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To help connect businesses with visiting athletes, the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce will hand out coupons at the accreditation booth at the Castlegar Recreation Centre during the games. “The accreditation process, which is where the athletes come to register, will be held at the rec centre. So 3,200 athletes have to go through

there and pick up their accreditation bags and then from there distribute themselves throughout the region to their games, wherever they are being held,� said Pam McLeod, executive director of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce. “With that, there will be a community village that will be hosted [at the Castlegar Rec Centre] on the 15th and 16th.�

The next step, said McLeod, was to approach the business community in the tri-cities area and say, ‘we want to be here and open for business for everybody. Let’s dovetail this with the shop local campaign and let’s get your word out there and your coupons out there if that’s what you want to do.

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Jean Buchanan

For Jean, born in Calgary in 1920, swimming has always been a joy.

The oldest female swimmer registered for the 2011 Senior Games is young at ninetyone!

The Senior Games competition is a yearly activity Jean looks forward to since being invited by an old friend and fellow swimming instructor to watch the Games in Coquitlam in 1991.

Jean Buchanan went from a dog-paddler as a toddler at Kitsilano beach in Vancouver to a life-long swimmer at the Senior Games.

Jean missed the Games in 2009 as she recovered from a broken hip. h She contributes her good physical fitness g gained through swimg ming for assisting her m rapid and complete rera covery. At 91, she walks co without a cane for about w three th miles on the days when she doesn’t swim. w Also, from June until A October she conducts O swim-exercise classes sw

three mornings a week in the outdoor pool of her apartment complex in Langley. “We had the class in the pouring rain today,” Jean adds with a hearty laugh.

gan her thrice-weekly swim practices and the next year she became a competitor way up north in Dawson Creek. Now she is coming to the Kootenays.

Jean spent her childhood swimming at Kits beach. Between the ages of ten -twelve, she trained with the famous Canadian coach, Percy Norman, with the Vancouver swimming club. She discovered that training and competition was not for her. “I preferred to have fun in the water to training,” she admits.

In the 90+-age-group, she will compete in the 50m and 100m backstroke, plus the freestyle events: 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m. Jean has fond memories of the Kootenays. “My husband was posted to the Royal Bank in Nelson before we were married and we were engaged in Gyro Park,” she confides. “He always accompanied me to the Games.” Sadly, her husband passed away four years ago, shortly after they celebrated their 65th Anniversary.

Jean went through the Red Cross Water Safety program earning her instructor’s qualification. She taught with the Vancouver Parks Board and for the Vancouver School District. Also, she was responsible for the Girl Guide camp waterfront for many years.

What do the Games mean to Jean? She responds, “It is the joy of being active and the wonderful friends I have met which makes the Games special for me.”

Jean did not return to competitive swimming until the fateful invitation to watch. She be-

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News Callous message left on memorial JIM SINCLAIR Castlegar News Editor

Keeping a proud tally Cyndel Miller (left), student assistant, and Ann Damude, operations manager, from the B.C. Senior Games office at the Castlegar Airport, show off their wall of fame, which features news clippings from local papers talking about the athletes and the events of the Craig Lindsay photos upcoming games.

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Promote yourself within the community so the seniors are aware of all the amenities we have to offer on the shopping and retail end and the tourist end of attractions and recreations we have to offer outside of the games.” It’s important to leave the athletes and their families with a positive experience that will bring them back to this area, said McLeod. “The folks are going to come in and participate in the games. Some are going to come a little early, and some will stay a little to see what we have to offer but when they go to leave, we want them to have had such an amazing experience and to have witnessed what we have here that they’re going to want to

come back and vacation and travel through this area,” said McLeod. “It’s really important that we promote this in a very positive, festive manner and have a good time with it.” The number of businesses taking part in the campaign is steadily increasing as the games approach. “The response is really picking up as we speak. It’s now on people’s radar. We’ve been putting out newsletters and extending the information to the membership for quite some time. Now everybody is acting on it because now August has hit and it’s time to become active and involved,” said McLeod. Businesses wishing to be included in the coupon accreditation program can contact the Chamber of Commerce at 250-365-6313.

It’s a form of malice that would shock anyone in Johanna Slotboom’s situation. When visiting the grave of her common law husband, Gaetano Gemma on August 5, the Castlegar resident found the headstone desecrated by what appeared to be roof patching tar. The tandem memorial, with her own name on the right side, had the tar obscuring Mr. Gemma’s name. Feeling devastated, Ms. Slotboom came to the Castlegar News office to share her outrage and disgust. “I don’t know how anyone can do that,” sobbed the woman whose 87th birthday is only a couple of weeks away. “Somebody doing that, doing that much damage...” Ms. Slotboom said she had not yet contacted police and expressed doubt over how effective it would have been to do so. She did wonder aloud how often the city cemetery is checked at night. Another adjoining grave site had been disturbed as well, having its flowers strewn about in a haphazard fashion. “I paid $2,000 for that gravestone,” she sighed. “It’s all wrecked up.” Mr. Gemma passed away on December 5, 2010 and Ms. Slotboom has been a frequent visitor to his burial site ever since. “I don’t think anyone from the city even goes up there,” she said of the civic facility in the 2300 block of 14th Avenue. Police had been contacted for comment on the matter, but had not responded as of

Johanna Slotboom, who lost here common law spouse last December, surveys a defaced headstone at the Castlegar Park Cemetery on August 5. Jim Sinclair photo

press time. City Councillor Gord Turner was asked about the facility and whether this type of act happens very often. “Not a common occurrence at all,” he replied, “rare, in fact.” The City of Castlegar Di-

Apologies to Castlegar News readers

With this being the third issue to be published since I took over from Robson Fletcher as editor. I can tell you every effort is being made to make up for some messy layout, misspellings, and incorrect information in the August 4 edition – specifically on the front page. Also, in the front page photo from the July 28 edition, the photo was by me, not Robson Fletcher as noted. My regrets for these slip-ups. Your ongoing readership is appreciated. JS ®

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Take for example a couple of snow bird vacationers. While on a visit to Arizona, a man suffered a heart attack, was admitted to hospital, and was evacuated by air back to Canada the following day. His wife went with him and a drive-away company was hired to bring their RV back home. The total out-of-pocket cost was $47,868 of which their provincial medical plan paid only $400. Visit the MSP website for details on what they will cover for out of province care—you may be shocked. Not only are out of country emergencies costly but MSP limits coverage once you leave BC whether it is a trip within Canada or abroad. It’s not just your health that you should insure while travelling. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for nonrefundable pre-paid travel arrangements and baggage insurance will cover the cost of clothes, toiletries, and other necessities you may have lost. Of course, as with all policies, there are conditions and exclusions. It is important to review these conditions and exclusions with an Insurance Broker. When shopping for a Travel Medical product the bottom line should not be the price, the bottom line should be - you are covered. Your assets are important and nobody wants to incur debt unnecessarily. So take the precautions to protect yourself and your family!

Gaming Grant Review Committee will visit Castlegar next week British Columbia’s Community Gaming Grant Review will hold a community forum Monday, Aug. 15 at the Sandman Hotel in Castlegar. Skip Triplett, appointed last month by Premier Christy Clark to lead the independent review, is examining the role of government in allocating gaming revenue with input from charities, non-profits, community members, local government and others who would like to participate. The Terms of Reference include reviewing and providing options for: • Existing legislation governing community gaming grant funding. • Funding formula. • Criteria/eligibility for community gaming grants. • Processes involved with applying for and receiving community gaming grants. • A multi-year funding model. • The future role of government in community gaming grants. The Castlegar forum, which is open to all, will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Sandman, 1944 Columbia Ave.

