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Vol. 5/Issue 18


The Columbia

May 2, 2008


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Hundreds of people dressed up in their finery to enjoy a fabulous night at the Lawrence Godlien Benefit on Saturday night, which raised a staggering $75,000. This will pay for Lawrence’s care at Columbia Garden Village for the next six years. Lawrence was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease eight years ago, and needs 24-hour care. The evening at Invermere Curling Club was organized by Lawrence’s wife Leeanne and her friends Rose Gottinger, Athena Hunt, Terri Lightfoot, Janice McGregor, Kristin Olsen, Tricia Pike and Tricia Raven. “They’ve done a phenomenal job and it was absolutely wonderful to see so many people. We had a lot of family there on the night as well, including our 16-year-old daughter Jessica,” Leeanne said. This was the first fundraiser held for Lawrence Godlien, and 500 people made sure the evening was a great success. Businesses around the valley generously donated 12 items for the live auction and 100 items for the silent auction. There were also 150 balloons for sale

with numbers corresponding with various prizes. Live music was provided by Joe Hildes, Leisa O’Sullivan, Bernie Evans and Pat O’Sullivan, also known as the band Siofri, along with Deb and the Dreamers. Bill Cropper was Master of Ceremonies for the night and Tex Lortscher was the voice behind the live auction. Anne Riches catered for the event, and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal of roast beef and potatoes with caesar salad. A decadent selection of desserts was brought in by family and friends. Close friend Steve Kuffler from the Kinsmen Club organized and ran the bar on the night, which was a huge help. Rose Gottinger, Lawrence’s sister-in-law, explained the night went way beyond their expectations. “It was an awesome evening, and it brought a lot of old friends together from out of the woodwork. “We were hoping to raise $24,000, enough for two months of care, and we couldn’t have done this without the amazing support of the community. “Lawrence was an electrician before he stopped working, so there were a lot of contractors there, and people were very generous with making cash donations,” Rose said.

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Cougar found in Westridge back yard By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff The last thing Derek Peterson expected to find in his back yard when he returned home was a cougar. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday, when he arrived at his house in Westridge Drive in Invermere, at around 5 p.m. The Westridge subdivision is located east of the high school. The first unusual thing Derek noticed was some deer hair near his boat, parked in the back yard. So he went to investigate, and was surprised to hear a hiss coming from under the boat. “I realized there was a cougar lurking under there with a deer carcass nearby. I was quite surprised and I was worried because my dog had been running around in the yard just minutes before. There were also some of the neighbours’ children out playing close by, so I contacted all the immediate neighbours to let everyone know,” Derek said. Derek, who is a conservation biologist at Parks Canada, contacted the RCMP and the conservation officer and waited safely inside his house until they arrived. “I waited for 45 minutes and it took a second call to get someone to come, but luckily the cougar didn’t look very agitated and just stayed under the boat. “When the RCMP arrived 15 or 20 minutes later, they made a few phone calls and the conservation officer eventually arrived by about 7 p.m. He released a tracking dog into my backyard and they chased it out of the residential area and over the benches.

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Cougar lurks under fibreglass boat after eating deer. Photo by Jason Lawrick “I managed to get quite a good look at it and it didn’t look huge but you don’t often see cougars so it was difficult to tell. It must have been spooked to be hiding under the boat,” Derek said. Darren Danyluk, principal at David Thompson Secondary School, lives next door and he said he was alarmed when Derek told him about the cougar. “It didn’t surprise me that there was a cougar in the area. But I was concerned because my nine and 11-year-old daughters had been playing within 30 feet of the boat. I was staining a door so I wasn’t paying too much attention. “My dog had also spent the best part of the afternoon outside. It wasn’t tethered but he didn’t pick up any scent. There’s so many deer around which are a great food source for cougars, so it could come back.

By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff The growing worldwide food crisis has affected prices in the Columbia Valley, according to local retailers. Peter Panga, owner of Quality Bakery in Invermere, says he’s never seen the price of flour shoot up so rapidly. However, supplies are not likely to run out soon. “The price of flour has now tripled since last fall. We have had to pass that on with price increases, so a loaf has now gone up from $1.69 in September to $2.09 now,

My girls are old enough to understand the dangers but they’re a little spooked and I think it will be a while before they want to play outside again,” Darren said. “There was quite an audience and people were trying to get a good photograph of it. Some people even pulled up in their car and asked where the cougar was, so news must have travelled fast. “My wife works for Parks Canada and she said it was important to remember it is still a wild animal which could be unpredictable,” he said. He added it was not the school’s practice to send out cougar warnings. “We haven’t sent out any warnings in the past, mainly because of the time of day, because there’s lots of traffic and it’s not really hunting time for cougars. David Gee, principal at nearby J. A. Laird School, said he has spoken to each class about the dangers. “This is standard practice, and I’ve spoken to all the children about what they need to do if they see a cougar, and I’ve made sure their parents know about it as well. “I told them to make themselves as big as possible by raising their arms or their jacket over their head, and to avoid direct eye contact. It’s important to back away slowly and don’t turn and run,” Mr. Gee said. Sergeant Doug Pack from the RCMP Columbia Valley detachment confirmed that police and the conservation officer attended the scene, and the cougar was chased away. The deer carcass was also removed from the property. Anyone who sees a cougar should call 1-800-6639453.

which is quite a significant change,” he said. “Like everything else, flour has always gone up about 10 cents or 20 cents over the years, but it’s gone up 50 cents in six months, so it’s almost tripled. I’ve never seen that happen before in the past 30 years in the business. “I think by the end of summer it will most likely level off and possibly come down. Wheat prices are low all over the world. I don’t think we need to worry about a food shortage—it all seems pretty exaggerated to me.” Continued on Page 22


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If you are concerned about unsolicited phone calls asking you for personal or financial information, a simple piece of advice - don’t give it out. RCMP have learned that some residents have received phone calls offering to provide them certain information in exchange for a credit card number. While the service may be legal, there is a catch—you could pay over 100 times for what the information is actually worth. In today’s climate, even crooks are feeling the pinch of competition. To stay on their game, they need to invent new ways of getting people to part with their money - so be careful and be aware.

Golf course vandalized

On April 25th, 2008, the RCMP received a report of damage done to one of the greens at the Copper Point Golf Course. Sometime overnight, someone had cut a hole through the fence north of the 14th hole, then tore up the grass to misspell the phrase “F- - U DUDE” [sic] in the green. They then made their way to the 18th hole where they threw a flag in the water and wrote further obscenities in the sand trap. The Club Car parked by the driving range was also damaged. It appears that the culprits removed the oil stick. When the car was started in the morning, the oil light came on with oil sprayed on the bottom of the seat. Anyone with information on this crime or the identities of these “literary geniuses” is asked to contact the RCMP at (250) 342-9292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS).

Strand’s window broken

On April 26th at 10 a.m., RCMP were called to Strand’s Restaurant in Invermere as someone had thrown a rock at the southeastern window on the din-

ing room. A small rock was located at scene and it appears it was this one that broke the outside pane of double-paned window.

Drunk driver arrested

On April 26th around 2:05 a.m., an RCMP officer stopped a GMC speeding on Eagle Ranch Trail in Invermere. The driver, a 30-year-old Windermere man, admitted to consuming three beers. He was noted to have other symptoms of alcohol consumption and he said he was coming from a downtown Invermere bar. An approved screening device was used to test his breath while at the roadside, and the result was a “Fail.” The man was taken back to the Detachment and provided two samples of his breath which were both analyzed at 170 mg percent. The man is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court at an undetermined date.

Drunk urinates on curling club

On April 27th at around 12:30 a.m., while on foot patrol in Invermere, an on-duty member of the RCMP and an Auxiliary Constable observed a man urinating on the door of the Curling Club. As they approached, he spotted them and started to walk and then run down 13th Street. The police ordered him to stop several times, and identified themselves. The man refused and so the foot chase began. Suddenly, the man then abruptly turned around and charged, head down, towards police. However, he fell over and ended up on the road at the edge of the sidewalk. He refused to listen to police directions so he was held until additional officers arrived. He was arrested and handcuffed and taken to the detachment cells for the remainder of the evening. The man was subsequently identified as a 34-year-old Windermere man. He was released in the morning and issued a violation ticket for being intoxicated in a public place.

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Welcome home! By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

We are doing our part to help alleviate the valley’s labour shortage by having all three of our daughters, plus one boyfriend, move home for the summer so they can go to work. We must confess to having some mixed feelings, however. I cried bitterly when the youngest girl left home and headed to Calgary last September and spent at least a month moping around the house and avoiding her empty bedroom. Over the winter, we began to gradually rediscover the joys of being a couple again—the fireside chats over a glass of wine, watching television shows that we both enjoy, finding leftovers in the fridge, and knowing when the telephone rings it’s someone who wants to talk to us! Now we’ll be sharing our home with adult children, which is almost an oxymoron. It’s human nature that children, when in the presence of their parents, revert to a more child-like version of themselves. I know this for a fact because I still find myself doing it when my mother is around, even 40 years after leaving home. So we will be having a big Family Meeting in our house (how the kids used to dread it when we called a family meeting, knowing they were going to get into trouble for something), and lay down a list of rules along the lines of “No microwaving popcorn at 2 a.m.” and “No leaving wet clothes in the washing machine for three days,” etc. In spite of my fears, I am excited about having the kids home again. They are all smart and funny people (this is the mother in me speaking), and we adore The Boyfriend, and we’re looking forward to having some great family times together. So bring it on, kids - we may not be able to keep up with you, but we still get a kick out of trying.

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Enjoying the sunshine

This couple is dressed for a special occasion, or maybe they are just enjoying the sunshine. B. Morigeau and Theresa Morigeau are seated outside a weathered building, on a day that might have been August 30th, 1922. The source of the photograph is B. G. Hamilton. If anyone has information about this photograph, numbered A615 in the museum’s collection, please email the Windermere District Historical Society at wvmuseum@cyberlink.

