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Vol. 16/Issue 20

May 16, 2019

The Columbia Valley




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Barry Moore watched from his Edgewater home as smoke covered the Valley during the wildfires of 2017 and 2018. And he decided to do something about it. “I thought there ought to be more we can do to safeguard the area,” Mr. Moore says, explaining there are “really no local defences” against wildfires. Water cannons could be the answer, Mr. Moore speculates. Each water cannon can create a fireguard as well as increase the relative humidity in the air “so the whole area in that guard is less likely to combust,” he says. He would like to see a line of water cannons forming a water curtain between Edgewater and a wildfire, with cannons placed every 100 metres. The initiative is Mr. Moore’s idea, with no connections to the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). Mr. Moore’s hope is that public officials, farmers, and other landowners, will take notice of the water cannon concept and turn the taps of discussion on. Sanford Brown, building and protective services manager at the RDEK, applauds the initiative individuals are taking to protect their own properties. “It’s great that people are aware of the hazards we have in the area with wildfire and it’s good if they’re looking at ways to protect their neighbours and protect themselves,” says Mr. Brown. While wildfires are under provincial jurisdiction, the office of the Fire Commissioner may call in assistance

Man with Invermere ties passes away in highway collision By Keri Sculland and Dauna Ditson

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from area fire departments for structural fire protection. As for other preventative fire protection measures, Gerry Wilkie, Area G director, reports that the Regional District is hoping to hear back soon about several grants from the Province related to wildfire protection measures such as FireSmart initiatives. “Throughout British Columbia, people are finally realizing how critical wildfires might be, and people are beginning to work on much better planning,” says Mr. Wilkie. Mr. Wilkie assures there are evacuation procedures in place for Area G, as well as some FireSmart initiatives started by residents. However, he notes, almost all the land is privately owned and the regional district does not have jurisdiction to tell private residents how to proactively fireguard their property. Mr. Moore’s event will be held Friday, May 24th. The day will start at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Hall for a lecture, followed by the water cannon demonstration at the Darryl Goldsmith Farm – the last farm on your left on the highway as you leave Edgewater, across from Greenwood Drive. All are welcome to attend. Following the water cannon demonstration, the tour will move to the Rolling Rock Ranch, where the landowner has conducted ‘glading’ - selective cutting, Mr. Moore describes. Saturday, May 25th, Mr. Moore will again have a lecture at the Edgewater hall at 10 a.m., followed by a tour of the glading at Rolling Rock Ranch. For more information, call Mr. Moore at 250-2700106.

Dustin Bourns, a 32-year-old male who once lived in Invermere, died in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 95 on Sunday, May 5th. Just before 10:30 p.m., the Golden-Field RCMP responded to the collision on Highway 95, approximately 45 kilometres south of Golden. “At this time it appears that the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, leaving the roadway and coming to a rest in a field,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury with the Golden-Field RCMP. Mr. Bourns, who resided in the Parson area, was deceased upon arrival of emergency responders. The Golden-Field RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the collision. Hopkins Harvest featuring The Hot Spot was

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Minimum wage goes up again “Predictability and certainty are what’s on our member’s minds,” said BC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Val Litwin. “While front-loading the minimum-wage increase will cause challenges for some businesses, the four-year timeline, with projected On Saturday, June 1st, British Columbia’s minimum wage will go up $1.20 (or 9.5 increases, will help businesses plan and incorporate those costs into their budgets.” per cent) to $13.85 per hour. John Horgan’s provincial NDP government promised a Former Invermere town councillor Justin Atterbury owns several small businesses four-year increase starting in 2018 extending to 2021. By 2021, B.C/’s minimum wage in the Columbia Valley with dozens of employees. While Mr. Atterbury agrees that it is will be $15.20. important to increase employee wage to match inflation, by the same token he doesn’t In Canada, Alberta curently has the highest minimum wage among provinces and see it as a magic bullet solution. territories at $15. B.C. will be third behind Alberta and then Ontario (where the min“Most local businesses in general operate with net margins between 6 per cent and imum wage is $14 per hour) come the start of June. 10 per cent. If a line item on my income statement goes up by at least 6 per cent, at that “It’s long overdue that workers in B.C. be on the same pay scale as other provinces point I pass the increase onto my customers.” like Ontario, Quebec and Alberta,” Premier Horgan said in a press release when last One of Mr. Atterbury’s businesses, which he co-owns, is the Station Neighbouryear’s increase took effect. hood Pub. Each item on the pub’s menu saw an inWhen Christy Clark became premier in crease by roughly $1 this spring. 2011, she increased the minimum wage to $8.75 Although many businesses in the Columbia Val“While front-loading the minper hour. By the time her Liberals left office in ley already pay employees above minimum wage, the imum-wage increase will cause 2017, B.C.’s minimum wage was $10.85. From challenges for some businesses, the number serves as a benchmark; a change to the low 2001 to 2011 the minimum wage went unend of the pay spectrum can have ripples on other four-year timeline, with projected changed at $8 under Gordon Campbell’s Liberal pay brackets. As to whether increasing the minimum increases, will help businesses plan wage will result in a more affordable, better stangovernment. and incorporate those costs into Not all are on board with the increased cost dard of living in the Columbia Valley, Mr. Atterbury their budgets.” base for B.C. business. The Fraser Institute issued thinks it’s too soon to tell. a report arguing wage increases end up helping “It’s like a social experiment, and I think we Val Litwin, the wrong people because of who actually makes won’t be able to see the results until enough data is BC Chamber of Commerce minimum wage. produced after the wage increases end in 2021,” he “They’re predominantly young workers, said said. Charles Lammam, author of the report. “They’re The Columbia Valley has a calculated living between the ages of 15 and 24. They’re oftentimes living at home with their parents wage; this is not he same as the minimum wage, but is a number that reflects what — in fact, nearly 60 per cent of all minimum wage earners in the province are young earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific workers. They’re typically getting their first experience in the labour market, working community. part time while they go to school, and that explains largely why this minimum wage is “The living wage calculation is based on a two-parent family with two children not a good way to target the working poor.” – the most common family unit in B.C. – and each parent working full-time,” said Prominent provincial labour advocates have expressed their support for the NDP’s Columbia Valley’s economic development officer Ryan Watmough. “In the Columbia plan. Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour last year told the CBC Valley we have a fairly tight labour market which means most jobs pay higher here than that the raise and the four-year gradual increase is not too much too soon. in other jurisdictions that would otherwise pay the minimum wage.” “We live in a very expensive province,” said Ms. Lanzinger. “The poverty line is In March 2018, the living wage in the Columbia Valley was determined to be about $15 an hour. So there are hundreds of thousands of workers who, even if they $18.25 based on 2017 data. For 2019, living wage figures across B.C. decreased signifiwork full-time, have a wage below the poverty line [and] that’s just not fair.” cantly, according to the new report released Wednesday, May 1st from the Living Wage For business, what’s key is proper preparation for change. Continued on page 5 . . . By James Rose Special to the Pioneer

Water work winds its way through Windermere By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Water system construction in Windermere is moving forward on budget and remains on schedule for a fall connection to the water treatment plant. The work includes connecting the Windermere townsite water system to the Parr water system as well as upgrading fire hydrants and water mains in town. Construction on the pressure-reducing station building could start in June and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. “Construction is underway. It’s going very well. It’s always a little slow to get started, but everything is in place now,” said Elizabeth Ahlgren, project supervisor with the Regional District of East Kootenay. “The contractor is moving ahead

with construction within the Windermere townsite. We’ve already done most of the work (to install a watermain) on the highway.” The highway work should be completed within a few weeks, depending on project conditions and work in residential areas. Within the village, the main streets that will be affected by construction include: Sinclair Avenue, North Street, Victoria Avenue, the lane between Selkirk Street and Government Street, and the lane between Government Street and Kootenay Street. “Temporary waterlines are still in place and will be for awhile,” Ms. Ahlgren said, adding that the waterlines will be moving around as work is completed. The temporary waterlines are protected, but she asks drivers to use care when crossing them.






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• On Monday, May 6th, a resident on Black Forest Trail reported that his 2008 white GMC pickup had been stolen sometime overnight with approximately $3,000 worth of tools in the truck. On Tuesday, May 7th, the truck was recovered in Calgary. • On Monday, May 6th, police received a report of a theft of a large green bearproof garbage can from the Pine Ridge playground in Invermere. The theft likely occurred sometime between April 17-30th. • On Monday, May 6th at 2:30 p.m., police were advised of a SPOT activation on Mount Nelson near Panorama. Two individuals were backcountry skiing when one of them triggered an avalanche. A female sustained injuries and was able to send a message requesting medical assistance. Columbia Valley Search & Rescue were able to retrieve both individuals from the mountain and transport them to a waiting ambulance. • On Monday, May 6th, Columbia Valley RCMP recovered a black Toyota Tundra behind the Canal Flats dump. The truck had been stolen from a repair shop in the industrial area of Invermere on May 1st. The truck was processed for forensic evidence. Police continue to investigate. • On Tuesday, May 7th at 11:30 p.m., police responded to a single vehicle collision on Toby Creek Road near the Panorama Fire Hall. A black Volvo XC70 had gone off the road and down an embankment. The driver told police she lost control of her vehicle after swerving for a bear. The driver confirmed she had consumed alcohol prior to driving and was served a 24 hour driving suspension. The driver was uninjured and her passenger sustained minor injuries. • On Wednesday, May 8th at about 12:45 p.m., a patrolling officer observed an unlicensed driver operating a Chrysler Neon in Invermere. The officer conducted a

traffic stop and upon speaking to the driver and passenger, a controlled substance was observed in the vehicle. Both occupants were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a search incidental to the arrest revealed a quantity of marijuana in the center console of the vehicle. Although not an offence to possess cannabis, it cannot be readily accessible to the driver or any passengers and the cannabis must be in its original unopened package. In this case the driver was issued a violation ticket for operating a vehicle with cannabis in it. • On Wednesday, May 8th at 1:45 p.m., police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 south of Edgewater. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was northbound when she lost control of her vehicle and went down an embankment before striking a utility pole. The downed utility pole started a grass fire which was quickly actioned by responding fire departments. The driver sustained minor injuries. • On Thursday, May 9th, police received a report of an intoxicated male on Highway 93/95 in Windermere. Police patrolled the area and located the individual outside a residence which he had conditions not to attend. The male was arrested for breaching his conditions and held in custody for court. • On Saturday, May 11th shortly before noon, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of an injured mountain biker on Swansea Mountain. Police requested the assistance of Columbia Valley Search & Rescue and BC Ambulance Service who were able to transport the cyclist down the mountain and to the hospital for assessment. • On Sunday, May 12th at 12:30 a.m., police conducted a traffic stop of a brown GMC Sierra on 7th Avenue in Invermere. Although the driver denied consuming alcohol, the officer could smell an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver failed two roadside breath tests and as a result, was served a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle impounded. • On Sunday, May 12th at 7:15 p.m., police received a report of an individual throwing things inside a residence on Kootenay # 3 Road in Windermere. Police attended and arrested an intoxicated male for mischief. The male was held in cells until sober.

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Recreation plans, Segways and a take-out restaurant in Radium By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Recreation Access Management Plan back in motion The Columbia Valley Recreation Access Management Plan is moving forward after a long hiatus. Mayor Clara Reinhardt said some committee members have been involved in the project for 20 years. But after many years of “no hint” of support from the provincial government, she said the current government is “very supportive” of the plan. With $10,000 in provincial funding expected to be formally announced by the end of the month, the group is keen to dive in. “We get to work and move forward. It’s really happening. There was a lot of optimism in the room last night, and we’re very excited,” she said. The committee’s next step is to hire a consultant to “move us forward, to bring the group together, to come up with a phased-in budget, to come up with a full plan,” she said. Take-out restaurant development permit Ken Becker received approval to continue working toward establishing a seasonal take-out restaurant on his property on Highway 93 between Kootenay River Runners and Leo Burrito. “I’m a big fan of good food,” he told council. “That site can create another eating establishment for the Valley, and if I can get Tony’s Greek Grill out here I’d call that a big bonus.” While a restaurant operator is not confirmed, Mr. Becker is hoping to add more diversity to the Village’s edible offerings. He bought a building already and intends to move it to the site this summer. “I’m all about making it look good, good, good,” he said. Mr. Becker will still need to do a geotechnical investigation and receive a permit from the provincial government. Segways in the rink Krista Berg of Kootenay Segway Adventures asked . . . ‘Minimum’ from 3 for Families Campaign. Despite costs increasing steeply for rent and other basic necessities, the cost of living for families with children went down thanks to the provincial government’s new child care policies. “The B.C. government’s child care investments

council for permission to use the public rink space to train Segway tour guests. She anticipated needing 20 minutes per tour to teach guests how to operate the Segways before taking them on a cruise around town. Ms. Berg was confident that the company would run at least three daily tours over the summer. Council directed staff to determine a reasonable fee to use the space and charge the Segways on site, approving the request after Ms. Berg offered to move the Segway training to other areas of the park in cases where others also want to use the rink. The rink location would be a temporary solution until Kootenay Segway Adventures finds a suitable long-term training ground. Cigarette butts Councillor Todd Logan said the “Trash Bash” community cleanup volunteers collected eight or nine garbage bags of litter and debris that included a considerable number of cigarette butts. “It just detracts a little bit from the downtown core,” he said, proposing that the Village consider butt-out points. Regional politicians coming to Radium Freshly home from the 2019 Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments meeting in Castlegar, council members were already enthusiastic about the 2020 conference, which they will be hosting in Radium. Councillor Mike Gray said he is “really, really happy” about having the Village host the event. “This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase to our local businesses that this can be done, that a conference on this scale can be done,” he said. “It is good for us as a community to show that we can do an event of this scale and do it well.” Mayor Reinhardt said there were 166 community representatives at the Castlegar meeting including elected officials and staff. “We can do study tours – so that’s where we get to take people and showcase some of the local industry, local sites – so there’s lots of great opportunity there,” she said. are a major win for families with children,” said Living Wage for Families Campaign Organizer Halena Seiferling in a statement. The Columbia Valley 2019 living wage was determined to be $15.92. The Columbia Valley 2019 living wage was determined to be $15.92.

