct the that the city have all the problems and the issues down the road with the rate of tax is answers,” he septic systems and the water systems in West higher than admitted. “It's a Fernie.” the regional challenge with Dan McSkimming district, so our own budget Fernie councillor taxes will be and our own phased over a roads and the five year period before they reach bylaws – specifically allowing things that we do. a full increase,” she explained. chickens in backyards, further “The way it's been explained “We have also negotiated with developments to West Fernie, and to me, is that if and when West the province for a restructure how the city would handle snow Fernie was to be a part of the city, package where the province removal come winter. Residents we have a document called the will pay the maximum amount questioned why the project was Official Community Plan, and it allowed in payment for the 84 per cent funded and not 100 would have to be amended, and restructuring, and that amounts per cent, what the benefit for there would have to be a West West Fernie residents is, what Fernie addendum that the people to about $600,000.” Giuliano went on to say, “The happens if funding runs out of West Fernie would build, city wants to make sure that before the project is finished, and and design, and say, 'this is our this transition, if it does happen, why the RDEK is giving away the lifestyle, these are the things that is painless for the residents of tax revenue West Fernie brings in. we want to have'.” Sosnowski did his best to Fernie... Council is really pleased McSkimming added, “It and welcomes the possibility address each comment, but as the wouldn't be perfect for you, and of having West Fernie officially meeting grew heated, Giuliano it wouldn't be perfect for us, but

our whole idea behind this is to help facilitate and hopefully correct the problems and the issues down the road with the septic systems and the water systems in West Fernie.” For the restructure to proceed, community assent is required. The RDEK will need to receive petitions in favour of the project from at least 177 property owners in the service area by July 21. If the petition indicates community support, the next step will be for the city of Fernie to confirm the support of their residents for the boundary extension. Construction would then begin with Phase 1, and only the property owners within that phase would pay for that portion of the project. Property owners in future phases would continue to pay rural taxes and would not pay anything into the upgrade project until their phase of construction moves ahead. If the petition does not indicate community support, the project will not proceed. However, the West Fernie Waterworks District (WFWD) will still need to begin upgrading the water infrastructure, requiring an annual tax of roughly $600 on all properties in the WFWD. For more information on the project and the petition process, go to

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It's back and it's bigger than ever! Coal Miner Days is here again and Sparwood is getting ready to show the Elk Valley what they're all about. While the annual event is a chance for Sparwood residents to celebrate the tight-knit community they're so proud of, it's also a great opportunity for people from all over the Elk Valley and South Country to check out the cool coal mining town. This year's festival promises three days of jam-packed fun, kicking off Friday afternoon with a bike rodeo and wrapping up on Sunday with a youth duathlon. Back by popular demand are Coal Miner Days traditions like the soap box derby, Kid's Fest, street market, cabaret, and of course, the parade. But there are several new events that will make Coal Miner Days 2014 special. A teen dance, indie music show, and laser tag match are all aimed at getting Sparwood's youth involved. Also new this year are volleyball and rugby tournaments, plus a motivational talk by pro mountain biker Ryan Leech. While Coal Miner Days is a celebration of Sparwood's heritage, there are a few heroes who also deserve to be celebrated over the weekend – the volunteers. From the bed races to the slo-pitch tournament, each and every one of the weekend's events are organized, set up, and run by volunteers. And someone has to do the cleaning up after. Even for the most conscientious community member, this is a big commitment. We all have a lot going on in our lives; whether it's work, family, personal, or all of the above. To sacrifice even an hour of your time for nothing in return is admirable. Rather than participate and enjoy the fun events themselves, these men and women are taking the time to make sure things are running smoothly and everyone else is having a good time. Rain or shine, these dedicated volunteers show up with a smile on their face to throw the community one heck of a party every year. So take the time to smile back at the volunteer who barbecued and served up your hamburger or hotdog. Say thank-you to the girl who painted your child's face, or the guy who made sure your kid made it through the soap box derby safely. Give a high-five to the people slinging beer in the outdoor refreshment tent. And maybe next year, think about lending a little bit of your own time to the festivities. An hour or two goes a long way.

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As a teacher, I would like to share the importance of having a smaller class size and explain the importance of class composition. However, on June 1, a fire destroyed the entire contents of our school, Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Elkford, and so I will talk about another very important issue. Everything inside our school has been contaminated and will have to be destroyed, including textbooks, science materials, technology, personal belongings of both staff and students, etc. I personally have been teaching for 25 years and many of my colleagues have taught over 30 years. We have spent thousands of dollars of our own money and spent countless hours developing and preparing materials that are no longer there because of underfunding. Thanks to the lockout, we cannot be at the school 45 minutes prior to or after the end of the school day, at recess or lunch, nor can we work from home. The preparation that would have gone on in the past will not happen. We have been told our school will reopen in September. The many hours of our own time that have been spent in the past preparing our classrooms for September will not be occurring due to the fire and the lockout imposed on us, unless a fair settlement is reached. The next three weeks will be a challenge for us, but like teachers everywhere we will make the best of what is, focus on the children and carry on. Trudy Roberts Elkford, B.C.

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Logging changes The provincial government is recommending changes to how logging takes place in British Columbia. These changes will increase control and management of our forests to corporations, making public input into the use of provincial lands even more difficult. The current practice of allocating companies a volume of wood to be cut (volume based tenures) could be replaced with tree farm licenses that would give companies long-term rights to manage the land for forestry. Our forests are in trouble, but the current proposal does not address the root cause of the problem: we are logging our forests at an unsustainable rate and not accounting for all the benefits our forests provide. We need to broaden the discussion and engage British Columbians in a real discussion for the long-term health of forests and forest communities. The provincial government’s current proposal does not meet their own objective of improved forest management. The Forest Practices Board, the independent watchdog for sound forest practices in British Columbia, says the proposed changes will not help, but will hinder the ability of government to manage the longterm sustainability of our forests. Even some industry leaders such as Canfor’s CEO Don Kane have recognized the folly of the proposal and requested that the government not go ahead with the proposed changes to tenure. It is critically important that British Columbians demonstrate that we care about our forests and all of the benefits that they provide. We do not want public land use to be further controlled by private companies. The government’s proposal is a simplistic response to timber supply shortfalls and unsustainable harvest rates. The proposal to create new tree farm licenses fails to recognize that government and public oversight is important for the health of our forests and the long-term health of our communities. John Bergenske, Wildsight

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he Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market opens its doors for its 24th season this coming Saturday, June 14 at the Baynes Lake Community Centre. The hours for the outdoor market will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and it will be held every Saturday throughout the summer up to Labour Day weekend. A wide variety of quality items that are either home-made, home-baked, home-grown, or home-produced will be offered for sale at each of the 12

markets. There will be garden produce, honey, fruit, wooden furniture, toys, garden planters, eggs, knitted items, children’s clothes, jewelry, quilts, and many other items available. The Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market is a great place to visit and shop with your friends, neighbours, or the many visitors that come to explore the lakes, campgrounds, and recreation of the South Country. The Baynes Lake Community Hall Society will offer a pancake breakfast every Saturday throughout

the summer from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Baynes Lake Hall. Other food concessions will also be offered at the market. The market is located within minutes of the Koocanusa Marina, the Kikomun Creek Provincial Park, and the many other marinas and recreational areas of the South Country. The popular market is a fun place for great buys for every member of the family. Happy farmers’ marketing!

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• 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:30 to noon – Parent Tot Fun Times at the Fernie Community Centre • 10:00 to 11:00am – AquaFit at the Sparwood Pool • 11:00 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00pm – Dominoes at Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 3:30 to 5:30pm – Red Cross Swim Lessons at the Sparwood Pool • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Theatre Sports Workshop, 8-14 years, The Arts Station • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 7:00pm – Power Step at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm – Mahjong at Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Pilates at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Prenatal Yoga at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 9:30 to 11:00am – Preschool Swim Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 9:30 to 11:00am – Ladies Morning Wallyball at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 1:30pm - Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:00 to 5:00pm - Elkford Library Open • 10:00 to 8:00pm - Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to noon - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 11:00 to 6:00pm - Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15 to noon - Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 3:00pm – Computer Fun at the Sparwood Library • 1:00 to 3:00pm – Lanes and Leisure Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 3:30 to 5:00pm – Red Cross Life Saving Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 5:30pm – Red Cross Swim

Lessons at the Sparwood Pool • 3:30 to 4:30pm – After School Pottery I, ages 5-12, The Arts Station • 3:30 to 4:45pm – Lego Club, ages 6 – 10, Fernie Library • 3:45 to 4:45pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Pool • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Full Charge Workout at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:30 – Ladies Archery at the Fernie Elks Hall • 6:30 to 8:30pm – Opt Fernie Clinic at the Elk Valley Hospital • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Yoga at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 7:30pm – Crib/Whist at Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – AquaFit 14+ at the Sparwood Pool


• 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:30 to 11:00am – Preschool Swim Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – AquaFit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00 to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:00 to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 10:30 to noon - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 11:00 to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15 to noon - Toddlertime at the Fernie Library for ages 2 & under • 12:00pm - Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00pm - Cribbage at Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 3:30 to 5:00pm – Red Cross Life Saving Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 5:30pm – Red Cross Swim Lessons at the Sparwood Pool • 3:30 to 4:45pm – The Puzzlers, ages 9-12 at the Fernie Library • 3:45 to 4:45pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Pool • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:30 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361

Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:30pm- Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie • 8:00 to 9:00pm – 14+ Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 9:30 to 11:00am – Ladies Morning Wallyball at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 9:30 to 11:00am – Preschool Swim Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 9:30 to 11:30am - MOMs Group at the Fernie Library • 10:00 to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to noon - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00 to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:00 to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:00 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 3:00pm – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 3:30 to 5:00pm – Red Cross Life Saving Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 5:00pm – Green Thumbs Environmental Club at the Sparwood Library • 3:30 to 4:45pm – Living Books, ages 6-10, Fernie Library • 4:00 to 5:00pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Pool • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Full Charge Workout at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 6:00 – Youth Archery at the Fernie Elks Hall • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Yoga at the Sparwood Rec Centre


• 7:00 to 10:00am – Early Bird Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 8:30 to 9:30am – Gentle Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 9:30 to 10:15am – Co-ed Aquafit at the Elkford Pool • 9:30 to 11:00am – Preschool Swim Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 10:00 to 11:00am – Kindergym in the Holy Family Centre, Fernie • 10:00 to 11:00am – Aqua Fit at the Sparwood Pool • 10:00 to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 10:30 to 12:00pm - Toonie Swim at the Elkford Pool • 11:00 to 6:00pm - Fernie Library Open to Public

• 11:00 to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 11:00 to noon – Lanes and Leisure at the Sparwood Pool • 11:15 to noon - Storytime at the Fernie Library for ages 3-5 years • 12:00 to 1:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:15 to 3:15pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 5:00pm – Red Cross Life Saving Lessons at the Elkford Pool • 3:30 to 4:45pm – Pioneer Crafts at the Fernie Library, ages 7-10 (registration required) • 4:00 to 5:00pm – Swim Club at the Elkford Pool • 4:00 to 5:30pm – Free Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Elkford Pool • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00pm - Jitney Darts at the Fernie Legion – everyone is welcome • 7:30pm – Cribbage at the Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00 to 9:00pm – Teen/Adult Swim at the Elkford Pool


• 9:00 to 12:30pm - Jaffray – Baynes Lake Farmer’s Market (starting June 14th) • 10:00 to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open • 12:00 to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open • 1:00 to 2:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 5:00pm - Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00 to 4:00pm – DnD for Teens at the Fernie Library • 2:00 to 5:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 2:30 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 4:00 to 6:00pm - Meat Draw at the Fernie Legion • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Elkford Pool • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 6:00 to 8:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool • 6:30 to 9:00pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool


• 12:00 to 2:00pm – Family Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 1:00 to 2:30pm – ‘Game On!’ board games at the Fernie Library • 1:00 to 5:00pm – Public Swim at the Elkford Pool

• 2:00 to 4:30pm – Public Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 3:00 to 4:30pm – Game On! Board Games for all ages at the Fernie Library • 4:30 to 5:00pm – Lane Swim at the Sparwood Pool • 5:00 to 6:00pm – Lane Swim at the Elkford Pool • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Kayaking at the Sparwood Pool • 7:00 to 8:00pm – Pilates at the Sparwood Rec Centre • 7:30pm - Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting, Christ Church Anglican, 591 4th Ave. Fernie

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Opening Day for Summer, Island Lake Lodge Coal Miner Days in Sparwood Rumble in the Rockies, Fernie Memorial Arena Jaffray – Baynes Lake Farmer’s Market opening, Baynes Lake Comm. Centre 9:00-12:30 Father’s Day Bake Sale, Holy Family Parish following 5:00 pm Mass Family Golf Day, Sparwood Golf Club Father’s Day Brunch, Island Lake Resort, reservations 250-423-3700 Father’s Day Brunch, Clubhouse Restaurant, reservations 250423-7367 Sparwood 5K/8K Fun Run at Leisure Centre Soccer Field 10 am Fishing Opens on the Elk River Adult/Junior Team Event, Fernie Golf & Country Club Father’s Day Bake Sale, Holy Family Parish following 9:00 am Mass

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

Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

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

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

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Interior Health and the City of Fernie remind customers of the provincial recommendation that newborns and people with weakened immune systems drink boiled water or a safe alternative at all times if served by an unfiltered surface water source.

Health risks increase as turbidity rises. Stay Safe.

City of Fernie or 250-423-6817

June 10, 2014 Water Quality Rating: GOOD

In the spring time normal snowmelt conditions and rain often cause fluctuating Turbidity levels in our water. During these fluctuations the City of Fernie will issue public notices advising of the Water Quality Ratings. If you or your business would like to receive this notification via email or fax please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817 or email This Water Quality Rating appears on the homepage of the City of Fernie’s website and is advertised through local media during times of increased turbidity. The Province’s turbidity index messaging tool is designed to notify water customers of current water quality and the relative risk of drinking the water. The index provides a Water Quality Rating as GOOD, FAIR or POOR and provides specific recommendations for each rating. For daily ratings check the City’s homepage at

Swim lessons run Monday to Friday mornings all summer long • The full day swim and play camps include Red Cross Swim lessons, crafts, games, and outdoor activities for ages 5-6 and 7-12. Please call 250.423.2245 to register for lessons or camps. • Fernie Leisure Services is now accepting applications for Permanent Part-time Aquatic Attendants and Lifeguard/ Instructors. Candidates MUST have the following CURRENT awards, Aquatic Attendant: Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C.’ Must be 15 years of age or older at time of hire; Lifeguard/Instructor I: NLS, WSI and Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C.’ Must be 17 years of age or older at time of hire. Please email applications to • The Fernie Aquatic Centre will be closed from May 24 – July 4, 2014 for facility maintenance. See you when we re-open July 5, 2014. For our summer schedule please visit

Notice of Proposed Property Disposition (Lease) Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to dispose of an interest in land, being the entering into of a lease for a portion of the Max Turyk Community Centre (Lot 1 District Lot 4588 Kootenay District Plan 10777), specifically Room 1 comprising of 734.64 square feet, with the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, for a term of 2 year, with three year option to renew commencing on July 1st, 2014. The consideration to be received by the City for the proposed Lease is the initial sum of $7,346.40 per year. This is the first of two notices, dated the 12th of June, 2014. Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services

Public Hearing on Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2231, 2014

Rescheduled to Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:00pm NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to sections 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers at Fernie City Hall, located at 501-3rd Avenue for the purpose of hearing representations concerning: • Bylaw Number: Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2231, 2014 • Purpose of Bylaw: In general terms, the purpose of the Bylaw is to adopt a new Official Community Plan for all lands within the boundaries of the Corporation of the City of Fernie (the “City”) and repeal Bylaw No. 1923, 2002. The new Official Community Plan is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the City, respecting the purposes of local government. AT THE HEARING the public will be allowed to make representations to Council or present written submissions respecting matters contained in the proposed Bylaw and will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that a copy of the aforementioned “Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2231, 2014” and related documents which have been or will be considered by Fernie City Council may be inspected on the City’s website or at City Hall on regular business days (Monday to Friday) between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on June 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 23, 2014. Written submissions will be accepted up to 5:00PM on Monday, June 23, 2014 to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods: • BY EMAIL: • IN PERSON: City Hall, 501 – 3rd Avenue • BY FAX: (250) 423-3034 • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Planning Department, Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information, please contact the Planning Department at 250.423.6817 or via email at This Notice is published in accordance with Section 892 of the Local Government Act. Notice given by the Corporate Officer.

2014 Property Tax Notices Property Tax Notices for the City of Fernie have been mailed to all property owners on record. Property taxes are payable by July 2, 2014, after which time a 10% penalty will be added to any unpaid current year taxes. If you haven’t received your tax notice in the mail please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817 or and request that a copy be forwarded to you. New property owners who have not received a notice are advised to contact City Hall. No exemption from taxation or penalty is conferred by reason of non-receipt of the Property Tax Notice. Payment of your property taxes can be made by mail, in person at City Hall, or by phone or internet banking or in person through most financial institutions. Cheques post dated to July 2, 2014 will be accepted at City Hall. Please allow time for your payment to arrive at City Hall prior to the due date. Post marks on mailed remittances will not be considered as date of payment. Receipt of electronic payments will be recorded at the date and time the funds arrive in the City’s bank account and not when the payment is transmitted by your financial institution. Regardless of the method of payment, eligible property owners must complete the Home Owner Grant application that is attached to the bottom of the Tax Notice and remit it to City Hall in order to claim the Grant. If you’ve misplaced the grant application that’s attached to the bottom of your tax notice, an online form is available at pdf.Completed Home Owner Grant applications can be faxed to 250-423-3034 or scanned and emailed to PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE BY JULY 2, 2014. Phone: (250) 423-6817 Fax: (250) 423-3034 Website:

Notice of Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting for the City of Fernie to receive submissions and inquiries from the public respecting the 2013 Annual Municipal Report will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie, BC. The 2013 Annual Municipal Report is available for public inspection on the City’s website at or a hardcopy of the Annual Municipal Report may be reviewed at City Hall during regular office hours. The Annual Municipal Report contains the 2013 audited annual financial statements; a listing of the permissive tax exemptions granted and the amount of property taxes that would have been imposed on the property if it were not exempt for 2013; a report respecting municipal services and operations for 2013; a progress report in relation to the objectives and measures established in the 2012 Annual Report for the 2013 fiscal year; and a statement of municipal objectives, and the measures that will be used to determine progress respecting those objectives for the current and following year. Anyone wishing to provide their comments to Council but are unavailable to attend the meeting on June 25, 2014 are encouraged to submit their comments in writing by any of the following methods: • IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue • BY FAX: (250) 423-3034 • BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Director of Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC V0B 1M0; or E-mail submissions should be sent to • BY EMAIL: The deadline for written submissions is 5:00PM on TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014.   For more information, please contact Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Administration Services at 250.423.2231 or via email at 12-master-colour-bp

