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Vol. 2/Issue 20

The Upper



May 20, 2005



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

Contents Election






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Bear care

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10 Second home


Wendy McMahon concedes election defeat as husband Brian stands by her side.



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May 20, 2005


Graceful in defeat

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

An emotional Wendy McMahon made her farewell speech Tuesday night, thanking her supporters and wishing Norm Macdonald all the best. Her husband Brian, rarely seen during the campaign, was by her side as she conceded the Columbia River-Revelstoke seat to her NDP opponent. The evening began hopefully at the campaign office in the Invermere Inn, where about 30 supporters gathered to celebrate. Cheers met the very first poll results from the Wilder subdivision showing Wendy with a resounding win. But the jubilation was short-lived as the momentum slowed. As the Invermere numbers came in, smiles faded and the watchers grew sombre. Although Wendy continued to win polls in Invermere and her home base in Fairmont, the numbers weren’t strong enough to make up for what everyone suspected was about to come. When the results from Golden and Revelstoke arrived, Norm led in almost every poll. Ultimately, Kimberley told the tale. As poll after poll fell to the NDP, there was a collective sigh. Within moments the nervous tension evaporated like water flowing down the drain and Liberal supporters faced the cold, hard reality of defeat. Wendy remained cheerful and composed throughout the evening, even as she watched Premier Gordon Campbell’s jubilant victory speech on television, knowing that her party was moving forward without her. Finally, she gathered her group together and spoke a few words. Showing signs of emotion at last, she struggled to keep her voice steady while she thanked several people, including husband Brian, campaign manager Bob Johnstone and Shala Robins, who managed her MLA’s office and who will now be out of a job. “I don’t want anyone here to forget what we’ve accomplished in the past four years,” she said, citing improvements to health care, upgrades to the TransCanada Highway and the new Paralympics Centre in Kimberley. “We have tried our hardest,” she said, and was then forced to stop as the tears threatened. The evening ended with the champagne that was supposed to have been drunk in victory.

“We tried our best,” former MLA told Liberal supporters while husband Brian McMahon applauds.

Local Liberals shocked by election results By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Liberal supporters were disappointed as they struggled to come to terms with the fact that although their party won the provincial election, they lost their local member. Traditionally an NDP riding, Wendy McMahon won the seat four years ago after voters became disenchanted with the previous government. Although Gordon Campbell became the first premier to be re-elected in the past 22 years, this riding reverted to the NDP once again. “It just doesn’t make sense,” said an exasperated and baffled Henry Karperine, director of sales at Fairmont Resort Properties, who was present at the Liberal campaign office Tuesday night. “We find somebody who is doing a great job and then we fire them.” Mr. Karperine added: “This is one of the largest geographic ridings and Wendy was on the road in her car every day, driving between Kimberley and Golden and Revelstoke. No man would ever work as hard as she does, and neither will Norm.” Bob Johnstone, Wendy’s campaign manager, attributed the loss to the huge amounts of cash spent

by the provincial unions, such as the $5 million spent by B.C. Teachers Federation. “One union spent more than the Liberals were allowed to spend,” he said, pointing to large advertisements in local newspapers as an example. “It’s unconscionable when our public teachers can spend more on a campaign than our own MLA.” Bob Myers, former Conservative MLA in Saskatoon, retired and moved to Invermere two years ago to get away from the NDP, as he put it. “People here have not remembered the past and they have not remembered how much Wendy has done for this valley,” he said. Shala Robins, who worked in the MLA’s office and will now lose her job, said she was absolutely stunned. “I don’t care for myself, but I care for the people of this riding,” she said. “I’m the one who was with her every day and I know how hard she worked. People just assumed she would get in again. They were far too complacent.” Barry Brown-John said he wasn’t happy, either - but he was a little more philosophical about the loss. “People in this riding have short memories,” he said, “but the sun will still rise tomorrow.”

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ELECTION Invermere results cinch NDP win By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff

Our new Member of the Legislative Assembly, Norm Macdonald of Golden, is elated as the results from the polls start pouring into his Golden office on Tuesday night. The main NDP event took place in Golden, where Bob Ede of The Pioneer attended to take photographs and observe the proceedings.

Karen Macdonald, who accompanied her husband Norm on his intensive door-to-door campaign throughout the riding, watched anxiously Tuesday night as the first results started to pour into the Golden campaign office.

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Smiles, laughter and shouts of joy were the theme of the evening at Norm Macdonald’s campaign office in Invermere on election night. When the polls closed at 9 p.m., supporters were cautiously optimistic. “We’re expecting 35 per cent of the vote in Invermere - 40 would be amazing,” said Invermere campaign manager Raj Patara, 28, a health care worker from Golden who ran the NDP campaign here. Aware that Invermere doesn’t typically go to the NDP, the party was counting on strong showings elsewhere in the riding to lead them to victory. The office was almost deserted early in the evening, with only a handful of supporters and a lone reporter in attendance. But the excitement began soon after nine p.m. with the first local results, narrowly in favour of the Liberals - close enough to give fresh hope to the NDP. “Oh, my God, we’re going to win,” said campaign worker and member of the local teachers’ union executive, Andrea Dunlop. A buzz overtook the group with each phone call or the arrival of another scrutineer. “I’m so nervous I think I’m going to be sick,” said Raj Patara. The office, formerly the site of an antique store, was a little bubble. A small fuzzy television was set up on one side of the room and on the other side a radio relayed election results. No one was too concerned with the rest of the riding or the province. Everyone was focused on results in Insponsored by:


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vermere. When Invermere poll 54 came in, the building exploded with cheers, the loudest of which came from Ms. Dunlop. The NDP had won the poll. By ten p.m. the crowd numbered a dozen and was growing. A cheer erupted for every close result. Every time the vote went soundly to Liberal candidate Wendy McMahon, conciliatory remarks like: “That’s OK, we only need 40 per cent,” filled the air. Results favourable for the NDP continued to pour in. At 11 p.m., with about 20 supporters present, office managers got the call they had been waiting for: Kimberley had gone to the NDP and Norm Macdonald led in Golden almost 2 to 1. It became clear to everyone that the NDP had won the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding and a seat in the legislature. “I’m speechless,” said Ms. Patara. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen numbers like this in Invermere.” When the counting was done the NDP had won just over 40 percent of the vote here in Invermere, surpassing expectations. The party won five local polls, including four of nine in Invermere. “Wendy didn’t do her job,” said Ms. Dunlop. “She forgot who she was representing and we fired her.” New MLA Norm Macdonald was praised by many as being compassionate and a good listener. “But he’s also a strong leader,” said Anne Jardine. Campaign volunteer Dennis Bonham agreed. “He really cares about the people who were being maligned by the Liberals,” he said. Free Estimates • Reasonable Rates

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Grizzly cub saved from starvation By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff

Candace Ivanco-Boutot holds the baby grizzly cub. He would have died alone in the wilderness.

A tiny grizzly bear cub weighing less than five pounds was brought to the Invermere Veterinary Hospital last Sunday. The hungry orphan cub was brought into the clinic last Sunday night by a Kootenay National Park warden. The cub is “in relatively good health, other than a bit weak and dehydrated,” says vet Mark Zehnder. The little bear looks as cuddly as a teddy except for those long claws. Local park wardens began getting calls Sunday morning about the bear cub found wondering alone on Settler’s Road. A day-long search for the mother bear was carried out but with no luck. When it was decided the cub was an orphan and could not survive on his own, he was taken into human care. The male cub, who was born early this spring, had left the den only days earlier. He is being nursed back to health on a diet of goat’s milk. Now that the cub has been exposed to people he cannot be released

into the wild. He has been fed by staff at the vet hospital and has lost his fear of humans. “He’s identified people as a source of food,” says Dr. Zehnder. Dr. Zehnder has been in touch with the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge in Golden, a wildlife preserve. The cub will be moved there when he is ready. “We’ll keep him here until we hear from the people at the refuge.” Staff at the vet hospital are asking that people do not visit the cub. Meanwhile, the public is being warned to stay away from bear cubs in the wild, since getting between a cub and its mother can be very dangerous. An adult grizzly bear weighs between 300-1500 pounds and can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Grizzlies are primarily vegetarians, although about 20 percent of their diet is composed of fish, insects and small animals. Anyone who finds a bear cub or any animal that appears to need help is advised to call a conservation officer. If the animal is found on park territory, a park warden should be called.

