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Vol. 5/Issue 35

August 29, 2008



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VALLEY NEWS Retired teacher ready to wed happy valley couples

By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Retired teacher Heather Meadows has become the valley’s fourth marriage commissioner. And Heather says fond memories of her own wedding – to retired builder Larry Meadows – enticed her to make the leap. “I will remember my own wedding often,” Heather said. “Mine was so neat that it will be nice to be involved with that again and again.” Heather was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. After graduating she spent a decade travelling and living abroad, before getting a job at the University of Alberta as the secretary of the college’s president. Admission to Heather Meadows says she will enjoy marrying former high school students. a course came free for employees, so Heather undertook a Bachelor of Heather returned to Nova Scotia for a school reunion, Education, graduating with distinction. Larry flew out to meet her. “We were so madly in love, In 1976, she moved to Invermere to teach Grade we couldn’t bear to be separated,” Heather said. six at J. Alfred Laird School. Five years later, she Ten days later, they decided to marry – and went moved to David Thompson Secondary School where to do just that the very same day. The two of them she taught accounting and typing, later business, until drove to a historic church in Grand Pré (which transher retirement in 2006. lates to Great Meadow). Unfortunately, the ceremony Close relationships with many of her former stu- was not permitted in that church, so a park attendent dents have contributed to Heather’s decision to be- suggested a similar church in Wolfville. come a marriage commissioner. “A lot of people get“As we were driving off, the park attendant caught ting married are former students. I see people being up with us and asked if he could come to the wedding. married by a wedding commisioner and I think, ‘Oh, So he and four park attendants came,” Heather said. I would love to do that.’” “They baked us a two-tier cake with toilet paper rolls But it was her own wedding in 1983 that Heath- covered in aluminium foil holding it up! er thought of most making the decision to become a “It was really neat and very romantic.” marriage commissioner. Last week Heather completed a three-hour course Heather met Larry when she first moved to with the Vital Statistics Agency and is now ready to Invermere, after his sister introduced them. “After our perform ceremonies. “I’m trying to convince friends first meeting, I told her, ‘I wouldn’t last an hour with to remarry,” Heather said. “I need the practice!” that man.’ And Larry told her, ‘I wouldn’t last five For a list of marriage commissioners in the area minutes with her!’” and their phone numbers, go to But the relationship soon progressed and when marriage.

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Petro-Can gas shortage hits valley By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The Invermere Petro-Canada is scrambling to bring in fuel as gas shortages finally hit home in the Columbia Valley. The shortage, caused by a breakdown at an Edmonton refinery, is costing the local station an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in gasoline sales every day. “It is very frustrating, because the promises Petro-Canada has made, they have not lived up to,” said Rick Melnyk, manager at the Invermere Petro-Canada. “They can’t tell me if I am going to get fuel, how much, or when – any of that stuff.” The station is scheduled to receive 18,000 litres of gas from Petro-Canada, which Mr. Melnyk estimates will last the station until August 31st, the day before Labour Day – the busiest day of the long weekend. “After that I have no commitment from them,” he said. For the time being, customers can still get gas at the Radium Petro-Canada but just as in Invermere, when the station runs out of its allotted amount, they have to wait for the next fuel delivery. The shortage is currently affecting 80 to 90 gas stations in British Columbia’s interior and Alberta.

The Edmonton plant, which refines 153,000 barrels of oil per day, was restarted this week and PetroCan is hoping to see improvements soon. “They have been fairly unspecific with what is wrong,” Mr. Melnyk said. “And they have offered no timing in terms of repair.” With no idea how long the shortage will last, the Invermere station owner has been forced to look for other options to obtain fuel. On August 27th, it was able to secure a truck to deliver a small load of gas from Vancouver. “But it’s much more expensive to ship, because it is about three times as far as shipping from Calgary,” Mr. Melnyk said. “Customers may potentially see a change in gas prices due to the extra cost to deliver the fuel. That puts us at a disadvantage.” He also said that the problem may not stop here, as without the refinery there is not enough production in Western Canada to meet the demand for fuel. “If this goes on for another month I would expect to potentially see shortages across Essos, Shells, Huskys,” Mr. Melnyk said. “It’s a serious issue that affects everyone.” Jason Elford, owner of the Lucky Strike gas station, located outside Windermere, said the shortage puts a strain on the whole gas supply chain. “Everyone is scrambling to find supply from some-

where,” Mr. Elford said. Lucky Strike only gets a small percentage of its fuel from Petro-Canada. However, Mr. Elford said the shortage is also being felt by other companies and everyone is worried about the overall supply. “We are having trouble getting gas,” Mr. Elford said. “But at this point we haven’t run out.” He also said that he feels bad about the situation the Invermere Petro-Canada is dealing with. “It must be hard for them because they are used to making the sales, and it’s no fault of their own they’re not able to do that,” he said. Gas stations aren’t the only ones being affected by the shortage. Numerous individuals and organizations, including the District of Invermere and the B.C. Ambulance, who have accounts set up with Petro-Can, are also feeling the heat. “It affects us for sure – we are having to go up to Radium,” said Brian Nickurak, director of municipal works for the District of Invermere. “It’s an inconvenience and there is time wasted.” Although representatives could not be reached for comment, Petro-Canada has set up a website to deal with customer concerns. For more information, visit

Dogged search for animal control officer By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Regional District of East Kootenay dog control officer Sam Fiddler says her job isn’t easy, and she suspects that’s why both Invermere and Canal Flats have had trouble finding someone to tackle the position. Ms. Fiddler, a 10-year veteran of the job, has a contract for dog control for the Village of Radium Hot Springs and the Regional District of East Kootenay, an area reaching from north of Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. She also has a contract for her 20acre Edgewater property to be used as a pound. “The job can be hard on you. You can’t make everyone happy,” Ms. Fiddler said. “If people were responsible, I wouldn’t have a job. It’s more people control than dog control.” Occasionally Ms. Fiddler requires RCMP support when answering a dog-control call. “In really serious situations I call the RCMP for back-up,” she

said. “Sometimes I call them not so much for the dog as for the person.” Animal control issues have been dogging both the District of Invermere and the Village of Canal Flats. The District of Invermere’s last dog control officers, Kirk and Karen Davis, left the position on August 11th. Councillor Gerry Taft says that Bylaw Officer, Wolfgang Pollmann, has been attending to dog control in the interim. “I believe Wolfgang has been filling in the best he can,” said Mr. Taft. Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser says that Mr. Pollmann has expressed an interest in taking on the position permanently, but nothing has been confirmed. “If Wolfgang is interested I believe it would be very good if he could take it,” said Mr. Taft. “He has built up a good reputation.” Should this arrangement not work out, the Dis-

trict would seek to assign the role to an existing staff member. Failing that, the position would be advertised. But Mr. Taft says that has not been a successful method in the past. “Before Karen and Kirk were hired, we advertised with very little interest,” he said. Progress has been made on dog holding facilities in Invermere. “We are trying to build a pound within the municipal area,” Mr. Prosser said. “We are getting prices from building contractors.” Still, Mr. Taft says dog control is not a legislative requirement for municipalities. “Dog control is a very useful service but it’s not a necessary service,” he said. “The community certainly appreciates it, but the town doesn’t have to provide it. When we don’t have a dog control officer, the town will do its best to control it, but it’s not a requirement.” Continued on Page 23 . . .

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Food for thought By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

Do you remember the way tomatoes should taste? Or fresh strawberries? Or peas straight from the pod? My kids don’t. Their palates have been so numbed by mass-produced and artificially-preserved food that they literally don’t know what they are missing. Now there’s a small but important movement towards eating fresh, locally-grown food. Called the Slow Food movement (because it’s the opposite of fast), the emphasis is on food that is organically-grown (without chemicals), environmentally-friendly (because you don’t have to pay for the gasoline to fly or ship or truck it long distances), and best of all, delicious. It’s difficult to imagine never eating anything that isn’t produced locally, even if you are a “locavore.” Giving up bananas, peanuts, shrimp and dozens of other foods that have become part of our regular diet just won’t happen. And the movement will never become universal, because food production will always be price-driven. In some ways that’s a good thing. Chemicals allow food to be produced more cheaply, and that allows more people to survive. But the movement towards fresher food will hopefully have a long-term effect. Encouraging people to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on imported, packaged food can only be a good thing. Our local grocery stores carry organic and locally-produced food; the market will reflect how much demand there is and whether consumers are willing to pay more. At the very least, it might raise people’s consciousness about what they put in their mouths. It might even spur people to grow their own gardens. At best, the movement might become large enough to start nudging the big food companies towards providing us with fresher, tastier food. For more information about Slow Food, contact Allison Bell at

Historical Lens BACK TO SCHOOL – In 1925, these three little girls attended the first school house in Edgewater, built on the Smith property beside Larmour Creek. From left: Amy Nixon, Dorothy Lansburg and Dorothy Smith. Photo courtesy of Windermere District Historical Society

Windermere group needs help Dear Editor: The Windermere Community Association is in a real bind about the Bottle Depot. It has been a major fundraiser thanks to all the community-minded people who donated their bottles, which over the last 10 years have contributed to many purchases for and renovations to the Hall and Beach for the benefit of all. Now the association has located a new site for the depot in Windermere, but we desperately need someone to go daily to put donated bottles into the shed (about half an hour), and once a week in the summer and once every two weeks in the winter to

help sort bottles until there are enough to take to the Invermere Depot (a couple of hours.) We do have a group in place to do the major sorting. Is there anybody out there with the time and the inclination to assist the Windermere Community Association in their hour of need? Perhaps someone who takes a daily walk around the village? Drives to the post boxes? Who wouldn’t mind seeing to bottle donations while they’re up near the highway? Please phone the Hall and leave a message at 250-342-2811 if you can help. Anne Picton Windermere

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“Some chicken, some neck!”

Dear Editor:

I am no professional “Chicken Little” and neither are all the valley residents who are protesting the road construction on the base of Farnham Glacier by the Glacier Resorts Ltd. We are members of a democratic society who resent strongly the B.C. Minister of Tourism for failing to recognize the 80-percent majority of people in Area F, the majority of Invermere residents, and the Ktuxana Nation, who have said in official voting that they do not want the government of B.C. to permit the Jumbo Glacier development to proceed. When we read the words of the minister in the August 15th Pioneer, calling us names and maintaining that the decision on Jumbo is up to him, not us, then we must do something about

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that. Yes, we cannot let an elected government representative not follow the wishes of the majority of the electorate. When we vote in Canada, we mean it. So, our message to all is that there will be no 6,000-bed Jumbo Resort. Why? Because the majority of voters said no! Just like in Windermere, where the majority of voters said yes to a new fire hall. There will be a new fire hall in Windermere. There will be no resort in Jumbo. And to the minister who called us chickens, we remind him of what British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in 1941, when Germany claimed it would wring England’s neck like a chicken: “Some chicken! Some neck!”



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Keep Jumbo Wild: what does it mean? Dear Editor: I personally have no axe to grind either way, because the end result will be decided after my time, but I do like to see an even playing field. The resort’s opponents say that Glacier Resorts Limited and the government are not forthcoming. That is hard to believe, inasmuch as the project is in its 18th year. You would think every rock would have been turned over by now. But my point is the slogan: “Keep Jumbo Wild.” I have not heard what they mean by that. Does it mean no human presence, which would be my idea of keeping it wild? Does it mean that you would have to book times to access, with a limit on the number who access? If it means only the young and the robust get in, what

about people in Columbia House! Let us hear/see chapter and verse what the anti-Jumbo people see as the future for this area. The reason my curiosity was piqued is that I saw a truck go by with two rifles hung in the back window and the truck had a slogan, somewhat like “Keep Jumbo for the grizzlies.” I have travelled all over North America, and I see places advertised as “Destination Resort.” It would seem to me Jumbo could be classified as that and would cater to the Europeans a transient group. I understand their recreational areas are overcrowded and Jumbo would attract big spenders who would leave lots of money to help pay for the valley’s infrastructure of all kinds. Don Thompson, Invermere


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This week the RCMP answered 77 new calls for service. Crashes and property crimes kept the RCMP detachment busy.

Tractor trailer lost control

On August 20th, RCMP were called to a crash involving a tractor trailer in the Kootenay National Park near the hot pools. Apparently fuel from the tractor trailer was leaking on the road and into nearby Sinclair Creek. The unit was also blocking Highway 93. Fire, B.C. Ambulance and Parks Canada staff also responded. The driver told police that he was going about 60 to 70 kilometres per hour when he came around the corner and hit what felt like “ice,” then lost control. The truck hit the rock wall and jack-knifed into the road. Road conditions were wet from rain. RCMP learned from other drivers that the location where the truck lost control had been slick earlier in the day. RCMP are not considering charges.