Our favourite things about spring It’s been a long, long winter, and folks at The Pioneer are in a pretty good mood now that the snow has finally disappeared. Here’s what our gang says they love about this time of the year: • “Seeing the baby calves frolicking in the fields on my way to work.” — Sarah Turk • “Sleeping with my window open and hearing the wind chimes hanging in the tree outside.” — Elinor Florence • “Hanging my laundry outside on the clothesline and seeing it whipping back and forth in the breeze.” — Elinor Florence • “Not having to shovel now and scrape windows.” — Bob Friesen • “Sending the kids outside to play instead of

having them inside all day.” — Shelley Messerli • “The smell of the new green grass coming out of the ground.” — Michele McGrogan • “Planting an herb garden in a tub outside.” — Dave Sutherland • “Golfing, golfing and more golfing.”— Dave Sutherland • “Getting a spring pedicure and wearing sandals without stockings.” — Elinor Florence • “Feeling the sun on my face, and looking forward to lots of hiking, mountain biking and kayaking.” — Rachel Pinder. • “I don’t have a sufficient number of adjectives to describe how I feel about the warm weather.”—Zephyr Rawbon

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Rachel Pinder says farewell to the valley By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff As the saying goes, all good things have to come to an end. Yes, it’s time for me to say goodbye after seven fantastic months in the valley. Since I arrived last September, I’ve had an amazing Canadian experience living here in Invermere. From spotting black bears in my friend’s back yard during my first Thanksgiving, to enjoying my first white Christmas, it’s been just what I dreamed of when I applied for my Canadian work visa. I wanted to work in a small mountain town, a bit like something I’d seen on the TV in Northern Exposure, although I’ve since been told it’s not actually filmed in Canada! Cities are pretty much the same wherever you go in the world, and I didn’t want to be lost in the swarm of tourists by working somewhere like Toronto or Vancouver. The whole point was to get away from all the other people from back home and have a true Canadian experience. And a true Canadian experience is certainly what I got. I’ve learnt a lot of new phrases and words since I’ve been here. Now I know the difference between a chinook and an inukshuk — as well as the importance of Tim Hortons and what flurries are. I’ve got stuck into trying heaps of winter sports, some I’d never even heard of before. From curling to ice fishing and cross-country skiing to snow mobiling and snow-shoeing — it’s been very cold but it’s been all good. I told my friends back home that I should get a certificate for surviving a Canadian winter — I’ve never seen so much snow in my life. Although people keep telling me this is nothing compared to the east coast but it was enough for me — considering I’d never experienced anything less than minus two degrees and I like the sun too much. It’s just a shame I won’t be around for the summer, as I would have loved to have experienced the valley through the hot months too — kayaking, mountain

biking and hiking would have kept be busy and happy for a few months more. Even though I’m leaving Invermere, I’m not leaving Canada just yet, as I have a road trip planned around B.C. and Alberta. I’m going to travel to Nelson, Penticton and Kelowna in the Okanagan winegrowing area. Then I’ll spend some time in Vancouver, before heading down to Seattle, then to Vancouver Island. I’ll then make my way back across to the Shuswap Lake, then up to Jasper through the Columbia Icefields, finishing up in Drumheller and HeadSmashed-In Buffalo Jump — wow, that’s the craziest name I’ve ever heard for a place. So I’ve had a great time working for The Pioneer — I’ve met so many fantastic people and interviewed some really interesting characters — from Dan Griffith who climbed all of the world’s seven highest summits and Byron Irons who grew up playing hockey on a First Nation reserve, to Nick Brush who coached blind skier Chris Williamson through some great race successes this season, and Lea-Ann Lechman who gave birth in her bathroom at home in Canal Flats. I’ve also been amazed by the phenomenal community spirit in the valley, and how welcoming and friendly everyone has been to me. From the Invermere Seniors to the Lake Windermere and District Lions Club and Invermere Rotary Club, to name just a few, the overwhelming generosity and frenetic fundraising I’ve seen is totally second to none. I’ve made a lot of great friends, and also got to meet many more people through my second job at the Valley Fitness Centre. So I’ll be sad to leave, but I’ve been lucky to be a real part of this wonderful community, too. It’s been all new and exciting, and most importantly, all Canadian. That’s exactly what I set out to do when I boarded the plane to the Land of the Mountie. And I certainly hope one day I’ll be back.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Animals need us to speak for them Dear Editor: I feel the need to comment on your article “What about the Children”, April 25, 2008. While I agree with some of the statements you made regarding violence to women and children, there are a number of comments that I take offence to. Firstly, many of us do understand the cycle of abuse and the efforts and courage involved in breaking free of it. Secondly, I am not sure that I agree with you that there are “a lot more terrible situations” than the death of a cat. Cruelty is cruelty no matter whom the victim is and every victim is a “helpless creature” until those of them that can, choose to be otherwise. Animals cannot choose to leave an abusive situation. Cruelty and abuse to any living creature deserves our outrage. There are people who stand up and pro-

test abuse suffered to women and children, and there are people who stand up and protest abuse to animals. I believe we all are looking for the same outcome. To end abuse, period. Family, friends and community members all have the right to picket outside the courthouse for any case they choose (whether the victim is known to them or not) and to picket against any abuser they choose. Perhaps because the law is concrete against humans who abuse humans, people don’t feel the need to make their opinion known in such a dramatic fashion. As you may or may not know, abuse to animals is, to date, quite a bit more lenient in the court system. Approximately one percent of animal abuse complaints lead to criminal charges. And less than half of those get a conviction. Picketers for this cause are perhaps trying to make it known that the laws regarding abuse to animals

need to be stiffened up and taken more seriously as it is a well known fact that a majority of people who grow up abusing animals end up abusing humans as they get older. The two go hand in hand. Thirdly, to your suggestion that the Family Resource Centre is the only place that women and children can turn to for help is simply not true. Although the Resource Centre is a terrific facility set up for this purpose, I wonder why you left out the help of family, friends, co-workers, doctors or pastors etc.? To sum up, as I have stated above, there is help and support for the human victims of abuse, when they choose to break free. What is there for the animals, except those people who can speak up for them? Lana Banham Athalmer

Link between animal and human abuse Dear Editor: I am writing to respond to your editorial from April 25, 2008 entitled “What about the children?” Ms. Florence and I agree that domestic violence is a shameful scourge on any community. But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore all other injustices until that particular one is eradicated. I was one of those people you mentioned who participated in a public demonstration at the court appearance of an alleged perpetrator of an act of animal cruelty. My participation was motivated less by the horror of the act committed, and more by the frustration that such acts are so often ignored by Canada’s legal system, and my desire to influence how the law would respond to this particular crime. We live in a country where children’s rights are well-recognized and the laws that protect children

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are well-established (thank goodness). This is also a country where laws against animal cruelty are so inadequate that the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies estimates that less than one percent of all animal abuse complaints lead to criminal charges, and of those, there are convictions in only 46 percent of cases. This is why many of us feel compelled to speak out in an attempt to improve those numbers. And let me just add that this particular animal lover feels tremendously deeply for the women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and I can assure you that I do not for one moment view them as “authors of their misfortune.” Maybe you find their return to their abusers to be “a baffling and inexplicable phenomenon,” but I have a more understanding view. And you may be surprised to learn that one of the reasons that I and other animal welfare advocates stand up against animal abusers is because we know

Dear Editor: I am writing this letter in response to your editorial of the 25th of April. I take great exception to the implication of your piece that those of us who support animal rights somehow have a lesser empathy for those who suffer from domestic abuse. I was one of those who attended the demonstration at the court appearance of the person charged with animal cruelty. I am also an adult survivor of domestic violence;

that there is a link between animal abuse and domestic violence. A 1997 study by the Massachusetts SPCA found that almost 40 percent of animal abusers had committed violent crimes against people. And in a BC SPCA brochure entitled “Family Violence & Animal Abuse,” it states, “Different forms of abuse often go together . . . People who abuse animals may also abuse a spouse, child, senior, or family member with a disability.” So when we animal advocates do what we can to stop an animal abuser, we know that we are also stopping a potential (and possibly current) child abuser. You see, it is not a question of drawing attention to one injustice at the expense of another. Many of us are striving for a just society, and simply approaching it from different angles. Jenn Ferguson Invermere

as a child I witnessed my father inflict physical and emotional abuse on my mother for years. So don’t try to tell me that I don’t understand the tragedy of domestic violence. Your piece shows little understanding for those of us who actually act to try and make this a better world for everyone, human and animal. Sandy Ferguson Invermere

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, or so the saying goes. Well that’s definitely true for Jane (Katherine Heigl) in this romantic comedy about a girl who’s dedicated to doing the best job she can to be a great bridesmaid for all her friends, while she wonders if she will ever get the chance to be a bride. She cuts out the wedding announcements from the New York Journal, and keeps all her 27 bridesmaid dresses stashed away in her wardrobe. They’re a varying array of garish styles, from frilly to themed to satin — it’s all there. Jane is being pursued by the New York Journal’s wedding announcement reporter Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), who met her while she was juggling bridesmaid duties at two of her friends' weddings on the same night. They start off on the wrong foot and end up arguing about the sanctity of marriage, then Jane drops her filofax in the taxi as she hurries to leave. Kevin rifles through her filofax and realizes he might have material for a good story — honestly, not all reporters are this ruthless, but this is always how they seem to be portayed in films.


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But Jane only has eyes for her boss George (Edward Burns) whom she has had a crush on for some time. When her younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) comes to stay, Jane watches in horror when they meet at a party and hit it off straight away. As their relationship blossoms, Tess feeds George a pack of lies about who she really is, and Jane watches in dismay as he buys all her false claims and ends up falling for Tess in a big way. Meanwhile, Jane is still being chased around by Kevin, who has written his name on every Saturday in her filofax. So without giving too much away, that’s pretty much the basis of the film and although being very cheesy and girly in places, it is quite entertaining. The token scene where Jane tries on all her bridesmaid dresses in front of Kevin is quite cringe-worthy, but if you’re just after an easy to watch chick flick, this is probably a good choice. It doesn’t require much concentration to keep up, so if you’re looking for a relaxing way to switch off for an hour or so, this is the film for you.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

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

Toby Theatre • Theatre closed until May 14th. • May 14-17: Horton Hears A Who

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by William Pitcher, at Pynelogs Cultural Centre until June 8th. For info: 342-4423.

