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Mount Nelson Park celebrated its grand opening with a page 9 healthy day of fun.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Soccer was being played everywhere on the fields next to J.A. Laird, Mount Nelson Park

and at David Thompson Secondary School. The league is part of the Columbia Valley Youth

Soccer Association. This group of young players may not have been on the big field but they

were having a blast in their own mini World Cup. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

Fences prove a divisive issue LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE


ences are meant to separate two areas of land and one in particular has managed to divide opinions as well as physical space. From outside the fence, local residents are saying it is an ugly nuisance that is harming elk. From inside the fence, its owner says the opposite - that it serves to protect the elk from habituation and his crops from damage with little esthetic drawback. But the issue goes far beyond just those two points of view.

In the past year, the B.C. government has been offering grants for farmers to erect elk fencing around agricultural land. The purpose was to lessen the losses that farmers have faced from wild animals, like elk, grazing on cash crops. And until recently, while applications were still being accepted, farmers throughout the province took advantage of this option. Most, including a handful in the Columbia Valley, have gone up without a hitch. The fence that has been raising some questions, however, encloses

the property of the Elkhorn Ranch in Windermere. Owner of the ranch, Hans Leverkus, explained why he put the fence up. “We grow hay, we grow canola. We can’t have elk in there; it’s got to be very high quality,” said Leverkus. “No one else is getting any grief for their elk fence,” said Hans’ wife, Connie, about the reason for all of the attention their fence is getting. “It’s just because this place, because of the amount of road that surrounds it, it’s like living in a fishbowl.”

Hans claims that if he did not fence the area off, the elk would become too comfortable in one area, keeping them from their natural migration cycle. Connie also said that the elk were not around when they first bought the ranch in 1984, save about 15 they say they would refer to as their “pets.” The problems began when Hans said one of his horses was attacked and killed by a male elk. When asked if he had proof of it, he said he did not but said the horse had huge holes in its side from the incident.

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windermere “It’s private property. They are not our elk. They are Crown animals. They should be on Crown land, not on private land,” said Hans who also owns the Alpine ranch adjacent to the Elkhorn Ranch, one of the areas where the elk spend summer months and have their calves. “We’re not doing them any favours by feeding them on our hay land,” added Connie. “They won’t move on.” Some of his neighbours disagree. Please see FENCE, page 3

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Windermere a great day out – rain or shine BERRY ▼ MARILYN

The sun was shining and the grass was green at the Windermere Valley Golf Course (WVGC) late Saturday morning. Reception at the pro shop was both courteous and professional. There is a driving range and putting greens available to warm up on. WVGC is home to Shot Shapers Golf Academy and I’ve already signed up to take some lessons to tune up my game. Peter and I wound our way to the first tee box where today’s starter Eileen greeted us. She informed us that there was one group in front of us and that we would be on time when we teed off. We met our playing partners Eunice and Erv who were visiting from Sherwood Park. They had never played the course but it had come highly recommended to them. It didn’t take long to realize that we were a compatible group with similar playing skills. Of course the track at WVGC is a friendly one, it is fairly wide open and the pace of play is relaxed. It is 5,036 yards from the whites (4,791 from the reds) and plays to a par of 68. A new golfer wouldn’t feel a lot of pressure to perform at a higher level than they are capable of. The course is in good shape and the greens are challeng-

ing. There is lots of undulation in them and many of them are fairly large. The beverage cart caught up with us on the fourth tee box offering refreshments. Eileen’s job switched to that of course marshal and she had friendly words of encouragement each time we crossed paths. The front nine doesn’t have a lot of hazards to get into trouble in, although there is water on the sixth fairway that also comes into play on the 15th. No one lost a ball and we were all ready for a hot dog from the clubhouse after nine. There is something about a hot dog on a golf course; they taste better than they do almost anywhere else. Back out on the course for the 10th hole, Eunice and Erv brought their rain gear out of their bags. I hadn’t noticed that the weather was changing and was

very surprised when the rain started halfway down the fairway. I brought out my umbrella that was promptly blown out of its holder and did somersaults down the fairway. We thought we’d finish the hole, then decided to play one more because it was on the way back to the clubhouse anyway and the next thing we knew the sun was shining again. The back nine has a few more bunkers on it than the front nine and the water hazards are more visible. There are also many beautiful homes lining the course to admire. The views from every hole are absolutely stunning. This is a course I would recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy a day on the links with family and friends. Watch for more golf course reviews by Marilyn in future editions of The Valley Echo.

Peter tees off on number 18 at Windermere Valley Golf Course.


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The Bighorns football team have some big weekends left before the spring season concludes. The team will play in Invermere on May 29, in Canmore on June 4

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and ďŹ nish the season with the homecoming game at Bighorn ďŹ eld in Invermere on June 5. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

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The pros were out in ďŹ ne form in Radium earlier this month for the pro series tournament. On May 10 the Radium Resort-Springs Course hosted 33 local golf professionals for their second tournament of the season.

The Kootenay Pro Series is a year-long schedule of tournaments for CPGA Professionals around the Columbia Valley. Trevor Metcalf of Eagle Ranch won his ďŹ rst tournament of the season with a 4-under 68 and earned $665 for his efforts. Trevor has been

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working at Eagle Ranch for the past three golf seasons. Starting to golf at the age of 10 Trevor has spent time in different parts of the United States working on his golf game. Eventually he would like to golf for a living but for now he is thrilled to be taking part in the Kootenay Pro Series. One of the challenges for all the participants is ďŹ nding the funding to be in these events. Trevor is just one of the golfers who is always on the lookout for a potential sponsor to aid him in taking part in the series and beyond. Casey Johnson from the Windermere Valley Golf Course ďŹ n-

TREVOR METCALF ished in second place with 2-under 70, while Ryan Wells also from Eagle Ranch rounded out the top 3 with a 1-under 70. Full results of each event can be seen at All the participants would like to thank Brent Taylor, head professional at the Springs Course, for hosting the group.



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on the edge DARRYL CRANE

Kirsten Geiger Age: 16 Height: 5’3” Where were you born: Invermere, British Columbia Position: Pitcher/first base Favourite baseball player: Dana Kendall Favourite baseball team: Mountaineers Favourite non baseball athlete: Jamie Sale/David Pelletier Favourite food: Pasta Favourite subject: Lunch How old when you started playing baseball: 7 Favourite non baseball sport: Figure skating Favourite sport franchise: Anaheim Ducks Favourite quote: Live Laugh Love Awards: Gold star in kindergarten, skating medals After graduation: Skate with Disney Favourite band or musician: Don’t have one Favourite movie: Brokedown Palace Favourite thing you own: Cellphone Where would you like to travel to and why?: Italy, I don’t know why, I’ve just always wanted to go there.

Sports Note Youth soccer is being played at the fields by J.A. Laird every Thursday between now and June 24. Children of all ages are getting the chance to take part and have fun with surprisingly eventful games involving the 3 and under groups. Drop by for a fun night of footie.

Great stretches for catches seemed to be the theme of the week for local softball players. (pictured left)

An infielder gives it his all to make an over the shoulder grab while the centre fielder looks on. (right) A

Mountaineer catcher goes to the fence to try and make a tough catch. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

A heart-friendly triathlon LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE


or some people the longer, warmer days signal only one thing: race season. And an old classic is back this year with some new additions. The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon is now in its fifth year, but organizer Bruce Stroud has been putting together races in the valley for 28 years. And to keep things fresh and include even more people in the action, an additional race is being held this year for youngsters as well. The full-scale triathlon will be the same Olympic distance as always but for kids up to the age of 13 a scaled down version is being offered this year for the first time. Dubbed the “Young Hearts” race, participants, depending on age, will swim, cycle and run a shortened version of the race. Stroud said that the idea was to get kids involved in the event, particularly those who in past have been rel-

egated to cheering on their athlete parents. Preparations are still being finetuned but registration is already about half full. And help is always welcome from non-racers. “We have a core of seasoned volunteers but I’m always looking for more,” said Stroud. Racers in past years have included visitors from as far away as Australia with most coming from B.C. and Alberta. Anyone interested in registering themselves, their kids or helping out in any other way can do so online at where more information about the race’s particulars can be found as well. The event will be staged around James Chabot Park where the swimmers will be in the water and spectators are welcome to come as well to cheer them on during the first leg of the race. The event starts on July 18 with the Young Hearts races taking One of the riders who took part in The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon last year place on July 17.

heads to the change area to get ready for his run. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

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250-342-5914 for seasonal or long-term rentals or go online at www. Canal Flats - downtown, 2 bdrm, newly renovated apartment with laundry. Available immediately, N/P N/S, $600/ month + utilities + $325 DD. 3 references 250-342-3345 after 6 p.m. or leave message. CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and WD included in each unit. Long term preferred. NP. $750- $850/ month DD. Utilities not included. 250-342-8781 DOWNTOWN Invermere (Parkside Place) Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom fully furnished condo for rent. N/S, N/P $1150/mo incls all utilities except cable. Available immed email: or phone 403 -27-4603. INVERMERE FURNISHED 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo overlooking the lake. Fully upgraded with granite, stainless steel appliances, laminate flooring and in-suite laundry. Secured underground parking. Pool, Hot Tub and Fitness Room. Available for immediate occupancy. $1,100/month. Call 403-615-2770


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INVERMERE - 1/2 duplex, 2 bdrm, fenced yard, full bsmt, S/F, DW, W/D. $1000/mth plus utilities. Prefer mature, N/S, long-term individuals. Accepting applications. Avail Jul 1, 2010. Call 250-342-2909.

Homes for Rent Available July 1st - 2 bdrm Wilmer Home. No Smoking, Some pets considered. $1000/month. Looking for long term (couple preferred). Call 250-342-1195 or 250-3421194 to arrange viewing. EDGEWATER - 1 bdrm cabin for rent. $550/mth plus hydro. Looking for long term renter. N/S, N/P, references required. D/D. Phone 250-342-5912 Invermere: 2BR, close to downtown, great views, big yard, 4 new appliances. N/S, N/P. Available now. $1,000 + utilities + DD. References. 250-347-9086. LUXURY 3BR THouse, 2 1/2 bath, 6 appls, Hwood & carpet floors, gas FP, full basement. n/s, n/p. avail June 1/15, July 1. 1 yr lease. mature tenants, references. $1250 email: WINDERMERE - New 2 bdrm with garage on acreage. 2 bath furnished $1100/mth. Contact Linda 403-244-8402.

Shared Accommodation Available immediately Room for Rent. N/S, N/P. Call for more information 250-3417238 or 250-542-0060. ROOM FOR RENT $450/ month Females only. NP, NS. Includes hydro, wireless internet, cable, laundry, furnished suite shared with 2 girls. No lease. Available immediately, in Wilder subdivision - walk to town & beach. Call 250-341-7112

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Suites, Upper RADIUM - 4 bdrm Upper suite. $900 includes Util. N/S Donna 250-342-6010.

Townhouses Radium - new 3 bdrm single garage townhouse in Borrego Ridge, 1400 sq.ft. with in suite laundry. Available Jun 1st. $1300/mth plus gas & electric. 1-403-875-0214

Want to Rent Wanted: 3 bdrm house for quiet family, looking for June 250-688-0788 Wanted to Rent - 4 bdrm house in Invermere for quiet family. Looking to rent long term. Please call Neil at 250342-2028



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1980 Porsche 928, 4.7 V8, Auto, fun car, handles well, $4500 obo, 250-837-2259, Revelstoke

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $2 and up/each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

INVERMERE - Boat & Motor. 16ft champion with 90hp Mercury outboard. $4500 includes trailer, bow & cockpit canvas covers. Very good condition. 250-342-6867 or 403-9313988.

For Sale - 2009 Pontiac Vibe 38,000km. Manual, FWD, P/W, A/C. Lady Driven, like new. $16,500. Call 250-3418798


Trucks & Vans


1986 Ford - F250 XLT Lariat $800 o.b.o. Call 250-342-5024



2003 Honda 1300vtx Cruiser $6800. Black Honda vtxc $1300, mid shape, new tires, battery. Windshield, handle bar risers. Located Invermere. 403-807-2463.

2003 Yamaha WaveRunner, Yellow. $6800. has 40 hrs, seats 3, approx 90 hp , comes with easy load trailer. Brand new mint shape. 403-8072463. Located Invermere.


