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Invermere youth honoured for water rescue Submitted by Lifesaving Society - BC and Yukon Branch Hollis Babich of Invermere was among 23 recipients of Bravery Awards from the Lifesaving Society at the 107th Annual Honour & Rescue Award Ceremony on Saturday, March 9th at the Hotel Vancouver. Over the Victoria Day long weekend last year, 12 -year-old Hollis Babich was camping with his family at Wasa Lake Provincial Park, 40 kilometres north of Cranbrook. Many other families were also there from Invermere, including Barrett and Jen Cowles and their sons, 8 year old Cassius and 4 year old Oki. At the beach, Hollis and Cassius were playing in the water on an inflated tube. Hollis is a very strong swimmer having taken Red Cross swimming and water safety classes from an early age. Being younger, Cassius was not as confident in the water. They were in shallow water and able to stand, but the tube was caught by a breeze and started to drift away. Hollis began to swim toward the tube to catch it and Cassius yelled that he would help too but suddenly found himself in deeper water where he was no longer able to touch the bottom. He struggled and his head kept going under the water. He yelled for help several times and was clearly in distress but was at a distance from the beach that others

Hollis Babich is presented with the GA Brown Memorial Medal. In memory of late Branch Governor, George A. Brown, this award is presented to a pre-teen performing the most courageous aquatic rescue of the year. Submitted photo either did not hear him or were too far to be able to help. Hollis’ aunt was kayaking on the lake and saw the boy in

trouble but was also too far away to get to him quickly. Hollis immediately turned around and swam the 15 metres or so back to Cassius. By the time he reached Cassius, the younger boy had gone under the water many times and it was clear he would not be able to resurface without help. Hollis took hold of Cassius from behind and towed him safely back to shore. It was later learned that from the beach, Cassius’ parents had helplessly witnessed Cassius struggling and the rescue by Hollis, knowing their son was in serious trouble but too far away to help him themselves. For his quick thinking and using his water safety skills, young Hollis Babich was presented with a Silver Medal for Bravery. Hollis also received the George A. Brown Memorial award consisting of a gold medal engraved with “Courage and Determination” and a $500 scholarship award to assist him in taking more lifesaving courses. He has expressed an interest in becoming a lifeguard. Each year this prestigious ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the heroism & bravery of aquatic rescuers in B.C. with over 200 guests in attendance. The Lifesaving Society (also known as Royal Life Saving Society) is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to reduce water-related death and injury. The Society has been educating the public and training lifesavers & lifeguards in BC since 1911.

Chamber announces new executive director By Lorene Keitch lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) announced their new executive director at last week’s annual general meeting. Pete Bourke is taking on the role left vacant when Susan Clovechok earned the Area F director position in last November’s election. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s a wonderful way to be able to help support local businesses, and provide support where I can,” says Mr. Bourke. Pete Bourke He sees the benefits of the Chamber to be numerous, including business-to-business networking opportunities, the opportunity to educate area businesses on tools such as grants or hiring programs, and to act as an advocate on behalf of local businesses to the provincial and federal levels.

Mr. Bourke has more than 20 years of senior management experience within the tourism, hospitality and customer service sectors. He has lived roughly the last 15 years in the Columbia Valley, working in some senior management jobs in the Valley as well as owning and operating a small business with his wife Sarah (Circle Cafe and Circle Health Foods). “My goal is to help businesses become better at what they’re doing so they can hopefully do their part with attracting people,” he told the Pioneer in a phone interview last week, noting that many business concerns here are shared by other regions as well, including attracting quality people to positions and facing obstacles such as affordable housing for staff. A past resident of the Valley, Mr. Bourke and his family will be relocating back to the Valley later in March. However Mr. Bourke started his new role with the Chamber remotely last Monday, March 11th. Upon his return he is looking forward to meeting as many members as possible and getting to know what is top of mind for them and their businesses. “I’m excited to begin my new role at the Chamber”, Mr. Bourke stated in a press release. “We have such an incredible Valley with some phenomenal busi-

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Bringing the backwoods of Canal Flats to YouTube

By Lorene Keitch lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com The Columbia Valley’s own survival celebrity will be welcoming a fellow survival skills enthusiast to the Columbia Valley this summer for the filming of an online show. Canal Flats backcountry expert Greg Ovens is partnering with fellow outdoor expert Zachary Fowler to film and air a 30-hour YouTube series. “It’ll be epic,” assures Mr. Ovens. “We’re going to do a really good job on the filming. There’s going to be a lot of interesting stuff.” Mr. Ovens is certainly no stranger to the backcountry. “I’ve studied outdoor survival since I was 10,” he says. He taught himself how to start fires, studied edible plants and more, much of it learned through books. There is a growing interest in outdoor survival / preparedness, Mr. Ovens observes, adding that when he was a kid it seemed like he was the only one into it. “Society as a whole is getting worried about the shape of the earth,” he speculates as to the rise in survival-themed skills. Mr. Ovens was on season three of ‘Alone’ in 2016, a reality TV show on the History channel. He and nine other contestants were shipped to Patagonia, located in the southernmost end of South America, with one mission: staying alive. With no camera crews, no teams and no gimmicks, contestants were equipped with limited gear, their wilderness experience and cameras to self-document their journey as they fought the unforgiving terrain for survival. “It was pretty exciting to be on,” said Mr. Ovens. “It was right up my alley – outdoor survival.” He came in sixth place at 51 days. The season winner was Mr. Fowler, who lasted 87 days. Mr. Fowler is now going to bring his YouTube followers and fame to Canal Flats to film the second season of his own online show, ‘The 30 Day Challenge’. Filming will take place from mid-June to mid-July in the Bull River area, with the YouTube series airing in August.

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NOTICE TO ELECTORS OF AN ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS This notice is the first of two notices to advise electors in the District of Invermere of the intention to adopt “Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1557, 2019”. The purpose of the bylaw is to borrow an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 to finance the purchase of the Lake Windermere Resort lands that will be repaid over a period not to exceed 25 years. It is estimated that the borrowing will result in a tax increase for the average residential property of $103.84 per year. A copy of Bylaw 1557, 2019 and background information are available from the local government’s offices during each business day of the week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Council proposes to borrow the money and undertake the land purchase unless, by 4:30 p.m. (local time) on April 15th, 2019, at least 10 percent of the electors in the municipality sign an elector response form opposing the implementation of the proposal.

Greg Ovens, seen here in a promo shot for Season 3 of Alone, a reality show in which he participated in 2016. Submitted photo The show will feature outdoor survival experiences and techniques. The pair will bring basic survival gear such as fishing line and hooks, bear spray and so on. No tent though - “When you’re in grizzly country, you don’t want to be trapped in a tent,” Mr. Ovens asserts. With Mr. Fowler’s online notoriety (his YouTube channel has 297,770 subscribers), Mr. Ovens is hoping to leverage the show into a larger following of his own and, ideally, to start making money off his backwoods knowledge. Watch the series this August you YouTube.ca at ‘Fowler’s Makery and Mischief ’, or visit Greg Oven’s YouTube channel at ‘Greg Ovens’.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL KIRK STREET PLAYGROUND POURED IN PLACE RUBBER SAFETY SURFACING The Village of Radium Hot Springs invites proposals for supply and install of a POURED IN PLACE RUBBER SAFETY SURFACING in the Kirk Street Playground. RFP documents can be viewed at or obtained from the Village office located at 4836 Radium Boulevard, Radium Hot Springs, BC. The RFP is also available online at www.radiumhotsprings.ca Proposals will be received up to 4 p.m., March 28th, 2019 at: Village of Radium Hot Springs 4836 Radium Boulevard Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0

The number of elector responses required to prevent the local government from proceeding unless a vote is held is estimated to be 239. A report respecting the basis on which this determination was made and is available upon request from the local government. Elector responses are required to be submitted to the local government on forms that can be obtained during regular business hours from the District of Invermere offices. The form can also be downloaded from the District of Invermere’s website at: www.invermere.net. The only elector response forms that will be accepted by the local government are the ones provided by the District of Invermere, or an accurate copy of the form. Only electors of the District of Invermere are eligible to sign the elector response forms. There are two types of electors – resident electors and non-resident property electors. Resident Elector: When signing an elector response form during an AAP, a resident elector must: be 18 years of age or older; be a Canadian citizen; have lived in British Columbia for at least six months; have lived in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days; live in the area defined for the AAP; and, not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law. Non-resident Property Elector: When signing an elector response form during an AAP, a non-resident property elector must: be at least 18 years of age; be a Canadian citizen; have lived in British Columbia for at least six months; have owned property in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days; own property in the area defined for the AAP; and, not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law. Note: Only one non-resident property elector may sign an elector response form per property, regardless of how many people own the property; and, that owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to sign the response form on their behalf. Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions. Resident electors signing the elector response form must provide their name and address. Non-resident property electors must provide their name and the address of the property in relation to which they are entitled to register as a non-resident property elector. The local government will not share the information on the form with anyone other than the Corporate Officer, or other person designated by the Corporate Officer. All forms being submitted must show proof of residency in the form of a drivers licence, a health service card, or a BC ID. For more information on elector qualifications, please contact the District of Invermere or see the Voter’s Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C., available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing or online at: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/ governance-powers/general-local-elections/voter-eligibility-voting

Proposals received after the opening time will be rejected and returned to the proponent unopened. Faxed or emailed proposals are not acceptable and will be rejected.

Further information about the proposal and Bylaw 1557, 2019 will be available during our two public meetings to be held at 7 p.m. on March 20th and March 27th at the Columbia Valley Centre.

For information, please contact Arne Dohlen, Director of Planning and Development Services at 250-347-6455.

For further information please contact the District of Invermere at 250-342-9281 or by fax: 250-342-2934 or by email: info@invermere.net .

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PERSPECTIVE Historical Lens

Affordable housing a major issue Black Press

Affordable housing is one of the great social issues of our age. Middle-income households—and probably even some higher income—are struggling in the face of rising home prices and rental rates, if a rental unit can be found in the first place. And none are more affected than the lower-income bracket, far too many of which are being driven into homelessness There is a lot of discussions about solutions, and lots of well-intentioned and good-hearted people trying to do what they can. All levels of government are also looking at the problem and there is even some investment. The question we would like to address is whether enough is being done, particularly by those various levels of government. In his theory of human motivation, Abraham Maslow placed things like food, clothing and shelter in the broad base of his pyramid of need. In other words, these are elements people need to satisfy before they can move on to safety, love and more esoteric needs. It’s not unlike your home budget. You need to cover the cost of home and food before you can think about purchasing that new iPhone or 60-inch TV. And perhaps it is something that governments need to incorporate in their planning as well. There are lots of calls on our tax dollars, and for many necessities: roads, policing, health and education to name a few. But there is still spending in any budget that is optional. That could be steered toward building housing for the homeless and low-income sections of our society, but also for middle-income, as a way of putting the brakes on spiralling prices. Because if the government is offering enough rentals at 25 per cent below market rates, the market will soon adjust their prices to more attractive levels. Land is not something governments are short of. Whether it be local or federal, they own property that could be earmarked for housing. Or if a public building is needed on that lot, why not build three stories of rental housing on top of it? Yes, this is a utopian, and probably impossible, dream. But the only real solution to the lack of affordable housing is to build more affordable housing, and federal, provincial and local governments need to make it more of a priority. We have to look after our society’s most basic needs first.