Vehicle lost control

On August 21st, RCMP were called to a single-vehicle accident on Highway 93/95 about one kilometre north of the Dutch Creek Bridge in Fairmont Hot Springs. The driver told police he hit some water and went off road left. There was rain falling, which resulted in pools of water on the highway. Three passengers were taken to hospital by the B.C. Ambulance Service as they had complained about soreness in their neck and back. All were to be released later that day. No charges are being considered, given the poor weather and road conditions at the time.

Motorcyclist lost control

On August 22nd, at around 3:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a single motorcycle crash in Kootenay National Park. The driver, a 55-year-old Edmonton man, sustained minor injuries to his shoulder. He was travelling northbound on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park just north of Kootenay Crossing. Continued on Page 18 . . .


Jason Stevens of Invermere pled guilty and was fined $600 on August 14th for driving without due care and attention, not for alcohol-related

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Illegal drug use targeted by RCMP By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff The Columbia Valley RCMP detachment is focusing its efforts in the next year on a single issue: reducing the abuse of illegal drugs. The head of the local detachment, Staff-Sergeant Doug Pack, made his decision known in a letter to Invermere Mayor Mark Shmigelsky. Last year the local RCMP set four priorities: Increase the visibility of the RCMP, crimes on persons, substance abuse, and traffic safety. This year they have decided to narrow down the priorities to a single focus: reduce the abuse of illegal drugs. “When we looked at the issues, it seemed to provide biggest return on investment,” said Staff-Sgt. Pack. “It’s not drugs or alcohol that cause people to commit assault, but it is a factor,” he said. “Reduced demand for drugs leads to better decision-making, a drop in crime rate and nuisance rate, and improves the quality of life.” Staff-Sgt. Pack said determining the extent of the problem will be part of the plan. He said there is a range of tactics, but he would not go into specifics

with The Pioneer because that might impact results. “It’s bad enough we have to say how we catch people after we do it, we’re not going to tell people how we’re going to catch them in advance,” he said. He said the RCMP will work with the local schools, the Family Resource Centre in Invermere, and the East Kootenay Addiction Services Society to help address the problem. “It’s not just about police work, it’s also a community-based initiative,” he said. “If it’s the police alone, the initiative will fail.” Ann Morin, an addiction counsellor in Invermere working for East Kootenay Addiction Services, said cocaine is the biggest concern as it is very addictive. However, she said its use locally is not as widespread as people think. “There are pockets of people who use it and it becomes a problem for them very quickly,” she said. “But the vast majority of people of are not using it.” At the last council meeting, the use of crystal methamphetamine was raised as a concern. “There’s more evidence of drug use, especially crystal meth, in the community,” said councillor Sarah Bennett. “I’m glad to see efforts being stepped up.” “From what I’ve heard, crystal meth is often an ingredient in other drugs,” added councillor Gerry Taft.

Shelley Smith, the drug and alcohol prevention worker at David Thompson Secondary School, said ecstasy was a drug that “freaked” her out. “It’s easy to get and the kids seem to love it,” she said. “It’s not just pot any more.” She said the biggest concern is the age some youth start taking drugs, with a few children in Grades 6 and 7 using drugs. However, the problem is not as big as it is made out to be. “The high profile the biggest users have makes it look like kids are abusing drugs, but it’s not as bad as people think,” she said. Ann Morin said the biggest issue in the valley is alcohol abuse, and 80 percent of her clients are there for reasons relating to alcohol. “It’s the substance that causes the most problems among the widest range of people,” she said. “It impacts the most people by a wide margin.” In order to meet their goal, the local RCMP will have to deal with the relative inexperience of the 11 members of the local detachment. While they are up to strength in terms of numbers, four officers are still in recruit field training. “Most of them have come from straight out of Regina,” said Staff-Sgt. Pack, referring to the national RCMP training facility. “We will have to build up our

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Welcome back, Cayla! By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Well, Columbia Valley, I have been all the way around the world, and speaking from experience I have to agree with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when I say that there truly is no place like home. For those of you who are not aware, in January this year I set out for a six-month exchange through my journalism program at Mount Royal College to the city of Hamilton in the land of the kiwis, also known as New Zealand. I was fortunate enough to vacate this frozen province on one of the coldest days of the year, and my first stop was Maui. After ten days in paradise, it was time to board another plane and head down under. I arrived in Auckland early one morning, without a clock. Judging the time from the position of the sun is not one of my skills – for the first two days I missed every mealtime in the restaurant. New Zealand is a wonderful country. I had some amazing experiences there, but two really stand out. The day I bungy-jumped backwards off a cantile-

ver, 153 feet above the raging Waikato River, was one of the most epic days of my life. The adrenaline rush was unbelievable and there is no doubt in my mind that I would do it again – over and over. On the Easter weekend, I travelled with a group of friends to Kai Iwi Lakes on the North Island of New Zealand. The lake was like nothing I have ever seen before. It has a white sand beach that looks like snow. Even the bottom of the lake is composed of white sand. The water is crystal clear and if I hadn’t known better I would have thought I was in Jamaica. But although New Zealand is spectacular, it doesn’t hold a candle to my home here in the Columbia Valley. I cannot believe how much I missed it here. I missed watching the sun rise over the Rocky Mountains, I missed having a few drinks with good friends around a campfire, and most of all I missed my job here at The Pioneer. Until I got back, I never realized how fortunate I was to live in such a beautiful place with such amazing people. Last summer I met people who inspired me with their lives and their stories, and I am so grateful that you chose to share them with me. Luckily for me, The Pioneer has hired me back full-time and I will have the chance to meet more of the spectacular people who call the valley their home. Looking forward to it.


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Movie Review: Redbelt Reviewed by Dave Sutherland

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Redbelt is a film that is set in and around the world of ultimate fighting. It is written and directed by noted American playwright David Mamet, who also wrote The Untouchables and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, among others. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Mike Terry, the owner of a barely successful jiu-jitsu studio. Mike is dedicated and disciplined, and strives to live up to a set of ideals and ethics that are personally satisfying but so stringent that they affect his ability to make a living. An accidentally-discharged gun and a shattered window are just two of a complicated set of circumstances that lead him to a job on a film set and brings him, in the end, to the ring of an ultimate fighting event, a path which takes him through tragedy to a victory of sorts. As with any Mamet movie the dialogue comes fast and furious and is often full of hidden meaning. Also typical of Mamet films is a plot that holds twists and turns that conspire

to entangle the hero in an elaborate con game. Redbelt is an actor's movie. Ejiofor is convincing as the uncompromising Mike. Alice Braga, niece of former Brazilian bombshell Sonia Braga, is great as his frustrated wife. Tim Allen is almost unrecognizable in his role as a jaded action star. Other roles are filled by accomplished actors who populate many Mamet movies. Ricky Jay is a corrupt fight promoter, while Joe Mantegna is a slimy agent. David Paymer and Mamet’s wife Rebecca Pidgeon fill other roles, while ultimate fighting champ Randy Couture plays – what else? – an ultimate fighting champ. Redbelt is a satisfying actioner even though it doesn’t have blood flying in every scene. It definitely scores top points as a thinking man’s action flick.


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

Toby Theatre • 8 p.m. August 29: Mamma Mia! • 8 p.m. August 30-September 2: Space Chimps • 7:30 p.m.: September 3-6: Incredible Hulk • Closed Sundays

Friday, August 29th: • 1 to 3 p.m.: Summer Reading Program at the Invermere Public Library. We will be playing carnival games, enjoying cake and drawing for prizes. Ages 6 to 10. Don’t forget your reading logs to be eligible for prizes! For info: 250-342-6416.

Saturday, August 30th: • Ladies’ Night Out at the White House Pub, with the Canadian Playboy Male Dancers. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Cover charge $15 at the door. For info: 250-342-9540.

Saturday, August 30th-Sunday, August 31st: • Kimberley International Folk Festival. Call Kimberley Chamber of Commerce at 250-427-3666 for more information. • Panorama Mountain Village Final Weekend: Enter the Panorama Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race on the 31st or try the Greywolf Golf Course annual Hole-In-One Shootout on Cliffhanger. For info: 250-341-4194.

Sunday, August 31st: • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Fun and Family Day at Copper Point Golf Club. Free barbecue, games and entertainment for the whole family. In support of Denise Reid. Call 250341-3392 for more information.

Monday, September 1st: • 10 a.m.: Shotgun start for the Second Annual Kootenay Chamber of Commerce Classic Golf

tournament at Trickle Creek Golf Resort in Kimberley, Cost: $99 plus GST per person. For more: or call 250-427-3666.

Thursday, September 4th: • 7 p.m.: Sports, Recreation and Leisure Sign-Up Night, sponsored by Columbia Valley Recreation Society, at the Invermere Hall. Tables are free. Call Bob Gadsby at 250-341-7445 or College of the Rockies at 250-342-3210 or email

Friday, September 5th: • Fiesta Mexicana at Radium Valley Vacation Resort, tonight and again on Saturday night, September 6th. Enjoy Mexican cuisine, music, door prizes and silent auction. Admission $10. Proceeds go to resort employees Peter and Teena Oudman, who are raising money for the poor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. For info: 250-347-9715 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 7th: • 12 Noon: Second Annual Toad’s Hole Columbia Valley Motorcycle Toy Run. Early bird free coffee and cookies. Barbecue afterwards at Toad’s Hole with proceeds to the Columbia Valley Christmas Bureau. Bring toy donations to the Toad’s Hole in downtown Invermere. Call Erin or Toby at 250-341-5370.

Tuesday, September 9th: • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Every Tuesday, through October 14th. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Edgewater Legion. Support and information for people with chronic illnesses, and/or family members of those patients. No charge. For more: Gertie Friesen, 250-347-9874. A second group will be held in Invermere starting October 20th. For more: Joan at 250-342-8303. • 7:30 p.m.: Invermere Public Library’s Second Annual Gathering of Readers. Join us for an evening with B.C. Author Derek Lundy at Christ Church Trinity. Everyone welcome. Admission by donation. Presented by Friends of the Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-341-3781.

Wednesday, September 10th: • Annual fund raising Provincial Liberal Party Golf and Dinner at Fairmont Riverside. Book for yourself or a group. Attendance for golf limited to about 100

people. For info: David Pacey, 250-347-6900

Friday, September 12th: • 7:30 p.m.: Ken Lavigne, a classical tenor with a contemporary style, in concert at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets $20 at Essentials and Invermere One Hour Photo. For more: Christ Church Trinity at 250-342-6644.

Saturday, September 13th: • The Liberal Constituency (Columbia RiverRevelstoke) annual general meeting in Radium Hot Springs. For more: David Pacey at 250-347-6900 • 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Windermere Fall Fair and Scarecrow Festival: Musicians, scarecrows, crafts and displays including the famous wife-carrying contest. For more: 250-342-5561.

Sunday, September 14th: • 10:30 a.m.: 2008 Scotiabank and BC SPCA annual Paws for a Cause Walk for the Animals at Kinsmen Beach. For info: Gwen Baril, Cranbrook Walk Coordinator, Paws for a Cause, 250-426-7175.

Tuesday, September 16th-Friday, September 26th • Pynelogs Annual Art Show: A variety of art from over 20 artists, featuring a wide range of media and methods. Call 250-342-4423.

Wednesday, September 17th: • 7:30 p.m.: West Coast Cowboy Rides Again. Gary Fjellgaard with Darrel Delaronde and Saskia at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets $20 at All Things Beautiful, Interior World and the Family Resource Centre. For more information call 250-342-4242.

Friday, September 19th: • Classic Show and Shine at the Radium Springs Golf Course. Register on Friday, September 19th. For more: call 1-888-347-9331.

Thursday, October 2nd: • 8 p.m.: Bruce Cockburn will perform at Fort Steele for a Jumbo Wild Benefit concert. The front two rows (22 seats) are being sold in a silent auction. To order tickets or for more information visit www.