Friday, May 9th & Saturday, May 10th:

Saturday, May 31st-Sunday, June 1st:

• Kinsmen Home and Recreation Show, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, Invermere. For info: 341-3314. • Annual High School Baseball Tournament at the Lions (Crossroads) Ball Park. David Thompson Secondary School games at 6 p.m. Friday; noon and 5 p.m. Saturday. Concession on Saturday.

• Relay for Life, sponsored by Canadian Cancer Society, at the high school grounds all night.

Saturday, May 10th:

Friday, May 2nd & Saturday, May 3rd: • Valley Voices Community Choir annual spring concert. Call 342-4423 for more info.

Sunday, May 4th: • 7 pm: Evening non-denominational church service at the historic Brisco Church, first and third Sundays of each month.

Monday, May 5th-Sunday, May 11th: • Wings Over the Rockies annual bird festival. Discover the world of birds through guided nature walks, river floats, voyageur canoe trips, grassland hikes, art exhibits and workshops. Gala banquet with keynote speaker Bill Lishman at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10th. Call (250) 342-4423 or toll-free 1-888342-9464 or visit Pynelogs Cultural Centre is also featuring an art show around the theme of Wings and Water. See Page 13 for more info.

Thursday, May 8th: • Noon: Move for Health Day. Meet at the Health Unit in Invermere and walk, run or glide through the streets of Invermere at lunch hour. For info: Carolyn Hawes at to register your group or business. • 7-9 pm: Spring Fling at Pharmasave. Banish the winter blues and get together at Pharmasave, Invermere.

Friday, May 9th: • 7 to 9:30 pm: Sacred Circle Transformation: Join the circle and discover how this is the month

• Kids of all age are eligible to participate in the Kids Bike Rodeo for free. Get your helmet adjusted, your bike checked by professionals, meet with RCMP, go, have skill tests, have fun, get rewarded! Located in the lot across the street from the arena during the Kinsmen Home and Recreation Show. For more info visit

Wednesday, May 14th-Saturday, June 7th: • Bronze Cross Course at the Radium Pool. For info call 347-9562 or email columbiavalleyswimclub@

Friday, June 6th: • Diana McIntosh, pianist and composer. Sponsored by the Columbia Valley Arts Council and Alice Hale. Call 342-4423 for more info.

Monday, June 23rd: • 7 pm: My Kid Could Paint That, a Cinefest movie presented by the Columbia Valley Arts Council at the Toby Theatre. Tickets $10 at the door.

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

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Sunday, May 25th: • 7 pm: Coco Love Alcorn, Bistro Concert Series at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 342-4423.

Monday, May 26th: • 7 pm: Emotional Arithmetic, a Cinefest movie presented by the Columbia Valley Arts Council at the Toby Theatre. Tickets $10 at the door.

Tuesday, May 27th: • Ancient Myths and Modern Metaphors Art Show

Other: • 7 pm: First and third Sundays of every month, nondenominational church service at the Brisco Hall. • 5 pm - 8 pm Saturdays and Sundays: Public indoor rock climbing, J. A. Laird gym, $5 drop in. For info: 342-9413 or 342-6232. • 6:30 pm Mondays: Duplicate Bridge, Invermere Seniors’ Hall, $2 each, visitors welcome. • 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesdays: Options for Sexual Health, a confidential service offering lower cost birth control methods, counselling, and access to doctors, at the Invermere Health Unit. For info: 342-2362.

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At The Library Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital Reviewed by Sheila Bonny Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital is a fascinating tale of music, love and terrorism in contemporary society. Leela, a Harvard post-doctoral scholar of mathematics and music, believes that life is governed by some “great secret code” that she should be able to decipher. She lives with Mishka Bartok, an Australian Jewish composer and violinist, in a “radiant fog” of music and physical passion. After a suicide bombing in the Boston subway, Leela is picked up for questioning. The interrogator, who, coincidentally, is Leela’s childhood friend,

Cobb, suggests that Mishka is not who he seems to be. He has been performing at Café Marrakesh, an establishment frequented by suspected Moslem terrorists and there uses the Lebanese name, Mikael Abukir. When Mishka subsequently disappears, Leela’s ordered world plunges into a nightmare of uncertainty and fear. The story drifts in and out of the present as Hospital includes flashbacks to the childhood of Leela and Cobb in South Carolina and Mishka’s upbringing in the Daintree rainforest of Queensland. Moreover, in his absence and her anxiety, Leela is haunted by visions of Mishka and his music. Hospital skillfully simulates in the reader the confusion and paranoia induced by terrorism.

Learn something new at your local college By Jessica Fairheart College of the Rockies Think Big, Learn Big! College of the Rockies Invermere Campus is excited to announce a full line-up of courses for the spring. Theatre arts, cooking, photography and fly fishing are just some of the courses that will spark some excitement in your summer! Join Maria Kliavkoff for two great courses this spring. Maria, who is at Mount Royal College in the Department of Theatre Speech and Music Performance, originally hailed from New York and worked off-Broadway as a director before moving to Calgary. Course offerings by Maria include, “History of Western Theatre . . . Abridged,” which takes a look in the birth of theatre and takes you on a tour of western civilization beginning with Ancient Greece and ending in the New World and explores the origins of tragedy, comedy, opera and special effects. This course begins May 7th for six Wednesdays.

Maria’s second course is “Introduction to Theatre” which includes voice projection, improvisation, acting, storytelling, playwriting, design and directing. This course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 6th to 22nd. Interested in photography but don’t know where to start? Check out the “Conquering Your Camera” course. Don’t own a camera? Join our one-evening “Purchasing a New Camera” class. If you love nature photography, be sure to join Brad Hill as he provides you with information to help you improve the photographs taken with the digital Single Lens Reflex camera. Principles will apply to all types of outdoor photography. Course takes place Saturdays, July 5th to 19th, from 9 a.m. to noon. Other courses include Italian Cooking, Conversational Spanish, Jewelry Making, Motorcycle Safety, First Aid. Watch your mailbox for our new guide or look online at, by calling 342-3210, or by stopping by the campus.


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Wings Over the Rockies takes flight By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff Bird and nature-lovers are in for a treat when the 11th annual Wings over the Rockies gets underway. Starting on Monday May 5th, the popular festival features a host of different events, from hikes and field trips to cultural events and workshops. There’s an amazing choice of more than 50 family events to enjoy. Get up close to wildlife with guided nature walks, Columbia River floats, canoe trips, horseback riding in the grasslands, art exhibits, a children’s festival and a birdathon, to name just a few. It’s a chance to marvel at what we have right here on our doorstep — more than 265 species of birds have been recorded in a 150-kilomtre stretch of the Columbia Valley Wetlands from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Pynelogs Cultural Centre is the new home for the festival, and a special Columbia Valley Arts show will run for two weeks, from April 29th until May 11th. The show will feature art from more than 20 artists from B.C. and Alberta, with the theme of “Wings and Water.” Some of the valley artists featured include Gabriel Bridgewater, Pat Luders, Pauline Newhouse and Alice Hale, and there will also be work from Cranbrook artist Jim Robertson. A range of art will be on display, including woodcarvings, ceramics and photography. A silent auction will also be held at Pynelogs throughout the week, with all proceeds going towards programming costs for the Wings Over the Rockies. This is Pynelogs second art show of the season,

The first osprey returns to Kinsmen Beach. Photo by Brian Patton following the successful Art from the Heart exhibition, which featured work from 500 valley children. Gallery and administration manager Jami Scheffer said she was very excited about Pynelogs’ partnership with the Wings Over the Rockies festival. “It’s great to partner with local community groups. We have got this fantastic community facility, and we’re just so pleased to work with such a great wellestablished bird festival,” she said. “Everything associated with the festival will be held at Pynelogs, from evening presentations and events to a lot of hikes which will start from here. It’s going to be fantastic.”


The theme of this year’s bird festival is “Follow the Leaders —Mentors in Birding” featuring accomplished sculptor, filmmaker and naturalist Bill Lishman, who is the keynote speaker for the Wings gala banquet at Eagle Ranch Golf Course on Saturday, May 10th. Other presentations to look out for include Birds of the Rockies with Joel Hagan and Nadine Fletcher on Monday, May 5th; Conservation in the Purcells with Dave Quinn on Tuesday, May 6th; An Introduction to Birds and Birding in the Columbia Valley with Cam Gillies on Wednesday, May 7th which will also feature a slide show from award-winning nature photographer Brad Hill; and on Thursday, May 8th Chris Fisher will take a humourous look at his adventures with wildlife. All presentations start at 7 p.m. Then on Friday, May 9th, the grand opening of the Bill Yearling Interpretive Center will take place at Nipika Mountain Resort, which will include exhibits, demonstrations and activities. Following the grand opening, Nipika will also host a barbecue and movie night showing “A Night with Wolves” documentary. Field biologist Gudrun Pfleuger will answer questions about threats to wolves and the latest research being done to sustain a healthy wolf population. Bill Lishman and his daughter Carmen will take a group out for a wetlands paddle on Thursday May 8th at 7:30 a.m. This is just one of many early morning hikes and field trips available, which include Ktunaxa trails with Lillian Rose, a valley heritage tour with Gerry Wilkie and various trips with Randy Hopkins including an early bird tour and how to buy binoculars. For more information and registration call 1-888342-9464 or visit

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YOUR MONEY Mistakes by young investors

You’re young. You’ve just graduated. Maybe you’ve landed your first job. Or moved out on your own for the first time. Wherever you are in your life, you’d like to start an investment account. Good idea. There’s just one problem: you don’t know where to start, much less what to invest in. Not to worry. Contrary to popular belief, successful investing doesn’t require a PhD in economics. In fact, if you can manage to avoid the following errors young investors typically make, you’re already halfway there.


No one knows what the stock market will do tomorrow, next month, or even next year. One thing you can be sure of, however: every day, month, year you put off investing is one day, month, or year closer to discovering you don’t have enough savings for the retirement you want. Always remember: the best time to invest is yesterday. The second best time is today.

Not paying attention to debt

Many young people start investing but continue to carry high-cost credit card debt. This is a mistake. Most credit cards charge interest rates of between 16% and 22%. There aren’t many investments out there that can offer those kinds of after-tax returns. And those that do usually require you to take on a good deal more risk than is healthy. Bottom line: take care of high-cost debt first by either paying it off or consolidating it into a loan with lower rates. Then think about investing.

