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Vol. 2/Issue 48
December 2, 2005
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Reading The Pioneer is a real class act
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Students at David Thompson Secondary School are using The Pioneer as a learning tool. “The Pioneer is a reader-friendly paper,” says Crystal Woodworth, who teaches Grades 8, 10 and 11 English. “That makes it a terriﬁc educational tool.” Every Monday morning, the 15 students in Ms. Woodworth’s Grade 8 class read The Pioneer from cover to cover. They look at the paper’s layout, study the structure of its articles and then discuss their content. The purpose of the exercise is to improve the students’ reading skills and their knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling. That can be achieved in other ways, says Ms. Woodworth, but The Pioneer makes the process fun and meaningful. “The Pioneer contains good stories and relevant information about this community. The students are reading about people they know and places they’re familiar with. It gives them a context for learning.” That learning will come in handy next semester when the students team up with another class to create their own newspaper. The articles they’ll write will be based on the key events in the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Why The Outsiders? “It’s a classic novel that teenagers love and identify with,” says Ms. Woodworth. “It’s fun and engaging.” The paper will also contain display ads designed by the students, and photographs if they wish to include them. The layout of the paper and the structure of its articles will be based on The Pioneer. One of the ways Ms. Woodworth helps her students learn is to assign them to complete a Pioneer Crossword puzzle. Fortunately she has a computer program that creates the puzzle for her. If you would like to try completing the puzzle based on our November 25th issue, please turn to Page 16. Try doing the puzzle without peeking at the back issue. Then call us 341-6299 and let us know how you made out!
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December 2, 2005
Abbott raring to run By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ Local Conservative Member of Parliament Jim Abbott says he is excited at the at the prospect of the upcoming federal election campaign. “I always enjoy an election in terms of talking to people,” he says. “People become more involved in politics.” The minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin lost a conﬁdence vote on Monday initiating the campaign. Opposition MPs, including Mr. Abbott, voted together and defeated the government 171-133. The federal election will be held January 23. Mr. Abbott says the issue this time around is accountability. “People will have to decide locally if I’ve been accountable,” said the politician, who has represented this area nationally since 1993. He called the Liberals “corrupt,” and said the election will give voters a choice. “It’s important that people have an opportunity to pass judgement on the alternatives,” he says. This election falls less than two years after Canadi-
ans last went to the polls. As a result Mr. Abbott concedes that some voters will be turned oﬀ. “Undoubtedly there are going to be some who feel that way.” Mr. Abbott called parliament under the minority Liberals “dysfunctional.” Last month the Liberals promised $24.5 billion in new spending for things like new military aircraft and a settlement package for former aboriginal residential school students. Mr. Abbott called the spending “desperation.” “They were prepared to do anything to avoid going to the people of Canada,” he said. Mr. Abbott said he expects a bitter campaign nationally and blamed the Liberals for the Christmas time election. “It’s Paul Martin’s responsibility that the election will occur over the holidays,” he said. “The Prime Minister was not prepared to compromise.” New Democratic Party challenger Brent Bush said this is the year his party could beat the Conservatives. “This riding has traditionally swung either NDP or Conservative,” he said. “Jim Abbott is a good guy but I think people are ready for some new ideas.” Mr. Bush, a postal worker from Kimberley, ﬁnished second to Mr. Abbott in 2004.
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Two new businesses opening By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ Shoppers in the Columbia Valley will soon have a couple of new stores in which to spend their hardearned dollars. Valley Lighting will open at the crossroads near the new Panache furniture store, and a Bargain Shop outlet will open downtown on 13th Avenue in the former building supply centre next to the curling club. “We should be open by January 3rd,” says Dan Emms, who will run the lighting shop along with wife Laura. Mr. Emms says the store will oﬀer a full line of residential lighting but will focus on topquality products, “because of all the high-end construction around here,” he says. The shop will also oﬀer home accessories like mirrors, gadgets and prints, says Mr. Emms. Mr. Emms has been in the lighting business for 16 years. The Emms business is a partnership with a Calgary outlet called the Lighting Centre. “It gives
us better buying power,” says Mr. Emms. The Emms recently moved to Invermere from Calgary. The shop provided a means for the couple and their three children to move to the valley. “It seemed like an awesome opportunity to live where we want to live,” he says. The home of the new Bargain Shop is currently under construction, says Mike Haight, who owns the building with four partners. The site is the old location of the former Home Hardware building supply store. As well as the Bargain Shop, there is room for another retail shop, Mr. Haight said. Seven condos will ﬁll the second ﬂoor of the two-storey building, he says. All have been spoken for already. A name is sought for the condos and anyone with ideas is asked to call Mr. Haight at (403) 701-7545. The Bargain Shop is a national chain of retail stores with about a dozen outlets in B.C. It sells a variety of products including clothing, household goods, toys and seasonal products.
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New Canal Flats mayor poised to take over By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ
He attended council’s regular meeting Monday as a spectaSince winning the tor. Councillor Walter mayoral election in Woodske sat as mayor Canal Flats last week, at that meeting as outJohn Tilley has been going Mayor Morin preparing himself for was away on holidays. the mayor’s chair. All four council memMr. Tilley ran once bers in Canal Flats were before against Emile returned for three more John Tilley Morin but was defeated years by acclamation. in Canal Flats’ ﬁrst mayoral election During his campaign Mr. Tilley’s last year. remarks concerned council members, This time Mr. Tilley captured 175 two of whom wrote letters to The votes in the recent election, compared Pioneer defending council against his to 113 for mayor Emile Morin. criticisms. “I’m trying to get myself up to But immediately after the elecspeed on all of the arguments,” said tion, Mr. Tilley was conciliatory. “I the 67-year-old retired school teach- hope there are no ill feelings that can’t er. “I have a program and it’s going be overcome,” he said. “We have to ahead.” develop a working relationship.” Following his election win, Mr. Mr. Tilley has been a volunteer in Tilley said he would work to retain Canal Flats for many years. He serves the working-class nature of his town. as chair of the town’s board of vari“That’s what it’s always been,” he ance, a position he will have to leave said. as the new mayor. The variance board He has also promised to establish handles applications to work on builda low-cost housing strategy for Canal ings that don’t comply with zoning. Flats. Council approved advertising for Mayor-elect Tilley will be sworn a new chair at Monday’s meeting and in as mayor on December 5th. His Mr. Tilley said that position will be ﬁrst regular council meeting in his ﬁlled. “I know there is interest,” he new role will be December 12th. said.
