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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 3/Issue 15



The Columbia

April 14, 2006





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


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Marc Laframboise, left, with his mother Maxine and father Garry, who also lost his fingertips in an accident.

Snowmobile accident victim recovering at home in Ontario By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff A former Windermere man who almost died after a snowmobile accident in December is back at home with his family in Welland, Ontario. Marc Laframboise’s machine slammed into the boardwalk at James Chabot Park as he rode across Lake Windermere early in the morning, last December 18th. He lay outside all night until he was discovered by Invermere man Kemp Hastewell around 9 a.m. the next day. Mr. Laframboise broke his leg in nine places, fractured his hip, and suffered severe hypothermia after a night outside in minus-14 degree Celsius weather. He spent the past three and a half months in Calgary’s Foothills Hospital and returned to Welland last week. While in Calgary Mr. Laframboise underwent four surgeries, including one in March to remove the tips of each finger on his right hand, and two fingers on his left hand. His fingers were frostbitten as Mr. Laframboise lay in the cold. Ironically, Mr. Laframboise’s father Garry lost the tips of three of his own fingers on his left hand in a cotton mill accident when he was 17 years old. Despite all he has been through Mr. Laframboise’s

spirits remain high. “Every day is a little better,” he said from his parents’ home in Welland. Mr. Laframboise came back to Welland to novelty signs his relatives had made to welcome him home. On the signs were written phrases like: “You need finger identification to get past this point.” In Calgary, steel pins were inserted in Mr. Laframboise’s leg to set it back in place. “My father’s got a replacement knee, so now we’re both setting off security alarms,” joked Mr. Laframboise. Mr. Laframboise faces more surgery and a long recovery time. “I’m going to need a bone graft,” said the 29-year-old. “I still need medication and I’m in a lot of discomfort.” Mr. Laframboise said it’ll be at least four months before he’ll be able to walk on his injured leg, and he hasn’t yet considered when he’ll be able to return to work. Mr. Laframboise, who lived in the valley for nine years before his accident, said he plans to return as soon as possible. To help him in his recovery, friends and family held a benefit in Welland in Mr. Laframboise’s honour on Saturday. “I’m very fortunate to have the family and friends that I’ve got,” said Mr. Laframboise.

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New well to serve Athalmer development By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff The District of Invermere’s water service area will be extended to include Athalmer. The decision was made at Tuesday’s council meeting after an agreement was reached with Lake Windermere Pointe development project regarding water for the first 63 units. The developer wants to begin construction of the first phase of its 230-unit development, to be located on the south side of the road beside A&W. Delay of the proposed development has been caused in part by the shortage of water. Athalmer is not part of the town’s water service system, and homes and businesses in the area rely on their own wells. However, the district decided to take a calculated risk that a new well to be drilled at Fourth Street and Blair in Athalmer will provide enough water to supply not only Lake Windermere Pointe, but the rest of Athalmer as well. The well has not been proven, and tests won’t be

complete until the end of May. However, the developer needs a decision now to obtain the permits which will allow him to begin construction in 2006. “It’s largely a timing issue,” said Brian Nickurak, Director of Development Services. He outlined both the best-case and worst-case scenarios for council’s consideration. If unsuccessful, the well at Fourth and Blair will be abandoned, but the District will still be responsible for supplying water to the 63 units at Lake Windermere Pointe. That will remove a potential 63 new units from our existing service area. If successful, the well will service the entire Lake Windermere Pointe development and “hopefully a substantial portion of the existing community,” Mr. Nickurak said. The developer is prepared to pay the capital costs of constructing a line to connect Fourth and Blair to Invermere’s existing water system. The district would then assume ownership of the line and pay around $2,000 a year to maintain the

new line. Existing watermain operation and maintenance costs, not including recapitalization, totalling $27,600 per year. Mr. Nickurak said the district’s hydrogeological consultant Golder Associates is confident that the intermediate-depth aquifer at Fourth and Blair will provide an interim supply of clean, safe and protectable groundwater. He explained that the district is now looking at a three-pronged approach to water supply: Paddy Ryan Lakes, the well at Fourth and Blair, and potentially Lake Windermere. The well water will need minimal treatment other than disinfection, he said. A new treatment plant will eventually be required at Paddy Ryan Lakes to meet the province’s new drinking water safety standards. He said if water were pumped from Lake Windermere up to Paddy Ryan Lakes, the water from both lakes could be treated at the same plant. Mr. Nickurak explained this might be necessary only in July and August when water usage is high.

Waterside project proceeds to public hearing By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Based on a lower-than-expected turnout at the District of Invermere’s open house to solicit public opinion about the proposed downtown Waterside development, council has decided to dispense with another open house and proceed to public hearing. Only 87 people showed up at the open house on March 30th, scheduled at the Invermere Community Hall rather than the council chambers, to allow for a large crowd. “We thought there would be a couple of hundred people, at least,” said Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser. The 87 people in attendance came from all areas of the valley including Fairmont, Windermere and Panorama. The results showed strong support in some areas and divisions in others, Mr. Prosser said in a report to council. Overall, the results showed that there is support for the project.

Here are a sample of the written comments: • “I feel this project will go a long way to beautify our lakefront and cover an old scar.” • “It will add a new dimension to Invermere and occupy an existing eyesore.” • “Three stories should be the maximum as it will be very much in our face and spoil our views.” • “The Waterside development is bringing too high density into downtown. We live here because of the rural nature of town and to be away from high-density city centres.” The development will cover 11 acres of property below the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, beginning on 13th Avenue. After being in the planning phase for over a year, the developer approached council on Dec. 30, 2005 with the request to rezone the property and amend the town’s official community plan. Council delayed the process while some of the outstanding issues were addressed. To date, according to Mr. Prosser, only two minor issues remain outstanding:

1) Although the applicant has committed to a bronze standard under the Canadian Home Builders Association guidelines, further environmentallyresponsible design, construction and landscaping should be considered. The bronze standard relates to only a five-percent reduction in energy consumption and does not address water consumption or conservation. 2) Two buildings that were requested to be a lower height have been reduced, but not to the extent that staff recommended on Dec. 7, 2005. The key building that should further be reduced in height is building 4A, located immediately south of the proposed civic plaza. Staff remains concerned that the height of this proposed building will impact the view lines of the lake and mountains. The intent of the public hearing is for council to collect the views of residents whose interests may be affected by the proposed development. A date for the public heraring has not yet been announced.

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RCMP Report • March 29: Police received report of two intoxicated males causing a disturbance at a pub in Fairmont Hot Springs. The two were reported refusing to pay their tab. The two had fled the pub; however, staff had seized a credit card after it was declined. Police later located the party who, upon further exploring the matter, felt it would be in their best interest to informally resolve the matter with pub staff. • April 1: Police received report of a fight near the Esso in Athalmer. Attendance found one youth had hit another youth’s car with a skateboard, in an attempt to provoke a fight. The episode was allegedly associated to another incident that is already being investigated by police. The parties were sent on their way and warned to have no further contact. • April 1: A Wilmer resident was disturbed to find an intoxicated male on his deck, adamant that he lived at the home. Police attended to locate the male stumbling down the street,

unable to locate his residence. The male was afforded accommodation by the Queen until he was able to remember where he resided. • April 2: An Invermere resident reported her green 1993 Dodge Sundance stolen overnight from the 1600 block of 8th Avenue. Later that morning, an Invermere man found the vehicle torched near Blueberry on the Toby Creek Road. Investigation continues. • April 2: Police received report of a family dispute near Invermere. Attendance found the mother of a child attending to collect her children from their father’s home. While at the scene, the father returned home without the second child. The 51-year-old Invermere man was detained for impaired driving, and escorted for breath samples of 190 and 170 mg percent, while police continued their investigation, locating the second child in Invermere being treated for minor injuries. The male has been charged with domestic assault, impaired driving, and driving while over .08.

Snowmobiler rescued after falling into crevasse By Pioneer Staff An Invermere snowmobiler was airlifted to Calgary after he rode over a snowdrift, hit a rock cut and drove his machine into a crevasse on Northstar Glacier west of Radium last Friday. Ian Waite suffered injuries to his neck and face when he plunged into the crevasse around 3 p.m., said RCMP Corporal Brent Ayers. He said the injuries were not life-threatening. Cpl. Ayers said the accident took place in an area that is barred from motorized use. “From all indications, alcohol may have been a factor,” he said. He said the man was snowmobiling with a friend at the time of the accident. After the fall, two other snowmobilers arrived. One of the men left the scene and rode to a spot where he could use a cell phone. He called his wife, who then called the RCMP. Cpl. Ayers said the RCMP then went into rescue mode. The Provincial Emergency Program in Vancouver was called and the Columbia Valley Search and Rescue notified.

