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October 18, 2013 Vol. 10/Issue 42

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 1 October 18, 2013

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TALK OF THE TOWN — Invermere resident Bill Ark presses Mayor Gerry Taft to seek greater contributions from other communities in the Columbia valley as the district contemplates borrowing up to $5.6 million for a proposed new community centre. The question will go to a citizen referendum on Saturday, November 2nd, with two advance poll opportunities available before that date. Photo by Greg Amos

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MEET AND GREET TOUR OF THE COLUMBIA VALLEY Come out and learn who we are, what we are doing and how you can help. All meetings are 7-8:30 p.m., the dates and locations are as follows. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday October 15 - Windermere (Community Hall)

Wednesday, October 23 - Canal Flats (Civic Centre)

Wednesday, October 16 – Radium (Seniors Centre)

Monday, October 28 - Invermere (Community Hall)

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By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff There’s little debate towards the desire for a recreational community centre in the valley, but the District of Invermere will have a hard time making everyone happy. At a town hall meeting held at the Invermere Community Centre on the evening on Tuesday, October 15th, local residents considered whether to borrow up to $5.6 million for a new community centre. The proposal to borrow doesn’t come frivolously, as the aging facility where the meeting was held is facing several structural problems. One Invermere resident felt that communities outside the district were paying too little at 18 per cent, and said if that if the rest of the valley ends up paying nothing, then they should charge outsiders to use the facility. “Eighteen per cent? Is that the best you can do?,” he asked. Mayor Gerry Taft said Invermere only pays onethird of the operating cost of Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, but it’s safe to say that the community benefits

more than one-third, thanks to support from the Regional District of East Kootenay. Mr. Taft said he worries that if we nickel and dime the community on this one issue, it could hurt us more in other aspects. It balances out, he said. Councillor Greg Anderson said that Cranbrook charges non-Cranbrook residents for use of its facility, “and it’s a nightmare.” Asked if the demolition costs from the existing building on the new site were factored into the $5.6 million estimate, Mr. Taft affirmed that it was built into the overall construction bill. Asked if the demolition cost, especially of an asbestos-filled building, would offset the value of the proposed new property, Mr. Taft said that the land already belongs to the district, and demolition will be cheaper than purchasing new land. That sparked another question — will the land occupied by the existing community centre be sold and attributed towards the cost of the new facility? Continued on page 24 . . .

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Duo celebrates a decade of deliveries By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff Note: in celebration of National Newspaper Week, The Pioneer is profiling our distributors here and on page 23. It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it. Since The Pioneer began printing in 2004, David and Florence Raven have been a part of the newspaper’s success, by making sure the newspapers are stuffed with flyers and delivered on time throughout the Columbia Valley. “When we first started, we went throughout the day, but it takes forever,” said David Raven, 72. “It’s quicker to get up in the morning and get it done.” The pair now receive The Pioneer on Wednesday evenings, pack the paper with

flyers on Thursday, and begin delivering at 2 a.m. on Friday morning. Athalmer receives newspapers first, before the Ravens proceed on a logistically fine-tuned route through Invermere. They deliver bundles of 10, 25, 50, or more newspapers at once. “Then we come home and have breakfast and a quick snooze at about 20 after 6,” said David. The pair have seen a few strange things while cruising the local streets in the wee hours. “One night dropping papers off at the Lambert-Kipp pharmacy, a guy came running over from the bar bleeding, asking where the hotel was,” said David. “Obviously somebody must’ve used a bottle on him.” Through all the hard work, the couple RESPONSIBLE RAVENS — Invermere’s David and Florence Raven, seen here in — who celebrated their fiftieth wedding their highly-organized garage, have been delivering The Pioneer around the Columanniversary last June — have kept smiling. bia Valley without complaints for nearly a decade. Photo by Greg Amos

Single-vehicle rollover claims life near Spillimacheen By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff A single-vehicle rollover claimed the life of a 30-year-old Columbia Valley man near Spillimacheen on Monday, October 14th. The accident happened at about 5:30 p.m., amidst good road conditions and visibility, said Sgt. Mike Pears of the RCMP’s Trans Canada East Traffic Services. “The investigation continues,” he said. “Alcohol and the decision of the driver to not wear his seatbelt are factors that are being looked at into the cause of the untimely death of the 30-year-old male driver and

area resident.” The 1992 green Acura sedan driven by the man left Highway 95 just north of Spillimacheen, and rolled after impacting the bank of the Cedared Creek. The vehicle was northbound, and left the highway on a leftbound curve. “Looking at the accident, it’s consistent with someone not paying attention at a point, then doing a steering manouevre that causes them to go off the road — but it’s hard to say at this point,” said Sgt. Pears. “The vehicle launched through the air, came in contact with the other side of the creek bank, probably tumbled a couple times and ended up laying on the driver’s side,” he added.

Invermere Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance crews found the male occupant unconscious with head lacerations. Auto extrication was performed to access the man inside the crumpled vehicle. By 6 p.m., crews on the scene were waiting for the regional coroner to arrive. The accident occured at the northern end of Invermere Fire Rescue’s jurisdiction, and the southern end of Golden RCMP’s jurisdiction. Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Sgt. Pears at 250-344-4002. The name of the deceased driver will be released by the regional coroner once next of kin have been notified.

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Between the dates of October 6th, 2013 and October 11th, 2013, the Columbia Valley detachment responded to 24 calls for service. As you can see, this did not include the Thanksgiving weekend. Over the weekend, the Columbia Valley Range Patrol with representation from the BC Conservation Service and the Columbia Valley RCMP are expected to conduct road checks on hunters specifically. However, liquor and drug possession checks as well as other motor vehicle act infractions will be looked at. Hunters out there, please be reminded to have your firearm unloaded and easily proven as safe to all enforcement officers, and be able to show species and sex for all game that has been hunted and is in transport.  A few of the files are as follows:   • On Sunday, October 6th, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report that the abandoned Radium Hot Springs Lodge located on Highway 93, across the highway from the Hot Springs, was on fire. The building was in flames upon attendance and the fire was knocked down by the Radium Hot Springs fire department. On Monday, October 7th, upon an investigative walk through with the Fire Department it was noted that there  was over whelming amounts of old and new evidence showing squatters have been in the building. The fire started on the lower level below the dining room. The fire is being treated as suspicious.  It is still under investigation and any information brought forth by anyone would be appreciated. The buildings were already slated for destruction.  • On Tuesday, October 8th, it was reported there had been a single vehicle collision on Monday, October 7th at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. The operator was traveling southbound on Highway 93, approximately 87 kilometres north of the Radium Hot Springs gate, and drove over a large white rock, which damaged the undercarriage of the vehicle and caused the air bags to be de-

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ployed. No injuries were sustained.  There are large trucks hauling rock and product along this route and it is speculated that, from the shape and size of rock, it had fallen off of a haul truck, and was not the result of a natural slide. There were no witnesses. The Columbia Valley RCMP wish to remind all motorists to be wary as the highways are a shared roadway and, although precautions are taken by the commercial vehicle operators, accidents can still occur and the majority of all new vehicles will not stand up well to a strike from the underside as in this situation. It is a plastic world out there! • On Wednesday, October 9th, the Columbia Valley RCMP received a complaint of theft from the Edgewater outdoor rink, which occurred sometime over the summer. The Recreation Society of Edgewater has reported that a long rubber mat that was used at the outdoor rink has been stolen.  Suspects names have been provided and it has been suggested that the mat was used as a slip-andslide into the river in Edgewater.  It has been brought to the knowledge of the RCMP that at least one youth has come forward and has taken responsibility and will be reimbursing the Recreation Society for the theft. This is greatly appreciated by all and shows strong moral character in the teen. Thank you! • On Wednesday, October 9th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a complaint of quads driving on the roadway in Edgewater. It was reported that there were two youth driving a red quad through the town. They were not wearing helmets, they were driving very fast and citizens were concerned for their safety. It was requested that patrols be made of the area as the youth and owner of the quad are known.   I decided to put this one file in as a friendly reminder that, especially in smaller communities, we are easily recognized and are subject to criticism based on our actions or the actions of our children. I am almost certain that in most instances, it is not that people are being nosey, but more that they genuinely care, especially in the case of youth and their use of recreational vehicles. Insurance and laws regarding driving on public roads aside, because we all know the laws on that, recreational vehicles must be respected. There are hundreds of thousands of cases each year in North America where a recreational vehicle accident has occurred and the operator, young or old, became injured, paralyzed, or died as a result of not wearing a helmet. Please, at the very least, consider that, especially as a parent, we have the right to deactivate a vehicle. Play safe!


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Submitted by Dave Hillary Kootenay Conservation Program Editor’s note: this is the fourth in a six-part series about the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund and the projects it has been a part of in the region. The conservation of District Lot 48, located on the undeveloped eastern side of Columbia Lake, is hailed as the finest example of multi-faceted cooperation when it comes to conservation in the East Kootenay’s recent history. It took about two decades of negotiation, discussion and organization, resulting in several agencies working together, from conservation to industry, before the property was officially protected for its ecological and cultural importance. While $2 million in funding support from Teck Resources helped reach the $7.2 million goal to purchase the property, the Nature Conservancy of Canada received valuable initial support from the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, managed by the Regional District of East Kootenay in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program. This fund is derived from a $20 per property tax levy through the Regional District of East Kootenay. “Protecting Lot 48 is essential to maintaining the integrity of the entire east side of the lake forever. This is an incredible win for the conservation community in British Columbia, and we couldn’t have succeeded without the support of so many partners,” said Nancy Newhouse, Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Canadian Rockies program manager. The area supports valuable winter range for bighorn sheep, elk and other ungulates, several rare and endangered species, and is a sacred landscape to the Ktunaxa Nation. Lot 48 is adjacent to Columbia Lake Provincial Park, as well as the Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area and the East Side Columbia Lake Wildlife Management Area, effectively ensuring the entire east side of the Columbia River’s headwaters lake is preserved for future generations. “As reviewers, we recognized the exceptional ecological value of Lot 48 and were pleased that the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund could provide this critical initial

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Lot 48 is a valuable ecological investment. Photo submitted funding,” said Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Technical Review Committee Chair Cameron Gillies. “The value of the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund cannot be overstated. The regional district showed true leadership in supporting the establishment of the fund, which was truly unique in Canada, and now so many worthwhile projects benefit as a direct result of that leadership including the Columbia Lake – Lot 48 project,” added Kootenay Conservation Program manager Dave Hillary. The regional district provides funds for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, an initiative that found its feet when the majority of Columbia Valley taxpayers, via an election referendum when they agreed to spend $20 a year on a special property tax that provides about $230,000 a year, which now goes to a wide variety of conservation and stewardship programs in the valley. In recognition of the regional district’s leadership in establishing and administering this Local Conservation Fund, they have been selected as a finalist for the Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Land Awards, with the winner being announced at the Land Awards Gala, which will be in Vancouver on October 25th.

