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Vol. 4/Issue 22

The Columbia


June 1, 2007





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On May 23, 2006, council gave the green light to the Waterside development in downtown Invermere, shown in this artist’s rendition provided by the developers.

One year later - where’s Waterside? By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff One year after it received the unanimous approval of Invermere Council, Octagon Property’s ambitious proposed Waterside development is still at least another year away from breaking ground. The district’s requirement that the project begin with a 12-storey hotel might be the sticking point. When completed, the development would include 14 new buildings in the 11-acre parcel adjacent to Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, including the hotel, a restaurant and conference center, commercial and retail space, 570 residential units, a train station, a pedestrian bridge over the railway for beach access, a public boat slip and a boardwalk leading to James Chabot Provincial Park in Athalmer. Under intense public scrutiny, Invermere council placed stipulations on the project, limiting the height of the buildings to 50 feet above 4th Street and, in fear of a real estate flip, required that construction begin with the amenities, specifically, the hotel and conference centre. Waterside wouldn’t be the first project stymied by the district’s desire for convention space. Invermere

Councillor Bob Campsall said the Lake Windermere Resort, a project site marked by the gravel piles next to Lakeside Pub on the Althalmer lakefront, was also required to have conference centre space but has since been abandoned. Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsky said the requirement is written into the zoning of the Lake Windermere Resort property, which is now owned by the developers of the nearby Pointe of View condominiums. According to District of Invermere Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser, the municipality is waiting on design drawings before it can begin to plan street closures necessary for the Waterside development. Both Mr. Prosser and Octagon spokesperson Adrian Wilson -- the Cascade Engineering executive who ushered the project through the approval process -agree a groundbreaking ceremony for the project is at least another year away. “They’ve got a lot of paperwork to do before a shovel hits the dirt,” Mr. Prosser commented. “They’ve got about another year of paperwork to complete.” Mr. Wilson agreed. “It would take a solid six months and that would be going at it pretty hard, so, yeah, I

don’t think that’s inaccurate,” he said. He has since stepped aside from the project due to health concerns. Mr. Wilson said he has developed a benign brain tumor that is being treated with drug therapy and might require surgery. “I’m going to be fine,” he said, adding that Octagon partner Grant Schell will take over the lead of the Waterside project. Mr. Wilson said the public should see detailed drawings of the project within the next six months. “There will probably be a public review process around the design of the hotel,” he said. “People will probably want to see what that’s going to look like.” None of the subjects interviewed could confirm any progress on finding an operator for the proposed hotel. “I’ve been told,” Mr. Campsall commented, “they are having trouble finding a hotel anchor.” Mr. Campsall was the councillor behind the requirement that the construction begin with the amenities. “We really do want some sort of convention center,” he explained. Invermere, he hopes, will be able to compete with Radium Resort and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for convention business. “If we can make it happen, then we’ve done our job.”

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RCMP Report RCMP are continuing their investigation into the incident last Sunday when a male driver and his female passenger outran police in a stolen vehicle and disappeared after their stolen trailer overturned at the Invermere crossroads. “We have a witness who provided a good description of the suspects,” Staff-Sergeant Doug Pack said Wednesday. “We are following up on some leads.” He said he is not aware of an arrest being made yet, but it is always a possibility that the pair will be picked up in another jurisdiction. Driving a truck stolen from the City of Cranbrook, and towing a trailer stolen from Moyie, the pair refused to stop for police, even when the trailer became unhitched and overturned. A high-speed police chase on the highway was called off due to public safety, allowing the criminals to make their getaway. For the week ending May 26th, police responded to 90 calls for service, including seven motor vehicle accidents and two alarms. • May 19: Police located a vehicle operating erratically as it exited the area of an Invermere pub. The vehicle was stopped to find the driver displaying several signs of impairment. The driver was detained and read a breath demand; however, he refused to comply. A 34-year-old Invermere man has been charged. Police stopped a vehicle in a road check in Invermere. The driver displayed signs of liquor consumption and was demanded to provide roadside breath sample, which he failed. The man was detained for impaired driving and escorted to the RCMP detachment where he refused to provide breath samples. A 60-year-old Calgary man has been charged. • May 20: Police were notified by concerned citi-

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zens of youths knocking down signs. The youths were located and were initially uncooperative; however, once their parents became involved, their attitude changed. • May 20: Police were advised of a break-and-enter to a seasonal residence situated along Selkirk Street in Windermere. The break-and-enter had occurred sometime over the past few months. • May 20: Police responded to a drunk in a public place along 7th Avenue who, after being arrested and lodged in cells, became sick and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. • May 21: Police responded to an attempted sexual assault near Fairmont Hot Springs. A male camper awoke to find his 18-year-old girlfriend passed out, and being accosted by another male. The pair had met him earlier in the evening. The male fled, leaving his pants and wallet behind. Investigation found the pair had returned to their site and retired to their trailer for the evening, to find the male had followed them. A 25-year-old Calgary male was arrested and charged. • May 24: Police responded to a theft of a motor vehicle in Windermere. The owners heard the theft occurring and located the abandoned vehicle down their street. A suspect male was located by the owners and arrested by police while hitch-hiking on the highway near where the vehicle was dumped. Charges have been forwarded against the 35-year-old B.C. resident for the theft of the vehicle. • May 24: It was reported that a yellow and orange 16-foot fiberglass canoe was reported as missing from the Indian Beach Estates in Windermere. If anyone has seen this canoe, please contact the RCMP at 342-9292.

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Invermere buys land for Westside bypass By Brian Geis Pioneer Sta Invermere moved one step closer to a westside bypass last week by authorizing the purchase of the ďŹ ve-acre John and Carol Dobson property on the west end of 7th Street. District of Invermere Chief Administrative OďŹƒcer Chris Prosser said the property, a key component in the alignment of Westside Parkway, cost the community $404,180.88. Councillor Bob Campsall said the long-sought, hard-fought deal with the Dobsons—who recently announced they were leaving the valley for Vancouver Island—has been in negotiation since November. “We were tough. I’d say we were tough,â€? Councillor Campsall commented. “The town now owns the property.â€? The purchased land is near the sewage lagoons bordering Toby Creek. According to Mr. Campsall, there is still one privately-owned parcel standing in the way of the municipality’s plans for a westside connector, and the district, he said, will resort to expropriation of the property if it can’t negotiate a settlement with the owner. Expropriation occurs when a public agency (for example, the provincial government and its agencies, regional districts, municipalities, school boards and utilities) takes property for a purpose deemed to be in the public interest, even though the owner of the property may not be willing to sell it. Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsy said the Westside Parkway is a long-

term goal that is already 15 years in the making. The Westside Parkway, he said, will relieve the pressure of traďŹƒc entering town on Westside Road, which then turns into 13th Avenue, by sending drivers through the Industrial Park in Althalmer. The road would turn south o Panorama Road and follow the ood protection dike into the canyon. It would connect with Canyon View Road before heading through the developing Pine Ridge Mountain Resort—which broke ground this week on Invermere’s west side—and beyond to CastleRock Estates. “That’s a long ways down the road. And I know this summer’s traďŹƒc is going to be frustrating for a lot of people,â€? Mayor Shmigelsy said, “but Invermere is a resort town. People want to come here and, like other resort communities, it’s going to be busy. That’s a very important part of our economy. We love to have that problem. I can understand people’s frustration with the traďŹƒc, but I am grateful for that other end of the economy.â€? The purchase price, Mr. Campsall said, was cobbled together from departmental surpluses found elsewhere in the budget. “We didn’t speciďŹ cally budget for it, but it came up and we were able to make it happen,â€? Mr. Campsall said. Because Invermere is surrounded by private property and limited from growth, he said, he is always a proponent for the municipal purchase of property from private owners.


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Historical Lens

Do DCCs challenge affordability? By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

Do development cost charges challenge the affordability of homes in the Columbia Valley? If you ask the new retirees from Alberta fixing to purchase their second home – probably not. But if you ask me, an aspiring homeowner surviving on the vagaries of the local economy – yes, definitely. Development cost charges are fees charged to developers to pay for upgrades to infrastructure necessary to accommodate the growth. This year will see development cost charge bylaws in every jurisdiction in the Columbia Valley and a four-fold increase to existing DCCs on the table in Invermere. While development cost charges are an effective way of targeting the cost of development, the costs are passed down to the homebuyer. That increase in the purchase price is less likely to be felt in the upper levels of the real estate market, but will probably sting first-time homebuyers. The notion of increasing development cost charges to more than $16,000 per dwelling seems counterproductive in a town trying desperately to increase the availability of affordable housing for the working class. I encourage the governments of the Columbia Valley to get creative with their DCC bylaws in order to avoid conflicts with some of their other goals, instead of a one-size-fits-all, density-based set of fees. In Invermere, for instance, the council could craft a bylaw that gives breaks to builders who design green technology into their homes. One need only look as far as Kelowna for a nuanced DCC bylaw. While it doesn’t contain some of my more exotic suggestions, it recognizes the difference between a campground in the Kelowna suburbs from a low-density house in the city centre. It might be too late for Invermere, this time around, but certainly not for Radium, Windermere and Canal Flats.

Invermere school 1928 - Back row, left to right: Audrey Thornton, Lester Stillings, Sid Thornton, Betty Coy, Audrey Cleland, Edwin Kelly, Lloyd Palmer, Bill Pye, Dave McGuiness, Josephine Kelly, Doreen Johnston, Leigh Nixon. Middle row: Arthur Fuller,. Arthur Nixon, Harry Jones, Chester Stillings, Connie Fuller, Evelyn Hanson, Betty Pennington, Dick Millam, Margaret Ashworth. Front row: Edith Hanson, Esther Stillings, Irene Doyle, May Palmer, Bud Cleland, Stanley Frater, Howard Palmer, Bud Coy, Howard Doyle, Sandy Dobbie, Kay Thornton, Eva Burton, Alex Johnston. The teacher standing at the back is Winnie Harrop. Photo source: Harry Jones. Photo courtesy of Windermere Valley Historical Society

Let’s rename Pot Hole Park Dear Editor: Now that spring is here, it is a reminder of the care that is taken each year to have colourful flower gardens and hanging flower baskets in town, making Invermere a charming place for tourists and residents alike. There are cultural events, sports and various activities in the area that attract people from around the world, people who have seen the beauties of Europe and other continents. I wonder if people have considered what the name Pot Hole Park sounds like or might look on a tourist

brochure advertising the beauty of this area. If residents want to take pride in a nice town, maybe the park deserves a name worthy of the expense and care of erecting such a dignified statue of David Thompson and Charlotte small by the park, the first thing people see as they enter the downtown area. The bicentennial celebration of David Thompson’s explorations may be a good time to review the naming of this park and consider naming it David Thompson Park. Bev Sinclair, Invermere

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Is Whitetail Lake destined for development? Dear Editor: I’m writing in response to the sale of lot 168 at Whitetail Lake. Due to the article being unsigned by the author, I guess I’m responding to “Whitetail Lake Land Owners’ Group.” I’d like to start by commending the group’s decision to harvest the infested pine beetle on the land. Also it’s nice to hear that the Blue Lake Camp will remain. Although these two issues are good information and it appears that this group is willing to share their good intentions to people who are concerned with the well-being of the lake, I’m not sure the group is touching on the real issues here. What I’m interested in learning is how many investors in the group are realtors or developers? Why there is a plan floating around the valley that includes a possible golf course? Why would anyone spend that kind of money on land that has to be rezoned before any building can occur,

but include lots available on their investors’ proposal? How is the group planning on dealing with the huge Indian issues that are involved with the property? Sewer, roads, winter range, etc. Is gifting Blue Lake to the Blue Lake Forest Education Society Camp just a tool to get the OK to rezone and subdivide? Tembec didn’t have to subdivide Blue Lake out of Lot 168. Why does “Whitetail Lake Land Owners Group” have to? Perhaps I’m reading between the lines a bit too much. I’d love to believe that this group’s intentions are good; however, so far any information I have learned about Lot 168 has led me to believe that IF this property is re-zoned, once again we as B.C residents have let a beautiful piece of our province slip away, just to become a developer’s dream come true. “The Source” for Rural, Recreational, Resort, Development and Investment Real Estate in B.C.