The link to your community


by Bernice Rosella and James Kilmer

ACROSS 1 Pride 4 Small child 8 European river 12 Pa 13 Paragon 14 First female Canadian parliamentary opposition leader 15 Potable 16 Queue 17 Pinnacle 18 Slightest 20 Cartographer's concern 22 Alamos or Angeles preceder 23 Emetic 27 Prized pie 30 A. Nobel invention 31 Word after Christmas and New New Year's 32 Coup d' ______ 33 Hair piece 34 Death notice, abbr. 35 Out in Achen 36 Senor Gueverra 37 First female speaker of Canada's parliament 38 Soapberry 40 Male saints, abbr. 41 Away, in a way 42 First woman to lead a seat- winning Party in a Canadian election 46 Woodworkers tool 49 Blow your horn 51 Ironic 52 Ensnare 53 Wood wind 54 Crystal 55 Devours 56 Nibbles 57 Side arm


DOWN 1 Dutch cheese 2 Heavy wind 3 German river 4 First female appointed to Canada's Supreme Court 5 Mine entrances 6 Bit of matter 7 James Bond creator Ian 8 Wide open 9 Circle part 10 Sleep cycle 11 Observe 19 Israeli port city 21 Likely 24 Philippine Island 25 Tel ____ 26 Group of badgers 27 Ring, as a bell 28 Pocketbook 29 Throw 30 Bind 33 First female Mayor of a Canadian city

34 Oven 36 Russian river 37 Avers 39 Canada's first female Deputy Prime Minister 40 Maraud 43 Quaff 44 Killer whale 45 No, to Nagurski 46 Travel rep's concern 47 Macaws 48 Took a seat 50 Japanese sash May 5 answers:

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship Services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman Pastor Rev. David Morton 1-866-426-7564

THE ANGLICAN & UNITED CHURCHES WELCOME YOU TO A SHARED MINISTRY Rev. Sandy Ferguson 342-6644/Fax 342-6643 100-7th Avenue, Invermere

Friday, May 21st 12:15 p.m. ~ Noontime Prayers in the Chapel at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Sunday, May 23rd 8:30 a.m. ~ Communion All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m. ~ Communion Christ Church Trinity, Invermere



712 - 12th Avenue, Invermere Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. Reconciliation by appointment.

For more information call 342-6633 or 347-6334

St. Joseph’s Church, Radium Sunday Mass: 11 a.m. St. Anthony’s Church Canal Flats Sunday Mass: 11:30 a.m. Sacred Heart Parish Golden Saturday Mass: 7 p.m. (sometimes Mass time changes)

Pastor: Fr. Jim McHugh (250) 342-6167

Loving God Loving People #4 - 7553 Main Street West, Radium Sundays at 10 a.m.

ALLIANCE CHURCH 326 - 10th Ave. 342-9535 REV. TREVOR HAGAN Senior Pastor

Sunday, May 23rd 10:30 a.m. Worship & Life Instruction, “Public Relations: PATIENCE”… Pastor Trevor ministering.

Bible Studies #4 - 7553 Main Street West, Radium Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

“K.I.D.S.” Church for children ages 3 to 12, during Morning Service.

Kids’ Church Edgewater Hall Thursday 6:30 p.m.

Access Sermons Online: Go to Listen to them on the computer or download them.

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Hwy. 93/95 1 km north of Windermere PASTOR: SCOTT PETERSON Sunday Service 10 a.m. Worship & Word Wednesday 7 p.m. Adult Programs 1st & 3rd Thursday Youth Home Group Call the office at 250-342-9511 for more information. Living God’s Word, Loving Through Action, Lighting Our World

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Garage Sales MULTI FAMILY GARAGE SALE - May 22, 9am-1pm. Washer/Dryer, Sofa, Windsurfboard & sail, Sports gear, clothes..much, much more. 1717 10Ave. RADIUM - May 22, 9:00am to 2:00pm, 7500 Jackson Ave. Quilting Fabric $5.00/m. Fat quarters $1.50ea, other assorted items. Sat. May 22. 9:00am-3:00pm. Multi Family. Furniture items, housewares & appliances, new assorted bedding/quilts, office equipment, new desk/chairs on casters, horse bits/stuff, new ladies quality clothing & gently used, new power golf cart, mens & ladies golf clubs, bags, assorted golf clothing, and much more. 474 Lakeview Rd, just off Athlmer Rd, acreage on hill named Deere Ridge B&B. WINDERMERE Huge Garage Sale and Fabric Blowout 1201 Hilltop Rd. Sat, May 22nd. 7am - 1pm. Household & home decorating items, furniture, sewing supplies, yards and yards of fabric, craft supplies, books and much much more. Garage Salers & people who love to sew should not miss this sale.

Apt/Condos for Sale

For Sale By Owner

Downtown Radium - New 2 bdrm, 2 full bath. 3rd floor, fireplace. N/S, N/P. $1000/mth utilities included. Call Julie 403-828-1678.

EXECUTIVE OKANAGAN Water front Walk Out - 1588 sq/ft condo at Strand on beautiful Okanagan Lake. Fully furnished. This ground floor walkout is just steps to the Okanagan Lake. Swimming pool & year round hot tub. Condo fees include cable TV, internet and all utilities. This luxury condo is truly one of a kind. Make this your permanent residence, rent it or spend your vacations here! Viewing and tour available May 22 & 23 Please call 403350-4129 for appointment. $829,000 INVERMERE - New custom built 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath house in new resort community. Close to schools & town. Too much to list @ $680,000 a must see. To view call 250341-7387 or 250-342-3442.

INVERMERE - 2 bdrm condo Parkside Place. Enviro 2000, all appliances, luxury furnishings. $1300/mth. Call 250-2700906. RADIUM - New 2 BDRM, 2 BATH CONDO FOR RENT. Mountain views, in-suite laundry, A/C, gas fireplace. Laminate floors throughout kitchen, dining room and living room. Oversized balcony with gas bbq hookup. Brand new appliance package. $1000.00/Mth. Please Contact Ryan (403) 650-5788

Business for Sale Barber Shop, Invermere Nice size clientele. For inquiries phone 250-341-3240. After 6p.m. call 250-342-0655.

For Sale By Owner

WANTED, acreage 5-20 acres within the Edgewater/Fairmont area. 250-341-5486.

CABIN/HOME - in Spur Valley subdivision. Cozy 1471 sq ft. A-frame, completely reno’d, 3 bdrm, 2 full baths, F/P, New no maintenance huge deck, 12’x20’ shed, 100’x200’ lot. Quiet serene area across from golf course $389,900. 403687-3296 or 403-816-5035.



Acreage for Sale


Houses For Sale NEW HOMES next to golf course on the Sunshine Coast from $149,000! See or call (604)414-5374 for details

Lots For Sale - Invermere/Wilmer property - Three lots total 90x10 ft. Flat,mature fruit trees, 3/4 fenced yard with view, 500 sq. ft. finished shop, 200 sq. ft. green house. 600 sq. ft. cabin needs attention, wood heat, base board back up. Excellent water, 20 min. to 10 golf courses, 2 hot springs, ski hill and national park. Motivated seller, 219,000. Contact 250-342-7415.

LARGE GOLF COURSE VIEW LOT 0.24 acre flat lot in Radium (#35 Pinecone Lane) on fairway and in a nice quiet developed neighbourhood. Adjacent to The Springs course. The picture is one view from the rear of the lot. No bldg commitment. $225,000 + GST Financing available.

Call 250-341-5996

7 choice house lots on Cordillera Avenue ridge - views to North and to South, unserviced but in Water and Sewer Service Districts - inclusion fees paid, prices starting $59,000. Never built-on commercial/residential lot in “Town Square.” 60’ X 120,’ W&S on frontage ~ $82,500. Plateau above 1/4 Mile River frontage: ~ 88 acres, sites for airstrips and canoe landing. Municipal Water/sewer, 3-phase-power available, Extra access to Highway 95 possible. IN EDGEWATER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. Info: RedWillow Enterprises Ltd. 250-347-9660 Invermere - View Lot. Close to schools. 211 Pine Tree Lane, .220 acres. $135,000. Phone 250-341-3521


giving up some personal time. The leadership students get far more out of this than they realize. As the money was raised, they constructed and displayed a thermometer (now at $310, 31 bed nets). Other students asked, “What is that?” Now they had to explain what they were doing. In order to explain, they felt they needed more research. When they had done the research, they felt they needed an assembly to explain it to all of the students, and explain it in a way that all of the students, from kindergarten to Grade 7, could understand. Research skills came in handy as they uncovered information about malaria and the causes of the disease. They found out why the bed nets make such a huge difference. They made charts and pictures of the cycle of the disease and also found that those particular mosquitoes don’t live here in Canada. They

2003 Winfield Mobile Home occupied 4 years, good condition. Must be moved. Porch and propane tank included. $50,000. Call 250-342-6188 FOR SALE IMMEDIATELY affordable, comfortable, cozy, 2 bdrm mobile. Large deck, great view. New furnace, hot water tank and bathroom. No dogs. Terms negotiable for serious buyer. A trade possible. 1-250-542- 0060 or 250-3417238.

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Recipe of the Week COOKIES AND CREAM FREEZE 14 Oreo Cookies, divided 1 package Cream Cheese, softened 1/4 cup Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla 2 cups Cool Whip topping, thawed 4 squares, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted Line 8½ x 4½ inch loaf pan with foil leaving the ends to extend over sides. Place 8 cookies on bottom and crumble remaining cookies; set aside. In a bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until blended. Stir in Cool Whip. Spoon 1½ cups cream cheese mixture into a bowl and stir in the melted chocolate. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over cookies in pan. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs, press down gently with back of spoon. Top with chocolate cheese mixture. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm and remove 10 minutes before serving; invert onto serving plate. Remove foil and let stand until slightly softened before cutting. See all my recipes at

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Students net a cause his year, at Martin Morigeau School, we have a leadership club that involves Grade 6 and 7 students, led by Alyssan Gauthier. This has provided a new dimension for our school and the experience for the children greatly exceeds the times that they spend meeting. Leadership is not always easy to pinpoint. Sometimes it means taking charge and organizing events but, more often, it means serving others with a sense of purpose. The purpose this year was to provide bed nets for children in areas of the world affected by malaria. Accomplishing this goal meant raising money. Raising money meant providing service. All year long, the leadership club has been distributing the milk for our milk program and managing the recycling for juice boxes and bottles. This has meant scheduling the work, forming partnerships, working with others, and

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school matters DOUG YUKES planned a play that would demonstrate the effectiveness of the nets in preventing the infection by mosquito bites. Then, they gave their presentation using slides, drama, charts and public speaking. They were knowledgeable and well spoken. They were well prepared to answer questions from the other students and staff. These types of experiences demonstrate the value of cocurricular activities. The net benefit to others in another part of the world is, in fact, enhanced by the skills gained by our students while they work towards their goal. In addition to all of this, they are developing a global view and a realization that we are not isolated anymore. We are all in this world together. How much smaller will the world become as these students advance?

The snow has thawed in most places but as it did, the Sharp boys, Keegan, Trigg and Jedd, managed to find a few of the crocuses that popped their way up. According to them, this year provided fewer chances than usual around their home to find the little blossoms. DAVE LAZZARINO/ECHO PHOTO

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Help Wanted

Financial Services

Peppi’s Pizza hiring for summer employment. Call 250-342-3421 or email resume to: Send or drop resume off.

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

YELLOWKNIFE CATHOLIC SCOOLS is hiring for the following positions: 1.0 Math Teacher, 1.0 Science Teacher, 1.0 French Program Coordinator. Visit for application instructions.

Pickers NEEDED - Part-time employment Pick, Pack, Ship/warehouse duties 2-3 days every other week. Please call 570402-1154

Sales New Career. Heartland Toyota Williams Lake requires Sales Advisor/Business Manager a.s.a.p. Come to the Cariboo. Great earning potential. Growing dealership. Fax: (250) 3922288. email:

Trades, Technical QUALIFIED GLAZIER - Full time position available. Excellent glass cutting and handling skills a must. Shower door and window installation experience required. Automotive glass installation an asset. Wage scale based on qualifications. Located in Parksville on beautiful Vancouver Island. All inquiries are confidential. Fax resume to 250-954-1123 or email to

Financial Services $500 LOAN SERVICE, by phone, no credit refused, quick and easy, payable over 6 or 12 installments. Toll free: 1877-776-1660 DEBT CONSOLIDATION PROGRAM. Helping Canadians repay debts, reduce or eliminate interest, regardless of your credit. Steady income? You may qualify for instant help. Considering bankruptcy? Call 1-877-220-3328 FREE consultation, Government Approved, BBB Member

Floor Refinishing/ Installations

If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS will lend you money. It’s that simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1-800-5872161

Legal Services DIAL-A-LAW offers general information on a variety of topics on law in BC. 604-6874680 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.565.5297 (Outside LM); (audio available). Lawyer Referral Service matches people with legal concerns to a lawyer in their area. Participating lawyers offer a 30 minute consultation for $25 plus tax. Regular fees follow once both parties agree to proceed with services. 604687-3221 (Lower Mainland) or1.800.663.1919 (Outside LM).

Cleaning Services

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250-342-6312 Home Improvements Home finishing packages Interior panel and trim. Exterior siding and soffit. Fences and decks. Cat’s Eye Wood Products, 250-348-2000.

Misc Services HAVE A PILE OF GARBAGE to get rid of give Odd Jobs Ent. a call 250-342-3569

Furniture 6-piece butter-yellow Rattan set, loveseat, chair, ottoman, coffee & end tables. Forest green fabric. Mint condition, $400 o.b.o. 250-342-0573.


Efficient, affordable cleaning services with flexible availability. Call to schedule an appointment. Jennifer 250-688-1347 or Krissy250-342-1347

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Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL Shipping Containers Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20,’24,’40,’45,’48,53’.Insulated Reefer Containers 20’40’48’. CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,100! Semi Trailers for hiway & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours.

