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September 16, 2004





Serving The Upper Columbia Valley including Golden, Brisco, Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats

Contents Perspective


Back to School 6 Music Review


Cheers & Jeers 11 New Business 14 Valley Churches 15

Fall Fair

2 Kids Speak

6 Youth Reporter


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Windermere Fall Fair - Kids 1 - Fireman 0

The Fifth Annual Windermere Fall Fair and

Scarecrow Festival was held on September 11th in Windermere. The annual event was once again a huge success even with the unpredicable weather. Not only did the locals take in the event but so did many visitors from other provinces as well. Spectators were treated to live entertainment, blacksmithing demonstrations and the famous egg toss, just to name a few. An event as large as this would not be possible without the support of the over 200 volunteers. Thank you once again to everyone involved for providing such an incredible event for everyone to enjoy.

The following are the results of winners: Amateur Photography - Adult People: 1st and Best Overall Entry - Mike Tilling 2nd - Bill Ayrton, 3rd - Bill Ayrton Landscape/Water: 1st - Travis Willaims, 2nd - George Thorton 3rd - Bill Ayrton, Honourable Mention - Barry Gillies and Sanford Schmid Animal: 1st - Linda Taylor, 2nd - Levine Ollenberger 3rd - Doug Scott, Honourable Mention - Audrey Thornton Black & White: 1st - Robert Firth, 2nd - Robert Firth 3rd- Robert Firth Photography - Junior Animal: 1st - Kira Gammie age 9 Baking Junior: Cakes: 1st - Teryl Brenneman Pies: 1st - Alicia Riedel, 2nd - Erick Riedel Cookies: 1st - Elijah Beingessner, 2nd - Elijah Beingessner Baking Adult: Pies: 1st - Mary Jo Pow , 2nd - Evelyn Goldsmith 3rd - Dawn Neuman & Kristy Altman Cakes: 1st - Alice Ede, 2nd - Fran Kimpton Cookies: 1st - Mary Jo Pow Muffins: 1st - Kristy Altman, 2nd - Alice Ede Bread: 1st - Fran Kimpton Canning Adult: Jellies: 1st - Alice Ede, 2nd - Anne Picton 3rd - Anne Picton Jams: 1st - Myrtle Murphy, 2nd - Myrtle Murphy 3rd - Alice Ede Preserves: 1st - Darlene Friensen

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Photo by Kelsie Ede

Horticulture: Flower Arrangments Adult: Roses: 1st - Mark Riedel Sunflower/Daisy: 1st - Linda Gray, 2nd - Luana Gillies, 3rd- Alice Ede Your Favorite: 1st - Lynda Taylor 2nd - Jordan & Mary Jo Pow, 3rd - Linda Gray Fall Arrangment: 1st - Peggy Gray, 2nd - Noreen Dyck Mixed Wild Flowers: 1st - Fran Kimpton

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Photo by Kelsie Ede Dahlia: 1st - Terry Pal , 2nd - Lynda Taylor 3rd - Peggy Gray & Mary Jo Pow Other: 1st - Doug Anakin Flower Arrangments Junior: Largest Sun Flower: 1st - Erika Thompson 2nd - Felicia Ollenberger Fruit & Veggies Judged by Peter and Lori Robertson Potatoes: 1st - Ray Picton, 2nd - Julie Ollenburger 3rd - Don Miller Carrots: 1st - Ray Picton, 2nd - Don Miller 3rd - Phil Robert Peppers: 1st - Peter Garrett, 2nd- Fran Kimpton 3rd - Fran Kimpton Tomatoes: 1st - Bob Goldie, 2nd - Fran Kimpton 3rd - Fran Kimpton Beets: 1st - Phil Robart, 2nd - Ray Picton 3rd - Gord Cowell Corn: 1st - Don Miller , 2nd - Phil Robart Beans: 1st - Phil Robart, 2nd - Phil Robart Chard: 1st - Don Miller Squash Summer: 1st - Giovani Pasin 2nd - Bob Goldie, 3rd - Mary Jo Pow Squash Winter: 1st - Jim Watt 2nd - Kathryn Wilks Cucumber: 1st - B. Crowell, 2nd - P. Haltman Kohlrabi: 1st - Don Miller Fruit & Veggies Kids Zuchini: 1st - Mackenzie Pal, 2nd - Lillian Spiegl 3rd - Lauren Gagatek Potato: 1st - McKenzie Robart Tomato: 1st - Kevin Ede, 2nd - Braden Agnew 3rd - Brook Lynne Agnew Veggie People: 1st - Jordan & Nicole Pow 2nd - Nicole Pow Veggie Assortment Honourable Mention - Kelsey Gorze Fruit Apples: 1st - P. Haltman, 2nd - Mary Jo Pow 3rd - Peter Garret Plums: 1st - Bill Dyck, 2nd - Bill Dyck 3rd - Bill Dyck Grapes: 1st - Peter Garret Very Unusual Yellow Heirloom Beet: Lisa Krasnow

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FALL FAIR Scarecrow Contest Winners Submitted by Crisanna McLeod

Paper Pin Ups 1st “D” by James Frank 2nd “Tiny” by Bobby Barr 3rd “Braiden” by Braiden Stuart Grade 2/3 - Comical 1st “Fred” by Jordy Streicek & Hayden Becker 2nd “Mimi” by Grace Webber 3rd “ Baseball Harry” by Courtney Hoffos In The Garden 1st “Ashley” by Samantha Tyrrell Grade 4/5 - Comical 1st “5 Alive” by the 24 of Mr. Trask’s class 2nd (tie) “Nicole” by Makayla Wilder & Tiara Livingston “Recycling Girl” by Alisha Trozzo 3rd “Tammy Tap Dancer” by Dominique Jensen In The Garden 1st “ Hurry up” by Ataya Chaisson-Okros Grade 6/7 - Comical 1st “How the Grinch Stole Halloween” by Olivia Boyer 2nd “Wilbur” by Brody 3rd (tie) “Tuxedo” by Nolan Davidson “ Jason” by Fara Burgone In The Garden 1st “Leonard” by Ben Bootsma 2nd Winnie the Pooh” by Rebecca Salvidge 3rd (tie) “Jugehead” by Tyson McCarthy “No face” by Riley Nelson Miniatures: 1st (tie) “Bob” by Ryan Hall “Bud” by Pam Capilo 2nd “Lucy” by Mary Justine 3rd “Lacy” by Kalie Tourond PUBLIC: Technical 1st “Sunflower” by Brad Shuman 2nd “Attendant with a possible drinking Problem” by Skookum Inn 3rd “Pump Kin Gal” by Skookum Inn Creative 1st “Shaman – Lessons of Life” by Columbia House 2nd (tie) “The Mr. and Mrs. – Y’all come back” by Skookum Inn “Scare Crow” by Skookum Inn 3rd “ Exercise Lady - Imagine” by Columbia House Comical 1st “ Laughter is the Best Medicine” by Columbia House 2nd “Jack” by Levine Ollenberger 3rd “The Pres Walter” by Chamber of Commerce Peoples’ Vote: Best of the Fair “How the Grinch Stole Halloween” by Olivia Boyer Fall Fair Excellence for Participation: The staff at Skookum Inn Many, many thanks to the teachers, parents, businesses, family and friends for your creative and enjoyable creations for the 5th Annual Fall Fair.

Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival photos by Kelsie Ede and Lisa Ede

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Upper Columbia


Bob Ede Publisher

Lisa Ede Manager

Summer Swimmers on Lake Windermere Circa 1920

Historical Photo from the Ede Collection

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The Upper Columbia Pioneer

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Box 868, #8, 1008 - 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Phone (250) 341-6299 Toll Free 1-877-341-6299 Fax (250) 341-6229 Email: The material, written or artistic may not be reprinted or electronically reproduced in any way without the written consent of the publisher. The opinions and statements in articles, columns and advertising are not necessarily those of the publisher or staff of The Upper Columbia Pioneer. It is agreed by any display advertiser requesting space that the newspapers responsibility, if any, for errors or omissions of any kind is limited to the amount paid for by the advertiser for that portion of the space as occupied by the incorrect item and there shall be no liability in any event greater than the amount paid for the advertisement.

The old adage, things never quite turn out as expected is especially true in this first issue. We had expected to be to press by late August. Now that we have finally made it to publication you can expect an issue each Thursday for years to come. Locally owned and operated, independent newspapers such as this one are currently making a comeback in small communities throughout Canada and the United States, sharing in many cases the market amicably with large media chain newspapers, while providing readers and advertisers with an alternative perspective. The Upper Columbia is growing quickly. Development is at an all time high. This trend is sure to continue as people from all over BC, Alberta and Canada recognize the quality of life and visual beauty the area has to offer. We are fortunate to welcome people into the community that enjoy and value the same qualities of life that enticed so many of us here. We are also fortunate to have a diverse population with many varied views and opinions. The Upper Columbia Pioneers’ intention is to provide a forum for varied opinions. We hope to provide readers with accurate coverage of the news and issues of the area. The Pioneer Perspective pages will feature a guest columnist. If you have something to say give us a call or drop us an email.

The idea for this publication evolved from a desire to give voice to the people within the Valley, as well, showcase the area and its’ exceptional people and unequaled natural beauty. We will be striving to provide a weekly record of the happenings of the area. The news, sports, arts, events, marriages, births and deaths. We will consider ourselves a success by listening to people and reporting what we hear. Our hope is that The Upper Columbia Pioneer when read fifty or one hundred years in the future, will serve as an accurate historical record of the Valley and people that lived here. The next few months we will be a work in progress. We will be tinkering with the look and content of the paper. We intend to add more “hard news” as the weeks go by. This is a free publication which means that it is advertising driven. Many thanks to the advertisers you see among these pages. As we are yet to prove ourselves, the faith you have put in us is greatly appreciated. Thanks is also due to all of the well wishes we have received this past week. To our columnists who have submitted work, thanks, and it is great to have you aboard. This is your local newspaper. We want to hear from you. Let us know what you think.


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Choices and Risks People make choic-

time and I believed they were wonderes every day, every ing if they perhaps hour and nearly evshouldn’t move on to ery minute. Some someplace else (opare quickly seen as portunistic choice on good, some are very my part). They chose evidently bad, and instead to stay around some have to simmer here because they realuntil the effects are ly like this place, their known. One of the friends and family are best choices that Liz here and they believe and I ever made was there is a future for nine years ago when their kids. During the we choose Invermere next few years they as the place for us to continued to expand take the risk of our By Brian McLaughlin their business, bringlives, to completely ing in new technology change lifestyles from what we had in the Yukon. We saw and machinery and buying out comit as a reasonable risk as we found the petitors in Golden that solidified their people here in the valley were friend- business in the valley. Then last year ly by nature, not by choice. Schools they came to the decision that now are great, and the amenities to choose was the time to do something new. So from far exceeded what was normally they sold Palliser Printing, their jobs available in a town of 3000 people. So and livelihood for the past 15 years or we took that risk, knowing that if we so, and started to look around at new messed up, then the comforts of this opportunities. Thinking about them making area would soften the blow. About four or five years ago I re- such a change, the penny dropped for member talking to Bob and Lisa Ede me about all of the people that have one evening trying to talk them out decided to take risks in this valley in of their printing business, or at least the last few years. Artym Gallery, joining up with them. I thought Mackena Creative, Panache Interiors, they were a little low in spirits at that and Interior World all started in In-

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vermere but are now possibly doing more business in Calgary and the rest of Canada than here, yet they have chosen to stay in Invermere for the lifestyle. Home Hardware has grown to the point where it no longer fits in its initial property and is moving to the crossroads. Ace Hardware and Diamond Heating both expanded. The Village Arts has moved to a larger site and has expanded, and All Things Beautiful followed suit by taking over their old spot, and it gets harder and harder to get into Bavin Glassworks. The new owner of Palliser Printing gave up their career in Calgary and is now an active member of the valley. Then there are the new places, Curious, Gerry’s Gelatos, the Silver Connection, Water Works, Te Papa Nui, and Grants Food Bins just to name a few. Also, our town is growing with different housing opportunities. Westside Park provides a range of homes with a Smart Home’s flavour, Emerald New Homes is offering the first triplexes in Invermere within walking distance to all downtown amenities. Castle Rock is offering a new subdivision with choice view lots in mountain settings. While Columbia Garden Village is building an apartment complex designed spe-

cifically to meet the needs and changing lifestyles of our seniors. Bob and Lisa are once again making a very good choice and are bringing change to the valley by creating this independent family and community based newspaper The Upper Columbia Pioneer. This will definitely change the look of media in the valley. This paper is home grown, it is community focused, its presentation is new and vibrant, and it will rely on community members to take part and pride in what we have to say to each other. I believe with the distribution network that has been established The Upper Columbia Pioneer will be able to show visitors and Calgarians what the real and important things are in a small community’s life. For my part, I have offered my services as a guest columnist and will be providing a series of articles about something that I really like – government. In return, I will be given a free copy of The Upper Columbia Pioneer each and every week. My risk is having people look down on me for making errors in writing, as I am not a professional writer. But I believe it is a reasonable risk, as valley people are friendly by nature.