RCMP Report • Andre Carl Soohochoﬀ, 48, of Kamloops died as a result of a rollover accident near Fairmont Hot Springs on November 25. Mr. Soohochoﬀ was traveling south at about 1:30 p.m., when he lost control and his vehicle slid sideways on the highway. The vehicle ﬂipped, and landed on the roof. “It rolled three or four times according to witnesses,” said RCMP Corporal Brent Ayers. Rescue crews were unable to revive the man, who was wearing a seat belt. In a separate incident that day, three persons were transported to hospital and treated for minor injuries after their vehicle lost control on icy roads north of Edgewater. The vehicle slid oﬀ the road and into the ditch where it sustained severe damage. Edgewater ﬁre rescue were able to maintain the scene until police and ambulance could attend. • November 26: Police conducted a drinking and driving roadcheck on
7th Avenue in Invermere. A 30-year-old Invermere man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a subsequent search found a small quantity of marijuana. • November 19: Police responded to a report of a stolen cube van in Fairmont Hot Springs that belonged to a moving company from the Okanagan and was believed to be taken by one of their employees, who drove it into the ditch on Riverview Road and then left the scene. No charges were laid as there was not enough evidence to put the employee behind the wheel. • November 12: Police received a report of theft from a vehicle on 13th Avenue in Invermere. The complainant stated several items were stolen out of his locked truck including a Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop computer estimated at $2000. If you have any information, please contact the RCMP.
A Day in Court The following people were convicted and sentenced in adult provincial court held at the Invermere court house. Circuit judge Ron Webb presided on Nov. 28 and circuit judge D.C. Carlgren presided on Nov. 29. • Rita Simes was found guilty of one count of failure or refusal to provide a breath sample. Ms. Simes was sentenced to a two-year driving prohibition and a conditional 60-day sentence.
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December 2, 2005
Mock disaster helps rescue crews train for the real thing By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ Days of heavy rain have caused a massive landslide that’s blocked trafﬁc on a lakefront road in Windermere. Citizens have been evacuated and Regional District of East Kootenay chair Greg Deck has declared a state of emergency. The evacuated residents are nearing the reception centre set up at the Windermere Community Hall, when bad weather causes one vehicle to lose control. A chain reaction accident follows. One car spins away and starts on ﬁre. Another vehicle rests on its side, and the third slams into the hall’s large propane tank. The impact causes an explosion which tears apart the Windermere Hall. The building’s power goes out and the kitchen starts on ﬁre. Screams of agony ring out from injured people lying in the smoky darkness. At 1:30 p.m., a call is made to 911. This extraordinary chain of events is ﬁctional, part of a mock disaster staged Saturday in Windermere. Police, ﬁre and medical crews from Radium, Invermere, and Areas F and G of the regional district, participated to gauge their ability to handle a major crisis, says Gundula Brigl, regional district emergency services coordinator. Because of the “landslide” and evac-
Local actors hammed it up while rescue crews were judged on their performance. uation, a simulated emergency operations centre was set up at the Invermere Fire Hall, with RCMP, ﬁre and medical personnel. Setting up the operations centre was part of the test, to see how well all the agencies can work together. “This is the ﬁrst time we’ve had a full-scale exercise in the Columbia Valley,” says Gary Burford, regional emergency program coordinator. When emergency response teams arrived at the community hall, they set to work stabilizing the scene, creating
“calm out of chaos,” says Dr. Tracey Parnell. A medical doctor from Cranbrook, Dr. Parnell is a partner in a company called Just Like Real Exercises, hired by the regional district to orchestrate the disaster. Money for the $10,000 exercise included a $7,500 grant from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities with the rest coming from the regional district’s emergency disaster fund. As the afternoon unfolded, about ten external evaluators, which included
ambulance workers, a doctor, nurses, ﬁreﬁghters and police, observed and graded the workers, said Dr. Parnell. To add realism to the event one of the cars was set ablaze. Heat radiated from the vehicle into the freezing air and could be felt behind the safety barrier 30 feet away. Flames poured out of the vehicle, leaping up and touching the roof. As the roaring ﬁre grew, its need for air increased. Every so often the suction would create enough power to blow in one of the windows. First the rear driver’s side window blew and then the large rear windshield. A handful of children looked on in delight as the unmistakable sound of shattering glass rang in the air. After about two hours in the chaos, the emergency teams began to gain control. The “injured” - volunteer actors with gruesome wounds like compound fractures, deep cuts and even a young man with a screwdriver lodged in his neck - were treated and taken to hospital. The ﬁres were put out, and all distraught witnesses removed. The scene had been secured. Dr. Parnell said the rescue teams did well. “They managed a very complicated situation very eﬃciently and eﬀectively.” She said any mistakes made during the exercise will serve as a learning experience. “The people of the valley should be proud of their teams,” she says.
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Notes From The Pioneer By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher
Peter Charles Edwards is the name of one of the nine servicemen on the Invermere Cenotaph about whom little information is available. We asked our readers to let us know more about the young man. Fortunately Fran Jeﬀery of Invermere called The Pioneer to say she had known Peter slightly before he joined the air force and went overseas. She said Peter’s father was a land surveyor who worked throughout the valley and Peter attended school in Canal Flats. Peter was an avid outdoorsman, she recalls. “Peter loved to hike the mountains and he guided with Madeline Turnor at the S-Half Diamond Ranch at Premier Lake,” Mrs. Jeﬀery said. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website says that Peter Charles Edwards was a Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) with the RCAF ﬂying with the Royal Air Force Squadron 77 when he was killed on March 15, 1944. He is buried at the Longueau British Cemetery in France. No surviving relatives were listed. *** The Christmas season is in full swing and the recent snowfall has added to the festive mood. Let’s keep our ﬁngers crossed that the lake will freeze smooth this year so we enjoy our seasonal skating. Christmas lights are going up all over the valley - don’t forget to visit Wilmer, as residents there always put on a good show. Local businesses are preparing their entries for Super Sunday’s parade. That reminds us of the time the minister at Christ Church Trinity asked the Sunday School class very solemnly if anyone knew what Sunday was coming up - meaning Advent Sunday. One little boy shouted: “Super Sunday!” and the congregation cracked up.
The ﬁrst building at the end of the bridge in Athalmer was once the Bank of Montreal, although the sign is barely legible in this photograph. See the hitching rail outside for tying up your horse while you did your banking business. Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.
Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: Growing up, I thought people who watched Coronation Street were out of their minds. How, apparently, dull! But good on The Pioneer for acknowledging today’s discerning regular viewers of this now-hot television show. However, you are total plonkers for spoiling an upcoming plot point. Viewers would have snogged you for your article until you committed this barmy editorial sin, causing much aggro amongst the fans. Most media reviewers and writers nowadays insert a cautionary line such as (Spoiler Alert - plot content revealed ahead!) when giving away movie/TV secrets. You did a great job of
capturing various local citizens’ passions for this show and the eﬀorts, some go to, to avoid websites that reveal future plots not yet shown in Canada. Then you outline Andy Stuart-Hill’s revealing news about an episode that might not be seen locally for months! What were you and Andy thinking??? How ‘daft’! It’s a good thing the character ‘Les Battersby’ is not in town or you would get a right earful. I would prattle on about this but I must run now, another episode is about to air! Haven’t missed one in four years! Dan Osborne Windermere
Wear something red on December 6, 2005 Dear Editor: As part of our commitment to end violence against women and children, Columbia Valley Safe Homes, a program of the Family Resource Centre of Invermere, would like to remind our communities of this day that was created to honour and commemorate the 14 young women killed in Montreal on December 6, 1989. We should commemorate not only the young
female students who dared to dream a professional dream, but as well the memory of all women, young and old who have died as a result of violence against women. We would also like our community to take this day to be mindful of and show our support to all the women and girls who have experienced violence, or are currently facing violence. Why do we all need to be involved? Violence against women aﬀects everyone - women, men, and children and is very much a societal issue.
We can all contribute to making our society a healthy and safe place by supporting anti-violence work in our communities. We would like to encourage our community to participate by displaying red roses and/or wearing red clothing on this day to show your support. Thank you for remembering and being part of our action against violence on December 6, 2005. Jolene Potter, Safe Homes Coordinator
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Letters to the Editor ‘Our children need more’ Dear Editor: Our B.C. government often reminds us of its goals to “move forward” into our “Golden Decade.” But those exhortations ring hollow when they crash into the realities. To create the kind of society which truly moves forward, we need to improve the public services and support for those who will grow up into that golden future. The evidence is clear. We have not been giving children the resources they deserve. Over the past few years, the number of children living in poverty has dramatically increased while resources for families who live in poverty have decreased. Food banks cannot keep up with the requests for assistance. Child protection services, chronically underfunded, have lately seen further cuts. Family resource centres are stretched beyond their means. Local youth centres operate on shoestrings. Public schools are trying to hold their programs and services together with too few resources. In October, teachers left their classrooms and staged a ten-day strike to dramatize the erosion of learning conditions. Classes are too large to eﬀectively support children at risk. School counselors, learning assistance teachers, English as a Second Language teachers, and special education assistants are too few. The public school system has lost 2,500 teachers and hundreds of support workers. Children are not being served well. Recently the government has been holding community consultations to combine the roles of public schools with public libraries, early childhood services, healthy community projects, and senior services. The intention is to consolidate and save money - once again, spreading too few resources over too many needs. “Repurposing” of school districts is just a code word for more underfunding. The devaluation of programs that serve children is also shown in the way service providers are treated. Unions representing people who work in public sector programs that serve children have been characterized by the government as greedy when they try to uphold legitimate contracts of their members. Those contracts have been shredded by two governments determined
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to reduce social spending. Many social service workers have been laid oﬀ from their jobs, and much of the work is simply no longer being done. In the case of teachers, the unfair imposition of terms and conditions of employment has been a matter of public record this fall. Day care workers, unrepresented by unions, have wage scales in the margins of poverty. They have been treated contemptuously, and the children being served by those workers have been disregarded by the government! While these trends have saved taxpayers lots of money, they have had hidden costs. In the past eight years, under two diﬀerent governments, over 700 children have died. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if social safety nets had been in place. Some of these deaths were never investigated; others, only partly investigated. When the oﬃce of Children’s Commissioner was discontinued, responsibility to investigate the deaths was transferred to the oﬃce of Coroner, but the coroner’s funding was reduced. We need to restore that funding. Investigating those deaths, years later, may provide answers for the families of those children and for the agencies who tried without suﬃcient resources to serve them. But that is only part of the picture. The part of the picture that may remain unexamined is the social value structure that simply does not place enough regard on children to take care of them properly to begin with. Here, in the most privileged place on earth, too many of our youngest, most vulnerable people live in conditions that would embarrass the third world. Nelson Mandela once observed, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Now that we are learning to think about the meaning of those deaths, the future health of our children must become our most sacred trust. We have the means. We just have to ﬁnd a way to teach our government to pay attention and care!
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Pynelogs Cultural Centre • December Art Sale - unique items for Christmas gifts, 11am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, Friday night until 8pm. Gift wrapping station. Plan your Christmas shopping at Pynelogs Cultural Centre! • Pynelogs Cafe CLOSED until December 6th.
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December 3 • Noon to 3 pm, Skate with Santa at the Arena. • Turkey Shoot, Legion Hall, 4 to 7 pm. • Annual Snowﬂake Ball, Lions Hall, Dec. 3. Cocktails 6:30, dinner 7:30, dance 9:30. Contact Heather at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, 342-2844.
December 4 • Super Sunday kicks oﬀ with parade on Invermere’s main street at noon, followed by shopping specials at local businesses all day. • Feed the Valley, free Christmas dinner at the Lions Hall at the crossroads sponsored by Copper Point. Donations to the food bank.
December 8 • Last distribution day for Coats for Families, Family Resource Centre. Call Julie at 342-0355 if you need coats or accessories in the meantime or for info.
December 11 • Old Fashioned Christmas on Ice, 2pm, at the arena. Tickets at the door. Sponsored by the Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club. Call Kelly, 342-3213.
December 13 • Valley Voices Community Choir is having their annual Christmas Concert and Carol Sing, 7:30pm, Christ Church Trinity.
December 14 • Canadian Paciﬁc Railway Holiday Train will be in Radium as part of its cross-country journey, noon, Foresters Road Crossing, and in Golden, 5:30pm, across from 7-11 store, 10th Avenue.
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Local man Jarrett Chasse headed for Arkansas to play baseball By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ Diamonds are this guy’s best friend - ball diamonds, that is. Jarrett Chasse, 22, has won a scholarship to pitch for the Monticello Boll Weevils at the University of Arkansas. He’ll head down south to join the team in January. Jarrett, son of Shelly and Jacques Chasse of Invermere who graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in 2002, is currently a student at the Lethbridge Community College and the righthanded relief pitcher at Lethbridge’s Prairie Baseball Academy. Jarrett’s former catcher at the Lethbridge academy landed a spot in Arkansas and put in a good word for him with Boll Weevils manager Kevin Downing. Mr. Downing contacted Jarrett, who has been playing in Alberta for three years. On the advice of Jarrett’s coaches in Lethbridge, he oﬀered him a scholarship. “I’m really happy,” Jarrett said this week in a telephone interview. “All I have to do is pay for my meals.” The decision to pursue baseball came late for Jarrett, who like many boys growing up in the East Kootenays dreamed of scoring goals on the ice, not striking out batters. “I always wanted to play hockey,” he said. Jarrett, who stands six feet, one inch tall and weighs 200 pounds, eventually landed a position with the Columbia Valley Rockies. That lasted one year, but ultimately Jarrett decided to devote himself to the American game.