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PERSPECTIVE Historical Lens

The gift that keeps on giving

Winding through Sinclair Canyon

By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff There’s no better way for a not-for-profit society to make ends meet than by engaging in a succesful business venture. In an era where government grants are drying up faster than the Colorado River, and a lagging economy leaves many with little pocket change to spare, reliable funding options are more important than ever to community groups. That’s what makes Interior World’s recent donation of the entire business to Invermere’s Family Resource Centre so special — instead of cashing in on a succesful operation, owners Karl and Pat Conway have chosen to pay it forward to their community. When the doors re-open in December, profits from the interior finishing store will be plowed into programs that act as a stable bedrock for those going through turmoil in life. In fact, purchases at the business will have a twofold effect – bolstering the local economy while contributing to programs and services which support the well-being of local individuals and families. It’s an innovative idea that reminds me of microlending, a means of financing the world’s poorest people in Africa, Asia and South America. The interest-free loans, which typically involve sums we might consider paltry, reduce the barrier of often crushing interest rates in unstable nations, allowing entrepreneurs to slowly climb up the ladder towards indepedence. Invermere’s economy isn’t what it was a decade ago, but of course we’re far removed from developing nation financial woes. That’s why it’s good to see this unusual approach deployed here — when the Conways could have held out for an eventual buyer and a lump sum that would help them enjoy retirement, they instead chose a novel approach that’s truly of benefit to the entire Columbia Valley. Cheers to business owners willing to take that step.

A car rockets out of Sinclair Canyon and over a bridge, distinguished by its log railings. There’s no doubt these were up to the safety standards of 1922, when this photo was taken. If you have any more information on this or any historical photo, e-mail us at . Photo A1316 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Lets put our thinking caps on Dear Editor: Before we vote on borrowing up to $5.6 million for a new community centre, we should ask some questions. Do we need a new municipal office, library, and community centre? Will it help Invermere prosper? Could we instead improve existing facilities when needed? Are the facilities designed for two or three events a year? Can it be built for $300 per square foot? What happens with the old facilities? What are the maintenance and operations costs for the new and old facilities? Are there other similar facilities in town that will suffer? Do we have other facilities in town that are under-utilized? Can existing empty private real estate

space compete with the old District of Invermere space coming on the market? Does this support the four sustainability guidelines set out in the Imagine Invermere document? Can the increasing number of people who are on fixed income afford this over the next 30 years? Who will use it and who is paying for it? For the moment, ignore the shiny new building that would look great on the proposed site and ask questions. Lets put on our critical thinking caps and decide on how we want our money spent. Dale Wilker Invermere

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Gentle giant on the mend from debilitating stroke Dear Editor: It has been five years and four months since a gentle giant was felled by an innocuous blood clot — five years and four months since Norm Gagatek had the brain stem stroke we all thought would kill him. But this month, the son, brother, uncle, father, friend, volunteer, light and sound specialist, fireman, electrician, small engine mechanic, tin basher and tinkerer has gone to Kelowna to a centre to learn more skills to allow him to come back to the community closer to the man he was. Norm conquered the stroke as we knew he could by slowly rewiring his brain to make his body work for him in ways we were told could never happen. Norm’s recovery is also due to the love and support of this amazing community we call home. Thank you to all the people who wrote kind wishes and memories in cards, to those who asked how he was, and continue to, to everyone who donated to the account that allowed his small family to go on. Thank you to all the businesses and people who donated to his fundraiser, to

the bidders on the auction items, to the volunteers and firemen who made it happen, so that his house could be adapted to his needs. Thank you to the staff at HalvarJohnson who brought him back to us, thank you to the Invermere Hospital and Columbia House staff (doctors, nurses and therapists) for taking care of him. Thank you to his care aides who helped him to continue his forward momentum and join the family. Thanks to his family and friends who continue to visit and support him. And the biggest thanks of all go to his fiancée and now wife Kim and his two sons for never giving up on him, and letting us be part of their family. Norm has gone from being a supposed burden to walking, talking, feeding and taking care of himself. Every visit we have there is more of the old him there. He has found his independence again as a new Norm, but still the Norm we knew. Norman – we love you, you are our hero, and we can’t wait for you to be home again, better than ever! Bookkeeping • Accounting • Management • Operations • Administration Board Room and Office Rental • Virtual Office and Admin • Personal Income Tax 250-342-0056• • Suite 303, 1313 7th Ave, Invermere, B.C. Meet at our office or we can come to yours.

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Be Gifted, Alison Bell, Fred Blumstengel, Gary Boyd, Brisco Enterprises, Vera Bristow, Bugaboo Ranch, Phil Burk, Coy’s Par 3, Bill Croft, Ken Davis, Downey Farms, Edible Acres, Elkhorn Ranch, Feldmann Ranch, Margaret Feldmann, Bob Fenimore, From Scratch, Dorothy & David Gilbride, Groundswell, Healing Touch, Robert Hercina, Melvin Hemmelgarn, Invermere Vet Hospital, Gunner Jorgensen, Konig Meats, Kootenay Savings, Wayne & Sheila Kraig, Marlies Kuecahler, Sarah Locke, Tex Lortscher, Diane Mattson, Brian McKersie, Don & Susan Miller, Pat Morrow, Debbi Nichol, John Niddrie, Gerry O’Brien, Palliser Printing, John Palmer, Betty Pendry, Doreen Persson, Pie Lady, Radermacher Chiropractic, Riverbend Ranch, Rona-North Star, John & Joan Rouse, Schoni Artisan Bread, Sharon’s Glass Studio, Sign Artist, Stephanie Stevens, Dianna & Rick Tegart, Town & Country Feed Store, Sandra Thetford, Hedi Trescher, Wells Business Solutions, Winderberry Nursery, Windermere Valley Golf Course, Windermere Valley Saddle Club, Zehnder Farms and Anne Zurbriggen. Thank you to Tex Lortscher - High Country Auctions for donating back his services The Windermere Valley Saddle Club for serving such good food Columbia Basin Trust for funding the advertising All the volunteers for braving the cold and all the Bidders You helped make this a successful event at which we raised more than $7,500.00!

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Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request for Proposals The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats. To apply for funding go to and click on Local Conservation Fund. Review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 – Fund Design, and apply using the application form provided. Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) funding is available for conservation projects that result in the reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Projects that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders will have priority. Proponents must be a registered not-for-profit organization, First Nations band, or local government. Unqualified groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum three years. A Technical Review Committee will review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDEK for final funding approval. Closing dates for project submissions is 4:30 p.m. October 31, 2013. Projects specific to land acquisition and/or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time during the year. Project proposals must be submitted in writing and delivered by mail or email to: Dave Hillary, Program Manager Kootenay Conservation Program P.O. Box 2767, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0 Email: Phone: 250-688-1508

October 18, 2013

Former MLA Chabot’s legacy goes beyond lakefront park

By Dorothy Isted Special to The Pioneer

The namesake of Athalmer’s provincial park is more than simply a former politician — he’s living proof that a high school dropout from Quebec can persevere to become an important figure in provincial politics. James Chabot served as the Social Credit party MLA for the Columbia River – Revelstoke riding for seven terms from 1963 to 1986, and held multiple cabinet roles including Minister of Labour and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum. He was instrumental in spurring commercial development in Athalmer, getting train FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES — James and his wife Grace meet Pope John Paul Photo submitted infrastructure built in Golden, II in Victoria in this photo from the early 1980s.  and helping to develop industry mostly of going for walks, as going out for dinner was not across B.C. affordable back then. Despite reaching lofty heights, the hard-working poliJames began his career in politics by serving on the tician never lost his common touch — a trait his friends District of Invermere council before entering provincial and family recall fondly nearly 30 years after he died of a politics. The Social Credit Party “was the only one that heart attack at age 62, during his seventh term in office. made sense then,” said Grace. He took a leave of absence “I know he escorted the Queen and rubbed shoulders from CP Rail while serving his seven terms in office, as his with people in high positions on a daily basis, but he could party dominated B.C. politics for four decades. talk to the farmer, people on welfare, people on disabiliThough lacking in formal education, James Chabot ties,” said Davene Dunn, a former employee of James’ in excelled at his job, said Mrs. Dunn. Hansard reports, Golden, where he had worked for CP Rail. (Mrs. Dunn which record the speeches in the legislature, showed that later served as his campaign manager.) James could “stand up against any of them in his speak“Rudyard Kipling said you, ‘could walk with kings yet ing and arguments,” she said. Whenever there were town not lose the common touch’,” she added. “He was kind, hall meetings, she recalls sitting on the edge of her chair warm and was just that kind of person.” because he was such a charismatic speaker. James — known to his friends and family as Jim — “He would go to great lengths to help advance our was born in Farnham, Quebec, and dropped out of school area,” she said. He played a large part in securing the coal after Grade 9 to begin working. The family moved to In- car repair facility at the rail yards in Golden, and Mrs. vermere, where Jim got a job as an agent for CP Rail. Dunn said she recalls people all up and down the valley “He had next to no education but he was smart,” said loved Jim. his wife, Grace, who met Jim as a result of a natural diHe was a tireless advocate for the little man, she said, saster. and she saw it in action during a trailer court visit on the In 1948, a huge flood in the Fraser Valley put 50,000 campaign trail. acres of land under water and forced the evacuation of “Jim got there, and my plan went down the tube, be16,000 people. James volunteered to come out and help, cause one of the people who had campaigned for him for as he was a telegraph operator and would go out to railway years was sick in the hospital and Jim dropped everything lines and keep an eye on both ends of the flood, and report and went to visit him,” she said. back if they needed more people there. In the course of those duties, he met his future wife Making time for family Grace, who was then a teacher in her first job in North Jim was away from his Columbia Valley home a Bend, in the Fraser Canyon. There she taught Grades 3 lot, but was able to raise a family of six kids with Grace, through 6 in a two-roomed school house. described as “a strong woman, very warm and kind,” by After the flood, James returned to Quebec, but five Mrs. Dunn. months later he was back. Grace said their dates consisted

