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It’s official: ER upgrade gets funding doubling the size from 245 square metres to 546 square metres. This will increase the number of treatment bays The Invermere and District Hospital from six to 12 and includes a new sepawill receive $2.28 million dollars from rate ambulance entrance. the provincial government to round out “I am very happy about it,” said Dr. the funding needed for the $4.5 million Chris Gooch, emergency physician at upgrade to the Invermere and District the hospital. Hospital emergency department. “It is very sorely needed and I am The announcement, made Saturlooking forward to the privilege and day afternoon by East Kootenay MLA opportunity to work in a more efficient Bill Bennett, was met with cheers and emergency department.” applause by the crowd of more than The redevelopment project also in20 people who had gathered at the cludes the relocation of home and comInvermere and District Hospital. munity care offices to the public health “This is a great day for Invermere clinic in the lower level of the Columand the Columbia Valley,” Mr. Bennett bia House facility, adjacent to the hostold the crowd. pital. The vacant office space will then The announcement comes as a re- ALL SMILES—Invermere and District Hospital administrator Rose Bard is all smiles be converted into acute care spaces. lief to many residents of the Columbia as she studies designs for the hospital’s long-awaited, much-anticipated emergency de“This is proof that if you try hard Valley, who fought tooth-and-nail for partment renovation. The $4.3 million project received provincial funding Saturday. enough and long enough, you will end the funding. Photo by Cayla Gabruck up with success,” said Invermere Mayor “I just found out this morning. John Gerry Taft. signatures and would like to think that this positive and I are really pleased that the fundThe cost of the redevelopment ing has been confirmed,” said Joan Rouse, who along outcome was helped in someway by that. That those project is being shared between the province through with her husband John were responsible for circulat- voices were definitely heard . . . it’s wonderful news.” Interior Health, the Kootenay East Regional Hospital The current emergency room will be expanded District, the Columbia Valley Auxiliaries and the East ing a petition throughout the area the hospital serves and redeveloped to make the best use of existing space, Kootenay Foundation for Health. in support of the funding. “We gathered about 1,100 By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

Politicians deliver $2.5 million in stimulus spending By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Invermere, Radium, the Regional District of East Kootenay and Canal Flats were the recipients of more than $2.8 million in federal and provincial economic stimulus spending last weekend. Jim Abbott, MP for Kootenay-Columbia, and Bill Bennett, B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, visited Radium and Invermere council offices on Saturday to announce the grants. Radium was given $773,000, Invermere was given $1,181,000, the Regional District of East Kootenay was given $617,000, and Canal Flats was

given $243,000. See Page 30 for a full list of projects funded. “The Government of Canada is pleased to join with the Province in providing funding which helps to both build local infrastructure and create jobs,” said Jim Abbott. “This is another example of how the federal government is committed to strengthening B.C.’s economy and keeping British Columbians working.” Bill Bennett added, “By teaming up, we are helping to provide jobs, increase public safety and strengthen our province for the future.” Back in February, Jim Abbott toured the Columbia Valley to meet with local government leaders and

discuss priority projects for federal funding. “We apply for a lot of grants and our success rate is not high,” said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft. “It is surprising to get all the grants we applied for, all at once.” Radium mayor Dee Conklin said that stimulus funding is “crucially important” during tough economic times. “I personally don’t believe in the big bail-outs,” she said. “The money should be used to stimulate at the ground level – in other words, municipalities,” she said.



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punched the same employee in the face. The man was arrested shortly afterwards on Laurier Street in Invermere as he was seen leaving the area in the passenger seat of a car. In the police car, on the way to the detachment, the suspect continued to be belligerent and threatened to burn down the RCMP officer’s house and “guaranteed that his wife and children would die”. The man was lodged in cells and faces charges of Uttering Threats, Assault and Causing a Disturbance. He was remanded in custody by a judicial justice to appear in Provincial Court sometime this week.