Misc. for Sale #1A STEEL BUILDING SALE! Save up to 60% on your new garage, shop, warehouse. 6 colors available! 40 year warranty! Free shipping, the first 20 callers! 1-800-457-2206.

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. ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SALE 22nd Annual sale sponsored by the Vernon Collectors Club at Vernon Curling Rink on Fri. May 28 from 3pm-8pm & Sat. May 29th from 10am-4pm. Approx. 130 tables. $2 admission is good for both days. BUILDING SALE! 25X30 $4577 30x40 $7140. 32X60 $11950. 32X80 $18420. 35X60 $13990. 40X70 $14650. 40x100 $24900. 46X140 $37600 OTHERS. Ends Optional. Pioneer MANUFACTURERS DIRECT 1-800-668-5422 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

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Garage Sales


ART SALE & GARAGE SALE 250-18st Fort Point. May 22 9am-4pm, May 23 10am-3pm. Household items, Clothing, Antiques, Tools, Canoe with electric motor, Electric Welder, New 26 speed Bike. Too many items to list.

Clovr’dell firewood, seasoned larch, fir, birch, and pine. Measured cords, 1/2 cords, split and delivered or pick up a truck load. 250-342-0152 NEED A VEHICLE? Easy finance!! Low Payments! $99 delivers. 24 hour approval. We deliver! 3,000 vehicles to choose. Call now! Mr. Green 1-800-916-1737. Big discounts! NEW Norwood SAWMILLS LumberMate - Pro handles logs 34” diameter, mills boards 28” wide. Automated quick-cycle-sawing increases efficiency up to 40%. - FREE Info:1-800-566-6899ext:400OT ONE TON FULL TILT DECK TRAILER - comes with 8yd detachable box. Brand new wood splitter, 3000PSI, 3500lb surge brake. $5000. Call Dan at 250-347-9514 or 250-4219111

INVERMERE - HUGE Garage Sale at 3 homes: 1601, 1603, 1605 - 15 Ave. May 22 only, 8:00am - noon. No early birds. INVERMERE - May 22 & 23, 9am-4pm. 6A Wolf Crescent. by Tim Horton’s. INVERMERE - Renovation Sale, 601 4th Ave. Sporting gear, Trampoline, Household items. 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Garage Sales GIANT GARAGE SALE Saturday May 22 10:00am - 4:00pm • • • •

Surplus hardwood, tile & Cabinet Hardware. White Stove, microwave, dishwasher, . Two love seats, stools & houseware. Sporting goods, Toys & lots of misc. items. Warwick Cabinets 1335 Industrial Road #1 Athlmere Just follow the signs in the Industrial Park.

Legion Branch #71 Garage Sale & Breakfast. Downtown Invermere - Saturday, May 22nd, 7:30am start early with breakfast to go. Inside rain or shine. Everyone Welcome!

Misc. Wanted Remote Control - Outdated (4/99) Shaw “Millennium 4” universal remote control. If you have one (or more) collecting dust, please call Bill at 250342-9665.

Garage Sales 4870 Glen Eagle Drive, Fairmont Hot Springs. May 22 & 23. 8 am to noon. Well working 27” TV with control, numerous kitchen items, hanging basket chair, printer, lamps, books and large assortment of golf clubs including a ladies set of Cobra clubs with bag. EDGEWATER - Sat May 22, 9:00am-1:00pm at 4792 Selkirk Ave. Moving Sale, too many items to list.

ROTARY GARAGE SALE “Piles of Stuff” Saturday, May 22nd 8:00am - 12:00 Noon Next to the Courthouse Proceeds will go towards sponsoring Invermere’s International Student Exchange Programs.

Lawn & Garden Need a Gardener? Flexible schedule. Contact Tamara 250-342-5035

Hauling & Salvage ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING garbage, brush & construction disposal, mulch deliveries Call Dale Hunt 250-342-3569

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Windermere Fire Department is seeking community-minded volunteers for our team. Contact 250-342-6214 or 250-688-0136 for information.

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Cards of Thanks


The family of Kay Frater would like to express our gratitude to this wonderful community for all the love showered on us during our difficult journey. For the visits, hugs, phone calls, beautiful flowers, cards & food honouring Mom at her service & the wonderful stories.

DATING SERVICE. LongTerm/Short Term Relation ships, FREE CALLS, 1-877297-9883. Exchange voice messages, voice mailboxes. 1888-534-6984 Live adult casual conversations-1on1, 1-866311-9640, Meet on chat-lines. Local Single Ladies 1-877804-5381 (19#).

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We truly live in a community that cares.


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Bless you all! The Frater, Koop & Feldman families.


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BE YOUR OWN BOSS with Great Canadian Dollar Store. New franchise opportunities in your areas. Call 1-877-3880123 est 229 or visit our website DAYCARE for sale in Creston currently operating as group care, licensed for 8 children. Business & building can be bought together or separately Business & equipment $10,000, Building listed for $229,000 250-428-9645

The family of Olga Roesch would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Invermere District Hospital for their wonderful care of our mother/grandmother, and the support given to the family. A heartfelt thank you is also extended to all of her friends for their kind words and encouragement to help us through this difficult time. Thank you all so very, very much.


Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of any advertisement which discriminates against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, nationality, ancestry or place of origin, or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona fide requirement for the work involved.

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INCREASE YOUR business by reaching every hunter in BC, Advertise your business in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis. This publication offers guaranteed year long reach to sportsmen & women, 200,000 copies! Call Annemarie at 1-800-661-6335 ext. 744

Career Opportunities BECOME AN EVENT PLANNER with the IEWPTM online course. Start your own successful business. You’ll receive full-colour texts, DVDs, assignments and personal tutoring. FREE BROCHURE. 1800-267-1829

24 Hour Women’s

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Family Resource Centre in Invermere. Monday - Thursday

250- 342-4242 ALCOHOLICS Anonymous If alcohol is causing problems or conflict on your life, AA can help. Call 250-342-2424 for more information. All meetings are at 8 p.m. Invermere; Saturday,Sunday and Wednesday groups - Columbia United AA at the Connection, Family Resource Centre, 625 4th Street Invermere. Friday Radium Group - Radium Catholic Church. Meetings are open. ATTENTION RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS AND DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS! Confused about the Independent Assessment Process (IAP)? Government not answering your questions? Not sure if you qualify? Need help? We’ve helped over 3000 survivors across Canada with their claims. call now! 1-888918-9336

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Classifieds Work!

Education/Trade Schools Become a Psychiatric Nurse train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $29/hour. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free: 1-87-STENBERG

INTERIOR Heavy Equipment Operator School Train on fullsize Excavators, Dozers, Graders,Loaders. Includes safety tickets. Provincially certified instructors. Government accredited. Job placement assistance. 1-866-399-3853 ONLINE, ACCREDITED, WEB DESIGN TRAINING. Learn web design from the comfort of your home! Start building your online web presence today! Visit: Space is limited - Apply today! Train to be a MEDICAL LAB ASSISTANT. The healthcare industry needs YOU! MTI Community College. 604-310-2684 LOVE YOUR JOB! Train to be a MEDICAL LAB ASSISTANT. The healthcare industry needs YOU! MTI Community College. 604-310-2684 LOVE YOUR JOB!

Help Wanted #1 IN PARDONS. Remove your criminal record. Express Pardons offers the FASTEST pardons, LOWEST prices, and it’s GUARANTEED, BBB Accredited. FREE consultation. Toll free 1-866-416-6772 Black Forest hiring bus persons. P/T weekends, F/T summer. Drop off resumes after 5 pm.


EXPERIENCED servers/bartenders are required at The Farside Pub in Fairmont. Fax resumes to 250-3428884



JAMES E. SMITH Born January 7, 1926, passed away May 14, 2010. James is survived by his daughter, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Cards of Thanks

Cards of Thanks

We would like to thank our amazing community who walked alongside of us during this time. We are grateful for the cards, flowers, delicious food, and loving kindness. Thank you to: the merchants for your help with organizing Erwin’s memorial and for the lovely speech; all of our friends who have done so much for us, especially in the past few weeks; George Oliver for being a special friend to Erwin and for the beautiful words you shared at his memorial; and Gordon Comer for his reflections on Erwin’s life - you nailed it. We are especially grateful to Bruce Childs, Mike Smith and Fraser Smith for taking the time to play Erwin’s favourite songs so well. It was a special gift and so meaningful. Pastor Trevor who led us, we will never forget what you did for us. You are a wonderful man and we thank you. We were overwhelmed at the presence of the people who joined us in saying goodbye to Erwin & celebrating his life at his memorial.

Please include: Your name & address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name & address to send card to

Once again, for the high level of care and concern from all the health care professionals we encountered, Thank you. We are blessed by the support we’ve had during this difficult time.

Barb, Nicole, Blair and the entire Kloos family.

Help Wanted

Looking for an exciting and rewarding career? Are you self-motivated, with excellent communication skills and goal-oriented? Car and computer essential. Please apply online at: Are you looking to work in a fun, dynamic atmosphere with a future in the hospitality industry? Well if you are then the Cedar House Restaurant and Chalets wants you. We need a HEAD CHEF immediately. Pay depending on experience. Duties required: Prepping meals, plating and dessert prepping. Please email or call 250-344-4679, 250-290-0001 Ask for Darrin. Are you looking to work in a fun, dynamic atmosphere with a future in the hospitality industry? Well if you are then the Cedar House Restaurant and Chalets wants you. We need an aspiring ASSISTANT CHEF who is currently enrolled in a culinary arts program. Pay depending on experience. Duties required: Prepping meals, plating and dessert prepping. Please email or call 250-344-4679, 250-290-0001 Ask for Darrin LAKESIDE PUB - looking for cook, prep cook and Servers. Please apply in person or drop off resume. 250-342-6866.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

CHEAP TELEPHONE RECONNECT! Paying too much? Switch, save money and keep your number! First month only $24.95+ connection fee. Phone Factory Reconnect 1-877-336-2274

Funtasia in Fairmont Hot Springs is offering great job opportunities for fun loving, outgoing, high energy individuals with great people skills. Sales and cash register experience preferred. Good communication skills are essential. Full or part time positions open for customer service and spinn-bump car attendants. Variety of tasks include: serving customers, keeping environment tidy and clean. Some food prep, light gardening, some animal care and light maintenance, etc. Please fax resume to 250-345-4542 or email to:

Columbia Cycle is looking for a full time experienced Bike Tech/Sales Associate. May result into year round employment. Apply in person or send resume to DENIED CANADA PENSION PLAN DISABILITY BENEFITS? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-7933222. HOUSEKEEPER WANTED Gateway Property Mgmt at Panorama Resort is looking for an experienced housekeeper for Common Area cleaning. Call 250-341-5511 for more information.

LEMARE LAKE Logging Ltd. is seeking contract Highway Truck Drivers, project starting June 1, 2010. Please call Jennifer Ouellette @ 250-9563123 or fax information to 250956-4888.

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FIRLANDS RANCH - located in Radium Hot Springs is looking for a suitable candidate to assist full time on the Ranch this summer. Qualifications: • University student returning to University in the fall • A valid driver’s license • Ability to handle general repairs • Comfortable around animals • Knowledge of a working ranch and luxury resort is an asset. Please e-mail resume to or call 1-403-831-3290

Windermere Valley Childcare Society

HELP WANTED • Full-time ECE position available. • Wages are dependent on education and experience. • Extended medical and pension. • Must be a team player and flexible. • Hours will be Tuesday to Saturday. Contact Arlee Romane Phone: 250-342-3168 • Fax: 250-342-3359 Send resumes to: Box 2257, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Windermere Valley Early Childhood Development

Team Coordinator The Windermere Valley Early Childhood Development (WV ECD) Team is a collaborative table of approximately 20 community partners working together to improve the lives of young children aged 0 to 6 and their families in Windermere Valley. The WV ECD Team is seeking a part time coordinator who will support the identified goals of the team which include community and team development, partnership building, promotion and communication activities related to the importance of the early years. The ideal candidate will have: • Experience with community planning processes, research and project co-ordination. • The ability to foster collaborative relationships among people and organizations. • Proficiency in public speaking and delivering presentations to community groups. • Experience preparing funding applications and knowledge of potential granting streams. • The ability to prepare accurate reports for monthly meetings, funding reports, etc. • Knowledge of early childhood services available in the Windermere Valley. • A willingness to learn about local, regional and provincial early childhood development issues. • Strong interpersonal, written, organizational and computer skills. • A reliable vehicle in order to travel throughout the Windermere Valley as well as to quarterly meetings in Cranbrook. • Two years post secondary education and one year related experience. Other appropriate combinations of education and experience may be considered. This position is a 12 month employment contract beginning June 2010 with the possibility for renewal dependent upon funding. The position offers a base of 10 hours per week at $20/hour with the potential for additional hours depending upon successful grant and project applications. The weekly hours of work for this position are flexible and could complement additional part-time work. Please submit your resume via e-mail to Deadline for applications is 4:30 PM on June 4th, 2010. Thank you for your interest in this position. Only candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

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Group Benefits Options

WORDOFTHEWEEK Group Benefits ‘Group benefits’ is largely a North American term. Britain, Germany, the USA and many other nations have a large number of different ways to describe and design these types of arrangements. Before group benefits came into widespread use, everyone was expected to pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses. This is known as the ‘fee-for-service’ model. On the whole these plans began as evolutions of other forms of insurance. As we have seen before, insurance is a very old arrangement. Group benefits started to evolve in the late 1800s, with hospital and medical expense policies first showing up in the first half of the 1900s. As time passed plans became much more diverse.