‘Don’t water your lawn Notes from The Pioneer more than once a week’ By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff Hey, you! Don’t touch that hose! The town of Invermere issued a watering restriction notice this week, telling residents that odd-numbered houses can water on odd days and even-numbered houses on even days. And that isn’t a full day, since NO watering can be done between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. any time. Although the printed reminder in our mailboxes came out earlier this year, limits on watering are nothing out of the ordinary, says Brian Nickurak, Invermere’s director of municipal works. “We’re just getting ahead of the game,” he says. Water restrictions have been in effect since 1993. Water supply is a concern because of new provincial drinking water standards, combined with last winter’s light snowfall. The town draws its water from the Paddy Ryan Lakes, about five kilometres west of town. Last November a study by a Calgary engineering

firm showed the lakes could provide water to no more than 800 additional homes. The town has been drilling test holes in Athalmer, trying to tap into an underground aquifer. Seismic work was recently completed and is being reviewed to find the best spot for drilling. Test wells will be dug this week. The town is being cautious with the location of the wells, since a small difference in location can greatly affect the quality of the water. “Ground water is not necessarily 100-per-cent guaranteed,” says Mr. Nickurak. However, he said ground water like that found in an aquifer is typically more suitable for municipal needs than surface water like that found in lakes, which sometimes needs extensive treatment. When it is located, ground water from any new wells will be added to the surface water taken from Paddy Ryan Lakes. This combination will provide Invermere with enough water for the foreseeable future, he said.

Our golf columnist Michelle Taylor tells us she kept forgetting to register her daughter Faith for kindergarten. Then one day the phone rang at The Pioneer office and it was the school board calling for Michelle. “Don’t you think you should register your four-year-old for kindergarten?” someone asked. Only in a small town would the school board actually go to the trouble of tracking people down and reminding them! *** People tell us they are not receiving The Pioneer in the mailbox. If you are missing your paper, please take it up with your local postmaster. We drop off the papers in Invermere every Thursday afternoon for insertion into 2800 mailboxes, and we pay the post office 11 cents for each one. After that it is out of our hands. If you don’t receive your newspaper on Friday, we want you to complain, because we want you to get what we are paying for! If you still aren’t happy, call us at 3416299. *** Ernie Phillips, the native elder who blessed the new Home Hard-

ware store, loves to speak in public and he loves getting his photograph taken. He told our photographer that he was even asked to pose for Playgirl magazine in the nude, but his chief put the kibosh on that idea. “It’s not our way,” the chief told him. *** When protecting your computer from viruses, don’t forget about your pets. John Clarke at Focal Network Group tells us about the time he had to clean up a keyboard that was soaked with cat urine. “Apparently the cat got jealous because his owner was spending too much time on the computer and decided to show its displeasure,” he said. *** Movie Night at the Beach sounds like a great idea - as long as it doesn’t affect The Toby. We love our local theatre with all its character and it’s fair to say that the owners already have plenty of competition from television, the internet and movie rentals. After all, where else can you still see a movie on the big screen for $7? So enjoy your night at the beach, but don’t forget to support our local theatre, too. It won’t be around forever.

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May 20, 2005


What does it mean for us?

The votes are tallied at Wendy McMahon’s campaign office. By Bob Ede Pioneer Staff The shift in the province political power from one dominated by the Liberals to a more even playing field - with the NDP rising to a minority 33 seats from 2 in the last election - is now a healthy workable B.C. legislature. Gone will be the disproportionate number of Liberal seats that guaranteed the outcome of Liberal policy. It could be argued that only a strong majority such as that resulting from the last election would have been enough to put

B.C. back on track. The Liberals took over from an NDP government that had soured even its traditional supporters. Scandal and mismanagement took its toll, not only on the finances of the province but also on our morale. The Liberals sailed to victory in 2001, capturing 77 of 79 seats not so much on the policies they proposed, but on the strength of the votes made against the NDP. However, in this upcoming term of legislature, debate can once again take place. Both parties will try to strengthen their position as they appeal to the middle ground, something neither the governing provincial Liberals and the NDP have been able to do. Failing to recognize this large number of moderates as an important source of growth will be the downfall of one or the other four years from now. In Columbia River-Revelstoke we have gained a strong and sincere representative in Norm Macdonald. We can only hope that in opposition he will forcefully put forward the views of all his constituents, while recognizing the mistakes of former NDP governments. Norm seems committed to faithfully and competently serving the riding. while working to dispell the fears many people still have of the NDP. It is a task he will have to overcome, particularly in the affluent Invermere area, where many residents and busi-

ness owners originally hail from conservative Alberta. Unfortunately, we lose the services of influential former Liberal MLA Wendy McMahon. Wendy was recently awarded a cabinet post and was in a position to make a positive difference to a riding hit hard by necessary cuts made when the Liberals took office. It was only recently that the product of the gains of those hardships are being returned to the riding. A criticism of Wendy McMahon was that she did not put forth the views of her constituents while in Victoria. This may or may not be true; however the answer might have become more apparent if she had remained in office. The big question is: where does it leave this riding? Will our resources be exploited by the Liberal government? Will the Columbia RiverRevelstoke riding become an area sacrificed for short-term tax dollars for long-term destruction? Will The Upper Columbia region realize new health and education initiatives? How about new parks such as Lot 4616, or is the entire area suddenly up for sale? Will development take place in our back country? Without a Liberal voice in Victoria, can Norm Macdonald stand up for an area that suddenly means very little to a majority government? Only time will tell.

Out & About MAY The Pioneer is pleased to begin this new weekly feature called Out and About for coming events around the valley. Please call 341-6299 or Email with your events. • Every Friday - Station Pub’s Sentimental Journey through music, call 342-8346 for info. • Every Monday - Karaoke at the Copper City Saloon. • Every Wednesday- Archery, 7 p.m., Lake Lillian, $2. • Every Wednesday - Moms and Tots, Valley Connections, 625- 4th Street, Invermere, call 342-4242 for info. • Every Sunday - Crib games, 2-4 p.m. at Brisco Community Hall. Refreshments served.

May 18, 19, 20, 21 • Family film “Robots” plays at the Toby Theatre, showtime 7:30 pm.

Friday, May 20 • L8 playing nights at the White House Pub. • Marilyn Faye Parney playing at The Station Pub.

Saturday, May 21 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Barbecue Fundraiser for Columbia Valley Gymnastics at Grant’s Food Bins (behind AG Foods) Door Prizes!!! • Marilyn Faye Parney playing at The Station Pub. • Ace Hardware 12th Anniversary Celebration, all day, Brats and Smokies BBQ, 15 percent off everything on the main floor and greenhouse. • Family Movie night at Kinsmen Beach, starts at dusk. • Bush Radio DJ at the Horsethief Pub in Radium.

Tuesday, May 24 • Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Club Annual General Meeting, 8 pm, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Wednesday, May 25 • Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association, AGM, Eddie Mounatin Memorial Arena at 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 26 • Mighty Joe Young entertains at Copper City.

Saturday, May 28 • 8 p.m. Country and Western Dance at the Community Hall, featuring Calgary Country Musicians, Bar and BBQ, Tickets $10 at Dave’s Book Bar.

Sunday, May 29 • 3:30 p.m. Columbia Valley Arts Council presents Jazz from Banff Centre, Christ Church Trinity, tickets at Dave’s Book Bar, Stober’s, True Value Hardware in Radium, and the Post Office in Fairmont.

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Turkeys smarter than people, almost By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff


5/5/05 9:03 AM Page Rad 1 Nine-year-old Delaney

shows off her first turkey.

The turkeys outlasted, outplayed and outwitted local hunters during the first-ever open season on turkeys. The birds, usually found along the roadside pecking at food, survived the hunting season with only a handful bagged by local hunters. “They’re very smart,” says local hunter Troy Rad, who along with his daughter Delaney, 9, bagged a turkey in the Toby Benches area. The turkey, weighing 21 pounds, was shot by Troy after Delaney called it. To call a turkey, hunters place a diaphragm in their mouth or use a machine named a call box to lure the turkeys into range. When the bird comes near enough, hunters take their best shot. Because of the bird’s intelligence, calling is often difficult. “I know guys who have spent two hours trying to get them into range,” says Frank Rad, Troy’s brother and a member of the East Kootenay Hunting Opportunity Committee, representing hunting interests in the region. The open hunt, which lasted from

April 20 to May 10, was the first of its kind in B.C. for Bearded Tom turkeys. Bearded Toms are identified by a tuft of hair in the centre of the chest. In years past a draw was held for a limited number of turkey licences. The licences were highly sought after, says Frank Rad. He says hunting the birds is popular because of the interaction between hunter and prey. “It’s amazing the amount of guys who’ll come from all around to hunt turkey,” he says. Compared to other parts of the Kootenays, Invermere has relatively few wild turkeys. Creston and the area from Cranbrook to the U.S. border have the most birds, says Frank Rad. Wild turkey hunting is very popular in the U.S. Wild turkeys are not native to Invermere. They were introduced to the area four years ago, says Troy. Troy plucked the turkey and gave the feathers to local fly fisherman who can use them. He gutted the turkey and his family has been eating it. Asked how the bird tastes, he says: “I don’t think I’d shoot a turkey again.”