October 18, 2013 “She totally anchored Jim and supported him,” she said. “She stayed in the background encouraging him, always sat at the back of the room talking to the constituents.” Grace was born in 1927 in Kenville, Manitoba, and grew up amongst seven siblings, as her mother had been widowed twice before marrying a third time. Her father was a good hunter and provided for those who couldn’t hunt for themselves. When she was in Grade 4, her family moved to Chilliwack, where her dad farmed, logged and built roads. Grace wanted to be a teacher, and graduated at age 18 after completing Grade 13. After one year of “normal school” and two more summers of schooling, she was accredited as a school teacher. Life in the valley suited her and Jim well, said Mrs. Dunn. “It was a time when they knew everybody in the valley,” she recalled. “People identified with them. They made conversation easily. She was very intelligent and sensitive to the needs of others. Both were always so grateful and humble about any help they got in campaigns or otherwise.” Grace “had such strength, she handled the family so well,” added Mrs. Dunn. “You could tell they had such love and respect for each other. Jim loved HAPPILY MARRIED — James that life, there’s no and Grace on their wedding day doubt, and I’m sure in July 1950. the pressures were fanPhoto submitted tastic but he never had


The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 9 much time to enjoy it.” Ethical actions James’ son Allan recalls when he was a teen, he and his siblings used to take turns going to Victoria and spending time with their dad. It was a real treat for a kid from a small town to stay at the Empress Hotel, watch how the legislature worked and go out for supper. Sometimes the restaurant owner would know whom he was serving and insist Jim did not have to pay for the meal. “He hated being put in that position,” said Allan. “After we left, he’d say we’re never going back there.” Grace recalls a businessman who tried to offer Jim money. Jim’s response was that he didn’t take bribes. The man said, “Oh, this money isn’t for you. It’s for your children.” Jim replied, “My children don’t take bribes either.” Later, when James was ready to retire after the sixth term, a party official in Victoria told him the riding would likely go to the NDP if he did not run. “We were going to go travelling and were really looking forward to it,” said Grace. “We turned around and went back to town and he said okay he’d run one more time. I probably could have talked him out of it but I didn’t know I needed to.” A swamp becomes a park While raising her family in the valley, Grace continued to substitute teach. She, Jim and the family spent time at the beach at what is now James Chabot Provincial Park. But in those days, a drive through a swamp was required to reach a swimmer-friendly gravel bar located further out. “He managed to get unwanted clean fill dumped there,” said Grace. In the 1980s, the District of Invermere wanted to diversify the local economy and have more high profile tourism development. James aided in the province’s efforts to assemble land in Athalmer around what became

the Lakeside Inn and Pointe of View condominiums. “Dad worked on that for a good number of years,” said Allan. “A&W and other things were built, and that type of density contributes to the community in taxes.” The land, then called Athalmer Beach Park, was made in a provincial park in the 1960s. After James’ death, the District of Invermere made the request to rename the park in recognition of Mr. Chabot’s efforts in building the park and serving the constituents of his riding. When contacted, the Ministry of Environment advised that “naming a park after a person is uncommon.” But the ministry recognized that James “was instrumental in securing funding to improve the area and organizing some of the work,” in the 1960s as an employee of CP Rail. The 14-hectare provincial park was re-named in 1979. The next time you’re down at Jim’s beach enjoying the amenities, take a moment to remember the extraordinary politician and his school teacher wife who made it happen.

FAMILY FIRST — James Chabot’s surviving children (from left: Rob, Linda, Mark, Dawn and Allan) at a Government House function. Family of former cabinet ministers often get invites to prestigious events. Photo submitted

Seniors’ Lifestyle Community Keeps Winter At Bay

ife in winter can be daunting for seniors. The cold temperatures can make the simplest of tasks much more difficult. Chores like shoveling the drive-way or picking up groceries can turn into momentous tasks. Ice and snow represent real physical dangers that can not only cause a nasty fall but also get in the way of activities outside the house. There is always the worry of a broken or failing heating system that can result in all manner of bills and troubles, adding more unnecessary stress. Combine these stresses and it may lower quality of life, causing family members endless worry. Fortunately retirement housing at Columbia Garden Village can provide plenty of peace of mind for both the residents and the family members, with apartments designed to take the worry out of winter. Not only are the studio, one and two-bedroom suites appointed for comfort and independence but also include many key features to help with each resident’s individual wants and needs. Independent heat and air-conditioning controls allow them to set the apartments temperature to whatever will be

most comfortable for them. Full kitchens and large wheelchair accessible bathrooms can help residents maintain their independence while weekly housekeeping services and 24-hour assistance is available for complete peace of mind. Since the Village boasts many leisure opportunities, residents don’t have to worry about braving the harsh winter weather in search of relaxation and fun. Just outside of their front door they will find many amenities such as a games room, library, and spa, as well as many lounge areas which are certain to be filled with friendly faces and familiar smiles. There are also special recreational and social activities such as live entertainment, exercise programs and excursions to local attractions, which are all covered in the affordable monthly rent. Also included in the rent are the delicious meals which are prepared by the onsite chef in the warm central dining room where residents can enjoy meal next to a cozy fireplace where friends and family are always welcome to join. Columbia Garden Village also understands just how much pets are a part of the family. Residents

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are encouraged to share their apartments with their companions in the totally pet friendly building. With all of these wonderful features the Village relieves worries not only for residents but also for family members. “I had the best winter last year because I live three hours away and didn’t have to worry about my mom being alone.” said Linda Frew, whose mother is a resident at the Golden Life location in Kimberley. “I have total peace of mind knowing there is staff on site 24 hours a day, that she has company for dinner every night, and she is being well cared for. But most of all I have peace of mind knowing she is very happy.” No longer should seniors have to worry about shoveling the walkway or what they’ll do should a maintenance emergency befall them. Cold weather is no reason that seniors shouldn’t be free to enjoy the many activities, freedoms, and quality of life. Columbia Garden Village provides just that and much, much more. Open daily; call Columbia Garden Village at (250) 341-3350 for more information or to book a tour.

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Prescribed Burn to be Conducted for Habitat Restoration & Fuel Treatment Projects on/near Columbia Lake I.R. No. 3 (Windermere)

Windermere, BC – Akisqnuk First Nation is planning a prescribed burn of debris piles on its reserve lands and on Crown Land in the Madias Tatley Forest Service Road area. The burning will take place from October 15 through November, 2013, weather permitting. Where is this happening? On Columbia Lake I.R. No. 3 east of Kootenay No. 3 Road in the area known as Teneese Flats (50 ha) and just northeast of the reserve boundary in the same area (12 ha) on Crown Land AND in the Madias-Tatley Forest Service Road area adjacent to the reserve boundary, between 1.0 km and old mine site (69 ha).

• Kicking Horse Coffee chief executive officer Elana Rosenfeld was named one of three finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2013 Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award. “It’s a huge honour to be a finalist among such an amazing group of fellow entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Rosenfeld. The finalists, nominees and other guests (about 1,400 in total) attended a gala in Vancouver on October 4th, at which Lush North America chief executive officer Mark Wolverton was announced the winner. Although she did not win, Ms. Rosenfeld said the event was fantastic and being recognized as one of the

top three entrepreneurs in the Pacific region was quite an honour. • Eagle Ranch’s Rustica restaurant has a new chef, Dan Pietrzak. Mr. Pietrzak comes to the Columbia Valley after living in Nelson and Canmore and working as a chef with Delta Hotel and the Westin and says he’s happy to be here. “It’s great, it’s a beautiful area,” he said. Mr. Pietrzak arrived August 20th and has been busy coming up with a new menu for Rustica. “It should be out within the next month,” he said. • Home Hardware is celebrating 20 years in business in Invermere with a Customer Appreciation Day on November 2nd.

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What is the purpose of the prescribed burn? The controlled use of fire can help maintain forest health, restore wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

DJ Blondtron was recruited by Sweet Soul Burlesque for their Twerk ‘n’ Tease Tour, which had its first stop in Invermere on Friday, October 11th at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. The beautiful musicmaster teamed up with adult entertainers for a spicy mix of contemporary music and seductive modelling.

How will this affect the public?  Kootenay#3 Road travel will not be affected  Burn operations and smoke may be visible to motorists driving from Windermere to Fairmont Hot Springs  Visibility may be reduced on the south end of Kootenay No. 3 Road, especially overnight and in the early morning hours, when smoke tends to settle in valley bottoms  Access to Madias-Tatley area may be restricted during burning and mop-up activities  Flagging operations will be on site, if required About the Akisqnuk First Nation Projects The prescribed burns complete two projects undertaken in collaboration/support from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (BC Hydro) and the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative administered by the Union of BC Municipalities and First Nation Emergency Services Society. Both projects mitigate the risk of wildfire in the wildland urban interface in the Columbia Valley. Akisqnuk First Nation Media Contacts: 250-342-6301 Adrian Bergles - OR Wendy Rockafellow –

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Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play a selection of works by Mozart, Brahms, Bernstein and Brubeck when the duo brings their two matching grand pianos to Christ Church Trinity on Saturday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The married couple and experienced concert pianists “combine virtuosic dedication with the instincts of professional entertainers.” The concert is $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Reviewed by Greg Amos Pacific Rim pits the kaiju (giant malevolent alien dinosaurs) versus Jaegers (robots controlled by a pair of mind-melded humans who sit inside the robot’s head) in an apocalyptic clash. Although the movie is big and dumb like many other action movies, director Guillermo del Toro (of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy) uses thoughtful dialogue and stunning visuals to make the kind of movie that would blow the mind of himself as an eleven-year-old. Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) is a Jaeger pilot whose brother — his co-pilot — is killed after their robot is attacked by a kaiju. Distraught over the tragedy and with the Jaeger program in shambles (an inept U.N.-like agency decides massive coastal walls are a better way to defend against the aliens), Raleigh lapses into obscurity. Five years later, in 2022, the havoc-wreaking kaiju have

evolved beyond all defences. The fearsome razor-toothed creatures with glowing blue acidic blood are making Godzilla look like a peace activist. Raleigh is called back to fight once more in one of the four remaining Jaegers. “We’re not an army anymore; we’re the resistance,” his former commander, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba, in a strong performance) tells him. Enter Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), an untested trainee who proves to be his ideal drift partner. (This is made clear when the pair kick some kaiju butt using by using an ocean liner as a baseball bat.) A plan is formed to have a Jaeger bring a nuclear bomb into the breach, a mid-Pacific rift that forms a space portal to the kaiju’s home dimension. A fame-seeking biologist’s mind meld with a kaiju’s “second brain” nearly proves disastrous, but gives the team the key they need to access the breach, leading to an epic underwater fight and an uplifting finish that leaves little room for a sequel. It’s significant that the most recognizable cast

member is Ron Perlman, of Hellboy fame. It’s a risk for a summer blockbuster to include actors who can act rather than draw crowds — but the lure of gigantic robots fighting was enough to help Pacific Rim gross a little more than its eye-popping $190 million budget. (Part of that cost comes from the four-storey “robot head” set built for the actors to strap into, and literally get shaken and rattled in the movie’s many battle scenes.) Why exactly a robot that throws rocket-powered punches is more effective than a nuclear missile is never adequately explained, but it doesn’t seem to matter — the Pacific Rim approach of pitting massive robots against giant monsters is a lot more fun.