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‘DCC’ to become household word governments. “We’ve had contractors come to us and say, ‘Let us do the work,’” Mr. Read commented. “They have the equipment and the subtrades and can do the work If you don’t know what DCC stands for, you soon to our specifications.” will. However, some market-driven opposition exists. This year could see development cost charge byIn a 2003 position paper, the British Columbia laws adopted in every jurisdiction in the Columbia Real Estate Association came out squarely against deValley, including the regional district. velopment cost charges. Only months after Invermere proposed increases Invermere developer Barry Brown-John, who is in development cost charges four-fold, Radium Hot a member of the association’s government relations Springs—the fastest-growing municipality in B.C.— committee, said DCCs squeeze the is preparing its first development cost market in the very place the District charge bylaw. of Invermere is trying to create some On Monday, Canal Flats, which slack: attainable housing. realized some of the biggest jumps in Attainable housing is a less politiproperty values this year, gave staff apcally-charged term for affordable housproval to begin preparing their first deing, Mr. Brown-John explained, somevelopment cost charge bylaw. thing single parents or working-class Now, the regional district is explorfamilies could afford. ing the first-ever use of development Invermere has spent considerable cost charges to fund the Windermere effort enticing developers to build atwater and sewer system. Based on the widely-held philosotainable housing, including the current phy of municipal growth in B.C., that development of 38 price-controlled growth pay for growth, development homes in Cardel Resort’s West 15th cost charges are fees charged to developStreet condominium complex, and the ers to pay for upgrades to infrastructure concurrent development of a municinecessary to accommodate the growth. pal housing authority to administer Development cost charges typically the policy. cover the cost of water, sewer, streets “It will, without a doubt, have and sidewalks, but can also be extended an affect in the market,” Mr. BrownInvermere’s new DCC bylaw calls for as much as $16,000 per home to cover the cost of to parks and recreation facilities. John commented. “It’s certainly going infrastructure upgrades. The additional cost is passed onto the homebuyer. Invermere adopted its first DCC to have an effect on the price of the bylaw in 1993 and began collecting lower-cost homes.” $978 per dwelling; by 2005, this had Using his own Westside Park deRadium’s Chief Administrative Office Mark Read velopment as an example, Mr. Brown-John said the grown to $4,180.88. This year, a proposed four-fold increase to is estimating an inaugural development cost charge of cost of the homes has increased $80,000 in the last $16,349.85 per dwelling is under consideration in about $3,000 per dwelling. half-decade. “We’ve just engaged a consultant to take us Invermere. The new legislation is being reviewed by “If you add another $16,000 to that, you’re lookthe council and staff and is slated to reappear at the through the process,” he said. The resulting legisla- ing at a cost increase of $100,000,” he said. tion could be ready as early as September or as late as June 12 council meeting. From the developer’s standpoint, he said, develRegional District Planning and Development December. opment cost charges can be quite punitive with payMayor Deck said the municipality plans on col- ment required at the time of subdivision, often tying Services Manager Andrew McLeod said the regional district hired a consultant to advise them on how to lecting $1 million in DCCs next year, about $6.5 up a line of credit. structure a potential development cost charge by- million in the next ten years. “The money’s got to come from somewhere and Development cost charges, Mr. Read said, is a they are going to get it,” Mr. Brown-John commentlaw. It would be the first in an unincorporated area of the regional district, and would apply to con- way of targeting the cost of growth that reduces a ed. “Some way the infrastructure has to be paid for; struction of new homes in the area to be serviced by municipality’s need to borrow or impose new taxes money doesn’t grow on trees. As long as development the Windermere water and sewer system, including on current residents. pays the cost of it, we move that much farther away All of the revenue, he said, will go to pay for up- from affordable.” Windermere, Timber Ridge and The Resort at Copgrades the the water and sewer system in Radium Hot per Point. The B.C. Real Estate Association recommends “I don’t believe we have a final report yet or any Springs. A report the municipality commissioned that, in lieu of DCCs, municipalities look to publicidentifies upgrades triggered by milestones in the private partnerships, long-term municipal bonds and numbers to share,” he said. Radium mayor and regional district board chair growth rate, the first of which occurs in 2008. DCCs based on square footage. Developers, by and large, do not object to the Greg Deck said the regional district’s Lake Windermere Long-term municipal bonds, the association conOfficial Community Plan project paves the way for fees, he said, because they see the charges as a cost of tends, allows growth to pay for itself while increasing doing business and typically pass that cost onto the housing affordability. development cost charges in the rural areas. “DCCs usually require an OCP to create the leg- home buyer. By levying DCCs according to square footage, loFurthermore, he said, developers can typically do cal governments can encourage the construction of islative power, and municipalities have more flexibilthe work more quickly and at a lower cost than local smaller, more affordable homes. ity,” he said.

By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

Since development cost charge bylaws must undergo the scrutiny of the public and the B.C. Inspector of Municipalities, the legislation can take time to craft. The new Chief Administrative Officer in Canal Flats, Rob Sabine, made a DCC bylaw an agenda item early in his tenure as the Canal Flats executive. Mr. Sabine took the oath of office on March 26. Mr. Sabine said it is important to start early because the approval process could take up to a year and a half.

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Out & About Created by Justine Von Niessen, this is one of the highly-original works on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre during the high school’s annual student art show called REACH. See Page 12.

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Review: Hannibal Rising Reviewed by Cayla Gabruck

PARTY TIME - Parkside Place in Invermere was a lively spot last Saturday as several businesses joined to host a Block Party. The event included baton twirling, entertainment and a barbecue for guests who turned out to look at the new downtown mall.

Never before have I watched a movie where I was rooting for the psychopath. Hannibal Rising is the movie that will cause you to rethink condemning the manipulative Anthony Hopkins version of Hannibal Lector. This movie is the first Hannibal movie that you can watch with the lights off and not be absolutely terrified. No one person can deny, ever since the Silence of the Lambs was released in 1991, they have been wondering what turned medical student Hannibal Lector into the infamous Hannibal the Cannibal. Set in Nazi Germany, we visit Hannibal as a young boy and learn about the death of his parents and sister, along with numerous other events that changed him from a promising medical student into a flesh-eating monster, seeking revenge on those responsible

for the death of his family. Not what you would expect from a film with Hannibal in the title, the movie was not extremely terrifying and more so psychologically thrilling. Gaspard Ulliel does a fantastic job creating a character that inspires fear and also makes the viewer feel sympathy towards Hannibal at the same time. It is amazing how close he looks and acts to the young Hannibal you have created in your mind. Written by Thomas Harris, the best-selling author of the Hannibal book series, Hannibal Rising is a shocking thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat - not hiding under your covers. RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 HEADS

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Apocalypto Epic Movie Because I Said So Pan’s Labyrinth Night at the Museum

Hannibal Rising Half Past Dead 2 Drive Thru Flannel Pyjamas The Couple

Norbitt The Messengers Secrets of the Code Slingshot First Born

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Out & About Please call 341-6299 or Email us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

Toby Theatre • May 30 - June 2: Meet The Robinsons • June 6 - June 9: Fracture

Kids Safe Week with prizes, cookies and fun at Home Hardware. • 2 pm: Windermere Valley Museum Opening Tea, held at the Museum. Come view the new displays.

Monday, June 4th • 5:30 pm-8 pm: Running and Triathlon Clinics, Mount Nelson Athletic Park. To register : 342- 8737 , or sign up at the clinic. • 7 pm: Cinefest film “Away From Her,” Toby Theatre. Admission $10.

• 7 pm : Laws of Spirit Circle – The Law of Faith. Based on Dan Millman’s book, this circle, facilitated by Maria Kliavkoff, explores The Laws of Spirit month-by month. For more info: 347-2110 or visit

Friday, June 1st - Saturday, June 2 • 8 pm-10 pm Friday; and 10 am-noon Saturday: Square Dancing, $8/person per session, $20 for all three sessions. Radium Community Hall, Radium Hot Springs. For info: 347-6573. • Canal Days: Friday: 6:30 pm Kiddies’ Parade, 7 pm Family Dance, 10 pm Teen Dance. Saturday: 11 am Canal Days Parade, ball tournament, and live music. Adult dance with music by Colly Shaw. For tickets: 349-5789.

Saturday, June 2nd • Skookum Family Restaurant Grand Opening, Skookum Inn. • Spilli Chilli Cook-Off, Spillimacheen. For info: 1250-346-3390. • 8 am -5 pm: Forest Industry Career Expo, Cranbrook Recreational Centre. Entertainment for all ages, guest speakers, special demonstration events and door prizes, admission is free. For info: Tracy McGuire 1250-426-9274. • 9 am-11 am: NeighbourLink Sale, 320-10th Avenue, Invermere. Used furniture, light fixtures, appliances. To donate, call Judy 342-3534, or Dorothy 3423826. • 10 am-2 pm: Edgewater Playground Committee garage sale, Edgewater Community Hall. • 12 pm-3 pm: Invermere Health Unit finishes off

Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th • 7 pm-7 am: Canadian Cancer Society Annual ‘Relay For Life’, High school. For info: 341-1201. For info: Rosemary Clark, 342-3039.

Monday, July 9th - Friday, July 13th:

Tuesday, June 5th: • 7 pm: Columbia Valley Food Bank AGM, Christ Church Trinity. For info : 342- 6488.

Friday, June 1st

Gun Club. All ages, free camping on site. For info: Vic or Darlene 341-3254, Norman 342-9033. • 10 am: Bull Riding in the Rockies Queen Competition, Windermere Valley Saddle Club. For info & to enter: 342-3263.

Tuesday, June 5th - Wednesday, June 6th • 2 pm-6 pm: Aspire Dance registration for 07/08 season, Debbie Seel Centre. For info: (250) 4894257, or email

Tuesday, June 5th - Sunday, June 17th • 11 am-4 pm: Artist’s Opening, featuring work by the students of high school, held at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 342-4423.

Wednesday, June 6th • 6-8 pm: Canoe or Kayak Ladies’ Night, every Wednesday, hosted by Columbia River Kayak and Canoe. $15/person. Meet in Athalmer next to Pete’s Marina. For info: 342-7397. • 8 pm: High school Drama Club presents “How the Other Half Loves,” opening night, High school Theatre. Admission $5. For info: 342-9213. Other show times under Student News.

Friday, June 8th • 9 am: Regional District of East Kootenay board meeting. For more info: 1-888-478-7335.

Friday, June 8th - Saturday, June 9th • 6-9 pm Friday; 1-4 pm Saturday: Andrew Kiss Solo Exhibition, Artym Gallery. For info: 342- 7566.

• 9 am-12 pm: Waterworks! Park, Vacation Bible School, Alliance Church. For info: Selkirk TV & Appliance, 342-9535, or 342-0338.