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PERSPECTIVE Historical Lens

Toby Creek, circa 1920.

Photo from the Ede Family Collection

LETTER TO THE EDITOR ‘We require developers to pay’ Dear Editor: During the past couple of weeks, I have been receiving numerous calls regarding the pace of development within Invermere, as well as concerns over our infrastructure and its ability to handle the current pace of growth and who is paying for it. People have also mentioned that they are worried that we may be losing our ‘small town’ and ‘Quality of Life’. I would like try to answer some of these questions. Currently, we are undergoing both a water and sewer upgrade; both of these projects would have been necessary regardless of our current rate of growth, for both quality and capacity issues. Our sewer system upgrade was first talked about back in 1998 but we didn’t have the money and weren’t happy with what the province was requiring of us to go ahead at that time. As a result, in 1998, we implemented what is called a Development Cost Charge or DCC. This is a charge on every new unit or lot created within Invermere with every cent being placed into a fund to be spent on future sewer upgrades. This year, this fund will contribute almost a half a million dollars to our sewer treatment plant up-


grade. If we add this to a $400,000 grant that we received from the province back in 1999, It means that out of a $1.9-million upgrade our taxpayers are saving almost a million dollars on this project, with a half a million dollars coming directly from development. As for our water system, we have been pursuing a well project since 2001. Unfortunately, we did not implement a development cost charge for water until this past January. However, we were successful in lobbying the federal and provincial governments to provide us with a grant in 2003 of $1.4 million. This project has a $2.4-million price tag and is now underway but it has numerous challenges and if it isn’t successful within the next month, we will have to re-focus on another option. Roads are another issue and I can only ask for patience, as we are currently concentrating on our water and sewer projects but we have implemented a development cost charge for roads and if the federal budget passes, Invermere will see approximately a half a million dollars transferred from the Federal Gas Tax back to our community for Infrastructure. This council has demonstrated that we are requiring development to pay for development. This will continue to ensure that our current taxpayers

are not footing the bill for new construction. Now, there is no doubt that this year will be a heavy tax year and we are feeling staffing pressure as a result of the current pace of growth, but the bulk of this year’s tax increases are going to pay for upgrades that we would have required anyway. As for Quality of Life issues, we are always pushing for wildlife and recreational corridors and parkland. There is no doubt in my mind that this council will continue to balance our Quality of Life with growth, not growth at the expense of our Quality of Life. I also firmly believe that the people who are moving here want to contribute to what we have and who we are, not to take away from what we have and who we are. Just as we all have when we first moved here. There are many other issues to discuss like affordability, employment and taxes and simply not enough room in this column. If you have any questions please call me at home (342-0165) or (3429281) me at the office. I also encourage you to call all your members of council. Mark Shmigelsky Mayor of Invermere

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PYNELOGS OPENING community and very civic-minded. She believes that is the reason her husband decided to leave Pynelogs to the comLord Robert Randolph Bruce, munity for use as a hospital. original owner of Pynelogs Cultural Elizabeth Armour herself has someCentre, wasn’t present in the flesh, thing of her family’s entrepreneurial but several of his family members spirit. The 73-year-old widow lives travelled to Invermere to be present alone on a farm on Saltspring Island at the official opening of the newlyand raises sheep. restored building last week. This was her second visit to InElizabeth Armour, great-niece vermere. She came here in 1948 with of the valley entrepreneur who built her mother and sister when Elizabeth Pynelogs, was 10 years old when was just 16 years old, after a visit to “Uncle Randolph” died but she rethe Calgary Stampede, on their way members her uncle well. home to Victoria. They wanted to see “He was just full of energy right their great-uncle’s former home and to the end of his life,” she said. “He the place where her great-aunt Elizawas especially interested in all of his beth was buried. “All I remember about nieces and nephews because he had no children of his own. He loved all Pynelogs back then is that everything kids and he was really good at drawwas painted white because it was a hosing them out.” pital,” she says. They also visited her Randolph Bruce came to this uncle’s family friends, the Clelands. valley to start the Irrigated Fruit She said Pynelogs looks wonderful Lands Company and later returned after the $500,000 restoration project. to England to wed Lady Elizabeth As for the way Invermere has changed, Northcote. The couple lived on a Elizabeth says: “I wouldn’t have known houseboat moored in the lake while it.” However, she understands the presbuilding their first home, named sures of development because SaltPynelogs after the lady’s estate in spring Island is undergoing the same Scotland. transformation. Tragically, Lady Elizabeth died Heather Love of Victoria made itr home just in time to entertain. Elizabeth was accompanied by two before the house was completed in 1913 of her three children - Bruce Armour of and her body is buried near Kinsmen they always stopped to see us in Victoria on their Vancouver and Mark Armour of Kaledon - at the Beach, her grave marked by a large Celtic cross. official trips to Japan.” Lord Bruce donated Pynelogs to the commuRandolph died in 1942 at the age of 80 and his home’s reopening as a cultural centre. And although they poked a little fun at the way nity before leaving for Victoria, where he eventu- body is buried in Montreal. ally married a member of the Molson family named “He was almost blind before he died,” recalls Pynelogs is spelled - “people who don’t know where Edith and became lieutenant-governor of B.C. and Elizabeth Armour. “He always blamed it on the dust the name came might think our family didn’t know ambassador to Japan. from the mine he founded here, the Mineral King how to spell” - they were thrilled to take part in this “It was always a great event when Uncle Ran- Mine, but I don’t know whether that is true.” historic moment. dolph and Aunt Edith came for a visit,” says Eliz“We want to thank the community for doing a She never met her aunt Elizabeth, but she said abeth. “They were living in Montreal by then but her mother told her Elizabeth was popular in the marvellous, marvellous job.” By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

Elizabeth Armour of Saltspring Island with sons Mark, left, and Bruce, right.

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New sign approved for Athalmer street

A large roadside sign in Athalmer will be built and paid for by Ace Hardware. Built of rough fir and rundle stone, the sign will draw attention to Athalmer businesses. Three smaller signs below the Ace Hardware sign will be rotated among Athalmer business owners every two years. They will pay $250 for the use of the sign, and names will be chosen by lottery. Council agreed to restrict the use of the sign to businesses on the east side of the railway tracks, with the idea that other businesses on the west side can plan their own signage. Ace Hardware will have the use of the sign for the first four years, but will then go into the lottery along with everyone else. The sign will measure about three by five metres.

minutes to arrive at the scene of an emergency. Councillor Bob Campsall pointed out that 3rd Avenue in Fort Point has no fewer than three separate dead-ends. Apparently the local ambulance was out on a call and the Golden ambulance happened to be at this hospital when the 911 call came in. Unfortunately the Golden crew was not familiar with the Fort Point area.

Movie night planned at Kinsmen Beach

A family movie might be shown at Kinsmen Beach on Saturday night as soon as it gets dark enough. Steve Read, President of Apex AV Rentals in Calgary, said he has been a part-time resident for the past 25 years and would like to see the movie night become a regular attraction. He asked council for permission to set up and project Small home replaced the movie onto a large screen. Council will investigate the by two larger homes noise restriction bylaw before givA small single-family home at 1233-13th Street will be torn ing it the final approval. down so that two new dwellings can be built, each with a second- More condos approved ary suite. behind Pot Hole Park The owners asked council to Another 12 condominiums rezone the property to allow two will be built at the corner of 9th houses, side by side, with a com- Street and 9th Avenue, across mon driveway between. Council from the hospital. The older white agreed the plan is in keeping with house that exists on that corner the goal of increasing housing will be torn down to make room density inside town limits. for the new development, consistCouncillor Bob Campsall ing of four tri-plexes. said the town must keep in mind Council agreed to the rezonthe appearance of the town once ing request from owners Allan all spare land has been used for and Constance Hayward. housing, but he had no objection David Thompson Terraces sit to this project. at the opposite end of the street.

the Art From the Heart exhibit at the Pynelogs Gallery from May 20 to 30, featuring paintings and sculptures by local artists aged 5 to 13. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Tuesday, May 24, when doors will remain open until 8 p.m. As well, students from the Edgewater School will be singing at 12:30 p.m. on May 24. If you attend the performance, please bring a blanket or a chair. The arts council thanks the volunteers who made this project possible.

Little fingers busy at piano recital

Music teacher Leisa O’Sullivan of Invermere hosted a recent recital for her students at Christ Church Trinity. Her program “Music for Young Children,” is very popular with her students. Children aged three to thirteen celebrated the music of famous composers, including Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, and also played their own compositions. The smallest participants played percussion instruments and sang. Leisa would like to thank her students for practicing so hard!


