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The Columbia


May 23, 2014



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FINANCIAL REPORTING PRESENTATION Pursuant to Section 98 of the Community Charter, the annual report for the District of Invermere will be presented during the June 24th, 2014 regular meeting of Council. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 914 – 8th Avenue. Council invites comment from the public and will allow submissions and questions from the public at this meeting. The annual municipal report will be available for public inspection starting on May 23rd, 2014 during regular business hours. Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer

Headstart on Jumpstart Last year’s coverage of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program in the Columbia Valley Pioneer resulted in a $5,000 boost to the local fundraising efforts, with all donations serving the community in which they were collected. The story “Giving kids a sporting chance” by Dan Walton in the May 24th, 2013 issue of The Pioneer was selected by Newspapers Canada and Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities as one of twelve winning articles nationwide from the 2013 campaign. Pictured presenting the cheque is Canadian Tire owner Craig Knapp and Pioneer reporter Dan Walton. Photo by Tyson Brennen


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Valley bustles during Victoria Day long weekend By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff Visitors descended on the Upper Columbia Valley in droves for the May long weekend, much to the delight of the area’s major tourism operators. “It was a fairly busy weekend, we’re starting to see more visitors come in, marking the start of the tourist high season,” said Columbia Valley Visitor Centre manager Kathy Tyson. The Columbia Valley centre, which is based in Invermere, had 284 people (in 91 groups) stop in during the

long weekend (counting Friday through Monday), more or less on par with the 277 people the centre saw last year. The majority of those visitors were from Alberta, according to Ms. Tyson, who added that no doubt having three separate residential development’s community associations — those of Lakeview Meadows, Timber Ridge and the Baltac Road area (all three of which are predominantly composed of second homeowners) — hold their annual general meetings during the long weekend helped bump up visitor numbers. “The numbers are showing that it was really busy, our visitor numbers were up,” said Tourism Radium adminis-

trator Kara Cassidy. “There were a lot of people in town.” This year the Radium visitor centre had 1,041 visitors (in 442 groups) during the May long weekend (Friday through Monday), up from 888 visitors last year. The higher number of tourists in the valley was a boon to many of the bigger resorts. “It was absolutely outstanding. We had a full house and we opened our brand new pool bar, the Copper Cabana,” said Copper Point resort general manager Amanda Robinson. Continued on page 8 . . .

Ground broken on Splash and Spray Park at Kinsmen By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff The skatepark they built in 2009 instantly became a popular attraction, and now the Rotary Club of Invermere is getting ready to scratch another fun project off its wish list, having recently broken ground on its long-anticipated Splash and Spray Park at the Kinsmen Beach on Tuesday, May 13th. The Rotary Club hopes to have the splash park operational by the July 1st long weekend, but the service club still has to complete the last leg of its fundraising drive. The park’s price tag is in the ballpark of $320,000, and there’s about $50,000 still needed to complete the project, said Kerri-Anne Thomas, chair of the Splash

Park Committee. If the club can’t raise the remaining amount in time, the District of Invermere has agreed to provide bridge funding to the Rotary Club — essentially, agreeing to cover the difference between what the club has raised and the total construction cost, but this amount would need to be repaid. The park will span 250 square metres east of the Kinsmen Beach parking lot, and will give users multiple new ways to soak themselves and their friends. “The concept that was decided upon was worked on with the manufacturer of the product, and included input from the Rotary and the kind of fixtures they wanted,” Ms. Thomas said. Continued on page 10 . . .

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You will note from many of the incidents we attend to, we are in the parenting business at times. • On Friday, May 16th at 4:20 a.m., the detachment received a call of possible domestic dispute in the 800 block of 13th Street. An adult male and female were found arguing, both intoxicated. No assault had taken place. • On Friday, May 16th, a 43-year-old male from Invermere was arrested in the 1500 block of 13th Avenue for breach of undertaking by consuming liquor and making contact with a person he was to have no contact with. • On Friday, May 16th at 11:36 p.m., a complaint was received by the detachment from CP Rail of youths in Columere Park playing chicken with the trains passing by. Police attended and youths became aware police were in the area and walked away. • On Saturday, May 17th at 3:30 a.m., police responded to a disturbance on Terravista Road in Windermere. A call was received from security that approximately 200 individuals near the lake were causing a problem with noise. Officers attended and dispersed the party. • On Saturday, May 17th at 3:45 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment investigated a complaint of assault of two males near Ya Ko Naki Resort. A licence plate was provided associated to the suspect. A 23-yearold male from Calgary was arrested and charged with assault. The victim was taken to the hospital to be assessed. The 23-year-old male will be appearing in Invermere Provincial Court on August 5th. • On Saturday, May 17th at 4:15 a.m., a 22-year old-male from Calgary was arrested at Indian Beach Estates for being drunk in public and lodged in cells for the night. The male was knocking on doors in the area. • On Saturday, May 17th at 11:12 p.m., detachment members attended to a large party complaint in the 4900 block of Timbermont Place in Windermere. Police observed approximately 200 people at the resi-

dence, property and street, the majority underaged drinkers. The owner of the residence called for police assistance. Police dispersed the crowd requesting they depart the area. Police requested the owner take responsibility and clean up the area for the neighbours. Multiple complaints received from other owners in the area. • On Sunday, May 18th at 1:51 a.m., detachment members were called to assist the manager at Farside Pub after a group of males refused to depart the area. The males had departed by the time police arrived. • On Sunday, May 18th, the police attended the 200 block of Kootenay #3 and charged an adult male with breach of conditions when found that he had consumed alcohol. The male was lodged in cells and released when sober. • On Sunday, May 18th at 11 p.m., police responded to Indian Beach Resort to assist security with a party of approximately 40 individuals who were not co-operating. They co-operated when police arrived. • On Monday, May 19th at 12:30 a.m., police while on patrol on Hwy 93/95 near Windermere, located a male falling down into the ditch. The male was found to be highly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The 18-year-old male from Calgary was arrested for being drunk in public and lodged in cells for the night. • On Monday, May 19th at 1:30 a.m., police attended to a noisy party complaint at Akisq’nuk Resort. A group of partygoers refused to co-operate with the security staff. Police located the owner and advised them to have the group leave the area. Left ear, numbers on the inside! For a city slicker, I had the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when I attended the McKersey farm to help do some branding, castration, inoculation and tagging. Ok, I did the tagging for the most part. You can only expect so much from a city slicker. Continued on page 9 . . . Kraft Cheez Whiz



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District of Invermere to apply for deer cull permit then won’t be overwhelmed by a whole lot of meat all at once, said Mayor Taft. “It does feel, since the deer technically fall under the Invermere council has passed a motion to move for- province’s jurisdiction, that we’re doing the province’s ward with a deer cull after more than two years of de- work here, so I like having some sort of money limit on bate and legal disputes on the urban deer issue. it,” he said. Council members passed a resolution at their ThursCouncillor Atterbury suggested that an annual cap day, May 15th council meeting authorizing district staff of 50 deer might be more appropriate and could still to submit a deer cull permit to Service BC to cull no be managed by an annual budget of $30,000. He then more than 30 deer a year with a capped cost of $30,000 proposed an amendment to the resolution to that effect. per year. None of the other councillors voted in support of the “I think it’s great this is moving forward,” said amendment, however, so it was dropped. councillor Paul Denchuk. “The lack of opposition in the Councillor Greg Anderson said that something (council) room today shows this is heading in the right needs to be done about the deer population, since it is direction. When we first sat as a council any time there attracting predators into town. He related a story he’d was anything to do with the deer, there’d be 50 people heard recently about a cougar taking down a deer in in this room, yelling at us.” Westridge and leaving it buried underneath leaves beThe resolution also tween two homes there. authorized district staff to “It is a bit unnerving “This technique is more to manage the deer submit a second permit for those families that live population than to decrease it, at this point that will allow the district there,” said Councillor in time.” to proceed with a cull evAnderson. ery year on an operational, The resolution was carGerry Taft ongoing basis until a future ried unanimously. Mayor of Invermere council decides it is no lon“Hopefully the provger needed. ince will grant the permit, “The only negative on they hold control,” said this is the cap of 30 (deer). Some people feel that’s not Mayor Taft. ever going to make a dent in the deer population, given Council is also supporting a staff recommendation to the deer reproductive cycle in the spring,” said council- have Urban Systems Ltd. manage and implement coming lor Justin Atterbury. upgrades to the Official Community Plan, which involve “This technique is more to manage the deer popu- refining the plan and integrating the (Imagine Invermere) lation than to decrease it, at this point in time,” said Integrated Community Sustainability Plan into it. Invermere mayor Gerry Taft, adding the resolution as “I support this, but I feel it’s happening quickly,” laid out allows the permit to be year-round rather than said Councillor Denchuk. compressed into a month or a few weeks, giving those “This is not a brand new Official Community Plan; who carry out the cull flexibility in targeting specific this is melding the ICSP into the existing community problem areas of town throughout the year. plan and making updates,” said Councillor Anderson. “I recognize that 30 deer a year is probably less than “That’s why we’re moving quickly with this. If we were the birth rate of Invermere’s urban deer population,” said creating a new Official Community Plan that would be Mayor Taft. “But this will remove some of the circus ele- a lengthy process.” ment of a concentrated two- or four-week period cull.” Urban Systems Ltd. will conduct public conA year-round cull will also make it easier to donate sultation with Invermere residents before beginning the meat to interested agencies, since these agencies the work. By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff

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If schools were dams By Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff

Once again, B.C. students are faced with stepped-up job action by teachers. Teachers, if they do end up on the picket lines this coming Monday, likely stand to lose as much money over the next six weeks than the wage increase they’re fighting for if a settlement isn’t reached before the end of the school year, as the strike action is scheduled to continue to the end of June if the government doesn’t come to the table with what the BC Teachers’ Federation deems to be a fair offer. For its part, the B.C. government is fanning the fires of anti-teacher sentiment with threats of wage rollbacks in response to what it’s calling “disrespectful” and “unnecessary” action on the part of teachers. How ironic when this is coming from the same government that’s been found guilty, by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, of stripping the teachers’ collective bargaining rights that are guaranteed to Canadians through the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In February earlier this year, Education Minister Peter Fassbender claimed that it could cost one billion dollars to implement the terms of the Supreme Court ruling, which would retroactively restore class size and specialty teacher ratios to 2002 levels. “In practical terms, the judgment is completely unaffordable for taxpayers,” said Fassbender in a statement. Yet, as Windermere Teacher Association president Doug Murray points out in ‘Local teachers set to strike’ on page 10, the government seems to always find money for projects they think are important — $1 million over five years for the Jumbo Glacier Resort Mountain Resort Municipality is a case in point, albeit this is a fairly paltry amount in the big picture. Take the proposed Site C dam, on the other hand, worth an estimated $8 billion. According to the Joint Review Panel for Site C that released its report on May 8th, BC Hydro has not proven that the power from the planned 1,100 megawatt dam is actually needed in the immediate future. But a recommendation to review the proposed project’s costs has been rejected by the B.C. Liberals — a government that is anxious to spend $8 billion on future power while empowering future genenrations with $1 billion is seemingly out of the question.

