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Vol. 3/Issue 7

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The Columbia


February 17, 2006




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



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Province, town to share Lot 4616 The District of Invermere and the provincial government have reached a tentative agreement to carve up Lot 4616 on the south edge of town. The proposal would see the district receive about 40 percent of the Crown land for use as parkland, said Mayor Mark Shmigelsky. The district had hoped to receive all of the 129acre property, zoned as public parkland. Adjacent to the CastleRock subdivision, the property has spectacular views of Lake Windermere. However, in spite of repeated requests from the town and a petition signed by 400 residents, the property was deemed too valuable by the provincial government to give away after several real estate developers also expressed interest in purchasing the property.

“We knew we weren’t going to get it all, so we decided to settle for part of it,” Mr. Shmigelsky said. He said the provincial department in charge of Crown land, formerly called Land and Water B.C. but now renamed Integrated Land Management Bureau, will spearhead the process. The proposed agreement was reached with the understanding that part of the land will be given to the district, part of it will be sold for residential development, and part of it will be used for social housing. Which portion of the property will be granted to the district remains unclear, Mr. Shmigelsky said. “We want some of the lake views to be retained,” he said. He said the province will hire a planner to determine the final layout of the property. “What this removes is the fear that the province will sell it all to a developer,” said Councillor Gerry Taft.


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A public process will begin on the proposed downtown Waterside development following a decision by Invermere council at Tuesday’s meeting. After more than a year in the planning phase, the    developers applied for amendments to the zoning and to the town’s Official Community Plan that would allow the project to go ahead. Council accepted the first reading of the bylaw amendments. The matter will now proceed to the public for comment. The proposal includes a hotel and restaurant, conference centre, commercial and retail space, 570 residential units, a train station, a public boat slip, a pedestrian overpass to the lakefront and a boardwalk leading to James Chabot park in Athalmer. The development team, including Octagon Properties, Cascade Engineering Group of Canmore, and

BKDI Architects of Calgary, adjusted the plan after some concerns were expressed by the administrative staff at the District of Invermere. Many of these concerns have been addressed, Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser told council. He said two “minor” issues are still outstanding: the applicant’s commitment to meet certain environ       mental standards; and the height of one building. The proposed hotel is now sitting at ten storeys with four storeys above the level of 4th Avenue, and the building on the south side of the civic plaza (called 4A) is also ten storeys with four storeys above and six below street level. “Staff remains concerned that the height of this proposed building will impact the view lines of Lake Windermere and the Rockies,” said the written staff report to council. The first step in the rezoning process is a workshop/open house held by the district to collect public comment. After a review with the developer and the


Development Services Committee, chaired by Gerry Taft, another open house will be held. The third step is a review of the comments and revisions, with a second reading of the bylaw and authorization of a public hearing. The fourth and final step is consideration of the public hearing report and a decision by council.         Council also issued a hearty endorsement of the review process. Councillor Gerry Taft said comments made by some members of the public in the newspaper were unfair. He reiterated that only after staff is satisfied with a developer’s proposal should the public be asked to comment. “I don’t think any developer wants the public to bog down the process,” he said, adding that public input is welcome and valuable at the right time. Councillor Bob Campsall agreed, referring to “derogatory” comments made in the newspaper. “Our staff has done an absolutely wonderful job,” he said.


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Local business builds lodge in Torino Torino every morning. Every day the building site was visited by Visitors to Torino many Europeans who should keep their eyes were fascinated by the peeled for a huge log log construction. building called B.C. The lodge used salHouse in one of the main vaged lodgepole pine piazzas. from dead trees in the The 4,500-squareGreat Bear Rainforest on foot log structure was the coast. built with help from a “John and some of local company called the guys hunted for the Fairmont Construction character logs,” Monroe Ltd., owned by Monroe said. Hunsicker and Nancy One of the most Hugunin. spectacular logs forms the Last year Monroe and centre pole for the lodge. Nancy were approached “We call it the spirit log by a friend John Johnbecause the surface is son from Hundred Mile smooth and everyone House to bid on the who comes in touches project, sponsored by the it,” Monroe said. provincial government. The lodge is curHe is also a builder who rently being used to serve owns Sitka Log Homes. B.C. wine, display B.C. Together they put art and host B.C. busiChad Pasowisty stands with his hand on the “spirit log” in the centre hall of B.C. House in Torino. their heads together and nesses. This week about beat out 50 other firms 6,000 visitors are walkect while John was away. “Sometimes I team in an exhibition game held in To- ing through the building every day. Afacross the province. “It came down to three - two other was the only Canadian on the site,” said rino last fall. ter the Olympics are over, the building Chad learned a little Italian, enough will be given to Italy as a gift. architectural firms from Vancouver, and Chad, who calls the experience of living and working in Italy “amazing.” to communicate with the local work us,” said Monroe. Monroe and Nancy have been in One of the highlights, he said, was force. He lived on a street that was 2000 business for 30 years. They started FairThe successful team did everything on the project, from site plan to hiring watching the Canadian women’s Olym- years old, dating back to Roman times, mont Construction when they lived in local Italian labourers, to sussing out pic hockey team trounce the American and walked to work through the city of that community and built the ski lodge B.C. sources for products from doors to at Fairmont, as well as many private cabinets to computerized lighting. homes. They were assisted along the way by “We built a lot of homes for neighVancouver developer Oberti Oberto, bours back when logs were for the averwell-known locally for his proposed age Canadian,” Monroe said. Jumbo Glacier Resort. “Oberti’s wife is More recently the company has from Torino, so he was able to find us a earned accolades for its beautifully-built good architect. He even did some of the high-end log homes in the area, several kitchen work himself,” said Monroe. of them located in Panorama Mountain Everything used in the building was Village. shipped by container. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Chad has Then Monroe’s foreman Chad Pastarted his own company called Corse sowisty, who has been working for the (Italian for competition) Construction company for about six years, went over with partner Wes Coulson, although he to Italy to assist John Johnson on the still does some work for Monroe and building site. Nancy and he remains grateful to them He stayed there for three months, for sending him to Italy. supervising a work force of several doz“It was an amazing opportunity,” he About 6,000 visitors each day are touring B.C. House in Torino. en people and taking charge of the projsaid. By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

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Local athletes both looking for medals By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff

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Above, curler Christine Keshen of Invermere waves from the mosh pit during the Olympic opening ceremonies; below, alpine skier Christina Lustenberger of Invermere and Christine Keshen share an Olympic moment.