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The new sewer parcel tax voted into effect by town council last week will not pay for new lines to CastleRock. Real estate developers are required to pay for sewer and water lines to new developments. Instead, the sewer parcel tax will help cover the costs of replacing old lines and upgrading the old sewage treatment plant. The new plant will have the capacIt is expected that the lots between ity to handle increased effluent Too many dead ends will also fill up with townhouses. resulting from the town’s expanon Fort Point sion, including a planned 1000 Invermere council will take Children’s art comes new homes in CastleRock. The another look at street numbering straight from the heart development community is also in Fort Point after an ambulance The Columbia Valley Arts contributing to the new sewer got lost in the area and took 24 Council invites everyone to view system.

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Remember, you read it here FIRST Building permits hit record high Local family escapes tsunami MLA receives cabinet post New doctor moves here from U.S. Home Hardware leaves downtown Hofert property to be developed Beef prices hurt local ranchers New principal at local high school Youths nabbed for downtown thefts Valley sawmills battle pine beetles New RCMP sergeant named Rental crunch hurts valley business

As the chef of Copper Point Golf Course, Mary knows that a hungry golfer is an unhappy golfer. Mary loves to cook the basics. She grew up in Merritt, in a Hungarian family, and learned to cook at her mother’s side. Savoury stews and meat loaves, home-made cabbage rolls and perogies formed the basis of her culinary education. She started her working career as a waitress, but the kitchen was like a magnet to her, and soon she was cooking professionally. Mary has been at Copper Point since day one. She’s in charge of planning the menu, hiring the kitchen staff, scheduling the daily and weekly specials and catering to the various functions hosted by the course. Currently presiding over a staff of eleven, Mary looks forward to hiring even more staff as the golf season heats up. In the twenty-plus years that she has been cookBy Dave Sutherland ing, Mary has split her time mainly between B.C. Pioneer Staff and Alberta, but for three years she lived in Nova Scotia. “They thought I was weird,” she says with Mary Holgate has made thousands of golfers a laugh, “because I’m not partial to seafood.” But happy, even though she has never played the game she does like to fish. “Strictly catch and release,” she in her life. says. So she thoroughly enjoyed the eight years she spent working at hunting lodges and guest ranches in the B.C. interior. At Copper Point, Mary is renowned for her home-made soups, and is becoming equally wellknown for her Sunday brunches, which feature variations on the theme of eggs benedict. This summer she hopes to placate hungry golfers with her delicious homemade perogies. Mary has five grown kids who live in Kamloops and Nova Scotia. Along with her partner Dave, her dog Max and her cat Dixie, Mary has lived in Invermere for the last two and a half years. Although she has never golfed, Mary is lookRun Bike Run ing forward to taking lessons from Copper Point’s resident golf guru, Brian Schaal. “ You might as well 10K 40K 5K learn from the best,” she says, and then adds, with a smile: “Hopefully, he won’t laugh too hard after my SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2005 first lesson!”


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SECOND HOMES will be a regular feature in The Pioneer, introducing people who share our home with us for part of each year. By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff The valley abounds with people who call this place home, even though it’s often a second home. But nobody could be more passionate about their second home than David and Dorothy Crawford, who live six months of the year in a Scottish village and the other six months in Radium Hot Springs. The couple first arrived eight years ago on a ski trip and immediately realized they wanted to spend more time here. “We flew back and forth so often it was cheaper to move here,” says David. Two years ago the couple purchased a condominium at The Peaks in Radium so they could truly call themselves locals. “We’re village people at heart,” says David. “We could never live in a city.” This year the couple arrived for their Canadian half on February 22nd and were welcomed by Harald Kloos and his wife Sam, owners of Lake Auto, who picked them up at the airport in Calgary. “Then when we walked into Home Hardware, Linda Blakley threw her arms around us and gave us kisses and cuddles!” David said. They are pals with lots of locals - Toni Broadfoot at the Bank of Montreal, Bill Cropper and the gang from Interior World, and Sandra Beingessner, their hairdresser at Bliss. The staff at The Blue Dog even gave them a mug to remind them of home.

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The Crawfords arrived early enough to make good use of their season’s ski passes at Panorama. At 62, David is still skiing double black diamond and loving every minute. After the ski hill closed, the Crawfords turned to their second passion: hiking the mountains. One might expect a Scottish couple to enjoy golfing, but David says not. “I don’t get a buzz from sitting in a golf cart,” he says. Having decided not to have a television in their Canadian home, they frequent arts events instead. “The number of gifted people in this community is wonderful!” says Dorothy. The Crawfords take in the local talent at Pynelogs and Christ Church Trinity - and they support the visual arts by taking pieces back to Scotland, including paintings by Denise Lemaster and pottery by Alice Hale. Both retired teachers, David says he doesn’t miss work - but Dorothy says she gets a tear in her eye when she reads letters from her former students. On the other hand, there’s no shortage of company. “Our daughter had her flight booked five minutes after we bought this place!” says David. Between the two of them, the Crawfords have six grown children and one new grandchild. Asked jokingly if they would like a job promoting the valley, the Crawfords laugh. “No! We don’t want any more people moving here!” And Dorothy confesses: “We hate it when all the city people arrive and we can’t find any fresh bread in the store. Somehow we just don’t think of ourselves as tourists.”


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Hardware Grand Opening

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Native elder Ernie Phillips of the Shuswap Nation chatted with the crowd after blessing the new store.

Two thousand bright yellow pails were handed out on Saturday and Sunday to the customers who thronged through the doors of Home Hardware for the store’s grand opening. “We don’t know how many people we had, but the pails disappeared really fast,” said owner Al Miller, who credits employee Brad Logan with the catchy idea. He said some special items also went like snowflakes in July. “We had a huge stack of patio furntiure that disappeared in about two minutes.” The weekend began Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast and short ceremony conducted by a native blessing by Ernie Phillips, Shuswap Nation elder. The blessing was followed by a dance performed by the young native dancers from J.A. Laird. Throughout the weekend other local musicians performed including Marty Beingessner and clown Rob Dunn. Even employee Lisa Reiter took the microphone for a short spell. “I can’t thank the staff enough for all their help,” Al said. “About 60 of them showed up Thursday night after the work day ended to help prepare for the big weekend.” He also thanked family members, Home Hardware dealers from Golden and Fernie, and the hardware customers who showed up “in droves” to make the weekend a big success.

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Edgewater Hilltop: after your game, stop by for pie By Michelle Taylor Pioneer Staff When George and Jeanette Lautrup decided to build a golf course on the property George had lived his entire life, it was a challenging and exciting venture. They were no longer working in the forestry industry and wanted to try something new that still allowed them to remain in the area they had always loved. George, who was not a golfer, figured if there were enough people who would spend as much time golfing as his wife would like, than there must be a business here. So they began designing and building the course in the early nineties. And in June 1994, Edgewater Hilltop Golf Course opened for its first season. With the help of Bob Lister, a superintendent at Radium’s Springs Course at the time, they developed the course. “Bob showed us how to build the tee boxes and greens with the same methods and quality as professional distance courses,” said Jeanette. This course is not your aver-

age par three, as every hole offers a different view. With lots of elevation changes, trees, sand traps and water on two holes, this is an interesting course that is exceptional at challenging anyone’s short game. “When people come here to play for the first time they always come back,” says Jeanette. According to the Stone Creek Golf Academy (a group of golf professionals that used to come out and provide lessons at the course), Edgewater Hilltop has the three most important things a golf course needs: a different challenge on every hole, a great backdrop so the golfer can easily see where their ball has landed, and beautiful scenery. Number seven is the signature hole with a big elevation drop. Although it is a very serene and pretty hole, you must be accurate as there is water on the right and a gully that runs from the left to the back of the green. Be sure to use at least one club less or your ball will be lost to the gully. George handles the outside operations of the course and Jeanette covers the indoor responsibilities.

One of the special treats that players have come to expect at Hilltop is homemade pie. From classic apple, to lemon, to many fruit pies with rhubarb - it’s a perfect way to end a perfect day on the course. The pies are so famous that the Lautrups are often recognized by valley residents and vacationers as the golf course owners with the great pie. George and Jeanette have been blessed with wonderful staff who have been with them for years. Carol Prohl is Jeanette’s righthand gal and better known as the soup queen. She and Jeanette get along great. “She uses the top of the stove and I use the bottom,” Jeanette says. Scott Mitchell and Alan Bartch, who have been there since the beginning, keep the entire course in great shape. Edgewater Hilltop provides a relaxing, peaceful place to enjoy golf. And as Jeanette says: “Don’t worry about your golf game, because there is always pie.” For tee times and information, phone 347-6502.

