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Vol. 1/Issue 13

The Upper

December 10, 2004





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

Contents News






Gift Guide




ClassiďŹ eds


Deck the Halls

Santa Parade

3 Turkey time

5 Faith


Dee Horning, owner of Kootenay Bough & Cone, displays her beautiful handmade wreaths. Photo by Elinor Florence

2 • The Upper Columbia Pioneer


December 10, 2004

Local girl wins gold Pioneer Staff

Christina Lustenberger of Invermere returned to the world of ski competition last week with a vengeance. After being sidelined last year with a serious knee injury that required surgery, Christina rocketed back to win a gold medal in her first competition at the Nor Am Cup Giant Slalom Race in Winter Park, Colorado. “I’m all healed up now and it feels fine,” said a happy Christina, who was home in Invermere for a few days. She said she was here “just long enough to unpack my bags and do my laundry.” But she didn’t stay off the hill very long since she spent her free time taking an avalanche awareness course. Now the 20-year-old member of the Canadian Women’s Alpine Ski Team has headed off to Europe to compete in the Europa Cup races. She said the two medals in Colorado will raise her standings in the world and put her in a better spot going into the next round of races. Christina will be back home again on Dec. 23 to spend Christmas with her parents, Peter and Jane Lustenberger of Invermere. Her father manages both Lusti’s Cappuccino Bar and the ski rental and repair shop at Panorama. Christina has one sister Andrea, who is a member of the University of British Columbia ski team.

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The determination shows on Christina Lustenberger’s face as she rounds one of the flags.

Panorama opens By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Snow conditions are good, the runs are groomed, and seven of the nine lifts are ready to whisk skiers and snowboarders to the top of the slopes when the resort opens today. Last year the resort had 230,000 skier visits that’s one person per one day - and Communications Coordinator Jessica Fairhart said the resort is expecting another record season. The biggest change this year is in the area of food and beverages. The resort has contracted out three of its eating spots to a new company called Mountain Resort Restaurants. The former Starbird

Panorama staff look for homes This season Panorama will employ 550 people in such areas as operations, lodging, retail, administration and restaurants. As the resort’s popularity grows, more employees are hired each year, yet the amount of affordable housing in the valley is shrinking. About one-third of the staff is from outside Canada and others come from across the country. Few locals work on the hill, according to Employee Experience Administrator Jen Bannerman,

Restaurant has now become the Wildfire Grill and PicNic Market & Deli, and the old T-Bar has become the Crazy Horse Saloon. The resort still operates the cafeteria in the Great Hall, and Saturday night will see an Snow Safari 80s Theme Party on the Great Hall Deck. Ms. Fairhart said the snow conditions are good with 120 centimetres at last report. Snow-making has been going on for more than a month. Snow Cards are still available for $99, which entitles cardholders to three days of skiing and $15 off for lift tickets all season. Panorama is owned and operated by Intrawest, the same company that owns Whistler-Blackcomb and Mont Tremblay in Quebec. who is beginning her fifth season with Panorama and hails from New Brunswick originally. While many employees are able to find their own housing, the resort tries to help by looking for homeowners in the valley willing to rent. “Sometimes people are nervous about renting to Panorama staff, but they shouldn’t be. We guarantee the home will be returned to them in the same condition,” says Ms. Bannerman. This year the resort was able to rent the former Wandering Rogue hostel in Invermere and also several private homes. But staff is still arriving and Ms. Bannerman would like to hear from anyone who has a house, an apartment or even a room for rent. Please call her at 341-3065.

December 10, , 2004


The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 3

Everybody loves a parade

Blustery and cold conditions didn’t hamper Christmas spirit at the fourth annual Santa Claus Parade last Sunday. More than 500 spectators came out to enjoy the event, sponsored by the Invermere Business Committee. The parade began in fine fashion with Mayor Mark Shmigelsky and MLA Wendy McMahon, followed by ten festive floats. First prize went to the District of Invermere, second to Copper Point Golf Course and third to Windermere Valley Child Care Society. The parade kicked off Super Sunday, an event started many years ago by the local businesses, offering great discounts to bring families and local traffic to downtown Invermere. This year a Christmas Festival at Invermere’s Community Hall followed the parade. Families came in for hot chocolate, children’s games and a visit with Santa. From above, clockwise: Santa on everyone’s favourite fire truck, Old Red; Sonja Kanan with Rachel and Brendan; smiling spectators lining the streets; and The Pioneer’s own entry, a 1957 truck. Pioneer

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December 10, 2004

Adventures in Life and Learning Continuing Education Guide Invermere Campus 2005 Residential Construction Framing Technician



Restaurant Employment Skills Training

British Columbia’s recently accredited construction program, the Residential Construction Frame Technician, is scheduled to be offered at the Invermere campus starting on January 31, 2005. Accredited in 2004 by the BC Home Builders’ Association and the Industry Training Authority, this 11-month program is a competency-based, modular program providing the necessary skills to become a residential frame technician in British Columbia. Successful students obtain: • Residential Frame Construction Technician certificate from College of the Rockies (recognized by CHBA-BC and ITA) • Technical training credit for level one carpentry/apprenticeship from COTR • 22 weeks of paid work experience Graduates leave the program as certified residential framers who may be employed in the fast growing area or may fill needed carpentry apprenticeships.Trainees are linked to a job and employer as part of the on-the-job training components. The program consists of in-school and on-the-job training requirements. The 11-month program is delivered in three blocks. Transfer Credit: Upon successful completion of this program the graduates receive credit for the first-year technical training if they are indentured into an apprenticeship within one year of program completion. Note: Secondary school students may qualify for ACE IT funding support for the RCFT Program. Supplies: Students must provide safety-toed leatherwork boots, safety glasses, coveralls/carpenter’s apron, gloves, reference manual, pens, pencils, three-ring binder, calculator and paper. Students may need to purchase tools for on-the-job training. Date: Jan. 31 - Dec. 2 (44 weeks) Fee: $3326.40

Introduction to Trades The Introduction to Trades 10-week program provides students with instruction in the following trades areas: • • • • • • •

This program is primarily designed as a Discovery Program to assist individuals in making career and training choices. It contains courses that, upon successful completion, result in direct credit in the Applied Business Technology Program, thereby offering the student faster advancement through the first stages of ABT (Office Administration) certificate program if the ABT program is subsequently chosen as a career training direction. Alone, this Office Skills Discovery program is intended to provide the student with employment-related skills for entry-level Front Desk and Receptionist Clerk positions in business within the region.The student may also be eligibile for some Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 credits upon successful completion of portions of the program. Date: Feb. 7-Apr. 29 Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon-Fri Fee: $748.80 + Texts

EMP - Advanced Medical First Aid This 76-hour Advanced MEDIC FIRST AID curriculum offers layperson training in pre-hospital emergency care. Taking the Essential Skills of Patient Care to a higher level of assessment and care, this is a skills-intensive course with hands-on practice. This CPR/first aid emphasizes two-person emergency responses care teaching:

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors has re-elected Greg Deck, mayor of Radium Hot Springs, as the chair for 2005. This is the mayor’s third term at the helm of the regional district board. “I am honoured to re-elected,” said Mr. Deck. “This is a dynamic and growing region and I look forward to another challenging year.”

Free coats for all You don’t have to be destitute to receive a new coat this Christmas. Dano and Julie Saunders are reminding everyone that they have hundreds of coats available for children, youth, adults and seniors. The donation of used coats from the community has been fantastic, said Julie Saunders, who is organizing this year’s Coats for Kids program with her husband Dano. If the coats aren’t distributed locally, they will be sent to organizations that help the needy in Calgary. “But we’d like to make sure our own community is taken care of first,” she said. The last chance to pick up a free coat is from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Family Resource Centre, located in the old Forestry Building. If that’s not convenient, call the Saunders before at 342-6387 to arrange a different time.