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Loss of valuable wildlife habitat Dear Editor: In the March 7th Pioneer, Grant Costello refutes an earlier letter, claiming its author “tried to cast shade” on the Jumbo Glacier Resort project with “multiple erroneous assertions about negative impacts on wildlife and the environment.” Third generation local Jim McKay (now deceased), whose guide/outfitting territory encompassed the Toby Creek drainages, penned a collection of his stories. Some of them contain valuable wildlife population data, distilled as they are from more than half a century of keen natural history observation. The following anecdote from Mr. McKay challenges Mr. Costello’s own assertions and reflects a sentiment shared by many in the Valley that the disastrous plunge of our region’s once prosperous wildlife populations was brought on by weak environmental laws, lax enforcement, and apathy. “There was a certain valley in my hunting area that we had named Bear Valley. You could sit on a

ridge above the valley and count 20 to 30 bear almost anytime. They were mostly blacks but we took a good many grizzly from this same little valley. “One day, some foreigners acquired a track of land from the provincial government and built a ski hill. They sold building lots to rich city folk and soon a small settlement had started. The game department live-trapped the bears and moved them away but they soon returned to their home and were shot. It wasn’t long before there were no more bears in Bear Valley. “In this country, there is plenty of room in civilized areas for people to live. There is no need to construct a township in wildlife habitat. However, too many people can’t see beyond a dollar and have no concern for anything but themselves. They’re using the best agricultural land for golf courses and the best wildlife areas for ski hills. Where in hell is it going to end?” Pat Morrow, Wilmer

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Infinite opportunities to be grateful in our special Valley neighbourhood Dear Editor: It deserves to be said. Did you notice? The February 7th Pioneer. All the cheers were cheers. Women in Business adding to the delicious smorgasbord of our valley, as an entrepreneur or business associate. And it got me to thinking…..What else makes my/our valley so special? Our back alleys – not troubled with needles and condoms and sad bodies crumpled in addictions. Rather our concern over … turkeys and deer? Our streets not tense with drive by shootings, drug deals or traffic jams. Rather, traffic jams as we leave our community centers; connected and inspired by films, festivals, health fairs, concerts, fundraisers and sports. Our differences are expressed in rural Canadian politeness - letters to the editor, jeers, presentations to our elected community members and civilized requests to delete swearing. Our leaders – we elect them through a myriad of opportunities to be informed voters. Then..they show up. Listen. Prepared to lead for the majority, and the minority,

Name change for newspaper? Dear Editor: As a descendent of earliest Windermere settlers (Stoddarts, who ran the hotel and stage coach stop there from about 1900), I’m always relieved when I read in your publication that longtime organizations in “the Valley” still refer to “Windermere” in their names: last Thursday’s article on the Windermere Valley Ski Club is an example. Thankfully, the Historical Society, Lion’s Club, etc. do the same. Lake Windermere was named by pioneers because of its resemblance to its namesake in England; the town of Wind-

ermere itself has never changed its name, although Invermere was at one time known as Canterbury, Wilmer was Peterborough and Athalmer was Salmon Beds.  The Columbia River has a long journey on its way to the Pacific in the U.S., with many valleys enroute. The name “Windermere” and its namesake lake are unique to North America. Maybe it’s time your publication should consider a name change? Bernice (Stoddart) Hathaway Parksville B.C.

Young voters could create diastrous effects in system Dear Editor: While it is critical that young Canadian citizens learn the “value in voting”, it would not be helpful if these same young people significantly change a much-needed result, as their inexperienced priorities may effect their choice, which may in turn, create disastrous effects for the masses, for an extended period of time. It is one thing to understand the “process of voting”, it is quite another situation to vote on “effecting complex results”. I believe that young people should learn of the

variables of voting, 100%, along with the understanding of that hard-earned privilege that comes with voting. Once these same young people have invested just two more years of their lives maturing within our society, chances are they will vote more responsibly for whatever outcomes lay ahead for themselves. This is not a contest between old and young, it should be very much about what is best for Canadians as a whole. Sandra Percival Kaczmarek Invermere

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because their intention is to serve and they are good people who live with us. Not all local children and adults have their basic needs met. This is sad, certainly not ideal. However, collectively and individually we care. We respond. We do. Hitchhikers are taken all the way home. Food bank volunteers respectfully support. Communities and groups of friends rally. Faiths, religions, cultures, and beliefs gently co-exist. The hospital treats everyone and diverse, no-charge services are available. The giving? It is a constant active tread in the tapestry of who we are. We weave together to become more. The beauty! I meet people from all over this blue dot – who save, plan, pack, travel, organize their pets/gardens/ homes to come here. And for us? We just step out our doors into quiet, vibrant beauty, fresh air and clean water. Who have I missed? I look forward to your praises in Cheers. Together let’s talk about our infinite opportunities to be grateful in our very special valley neighbourhood. Your neighbour Crisanna MacLeod Invermere

Challenge accessing health raises question of costs Dear Editor: If you’re tired of the ongoing medical thread, stop reading my letter now. Last winter I required a referral to Kelowna hospital. During a blizzard our ambulance drivers took over 3 hours of risk to get me to Cranbrook. Next day I was air ambulanced to Kelowna. My wife took 9 hours to drive there in the storm. After a stay

there I was ambulanced to the return air flight to Cranbrook, then ambulance back to Invermere. I can’t even imagine the cost to our system, when 3 hours to Calgary would have done the same. Something is insane with the existing system. John Nairn Invermere

Overhaul to Canadian system urged Dear Editor: Canada is again not working as a nation as good as it could be. Division is rampant politically and economically and is steering us to a break up if we don’t have conversation to get our act together. Middle Canada is ignored and needs the means to express its own culture - not in the shadow of the Big 2 -Ontario and Quebec. In a land so diverse in many, many ways and communications technology being what it is now, applying old principles to modern times is no longer effective. I propose a 3 part plan to launch a new version of Canada if we can stay together as one nation. 1. Move the capital from Ottawa to three locations - Winnipeg, Prince George, and St. John’s. Winnipeg, because of its climate, would not encourage career bureaucrats and probably the crime rate would go way down (currently highest in Canada). 2. Representation by population or first-past the post be replaces by sortition (no career politicians) or proportional represenation (some 21 different styles used

worldwide). Sortition, for example, could have the current opposition leader, Andrew Scheer, take the next term for 3-4 years and the next PM in waiting, Jody Wilson Raybould or Maxine Bernier, be using the time to study being a Prime Minister. This would apply to other parliamentarians. Elections wouldn’t be such a popularity contest. 3. Return to only English as official language of Canada. French language through bilingualism is divisive and NOT representative of the country. It restricts representatives unfairly. In the last 75 years, there have been only 4 PM’s raised in the west totalling 6 years of governing. Nobody has been PM from the Maritimes. This, I believe, would lead to more distributed representation. After all, government are just people supposedly working for whole of the people, not themselves and their circle. Please share your thoughts and be part of our future.

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Kate Gibbs has lived her whole life with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The unique perspective that she gained from living with the condition is one of the many things helping to fuel her new project. Recently, Ms. Gibbs began delivering presentations to educators within Rocky Mountain School District #6, about people like herself who live with disabilities. While most people cannot share Ms. Gibb’s experience, they can definitely learn from it, and learn to help others too. In her presentations, Ms. Gibbs talks about four main ideas: how to teach students with special needs, how to involve them, how to connect with them, and how to interact with parents. Many of the topics she shares are drawn from the reservoir of her own experience. Kate Gibbs in her Mountain Hub office. To Ms. Gibbs, a diversability (a term she uses often Photo by Katie Watt to describe the spectrum of disabilities) impacts much my own. My friends have been supporting me the whole more than a person’s biology. “CP doesn’t just affect me physically: it has affected time, and they push me to keep going.” While Ms. Gibbs says the feeling of educating oththe experiences I’ve had and the relationships I’ve made. It has affected everything in my life,” she says. “It’s said ers about diversabilities is amazing, she has reservations about one thing in particular. over and over again that peo“Every diversability ple with diversabilities want to be seen like everyone “This is the first bigger thing that I’ve thought up is on a spectrum. Since I else. But that can set such on my own. My friends have been supporting me have moderate case of CP, sometimes it feels weird a standard and make us feel the whole time, and they push me to keep going.” to be representing a whole like we have to be able to do bunch of other diversabiliwhat everyone else can. For Kate Gibbs, ties; I just want to feel like me, I’ve never liked to ignore Kates Inclusion Workshops I’m doing a good job of the fact that I have CP bethat.” cause it has brought so much Her potential solution into my life.” So far, Ms. Gibbs has given three presentations to to this, however, is bringing guest speakers to her presenteachers and special education aids within the school dis- tations to represent a wider variety of diversabilities. Adding guest speakers to her presentations isn’t all trict. She stresses that the presentations are important for Ms. Gibbs is aiming for in the future. She would like to people living with and without diversabilities. The idea for the project popped into Ms. Gibbs’ head continue giving presentations to teachers, but she would also like to become more involved with students as well, randomly, but she was very eager to pursue it. “When you have a diversability, you get a lot of atten- and maybe even expand her presentations to other school tion and help, and the focus is on you. I feel like I’m always districts. Very far down the line, she hopes to be a mensaying thank you; I love all the help I’m receiving, but it’s tor, she says, offering the example of her being an aid to so nice to give help too.” Ms. Gibbs said also that she’s al- students with CP by helping them navigate the tricky ways loved school, and has had a lot of respect for teachers path of school that she managed to chart over the years. If you are interested in learning more about Ms. and aids, and this is her way of giving back to them. Ms. Gibbs is involved with Access the Valley, but this Gibbs’ presentations or to book her for an inclusion workshop, phone 250-342-1552 or email katesinclusionproject is separate from that. “This is the first bigger thing that I’ve thought up on workshops@gmail.com.

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The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society is pleased to invite non profit organizations to apply for funding for projects that will enhance health care and healthy living in our community. The source of funding for the IHCAS is The Invermere Thrift Store, 70 plus volunteers working tirelessly to strengthen health initiatives in the Columbia Valley. Applicants are required to be qualified donees as required by CRA. For Applications and any questions email seona@shaw.ca . Deadline for applications being received is March 22, 2019, successful applicants will be notified mid April, 2019.