He said two RCMP officers on snowmobiles tried to make it to the scene, but were advised the area was not accessible by snowmobile. Cpl. Ayers said members of the search and rescue team arrived by helicopter and took the man to hospital in Invermere before transferring him to Calgary. The corporal said he teaches snowmobile safety courses to law enforcement agencies. He said alcohol has been the cause of many snowmobiling accidents. “This is something that has plagued the sport since the early days,” he said, “and snowmobiles are getting faster and faster.” He said in B.C. no age limit is set nor operator education needed for the use of snow machines. He said operating a snowmobile while intoxicated is an offence. “But it’s tough to enforce when you have such a big back country,” he said. The RCMP investigation is being carried out with B.C. Forest Services, and criminal charges may be pending.

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60? Love from your family The CBC crew dropped into Gerry’s Gelati last week. From left: Gerry Taft, Marion Barschel, Pam Irvin, Andrew Glass and Neil Gillon. Photo by Dave Sutherland

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By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff

Invermere mayor Mark Shmigelsky said the climate for development in Invermere has changed since he was first elected to district council in 1993. “There were times when developers would come in and we’d take anything we could get,” he said. “It’s changing.” Mayor Shmigelsky was speaking at a lunchtime panel organized by CBC Radio at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre last week. The radio crew from Daybreak South morning program was in the valley to broadcast the sensitive tale of development in the Columbia Valley to the rest of the province. The lunchtime discussion packed Pynelogs to overflowing. It was a supplement to two days of live broadcasting from the Quality Bakery in Invermere. While in town the radio show examined the concept: Paradise Lost and Found in the Columbia Valley. The forum, led by host Marion Barschel, revolved around a hypothetical 360-unit, 18-storey condominium complex at the headwaters of the Columbia River. Although the scenario was imagined, the opinions given by those on the panel were not. Mayor Shmigelsky; Kathryn Teneese, chief negotiator for the Ktunaxa First Nation; Ellen Zimmerman, program manager of the environmental group Wildsight; local resident Dorothy Isted; and realtor and developer Barry Brown-John all sat on the panel. Throughout the hour-long discussion, Mr. BrownJohn and Mayor Shmigelsky, as representatives of development and local government respectively, were the

busiest speakers. “We are in the enviable or unenviable position of living within driving distance of one of the hottest economies in the western world,” said Mr. BrownJohn, speaking of the mighty Alberta oil market. Mayor Shmigelsky said development has to benefit the community and local citizens have to be willing to do their part when it comes to protecting the Columbia Valley’s environment. Ms. Isted asked Mr. Brown-John if a percentage of the units in the new building could be made into low-cost housing. “So the people who work on the project can afford to live here,” she said. Mr. Brown-John replied that real estate is marketdriven. “We need guidelines, and that’s incumbent on governments,” he said. Ms. Teneese said a portion of the wealth and work that come into the valley through development must make its way to the local First Nations. “If opportunities are going to be made for the community, we have to make sure we can participate in the community at large.” Ms. Zimmerman raised the idea of doing a study to determine the maximum capacity of people that the valley can support, and suggested putting a cap on development. Mayor Shmigelsky responded that he was against any cap. “It’s supply and demand,” he said. “If you put a cap on it, well, who can’t come into town?” The floor was then opened to comments from the public. Issues like agriculture, pedestrian paths, and sprawl within the valley were raised. The discussion was recorded and excerpts were played on Friday morning’s Daybreak South broadcast.

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Cheers to our valley volunteers By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff There has been a lot of concern expressed recently about the labour shortage in the valley, especially during the summer when the business community expands to meet the ever-growing demands of the tourists. But there’s another labour shortage, too – the shortage of volunteers to help conduct the valley’s many worthy charitable events. Each year there are new and wonderful special events held to raise funds for valley charities. And the old favourites continue to get bigger and better. Relay for Life, sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, is a huge asset to our community. Now entering its fourth year, this event brings us together to fight against a common enemy, one that has touched all of us. Loop the Lake draws hundreds of walkers and runners, held to raise money for the Rotary Club’s worthy causes here and abroad. The new Dragon Boat Race and Festival is entering its second year with a team of committed volunteers to raise money for the local Family Resource Centre. Wings Over the Rockies, now in its 10th year, draws birders and naturalists from around the globe to our beautiful wetlands. The Columbia Valley Arts Council will host the Mountain Mosaic Festival for the second time this year, to support the arts in our valley.

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The Lions Club, the Panorama Foundation, the Kinsmen Club, the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, the Invermere Public Library, Wildsight, the Summit Youth Centre, sports organizations and clubs - there are so many other worthy causes, large and small, that there isn’t enough room to name them all. But the more popular these events become, the more people are needed to run them. Inevitably, it is the local residents who must provide the sweat equity to conduct these events. The volunteer labour pool is almost tapped out and sponsors are facing the increasing burden of finding people to donate more hours. Some of these events demand a lot of work. They involve thousands of hours of planning, telephoning, mailing, decorating, publicizing, selling tickets, collecting donations, supervising, coaching and training, discussing and decision-making. If you have even an hour a week to spare, please consider donating it to your favourite charity. The Pioneer doesn’t have the staff to donate time to all of these events, nor does it have the editorial space to give them all the coverage that they rightfully deserve. But to assist in promoting these events and all the other good works around the valley, The Pioneer is granting a 25-percent discount on advertising for charitable organizations based here in the valley. It’s our way of saying thank you to our community for a job well-done.

THE ROAD TO PARADISE - The old Banff-Windermere gravel road that once ran through Kootenay Park is now a paved highway. Photo courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society

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Solicitor-General replies to fire chiefs’ complaints Dear Editor: There’s been a lot of talk lately about changes to the way the Office of the Fire Commission is structured. From my perspective, this reorganization is timely and effective. The last major restructuring of this important office took place 25 years ago. Things have changed, and as a government, we need to adapt. The OFC is a critical link between government and the province’s 400 fire departments. The office is responsible for promoting fire safety and developing prevention initiatives, although it does not directly manage firefighters. If a chief anywhere in the province has a question about the fire code, investigative procedures or training opportunities, the OFC is there to advise, direct and support. While the number of staff in some regional offices has been reduced, these were largely clerical and administrative positions. These functions have been centralized, and the resulting efficiencies have allowed the OFC to hire additional resource people like a fire code specialist, a fire reporting systems coordinator and a fire protection engineer. This is critical, since many departments, particularly those in smaller communities, do not have these kinds of resource people on staff. We’ve also added a 1800 number, to make it easier for chiefs to directly access the expertise they need. Under the current reorganization, no communities have lost their regional OFC representation. The office is maintaining its presence in Prince George,

Cranbrook and Kamloops. Fire service advisors are in place in these locations and will continue to advise local fire departments and provide training, fire investigation and inspection services. In the future, more advisors located throughout the province to support and serve fire departments are planned. Over the past two years the OFC has provided almost $500,000 in grants to directly support local fire departments. Funding goes towards specialized training for major wildfires and enhanced fire prevention and for public education. Previously, government didn’t provide any grants to fire departments, nor did they protect OFC jobs and budgets. During the 1990s, the OFC’s budget was cut by 20 per cent and staff was reduced from 40 to 27 employees. The OFC is currently meeting with fire chiefs across the province, to clarify questions about the realignment and consult on ways to strengthen OFC’s ability to deliver service. I know that change can be unsettling at times. But I also understand that the OFC needed to update the way it delivers its services. The new model is an effective way of consolidating resources and centralizing technical expertise to better support fire advisors and departments across the province. Together, all of us - government, the OFC and B.C.’s fire chiefs – are committed to continuing to work together to ensure B.C.’s fire services are second to none, and that our communities are as safe as they can possibly be. John Les

Corrections • A ton of apologies to Gord Fullerton for leaving the “ton” off the end of his name and calling him Gord Fuller. Gord wrote an excellent article in our March 31st issue about his colleague in Ski Patrol at Panorama Mountain Village, Brian Blakley. Thank you, Gord Fullerton. • The new connector bus that runs between Golden and Cranbrook oper-

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CUTTING A RUG - Doug and Marlene Buchanan of Invermere danced up a storm at the 23rd annual Big Band Dance, hosted by the David Thompson Secondary School band, at the Invermere Community Hall last Saturday night.