“I was always better at baseball.” Jarrett will hone those skills in the small Arkansas city, 140 kilometres south of Little Rock. His goals are modest. Jarrett says he would like to use the opportunity to advance to the highest division of American college baseball - Monticello plays division two - and eventually turn professional in the minor leagues. Asked about the majors, Jarrett remains humble. “Of course any kid would love it,” he says. “But I don’t want to say that it’s even possible.” The Kootenays seem like a million miles away from the majors, but there is a precedent. Jason Bay of Trail, the 2004 rookie of the year in the National League, recently signed an $18-million contract to play left ﬁeld for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jarrett is not intimidated at the prospect of American baseball. “Baseball for Americans is like hockey in Canada,” he says. “It’s not like they’re way better.”
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Cancer society honours two women By Elaine Wallace Cancer Society The Canadian Cancer Society of B.C. created the “Winn Weir Award” for Regional Volunteer Leadership. This year’s recipient of the Winn Weir Award was Maria Kloos. Maria has been an active member of the society since 1982 and was instrumental in organizing many programs such as the Maria Kloos and Eileen Fiell are wonderful volunteers for the local cancer group. Terry Fox Run, Fashion Show, Reach for Recovery Program and many other important roles within year’s recipient is one of only four that were awarded the society. She was also President of the Invermere for the entire B.C./Yukon Division. Eileen Fiell was presented with this award at the Hospital Auxilliary and volunteered her time on the hospital board, in the gift shop and worked with resi- October meeting of the local cancer society unit. Since 1993, Eileen has consistently and reliably been indents at Columbia House. Most recently, Maria, along with Kay Maras, start- volved with every aspect of the the society. She has a positive approach to everything she tacked the Cancer Support Group and for the past eight years has continued to oﬀer her warmth and support les from organizing the daﬀodil campaigns to knockin her own home to those who are experiencing the ing on doors, selling Christmas cakes and assisting at physical and emotional rollercoaster of dealing with the mammogram clinics. Eileen has also served in the positions of secretary cancer. and president of the local unit and her enthusiasm for Another member of our local group has recently been awarded “The Award of Distinction in Volunteer any activity is contagious. To both of these remarkable women, your peers Leadership,” a Division Award that recognizes volunteer leaders demonstrating vision, innovation and are proud to salute you for your years of dedication to commitment and the nurturing of new leaders. This this group and to this community!
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Watch Christine curl on TV this week By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ Former Invermere resident Christine Keshen will “rock” Halifax at the 2005 Tim Horton’s Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. If her rink qualiﬁes, they will be oﬀ to the Olympics. Christine says the Olympic trials will attract all the best curlers in Canada. “You’re going to see the best curling ever,” she says. Christine is in her second full season playing lead for Shannon Kleibrink’s Calgary rink. The Kleibrink rink curling teams, called rinks, are named for their skip, the player who throws fourth - has had a successful year. With Christine’s help the team captured this year’s Canada Cup, held in Kamloops in March. That win earned the team $33,500 and helped team members prepare for the Olympic trials. “It opened so many doors,” says Christine. Many Olympic athletes follow strict diets and exercise programs but Chris-
tine says curling is a bit diﬀerent. “In curling, body type doesn’t really handicap you,” she says. The team does visit a sports psychologist. “People want to push curling to the next level and that’s what it takes,” she says. Christine will be getting some support from a few Invermere locals. Her mom and dad, Carol and Jack Keshen, will be travelling to Halifax as will her boyfriend Mike DuBois. “They were at the Canada Cup,” says Christine. “Since we won, my dad’s become an addict.” The action starts on Saturday. TSN will cover the round-robin portion and the CBC will cover the women’s ﬁnal. The winner will represent Canada in Torino, Italy next February. “We basically have eight days to determine if we go to the Olympics,” says Christine. The Kleibrink rink is currently ranked second in the country behind Jennifer Jones of Manitoba.
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Acreage owners call policy unfair By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staﬀ Some Invermere residents are angry because they are being restricted from taking their acreages out of the Agricultural Land Reserve. That’s because in 2001, the District of Invermere council made a deal with the provincial Agricultural Land Commission to allow development on the western side of Westside Road, while promising to keep the east side as farmland. That decision allowed local realtor and developer Barry Brown-John to build Westside Park. But Mr. Brown-John said he doesn’t agree with the decision, either. “They’re penalizing these people, basically,” he said. Town councillors who voted on that decision said it was made at the request of the Agricultural Land Commission. The commission is a provincial body that decides whether land should be kept inside the Agricultural Land Reserve, often called the ALR. “I thought it was an unfair deal but we had no choice,” said Mark Shmigelsky, mayor in 2001. Current Chief Administrative Oﬃcer Chris Prosser was the town’s planner back then. He said the decision was made because the district was running out of land available for development. Because of the shortage the district felt pressure to meet the land
commission’s terms. Councillor Bob Campsall, who agreed with the decision in 2001, says it’s time to go back and revisit the policy. He said the commission hasn’t applied the rules consistently. “What I see wrong with it is that it hasn’t been applied rigorously or fairly,” Mr. Campsall told The Pioneer. “Instead of in-ﬁlling our town, we’re expanding our boundaries. Is that smart growth?” The term “smart growth” is a strategy to limit sprawl by creating higher-density development inside town boundaries. Mr. Shmigelsky defends the 2001 decision but agrees the issue should be reexamined. “It was the right deal for the time . . . but this is a diﬀerent time.” He said nearly 200 acres of agricultural land exist within the town’s boundaries, and he would support any one of the landowners on the east side of Westside Road in an application to have it removed. “It makes no sense to have nearly that much ALR land in the district when none of it is being used as farmland,” he said. “We should be going to the commission and saying: ‘This is ridiculous.’” The dedicated farmland forms several acreages heading south on Westside Road. It is a corridor zoned for agriculture but is used mostly for pasture. “It’s not good land,” says landowner John Ronacher. “It’s too small for growing anything.”
Mr. Ronacher said he had a deal to sell part of his property in 1999 but that deal fell through. “I was told no damn way would I get it out,” he said. “Even myself I couldn’t build a house on it.” Buzz Harmsworth owns one of those parcels. He bought his 4.5 acres of land in 1968, before the Agricultural Land Reserve existed. “That’s one of the reasons I bought the land,” he said. “I had three kids - one acre for each and one for me.” Mr. Harmsworth applied again this year to have his land removed from the reserve. “I wanted to take half an acre out and build a house,” he says. “The district said it would take two and a half years.” Just beyond the acreages, the district is rapidly expanding. The CastleRock subdivision was able to take land out of the reserve and then became part of town in July 2003. Developer Mark Himmelspach, owner of Grizzly Ridge Properties, had a portion of his land removed from the reserve earlier this year and wants to have more than 1,100 acres of his land, currently in the regional district, included in town. However, not all landowners along Westside Road are chomping at the bit to subdivide and sell. “It’s wonderful,” says Alice Hale of her property. “I would resist any attempts to take this land out of the ALR.”