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Upcoming Meetings of Council Monday, June 16 Monday, June 30 Monday, July 7 Monday, July 21

(in Council Chambers)

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

Welcome to Coal Miner Days 2014

The organizers are to be congratulated. There is definitely something for everyone in this year’s festival. Be sure to check it out! If you are visiting Sparwood for the first time, we hope you enjoy not only the festival but also the many other recreation opportunities that are offered in our community. Try out one of the many activities offered at our Leisure Centre or for those outdoor enthusiasts, hike or bike one of our many trails. For those looking for a less strenuous activity, take a stroll through the downtown area and view our historic murals or mining artifacts and don’t forget to get your photo taken in front of our famous Titan Truck before you leave town. Have a wonderful time at Coal Miner Days 2014 Mayor, Council and Staff

Sprinkling Regulations

To promote water conservation in Sparwood, the District has implemented sprinkling regulations that shall be in effect from June 1 through September 30 each year. Even numbered addresses are allowed to water on even calendar days and odd numbered addresses are allowed to water on odd calendar days. Exceptions to the water sprinkling restrictions include nurseries, golf courses, farms, turf and tree farms, municipal parks, playing fields, and other municipal properties. There will be special permission for those residents who have installed a new lawn (either seed or sod) for a period of 21 days after installation of the lawn.

Lease & Operation Sparwood Leisure Centre & Arena Concession Services

Proponents are invited to submit proposals for the operation of the Sparwood Leisure Centre & Arena Concession Services. The Sparwood Leisure Centre contains two concessions which provide restaurant services within the Leisure Centre and Arena complex. The District of Sparwood is looking for interested entrepreneurs in providing restaurant and concession services. Proposals must include the following: • Name, address, and contact information. • A description outlining your past concession experience. • Description of your previous experience operating a business. • Overview of your business concept for the concession operation. • Provide a sample menu. • Proposed operational hours. The District of Sparwood reserves the right to waive informalities, to reject any or all Proposals, to negotiate with any and all proponents and to accept the Proposal deemed most favorable to the District of Sparwood. Proposals will be evaluated based on, but not limited to, proposed lease rates, extent of service to be provided, type and quality of food to be served, proposed hours of operation, and experience in the food service industry. Copies of the Call for Proposals may be obtained at the Sparwood Leisure Centre or are available online at Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “District of Sparwood Leisure Centre Concession Operations” to the Leisure Centre Office, located at 367 Pine Avenue, Box 669, Sparwood, BC, V0B 2G0 no later than 4:00 pm, June 23, 2014. Proposals received by facsimile or email will not be accepted. Additional information is available via email at

Water Smart Ambassador

Sparwood has once again hired a Water Smart Ambassador for the summer. Laura Morgan is happy to return, and will be available to conduct lawn and garden watering assessments for all residents, which will take approximately half an hour to complete. Laura can help with setting irrigation timers, and determining how long both manual and automatic sprinklers should be run to ensure a green lawn without overwatering. Call 250.910.0854 or email to set up your appointment and receive your free hose timer and rain gauge today!

Annual Reporting of Municipal Finances

The District of Sparwood hereby gives notice that the presentation of the 2013 Annual Report and the reporting of Council's remuneration, expenses, and contracts for 2013 will take place at the Regular Meeting of Council to be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 16, 2014 in the Council Chambers. The Annual Report includes the audited financial statements and other information required under Section 98 of the Community Charter. The Annual Report and the report on Council's remuneration, expenses, and contracts are available at the District Office and the District’s website and will remain so until June 30, 2015. Barbara Nunes Director of Finance

District of Sparwood Building Inspection and Permit Services

Building permits provide homeowners and building owners with a reasonable assurance that the structure will perform as intended and provide occupants with an acceptable level of life safety. District of Sparwood Inspection Services is the approving authority for all construction and renovations and is responsible for: • Issuing building/plumbing permits • Inspection of construction for all types of buildings • Plan review • Building code administration Some projects do not require a building permit, however it is still necessary for these projects to comply with the building code and applicable zoning requirements. Be responsible and be safe. Contact the Inspection Services Department for information on permits at: District of Sparwood 136 Spruce Avenue 250-425-6271 OR 250-425-6833 or or

Mosquito Control Program

To report instances of nuisance mosquitoes, get more information about the program or about mosquitoes in general, please contact the District of Sparwood at sparwood@ or 250.425.6271. Or fill out our online form at Please include your name, instance location, and contact information when reporting instances of nuisance mosquitoes. The District of Sparwood has overseen the control of mosquitoes for many years. Businesses and recreational activities can suffer when the numbers of aggressive, daytime biting mosquitoes (known as ‘nuisance’ mosquitoes) rise to intolerable levels. The goal of the Nuisance Mosquito Control Program has been to reduce their numbers to tolerable levels using integrated pest management measures. Culex Environmental Ltd. is currently contracted to carry out the Nuisance Mosquito Program. Culex specializes is using environmentally sensitive approaches to mosquito management.

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The Fernie Community Choir sings their way into the hearts of their audience By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


he diversity of pitches and tones in the Fernie Community Choir drew a large crowd to The Arts Station Sunday. The large group of singers, young and old, proudly stood on the stage singing, while David Pasivirta directed them. “I’m so glad that I was encouraged to do this endeavor, to be a part of the community choir,” Pasivirta said. “They twisted my arm really,” he joked. And his light, up-beat attitude carried its way through the concert. Although the song’s messages were strong, the sounds themselves were optimistic and buoyant. The singers started off the night with three traditional African freedom songs, followed by a pop song written after the 2004 tsunami and finished up the performance with a piece Pasivirta dedicated to The Fernie Community Choir performed at The Arts Station Sunday. his late high school choir teacher. 

Photo by K. Dingman

Director David Pasivirta.  Photo by K. Dingman

Sparwood Community & Facility Services 367 Pine Avenue, Box 669, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250-425-0552 Fax: 250-425-0551 Email:

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POOL SCHEDULE May 20 - June 29, 2014


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Early Bird Swim Gentle Fit Aquafit

Infants (2+under) FREE Preschool (3-5 years) $2.50 Child (6-12 years) $3.50 Student $4.25 (13-25 years with student card)

Senior Adult Family Climbing Wall/Wallyball Showers

$4.25 $5.50 $11.00 $3.50 $2.25

Mon, Wed & Fri 7:00 - 10:00 am Mon, Wed & Fri 8:30 - 9.30 am Mon, Wed & Fri 10:00 - 11:00 am Tues 8:00 - 9:00 pm Lanes & Leisure Mon - Fri 11:00 - 12:00 pm PARENT & TOT FUNTIMES June Fitness Classes Lane Swim Mon - Fri 12:00 - 1:00 pm Spring Outdoor Program Family Swim Sun 12:00 - 2:00 pm Pilates Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am Lane Swim Sat 1:00 - 2:00 pm Sunday & Monday, 7:00 - 8:00 pm June 10, 17, 24, 2014 Sun 4:30 - 5:30 pm Power Step Sparwood Leisure Centre Playground near Lanes & Leisure Tues & Thrus 1:00 - 3:00 pm Monday, 6:00 7:00 pm Spray Park Public Swim The District ofSat 2:00 - 5:30 pmthe Sparwood is pleased to announce Melcer. “This allows our brand to resonate with our most No Charge Gentle Fit Sun 2:00 - 4:30 pm Come out with your tot and enjoy outdoor launch of its new “We’re now Red Cross Swim Lessons Mon brand - Thurs and identity.3:30 - 5:30 pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 - 9:30 am first — our own important audience community.” play, songs, story and activities. Snack Free Public Swim Fri to clearly and consistently 4:00 - 5:30 pm our Aqua Fit ideally positioned share provided for kids and parents. Rain or Lane Swim Mon - Sat 5:30 - 6:30 pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 11:00 am The initial results of the branding exercise include a new shine so please dress for the weather! said Terry Melcer, The- 8:00 District Public Swim community’s story,” Mon - Wed 6:30 pmof Tuesday, 8:00 9:00 pm logo, new taglines, a community website, professional Thurs -Administrative Sat 6:30 - 9:00 pm Sparwood’s Chief Officer. Ladies Moring Wallyball 14+ Over Mon & Wed 8:00 - 9:00 pm images, posters, trade show materials, ads, and other Aquafit 14+ Over Tues 8:00 - 9:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 - 11:00 am Unlike many community brands, Sparwood’s brand has informational collateral, as well as recommendations on Yoga not been developed primarily to increase tourism or Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 how pm to implement the brand as the community moves • Hot tub special ONLY $2.25 after 8:00 pm Monday - Saturday attract visitors. brand development Gentle Flow Yoga • Aquafit – Pool open destination for participants ONLY.Rather, Hot tub its available. forward and begins to proactively share its story. • Free child minding for children 3 and over during morning aquafi t. Wednesday, 9:00 10:00 am is to strengthen its distinctive characteristics, demonstrate • Public swim on statutory holidays 1:00 - 4:00 pm Body Blast for Women “We’re not intent on strictly developing as a tourism a desire continue to develop diversity, and • Additional public swimtoon School District #5 noneconomic instructional Tuesday & Thursday, 3:34 - 4:45 pm community,” says Melcer. “But we are intent on Fridays 1:00to- 3:00 pm to provide a solid foundation to increase continue