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PERSPECTIVE Historical Lens

Change and challenge in new role at Pioneer By Amanda Nason advertsising@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Nothing grows without change, the saying goes. Change is something that is and will always happen around our beautiful Valley, which I am so blessed to live, and work in. As you already know I have worked at the Columbia Valley Pioneer as the Advertising Sales representative for over four years now. Boy does time fly when you enjoy what you do and I do enjoy coming in each day knowing there is a new challenge ahead. Today as I move into the new role as Associate Publisher/ Sales Manager, the feeling is much the same. My goal has and will always be, to provide professional voice and guidance to our business community and residents of the Columbia Valley. I look forward to the weeks and months ahead in this new role. Please reach out if there is anything you would like to see. We will always listen to suggestions and concerns. I will always make time for a conversation and welcome your feedback. Without all of you - there is no all of us. We take great pride in the community we serve each week. Feel free to contact me. 250-341-6299 or by email at advertising@columbiavalleypioneer.com.

Musical mystery Pioneer staff had fun contemplating this image and the mystery it captures. Guesses ranged from an early attempt at a Columbia Valley circus, an outdoor orchestra, or a very poorly planned campout where everyone remembered an instrument but not nearly enough food. Just what was going on with these gentlemen, complete with musical instruments, camera, trunk, a dog, and even a small bear? Perhaps a reader knows more. Please email info@columbiavalleypioneer.com if you have any context to add to the image, which includes (from left) Ernest (Dapper) Ede, Jack Woodcroft, Mr. Onsworth, Ernie Denier, Harry Hunt, Sid Phillips, Harry Bone and (sitting, from left) Charlie Onion, Teddy Keeling, and Sid Brown. The photo is dated somewhere between 1912 and 1916. Photo (C 1939) courtesy Windermere District Historical Society

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Correction The photo in the May 9th Pioneer by Bob Hahn identified the white loon as being at Lake Lillian. It was actually taken at a small lake south of town. The Pioneer apologizes for this error. The Columbia Valley Pioneer is available free of charge at more than 137 locations in the Upper Columbia Valley, limited to one copy per reader. We are funded solely through the support of our advertisers. We are published every Thursday. The Columbia Valley Pioneer may be distributed only by its authorized contractors and employees. No person may, without the prior written consent of The Pioneer or its Publisher, take more than one copy of each issue of The Pioneer. The content is protected by copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited except with the permission of the Publisher.

With this year’s slower, but seemingly steady march towards warmer weather, the lives of everyone who frequents our area will slowly and steadily gravitate towards our beloved lake, Lake Windermere. Her shores and her beaches will soon be filled with year round tenants, second homeowners and vacationing tourists all wishing to find their slice of lake paradise. However, no area of the lake is busier and more congested then Taynton Bay. From the mouth of the bay to the parking lot’s Lift Station, Taynton Bay and Kinsmen Beach are a favourite stop off point on your hot summer day. This congestion can lead to not only confusion, but conflicts and even confrontations out on the water. Over the years the Lake Windermere Ambassadors have had numerous letters, emails and conversations from concerned citizens from both the non-motorized and motorized community alike regarding the safety and comfort within Taynton Bay, that com-

mon sense boating practices are not being followed in the confined area of Taynton Bay. In 2017 a very close call was witnessed by one of The Ambassadors board members which set the works in motion. In 2018, the Lake Windermere Ambassadors took action to ensure the safety of all users. With the support from the DOI, RDEK, Provincial and Federal Governments, the Ambassadors purchased and installed three new ‘Slow / No Wake’ bouys at the mouth of Taynton Bay. Much like the ‘Swimmers only’ section of the bay, this new Slow / No Wake Zone area will help to create a safer, more user-friendly part of the lake for all, even the motorized users, to enjoy. The meaning behind ‘Slow / No Wake’ is not to exclude motorized boats from the bay, but rather to minimize the impact your boat has on other users in the most congested area of the lake. As we know, all power boats, especially the new wakeboard boats coming on the market, can leave a massive Continued on page 7 . . .

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Shannon McGinty, Lake Windermere Ambassadors program coordinator, and summer student Keri Malynchuk, show off the new bouy at Kinsmen Beach during Paddle Palooza last Saturday, May 11th. The bouy will be in Lake Windermere this summer, and Lake Windermere Ambassadors urge boat drivers to pay heed to the message. Photo by Katie Watt . . . ‘Slow’ from 6 wake behind them. Even at slower speeds the wake left behind can be quite large to a smaller vessel or non motorized piece of equipment. For example, as you are offloading passengers at Kinsmen Beach, the wake which followed your triumphant entrance into the bay is still there, tossing around paddlers in a small canoe or sloshing around a family’s lunch cooler in a small runabout which is anchored in the bay, and that is not cool! As a powerboat operator, we have a responsibility to ensure our wake does not disturb other users in our immediate vicinity, and that each operator is responsible for his or her wake. These three bouys are placed to remind all boaters who are in the bay to pay attention to your speed and wake, and to remember to lower your engines RPM’s to the point at which no wake is present behind your boat while in

the bay. Whether you are a toddler in water wings, trying SUP yoga for the first time, a free swimmer trying to shave a couple minutes off of your course record, or you are ‘out for a rip’ with the boys in a large wakeboard boat... there are a multitude of usages for our beloved lake. It is important that all users be allowed the space to find theirs in a safe and comfortable surrounding. Lake Windermere’s new Slow / No Wake zone is intended to provide all lake users with a safe, calm and quiet area to relax in and enjoy your favourite water activities. Without the regular disturbances and safety concerns which through common sense boating practices, belong out in open water on the lake.

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Wildsafe BC is urging people to be bear aware this season.

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Behold! Better behaviour breaks down Basin-wide bear battles

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Do you know what to do or what to say? Learn how to understand and support a person who is grieving. The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is offering a FREE Bereavement training, starting Friday, May 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th, from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm. People who are interested in registering must contact the Hospice Office at 778-526-5143 on or before Thursday May 23rd. Training takes place at the Hospice Office, #103, 926-7 Avenue, Frater Landing.


By Katie Watt intern@columbiavalleypioneer.com It’s not them. It’s us. And just when we decide to clean up our act, they decide to dump us. But it’s better this way, for both of us. The black bears of the Columbia Basin are beginning to break up with the area’s population. According to a recent press release by the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), there has been a significant, basin-wide decrease in human bear conflicts since 2016. In 2016, there were 2,300 human-bear conflicts reported. In 2018, however, that number was more than cut in half, with only 1,032 reports made. According to Jenna Milne, local Wildsafe BC coordinator, Invermere is helping to set the trend. “We definitely noticed the decrease in conflicts last season,” she says. In 2016, the community of Invermere reported 117 conflicts, while in 2018 only 26 were reported. “For the most part, the conflicts are caused by human attractants. 60 per cent of the bear-related calls we get are related to garbage,” says Ms. Milne. And it isn’t just garbage; there are many other ways to attract bears, and some are ways that people may not even consider. For example, not cleaning a barbecue after use can attract bears. Bird feeders can pose a risk as well, since bears are attracted to the calorically dense food source. Commonly in Invermere, fallen or unharvested fruit from trees can be an especially attractive food source. “Wildsafe aims to provide education to reduce these conflicts” says Ms. Milne. To help reduce conflicts, she

has gone door to door to alert homeowners that fruit or unsecured garbage on their lawn may attract bears to their property. To further education, Ms. Milne often attends local events with her Wildsafe booth to share informational pamphlets and answer questions about wildlife-safe practices. Last season, a unique effort to tackle the issue of unharvested fruit trees was made by Wildsafe in conjunction with the local Groundswell Network Society. Together, the two organizations partnered to remove unharvested apples from the trees of primarily seniors and second homeowners who were unable to do it themselves. In total, volunteers collected 1,550 lbs of apples.    Initiatives such as this, says Mike Badry, wildlife conflict manager for the province of B.C., are part of what’s helping to reduce these conflicts. “There is no one reason in particular that human-bear conflicts have declined,” says Mr. Badry. “There are so many different variables, but increasing education, and better managing trash and other bear attractants has certainly helped to decrease conflicts.” Currently, this time of year is when the bears begin to reappear from a long winter’s rest. “The highest point of conflicts is in September,” says Ms. Milne, adding that “we do tend to see an increase begin in June and July, however.” No bear sightings have been reported yet in Invermere, but in the community of Fairmont Hot Springs, two black bears have already been spotted. To report a sighting, contact the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program at 1-877-952-7277.

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By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Prepare to get dusty: the Rocky Mountain Rally is revving its engines and coming back to Invermere for a seventh time from May 24th to 26th. The rally will include a car show in downtown Invermere along with “some great action in the woods,” said organizer Keith Morison. He’s expecting a record number of teams this year as 36 are already confirmed and he anticipates seeing upwards of 40 cars in the race. All the cars will be lined up along 7th Avenue for the car show on Saturday, May 25th from 9 to 10:30 a.m., where spectators can get up close to the shiny machines, meet the drivers and have a good look at the cars in the competition. Then the cars will head over to the forestry roads by Dogleg Lake for their races. “For the motorheads, there’s everything from old cars to new cars,” he said. Cars to fit all budgets are coming for the race – from those for the “saving-every-penny type” that are “built with more sweat and blood than they are with money” all the way up to a former world-championship car. While he estimates that a team could score a rally car for under $10,000, others come with a price tags 20

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Reuse and recycle your books By Sheila Bonny Friends of Invermere Library Reduce, reuse, recycle are the 3 Rs of environmentalists. The first of these admonitions is problematic. Avid book lovers, however environmentally friendly, simply cannot reduce the number of books they read. Fortunately, the Friends of the Invermere Public Library provides an opportunity to reuse and recycle our books. The Friends are accepting donations of books in good condition to be offered for sale at the BIG Book Sale scheduled for July 13th at the Columbia Valley Centre. As you spring clean your bookshelves, recycle books for your neighbours to reuse. The Friends welcome donations of both fiction and non-fiction books: history, mystery, finance, health, romance, travel, adventure, fantasy, philosophy, and biography. This year the Friends hope to collect more books for children. Board books,





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picture books, early reading book series and youth fiction are good sellers. Please, don’t contribute National Geographic magazines, Readers’ Digest condensed books, textbooks or tattered books, as they don’t sell. Readers’ tastes vary so much that you can, however, donate even books you dislike, as they may delight somebody else. Deposit your recycled books in the big, labelled plastic bins outside the Book Donation Centre, a grey, barn-shaped building south across Fourth Street from the library and next to the Invermere Court House. The Friends sort the books by genre and sell them at bargain prices to help fund new book purchases, library equipment, and community programming for the Invermere Public Library. Do your bit for the environment and our Invermere Public Library by recycling your books, and then, on July 13th, prepare to reuse your neighbours’ books at the BIG Book Sale.

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Tune in to a Chisel Peak performance this Saturday By Breanne Massey Special to the Pioneer The sounds of roots and blues with a hint of electric guitar will return to The Station for Taynton Bay Spirit’s second anniversary celebration. The Chisel Peak trio will perform on Saturday, May 18th between 9 p.m. and midnight with a wide variety of tunes. “This will be our first performance at The Station,” said Emily Rawbon, who performs vocals, as well plays the acoustic and electric guitars. “We’re excited to have been asked to perform at this venue and look forward to seeing our local fan base as well as have an opportunity to perform for our part-time locals and visitors.” Ms. Rawbon will be joined by Ian Wilson, who does vocals and plays bass, the acoustic guitar and the harmonica, and James Reimer, a drummer and vocalist. “Over the last five years, we have evolved from a blues cover trio with an acoustic sound to one with a mostly electric sound and enough originals to record our first album,” she told the Pioneer. “As well, our drummer James has upped the ante by singing and drumming to his own song, He’s a Man, a tribute to the fictional character The Dude from the 1998 movie, ‘The Big Lebowski.’” When asked if their show would include original songs or covers, Ms. Rawbon replied: “Guaranteed! We play a myriad of classic rock and blues numbers including songs from Tracy Chapman, The Kinks, Eric Clapton and R.E.M to name a few. We also perform about a dozen or so original numbers that we’re hoping will be crowd favourites… someday.”

Chisel Peak has a self-proclaimed deadpan sense of humour with a solid sound. File Photo The three-piece roots and blues band from Invermere has a self-proclaimed deadpan sense of humour with a solid sound. There is no cover to attend the Chisel Peak Performance. “Just show up, eat, drink and be merry,” Ms. Rawbon concluded. “Dancing is encouraged.” To learn more about Chisel Peak, please check them out on YouTube or Facebook. In June, the trio will have a website to promote their sound.