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The Green Zone The Top 10 Caddy Replies!

By Harold Hazelaar, Invermere Number 10: Golfer: “I think I’m going to drown myself in the lake.” Caddy: “Do you think you can keep your head down that long?” Number 9: Golfer: “I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.” Caddy: “Try heaven sir, you’ve already moved most of the earth.” Number 8: Golfer: “Do you think my game is improving?” Caddy: “Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now.” Number 7: Golfer: “Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?” Caddy: “Eventually.” Number 6: Golfer: “You’ve got to be the worst

caddy in the world.” Caddy: “I don’t think so sir. That would be too much of a coincidence.” Number 5: Golfer: “Please stop checking your watch all the time. It’s too much of a distraction.” Caddy: “It’s not a watch sir - it’s a compass.” Number 4: Golfer: “How do you like my game?” Caddy: “Very good sir, but personally, I prefer golf.” Number 3: Golfer: “Do you think it’s a sin to play on Sunday?” Caddy: “The way you play, sir, it’s a sin on any day.” Number 2: Golfer: “This is the worst course I’ve ever played on.” Caddy: “This isn’t the golf course. We left that an hour ago.” Number 1 Best Caddy Reply: Golfer: “That can’t be my ball, it’s too old.” Caddy: “It’s been a long time since we teed off, sir.”

The short game in golf is one of the most neglected areas in golf. Everyone has this fascination about the “Big Stick” - the driver. The need for power! I cannot deny the fact that I want to hit the ball further, however we must spend time working on our short game if there is to be significant improvement in our game. Chipping is a great way to help improve overall feel and contact. One of the main faults in this area is over active hands. It is critical that we keep the hands as quiet as possible. This does not mean we need to grip the club tighter but we need to work on our technique. The first thing we need to realize is that we do not need to try and get under the ball to get it air born. Simply allow gravity and the weight of the club to create height. We need to get rid of the feeling of trying to lift the ball into the air.

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The basic technique consists of the following steps for the right-handed golfer: · Narrow stance (prevents excessive movement) with approximately 6070% of your weight on the front foot, · Hands in line with your left pocket. This puts your grip position well in front of the ball. Once in this position you are in what we call a “ready position.” · It is important that you keep your weight on the front foot, as you do not want to shift your weight. · Maintain the hand position you start with throughout the entire stroke. What does all this do? It helps encourage a descending blow on the golf ball therefore you are not lifting but actually hitting down on the ball to create loft on your shot. A result, this action should encourage more consistent contact and ball flight. For more information on chipping and any other part of your golf game please contact your local CPGA Professional.

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Tee Time with Mi- assistant professional at the Fairmont Riverside Golf chelle Taylor is a regular Course. weekly feature throughMany courses also have last-minute waiting out the golf season. lists as well. So if you and your friends are available, sometimes at a moment’s notice, you could be playHere we are again, ing. heading into the first “Often we’ll have some members in a booking holiday weekend of the cancel. For example, if two groups of four booked summer season, and you and only six show up, we can fit in other players forgot to set up a tee time who are willing and ready to play,” says Laurie Klasat one of the many great sen, manager of golf operations at Eagle Ranch. courses in the valley. If you wait till the end of the weekend when Are you too late? the vacationers are heading back home there may be Are your hot plans for some great golf going up in some times that open up as well. smoke? There may still be a slim chance you won’t “It tends to be a little bit slower on Monday afbe destined to spring clean-up duties in your yard as ternoons,” says Mr. Storcer. an alternative. And if you don’t mind getting up a little early I checked out the golf beat in the valley this there may even be some tee times before 8:00 am at week to find out what’s available. Do not expect the the Golden Golf and Country Club. ultimate 10:00 a.m. Saturday tee time for a group of One course that doesn’t take tee times is Setetfour. That ship has sailed. kwa Golf Course, so you can always play there. Most of the prime time spots at 18-hole courses In a last desperate attempt to get on, you can were booked months ago; however, there may be always hope for the notorious rainy weather that ofspace for nine and dines each day after 5:30 pm. So ten accompanies the Victoria Day weekend, stirring perhaps you can reward yourself after a hard day of up some cancellations. spring-cleaning with a good meal and nine holes. As for some final advice: get yourself on waiting If you are on your own, your chances are even list, stay close to a phone, ditch your friends and better. Cancellations within a group are customary perhaps perform a little rain dance. and pro-shop staff will work hard to fit you in. Have a great weekend and may your efforts to It is usually never a problem for singles to join a play work out. group throughout the weekend, says Duane Storcer,


Get a 7-year fixed-rate mortgage for less than our 5-year rate.* To speak with a BMO Bank of Montreal Mortgage Representative, call: STEVE LEE 1241 7th Avenue Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 250 341-6810

This Body by Tessa McWatt Reviewed by Sheila Bonny Imagine becoming a new mother at sixty! In This Body, Victoria, a London caterer, brings her seven-year-old nephew, Derek to live with her after a younger sister dies in Guyana. Haunted by the memory of a lover who abandoned her, Victoria has always remained emotionally detached, even from the men who love her. Consequently, opening her heart to a child is difficult. At first, Victoria knows only to show her caring by preparing elaborate meals from organic produce, protecting Derek from junk food and escorting him to and from school. Derek, troubled by his displacement, schoolyard bullies and the mystery of his father’s identity, withdraws into a fantasy world of Arthurian legends and Carib tales of a revenging spirit, Kanaima. Unknown to Victoria, he protects her from knowledge of the violent movies, drug dealing and sexuality that pre-occupy his classmates. By accepting the friendship of a gentle man, Victoria learns to trust her emotions. By gaining recognition as a storyteller, Derek develops a sense of belonging. As they gain confidence, Victoria and Derek allow their protectiveness to gradually evolve into love and they learn to be a family together. The Body is an emotionally powerful story of love’s growth in a non-traditional family.

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�� A minimum of 5 years experience maintaining water, sewer, and storm water management systems, preferably in a local government setting, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Class I and II Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Certificates.

�� �� Class I and II Waste Water Collection and Treatment Operator Certificates. �� British Columbia Driverʼs License. �� Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of water, sewer, and storm water management systems.

�� Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of solid waste facilities. �� Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, developers, external agencies, other staff, and the public.

�� Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in the English language and

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This is a permanent, full-time (35 hours per week) Union position working out of the Columbia Valley office in Invermere BC with a starting salary of $3,556 per month ($23.44/hr), plus benefits after 3 months employment. Candidates with appropriate experience who have not obtained all of the desired certificates may be considered for employment at a lesser rate of pay, while obtaining the required certification. Submit a résumé and covering letter, with references and driverʼs abstract, in confidence, to

*When you apply between March 1 and June 30, 2005, you can get a 7-year fixed-rate closed mortgage at an interest rate that is less than our standard posted 5-year fixed-rate closed mortgage (not applicable to any special 5-year fixed-rate closed mortgage offers). Mortgage funds must be advanced within 90 days of application. All offers subject to meeting Bank of Montreal’s usual credit criteria. ™/® Trade-mark/registered trade-mark of Bank of Montreal.

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The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 19

May 20, 2005

Search and Rescue saves lives

The Columbia Valley Search and Rescue Team receives specialized training for all types of rescue operations. Photo by Andrew Nelson By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff

chose to focus on the work of her group. “Our mission is to provide assistance to people in need of rescue,” she said in an interview. If there’s something wrong in your neighbourThis part of B.C. is a very rugged place and ofhood, who you gonna call? The Columbia Valley ten police and medical workers cannot go where Search and Rescue Team, of course. they are needed. The search-and-rescue volunteers The volunteer group, which recently changed its specialize in back country assistance. “If there is an name from the Columbia Valley Disaster Services accident in a remote area we will go where an ambuSociety to better reflect what it does, has provided lance can’t,” says the president. the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen with The new leader says the group gets all kind of search and rescue service for over 30 years. calls - from missing children, to people lost in the In April the group elected long-time valley resi- forest, to outdoor sports enthusiasts who have run dent Gina Chivers as new president. Ms. Chivers, into trouble. originally from Czechoslovakia, has been involved The group is made up of 23 active members. with the group for eight years and has been on its It operates on a tight budget and relies on grants executive for the past four. and donations of both money and equipment. Over Reluctant to talk about herself, Gina instead the past few years the group has become active in