Rite to Ride seeks to train riders in mountain presence

By Lorene Keitch lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com Columbia Valley resident Devin Publicover has launched a new foundation designed to teach kids the finer points of snowboarding and skateboarding while learning how to be good community citizens and leaders. Mr. Publicover was working at Panorama Mountain Resort as a snowboarding coach. The resort offers amazing programs for area schools, describes Mr. Publicover, and he spent much of his time coaching local students coming through that school program. This year, he had a particular group from JA Laird that just “clicked.” “After our three days this year, the little kids are on the double black diamonds just exploring . . . they’re exceptional,” he recalls, saying in that moment, watching these kids happy and thriving on the mountain, he did not want to end his coaching time with them. He started the wheels turning on how he could keep working with students and decided to create a not-forprofit society. The goals of the Rite to Ride Foundation are to provide a safe environment for children to participate and excel in snowboarding, skateboarding and community involvement, to give them opportunities to learn skills in leadership, community outreach, and fundraising, to provide assistance to snowboarders and skateboarders in the organization with equipment to aid in skills progression, and to provide children with outstanding teachers, instructors, coaches and friends. “I want to teach the kids leadership skills, and to be involved in the community, but also be centred around our commonality of snowboarding,” he says. “Rite to Ride is going to empower these students to create their own rite of passage, to earn their right on the mountain.” Mr. Publicover is starting with a pilot project group

of about 10, consisting mostly of the students who were in the JA Laird snowboarding group with a couple extra added in. He wants to make sure he gets it right with this smaller group first before opening it up to the broader community. “Rite to Ride riders – we’re going to be a power tower off the mountain and on the mountain,” says Mr. Publicover, hoping to take children from the community and help turn them into good leaders within the community and on the mountain. In the off-season, he wants to shift the group to the skateboarding scene, which is gaining notoriety thanks to its inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics. “Skateboarding is about 99 per cent failure, 1 per cent success,” he comments. “Skateboarding teaches resiliency and perseverance . . . and kids are out there being active.” The Rite to Ride Foundation will be looking for opportunities to give back within the community. They are also looking for people who can donate to help launch this new organization. Money will go towards things such as insurance, lift tickets, and quality coaching. The group is organizing their first public fundraiser for Saturday, March 16th at Pothole Park from 11-3 p.m. They will be hosting a Spring Fling Yard Sale, and club members will be demonstrating some snowboarding skills at the park. Anything not sold at the garage sale will be donated to the thrift store, creating a “trickle down effect” of giving, describes Mr. Publicover. Email ritetoridefoundation@gmail.com if you have items to donate, or bring down to Pothole Park this Saturday any time from 9 a.m. onwards. To learn more about Rite to Ride Foundation, visit them on Facebook or Instagram at RiteToRide, email ritetoridefoundation@gmail.com, or call 250-409-4388.


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Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com to enter your event in our FREE listings.

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may only run occasionally. Thursday, March 14th • 10 a.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Thursday. Everyone welcome! • 10:30 a.m.: Stretch and Move Classes for Seniors with instructor Jenette St. Jean at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. Every Thursday. • 1 to 3 p.m.: Are you struggling with the basics on the computer? Do you need some help figuring out government paperwork and websites? Please join Hedi on Thursday afternoons at the Invermere Public Library. CBAL will be offering free drop-in support for any community member. Contact Leanne for more details at lbrooks@cbal.org or 250-341-5683. • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors Carpet Bowling at Radium Hot Springs Centre every Thursday. • 2 p.m.: Seniors Tea at the Invermere Library the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Tea and a light snack is provided over friendly conversation. If you would like to attend but do not have transportation, please contact the library at 250-342-6416. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network meets at the Canal Flats Civic Centre every Thursday. Visit their Facebook page for details. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network meets at the Radium gym every second Thursday. Visit their Facebook page for details. • 6:30 p.m.: Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. $35 buy in. • 7 p.m.: the Brisco and District Recreation Commission AGM is being held at the Brisco Community Hall. Everyone welcome. • 7 p.m.: Horseback Archery Club at Luxor Corrals in Spur Valley every Thursday. Contact 250-347-9048 for details. 8 p.m. - Family Feud at Ullr Bar. Teams will compete in a family feud showdown.

• 6 p.m.: Meat Draw and 50/50 at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. Every Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, March 16th • The Art From the Heart art show is offering a sneak peak at Copper Point Resort thru March 30th. • 10 a.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Saturday. Everyone welcome! • 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: STEAM games and activities at the Radium Hot Spring Public Library for kids ages 3-7 and 8-12. • 11 a.m to 3 p.m.: the Rite to Ride Foundation is hosting a garage sale and snowboard demos by members at Pothole Park. To donate items for the garage sale email ritetoridefoundation@gmail.com or bring items to Pothole Park any time after 9 a.m. Saturday. • 2 p.m.: the Edgewater Radium Healthcare Auxiliary’s annual St Patrick’s tea is being held at the Radium Community Hall. Tea, finger foods, door prizes and bake sale. $6 at the door. Check the Auxiliary’s Facebook page. • 2 to 4 p.m.: the Valley GoGo Sisters are holding their annual St Patrick’s Day Tea and Bake Sale at Christ Church Trinity. All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. • 2 to 5 p.m.: celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the T-Bar & Grill at Panorama with The Kimberlites. • 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Angela Morgan Exhibition at the Artym Gallery - Panorama location (20 steps past Mountain Outfitters Coffee Shop). Angela will be in attendance from 3 to 5:30 p.m. • 5 p.m.: Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club hosts the annual Wild Game Banquet at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere. Tickets $50 for adults and $30 for youth and include appetizers, dinner, trophy awards, a dance and midnight snack. Tickets are available at RONA, Kootenay Coffee, Home Hardware, and the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery. 9 p.m.: Stand up comedy night at the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery featuring Tony Binns and Jeremy Furlong.

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Friday, March 15th • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Program between Seniors and Kindergarten children, every Friday at Invermere Seniors Hall. Seniors interested in assisting please call Madelene at 604-798-3061. • 1 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors Hall, $2, every Friday. • 1:30 p.m.: Laughter Yoga with Purnima at the Edgewater Community Hall. $2 drop in fee. • 2 to 4 p.m. - Knitting Club at the Radium Public Library. • 6 p.m.: Columbia Valley Car Club meeting at Rocky River Grill (Breakfast room of Kanata Inn) 2nd Friday of the month. All are welcome. Dinner 6 p.m., meeting starts 7 p.m. For Info, call Vicki 250-342-1257. • 6 to 8 p.m.: Are you a temporary foreign worker, permanent resident or naturalized Canadian citizen and want to improve your English? CBAL is offering FREE ESL classes each Wed 9:30-11:30am (beginner) and Fri 6-8pm (beginner/intermediate) at the CBAL office in downtown Invernmere. Call or text 250-341-7188 or email windermerevalleysettlement@cbal.org to register.

• 1 - 3 p.m.: Brain Injury Support Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at Columbia Garden Village. Contact Debbie for more info 250-344-5674. • 1 to 4 p.m.: Crafternoon at the Invermere Library. 1:30 p.m. - Chi Kung exercises for balance and flexibility at the Edgewater Community Hall. $2 drop in fee. Ends April 8 • 1:30 p.m.: Carpet Bowling at Invermere Seniors Hall every Monday. • 7 p.m.: Lake Windermere Lions Club meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at the Lions Hall (behind Chamber office). • 7 p.m.: CV Arts announces The Monday Night Drum Circle at Pynelogs. No experience or drum required. Call Patrick for more info 250-409-4110. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Indoor Pickleball at DTSS gym, every Monday. All are welcome. (winter & spring 2017/18) 7 to 9 p.m.: Live music every Monday at the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery in Radium Hot Springs.

Tuesday, March 19th • 10 a.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Tuesday. Everyone welcome! • 10 a.m.: Fairmont Seniors Club meets at the Lions Den in Fairmont every Tuesday, for Games, Monthly Speakers and fun. The coffee is always on. Need a ride? Call 250-345-0106. • 1 to 4 p.m.: STEAMplay at the Invermere Library. • 1:30 p.m.: Games Afternoon at Invermere Seniors Hall every Tuesday. • 1:30 p.m.: Needles and Hooks Club at the Invermere Library every Tuesday. Find inspiration and friendship in the company of other stitchers. Bring current projects or start a new one. Refreshments will be supplied. • 1:30 p.m. Seniors Card Games at Radium Hot Springs Centre every Tuesday. • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Options for Sexual Health drop in clinic in the Public Health Unit next to the Invermere Hospital the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call 250-342-2360 for more information. • 6:45 p.m.: Bingo at the Shuswap Indian Band office. Early bird at 6:45 with regular games to follow. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. • 6:45 p.m.: Bingo at the Shuswap Indian Band office. Early bird at 6:45 with regular games to follow. 7 p.m.: Trivia Night at Bear’s Paw Bar & Grill at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort every Tuesday. $2 entry, teams up to 6 people, winners take all. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Lodge No. 38 freemasons meeting the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1301 7th Ave. in Invermere. (except July & August). • 10 p.m.: Karaoke at the Farside Pub in Fairmont every Tuesday night.

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Cell: 250•341•1395 Toll Free: 1•888•258•9911 Monday, March 18th • 10 a.m.: Senior Singalong Group meets every Monday at Garden Village. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Indoor Walking at the Columbia Valley Centre in Invermere. Every Monday and Wednesday. All ages. Indoor shoes required. • 10:30 a.m.: Stretch and Move Classes for Seniors with instructor Jenette St. Jean at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. Every Monday.

• 1 to 4 p.m.: Crafternoon at the Invermere Library • 10 a.m.: Breastfeeding Mommas support group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Invermere Library.

Thursday, March 21st • The Rotary Club of Invermere is hosting a movie night. More details to follow. • 1 to 4 p.m.: STEAMplay at the Invermere Library. • 4:30 p.m.: Crystal Bowls with Maggie is being held at the Shasta Wellness Studio. Admission by donation. • 6 to 8 p.m.: “Nature Nurtures Our Homes, Gardens and Lives” at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. The 3rd in a series of seminars by Columbia House Enhancement Society Seminar will cover the benefits of bringing nature to our living spaces. Speakers include Lin Egan with Anna Steedman, Heather Fishbuck and Kalista Pruden.

