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Vol. 1/Issue 5

The Upper

October 14, 2004





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

Contents News












Last of the Fall Sunowers

A Look Back

5 Homeschool

7 Life in Africa


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2 • The Upper Columbia Pioneer


October 14, 2004

Seniors excited about new residence

Columbia Garden Village set to open next May is already 70-per-cent rented, says owner Golden Life Management of Cranbook. By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Kaye Allan already has her suite picked out. Like many other seniors in the community, she’s looking forward to the new Columbia Garden Village, set to open next May. With 63 apartments, the building is already 70-per-cent rented, according to Golden Life Management’s marketing manager in Cranbrook, Kyla Lilljord. Two years ago the company tried to secure some vacant property located on 12th Avenue in Invermere, but the rezoning was rejected after neighbors objected to a three-storey building in that area. Instead, the company was able to purchase the current property, located next to the Invermere and District Hospital on 13th Avenue, from the Interior Health Authority. Golden Life has several similar operations around the province including Joseph Creek in Cranbrook. It’s a new lifestyle option here for seniors who want to stay in the community but are no longer willing or able to live on their own. The building will offer full-scale service including 24-hour emergency care, shuttle bus service, housekeeping, laundry and hairdressing. “When you get to my age, you want security,” says Mrs. Allan, a 90-year-old widow who lives alone. “I won’t have to worry about falling, or driving myself downtown to the clinic.” The apartments come in several sizes, includ-

ing 44 one-bedroom suites, 12 two-bedroom suites and seven studio suites. Prices range from $1,425 to $1,925 per month depending on square footage and location. The price includes a hot dinner each evening in the dining room, while residents can either buy their breakfast and lunch or cook their

Kaye Allan is looking forward to her new home. own. The company will hire 20 to 25 staff locally to operate the kitchen and other services. “If you figure out how much it costs to run a house and a car, it might be a little more but I think it’s worth it,” says Mrs. Allan. The three-storey building will include a dining

room, craft room, private dining room for special events, TV lounges, two elevators on opposite sides of the building, inner courtyard, landscaping and parking. Marjorie and Art Stringer are also planning to move into Garden Village. They live in their own house but both the inside and outside work are getting too much for them. “I think it’s going to be very nice,” says Mrs. Stringer, also aged 90. “I’m planning what furniture and pictures I’m going to take. The hardest part will be getting rid of stuff after collecting it all these years.” The social aspect is appealing to some seniors. “You know you’ll be seeing people because you all eat together in the dining room,” Mrs. Allan said. One of the more unusual features in this senior centre is a planned day care for the children of staff members. Residents will be able to join the children for outings, said Ms. Lilljord. Depending on the demand, the company has already allowed room for an expansion. It’s too early yet to say how soon the expansion will be needed, as some seniors are taking a wait-and-see approach. “I haven’t made up my mind to go in there yet,” said Jack Straube, 89, who lives alone with his cat. “Over the winter it gets dark earlier and you feel lonelier. I might change my mind by spring.” For more information about renting apartments, or employment with Golden Life, call Ms. Lilljord at (250) 489-2620.

MLA defends this region Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Wendy McMahon says the region’s economy is stronger than it has been in years. “I’ve heard the leader of the Opposition, Carole James, tell British Columbians how there are two economies: the thriving lower mainland economy and then the rest of British Columbia,” said Mrs. McMahon, who defended her region in the provincial legislature. “It’s not surprising that the two candidates seeking the nomination to oppose me in the next election are telling people the same thing. They seem to take pride in telling Columbia River-Revelstoke residents how bad things are.” She says construction in Revelstoke is booming, topping $8 million at the end of July, four times that of the previous year. Tourism numbers have more than doubled in Invermere and Golden, and there is renewed mining activity near Kimberley. She also noted significant investments in ski resorts near Golden, Invermere and Kimberley. “The people in my riding are doing just fine,” she said.

October 14, 2004


The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 3

Chisel Peak Medical Center Going Ahead

space at the Duthie Clinic on main street - Mike Walsh, Theresa Ross and Francois Louw. “We plan to start construction in the spring and be open for business September 1, 2005,” Dr. Walsh said Tuesday. The 15,000-square-foot building will house offices for the three owners, plus a new family physician named Mike Magier, who has purchased a house and will arrive here with his wife and baby from Washington state within a couple of weeks. “He’s just going through the immigration quagmire right now,” Dr. Walsh said. The building will have room for six doctors altogether, and Dr. Walsh said they hope to attract another two doctors once the building is completed. “People are very interested, but they want to see what it looks like before they commit,” he said. The building will contains 10,000 square feet on the main level for the doctors’ offices and the major retail tenant, Pharmasave. Keith Irwin, the pharmacist and owner of Pharmasave located across from the post office in Invermere, said he’s currently negotiating a withdrawal of his lease from the downtown store. The new medical center will stand at the corner across from IGA. The new clinic will also contain an additional 5,000 square feet on the By Elinor Florence lower walk-out basement level, which will be left undeveloped for future tenPioneer Staff ants. The building will have a parking area and rear access from a back lane. The zoning is in place and the owners are finalizing their development perThe new Chisel Peak Medical Center, to be built on the empty corner lot mit, according to Patrick Marples, director of development for the District of across from IGA , will include at least one new doctor from the United States Invermere. The District has asked for a landscaping plan and samples of the and will also include Pharmasave as the major tenant. exterior colours. “With a new building in a visible location right downtown, The owners of the new clinic are three doctors who are currently renting we’re going to be strict about the character and appearance,” he said.

Lake Windermere District Lions Club donates to MRI The Lake Windermere District Lions Club has completed the fund-raising campaign for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine with a roaring $13,186.23. Once the machine is purchased, it will allow people in the East Kootenays to travel to Cranbrook for diagnosis instead of making the long trips to Kelowna or Calgary. The “closer to home” campaign was a joint venture between the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and Health Foundation and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. Massive fund-raising was conducted to purchase the machine, costing more than $1.5 million. Foundation administrator Donna Grainger of Cranbrook recalls the morning she got the phone call from treasurer Larry Root to say the Lake Windermere Lions Club had come through with the balance of money owing on the machine. “It was one of those amazing moments you wait for,” she said. “At first I thought I heard wrong, but when asked did he mean complete for $13,186.23? He said yes, and my heart soared.” The local Lions Club is one of several Lions International groups in the region to support the “closer to home” campaign. The Fairmont and District Lions donated $10,000, Wasa and District Lions $10,000, Cranbrook Lions $2,000 and Creston Lions $1,000. The mobile unit will travel through the regions with a one-week-per-month stay each at Cranbrook and Trail, and two weeks in Penticton. Orest Federko, East Kootenay Diagnostic Imaging Manager, said: “I cannot tell you how delighted I was to receive news that the fundraising goal was met. We want everyone to know how beneficial to all patients of the East Kootenays this service will be, bringing much better diagnoses to many conditions, in a more timely fashion and not to mention eliminating travel and all the costs and risks that come with travel. A huge thank you to the Lake Windermere District Lions Club.” The Lions and other donors who donated more than $25,000 will be entitled to place their symbol or logo on the mobile unit during its first year of operation. Bonnie-Lou & Cassandrea

