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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 4/Issue 40

The Columbia



October 5, 2007




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




A quiet setting on an October afternoon offers the perfect chance to sit and count your blessings.


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“I feel great that the Thrift Shop has reached its 30th anniversary. Volunteering here is very rewarding. We meet so many people and I really enjoy it,” she said. Mariane Comis is another of the 30 volunteers who give up their own time to help out at the store. “I think it’s wonderful that we’ve reached the 30year milestone. I’ve seen an awful lot of changes and everything has improved since we got our coordinator Marg Wright three years ago,” she said.

Crowds of eager shoppers flocked to the Invermere Thrift Shop to snap up a bargain last Thursday - as the store flung open its doors to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The queue snaked around the shop as people clutched baskets overflowing with a huge variety of items—from clothing to books to household goods. Everything in the store was reduced to half price to mark the event, and a dedicated group of volunteers were kept busy with the surge of customers at the till. Karla Schager, 67, has been offering her time and energy to the Thrift Shop since the very beginning - when it started in the basement of the Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy. Mother of two and BARGAIN SHOPPING—The Invermere Thrift Shop is always busy, but it was even grandmother of four, busier last Thursday when it celebrated its 30th anniversary. Photo by Rachel Pinder Karla moved to Canada “There are so many members and volunteers infrom her native Slovenia in 1961 and has been based in Invermere with her family ever since. She said she volved and we come in early at 7 a.m. on a Monday and Tuesday to sort out the new stock. There’s a lot of hard wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. In 1965, she started work for the Invermere Aux- work that goes on behind the scenes,” Mariane said. Other volunteers pitching in to help on anniveriliary, as it was then known, and helped to organise sary day were Vera Lucko, who has been offering her pancake dinners to raise money for the hospital. “We thought it would be much better to have a services for the past 28 years; and Eva Bodrovics, who thrift shop, as the pancake dinners were lots of work has volunteered for the past five years. If you would like to volunteer, please call Marg and didn’t make that much money. So we started the shop in the basement of the Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Wright at 342-3286. Shoppers snapping up bargains agreed the Thrift and we spent eight years there at the very beginning. “I think on that first day of opening we made $6, Shop has been doing a great job. Visitor Linda Renfert from Sundre, Alberta said which is a huge difference to what we’d make now, as we can take over $3,000 on a good day in the sum- she had bought clothes here before. “I think it is a wonderful idea and I usually pop in mer,” she said. Karla has seen a lot of changes over the years. She when I’m in town,” she said. Invermere resident Heather Meadows is also a said it’s a lot more work nowadays because the shop is so regular customer. much bigger and there is so much more to organize. “I come in every moment I can. I’ve been in the “I’ve bought many things over the years, from tea towels to pots and pans and clothing. We call it the valley for 26 years and it’s amazing the good the Thrift Shop does for the community. Invermere Bay,” she said. “I have got some unbelievable bargains and there’s The Thrift Shop raised $143,972 for the hospital from January 2006 to August this year, and all the brand name up-to-date fashions, as well as some good stuff in the kitchen section. I think the sign you’re a items in the store are donations. Karla said she’s pleased she is doing something to regular shopper is when you end up buying your own stuff back!” she said. help the community.

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John Tilley dead at 69 By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Canal Flats lost their leader on Sunday, September 30th, when Mayor John Tilley, age 69, died of a fast-moving cancer. “His two most obvious traits were his strong intelligence and his unwavering commitment to Canal Flats,” Radium Hot Springs Mayor and Regional District Chair Greg Deck commented. “He was a formidable champion of his community to the end of his life, and I think he will be remembered for that.” Mayor Tilley was conspicuously absent from the press conference held in August by Community Services Minister Ida Chong to announce a major funding grant for the Eagle’s Nest water system, but appeared for business as usual at meetings in September. “I’m sorry to hear the news,” Mayor Deck said. “John hadn’t looked well at the last couple of events we attended together, and many of us were worried about him.” District of Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsky also admired his intellect. “Officially, he wasn’t the first mayor of Canal Flats, but, unofficially, he was their first mayor (long before the town was incorporated),” Mayor Shmigelsky explained. Mayor Tilley, a retired English teacher, pushed hard for incorporation of Canal Flats as a member of the Restructure Committee, but lost the village’s initial election for mayor to Emile Morin. In November 2005, Mr. Tilley beat Mr. Morin in the village’s first official election after incorporation by 82 votes. Mayor Tilley took office promising to develop a low-cost housing strategy and to work to retain the “working-class nature” of the town. “John didn’t mince words,” Mayor Shmigelsky commented. “Our condolences go out to his family.” Mayor Tilley had five children, three by his late wife Ann (Andrew, Sarah and David) and two by his previous wife Wanda Lindgren (Danae and Michael). Andrew Tilley said a memorial will be held for his father today, Friday, Oct. 5, at 12:30 p.m., at the Canal Flats Civic Centre.

Golden Mayor Jim Doyle quits NDP to join Liberals By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

MAYOR DIES—Canal Flats Mayor John Tilley died Sunday at age 69 of renal failure brought on by a fastmoving type of cancer. Canal Flats Councillor and regional district board delegate Ute Juras said the mayor did a very good job. “He was very dedicated to Canal Flats,” she said. She said councillor Walter Woodske would take the first shift as acting mayor in his absence. Councillor Juras said her council hadn’t had a chance to discuss the matter yet, but rules state that if a mayor dies within a year of the next municipal election (to be held in November 2008), the village councillors take turns acting as mayor until a new one can be elected. However, she said, if a mayor dies more than a year from the next general election, a new election is to be held.

Long-time friend and Columbia-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald was speechless and stuttering at the news that Golden Mayor Jim Doyle had resigned from B.C.s New Democratic Party to join Premier Gordon Cambell’s Liberals. Mr. Doyle served as this area’s NDP MLA from 1991 to 2001 before being defeated by Liberal Wendy McMahon, who served one term and was in turn defeated by Norm Macdonald in 2005. “We were neighbors when I first moved to town,” Mr. Macdonald said. “Obviously, it was a complete surprise. I have not received a real explanation, at least that has been put forward publicly, that makes any sense.” Mr. Doyle told The Pioneer said a loss of confidence in the NDP current leadership led to his decision to turn his back on 35 years of public service as a member of that party. He said he found himself agreeing with Premier Gordon Campbell more and more often. The NDP’s handling of the Tsawwassen Indian Band treaty, he said, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “There’s nothing more dear to my heart than we reach settlements with the First Nations people,” he said. “There’s nothing more important in your life and mine.” MLA Macdonald doesn’t buy it, stating that the NDP has always led the charge in treaty negotiations with First Nations bands. “He, more than anyone, should know which party is driving the agenda when it comes to aboriginal affairs,” he said. Mr. Doyle was elected to Golden Council in 1976, re-elected in 1978 and 1980. He previously served as mayor from 1981 to 1990.

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• September 24: RCMP are investigating a report of a break-in that occurred on at Martin Morigeau Elementary School in Canal Flats. Sometime overnight, the school’s front office window was pried open. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. • September 24: Sometime overnight, a silver-coloured, 24-speed men’s mountain bike was stolen from the box of a pickup truck parked at the Spruce Grove campground in Fairmont Hot Springs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. • September 24: Overnight, thieves broke into the office at the Spruce Grove Motel at Fairmont Hot Springs through an open window. A grey cash box with approximately $57 in it and a small safe with $178 were taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 3429292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. • September 24: RCMP observed a westbound white pickup truck failing to stop for a stop sign on Stanley Street in Radium. The truck made an unusually wide turn, crossing over the centre line, before

continuing southbound onto Highway 93/95. The vehicle was subsequently pulled over, and upon speaking with the driver, the police officer noted several signs of impairment, and subsequently formed the opinion that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The driver of the truck was detained for impaired driving, and taken to the detachment where the initial sample of breath showed a reading of 230 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. The driver refused to provide the second sample as required by the Criminal Code. The 46-year-old Alberta resident faces criminal charges of Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and Refusing to Provide Breath Sample. • September 28: RCMP responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, several witnesses provided police with information that supported the arrest and recommendation for charges to be laid against a 35-year-old Calgary woman. The woman, who cannot be named until formal information has been sworn before the Courts, is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on November 20, 2007. Continued on Page 5

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October 5, 2007 Continued from Page 4 • September 28: An off-duty RCMP member noted a vehicle located at the A&W and believed the driver was impaired. The local detachment office was contacted and an on-duty officer arrived to find two people in a silver Toyota SUV. The passenger was holding a beer between his legs and another opened beer was in the driver’s side cup holder. After speaking with the driver, the police formed the opinion that he was impaired by alcohol and samples of his breath were demanded. The driver was taken back to the detachment where the breath samples were analyzed as being 150 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood and 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. The driver, a 49-year-old Windermere resident, is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on November 20, 2007 to face charges of Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle while Ability Impaired by Alcohol. • September 29: While conducting a road check, police stopped a truck and the driver showed signs of impairment. A roadside breath test provided grounds for further investigation and subsequent to a demand, the driver provided two breath samples. The samples

were analyzed at 200 and 180 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. The driver, a 30-year-old Ontario man, is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on November 20, 2007 to face charges of Drive While Ability was Impaired by Alcohol and Drive Over .08. Final Note: Has anyone noticed the snow has appeared on the mountains? Each morning it seems the line gets closer to the valley floor. No doubt about it, winter is on its way. With that being said, the best motto in the world (aside from the RCMP’s - “Maintiens le Droit” - but I’ll admit to be biased in that regard) belongs to the Scouts - “Be Prepared”. Last year we hit some big snow in November, but temperatures dropped well into the “minus” range by late October. That means some slippery road conditions, and higher elevations will see ice and snow. I am urging all motorists to consider changing over to their winter tires before the big rush. No sense in waiting until it’s too late, and chances are you’ll want them at the same time as everyone else. The tire shops and garages might be too busy then. In the meantime, please slow down a little and expect winter driving conditions . . . Be Prepared.

A Day in Court The following individuals were sentenced in Adult Criminal Court in Invermere on Sept. 18, 2007. • Derek N. Arcand was issued a sixmonth, $200 peace bond with conditions on a charge of assault. • George D. Barr was issued a 6month, $200 peace bond with conditions on a charge of assault. • Austin Fleming was conditionally discharged, ordered to serve 12 months

probation and fined a victim surcharge of $250 on a charge of theft of less than $5,000. • Mary Fleming was conditionally discharged, ordered to serve 12 months probation and fined a victim surcharge of $250 on a charge of theft of less than $5,000. • David Geddes was unconditionally discharged and fined $100 on a charge of theft of less than $5,000. • Your Columbia Valley computer professionals • Commercial and Residential • Sales/Service/ Networking/ Consulting

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Native elder The Columbia Valley’s first residents were the aboriginal people of the Kootenai and Shuswap tribes, here thousands of years before the first white trapper made his presence known. As the old story goes, Thanksgiving is traced back to the time when natives shared their harvest feast with the whites. This woman’s identity and the year are unknown.

By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Thanksgiving in the Americas should be shared between natives and immigrants. Cultures around the world have celebrated the harvest in autumn since time immemorial. The ancient Greeks had Thesmosphora, a threeday harvest festival honouring Demeter, the goddess of food grains. The Roman festival known as Cerelia was celebrated annually on the fourth of October to honor Ceres, the Goddess of Corn and the offerings made to her included first fruits of the harvest and pigs. Other highlights of this celebration was a grand feast, music, parades, games and sports. The Chinese have Chung Ch’ui, a three-day long harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the eighth Chinese month and was believed to be the birthday of the moon. The harvest festival for the Jews is known as Sukkoth, but has more to do with the suffering of Moses than the Autumnal harvest. In North America, Thanksgiving is traced back to the landing of European immigrants in the 15001600s, more thankful for a safe landing than the autumnal harvest. The English explorer Martin Frobisher, understandably thankful to find the Newfoundland coast in his futile search for a northwest passage to the Orient, supposedly celebrated the first Canadian Thanksgiving in 1578. In the spirit of Martin Frobisher, I will be celebrating a safe landing, instead of the harvest. I didn’t plant anything this year. As a recent immigrant myself, I, too, am thankful for a safe landing after a long and arduous jouney to get here. However, it should be noted, it was traditional in many First Nations cultures to offer an official giving of thanks during autumnal gatherings long before Martin Frobisher arrived.