Bringing the blues Blues musician Michael Charles is on his 12th consecutive tour in 2019, including a stop at the Horsethief Pub and Eatery Monday, May 20th. The Grammy elected and Blues Hall of Fame Australian artist brings an elevated level of energy and a guitar-driven journey through 35 years and 35 releases of his original music. For more information, call 250-3476400. Submitted photo

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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, May 16th • Tech Support: 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 support by appointment for any community member. Contact Leanne for more details at lbrooks@cbal.org or 250-341-5683. • 10 a.m. to noon: the Radium Library hosts Tech Tots, a four week program for children 2 to 5 years old and their caregivers which focuses on educational ways to use digital devices. May 2nd thru May 23rd. • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Glass blowing demonstrations at Bavin Glassworks. Daily from May 16th thru May 19th. • 10:30 a.m.: Stretch and Move Classes for Seniors with instructor Jenette St. Jean at Invermere Seniors Hall. Cost $2. Every Thursday. • 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Thursday. The first ½ hr is for lessons – rest open play. Everyone welcome. • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors Carpet Bowling at Radium Hot Springs Centre every Thursday. • 6 p.m.: The Columbia Valley Hut Society is holding its AGM at the CPR Lodge, 1720 4th Ave. Refreshments provided. • 6:15 pm: A Dharma Lecture by the Venerable Guruedev Hamsah Nandatha 7060 Columbia River Road, Wasa. • 6 to 8 p.m.: Columbia Valley Youth Network meets at the Canal Flats Civic Centre every Thursday. Visit their Facebook page for details. • 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 Wednesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. (beginner) and Thursday 6-8 p.m. (beginner/intermediate) at the CBAL office in downtown Invermere. Call or text 250-341-7188 or email windermerevalleysettlement@cbal.org to register. • 6:30 p.m.: Texas Hold Em’ Tournament at the Invermere Legion every Thursday. $35 buy in. • 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 compete in a family feud showdown.

Friday, May 17th • Invermere Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month. Contact facilitator Leanne Brooks at 250-341-5683 for more information. • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: glass blowing demonstrations at Bavin Glassworks. Daily from May 16th thru May 19th. • 10:30 to 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. • 5 to 8 p.m.: Climbing Wall at JA Laird open to the pub-

lic every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drop in, $5. • 6 p.m.: Meat Draw and 50/50 at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. Every Friday and Saturday. • DJ every Friday and Saturday night at Copper City Saloon.

Saturday, May 18th • The Bike Park and Sightseeing from the Mile 1 Express at Panorama Mountain Resort opens for the summer (weather permitting). • 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: the annual Rotary garage sale takes place next to the courthouse in Invermere. All proceeds to Rotary projects. • 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Saturday. The first ½ hr is for lessons – rest open play. Everyone welcome! • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: glass blowing demonstrations at Bavin Glassworks. Daily from May 16th thru May 19th. • 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: The Artym Gallery hosts the Bayot Heer and Vance Theoret exhibition thru May 24th. • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Winemaker’s Dinner with Dirty Laundry Winery at Panorama Mountain Resort. • 7:30 p.m.:“A Woman in Wildflowers” The Extraordinary Journey of “Lizzie” Elizabeth Rummel” in support of the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society.Columbia Valley Centre. $20 tickets at the door and online at EVENTBRITE • 9 p.m. to midnite: the Chisel Peak Blues Band performs at The Station Pub to celebrate the second anniversary of Taynton Bay Spirits. No cover.

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Cell: 250•341•1395 Toll Free: 1•888•258•9911 Sunday, May 19th • Noon to close: every Sunday at the Edgewater Legion. Cribbage at 1 p.m., meat draw at 4 p.m. Light lunch special all day. • 1:30 p.m.: Seniors carpet bowling every Sunday at the Radium Hot Springs Centre

Monday, May 20th • Invermere Public Library is closed. No indoor walking or Baby Goose. • 10 a.m.: Senior Singalong Group meets every Monday at Garden Village. • 10 a.m. to 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 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. • 1:30 p.m.: Carpet Bowling at Invermere Seniors Hall every Monday. • 7 p.m.: Grammy winner and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame member Michael Charles plays at the Horsethief Creek Pub in Radium. • 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 to 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, May 21st • 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Pickleball at Pineridge Courts, every Tuesday. The first ½ hr is for lessons – rest open play. Everyone welcome! • 1:30 p.m.: Games Afternoon at Invermere Seniors Hall every Tuesday. • 3:30 to 5:30: CBAL presents Block Builders, a free program for children ages 5-10. Fun activities with Lego creations and an afternoon snack at the Radium Library. Call the library at 250-347-2434 to register. • 6 p.m.: United Dance is holding a “teaser” recital at the Columbia Valley Centre. Tickets $10 at the door which opens at 5:30 p.m. • 6:30 p.m.: Seniors card games every Tuesday at the Radium Hot Springs Centre. • 6:30 to 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. • 7 p.m.: the Lakeview Manor Society is holding its AGM in the lower level commons room at Lakeview Manor. • 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.

Wednesday, May 22nd • 9:30 to 11:30: 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 Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (beginner) and Friday, 6-8 p.m. (beginner/intermediate) at the CBAL office in downtown Invermere. Call or text 250-341-7188 or email windermerevalleysettlement@cbal.org to register. • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: the Parent & Tot Connect drop-in program is being held in the lower level of Frater Landing. Snacks, free play, Aboriginal awareness, story time, games, crafts. • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Indoor walking at the Columbia Valley Centre. • 10:30 a.m.: Chair Yoga at Invermere Seniors Hall, $ 2, every Wednesday. • 11:45 a.m.: The Rotary Club of Invermere meets every Wednesday at the Rocky River Grill/Kanata Inn. • 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Radium Art Guild meets every Wednesday at the Radium Public Library to create and share their Art. • 7:30 p.m.: Windermere Valley Rural Range Resource Patrol AGM in the Legion meeting room, downstairs.

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Lions lap the litter

Thirty community-minded citizens, spearheaded by the Fairmont Lions Club, climbed up and down the ditches from Coy’s turn off all the way to the Fairmont refuse station to stash the trash last Saturday, May 11th. Big finds along the way included a bicycle, complete with helmet, an arrow, one dime (that was one sharp eye....) and then of course all the litter! Submitted photo

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With May long weekend just around the corner, the Artym Gallery will be welcoming two artists for a longtime favourite exhibition. Back by popular demand, Vance Theoret and Bayot Heer will be in attendance on Saturday, May 18th from 10-5:30 p.m. The exhibition would not be the same without stone carver Vance Theoret transforming a block of soapstone into one of his loveable bear creations just outside the gallery! Just like previous years, the Artym Gallery will be having a contest to name one of Mr. Theoret’s creations. Stop by to submit your best name idea, as Mr. Theoret always looks forward to picking a winner. The lucky winner of this year’s event will be taking home the bear they named, carved by Mr. Theoret himself! he works with stones found around the globe, and he carves a variety of subjects - but he has said that bears are by far his favourite. Exploring the playful and curious nature of bears, Mr. Theoret’s work is sure to make you smile with their kind faces and witty poses. Master jeweller Bayot Heer works with dazzling 18k

gold and both precious and semi-precious gemstones to create gorgeous pieces of wearable art. His one of a kind jewellery features unique design inspired by architectural elements. Originally from Switzerland, Mr. Heer explored many different careers before becoming a full-time jeweller. His pieces feature influence from his experience working in furniture making and architectural drafting. Mr. Heer will be bringing many new pieces fresh from his workbench to dazzle anyone who stops by. How incredible is it that the works of both these artists rely on naturally sourced stones formed thousands of years ago within the crust of this beautiful earth? Come explore what nature and fine craftsmanship have to offer this Saturday at the Artym Gallery. Both Bayot Heer and Vance Theoret will be at the Artym Gallery on Saturday from 10 - 5:30 p.m. Stop in for a chance to meet both of these artists and be sure to name a bear! All sculptures, jewellery, and paintings can be viewed online at www.artymgallery.com and be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook for a sneak peek of the show!

Bayot Heer & Vance Theoret Exhibition Saturday, May 18, 10 am – 5:30 pm

with artists in attendance Exhibition continues until May 24th. View full show online at artymgallery.com 250-342-7566 ~ info@artymgallery.com

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www.columbiavalleyswim.com Natalie Ruby, Jen Abra, and Cajsa Fredin make up the trio of success at Black Star Studios.

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We invite you to explore a collaboration of original art Saturday May 18th to 31st.

Creating a decade of success at Black Star Studios By Katie Watt Black Star Studios What happens when metal, glass and thread meet? You get Black Star Studios. Metal artist Cajsa Fredin; glass artist Natalie Ruby; and fabric artist Jen Abra are the three owners of the gallery and studio located in downtown Invermere. This summer on July 1st, the studio that has become known for taking the frustration out of art and replacing it with fun, and for its support for local artists, is turning 10. “Black Star has taken on a life of its own,” says part owner of the studio, Ms. Ruby. “It has evolved over the years, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds,” she adds. The idea for the business was born when Ms. Fredin noticed that a building space was up for lease in Invermere. At the time, she was playing with the idea of having a studio and gallery. Lucky for her, she had two friends who were also in search of a studio space at the time. On July 1st, 2009, the three women opened the gallery together. “When we first opened, we started with 12 artists in our gallery, and now we’re up to 70,” says Ms. Abra. “That happened fast, too: within about 5 years,” she adds. Most of the artists featured in Black Star are local or have a connection to the Columbia Valley; if they’re neither of those, then they are at least Canadian. The three women also have their own unique studio spaces within the shop. As Black Star grew older, it made strong relationships not only with artists, but with the community too. One of the ways it did this was by starting art workshops for “ages 5-99.” From there, their workshops took root throughout the community. They now hold workshops at local festivals, they facilitate teambuilding events, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift, they even have packaged, DIY versions of their lessons that include all the materials and instructions you would receive in a regular class. When the three began their business, they never expected to become instructors, however. “The workshops started from kids coming into the store and asking if we would teach them art,” recalls Ms.

Abra. “We started with a painting of an owl in a tree, and then we thought ‘hey let’s do paper mache instead, next time someone asks’.” From there, the ideas continued to flow like watercolour paint. Over the years, they developed a schedule and they now hold daily 1 hour workshops on holidays, school breaks, and over the summer. They also have their own after school art program (not for the 99 year olds, unfortunately), they hold paint nights, and they run an art camp over summer holidays. Their summer schedule will be posted May long weekend, and visitors will be able to pre-register for events. At 10 years old, Black Star isn’t one to skip school, either. The business has made its way into many of the local classrooms. “They’re a fantastic resource for teachers, and as a business they’re very approachable. They’re regulars on the classroom scene for sure,” says local elementary school teacher Paulina Stankovski. “Black Star helps us complement what we’re learning in class with art.” Mrs. Stankovski’s daughter is also a regular at Black Star’s workshops. “My daughter grew up around these guys,” she says. “She’s learned so much and has done so many projects through them, and she’ll never forget that. In a town like this that’s so heavy on sports, Blackstar is an outlet for kids that are more arty.” As it enters adolescence, Blackstar studios is still young, fresh, and successful. After 10 years, what is it that keeps them going? “We are all about taking the frustration out of art and promoting the fun,” says Natalie. “We do it because we love it. We are artists ourselves, and that helps us understand what our artists need. Our community has been cheering us on since day one.” To thank the community for their support, the business will be holding free workshops for kids on Sunday, June 9th, and a free art night for adults on Monday, June 10th. The kids’ workshops will run from 10-5 p.m., and will be hosted at Black Star. The art night event will run from 7-9 p.m., and will be hosted at the local Ullr Bar. For both events, there are only 50 spaces available. To reserve yourself a space, call 250-342-6663.

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Yard Waste Pick-up Program The District is running the Yard Waste Pick-up Program to assist residents in disposing of spring yard waste. The program will be a reservation based system where residents are to call the Municipal Office at 250-342-9281 and ask to be put on the reservation list for Yard Waste Pick-up. Residents are to provide the following information to Municipal Staff : • Name; • Phone number; and • Civic Address Pick-up will occur on Wednesday, May 15th and Wednesday, May 29th. Residents will be required to place their yard waste at the curb for pickup after 8 am on the day of pick- up after you have placed your reservation and confirmed your street address. Yard waste must be placed in clear plastic or brown paper bags and includes leaf and grass material. Branches and pruning are to be bundled in maximum 4 foot bundles and are not to exceed 50 lbs in weight. Staff will not pick up any yard waste if it does not meet the above requirements. If you have not placed a reservation, your yard waste will not be picked up. For further questions, comments or concerns, please contact Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer at 250-342-9281.

YOUR MONEY Should I Sell in May? Submitted by Sara Worley & Brendan Donahue Investment Advisors, Manulife Securities Incorporated Many investors have heard the saying “sell in May and go away” but are unsure if there’s any truth to it. The axiom cautions investors to sell their stock holdings in May to avoid a seasonal decline in equity markets. It asserts that people who sell their stock holdings in May and hold cash during the summer, then buy back into the equity markets in November will enjoy higher returns than average. While this may sound compelling, does it really make sense to sell stocks in May and re-buy them later in the year? Analyzing the claim It’s true that, historically, there is lower trading activity during the summer than other times of the year. Reduced trading volumes can cause larger-than-normal spreads between bid and ask prices on stocks, thus creating more volatility in equity markets. With this in mind, however, there are several considerations. The “sell in May” theory assumes two absolutes; the first being that there will be a decline during the period. This is not always the case. Over the past 10 years, the markets have gone up during this period 60 per cent of the time. The second assumption is that stock market returns between May and October in any given year will be lower than the risk-free (money market) rate. With persistently low interest rates, it’s hard to imagine that would be true with any regularity. Further, many investors can increase their after-tax returns by triggering capital gains at opportune times. Selling each May largely ignores tax planning, potentially causing unfavorable tax consequences. Study results Though many studies claim the “sell in May” adage is correct, few have approached data like the CXO Advisory Group, which recently published a study where they analyzed S&P Composite Index levels, dividend yields, and 10-year Treasury note yields from April 1871 through

October 2012. Their study found that indeed, during 10 out of 14 decades, those who sold stocks in May and rebought in November performed better than those who held stocks from May to October and cash during the rest of the year. However, the study also found that those who held stocks all year long performed significantly better than anyone, enjoying an average six-month return of 5 per cent, while those who sold in May and went away earned just 2.8 per cent. Other opportunities Those who are waiting to deploy cash in the equity markets may be able to capitalize on the “sell in May” theory by applying Warren Buffet’s famous quote: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”. In other words, the “sell in May” adage is so wellknown that, in some cases, instead of eliminating market volatility for a period of time, people who sell in May only to re-buy in November may simply be creating opportunities for other people to buy stocks on sale during the summer months. When investing, as in many aspects of life, the only way to beat the crowd is to be different from it. Savvy investors will sell high and buy low regardless of the time of year. Final thoughts “Sell in May” is not the only trading adage. Economists have documented numerous stock return patterns related to calendar time, including those related to the month of the year (January effect), day of the week (Monday effect), day of the month (turn-of-the-month effect) and holidays (the holiday effect). It’s understandable why trading theories exist. People simply want to explain things they don’t understand, or that are largely unexplainable. The truth is, as nobody can predict the future with complete accuracy, investing in the equity markets will always involve an element of the unknown. The rest comes from sound fundamental analysis of companies and the markets in general, as well as a little luck.