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Students of the past In this image, dated 1931, a group of students gather for their school picture in the Windermere School yard. If you have any more information, e-mail us at (Photo (A1392) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society). Regarding the May 2nd Historical Lens photo (left), it was brought to our attention the celebration not only marked the opening of the Lady Elizabeth Bruce Memorial Hospital in what’s now the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, but also the coronation day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with which the hospital’s opening coincided. Thanks to Anne Picton of Windermere and Pynelogs historian Kathyn Gowling for the additional information. See page 19 for Ms. Gowling’s third story in her current series on Pynelogs.

Windermere Creek a deadly concern Dear Editor: I almost lost my six-year-old son this past weekend. He went to play on the delta at the mouth of Windermere Creek. Much of this sediment that has washed down is mud, and he sunk to his chest in the mud and got stuck and panicked — the more he moved, the deeper he sank. When I tried to save him, I, too, got stuck. This

creek has caused so much damage to our lake and foreshore. It is frightening and poses safety issues. I wouldn’t have had to worry about mud engulfing my children a few years ago. This situation is only going to get worse. Danielle Travers Part-time Windermere resident and concerned mother

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Danger around Windermere Creek is mounting Dear Editor: Thank you for the information on Windermere Creek last week. The issues regarding this creek are much more serious than people may realize. Already the following has occurred: 1) loss of a wetland 2) growth of a dangerous delta extending far into our lake causing accidents (both winter and summer) each year since 2011 3) severe flooding causing damage to property and businesses including the worst winter flood in Windermere’s history 4) water intakes damaged by sediment influx and economic losses to these businesses relying on the water 5) public infrastructure damage and monitoring and maintenance costs to clear sediment from culverts 6) environmental health of the creek severely stressed with turbidity levels beyond levels to sustain life of aquatic organisms 7) decreased water quality in Lake Windermere due to excessive turbidity levels 8) weirs that serve as dams are at

jeopardy of failing with the potential for economic or human losses. On May 15th, the Regional District of East Kootenay issued a press release stating the snow pack is at 135 per cent of normal and to be prepared for flooding. This means the amount of sediment to come down the creek and into our lake (increasing the size of the delta) will be even higher than in previous years. There have been two emergencies in Windermere Creek since 2011 and they will continue to occur each year at the cost to the taxpayer until the creek is fixed. Our governments need to fix Windermere Creek before we see more devastation and injuries. We already have the scientific studies telling us how to fix Windermere Creek. The project is shovel ready. The longer we wait, the more costly this fix. We need to listen to the science. Please ask our government to budget the funds to fix Windermere Creek. Search for Windermere Creek on Youtube to learn more about what has happened and who to voice your concerns to. Christine DuBois Concerned Windermere resident

Library supporter speaks out Dear Editor: Now is not the time to be silent if you are a library supporter. Somehow, Phase 1 of the new community centre is looking to include the Valley Fitness Centre as a priority over the municipal library, which has been

disregarded to Phase 2 (commonly referred to as “not-in-my-lifetime”). Some people need dollar figures to persuade them of value, so here are some numbers for you. A first-of-its-kind study was done to find the economic return of public libraries in Toronto. Continued on page 8 . . .

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It’s never too late to love your mom Dear Editor: I don’t celebrate Mother’s Day. I love my granny, my aunties, my sister-in-law and my amazing friends who are amazing moms who have my back, but this day is gut-wrenchingly painful for me. What’s worse is that I always loved Mother’s Day. It is not that I miss my mom more today than any other day because that would be physically impossible. Being in my late forties, I feel too young to not have a mom. I know other people who were younger than me when they lost their mom; it’s just how I feel. I still need her. I had an amazing mom who wasn’t perfect, but she was perfect for me. I have a hard time not being jealous of people who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s and still have their moms. I have a hard time when people complain about their moms, find fault with their moms and refuse to give her any grace because they have given her too much already. If you have a mom still living, I want you to do something life-altering. Love your mom. If you love her with all your heart, great, love her more. Enjoy her company, listen to her wisdom, delight in her very presence . . . ‘Library’ on page 7 Here is what they found (Martin Prosperity Institute, 2013): • The return investment was 463 per cent. • Total direct benefits as much as $500 per member. • The average open hour at a branch generates $2,515 in direct benefits. • For every $1 spent, $5.63 of economic impact was delivered. It is, however, hard to measure the cash profit of giving someone a book on grief after a loved one has passed away, or getting a five-year-old excited about astronomy, or teaching someone how to receive photos of their grandchild, or being the first stop for visi-

in your life. If your relationship is difficult, fix it. Don’t tell me it isn’t your fault. Don’t tell me I don’t know how difficult your mom is. You are right; I don’t know. However, do you know how heartbreaking it is to learn to live without a mom? You do not know what it is like to no longer have someone who always, always thinks the best of you. You do not know what it is like to not have that person who knows all your stories and loves you anyway. Moms aren’t perfect, stop expecting yours to be. Moms are human and they do the best they can with the skills they have. Sometimes all that it takes to fix a parent child relationship is for the child to call his/ her mom and say, “Mom… I love you.” I did and that very act turned our relationship into an incredible gift from God. I am blessed; I have no regrets. The pain of the present is a testimony to the beauty of the great relationship I had with my mom. One day you will be where I am. Choose today what you will do. I wish I could whisper into my mom’s ear, “Happy Mother’s Day. I love you.” Amy Hartung Invermere tors and welcoming them to the valley. These are the things that happen every single day at the library. These things enrich our lives and our community whether you use the services or not. I can’t imagine an organization that better brings together community members under one roof, but the library facility has proudly outgrown its current location. With the new hall, we are looking at a project that has the potential to represent our community. A municipal library should be a priority before one of several fitness centres in such a space, regardless of challenges in the way. If you agree, please let your voice be heard. Leah Shoemaker Invermere

. . . ‘Valley’ on page 3 “We were full all weekend. It was a really great kickoff to the summer and I’m really excited for what the summer is going to bring us. Everything was fantastic here at Copper Point.” The rain was the only part of the weekend that was less than ideal, but you can’t control the weather, said Ms. Robinson. “It was really great here, we were really full,” said Fairmont Hot Springs social media and marketing co-ordinator Ali Carter, adding the rain did not deter people from participating in all kinds of activities. “We had a lot of campers and RVs. It was a big weekend for us.” “It was a good weekend for Panorama,” said Panorama Mountain Village president and chief executive officer Steve Paccagnan. “An interesting observation was the diverse mix of clientele we would not usually see through the winter and a growing trend over the past few summers. Additionally, we observed good participation with our tennis and mini golf. The excitement is also building at the resort as preparations continue for the opening of the bike park and a variety of other activities on June 27th.” The rain was more of a damper for some of the valley’s golf courses, but most still fared well. “It was actually not too bad, not quite on par with last year, but still okay,” said Copper Point golf courses general manager Brian Schaal, adding the courses were quite busy on Saturday at least, with 400 golfers. “It was still good. Obviously we had some cancellations, but overall we felt it was not too bad. The good news is all the tee times (on both The Springs and The Resort courses) were almost fully booked,” said Radium Resort general manager Wilda Schab. “Greywolf opened with some of the best early season conditions on record in what will be a monumental summer with the opening of the new clubhouse,” said Mr. Paccagnan. The next long weekend is Canada Day in just over a month’s time.

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Andrea Smillie Wildsight Invermere Branch Co-ordinator Lake Enid has long been a popular recreation area. These days, Lake Enid is suffering from its popularity. While motorized use in the backcountry has been a contentious issue in the Columbia Valley, a visit to Lake Enid demonstrates what disregard for the land can end up looking like when no one takes responsibility. Many people feel that out-of-towners do the most damage, probably because they don’t have to live with the problem they have contributed to. This becomes a bigger conversation and involves many areas in the valley that often see a clash between motorized and nonmotorized users. One common complaint is that there is currently no advertised place for riding quads or dirt bikes, besides all the established logging roads up the side drainages of the valley. Wildsight was concerned that its restoration project on the southeast corner of the lake would be damaged over the May long weekend. Large areas were reseeded in October 2013 with financial assistance from the Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program. An alternate quad trail was created last year by volunteers in hopes that providing a new route away from the water would make it less tempting to ride through the riparian zone. Quads and dirt bikes riding through this area next to the water make it difficult for aquatic plants to stabilize the area. Degraded habitat and a loss of aquatic stability result in a damaged ecosystem and decrease the area’s esthetic quality. The riparian area is where waterfowl nest, heron fish for food and many different organisms depend on an undisturbed space to survive. These are the environmental issues. The social issues behind Lake Enid are complicated and run deep. Community and user groups including the Windermere Valley Dirt Riders, Crazy Soles Running Club, Toby Creek Adventures as well as . . . ‘RCMP’ on page 6 I started as an amateur, tagging the wrong ear and placing the numbered tags on the outside of the ear until Brian gave me a brief cattle lesson, ”left ear, numbers on the inside.” From then on for approx. 200 calves, on the approach of each calf on the ground the real cowboys could hear quite loudly as I approached the calf, “Left ear, numbers on the inside.” At the end of the

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RESTORATION REWARD — Before (above): Last fall, contractors scarified the old quad trail at Lake Enid, volunteers re-seeded it and an alternate route was created away from the riparian zone. After (below): The re-seeded trail only had one track through it on Tuesday, May 20th (postMay long weekend). Photos submitted other groups and individuals have volunteered in the past, donating their time, effort and materials to restore Lake Enid. It seems their efforts were not wasted this May long weekend, as little to no garbage was left behind by illegal campers, and visitors respected the restoration area for the most part (with only one track running through the area). There were tracks left on the northeast corner of the lake, but it was not extreme. This is very encouraging. Volunteer efforts are priceless and we hope they continue. We also want to emphasize the importance of dialogue between user groups. Please contact the Wildsight office at 250-341-6898 or email the Branch Co-ordinator Andrea Smillie at if you have questions or comments. — Co-written with Baiba Morrow, Wildsight Invermere branch president day I earned my tagging licence. So, if your son or daughter is looking to pierce their ears at a healthy cost, I’ll do it for free. If you want to learn about teamwork, go to one of these branding/castration/tagging workshops. Police story here, RCMP has to go back to hiring more farm boys. I enjoyed the experience, education, and the after feast. I did not fall for the Prairie oysters. Next year, pulling one calf out of the crowd. Just one. Then, strike that off my bucket list.