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Lucy Miller’s famous “Travelling Beans” are speciﬁc amounts but just follow them as a guideline. (I squeeze in more or less depending if there’s only a little left in a container). Continue with the additions: 1/4 - 1/2 cup molasses 1/2 cup bar-b-que sauce, whatever kind you prefer (the original recipe used ketchup but I ﬁnd the bar-b-que sauce has more spice/bite to it) 1 tsp. - 1 tbsp. Keen’s dry mustard powder 1/2 - 1 cup Demerara sugar (I use this because it’s sweeter and has a molasses ﬂavour to it, use any dark brown sugar you prefer) 1 - 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce Sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste, depending on how spicy you like it.
Editor’s Note: This is the most recent version of Lucy Rzepa Miller’s famous bean recipe, obtained by The Pioneer after much begging and pleading. Lucy says it’s called “Travelling Beans” because it includes additions from wonderful friends that she and husband Al Miller have met along the way and whose ﬂavours have enhanced the original recipe. By Lucy Miller Invermere To Begin: In a large pot, place however many strips of bacon you’d like, at least one-half package (12 to 14 strips) and heat on low to medium, and saute one large onion, chopped, in the bacon fat (I have over the years switched from using a cooking onion to a sweet onion such as a valbella). When the onion is soft, add the below ingredients in the order given. Once the onion is fried you have the option of continuing cooking in the pot or (I like this better) transfer the bacon and onion to a crock pot and just add the ingredients directly. Then leave for the day on low and let the ﬂavours blend. Additions: 2 or 3 - 19 oz. cans of pork and beans (you can vary this amount by stretching and adding another can if you have company unexpectedly come by. You may also use any ﬂavour you prefer). 1 - 19 oz. can Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans 1 - 19 oz. can Kidney beans 1 - 19 oz. can Black beans 1 - 19 oz. can Pineapple, crushed or tidbits, what-
Lucy Miller whips up her travelling beans recipe. ever you prefer, with juice 1 - 10 oz. can sliced mushrooms or fresh, whatever you prefer, For a batch at home it is nice to use fresh. Now, the above size cans can be altered. This is a very forgiving, lenient recipe as to the amounts. Below
Now see what I mean - here comes the Recipe Not Being Finished, with other friendly people’s suggestions and therefore additions. • In 2003 we added celery, due to Texas Tornado Entertainment, so about 4 - 6 stalks chopped. • In 2004 we added the black beans. • In 2005 we will try some pure maple syrup. So this is the Travellin’ Across the Provinces Beans Recipe that is ongoing as we meet people with their suggestions from the last few years. My recipe has been adapted to Bull Bustin’ in the Rockies for the last six years for their Beef, Beans and Biscuits for about 600-700 people. So relax, enjoy and have fun with the recipe! If you add on any ingredients, let me know, I might make some of the revisions to this recipe!
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Kicking Horse Coﬀee breaking new ground By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staﬀ The aroma of roasting coﬀee is the smell of sweet success for a local couple who have turned their dream into a successful multi-million-dollar business. Leo Johnson and Elana Rosenfeld, who own Kicking Horse Coﬀee in Invermere, started their business just nine years ago in their garage. Since then the company has seen exponential growth – a 63-per-cent rise in sales in the past year alone. “What we used to do in a year we now do in a week,” Leo says. The company roasted over one million pounds of coﬀee Coﬀee roasting at Kicking Horse uses high-tech equipment. beans this year and a major expansion to their crossroads location is in the works. roasted and sent to major markets like Thrifty Foods, Leo and Elana were university students when they met waiting tables at Jasper Park Lodge in Safeway, Loblaw’s and Save-On Foods. The coﬀee is so popular it is giving Starbuck’s a run 1989. They travelled through the area and fell in love for the money. Kicking Horse is now a recognizable with Invermere before returning to Montreal, where brand, thanks in part to local rancher Chris Zehnder. Elana graduated two years later with a major in reli“We had a ton of names but when Chris said gious studies and a minor in women’s studies, and Leo ‘Kicking Horse’ it sounded perfect,” says Leo. The with a degree in sociology. Then they headed west. “We were so broke when we got here that social couple was so grateful that they named one of their services had to pay our ﬁrst month’s rent,” Leo recalls. products Z-Wrangler after Chris. By far the most successful product is Kick Ass CofThey quickly found jobs as waiters and the followfee, a dark roast. The second most favourite is Three ing summer they opened a fruit stand on main street. Once they got a taste of running their own business, Sisters, combining light, medium and dark roasted beans. they were hooked. But what gave Kicking Horse an edge from the The couple bought a smoothie bar on main street start is that it was the ﬁrst Canadian company to oﬀer called Smoothie’s and renamed it The Blue Dog after both organic and Fair Trade coﬀee. their favourite bar in Montreal. Frustrated by the difOrganic coﬀee is grown and harvested without ﬁculty in ﬁnding organic coﬀee, they decided to start chemicals. That protects the health of the workers, their own roasting business. They advertised in Harrowsmith magazine oﬀering the restaurant for sale. mostly women and children, who pick the beans. CofWithin weeks The Blue Dog sold to a couple from fee grown without chemicals also protects the environment where they live and work. Whitehorse, Brian McLaughlin and Liz Lane. Fair trade coﬀee is coﬀee that oﬀers the grower a Leo and Elana spent the next year travelling, mostly through Asia, and returned to Invermere to ﬁxed minimum price for his or her labour, guaranteeing that his or her expenses are covered. start looking for funds. “It’s part of our personal philosophy,” says Leo. Their reception was lukewarm. “I remember one That philosophy means that the couple and their of the bank managers telling us: ‘I’m just not getting employees work no weekends or overtime. Instead Leo the warm and fuzzies from your idea,’” Leo laughs. Even their families were skeptical. “Elana’s mother and Elana spend quality time with their two little girls, said: ‘What are you two schmucks going to do, sell Ariel, 7, and Aviva, 5. Elana has also become involved in local politics, coﬀee out of your garage?’” says Leo. serving a three-year term as Invermere councillor and That’s just what they did. With assistance from the Business Development Bank of Canada, a ﬁnan- actively lobbying against the proposed Jumbo Glacier cial institution owned by the federal government, the Resort. Recently the company even oﬀered a coﬀee couple started roasting coﬀee in their garage on John- product called Jumbo Wild. Leo is a second-degree black belt karate expert and ston Road. spends his spare time teaching karate to kids. Since there was no training available, they spent To get away from the valley, the couple travels to a lot of time and energy experimenting with diﬀerent places like Nicaragua where Kicking Horse coﬀee has types and recipes for roasted coﬀee as they struggled to its origins. learn their craft. Leo is the creative mind behind the business, and “When we ﬁrst started out, there would be nights when we would just hold each other, saying: ‘What are Elana provides the organizational and leadership skills. Together their talents are the perfect blend. we doing?’” Last month they received a national Ongoing But their vision paid oﬀ. Seven years ago they Achievement award with a cash prize of $20,000 from formed Kicking Horse Coﬀee Ltd. and moved into the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Elana Athalmer, hiring one employee. The company took oﬀ like a bronco out of the was named one of the top 100 Chief Executive Oﬃchute. Three years ago, Leo and Elana built a new in- cers in Canada by Proﬁt magazine. “You have to have the determination and the vidustrial building near the crossroads and today they sion, but we were also out there every day pounding have 14 employees who help them keep the huge the pavement,” Leo says. roasting machines running. “If you truly believe in what you’re doing, you will Green coﬀee beans are imported by the semi-load from South America, Central America and Indonesia, succeed.”