GIC Rates as of May 13th

Brendan Donahue BCOMM, CIM, FCSI

Senior Investment Advisor Insurance Agent

Sara Worley CIM®, FCSI®

Investment Advisor Insurance Agent

Investments, Insurance & Financial Planning Manulife Securities Incorporated is a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and a Member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Stocks, bonds, financial planning and mutual funds are offered through Manulife Securities Incorporated. Insurance products and services are offered through Manulife Securities Insurance Agency. The Manulife Securities logo and the Block Design are trademarks of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and are used by it, and by its affiliates under license.

Holly Jones BA,

Investment Associate, Insurance Agent

Free consultations! • Ph: 250-342-2112 • Fax: 250-342-2113 • 530 13th Street , Invermere • www.invermereadvisors.com

1 yr 2 yr 3 yr 4 yr 5 yr

2.43% 2.54% 2.58% 2.61% 2.77%

*Rates subject to change without notice.

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Blooming Art Show blossoms at Winderberry Nursery

Submitted by Lin Steedman Last year Winderberry Nursery and Bavin Glassworks families collaborated, along with 10 other local artists, Windermere Elementary School students, and several local musicians, to bring local art and music to the garden. It was a fabulous day! Inspiring and beautiful art, great music and delicious food out of Edible Acres Cafe. It was so much fun we are doing it again! Saturday June 1st, 10-5 p.m. This year 12 artists will be dotted around the nursery, beside the cafe, and among the apple trees for your strolling pleasure. Winderberry provides a unique space for artists to display their work and a shopping experience that is sure to please all your senses. We continue with the overall theme of “local producers” of art, food, and flowers. It will be a day to mark on your calendar! Edibles Cafe will be serving up creative dishes, coffees, sweets, and treats, and local musicians will be busking throughout the day. The artists include; Pat Bavin, Ryan Bavin, Shawna Tegart, Carol Gordon, James McElroy, Dale Hunt, Maureen Janssens, June Thompson, Patrick Yesh, Lynne Grillmair, Lindsay Donovan, and Sharon Little. The artists have drawn inspiration from the spring theme such as flowers and gardens to changing mountains landscapes. Several mediums will be implemented; paint, glass, wood, and photography will all be represented. Local musicians will be playing

throughout day. You will enjoy listening to Bill Cropper, Kurt Richel, Mike Smith, Jessica Hanson, Melissa Wall and Travis Boa. “Spring is our favourite time of year at Winderberry” says Lin Egan. “We are bursting with colour, lush green plants and all sorts of beautiful trees and shrubs. It is sure to be another fabulous day where art and gardening come together. We are excited to offer this experience to our community ~ it will be a lovely outing for the whole family”. For Pat Bavin this show is about the “lure of the local”. Here, artists and producers of the valley promote a special gathering for everyone to enjoy. The creative weave of our five senses including colour, smell, uniquely tangible items, tap to the music, and of course, dig into some culinary art. Farmer Oliver Egan will do a couple of farm tours throughout the day. If you have been wondering where Edibles Farm is growing all of their certified organic produce this is the prefect time to find out. Tours will run at 11a.m. and 2 p.m., will last about half an hour, and are suitable for all ages! The show will go on rain or shine as the greenhouses can be used for cover if the forecast calls for liquid sunshine. Be sure to drop in regardless of the weather! Plan on stopping by and staying awhile. See the art, colours, creativity, smell the flowers, taste the food and enjoy the music. For further information, call Winderberry Nursery at 250-342-3236.



Grocery and Liquor Store

Whacky Wednesdays

Come in EVERY WEDNESDAY to receive 10% off regular priced items INCLUDING LIQUOR in store. Some exceptions apply: Tobacco, lottery and deposits.

Summer g! is comin

YT Pinot Grigio 750 ml

Beefeater 750 ml

Okanagan Ciders 6pk, 355 ml. Can




May is “Leave a Legacy” month

“Our donor-advised fund exposes us to a wide variety of opportunities within the community and allows us to participate in grant decisions. We have lived in a variety of places and have learned that community foundations have a significant impact on the quality of life within the areas they serve. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation will grow and provide an important source of community funding for future generations.”


$ 87

Crown Royal 750 ml


What do you want your legacy to be?

YT Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml

Stoli 750 ml


$ 87


$ 87


Old Milwaukee 15pk Can 355ml

Baileys Irish Cream 750 ml

Coors Banquet 12pk, 355ml bottle

Jagermeister 750 ml

Coors Banquet 12pk Can 355ml




1897 1977


– Harvey & Sherry Doerr

For more information, contact: Laurie Klassen, laurie@valleyfoundation.ca

For Good. For Community. For Ever. 250-342-2845 • WWW.VALLEYFOUNDATION.CA





Prices in effect until May 31st, 2019. All prices plus deposit and taxes.

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WildfloWerS The Extraordinary Journey of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rummel

[Elizabeth Rummel at Mount Assiniboine, ca.1956]V554/NA-372, Elizabeth Rummel fonds, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies



Shuswap and District of Invermere enter new collaborative agreement Submitted Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere are proud to announce their participation in the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI), a national program delivered jointly by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and CANDO (the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers). Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere are one of nine partnerships in Canada to embark on this three-year First Nation - Municipal collaboration program between 2016 - 2021. CEDI seeks to build capacity for long-term First Nation – municipal partnerships, and joint community economic development and land use planning. “I am pleased to participate in this important initiative with Mayor Miller and the District of Invermere,” said Chief Barb Cote. “We recognize that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward.” As Canada turns its focus on reconciliation, and recognizing that long-term relationships are anchored in a solid foundation, the CEDI experience opens the way for First Nations and neighbouring mu-

Your Brezel Bakery Presents…

Our new wood oven! Old-German oven system.

nicipal communities to create economic and social advantages for all citizens. “I am confident that our common goals for local economic development will foster benefits that extend to many other aspects of community building, and CEDI is giving us the framework to work together to achieve strong local results”, said Mayor Al Miller Communities participating in the CEDI program benefit from facilitated workshops, best practices, study tours, and peer mentorship. This assistance helps to build capacity for joint economic development planning. build and strengthen inter-community relationships, and improve the quality of life for all residents. By working together, CEDI partnerships are better able to address local challenges, with local solutions. About CEDI The First Nations–Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating municipalities and adjacent First Nations through joint community economic development and land use planning. CEDI is a joint initiative of FCM and Cando. Find out more about CEDI here: https://fcm.ca/en/programs/ first-nation-municipal-collaboration/ community-economic-development-initiative


aster Baker, Andreas Vogel, the owner and founder of Your Brezel Bakery, is celebrating 50 years in the industry. During the upcoming Farmers’ Market season he is introducing a totally new line of artisan breads. • Münich Roasted Rye • Malted Wheat Filone • Armstrong Cheese • Rustico with Coconut Citrus

• Cranberry Apple Apricot • Müsli with Chocolate • Italian with Parmesan

Wooden Oven Bread is the healthiest bread. Chemical free, trans-fat free, using sourdough and rye flour. It is rich in vitamins and Omega 3. It is made using European baking techniques perfected over hundreds of years. Andreas will be baking bread on-site at the market using a mobile oven.

An original recipe and Valley favourite for 50 years

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Windermere Creek


Beautiful, private, secluded log cabins on 107 forested acres in the heart of the Valley. Adult-oriented, cabins have double jacuzzi tubs, decks, fireplaces, and kitchens. Grounds have hiking trails, lookout benches, picnic areas and 3/4 mile creek frontage.


info@cvchamber.ca 651 Highway 93/ 95, P.O. Box 1019, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0



SINCE 1991 ICBC Glass Repair Out of Province Vehicle Inspections Auto Body Repairs • Painting • Quality Parts

We give all students 15% off with valid student ID

Sales ~ Service ~ Installation

Call for your FREE consultation and estimate

Arnold Scheffer 250-342-6700

unidoorext@live.ca • unidoorext.ca

WETT Certified

Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential

WINDOW COVERINGS SHOWROOM Doors Windows Flooring Painting/Interior/ Exterior • Kitchen Renovations • Window Coverings Box 53, Brisco, B.C. V0A 1B0


• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations


492 Arrow Rd., Unit 1B, Invermere • EMAIL: fairmontridge@telus.net • 250-342-4663

RS Excavating

Beat the fall rush ~ clean your Chimney this spring!

Edgewater, BC

• Mini Excavator & Bobcat • Landscaping • Retaining & Rock Walls • Trenching • Clearing

Ryan Smith Owner/ Operator



(250) 341 5719

info@solidrockprofessionalservices.com solidrockprofessionalservices.com


• Line Painting • Asphalt Crack Sealing • Seal Coating • Pressure Washing • Stucco Painting • Fence Staining • Deck Staining

Fully Insured & WCB Covered


and ReStyling Hemming Alterations

Sally Johnson

For all your sewing needs!

Tire Sales and Installation

• Air Conditioning/Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems


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All Makes and Models

141 Industrial Rd. 2 • 250-342-9424 • Open Monday - Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm



North American Warranty

Seamstress Home Studio

250-409-5557 Invermere, BC


Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists

You name it! I’ll take care of it! YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP for all home maintenance from raking your lawn to renovating your entire house.

• Pruning and Removal of ALL Trees and Shrubs • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured & WCB Covered




Keep your local companies alive. Why go to Golden when you can get your tree services right here in Invermere!

Please call Steve ~ a real local you can trust! 250-342-1791 Patryk Jagiello STAIN/LACQUER/PAINT INTERIOR/EXTERIOR patco_dev@shaw.ca

There’s a reason they’re called “CLASSY”. Pioneer Classifieds…

(250) 270-0345 in Calgary since 2002 in Invermere since 2004 N E W S PA P E R

Phone: 250-341-6299 • Fax: 1-855-377-0312 • info@columbiavalleypioneer.com


250.342.3052 | INVERMERE

24hr: 250.342.1158


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East Kootenay Electrical Services

Professional • Lawn Maintenance


Licensed Contractor

Serving the Valley for over 20 years! Commercial


Cell: 250.341.1342 Fax: 250.342.8733 E-mail: ekelectric@telus.net


Everett Frater Enterprises Cell: 250-342-5645 • efrater@telus.net



P H A R M A C Y LT D .

Come in and browse our giftware

Box 2206 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D., Irena Shepard, B.Sc. (Pharm.) Your Compounding Pharmacy Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere



250 • 426 • 9586 www.cranbrookpestcontrol.com


General Freight Hauling


To and From Calgary and Invermere Area!



Landscaping & Design Landscaping & Design • Trucking • Excavating • Trucking • Excavating • Civil Earthworks



Specializing in all heating, electric, gas and wood.

• Civil Earthworks

Quality not quantity Sue Coy

250-341-5353 sdcoy@shaw.ca

• Fireplaces • Commercial and residential • New builds • Renovations.

Lloyd Wilder

250-342-5326 www.decoylandscaping.com lewilder@shaw.ca A licensed, registered and bonded company

(Servicing the Valley since 1999)


• Septic Tank Pumping • Portable Toilet Rentals

• A well maintained septic system • Complete sewer/drain repairs should be pumped every 2-3 years • Reasonable rates – Seniors’ discount • Avoid costly repairs • Speedy service – 7 days a week

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

East Kootenay Plumbing Services & Renovations

Give us a call! James, 250-688-1267 or Jerry, 250-342-5299 Email: jeffersoncontractingltd@gmail.com



BOX 2228 742 - 13th STREET INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K0 P: 250-342-3031 F: 250-342-6945 info@lambertinsurance.ca

• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels

BOX 459 7553 MAIN STREET RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1M0 P: 250-347-9350 F: 250-347-6350 TOLL FREE: 1-866-342-3031

Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email: info@duskbuildingsystems.com www.duskbuildingsystems.com

Available 24/7

Plumbing • Boiler Systems

Rigid Plumbing Ltd. Andy Charette

Quality you can see!

E: rigidplumbing@hotmail.ca P: 250-341-5179

1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Dale Elliott Contracting

Red Seal Journeyman Plumbers/Gasfitters (B)

eastkootenayplumbing@yahoo.com 250-272-3374

We also offer roundthe-clock service calls.

P.O. Box 130 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Office: 250-342-2175 • Fax: 250-342-2669 Cindy.mackay@kootenayinsurance.ca


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Interior Finishing Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets Countertops Small Renovations Decks and Interior Railings

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Your Local


Wende Brash Broker/Owner

RE/MAX Invermere

Jan Klimek

Independently Owned and Operated



janklimek@shaw.ca www.janklimek.ca

Invermere Office: 250-341-6044 Fairmont Office: 250-345-6080

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300


8, 1008 8th Ave. Invermere, B.C. Ph: 250-341-6299 Fax: 1-855-377-0312

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• Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.



Skandia Concrete

• Manufactures & suppliers of quality concrete & gravel products • Experience, professional operators and the right equipment to get your job done • Serving the valley for over 30 years




Advertise Here! Call Amanda to find out more!