To reserve a speaking time, groups or individuals wishing to make an oral presentation at the forum must register online at: Those simply wishing to attend are also encouraged to register online. Submissions to the review are also being accepted by email, FAX, or mail. Triplett’s final report is due to government by Monday, Oct. 31. Quick Facts: • Community Gaming Grants currently help support the delivery of programs and services in the following sectors: – Human and social services. – Public safety. – Youth arts and culture. – Fairs, festivals and museums. – Parent advisory councils. – Sports for youth and people with disabilities. • Gaming generates more than $1 billion in revenue per year for the B.C. government. • In 2010-11, $135 million in Community Gaming Grants - a 12.5 per cent

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff cut the ribbon on July 26, marking the start of Castlegar’s casino-style gaming era.

increase over the previous year - was distributed to approximately 6,000 nonprofit and charitable organizations in B.C. • Community Gaming Grant Review forums are being held in the North, Interior, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in August and September. Find out more about the review, including the time and location of all community forums, as well as reg-

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CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

One of the benefits of having a wet July was a reduction in the number of forest fires in the Southeast Fire Centre (SEFC). The Arrow section of the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes Castlegar, has had only three fires reported in 2011, none of which has been in the Castlegar area. All of those have been under one hectare in size. Two were caused by lightning and one was caused by a power line. For the whole Southeast zone, there has been a total of 37 fires of which 25 were person-caused and 12 were caused by lightning. The fires have burned a total of 25 hectares. By comparison, last year there were 117 fires in the Southeast Fire Centre, 39 of which were person-caused and 78 that were lightningcaused. “It’s good news. I did some comparisons with other years; we haven’t seen the starts due to lightning. We’ve had below normal temperatures for the past couple of months and that’s helped to put a damper on any fire and lightning strikes that may have turned into starts,” said Karlie Shaughnessey, fire information officer for the Southeast Fire Centre. “I believe we’ve had normal amounts of precipitation but cooler than normal temperatures.” Due to the slow start to the fire season, a total of 68 individual SEFC officers, support staff, dispatchers, and crewpersons are presently deployed out of province to assist with fires in Ontario. This deployment, coupled with

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earlier deployments to Alberta and Alaska, has provided 80 per cent of the Southeast Fire Centre staff with out of province opportunities. The Southeast Fire Centre reminds the public to be extra careful with campfires. All campfires must be a halfmetre wide by a half-metre high or smaller. People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the campfire area and must have at least eight litres of water or a shovel nearby to properly extinguish the fire. With the exception of campfires, SEFC reminds people that all open fires (including fireworks and burning barrels) are prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre. “We do have our regular season open burning bans in effect. So basically you can’t do any backyard burning, no industrial burning, no fireworks, no burning barrels. It’s all precautionary to limit human-caused starts so we can concentrate more on those

lightning starts that usually do occur,” said Shaughnessy. “So basically all people can have is campfires. They have to make sure to check with their local municipality if they are thinking of having a campfire in their backyard. We don’t govern municipalities or city districts. We govern outside of those.” With the weather heating up, Shaughnessey said that people should continue to be careful. “Just because we haven’t seen many fire starts this year doesn’t mean people should be irresponsible. We’re still reminding people to never leave their campfire unattended and to make sure it’s properly put out before they leave the area,” she said. “Abandoned campfires do cause wildfires. We’ve already had it happen this year in the Southeast Fire Centre. Luckily, we caught them before they grew to large sizes. “We want to remind people that they can be fined for leaving their campfire unattended or failing to put it out.”

Boys for Birds Three lads timed it well for the birds at the bird-rehabilitation centre known as “BEAKS.” Just as Carol Pettigrew’s birds were wide-mouthed for more food, Kyle, Ty and Reegan Kallin presented Pettigrew with 10 per cent of their earnings from their refundable bottle pick-up service. Submitted photo


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Editor: Jim Sinclair Publisher: Chris Hopkyns Unit 2 - 1810 8th Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. V1N 2Y4 Publication Mail Agreement Number 40012905

Show them a great time! If you’ve ever had a chance to take in a session with folks in the business of tourism, you know how involved it can get. It’s big, it’s serious, and there are a lot of rewards for those who have the knack, and a strong work ethic. In the days while the BC Seniors Games are underway we’ve got what amounts to a free pass at making a good impression on a large crowd of people we hope we’ll see again, and again. For our West Kootenay communities, these games are a treasure trove... social, athletic, and economic. This is the sort of influx of humanity that makes the marketers of tourism products salivate and it’s important to go out of our way to see that our guests take fond memories home with them. This is also a time for some friendly competition among our host cities as well as towns and villages – not a time for knocking our neighbours, by any means, but for going even that extra bit further in promoting our own home. Misery’s not the only one who loves company, so it’s a great idea to let the people from across the province know that we love having them around. Here’s counting on great competition for themselves and their friends, great entertainment for their relatives who make the trip, and for the lasting impression gained by being treated with warmth and courtesy by the welcoming folks of the West Kootenays We want to hear from you.

Letters Policy The Castlegar News welcomes letters to the editor intended for publication but reserves the right to edit for brevity, clarity, legality, accuracy and topicality. Letters should typically be in the range of 300 words in length. Anonymous letters will not be published. To assist in verification, name, address and telephone number must be supplied, but will not be published. E-MAIL LETTERS TO: DROP OFF/MAIL: Unit 2 - 1810 8th Avenue Castlegar, B.C. V1N 2Y4 Phone: 250-365-6397 Fax: 250-365-6390 The Castlegar News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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Square meal, revisited When I was growing up, the fatter a baby was, the healthier he or she was deemed. Those little rolls of fat bracelets around the wrists and those chubby thighs were a sure sign of glowing health. I came from a family of five children and of the five of us, only one was “chubby.” Mom and dad worked hard to give us shelter, clothe us, and put food on the table. I don’t remember ever starving, nor do I recall missing a meal (unless it was by choice), but now in retrospect I realize that while plentiful, our fare was relatively poor. I know that for a fact because I was the potato peeler of the family. We all had our chores and while my sister’s was to prepare the meal, mine was to peel the seemingly endless mound of potatoes. Yes, we ate potatoes – mashed, fried, baked, scalloped, you name it, we ate it. We also ate a lot of rice, pasta and hamburger. Casseroles, especially those made with tinned soup, rice or pasta and some form of protein was our staple. If you look at that diet now, you will know that it was laden with starches, sodium, carbohydrates and lots of unCraig Lindsay Reporter

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healthy fats. Despite that sort of diet, no one ever considered our parents as being abusive for the food they provided, nor did anyone ever try to remove my “chubby” brother from the home in order to “save him” from a life of heart disease, diabetes or the myriad other health concerns which go hand-in-hand with poor nutrition. Let me digress just a bit about my brother. My brother was born chubby. He was a chubby infant, a chubby toddler, a chubby pre-schooler…. well, you get the idea. The only time he could really be considered thin was when he joined the Navy and they whipped him into shape. But what if the fat police, in their misguided ignorance, decided that due to his overweight status, my brother should be removed from the home and my parents should be labeled as negligent parents simply because of the diet they were able to provide to their brood? Sound ludicrous? Think again. Harvard pediatrics professor and obesity expert, David Ludwig, published those thoughts in the Journal of American Medical Association in

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which he stated that obese children facing life-threatening complications due to the obesity should be placed in foster care. Mind you, he was talking extreme cases and percentiles, but I can’t help but be horrified at the degree of intervention nowadays by government and do-gooders who fail to take the whole picture into view and instead preach from high upon grandstand with their myopic view of life, or families for that matter. There is much to be said about that. If politicians, physicians and other believe that government should intervene in such cases and “save” these poor obese children from their parents, then maybe they should also consider saving children from parents who smoke. While they’re at it, why not place a “sin tax” on all junk food or mandate a rigorous physical activity during school hours? Why not put an automatic lock on televisions and thus only enable a set amount of viewing hours for its younger audience? Do you want to tackle obesity? Wresting crying children from their homes is not the way to do it. Education and support are the keys.

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r a g e l t Two sides to every jackpot Cas LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Re: Gord Turner’s column “Gaming Centre Bliss” Aug. 4, 2011 Sounds like Gordon has the blissful blinders on. To not even acknowledge that social problems exist with these centres is concerning from our city councillor. Social problems are endemic to this type of centre. Travel to Alberta and see what these gaming centres/VLT’s do to a community; it’s shocking. Retirees pouring money in, spending on their fixed

incomes. Many people don’t have $100 to lose or the ability to stop after this. At least if you go to the Element you will have a belly full of food and drink. People with other social issues will tend to have them compounded when gambling is involved... losing money they can’t afford to lose. I am glad Gordon has done so well with his gambling, but there is a reason they are such revenue builders – they are designed to take your money! As far as entertainment, it’s

great for itself (gaming centre) but people do not have to even come into Castlegar to bring business here. It would be more beneficial to this community if the social problems that come with this gaming centre were acknowledged and the city had some plan to prepare for these issues. Time will tell if this centre is a benefit to this community. Good Luck! Troy Pyett, Robson

Waiting for a balanced accounting On reading Gordon Turner’s ‘Gaming centre bliss’ I believe he must have tunnel vision. I have visited gambling establishments, not lost anything, or played any machine. But I have seen people lose $100 in five minutes and elderly people sitting at a slot machine looking like they should have spent their lost money on a good meal. Has he not heard that some people wear adult diapers so they will not lose a particular machine? Some gambling places even have a reserved card to hang on the machines. Not all gamblers can control the habit. Runners serve you drinks, only if you are playing the machine. You pay for the drinks as

you lose. Will Mr. Turner keep an account of the number of problems that some families will have in the near future? The governing body in this Province says 92 per cent is paid out in winnings. The remaining eight per cent is split three ways: between the owners, the Provincial Government and the City of Castlegar. So do not forget that you have to lose $100 to win $92. John Gibson, Castlegar