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Toby Theatre • April 12 - 16: Pink Panther • April 19 - 22: Curious George

April 11th-23rd • 11 am-4 pm: Art from the Heart, Pynelogs Cultural Centre; 500 local elementary school children participate in a one-of-a-kind art show.

April 14th • Bluesmyth, up-and-coming Calgary blues band, at Riverside’s Sportsman’s Lounge. For info: 345-6346.

April 15th • 7 pm: CV Arts website launch, and 2006 Calendar of Events Kick-off for Pynelogs Cultural Centre. • 8 pm: Juno winner Fred Eagle Smith performing at Fairmont Resort, tickets $15. For info: 342-7108. • 1-5 pm. Art Show & Sale by Gabriele Bridgwater. 1230 - 13th St., Invermere at the Red Cottage.

April 16th • Panorama Ski Resort’s last day of skiing. • 10 am: Easter Egg Hunt. Meet at the Big Chair near the Great Hall. • 10 am: Non-denominational Easter Church Service with special guest singer Christa Burton from Calgary, held at the Brisco Community Hall. • 1-5 pm. Art Show & Sale by Gabriele Bridgwater. 1230 - 13th St., Invermere at the Red Cottage.

April 18th • 10 am: Ministry of Forests S100 Fire Suppression Refresher course (4-5 hours) Prerequisite – previous S100 course. For info: 346-3294.

April 19th • Yuk Yuk’s coming to Riverside’s Sportsman’s Lounge. For info: 345-6346. • 7 pm: Community Input Meeting for Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives program project proposals, Invermere Community Hall. For info: 1888-478-7335. • 7:30 pm: Brisco Community Aid Monthly Meeting, held at the Brisco Community Hall.

April 22nd • 7:30 pm: Wings Over the Rockies start-up presentation at DTSS Theatre. • 7:30 pm: “Harp Angel” at Christ Church Trinity,

Invermere. Traditional and Celtic harp music. Tickets at Dave’s Book Bar and Stober’s. For info: 342-0780. • 1 pm: 5th Annual Auction, CV Rockies Hockey Club, Invermere Community Hall.

April 23rd • 7:30 pm: Samaritan’s Purse Regional Director Rhonda Davidson will share her recent experience of shoe box distribution in Costa Rica, at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Refreshments served; everyone welcome.

April 28th • 4 pm and 7 pm: John Kaplan Makin’ Magic! Magic Show, Invermere Community Hall, held by the Lions Club. • 7:30 pm: Brisco Social, held at the Brisco Community Hall.

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Golf Course Opening Dates Open Courses: Copper Point Golf Club Creekside Par 3 Mountainside - Fairmont Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Radium Resort - Resort Course Setetkwa Golf Course Eagle Ranch Golf Course Spur Valley Greens Golden Golf & Country Club Bootleg Gap • May 19th: Greywolf Golf Course

Invermere Thrift Store • Thursdays, 10 am-4 pm; and Fridays and Saturdays, 1 pm-4 pm.

Columbia Valley Food Bank • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm-2 pm. To make a donation, mail cheque to Box 2141, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0.

Hot Springs Hours of Operation • Radium Hot Springs Hot Pool: Sunday through Thursday, Noon-9 pm; Friday and Saturday, Noon10 pm. • Fairmont Hot Springs Hot Pool: 8 am-10pm daily.

OTHER • 7 pm: Bingo at the Invermere Seniors’ Centre, 1309-14th Street, every second and fourth Thursday. • Windermere Fire Department is seeking community minded volunteers. For info: Aaron at 342-3965. • 7-9 pm every Thursday. Second Winds Community Band - DTSS Band room. Woodwinds, brass and

percussion - all levels welcome. For info: call Howie at 342-0100. • 6:30 pm: Lighten Up Weight Loss Support Circle, first and third Wednesdays of every month at All Things Beautiful. • Jam nights every Thursday at The Sportsman’s Lounge. For info: 345-6346. • Karaoke every Saturday night at The Sportsman’s Lounge. For info: 345-6346.

Valley Churches

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Friday April 14th 10:00 am Good Friday Service Pastor John Cuyler speaking Sunday April 16th, 7:00 am “SONRISE” Service at Kinsmen Beach Sunday April 16th, 10:30 am “Hope for Eternity” 7:00 p.m. “Hymn Sing.” Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 7 during the morning service. Senior Pastor Rev. Dieter Magnus • Associate Pastor Rev. Jared Enns 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Friday, April 14th, 7:00 am Tenebrae Service 8:30 a.m. Edgewater - All Saint’s Communion 10:30 a.m. - Invermere - Christ Church Trinity. Communion & Sunday School. Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday, 10:00 am Children’s church during the message part of the service. Children 4 - 12 years. • Sunday, 7:00 pm Prayer Meeting Senior Pastor Rev. John Cuyler • Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511 ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Mass • Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Mass Communion will be served Easter Sunday, April 16th 7 pm Holy Thursday Service, April 13th 8:30 pm Easter Vigil, April 15th

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The Regional District of East Kootenay is holding a public meeting to receive community input on the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives program project proposals that benefit the District of Invermere, Village of Radium Hot Springs, Electoral Area F (rural Canal Flats to rural Invermere), and Electoral Area G (Wilmer to Spillimacheen).

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Robyn Oliver’s love of art has taken her away from the valley and back again. For the past two years she has taught art and English at David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere. Robyn, 29, was raised in Invermere and herself graduated here in 1994. She was among the last graduating class at the old high school, before it moved into its new building. Robyn, who knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue art, left the valley for Calgary to work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Robyn’s father Ernie, himself a retired DTSS teacher, wasn’t sure about his daughter’s choice. He worried that she may struggle as a starving artist, said Robyn. “But I told him I could teach art,” she said. Her mother Darcy also worked at DTSS as a staff librarian before her retirement. With the support of her parents, Robyn completed her bachelor’s degree, with a specialization in ceramics, and then took a two-year teaching program at the University of Calgary before moving to Vancouver. There she worked as an artist, with her works on public display. In the summer of 2004, after she had lived in Vancouver for a year, her parents told her of an opening for an art teacher in her home town. “I came for the interview and they offered me the job that night,” she said. “I’m so lucky,” she said of her chance to return to the valley. “I got to come home to my family.” The job has been a dream for Robyn. She inherited an art program that went through two teachers during the school year before she arrived. “When I came here it was really in flux, so I was given a lot of freedom,” she said. This year she is teaching three art

classes: Grade 8, Grade 9 and a senior class made up of Grade 10s, 11s and 12s. She said the different levels require different teaching methods. “I try to get the juniors to do a little of everything,” she said. “The focus I’ve taken is mixed media.” That includes disciplines like drawing, painting and paper mache. Senior students are able to specialize in disciplines that they feel most comfortable with. “The focus is for them to take their skill levels and push them,” she said. Among students in her English classes, Robyn tries to stress the arts. “I hope that when I talk about writers and poets as artists the kids make that connection,” she said. Out of class she is very involved in the arts. After school on Thursdays, Robyn leads an art club. It’s a drop-in program that gives kids something to do after school one day each week. “It keeps them from hanging out downtown,” she said. She has also applied for educational grants through the Parent Advisory Council and the school itself. “One of my biggest achievements last year was getting new pottery wheels,” she said. Robyn’s students vouch for their teacher. “I think all the kids value her opinion and have a lot of respect for her,” said Grade 12 student Roger Waters. “It’s crazy. From the beginning to the end, you can see people improving their style.” “It’s a lifestyle,” said Robyn of her demanding job. Still, she finds time to do her own artwork. This August she will present her work at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Her art work will feature a series of landscapes on change. “I want to do a process of drawing over top of a painting,” she said. Robyn says she loves working and living in the valley. “Once you grow up you realize what a great place home is.”

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When the Greeks invented civilization . . . they did it on a full stomach!

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RELAY FOR LIFE - The annual event sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society kicked off last week at Copper Point Golf Club with a cheque for $11,000 from corporate sponsors. From left: Al Miller, Brian Schaal, Karl and Pat Conway, Deborah-Kim Rice, Jim Collins, Rob Rice, Barry Brown-John, Audrey Langridge, Pat Brown-John, Barry Benson and Heather Manahan. The Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser for cancer research. From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on June 10th and 11th individuals and teams will circle the track at David Thompson Secondary School. Last year’s relay raised over $70,000 and this year organizers are hoping for $75,000.