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Shop local! We are lucky to live in one of the most affluent areas of British Columbia. Development is booming. Tourism is booming. Our businesses (although nobody likes to admit it) are doing well. As business owners we market to the visitors of our beautiful area. By Bob Ede Our Chambers of Commerce spend a great deal of effort presenting our businesses to our friends to the east. The job they do is exemplary, as tourist visits continue to rise to the delight of almost every businessman and woman in the Upper Columbia. Our shops and stores are full most times of the year. But where do residents shop? When was the last time the Chambers of Commerce promoted hometown business to locals? “Shop local!” is a slogan heard throughout small town Canada. Most people are familiar with the economic multiplier idea, the value of dollars staying within a community. However, most communities do not have the tourism base we enjoy. They depend on residents of the community to keep their businesses healthy. Therefore you will see “support local business” signs in store windows. What happens to a community such as Banff that relies solely on tourism dollars? Do locals shop in town? Do they eat in the restaurants? Let’s not go down that road. Merchants need to remember that it’s the locals who provide them with the most customer loyalty. But it’s a two-way street: residents need to support our local businesses, too. Are the savings that great outside of the community? Look at the merchandise we have at home: furniture, appliances, books, CDs, electronics, sports equipment, clothing, the list goes on. Every store owner knows they must be comparable to the larger centers. They also offer something else, not found in large box stores, service. Now if we can just get rid of that pesky PST. Something else to consider, the next time you enjoy a local event, whether it be arts, entertainment or sports, look and see who the sponsors of these events are. It is the local businesses that donate to our children’s events and that help build many worthwhile community projects. It is essential to market our business to the people that live within the area. That segment may seem small, yet it will sustain us as a vital healthy community, economically and socially, in good and bad economic times.


October 14, 2004


THEN Kinsmen Beach, circa 1920

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NOW Kinsmen Beach, 2004

GUEST PERSPECTIVE Values and money are facing rising taxes along with the Values and money are not necessarily the same thing. rising values and assessments. People from out of province spend Ms. Florence in her column no more money here than is absolutelast week provided us with food for thought. A type of food, while ly necessary. Why fill up with gas here very important, that is not always when it is much cheaper in Calgary? palatable. “Just put in enough to get us home.” We hear the cry. Growth! And a new TV? Buy here and pay the PST? “No, thanks.” I don’t blame Growth! Wonderful growth! But is it so wonderful? Our location them. I’d probably do the same. puts us in easy reach of Calgary The sad truth is that many of us and its wealthy. We see more and can no longer afford to live in this, By Bob Pearce more monied people jostling for less one of the most beautiful areas of our beautiful province. and less available property. All this money into the Valley is wonderful. Or What are the answers? I don’t know. All I have is it? Land values have long passed the point that are questions. I see our lovely valley drifting away young families can afford. So . . . they don’t come and find myself, along with many others, left standand those here find they must leave. This can be seen ing on the pier. in falling school enrollments. And these are not the Bob Pearce, Fairmont Hot Springs only ones to suffer. Retired folk on fixed incomes

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The Way We Were: Jessie Lockhart Remembers

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Jessie Lockhart, who turned 92 in June, was just a babe in her mother’s arms when she arrived here in 1913 on a steamboat from Golden. Her father was a carpenter and the Frater family had been lured here - like others from Scotland including the Walkers and the Stewarts - by the Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruit Lands Company, advertising cheap land and prosperity for all. The Fraters moved into a little house on the 13th Street hill where the beauty salon called Bliss now stands. A year later her little brother Jim Frater arrived, the first white child born in the Invermere Hospital. When Jessie was old enough to start school, she didn’t have far to walk. Invermere’s first school was just around the corner.It still stands at the corner of 10th avenue, two doors up from Strand’s Restaurant.“Houses built in those days were much better than the houses built today. That’s why they are still standing,” says Jessie. “And the same carpenter built the house from bottom to top. They were no sub-trades then.” One of the pastimes that Jessie particularly loved when she was a child was taking Scottish dancing lessons, along with most of the other kids in the town. She finished the highest grade available at that time, Grade 11, before her mother put her to work. “Girls in their teens weren’t expected to sit around,” she said. “Boy, did we ever work.” One of her first jobs was in the town’s first bakery on main street, located in the area of AG Foods. “I hated that job. It was so damned hot taking bread

out of wood stove in summer when all my friends were down at the lake swimming.” Soon she got another job, working in Mrs. Taylor’s dress shop, located on main street next to the building that houses Village Arts Co-op. It was right about then that she noticed a newcomer walking past the store - a handsome young man who had come here to work for the CPR. He lived in a section house beside the railway tracks and followed a dusty trail that led from the tracks up the hill that is now Tunnacliffe Heights and downtown. At that time the hill was bare dirt - not a tree or a blade of grass in sight. “I wangled an introduction to him and that was it,” Jessie recalls. His name was Bill Lockhart, and the couple married in 1935. A year later, Jessie’s first baby was born, a girl named Beverley Anne, who is now married to Tim Thygesen of Kimberley, founder of the annual Tiger Open golf tournament. The young couple rented three tiny rooms upstairs in the old Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruit Lands office building on main street, no longer in existence. Unfortunately, the bathroom was downstairs in the coal cellar. When Jessie became pregnant again, she insisted they move to larger quarters. The Lockharts took up residence in a small house on 13th Street, next door to the one where she grew up. After baby Alan came along, Jessie gave birth to twins Gerald and Janice. Janice Dunlop now works at Home Hardware. At the same time Jessie took in her little niece Lillian, whose mother had died. “I had all these children in a house with two little bedrooms. I told Bill we had to have a bigger place.” Bill looked around and found the perfect spot, a big lot on the corner beside what is now the Saan store. He paid $125 for the property and built the house himself, with the help of friends and neighbors, out of discarded railway ties. That house, too, is still standing. At the age of 40, Jessie gave birth to her fifth child, a daughter Karen who now teaches in Victoria. But it wasn’t all hard work, Jessie recalls. “We used to have big bonfires down by the beach and skate all the way to Windermere and back. We played badminton in the old deserted fort on Fort Point - it was so dark in there you never knew whether you were going to hit the shuttlecock or a bat! And we played golf. We teed off at the top of the hill above Pynelogs and drove the ball down into what is now the Wilder subdivision.” Jessie was also active in the community, volunteering with Girl Guides, the International Order of the Eastern Star, and the United Church. Her father helped to build the original church, now converted into the furniture store called Interior World.