Photo by Christine Keshen

Christine Keshen and the rest of her rink are hitting their stride with two straight wins after a disappointing loss to Sweden in their first Olympic game. The Kleibrink rink won twice on Tuesday. In the morning, the team won a resounding victory against the U.S. with a score of 11 to 5. They played again Tuesday night in a nail-biter against Russia that went down to Shannon Kelibrink’s last rock. They won that game 6 to 5. Their spirits remain high, according to Christine Keshen, who called The Pioneer from Italy just moments after the match with Russia. “We have some momentum going now,” she said. She said the game with Russia wasn’t executed as well as they would have liked, because there were a couple of bad “picks” on the ice. That’s when the rock picks up something on the ice and doesn’t behave as planned. But the team was looking forward to a day off Wednesday before playing again on Thursday. “The weather is great,” Christine said. “I’m going for a run in my T-shirt.” She said she was going to visit a chiropractor and then the team were going to have massages on Wednesday before visiting B.C. House in downtown Torino. Christine said she hadn’t spoken to her parents after the Russia game. “They’re probably still hyperventilating,” she laughed. Jack and Carol Keshen are watching the games at home in Invermere. Christine said she has seen our other Olympic athlete, Christina Lustenberger, around the village. “We had breakfast together the other day,” she said. She has already booked a ticket for Christina’s event, the giant slalom, which will take place Feb. 24th. Aside from the televised curling games, viewers have seen both women a couple of other times as well. During the opening ceremonies, the camera captured a shot of Christina in the crowd, and another of Christine in the mosh pit yelling:“Invermere!” And a short documentary feature showed Christine at home with her family, and even pictured the sign on the way into Invermere sending Christine our congratulations. The curling team was set to play again Thursday against Switzerland and Norway, and Great Britain today, February 17. The curling will continue throughout next week with the final on February 23rd.

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February 17, 2006

Hospital matron

This lovely lady named Anna Letts was the matron at the local hospital. She later married a widower with young children, a local contractor named Mr. Sellentin. In this photograph taken in 1920, the matron shows off her starched bib apron and hat which were the uniform worn by all nurses in those days. The hospital where she worked was the log building near Kinsmen Beach, formerly called the Lady Elizabeth Bruce Memorial Hospital. The building is now the Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Staff Our Living Well section is very timely in light of a report released by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation this week that says baby boomers are an unhealthy lot. In fact, we might not even live as long as our parents unless we do something about it. It’s a good time to stop watching athletes perform at the Olympic Games, jump out of that armchair and head for the gym. And what better place to start getting healthier than our own Valley Fitness Centre? For a small, non-profit facility, it has some excellent exercise equipment and a whole array of classes for participants ranging from their teens well into the eighties. The centre has helpful staff and even personal trainers for those who need one-on-one advice. To show its support for the Valley Fitness Centre and for the good health of valley residents in general, The Pioneer is donating a percentage of revenue from advertisements that appear in this week’s Living Well section towards the fitness centre. If you haven’t seen the centre yet, take a tour in person or visit the new website at

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‘I welcome the efforts of Mr. Himmelspach’ Dear Editor: I find our valley citizens ironic. The latest example is the letter from Maureen Thorpe of Windermere about oil money destroying “our little town.” It is funny that so many people who own vacation/retirement property around Invermere call us “our little town” but they do not pay one cent maintaining Invermere’s services. Funnier still is hearing their laments about changes in “our community” after selling their Lake Windermere access homes to oil money. Granted, these laments now come from their

acreages up and down the valley bought with windfall profits rather than from the water’s edge across from “our little town.” The funniest part is they’re forgetting they are yesterday’s vacationers. Why are yesterday’s vacationers an enrichment to “our community” but today’s or tomorrow’s vacationers are a blight on “our community”? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Locals working in and around Invermere could not afford to buy vacation properties then, nor can they now.

I welcome the efforts of Mr. Himmelspach - at least he will be contributing to the services that keep Invermere alive. Any time anyone from Juniper Heights to Kootenay Road 3 to Panorama wants to be a part of “our little town” and help pay for the services that you use every day, please send a note to the District of Invermere. I am sure they would be more than willing to have you amalgamate into “our little town.” Brian McLaughlin Invermere

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Final words from The Toby Theatre Dear Editor: The letter published in The Pioneer, February 3, 2006 was written to thank the many wonderful supporters of the Toby Theatre who continued to show their concern and tell us how thankful they were to have been kept informed by The Pioneer since the window and sign bylaw issue first started. We are writing this letter in response to the letter from Mark Shmigelsky printed in The Pioneer February 10, 2006 with reference to what he calls misinformation. We want the readers to know that after the mayor and some members of his administration stated that all they required was registration and not permitting of our signs, Ron and I created a Sign Registration Form (only because the district did not have one) and we submitted it to the district which Christopher Prosser marked “Registration Received and Filed” on November 4, 2005. A copy of this Registration Form will be posted in the side window of the Toby Theatre for anyone who wishes to see exactly what the district accepted with

a cheque for $45 for the registration fee. The word “permit” is not printed anywhere. We will also post the letter from the district dated November 7, 2005 that states that the letter is a confirmation that our Signage Registration has met all conditions and the file is closed. The mayor states that the district did not try to close down the Toby Theatre. The truth from our perspective is that they tried to enforce a bylaw which obviously did not give any thought to signs or buildings of historical significance to this community, and would have given them the power to control us if they chose to. On October 7, 2005 we received a letter from the district stating that they “expected to receive a completed sign permit application including photos and dimensions within 10 working days.” In that same letter it also stated that signage that was “un-permitted, hence would be illegal and subject to fines.” We believed that $100 a day could be the fine for noncompliance with the sign bylaw and we did not have the revenue to pay such a fine. With the threat of such a fine, we felt forced to

close. Why else would they write “subject to fines” in a letter unless they intended to follow through? Is the mayor suggesting that the district was bluffing? With regard to the temporary closure of the theatre, we closed for six weeks in November 2002 because the theatre needed repainting and we did all the work ourselves. In November 2003 we closed because Elizabeth was recovering from cancer surgery, and we closed again in November 2004 because Ron had surgery which did not allow him to lift anything heavy for six weeks. I’m sure both of our doctors would confirm that we really were ill. We had intended to close for two weeks to do some repair work in November 2005, but only two weeks, not two months. Any regular patron of the Toby Theatre can attest to how few days we have been closed over the past 35 years. It is our sincere hope that this letter contains all the information necessary to close this matter once and for all. Elizabeth and Ron Peters Invermere