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Historical Lens

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No more wooden cliffs Dear Editor: A tip of the Halliwell hat to Marilyn Coates of England for her letter which appeared in The Pioneer on September 28, 2007 with the headline: “Why is our town spoiling the view?” Little selective consideration in the locations Athalmer and 10th Avenue - has been shown to retain the progressive spirit of individualism and love of nature in Invermere, and to welcome visitors. The beauty of the mountains and lake has been restricted to a few by wooden cliffs. Originality of

design? Tenement houses in town! Ugh! Some in the centre of a flood plain! Yikes! Our towering evergreens should be the only wooden cliffs we wander and drive through. Here’s hoping the positive, progressive spirit of Invermere residents will cause the cessation of these present examples of planning and development practice. This type of practice must cease. Alex Halliwell Invermere

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HAPPY HIKER—73-year-old Juliana Brabec, pictured above, said the hike to Durrand Glacier was an easy walk and perfect for elderly hikers. Photo submitted

Juliana says glacier hike was a gift from God Dear Editor: The weather this summer in the valley was hot, but hiking was very good. I got an idea to go to the Selkirk Mountains, to the Durrand Glacier. This beautiful place is close to Revelstoke. I phoned Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. in Revelstoke and spent three days hiking with 16 people and a guide. We stayed at the Durrand Glacier Cha-

let. On the last day we hiked to the glacier, with elevations over 2,000 metres. I have so many beautiful memories in my mind, lots of water running from the glacier, waterfalls, lakes and patches of flowers everywhere. I am so very glad I went. Thanks to God for this beauty. Juliana Brabec, age 73 Spur Valley

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I would like to send out a request to all of the drivers who find themselves driving through the school zones in Invermere to slow down. It seems that many drivers are unaware of the rules that should be followed in these zones and I am very concerned that a child will be injured as a result of this negligence. Today alone I witnessed a truck going through the four-way stop without yielding to a group of students who were waiting to cross the road, as well as a very impatient pick-up truck driver who spun out

on gravel just to get around my vehicle because I was going the posted 30 kilometres per hour. I found this particularly alarming because every student that attended school in Invermere was walking, running, or cycling through the school zone for the Terry Fox Run. The students use the area within the school zone to walk to and from school as well as to participate in various activities throughout the school day. This is why school zone hours are posted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all school days so that our children are safe within their school’s neighbourhood. While it may seem somewhat

inconvenient to slow down to 30 km per hour for the zone which covers approximately two kilometres around our schools, it is truly necessary. Since school began four weeks ago, I have witnessed everyone from construction vehicles to high school students to parents of students showing complete disregard for the school zones. Please slow down before someone is injured. The difference of a minute or two on your drive time may save a young child’s life. Nicole Pawlak Invermere

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CRAZY FINGERS Twenty-three-year-old Amanda Tosoff will bring her jazz quartet to Invermere October 18 as part of CV Arts’ Performing Artists Series. See page 13 for more.

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Movie Review: 1408

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“In and out. Nobody gets hurt. (Guzzle a beer)… It's just a job.” That's John Cusack portraying Mike Enslin in the movie 1408. Just a job? I wonder if the Carpenters thought the same thing 37 years ago when they went to record their famous hit, We've Only Just Begun? I wonder if they knew just how mind-numbingly irritating that song would become? I wonder if my cynicism is going to get the best of me? Well, it was Mike Enslin’s cynicism that got the best of him as he certainly got an earful of that old Carpenter’s tune, courtesy of room 1408. Mike Enslin, an extremely cynical and somewhat successful novelist has a single minded purpose, to debunk all things paranormal. But just when Mike thinks he has the scam all figured out, somebody mails him a postcard with a note that piques his interest: “Do not enter room 1408.” So, after a few failed attempts to book the room and a loophole in the

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law to back him up, Mike heads off to New York City and to the Dolphin Hotel to investigate. Ok, that’s the set-up. And, needless to say, 1408 is trés entertaining. And I promise, it will leave you hating that damned Carpenters' tune even more than when you first throw in the DVD. Samuel L. Jackson is his usual brilliant self as hotel manager Gerald Olin and director Mikeal Hafstrom has used an amazing mix of old-school techniques and new media to tell this horrifying tale. 1408 is a classic Steven King adaptation you won’t want to miss. It’s got everything you want in a horror flick; thrills, chills and spills. The only thing missing is the gore-fest. And to be honest, that is so refreshing. This movie is truly a psychological thriller as well as a horror film. My only recommendation to you is simple, do not watch this alone. RATING: 8 OUT OF 10 HEADS

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Out & About

Saturday, Oct. 13th-Sunday, Oct. 14th: • Vipassana Insight Meditation Retreat, Spirits Reach Community Centre. For info: 270-0368.

Sunday, October 14th:

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• Last day for Panorama’s Season Pass Sale. See skipanorama. com or call 1-866-601-7388.

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Monday, October 15th:

• 7:30 pm: October 3-6: Mr. Bean’s Holiday • 7:30 pm: October 10-13: Hairspray

• 7 pm: Amazing Grace, The True Story of the World’s Best-Loved Hymn, one-time showing at Toby Theatre, presented by Christ Church Trinity, tickets $10 each.

Friday, October 5th: • 9 am: Regional District of East Kootenay monthly general meeting, Cranbrook. • 2:30-4 pm: Seniors Meet Seniors Harvest Tea, at the high school. Join the graduating cook training class for tea and coffee, food and conversation. Please call Jackie Thesen at 342-9213, ext. 110 to reserve your seat. • 7 pm: Laws of Spirit Circle, facilitated by Maria Kliavkoff. For info: 347-2110. • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Castlegar Rebels, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Thursday, October 18th:

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• 7:30 pm: General meeting, Brisco and District Recreation Commission. • Amanda Tosoff Concert, Christ Church Trinity. For info: 342-4423.

• 1-4 pm: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.

• 1 pm: Pre-game barbecue, followed by Bighorns Football Team playing Springbank at the high school. • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Summerland Sting, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

• Rockies Hockey Team plays Beaver Valley, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Friday, October 26th:

• 5:30-6:30 pm: Panorama Mountain Village local job fair, Copper Crown Board Room, Panorama. For info: 341-3063.

• 6:30 pm: Fall Supper, sponsored by Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere Community Hall. Tickets: Columbia Valley Trading, Fairmont Goldmsith, Dave’s Book Bar. Adults $13; children under 12, $6; children under four, free.

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Saturday, October 27th :

• 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Spokane Braves, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

• Head Banger Tour: See the Bighorns up close and personal. Sponsored by the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. Cost $49 plus GST. Three more tours offered on November 4, 10 and 17. For info: 1-888-347-9331.

• 10 am-4 pm: Kid’s Art Adventure with Pat Bavin, Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 342-4423. • 6 pm: Gala fundraiser for the Summit Youth Centre, The View at Copper Point, guest speaker Will Ferguson. Tickets $100, or a table of eight, $700. For tickets: Dave’s Book Bar or call Stephanie at 341-8718. •7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Fernie Ghostriders, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Invermere Library Hours:

• Four-week detoxification program by Marika Geis, Naturopathic Surgeon, $275. For info: 342-8830.

Saturday, October 20th :

Saturday, October 13th:

• 28 Weeks Later • Bratz: Super Babyz • Danika • Evan Almighty • Hanna Montana: Life’s What You Make It • Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board • Night of the Living Dead 3D • Protecting the King • Reign Over Me

• Tuesday & Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. • Thursday: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16th:

Saturday, October 6th:

Wednesday, October 10th:

New Video Releases Tuesday, October 9th:

Saturday, November 3rd: • 6th Annual Wine Festival, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, 150 wines, finger food, music, door prizes. Tickets $29 each with local identification; $39 each if you are not a local; at Dave’s Book Bar and the Resort. For info: 345-6311.

Other: • 4 pm Mondays: yoga, Riverside Recreation Centre, Fairmont, $10 drop-in fee. • 6 pm Mondays: Tranquil meditation, Riverside Recreation Centre, Fairmont, $10 drop-in fee. • 8:30-10 pm Mondays: Men’s Basketball at the high school, $20 for the year, drop-ins welcome. • 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesdays: Options for Sexual Health, a confidential service offering lower cost birth control methods, counselling, and access to doctors, at the Invermere Health Unit. For info: 342-2362. • 7:30-9:30 pm Wednesdays: Adult Volleyball at the high school, $25 for season or $3 for drop-ins. • 10 am Thursdays: Yoga, Riverside Recreation Centre, Fairmont, $10 drop-in fee. • 5:30 pm Thursdays: Weight Watchers group meets at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For info, call Debbie at 345-2112. • 5:30 pm Thursdays: Vipassana Insight Meditation, Riverside Rec Centre, Fairmont, $10 drop-in fee. • 7 pm Thursdays: If you love to play music, join the Second WindS in the high school’s band room. For info, call Howie at 342-0100. • 7:30-10 pm Sundays at the high school, and 8-10 pm Wednesdays at Laird School: Badminton. For info call Audrey at 342-3825. • 7 pm: Community Hymn Sing at Alliance Church, second Sunday of the month. For info: 342-9580.

Book your Wedding or Special Event Now No matter which time of year your special day falls, Eagle Ranch Golf Resort is the perfect venue to host your event. We offer you personalized Service Beyond to meet and exceed your every expectation. Visit the Clubhouse or call 342-0562 to check availability or to request information.

Elevate Your Dining Experience Call 1-877-877-3889 or locally 342-0562 to make a reservation today or visit

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Watch for exciting details



BIRDS OF A FEATHER—A flock of seagulls scare away from the dock at Lakeside Inn under gloomy skies last week. Photo by Brian Geis

Oct. 5-8 2007


Local Trivia Night

If you answer the question… you can win, so be prepared!

SATURDAY Bud’s Second Annual

Night You thought last year was tough… just wait and see what’s in store this year!