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fund-raising. This July the group will continue its revenue-generating partnership with the Sea 2 Summit Panorama adventure race. Also this summer the group will be moving to a new location in the old Invermere firehall. Typically the group is spurred into action by a call to one of the group’s managers from the RCMP, the Provincial Emergency Program, or the B.C. ambulance service. The manager then contacts group members and aseembles a rescue team. Ms. Chivers says the rescue work can be quite exciting but members must control their emotions. “It is quite thrilling, but you have to step back,” she says. “It is very easy when your adrenaline is pumping to do things too fast.” The group usually makes between five and ten rescues a year. So far in 2005 the volunteers have responded to three emergencies - two of which ended happily and one which ended tragically. Because of the sensitive nature of the work, Gina did not wish to discuss specific incidents. Gina says the members are highly trained and that the group has specialists in many areas. “We try to maintain a really good cross-section of members so that all together we make sure we can address every need,” she says. For example, the group currently has experts trained in areas like mountain, avalanche, and swift water rescue. The high level of training may intimidate potential volunteers, but Gina says the group is always looking for more help. “We are interested in taking anyone, no matter what level of experience,” she says. Search-and-rescue has an in-house expert who can provide new recruits with basic ground search and rescue training, including water rescue, rope work, wilderness survival and first aid. The whole group meets five times a year for training sessions. Gina says the most important thing for people to remember is to be prepared when they go out into the back country. Outdoor enthusiasts should go with a friend if possible and always carry simple survival gear like matches, a knife, emergency food and warm clothing. Always tell someone where you are heading and when you are due back. “People don’t realize how alone you are out there if something should happen,” Ms. Chivers says. “A lot of people don’t know how scary it is out there.” Donations to the Columbia Valley Search and Rescue organization are tax deductible. For information call Gina Chivers at 342-6230.

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May 20, 2005

Avoid pitfalls of home renovations By Steve Lee Manager Bank of Montreal Invermere There are two universal truisms when it comes to home renovations; they always take longer than expected and they always cost more than originally budgeted. Despite best laid plans, the unfortunately rings true for many renovators. To avoid some of the common financial pitfalls associated with home renovations, I advise homeowners to meet with their banker in advance to

explore the financing options available to them. Historically, homeowners looked to personal loans or personal savings to finance a renovation. However, since 1997 there’s been a growing shift toward lines of credit as a convenient, easy-to-setup, easy-to-use, and more economical alternative. The main advantages of line of credit include: • Lower interest rates than traditional loans. • A one-time application process that lets you access as much or as little of an approves ‘borrowing reserve’ whenever you need it. • You only pay interest on the credit you use. Personal Line of Credit versus a Homeowners Line of Credit: A good time to establish a personal line of credit is when you arrange your mortgage. It’s ideal for financing smaller home renovations or unexpected home repairs. It provides ongoing and immediate access to credit up to an approved limit.

For larger, more costly projects, your banker might suggest a homeowner’s line of credit - which gives you access up to 75 percent of the value of your home. Secured against your home, a homeowner’s line of credit offers some of the lowest interest rates available. Regardless of the option you choose, setting up and personal or homeowner line of credit, in advance, provides you with a dependable safety net in the event your savings run short. It’s there, immediately, if you need it, and you only use what you need, giving you a cost-effective way to deal with an emergency financing crunch should your renovation expenses exceed your planned budget. For other useful home financing tips visit www. or for tips on planning your renovation, visit the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation website at




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The Upper Columbia Pioneer •21

Dentist sailed for seven years Montreal. However, when his two children started school the family decided to relocate, and picked Vancouver as a nice place to settle down. In 1973, Dr. Teasdale sold his practice in Montreal and opened one in Richmond. After 22 years of working in Richmond, Chris Dentists Richard Kanan, Chris Teasdale and Don Miller. and his wife Maureen took By Katie Caldwell advantage of living near the ocean and set out on Pioneer Staff their sailboat. “We didn’t quite make it around the world, but it was close,” Chris said. A new dentist has moved to the valley and joined The couple spent seven years sailing all over the the staff at the Invermere Dental Clinic. Pacific, into the Caribbean, around Europe, all the Chris Teasdale and his wife Maureen arrived way up to Sweden and Norway, and back down from Vancouver just six weeks ago. around Greece and the Mediterranean. Originally from Quebec, Chris graduated from When they returned to Richmond in 2002, McGill University and started his own practice in Chris and Maureen found that the city life was no

longer the life for them. “To tell you the truth, the city was just boring,” Chris remembers. It wasn’t long before they found a small acreage near Parson. They chose this area because their son Mark lives here and works in forestry. Maureen worked in the human resources department at B.C. Place in Vancouver, helping with events planning, so she is looking forward to taking on some local projects in the future. So far, she and Chris have been busy fixing up their house and farm. The couple have another son, Colin, who lives with his wife in Vancouver. Dr. Teasdale will be working at the dental clinic one or two days a week and will be filling in for Dr. Don Miller and Dr. Richard Kanan where needed. In his spare time, Chris and Maureen would love to do some hiking. “We have bought books on where to go around here, and as soon as the house is in order, we’ll start hiking!” The staff at the dental clinic is happy to have the extra help, as the practice is growing quickly, so they can spend time with their own families.



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May 20, 2005

Look for new home on big screen produced the Home Finding Center, located in Athalmer across from Huckleberry’s. The center is a subtle combination of high-tech Finding a new home in Invermere just got eas- innovation and low-pressure sales technique. One ier. wall of the spacious, comfortably-appointed room When the business next door moved to a new is dominated by large screen. A state-of-the-art prolocation, Royal LePage’s owners Ross Newhouse jector, linked to the internet via computer, hugs the and Don Slobodzian had no doubts about what to ceiling. do with the adjoining space. Around the room are displays with pictures, “It was perfect for something we’d been plan- maps and brochures showcasing several Invermere ning for quite a while,” says Ross, who has been in area developments. the business with Don since 1996. In front of the screen a wireless mouse sits on Ross and Don had the adjoining room gut- a high table with bar-style stools, offering visitors a ted and the subsequent rewiring and remodeling leisurely perch from which they can access the deBy Dave Sutherland Pioneer Staff

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velopments that Royal LePage represents. Users can view an entire development, checking out lot sizes, shapes, access roads, distance from amenities, and dozens of other details. With the click of the mouse clients can target a single lot within a complex. If they are looking for a home in an established neighbourhood, users can go to the websites of the individual members of the Royal LePage sales team. Together with Don and Ross, there are nine realtors in total. “It’s great for buyers who want to be left alone, to sit down and see what’s available,” Don explains. “We’ve had people in who just spend an hour on their own. If they have any questions, one of our

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The Upper Columbia Pioneer • 23

May 20, 2005

Your Pioneer design team

Lisa and Bob Ede combine their winning talents in The Pioneer. By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff The Upper Columbia Pioneer is rapidly acquiring a reputation of being one of the most attractive newspapers around. And that’s thanks entirely to our design team, Bob and Lisa Ede. The married couple started working together 19 years ago at The Valley Echo, formerly owned by Bob’s parents. After their marriage, the artistic pair set up a printing shop called Palliser Printing and honed their skills producing posters, brochures, invitations, postcards and every type of art work. Lisa even published a family recipe book. The Ede family is locally famous for its artistic endeavours. Bob’s mother Belle was an excellent photographer whose work forms the bulk of the Ede Family Collection of historical photographs which are reproduced in the newspaper.


Then there’s his sister Deb Ede, another local artist who paints largescale impressionistic portraits. One of her paintings is currently hanging in the newly-restored Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Lisa Ede, formerly Lisa Raven, has her own business on the side called Raven Media. Lisa’s talents are much in demand for both personal and corporate photography. But close to two years ago they sold their printing business to Dee Conklin and decided to pursue their mutual dream of designing and producing a weekly newspaper. The newspaper continues to look better each week as the pair continue to create eye-catching advertisements in gorgeous colours. And they keep getting calls for more. “The only problem is that we keep raising the bar and creating more work for ourselves,” Bob laughs. “Nobody


seems happy with just a simple blackand-white advertisement any more.” In fact, The Pioneer now publishes more colour advertising than black and white, highly unusual for a weekly newspaper. One thing readers should note, however: once Bob and Lisa design an advertisement and it is published in The Pioneer, it is under copyright law and can’t be published anywhere else without their permission. Few exceptions are made, although the Family Resource Centre has received our go-ahead to use the red-and-gold dragon logo on all its posters and banners that will be hung around town for the July 23rd Dragon Boat Races here. The newspaper is printed by North Hill News in Calgary, and the printers there are also impressed with the design and quality of the newspaper. North Hill News has now entered four separate issues of the newspaper for The International Gallery of Superb Printing Awards to be announced in December. In spite of the quality of the newspaper, it’s unlikely we will receive any other awards. As an independent, the paper doesn’t have a parent company that awards prizes; nor do we belong to the B.C. Community Newspaper Association because we have not been in business long enough. Meanwhile, Bob and Lisa aren’t tired yet of the rapid pace of taking photographs, designing 75 to 100 advertisements each week, and then laying out a newspaper that is growing by leaps and bounds - up to 28 pages this week from 16 pages at the start. Although they could have left the valley to pursue their art careers in the big city, neither wanted to leave this place called home. “We feel blessed to be able to do the work we love and live in the place we love,” says Bob.