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within eight years. That was the depressing message delivered to the Regional District of East Kootenay’s board of directors at last week’s meeting in Cranbrook by Peter Affleck, vice-president of forestry with the Council of Forest Industries. The pine beetle is spreading so fast that the forestry companies can’t keep up with it, he said. “We would have to double the allowable cut in the province just to keep up with harvesting the affected timber,” he said. Beetle-infested timber can be harvested within a time limit ranging from three years to ten years. Unfortunately some of the timber will be lost because the forestry companies can’t get to it before the “shelf life” expires. The pine beetle burrows under the bark of the tree and eventually kills the tree. The Mountain Pine Beetle infests only pine, which leaves the East Kootenays in a somewhat better position because of our mixed forest. However, large portions of the province, such as

the area around Prince George, are almost exclusively covered with pine trees. He said the situation arose because of two factors: the age of the forest, and global warming. “By controlling forest fires we have created an old forest which is most susceptible to the beetle.” Mr. Affleck also pointed out that the beetle was once controlled by extremely cold temperatures, but that is no longer the case. “We need temperatures of minus 35 to 40,” he said. “The beetle population is now so large across the province that it’s unlikely there would ever be a cold snap widespread enough to kill them all.” Mr. Affleck explained to the board of directors that governments across the province must now deal with the social and economic consequences of a reduced harvest, which could result in job losses. The province has made $30 million available to communities who get together come up with a strategic plan to help them recover from the anticipated downturn. Mr. Affleck told the board to consider applying for some of the available funds. He also issued a warning about the spread of the beetle to the eastern edge of the province. “If it gets into Alberta there will be serious consequences,” he said.

Smart Growth seminar planned By Pioneer Staff A Smart Growth seminar planned for Invermere is going ahead at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the Lions Hall near the crossroads. The community-wide, public information meeting was cancelled earlier after bad weather forced the guest speaker to stay in Vancouver. Rick Hoar, facilitator for the event, is urging everyone to attned this free session, open to the public. The event is being jointly sponsored by the Lions and the Kinsmen to provide an open forum for learning about development issues.

Tom Lancaster, representing Smart Growth BC, will be the guest speaker. His presentation will focus on community conflicts regarding the pace of development; the efficient use of water and waste water treatment in the community; affordable housing; and transportation issues. Smart Growth BC is a provincial non-governmental organization devoted to responsible land use and development. After his talk, there will be a coffee break and questions. Mr. Hoar said one of the items that might come up is whether it is time to review Invermere’s fiveyear-old Official Community Plan.


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Pioneer Briefs Banner idea

Invermere councillor Ray Brydon has come up with an idea that would “dress up” the town throughout the dull months of winter. He said once the beautiful Christmas decorations are taken down, the town looks a little drab. He suggested various community organizations could come up with some professional-looking banners to promote events such as Wings Over the Rockies, Dragon Boats, Valley Appreciation Day and others.

Stove donated

A valley resident has donated an expensive stove to the district for use at the Invermere Community Hall. Identified only as Mrs. Gobert, the

resident replaced her stove and decided the community hall might be able to use the old one. In accepting the donation, Mayor Mark Shmigelsky said: “A great number of part-time residents either believe they live in Invermere or feel like they are part of Invermere.” Bonspiel winners Results of the Invermere Ladies Curling Club Bonspiel on Feb. 4-5: • A Event, sponsored by Warwick Interiors - Gail Andries from Calgary • B Event, sponsored by Home Hardware - Sue Nikirk from Invermere • C Event, sponsored by Lambert Insurance - Sharon Proctor - Calgary • D Event, sponsored by Canfor, Radium - Arthena Fleming

Out & About The Pioneer is pleased to offer this free weekly feature for coming events around the valley. Please call 341-6299 or Email with your events.

Toby Theatre • Feb. 17, 18: King Kong • Feb. 22-23-24-25: Fun with Dick and Jane

February 17 • 7 pm: Panorama. Halfpipe/Rail Jam - Session the pipe, rails or beginner park. Halfpipe and Showzone area. Free with lift ticket, $15 for night skiing ticket. • 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45 shuttles for Sleigh Ride and Chili Cookout at Panorama. Shuttle pick-up from Ski Tip Lodge, sleigh ride departs from Nordic Centre, $29/person or $99/family. • 7 pm: Panorama. Guided Snowshoe Tour - guided tour of Trapper’s Ridge. Explore the night wilderness while searching for animal tracks. Snowshoes and headlamps provided. Departs from Ski Tip Lodge. Ages: 5 and up. $25/adult; $20/teen/senior.

February 18 • 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45 pm, shuttles for Sleigh Ride and Chili Cookout at Panorama. Shuttle pick-up from Ski Tip Lodge, sleigh ride departs from Nordic Centre, $29/person or $99/family. • 7 - 11 pm: Panorama. Much Music Video Dance Party - Dance the night away with this exciting video dance party hosted by the crew from Much Music Great Hall, all ages, free.

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February 21 • 7 pm: Town Hall Meeting, Windermere Hall.

February 23 • 6:30-9:30 pm: Understanding Adolescent Substance Use: A Workshop for Parents. DTSS Theatre. Free event, open to all parents. For info call Carmen Thompson at 342-9213, ext. 112. • 7 pm: Smart Growth Seminar, sponsored by Lions and Kinsmen Clubs at the Lions Hall.

February 24 • 2:30-5:30 pm: J.A. Laird Parent Advisory Committee Annual Spring Carnival. Games, food and fun for the whole family. Laird Gymnasium.

February 28 • Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard in concert. Tickets on sale at Pynelogs, Dave’s and Stober’s. • 10am-2pm: Flea Market at the Legion. Lunch at 11:30 pm, $4.00. To book a table, call 342-6559.

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Testimonial to Valley Fitness Centre By Eloise Berry Windermere We belong to such an enriched community with arts, outdoor pursuits, hockey, figure skating, curling, quilting and a host of other activities to keep the mind and body in health and vigour. The Valley Fitness Centre is one of those places that Invermere and district is very fortunate to have, due to the folks who took on the job initially back in 1987 to maintain a fitness centre by forming a society with a volunteer board. Since then, an ongoing group of volunteers have given their time and ideas to keep it going. Largely self-financed by yearly memberships, dropins, and a small amount of government funding (six percent), the centre appeals to a wide range of clientele and offers a broad range of classes and equipment. How does it make a difference? Any physician will tell you that exercise will improve your heart strength, increase your lung capacity, strengthen your bones, improve your muscle mass, give you a feeling of well-being and increased energy. Some physicians even write out a prescription for attending fitness classes. If you were to ask any of the 27 women who attend the stretch and strength programs three times a week,

why they have been doing this for 10 or more years, they will tell you that it keeps them in the peak of health. They also enjoy the social aspect of getting together for coffee after classes. The beauty of exercise is that it can be started at any age – even 80 or 90! One can let one’s body go for decades and after three weeks of gradual exercise on a daily basis, they will start to feel improvements. Of course, life-long exercise means better health, both physically and mentally. Roslyn Pruitt, the centre’s director, has implemented many new programs including weight room orientation for men and women; Oprah’s Boot Camp; pilates; basic training and athletic conditioning; individual and group personal training. The long-existing programs of aerobics for the young, and the young of heart, continue to be very popular. The Valley Fitness Centre is located behind the Invermere Inn and welcomes everyone to drop in and chat with one of the staff to see what program would work for you. The Centre is very inclusive, which is evident in the success story that it has become. Call 342-2131. Web site: Eloise Berry, 66, is president of the local Canadian Cancer Society and has been a member of the Valley Fitness Centre for nine years.