1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere B.C. V0A 1K0 E-mail: wendebrash@telus.net Fax: 250-342-9611

MaxWell Realty Invermere


Phone: 250-342-5833 • Cell: 250-270-9444

• Environmentally responsible • Steamed aggregate beds for top quality year-round concrete supply • We stand behind our service, quality and products

All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

For competitive prices and prompt service, call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office)

1756 Hwy 93/95 Windermere B.C. Office: 250-342-6500 • Batch plant: 250-342-2812 Toll Free: 1-888-341-2221


Columbia Concrete Inc.


• Patches • Driveways • Crack Sealing • Parking Lots • Roads • And more!

20 years experience • Anything concrete!

Pressure Washing & Sealing Driveways, Decks, Patios and Walkways • Concrete, exposed aggregate, pavers • Brick and rock siding • Rock walls, landscape boulders, curbs

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Basements Garage pads Driveways Patios

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Kootenay Paving

Decorative Exposed Stamped concrete Acid staining


Kootenay Paving

Serving the Columbia Valley

Toll Free 1-888-341-2221 CARPET CLEANING

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Call now for a free quote! Locally operated, with full-time staff to serve you better. 1756 Hwy 93/95, Windermere, B.C. V0B 2L2 Phone: 250-342-6500 • Fax: 250-342-3484

TILE AND GROUT CLEANING Business: 250-342-9692

RR#4 2117–13 Ave. Invermere, BC V0A 1K4 rugclean@telus.net

See our website for more details www.gadsbyconcrete.com Bob Gadsby • 250-341-7445 • info@gadsbyconcrete.com

Our deadline to book advertising is Friday at noon. To place an ad please call: 250-341-6299 or

Cell: 250-342-1273 Fax: 250-342-9644



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Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All NEW items up to 1/2 original Price! At Mountain Style in Fairmont Village Mall. Summer Savings while they last!

Moving Sale Friday, May 17th, Noon - 6 p.m., Saturday May 18th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Patio and household furniture, dining table/chairs, tools, new light fixtures, push lawn mower, new golf bag, horse tack and more. 474 Lakeview Rd above Lake, off Athalmer Rd Acreage on hill “Deere Ridge”

Dutch Creek Garage Sale. May 18th, time 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 5347 Dutch Creek Road. Lawn furniture, massage table, lawn tractor and trailer tools, special coffee makers and much more.


Cheers to Melyssa and Michelle and students of United Dance. What a great competition season. WELL DONE! Cheers to the students who received the medals, trophies and scholarships. Cheers to all of the wonderful dance moms.

Cheers to Lewis. Best dog this side of the Kootenay River. And it’s a good thing he doesn’t have the right to vote.

Cheers to Mark Topliff for turning away trucks full of yard waste from the transfer station. People just don’t get it.

Multi-family Garage Sale outside at the Invermere Legion. May 18th, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. For tables, please call 250-688-0640. Sat. May 18th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Huge Garage Sale, something for everyone. 7527 Park West Dr. Radium. Across from the Adult Exercise Park. Garage Sale 4924 Thouret Rd. Radium. Fri. 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Building Materials, Vintage Furniture, Tea Cup Bird Feeders and Candles, Books, Tools and more.

Garage Sale Sat. and Sun. May 18th and 19th. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5731 Hwy 95 Edgewater across from old Seel Garage. Fishing rods, taxidermy, motorcycle, 4 season tent, bread maker, clothing, compound bow, Concept III rowing machine.

Saturday May 18th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 613-13th Ave. Invermere. Sporting goods, tools, household A items.

Garage Sale Sat. May 18th, 1610 10th Ave. Invermere, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. everything half price after C 3 p.m. B p. 74

Fairmont Columbia Valley Hot Springs


Dairyland milk is once again available at…

Cheers to Wayne and Sharrie of Whole 9 Yards for the super job you did of cleaning up our garden. OurD yard has never looked this good so early in the year. You are the best!







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CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the Cycling Without Age program here in the Valley. What a great experience!


gerrytaft.ca Rockies West Realty

A HUGE Jeers to the disgruntled parent who is smearing a local business in town. All you are doing is proving that they are right, and you are WRONG by your actions.

Independently owned and operated

A big Cheers to the Radium Hot Springs Fire Department. At their “Give Back Sunday” at the Horsethief Pub on Mothers Day the members showed up (on mass) to raise funds for the Department. The members gave up time with their families to make this event a great success. During the event the Fire Department got a call to a grass/tree fire within our district. They were back at the Horsethief Pub, with the fire extinguished, 4 hours later with our community safe again. The members were tired but still continued to raise funds. We the Radium community want to send our appreciation to the Department for their tireless efforts in keeping us safe and dealing with the dry season. Keep up the good work.

ANNOUNCEMENT 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.

Cheers to the amazing staff at Mountain Ridge Day Care Centre for hosting a Mother’s Day Tea; you always go above and beyond for our student and families.

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May 18 & 19, 8 am – 2 pm 5151 Riverview Road Fairmont Hot Springs






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A huge Cheers to District of Invermere public works for fixing the huge water break on the weekend of May 4th. All was fixed in a timely matter. Huge Jeers to those complaining the district had to plan it better. REALLY they plan water breaks.

A big CHEERS to Mike at the Horsethief Pub for allowing groups to put on events on their “Give Back Sunday” nights. This is a great event and the staff at the Pub go way beyond to make sure everybody has a great time. This shows how much Mike gives back to our community. As part of the Radium Fire Department I would like to send our appreciation to the Pub for allowing us to monopolize the restaurant and to engage the patrons. This is one of the reasons we moved to this FANTASTIC area.


Call 250-341-6299 or visit the Pioneer office at 8, 1008 8th Avenue, Invermere B.C.







Saturday, May 18th

Geary Creek

8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Next to the Courthouse (Invermere)

AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. Proceeds will go towards sponsoring Rotary projects. RECYCLING

Many thanks for your support!

Thank you to The Summit Youth Centre and the Windermere Valley Youth Society for putting on the amazing Local Celebrity Event in my honour. To Sasha Eugene, my sister Roxane Baalim, past students, foster children and friends who sent letters; your words shared will never be forgotten. To my family I can’t thank you enough for supporting my passion. I will never be the same; my heart is full and my Spirit never stronger.

Debra Fisher

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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.

For Sale: Nice building lot. Close to Eileen Madson School. R1 – ¼-acre, New Price $65,000. 211 Pine Tree Road. Call 250-3417051.

Fresh local pork at the Abattoir at the crossroads. Columbia Valley meat and sausage. This Thursday Friday and Saturday. 250-342-7614.



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.

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 6971 Columbia Ridge Drive, Columbia Ridge Country Estates. Lake & Mountain Views 250-349-5860. OPEN HOUSE

Support Rockies Hockey firewood. Contact email cvrockies.firewood@gmail.com or call 250-342-1624 for more info or to place an order.

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.

Tony’s Greek Grill, Fairmont Hot Springs. Now hiring full and part-time positions, starting May 1st. Prep/ cooks, Dishwasher/ kitchen help, Ice cream/smoothie servers, counter/cashier attendants. Wages negotiable according to experience. Please Email resumes at tonysgreekgrill@ gmail.com.

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. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250342-3166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Office/Commercial Space for rent in historic McKay House 2nd floor 613 12th Street, Invermere, approx.. 1300 sq. ft. Furniture included if wanted. 250-3415111 or rkmc@telus.net.

SUITE FOR RENT Invermere 3-bdrm lower suite. Close to schools, private entrance. Up-down duplex, 5 appliances, large storage shed. No pets, no smokers. $950/mo. + deposit. Includes water. 403651-0008.

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. $1,650/mo, call 250-342-3790.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE ELKHORN COUNTRY ESTATES Phases 1 and 2 sold out. Selling Phase 3 now. 2.5 to 4.1 acre partials. Starting at $159,000 + GST. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-342-1268. www.elkhornranches.com.

CONDO FOR SALE 2-bdrm + den, 2-bath, lake/ mountain view, heated garage, top floor. Walk to beach. 1-403968-9222.

ANIMALS For Sale: Pony, female, 12 years old. Has been ridden but not in recent years. Phone 250-3426188.

MISC. FOR SALE Marble Canyon timeshare for sale. Three weeks floating, 2-bdrm condo plus loft 1150 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 Glen at 1-403-932-6954 or grmc2@ shaw.ca. Cow Manure Well-aged, $100 per pickup load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-1268. FOR SALE: Queen size mattress, Queen size box spring, Adjustable mattress frame, Single bed frame, 5 chairs, Patio furniture. 16ft formal board table, 36” Gas Fireplace, Black ink for laser printer, Conair Foot Spa, Glass stained hanging lamp, Antique Heintzman & Co. upright piano, Ceiling fan, Various light fixtures, adult bicycle. White framed mirror. Please phone 1-403-246-6680. Men’s LH Set Wilson Gold Clubs with bag - Driver, 3,5 clubs, 3-9 irons and putter. $110. 250-3456266.

Please email classified ads to info@columbiavalleypioneer.com

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1956 DeSoto Firedome Seville. Running but needs paint and assembly. $6000, shopmanual. 1956 Pockard Clipper. Complete with shopmanual. $1000 as is. 250-270-0698 after 6 p.m. 2002 Hyundai Sante Fe V-6 2.7 L, 4-wheel drive, very good condition, 144,656 klms. $3,500, 250.-688-0381.

ENTERTAINMENT Rehearsals. Recordings. Events. at The Shop. Call 1-888-907-0780 to book a free tour!

SERVICES A.J. Siding and Eavestrough Serving the Valley for 25 years. 5” continuous gutter, cleaning installations and repairs. All types of siding, soffit and facia. Your low cost eavestrough company. Phone 250-342-7177. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit www.heavensbest.ca. Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Thank you for your votes - Best of Business Awards! Blinds, Drapery, Phantom Screens & more 250-342-5749, shannonsblinds@yahoo.ca. B.B.’s Home & Lawn Care Services: Handyman Services, Renovations, Moving, Dump runs. Spring/Yard/Eavestroughs Cleaning. 250-6882897 or 403-861-8782. 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 403-861-8782, soledecor@shaw.ca, www. Studio222calgary.com. Handyman: Small projects around the house. Tune-up Golf Carts, Ride on Lawn Mowers etc. Call Jeff 250-341-8146 leave a message. Licensed therapist (CSW) available in Columbia Valley. Experienced (40+ years) with PTSD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, marital issues, child/ teen/family/school issues, . EAP/ EFAP Approved. Experienced in EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, PACT Couples Therapy, CBT, Attachment Models. CONTACT: bob.rennebohmCSW@gmail. com SEE: www.facebook.com/ bobrsw. Experienced horseman looking for occasional horse board in the Invermere area this summer, plus somebody to possibly orientate him to the good riding trails. craig@neregistries.com. 1-403-200-1019.

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@rockymountainswim lessons.ca. Music Lessons and Sessions email travisboa@gmail.com for a free consultation!

HELP WANTED Peppi’s Pizza is hiring for full and part-time server and kitchen positions for May through to the end of August. Please send your resume to p.fuel@yahoo.ca.

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. Selkirk Cellulars & Office Supplies is hiring! This full-time 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. Ozzie’s Amusements Mini Golf & Go-Karts in Windermere. Great job for students. No experience needed. Starting May long weekend. $14 - $16 per hour. Minimum age 14. No resume needed just call Cris at 250-409-5500.

The Old Salzburg Restaurant is looking for chefs and kitchen help for our upcoming busy summer season. Accommodation provided. $17$20 depending on experience. Drop off your resume at the restaurant or contact Scott at 250-347-6553 to join our fun and dynamic team. 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 immediately. 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. Farside Inn Pub is hiring fulltime experienced line cooks and summer help. Drop off resume at The Farside Inn Pub and Eatery in Fairmont. INTERIORS

Warwick Interiors is currently seeking a


This position is responsible for managing all aspects related to accounting and administration along with year-end preparation for our accountant. Strong working knowledge of computers and their applications including accounting software programs like Quick Books would be a definite asset for this position. Along with this skillset, you are a well-organized and detail oriented team player. Please forward resume by e-mail info@warwick-interiors.com Ph: 250-342-6264 • Fax: 250-342-3546

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ACCOUNTS PAYABLE A full-time accounts payable clerk is required for a high paced property management company, offering a competitive salary and benefits package. The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications: • Previous accounts payable experience would be an asset. • Excellent computer skills; Excel, Word & Outlook. • Detail oriented and highly organized. • Excellent communication skills. • Energetic team player, familiar with working in an office environment. If you wish to work with a company that offers potential for your own growth, please email your resume to LPeppard@ mountaincreek.ca, along with your salary expectations.

Lambert Insurance Agencies We are looking for persons who are Motivated, Flexible - Team Players to become part of our Team. If you are willing to learn and deliver Excellent Customer Service - please come in and apply or send your resume to stacy@lambertinsurance.ca.

Strata Management Assistant Mountain Creek Properties Ltd. requires a full-time Strata Management Assistant to start immediately. We are looking for a team player with excellent administration, management and communication skills, and proficiency in MS Outlook, Excel, and Word. The successful candidate will have the capability and desire to become a licensed Strata Manager. Please email resume, along with salary expectations, to LPeppard@mountaincreek.ca.

Cafe Allium is looking for servers, kitchen staff and a line cook. Experience needed. Opening May. Please email to cafeallium@gmail.com or drop off resume.

The Black Forest is looking for a daytime cleaner. Must be available weekends. Email resume to careers@ blackforestrestaurant.com or call 250-342-9417.

SEASONAL HELP WANTED Room Attendant/Housekeepers - 3 positions Breakfast server 6 am - 7 am start time. Work during the day. Competitive wages Experience not necessary. Please, no phone calls.