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The Kootenay National Park Goats Hockey Team would like to thank the following for their generous support during our

23rd Annual Parks Hockey Tournament March 24 - 26, 2006

• P.S.A.C Local 20113 • D.R. Sports • The Bistro Family Restaurant • Quality Bakery • Blue Dog • Inside Edge Sports Store • Best Western Invermere Inn • Russell Protective Services • Station Pub and Grill • Angus McToogles • Oriental Palace • Bud’s Bar & Lounge • Subway • Phyllis and staff at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena • Head Referee; Peter Nicholas

The beautiful stores along 13th Street in Invermere will be further enhanced by the addition of The Bargain Shop.

Bargain Shop to open May 15 By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff The new incarnation of an old retail chain is ready to open its doors in Invermere on May 15. The Bargain Shop is the new version of the old Woolworth’s chain, said Bargain Shop district manager Rick Brink. “Woolworth’s was a dinosaur of retail, so we needed to upgrade,” said Mr. Brink, who has worked with Woolworth’s and The Bargain Shop for 34 years. The Bargain Shop first appeared in 1994, he said. Invermere’s Bargain Shop will be located in the SilverStone building, a new commercial and residential building on 13th Street between the Royal Canadian Legion and the Invermere Curling Club. “We’re just in the process of setting it up now,” he said. Mr. Brink said the retail chain took possession of the building earlier this month and has since been stocking the store with goods. He said the Bargain Shop is a general merchandise retailer and will carry a variety of items like clothing,

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household products, food, and health and beauty supplies. “It’s first-class merchandise,” he said. “There will be lots of name brands, especially in apparel.” Mr. Brink said the store’s new manager is an import from the chain’s Sicamous location, and about 12 staff will be required. He said The Bargain Shop is Canada’s fastestgrowing retail chain, with more than 150 stores in every province except Quebec. “We’re opening 25 stores this year.” The Mississauga, Ontario-based company will fill a need in the community, said Mr. Brink. “We’ve had some people in town who shop at our Golden store say they’re really glad to see us come,” he said. The SilverStone building will also be home to another tenant on its main floor. An upscale furniture shop is tentatively planned to move in beside the Bargain Shop, said building partowner Mike Haight. Seven condos have been built on the building’s second floor.

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Show Home

Originally built and used as a church, this lovingly-restored historic home is truly unique to the Columbia Valley. Nestled into the tiny community of Wilmer, just north of Invermere, the home is stuated on a large corner lot surrounded with beautiful landscaping and perennial flowerbeds. This 1.5-storey home has a total of 1,600 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A large deck runs the full length of the house with southeast exposure for those early morning sunrises over the mountains, and great suntanning potential in the afternoons. Walk through the front door into a gorgeous living room with hardwood floors, stone fireplace and antique chandelier. As might be expected, this home offers wooden “cathedral” ceilings. At the peak of the end-wall over the front door is a small octagonal window, original to the church. A glass-paned door leads from the living room into the country-style kitchen and eating area at the rear of the house. Walk upstairs on the open staircase into the 450square foot loft overlooking the living room. There you will find an office, bathroom and spacious master bedroom with vaulted wood-panelled ceilings and arched window. Downstairs, the full-sized basement has been transformed into a family room with two extra bedrooms and a second bathroom. This home’s history, rustic charm and original touches make it a very special place in every way. It looks fantastic in the summer, and picture-perfect in the winter when surrounded with snow and decorated for the Christmas holidays. This home is listed at $340,000. For more information and interior photographs, see

This home is listed by Wende Brash, ReMax Invermere at (250) 342-6505.

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Turn winter into spring with fresh flowers Nothing brightens up the blahs like blossoms and blooms. Here are 11 ways to shake off winter and let the sunshine in: 1. Buy three matching pots for your kitchen windowsill. Drop a blooming plant into each. Take advantage of the season and choose hyacinths, freesia, paperwhites (Narcissus), lily of the valley or tulips. For longer enjoyment, look for plants that are showing a little color and have lots of buds. 2. Fill three small silver vases with brightly colored blooms for a quick spring centerpiece. 3. Display a bunch of forsythia or cherry blossoms in a watering can on a breakfast table or bar. 4. Fill a perfume bottle with one or two precious lily of the valley blooms. Perfect for the powder room. 5. Make a great first impression. If your hall table is the first thing your guests glimpse, look for a container to complement your decor. Fill with fresh flowers, orchid plants, silk flowers, a topiary, sequin fruit, dried flowers or mossy balls. 6. Think outside the box. Roses are red and

violets are blue, and pinks are pretty, too. But why not look for a flower of a different color? 7. Buy a cyclamen with one or two open blossoms and lots of buds, and place in a cachepot. You can choose bright white, shocking pink or red. 8. Scrutinize your vases and give away any that no longer appeal, and buy one or two new ones. 9. Dress up your greenery for spring. Plants that are past their prime can get a new lease on life with silk flowers or spring accessories. 10. Tend to your houseplants. Clean leaves, dump out any water from the container, and prune as necessary. 11. Freshen up silk arrangements. Use a hairdryer on a low setting to blow away dust. Then, if necessary, use a silk flower cleaner. Reshape blooms and foliage. Replace tired moss. Finally, find a new place for it.

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Panache Furniture opens near crossroads By Sandra Kelly Columbia Valley Homes Erin Reid and her husband Graham Holt, along with Pam and John Nairn, share a love of furniture that is unique, fun and superbly-crafted. Pam and John Nairn are wellknown to valley residents as the owners of Panache Interiors Inc., which is based in Invermere. For the past five years, the Nairns have worked with Erin to furnish and decorate homes throughout the Columbia Valley and elsewhere. Erin and Pam are interior designers, and Graham and John are skilled at building furniture. Last December, the foursome combined their formidable talents to open Panache Furniture Inc. at 490 Arrow Road in Athalmer. One stroll through the 5,000square-foot retail showroom, and you know you’ve found something special. A glimpse at price tags, and you know what retailers mean when

they talk about excellent value. “We felt there was a gap in the marketplace for stylish, quality furniture at an affordable price,” says Erin. “But more importantly, for unique furniture that people simply can’t find elsewhere.” The new store has furniture and accessories for the living room, dining room and bedroom, plus occasional pieces that would work anywhere in a home. Panache Furniture also carries some lamps, primarily for ambient lighting, the Kingsdown brand of mattresses, and a selection of bedding materials. Unlike most other furniture retailers, Pam and Erin travel extensively to collect a unique product line not available everywhere. The first and most striking thing about their choices is the great level of style. Every piece combines contemporary chic with cottage-style simplicity, for a look that Erin calls “contemporary rustic.” This furniture would work equally well in

either a traditional or a mountainstyle home. Also available at Panache is a collection of painted furniture pieces designed by Erin and Pam, and built by Graham and John. Named J-PEG, after the four partners, the line comes in four colors: white, taupe, orange and lime green. “Mountain-style homes tend to be dark inside, with a lot of exposed wood,” Erin comments. “We designed J-PEG to brighten those darker spaces.” Pricing is kept affordable through volume buying, says Erin. “Our strategy is to purchase by the container, and to bring in the greatest number of pieces possible. This means that the furniture is available immediately, on a first-come, first-served basis. We have no guarantees that the same pieces will be available again.” Panache Furniture is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Give your guests all the comforts of home

If you live in the Columbia Valley, there’s one thing you can be sure of: visitors. If you love having company and you want to make your guests as comfortable as possible, think about what you’d expect to find in a five-star hotel and try to make your room measure up to that standard. Your budget may not have enough in it to let you create a getaway oasis, but you can clear the decks, arrange what’s necessary, and provide a quiet place to relax. Here’s how to set up a comfortable guest room for your visitors. • The Best Bed Your Money Can Buy: Don’t give your guest the oldest, most saggy mattress you have. If you can’t afford a new or good used bed, think about getting a quality air mattress. They’re really quite comfortable and can be placed on top of a box spring, over a sofa-bed mattress, or on the floor. • Bedding Upgrades: Beyond clean bedding, think about adding wonderful bed linens and comfort items: a featherbed mattress topper, a choice of pillows, a cozy down comforter, extra blankets, and freshly ironed pillowcases. • Fresh Linens: Always have an extra set of bed and bath linens available for your guests. Accidents do happen! Or you may have one of those wonderful guests who insists on changing the sheets when they leave. Let them do it!