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Lysh Hair Salon creates princesses for the day By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


ittle princesses roamed the streets of Fernie on Saturday, showing off their glitter tattoos, polished nails and styled hair. During their first annual Princess Party, Lysh Hair Salon raised $1,410.14 for Friends for Friends — a local charity that supports people in the community battling cancer. Over 100 children came into the salon to get a full princess makeover, while enjoying Caked, By Ashley cupcakes and juice boxes — fine delicacies for these little princesses. “It was amazing,” owner Sarah LeNeveu said. “It was a huge success, we will definitely be doing it again.” And the community came together to make the event happen, LeNeveu said. The Fernie Printing Company, The Free Press, Fernie Fix, the Drive and B101 advertised for the special day and Sarah Livingston from the Fernie Medical Spa, Jessica Hikida from Grow, Nadine Cunningham, Dawn Ewings and Louise Robinson all donated their time to make sure the little royals shined. “I would like to make a public thankyou to everybody that came,” LeNeveu said. “We all enjoyed every minute of it.” And although the girls looked beautiful before and after the event, LeNeveu said next year she plans on inviting everyone, hairstylists and children alike, to dress up like a princess for the day.

Have Your Say on Water Quality Teck is working with communities, First Nations and governments to create an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan that will maintain the health of the watershed and support continued, sustainable mining in the Elk Valley—and we want to hear from you. An online public comment period on the development of the plan will take place from June 13 to July 4. This will be the final feedback period before the plan is submitted to the provincial government for approval on July 22. To learn more and provide your input, please visit the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan website at

Little girls became princesses for the day at Lysh Hair Salon on Saturday.

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Silver Spring Lakes The weather is warming up, the Sun is out and it’s the perfect time for a good hike followed by a relaxing swim – or a leap into the water off a 25-foot cliff! Silver Spring Lakes, near Elko, is a local favourite all year round, but it’s during the warmer months that this hidden gem really shines. It’s a steep walk up to the first lake, where you’ll find yourself atop cliffs that jut out over crystal clear water. You can choose to stay here and relax on the rocks, or you can continue along the path for a relatively easy three kilometre hike. You’ll cross a variety of terrain, and at the end you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of a sheer rock face that overlooks the area you’ve just hiked through. Take a dip, throw a line in or just stretch out and enjoy the warmth of the rocks beneath you. When you’re done, you can hike back the way you came and cool off by jumping back into the first lake! You can reach Silver Springs by turning east off Hwy 3 at Elko. Drive through town then turn left onto the Elko/Morrissey Haul Road (downhill towards the river). After about four kilometres, turn right onto a track that runs parallel to the haul road and up a hill towards some power lines. You can park here and begin the trek upwards. The lakes are a popular spot for both day trips and overnight camping. As always, respect the resident wildlife and make sure you take all your trash with you. Enjoy!

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Little Critters ride into the sun

By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


he ‘little critters’ of Fernie rode into the warm weather at the Fernie Bike Park last Monday night. The Little Critter Criterium Rides are the latest addition to the Fernie Mountain Bike Club (FMBC). Children 12 and under raced their bikes

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around the course, entering their name into a draw with each completed lap. FMBC Board Member John Shaw was there to cheer on the little ones braving the flat trail. After 45 minutes of riding, bike related prizes were given to the eager riders including Fox riding gloves and bike lights. Gear Hub, Giv’Er Shirt Works, Edge of the World and several other local stores sponsored the event with their prize donations. The next ride is on July 7 at Maiden Lake. The rides are free to FMBC members. Pedal bikes, run bikes and trailer bikes can be used on the trails.

Fernie’s ‘little critters’ enjoyed an evening of bike riding last week. Photos by K. Dingman

Congratulations to Elkview Operations Mine Rescue Team 2014

Roller Girls tear up the arena floor

Six-person Surface Mine Rescue Winners 2014 B.C. Provincial Mine Rescue Competition Very back, left to right: Don Sander, Mike Casault. Middle row, left to right: Ian Anderson, Dan Oliver, Trevor Fairweather, Steve Kallies, Zane Neal. Front row, left to right: Cory Robinson, Ernie Canlas, Spring Bolton, Shane Weed, Brent Roberts.

Congratulations to Elkview Operations on winning the 2014 B.C. Provincial Mine Rescue competition in Smithers on June 7, 2014. Thank you to all of the mine rescue staff at Teck’s operations for contributing to our goal of everyone going home safe and healthy every day.

The Avalanche City Roller Girls took down the Dirty South All Stars Saturday night at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Photo by K. Dingman By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


he Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) showed no mercy at Saturday’s home game, dominating the rink with a 369 to 56 point win against the Dirty South All Stars.

Claiming their second home victory of the season, the girls had a nearly 100-point lead before the Dirty South had a chance to score. The next game takes place on Saturday, June 21 in Fernie. The ACRG will be competing against the Thrashin’ Lassies from the Calgary Roller Derby Association.

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Wildlife Corner

Senior Citizens Club of Fernie & District Notice of Annual General Meeting Date: June 24, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM Where: Seniors Drop In Centre

By Kathy Murray WildSafeBC Community Coordinator

Fernie: Bear sightings reported on trails in Mt. Fernie Provincial Park, top of Fat Bastard and Happy Gilmar trails. A small brown coloured black bear (reported as a grizzly a few times) has been seen throughout the city of Fernie and has been accessing unsecured food and garbage on front porches on Park Crescent, Mt Minton, First Avenue, First Street, Fourth Avenue and Ridgemont. For your own safety and to give this bear a chance don’t bait him into your house by leaving garbage on your porch, deck, under your carport or your backyard. Lock up the garbage or take it to the transfer station. Sparwood: Grizzly bears were reported feeding on a deer carcass on Highway 43 by Grave Prairie.

Elkford: Bears reported accessing garbage in dumpsters left outside between collection days. Keep dumpsters in a garage or shed between collection days. Call the district of Elkford to obtain a bear resistant container if you don’t have a garage or shed to secure your garbage. The Elk Valley is wildlife habitat. Your best defence is to be aware of wildlife in the area. − Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush) − Carry a walking stick (adults can carry bear spray in a side holster) − Walk in groups − Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control If you encounter a Bear: − Stay calm − Do not run − Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side) − Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner − Back away slowly, allow the bear an escape route − Never turn your back on wildlife − Do not approach or feed wildlife For wildlife safety tips, go to

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Bulls make their first win of the season By Katelyn Dingman Free Press Staff


t was a close win for the Elk Valley Rugby Football Club on Saturday. The boys dominated the field during the first half of the game, coming out at half time with a 17-3 score, but the Cranbrook Rocky Mountain Rogues took charge in the final minutes of the game. “For them to come back in the last five minutes was really good on their behalf,” Elk Valley Bulls captain Pete Dudman said. The Bulls made it out of the game with a final score of 17-15, a win they needed to stay alive this season. “It’s a massive relief and it was a much needed win,” Dudman said. “The morale within the team has definitely taken a huge boost from it.” And it’s confidence the Bulls will need to bring to their next game against the Nelson Grizzlies. On May 31, the Grizzlies Rugby Club defeated the Bulls with a 26-7 win. Dudman said the team has to take more possession over the ball if they want to beat the Grizzlies out in Sparwood on Saturday. The Coal Miner Days game will determine whether or not the Elk Valley Rugby team makes it to the finals.

The Elk Valley Bulls scored their first win of the season over the weekend.  Photo by S. Moulton

Fernie to host Rumble in the Rockies Submitted Fernie Old School Boxing


ollowing closely on recent boxing cards in Saskatoon and the Western Canadian Championships in Kelowna attended by our boxers from the Elk Valley, Fernie Old School Boxing is pleased to announce that it will be bringing its own premier event to Fernie. Mike Johnson, president of Fernie Old School Boxing, said that he was thrilled

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to be bringing the 'Rumble in the Rockies' show to Fernie on Saturday. “I am stoked to have this showcase event at the Fernie Memorial Arena,” said Johnson. “Our local boxers who have been fighting so well this year will be able to show their skills in front of a home crowd, which I hope will give us that home advantage.” The main event is a classic heavy weight title fight for B.C., featuring local Bob Larson who fought extremely well in

Kelowna against Aaron Downey from Burnaby. This will be fought 'Old Style' no vest, no headgear - and will be for five rounds, a great fight to top the evening. Johnson anticipates 10 to 12 separate cards at the event, from juniors to seniors, covering the majority of the weight classes. “We have some real warriors at the club who have all been working really hard this year. We have gone from having just two registered fighters this year to eight which is fantastic for the club,” he said. “Each

Red Rabbit Racing Congratulations to Rick and Cliff of Red Rabbit Racing! The pair just had their first race of the season on Saturday. The 50 lap feature saw Rick taking the lead with just two laps left and Cliff finished a strong third.

fight will compose of three three-minute rounds and anyone who has attended the club and stepped in the ring will contest that three minutes feels like a lifetime!” This event is a Combsport sanctioned event. Combsport is affiliated with the World Boxing Council and is a very exciting and progressive sports body. The two referees will be local residents Garth Rizzuto and Derek Hoyt, both with a lifetime of experience in the boxing arena.