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Pass the puck, Mom! Mother of four children, Rebecca Enns of Invermere, keeps fit by playing hockey with her kids. Rebecca also finds the time in her busy schedule to play women’s hockey at the arena. The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation says women should aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week. You don’t even have to do it all at once. Studies show ten minutes of moderate activity three times a day are equally beneficial.

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Take these steps to a healthy heart While many may think that heart disease affects mostly men, the opposite is true. Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in Canada. “We often think that more men suffer from heart disease than women, but sadly, in B.C., one in 12 women will die from heart disease,” reports Dr. Paul Hasselback, Senior Medical Health Officer for Interior Health. “And while there are some hereditary factors we cannot change, choosing a healthy lifestyle can mean the difference between life and death or disability.” According to recent research, less than half (46 percent) of women are aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. And only 38 percent of women have discussed heart health with their physician. For one Kamloops businesswoman, having a heart attack was the last thing on her agenda. Last April, 46-year old Colleen McClean suffered a heart attack as she was getting ready for bed. “Pain shot up my arm, across my chest and up my neck,” recounts Colleen. “I thought this was strange and that it would pass. When it didn’t, I turned to my husband and said ‘I think I’m having a heart attack’. At first, he looked at me in disbelief and then immediately realized this was serious.” Colleen was rushed to the hospital where it was confirmed that she was having a heart attack and received emergency treatment. “I think I’m lucky. I recognized the signs - as unexpected as they were,” she says. Colleen has since returned to her management position at the City of Kamloops and her other pasttimes as well, such as ceramics and fitness. “Colleen’s story reinforces how important it is to know the signs of heart attack and stroke, especially since men

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Half-way through the six-week Oprah’s Boot Camp program being run by the centre, Michelle said that turning 40 really hit her. But she laughingly explained that she spent two years contemplating the matter before acting on it. She said: “If you follow the rules, you have no choice but to feel and look better.” The current Boot Camp is the fourth being run by the Valley Fitness Center. Manager Roslyn Pruitt had the idea but says it was Jeanette Riches who did an enormous amount of work implementing and running much of it. Aside from personal assessments, diet and fitness counselling, course fees also include classes in stability balls, beginner step, introduction to yoga and introduction to basic training. The six-week program costs $79 for mem-

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weight and be healthier, encouraged in part by her 23-year-old daughter-in-law who did it last summer. She finds the program a bit tiring, but makes herself do it. Referring to the staff who run the program, she said: “They offer a lot of support and encouragement but the onus is on me. The more you put in the more you get out.” About 50 percent of women who complete the program keep coming back to work out at the center. To date, no men have joined, but Roslyn figures they are benefiting anyway - since the women are going home and implementing healthier lifestyle choices. The next Boot Camp will probably start in April.


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Massage: no better way to relax By Sandra Kelly Special to The Pioneer Ah, massage. Is there a better way to relax? In the days before “stress” was a buzzword, massage was viewed mostly as a medical practice - an occupational necessity for professional athletes, and a recuperative therapy for accident victims. Today we know it as a terrific way to relieve tension, soothe tired and aching muscles, and rejuvenate the soul. Therapeutic massage is the ancient art and science of healing the human body, mentally, physically and emotionally. Massage, which comes from the Arabic word meaning “stroke,” dates back 3,000 years, to China. The ancient Egyptians practised it as medicine. Sigmund Freud used it as a therapy for treating hysteria. Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage defines it as “the scientific art and system of the assessment of, and the manual application to, the superficial soft tissue of skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and the structures that lie within the superficial tissue, by using hand, foot, knee, arm, elbow and forearm to apply touch, stroking, friction, vibration, percussion and kneading.” The basic types of massage are Kinetic Swedish Massage, in which muscles are treated from one end to the other, in segments, to achieve muscle relaxation; Shiatsu Massage, where pressure points are identified; Masso-kinesitherapy, in which the therapist’s goal is to find the possible causes of pain; Sport Massage, which focuses on injury prevention; and, Myofascial Release, which eliminates pain, restores motion and enhances relaxation. But massage therapy has evolved, and the range of therapeutic techniques employed by today’s practitioners is actually much wider than that. Most health spas offer their own signature versions of the therapy: Vichy Shower Massage, Basalt Stone Massage, Four Hands Massage, Kodo Body Massage - the choices are endless. Given those choices, how do you know what type of massage is right for you? “Your therapist will tell you,” says Monica Petrowitsch, owner of Pamper Yourself Spa. “Before we take on a new client, we look at that person’s medical history. We talk about lifestyle. We even test our clients to see what scents they respond to best. To a degree, the body itself makes the choice.” Massage involves the use of essential oils, of course.

Pamper Yourself Spa makes its own, including Fire, which soothes sore muscles and boosts the immune system; Wind, which alleviates conditions such as tennis elbow; and Earth, which reduces normal stress and promotes relaxation. Two new oils, Violet Clay and Chocolate, help, respectively, to reduce inflammation and stimulate the lymphatic system. Caralee Cook at Sunsations Day Spa says that improved blood circulation is an important physical benefit of massage. “It promotes a better flow of oxygen to the body’s cells. It speeds up osmosis, the process of cellular reproduction within the body. That has longterm health benefits.” Deanna Empey, whose company is called Azure, practises CranioSacral Therapy, a gentle hands-on method that bolsters the body’s resistance to disease. It also alleviates the pain of migraine headache, chronic back pain and other ailments. “It’s a releasing type of therapy that involves a light touch,” says Deanna. SolSpa, at Panorama, also offers CranioSacral Therapy, and a variety of other treatments, says owner Donna Lynne Leslie. Because SolSpa is situated “on the hill,” it sees both regular clients and tourists, some injured and some just hurting. Donna is both a licensed therapist and a herbalist. “Therapeutic massage has mental, physical, and emotional benefits for everyone,” she says. “Spiritually, it helps people to connect with themselves.” Jim McElroy co-manages Pleiades Massage and Spa in Radium Hot Springs with his wife, Carol Gordon. He says the power of massage to heal emotionally lies in its ability to reprogram the central nervous system to respond more favorably to human touch. “The nervous system develops a holding pattern, in which it responds in fixed and often negative ways to touch. Massage frees us from that pattern and allows us to calm down. Many clients come to us solely to experience that.” Swedish, Shiatsu, Craniosacral - for the uninitiated, the distinctions can be confusing. Practitioners agree that they are important, though, because each type of massage is designed to achieve a specific result. The bottom line is that massage is about more than fixing problems, says Deanna Empey. “It’s about being in touch with your own body and knowing what it needs. It’s about self-awareness and self-knowledge.”