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What has been the best part about going back to school?

“Running in the gym.” Kaitlyn Raven Eileen Madson Primary School

“Gym, centres, my friends” Seth Bjorkman Martin Morigeau Elementary

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“Recess and centres” McKenna Nelson Eileen Madson Primary School

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Teacher profile

Shelley Little By Kelsie Ede When asked what her biggest concern David Thompson Secondary at David Thompson has been so far School became crowded once again as she said class sizes, as many teachers the first day of school arrived on Sep- can attest to. When thirty students get tember 7. New and old faces filled the put in one classroom it becomes an ishallways as teachers prepared for their sue for not only the teachers but for first lessons of the year. Students greet- the students too. Little agrees that it ed friends which they hadn’t seen all is difficult to give the students much summer and many met new kids they feedback regarding their work and had never spoke to before. The halls that it is just not an ideal setting for were overtaken with the excitement of teaching. Much of the time spent in the first day of school. a class of thirty is trying to get all the Shelley Little is one of the new students to pay attention rather in a faces at David Thompson. Instructing smaller class not as much time is spent grade nine, ten and eleven English in on discipline. After speaking with Little it was the first semester she looks forward to her new life at DTSS. Originally very apparent that she will be bringfrom Edmonton AB, Little came to ing a lot of new energy and ideas to the valley only a few short weeks ago the school. Hoping to possibly start a after she received word of an English creative writing club at the school and teaching position at the school. Al- get involved with either community ways drawn to B.C. Little decided it or school theater Little has a lot which was the perfect opportunity for her. she can offer the school and commuDuring the summer months she had nity. Five Questions visited many of the towns in the province and had found the Windermere 1. What’s your favorite hockey Valley area to be one of her favorites, team? so without hesitation she applied for I don’t watch hockey much now...but the job. On September 3, only a few if I had to pick one I’d have to say the days before the beginning of school, Edmonton Oilers because when I was Little received a call that her interview little I was there when they won the had gone well and she would be the Stanley Cup and the Grey Cup in person filling the position. Little be- the same year and became the City of gan looking for a place to stay in the Champions... now the sign is kind of valley as she lived out of her car for embarrassing. the first day or two of teaching at the 2. Kurt Cobain or Shania Twain? school. Luckily, she was able to quick- ...(laughs)...Kurt Cobain definitely. ly find a place to live in Windermere 3. What was the last book you read? before the weather got too chilly. Now I’m just in the middle of The Bluest that Little’s hectic life has settled down Eye by Toni Morrison. a bit more she still feels a little over- 4. Where would you rather shop The whelmed by the new adventure. After Thrift Store or GAP? previously teaching over in Guatemala The Thrift Store. for one year at a private school Inver- 5. What was the last Halloween cosmere will be quite the change of at- tume you wore? mosphere. “There were guards at the It was a disaster. I tried to dress up as school and many of the students had my worst fear (a knife in an eyeball) body guards... one of my students had for this big Halloween party that my even been kidnapped before,” says Lit- friend use to put on...but no one knew tle as she expressed how she liked the what I was. Everyone thought I was atmosphere of public schools better. Jason with a hockey mask.

Music Review

By Scott and Matt of solid ‘reggay’ standards from the pioneer who coined the term in the late Toots & Maytals sixties. With an eclectic mix of guests The Maytals are world leaders in ranging from Willie Nelson, reggae music, leader Frederick “Toots” Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and Hibbert, Nathaniel Mathias & Ra- Jeff Beck to contemporaries such as leigh Gordon are all from Kingston, No Doubt, Ben Harper and Trey AnJamaica. astasio the solid feel of Toots’ origiThey formed in the 60’s when nals are not lost, but transformed into ska and reggae were hot, they started fun versions, his guests adding their to become big in 1966 when at their own unique stylings, while being rebest, Hibbert was arrested for an il- spectful not to overshadow the classic legal substance and sentenced to 18 hits which left very little room for immonths in jail. It was then; Hibbert’s provement. Refreshingly, this album songwriting took off. remains up beat and highly energetic The other two Maytals knew they while retaining Toots’ musical vision had to wait for Hibbert to get out of instead of overhauling and desecratjail; they couldn’t replace their friend ing these classic tunes, which is comand front man. When Frederick was mon with other collaborative efforts. out they wrote a song “54-46”, which It is nice to see such a varied group of was his prison number. The song was artists pay homage to Toots, showcasabout his experiences in jail and how ing the sub-genres he and the Maytals he was wrongfully accused. The song helped spawn, but it would still be was a huge hit! In 1971 the Maytals nice to hear some new material from were international stars and the big- this seminal reggae phenomenon. gest band in England. Then they went Matt and mine’s first review gives to producer Byron Lee shortly after the new “Toots & Maytals” a four out Leslie Kong their first producer died. of five stars. There are great artists on Lee decided to rename them Toots & this new cd and is a must have in any Maytals. When the band broke up in cd collection. If you’re not sure you 1981 Hibbert created a new Maytals will like this style, come down and rein the early 90’s and continues touring lax at In-Tune and give the new Toots with them. While some have touted a listen too. Toots’ “True Love” as trying to pull a ‘Santana’ by recruiting a star-studded Scott Boyce owns In-Tune Music Co. cast to relive his past glory days, one in Invermere. listen will prove this to be a collection

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Deb in her studio

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Deb Ede is fixated on faces.