First Place $200 & tons of other prizes



$12.75 Jugs $9.95 Wings, Ribs and Nachos


Bavin’s 13th Annual Collector’s Show Friday Night October 5th, 7 pm

Glassblowing Demo Live Music Refreshments

Door Prizes! New Works! Bavin Glassworks across from the Invermere Airport


Saturday, October 6th 10 am - 6 pm


Glassblowing 11 am & 1 pm Flameworking 12 pm & 2 pm

Sunday & Monday October 7th & 8th, 10 am - 5 pm

Show & Sale

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JAZZ TIGERS—Young purveyors of jazz Amanda Tosoff, Morgan Childs, Evan Arntzen and Sean Cronin (clockwise from top left) will play Christ Church Trinity as part of CV Arts Performing Artists Series on Thursday, October 18th in Invermere. Photos submitted

Tosoff Quartet coming to Invermere Fresh off the heels of the immensely successful Canadian Tenors concert on September 27th, the Columbia Valley Arts Council’s Performing Arts Committee announces its next performers, The Amanda Tosoff Quartet. This outstanding young jazz ensemble will be in the valley on Thursday, October 18th, at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Start time is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials, Pynelogs, and at Trims and Treasures in Fairmont. Amanda has been a recipient of several awards including the Fraser MacPherson Music Scholarship (RBC Excellence in Jazz award), awards from the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Vancouver Foundation of the Arts. Most recently the Quartet was awarded the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, for best emerging artists in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Now, at only 23 years of age, Amanda is quickly emerging as one of Canada’s top new talents. Already, she has had the pleasure of performing with interna-

tionally acclaimed artists such as Chuck Isreals, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikon, Russ Botton, Campbell Ryga, Jodi Proznick and many more. Her current project, the Amanda Tosoff Quartet, features the great playing of three fellow award-winning musicians: saxophonist Evan Arntzen—grandson of Lloyd Arntzen, clarinetist of the very popular New Orleans North which performed here in November ‘06—Invermere’s own, bassist Sean Cronin and drummer Morgan Childs who were here in August with the wonderful and exciting jazz ensemble, Muhledy. Since meeting in college, they have collectively solidified a reputation as one of the most promising young jazz groups in Canada. The group has been featured on CBC Radio programs “Hot Air” and “JazzBeat” and their debut recording “Still Life” continues to be played regularly on CBC and many other stations. Other performance highlights include the 2006 Vancouver International jazz festival, where they opened for jazz legend Bobby Hutcherson and Renee Rosnes at the Centre for Performing Arts.


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Tips for home-based business With the demand for variety of services and products in the marketplace, many Canadians are turning to running home-based businesses or offices. While a home-based business can be fun and rewarding, the hardest part can be knowing how to properly keep track of expenses and what can be expensed. The following are some common expenses for home businesses: Business Use of Home Expenses According to Canada Customs and Revenue, you can deduct expenses for the business use of a work space in your home, as long as you meet one of these conditions: 1) it is your principal place of business; or 2) you use the space only to earn your business income, and you use it on a regular and ongoing basis to meet your clients, customers, or patients. You can deduct a part of your maintenance costs such as heating, home insurance, electricity, and cleaning materials. You can also deduct a part of your property taxes, mortgage interest, and capital cost allowance. To calculate the part you can deduct, use a reasonable basis such as the area of the work space divided by the total area of your home. If you use part of your home for both your business and personal living, calculate how many hours in the day you use the rooms for your business, then divide that amount by 24 hours. Multiply the result by the business part of your total home expenses. This will give you the household cost you can deduct. If you run the business for only part of the week or year, reduce your claim accordingly. If you are renting, you can deduct the cost of your rent. There is a catch, however; you can only deduct a portion of these expenses, dependent on how much of your living space and time is actually devoted to business use.

Automobile Expenses Many Canadian home based business owners use their personal vehicles as business vehicles. That’s all right tax-wise; you can still claim a raft of automobile expenses. Besides deducting the costs of fuel and oil, licensing, insurance and maintenance and repairs as a homebased business owner you can also “deduct interest on money you borrow to buy a motor vehicle, automobile, or passenger vehicle you use to earn income. Office Expenses Even if your office is just a part of a counter in the kitchen, your home-based business will have office expenses to claim. The catch here is to distinguish between office expenses (things such as pens, stamps and paper clips, which you claim on line 8810 of the T1 income tax form) and depreciable assets (things such as filing cabinets, printers, and other equipment which fall under the rules of Capital Cost Allowance). Because depreciable assets wear out over time, you can only claim a portion of their original cost as a tax deduction each year. How much you can claim as a tax deduction depends on what the asset or property is: the Income Tax Regulations have divided depreciable assets into different classes with different percentage rates of Capital Cost Allowance. The capital cost allowance chart from the CRA’s Small Business Information Seminar Module III Income Tax is a handy guide to the common classes of business assets. Each home-based business is unique and so are the tax opportunities. This article is not meant to be an exhaustive list of eligible home-based business and owners should always consult the advice of a professional accountant.

Market Action S&P/TSX Composite Index Dow Jones Industrial Average Nikkei Oil (New York) Gold (New York) Canadian Dollar (in US dollars)

As of October 1, 2007

14,200 14,087 16,845 $80.24 $754.10 $1.0087

Weekly Gain/Loss

242.58 328.55 539.96 -0.71 14.80 0.0104


10.01% 13.03% -2.73% 31.44% 17.83% 20.54%

Most people review their Investment portfolio regularly! When was the last time you reviewed your Life Insurance Portfolio? In our ever changing world it is important that your insurance is reviewed constantly to ensure that it is the best and most appropriate coverage available.

As one of the valley’s only truly independent Life Insurance brokers, I have access to most of the major carriers and can help you to ensure that you have the best products to suit your needs.

For a complimentary review and to see if we can lower your cost or improve the quality of your existing coverage call me at 342-5052 or just stop in to the Berkshire office and ask to see Jason.

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Phone: 342-5052

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Exciting Rental Opportunity – Guaranteed Money! Panorama Mountain Village wants to rent your furnished apartment, condo, house, or spare room. If you have something that you are not using from December through March, we want to hear from you. Here’s what’s in it for you: • Guaranteed income for 4 months (December 2007 thru March 2008) • Hassle free property management. R We select appropriate tenants, collect the rent and damage deposit, perform inspections, maintain quality (do all the leg-work) • Guaranteed replacement or repair of any damage. R We’ll return it in the same shape you left it. • The satisfaction in knowing you’ve helped us operate your ski hill to the standards you expect. Sit back, relax, and let us do all the work. You can rest assured that your property will be well taken care of.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRENCH—Excavators work at both ends of a 15-foot deep trench that was Invermere’s Sixth Street. The major water main project will connect the new well in Athalmer to a reservoir below Mount Nelson Athletic Park. Invermere council is considering a $2-million loan to finish the project. Mayor Mark Shmigesky said the payback would be $114 per year per parcel of land in Invermere over the next 20 years. New properties, he said, will drive down the parcel tax. Photo by Brian Geis

If you are interested, or just curious, please contact Bill Kirkpatrick at Panorama for more details: (250) 341-3051 •

Full Season Pass • Adult only $749 Ski or ride when you want! With 120 trails and close to 3000 acres of terrain, you’ll need the whole season to ski all of Panorama. Available for $749 until October 14, 2007. Regular season pricing from October 15, 2007 – from $899.

Transferable Parent’s Pass • Only $799 You love to ski, but who is going to look after the kids? Mom and Dad can take turns with our Parent’s Pass. You deserve the break! Available for $799 until October 14, 2007. Regular season pricing from October 15, 2007 – from $949.

Family Plan • Children ski for only $229 Ski with your toddler, or tear down the slopes with your teen for less! We offer packages tailored for the needs of each and every family. The best prices available until October 14, 2007. Regular season pricing from October 15, 2007.

Local’s Midweek Pass • Only $549 Ski Monday through Friday right through the season. It’s your place, come up and play. Limited time offer. Local’s Midweek Pass only available until October 14, 2007.

Your pass comes with privileges! You’ll also receive: • Season-long discounts at Showcase Snowboards, Can-Ski and PanoKids • Discounted ski tuning and ski rental at Lusti’s / Mountain Outfitters • Half-price lift tickets at many of our Intrawest sister resorts • More than $100 off a 3-descent RK Heliski Adventure • Special access to great viewing areas at Telus World Cup Panorama

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Rachel Pinder joins The Pioneer By Rachel Pinder of The Pioneer Well it’s now almost two weeks since I arrived in the valley, and I have to say I feel pretty much at home already. It’s a bit different from the flat Norfolk Broads where I hail from in England, and I find myself looking up to the sky most days, checking out the amazing mountains towering above me here in Invermere. So just a bit about myself . . . I left England in 2003 and I’ve spent the past four years working and travelling in various countries, writing for magazines and newspapers in Australia, New Zealand, Ghana and Kenya. I also tried my hand at teaching English in Ecuador during a six-month trip through South America and had an amazing experience working and travelling through Africa back in 2005. So now I’ve arrived here in Canada for a year to work and travel, so you’ll see me at The Pioneer until early June next year when Cayla Gabruck gradu-

ates from journalism school and returns to take up the reins. Next summer I’m planning to backpack around the province before heading on a huge trip across the country, taking in as many provinces as I can. I’ve always wanted to visit Canada, and after meeting so many great Canadians on my travels I decided to put my plans into action to see what this vast country is all about. Being in a country as a tourist is one thing, but actually living here and being part of the community is another. And that’s exactly what I want to do. I’m really into hiking, mountain biking and the great outdoors in general, so the Columbia Valley is a fantastic place to live. I’m keen to get stuck in with whatever’s going on and I’m really looking forward to making the most of my time here. I’ve never lived anywhere where the temperature plummets so far below freezing, so I’m also keen to make the

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most of the winter sports - I’ve never even seen a snowshoe, or a curling broom, for that matter. And of course, I’m hoping to get into skiing with all these fantastic ski hills on my doorstep. I’m a real novice and I took a couple of lessons in New Zealand where I was living last year, but definitely need a lot more practice to get me started. I’m also keen to get up close (but not too close) to the wildlife, and I’m really excited about seeing my first bear - I haven’t seen one yet, just heaps of deer. And of course, it would be great to see a moose, too. And let’s not forget all those quirky Canadian things I’ve watched on the TV but never actually seen for real, like pumpkin pie, sourdough bread and maple syrup - so I’ll be giving them a sample, that’s for sure. So, in short, I think this is going to be a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m looking forward to making lots of new friends and finding out what makes this community tick.

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Cliffhanger raises funds for Pynelogs By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Golfers trying to get a hole-in-one at Greywolf ’s Cliffhanger Shoot-Out event have helped raise an amazing $4,396 for a new sound system at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Columbia Valley Arts Council president Chris Evans explained it would be a huge boost for the centre, and will greatly enhance the sound system of the Pynelogs building. “We did the renovations two years ago and it’s wired for a sound system but we didn’t have the funds to do it at the time,” he said. Around 40 golfers tried their luck to win prizes at the shoot-out event on September 3. Nobody actually got a hole-in-one, but Chris Evans pointed out that he came second in the closest-to -the-hole contest. Greywolf has been running the annual shoot-out contest for the past six years. Last year, they raised more than $4,000 for a swift water rescue raft for Panorama’s Fire Department. Said Scott Morgan, marketing and sales manager

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342-3147 • at Greywolf: “It was a great chance for people to get together, hoot and holler and have a fun time raising money for the CV Arts Council.” CLIFFHANGER—Above, from left to right: Chad Thomlinson, head golf pro at Greywolf; Charleen Evans, CV Arts member; Scott Morgan, marketing and sales manager at Greywolf; Jackie Anderson, CV Arts events coordinator; Jami Scheffer, Pynelogs gallery manager and Chris Evans, president of CV Arts Council.

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Ski and Soak!

Panorama Mountain Village is hiring for Winter 2008. Sign up for our October job fairs starting with our Resort fair Wednesday, October 10th • 5:30-6:30 pm.

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Panorama Mountain Village, a ski resort located only 2 hrs southwest of Banff, 18 km from the town of Invermere. In the summer, an award winning golf course, epic mountain bike trails, and several other outdoor activities make Panorama a year-round destination for staff and guests from all over the world.

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Free staff shuttle to and from Invermere starting with our winter season. Location: Panorama Mountain Village. Copper Crown Boardroom. Time: 5:30–6:30 pm Sign up required: Please email Nicole Morgan at to reserve your interview spot. To view job descriptions and Banff and Eastern Job Fair dates refer to our website; *Please bring your resume and written references with you to the interview.