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Non-profit Valley Fitness Centre keeps valley residents healthy By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff Roslyn Pruitt’s reward as manager of the Valley Fitness Centre is watching people improve their lives. “I’ve seen people who have come in and lost 60 or 80 pounds and turned their lives around,” says Roslyn, who is 54 years old but looks at least ten years younger. “It’s very gratifying.” A registered non-profit society, the Valley Fitness Centre is unusual among gyms in the province, most of which are private businesses. “It’s a pretty unique situation,” says Roslyn, who has lived in the valley for the past seven years and managed the

fitness centre for the past four. The sinThe average age of users is rising, gle mother has two daughters - Rebecca, said Roslyn. “We’re all exercising madly 27, and Lindy, 17. because we don’t want to get old.” The whirring of stationary bikes and Because the population is aging, the the clanking of weights have followed fitness centre has tailored programs to Roslyn throughout her life’s work. She’s meet their needs. been in the fitness industry since 1983 “The health benefits of exercise for and operated priseniors is huge,” vate gyms of her “You have to remember - said Roslyn. own in Victoria The fitness and Gibsons on there is no quick solution centre also offers a the west coast. social outlet for its to weight loss.” A non-profit older users. organization, the Valley Fitness Centre “Seniors come to class and then aftries to appeal to all ages, said Roslyn. terwards they go out for coffee.” “We try to accommodate as many The well-used fitness centre serves age groups as we can. Our motto is about 430 members from Invermere, health and wellness for the entire com- Windermere, Fairmont and Radium. munity.” Constrained by the cost of new


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Sleep like a baby The following ten tips from the National Sleep Foundation can help you achieve sleep and the benefits it provides. These tips are intended for “typical” adults, but not necessarily for children or persons experiencing medical problems. Finally, if you have trouble falling asleep, maintaining sleep, awaken earlier than you wish, feel unrefreshed after sleep or suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day or when you wish to be alert, you should also consult your physician. 1. Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends. Our sleep-wake cycle is regulated by a “circadian clock” in our brain and the body’s need to balance both sleep time and wake time. A regular waking time in the morning strengthens the circadian function and can help with sleep onset at night. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music. Avoid arousing activities before bedtime like working, paying bills, engaging in competitive games or family problem-solving. It may be helpful to learn relaxation therapy from a trained professional. Finally, avoid exposure to bright light before bedtime. 3. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep – cool, quiet, dark, comfortable and free of interruptions. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise,” humidifiers, fans and other devices. 4. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years

for most good quality mattresses. 5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment. If looking at a bedroom clock makes you anxious, move the clock out of sight. 6. Finish eating at least two or three hours before your regular bedtime. Eating or drinking too much may make you less comfortable when settling down for bed. It is best to avoid a heavy meal too close to bedtime. Also, spicy foods may cause heartburn. Try to restrict fluids close to bedtime to prevent nighttime awakenings, though some people find milk or herbal teas to be soothing. 7. Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime. In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult. 8. Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake. Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it can produce an alerting effect. Caffeine products, such as coffee, tea, colas and chocolate, remain in the body on average from 3 to 5 hours, but they can affect some people up to 12 hours later. 9. Avoid nicotine (e.g. cigarettes, tobacco products). Used near bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep. Smoking before bed makes it more difficult to fall asleep. When smokers go to sleep, they experience withdrawal symptoms from nicotine, which also cause sleep problems. 10. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, causing nighttime awakenings. Consuming alcohol leads to less restful sleep.

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Eat well to live well: some food facts Q. Which is better - butter or margarine? A. Both butter and margarine are 100 percent fat and contain the same number of calories. Butter is an animal product, therefore it contains cholesterol, whereas margarine does not contain cholesterol. You have to be careful though because many margarines undergo the process of hydrogenation which creates undesirable fats known as trans fats. If you are going to choose a margarine choose one that is non-hydrogenated. Whether you choose to use butter or margarine, make sure to watch your portion size. Q. How much coffee can I drink in a day? A. Try to limit your caffeine to 450 mg or less a day. In terms of coffee, this is about three or fewer cups a day. Too much caffeine has been linked to health problems such as high blood pressure, cancer, heartburn and bone problems. Q. How many eggs a week can I eat? A. Regardless of whether you have a high cholesterol level or not, most people can have three or four eggs a week without a negative impact on blood cholesterol levels. It is more important to watch your total fat intake, as this has more of an effect on cholesterol levels than just the cholesterol you eat in your diet does. Be aware of how your egg is prepared because a

fried egg has more fat than a boiled egg. Also, think about what other high fat items are being served with your egg, such as bacon, sausage or hash browns. Q. Is there a major nutritional difference between frozen and canned fruits and vegetables? A. Any way you can get fruits and veggies into your diet is good! Fresh fruits and vegetables generally have the highest nutritional value, followed by frozen and then canned. Frozen vegetables may sometimes be better than fresh ones during certain seasons if the fresh ones have had to travel a long way. If you are buying canned fruits and vegetables look for ones that have less sugar and salt. Q. Are there any changes I can make to my diet to reduce my heartburn? A. Here are a few tips for you to try: • Minimize high fat foods and spicy foods. • Eat slowly • Avoid lying down for at least 1 hour after eating. • Drink liquids between instead of with meals. Q. I am lactose intolerant. How can I make sure that I am getting enough calcium in my diet? A. Lactose is the sugar found in milk. There are many calcium rich foods that do not contain lactose.

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Fortified soy milk, tofu set in calcium, almonds and calcium enriched orange juice are just some examples of lactose free, calcium-rich foods. Cheese and yogurt have lower amounts of lactose than most dairy products. Q. What is the recommended amount of protein, fat and carbohydrate to eat in a day? A. Generally speaking it is suggested to consume approximately 55-60 percent of calories as carbohydrate, 15-20 percent as protein and 25-30 percent as fat, with no more than 10 percent of this from saturated fats. These ratios may vary depending on your activity level or specific goals to gain or lose weight. Q. At what age should I start introducing solid foods to my baby? A. It is recommended that you wait until your baby is six months old and showing signs of readiness including: watches others eat and shows interest in food; gains control of tongue; holds head steadily and can turn head away when he or she wants to stop eating. Earlier introduction of solids leaves less room for baby’s best source of nutrition (breast milk - or if not breastfeeding, iron-fortified infant formula). Food Facts courtesy of Interior Heath.

