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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 4/Issue 47


The Columbia

November 23, 2007



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




THE WORLD IS WATCHING Local girl Christina Lustenberger will be competing in this weekend’s World Cup races at Panorama Mountain Village. See Page 20.




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November 23, 2007

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Post office says thank you By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Invermere Post Office showed their appreciation to customers last Thursday with coffee and cookies, as a way of saying thanks to their regular shoppers. Fern Oglestone of Invermere says she is in the post office every day to mail letters, parcels and pick up mail. “I’d be stuck without the post office,” she said. Postmaster Dianne Haagsman said the post office is always pretty busy, and this was a chance to say thank you to all their customers. “A lot of the community depends on the post office and we just wanted to say a big thank you to all our customers,” she said. A prize draw was held with various prizes including a lithograph of stamps, and limited edition coins.

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It was also a chance to find out about Christmas posting dates and pick up some stamps for sending out all those festive greetings cards. The deadline for sending surface mail in time for Christmas has already gone. But there’s still time to send your parcels and Christmas cards by air. Mail heading to Africa and Central/South America should be posted by November 26th; and the deadline for sending mail to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East is December 3rd. And for those who have family and friends in the USA, you have a little more time, as the deadline is not until December 10th. Official dates have not yet been released for mailing items across Canada but people are advised to get them out by mid-December at the latest.

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Proud Parents: Nicole Kelly and Troy Taylor Mcaulay Grandparents: Jane and Brian of Radium Kathy and Leigh of Calgary

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November 23, 2007


Local enrolment continues to decline By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff For the fifth year in a row, enrolment in Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 has dropped. Since 2003, a period during which property values doubled, school enrolment dropped by 11.5 percent. School District Superintendent Bendina Miller said the decline mirrors trends in the birth rate, not the rise in the cost of living within the school district. “There were 11,000 fewer students in B.C. last year,” she said. “It’s a pattern we’ve planned for.” Superintendent Miller said the school district closed seven schools five years ago in anticipation of the decline. The closings, she said, were made to create stability within the school system and it worked. She said the Windermere Zone—which includes

Eileen Madson, Edgewater, Windermere and Martin Morigeau elementary schools, J. A. Laird Primary School and David Thompson Secondary School—has been the most stable in the district. The Windermere Zone reported a head count of

1,338 this year, only a 6.7-percent decrease in the last five years. The Golden Zone reported a headcount of 1,051, a 16.1-percent decrease in the same time period. A head count of 1,105 was reported in the Kimberley Zone this year, a 12.6-percent decrease in the last five years, she said. Other highlights of the enrolment figures point to continued declining trends, including: • Kindergarten enrolment in the Windermere Zone has declined by ten students from 74 last year to 64 this year. • There are fewer students enrolled in our elementary grades than in our secondary grades. • The K-12 enrolment in the Windermere Zone has remained consistent, but there is still a significant discrepancy between the Grade 12 enrolment of 104 students to our kindergarten enrolment of 74 students.

Developer gathers input on new lakeside resort By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Area developer Doug McIntosh and a team of architects from the Calgary firm of Ridell and Associates held an open house on Friday to garner public input on their proposal to develop 15 lakefront acres in Athalmer behind the Lakeside Pub. Lake Windermere Resort, one of three developments that will dramatically change the Invermere lakefront, is sited for the vacant lot across Athalmer’s Third Avenue from Lake Windermere Pointe, also a joint venture between Doug McIntosh and Pointe of View Developments. The two developments will include public amenities and pedestrian boardwalk that tie them into

the third major lakefront development, Vista Del Lago, formerly Octagon, in downtown Invermere. Mr. McIntosh said about 80 people filed in and out of the Invermere Community Hall to make comments on the project, outlined in a series of signboards and historic photographs on display. “I was pleased with the turnout. We got a lot of comments from a lot of good valley people,” he said. “We are now analyzing the community input and will come back early next year with plans of form and character.” There are a few issues that need to be sorted out. One is the varied height restrictions across the property. The developer will seek uniform height restrictions from District of Invermere Council with the lower buildings near the lakefront increasing to as

high as 11 storeys along Tarte Street. Mr. McIntosh will also seek an increase in the density currently allowed across the property. The third issue the developer faces is what to do about Pete’s Marina, which currently operates at the end of Tarte Street in Athalmer. Despite two decks of parking planned below the living/retail space, the architects maintain there will be no room to park boat trailers. Mr. McIntosh said his goal is to create a development like the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Coeur D’Alene Lake in Idaho, including a condominium hotel and meeting space. “The mayor went down there and said, ‘we’ve got to do this in Invermere,’” he said. “It’s just a wonderful residential and holiday experience.”

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November 23, 2007

Santa’s Little Helper Take the stress out of Gift Giving!

Pop by the: Big Elf Fair, Fri., Nov. 23rd & Sat. Nov. 24th DTSS Craft Fair, Sat. – December 1st

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Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

RCMP Report • On November 13 at around 2:15 a.m., RCMP responded to a report of a break-and-enter in Invermere. Upon arrival, police learned that a female resident was assaulted by her husband. The victim told police she was punched in the face during an argument. Police took a formal statement and photographs of her visible injuries. The husband was arrested and taken back to the detachment. He was later released from police custody on a Promise to Appear and an undertaking to comply with conditions pending his appearance in Invermere Provincial Court on December 18th. • On November 17th at around 2:45 a.m., RCMP were called to a report of a “prowler” in Juniper Heights. The caller told police he was awakened by a man knocking at his house door. The man had his pants down around his knees, and was yelling that he wanted to spend the night. RCMP located a man passed out in the driver’s seat of the complainant’s vehicle. The “prowler” seemed to be seeking refuge from the cold. Police arrested him under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and took him to the detachment, where he stayed overnight. The man was released the following morning, a little warmer and a bit sheepish. • On November 17th, RCMP responded to a report of three youths setting off fireworks in Radium. RCMP attended the residence where the youths were staying. Police cautioned the young people and notified their guardians after they admitted that they had been shooting fireworks at each other. • On November 17th, at around 10:50 p.m., RCMP were conducting a road check in Invermere when a westbound truck failed to stop. Police were able to stop the truck after following it for a short distance. The driver admitted to alcohol consumption and was directed to provide a breath sample suitable for roadside analysis. The “approved screening device” registered a “Warn,” which indicates a blood alcohol content between 50 and 100 mg percent - enough for a 24-hour driver’s licence suspension but insufficient to charge under the Criminal Code.



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• On November 17th, RCMP in downtown Invermere noticed a truck being driven by a bar patron who was noted loitering in the street for some time after bar closing. The truck was stopped by police and the driver admitted to having consumed three beers. His balance was poor when walking. He was detained for impaired driving, and was read the breath demand under the Criminal Code. Two samples were taken at the detachment office, and were analyzed at 100 mg percent and 90 mg percent. Although it appears that the driver was over the legal limit of 80 mg percent, police do not charge unless both readings are over 100 mg percent, as the breath testing instrument has an acceptable tolerance level of plus or minus 10 mg percent. This means that while a person’s breath sample may be analyzed at 80 mg percent, it could actually be as high as 90 mg percent or as low as 70 mg percent. Since the legal limit is 80 mg percent, the person’s blood alcohol content may be within the acceptable legal limits. The driver was issued a 24-hour suspension, and a provincial administrative driving prohibition. • Some people have received telephone calls from persons claiming to represent the Canadian Police Association. The callers then go into their pitch, asking for donations to support community policing programs, and claim that local police deliver these programs. The caller may even reference specific communities within the local area to lend an air of credibility. The local RCMP does not deliver any programs funded by the Canadian Police Association, which is a national collective representing various police labour relations and collective bargaining associations. The RCMP is not a part of the Canadian Police Association. The RCMP does not endorse or conduct telephone solicitation to raise funds for community policing programs. If you receive a call asking for donations to support community policing programs - you are at risk of being a victim of fraud. You may call Operation Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501 to report. S M A R T

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November 23, 2007

Night-time shopping coming to Invermere “People will be able to hunt for the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for the special people on their lists,” she Friday night shopping in said, “and warm up in between Invermere will offer alternastops with a cup of coffee or tives for busy shoppers this hot chocolate from one of the Christmas season. restaurants that will also be One Invermere business open.” owner single-handedly conAt least 37 businesses and vinced three dozen others to maybe more will be open unstay open late on Friday nights til 8 p.m. on Fridays in Deto bring night-time shopping cember, including: A Touch of to downtown Invermere. Dutch, All Things Beautiful, Alita Bentley, the owner Artym Gallery, Be Gifted, Bisof Be Gifted on 7th Avenue, tro Restaurant, Blue Dog Cafe, working with the Invermere Candyland, Choppers, ColumBusiness Committee, got 37 bia Valley Trading Co., Dave’s businesses on board with a plan Book Bar, Details by JoAnne, to stay open late on Fridays in Essentials Department Store, December. Field’s, Fusion Spa, Gerry’s “I think this town is ready Gelati, Great Canadian Dolfor it,” Ms. Bentley commentAlita Bentley of Be Gifted lar Store, Hippy Chic, Inside ed. “I think this will be a great Edge Sports, Interior World, trial run.” Some store owners were pessimistic, she said, be- Invermere One Hour Photo, Monkey’s Uncle, Oasis Gifts, Penner’s Footwear, Pharmasave, Pieces From cause it had been tried before, but failed. “There wasn’t a lot of solidarity in the effort,” she The Past, Rainbow Donkey Kids Clothing Co., Resaid. “Some were pessimistic, but said, ‘we’ll give it a flections, River Gems, Rob’s Bicycle Works, Saan Store, Scrappy Do’s, Silver Connection, The Bargain try.” The clincher, she said, was making it easy for Store, The Mustard Seed Cafe, The Place Invermere Furniture, Tiffany’s Thredz, and Village Arts. downtown business owners. “I’m pretty happy,” Ms. Bentley said. “I just hope “It took a fair bit of work, but it wasn’t too bad,” Mr. Bentley commented. “It took making sure there the public sits up and notices and comes out for it.” Reminders of Late Night Shopping in December, was no additional costs. A business owner’s only exshe said, will be posted on the Chamber of Commerce pense is the cost of staying open.” In the month of December, she explained, the first sign in front of Sobey’s on the way into town and a three Fridays preceding Christmas (December 7th, poster will be found at each of the participating busi14th and 21st) will see the lights of most of the shops ness, as well as in the rooms of the hotels and timeand restaurants in downtown Invermere glowing and shares in town. If you have an Invermere business and would like to participate, call Alita at 341-3775. the doors open. By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

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November 23, 2007

Historical Lens

In defence of tasers By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

Having watched the now-famous taser video several times, I feel moved to take the currently unpopular position of defending the police, or at least suggest there were mitigating factors in their decision to taser an unruly man in the Vancouver airport. No doubt the police used excessive force. Four armed officers wearing bulletproof vests taking down one unarmed man can’t be seen in any other light. However, security forces are always noticeably jumpy in airports for obvious reasons. If the victim had been found to be carrying a gun or a bomb, the officers would be receiving medals rather than being pilloried as goons. Their use of a taser on a man who appeared to be resisting arrest and who was yelling and screaming and throwing chairs in a public place is not an act of police brutality. Tasers are now an acceptable tool for quelling dangerous crowds or individuals. They have been used here in Invermere and everywhere else in Canada. Although RCMP perhaps used the taser unnecessarily in this case, they certainly didn’t mean to kill the poor guy, and perhaps the autopsy will reveal the cause of his mysterious death. What is more disturbing than the incident itself is the police reaction – basically to lie to the public. Their media spokesperson issued a statement that there were two officers involved, not four. This is completely unethical, not to mention stupid. The incident happened in a public place with eyewitnesses. The officers in question should be reprimanded and suspended before they return to duty. RCMP members should be given strict guidelines on when and how to use tasers. The media relations people should be fired for gross incompetence. And the public should reflect on the serious nature of a police officer’s job before judging them too harshly. Tasers have saved lives in the past. A moratorium on tasers is not an appropriate response to this unfortunate situation.