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2007 GMC Sierra SLT, Crew Cab, Leather, Auto, Loaded, 4x4 STK#T07507B. . . . . . . . . . . . .$47,900 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 QC, 4x4, Hemi STK#T07357A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$26,995 2006 GMC 1500 Ext Cab,V8, Auto, 4x4, A/C STK#U1130.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,995 2004 Ford F350 Crew Cab, Diesel,Auto, 4x4, Loaded STK#T07125A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$31,995 2003 Ford F350 Crew Cab, Diesel Auto, Loaded STK#T07555A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30,995 2002 Dodge 1500, V6, Auto, Loaded STK#T07181B.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14,995 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 QC, 4x4, Auto, Diesel, Loaded STK#T07557A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$35,995 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega-Cab, Diesel, Lifted, 4x4, Loaded STK#U1144.. . . . $45,995 2003 Dodge 1500 QC V8, Auto, Loaded, 4x4 Stk#T07497A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$21,900 2003 Dodge 2500 QC Diesel, Auto, 4x4, Loaded Stk#T07348A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $33,900


2007 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 STK#U1083. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,995 2007 Dodge Durango, V8, Auto, Loaded, 4x4 STK#U1091. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $29,995 2002 Ford Escape, Auto, V6, Loaded, 4x4 STK#T07530A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,995 2006 Pontiac Torrent V6, Auto, Loaded, 4x4 Stk#T07363A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25,995


2002 Dodge Gr Caravan V6, Auto, Loaded STK#T07554B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,995 2002 Dodge Caravan V6, Auto, Sport, Loaded STK#U1094A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,995 1998 Dodge Caravan V6, Auto, Air Conditioning STK#T07396B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,995 2002 Pontiac Montana V6, Auto, Loaded STK#T07384A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11,900 2000 Mazda MPV, Auto, Fwd, Air STK#T07210A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,995 2006 Pontiac Montana V6, Auto, DVD, Loaded Stk#T07343A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$20,595 2006 Dodge Caravan V6, Auto, Loaded Stk#T07523AA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$16,995

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New classes offered at Fusion “Core synergy incorporates some Pilates and strength training moves, with balance challenging worked into it. “When you’re standing on the BOSU you’re in a People looking to get in shape this fall are set to benefit from a new range of fitness classes which have different environment so you have to use your core been launched at Fusion Wellness Spa in downtown muscles to balance while you’re doing different exercises, like lifting weights, Invermere. or just one leg. Core Synergy, Dance “To me, every class Fusion and Fusion Fit are is like a personal training all completely different session. Core synergy is a classes, held on Mondays group fitness class with through Thursdays. a personal training style Core Synergy is a dyto it, and it’s limited to namic new workout useight people per class,” ing the BOSU for a total she said. body workout. Fusion Fit is anA BOSU is a fitness other new class which is ball which is moulded to a blend of yoga and pia base and can be used to lates. Jeanette explained strengthen and train the it combines yoga flow body. with some Pilates-based Fusion owner and core training. fitness instructor Jeanette And Dance Fusion is Riches says she loves the more of a fun alternative BOSU because it is so workout, which not only versatile and effective and challenges the body but it creates a fun, challengencourages creativity by ing workout. using dance improvisa“BOSU was created tion. five years ago, but has beJeanette started come more mainstream teaching fitness in 1992, in North America in the and spent 15 years at Valpast two years. ley Fitness Centre before “Balance is the key setting up Fusion, which part of the training proFitness Instructor Jeanette Riches demonstrates BOSU. opened on June 21 this gramme. Everybody in year. their own sense is an athShe is a certified BOSU instructor, has a Diploma lete, it doesn’t really matter what you’re doing, it’s all in Human Kinetics, is a registered fitness leader with about movement. “The Core Synergy class would really complement British Columbia Recreation Parks Association, and is any sport such as downhill skiing, running or hockey, a certified fitness consultant and a qualified massage and the best thing is anybody can do it. I try to incor- therapist. For more information call 341-3511 or visit porate function and balance into all classes here. By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff


2006 Nissan Altima, 4 cyl, Auto, Loaded STK#U1122 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$21,595 2004 Pontiac Vibe GT, 4 cyl, 6 spd, Loaded STK#C08003A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18,995 2005 Nissan Altima, V6, Auto, Loaded Stk#U1128 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$22,595 2006 Chev Aveo 4 cyl., 5 spd., A/C Stk#U1048A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11,995 2005 Pontiac Grand Am V6, Auto, Loaded Stk#T07386AA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$12,995 2003 Chrysler Intrepid SXT, V6, Auto, Loaded Stk#U1087A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,995 2007 Dodge Magnum V6, Auto, Loaded Stk#U1141. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$23,995 This is a small collection of our pre-owned inventory available at Cranbrook Dodge. To view our full line-up visit 1-800-663-2268 1725 Cranbrook St. (250) 426-6614

Community Band Thursdays – 7:00 p.m. Starting October 11th DTSS Band Room If you love to play music we heartily welcome you. For more information call Howie at 342-0100

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Notes from The Pioneer By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher A very happy 50th anniversary to one of the valley’s best-known couples, Steve and Maria Kloos. They are the epitome of the people who made this valley what it is—adventurous, natureloving, hard-working immigrants who raised three children and created a family legacy that will live on here for a long time, perhaps forever. *** Fall brings with it something I absolutely detest - the ubiquitous maple bug. I’m convinced we have an absolutely air-tight house, yet these horrible insects somehow manage to find their way inside and will suddenly make a swoop out of nowhere at my head while I’m lying in bed reading a book. *** We keep hearing that there is accommodation in the valley that isn’t being advertised, because homeowners don’t want to sift through a bunch of unsuitable potential tenants. We are always being asked off the record if we know about any “good” tenants. If you are in need of a home, then I would suggest that you consider placing your own ad in The Pioneer specifying that you are a serious renter with references, and

then wait for a landlord to call you. Our new reporter Rachel Pinder, who arrived here last week from England, put an ad in The Pioneer and had 10 potential landlords waiting to interview her when she arrived! *** We are planning to publish a long research article about people who have won the Windermere District Lions Club Citizenship Award, presented annually to a local high school graduate for the past 40 years. We are still looking for three people. If you know them, or know where to find them, please call me at 341-6299. They are Dana Quin, who graduated in 1986; Karen Gleinzer, who graduated in 1992; and Sarah Bigelow, who graduated in 1993. *** Finally, there ate so many things to be thankful for this weekend, and all year. I’m reminded of this once again while putting together a care package to take with me when I leave for Far Eastern Russia, since the indigenous people in that region are in want of food and clothing. I’ll be spending about 10 days there visiting a Canadian-owned gold mine with my husband’s construction company, and I’m looking forward to writing about it when I get back.


The RDEK plastics recycling program is starting up again. Effective November 1, plastics recycling will now be part of the yellow bin program. Grocery bags and plastics # 1 to 6 will be accepted along with newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper and tin in the yellow bins throughout the region. Styrofoam, plastic film and other un-numbered plastics are not accepted. For the month of October, plastic recyclables can be deposited in the bins marked plastics only located at South Sky Recycling, 1100 Industrial Road No. 3 in Cranbrook.



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Radium Resort Ladies Golf Club finish season Submitted by Susan Boker The Radium Resort Ladies Golf Club had a terrific season with a membership of 37! We won InterClub held at the Resort Course in August for the second year in a row with the same team of Donna Carlson, Bonita Hosking, Kay Lymburner and Kelly Stuart-Hill. At the Pro Lady, held at the resort on September 10th, Bonita Hosking, Kay Lymburner, Kelsey Patterson and Carla Remondini and our Pro Matt Barker came in third. Our club championships were held Sept. 4th and 5th this year; Gayleen Lang is our Club Champion. Kelly Stuart-Hill won Overall Low Net Champion for the second year. First Flight Low Gross was Nancy Parkins and the Low Net was Pat Andruschuk. Second Flight Low Gross was Ruth Gordon; Low Net, Susan Boker. Third Flight Low Gross was Bonita Hosking; Low Net, Joyce McLeod. The only deuce

over two days went to Kay Lymburner. The East Kootenay Amateur Team Challenge was held at the Resort Course on Sept. 20th. Teams from all over the East Kootenay participated. The Resort team— consisting of Gayleen Lang, Joyce McLeod, Donna Carlson, Kelly Stuart-Hill, Susan Boker, Leanne Barsby, Kay Lymburner and Bonita Hosking—won the Overall Low Net Championship. Our Wind-up was held Sept. 25th and year-end awards were presented to Most Improved Golfer Joyce McLeod, Match Play Champion Sandra Howard, runner-up, Susan Boker. Consolation round winner was Dee Veen, runner up, Kay Lymburner. Ringer Board winner was Susan Boker, Bonita Hosking, runner-up. Birdie Tree tied Susan Boker and Gayleen Lang. Well-done Ladies. We look forward to next season. Everyone welcome. See you in the spring.

SWINGERS—The Radium Resort Ladies Golf Team won the Overall Low Net Championship at the East Kootenay Amateur Team Challenge held at the Resort Course on Sept. 20. Pictured here, from left to right, are Susan Boker, Kay Lymburner, Kelly Stuart-Hill, Joyce McLeod, Donna Carlson, Bonita Hosking, Gayleen Lang and LeeAnn Barsby. Photo submitted

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Harvest dinner raises funds for greenhouse By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff A harvest dinner held on Sunday to raise funds for a new greenhouse at David Thompson Secondary School has been hailed a huge success. Five chefs from across the valley pitched in to give their time and energy to cook up a five-course feast, and raised a staggering $5,000 for the Community Greenhouse Project. The theme of the evening was local produce, with an emphasis on food sustainability. Alison Bell, chef training instructor at the high school, designed the first course - Windermere Valley heritage apple, roasted parsnip and white beet bisque, beet and red wine emulsion with beet chips. The second course was devised by Eric Wood from Eagle Ranch, who chose fir and sumac-cured kinbasket trout with roasted beet and charred onion salad, rocket pesto and Saskatoon berry gastrique. Chefs Marc Leblanc from Earl Grey Lodge and Randy MacSteven from Columbia Garden Village devised the third course - duo of certified organic duck with Jubilee Mountain Apiary alpine wildflower honey and lavender jus with an onion and heritage apple soubise. The dish was accompanied by baby purple carrots, chiogga beets and red banana potatoes. The fourth course was produced by chef Leah

THE CHEFS—From left to right, Eric Wood, Leah Duperreault, Marc Leblanc, Randy MacStevens, culinary students Ryan and Jon, and instructor Alison Bell. Duperreault, who went for a heritage pumpkin chiffon pie with honey-drenched zucchini ice-cream on a pumpkin seed crisp with strawberry coulis. Eagle Ranch donated their venue for the night, and the event was packed with almost 100 people as it had sold out three weeks in advance. There was also a raffle and silent auction, with an amazing selection of nine prizes including hand-blown glass art valued at $450 from Bavin Glassworks. Panorama Mountain Village donated three prizes

- a golf package worth more than $1,000, two adult snowcards valued at $250, and a ski package for eight people, worth more than $2,000. The event was the brainchild of a team of four people - Bill Swan from Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens, David Zehnder, executive director of Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens, along with teachers Alison Bell and Joanne Bragg from David Thompson Secondary School. “Students in the chef training school will be able to use the greenhouse to grow their own produce, as it’s all about production from earth to mouth,” Joanne explained. Project leader Bill Swan explained the whole idea to build a solar greenhouse got off the ground a couple of years ago. He said most of the $90,000 capital has been raised, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Panorama Foundation and other community groups. “We hope to get the groundwork done this fall so it is fully open in spring. We need to staff the greenhouse with a horticulturist, which will cost $180,000 over three years, and we have already raised $50,000 towards the running costs. “We’re also looking to get elders in the community who are interested in gardening involved in the project. This will be a great way of passing down their knowledge and skills to the younger people,” Bill said. For more information, call him at 342-2838.