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Local entrepreneur shows watercolour paintings By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff After a 17-year sabbatical from painting, Invermere area resident Carol Gordon is currently showing her art at Mercer & Company. Carol is best known in the Columbia Valley as comanager of Pleiades Massage and Spa at Radium Hot Springs Pools, with her partner Jim McElroy. The couple bought 10 acres on the Toby Benches in 1981, and moved there full-time in 1999. While Carol taught a watercolour class at the College of the Rockies in 1981, and had a joint exhibition with artist Treva Burton at Strand’s in 1982, she hung up her brush in 1991 to focus on building her business. But when renovations were begun on her home three years ago, Carol added a studio. “I was longing to bring art back into my life,” Carol said. Born in Minnesota, Carol moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was six years old. Her father, Bert I. Gordon, became a successful filmmaker known for science-fiction B-movies such as The Amazing Colossal Man. Carol’s sister, Susan, was a child actress who played the daughter of Ronald Reagan’s character in My Dark Days, among other roles. “I was raised in a family of entrepreneurs. They were very creative and very independent,” Carol said. She was still in high school when she became interested in photography. “I told my dad I wanted to take up photography – so he built me a dark room,” Carol said. “I remember saying to him, ‘But girls don’t take photography.’ He said, ‘Never let that stop you.’” After college, Carol moved to Banff to participate in a six-week photography course at the Banff Centre. Future partner Jim was a fellow student, but it was four years later that they became involved. After

the course, Carol worked at the Calgary Herald before moving to Vancouver in 1971. She began teaching photography to women through the University of British Columbia. “So since I was encouraging my students in identifying their point of view, I asked myself, ‘What do I want to do?’ And I decided I wanted to go to art school.” Carol was accepted by Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute of Art and spent two years studying there. “Watercolour was my main focus,” Carol said. “My photography was all about control – I was capturing and replicating a scene. Now I wasn’t interested in control. I was interested in studying watercolour because it is a place I can explore my emotions.” Jim also became a student at Emily Carr, studying sculpture, and it was during this time that their relationship began. In 1978, they returned to Banff and managed a motel while Carol pursued her art. Within a few years, they discovered Invermere and split their time between the two towns. In 1991, while the couple were living in Regina, Saskatchewan, Carol’s mother introduced them to Nikken wellness organization and the couple moved to Calgary to start up the business. It was a success and, Carol says, “I asked Jim, ‘When do we get the lifestyle part?’” So they moved to Invermere full-time and Jim began working at Pleiades as a massage therapist. Soon the owner asked Jim and Carol to manage the facility. They agreed and developed its wellness spa focus. Just six weeks ago, Carol resumed painting and she says her art has a new passion behind it. “I have a great interest in energy. Everything in the universe is energy, so everything on our planet is energy, so everything we experience is an interaction of energy. I see my painting as documenting that energy.”

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Nature inspires art at Pynelogs By Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Cultural Centre Pynelogs Cultural Centre is opening its final solo art show of the season, on the evening of September 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery show will run daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until September 12th. This exhibition will feature the work of artists Betty Hope, Deanna Shulman, Wanda Dewaard, Sebastien Bell, Stan Lukasiewick, Charleen Stroud and Colin Bell – artists who are all inspired by nature. • Betty Hope was raised in British Columbia. She worked in oil for years until stumbling upon the process of creating mosaics. Since her discovery of this medium over three years ago, Betty has never looked back. She now expresses her love of animals and scenery through her innovative art-making technique. • Deanna Shulman migrated to the valley from northern British Columbia. Originally specializing in portraits, Deanna’s artistic abilities continue to broaden as she explores new subjects and mediums. A tangent for Deanna’s work has been creating scrimshaws, a form of image-making by scratching into ivory and filling the grooves with ink. • Wanda DeWaard is an oil painter whose deep love and compassion for animals and the arctic can be seen in her bright, bold and large canvases. Wanda’s

subject matter is usually composed of imagined scenes that hover between reality and her mind’s eye. • Growing up, Sebastien Bell began his love affair with art with pen and ink, then moved to pastels and finally watercolour and gouache, the mediums in which he now produces his beautiful landscapes. • Stan Lukasiewick is a retired engineer originally from Warsaw, Poland. Since retiring and moving from Calgary to Columbia Lake, Stan has been able to pursue his love of oil painting. Aiming to capture the beauty and peacefulness of the land, Stan has been busy painting oils of British Columbia and Alberta landscapes. • Charleen Stroud is a ceramicist originally from South Africa. Her work often makes one ponder the notion of the body as a vessel through her figurative and literal representations created in ceramic. • Colin Bell, originally from Argentina, is a fantastic painter whose artistic passions express his obvious love of nature. His creations are often done in oil and watercolour. His understanding of the medium is what allows his work to be so captivating. Learn some of Colin’s artistic secrets at his upcoming PleinAir workshop, which runs September 6th and 7th. Call Pynelogs for more information at 250-342-4423.

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Teacher ready for Intensive French By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The teacher who will lead the new Intensive Core French program at Windermere Elementary School says relevance is the key to engaging students. “The emphasis is on authentic communication,” said Ian Brown. “When kids use true statements that are relevant to their lives, they are much more likely to retain the language.” Mr. Brown is moving to the Columbia Valley after living in Canmore for nine years. For the last two of those he taught the French program at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. And he has seen from experience that the full-time French programs are the most effective methods of learning the language. “The best way to learn is to be completely immersed,” said Mr. Brown. “You don’t have a choice but to speak the language.” Windermere Elementary is the first school in the district to offer the Intensive Core French program. Thirty Grade 6 students brought from schools between Canal Flats and Edgewater will spend five months being instructed in French in all subjects except math. The second semester of the school year will be instructed in French 20 percent of the time. According to Mr. Brown, the children find the ‘Exquisite Family Dining’

Ian Brown will bring enthusiasm to the grade-six class. Photo by Sally Waddington instruction difficult at first. “Many kids have apprehension when they begin the program,” he said. “Although it’s not French all the time at the start, they know it’s coming. By the third or fourth day, we’re trying to converse in French.” While some students enrolled in the class will have prior knowledge of the language, it is not a requirement, says School District No. 6 Superintendent Bendina Miller.

“Students don’t have to have a background in French,” Ms. Miller said. “The program is designed to address the learning needs of students who are in the introductory stages of learning French.” Mr. Brown insists that a child starting the school year with no French can still achieve in the program. “As long as a child is open to learning they will be successful at the program,” he said. “An ear for language will assist them. “It’s very important to have parental support. If the child is receiving motivation from home it encourages them to do well.” The program was the result of a joint push from School District 6 and parents of Windermere students. Ms. Miller said the class now has a waiting list. Ian Brown has Métis heritage and grew up in a Francophone community near Lake Huron. He studied at the University of Ottawa before moving to Canmore in 2000. Jill Jensen, principal of Windermere Elementary School, describes Mr. Brown’s teaching style as enthusiastic. “He’ll bring a lot of excitement to the class and that really works for kids,” she said. “Being high-energy has the kids engaged all the time,” said Mr. Brown. “It’s important for a teacher to be interested in what a kid has to say. They are more likely to become engaged that way.”

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tackles education issues Mr. Macdonald said. “It needs to be done properly. Support is needed so that As schools begin a literacy programs work.” new year this week, CoIn response, the Minlumbia River-Revelstoke ister says, “the governMLA Norm Macdonald ment is providing hissays the Liberal governtoric levels of funding to ment is biased against ruhelp B.C. students with ral schools. special needs – at almost Named Education three quarters of a billion Critic for the New Demodollars. We have also procratic Party’s shadow cabivided school districts with net earlier this month, the autonomy to make Mr. Macdonald considers the wisest use of those reschool district funding a sources.” key education issue for the Norm Macdonald election in May 2009. worked in education for “The school districts’ nearly 25 years on two funding has a bias against continents before comsmall regional schools,” mencing his political caMr. Macdonald said. reer in 2005. He taught in “Since 2002, 177 schools elementary and secondary have closed, the majority Norm Macdonald was a teacher before entering politics. schools and was a princiin rural areas. In School pal and a teaching assisDistrict No. 6 alone, eight schools have closed.” tant in B.C. He taught at a First Nations school in However, Education Minister Shirley Bond told Manitoba, an international school in east Africa and a the Pioneer that a decrease in students is the challenge local school in southern Africa. for rural school districts, not funding. “Education is something I have a tremendous pas“Declining enrolment has posed challenges for sion for,” he said. “My perspective is from the classmany school districts, including those in rural areas,” room and supporting educators in the classroom. Ms. Bond said. “But our government has provided This experience has led Mr. Macdonald to state supplementary funding annually to districts experi- that the Liberal government has let students down. encing the greatest enrolment decline.” “Public education is not a priority for the CampShe goes on to state that this year’s funding for this bell government,” he said. “They have failed our chilschool district will match last year’s allotment. dren in many ways, especially in funding.” “School District 6 (Rocky Mountain) will receive Ms. Bond is emphatic in her rebuttal. “We have the same operating grant of $30.2 million in 2008- provided the highest budget in the history of British 2009 despite a projected enrolment decrease of 156 Columbia for K-12 education,” she said. “It has grown students,” Ms. Bond said. “Per-student funding for from $4.6 million in 2000-2001 to nearly $5.68 milSchool District 6 has increased to an estimated $9,734 lion in 2008-2009. in 2008-2009 from $7,801 in 2001-2002.” “The Opposition critic’s statements are disapMr. Macdonald says the B.C. government’s lack of pointing, because you simply have to look at the facts attention to special education is a further issue. “Special to realize this government has made education a prioreducation needs to be integrated into the classroom,” ity since we took office,” she said. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

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Fiesta Mexicana to raise money for poor By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff For the past 10 years Peter and Teena Oudman, a Calgary couple who spend their summers working for Radium Valley Vacation Resort, have been reaching out to the poorest of the poor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Most of the programs they are involved in are carried out in communities around the city “dump.” They also fund one small shelter for handicapped and abused families in need. This shelter is located in Las Palmas, a small town about an hour northeast of Puerto Vallarta. At present there are only a few families in the shelter and Peter and Teena’s goal is to increase that number. To accommodate these families, a new shelter has to be built for which 6,000 square metres of land has been promised by the city of Puerto Vallarta. There is a lot of red tape and many hurdles to be crossed before this becomes a reality. Peter and Teena have a grandson, Connor Vanderveen. Connor suffers

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Connor’s amazing life. Peter and Teena have received a tremendous amount of support from Wayne Holmgren, owner of Radium

Valley Vacation Resort. Wayne sponsors not only a fundraiser at the resort every year in the form of a “Fiesta Mexicana” but also donates most of the supplies for the event. Every year, one week of RV camping and a one-week stay in one of the resort’s furnished condos are raffled. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the Oudmans’ cause. Due to popular demand, this year the resort will be hosting two nights of Fiesta Mexicana on Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th. For $10 you can come out and enjoy this magical event complete with Mexican cuisine, music and fun. There is an array of door prizes and silent auction items, most of which are made by the very families Peter and Teena support. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the resort office from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 250-3479715. Tickets transferable but not refundable. To learn more, please visit

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August 29, 2008 Continued from Page 6 . . . As he was coming around a corner, he could feel the bike lose control. He then let the bike go which caused it to roll onto its side, sliding into the ditch. Damage done to the bike was more than $1,000. The operator suffered minor injuries to his shoulder and had the B.C. Ambulance assess his injuries on scene. Both the driver and the motorcycle were fit to continue, and he resumed his travels.

Motorcyclist collided with deer

On August 23rd at about 1:50 p.m., RCMP were called to another single motorcycle accident on Highway 93, this time five kilometres south of Kootenay Crossing in Kootenay National Park. The driver of an Alberta registered black 2006 Honda motorcycle collided with a deer while heading southbound on Highway 93. The driver, a 43-year-old Calgary resident, was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained injuries to his head and face. He was wearing a motorcycle helmet and protective jacket. The driver was air lifted to Calgary Foothills hospital for further treatment. At this time, the RCMP has no further information as to his medical condition.

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just off shore from the Bayshore Condominiums. The boat was covered at the time but the cover was partially removed and several seat cushions were slashed. The damage estimate is around $1,000.

Truck vandalized

Overnight on August 20th, a GMC truck parked near Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Invermere was damaged when someone smashed out the rear window with a rock. The rock also broke a stereo speaker mounted inside the truck.

Car vandalized

Overnight on August 20th, another car had been damaged while parked at the Fairmont Vacation Villas in Fairmont Hot Springs. The damage was caused by someone walking on the roof of the vehicle, and police have recovered some evidence of the footwear used. The damage is estimated to be around $1,500.

Lady’s purse stolen

On August 23rd, RCMP were called to a vehicle having been damaged while parked at the Windermere Golf Course. The culprits smashed the back window of a Nissan X-Trail SUV and stole a lady’s purse. Although the owner told police she cancelled all of her identification, about $3,000 in false charges were added to her credit card. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-3429292 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Radium man sentenced for break-and-enter By Alex Cooper Pioneer Staff A 20-year-old Radium man was sentenced in Adult Criminal Court on August 19th for breaking and entering an elderly woman’s home in Edgewater. “I’m going to give him the chance as an adult to either hang himself or prove himself,” said Judge Ron Webb. Cody McDonell pled guilty for breaking and entering the home of Irene Santucci in December 2006. Court heard that on December 7th, 2006, Mr. McDonell and another man were seen breaking into Mrs. Santucci’s residence in Edgewater. They did not steal anything from the home, but Mr. McDonell reportedly broke several windows with a large screwdriver. As the two men left the residence, they were restrained by neighbours, but were able to escape. They were later apprehended by RCMP. For his role in the crime, Mr. McDonell was fined $3,000 and sentenced to two years on probation. He is not allowed to enter Edgewater without the permission of his probation officer, and must abstain from using any non-prescription drugs. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $940.08 to pay for the repairs to the windows. Prior to the sentencing, the judge asked the victim, who was present in the audience, to explain how the crime had impacted her.

