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Youths arrested for theft

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

A group of local youths thought to be responsible for a rash of downtown robberies was apprehended by the RCMP last weekend. Break-ins have taken place at several businesses over the past two months, including The Blue Dog, Stober’s Department Store, The Thrift Shop, Gerry’s Gelati and Penner’s Footwear. RCMP Corporal Dale Morgan said the group consisted of at least six young people including several under the age of 18 and several over 18. Young people cannot be named even if charged, and the adults cannot be named because they have not yet been charged. Dallas Stober said at his store, it was a case of breaking out rather than breaking in. “Apparently they were hiding in the store when it closed. In the morning when the staff arrived they found both cash registers were missing along with a laptop computer and about $500 worth of clothing. The back door was pried open from the inside.” Mr. Stober said the thieves took the cash registers because”they couldn’t figure out which buttons to push.” He said the cash registers, which contained very

little cash, were found the next morning at Kinsmen Beach, smashed beyond repair. “It’s the first time we’ve been robbed in 23 years and hopefully the last,” he said. Linda Penner, owner of Penner’s Footwear, said the thieves kicked in the rear door on several occasions before they finally decided to come into the store. The next morning, she found clothing and shoes scattered around the store. “We knew it must be young people because the stuff that was stolen was what kids like to wear Nike hoodies and running shoes,” she said.

Jennifer Hansen, owner of The Blue Dog, was also angry about the robberies. The restaurant was broken into on four separate occasions despite her efforts to keep the premises secure. “After I put extra locks and barriers on the window, they just broke the window and climbed through,” she said. The rear window is now boarded up and screwed shut. She said her only choice now is to spend about $700 for an alarm system. Ms. Hansen said thankfully, the group decided not to damage anything. They stole change and a couple of cases of beer out of the cooler. “At the very least, they should be But she said she would like an apology. brought around to face the people that “At the very least, they should be brought around they ripped off and say they are sorry.” to face the people that they ripped off and say they are sorry,” she said. Jennifer Hansen, owner of The Blue Dog “And if they are sentenced to community service, they should be made to work for the people they stole from.” “They stole all the change out of the cash regisCorporal Morgan said the offenders have been ter, even the pennies. Most adults wouldn’t bother identified and their parents have been contacted. with the pennies!” “Now it’s a case of interviewing everybody and She said what makes it most upsetting is that it figuring out who did what and when,” he said. is local kids. “We even know a couple of their famiHe said charges are pending. lies,” she said.

Copper Point forced to fence golf course By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

Copper Point Golf Club is concerned. The club has spent the past three years building its reputation in the community. Now club manager Ron Mason fears a backlash from area residents when they find out that the golf course will be fenced. “We have no choice,” he said. “The health and safety of people is our primary concern.” He said the club’s insurance company requires the fence, and the board of directors has mandated that the fence be built. The course has several features that make it a dangerous place. One of them is the 12-million-gallon pond. “One day we heard a lady screaming,” he said. “Her Golden Lab had fallen into the pond and was drowning because the pond is lined with a slippery material and the dog couldn’t climb out. We formed a human chain and pulled the dog to safety but we kept wondering what if it had been the lady instead.”

Even in winter the pond is a concern. He said someone took it upon himself this winter to clear the pond for skating with an all-terrain vehicle. “We admire his intentions but if he ever went through the ice . . . that pond is 40 feet deep,” said Mr. Mason, shaking his head. Another problem area are the steep hills used for tobogganing. “We had hundreds of kids out there this winter,” he said. “The first time a little girl on a toboggan hits a tree, it’s over. That’s the kind of thing that makes good dreams go bad.” Golf course maintenance manager Dave Lister agrees. “Once the course is fenced, it will be a weight off my shoulders,” he said. The condition of the course is his responsibility, and twice vehicles have driven over his carefully-tended greens. “The potential is there for $40,000 worth of damage if somebody spins a few doughnuts.” The owners of the property are supporting the club’s difficult decision. The Windermere Valley Lions Club rents the 190-acre property to Copper Point. Over the past three years the Lions have realized about $120,000 in rental income, most of which finds its way back into the community

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March 18, 2005

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Saturday:

Steak Night 3 course meal $19.95

Wednesday:

All You Can Eat Lasagne 2 course meal $13.95

Thursday:

Jumbo Wing Night 10 for $6.99 or 20 for $9.99

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In a successful annual program, volunteers with the Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club have been providing nesting areas for Canada Geese for more than 30 years.