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By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist For me, it’s hard to believe I am already writing about hockey. We have been playing for three weeks already and I should still be concentrating on my golf game, never mind spending valuable daylight hours writing this column! A bunch of us OldTimers started playing earlier than usual by participating in the Neal fundraiser hockey tournament. As you know, it was a wild success and I give kudos to everyone who played and helped organize this for the family. Our league continues to thrive and we actually expanded to nine teams to accommodate everyone who wanted to play this year. We welcome new referee, Corey Olson, who along with Lance Prymak, officiates for us all season long. What fun is OldTimers without some blind refs to yell at? Kicking Horse Coffee is our new team sponsor and Ron Davidson is the team target for the rest of us to shoot at. His weakness is low glove side, high stick side, high glove side and low stick side, plus he’s bowlegged so there is lots of room between the legs, too! I would thank Leo Johnson for sponsoring the new team, but truth be told, it was really a bribe to get us

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to let him play in the league! We have had a couple of awe-inspiring situations already that are newsworthy: Sniper Jim Bonny had a hat trick last week and we are waiting to hear how Sheila responded to that news! The other bit of news is actually a bit disappointing. It seems that Bob Ede fell asleep and missed the game against brother-in-law Brent Raven. Something about working way too hard that day. For the school district, no less. I don’t think so . . .

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The beauty of the autumn colors of September 25 was a fitting backdrop to the end of the golf season for the ladies of the Windermere Ladies Golf Club. More than thirty members gathered to play nine holes of ‘best ball’ and to honor the ‘best’ players of the season. Donna Edgar received the accolades and trophy for winning the Club Championship while Helga Boker, closely followed by Nora Efford, was named the club’s Most Improved Golfer for 2007. Mary Jean Anakin outdistanced other club members to win Most Pars in the season while she and Carol Stanford shared the distinction of having the Most Eagles. Barb Cameron and Helga Boker were the winners of the Hole by Hole Greatest Deduction in Scores while Norma Piche admitted to hitting the Most Trees during the course of the season. Best Ball winners for the last day were Nora Efford, Susan Nikirk, Joyce Robinson and Kathy Vochel. Helga Boker continued her winning ways by winning the 50/50 draw. On September 19 the ladies played NOSE, a game involving scores totaled on holes 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Win-

ners were Sherry Avery, Sharon Schmidt and Donna Edgar. Carol Stanford won the Putting Pot, and Oris Hanson the 50/50 draw. Three Blind Mice was the name of the game on September 12 and the winners were Pauline Haltman, Dorothy Anders, Lorna Scott and Joyce Robinson. Lorna also won the Putting Pot and Dorothy claimed the Deuce Pot. September 5 was the day for a Low Net Pin Round and the winners were Mary Jean Anakin (1st Flight) and Sharyn Schmidt (2nd Flight). The Putting Pot went to Lorna Scott. Rounding out the summer time winners on August 29th were Joyce Leibel with Longest Putt (all golfers) and Longest Drive (2nd Flight), Lorna Scott KP (2nd Flight), Donna Edgar KP and Longest Drive (1st Flight), along with the Deuce Pot. Members of the Windermere Ladies Golf Club extend thanks to the folks at the Windermere Golf Course for their assistance throughout the season, to the Pioneer paper for printing the results, and to the Executive for their hours of labour. Any errors or omissions are expressly the fault of the reporter and ‘whoops’, sorry! Take care all and enjoy a healthy, happy off-season. See you in the spring!

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Tembec announces shutdowns at Canal Flats mill By Pioneer Staff Tembec Inc. has announced temporary “market-related” shutdowns at two sawmills and planer mills in Elko and Canal Flats. The closures affect 480 workers and will last at least two weeks, the Temiscaming-based company said last Tuesday. The Elko operation will shut down for a minimum of two weeks beginning Oct. 1 and the Canal Flats sawmill/ planer mills will take similar downtime starting Oct. 15. The closures are in addition to existing shutdowns at Timmins and Kirk-

land Lake in Ontario and at La Sarre and Bearn in Quebec. “These shutdowns are due to a combination of factors,” said Dennis Rounsville, president of Tembec’s forest products group. “These include the sharp decline in demand and prices for lumber and the impact of the high value of the Canadian dollar.” Tembec, with operations principally in North America and in France, employs about 9,000 people. On the Toronto stock market last Tuesday afternoon, the firm’s shares were down two cents at 69 cents.

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PIONEER BRIEFS Fires permitted Open fires, burning barrels and fireworks are no longer prohibited and are permitted throughout the area. Open burning is governed by the Wildfire Act, which applies to all lands outside of municipal boundaries and Regional Districts that have open fire bylaws. Please check with your local authorities before lighting a fire within municipal boundaries. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit

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Forest thinned near Radium Parks Canada is thinning the forest near Radium Hot Springs, adjacent to Kootenay National Park’s western boundary. The size of the area being thinned

is about 120 acres, the size of an 18-hole golf course. The initiative is part of a larger ecosystem restoration that enhances bighorn sheep habitat and benefits a number of rare of threatened plant and animal species. Many smaller trees will be removed, and in other areas trees will be left in clusters with large, open spaces between them. Some snags and fallen trees will be left as habitat for nesting birds, small mammals and insects. The work will be carried out by contract and awarded through a competition. The felled trees will be sold and the reamining debris will be chipped. Material that cannot be chipped will be piled and burned during good venting conditions to reduce smoke. For more information, contact 347-6173.

If you are collecting firewood to heat your home or fuel backyard campfires, be sure you aren’t cutting down an animal’s home in the process. Wildlife trees, or snags, are typically larger, dead or partly dead trees often missing their tops or most of their smaller branches. They may also have loose bark, heart rot and other decay. Given that firewood collectors are primarily targeting dead trees, the B.C. Ministry of Environment and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program are reminding them to watch for wildlife trees. “Basically, if you are cutting firewood, help wildlife by looking out for some tell-tale signs that indicate it’s a wildlife tree,” says Irene Manley, Wildlife Biologist in the Columbia Basin. “Particularly look out for the larger dead trees, with cavities, that are missing their tops or limbs. Check for wood chips around the base of a tree, denning holes, claw marks or fur on the bark.” It takes many decades, sometimes hundreds of years, for a tree to become a wildlife tree. Given that the most valuable wildlife trees are large, any tree over 16 inches in diameter is reserved from firewood cutting for wildlife protection. Wildlife trees provide critical habitat for more than 90 species in B. C. Once a wildlife tree falls down it continues to provide food and shelter for other wildlife such as insects, reptiles, and plants, as well as returning valuable nutrients back into the soil. “Wildlife trees are utilized by a variety of different species,” added Manley. “From woodpeckers to owls, squirrels, kingfishers and salamanders - even the little critters like bats use hollow trees to roost in or they crawl under the loose bark for protection.”

Redstreak Mountain prescribed fire Weather permitting, fire crews will soon begin burning to create a fireguard above the village of Radium Hot Springs. Completion of this fireguard is the first stage of a 235-hectare prescribed fire project on Redstreak Mountain. Burning on the main unit is scheduled for the fall of 2008. The Redstreak Mountain prescribed fire is part of

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Bavin Glass hosts 13th Annual Show By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff All you ever wanted to know about glass-blowing will be revealed this weekend at Bavin’s 13th Annual Collector’s Show. Kicking off tonight from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., Bavin Glassworks will have a glass-blowing demonstration with live music and refreshments. The fun will continue across the Thanksgiving weekend, with the workshop open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. There will also be more demonstrations on Saturday, with glassblowing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., as well as flameworking at noon and 2 p.m. It’s set to be fun for all the family, with new works on display and door prizes up for grabs. Father and son team Pat and Ryan Bavin have been working together for the past 19 years, and are keen on getting people involved and educating them on how glass is made. Pat explained the whole concept behind Bavin Glassworks is about working in the public eye and interacting with people as they watch. Both father and son learned their trade at the Pilchuck Glass School based north of Seattle, and Ryan

spent some time working there as an educator and employee. Ryan explained the valley attracts people from all around the world, and they get a lot of visitors from Alberta. The influx of new development is also a huge boost for their business, as they receive a lot of commission work for one-off pieces as well as more substantial installations. As well as showcasing their glass, Bavin Glassworks also displays a lot of jewelry and bead-making, and showcases the work of nine local jewelry makers in the store. Bavin Glassworks is a real family-run business, as Pat’s wife Bonnie is also a beadmaker and their other son Marc supplies fused glass for the business. Pat explained they produce 3,000 pieces of blown glass every year, which he says keeps them very busy. “From mid-June to September we had about 800 people through the store each day and we were so unbelievably busy. “We also hold demonstrations every Thursday at 11am which will run until the third week of October, and that can attract an average of 80 people at a time. “We’re really well-supported as a speciality attraction in the valley, and have wonderful support from the resorts, particularly Fairmont which generates a lot

of business for us. “The collector’s show is really a celebration and a chance to show our thanks to all the people who have supported us. “We’re known for our off-beat style and this is a good excuse for us to be creative and educate people at the same time,” Pat said. Ryan added that he really enjoys working with the public. Pat agreed, and explained they don’t just specialise in glass, as they love to work and interact with workers who use different materials, such as clay and metal. “We love to interact with metal workers and we really like the collaboration idea. We know about nine different artists out in Nelson and it’s great to get them over here and do some improvisations together,” he said. For more information about Bavin Glassworks call 342 6816. GLASS MASTERS—Opposite, Ryan and Pat Bavin getting ready for their 13th Annual Collector’s Show. “We want to help people understand more about glass,” Ryan said. “Everybody uses glass every day but they don’t really understand its origins and how it’s made.” Photo by Rachel Pinder


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Dangerous Tree Removal Topping and Disposal Let the professional do it!

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October 5, 2007

Working Together for Wildlife at Cherry Creek Submitted by Nature Trust Good things come to those who wait—and work hard. The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a leading land conservation organization headquartered in B.C., has been able to accomplish great things at the Cherry Creek property, which is located 20 kilometers northeast of Cranbrook. It all started in 1985 when The Nature Trust along with partners including Ducks Unlimited Canada, Wildlife Habitat Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, The Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund and the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund acquired 243 hectares known as North Bummer’s Flats. The following year The Nature Trust and the above partners acquired the 726-hectare Madison Ranch which is located directly west and across the Kootenay River from the North Bummer’s Flats property. This property, now commonly referred to as the Cherry Creek property, is comprised of riparian and dry upland forested habitat. The complex provides valuable waterfowl staging and nesting area. Canada geese, widgeon, teal, and

buehead, and other marsh birds can be found here. Many species of song birds, bats, owls and hawks frequent the marshes and uplands. It also provides excellent habitat for badgers, elk, and white-tailed deer while bears and wolves, cougars and bobcat are frequent visitors. However, it needed a group of people to help care for the land. Shortly after the Cherry Creek property was acquired, a concerted eort was made to improve the area for wildlife and waterfowl. The initial clean-up involved the removal of over a dozen truck loads of scrap metal and debris. The removal of old barbed wire fencing, which was very damaging to wildlife, was contracted to Peter Woods over two years. The majority of the dilapidated buildings were razed, the areas where the buildings had been located were cleaned up and seeded to forage. The Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund and the Hunt family have performed annual maintenance to improve the land for mammals and birds for 20 years. A waterfowl enhancement program was initiated through a partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Nature Trust East Kootenay Land Manager Rob Neil and Conservation Youth Crew members who are hired each summer have also been busy. Rob has been involved in plans to address serious forest in-growth through an ecosystem restoration strategy. The implementation of selective forest harvest and the application of a prescribed burn in 2006 have converted the majority of the benchland portion of Cherry Creek to “open range� or “open forest� habitat which provides excellent forage for elk and deer. The crew members have undertaken the installation of information signs, fence maintenance, invasive weeds removal and forest thinning. The Nature Trust is a member of the East Kootenay Conservation Program. This local partnership of over 40 conservation, industry and government organizations is dedicated to conserving natural areas for Kootenay communities. In a recent survey, residents noted the top three reasons that they like living here are the clean environment, quality of life and the spectacular wilderness. Cherry Creek is a great example of people working together to conserve the natural beauty of the East Kootenay.