School of Art in Nelson, where she majored in painting and minored in pottery. The artist, who works at her studio in Invermere, is known for her large, “Art school was great,” she says. “The school was small and the instruction colourful portraits and finds all faces fascinating. It shows in her work, but also was good. Best of all was that for the first time in my sheltered life, I was in daily in the masks she collects and knick knacks around her house. She even picks up contact with other people for whom the creative process was foremost in their rocks that resemble the human face! lives. It was a real eye-opener.” Her fascination began early. After the three year course, Ede and her husband, fellow artist, Kurt Reichel, Ede has always enjoyed drawing and remembers, as a small child, receiving traveled across BC and back, holding several art shows, eventually settling in a huge blank book and pencil crayons as a gift. It was one of her best presents the valley. ever, and soon every page was covered. Even then the majority of sketches were Ede continued to draw all through those years but rarely finished a canvas, of people, but she drew everything she saw. Her parents encouraged her taland, as time went on, slid into a fifteen year painter’s block. One day, ten or ent and, after countless sketchbooks and doodles, sent her off to the Kootenay eleven years back, she picked up a brush, some old oils and a piece of masonite and set to work. And she has painted continuously since, completing over 120 paintings. In her work, Ede tries to convey the emotions and feelings we all share. She calls her work ‘Human Landscapes’ and focuses mostly on women, feeling that as a woman she knows her subjects well, and, in fact, that most of her paintings are self-portraits in some small way. “In my little studio, I just lose myself. Hours can go by without my realizing it,” Ede says. “I work on big canvases so I constantly have to get back as far as I can to see how it’s all coming together. My focus is on the face, for sure, but I try to incorporate a strong design element and, of course, lots of vibrant colour. I love mixing colours!” It is safe to say that Ede paints because she loves it. She finds it energizing Tim & Wynanne Twomey as well as relaxing, and loves to catch a little bit of the ‘scenery of the soul’ in her work, gratified when people recognize themselves or someone they know in the paintings. She has held many successful solo and joint shows in BC and Alberta and her paintings hang in homes and businesses across Canada. Ede can be reached via email at or by phone 342-3258.



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Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with Dijon Herb Crust

Nick Gibbs and Randy MacSteven

By Lisa Ede When I had the idea to feature a local chef and their recipes in the pages of The Upper Columbia Pioneer, I was concerned we may not have any takers. I thought they may guard these culinary secrets with the same vigor as a spy treasures national security behind enemy lines. Thankfully, I was wrong. This week we feature the chefs of Portabella Restaurant located in Invermere. Owner, Nick Gibbs prepared Roast Rack of Lamb with Dijon Herb Crust. I can personally attest that it is simply wonderful. Randy MacSteven presented his delightful Quick and Easy Rum and Raison Topping. Thanks to both gentlemen for sharing your secrets. Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with Dijon Herb Crust Serves 2

Quick and Easy Rum and Raison Topping

Quick and Easy Rum and Raison Topping 2 apples, peeled and sliced 2 tbsp butter 3 tbsp raisons (soaked in rum) ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup nuts (can use pecan or walnuts) 1 tsp cinnamon rum to taste - Sauté butter and apples. - Add drained raisons and nuts. Cook for 2 minutes. - Add brown sugar and cinnamon. - Add rum from soaked raisons. - Mixture should be a little runny to go over ice cream. - Can be made a couple days ahead and reheated when needed.

Ingredients: 2 lamb rack, cleaned and trimmed (Frenched) 4 tbsp dijon mustard 1/4 lb. fine bread crumbs seasoning (salt and pepper) 4 tbsp mixed herbs (thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary) olive oil fresh garlic

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Cooking Method - Marinate lamb racks in olive oil, garlic and mixed herbs. - Season overnight in refrigerator. - Remove lamb from marinade and sear in a hot skillet or on a BBQ grill for 2 -3 minutes. Set lamb aside to cool 1 - 2 minutes. - Spread dijon mustard over meaty part of lamb and coat with a mixture of bread crumbs, herbs and seasoning. - Place lamb in a shallow roasting pan and roast in the oven @ 400°c until required doneness is achieved. Serve with a red wine and mint sauce gravy, fresh seasonal vegetables and your favourite starch.

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Joe tells about Rags and the elk Editors Note: If you have been around the Valley long enough, you probably remember Joe Noseitall. He used to live at the north end of Lake Windermere. He enjoyed telling tales, some tall, but always entertaining. As his memory was as sharp as the shale on ‘Cougars’ Tooth’, he also served as Valley historian. Not the history that you find in local books or at the museum, but events and stories that went unnoticed, about the people that years ago called the Valley and mountains home. A few years back Joe disappeared. Folks said the area had become to busy for his liking, or that the jet skis on the lake where to noisy for him. Some even suggested, although there was no proof, that age had finally claimed him. After making inquires and following a few leads, I was fortunate to find him, content, living in a small cabin deep in the mountains. I’ve had to swear secrecy, as to the location, for next to the mountains, streams and nature, privacy is a treasure he values more than gold. I’ve asked him to write a column once in a while, if the feeling grabs him. Knowing Joe, we can expect a little history, some invention and a few laughs, because when it comes to the Valley and the characters that came before us, Joe knows it all. By Joe Noseitall There’s an old-timer that lives across the river from me. His name is Rags and his name suits him, cause his clothes hang, shredded from his skinny body like the husks off corn in November. I’ve known him for quite some time. When I used to live down in the Valley, each hunting season we would take a trip into the Palliser. The trips always proved successful, not just for meat, but for the camaraderie and rest the soul gets from being in the mountains. Due to age we don’t go on our hunting trips into the Palliser the way we used to, but Rags still shows up every fall at my cabin just as he did years before at my place on the lake. Every year I invite him in and we play a game or three of crib and tie into my homemade beer. With the beer lubricating our memory banks and having not talked to anything that talks back for some time, the conversation would become spirited and it wouldn’t take long before we would be

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reminiscing about one of our hunting trips deep in the Palliser country, skiffed with snow, among the giant tamaracks. Without fail there is one hunting trip, Rags brings up every time we get together. It must have been at least 40 years ago. We had started from camp early. It was a walk through dense brush to a meadow clearing, with a lick on the far side. Rags was leading and as we broke through the last of the willows, Rag suddenly stoped, sliped a shell into his 30.30, up with the rifle, and just as he squeezed off the shot, I saw a big bull elk at full run on the other side of the meadow. Rags shot him dead, through the neck. A heck of a shot considering the distance, at least 100 yards, the animal running and who knows how many willow leaves that 30.30 bullet had to navigate. Personally I thought it was a lucky shot. Every year since that hunting trip Rags reminds me of his great shot. The only difference, every year it becomes more magnificent. Last week Rags stopped by for his annual visit. We started playing crib and drinking beer and sure as snow in April he started up, “Remember that hunt in ’58 or ’59 when we were heading to the meadow.” My hand was shaping up to be ‘nineteen.’ Rags went on, “Wet day, cold to the bone, mist everywhere. My keen eye picked out movement in the distance and out of the swirling mist I saw a giant bull elk running, into the mist then out. It looked like a ghost with antlers.” He paused, “Thirty-one for two and a run is five.”