Please apply with resume to the Front Desk 8888 Arrow Rd. or email: invermeregm@bcminns.com

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: ADVERTISING SALES PRINT AND DIGITAL The Columbia Valley Pioneer has an immediate opening for an Advertising Sales Consultant for our newspaper and our suite of magazines and digital products. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment. You have a creative streak. You are a community builder. You work well as part of a team of skilled professionals. You enjoy networking, and you are genuinely interested in helping our clients find appropriate marketing opportunities and solutions. A marketing or advertising background is an asset but not a requirement. YOU HAVE: • High energy • Brand awareness • Strong customer service skills • A desire to create long-term relationships • A passion to help others build their business • Adaptability to different client needs • An understanding of goal oriented sales WE OFFER: • Competitive compensation with an incentive component • Company benefits and pension plan • Professional print and digital training Interested applicants should email their resume to:

Amanda Nason, Associate Publisher advertising@columbiavalleypioneer.com N E W S PA P E R

Or drop your resume at our office: Box 868, #8, 1008-8th Avenue Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Sudsy buds David Thompson Secondary School grads held a car wash at the Syndicate Board Shop Saturday, May 11th, to raise money for this year’s Dry Grad. Clockwise from top: Kristen Tamelin, Davis Tenta, and Emily Melnyk do their part to raise funds for this year’s Dry Grad in the bright Saturday sun. Photos by Dauna Ditson

Community Action Program for Children (CAP-C) Coordinator, $20.60/hour and StrongStart Facilitator, $20/hour Until June 27th, 2019 The CAP-C Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operation of the Growing Together family program at Martin Morigeau Elementary School. This position is 9 hrs/week. The StrongStart facilitator will be responsible for the day to day operation of the StrongStart Program at Martin Morigeau Elementary school. This position is 4.5 hours/week. Growing Together and StrongStart are both family programs that focus on healthy early childhood development, family engagement and school readiness for children birth to school age.


✓ Be a qualified ECE with License to Practice or be registered in a recognized ECE program working towards licensing. ✓ Have experience with or an understanding of family-based program delivery. ✓ Driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. ✓ Knowledge of community services in the Windermere Valley. ✓ Personal qualities include excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and to be culturally sensitive, creative and resourceful. ✓ Basic computer skills. Closing date for applications is May 24th, 2019 The position is available immediately. Resumes accepted by email to Sandy Kalesnikoff skalesnikoff@cbal.org

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We’re looking for hardworking, energetic and reliable people just like you!

High Country Properties has been a Vacation Rental Property Management business for over 26 years in the Columbia Valley. We specialize in short term rentals of privately owned condos, town homes, and homes in Fairmont, Invermere, Kimberley, Panorama, Radium, and Windermere.

CASHIERS/CLERKS POSITIONS AVAILABLE No previous experience required Days/Nights/Weekends

We are seeking applicants for the following position:

Best Paints

Apply in person. 471 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C.

PAINT SALES ASSOCIATE Mountain View Suites at Fairmont Hot Springs We are currently looking for individuals to join our team. We believe in working hard, but also in laughter, team spirit and mutual respect. Join the excitement as we start off a brand new year. Current Opportunities

• Room Attendants • Pool Attendants • Maintenance Person We Offer A competitive compensation package Reasonably priced staff housing - fully furnished one-bedroom villa with kitchen, Wi-Fi and Cable. Individual or shared units (just bring your suitcase). Use of the Pool/Hot tub based on availability. Full-time hours 35 to 40 hours per week. For more information visit: www.mountainviewsuites.ca/employment-opportunities

Best Paints is a branch of Warwick Enterprises Ltd. With knowledgeable staff and highest quality products we are a leading supplier of Benjamin Moore paints and Sikkens stains in the Columbia Valley. If you are committed to customer service, passionate about interior design and have a keen eye for color then Best Paints is the place for you. Job Description: • Assist customers in a professional and timely manner • Provide knowledgeable product assistance to customers, assessing their painting needs and advising solutions • Tint, mix and color match paint • Process all sales transactions using QuickBooks POS • To actively participate in all store activities including stocking shelves, pricing, inventory ordering, maintaining displays and keeping store clean and tidy • Energy and ability to multi-task in a busy environment • Ability to work rotating Saturdays and lift up to 40 lb. Qualifications: • An eye for color and a strong interest in interior decorating. Please forward resume to Email: info@warwick-interiors.com or Fax: 250-342-3546

Send resume to: vstackhouse@mountainviewsuites.ca

RESERVATIONS & PROPERTY CARE Are you looking for a summer job? Come join our team earning $15 per hour working in our busy reservations department and on our property care team. Your role with be split between the two departments depending the day. You could be on the phone helping people plan their holidays or you could be out in our properties helping prepare for guest arrivals. Weekend work is required. Please forward your resume to garnet@highcountryproperties.com or drop off at 526 13th Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0


Community Inclusion Support Worker The WDSSS has an exciting opportunity for a Community Inclusion Support Worker in Invermere, B.C. Position involves 9 hours – 1 day each week in order to assist a 22-year-old young man with complex care needs. Successful incumbent will provide support with daily living skills and assist in community inclusion outings. Training and orientation will be provided by the Client’s family. Experience in serving adults with complex care needs would be an asset. Human Service Worker certification is preferred but one year’s related experience or equivalent combination of education/training would be considered. Car and valid driver’s license is essential. The WDSSS values caring and dedicated employees. If this describes you, we welcome your application. Please send resume with cover letter along with two references to: Donna Jefferson, Manager, Mount Nelson Place: WDSSS@shaw.ca FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL Donna at 250-342-3699


Strata Caretaker/Manager We are currently seeking an experienced full-time and parttime Caretaker/ Manager for “The Peaks at Radium” which is comprised of three residential buildings (144 units in total) and one amenities building which includes one pool and two hot tubs. in Radium Hot Springs, B.C. The primary functions of this position will be the cleaning and maintenance of the Buildings, pool, hot tubs and grounds. General Overview: • Ensure all common areas and grounds are maintained in a clean, safe and secure manner. • Be available and point of contact in emergency situations including evenings, weekends and holidays. • Minor repairs and maintenance upkeep. Call in service contractors as required for trade required maintenance (i.e. plumber, electrician). • Monitor residents and/or occupants for compliance with the strata by-laws. • Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: • Previous experience/knowledge in strata, residential or commercial setting will be an asset. • Pool Operator Level 1 Course obtained or willing to obtain it. • Excellent work ethic. • Self-motivated individual who gets satisfaction from a job well done. • Team player. You must be willing to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings if required. Flexible work arrangements may be considered. We thank you in advance for your interest, only qualified personnel who meet the criteria will be contacted. Compensation will be based on experience and qualifications. Please submit your resume to stratacorp@radiumpeaks.com

Skating Club

The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is looking for a qualified and experienced

Skilled people wanted!

Head Coach

for the 2019/2020 skating season.

Columbia Valley FigureSkating Club offers approximately 13-15 hrs of ice per week from September to mid March. Our club consists of approximately 90 skaters and offers programs from Off Ice classes, PreCanskate, CanSkate, PreStar, Star and Competitive skaters. Skaters attend 3 competitions per year, as well as test days and a year end ICE Show production. We are seeking an experienced, organized, enthusiastic, highly motivated professional with a passion for skating who demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with children, parents, fellow coaches and the club executive. The interested Candidate should be a registered Skate Canada Coach at the primary level or higher. Available to teach strong fundamentals to beginning and developing skaters as well as learn to skate to our CanSkaters. The Candidate should be familiar with the new Star 1 - 5 test program, or willing to learn and implement in their teaching with our club programs. Skills and attributes required are: • • • • •

NCCP Level 1 or higher CanSkate Certified & Primary STARSkate Certified In Good standing with Skate Canada Able to teach all levels of dance and skills up to Gold level Excellent communication skills

• •

Offer group and private lessons, morning ice once a week and 3 times a week afternoon/evenings 3:30 pm to 6:45 pm Demonstrated ability to work well with all parents, students, board and other coaches Positive Role Model/Team player


A great place to work • Great team • Family environment • Helping seniors live their best lives


Adrienne Turner, Community Manager aturner@glm.ca (250) 341-3350

Please forward resume with references in confidence to Sioux-Zane Sutherland at cvskaters@gmail.com

There’s a reason they’re called “CLASSY”. Pioneer Classifieds…


Phone: 250-341-6299 • Fax: 1-855-377-0312 • info@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

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Heroic water rescue

Pre-teen saved younger friend at Wasa Lake By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com


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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Summer Students Casual Employees

The District of Invermere is seeking applications for our Casual on call Employee list for the 2019 year in the Public Works Department. To be eligible you must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license. Special consideration will be given to people with previous construction or municipal works experience including Environmental Operators Certification. An air brakes endorsement or a valid class 3 driver’s license would be an asset. Under the supervision of the Public Works Foreman, the casual employee performs a variety of manual labour duties and equipment operations. Work involves the general maintenance of municipal infrastructures including roads and streets, storm drainage, water and sewer systems, parks, cemetery and buildings. The primary tasks considered for this posting involve buildings, parks, roads and utility maintenance and repair and must be willing to come in contact with live sewer. Applicants must possess sound communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of WCB regulations would be an asset. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit. A full job description is available for this position. Applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer District of Invermere PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Fax: 250-342-9281 Email cao@invermere.net

Housing Manager Full-time – Term Position The Akisqnuk First Nation (–akis“nuk) is seeking applications for the position of Housing Manager (Term Position). The employment term for this position concludes on March 31, 2020. The Housing Manager is key to restructuring and transitioning the housing program to the Akisqnuk Housing Society, a non-profit organization. The general responsibility of the Housing Manager is to ensure that the housing needs of Akisqnuk First Nation’s members are effectively administered. This will require support to individuals seeking to build homes, apply for housing and or lots, notification of eligibility for housing opportunities, enforcement of rent and reporting to the Akisqnuk Senior Financial Officer and the Society’s Board of Directors of deficiencies in housing conditions and rent. The successful candidate will possess excellent writing and oral communication skills, have budgeting and report preparation experience, will be able to deal effectively with conflict situations and respond to members’ concerns in a timely and responsible fashion. Coordinating maintenance personnel and third-party contractors is an important component of this position. Knowledge of available housing programs would be an asset, including those provided by Indigenous Services Canada, BC Housing and the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Please send your resume and cover letter by May 24, 2019 to the Senior Financial Officer, Karen Lillejord, klillejord@akisqnuk.org or Akisqnuk First Nation Administration Building.

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You’re on the beach with your youngest child while your older child splashes in the shallow water, floating on an inflatable toucan. He’s following all the water-safety rules you set before you let him into the lake and is accompanied by an older friend. Except for a little wind, it’s a perfect day at the beach. Until all of sudden it’s not. Last year on the May long weekend Cassius Cowles, who was 8 at the time, and Hollis Babich, who was 12, flipped their toucan while they were playing at Wasa Lake, and the wind and waves carried it off. After making sure Cassius was in shallow enough water that he could head back to shore, Hollis turned and went to retrieve their raft. “I tried to get back to shore but the wind blew me right off the side (of the sandbar) ’cause I was right on the very side and I fell into the deep water,” Cassius said. “I was trying to swim out. I was super scared and freaking out.” Too far away to help, his mother Jen said: “Once he realized he couldn’t touch and the fear set in, he just dropped.” “It was the worst feeling in my entire life,” she said. “I thought my kid was going to die. I thought: ‘for sure this is a drowning incident. He’s drowning right now.’ It was really bad.” “Terrified and helpless” Jen and her partner Barrett watched from the shore and tried not to make the situation worse by panicking. They watched Cassius bobbing and flailing and struggling for air, hoping against hope that Hollis would save their son. At first Hollis didn’t know what was happening. “I didn’t quite hear him. I didn’t quite see him at first because he was under. I thought he was on the sandbar or like walked back to his parents. So I just kept swimming after the (floaty) and then I heard him shout ‘help’ again and I looked back and he was just barely above the water so I swam back and helped him.” Hollis said he doesn’t remember how he felt when he saw that Cassius was in trouble. “I wasn’t really thinking much.” Instinctively, he grabbed Cassius out of the deep spot and brought the younger boy to safety. “He just picked me up and then took me to the sandbar... and then I calmed down a little,” Cassius said. “I sprinted all the way across the beach and got mom and dad... I told them that I almost drowned and Hollis saved my life and then I laid on my towel for like half an hour.” In March of 2019 Hollis received a bravery award from the Lifesaving Society and the George A. Brown Memorial award for a courageous rescue by a pre-teen. He received two medals for his courage, one of which he pinned on Cassius’ shirt for a photo as the interview devolved into a riotous game with the boys using their chairs as shields. “I still kind of deny that it was a super big deal. I think I did a good job and I saved him but...I just helped him. Like I helped a friend,” Hollis said. “I hope anyone else would do that.” Jen respectfully disagrees with his modesty. To her and to her boys, humble Hollis is their champion. “Hollis, if you weren’t right there and heard him, he would have drowned. We would have been doing CPR on the beach,” she said.

As the boys returned to their games, Jen said: “I’m really happy that he got an award for it. He deserves more than an award.” As for Cassius, although he was nervous swimming for the rest of the last summer, he is ready to jump in again this year. “I will never give up on going on the diving board at Fairmont,” he said, adding that he wants to try scuba diving some day. Jen said there isn’t much she could have changed about that day besides having Cassius wear a life jacket, which didn’t seem necessary in the shallow water. “Of all the little droppy holes in the whole lake, they found it,” she said. “Of all the spots in that shallow little lake.” Hollis, who thinks he’d like to become a lifeguard, passed along the lessons he learned from the experience. “Keep your eyes on the smaller ones that you know can’t swim super great,” he said. Cassius agreed. “That’s probably the best advice.” Then Hollis continued: “If something’s happening, it’s a lot more important than a floaty. You can always get another one.” Tips from the Lifesaving Society According to the Lifesaving Society, in Canada drowning is the second-highest cause of preventable deaths of those under 10 years old. Drowning prevention tips from the Lifesaving Society include: learning to swim; aways swimming with a buddy; putting lifejackets on toddlers and keeping them within arms’ reach; setting rules that children must follow to be allowed to swim; and taking lifesaving and firstaid training. For the society’s detailed recommendations, visit: www.lifesaving.bc.ca/watersmart-tips.