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On March 25th at around 4 a.m., Selkirk T.V. and Appliance in Invermere was burgled. Among the stolen items were: 2 GPS units, 3 iPod touches 16GB, 4 iPod Nano’s 8GB, 6 iPod Nano’s 16GB, 2 portable DVD players, several Nintendo WII games and approximately 28 sets of earphones. The value of the stolen items is $6,084.21. On April 1st, RCMP learned from an anonymous caller the names of those believed to be responsible for the break-in. The investigation led RCMP to arrest two young persons for the offence. Several items that had been taken from the store were recovered by police, much of it still in its original packaging. A further search done at one of the youth’s residence located more property, along with a duffel bag of tools commonly used in break-ins. Both young persons were released to their parents on Promises to Appear in Youth Court on July 21st, to answer to charges of breaking and entering.


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Regional district denies any planning for Grizzly Ridge indefinitely By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Hot on the heels of the collapse of its most recent bid for annexation by the District of Invermere, the Regional District of East Kootenay board said it would not enter into three-way discussions with the owners of Grizzly Ridge about the future of the sprawling acreage, southeast of Invermere. Project consultant Peter Mulyk appeared on behalf of Grizzly Ridge before the regional district board on Friday and asked for the discussions to begin immediately, but was refused, indefinitely. The Lake Windermere official community plan — the policy regulating the development of Grizzly Ridge as it lies just outside Invermere’s boundary — calls for three-party discussions if annexation efforts fail. Last month, Invermere council decisively put an end to Grizzly Ridge third attempt in five years at annexation. Anticipating that Grizzly Ridge would go directly to the regional district, former Invermere planner Meredith Hamstead, Area G director Gerry Wilkie and Invermere Mayor and regional district director Gerry Taft moved to head them off at the pass.

Citing the nascient regional governance study that might restructure government within Area F, a general lack of planning resources and continued tinkering with the Invermere and Lake Windermere official community plans, the trio argued passionately against further discussions about Grizzly Ridge. Mr. Wilkie asked the regional board to reaffirm its commitment to provisions in the Lake Windermere official community plan, which limits Grizzly Ridge’s ability to subdivide into lots smaller than 300 acres. Last Friday, Ms. Hamstead urged the board to agree. “What we are asking of you today, through support for the resolution, is that you look to the distant future and support a patient and deliberate approach to long-term land use that will ensure that we arrive intentionally 100 years from now at a place we actually wish to be, a place that is economically stable, socially vibrant, and ecologically resilient.” To further ice the possibility of planning discussions in the foreseeable future, Mr. Taft argued for and won a resolution to deny the developer of the property any three-way planning discussions indefinitely. “To be honest, I’ve known — and many people within the District of Invermere have known — that

the planning principles behind building on this land are not sound. It’s urban sprawl. Let’s be frank and honest about it. It’s leapfrogging over undeveloped land,” Mr. Taft said. Mr. Wilkie said the issue hinged on Invermere’s preference to not enter into three-way talks at this time. Without all three parties at the table — Grizzy Ridge, Invermere, and the regional district — there is no point moving forward. “It would be absolutely presumptuous. It’s as simple as that,” Mr. Wilkie said. “All in all, I think it’s a welcome time-out.” Mr. Mulyk said Grizzly Ridge remains committed and will forge ahead. “Grizzly Ridge is considering its alternatives but remains committed to the view that it is in the interest of all parties to engage in the triparty planning process provided for and outlined in the Lake Windermere official community plan. Many of the benefits for Invermere and area residents that could have been accomplished under the annexation can probably be better accomplished under the regional district process. Grizzly Ridge remains committed to working in good faith with the regional district, Invermere and residents to accomplish a long-term plan on a mutually beneficial basis.”