Monday, June 11th • Open Water Dive Certification, College of the Rockies. For info 342-3210.

Tuesday, June 12th: • 7 pm: 2007 Friends of Kootenay National Park AGM, College of the Rockies. For info: 347-2213 or 342-3214.

New Video Releases Tuesday, June 5th • Chicago Massacre • Kardia • The Messengers

• First Born • Norbit

Student News • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: 8 p.m. opening night for high school play called “How the Other Half Loves,” $5 admission. • THURSDAY, JUNE 7: 7:30 pm: High school students present “How the Other Half Loves.” Admission $5. For info: 342-9213. • FRIDAY, JUNE 8: 7:30 pm: High school students present “How the Other Half Loves.” Admission $10 includes snacks. For info: 342-9213. • SATURDAY, JUNE 9: 7:30 pm: High school students present “How the Other Half Loves.” Admission $5. For info: 342-9213.

Columbia Valley Food Bank

Saturday, June 9th • 8:30 am: Willi Schmidt Memorial Rifle Shoot held at the rifle range. Lake Windermere District Rod and

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 2 pm To donate, mail a cheque to: Box 2141, Invermere.

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Golf Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday with 24 hour booking privileges and a local rate including 18 holes of beautiful award winning golf, GPS cart and complimentary range before your round. Show your driver’s license with a Columbia Valley address at check-in to qualify for the local rate and be sure to mention that you are local when you phone the day before to book. Just our way of saying thanks to all of our friends living full time in the Columbia Valley!

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COLUMBIA VALLEY FOOD BANK ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 Anglican United Church Hall 7:00 p.m. All interested curious people welcome. For more information call 342-6488


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Student art showcases the future By Alexandra Sellers Pynelogs Cultural Centre “Reach!” is the title of the annual art show featuring works by students at David Thompson Secondary School. This art exhibition, opening at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Tuesday, June 5th, showcases the work of our local high school artists. The two-week show is sponsored by Panorama Mountain Village and the opening night refreshments have been generously donated by Sobey’s. Opening night, Wednesday June 6th, from 7 to 9 p.m., will include an awards ceremony for the winners of the Third Annual Creative Contest (entries will be part of the art display) followed by an Open Mic night hosted by our talented high school students. For those who cannot make it to the opening, the show will be on display from June 5th to 17th. The gallery is open every day from 11 to 4 p.m. This year’s creative contest is themed “Alive” and submissions are in the following categories: photography, poetry, short story, 2D art and 3D art. Cash prizes and gift certificates are awarded to the winners in each category. All awards have been generously donated by local businesses and organizations that continually support our youth by providing them with positive creative outlets. I had an enlightening chat with young local talent Justine Von Niessen, creator of the art on the Art Show poster. Justine has lived in beautiful Invermere for nearly her entire life and is currently completing Grade 12. While she only started sharing her art with others

and taking an art class in the past year, Miss Von Niessen experiments with many mediums such as clay, oil painting and “sometimes ink.” When asked what inspired her art, I was amused and shocked to hear the list: “Victorian tea time, history in general, violence, other pretty things, musicals, movies, cake, emaciation and obesity.” That was as close to ‘inspired by everything’ as I have ever heard! While her art is open to personal interpretation, she does have a strong opinion as to why you should attend the student show: “to see upcoming artists in this valley and to understand how students view painting, sculpting, etc.” Students (and the next generation in general) always seem to come up with creative ideas and unique interpretations, so come see what’s next in the world of art, and what’s on the minds of today’s youth! Robyn Oliver, high school art teacher, said: “It’s wonderful to have the support of so many people in the community. It really helps the students to feel appreciated by and attached to the community. Thanks to the Columbia Valley Arts Council for providing a professional space for the students so that they can experience a key step in the creation and appreciation of art. In a small community so rich with arts, it is important that we pass the appreciation onto future generations.” Special thanks to the Parent Advisory Council, Panorama Mountain Village, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Ateknor Commercial & Industrial Electrical, Focus, Remax’s “Team Raven”, AG Foods, Lambert Kipp Pharmacy, Bavin Glassworks, the Kinsmen Club and Rotary Club. Without their help, this contest and event wouldn’t be possible.

Based on the short story “The Bear Came over the Mountain” by Alice Munro


Monday, June 4th

Introduction to Exotic Movement Mon or Wed 7pm 6 Weeks

Athletic Conditioning Circuit Mon and Wed 5:30pm 6 Weeks

Toby Theatre at 7:00 p.m.

Fit Circuit Mon and Fri 9:30am 6 Weeks

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High school play for the whole family By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff David Thompson Secondary School is putting on their first stage play in years. The production is called “How the Other Half Loves,” and it is called a “zany insight into marital foibles.” “I am really excited for the actors because they have worked so hard,” said Keinan Dreidger, producer of the play. The production is an extracurricular activity and the six student actors and the crew involved in the play have been working on the play for three months. The story line of the play is based around three stereotypical couples, each at a different stage in their marriage. “Each couple is odd in their own way,” Keinan said. “They tolerate each other in their own way, they love each other in their own way, and sometimes even fight in their own way.” The dramatic comedy is loaded with mistaken assumptions regarding an affair and many other laughable situ-

ations. This production is perfect for the whole family and has many laughs for a younger crowd. “Lots of the younger crowd are going to see their parents in one of the couples,” Keinan said. The play will be particularly appealing to couples and parents. It is an amusing view of what couples are like at home and what they are like in public. “As an audience, a lot of couples are going to identify with the some of the couples in the show,” Keinan said. Keinan said he and the cast are looking forward to opening night and hoping for a big community turnout. Opening night is Wednesday, June 6. The curtain will open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door on Wednesday night. The show will also run Thursday, Friday and Saturday and these shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. On Friday night, the production will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Tickets on Friday night will be $10. Saturday night’s performance will be accompanied by dessert. Tickets are 5$ and dessert will be extra.

Thank You! our four contestants Dave and Outset Media Jen, Jesse & Courtney at the Blue Dog Cafe everyone who came out and made The Monkey's Uncle 5th anniversary Pirate Party so much fun!

Congratulations to Jodi, a dastardly rogue and winner of the Booty!

Artist in Attendance:

Friday, June 8th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for the opening reception and Saturday, June 9th 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Paintings available now at Ph: 250-342-7566 Downtown Invermere

Andrew Kiss, “Cottonwood Creek” ~ Oil, 24” x 40”

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YOUR MONEY Avoiding capital gains tax

What if you knew that it was possible to sell an asset this year, but that you wouldn’t have to report your full capital gain in income this year? It might sound too good to be true, but it can be possible. This provision is known as the capital gains reserve. The capital gains reserve is a provision under our tax laws that will allow you to defer the capital gain realized on the sale of an asset over more than one year, to a maximum of five years. As you might expect, not every sale can benefit from this reserve. In order to take advantage of it, you will have to have some proceeds from the sale payable to you in future years. When might you consider using a capital gains reserve? If the benefits of deferring your tax bill to a future year outweigh the risks of potential default on payment. The amount of the reserve you can take in any particular year is the lesser of the following: • (Proceeds not yet due/total proceeds) x gain • 1/5 of the gain x (4 minus the number of preceding taxation years ending after disposition). Let’s take a look at an example to see how the reserve works: Mark sold a piece of real estate for $240,000 in 2006. His adjusted cost base plus selling costs totaled $140,000. Therefore, Mark realized a capital gain of $100,000 on the sale of the real estate. Mark structured the sale so that he took back a mortgage and the proceeds were payable to him as follows: $40,000 in 2006 and another $40,000 in each of 2007 to 2011. Since Mark does not receive all of the proceeds in the year of the sale, he is entitled to claim a reserve equal to the lesser of the following two amounts:

1. ($200,000 / $240,000) x $100,000 = $83,333 2. (1/5 x $100,000) x (4-0) = $80,000 Mark is entitled to claim an $80,000 reserve for 2006 and must report only $20,000 of the capital gain. In the second year (2007), Mark will report the $80,000 reserve and perform the same calculation over again to determine how much of a reserve is available to him for 2007. In this example, Mark will report only $20,000 of the capital gain each year over a five-year period. By structuring the sale so that proceeds are received over time, Mark is entitled to spread the capital gain and hence the tax liability over a maximum five-year period. In fact, if his marginal tax rate is expected to drop in the future, he may pay less tax overall since he’s spread the taxation of his capital gain over time. From a planning point of view, the capital gains reserve helps taxpayers by providing the opportunity to more closely match the cash flow for the income tax liability to the cash flow from the proceeds of disposition. However, it is important to remember that a reserve cannot be claimed in the year of death. This means that any remaining deferred income and the related tax liability must be fully recognized in the year of death. Planning should ensure that the associated cash flow is properly reflected in the taxpayer’s capital needs analysis. There are special rules that go along with triggering capital gains that are date sensitive as the federal government has changed the way capital gains are taxed over the years. With this in mind it always a good idea to consult an accountant or tax professional when setting up a capital gains reserve.

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Organizer Nola Alt, centre, and winners of last year’s chilli competition were all smiles.

It’s Spilli Chilli time again! By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff It’s that time again! The 11th annual Spilli Chilli Cookoff is being held Saturday, June 2 at the Spillimacheen Festival Grounds and if you are not planning on stopping by, you may want to re-think your weekend plans. “Come and give it a try,” said Nola Alt, who organizes the event with her husband Dennis. “It’s a beautiful setting, the music is fantastic and there are some really good chili entries.” Everyone is welcome and entry to the event is free. But, for a $1 donation, you will receive a bowl, a spoon, ballots and tickets for door prizes. The Spilli Chilli Cookoff is a fun family event for all ages. Throughout the day, you will not only be able to sample some fantastic chili, there are also games for the kids and live local musicians to serenade you all day long. If chili is not your thing, there will be a concession stand selling burgers and other food items.

The chili judging will begin at 4 p.m. and the pressure is on for last year’s winners to defend their name, and their chili. Last year, the cookoff attracted over 400 chili tasters, and hopefully even more this year. “There are not many events around the valley that are free,” Mrs. Alt said. “We wanted to have something that families can afford.” So far, there are only nine cooks entered, but Mrs. Alt is confident that come Saturday there will be more. Along with the cookoff, there will be a potluck dinner on Friday at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome! There will also be free camping available at the festival grounds for cooks and visitors who would like to enjoy the pot luck supper and campfire Friday night, then be up bright and early for the cookoff. If you think you have first-class chili but have not registered yet, don’t worry – there is still time! You can visit the website at or call Dennis at 346-3390 to register.


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Columbia Valley

Map Book 2006 Reader’s Survey Winners Five great prizes have been awarded! GRAND PRIZE Panorama Mountain Village Vacation - value $1,200 Gold Family Vacation - 5 nights in a 2-bedroom condo plus activities.

Winner: Diane Petruk, Camrose SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION GICLEÉ PRINT BY CAMERON BIRD The Artym Gallery and Mackena Creative - value $450

Printed from the original “Chisel From Lake Windermere” on the 2006 Columbia Valley Map Book cover.

Winner: Phyllis Haskewich, Calgary GIFT CERTIFICATE Te Papa Nui Antiques & Collectibles - value $250

Choose from a wide variety of quality antique furniture and collectibles from Canada, Europe and Asia.