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Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may run rarely. Toby Theatre • October 18th & 19th, 7:30 p.m.: Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters.

October 29th, Columbia Ridge Community Centre; and October 30th, Smoking Waters Cafe, Fairmont. • 7 p.m.: Cinefest present silent film Safety Last starring Harry Lloyd at Pynelogs. Film to be accompanied by Calgary pianist Robert Bruce, playing own score as soundtrack to the film. $15 for adults, $12 for students.

• 42nd Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Invermere Community Hall. Door prizes, silent auction, prime rib dinner and more. Tickets $30, available at Konig, the fire hall, or from any firefighter.

Wednesday, October 23rd

• 3:30 - 9 p.m.: Finish your Halloween costume/carve pumpkins at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 p.m.: Shuswap Halloween Bingo under the big tent off Capilo Way. For info call Christine at 250688-1498.

• 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Hang out night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7:00 p.m.: Dr. Dave Perrin, author of Adventures of a Country Vet, at the Radium Public Library.

Thursday, October 24th

Thursday, October 31st

• 3:30 - 9 p.m.: Sport night at Summit Youth Centre.

• 3:30 - 9 p.m.: Zombie walk-fake blood workshop at the Summit Youth Centre. Prizes for the best Zombie costume. • 4 - 7 p.m.: Windermere Community Association Halloween party. Free family event, donations to the Foodbank welcome. Hosted by the David Thompson High School Leadership class. For info contact Gracie Boake at 250-341-1548. • 4 - 8 p.m.: Halloween Howl at the Invermere Public Library, Hot chocolate and treats. Not-so-scary storytime for the younger crowd at 6:30p.m. Scary storytime by flashlight at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 25th • 12noon: Soup, bun and dessert at the Edgewater Legion. $6 per person. • Family Halloween party at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. $2 admission, costumes encouraged. Prizes for all.

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Saturday, October 26th

• 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: You Survived September! Adventure Club event for kids in grades 5-7 at the Invermere Public Library. • 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Halloween craft night at the Summit Youth Centre.

• 10:00 a.m.: Monster Mash Dash 5km and 10km walk/run to benefit Sonshine Daycare and the Killer Rollbots, starting from Pothole Park. Kids race, costume contests, souvenir water bottle, water and trick or treat stations on the course.This is a chip timed event. Individual and family rates available. Register online at, or in person at the Valley Fitness Centre. • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Integrative breathing workshop with Dale Joyal and Nicole Neufeld at Lions Hall at Invermere crossroads. $40 per person. To pre-register call 604-314-9096. • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: 3rd Annual Halloween Howler, hosted by the Radium Events Committee. This spooky event takes place at a new location this year - the Radium Community Hall.  Kids will enjoy pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, treats and the ever popular haunted house. • 7 p.m. - 12 midnight: Garlic Palooza, Groundswell’s Community Greenhouse fundraiser at Winderberry Nursery. Food, music and membership for $35. Tickets available at Circle Health. • 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.: Halloween dance at Edgewater community hall. $15 per person.Tickets available at the BookBar, Pips, Radium Video, Edgewater post office and Bricso store. For info call 250-347-9575.

Saturday, October 19th • 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Homemade pizza and movie night at the Summit Youth Centre.

Tuesday, October 22nd • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Brain Health & Alzheimer’s Disease: free workshop at the Invermere Health Unit. Learn strategies for maintaining brain health, when to be concerned, and how to get a diagnosis. For more info call 250-342-2363. • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Hospice Society Meet and Greet, Brisco Community Hall. The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is conducting Meet and Greet evenings throughout the area in October. Join us and learn more about the Society, the programs we are creating, volunteer opportunities and how we can serve you. Refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Maria Kliavkoff at 250-347-2110. Other dates as follows: Edgewater Community Hall; October 23rd, Canal Flats Civic Centre; October 28th, Invermere Community Hall;

Wednesday, October 30th

Invermere Library hours • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Radium Hot Springs Library Hours • Tuesday: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • Wednesday to Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Canal Flats Community Library Hours • Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For info: 250-3495360.

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ging a hole about 30 centimetres deep with a sharp shovel. Save the contents of the soil — sift through it until you have encountered the earth worms there and count By Mark Cullen them up. Then place them gently back where they came Pioneer Columnist from. Every couple of months, dig a hole in the same This is the season for area and repeat the process. Keep a mental tally of the giving thanks and Canaworms that you find and be sure to do this at the same dians are celebrating in a time of year to be consistent. Population growth is an variety of ways. For the indication that your garden soil is improving in health. most part, we are taking Keep adding lots of organic matter each year, spring or stock of our great country fall. I add about four centimetres of finished compost to and our bounty. my entire garden each year. Thank goodness, I say, for family, health, quality • A green lawn. My lawn has never looked better. food sources, and, of course, for my pet duck, Clark. He This year the cool evening temperatures and the regular makes me laugh out loud every day. Put all that aside rain fall has made for great-looking lawns without the and a gardener in this country has a lot of things to be extra work. Here is a reminder that you should apply a grateful for. Here is my short list: fall lawn food now. It is the most important application • Rain. It spoiled a few weddings and picnics this sea- of the year. son, but I ask you, where would we be without it? From • Blight-free tomatoes. I grow 200 tomato plants early spring to recent weeks, we have had regular rainfall. each season. I know, sanity isn’t a strong point. However, • Fungi. My friend Lorraine Johnston, the environ- growing them is my idea of fun and the local food bank mentalist, gardener and activist, stated in her treatise on appreciates it. This year was exceptional not just for the gardening that if we did not have fungus to break down wide variety of tomato seeds that I was able to acquire the organic material that is produced naturally most ev- through various sources, but the fact that early blight was erywhere (including fallen leaves this time of year), we kept at bay all season. It helped that I applied Bordo copwould be up to our necks in un-decomposed stuff. per spray every two weeks beginning in late June, but I • Frogs. We have recently learned that one of the must say, all 20 varieties were clean and healthy up to the most accurate litmus tests of a healthy ecosystem is the end, which will come with the first hard frost. Again, I presence of frogs in a neighbourhood. Frogs are very am thankful for the rain and cool evening temperatures. sensitive to changes It seems to me no in the environment, coincidence that we especially where toxic stop to give thanks chemicals are to be each October. We found. Their presence have a magnificent in your yard is an inharvest to celebrate, dication of a healthy fresh air, green spaces, natural balance — you and all of the wildlife are making a valuable that supports it to be contribution to the thankful for. biodiversity in your Mark Cullen apcommunity. pears on Canada AM • Worms. I am ofevery Thursday morning ten asked if soil tests at 8:40 a.m. He is the are a good idea. My spokesperson for Home response is,“Yes, by all Hardware Lawn and means test your garden Garden. Sign up for his soil.” I recommend DUCKY LOVE — Marc Cullen with his pet duck Clark, one of free monthly newsletter at that you do this by dig- the many things he’s thankful for. Photo submitted .

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Cosmetic solutions now available in valley By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff A pair of wellestablished Invermere doctors are teaming up to take on the effects of aging. Dr. Theresa Ross and Dr. Colleen Maytham, both well-established general practitioners at the Chisel Peak Medical Clinic in Invermere, are now welcoming clients to Invermere Medical Rejuvenation, a service that will use Botox and filler injections to treat age- AGE AVENGERS — Dr. Theresa Ross (left) and Dr. Colleen related facial changes as Maytham have begun offering cosmetic procedures that haven’t well as vein sclerotherapy been available in the valley until now.  Photo by Greg Amos to treat spider veins. limited to selected hours in between regular The business can be family physician work. reached by calling 250-341-7330. In addition to facial work, the pair It’s the first time such a service has been offered in the Columbia Valley — people will also be able to reduce the appearance have previously had to travel to Canmore or of small, unsightly veins on people’s legs through sclerotherapy. Calgary to receive the services. “These are injections into the little These procedures can target crows feet beside the eyes, frown lines, nasolabial folds veins that people get on their legs, called (the area of the face that creases when a per- spider veins and the slightly larger ones, reson smiles) and marionette lines (the skin ticular veins,” said Dr. Maytham. Though these veins are not harmful, many women below either side of one’s lower lip). “As we get older, we lose volume from dislike their appearance and can get them our faces” said Dr. Theresa Ross, who has cosmetically treated. Although Dr. Ross and Dr. Maytham been a GP in Invermere for 23 years. “This can be treated by injecting a filler such as Ju- have interest in larger varicose veins, they vaderm, which is manufactured from hyal- will not be treating these yet. And the only uronic acid. People might be familiar with medical Botox treatment offered by the pair Hyaluronic acid in Synvisc and Duralane will be injections into the armpit to control hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). injections for osteoarthritis of the knees.” With a combined 35 years of medical “Filler can be injected subcutaneously, just underneath the skin, to smooth out experience, Dr. Ross and Dr. Maytham say permanent creases, or it can be injected the Botox treatments have been proven to deeper between the bone and muscle to treat be safe and effective. “Botox is a safe protein that has been loss of volume,” added Dr. Colleen Maytham, who has been a local GP for 12 years. in use for many years for different medical Both doctors recently attended medical purposes,” said Dr. Colleen Maytham. “It aesthetics training in Ontario to learn how prevents the muscles from contracting so to do the procedures, and so far have lim- strongly. This allows the overlying skin to stop creasing; it is as simple as that.” ited the procedures to select volunteers. “Our business is not catering to those The medical rejuvenation service will also operate out of Chisel Peak Medi- looking for movie star appearances,” she cal clinic, where the doctors will continue added. “We are not in favor of an unnatural doing family physician work. However, look, nor a frozen face. We just want people clients will be contacting a separate tele- to look in the mirror and say ‘I look a little phone service not operating out of Chisel more refreshed, a little more youthful’,” Peak Medical clinic, and the service will be added Dr. Theresa Ross.