Now that’s a big load of Christmas trees - so big that this truck was lifted right off its front wheels. The source of this photo is Geoff Marples. No other info is available. Photo courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society

Give a leg up to a needy neighbor Dear Editor: Many of us have more than enough of everything while 90 per cent of all people struggle for subsistence and one third of global citizens haven’t enough to eat each day. This inequity is exacerbated at Christmas time. The average spent by Canadian families on Christmas gifts is $500.00 plus. Questions arise yearly what to get Uncle Joe or Sister Sue, when they’ve already got more than they need. An alternative is to donate on their behalf to a local charitable or-

ganization or click the ‘Gift Catalogue’ on the website. There you’ll find gift options of school supplies, livestock, clothing, water wells, mosquito nets, agricultural hand tools, etc., etc., for needy people throughout the world, including Canada. What you purchase, from as low as $15.00, goes directly to giving the particular item you choose. So, if you’re wondering what to give this Christmas, a gift donated will be most appreciated.

Thank you to students Dear Editor The teachers and students of the Windermere Elementary School are to be commended for the Remembrance Ceremony presented at their school on Friday, November 9th, 2007. The originality, sincerity and expression of the performance was first class. My vet comrades, E. Kluczny (WWII), R. Engel (Korea) and I were impressed. Thank you! Jim Ashworth Fairmont Hot Springs

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November 23, 2007

Concerned about Invermere’s taxes Dear Editor: Like the rest of the residents of Invermere I received recently a questionnaire on the 2008 Budget Survey. It is interesting how all these surveys restrict one to an 8 x 11 format but that is not my point for writing. I have been looking at the various charges against one’s property along with what our council has said how all these development costs are being paid for. I thought I would share some of the facts I have found since I see now once again we are being asked to provide more money for taxes. There are currently four charges against everyone’s property within Invermere – one each for roads and sewer, and two for water. The most interesting one is the recent water charge passed by Invermere Council on Oct. 3, where we could pay as high as $110.41 yearly for a $2-million loan. When I inquired about the breakdown of this, I was informed $1 million was for overbudget expenses for upgrades to existing lines and the other million was for the new waterline from the well to the new reservoir. I was surprised at the latter, having recalled council remarking several times that all new services would be paid for by developers. Bringing this point up, the response was yes, this is true, and the development fees that will be coming in could pay for this, but that had not been decided. So I am left pondering what are these increased development fees to be used for and how come I now have to pay for this new waterline? The other three charges we pay yearly are Roads - $68.88, Sewer - $50.78, and Water - $50.96. You should know that if the current proposed 2008 budget is passed, another tax against one’s prop-

erty will occur for curbside recycling. In the same article last week, at the very end of it, our Town Administrator indicated there will also be increased utility costs. So I asked about that and have been told the monthly increase for each household will be Sewer - $4.70, and Water - $4.17. I don’t know how the rest of you are feeling, but this is starting to add up. About now I’m thinking maybe I, too, should move out of town! I guess by now if you read this far you see I am not too “hyped up” over a proposed tax increase of four percent. So why do we need a curbside recycling program? I guess it would be pretty “gucci.” What’s wrong with us taking our recycling to a central repository like we do now? Did you know litter increases from curbside recycling due to open and insecure recycle containers, not to mention an increased carbon footprint for the pick-up vehicle? Whereas a central repository decreases litter and people combine the trip with other chores. There are a few more points about the proposed budget that don’t sit well with me, but instead of talking about them here I plan to squeeze them somehow, into the 2008 Budget Questionnaire. I understand there has been some discussion about having an open public discussion about the proposed budget but previous yearly turnouts have been poor. It is hard to attend when one has families, jobs, etc. You still have the questionnaire or one can always phone their favorite councillor and let them know what you think about all these costs and programs. See what happens when one retires – you get to write letters to the paper!

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November 23, 2007

Free dinner at Copper Point By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff A Christmas feast fit for a king will be served up again this year, thanks to the generous folks at Copper Point Golf Course in Windermere. Roast turkey, potatoes and all the trimmings will be cooked up by food and beverage manager Matt Bergin and executive chef Cliff Huck on Sunday, December 2nd, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. And the best thing about it, it’s all for free. This is the fourth year the event has been held, and Copper Point general manager Brian Schaal said he wanted to cast aside any misconceptions. “A lot of people think this is an event for the needy. It’s not just for the needy; it’s for everybody,” he said. “We certainly want to bring the community together and support the Food Bank, and everyone is more than welcome to come along.” Last year during the annual event, Copper Point Golf Course served about 500 people, who chomped their way through 26 turkeys, six hams and 200 pounds of potatoes. Mr. Schaal added that it wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from Fairmont Resort Properties, Nohels construction company, and AG Valley Foods, which gives a great deal on all the food.

There were about 50 volunteers last year, and the Lake Windermere District Lions Club also came to help out. He added it is a great event which brings the whole community together. “We feed the whole town, and it’s a great way of rekindling old friendships and meeting new friends,” he said. “Santa Claus and The Grinch will also be making an appearance again this year. The children can get their photo taken with Santa, and we took about 25 photos last year so it was really popular,” he said. Brian explained that prizes would also be handed out, such as shirts, jackets and hats. And if anyone needs a ride to get there, Brian is happy to help and will pick up anywhere from Edgewater to Canal Flats. “Anybody can just show up on the day, there’s no need to book. And any donations for the Food Bank will be gratefully received,” Brian added. Food and beverage manager Matt Bergin said he was really looking forward to the event. “It’s a great chance for us to feed the community. Copper Point isn’t all about golf and we really want to remind the community of that,” he said. Anyone who would like to arrange transport for the event should contact 341-3392, extension 2.

From left to right: executive chef Cliff Huck, general manager Brian Schaal, and food and beverage manager Matt Bergin are ready to feed the valley.

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A Local Perspective Crossroads at Assiniboine is the title of this work by Pat Bavin, one of three local artists exhibiting at Artym Gallery. See Page 13.

The McDades · Christ Church Trinity

2007 Juno Award winners, and a 2006 Canadian Folk Music Award. Performing at Christ Church Trinity on Nov 29th. For tickets, call 342-4423.

Valley Voices Concert · Christ Church Trinity

Valley Voices Christmas Concert at Christ Church Trinity on Dec 6th & 7th.

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Out & About Your Weekly Guide to What’s Happening Around the Columbia Valley PAGE 11

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November 23, 2007


Valley Voices concerts planned for December

THE McDADES are coming!

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If you need a musical kick-start to The Season, here it is! The 50 members of The Valley Voices Community Choir are ready to give you that lift and they’ll lift you! Director Ken Mallett has chosen an eclectic mix of music - some magnificent, some gentle, some familiar, some a new experience. Excerpts from Handel’s beloved Messiah will feature the magnificent solo voices of David Shirk and Ruth Zehnder, and the artistic piano skills of accompanist Linda Hookenson. Another work will feature two other wonderful voices - Doris Penner and Darren Danyluk. And a very exciting arrangement of O Holy Night will showcase the outstanding jazz skills of pianist (and singer) Paul Carriere.

Review: Rescue Dawn Reviewed By Dave Sutherland Rescue Dawn is that rare bird, a war movie that isn't punctuated every few minutes by explosions and battle scenes. Instead, veteran director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man), presents a compelling story of determination and survival under adverse conditions. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is shot down over Laos while participating in a secret bombing mission at the dawn of the Vietnam war. He is captured almost immediately and tossed into a Laotian POW camp, joining a ragtag group of prisoners who have been wasting away there for a couple of years. Eternally optimistic and ever resourceful, Dieter bides his time, all the while formulating an escape plan. He is initially scornful of the camp that holds them, but as a fellow prisoner tells him," It's the jungle that is the prison." The obstacles he meets in escaping the camp are almost nothing compared to those presented

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There will be the traditional audience and choir sing-along with traditional carols and popular songs. And the Eileen Madson Elementary School Choir, directed by Leisa O’Sullivan, will be the featured guest for the concert. There is something to appeal to everyone’s tastes and interests. The Valley Voices Choir and guests extend this invitation to join them in their annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6th; and Friday, December 7th. The event at Christ Church Trinity costs $12 for adults, $5 for students and $2 for children under six, available at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials and Trims and Treasures in Fairmont.

New Releases November 20 1 Live Free or Die Hard 2 Santa Clause 3 3 Rescue Dawn 4 Hairspray 5 Gareld Gets Real

New Releases November 27 1 Waitress 2 Hot Rod 3 Whisper 4 The Namesake 5 Bratz

by the jungle: flash floods, intense heat, almost impenetrable brush, and incessant insects. Christian Bale, as Dieter, presents his usual convincing performance. Steve Zahn is very good in one of his few non-comedic roles, as Duane, the rattled POW who joins Dieter in his attempt to escape their green hell. Rescue Dawn is based on a true story, and the real Dieter Dengler was the subject of an earlier Herzog film, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. Herzog, who believes in "the voodoo of location," and tries to film his movies as close as possible to where they actually take place, filmed Rescue Dawn in Thailand. The film is not only spectacularly beautiful, but when the rainy season begins in the film, you half expect the water to drip from the screen. Rescue Dawn is a great addition to the canon of POW escape movies.


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Monday, December 3rd:

Out & About

• 3-4 pm: Flu shots available at Invermere Health Centre, 850-10th Avenue. For info: 342-2360.

• Ladies’ Night Out, Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Guest Brenda Peters. For info: 347-7750.

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• 2:30-7 pm: Flu shots available without appointment at Invermere Health Centre, 850-10th Avenue. For info: 342-2360. • 7:30 pm: The McDades perform at Christ Church Trinity. Presented by CV Arts Council, sponsored by Quiniscoe. For info: 342-4423.