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Each year, Artym Gallery selects a painting for the Map Book cover and chooses a nonprofit organization to benefit from the proceeds. 2018’s recipient was Valley Fitness Centre. Rob McAuley (Valley Fitness Centre board member); Angela Morgan (artist); and Connie Artym-Bradatsch and Grey Bradatsch (Artym Gallery owners) stand pleased as this year’s print sales continue to rise, with $3,900 raised so far. Prints can still be ordered for $390 each, including a frame. Submitted photo

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WINTER OPERATIONS The District of Invermere would like to remind everyone to take extra care while travelling during the winter season. Residential and commercial driveway entrances and sidewalks are the responsibility of the owner to be cleared of windrowed snow and ice to the degree that the mobility of vehicular and pedestrian traffic shall not be compromised. Here’s how you can help... • Be a good neighbour. • Do not park on the street during a snowstorm or while snow clearing operations are underway. • Pile snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the road) if possible when shoveling. • Remove snow from around fire hydrants on or near your property to enable quick access by emergency personnel if the need arises. The District apologizes for any inconveniences caused by snow removal operations. For further information, please telephone the municipal office at 250-342-9281. The District of Invermere thanks you for your co-operation!

Angela Morgan Exhibition this Saturday Submitted by Artym Gallery Painter Angela Morgan has had a strong presence in Invermere over the last 16 years. Her art began adorning the walls of the Artym Gallery in 2013. Ms. Morgan’s work is snapped up by a growing community of collectors and admirers from all over the world. This March a new venue is also showing Ms. Morgan’s work in the Columbia Valley, the Artym Gallery has opened a second location in Panorama Mountain Resort beginning this ski season. “Angela Morgan Exhibition” starts on Saturday March 16th, 10- 5:30 p.m., and Ms. Morgan will be present at the Panorama gallery for the opening of her exhibition from 3 -5:30. This exhibition will contain new works featuring skiing, winter sports, après cocktails, snowball fights, lift lines…and some new paintings to lead us into spring activities. Regardless of the topic, all of Ms. Morgan’s works invoke some sort of nostalgia, whether it’s from recent après after the days runs, watching the zaniness at the chair lifts, or memories of snowball fights as a youth; they all put a smile on your face. The Artym Gallery - Panorama location is situated in the Tamarack Lodge main building just 20 steps past Mountain Outfitters (formerly Lusti’s). The exhibition continues until March 21st, and of course all images will be on the Artym Gallery website (artymgallery.com).

Angela Morgan will be in attendance at the opening of her new exhibition at Artym’s Panorama gallery.

Angela Morgan Exhibition

at the Artym Gallery PANORAMA Location Saturday March 16th, 10 am - 5:30 pm with Angela in Attendance, 3 pm - 5:30 pm Exhibition continues until March 21st

Panorama location is only 20 steps past Mountain Outfitters Coffee Shop (formerly Lusti’s) View full show online at artymgallery.com 250-342-7566 ~ info@artymgallery.com

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High Notes fest a strategially-matched medley of musicans

By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com What do you get when you recruit a talent agent to recruit performers for a festival? A strategically-matched medley of musicians on the rise. Debbie Peters, who represents musicians through Magnum Opus Management and who is the artistic producer for High Notes Music Festival at Panorama Mountain Resort said her role is “sourcing the talent.” Much like the artists themselves, she travels to showcases, performances and wherever music is made. Then she writes a score where the notes are the individual bands and the song is an entire festival. When last year’s show ended, she was already starting to collect artists for the 2019 High Notes Music Festival. “The overall goal is to animate the mountain with great music,” she said. The festival recruits “artists that are really going to bring high energy to the stage” and “who are really on the rise,” she said. “It may not be a household name but it may be somebody who is just about to break out and some of them are really making it, getting really well known (in Canada and beyond).” But courting bands on their way up can come with some challenges. For instance, last year the Jerry Cans were slated to perform at High Notes when they received two JUNO nominations (for Breakthrough Group of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year) and were invited to play on the

national stage. The only problem: High Notes and the JUNOs were at the same time. “We had to make some pretty quick changes,” she said when the Jerry Cans postponed their High Notes show but she was pleased to see the band gain national acclaim. The Jerry Cans will be playing at Panorama on Saturday, March 23rd, and Ms. Peters is “just thrilled” to welcome them to the mountain. Because the Jerry Cans are from from Iqaluit, Ms. Peters feels they “fit quite nicely” with Diyet & The Love Soldiers, who come from the Yukon. “And again backing winners, Diyet’s just been nominated for best folk album for the Indigenous Music Awards,” she said. Tiger Moon – a Kelowna band that is “hugely engaging on stage” – will also perform that evening. High Notes will carry a different beat on Friday, March 22nd. “On Friday night the idea and the vision was to have a west/ east coast mountain kitchen party in the T-Bar,” she said. There the Derina Harvey Band from Newfoundland and Edmonton will offer “that real East coast/ Alberta/ Celtic rock.” They will be matched with The Frontiers out of Calgary so there will be “an acoustic but energetic vibe coming out of the T-Bar,” she said. That evening Ken Lavigne “an amazing voice and entertainer” will perform Continued on page 15 . . .

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Illustrating the earth in all its vibrancy earns WES class Art from Heart poster spot

By Katie Watt intern@columbiavalleypioneer.com The earth has a lot more colours to it than just green and blue, according to the students in the grade 4/5 class of Windermere Elementary School. This year, the class collaborated to create a colourful painting depicting their version of our planet’s place in the solar system. Their painting was selected as the winning image for this year’s Art From the Heart poster. Art From the Heart is an annual art show that features work from five different schools and over 700 students across the Columbia Valley. Each year, the event has a unique theme that inspires the students’ creations. For this year’s theme, students were asked to create pieces about Collaboration. Paulina Stankovski, teacher of this year’s winning class, chose to combine what her students are currently learning about with this year’s theme for their entry. “We’ve been talking a lot about taking care of the planet and our place in the solar system, and how we all need to share the space,” says Ms. Stankovski. The painting, that has appropriately been titled “Colourful Galaxy”, shows an abstract and imaginative version of the Earth from space. On the Earth, that has been painted all the colours of the rainbow, are the silhouettes of the 19 students in the class; one student’s silhouette is even placed on the brightly coloured moon. The students explain that the painting shows how colourful the world is when we work together to keep it healthy. To make the piece more collaborative, the painting was divided into several squares, and each student was given 2-3 squares to fill. Students were allowed to use two colours to paint any pattern they pleased in their square, but only under the condition that it was unique to the square beside it. “It was kind of tight painting on the canvas, but we took turns and it looks really good,” says Findlay Whittick, one of the students in the class. “It’s nice to win as a class and not just as a person,” adds another student. This is the 14th year for the annual art show.

Paulina Stankovski’s grade 4/5 class at Windermere Elementary School. Photo by Katie Watt “I love seeing the art the kids make,” says Natalie Spencer, on of the organizers for Art From the Heart. “In my opinion, children make the best artists.” The Art From the Heart show will be at Pynelogs Cultural Centre from April 2nd - 27th. This year, there will also be a “Sneak Peak” show held at Copper Point Resort from March 16th - 30th. This mini-show will feature one collaborative piece from each of the five participating schools. The five pieces selected for the sneak-peak-show will also be photographed and printed on greeting cards. These cards will be for sale,with proceeds going to Columbia Valley Arts. This year’s event is sponsored by local businesses, Rocky Mountain School District #6, and the Columbia Basin Trust.


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The Jerry Cans have been invited back to High Notes Music Festival this year after an invitation to perform at the Junos beckoned them away in 2018. Submitted photo . . . ‘High’ from 13 during a dinner and wine pairing at Restaurant elevenFIFTY. “We’ve got some phenomenal artists coming to the festival,” she said. “Get your party shoes on. It’s going to be fabulous.” Last year even the weather joined the party. “It was spectacular. The sun was out

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It’s a celebration 100 years in the making. This Saturday, March 16th, the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club commemorates their centennial year. The charter meeting of this longstanding club was held March 17th, 1919, with John A. Hope as president and Basil George Hamilton as secretary. Charter members included R. Randolph Bruce, W. Howard Cleland, Mathew Craik, Alexander Duncan MacKinnon, James Carlton Pitts, William W. Taynton, Alexander Ritchie, Alexander G. Cuthbert, Arthur Murray Chisholm, Allan S. Cochrane, Charles D. Ellis, Captain Albert H. MacCarthy, Edward Tunnacliffe, Walter J. Nixon, Stanley B. Harrison, H.G. Lowe, James W. Crawford, and Joseph Lake.

Job well done for hitting the target for a hundred years running. 1988




One hundred years on the mark! Wishing the Windermere District Rod & Gun Club a happy centennial.


Congratulations to the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club on staying with the game for a

1 years!

A message from the president

By Rick Hoar Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club When one looks back over the 100 years of activities and projects carried out by hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts of the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club it reflects a tone of dedication to the conservation and preservation of our environment. The thousands of hours of volunteerism, the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for wildlife and habitat management, land acquisition for conservation and sharing our knowledge through youth and adult programs is quite impressive. As the oldest conservation minded group in the Valley,

a sense of stewardship is instilled within us, conscious of our natural surroundings and how it shapes us, provides for us, keeps us healthy mentally and physically and the need to maintain that natural wildness. The next 100 years in our conservation effort will come with challenges – climate change, human encroachment, shrinking of our wilderness as we know it today and why we live here will challenge us all. These challenges are one we all will face and can work on together. We look forward to working with those who wish to become a member and people or groups who wish to work alongside in a conservation ethic.

Congratulations from our MLA By Doug Clovechok Member of the Legislative Assembly Columbia River-Revelstoke As MLA for Columbia River –Revelstoke, and as a fellow hunter, angler and outdoor enthusiast, congratulations to the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club on its 100 Year Anniversary. Hunting and fishing and enjoying the great outdoors has been an integral part of culture in the Columbia Valley for centuries and the Rod and Gun club is a part of this history. For us the protection and pursuit of all things wild is not recreation but part of who we are; part of our way of life. As outdoorswomen and men we have always been conservationists, and our passion and concern for our natural places have never needed us more than now. The preservation of healthy wildlife and fish populations and the conservation of our forests, lands and waterways are crucial issues for those of us who live in rural BC and for all generations to come. I am especially proud that my love of hunting and fishing has been passed down through the generations of

my own family; my eldest daughter is an accomplished bow hunter, my son an avid fisherman and now my granddaughter has her own bow and is learning fast. As a community we will never be dissuaded or be removed from these centuries-old traditions and we will never forget their importance and longevity in our own community history. In celebrating the 100th anniversary, the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club deserves to be recognized not only for its environmental stewardship, but for scholarships, noxious weed control, the construction of goose nesting boxes, the protection of blue heron rookeries and the Club’s overall respect and advocacy for wildlife. The volunteer efforts that have fueled your club have been key to the credibility and success of your organization. Especially in your efforts to promote and teach safety rules for all shooting disciplines. Well done and thank you. Your contributions to this constituency and to British Columbia are appreciated. I wish you another successful 100 years ahead.