• Assessment-based Anatomy and Physiology • Advanced Primary Assessment Cirlce of Care • Complications in Primary Care • Initial Medical and Trauma Care Prerequisites: Successfully completed the Workplace for BC Level 1/course or WCB OFA Level 1

This program helps prepare students for basic work in the trades industry and/or further education and training in a trade. Students work on a variety of practical projects and are given instruction on basic tools and safety. A variety of certificates are included in the program such as First Aid, WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, S-100 Fire Suppression and Safety, Basic Rigging and Forklift Training. Supplies: Students must provide safety-toed leatherwork boots, safety glasses, pens, pencils, three-ring binder, calculator and paper, tape measure and work clothes (coveralls). Prerequisites: Grade 10 (Secondary School graduation with a “C” standing in English 11 and Math 11, or Intro to Math 11, or ABE Advanced Certification with Math 80 preferred) OR completion of a college assessment to determine eligibility. Jan. 31-April 15 (No classes March 25-April 3) 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Mon-Fri $756

Office Skills Discovery Program

Greg Deck re-elected regional board chair

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Trades technology and computer skills Carpentry Building trades Basic welding Electrical Plumbing Timber framing

Date: Time: Fee:

Designed to train the individuals for work in hotels, restaurants and bars in resort-based communities.This five-week program offers eight days of hands-on training in a professional teaching kitchen covering food preparation, cooking skills and dining room service, nine days focusing on Mixology/Baretending, and includes the required restaurant industry certification such as • FoodSafe Level 1 • Serving It Right • Occupational First Aid Level 1 • WHMIS • Superhost • Customer Service Excellence Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 12 Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon-Fri Fee;: $475


Date #1: Jan. 8-Feb. 20 (5 weeks) Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat and Sun Fee: $675 text included Date #2: Feb. 28-Mar 11 (2 weeks) Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri Fee: $675 text included

Video Conference Course BUAD 104 Principles of Management Provides an overview of management. It covers theory, process and practice of the four fundamental management skills: planning, organizing, leading and controlling; and the role of managers in organizations. Prerequisite: C in Applications or Principles of Math 11 and English 12, or equivalent Date: Time: Fee:

Jan. 10-Apr. 22 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tues $256.04 + text

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Walk in the warm If you would rather exercise inside a warm building than outside on the cold, icy streets, remember that the Invermere Community Hall is open for walkers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Three times lucky Freelance writer Brian Patton of Invermere has been unusually lucky lately. When he attended the Elf Craft Fair two weeks ago, he won a wooden vase made by Suzette Dunphy of Parson. Then at Light-Up Night he won a necklace and earrings made of fused glass by Leslie Rowe-Israelson from Village Arts Co-op. And on Super Sunday, his name was drawn for the third time, for a Blue Rooster bowl made by Leslie Starnes at Village Arts Co-op. The Pioneer asked Mr. Patton what was his secret. “It’s all in the way you fold the ballot,” he said.

The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 5

December 10 10, 2004

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An evening of snow and song!


Community Carol Sing in benefit of the Columbia Valley Food Bank

Dec. 17th - 7:00 pm

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Meet at Higher Ground Coffee in Radium

Candles, song sheets, foods, drinks are provided. Donation in cash or kind please for the Food Bank. Sponsored by

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Employment The College of the Rockies is a learner-centered institution. We invite all qualified applicants who value high quality program delivery and customer service excellence to apply for . . .

Carpentry Instructor:

Residential Construction Framing Technician Program - Invermere Campus Term: January 24 - June 7/05; Auxiliary: June 8 - Sept. 9/05

Duties: The successful candidate(s) will provide instruction in the Residential Construction Framing Technician program which is designed to help prepare students for careers in the residential construction industry. The program is taught through regular lectures, demonstrations, practical hands-on and job placement training. Qualifications: Interprovincial Journeyman Carpenter. Experience in teaching adults is required as well as a minimum of ten years experience in the residential construction field. Salary: As per the Term and Auxiliary Faculty Salary Schedule Closing Date: December 17, 2004 Interested persons should submit their resume of qualifications and experience to: The Human Resource Development Department, College of the Rockies, Box 8500, Cranbrook BC V1C 5L7 Confidential Fax # : (250) 489-8206 Please quote Competition # 04 FA 39 Please ensure your covering letter and resume clearly describe your related qualifications and experience as selection for interview will be based on the information provided. We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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December 10, 2004

PIONEER PERSPECTIVE Living here is special What a day of fun and merriment for the community! Super Sunday kicked off with the annual Santa Parade. If you were one of the spectators or took part in the parade, you know how much fun living in a small area can be. The business owners opened their doors with plenty of smiles and lots of deals for every shopper. Who says you need big box stores and crowded malls to get your shopping done? Everywhere you turned, locals and visitors exchanged greetings of the season. The Christmas Festival held at the Community Hall was well-attended, with young and old enjoying games and chats with Santa. The hot dog and hot chocolate was top notch and enjoyed by all. A big cheers to the Invermere Business Committee, JoAnne Willox, Mistress of Ceremonies, and all the volunteers and businesses that made Super Sunday such a success. Congratulations is also in order for Copper Point Golf Course, R. K. Heli and Bighorn Meadows for putting on the wonderful free turkey dinner last Sunday. About 400 people left with full bellies and even Santa was in a more-than-happy mood, lending his knee and having his picture taken with one and all. These events and the neighbours we have, both business and personal, are what make living in the valley so special at this time of year.

Thanks, Alberta It was recently reported in The Calgary Herald that British Columbia’s ski hills are luring customers from Alberta’s three ski resorts in the national parks. When was the last time you read anything business related about British Columbia beating Alberta? Just about as long as memory serves, it has been the other way around. Before the BC Liberals hold a press conference in Victoria to take the credit and pat themselves on the back, shouldn’t we give rightful due to our beautiful mountains, warmer climate and excellent snow conditions, not to mention the exceptional management at Fairmont, Panorama and Kicking Horse Resorts? And also a thanks to Alberta itself for sending us the highest-earning customers in all of Canada.



Historical photo from the Ede Collection

Food survey follow

PRODUCE/per lb: Romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, tomatoes on the vine, hothouse tomatoes, English cucumber, broccoli (whole head), onions (red), MacIntosh apples, Granny Smith apples, bananas, baking unwrapped potatoes. BAKERY: Sliced whole wheat bread, 6 bagels. CEREALS: Jumbo box of Vector, 575g box of Cheerios. JUICES: Tropicana OJ Grovestand, generic frozen concentrated orange juice. CANNED/packaged: Whole Italian plum tomatoes; red kidney beans, black beans, flaked tuna in broth. Campbells chicken broth (canned, less salt), Kraft Dinner, Classico tomato basil pasta sauce, house tomato basil pasta sauce. DELI: Black Forest ham, oven roasted turkey, and Capicolli ham. MEATS/FISH: Skinless boneless chicken breasts/kg (not warehouse), centre cut boneless pork loin chops, top sirloin steak and Atlantic salmon. No, this list is not exhaustive. And yes, you can get even better buys in Invermere and elsewhere by buying specials and club packs. But if you are telling us that the cost for everyday foods are much less someplace else based on the single price of a can of mushrooms or pie filling, then we have a hard time believing you. Of course Costco and Walmart are cheaper. So is living in China, but the pay is the pits.

Dear Editor, Brian and I received a lot of comments about our food survey published in The Pioneer, yet they also emphasized the mindset of many people. Those who believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence say: “Bullroar, I can buy 3,000 lb. of dog food for 40 cents a pound in Calgary, yet it costs me $5.40 for a 2 kg bag in Invermere.” Others said that our survey confirmed their personal experience. We can’t argue with those who believe that you can get something cheaper someplace else at any one point in time. But how many people do you know who can afford, or want, to go out and buy 10 years of dog food to get the lowest price? Our perception of reality is that you have two to four people in a house, with a limited amount of money per month and bills to pay on a monthly basis that stop most of us from spending hundreds of dollars at once for groceries. Yes, some people are able to do it; they go out and buy a cow, a pig, and a truckload of cereal, but we can count the ones we know on one hand out of the four that we have. And to us, it makes life a little boring if you have to figure out a month’s worth of menus ahead of time. This was our shopping list of everyday items: DAIRY: No-fat fruit yogurt, 2% milk, medium cheddar (block), Mozzarella (block), Breyer’s vanilla ice cream, butter (salted), Becel margarine, one dozen free-run eggs, one dozen generic eggs. Liz Lane and Brian Mc Laughlin, Invermere

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The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 7

December 10, 2004

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Copper Point chef says she feels great

‘Jumbo opposition just 1.4%’