Taking on too much risk

The stock market is not a roulette wheel. There will always be those who strike it rich on a high-risk investment. But for every one who wins, there are

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hundreds who lose. Instead of going for the big score, think about your tolerance for risk, and stick to it. Invest for the long term, and try to minimize risk instead of embracing it. Over the long term, your portfolio will thank you for it.

Not doing your homework

Knowledge is power—particularly when it comes to investing. If you don’t know a lot about investing, make it your goal to learn more. There are multiple resources available in bookstores, libraries, and on the Internet to help you understand more about the investments you make, and the strategies you can use to build your wealth. There is simply no excuse for not learning more.

Speculating rather than investing

Yes, there is money to be made by buying and selling stocks quickly. But very few people can do it consistently well over a long period of time. Jumping in and out of the market is usually a sucker’s game: more often than not, it’s little more than guesswork, and the fees and costs associated with rapid-fire trading can whittle down your investment account quickly.

Thinking you can do it all yourself

Perhaps the most dangerous error of all. Veteran investors know that no one person can know everything there is to know about investing and personal finance. That’s why most successful investors work with a financial professional. If you haven’t yet found a financial professional to work with, make it a top priority to do so. Ask friends or family for a referral. Search the Internet for established professionals in your area. It might take some time to find an experienced financial advisor you’re comfortable with, but the effort will be well worth it.

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The return of The Green Zone By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Can you believe this spring? After a decent winter where we didn’t freeze our extremities off, the spring has been very slow in warming us up. I actually didn’t get to a golf course until April 13th. That’s easily the latest start I have had since moving here. OK, enough whining, it’s finally golf season and our valley has a lot to be thankful for and just as much to look forward to. Sixteen golf courses between Spur Valley and Canal Flats. A brand new one opening later this month and all of them have some incredible views. I will tell you more about that in weeks to come. Today I want to pass on to you a very important phone number that you will need to use in order to help me out. As a director of the Lake Windermere Lions Foundation and a person with direct access to a newspaper, I have the pleasure of publicly announcing that our Foundation has decided to take a lead role with the Invermere Fire Department to help raise the necessary

funds for a new Rescue Vehicle. Their current vehicle is old and too undersized to carry all the equipment and people needed for an emergency road rescue. You will see and hear a lot about this over the next year and I hope and pray you will help us achieve our goal. Our first fund-raiser for this cause will be the fifth annual Lions’ Golf Day at Copper Point Golf Course. This year’s date is July 8th and I want to see 288 golfers help raise funds for this vehicle. I pray to God that you will never know anyone who is involved in a rescue by our Firemen, but with our valley becoming more and more popular, chances are you will, so don’t hesitate to help. Call 341-3392 today to book your tee-time. Tell the Copper Point staff you want to play on Lions Golf Day. Once again it will be $65 per person for your round of golf with a cart and opportunity to win a whole bunch of prizes. See you there! The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by comic writer, P. G. Wodehouse: “The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.”

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Playing with model trains never gets old By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff

Richard Engel of Fairmont set up his beloved model train at Columbia House last week. Photo by Rachel Pinder

Veteran Richard Engel and his wife Fay brought lots of enjoyment to residents and visitors at Columbia House last week. Mr. Engel explained he has built up his collection from all over the States and Canada over the past 25 years. “We have a railway set up in our backyard,” he explained. “I make all the buildings at home and it’s done to scale. The railway is really designed for the garden, and I built Lake Windermere station originally for the museum. “It’s great to be able to share it with all the residents at Columbia House,” Mr. Engel said. He was asked to visit by Terri Eacrett, activities worker on the adult day program. This is the second time he’s dropped in with his railway set. “It’s nice when people from the community come in and share something with us. The train is great as it brings back so many memories, and it’s great way for the older people to reminisce about days gone by,” she said. “Richard is a wonderful volunteer for bringing in all his equipment and all the time he’s taken to lay it out. And his wife Fay has done a great job in helping him,” Terri said.

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First home underway in Pedley Heights with our neighbors on this development, and we have good support from It’s been a while comthe community overall. ing, but the first home is That’s important to us.” under construction in the The building lots in new community of Pedthe first two phases of ley Heights. “It’s beautiPedley Heights are fully ful to see,” says developer serviced and available Mark Voszler. for purchase.Prices start Mark and his wife at $189,000 and 11 of Eileen bought the 64the 35 lots are already acre property on the east sold. One house, a Whisside of Lake Windermere per Creek Log Home, is in 2003. When they are under construction by finished developing it as Windwood Homes. Mark Pedley Heights, three to says he expects to see six five years from now, it more homes underway will contain 296 home before summer. The new Pedley Heights community is located on the east side of the lake, north of Timber Ridge. sites with access to a Windwood Homes quarter-mile of sandy and Mountain View Rockies West Realty is marketing the Eileen is a retired computer-project beach. There will be a community cenHomes are available to build, but buyers development. “Pedley Heights will be manager who worked for companies tre with a pool, a sports court and a netcan bring in any builder they want. The an upscale community along the lines including Nova Corporation and Canawork of footpaths. A day-use dock and architectural controls in place stipulate of Lakeview Meadows, but with close dian Pacific Railway. She is now “fully boat moorage are proposed. an alpine theme and a commitment to access to the beach,” he says. “That’s a engaged” with Pedley Heights. build within four years. A 6,500 square-foot building on tremendous selling point. Most of the Mark has been vacationing—and Highway 93 that was slated to become Ross says that all the buyers to date land on the east side of the lake is get- working—in the Windermere Valley a restaurant but left unfinished will be are Calgarians in their forties or fifties ting used up and it will be a while before since the 1960s. His father developed reincarnated as the community centre. who, like the Voszlers, will probably anything is available on the west side.” the Baltac Subdivision just below Pedley “We had it checked over, and beretire to the area. “These won’t be the “It’s all about the beach,” says Heights. “There were roads leading into lieve it or not, it is structurally sound,” kind of homes that people build just for Mark. the property back then, but no services,” says Mark. weekend use.” The Voszlers reside in Alberta, but he recalls. “I was his little slave laborer, He adds that the sewage lagoons on When Pedley Heights is finished, are spending more and more time in the always on the back of a backhoe, always the site will soon be decommissioned, the Voszlers will develop two additional vacation home they built just minutes working hard. I still am.” and that the trailer park that has been communities nearby: Stoddart Estates, away from Pedley Heights in the year Pedley Heights is more than just a there since the 1970s will gradually be a 30-lot subdivision for single-family 2000. They plan to eventually retire project for the couple. “This is our comredeveloped for new homes. homes, and Tegart Ridge, with 84 duthere. Mark is a lawyer with a back- munity and we take a lot of pride in it,” Ross Newhouse of Royal LePage plex homes. ground in real estate and oil and gas. says Eileen. “We are working closely By Sandra Kelly Special to The Pioneer

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Eileen Madson a lean, mean, green machine Karen Nickurak of Arnica Consulting for the District of Invermere Students at Eileen Madson Elementary School have earned the designation “Green School” after completing more than 100 environmental projects in just a few months. “Our school is a Green school,” said teacher Willa Love, who explained that the designation was provided by the Society of Environment and Energy Development Studies, or SEEDS, a not-for-profit, federally-chartered organization that develops educational programs for Canadian schools. According to student Emily Danyluk: “We had a green assembly and planted trees.” Grade 3 student Kieran Moore says: “We have a litter-less lunch program and it’s easy when you reuse your containers.” Student Ben Wiegert agrees with Kieran: “A lot of your lunch can be recycled like yogurt containers.” Student Tegan Rogal talks about the school composting program. “I want my dad to get a composter and start a new garden.” Perhaps the school’s biggest achievement was their Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd, organized into five Earth Day Stations. One of the Earth Day Stations was the Garden. According to teacher Carol Zehnder: “Local residents Ed and Sue Steel have generously donated an area of their property to the school for the purpose of a school garden.” On Earth Day, “the kids were digging in the garden and finding worms, and they pulled enough weeds to fill 12 garbage bags. Some of the children planted nasturtium flowers and will transplant them in the garden later this spring.”

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would look like. Some of the common components included animals, trees, flowers and clean rivers. The purpose of my Earth Day Station was to discuss Invermere’s new Blue Bag recycling program, which takes effect in June, and explain how little garbage is produced after reusing, recycling and composting. The kids, in groups, had to search for hidden items that could be reused or put in the garbage. The final Earth Day Station was spearheaded by local artist, Meredith Hackler. Through a grant program called ArtStart, Meredith has been working with students since February to create artwork having a green theme. On Earth Day, all the artwork was showcased in the gymnasium and many of the children experienced their first art show. “I wanted to use base elements . . . representing earth, air, water, fire, the animal kingdom and humans,” said Meredith. The kids made garden tiles, painted terra cotta plant pots, environment photography, wind chimes or mobiles, a water fountain, watercolour paintings, energy wise t-shirts, paper mache animals, human figures made of collage and charcoal drawings of forest fires. The end of the day culminated in an assembly with students surrounded by their art work singing a new “green” verse to the school song, written by music teacher Leisa O’Sullivan with the assistance of students. School principal Carolynne Muncer urged the students: “Set a green goal for yourself and your family.”The success of Earth Day was due to the collaborative effort of the principal, staff, parents and the school community.

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500 creeks, rivers at risk Dear Editor: I attended the Tuesday night forum on Rivers At Risk and was alarmed at some of the figures presented at the forum. Over 500 creeks and rivers are under present application for “run of the river” diversion to facilitate electrical generation. Proponents are touting this as green power but their evaluations contain none of the long-term costs. Loss of wildlife habitat, damage to water cleaning riparian habitat, carbon imprint created by the construction of these plants and their subsequent power lines. I question the feasibility of run of the river plants as their peak generation period coincides with BC Hydro’s full reservoirs, necessitating BC Hydro’s spilling water. For the proponents it is a good deal as they are been guaranteed a rate of return close to 20-percent

greater then BC Hydro presently charges with an escalator clause that guarantees that differential. The ratepayers and taxpayers will have to pick up the difference. It is estimated that we will see a doubling of our rates in the next decade to finance these private ventures. A local example that has been around for 60 years is the Spillimacheen “run of the river” power plant built by East Kootenay Power and later taken over by BC Hydro. This plant was built as the answer to the power supply to the valley. At that time the communities of the Columbia Valley were supplied by diesel power plants. The year that Spilli was commissioned and they had started the decommissioning of the diesel plants, cold weather hit in the fall and the four megawatt plant at Spilli suddenly became a 1.5megawatt plant and there was a scramble to try to re-commission the diesel plants.