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By Mayor Al Miller Mayor, District of Invermere Congratulations to the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club, proudly celebrating 100 years of dedication to the preservation of our natural environment and the promotion of outdoor recreational activities. The club was established in 1919. I took this from their web page as I believe it sums up our local Rod and Gun Club very well. We have a large organization of avid outdoors people who enjoy both target practice and hunting and fishing, in parallel with many conservation and protection of outdoor recreation and habitat in a sustainable way. This is a great way to live by. The Rod and Gun club is one of the hardest working groups of volunteers as well. Many days are spent working on Provincial rec sites cleaning and building them for all to enjoy. Restoration of Abel Creek, and many more sites too many to men-

tion. The club advocates for any issues that have an effect on nature. They promote education, and hand out scholarships. They teach proper gun safety and archery for our young and older people. The club built a beautiful range for members to use and practice with. The club is very well run with a strong leadership group who truly care about our environment. It is no wonder this organization is now celebrating 100 years of existence. Their values are high and strong. I would like to congratulate all members for your continued commitment to habitat, environment protection, and growing and enjoying the outdoor sports that you partake in. Your efforts will give lasting benefits and enjoyment for future generations to come. My wife Lucy and I are looking forward to celebrating with you on this special occasion Saturday March 16th. The food is always great, and we can’t go wrong with the 4-piece band Smarty Pants entertaining us. Thank you for everything you do.

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Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club 100th Anniversary Events • March 16th: Banquet at Columbia Valley Centre • June 8-9th: Archery Competition at club range • June 16th: Family Fishing Day at Lake Lillian • July 6-7th: Fly Casting weekend at club range - beginner course • July 22-26th: BCWF Youth Camp at club range • July 20th: Bat Fest - A combined BBQ, talk, build some boxes and field viewing of bats at the Nature Trust Property – Edgewater • Aug. 30th-Sept. 2nd: Canadian National Sporting Clays at club range • Guest speakers throughout the year

An interview with Rod & Gun Club member Nolan Rad


Tuesday, April 2nd, 7 p.m. Kanata Hotel Breakfast Room

By Lorene Keitch lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com Nolan Rad figures he got roped into the Rod & Gun Club by some hunting buddies, though he can’t remember how long ago he signed up. Mr. Rad has hunted the hills around the Columbia Valley and elsewhere for decades, even taking a trip to Africa where he brought home the heads of an impala, a kudo and red duiker (types of antelope), and a warthog. Mr. Rad was born on October 17, 1934 in Red Deer, relocating to the coast as a young child. But when he was 12, his parents bought a house at Lake Lillian and moved their young family to the property, which had about 30 acres of land and was one of only two houses on the whole lake. “It was a good life, not like now. There was no cellphones. There was no computers – none of that stuff,” recalls Mr. Rad. “I could take my rifle and walk back in the bush and could stay back there for two weeks and never see another person. That’s an impossibility today.” He shot his first grizzly at the age of 16 right outside of their home. The bear has been coming repeatedly to their house and putting his paws up on the windowsills. He says with his dad working in town and Nolan and his brother at school, it frightened his mother to have a grizzly so bold coming around. “This one Sunday morning, she let out a bellow, ‘the grizzly’s back’. So I dove out of bed,” he describes. “We went out and sat on the porch, and we’re looking down across the lake, and the bear was swimming across from point to point below us.” As soon as it was up on shore, his brother opened fire but missed and the bear ran off in the bush. “I was looking, and there was a trail from the lakeshore up the hill, and I thought ‘he’s going to cross that’, so I just held the shot. When it darkened, I squeezed. One shot. Bang. That was the end of our problem with that bear.” Over the years, the Rod & Gun Club has paid recognition to Mr. Rad’s hunting abilities with various trophies, including the big game trophy for all the East and West Kootenay in 1958. He never hunted for trophies though, always for meat. The trophy was just a bonus. In 2014, Mr. Rad was honoured with a lifetime membership from the local club. The trophies hang amongst Mr. Rad’s vast taxidermy collection, paying homage to his decades of hunting and adorning the walls of his Toby

888 Arrow Road, Invermere, BC

Thank you! The Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society would like to thank all of our supporters around the Valley. Your contributions made our Poker Run/ Banquet a spectacular event. Contact wvss@shaw.ca for more information.

New to Canada? Nolan Rad in his room of memories from years of hunting. Photo by Lorene Keitch Benches home. Mr. Rad has never shied away from learning. He casually points to a goat pelt on his wall, noting that was the first goat he ever tanned; he learned the process from a book. He makes his own ammunition, and taught all his kids how to do the same. He has been a trapper, a Christmas tree farm operator, a hunter and fisher, a mechanic and tinkerer, a range patroller, and a teacher. He used to bring friend’s kids onto his property to teach them how to shoot. “I don’t know how many young boys and girls shot their first deer here on this land,” he muses. These days, Mr. Rad doesn’t do much hunting. I go out all the time. But I want to be out there with the animals,” he says. “I’ve been with them all my life, so I like to be there. But . . . I won’t kill anything I can’t eat. And there’s nothing I really want. I like to go out and watch the elk and the whitetail.” He has seen a lot of change in wildlife populations over his time, recalling that one year, the field across the road from his house was so full of elk you likely couldn’t squeeze another one on it. He says from Lake Lillian to his house, you used to see a thousand deer. He sees the benefit of the Rod & Gun Club as being keepers of the law out in the backcountry. “Pretty close to all the guys are out there in the bush and they’re making sure things are being done right. They’re stewards of the bush. And most of them are pretty damn good.”

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Our hidden gem: the Columbia Valley Centre

Rotary Club of Invermere It was our pleasure to offer a movie night in our community centre recently. It is not an understatement to say that we, and all who attended, were thoroughly impressed with the caliber of the facility. Not enough of us know just what a great venue we have here! Did you know that there is padded cloth-tiered seating for 225 people? And the sound! This is a first-class facility with a sound and lighting system that rivals any professional theatre.

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One can’t tell from the building’s exterior just what a gem awaits inside. Come and check it out for yourself. The Rotary Club of Invermere plans to hold regular movie showings, catering to a variety of audiences. This will give you a chance to come and enjoy our wonderful facility – gather your friends and enjoy a movie and snacks, like in the good ‘ol days, all while supporting projects and initiatives in our community. Our thanks and the thanks of all our Valley citizens to the District of Invermere and all the generous supporters who made the Columbia Valley Centre ‘come to life’.


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Deon Shane Wheeler

Moving sale: Saturday, March 16th. Starts at 9 a.m. Lots of odds and ends. Air compressor, gas generator, set of 5 Dodge 16” tires on rims and tarps. #3 417 12th Ave. Invermere.

Cheers to Healthy Soles! Best foot care in town!

Jeers to the business owner cursing and screaming at the poor truck driver who just wanted to walk his dog.

Jeers to the people that don’t clean up after themselves at the ski hills. It’s not fair for you to leave all your stuff on and under the table so no one else can use it.

CHEERS & JEERS Jeers to the motorists who joyride on Lake Windermere and destroy the trails for the skaters and cross-country skiers. Thousands use the Whiteway. Please be considerate.

Cheers to everyone who set up a booth during the Invermere Library’s first “How To Festival”. We sure appreciated the variety of talents, skills, and information that was on display. Very much appreciation for spending the afternoon with us! And Cheers to everyone who came out to learn how to do a few new things. Isn’t it amazing what you can learn in 10 minutes or less?

Cheers to Lisa Frank for sticking with us for 10 years - on March 9! DaisyMae Paddy BessieLou Violet and all at Purple CowMountain Style! Cheers to Don MacDonald, our local denture specialist! Speedy service and great prices. We are lucky to have this professional in our community.


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December 16, 1991 - March 17, 2016 Those we love, don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear. Lovingly remembered by The Cowan, Gudjonson, Wheeler families and friends.

S OBITUARY S Walker, Sylvia Jean

July 3, 1945 – March 8, 2019 The family of Sylvia Jean Walker is saddened to announce her passing on March 8, 2019 in Invermere, BC at the age of 73 years young after a battle with lung cancer. Sylvia was born in Vancouver, BC but grew up and spent most of her 73 years in Invermere, BC. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1969 and absolutely loved her job. Nursing was her calling and her passion. She worked at Mt. Saint Francis Infirmary in Nelson where she graduated from nursing school as well as Castlegar & District Hospital, and Fort Vermillion Hospital before returning home to Invermere in the early 1970’s where she spent many years working at the Invermere Hospital and Columbia House. She did take a short break from nursing and worked at the Timber Inn and the old Invermere Inn. She never could completely leave nursing so back she went to the Invermere District Hospital and Columbia House until she was injured on the job in 2000 forcing an early retirement. Never one to be idle, she began doing nail care for the elderly which she thoroughly enjoyed. She loved visiting with, and helping, the elderly but never acknowledged that she was getting that way herself! She eventually started to take it easy and gave up doing nail care but always missed her “old people”. She was always active in the community and volunteered with ICAN, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Invermere Hospice, the Purple Crying Campaign and the Invermere Thrift Shop. She loved to spend time in the bush and loved animals. She is survived by her pets, RocKee the dog, DitZee, the grouchy cat, and Queen Mom, the diabetic cat. She was recently predeceased by KanDee, the dog. She will be remembered for her great sense of humour, huge heart and even bigger personality. She is survived by her three daughters, Kathy (Rusty) Banham, Kerri-Anne (Mike) Thomas and Lana (Garth) Banham as well as her grandchildren, Jeremey (Lindsay) Banham, Kerri (Ryan) Whyte, Kimberly Thomas and Bradley Thomas, her great-granddaughter, Scarlett Whyte and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Jim McKay, infant daughter, Sharla Dawn McKay, mother, Katherine (Kitty) Franks, and sister, Sybil Knight. The family would like to thank Dr. Shaeffer and the Home Care workers who assisted with her care. A celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at the Invermere Legion on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

S OBITUARY S Haldrup, Finn Bue

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Finn passed away peacefully on February 8th, 2019 at Invermere District Hospital. Finn was born in Denmark and eventually moved to Sweden after WWII. He came to Canada in 1957 via Toronto and them moved west to Vancouver in 1958. He met and married Judy in 1963. They moved to the East Kootenays in 1970. He was well known in the Columbia Valley as a painting contractor.


He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Kirsten, grandsons, Lochlan and Tristan, son Ronnie (Audrone) of Stockholm, Sweden, grandsons Benjamin and Anders (Silva) and three great-grandchildren. Thanks for the excellent care provided by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Fleet, all the nurses, Marilyn and Terri of Columbia House and other medical staff. A private service will be held at a later date.