Lazy Beef Casserole This healthy dish is from the American Heart Association cookbook. Serves four. Double if you want to serve eight, or eat as leftovers. Vegetable oil spray 1 pound beef chuck roast, all visible fat removed, cut into cubes 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 1/4 cup homemade beef broth or low-sodium beef broth 3 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon rosemary 1/4 cup flour 1 8-ounce package fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 cup chopped onion Preheat broiler. Lightly spray a broiler pan with vegetable oil spray. Place meat on prepared broiler pan and place in broiler. Allow meat to brown on all sides, turning frequently. Remove from broiler and set aside. Set oven to bake at 3000 F. In 1 1/2-quart casserole, combine wine, broth, tomato paste, spices and flour. Stir to mix well. Place meat in casserole and add mushrooms and onion. Cover and bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until meat is tender. Calories: 242 Protein: 26 g Carbohydrates: 16 g Total Fat: 8 g

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MP given new position Jim Abbott, Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia, has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. “A smaller cabinet will result in these parliamentary secretaries taking on larger, more important roles,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he announced the appointment. “They will be a key link between Ministers and parliamentarians and will help ensure our relations with all Members of Parliament are effective and productive.”

Having previously served as Critic for Canadian Heritage, Mr. Abbott brings a significant background of knowledge to this portfolio. “The Department of Canadian Heritage is an enormous portfolio, including responsibilities for broadcasting, copyright, cultural policies, and strengthening Canadians’ connections to each other,” he said in a press release. “The department has a budget of $4 billion in 2005-2006 and over 16,000 employees. I look forward to the exciting challenges ahead.”

Report from our MLA By Norm Macdonald, MLA Columbia River-Revelstoke The Legislature returned to session on February 14th. January has been an important time to get organized and to prepare for the session ahead. I have been travelling extensively in the riding and also travelled with the NDP caucus through rural areas such as around Prince George. One of my priorities is to work closely with local governments so I have made time to meet with area directors, councillors and mayors when I visit the Columbia Valley. Each community has individual issues. These are a few of the issues that I am working on for your area: • Health - I have released a health services report on issues raised by constituents that we have dealt with at the constituency offices. The expectation is that the Ministry of Health will address the issues raised. • Jumbo - I continue to receive a great deal of correspondence on this issue. The reaction from people living in the riding is in the majority against the development. The views of local people should be respected in the decisionmaking process. We live in the area and we will live with the implications of this project. • Columbia Lake Provincial Park Any change to the park boundary will need to come to the Legislature for approval. I have written two letters opposing changes to the park boundary, and I have received overwhelming correspon-

dence opposing changes to Columbia Lake Provincial Park. • Graduated PST Zone - I will continue to work for a graduated PST zone along the border area and fight attempts by the government to use punitive and invasive measures to punish those who shop in Alberta. • Increased policing costs - Communities with a population under 5000 face changes to the current system of paying for policing by 2007. This could have a significant impact on communities like Invermere, Radium and Canal Flats. We are building a coalition of communities to again reject this change. • Columbia River Wetlands - I have sent letters sent to the federal government asking for progress on the 10-horsepower issue. I have talked to Member of Parliament Jim Abbott and he intends to work on this issue as well. • Office of the Fire Commissioner Fire Chiefs have been very clear that the reorganization of the Office of the Fire Commissioner has been poorly thought through and needs to be reconsidered. I am continuing to push this message with the Minister. When the Legislature is in session, I am often in Victoria or traveling back and forth. The session lasts until the middle of May. During this time, it is harder for me to meet in person with constituents, but I want to encourage you to make contact with me through my constituency office. I look forward to hearing from you at 1-866-870 - 4188 or norm.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE BYLAW AMENDMENTS – CANAL FLATS The Council of the Village of Canal Flats is considering an application by Lance Elliot to amend the Canal Flats Official Settlement Plan and Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaws. If approved, the amendments will change the land use designation and rezone the property. The subject property is Lot 12, District Lot 110, Kootenay District, Plan 1738 located at 8966 Shaughnessy Street in Canal Flats. Bylaw No. 55 cited as “Village of Canal Flats – Canal Flats Official Settlement Plan Bylaw, 1981 – Amendment Bylaw No. 55, 2006 (Elliot)” will change the land use designation of the property from R1(MH) Single Family (Mobile Home) and R – Future Residential to R1 Single Family Residential. Bylaw No. 56 cited as “Village of Canal Flats Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 56, 2006 (Elliot)” will rezone the property from R1(MH) – Single Family Residential (Mobile Home) and SH-1 Small Holding Residential to R-1 Single Family Residential. The public hearing will be held at:

Canal Flats Civic Centre 8909 Dunn Street Canal Flats, BC Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 at 6:00 pm

If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may, prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the Village Office in Canal Flats from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information contact the Village of Canal Flats office. Bruce Woodbury Administrator January 24, 2006

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The Old Zone

By Harold Hazelaar Invermere

Here’s another installment in my history of hockey, from 1961 to 1977: 1961: • Wayne Gretzky, known world-wide as “The Great One” is born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario.

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1963: • The first NHL amateur draft is held in Montreal, with 21 players selected. 1965: • Ulf Sterner plays four games with the New York Rangers, becoming the first Swedish-born player in the NHL. 1966: • Bobby Orr plays his first NHL game as a Boston Bruin. 1967: • The NHL doubles in size, adding franchises in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Oakland, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

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1970: • The Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks join the NHL. 1972: • The World Hockey Association begins play, outbidding NHL teams for several star players. Bobby Hull becomes hockey’s first million-dollar man when he leaves the Chicago Black Hawks and signs a 10-year, $2.75-million contract with the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets. • The Summit Series pits the best Canadian professionals against the best from the Soviet Union for the first time. Canada wins the last three games to finish with four wins, three losses and a tie, clinching the series on a dramatic goal by Paul Henderson.