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To commemorate the family name, the store and surrounding shopping complex were named Frater Landing. Jessie also became a devoted member of the Windermere District Historical Society, an organization for which she has worked tirelessly. After many years as director, she still serves on the display committee. The best time of her life, according to Jessie, was the eight-year stretch she spent working for Ron and Belle Ede at The Valley Echo. “I sold ads, did the books, made the coffee. We would sit around and laugh and talk about people - not everybody, just the bad ones! And Bobby would sleep on a cushion at his father’s feet.” (Bob is now the owner of The Upper Columbia Pioneer). After Bill retired, the Lockharts did a lot of travelling - Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland, Hawaii and the Yukon. “When I was younger I used to wish that Bill would get transferred so we could move away,” Jessie said. “Then later I was so glad he hadn’t. I was always happy to get back home to the valley.” The Lockharts had a showplace garden, complete with a pond. But when Bill developed lung disease Jessie realized they wouldn’t be able to care for their big yard and she began to look for another house. She found one on 5th Street in Tunnacliffe Heights. “When I told Bill, he said: ‘You always did want to live up on that godforsaken dust hole!’” Bill died in 1994, and Jessie now lives in the same house with her son Gerald and grandson Mark Dunlop. Her son Alan, who lived in Cranbrook, died last year. When asked about all the changes that have taken place in Invermere, Jessie replied: “I’ve always been able to accept change. But I must admit I will feel the loss of Home Hardware. I used to like to walk down there to do my shopping.” Jessie can’t walk very far these days because of her knees, but her biggest challenge is her eyesight. She has macular degeneration and finds it difficult to recognize people’s faces. But she still gives thanks every day. “I give thanks every morning that I can still see the lake and the mountains, that I can still dress myself, that I have money to buy food, that I have good friends who take me to church, and that I have my family.” *** (Jessie’s brother Jim, who is now deceased, and his wife Kay Frater have three children still living here: Wayne Frater, Wanda Koop and Betty-Jean Feldman. Jessie’s sister Mary Lockhart married Harold Harrison, and their daughter Margaret Christensen also still lives here. Jessie has 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.)




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“Going for walks, going to the movies and going to the park.” Natalie Gibbs Eileen Madson

“Biking and ATVing.” Brody Nelson J. A. Laird

“Canoeing, going to Peppi’s, Disneyland and Vancouver. I love going to Portabella for lamb and salmon.” Katie Gibbs J. A. Laird

Harvest Fest held at Eileen Madson Primary Harvest Fest is an annual event held each October at Eileen Madson Primary School in Invermere. Led by music teacher Linda Gordon, the students sang and danced and had a festive time! Dressed in blue jeans, plaid shirts or fancy costumes, the kids kept the crowd of parents, grandparents and friends entertained. This will probably be Linda Gordon’s last Harvest Fest as she is due to retire in December. Many thanks, Linda, from all the parents and children you have taught over the many years. You will be sorely missed.

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October 14, 2004

A day in the life of a homeschooler

Submitted by Sarah Watchel For some kids homeschooling is definitely the way to go. After spending nine years in public school, and three in homeschooling, I can definitely say I prefer the latter. Here was an average day going to school: I’d wake up at 6:45 so I could walk through the dark, to stand freezing cold waiting for the school bus to come and cart me off to school, where I’d spend five hours of my day, only to take another painfully slow ride home, where I’d have homework to do. My average day of homeschooling? I might wake up around 7:30 or 8:00. 9:00 if I’m exceptionally tired. Then I might go for a walk, clean up, and eat some breakfast. I’m usually working by nine, and I work till my brain fries, and then I make myself a cup of tea, warm myself up in front of the fire, or do some stretches. At noon I take a refreshing lunch break. My day finishes at around three or four, and best of all, I have no homework to do. If English isn’t working for me one day, I might do some sewing instead. Or I could just skip schoolwork alto-

gether and spend a day writing a newspaper article like this, sipping a cup of tea. That isn’t to say that homeschooling is necessarily easy - it is in fact a lot of work. It isn’t for everyone. Every child’s learning needs are different. In addition, homeschooling requires a certain amount of self-discipline. There is no teacher hovering over the shoulder, telling one to get to work. A homeschooler needs to set a schedule, and more importantly, stick to it. Many have tried homeschooling only to find they become terribly behind, and are forced to go back to public school to make up lost time. Even the program one chooses can make a big difference. I find dry correspondence to be torture. My former program was just reading information and answering questions on it. It got tiring, and it got to be too much work. My current school, Nechanko E-bus program, is much more flexible, with more student-teacher interaction. If I am weak in one subject I can get one-on-one help with teachers at the school. Last year I spent an hour each day in an online classroom answering math questions. The teacher even made herself available on weekends and holidays, all to help me get this tough course done in time. Students and parents have some good reasons to choose the homeschooling route. It is very flexible. For instance, a homeschooling friend of mine usually gets up at around 11:00 am, spends the day goofing off, but then uses her nights to work, usually doing so until around 2:00 am. It’s how she likes it, and there’s nothing to stop her. Other kids find that public school interferes with their athletic ambitions, practice sessions occurring during school hours. Homeschooling works for them. Others live a ways from school, and find the lengthy bus rides too much. Some travel a lot, and love that they can bring their schoolwork with them. Other parents opt for homeschooling because they are concerned about violence in schools, and want control over what influences their children. Lastly, some just want more time with their kids, and a more active

role in teaching them. Greed can be motivation too. Homeschooling can be lucrative. Public schools are provided money by the school district to pay for teachers, maintenance, supplies, and equipment. Homeschoolers have to provide much for themselves, so they decide where some of that money goes. In my case, I have a grand of reimbursement credit at my disposal for educational purposes. I decided that as skiing is an extremely educational activity, and it fits in nicely with my Phys. Ed. course, the purchase of a ski pass was in order. (Man, that’s rough, ride the lifts all day for free, and call it schoolwork). There is the inevitable question though: “Where do you get your socializing from?” That worried me a little before I went into homeschooling. At one time I would never have considered this sort of education, fearing I would turn into some freakish hermit, and die friendless. Really, it wasn‘t a problem. Admittedly, if school is the only place a person socializes, the transition could be difficult. If you have already established friendships, they don’t suddenly disappear, and if you’re where people are, you don‘t stop making new friends. Thus, while homeschooling can be challenging, and is not for everyone, it is also a very flexible, convenient way to go to school. For myself, I’ve found it to be ideal, and I have no intention of ever going back. Sarah Watchel, 16, is a Grade 12 student.