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Friday, November 30th:

Friday, Nov. 23rd-Sunday, Nov. 25th: • Grey Cup Bonspiel, sponsored by Invermere Curling Club. For info: 342-3315 or email

Saturday, November 24th : • 10 am: Invermere Public Library hosts Christmas Bake Sale and Silent Auction. Please drop off donated baking on Friday, November 23rd. Sponsored by Friends of the Invermere Library. • 10 am: “Local Perspective” art show opens at Artym Gallery until November 30th. See works by Denise Lemaster, Pat Bavin, and Mark Sharp. Evening reception with artists 6-9 p.m. For info: 342-7566. • 10 am-noon: Scrappy-Do’s Christmas card-making workshop. $20, for info: 342-7238. • 10 am: Radium Public Library will resume the Toddler Program for babies and toddlers up to 36 months old. To register: 347-9131. • Light Up Night in Invermere: streets closed 4 to 8:30 pm, live entertainment at 5 pm, Panorama Mountain Village hosts World Cup Ski medal presentation and parade at 6 pm, Santa arrives 6:30 pm and lights go on; Santa meets children from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Toad’s Hole, fireworks by the arena at 8:15 p.m. Businesses open until 8 p.m. Free hot chocolate for everyone; goodies for the kids.

Sunday, November 25th: • 1 pm: Watch the Grey Cup Game, enjoy a complimentary lunch, at the Invermere Legion.

Monday, November 26th: • 1:30-2:30 pm: Flu shots available at Invermere Health Centre, 850-10th Ave. For info: 342-2360.

• 4-8 pm: 14th original Christmas Craft Sale, Invermere Hall. Admission $1, proceeds to Windermere Valley Child Care Society. For info: 342-1475. • 6:30 pm: Radium Christian Fellowship’s Christmas celebration, Radium Resort. Dinner specials, music door prizes. Tickets $20 each. For info: 342-6359.

Saturday, December 1st: • 10am-4pm: 14th original Christmas Craft Sale, Invermere Community Hall. Admission $1. For info: 342-1475. • 10 am-2 pm: Christmas Craft Fair and Lunch, Edgewater Community Hall. Crafters who want tables, call Phyllis at 347-9673. • 10 am: Christmas Story Time for Preschoolers, Radium Public Library. • 9 am-2 pm: Third annual arts, crafts, produce and rummage sale at the high school to support the Greenhouse Project. Table rentals $25 each. For info: Joanne Bragg at 342-9213, ext. 143. • Noon-2 pm: Skate with Santa, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Free hot dogs for kids 12 and under. Sponsored by Sobeys. • 7 pm: Snowflake Ball, hosted by Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Lions Hall. Live band, hot buffet, door prizes. Call 342-2844 to reserve. • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Revelstoke Grizzlies, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Sunday, December 2nd: • 12:30 pm: Super Sunday Santa Claus Parade in downtown Invermere. Stores open for Christmas shopping all day. • 1-6 pm: Free Christmas dinner at Copper Point Golf Club. Bring an item for the Food Bank.

Wednesday, December 5th: • 7 pm: Lake Windermere Rowing Club, Annual General Meeting, Quiniscoe Board Room, 906B8th Avenue, Invermere. All members and interested persons welcome., For info: 342-6494.

Thursday, December 6th: • 7-9 pm: Pharmasave in Invermere hosts Ladies’ Night, with free gifts to the first 50 ladies, demonstrations, refreshments, door prizes. For info: 342-8877. • 7:30 pm: Valley Voices Community Choir Christmas Concert, Christ Church Trinity. Tickets $12 adults, $5 students, $2 for children under six, at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials, and Trims&Treasures in Fairmont.

Friday, December 7th : • 9 am: Regional District of East Kootenay monthly general meeting, Cranbrook. • 10 am-noon, 1-3 pm: Visit Santa at the Prestige Inn. Admission by donation. Bring your own camera. Fundraiser for Columbia Valley Family Violence Prevention Society. • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Chase Chiefs, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • 7:30 pm: Valley Voices Community Choir Christmas Concert, Christ church Trinity. Tickets $12 adults, $5 students, $2 for children under six, at Dave’s Book Bar, Essentials, and Trims & Treasures in Fairmont.

Saturday, December 8th : • 10 am-noon, 1-3 pm: Visit Santa at the Prestige Inn in Radium. Admission by donation. Bring your own camera. Fundraiser for Columbia Valley Family Violence Prevention Society. • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Princeton Posse, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Friday, December 14th : • 5:30 pm: Invermere Rotary Club presents the Dinner for Seniors, Invermere Inn. To register, call 342-4242.

Saturday, December 15th : • 7:30 pm: Rockies Hockey Team plays Sicamous Eagles, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

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Fusion’s pajama party draws 130 More than 100 girls and women donned their best PJs and flocked to the Grand Opening Pajama Party at Fusion Wellness Spa last Wednesday, along with a handful of brave guys. There was plenty to keep everyone occupied, with complimentary mini-treatments along with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Those who were best dressed in their PJs also got the chance to get great discounts and were entered into a Spa Day giveaway. The team of massage practitioners and esthetitians were kept busy all evening with a steady stream

of willing volunteers who were keen to be pampered from head to toe. Fusion owner Jeanette Riches said she was amazed by the huge turn-out. “I think there must have been at least 200 people throughout the night, and some people stayed for the whole evening, which was nice. “For a lot of people, this was their first time at Fusion, which was the main idea behind having the Grand Opening in November. “I thought it was an amazing success. I thought people would just trickle through the door but herds of people came in. It was fantastic,” she said.

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‘The Local Perspective’ at Artym Gallery media technique creates fascinating and complex pieces that are visually exciting as well as establishing a captivating narrative for the viewer to Join three local artists and explore. everyone at the Artym Gallery An established painter, this weekend to enjoy a new Denise Lemaster uses subtle show: “The Local Perspective.” shifts in colour and tone to The show opens at 10 a.m. create her mountain or valley on Saturday, November 24th, landscapes that are reminiscent with an evening reception with of early Canadian landscape artists in attendance from 6 to 9 painters, but retain a contemp.m. that evening. porary feel. Who better to paint the inAlthough her work is imcredible landscapes of the Copressionistic, the scenes that lumbia Valley than those who Denise paints are very recoglive here: what is more inspirnizable, and her style is unmising than stepping out your front takable. door and seeing a fresh dusting An avid skier, and technical of snow on the mountains on a director for the Canadian Naclear blue day? tional Ski Team, Mark Sharp Or larch changing to flame spends a great deal of time in yellow amongst the evergreens the alpine, and so naturally high on the slopes? A summer finds much of his inspiration day high in the mountains after in the mountains. a day’s hike? There is endless inRockies from the Toby Benches is the title of this oil painting by Denise Lemaster of Invermere. With his background in spiration and beauty in and surgraphic design, Mark’s sense of rounding this amazing valley evUsing their constant exposure to the incredible ery day, and who better to put it to canvas than those land and mountainscapes, these three have created a form and composition is strong, and his use of bright who are here everyday to experience it? show that promises to be as varied and exciting as the colour lends a crispness to his paintings that is both engaging and captivating. Pat Bavin, Denise Lemaster and Mark Sharp are local geography! All three artists have a clear affinity for the mounthree local artists who have painted their inspiration Pat Bavin uses collage work to bring extra depth over a year to create this “Local Perspective” show at and texture to his colourful and energetic portrayals of tains, and the local landscape, capturing the essence of the Artym Gallery. local scenes and historical buildings. This new mixed the area with their different styles and mediums. Submitted by Deanna Berrington Artym Gallery

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A reverse mortgage can be your best friend if it allows you to stay in the home you love, but it can be your worst enemy as it rapidly eats up the home equity you invested years building. Since each reverse mortgage has different terms and conditions, make sure you check out all the details before you sign, even if you are arranging a private reverse mortgage. The following questions are ones you ask yourself before you get into a reverse mortgage. If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, a decision in favour of a reverse mortgage may be premature, impractical or ill advised for you at this stage: 1) Do the benefits of home ownership clearly outweigh the burdens, now and in the foreseeable future? Another way to ask this question is how much do you value living in your home? If you are type of person who would do anything to remain in your home but you could use the extra cash, a reverse mortgage may be for you. A reverse mortgage may not make sense for someone who is impartial to their home. These people may be better off selling their home and moving into a smaller house, condo, renting or moving into a retirement facility, because all of those options would be cheaper than a reverse mortgage. 2) Can you relax and enjoy the money from the reverse mortgage, knowing that debt is compounding against the value of your home? If you hate debt, then reverse mortgages are probably not for you. In order to utilize a reverse mortgage program you must be willing to have debt and be willing to leave it alone. 3) Can you accept full responsibility for home

maintenance, taxes, and insurance, given that failure to meet these obligations could authorize the lender to request full repayment of the mortgage debt? If you are getting behind financially and utilizing a reverse mortgage to catch up, you may want to explore other options to lower your month-to-month expenses. Reverse mortgages may be best for those who are financially comfortable and aren’t concerned about the value of their estates. This may include childless adults, or those who own real estate that is very high in value and if sold in an estate sale would still be worth a lot of money even after a reverse mortgage. 4) Can you manage financially if the home equity is substantially or completely used up, and/or if you need to move into alternative housing? If your answer is no, then you should really avoid a reverse mortgage and instead look at downsizing or renting. If you won’t be living in your house ten years from now and need to sell it, will you have enough equity left to buy a smaller house, a condo or rent? If the answer is no, then you’ll have to live with less or downsize or rent now. Do you know precisely what your alternatives are if you do not arrange a reverse mortgage? You’re alternative should be that you will be fine without it. If you answer no to this question a reverse mortgage may only be a band-aid solution and not be suitable for the long-term. On the other hand, if you want some extra money to spend while you are healthy and able to get around and can afford both mentally and financially to take on some debt, the reverse mortgage is a great way to for house-rich Canadians to free up some cash.

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November 23, 2007 AG R E E M E N T — P i c tured here, from left, are Assistant Superintendent Barbara Morris, Chief Wilfred Teneese, Superintendent Bendina Miller, school trustee Jim Jenkinson, Akisqnuk Education Coordinator Stephanie Sam, School Board Chair Greg Anderson, Akisqnuk Councillor Samantha Sam, School Board Secretary-Treasurer Cam Dow, and Akisqnuk Councillor Beatrice Stevens. Photo submitted

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Historic education agreement signed Submitted by Adrian Bergles Council members of the Akisqnuk First Nation and representatives of the Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 have signed an historic agreement to work toward the best interests of Akisqnuk First Nation students. The local Education Agreement is the framework within which the school district provides services to Akisqnuk First Nation children. The new document replaces a very out-of-date agreement signed in 1998. “This agreement makes it easier for all parties to work toward our shared vision of working for the betterment of Akisqnuk students,” said Akisq-

Application forms are available at Family Resource Centre, Columbia Valley Employment Centre, College of the Rockies, Invermere Public Health Unit, the Akisqnuk Health Centre, Shuswap Band Offices, Canal Flats Headwaters Centre or 342-6752.

nuk Education Coordinator Stephanie Sam. “This makes sure Akisqnuk students have the same opportunities as any other student.” Rocky Mountain School Board chair Greg Anderson calls the agreement “very significant.” “It will continue to build upon the good relationship we have with the Akisqnuk First Nation,” he said. Negotiators from the Akisqnuk First Nation and the school district have met regularly since this past May to work on the agreement. “The agreement assures regular communication so any outstanding issues can be handled accordingly,” said Akisqnuk Council member and negotiator Jesse Nicholas.