Hollis Babich and Cassius Cowles wore the medals Hollis received for saving Cassius. Photo by Dauna Ditson

May 16, 2019

Summer swimming safety

By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com Karen Fahrni, head coach with the Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club, knows so much about the potential for water danger that “it makes sitting at the beach unrelaxing.” With 18 years as a swim coach and experience as lifeguard, she has managed “plenty of rescues” at the lake, in pools and wherever she goes to enjoy the water. “We live in a lake community,” she said. “We’re always on bodies of water so I think it’s important for everyone to learn water safety.” She recommends that when families go to the beach they make sure to keep small children within arms’ reach, that no one swims without a buddy, that everyone wears lifejackets when they’re on a boat and that swimmers be mindful of weather conditions, including wind, currents, brewing storms and water temperature. Swimming lessons and lifeguard training are also wise investments. The non-profit swim club works with 450 swimmers a year and operates out of the Radium Hot Springs pool. During the spring they hold discounted lessons for elementary schools across the Valley to bring students out.

Over the summer, the Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club will provide lessons for pre-schoolers to teenagers and offer lifeguard training for those aged twelve and up. The club also offers leadership training and a yearround learn-to-swim program. “I would encourage teenagers to get the proper training and be water smart,” she said. “Really (lifeguard training) is no different than getting your CPR or First Aid training.” And that training can also help teenagers land their first jobs, she said, adding that many of the Valley’s lifeguards came through the club’s program. Summer bookings are starting to fill up, so she encourages families to register now by visiting www.columbiavalleyswim.com. Over nearly two decades as a coach, Coach Farhni has watched many reluctant young Otters who didn’t want to put their faces in the water grow into phenomenal swimmers, some of whom she coached at the provincial level. Coach Fahrni feels lucky to watch the transformation as new swimmers gain confidence and find that they can indeed making it all the way across the pool and beat their best times. “I love the kids. I love seeing their successes,” she said.

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Lilly, 1, explored the water at Kinsmen Beach. Photo by Dauna Ditson

Rocky Mountain Swim Lessons Submitted by Pam Valk

Young Otters learn to swim including (clockwise from top) Max, Nima, Juliette, Izzy, and Promise. The Otters club moved to Copper Point Resort while Radium Hot Springs pools were closed for spring maintenance. Head coach Karen Fahrni says it is a very generous gesture for Copper Point to open their pool for the young athletes, and the club is grateful for the opportunity provided by the resort. Photos by Lorene Keitch

Rocky Mountain Swim Lessons Inc (RMSL) started up last summer at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (FHSR). This will be our second year. Our instructors have taught at FHSR for years and actually spent their summers as children taking lessons beginning in 2005. RMSL offers private, semiprivate and group lessons for any age and ability. We have taught every age from infants just learning to love the water as well as seniors looking to improve or adjust their swimming strokes. RMSL uses the Red Cross Swim program for infants to level 10. We also offer Lifesaving Society Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. We are super excited this year to be offering Introduction to Diving as a private or semi-private lesson. We will begin offering lessons May 20th and continue until the end of August. Lessons in May and June are mostly private or semi private lessons in early evening. In July and August we teach between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. RMSL is very fortunate to operate in the beautiful pools of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The pool staff have been amazing to work with and has enabled us to offer great programming to residents and visitors in the area. We are very excited to see the renovations this spring. Registration is currently open! If anyone is interested in registering, please send an email to info@rockymountainswimlessons.ca with the week(s) they would like, their child’s name and age, and the last level they passed. We generate a schedule for each week based on the people who have registered for that week. RMSL instructors love teaching and have an amazing way with kids. They remember what made lessons fun for them and try their best to deliver the lessons that way to their “kids.” I must confess that I am the instructor’s mom and very proud of them and their achievements. To see them come full circle as babies learning to swim all the way to opening their own business and teaching is amazing.

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Travel 2019 with Send your travel photos into the Pioneer with a picture of yourselves holding a copy of the newspaper for a chance to win a prize. At the end of the year, we will draw the lucky winner for a $500- travel gift certificate, generously donated by Travel World. In addition, if the winner booked that vacation with Travel World they will receive an additional $500 travel gift certificate making it $1,000 towards their next travel adventure. Submit your Pioneer travel contest photo to info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.

Pioneer readers travel the world with their trusty source of local news in their hands. Clockwise from top left: Bob Hahn and John Pitcher at Glover’s Reef Atoll in Belize; Chabot family; Bradshaw and McKersie; Windermere Valley Winers Golf Group at Shadow Hills, Indio, CA; Mary Caldwell, Bev Maye and Dolores Neilson escaped to San Diego for a golf getaway; Darryl Stettler and daughter; Bob and Sharlene Scofield in Maui; and Gary and Linda Richardson of Canal Flats in Cayo Coco Cuba. Centre: Fern Ogelstone and family.

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Studying the source of Columbia Lake

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Submitted by the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society

Soon enough, the spring run off will begin and the shoreline of Columbia Lake will disappear. But this surge of run-off is temporary, and you may be surprised to learn what actually helps keep Columbia Lake flowing for the remainder of the year. In September 2018, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) member, Ed Gillmor, a former professional hydrogeologist now living in Columere Park, completed a report describing the groundwater flow in the vicinity of Canal Flats. The report’s two main objectives were to estimate the amount of groundwater entering Columbia Lake, and to determine the hydraulic gradient between Columbia Lake and the Kootenay River. “Groundwater provides a steady year round source of water to maintain a healthy water temperature, to maintain lake levels, and to help mitigate effects of lake evaporation rates in summer,” says Mr. Gillmor. The study confirmed local knowledge: that water flows underground from the Kootenay River and recharges Columbia Lake. CLSS’s study used daily historical water levels measured on the Kootenay River and Columbia Lake (at the same time) to calculate the hydraulic gradient. A hydraulic gradient is the slope of a water table, and it helps to tell how quickly water will flow between two points. A consistent 6 to 7 m elevation difference between the river (higher) and lake confirms that, year round, groundwater flow is towards Columbia Lake. The most challenging part of the study, says Mr. Gillmor, was trying to validate the amount of groundwater entering Columbia Lake. For groundwater to pass from the river to the lake, it must flow through an aquifer. An aquifer is an underground body of permeable rock-- such as limestone, sandstone, and gravel-- that can hold and transmit groundwater. In this case, the aquifer beneath Canal Flats is made of shallow unconsolidated sand and gravel. Using the hydraulic gradient and the area of the aquifer underneath Canal Flats (known as Aquifer 816), groundwater is estimated to provide approximately 42 million cubic metres of water annually to the lake in the vicinity of Canal Flats. To put this in context, this volume is more than 1/2 of Columbia Lake’s 74.5 million cubic metres volume. And, on an annual basis, groundwater is roughly 20% of the total annual flow measured in the Columbia River at FHS bridge on Hwy 93/95 . The groundwater entering Columbia Lake helps to maintain the lake’s water level throughout the year, provides cooling water to the lake, and helps maintain Columbia Lake’s pristine water quality. In the end, the study took about two years to complete. Two years, however, is just a small fraction of the time that Mr. Gillmor has been in his line of work. As to why he became a professional hydrogeologist, Mr. Gillmor says “I just liked playing in water when I was a kid, I guess.” The CLSS report suggests that groundwater plays an essential role in the health of Columbia Lake. To read the full report, please visit http://columbialakess.com/reports/

PADDLE PLAY - Attendees got to try out different paddle-powered vehicles, do SUP yoga, learn how to rescue an overturned canoe, get their faces painted (pictured is Mila), and compete in various paddle-themed races throughout the day during the second annual Paddlepalooza, hosted by Columbia River Paddle, at Kinsmen Beach Saturday, May 11th. Photos by Dauna Ditson

Man set to climb elevation of Everest in one day to raise school lunch funds By Lorene Keitch Lorene@columbiavalleypioneer.com 29,029 feet. 4,800 summits. And an average cost to climb Mt. Everest? $45,000. The cost to feed students in two districts for an entire school year? $18,000. Michael Meinig is training to run / hike the elevation of Mount Everest in one day, on Banff’s Sulphur Mountain. His goal is to raise funds for meal programs in School Districts 5 and 6. The meal programs provide breakfast and lunch to students who may not have a consistent meal at home, as well as to teach students about cooking and eating nutritious meals. “The idea behind these programs is to help children learn rather than worry about hunger,” says Mr. Meinig. There are no hard numbers for how many students the meal program benefits, especially as the program is open to everyone to reduce the stigma for those who may need a meal. “The schools’ meal programs are needed a lot more than people may realize,” he adds. Mr. Meinig says the District allocates about $18,000 towards meals and snacks to all the public schools. Schools can apply for product and funding from the BC

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Fresh Fruit and Veggies Program, the BC Dairy Foundation, Breakfast Club of Canada, Breakfast for Learning, the Retired Teachers Associations and a few more. Mr. Meinig works in Cranbrook for School District #5, but lives in Kimberley where his children go to school in School Distrrict #6, hence the decision to raise funds for programs in both districts. To commemorate turning 55 this year, Mr. Meinig wanted a new challenge. He had heard of people cycling the elevation of Mt. Everest in one day and began his own training regime. A better runner than biker, he switched to a hike / run fundraiser and has been training for the past two and a half years. He runs and hikes Kimberley’s ski hill for training, but will be doing the race day on Sulphur Mountain as they have the longest open time and their gondola will be available during the day. His idea is to take the gondola down during Sulphur Mountain’s operating hours – “to save my knees” quips the aging athlete. Starting around 4 a.m. Saturday, June 15th, Mr. Meinig estimates the challenge will take him about 18 hours to complete, with about 13 or 14 climbs and hopefully five or six descents. For more information or to donate, visit www.everestkootenay.com.


Sunday, May 19th, 10 am – 12 pm Valley’s Edge Resort, Edgewater $329,000 Great vacation property. Pool, Rec Center, tennis. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, plus full basement.

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New CAO at Fairmont New ownership of Hot Springs Resort Radium Golf Group

Conference Centre in British Columbia, where he served as General Manager and led the company through extensive upgrades and Fairmont Hot Springs Reits transition to an independent sort is pleased to announce Vivek hotel. Prior to Sun Peaks, Sharma Sharma as its new CEO. With served in leadership positions at more than 25 years of global and SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, Fox national experience managing Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, Sandals hotels, resorts and corporate opResorts, Hilton Hotels, and a varierational teams of international ety of international hotels, includhospitality brands, Sharma is ing the Oberoi Group. perfectly suited for his new role. Vivek Sharma, CEO “The Board is excited to have Sharma succeeds interim CEO Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Tom Tittel, who provided valuVivek as the Resort’s new permanent CEO,” says Dave Bessey, able leadership throughout the Resort’s search for a permanent CEO over the Chair of the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Board of Directors. “As a strategic hotelier with global past year. “Vivek has a wealth of experience managing exposure, Vivek is perfectly suited to step into major resorts and hotels from around the world,” this leadership position.” Sharma’s strengths in developing and imsays Tittel. “I am confident in his ability to guide Fairmont Hot Springs Resort through its con- plementing the highest levels of quality guest tinued renovations and deliver the best Rocky services will be leveraged to create guest-focused Mountain experience for guests.” initiatives and highlight the Resort’s distinctive Sharma comes to Fairmont Hot Springs Re- property and offerings as ongoing upgrades are sort most recently from Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & continued in 2019. Submitted by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

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.

Submitted by Radium Resort Limited

Effective May 1st, 2019, Radium Resort Limited Partnership consisting of The Radium Golf Course, The Springs Golf Course and surrounding lands have been purchased by Eaglequest Golf Centres Inc. based in Vancouver, BC. Eaglequest is owned by Calgary based entrepreneur, Nawaz Hirji who together with his son, Nafeez Hirji, own various real estate assets across Canada, focusing heavily in hospitality and entertainment. The Eaglequest business was purchased in 2003 by Nawaz and now owns 8 golf facilities spanning the country, from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. The Hirji’s bring their extensive hospitality experience to the golf industry by striving to provide exemplary experiences and service levels that reflect the spirit of the

communities they are based in. “We are thrilled to add the stunning courses of Radium Golf Group to our family of facilities nationwide. We want to carry on the long established brand in the Valley and continue to provide our members and guests the best possible experiences.” stated Nawaz Hirji. Eaglequest Golf and the facilities live by four core values: 1. To provide the most enjoyable experience to our guests. 2. To be a great employer. 3. To be a positive influence in the communities where we live. And finally, #4 which is to have fun doing one, two and three. The Hirji’s are extremely excited to be part of the Columbia Valley and look forward to actively engaging with the community. Exciting times await for The Radium Golf Group, our members and our guests.



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.

May 16, 2019


What to do when troubles overwhelm you By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Church James 1:2-4 from the NKJV tells us: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have  its  perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” If you stopped there it would sound like the impossible dream, but James goes on to verse 5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” In other words, when troubles come our way, and they will, we are to ask God for His wisdom on how to handle them. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the over whelming convic-

tion that I had nowhere else to go. My wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.” Are troubles overwhelming you? Do you have a problem which seems to have no answer? Proverbs 3:58: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.” And in Jeremiah 29:11-13: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Everybody experiences troubles, disappointments, setbacks, and heartache. God is bigger then our biggest problem, He can take us from were we are today and lead us into His path, His plan of blessing. God can take what ever mess we have made of our life and turn those messes into a life with a hope and a future. Jesus tells us in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

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LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, May 19th, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service and “K.I.D.S.” Church 326 - 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

Cool careers Students at David Thompson Secondary School learned about different career opportunities during the Career Fair Wednesday, May 8th. Students got to meet more than 30 professionals, including those in the medical field (at right and above) and in the social sciences (bottom). Photos by Lorene Keitch

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

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Rick Daniels • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-421-3756


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday, May 27th at 7:30 pm SUPPORT Lions Club Hall, Hwy 93/95 ROCKIES All interested parties are invited to attend. HOCKEY! Come out and be a part of the future!