ASK THE EXPERTS… I have an individual disability plan to cover me outside of work and a group disability plan that covers me at work, is there a way I can get even more disability coverage? Disability insurance is coverage that protects your income stream in the event of an injury or illness. It ensures that you will be able to maintain your standard of living if you are no longer able to bring in a paycheque. One common misunderstanding with this type of insurance is that more is always better. This is not the case because the insurance companies put a cap on the amount of coverage that you would be permitted to collect. They usually max out at around 2/3 of your pre tax income for all policies combined. This ensures that you are not making more money while sitting at the beach ‘nursing’ that injured shoulder than you did when you were putting in a full days work. Therefore, by stacking multiple policies on top of each other, you could be in a situation where you are paying for coverage that you will never be permitted to collect from. For that reason, it is very important that you always seek professional advice when putting together a disability insurance portfolio, and that your advisor fully understands all policies that you currently have in place. To enter for this month’s draw of a $50.00 gift certificate for GAS at Lucky Strike Gas, all you need to do is visit or stop by our office and ‘Ask the Experts’ at CMK Wealth Management.

Having a job ‘with benefits’ is very different to having ‘friends with benefits.’ The latter will not be dealt with in this column anytime soon. The former is the subject of today’s piece. ‘Group benefits’ is the catch-all term used to describe many different plan designs. The idea behind group benefits, also sometimes called group insurance, is that many people will pay into a plan, and will also be able to draw benefits from that same plan. The idea makes economic sense in much the same way usual insurance does. If a large enough group of people pay their premiums, and folks draw from the plan as needed, then the law of numbers means that the plan will be able to continue. If too few people pay into the plan, or if there are too many claims, then the group plan will likely find itself in difficult financial waters. Everything you have read thus far relates to ‘traditional’ group insurance, or group benefits, plans. Yet there are two other ways to cover your (and your employees’) health-related expenses. A second option available to everyone is: pay for health care out-of-pocket. This is the route where you pay your BC MSP premiums every month, and you are responsible for the great majority of the cost of prescription drugs, dental care, vision care, and all of the cost of visits to chiropractors or massage therapists, for example. The third option is a significant de-

parture from ‘traditional’ group benefits. There are references in popular TV shows and movies going back decades of getting a job “with benefits.” We all know about friends or family who work for huge companies, or government, and who have good benefits plans. But what if ‘traditional’ group benefits are not for you and your organization? This option is known by several names: cost-plus plan, private health services plan (PHSP), health care spending account (HCSA), etc. The idea is relatively new, and quite simple: an employee goes to the doctor/dentist/chiropractor/optometrist/ naturopath/etc. and pays for the service or product they receive (say $100). Their employer pays the company who provides the PHSP or HCSA $100 (plus an admin fee, typically). The PHSP or HCSA provider pays the $100 back to the employee. Benefits to this option are many. The $100 the employee receives back is taxfree. The $100 (and the admin fee) the employer pays is tax-deductible. And the list of services covered is typically much, much larger than the list covered by ‘traditional’ plans. If a group benefit plan tailored to your organization’s specific needs is on your to-do list, please do not hesitate to contact us at CMK Wealth Management. We will design a plan to meet your specific needs and desires. Consider us your ‘advisor with benefits.’

Live in the moment, Plan for the future! 526B - 13 Street, Box 429, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 250-342-5052 • 1-877-342-5052 • Fax 250-342-5519

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The College of the Rockies in Invermere held a successful networking evening last week. Entitled "Date My Campus"

the night included chocolatey treats to go along with the witty banter. DAVE LAZZARINO/ECHO PHOTO

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Dave Ridge (right) hands over a cheque for $4,600 to Maxine Jones (left) and Colleen Shaw (middle). The money is going

to be used to help health care students deal with education costs. MARILYN BERRY/ECHO PHOTO

Students get a shot in the arm CLOVECHOK ▼ DOUG Special to The Echo

A successful trades course has added more than skilled workers to the community. It has also given cash for students. Dave Ridge, owner of the Home Renovation Centre donated $4,600 to the Invermere Campus of the College of the Rockies. The Home Renovation centre is a key supporter of the College of the Rockies Introduction to Trades program that provides students with the opportunity to see working in the trades as a viable career. The dollars that Home Renovation Centre received as payment from the college for their services is now headed back to the college. The donation will go towards two scholarships to be awarded locally for the 2011 Health Care Assistant (HCA) program and will pay full tuition for the recipients. Colleen

Shaw, administrator for the HCA program, stated that “tuition costs are a huge barrier for many students wishing to advance their careers and lives through post-secondary education. This donation will provide students with a life-changing opportunity as they move towards a career in the health care industry.” For Ridge this was a no-brainer. “We are so grateful to the communities that support our company with their patronage that we are compelled to give back. We are thrilled to be able to contribute in such a meaningful way and look forward to our ongoing partnership with the Invermere Campus of the College of the Rockies.” Well done Home Renovation Centre! For more information on how to give back to our community through college scholarships call Doug Clovechok, campus manager at 250-342-3210.

Uh oh! We’ll get your carpets and upholstery so clean, Mom will never know.

Residential & Commercial • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Emergency Flood Restoration

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The Valley Echo • May 19, 2010

Homeowners build equity at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort SCOTT HENDERSON ▼Special to The Echo

Following a successful sales season in 2009, construction is moving forward on homesites at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort launched its Mountainside Ridge home sites in June of last year with amenity-based incentives including golf, ski and hot springs passes. Now they are continuing to offer value for buyers with a variety of home building options. “We’re working to take the uncertainty out of building a vacation home by working with local builders to give homeowners the flexibility to choose the option that meets their needs,” Dan Oliver, resort property specialist at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, said. “Our strategic partnerships allow owners at Fairmont Hot Springs to either build the luxury home of their dreams, or build on a budget and even put in their own sweat equity.” One of the innovative options being offered by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is custom homes from Timko Developments. These custom homes are designed with homeowners before they are built at an Alberta plant, then the stick frame walls are transported to Fairmont Hot Springs for final construction. “Due to our manufacturing process, construction time is reduced significantly compared to other options in the Columbia Valley,” Ron Davidson, Columbia Valley project manager for Timko, said. “Home buyers also have the option to finish their homes themselves after we complete the exterior construction.” A fully constructed 1,500 sq. ft., three-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottagestyle home from Timko starts at $350,000. But if buyers want to finish the interior of the

home themselves, the exterior and framing of the same home is only $155,000. Construction time for a fully finished Timko Home is four to six months, but the exterior shell can be completed in only two months. “Homes from Timko are very flexible and homeowners can choose anything from a complete home, to a shell, and everything in between to meet their budgets,” Oliver says. “This gives homeowners the chance to save money in areas where they may have the ability to do the work themselves, or simply stretch the timeline as funds allow. Homesite prices at Mountainside Ridge start at $114,900 for 1/3-acre home sites and there is a flexible construction schedule, allowing owners to break ground up to five years after purchase. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is also working with Ski Home, a custom home builder based in Invermere, to provide complete design and construction services for homebuyers to make their dream home a reality. Construction has begun on a 2,400 sq. ft., three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom contemporary mountain style bungalow at Mountainside Ridge that is setting a new architectural tone for the Columbia Valley. The home has finishings with bamboo flooring, maple cabinets, stone and timber exterior and a steel roof. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers 45 holes of golf with Mountainside, an 18-hole par 72 CPGA, the stunning 18-hole Riverside Golf Course set on the majestic Columbia River with the rugged Rocky Mountains as its backdrop and Creekside, a par 3, 9-hole golf course. Scott Henderson works for dHz Media, a Calgary-based marketing agency.

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DISTRICT OF INVERMERE 914 - 8 Avenue Box 339, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 Fax: 250.342.2934

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OCP Amendment NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw 1085, 2001. Bylaw No. 1409, 2010 will change the Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1085, 2001 as follows: By amending the Land Use Plan – Residential, referred to in section 3.2 of Bylaw No. 1085 is amended by changing a portion of: • Lot 21, Block R, KD Plan 1013, DL 216 From RECREATIONAL / ENVIRONMENTAL to PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL as shown on the map below

David and Alex Wilson take a break from renovating their new store for Nature's Floors in Invermere. The owners are moving

the business next to Legacy Kitchen with the doors opening on the May long weekend. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

Taking their floors to a new home CRANE ▼ DARRYL

The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1409, 2010”. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office at 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from May 19, 2010 to June 1, 2010. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Official Community Plan amendment Bylaw No. 1409, 2010” may: • Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; • Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or • Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer

Nature’s Floors is getting ready for a new home next to Legacy Kitchens in Invermere after nearly two years in their current location. Owners Alex and David Wilson see this as an important move after many months of talking about it happening. “We sat down with Legacy Kitchens last summer after doing a number of projects with them and we noticed a lot of traffic coming from up there to down here. Alex started talking about dividing up their store in half,” David said. David thinks this will help both stores provide better and easier service for customers. Customers will not have to come down the hill if they want to look at both kitchen and floor combinations.

“We have done a lot of work with Legacy and their quality is the same level of work that we want to push out,” David said. The owners also feel the new store is better situated for the type of store they are. Being in their present location put the flooring store in the middle of clothing shops and people were not looking for them in that area. Now they will have extra room and parking for people who are trying to have work done on their homes. David also feels this move will aid in getting out the information to people about the many different types of work they can do. “We do a lot of custom work and we can work with just about any budget. You can make your home look great even on a budget, it is the de-

tails that can make a project look amazing. We will only sell product that we feel confident installing. We also offer help to those who want to install it themselves,” David said. With a goal of being in their new store by the long weekend there is no doubt the couple will be very busy, but it seems to be a challenge they are ready for. With many projects happening both in the new store and also for their customers, quality is still a key for the Wilsons. “The site-finished wood floors are a speciality of the store, making every floor whatever you want. Training and certification is very important to us. Things change very fast and we need to stay on top of every new development in the industry,” David said.

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Putting pros The season has begun for golf pros.

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Jeff Watson injects a sealant to repair a car's windshield chip, one of the many glass services offered at Invermere Glass. The shop is one of the

few in the valley where all the staff are registered as ICBC adjusters. Watson recommends people to search for places to do car repairs according

to their professional credentials and not just price.


sometimes just take it to anybody.” The shop, located in the industrial park in Athalmer, is one of the few places in the area that has certification for both regular and auto glass work. When Jeff began in the glazing industry more than 30 years ago, the province had little in the way of regulations concerning glass work. Since then, though, he explained that there have been measures taken to improve quality across the board. In 1997, B.C. became the first province to distinguish between the certification to work with flat glass and the one to work on auto glass. Jeff said, despite having to take a few courses, he welcomed the upgrade as it meant a more standardized approach to the industry. Along with changes in laws, windshields have also evolved in physical ways as well. For example, some of Jeff’s customers who come in with rock chips ask why the glass is being made so thin. The simple answer is, it both reduces weight and therefore fuel

economy as well as allowing the glass to be pushed out by a deployed airbag. All information that most drivers take for granted, but Jeff, Lynn and their employee Dave Boake all take seriously after taking the ICBC adjuster course in Abbotsford. But it isn’t all large jobs that need special attention. In fact, anyone who has passed a large tractor trailer on a road that hasn’t yet been cleared of winter debris knows the shock of a rock hitting the windshield and the aggravation of seeing a crack formed. Each of those cracks have to be tended to in different ways depending on shape and size and all can be performed by a certified ICBC adjuster. And when the job is done by an unqualified person, Jeff said it isn’t long before the driver is back to get the repair job done again. As for avoiding damage from rocks and debris, Jeff said it is sometimes a matter of slowing down when passing large vehicles, particularly on turns. And sometimes a chip here or there is simply unavoidable.


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An angler tries his best to catch a fish or two at the pond in the middle of Greywolf Golf Course on a perfect day in the moun-

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Luminaries at the library CRANE ▼ DARRYL

Luminaries are currently on sale for the Relay for Life and now people can get together to decorate them thanks to the public library in Invermere. On May 19 between 6 and 7:30 p.m. the Invermere Library is inviting people who have a luminary or wanting to purchase one to come to and decorate. The staff at the library said they will have all their greatest craft supplies including glitter available for people to come in and decorate their luminaries. There will be luminaries for sale at the library but people can bring in the ones they purchased from anywhere. Luminaries are being sold at Sobeys, One Hour Photo, Kootenay Savings, The Valley Echo and The Columbia Valley Pioneer through the first week in June. Hopefully it will be a nice environment for this kind of activity. It is nice to share these kinds of moments with people. Library staff will also be taking some time out of the schedules to drop by J.A. Laird School library to talk to the students about programs which will be offered at the library this summer.