Dear Editor: Re: Jumbo Glacier Resort public response quotDear Editor: ed by Councillor Campsall as “90 percent of a much larger number of respondents said no.” (The PioThe spirit of Christmas is definitely alive and neer, Dec. 3 2004) well in the valley! I was absolutely humbled on SunThe much larger number is the actual response day to see the turnout at Copper Point. The smiles, recorded by the Environmental Assessment Office the “happy tummies” and the “thank yous” made during the review process. That number is 1.7% of this event all worthwhile. the East Kootenay population. In actual fact the opSanta made everyone smile - one little lady said position response was only 83% of 1.7% or 1.4% of she hadn’t sat on Santa’s knee or had her picture tak- the East Kootenay population. Or, to put it another en with Santa in over 80 years (wow!) way, 793 out of 56,250 residents expressed opposiWe had a family show us their appreciation by tion to the project, 161 residents expressed support singing us a few Christmas carols - they sounded like angels and brought tears to more than one eye. People from all walks of life sat down together and ate a terrific meal. Dear Editor: To the many volunteers - thank you so much for I read with interest the letter from Mr. Bob helping us make this a true showing of the Christ- Campsall in last week’s edition of The Upper Comas spirit. We had many volunteers, all scheduled lumbia Pioneer. He makes one or two good points for two-hour shifts, and when their two hours were in regards to Columbia Basin Trust and the federal up every one of them was willing to stay and keep liberals in regards to their reaction to issues within going. their areas of responsibility. Cudos to them both. There were many hours put into organizing an I’m sorry, though, for Bob’s fear-mongering in event as huge as this, but at the end of the day every trying to raise alarm over the provincial government second was worth it. Santa doesn’t need to put a following the due process which has been in place gift under my tree because I just received the best for years. Bob, more than most, knows full well that Christmas gift ever. My heart is happy and I am the environmental assessment agency recommendaproud to work at Copper Point and be able to make tions regarding Jumbo was based on science rather other people happy. Thank you, everyone, for mak- than half truths and emotion. That is what they are ing me feel great! tasked with and that is the basis on which they act and recommend or do not recommend in any speMary Holgaite, Sous-Chef, Copper Point cific action or area. The due process then dictates that the government takes their recommendation and act based on that assessment. Some of the issues

for the project and a much larger number, 55,296, expressed no opinion for or against. This information is clear for all to see on Page 17 of Appendix C, Public Response of the Assessment Report. These documents can be found on the website at “” The Government has been consistent in interpreting the public response. Councillor Campsall is either intentionally trying to mislead the public or he has not done his homework. Grant Costello, Vice-President Glacier Resorts Ltd., Invermere

‘Jumbo review based on science’

Thanks to Copper Point for a wonderful dinner ‘MLA being bullied’ Dear Editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Copper Point Golf Course and bless you for the beautifully-done Christmas dinner at Copper Point last Sunday. It was better than the dinner in the movie “Babette’s Feast.” Fran Ryan, Invermere

addressed by the assessment agency were water and sewer quality (excellent); wildlife responses and impact, both pro and con (minimal to non-existent); traffic flow and effects (minimal); and possibly economic impact (excellent). They also make recommendations and suggest conditions. They did, and the provincial government incorporated those recommendations and conditions. They cannot and should not try to take opinion based on incorrect information or out-ofcontext comments. It is beyond their mandate. But Bob knows all these facts. So my question then becomes, why would Mr. Campsall, when he knows all of these facts, raise more unfounded fears? Then this nonsense comment about being in bed with the proponents – yeh, right. David Pacey Radium Hot Springs Unfortunately the fear of personal attacks such as these is what keeps many capable women from seeking public office. I am sure that other female voters like me abhor such bullying tactics. As a citizen, I want my MLA to show civility and respect for others. I appreciate Wendy McMahon indicating that she does not intend to respond in kind and commend her for representing this riding diligently and ethically.

Dear Editor: Recent editions of the community newspapers in the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding have contained reports of interviews with, and letters to the editor written by the NDP candidate in the upcoming provincial election. It appears that he has decided that his best chance of being elected is to launch personal attacks on incumbent MLA Wendy McMahon. Betty Aitchison, Kimberley

North Region Canal Flats Area Advertisement Notice Pursuant to Section 25 of the Operational Planning Regulation of the Forest practices Code of B.C. Act, Tembec Industries Inc. is submitting Amendment #34 to the 2002 - 2006 Forest Development Plan for F.L. A16978 in the Invermere Forest District. This Amendment is to facilitate harvesting and Road Construction for bark beetle infested timber in the Mt. Glenn area. The Forest Development Plan Amendment will be available for public review and comment from December 6th, 2004 to January 5th, 2005 (20 working days). To make arrangements to view the Forest Development plan please contact Barry Benson, R.P.F. (250) 349-5294 ext. 103 or Glen Kovacic R.P.F. (250) 349-5294 ext. 127 at the Canal Flats Woodlands Office, 9006 Grainger Road, Canal Flats, B.C. Concerns and comments must be provided in writing by January 5th, 2005 to Barry Benson at our Woodlands Area Office in Canal Flats.

Dear Elinor and Lisa: I just wanted to thank you for a very professional article on the “Gerry incident” and also for the plug for our next first aid class. You gals are the BOMB!!! Nancy Phair, Rocky Mountain Training Institute

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Do you think that getting rid of the vending machines is a good idea?

“I think that it is a bad idea because the vending machines raise money for the school. Also, not everyone can afford a $4 entree.” Jordan Kessler DTSS

“I don’t really care because my mom packs my lunch and I don’t eat from the vending machines.”

Soccer, volleyball finish on high note

The Junior Boys’ soccer team brought home a well-deserved first place at the East Kootenay Championships, thanks to lots of hard work and team effort . The Senior Boys’ soccer team won the East/West Kootenay division and headed to Burnaby to compete in the Provincial Championships. The boys tied the top-ranked team at the provincials and demonstrated a high level of skill. They finished 14th at the Provincials. With the volleyball season wrapped up all of the teams ended their season on a high note. Both Bantam teams finished off their season placing third in the East Kootenay Championships, which were held here. As for the junior volleyball teams, the girls placed fifth in the East Kootenays and the boys finished fourth after playing in the semi-finals. The Senior Boys’ volleyball team made it to the East Kootenay finals against Creston and played a tough game placing second. During the East Kootenays in Kimberley, the Senior Girls finished in sixth place and played their hearts out. A big thanks goes out to all the coaches who volunteered their time to help out these teams. The season wouldn’t have been possible without you!

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“I guess it’s a good thing but they probably won’t make as much money. I usually buy things from the cafeteria because they have healthier food.” Kelsey Prichard DTSS

“I think that it’s a bad thing that they are getting rid of the vending machines. As long as you exercise it’s okay to eat junk food.” Justin Woodman DTSS

Local school says no to junk food By Kelsie Ede With nutrition becoming a big issue in our society, the high school has been making changes to their cafeteria and vending machines to help meet demands for healthy foods. Since people are now aware of the health risks associated with certain food, David Thompson is trying to offer the students the healthiest choices possible. The cafeteria has recently become a deep fry-free cafeteria and offers many healthy lunches which incorporate great foods such as organic poultry and veggies, scones, muffins and a variety of soups and salads. But although the cafeteria is filled with great, nutritious food, many students still buy their snacks and lunches from the vending machines. With a bag of chips costing only $1.25 and an entree from the cafeteria costing $4.00, some students purchase the chips because it costs less than the healthier food. Over the past few years the school has formed a committee that has dealt with many of the nutrition issues, one of them being the vending machines. Following the government’s lead, the committee has made the decision to get rid of all the junk food present in the vending machines and replace them with “healthier alternatives.” As of January 1, all the pop in the David Thompson vending machines will be replaced with water and 100% juice. This will hopefully make these

healthier choices more accessible for the students. Right now the school is also looking at trying to remove all the candy bars and chips from the vending machines by the end of spring break. If all goes according to plan, DTSS will be a junk-free school by June 2005.

Chris Weller works on the gingerbread “Stolen Church.”

Gingerbread church

The cooking class spent many hours perfecting their replica of St. Peter’s Church in Windermere. Now they are off to a competition in Surrey, carrying the church with them in the back of a van. The church is held together with nothing but icing. Good luck, team!

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Continuing Journey is the title of the artwork on this hand-crafted wooden door by Shawn Tegart.

Furniture built to last By Michelle Taylor Special to The Pioneer The time-honored craft of cabinetry is disappearing, but not for one man. “I really want to keep the traditional method going, since it is a dying art,” says woodmaking craftsman Shawn Tegart. This traditional method of building furniture and custommade doors uses wooden joints rather than nails and screws. Shawn uses wood glue to help the wooden joinery hold, but after 100 years, when the glue has deteriorated, the wooden joints will still keep the piece together. Shawn makes pieces that will last longer than a lifetime. “I try to make furnishings that can pass through the generations.” His love for nature is as deep as his love for tradition. Striving to keep his work as close to its original state makes for some unique and beautiful results. “I like to use Mother Nature’s own beauty to create many pieces,” he says. When building a bar, for example, the edge seldom follows a straight line as he uses the natural outline of the tree to dictate the shape of the piece. One of his first pieces was a carving of a Buddha in the centre pole of a great room, looking as if it is holding up the building. His most interesting project was a circular stairway which wrapped around a tree growing in the room. This project took three full months to complete. Shawn Tegart grew up in the valley, as did his forefathers. “The

Tegarts are one of the founding families in the valley,” he says. After growing up here, he moved to Nakusp and then to Edgewater. Six months ago he set up shop in Athalmer. His portfolio includes fireplace mantels, pool tables, dining room suites and even sailboats. When Shawn lived in Nakusp he took on the daunting task of building a wooden sailboat from scratch. The vessel was 22 feet in length, constructed of oak and teak. The amazing thing is that he had no prior knowledge of boatbuilding. “I just looked at an old boat for guidance,” he says. Shawn’s reputation is getting around although he has never advertised. “My only source of promoting has been word of mouth,” he says. Most work is done locally from individual homeowners as well as building contractors. These furnishing don’t come cheap. Shawn generally builds pieces for homes worth millions. Currently, much of his work comes from homes in Panorama and Lakeview Meadows.