Memorandum to a careless motorist

I just wanted to let you know that from the moment that the peaceful sounds of our neighborhood were changed to squealing tires, my family looked to tower ridge and realized this wasn’t going to be a good night for someone. We looked up just in time to see your vehicle leave the road. What I want to let you know, was that seconds after your tires left the road, my husband had dialed 911, we had your best interests in our hearts. Minutes after your accident, Castelgar’s first responders were on their way. We had hoped that our quick response would ensure you had the best chance of surviving what to us looked like an accident that would probably have a tragic outcome. By the grace of God, you had not only survived the accident but were witnessed to speed by our house dragging trees and brush under your badly dented vehicle. We looked out for

you and this is how you repay the people of Ootishenia; you put all of us at risk. On any given evening Columbia Road has families riding bikes with their children, mothers pushing baby carriers, husbands and wives out for an evening stroll. You gave no thought to the well being of the person in the house that you struck, or any of us. I am saddened but not surprised that alcohol may have been a factor. I know the chances of you reading this article are slim but maybe someone else might read it and not make the same decisions that you made that day. I also hope that others passing through the neighborhood remember Columbia Road is not a highway; slow down watch out for us. Charmaine Evdokimoff, Castlegar


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Dogs and trainers are set to put on a show

The West Kootenay Kennel Club will host its 35th annual All Breed Championship Dog Show, Obedience Trials and Rally Obedience Trials on August 19, 20, & 21. The new location is the Castlegar Community Church Soccer Field (the old Kinnaird Middle School - 1250 26th Street, Castlegar, BC). For the second time six All Breed Championship shows will be held starting Friday August 19 running through to Sunday August 21. There will be two shows per day with each show starting at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Four obedience trials and four ally obedience trials will be held Saturday, August 20 and Sunday August 21. There will be two trials per day starting at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday evening after Best In Show will be the famous “bring your own meat” BBQ. Many wonderful raffle prizes and silent auction items will be offered throughout the shows and will be given out at the BBQ. The public is invited to come out and watch all the dogs working. There is no charge for spectators. Please leave your pets at home where they will be comfortable from the heat or rain. Only dogs entered in the shows will be allowed on the grounds.



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for the exhibition will be Saturday, August 13, 6-7:30 pm at the Doukhobor Village Museum and will remain open from August 13September 30, 2011. Admission is free. This original art work consists of nine separate multi-media installations showing the history of the evolution of our common ancestors from the beginning of life on the planet into the future.

Thrift Store is starting a bag sale August 8. Cram all you can get into one of our bags for $5 . Excludes jewelry, household items, and books. Store located under Anderson’s Insurance on Columbia Avenue. Summer hours Mon – Fri 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. THROUGH AUGUST - DAYCARE HAS SPACE FOR CHILDREN - Blueberry

Buds Daycare currently has space for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 on a full or part time basis. We strive to meet children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and cognitive development in a safe, fun environment. In this group child care setting, we employ certified, licensed, and professional staff with the skills necessary to provide quality care. Blueberry Buds is located inside the Blueberry Creek Community School. We are open between the hours of 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday. Drop ins are welcome between the hours of 8:30-4:30. For additional information, please call 250-365-7201. AUG. 9 - CASTLEGAR GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING Starting at 5

p.m., potluck appetizers and conversation in Jamette’s Garden will be followed by a tour of Nora’s Garden in Robson. New members are always welcome. Come share your love of gardening with other garden enthusiasts and expand your gardening horizons. For information and location please contact Pam Johnson at 250-399-0077 or email AUG. 12 - NAMGAR PERFORMS AT THE CASTLEGAR DOUKHOBOR MUSEUM Namgar plays a mix of

Mongolian traditional music with mordern jazz and rock elements added. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12.50. Advance tickets are available by phone at 250-365-5327 or by email at


Everyone is invited to join the Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club on a trek from 8 Mile to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park and back. For more information please contact Yvonne Tremblay at 250-8259238 AUGUST SR. ACTIVITIES @ COMPLEX.

No Activities During BC Seniors games. (volunteers needed in Castlegar, Trail and Nelson, apply @ Complex). Mon: 9:30 a.m. Floor Curling, 10 a.m. Darts, 1 p.m. Whist. Tues: 9:30 a.m. Floor Curling & Carpet Bowling, 1 p.m. Crafts, 7 p.m. Pool. Wed: 9:30 a.m. Floor Curling, Thurs: 9:30 a.m. Floor Curling, 1 p.m. Bingo, 7 p.m. Rumolli. Friday: 9:30 a.m. Floor Curling, 1 p.m. Crib & Bridge.


Art Hister, of Global TV News Health Spot, author of several wellness books and much coveted guest speaker, will be hosted by Area B Seniors for an evening of entertainment and to answer your health questions. Dr. Hister will be appearing at the Genelle Hall on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. and will be at a local book signing at Shoppers Drug Mart in Castlegar on Sept 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart in Castlegar, and at Genelle Hall Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


is invited to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Regimental. The SwingSationS will bring the dance floor alive with classic songs that everyone loves, and the silent auction will offer exciting opportunities with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Tickets are $75 are are available at Trail, Castlegar, Grand Forks and Nelson RCMP detachments. For more information please contact Derrick Donovan at 250-354-5146 or Laurie Donovan at 250-354-5181.


United Church, 809 Merry Creek Rd. (next to Kinnaird Clinic) will be having a Book Club discussion in the fall. The book is “Under The Afghan Sun” by Melissa Fung. She is a CBC reporter and it is the memoirs of her captivity. It is open to anyone. If you are interested please contact Carol Conkin – 365-5860. ONGOING:




runs until 6pm Monday through Friday and is open all day on Prod days and Spring and Summer Breaks. Call 250-304-3860 to register. ONGOING: THE CASTLEGAR AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL AUXILIARY TREASURE SHOP. Summer hours in

effect July 1 to Aug. 31: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and stats. Located 210-11th Ave. (across from the library). Please call 365-7317 prior to dropping off donations. If possible, donate winter clothes in fall. Watch for mini silent auctions ongoing during the summer as well as our weekly 2-for-1 sales. Stop at gift shop and save 20% off in July and Aug. Thank you for your support. New volunteers welcome. Happy summer from all our volunteers. ONGOING: SUMMER AT THE SKATEPARK IS A FREE PROGRAM FOR USERS OF THE CASTLEGAR SKATEPARK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. Kootenay Family Place has

implemented this program from a BC Gaming grant enabling the employment of a Skatepark Coordinator, an Assistant and two local youth. Hours of supervision are from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday from now until August 31.


people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meeting every Monday 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2224 6th Ave. (Kootenay Society for Community Living building.) For more information call Donna 365-3168 or Eileen 365-3674. ONGOING: ABORIGINAL ART CAMP IN AUGUST. This one week camp fea-

tures aboriginal arts such as soap carvings, medicine pouches and beading, led by the SD20 aboriginal cultural coordinator Bonnie Vickers. Children will also take part in storytelling utilizing the “Learning Journey Series” that is an antiracism/anti-bullying program. This is a very popular program with limited space. August 8 – 12th for ages 9 - 12 at Blueberry School. Call 365-7201 for more info. ONGOING: SELKIRK WEAVERS’ AND SPINNERS’ GUILD GIFT SHOP Open

10 - 4 p.m. June, Saturdays and Sundays. July - mid September, Wednesday to Sunday. Located within the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Admission free to our shop. For additional information please email selkirkweavers@ or phone 250-3658026. ONGOING: REGISTRATION FOR CASTLEGAR MINOR HOCKEY 2011/2012 SEASON For registration

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Pre and postnatal program 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, includes lunch, supplements, resources, workshops at Kootenay Family Place.


Sun. at 10 a.m. (phone Mike at 365-8302), Tues. at 7 p.m. (phone Dennis at 365-2738), Thurs. at 8 p.m. (phone Jim at 365-6216) and Sat. at 8 p.m. (phone Leonard at 365-7805.)


Canadian Legion, 248 Columbia Ave. First draw starts 4 p.m. Free pool. Bring your friends and have an afternoon of fun.


Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doukhobor Arts and Crafts Centre, 820 Markova Rd., beside the Brilliant Cultural Centre.


about welfare issues, disability benefits, tenancy or family law? A staff person from The Advocacy Centre is in Castlegar every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Castlegar and District Community Services, 1007 2nd Street. Previously, the advocate was in Castlegar on Fridays. Appointments are encouraged, so please call the Centre at 250-6080589 or 1-877-352-5777.


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Community Games lodging handled behind the scenes CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

Castlegar, Trail, Nelson and the surrounding areas are going to be very busy when the B.C. Senior Games are held from Aug. 16-20. With more than 3,200 athletes involved, the logistics of matters such as accommodations can seem overwhelming. Taking care of housing all the visiting competitors in Castlegar is the accommodation committee led by chair Pam McLeod.