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Mrs. Santucci, 79, was visibly shaken by the experience. “I don’t feel safe there,” she said, breaking down in tears. “This was supposed to be my retirement home where I could come for peace and quiet.” She said her fears were further enhanced by the fact she had seen both men hanging around near her home since the crime. “I want him put him jail so he learns his lesson,” said Mrs. Santucci. Mr. McDonell, who had just turned 18 at the time of the crime, said he was high on cocaine when he committed the crime but that he has stopped using the drug since then. “I’m a different person now. I’ve changed my ways,” he said. However, he did admit to still smoking marijuana. The court heard that Mr. McDonell has been steadily employed at a paving company for the past seven months. His lawyer, Richard Strahl, said his client is regretful about his crime. “He recognizes the error of his ways, the error of what he did, and its impact on the victim,” he said. At one point during the hearing, Mr. McDonell turned and apologized to Mrs. Santucci. While making his decision, Judge Webb chastised Mr. McDonell for causing someone else’s suffering. “People are entitled to feel free and safe in their home without stupid kids high on drugs breaking in,” he said.

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MLA wants your views on food Submitted by Lin Steedman Corky Evans, MLA for Nelson-Creston and Former Minister of Agriculture, is touring rural B.C. to discuss the current state of agriculture in our province and to hear what farmers and other interested people Corky Evans have to say about the importance of supporting farmers, farmland and local food supply. The next stop in the tour will be Invermere on Monday, September 8th at 7 p.m. at the David Thompson High School Theatre. Joining him will be our local MLA, Norm Macdonald. Local farm groups and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend this event to share their thoughts about the critical issues facing B.C.’s farming communities. Mr. Evans said that NDP caucus members report huge constituent dissatisfaction on agriculture files. “Even producers who supported the government’s new meat regulations are giving up trying to meet the contradictory and never-ending regulatory changes

required to meet certification,” he said. “Further, hundreds of people have written to the government asking them to bring back the highly successful “Buy BC” brand. Ranchers are struggling with skyrocketing feed and fuel costs and rock bottom market prices. And even as the province produces a new Agriculture Plan, the Assessment Authority appears to want to change the rules on what a farm is and use tax law to force farmland onto the market for development.” “I am touring the province over the next few months to ask farmers and consumers a couple of critical questions: Are we committed to farming and food production in B.C or not? Are we committed to supporting farmers? If we are, what would it take to make farming pay and to make new farmers want to do the work and afford to get started?” Columbia Valley Food Action is hosting this event and encourages everyone in the food chain – farmer, grocer, trucker, restaurateur, chef, resort owner, food and beverage manager and all of us who eat, to join in the discussion. Our group is a project of the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living and seeks to raise community food security awareness and action in the valley. For more information, please contact Lin Steedman at (250) 342-7472 or by email at linsteedman@

Paws For A Cause walk Sept. 14th Animal lovers are uniting for a great cause in the valley. The 2008 Scotiabank and BC SPCA Paws for a Cause campaign is well under way, with animal lovers busy signing up and collecting pledges to help thousands of injured, homeless and abused animals across the province. Paws for a Cause is the SPCA’s signature campaign and this year’s goal in the East Kootenay is to raise $26,800. The SPCA has set up a website with fundraising ideas, pledge kits, posters, merchandise and ways to volunteer. Visit for information on the Invermere walk which takes place on Sunday, September 14th. The 2008 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause: Walk for the Animals will be hosted in 37 communities across B.C. in September, with activities for the whole family to enjoy. In 2007, the BC SPCA rescued nearly 42,000 injured, homeless, neglected and abused farm, companion and wild animals and reunited close to 6,000 lost animals with their anxious families. For information: Gwen Baril, Cranbrook Walk Coordinator, Paws for a Cause, 250-426-7175.

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Why Jessie decided to become a nurse By Jessie McKersie Invermere After graduating in 2002 from David Thompson Secondary School and completing a Bachelor of Science Degree, I am now completing my fourth and final year of my Bachelor of Nursing. Deciding to become a nurse was easy. Caring and compassion are necessary attributes for nursing and I believe I developed those while witnessing life and death on our family ranch. I also have two aunts who are Registered Nurses, and they have influenced and mentored me throughout my College programs. But it wasn’t my family legacy or watching life unfold on the ranch; I simply just knew. Now as I end my training, I have a passion for this rewarding career, and am motivated to see nursing practice evolve. I am often asked” Why didn’t you become a doctor instead?” Offended? Yes. Surprised? No. Historically, society’s views of nurses have come from the military, religion and the women’s movement. More currently, nurses are often portrayed as helpers or handmaidens, not to mention sex symbols on television and in other media. Whereas doctors, historically and recently, garnered more respect. Nurses are pioneers and have overcome many barriers as a profession. The list below is from a newspaper clipping found by Lois Turley in her Mother’s old Bible. The following job description was given to floor nurses by a hospital in 1887: • Daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patient’s furniture and window sills. • Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day’s business. • Light is important to observe the patient’s condition. Therefore, each day fill kerosene lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash the windows once a week. • The nurse’s notes are important in aiding the physician’s work. Make your pens carefully; you may whittle nibs to your individual taste. • Each nurse on day duty will report every day at 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. except on the Sabbath on which day you will be off from 12 noon to 2 p.m. • Graduate nurses in good standing with the director of nurses will be given an evening off each week

for courting purposes or two evenings a week if you go regularly to church. • Each nurse should lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum of her earnings for her benefits during her declining years so that she will not become a burden. For example, if you earn $30 a month you should set aside $15. • Any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or frequents dance halls will give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions and integrity. • The nurse who performs her labors and serves her patients and doctors without fault for five years will be given an increase of five cents a day, providing there are no hospital debts outstanding. “Copyright by Lois Turley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” *** Nursing has evolved into a self-regulatory profession. In 2008 we are governed by a strong code of ethics and practice standards through our Provincial Associations. We are responsible for your health and advocate for you in all practice environments: community, acute care, public health, research and education. We are leading research initiatives to bring current knowledge into evidence based practice. Nurses actively promote health in communities across the country; we empower individuals, families and communities to achieve their optimal health. Above all, we provide compassionate and competent care during all stages of life and in a wide array of health care settings. In light of the Canadian Nurses Association’s centennial year in 2008, it is important to recognize the achievements of Registered Nurses. According to Statistics Canada, nurses make up the largest proportion of health workers and play a key role in the hands-on patient care of Canadians. Currently there is a critical shortage of nurses. Simply, we need more nurses, but most of all we need people who want to make a difference and influence a progressing profession. These nurses are ambassadors for personal health practices and the health of family and communities. I am excited to be a part of the evolving practice of nursing and to be the caring, educated, and ethical nurse of 2008. And yes, when you hear that I am a Registered Nurse, and ask me to look at your rash, scrape or bump, I will do that, too.


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Until recently, in most provinces across Canada, the only way to creditor-proof your Registered Retirement Savings Plan was to use segregated mutual funds issued by insurance companies. Segregated mutual funds are considered insurance contracts, and insurance contracts are generally not accessible to creditors in the event of bankruptcies. As of July 7th, RRSPs, Registered Retirement Income Funds, Registered Education Savings Plans and Deferred Profit Sharing Plans can no longer be seized by creditors, thanks to new legislative amendments to the federal Bankruptcy Insolvency Act.

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Segregated funds lose a key benefit

This new legislative ruling will have an impact on the use of segregated mutual funds for creditor protection in registered plans. Previous strategies by financial planners included using segregated funds for small business owners, or individuals with higher risks of declaring bankruptcy due to the nature of their businesses or chances of being sued for liability.

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Segregated mutual funds have higher fees than regular mutual funds. These fees vary, but generally cost about one percent more each year. Investors who were holding segregated mutual funds for the benefit of creditor protection of their registered plans will now decide if they still want to hold segregated mutual funds, rather than lower-cost mutual funds.


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Many people are also aware that segregated funds also skip probate fees because they contain a named beneficiary. Probate fees in British Columbia are 1.4 percent of the estate values over $50,000, and can become quite costly. By naming a direct beneficiary to your RRSP account, you can accomplish the same avoidance of probate without the extra cost of segregated mutual funds. You cannot name a direct beneficiary to a non-registered account for the purpose of skipping probate, so if you want to save 1.4 percent on your non-registered assets you can still use segregated funds. One has to wonder about the logic, however, of paying an extra one percent per year to save an eventual probate fee of one percent. If you live too long you will pay much more in extra fees than the probate would ever cost. If you have any questions, contact your financial advisor, tax professional or accountant.

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Segregated funds do carry other benefits in addition to creditor protection within registered investment plans. Other benefits include 10-year guaranteed resets and death benefits. Periodically segregated funds will take the current market value of the funds and guarantee investors that over the next 10 years the worst their funds can do is break even. The reset values also guarantee that if an owner of a segregated fund dies while their funds are down in value, their estate is guaranteed to receive either 100 percent or 75 percent of the original investment, depending upon which option they chose. Death benefit guarantees of 100 percent add more cost to the annual fees and are obviously more expensive than 75 percent death benefit guarantees.

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2nd annual Toad’s Hole Columbia Valley Motorcycle


September 7th - 12 Noon Ride leaves from Toad’s Hole Cafe at 12 Noon Early a r l y Birds Bi rd rd s free re e coffee re c o e e aand n d ccookies o o k ie Donations go to the Columbia D h b Valley Christmas Bureau h BBQ BBQ and and drinks drinks for for sale sale when when you you return to the Toad’s Hole with proceeds going going to to the the Christmas Christmas Bureau. Bureau.

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OPEN HOUSE FAIRMONT TRAIL – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is building a resort trail system. The first phase is a 1.5-kilometre section of paved asphalt trail, running north from the area of the Indian Baths to Coldspring Creek. The in-

tent is to create a comprehensive trail network throughout the resort, that ranges from the paved trail system to wilderness trails into the natural mountainous areas around the resort, and connects with the community.

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Norm Macdonald to complain. “I’m at my wit’s end as to what I should do,” said Mrs. Beusse. She said neighbourhood dogs frequently break into her fenced yard and provoke her pets. One time, the dogs scratched her own dog’s face “before I could get to them because I have disabilities,” she said. “I have had a dog come after me,” she said. “This dog literally had me cornered in my yard. The police told me to shoot it, but I couldn’t do that.” At a council meeting on August 11th, Mayor Colin Cartwright told residents that council is doing their best with the issues. “We are trying very hard to get somebody interested,” said the mayor. “If you know of someone who’d be willing to do it, we’d love to hear it. I wish one of you would raise your hand and nod. We’d give you the badge and send you out.”

The Village of Canal Flats has twice advertised for a dog control officer since the last officer resigned in May. Now Chief Administrative Officer Rob Sabine says they have finally hired someone. Long-time Canal Flats resident André Champagne was appointed to the position on Wednesday. “We are hoping he can start at the end of this week or early next,” Mr. Sabine said. During the interim months, Mr. Sabine said that the town’s public works force has been attempting to deal with dog complaints. “It has been a difficult period,” he said. Canal Flats resident Joan Beusse is so exasperated by troublesome dogs that she has approached the Regional District of East Kootenay officials and MLA

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Windermere ladies conquer the course By Sherry Avery

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The ladies at Windermere Valley Golf Course have been enjoying their summer by golfing each Wednesday at 9 a.m. The turnout has been fabulous and it is certainly fun to see all the ladies enjoying their golf. • Wednesday, July 6th: The game was Cry Baby, and there were lots of tears from the 23 players. Tears of laughter, that is! Sharyn Schmidt, our captain, made it fun with the first annual Gift Exchange Day: everyone brought something they were willing to throw in the garbage, but as of yet were unable to part with. Each participant picked a gift from the box. Well done, Sharyn, this event was a huge success. Other gals successful that day with their golf game included Ruth Gordon in first; tied for second place were Sherry Larratt, Joyce Robinson and Nora Efford. • July 23rd: Low Net/Pin Round with 26 players. This was our third Low Net and Pin Round for the year and the happy winners were first Cathy How-

ard; second Nora Efford and Donna Edgar; with Jackie Marshall and Pauline Haltman bringing in third-place tie. • August 6th: Tombstone with 26 players. Surviving this game were Joyce Pollock, Helga Boker, Anne Way, Pat Andruschuck, Cathy Howard and Nora Efford. • August 13th: Tee to green with 26 players. Winners for the day were Helga Boker, Sherry Avery, Cathy Howard, Lorna Scott and Mary Jean Anakin. Remember that the Windermere Ladies Club Championship will be held on August 26th and August 27th. The big challenge here is to put two good golfing days together. Windermere holds their Amateur Ladies Open Golf Tournament on September 9th. The cost is $60 per player. If you are interested in playing, please call the club house to register. On Wednesday, September 3rd, we go back to afternoon golf at 2 p.m. Our final day of golf is on September 24th when we hold our Annual General Meeting and Wind-up Awards Dinner.