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A. E. Fisher Capturing History Throughout the pages

Member of the Akisqnuk First Nation

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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie My Father was in the British Air Force, so we moved every two and a half years throughout my school career. While reading the back-to-school stories a few weeks ago, I remembered all the schools I went to, more particularly the various school lunches. Place yourself in England in the Forces Brat -Liz Lane age 7 1950’s. Now remember all the jokes about English food. Now imagine you are about 6 years old, which is where this story starts. The first school was a convent outside Bath. My mother believed that any religion was better than none, and so even though I was, as I called it, Un-Catholic, that’s where I was sent. On day I received a stern lecture from the Mother Superior for running in the halls (into her as I recall), followed by the initiation into morning snack-break. This involved huge slabs of white bread spread with beef drippings, accompanied by the 1/3 pint of milk that all schoolchildren received at the time. There was also home-made fudge in the afternoons. At lunch I was forced (yes, forced) to eat boiled beets. My second school was in Hampshire. Its menu included a lot of milk puddings – rice pudding, semolina pudding and a particularly ghastly tapioca pudding with blobs of red jam on it. Everything else was drowned in the lumpiest custard I had ever seen. Fortunately my Father was then posted to France, where I was dispatched, at age 10, to a boarding school,


and let out on the weekends. The plumbing, hygiene, and discipline were medieval, but I thought I had gone to heaven once I got used to the language and the food. We ate artichokes (I ate the choke the first time) and asparagus and lots of garlic, and real soup, and braised lentils and fresh fruit and cheese for dessert. Red wine and water were consumed at both lunch and dinner. The wine was diluted according to age, so by the time the students graduated it was pretty much straight. It was there that I learned how to make a banana look like a pig, and to turn an apple into a three-dimensional puzzle (nothing to do with the wine – really!) We then returned to England where the next school was something completely different. The headmistress had a great belief in producing civilized young ladies, and so lunch involved groups of nine or 10 of us rotating through the dining hall week-by-week. We would therefore have to talk to all the different teachers who stayed at the heads of their particular tables - a sort of mobile lunch-party. The food was uniformly terrible except for the shepherd’s pie. On one of the days when it was my turn to sit at the head table next to the headmistress, my salad housed a small “looper” caterpillar. Miss Harris responded to my horror with “Elizabeth, don’t make a fuss. Just put it on the side of your plate and ignore it”: whereupon I complied, and the caterpillar looped its way around my plate until both lunch, and the salad, were over. After that I graduated to the fast food cafeterias of college and university. Then I worked in Corrections and experienced jail food, but that’s another story! This recipe combines the best features of braised lentils and shepherd’s pie. Since it’s an invention and changes each time I make it, the ingredients are approximate Be creative and taste as you go!

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (serves 4 to 6 with leftovers)

FILLING: Olive or other oil, about 1 tablespoon Finely chopped onion, celery & carrots in equal quantities to measure about four cups. You can add any other vegetables you like such as mushrooms or frozen corn or peas. If using frozen, add them at the end. 1 small can tomato paste Cooked green, brown or French lentils, about 4 cups Grated medium or old cheddar cheese, about 150 gms Rosemary, thyme, oregano (mixed Italian seasoning will do) Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste FOR TOPPING 6 – 8 cups mashed potatoes: your favourite recipe, preferably with added sour cream or cream cheese and garlic. 2 eggs (these make the potatoes nice and firm) Butter (about 1 tablespoon) Paprika or chili powder for garnish METHOD Cook the lentils according to the package directions till they are just soft but still hold their shape. You can cook them in vegetable stock for flavour. Brown the vegetables in the olive oil till crisp-tender. Add the herbs. Drain the cooked lentils, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Add the lentils to the vegetables and herbs. Add the tomato paste. Let cook over medium/low heat till the flavours have blended. Add the grated cheese and stir till it’s melted. Add lentil-cooking liquid as needed and fozen vegetables if using. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste. ASSEMBLY Pour the lentils into an 8x11” baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with mashed potatoes. Make decorative swirls in the potatoes with a fork, dot with butter. Sprinkle with paprika or chili powder. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees until the top is browned and crispy and the filling is bubbling – about 40 min. Let it sit out of the oven for 5 minutes, and enjoy.

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October 14, 2004

Recipe of a proper oil change By Rick Ede No, I am not going to beat to death the importance of regular oil changes, as most people driving today have been well-educated in their importance. What I have come to realize is that most folks don’t recognize what a proper professional oil change consists of. And its importance to the rest of your vehicle’s health. As you will see, it goes far deeper than just changing the engine oil and filter. Here is the list of what should be done every 5000 kms or every three months. • Change engine oil and oil filter. Check air filter condition. • Grease all grease fittings on steering and suspension. For a number of years car companies quit using grease fittings. But in recent years they have started making the components greasable again. Keeping them lubricated will save you big money. • Check all upper and lower fluid levels, and the condition of the fluids. This includes transmission, transfercase, front and rear differentials, power steering, brake fluid, and engine coolant. If any of these fluids get to low or contaminated, the damage that results can too quickly add up to thousands of dollars needed for repairs for each unit. • Check all universal and axle joints for play. • Check parking brake cables for proper operation. When these cables seize they can leave your parking brake partially applied, causing the brakes to drag and prematurely burning out your brake pads or shoes. Some folks say: “ I never use the park brake so this does not apply to me”. Good in theory till you lend out the vehicle and the new driver uses the park brake and it seizes fully on, needing an expensive tow truck. Or, worse yet, the new driver, unfamiliar with the way the vehicle feels, just drives for miles with the brakes applied, frying the brakes system, then needing very expensive repairs. • Check tire pressures and condition of tires. I can’t believe how often I find low tire pressures,