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• A Place to Set Down a Suitcase: Clear a space to put a luggage rack or a small table or bench to set down a suitcase. No one likes to have to stoop over to the floor to pull out a clean pair of socks. Even a chair is better than nothing! • Clear the Decks: Resist the temptation to put your beautiful collection of dolls on the dresser or fill the closet with out-of-season clothes. In a guest room, less is more more spacious, more comfortable, and more welcoming. Get rid of anything that you would not find in the room of a fine hotel. Keep only the most useful items in the room, like a clock and calendar. • A Comfy Place to Sit: Some people absolutely do not sit on a bed! And your guests shouldn’t have to. Place an upholstered armchair or side chair in the room with a table and lamp close by. • Good Lighting: It’s always nice to have a light control near the bed, so your guest won’t have to stumble around in the dark, just to turn a light on. If nothing else, provide a good reading light near a chair or over the bed. Another fixture or lamp near the desk would be great. A small night light is helpful. For real luxury, provide a lighted magnifying make-up mirror so guests can put on their makeup in the privacy of their own room.

• Hanging Clothes Storage: If your guest room shares space with a home office, clear at least a foot or two of pole space in the closet. Or purchase an inexpensive over-the-door hook that can accommodate some hanging clothes. Don’t forget a supply of empty hangers. A simple hook on the wall or behind a closet door can hold a robe, coat, or a purse. • Drawer Space: If you have an extra chest of drawers, how perfect! But at least clear out one or two drawers for small items. Both you and your guest will feel better with odds and ends out of sight. • Simple Basics: An alarm clock or clock/radio next to the bed is always great. Provide paper and pens or pencils, scissors, tape, tissue, and a hairdryer and have all the bases covered. If you don’t have an extra iron and ironing board to offer, be sure to tell your guests where they can find yours. A phone in the room will be a muchappreciated bonus item. • Provide Privacy: You might know that the big spruce tree just outside the window camouflages everything going on, but your guest won’t. Choose window coverings that not only add to the character of the room, but provide privacy and light control as well.

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Quality paint saves time and money The premium line from any manufacturer will almost certainly cover better and last longer than its less-expensive versions. Because the expense of painting is mostly in the labour, it makes sense to buy premium paint because it will take less time to apply. But suppose you plan to move or want to change The Columbia River in low water meanders its way down the valley. This photo was taken from hills on the east overthe color scheme of your home in the next few years? looking Radium. Photo by Bob Ede Here’s where you can save with a midlevel paint that’s guaranteed for 10 years versus 15 or more for many RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOTS NOW SELLING! top-of-the-line paints. Besides the warranty, there are other ways to pick quality exterior paint out of a lineup:

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Real hardwood flooring has some advantages the sound pollution problems it creates for neighboring units. If you live in a condominium it is wise to review your building rules and bylaws before purchasing any flooring products. • Healthy indoor air quality. Hardwood flooring is a healthy flooring choice for interior living environments. There are much lower levels of chemical emissions from natural wood products. In addition, hardwood floors do not accumulate and trap dust, particulates and allergens that commonly occur with carpets. Hardwood floors are also a good flooring solution for individuals that have allergies or asthma conditions – and allergists will often recom-

mend to their patients that they remove any carpeting in the home to help lower irritant exposures. • Easy to clean. Hardwood floors are simple to clean and cannot accumulate a large buildup of dirt and debris that some other flooring solutions can often hide. Weekly vacuuming of particulates and wiping with a damp mop are all that is needed to keep most hardwood floors shining. If you have small children, pets or lots of visitors, you don’t need to worry about spills on your floors anymore – simply wipe them up with a cloth. No need for cleaning chemicals, carpet shampooing, or replacement carpets.

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Natural hardwood flooring has a timeless feeling of warmth, beauty and sophistication that is difficult to reproduce with other floor covering options. Here are some other advantages: • Hardwood flooring just feels better. The biggest deciding factor for most people that have selected real hardwood flooring is the feeling of warmth and comfort it can give a room and really make it feel like a home. • Hardwood flooring is a higher quality look. Solid hardwood flooring can give a room an expensive and high-quality finish that is normally associated with high-end establishments and designer homes. Real hardwood floors exhibit a lasting quality impression of permanence. • Hardwood floors are a good investment. Installing hardwood flooring in your house is a long-term investment in your property that will hold its value, or even increase your homes resale value, exceeding the initial installation cost of the floors. Real estate agents and real estate investors have often used this strategy to increase their return on investment, with houses they purchase, fix up, and resell for a profit. • Better acoustics. Properly installed hardwood floors have better acoustic properties than laminate flooring and when walked upon give of a sound of lasting permanence. In contrast, laminate flooring creates a loud “hollow” sound with foot traffic. Even with the use of heavy sound barrier foam layers, most laminate flooring installations will still give off a muffled hollow sound with use. In many apartment buildings and condominiums laminate flooring cannot be installed due to



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- Unit 171 4904

- 1183 sq. ft. - List Price: $329,900

- Lot 1 Coy Road - A Piece of Paradise - Area: Rural Invermere - 2.84 Acres - List Price $250,000

- 107 – 7369 Prospector Ave away - Radium Get m North - Area: Radiu

- 1580 sq ft 29,000 - List Price: $3

- 1300- 20th mily - Perfect Fa Home rmere - Area: Inve

Main Street, Invermere 342-6505

On the Market

Ridge Road - Best value – Area: Radium Ridge

- 1140 sq ft : $349,900 - List Price

- 4962 Timberview - Cozy Home with Lake Access - Area: Timber Ridge III

- 875 sq ft - List Price: $459,000

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The Green Zone By Harold Hazelaar Invermere

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Starting May 5 The Blue Dog Howls at night!

The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by Rev. Billy Graham: “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”

The Green Zone is brought to you by: The same great Blue Dog quality with an evening flare! From 6:00 p.m. Thursday - Monday Lunch: Monday -Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm



REVISION Trim: 10.25” W x 6.25” H



Let’s start the golf season with a humorous tale: There was this golf fanatic who always dreamed of playing at St. Andrews, and finally got the chance. Going with his wife, they teed off and he proceeded to play the best game of his life. After nine holes, he was five strokes under par, and was on cloud nine. On the back nine, he started playing even better, even getting an eagle on the 16th hole. He was so excited that he ended up slicing the shot on the 17th tee, and as he walked up to it, saw that his ball was behind a small shack for the groundskeepers. Now he started to worry that his score would go up, but his caddy came up to him and said: “Sir, this may sound like a tough shot, but if you put it through that window, the ball should go through the window on the other side, and if you’re lucky, the ball will roll onto the green. The way you’ve played today, I think you can make it.” So the guy takes a look and sees that it’s a tough 06-SCP-028-4C-4 3/31/06 4:13 PM Page 1 shot, but possible, so he tries it. But his shot just missed

the window, hit the window frame, and struck his wife right in the head, killing her instantly. Years go by and the man can’t forget that horrible day. People he tells the story to all sympathize with him, but he just has no will to live. But then he realizes what he must do - face his nightmare! He travels back to Scotland and plays another round at St. Andrews and, miraculously, he is playing another stellar game. He starts to feel better about himself as the round goes on, but when he approaches the 17th hole, he gets so nervous that he slices his shot to the same damned spot. As he stands at his ball, lying there behind the shack, his caddy says: “Sir, the way you’ve been playing, why not try a trick shot? Some of the other caddies say if you can get it through that window, it will follow through the one opposite it and roll onto the green.” The guy says: “Are you out of your mind? The last time I tried that I double-bogied!”

Early Season rates available. What makes Eagle Ranch a magical course offering the most complete and ultimate golf vacation experience? Simple: the view, the course and the fact that we are committed to Service Beyond. Plus, we’re the proud winner of SCOREGolf Magazine’s 2005 “Best Course Conditions in B.C.”

Eagle Ranch opens April 6th. Book your tee times by calling 1-877-877-3889 or go to

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS VACATION SUITES Central to all Columbia Valley amenities. New self-contained suite with two bedrooms with queen-size beds. Full bathroom. Light and spacious open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area. All appliances. 30ft deck with mountain and lake views. BBQ, hot tub and shower. Calm and peaceful location. N/S, N/P, prefer mature persons. Available for weekly bookings from May 2006. Contact John, 250-342-0810. New park model in Windermere, sparkling clean/fully equipped, very quiet park. N/S, N/P, W/D, sleeps 4. $999 + taxes weekly, $449 + taxes 3 night minimum. Call Tammy 250-341-1012.