McMane, Charles Lynn It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lynn McMane on March 6, 2019 at his home in Edgewater. Lynn was born to Gladys and Charles McMane on July 24 1942 in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1951 the family moved to Calgary where he later met the love of his life, Georgina. He and Georgina were married on May 8, 1965. On November 28, 1970, Lynn and George moved to Edgewater B.C. where they stayed. Lynn was artistic with special talents in drawing, painting and especially welding. It didn’t take long before Slough Side Iron Works, the company he started became the go-to welding authority for the logging industry and private citizens of the valley. Lynn is predeceased by his parents Charles and Gladys. He is survived by his devoted and caring wife Georgina as well as many loving family and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and donations may be made to Invermere Veterinary Hospital in his name. Lynn was always loved and is severely missed.

Speta, Ronald Frank May 22, 1960 - January 29, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ronald Speta. Ron was born in Invermere, with exception to his family moving around a lot. He came from a family of 12, his parents pre-deceased along with his brothers Kurt and Tom Speta. Ron met his wife Jacqueline 33 years ago, of those 33 years together they were married for 32. They had two children, Jerrett and Rebecca. He worked at the Radium sawmill for 34 years, and always had lots of stories to tell. Ron had many hobbies such as: hunting, fishing, gardening, and bird watching to running a small farm with many animals. And he loved to spend time with his grandkids, Harley and Lacey. They were his pride and joy, and he was a proud papa. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Speta , son Jerrett Kennedy and daughter Rebecca Hecken (husband) Michael Hecken, and grandkids Harley and Lacey Hecken. Ron passed away at the age of 58. He will be missed dearly , and loved always. A celebration of life will be held until a later time, where we will have a BBQ Big Ron style. There will be a posting for that so friends and family can join us to celebrate his life .

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Cheers to Marty and Eli for playing music for residents and friends at the Lake View Manor. Much appreciated!

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Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Thank you for your votes - Best of Business Awards! Blinds, Drapery, Phantom Screens & more 250-342-5749, shannonsblinds@yahoo.ca.

Cheers to the MPs who recently resigned from the Federal Liberal Cabinet. These women have reminded us that the law should not be expediently circumvented for political gain. They refused to be bullied by “the old boys’ network” that mistakenly rewards big businesses engaged in illegal practices. Whatever happened to “Sunny Ways”? We were promised higher ethical behaviour, but this reeks of the same-old thing. More women of principle should be encouraged to step up and seek election so that they might better represent those of us who expect our leaders to embrace ethics and strive to demonstrate a higher standard of conduct.

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ACCOMMODATION WANTED Are you looking for really great short-term renters? Or have sitters. We are quiet living seniors, non-drinkers, nonsmokers, no pets. And we will keep your place clean! By April 1st please 250-341-7051, 250341-3521.



Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m., at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250342-8255.

Windermere 4-plex: Bright, 2-bdrm suite, available March 1st. Pet friendly, fridge, stove, W/D. Large deck and yard, 2-blocks from beach. Call/text 250-409-7435.

Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Thursday at the Firehall Building, 8853 Grainger Rd., Canal Flats. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open. Narcotics Anonymous. If Drugs or Alcohol are causing problems or conflict in your life, NA can help. All meetings are at 7 p.m. every Thursday at 4878 Athalmer Rd.

STORAGE NEWHOUSE STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637.

CONDO FOR RENT For rent in Radium, 2-bdrm, 4 bath, ground level condo. Beautiful views backs on to Springs Golf course. All appliances, fireplace, fully furnished. 2 car garage. N/S, N/P, references please. $1650/mo, call 250-342-3790.

MISC FOR SALE Marble Canyon timeshare for sale. Three weeks floating, 2-bdrm condo plus loft 1,150 sq. ft. Fully furnished. Quiet upper corner unit. Deeded title, RCI points. 2019 maintenance fees paid. Priced well below original cost. For more info, contact grmc2@shaw.ca or phone 403932-6954.

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B.B.’s Home & Lawn Care Services: Handyman Services, Renovations, Moving, Dump runs, Cleaning. Snow removal. 250-688-2897 or 403-861-8782. THE HEARTFELT COMPANION: Services for Seniors Providing non-medical care, meal prep, transportation, outings and companionship with seniors living at home, Ivy House, Columbia House or Columbia Gardens. Excellent references and credentials. Contact Leanne Brooks 250-3415683, invermerehomecare.com for more info. Haul All Services Anything from A to Z. Call Jason 250-342-5277. SOLÉ DECOR N’ MORE Custom blinds, drapery, flooring, and renovations. Contact Brenda for a free consultation at 403861-8782, soledecor@shaw.ca, www.Studio222calgary.com.

LESSONS/TRAINING Rocky Mountain Swim Lessons is open for registration. Sign up now for the weeks you want. Red Cross Swim Lessons, Bronze Level Lifesaving Lessons and new this year DIVING lessons. Come and learn to swim at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Email info@rockymountain swimlessons.ca.

HELP WANTED Strands Old House Restaurant is accepting applications for P/T evening and weekend Servers/Bartender and F/T Chef/cook. Experience in casual fine dining an asset. Apply to Tony Wood at tony@ strandsrestaurant.com or 250342-6344.





Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Selkirk Cellulars & Office Supplies is hiring! This fulltime position is for a Telus and store sales representative. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills and be comfortable with cell phone software (i.e. android and apple operating systems) and the ability to troubleshoot problems. Telus and store representative training will be provided. Send resume’s to info@ selkirkcells.com or in store at #1, 519–13th Street, Invermere B.C.

Wanted 2 F/T Restaurant Cooks, Rocky River Grill, 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C. Permanent, F/T shifts, overtime, weekends, days and evenings, $16/hour for 40 hours per week. Overtime after 40 hours. Minimum several year’s experience and completion of Secondary School. DUTIES: Prepare and cook full course meals, prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, ensure quality of food portions, work with minimal supervision, prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances. Inspect Kitchens and Food service areas. Please forward resume to Justin Atterbury by fax 250-342-8889 or email justatterbury@hotmail. com.

The Old Salzburg Restaurant is looking for chefs and kitchen help for our upcoming busy summer season. Accommodation provided. $15$18 depending on experience. Drop off your resume at the restaurant or contact Scott at 250-347-6553 to join our fun and dynamic team.

Secure a summer P/T, F/T position at Leo Burrito. Start date flexible. Looking to fill an arrange of positions including supervisors, cooks and servers. Wage dependable on experience and position up to $22/hour + gratuity. Accommodation available. Submit resume to info@leoburrito.com.

Canada Post hiring replacement mail/parcel carriers. For more information call 250-342-6215. More details available through EK Employment Office.

Stolen Church Coffee Co. is looking to expand our team. Looking for someone to roast/ package and distribute. $18/hr. Email info@stolenchurch.com.

Chatter Creek Holdings Ltd. requires an experienced FullTime Heavy-Duty Mechanic/ Service individual to perform general maintenance and repairs for a road building/ logging operation in Golden, BC. We have a variety of heavy duty equipment and trucks. We have a fully equipped shop and service truck. Duties will be performed in shop and in the field. Candidate must possess basic welding skills, be physically capable, resourceful and selfmotivated. Certified ticket not required but preferred. Chatter Creek Holdings Ltd. offers competitive compensation and full benefits. Golden is a rural BC mountain town nestled in the heart of several summer and winter activities. Our scenery is second to none. A very beautiful area to be active or raise a family. Please submit your cover letter/resume to office@chattercreekholdings. com or fax to 250-344-4540 as soon as possible.

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Live-In Caregiver Needed ASAP for Invermere - we are looking for reliable caregivers to provide live-in for our clients. Start ASAP! Must have a driver’s license - Shifts are 2 or 3 days in a row, 24 hour shifts. Excellent opportunity for steady ongoing employment. Pays well. Start working ASAP. Please call 403-301-3777. Email resume to calgaryinfo@ homecareassistance.com.

Columbia Valley Sewer & Drain Ltd. has an opening for a permanent, full-time, experienced truck driver with a minimum of 2 years driving experience. Applicants must possess a Class 3 license with Air Certification and a clean driver’s abstract. Must be physically fit, mechanically inclined, a team player and demonstrate good communication skills. Starting wage is $25/hr. We are willing to train the successful candidate for the specific duties relevant to this employment opportunity. This position is available beginning in April. Interested applicants may email resumes c/w drivers abstract to cvsad.ltd@gmail.com or fax to 250-347-2274. Only those individuals short-listed for this position will be contacted. For further information call Bruce Dehart at 250-342-5357.

Mountain Creek Properties Ltd. is accepting resumes for a caretaker position at a large condominium located in Invermere. The Ideal candidate will have: excellent organizational, customer service and communication skills, work well in a team environment, be mechanically inclined & have handyman skills, be physically fit, be detail oriented, be able to take direction and work with minimal supervision, possess a valid driver’s licence and a vehicle that can be used for work, and either have or be willing to obtain a certified Swimming Pool Operator certificate. Previous experience for this position is not required but is considered an asset. The job responsibilities will include but not be limited to: swimming pool/hot tub maintenance, coordinating with contractors, maintenance and cleaning of all common areas (including grounds maintenance). The ideal candidate must also be willing to complete a criminal background check and be flexible (available to work weekends and holidays if required). Please send your resume to: TDendy@ mountaincreek.ca or Mountain Creek Properties Ltd. Box 909, Invermere, BC - V0A 1K0.

Gerry’s Gelati Invermere and Radium is now hiring summer staff. Looking for Barista/Baker/ Front Counter Attendant. Also hiring for gelato production. Wage dependable on experience between $13-$18/hr. Come join our awesome team! Drop off resume at Invermere location or email info@gerrysgelati.com.

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Residential Garbage Truck Driver Southeast Disposal is looking for a full-time Residential Garbage Truck Driver in Invermere! A Class 5 drivers license with Air breaks is required. The job is Tuesday to Thursday averaging 25-30 hours a week. We offer competitive wage rates and group benefits to the successful candidate. Applicants can email their resumes to Brandon@southeastdisposal.com or drop them off at 1425 Industrial Road #2, Cranbrook BC.

The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program and partner agencies and organizations would like to inform the public that the activities planned for Grassland Ecosystem Restoration and Community Protection Fuels Treatments are available for public viewing at the following website: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/drm/downloads.htm The 2019-2020 Annual Plan document identifies the project leads and their contact information should the public have concerns or questions about individual projects. Deadline for comments or concerns is April 15, 2019.