dealerships, often, the person doing the work is a young kid off the street getting paid minimum wage with no formal training. Who do you think is going to do a more thorough inspection? Did I mention the cost difference is usually under twenty dollars? Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Considering that for most people the only time the car is in the shop is during an oil change, it deserves a good look over. Still not convinced? Picture this: you are motoring up the Coquihalla highway when a coolant hose that was weak and missed by the quickie lube place, leaks causing the engine to overheat to its destruction. You are now faced with the expense of new motor, towing, rental car, hotel room, etc. This could easily cost $5000.00 plus your abrupt change of plans. That $20.00 looks pretty good now. And yes, this does happen. My brother in-law I did regular oil changes for him for a number of years, and then I realized it had been about a year since I last worked on his truck. I did not know if he was mad at me, as it would not be the first time someone got mad at a mechanic. Or was he short of money? I got a call from him at home late one night. He was very distressed as his truck came to a screeching stop and he thought from all the smoke that the back end of his truck was on fire. It turns out that he had been doing his own oil changes to save some money. He had not noticed that the rear differential seal had been leaking oil for some time. He did not know to check the oil level • Visually check the complete undercarriage when doing his oil change. If he had been checkfor abnormalities. Some of these items checked can ing it he could have had the seal replaced for about have a minor effect on vehicle operation. But the old $100. But it ended up costing over $2000 to have all the gears and bearings in the differential changed. adage “ a stitch in time saves nine” holds true. He has now decided to leave it to the professionals, and that he can save more money by going golfing. About Cost If you do your own servicing please perform all I am often asked, why are oil changes in Invermere or other small towns so expensive as compared the above checked mentioned here. to the quickie lube places in the cities? Till next time, take care. Well, here in town when you get an oil change it is most likely being performed by a licensed me- Rick Ede owns and operates Autowyze Services Inc. lochanic or a registered apprentice with years of expe- cated in Invermere. rience. At most quick lube places and even some city this causes premature wear of the tires and hurts gas mileage immensely. • Check the operation of exterior lights. This could easily help prevent you from being in an accident. • Check the exhaust system for loose clamps, hangers, and holes. • Check brake hoses and lines for wear. No one likes losing their brakes unexpectedly. • Check the condition of engine belts and hoses. It will cost you a lot less to replace weak belts or hoses before they break and leave you stranded, or worse yet, destroy your motor.

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Gymnastics Association raising funds for addition

The gymnastics facility located in the Invermere Industrial Park. By the CV Gymnastic Association Board of Directors Just one year ago, Columbia Valley Gymnastics Association was running their classes out of our local school gymnasiums. As of January 2004, CVGA was able to relocate into our very own facility in the industrial park. We are currently renting a 1200-square-foot space from Arnie Franson, owner of CXL Construction. This move has proved very accommodating, as we now able to offer programs six days a week, morning, noon and night. The number of members since our relocation has soared from 130 to approximately 232 in our busiest season. By the record tracking done by Gymnastics BC Layout magazine, CVGA rates at #2 per capita for % of population enrolled in gymnastics, which means that 8.12% of the Columbia Valley is taking gymnastics. Although we are very happy with our facility, 1200-square-feet is not nearly enough space. That space is just the gymnastic area but it also includes a foyer, washroom and an office. To have more than a dozen kids in the gym at one time, is very difficult to run an effective class. Planning to achieve a larger facility is always a topic of discussion at the Board of Directors’ monthly meetings. Just recently the possibility of expanding our existing location has come forward. Arnie Franson of CXL Construction has provided the following sketch showing an addition of 1440-square-feet to our existing location. With this addition, the club would be able to have a floor training area for tumbling, proper ceiling height for uneven bars, rings and high bar and possibly room for a trampoline in the future. At present, the club does not have a floor area, and our pre-provincial and provincial gymnasts travel to Key City Gymnastics in Cranbrook to train on the proper floor apparatus in order to prepare for competition. With this expansion, CVGA would be able to offer a wider array of classes taking place at the same time, which in turn will open more spaces to those on our waiting list. CVGA would also be able to offer cross training to other sport programs within the valley. This expansion would also create more employment for coaches, possible administrators and our youth coaches in training. The club would also be able to host competitions that invite other gymnastic clubs to attend and visit our valley.

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The cost of this building expansion is approximately $100,000. CVGA is a non-profit organization and relies fully on fundraising, sponsorship and grants in order to buy new equipment, develop programs and expansion. We had a very successful fundraiser in the spring and were able to purchase some needed equipment. For our first fundraiser of the school year, we are selling CVGA T-shirts. Our club logo is on the front and a list of our proud sponsors will be listed on the back. The order forms have been sent home with all our club members, which they are to use within their family and friends. If you would like to add yourself or your business to our list of sponsors, make a donation. You may also call the club @ 342-3023 and someone would be more than happy to assist you. Additional fundraising events such as our One-Year Anniversary as a nonprofit organization will be celebrated by having a BBQ. Grants Food Bin will be donating the hamburgers and hot dogs and this event will take place outside his business, located behind AG Foods on 8th Avenue in Invermere on Saturday October 30. Look for future advertising regarding this event. The club is also organizing a pre-shopping program . . .a fundraiser that won’t cost you a penny!! CVGA wants to provide a training facility that meets all levels of gymnastic ability. This expansion would benefit both recreational and competitive programs. We need to work together in order to make this facility expansion happen. We are always open to fundraising ideas. Public and private donations are welcome. CVGA would like to begin building this addition ASAP and have it completed for our spring session, which begins in April. CVGA will hold their AGM on October 18 at 7 pm located at the club at 1331 Industrial Road. We are in need of board members and volunteers. If you would like to get involved, then please attend. For more information please call the club at 342-3023 or our President Madonna Young @ 342-0305.