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COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY PLAN Request for Proposal (RFP) East Kootenay Local Food Guide Update The Imagine Invermere 2030 Implementation Committee for the District of Invermere’s Community Sustainability Plan invites proposal submissions for:

Verification and Updating of the East Kootenay Local Food Guide The Request for Proposal will require contacting local producers in the current food guide to confirm local food production and to research and identify new products and producers not included in the current guide. The current edition of East Kootenay Local Food Guide can be found at The Imagine Invermere 2030 web site http:// Copies are also available at the District of Invermere Municipal office, 914 8th Avenue, Invermere B.C. during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from October 16th to November 1st, 2013. Sealed proposals marked “East Kootenay Local Food Guide Update” will be received up to 2 p.m. MST, Friday November 1st, 2013. Imagine Invermere 2030 (II 2030) is the District of Invermere’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), the Districts highest level policy that was developed to provide guidance towards a sustainable and resilient future for our community. II 2030 identifies community priorities and strategies which guide decisions and actions towards the sustainability goals. Local Food Production is one of the key visions of long term sustainability success within the II 2030 Plan. Proposals will be expected to include the applicants qualifications related to knowledge of the agricultural community in the East Kootenay, ability to work independently, communication skills, ability to provide personal transportation, food security related project experience and a project completion price. There will be no public opening for this request for proposal. Proposals will be opened privately by the Imagine Invermere 2030 Implementation Committee after the closing time specified. If you wish to contact the District of Invermere in response to the awarding, please do so after the closing time specified. The District of Invermere reserves the right to waive formalities in any proposal, or reject any or all proposals, or accept the proposal deemed most favorable in the interest Imagine Invermere 2030 and the Municipality. Rory Hromadnik, Development Services District of Invermere, Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 250-342-9281 ext 1235

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October 18, 2013

Men in Business S

ince 2007, when The Pioneer began the very popular Women in Business — an annual feature every February that showcases roughly 50 women keen to let readers know how they contribute to the Columbia Valley’s business community — many in the community questioned why the other gender was being left out. Many men have approached us asking for a feature they can call their own. While only a select few have decided to take part this year in first-ever instalment of Men in Business, we believe it has the potential to grow.

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October 18, 2013

Everett Frater,Owner Everett Frater Enterprises

This is an excellent platform for locally-based entrepreneurs and small business owners, who go over and above every day to provide invaluable products and services to the valley community, to highlight what they do and why, and draw attention to themselves as participating members and active contributors to the local economy. We thank them for their amazing efforts and hope to see more of them step forward for next year’s edition! Stay tuned for Women in Business in February 2014. The Pioneer team


Since Everett Frater’s re-establishment of his family maintenance business ten years ago, a strong reputation has seen it grow threefold. Between Windermere, Radium, and Panorama, Everett Frater Enterprises ensures that roads and parking lots are manoeuvrable during the winter, and is the reason why so many lawns shine in the summer. “I have a good reputation in the valley; I work hard, I am fair, and I have a strong work ethic,” Mr. Frater said. “I love what I do, and strive to give a good product.” A forth generation valley resident, Mr. Frater gained ample experience through his family’s business before founding Everett Frater Enterprises.

Martin Collis, Chef

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort A new executive chef is cooking up a storm at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Martin Collis has been a professional chef in Europe and Stratford, Ontario (site of the renown Stratford Festival) for more than 25 years. Mr. Collis and his family were lured west by an interest in the mountains. “The job at Fairmont was too good an option to turn down,” he said. With the resort’s recent restructuring — a new chair and new management — the chef feels he made the right choice and says he’s adapting to small town life. “There’s been a bit of a learning curve, since I’m used to living and working in cities.” His family is also quickly warming to the valley and its natural surroundings.

Tex Lortscher, Owner High Country Antiques

Don’t stray too long between visits to High Country Antiques and Collectables because the inventory turns over about as fast as owner and auctioneer Tex Lortscher speaks during a High Country Auction. Through previous ventures, Tex has made himself well-known in the valley. And of course he continues to operate High Country Auctions, where he specializes in liquidations, antiques, farm and estate auctions, as well as many charity auctions throughout year. Visit High Country Antiques and Collectables at 4884 Athalmer Road (Bavin Glass building) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Watch for somewhat reduced winter hours beginning next month.


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Rick Burke & Paul Digney, Co-owners Diamond Heating and Spas Rick Burke and Paul Digney have been keeping the Upper Columbia Valley warm and toasty for five years now as co-owners of Diamond Heating & Spas. The business was originally set up nearly 20 years ago when John Dunnebacke moved from Calgary to Invermere to start it. Since Rick and Paul took over, they have been expanding the business’ focus from just selling fireplaces, heating systems and hot tubs to designing,

installing and maintaining them as well. The shift to a service focus was in part due to a slowing economy, which meant fewer new homes built in the valley, but also in part due to the pair’s natural curiousity and desire to learn more about the products they sell. Shifting the business focus from just selling to selling and service has paid dividends. It saw the pair carry through the slow economy and now business is beginning to pick up again. “Over the years, we have become an authorized dealer for many top brands such as Carrier, Lennox, Mitsubishi, RSF, Naploeon, Blaze King and Jacuzzi to name only a few,” said Paul. Things are starting to turn around now in terms of the economy so the business is starting to turn around now too, the pair said. Diamond Heating & Spas, with its location next to Columbia Ski and Cycle in Athalmer, offers its customers a physical location, something customers find reassuring, said Rick. “We are open six days a week so customers can walk in or phone in, there’s always somebody here and we don’t just operate out of the back of a truck,” say the pair who believe having a storefront is key to the success of the business. Both Rick and Paul began working for Mr. Dunnebacke before they took over. Paul was hired in 1997 and quickly earned his Red Seal Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker certification. Rick started out part time while he weighed up options for a career change, but the more time he spent at Diamond Heating and Spas, the more interesting the business became. The complex and ever-evolving technology in both the heating and spa businesses has kept both co-owners striving to learning more. In the process, Paul is now a certified Mitsubishi MEQ dealer as well as residential HRV certified. Rick has become Wood Emissions Technology Training (or WETT) certified and his Level I and II certification in pool operations. Both have venting certifications and gas safety certifications. In addition, the company’s employees are Red-Seal sheet metal workers with Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training. These certifications and continuous training of our long time staff members mean Diamond Heating & Spas customers know they are getting top-notch work. Heating systems, heat pumps, air conditioning, fireplaces, wood stoves and hot tubs have evolved with so much new technology these days; Diamond Heating & Spas employees are constantly learning the new technology, so they can assist customers and correct issues that need fixing, said Paul and Rick. Having a thorough understanding of the products helps Diamond Heating & Spas make them safe and ensure they last a long time. It also makes maintenance and installation that much smoother. Working in the heating and hot tub business is not only interesting work, but the customers who come in are mostly positive, upbeat and excited about having something new or upgraded installed in their homes. Both owners take pride in the very knowledgeable and experienced staff members at Diamond Heating & Spas. They are always ready and willing to assist in any way they can and continuously strive to provide a positive experience to our customers.

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October 18, 2013


Are today’s heroes tomorrow’s dogs? There are many ways in which people make their investment decisions. Most commonly, people will choose investments based on past performance, word of mouth, dividend yield, or “hot” sectors of the marketplace. While these methods can work to a point, there are some potential pitfalls that investors should be aware of before making a sale or acquisition. Chasing trends or past performance Most investors are familiar with the disclaimer: “Past performance is not a guarantee of future returns.” Even still, many people make their investment decisions based on past performance. According to a recent Russell Investments study, mutual funds that were rated 4- or 5-stars by Morningstar in 2011 attracted positive net cash flows in 2012, while 1- to 3-star rated funds lost money overall. Star ratings are based solely on past performance relative to their peers. When investing, the road upwards rarely forms a straight line. Nobody wants to have a losing investment; however, those who buy an investment simply because it’s performing well — without knowing why it’s performing well — are bound to get burned when market conditions change. The same concept is true for chasing trends. Trends are simply investments or market sectors that have outperformed others in the past. Trends change rapidly, and the initial euphoria is usually over by the time most retail investors get involved.

Irrational behaviour Many people believe the ideal investment is one that produces above average returns with little to no risk. Unfortunately, as there is a direct relationship between risk and return, this expectation is irrational. Market uncertainty is perhaps the main cause of irrational behaviour among investors. For example, in the years following the 2001 terrorist attacks, many people felt uneasy about the capital markets. They responded by crowding into bricks-and-mortar assets like real estate. Coupled with low interest rates, people speculated like crazy and real estate values rose year over year. People felt rich, and began using home equity to fund poor spending habits or, in some cases, buying more real estate. Eventually so much money flowed into real estate that it became very expensive, and when interest rates began rising again, many people were kicked out of the housing market as it experienced crashes through North America, some of which are ongoing. Current trends For the 30-year period beginning around 1981, the bond markets experienced a lift due to falling interest rates. In recent years, due to painfully low interest rates, many income-seeking investors have abandoned bonds and crowded into other asset classes to generate income, namely preferred shares, income trusts and dividend-paying stocks of large companies. For example, many utility companies

that traded around 10 times their earnings during the market crash of 2008 now trade at over 20 times their earnings. As interest rates move upwards, interest-sensitive equities will likely face downward selling pressure as risk-averse investors are coaxed out of the stock market. This makes sense. Taxation aside, if stocks and bonds are both yielding five per cent, the cautious investor will to choose the option with less risk. In the future, stocks of utility companies may face other problems. It takes a lot of money to build infrastructure, and many utility companies have had to use debt financing to fund expansion. As interest rates rise, their debt financing costs will rise too, which is sure to affect future profitability. The future Investors often assume that higher performing stocks or mutual funds are more likely to deliver better returns than others in the future. The main flaw in this presumption is that the financial markets are cyclical. In general, things that do well in the past will encounter a period when they will fall out of favor. Valuations will get too high and money will move elsewhere. Going forward, investors should have tempered expectations of the capital markets. People should not expect that overheated investments will see a quick doubling of price anytime in the future, and those who are holding cash on the sidelines should be extra cautious of investing in “hot” or overpriced securities.

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Rockies player profile


#24 Bradly Palumbo Bradly, youngest of four 17-year-old (or ‘96) players on the Columbia Valley Rockies is playing his second year in the KIJHL. He came to the Rockies last season from Penticton where he played Midget AA. Plums, as he is often called, has been living with billets since the age of 15 and says that at first it was difficult to get used to a different family’s ways, but he’s used to it now. He’s known to be a gritty winger and often plays on the penalty kill. When weather permits his parents Dave and Karen make the long trip from Princeton to support their son. “We have a strong team and when we play a full 60 minutes, we will dominate,” he says of his team this year.

Rancher reflects on fifty years By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Long-time local rancher Franz Feldmann marked a special anniversary this year — his 50th year of ranching in the Upper Columbia Valley. Mr. Feldmann who came to the valley from Switzerland, still recalls bringing in the last load of hay in 1963. The ranch, which is about five kilometers north of Wilmer on Westside Road, is bigger these days — almost 2,000 hectares, but working is still as much fun as when Mr. Feldmann started. “I’m a farm boy; I grew up on a dairy farm in Switzerland,” he said. “I always wanted to farm and I found out that in Canada land was still cheap. A man could still buy land.” Mr. Feldmann is the fourth owner of the ranch and hopes it will stay in the family. His son and grandson currently live and work on the farm. “Hopefully they will keep going on it. That’s my dream,” said Mr. Feldmann. “It’s a family ranch.” The Feldman farm has been and still is primarily a

beef cattle ranch — these days it has several hundred head of cattle, although Mr. Feldmann usually grows some crops as well. “It’s always been beef,” said Mr. Feldmann. The lot that eventually became the Feldmann ranch was first bought by Charles Watt in 1901 and later was owned by Austin Plant and then Andy Staberg. Mr. Feldmann and his wife lived in the original log house first built by Mr. Watt before they built their own house on the farm. Moving to Canada and running a ranch for 50 years couldn’t have turned out better, according to Mr. Feldmann. “It just happened. It’s all I’ve done my whole life. I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” he said. The Swiss-born rancher believes strongly in the importance of local food and food security. He’s actively involved with farm initiatives in the valley to that end, particularly the recent moves to create a local agriculture park and abattoir at the crossroads. “Somebody has to produce the food; you can’t eat money,” said Mr. Feldmann, adding he’s disappointed to see fewer full-time farmers working in the valley.