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COMMUNITY Clocks and watches

Fresh old ideas By Arnold Malone Pioneer Columnist My dad was born during the same year that Sir John A. MacDonald died. Dad often talked about watches. Long ago, a watch was a precious item. Anyone who owned a railroad watch had a good one. Railroad watches were expected to keep accurate time. Some of the best ones would only lose/gain a minute or two in a day. Early settlers got up at sunrise and went to bed around dark. Many didn’t have a timepiece. Measuring time has a long history. Sundials and sticks with shadows were crude attempts to measuring time. Today, deep in Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs is an atomic clock that measures time to one billionth of a second. That measure is close enough for most folks in this Valley. My first experience with clocks and watches was with those that needed to be wound up. Those clocks were powered by the unwinding of a coil spring. When the back-cap was open one saw a network of many tiny gears that were designed to keep the clock running with some approximate accuracy. Most clocks and watches needed to be rewound every day. If you didn’t have a radio you would reset the clock using your best guess. Inside the timepieces was a tiny lever to adjust the time speed to run faster or slower. It was common to have a clock/watch that would gain or lose 10 to 15 minutes or more in a day. The 11:00 National Time Signal was far more important 70 years ago than it is today. In Ottawa I frequently walked past an amazing store: The Clock Shop. Inside was a large room packed with clocks. The owner meticulously adjusted his clocks to register the correct time. The store was an astounding reminder of time pass-

ing. In loud confusion each second was ticked away. The quarter-hour, half-hour and the full hour was a laughable moment. Grandfather clocks, coo-coo clocks and musical clocks all voiced the time of day over a few noisy moments. This was not a time for a sensitive discussion. A store full of clocks was in charge. Sometimes late at night when I was walking past the Clock Shop just as an hour was measured, the whole shop made sure you were aware of the time. The history of watches provides a lesson about blindly doing today what had been a previous practise for success. A Swiss electrical engineer had discovered that when a very small electrical charge was applied to a tiny quartz crystal that it pulsed at exactly one-second intervals. He believed he had discovered the possibility of developing the most accurate personal timepiece ever invented. He took his idea to a multitude of Swiss watchmakers who all scoffed at his discovery. The Swiss watch movements were known as the worlds’ very best. The Swiss had no stomach for a watch that required a battery. The Swiss engineer took his idea to Germany but the Germans were known for wall clocks like grandfather clocks and coo-coo clocks. They also had no interest in a battery-operated system. So he searched Japan for watchmakers. Most attempts were unsuccessful until he found a fledgling company scarcely known even in Japan. A tiny obscure company called Seiko chose to market his idea. The rest of the story you already know. The unknown company is now a giant in the industry. They dared to break the mould and give opportunity a chance. The once common expression that something, “Runs like a Swiss watch” has now vanished from our lexicon. A manufacturer’s rut might well be a grave with the ends kicked out. The Swiss might as well declare, “Boy, does time fly…right past us.” Arnold Malone served as MP for Alberta’s Battle River and Crowfoot ridings from 1974 through 1993. He retired to Invermere in 2007.

Fundraiser evening for Russ Brent By Pioneer staff

such as Beer Fish, Hard Drive, New Moon, Tom Petty Tribute Band, Funk and Disorderly, United Soul Local musicians and friends are Development, Moonshadow, Missing gathering to raise some money for Russ Brent and celebrate St. Patrick’s Peace and many more. On February 16th, Mr. Brent Day at the Whitehouse Pub in Windwas heading to Calgary in whiteout ermere, starting about 8 p.m. on Satconditions when an accident occurred urday March 16th. Come out and with a snowplow and his vehicle was listen to live music, dance, bring your instruments, and support this musitotalled, according to the writeup on a GoFundMe page. cian on his long road to recovery. Russ Brent Mr. Brent lived in the Valley up Mr. Brent sustained massive injuries including a broken collarbone, until about 10 years ago, when he moved to Alberta, reports his friend Scott Ivers. broken knee, nine broken ribs and damage to his Mr. Ivers adds that a couple years ago, Mr. Brent spleen. To support Mr. Brent, come to the Whitehouse bought a part-time residence in Edgewater and now splits his time between his two homes. Mr. Pub Saturday, March 16th, or visit https://www. Brent is a well-known guitarist around the Valley gofundme.com/f/russel-brent-my-guitar-gentlyand into Alberta, where he has played with bands weeps


914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250-342-9281 • Fax: 250-342-2934

OPEN HOUSE PURCHASING OF THE LAKE WINDERMERE RESORT LANDS Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 & Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 Input & Understanding Regarding the possible purchase of the Lake Windermere Resort Lands District of Invermere Council invites the public to an Open House: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH & MARCH 27th, 7 p.m. FORMAL PRESENTATION – 7 p.m. COLUMBIA VALLEY CENTRE WHY?: UNDERSTAND THE APPEAL AND SIGNIFICANCE OF PURCHASING THE LAKE WINDERMERE RESORT LANDS This is an open meeting and we encourage all interested persons to attend. If you require additional information, please contact: District Office, 914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC 250 342-9281 or info@invermere.net

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Mobile breast cancer screening coming Submitted by BC Cancer Communications Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the most common type of cancer found in women in B.C. with around 3,500 B.C. women receiving a breast cancer diagnosis each year. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, often before it has spread. About 10 per cent of all screening mammograms performed in B.C. are done on the mobile units. Three mobile screening coaches visit more than 170 rural and remote communities across B.C. each year, including over 40 Indigenous communities. The vehicles

provide state-of-the-art digital screening mammograms, are wheelchair-accessible, and feature a spacious waiting area and comfortable private examination room.  BC Cancer’s breast cancer screening coach will be in Invermere March 26th-30th at the Lions Hall/Chamber of Commerce – 651 Highway 93/95. To book a screening mammogram call  1-800-6639203. A doctor’s referral is not required. BC Cancer’s breast screening program offers no-cost screening mammograms to eligible women in B.C. A screening mammogram consists of four images (two of each breast) that look for hidden cancer in women who are healthy with no symptoms and have never had breast

cancer. Mammograms can usually find lumps two to three years before a woman or her primary care provider can feel them. “Mammograms save lives by detecting breast cancers early, often before they have spread and when more treatment options are available,” says Dr. Colin Mar, medical director for the breast screening program. “More women in B.C. are being diagnosed with breast cancer, but fewer are dying from the disease. This is in large part due to early detection and treatment.”  It is recommended that women age 40 to 74 who have a mother, daughter or sister with breast cancer receive a mammogram every year. Women age 40 to 74 without a family history of breast cancer should schedule a mammogram every two years.  For more information, visit www.ScreeningBC.ca/breast. 


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NOTICE OF INTENT / PUBLIC HEARING Official Community Plan Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1554, 2019. And: Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1555, 2019

PARCEL B (KL96073) BLOCK Q DISTRICT LOT 216 KOOTENAY DISTRICT PLAN 1013 NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere addressing the application to amend Official Community Plan Bylaw, 1495, 2015 and Zoning Bylaw No.1145, 2002 The District of Invermere is considering an OCP Land Use and Zoning Amendment application by the owners of the property legally described above and addressed as 606- 10th Avenue Invermere located west of Pothole Park on 10th and 5A Avenue’s. The applicants desire is to amend the current Land Use designation and Zoning of the property described above for the future subdivision and development of a 30 Unit Multi Family Cluster Housing Development. The application location, identified in the map inserted below, requires amending OCP Bylaw 1495, 2015 Section 3.2 Land Use Plan from Low Density Multifamily Residential designation to High Density Multi Family Residential, and, Amending Zoning Bylaw 1145, 2002 Establishment of Zones section 5.1, Schedule “A-1” from R-2 Low Density Residential Zone to Comprehensive Development Zone – 4 Generation Homes (CDZ-4 Generation Homes.)

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE – BYLAWS 2905 & 2901 Bylaw Amendment – Windermere North

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by 814415 Alberta Ltd. to amend the OCP and zone designations of part of their property to accommodate an existing site which contains garbage receptacles for community solid waste collection and to permit this portion of the property to be subdivided. The property is located at 4767 Deer Ridge Road in the Antler Ridge development in the Windermere North area, as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2905 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 26, 2019 (Windermere North / 814415 Alb Ltd)” will amend the OCP designation of part of the property from R-SF, Residential Low Density to INST, Institutional. Bylaw No. 2901 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 347, 2018 (Windermere North / 814415 Alb Ltd)” will amend the zoning designation of part of the property from R-1, Single Family Residential Zone to P-3, Public Works and Utility Zone, add a definition for the term ‘Residential Solid Waste Collection Facility’, and add this to the list of permitted uses within the P-3 zone. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere, BC Thurs, March 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaws and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from March 8, 2019 to March 28, 2019 between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. All submissions will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda posted online. Personal contact information such as phone and email will be removed from written submissions. Questions about the disclosure of your personal information may be referred to the Corporate Officer at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0306, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email tvandewiel@rdek.bc.ca.


Panorama & Area Planning Process You may fax written comments to (250) 342-2934, email to planning@ invermere.net or drop them off at the District of Invermere Office, by Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm MST. You may inspect the proposed OCP Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1554, 2019 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1555, 2019 proposal between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Thursday March 7, 2019 to Tuesday March 19, 2019 at the Municipal Office, District of Invermere, 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere. To obtain more information, please contact Rory Hromadnik, Director of Development Services at (250) 342 9281, ext. 1235 or planning@ invermere.net DATED this 7th Day of March 2019 Rory Hromadnik, Development Services

An introductory Open House will be held at Panorama Resort to Saturday, March 23, 2019 explain the process, introduce the RDEK staff and Director Clovechok 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm and open the dialogue about the future of the Panorama area. Panorama Mountain Resort The Open House will also include an introduction to OCPs and an Copper Crown Conference Room overview of the project timeline. 2000 Panorama Drive If you are unable to attend the Open House, the open house materials and more information will be available online at engage.rdek.bc.ca. For further information, contact Planner Karen MacLeod, at (250) 489-2791, toll free at 1-888-478-7335 or by email at kmacleod@rdek.bc.ca.

19 – 24 Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Fax: 250-489-3498 Email: info@rdek.bc.ca Website: www.rdek.bc.ca

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Rockies wrap up season with awards banquet

Submitted by Columbia Valley Rockies The Columbia Valley Rockies 2018/2019 season has ended earlier than anyone wanted. The Rockies hosted their year end award banquet on Friday, March 8th at Copper Point Resort to acknowledge individual players and outstanding volunteers. The Rockies would like to thank all of our sponsors that have allowed the team to represent the Columbia Valley on the ice this year. The players and team also send a HUGE shout out to all the volunteers that work

many, many hours behind the scenes to allow us to play the game we love - HOCKEY. During the evening a warm thought went out to all the billet parents who have opened their homes to our young men. A thank you goes out to Colin, Jye, Rob, Stan and Chris for the wonderful work done on the ice surface at our Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. The Rockies will begin looking forward to the 2019/2020 season with their annual Spring Camp hosted with the Trail Smoke Eaters. This will be the weekend of April 19th to April 21st - Come on out and look into the future!