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Meeting the Fulani - Life in Africa The Fulani are a proud people scattered across West Africa. Because many of them are nomadic, moving with their cattle herds, their population can’t be determined with precision. But it is estimated that they number in the range of eight million, making them Africa’s largest nomadic group. The growth of the Sahara Desert, with the accompanying reduction of grazing land, has driven many of the Fulani to settle more permanently in cities and villages. While most still own at least one cow, many have been forced to learn other trades in order to make a living. Still, it is said that if a man doesn’t Lisa in front of a Fulani hut, holding a 3-week-old baby girl. own a cow, he’s not Fulani, and that Fulani men treasure By Lisa M. Rohrick their cattle more than they do their wives. It is the Western Fulani of Niger among whom I will I carefully followed my friend along the wet path, be working, studying their language and learning their planting my feet between mud puddles and cow dropculture. I was glad for the opportunity to visit a settlepings. I was on my way to visit a Fulani settlement. ment of a few dozen huts on the outskirts of Niamey, Niger’s capital city. Children came running to welcome us as my friend called out greetings in Fulfulde, the language of the Fulani (pronounced full-full-day). I continued to watch my step while trying to take in the scene around me. The Post-Construction Cleans ~ Move In/Move Out Cleans Vacation Homes ~ Weekly/Monthly Cleans settlement consists of a few dozen round huts, with woRegular Home Checks ven straw walls and thatch roofs, strung along between a dirt road and a field of millet. Most huts boast a cow or Call 342-0305 to book your next cleaning job. two, and maybe some sheep tethered out front. We went into several of the huts. The very few Fulfulde words that I have learned (my vocabulary consists of about twenty words!) were met by the smiles and laughter of the huts’ occupants. Each hut has a diameter of about fifteen feet. We A division of:


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ducked to enter through the doorway of an elderly woman, kicking off our sandals according to their custom. As my eyes adjusted to the dim light inside the windowless structure, I did a quick survey of its interior design. An iron-framed bed sat on one side of the hut, covered with a straw mattress on which our hostess invited us to sit. The floor was sand, neatly swept, with a plastic woven mat beside the bed. A rope strung across the other side of the hut served as the closet, draped with clothes and a blanket. A few pots and other cooking items sat on a small table. A calendar on the wall completed the décor. After a few moments with our wrinkled hostess, we continued on to other huts, greeting people as we went. I met a young mother who offered me her three-weekold baby to hold. Children gathered around to touch my white skin. They laughed and cheered as I stumbled my way through the few Fulfulde phrases that I know. I was surprised to see the modern furnishings inside the huts of some wealthier families. Beds with “real” mattresses and large headboards. Cupboards filled with dishes, and decorated with family photos. Shelves holding piles of neatly folded clothes. But still the ever-present sand floor and plastic mats. I wondered how they got all that furniture through the three-foot door of the hut. Perhaps they built the hut around the furniture? In the chief ’s house, we sat on a mat on the floor. The old man shook our hands and welcomed us with a broad grin. I couldn’t help but notice his need of a dentist. When he found out I am planning to learn his language, he nodded his pleasure. He walked over to the wall of the hut and picked up a large gourd covered with a small, woven circular mat to keep the flies out of the gourd’s contents. Uncovering the gourd, he offered me a drink of chobal. I lifted the ladle that sat in the lumpy, off-white liquid and took a sip. Chobal is a favourite drink, made from leftover millet paste and sour milk. I can’t say it’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted, but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting! The chief invited me to return to his settlement. “Sit with us, and you will learn to ‘hear’ Fulfulde,” he offered. I plan to take him up on his offer. I may never enjoy the taste of chobal, but I will enjoy the company of these hospitable people as I learn their ways and train my ears to “hear” their language.

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Rockies vs. Fernie Ghostriders


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Name: Greg Sheffer (“Schef, Dr. Hook”) Number: 11 Hometown: Invermere, BC Date of Birth: March 14, 1984 Height: 6’0” Weight: 170 lbs Position: Center Favorite Team: Edmonton Oilers Favorite Player: Mark Messier My best moment in hockey: Making the League finals in the 2003/2004 season.

Fernie Ghostriders 1, Rockies 3 Friday night at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, the Ghostriders rode in hoping to improve their win/loss record, but all they managed to do was keep it close. For all three periods, the Rockies carried the play, using their size and speed to keep the puck in the Riders’ end. The only thing standing between the Riders and a total wipeout was the outstanding play of their goaltender, Cory Davy. The first period saw no goals as the Rockies outshot the Riders, 17-4. The second period was pretty much like the first with the shots 18-5 in the Rockies favor. The difference was a power play goal by the Rockies with just 1:22 left in the period. Brett Bjorkman carried the puck across the blue line, then dropped it to Stuart Barnscher, whose shot did not quite get through, but Brett carried on to the net and chipped the puck into the top corner over the goalie’s shoulder. The third period was played more defensively by the Rockies and the shots in the third were 7-9 in favor of the Riders. The Rockies scored at about 5 minutes in on a deflection by Andy Welsh off a shot from the point by Leighton Bishop. Then the Ghostriders got their only goal off a missed shot that deflected off a Rockies skate and between TJ’s pads. The Rockies final goal was an empty net goal by Greg Scheffer. Also getting assists were Trevor Lega and Dan Thompson. While the Rockies had lots of chances, they just didn’t bury the puck. Saturday night against Kimberley, they had better learn to shoot for the back of the net or it maybe another long night against the Dynamiters. We will see you there. It would be nice to see over 300 people in the stands for this one. Invite your friends and come on down and watch some exciting hockey. October 8/04 October 9/04 October 10/04

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The Old Zone

Fall is my favorite time of year. The changing of colours and the fresh smell in the air is a lot like Oldtimer hockey. Every year the goalies in oldtimer hockey must draft a team. They manage to retain a few of their players from previous years, however most of their team is new. Like fall, these players are dressed in a whole new set of colours. If you have ever been in a dressing room then you will know when I say the air has QUITE a refreshing smell!! Not only does the hockey equipment have a destinctive smell, but when 14 grown men meet to play hockey after dinner, you can just imagine

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Defining Policy

By Marianne Thiesen When I mention to business owners and managers that they should have a policy manual that is specific to their company, I get mixed reactions. The word policy derives from the word police which as a noun means “ a government department for keeping order, detecting crime, law enforcement, etc.: the members of such a department; any similar organization”, and as a verb means “to control; protect, etc with police or a similar force” (Webster’s English Dictionary, Concise Edition, 1997). Policies are thought of as being rules that control our behaviour, limit our creativity, and deprive us of our freedoms. Could it be otherwise? Most workplaces have rules of

some sort - a dress code, a time to start and a time to stop, maybe a harassment policy of some sort, sometimes a code of conduct that governs such things as customer service, computer etiquette, or use of the company expense account. Some have regulations that address safe work habits. Some companies have extensive policy manuals that provide direction on all issues of workplace management. Some, but not all! Webster’s English Dictionary defines policy as (among other things) “a high level overall plan embracing the general principles and aims of an organization”. When I look up the word policy on my thesaurus (Microsoft) I get words like procedure, plan, approach, process, and order. Creating a policy manual is a tough, time-consuming task. In the process of creating new policies and updating old ones an organization has to take a hard look at themselves and define who they were and what their purpose is. A good policy manual will guide the manager through periods of hiring, training, performance evaluation, disciplinary procedures, wage and benefit issues, etc, and refer to topics that some prefer to avoid like terminations, accidents and conflicts. Policies need to be specific. When preparing or updating policies, make sure that you take into consideration the unique needs and culture of your organization. Well-written policies are not limiting, but rather streamline processes and outline alternative actions to take if or when a particular situation should