ROOM FOR RENT One bedroom available to clean, responsible tenant with references, female preferred. New home in Invermere, semi-furnished, W/D, fully set-up kitchen, $425/ month, utilities inclluded. Call 341-5192.

SUITES FOR RENT STEIN APARTMENTS - residential and commercial. 342- 6912. Furnished Bachelor studio in Athalmer, for employed responsible adult. N/S, N/P, W/D, cable and utilities included. Mom’s Upholstery 342-6387. 1 bedroom main floor suite, Unit #3, 5744 Vermillion Street, Edgewater, covered entrance, non-smoker, no pets, long-term. $500/month. Call Jeff 403-2810475, Paul 250-347-9137. 1 bedroom basement suite, private entrance, quiet area. $650/ month, utilities and cable included. 342-3777 or 688-5316. 2 bedroom upstairs suite, private entrance, quiet area. $800/month

+ hydro, cable included. 3423777 or 688-5316. 2 bedroom basement apartment, utilities, cable, wireless internet included, N/S, N/P, shared W/D, available May 1st. $800, 3423352.

HOMES FOR RENT 3 bedroom house for rent on acreage, on the road to Wilmer $1000/ month + DD, N/S, N/P, long-term, rental references required, available May 1st. 342-9348. 4 bedroom, close to beach in Invermere, 2.5 bath, large kitchen, LR, den on main. Finished basement w/kitchen, $1495/month, or upper for $1000, lower $675. Call Kari 403-804-2986. Available May 1st or sooner.

OFFICE SPACE Professional office space for rent in Invermere. Large office with negotiable services. Please call 342-9450 for more info.

INVESTMENT Invermere, 3.5 acres along Athalmer Hwy, zoned C-2 and A-2. 3100 sq ft home and 1200 sq ft commercial building. Setup for home-based business. $1,250,000. Thomas and Rosi Salzbrenner, 250-395-8848, cell 250-270-0212. Radium: 8 unit commercial building, all units leased. $549,000. 347-0008. Small investment + growing equity = great vacations. All you do is pack your clothes and groceries because there’s Radium, BC. New two bedroom, two bath, 1045 sq ft condo, fully furnished, maintained, and managed. Check out this 1/4 share concept $95,000 + monthly fees, 403-644-3808.

LAND FOR SALE Spectacular Crescentwood lots in Edgewater coming this spring. Cordillera Avenue Project in planning. “Town Square” commercialresidential lots now, with sewer service to property line - $66,000. Live and work in a village setting. Edgewater Developments, 250347-9660,

HOMES FOR SALE PANORAMA - New, resales, townhomes, condos, chalets, lots, 1/4 ownership from $99,900. Kerry Dennehy, Playground Real Estate, 270-0481. MUST BE MOVED: Double wide (24x48) 3 bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bath. Recent upgrades, $17,500 3477770. 3 bedroom mobile home with large addition, recently renovated. Juniper Heights, $39,000 OBO, Call 270-0466. 12x70 ft Crestwood Mobile Home with 2 additions in Juniper Heights, Invermere $14,500 call 342-7531. 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo with loft at The Peaks in Radium. 1700 sq ft, gas fireplace. Beautiful SW view of mountains and golf course. Please call 250-347-2252 or 250-342-5220. #116 4835 Radium Blvd, Radium. End unit, valley and mountain views. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, LR, FR, A/C. Beautifully furnished, everything is there to move right in. By appointment only, 342-6790. Possession June 1st, $264,900.

MISC. FOR SALE Heinzman Nordheimer piano with bench and metronome, $800; large antique oak roll-top desk, $1200, 342-3557. Custom cut rough lumber, dry fir beams, fence boards, etc. Fire-

wood - fir, birch or pine - split or unsplit. Top quality hay, grass/alfalfa mix, round or square bales. 346-3247.

FREE kittens ready to go. Call 3426967.

HAY, top quality round bales, alfalfa grass. Call Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617.

2001 TOMOS-LX motorcycle, 49cc kick start, 2-speed automatic, 168 km, like new. $1,450 OBO. 3429096, cell 341-8356.

COW manure, well-aged, will load, $50 for pick-up load. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 342-0617. GREENHOUSE, 8’x12’x9’ fully assembled heater, high-density light, fans, adjustable shelves, automatic overhead vents $3,900 OBO. Call Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. Brother sewing machine in wooden standing cabinet, $100; two bronze telescopic drapery rods (to 120”) heavy duty, $50/each. 342-6846. 10’ Tapco port-o-bender metal brake, like new $800; plus 2 coils of flat stock, brown and white, $50/each; green fridge, $50. 3423557. Hospital bed, electric, excellent condition. $1250, $2400 new. 349-5222. Armchair, tilts your body to standing position, massage with heat, like new, $800. 342-7235. IN RADIUM, 40 pieces used treated 4x6x8’ long posts, 32 pieces used treated 6x6x8’ long posts, plus misc lengths, $400 takes all; NEW metal 32” exterior door and frame, 4’ x 28” thermal exterior framed window, $100 for both; USED 4 sided gas fireplace 50.5” x 24” x 4’ long, includes 12’ black ventpipe, $1000. 403-875-3429. TWO children’s bicycles, Norco, 15”, shocks, $85/each. 342-0617.

PETS Home for female spayed cat, due to owner allergies. Perfect house cat. Needs no young children or other pets, however. 342-6846.


‘89 Volvo 740 GL, automatic, 4 door sedan. Solid highway car, good condition, lots of extras. $2,900. 342-7352. Summer fun - 16’ Seaspray Catamaran, very good condition, 2 sails, trailer included. $2,950 OBO. Call Steve 341-1965. 1978 Empress Motorhome, 460 motor, excellent condition, beautiful interior. 65,763 km, price $12,000 firm. 342-6022. ‘93 Toyota quality 4x4 p/u, 5 sp, 230,000km. Great shape, one owner. New tires, windshield. $9,300 OBO. 346-3378. 1990 Acura Legend, V6, loaded, 267,000 km. $2500, 342-0139. ‘89 Volkswagen Rabbit, parts car, or take the whole car for $200. 342-7235.

‘69 Beaumont - Custom #’s matching and GM documented. 5 year partial frame off restoration, less than 100km on total mechanical build. L48 350/350HP, 30 OV, competition cam V. Eldebrock aluminum intake, 350 2800 stall. Fac-tac, new UPH paint, vinyl roof brakes, front-end suspension, exhaust flo-through, 10 bolt rear, factory PMD mags. Recent appraisal, $26,000, offers to $25,000. May consider 1/2 ton on partial trade. Roger 250-347-0070.

1997 HONDA CIVIC SI Great on gas, Sun Roof, AC, Cruise, CD/Cassette Radio,Electric Windows great condition.174,000 km. $7,400. Must see and drive. 342-3418.

$10,000,000 in vehicle inventory. Go to

to view complete inventory. GARAGE SALE

Moving sale: brand-new appliances still in boxes, stainless steel fridge, d/w, over-stove microwave, built-in oven, Front-load washer and dryer, no taxes. 3470008. Two family garage sale, lots of kids’ toys including Little Tykes products and small bikes. April 15th, 8am-12pm. 1430 18th Street, Invermere. Two family yard sale, Saturday, April 15th, 10am-2pm. Furniture, tools, household, arborite, patio set, new Chevy van seat and much more. 1402 7th Street, Invermere. 342-3557.

CHEERS CHEERS to Lana Banham, owner of Bow Wow Meow, for shaving the matted hair from one of my rescue dogs. Thanks Lana! Sam Fiddler, Animal Control Officer.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS THE PIONEER CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Tuesdays at noon #8, 108 - 8th Ave. Invermere Phone: 341-6299 Toll Free: 1-877-341-6299 Fax: 341-6229 Email: All classified ads must be prepaid by cash or cheque unless client has an existing account.

IN MEMORY In loving memory of Margaret Case, April 19, 2003 If tears could build a stairway And memories a lane We’d climb right up to Heaven And bring you home again. Remembered always, with love. Ray, Robbie, Chuck, Babe, Heather, and families.

THANK YOU Our sincere thanks to all those who kindly supported and contributed towards our garage sale. Special thanks to the Edgewater Recreation Board, Terri Taft, The Pasowisty family, Gerry and Carol Wilkie, Kerri Jopp, Christy Olson, George McMane, Jayne Magri from “It’s a Wrap”, Mr. and Mrs. R. Welsh, and Mr. and Mrs. G. Roberts of Radium. Your donations helped make this years sale another huge success! Many thanks to the moms and students of the Edgewater School Grade 7 class for the wonderful help and the great job cleaning up! Thanks again! The Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department.