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Marco Polo business back in favourite spot By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Gordon Fraser has travelled the world and is bringing his treasures to Invermere. Gordon, who claims to be 39, is the owner and operator of Marco Polo Imports, a business that specializes in custom-made handicrafts. “I like seeing my ideas manifest, I like seeing people smile and I like meeting people,” Gordon said. For seven years, Gordon has been making yearly trips to Bali, Indonesia and Thailand, along with other exotic places throughout the world, buying handmade jewelry and other pieces, then selling them right here in Invermere. Even though he was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Gordon is a longtime resident of Invermere. He moved here in 1984 to experience of the sheer beauty of the area and the recreational activities offered here. He has lived here 26 years and had two children: Dylan, 19 and Elise Mereille, 14. Along with traveling and

Gordon Fraser sells imported items outside the Bank of Montreal. managing Marco Polo Imports, Gordon is also a registered massage therapist. His first big trip around the world was in 1979 and was supposed to last six months but turned into a three-year epic journey. Gordon loves to travel and has been to many different places, including Australia, New Zealand, Thai-

land, Hawaii, Korea, Hong Kong and Bali. “My dad used to draw pictures on napkins of places he had travelled - I got the bug from him,” Gordon said. Along with numerous overseas adventures, Gordon has also hitchhiked across Canada 10 times and is not plan-

ning to stop his travels any time soon. He hopes to visit Africa and mainland China. “I like to see how other cultures of the world live their lives,” Gordon said. Gordon got the idea to get into the import/export business on one of his first global travels. He said that on his one of his first trips to Bali, Indonesia he noticed the beautiful fabrics. “I sent them home to some friends and they were like ‘Gordon, you can make a business out of this,” he said. Even now, seven years after he began Marco Polo Imports, Gordon loves bringing his treasures back to Invermere. “I like to see my seeds grow to fruits,” Gordon said. You can find Gordon’s kiosk right in front of the Bank of Montreal in downtown Invermere. He will be there seven days a week over the summer. Stop in and check out the beautiful, intricate jewelry and all the other oneof-a-kind items. For more information, contact Gordon at 342-6660.

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Soccer team returns from Germany The Columbia Valley Titans U13 soccer team travelled to Heilbronn, Germany from May 1021. The Titans had the chance to play some of the top teams in their league. The team won just one out of eight games, but coach Jurgel Striegel said the team played very well throughout the whole tournament. “The teams there play soccer all year around,” Jurgen said. He said the game the team won was played exceptionally well. “They won’t forget that one,” Jurgen said. When they weren’t out on the field, the 14 members of the team also had a chance to do some sightseeing. “The trip went well,” Jurgen said. The boys even had a chance to pose with a recent copy of The Pioneer.

AND THE WINNER IS – Students from Windermere Elementary School try their luck in long jump and high jump at the Windermere track meet on May 24 at David Thompson Secondary School. Left, Denise Jensen, Grade 4; and right, Amber Cole, Grade 6. The regional track meet will be held on June 6 at David Thompson Secondary School.

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The Green Zone By Harold Hazelaar Have you ever spent four or ďŹ ve hours standing on the side of a hill? Have you ever experienced walking with a limp because one leg is constantly on higher ground than the other leg? If so, you know what it is like playing at Mountainside. The name says it all! Mountainside Golf Course, located in Fairmont, remains one of my personal favorites in this valley. It boasts an incredibly long and diďŹƒcult Par 5 (the 4th hole), and a couple of challenging Par 3s (5th and 12th) and who doesn’t love the gimmicky Par 4, 15th? Too many years ago, I played every Sunday morning and became quite good at understanding the particular nuances of each hole. This doesn’t mean I played them well, it just means I knew how I should have played the hole. There are little things that make or break your score, like how every putt breaks toward the river even if “towards the riverâ€? is uphill, or a bounce o the slope beside the green on 16 should kick the ball onto the green, and if your approach is short on 10, an “up and downâ€? is very unlikely. What makes this course unique is that after you have played the track a hundred times, these simple things still jump out and bite you like it’s your ďŹ rst time. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.

If you walk this course, you will get an incredible workout along with your round of golf. Your cardiac system will never be prouder of you for the climb up and down this course, especially the uphill march on the 14th fairway. The workout serves a dual purpose, as you will spend time wondering why you aren’t in a golf cart, thus taking your mind o the last bad shot! My favorite hole is the Par 4, 7th hole. This little 265-yard hole seems to suck all the big hitters into nothing but a potential big score. A tight dogleg to the right where the smart play is a mid iron o the tee, short iron to the green, putt, putt . . . PAR. Unless you have good course management skills, this strategy doesn’t ďŹ t when you stand on the tee thinking you can easily “drive the greenâ€? by going over the trees on the right side. This hole is screaming, “Bring it on, sucker!â€? I can make par 9 times out of 10 by playing this one smart. Can you? The Green Zone Quote of the week is by Arnold Palmer: “Putting is like wisdom . . . partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.â€?

This year, on July 10th, the Lake Windermere Lions Club will host the fourth annual “Golf with the Lions� day at Copper Point Golf Course. For a mere sixty bucks you can play a round of golf, ride in the GPS guided cart and help the Lions raise funds for the upgrading of Lions Park on 12th Avenue in Invermere. The Lions Club is proud of the relationship we have with Copper Point and we enjoy the opportunity to share the day with our fellow community residents on the golf course. As usual, we will have some prizes for achievements on certain holes as


Golf with the Lions Dear Editor:


well as a couple of signiďŹ cant “HoleIn-Oneâ€? prizes. Other than that, this is a fun day of golf with no pressure to perform well. I would encourage everyone to phone and book your tee-time, individually or as a group, as soon as possible because the day becomes booked up rather quickly. Phone the Copper Point Pro Shop at 341-3392 to reserve your spot. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in the past and I hope to see you there again this year. Harold Hazelaar, President Lake Windermere Lions Club




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The Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life knows no age limit. Two teams from J. A Laird Elementary School are active participants in this year’s relay. “I think everybody in Invermere should have a team. It’s a great way to remember people, and to honor those who have cancer,” said Erin Turner and Randie Raven, members of the team called Girl Power. Captains Erin Turner, 11; and Maddy Danyluk, 10; and their co-captains Randie RaErin Turner, Kirstin Geiger, Maddy Danyluk, Randie Raven, and Sierra Dunlap. ven and Sierra Dunlap, “I have just always wanted to do it,” said Leaderlead Girl Power. Erin is participating because she lost her Aunt ship Team captain Kirsten Geiger, 13, who donated Fernande to pancreatic cancer; and Maddy is relaying six inches of her hair for cancer at last year’s relay. The Relay for Life is being held at David Thompfor her grandfather, David Molloy, whom she lost to son Secondary School on June 9. There is still room cancer. The girls are very excited about the relay, especially for more teams! Get a team together and register at the the costumes and the luminary ceremony. They are College of the Rockies or call Adrienne at 341-1201. You can pledge a donation online to a specific parhoping to be able to stay up for the entire night withticipant, team or the even in general. Just visit www. out taking any breaks to catch some sleep. Girl Power is doing their fundraising online and choose the relay in your area, which is the Columbia Valley. through email, and has raised $1,500 so far. All pledges are tax deductible and you will receive J. A Laird Elementary is also home to three other relay teams, called the J. A. Laird Leadership team, a tax receipt for your pledge. If you can’t participate in the relay, sponsor someone who can. Power of the Flower and The Believers.

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The Columbia Valley Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society is composed of about 40 volunteers who devote their free time to eradicating this dreaded disease.

Flower power

Submitted by Marion Stotts The Power of the Flower is this year’s theme for the Relay for Life. The theme pays tribute to the many volunteers who make possible the Mission of the Canadian Cancer Society to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. The 40 dedicated volunteers of the Columbia Valley Unit are active in fundraising through daffodil sales, the door-to-door campaign and Relay for Life. Many of our volunteers participated in the “Grand Slam Challenge for Cancer” golf tournament sponsored by Mountainside and Riverside Golf Resorts. These funds support all types of cancer research and provide community-based support programs such as lodges, camps, transportation, short-term financial assistance and a confidential telephone support service. We know 50 percent of cancer can be eradicated through diet, exercise and not smoking. A large part of the society’s mission is aimed at prevention, education and advocating for public policy to reduce the burden of cancer. Public forums and the Cancer Smart Shop at the Relay for Life are hosted by the society’s Columbia Valley volunteers. This year’s Cancer Smart Shop will

have a wealth of information on cancer prevention, along with some fun items such as the Healthy Smart Snack Challenge. Relay teams have been challenged to bring a healthy snack for 12 people that will be judged by Alison Bell, Chef Training at the high school. The snacks will be available for tasting. With a little prevention knowledge, you can enter draws for a beautiful afghan and cross-stitch picture made by Norma Hastewell, secretary of the Columbia Valley cancer unit. The framing for the cross-stitch picture was generously donated by Nite Frames. We know that a close link exits between our health and the environment. There is concern over the increasing use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns, gardens and golf courses. More and more evidence is proving that the chemicals used are harmful to our health. Pesticide use has been linked to the increase in leukemia and lymphoma in children. The Smart Shop will provide information and suggested alternatives to eliminate exposure and reduce the risk. A variety of alternative products available in the Columbia Valley will be given away through draws. We welcome everyone to visit the Smart Shop during the Relay for Life on June 9.

Honour those who have battled cancer by purchasing a luminary. Luminaries are special candles in bags that carry the names of cancer survivors and loved ones lost. In a moving ceremony after sunset, luminaries placed around the track are lit to provide inspiration to Relay For Life participants. To buy online or for more information, please visit Columbia Valley Relay for Life - June 9/10th at David Thompson Secondary School Luminary Cost: $5.00 each. Pre-order luminary by dropping off payment at Sobey’s, Gerry’s Gelati, The Columbia Pioneer or Home Hardware (Building Supplies Counter) Luminaries may also be purchased online at In memoriam photos for Luminary & Candlelight Ceremony my be emailed to Marilyn Petersen at or dropped off at the College of the Rockies prior to June 1, 2007. For further information call 342-0784 or visit Media Sponsors


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2007 Dodge Caliber SXT STK#U1066. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,995 2006 Chrysler Sebring, V6 STK#U1075.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,900 2005 Chev Cavalier, 5 spd STK#T06346B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11,995 2004 Hyundai Sonata, Loaded STK#C06026B.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,995 2007 Chrysler 300, V6, Auto, Loaded STK#U1086. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$31,495 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, 5 spd, 4 cyl STK#U1044. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,995 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, V6, Auto, Loaded STK#T06328A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,995 2000 Chrysler Intrepid, Auto, V6 STK#T073349A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,995 1996 Ford Aspire, 5 cyl, 5 spd STK#U1031B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,995

This ballet group from Aspire Dance Academy performed a number called Year of the Dragon.

Aspire dancers hit new heights, earning gold in Banff, Cranbrook Submitted by Michele Navratil, Director Aspire Dance Academy Aspire dancers attended the Danceworks Competition held in Cranbrook at Key City on April 19 to 21. We received five Bronze medals, 20 Silver medals, and 17 Gold medals. We also won four Trophies for Overall Highest Scoring Junior Solo, Duet, Small Group and Large Group. We also attended Shy-Ann Dance Festival held in Banff at the Banff Arts Centre on May 18 to 20. We received eight Bronze medals, 15 Silver medals, and 17 Gold medals. We won 10 plaques in all, which included Most Promising, Most Outstanding and Choreography awards. Some students took their solos and duets to a third festival called the “East Kootenay Performing

Arts Festival” which was also held at Key City Theatre in Cranbrook on April 14 and 15. Carli Maybuck, eight years old, won “Most Promising Dancer” and was invited back to perform at the Awards presentation on April 30th. Our year-end show was held at Key City Theatre on Saturday, May 26th and it was a great success! We sold 480 tickets. The dancers were trilled to be dancing their year-end recital in a professional venue. With 155 dancers we needed to move to a larger theatre to accommodate all the dancers! It was a wonderful show and a great experience for the dancers. Our registration dates for the 2007/2008 season are June 5th and 6th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is held at the Debbie Seel Centre. Call (250) 489-4257 or email from more information.