“We’ve been working on this for a year,” said McLeod. “About eight months ago we started fielding hundreds of phone calls trying to find accommodations for all the athletes coming through. You can imagine what that posed for each each community looking at at least 1,100 athletes per community to try and find accommodation. You know some of them will camp and some will stay in bed-andbreakfasts and some people have opened up their homes to be able to provide support

for the games. As it stands right now, we are pretty much booked solid for the region.” The senior games coming in the middle of August during an already busy tourist season provided extra challenges for the B.C. Senior Games accommodation committee. “We had to really look outside the box to see how we were going to accomplish housing all those visitors,” said McLeod, “and we have. We’ve been able to provide the accommodations for everybody.”

Local action coming on climate change

Local governments complete emissions inventories

(COLUMBIA BASIN) – Thirty-three local governments in the Columbia Basin, including three Regional Districts and two First Nations, have taken another important step towards reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy costs. As part of their climate change commitments, each local government has recently completed a 2010 inventory of their energy use and emissions. “These inventories provide essential information for local governments that want to cut energy costs and take action on climate change by reducing how much energy they use,” says Kindy Gosal, Director, Water and Environment, Colum-

bia Basin Trust (CBT). These local governments signed BC’s voluntary Climate Action Charter and have committed to becoming carbon neutral in their operations by 2012. A multi-year effort known as the Carbon Neutral Kootenays (CNK) project is supporting local governments and First Nations that are working towards becoming carbon neutral. CNK is funded jointly by CBT and the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay, East Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary. “The inventories will help determine where energy use, costs and emissions can be cut and that means we will be meeting our climate change commitment,” says John MacLean, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Chief Administrative Officer.

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“The inventories keep us on track to meet our carbon neutral targets by 2012,” -Jim Gustafson The inventories look at how much energyelectricity, propane, heating oil, natural gas, etc. is used in local government operations including fire halls, town halls, community halls, arenas, libraries and streetlights, as well as sewage and water treatment operations. The inventories also look at fuels used in public works vehicles and fleets. “The inventories will help identify opportunities to reduce energy use and save money, which is one of the many benefits being delivered by the partnership between CBT and the regional districts,” says Lee-Ann

Crane, Regional District of East Kootenay, Chief Administrative Officer. Based on these new 2010 inventories, pools, arenas and fleet vehicles, as well as water and wastewater operations, may be the biggest users of energy and provide the best opportunity for local governments to cut energy use, costs and emissions. “As part of this project we are collectively taking responsibility for reducing our use of fossil fuels, and the inventories keep us on track to meet our carbon neutral targets by 2012,” says Jim Gustafson, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Chief Administrative Officer. The Carbon Neutral Kootenays Project is one of several climate change initiatives supported by Columbia Basin Trust. For more information about Columbia Basin Trust and its climate change initiatives, visit www.cbt. org.


Explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites through this free, self-guided tour within the Columbia Basin. Meet the artists, shop for mne art and craft, view demonstrations, special exhibitions, interpretive displays or chat with local historians during this two day long cultural celebration!

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From Russia with talent, tone and versatility The Doukhobor Discovery Centre, perhaps better known as the Doukhobor Village Museum was honoured to have the talented Bulat perform in the courtyard on Aug 5. With eyes closed, the one man show (with over 30 different musical instruments) sounded like a band performing in mystical, mesmerizing style. The fund-raising concert (proceeds will go to replace the broken 80-year-old water tank for the museum) has reminded the community that the Village Museum was built 40 years ago by many volunteers with donated items such as the used water tank, pipes, wood, wires, fixtures etc. and now much of it is in need of repair. Those who attended this concert are thanked for their generous support. Namgar will perform for the next fundraising concert on Saturday August 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Doukhobor Village Museum, 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar. For advance tickets or information please call 250-365-5327. Craig Lindsay photo

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Pitching in for the good of the games Liz Stephens (near left) and Nicole Marbach (far right) are among many volunteers who helped prepare the bags that athletes for the B.C. Senior Games will receive at accreditation. The bags will be filled with identification badges, programs, and lanyards. Craig Lindsay photo

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Arts & Culture Shambhala experience CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

Festival-goers enjoy the music and the cool water from the Salmo River at Shambhala on Aug. 6 . Craig Lindsay photo

At the tender age of somewhere north of 35, I’ve been to several festivals, concerts, events, and so on. But nothing could really prepare for the experience of Shambhala. With more than 10,000 festival-goers crammed onto what is normally a cow farm, it’s really quite something to see. The trek from Castlegar isn’t far, but the drive up the dirt road into the show was a challenge for my little aged honda. But we made it and were eventually guided to a parking spot by a lovely young lady in a golf cart. As an middle-aged person, and one wearing khaki shorts and a golf shirt, I’m sure I stuck out like a sore thumb. Kind of like the guy who was dressed up as a sore thumb. Oh yes, the costumes were quite something. Those twenty somethings who weren’t wearing beach shorts or bikinis (or less) were dressed in very imaginative,

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fantastical attire. I saw everything from the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, complete with accoutrements, a mermaid girl, a zombie socialite, the martian yip-yips from Sesame Street, and much more. The music is electronica of course and features a wide range of performers from all around the world. There are six stages set up throughout the grounds and performances go on all day and all night. Unfortunately I was unable to camp out, which is one of the main attractions for Shambhala. I was there for about three hours on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the experience, but three days would’ve been a little much, particularly if you factor in outhouses and a lack of clean clothes. I enjoyed the music I heard, particularly Mat the Alien at the Fractal Forest. Mr. “The Alien” had a definite hip hop vibe with chunky samples to go along with the electronic bass. Continued on P. 13

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The dance floor (ground?) was packed with dancers grooving to the beat. There were other elevated stages where various dancers grooved, including the aforementioned caterpillar. I was generally amazed at how friendly everyone was and how clean the place was considering the number of people. The organizers certainly do a good job of spreading the stages and events around so there were no major bottle neck areas – at least not at 4 o’ clock on Sunday afternoon. Friday or Saturday night I could imagine a much busier, crazier scene.

This storm trooper takes time off from the empire to dance up a storm at the Fractal Forest at Shambhala Craig Lindsay photos

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Provincial dietitians now at your fingertips SUBMITTED

VICTORIA - Can your diet prevent cancer? Want your kids to have more vegetables? Are seeds safe to eat if you have diverticulosis? Answers from dietitians are now just an email away. British Columbians are now able to email HealthLink BC’s Dietitian Services any nutrition or food-related concerns they have as part of the Province’s commitment to make the healthy option the easy option. Dietitians at HealthLink BC provide nutritional information for everyone, regardless of age. This includes advice to help prevent or manage chronic disease.

Ten new registered dieticians have been hired, bringing the staff total to 30.

The recent announcement follows the expanded hours of operation for HealthLink BC’s Dietitian Services that was announced on May 31, 2011. Telephone access to registered dieti-


tians through 8-1-1 is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. This was done to make the service more accommodating to working families. Ten new registered dietitians have been hired, bringing the staff total up to 30. New dietitians will be available to support people in managing their chronic conditions, as well as answering questions on such topics as baby nutrition, allergies and healthy eating in general. Improving access to dietitians with additional hours and now an email service - is a part of Healthy Families BC approach to support British Columbians in managing their own health and reducing chronic disease. A strengthened provincial strategy and ongoing investment in prevention can improve the health of British Columbians and potentially avoid up to $2 billion in yearly health-care costs, according to a report released in September 2010 by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall. Obesity costs up to $830 million a year to the economy.

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Co-operators bolsters local co-op outfit SUBMITTED

The Co-operators, on August 2 announced a grant of $15,000 for the Castlegar-based Kootenay Columbia Senior’s Housing Cooperative (KCSHC). The co-operative received the funding to further develop its business and community reach. It is one of

11 grants announced, including four in B.C., provided through The Co-operators Foundation Co-operative Development Program (CDP) that supports the development of emerging or expanding co-operatives across Canada. “With our rapidly increasing senior population there is an urgent need for services and this funding

will allow us to reach out to the community and create awareness of our initiative,” said Irene Evanoff, President of the Kootenay Columbia Senior’s Housing Co-operative. “This funding is a perfect example of the principle of cooperation among cooperatives, which will help us reach more seniors in our com-

For this purpose, they purchased a 60 acre parcel of land, now named Grandview Heights, and incorporated the co-op in 2005. The KCSHC will begin construction of a Seniors Independent Living Housing Complex (Chateau Grandview) with 62 units and a community centre, where programs and resources will be avail-

munity who may benefit from our support in the years ahead.” The KCSHC was created by a group of engaged senior philanthropists to address wait lists for seniors’ facilities and the lack of seniors’ housing and health services. Its vision was to develop a non-profit cooperative community that would address the needs of seniors.