Winners at Riverside By Mary Thompson On July 31st for Riverside Ladies’ Golf, the game of the day was Bong. Your mistakes earn points and the person with the fewest points wins. Susie Bond came first, and Pat McCormick and Shirley Rehaume second. Susan McAfee had the only deuce, so big bucks there. K.P.s were

won by Nelda Harker, Anne Keely, Susan McAfee and Heather Koochin. Last week’s game was Honey Pot. Sylvia Robertson was the winner, Susie Bond came second and Stella Gray third. Once again Susan McAfee had the only deuce. K.P.s were taken by Heather Koochin, Maureen Brown and Stella Gray.

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Zoning Bylaw Amendment

TEAM B.C. – From left: team captain George Faithful, Sandy Harper, Bryan Toth, Harry and Mike Mannion.

Golfer helps win national title for British Columbia By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Invermere golfer Harry Ferguson has come out on top at the Canadian Mid Amateur Championships at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort on Vancouver Island. On Wednesday, August 20th, Harry and his three teammates won the R. Bruce Forbes Trophy as the Canadian Inter-Provincial team winners. Sandy Harper from Nanaimo, Bryan Toth from Victoria, Mike Mannion from Gibsons and Harry finished with one over par. They were 13 strokes ahead of Team Alberta and Team Ontario, who tied for second place with 14 over par. “Ontario has been the powerhouse team for the last four years,” Harry said. He has competed in the tournament four times previously and placed third individually in 2003. But because this was the first time in eight years that British Columbia has won the Inter-Provincial title, Harry says the victory is sweeter. “I got more out of winning in the team event than coming third individually,” he said. “Playing for the province is pretty stressful.”

In fact, after the first round the B.C. team were in fifth place. But as the final round wrapped up it looked rather different. “I finished first, Mike was next, and we thought we were right in there,” Harry said. “Then the third guy came in and we were hanging around watching and thinking, ‘We could win this.’ “During that hour the adrenalin was just flowing,” he said. “When we did get the word we had won, the high fives were going around everywhere.” Individually, Harry came in 27th this year. “The wind was a big factor down there,” he said. “We were playing 35 mile-per-hour winds. At the end of the first day I was in 84th position and I had to work my way back up from there.” Harry leaves for Portugal on November 1st for the qualifying rounds of the European Senior Tour. “It’s a personal milestone to see how good I can be,” he said. In the meantime, Harry plans to have a short break. “I practised so hard for this tournament that I’m burnt out,” he said. “I’m going fishing for two weeks, then I’ll spend six weeks training for Portugal.”

NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere, to amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002. Bylaw No. 1376, 2008 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 by: • By adding a new zone within the Category of Residential Zones as follows: Low Density Residential (Secondary Suites) Zone R-2S The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1376, 2008”. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from August 19th, 2008 to September 2nd, 2008. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1376, 2008”. may: • Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing • Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or • Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Rory Hromadnik Director of Devlopment Services 8 out of 10 owners who expressed preference said their cats prefer reading…

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The Green Zone

degrees out the day we played and it hardly fazed us as we golfed and enjoyed the scenery. Finally we made our way to the town of Oliver, where we played our last game. “There is no one word that describes Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course,” says the course’s website. “Owned and operated by the Osoyoos Indian Band, Nk’Mip Canyon expanded from a relaxed nine-hole course to a championship track in 2001 by adding 13 new holes and renovating five of the original nine. “The result is a striking blend of natural contrasts divided into the desert-dominated Canyon Nine that requires some strategic shots, and the Grove Nine whose fairways and greens welcome a long drive and a satisfying putt.” We thoroughly enjoyed this course and it is a must-play if you are in the area. That’s my opinion.

By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Recently, my wife Donna and I had the opportunity to play some golf in the Okanagan. We started at the Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Course at Blind Bay, just outside of Salmon Arm. Even though the course plays near the highway, there are many great golf holes and the course is in excellent condition. For under $60, it is a great deal and great fun to play. Kelowna has a bunch of great courses nearby, including The Bear and The Quail courses at the Okanagan Golf Club. We played The Bear because I’m partial to Jack Nicklaus tracks. The Okanagan Golf Club states, “The Bear Course was designed to ignite your passion for the game of golf. Planned by Nicklaus Designs and built in 1998, The Bear is an 18-hole, 6,900 yard, par 72 masterpiece unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.’s sun-drenched southern interior, The Bear is the crown jewel course of the Okanagan Valley.” I wholeheartedly agree. It was 37

The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by Tommy Armour: “Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.”

Swim club dives in

By Pioneer Staff

The Columbia Valley Swim Club is preparing for their new season. “We’re getting ready for a new and exciting fall/winter season,” said swim coordinator Shelley Kochorek. “Swimming is just a great activity,” Shelley said. “It’s gentle on the body and uses every muscle, and it’s a sport that can be done for life.” Sonia Otis is returning to coach the team. She will coach the pre-competitive and competitive swimmers for the Columbia Valley. Programs will be

offered for younger swimmers as well as those who know how to swim. The swim club focuses on learning new skills, increasing strength and stamina, and discovering what it means to be a competitive swimmer. In addition, the club will be offering Red Cross pre-school classes and master’s programs. To find out more about upcoming classes and events, visit To register please email or call 250-347-9562.

Sign up for your sport By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Columbia Valley Recreation will be hosting a sign-up night at the Invermere Community Hall on Thursday, September 4th, at 7 p.m. The evening will be a chance for groups to do their own advertising, and tables will be provided for registered groups to display information and conduct sign-ups. “It’s a chance to compare schedules without having to go to separate times, dates and venues,” said Bob

Gadsby, Recreation Project Facilitator for the group. Columbia Valley Recreation is an organization funded by the College of the Rockies. Its main goal is to provide organization for community groups. “There is no central registry for groups,” Bob said, “so no one knows what is going on.” The service is not limited to sports groups; tables are available for any group providing an activity. To reserve a table please call Bob Gadsby at 250-341-7445 or the College of the Rockies at 250-342-3210.

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College offers exciting new fall classes The College of the Rockies, Invermere Campus, is excited to roll out its Continuing Education course line up for Fall 2008. Floral design, sewing, writing, learning a second language and animal health classes are just a few of the over 100 courses, workshops and special events offered by College of the Rockies in Invermere this fall. With so many new courses to choose from, the hard part will be deciding which ones to take! • Join Floral Designer Shandrea O’Brian for a four-session Introduction to Floral Design starting September 29th running Mondays and Wednesdays for two weeks. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of floral design including the care and handling of fresh flowers. Create and take home a unique finished arrangement after each class! Other workshops offered by Shandrea include Fall Rhapsody Bouquet, Christmas Wreath Making and Christmas Table Centre and Decoration. • Show man’s best friend just how much you care

with courses aimed at aiding your pet’s health. Introduction to Dog Grooming will help dog owners learn maintenance techniques, terms, tools and understand what is required of your dog during grooming and is designed to help you make the most of your dog’s visit to a professional groomer. This one-night workshop takes place Wednesday, October 15th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Save your pet’s life with our Pet First Aid Basics course. This four-hour pet first aid class teaches you a number of valuable first aid skills and provides information to help keep pets happy and healthy. Skills covered include wound care, what to do for choking, CPR, heat stroke and hypothermia care. Additionally, the class includes a pet first aid handbook and emergency preparedness handouts and is instructed by a certified pet first aid instructor. The course takes place Saturday, October 25th from noon to 4 p.m. Call to register today! • Back by popular demand is Script It! with Patrick Hasburgh. Mr. Hasburgh is a well-known Los Angeles scriptwriter who wrote 21 Jump Street and The

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A Team, plus dozens of other television programs. In 2005 he had his first mystery novel published, called Aspen Pulp. He now makes his home in Panorama. • Two health and wellness series will be offered, one featuring pre-natal and pediatric care with Marika Geis, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; and a second series on home homeopathic remedies with Homeopath Adrienne Yeardye. Other hot new courses for fall include Learn to Sew, Art Composition, Conversational Spanish, Fly Tying, Photography, Scuba Diving, Hunter Training, Foot Care, Bicycle Mechanics, Jewellery Making, First Aid, Assertiveness Training, Smart Investing and Writing your Will. There are too many classes to include in this article, so please check out our complete guide for more information. With so much to choose from it should be easy for you to find a course you love this fall. Watch your mailbox for our new guide. More information on our entire fall course schedule can be found online at, by calling 250342-3210 or by visiting the campus.

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Thank You

to the community for allowing us to invade their shops and businesses throughout the summer. Especially to: A&W Restaurant Monkey’s Uncle Invermere Public

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All women are role models for our society’s daughters Dear Editor:

Regional District of East Kootenay 19 – 24thh Avenue South Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Fax: 250-489-3498

EDGEWATER, WINDERMERE & TIMBER RIDGE WATER USERS The Regional District of East Kootenay will commence hydrant flushing in Edgewater, Windermere and Timber Ridge during the period of September 1st to 30th, 2008. The purpose of the flushing is to purge all water mains of any accumulated sediment. Running a tap for a short time should clear any discolouration or sediment that may appear. During the flushing program, monitoring will be increased throughout the distribution system to ensure that safe drinking water is being supplied at all times.

Who are the role models for our daughters? We are! We are all role models – every single woman the Pioneer has featured in your Women in Business profiles, every woman entrepreneur, artist, inventor, writer, thinker, chef, gardener, scientist, technician. Every woman who’s a mother, a grandmother, a daughter. Every woman who makes a choice to marry or not, have children or not, work or not, is a role model to young women today. Every female Olympic athlete. Every hiker, biker, swimmer, runner, yoga-practiser, belly-dancer. Every woman who voices her opinion in her community. Every woman who volunteers her time. Every woman who stands up for political office. Michelle Bachelet, Angela Merkel, Michaëlle Jean, Benazir Bhutto, Hillary Clinton. The 65 members of parliament in Ottawa. The 17 members of the legislature in Victoria. Artists like Pink (“I don’t want to be a stupid girl”), India Arie, Ani diFranco, Dar Williams, Christina Aguilera (“Can’t Hold us Down”), the Dixie Chicks, Oprah, Madonna, Ellen Degeneres. Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Polley, Scarlett Johansson, Molly Parker.

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Survival of the Sickest Reviewed by Sheila Bonny Medical researcher Dr. Sharon Moalem and White House speech writer Jonathan Prince reveal secrets from the field of evolutionary genetics. Initially, Moalem captures the reader’s imagination by explaining why potentially lethal conditions like hemochromatosis and diabetes have remained in the human genetic pool. Scientists theorize that the excess iron in people with hemochromatosis boosted immunity to the bubonic plague and that excess sugar in the blood of diabetics helped them survive


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Every woman who looks after herself. We no longer simply believe that women can do anything – we know we can. Our great freedom today means the freedom to explore all that it means to be a woman. The freedom to allow a man to open the door for you. The freedom to experiment with clothes and sexuality. No more ivory towers for women – we’ve thrown off our veils (unless we choose to wear them). The good, the bad and the ugly fashion choices are out on main street – and thank God for it. We are no longer cloistered. (And there’s some consolation - eventually most young women realize that ultra-low slung jeans are unflattering on any figure. It’s one of our modern rites of passage.) Feminism today is less defiant, more inclusive. It’s in our best interest to achieve on our individual merit, not on our sex. Now is the time to cultivate sensitive and strong individuals who make good and interesting choices, and who feel comfortable in their own skin. Who are the role models for our daughters? Not only all the great women out there, but every man who supports his wife, daughter, mother, friends.

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long enough to reproduce during the last ice age. I learned many intriguing facts from genetic research. The scent you find sexually alluring may influence your child’s resistance to infectious disease. The ability of some adults to digest milk, not lactose intolerance, is the result of genetic mutation. Although the subject matter of Survival of the Sickest is complex, Prince incorporates many analogies, comparing the genome system to a construction site foreman, for example, that make it comprehensible to the lay reader. The book will appeal to those with reverence for the unknowable and to those who love to ask, “Why?”