Your last chance at affordable living in Invermere! Priced from only $145,000 to $165,000 for a limited time. Finally, a place you can call home–or your home-away-fromhome–in the heart of the beautiful Columbia Valley! Phase One of Cedarwood Glen Estates is now selling. Eighteen twobedroom condominiums are now offered for sale, from only $145,000 to $165,000. Arrange a viewing or request more information by calling (250) 341-1182, or emailing Act quickly - these units are selling fast!

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This group from Aspire Dance Academy performed a production number called A Tribute to Julie Andrews, including ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre.

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A non profit society, serving families from Canal flats to Spillimacheen since 1988 Women’s Counselling Counselling for sur vivors of traumatic relationship issues Growing Together Early Childhood programs for parents & children under 6

Victim Assistance For individuals who have been victims of crime

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Youth Outreach Support for teens and parent teen mediation

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These services are delivered in partnership with Windermere Valley Literacy and Kootenay Regional Metis Association

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John and Carol Dobson, formerly Invermere’s dog control officer, will take 30 dogs with them when they move.

Farewell to the Dobsons By Louise Platiel Special to The Pioneer At the end of May, Invermere suffers a huge loss as we say goodbye to Carol Dobson, the Dog Control Officer who has served our community for over six years. She will pack up about 30 dogs and some cats, and head for Sayward, near Campbell River. More than half of these animals have been personally rescued from abusive and neglectful situations during her tenure, living in harmony with ducks, geese, pigs, and sheep on the property belonging to Carol and her husband John. Although her job was simply to enforce the local bylaws, she has served as the unofficial animal rights activist and helped pets and their owners live in harmony by handing out tough love and straight-talking advice. Armed with a cell phone and her good nature, she has cheerfully answered calls every day, regardless of holidays. Calls that Carol would typically get involved complaints regarding bylaw infractions such as loose or barking dogs and dogs that have attacked people or other pets. However, the many successful rescues are what stand out in her mind. There were dogs that had been left in vehicles with little ventilation on a sunny day, one tied up and abandoned in a public area, and one with its head caught in a trap. Sometimes there were dogs that had developed bad behaviors as a result of neglect, had been shot, or lived their life on a short rope with no more attention than the occasional kick. By providing a loving environment, Carol and John have rehabilitated and relo-

cated some of the toughest cases dropped in their lap, continually finding more space in their home, hearts, and pocketbook for any animal in need. As well as rescuing dogs, Carol has given of her time to teach children animal safety and educate young people on the investment of time and money required to be a responsible pet-owner. Although she has been confronted with rudeness from time to time, she found most residents were appreciative, thankful, and willing to change their ways. Sometimes, she says, it is simply that people don’t think; they really do love their pets, but may need advice on how to make better decisions. The vision Carol has for the district’s future is one where neighbors talk to each other and learn to live together peacefully. When handling complaints her objective is always to bring people together and help them live in harmony, pets and all. She would advise people not to be secretive, but rather to meet up and work out their differences while remembering that companion animals have rights also. Her parting words are reminders to spay/neuter and get the yearly license required by the district, even for those residents who live here only part-time. Everyone who knows Carol wishes her much success in her new home, but it is with a note of sadness that we say goodbye. While there has been some interest in filling the vacancy left by her move, at the time of our interview her position had not yet been reassigned. Hopefully there is someone out there who will approach the job with the same dedication to the well being of all Invermere residents, including the furry four-legged ones!

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Cathy’s Workshop: choose your wood wisely By Cathy Dalrymple Before beginning any project, you need to decide what material the project will be made from. This is determined by many factors, including location, usage, aesthetics or simply availability of material. Typically if you are using a wood for furniture purposes, usage and aesthetic are the key factors. You may want to match the wood to a current piece of furniture or woodwork in the home which would be an aesthetic choice, or you may be making a table top or stair treads which would require a harder wood due to its usage. You can, of course, use practically any wood anywhere but you must be aware of their properties and what can happen if poorly chosen. Going back to the table top and stair treads, you would likely want a hard wood due to the constant use or traffic the woodwork will need to endure. Having said that there is a trend in some home

styles to obtain a rustic look which will be readily achieved by using a soft wood where a hard wood has more durability. Just take a look at a pine table top (soft wood) compared to a maple table top (hard wood) and you’ll see what I mean. Other factors to consider when choosing a wood species are its milling qualities. Some species which have large pores or spongy texture will collapse and deform when the wood is cut. This produces rough end grain and bent broken fibres. Even grain is indicative of good planning quality; porous woods are more difficult to plane smoothly. Most wood can be joined with glue with great success, but dense oily woods are more difficult as they don’t absorb the glue into their fibres for a strong bond. Finally, one of the factors to consider in selecting your wood is its stainable or paintable suitability. The heavy grain on oak, for example, takes stain well but usually needs additional coats to fill the deeper grain. A smooth hard maple, on the other hand, has a tighter grain and the stain can sometimes sit on top and not penetrate well. In a case such as this you need only to take some sandpaper to the surface to open the pores a bit. This will allow the stain to penetrate more easily.

Now that you have decided on the species of wood, you must still be careful in selecting the pieces. There are a number of defects wood can have, some are pleasing to the eye but most are difficult or wasteful when milling your wood. The wood must first be dried to a minimum of 19 percent or less and is indicated with a grade of S-DRY. Generally all lumber stores keep this grade. Once the moisture content is acceptable other things to check for are as follows: • Splits, end of wood is split • Cupped, wood “curls” up on itself • Shakes, wood is split open along arc of grain • Checks, wood is split at angle to grain • Knots and knot holes • Wane, the outer edge of tree cut • Twisted, Bowed, or Crooked With a careful eye you will be able to detect any of these defects. Be sure once you get it home to keep it dry and stack it flat, preferably with spacers, until you are ready to use it. Wood is a precious commodity - use it well. Cathy Dalrymple owns Toby Creek Custom Woodworking in Invermere. Call 342-3022 or email



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Tips for travelling with your pet By Louise Platiel Invermere Veterinary Hospital An outdoor vacation signals the start of summer for many people. What could be more fun than a trip to the cottage, camping, or heading out in an RV to see the countryside? If your pet is not a comfortable traveller, perhaps a visit to the vet is in order before you go. Some things you may need to think about before heading out on the road are vaccinations, medications, first aid, and vehicle safety. You may be required to provide proof of your pet’s vaccinations, so be sure to bring them up to date and have current documents and tags. Also, ensure your pet is wearing an identification tag that provides a number where you can be reached on the road in addition to a permanent address. If your pet routinely requires any kind of medication, whether it is for a long-term or frequently re-occurring condition, have enough with you to last the trip and some extra for when you return home. As you plan and pack for any event, consider taking a first aid kit for your pets and familiarizing yourself with the location and numbers of local veterinarians. Knowing where you can get help may be just as important as knowing some basic first aid yourself. Handling cuts, burns, stings, travel sickness, and stabilization of a serious injury are just a few things you can ask your vet about so that you can react with confidence in an emergency. We recommend a first aid kit containing these items:

Cotton balls 2” and 3” roll of gauze 2”x2” and 4”x4” gauze Cloth strips 2” bandage tape Q-tips Stick for a splint Antibiotic ointment Pepto-bismol 3% hydrogen peroxide Betadine solution/scrub Styptic powder Rubbing alcohol

Eye ointment Nail clippers Eyedropper Tongue depressor Needle-nosed pliers Large plastic syringe Blunt-end scissors Measuring spoons/cups Child’s rectal thermometer Tweezers or forceps Leather and rubber gloves Finally, no one likes to think about accidents, but since your human passengers practice good vehicle safety, consider pets as well. One safe place for pets is in a well-ventilated, durable travel kennel. This is especially handy if you are taking your pet in the back of a pick-up, and far safer than being left loose and vulnerable. Inside the car we recommend seatbelt attachments for animals not kept in a travel kennel. A loose dog or cat could be dangerous to other passengers and distracting to the driver. Stop about every two hours for a stretch and bathroom break, similar to how you would handle travelling with a child. Small meals or snacks may sit better in the tummy than a heavy meal, and speak to your vet about treatments for motion sickness. Finally, never leave a pet in the hot sun, in or out of a vehicle, and have lots of water on hand. Happy trails and wagging tails to everyone!

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Safe Kids Week

WHAT’S LIFE WITHOUT CHOICE? CUSTOMER CHOICE HAS ARRIVED. Now you can choose who you buy your natural gas from — Terasen Gas or a natural gas marketer. Licensed by the BC Utilities Commission, gas marketers are now selling long-term, fixed-rate contracts to residential natural gas customers. With a fixed rate, the price you pay for your natural gas will remain the same for the duration of the contract. It will not fluctuate with the daily changes of energy prices. If you receive a sales call, it is on behalf of a natural gas marketer and not Terasen Gas. If you continue to buy from Terasen Gas, the rate you pay for your natural gas will vary. Our standard rate reflects the current market rates for natural gas and is subject to review every three months by the BCUC. Now you can choose the natural gas pricing option that works best for you. Whether you go fixed or variable rate, you’ll only receive one bill. And Terasen Gas will always deliver your gas and provide the customer services you expect. Visit for a list of licensed gas marketers and a video about CUSTOMER CHOICE. Not available in all areas. Terasen Gas is a licensed user of the Terasen Gas and CUSTOMER CHOICE logos.

At the beach or by the pool – protect your child with a life-saving lifejacket and an eagle eye! Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children between the ages of one and four. Most incidents occur when children are walking or playing near pools, lakes and streams, not when they are swimming or intending to swim. During Safe Kids Week May 28-June 3rd, Interior Health is working to spread the word about the importance of water safety for children. Interior Health offers these simple tips to help parents and caregivers splash into summer safely: • Keep a close eye on your toddler at the beach or at the pool. Even children who have swimming skills and are wearing a lifejacket need to be supervised – including those small plastic pools in the backyard. • Keep toddlers within an arms length when around water. • Fit them in the right lifejacket for their size. Most children who drown were not wearing a lifejacket. Water wings and inflatable toys, cannot replace lifejackets and supervision. • Send them to swimming lessons - and sign yourself up, too. It’s never too late to learn or to improve your own skills. • Teach your child about water safety, water currents, and to ask permission before going into or near water.

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD These folks will be entered in a draw for two free nights at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall, courtesy of Travel World in Invermere. Our contest lasts through 2007. From top left, clockwise: Leah Nicholas of Invermere in Australia, holding a Pioneer with her own photograph on the cover, taken in June 2005 when she graduated from high school; Frank and Nan Jones of Invermere in Disneyworld with Winnie the Pooh, holding a Pioneer with a photo of themselves on the cover from January 2007; Sydney-Anne Porter and Nancy Atwood of Invermere in front of the Vatican in Rome, holding a copy of our February 2007 Women in Business section with Sydney-Anne’s photo on the cover; Cameron and Ian Shand of Invermere in Ixtapa, Mexico; Michael O’Neill and Lauren Linnell of Fairmont in Veradaro, Cuba; Verna Jones of Invermere holding a Pioneer with her daughter Carly’s photo on the cover; Janine Jones and her cousin Stephanie Mitchell in front of Buckingham Palace in London, holding a Pioneer with Janine’s sister Carly Jones on the cover.