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Community Realty backs Rotary Interact

Big event coming up at Black Russian CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

On Thursday, Aug. 18, Black Russian Skate & Apparel will celebrate the grand opening of the Sk8 Shoes 4 Kids (Skate Shoes For Kids) Foundation. After the ribbon cutting and barbecue (2-4 p.m.) everyone is invited to head over to the Castlegar Skate Park from 4-6 p.m. for some free skating and refreshments. “I started up a foundation called Sk8 Shoes 4 Kids in memory of my brother; this June it officially started,” described Justin Evin of the group’s founding. “The intention of the organization is to provide shoes and skateboarding accessories to less-fortunate kids.” Fifteen kids in Castlegar have already received free skate shoes. “We’re looking for more help with the organization to generate more income to buy more shoes,” said Justin. Justin’s brother Josh, who died in a motor vehicle accident at the age of 29, was an avid skateboarder and enjoyed helping local kids improve. “Josh was just starting to become established in his business with Black Russian before he died,” Justin elaborated. “We’re trying to carry out some ideas he had. Information I’ve heard from other people about Josh’s dreams.” There are many kids out there who aren’t necessarily poor, maybe they just can’t afford good skateboard shoes or they can’t afford a skateboard - which can be very expensive, said Justin. Applications

Justin Evin (L) and Trevor Frame look forward to Aug. 18 ribbon cutting. Craig Lindsay photo

for skate shoes are available at Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services at 249 Columbia Avenue in Castlegar. Justin said the skateboarding community has a really strong camaraderie. “My brother was friends with everyone from two-yearolds up to 15 and 16 year veterans that embraced him and took him under their wings and are still skating at the park today,” the organizer indicated. Justin’s face lights up when he talks about a veteran skater who came down to his shop after Josh passed away and reminisced about all the great times. “He came in and told me some great stories about Josh,” said Justin. “Camaraderie is huge. If you have a board and someone else has a board it’s like an instant attraction. It’s really neat to watch.” People can also donate at Justin’s shop HTR Designs, Black Russian, Lion’s Head Pub, Heritage Credit Union bank Sk8Shoes4Kids bank account, or online through their website www.sk8shoes4kids. com. The organization hopes to get local businesses to donate prizes and offer sponsorship.

Marnie Pettit of Castlegar Realty presents Chelan Padmoroff, president of the Rotary Interact Club, with a cheque for $530 on Aug. 10 for the group’s trip to South Africa. Also pictured are: (back row from left) - Simon Laurie, Alison Horlick, Pat Klohn, Larry Pietzche, all from Castlegar Realty, Blake Edwards, and Jack Clemans-Gibbon from Rotary Interact Club. (Middle from left) Tammy Peitzche, Petit, Padmoroff, Valerie Koochin, Castlegar Realty, and Denis Laurie, Rotary Interact Club. (Front row from left) Nadya Wasilenkoff, Sera Welychko, Alyssa Martini, and Ashlee Martini. The club departs Aug. 17. Craig Lindsay photo

Have your say BC Talks Gaming Grants When BC talks, you have a say. Take an active role in the review of British Columbia’s Community Gaming Grant system and help bring about positive change. Be part of this important discussion. Sandman Hotel 1944 Columbia Ave. Castlegar, B.C. August 15, 2011 8:30 am – 12:30 pm For more information about consultations in your area visit www. communitygaming or call 855-808-6995.

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Plonka heads for foothills CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

After four years as an assistant coach with the Rebels, Topher Plonka is taking his talents to Cochrane, Alberta to work with international players. Plonka will be taking over the helm of the Midget team – players aged 15-17, at the SISEC Selects program. The acronym stands for the Swiss International Sports and Education Centre, is run out of Cochrane, which is west of Calgary. The program brings athletes from Europe and Asia to Canada and immerses the students into the local culture as they learn about sports and compete against nearby teams. “What they do is take these European players who want to experience Canada and experience the Canadian game. Europeans are always good skaters but they need to know the foundation of the physicality and the different Canadian style. So they come over here and learn that and blend the two to make them a more dynamic player. The main goal is to learn that and also to learn English as a second language,” said Plonka. “I’m running the midget team. They have another team that plays in Europe. They’re going to be expanding soon. I’m getting in at a really good time.” Plonka is excited about moving on to a growing program but is disappointed at leaving Castlegar and the Rebels behind. Last year Plonka helped head coach Steve Junker lead the

Topher Plonka is moving to Cochrane, Alberta to work with an international hockey program after four years as an assistant coach with the Rebels. Craig Lindsay

Rebels to the KIJHL finals after winning the regular season title and the Kootenay Conference crown. In addition to running the offence, Plonka was also the assistant general manager for the past two years. Plonka is grateful for all he learned under Junker and Brent Heaven before him. “I really learned a ton from those guys. From Brent Heaven I learned different things like just the way of the game; what buttons to push to get the most out of players. Brent was a really good motivator and Junker was unbelievable at strategy and the X’s and O’s of the game,” said Plonka. The departing coach is also very appreciative of the executive and other people in the Rebels’ organization who he has worked with over the years. He was also

touched by the support of the community in Castlegar. “I put a little thing up on Facebook that I was leaving and going onto this job and thanks to everyone who helped me along the way. The response was overwhelming,” said Plonka, whose Facebook page was inundated with likes and comments. Plonka was born and raised in Castlegar and played minor hockey in the local system. After graduating from Stanley Humphries Secondary, he moved on to Selkirk College to study and play for the Saints. He then looked stateside to continue his education, transferring to Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business in 2007 while playing varsity hockey. After graduating from Lindenwood,

Plonka returned to Castlegar and worked as an account executive at Mountain FM. From 2008 until 2012, he juggled his job at the radio station with his coaching gig with the Rebels. “I had two separate energies, now I can finally combine the two. It’s a passion of mine. I love training myself; I love training the kids; I love to see growth. I know what it’s like first-hand for kids to balance academics with varsity athletics,” said Plonka. In addition to coaching the SISEC Midget team, Plonka will also be involved in training the players off the ice. “Our goal is to push them on to either higher junior hockey levels or college levels or get them to play pro back home. So we’re giving them that experience. There’s lots of ice time and I’ll be helping to train them as well,” said Plonka, adding that next year SISEC is planning to expand further and build a rink in Chestermere, which is a suburb east of Calgary. “They’re building the rink right by the high school in Chestermere and they want me in touch with that process. So the first year, this year, I signed a tenmonth contract and what I’ll be doing is training the kids and being head coach of the Midget team. Then next year I’ll be more administration,” said Plonka. “If I do a good job, they want me to make it like a future career. They want me to be a big part of the organization and play a big role.”

Aquanauts host regionals Castlegar swimmers posted great times as the Aquanauts finished second at the Kootenay Regional Meet, which they hosted Aug. 5 and 6. See page 19 for story and results.

Going for gold - Nick Welychko dominates the field in the Division seven 200M Intermediate Medley.

Photo finish - Emily Ashton (bottom) and teammate Emma Lawczynski battle in the Division two 50m backstroke.

Hanging out during down time - swimmers Rachael teBulte (Castlegar),

Ashlee Martini (Castlegar), Barbara Baker (Kimberley), Shelley Davies (Kimberley), and Karen Elliott (Castlegar) enjoy a break at the Regional Swim Meet. Photos by Craig Lindsay

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Aquanauts ready for Provincials CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

Hosting the regional meet at Castlegar Recreation Complex didn’t hurt the Aquanauts as 36 of 44 swimmers swam personal best times and 25 picked up medals. Unfortunately, the ‘Nauts were unable to topple the mighty Trail Stingrays, but did finish a strong second. Moving on to provincials, which will be held in Richmond on Aug. 19-21, are Ethan Lawczynski, Carson Ogloff, Bryce Anderson, Cayden Cooke, Emma Lawczynski, Reid Bellamy, Harper Shaman, Sierra Buchanan, Wren Shaman, Sophie Jansen; James Pilla, and Nick Welychko. “Regionals went really well,” said head coach Mitch Bourne. “We had 44 swimmers there

and most had best times. Had some amazing swims. We had some that came out of nowhere.“ Bourne said the entire Kootenay region performed well at the meet. At provincials all the club teams will merge into one and compete as the Kootenays. Heading into provincials, the Aquanauts have several medal contenders in various events in particular Welychko, who won three golds at the regionals, and Pilla, who won four golds. Despite dominating at the podium at regionals, Welychko was not satisfied with his times. “I didn’t do as good as I wanted to do. I’d like to be a bit faster,” said the young swimmer. “I’m expecting serious competition at provincials, and I’m hoping to improve my

times and personal bests.” Welychko has been to four provincial championships and placed top three in every event he had swam in. Last year, the 19 year-old finished first in all three of his events and picked up a provincial meet record. In the fall, Welychko plans to attend Trinity Western University in Langley and swim for the varsity team. For Sophie Jansen, provincials will be a completely new experience for the first year swimmer, but she is excited about the chance to compete against the province’s best. “I’m going to see all the best swimmers in the province, it’ll be fun., said Jansen, who said she was pushed hard by all the strong swimmers at regionals. “It was hard but good and lots of fun.”