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Invermere Library hosts yoga night


SHOEMAKER ▼ LEAH Special to The Echo

Some find exercise the perfect way to relax. Others prefer a good book. At the Invermere library, you can get a little of both. On May 26 try something you may have never done before at your library: yoga. The Invermere Public Library will be hosting a free family yoga session at 6 p.m. The event is estimated to run for about an hour and a half. This unique workshop will be led by local instructor Maureen Thorpe who will be donating her expertise for the evening. The night is geared towards families with children 5-years-old and up. Not only will the program discuss and work on ways to add yoga to your family’s daily life, but the poses being done will need full family participation; meaning some of the poses will involve more than one person. As often is the case, space may be an issue with this event but it is so exciting that the library is able to offer this free event to the community. We plan to have all attendees “on the mat” by 6:15 p.m. so please arrive by 6 p.m. Participants should bring a belt, a blanket, and their families! The Valley Fitness Centre has kindly donated their yoga mats for the event but if you own one feel free to bring it. Watch for fly tying and fly casting in June and hula hooping in July. For more information you can call the Invermere Public Library at 250-342-6416.

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her winnings which included gift certificates worth more than $200. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

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MBF brings pop to Boogie Bash LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE

The Dudes may be out but not to worry, the bash is still set to boogie. In a pinch, organizers managed to line up singer/songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald to headline. Fresh off of touring with the Barenaked Ladies, MBF (as he’s come to be known by some fans) mixes acoustic guitar and charming vocals with the kind of clapping, stomping percussion that gets into the bones and makes you move. Fans of musicians like Jack Johnson will see some similarities. “The live show is uptempo and fun,” said Fitzgerald. “We’re hoping that dancing ensues.” The bash is a throwback to an event that used to be held in the valley. The idea is for upbeat music to get people into the mood for summer and Fitzgerald admits that it is the kind of party that he remembers from summers he spent in B.C.

“Long weekends, my family used to go away and it seemed that whatever was happening you’d go do,” he said. “It’s going to be really cool. Hopefully people will come out and give it a try and come ready to have a good time. It’s just going be a good time.” He is bringing a six-piece band with a couple of horns to Invermere and feels they can manage to bring a good time to most venues, from a small handful of people to a show for thousands. “As much as we can do a show in a library, we can also handle the parties just fine too,” he joked. The Boogie Bash is being held at the Invermere District Curling Club on May 22. Tickets are available at Gerry’s Gelati or online through and are $21 or $25 at the door. The Columbia Valley Rockies will be selling beer and coolers and all proceeds will be going to support the team.


A biker pulls off a trick at Mount Nelson Park in Invermere. More riders have been coming out to the park as the weather improves to enjoy the sun and pull off some difficult tricks. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

Folk tour winds up the in valley LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE


he term “folk music” often casts a wide net on the individual acts and musical styles it describes. But there is little argument that it has to include a down-home feel with some unique personality. A duo playing in Invermere at the end of May has just that. Jenny Allen and Leslie Alexander are successful solo artists in their own right. With three acclaimed independent releases under her belt and another on the way, Alexander recently returned from a two-month North American winter tour opening for Jane Siberry. When fellow ex-pat Albertan Jenny Allen turned up on the bill in Vancouver, along with her band the Fates, the two joined Jane to sing along with her famous encore “Calling All Angels,” and later cooked up the idea of supporting each other on tour this spring.

“We found after our first show that we really liked playing together too, so we still do separate sets but we accompany each other as well,” said Allen. “We’ve been having so much fun with it.” Though life on the road can be tough, the pair have found ways of entertaining themselves. “Pretty soon we’re going to need a trailer because we’re hitting every thrift store from Alberta to the coast and back again,” Allen said. “We’ve had a lot of good finds.” She admitted that there is a lot of work that goes into it as well, but not enough to lose the enjoyment of it. The tour’s last date is in Invermere at Strand’s Restaurant. “We should be nicely warmed up by then,” joked Allen. Those interested in hearing them play are welcome to come to the restaurant on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. but are reminded to call 250-342-6344 to reserve a table.

Jenny Allen (left) and Leslie Alexander will be bringing their folk-roots to Strand's Old House Restaurant in

Gallery Show at Pynelogs Featuring Karla Pearce, William Croft, Sharon Routley, Stan Lukasiewicz & Sandra Brown. May 18 to 30 - 11am to 4 pm daily. What does ART Artist Opening on Wednesday mean to you? May 19 from 7 – 9 pm. Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

Invermere on May 30 as the final stop on a two month tour. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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Third time's a charm for Nipika trail run CRANE ▼ DARRYL

The third annual Nipika Crazy Soles trail run is just around the corner for runners of all levels. The event will be happening on May 29 at Nipika. After throwing the first event together in less than two months in 2008, the event brought more runners in last year and even more are expected this year. According to owner of Crazy Soles, Beva Kirk, the first time the event was held 75 people took part with 150 showing up for the event in year two. The hope this year is to see attendance double again bringing the total number of competitors to 300. Beva sees this event as one of the quickest growing events in the valley.

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An information session will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Centre hosted by the Windermere District Farmers' Institute. For more information on the program, call EKIPC at 1-888-55-EKIPC or visit their website at

The event was mainly filled with people from Alberta in the first year but Beva is seeing more local people coming out to take part. “We think the hype throughout the local residents is bigger this year,” Beva said. This year there will be three different length races with three, 10 and 25 kilometres. This year also has seen a number of sponsors step up to help out with prizes and a great swag bag according to Beva. Some of the sponsors include Planet Foods, New Balance, Kootenay Rockies Reality, MaxWell Realty, Kicking Horse Coffee, the Village of Radium Hot Springs and the Nipika Mountain Resort. Each race is separated into different age groups with children as young as under 12 competing in the 3 km run. The event is seen as a casual event with the focus more on having fun while enjoying a spectacular run. To find out more about the trail run or to register contact toll free at 1-877-647-4525 or 250-342-2074, or email or

Runners head for the natural bridge portion of the 2009 Nipika trail run. DAVE LAZZARINO/ECHO PHOTO

Stories being sought for memory game KNIGHT ▼ BETTY Special to The Echo

Ever wonder if people passing through Invermere will remember it down the road? The B.C. Memory Game is your chance to prove that your town is unforgettable. Barbara Adler is a storyteller who’s been around the province too many times to remember. She’s tired of forgetting where she’s been, so she’s in-

viting the province to play a game of Memory with her. Barbara’s playing by collecting stories to make a deck of cards based on towns across B.C. You can play by teaching her something amazing about your town. Stories (and storytellers) can be funny, outrageous, sweet, solemn, surprising, tiny, gargantuan, weird or inspiring. Once Barbara has a load of sto-

ries, she passes along what she has learned to Vancouver visual artist Jordan Bent. While he paints and draws, Barbara hits the books and pores over her notes to create a story about her memory. The final product is a virtual memory card, which will be shared on the project website. To learn more, visit To sign up for a 25-minute interview, e-mail Barbara at

YOUNG ACHIEVER DISTRICT OF INVERMERE 914 - 8 Avenue Box 339, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 Fax: 250.342.2934

Invermere Housing Corporation looking for a Director With the recent resignation of one of our Directors, Invermere Council is looking for a dedicated and engaged citizen with a desire to commit to an opportunity to be involved within the development of our Housing Corporation. The opportunity to become a Director in this new and exciting Corporation involves partnering with the community to sustain a range and supply of perpetually attainable housing options for Invermere’s permanent residents.

Emily Krebs, 24, was chosen to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. Born and raised in the valley, Emily is a very active member of the community and was picked for the program that develops leadership skills in young people across the province. Congratulations, Emily!

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Be a Director in the Invermere Housing Corporation. The Invermere Housing Corporation oversees the creation, administration and management of resident restricted housing with long term success as a vibrant resort community and its contingency upon retaining a stable resident workforce. It is an interim position with the possibility of a long term commitment to the community. HOW TO APPLY: Citizens interested in becoming a Director are invited to submit a resume to: Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer District of Invermere 914 8th Avenue Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Any questions can be directed to Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer, at 250-342-9281 or cao@invermere. net. The deadline for the submission of all resumes to the municipal office is May 21, 2010.

Has your phone number changed? Have you changed addresses? Are you new to the valley? If you have answered YES to any of these questions, you need to call The Valley Echo so we can update your listing in The Answer Book.

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DISTRICT OF INVERMERE 914 - 8 Avenue Box 339, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 Fax: 250.342.2934

Council Agenda Review for the May 11th Council Meeting During the regular meeting of Council on May 11th, 2010, the following items were adopted: â&#x20AC;˘ A public hearing is scheduled for June 1 for the Greenhouse Gas Target Bylaw at 7pm. â&#x20AC;˘ A public hearing is scheduled for June 15th for the liquor license amendment at Budâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Lounge at 7 pm. â&#x20AC;˘ 5 year contract for Gordon Fraser to operate his kiosk on the Bank of Montreal corner during the summer months. â&#x20AC;˘ Council has approved to waive the noise bylaw for the Columbia Valley Relay for Life on June 12, 2010. â&#x20AC;˘ Council is sending a letter to the Ministry of Environment regarding the growing number of wild deer inside the community boundaries. â&#x20AC;˘ Council requested staff to review the sidewalks downtown and ensure that they are compliant with our Sidewalk Inspection and Maintenance Policy. â&#x20AC;˘ Council approved the following Special Events to be held in Invermere in 2010:

Audiences were treated to the delightful sounds of the Valley Voices choir at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere last week. Led by choirmaster Paul Car-


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riere, the choir performed numbers ranging from gospel to classical to folk.

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DISTRICT OF INVERMERE 914 - 8 Avenue Box 339, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Tel: 250.342.9281 Fax: 250.342.2934

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OCP Bylaw Amendment NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1085, 2001. Council is considering amending the Officical Community Plan by adding a new Section 2.11(a), entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Climate Change”. The new section will include greenhouse gas reduction targets for corporate and community-wide emissions and establish objectives and polices that will be used to meet our targets by 2020. Bylaw No. 1419, 2010 is cited as “District of Invermere – Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1416, 2010/ The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1419, 2010”. A copy of the proposed bylaws and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office at 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from May 19, 2010 to June 1, 2010. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1419, 2010” may: • Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; • Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or • Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer

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Jeremy Johnson returned to the Columbia Valley to take over the position of golf shop manager at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Mountainside Golf Course. Jeremy just came back to the Columbia Valley in February after a stint at the Victoria Golf Club where he had worked for the previous year and a half. Even though he enjoyed his time in Victoria he is very happy to be back in the valley. Jeremy said his interest in working at golf courses stems from a passion he has for the sport which he has been a part of since his childhood. Growing up in Revelstoke, Jeremy was a member of the Revelstoke Golf Club starting at the age of 13. “I looked at my passion and that was golf. I found out how I could pursue it,” Jeremy said. Jeremy said even when he was on the coast he referred to the valley as being his home, making the decision to work at Mountainside an easy one. “There was an opportunity with this position to come back. I love the valley and

saw it as a way to come back. The timing was right. My wife is working on her master’s of applied psychology and it is all online. So we were able to move anywhere,” Jeremy said. Working as a golf shop manager has multiple perks for Jeremy. “I definitely enjoy the business of it. I like having something to do all the time. Helping people through customer service is also a huge part of it for me,” Jeremy said. Not looking back on the success that he has had so far in his career, the shop manager is always looking to tomorrow. “One of our goals is to build business. The economy has struggled for the last while and this has affected the golf industry as well. One of my goals is to help the resort and get people here and just provide excellent service for them when they are here,” Jeremy said. As for the Mountainside course Jeremy thinks it offers a special and unique experience for all those who take their shots on it. “I would say it is one of the greenest courses in the valley just for looks. It is a gorgeous

course with beautiful views. We like to promote a really friendly, fun atmosphere. Customer service is key and it is a fun course to play,” Jeremy said. Anyone who has any questions about the course or golf shop can contact Jeremy at 250-345-6514.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held Thursday, May 27 at 5 p.m.

in the Best Western Invermere Inn on Main Street. REFRESHMENTS will be served! We value your participation and hear your voices. We would like to see you there. ACE seeks additional directors and members.

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Annual General Meeting at the Community Greenhouse (by DTSS) Tuesday, May 25 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. All welcome “Cultivating Community”

Public Hearing Notice Bylaw Amendment – Panorama The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Panorama Mountain Village Inc. to amend the Panorama Mountain Village Official Community Plan Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the land use designations of the subject properties to facilitate future single family and multi-family residential development. The properties are located on Trappers Way in Panorama as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2222 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Panorama Mountain Village Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1414, 1999 – Amendment Bylaw No. 13, 2010, (Panorama / Panorama Mountain Village Inc.)” will change the designation of: •

Part of Block A of District Lot 17108, Kootenay District, except Plan NEP80595; and

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from RA-MF, Residential Accommodation – Multi-Family and RA-SF, Residential Accommodation – Single Family to RA-SF/MF, Residential Accommodation – Single Family and/or Multi-Family. A public hearing will be held at:

Dancers perform their own take on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. The performance in Windermere

was one of three that helped raise relief funds for DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO Haiti.