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Dynasty Spas new home-based business By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Get out your swimsuits - the valley has a new hot tub business! Neil and Coralie Woelfle, owners of a new home-based business called Dynasty Spas, are looking forward to keeping busy all summer. “Hot tubs were always something that I liked to tinker with,” Neil said. “It’s like a passion for me.” Neil and Coralie moved here three years ago from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Neil’s parents had a place in a recreational vehicle park and campground in Radium. When Neil and Coralie heard that someone was needed to manage the campground, they moved to Radium in 2004 with their daughter Cassie, now 6. Dynasty Spas is a home-based business, and their show room is right in their back yard, complete with a beautiful backdrop of lush trees and a tranquil creek. “We just felt there was a need for this kind of business here,” Neil said. The couple researched for three years before finally choosing Dynasty. They settled on Dynasty because of their excellence in quality, performance, reliability and warranties. “We are committed to a good product,” Neil said. The company is the third largest spa manufacturer in North

America, and has set the standard for many years in building highquality hot tubs. Neil has his third class power-engineering certificate, which is why the Woelfles not only sell quality spas, but also offer full installation and service after the initial buy. “What we do is delivery, setup – the whole nine yards,” Neil said. “We also fill it up and add the proper chemicals so it is ready for the buyer to use.” Neil is also certified in water treatment and Dynasty Spas will be offering a weekly and bi-weekly service of checking water and adding chemicals as needed. There are many second homeowners in the valley who are not here often enough to take care of a hot tub, but would still like to experience the luxury of one, Neil said. For now they are just a homebased business, but Neil and Coralie are hoping to open a retail store in the future. “We are hoping to capture most of the hot tub market in the valley in the next five years,” Neil said. For more information on Dynasty Spas and to check out some of their models, view their website at If you are in the mood for a more detailed look, call Neil or Coralie at 3479762 and set up a time to come visit their picturesque showroom - right in their own back yard.

Coralie and Neil Woelfle, with their daughter Cassie, show off one of their stylish hot tubs.


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Greg Charette January 14, 1954 – May 17, 2007 It is with sorrow we announce that Greg Charette of Stony Plain, Alberta, formerly of Athalmer, BC died May 17, 2007 at the age of 53 years surrounded by his family. He had a brief but brave struggle with Lung Cancer. He leaves to mourn his passing, his best friend and companion Lori Renaud and her children Jodi (Rob), Jordyn, Eric; son Clinton (Jody) and granddaughters Tylaire and Summer; daughter, Christal and granddaughter Jayme; his parents, Leo and Mettie Charette, of Athalmer, BC, his siblings, brother Glen (Michelle), sister-in-law Laurie, sister Cindy (Tim), brothers, Rick, Rodney (Dana) and Bradley (Stacey) as well as many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, friends and business associates who will miss his generous, kind and considerate nature. Greg is now reunited with his closest brother Ron who predeceased him. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 26th at the Invermere Royal Canadian Legion.

OBITUARY David Vernon Donaldson 1957-2007 With deep sadness the family announces that David passed away from brain cancer on May 27, 2007 at the age of 50 in his home in Morinville, AB. David was born in Cranbrook, BC and was raised in Canal Flats, BC where he later worked in the logging industry. In 1977, he married Janet (Tardif) also of Canal Flats, BC; they have a daughter Vanessa. In 1990, David and his family moved to Prince George, B.C to continue working in the logging industry. There he became a teacher of heavy duty equipment and graduating grade 12 with Honours. In 2002, David and Janet moved to Surrey, B.C where he attended B.C.I.T and received a diploma for Occupational Health & Safety in 2004. Later they moved to Morinville, AB where David began working with ATCO on the Long Lake project in Fort McMurray transferring to Ledcor Projects in his last two years. He is survived by his loving wife Janet and daughter Vanessa (Wayne) and four grandchildren Jordan, Hannah, Riley and Austin, also his brothers Cliff and Gordon and sisters Jean and Lorna. He was predeceased by his mother Teresa and father Allan, brother Timmy and nephew Michael. David enjoyed the outdoors - hunting, fishing, archery and golf but most of all he loved sharing these times with his grandchildren. The family wishes to thank all those who have sent their prayers and condolences, and all who have helped us in many ways during this time. A celebration of his life will be held at David’s home in Morinville, AB on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm.





Erin is thrilled to finally announce the arrival of her new baby sister. Claire Maura Stockley was born on May 21st, 2007 in Cranbrook. Proud parents are Dana and Fiona Stockley.

3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for rent in Radium. Includes appliances and water. N/P, N/S. Available longterm $1,100/ month plus utilities. 347-9345.

Lochend Gardens, 130 - 11th Ave, Invermere. Gorgeous homes starting at $349,900. Mountain views, river rock, cedar, porches/ patios, gas FP, laminate, maple, A/C, garage, low condo fees and much more. Show home open. (250)-342-5229.

New lots along Crescentwood coming. Commercial lots available NOW for less! Acreage West of town - Edgewater Developments 347 9660, edgeh2o@


New • House Multi Storage Various sizes available, now with climate controlled units. Call 342-3637.

WANTED TO RENT Young family, no pets moving from Vancouver Island and looking for long-term accommodation, seeking at least a 2-bedroom house or apartment preferably with a yard, in the price range of $800 – 1000/month. References available. Please contact via email spiritbear1980@hotmail. com or (250)-294-0667. Looking for quality tenants? Quiet working couple with two house cats need a place to hang their hats. 341-6916 evenings, 345-6133 daytime.

SUITES FOR RENT CONTRACTORS: self-contained cabins by the week or month, 250-345-6365, Fairmont Bungalows. Two bedroom suite with shared kitchen. W/D, N/S, N/P. $550 inclusive. 341-1667

SHOP FOR RENT Approximately 1000 sq.ft. shop space for rent. $850/mo. Power and property taxes not included. Available immediately. Includes heat. D/D required. New•House Multi Storage, Athalmer 3423637.

HOMES FOR SALE What an amazing view! Make an appointment today to see this 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath, attached garage, finished walkout basement dual deck, computer room, central vacuum equipped, two storey townhouse that has eight years warranty left. NO condo fees. NO GST! House is located at 617 – 10th Avenue. This one won’t last – act quickly. Call 342-2475, 1737 – 9th Avenue, 2550 sq.ft., 11 yrs old. 4 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms both have double sinks 1 w/Jacuzzi tub, 1 w/shower, 7 appliances, large 2-bedroom self-contained suite w/walkout entrance, central vacuum. Easy keep yard, garden spot, large paved driveway, wood and electric heat, 16x16 storage shed w/concrete foundation. Minutes from uptown and beach. Large wraparound deck wired for hot tub. Quiet no-through street. Family or recreational home. Some furniture included. A MUST SEE. Stop to view or call 342-0813. An affordable ready-to-move-in 1500 sq ft home in Windermere - 3-bedrooms, 2 baths, den area w/wood burning stove, finished basement, central vac, all appliances and window coverings on a nicely treed and fully fenced 66 x 120 lot. $299,500. Call Lee or Sharon (250)-498-6298.

Call April at 341-6299 to place your classified.

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 1976 Mobile home buyer must move, asking $15,000 obo. Must sell, call 342-2686.

TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE 2-bedroom, 1-level townhouse in quiet area. Adult living w/ low strata fees. $190,000. #717 – 12th Avenue, Invermere. 6884848 or 342-9035

LOST & FOUND FOUND - During the thunderstorm on Sunday, May 27th near the highway by Windermere Foods. A male neutered Border Collier/Husky cross, black with white paws. Beautiful, healthy and well mannered animal. To claim or adopt, please call 342-6136. .

LOTS FOR SALE FOR SALE Lot 10 Windermere Loop Road Large 0.41 acre, level, well in place, no building commitment, beautiful mountain and golf course views. $329,000 + GST (250) 342-3147 “Life is good on the 18th hole.”

CLAIMS FOR SALE MINERAL CLAIMS FOR SALE FINDLAY CREEK AREA SLATE STONE, building slate, masonry slate, varied sizes, rocks, chunks, crushable slate & decorative fill. Excellent for fireplaces, patios, walkways, landscaping, waterscapes & dry pack. Large rock blocks for retaining walls. Beautiful earth colour mixtures of rust, sienna, ochre, umber, burgundy & slate gray. Good road access .62 acre claim $28,000; 254 acre claim on creek $68,000. Telephone Elaine: 250-345-6271 email:

GARAGE SALES Saturday, June 2nd, 9 am to 11 am, 2001 – 13th Avenue. Retro music players, various household. NO EARLY BIRDS. Saturday, June 2nd, 9175 Fairview Avenue, Wilmer. 9 am – 4 pm. Lots of household stuff. Yard Sale, June 2nd, 9 am to 12 pm, 1909 – 13th Avenue. Miscellaneous goodies. MOVING SALE. Furniture, household items. 4674 Purcell Drive, Columere Park. Saturday/ Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 9 am– 2 pm. 345-6191 or (403) 807-6523. MOVING SALE. Livingroom, treadmill, canopy, pictures, etc. Lots! Cheap! Sunday mostly free! Saturday/Sunday 12 – 4, 8270 Hobbit Frontage.

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The Edgewater Playground Committee will be hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 2nd at the Edgewater Community Hall from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Lots of kids stuff.

Located in Juniper Heights area. $250/month plus ½ utilities. Phone Angela 342-6540.

MOVING. Zodiac 13 ft. boat with 8 hp Yamaha motor $800. Bunkbed set double and single w/mattresses and bedding, like new $275. Air conditioner/ Dehumidifier/Heater $250. Patio furniture 12 piece set, excellent condition $200. BBQ w/side burner and rotisserie $100. Glass top electric range, works well $75. Mosquito Trap propane $125. 345-0320.

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



2000 Hyundai Accent, red, 177,000 km, 5-speed, standard, great condition. $4,200 obo. Phone 342-7614.

1997 GMC 3500 1-Ton Crew Cab flat-deck w/hydraulic dump box. Stereo, hitch, ex-City of Calgary truck. 130,000 km. $18,500 obo. 341-1076 or (250) 489-9339

LEAVING COUNTRY, MUST SELL 1990 BMW 325, good condition, great to drive. $4800 OBO 688-5086.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ON AIR CONDITIONING Book your A/C or Heat Pump by June 19th and receive a special discount. Call today. TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS Full Heating & Ventilation Systems 342-1167

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Huge Garage Sale June 2nd 9 am to 2 pm

Canadian Martyrs Church 702 - 12th Avenue, Invermere Something for everyone Plants too! KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Huge Garage Sale June 2nd, 9 am to 2 pm Canadian Martyrs Church 702 - 12th Avenue, Invermere Something for everyone, plants too!


MISC. FOR SALE Manure, well aged, will load. $70 per pickup load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. White toddler bed w/new mattress, $75. Strollers, bassinette, toys, best offer. Call 347-7716. Aged horse manure, Great for gardens, $50/truck, loaded. Or bring your own containers. 3421526. MATERNITY CLOTHING Be fashionably pregnant with high-end designer clothing that suits your style and budget. Up to 75% off retail. Book your appointment today! (250) 342 6506


Clean “gravel” fill delivered to Industrial Park. Will assist in trucking costs. Phone Leo 3423134.

White frame (steel) bunk bed, double/single complete with mattresses and bedding. $300. Call Rhonda 342-0350.