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The Intense Fernie 3, a classic all-mountain three day singletrack mountain bike race June 28 to 30, 2014

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nterior Health is delighted to announce that they have successfully recruited physicians and there is now a full complement of physicians at Sparwood and Elkford Primary Health Care Centres. Sparwood Primary Health Care Centre has three full-time regular permanent positions covered by Dr. Derek Higgins,

Dr. Jeffrey Rader, Dr. Tara Pigott and Dr. Sheri Bentley. Elkford Primary Health Care Centre has two full-time regular permanent positions covered by Dr. Kimberley Barden, Dr. Randy Holmes, Dr. Claire Hirst, Dr. Roberta Creighton and Dr. Joseph Hildes. All physicians provide medical clinic and emergency services and have extensive backgrounds in rural medicine.

Golf results By Jill Snell Ladies League

Ladies' Day results: June 3 Event: Low Net 0-24: Arlene Bye 25-31: Anne Magic 32-35: Eileen Thrun 36+: Donna Clark and Karen Scott (tied) Skins: Karen Scott (3), Ursula Schroeder (2), Kathy Jaeb (2) Deuces pushed as there were no deuces on the golf course this week. Closest to the pin 0-31 handicap sponsored by Park Place: Pat Moore Closest to the pin 32+ handicap sponsored by Fernie Chiropractic: Janette Dies Attendance Draw winner: Two rounds at Christina Lake Golf Course - Angelika Pace Attendance Draw winner: Overwaitea sponsored points - Kathy Jaeb A big welcome goes out to Patty Vadnais and Jan Caufield who were both back to play in our new late tee time of 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday nights. I'm sure they'd love to have some company if you are looking for an evening round of golf with the ladies. Also, welcome back to Karen

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Scott who signed up for our event for this week and played well - it's good to have you back on the course. There were 26 ladies that made it out to enjoy a beautiful day on the Fernie Golf and County Club course and we hope everyone had fun. Thank you to Ray and the grounds crew for all their continued hard work. The course is improving in condition every day and the wonderful weather continues to be a bonus. As always, a special thanks goes out to the Ladies' Day sponsors, including Fernie Chiropractic, Freshies, Overwaitea, Park Place, and The Tipple for their continued support of Tuesday Ladies' Golf. We look forward to having many of you out on the course next week. Remember, you do not need to play in one of the organized tee times to play in the event or be eligible for the attendance draws. All you need to do is have a Tuesday tee time (thanks Karen Scott for showing us this option), sign in and pay for the event in the pro-shop and complete your scoring in the binder located in the ladies locker room. Event winners are determined from the binder details after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights or when the pro-shop closes (whichever is earlier). There are organized tee times for June 17 and most Tuesdays in June at 8:57 a.m., 2:57 p.m. and 5:48 p.m. Our June 17 event is a flighted event with 2 KP's and event winners for the low net from the red tees for the flights. Come on out, have some fun and meet some new and wonderful ladies. Remember to sign up for Sunday Ladies' Golf to start at 2:57 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. You must be signed up in the pro-shop by Friday, June 13, close of business to play and pairings will be set on Saturday, June 16 to make for a fun and fantastic Sunday of Ladies' Golf.

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• Alcohol can impair the ability to use condoms effectively, leaving you susceptible to unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including Chlamydia, Herpes, and HIV. • Sleeping off a hangover may cause a female to delay taking the birth control pill; A delay of only a few hours may result in a possible pregnancy. • Vomiting up the birth control pill due to a nasty hangover leaves you susceptible to an unplanned pregnancy. • Choosing oral sex over vaginal sex may seem “less risky” at the time however; all sexually transmitted infections can be passed on orally. It is possible to acquire genital herpes, genital warts, Chlamydia and gonorrhea in the mouth and down the throat. • “Date Rape Drugs” like Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine can be put into an unsuspecting person’s drink. These are all things to be aware of and consider when consuming alcohol, which can often impair our judgement and often put us at more risk. East Kootenay Addiction Services Society has sponsored this column. The intent of this column is to provide information and to encourage healthy choices. Free, confidential services are available to anyone dealing with their own or someone else’s substance addiction or misuse. For more information contact 250-423-4423, 1-800-644-6144 or visit

Silver Springs survey Submitted Elk River Alliance


ilver Springs Lakes is a natural jewel and a recreational magnet; a place near Elko we all love but are not leaving in its pristine condition. To keep Silver Springs beautiful, worth recreating at in the future and proteced for wildlife, requires community input. What are the solutions you see to better care for Silver Springs in the future? Summer is when the site gets the most use by locals and visitors to the region. Spectacular mountain views, dry hot climate, dramatic cliffs, and clean, clear, cool water attract thrill seekers to the first lake for cliff jumping. What used to be a peaceful solitary visit is now mobs of people in July and August. Lately, people are dragging up floaty toys and coolers of beer, partying and camping overnight, where no facilities exist. “People build fire rings everywhere in a high risk, dry forest. There are no bathrooms. It is a backcountry site and requires people to pack it in and pack it out,” said Lee-Anne Walker, Elk River Alliance executive director. “Many locals hesitate to take visitors and guests up there in the summer fearing chaos, parties, and unruly people.” Elk River Alliance volunteers and

youth from the Fernie Christian Youth Group have been cleaning up Silver Springs over the past number of years as part of B.C. Rivers Day in September, but the damage and impact is becoming extensive. “Last year, most of the cleanup was related to people going to the bathroom everywhere due to the lack of facilities,” said Walker. What are the solutions to Silver Springs stewardship? Let’s work together to ensure Silver Springs remains a beautiful recreational experience and healthy environment. The Elk River Alliance (ERA) completed a face-to-face survey of users on site through August last summer, many from outside the area. Simple solutions recommended by users included a composting outhouse, posted ‘day use only’ signs, better parking, and the government enforcing existing land use regulations and policies. By going to a Survey Monkey link, locals can share their perspective, at SCVVZR9, or visit the ERA Facebook page or website at www. “We are hoping to gather at least 100 local surveys, but the more input the better; it will take you five minutes!” encouraged Walker. The survey closes June 20. Feedback will be used to develop a proposed solutions strategy to better steward Silver Springs.

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Several months ago I wrote a column on my opinion of activities for young kids. It was about how I think that running kids from place to place when they’re only four-years-old, waking them in their car seats to jam snacks and gear changes at them, is pretty crazy. Totally crazy. Well, I folded. Apply a little peer pressure and watch me crumble. I signed Five up for soccer. I will add that it was against my better judgment, but her friends were in it and she said she wanted to go and… excuse, excuse… we’re on the green Shelby Cain team. So now I find myself hastily cramming her dinner down her throat two nights a week and racing down to the field with her sister to sit on the sidelines and watch her ‘play soccer’. This is sounding worse than it really is. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely benefits. As I fell to the grass last week after racing Three across the field and back for the thirteenth time while trying to watch Five sit on her ball and pick grass, I came up with a list of pros and cons for under-five soccer.

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Pro – Getting the kids outside after dinner for some exercise. Con – Having to prepare dinner at 4:30, which they barely eat, and then having to make them a full meal again when you get home. Pro – Dressing your child in their new, possibly first, uniform. Con – Finding your child’s dirty uniform balled up in the laundry room three minutes before soccer starts and strapping them into their scratchy shin pads they vowed never to wear again. Pro – Watching your child learn a new skill. Con – The skill being how to kick a ball directly at you. Hard. Pro – Watching your child make new friends. Con – Watching your child elbow their new friends, knocking them to the ground and stealing their ball, while you scream, “Go! Take it and go!” Pro – Socializing with parents on the sidelines. Con – Finding out at snack time that the lady you were just chatting with is the mother of the rough boy who just flattened your little angel. Pro – Your child learning to follow the rules of a game. Con – Your child running out of bounds carrying the ball and getting upset when the coach stops them. Pro – Seeing your child’s smiling face at the end of the game. Con – Seeing your child’s confused and possibly angry face when they find out it’s just snack time, not home time. Pro – Watching your child score their first goal. Con – Explaining to them that the goal didn’t count because it was in their own net. Pro - Rain. Con - Rain. 40

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HALKO: It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our loving patriarch Thomas [Tom] Michael Halko (Dimbers). Thomas passed away peacefully at home on the morning of June 3rd with his family by his side. Thomas was born on May 10th 1939 in Michel B.C. and resided in Middletown until he relocated to Sparwood with his family in 1947. After graduating at Sparwood Secondary Thomas started work as a pipefitter. He worked for several companies including Crowsnest Coal Company, BC Coal, Kaiser, and Westar. He was married to his love Marianne in 1960 and had four children, Robert, David, Stephanie, and Stephen. An illness forced Thomas to take an early retirement but during his career he worked his way up to Chief Surveyor and Superintendent of Engineering. Hunting, Fishing, and drinking beer are some things we all knew Thomas for, but there are some things you may not know. Thomas had an extensive knowledge of wild plants, and animals not limited to game. You would see Thomas tending to his plants on a daily basis and he loved to cook and bake for his family, usually with meat he hunted or berries he picked. If you ever needed anything, Tom had a secret patch for it ... from wild flowers to berries and mushrooms, he was happy to pick them for you. The only thing that made Thomas happier than being outdoors was being with his family. There are no words to explain the amount of love and gratitude Tom had for his family. Thomas holds multiple records for big game, and has won various fishing awards. It was important to Tom to pass his legacy on to his sons who have since followed suit and secured records of their own. Thomas always had an open mind for learning and it was a real pleasure for him to spend his time teaching his children, friends, and grandchildren everything he knew. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the BC Wildlife Federation, as well as a dedicated Boy Scout leader for many years. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Marianne, his children David (Leanna with her children Alex, Alycia), Stephanie (Brad), Stephen (Julie), his grandchildren John-Thomas Owen (Alysia) and Morgan Owen (Brendan) and their father Bleddyn Owen. Also by his beloved siblings, sister Julie (Robert) Craig, brother John Jr./Yunch (Marjorie) Halko, his faithful canine companions Maggie and Maddison as well as many other family members and friends. Thomas was predeceased by his mother Susan Halko, father John Halko, his son Robert Halko, and nephews Jimmy Craig and Brian Halko. Thomas was an inspiration to us and his legacy will carry on through his family. To our loving husband, father, uncle, brother, Ampa, and friend, we love you eternally, may you rest in peace. Memorial tributes may be made in Tom’s name to the Lilac Terrace Building Fund, c/o Lilac Terrace, PO Box 1587, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0. Messages of condolence may be made at www. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.