BUSINESS FOR SALE “Dirty Blinds”, an established blind cleaning business, with great cli-

entel and potential to grow. Too busy to do both windows and blinds. Asking $79,000. Call Triple-J Window Cleaning 250-3497546, ask for Jim or Donna.

SERVICES Space available for 2 children, ages 2 and up. Call Kelly, 342-0371. Are you concerned about living your life in BALANCE? We have a simple, nutricious, effective weight management program that combines advanced science with the wholesomeness of nature. To attend a presentation, or to have a free information session, call one of our team of Columbia Valley Wellness Home Consultants: Elizabeth Shopland 342-8978, Don Steedman 3421593, Terry Jo Henry 342-8893.

CAREERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRAINING, B.C. Licensed Employment Agency. Need a job? Need employees? Apply on-line at Phone 342-6011 or 1-888-737-5511. NOW HIRING: bookkeeper, office admin., labourers, auto tech., investment consultants, careers in tourism,... & more! Helna’s Stube is looking for experienced part-time evening server, kitchen help, dishwasher. Fax resume to 347-0049 or call 347-0047. Gel nail technician required to start April 4th at Trims & Treasures Esthetics Studio. Apply in person, or e-mail resume to Massage therapist/practitioner; full-time, part-time positions at Pleiades Massage & Spa. Available immediately, also for summer/fall season. Phone 347-2100, or fax 347-2102. The Wildside Gift Shop has a job opportunity for a mature and enthusiastic person 4 to 5 days

weekly in a beautiful gift shop in Fairmont. Wages are negotiable. Experience is an asset, but not a necessity. Deliver resume to Wildside Gift Shop 5006 Frontage Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, V0B 1L1 Attn: Angela White or e-mail Filling all positions in two grocery stores, coffee-shop and convenience store/gas station. From entry level to supervisory positions, available locations are Radium and Fairmont Hot Springs. Please submit resumes to: Fairmont Bigway Foods, attention Ryan or call to inquire 345-0045 or 345-0017. Waiter or waitress and line cook required. Drop resume off at Station Pub. Portabella Restaurant requires 1st Cook, F/T, P/T, year round position. Evening dishwashers, F/T, P/T. Call Nick, 342-0606 for interview. Tireman needed, experience preferred, but will train. Wage depends on experience. Call Jason 342-6517 or 341-5201. We are looking for lumber yard and store staff who are energetic, outgoing, self motivated, fast learners and work well with others. Bring resume to Ace Hardware. Fairmont Creek Property management is looking for experienced, responsible front desk person, part-time. Fri, Sat, Sun, + 1 weekday with possibilty of increased hours over summer. Duties include answering phone, taking reservations, and basic clerical duties. Please fax resume to 345-0078. Radium resort is now accepting applications for Cooks, Dishwashers, Front Desk, Housekeeping, Ground maintenance, Cart attendants and Bell person. Fax resume to 250-347-6298 or drop off at the front desk. Melting Pot Eatery in Radium requires full and part-time day and

night shift servers. Apply in person or fax resume to 347-9089.

apply, please call 341-1400. Employees needed, competitive wages and positions based on experience. ROCK WORKS LANDSCAPE is a growing company specializing in boulder retaining walls, dry stack walls, steps and

Looking for assistant in pool and spa maintenance, Monday through Thursday. Must have valid DL. Fax resume to Diamond Heating and Spas, 250-342-7103, or mail to Box 117, Windermere, BC, V0B 2L0. Position to start April 24th, 2006. 4th year apprentice and journeyman electrician, residential, commercial or industrial experience an asset. Wages based on experience and qualifications. Medical benefits package available. Invermere, BC. Call 250-3429918, fax resume 250-342-3862.

patio’s. Duties include rock installation, planting, concrete work, Bobcat, excavator operation, raking, wheelbarrowing, etc. Must be self-motivated, have good problem solving skills. Related experience in construction and masonry a great asset. 250-342-5876.

Assistant Manager Lakeview Meadows Community Association is seeking a qualified individual to assist with implementation of a safety and maintenance program to keep the Community Association grounds, amenities, beach, ,and recreation centre up to and exceeding the standards expected from a four stars plus Community Resort. This is a permanent part-time position. Experience/Requirements: • Preferred experience in a maintenance environment with pools and mechanical equipment. • Should be proficient in the use of computers. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Now hiring cooks, dishwashers, and wait-staff. Apply in person, Taste of Greece, Skookum Inn, 341-6000.

Summer Maintenance Lakeview Meadows Community Association is seeking a qualified individual to assist with the maintenance of the Community Association grounds, amenities, beach, and recreation centre. This is a summer position. Applicants must qualify for the Canada Summer Placement Program. Requirements: • Ability to perform housekeeping and janitorial duties at the recreation centre and beach. • Perform grounds keeping duties including lawn cutting and garden weeding.

Findlay Creek Stone is now accepting applications for full-time labourer/mason. Must have own transportation, wage negotiable. 341-1076.

Please forward a current resume directly to the Community Association at E-mail:, Fax: (250) 342-2537.

Busy local framing company looking for framers and labourers. To

Employment opportunity

Director of Development Resort and residential Development Company located in the Columbia Valley has an immediate requirement for a Director of Development. The successful candidate must possess the following skills: - Clear understanding of -Strata property titling -Development and Building permit processes -Municipal bonding requirements -Project cash flow / requirements - Experienced in all aspects of Zoning, Planning, and utility requirements. - Ability to establish working relationship with local governments. - Establish construction budgets, schedules, and measures of quality. - Insure cost effective quality build that meets all codes and developers’ standards. - Work closely with Architect, Developer, and General Contractor to insure efficient Build. - Perform risk assessments, project analysis, to prove out R.O.I. for project Shareholders. - Ability to multi-task and oversee numerous projects at one time. Local resident with excellent communication and computer skills would be definite assets of the successful applicant. Remuneration package negotiable based on applicants experience and skill set. Apply in the strictest confidence to: All applications will be responded to.

5105 – Wilder Loop Rd. Fairmont Hot Springs BC V0B 1L1

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS CAREERS $12/HR TO START Are you getting paid what you’re worth? You can start housekeeping with Fairmont Creek today at up to $12 per hour, based on experience. If you are dependable, take pride in what you do, and have reliable transportation, then come join our team. Call Mr. Ridge at 345-6116.

We Work At Play! Voted “Best Conditioned Course in BC” in 2005, Eagle Ranch Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course located in picturesque Invermere, British Columbia. In 2006, Eagle Ranch will proudly unveil a magnificent clubhouse complete with an expanded Golf Shop, full service dining room, meeting room and lounge. 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.

Beverage Cart Servers Spend the golf season outdoors, interacting with our guests each day! Eagle Ranch Golf Course is accepting resumes for seasonal full-time or part-time beverage cart servers. This position requires excellent communication and customer service skills, the ability to work independently and a strong attention to detail. Serving it Right is a requirement; Food Safe is an asset. 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

The Fairmont Vacation Villas at Mountainside invite applications for the following positions: Mountainside Vacation Villas

The Fairmont Vacation Villas at Mountainside invite applications for the following positions: Mountainside Vacation Villas

Please join us in sharing over 25 years of successful vacation condominium management. All full-time positions will be entitled to a generous benefits package.

FULL TIME CLEANERS: Applications are now being accepted for our housekeeping department. Experience not necessary, motivated and resourceful applicants will be considered for training. Competitive wages based on experience, and benefits. If you take pride in a job well done, and enjoy working in a friendly wellorganized team environment we welcome your application. Please contact the Mountainside Villas in Fairmont Hot Springs for further information. 5247 Fairmont Creek Road Fairmont Hot Springs, BC V0B 1L1 Phone: (250) 345-6341 Fax (250) 345-6299 Email:

Please join us in sharing over 25 years of successful vacation condominium management.