INVERMERE HEALTH CARE AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE/ UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PURSUING CAREER IN HEALTH RELATED FIELD The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, at discretion, will be awarding annually a scholarship, in the amount of $1,500 to a student entering a second or subsequent year of a health related program at a recognized post secondary institution. Preference will be given to such students who have attended David Thompson Secondary School, Invermere, B.C. and who have been junior volunteers at the Invermere & District Hospital or volunteered in other health related fields. For application or information, please contact Dianne Kienitz (250) 342-3134 or Mariane Comis (250) 342-2881.

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Residents form group to fight river rules Dear Editor: A new group formed on August 21st is aptly named Residents for Upper Columbia River. Fifty-one people from Golden to Edgewater attended the meeting to voice opposition to the proposed spring closure of the Columbia River to motorized vessels. The meeting ended in an agreement to send word to the Department of Transport that this group wants an unspecified extension to the deadline of August 28th, 2008. The address for letters concerning this subject is: Kevin Monahan, Project Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Marine Safety, Department of Transport, Place De Ville, Tower C, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5. Fax: 613-991-5670, e-mail: If you have any interest at all, please get your thoughts about this subject, read the Canada Gazette at insert the date of publishing 06/28/2008, then write to this address, email, or fax number. Several residents also met with MP Jim Abbott last week at the Brisco Hall. After hearing all the arguments, he informed the group that he would recommend a deadline extension. The group’s objections to the pro-

posed closure are: 1. lack of communication with local area residents; 2. lack of knowledge (theirs) concerning nesting habits of ducks; 3. lack of boats on this area of the river; 4. river is becoming more shallow due to silt buildup; 5. restrictions already in place are adequate but not policed; 6. policing costs to taxpayer while others are able to enjoy river activities; 7. all areas of the Columbia River system are not in the same category; therefore restrictions for one area do not necessary apply to the river as a whole. The intent in forming this group is to be informative and co-operate with others of the same interests in managing the Columbia River valley’s varied structure, as many residents have the past three generations. Gary Habart is chairman of the new Residents for Upper Columbia (250348-2313), Ken Dyck is vice-chairman, Charlene Durning is secretary (250348-2577) and Sharron Hynes is the public relations person. Another meeting will be called sometime in September and all interested persons are welcome.

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Pine Ridge Mountain Resort Business Feature by Sandra Kelly Pineridge Mountain Resort, high above the shores of Lake Windermere, oers alpine splendor and wilderness tranquility, but also close access to the shops, restaurants and recreational amenities that make the Columbia Valley so popular. When it is complete, seven to ten years from now, this master-planned resort will contain 300 singlefamily homes, 400 villas and alpine-style town homes, eight kilometers of walking trails and a recreation centre. The latter will have meeting facilities and 60 apartment suites, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a professional ďŹ tness facility, steam showers, a terraced patio and a grand residents’ lounge with a stone ďŹ replace. “Pineridge Mountain Resort will be a world class resort community,â€? says Jon Dick, Vice President with the Statesman Group of Companies. “We are oering a secure investment to our buyers and a stunning place in which to vacation or to live year-round.â€? The resort will be a sustainable green community with almost 40 percent of its total area dedicated to forest and green space. Statesmen will employ Built Green Technology in the design and construction of the town homes, and use xeriscaping on every building lot. There will be no fences. “We want to maintain a feeling of spaciousness and untouched wilderness,â€? says Mr. Dick. Phase I of the resort incorporates 26 town homes being built by Statesman. These premium quality homes are priced from $499,000. Outside, the resort has an alpine theme. Inside, buyers can choose to go either rustic or contemporary. “We recognize that tastes dier,â€? says Mr. Dick. “We’re ďŹ nding that people really appreciate being given the choice.â€?

Madi Mellis of Invermere shows off her goggles after taking a swim in beautiful Lake Lillian. Photo by Leah Shoemaker

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Picnic time for teddy bears If you went down to the park last Saturday, you’d have been sure of a big surprise. Radium Hot Springs Public Library held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and nine children stopped by – with their teddies, of course. They heard bear stories and sang along to the picnic song, before going on an epic hunt for teddy bears hiding around the park. Here Paige Othen, five, shows off her lightning-fast pony Thunderbolt, while her two-year-old brother Austin takes a break.

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Boat care to end summer By Mike DuBois Shadybrook Marina Don’t be alarmed that summer is over. There is still another month before it is too cold. September can offer warm, calm days with almost no boats on the lake.


I recommend taking care of maintenance in fall instead of spring. If you do it now, in the spring you can launch on the first warm day without having to do any work. A thorough cleaning includes washing and waxing the hull. Hard water and algae often stain the hull so a hull cleaner will be required to remove this. Carpets should be vacuumed and if necessary steam cleaned. The seats should be wiped down and vinyl protectant applied.

Maintenance and winterizing

The winterizing process for inboards and stern drives includes replacing the water in the engine with antifreeze. Around Invermere, boats are safe from freezing until about the first week of October. If your boat is not winterized, the engine block will freeze and

cause expensive damage. All annual maintenance is usually done with the winterizing. A qualified marine mechanic should perform this work. Book an appointment now as marine mechanics are often booked up a month in advance at this time of year.

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It is very important that your boat be perfectly dry before winter. Take everything out of the boat, including the seat cushions. Store it inside for a couple of nights until dry then put it back in the boat. Doing this will prevent your boat from growing mildew over the winter. Once you are ready for storage, take the plug and battery out of the boat. Taping the plug to the steering wheel will help you remember to replace it in the spring. If storing outside, make sure your tarp is tented to help the water run off. Putting tubes under the tarp works well. I also recommend raising the trailer hitch several feet so that any water that enters the boat will drain out the back. This is my last column of the year. I have enjoyed writing it. I hope you have learned a few things that helped you maximize your fun on the water.


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The Athalmer bridge: then and now Athalmer, the area located just at the bottom of the bridge beside the river, was a bustling place long before Invermere at the top of the hill was settled. Wooden swing bridges allowed foot traďŹƒc, horses and wagons to cross the water, and steamboats to enter and leave the lake on their way up and down the Columbia River, delivering mail, supplies and passengers. Below, a view from the air shows the long hill leading into Invermere, and the bridge across the river where the swing bridges once operated. Pete’s Marina is located under the bridge, and second homes dot the eastern lakeshore. In the background, the airport is visible.

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Riding for John Dunnebacke Once again, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts and friends of the late John Dunnebacke, who owned Diamond Heating in Invermere and died of cancer two years ago, got together on Saturday, August 23rd for a memorial bike ride. The group rode from

Invermere to Cranbrook and back, ending the day at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. “Sometimes we need to stop, look around at everything we have, and spend some time being with friends,” said one of the riders, Paul Roggeman.

Toad’s Hole sponsors Toy Run for kids By Pioneer Staff The Toad’s Hole Cafe will hold the second annual Columbia Valley Motorcycle Toy Run on Sunday, September 7th. At noon, the group of participating bikers will ride through town and down Westside Road, returning to the café on main street in Invermere. Last year, bikers decorated their motorcycles with toys and are welcome to continue this tradition. Early birds are invited to enjoy free coffee and cookies if they come by from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Toad’s Hole owners Toby Pryn-

dik and Erin Elliot, last year’s ride raised about $300 and a car full of toys for the Columbia Valley Christmas Bureau. About 13 people showed up for the ride last summer and many came afterwards to the barbecue, bringing donations. The Christmas Bureau, Toby and Erin’s charity of choice, supplies toys and food to families who may be going through challenging times during Christmas. “If you lose the engine out of your car at Christmas time, you’re hooped,” said Gail Hoffmann, cochair of the 14-year-old charity. This year donations from the Toy Ride will again be given to the Christmas Bureau and people can start bringing in new or gently-used toys to

Toad’s Hole. Toy donations will also be gratefully accepted after the ride ends at about 1:30 p.m. If you don’t own a bike and are not planning to participate, Toby and Erin will provide a barbecue after everyone returns and all proceeds from the barbecue will also be donated to the Christmas Bureau. This is the fifth season that Toby and Erin have been operating Toad’s Hole. The Toy Ride was inspired by similar charitable rides that Toby has taken part in. The couple plans to ride in the Toy Run. Toby says he will be driving the motorcycle with Erin riding on the back. For more information call Toad’s Hole Cafe at 250-341-5370.

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Heritage buildings in Wilmer By Ray Crook, Invermere I always enjoy a drive around Wilmer. It has retained its small town atmosphere. Over the years only a few new homes have been built. They are not overly large and blend in with the older buildings. Some of the log houses have been renovated and some have been brought from other locations, the largest one being the McCullough stopping house that had been on the north bank of Sinclair Creek at Radium Junction. If I remember correctly, the first building to be fixed up was the Ed Barbour one. Close to

it had been the town well and water tower. At the present time the small log house across the street from the Delphine Lodge is being put on a cement foundation. Wilmer, like a lot of unregulated small towns, has a bit of clutter, unused old cars and trucks etc. . . However, this is part of small town freedom. I would like to see the town remain as it is now, rather than have a developer move in, tear down the heritage buildings, spoil the view of the mountains with tall condominiums and cover the gardens with pavement.

Clockwise from above: formerly the Hewitt house from near Brisco; Ed Barbour house; McCullough Stopping House; home for many years to Harry Peterson. Photos by Ray Crook

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Clockwise from top left: Annie Demchuk celebrating her 90th birthday with her daughters Marion Woodley and Lorna Paprocke in Hawaii; Bill and Georgina DuBois at Iguazu Falls, Argentina; Kaitlynn and Karlee Baes at Silverwood Amusement Park near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Shelley Lazette, Len Lazette, Annette Lazette, Betty Lazette-Bergen, Scott McLeod and Vicky TruaxMcLeod in Sosua, Dominican Republic. 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 upioneer@telus. net or drop into our office at 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere.

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Clockwise, from top right: Sharon Ross at the Citadel National Historic Site in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Angie McKenzie, Bridget Anakin, Becca Wright, Christine Shaw and Heather Brown hiking and camping at Templeton Lake in the Bugaboo area; Georgina Wilks of Windermere in Iqaluit, Nunavut; Joanna Tiernan of Invermere after climbing 100 steps up to Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland; Sandy McIlwain in front of the Great Wall of China

near Beijing. 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 upioneer@ or drop into our oďŹƒce at 10088th Avenue, Invermere. All photos will be published, but only valley residents and/or homeowners will be eligible to win.

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


Radium Rentals, furnished suites, $425.00, call 250-3417022.

Timber Ridge Phase III, 1400 sq.ft. newer bungalow, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, $1350.00 + util. + DD, 403-685-3134 or 403-615-3134.

ANNOUNCEMENT Available, fresh local fruits and vegetables, (beets, peaches, carrots, corn, beans, yellow, green, purple, and more). Call Sophie’s Choice at 250-3479678 to place order, minimum 5 lb. orders. Poker Tournament, Saturday, September 27th. Call Ryan at 250-342-1457.

GARAGE SALE Saturday, August 30th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Artificial Christmas tree, some antiques/collectibles, rug, Aloevera, cactus, free magazines, 4726 Blakley Place, Radium. We are moving. Our in-house garage sale will be on Sunday, Aug. 31st, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 4734 Blakley Place Road, Radium. Large variety of goods, new hand crafted wood items, clock, trunk, coasters, etc. Friday, Aug. 29th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday, Aug. 30th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. 1265 Sunridge Rd. (Hwy 93/95 South, off the crossroads). Today only, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 320-10 Ave, former NeighbourLink premises: orange loveseat & chair, apartment sized fridge, washers/dryers, metal desk w/attached filing cabinet, matching dresser & desk for girl, various small tables & other items. Saturday, August 30th, 9:00 am. 836 Timbermont Rd, Timber Ridge III.

NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE Commercial space for lease, 3300 sq. ft. High exposure and traffic, next to Home Hardware. Build to suit. Call 250-3415211. OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE. 1550 sq ft, elegant improvements, high-visibility location in Athalmer. Available June 15. $1,400/month includes property taxes, heat/cooling and utilities. Call 250-342-3637 for details and to view. Lease Space Available, 503 7th Ave. Approx. 4500 sq. ft. @ $4.00/ft. triple net 8’ high x 9’ wide overhead doors Suitable for large item storage (boats/ cars) or showroom. Available Nov. 1, 2008 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845. 864 sq. ft. warehouse space with floating dock, unheated, $656.25/month, includes GST. Available Sept. 1st, 2008. Call 250-342-3637.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Shared accommodation available in centrally located executive home, available Sept. 1st. Hydro, cable, storage, parking, W/D included, $550/ month. Call Dave, 250-3420241.