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December 2, 2005
Pioneer Briefs CPR Holiday Train headed this way Once again, Canadian performers are riding the rails for charity. For the sixth consecutive year, the CPR Holiday Train is crossing Canada to collect food and raise money for people in need. The brightly-lit train sets out Dec. 2 from Quebec, and will wrap up its annual tour in Port Moody, B.C. on Dec. 17. Along the way it will visit 60 towns, cities and villages including Radium, where it is scheduled to stop at Forester’s Road Crossing at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Those who go out to meet the train will be treated to performances by singer/songwriter/storyteller Wayne Rostad, singing star Amanda Stott, and international recording artists The Moﬀats. All will perform from a boxcar converted to a stage. “We are thrilled to be stopping in beautiful Radium,” says CPR spokesman Ed Greenberg. “We encourage people from throughout the Columbia Valley to come out and see our free show, and to help with the ﬁght against hunger.” Cash donations will be welcomed, says Mr. Greenberg, as well as hampers containing non-perishable food items. The Holiday Train is a joint program of CPR and the Canadian Association of Food Banks. Since its launch in 1999, it has collected roughly 378 tons of food and raised $1.9 million for North American food banks.
Angel Trees at Saan, Dairy Queen The Christmas angel gift tree is up, and deserving recipients are welcome to add their names, says Christmas Bureau chair Helen Wynder. The gift tree has been a valley tradition for the past ten years. It serves those in need from Brisco to Canal Flats. Those who would like to register their names to receive a gift can do so at the Saan store in Invermere. Registrants can choose any modest gift they like, says Helen. “We always ask for gifts between 20 and 25 dollars,” she says. The deadline for requests is December 9th. Those wanting to fulfull a wish and buy a Christmas gift can drop them oﬀ at the Saan. The deadline for gift buying is December 16th. All gifts will be distributed on December 21st. Dairy Queen in Athalmer also has an Angel Tree in place, and gifts donated there will also be referred to the Christmas Bureau for distribution.
Silver Strings headed for Hawaii The young ukelele players known as the Silver Strings will travel to Hawaii next March to perform at local schools and in the island’s cultural centre. In total, 59 students from J. A. Laird Elementary School will make the trip, accompanied by music teacher Bruce Childs, 15 chaperones and a group of parent volunteers. It’s an expensive venture, made possible only by local generosity, says Mr. Childs. “We’ve had incredible support from companies like IGA and Kicking Horse Coﬀee.” The Earl Grey Lodge will host a beneﬁt dinner Thursday, December 8th at 7 p.m., to help ﬁnance the trip. Tickets are $75 each. To reserve seats call 3413641.
Super Sunday beneﬁts youth centre The ﬁrst Super Sunday Community Fundraiser Event will take place on Sunday with proceeds to the local Summit Youth Centre. The aﬀair will be co-hosted by Quality Bakery, Konig Meat and Sausage Co. and Be Gifted Baskets and will be held on main street in Invermere. From noon to 4 p.m. there will be hot chocolate, cookies and bratwurst-on-a-bun for sale. Participating businesses include: • Dairy Queen, which will donate 10 percent of their day’s sales to the Summit Youth Centre; • Quality Bakery will donate ﬁve percent of their day’s sales; • Konig Meat will be donating ﬁve percent of all of their coarse Bratwurst sales; • Be Gifted will donate ﬁve percent of the day’s sales plus $1 from every hot chocolate bag or tote sold. “Thanks to amazing community support, the Youth Centre is beginning to oﬀer homework sessions,” says youth centre coordin ator Stephanie Stevens. “We are hoping to implement more programs such as sexual health and awareness and internet safety for local youth. We are happy to accept donations as this is what makes it possible for the Summit Youth Centre to oﬀer these programs.” Any other businesses interested in participating, please call Alita Bentley at 341-1767.
Win a free ﬂight The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It’s been 10 years since the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program started funding projects to protect species at risk, conserve habitats and restore ﬁsheries in local rivers, lakes and reservoirs. In that time kokanee stocks have increased, wildlife discoveries have been made, and thousands of hectares of critical habitat have been protected. The program funds and delivers projects aimed at conserving and enhancing ﬁsh and wildlife impacted by the construction of B.C. Hydro dams in the region. It is a joint initiative of B.C. Hydro, the Ministry of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. To mark the 10 years of conservation success, the compensation program is oﬀering three free ﬂights with a biologist. These ﬂights will be a great learning experience and oﬀer a diﬀerent look at some local habitat. To enter your name for a free ﬂight, go to www.cbﬁshwildlife.org.
Valley businesses being interviewed The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy has partnered with College of the Rockies and the government of Canada to develop an Essential Skills and Workplace Literacy Conference. Liz Spence-Noble, Cristina Borgogelli and Caroline Greening make up The Skills for Life Team and will be interviewing businesses in the area to identify challenges in implementing workplace essential skills training. The research gathered will shape the topics to be discussed at the Skills for Life Conference to be held in March. By improving employees’ literacy and basic skills, employers will realize higher proﬁts and other beneﬁts. Employees with better basic skills will save employers time and money and improve performance and productivity. So what does workplace literacy mean? Through extensive research, the Government of Canada has identiﬁed nine essential skills: document use, reading text, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills, and computer use. For more information on the conference or to take part in the research process, please contact the Skills for Life Team at 342.3210, extension 114.
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December 2, 2005
Try our Pioneer Crossword Crystal Woodworth, and English teacher at the high school, created this crossword puzzle using a computer program and the November 25th issue of The Pioneer. She uses the newspaper as an educational tool in her class.