Nominated for a Printing Award: Our Christmas Eve 2004 issue, with cover photo by Lisa Ede.

Nominated for a Printing Award: Our February 18, 2005 issue, with cover photo by Bob Ede.


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May 20, 2005

CLASSIFIEDS Phone: 341-6299 Fax: 341-6229 Email: Classified Deadline: Tuesdays 4:00 pm All classified ads must be prepaid by cash or cheque unless client has a billing account set up. 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 carefully the first day it comes out to ensure the information is correct. If you should find an error, 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 ad not meeting our advertising standards.

PUBLIC SERVICES 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. 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.

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. VEHICLES FOR SALE

gardening supplies, household White 30” Electric Range. Excelgoods and collectibles. Friday lent condition, approx 5 years Accurate and efficient ser- May 20, 3pm-7pm and Satur- old. $175, OBO. 347-9093. vices. Over 12 years of expe- day May 21, 9am-4pm. Shaw digital cable box. Like rience in resume and cover HENRI’S WOODWORKS new, $75 firm. Phone 342letter consulting, manuals, YARD SALE Saturday May 3260. manuscripts, business let21, 8am-2:30pm and 6pmters. Call Kathy, 342-2175. 8:30pm. 40 different proj1977 - 18’ Ski Boat with 150 ects for home, yard, garden, 1984 C1500 Chev P.V. 350 Auto hp merc. Has jr. and new adult deck and patio, computer A/C, P/W, P/L, rebuilt carb, DASHING LIZARD SYSTEMS skiis, life jackets, etc. $5500 parts, household effects. new coil front, new lower ball COMPUTER SERVICE. After 342-6656. 29 Westside Road (on the joints, new front brake pads, hours service available, 342way to Wilmer). Phone dual exhaust, rear brake cables, 2044, (250)342-7338. CHILD CARE new front fenders and inners, cab corners, side panels on Harley’s Greenhouse & Fire- GARAGE SALE Saturday, May box, tires 80% on rallywheels, wood Sales has expanded to 21, 9am- 4pm, 4529 Columbia Young, creative, enthusias$2500 OBO. Days 342-9316, include weekly lawn main- View in Colomere Park. Ev- tic woman available to cook Evenings 342-8316 tenance. Give us a call. 342- erything but the kitchen sink. and care for your children. Fishing boat, furniture, house- Lots of experience. Call Su6692. sanna (250) 342-9350 or email 1988 Dodge Caravan 3.0 V6, hold items and much more. susannalonsdale@hotmail. 135,000 km on Eng auto, P/L, SUITES FOR RENT P/W, new starter, $2300 OBO. GARAGE/MOVING SALE May com. Days 342-9316, Evenings 342- NEAR WINDERMERE - 2 bed- 21, 9am-1pm. 4819 Selkirk PETS 8316. rooms, 2 baths, kitchen motel Ave., Edgewater, BC. Some furunit. Cable TV, housewares niture, lots of miscellaneous. FREE KITTENS to good homes. Ford Mustang, 1987 automatic included, can sleep up to 5 Good prices. Call 342-0107. sun roof, new battery, runs people, rent by week or longreat, $1300. 342-2297. ger. Call John, (250) 342-6293. GARAGE SALE- Household LOST & FOUND items- rugs, dishes, electronAvailable May 15. 1994 Chevrolet 4x4 5 speed, ics, novels for the beach! LiquiLOST- chocolate lab named reg cab. 136,000 km, 1 owner, dating some professional hair LOT WANTED Cocoa, in the Athalmer area. centerline rims, box liner, secproducts and Bedhead makeSeven years old, very friendly. ond set of rims and tires. $8500 At least one acre preferably up, large cedar doghouse, very Dearly missed. Call 342-7292, OBO. 347-9262. treed. Between Canal Flats and well-built, and brick for sale. reward offered. 5170 Columbia River Road, Brisco. Phone 342-9060. 1993 Honda Civic hatchback, Fairmont. Saturday May 21, MISCELLANEOUS 5 speed, 230,000 km. No rust, 9am- 1pm only. very clean, summer tires, plus PROPERTY FOR SALE new winter tires. $3500 firm. GARAGE SALE- Two family sale, Free kitchen cabinets if you 347-9262. Acerage for sale by owner Saturday, May 21, 8am-2pm. help dismantle. Phone (403) on Lake Lillian. A four sea- 1001- 10th St. Invermere. Lots 236-9176 or 342-6119. MOTORHOMES/ son paradise. Approx 400ft of good stuff! CHEERS TRAVEL TRAILERS of lakefront on 5.21 acres. Breathtaking views, beautiful ROTARY CLUB OF INVERMERE 1984 Travelaire 5th Wheel, 24.5 beaches, and pristine building GARAGE SALE - 9 a.m. to noon, CHEERS to the umpires of Winft, new springs, new tires. 2- sites. Surface well in place. 10 Saturday, May 28. Deck Mini- dermere Valley Minor Baseball 30lb prop tanks, propane certi- minutues from Invermere, en Storage, Unit 54, 109 Industrial who volunteer their time. fied, trailer is very good shape, route to Panorama. $1,350,000 Road No. 2, directly behind InBIRTH new lino flooring, excellent for serious enquiries only. (250) vermere Custom Exhaust. DoANNOUNCEMENTS summer, rental on leased site, 342-3569. nations welcome. Call Paul at $9500 OBO. Days 342-9316, 342-6961 (daytime) to arrange Evenings 342-8316. for pick-up. CONDO FOR SALE KD Word Processing:

Big brother Kyler and his parents, Mark and Robin Shmigelsky, are pleased to announce the arrival of Ryder Sacha Shmigelsky. Ryder was born on Sunday, April 24th, 2005 at 5:28 pm at the Invermere and District Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz. Thanks to all the staff at the hospital for taking such great care of us and a special thanks to Dr. Maria Dibb and the delivery team of Colleen and Christy for their excellent assistance!

Jason and Jodi Lawrick are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Reece Finley. She was born April 29, 2005 at the Cranbrook Hospital and weighed 7lbs 4oz. Proud grandparents are Glen and Debbie Casey of Invermere, Anne Lawrick of Red Deer, Alberta and James Lasko of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Great grandmothers are Alice Irvine and Anne Casey of Cranbrook, and great-great grandmother is Dorothy McCurrach of Saskatoon.


Exclusive condo for sale by FOR SALE owner. On 13th tee box at the ODD JOBS ENTERPRISES Springs Golf Course. ShowHAULING. Chainsaw duties, home can be viewed www. GRANT’S FOODS on 8th Avebrush and garbage removal. $298,000. nue, Invermere, now has Rocky Mountain Buffalo in stock. Construction disposal and ma- Call 347-2331. Steaks, roasts and ground bufIN MEMORIAM DONATIONS to terial deliveries. Call Dale Hunt, falo available, 342-7308. the Canadian Cancer Society: 342-3569. GARAGE SALES drop off at The Pioneer, No. 8, Chesterfield and chair, clean, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere Fred’s Painting and Decorating. or mail to Box 868, Invermere. Specialize in high-end paint- MOVING SALE 922- 13th Ave, like new condition. $170. 342For info call Myrna Verwey, ing and renovations. Call 342- Invermere. Appliances, furni- 6439. ture, tools, sports equipment, 342-6666. 8621.

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CAREERS HELP WANTED GONE HOLLYWOOD - Part-time clerk/cashier for busy video store, must be energetic and a good “people person,” able to work nights and weekend shifts. Must be bondable. Send Resume to Box 2800, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0. ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRAINING INSTITUTE - Columbia Valley’s Licensed Employment Agency, RMTI staffing services is currently accepting resumes for the position ‘financial assistant’ for a busy local company. As well, RMTI staffing services is compiling a database of potential candidates for upcoming career opportunities. If you are interested in either of these two positions, please submit resume to Rocky Mountain Training Staffing Services, 1006- 7th Avenue, Invermere; fax 342-6377 or email: COLUMBIA RAFTING ADVENTURES is seeking full-time bus drivers for the busy summer season. Must have a Class 4 driver’s license. Experience with backing up trailers an asset. Competitive wage. Call 345-4550. WOODHAVEN HOLDINGS LTD. Requires general laborers for our post line in Edgewater, BC. No experience necessary. Full time, permanent, day shift. Please fax resume to (250)3479784.