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Maintenance Handyman What you’d be responsible for • Representing Cobblestone Creek Cottage and Lodging Co. with a professional and thorough maintenance ethic when working on our vacation properties and with our guests, owners and clients. • Complete seasonal and preventative interior and external maintenance • Complete some custodial duties as required from time to time such as changing light bulbs, patching, repairing and painting walls, setting up furniture, tile repair, minor carpentry work and finishing, HVAC/air conditioning service, minor plumbing, electrical repair, etc. • Order required parts through vendors and source out required products and parts • Ensure accurate reporting logs for completed maintenance • Report and monitor missing items from and damage to vacation homes • Maintain a safe and hazard free work environment following industry work safe practices • Manage and be point-of contact for trades in consultation and assist tradesmen as needed • Maintain vacation home inventory supply levels when required

What we’re looking for • Minimum of 5 years of work-related experience in a maintenance/handyman position • Basic knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, HVAC and appliance repair • Experienced in adjusting and repairing household furniture • Skilled working with a variety of power and hand tools • Strong mechanical inclination and a keen attention to details • Can solve problems, troubleshoot and identify solutions • Able to work flexible hours with an altered work schedule as required • Able to use personal vehicle and tools as required • Able to complete physical requirements of position including occasionally lifting up to 50 lbs, climbing steps and ladders etc. • Must possess a valid Canadian driver’s license • Be located in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia or able to relocate

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n Elkford East Community Credit Union (EKC) employee was taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound after an attempted robbery on Saturday morning. The victim was stabbed in the leg during the incident and has since been treated and released from the hospital, RCMP Sergeant Will Thien said in a press release. Police say the suspect had already fled the scene when Elk Valley RCMP responded to the

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since been to the site of the incident. Counseling services are being provided to EKC employees, Davies said. The branch reopened Wednesday, June 4. The suspect is described as a 5'10” male, 40 to 50-years-old, weighing between 160 and 170 lbs. The male was wearing rounded goggles with dark mirrored lenses, a black toque, black gloves, medium colored jeans, black footwear and a red windbreaker jacket with white or beige piping. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Message from the President of Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society M

arcia Johnson is the president of the Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society as well as co-owner of Apex Power & Automation, mother of six and co-founder of Peace in OUR Lifetime. She has been behind the bar at Comedy Night, the Cabaret and helped out with the Parade for the past several years. Her son, Colten, has run the Parade since they moved to the valley and that is how she got involved. I stepped up to direct the board to ensure that all of the years & community dedication for our community celebration carried on once Renee MacCormack decided to retire as co-ordinator. She has built a great legacy; our board is dedicated to the Coal Miner Days successful future. The board’s intention is to highlight the entire community during this June 13 – 15th weekend. With events happening all over town we are most excited to showcase all of the great businesses and activities that Sparwood has to offer. Not only are we having the exciting happenings that we have come to expect from Coal Miner Days like, Light up the Sky- Fire Works, the Ball tournaments and the parade but we are also excited to add a hand full of new things to our agenda. The Coal Miners Diner Show & Shine, car show with exciting musical entertainment is new to this year’s Coal Miner Days as well as Laser Tag, Sac races, a Bocce tournament, Fire Fit Challenge, Volleyball tournament, Disk Golf Tournament, and a Rugby game are all a part of this year’s lineup. We are so pleased to have the Bike Rodeo as well as a presentation by Ryan Leech, he is widely considered to be one of the most progressive and technically skilled mountain

bikers in the world. He has spent 16 years on the road showcasing his skills in front of more than a quarter million people and has been featured in more than 25 mountain bike films. With Ryan’s busy schedule we are so fortunate to have him attending our community weekend at the Recreation Center, Friday night and then again in the parade on Saturday. The Soap box races are back this year and will be full of kid’s competitions but will also feature an Adult race, so get your helmets ready and meet us at the top of the hill. With fitness events, BBQ’s, the Street Market and so much more, Coal Miner Days 2014 will defiantly measure up to our goal of showing everyone how much the community of Sparwood has to offer. Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who have rallied together with donations and countless hours of volunteering to make this one of the best years so far in Coal Miner Day History. A special Thank you to all of the past planners for forging the way, to all of our event organizers, our board members, Shonna Williams for your computer skills /contributions and especially to our Coal Miner Days event coordinator, Justine Bowen for your dedicated service and hard hard work! Hope to see you and your Families out to help celebrate our community of Sparwood together. Humbly, Marcia Johnson

Marcia Johnson

Welcome to Sparwood Coal Miner Days


his year’s Coal Miner Days are going to be a weekend filled with events for people of all ages. Be sure to purchase your Coal Miner Days pins before the end of the day on Saturday, June 14th for your chance to win $1000 sponsored by EKC and the Coal Miner Days Society. Cutest Grandparent and the Elkwinkle coloring contest deadline is Thursday, June 12th , kids need to be sure to bring their colored picture to Overwaitea in Sparwood. Many awesome prizes are eligible to be won! Start off the weekend celebration by joining the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce at their annual golf tournament on Thursday. There is so much to do on Friday you won’t want to miss a moment! There is fun for the whole family down at the Sparwood Recreation Centre, bring the kids bikes and helmet to take part in the Teck Bike Rodeo where members of the RCMP and Teck teach youth about bike safety. We are so lucky to be joined by world renowned Mountain Bike stunt performer Ryan Leech at 5:30 in the Rec parking lot. Come out and watch the soap box derby practice and adult soap box race for the Lilac Terrace expansion. We also have bounce houses set up for kids of all ages to play on. Look for carnival games to be enjoyed for fun! Also at the Recreation Centre you can find face painting, a balloon artist and children’s activities. When you need to refuel, stop in and say hi at the Sparwood Search & Rescue BBQ

for a bite to eat or choose from the other great vendors that have made their way to Sparwood for Coal Miner Days. Join in at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce for wine, appies & sushi Social or for some sporting action, check out the Bed Races in the curling rink parking lot where teams will compete to be crowned winner and receive a cash prize. Following the adult bed races stick around and watch the kids compete in a bed race for their chance to win $100. The Teens can then head over to the hall at the rec centre for a teen dance with DJ Jesse put on by the Futures Society, with all proceeds going to the new Sparwood skatepark, or join us at the Coal Miner Diners Show & Shine in Centennial Square, bring your lawn chairs so you can stay and listen to the live entertainment from local musicians from 4 – 10pm leading up to the evening finale - Fire in the Sky – where spectators will ooh and ahh at the amazing display put on by the Sparwood Fire Department. Saturday kicks off with the long-running

Lions Club pancake breakfast, at Overwaitea parking lot. After a bite to eat, patrons can find their spot to watch the parade which starts at 11 am. Following the Apex Power Parade, make your way down to the Sparwood Recreation Centre and refuel at the Teck BBQ. Then you are ready to enjoy the many events scheduled for Saturday including a Kids Fest with bounce houses, sack races, carnival games, Children’s Train, Joy Global Laser Tag, Street Market, Human Bumper Balls, Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby at Red Cedar Hill and slowpitch, volleyball, rugby, bocce and ball hockey tournaments. The tug of war competition is back again this year; challenge your friends, your family, or your co-workers to a tug of war. Prizes to be won and bragging rights are always great too! Saturday evening of entertainment for the adults at the cabaret will be a great time to show off your Dancing shoes and reminisce with old friends. Sunday sees the finish of the slo-pitch and ball hockey tournaments. Fitness enthusiasts can take part in the EKC Sparwood Classic

We hope this year’s Coal Miner Days will be an experience people won’t forget and will have them wanting to come back for more next year!

5K/8K Run/Walk starting from the Rec Centre starting at 10 am. Check out the youth duathlon where the youth show off their athletic abilities as they complete a run-bike-run event at 12 pm! It is open to kids ages 3-12 and was the highlight for me watching those young kids just run and bike and cross the finish line. Following these races, the pin draw for $1000 will take place at the Recreation Centre soccer field. To encourage families to get out and be active together we have many events for the whole family all day. We have many different games available for use including washers and bocce. Up at the old ski hill is an exciting Disc Golf tourney. There are many activities planned for Sunday to keep the fun going all weekend long! Fun for the whole family! We would like to thank the local businesses for all of their continued support and the many volunteers that give their time to help make this weekend event such a huge success! Every year there is thousands of dollars raised to help support local organizations, this year is no exception. Monies raised will go to support the Lilac Terrace, a New Sparwood Skate Park, Raise a Child Up, Sparwood ECD committee for new toddler parks, The Sparwood food Bank, Search and Rescue etc. We hope this year’s Coal Miner Days will be an experience people won’t forget and will have them wanting to come back for more next year!