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Getting the paper to your doorstep

Larry Holden

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Long-time Valley Echo distributor Larry Holden delivers both The Valley Echo and The Pioneer. He’s often aided by his wife, Sandy Clark, and returns the favour by helping her business, Canterbury Flowers, make deliveries. He does it all in his black Ford F350 4 x 4. The Radium Hot Pools staff get a big kick from receiving The Pioneer. “I have some people that, as soon as I walk in the building, I have to hand it to them while they’re sitting there having their coffee – they’re just regulars who want the paper,” he said. Larry’s job as distributor is

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He’s also been a hotel chef and a teacher, and says he doesn’t miss working the 70-hour weeks he had in the security industry. Richard Heffernan has delivered The Pioneer to Cranbrook since 2009. Mr. Heffernan lives in Tata Creek and says some of the residents in the seniors’ homes in Cranbrook are former Invermere residents who love to keep tabs on their hometown through The Pioneer. They usually check the police report first, with one reader saying she wants to see if anybody she knows is in jail.

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October 18, 2013 He was assured that more than $10 million is held in designated accounts for those risks. Councillor Justin Atterbury said that it can seem silly to borrow $5.6 million and pay interest when you have about double the amount on hand, but they store it for those unexpected bills. The 30-year interest rate will be locked in for the entire term it’s borrowed, because the B.C. Municipal Finance Authority has great credit rating, and currently charges 3.85 per cent interest, he explained. Council expects little to no rise to that percentage by the time they would be prepared to take the loan. Because hoping for grants is wishful thinking, Invermere is not counting on them, but Mr. Taft said that grants will be far more likely to come if the loan is approved.

. . . ‘Community hall’ from page 2 It will not; Invermere wants to make sure the central location remains active. Councillor Greg Anderson said that council will not “fall on their swords” if the referendum fails, and won’t make further attempts to erect a new facility, but will almost definitely spend $2 million on repairs to the existing facility. “But if we upgrade this place, we can forget about a new facility for a long time,” he added. One man in the crowd of roughly 50 people was worried about where the district had adequate resources on hand in case a more essential cost is burdened, such as sewer infrastructure.

Gurmeet Brar said he found the date of the referendum peculiar, because many property owners will not be in town during the shoulder season. Mr. Taft disagreed that the timing was peculiar, and said that “democracies are run by those who show up.” Mr. Brar said he also felt as though the project was moving too fast, and that the new location will not be easy for people to walk to from downtown. Councillor Paul Denchuk said that it may seem to be moving fast, but if the project were moving more slowly, the community would risk losing its present hall and being left with no place to gather. Mr. Atterbury said the building designs will be largely shaped by the next council, and Mr. Taft said that it may very well become an election issue.

Regional District of East Kootenay BYLAW 2484

BYLAW 2492

BYLAW 2461

Bylaw Amendment Lake Windermere - ESA DPA

Bylaw Amendment Boat House Deck

Bylaw Amendment Minor Home Based Business

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a bylaw which amends the policies and map schedules of the environmentally sensitive development permit area in the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan. Bylaw No. 2484 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay - Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 14, 2013 (ESA DPA/RDEK)” will amend the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan in order to clarify the purpose, requirements, exemptions, and justifications of Development Permit Area (DPA) #2 - Protection of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs). In addition, the amendment spatially identifies specific ESA values to be protected and guidelines for managing those values. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street, Windermere, BC Thursday, October 24, 2013 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 Bylaw, 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 Karen MacLeod, Planner, at 250-489-0313, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a bylaw which repeals a restriction on the construction of decks and verandas on boathouses. Bylaw No. 2492 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 289, 2013 (Boat House Deck/RDEK)” will enable decks or verandas to be built affixed to, or on the roof of boathouses in Electoral Area F and G. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street, Windermere, BC Thursday, October 24, 2013 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 Bylaw, 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 Karen MacLeod, Planner, at 250-489-0313, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a bylaw which includes regulations that govern minor home based businesses in Electoral Area F and Electoral Area G. Bylaw No. 2461 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 285, 2012 (Minor HBB / RDEK)” will introduce the minor home based business category and revise relevant regulations. A public hearing will be held at: Windermere Community Hall 4726 North Street, Windermere, BC Thursday, October 24, 2013 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 Bylaw, 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 Karen MacLeod, Planner, at 250-489-0313, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

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PIONEER CLASSIFIEDS GARAGE SALES STORAGE BLOW OUT SALE - Deck Properties Storage, Industrial Road #2. HUGE SALE everything goes. $5 bucks buys most anything. DON’T MISS IT! Nov. 2nd the good stuff and Nov. 3rd left overs, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. BRING CASH - LOTS OF IT.


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Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Radium Friendship Group:  Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.



Returning to Anglz, hairstylist Barb Hewitt, looking forward to seeing old and new clients. 250-342-3227. Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info. Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call 250-3428255.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to whoever returned my wallet from Petro in Radium! Jeers to you though for taking $300 from it, that was my family’s grocery money.



April 5, 1925 – October 9, 2013 Saying Goodbye to Bob, till we meet again. Bob was easy to love with his quick wit and teasing nature. He had a wonderful sense of humour that always put a smile on your face and he was a true gentleman. The Murray family would like to thank Adrienne and all the folks at Columbia Garden Village and Ivy House for making our Dad comfortable and special thanks to Dr. Page for your loving care and affection. Missing you Dad!

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Cheers to Dan for finding and making the effort to return our camera. Good to shake hands with an honest person.

Cheers to tryptophan and long naps after Thanksgiving dinner.

NEW HOUSE MULTI STORAGE 20 x 25 heated shop $450/ mo, first and last D.D. required. 24 x 36 shop power included, propane heat at tenant’s expense, $650/mo first and last D.D. required. Contact New House Multi Storage • 250-342-3637.

Invermere: affordable 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm apartments. $600 - $800/ mo. Includes all utilities. 250-3411182.

For lease: 725 sq. ft. office space in professional building. Street-level, air-conditioned. 712-10th Street. Call 250-342-9767.

Radium: Fully furnished units for rent. Bedsitting, 1-bdrms, 2-bdrms. N/S, pets negotiable. Call Joan at 250-342-7517 to view and check availability. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable and all linens. STARTING AT $500/mo.

Cheers to Vinny at Autowyze/ Invermere Petro Canada for opening on a Sunday and getting me on my way. Cheers to Sandra for a treatment like no other: her myofascial cups can bring life back to your body and my legs are mine once again. Cheers to my Highland neighbours for tolerating what turned into an emergency water shut off. Cheers to Edible Acres for another wonderful CSA season. We are grateful for the beautiful organic vegetables, herbs and flowers and appreciate the tremendous amount of work it takes to produce it all. Cheers to Dustin for helping a damsel in distress. As always your dependability is appreciated. Double Cheers to Brent of Corix: you took the flak but you saved my day. Cheers to those who know that wildlife do not belong in town. Deer are wild animals and they can be very dangerous.


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Jeers to yoga. Workout clothing worn outside your fitness facility. It is inappropriate! Please get out of your smelly outfit before you run errands or have lunch with the gym gals. Cheers: you look awesome at the gym! Cheers to the District of Invermere for the most incredible downtown flower beds ever! Cheers to my wife for yet another incredible Thanksgiving feast. I know what I am thankful for...

Cheers to people who are voting NO to the deer question in the upcoming referendum. Your compassion and efforts will go a long way into making this world a better place for everyone. Cheers to Mike for achieving the gold level. You’re on your way to becoming a real business! Cheers to the BC Government for making Chinese Lanterns illegal for sale. Fire floating in the sky can lead to disaster! The cost of an accidental fire far outweighs the $3 lantern cost.

LOST & FOUND Found: Bicycle at Mount Nelson Athletic Park.  Please call the District office at 250-342-9281 to claim.

STORAGE NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805. Retail opportunity in Invermere. 2,100 sq. ft. located on Main St. Rare vacancy in the busiest area of town. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity, call now 250-2701707, ask for Josh. Short or long term okay.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/mo + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325. Downtown Invermere by the Lake: groovy 4 + bdrm, 3-bath home, fully furnished. Very healthminded roomies looking for two more to share a cozy cottage. Non-smokers only, N/P. $400/ mo available Oct. 1st or $450/mo available Nov. 1st. Phone or text 250-342-5937.

SUITE FOR RENT 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 W/D included in each unit. Long-term preferred, N/P. Utilities not included. $750/month. Available immediately. 250-2700729. Radium: modern 2-bdrm, lowerlevel suite. W/D, D/W. $800/mo, utilities included. 250-342-3790. Bachelor suite, available Oct. 15th, $550/mo includes cable, internet, heat and lights. Partially furnished, N/S, N/P, no partiers. Three blocks from downtown, 250-342-6178.

Radium: 4-bdrm, 2-bath basement suite. W/D, N/P, N/S, no partiers. $1,100/mo, + utilities. References required. 250-342-6010.

1-bdrm, with office, lower level suite. Great views, private with huge yard. $850/mo utilities included. Call 250-342-3790. INVERMERE CENTRE. 1-bdrm apartment, available immediately. Central location, parking at your door, laundry on site. 1-year lease. N/P, N/S. Call Sharon, 250-6881365. New construction, never lived in, 1-bdrm walkout located in Wilder sub-division. Stainless appliances, heated bathroom floors. Two blocks from the beach/downtown. Must see! N/S, N/P, $950/mo + hydro. Internet/wifi and cable included, lease required. Call 250-270-1707. 2-bdrm furnished suite in Riverside, Fairmont. All appliances, N/P, N/S, Available immediately. $700/mo + half utilities, includes internet, 587-435-1346. Radium: Spacious bright 2-bdrm, 1-bath, shared laundry, shared large back yard. $600/mo + D.D. + hydro. 250-347-9970. Invermere suite for rent. 2-bdrm, 1-bath. Available immediately. N/S, N/P, dishwasher, W/D (Negotiable). $750/mo + utilities. Please call Juliana at Mountain Creek Properties. 250-341-6003.