One piece of furniture he will keep for himself is a chest to accommodate all of his hand tools. The unique thing about this chest is that there is not one nail, screw or even glue found in this piece. Most of the material used for his work comes from the area. “You tend to use more local wood such as fir and birch as it is readily available and people really like it,” he says. Mahogany, spruce, and jatoba, which is a Brazilian cherry hardwood, are used as well. When designing a piece he starts by roughly carving out the wood. “After that I generally go with my feelings and ideas. A design unfolds as I go,” he says. Future plans include building a showroom at his shop to showcase much of his work. A bar, pool table and other smaller furniture will be displayed. The room will highlight many of Shawn’s more artistic creations. Shawn’s latest project and one closest to his heart captures his artistic side. Continuing Journey is the name of the artwork crafted on a wooden door made of fir and spruce. The design portrays a coastal art face inside an eagle in flight. The texture on the inside panel was done using a small gouging chisel and took Shawn three full days to complete. Continuing Journey is a good name not only for Shawn’s door but for his life’s work. Although he isn’t married, his girlfriend Leanne Mercer is “a big part of the team,” he says. She helps him with designs and with running the business.

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“I’M SMARTER THAN I THOUGHT I WAS.” The greatest gift you can give your child is confidence. And nothing gives a child more confidence in school than a solid command of the basics: the fundamental building blocks of math, reading, and writing. Kumon is an after-school study program designed specifically to help children master those basics at any grade level. With Kumon, children sharpen their academic skills by practicing them over and over again - just as they do in sports or the arts – until those skills become second nature. We make children responsible and accountable for their own progress. And we show them, from the day they begin Kumon, that they are capable of more than they ever imagined. You see, Kumon kids almost always become better, more confident students. But they also learn how discipline, focus, and perseverance can unleash their talents in school . . . and beyond. Just imagine where that could take them.

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Former resident selling burgers in Iraq communicates with them via Email. “They are very kind, big-hearted people,” she Joe Petrusich, who moved here from Nelson told The Pioneer. “It doesn’t surprise me that Joe is four years ago and developed the new Lakeside Pub up for this new challenge because he was always one with his wife Alanna, is selling fast food on the front to try new things.” lines in Iraq. Mr. Petrusich, who received an award for his serA Calgary Herald report on the former Inver- vice to the U.S. ground troops in Iraq, told Calgary mere resident said he’s working for the U.S. De- Herald reporter Kerry Williamson that the purpose partment of Defence, in charge of setting up mo- of selling the familiar fast food to the troops is to bile Burger Kings and Pizza Huts at military camps bring them a taste of home. throughout Iraq. “When the soldiers come and they can sit with The Petrusichs, who operated a bed-and-break- their buddies, have a pizza and a laugh, and you can fast in Nelson, were here in Invermere only a cou- take them away from the war for half an hour, that’s ple of years before they sold the Lakeside Pub and what it’s all about,” he said. moved to Calgary. “You’ve got to remember, they are just kids. One Neighbourhood Psychic Lakeside waitress minute they are in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho By Appointment Angie Ross has remained with their girlfriends and the next minute they are Call 1 866 68 Tarot good friends with her in downtown Baghdad.” Serving the Windermere Valley former employers and Based at the former Saddam International AirAncient Tools for Present Living By Pioneer Staff

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Changing tastes By Marianne Thiesen Everyone I know collects something. My mother has boxes of photos, brochures and cards that provide a pictorial history of every occasion in her life. I know someone who collects jars in various colors and sizes to create still-lives that change with each season. Another friend collects seeds that may or may not ever be planted in her garden. My husband collects tools and old parts that he hopes someday to find a new life for; I collect old bits of fabric that may someday be used as an accent on a sewing or craft project. And our house, well, she collects dust. Because both of us like to read. We have newspapers, magazines, printouts from workshops once attended, university textbooks, rare and collectable novels, etc. Reading and reference materials of all kinds are found in every room of our house, and we won’t be getting rid of them soon. The oldest decorating magazine I have is dated 1984. Just as it is now, 20 years later, chocolate brown was a popular color. Different shades of orange, yellow, gold and green were also dominant. Wood blinds and shutters replaced draperies. Decorators were experimenting with faux paint finishes, which was the “new” way to add depth and texture to walls. It seems we have come full circle once again. There are certainly differences in what I see in present-day homes. Today’s fur-

nishings are designed for comfort and easy maintenance. Room settings are less formal, reflecting the lifestyles of those who occupy the rooms. Chairs are placed further apart, indicative of society’s need for “personal space.” I seldom see anymore the shining silver tea sets that once occupied a spot in every dining room - out of style now because nobody has the time to polish such items. Gone also are the display books that used to sit on everyone’s coffee table. Maybe someday they will be back - hopefully bound in some type of dust-free cover. Of course there are other books on all types of topics, and lots of good ideas in all of them. That’s why we keep them. Those ideas often form the basis of successful projects - successful only if we add our own thoughts and influences to them; successful only when we activate the ideas and make them happen. My library (if that is what you call a combination of boxes, heaps and piles) contains an eclectic assortment of books on personal and professional development. I would like to recommend one that can make a difference to anyone who reads it. Written by Robert K. Cooper, it is called “The Other 90%.” This book is inspirational for those who seek to break through barriers (real or otherwise) that prevent them from giving rise to their own ideas; from taking an active part in encouraging change that just may turn out to have a positive effect as we progress through our own individual lives.

port, his Burger King sells burgers, sandwiches and fries, but no milkshakes. It takes U.S. dollars and is considered by the military to be good therapy for homesick troops. On every menu board Mr. Petrusich has drawn a small maple leaf. Mr. Petrusich spends about half his time in Iraq and the other half at his home base in Kuwait, where his wife Alanna teaches English. He and his staff travel through war-torn Iraq in military-escorted convoys, with trucks filled with fast food. The french fries come from Canada. Unfortunately, it’s not getting any safer. In the past six months, insurgent attacks have increased and some foreign contractors like Mr. Petrusich have simply disappeared. But he says he doesn’t go anywhere alone and trusts the military to take care of him. “They know if they lose me, they don’t get any more restaurants, so they are pretty protective.”

Valley Voices conduct carol sing-a-long The Valley Voices Community Choir invite you to take part in a wonderful opportunity to experience the spirit of Christmas. The choir will host a community Christmas carol sing-a-long 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at Christ Church Trinity. Everyopne is invited to sing some old favouriutes, and song books will be provided. The choir will also present a concert that evening, performing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah and a selection of traditional Christmas choral arrangements. Valley Voices is a 35-member ensemble of local singing talent from the whole area, directed by Ken Mallett. Special guests will be the Edgewater School Choir, directed by Allison Tucker. Tickets may be purchased at Stober’s and Dave’s Book Bar at $10 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for children under 12.

Carollers welcome to sing to Radium Those who sing - and those who like to listen to singing - are both in luck this season. The Rotary Club of Radium Hot Springs is inviting everyone who likes to sing Christmas carols to join a group that will tour the community on Dec. 17. The event was held last year with about 30 singers of all ages and raised about $400 for the Food Bank. Singers are invited to bring a food item or cash donation, and those lucky enough to receive a visit from the carollers will also be asked for a donation. “It’s a great chance to meet other people and enjoy a nostalgic Christmas event, “ said David Pacey of Radium. The group will meet at Higher Ground in Radium at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. For more information call 347-7773.