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You Are Invited! Area G Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to join us for an Area G Town Hall Meeting. This meeting will feature an update from Area Director Gerry Wilkie on some of the projects and services he has been working on along with presentations on recreation services and the financial plan.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:00pm Edgewater Community Hall For more information, contact Loree Duczek at or call 1-888-478-7335.


Local teachers set to strike By Steve Hubrecht & Nicole Trigg Pioneer Staff As of The Pioneer’s press deadline on Wednesday, May 21st, teachers across the province are set to start one-day rotating strikes this coming Monday. The rotating strikes mean different school districts will be striking on different days of the week. In the local Rocky Mountain School District 6, teachers will be striking on Monday, May 26th along with eight other B.C. school districts, then will be back to work for the rest of the week. “We will be picketing the schools, something the teachers aren’t looking forward to, but at the same time (they) understand what it’s all about,” said Windermere Teacher Association president Doug Murray. “We all hope that something can be solved by Monday but everybody who I’ve talked to has said they’re not holding their breath.” Protracted contract negotiations between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. government have been centred on the issues of class size, class composition (including support for special needs students) and teachers’ pay. The teachers’ union began low-level job action in April — refusing supervision outside classrooms and communication with management — and then announced the rotating strikes on Tuesday, May 20th in response to “unfair wage demands” and an “unwillingness” to offer any improvements to students’ learning conditions, stated a BCTF press release. The province has threatened to cut teachers’ pay by five per cent in response to the strike. “Unfortunately, the announcement today says that the BCTF feels that disrupting classrooms, affecting children and their families is going to help to reach a settlement,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender on May 20th. “Unfortunately, the province has stead-

fastly refused to table any improvements to class size, class composition, and staffing levels for specialist teachers,” said BC Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker in a release. “Teachers have twice won the right to negotiate our working conditions, which are also students’ learning conditions, in BC Supreme Court. We expect government to bring new funding to the table to make those improvements happen.” While picketing local schools as well as the school board office in two shifts (a morning and afternoon one), striking teachers will take care not to disrupt the college (attached to David Thompson Secondary School) and the daycare centre next to the school board office, said Mr. Murray. “It’s all for solidarity,” he said, adding Canadian Union of Public Employees members (administrative assistants and maintenance staff at schools) are likely to join the protest as they aren’t expected to cross teachers’ picket lines, and that parents and other residents are also welcome to join as well. “The government blames us but the courts have been on our side for everything... it’s $1,000 per child that we’re underfunding compared with the Canadian average and to me that’s really telling,” said Mr. Murray, adding that teachers’ pay in B.C. is lower than all other provinces with the exception of Prince Edward Island. “They’re not keeping up and they’re blaming everything on the economy and different things, but they find money for their projects that they think are important,” he said. The rotating strike will continue beyond next week if bargaining remains stalled, said Mr. Murray, and different days of the week will be assigned to Rocky Mountain School District teachers on an ongoing basis. The school district has sent letters home to parents advising them to make alternate arrangements for Monday, May 26th.

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To reach the point of breaking ground, roughly 85 per cent of the goal has been achieved through many major revenue drivers. The Rotary Club’s fundraising was off to a strong start with the Seafood Splash and Laughs in June 2013, and then received a boost of $25,000 after winning its contest against Pemberton in the 2013 Kraft Celebration Tour. Substantial support also came from the Panorama Foundation and the District of Invermere, which propped up the project with $50,000 each. The Kinsmen Club has also been instrumental in supporting its Rotary Club counterparts, as has Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives.

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Out & About David Thompson Secondary School senior theatre class students (left to right) Dawson Ragan, Japhy Hunt, Jayme Renauld and Alaya Simpson (in front) were busy rehearsing on Tuesday, May 20th for their upcoming play The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. See page 14 for full details. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

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Movie Review: 3 Days to Kill long-vacated apartment. Apparently, there is a Parisian bylaw that does not allow the removal of squatters during winter months as Renner discovers that an African family has moved in and has no legal recourse to remove them. It seems Renner cannot escape his clandestine life as he is contracted by CIA control agent Vivi Delay (Amber Heard) to kill innumerable terrorists, arms dealers and security people in exchange for doses of an experimental drug that could cure his cancer. Concurrently, a contract is taken out on Renner’s life by a man only known as “The Albino” (curious that he doesn’t have pink eyes), the aforementioned arms dealer whose bomb transaction Renner had thwarted.

Reviewed by Dean Midyette 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner as Ethan Renner, is a tale about an international spy/hitman who, after trying to thwart the sale of a dirty atomic bomb to a Serbian terror cell, is told that he has incurable brain and lung cancer while coalescing in a Budapest hospital. Given three to five months to live, he retires from field work and returns to Paris where he attempts to reconnect with his estranged wife (Connie Nielson) and teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). After contacting his wife and setting up a meeting with her, he returns to his

What ensues is a cornucopia of fast cars, beautiful women, tantrum-prone teenagers and ultra-violence interspersed with comedic interludes and touching father/ daughter moments. Unfortunately, the movie relies too much on clichés, contrived scenes and poorly timed attempts at humour. The action scenes are beautifully choreographed and the acting is strong, which begs the question: how much better would the movie have been if it focused on being an action/comedy thriller or a romantic reunification of a broken family and not a mishmash of both genres? Director McG, the next time you direct a movie, please make up your mind!



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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 only run occasionally. Friday, May 23rd • 2 - 4 p.m.: Adventure Club gets Dramatic. Theatre games for grades 5-7 at the Invermere Public Library. Contact the library to pre-register: • 6 p.m.: An Evening of Dance, presented by Peak Danceworks, at the DTSS gymnasium. Dance showcase, silent auction and reception. Tickets $10, available at Pynelogs, Inside Edge, Pip’s Country Store, and the Mountainside Markets (Radium and Fairmont). Sponsorship and donation opportunities are also available. Visit for more info. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Foosball/Air Hockey tournament at the Summit Youth Centre.

Saturday, May 24th • 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Radium Hot Springs Car Rally. The Calgary Sports Car Club has moved their Kananaskis Car Rally to Radium this year. Vehicle inspection, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Radium Fire Hall (Cram the Cruiser will be there), ceremonial start Sunday May 25th, 10 - 10:30 a.m. on Main St. West. For more info, go to kananaskis/2014. • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Groundswell Plant Sale and Open House at the Community Greenhouse. Fundraiser for Groundswell, sale of annual plants and donated perennials. Cinnamon buns and coffee. Bring your extra saved seeds, perennial splits, tree and shrub shoots to donate. • 10 a.m.: Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run. 1.5 km, 3 km, 5 km (10:30 a.m. start); 10 km (11 a.m. start); and 25 km (10 a.m. start) races. Children and adult categories, BBQ after the races. Pre-registration required online or

at Crazy Soles in Invermere. For info: • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: ICAN BBQ at Home Hardware. • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.: La Cafamore presents Slavic String Trios at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. $15/adults, $12/ kids and seniors. Tickets at The Book Bar and Pynelogs. • 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.: 6th annual Galarama at the Edgewater Community Hall, hosted by the Edgewater Recreation Society. Hosting the Canadian Cowboyz male dance review. No minors. Tickets $20, or $25 for a VIP pass, available at the Blue Dog Cafe, Pip’s Country Store, or from any Edgewater Rec Society member.

Sunday, May 25th • 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Defining Yoga studio is hosting a Yoga Philosophy Discussion. More info:

Tuesday, May 27th • 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.: Yoga for the Early Bird at the Community Greenhouse, presented by Groundswell. No experience required. By donation. Tuesdays through to June 24th. Visit: • 5 - 9 p.m.: Hang out Night/Bring your ideas at the Summit Youth Centre.

Wednesday, May 28th • 2:15 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at the Invermere Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Bus provided. For more info or to pre-register, contact 250-342-6416 or visit • 4 - 9 p.m.: Open mic at the Summit Youth Centre. • 7 p.m.: Meeting of the Catholic Women’s League at Columbia Garden Village. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Artist’s opening at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Show features artists from the Purcell Mountain Painters and the Headwaters Art Society. Show runs May 27th - June 8th. • Community Appreciation Day at Kootenay Insurance Services. Stop by for cookies and coffee.

Thursday, May 29th • 7:45 -8:45 a.m.: Sun Riser Yoga at the Community Greenhouse, presented by Groundswell. No experience required. By donation. Thursdays through to June 26th. Visit: • 5 - 9 p.m.: Paper plane competition at the Summit YC.

Friday, May 30th • 5 - 9 p.m.: Hang out Night/Bring your ideas at the Summit Youth Centre.

• 7 p.m.: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a comedy by Don Zolidis, performed by the DTSS senior theatre class. At the DTSS theatre. Also Saturday, May 31st. Tickets $10 or $5 for students at The Book Bar or D.T.S.S.

Saturday, May 31st • 8 a.m.: Invermere Legion 1st Annual Car Rally. Learn about the history of the Columbia Valley while taking a relaxing drive in your car and locating monuments, statues, plaques and information boards. Starting location is the Invermere Legion. Please register Friday evening between 7 - 9 p.m. if possible. For more info or to enter, go to • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Fairmont & District Lions’ Garage Sale at Real Storage, Windermere. Close out sale. Everything must go. No early birds please. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Billy’s BigAss Community Garage Sale at the Community Greenhouse, presented by Groundswell. Tables are $20 and there will be coboven pizza, birthday cake, music, plants for sale and a prestigious but as yet undetermined prize for bestdressed Garage Seller. Visit: events-calendar. • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Invermere Museum Open House, commemorating the beginning of WWI. Presentation will be followed by refreshments. • 12 - 6 p.m.: Spilli Chili Cookoff in Spillimacheen. $5/adults, 12 and under enter free of charge. Chili cookoff competition, people’s choice voting, artisan market, beer garden, all day entertainment. For more info, check out • 6 p.m.: Adults Only Mini-Golf Tournament and Silent/Toonie Auction at Copper City Amusement Park. 18 holes. 4 - 6 people per team, $25 per person. Hot dog and goodie bag included with your entry. Live music by Marty & Eli. Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley fundraiser. Call Trisha to register: 250-6880711. • 6 - 11 p.m.: Documentary night at the Summit Youth Centre. • 8:30 p.m. - midnight: Safta’s presents guitar styling by Emily Rawbon. 1321 7th Ave, Invermere.