Historic Rod and Gun Club By Margo Daugherty Special to The Pioneer “You shall not destroy what you have not the power to replace.” These were the words spoken at the birth of the Windermere and District Rod and Gun Club exactly 86 years ago on March 17, 1919. A group of local sportsmen gathered in the Rotunda Hotel in Invermere on that historic evening. Their aim was to pressure government for the management of wilderness, fish and wildlife. The first president was guide and author John A. Hope, with a board of 25 executives. For several years took an active part in all matters pertaining to wild game, birds and fishing and made many recommendations to the game department. Following are the highlights, taken from club records over the years: During the 1920s: • in 1922 the club was dissolved. • a fishing and game committee of the Windermere District Board of Trade was formed, consisting of J.C. Pitts, W.H. Cleland, A.M. Chisolm, Dr. Coy and John McCoskrie. • the committee pressured the Game Department to restock many local lakes with cutthroat and kamloops trout and salmon. • in 1924 the club was revived with A.M. Chisolm as president. During the 1930s: • many area lakes were restocked with fish. • the club remained active and Mr. Chisolm was president for 21 years. During the 1940s: • there was a great showing of big game in this area and also many predators, with a bounty of $40 on cougars and $2.50 on coyotes. Club records state: “Eagles were not plentiful but harmful, but hawks, crows and owls are causing problems.” During the 1950s: • the annual Ling Derby was begun around the full moon in February. The club offered plane rides and sleigh rides. • the club purchased 30 chukar partridges to propagate the local species. • beaver were imported in pairs into Marion Creek, North Salmon River, Lead Queen Lake, Hall Lake and the old beaver lodge between Forrestor and Francis Creek.

• Rogun Lake was created by the club damming During the 1980s: Slater Creek and stocking it with rainbow trout and • goose-nesting project is very successful. Every a pair of beaver. year in late winter a crew goes to repair or replace some 150 elevated goose nests along the lake and During the 1960s: Columbia River. • the club requested new fish hatchery for the • Big Horn Sheep in trouble again with poor Kootenays, and asked that antlerless deer season be health. They are being treated and inoculated to closed. prevent the epidemic of lungworm infection. • game biologists noticed that wildlife ranges • we now have 114 members. were shrinking due to domestic animals, human • in 1985 back road access is a concern and prespopulation, logging, etc. sure applied to stop the road closures. • Lake Lillian received a face-lift by two major • a two-week bow season has been added to work bees of club members. hunting season regulations. • Cartwright Lake got campsite, better road. • the club offered their help for the proposed • Lake Enid got new road and campsite. transplant of elk to the Chilcotin. • Cleland Lake got new campsite, boat launch. • the new shooting range just out of Radium • fish restocking was done in all of these lakes. was developed with volunteers. They now have a • Youth Firearms Course taught by game war- rifle range, 22 range and a nice trap shoot. den Jack McKill game produced twelve graduates. • The Scotty Falconer memorial cairn is unveiled All Grade 7 students in B.C. were offered the fire- at the Lake Lillian Fish Derby and picnic. arms safety course, spearheaded by the B.C. Wild• 46 head of sheep were moved from Stoddart life Federation. Creek-Radium area to Wigwam River, leaving a • annual Fish Derby at Lake Lillian began. head count of 220. • in October 1965, sheep season was closed due • Top railings on many highway and ranch fencto an epidemic disease, lungworm. Cause appeared es tagged with colored ribbons so wildlife could see to be due to stress and overpopulation. Biologists the fences. treated and innoculated all sheep. It lasted about one year and many sheep were lost. And since the 1990s and up to the present: • the club built a Big Horn Sheep range enclo• goose nesting is still going strong. Maintesure on Stoddart Creek for which they were pre- nance of the nests north of Wilmer and at the south sented the O’Keefe Conservation award on June 15, end of Lake Windermere is an annual event. 1966 at the official opening of the Kootenay Fish • archery held weekly at the Invermere Hall unHatchery at Bull River. til spring, and then outdoors at Lake Lillian with • there was a total restriction on harvesting fe- president Norm Hendricks and Jim Raven. male elk, moose or deer. • Lake Lillian Archery Shoot held in May. • there was controversy over whether to spray • annual Triathlon at the Rauch Heritage Shootthe mosquitoes. ing Range near Radium in July with archery, trap and rifles. During the 1970s: • the rifle shooting range now has a shade so the • controversy over the Kootenay Diversion. Ian sun isn’t in your eyes when you’re shooting, plus a Jack and wildlife biologists studying the issue. “sugar shack” for concessions, and a noise-activated • concern over Toby Creek pollution from the pigeon thrower that lets fly at any bodily noises. Panorama sewer system. Gary Elliot and Dave MacElderry are our leaders of • the club received a $1,000 grant from Ducks the trap. They meet every Wednesday in the sumUnlimited for materials to make 100 elevated goose mer or weather permitting. nests in the wetlands. • a graduation bursary presented to the student • the winter of 1975-1976 was pretty rough on who writes the best essay on wilderness. the elk. Too much snow and they couldn’t get to • the Junior Firearms safety course held at Inverthe range so the club fed the elk. Many bales of hay mere Hall has a full class at the moment. later, they were saved. * annual Wildlife Banquet and dance. • membership now up to 90 members. • new firearms legislation is showing up and For information on any Windermere and Dismuch discussion about the pros and cons. trict Rod and Gun Club events, please call Marg Daugherty at 347-9770.