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Putting the hip back in hippy By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Fashionistas who love scouring garage sales and markets for quirky and individual items will have a field day at Hippy Chic, a new Invermere store which is putting the fun back into fashion. Hippy Chic is the brainchild of Shelley Streicek, who opened the shop back in September and offers an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories. “I always wanted to have a store like this so once I found the right location I decided to go for it. I wanted to have something which went along with my whole philosophy of helping the environment and promoting the joy in life. So I stock products which offer sustainable solutions, such as hemp, recycled silk and fair trade items.” Shelley explained she is the largest supplier of vintage and retro clothing in the whole of Western Canada, and every week she receives new supplies from across Canada and around the world. The best part of rummaging around at Hippy Chic is that you never know what you’re going to find, from a Beatles T-shirt to a Kenny Rogers original on vinyl. And that’s the fun part of it. “There are so many vibrant colours, which inspire people to play more and bring out their fun side,” she said. “I chose Hippy Chic because the hippy part means putting the earth first, and the chic part refers to style and the way we dress.” And clothes are just the tip of the iceberg, as there is a whole treasure trove of vintage items to hunt through. There’s jewellery, glassware, hats, and even a 25-

cent section for children to shop, too. With Christmas coming up and all those parties to go to, Hippy Chic also does rentals, so if you want something extravagant or just plain silly to wear, you’ll be able to find it there. “The entertainment side of things is huge, so I want to bring in a theme once a month so people in the valley have lots to choose from. We’ve got a huge array of dresses, and we’ve even got Charles Dickens style clothing, which will be great for the Light Up festivities this weekend. And we’ve got summer stuff too, for those people who want to escape the winter and head to the sun,” she said. Shelley’s husband Travis Williams used his carpentry skills to transform the shop into the treasure chest it is today, and almost 90 percent of the interior furniture was collected from salvage. “We wanted to be able to give the consumer something different. We all work hard to earn our money, then we want to have an experience when we go shopping. I totally went against the grain by not cramming in as much stock as I could, so it’s like a treasure hunt when people come in,” she said. “And we can help people who want to change their style, or maybe they’re looking for a gift or just something different in their wardrobe. I love helping people find a new level to their life by changing the things they’re wearing.” Shelley can also help with picking out fabrics and she’s happy to do alternations if the fit isn’t right. And plans for the future? Well, the sky’s the limit. Shelley is planning to include a fragrance bar and a tasting bar with speciality ethnic foods and candies. So don’t be afraid to unleash your wild side at Hippy Chic at 108, 901-7th Avenue in Parkside Place.

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November 23, 2007

World Cup lights up the valley

Panorama Mountain Village will not only host the World Cup ski races this weekend, it will also participate in Invermere’s annual Light Up event on Saturday night, which will be bigger and better than ever before. See pages 18 and 19 for a complete schedule of events in both locations. Photo provided by Panorama Mountain Village


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World Cup fever is heading to town this weekend for the first time in 15 years, with the eyes of the world on Panorama Mountain Village as the cream of international athletes and media flock to the valley. The Telus World Cup Panorama Ladies Slalom and Giant Slalom races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th, and the conditions are looking perfect for ski racing. Current temperatures are below freezing, and about 25 centimetres of snow fell at the resort last weekend, bringing the total to more than 70 centimetres. The snowmaking team is preparing ski runs Old Timer and Hay Fever for the upcoming events. Snowmaking manager, Todd Partington, explained the snow crystals they are currently producing have higher moisture content than average. “The snow is fast and perfect for ski racing,” he said. Grooming supervisor Mark Tripps is working closely with Bruce Hampstead, executive director of Canadian World Cup Events, to shape the runs. He said the biggest challenge is the run called Hay Fever, which requires the use of winch-cats fixed down by large cables to climb steep pitches. Although Hay Fever is a challenging run to prepare, it promises to showcase this year’s most exciting slalom events on the World Cup circuit. That’s according to Dusan Grasic, Alpine Canada program director, who says the slalom event will be fantastic. “First, it’s a brand-new run on the circuit, so racers haven’t had a chance to ski it before. “Second, no slalom event is more challenging because Hay Fever is much steeper than what racers are used to on slalom runs. The breakover at the start of the course will be a great feature and will bring some excitement to the course”, he said.

Panorama has a long history in ski racing, hosting world-class men’s and women’s races for many years. The Ladies’ World Cup was first held at Panorama in December 1989. The downhill, which ran the length of popular Skyline and Horseshoe, was then described by Canadian coach Glenn Thomsen as the best women’s downhill in North America, and was also billed as one of the top five in the world, due to Panorama’s famed sheer vertical drop. Last season, Panorama hosted North America’s most talented racers during the Northwest Mutual Funds Coupe Nor-Am Cup Finals, an event which was later awarded Race of the Year by Alpine Canada Alpin. Panorama also offers a pre-season race training program. Since 1992, the resort has provided training facilities to members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team as well as those from many other countries. Eric Whittle, director of sales and marketing at Panorama, said the World Cup offers a great opportunity to work towards building the volunteer base for the upcoming Olympics in 2010. “Panorama is the true epicenter of ski racing in the Rockies, and many of our locals have more than just a few years under their belt when it comes to making these events happen,” he said. John Cassels, Alpine Canada Alpin director of World Cup events, added the volunteers are to be congratulated for their efforts in preparing the course for World Cup racing. “The course is in very good condition and will provide a fair challenge to the world’s best ski racers,” he said. This is a unique opportunity to watch the world’s fastest women take on Hay Fever and Old Timer at Panorama. And for those who can’t make it out at the weekend, the Telus World Cup will be broadcast live on CBC, NBC, and other networks across Canada, with up to 140 million people watching worldwide.

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November 23, 2007

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Invermere’s Main Street will be packed on November 25th with skiers, entertainers and spectators.

Invermere Lights Up Saturday sic will start at 5 p.m., along with various street performers, and free hot chocolate and cookies. Panorama will have a parade of athletes at 6 p.m., featuring Caio and Gerard Paagman and their Friesian Horses, and this will be followed at 6:10 p.m. by medal presentations and a bib draw for the next day’s race on the stage. At 6:30 p.m. the town Christmas tree will be lit up, then Santa will join the party, visiting children in his den at the Toad’s Hole cafe, beside Tiffany’s Thredz. Paul Christy, who owns Monkey’s Uncle, explained there will be a dress-up contest for anyone who comes downtown, with an old-fashioned Dickens Christmas theme. “The prize for the best dressed family is a family weekend at Panorama, with accommodation and lift tickets, courtesy of Panorama. And the best-dressed male and best-dressed female will each receive a North Face ski jacket, courtesy of Can-Ski,” he explained. The entertainment will continue until 8 p.m., with Santa sticking around until 7:30 p.m., and there will be lots of great shopping on the night. So make sure you’re a part of the action.

By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Invermere is set to have a very special Light Up event this year, as the town shares its celebration of the season with World Cup skiers and international media on Saturday, November 24th. This special event will get underway on Saturday at 5 p.m., and an exciting evening lies ahead, which will include the parade of athletes, athlete bib draw, followed by a tree lighting ceremony and capped off with a display of fireworks at 8:15 p.m. It’s set to be a great street party, which will show the rest of the world that Invermere really has plenty of spirit. Those who want to make a head start on their Christmas shopping can do so, and there will be a whole host of bargains and special offers to be snapped up at participating businesses. Seventh Avenue will be closed down by 4 p.m., from the bank intersection to Lake Auto. This will give enough time for everyone to set up and get ready before the fun starts at 5 p.m. A stage will be set up alongside the Toby Theatre, and the mu-

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November 23, 2007

Christine skiing in World Cup race By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff When the eyes of the world turn to Panorama this weekend for the Telus World Cup, one of the skiiers they will be watching is Invermere’s very own Christina Lustenberger. The 23-year-old giant slalom racer has plenty of experience in the global spotlight, since she competed in the Olympic Games in 2006. And once again she will be up against the cream of international talent as she competes in the giant slalom race on Saturday, November 25th. Christina will be racing with the Canadian Women’s Alpine Ski Team, and is looking forward to skiing on her home hill in front of her friends and family. “I’m really excited to race on a hill I know really well, and it’s going to be great to have the whole team racing on my home hill,” she said. “A lot of my friends are coming and Panorama feels like family as I know a lot of the staff. It’s going to be great and the weather is supposed to be good too. I’m really looking forward to it.” Christina and the team have been training hard on the Farnham Glacier, and they’ve also been up at Nikiska in Kananaskis between Calgary and Banff every day.

The Lustenbergers, both Throughout the summer, avid skiers, work for Intrawest she did a lot of dryland trainoperating Lusti’s, a coffee shop ing—working out in the gym, and ski equipment rental outbiking, hiking and climbing— let at Panorama Mountain Vilto help fully recover from the lage. knee injuries she sustained in Christina’s sister Andrea, 2001 and again in 2005. aged 25, is returning from a Christina grew up here in two-month trip to Nepal on Invermere, and her parents PeFriday night, just in time to ter and Jane will be among her cheer her on. many friends and family rootThe girls both went through ing for her on the sidelines. the Nancy Greene Ski Program It will once again be a nailand joined the Windermere biting time for them as they Valley Ski Club. followed her progress in FebThe five-foot, eight-inch ruary last year, when Christina Christina has been skiing since headed to the Olympics in Itthe age of three. aly after winning two exciting Her father Peter Lustenback-to-back World Cup races berger grew up in a small vilin Germany. Christina Lustenberger lage in Switzerland where he She was placed high enough skied to school, and her mother in the standings to earn her the Jane learned to ski on the local hills in her native Van17th and final spot in Canada’s ski team. This time her parents Peter and Jane will be able couver. And even Christina’s 91-year-old grandfather to watch the races as they happen. Last year Peter had is still a skier. So she no doubt has skiing in her blood. Let’s hope to watch Christina’s progress at the Olympics over the internet. Christina does the valley proud on Saturday!

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All aboard the holiday train! This year the famed CPR Holiday Train will be routed through Radium, where it will stop at at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, December 14th. Performers include Wide Mouth Mason, a trio of musicians from Saskatoon; and Juno award-winning pop singer Melanie Doan, as well as Santa Claus. Bring cash or food items for the Food Bank. Each year the train visits about 100 communites and draws more than 100,000 spectators. The train will arrive in Radium after dark, providing an excellent opportunity to marvel at the thousands of lights decorating the train. This is a real family event and not to be missed!

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Budding artists Students from J. A. Laird School in Invermere put their best brush forward last week when they took to the streets of Invermere to paint shop windows with a festive theme. Pictured left to right at the Post Office are: Jericho Paulhus, 11; Kevin Ede, 11; Kaelin Hyllestad, 11; Ian Shand, 11; and Dillon Konkin, 11.

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How to compile a Christmas hamper Submitted by the Christmas Bureau The support of our community partners for the last 11 years has made the holiday season much better for those among us struggling financially. The Christmas Bureau, organizing this aid for the 12th year, asks for your participation again. Please, help us give your neighbours a boost when they need it most. Holiday memories are made sweeter when helping others. Despair at Christmas is an unhappy memory. We suggest three options when you are compiling your hampers: • A collective project, including employees or another group where everyone contributes some part. This gives everyone a chance to give. • A personal donation or hamper, perhaps a family project. • To honour friends or family. We mail an attractive certificate indicating that a family’s needs were met in your friend’s name, a way to know you’ve cared and a local family benefits.