Golf girl doing great Sporting trophies awarded for Castlegar’s Jr. Girls Champion and Ladies Club Champion, is Amber Arnold with the kudos won on July 16 and 17. Helping hoist the hardware is local pro Pat Biln. Submitted photo

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Rollers ready for rampage in Rossland The Dam City Rollers derby team is practicing in preparation for their upcoming play-off game in Rossland on Aug. 19. The ladies will be taking on the Babes of Brutality for second place. For a full preview see “We want to encourage people to come up to Rossland and cheer us on. We’re going to play our hearts out,” said Kitty Karnage.

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Fred G. is enjoying the roll JIM SINCLAIR Castlegar News Editor

Fred Gahimer has a welldefined philosophy about carpet bowling: “If you don’t enjoy it, don’t be a sore loser.” It’s therefore no surprise to find Fred enjoys the curlinglike sport a great deal... all the more considering it’s to be held as part of the BC Senior Summer Games getting started next Tuesday. Fred is about a week shy of his 80th birthday and has been an avid carpet bowler at Passmore for the past five years. The Indiana native says he has a bit of an athletic history, starting with a lot of basketball played at the high school level Following the years of the hoop-sport his outdoor activities involved a lot of work with horses. When asked if he was going in for any equestrian events at the games he said he didn’t think he could, even if he did have the time. The Tarry’s area resident still enjoys horses and has several, as well as some mules. Fred got introduced to carpet bowling as an offshoot of Bocce, a game he had tried once at a seniors picnic.

Fred Gahimer

“I got hooked,” he recalled. “I got started doing that.” Carpet bowling has some direct similarities to curling, in that the team has four members and a spare. The fourth curler, as far as Fred’s team is concerned, at least, is known as a “skip” as well. Fred plays the third position. Fred’s squad also includes Lydia Kania, Cal Burton, Marion Williamson and spare, Mabel Kabatoff. The unit has often played in Castlegar and Fred says he’s also played in Fruitvale. The pastime has filled a void that developed for Fred since he gave up the beloved snowmobiling he had keenly

pursued each winter up until about five years ago. As mentioned, Fred (and wife Rebecca whom has since passed on) hail from the Hoosier State of Indiana.They found their way to these parts by way of some friends of Rebecca who had moved to Oregon, then on to Kaslo where they invited the Gahimers to visit. The area immediately appealed to them and, although Fred’s personal first choice was Vernon, they happily settled on Winlaw in 1970 after deciding on an international move. Fred would then put in 21 years at the sawmill up the road in Slocan. The bowler enjoys the physical nature of the game as well as the multiple socializing opportunities it presents. He says his team has been playing a couple of times a week in order to be at their best for the games. One thing he’s wary of is how they’ll (he’ll) hold up if they need to play many more than a couple of games a day. But he already knows it’s going to be a worthwhile experience (“If you can’t go there to enjoy it you shouldn’t bother going”) for folks like himself and his teammates... and for the region in general.

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Public Swim Pool Schedule Mon – Thurs ...............................1:30-4:00 & 7:00-8:30pm Friday................................................................. 1:30-8:30pm Saturday.......................................................... 10:00-6:00pm Sunday .............................................................. 1:00-6:00pm Lap Lane, Leisure Pool Time, Early Bird contact the Recreation Office.

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Olga Hoodicoff December 14, 1948 - July 16, 2011 Olga passed pa away peacefully on the night n of July 16, 2011 after batt battling cancer for a year. Olga wa was an amazing lady who loved to cook, to travel the world, an and to show off the colour p purple whenever possible. H Her love for her family and fri friends was an inspiration to eve everyone. We will remember how she always made time to heal us aand always made time to visit even n while h l ill ill. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the loving community of Krestova and all the volunteers and friends that carried the family through a beautiful traditional Doukhobor funeral. Olga touched us all, especially her close loving family. We will always love you Mom.




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Kenneth Wallace Schmidt Kenneth Wallace Schmidt passed away peacefully in the early morning of Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Talarico Place. Ken was born the eldest of ďŹ ve children to Gothilf and Bertha Schmidt on June 15, 1927 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He was pre-deceased by both parents, brother Leonard, son Garry and daughter Brenda. Ken worked as a millwright. He had an exceptional eye for precision and detail. When he and his wife retired in 1991 they moved to Castlegar to be near family. Ken’s passion was music. He could play anything he picked up be it a guitar, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, but he was an accomplished accordion player who spent many younger years entertaining at weddings, dances, legions and night clubs and, more recently, at Talarico Place and Castleview. At one time he was an excellent dart player winning many tournaments. When he was still active, Ken enjoyed ďŹ shing, gardening and antique cars. Left to remember him are his wife of 62 years Adeline, daughter and son-in-law Beverley and Rod Kennedy, 2 grandchildren, 3 greatgrandchildren, sister Phyllis (Rossland), sister Shirley (Frank ) (Kelowna), brother Allan (Eleanor)(Nelson) and many nieces and nephews. There will be no service at Ken’s request.

June O’Sullivan of Calgary, formerly of Castlegar, passed aw away at Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Saturday, August 6, 2011, blessed with 80 years of life. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Castlegar on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM, followed by interment at Park Memorial Cemetery.

Donald Poole Sr. September 6, 1916 – July 22, 2011

It is with sadness the family of Donald Poole Sr announces his passing on July 22nd 2011 at 94 years of age. Don was born on September 6, 1916 in Nelson B.C. to Ivan and Alberta Poole, the youngest of three sons. “Bop Bopâ€? as he was aectionately called lived a vibrant life living in various BC towns and cities from Nakusp to Vancouver and ďŹ nally settling in Castlegar with his family, where he was a resident for over 50 years. He spent many memorable summers at Whatshan Lake and passed on his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. Bop loved travelling and was the ďŹ rst in the car for any road trip. He will be fondly remembered playing cards with a cigar clamped between his teeth, ďŹ shing on the lake or giving lessons on how to drive a motorbike. He lived life to the fullest and passed on his zest for life to everyone around him. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Fergus and Bill, his wife of 63 years Lillias and his son-in law Quinto. He is survived by his three children Louise (Kare) Gjennestad, Virginia Maida and Don Jr (Beverley) Poole, his 7 grandchildren Peggy, Gordon, Catherine, Angela, Nancy, Jennifer and Amy and his 9 great grandchildren. Internment and graveside service will be held in Nakusp on September 6 2011 on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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Marvin Wood Marvin M i W Woodd passedd away peacefully at home on the morning of July 27, 2011. He was born in Trail on September 18, 1934 and moved to Fruitvale as a child and lived there until 1961. Marvin worked for J. Balfour and Sons in Trail as an apprentice and journeyman tinsmith for 10 years. In 1960 he gained employment at Celgar Pulp Mill as a pipeďŹ tter/welder apprentice and worked there until he retired in 1994. Marvin was involved in the formation of the PPWC union at Celgar and spent many years on the Safety Committee. In 1956 he married Lynda Notman of Trail and they lived in Fruitvale for 5 years. Together, with a son and baby daughter, the family moved to Kinnaird in 1961 where another son joined the family. In 1995 a move was made to Robson where Marvin lived until his passing. Marvin did a lot of ďŹ shing and hunting in past years and was an avid 5 pin bowler along with his whole family. He won many medals and trophies over the years. He was predeceased by his parents Margaret and John Wood and brother Paul. Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 55 years Lynda, the love of his life and his best friend; son Scott (Ashley) of Gibsons, BC; daughter Debbie (Jim) Moberg and son Doug (Teena) both of Castlegar; brothers Lloyd (Diana) of Creston and Gerry (Linda) of White Rock; sisters Ilene (John) Bridge of Fruitvale and Donna-Jean (Tom) Konkin of Salmo; ďŹ ve grandsons Lachlan and Sean Frost and Wheeler, Axel and Nathan Wood as well as many nieces and nephews. He was a very special man, a quiet man and will be missed forever. Cremation has taken place under the care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel and there will not be any funeral service by Marvin’s request. Donations in Marvin’s memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, Castlegar Unit, Box 3292, Castlegar BC V1N 3H6 or Heart & Stroke Foundation C-01, Castlegar Unit, PO Box 3023, Castlegar BC V1N 3H4.