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By Michelle Taylor Pioneer Staff For those of you interested in turning your winter-pale thumbs to green, look no farther than the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens. The group puts on workshops for anyone interested in the latest gardening techniques: composting, soil building and water and plant conservation. “We help people turn their own gardens into something more beautiful,” says director David Zehnder. The group’s main objective is to build, maintain and harvest the community garden. The garden encompasses the area around Pynelogs Cultural Centre including the hill just below Heron Point. A variety of plants, flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits are grown here each year. Lasagna anyone? Have they actually designed a pasta plant? Not exactly. Lasagna gardening is a unique “no-dig” system for establishing a healthy new bed using a layering process – much like making lasagna – but the ingredients are compost and organic matter. Volunteers come out on a designated evening each week in the summer to share ideas, help in the garden and have a lot of fun.

Community outreach programs provide donated fruits and vegetables to Pynelogs, the Food Bank and other non-profit organizations. Children from Eileen Madson School come out to the garden each spring to plant seeds, help with composting and learn about conservation and gardening. The group is working on two projects: • Grasslands research: The native grasslands in the local area are now endangered. “The number and density of the trees we have growing in the valley are like weeds, because they are being grown in such a way that it is unnatural,” said Mr. Zehnder. In the past, forest fires were a more regular occurance and would burn out many small trees and brush allowing space for the grasslands to grow. The grasslands area on the hillside just below Heron Point is one of the last pieces of native grassland found in Invermere. A restoration project currently being done will determine what conditions are best suited to grow the grasslands. The research is being conducted near the Redstreak Campground. It is hoped that with this research much of the grasslands can return back to its native state. • Growing a selection of Canada’s rarest food

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Bigger Bang for your Buck without Busting Your Budget: Marketing and Advertising Solutions Workshop – 7 hours ($95)

April 11

Best Practices in Special Events Planning – Online 28 hour course ($340)

April 19

The Power of Visual Selling – How to Create and Market a Powerful Promotional Video – 2 hour seminar ($45)

April 19

How to Bring the Film Industry to Your Community –seminar and dinner – Limited Enrolment ($45)