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Knights of Columbus – Soap box derby history

he Knights of Columbus Council 4455 was established in Natal, B.C., in 1957, through St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and has served the towns of Michel, Natal and Sparwood. The council consists of approximately 20 active Catholic men with their directive being to serve the church, the community and the world. Years ago, our group was known for its Bingos and also catering. In more recent years, we organized activities to raise funds by hosting church breakfasts, bartending at weddings or events, and organizing and running the Soapbox Race Derby for children and also adults. The children’s soapbox race was started in 2004, unfortunately missing last year, so 2014 will be our tenth year. The number of entries ranges from 70 to 85 children. This event is also structured to bring children and their parents together as an activity. This event was started and always run by the Sparwood Knights of Columbus. We do have other volunteers who help us out, especially on race day. We appreciate this help very much and it makes for a very happy and successful day. The children especially really seem to enjoy this event. It’s all about “children having fun!” We held two Adult Soapbox Derbies, with a goal of the racers getting pledges, and all the proceeds going towards a local project - the new Sparwood Water Spray Park. Between these two races, over $13,000

was raised, and many laughs and fun was had by all participants and spectators. In the past years, our Knights of Columbus group has raised funds for hospital equipment, reclining chairs for seniors, and parks or projects in the community. The Knights also sponsor our local school with two $500 scholarships yearly, and also have coaches helping school teams. We also give donations to sports teams for travel to provincials (hockey, basketball, volleyball, cadets). On a personal level, we have given support and financial help to families and individuals in the community in need. The Knights are active in the Sparwood Food Bank with monetary and labor donations. We are also members of the Sparwood Futures Society, which we help with many of their projects. Within B.C. or Canada, we give donations to various non-profit groups. One of the world projects we help with is to supply wheel chairs to the unfortunate people around the world who are home stricken due to loss of their legs, either through birth defects or the biggest one being land mines. To date, we have purchased 20 wheelchairs and in joining with other councils, ship containers of wheelchairs throughout the world. We support disaster relief around the world and have supplied finances for a community building in the Philippines.

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Ryan Leech

Performing for this year’s Coal Miner Days!

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Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee


yan Leech is known worldwide for his extraordinary skills on a mountain bike; his abilities have been showcased by performing stunt shows for millions over his sixteen-year career. Having been featured in over 20 mountain bike films, performed with Cirque du Soleil, and travelled with the Vans Warped Tour, Ryan still continues to progress with careers as a Certified Yoga Instructor

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and Integral Master Coach™. Experiencing the Ryan Leech Trials show is a must see no matter what kind of cyclist you are. www. Come see Ryan Live 5:30 at the Sparwood Rec Centre. Drop into the Bike Rodeo at 3:30 then come outside to be amazed by Ryan. Everyone who has seen Ryan perform are blown away - it should be a great start to the CMD weekend.

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eck, RCMP and local volunteers have teamed up to bring the Annual Bike Rodeo to Coal Miner Days. On Friday, June 13 children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the FREE bike rodeo inside the arena at the Sparwood Recreation Centre. Bring your bike and helmet and have fun learning about bike safety. Any bike works – even one without pedals! Rodeo stations include: • Bike inspection, • Bike and helmet fit, • Starts and stops, • Scanning, • Rock dodge, and • Demon driveway. All participants receive a goody bag full of fun stuff. It will be at the Arena from 3-5:30 pm. The kids learn bike safety so important & fun. It is open to all kids who can ride a bike, tricycle or strider. Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:00 pm

11:00 am

Check In for Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Shot gun start for Golf Tournament at Sparwood Golf Course Deadline for Elkwinkle Colouring Contest - hand in to Overwaitea in Sparwood

5:30 pm 6:00 pm

Friday, June 13, 2014 11:30am – 2:00 pm 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4:00 pm –8:00 pm 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Royal Bank Hot Dog BBQ Bike Rodeo. Arena Parking lot. Teck Coal and RCMP Information Booth at the main Stage outside Curling Rink. Bounce Houses – Soccer Field @ Rec Center – CMD society Face Painting - Sue Hanlon – Curling Rink Show & Shine – Centennial Square – Coal Miners Diner Canadian Indie Music – Centennial Sq – Lynch Records Search & Rescue BBQ - behind Curling Rink Ryan Leech – Mountain Bike Tricks Display @ Rec Center - Sparwood Fire Dept Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Adult Social @ the Chamber Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey– Derek Cimolini @ the Arena Slo Pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Center Field – Dawn Weatherbee Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby Registration, Inspection & Practice @ Red Cedar Hill. Adult Soap Box Race during practice time. Bed Races – Adult and Youth – Rec Center Parking Lot - CMD Beer Gardens – Tennis Courts – Slo Pitch group. Teen Dance – Sparwood Futures Upstairs at the Rec Center Fire In the Sky – Soccer Field @ Rec Center. Sparwood Fire Dept

Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:00 am – 10:30 am 8:00 am – 8:00 pm 9:00 am – 8:00 pm 9:00 am 9:00 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am

Lions Pancake Breakfast – Overwaitea Parking Lot Slo Pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Center Field – Dawn Weatherbee Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Sparwood Arena, Derek Cimolini Bocce Registration – Bocce pits by Rec Center – Sparwood Fire Dept Parade Registration - @ Chamber of Commerce: Form at Greenwood Mall Parade Judging

11:00 am 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00pm - 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3.00pm – 5.00pm Throughout weekend 3:00 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Parade begins at Chamber of Commerce – Greenwood Mall. Colten Kunst Bocce tournament begins – Bocce Pits by Rec Center – Sparwood Fire Dept Teck BBQ – Corner of Red Cedar & Pine Ave Beer gardens – Tennis Courts – Slo Pitch group Street Market – CMD society outside Rec Center Information Booth by Curling Rink – CMD Society Kids Fest – Soccer Field – bounce houses, face painting, clowns Fire fit challenge for kids – Sparwood Fire Dept – Curling rink Parking lot - across from SparComm Laser Tag – Bike Jumps Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby Volley Ball @ the Rec Center Fields Elk Valley RFC vs Nelson Rugby game @ Rec Center field – kids Games, 50/50 and raffle prizes at half time Cutest Grandparent – CMD – Greenwood Mall Tug of War - Registration – Volley Ball Court – Renee MacCormack Tug of War – Volley Ball Court Cabaret – Curling Rink – CMD Society

Sunday, June 15, 2014

8:00 am – 5:30 pm 9:00 am 10:00 am

11:00 am – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 11:00 am – 3:25 pm 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 12:00pm – 5:00pm 2:30 pm 2:35 pm

Slo Pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Center Field – Dawn Weatherbee EKC Sparwood Classic 5k /8k Run/Walk – Rec Center Registration EKC Sparwood Classic 5k /8k Run/Walk – Soccer Field – Sarina Beran 1st Annual Coal Miners Disc Golf Tournament Registration. Disc golf shot gun start – Parwood Course – Sparwood Heights – James Woodall. Kids Fest – Soccer Field – bounce houses etc Face Painting – Sue Hanlon Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey– Derek Cimolini @ the Arena Beer gardens – Tennis Courts – Slo Pitch group CMD Society Youth Duathlon. Soccer field at Rec Center Pre registration preferred but not required. Lilac Terrace BBQ – Rec Centre Pin Draw Main Stage Elkwinkle winner - Main Stage

Weekend Fun! Purchase your Coal Miner Days pin for your chance to win


Draw Date: Sunday, June 15

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Ambulance Ball Hockey Tourney Balloon Animals Bed Races Bounce Houses Bumper Balls Carnival Games Children’s Train Duathlon Face Painting Fire Fit Challenge

Food Vendors Lilac Terrece BBQ Pancake Breakfast Soap Box Derby Slo Pitch Street Market Teck BBQ Teck Bike Rodeo Tug of War Parade

New Activities in 2014 Bocce Tourney Disk Golf Rugby Game Indie Music Stage Laser Tag Ryan Leech Sac Races Show and Shine Teen Dance Volleyball Tourney

Times, locations and events are subject to change - Check our Facebook Page for updates

**Plan B for poor weather – check inside curling rink and upstairs



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Winner’s Bracket Lions, 6:00 - 7:30 (Fri)


Baseball Tournament Schedule

Lions 9:30 - 11:00 (Sat) (7 Lions 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat)


Heights, 6:00 - 7:30 (Fri)

Lions, 7:30 - 9:00 (Fri)

(6 Lions, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sun)

Heights 8:00 - 9:30 (Sat)


Rec Centre 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat)

L11 L2 L3 L1 L10 L4 L5 L7 L8 L9 L12

Lions, 12:30 - 2:00 (Sat) (15

L14 Heights, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sat) (12

Rec Centre, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sat) (13

Lions, 2:00 - 3:30 (Sun)


Rec Centre, (10 9:30 - 11:00 (Sat)


L22 Lions, 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat) (17

Rec Centre, 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat)



Loser’s Bracket L8



Lions, 8:00 - 9:30 (Sat) (5 Rec Centre 8:00 - 9:30 (Sat)




Heights, 7:30 - 9:00 (Fri)

Heights 9:30 - 11:00 (Sat)

There will be a home run competition on Saturday starting at 5:00 pm. Enter for $10.00; 1st place winner.