arise. Once everyone knows where the perimeters lie, they are then free to concentrate on tasks at hand and work to create an atmosphere that is fun, productive and “together”. One needs also to be familiar with various legislation that govern workplace requirements, examples being Employment Standards, Workers Compensation, and Canadian Human Rights. (please take note here that labor legislation protects people from their own incognizance and from employers attempting to take advantage of their positions. Despite the consequences, employers across the country continue to be in violation. I am sure most employers here are in compliance, but if you are lacking in some areas it may be time to do a business character check - be sure to refer to the latest legislative changes). And now, in case the police should take offense at this article, my handy thesaurus tells me that synonyms for the word police include regulate, patrol, guard, maintain order and keep the peace, and for officer - administrator, manager and leader. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the work our police officers do. In fulfilling their duties, they are also responsible for taking a controlling position with certain individuals who endanger the rights, safety or freedom of others. Their role, after all, is not that much different from that of any other manager. Marianne Thiesen owns Individual Impacts in Invemere.

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Most viruses enter your computer system through an attachment to an email. Contrary to what is widely believed, the attached files can infect your computer even if they aren’t opened. Some new viruses can attack your system even if you merely open an email. Your computer can be infected even if the email attachment is merely resident on your harddrive but has not been activated. So it’s best not to open any suspicious email messages and avoid opening ANY attachments if possible. If the file is important to you, confirm that the sender has actually sent you an attachment for you to open. Any person who downloads files through file-sharing programs such as Kazaa, Emule, WinMX, Bear Share or similar Peer to Peer (P2P) programs increases their risk of contracting viruses. All downloaded files should be scanned for virus infection before ever being executed. Viruses can appear in many guises, the most common being: .pif, .com, .bat, .exe, .scr or image files. Viruses are becoming more virulent as the people who create them turn more perverse in their creations. Some viruses will completely take over your computer, revising crucial files to control the operation of your programs. They can cut off your access to the Internet and to your key programs, making it impossible to update your virus protection software. They send infected email messages and attachments without your being aware of it. They can under more extreme conditions, render your hard unusable. Here are some guidelines for keeping your computer free of viruses. 1. Try to avoid people--on the Internet and otherwise--who are inherently vindictive or malicious. This is not always possible because some virus predators attack people indiscriminately. But if you get into conflict with someone who is a psycho and has computer skills, try to terminate all contact as quickly as possible. 2. Buy and install the latest virus protection program. At present the most notable systems are Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan. Also available is a very well known effective antivirus by Grisoft called AVG-Free Edition. All companies provide

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update .dat (data) files which contain the most recent information on viruses. These .dat files operate in tandem with your virus protection program to scan and clean your computer (hard drive and peripheral drives). Of the three anti-virus systems, I would recommend Grisoft’s AVG-Free Edition because of its outstanding virus detection capabilities, its virus database, and it’s affordable price (Free). Any virus program is only effective if it’s continually updated and full system scans are implemented on a regular basis. Set up your virus protection software so it watches every file entering your computer--from the Internet or from a peripheral drive. Also configure your anti-virus program to update its virus definition files regularly--in order to keep your virus protection current. 3. Run your virus protection software regularly and often. If your computer has inadvertently become infected, have your anti-virus program immediately quarantine the file and then permanently delete it from your computer. 4. If your computer has become so infected that your antivirus software won’t work effectively to disinfect your system, then determine if you’re able to disinfect your computer by yourself or if you need to find someone to help you disinfect your computer You’ll know that you have an infected computer if you suddenly can’t perform certain procedures: can’t connect to the Internet, can’t run your anti-virus software, can’t run your email program Finding someone who can competently disinfect your computer can be a challenge, since some technicians claim skills which they can’t perform. First, get as much information from the Internet about viruses in general and your particular virus (if you know which one it is) and discuss with your prospective consultant just how they plan to go about the disinfecting process and how to help prevent any further infections. Any questions about the subject of this article can be answered by contacting John Clarke (250)341-3500 or via email

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I will be offering snow clearing this winter utilizing a new bobcat track loader, new tracked snow blower and shovel if need be. Signed contracts in place before the snow flies would take precedent.

RICK 341-1589 cell • 342-8860 phone/fax

The Councilor is in the Council Chambers every Monday from 4:00 - 6:30 (excluding holidays)

October 14, 2004

The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 15


Thank God for my wife By Dieter Magnus Thanksgiving has just passed. We were reminded again how blessed we are to live in a land of freedom and plenty such as we do. Houses, cars, clothes, food, leisure and much more are part of what we enjoy. It is also true that for all the wealth we may or may not possess, our relationships are our greatest treasure. Family, friends, neighbours and co-workers are all a huge part of the joy in life. That’s true for me. One person, however, is the most important human being on this planet for me. The year was 1974. I was attending a college in Saskatchewan. A young lady came all the way from Abbotsford, B.C. to the same school. October 22nd will be the 30th anniversary of our first date [approximately], and the 28th anniversary of our wedding. Her name is Deborah, and she has been God’s best gift to me over these years. We are living in our seventh community, and thirteenth home. During this time she has been my helper in church ministry, involved in her own ministries, worked outside the home at times, inside the home always, been a great mother to our three children, and is enjoying being a grandma as of four months ago. She is a hostess, decorator and event planner extraordinaire! Is our relationship perfect? No. Do we ever disagree? Yes ... sometimes strongly. Could I imagine being with someone else? No way! The things we enjoy together and agree on far outweigh the difficulties. I am thankful that in a world where marriage is more and more being perceived as unimportant, I have a spouse who is committed to me, as I am to her. Here’s the surprise. The vast majority of the people I deal with want a marriage like this. If that’s true, why do so many marriages end in divorce? I believe there are three main reasons. The first reason is acceptance of the false notion that if it’s meant to be, we’ll figure it out ourselves. There are so many pressures on relationships. If we are honest, we’ll admit that we are not the most objective analyzers of our own behaviours or motivations. Yet few couples take advantage of the help