PART-TIME AND STUDENT applications also being accepted at this time. Applications are now being accepted for our housekeeping department. Experience not necessary, motivated and resourceful applicants will be considered for training. Competitive wages based on experience. If you take pride in a job well done, and enjoy working in a friendly well-organized team environment, we welcome your application. Please contact the Mountainside Villas in Fairmont Hot Springs for further information. 5247 Fairmont Creek Road Fairmont Hot Springs, BC V0B 1L1 Phone: (250) 345-6341 Fax (250) 345-6299 Email:

CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Tuesdays at noon Phone: 341-6299 Fax: 341-6229 Email:

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Radium library gets funding boost from province A volunteer-run reading room in Radium will become a public library with the help of $25,000 in onetime funding from the province, Education Minister Shirley Bond has announced. “This funding will help the Village of Radium Hot Springs provide residents with improved library services through a full-fledged public library,” she said. By transforming their reading room into a public library, the Village of Radium Hot Springs is eligible for other services such as access to the provincial interlibrary loan system. Currently the Invermere Public Library is the heaviest per-capita use of the loan system, which allows books to be borrowed from any library in the

province. Patrons can order interlibrary loans through their computers or in person at the library, and have them sent via Canada Post to the local library. This is a way to access books that can’t be carried in the province’s smaller libraries because of space. Radium residents will have access to more items and more unique items like audio books for the blind and foreign language titles. As the library invests in public computers and Internet access, new opportunities will open up for Radium library users. It has been 10 years since B.C. last had a new library. “This library came about because of a group of local citizens committed to community literacy,” said

Mrs. Bond. “Thanks to their dedication and hard work, the residents of Radium Hot Springs will benefit from this new community service.” The province supports B.C.’s public libraries, including providing operating grants totalling almost $10 million annually. The province is also investing $12 million over three years to implement a public library strategic plan, Libraries Without Walls, which will bring broadband Internet into every branch, provide a virtual reference service and set up the OneCard system to give every British Columbian access to books from any library in the province.



YOUR PRIVATE CONNECTION Darryl Stettler Owner Professional Window Cleaning Lawn Maintenance Carpet Cleaning • Janitorial Services Staining & Painting • Gutter Cleaning Condo and Residential Cleaning Fax 250-342-0488 • Email:

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Complete Automotive Repairs

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Invermere Dry Cleaners Ltd.

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Website design

More than you expect. Not more than you need.

Call Harrison today for a free consultation! 341-6064. Now open at 7-1008 8th Avenue (next to The Pioneer).

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Invermere by choice. Great websites by design.

• Call Helga at: Phone: (250) 342-9700 Toll Free: 1-866-312-9700 Fax: (250) 342-6265

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Daily & Nightly Mobile Patrols in the Valley Fast Response to your alarms Property checks

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For appointments call Loretto at 345-0094 5020 Mountain View Place Fairmont, BC

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Youth grants available from Columbia Basin Trust DAVID THOMPSON SECONDARY SCHOOL Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

April 20th Please call 342-9213, ext. 100/102 for an appointment.

READY, SET, LEARN - Colby Ostrom, Madeline Sherk and Julianne Beddie visited Eileen Madson School last week to attend the Ready, Set, Learn program, a kindergarten orientation for children ages three and four.



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Jacob Watchel Construction Renovations • Additions • Finishing • References

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deberg. Who can apply for funding? Individuals, youth, school and community groups or organizations within the Columbia Basin Trust region are invited to submit their project ideas for consideration. If you are an individual applying for a grant, your project must still be supported by a sponsoring agency. Please note that while applying groups may be based in schools, projects must address larger community issues and show involvement and support of the larger community. Detailed information on the Columbia Basin Youth Grants can be found at or at Columbia Basin Trust’s youth website, Columbia Basin Trust is a regionally-based Crown corporation created in 1995 to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to basin residents.


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The large grants stream has a three-stage application process. If you have an idea for a project valued over $2,500, contact Wayne Lundeberg to discuss your project idea. Those whose project ideas are accepted, are invited to submit a Letter of Intent. With the help of Columbia Basin Trust support staff, invited applicants move on to the third stage and submit a formal proposal. From start to finish this process may take up to six months. Both small and large grant applications are reviewed on a continuous intake basis at the Youth Advisory Committee meetings scheduled every two months (January, March, May, July, September, and November) of each year. If your application misses the closest meeting date, it will be considered at the next scheduled Youth Advisory Committee meeting. “We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from youth that benefit youth,” adds Mr. Lun-

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Columbia Basin Youth Grants is a funding program that has a small grants stream that funds projects up to $2,500, and a large grants stream that funds projects over $2,500. “Columbia Basin Youth Grants supports youth projects that build youth capacity and leadership, and involve youth at all stages of their development and implementation,” says Wayne Lundeberg, community liaison. “In the large grants stream we want to see project proposals that promote mentoring relationships and demonstrate funding partnerships with other community organizations.” The small grants stream has a two-stage application process. If you have an idea for a project valued at $2,500 or less, contact Stacy Donald to discuss your project idea. Stage two of this process is to submit your project idea application form. From start to finish this process may take up to four months.

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SLUSH CUP - Hardy souls took to the air to show off their best trick, or worst crash, at the 20th annual Sunpit Safari year-end party at Panorama Mountain Village.


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The clinic is located at 417-10th Ave. Please phone Chisel Peak Medical Clinic at 341-6900. Dr. Chris Gooch will be accepting new patients starting April 17, 2006.

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Dr. Theresa Ross Dr. Michael Walsh Dr. Francois Louw Dr. Chris Gooch will be pleased to see their patients at their new location Chisel Peak Medical Clinic starting April 17, 2006.

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Dr. Ian White Dr. Shannon Page Dr. Mike Magier Dr. Johnson Rose will continue to see their patients at Invermere Medical Clinic (formerly George Duthie Clinic) As before, please call 342-9206 for appointments Dr. Johnson Rose will be accepting new patients starting April 17, 2006.

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‘Narnia’ carries message By Jared Enns Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, I greet you in the name of Aslan. He is not a tame lion, but he is good. I thoroughly enjoyed the screen adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia. It was nice to see a movie that did not stray too far from the author’s original work, and I found that the visual effects provided enhancing detail to the creatures that I had only visualized through C. S Lewis’s original work. Portrayed as a children’s fantasy film, the story within The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe addresses us on a much deeper level. The differing and imaginative characters utilized in the telling of the story pale in the light of the message brought forth. This story entails the classic elements of good versus evil, but goes much further in addressing the true nature of the human heart. The heart of the matter rests upon a single object, a stone table. This is no ordinary table, but one that is tied to the “Deep Magic” that holds all of life in balance. It is upon this table that payment must be made with blood to set free the hold of evil on the “traitor.” The nature of the “traitor” is nothing new, and stems from the original action that provides us with the names, Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve. It was the actions of Adam and Eve that first took the human heart down the road of treachery, giving up all that was good and beneficial for their life, in the misguided thought that there was more to life than what they were seeing. For those who have read the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia you would find that it was humans that brought the presence of evil to Narnia at its creation. As a result of the traitorous action of Edmund, a demand was made for the blood debt that was owed. In one of the most vivid portrayals of sacrifice, Aslan, the King, makes a deal with the White Witch and

willingly offers to take his place. Aslan is beaten and tortured, his majestic mane is shaved from him, and he is killed on the stone table. With the blood debt paid, Edmund is cleared as a traitor. The story does not stop there. The stone table breaks. The power of the “Deep Magic” that was held in its bond has been permanently broken by Aslan’s willing sacrifice. No more blood sacrifice will be required as payment for traitors. They only need to recognize that Aslan has paid for them and accept it. The power of death did not hold Aslan either as rising to life once more He led the army of good in the triumph over the White Witch and evil. As you embrace this Easter season, perhaps you will recognize Aslan who willingly paid the traitor’s price, so that we would be set free from the blood debt that we owe. We are all in the position of the traitor needing redemption. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) In our world Aslan died on a cross embodied as our Lord Jesus Christ. He willingly took the penalty due us upon himself. The Bible tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Easter is the celebration of a life. The stone table has been broken and the debt is paid. The life given by Jesus Christ frees us to have a life. Will you accept that your debt has been paid, and that you can live free from the burden and guilt in your life? His desire is to see us restored to a right relationship with Him. He already paid the price for us. All we have to do is accept it. “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) At the end of the movie, an encounter takes place with the professor and the children excitedly telling him that He wouldn’t believe what just happened to them. His response is simply, “Try me.” For two thousand years the message of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for us and rising again to life has been told, and has affected the lives of every generation within that time. The question that Jesus asks you this Easter and always is, “Try me?” Won’t you?

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This great building site on this over sized lot is waiting for you. In the community of Castle Rock you will be able to enjoy the fantastic views of both Canadian Rockies and the Purcells. MLS#116307

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This is the perfect location in a park like setting with stunning mountain views. Feature fireplace and sunroom, 4 large bedrooms, 3 baths and large family room will provide comfortable, easy living perfect for retirement, recreation or residential. MLS#113417

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