INVERMERE PUBLIC LIBRARYStudent position available. 8 weeks, 34.5 hrs/wk, 9$/hr. starting July 5. Student must have attended school full-time and be returning to school fulltime. Student should enjoy working with people of all ages and especially with children as he/she will be organizing the summer reading program. Bring resume to library or call 342-6416 for information.

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CHEZ GUILLAUME VINTERS needs casual part-time help. Please phone Judy at 342-7096 or apply in person at 1409 - 12A Avenue, Invermere.

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SHELLEY’S SHINERS requires reliable, hard-working cleaning help. References preferred. Part-time to full-time. Call HELNA’S STUBE is looking for 342-5837 or fax 342-0811. experienced servers and kitchen help/dishwasher. Medical SOLSPA, PANORAMA - Masplan available. Call 347-0047. sage Therapists and EsthetiCONVENIENCE STORE/GAS BAR requires responsible, honest, hard-working couple or roommates looking for summer employment in Radium, BC. Accommodations provided to successful applicants if required. Apply to: or call 3479988. FAIRMONT VILLA MANAGEMENT/MOUNTAINSIDE- is now accepting full time, part time, and student applications for our housekeeping department. We offer year round employment, competitive wages based on experience, a generous benefit package and the use of our recreation center and pools to successful applicants. If you would enjoy working in a friendly, well organized team environment, we welcome your application. Please con-

CERTIFIED PLANER MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN The duties involve the repair and maintenance of our M712 Planer and all ancillary equipment. The details are: • Shift: Rotates Days/Afternoons/Graveyard – Possible Weekend work. • Benefits: Extensive as per our Labor Agreement. • Hours – Normal 40 but there is some over time. Current Rate: $27.33 Send Resume to: Harv Palmer Finishing Superintendent Canfor Box 39, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0 Email: We appreciate your interest but will only be contacting the final candidates. Please apply before May 31, 2005

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Part Time Permanent High Country Properties requires a team player with experience in the hospitality and tourism industry who has superior sales and customer service skills. An outstanding telephone personality and advanced computer experience are prerequisites for this opportunity. You must be able to handle guest complaints and problem solve in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision. The successful candidate will possess a positive attitude, be self motivated and sales oriented. This position offers a competitive starting wage, an attractive commissions program and a health benefits plan. Hours may vary from 24-40 per week and will include weekend shifts. Please forward resume to: Mona Johns, Office Manager at or fax 250-342-0294 Only interview candidates will be contacted.


RCA and LPN Opportunities Columbia House is currently accepting applications for casual Care Aides and Licensed Practical Nurses. If you have completed the Resident Care Aide program, or are registered with CLPNBC we invite you to submit your application. Palliative care experience would be an asset. Please apply online at: where you will find a detailed description of these positions. Please create an applicant profile and click apply to Competition No. EK-FAC-05-004 OR EK-FAC-04-094.

An energetic, hardworking person with a strong housekeeping background and a keen eye for detail is required in our operations department. This full time supervisory position involves assisting the Operations Manager in the care of approximately one hundred local vacation properties. Numerous tasks include regularly visiting properties to maintain quality control, responding to guest concerns, scheduling cleaning and repairs, completing property inventories, performing errands, organizing and distributing linen, providing support to cleaning staff and some administration duties. The successful candidate will possess a positive attitude, be self motivated, detail oriented and capable of consistently performing multiple tasks. You must be organized and efficient and have excellent people, telephone and computer skills. This position offers a competitive starting wage and a health benefits plan. Forward resume to: Paulette Fraser, Operations Manager or or fax 250-342-0294 Only interview candidates will be contacted.


At Eagle Ranch, our approach to golf operations is simple – we strive to provide the ultimate guest experience - which means hiring and retaining employees who strive for excellence in all that they do. We are looking for team players with a ‘can do’ attitude to contribute positively to our continued growth. Our ideal candidates will possess characteristics that reflect our corporate values of caring, integrity, excellence, team spirit and financial responsibility.

TURF CARE PERSONNEL Spend the golf season working outdoors! Eagle Ranch Golf Course is accepting resumes for fulltime or part-time Turf Care Personnel for the 2005 Golf Season. This position requires a self-motivated individual with an attention to detail. You must be willing to work early mornings and possess an energetic personable attitude. Prior golf course or lawn maintenance experience is an asset but not essential. Completion bonuses are available for employees that fulfill their employment contracts. Resumes may be sent confidentially to: Eagle Ranch Golf Course RR #3, M-2, C-11, Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 Fax: 1-250-342-2563

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Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, May 22nd 10:30 am Worship and Life Instruction “Touching Heaven, Changing Earth”. Pastor Jared Enns ministering. Sunday School for ages 3 up to and including Grade 7 during the morning service. Senior Pastor Rev. Dieter Magnus Associate Pastor Rev. Jared Enns 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 342-9535

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By John Cuyler, Pastor Valley Christian Assembly Well, it’s the May long weekend again. This is the time when thousands of visitors flock into our valley for fun and relaxation. It is also a time when our churches welcome many visitors to their celebration services. The May long weekend originated with the celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday, first declared to be a Canadian holiday in 1845. After her death in 1901 our Canadian government passed an Act establishing an annual holiday on May 24 under the name of Victoria Day. This holiday became the day that we celebrate the Queen’s birthday in 1957. It is a holiday weekend that is set apart to honor the Sovereign, or the reigning monarch. Victoria Day is now a time to honor Queen Elizabeth. Now, I know many Canadians do not give a lot of thought to the Queen and yet as she is here in Canada this week many will make the effort to go and see her. However, there is a greater Sovereign that should be honored, not just on this long weekend but

every day. He is the One who holds supreme power over the entire universe. He is the One who created all the beauty that we are surrounded with in this valley. He is the One who keeps all nature running with perfect precision and harmony. He is the One who loved you and me so much that He was willing to send His only Son into this world to die on a cross to pay the price for all our sins so we could have a way to be welcomed into His eternal home. Is He not worthy of all honor and glory? In the Book of Psalms we find a wonderful tribute that honors the Sovereign Lord. Psalm 8:1 says: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” The one who was inspired to write these words obviously knew how great and majestic the Lord, the Creator of all things was. Therefore, he wanted to express honor to the Sovereign One declaring that no one else is greater or more powerful than Him in all the earth. It was a verbal declaration of the glory of the Creator who is worthy to be praised. Now consider the beauty of this place. Study the majesty of the mountains that hem in this valley like fortress walls. Observe the intricacy of the delicate flowers that beautify the forest floors and grassy hills throughout the area. Survey the vast expanses of the heavens on a clear night filled with countless stars. Marvel at the sure-footedness of the mountain sheep as they maneuver along the rocky cliffs around Radium, the effortless soaring of the eagle high above the valley floor, the

lazy stride of the black bear as he moves through the forest. Is this not the work of a marvelous Creator who deserves our honor? And yet, this same Sovereign God cares so deeply for each one of us that He has entrusted us with the care of His beautiful creation. Psalm 8:5-8 tells us, “You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” God has made us His caretakers of this beautiful creation. Should we not honor Him by being careful how we treat this beautiful place, “the work of His hands?” This long weekend I encourage every one of you to take some time to honor the Sovereign Lord. Give Him thanks for the beauty that surrounds you as you enjoy times with family and friends in campgrounds or on the golf course. Honor Him by treating His creation with respect by not littering and ensuring that your campfires are fully extinguished before leaving. Honor Him by setting apart a portion of Sunday morning to join with other believers to celebrate His goodness in a local church service. Enjoy this long weekend to the fullest but don’t forget to honor the Sovereign Lord who gave you life and breath that made it possible for you to be here in the first place. you!

Ward Elizabeth Wilder (nee Gordon) September 14, 1925 - May 16, 2005

Ward passed away peacefully in her home in Fairmont Hot Springs surrounded by family. She was the loving wife of Lloyd Wilder and beloved mother of Carol Seable (Don), Gordon Wilder, Patrick (Janet) Wilder, Michael Wilder, Brenda (Brian) Stringer, Patsy (Ivan) Kachanoski, niece Bonnie (Chris) Schur and loving grandmother (Granny) to Camille, Scott, Thomas, Andrea, Samantha, Ted, Amy, Adam and Alicia. In a loving celebration of Ward’s life, funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fairmont Hot Springs on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 pm. Funeral services will be followed by a gathering of family and friends at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Just one look and youʼll fall in love with this luxury Designer home at Fort Point, Invermere. Expansive decks for Lake Windermere views south; they go on forever. Property includes a guest cottage/boathouse down by the beach and Canterbury beach ownership. Interior is all designed to bring the outside in, with big lake view windows and vaulted ceilings creating ambience of space and light. Tile floors, in-floor heating, open main level floor plan, cozy gas fireplaces in master bedroom and ensuite, dining and living room. Views to die for! MLS#109398



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