BMO holds BBQ for life CRANE ▼ DARRYL

There is a sure sign that spring must be here because the Bank of Montreal barbecue is coming bank to Invermere. The BMO in Invermere will be having the tasty event on May 21 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with all of the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life which is taking place in Invermere on June 12 and 13. The Bank of Montreal will be donating all of the supplies and food needed so that 100 per cent of the proceeds can go towards the Relay for Life. Kathi Shaw is the financial services co-ordinator at BMO in Invermere. She feels this event gives everyone the chance to support an important cause.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. It’s very emotional to watch the survivors’ lap and to read all the names on the luminaries as you circle the track during the Relay for Life. It is a great event to support,” Kathi said. This will be the seventh year BMO has hosted the barbecue and the staff at the bank are happy to be seeing the money raised go to the Relay for Life. “We have been having a barbecue for Relay for Life since 2004 and even though we don’t have a team entered this year we still wanted to make our donation to this great cause,” Kathi said. A smokie and a drink will be $5 and a hot dog with a drink $4. The BBQ will be set-up on the sidewalk in front of the branch.

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Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street Windermere BC Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F and Electoral Area G. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaws, you may prior to the hearing: •

inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays;

mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or

present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing.

Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing.

All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0314 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335.

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The opening of Greywolf Golf Course at Panorama has seen some of the Panorama chefs move over to Carrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant with the start of the season. With the move came many great recipes for golfers to try as they take their shots out on the course. According to the resort chef de cuisine, Brian Vallipuram, it was important for all of the staff to understand the food that was going to be served to the guests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has been a lot of training for all the staff. They need to know our philosophy. Here at a resort-styled environment you are always opening a new place. The core people are here working with the seasonal staff. It is important for everyone to know the menu and service expected,â&#x20AC;? Brian said. The restaurant is in the clubhouse at Greywolf and has an interesting mix of ďŹ nger foods right through to larger meals with a mix of ďŹ&#x201A;avours for everyone.

Recently the staff sat down as a group so all members could sample some of the dishes and ask questions of the long-time chef. With a staff of 25 the restaurant is now prepared to give the best combination of food and customer service to guests of the course and people who drop in for a meal. The staff were in on a special night with guests invited to try out the food and service. This was done not only to give some people a chance to sample the food but also as a dry run for the workers who will spend their summer at the restaurant. Staff members have also been trained about the golf course itself and were expected to be able to answer questions about the course. Currently, Brian says there are plans to have special events at the restaurant which could include an Indian cuisine night and possible wine tasting events. Carrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with menus for all times of the day.


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It was a celebration that looked back on a great deal of hard work, and also to future goals which could still be accomplished as residents of Invermere and beyond came to Pothole Park to

enjoy the sun, some cake and a new place to relax in the town. Guests to the celebration were treated to performances by the Valley Voices, a troupe of bagpipers and even some free foot-

ball lessons by the Bighorns football team. District of Invermere staff members were also on hand and praised all the hard work which made the park possible. DARRYL CRANE/ECHO PHOTO

Program works toward access LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE


ccessibility for people with disabilities has, for some time, been increasing on the priority list of many places in Canada. And places like public buildings and downtown areas are coming on board. But a group in the valley is proving that access doesn’t have to be limited to those few places. Access in the Community for Equality (ACE) is a provincial program that works to better the access of all areas that people may want to go to. And for the Columbia Valley, that includes places you may not otherwise think of as accessible.

“There are wonderful things that are going on here in our area that help to put together the accessible tools that are already in place,” said Glenys SnowDymond, one of the founders of the organization. One of the things that they are focused on right now is developing ways to implement accessibility at some of the recreation sites including hiking trails using specialized equipment. The soundplay instruments that are going to be in place at Kinsmen Beach by the end of May are also a project that the group has been a part of bringing to the area and will be one of the only ones of its kind in western Canada. “It’s just helps to encourage people to realize that

people with disabilities are wanting to participate within the community and they have great opportunities in our region,” said SnowDymond. ACE is still looking for people to join their cause. The yearly cost is $10 for an individual or family, $15 for a non-profit organization and $25 for a business and forms can be found at Spring Health Foods in Invermere. They will also be holding their annual general meeting on May 27 at 5 p.m. at the Best Western in Invermere. They meet about once a month and address projects in the area to increase accessibility in the area.

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ICAN – Invermere’s Companion Animal Network Jack is a big tabby cat, who is about 5 years old. He is mellow to the bone and LOVES being the object of anyone’s affection! He is used to being an indoor/outdoor cat, but always stays close to home. He would also do well as an indoor only boy, as long as he has a nice comfy chair to lie in! Jack came in with his sister, Jenna, after their guardian passed away a few months ago. Please consider opening your home to this big guy, he will reward you for it in spades!!

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Remember when? A look back through archived pages of The Valley Echo CRANE ▼ DARRYL

Frank Richardson had spent more than 47 years as the postmaster for the community of Athalmer before retiring late last year. For his years of hard work and service to the community he was honoured with a certificate from the Postmaster General Wm. Hamilton and a letter of congratulations from the Deputy Postmaster General G.A. Boyle. YEARS AGO: The Invermere Senior Ladies’ Aid to the Windermere Hospital disbanded after over half a century of assistance to four different local hospitals. The group had donated both time and money over their many years of service with five members donating a total of 389 years to the group. YEARS AGO: Fairmont Hot Springs now has a new swimming complex with three enlarged pools. The three new pools provide 1,000 square metres of water surface. YEARS AGO: Almost 200 people turned out to take part in a Red Cross blood donor clinic with the Windermere District Lions Club just being beat by the Invermere rugby team for which group could get more people out to the event. YEARS AGO: Long time Invermere resident, Lloyd Anderson, was honoured by his coworkers with his retirement coming soon. Lloyd had been working with the Ministry of Highways for nearly 30 years. Lloyd was given a Nikon camera as a small token of thanks by his friends and fellow workers. YEARS AGO: Scott Lane of Calgary was in the area of Blue Lake when he suffered serious injuries after a fall from a 25 metre cliff. That’s when his two friends ran down to the Westroc truck garage where they called for help and also brought Wayne Statham back to the accident while Gordon Harrison waited for help. Wayne also contacted Westroc mine rescue team member Robert Kimm who helped Scott until paramedics arrived.


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MAY 17, 2006: The Invermere Community Hall was the place to be with the under 5-years-old crowd on Friday night when the Windermere Valley Child Care Society held a family fun dance. Complete with DJ’d music, junk food and balloons, it was a right party. While spin the bottle wasn’t on the agenda, those who did their best crazy dance (pictured) were eligible to win a cake. ECHO FILE PHOTO

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Northern pikeminnow – native survivor


rite of spring from ice out to May long weekend is taking the rowboat or canoe out on Lake Windermere to do some fishing. These are great days on the lake, especially when it is calm as glass, in the morning, or evening, the sun coming up or going down. Not one for ice fishing, it’s the first time of year to match wits with the trout, bass, pikeminnow or even a lake char or two. They may have small brains and have not yet sprouted legs and started walking ashore, but more often than not they get the best of me. You would think they would be especially dumbfounded and easily dominated from banging their heads all winter

on the lake ice trying to jump into the mountain air, but not so. Ever since I was a youngster, every spring, I’ve been fishing in a boat or off the shores of Lake Windermere. I admit there did seem to be more trout in the lake when I was a boy. Possibly the introduction of non-native species such as bass and kokanee salmon, is the cause of this. A species native to Lake Windermere is the northern pikeminnow. They were known, in the not distant past, as squawfish. They are not a good eating fish due to the abundance of bones in its flesh. But they can be a lot of fun to catch, especially on light tackle. The northern

pikeminnow often gets blamed for eating trout fry, decimating trout stocks. Some parts of the United States even put bounties on them. While thinking of all the ways humans tinker with the natural order, building dams, introducing non-native species, diverting rivers, pouring waste and fertilizers into the water system, I can not jump to the conclusion that the pikeminnow is the cause of the dwindling trout population in Lake Windermere. Because they are not good eating, I release them. Many fishermen believe they should be killed. Thinking, by doing so, more trout will take their hook. My father used to catch

Thanks for nothing I would like to put a notice to the person who drives a red car that went through my gate. What happened? It is a 14-foot gate. Could you not see it? You should not have a car or a driver’s licence. If you damage property like that, what are you capable of doing to people? Vandalism is not something that people laugh at because it harms people and property. Gates are there for a reason. It is to keep the animals safe but with you taking my gate out it puts other people in jeopardy

of hitting animals that may be loose. If someone hit my animals, I would be charged. You need to get help with your driving - either drivers’ education or give your licence up until you learn to drive. If alcohol and drugs are a problem, leave them alone because you can’t handle it. Thank you for the work that you provided for me. Sam Paul, Invermere


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through the picture window. He was equally impressed. I cut the head off it. Buried the body in the garden, mounted the head on a fence post. Spent the winter shooting holes in it with my pellet gun. In the spring when it was dry as tinder a magpie swooped down and

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Volume 54, Number 20

May 19, 2010

The Valley Echo is published each Wednesday by The Valley Echo at 530-13th Street, Invermere, British Columbia, Canada V0A 1K0

Local salute L

ast week marked one full year that I have been in the valley. And it is easy to admit that I have been lucky to find this place. As a Panorama staff member mentioned recently, because of the surroundings alone, my job is better than most people’s vacations - most people I know, anyway. People around here know how fortunate they are. In fact, there is a secret handshake of sorts that only those who live here know about that speaks to that. You may have seen it. It is done most by people while driving. The driver will ever so subtly raise two fingers from the steering wheel for just long enough to form a quasi-peace sign as he passes. If you didn’t know about it, you might mistake it for a tiny stretch or think they were flicking something away. But residents here know better. What they are saying with this mini-wave is exactly what everyone is thinking. In essence, “Man, are we lucky to live in a place like this; where some people spend millions of dollars to build summer homes to escape to and others pay thousands just to come to for a few weeks.” Of course, being here for a year does not make a person a local. Locals become what they are by looking around them and seeing a place and how it has changed in front of them. It is the recognition of the surroundings just as the steering wheel salute is a recognition of neighbours. Peter Banga has been running Quality Bakery in town for a couple of decades and alluded once over a cup of coffee to how town has developed to what it is today. To hear him and others recollect, the effect seems positive. A number of amenities and services exist where there were none before. And the more people in a place means more choices for things like food and entertainment. The drawbacks are the same as in any summer destination in this country. You don’t have to find yourself suddenly stuck in traffic coming into Invermere (an inevitable experience that will begin happening this coming weekend) to know that the place isn’t really built for a massive population. It’s not just roads, but water, sewer and even recreation sites have their limits to providing a comfortable existence here. A more ambiguous side of this prosperity, though, is pretty evident when people start talking about money. The more people who come into the valley, the more money that is spent. Simply put, it pays people’s salaries. Without it, the industry that was once the only source of income here would not be enough to support even the population of valley towns before it became a tourism hot spot. But does that mean the trend that has brought the area to its present state should continue? Long-time Edgewater resident, Gerry Wilkie pointed to the term “tipping point” as very apt for this area. In other words, at what point does the valley that we all know, and that locals tip their hats to as one of the finest places in the world to live, transform into something they do not recognize any more? The fear people have of development is not a generalized hatred for the “evil developer” or a close-minded scoff at progress. It is rather a concern that, if not kept in check, the valley that they have grown up in will be gone forever. They will have nothing to salute or tip their hats to or love in a way that only a place called “home” deserves. And even advocates of rapid advancement can’t argue that that is not a good thing for anyone. – Dave Lazzarino 530 13th Street • P.O. Box 70 Invermere, B.C., Canada V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-342-9216 • Fax: 250-342-3930 Web:

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Job well done! Last fall, Rich Ferrier, of Ferrier Waterscapes, offered a wonderful prize to the citizens of Invermere in the form of a draw for a $10,000 land or waterscaping job. I was the lucky winner of an irrigation system for my property. Over the past week, Rick and his helper, Dave, installed a state-of-the-art system that makes the formerly dubious job of watering a breeze. Sprinklers come on, water for 15 minutes and go off again without me having to haul hoses around any more. I can’t tell you what a relief that is to these

letters to the editor old tired muscles! And when the installation was complete, the cleanup was meticulous. All I had to do was lay down some grass seed and now wait for new green to fill in the cuts. This is a superb professional job by a very generous man. Invermere is lucky to have such a fine corporate citizen. Thank you, Rick. Buzz Harmsworth, Invermere

WISH offers thanks I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who took time to notice the figures placed around town during the Violence Prevention and Awareness Week (April 18-25). I would also like to thank Buffy Blakley, the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, and the District of Invermere for generously providing space to place the figures. A huge thanks goes out to Jake Franzen and Elesha Atwood for lending their wonderful talents painting the figures. A bow of appreciation also goes out to Dave Lazzarino for being sure to bring the Awareness Campaign and reminders about domestic violence to the attention of The Valley Echo readers. Thanks also go to the WISH team who are always on the ready to help and to Rick for working hard to replace some figures. One other whom I would like to acknowledge; Debbie Neault who had always brought the hidden issue of domestic vio-

lence into the light and who had fought courageously on behalf of families who struggle with this issue in their lives. Debbie set an example of what one person can accomplish when they are moved by passion and compassion. Watch for the figures again next year at about the same time. Perhaps you may spot some differences! Keep a watch for other forthcoming awareness campaigns and show your support for the quest of domestic peace and harmony. After all, world peace begins at home and awareness and communication are the keys. If you need our assistance with any family issue, please contact the Family Resource Centre at 250-342-4242. If you need emergency shelter or support please call WISH at 1-800-200-3003. You are not alone. Joyce Rhodda, Women’s Information and Safe Homes (WISH) program co-ordinator