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Students set to tickle Invermere’s funny bone with fairy tale play By Steve Hubrecht Pioneer Staff The senior theatre students at David Thompson Secondary School are busy ramping up for this year’s major production, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, set to be staged next weekend. The play combines and compresses elements from all 209 Brothers Grimm fairy tales into one production and promises to be a fast-paced, rollicking show. “It’s a comedy about all of the Grimm’s fairy tales rolled into one super comedy,” said student actor Japhy Hunt. “We chose to do this play, because it was the funniest of all our options.” The students have been practicing since the end of March and will perform for the school twice during the week before taking the stage in front of the whole community on Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st. “This play has given us a chance to develop not only characters, but also costumes, sets, sound and more,” said student actor Alaya Simpson. “It’s fun, it’s kooky, it’s crazy.” Many of the students will play multiple roles in the play and have been busy designing the elaborate costumes and impressive set for the show. “It’s going to be really funny, that’s for sure. I know a lot of people have seen us walking around the halls in our costumes, so now’s the time to come see what we’ve been doing,” said student actor Dawson Ragan. Acting comes naturally to many of the senior theatre students, they say. “It’s so expressive. You just take everything you have and put it into the character you are trying to be,” said Alaya, adding she considers it almost a type of art. “I love performing. I love making people laugh and engaging an audience,” said Japhy. Theatre teacher Shelley Little said this year’s class is one of the strongest she’s seen.

STAGE-BOUND STUDENTS — David Thompson Secondary School senior theatre class students Dre Haynes (left) and Jade Bowen rehearse for their upcoming play The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, which the students will stage at the school on Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st. Photo by Steve Hubrecht “It’s humbling for me,” said Ms. Little. “It’s exciting, it always amazes me how creative they are and how well it comes together.” The two-hour show starts at 7 p.m. at the high school theatre both nights. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at the high school front office and The Book Bar.

Grown-up mini golf tourny returns By Dan Walton Pioneer Staff Between jumping on bouncy castles and trickor-treating, kids get to enjoy the better things in life, but next weekend, the Copper Point Amusement Park will be home to an 18-hole mini golf tournament — just for adults. On Saturday, May 31st, Copper Point Amusement is lending its grounds to the Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley, which will benefit from the proceeds of the annual Adults Only Mini-Golf Tournament. Items have been donated by local sponsors for

silent and toonie auctions, and all golfers — both individually and as teams — will be eligible for numerous prizes. To tickle your ears while you putt, musical duo Marty and Eli will be taking the stage — and when you’re not on the greens, you can move to the music on the large dance area, or take it in at the fire pit. There will be a barbecue dinner for those in attendance, and the park is licensed to sell alcohol. This tournament will be the third year Copper Point Amusement Park donates its grounds to the Kinsmen Club. Continued on page 24 . . .

May 23, 2014

Summer Gardening

What is a garden anyway? The Green File By Mark Cullen Pioneer Columnist

centimetres) — the higher the grass blades, the deeper and more drought tolerant the roots. It will also shade out most lawn weeds. Mulch. I’m sure you have heard me say this before, but it bears repeating: a 5 centimetre layer of finely ground up pine or cedar bark mulch will reduce watering in your garden by up to 70 per cent. More time for you to read the paper! Use plants that demand less water. Look for perennials and annuals that do not demand a lot of watering. Consider fibrous begonias, zinnias, salvia, dusty miller, geraniums and most ivy actually perform better when they are allowed to dry out between watering. Perennials that thrive in dry spots include all of the yarrow (Achillea) family, Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower), all of the stone crops (Hens and Chickens) and day lilies. Trees are the lungs of your garden. The temperature under a large shade tree on a hot summer day is about five to eight degrees Celsius lower than out in the sun. It is not just the shade of the tree that makes it cooler: water transpiring through the leaves of a tree provide a cooling effect that, in combination with the oxygen it produces, creates a quality of air that is unmatched by anything man made. Is it any wonder that we naturally seek out the shelter of trees to enjoy our leisure time all summer long. When you engage in the activity of gardening, you are not only helping yourself to improved health and well-being, you are also enhancing the environment in a measurable way. And that is good for all of us. Mark Cullen appears on Canada AM every Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m. He is the spokesperson for Home Hardware Lawn and Garden. Sign up for his free monthly newsletter at .

If you were to ask me exactly what the garden is, I would suggest that it is an area in your yard — or on your condo/apartment balcony — that connects you to the natural world around you. As humans, we sequester ourselves within the square walls of our homes and work places, get from place to place on four rubber wheels and, in the process, we can convince ourselves that we are somehow not a part of Mother Nature’s world. Wrong. The garden serves as a constant reminder that the natural world around us is not very far away at all. If we were to abandon our urban life — literally move out of the city — and return in 10 years or so, we would be shocked at how powerful the forces of nature are. Chances are pretty good that there would be bull rushes in your sandbox and a Manitoba maple growing through your kitchen window. The garden reminds us that we are part of a much bigger picture. Is it any wonder, then, that Canadian gardeners share a love of the environment that is more intense than it is for most people? Our activity in the garden can have a great impact on the environment. We have an opportunity to improve and protect it by what we do out there. Here are some ideas that you might want to employ in your garden this year: Water less often. Only water your lawn once a week at most and water it well — about one inch of water is perfect as it will drive grass roots deep into the soil in search of moisture. Your lawn will be more drought-tolerant as a result. When, or if, we get into a drought situation, do not water your lawn at all. Let it go dormant and brown. Come August, when evening temperatures drop and morning dew becomes heavy, your lawn will break its summer dormant cycle and become green again. Cut your lawn high NUTURING NATURE — Gardens are our reminder that Mother Nature is never very Photo submitted at 2.5 to 3 inches (6 to 8 far away from our urban lifestyles.

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An arborist can take care of your tree concerns mended to plant native trees and shrubs as they have adapted to our local conditions for thousands of years and therefore require less care and maintenance to survive and remain healthy in our environment. A properly selected and installed tree will have a After a long cold winter, spring has sprung in the Columbia Valley and life is finally much better chance of remaining and adding value to your landscape than one that returning to our landscapes. The grass is greening and buds are beginning to swell with is planted with little forethought. This spring, do your part for the environment and the longer daylight hours and warm spring sun. The time has arrived to overhaul our plant a tree for generations to come. The most common question I am asked is: when is the best time to prune trees? gardens and provide much needed care to our trees and shrubs prior to the new spring Generally removing dead, diseased and broken limbs growth. Given that my expertise lies in the proper can be done at any time of the year. However, I’d care and maintenance of trees, this article will briefly touch on some tips and general recommendations to caution you to research the variety you are planning on pruning as some trees such as Elms (Ulmus) are properly install and care for trees in our urban forest. There is a long list of benefits to planting and more predisposed to Dutch Elm Disease if pruned during the growing season. Also avoiding heavily maintaining trees in our environment, and spring is one of the best times to install a new planting to your pruning trees as they are leafing out or just prior to landscape. Proper selection and proper planting is shedding their leaves in the fall because this is a time when they are expending a lot of energy reserves and one of the most vital processes to ensuring that a tree can be weakened by having live branches removed. will survive and will continue to add value to a landAgain, a bit of research or contacting a certified and scape for a long time. Far too often I am called upon qualified arborist can lead you in the right direction to deal with trees that were planted in a bad location to properly maintaining your trees. or not installed properly. In order to select a tree for a Scott Kells is an ISA Certified Arborist, Forest Techcertain location, it takes a bit of research to find out what the potential of the tree will be and whether it HIGHER HELP —Tree pruning by a qualified arborist will help nician and owner of Green Leaf Tree Services. Call 250Photo submitted 344-0188 or visit . will fit in with the desired location. It is often recom- you make the most of your urban forest. By Scott Kells ISA Certified Arborist



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your garden bloom with colour all summer long. Water impatiens plants once a week during dry weather. These plants As well as being beautiful, gardens like consistent moisture, but not wet, can be a place where humans meet nature waterlogged soil. Planters dry out more in a unique and positive way. By planting quickly than garden beds. Check the soil flowering plants that are their favourite around impatiens regularly for containerfood source, we can easily set the stage for grown plants. Press your finger into the hummingbirds and butterflies to become top of the soil and water when it feels dry regular visitors to our gardens, adding to the touch. Fertilize impatiens using a much desired activity and a splash of co- slow-release balanced fertilizer at planting lour to an already vibrant environment of time and for container grown plants, apply a liquid fertilizer every two weeks. impatiens and petunias. Petunias do best in full sun, but can Grow bright, colourful impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) as bedding plants handle partial shade, especially in hotter in your annual flower gardens or in con- areas like the Columbia Valley. They are tainers and hanging baskets to brighten very slow to grow from seed. If starting up porches, patios and other outdoor liv- from seed, begin at least 10 to 12 weeks ing spaces. Plant from seeds in late winter before planting out date. Petunia seeds need light to germinate, or spring, or from starts in spring and see so don’t cover the seed. Sprinkle it on top of the soil and pat lightly, for good contact. They also prefer warmer temperatures for germination. However, some natural creatures are not good for the longevity of our garden. Deer, for instance, will practically eat anything and a beautiful garden or planter is like a dinner to them, or at least a delicate dessert! There are some plants they prefer not to eat unless food is scarce. Alyssum, Dusty Millers and Ornamental Grasses are generally not eaten by deer and may make a good deterrent… of course there’s no guarantee. Canadian Tire Invermere is located at 4860 FABULOUS FLORALS — Colourful flower gardens are the Athalmer Road and can be perfect way to brighten up your backyard. Photo submitted reached at 250-342-4433. By Canadian Tire Invermere Contributed

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YOUR MONEY The true cost of debt

Canadians love debt. According to Statistics Canada, household debt is currently around 164 per cent of disposable income. This means that the average Canadian owes $1.64 for every $1 earned in income. Though national debt has been high for several years, it should be noted that the same debt level was recorded in the U.S. prior to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. With interest rates being so low, many people wonder how harmful debt really is. The answer lies in a simple debt analysis, which will be described in this article. Good and bad debt It’s widely reported that about 71 per cent of Canadians carry some form of debt; however, not all debt is created equal. Mortgages, business loans and investment loans are often referred to as good debt, because of their potential to earn income and/or capital gains. Consumer debt is less productive, and therefore, generally considered to be “bad” debt. This would be defined as consumables and many heavily depreciable assets that don’t earn income, or help a person earn income. These things are usually bought on a credit card or line of credit. Currently, the average Canadian owes almost $27,000 in consumer debt. The true cost The cost of debt can be thought of as two compo-

nents. The first and most obvious are interest and other costs associated with carrying debt. With interest rates as high as 30 per cent for some retail credit cards, it doesn’t take long for the numbers to add up. The second component is likely even more significant: the opportunity cost. Simply put, the money used to pay off debt could have been invested instead. For example, consider a 30 year old with credit card debt. He decides to pay it off in one year, which would cost him $500 per month, including interest. When his credit card is paid off, he decides to contribute the $500 per month into a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). The RRSP grows at a rate of six per cent annually until he is 60 and decides to retire. His RRSP is worth $456,071. Now, consider if this 30 year old didn’t have any credit card debt and, therefore, started investing one year earlier. If he had, his RRSP would be worth $489,628. In other words, the cost of his debt was only $6,000, but the opportunity cost was $33,557. How to reduce debt There are a few ways to reduce debt. The first and most obvious is to pay it down as fast as possible. This is a good option for smaller amounts, or people with high cash flow.