They then built a power line from Cranbrook to supply local needs as they could see Spilli was not going to be the answer. Spilli still puts power into the grid and at today’s prices is making money but for only a few months of the year. Why would any of these 500 proposed plants be any different? In the short term, conservation is the only true answer and we have the means and it is called “demand metering”; meaning power consumed at peak periods above a certain level will pay a penalty. It works beautifully in industrial and commercial applications and modern day metering has made it an easy fix. In the longer term, alternate forms of power (tidal, solar, wind, fusion, hydrogen) as they become viable will supply our growing needs. Mick Eldstrom Windermere

Jim survived war Dear Editor: Jim Hankey, who was pictured in The Pioneer last week, left Invermere in 1914 and never returned. He did indeed survive World War One and in the 1940s was living in Montreal. My father, Walter Stoddart, received Christmas cards from him then. He befriended Charles D. Ellis and my father, Walter Stoddart, who together homesteaded the Ellenvale Ranch (now the K2) in the early 20th century. Both Charlie and Jim Hankey were amateur prospectors. Mr. Hankey became a mining engineer after World War One. Bernice Stoddart Hathaway, Parksville, B.C.

Not green enough Dear Editor: In the spirit of Earth Day this past week, I was highly disappointed with the lack of environmental information given by our local media. The few rah rah bits did little to raise awareness about some new and interesting issues out there. Let’s do some real journalism and get the research done. Education is the key. Michaelle Stetsko, Radium

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Êtes-vous très Are You Highly Sensitive to Smoke? susceptible à la fumée? Kootenay National Park has a Smoke Notification List for those who are extremely sensitive to smoke and would like advance warning of prescribed burn operations. We are currently updating this list and we would like to hear from you. Please call the Fire Communications Officer at 250347-6174 to be added onto this list.

Le parc national Kootenay détient une liste de personnes extrêmement susceptibles à la fumée, qu’il avertit avant d’allumer des feux dirigés. Nous sommes en train de mettre cette liste à jour et si vous êtes une de ces personnes, veuillez nous le signaler. Téléphonez à l’agent d’information sur le feu au 250-347-6174 pour vous faire inscrire sur la liste.

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“And of course, the other big price increase in oil production and grain because of ethanol is also a problem,” Mr. Panga said. “Somehow it just doesn’t make sense, and there must be better solutions.” Grain costs have risen in part because many farmers have switched from growing wheat to corn to meet the demand for ethanol fuel. “There are a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of contradictions. If the price continues to go up I will have to make more adjustments, but I don’t think it’s necessary to buy more flour unless you do a serious amount of baking,” Mr. Panga said. Sydney-Anne Porter, owner of AG Valley Foods in Invermere, says there is nothing to worry about and that although food costs since Invermere have been rising gradually in December, it is just the way of the world. “I haven’t noticed customers stockpiling items. We had Robin Hood flour on for a hot deal in the last week or two, so people have been buying more as they would for any product on special. “The price of flour has gone up gradually, and there have been price

increases from Canada Bread and Western’s, which have put the prices up three times since Christmas,” she said. “Pasta has also gone up, but it’s not as bad as we’re seeing around the world on TV. “It’s all related to the price of gas going up, which pushes everything else up,” she explained. “It’s a big circle and inflation is going to hit us all in all aspects of our life. As with any food product, it’s all about supply and demand. “I haven’t seen anything to make people really panic-buy, and I sometimes wonder if it’s a marketing ploy to get people to buy more than they would normally,” she said. Last week, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. announced it will raise prices of its bread as high grain costs cut into profits. The company reported that it lost $10,000 in the first quarter, compared to boasting a profit of $10.5 million during the same period one year ago. The company also said its first-quarter sales fell by nine per cent over last year. Canada Bread Co., 88 percent of which is owned by Maple Leaf, also warned that its prices would rise, after reporting that its first-quarter profits dropped by 32 percent as a result of rising wheat prices.

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A Day in Court The following people were found guilty in Adult Criminal Court in Invermere on Tuesday, April 29th. Presiding was Judge Webb. • Timothy A. Pocha pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and breach of a probation order. He was given a 90-day intermittent sentence for the assault charge and one day in jail for the breach charge. He was also put on probation for one year. The court heard that at around 1:30 a.m. on July 8th, 2007, RCMP arrested Mr. Pocha outside Bud’s Bar in Invermere for fighting with another man. He was bleeding from the nose, so he went to hospital with his wife Georgina. Rhian Opel, prosecuting, said that later at 4:01 a.m. police received a complaint of a domestic incident in Invermere. They went to a house in 6th Street, and spoke to Mr. Pocha’s mother, who said he was not there. At 4:13 a.m. police went to Georgina Pocha’s house and found her in the yard. She had blood in her hair and a cut on her left cheek. She told police her husband had left, and was hesitant to provide a statement to the police. The court heard that after leaving Bud’s, some people had gone to Georgina and Timothy Pocha’s house. Georgina wanted everyone to leave, and an argument started between her and her husband. When questioned whether she was assaulted, Georgina nodded. She said she was threatened that she would lose custody of her children if she said anything. But she decided to speak to police that evening, at 6:12 p.m. She told them Timothy had grabbed her by the hair and slammed her face into the ground. He also bit her shoulder, which gave her a bruise that lasted a couple of weeks. The court heard that Timothy Pocha had two previous convictions for assault on his wife in December 2005 and 2006. In his most recent conviction on De-

cember 3rd, 2006, he pleaded guilty on June 19th, 2007, and was given a suspended sentence and an 18month probation order. “Jail is an appropriate sentence for him, and it’s imperative that he gets a reminder this is not acceptable behaviour,” said Crown prosecutor Rhian Opel. The court heard the couple operates a concrete finishing business, and Timothy is having counselling. They have a three-year-old child together, and she has two other children. Georgina Pocha told the court she is standing by her husband because she loves him, but she wants to see some justice done. “It’s affecting me, the children and my friends. He should not be drinking at all. He’s a very good person when he’s not drinking,” she said. Fighting back the tears, Timothy Pocha told his wife in court that he would not do it again. “We’re getting along a lot better now, which must be because I’m not drinking. I haven’t had a drink for about six months,” he said. Sentencing Mr. Pocha to 90 days in jail to be served on weekends, from 7 p.m. on Fridays until 4 p.m. on Sundays, the judge said: “If you continue drinking, you’re going to lose your wife, your kids and your job and you’re going to end up in jail. . . You will be on probation for one year and you must abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs. You should be grateful you have a tolerant and patient wife.” • Dolly G. Sutherland was fined $500 for breaking and entering at Windermere Family Pantry, and $100 for carrying a concealed knife, after pleading guilty to both charges. She was given 12 months’ probation, which includes conditions that she does not visit Windermere Family Pantry or have any contact with the owner. She was also told to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs. The court heard that on September 15th, 2007, RCMP received a call about a break-and-enter at about




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9:23 p.m. The owner arrived at the store before the police and found the door had been kicked in. When he went inside he heard a woman yelling, and recognized her as Dolly Sutherland. He had turned her away from the store earlier when she tried to buy liquor, because she was already intoxicated. Dolly Sutherland yelled at the owner, lunged at him, threw a bottle of wine at him and attempted to spray him with soap. He held her to the floor until the police arrived at 9:36 p.m. Ms. Sutherland was handcuffed and taken to the station. When she was searched, police discovered a serrated steak knife in her right boot. Police kept her overnight before releasing her. Buffy Blakley, defending, agreed that her client was intoxicated that night and said she didn’t remember what happened, but she does accept the facts. Rhian Opel, prosecuting, said Ms. Sutherland has previous convictions in 1976 for unlawfully entering a dwelling and in 1999 for driving while impaired. “This does appear to be an isolated incident but it did involve being under the influence of alcohol. It has had some affect on the owner of the store, and how he handles his business now. Dolly Sutherland should apologize to the owner. A message needs to be sent to Dolly Sutherland and other people that this type of disruption to property and people needs to be deterred,” she said. Buffy Blakley added that her client had been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. She is now living in an alcohol-free environment in Edgewater. She explained that her client has experience in housekeeping and is looking for work in Radium. Dolly Sutherland told the court she was sorry, and while she doesn’t remember the incident, she will take the consequences. “I deserve it. I can’t blame anybody else except myself,” she said. Judge Webb said the knife was not part of the offence. “The pre-sentence report outlines a very complicated and sympathetic background that perhaps explains why she’s turned to alcohol or drugs at different stages in her life. “She had a tragic upbringing and she does need to get counselling for her alcohol problem,” he said.

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The carnival brought out the crowds over the weekend. Pictured above are Julie Desbiens with six-year-old Marielle Banville and seven-month-old Rosie Banville, who stopped for a rest to enjoy a toffee apple. Right: (back to front) Gwenn Dougall, Kerry Smith and Haylie Smith try their luck at winning a prize on one of the many stalls. Photos by Rachel Pinder

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We’re living longer

The new 2006 Vital Statistics Annual Report confirms that British Columbians are living longer. The age standardized mortality rate, which reached a historic low in 2005, was down again in 2006. British Columbians born in 2006 can expect to live an average of 80.9 years compared to 77.44 years in the previous generation, 25 years ago.

May 2, 2008 The latest numbers in the British Columbia Vital Statistics 135th Annual Report show a continuing decline in the rates of death from cancer and heart disease, and an encouraging trend in declining mortality from diabetes. This finding supports the importance and potential benefits of primary care and health promotion health-care challenges.