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December 10, 2004

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

Invermere is a treasure trove of Christmas gift ideas. A survey of our retail merchants found some clever, interesting and downright amazing suggestions for the people on your list. We didn’t include food stores or restaurants, although gift baskets or gourmet dinners are always welcome. Nor did we include service businesses, although gift certificates are also popular gift choices. We did ask every retail merchant in town for a gift idea. Here are their suggestions:

Ceramic hummingbird vase, Franz Porcelain, $29.99 Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Flip-Grip dual purpose pliars, $11.97 Home Hardware

Deluxe Velour Animal Print Blanket, 72” x 95,” $39.99 SAAN 50-inch Panasonic LCD Rear Projection TV, $3,699.99 Radio Shack

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Electric Bubble Blowing Machine, ages 10 and up, $29.95 The Monkey’s Uncle Leather and Lambswool Slippers for Ladies, $49.99 Penner Footwear Antique-look brooch with amber-colored stones, $22 Tiffany’s Thredz Derek Alexander leather shoulderbag, made in Calgary, $192 Details by JoAnne

Zipper Beads for your zipper pull, crafted by Sandra Biengessner, $12 Village Arts Co-op Dip Chiller, two-part porcelain dish holds ice cubes and dip, $12.95 Country Home Gifts Pandora sterling-silver bracelet with one tortoise charm, $75 Oasis Bed and Bath

Laser Chase interactive pet toy, $11.99 Invermere Pet Shoppe Colored hand-blown Christmas balls, $26 Bavin Glass Works

Sunrise in the Spires, 12” x 18” oil painting by Elizabeth Wiltzen of Banff, $1,430 framed, Artym Gallery

Hand-crafted hardwood ring set with diamond $200 B.C. Fine Pine

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom, $29.95 Dave’s Book Bar

ICE 10-inch colored candles, $1.50 each, Moujay’s Creative Hands Santa ornament kit, $5.97 L & S Crafts

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A piece of 1880’s stained glass, $250 Te Papa Nui

Bauer Vapor VII Adult Hockey Skates, $199.95 The Inside Edge Sports Store Carhartt Work Dungarees, $62.99 Columbia Valley Trading Company Illuminart decorative Night Light, $33 Interior World Gold Family Ring bearing birthstones for each family member, $300 Fairmont Goldsmiths

Gas-Powered Scooter for off-road use, ages 16 and up, $299.99 Lordco

Wine Rock, natural stone piece holds three bottles of wine, $115.99 A Touch of Dutch Orange County Chopper wall pennant, $12 Great Canadian Dollar Store Solid Oak Arts and Crafts Drop-Front Writing Desk, $749 Pieces From the Past Burton Cruiser Snowboard, $399.95 Syndicate Boardshop Little Giant Stepladder, $444.17 Ace North Star Hardware

Ford Freestyle Sports Utility Vehicle, $36,500 Lake Auto

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FinePix E510 Digital Camera, $349.99 Invermere One-Hour Photo Itech Hockey Bag with compartments, $59.99 D. R. Sports Austrian crystal heart-shaped pendant, $99.95 The Silver Connection

Women and Songs, Volume 8 CD/DVD, $23.99 In-Tune Music Half-inch drive 55-piece socket wrench set, $231 Kool Country Auto Parts Floor lamp crafted from horseshoes by Tom Mann of Alberta, $699 The Place Panasonic DVD/VCR Player, $219.99 Sears

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Modern “protest” album falls short Music Review By Matt Leman and Scott Boyce In-Tune Music Due to the extended legal battle following the successful release of Aenima, Maynard James Keenan decided that his band “Tool” was becoming somewhat overblown, and feeling a little burned-out, he opted to take some time off to experiment with a side project. Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel first crossed paths when in 1992, as guitar tech for Fishbone (the opening act), Howerdel played Keenan a few of his songs. Quite impressed, Keenan kept the thoughts of collaboration alive, until the opportunity arose and recruited Paz Lenchantin (bass), along with Howerdel, to form A Perfect Circle. To fill out their sound the trio also enlisted ex-Failure and Enemy mem-

ber Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, as well as ex-Vandals and GnFnR member Josh Freese on drums. This incarnation, with Howerdel becoming the band’s head songwriter and producer, didn’t perform together until mid1999, and released their debut album, “Mer de Noms” in May 2000. The next album entitled “The Thirteenth Step” was similar in content, but saw with it a couple of line-up changes, chiefly ex-Pumpkin James Iha, and former Marilyn Manson wunderkind Jeordie White. Labelled as a “protest” album, eMOTIVe (a collection of songs about ‘War, Peace, Love and Greed’) was released in timing with the U.S. Republican convention, and was meant to expose “the role of the media and points out a darkly humorous aspect to controlling the opinions of the public at large.” Even though sincere and well-meaning, this project has fallen short of its lofty intentions.

The first track serves as a dire warning with repeating, whispered lyrics ending in the ultimatum: “Your choice, peace or annihilation.” Although a fitting way to set the tone of this album of politically-minded cover tunes, the treatment of certain timeproven songs is ineffective. John Lennon’s infamous anthem for peace is transformed from its optimistic major key to a funeral dirge. The groundbreaking “People Are People,” first recorded by Depeche Mode, is almost unrecognizable; the instantly hummable chorus altered, thus diminishing the intended message. Black Flag’s “Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie” was at first a little off-putting, but the industrialized treatment it receives renders it almost listenable. There are two token A Perfect Circle originals to satisfy Tool fans, “Passive” (produced in part by Trent Reznor) sounding more like a throwback and

“Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums” which is a remix of the song “Pet” from “The Thirteenth Step.” Aside from the surprisingly poignant “Fiddle and the Drum” (originally by Joni Mitchell), the other highlights on the album seem to excel from their re-‘tool’ing. “Peace, Love and Understanding”, “Let’s Have a War” and “When the Levee Breaks” all stand out as effective renditions of the spirited originals. The DVD/CD is being marketed as “the definitive fan collectible,” including never before seen live footage, a rare collection of “director’s cut, unedited” videos, and some exclusive “Bikini Bandits” trailers. This much of a hodgepodge could only be for hard-core fans, whereas the accompanying CD of remixed songs from the previous two albums may be more accessible to a wider audience.

Food Bank benefit concert coming up The fourth annual Columbia Valley Food Bank Benefit Concert will be held at the Lakeside Pub on Sunday, Dec. 19th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Four years ago, event coordinator Andra Louie wanted to organize a function that would unite people for a great cause. “Music brings people together and Christmas is a really good time of year to do this event,” she says. Musical artists from near and far will perform throughout the evening. Some well-known musical talents including Sean Cronin and Morgan Child and other local entertainers will also be a part of the evening. At the end of the night all the performers come on stage and have a big

jam session. “The crowd goes crazy when this happens,” Andra says. The public is asked to bring food donations to the event. Cash donations will be taken throughout the night. The event raised $1,000 last year and several bags of donated food. More than 150 people attended and it is hoped that the attendance will be even greater for 2004. The goal for cash donations will again be $1,000. New performers, musicians, and even poets are welcome this year. Those interested may call Andra Louie at (403) 710-5934 or just show up to entertain at Lakeside Pub on the afternoon of Dec. 19th.

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Proper care of husbands

New at the Library: The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands Review by Sheila Bonny

The title of Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s book led me to believe it would a tongue-in-cheek comparison of men to household pets. On the contrary, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands is a serious self-help book with practical recommendations about how women can enhance their marriages. To achieve marital happiness, Schlessinger suggests that women give top priority to their marital relationship, show their partners respect, maintain clear communication and enjoy frequent sex. She illustrates her points with testimonials from counselling clients and radio callers. Although her suggestions could improve diverse

partnerships, Schlessinger unfortunately limits her message to people in traditional relationships. She chooses testimonials almmost exclusively from heterosexual “homemaker wife/breadwinner husband” couples and characterizes women’s groups as whining sessions of man-hating feminists. Schlessinger further alienates readers and undermines her message of mutual respect by offensively repeating throughout the book: “Men are simple creatures and very dependent on their wives.” The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands is a worthwhile reminder that any successful relationship requires nurturing. However, if you are in a non-traditional partnership, if you are a man-loving feminist or if you are a self-respecting man, read it tongue-in-cheek.

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Pioneer nominated for award By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

Candace Hansen enjoys reading The Pioneer each week, hot off the press.

The Upper Columbia Pioneer has been nominated for an International Gallery of Superb Printing award by our printers, North Hill News of Calgary. “The quality of artwork is really eye-catching and makes for an outstanding product,” said Candace Hansen, printing sales representative for the company. She said the staff watches for our paper every week because the excellent colours and the clean, crisp design make it a pleasure to read. The awards are sponsored by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, a 5000-member organization dedicated to individuals in the printing and graphic arts industry. Entries are judged on overall visual appearance and effective communication. North Hill News is one of the largest and oldest printing companies in Canada. Besides The Pioneer, it also prints The Globe & Mail along with dozen of smaller community magazines. It employs almost 100 people. The printing company, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, was founded in 1954 by Major Roy Farran, an Englishman who won sev-

Plug those security loopholes By John Clarke FOCAL Network Group A critical extension to protect your system against viruses is to make sure you keep the Operating System up-to-date. Windows is a huge operating system and is not perfect. Over time certain people (a.k.a hackers and bored people) find flaws in the code and discover that there are many loop-holes or exploits that can used to bypass or redirect the original purpose of the code. Microsoft calls these “vulnerabilities,” as they compromise the security of the entire system and ultimately the security of one’s personal information.