The second is to consolidate higher cost debts at a lower rate, either with a personal loan or line of credit. It may even be possible to consolidate personal debts with one’s mortgage, but this should never be done habitually. The third point is pre-emptive: reduce spending or work more to ensure there is enough money to avoid consumer debt and save for the future. This may be easier said than done and every situation is different, but may be necessary to keep debt from escalating. Final thoughts Generally, a household’s income is enough to provide for the basic necessities of life, plus some for saving and discretionary spending. It’s not magic; the developed world is set up this way. The balance lies in figuring out what is reasonable and what is excessive. Investment opportunity costs may be pricey, but the alternative is worse. With a few exceptions, debt generally costs more than investment returns will provide, so always pay off high interest debt first. To learn more about debt consolidation options available to you, visit your local bank or credit union and speak to a loans officer. To learn more about budgeting, speak to a financial advisor or find a template online. There are a lot of resources available to help you get started.

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Pynelogs kept on caring in the community By Kathryn Gowling Special to The Pioneer Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on the history of Pynelogs in honour of the historic building’s 100th anniversary this summer. It is one hundred years since Pynelogs was built, and when its owner moved away, its original use as a residence shifted to health care. Pynelogs as the Lady Elizabeth Memorial Hospital opened in 1937, then closed in 1954 when a new hospital opened. The building was boarded up until 1960 when a new use for the building was assigned. Renovations were undertaken and the building resumed its former name while becoming a rest home for elderly citizens with the capacity for fourteen residents. Most of the renovation work was done on a volunteer basis — supply costs were funded by government grants; and donations of furniture and décor came from community organizations. Upgrades to the kitchen and bathrooms were made, and improvements to the furnace room with electric fire alarms and a sprinkler system also occurred. Excitement over the new changes was generated in the community. The building officially re-opened in

1962, initially with five elderly residents. Pynelogs served as an elderly citizens home until demand for spaces could not be met and a new seniors residence opened. Pynelogs as a rest home for elderly citizens closed in 1970. Immediately following relocation of the elderly, the building welcomed its new residents. Pynelogs became a home for adults with intellectual disabilities and continued in this role for eighteen years. However, in 1980, a government concept influenced a move away from institutions to small group homes. By 1988, duplexes had been constructed close to downtown Invermere for these special residents. PYNELOGS’ PAST — Prior to being taken over by CV Arts, Pynelogs was a Pynelogs was once again vacated. Pynelogs remained vacant for home for those with intellectual disabilites, prior to which it was a rest home for Photos courtesy of Anne Jardine about a year. Then, in 1989, the the elderly. Columbia Valley Arts Council know today. proposed a new use for the building and the District A number of celebrations are planned for this year of Invermere approved. This was the beginning of the to celebrate 100 years of Pynelogs history but the big cultural centre and visual & performing art gallery we birthday party for Pynelogs in July is only 57 days away! AN EXCLUSIVE NEW LAKE VIEW & LAKE ACCESS COMMUNITY


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WATER CONSERVATION BULLETIN SPRINKLING AND IRRIGATION RESTRICTIONS In the summer months, water use increases by as much as 50%. Summer peak demand places stress on the District of Invermere water system and increases costs to tax payers and water users. The Municipality, in an effort to conserve water, has in place “Water Use Restriction Bylaw.”


$225,000 + GST






$95,000 + GST

The Bylaw regulates sprinkling and irrigation in order to reduce operating costs and impact on our water supply. These restrictions are staged in accordance with the severity of supply limitations and are generally applied to the use of sprinkler systems, whether automatic or manual. The use of hand-held watering devices with shut-off valves and the use of micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems are restricted only during the most severe of supply condition. Nurseries, farms, orchards and vineyards are fully exempt. Outlined below are our current restrictions. CURRENT RESTRICTION ~ STAGE 1 ALTERNATE DAYS WATERING AS FOLLOWS: • Property addressed with an odd house number are permitted to water on odd numbered calendar days; • Property addressed with an even house number are permitted to water on even numbered calendar days; • Use of an appliance, except a hand-operated hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle, or a micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation system to water trees, shrubs, flowers or vegetables on any day.

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Skandia Concrete

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Brisco Riding Club The Brisco Riding Club would like to thank the following contributors who helped make our Mother’s Day Team Penning, Dinner and Auction a great success! Thank you to everyone for their support. • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Columbia Valley Trading Co. Luxor Corrals Radium Resort Robin Brown and Brooke Tegart Nature’s Export Dianne Ruault Canadian Tire Invermere Feed Store Radium Esso Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Kicking Horse Coffee Arrowhead Brewery Lambert Insurance

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Golddigger Excavating East Kootenay Electrical Services Spur Valley Greens M & H Logging Brian and Kelly Tegart Ervin and Judy Morneau Ken and Doreen Mattson Northern Lights Wildlife Center Peter and Margaret Feldmann Pete and Kirsten Feldmann Owen Mitchell for our beautiful new sign!

Don’t forget to come out to our celebration weekend of 20+ plus years, July 25th-27th. It is going to be a stomping good time!

May 23, 2014

Art collectives present at Pynelogs By Chloe Marson CV Arts Pynelogs will be hosting a gallery exhibit of select works by the Purcell Mountain Painters Group, and the Headwaters Art Society from Tuesday, May 27th to Sunday, June 8th. The two separate collectives will be displaying a variety of work showcasing their vast styles and techniques in their continued exploration of the landscape, people and buildings of the valley. The artists’ opening reception will be held the evening of Wednesday, May 28th, from 7 to 9 p.m. Come out and meet some of the artists who tell the story of your community and help to share the culture of the valley. Your presence and support are invaluable. See you there!

LOCAL LANDSCAPES — Brian Woodward’s painting ‘White Mountain’ will be one of many pieces of locally made art on display at Pynelogs in the coming weeks. Image submitted

. . . ‘Grown-up’ on page 14 “For the golfers or non-golfer, this provides an opportunity for them to get a club and hit a ball around — it’s a way to just get out there and try your hand at golf,” said Copper Point Amusement owner Diana Cote. But the 18-hole course is still a good challenge,

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she said, with many enticing obstacles. “It’s one of the most beautiful courses — there are waterways, flowers and gardens throughout.” The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person, and teams need to have four to six players. Entry includes green fees, raffle entries, a goodie bag, and a hot dog. To register your team or find out more, contact Trisha Wilson at 250-688-0711.

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9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat. May 31st, 2014. Fairmont and District Lions Annual Garage Sale at Real Storage, Windermere. Close out sale. Everything must go, furniture, collectables, tools, sporting goods, household items. No early birds please.

8128 Duby Road, Radium Resort (Golf Heights Subdivision). Wide variety of household items, small appliances, collectibles, antiques, bikes, smoker, and much more. Sat., May 24th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Cheers to Jeremy Johnson and Alec Hubert! The golf lessons at MMES are very much appreciated!

Cheers to Colin Cartwright for leading us on two very informative walks/hikes in Canal Flats with Wings Over The Rockies. I was privileged to be able to attend both events. I met numerous people at later events that praised the Village of Canal Flats for what they have done and are doing to protect the wetlands and stated what a lovely little town Canal Flats was.

Cheers to the very gracious, patient lovely lady who took time out of her busy schedule on May 2nd at the Invermere Hospital to direct me out of a very tight parking space. So appreciated!

Multi family yard sale, May 24th, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Corner of Wells and Main at Mantyka’s in Wilmer. Antique Power saw, fishing gear, furniture and some antiques. Garage Sale! Sat. May 24th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 5170 Columbia River Rd., Fairmont Hot Springs, north of Fire Hall. Total gym, mountain bike, cherry office desk, salon startup equipment, beauty products, dishes, CD’s, books, household items, queen mattress set, much more!

1460-18th Street Invermere. All day Sat. May 24th and Sun. May 25th. Early Birds are Welcome! Antique toolbox with tools, 400yr. old bowls, old trunk, stamps, coins, blonde bear rug, aquariums, ab machine, misc. items, kids clothes. 4726 Blakley Pl., Radium. Friday May 23rd, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday May 24th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info.

S OBITUARY S ZEHNDER, Hermann Ulrich July 3rd, 1939 – May 17th, 2014

On the evening of May 17th, Hermann went on his journey to a peaceful place where there is no cancer or pain. He leaves behind Anita, his loving wife of 37 years, and his son Patrick, who he is so proud of. An avid hiker, skier, curler, gardener, gourmet chef – he will be missed by his family and many friends. His surviving sisters Erna and Erika, and brother Andreas and many nieces and nephews of Switzerland will miss him greatly. The family wishes to thank all of the nurses and doctors at the Invermere and Kelowna Hospitals for their professional care and attention. Also a great big thank you to all of the home care ladies. We appreciate everyone that touched Hermann’s life with kindness and respect. There will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider remembering Hermann with a donation to one of his favourite charities. STARS Air Ambulance, Calgary ( Make-A-Wish Foundation® of British Columbia ( Hermann will be our Guardian Angel and the brightest star in the sky.

Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

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 to the Invermere Ambulance crew, Fire Dept., and Police Station for the awesome grade 1 emergency services field trip! Cheers to the Trading Post, Summit Footwear, and AG Valley Foods for the incredible ‘goods’ EMP field trip. Cheers to the Columbia Valley Pioneer, the Invermere Post Office, and CIBC for the excellent ‘services’ EMP field trip. Cheers to Max Helmer Construction and Billy Robideau for loading up pea gravel so we could finish our playground at Sonshine on Saturday. You saved the day!