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OUR VALLEY LOCATIONS Invermere: A Touch of Dutch Flower & Gift Shop A&W Restaurant AG Foods All Things Beautiful Anglz Hair Salon Autowyze Services Bavin Glassworks Berkshire Bliss Hair & Esthetics Blue Dog Café Bruce McLaughlin Financial Chisel Peak Medical Centre College of the Rockies Columbia Garden Village Columbia House Extended Care Columbia Valley Employment Centre Columbia Valley Trading Company Columbia Valley Visitor Centre Dairy Queen Dave’s Book Bar Details by JoAnne DTSS East Kootenay Insurance East Kootenay Realty Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Essentials Department Store Fitz’s Flooring Gallery Cafe Gerry’s Gelati Gone Hollywood Grant’s Foods Great Canadian Dollar Store Greyhound Bus Depot

O’Sullivan Dental Clinic Harrison McKay Communications High Country Properties Home Hardware Hubbard & Blakley Law Office Huckleberry’s Restaurant Inside Edge Sports Interior World In-Tune Music Invermere and District Hospital Invermere Barber Invermere Curling Rink Invermere Dry Cleaners Invermere Family Chiropractic Invermere Inn (every room) Invermere Medical Clinic Invermere Physiotherapists Invermere Public Library Kelly’s Restaurant Konig Meats Lake Auto Services Lakeside Pub Lambert Insurance Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Lordco Majestic U-Brew Maria Dibb Medical Clinic Mark Moneo, Optometrist Meridian Mortgage Monkey’s Uncle Mustard Seed Oasis Gifts Pamper Yourself Spa Penner’s Shoes

Pharmasave Pieces From the Past Quality Bakery Ray Ferguson Realty RCMP Re/Max Reddi-Mart Esso Rob’s Bicycle Works Rocky Mountain Realty Royal Lepage Selkirk TV - The Source Sobeys Station Pub Subway Sunsations Spa Super 8 Motel Superior Propane Syndicate Board Shop Tasty Tex’s Coffee Works The Back Door Wine Cellar The Book Cellar The Place Furniture Store Tiffany’s Thredz Tim Horton’s Toby Theatre Two-For-One Pizza Valley Hair Styling Warwick Interiors

Race Trac Gas Riverside Golf Riverside Recreation Centre Rocky Mountain Realty Smoking Waters Coffee

Canal Flats: Canal Flats Family Foods Gas Plus Home Hardware

Radium Hot Springs: Back Country Jacks Bighorn Meadows Canyon Campground Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery Lambert Insurance Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Mountainside Market Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs Pool Radium Husky Radium Liquor Store Radium Petro Canada Radium Hot Springs Esso Red Valley Resort Park Motel Wildrose 2-4-1 Pizza


North of Radium:

Copper Point Golf Course Skookum Inn Valley Alley Bowling Centre White House Pub Windermere Family Pantry Windermere Market Foods Windermere Valley Golf

Brisco General Store Edgewater Post Office Pip’s Country Store Spillimacheen Post Office

Fairmont Hot Springs: Bigway Foods Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Fairmont Lodge Fairmont Recreation Centre Farside Pub Jeffers Esso Mountainside Rec Centre

Kimberley Black Bear Books & Video (Platzl) Kimberley Chamber of Commerce Mary’s Kitchen Restaurant

Cranbrook: Pages Emporium Lotus Books


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October 5, 2007

NanoFibre begins wiring homes with fibre of digging up roads for most of the area and that is a benefit to the community and our network.” NanoFibre Networks has begun construction of Throughout the approval process, full-time and its fibre optic network in Radium Hot Springs. Resi- out-of-province residents have continued to sign up dents can see trucks on the street now, installing the fi- and approximately 35% of Radium is now on board. bre optic cable throughout the community which will NanoFibre’s network will offer television including provide the next high definition generation of serprogramming, vices. telephone serThe network vice, very high “It has been a long seven months of waiting for apwas announced provals and working with Telus to reduce the impact to speed stable inearly this year and ternet and a varithe community,” said Mark Halwa, Managing Partner got off to a quick ety of additional start with many of NanoFibre, “but we have minimized the disruption services such as residents signing of digging up roads for most of the area and that is a data backup, seup to bring the fi- benefit to the community and our network.” curity monitorbre optic network ing and movies into their homes. on demand. “We In March, won’t have all the NanoFibre put up wireless towers and began provid- services available right away,” said Mr. Halwa. “The ing free service to residents and visitors in the down- technical integration of the Service Providers must be town area. Then, the application process to utilize the done right to ensure good service.” existing underground conduit and telephone poles The network is an open access network which began, which took much longer than expected. “It means multiple Service Providers will compete to win has been a long seven months of waiting for approvals the business of Radium residents and businesses, so and working with Telus to reduce the impact to the if you don’t like the offering of one provider you just community,” said Mark Halwa, Managing Partner of switch to another and no one has to come out and NanoFibre, “but we have minimized the disruption visit your home. More choices, better prices and faster Submitted by NanoFibre Networks

service will be provided by the open access network. As owner of the network, NanoFibre will not compete with Service Providers and offer their own services, which will ensure healthy competition. “We simply want to bring the next generation of services to the Valley and an open competitive market will serve residents best. The existing telephone wires and coaxial cable were sufficient in the past, but the demands of high definition TV, tele-medicine and security monitoring all require large amounts of bandwidth which fibre optic networks excel at delivering.” Residents who sign up will have the fibre optic cable brought into their home and NanoFibre will provide one connection (TV’s, computers, security cameras, etc.) at no charge. Additional connections and custom wiring will be at the homeowners expense but NanoFibre has devices which can distribute the fibre optic signal using existing electrical wiring and coax cable. The first connection will go to the Village office and then branch out to residents located from Forsters Landing to Blakley Place and Sun Valley Place to Revelstoke Avenue. “That’s where the highest concentration of requests have come from,” said Mr. Halwa. “After that, we will proceed to Main Street and head south to Edelweiss. We won’t get everyone requesting service installed before it freezes, but if they sign up now, we will complete their installation next spring.”

NEW SHIPMENT HAS ARRIVED FROM SCOTLAND Quality antique furniture and collectibles from Canada, Europe and Asia. Architectural items for home & garden.

Tel. 342-0707 Email:

We are open Wednesday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm Invermere Industrial Park (just off the road to


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The Family of Jim Statham are sad to announce his passing. The service will be held at the Lake Windermere Alliance Church on Saturday, October 6th at 1:30 pm. Tea and coffee to follow after the service.

Retail/Office/Storage 503 7th Ave. High traffic area on main entrance to town. Unit 2 - 2000 sq. ft., unit 3 – 2200 sq. ft. $12.00/sq. ft. triple net. Unit 6 – 5000 sq. ft., $5,00/sq ft. Call 342-0603 or 341-5845.

Edgewater, 3bdrm mobile home, large, newly renovated addition, 5 appliances, large private yard, N/S, N/P, no partiers. $1200/ month plus utilities. 342-2839.

Ski week, Panorama, sleeps 6, February, $1000.00 OBO, 3479069 or (403)988-2717.

Firewood, mixed cords, $150 each or 3 for $400. Split and delivered. Brisco to Fairmont, 341-1362.

Pool table, 4’x 8’ slate, excellent condition, 342-0678.

The owner of a Dodge Pick-up, LP Penn. USA YNV 2688 which has been left abandoned on the property of 5169 Hewitt Rd. since April, 2005 should contact Landowner at 250-347-9276 to arrange collection. Failure to do so after I month will result in Landowner taking action to obtain legal ownership of vehicle.

WANTED TO RENT Wanted to rent one or two car garage from November to April 2008 for storage of cars, phone 341-3985. ___________________ Retired reliable couple looking for affordable rental suite, long term or house sitting from Oct 1st through winter months, 341-1060.



JEERS to whoever keeps knocking down stops signs. You are wasting hundreds of tax dollars every time you knock one over. I challenge you to take pride in this beautiful mountain community.

Female wanted to share 1 bdrm in 2 bdrm basement suite in Invermere. W/D, N/P, N/S. $425.00 includes utilities, 342-2027.



CONTRACTORS: Self contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows.

Found, 2 cute black and white wooden cows, mysteriously placed in our garden in Windermere. If yours, call 3423070.

Invermere: 1 bdrm suite (1000 sq. ft.) walk-out, $650 plus utilities, 6month lease, 3416043 after 6 pm.

GARAGE SALE Moving sale. Deep freeze, snowboard, dressers, furniture, and more. Everything must go! 1202 9th Ave. Friday Oct 7th , 4 pm – 8 pm, Sat, Oct 8th , 9 am.


NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various size available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 342-3637

Furnished bachelor studio in Athalmere. N/S, N/P. Must be mature, employed, references, W/D, cable, $600/month, utilities included. Mom’s Upholstery, 342-0355. 2 bdrm suite available Nov. 1st. Older style, upper level, in Athalmer, large sundeck, great view, close to town, W/D N/S, N/ P, $750.00 plus D/D and utilities, 342-8933.

CONDO FOR RENT 2 bdrm townhouse, 12th Ave. N/S, N/P, adult living, very quiet, $850 plus utilities. Available Nov. 1st 342-9035.

Newly built, fully furnished condo. Sables Resort in Radium, pool, hot tub, underground parking, excellent view, (403)861-5656. ___________________ 3 bdrm, 1500 sq ft fully furnished condo in Riverside at Fairmont. Available Oct 1st – June 30th , 2008. $1,250 plus utilities, 780934-8433, 780-435-8433.

HOUSE FOR RENT Two bedroom townhouse with single car garage for rent. Across from Tim Hortons. No pets, no smoking, no parties. $1300 plus utilities. References required. Available December 15. Call Kathy 342-0838. ___________________ Canal Flats, 3 bdrm mobile home, $550.00/month plus utilities. Available immediately, call (250)349-5264. ___________________ Stunning view, newly renovated & furnished, 2 + 2 bedrooms, office, 3 baths, walkout basement, N/S, N/P. All utilities, included except propane heat, $1650/month, John (403)714-5584. ___________________ _ 3 bdrm upper level house. W/D, N/S, satellite TV included. $1100 plus half utilities, 342-7318. ___________________ Windermere – 2 bdrm furnished house with fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fireplace, satellite, and heated garage. N/S, N/P, available immediately, 342-0020. ___________________ New house near Sobeys in Invermere. 3 bdrms, 3. 5 baths, garage, A/C, F/P, all appliances incl. Separate entrance for home office. Avail. Dec. 1st for 18 month lease,$1,500/month plus util. Mature couple or family only. No singles. References required. N/S, N/P. 342-7086.

Kootenay River RV Park opening April 2008 year round in Canal Flats. Taking applications for monthly rentals. Limited pads, hurry! First come basis. 250349-8212. rakeshnarain@shaw. ca.

HOUSE FOR SALE 3 bdrm,1635 sq ft home. Fenced 50’ x 120’ lot, renovated kitchen and bath, 6 appliances, forced air wood furnace with new high efficiency propane furnace. Attached 12’ x 10’ sun room, insulated and wired tool shop. 4874 Selkirk Ave., 347-6453, $219,000.00.

ACREAGES & LOTS Fully serviced 60’ x 135’ lot in Edgewater. Beautiful view of the Rockies. $120,000. Call 3479813 or 341-1581. Corner residential lot in Canal Flats. 60’ x 120’, zoned R1, serviced, no building commitments, $95,000, 403217-1022.