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2-bdrm apartment in Edgewater. End unit, $550/mo includes heat. 250-342-2898.

House for rent in the exclusive Timber Ridge III. 3-bdrm, 2-bath, N/P, N/S, private beach, tennis courts, marina, 1/2 acre yard. Available Nov. 1st. $1,000/mo + utilities and D.D. 403-685-3134 or 403-615-3134.

Invermere, Castlerock 2-bdrm, new, bright, private, basement suite. References required. $895/ mo hydro included. W/D, N/P, N/S, 250-342-3381. Invermere: large, bright, upstairs 2-bdrm suite for rent. Large fenced yard, two blocks from main street, five blocks to beach. Wood burning stove, shared W/D, available now, pets ok, N/S. $875/mo + utilities, call Grant at 403-493-1245.

HOUSE FOR RENT Fairmont: 3-bdrm newer home on large lot near river. Over 2,000 sq. ft. $1,200/mo. Call Mark 1-403519-0252. Newly renovated 3-bdrm, 3-bath house. 7330 Copperhorn Drive, Radium. Rent $1,295/mo. Rentto-own or purchase with seller financing. Customizable payment plans available. Call to discuss, Ron 403-561-1626 or ron@rpmteam. ca. 4-bdrm, 2-bath, walking distance to downtown, schools, hospital, N/S, W/D, D/W, microwave, references, $1,200/mo plus utilities, invermerehomerentals@, 250-341-1650. Invermere: 2-bdrm upper-level furnished suite with large yard. Available November 1st - April 30th. Close walk to downtown. N/S, N/P, W/D. $900/mo + utilities, has woodstove, references required. 250-342-6605. Lovely small home for rent Oct. 1st to April 30th in Radium Valley Vacation Resort. Gated community very quiet area. 3-bdrm, 1-bath. Rent is $750/mo plus utilities. Pictures available can email to you. Call Anthea at 403-681-7144 or email Lovely 2-bdrm, 1 1/2 bath cabin. Big Lake View - Indian Beach. $800/ mo + utilities (until April). No dogs N/S. 403-266-5198.

Radium executive 3-bdrm home backing onto the Springs Golf Course. Available Oct. 1st to April 1st. N/S, N/P, $1,400/mo. 250-3425247. Fully furnished town house in Radium, 2-bdrm, 2.5-bath, large bright kitchen, A/C, fireplace, deck and BBQ, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $900/mo. 403-2409357 or Edgewater, 1-bdrm home on acreage. $750/mo hydro included. References required. W/D, N/P, N/S, 250-342-3381. Home available Nov. 1st in Indian Beach Estates. Comfortable 2-bdrm, 1-bath home with den. Can be used as third bedroom. Fireplace, gorgeous views of the Fairmonts. Four minutes from private beach in Indian Beach Estates. Please call 435-901-1600 or e- mail with inquiries.

CONDO FOR RENT Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath with in-suite laundry. 1,000 sq. ft. of beautiful, comfortable, living space in quiet neighbourhood. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-873-8158 or e-mail . Serious inquiries only. Invermere furnished townhouse. 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath, 5 appliances, N/S, N/P. Garage, close to downtown, $1,100/mo + utilities. 403-703-0930. Radium 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Aspen Condo, 1,045 sq. ft. Fireplace, A/C, in-suite laundry. Furnished or unfurnished, lease required. $975/mo or $1,175/mo furnished includes utilities. Phone 1-403-608-4652.

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Lake Windermere Pointe. Furnished or not, 2 bdrm., 2 bath condo starting at $900/ mth. plus utilities. Pool, fitness centre, beach.

WILDER SUB-DIVISION: 2 bdrm. furnished suite at $1100 incl. heat/electricity.


Furnished 3 bdrm. home at $1400 plus utilities. No pets or smoking.

Eric or Dave 250-342-4040

Radium: The Pinewood. 2-bdrm, 2-bath. Fully furnished, fireplace, A/C, B.B.Q, 5 appliances, 2 TVs, underground parking. N/S, N/P. Available Nov. 1st. $1,100/mo, utilities included. D.D. required. Call Joanne, 780-914-3497. Downtown living, mature responsible male or female, N/S, N/P, 2-bdrm, 2-bath, $900/mo + hydro. Available Nov. 1st, 250-3425919. Invermere, 2-bdrm, walk to downtown. $800/mo + utilities. References required. Long term. N/P, N/S. Call 250-409-9801. Available quickly. 3-bdrm 1.5 bath condo conveniently located and close to schools in Invermere. $1,200/mo + hydro. Call to view 250-341-5951.

MOBILE HOME 12x60, 2-bdrm Mobile Home with addition and deck in very good shape, propane furnace and modern wood stove for $2,500 O.B.O, Must be moved, to view call 250-346-6420.


2-bdrm rancher on beautiful 5 acres with spectacular mountain views. New roof (November 2011), 5 minutes north of Radium. Price reduced. 250-347-9692. Price below assessed value. Newly renovated 3,000 sq. ft. home for sale in downtown Invermere, just blocks from the beach. 4-bdrm, 2-bath. Open-concept living, older home, zoned R2. Asking $279,000. Why rent when you can own for $1,250/month? Call 250-342-5148.

CONDO FOR SALE “REDUCED” INVERMERE DUPLEX FOR SALE. Newer, good materials, great location! 2-bdrm, 2.5 baths, A/C, partially finished, basement, attached garage. You own the land! NO CONDO FEES! Phone 250-3415905 or 250-347-6469.



For Sale: 2.5 yard metal sander with gas powered engine $1,000 O.B.O. Please contact Akiskinook Resort at 250-342-9411 or stratn21@telus. net.

1986 Honda XL350R. Assembled but not running. $250 O.B.O. 250270-2135.


Local grown organic garlic. Call Sammy’s garlic farm at 250-3423921 or 250-342-5801. Winter tires with rims 185/70/14, new, $250 call Tony Wood 250-3425745. Hay and green feed- round Bales. $50 - $90/bale. Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Win-Valley 35 - 40 lbs sacks of potatoes are now available for winter storage. Email Peter at or phone 250-342-0272. FOR SALE LTD Moxie Snowboard 157 with original LTD bindings, purple, great shape, $75 O.B.O, Lange Comp 100 ski boots with thermo-molding liner, men’s size 8, grey, excellent condition, $50 O.B.O, call 250-409-4433.


Seasoned fir firewood for sale. $200 per cord. Call 250-341-1538.

Zumba Fitness with Julie Parent. Zumba classes run from Oct. to Dec. Mon., Wed. and Thurs. at 5:30 p.m. at J.A. Laird School Gym. $50/mo or drop in $10/class. For current class schedules check out my website at or my Facebook page Zumba Fitness – Julie Parent. For more information call or text Julie at 250-341-5474.

Seasoned firewood for sale, $200 per cord. Call 250-341-3544.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Model. 125, 000 km, asking $5,500 O.B.O. 250-342-6226 days, 250347-9934 nights.


2006 Dodge Charger SXT, 132, 400 kms, V6, P/W, P/L, sunroof. Wellmaintained very good condition, asking $9,000, phone 250-3413974.

Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089.

Rockies West Realty Independently Owned and Operated

MISC. FOR SALE Wood fired Jamie Oliver forno oven, $2,500. Call Steve, 403-850-3612.

1995 Ford F150 4x4 S/C. Excellent condition, many options. 175, 000 kms, $4,500 O.B.O. 250-346-3360.

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Recipe Of The Week SHRIMP SALSA

½ pound Cooked Shrimp, chopped 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced ½ Red Onion, diced ¼ cup Cilantro, minced Tortilla Chips

¼ cup fresh Lime Juice 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp ground Black Pepper 1 clove Garlic, minced 1 Jalapeno Pepper, diced

Stir the shrimp, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic together in a large glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the flavours combine, at least 1 hour. Serve cold with Tortilla Chips See all my recipes at

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Custom installations of ceramic, mosaic, quarry tiles, slate, glass blocks etc. Repairs, re-grout and sealing. For estimate call 250-3416869.

photography studio & custom picture framing …look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

250-342-5102 Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit . Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Save up to $500 on 10 or more blinds, plus the PST “Great service and I recommend Shannon to anyone.  Prices are extremely competitive in the valley and with Calgary.” J Webb Wine Merchant – Calgary Phantom Retractable Screen Doors – Sale  Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Salon chair rental at Cutloose must have own clientele, $450/mo + GST. Nail technician rental space $450/mo + GST. Call 250-3428880. Want more freedom? Work from the comfort of your home! Check my website www.123funwork. com.

Marketing Reservations Housekeeping/Property Maintenance

Please forward your resume before October 25th, 2013 via email to or mail to PO Box 760 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0.



Noon Hour Supervisor

Attention stay at home mom’s or other hard workers. Cleaning staff needed. Good pay, flexible hours. Radium hotel. Please call 250-3479305.

School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain), Windermere Zone is now accepting applications for the following Noon Hour Supervisor position:

General labourer with construction/ framing experience. Temporary full-time position to start immediately. Apply at Fairmont Mountain Bungalows 250-3456365.

This position is part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 440. This is student supervisory work performed under the direction of a School Administrator or designate during lunch time. Applicants must have completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, and experience in working with youth is desirable.

Strands is seeking a chef with 3 to 5 years experience in European and Canadian fine dining to start immediately. This is a hands-on position. Apply to Tony Wood at or 250-342-6344. Labourers needed for snow removal, call 250-342-5645.

More career ads on page 28. N E W S PA P E R

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

Call us today to place your classified advertisement. E-mail: Phone: (250) 341-6299 Fax: (250) 341-6229


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Fairmont Hot Springs Studio • 250-342-1713

0911611 BC LTD o/a Tim Hortons 496 Highway 93/95 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K2

Shift Supervisor Full-time/shift work

Nights/early mornings/weekends $12.05/hour + medical/dental/group benefits.

Food Counter Attendant Full-time/shift work Nights/overnights/early mornings/weekends $10.25/hour + medical/dental/group benefits. Apply via email:

David Thompson Secondary School – Temporary, part-time (4.7 hrs/ wk), effective immediately to November 30, 2013 or the return of the incumbent.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume, with three references, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th 2013 to: Ms. Meghan O’Neill Human Resources Coordinator School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) P.O. Box 430 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Phone: (250) 342-9243 e-mail: Successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record search.


Sales Representative

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Invermere, B.C.