Cheers to the Calgary restaurants that give discounts to well behaved kids. Too bad we have to go so far to encourage parents to teach their children good behavior.

Cheers to the dancers at the Peak Dance Studio. You all did an amazing job at the Shy-Ann dance festival in Banff last week. You made a proud local now living in Calgary with 2 daughters tear up. Congratulations! Keep up the hard work.

Cheers to Lillian Reid for the delivery of tasty cookies. They certainly will make the wait until next winter that much shorter!

Cheers to the Blessings Thrift Store in Radium who does take garage sale leftovers and all household furniture.



Jeers to the employers who do not check a potential employee’s references. I see way too many people getting hired in the customer service industry, with a track record of very bad customer service and people skills. Cheers once again to all our wonderful EMP families for all your hard work at our Family Garden Night. The garden looks great and is ready for planting. Cheers to PAC for feeding all our hungry gardeners and to Ed and Sue Steele for welcoming us to their garden. Cheers to the crew who did a remarkable work of art on the sidewalk and driveway on two sides of Fieldstone Glen. I found out it was by J.T. Brooks Construction Ltd. who said pride of workmanship was a thing of the past?

Cheers to Chris Prosser for finding the error in the administration and adjusting it. Cheers to the main roads crew for sweeping the highway shoulders, from cyclist. Cheers to the honest people at Lake Lillian on Wednesday when my husband forgot his fishing gear on the dock and was fortunate enough to return two hours later and found everything right where he had left it. You rock! Cheers to Joe No Frills for bringing affordable groceries to Invermere!! Jeers to any male or female who break up with their other half only to toy with their hearts. You are broken up and you are done, isn’t that enough. Be happy they are finding happiness. It is what you wished, eh? Cheers to the staff at my weekly morning coffee stop. Your little act of kindness Tuesday morning was extremely appreciated.


Celebration of Life The family of Jennie Cameron would like to invite our friends to join us for a celebration of her life.

May 31st, 2014 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Revelstoke Senior’s Hall

603 Connaught Ave., Revelstoke, B.C.

Art from the Shed (works of art)

Saturday, May 24th 9 a.m. – 12 noon Newhouse Storage 450 Laurier Street, Athalmer Proceeds for Health Care in our community.

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Huge CHEERS to Dave and Dianna, of Rainbow International Restoration and Cleaning for their continued support at ICAN. Your generosity, of product, time and knowledge, is so appreciated!

Lost: Brand new white iPhone 5c with case. In Invermere or Windermere. 250-688-0790.

Small retail storefront, commercial space in downtown Windermere, $450/mo, call 250-342-6255.


STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

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

3-bdrm condo with garage for sale at 122-4835 Radium Blvd., Radium Hot Springs, Riverstone Villas. One owner condo, clean, end unit, deck onto green space, large soaker tub, great view, open kitchen, fireplace, appliances, etc. REDUCED to $170,000, 250-342-7608 for info.

Mature, responsible couple looking for a boat dock on the lake to rent for the summer. Call 403-819-9745.


Provincial Mobile Home, 5 appliances, Green Acres Mobile Home Park. $850/mo + utilities. 250-342-5146.

Huge Jeers to the Thursday night ball players for smoking pot and the friends who let them while the little league is practicing. If you think you’re discreet or entitled, you’re not. Clean up your act. Jeers to the Jeers in the paper last week about bikers. Until such times as there are restablished separated biking lanes, I will continue to use the safest means of getting to my destination...which may include sharing a sidewalk if the roads are too busy to safely bike on them. Save tickets for the things in life that really make people unsafe. Cheers to Luke K. for brightening up our day by selling us your smokey delights. We no longer have to cook at night. Your creativity and ingenuity are admired by all. We hope you keep your hotdog cart at the ball fields until fall. Jeers to the business owner who trespassed on private property and took over someone else’s billboard for their own advertising. Cheers to Lila for sharing her beautiful flowers with friends in the valley.

LOST AND FOUND Lost: Copper bracelet, has six pennies on it. Has a very sentimental value to me, if found please call 250-342-6168. If there is no answer, please leave a message. Lost: Ring on May 10th, sterling silver with a large turquoise stone. Reward. If found call Irene 250342-9851.

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

Large garage/shop for rent right in town. 35’ x 40’ with 12 ft. ceilings. On large lot so plenty of space outside and lots of storage inside as well. Perfect for contractors with equipment etc. $800/mo, damage deposit required. Call for more info. 403-819-7494.

OFFICE SPACE For Lease: Micro office space, Panache Bldg., 250 - 300 sq. ft. each. All new, available immediately. Phone 250-342-5805.

COMMERCIAL SPACE 815 sq. ft. prime commercial unit for lease. Right in the middle of the new grocery store, Home Hardware, Kicking Horse Coffee and Canadian Tire. #4-492 Arrow Rd. currently Natures Floors. Please call 250-3425089. 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 250-2700570, ask for Josh. Short or long term okay. NEWHOUSE 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. Commercial Space for rent, 503 7th Ave., currently Valley Spas, 1950 sq. ft., call 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845.

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.

Small tidy 3-bdrm, 2 bath house in Windermere. N/S, N/P, $1,000/mo, phone 250-342-6255.


12x60, 2-bdrm Mobile Home with addition and deck in very good shape, propane furnace and modern wood stove for $4,000 O.B.O, Must be moved. To view call 250-347-6420.


Newly renovated large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite in downtown Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $800/mo + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-874-0483.

Bright, clean modular home on full basement in Edgewater. 1,352 sq. ft. per floor. 3-bdrm, 2 full bathrooms, wood stove in basement. $259,000, for more info call 250-347-2343.

Downtown Invermere, 2-bdrm, 1 bath, upper level of home. Small fenced yard. $1,000/mo, utilities included. 1-year lease. 250-6880110.

New Listing - Great family or recreational home at 208 Westridge Drive, Invermere, BC. View listing at (listing #266447). 250-342-6922.

Bright 2-bdrm, 1,500 sq. ft. basement with large windows on one-acre lot. Newly renovated with new kitchen, shared garage. $700/ mo plus half of the utilities. Located on Windermere Road. Great upstairs tenant to share house with. Quiet and serious people, one year lease. 250-270-0041.

Beautiful cedar home on Fairmont Golf Course with spectacular views. Immaculate. Developed basement. 403-288-1095.

1-bdrm, bright walkout basement suite, with satellite, partly furnished. Prefer responsible, quiet person for long-term rental. N/S, N/P, $650/mo + hydro + D.D. 250341-2084.

HOUSE FOR RENT Invermere furnished Townhouse. 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath, 5 appliances, N/S, N/P. Garage, close to downtown, $1,250/mo + utilities. 403-703-0930. Long Term Rental 3-bdrm, 3-bath, large deck, yard, garage. Available July 1st. N/S, pets negotiable, references required. Contact Gary: 250-342-1322.

Wanted furnished luxury condo to rent, long term for Aug. 1st, 2014. Excellent references. Call 250-3413541.

CONDO FOR SALE 2-bdrm, 2 full bath, W/D, F/S, dishwasher and microwave. R2000 certified. All on one floor. Located downtown close to shopping and beach. Asking $285,000. Serious inquiries only. Call 250-342-2274.

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MISC. FOR SALE Firewood bagged or bulk, free local delivery. 250-342-3040 or

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2001 Kawasaki 800 Vulcan. 12,000 km. saddle bags, crash bar. Beautiful shape. Asking $4,800 O.B.O. To view, contact 250-3415524.


2004 Blue Water Malibu 19 feet. Red and white, very good condition. 4.3 liter EFI 225 hp. Includes tandem trailer and boat covers. $13,500. Located in Invermere. Contact 403-689-5519. 250 US gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125 lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George. 250347-9500. Quality Top Soil and Manure. $160 per dump truck load, $90 per pick-up load. Well-aged cow manure, $100 per pickup load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Start up your own little business: a commercial castle moon bounce with slide, popcorn machine and candy floss machine with supplies. Want to sell all together but will sell separately, better deal for complete $5,000 for it all! As well have a 19 ft. car trailer with new tires $ 2,000 call 250-347-9792 or 250-342-5880. All Metal Boat Trailer with built in compartments for fishing gear, motor and generator. Best offer. 250-342-0320. Cell 250-342-1703. Like new black leather sectional, T.V. stand, easy chair with stool, 403-617-9217. Will be in Invermere all week. 75 grey cement patio blocks (24x30) and 50 cinder blocks. $3 each, phone 250-342-0612.

VEHICLES FOR SALE Hank the Tank is for sale, 1990 GMC 4x4 long box, $2,000 O.B.O. Only 5,000 kms wear on new tires and new exhaust system. Call 250-3420337. 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 248,000 km. Excellent condition, fully loaded. New Transmission. $5,800. Call 250-341-1045.

CAMPING 13 ft. Trillium Trailer, 1,350 pounds, can be towed with mini van or car, reconditioned fridge, recently new upholstery, flooring and tires, $5,000 O.B.O. 250-341-3498. 2005 Travelaire Orion 29’ rear bunks, separate front bedroom. Only towed once, CD/DVD/AC, N/S, N/P. Located at Windermere. $9,900, 403-471-2890.


Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit .


Heartfelt Companion Services Leanne Brooks • 250-341-5683

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Enjoy kind companionship Help with transportation, errands and appointments Housekeeping, laundry Any personal and non-medical needs can be met

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photography studio picture framing passport photos …look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

250-342-5102 Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 NEED A PASSPORT or VISA PHOTO? ...guaranteed to meet Passport specifications or your money back or complimentary re-take! Walk-ins accepted; appointments preferred. Ready in an hour. KRS Photography Printing - Picture Framing 505-7th Avenue Invermere Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 or by appointment. Look for the red door behind the Invermere Laundromat! or 250-342-5102 Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning and inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. Water treatment and purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners and conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089.

Wood Blinds – 20% off* expires June 5th “Steve and I are very happy to recommend Shannon’s Blinds; she found us the perfect blinds for our décor. Besides being a great person, she cares for her customers.” New – “Drapery & much more” Phantom Retractable Screen Doors Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749.