WANTED Wanted, single beds with mattresses, call 342-0678.

MISC. FOR SALE Hay for sale, round bales. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. Support “Rockies” Hockey. Pine, Fir & Larch – dry & split order 342-6908. Couch and loveseat set, 2year old, excellent condition, brown chenille with throw pillows, $400 OBO. Older couch, light colour $50, Dianna, 342-4443.

One green, one beige hide-abed, $50.00 each. Heavy duty utility trailer, 4’x 5’6” box, $200, 341-6043 after 6 pm. Live hens and roosters available immediately. Please call 3422686. For sale or trade chesterfield, makes into double bed, like new, slept in one night, 342-6382. Kohler propane generator, electrical start, 5000 watts, 110 & 220 voltage $750 OBO, 3412666. Leave message. Renovation Sale – Oak kitchen cabinets with built in oven and cook top, Kitchen table & 4 chairs, Bauhaus sofa & loveseat. Offers 342-2529.

Moving & downsizing so items must go. Double bed, 3 drawer filing cabinet, reclining chesterfield and chair, desk, TVs, glider rocker, 342-3418. 2002 Norco Torrent 2R20 Z1 Marzocchi fork, 24” hand- built rear wheel with hugi hub. Hydraulic haze mag brakes. New drive train. $900, 341-3263. Truck canopy, Vagabond, fits 1997 to 2002 Dodge short box. $850.00 OBO, 347-9069 or (403)988-2717. Office Sell-Out! Satellite Dish – Internet (K U band Hardware), Routers, Printers, Fax Machines, Photocopier, Computer Equipment & Accessories, Desks, Vertical Blinds (3-5X5, 8-3.5X6), 8X15 New Carpet, Star Choice Dish. Priced to sell! 349-7507.


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LOG BEDS *Beautiful twin sized beds $300.00 each or 2 for $500.00. Handcrafted locally. 250-344-1675.

1999 Subaru Legacy Wagon, 223,000 km, remote car starter, power locks/windows, Sony CD player, A/C, roof racks. $5,500.00, 341-3171.

Winter horse boarding available November 1st to May 1st . Call 250-346-3011, Brisco.

Golden Life Management is seeking the right person to join our growing team in Invermere as assisted Living WORKER at Columbia Garden Village. Golden Life offers competitive wages and benefits, a fresh caring workplace environment and opportunities for advancement. Look for a rewarding career? Call 250341-3350, fax 250-489-2673 or send resume to careers@

Processor / Operator needed immediately. Full time position with benefits. Experience a must! Contact Jacques Chasse, cell 3421610. Please leave message.

Custom woodworking shop in Invermere is looking for experienced, professional minded individuals. Competitive wages. Please send resumes to: Tegart’s Fine Woodworking P.O. Box 881 Invermere, BC V0A1K0


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1988 Chev P/U K2500 4 WD 350 auto, P/S, P/B, with topper tool cabinet & racks. Will sell truck and tool box, separate. Ideal service truck, $5,000.00 OBO, 342-9918. 1990 Chev P/U C2500 2 WD 350 auto, P/S, P/B, with topper tool cabinet & racks, Ideal service truck. Will sell truck and tool box, separate. $5,500.00 OBO, 342-9918 1993 Infinity J30T. New tires, new alternator, heated leather seats. Great shape! $6,995.00 342-6890.

2000 Ford Focus SE Wagon. Well maintained, winter and summer tires included, asking $6,400. 341-3139, after 5 pm. 2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 4x4, automatic, air conditioning, canopy, 88,000 km, mint condition. $14,500. OBO, 3479533. 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 long box, 4x4, canopy, tilt, air, cruise, tow package, winter tires, 200,000 km, $11,000.00, 341-5449

MOTOR HOME FOR SALE 2007, 27’ Dutchman trailer. Can be seen at Shadybrook Resort, in Windermere. $20,000. Call Rich 403-660-3200. House is built! Trailer must go! 12’ x 63’ Make us an offer, 3421322.


1998 Dodge Stratus, 4 door, air, cruise, new tires, new battery, only 50,000 km. Willing to sell for $6,500.00, 342-3263

Custom Saw Milling Custom cut lumber & timbers some planing available office phone: (250)342-2686

1999 Chev Blazer SUV 4x4 Black 4 door. Loaded, leather heated seats. No rust, many new parts, tune up, 200, 000 km. $9,000.00 OBO, 347-9001. Leave message.


1999 Ford Taurus SE. automatic, power windows & locks, CD player, remote starter, recently serviced, runs well, $3,995.00 OBO, 341-6150. 2000 F150 regular cab 4x4, 8 cylinder, cruise, 8 foot box, canopy and tool box, 143,000 km. $9,900.00, 342-3207.

Call today. TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS Full Heating & Ventilation Systems 342-1167

SERVICES Cleaning Services. Cleaning it right, for all your cleaning needs call 341-1437 or 342-3260.

HOUSESITTERS AVAILABLE. Reliable couple available to care for your house. N/S, N/D, references upon request, 2700368.

BUSINESS FOR SALE SAVE UP TO 19% On Gas or Diesel Reduce emissions by 30% Call Wolf @ (250) 688-0044

CAREERS Dishwasher, part-time, or full-time, evenings. Apply in person to Tony Wood at Strand’s Restaurant, 342-6344. Experienced Hungarian Cook required for seasonal work in Radium, BC. $17/hour, April to October, room and board available. Call 347-9548 or email Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. Outgoing responsible people required for in-store and yard employment. Come to Rona (Ace Hardware) with resume. 410 Borden Street, Invermere. Labourer for construction project. Wages negotiable. Please call Yuni at (250)3411925. Part-Time Driver Required to deliver early morning newspapers to stores and vending boxes from Radium to Fairmont. Must have clean drivers abstract, call 1-800352-8236

Manager wanted! The Valley Alley is looking for a fun and energetic individual for a full-time manager’s position. Competitive yearly salary. Benefits available. Phone 3427432 or drop off resume at the Valley Alley.

Framers / Finishing Carpenters required in Edgewater. Permanent work, approx. $35.00 per hour or piece work. Call Cliff 403-617-9402 or email loglife@ Automotive Mechanic: Journeyman or apprentice. Wage depending on experience. Fax resume to 342-3389 or apply in person to K5 Mechanical. Pipelayers and labourers needed for construction site in Invermere. Call Derek at 250938-1664 or e-mail resume to

Residential Care Worker. Temporary, full time position. RCA or PCA or HSW or equivalent. Union membership, HEU. See posting, Mt. Nelson Place. Manager: Donna Jefferson 3423699. Local Electrical contractor requires Journeyman and apprentices. Journeyman wage $30.00 - $34.00 per hour, benefit package. Send resume to 1-866-673-5175.

Let’s Make Cancer History.

Are you a CHEERLEADER and a COACH? The exciting job of Relay For Life Coordinator will appeal especially to those who: • are interested in working part-time, seek contract work or are semi-retired/retired • are individuals/companies specializing in event management • are seeking an inspiring life experience • enjoy working with volunteers in a team environment • are looking for a chance to make a positive impact in the fight against cancer with your community!

Relay For Life Coordinator • Columbia Valley

This is a paid temporary contract position starting Nov. 1/07 (earlier if possible) and will be up to 9 months duration. As a Relay For Life Coordinator, you will be responsible for recruiting and supporting a dedicated volunteer leadership committee. You will assist the volunteer team with planning and implementing our national signature fundraiser, the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life in the Columbia Valley. You are: • skilled at supporting volunteer teams, an excellent communicator, a motivator, enthusiastic, innovative, open-minded, and flexible You: • embrace challenges and enjoy working in a dynamic team environment • have experience in working with volunteers, planning fundraising events and are proficient in Windows XP programs. Must have: • a flexible schedule (nights and weekends), reliable vehicle (some travel required), and a computer Join our mission as a member of a dynamic Kootenay Region team and work for a distinguished organization. View the job description at (select the BC/Yukon link; About Us; Careers). Please send your resume package with references by OCTOBER 16, 2007 to: Helen Bobbitt, Revenue Development Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC V1R 3N6. Email:; Fax: 250-364-0430. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Cancer Society. The Canadian Cancer Society provides equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified persons.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Mountain Creek Properties Ltd.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Is now accepting applications for the positions of:

SKI & SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR(S) We are looking for dynamic instructors for both skiing and snowboarding, who have a passion for their sport and commitment to guest service excellence. Instructors must be CSIA, CASI, and CSCF certified. We have both Part-time and Full-time, seasonal positions available in a positive, flexible work environment. Wages start at $11.00 and go up according to certification and experience. Why Fairmont over another ski resort? Glad you asked: • In the BC Rockies, our four season, 4 1/2 star resort also offers opportunities for year round employment. • Benefits include: meal subsidies, swim pass, multi-area ski privileges and competitive wages. • Staff accommodations are available and affordable. • Centrally located between several popular ski destinations Please send your resume with references via email to: Human Resources: Or fax to 250-345-6616 Deadline: October 31, 2007 Website:

Strata Manager

Busy property management company in Invermere requires a licensed, experienced Strata Manager with a thorough knowledge of all relevant legislation and well developed problem solving skills. Must be a team player with excellent administration, management and communication skills and be procient with MS Outlook, Excel, and Word. Familiarity with Spectra Property Management software would be an asset. Please send resume along with salary expectations to PO Box 21, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 • fax to 250-341-6009 e-mail:

Is now accepting applications for the position of:

NIGHT AUDITOR – FULL TIME The successful candidate will possess customer service experience, excellent communication skills and strong organizational and computer skills. All applicants must have basic bookkeeping experience. This position is night shifts. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary and benefit package with access to all Resort amenities.

Looking for a 9-5 with long weekends off? East Kootenay Realty Insurance Division has an immediate opening for a Level One General Insurance Agent. Full-time or part-time position available. Experience not necessary, will provide training.

Interested applicants please forward their resume with references to the attention of: Human Resources Fax: 250-345-6616 or email to:

Please drop off resume at East Kootenay Realty Ltd., 1225A-7th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. or e-mail: Attention Rose Marie Ball. Employment Opportunity Communications Analyst The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has an opening for a Communications Analyst. This is full-time, 2 year position. The Communications Analyst will work within the Communications Department on a full range of communications and public involvement programs.

Whoa Baby!! Kicking Horse Coffee has recently been hit with the Baby Bug! It might just be the water, but as the Kicking Horse Coffee Family continues to expand (literally and figuratively), this recent baby boom has led to some great job opportunities in production! As a Packaging Machine Equipment Operator, you will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of machinery to package, box, prepare and ship the best coffee in the country! Along with equipment operation, duties will include daily cleanup, room staging, order fulfillment and relentless quality control. Along with providing competitive wages in a positive and yearround work environment, we offer paid health and recreation benefits, training and professional development, legendary staff “fun days”, paid day-off birthdays not to mention a steady pipeline to satisfy the most discerning addiction. If you: • • • • •

Get a charge out of change Abhor complacency and mediocrity Possess a critical eye and attention to detail Are a team player with a “glass half full” outlook on life Are physically fit, can maintain a high level of energy (while on your feet for an 8 hour period) and still keep a good sense of humor

then find out for yourself why Kicking Horse Coffee is such a great place to work! Email us at mail@kickinghorsecoffee. com or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.