“I tossed that rifle to my shoulder and sent a bullet clean through its neck. I bet that shot was over 250 yards. Remember, Joe.” Rags looked up, laid down his hand, “Fifteen two, fifteen four, fifteen six, fifteen eight and eight is sixteen.” I don’t know what Rags was thinking, not about his hand, he did have sixteen and it looked as though I might get skunked, but the story. This was the limit! Mist, it was as clear as a bell. Giant ghostly bull elk, it was big but not uncommon. The thing that really stuck in my craw, was the 250 yards. Did he not remember I was there. Perhaps he thought in my old age my memory was getting stale and he could reprogram me with a version of himself more suited to his lofty opinion. I moved the back match stick out of the crib board and moved it four holes in front of the front one. “Tough go old chap,” Rags said between each noisy shuffle. I figured it was time for me to talk. “Did I tell you I found a new lake this summer?” Rags looked up, “I thought you knew every lake in these mountains.” I shook my head, “I started walking up Little Wolf Creek, to do some fishing, catch a meal, when I had the urge to see what was over the ridge to the east.” Rags laughed, “Climb the ridge - with your knees.” Rags was over the skunk line heading home. “Well I was feeling young again. Anyway when I made it to the top of the ridge, I gazed over into the basin below at a beautiful turquoise lake. So I scrambled down through the rocks until finally I stood on its’ shores. I walked around, not a sign of another person. Not an old camp fire, nor trail, nor boot track. Nothing. I believe I was the first to lay eyes on this gem in the mountains.” I continued on, “Cutthroat trout broke the calm surface here and there and since I still had my rod with me from creek fishing, I figured I would try my luck. I found a good rock to stand on, half in the water, half out. The first cast, I let the hook sink deep before I started to reel it in and bang, I had one. It felt big. I reeled it in.” I paused for effect, “You wouldn’t believe it. I had hooked an old rusty coal oil lamp. Lord only knows how long it had been at the bottom of that lake.” “You’re kidding!” Rags said. “Nope, but that’s not the amazing thing,” I said, “The lamp was still lit.” I could see, Rags digesting this last bit of information, “Bull_ _ _ _!” he said at last. “I’ll tell you what, Rags old friend, you do away with the mist and get about 100 yards closer to your elk and I’ll blow out the light.” If there are two things I can’t stand it is an exaggerating fool and losing at crib.

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Todays vehicles Welcome to the first this more thought, I have installment of “Todays had customers decline vehicles.” a $300.00 repair in the This bi-monthly colpast, and that’s fine, it is umn will focus on gettheir choice. But as they ting the most out of your drove away my thoughts vehicle. were, “your life isn’t Today we will talk worth $300.00?” about safety. As a meDashboard collections. The dash is not the chanic I test-drive many place to store your dinky cars per day, and I see car collection. Any thing things from time to rolling around, and falltime that concern me, By Rick Ede ing off the dash as you maor more boldly put, down right scare me. A lot of these things neuver your car around corners is an go unnoticed from the car owner and unneeded, and dangerous distraction. even eluded me until recently. Here I have seen some contractor’s vehicles are something’s that could be the dif- where just about every tool they own ference between life, death, or injury. was scattered across the entire dash. Steering wheel covers. You know Can you imagine during a severe roll the fury loose fitting ones that help over all that stuff flying around the keep your hands, not so cold dur- cab? I can hear the coroner now, “the ing the winter. I really doubt that an accident didn’t kill him, it was the elderly person could securely grasp Skillsaw.” For van owners, keep in the steering wheel during a front tire mind that unsecured items in the rear blowout, as the forces acting on the cargo area become missiles during acsteering wheel are extreme. Solution, cidents. Key chains. I am starting to see throw it away and get some isotoner more and more extra long key chains. gloves. Fuzzy dice. And god knows what I think they are meant to be worn else hanging from the rear view mirror. around your neck for active people, I swear some folks keep their whole joggers etc. These could get jammed jewelry collection up there. It could between the steering wheel and the mean the difference between seeing column in effect locking your steerthat oncoming car when entering an ing, with out you realizing, until it is intersection, or not. Also don’t forget to late. I had this happen to me once with the cord from a piece of diagnosclean windows, and exterior lights. Air bag warning lights. If this tic equipment. Luckily I didn’t crash, light is on chances are that the air bag but I did have to change my briefs. Safety inspection. If you are not will not work during an accident. Air bags have gotten a lot of bad press in following a maintenance plan with the past. Things like deployment for your vehicle a yearly safety check / veno reason, child death, etc. The first hicle condition report is a great idea. generation air bags were a little too Not only will it help keep the car safe, powerful. Second generation systems it will also help you budget for uphave been toned down somewhat. Re- coming repairs. And help you make gardless of which system your car has an educated decision on keeping your they save more lives and reduce seri- present car, or to start looking for a ous injury over not having air bags. newer one. Thanks for reading, keep safe. That is why Transport Canada mandates them to be installed in vehicles. Many customers decline having them Rick Ede owns and operates Autowyze fixed due to the expense. Please give Services Inc. located in Invermere.

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The action at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena was fast and furous as the home town Rockies and Creston battled it out to a 5-5 tie in exibition play. Photo by Lisa Ede

Minor Hockey Report Submitted By Grant MacDonald

Rockie goaltender stones the Creston sniper.