Ten ways to go green 1. Park It. Leave your car at home for a day (or a week or a month) and try walking or biking. If work is too far away to walk, take public transit or carpool. 2. Shut Down Turn off the lights, the computer and the TV when not in use. Using only highly-efficient and money-saving appliances can reduce the electricity consumption of an average household to one-tenth of the average. 3. Where’s The Beef? Try eating meat-free at least one day a week. A meat-based diet requires seven times more land than a plant-based diet. Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world. 4. Eat It Choose foods produced organically, locally and in season. Support your regional farmers and farming industry: buying locally and in season is better for the environment than buying foods that have been shipped hundreds of kilometers to your local market. 5. Let It Rot Put a composter in your backyard or use your green bin to reduce household waste. Composting organics reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and added to your garden, helps nourish soil. 6. Don’t Be Idle Turn off your car’s engine if stopped for more than 10 seconds. If every driver of a light duty vehicle avoided idling by five minutes a day, collectively, we would save 1.8 million litres of fuel per day. 7. Keep Your Eye On The Temp Set your thermostat above room temperature in summer and below room temperature in winter. For each degree you adjust, you can save five percent on your utility bill and one per cent on your energy use. 8. Bright Ideas Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 25 percent as much energy as an incandescent bulb and last 10 times longer. 9. Don’t Dump It - Blue Bag It! Recycling has more impact on the environment than the average Canadian thinks.The amount of wood and paper North Americans throw away each year is enough to heat five million homes for 200 years. 10. Tell Someone Tell someone what you’re doing to make the world a better place. Support the cause. Encourage them to get involved, too!

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Clockwise from top right: the Gaspar family — Dave, Jacoba, Rene and Sam in Tombstone, Arizona. Rod and Christine Turnbull of Windermere in Dubai; Galen Kazakoff in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Christine and Madeleine Sherk in Cancun, Mexico, photographed by Colin Sherk; Barb Chapman of Invermere and Margaret Mitchell in Waikiki, Hawaii. Their names will be entered in a draw for two tickets to a Calgary Flames game, plus a night at a Calgary hotel, courtesy of our friendly local travel agency, Travel World. The draw will be made at the end of 2008. Please email your photos to

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THE PIONEER GOES EVERYWHERE窶認rom top left, clockwise: Linda Kellough at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Edwin and Finley Redhead at Oceanside California, who travelled with their mum Annik and dad Bill along with 13 other aunts, uncles and cousins; Karen and Wade Graumann of Radium at Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico; Elli and Arthur Wittenborn with Gunter Rapp in Lima, Peru; and Otto Wittenborn of Invermere at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Their names will be entered in a draw for two free Calgary Flames tickets, generously provided by Travel World in Invermere.

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 33

May 2, 2008

Local groups given financial boost from District of Invermere

The District of Invermere has provided the following community groups with Local Government Assistance, also called grants-inaid: • Invermere Citizens on Patrol, $1,000 to continue community crime-revention endeavours • ACE, $500 to promote barrier-free access and awareness

• Windermere Valley Cadets, $500 for a camp kitchen Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley, $1,000 for Canada Day fireworks Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, $1,500 for operational assistance • Invermere District Curling Club, $1,500 to promote curling

to people of all ages • J. A. Laird and Eileen Madson School parent advisory councils, $3,000 to support a fitness trail connecting the three schools in Invermere. Invermere council voted on the grants last Tuesday at its regular council meeting.

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P ioneer C lassifieds OBITUARY In loving Memory of Martina Bernadette Nicholas Born June 09, 1931 and Passed Away April 03, 2008 With great sadness, we announce the passing of Martina Bernadette Nicholas. Martina, wife, mother sister, auntie, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away suddenly but peacefully the evening of Thursday April 3, 2008 surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. Many tears were shed that evening and many more tears and heartache continue. This has been a very difficult time for Martina’s family and friends. We would like to thank those who joined us in the celebration of her life, and to honor and say farewell to a very remarkable woman. Martina was the great-granddaughter of Catherine Sam, granddaughter of the late Chief Dominic Nicholas (Sophie). The daughter of Alice White and Casimer Joseph. Partner to Mansell Hall. Mother of Lucille Shovar, Joseph Nicholas (Delores), Lloyd Nicholas, Martin Hall (Doris), Lillian Rose, David Hall (Cheyenne), Allan Nicholas (Sheree), John Nicholas, Wes Nicholas (Kristine), Solo Nicholas, Patrick Nicholas ( Rachelle), Sophie Nicholas (Regan). Grandmother to Nicholas, Yancey, Aaron, Wes Jr., Quentin, Tyler, Ron, Rendall, Christopher, ,Jesse, Jason, Lorne, Cheyenne, Pierre, Candice, Dominique, Nakita, Jaimie, Kae Loni, Lena, Marley, Zoe, Sierre, Jennifer, Elisha, Deidre, Natalie, Alicia, Nadine, Leah, Nicole. Great-grandmother to Martina, Dorrell, Bryson, Ava, Marcus. Sister to Marie Nicholas ( Mel), James White. Martina was predeceased by her mother Alice White, aunts Phyllis and Elizabeth Nicholas, sister Monica Couture and uncle Toby Nicholas. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our many friends and family for their presence in this time of sadness. We appreciate that you came to honor our mother. Special thanks to: Dr. Ian White and Invermere District Hospital Nursing Staff; Cliff Koski; Tom Krebs; Delores Varga; Sookenai Drum Group; Pastor Jared Enns, Mary Richardson; Annie Capilo and Ktunaxa Singers; Ken Wilder; Akisqnuk Band Council and Staff. We will remember your kindness and care.

A memorial service for

Lucy Weir will be held on

Saturday, May 3rd at the Christ Church Trinity at 1:00 p.m.

Lucy’s family looks forward to seeing her friends at the service and tea. Lucy asked that in lieu of flowers, donations could be given to the Invermere Public Library, Box 989, Invermere. V0A 1K0.

IN MEMORIAM In Memory of Earle South A “Celebration of Earle’s Life” will be held on the long weekend in May – Saturday, May 17, 2:00 – 9:00 at St. Mary Lake/The Monastery – pot luck, BYOB – and your best “Old Earle” story.

Thank You

The loss of my good friend and partner Earle South was made easier with all the kindness and support through hugs, cards, phone calls, food, flowers and the donations made in Earle’s memory to the SPCA. A special thank you to the ambulance crew, the RCMP and Brian and Wendy Nowicki all of who were so outstanding in a time of crisis. Marie Kazak


Brandon and Justina Kennedy are proud to announce the arrival of Nolin David James Kennedy, who was born April 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. Nolin weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long at birth. Mother, father and baby are all doing fine.

THANK YOU Thank you for all support shown to our friend Lawrence Godlien, by friends and family, volunteers and neighbours, businesses and the Organizing Committee who helped out in so many ways. It was so great to see so many good and beautiful people at the recent benefit. You made it a fantastic party! Thank you again, Gord and Toni

ANNOUNCEMENTS Windermere Valley Saddle Club Horsemanship Clinic with Jim Anderson. $80.00 for members, $120.00 for nonmembers (this includes a membership) Registration fee due June 1st . June 28 – 29 For more info call Dave 3429881, Jim 347-6499.



Horse driving clinic sponsored by Windermere Saddle Club: May 16, 7:00 pm -9:00 pm, May 17, 9:00 am -5:00 pm, May 18, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Judy Newbert Canadian certified driving instructor. All levels and beginners welcome. Cost $500.00 plus gas divided among participants. Auditors welcome $10.00/day Rowena Sinha 347-9039, Jim Campbell 347-6499.

FREE GRIP SEMINAR Spur Valley Greens is hosting a FREE “golf grips and shafts” seminar put on by Ken Innes of Valley Golfworks. Bring your clubs for review of the latest grip and shaft technology. Three sessions commencing at 1:00; 2:00 and 3:00 P.M. Saturday May 10th. RSVP at 347-6500 as space is limited. We are located 18 kms north of Radium on Hwy 95.

GOLFERS WANTED: MEN’S NIGHT Thursday, May 1st and every Thursday thereafter. LADIES’ NIGHT Wednesday, May 7th and every Wednesday thereafter. Time: 5:00 PM. Cost $20.00. Steak dinner and optional Pots. SPUR VALLEY GREENS, 18 kms North of Radium. INFO 347-6500.

Jeers to the “young adults” for smashing our drain tube & ripping our “Saunders St.” sign off the post on 9th St. Saturday night. Know where your kids were? Dano

Volunteers wanted! Rockin event happening this summer needs volunteers. Many roles available, rock benefits to be had. Call Lindsay 342-0420.

Fenced Compound

Call (250) 341-1395

Jeers to the idea of illuminating the Hoodoos: we need less light pollution in the Valley, not more.

GARAGE SALE Saturday, May 3rd , 7:00 am to 11:00 am. 4826 Lake Road Windermere. Kid’s books, toys, household items, tires.

Real Estate

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May 2, 2008

P ioneer C lassifieds GARAGE SALE




EDGEWATER RECREATION SOCIETY MULT-FAMILY GARAGE SALE Rain or Shine Saturday, May 3rd , 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Edgewater Community Hall Deck Something for everyone. Toys, baby items, antiques, household items, clothing, furniture, jewelry.

3 professional women looking for long-term house/condo to rent. Call 341-7744.

Brand new DT Invermere townhouse. 2 bdrm, 21/2 bath, single garage, all appliances included. Available immediately, N/P, N/S, $1000/month plus DD & util, 403-615-7640.

Fairmont Hot Springs 1-5 bdrms, large fully equipped condos, starting at $1560 per week. Call (250)345-6116 or 1-877-6465890.

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

SUITE FOR RENT CONTRACTORS: Self contained cabins by the week or month. (250) 345-6365 Fairmont Bungalows. Radium month to month bright 1 bdrm lower level suites. C/ with bed, fridge, stove, couch, T.V. Utilities & cable included. $700/month plus GST. Please call 250-347-9582. 2 bdrm basement suite in Invermere. Utilities, cable, dishwasher included. $950/ month, 403-819-8121.

Canal Flats Condo, Jade Landing Development, 2 +1 Bdrms, 1 bath, 6 appliances, partially finished basement, 10 minutes to Fairmont, $900/month + Utilities. Available May 1. Contact Mike. (403) 804-6937.

HOUSE FOR SALE 1975, 2/3 bdrm mobile on beautiful large lot, deck, sheds, close to beach and golf course. $149,500.00, Canal Flats, 3495865.