Manager - Quality Bakery Retail Store If you have management experience, proficient computer skills and a proven ability to lead, motivate and encourage a team in a retail environment, then we would love to hear from you. This full-time, year-round position of Store Manager requires excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively handle challenges, with confidence and imagination. A competitive wage and benefits package offered. Starting date is negotiable. Please email your resume with cover letter to Peter Banga, Quality Bakery (1981) Ltd. Box 519, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 Fax: 250-342-4439 • Email: Little Badger Early Learning Program in Windermere, BC is now accepting applications for an immediate opening for the position(s) of:


ABORIGINAL HEADSTART COORDINATOR One afternoon position in the ECE role (total 16 hrs) and 20 hours per week for the Aboriginal Head Start program. These positions can be filled by one candidate with the right qualifications, and they are:  Current Early Childhood Education license (BC)  Current Child Safe First Aid/CPR  Current criminal record clearance (BC)  Proof of compliance with BC immunization schedule  Medical practitioner statement  Montessori diploma or related experience (will train) Interested? Please forward your cover letter, resume and three character references to the attention of Kathleen Elphick: or fax 250-342-9693 or call 250-342-6331. The Little Badger Early Learning Program is a division of Eva Joseph Learning and Culture Society operated by Akisqnuk First Nation, 3046 Hwy 93/95, Windermere, BC V0B 2L2

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Pioneer propels the planet From the top left, Airdrie resident Jean Waldo displays the newspaper in Juneau, Alaska after travelling there from Vancouver, en route to Anchorage. Top right, Donald and Janie Orchard from Fairmont Hot Springs were with a Pioneer at Kremlin in Moscow. Below, the same couple is at the Ger in Mongolia. Bottom left, Adele Trask and Maureen Croft-Steen took the paper to Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. At the end of the year, a winning photo will be drawn, with two tickets to a Calgary Flames game being awarded courtesy of Invermere Travel World.


Best Paints

Currently seeking

Paint Shop Assistant

An energetic person with a keen eye for colour and a high regard for quality customer service. Requires basic computer skills, ability to work rotating Saturdays and involves some physically demanding work. Please forward resume by email to or by fax: 250-342-3546

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Art a foundation for economic growth? Dear Editor: I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of economic development in the Columbia Valley. It seems to me that the valley has too many properties that never sell, and too many bankrupt businesses and developments. Is it due to the financial crisis or is there a lack of direction? Is it time for new thinking and a new vision? I believe that art can be the basis for renewed growth in the valley. There are numerous examples of cities and towns all over North America and throughout the world that have adopted economic development strategies that are rooted in support for the arts. Toronto will begin promoting itself as a “music city” after Mayor Ford’s recent visit to Austin, Texas. A new book called Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development outlines a theory of economic development called “New Growth Theory,” which says that economic growth no longer occurs through importation of current technology. Growth occurs through the introduction of new ideas. The theory says that new ideas and technology have “spillover” effects that lead to the development of clusters of innovative businesses and artists. Art is all about creativity and the development

of new ideas, and this is why it is being used successfully as an economic development strategy. An arts growth strategy begins with promoting the consumption of art in a region. The Columbia Valley has several galleries, performance spaces and festivals. An arts development strategy would encourage the development of more of these types of businesses and events, which in turn would attract more artists who would want to move to the region because they will have a supportive community and a local market for their products. Artists will support other artists and buy their work. This, in itself, creates jobs, businesses and attracts more creative people to the area. Could we attract engineering design or software development businesses to the Columbia Valley? Why not? The valley has much to offer. The only missing ingredient, in my opinion, is the “cool” factor — a community that is known to have a thriving arts-based economy. What would it take to do this? I think it could begin with a symposium on this topic to gauge support and to generate a grassroots organization. I would welcome your feedback. Please contact me at . Herman Van Reekum Calgary / Columere

Thankful diners A great Thanksgiving dinner fed many at the Rocky River Grill on Monday, October 14th, while raising $5,600 for the Columbia Valley Food Bank. Diners also donated three SUV loads of non-perishable items to the food bank. The restaurant was full from 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., when the food ran out, said restaurant owner Justin Atterbury, who credits staff and volunteers for making it all run smoothly. Photo by Dan Walton

Sobeys to celebrate first year under current owners By Dan Walton, Pioneer Staff As the owners of Sobeys in Invermere, husband and wife Brad and Andrea Bromley always make sure that their mission statement – “better food for all” – is strictly adhered to. “The first year’s been really successful, a very positive experience for Andrea and I and our family,” said Brad. “The valley’s been extremely welcoming. Our staff has been tremendous and supportive – it’s exceeded our expectations for sure.”

The couple are approaching their first year running the Invermere store, and are holding a celebration on Friday, October 25th. All day at Sobeys, every customer who spends $50 or more will have their final bill reduced by 15 per cent. The store will also feature demonstrations and offer free cake and coffee. With their first year behind them, the store’s seen a lot of improvements, and Brad and Andrea plan to continue expanding its local selection, but more importantly, raising the level of freshness among their products. The Bromleys moved to Invermere from Leduc,

Alberta, where Brad was working in the family business – as the manager at his previous local Sobeys. “Sobeys is a great company to have a franchise for; they’re very supportive,” he said. “My dad’s been with the company since 1978, and I grew up with them so it’s a comfort zone. They provide good opportunities for young entrepreneurs.” Brad is an avid golfer, but didn’t find enough time away from Sobey’s to hit the links regularly over the summer. Be sure to say hi to Brad and Andrea during the one-year anniversary on Friday, October 25th.

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Wildfire warriors After establishing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan in 2009, the district began doing forest fuel reduction work on the first 96-hectare block in early October. The goal is to reduce Invermere’s vulnerability towards forest fires by removing lumber in high-risk areas of the district. On Thursday, October 3rd, Wildlands Eco-Forestry was managing the potential fire fuel that has accumulated on Block 14. From the left, Rory Hromadnik, planner at District of Invermere, points to trees that need to go, while Wiley the dog scouts the area. In the middle, crew member Jordie Stevenson is seen removing a tree from the forest, while on the right, Doug Montgomery chops a small tree into bits. See full story at  Photos by Greg Amos

The value of small business in the valley On the Tourism Trail By Amanda Robinson Pioneer Columnist If you watch the headlines, you might think that pipelines, liquefied natural Gas (LNG) and mines are the bread and butter of B.C.’s business community. And in sheer dollars, you’re right: these projects are economic game changers, with the ability to inject huge sums of money into B.C.’s economy. But when it comes to actual employment numbers, there’s another sector writing more paycheques: the small business sector. Small businesses, defined as businesses with less than 50 employees, make up 98 per cent of businesses in B.C. and account for a full 56 per cent of private-sector employment in the province. Ninety per cent of the Columbia Valley Chamber member businesses are defined as small business. And if 50 employees doesn’t sound “small” to you,

dig a little deeper into the numbers and you’ll discover that a full 82 per cent of the small business count in BC is made up of “micro” businesses, with fewer than five employees. In the Columbia Valley, 87 per cent of the small business members are defined as micro businesses. These small and micro businesses are a critical complement to the bigger players in B.C.’s resourcebased, export-oriented economy. It’s this diversity of players that makes our economy strong. And like their larger counterparts, small business owners add energy, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit to their communities. These entrepreneurs work tirelessly, determined to beat the sobering statistics about how many businesses fail. And if they do fail, more often than not, these entrepreneurs regroup, come up with a better idea, and try again. That’s a great spirit to have in British Columbia – a spirit of innovation, resourcefulness, and determination. It’s a spirit that helps our province dream big, bite off more than we can chew, and achieve more than we ever thought possible. And it’s a spirit that drives positive, tangible action in our communities. It’s a well-known fact that small businesses create critical jobs in communities. But if you attend local events, you might also know this: small business owners

are some of a community’s most engaged citizens, bringing leadership, common sense and out-of-the-box thinking to community projects and goals not to mention the contributions that they make to the fund raising efforts of our community’s not for profit organizations, special projects and the like. Not only do these entrepreneurs find time to build and beautify a community, but they’re often a voice of both reason and vision, challenging local politicians to spend sustainably, plan for the long term, and take bold, forward-thinking action to build a brighter future. In the Columbia Valley, some of the many achievements our local small businesses have helped to drive forward include building of the Visitor Information Centre at the Invermere Crossroads, too many community events to list, the Women’s Resource Centre, and the ongoing funding of the Visitor Information Centres. So as B.C. celebrates Small Business Week (October 20 - 26), please consider all the small businesses in our Valley and take the time to celebrate that entrepreneurial spirit. Because without our small businesses, the Columbia Valley would be far the poorer. — With files from the BC Chamber of Commerce

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Valley Churches


In everything, give thanks By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Church “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:1618 There is a story told of a clever old preacher who lived by these words. The people in his congregation were always amazed, for no matter what the circumstances, the preacher could always find something to give thanks for. As he made his rounds one cold December morning, he was late getting to worship because of excessive snowdrifts. As he began the service with prayer, the parishioners were eager to see what the old preacher could come up with to be thankful for on this dismal and frigid morning. “Gracious Lord,” his prayer began, “we thank you that all days are not like today.” As the people of God, we are called not only to praise the Lord with our voices, but to praise God with our lives as well. When we stop worrying about our own needs and wants, we are free to live for others. When we stop looking at our own wants and desires, we can more clearly see the needs of others. We can give freely of our time, talents, and treasures, trusting that the Lord will take care of us as well. Jesus tells us, “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God

and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matt. 6:32,33 (New King James Version Bible) When we seek for the Kingdom of God, we look for opportunities to bring His Kingdom to earth. We look for opportunities to do as Jesus did. We look to bring His light into our communities. We look for those who are hurting and suffering around us, and we pray to see them set free from those things that bind them and keep them down. Our Lord Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice to free us and them. Jesus came, as He says in Luke 4:18,19: “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]; To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day]when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.” Our Lord has freed us, freed us to love and serve our neighbour, to act on behalf of those in need in our midst. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others. There is indeed much to give thanks for. As Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6.7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” So go ahead. Clean the house and prepare the turkey. But remember to set aside some time to thank God for the many, many blessings that you have received, and ask God to use you to fulfill what He has called you to do, to be a blessing to those around you.

Watershed wanderings During the Upper Columbia Watershed Tour on Wednesday, October 9th, a keen group of outdoor enthusiasts travelled throughout the valley to gain an in-depth understanding of the local water systems. Their first stop of the day was at Paddy Ryan Lakes, where Invermere Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser (in green, next to map) shared some history of the area, and explained its importance as one of two water sources for Invermere. Photo by Dan Walton

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, October 20th 10:30 a.m.: WORLD RELIEF SUNDAY Worship and Life Instruction, ’Only GOD Is Eternal AND Creator’... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade 1, and Grades 2-5 during the morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater 9:30 a.m.: Bacon, Friends and Faith (All ages) 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10 a.m.; Worship service. Kid’s Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: at St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.: at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday, 11 a.m.: at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • Father Gabriel • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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: #19, 19th Avenue South Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 2L9 Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

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Sobeys Invermere

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