April 20-22

Weekend Film School – Victoria Motion Picture School – Limited enrolment ($100)

April 26

The Art of Window Display –18 hours of seminars and workshops over 5 sessions ($60)

May 10

Creating an IdentiďŹ able Brand Image – Janey Cruise, Partner MarketPULSE- 7 hour workshop ($95)

May-TBD

Travel Media Relations – BC Tourism –Judi Lees, Travel Writer – 3 hour workshop ($65)

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Tourism Management 121: Industry CertiďŹ cations – Includes First Aid, CPR-C SuperHost Fundamentals and Customers with Disabilities, Serving It Right, Foodsafe and Customer Service Excellence ($256.04)

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Program Fees: $700 for the Entire Program Individual Course Fees as Listed Above

Please contact the Invermere Campus at:

342-3210 for more information or to register.

RockyTop Maintenance & Management (division of Wallnuts-R-us Inc.)

Call today: (250) 342-0211 or (250) 342-0244 Emergency service available: (250) 270-0169 or (250) 688-2737 email: wallnuts@telus.net

FOR ALL YOUR SPRING MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS We have certiďŹ ed electricians, plumbers, gas ďŹ tters and top notch ďŹ nishers. We are exclusively available to local and Valley residents for all phases of reno construction from foundation to ďŹ nish.

We do it right . . . now!

ROCK WORKS LANDSCAPE

Your unique requirements are of the utmost importance to us. At Rock Works Landscape we offer fresh design ideas and practical solutions to ďŹ t your individual needs. It is our goal to create an environment that combines aesthetics, utility, and quality workmanship. Your satisfaction is our guarantee. Specializing in: agstone patios, walkways, boulder retaining walls and steps.

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March 18, 2005

HISTORY Gardening around the valley

The beautiful gardens outside of the Invermere Hotel, downtown Invermere.

Old-time gardens By Bob Ede

Randolph Bruce home gardens, now Pynelogs Cultural Center.

Couple among the flower beds. Possibly the golf clubhouse, Invermere.

Large Chantenay carrots.

The Upper Columbia’s rich history of gardening is evident today throughout the valley. The Botanical Gardens located at Pynelogs Cultural Center was once the home of Randolph Bruce and the grounds were planted in a variety of flowers. Vegetable gardens, a necessity and also a source of pride to early settlers, produced a wealth of vegetables that were dried or stored in root cellars for consumption throughout the year. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the Akisqnuk Nation gardens were some of the best in the region and many settlers learned local knowledge regarding climate, soil conditions and irrigation from the native farmers. Youngsters learned the value of hard work at a young age, weeding, keeping irrigation ditches clear, and

flumes repaired during the drought years in the 1930’s. Today many of the techniques used by early settlers, including the variety of vegetables and flowers, can be found in many valley gardens. While walking and exploring the benches around Lake Windermere or up and down the valley, old home sites can be found not by ruins, but by blatant large dark green leaves of the rhubarb patch or the seeded fern of asparagus plants, producing as well today as they did years ago growing in the pioneers’ garden. Facts for this page were taken from the journals of Ron Ede Sr. If you have information or comments on the history of valley gardens contact Bob Ede at the Pioneer office or email: rede@telus.net Photos circa 1920, from the Ede Collection

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The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 17

March 18, 2005

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Architectural items for home & garden.

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Invermere Industrial Park (just off the road to Panorama)

Turnoff to Panorama

To Downtown Invermere

Odd Jobs Enterprises & Brush Removal Hauling - Garbage - Construction Disposal

- Mulch Deliveries & Chain Saw Duties

Dale Hunt (250) 342-3569

Imagine . . . products & services for gardeners

250-421-1898

email: earthworks@cyberlink.bc.ca

Consulting • Education • Maintenance Training • Products “Fine gardening for the Columbia Valleyâ€?