District of Invermere NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 1264, 2005 The District of Invermere is considering a Zoning Bylaw Amendment application by Rocky Mountain Land Co., which, if approved, will amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 by changing the long term use of the following property. Lot 2, District Lot 1092, KD Plan NEP 74773 except plans NEP 74967 and NEP 76431 (PID 025-831-305) 2144 13th Avenue, Invermere By zoning the R-3 CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT-MEDIUM DENSITY ZONE) and the C-3 (NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL) zoning designations as per the subject property map. In accordance with section 890 of the Local Government Act, Council has scheduled a PUBLIC HEARING for: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2005, 7:00 pm. Invermere council chambers, 914 - 8th Ave., INVERMERE, BC V0A 1K0 Council may then consider the bylaw for 3rd reading and adoption at the regular meeting of Council Tuesday, December 13th, 2005. The above synopsis is not intended to be nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1264, 2005. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere Municipal Ofﬁce (914 - 8th Ave., Invermere) at any time between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday excluding statutory holidays between the following dates: Friday, November 18th and Tuesday, December 6th, 2005. All persons who believe that their interest in this property is affected by the proposal shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submission respecting matters contained in the proposal. All persons who believe that the interest in this property is affected by the proposed zoning amendment, may: • submit written comments to the District of Invermere • fax written comments to the District of Invermere at 250-342-2934 • present verbal or written briefs at the public hearing NOTICE is also given that legal considerations prevent Council from receiving any written or verbal representations made after the close of public hearing Tuesday, December 6th, 2005.
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ACROSS: 2. The most expensive house on this page is called this. p.20 5. Who is the Mayor of Invermere for three more years? p.1 7. What Cranbrook attraction will be at the parade on Super Sunday? p.2 8. This man gets cheers for his Christmas light display. p.17 11. In 1939, “Babe” Slideborg of the NHL used this on his hockey stick. p.12 12. Where does Santa like to shop in town? p.11 13. This new town councillor received 638 votes. p.3 15. Call this company if your car gets stuck or its battery dies. p.13 18. You can save $10 if you order $100 worth of items from their catalogue. p.19 19. The deadline to place classiﬁed ads in the Pioneer is at noon on this day. p.4 20. Which end of the valley does voting Area G cover? p.5 DOWN: 1. This agency can help you ﬁnd a job. p.16 3. What kind of band played in town last week? p.14 4. The Pioneer will create a one-of-a-kind version of one of these with your picture for $50. p.10 6. This name appears on both the Invermere and Canal Flats cenotaphs. p.9 9. This corporation has been hired to drill wells in Athalmer. p.15 10. On Dec. 1 you can register for the winter session of this. p.7 14. Marty didn’t ﬁnd the Nashville Star competition as ___________ as he expected. p.8 16. Sergeant Neil Cross and his son Dylan went to Vancouver to watch this on Sunday. p.6 17. Phone this person at 347-9947 for more information on the Super Sunday parade. p.18
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December 2, 2005
Jumbo opponent loses court appeal The Supreme Court of British Columbia has dismissed R.K. Heli-ski’s petition to overturn the Jumbo Glacier Resort project’s Environmental Assessment Certiﬁcate. The Honourable Mr. Justice Melnick issued his judgment in Cranbrook. “R.K. has failed to demonstrate to me that it was denied natural justice, either because of failure provide it with an opportunity CalltoThe Blind Guy! to be fully and properly heard in a meaningful way Interiora World or because reasonable person would apprehend 342 4406 bias on the part of the EAO (Environmental Assessment Oﬃce), Sierra, or the Ministers,” he said.
Grant Costello, Vice-President of Glacier Resorts Ltd. in Invermere, said in a press release he was happy with the decision. Jumbo Glacier Resort is a planned year-round ski resort 35 kilometres from Panorama. At buildout, the resort will have 5,500 visitor beds. The project has received environmental approval and is now undergoing the ﬁnal Master Plan review process. Before the project proceeds, the property must be rezoned by the Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors.
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FRANCES VICTORIA THOMPSON nee DEASON April 22, 1924 November 23, 2005 Frances was born and raised in London, England. During the war she was evacuated to the countryside during the blitz while her parents remained in London. They lost their home to a bomb in August, 1944. She met her future husband, Lioel Thompson in November, 1943 while he was on leave in England. He started calling her Frankie and this endearment stuck. They married in June, 1944 and she sailed from England in 1945. The trip took 10 days on a troopship. Because we were still at war with Japan they were blacked out at night and had to zig zag across the Atlantic to avoid sea mines. She arrived in Halifax on her ﬁrst wedding anniversary, climbed aboard a train and continued her journey to Edgewater. The Thompson family welcomed her into their fold while they waited for Lioel and his brother Jack to return from overseas. With her quiet British reserve and resiliency, Frankie set about learning to handle a wood stove, haul water, do laundry by hand and cook wild meat. Having already proven her courage and determination, it was still quite an adjustment for a young woman from London! She remained in the Columbia Valley for the rest of her life. The large Thompson extended family remained close to Frankie and she never forgot a birthday. Frances is predeceased by her parents, sisters Doris and Marie, infant daughter Doris and husband Lioel. She leaves her sons David (Sue), Roy (Reta), granddaughters Lara (Allan), Karina (Tom), Alana and Ciona, and great grandchildren Jada and Cole as well as nieces, nephews and friends made throughout the years. Anyone wishing to honour Frankie’s memory may consider, in lieu of ﬂowers, acknowledging Columbia House Activities Program c/o Invermere & District Hospital, 850 - 10th Avenue, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0.
ROB DANIELS 1965 - 2004 December 5 No farewell words were spoken, I had no time to say goodbye. You were gone before Mom knew it and only God knows why. My heart is empty and aches in sadness and secret tears still ﬂow. What it meant to lose you, only a Mother will ever know. If tears could build a stairway, Rob, and memories were a lane, I would walk all the way to Heaven and bring you home again. May you rest in peace, Rob. You’re missed beyond words. Always, Mom, Dad, daughter Taya, Brenda, Linda, Kathie, Willie & Danny.
Rick & Terah Thesen and big sister Rayden are pleased to announce the birth of ALAYNAH BLANCHE, Born August 17, 2005, 8 lbs. 8 oz. Proud grandparents are Wendy Coombs of Cardston, AB; Mel & Jackie Thesen, and Great Grandmother Gladys Ferguson of Invermere.
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Samuel Moseanko of ChilliFOR RENT wack is pleased to announce the engagement of his daugh- STEIN APARTMENTS - residential ter, Donna Okabe, to John Ed- and commercial. 342- 6912. gar of Invermere. MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE, 747 THANK YOU 12th Street, Invermere is currently providing OFF-SEASON The family of Frances Thomprates. Reduced nightly rates, son wish to express their very sincere gratitude to the staﬀ and volunteers of Columbia House, as well as the hospital staﬀ and Dr. Michael Walsh for their care of Frankie in her last years. Day in and day out this dedicated group of people provide an environment of dignity and love and continuing opportunities for joy and enrichment. We are truly blessed to have such unselﬁshly caring and compassionate individuals to look after our loved ones. Thank you.