Award recipients Most Valuable Player - Ben Kelsch #1 Top Defenceman - Kale Hawryluk #4 Top Forward - Dace Prymak #17 Top Defensive Forward - Brennan Nelson #7 Most Improved - Connor Woodworth #6 Most Inspirational - Fraser McMann #13 and Greg Parker #24 Rookie of the year - Gavin Fleck #21 Coach’s Award - Connor Davison #28 Most Valuable Player Playoffs - Ben Kelsch #1 Volunteers of the Year - Rhonda Sage and Dr. Karen Fahrni

Photo by Amanda Nason

SHUSWAP INDIAN BAND 3A – 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K2 TEL: 250-341-3678 • FAX: 250-341-3683 www.ShuswapBand.net

N O T I C E O F T R E S PA S S L AW N O. 0 0 0 1 The Shuswap Indian Band Land Code was enacted on February 1, 2015.



3A – 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K2 TEL: 250-341-3678 • FAX: 250-341-3683 www.ShuswapBand.net


Pursuant to the Land Code, Shuswap Indian Band has the right to make laws on a variety of land related matters for Shuswap Indian Band Reserve No. 0 and as such the Trespass Law. No. 0001 was passed on September 12, 2018 and comes into effect on November 7, 2018. Obtain a copy from the Shuswap Administration Office or download from: www.shuswapband.net/images/_pdfs/TrespassLaw.pdf.

Notice is hereby given that Kinbasket Water and Sewer Company Ltd. has adopted a new Water Tariff No. 1 regulating customer rates and terms for service effective June 26, 2018. This Tariff applies to all existing and new customers of Kinbasket Water and Sewer Company Ltd. receiving water service from the utility.

Residents, lessors, potential buyers or sellers of property on Reserve should be aware of the Trespass Law authority. If you have questions about the law or other land matters, including the purchase or sale of property, contact the Lands Department at (250) 341-3678 (Ext. #1014) or landclerk@shuswapband.net.

The Tariff is available for public viewing at the main office of the utility at Shuswap Indian Band’s Administration Office located at the address above between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.



3A – 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K2 TEL: 250-341-3678 • FAX: 250-341-3683 www.ShuswapBand.net

3A – 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K2 TEL: 250-341-3678 • FAX: 250-341-3683 www.ShuswapBand.net


NOTICE OF LAND CODE AUTHORIT Y The Shuswap Indian Band Land Code was enacted on February 1, 2015.



Under the Land Code, any grant or disposition of a lease, license, easement or permit on Reserve to a non-Shuswap member requires the written consent of Shuswap Chief and Council (s. 30.5). Additionally, no interest in the Reserve can be transferred or assigned (by way of leasehold or otherwise) without the written consent of Council (s. 35.3). Moreover, any document which purports to grant or dispose of such interests without Council consent will be deemed void (s. 30.3).

Please be advised that when purchasing property interests located on Shuswap Indian Reserve No. 0 (the “Reserve”), those interests will be subject to the Shuswap Indian Band Property Taxation Law, 2008 (“Taxation Law”), and the Shuswap Indian Band Property Assessment Law, 2008 (the “Assessment Law”)

Furthermore, the Land Code requires that all interests in the Reserve be registered in the First Nation Lands Register, absent which they will not be enforceable (s. 28). As a result, “buckshee leases” (leases which have not followed the appropriate procedures set out in the Land Code and which have not been registered accordingly) are not enforceable and are strongly discouraged by the Shuswap Indian Band.

The Taxation Law also requires that all interests in the Reserve be registered with the British Columbia Assessment Authority (“BCAA”)

Finally, we note that pursuant to the Land Code, Shuswap Indian Band has the right to make laws on a variety of land related matters which may impact on the property to be purchased. Given this, we ask that all potential buyers or sellers of property on Reserve be aware of the Land Code authority. We further ask that you direct all interested in purchasing property on the Reserve to make an appointment with the Shuswap Indian Band Lands Department to discuss these matters at (250) 341-3678 (Ext. #1014), or landclerk@shuswapband.net. Obtain a copy at the Administration Officer or download from: www. shuswapband.net/images/_pdfs/LandCode.pdf.

Under the Taxation Law, Shuswap Indian Band may make laws respecting taxation for local purposes of reserve lands, interests in reserve lands or rights to occupy, possess or use reserve lands;

For the property assessment process, the Shuswap Indian Band has contracted with the British Columbia Assessment Authority (BCAA) to assess real property. BCAA uses the guidelines set out in the Shuswap Indian Band’s Assessment Law. Properties are assessed at actual value as of July 1 of the year during which the assessment roll is completed. The value is determined, considering the physical condition and permitted use of the property, on October 31 (December 31 for manufactured homes). If you are considering purchasing or leasing property on the Reserve, please contact the Shuswap Indian Band Property Taxation Department to discuss these matters, and other matters related to the taxation of property interests on the Reserve. The Taxation Department can be reached at (250) 341-3678 (Ext. 1003), or by email at: dof@shuswapband.net between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Valley Stars on Ice


By Katie Watt intern@columbiavalleypioneer.com How do you make a sport better? The Columbia Valley Skating Club has an answer: just add ice. On Sunday, March 17th, the skating club will be doing an end of season, sports themed performance at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Each skater will focus their skits and dances around the themes of different sports such as football and boxing. “Some of the girls began training just after Christmas, while others are doing a solo that they’ve been training for all year,” says Suzzie Sutherland, president of the club. The routines will be performed in both group and solo acts. The show will feature 24 skaters in total, all from the ages of 3- 17. While some of the skaters are young, others have been involved with the club for years. Hailey Kwok, 17, has been skating for 11 years. This is her final year with the club. For two years she figure skated competitively in Kelowna, but she returned because she prefers the atmosphere of the Valley’s skating club. “Here it’s way more of a family and it’s way friendlier. It’s just simple,” she says. Since September Ms. Kwok has been working on her own routine that she will be performing at the upcoming event. “I choreographed it myself. For my last year I wanted to make my routine special and do it on my own,” said Ms. Kwok. While she has been competing with her self-made act throughout the season, to make it sportsthemed for the upcoming event Ms. Kwok has added a ribbon to the routine so she will look more look like a

C hoose to Move

Submitted by Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Society

Hailey Kwok is one of the figure skaters performing at this weekend’s show. Submitted photo gymnast. The other skater’s programs are well worth watching too, adds Ms. Kwok. “They’re really energetic and you can tell how much time they’ve put into it. They’re very well choreographed,” she says. The end of season event will be held at the arena from 3 - 5 p.m. Concession will be open during the performances, and entrance is by donation. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to supporting the club.

The PeeWee B team played in their Banner tournament in Kimberley last weekend. Each of the four games were close, but the Valley team lost. While this team has struggled to win, they have improved immensely in both team play and positional play this year. Early in the year, almost every goal was unassisted, while during this tournament most were assisted by one or two excellent passes. Seldom were the players out of position, and the team led in each game. In the Kimberley game, Eric Fanderl scored on a pass from Keira Neal, and Makenna O’Connor scored on a pass from Cameron Charette. In the second game against Fernie, Eric again scored with a set-up by Finnegan Donahue to Bryce Nicholas-Hall and to Eric. Andrew Dehart and Cameron Charette also scored. In the 3rd game against Golden, Eric scored on a pass from Bryce, Tobias Andruschuk scored on a pass from Lucien Kinsey, and Eric from Keira. In the final game against Creston, Bryce scored with a pass from Keira, and Cameron scored. The final two goals were scored by Eric. Jesse McIntosh was stellar in goal. It was a good ending to the season with all the players playing their best. Thanks to the coaches, parents and volunteers for a good season.


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CHOOSE TO MOVE INFORMATION SESSION SENIORS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Are you 65 years and older? Are you currently inactive or not as active as you would like to be due to injury, health, transportation, isolation or “I don’t feel like it” attitude? CHOOSE TO MOVE is currently recruiting participants especially members of our local bands and those in remote areas within the Columbia Valley, who might be interested. This is a 6-month FREE coaching program that works with you, to develop a personal plan that fits with your preferences and lifestyle. You will also participate in five focused workshops that motivate and support you in choosing to be more active and healthier, day to day.

The first session is being held at the Invermere Legion on Tuesday March 26th, from 10 am until noon. Refreshments will be served. We are also inviting Volunteers wanting to assist seniors achieve their goals join the information session. Please call Family Dynamix Association at 250-342-5566 to register for the Choose to Move information session.

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An introduction to the Lenten season By Fr. Jojo Augustin St. Joseph’s Catholic Church “Return to Me with All Your Heart” (Joel 2:12). Here we are again in the time we call Lent. For many of us, the word “Lent” connotes drab days, giving up things and a long, long time waiting for spring. Lent means many things. A time of repentance. A time of sacrifice. A preparation for Easter. A time of let-down after the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s hopes. We often overlook another meaning—the idea that Lent is an invitation to “return,” to be reconciled with God, with each other and with ourselves. Lent calls us to return to our hearts, to see what’s there and act from what we see. Lent is a season of the heart. Lent began on the day we call “Ash Wednesday.” Through the symbol of ashes, we are asked to remember that we are of the earth, created by another, and will not

walk on the earth forever. We are asked to repent; to look at ourselves, to recognize our separation from our God, and to return to the one who has created us. These disciplines are not ends in themselves. They are a means to an end and that end is that we would return to God. Repentance, remembering, returning to God—all of these begin in our hearts. None of these is an intellectual exercise. But what if Lent is a time to return to our hearts and find comfort there, and solace, and strength? What if Lent is a time to return to our souls and find our calling and our source of life? Is that what happened for Jesus when he was in a desert for 40 days? Can that happen for us? The prophet Joel says: “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord your God.” Why should we take the risk to do this? Joel answers: “For gracious and merciful is God, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment” (Joel 2: 12-13). Lent need not be drab. Lent can be a time of finding ourselves and finding ourselves held in the mercy and rich kindness of the God who loves us.

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, March 17th, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service and “K.I.D.S.” Church 26 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • office@lwac.ca • www.lwac.ca

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Worship every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 1st and 3rd Sunday, 9 a.m. March - December All Saint’s, Edgewater 2nd Sunday, 7 p.m. July-Sept St. Peter’s, Windermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.ca

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship Services. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: Canadian Martyrs’ – Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: St. Joseph’s – Radium. Father Jojo Augustine • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Lay Worship Services, Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere (Small Chapel) Pastor Doug Lutz, 250-464-0100 Email: mtzionlc@hotmail.com

RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937

Littlest fundraiser For Bryce Lam’s fourth birthday on March 3rd, he asked for donations to the Columbia House Healing Garden instead of presents. He raised $100 to donate to the “garden for the grandmas and grandpas.” He has also donated $5 out of his own chore money.  He came personally to present his donation to Columbia House. “It was done with some encouragement from us of course as he’s just turned 4; he’s still coming to understand about service and giving to others,” said his mom Kyla Lam. “He is very passionate about being outside and enjoys his visits with the grandmas and grandpas with his daycare/preschool so this seemed like a logical fit.” For more on the healing garden project, or to make your own birthday donation, visit https://cohogarden.org/. Submitted photo

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