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Microsoft has been offering an update service for years now but not all people use this service. In Internet Explorer, surf to http://windowsupdate. and follow the simple directions. The updates here usually address operating system flaws, security vulnerabilities and sometimes patch code that specific viruses attack or exploit. The importance of keeping your version of Windows up-to-date cannot be stressed enough. Most versions of windows also support an automatic update service. How to enable this service can be found at Search for automatic updates (and the version of your windows) e.g. automatic updates Windows 2000. The Pioneer will write about your business if: • You are undergoing a change in ownership, location, an expansion or renovation. • You are planning an event of interest to the entire community. • Your business is new in the valley within the past six months. Please call 341-6299 and ask for Elinor.

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eral medals for bravery in the Second World War before arriving in Calgary. After starting his printing company he became a city alderman, then an MLA and finally served as Solicitor-General of Alberta. Since Mr. Farran’s business changed hands in 1979, technology has changed dramatically. Gone are the days when print had to set by hand on linotype machines. These days The Pioneer is designed on the computer and sent to Calgary via the internet. Editor Bob Ede drives to Calgary every Thursday to bring it home so that it can be placed in mailboxes and 100 locations around the valley every Friday morning. On the same day our Calgary distributor delivers to 25 locations around the city. There is no printing press in the valley with the ability to print an entire newspaper and there never has been. The original Valley Echo was printed in Cranbrook. Meanwhile, Ms. Hansen said the International Gallery of Superb Printing Awards won’t be announced until this time next year. But she said her staff will be keeping an eye on The Pioneer for future award possibilities throughout the year. “It’s a good thing you are a weekly so we have lots of issues to choose from,” she said. “We’ll be watching.”

Valley Voices Choir Conductor Ken Mallett

Christmas Concert & Community Carol-Sing with guest

Edgewater School Choir Conductor Allison Tucker

Christ Church Trinity

Thursday, Dec. 16th at 7:00 pm Tickets: $10 • Students - $5 • Children under 12 - Free Available at Dave’s Book Bar and Stober’s

~ The Old ~

Salzburg Restaurant We are open all winter! Come and enjoy our great food and cozy atmosphere.

Bookings for Christmas Parties are still availabel.

We can create a special menu for every taste and budget.

Please call: 347-6553

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Garbage Disposal • Commercial • • Residental • No Bins

Telephone: 342-6187 Invermere, BC

Farside Pub December Entertainment Dec. 11 Dec. 17 & 18 Dec. 29 Dec. 31

New Moon Redfish Open Mike Finagin

(New Yearʼs Eve- No cover!)

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Sunday: Tuesday:

Free Pool Karaoke

Building a Legacy for our Valley Communities

Donate to the tax man or to your community? Send donations to Box 991, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Christmas Sale GREAT GIFTS

at The Resort Course Pro Shop

Menʼs and Ladies Fashions up to 50% OFF Shoes, Clubs, and Bags 25% OFF Demo Club Clearance Sale

GIVE THE GIFT OF GOLF!!! Save $$$ on Pre-Paid Mid-Week Green Fee Passes


18 Hole Pass $56 ($69 incl. shared cart)


18 Hole Pass $37 ($50 incl. shared cart)

Pre-Paid Mid-Week Passes are fully transferable. Valid Mon. – Thurs. during the 2005 golf season. Prices excldude applicable taxes Passes will be sold for a limited time only

Gift Certificates available for Golf Lessons at The Golf Academy

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Old Zone

We hear it every week: “My skates need sharpening.” “My stick is broken.” “I don’t have enough sock tape.” “My garter belt is too tight.” “I think I pulled my groin.” “There isn’t enough tape on my stick.” “The ice is brutal.” “Our !*&%$# goalie should have stopped that one.” “I was wide open, but no one passed it to me.” “My hot chocolate isn’t warm enough.” “I won’t be here for the next three games because I have to go to Venezuela.” “The ref totally blew that one call.” “It was in . . . really, I saw it cross the line.” “You could have drafted someone better.” “My timing is off just a little.” “The only good thing is that this is the 9:15 game and no one will kick us out of the dressing room.” “I wasn’t concentrating on the pass, I was wondering if the showers were going to be at least warm tonight.” “Maybe I should have stretched before the game.” “Who makes this schedule anyway?” “I ate too much dinner.” “I had a nap on the couch after dinner and I’m mentally still asleep.” “I think I have to babysit next week, so I won’t be here!” Just some of the excuses when we lose!!

Results from Dec 1: Mason over Julien, Raven tied White, Jansen over Dearin and Fillatre over Bourcier.

Schedule for Dec 15: 6:45pm G - F 8:00pm C - H 9:15pm A - E 10:30pm B - D Bourcier to play in Canal Flats Dec. 13th and Canal Flats Allstars over Dearin.

Team Mason Jansen Julien Bourcier Fillatre Raven White Dearin

Wins 8 7 6 5 5 4 4 2

Loses 4 5 4 4 5 5 6 8

Ties 2 3 2 3 2 2

Points 16 14 14 13 12 11 10 6

Action at the Arena Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Calendar: All times and events subject to change or cancellation.

General Public Skating (All Ages) Adult Public Skating Parents and Tots Shinny, Full Gear Minor Hockey Practices Figure Skating Adult Fun Hockey League Oldtimers, 35 and up Senior Men, 55 and up Junior B Practices Recreational Ladies’ Hockey Competitive Ladies’ Hockey Prac.

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Novice Home Tournament (teams from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Canal Flats, Okotoks, Golden and Invermere) Novice Home Tournament Figure Skating Club Christmas Show

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SPORTS First all-girl tournament The Windermere Valley Junior Girls hockey team travelled to Banff recently to compete in their first all-girl hockey tournament of the year. The girls, ranging in age from 10 - 13, played extremely well, winning their first two games with shutouts in both games. The girls placed second in the tournament, losing against a team from Camrose, Alberta. Girls’ hockey is growing in the valley and even pre-school girls can start playing hockey. Congratulations to the girls and coaches Grant McDonald, left, Jim Jones and Kerry Colonna.

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Why not try the “other” kind of skiing? The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club will host its annual open house at Panorama on Sunday, Dec. 18th with an invitation to all, young and old. The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club has a long history in the valley, with about 80 members, but they would always like to see more. Club membership is only $15. Club members will be on hand Dec. 18th to register new members, run a ski swap, answer questions about the sport and Nordic facilities in our area, register junior skiers for the Jack Rabbit program (a learn-to-ski program for children) and demonstrate how to wax skis properly. Rental skis are available. There will be a group ski after 2 p.m. to show skiers the 20 kilometres of trails. Normally there is a $10 fee to ski the Beckie Scott trails at Panorama

but on Dec. 18th the skiing is free to all. A season’s pass is only $75. The trails are named after our own Beckie Scott, Olympic gold medallist in 2002 for cross-country skiing. Nordic or cross-country skiing is extremely popular throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the northern states. It can be athletically demanding, or quiet and reflective as you glide along groomed trails at your own speed. Two techniques are used today: the classic technique, whereby one kicks and glides on a groomed parallel ski track, and the skate technique, in which the skier moves much like a speed skater skiing on a packed trail wide enough to use the skate motion. The club holds its annual ski loppet on the first Sunday in February, this year on February 6th. The

loppet is a ski race for all ages and abilities. It is a free technique, meaning that you can choose to skate ski or classic ski. The club also has a master’s ski every Wednesday, held alternately at the Beckie Scott trails or the trails at Nipika. Lyle Wilson, well-known Nordic skier and exOlympic coach, owns and operates Nipika Lodge with about 50 kilometres of groomed trails on Settler’s Road near Kootenay National Park. Nipika will also be holding their annual ski loppet on January 22. For information call 342-3130. The third venue available for cross-country skiing is Baptiste Lake at Edgewater, which also offers groomed trails. For information call Joe Hildes at 342-7023 or Email

Start the ski season off right By Wil Comrie, Technical Director, Panorama Mountain Village

Skaters ready for Christmas show Six girls from the Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club, aged from seven to 10, skated last weekend at the Sparwood Mini competition under the guidance of head coach Denise Reid. They were (left to right) Montanna McIlwain, Courtney Hoffos, Kirsten Geiger, Charlotte Dibb, Leah Newman, and Haley Newman. The club has 50 members, from pre-school to adult. The public is invited to watch them perform at the annual Merry Christmas Songbook, to be held at the Arena at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12th.