1974: • The USSR wins the first World Junior Hockey Championship. • A second Canada-Soviet exhibition series features Canadians from the WHA against Soviet nationals. 1975: • Soviet club teams play in North America for the first time when Central Red Army and Soviet Wings play a series of exhibition games against NHL teams. 1976: • Canada defeats Czechoslovakia in the final to win the first Canada Cup. 1976-77: • The Columbia Valley Old-Timers Hockey Association is born. Results from Feb 8th: Dale Christian Mudders tied Huckleberry Hawks,Petro-Canada Killer Tomatoes over Lake Auto Mustangs,HiHeat Batters over Inside Edge Black Smoke, and Warwick Wolves over Valley Vision Vultures. Play-off Schedule for Feb 22nd: 6:45pm: Hi-Heat Batters vs Lake Auto Mustangs 8:00pm: Warwick Wolves vs Inside Edge Black Smoke 9:15pm: Valley Vision Vultures vs Huckleberry Hawks 10:30pm: Petro-Canada Killer Tomatoes vs Dale Christian Mudders

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Wade pays his dues By Adrian Bergles Pioneer Staff National Hockey League goaltender Wade Dubielewicz never forgets a debt. Born and raised in Invermere, Wade started playing hockey in his back yard growing up on 13th Avenue. Across the street lived another goalie, Brent Raven, son of David and Florence Raven. In those days Brent tended goal for the Columbia Valley Rockies. When coloured pads became available in the late 1980s, replacing the Brent Raven wearing pads from Wade Dubielwicz. brown pads that were common at the time, “It just shows what kind of a guy he Brent decided he had to have them. He is,” said Brent, who was thrilled. “My kicked and screamed until finally his parents gave in and bought the shiny game has improved tremendously.” Wade was called up to play for the new pads for their son. Brent was thrilled. The only prob- New York Islanders last new year’s eve. lem was when he finally got the coveted He spent all of January with the NHL pads, he didn’t like them. They were un- team before being sent back to the micomfortable and he couldn’t play well nors on February 7th. During his five-plus weeks with the in them. Eventually he abandoned the Islanders Wade played quite well. He pads and went back to his old set. Brent knew that young Wade was won two games and lost three in seven an aspiring goaltender, so he gave the total games played during his call-up. This season in the NHL he has a .897 pads to Wade. “Those things got used,” said Wade, save percentage and a 2.90 goals against who was about seven years old when average. “I do want to play in the NHL and Brent gave him the pads. make a good living at it,” said Wade. Wade, who recently celebrated his 27th birthday, went on to use those “The biggest challenge is getting an oppads religiously as he advanced as a mi- portunity.” Wade says one of the most memoranor hockey player. “It’s kind of funny when you look ble moments of his month in the NHL back,” Wade told The Pioneer in a tele- was a overtime shootout the Islanders played against the Pittsburgh Penguins phone call from New York. “It could have made the difference and super rookie Sidney Crosby. Before Crosby lined up to take his in my ability to play goal.” penalty shot, Wade was determined to This past Christmas Wade’s mom Phyllis, his dad Roger, and his brother stop him. “I thought: ‘Do I want to be Kirk were out to visit Wade in Con- the highlight of the night?’” said Wade. necticut, where Wade was playing in “I knew if Crosby scored I would be on the minors with the Bridgeport Tigers televisions across North America.” Wade stopped the shot and the Isof the American Hockey League. Kirk, now an assistant coach with landers went on to win the shootout the Rockies, mentioned to Wade that and the game. “When you’re playing at this level, his old neighbour Brent was in need everyone’s watching,” said Wade. of some new pads. “I had a few pairs “I played seven games and I learned sitting in the basement, so I gave him something every time.” one,” said Wade.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS OBITUARIES Phyllis Ivy Dean 1908-2006 Phyllis was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1908. Her family moved to Victoria when she was 5. Phyllis would love to ride her bike to the beach and swim in the icy water. She developed a lifelong love for the highest snowy mountain peaks, and everything about the outdoors. She will be remembered by many people for her rain or shine walks down their street. Phyllis spent her twenties in Vancouver, and enjoyed the company of many friends. She met Percy Dean in 1930, and they married in 1936, starting a family in 1942. They moved from Vancouver to Calgary in 1948, and on to Windermere, BC in 1954, where the family ran Dean’s Cabins for 10 years. Phyllis always said they would return to Victoria, until they found the Windermere Valley. She made many lifelong friends there, and also from the surrounding communities of Kimberley, Banff, and especially Calgary. Phyllis is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Pat & Craig Lien of Windermere, BC, her daughter-in-law and son Denise & Paul Dean, her grandson Jake Dean of Calgary, and her sister Dorothy Guthro of Vancouver, BC. Her spirit of giving and selflessness will be lovingly remembered by all she touched. Phyllis was so gracious, an Angel here for 98 years, and we’re sure she will continue to be.

Daniel Glen Campbell Daniel Glen Campbell, age 52, died suddenly February 8th in Victoria, B.C. Dan Campbell was born October 31, 1953 in Ilwaco, Washington and spent his early childhood on the coast of Washington where he developed his lifelong passion for fishing. In 1959 his family moved to Cranbrook, B.C. where Dan started school. In 1962 they moved to Invermere, B.C.. Dan was a gifted athlete and outdoorsman. During his teens, Dan competed in water skiing in summer and downhill ski racing in winter. Dan’s dad even built him a ski hill in the hopes that he’d stop breaking bones in inappropriate locations. He loved his little sports car and motorcycle and took many road trips throughout western Canada and US. But the best day of his life came late in 1976 when he first met Anne. They were married Sept. 8 1978 in Invermere and embarked on a life of adventure. On July 1, 1980 Dan and Anne moved to Atlin, B.C. and became partners in an outfitting business. Dan’s expertise in skyline pursuits soon made a name for the business. Dan had the uncanny ability to become the best at anything he chose to do... much to the consternation of his merely normal friends. Why he ever put up with us is still a mystery! But being around Dan made us all a bit more perfect, and he led by example in a quiet, dignified way. After 12 years in Atlin, the Campbell family, now expanded to include Linsey and Joe, moved to Whitehorse, Yukon. There Dan’s artistry at building was applied to a variety of challenging projects enjoyed by ordinary homeowners, multi-millionaires, and the film industry. For the people who knew him, Dan’s name was synonymous with perfection. Whatever he put his hand to became something outstanding. In September 2004, the Campbell’s moved to Victoria, B.C. Enjoying their new-found freedom, Dan and Anne spent several months on a second honeymoon rediscovering the wonders of life together. Dan is survived by his wife Anne, daughter Linsey and son Joe of Victoria, as well as sister Anita (George) Elliott of Invermere, B.C. Dan is survived also by in-laws Marion and Pat Woodcock of Burnaby (sadly, Pat passed away February 9th after a lengthy illness); brothers-in-law John (Lynn) Woodcock of Vancouver B.C. and Peter Woodcock and children Wesley, Lucas and Brooke of Winfield B.C.; also aunts, uncles and cousins and many caring friends and co-workers who reside in various places all over the world. Dan is pre-deceased by his parents Marcile and Glen Campbell. The Campbells and their friends are planning a celebration of Dan’s life with an outdoor service on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Esquimalt Lagoon on the beach surrounded by mountains and in front of a fire. From those of us who had the honour to share a campfire, mountaintop, or trout stream with Dan, we wish him tight lines, fast horses, happy trails, and the best of views.