899599161 PDQ HOLDING LTD. O/A RADIUM SUPERMART/ PETRO CANADA Box 206, 4929 HWY 93 RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, B.C. V0A 1M0 IS CURRENTLY HIRING FOR FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME CASHIER Starting wages $11.50 per hour JOB DUTIES: Customer service, operate cash register and Lottery machine. Check freight, stock shelves, cleaning and outside maintenance. NO FORMAL EDUCATION REQUIRED Please send your resume to the above address or drop it to Radium Petro Canada/Radium Supermart or email to rpetro@ or fax 250-347-9921. Riko’s Family Restaurant is seeking F/T and P/T line cook, cook helper and dishwasher. Apply in person, 7513 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs, ask for Yuni or Riko. Strands Old House Restaurant is accepting resumes for evening servers P/T and F/T, pantry chef and a chef with formal training with 3 to 5 years experience in fine dining is an asset. Apply to Tony Wood at or 250-342-6344 or 250-342-5745. HIRING FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT, FULL/PART-TIME WAGES $11.00 HR DUTIES: MAKE SANDWICHES, SERVE CUSTOMERS, PREPARE MEAT AND VEGETABLES, CHECK FOOD TEMPERATURE, CLEAN AND SANITIZE, HANDLING INVENTORIES ETC . PLEASE DROP OFF RESUME OR EMAIL TO or Fax 250-345-6600 FAIRMONT SUBWAY 844310730 4966 FAIRMONT FRONTAGE ROAD FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS B.C. V0B 1L1



FAIRMONT GAS PLUS is accepting resume for F/T and P/T. Please apply in person.

Pete’s Marina is looking for young, energetic individuals to work on the docks. Boat license required. Please send resume to ahoy@ including your cover letter and 3 references or call 250-342-9625 for details.

Black Forest Restaurant is looking for P/T daytime cleaner and F/T kitchen help. Also needing F/T server with previous experience in fine dining required. Email or drop off resume. 250-342-9417, careers@blackforestrestaurant. com. Invermere Sales & Rentals is looking for a Sales Manager for the summer months ($13/hr). Duties include overseeing sales floor operations, including promotions and sales, and on the spot problem solving. Must have excellent communication and customer service skills, as well as leadership/ management experience. Send resumes to, or drop at the store at 403 7th Ave. in Invermere. Invermere Sales & Rentals is looking for a Service Manager for the summer months ($15/hr). Duties include coordination and completion of various services, from equipment delivery to portable toilet maintenance. Must have excellent communication and customer service skills, as well as leadership/management experience. Send resumes to info@, or drop at the store at 403 7th Ave. in Invermere. F/T Nanny required for 2 children immediately. 6:45 a.m. start required. Occasional night as well. 250-342-7570. Kootenay Coffee Works is now hiring full and part-time staff. Please drop off resume in person or call 250-341-3662.

Housekeepers full or part-time apply at 250-345-6365 or email to

Wanted Full-time – Experienced framing carpenter. Contact Ken at 250-341-1886.

Yoga Teachers Defining Yoga Studio in Invermere seeks 200-hour certified yoga teachers! Must be personable, reliable and professional. See the employment section @ www. for more details and to apply, or call 250-270-0056.

Dehart Sewer and Drain is looking for a truck driver/pump truck operator. Job is seasonal May October $18 - $22 per hour. Must have good driver abstract. Willing to train. Contact Bruce 250-3479803 or send resume to 250-3472274.

Local electrical contractor looking for journeyman electrician or 4th year apprentice. Wage depending on experience. Email resume to

SUMMER CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY A.C.E. (Access in the Community for Everyone) is seeking proposals for our Accessibility Ambassador project during the summer of 2014. The successful applicant will compile an information package, conduct public outreach and education, and demonstrate access solutions. The work is expected to take 120-140 hrs to complete. Applicants must have own transportation, access to a computer, and be able to lift and carry ramps weighing up to 50lbs. May be suitable for university student. Please contact A.C.E. for details or 250688-0271. Deadline for proposals is May 26th. Dusk Building Systems is currently hiring employees for their truss and wall panel plants. Please submit resume to info@ or fax to 250-342-3427. Attention Valley Residents and Contractors! The Painted Porch upcycles and re-purposes unwanted wooden furniture, old wooden character doors and windows, mirror, louvered closet doors and shutters, wooden cabinet doors and knobs. All items can be dropped off at the shop in front of Canadian Tire or call Teresa 250-688-0388 to arrange pickup. Together we can make a difference. Workers needed to help on a fulltime basis at the kiosk in front of the BMO. Great outdoor gig for the right people. Please call 250-3426605.

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Career opportunity

We are looking for a casual staff member who is available to work on an on-call basis this summer. There is the possibility for some scheduling flexibility to work around other commitments. If you enjoy working with people of all ages and are willing to take on a variety of tasks, we’d like to hear from you! Applicants may dropoff a cover letter and resume at the library or submit via email to by May 30th, 2014.

SPECIAL INITIATIVES INTERN This position will perform a range of communications, media, eventplanning, research, report-writing and office administration activities. This is a one-year term position based out of our Golden office. Apply by June 6, 2014. 1.800.505.8998

We are now accepting resumes for

Seeking confident self starters to join our team.


Sanding, staining, and general labour help in our cabinet shop If you have an eye for detail and enjoy the rewards of being part of a quality product, please contact Kevin.

Housekeeping Department

e-mail: PH: 250-342-6264 • Fax: 250-342-3546

We offer year round employment, competitive wages based on experience, a generous benefit package and the use of our recreation center and pools to successful applicants. If you would enjoy working in a friendly, well organized team environment, we welcome your application. Please contact Debbie by phone at 250-345-6341 ext 22 or fax your resume attention Debbie to 250-345-6299 or email resumes to

Rainbow International Restoration is looking for highly motivated, punctual, well organized individuals seeking a fast paced position with attention to detail. Candidates must have a clean Class 5 drivers license and Criminal Records Check.

Project Manager Assistant General responsibilities will include assisting project manager as well as supporting staff if needed. General duties will include client, staff and sub trade communication and scheduling. Applicant must have excellent computer skills, be proficient in Word & Excel. Experience with Xactimate, Xactanalysis and/ or Microsoft Project Manager preferred but not necessary. Applicant must be able to work successfully in a team environment as well as working without supervision. Construction knowledge would be an asset.

Skilled Carpenter Must have a minimum of 2+ years of Construction experience working with a residential and/or small commercial construction company. Must work well with others and independently if needed. Finish carpentry experience required.

Construction Labourer Duties to include, but not limited to, assisting with emergency clean-up, demolition and general construction. Must be physically fit, have the ability to operate hand and power tools of all types and work in a fast paced environment. Construction experience is an asset (painting, drywall, etc).



Are you ready to work for a company you can truly believe in? Do you take pride in Safely producing a superior quality product? Are you constantly learning and asking the right questions? Do you believe in being challenged and always bettering yourself?

Brisco Wood Preservers Ltd., a major Canadian Pole Producer of CCA treated wood poles to Western utilities and communications companies, is seeking to hire part-time and casual Labourers for our plant in Brisco, B.C. Our main treating facility is located just north of Radium Hot Springs in the beautiful Columbia Valley in British Columbia. Brisco Wood Preservers’ second treating facility is located in Peers, Alberta. In addition to our pole manufacturing and treating, Brisco also produces large engineered beams from LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) in our laminating plant Brisco Manufacturing Ltd. Brisco sells treated posts, rails, plywood and lumber and we also custom treat a variety of wood products. General Summary: Reporting to the Yard Supervisor, the Labourer is required to learn various tasks including utility pole and plywood production, lumber piling, utility pole framing, counting inventory as well as general cleanup and other duties as required. Key Responsibilities: • Perform tasks efficiently focusing on Safety, Quality and Production while meeting deadlines. • Using a variety of equipment such as chainsaw, brander, drills and other hand tools. • Fill out paperwork accurately. • Work effectively together with assigned crew. • Following established procedures to safely produce high quality results. Qualifications: • Experience in Lumber mill production or manufacturing an asset. Willing to train the right candidate. • Ability to follow direction and work together with others to complete assigned tasks. • Ability to use simple mathematics. • Background in the Forest Industry a definite asset. • Self-reliant, organized, motivated and quality oriented. This is a part-time/casual position, which offers a competitive wage We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking an individual with an outgoing personality, good computer skills, knowledge of the Columbia Valley and transportation to and from work. Retail experience is an asset. Must be a fulltime student (Secondary or Post-secondary) and returning to full-time studies in the fall. Must be able to work weekends. Term of employment June 1st to August 31st. Please send resume with cover letter to, drop off at Visitor Centre or call 1-250-342-2844.

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Fairmont Villa Management at Mountainside is now accepting full-time, part-time and student applications for our

Summer Student Visitor Centre Counselor

Please address cover letter and resume to Corey Boilard, VP Operations and e-mail PDF file to: or fax to 250-346-3218. Deadline for application is 5 p.m. (MST) Friday, May 30th, 2014 .

food counter attendants In Fairmont and kitchen help

for a popular Mediterranean Greek cuisine restaurant in Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C. No experience needed. We will train.

Please fax resume to 250-544-3475 or email

HELP WANTED Part-time • 20-30 hrs. per week We are looking for our newest team member at Essentials Department Store. If you are a customer oriented, outgoing, self-starter who is ready for a fun place to work then we have the position for you. At Essentials we offer a wide variety or Ladies & Mens clothing along with a large area of sewing and knitting supplies. We are looking for that person who is willing to learn and has a can do attitude. Sewing experience is an asset but not necessary.

Please drop off resume at 516, 13th St. Invermere, B.C., fax 250-342-6023, or email at

North Star Hardware & Building Supplies Ltd.