The guideline for various sized families is listed below. When you decide to prepare a hamper, please contact Gail at 342-6752 or to indicate the size of family you will sponsor. Please confirm your commitment by December 14, 2007, but preferably before. A number will be given to you at confirmation, or later, to indicate a certain family has their food needs met. This number will also coordinate with the Angel Tree gifts. Confidentiality is very important; therefore, you are an anonymous donor. Distribution day is December 19, 2007 at the Invermere Community Hall. Please drop off your hamper between 8 a.m. and noon. Pack your hamper in several small, easily handled boxes, clearly identified by large numbers, as assigned on registry. A volunteer at the receiving table will accept the funds you provide for your family’s turkey or meat. A Christmas Bureau Voucher, redeemable at all major Valley grocery stores, will be handed directly to the hamper recipient.

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Extras at your discretion: home baking, cookies, popcorn, hot chocolate, marshmallows, bacon or sausage, packaged stuffing mix, turkey gravy (canned or mix) Pickles, dessert mixes, paper products (tissues, toilet paper, etc.), candies. If possible, funds to provide meat are $15, $20, $25.

Please do not enclose extra money or gift certificates so all hampers will be more equal. The Christmas Bureau is grateful for all donations, including cash, used for unsponsored families and perishable vouchers where needed. Dairy Queen follows their corporate mandate for a toy donation Christmas Tree and for the past two years has sent all collected toys to the Christmas Bureau for inclusion in their hampers. This year our Dairy Queen is putting the specific requests from the Christmas Bureau clients on their tree. This means the children infant to 14 will have a special tree to ask for what they need or want most. The children’s Angel Tree will be up and have requests on December 1st. Dave’s Book Bar is the Angel Tree location for teens, adults and seniors. The tree will be ready by November 24th, Light Up Night. For further info, call Gail at 342-6752 or Helen at 342-6789. May your holidays be wonderful! You have made a very big difference for another family in our Valley.

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Community Foundation to present annual awards By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK . . . Equipment operator Doug Hagen and Copper Creek Electric owner Ray Reamsbottom got up high to make sure the Christmas decorations were safely installed in Invermere last week. Photo by Rachel Pinder


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Seona Helmer Windermere playground to the Columbia Valley wetlands,” she said. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation has been going since 2001, but there are similar organizations across Canada, and the Vancouver Foundation was established back in the 1940s. Director Emile Morin explained the foundation has about $600,000 invested, but is limited by its charter to giving gifts only to registered charities. “We do support other organisations, but only through registered charities. We have also given some monies to the District of Invermere to support groups within the District such as the Columbia Valley Arts Council and the skatepark,” Mr. Morin said. The next round of awards will be made on Friday, November 23rd.


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Invermere Pee Wee teams host home tournament By Cheryl Bachinski Pioneer Columnist I have to begin this week’s column with our Invermere Girls’ Midget team, who travelled to Cochrane for league play and came away with a 10 win. Goalie extraordinaire, Alanna Westergaard, recorded her fourth shut-out of the season, putting in another solid performance in net. It was a defensive battle until the last six minutes of the third period when Emma Ross scored the game’s only goal. Olivia Smith had a strong game, killing penalties and breaking up many of Cochrane’s offensive drives. The girls are back to Alberta next weekend for a three-game road trip against Vulcan, Lethbridge and Brooks. Congratulations to Alanna and the team for

some incredible hockey action. The Bantam Boys A team travelled to Cranbrook and played in a very physical game. Invermere’s goalie, Zack Opheim, not only had to protect against goals, but faced a number of run-ins with Cranbrook’s offensive pressure in his crease, including a stick across his throat. Our boys played strong hockey, but fell to a 54 defeat. They came close to tying it up late in the third, but simply ran out of time. They came home with a few injuries too, Daniel Watson ended up with a dislocated knee and Braden White sustained a hand injury. The Junior Girls continue to demonstrate the power of team work and positional play. Within their league they remain undefeated and have dominated the play and the score board. In their most recent 10-3 win over the Cranbrook Culligan team, the girls showed much discipline in their unselfish team play. To quote the Cranbrook coach, “We were schooled today.” Sawyer Ellingboe led the offence with a hat trick, while Haley McDonald and Mary Smith netted two

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each. A highlight of the game was the effort put forth by the younger girls on the team. They demonstrated growing confidence in setting up Lindsay Torma on a breakaway. Lindsay did not disappoint, as she went in from centre ice and beat the goalie cleanly. Kiana Strand and Holly Nikirk also scored single goals in the game, a game which was extremely entertaining for the crowd of fans that came to watch. The girls will have to make adjustments in their up-coming games as they take on the AAA team from the West Kootenays. Goalie Jayme Saunders, who now has two shut-outs to her credit, will see many more pucks in the next couple weeks. Best of luck, girls. Based on your past performance, I am sure you are all up for the challenge. Just a reminder that the Invermere Pee Wee teams are having their home tournament this weekend, with teams visiting us from Alberta and B.C. The tournament opens on Friday night and runs through the weekend. There will be a bake sale table as well as prizes to be won, and some great hockey to be enjoyed. Be sure to take part in the activities in the downtown this weekend.

New judo class in Invermere incorporates dance, too By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff A new judo dance class is kicking off in Invermere this week, and is set to be a great way of combining martial arts with rhythmic movement. The class will run for the next three weeks, and will integrate judo, gymnastics, ju-jitsu, breakdancing and tai kwondo. Former junior and senior Canadian judo champion Charlotte Streicek will be instructing the class, which is aimed at youth and young adults, but all age groups are welcome. Charlotte explained what she has in store for new recruits. “The class will be creative and also very physical. We’ll be using lots of levels and space and using our bodies and the floor to take off using flight. That’s when it can get quite acrobatical,” she said. “Judo has been in the Olympics since 1962, but this class will be something a little different by using a variety of skills in a creative way.” Charlotte was training for the Olympics back in the eighties when she tore a ligament, then later discovered dance improvisation, so she decided it

would be great to combine the two. “The class is about contact dance improvisation, using forms of judo more as a cooperative movement. “There is definitely a need for youth and young adults to have a creative outlet aside from traditional sports. “And I’m grateful to judo coach Hermann Mauthner, who coached me when I was training, for giving permission for me to develop this class at the club. “Hermann has been coaching judo for decades and Invermere Judo Club is quite well-known for producing good athletes. “And it’s cool for me to use judo techniques with dance movement, in a way that can be very physical or more gentle,” Charlotte said. The judo class will run at Invermere Judo Club for the next three weeks from 7:45 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. Drop-ins are also welcome. For more details contact Charlotte at 342-6069. Charlotte is also running Movement Fusion classes at Fusion Wellness Spa on Wednesday nights from 7:30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. For more details contact 341-3511.

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November 23, 2007

Harold and Brent face off for blades of glory By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist

CVOHA League Standings Team

The following is a rebuttal to my apparent onesided version of the Warwick Wolves and Huckleberry Hawks match-up on Oct. 31st. These are the opinions of Brent Raven, goalie for the Warwick Wolves and someone whom I frequently refer to as “The Incredible Bulk”: Mo-ti-va-tion (noun) 1. The act or instance of motivating. 2. The state or condition of being motivated. 3. Something that motivates; inducement, incentive. “Motivation is an awesome and unbelievable act. I was witness to this first-hand last Wednesday night (Oct. 31st). A group of men, not fit even to call themselves hockey players, did the impossible. This band of misfits out-performed a team that is far superior to them. The only educational explanation for this overachieving feat must be motivation. They, themselves, probably cannot explain what actually happened. When you skate around the ice with that many horseshoes shoved up your butt, sooner or later even the worst team can fluke off a win. The problem with motivation in hockey is that no matter how much and often you try to motivate your-

Brent Raven, left, is ready to tackle Harold on the ice. selves, sooner or later the lack of skills and the other team’s superiority will always win out in the end.” So it seems we have a real rivalry in the Columbia Valley Oldtimers’ Hockey Association this season!! Don’t forget . . . January 9, 2008, at 10:30 p.m. One team will put up and the other might shut up, but I doubt it. Tickets still on sale at Home Hardware. And finally, just in case you care . . . the Nov.14 results: Lake Auto over Hi Heat, Petro-Can over Valley Vision, Huckleberry’s over Kicking Horse, Inside Edge over Da’ Mudders.


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SCRAPBOOK—Not only the most-read paper in the valley, but the most-travelled as well, The Pioneer continues to turn up in farflung places. Pictured here, clockwise from top, left: Tatyana and Gordon Deimling on holiday near the city of Razgrad, Bulgaria; The Cahill family, Christie, Jan, Joshua, and Christie’s five-year-old daughter Kaylie Figaroa, scuba diving in Aruba; Ruth Fast at Union Square and 14th Street in New York City in October; George and Fern Oglestone in Reno, Nevada, on Halloween; Mike and Pauline Haltman, Don and Alice Pawlyshyn, and Joyce and Doug Leibel of Fairmont at the ancient ruin at Ephesus near Kusadesi, Turkey.

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Bighorns win Kootenay Bowl to end season Stephan Trudel was awarded the Most Valuable Player; the Coach’s Recognition Award was presented to Josh Wall; Alex Noga won the Most Defensive Player of the Year; Darnell It was celebrations all round last weekHopkins was Rookie of the Year; the Lineman end, when the Columbia Valley Bighorns held of the Year Award went to Chuck Nicholas, an end-of-season banquet after clinching the and Curtis Wolf won the Offensive Player of Kootenay Bowl against the Cranbrook Rams, the Year. with a 9-0 win. Head coach Bruce Marlow said the roast Despite losing to the Rams the previous beef dinner and ice cream buffet which Panweek, the Bighorns came back with a vengeance orama hosted was fantastic. to win the fledgling championship. “It was a magnificent night, absolutely pheThey played only one full season as a team, nomenal. We had about 100 guests celebrating and now their determination and concerted efour championship win. I’m very proud of all forts have paid off. the kids. They really did a damn good job, and Head coach Bruce Marlow said the boys played with class all year long. None of them have shown great dedication to the team, fitting in training and games around other com- Big Horn Cornerback Cam Franson, left, pats teammate Curtis Wolf. had ever played football before this year so it was a bit of a challenge sometimes, but as a mitments such as school and jobs. It was also team they really listened to what they were told no mean feat as many of the boys had never Panorama Mountain Village last weekend. played before and were not familiar with the rules of An award ceremony was also held, with awards go- to do. Cranbrook was a classy team too, and they put the game. ing to players throughout the team. And quarterback on a great day for the Kootenay Bowl to take place. The Bighorns celebrated their awesome victory Justin Woodman presented a video he had made of the But unfortunately for them, we were the winning team,” he said. and marked the end of the season at a team banquet at team’s performance throughout the season. By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff

Cropper, Israelson to coach freeride club By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Two Invermere ski coaches who are competing on the world circuit are set to bring their expertise to the newly-formed Panorama Mountain Freeride Club. Jordan Cropper, Mike Meadus 26, and Jon Israelson, 24, have grown up skiing in the valley, so have lots to give the youngsters trying to brush up their snow skills. They have spent the past few years in Whistler working on freeride competitions, and are now set for a series of freeride competitions early next year: Red Mountain on January 11-13; Fernie on February 2-3 and Lake Louise on March 8-9. Mike Meadus, who formed the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club in August this year, said it was great to have coaches of this calibre teaching young skiers in the valley. “It’s fantastic to have Jordan and Jon, who are

both professional skiers, coaching in the club. “The kids really look up to them, and because they’ve both grown up in Invermere, most of the kids know them as well. Most parents want their kids to learn the safety side of it as well, so they can develop their knowledge and ski skills without getting hurt,” Mike explained. The Panorama Mountain Freeride Club has a range of programs: Bumps and Jumps for five to 11 year-olds; Development (D1) for eight and nine year-olds; Development (D2) for 10 and 11 year-olds; Pre-Competitive for 12 and 13 year-olds; Non-Competitive for 12 year-olds and above; Pure Competitive for 14-year-olds and above; and snowboarding for eight-year-olds and above. All programs are run across weekends, with some just running on Saturdays or just Sundays. They will kick off on the weekend of December 8, and will run until April 6, 2008. There will also be a Christmas Camp on December 28-30 and January 2-5, followed by a Spring Camp on March 17-20 and March 25-28. As well as developing skiing skills, children will also learn about the mountain environment, safety and basic avalanche awareness. The club is a non-profit society, and they aim

to keep the fees as low as possible to encourage all families to access mountain riding. And for those without their own skis and gear, Invermere’s Syndicate Boardshop will be offering a discount to members of the club. Mike spent 12 years working in Europe as a ski instructor, and returned to the valley with his wife Andrea in 2003. He explained that freeriding is becoming more and more popular with skiers. “Freeriding is the fastest growing sport in North America which is why we need a club here. “With freeriding, you can go as steep and deep as you want, and you get points for style and the bigger the air you get. “The kids are really interested in competing, although we do have non-competitive groups as well. “We set up the club in August and we’ve had a really good response so far. We’ve got 30 kids signed up already and we’re anticipating it could get up to 50. We want to be able to get parents involved with their kids in the club to make it more of a family sport,” he said. The sign-up deadline is December 1. For more info about the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club, contact Mike at 342-9082.

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Public Information

914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Ph: 250-342-9281 • Fax: 250-342-2934 • E-mail:



12th Avenue

6th Street

Invermere Hospital

10th Avenue


The District of Invermere will be installing two Stop signs on 6th Street at 12th Avenue.

Notice of Public Hearing

Board of Directors Invermere Public Library

Are you an avid reader? Are you excited about the library’s expansion? Would you like to be a part of your library’s future?

The Invermere Public Library is searching for an enthusiastic individual resident to fill a volunteer Trustee positions. The position will be for a length of 2 years. To be considered for a position, the applicant must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere and cannot be an employee of the District of Invermere or Library Board. Those holding positions at the time of advertisement are welcome to reapply for an additional term. Interested persons are requested to submit letters of application and brief resumes including reasons for interest and related experience to:

Zoning Bylaw Amendment

Mayor and Council, District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339, 914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0 or to

NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere, to amend Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1085, 2001. Council will consider the proposed bylaw at their December 11th, 2007 Regular Meeting.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 7th, 2007

Request for Proposals

Bylaw No.1353 will amend Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1085, 2001 by adding the following policies to Section 2.2: 4. The District will permit the issuance of a temporary commercial permit for all lands designated as downtown commercial, gateway commercial and institutional, as designated within Chapter 3. 5. The issuance of temporary commercial permits for lands described as Lot 1, DL 216 and 267, KD Plan 14305 Except Plan NEP73904 will be limited to the areas outlined on the attached schedule “A”. The intent of this bylaw is to allow the temporary commercial uses of the subject property and have the parcel identified within the Official Community Plan to permit temporary commercial permits. The subject property is legally described as Lot 1, DL 216 and 267, KD Plan 14305 Except Plan NEP73904, and as outlined in black on the map shown. The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1353, 2007”. A copy of this proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from November 21st to December 4th 2007. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed “Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1353, 2007 may: • • •

Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing.

NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations subsequent to the close of the public hearing. Chris Prosser, CAO, District Of Invermere

Dog Control Officer (Contract Position)

THE OPPORTUNITY: We have a vacancy for a Dog Control Officer to enforce dog control bylaws within the District of Invermere boundaries. This is a contracted position working as required and on-call 7 days per week and may include holidays. THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT: The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to apply bylaws and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control. Completion of related courses such as bylaw enforcement would be an asset. We also require a Class 5 driver’s license, ability to meet the mobility and lifting requirements of the position and ability to meet call-out requirements. Interested persons are invited to submit letters of application and resumes including related experience to: Chris Prosser, CAO, District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue), Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 or


Curbside Recycling Program

The District of Invermere invites written proposals from qualified firms for the implementation of a curbside recycling program for approximately 1400 solid waste clients within the District of Invermere. This implementation involves development and delivery of a curbside recycling public education program with client service and response in the initial implementation phase of the program. It is expected that this implementation will begin with communication development in December of 2007. Curbside recycling pick up will begin April 1, 2008. Contractors are invited to submit a short proposal outlining: • • • • • • •

Their general approach to implementation of a curbside recycling program for the District of Invermere; An approximate schedule of deliverables within the program including anticipated hours and relative costs associated with each; Provide a summary of your firm’s qualifications to perform the services requested; ensure to advise the number of years your company or sole proprietorship has been in business; Provide details as to the amount of general liability and professional liability insurance your firm carries; Provide the names of three references, including their telephone numbers; Detail the relevant experience of the individual(s) who would be performing the services requested; a contract price not exceeding $15,000 that will be flexible to allow for Change Orders to effect increases or decreases in level of service provided to fit the program within budget and perceived focus.

In addition to the information being requested in this Request for Proposals contractors can provide the District of Invermere with any other information considered relevant and that the District of Invermere should be aware of before making its decision on the contractor. The District of Invermere, as the result of this Request for Proposals, has no obligation to award a contract and are not bound to select the lowest priced proposal and reserve the right to reject any and all proposals. In no event will the District of Invermere be responsible for the costs of preparation or submission of any proposal. Questions on this Request for Proposal may be directed to Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Invermere, phone 250-342-9281. Proposals should be delivered to 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0. Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm MST, December 7, 2007.

Employment Opportunity

The District of Invermere has an opening for a Casual Labourer/Operator in the Public Works Department. Working on a day to day basis as required, this casual position will be part of the public works staff. To be eligible you must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license. Special consideration will be given to people with previous construction or municipal works experience including Environmental Operators Certification. An air brakes endorsement or a valid class 3 driver’s license would be an asset. Under the supervision of the Public Works Foreman, the labourer/operator performs a variety of manual labour duties. Work involves the general maintenance of municipal infrastructures including roads and streets, storm drainage, water and sewer systems, parks, cemetery and buildings. Applicants must possess sound communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of WCB regulations would be an asset. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit with wages at $22.00 per hour (2007). Applications will be received by the Director of Municipal Works at the District of Invermere office up to and including 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2007.

The Municipal Office will be closed for the Holidays from Monday, December 24th to Friday, December 28th, 2007 and Tuesday, January 1st, 2008. The office will be open on Monday, December 31st, 2007

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The Elf Craft Fair is Coming! Friday Nov. 23rd . 4 pm. – 8 pm. Saturday Nov. 24th . 9 am. – 3 pm. Invermere Hall. Come get in the mood for the season with us. Door prizes! Admission by donation to Verge for Youth.

Vehicle to be sold by D. Clowers dba Club Towing. Location of sale: 341-4th Avenue, Athalmer, B.C. Date of sale: November 30th, 2007. Time of sale: 5:00 pm. Vehicle to be sold under the Warehouse Lien Act for Towing & Storage costs. Vehicle is a 1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder, Vin # JN8AR07Y1XW360265. Name of Debtor: D. Clowers dba Club Towing. Amount of Debt: $2,713.60.

Invermere, up to 1,000 square feet. 40% off commercial rates. Call Stan, 341-3134.

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



Monthly or weekly units available for working couples or individuals with or without kitchens. Call Motel Bavaria in Radium, 347-9915.

Invermere, furnished 1 bdrm, $950/month or $1250.00 for additional bdrm. Utilities included, limited laundry use, available Jan. 1st . Call Stan, 341-3134. Trailers for rent in Canal Flats. 2 bdrm available Dec. 15th , $500/month. 3 bdrm available immediately, $550/month. No dogs please, call Vic, 349-5264.

Valley’s Edge Resort in Edgewater

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE by the Hoodoo Quilters Saturday November 24, 2007 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Doreen’s Avon Open House Noon – 8:00 pm Nov. 23 & 24 Dec. 7 & 8 4836 Stanley St. Radium


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

Retail/Office/ Storage 503 7th Ave. Only one spot left! 2000 sq. ft., $12.00/sq. ft. triple net. Call 342-0603 or 341-5845.

WANTED Canopy for Ford Ranger Super Cab, 342-3207 2 roommates wanted for quiet Invermere location from Dec 1st to April 30th . N/S, N/P, close to all amenities, $550.00/month. Call 688-8294.

2 bdrm suite in Radium. $900/ month plus utilities, W/D, dishwasher, fridge, stove, N/P, N/S. Available Dec. 1st , 250688-4500. 1 bdrm plus den, kitchen, Canal Flats, $550.00, including utilities, 341-1030. 1 bdrm for rent in Invermere, $550/month, includes utilities. Available immediately, 3417248.



HAYHURST, Ernest (Ernie) Alexander

In Memory Sybil Esther Menegozzo Sept/1929-Nov/2006

Passed away unexpectedly November 16, 2007, at Calgary General Hospital after suffering heart failure. Born in Vernon BC. June 26, 1942, Ernie was the fourth of six children born to John and Winnifred Hayhurst. Their family was raised in the BX district of Vernon, BC. Survived by his loving wife Dianne of 43 years, daughter Tracy (Wayne), granddaughter Amber, daughter Shawn (John) and grandchildren Kasey and Sawyer, sister Peggy (John), brothers Ron (Joanne), Charlie (Sharon), and Doug (Carole), mother-in-law Vera Eckert, sisters and brothers in law Dorothy (Ivan) and Wendy (Victor) and many nieces and nephews. Ernie was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed wandering through the woods exploring and hunting for nature’s treasures, or taking a drive in the country to marvel at the beauty that surrounded him. He loved his garden and his workshop, puttering in both for hours on end. Ernie had a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. Memorial service to be held at the Canal Flat Community Hall at two o’clock, Saturday, November 24, 2007, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, he would have appreciated a donation to the charity of your choice.

CONDO FOR RENT Invermere 1 or 2 bdrm new! Inc. all utilities, private deck, yard, tile floors, modern, perfect for quiet couple. $1200 long term, available, 699-7798. 1 bdrm apt condo in small quiet complex in Radium. Fully furnished, parking, use of W/D. N/S, N/P. References. Available immediately. $700.00/month + Hydro. Call (403) 281-0923.