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Well, the season is finally here. Now that you’re ready with your new gear and you’re on your way to getting into shape, you want to make sure that you take the time to warm up before you hit the slopes. When you go for your first runs you want to make sure you take your time to set your body into its ski mode. Try exaggerating your range of movement by using the bigger joints in your body. By flexing and extending at the hip and knee during the warm-up runs you will be training yourself to do the movements you will need while skiing. Being able

to move well on your skis will allow for variety of turn shapes and terrain. Try to feel the whole foot on the bottom of the boot. Doing skidded turns at slow speeds will help with your balance. Feel that you can turn your feet and legs all through your turns. If you are well-balanced, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Drag your poles to help you balance. Keep your hands far apart and down out in front of you with the pole baskets dragging by your feet. What you’re trying to accomplish this early in the season is to find a solid platform or base of support to stand on and balance against. As you start to feel more comfortable on your skis, you can start to increase the speed and skills that you have. One of the best ways to start the season off right would be to have a ski lesson with a professional ski instructor. This will give you a good assessment of your skills and what you can do to further develop. Your instructor will give you something to focus and work on to help you improve.

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PUBLIC SERVICES 24-HOUR WOMEN’S SAFE HOME. 1-800-200-3003 or call the Family Resource Centre, 3424204, Mon-Thu. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. If alcohol is causing problems in your life, call 342-2424 for info. All meetings at 8 p.m.: Monday - Invermere Group, Invermere Health Unit, 1100-10th Street, Invermere; Wednesday Windermere Group, Valley Christian Assembly Church; Friday - Radium Group, Radium Catholic Church; Saturday - Invermere First Step, Invermere Health Unit, 1100-10th Street, Invermere; Sunday - Columbia Lake Band Hall, off Highway 93/95 south of Windermere; Sunday 7:30 p.m. Brisco Group , Brisco Town Hall. All meetings are open. ALCOHOLISM SHATTERS LIVES. To help the alcoholic, you have to help yourself first. Al Anon meets 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Catholic Church, 1210-9th Street, Invermere. For info call Carol, 347-9841.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS. Meet Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. Invermere Health Unit, 1100-10th Street, staff entrance.

Genuine Ovation Guitar. Built-in equalizer and pickup. Excellent condition, beautiful guitar with case, $900. Call 342-0644.

IN MEMORIAM DONATIONS to B.C. and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation: drop off at The Pioneer, No. 8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere or mail to Box 868, Invermere. Call Pat Lien, 342-3078.


IN MEMORIAM DONATIONS to Alzheimer Society of B.C.: mail to East Kootenay Alzheimer Society, Box 1094, Fernie, V0B 1M0. For info call 1-800-667-3742 or Melissa Agnew, 342-6591. IN MEMORIAM DONATIONS to the Canadian Cancer Society: drop off at The Pioneer, No. 8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere or mail to Box 868, Invermere. For info call Myrna Verwey, 3426666. IN MEMORIAM DONATIONS to the Family Resource Center: drop off at The Pioneer, No. 8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere or mail to Box 868, Invermere. For info call Pat Cope, 342-4204, Mon-Thu.

FOR SALE Give your loved ones THE BEST OF HEALTH this holiday season. Pleiades Massage & Spa at the Radium Hot Springs Pool 347-2100 has Wellness Gifts. Pleiades Gift Certificates also available at All Things Beautiful in Invermere. New, never been used, “Surefit” slipcover for a full-sized couch. Tailored corners, taupe-coloured, $100 firm. Call Sandra 3426508. 1997 670 Summit Skidoo with cover, 6648 km, hand/thumb warmers, 2” track, performance pipe. $3500 O.B.O. Call (250) 342-6094.

1997 Ford Escort, white, excellent condition, 145,000 km, extra tires, automatic, $7000 OBO, 342-9636. 1998 Chev Cavalier Z24, black, 124,000 km, new tires, loaded with sunroof. In need of a great new owner, $7500 OBO, 3428933. 1992 Ford half-ton, 2WD, new engine, good condition, box liner, $4,000 OBO, 342-0444. 1956 Packard Clipper. Includes shop manual. Decent running condition. $5000 O.B.O. (250) 342-3470 Leave message. 1996 Jeep Cherokee 4 x 4, mint condition, 5 speed, V6, air, tilt, 120,000 km. $7,700. 347-9777.

HELP WANTED Journeyman electrician preferably with experience in service work and/or 3rd or 4th year apprentice. Call 342-9918 or 342-3838 evenings.

DUPLEX/FOURPLEX RENTALS WINDERMERE - 2 bedroom ground floor suite, newly renovated, private enterance, 5 appliances, non-smoking, no pets, $650 plus utilities. Available January 1st. Jenny 250-342-3819 or Kathy 403-240-0678. WINDERMERE - 2 bedroom upper level suite, private enterance, deck, washer/dryer/ nonsmoking, no pets, $700 plus utilities. Available January 1st. Jenny 250-342-3819 or Kathy 403-2400678.

SUITE FOR RENT This beautiful one bedroom suite is located one block from downtown Invermere and two blocks from Kinsmen Beach. It has 9’ ceilings and brand-new appliances including in-suite washer/dryer. The suite has dedicated parking and a private entrance off a large, south-facing private patio. N/S, N/P. The size of the suite is suitable for one person. $585/month. Available January 1st. Contact Kristi or Eric at 342-8676.

HOUSE FOR RENT House located in Radium, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, garage and elevator, $1500/month plus utilities, 3425118

PROPERTY WANTED Level, serviced residential lot in Invermere area. Call (250) 3572090 or email:

LOOKING FOR ACCOMMODATION College nursing/trades students seeking accommodation starting January 2005. Contact us to place your house on our preferred renters list. mary Lou Fiveland, Administrative/Program Assistant, College of the Rockies, Invermere. Phone (250) 342-3210 local 104. Fax (250) 342-9221

CHEERS AND JEERS ☺ Cheers to the couple who

stopped to help me after I hit a deer in my vehicle. JC ☹ Jeers to the 10 cars that drove past me after I hit a deer in my vehicle. JC ☺ Cheers to CHEERS & JEERS column. TB

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December 10, 2004

Teen pays for her own foster child

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Kelsey Wood, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student at David Thompson Secondary School, was in kindergarten when she saw her first World Vision promotion on television, asking people to adopt a foster child in a developing country. When she saw the pictures of the children who didn’t have enough to eat, she cried. “I kept bugging my Mom to adopt one of them. I never gave up.” When Kelsey was nine years old, her mother

Karel Wood gave her a foster child for Christmas. “We called the toll-free number for World Vision. We didn’t request anyone specific, just said that we would take whoever needed us the most,” says Karel. That was Sayra del Carmen Gomez of Guatamela, two years younger than Kelsey. The two little girls wrote letters and exchanged photographs. Sayra belongs to a single-parent family. She has three sisters and one brother. She goes to school sometimes, but mostly she has to stay home and help her mother work in the fields. Kelsey says she feels a real sense of kinship with Sayra, even to the extent of paying the $33 each month that it costs to help Sayra and her family, and indeed her whole village. Three years ago, when Kelsey was 12 years old, her mother arranged that the monthly fee would be automatically debited from Kelsey’s account, making Sayra her sole responsibility. Kelsey supports her foster child by regular babysitting jobs and this summer she worked as a waitress at Helna’s Stube in Radium Hot Springs. Soon she will have another job, since her mother Karel Wood and husband Mike Hutchinson are buying Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater, where there will be plenty of work for Kelsey. Kelsey is no stranger to babysitting, since she has three younger siblings. But she still finds those World Vision promotions heart-wrenching. “If I had more money, I’d adopt another one,” she says.

Her dream is to save enough money so that she can visit Sayra in person. Meanwhile, her mother Karel Wood is doing her own promotion for overseas foster children. She wants to remind everyone that even if you don’t want to make the long-term commitment of adopting a foster child, you can still help these children by buying gifts for their families. Each Christmas World Vision puts together a catalogue with such unusual but useful items as these: Two hens and a rooster $50 3 little pigs $105 Donkey $300 Dairy cow $600 Fill a whole stable $1,200 In addition to providing eggs, milk and cheese these animals will reproduce, eventually supporting more people. A World Vision volunteer is on hand to teach people how to care for these animals so they will flourish. “You can buy any of these gifts yourself, or on behalf of another person, an organization or somebody who has everything,” she says. “Children would love to help choose the animals or other gifts to buy. It’s a fun and meaningful way to teach kids about generosity and caring.” Karel Wood has requested and received 20 gift catalogues from World Vision and she would like to give them to anyone who is interested. Please call her at 347-0085 for information.