Wanted a bunk bed (single size beds only). Please call 3426104 if you have one and don’t need it anymore.

Soft Ice Cream Machine. Self contained. Electrofreeze Single Head. Air Cooled. 220 Volt. On castors. $450.00, 342-4422.

1998 F150 XLT 4x4 with canopy, V6 manual. Great condition. $10,000 obo. 342-7393. 2000 Ford Explorer Limited. All leather interior, power everything, back-up sensor, wired for Sirius satellite radio, trailer hitch & electrical, roof rack. Exceptional condition. Dealer serviced. 128,000 km. $13,500. 342-9310 Harold or 342-9436 Cam. View @ Lake Auto Service. 1989 Olds 98. Excellent condition and gas mileage. Air, well maintained, no rust. Asking $2,800. 345-6115 Great Project Truck! 1985 4x4 Chevy S10 2.8 litre V6 with roll bar, rubber liner, wood rails, and canopy. Engine needs work but easily fixable. $1000 takes all obo. 347-7716. 2001 Ford Focus 100,000 km, 5-speed, excellent condition. $6,900 obo. 342-1117.

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BOATS FOR SALE 14 ft. Runabout w/trailer, 45 hp motor. Runs good. $1,500. (250) 282-3292. To view 342-9589. 1981 Peterborough 115 Merc Outboard. Clean, well maintained. $4,500. 342-5229. 16’ Invader, open bow, 115 hp Merc with trailer. $6,900. 3456191 or (403) 807-6523

RV’S FOR SALE 1987 Slumber Queen small 5th Wheel. Large fridge, furnace, stove w/oven, lots of storage, bathroom w/shower, hitch included. $5,400. (250) 2823292. To view 342-9586. Older 14 foot Shasta Travel Trailer. Asking $1,200. Please call 342-5464 and leave a message.

1997 Pontiac Sunfire 4 cyl automatic, 2-door. Excellent on gas. $4,500. 342-7179 or 342-9079.

1994 Class A Motorhome, Kountry Air, 34’, slideout, oak interior, $40,000 OR w/leased site @ Dutch Creek RV Resort w/shed, deck & accessories, $42,000. (403) 938-0036.

2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 SLT. 82,000 kms. Mint. $21,500. 3425229.

Vanguard Camper 8 ½ ft., fridge, stove, furnace. Good condition. $1,400 obo. 346-3011 Brisco.


PROFESSIONAL WATER WITCHER Need to drill only once due to cost of drilling for water for your house or property? Call Vito Nevoral, (250) 265-4914. Webpage:

Simes Painting: interior and exterior, new homes and existing, quality woodwork finishing, laquers, staining, and clearcoating. Call Barry. 3420572 Windermere. Flooring installations including lino, carpet, vc tile, laminate, and hardwood. Plus handyman work including new decks, renovations, framing, and roofing. Call 3479192, 341-1235. ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt @ 342-3569 .


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Radium Resort has openings for the following positions: Group Sales & Catering - YearRound Position, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, Bellperson, Room Attendants, Cart Attendants Starters/Marshals, Cooks at the Springs Golf Course and The Resort Fax resume to: 250-347-6298, email frontdesk@radiumresort. com, or drop off at the front desk of hotel. Helna’s Stube is seeking a parttime evening server. Summer and Christmas bonus. Medical and Dental plan after 6 months. Call 347-0047. Full-time/Part-time Nanny. 3 children ages 6 to 12 years. Phone: (250) 345-4535 or Fax: 345-6348. Part-time, full-time dishwasher evenings. Sous Chef full-time year round. Salary negotiable. For interview contact Nick at 342-0606 Meat Cutter (or wrapper). Parttime or Full-time positions available immediately. Experience preferred but willing to train. Apply to SydneyAnne at AG Valley Foods, 906 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC or call (250) 342-3330. TURF ‘N’ TIMBER CONTRACTING LTD. is looking for a energetic, self-motivated, reliable individual to assist in irrigation and waterscape installation and general landscaping duties. Transportation is a must. We offer competitive wages and weekends off! Please send resumes to e-mail: or fax: 250-347-9723.

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New Restaurant in Radium Opening Soon!! Staff required for the following positions: Kitchen Manager, Cooks, Servers, Dishwashers. Staff accommodations available. Reply to P.O. Box 1079, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0.

Christ Church Trinity is seeking proposals from person interested in providing weekly cleaning services. Additional information may be obtained by calling Art Keith at 345-6516 or Larry Root at 342-6422.

Strand’s Old House Restaurant taking applications for parttime and full-time evening dishwashers. Phone or apply to Tony Woods. 342-6344.

Handyperson to do odd jobs, for example, tap washers, leaky toilets, sticky windows & doors at Lakeview Manor. Average 3-5 hours/month. Apply in writing to Box 2138, Invermere, V0A 1K0. For more information phone 342-6422.

Kootenay River Runners has positions open for office staff and raft guide. Accommodations available, competitive wages, positive working environment. Please call 347-9210 or email:

Full-time/Part-time Housekeeping positions $12/ hour. Living accommodations provided. Apply Fairmont Bungalows (250) 345-6365, Fax: 345-6348, email: bungalows@

HOUSEKEEPING/JANITORIAL. Excellent wages for the right person. Does involve weekend work. Please call Radium Valley Vacation Resort 347-9715 or email:

SKOOKUM FAMILY RESTAURANT OPENING SOON Hiring all kitchen positions and front end staff. Come join our team! Call Lori 270-0476.

Part time, year round employment in Radium. H o u s e k e e p i n g / C o o k ’s Helper. Wage DOE. No late nights. Cleaning/cooking for construction crews. Phone Nicole at 342-9362 between 8:30 and 4:30 weekdays OR leave message at same number with contact info.

Trims and Treasures Esthetics Studio located in Fairmont Hot Springs is searching for a fun, energetic, self motivated stylist/ esthetician to join our dynamic team. Excellent wage and health benefits. Please email resume to or come by the studio with your resume and ask for France.

Experienced Assistant Site Supervisor Required Estate custom home builder is looking to hire a motivated person to join our team at our project near Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C. Our company is on the leading edge of innovation. We have a great work environment, competitive wages & benefits. We are a growing company with ample opportunities for future advancement. Please email resume to: or fax: 403-375-0093

Royal Canadian Legion, Invermere is inviting interested individuals to apply to work in our newly renovated lounge as a

Bartender/ Server

Wages depend upon experience.

Please mail your resume to Box 446, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0. For more information call Pat Cope 342-4242 or Rick Jarrett 342-3142.

Outgoing responsible people required for in-store and yard employment. Come to Rona (Ace Hardware) with resume. 410 Borden Street, Invermere.

Everett Frater Ent. Looking for experienced Lawn Maintenance staff. Weekends off. Good pay. Call Everett 342-6116.

Customer Service Representative We currently have an opportunity to hire one full-time and one part-time Customer Service Representative to work in our Invermere Branch. If you are a team oriented person wishing to advance within our organization and can demonstrate strong commitment to building a lasting relationship through exceptional service we would like to hear from you. - Your qualifications will include: - Successful completion of Grade 12 - Cash handling experience - Excellent sales and service skills - Superior communication skills - Flexible hours - Commitment to learning

The Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, in partnership with Friends of Kootenay National Park, is accepting applications for a position this summer as part of our Visitor Centre team. To be eligible you must be between the ages of 15 and 30 and be returning to school in the fall. This is a temporary position - 40 hours per week. Flexible work schedule, including weekend work, is a requirement of this position. Duties include welcoming visitors, determining and servicing visitor needs, promoting local and regional activities, selling retail products, and recording data for Tourism BC. Successful candidates will receive Tourism BC’s Visitor Information Counselor Training, which is certifiable and recognized throughout Canada. If you have effective communication, organizational skills, knowledge of the local area; and the ability to work as a Team Player, please forward your resume to Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Attention Kent Kebe, Manager P.O. Box 225, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0 Fax:250-347-9127, E-mail:

Resumes may be faxed to 250-342-6598

Panorama Mountain Village is currently recruiting for:

We would like to thank all applicants, but only those short listed will be contacted.

FULL TIME & PART TIME SEASONAL LIFEGUARD & JUNIOR GUARD We’re excited to announce a new Wage and Junior Guard Program.

Golden Life Management, a leader in senior housing, has career opportunities at Columbia Garden Village. We are accepting applications for the following.

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Assisted Living Worker/ RCA Server Dishwasher Cook

We are seeking energetic, conscientious and approachable individuals who will be team players and a contributors to a positive work environment. The desired candidates must have Food Safe, negative TB screen, criminal record check and prior work experience is an asset (ALW/RCA must be certified). Only those selected for interview will be contacted, however, we thank all applicants for taking the time to apply. Columbia Garden Village, Invermere, BC Phone: 250.341.3350 Fax: 250.341.3340 Email:

Bronze Cross Applicants will be accepted for the Junior Guard Program. Successful candidates aspiring towards NLSS certification will be fully compensated upon course and return contract completion. *must be a minimum of 16 years old. Please refer to the following link to book an interview over the phone Panorama Mountain Village offers on hill staff accommodation and amazing staff benefits. Seasonal and full time positions receive reciprocal ski/ mountain bike passes for other Intrawest locations and resorts through British Columbia and Alberta. Additional mountain privileges are also offered. To view job descriptions, please visit us at www. or email your resume to Nicole Morgan @

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Our local deer - darlings or demons? By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff For most city folks, seeing a deer walking around with a tomato cage stuck on its head is somewhat startling occurrence. Not here in the valley. More and more deer are being spotted inside Invermere town limits, and Conservation Officer Lawrence Umsonst explains why. “Some of them were born and raised here,” Lawrence said. “This is their home.” He said that deer are attracted to the green vegetation, which springs up much more quickly in town than anywhere else. As well as enjoying an easy and plentiful food source, Lawrence said the deer are also seeking protection from predators. “It is safe in town. There are no bears or cougars in town,” he said. However, that could change. Lawrence said that people who entice the deer into town with food are not doing people a favor, but instead inviting predators to follow the deer into residential communities. Feeding wildlife is not only punishable by a fine, but it is also dangerous for the deer, for pets and for humans. The deer living in a human environment have managed to get themselves into some awkward situations. Lawrence said he has seen deer with tomato cages stuck on their heads, deer stuck in hammocks, and even deer stuck between retaining walls. Sometimes the Conservation Officers are forced to tranquilize the deer and remove the problem object, which isn’t an easy task. Some Invermere residents are very irritated that deer have become so prominent in town. Lila Fodchuk is one of them. “I don’t dislike deer,” said Lila. “I dislike the damage they are doing to my property, and I don’t think they have a place in town.” She said that she feels sorry for all the people that lose hundreds of dollars in shrubs each year.