Mom/Nana We miss your smile, your loving face Your kindness and love that brightened our days Forever in Our Hearts Vic, Marie(Gilbert),Shelley(Bino),Cody,Jessie, Victoria,Olivia,Erica and Wyatt In loving memory of our father, husband, and papa Leonard Hemmelgarn who passed away two years ago, November 20, 2005. They say memories last forever, That may be true But we never wanted memories, We only wanted you. Remembering you is easy, We do it everyday, But missing you is heartache, That never goes away. We miss you so much Dad. Love always Frances Jo-Ann Arno Family Bob Terri Family Joy Todd Family.

Only minutes from Radium Hot Springs, Seasonal Rental, Furnished, References required, No pets, No smoking. $1,100/month plus utilities.

This 1 bedroom fully furnished condo located in the luxurious Sable Ridge complex comes complete with king-sized bed, Penthouse furnishings, and everything you will need to make this retreat like condo home. This is the largest one-bedroom condo in the complex which features a spacious living and dining room, large deck overlooking the pool, 2 hot tubs, and full vistas of the Rockies. All this plus heated underground parking, ensuite laundry, water, heat, and electricity are included. Make this award-winning complex home at only $1550 per month. For more information please phone 403-861-5656.

Luxurious living at the Riverside Golfcourse in Fairmont Hot Springs 3 bdrm., furnished, seasonal, no pets, no smoking: $1,800/month plus utilities.

Call Eric Redeker Rocky Mountain Realty • 342-5914

Windermere – 2 bdrm furnished house with fridge, stove, dishwasher, W/D, fireplace, satellite, heated garage. N/ S, N/P, $1,100.00. Available immediately. 342-0020. Edgewater: Awesome 2 bdrm home for rent. 2 baths, decks, car port, new flooring, fridge, stove, W/D, N/S, N/P, large yard, close to schools. $1025/month, plus hydro. 1 year lease, 403230-1903. 3 bdrm, 2 baths, house for rent in Pineridge Estates. Close to all schools, view of lake and mountains, $1600.00/month plus utilities. Prefer family, N/S, N/P, available Nov. 15, 2007. Call 780-406-6898, fax requests to 780-406-6897. 3 bdrm house for rent in Invermere. Available Dec. 1st, call 342-3873.

HOUSE FOR SALE Mobile Home for Sale in Edgewater. Large lot, 2 decks, close to school, $265,000.00, 780-728-0121.

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Here’s a rare opportunity to own a choice, secluded 40 acre parcel less than 10 minutes from Invermere. Mostly fenced with productive hayfield, pasture and forest. Good access and surrounded by crown land on 3 sides. Close proximity to Lake Enid. Choose your favorite mountain view and build your dream home. $679,000. (250) 342-6042.

Pneumatic hardwood flooring, Stapler – Prime, used once, $500.00 OBO, 250-342-5220

1995 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD, LE, new brakes, good rubber, lots of TLC. 173,000 kms, several upgrades, $2,900.00, 345-6352.

MISC. FOR SALE MOVING SALE! Queen Size Bed, Baby Swing, Dresser/Change Table, Humidifier, and more. All must go! 345-0054. Hay for sale, round bales. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 342-0617. Support “Rockies” Hockey. Pine, Fir & Poplar – dry & split order 342-6908.

Tanning booth with change room, $3,900.00. Paid over $16,000.00. Tanning bed $1,950.00, both mint condition. Need to go. Offers, 688-7798. Used hot tub for sale $2,500.00. Call 341-7665 or 341-7727. 2 is enough! All baby stuff for sale, Graco stroller with car seat, high char, Bumbo seat, and more, 347-7747. 4 winter tires, like new. Toyo, 215, 65R, 16”, $275.00, 3429983.

VEHICLE FOR SALE WANTED: 2003-4-5 Chev or GMC extended cab step side. Call Doug at 780-983-8764.


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1997 Ford E150 van, 189,000 kms, asking $7,000.00, 250345-2155. 1998 Chev 1500 Silverado Z71, 4x4 extended cab, trailer package, mint condition, $12,900.00, Fairmont, 3454034. 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, low kms, great condition. Moving must sell, $5000 OBO. Call 3450054. 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, 2 door, standard, good condition, good gas mileage,106,000 km, $6,000.00 OBO, 342-7379.



2000 Ford Focus SE wagon. Well maintained roomy vehicle, comes with winter & summer tires, 5 speed, A/C, cruise, airbags, good gas mileage. $6,000.00 OBO, 341-3139 after 5:00 pm.

Dining room servers and kitchen help required. Competitive wages and benefits. Great benefit package and work schedule. Call 489.0667.

2002 4x4 Jimmy, excellent condition, 116,000 kms, $12,000.00, 347-6881. 2003 Ford Expedition, Eddie Bauer 4x4, 87,000 km, fully loaded, includes extended warranty, immaculate condition. Asking $23,900.00, 342-6900.

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition V6, fully loaded, 4x4, 85,000 kms



REAL ESTATE We supply part and service FOR ALL MAKES of: • snowmobiles • motorcycles • quads


FOR SALE: 2002 VW JETTA GLS TDI 126,000 kms, 4 dr., Manual, FWD, 2.0L, Cylinders 4, Diesel, AM/ FM Stereo, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, Anti-Lock Brakes, CD Player, Driver Air Bag, Dual Air Bag, Intermittent Wipers, Keyless Entry, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Tilt Steering, Heated Seats, Power Locks, Sunroof, Cruise Control, Tilt Wheel, Passenger Air Bag, Turbo fuel injected, New windshield, timing belt & water pump PS/PB ushes, Winter Tires Installed, Bike rack available, needs mount/hitch.




Call 403-512-8893

SERVICES TOTAL HEATING SYSTEMS Heat Pumps Furnaces Duct work 342-1167 Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time. Behind in your taxes? Bring me your shoe boxes! I specialize in contractors. Call Stephanie 3421254.

CAREERS 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. 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.

Akisqnuk First Nation seeks a skilled candidate for the position of Community Healing Coordinator. Duties shall include: individual, group, and family substance abuse and addiction counseling and support to Akisqnuk First Nation members; and planning and promoting projects which encourage healthy lifestyles. The successful candidate will possess a diploma in human or social services or equivalent education and experience; excellent interpersonal skills; is addiction-free. Previous grant proposal writing and a proven record of project management is an asset. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with a First Nation. Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to forward a resume, references and salary expectations by November 30, 12 p.m. to: Patsy Nicholas Director of Social Programs Akisqnuk First Nation P.O. Box 130 Windermere, B.C. V0B 2L0 Trims and Treasures Esthetics Studio Is looking to expand its already amazing team of professionals! We are looking for an energetic, self motivated Stylist to start immediately. Health benefits available. Stop by and ask for France or email resume to info@ Delivery driver wanted, Invermere/Radium area. Must have own vehicle, van preferred. Monday to Friday. Please call Dacota Freight Service, 250426-3808.

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Mission: Not Impossible!


in Radium

Required by a large established local business. A full time position is available for a responsible, self-motivated individual with a professional appearance. A suitable candidate should have knowledge of B.C. Installation Codes as well as service and maintenance of fireplaces, however training may be provided to the right applicant. Must have a valid BC Driver’s License.

Requires Experienced Cooks and Servers

Please fax resume with references to: Diamond Heating and Spas FAX: 342-7103 Mail to: Box 117, Windermere, BC V0B 2L0 Email:

Call 342-1666 Fax: 341-3453

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

Kicking Horse Coffee is on a mission; an all consuming mission to create the perfect cup. In two words, coffee perfection. Turns out we also have a need on our Roasting Team for a mildly anal individual obsessed with coffee who is ready to kick some serious coffee ass! As an

APPRENTICE COFFEE ROASTER you will begin your journey into the craft of artisan roasting by: • Receiving and managing all aspects of green bean inventory • Daily staging of roasting area • Daily, weekly and monthly cleaning and preventative maintenance of roasting equipment, roasting and green bean rooms • Roasting coffee according to recipes, flavor profiles, and quality standards. • Participating in coffee cupping (tasting). • Documenting characteristics and metrics of each roast. This is a real job, not for the faint of spirit and is not so much a job as a vocation. The ideal candidate:

At the FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT in the Beautiful BC Rockies is now accepting applications for the positions of:

ESTHETICIANS We are seeking energetic, health-conscious professionals, who are committed to creating unsurpassable guest experiences in the midst of the Rocky Mountains natural beauty and tranquility. A full service spa menu of specialty treatments within a comfortable, tranquil environment, provide the perfect working experience! Both full time and part time opportunities are available in our busy Resort Spa. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary and benefit package with access to all Resort amenities. Staff accommodation is available. Interested applicants please forward their resume with references to the attention of: David Sheedy: Or Call 250.345.6004


Do you want to grow? Both personally and professionally? Come to Invermere, BC and join our amazing team. Just because we are small, it doesn’t mean we think small. Invermere, BC – the place with room to grow!

VACANCIES FOR ALL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS RNs, Support Services, Lab Techs, LPNs, Care Aids and Clerical positions INVERMERE & DISTRICT HOSPITAL INVERMERE, BC Full-time, part-time & casual positions We invite you to phone or apply online at or submit a detailed resume, in confidence to: Human Resources Recruitment Services 1212 Second St. N. Cranbrook, BC V1C 4T6 Phone: 250-420-2442 Fax: 250-420-2425 E-mail:

It is tough work demanding a high set of standards, but in the end, we will teach you more about making great coffee than you thought possible. In return you can expect, year-round work, extended health and wellness benefits, competitive wages, professional development opportunities, legendary staff “fun days”, paid day-off birthdays, a steady pipeline to satisfy the most discerning addiction, not to mention an awesome product and a team dedicated and committed to producing the best coffee in the country! To apply, please email your application to or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.


Room to grow.

• News • Entertainment • Events • Sports • Classifieds • Real Estate • Contests

• Is detail oriented and analytical • Possesses an excellent taste palate and able to effectively communicate tastes • Is willing and able to routinely lift over 50 pounds • Has previous shipping/receiving (forklift experience) and/or kitchen food prep experience. • Has a desire to learn and grow including the ability to commit for the long term.

Rachel, Pioneer reporter, is looking to rent for 6 months a room in shared house or 1 bedroom furnished apartment. NP, NS, references available. Max. $500/mth. Call 688-5305.

And Best of All…


For all your advertising needs call Dave Sutherland at N E W S PA P E R


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A Day in Court

The following persons were found guilty in Adult Criminal Court in Invermere on Tuesday, November 20th. Presiding was Judge D.C. Carlgren. • Michael Bidinger was fined $600 and banned from driving for a year. He was caught driving while over the legal alcohol limit, and registered 108 mg in two samples. The car he was driving on September 17th had two left tires deflated. Mr. Bidinger pleaded guilty to both charges: driving without care or control of the vehicle while impaired, and driving while over the legal limit of 80 mg. • Virgil Turkington was sentenced to a fine of $1,035 and a 12-month driving ban, after the vehicle he was driving

was involved in a collision on the road to Panorama. Witnesses to the incident on October 29th said Mr. Turkington was intoxicated and there was considerable damage to the car. His breath was over the legal limit of 80 mg, registering at 210 mg and 200 mg in two samples. He pleaded guilty to both charges; driving without care or control of the vehicle while impaired, and driving while over the legal limit of 80 mg. • Donovan Williams decided to opt for a five-day stint in jail to avoid paying a $750 fine for driving while banned. He was banned for driving erratically on April 19th, and his alcohol limit was

recorded at 190 mg. But he was caught driving again less than two months later, on June 11th. He was also sentenced to a one-year driving ban. The following person pled guilty and was sentenced by Judge Ron Webb in Adult Criminal Court at the Invermere Courthouse on November 8th, 2007. • Becky A. Miller was fined $600, plus a victim impact surcharge of $90, and banned from driving for one year for impaired driving. She was caught driving while nearly twice over the legal alcohol limit. Police found she had 140 mg of alcohol in her system on December 9, 2006. The legal limit is 80 mg.