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE Radium Rentals, furnished 4 bdrm home in Edgewater. Jet 1000 Sq. ft. shop/retail space. $940/month. Minimum 1 year lease, 342-3637. Canal flats prime location. Great for Hair Salon or other. $300/ month. Call 341-1030. Canal Flats Sunflower Café commercial space for lease, available May 1st . Great opportunity. $450.00 plus net, for prime corner, front space. Back commercial also available for expansion, 250-341-1030.

WANTED TO RENT Room wanted for summer: I am a 28 year-old male seeking a furnished room for the summer beginning May 1. I will be working as a reporter for the Pioneer for four months, until the end of August. I am clean and respectful of others and am hoping to pay $500 at most. Please contact Alex at 647-2382252 if interested.

suites, $425.00, call 341-7022. 2 bdrm apartment for rent in Invermere. Available immediately through June. Call 341-5534. Completely renovated, bright basement suite with large windows on a 3/4 acre lot in Windermere. Two large bedrooms, beautiful kitchen and bathroom with bamboo cabinets, treed yard and firepit. N/P, N/S $1250/month plus ½ utilities, available immediately. Please call, 403-617-7625.

HOUSE FOR RENT Be the first one to occupy a brand new five star, semidetached dwelling on Columbia Lake. 2 storey, 1800 sq ft, geothermal heating, attached garage, 5 appliances. Long-term lease available, $1950.00 plus utilities, 780-446-3575, or 780231-3986.

tub, sunken living room, shed, very close to schools and parks. Must see, $240,000.00. For more info call 347-6388. Beautiful 3 bdrm home, newly developed basement and landscaped corner lot. Fenced in backyard. Like new $359,000.00. For appointment call 250-3424407, www.nocomcanada. ca. ID#300. #2198 13th Ave, Invermere, BC. 1992, 14’ x 70’ mobile home, 2bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, skylight. Must be moved, $72,000.00. Call 342-9079.

LOTS FOR SALE Double sized lot Springs Estates. End of cul-de-sac on west side. Unobstructed views of second fairway of Springs Golf Course and Purcell Mountains. $334,000.00, 250-347-6523. The cheapest R1 lot in Columbia Valley (Canal Flats). Serviced, no building commitments, $85,000.00, 403-217-1022

WANTED Wanted to buy 10’ – 20’ sailboat, any style. In desperate need. Please call Virginia, 250-2700612. Wanted: A small or medium sized utility trailer, call 3411939.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Top soil, call Elkhorn Ranch at 342-0617. Exotic Steel Art Rare and strange forms By Roy Mackey 1998 Flagstaff 10’ tent trailer. Queen bed & double bed, indoor/ outdoor cooking, awning/screen tent for awning, 2 way fridge. Sleeps 8, 2 tables (makes into a bed). $4,900.00 OBO, excellent condition, 342-7166. 10” radial arm saw, $300.00, w/stand $350.00. 2 adirondack chairs, $150.00. Golf balls by the dozen, call Mike 347-9844. 4 tires all-season 225 lbs, used one summer. $20.00 each or all for $75.00. Call 342-3385. 1986 Bonair Tent Trailer. Sleeps 6, fridge, ice box, heater, very good condition, $2,000.00, 3426210. Sofa & Loveseat, light brown, $600.00. Will sell separate, 3479093.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 4 Pug Puppies, 3 males, 1 female. Ready May 3rd , $800.00, $200.00 deposit, 250349-5699. Black tuck canopy, fits 2004 Chev $500.00. 2 industrial shelving units, 3’x 4’x 7’, stainless steel, $300.00 ea. Stainless steel juice press $120.00, wood press $250.00. Large chest freezer $50.00. Ikea filing cabinet $40.00. 4’x 5’ metal desk $40.00, 342-7096. New gray hot tub cover, 91”x 91”, $250.00. Van/car top carrier, 15 cu. Ft, $100.00. Free Queen foam mattress, good shape. Dano @ Moms Upholstery, 342-0355 Manure, well-aged. Will load, $100.00 per pick-up load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 342-0617. Used washer and dryer, in good shape, $250.00, 342-1108

MOTORCYCLE FOR SALE 1999 Harley Davidson Softtail Fatboy, 13,500 miles, lots of chrome, air brush, too much to list. Show room condition, 20,000.00. Call Guido, 342-6866 (days), 342-7378 (eves).

BOAT FOR SALE 13 ½ ‘ sail boat, 2 person, $2,250.00, w/trailer. 16’ Larson ski boat, 185 inboard OMC, w/ trailer $3,995, 342-5249.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1976 Buick Electra, big block, mint condition, collector plates, $4,000.00, call Guido, 342-6866 (days), 342-7378 (eves). 1989 Nissan king cab, mechanics special. Needs carburetor or part-out. 342-6772, 341-1409 (cell).

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1992 Ford Explorer XL. Reliable transportation. $1995.00 OBO, 342-6772 or 341-1409 (cell).

1998 Chev 1500 Silverado Z71. Trailer package, 4x4, extended cab w/3rd door, $11,900.00, 345-4034. 1999 Hyundai Tiburon. Awesome sound system. $7,000.00 OBO, 342-9817. 2004 Nissan Murano SE, AWD, one owner, fully loaded, wellmaintained, $27,900.00. Call 342-5247. For parts, 1994 Chev ½ ton, 2 wd, regular cab, long box, HD transmission, new tires, 3425249.

MOTORHOME FOR SALE 1990 Ford Tioga, 27’, Class C Motorhome. Generator, E.F.I. 460, A/C, fully loaded, $14,000.00 OBO, 250-346-3301 (Spillimacheen) 2001 Jayco Qwest, 26’ travel trailer. W/pop out, sleeps 6, master bdrm, bath shower, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, a/c, c/d player, $11,750.00. 3425572 or 341-8092. 2006 Bayridge Park Trailer. Electric fireplace, surround sound DVD player, 3 push-outs, Queen bedroom, microwave, full-size fridge, 2 sofa beds. Located in Radium. Asking $29,000.00 OBO, no GST. 403823-9439 or 403-820-1641.

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P ioneer C lassifieds MOTORHOME FOR SALE




1985 26’ Royal Classic, hard side class C motorhome, Ford 460. New brakes, recent tune-up, 120,000.00 km, 70% tires, new awning, new fridge, new toilet, upgraded furnace. Overall good condition, $12,000.00 OBO, 342-3773.

A.J. Siding/Eavestroughing your continuous eavestrough specialists. We do repairs, renovations, new constructions throughout the Invermere Valley. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00pm, 342-7177.

Patty’s Greenhouse is looking for help to work in the Invermere location. Call 341-1087.

Summer work M/F, outdoors on historic ranch. Must be honest, reliable, hard worker, some operation of farm implements, fencing, riding range. Experience not necessary, will train. Send resume or letter of interest by fax to 347-9795.

SERVICES Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 341-8033 cell or 3428474 home. Not on valley time. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Dale Hunt @ 342-3569

Warbrick Towing and Salvage. Free unwanted vehicle pick-up, year-round. 24 hour towing. Doug, 342-9514 or 342-5851. Wallace, 342-6294 or 688-5083. Dirty Eavestroughs? Call 3415728 and we’ll come and clean them. Handyman Connection, for all your needs! Call 342-1437.

Helna’s Stube is looking for part-time evening servers and kitchen help. Call 347-0047 or email

• Full-time and Part-time • Fully covered by WCB • $300 bonus to stay for the summer!

Crew Chiefs – Salary based on experience Painters – $12 – $14 Call Rachael Paul at (250) 341-1802 or e-mail resume to We’re not just building a resort… We’re taking the time to create a new culture of Customer Service Excellence

Northstar Hardware • Part-time greenhouse help • Full-time self motivated in-store help

Competitive wages, benefit plan, submit resumes in person 410 - Borden St.


Want to Try Something New? How About Painting? What Does Student Works Painting Offer?


Kootenay Paving


Skandia Concrete / Kootenay Paving, a division of Terus Construction, leader in the construction industry in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory and part of the Colas Group of Companies, is searching for an Accountant/Office Manager to work out of our Invermere office. The applicant will provide a full range of bookkeeping and internal accounting functions for the corporate group including preparation of internal financial statements. He or she will become an integral part of the overall management team. Ideally the position is well suited to the senior professional accounting student or recently designated graduate. The successful candidate should have good organizational skills, will need to be a self starter, to work independently and to meet required deadlines. Reporting to the General Manager of Kootenay Paving, the successful candidate will be responsible for but not limited to : Duties/Tasks · Preparation and processing of A/P, A/R, payroll and G/L entries from source documents · Meeting corporate reporting deadlines and schedules · Preparation of formal quotations and proposals from notes · Correspondence and communicating with customers, suppliers and government agencies · Supervising the physical aspects of the office environment Knowledge/Skills · Strong computer skills ( excel ) · Excellent accounting knowledge · Strong oral and written communication skills · Knowledge of Explorer Software would be an asset Experience/Education · Post secondary education in accounting · 2-5 experience years in a similar position Kootenay Paving offer a competitive compensation package with a comprehensive benefit plan. Please send your resume stating position to the Human Resources department at: or by fax at: 604 575-3691.

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!


Invermere, BC Permanent full-time position

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!

SITE MANAGER INVERMERE & DISTRICT HOSPITAL Invermere, BC Permanent full-time position



Graduation from an approved Medical Laboratory Science Program and current certification with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). One (1) year recent related experience. NOTE: Accommodation assistance is available for first three

months of employment

We invite you to phone or apply online at www.roomtogrowbc. ca to EK-IDH-HEA-08-0055960 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:

• Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing; Masters Degree in a health related field preferred. • A minimum of five years recent related acute care/residential care experience with three years in a management/ administrative position. • Current practicing membership with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia We invite you to phone or apply online at EK-EXC-EXC-08-0056160 (prior to May 11th) 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:

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May 2, 2008

P ioneer C lassifieds CAREERS




Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 345-6365, fax 345-6348, or email bungalows@

Excavation Contractor now hiring for the following positions: excavator operator, class 3 driver, labourers. Successful applicants must be reliable, posses strong aptitude, positive attitude, clean drivers abstract, own transportation. Wages negotiable DOE. Call 342-1125.