Photo by Lisa Ede

ROCKIES GAME SCHEDULE Regular Season Saturday, Sept. 18

Kimberley at Rockies

7:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Rockies at Golden

7:30 pm

Friday, Sept. 24

Rockies at Creston

7:30 pm

Saturday, Sept. 25

Creston at Rockies

7:30 pm

Minor Hockey in the Windermere Valley kicks off next week and more than one hundred sixty young hockey players can’t wait. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm at this time of year. Players and their parents are shopping for new (or used) equipment and preparing their busy schedules to accommodate the nearly six month-long season ahead. What is so amazing is that the level of enthusiasm for the sport, at least for the players, does not diminish as the long season wears on. Practices and games to the very last day are always well-attended. Players grasp for as much ice time as they can possible get. On the other hand, parents and volunteers can find themselves a bit tired and very much looking forward to off-(golf )season. This isn’t to say that they don’t enjoy the “hockey trail”. In fact, sitting in the stands, watching one’s pride and joy perform on the ice brings tremendous joy and provides ample reward for the time and effort (and money) expended to make minor hockey happen. The camaraderie that develops between hockey parents through shared experiences is cherished and the gift of hockey to our boys and girls -- priceless. But, the season is a long one. There is no doubt about that. It takes many adult volunteers to make a minor hockey season happen and it is so wonderful to see people, from all walks of life, filling in where needed. Typically, a local hockey association is run by an executive com-

prised of dedicated volunteers who, in the off-season, make plans, raise funds, collect registrations, arrange coaches and managers, and establish practice, league and tournament schedules. The work of the association executive is very much behind the scenes. At the team level there are even a greater number of volunteers at work. At all levels of minor hockey, there are hard-working managers, trainers and totally committed coaches and assistant coaches. All of these people have taken the time to become trained and have rearranged their personal schedules to make a program work. That kind of generosity, the gift of time and caring, needs to be recognized and appreciated. It is part of what makes the Windermere Valley such a terrific place to raise our children. Going into the 2004-05 minor hockey season, the association still finds itself without a head coach to run the midget program. This group of 15 to 17 year olds is highly skilled and has the potential to, once again, take a run at the provincials. The WVMHA executive is confident that the right person is out there who can provide what this team so desperately needs. Possible coach candidates can phone Shane McKay at 341-1176 for more information. The fact that the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association boasts some of the best participation numbers, given the size of our community, is testament to how the people of our valley value their youth.

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Figure Skating News


Submitted by Kelly Geiger and Denise Reid

The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is about to embark on another year of great skating. We are looking forward to teaching kids this wonderful sport. Our head coach this year is Denise Reid. She has been with the club for many years and is very dedicated to keeping this club alive. Kelly Tomalty will also be returning to coach our StarSkate program on Fridays and possibly Kim Argento. These ladies are a great asset to our StarSkate program. We will once again have our dedicated assistant coaches Brandi Ponych and Kara Cassidy that volunteer all their time to help out the kids.

Old Zone

Submitted by Brent Raven

Welcome back to the 28th annual C.V.O.H.A. regular season. The excitement has never been higher. I don’t know if it is the cooler temperatures or the lack of memory, but the teams are on edge. Registration numbers for this year are 104 returning members, 2 members from the Grandfathers’ list and 6 new rookies. The zebras for the year are Doug “The Hammer” Hagen and Lance “Romance” Prymak. The Annual General Meeting took place September 7, 2004. Many issues were discussed, however the majority of the members could not remember what was said. The schedule for this month is as follows: Date 6:45 pm 8:00 pm Sept. 22 H vs. D B vs. E Sept. 29 A vs. C E vs. F Team A Norm Julien Nev Anderson Larry Ballard Cam Dow Rory Hromadnik Mike Hutchinson Erwin Kloos Jim Lebourdais Dean Martin Ken Mitchell Joe Nicholas Don Reynolds Glenn Thomsen Ron Woods

Team B Rob Mason Lyle Barsby Chuck Ciona Daryl Crowley Kerry Ellingboe Mickey Godlien Len Hynes Jim Jones Kelly Love John McCarthy John Newton Gord Osterreid Scott Postlethwaite Vic Sigailis

9:15 pm G vs. C B vs. H

10:30 pm A vs. F D vs. G

Team C Pieter Jansen Ralph Elliot Joe Evanoff Loyal Goodey Rob Harvey Bob Hawes Grant Kelly Kim Leibel Jim Morris Steve Morris Glen Sage Doug Sinclair Bob Stewart Dale Wilker

Team D Buddy Dearin Jack Barrault Al Bergen Gaston Chasse Rick Fiddis Jamie Graham Gord Green Perry Horning Marcel Labrie Chris Moncur Darrel Smith Ralph Stewart Rick Waters Mike Worgan

Pre-school - This is an introductory to skating for children ages 2 - 6 and have never skated before. This lesson is 1/2 hour in length. Canskate - This is a learn-to-skate program for children of all age levels. This program is also for kids who have never skated before. The lesson runs twice a week for one hour. StarSkate - This is our entry level figure skating session. Skaters will be introduced to many disciplines of skating in a group lesson format. CanPowerSkate - This is our program for hockey players. It is learning about skating and balance. It is done with full gear and hockey sticks but no pucks. Players must be able to skate backwards and stop to Team F Team G Team H Team E join this program. Brent Raven Aurel Boucier Ian White Terry Fillatre All four of these programs offer badges. Jim Bonny Greg Dubois Michel Cabelguen Ross Bidinger Geoff Callaghan Pat Findlater Alan Dibb Rob Francoeur Skating Schedule: Byron Irons Wayne Gillham Peter Hecher Canskate - Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 Kerry Colonna Lindsay Davidson Ralph Lauer Gerry Israelson Bob Miller (beginning September 20th). Cy McConnell Rick Kubian Blaine Nester StarSkate - Mondays 4:30 - 6:20 and Wednesdays Harold Hazelaar Dave O’Connor Doug McIntosh Dale MacKay Peter Nicholas 4:30 - 5:30 th th Tim Marshall Kevin Nelson Chris MacPhee Ernie Parent Pre-school - Starts Oct. 6 and 7 from Barry Maybuck Ken Persson Randy McStevens Barry Reid 12:15 - 12:45 Grant Neville Doug Schick Rich Magri Roger Samuel Power Skating - Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 th Rod Stanford Dave Oaks Alf Riddell Peter Scheffer (beginning September 29 ) John Swallow Tom Roberts John Rose Dan Steele John Tames Ken Schmitz Bill Swan Mark Sunday December 12, 2004 on your cal- Wallace Ross Chris Wrazej Tim Traverse Dave Tomalty endar. This is our annual Christmas carnival and is Eric Stills sure to delight people of all ages. We are interested this year in getting a synchro skating team started which includes skating togethWe hope everyone enjoys this years’ season and hope you have a lot of fun! er as a team.We are hoping to bring skaters together 2004/2005 Executive who either are in one of our programs already or President - Brent Raven Treasurer - Harold Hazelaar Secretary - Dave Oaks who just want to skate for fun with a team. Syncro skating does not involve jumping or spinning. If you have any questions or require more information about our programs please call Kelly Geiger at 342-3213 or Denise Reid at 347-6862.

Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Practice Schedule Practice schedule for the upcoming 2004/2005 season: (Practices commence the week of Sept. 20th) Mondays:

6:45 – 7:45 p.m. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursdays: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 5:45 – 6:45 pm. 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Fridays: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Novice

Peewees Bantams Initiation Novice Atoms Senior Girls Midgets Atoms Peewees Senior Girls Bantams Midgets Circa 1930

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New Business Opens in Invermere

The Business Environment Submitted by Marianne Thiesen

John and Anja at their new Invermere location John and Anja Clarke have opened a second Computer/Electronics Sales and Services store in Invermere B.C. A little over a year ago in Golden B.C., FOCAL Network Group (F.N.G.) opened it’s doors to provide qualified services and expertise to all of the local businesses and residences. After a year of hard work the business has expanded and the area F.N.G. services continues to grow. After numerous trips to the Windermere Valley they decided to relocate their residence here and start a business to fill the void of specialized expert services that many people felt were missing. As their name implies they are Network professionals. With technical expertise amounting to 30 years combined

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experience they feel that they can cover just about anything from Computers and Electronics Repairs to doing Custom work for individuals that can’t find the right answer. John nad Anja fully understand all aspects of Networking and Servers. They own and maintain our their own Unix Web Server. The server is located in Vancouver with a dedicated 100Mbps connection to the web. They offer Web Hosting for individuals and businesses as well as Domain Name Registration, Search Engine Submissions and Data Storage solutions. Full backup servers in Golden and a proposed third backup server here in Invermere. They have an in-house technician and all Computer and Electronic repairs are done locally. Their focus is on quality of services and the products they sell. All Computer systems are custom built and contain quality parts and each system carries a 3 year warranty. They stand behind everything they do and strive for perfection. In the upcoming weeks John and Anja will be submitting technical articles to this paper and will keep consumers informed on relevant issues related to Computers and the use of computers in a clear concise easy to follow format. They can offer expertise in the following areas. (1) Web Hosting: Design and Implementation (2) Database Programming and Principles (3) Computer Repair/Maintenance (4) Virus Removal and Prevention. Although this just brushes the surface of their skills feel free to call them at (250) 341-3500 or drop in to their store #5, 1010-8th Ave., (Stein Block) in Invermere or (250) 344-6666 #407-9th Ave., north in Golden For more information go to or if you wish to take a look at their On-line store go to

Find Councilor McLaughlin Brett McDonald mountain biking down at The Park

Many years ago I met a young man who was just beginning his career as an outdoor education instructor. He worked in a high school in the mid city, and his students came from challenged backgrounds. Some of them had grown up in homes without structure, guidance or love. Others simply chose to rebel against those who had provided these ideas. It was thought that by participating in the Outdoor Ed program these students would learn to appreciate their true potential and thus seek success in their lives rather then continue on with self-destructive behavior. The course was difficult. Kids needed to work together in all aspects of their training, to participate in pre-planning of trips, to inventory and repair equipment, to learn the technical skills of the map reading and orienteering, and to be aware of each other as they set out on their adventures. A whole team of individuals of different ages, various skill levels and physical abilities and combined knowledge set out on each adventure and all returned - each a little stronger for the experience. I was lucky to have him as a friend and mentor. He helped me hone many of the skills that I needed to survive in the backcountry. But after many day trips and hard training, he did not encourage me when I was announced my first overnight. It ended up being a great trip and a wonderful experience and one that probably produced some of most spectacular falls ever seen in the backcountry. I wasn’t ready, but it was something I had to do. I came back fully humbled and could hardly wait to go again and I did - many, many times. And I learned. I learned that Mother Nature has her own set of rules and that planning, training and respect are necessary to get along with her. I also learned that if you let her, she will guide you and teach you many things, but if you don’t you need to be prepared to pay the consequences. I was fortunate when many years later, as a then “experienced” skier, a friend and I ventured off on a last minute adventure. We planned our time poorly and set off with no emergency equipment. Darkness fell and we lost are way. We spent a long, cold, miserable night - a warning not to take chances in an environment that could crush us in a single blow. The business environment is much like Mother Nature. The demands and loyalties of customers, the array of products and prices, workforce issues and the changes of the seasons themselves sometimes weaken even the strongest players. Neither individuals nor businesses can survive in a challenging environment without planning ahead. A good plan can ensure that the foundations of your business remain strong, even in the stormiest weather. And for those fortunate enough to work with others it is important to know what a strong team is built on simple rules, effective communications and a whole lot of mutual trust. Marianne Thiesen owns Individual Impacts in Invermere

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Why Church in Our Present Age?

On behalf of Lake Windermere Alliance Church and myself let me say “Congratulations!” to Bob and Lisa Ede on the launch of this new local paper. May you find good success and great satisfaction as this paper shares the news of this valley. For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Dieter Magnus and I have the privilege of being the Sr. Pastor of Lake Windermere Alliance Church (just behind the I.G.A.) I was raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, married a beautiful B.C. girl named Deborah and together we have raised three wonderful children. This is our fourth ministry position and we have been part of this community for six and a half years. When Lisa asked if I would be willing to submit an article from time to time, I was glad to accept. The only problem was her instructions... “Write about whatever you want.” I could keep it simple and safe and write about love, caring, forgiveness, or family values. I could be controversial and write about intolerance towards the church, homosexuality, other religions, or why we all deserve to go to hell. Neither direction seemed appropriate.