Newly-seeded lawns are an irrististble temptation. And she said people should quit feeding the deer, because she thinks it leads them to believe that town is their home. “I feel sorry for the deer because I think they are confused,” Lila said. “They don’t know what is going on.” Even though she feels sympathy, she still said that deer don’t belong in town. “I think the Bambis should stay in the forest,” Lila said. Even though many people are unimpressed that the deer have become this tame - even to the point where they can be seen taking a leisurely stroll down busy Main Street - others do not mind the deer at all. “They are part of the natural world in which we live,” said town councillor Bob Campsall. “I accept them and I am grateful to have them here.” He made this statement in spite of the fact that

a couple of deer had just finished nibbling his new garden plants. “I feel we are very fortunate to have the deer,” Bob said. “They are well worth the nuisance they cause.” Bob, who goes hunting in the fall, is fully aware of the problems the deer causes for some people. “I always know when I have shot a nuisance deer because it tastes like tulips,” Bob said jokingly. Radium residents are also noticing an increase in deer numbers. Earlene Kaszai of Radium Hot Springs recently had a close encounter with a deer. She was travelling north on the highway near Radium when a deer, who was being chased by a dog, slammed into the side of her car. “It wasn’t the deer’s fault, it was the dog’s,” Earlene said. “Those deer are always up on the hill and you would go by and they would just look at you, they would never make a mad dash at you.” Earlene said that she thinks the deer are becoming more prominent in Radium because there is no hunting in the area. “Deer are coming because no one harrasses them and they stay here,” Earlene said. “Nobody is moving them and they think they own the place.” Earlene said that she feels even if there was a controlled hunt, the deer would be less of a risk on the highway. “I would rather have somebody shoot and kill a deer instantly than have them injured on the highway, stagger off and die four hours later,” she said. Earlene said the main problem is that the deer have no fear. “The way it is now they can be standing on your deck and you can go out there and yell at them and they look at you if to say, ‘YOU are yelling at ME?,” Earlene said jokingly. The Conservation Officer said the deer populations usually disperse later in the summer, but until then, once again he is urging both residents and tourists not to feed the wildlife.

What to do if your vehicle strikes an animal Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Under certain conditions, there is no real choice for a driver except to strike the animal in order to avoid a collision. The Wildlife Collision Prevention Program offers some tips for drivers who have struck an animal on the road: 1. Pull off the road. 2. Turn on your hazard lights 3. Illuminate the animal with your headlights. 4. The driver may or may not choose to care-

fully approach the animal to determine if it is dead or alive. If the animal is injured, back off, since an injured animal can be very dangerous. You are not required to put an injured animal out of its misery. 5. The driver may also choose to remove the dead animal from the road so it is not a hazard to other drivers. Only move a dead animal if it is safe and you are physically capable of doing so. 6. Inspect your vehicle to determine if it is safe to continue driving. 7. Call the RCMP if there is any human injury or damage over $1,000.

8. Call the Conservation Officer Service at 1877-952-7277 if there is a dead or injured animal to report. 9. In a National Park, contact the Park Wardens. Even if your vehicle is not damaged, reporting the exact location helps wardens to monitor injured animals and recover dead ones. Quick removal prevents other animals from being attracted to the highway. 10. Report vehicle damage to your insurance company. For more information on the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program, see

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Broadband should be defeated

Dear Editor:

The Regional District of East Kootenay Broadband Local Access Service Bylaws should be defeated. A local broadband access service is an excellent idea but its installation should be based on the user pay principal. As conceived by the RDEK, all resident and non-resident property owners will be assessed an annual tax regardless of whether they wish broadband service or not. As an example, a property assessed at $300,000 and at a rate of $0.40 per $1000 of assessment will incur an extra annual tax of $120. RDEK should consider alternative, user-pay methods of supplying broadband. If you are 18 or older, a Canadian citizen, have lived in British Columbia for at least six months and have resided in one of the following communities or developments for at least 30 days, you are eligible to complete an Elector Response Form: Akiskinook,

Baltac, Bella Vista, Columbia Lake, Columbia Ridge, Columere Park, Dutch Creek, Fairmont Hot Springs, Lakeview Meadows, Panorama, Stoddart Creek, Terra Vista, Timber Ridge, Toby Benches, Upper and Lower Lakeview, Windermere, Brisco, Dry Gulch, Edgewater Juniper Heights, Luxor, Spur Valley, Radium Resort, Spillamacheen, Wilmer. If you are opposed to the RDEK Broadband Local Network bylaws, then you must acquire an Elector Response Form from the RDEK office in Invermere or Cranbrook. The form must be completed and returned to the RDEK office in either Invermere or Cranbrook before 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2007. If you prefer you may telephone any of the people listed below. They will provide you with an Elector Response Form and if you desire they will help you complete the form and insure that it is delivered to the RDEK office. Bill Cropper, Wilmer, 342-3264

Murray Kubian, Baltac, 342-9360 Murray Trigg, Terra Vista, 342-7099 Dave McCarthy, Windermere, 342-5517 Merlin Velker, Fairmont, 345-4570 As of May 28, a total of only about 350 Elector Response Forms had been received at regional district offices in Invermere and Cranbrook. According to RDEK, at least 521 electors must submit Elector Response Forms so that the RDEK will be unable to adopt the bylaws. If you are opposed to the RDEK bylaws and you have not yet submitted an Elector Response Form, you are urged to do so. If you have neighbours or friends who are opposed to the bylaws, please urge them to complete an Elector Response Form. Please note that you need not own property and that husband and wife as well as children 18 or older are each eligible to complete an Elector Response Form. Murray Trigg, Terra Vista

'Because Alberta did it' RDEK undemocratic no argument for broadband Dear Editor:

Dear Editor: I read the Area G Director’s letter titled “Director explains why we need broadband” in search of convincing reasons supporting the RDEK proposal. Regrettably, I found none. If the best argument for a project is that Alberta also did it, then one might expect that the RDEK will soon disclose plans for an eight-lane expressway through the Columbia Valley (aka the “Deerfoot of the Rockies”), a light rail rapid transit system for Invermere (like in Calgary), a new hockey arena for 20,000 (saddle-shaped preferably), and of course a 600-foot tower overlooking Lake Windermere with a revolving restaurant and flame on top. Just as such projects would be inappropriate and overkill for the valley, so may be the broadband proposal. Alberta’s costly technology infrastructure serves a vastly larger and more concentrated population, and handles huge volumes of data from the giant energy companies and thousands of other businesses. This must be contrasted with the needs and usage in the Columbia Valley. Broadband technology is certainly desireable, but at what cost? Many in the valley use existing cable, satellite and/or dial-up services daily. The current providers seem to serve our needs adequately. Is shaving a fraction of a second from e-mail transmissions worth the cost and risks of having broadband installed by a public body with no ap-

parent experience in such business? Perhaps more pressing water quality and infrastructure issues should be addressed first. What about fairness? We pay private technology providers based on usage. If you do not use cable, then Shaw does not send you a bill. Not so with the broadband proposal. ALL property owners will pay extra taxes for years! What about obsolescence? Technology has an infamously short shelf life, whereas the RDEK is looking at a 25-year timeline. How many computers, DVDs and MP3 players do you use from 25 or 15 or even five years ago? Wasn’t it Beta and eight-track technology in 1982? The point is that I fear that the RDEK, as well-intentioned as it may be, will leave all taxpayers with the proverbial White Elephant. I grew up in Montreal and remember the municipal government imposing the 1976 Olympics for reasons that sound familiar – because they would benefit everyone (at no cost to Montrealers!) and because “other big cities had done it.” Well, those beautiful “state-of-the-art” Olympic facilities quickly deteriorated and became useless, while property owners were left with an “Olympic tax” legacy until recently. B.C. has its own list of government fiascoes. The broadband proposal, if allowed to pass, could well join that list. Please consider this carefully before the June 5 deadline. Tom Malyszko, Calgary and Invermere

On April 26 a group of Jumbo Resort protestors gathered in Golden, where Jim Galloway asked Premier Gordon Campbell if he would keep his promise to the people of the Kootenays regarding the zoning of Jumbo Glacier Resort. The Premier’s answer that the Jumbo zoning issue “will be decided by local government” was an encouraging and hopeful comment. Since then there has been some debate as to what exactly the Premier meant by “local government,” as that does not clearly indicate that the decision would be made by the regional government - the RDEK. It seems that the Premier may have meant that the decision would be made ‘within’ the local region, by working with an existing community and extending its boundaries. I hope Mr. Campbell will realize that when he said “local,” he can’t simply choose the part of the region that suits him. In a democracy, decisions are made by the majority of the people involved, not by a select few in one section of the region concerned. The only truly democratic way is to allow ALL the residents living in the communities affected by the proposal to par-

ticipate in a regional referendum. Any other manner which involves leaving the decision in the hands of a few, would be an affront to democracy. A lack of democracy is also evident in the attempt of our regional district to raise our taxes to pay $23,000,000 over 25 years to provide broadband to businesses and homeowners. The ‘Alternative Approval Process’ makes it difficult and inconvenient for those against this proposal to register their opposition and it clearly favors approval as many residents are unaware of such a process. No doubt this is how the first phase of this proposal, the building of the backbone, was ‘approved.’ The quality of water has been a major concern for residents living around the lake, and most would rather pay for a reliable water purifying system. Both governments, provincial and regional, are ignoring the concerns and wishes of the people. The provincial government is favoring a ‘high- end resort’ and the regional government supports a ‘high-tech infrastructure.’ The locals want the basics: a wilderness area for the animals and future generations and clean safe water. Nory Esteban, Invermere

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In praise of marriage Pastor Fraser Coltman St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission The wedding season is upon us again. As a pastor I have mixed feelings about weddings. They can be beautiful times of family celebration, marking the extension of families through the joining of men and women in marriage. Weddings are also big business, and often couples who have been well trained by our consumer culture to plan and purchase the perfect wedding are ill-prepared for the married life that follows it. The prevalence of divorce in our society leads us to view marriage as being just one more disposable thing in our lives. This is sad because it was never God’s intention for us. Marriage is not a human invention. The Bible teaches that God established marriage as the basic human relationship. God created one man first, and then from him, a woman, and joined them together in a relationship of love and faithfulness intended to endure for a lifetime. When God brought the two together, the man serenaded his companion with words that expressed the beauty of marriage: “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 2:23). In reality, marriage is one of God’s best gifts. He created us not to be independent rocks or islands in this world, but with needs for help and companionship. We have many kinds of relationships with our

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neighbors, but none as close as the bond between and a man and a woman joined in marriage. In marriage, husbands and wives are joined as one in every way. They share their lives with each other, they support each other, they care for their children together, they correct and forgive each other, and they nurse each other in times of weakness. In marriage we are privileged to experience the truth of the proverb: “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Next month, my wife and I look forward to celebrating our twentieth anniversary together, and as we look back on the life we have had together so far, we marvel at the joy we have experienced day by day as we “grow old together.” Our culture does not look upon marriage with such respect. It is dismissed as nothing more than “a piece of paper.” It is portrayed in films as a drudgery, a sad relationship in which people are stuck with each other, just going through the motions. In its place Hollywood offers us stories of men and women engaged in passionate affairs (unfortunately they don’t often bother to show us the real cost of that kind of self-centered living). We humans were not made for a series of casual, uncommitted relationships throughout life; that kind of life ends in loneliness. God made us men and women for marriage, for commitment, for sacrifice, for forgiveness, for change, and endurance. Though such virtues are too much for us to attain alone, God sent us His Son, Jesus, to rescue us from the power of selfishness and to redeem us for a life of love that allows our marriages to endure. Through trusting in His love for us, we can experience the joy God intended for us when he made us male and female and gave us the gift of marriage.

Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 3 – Worship and Life Instruction: “What Do You Long For?” Sunday school for age 3 to Grade 7 during the service. Rev. Jared Enns - Pastor 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY 10:30 a.m. - Invermere - Christ Church Trinity Worship and Sunday School Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 or VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday • 10 a.m. Children’s Church during the message part of the service. Sunday 7 p.m. 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 p.m. Mass • Sunday 9 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday 11 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats Sunday 4 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 p.m. Christ Church Trinity 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Every Sunday 10 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m. Every Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible Study Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS Sunday Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. Noon Sunday: Relief Society President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079

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