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Literacy Program Facilitator The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is seeking a Literacy Program Facilitator for Castlegar. Position goals include supporting the development and delivery of effective community literacy programs. Abilities and attributes: • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills • Strong organizational and planning skills • Comfortable presenting to and facilitating adult groups • Experience in creating, planning, and implementing programs • Ability to work effectively with a variety of parents, children, volunteers, professionals, and community members • Knowledge of literacy development, family dynamics, and community resources • Inclusive, sensitive and respectful approach to collaboration • A clear Criminal Record Review, completed prior to hiring • Willing to work flexible hours and some evenings The ideal candidate will work well with the CBAL team and have an understanding of literacy development. Post-secondary education or background/ training in supporting learning, teaching, or facilitating groups for children, families or adults will be definite assets.

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Accounting Technician Berg Naqvi Lehmann, a busy accounting firm, requires an experienced file preparer to begin October 1. Knowledge of Caseware and Taxprep software would be an asset. We offer a competitive salary and benefit plan, and a pleasant working environment. Please email your resume to, or fax (250)352-7166 by September 1, 2011 A Phone Disconnected? We can help. Best Rates, Speedy Connections, Great Long Distance. Everyone Approved. Call Today 1-877-852-1122 Protel Reconnect

CASTLEGAR - SERVERS LINE COOK/DISHWASHER Servers needed for new Restaurant, please email: Fax 250-365-2236

CLASS 1 truck drivers, based in the Kootenays. Required to operate dumps and vans in Western Canada and the Pacific NW USA. Excellent wages and benefits, steady year round employment. Must be 25 years old with a minimum of 2 years experience. Please call 1-888-862-8005 or email (Like Day Shift) Joey’s Restaurant is hiring a full time Breakfast Cook, Must have 3 years experience, Apply within Night Auditor Fireside Inn has a P/T position available for a Night Auditor. Please send resume to or drop to front desk.

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This is a part-time position with the potential for more hours. For a detailed job description, please call Alana Murdoch at 250-304-6862 or email Please submit your resume by Monday, August 15th to

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER If you are a passionate human resources professional looking for a rewarding career and the opportunity to lead the development and implementation of human resources strategies, we invite you to apply by Friday, August 19, 2011 to:

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Heritage Credit Union in Castlegar, B.C. is dedicated to excellence and recognizes employee contributions to organizational success. We are seeking an experienced HR practitioner to be our View the full posting at

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Customer Representative Interested in working from home?, be a Customer representative for a growing Jewelry production firm and make more money with Flexible working hours. Requirements: Applications must have good communication skills, and internet access. Any previous experience could be useful. Qualified applicants should send their resume to John Kinnear email: for more information.

Does this sound like you? A leader, a problem solver mentor, like working in an action filled fast paced environment, team player and willing to do shift work. Accepting applications for shift supervisors Competitive wages and benefits

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EXPERIENCED PARTS Person required for progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full benefits and RRSP bonuses plus moving allowances. Our 26,000 sq.ft. Store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community at Send Resumes to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Email: FULL-TIME CERTIFIED Heavy Duty Mechanic required by Bailey Western Star & Freightliner. Experience in service & repair of trucks, trailers & equipment. Fax resume to 250-286-0753 or email:

GIBSON ENERGY is looking for Company Drivers for the Wabasca area. 2 years tank experience required. Camp accommodation provided. Apply online or fax resume to 780-5394426. PLANT MANAGER Keltic Seafoods LTD. Port Hardy, BC. A full service Seafood Off-loading, custom processing and coldstorage Industrial Company. View full posting at: Email:

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Resident Caretaker (semi retired or retired couple preferred). Wanted to overlook 20 unit motel in Vernon, BC. Accommodation included. Fax resume to: 250-545-3859 or email to: silverstarmotel@

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HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS NEEDED Are you looking for steady, permanent employment with top compensation and comprehensive benefits? We are now hiring Mechanics with commercial transport experience for our FORT ST JOHN operations. Successful candidates must be motivated, eager to learn, be willing to work shift work, hold valid safety tickets, and complete a clean drug test. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately-owned oilfield services company serving North-East BC and Western Alberta. For more information and to apply, visit our website at


2 PIPELAYERS required immediately for installation of underground services (water and sewer) in Whitehorse, Yukon. Duties include following blueprints; coordinating layouts w/ superintendents; cutting and installing pipe; supervising labourers. Must have experience with survey equipment such as lasers, grade rods & transit levels. MUST BE EXPERIENCED IN WATER / SEWER PIPE INSTALLATION.

Excellent Wages! Please fax resume to 1-867-633-2620 or e-mail to:

ROCK Construction & Mining Inc. is looking to hire for the following positions: Experienced Hydraulic & Down Hole Drillers. Please forward resume to or fax to (250) 828-1948. ROCK REQUIRES two Heavy Duty Mechanics for work at various job locations across Canada. Must be experienced with hydraulic systems and CAT engines. Experience in Terex Redrill, Atlas Copco and Cubex drills preferred. Must have ability to work independently and diagnose problems. Competitive wage and benefits. Please send resume to or fax to (250) 828-1948.


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SERVICE ATTENDANT Benson Oil Plus is looking for a part time service attendant, please hand deliver resume to Katrina or Becky at 975 Columbia Ave

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SOUTH ROCK Ltd. has available positions for road construction, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Shop Foreman, Paving - Roller Operator, Distributor Driver, Heavy Equipment Operators. Forward resume to: Fax 403-568-1327;


STRUCTURAL STEEL Fitters required at Edmonton North Company. Lead Hand: $34.80/hour; 1st Class: $33.24/hour; Fitter: $31.68/hour; CWB FCAW: $31.68/hour. Fax resume: 780-939-2181 or Email: WANT A CAREER IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY? Medical Office & Admin. Staff are needed now! No Experience? Need Training? Career Training & Job Placement Available! 1-888-778-0459 We are still hiring Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-723-5051.


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Education/Tutoring Sons of Norway is sponsoring a basic course in Norwegian starting Sept 17. Phone 250-365-1017

Financial Services BANK SAY NO? WE SAY YES Consolidate or get your personal loan started with us. Up to $200K with low interest rate starting at 1.9%. Bad credit OK. Call: 1-855-222-1228

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Financial Services

Misc. for Sale

Misc for Rent

Suites, Upper

Boats $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

STEEL BUILDING Sale... Specials from $5 to $12/sq. ft. Great pricing on Absolutely every model, width and length. Example: 30’W x 50’L x 16’H, Now $11,900. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers 1800-668-5422.

DOWNTOWN CASTLEGAR Two Office Units: 400 Sq/Ft and 1000 Sq/Ft available immediately. Call 365-3665 days or 352-7474 evenings

Castlegar 2 bdrm Apartment Bright & Spacious, F/S Laundry on site close to amenities, N/S, N/P $725 + utilities 359-7819 Furnished 1 Bdrm Basement Suite available Sept 1/11, N/S, N/P, Utilities included, $385/mth, phone 365-8152

16 ft. aluminum McKenzie River Drift Boat. Glen Wooldridge design, high side /white water boat. Excellent shape. Comes with older carlisle oars, oar locks, skid coating and trailer. $3600 (2, 9 ft. carbon fibre oars also available for additional $400) Phone: 250-2292191 or email

Misc. Wanted I Buy old Coins, Collections, Silver, Gold, Olympic sets etc. Chad: 250-863-3082 (Local)

Real Estate

Feed & Hay

Acreage for Sale

HAY for sale, small square bales, no rain, Creston area. Call (250) 428-1793.

Merchandise for Sale

Auctions AUCTION- Source Glacier Beverage Co. Bottling line, office, restaurant equipment, Complete 750ml bottling line, SS tanks, forklift and more. View photos at:

Garage Sales

CASTLEGAR, 2720 Columbia Ave, Sat, Aug 13th 9 - 2 CASTLEGAR, Moving/downsizing, 1635 Greystone Place Sat, Aug 13th, 8 - noon household goods, cookbooks, books, office supplies, etc CASTLEGAR Multi Family moving/downsizing sale, Aug 13th 8 - 2, 3609 Southridge Drive, furniture, household items & much more CASTLEGAR, Yard Sale, Fri & Sat, Aug 12 & 13, 9 - 2 831 Woodland Drive ROBSON Garage Sale & many collectibles, 2011 Robson access road (Pass Creek junction), Fri, Sat & Sun, Aug 12, 13 & 14 8am - 8pm

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges 20’40’45’53’ Used / Damaged 40’ insulated makes great shop. Only $2300! Needs door and 40’HC $2800 No Rust! Semi Trailers for Hiway & storage. Delivery BC and AB Call 24 hrs 1-866-528-7108