Lions, 8:00-9:30 (Sun)

Lions, 9:30 - 11:00 (Sun)

Lions, 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat)

Lions, (29 12:30 - 2:00 (Sun)


(29 Rec Centre 11:00 - 12:30 (Sun)


L30 If First Loss

(24 Lions, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sat) (11 Heights, 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat) (19 Rec Centre, 8:00-9:30 (Sun)

Heights, (14 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat)

L13 Heights, 12:30 - 2:00 (Sat) (16


Rec Centre 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat) (20

Rec Centre, 9:30 - 11:00 (Sun)



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Friday June - Sunday June Friday June 13 13 - Sunday June 15, 2014 15, 2014

Game # Friday 1


Teams (Dressing Rooms in Parenthesis)


6:05 - 7:05 pm

Whalers vs Oh Nos

Pool A Round Robin


7:10 - 8:10 pm

Jager Bombers vs Cobra Kai



8:15 - 9:15 pm

Team Beer vs Fernie Hockey Club

Pool B Round Robin

Saturday 4

10:30 - 11:30 am

Whalers vs Winner Game #2

Pool A Round-Robin


11:35 am - 12:35 pm

Team Beer VS Loser Game #2

Pool B Round-Robin


12:40 - 1:40 pm

Oh Nos VS Winner Game #2

Pool A Round-Robin


1:45 - 2:45 pm

Fernie Hockey Club VS Loser Game #2

Pool B Round-Robin


2:50 - 3:50 pm

2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A

Quarter Final #1


3:55 - 4:55 pm

2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B

Quarter Final #2

Sunday 10

10:00 - 11:10 am

1st Pool A vs Winner Game 8



11:15 am -12:25 pm

1st Pool B vs Winner Game 9



1:00 - 2:10 pm

Winner 10 vs Winner 11




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HAPPY COAL MINER DAYS! 585 Michel Creek Sparwood, BC 1 800-663-2705

Committed to Community Teck is committed to putting safety, communities and the environment at the forefront of every decision we make. Have a safe and happy Coal Miner Days – visit the Teck barbecue and watch for our float in the parade.



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oal Miner Days Cabaret is on Saturday June 14 - 9 pm to 1 am. This year we the musical styling’s of - DJ McRae (he’s based out of Fernie) - and he has great reviews. There will be a Light show throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale at Sparwood Esso and at the Sparwood Chamber . The Cabaret always sells out quickly- so get your tickets early.



he Coal Miner Days Society is hoping Sparwood and Elk Valley residents will dig into their photograph archives for some past images of Coal Miner Days. As the event has been a big part of the Sparwood community over the years the CMD Society would like to compile record and preserve its history. The Michel-Natal Heritage Museum is sharing the information they have gathered on Coal Miner Days –


Pancake Breakfast

nce again this year the Sparwood Lion’s Club will be hosting a Pancake breakfast on Saturday June 14th from 8am-10:30am Cost is by Donation and all proceeds will go to Anthony Pinksen for his wheelchair ramp/lift!

but we would like to expand and fill in the gaps on the timeline. If there are any seniors out there (or not so senior) with a story or information on past Coal Miner Days we’d love to hear from them. Photographs will be shared on the CMD Society Facebook page and website ( If you have any information or photographs to share please contact:

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he Kids Duatholon will be back again for Coal Miner Days 2014 - Sunday June 15th. 12-2 pm. This is so much fun for the kids - and the adults watching. Looking for volunteers to help with this event !!

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Teen Dance

rand New to Coal Miner Days this year the Sparwood Futures Society is Sponsoring a teen dance to help raise funds and awareness for their next project …. A Modern Concrete Skateboard Park. Jesse Sutherland will be the Dj.

Anyone between the ages of 13-18 are welcome. Admission is $10. There will be a concession with pop, water, chips and candy. Come enjoy an evening of music and fun with your friends!

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egistration at 3 pm Saturday, June 14. Competition will start at 4 pm. Teams can register the day of the event. There will be a men’s competition, women’s competition and kids. There will be four categories for kids 14-18, 11-13, 8-10 and 7 and under. Age categories for the kids may change based on interest and the teams we have. Photo from The Free Press files

Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

Enjoy your


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ohn Randall is organizing another new event for CMD 2014. The 1st Annual Sparwood Fire Dept. MD Bocce Tournament is going to be held on Sunday the 15th taking place at the Sparwood bocce pits north of the Sparwood Recreation Center. Same day registration with times to be posted soon. $20 per team and all proceeds are going to Muscular Dystrophy. Come on out for a great day supporting a great cause.

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arina Beran is the organizer of the Sparwood Classic 5 & 8 Km Run/Walk which will be held during CMD on Sunday June 15 2014. Sarina raced in the Classic placing 2nd in 2011 & 1st in 2012 and happily accepted the challenge to organize the event in 2013 - and again in 2014. She had never organized a community event before but wanted to give back to Sparwood. Sarina "loves this race because we have a great group of volunteers, there are prizes from many generous Sparwood & Fernie businesses, EKCCU is a supportive sponsor & the course winds thru some of the best scenic parts of Sparwood". Thanks Sarina for keeping the Sparwood Classic running! The EKC Sparwood Classic 5/8km run/walk is on Sunday June 15th. It is a simple route (a jaunt around Sparwood) - and family friendly for all ages young and old. There are many prizes - for placing & door prizes. Register at Remedys Rx ahead of time or on the day at 9am at the Rec Center Soccer Field. Race time is 10 am.

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Rugby clash for Coal Miner Days


oal Miner Days will host a new spectator event in 2014 as the Elk Valley Bulls and the Nelson Grizzlies rugby clubs battle it out in their quest for the provincial championship. The Bulls are defending their title after winning the Saratoga Cup in their inaugural season last year. However, unlike last year’s undefeated status, the Bulls’ difficult start to the season means they must win the game at Coal Miner Days in order to advance to the next stage. Many of the players on the home side work at Teck sites and for mining companies throughout the Valley, so spectators are likely to recognise someone they know on the pitch. The Bulls are always recruiting new players for both their men and women’s teams, and those who are interested in joining are welcome to

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Join us for our Golf Tournament Thursday night, June 12th and Business Sociable at the chamber building Friday night, June 13th! Please call chamber for registration and tickets to both events

seek more information on the day. Kick off will be at 2 pm at the Sparwood Recreation Centre on Saturday, June 14. Come on down to support your local rugby team and enjoy watching this fun and physical sport in action. Go Bulls!

Photo courtesy of the Elk Valley Bulls

Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

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Thank you The Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the individuals, businesses, donors and volunteers that helped to make Coal Miner Days 2014 a wonderful weekend event that had something for everyone!!!

Sparwood, BC

Event Organizers/Sponsors/Donors Platinum

Apex Power & Automation BC Hydro Cat Rental Store Columbia Basin Trust District of Sparwood EKCCU Elk Valley Thrift Shop GRDi Joy Global Port Metro Vancouver RDEK Sparwood Chamber of Commerce TECK The Free Press Tronovus Western Financial Group


Finning Frontline Giver Shirt Works McElhanney Overwaitea Rayco


Bighorn Welding Headwater Equipment Mt Mechanical

Royal Cdn Legion SMS Equipment


Calaway Park Canadian Tire Dr Ray Chow Intermountain Local 115 McDonalds Resorts of the Cdn Rockies Royal Tyrrell Museum Schickendanz


Lions Club of Sparwood Lyndsay Gerscht Marcia Johnson Royal Bank of Canada Renee MacCormack Sarina Beran - Remedy’s RX Shelley Lynch – Lynch Records Shona Williams Sparwood Fire Dept Sparwood Futures Sparwood Search & Rescue Tammy Ogden Tracey Brook-Baker


Alex Millar Allan Barrass Andrea Horton Coal Miners Diner Colten Kunst Dawn Weatherbee Derek Cimolini Dixie McClinchey Gene VonMatt Holly Peebles James Woodall Jim Jones John Randall Justine Bowen Knights of Columbus Leigh Stickney

Derrick Thummerer Dylan Johnson Emilee Cook Jamie Ray Kenton Johnson Kenz Bowen Keyten Kunst Kyra Von Matt Kyrsten Johnson Nikita Paskiewich Robyn Howard Sean Thummerer Tess Laidlaw Britney Laidlaw Colten Loberg

Nick Demers Malorie Demers Noah Devine Austin White Harlee Reghenas Katie Miller Hannah Brewer

Special Mention:

Alpine Lumber Arrowanna Causeway Bay Cummins East Kootenay Security Elk Valley RCMP Jim Pattison Co Joey Deluca K&K Lilac Terrace NAPA Newalta Manitoulin Sherri Taylor Sparcom Sparwood ECD Committee Sparwood Esso Sparwood Library Sparwood Recreation Dept Subway Sue Hanlon

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the countless number of volunteers that selflessly gave their time to make this event possible! It would not be fair to name each individual as we would risk leaving someone out. However, you know who you are and please accept our deepest gratitude for your commitment of time to help us out during Coal Miner Days 2014! Est. 1898




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