Propane delivers the power. We deliver the freedom Box 669 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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WINDERBERRY GREENHOUSES & NURSERY

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Trees & Shrubs • Perennials • Annuals & Planters Soil Conditioners • Bark Mulch • Fertilizers Owned & Operated by:

JACK STEEDMAN & GLENDA WAH

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Phone: 342-6610 • 507A - 7th Ave., Invermere

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Tel: (250) 341-6887 #3 - 1361 INDUSTRIAL RD. #4 INVERMERE, BC

LAMBERT-KIPP PHARMACY LTD. J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Your Compounding Pharmacy

Come in and browse our giftware and wonderful selection of amber and turquoise jewellery. Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere

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Wheel Alignment • Custom Exhaust • Automotive Repair • Vehicle Inspections •

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#3, 109 Industrial Road #2, Invermere

Telephone: 342-3659 Fax: 342-3620

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SHOLINDER & MACKAY EXCAVATING Inc.

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March 18-20th

EDGEWATER HALL - Friday night 7:00 p.m. and Saturday morning 10:00 a.m. RADIUM SENIORS HALL - Sunday 10:00 am Special Music, bring a friend, everybody welcome. Please note: on Saturday we are going to have a Pot Luck Lunch at the Edgewater Hall. For more information call:

Wayne or Linda at 342-6633 or Jennifer at 347-6334

342-3264

BJS Accounting Services Let us help you with your taxes. Barb J. Smith, CGA Michelle Ukass, CMA Personal & Corporate Tax Returns

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Tel. 342-8304

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We donĘźt run mass advertising from other parts of the province. Advertise in The Pioneer, your LOCAL newspaper. Your ad will POP when it appears in The Pioneer.

Successful applications in the past supported projects in the areas of Literacy, Environment, Youth, Arts, Sports and Safety. Our goal is to fund projects that enhance the quality of life of the residents of the Columbia Valley, from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen.

Deadline for applications: April 15th, 2005 Decision by April 29th, 2005 An information package, including granting guidelines and an application form, may be picked up at the College of the Rockies, 1535 – 14 St., Invermere. For information on the grantmaking process, please contact

SEONA HELMER 342-9813

or check www.valleyfoundation.ca www.valleyfoundation.ca


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BUSINESS

auctions. “We sell the stuff that Grandma didn’t leave you” is a common saying around the store. Pieces from the Past have a great selection ranging from 500-year-old native North American artifacts to retro mid-century modern collectibles from the fifties. “We like to keep a really broad range of antiques,” said Larry. One of the most dangerous items in the store is an Indian war club thought to be from the 1600s. Books have been the oldest collectibles Larry has ever carried in the store, some dating back to the 1600s. The barn wood furniture that Larry builds looks as though it has been built a century ago. “I start with a pine sub-frame which gives the piece its strength. The outside structure is made from weathered wood to give it that old fashioned look,” he says. Wood is salvaged locally and throughout B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. “Each piece has its own story,” Larry says. There is a written background on each Judy and Larry Koss had the moving job of the century packing up and moving their store downtown. item of furniture so buyers learn about the wood’s history. Some stories are more interesting than others. Several creations were built from salvaged wood that came from a brothel half-way between Cranbrook and vaged wood from old buildings and barns before Kimberly many years ago. By Michelle Taylor opening the store in July 2003. Right now the store is displaying several coffee Pioneer Staff Larry and Judy always had a love for collecting and bedside tables that were constructed from the antiques and realized that their hobby could turn into late Helen Annis’ sheep farm located at Toby BenchFoot traffic has stepped up since Pieces from a full-time business. “We always had antiques complees. Wood from many of the grain elevators that have the Past antique store recently moved to Invermere’s menting the barn wood furniture in the studio. Now been demolished throughout Alberta has been re-used downtown core. the barn wood furniture complements the antiques,” as well. Owners Larry and Judy Koss now occupy the he says. Larry is currently working on furniture with wood retail space located next to the Mustard Seed Health The Kosses started with selling their treasures at he collected from an abandoned railway station in Food Store on 7th Avenue. several antique shows in Edmonton and Calgary be- Cayley, Alberta. “I think it adds a nice mix to the downtown busi- fore opening their own store. The store is as great as ever and contains an even nesses and retail stores,” said Larry. “We have developed a network of dealers so if larger selection of antiques from almost every era. Be For the past two years the antique store has been people are looking for something that’s not here we sure to check out the new digs and see what great located beside Superior Propane near the crossroads. may know someone who does,” said Larry. Antiques things have been dug up from the past. Larry built and sold barn wood furniture using sal- are also obtained from antique dealers and at estate