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SUITES FOR RENT Quiet 2-bdrm walk-out basement suite for 2, close to town and Panorama, utilities and W/D included, $750/mth + DD, N/S, N/P, partially furnished if needed, 342-2100. Bachelor suite in downtown Radium, $375.00 includes utilities. Call 347-6420.

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CAREERS Production Worker. This is an entry level position involving all aspects of the cabinet making process. Trade apprenticeship is available to suitable candidate. Please contact: Warwick Interiors Box 2673 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. 250-342-6264 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. WE ARE RECRUITING FOR 6 linemen, 1 fibre optic splicing tech, 20 labourers, 1 upholsterer, office administration, accountant/ bookkeeper, chefs, reservations and housekeeping. Full-time front desk/admin person required for busy office. Duties include general clerical duties such as answering phones, scheduling orders, data entry, and filing. Person must be computer literate with knowledge of accounting, MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Must have the ability to multi-task, organize, and work with minimal supervision. Excellent communication skills and knowledge of the area an asset. Completion of high school and some post secondary education essential. Must be reliable with own transportation and willing to work flexible hours and occasional weekends. Reply to Box 1072, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 _________________________

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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.

Administrative Assistant – Eagle Ranch Golf Course Eagle Ranch Golf Course is accepting resumes for the position of Administrative Assistant. This position requires a strong bookkeeping/accounting background including experience with A/P, A/R, Retail Inventory Control and F&B Inventory Control. A comfortable working knowledge of computer and software systems is essential. The successful candidate will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, be extremely organized and have a calm, professional demeanour. Knowledge of the golf and/or recreational industry will be considered an asset. This is a full-time, seasonal position (March to October) with the potential to work into year-round employment. Application Deadline: Monday, February 27 Resumes may be sent confidentially to:


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We Work At Play! Eagle Ranch Golf Course is now accepting resumes for the 2006 golf season! 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. We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic and hard-working individuals to fill the following positions: • Turf Maintenance (Grounds Crew) • Beverage cart/Concession • Customer Care (Bag Drop/Range Attendants) • Golf Course Ambassadors (Marshals/Starters) • Golf Shop Retail Sales Application Deadline: Friday, March 10 Resumes may be sent confidentially to: Eagle Ranch Golf Course RR #3, M-2, C-11, Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 Email: Fax: 1-250-342-2563 (Please note department preferences on cover letter)

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February 17, 2006


Valley Churches

God’s love is real By Wayne Frater Pastor, Radium Christian Fellowship With Valentine’s Day just past, I trust that your loved one brought you flowers, took you out to dinner, or maybe there was some chocolate involved. I trust that they showed their love for you, and you showed your love for them. I think Valentine’s Day is a special day, a day where we not only remember the love of those around us, but also a day where we can remember the love of God, His love for us, and our love for him. “Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s children and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love to us: He sent His one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through Him. This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us in sending His Son to be the way to take away our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other. No one has ever seen God, but if we loved each other, God lives in us, and His love is made perfect in us.” (1 John 4:7-12) “The desert and dry land will become happy; the desert will be glad and will produce flowers. Like a flower, it will have many blooms. It will show its happiness, as if shouting with joy. It will be beautiful like

the forest of Lebanon, as beautiful as the hill of Carmel and the plain of Sharon.” (Isaiah 35:1 and 2). God created us in love; God created us for a purpose; and He created us to blossom, as a rose, wherever He planted us. If you are going through a dry time, if you feel like the desert, or the dry land, be encouraged. God’s love is far greater then anything we may be going through. He would like us to blossom like the rose of Sharon. How do I know? Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The teaching that I ask you to accept is easy, the load I give you to carry is light.”

World Day of Prayer 2006 This year, join Christians around the world on March 3rd for the Annual World Day of Prayer 2006 service focusing on the country of South Africa. The following denominations take part in this annual event: Lutherans, Roman Catholics, United, Anglican, and Mormon. This year, services are being held at two valley locations: the All Saints Church in Edgewater at 2 p.m., and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fairmont at 7 p.m. March 3rd.

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, February 19th, 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction. Stewardship It’s a Matter of Trust “The Trust Test - Part Two.” Sunday School for ages 3 to Grade 3, and for grades 4 to 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 Sunday, February 19th 8:30 a.m. - Edgewtaer - All Saints. 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 St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats Sunday, 4:00 p.m. Mass Father Jose Joaquin • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Regular weekly worship services every Sunday at 1:30 pm Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman at Toby Theatre 1202 - 7th Ave., Invermere 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Every Sunday 10:00 am Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sunday, 10:00 am President J.P. Tremblay • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 1-866-349-5772

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Panorama Springs is the perfect building! Just outside your door are the slopes and the pools. You are in the upper village and a quick stroll to all amenities and activities that the resort has to offer. MLS#115034

One BDR located in Tamarack Lodge just minutes from the slopes and pools. It is close to all the activity that a resort has to offer. Ample sun exposure and a fabulous view! A great vacation property for you any time of the year. MLS#115095

Great home in quiet area. Mountain views and lots of natural light. Close to all of the amenities of Radium. This home offers 3 BDR, 2 BTR and a full insulated basement with an outside entrance. Back alley for easy access. MLS#115291

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Perfect getaway or full time residence. This Timber Ridge home offers a large landscaped lot with spectacular mountain views. Fully finished up and down with five BDR and two BTR. This home is comfort plus! Ready to move in! MLS#115288

...of beautiful Columbia Lake. This Columbia Ridge property offers great access to the recreation centre and the private beach park. Lot is level and treed, partly cleared, ready for your dream home with views of the Rockies. MLS#115292

Fully refreshed, fully finished home. New improvements completed: roof & back deck, “Deeglas” sunlight roof systems, backyard brick patio, French doors, front door. Economical “E-plus” Heating system, fenced yard, storage shed. MLS#115305

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Great location and views. Close to all amenities. Spacious main floor with a walk-out basement and single att. garage. 2 BDR on the main floor, main floor laundry, & a 2 BDR suite with a separate entrance. New Home Warranty, 1⁄4 acre lot. MLS#115289

Over 200 feet of highway frontage on Highway 93. This great opportunity to get your own business started wonʼt last long. Call today for more information on this property. MLS#115286

This convenient main floor condo at “The Peaks” in Radium Hot Springs is well maintained and ready to move into. Just minutes to downtown, shopping and restaurants. Just a short walk to the hot pools. Priced to sell. MLS#115323




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