Picturesque Painting has employment opportunities for experienced painters and helpers. Great pay, fun environment. Call Andrew, 250341-7229.

Oler Bros Contracting Ltd of Sundre, AB is now accepting resumes for the following positions: Log Truck Drivers, Processor Operators, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Skidder Operators, and other Heavy Equipment Operators. Wages will depend on experience. Please forward resume with references and desired position to: Oler Bros Contracting Ltd RR1, Site 18, Box 19 Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Or fax to: 403-638-3478. No phone calls please.

Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. M & S Construction is now hiring labourers and carpenters. Competitive wages. Call Mike at 270-0361. Qualified hotel cleaning $14.00/hour to start, $3.00/hour bonus. Nice Beautiful location, call 347-9305.

staff, with boss! now,

Free Gym Membership! Parttime position at Valley Fitness Centre, weekend and evening shifts. $10/hr. Apply in person with resume, 342-2131. Reliable Cleaner w/car wanted for 3 properties in Panorama. Call Carolyn at 250-766-4092.

The Lakeside team is looking for experienced servers, kitchen help and line cooks. Call Barb or Bruce at The Lakeside Pub, 3426866.

Back Country Jacks

requires dishwashers, night line supervisor, lunch cook, 2 night line cooks. Will pay top wages for the right people. Please phone Neil, 347-0097, 270-0458 (cell). Accommodation available. Timko Homes is now hiring full-time positions. Looking for people with good work ethics and common sense. Competitive wages based on experience, paid overtime. Call 341-1160 for an appointment or fax resume to 341-6162.

Looking for a satisfying job opportunity? OASIS GIFTS is looking for F/T, P/T year round sales professional. Applicants must be a minimum 18 years old. Previous retail experience is desired, but not required. Please drop off resume at Oasis Gifts or email

Sales Clerk/Counter Person

We have P/T and F/T positions available in our busy Retail Bakery & Coffee Shop. We can offer full-day or part-day exible shifts throughout the week. These are customer service positions – we are looking for people who are passionate about providing exceptional customer satisfaction above all else. Although experience is welcome, we are happy to train the right people. Extended benet package available after 6 months F/T employment. If you Love People, and you Love our Food, Come Join our Bakery Team! Submit your resume with cover letter to Quality Bakery, 1305 7th Ave., Invermere, BC or by email to

Summer Route Sales Representative Frito Lay is Canada’s fastest growing snack food company that’s looking for energetic, independent and motivated individuals to join our team over the summer as Route sales Representatives in Invermere, BC. At Frito Lay Canada, you will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to develop and sustain a growing snack food business and stretch your current skills by selling, delivering and marketing our products to a set group of retailers. As a summer route sales representative you need to have great customer service skills; a desire to be outside and physically active; an interest in working on your own with minimal supervision; a competitive streak and the drive to be the best. If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply online at or fax your resume to (780) 577-2174 ATTN: Ken Hilkewich.


Family Resource Centre 625 - 4th St. Invermere


Employee Assistance Clinical Counsellor Family Resource Centre Duties: To provide clinical counselling services to individuals and families who are entitled to those services as a benefit of their employment. Employers will have an EFAP agreement with the Family Resource Centre. Hours: Based upon need Wage rate: As per the collective agreement pending JJEP results Start date: May 15, 2008 (target) Job descriptions are available at the: Family Resource Centre at 625 - 4th Street, Invermere Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Cope, Executive Director Family Resource Centre, Box 2289, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 by 4 pm, Monday, May 5, 2008


NITROGEN FILLING STATION Walker’s Repair Centre Why Nitrogen?

Family Resource Centre 625 - 4th St. Invermere



Community Counselling - Fee for Service Clinical Counsellor Family Resource Centre Duties: To provide clinical counselling services to individuals, families and couples who may either not qualify for counselling services through any of the Ministry funded services or wish to access this service rather than one funded through Ministry funding. Hours: Based upon need Wage rate: As per the collective agreement pending JJEP results Start date: May 15, 2008 (target)

1) Improves Fuel Economy 2) Maintains Pressure 3-4 Times Longer 3) Longer Tire Life 4) Superior Handling 5) Decrease in Wheel Corrosion 6) Superior handling

Call 342-9424

For More Information or go to: **Cars, Trucks, and Bikes**

Don’t Miss an Issue!

Job descriptions are available at the Family Resource Centre at 625 - 4th Street, Invermere Application process and deadline: Submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Cope, Executive Director Family Resource Centre, Box 2289, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 by 4 pm, Monday, May 5, 2008


Read The Pioneer every Friday

38 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

May 2, 2008

helping hands

Buy a luminary Trisha Raven, receptionist at Kootenay Savings, makes a donation for a luminary, watched by Geraldine Gibson, chair of luminaries for the local branch of the Cancer Society. Luminaries are special candles that carry the names of cancer survivors and loved ones lost. In a moving ceremony at the 2008 Relay For Life, luminaries around the track will be lit after sunset on May 31st. Each luminary costs $5 and they can be bought at Kootenay Savings, One Hour Photo or Sobeys until May 23rd. Geraldine said anyone can pick up an envelope, write their name and telephone number on it with the name of the loved one.“I’ve been organizing the luminaries since 2003, and last year we had 435 around the track, so I’d like to get another 20 percent more this year.”

VOLUNTEER EFFORT — Kadie Seel from Invermere has been volunteering at Columbia House for the past two months in preparation for her Licenced Practical Nurse certification. Kadie said she was enjoying it so far, and having lots of fun. Here she is pictured with the volunteer wall of fame at Columbia House.

Prostate cancer support group formed By Rachel Pinder Pioneer Staff More prostate cancer survivors are needed to join a new support group, which has recently been set up by two prostate cancer survivors. Peter Wightman of Kimberley and Kevin Higgins of Wycliffe worked with the Canadian Prostate Cancer Network and the Canadian Cancer Society to create the group, which will serve the East Kootenays. The support group aims to provide someone to talk to for anyone who has to go through the ordeal of dealing with prostate cancer. Statistically, one in every six men will get prostate cancer. The group will help men deal with the cancer

diagnosis and the emotional turmoil that often goes with it. It’s also about raising awareness in the community to get men to take action sooner. “My doctors could give all the medical information I needed, but I still wanted to talk to guys who had gone through it,” Kevin said. He said he hopes the support group will reach out to people in the Columbia Valley. “If there were enough people who were interested in various communities we could maybe hold meetings there, too,” he said. The next meetings will be held May 14th and June 11th at the College of the Rockies campus in Cranbrook from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more details contact Kevin at (250) 427-3322.

Thank you to our cancer society volunteers Dear Editor: During National Volunteer Week, April 27 to May 3, I wish to send heartfelt thanks out to Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and all those individuals who contribute countless volunteer hours of time and energy to help enrich the health of our communities. “Compassion to Action” is the theme of this year’s campaign. Volunteers deliver assistance with kindness

and passion in a great variety of ways, improving the quality of life of people with cancer, fundraising, and promoting cancer prevention. Volunteers provide an outstanding example of selflessness that others can look up to. They are among our most valuable ambassadors and assets, and continue to be at the heart of the Canadian Cancer Society. ITSABOUTU is an inspirational rallying cry at the Canadian Cancer Society, for each of us to step up

and make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Whether you volunteer for personal reasons or to be part of the largest and strongest cancer organization in Canada, rest assured you are making a difference in the fight against cancer and helping to make cancer history. Phyllis Boates Regional President, Kootenay Region

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May 2, 2008

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Learn your lessons well By Rev. John Cuyler Valley Christian Assembly If you would have seen him walking the hills of the countryside or shooting rocks at twigs that were his imaginary enemies, you would never have recognized the potential within him. He was the youngest in the family; the baby, with all the special treatment that goes along with that special position. He was given some of the menial tasks of the household as a part of his responsibility, which included tending the sheep. It was there with the sheep that David learned how to use his slingshot. On one occasion he took on a bear and another time he killed a lion. These were pretty fair accomplishments for any young man. They were experiences that would serve as lessons well learned when it came to facing giant obstacles in the future. It was obvious that he took his job seriously and that anyone or anything that came to disturb the peace of his little flock would know the ‘wrath’ of this little boy. No doubt, it was out in the pastures that he learned the value of music in calming the animal instincts, which became very useful to him later in life. It was there that he learned how to communicate with

his Creator. He sang his praises to the Most High in poetry that became a part of the hymnal of the nation of Israel, remembered and sung to this day. But the greatest lesson he learned and passed on to future generations was the example of the tenderness of his heart toward God. In his deepest trials, he sought the Lord with all his heart. In his greatest accomplishments, he sought to give the glory to his Lord, who won the victories for him. Even in his deepest moral defeat he sought the Lord in sincere, humble repentance. His lonely times, when he sometimes despaired for his life, were comforted by his loving, devoted relationship with his God. As you live the routine of each day, learn your lessons well. 1. Learn how to deal with the difficult situations in your life. Trust God when it seems impossible to overcome the obstacles. 2. Learn what it means to have a living, vital relationship with God. Absolutely nothing can take the place of knowing and serving Him. It all has to begin somewhere. For David it began many years before anyone recognized what was going on in his life. Perhaps that is where you are today. God knows you and has a special plan for your life. Be encouraged! He loves you! Note from Rev. Cuyler: I will be leaving the church and Rev. Reuben Schmunk will come to replace me for about six weeks before the new, permanent pastor Scott Peterson arrives. Goodbye and God bless you!

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, May 4th: 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction: “Leaping.” Guest speaker, Rev. Scott Peters, ministering. Sunday School, age 3 to Grade 7, during morning service. For sermons online: Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 342-9535 Windermere Valley Shared Ministry 8:30 a.m. Morning Worship at All Saints Edgewater 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 342-6644 or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday Service Children’s Church during the message part of the service. Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 342-9511 Roman Catholic Church Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere Saturday 7 p.m. Mass • Sunday 9 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Church, Hwy 93/95 Radium Sunday 11 a.m. Mass St. Anthony’s Church, Canal Flats • Sunday 4 p.m. Father Jim McHugh • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE 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. 7 p.m. Evening service the first and third Sunday of the month, Brisco Community Hall. Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • Radium Seniors’ Hall • 342-6633 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. Relief Society, Noon. President Grant Watkins • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 345-0079

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