I am back in West Africa! After spending four years as a missionary in the small former French colony of Benin, followed by a year back in Canada, I have relocated to Niger, Benin’s neighbour to the north. I’m not settled in yet. I’m still looking for a place to live and am beginning to learn my way around Niamey, Niger’s capital city. One day last week, I decided it was time to go exploring and took a taxi downtown to the market. African markets provide a shopping experience unlike any I’ve had in Canada. Niamey’s market probably has as many merchants as West Edmonton Mall. Each shop is about half the size of an average bedroom, separated by crowded, narrow, uneven pathways dotted with mud puddles from the previous day’s rain. For many, the market is both workplace and social hangout. The grocery section features booths overflowing with canned goods (tomato sauce, kernel corn and sweetened condensed milk being three of the most common items), bags of pasta and plastic bottles of vegetable oil. This spills into the bulk department where uncovered bins of rice and other grains are sold by the kilo. The merchants in the produce department are the most aggressive, waving fruits and vegetables under the noses of perspective buyers.

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mean we always find a satisfactory answer? No. What it does mean is that we are trusting God to help us live well in this crazy, mixed-up, beautiful world. What I would like to do is use this column to help you. Ask your question whether it be spiritual or everyday life. The two are connected. By answering your questions, I hope we will be able to learn to live the life God intended for us all. Send your questions directly to the church (Box 294, Invermere) or through the paper. On the weekend of September 24-26, the church will be celebrating 50 years of ministry in this area. We have people from Brisco, Edgewater, Radium, Windermere, Fairmont, Colombia Lake and the surrounding countryside as part of our body. This is an invitation to come celebrate with us as we plan for the next 50 years.

The butcher shops are not for the weak of stomach. Tables of meat teaming with flies. Butchers rapidly filling orders, whacking away at fresh beef with machetes. I wove my way through the housewares, cosmetics and shoe departments, merchants calling out for my attention and promising the best prices. I then stumbled upon the large clothing department, with aisle after aisle overflowing with used jeans, dresses, and shirts. There was even a t-shirt from Banff! My favourite sight was several stalls full of used bras. Imagine buying a used bra from a Muslim man in an overcrowded African market, with no place to try it on! (I resisted the temptation!) I was still in the market when I heard a clap of thunder. People started scurrying here and there, bundling up their goods before the rain came. I took that as my cue that it was time to find a taxi home. Shortly after I got into the taxi (front seat), it started to rain. The driver stopped and came around to my side of the car to put up the window. There was a hole in the door where the handle should have been. He reached into the hole and pulled out a tangle of wires, fiddled with them a bit, and voila! The electric window went up!

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The church has always existed and still exists, I believe, for two main purposes. The first purpose is spiritual. Very few people would argue the fact that we, as human beings, have a spiritual component as part of our make-up. Whether you believe we are bi-part (body and soul) or tri-part (body, soul and spirit) makes little difference to the essential agreement that we are more than a mass of bone and soft tissue. The church provides the answers to who we are, where we have come from, why we exist, and what happens after we die. Through the Bible, the guide book for all churches that believe it is the Word of God, we learn who God is and how to have a relationship with Him. The success of courses such as the Alpha Course shows that even today people are still seeking answers to spiritual matters. Hopefully, the church is a safe place to ask those questions and explore the answers together. The second task of the church is to help up live life everyday. It is a fellowship of people with a common goal - to love God and to love and care for one another. How do I make my marriage work? What do I do with my teens? How do I work with a person who is obnoxious? How do I help a family member who seems bent on self-destruction? How do I change those things about myself that I don’t like? The church is a place where we find those answers together. Sometimes they come directly from the Bible. Sometimes it means applying a proven Biblical principle in a way we never thought of before. Sometimes the answer is from someone else’s life experience. The key is that we don’t have to figure it all out alone, but are part of a community of people where we help each other live. Does that mean we’re perfect? Definitely not. Does it mean life is never hard? No way. Does it



Sunday, September 19th 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction “Celebrating God’s Faithfulness to All People”. Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 7 during the Morning Service Friday, September 24th 7:00 pm Registration and Welcome 50th Anniversary Celebrations Saturday, September 25th 9:00 am Breakfast at Church 6:30 pm Celebration Banquet Great Hall, Panorama $25/person Sunday, September 26th 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction “Celebrating God’s Faithfulness for 50 Years”. Special Guest Speaker Rev. Ray Cobb Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 7 during the Morning Service Senior Pastor Rev. Dieter Magnus • Associate Pastor Rev. Jared Enns 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535

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Invermere Residential Lots

This proposed subdivision at Columbia Lake offers two parcels, each about 7 acres with lake access. Enjoy building sites that offer panoramic lake and mountain views in a serene, private setting, yet just minutes to Fairmont Hot Springs. Subject to probate. $299,000.00+gst each

Hereʼs your chance to spread out. This 2500 sq ft Timber Ridge bungalow has enough room for family and guests. A unique cottage with an oversized kitchen and dining area, hardwood floors and a huge, private lot. Access to Timber Ridge amenities, a large garage/workshop and a nice patio for outdoor entertaining. $349,000.00

Experience the beauty of the valley from the unique heights of Pine Ridge Estates. A spectacular setting is the foundation of this distinctive and flourishing subdivision. With lake and/or mountain views, full services and architectural guidelines, these uniquely distinct lots are the perfect start for your new home ideas! $35,900.00 to $57,900.00 + gst



Lakefront Living

You Can Have it All!

Lakefront home designed for year round living. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has an open design kitchen and vaulted living room complete with hardwood floors and fireplace. The guest/boat house is ideal for those hot summer days at the beach. Call for an appointment to view. MLS# NEW $699,000

Enjoy a vacation getaway in Invermereʼs newest development, Heron Point. Beautifully finished units with mountain views and just steps to the private complex pool. Minutes to Kinsmen Beach and downtown Invermere. Enjoy easy living or invest in a proven revenue producer. All 2 bedroom , 2 bathroom units, the last available in this prestigious development! MLS# NEW From $219,900.00 +gst


Affordable & Convenient!

This 3 bedroom bungalow in Canal Flats is just across the street from the golf course and just minutes to Columbia Lake. Nicely landscaped yard with large trees and a large garage/workshop. Perfect starter, recreational, or retirement home! $119,000.00 MLS#105767


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