How about a Robin Hood tax? As everyone appears to be excited about a new tax, we’ll need to find a name for it. How about the Lone Ranger Tax? No, that infers Texas, and they shoot first and tax later. Perhaps the Robin Hood Tax? Now that has more of a European/U.K. flair, and conjures up fairness and sharing. OK, the name works. Now all we have to do is get more than just the Europeans onside, and we will have something of substance happening. A mere 0.05 per cent of all global financial transactions could be put into a special fund and, if the bankers and the super wealthy blink, they won’t

even notice it. And the hundreds of billions of dollars generated every year will go a very long way to rectifying many of the problems in our world experienced by the poorest. Our government has frozen foreign aid at a time when more and more people are becoming marginalized. What a unique opportunity to fund powerful and progressive programs, such as the Catalytic Initiative and the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, to address global poverty without affecting our Canadian budget. Dr. Robert C. Dickson, Calgary

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ay 10 saw an official opening of the section of Mount Nelson park that now contains workout equipment. The equipment which was recently installed at the park has seen steady use since being assembled by both residents and people who visit the area. Many children from Eileen Madson Primary School were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony after running, jogging and walking over from their school. Invermere mayor Gerry Taft cut the ribbon with many councillors and staff members on hand for the event. The council has been trying to find ways to make it easier for people of all ages to have places where they can work out in the area. Taft asked the children who were at the event if they were enjoying the new equipment and was met with a resounding yes from the group. The new equipment is just one more step in the district’s plans for providing people with safe places to go and experience a healthier lifestyle. Earlier this year the council in Invermere passed a motion that will see a new multi-purpose court to be added to Mount Nelson Park. The new court will allow people to play a variety of different sports in the park which are currently unavailable.


have been somewhat lax in my updates and for that I do apologize. I take it as a compliment when people tell me I need to write my column more often. If I am not mistaken, it has been six weeks since I last wrote, and much has happened in that time. First off, I am bald. I was anticipating this to happen, but not until about the third week of my chemo treatments. But no, on day 14 when I went to wet my hair down, I ended up with handfuls of hair. I just looked at my hands, clutching all that hair,

and burst into tears. I think I was just not ready for it. That evening, I took my three grandchildren with me and headed off to the hairdresser’s, where Christine buzzed it all off. The bald head does not bother me, and as a matter of fact, I can get ready a whole heck of a lot faster than before. What is funny, is how much it must have changed my looks. Or maybe it is because I am now wearing baseball caps, which I have never in my life done before. People whom I have known for years, walk right by me, not knowing it is me. And then they do a double

The National Garage Sale for Shelter held by Royal LePage in Invermere attracted more than 100 bargain hunters and raised an

take and try to cover up that they did not recognize me. Don’t be embarrassed about it; heck every time I look in the mirror, I shock myself as well. I just returned from a trip to Kelowna where I had a number of medical appointments and an MRI done. In the last ten weeks, I have had so many procedures – like ultrasounds, CT scans, mammogram, that I really cannot even count. My team of doctors are working very hard to make sure that my cancer does not spread and that the chemo treatments I am receiving, are doing

what they are supposed to. And I am extremely happy to say that all seems to be working just fine. I am one of the very fortunate people who seem to have little or no bad reaction to the chemo. The first two treatments, I ended up in bed for 3-4 days, just feeling like a truck ran over me. The last one, I had absolutely no negative reaction to. I feel this is due, in part, to the healing hands of Suzanna who has given me a couple of treatments. It is very clear that the chemo is shrinking the cancer in my

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breast, which is great. Approximately 4-6 weeks after treatment is over, I will head back to Kelowna to have my breasts removed. So, in a nutshell, I am doing great. I have bucked the odds all around — first getting breast cancer to begin with, as I was not a ‘candidate’; then getting cancer again, in the same breast after having radiation, is crazy odds; having a fairly easy time with the chemo so far (touch wood); and having my cancer respond to the chemo so positively in a very short time. I guess maybe I should start buying lottery tickets.

about town SHEILA TUTTY All joking aside, I am grateful for my health, my family and my friends. I am also very grateful that I reacted very quickly to the subtle changes I felt in my breast, and thus had a very early diagnosis. Because of this early diagnosis, I will be able to beat this cancer again. Please listen to your body, and react to anything that seems even a little out of the ordinary. You can save your own life.

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Two sought in break and enter In the early morning hours on May 1, unknown culprits committed a break and enter by going through a window into a local restaurant in downtown Invermere. Once inside, the unknown culprits entered the bar area stealing

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n the last while we reported on some of our drug seizures and charges resulting in numerous responses from many who want to see the laws change in regard to marijuana. Nice to see people are interested in what’s happening in the valley. I would like to set a few things straight. The term War on Drugs is not a phrase I would use. The only war that I am familiar with is the fighting that our soldiers are doing overseas. I have been reading some of the comments being made from those who support the legalization of marijuana, from the medical point of view to the biblical. Here are some of the things people should be aware of in regard to the detachment members and our stance. I do a great deal of the meetings with our youth in the valley, as well as reaching out to educate their parents about the drug scene here. I tend to concentrate on alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and a few other drugs. I also discuss with those

youths who are obtaining their driver's licence the concerns we adults have. Without an established trust, respect and communication this can be a very worrisome time for the majority of parents. In my case with my son, I work on trust, respect, communication and for some good measure a little fear factor when it comes to alcohol, drugs and the car. Sometimes I do all the communicating. I must share with you parents that when your children move out, which our son has recently done, we find that he actually takes the time to have a conversation with mom and dad. I also appreciate that he is part of the boomerang generation. Our youth will experiment. That is a fact. They are invincible and fearless. Many tend to give in to peer pressure. Alcohol is by far the biggest problem the police face and causes the most damage to society and families. The focus of my talks is education, making informed choices and having a backup plan. Kids today are smarter in many

police files S/SGT. SHEHOVAC ways than many of their parents were when they were young. The problem I find with some parents is that their knowledge is based on what they experienced in their youth and they have not kept themselves educated or up to date. I can also state that parents will try to use their own experiences they have gone through and try their best to pass on what they experienced. Communication is very important there. A minority of parents will continue to use and glorify the use of marijuana while the majority made it through their adolescence, grew up and carried on. My goal in my discussions is to present the facts as I know them, and explain the consequences that could happen. Know what you are putting into your body, regardless of the substance and understand what’s happening in your body. Make an informed decision.

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Spring is here and the Columbia River and Wetlands beckon to boaters. Over the past year, new regulations have come into force designed to protect the important wildlife values of the Columbia Wetlands while at the same time allowing responsible recreation in the area. The Columbia Wetlands, a large wetland and river system located between several major communities in the East Kootenay, are one of the largest wetland complexes in Canada and on the planet, and are recognized as a wetland of international importance by the United Nations. The system stretches 180 km from Invermere in the south, to Donald in the north and is a complex mix of federal, provincial, municipal and private lands. The wetlands are very important to the people who live in the communities adjacent to the wetlands. On June 28, 2008, a package of amendments to the boating regulations was published in Part I of the Canada Gazette in order to protect environmental values. Two of these regulations became law, August 19, 2009: 1. A year-round prohibition on the operation of power-driven vessels in the wetlands

of the Columbia River. 2. A year-round prohibition on towing persons on water skis, surfboards or other similar equipment in the main channel of the Columbia River at any time. A third regulation is currently proposed. It is for a restriction on all motorized vessels on the Columbia River between Fairmont Hot Springs and Donald Station, not including the waters of Windermere Lake, with the exception of those vessels operating with a motor of 20 hp or less. This third portion is a compromise that will contribute to protecting the important wildlife values of the Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area while allowing historic use of small motors. This portion of the regulation is still under discussion at the Office of Boating Safety in Ottawa. Boaters in self propelled/non-motorized craft need to remember that although they are legally allowed to access the Wetlands portion of the system, during the sensitive spring breeding and nesting season, it is best to avoid any potential disturbance of wildlife and migratory birds by keeping to the main channels of the Columbia River. Ellen Zimmerman writes on behalf of the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners.

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can be fined as well. But the big charges are easily avoidable, according to Robert Dupel, spokesperson for the boater exam centre. The test for the boater’s card can be done online at It lasts for life and costs $50. “It’s a one-shot deal so once you have it you’ll be set for life,” said Dupel. For people renting and not wanting to go through the process of obtaining the card, rental places will be able to offer a checklist permit that covers a boater for the day they are on the lake. It takes about 15 minutes to do but must be repeated for each subsequent day.

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Does council have a solution to the 'problem'? CRANE ▼ DARRYL

It is a question heard on the streets, in lineups at stores and now in the council meeting in Invermere. What should be done about the number of deer in Invermere? The topic was added to the regular council meeting agenda in Invermere on May 11 by councillor Bob Campsall who said suggestions have come in many different forms on what to do about the animals. The subject has the potential to be a touchy one for the council with people on both sides. “Some people are going to be angry if we do something. Some people are going to be angry if we don’t proceed with a plan,” Campsall said. Campsall brought up a variety of concerns about the problems associated with the large number of animals he believes now reside in Invermere. “For the sake of the wildlife that can become overpopulated, you invite disease,” Campsall said. Concerns over people and their property were also raised by Campsall who be-

lieves there are too many deer which are now born and raised within the community. Councillor Al Miller was appreciative to Campsall for bringing the topic to the meeting. “This is the one issue I have a lot of people talking to me about. We need to get them out of town. We need to talk to the pros and try and find a proper method to do it,” Miller said. Mayor Gerry Taft also said that one of the questions which he receives quite often is “What are you going to do about the deer?” Taft said that he sometimes sees as many as 12 of the animals standing in his neighbour’s front yard when he returns home in the evening. Campsall suggested that the town send a letter to the Minister of Environment to advise the department of the concerns they have over the number of wild deer in the community. Campsall was hoping to receive ideas on the best plan to move ahead with due to the current situation. Councillor Spring Hawes

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conceded that this was a touchy issue within the community but also an issue which council should take steps on in the best way possible. Hawes suggested the council should advise staff to send letters to other towns which are having similar problems in the area. The hope of this decision would be to stress to the government that this is a serious issue and towns are looking for the best solution. Campsall feels that the point has been reached where something must be done before the situation gets any worse. He felt it was important to stress the town was looking for direction and assistance due to all the problems and a sense of urgency about the issue. Moving the animals is considered to be quite expensive, and declaring open season on them in town limits is not an option according to Campsall. Things would have to be done in an organized manner with the best interests of the animals and residents in mind.


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Hospital gets ready to open its first phase LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE

Following two years of budgeting, planning, fundraising and ultimately construction, the first phase of the Invermere and District Hospital’s Emergency Department is almost ready to be opened for use. And a handful of people who have been involved in the process gathered last week to get a tour of the facilities. “It was very exciting and reassuring to know that this project was on the top of the list," said Invermere mayor, Gerry Taft, “I don’t know if people know how close this was to not happening, so I’m very grateful for everyone for their support.” The first phase of the $4.3 million redevelopment project focused on the construction of a trauma room, ambulance canopy, and the development of the lower level of Columbia House for the co-location of Public Health and Home and Community Care programs. “For decades and decades to come, the people of Invermere and the people of the valley are going to appreciate the work done,” said MLA for KootenayColumbia, Norm Macdonald, “We’re talking about something that will save lives and I don’t think there’s anything that’s more important.” Preparations for the site began in July 2009 and included input from health care staff who will be working in the area. “We are at the halfway point of this project and delighted to be moving into the new trauma area,” said Invermere/Golden health services administrator Erica Phillips. “The upcoming summer months will be a test as the population in the area can more than double, but we are very confident that the excellent health care professionals at Invermere District Hospital are more than ready for the challenge.” The challenge Phillips referred to has to do with working around the portion of the building that falls under phases two and three of the project. Those final

Delegates took a tour of the first phase of the $4.3 million Emergency Department in Invermere last week. The building will open for use as of

June 1 and will be followed by the next two phases which are scheduled to be complete by the end of 2010. DAVE LAZZARINO/ECHO PHOTO

phases are scheduled to begin the day phase 1 opens, June 1, and are expected to be finished by the end of 2010. It will include an emergency department, triage area and waiting room. Cost of the whole project is being shared between the Province ($2.8 million), through Interior Health, the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District (KERHD) and the Columbia Valley Hospital Auxiliaries, and the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. On hand to tour the facility was Donna Grainger, East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) execu-

tive director. The EKFH, along with auxiliaries from Invermere, Edgewater/Radium, Brisco and Windermere, have been raising money to outfit the emergency unit with equipment. “It has been an amazing experience working with the extraordinary members of the Columbia Valley Auxiliaries,” said Grainger. “Through our unique partnership we are working our way through the equipment wish list for this project and the support of area residents and service groups is truly helping to make the ‘Together for Everyone’ campaign a success.”