At Interior Health, we’re all about giving people room to grow, room to contribute, room to impact, room to make a significant, personal contribution. Build a successful career with Interior Health by combining your expertise and multi-tasking talents with our dynamic and highly technological work environment. By combining your experience and education you can begin advancing your skills with Interior Health in the following opportunity:

Capital/Projects Accounting Assistant Invermere BC Posting # CRP-EK HEU-FAC-07-0029639E Reporting to the Manager Capital Accounting, the Accounting Assistant is responsible for capital equipment/projects recording, reporting and analysis; preparation of capital grant claims; preparation of period-end and year-end working papers and supporting schedules; maintenance of the fixed assets module and depreciation accounting. The ideal candidate has grade 12 plus completion of two year’s of the CMA or CGA program, four years recent, related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. We invite you to discover the rewards and career satisfaction of this key role by bringing your expertise to our unique and growing organization. To find a more detailed description of this position and apply online, visit us at Applications will be accepted until October 8, 2007. Candidates without computer access can fax their resume to 250-870-4722 to the attention of Wendy Howes.

Room to grow.

QUALIFICATIONS Experience coordinating publications such as brochures, • reports, etc. Experience writing media releases and other public • documents Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and • Acrobat Experience dealing with the media • Strong computer skills • The successful candidate should have post-secondary education in communications, public relations or journalism and a minimum of 3 years experience. He/she should be able to work under tight timelines and in diverse working groups. Deadline for submission of applications is: October 12, 2007. Check our website at for a full job description and more information about CBT. Interested applicants should forward a detailed resume to Debra Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator at Suite 300, 445 13th Avenue, Castlegar, British Columbia, V1N 1G1 or electronically to


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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Kootenay Paving, a division of Terus Construction, leader in the construction industry in British Columbia and the Yukon territory and part of the Colas Group of Companies, is searching, for a fulltime Accounting/Office Manager to work out of our Invermere office. The applicant will provide a full range of bookkeeping and internal accounting functions for the corporate group including preparation of internal financial statements. He or she will become and integral part of the overall management team.

Invermere Inn

COME JOIN OUR TEAM We are now accepting resumes for these positions: • Wait servers • Bartenders • Housekeeping/Room Attendant $12/hr. to start • Line cooks $12/hr. to start Contact: Todd Mitchell 341-1946 or 342-9246 or drop off resume at front desk, 1310, 7th Ave

Ideally the position is well suited to the senior professional accounting student or recently designated graduate. The successful candidate should have good organizational skills, will need to be a self starter, to work independently and to meet required deadlines.

Duties/Tasks • Preparation and processing A/P, A/R, payroll and G/L entries from source documents • Meeting corporate reporting deadlines and schedules • Preparation of formal quotations and proposals from notes • Correspondence and communicating with customers, suppliers and government agencies • Supervising the physical aspects of the office environment Knowledge/Skills • Strong computer skills (Excel) • Excellent accounting knowledge • Strong oral and written communication skills • Knowledge of Explorer Software would be an asset Experience/Education • Post secondary education in accounting • 2-5 years experience in a same position Kootenay Paving offers a competitive compensation package with a comprehensive benefit plan. Please send your resumé stating position to the Human Resources department at: or fax to (604) 575-3691

or send resume to: PO Box 1079, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Lakeview Meadows Community Association

Assistant Manager Lakeview Meadows Community Association is seeking a qualified individual to assist with maintenance and administration to keep the Community Association grounds, amenities, beach, and recreation centre. This is a permanent part-time position. Guaranteed 64 hours work per month with a flexible schedule. Experience/Requirements: • Preferred experience with pools, mechanical heating and ventilation equipment • Basic electrical and plumbing knowledge • Should be proficient in the use of computers • Excellent verbal and written communication skills Please forward a current resume directly to the Community Association Manager at E-mail:

Fax: (250) 342-3815


Interior World

(250) 342 4406

(DRAFT) Canadian Mountain Holidays,

Canadian Mountain Holidays

Is currently accepting applications for a full time, is accepting applications for the 2003/04 year round Maintenance position CMH Heli-Ski season.

are hiring for the following positions: ThisWeposition involves various responsibilities for the upkeep ofHouse a largeManager back country facility near Golden. (1)

Assistant House Manager (2)

ExperienceChef with(3)diesel engine maintenance, small engine repair, electrical, and the(20) ability to Lodge Staff andplumbing, Kitchen Assistant do some heavy lifting Bartender (4)is required. A degree in one of theMassage trades isProfessional desirable. (6) Bus Escort (6)

If you are energetic, self-motivated, hands-on, For detailed information about employment opportunities at outdoors minded, enjoy skiing and hiking, CMH or to submit your application on-line visit: apply to: Résumés may also be mailed to: Canadian Mountain Holidays

in Radium

Call 342-1666 Fax: 341-3453

Call The Blind Guy!

Reporting to the General Manager of Kootenay Paving, the successful candidate will be responsible but not limited to:

Grizzly Mountain Grill Requires Experienced Cooks and Servers

Need Blinds? Best Quality

Summer is over, but Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd is still hopping! We are always looking for competent and/or fun people who happen to want to make money working for us! Why work for us? Well, you get a sports pass that includes access to two golf courses, our ski hill, hot springs pools, and much more. Plus, save money in our dining rooms, at the gift shops, and even in the spa!

BudBox Wenzel 1660 Banff, ABMountain T1L 1J6 Holidays Canadian Fax: 403-289-1627 Deadline: October 24, 2003 Email:


Our Vision – to lead in safety, excellence of service, and

sustainability, maintaining the family atmosphere on which the company was founded.

And if you hate living in mom’s basement, we have some staff accommodations to get you out of the house.

For the Bargain Hunter In All of Us

So what kind of job are YOU looking for? -Like people and making good tips? Try being a Server in one of our restaurants. -All your friends think you make the best drinks? Why not be a Bartender -Friends like your nails? We need you as an Esthetician. -Like saving lives? We need certi¿ed Lifeguards at the pools. -Been cooking all your life, and even been paid for it occasionally? Cook or even Sous Chef might be for you. -Are you a know-it-all, who can’t help giving people information? The Front Desk is for you. -How about fast food and/or ice cream? We’ve got that too at Mistys. -Your mom never had to yell at you to clean up your room? Housekeeping wants you. -Ever sell ANYthing to ANYone? We have Gift Shop Sales positions that would be perfect (and think of the discounts!) -Can’t do ANY of the above? We STILL have a job for you as a dishwasher. If any of these positions describe you, and you don’t have a warrant out for your arrest, please feel free to submit your resume with references to David Sheedy, Human Resources Manager at hr@

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PIONEERS—Clockwise from above: Troy, Tammie, Josi and Daneri Ensign holding The Pioneer in Disneyland. Zac and Liam MacDonald, Astrid Schaefer and friends at the CN Tower in Toronto. Invermere Jehovah’s Witnesses on the Dempster Highway. Valérie Dion and Maïla Savard-Dion in Québec City on a cannon. Martine Dollack (better known as Madame Dollack, French teacher at J.A Laird) with children Marissa and Noah in front of the church in Rouffach, Alsace, France. Don’t forget to send us a photo of yourself on holidays with The Pioneer!

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Knowing what you’ve got weakness in human nature, but they aren’t responsible for the existence of the weakness itself. We are the ones who fail to enjoy what we already have “Don’t it always because we want something more. seem to go, that you I acknowledge this tendency toward discontent don’t know what you’ve as a sign of what Christians have called sinful hugot ‘til it’s gone?” More man nature. We human beings are naturally selfthan a generation ago centered. We think first of ourselves. We want Joni Mitchell asked this for ourselves. We’re always reaching for something question in song, ponnewer, something bigger. While we might simply dering our tendency to accept this as what it means to be human, and even take life for granted. see it as the positive motivating force behind our The opening chapters of development as a race, the Bible teaches that this is a recent novel written not what humans were not created for. by Robert Wiersema ilGod made us to receive and enjoy the good lustrate the same thing. things of His creation. He made us to share His “Before I Wake” is the story of a couple crushed blessings with each other. He made us to experiby loss when their three-year-old daughter is hit by ence the peace of contentment, that sense of wella truck and slips into a coma. Father and mother being and gratitude that comes from trusting that alike realize how precious their girl is to them as she God cares for us and provides us with all that we nears death. need. Christians know contentment first by conWhy is it so easy for us to forget how much we fessing their desire for more, their covetousness, as have been given? One may be tempted to point a sin against our generous Creator. We believe that the finger at our economic system and its powerful we can learn contentment from Jesus Christ, who advertising industry. The goal of that industry is died for all of our sins and rose from dead to forgive to convince us that we need the products they pro- us and lead us to count our blessings in life. mote, to stir up discontent in us as the motivation This weekend churches in our community will for our future purchases. Discontent keeps us look- join in services of Thanksgiving, a holiday that gives ing at we don’t have instead of remembering what us time to remember again what we have been given. already is ours. If you’ve been longing to live a more contented life, But I don’t think it’s fair to simply blame pro- why don’t you join a congregation in Thanksgiving ducers and advertisers for our tendency to forget worship? It is a blessing to know what we have been what we’ve got until it’s gone. They make use of a given before it is taken from us. Rev. Fraser Coltman, St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere

Operation Christmas Child kicks off As Christmas approaches, our thoughts turn to gift-giving. In the past years the generous folk of Invermere and the valley have participated in Operation Christmas Child, an arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Since 1993 over 7.5 million shoebox gifts have been given to children worldwide who otherwise would not receive a gift of any kind. Last year locally 422 shoeboxes were packed and shipped. The boxes were packed with toys, candy, and practical items such as toiletries, clothing and school supplies. If you wish to participate you may pick up empty shoeboxes and information brochures at

Home Hardware, Selkirk TV & Appliance, A&W Restaurant, Great Canadian Dollar Store and Monkey’s Uncle in Invermere; Mountainside Market in Radium; and Pip’s General Store in Edgewater. Boxes and brochures are also available at Lake Windermere Alliance Church, Canadian Martyrs Church, Valley Christian Assembly and Radium Christian Fellowship. Drop-off location for this region is Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Dates and times are Nov. 5 to 10 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. For further information contact Frank and Gertie Friesen at (250)347-9874. Make some child happy this Christmas!

Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 7 – Thanksgiving Sunday Worship and Life Instruction: “A Great-Full Heart” Pastor Jared Enns ministering. Kickoff for Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes. Sunday School, age 3 to Grade 7 during morning service. 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY 8:30 a.m. Sunday, October 7 Edgewater - All Saints - Communion 10:30 a.m. Invermere – Christ Church Trinity - Communion Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 or VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY 10 a.m. Sunday 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 Saturday 4 p.m. Mass 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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Private 2.48 acre property. Available water supply from town of Windermere and a well on property. Build your own dream home or branch out to a potential subdivision. Excellent area! MLS#K165689

Quaint house on landscaped lot, 1 bedroom plus den. Lot has subdivision potential, with water and sewer connections installed to property line for potential new lot. Minutes from Columbia Lake, walking distance to golf course. MLS#K165669

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3 bdrm town home in David Thompson Terrace, 2 blocks from town and minutes to golf courses, ski hill and beaches. Fee simple ownership makes this attractive to both the full-time resident and the recreational homebuyer. MLS#K163244

This rectangular corner lot is treed, backs west, is fully serviced and has relaxed building size requirements. No building commitment, mountain views and close proximity to all amenities makes this an ideal investment. MLS#K162087

2 bedroom town home offers amazing mountain views, quality furnishings, granite counters and it is located within walking distance of the main ski hill. ¼ ownership makes this unit an affordable way to own in the ski resort market. MLS#K161667




Slice of Heaven 1.62 acre property with shop and mobile offers beautiful building site for your Lake Lillian view home – and mountain views east to Pinto Mountain and west to Mount Nelson. MLS#K162487


Columbia River View Property

Almost 5 ½ acres with new home beautifully sited to take advantage of some of the most incredible views of the Columbia River and wetlands. Comfortable two level home with mother-in-law suite on lower level with walkout. MLS#K165783



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