Jumbo survey results change Regional district staff announced this week that the results of the recent survey in Area F on Jumbo Glacier Resort were amended to include some returns that on second inspection met eligibility requirements. According to RDEK’s Andrea Charlebois, the total is still correct, but after further review it was found that some rejections should have been accepted. The new numbers are 180 yes, 689 no, and 215 invalid - for a total of 1,084 surveys submitted.

P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS New position available For the right person in the beautiful Village of Radium Hot Springs, B.C. The Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is looking for a dynamic, organized individual to administer and implement the Radium Hot Springs tourism marketing plan in conjunction with the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. For job description and more information, please contact the Manager of the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce by mail, email or fax. No phone calls please. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2007 at 5 pm.

Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 225, 7556 Main Street East Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, V0A 1M0 E-mail: Fax: 250-347-9127

COACHES and/or HEAD COACH Columbia Valley Gymnastics Club seeking Head Coach for gymnastics programs – including preschool, recreational, LEAP and competitive programs. Employment to commence January 2008. Please forward resumes to: Cheryl Maybuck President of Columbia Valley Gymnastics Association RR #3 1024 Swansea Road, Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 250-342-2048

Sales & Marketing Manager The Resort at Copper Point is opening August 2008 in Windermere, BC! Become part of the team that will open and develop this stunning new 203 room condo-hotel. This exceptional property will have complete 4 star amenities including a fine dining room, energetic and vibrant sports lounge, richly appointed cigar lounge, wine cellar, luxurious spa, fully equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and full conference and banquet facilities. Situated on the new 18 hole golf course, “The Ridge” and right next door to 18 holes at Copper Point Golf, this luxurious property complements the area’s natural splendour. Primary responsibilities; • Develop and execute the Sales and Marketing plan for The Resort, its outlets and each sales channel. • Manage all marketing, graphic design and advertising needs. • Establish and grow key accounts and manage the sales relationship. • Drive strategies for market mix, pricing, direct sales and on-line sales. • Manage a strong sales effort through direct sales and an onsite call center team focused on FIT, Group, conference and banquet sales. • Responsible for sales, revenue and yield strategies, its implementations and results for FIT and Group business Qualifications; • A minimum of 3 years in a Sales & Marketing role in the hospitality industry, preferably a resort environment. • Degree or diploma in business administration or related field, specializing in Sales & Marketing or comparable work experience. • Familiar with key business segments and markets and have an exceptional sales record. The individual needs to thrive in a results oriented team environment and have a proven ability to lead others in a positive, respectful and engaging manner. Interested applicants may submit their resume to: The Resort at Copper Point PO Box 960, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 or email


The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 38

November 23, 2007

Prime minister visits Golden Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently toured the new bridge at Kicking Horse Canyon, shaking hands with construction workers on site. He was joined by B. C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia Jim Abbott, and Golden mayor Jim Doyle. Mr. Abbott reminded everyone that the $140-million project was completed on budget, 19 months ahead of schedule. REGIONAL DISTRICT OF EAST KOOTENAY

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The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Columere Park Developments Ltd. to amend the Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendments will change the designation of the subject property to accommodate recreational activities and a proposed structure to provide shelter for picnic activities and storage of personal watercrafts.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Laurie Charette to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the designation of the subject property to accommodate residential use. The property is located at 4311 Park Street in Wilmer as shown on the attached map.

The subject property is part of District Lot 139, Kootenay District, except (1) Parcel A (Reference Plan 40380D), (2) Parcel B (Reference Plan 44064D), (3) part included in Plans 5692, 7078, 9001 and 13910 and (4) part included in RW Plan 1203 located adjacent to Columbia Lake as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2014 is cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1734 – Amendment Bylaw No. 11, 2007 (Columbia Lake / Columere Park Developments Ltd.).” Bylaw No. 2015 is cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 203, 2007 (Columbia Lake / Columere Park Developments Ltd.).” A public hearing will be held at:

COLUMBIA RIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE 6890 Columbia Lake Road Fairmont BC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F and the Village of Canal Flats. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250 489-0314 or toll free at 1-888478-7335. Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services November 2, 2007

Bylaw No. 2016 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 204, 2007 (Wilmer / Charette)” will change the designation for Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Block 3, District Lot 377, Kootenay District, Plan 692A from P-1, Public Institutional Zone to R-1(MH), Single Family Residential – Mobile Home Zone. The public hearing will be held at:

WINDERMERE COMMUNITY HALL 4726 North Street Windermere BC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2007 at 4:00 pm

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area G, Electoral Area F, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250 489-0314 or toll free at 1-888478-7335. Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services November 2, 2007

THE PIONEER The valley’s only locally owned, locally operated newspaper

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 39

November 23, 2007


Farewell from John Cuyler Pastor John Cuyler Valley Christian Assembly If you are old enough to remember the late sixties you may remember a hit song by a British group The Byrds entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn.” The first words of that song began, “To everything there is a season.” The words of this song so aptly describe how our lives are played out. We all go through different seasons in life and just like the seasons of the year, so our lives change as those seasons of life change. What you may not know about these words is they are taken from a Scripture in the Bible found in the Book of Ecclesiastes. In fact, the Scripture verse reads, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) The main thought connected with this verse is that we are to take our lives day by day from God’s hand realizing that God has a fitting time for each thing to be done. This year has been a year that I will not soon forget. It began with the news that my wife had cancer and she would be facing major surgery. Then after her surgery in early spring more bad news—all the cancer could not be removed and the outlook for the future was not good. This caused us to be faced with a decision as to whether or not she should go through chemotherapy. After consultation with family members and much prayer we began a season of trips to Calgary for treatments three weeks apart. During that time we felt tremendous support and prayer from so many wonderful people within our church, other churches within the Valley, and many others throughout this province, this country, and even other nations praying and believing with us for a miracle from God. Last month the doctor ordered a CT scan to determine what state the cancer was at and on October 16th we were informed

that all cancer in my wife’s body was gone! We had received the miracle that we had all been believing God for. I believe that her season of sickness is behind her now—“To everything there is season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” I also believe that there is a season of time to be in a place of ministry. During the summer months my wife and I began to sense that our season here in this beautiful place was coming to a close. Therefore, I began to pursue a new opportunity in Alberta. Through a series of circumstances that can only be described as divinely engineered, we find ourselves on the brink of moving on into a new season of ministry in the big city. Our time here has come to a close. Our house here has been sold. We have purchased another one in the city we are bound for. Yet another season in our lives is about to begin. And so I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all those who have read my articles and let me know that they have enjoyed them. I would like to thank The Pioneer for the privilege of being willing to allow all of us in ministry this glorious opportunity to share our thoughts and insights through your paper. I would like to thank my fellow ministers for the time we have shared together, ministered together, and prayed together. I would to thank people in this community for giving me the opportunity to serve them in practical ways and for the ways they have served my family and me. I would especially like to thank all the people in our church for their love, their prayers, their fellowship and their support of us during these past eight and half years. I would like to inform everyone that for the next number of months Pastor Garry Fricker will be ministering in our church while the process of finding a new pastor is carried out. Pastor Garry and his wife Jean come here with years of ministry experience both in Canada and in missionary work in Argentina. I encourage you to come and enjoy the ministry of the Frickers at Valley Christian Assembly. May God bless you all and keep you all through the seasons of this life and on into the life to come.

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Valley Churches LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, Nov. 25th, 10:30 am: Worship and Life Instruction: “Grace Your Home With More Than Decorations.” Pastor Jared Enns ministering. Sunday school, age 3 to Grade 7, during morning service. For sermons online: 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY Sunday, Nov. 25th, 8:30 a.m. - Edgewater - All Saints 10:30 a.m. - Invermere - Christ Church Trinity 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28th: Blue Grass Vespers. 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 • Father Jim McHugh Saturday 7 p.m. Mass • Sunday 9 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday 11 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats • Sunday 4 p.m. 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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Waterfront cabin at Whiteswan Lake. A special, one of a kind opportunity to own a piece of rural paradise. Share sale of 40 acre parcel. Call for more details MLS#K166548


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Treat Yourself

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Brand new open-design ½ duplex in Invermere. Main floor living with a walk-up basement and double car garage. Once completed, this home will have hardwood and tile floors, with in-floor heating in the master ensuite and wood detailing throughout. Close proximity to all the amenities. MLS#K166626


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Open design, one-floor living in this 2 bedroom ½ duplex with double attached garage. Close to golf courses, shopping, skiing and all of the amenities that Invermere has to offer. Comes with New Home Warranty. MLS#K166625

Now available – all with finished basement level. One bedroom main level floor plan with ensuite and powder room; 2 bedrooms plus full bath, laundry with roomy, daylight rec room on the basement level. Close to the lake, provincial beach park and the only public boat launch on the lake. MLS#K166699

Spacious 2000 sq ft condo with outstanding views of the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell mountains. 3 bedroom unit with 2 bathrooms. Top floor unit. Close to all the amenities of Radium and the Columbia Valley. MLS#K164292



$425,000+GST Let Your Dreams Come True

Open concept living, large kitchen and living room with vaulted cedar ceilings and a wall of windows for lots of natural light. Outdoor fireplace, gazebo, deck and landscaped yard. 5.389 acres of usable land, walking distance to school, park and country store. MLS#K163862

$739,000 Luxury in Fairmont Custom home in prestigious mountain side Fairmont. Luxury home with many upgrades throughout. Panoramic mountain views. Privacy with natural landscaping. Detached double garage. Great home inside and out with attention to detail. MLS#K164104



Ski Hill Mountain View

Wow, is what will come out of your mouth when you see the lake and town views from this half acre lot in Invermere. There are three years to think about what you want to build on this fantastic property and blow your friends away with the purchase. This is a must see so view it today. MLS#K164009

Private little cove landscaped with trees are below and in front of your 2nd floor deck area that faces the ski hill/mountain view. This 1 bedroom sleeps 4, has a fireplace, modern comfort & you can ski to your door. Excellent condition. MLS#K163429

$395,000 Perfect Family Home

Well-maintained 4 bedroom house in Wilder Subdivision. This is the perfect home for a growing family, or for those who enjoy entertaining. Just blocks to Kinsmen Beach and within walking distance to town and all of Invermere’s amenities. Hardwood floors, jetted bathtub in the ensuite and woodburning fireplace in the family room makes this a fantastic property. Call today for a showing. MLS# K166583




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