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IN THE BEAUTIFUL COLUMBIA VALLEY Serving Spillimacheen, Brisco, Radium, Edgewater, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats

A HANDFUL OF FUN – Ella, 4, tossed sand like confetti while celebrating a warm spring day at Kinsmen Beach. There’s an overflowing handful of fun anywhere you look in the Columbia Valley. From a multitude of lakes and beaches to a plethora of the shopping, dining and adventure opportunities, you’ll wish you had a bigger hands to hold it all. In this Play N Stay, you’ll see a list of some of the Valley’s favourite upcoming summer events, a photographic journey through Wings Over The Rockies, and even the scoop on vacation or full home sale options so you can enjoy the Valley lifestyle for yourself. Photo by Dauna Ditson




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Splendid summer awaits The Columbia Valley is packed with fun all summer long, with a smorgasbord of sporting events and music festivals, a bull-riding bonanza, fireworks, whitewater and much more. See below for a listing of can’tmiss events. May 25th Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run at Nipika Mountain Resort. Visit www. nipika.com/events.

7500 Pine Cone Lane Radium Hot Springs Nothing can prepare you for the experience of seeing this log home masterpiece! This wonderful home has one of the most spectacular designs you will ever see! Every inch of this home was meticulously planned to fit seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Gorgeous floors and wood burn rock faced fireplace on the main floor and a master suite that will not disappoint! With a walk-in closet and a spa-like en suite. 3 bedroom rooms, one with a jack and jill bathroom and one with a private en-suite. Fully developed basement is finished as the perfect rec room with full bar and a 2nd wood burning fireplace. Toys? Storage is a breeze in the heated and insulated 1,200 sq. ft. garage. World class golf and the world renowned Radium Hot Springs are just a short distance away. Come view this rare beauty that is priced well below the replacement cost. MLS#:2433870

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May 26th Kootenay Krusher Mountain Bike Race at Nipika Mountain Resort. Visit www.nipika.com/events. May 27th – June 2nd Canal Days in the Village of Canal Flats. Annual multi-day celebration. Visit www.canalflats.ca. June 14th - 15th 6th Annual East Kootenay Beer Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Visit www.fairmonthotsprings. com/event. June 15th – 16th Brits Best Classic Car Show in Radium. Visit www.radiumhotsprings.com. June 28th – August 30th Music & Market on Main every Friday. Market 4 to 9 p.m. Music 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.radiumhotpsrings.com/event.

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June 30th Kinsmen Club Canada Day fireworks start at 12:01 a.m. on July 1st. Best view at north end of Lake Windermere.

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July 5th – 7th Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. Outdoor festival in Edgewater. Visit www.steamboatmtnmusicfest. ca. Featuring Parsons Jazz Collaborative, The Usual Suspects, N.O.W., Fraid Knot, Camie Leard Band, The Lovebullies, A-muse Troupe, and The Chisel Peak Blues Band.

August 4th Art in the Park in Pothole Park in Invermere. Visit www.thecolumbiavalley.ca.

July 6th Mountain al Fresco. Flash-mob style dining event. Visit mountainalfresco.com. July 14th Heart of the Rockies Triathlon. All events on one day this year. Visit www.heartoftherockiestri.ca. July 19th 21st Annual Bull Riding in the Rockies. World professional bullriders in downtown Invermere. Visit www.thecolumbiavalley.ca.

August 10th 24th Annual Loop the Lake. A running race event for the whole community. Visit www.loopthelake. bc.ca. Lakeside Event at James Chabot Beach. Canada’s longest running light aviation event. Visit www. lakesideevent.com. August 16th – 17th Invermere MusicFest. Waterfront Music Festival in an outdoor lakeside venue. Visit www.invermeremusicfest.com. Featuring Alex Cuba, Delhi 2 Dublin, Shred Kelly, Big Little Lions, Garifuna Collective, Danny Michel, Steve Brockley and Marble Canyon.

July 20th Valley Appreciation Day in downtown Invermere. Free fun for the whole family! Visit www.thecolumbiavalley.ca. July 26th – 28th 4th annual Toby Creek race. Whitewater paddling event. Visit www.adventurepaddleschool. com. July 28th Lake Wind-

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Your resort home awaits at Bighorn

Sponsored content by Bighorn Meadows Resort A growing trend in the market for second-home ownership is the desire to reside in what feels like a home rather than a hotel room. Many people now look for ground level access, deck space, and the ability to interact with nearby neighbours when deciding on what style of vacation residence they wish to invest in. Yet despite wanting what feels like a home away from home, there is still a strong desire among second-home buyers to minimize the amount of work required to maintain a more traditional style home. The Residences at Bighorn Meadows Resort offer a fantastic blend between a home and a resort environment. “With the Residences at Bighorn, anything that can happen in a resort environment, you can also have in a residential environment,” said developer Randy Trapp, president of Bighorn Meadows Resort Ltd. “If you want maid/concierge service or package activity booking, all of this can be done on site even if one were to use their townhouse as a full-time residence.” Bighorn Meadows Resort is now selling the next five units in phase 12 of the 17-phase fully managed resort community where a total of 44 new residences will complete the development. Privately located between the 9th and 10th holes on The Springs Golf Course in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, the mountain contemporary-style, two-bedroom, two-bath townhomes are being sold as full ownership. “The Columbia Valley offers a longer golf and summer season than other Rocky Mountain tourist towns, yet there is still access to skiing. Nearby, we also have one of the best recreational lakes in the interior, Lake Windermere, with water-skiing, fishing, kayaking — all within 15 minutes of your door,” Mr. Trapp said. While on vacation, if you’re planning to maximize your time by exploring the world-renowned Columbia Valley wetlands, or one of the valley’s many fantastic golf courses, the last thing you will want to worry about is mowing your front lawn. Furthermore, each townhouse at The Residences was designed to allow people to make the most of their time together. “Comfort, convenience, open and inviting best describe floor plans of our properties,” Mr. Trapp noted. “The kitchen/dining area is open to the living room that flows seamlessly onto your covered patio. It provides a free-flowing space without the usual

Kitchens feature an open concept design with modern fixtures and plenty of gathering space for friends and family. Submitted photo optical impedance and barriers that separate these areas for gathering.” “Time with friends and family should be about enjoying each other’s company and spaces like these allow you to make the most of your time together,” he added. Amenities at Bighorn Meadows include an outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs, fitness facility, meeting room/owner’s lounge, playground, landscaped walking paths and a Welcome Centre with concierge service. The first 11 phases in the community are sold out and the 12th is ready for occupancy, with pricing starting in the low $300s. At this price point, Mr. Trapp believes there is no better value to be had for the buyer.




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A blue heron grabs a fishy treat at Dorothy Lake, unaware of the fuss around him as the 23rd annual Wings over the Rockies took place in the Columbia Valley May 6-12th. Amongst the flurry of activities was a morning exploration with Laval St. Germain (wearing sunglasses) and local bird enthusiast Cam Gillies in Fairmont Hot Springs Saturday, May 11th. On Wednesday, May 8th, Kathleen Mpulubusi (at right) and Janis Kelman take part in Explore and Soar with Valley Zipline Adventures. Binnoculars, telescopes and zoom lenses were trained on the skies all week in search of the bevy of local birds in the Columbia Valley (at left). Photos by Dauna Ditson

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Artists from Sonshine Children’s Centre posed with their creations during a field trip to the Lil Peeps Art Show at Pynelogs Art Gallery. The show, which features work from the Valley’s toddlers and pre-schoolers, will run until Saturday, May 18th. Photos by Dauna Ditson

The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council led a morning workshop and tree-planting along the banks of Sinclair Creek in Radium Friday, May 10th. Helping to restore the native vegetation at the event included (above row of photos from left) Arnd Salinksi, Marina Krainer, and Jessie Paloposki. Photos by Lorene Keitch

Andrea Petzold introduced a full class to the wildflowers of the Purcell and Rocky mountains during Petal to the Metal, held Thursday, May 9th. Photos by Katie Watt

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Winging it Above: Laval St. Germain, internationally celebrated explorer and keynote speaker shared tales of high adventure (employing, on occasion, a loin cloth for UV protection) and how he mined the character-building and healing benefits of risk taking and self discovery at the 23rd annual Wings Over the Rockies gala. Held at at Copper Point Resort in Invermere, the evening featured both live and silent auctions of donated goods and services to raise funds for next year’s festival. Photos by Pat Morrow Above right: Students from Martin Morigeau Elementary School led a walk along the Columbia River headwaters trail near Canal Flats. Photo by Alyssan Gauthier Left: A historical tour of Taynton Bay by voyager canoe. Columbia River Paddle facilitated this and many other Wings events throughout the week. Photo by Columbia River Paddle Right: In her WOTR event, “Exploring Our Inner Nature”, atop the glacial til benches of the Columbia Valley Wetlands, Natalie Forrest shared some of the basics of Applied Eco-Psychology that she uses to connect with nature. Natalie is the creator of Nature Connect Yoga, and author of the brand new book: Yoga With Nature. Photo by Pat Morrow

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2nd floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath “Vista” condo in the 2000 building facing west with great views of the Rocky Mountains and a glimpse of Lake Windermere! Underground parking space. Only a 1/2 block from Lake Windermere and James Chabot beach, the property also features a swimming pool, two hot tubs, fitness facility and hospitality room in the amenities building. Prices have never been better and LWP has a proven track record of being one of the best places in the valley to own an investment property! MLS#:2432971


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Limited-edition Bear – Smiling giclée available at Artym Gallery

Artym Gallery, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Columbia Valley Cycling Society. “Bears are fascinating creatures and “I get a lot of love, especially from they scare the crap out of me,” said art- British Columbia and Alberta,” said Mr. ist Brian Porter. “A lot of people always Porter, who lives in Ontario but enjoys say, ‘your bears look so intense.’ Well to visiting the Valley. “People like the wildlife me they’re a no-joke animal... I find them and my spin on it.” intriguing because In years past, I know how powthe Artym Gal2019 COLUMBIA VALLEY erful they are. Like lery has donated they’re fast and well over $50,000 they’re strong.” in proceeds from Growing up, prints of the Map Mr. Porter saw bears Book cover image at the landfill and to the following was struck with an community orenduring awe that is ganizations and apparent in his vivid initiatives: Valley colours and reverent Fitness Centre, the portraits of the creaMarkin-MacPhail tures. He also paints Westside Legacy owls, wolves, moose Trail, the Rotaand more. ry Club of Inver“What better mere, the Columway to promote bia Valley Centre, what’s beautiful Columbia Valley about our planet Greenways Trail than to paint it,” he Alliance, Invermere said. “I mean with Companion Aniall these buildings mal Network, East going up everywhere, I think it’s import- Kootenay Foundation For Health, Coant that people not forget about nature.” lumbia Valley Search and Rescue and the Mr. Porter’s Bear – Smiling image Invermere Public Library. is on the cover of this year’s Columbia To see the Map Book print and Mr. Valley Map Book. A limited print run of Porter’s original paintings, stop in at the high-quality canvas prints (called giclées) Artym Gallery or visit www.artymgallery. of the cover artwork are available at the com. By Dauna Ditson reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com




Doug Clovechok, MLA Wants to hear from you Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 By appointment 11 am to 2 pm Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (Boardroom) 651 Hwy 93/95, Invermere

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Bavin Glassworks reopens


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Your own personal Man Cave ~ Coming Soon! BUILDING 1 – MOVE IN NOW! BUSINESS – Light Industrial Zoning – I-1 • Construction trades • Warehousing and manufacturing • Commercial space and storage • Business base camp

It’s been six months since we closed our doors back in October 2018. It’s hard to believe the time has flown by so fast! Over the last couple of months, Ryan has been working on re-envisioning Bavin Glassworks. He was successful in securing the studio space of the existing business and has been renovating and reorganizing the space to make it a working studio. Although the space is only half the size of what the business used to be, it will still be very functional along with a small gallery to show and sell his glass and photography. The studio will be open to the public again for May long weekend with an opening event and studio sale to celebrate a new beginning! Many of you already know Shawna, who will continue to be the studio manager, and will show her amazing porcelain work as well. Pat will be showing his paintings of course, which are always evolving and continue to reflect his inspiration with mountain culture, forest healing, spirituality, and colour theory. In March, Pat joined his youngest son Marc on a business trip to Japan. While

Marc was working, Pat was exploring the country, particularly the practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or Forest Therapy. Pat has been working as a practitioner of Forest Therapy for a while now, and will be offering guided workshops throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. If you are interested in Forest Therapy, feel free to contact him by email; pat@bavinglass.com or by phone; 250-342-6819, or check out the info on our website; bavinglass.com Ryan is very excited to get back into the studio and start work on new ideas in glass. The studio will continue to be a hub of creativity into the future. Whether it’s glass, photography, paintings, ceramics, or jewelry, there will be an abundance of work shown with opportunities to see artists at work as well. Be sure to drop in to check out what we are up to! We will be open Thursdays through Sundays to start out, as well as the holiday Monday for the May long weekend. We are located on the south side of our old location, so you will need to walk around the building to access the studio/gallery, at 4884 Athalmer Hwy. If you have any questions email info@ bavinglass.com or call 250-342-5902.

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