Delivery Driver Must have valid Class 3 licence + air brakes. Crane certification needed. Must be fit and strong and like working in a team environment. Must be good with customers and contractors. Wage negotiable based on experience. Email resumes to

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Wilmer Wetlands: a wonder to behold COLUMBIA VALLEY Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance


It’s the ideal way to TRAIL ALLIANCE kick off your 2014 hiking season. The Wilmer Wetlands have something for everyone. For the experienced OLUMBIA ALLEY hiker, it’s a chance to get out andCstretch yourVlegs before the snow is gone from the other mountain trails. If you’re a novice hiker, it can be a short outing or a full day with your family and a picnic lunch. The Wilmer Wetlands are a National Wildlife Area, part of a protected wetland thatTruns from Canal Flats to RAIL ALLIANCE Golden and is one of the largest and most diverse ecosystems in the world. The Wildlife Area was created and, is managed, for the purposes of wildlife conservation, research and interpretation. Motorized vehicles are not permitted, but hiking is allowed in the area. This is an active time of year in the wetlands as hundreds of species of migratory birds make their way back up north. For some of the birds, it’s a brief respite on their long journey. Others stay to make it their summer home. You can see and hear everything from the smallest songbirds to loons, eagles, owls, herons and, if you’re lucky, trumpeter swans. The wetlands are also home to grizzlies and black bears, moose, bea-


ver, otter and elk. The official trail is only one kilometre in length. It will give you an overview of the approximately 400 hectares that make up the Wilmer National Wildlife Area. The area is made up of open grasslands, forested areas and marshes down by the water’s edge. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, the views of the wetlands are spectacular and well worth the short trip into our valley’s backyard. How to get there: From the Invermere Crossroads at Highway 93/95, go west into Invermere. At 2.6 ki- SUBLIME SHORELINE —The Wilmer Wetlands trail gives you an overview of the 400 lometres, turn right onto or so hectares that make up the Wilmer National Wildlife Area. Photo by Chuck Regehr Panorama Drive. At 4.5 kiTime: 15 minutes to 2 hours lometres just after the Toby Trailhead Elevation: 883 metres at start Creek Bridge, turn right towards Wilmer. At 7.1 kilomeElevation gain/loss: 150 metres tres, turn right onto Main Avenue. Follow this road north This week’s column was written by Chuck Regehr with out of town (it turns into Westside Road). At 9.6 kilomethe Columbia River Greenways Alliance, a non-profit ortres, there is a parking lot on the right side of road beside a green roofed kiosk. No need for a high clearance vehicle. ganization working to develop a network of trails in the Columbia Valley. Visit Happy Trails! Trail Rating: Easy

District Run returns as Herb Weller Run By Steve Hubrecht, Pioneer Staff The former District Run for students is back after a two-year absence, with a new name in honour of a retired teacher dedicated to fitness and healthy living. The Herb Weller Run will see kids in Grade 1 through Grade 7 run either a three-kilometre or five-kilometre course on Friday, May 30th. Mr. Weller was long-time teacher at J.A. Laird Elementary School, wellknown in the community for organizing not only the District Run, but also running the rock climbing wall (open to the public) at the school. “Because Mr. Weller retired last year, the parents wanted to do something to honour him and since some of us wanted to do the District Run again, we just combined those two things,”

said organizer and teacher Nadiya Fry, who was named Canada’s top female trail runner of 2013 by Trail Running Canada and not-for-profit organization impossible2Possible. The run, which will include keen participants from all the elementary and primary schools from Canal Flats to Edgewater, is a great way to help teach kids the importance of an active lifestyle, said Ms. Fry. “Mr. Weller was always amazing at promoting health and fitness, at the school and through extracurricular activities,” she said. Organizers are in desperate need of volunteers, and those interested should contact J.A. Laird Elementary school and speak to the school’s administrative assistant Melissa Altman. The event will start at 9:45 a.m. at J.A. Laird, and the award ceremony will take place at about 11 a.m.

Kootenay park update Kootenay National Park Contributed Despite snow and winter conditions throughout most of the mountain parks, spring is in full bloom in Kootenay National Park. Redstreak Campground opened on May 15th. New this summer are the oTENTik tent-cabins for rent. Equipped with comfy foam mattresses, an indoor sitting area, a beautiful deck, Adirondack chairs and an outdoor fire place for cooking, the oTENTiks offer the best of a home-away-from-home and traditional camping. The nearby hot pools are open, and wildlife opportunities abound here, including migratory birds, ground squirrels and bighorn sheep. Many of Kootenay’s day use areas and low elevation trails are snow-free and ready for your outdoor adventure. Wildlife grazing alongside the BanffWindermere Highway (93 South) provides excellent viewing opportunities for a family excursion. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at the Kootenay River or Olive Lake day use areas. Gaze out over the Columbia Valley on the Valleyview Trail or travel deep into the Sinclair Canyon on the Juniper Trail. Cobb and Olive Lakes opened for fishing on May 20th. Also, the liquor ban in our campgrounds over the May long weekend to ensure all campers can peacefully enjoy the great outdoors has been lifted. For more information, visit the Parks Canada website for the latest trail conditions and campground information, as well as to find out where to purchase a fishing licence required in national parks. We also encourage visitors to seek information from our friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Visitor Centre in Radium Hot Springs.

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Month of May merriment (Clockwise from top left) High Country Antiques & Collectibles owner Tex Lortscher put this sign out on upper Athalmer Road a few days before the May long weekend. “It’s kind of gone viral,” he said. Asked by one gentleman how he could make that claim, Tex responded that his furniture was the “real thing” being 100 years old or more. “It’s getting a good laugh from people,” he said. “I’ll leave it up for a while” (Photo submitted); The winners of prize passes to the Lake Windermere District Lions’ Club AbracaDazzle fundraiser were randomly drawn from colouring contest pictures turned in by Kindergarten to Grade 3 students from Canal Flats, Windermere, Invermere and Edgewater elementary schools (Photo submitted); The May long weekend exhibition at The Artym Gallery with artists Dietje Hagedoorn and Vance Theoret (in red) was a great success yet again. Both artists worked hard all weekend, and they weren’t the only ones. The number of entries in this years “Name the Bear” contest was impressive, with a high number of really great ideas! This year’s winner is Calgary’s Ann Casebeer, with her name of “Why Can’t Bears Fly?” Ann, who spends her weekends in the valley and “has never won anything in my life” happily gets to take home the bear (right) she named. (Photos submitted); Loren Snyder of Calgary received her cheque for her Lake Windermere District Lions’ Club Ice Out winnings — $1,000. Loren had a remarkably accurate winning guess of 2:42 p.m. on Sunday, April 13th, which turned out to be just four minutes early from the exact time when the ice on Lake Windermere receded past the judging line running from the beach at James Chabot Provincial Park to the southern tip of Fort Point (Photo submitted); Cross Roads Collective was busy celebrating its third anniversary on Saturday, May 17th. Co-owner of the woodcraft artists’ gallery and workshop, Jessie Blakley, gave an impressive chainsaw demonstration in cowboy duds at the on-site party (Photos submitted); (Left to right) Andy Stuart-Hill, Peter Evans and Darrell Smith proudly display their “Rotarians at Work” t-shirts at the Rotary of Club of Invermere’s annual garage sale on Saturday, May 17th (Photo by Cheryl Williams).

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Celebration! By Laura Hermakin Reverend Christ Church Trinity As I sit down to write, I am aware of how hopeful I feel today. There is always something wonderful that happens in my spirit in the spring. Besides the sheer delight of celebrating Easter and being reminded once again that I am made a new person in Jesus Christ, the days lengthen, the weather warms, my soul dances and I am alive! I see the coming together of seasonal activities in the concerts and performances of many hardworking musicians and artists in our beautiful valley as they showcase their talents to the pleasure of those blessed to enjoy them. I see the dawning of June and look forward to the sights, sounds, and smells of the days lengthening into summer. Even now, the sound of lawn mowers creating fresh cut grass and the familiar barbecue smells inter-

mingle with the sight of our incredible mountains calling us to adventure. It is good to feel fully alive! We live in a world where we often make life complicated when it shouldn’t be. We listen, yet somehow we do not hear. Often, we are quick to assume and quick to argue. It sometimes seems a simple act of kindness can cause some to wonder “what she did” or “what did he do now” assuming a love gift is an act of atonement instead! Jesus said: “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” He also said that the kingdom is here now, within each of us. It isn’t what you do in a day, it’s how you do it... are you present?... aware of the gift of your life?... grateful?... motivated?... appreciative of what you have?... inspired?... joyful? When is the last time you watched a child dance and play, oblivious to who may or may not have been watching? Become like children! Trust, have faith! Is the rain coming down? Dance in the grass in your bare feet and let it sprinkle you as you giggle with glee. Walk on the beach and wiggle your toes in the sand. Lay aside your worries. God has it covered. Delight in God. Celebrate!

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, May 25th 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, our church’s Intern, Nathan Hildenbrandt ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for children age 3 to Grade 1; and Grades 2-6, during the morning service. 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED 9:30 a.m.: Bacon, Friends and Faith 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. Kids’ 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 • 1-250-426-7564 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

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Starting school is a big step On Wednesday, May 7th, Eileen Madson Primary (EMP) School hosted its annual Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation. At this event, families participate in activities focusing on Kindergarten Readiness skills. Thanks to EMP’s community partners and staff working together, the event was a huge success. A special highlight was having bus driver Harvey Palmer visit with the school bus and having a story read by the Tooth Fairy. Photo submitted

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 and address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

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32 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

May 23, 2014

PIONEER ON THE ROAD Pioneer travel miles Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest. Simply take a copy of The Pioneer with you when you are away on holidays, send us a copy and have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name. Submit your photos online at, email them to, or drop by our office, #8, 1008-8th Ave. Invermere. Pictured clockwise from top left: Don and Sylvia Jumaga, from Radium, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Puerto Vallarta; Alice Hale, a well-known potter from Invermere, in Myanmar (Burma), with a local potter of great age; Paul and Doreen Stewart, along with Fran and Dave Lapinski on a Caribbean Cruise; Kendyl, Pamela, Trystan and Wyatt Hart at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Thank You To our 2014 Sponsors who graciously ‘gave’ to the Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival Volunteers, Trip leaders and Presenters are also a very important source of support for the Wings Over the Rockies Festival and we extend a beakfull of thanks to all those that get involved. On behalf of the Wings Over the Rockies Board of Directors,

keep on birdin’

Golden Eagle Adventure Canada

Bald Eagle Columbia Basin Trust

Wood Duck Artym Gallery District of Invermere Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Invermere Vet Hospital Village of Radium Hot Springs

Mountain Bluebird Brian Keating Eagle Eye Tours Kimberley Rae Sanderson Lambert Insurance

Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Lyle Archambault North Star Hardware (RONA) Vic Panei

Raven Canyon RV Resort Cathy Parkes Focus Corporation Invermere Home Hardware

Pileated Woodpecker Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Eagle Ranch Great Divide Nature Interpretation Best Western/Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs Windermere Valley Golf Course

Great Blue Heron Barb J Smith CGA (BJS Accounting Services) Bob Walker CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc. Coy’s Par 3 Dr. Pat O’Sullivan Dr. Richard Kanan Inc. Rockies West Realty Ltd. Shirley Campbell Sobeys Invermere The Wildbird General Store

Konig Meat & Sausage Company Kootenay National Park Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club Martha Christie Panache Interiors The Invermere Bakery (1981) Ltd. The Local View Windermere Creek Bed and Breakfast Windermere Valley Golf Course

Mountain Chickadee Bank of Montreal AG Valley Foods Bob and Lorraine Campsall George Oliver Inside Edge Boutique and Sports

Jim Bonny · Mike Gagne · Ian Dewey · Nory Esteban · Theresa Wood · Betty Anne Goodwin · Doug Yukes · Bob Walker · Larry Halverson


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