All the pieces in place

Invermere Christian Supplies Paul Glassford

250-341-1395 Rockies West Realty Independently owned and operated 230 Laurier Street DIRECTOR’S PLATINUM Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 AWARD E-mail: paul@rockieswest.com Website: www.PaulGlassford.com

Invermere Christian Supplies

www.invermerechristiansupplies.com

1229-7th Ave., Invermere

342-6415


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March 18, 2005

BUSINESS Friendly face at Sears

Mary Frances Shaw is the new owner of the Invermere Sears Centre. By Michelle Taylor Pioneer Staff Customers will still see a familiar face at Invermere’s Sears Centre even though it is under new ownership. Mary Frances Shaw, who has worked at the store for the past four years, decided to buy the business from Sterling Pettit last November. “I knew I could run the business and it would be better than working for someone else, so I decided to buy it,” she said. Because she had already had the responsibility

of operating the outlet store, the transition from manager to owner was very smooth. “Nothing has changed a whole lot. I worked more hours in the beginning hiring and training new staff. Now that the staff is in place, I am back to my regular four days a week,” she said. Mary Frances has lived in the valley her entire life. She grew up in Radium, married Kevin Shaw from Invermere and they have two daughters - Savanna, who is attending her first year in physics at Simon Fraser University; and Breanne, who is in Grade 9 at the local high school. Sears is a long-time institution here for people who need things that aren’t available locally. Many customers order their items by telephone and pick them up at the local outlet. The Sears store use to be located at the back of Penner’s Footwear until the fall of 2001 when it moved to 10th street. Mary Frances will also go that extra mile to get appliances and electronics you need at the best price. “The catalogue does not list all products and prices that are available. For people who are looking for specific electronics or appliances, come see me,” she says. Although the Sears Centre carries a lot of Kenmore products, customers can purchase Kitchenaid, Maytag, Whirlpool and other well-known brands. The Sears Centre caters to residents from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen and it typically takes about five working days for most orders to arrive.

We want to hear about your business 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.

Classifieds Phone: 341-6299 Fax: 341-6229 Email: upioneer@telus.net Classified Deadline: Tuesdays 4:00 pm All classified ads must be prepaid by cash or cheque unless client has an existing account. Rates: First Week: $ 6.50 for 15 words (15¢ for each additional word) Additional Weeks: $ 4.50 for 15 words (15¢ for each additional word) All prices subject to GST.

Please read your ad over carefully the first day it comes out to ensure the information is correct. If you should find an error in your ad please let us know immediately by calling 341-6299. The Upper Columbia Pioneer is not responsible for errors appearing beyond the first insertion. The newspaper’s responsibility, if any, for errors of any kind is limited to the amount paid for that advertisement. We reserve the right to censor, re-classify, revise, edit or reject any advertisement not meeting our advertising standards.

PUBLIC SERVICES 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. 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. All meetings are open. 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 June Florence, 342-5573. 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, 342-4242, Mon-Thu. 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.

CHEERS AND JEERS CHEERS to Bill at Meridian for the personal service and for treating us like his most valuable client (even though I am probably not!) Your persistence was incredible. D & K. CHEERS to the people of Invermere for conserving $45,000 worth of water last summer as per council’s request. BH JEERS to council for raising the water fees to cover the shortfall in water revenue. BH

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. ANNOUNCEMENT As of April 1st, Lorisa Jean and Megan Jackson will be the proud new owners of Image Custom Framing. I would like to thank all my customers for their patronage. Lorisa and Megan are looking forward to serving you in the near future. Heinz Froemgen.

I sold my left-handed golf clubs in one week thanks to The Pioneer’s Classifieds. Tony Van Niessen, Invermere.