Radium 4 bdrm basement suite, N/S, N/P, $1400.00 includes utilities, $700.00 DD. Donna or Verna, 250-342-6010. Bright 2 bdrm, fully furnished, w/balcony, mountain views, available immediately, $1150.00 + DD, includes all utilities, shared W/D, 403-730-7691. Invermere, new 2 bdrm suite, N/S, N/P, laminate & tile floors. Fridge, stove, W/D, references required. Available Oct 1st, $1000/month + DD, cable and utilities included, 250-341-3739 after 5:00 pm. Sunny walk-out, 2 entrances furnished 2 bdrm, 1 bath, kitchenette, 1 car garage, W/D. Utilities incl. N/P, N/S, 4 acres, Windermere, $800.00 – 1 person, $1000.00 – 2 person, Sept 1st, 250-342-6162.

HOUSE FOR RENT 3 bdrm, 2 bath house for rent in Pineridge estates. Close to all schools, view of lake and mountains, $1500/month + util. Prefer family, N/P, N/S, available Sept 1st. Call 780-406-6898 or fax 780-406-6897. Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 1400 sq. ft. 2 storey, located behind Sobeys, off 10th St. 3 yrs old, like new, full, unfinished basement, fenced patio in back, covered porch in front, fireplace, 7 appliances, single car garage, N/P, N/S, mature couple preferred. Avail. Oct. 1st, $1500/ month + util. 1 month rent DD req’d, 1 year lease. Please call 403-547-3732 or 250-342-9362 to view.

Brand new five star, semidetached dwelling on Columbia Lake. 2 storey, 1800 sq ft, geothermal heating, attached garage, 5 appliances. Long-term lease, available immediately, $1700.00 + utilities, 780-4463575, or 780-231-3986, email Windermere furnished house, 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, September to May. Non-smoking, responsible adults, $925.00 + util. 403-6090811. Fully furnished 4 bdrm, 3 ½ bath, 2100 sq.ft. Westside Park home. Available Oct. 1st, $1500/month + util., 250-342-2157. Invermere ½ duplex, 3 bdrm, 3 baths, centrally located. Avail Oct.1st, $1400 plus util. W/D. Call DK 250-342-5935. 3 bdrm, 2 bath home, Edgewater, on 2 acres. $1250/month, references required. Call Ken Becker, 250-342-1161. Columbia Lake, 3 bdrm plus loft, 5 appliances, fully furnished, N/ S, references. Avail. Oct. 1 – April 30, $850/month + util, 403239-8715, email bujoldlelek@ 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 1800 sq.ft. house. Updated kitchen/great room, w/d, wood stove, garage, large corner lot, walking distance to hospital, school, and town, pets negotiable. Call Mark 403-8037306 or Neal 250-341-7084.

CONDO/TOWNHOUSE FOR RENT Beautifully furnished 1 & 2 bdrm condos available at Sable Resort in Radium. Seeking long-term tenants. Please call 888-2923332.



New 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, lake front, heated & secured underground parking, N/S, N/P, A/C, W/D, 1 year lease, $1600/month, rent negotiable (includes heating, A/C, water & sewer) common facilities, pool, hot tub, fitness room, available September 1st. Call today, 1403-888-5318.

3 bdrm deluxe, fully furnished condo on golf course in Fairmont Hot Springs, Riverside area. Available immediately, $1500/ month or by the week, 780435-8433.


1.4 acre commercial compound for lease Fenced Compound

Call (250) 341-1395 HOUSE FOR RENT


• Canal Flats: 2 bdrm. unfurnished townhome at Jade Landing. $1,050 plus utilities. • Radium: 2 bdrm. unfurnished condo at Copper Horn Town at $1,250 plus utilities • Radium: 2 bdrm. ground floor at Pinewood 2, longterm at $1,250 incl. utilities. • Invermere: 2 bdrm. Deluxe suite, furnished, longterm at $1,200 incl. and Luxurious 3 bdrm. upper floor suite at $1,800 incl. Avail. Sept. 1. • Brisco: 2 bedroom home on acreage, longterm at $950 plus utilities. • Windermere: 2 bdrm. cottaqe. Sept. – June, furnished at $950 plus utilities. References required, non smoking, pets are negotiable. Rocky Mountain Realty, Property Management Division 250-345-4000

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Radium, 1 bdrm fully furnished condo. Includes linen & kitchen accessories, cable, w/d in complex, parking, storage, $600/month + hydro. Available Sept 1. 250-270-0923, 403281-0923.

1 bdrm, kitchen, livingroom, bright open concept, very clean, own yard, BBQ, ½ block to beach. Weekly $600.00, nightly $100.00, 250-342-5367.

Invermere town house for rent. 3 bdrm, 2 ½ baths, 2 fireplaces, 5 appliances, $1400.00 + util, N/S, N/P. Available Sept. 1st, 403-703-0930.


Full ownership apartmentstyle condo. Main floor, 1040 sq.ft. 2 bdrm, 2 full bath, 6 white appliances, flat-top, self-cleaning stove, in suite laundry, A/C, river rock fireplace, patio w/propane BBQ outlet, heated underground parking w/storage cage, elevator. Low condo fees, pet and smoke free, fully furnished. Immediate possession, 1 ½ years old, $265,000.00. 780-932-3438 (cell), 780-657-3438 (home).

Radium Condo for rent, fully furnished townhouse, available Sept 1st, short-term lease. $1200/month, 403-237-4698 or 403-240-9357 (eve). Akiskinook Resort fully furnished condo, pool hot tub, $750/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991. Canal Flats, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath condo, fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, W/D. $975/month + DD, N/S, N/P, potter.jodi@ or 412-398-5737.


Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 1733 Windermere Loop Rd. 4 bdrm, walkout bungalow. Call 250-342-9249.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 2 bdrm, 1 bath mobile home, deck, wood stove, A/C, close to D/T, $48,500.00. Call 250-3429314.


4770 Timber Ridge Road, Timber Ridge I • Timber Ridge I with beach and boat access/ 1 block • 2,500 sq. ft. bungalow, 5 bedroom, 2 bath and sauna • 2 bedroom granny suite with private entrance • Large corner lot • 52 ft insulated workshop/garage • New everything ,kitchen, windows, roof etc • Old classic stone fireplace and pool table games room, 2 newer wood burning fireplaces New Price

750,000 FSBO


Directions – turn into Timber Ridge I and drive till the road ends. House on Right.

Call (250) 342-2422

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE Lot 10 Windermere Loop Road Large 0.41 acre, Level, well in place, No building commitment, Beautiful mountain & golf course views. $289,000.00 + GST (250)342-3147 Worth Checking Out! “Life is good on the 18th hole.” Spectacular Private Gated Acreage only 10 prestigious estate lots in this community. Minutes from Windermere, 100% privacy with the absolute best mountain views in the valley. 2 minutes to the beach & boat launch. Well on site, all services to property line, no building commitment or will build to suit. Only 2 lots available. See Invermere. $499,000.00 each, 250-342-5367.


WANTED Looking for misc. hardwood cutoff, 6” long or more. Will pick up, 250-342-4456.

MISC FOR SALE 8 acres of hay meadow. Beautiful mountain view with great building opportunity. Near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $450,000.00. Call 250-3422802. Real estate development opportunity in Windermere. Huge potential. Many options. 3 adjoining C1 lots, 2 @ 60’ x100’, 1 @ 105’ x 100’. Includes boat stall, 250-342-7111. RESORT PROPERIES FOR SALE Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden www. 250-3448447 billy@adlerdevelopment. ca


Own a piece of the

CASTLEROCK ESTATES #16-2600 RIVERROCK WAY Call to view at your convenience. This is an end unit (South) allowing for unobstructed views of the south as well as a partial lake view out the front. 3 bdrm (1 upper/2 lower), numerous upgrades. Th ere is a large green space on the side of the unit. There

Priced to sell!! $649,00000 Ph: 250-341-6231 • Cell: 250-688-4821

Top soil, screened, $160/dump truck load, unscreened, $100/ dump truck load, $50/pick-up load. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250342-0617. Manure, well-aged. Will load, $100.00 per pick-up load. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. JEEP SOFT-TOP Bestop Supertop w/o door skins, black, fits TJ Wranglers 1997-2006, used for only 1 ½ years, paid $1000.00 asking $400.00, 250-341-3778. Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Propane fireplace w/tanks, $550.00 OBO. Contact Amy or Chris at 250-342-4436. Majestic elk head, large 6’ x6’ rack, approximately 300 points, $1899.00. Call Bob, 250-3456668. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, as new $15/doz. Heavy duty treadmill as new, was $1400.00, now $700.00. Fridgidaire 30” electric range, self-clean, convection oven, looks new, $150.00. Wet table tile electric saw, used for one job, $40.00. Stainless steel twin sink, new, fits approx. opening 16’x30’, $60.00. Bicycle helmets and assorted $10/ea. Call Gerry 250-342-9763. King-size water bed, beautiful frame, everything included, 250-347-9080 or 250-688-5029 (cell). Dishwasher, built-in, Whirlpool, Quiet Partner II, like new, $150.00 OBO, 250-345-4070.

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Lawn mower, 5HP, 22” cut, self propelled, $160.00, 403-6507848.

1998 Pathfinder Chilkoot, 4WD, manual, one owner, spare set wheels and battery, $5000.00, 250-342-3297.

Full-time CHILD CARE AVAILABLE in my Invermere home. Call Dianne for details, 250-342-7105.

2000 Ford Taurus station wagon, excellent condition, 154,000 km, loaded, $5900.00 OBO. Call Leo, 250-342-3134.

COMPLETE BACKHOE SERVICES Large hoe pack Highly experienced operator Competitive rates TFW CONTRACTING 250-342-2686

PAMPER YOURSELF SPA 250-341-6266, Invermere Open 7 days a week Full day spa-services Manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials. LED face and neck toning, body polish and wraps, massage. Groups and couples retreat. Arrive 45 minutes before your appointment to enjoy our soaking tub. Present this coupon to receive discount for $5.00 off spa treatment, $10.00 off spa package (one discount coupon per person) 24 hour cancellation policy. www.pamperyourselfspa. com

Roxton solid maple, 6’ dining table & 6 chairs, $800.00. 2 chaise lounges, perfect for livingroom or bedroom, $100.00 each. Stereo, $75.00. Computer desk, $100.00, 250-342-9720. Awesome snooker pool table, National, 5 ½’ x 10’, cues and more, $1000.00. Crystal Waters Hot tub, 6 person, $600.00. Call 250-342-6162.

BOATS FOR SALE Sail Boat, 16’ Hobbie Cat, racing version, in top condition, complete w/trailer. Located on Lake Windermere, $3700.00 OBO, 403-921-8221.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1990 Nissan Pathfinder 183,000 km, new automatic transmission, good condition, $3500. 342-9573

4X4, tires, A/C, 250-

1991 Fire Fly, needs new engine, good body, new tires, $750.00 OBO, 250-345-4094. 1996 Chevy Corsica, 4 door, automatic, well-maintained, great on gas. Only 90,000 km! Comes with new winter tires, $4000.00 OBO, 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845. 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Laramie, 4x4, automatic, w/ canopy, custom stereo, good tires, plus extras, excellent condition, $7800.00, 250-3476963. 1998 Mustang Cobra Convertible, 27,000 km. Asking $26,500.00, call 250-345-6350.

2002 white Ford Explorer, leather seats, CD player, V6 engine, extra set winter tires, $10,000 OBO, 250-341-1228. 2003 Ford F150 ½ ton Super Crew, Lariet. Loaded, new tires, brakes and battery. Asking $18,500.00, call 250-345-6350. 2003, 1500HD Chevy Silverado quad cab, luxury, fully loaded pick-up, black on black, canopy included. Was $22,000.00, now $18,000.00 firm. Well maintained, 250-342-2686. 2005 PT Cruiser. Purchased new in 2006 from Cranbrook Dodge this bright blue beauty has under 45,000 km. Driven seldom and with great care the interior is immaculate as is the exterior. Snow tires and all weather tires included, warranty in place, $15,000.00 OBO, 250-342-0445, Jill.

MOTORHOME/RV 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, 250342-3773.

SERVICES Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 cell or 250-342-8474 home. Not on valley time.

CUSTOM SAWMILLIMG, bandsaw mill in stock, old growth fir. Delivery available. TFW Contracting, 250-3422686. Piet’s Carpentry, 35 years experience. Specializing in desks and small renovations. Call 250341-8271, email p.w.jansen@ Are you going away for the winter? Home and property security checks for insurance purposes are available, (weekly or monthly). Call Maid 2 Shine Services @ 250-341-1478. Serving Invermere and the Columbia Valley

AIR CONDITIONING Sales and Service Call today 250.342.1167

Full-time Self-motivated In-store Help Competitive wages, benefit fi plan, submit resumes in person 410 - Borden St.