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Toby Creek Adventures Ltd. of Panorama, B.C. made application to the Land and Water British Columbia (LWBC), Kootenay Region, to amend their existing license of occupation for the purpose of snowmobiling, ATV and 2 intensive use sites situated on Provincial Crown land in the vicinity of an area known locally as Paradise and areas within Francis and Toby Creeks. • The applicant has applied to amend their existing License of Occupation to include additional snowmobiling and ATV areas along with 2 intensive use sites. • Proposed amended area is 205 hectacres more or less and 1.8 km of trail more or less. • The applicant will NOT have exclusive rights to the area, and will not affect the access of other users. • Proposed term: 10 years • A copy of the full applicant package is available for review at the Government Agent office in Invermere or the LWBC office in Cranbrook. The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is 4403358. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Client Service Coordinator at LWBC, 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook, B.C., V1C 7G1 or email to: Comments will be received by LWBC until January 4, 2005. LWBC may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please refer to our website (www. for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at Land and Water British Columbia regional office.

Photo by Dave Sutherland

Look who‘s reading the Pioneer!

During the free turkey dinner at Copper Point on Sunday, Santa was caught reading and enjoying the latest issue of The Pioneer. The Pioneer is available at 99 locations throughout the valley and 25 in Calgary. Unfortunately it is not available at the North Pole, but subsciptions are available for friends and family on your holiday shopping list!

December 10, 2004

The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 23



Are you ready for Christmas? By Dieter Magnus Senior Pastor, Lake Windermere Alliance Church

By this time, you may already be sick of hearing that question. What does “ready” really mean? You’ve bought enough presents? You know who is going to whose house when? You’ve decided which “activities” to take part in and which ones to skip? The car is ready for that drive to Saskatchewan, where it will probably be -33 degrees C (without the windchill)? It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming. Sometime in October, the first Christmas decorations went on sale. We’ve had flyer after flyer in our mail with “the deal” for Christmas. Everything from Tim Horton’s coffee, to toy trains, to a brand new Lexus is the ideal Christmas gift. The Advent countdown has been happening in many homes. And yet ... A number of years ago my wife, Deborah, worked as a salesperson in a jewellery store. It was Christmas Eve, with the store scheduled to close at five o’clock. Around four o’clock, a man walked in

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Sunday, December 12th • Third Sunday of Advent Join us for this Advent - “The Christmas Touch.” 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction. “Love a family member.” Communion will be served. 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

and asked Deborah if she knew his wife. Receiving an affirmative reply, he handed her $1,000 and told her to pick out and wrap something his wife would like. He was going for a drink, and would return before five to pick it up. What a personal touch! And yet . . . Are we any more ready for Christmas? Two thousand years ago, God started Christmas by giving the gift of Himself to the world. We weren’t ready. The warning had been there in the prophecies of the Old Testament. A Messiah was coming. He would be born to a virgin in the town of Bethlehem. His parents would be descended from King David. He was coming to save us from our sins. And yet . . . No one was ready. The innkeeper and the shepherds were caught by surprise. The wisemen were late (they weren’t at the manger . . . they were actually at Mary and Joseph’s house some months later). Even the religious leaders, the scholars of the day, missed it. What everyone should have been looking for happened in almost total obscurity. And yet . . . Here we are almost at Christmas 2004. The presents you give or receive aren’t the most important part of Christmas. Have you made room for Jesus in your life? Not the baby, but the Saviour. The man of “The Passion” who died and rose again for you. Check out His story (it’s history) in Matthew and Luke. Read more of His life in Mark and John. Get ready for Christmas by receiving a gift that will last you for eternity. May God bless you as you meet the true meaning of Christmas.

LA GALERIA II For unique gifts handmade by local artisans. 4985 Hot Springs Road Fairmont, BC V0B 1L0

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WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Christ Church Trinity 10:15 am Every Sunday All Saints, Edgewater 8:30 am 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays

Rev. Michael Rice • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644


Sunday, 10:00 am Celebration Service Childrens’ church during the message part of the service. Children 4 - 12 years. Sunday, 7:00 pm Prayer Meeting Senior Pastor Rev. John Cuyler Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere

Saturday, 7:00 pm Mass • Sunday, 9:00 am Mass

St. Joseph’s Church, Radium Sunday, 11:00 am Mass

St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats

Sunday, 4:00 pm Mass Father Jose Joaquin • 1210 - 9th Street, Invermere • 342-6167


Regular weekly worship services every Sunday at 1:30 pm Senior Pastor Rev. Bryan K. Schindel Associate Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman at Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere • 1-866-426-7564


Every Sunday 10:00 am Sunday, December 12th Making right choices, Psalm 84, Psalm 92 Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633

Robert Anthony James Daniels

1965 - 2004 We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Robert (Rob) at the age of 39. He will be remembered by many but none more so than his daughter Taya Patricia Maxine Daniels. He is survived by Tayaʼs mother, Brenda and two step children, John and Miranda, as well as his parents George and Pat Carr, Bill Daniels, his brothers Danny and Willie, sisters Kathy, Brenda and Linda, and his many cousins, nieces and nephews. Rob was born and raised in the East Kootenays (Invermere). He enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting and fishing, with his fondest moments around the family cabin at White Swan Lake. Rob moved to Calgary in 1985 working as a clerk at a grocery store before hiring on with Canadian Pacific Railway in 1988 as a crew clerk, where he remained until his passing. Rob will be missed by his close friends. We will all miss you buddy. In lieu of flowers , a trust fund will be set up for his shining star and daughter, Taya.

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Invermere Office: 250-342-6505 Secluded Acreage

Looking for space and privacy, yet close to valley amenities? Build your dream home on this conveniently located, private acreage. Sloped and terraced with some great view building areas, partially treed, with a water license in place. Bring your horses, too! Must be seen to be appreciated! MLS#104510 $240,000.00

Looking for prime property in a spectacular setting? Then consider the stunning Invermere Valley.

Affordable New Home

Can you expect to find a new home anywhere in the valley, under $200,000, and still end up with quality, location and a home 4 years old? This property has a large country kitchen, vaulted ceilings, 3 BR, 2 BTR, including a 3 piece master ensuite, full walkout basement, and views of the mountains. MLS#107465 $189,900.00

In the Heart Of Windermere

The time couldnʼt be better to get into the valley real estate market. This level 66ʼ x 120ʼ building lot holds endless possibilities. Only a short stroll to the public beach, unique shops and elementary school, With no building commitment or building scheme the choices are yours. MLS#107202 $126,000.00

Room to Grow R

Don’t Settle For Less

Wildwood at Panorama

This well designed home has a bright, open floor plan, fully finished on all levels. Enjoy 4 BR and 3 BTR, a cozy family room, and lower level walk-out. Double attached garage and nicely landscaped yard with beautiful mountain views from the deck. Close to beach, shops and schools. MLS#106321 $325,000.00

Get more of everyday living space in this new 1200 sq.ft. duplex. This home offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open design, fireplace, maple trim, 9 ft ceilings on the main floor and basement, south facing sundeck and double attached garage. A short stroll to the beach and downtown. MLS#107069/71 $255,000.00+gst

The cream of Panoramaʼs lots. This raised building site offers views of Greywolf golf course, the slopes and a stunning view of the Purcells. Just steps away form skiing, hiking and biking with the trail at the rear. The opportunity of a lifetime, and below market price, too! MLS#106587 $199,000.00+gst

Great Getaway

Recreation or Revenue

Mountain Getaway

This like new one bedroom condo is tastefully decorated and fully furnished with a newly renovated exterior. Next to the Toby chair lift and close to all the shops and services Panorama Mountain Village has to offer. Buyer to assume monthly New Vision payment of $161.43. Donʼt miss out, call today! MLS#106988 $112,000.00

This Radium Riverstone town home is a great recreational retreat with revenue potential. Fully furnished and equipped with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, this nearly new home is close to golf, shopping and the hot pools. A great time to invest! Donʼt miss out on this one! MLS#106500 $169,900.00

Toby Creek is outside your backdoor. After a great day of skiing, hiking or golf enjoy a game of pool in front of the fireplace. This rustic log home is in the best location at Panorama just steps to the platter lift. The size and value of this home make it an incredible opportunity. Comes furnished, too. MLS#103970 $438,000.00

Mountain Dream

Brand New and Ready for You!

8038 McIntosh Loop Road.Enjoy the spacious living in this open design home with 3 BR and 2.5 baths. Hardwood floors, granite counter tops, vaulted ceiling, sky lights, family room and large dining room are just some of the features. Spectacular landscaping, double garage , asphalt driveway & more. A must see. MLS# 106392

Nine new homes each over 1200 sq ft plus a full unfinished basement, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and great room. Enjoy laminate, carpeted & linoleum floors. Close to all of Radiumʼs amenities with easy access to all the Columbia Valley has to offer. Great full-time or recreational home. Call today for a viewing! MLS# 105102-125


$224, 4,000.00 000.00 +gst


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