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December 2, 2005
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CHEERS & JEERS CHEERS to Shandrea and Norma O’Brien for all their hard work organizing the “Bring Spring Back” golf tourney held at Coy’s October 1, raising over $8,000 for Spring Hawes. We realize we are a little late, but Cheers are never too late!
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CHEERS to Heather Underwood for another fantastic Elf Craft Christmas presents! AMS Fair held last weekend at the snowboard, 160cm, $200. Invermere Hall. Squier acoustic guitar, $150. both like new. Call Sarah, 342CHEERS to the District workers 3422. for keeping the streets plowed and sanded. 1923 Weber Upright piano with ivory keys. Good condiCHEERS to the great Christ- tion, sounds great. $1500, mas light display downtown. OBO. 342-3306.
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IN MEMORIAM DONATIONS to the Canadian Cancer Society drop oﬀ at the Pioneer, #8, 1008 8th Avenue, Invermere or mail to Box 868, Invermere. For info call Myrna Verwey, 342-6666.
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Super Sunday, super fun Fresh snow will add to the thrill of Super Sunday. This year everyone should be in the swing, even Santa - who was caught reading The Pioneer - and children like those riding in style during the annual Santa Claus parade. Remember the parade starts at noon Sunday at Pot Hole Park and goes straight down Invermere’s main street.
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Valley Voices sing in the season By Ken Mallett Special to The Pioneer Music, and especially those beloved carols, is such an integral part of the Christmas season that many in our valley ﬁnd that the feeling isn’t complete without singing those carols. With that in mind, the Valley Voices Community Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert and Carol Sing on Tuesday, December 13th, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. Sylvia Robertson is the interim conductor of the Valley Voices for this concert, while Ken Mallett is recovering from foot surgery. And, new this year is the choir’s accompanist, Linda Hookenson, pianist, teacher and horse-lover. She is a very welcome addition - both as a person and as a musician! The 45-voice choir has been rehearsing long and hard to present this concert. Of special note is the addition of ﬁve local young people to this year’s choir. These folks are very much appreciated, and the invitation is open for more to join on January 9th, when the choir will recommence for the winter and spring. Ken Mallett will resume as conductor at that time. Tickets for this Christmas concert are available at Dave’s Book Bar and at Stober’s, to whom the choir extends its sincere appreciation for their ticket venues. Prices are $10 adults, $5 students, and under 12 free.
CRAFTY LADY - It’s Christmas craft season again! Last Saturday Sharon Kamphuis sold her stained glass designs at the Elf Craft Fair. This weekend, don’t miss the 12th annual Christmas Craft Sale at the Invermere Community Centre, 4-8 p.m. Friday, December 2; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 3.
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December 2, 2005
FAITH Lisa celebrates Muslim holiday in West Africa Editor’s Note: Lisa Rohrick grew up in Invermere and currently works as a missionary in West Africa. By Lisa M. Rohrick The ﬁrst week of November was a memorable one for me. My Fulani friends here in Niger, West Africa looked forward to it with great anticipation, since November 2nd is a day of celebration to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. Morning prayer calls echoing throughout the city (at 4:30 a.m.) told people it was time to shake themselves from sleep in order to have breakfast before sunrise. I, too, was wakened, but rolled over for a couple more hours of rest. Not so my Fulani friends, who were up and at it. All month, they did not eat or drink anything all day until the evening call to prayer announced supper time. Strict Muslims spit every few minutes, since swallowing saliva would be considered drinking. I was with my friends a few times for the breaking of their fast. They had a drink and a quick snack at the ﬁrst crackle of sound from the loudspeakers at the mosque, then said their prayers and ate a big supper, followed by a trip to the mosque for evening prayers. Is it any wonder the end of the month is cause for celebration? Everyone gets new clothes for the occasion, houses are cleaned and feasts are prepared. I visited my friends down the street the day before the holiday and they were cleaning everything in sight. They emptied out the grass huts in which they live, washed everything, hung decorative cloth on the walls, and spread clean sand on the ﬂoor. The day of the holiday I showed up at 10 a.m. as I had been instructed, wearing my new clothes. The meal was ready, all spread out on a mat under the shade of a mango tree. There were at least four diﬀerent dishes - couscous, rice, noodles, and millet paste.
Chickens and goats had been slaughtered and we ate the biggest meal I’d had in weeks. According to Fulani custom, men and women eat separately. Eight of us women sat on the mat and passed around bowls of food, eating with our hands. The atmosphere that morning was joyful. It reminded me somewhat of Christmas Day in Canada (if I used my imagination!). We sat around and talked until early afternoon, when I was sent home to change into the family “uniform.” A few months ago, about twenty women of the extended family got new clothes, all made of the same fabric. As an honourary Fulani, I was included in the “uniform” selection. Five of us, dressed alike, spent the afternoon touring around the city visiting other members of the family—one’s mother, another’s sister, another’s cousin. And at each stop we ate again! It was truly a celebration. The next day I expected to see Boubacar, who works in my yard one day a week. But his neighbour came instead, and told me that Boubacar wouldn’t be coming since his wife had died the day of the holiday. I couldn’t believe it! They’d only been married about a year, and his wife was eight months pregnant. Everything seemed to be going ﬁne with her pregnancy. I went out to Boubacar’s home village to greet him and oﬀer my condolences to the family. Though only a few miles out of the city, the village feels like it’s at the end of the world. The “road” is really a wide river bed, with about an inch of water ﬂowing through it. Thankfully a few Fulani people came with me to show me the way. We followed the river a kilometre or so, and then parked in the shade of a tree (still in the river bed), and continued on foot along a path climbing up a hill of sand and meandering through a ﬁeld to a gathering of straw huts. Greetings were exchanged in low voices. I was led into a hut where several women were gathered, one of them a young woman with tears streaming down her face. (Fulani people do not readily show their emotions, so this was an unusual sight.) Boubacar’s mother and grandmother were both there, and they oﬀered me a bowl of sour milk (I drank only enough to be polite!) Boubacar came in a few minutes later and greeted me. Pain and sadness ﬁlled his eyes. He has no assurance of life with God after death; he has no hope of ever seeing his wife again, or their unborn child. His pain cut my heart. In one 24-hour period, I had the joy of sharing laughter and celebration with one group of friends, and the privilege of sharing tears of grief with another. Our cultures are miles apart in many ways. I am thankful for the opportunity to cross the bridge that spans the gulf between Cranbrook these vastly diﬀerent ways Dodge of life, sharing the comYour Mega Store mon human experiences 1-800-663-2268 of laughter and tears.
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