which is offered by a variety of agencies. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can fix this [or make something good into something better] yourself. Along with that notion is often the idea that if we ask for help there is a flaw in our character. The sick see a doctor, those with financial needs go to a bank, and those with a terrible slice see their golf pro [at least we should!]. When you need help, ask somebody. The second reason for marriage break-ups is believing the false idea that separation and divorce may be easier. For twenty years I’ve dealt with people handling the fallout from divorce. The toll on the couple and their children is always high. Is the work to improve a marriage, or rebuild one, hard? Usually. It is, however, no harder than dealing with the fallout of a marriage gone bad. The third reason may be that people don’t know where to get help, or they think the only real help is too expensive for them to afford. This is not true. For the past six years, I have served on the board of the Family Resource Centre. The strength of F.R.C. is that there are a number of people who are expert in dealing with various areas of life that affect relationships [parenting, addiction, anger management, etc.], as well as counselling for couples. Most churches have in-house programs, or can make referrals to private counselling; or marriage retreat events that are good for improving good marriages and healing wounded ones. At Lake Windermere Alliance Church we are fortunate to have Gordon and Mary Bagan, who are facilitating a seven-session Marriage Course designed to enrich your relationship as a couple. This course is for all ages and stages of married life, from newlyweds who want to start right, to empty nesters who are realizing that, hey!, it’s just the two of us ... to those who are struggling and need some guidance. This Sunday, October 17th at 6:00 p.m. we are inviting any interested couples to come to an informational supper here at the church. Please call the Bagans at 342-9561 before Sunday, so that we can reserve a place for you. As you’ve probably guessed, I believe in marriage. It is part of God’s design for life on this earth, and history clearly shows the disaster of messing with His plan. If we can be of any assistance in helping you get ready for marriage, improving what you have, correcting some of your troubles, or helping cope with a bad end, call us. We are here to serve you. May God bless you and yours.

We Win Some - We Lose Some A couple of regulars, seen in places all over town during the past fifteen years, are saddling up and pulling out for Victoria. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, fixed what needed to be done, gave wise counsel and performed at no cost to help a grateful community progressively grow. Just like Pioneers of many years past our departing duo gave of themselves to their friends and neighbours. After two garage sales, give-aways to others, many trips to the landfill and wrapping up with party times before the send off, we wish them well. The literary classes will need another teacher, and a male voice is in demand for the Valley Voices, the church needs new workers and the Lions are wanting a new bartender. So long, Ray and Janis. Drop in for a visit any time - we’ll miss you.

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341-6299 THIS WEEKʼS VALUE! 345-4000 Jan Klimek 342-1195

Canal Flats New roof, furnace, decor, plus lower level has family room, 4th bdrm, roughed in 2nd bath, outside basement entry. Fenced private, corner lot with great mountain views. MLS# 104172 NOW $119,900



COURSE How to build a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime Sponsored by: Lake Windermere Alliance Church

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Sunday, October 17th 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction “The Heart at the Centre”. Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 7 during the Morning Service Sunday, October 24th 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction “The Heart Restored”. Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 7 during the Morning Service Sunday, October 31st 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction “The Heart’s Path”. 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

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Christ Church Trinity 10:15 am Every Sunday All Saints, Edgewater 8:30 am 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays St. Peter’s, Windermere 7:30 pm 1st Sunday (May - Oct.) Brisco United, Brisco 8:30 am 2nd Sunday (April - Sept.) Rev. Michael Rice 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY 10:00 am Celebration Service

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 pm Mass

St. Joseph’s Church, Radium

Sunday, 11:00 am

St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats


Sunday, 7:00 pm Mass Father Jose Joaquin 1210 - 9th Street, Invermere • 342-6167

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

Amid Spectacular Beauty Rests Your Dream

Invermere Residential Lots

New and Affordable

Beautiful home situated to capture the stunning mountain and lake views from every room on the main floor. Timber frame accents, 4 BR and 2.5 BTR, River Rock chimney, window bench seat and hardwood flooring are a few of the details in this cozy home. Log barn, detached garage, tack room, rental suite. MLS#102437 $790,000.00

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 a great start. MLS#73747-105128 $57,900.00 +gst

Nine new homes each over 1200 sq ft plus a full basement. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and great room. Gated community for that extra security. Close to all of Radiumʼs amenities with easy access to all the Columbia Valley has to offer. Great full-time home or as a recreational investment and/or enjoyment. MLS#105102-1051 $224,000.00 +gst

Take a Look!

Builder’s Beauty

Lakefront Living

Just a stroll to shops and services, yet in a quiet location, this Fairmont home has plenty to offer! This spacious home is the ideal recreational or revenue property with tons of deck space and a lower level suite. Enjoy 3 bedrooms on the upper level, a low maintenance yard & beautiful mountain views! MLS# Exclusive $259,000.00

Comfort, quality and attention to detail. A large treed lot for your quiet enjoyment located on quiet Wilder Loop Road. Walk-out basement, vaulted ceilings, fireplace with stone and wood mantle, timber accents, wood railings on stairs and loft. Buy it now and choose your own hardwoods and carpet. MLS#104474 $358,000.00 +gst

A rare 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 $699,000.00

You Can Have it All!

A Rare Beauty

No Strata Fees Here!

Enjoy a vacation getaway in Invermereʼs newest development, Heron Point. Beautifully finished, 2 BR, 2 BTR 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. MLS# 106237 From $219,900.00 +gst

One bedroom facing Toby Creek. Imagine waking to the sound of a creek outside your window. Enjoy the beautiful view from this, fully furnished unit. Revenue potential and easy access to the gondola, chair lift, hot tub and pools. Priced to sell, New Vision Assessment is paid in full. MLS #106552 $127,000.00 +gst

Fee simple ownership. Enjoy low maintenance living with this brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo within walking distance to all amenities. Attached single car garage, New Home Warranty and an awesome mountain view. Call for an appointment to view. This one wonʼt last long. MLS# 106470 $235,000.00

Detail is Everything

Watch the Seasons Unfold

1706 - 15th Avenue. Looking for something special? Then look no further. This home boasts a large tile foyer, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fir hardwood flooring, wood burning river rock fireplace, open design and large eating area. Private backyard, attached double car garage, east facing sundeck and plenty of windows to capture the natural light. All this and so much more await you. MLS# 106564

1702 - 10th Avenue. Whether you are looking for residential or recreation sit back and enjoy what the valley has to offer in this well maintained home in Wilder Subdivision. Some of the features are 4 BR, 3 BTR, wood burning fireplace, family room, sun room with hot tub, large kitchen, attached garage and level lot with back lane access. This home offers plenty of room for family and friends with an easy stroll to Kinsmen Beach, tennis courts, park and the unique shops of downtown. MLS #106583




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