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A FREE Telephone service Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today Toll-Free 1-866-884-7464. DO-IT-YOURSELF Steel buildings. Priced to clear Make an offer! Ask about free delivery, most areas! Call for quick quote and free brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170. For Sale Construction grade Fir lumber very few knots, sizes 1 x 6, 1 x 12, 2 x 6, 2 x 10, 2 x 12, reasonably priced, also Vinyl siding & Ceiling tiles for sale, 250-3652950 phone after 5:00 pm HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 RED ENVELOPE - Unique & Personalized Gifts for All Your Friends & Family! Starting at $19.95. Visit: for an extra 20% off or Call 1888-473-5407. SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: 400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. Slate Pool Table, Inside 44” x 88”, Outside 58” x 102”, 10” Table Saw, 8” Table Saw, Canning Jars, 250-693-5528

20 ACRE Ranch Foreclosures Near Booming El Paso, Texas Was $16,900, Now $12,900, $0 Down, take over payments, $99/mo. Beautiful views, owner financing, FREE map/pictures 800-755-8953. 82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. view/lonebutte/ann/

For Sale By Owner CASTLEGAR (Fairview) Cute 1 Bdrm House, Apple, Cherry, Plum & Pear Trees, Garden & Shed, Woodstove $171,500 - Phone 250-304-1707

Houses For Sale CASTLEGAR, 701 - 5 Street Rental Home for Sale $165,000 Contact

Mobile Homes & Parks 2006 - 14 x 66 - 2 Bdrm, 2 Bath Modular Home 5 Appl, many extra’s, Electric Airforce & Wood Stove, To be moved. MUST SELL Offers Call 250-399-0015

Whispering Pines Manufactured Home Park Home Sites available Beautiful riverside community in Genelle. New Homes coming in August or September receive 3 months Free site rent Phone: 250-693-2136

Mortgages Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181

Recreational RARE OPPORTUNITY: waterfront property on beautiful Jim Lake, 0.83-acre with 360 sq ft insulated cabin, located near Green Lake/Watch Lake. Rare privacy, only three lots on the lake, good fishing for rainbows to 10 lbs, nice swimming, surrounded by crown land. Great trails for hiking, ATV and snowmobile. Seasonal 10-km back road access in 4x4 or pick-up. FSBO. $230,000. 250-395-0599. (Please see

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 2-BDRM, 2 BATH condo in Silver Bay. Fully furnished, 1 indoor parking spot incld. Top floor with great views & all upgrades. Avail. Sept. 15th. $1650. 1(215) 692-0277.

Commercial/ Industrial CASTLEGAR 600 sq ft Office Space near Napa, $450/mth Avail immediately Ray 250-365-3520 CASTLEGAR Office/Retail Space Available for Small Business - 880 Sq Ft 6th Ave South Call 250-365-3315

Duplex / 4 Plex CASTLEGAR, 1000 SQ FT 2 Bdrm includes F/S, brick fireplace, N/S, N/P, 365-2960


26 Ft Sail Boat, 1970 Columbia, 9.9 Yamaha motor LS, Best Offer, Call 250-367-9033

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Homes for Rent Blueberry 1 Bdrm Cottage, F/S, unfurnished, No Laundry, N/S, N/P, No parties, References please, $550/mth + utilities, Avail Sept 1st, 250-365-7550 CASTLEGAR 1 bdrm large spacious suite, super central Location near Tim Horton’s, bus and shopping. F/S, W/D, private entrance and storage great neighborhood, util included $525/mth Avail Sept 1st, 250-399-4351 CASTLEGAR 2 Bdrm House with detached garage, on a no thru street near schools, F/S, W/D, N/S, N/P, Avail Sept 15th, $1000/mth + utilities, Ref reqd, 250-399-4741 CASTLEGAR D/T 2 Bdrm Trailer, park like setting, furnished, 5 appls, close to bus stop, suitable for students, $750/mth + utilities 365-6955 or 365-0879 CASTLEGAR Small 1.5 Bdrm House, with lrg fenced yard, F/S, W/D, $800/mth + utilities, suitable for single or couple only, No children, Pets nego, 403-276-5765


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DIAL-A-LAW: ACCESS free information on BC law. 604687-4680; 1-800-56-5297; (audio avail). Lawyer Referral Service: need a lawyer? Learn more by calling 604-687-3221; 1-800-6631919.


NICE 4 Bdrm house plus student/nanny accom. Near Complex.N/P,N/S, 5 App., Lg Yard, Sept 1st $1495 One year Lease, Refs. 778-292-1287

Pass Creek, 10 min to town, 1 Bdrm Cozy Log Cabin on acreage, F/S, Single or couple $700/mth Refer required Call 250-365-3406 Robson 1 Bdrm House with Den, 2 Bathrooms, gas fireplace, 6 appliances, garage, N/S, N/P, Utilities extra References Required 250-365-3627 SMALL Genelle 2 bdrm house for rent for Sept 1. $875.00 per month plus utilities. References required. 250-304-7686.

Rooms for Rent CASTLEGAR Furnished Room suitable for Student N/S, N/P, 250-365-4884

RV Pads Trailer Pad for rent up to 40” RV, Castlegar area, $300/mth power extra, Bob 250-3046989

Shared Accommodation CASTLEGAR 1 Bdrm Room for rent for college student, Separate Bathroom, shared kitchen with own fridge, use of W/D, private Living room, wireless internet, Avail Sept 1st, Home owner is shift worker, $400/math, Call 250-365-5527 msg for Pam CASTLEGAR Looking for Mature Female Roommate, N/S, N/P, Phone 250-3654884 Seeking responsible easy going tidy individual to share large fully furnished home in Castlegar. Perfect for student or working person N/P N/S & $575/mth includes all utilities please call 304-2380

Suites, Lower CASTLEGAR 1 Bdrm furnished Basement Suite, over looking Columbia River all utilities included, N/S, N/P, ideal for student, $550/mth, 250-304-5880 CASTLEGAR, 2 Bdrm lower suite, $750/mth + utilities, Phone 250-304-7490 CASTLEGAR Cute, clean & bright 1 Bdrm, rec rend, furnished, ready to move in, many extra’s 365-5246 CASTLEGAR Large 2 Bdrm daylite suite with French doors opening on to covered patio with a view of the River, fully furnished W/D 250-365-6316 CASTLEGAR Reno & bright 1 Bdrm daylite basement suite, shared Laundry, N/P, N/S, $550/mth + utilities, Avail Sept 1st, call 250-304-4373

Suites, Upper CASTLEGAR, 2 Bdrm 1.5 bath, upper floor W/D, Avail Sept 1st, $865/mth Looking for mature couple, 250-365-2851 CASTLEGAR, New 1 bdrm basement suite, Partly furnished suitable for 1 person N/P, N/S 250-365-7270

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Cars - Domestic 1990 Mazda 323 Brand new Winter Tires, Exhaust system. rear struts, Needs auto transmission replace, $500 OBO Call 250-365-8155 2004 Chev Impala 72,000 km Excellent condition, Air, Cruise, P/S, P/B, P/W,New Battery & Brakes, $6,900 OBO 250-365-6964 92’ ES 300 Lexus - Olive Colour, Well Maintain, summer & winter tires on all rims. 233 km, asking $5,000 OBO 250-399-0015

Cars - Sports & Imports OKANAGAN’S Largest Used Car Super Store. Always open online at: www.bcmotor 250-545-2206

For Sale: A Cabin on the Lake The Kootenay Queen • 1976 30ft cabin cruiser with a 185 merc • Full galley (fridge, stove, sink, furnace, toilet) • Fold down table for a queen sized bed • Fold up bunk beds • VHF radio • Hull is sound, galley is dated. • Low draft • 200 hrs on new engine • A great boat that needs some TLC. $12,000.00 invested, will take offers starting at $9K Call 250-358-7794 or email for more information

For Sale: A Cabin on the Lake The Kootenay Queen • 1976 30ft cabin cruiser with a 185 merc • Full galley (fridge, stove, sink, furnace, toilet) • Fold down table for a queen sized bed • Fold up bunk beds • VHF radio • Hull is sound, galley is dated. • Low draft • 200 hrs on new engine • A great boat that needs some TLC. $12,000.00 invested, will take offers starting at $9K Call 250-358-7794 or email for more information

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Recreational/Sale 26’ Corsair 5th Wheel, Set up at Arrow Lakes Trailer Park, $5,000 OBO, 250-365-6639

Scrap Car Removal SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

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Notice to Creditors and Others Re: The estate of Marie De Lourdes Teresa Irving, deceased, (also known as Marie De Lourdes Irving) formerly of Nelson, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Marie De Lourdes Teresa Irving are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor c/o Landmark Law Group 780 - 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 4C1 on or before September 1, 2011, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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August 11, 2011Castlegar News  

Complete version of the Aug. 11 2011 edition of the Castlegar News as it appeared in print.

August 11, 2011Castlegar News  

Complete version of the Aug. 11 2011 edition of the Castlegar News as it appeared in print.