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Royal sale

Pothole open

Folk touring

Garage sales have begun and Royal LePage held a big one.

A celebration to open the newly renovated park was a huge success.

A pair of folk-roots singers are bringing their act to the valley.

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Fence: Landowner requests change of height in permit Continued from Page One “When we moved here there were great expanses of valley, lakes, wetlands; it was just the most beautiful valley you can imagine,” said Nora Efford, a 10-year resident of Windermere Loop Road. “If everybody starts putting up this eight-foot fence to keep the wildlife out, every photograph you want to take is going to be through that fence and it really saddens me to see that.” Of course, Efford also said that the esthetic effect is less important than the environmental one. The argument being made by his neighbours has to do with where the fence has been put. For one thing, it encompasses an area of riparian land around his hayfield, an area that they say would offer a corridor for elk to migrate from north to south without having to cross the Windermere Loop Road, and serves no agricultural purposes. “The fencing has cut off all northsouth movement from the Windermere Loop Road to Hwy. 93/95. It’s done,” said Ken Litchfield, another resident in the area. The second argument being made, and one that is scheduled to be brought before the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board in June, is a length of fence that encloses Residential-1 (R-1) zoned land. Legislation allows for fencing around land under the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) but not R-1 land. Hans claims he did not know this and is applying for the variance permit to be changed to allow it to stay there as it is. Neighbours are asking the RDEK to refuse this and force him to lower it. “He got approval for the elk fencing on ALR land,” said Litchfield. “Because he knows that the RDEK and the government never follow up on anything, he decides to put it up, not only on ALR

but on R-1. In essence, the taxpayers of B.C. are supporting a private development.” But the choice for the board is not cut and dried. When asked what he would do if forced to lower that section of the fence, Hans said he would do what he was asked to but would not put up any other fencing. He said the $150,000 he has already spent on fencing is enough. With a lowered section like that, some of the larger elk will be able to make their way into the land and not be able to find their way out while others may get caught in the fence. By leaving the fence up, he said, he is protecting the elk from that fate. Neighbours disagree. They feel that he is using this as an excuse to circumvent the law and, in effect, use the safety of the elk as leverage. “The fence is clearly contrary to the bylaw,” said Loop Road resident Ron Clarke, “We don’t want him to rip down his whole fence but just to give a little bit of access. We have two objectives: try and preserve their migration patterns and try and let them have easy access to water. Who will speak for the elk?” RDEK Area G representative, Gerry Wilkie, has been watching the issue closely. “Anybody should do a broader assessment when they’re making significant land use decisions,” he said, “Had he just fenced the hayfields, there would still be room for the elk to move around. But he’s gone ahead and fenced that (R-1 property). And as a good steward, which he professes to be, he should go ahead and change that.” He also pointed to a previous time when Leverkus was forced, by the Ministry of the Environment (MoE), to move a part of the fencing that he had put right across Windermere Creek. He ended up getting approval to move it to just beside the creek but still around riparian land.

The fence in question is meant to surround the agricultural land on the Elkhorn Ranch property. Neigh-

bours argue that it should be moved to open a corridor for elk migration. DAVE LAZZARINO/ECHO PHOTO

“It just blows me away that anyone would get approval to put a fence around riparian area. The fence should be around agricultural land,” said Wilkie. Wendy Booth is the representative from Area F, where the ranch is located. She said that staff at the RDEK have been given information about the fence and are in the process of preparing for the June meeting. She also said she would like to hear from the MoE to see what is best for the elk. She also said that a letter has been sent out to neighbours in the area to ask for a comment on the issue. Beyond the RDEK, the provincial government is also being made aware as they are the ones who gave the fence grants to begin with. In a meeting with MLA Norm Macdonald last week, Tracy Litchfield, Ken’s wife, brought the local concerns to his attention. “If the elk don’t get to water, they’ll start getting sick. One gets sick and the sickness starts to spread,” she said adding that mild winters and lack of

predators are what may be increasing the elk population, a population that residents put at 150 and Leverkus puts at closer to 300. Tracy also pointed at what may happen if elk are not able to move through their natural corridor to find food and water. “The elk will be forced to come into town,” she said. “They are huge animals and they are dangerous.” Macdonald has contacted the Minister of the Environment, Barry Penner, and is awaiting a response. Going farther back in time brings up federal policies that Leverkus said were the original stimulus to bring the elk to the valley. He claims that they began coming into the area when wolves were introduced into Banff National Park, a claim that Wilkie vehemently contradicts. In fact, he said, the only animals to be introduced in the park were the elk themselves when numbers were waning. And that was earlier in the 20th century. The RDEK will be visiting the issue of the R-1 fencing at its monthly meeting in June.

Park bans booze over weekend LAZZARINO ▼ DAVE


ampers wanting to drink alcohol will have to make their way into town over the Victoria Day weekend or face fines. The weekend liquor ban comes as a result of a history of incidents of rowdy, drunken campers around long weekends. The hope is to increase comfort and

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safety of all visitors to the campgrounds in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks. “By focusing on the first long weekend of the camping season, and by imposing the liquor ban, it is our hope to send a message to the rowdy campers that bad and drunken behaviour affecting other campers will not be tolerated, and that enforcement will continue for the rest of the summer,” said Omar McDadi, communications officer for Parks

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Canada. “It is not Parks Canada’s intent to search cars and campers when they enter the campgrounds,” said McDadi, “Rather, we will focus our enforcement efforts on rowdy and disruptive campers who have overindulged in alcohol.” Enforcement of disruptive behaviour will continue throughout the summer months but the ban to begin the season

is hoped to send the message that these activities will not be tolerated. Park Wardens and RCMP are supportive of the ban, and will work closely together to enforce it. Public response to, and the effectiveness of the liquor ban, will be evaluated in the fall to determine future direction. For more information on parks rules and camping destinations, go online to

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The roads are getting busier with summer commuters. And with the increase comes the nuisance of windshield chips and cracks. But there is somewhere to go for fixing. See page 23

A recent council meeting addressed a common question: “What is to be done about all these deer?” See page 5

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The long-awaited grand opening of Pothole Park brought out people of all ages to enjoy music, theatre and fun in the sun. See page 13 The trail run at Nipika is going into its third year and organizers are hoping the increase in runners last year will be even bigger this one. See page 18


After two years of preparation and with a more than $4 million budget, the first phase of the Invermere hospital’s renovation is set to open at the beginning of June. See page 4

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 • Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association AGM, 6:30 p.m., 914 - 8th Avenue (District of Invermere Council Chambers), Invermere. THURSDAY, MAY 20 • Do you have weeds? Help is here! An information session will be held at 7 p.m. at the CVCC/Visitor Centre, hosted by the Windermere District Farmers Institute. Info: 1-888-55-EKIPC. SATURDAY, MAY 22 • The Radium Public Library will hold a Book Sale on Main Street, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Columbia Valley Spring Fair 2010, Invermere Community Hall 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Great exhibitors opportunity for Columbia Valley home-based businesses and artisans. Info: 250-342-0822 or SUNDAY, MAY 23 • 11 a.m. Fast draw handgun demo featuring world champion Howard Darby at Rauch Homestead Range hosted by Lake Windermere District Rod

The RCMP are looking for a couple of thieves who were caught on a surveillance camera during a break and enter in Invermere. See page 8 A couple of folkroots singers are driving into town to finish off a tour that has brought them to every thrift store between Calgary and the coast. See page 19 With new ownership at Panorama, the kitchen crew at Carrick’s are ready with some new menu items and last week got a chance to sample the fare. See page 14

TUESDAY, MAY 25 • CV Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living AGM, 7-8 p.m., Community Greenhouse (by DTSS). All are welcome. WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 • Free Family Yoga, 6 p.m., Invermere Public Library. Program for families with children 5 years and up. Visit invermere. for info. THURSDAY, MAY 27 • Access in the Community for Equality (A.C.E.) Committee AGM, 5 p.m., Invermere Inn. A.C.E. is seeking additional directors and members. • Asparagus Celebration at DTSS, 5-7 p.m., DTSS Cafeteria. Come and celebrate some of the delicious foods grown in our region. This is a fundraiser for the Cook Training Program.

DATE PAD SATURDAY, MAY 29 • The Museum opens for the season at 2 p.m. Come and join us for tea,, explore the ten buildings of the museum, enjoy our salute to the Arts of the First Nations and try your hand at our museum quiz! Everyone welcome. No charge.

EVERY SUNDAY • Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. • Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Hall. • Brisco Crib, 2-4 p.m. • Badminton at DTSS 7:30-10 p.m. Call Audrey for more info 250-342-3825.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 • 17th Annual Literacy Charity Golf Tournament, Radium Resort, $125/person. Contact Radium Resort, 250-347-6266.

EVERY MONDAY • Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-341-1509. • Duplicate Bridge, 6:30 p.m., Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2/ person. Visitors welcome. • Adult lap lane swimming. Normal pool admission price at the Radium Pools, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Columbia Valley Swim Club. • Tennis Club Invermere, 6:30 p.m., free adult tennis evenings

THURSDAY, JUNE 3 • Council of Canadians monthly meeting, DTSS Room 201, 7 p.m. All welcome! SAT.-SUN., JUNE 12 & 13 • Columbia Valley Relay for Life, DTSS track, 7 p.m. Please register at relay.

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Largest Selection of evergreens, ornamental trees & shrubs and perennials in the Columbia Valley

For the Soil

• Peat moss & manures • Bark mulch • Soil conditioners & potting soils • Grass seed & wildflower seed mix

Flower Power

• Rocky Mountain™ & Designer geraniums™ • Non-stop begonias & fuchsias • Proven Winners™ basket stuffers • Wave™ petunias • Bedding out plants - over 50 varieties • ‘Drop dead gorgeous’ hanging baskets & planters


A flooring shop in Invermere is moving across town and hopes are clientele will benefit with some one-stop-shopping. See page 24


8. & Gun Club. Donations requested. BBQ lunch, $7 adults, $5 ages 11-18, no charge 10 and under. Trap and 5-stand ranges open after lunch at regular prices. Firearms available on a “loan under supervision basis”.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Tuesday 9-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday 9-5 p.m.


A yearly triathlon in the valley is again being planned, and this year it is adding a new element to include youngsters in the exercise. See page 33


DEADLINES: Display Ad: Friday at 5 p.m. Friday Holiday: Thursday at 5 p.m. Word Classified: Monday at 11 a.m. Monday Holiday: Friday at 5 p.m.

Classifieds ....................... 29 Church Services............... 32 Comments ....................... 11 Crossword ....................... 32 Opinions .......................... 10 Pet of the Week ............... 12 Recipe of the Week ......... 31 Remember When? .......... 12 Serving the Valley .......20-22 Sudoku ............................ 12 Under Swansea ............... 11 Volunteer of the Week ..... 12

For the Veggie Garden

• Big healthy tomato plants • Herbs • Cucumbers, zucchini & squash plants • Lettuce, leeks, broccoli starts • Corn & cabbage starts

M o u n t Nelson Park was officially opened in conjunction with a provincial health day and scores of people came out to enjoy the day of exercise. See page 9

1ST & 3RD MONDAY • OPT clinic, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Inv. Health Unit, 850-10th Ave. Confidential service: low-cost birth control, and STI testing.

• Invermere Seniors’ Centre: Singalong, 10:30 a.m. • Badminton at J.A. Laird 7-9 p.m. Call Audrey for more info 250-342-3825.

EVERY TUESDAY • Invermere Seniors’ Centre: Art Class, 9:30 a.m.; Floor Curling, 1:30 p.m. • Yoga THRIVE – Finding the healing spirit while living with cancer – Yoga Classes, 4:30 p.m., Lions’ Hall, until the end of May. Next session start date: June 9. For info, Jan Klimek 250-342-1195. • Until May 18: CBAL and the Radium Public Library presents the Baby Goose program for parents with babies 0 to 18 months, 10 a.m., Radium Library. Program: free of charge. Info: 250-347-2434.

EVERY THURSDAY • Invermere Seniors’ Centre: Drop-In, 12 noon. • Duplicate Bridge, 6:30 p.m., Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2/ person. Visitors welcome. • Radium Seniors’ Carpet Bowling, 1:30 p.m., Hall. • Cadets, 6:30-9 p.m. for boys and girls, ages 12-17. Cost: FREE (includes uniform). Info: Rick Dendy 250-341-1509. • Adult lap lane swimming. Normal pool admission price at the Radium Pools, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Columbia Valley Swim Club.

1ST & 3RD TUESDAY • Steamboat Mountain Quilters meet from 7-9 p.m. at the Edgewater Community Hall. This is for all quilters, new, experienced or wanting to learn. EVERY WEDNESDAY • Archery, Lake Lillian, 7-9 p.m., $2.

Hwy 93/95 Windermere Mon to Sat 9 - 6 Sun 10 - 4 (250) 342-3236

EVERY FRIDAY • Invermere Library Story Time, 10:30 a.m. • Public Indoor Rock Climbing, Laird School, 5-8 p.m., $5. LAST FRIDAY EACH MONTH • Soup Day, Edgewater Legion at noon. • Brisco Community Aid Meetings & Socials, 7:30 p.m.

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