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24 • The Upper Columbia Pioneer

March 18, 2005

Invermere Office: 250-342-6505

Wende Brash 342-1300

Bernie Raven 342-7415

Daniel Zurgilgen 342-1612

Ed English 342-1194

Jan Klimek 342-1195

John McCarthy Lynda Kirkpatrick 342-1758 341-1907

Situated on the beautiful Windermere Golf Course this nice level lot offers no commitment to build. It is located close to all of the amenities of the area. This over sized lot at .41 of an acre has 360 degree views of the valley. What a great place to build the home you always wanted! MLS#108790

$115,000.00

Scott Wallace 342-5309

Andy Smith 342-1709

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

www.ReMaxInvermere.com

What a View

Big Open Views

Roger Askey 342-1295

The only lot available in the Highlands; offering great mountain views and only minutes to the Copper Point Golf Course. With no building commitment, the choices are yours. Just a short drive to the amenities of Invermere and close to all the valley has to offer. MLS#108894

$125,000.00

On the Sunny Side

This one bedroom unit in the Toby Creek Lodge is in great condition. You will enjoy sitting outside on your balcony on the sunny side while also enjoying the indoors which comes mostly furnished. The buyer to assume New Vision assessment payments of $153.61/month. MLS#108999

$103,000.00+gst

The Springs #14 Teebox

Relax & Enjoy

Commercial Acreage

Location is everything with this bright, open 3 bdrm/3 bath town home. Back deck looks south down #14, offering privacy and sunny exposure. Open floor plan on main with comfortable contemporary décor. This basement with lots of daylight has a big rec room, guest bed and bath, large shop/utility/laundry room. MLS#108974

Here is your chance to build your dream home in the beautiful Columbia Valley. This large lot features partial lake and beautiful mountain views. Located in a small country subdivision this partially treed lot in natural surroundings offers lots of privacy. MLS#108937

This is a fantastic commercial opportunity. Located on the west side of highway 93/95 at the north entrance to Fairmont Hot Springs, this 21 acre parcel has over 900 feet of prime highway frontage. Present zoning is C-2, ready for a large scale development. Call today for more information. MLS#109032

$399,000.00

$159,000.00

Cottage in the Trees

A True Must See

This lovely two bedroom cottage offers an open design with vaulted ceilings, large sundeck and a quiet location. The large lot gives you easy access to biking, hiking, community swimming pool and the tennis courts. Close to the amenities of Fairmont Hot Springs and all the valley has to offer. MLS#108366

This nearly new 1200 sq. ft home with a walkout basement is perfect for raising your family. Situated on 14.25 acres with magnificent mountain views and is partially fenced. With easy access of Hewitt Road and water license in place, the choices are yours. MLS#108399

A Reflection of Your Good Taste

A great vacation getaway or rental opportunity. This condo in desirable “Ridge 1” at Fairmont Mountainside, offers 3 BR and 2 BR loft, vaulted ceilings, a large open kitchen and living room with a wood fireplace. This proven revenue producer is the condo you have always wanted to own. MLS#109016

$289,900.00+gst

$239,000.00

Award Winning Home In 2003 this magnificent Timber Frame home received the Canadian Home Builders Award for Best New House in Canada. Mountain, lake and valley views surround the property. What makes it special is the feeling of elegance in time-honored wood, tempered with simplicity. This spacious, state of the art, energy efficient home must be seen to experience the true feeling of excellence in the building. For those who appreciate the best, this is it! MLS#105789

$1,300,000.00

$3,450,000.00

$349,000.00

A Price on Priceless

Unmatched quality, unparalleled views and a Columbia Lake address that is second to none. This striking log home offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury with slate tile, maple floors, hickory cabinets and more. Guests have plenty of space in the fully finished walk-out level, or can enjoy a private suite above the double garage. Walk to the waterfront, enjoy the sounds of the private pond or just sit and relax on the oversized lake view deck. Too many extras to list-a must see!

$899,000 MLS#109026


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