Employment in Fairmont Hot Springs!

CAREER FREE MOVIE RENTALS – F/T OR P/T. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals, benefits and retention bonus. Please call Thora at 250-342-0057, or fax 250-342-6583, email or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

ROOM ATTENDANTS LAUNDRY ATTENDANTS Full-time and part-time day shift positions are available. No experience is necessary. Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benet package with access to all resort amenities. Interested? Please contact: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

Northstar Hardware

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

MARKETING COORDINATOR Reporting to the Marketing Manager, this position requires an organized, analytical and service-oriented individual with experience in: • Researching, buying, placing and tracking media purchases. • Participating in market research and media/strategic planning processes. • Maintaining contact databases and administering web marketing campaigns. Additional responsibilities include elding media sales/ editorial enquiries, producing basic creative, ling, distributing promotional materials, obtaining printing quotations and tracking print production. Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benet package with access to all resort amenities. Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

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Dusk Building Systems is currently seeking framers and labourers for on-site or in our manufacturing facility. We offer excellent wages and benefit package. Please fax resume to 250-341-3427 or email to sandy@duskbuildingsystems. com

Assistant Manger – Valley Fitness Centre, P/T – 30 hrs/ week. Positive customer service oriented individual, with strong communication and organizational skills. Strong work ethic and conscientious. Wage DOE. Great work environment and free membership! Email application to helen@shapeupinvermere. com.

Upcoming resort in Fairmont requires a full-time information center host with a positive attitude, creative personality and interest in hotel development. Please call 250-270-9339.

WANTED on-site handyman to coordinate project/exchange for rent. First phase to upgrade 3 – 2 bdrm cottages in remote setting near Radium. Call 780485-5166, fax 780-485-5140.

Cribbing Carpenters and Construction Labourer required immediately for F/T or P/T. 250342-1341 or 250-688-2927

Full-time/ part-time hair stylist to start immediately. Contact Maria, 250-342-3227.

Wanted, person for varied light housekeeping duties for elderly couple in Fairmont Hot Springs. Hours flexible, 250-345-9509.

Busy small resort in Windermere requires helper. Varied duties include housekeeping, grounds maintenance, and trail work. 6 hours/day, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 5 days/week, $15.00/hour. Call Scott, 250-342-0356, or email

Helna’s Stube is looking for permanent part/time evening kitchen help. We offer benefits & bonus. Please call 250-3470047 or send resume to mail@ Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers, kitchen help, prep cook, and janitor. All positions F/T, P/T. To join our team call 250-342-6866. Pool/Spa Service and MaintenanceTechnician required by a large established local business. A full time position is available for a friendly, responsible, self-motivated individual with a professional appearance. Preference will be made for a candidate with knowledge of pool/spa maintenance/repair; however training will be provided to the right applicant. Must have a valid BC Driver’s License. Please send resume with references to Diamond Heating and Spas, fax: 250-342-7103, mail to Box 86, Athalmer, BC, V0A 1A0, email: info@diamondheatingandspas. com. Wanted Cooks & Prep Cooks at the Farside Pub in Fairmont. Looking for responsible, motivated and energetic people. Apply at Farside, 250-345-6106 or fax resume to 250-342-0341. Store Clerks needed. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy people. $13/hour, store discounts and advancement opportunities. Apply in person to Invermere Petro-Canada. Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 250-345-6365, fax 250-345-6348, or email

Everett Frater Enterprises Lawn Maintenance needs qualified staff, good wages, weekends off. Call 250-342-6116, or 250342-5645 (cell). Helna’s Stube is looking for year around part-time evening server. Receive benefits & bonus. Please call 250-3470047 or send resume to mail@

FIREPLACE INSTALLER, SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Required by a large established local business. A full time career is available for a responsible, self-motivated individual with a professional appearance. A suitable candidate should have knowledge of B.C. Installation Codes as well as service and maintenance of fireplaces, however training may be provided to the right applicant. Must have a valid BC Driver’s License. Please fax or e-mail resumé with references to: Diamond Heating and Spas FAX: (250) 342-7103 Mail to: Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 Email:

We W W Work kA At Pl Play!! Stone Creek Resorts, an established real estate developer and golf course operator, is looking to further bolster its resort operations team. We are seeking qualifi fied and enthusiastic individuals to join our team. Stone Creek’s resorts – SilverTip Resort in Canmore, Alberta and Eagle Ranch Resort in Invermere, BC - include world-class golf courses, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, and highly sought after recreational real estate in Western Canada’s hottest markets. Our approach to resort development and operations is simple – we strive to provide the ultimate guest experience - which means hiring and retaining employees who strive for excellence in all that they do. We are looking for team players with a ‘can do’ attitude to contribute positively to our continued growth. Our ideal candidates will possess characteristics that reflect fl our corporate values of caring, integrity, excellence, team spirit and fi financial responsibility.

Food & Beverage – Servers We are seeking individuals with any level of experience to join our team to enable us to work toward fulfilling fi the vision of a 5-star dining experience. Motivated, self-starters with a cheerful attitude are key elements of our Service Beyond™ culture. A calm and professional demeanor will inspire those around you to consistently provide an exceptional guest experience. Full and part time positions are available on a year round basis. Enjoying the resort experience for yourself will help you better serve our guests, and for this very reason golf privileges are an added benefit fi for all employees of Stone Creek Properties!

Please send your resumé to: Eagle Ranch Golf Course

RR #3, M-2, C-11 Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 Email: Fax: 250-342-2563 If you would like to view this employment opportunity as well as the position description online please visit

Valley Hawk Security is seeking a part-time security guard. Basic Security Training 1&2 required. Please email resume to or call 250-688-4295.

Manager Quality Bakery Retail Store:


e have an opening for an energetic, creative and friendly person to be the Manger of our lively Retail Bakery Store in downtown Invermere. Our store is well organized, and we have an excellent team who work very well within our established systems. We expect you to possess excellent communication skills, and have the ability to effectively handle the wide range of challenges that arise in the store with confidence and imagination. Good computer skills are essential. This is a full-time, permanent year-round position. Competitive wage and benefits package offered. Starting date is negotiable. Apply with resume to: Peter at the Quality Bakery, 1305 7th Ave., Invermere, BC; email resume with cover letter to; fax with cover letter to (250) 342-4439.

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HOMESTAYS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY FOR SEPTEMBER School District No. 6 (Rocky Mt.) requires host families in Invermere to accommodate international students from Korea and Germany starting next September 2008 for a few weeks, months to a full school year. Host families provide a private bedroom, three meals a day, a study area, transportation assistance, high speed internet access and a friendly supportive, caring home environment. Remuneration of $600 per student per month is paid. We need your support now! New students in January. Homestays are required to submit a criminal records check. If interested please contact Lori Sluth (Homestay Coordinator Invermere) at 250-346-3377.

District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Tel: (250) 342-9281 Fax: (250) 342-2934 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Temporary Labourer –

The District of Invermere has an opening for a temporary labourer in the Public Works Department. Working in a temporary assignment for a 2 month term, with a possibility of extension, this position will be part of the public works staff. To be eligible you must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license. Special consideration will be given to people with previous construction or municipal works experience including Environmental Operators Certi cation. An air brakes endorsement or a valid class 3 driver’s license would be an asset. Under the supervision of the Public Works Foreman, the labourer performs a variety of manual labour duties and equipment operations. Work involves the general maintenance of municipal infrastructures including roads and streets, storm drainage, water and sewer systems, parks, cemetery and buildings. The primary tasks considered for this posting involve buildings, parks, roads and utility maintenance and repair. Applicants must possess sound communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of WCB regulations would be an asset. This position is within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit with wages at $22.66 per hour (2008). A full job description is available for this position. Applications will be received by the Director of Municipal Works at the District of Invermere of fce up to and including 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2008.


Staff Accountant Robert D. Harvey & Co. Inc., CGA is a professional accounting ¿rm located in Invermere. We are a quality driven and customer focused organization in need of a Staff Accountant. Our ideal candidate would possess the following skills: Job Duties/Responsibilities: - Bookkeeping and bank reconciliations - Computerized payroll - Prepare GST & PST tax returns accurately and timely - Reconciliation and analysis of accounts and booking of journal entries - Preparation of year-end working papers for a variety of businesses - Preparation of personal income tax returns - Special projects as required Education/Experience Requirements: - Working towards completion of accounting designation, degree or diploma is desirable - Strong computer, bookkeeping software and excel skills a de¿ ¿nite asset - Strong analytical and accounting skills - Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks

PART-TIME STORAGE CONSULTANT REAL STORAGE, a fast growing self-storage provider is seeking an enthusiastic person to join our team. Our success begins with and endures because of our people. Our current expansion into the Columbia Valley market has opened an opportunity for the following part-time position. STORAGE CONSULTANT: A customer service and sales driven professional who enjoys a team environment, you will be challenged with delivering products and services that consistently exceed our customer’s expectations. This challenging position requires an enthusiastic individual who possesses great organizational and communication skills in addition to being team oriented. REAL STORAGE offers an excellent compensation package, uniform allowance, flexible hours and ongoing training for your professional development. Real Storage is an equal opportunity employer. Please submit your resumé and salary expectations via fax to: Real Storage, Attn: Ute Juras Fax: (250) 342-4492 E-mail:

Email resumé to or drop at Invermere of¿ f¿ce. Robert D. Harvey & Co. Inc. offers a competitive compensation package and excellent opportunities for growth. Only resumes of candidates being considered will be acknowledged.

Administrative Assistant Robert D. Harvey & Co. Inc., CGA is a professional accounting ¿rm located in Invermere. We are a quality driven and customer focused organization in need of an Administrative Assistant. Our ideal candidate would possess the following skills: Job Duties/Responsibilities: - Reception - Word processing and data entry using Word, WP & Excel - Bookkeeping and reconciliations - Ad hoc support for other accountants and special projects as required Education/Experience Requirements: - Strong computer, word processing, and excel skills a de¿nite asset - Strong analytical and organizational skills - Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks Email resume to or drop at Invermere of¿��� � Robert D. Harvey & Co. Inc. offers a competitive compensation package and excellent opportunities for growth. Only resumes of candidates being considered will be acknowledged.

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Graduation from a recognized 12-month program in cooking; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Food Safe Certifificate – Level 1.

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Everything comes from God Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church The opening prayer for the Sunday Mass is called the collect. It is summing up and offering to God the prayers of the gathered assembly. Last Sunday was, “Father, help us to seek the values that will bring us enduring joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise, make us one in mind and heart. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.” That prayer, spoken aloud, is the prayer of the gathered community. It expresses our most basic desire to be united with God and one another in our pilgrimage to the Father. In our world today we may from time to time forget that everything we have comes from God. While we have worked for the goods that we have or the property we own, without God’s mercy and love, where would we be? The answer is simple: we wouldn’t. It is God who gives us the greatest gift – life. This gift is not given only to those people we think deserve it but also to those who reject God’s love for selfish reasons of their own. We who claim the name of Christ as our own

must take care to live lives of gentleness and humility as He did. This means that we must be willing to forgive those who wrong us, those who sin, and even those who hate us. All of these struggles are passing things. The collect reminds us to seek the values that bring enduring joy. What brings enduring joy is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Human beings are relational beings. To be human is to be in relationship. And who better to be in relationship with than Jesus? I recently read that we can talk about relationship without having relationships, but this is just talk – empty words. Until we have a relationship, how can we speak about a relationship? In our world of change, we need to make sure that we have a relationship with Christ, one in which we are not afraid to be corrected when we are in the wrong, and also one in which we can accept praise for seeing and telling the truth. St. Peter is a wonderful example of both. His profession of faith in Matthew’s gospel and the praise Jesus gave him is followed by his becoming a stumbling block and his correction by Jesus. In both cases, Peter was able to accept praise and correction because of their relationship’s stability. It is through the Sacred Scriptures that we are able to form a stable relationship with Jesus and this is the greatest value that brings enduring joy in this passing world. May the love and peace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you always.

August 31st: 10:30 a.m. Celebration Sunday. The Lord’s Supper will be served. Summer Sunday School, pre-school to age 5, during service. For sermons online: Pastor Jared Enns • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-9535 WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICANUNITED August 31st: 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 7 p.m. 100th anniversary at St Peter’s, Windermere, “The Stolen Church” Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-6644 or VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship service. Children’s Church during the message part of the service. Pastor T. Scott Peterson • Highway 93/95, 1 km north of Windermere • 250-342-9511 ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father Jim McHugh • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 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. 7 p.m. Evening service the first and third Sunday of the month, Brisco Community Church. Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater, Associate Pastor Linda and Mike Paradis • Prayer Centre, 4-7553-Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 CHURCH OF JJESUS 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 • 250-345-0079

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