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By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor Wow. Just when we needed it the most, the government came through and injected stimulus into the local economy. On Saturday, Jim Abbott, MP for Kootenay-Columbia, and Bill Bennett, B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, swept through the valley to hand deliver $2.8 million in federal and provincial economic stimulus spending. The money comes at a crucial time when out-ofwork tradespeople and forestry workers hunker down to wait out the lull in the economy. The literal wish-list of long-neglected projects the money will fund presents tantalizing opportunities to re-employ local workers. Among them: • $400,000 for a downtown revitalization project in Invermere that dovetails nicely with improvements to Pothole Park. • Almost $200,000 for the long-sought west-side pathway system in Invermere. • $40,000 for the beautification of Invermere parks. • $375,000 to upgrade Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • $400,000 for a new fire hall in Radium. • $20,000 for a sidewalk along Columbia Avenue in Radium Hot Springs. • $243,000 for a sidewalk loop around Canal Flats. In a perfect world, that money will end up in the wallets of local tradespeople to spend in local businesses. I urge local government officials to get creative in making that happen by giving preference to local contractors whenever possible. In some cases, a little creativity and outside-the-box thinking will be required to make sure the governments’ localized stimulus spending actually stimulates the local economy.

Golf enjoys a rich history in the valley FORE! – Golf season is here and the sport enjoys a rich history in the valley. In this 1911 photo by A.E. Fisher from the Osterloh collection­—which was published as a postcard—three men are seen putting on a green overlooking Lake Dorothy at the Invermere Golf Course. The Pynelogs roofline can be seen in the background. If

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Easter egg hunt cancelled Dear Editor: The Kinsmen Easter Egg Hunt, which is usually held in Radium Hot Springs on Easter Sunday has been cancelled. The forest thinning and burning treatments re-

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mize their environmental impact and allow for wildlife migration. A typical headpond is contained within the natural flood levels of the river and stores water for only a few minutes. IPPs face demanding permitting standards and only 35 run-of-river developments have been completed over the past 18 years. Many projects never reach the permitting stage. Those projects that are operating are located on fewer than one percent of B.C.’s 12,000 rivers and streams. Obtaining permission to build a run-of-river project in B.C. is an arduous and expensive process, involving over 50 agencies at all levels of government. Rigorous environmental assessments are carried out, including cumulative effects. Independent power producers receive temporary permission through water leases to use the resource for a maximum of 40 years. Only about 10 water licenses are issued by the provincial government each year. Run-of-river projects do not proceed without a “social license” to operate from First Nations and local communities in proposed project areas. New employment opportunities in fisheries, wildlife and archeological assessment are created where jobs are often scarce. Favoured by geography, B.C. has an enviable opportunity to provide its citizens and future generations with sustainable, reliable electricity with minimal environmental impact through run-of-river energy. The alternative is to continue along a non-sustainable path of importing energy from non-renewable sources in the face of rising demand. Clearly, this is not a viable solution to our energy needs. Jeremy Haile, President of Knight Piesold Ltd., engineering and environmental consultants, Vancouver

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Just saying “no” to Jumbo is not planning for the future Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Dave Quinn’s foolish assessment of the economic rationale vis-a-vis Jumbo and whether BC Liberal candidate Mark McKee should — or should not — support that project. Quinn has decided that people should not support a project because another project has run into problems associated with the worldwide shutdown of the financial system and how that has affected Revelstoke’s people and trades. As an aside, for that matter, construction continues at that resort as I write. Now Dave Quinn is telling the world, through the people of the valley, how to run companies and the world financial markets and decide how he is going to allocate scarce resources and have others do their own marketing and risk assessments. He is telling us how everyone should or should not take risks in business and in life as he sees it.

Come on, Quinn – the concept of Wildsight is good in that you want to improve the water supply and quality in the Columbia Valley, but telling the valley and its people how to run a business and how to run financial markets? No, I don’t think so. Please don’t spew that paternalistic and socialistic propaganda. At the worst, if any company does go broke, then you, Mr. Quinn, can buy that company for, let’s say, 50 cents on the dollar, and then when you go broke, I can buy your assets at another 50 cents on your discounted dollar. The jobs will still stay in place for those young folks that are getting their introduction to the world of skiing. Look outside our valley, Dave Quinn. The world is in a financial meltdown due to things happening primarily down in the United States. Even so, things are already looking much better for our country than in many other places of the world. Please refer to the financial analyses available

and numerous economists. The largely unforeseen worldwide financial meltdown did affect everyone and, yes, it did affect trades and the people that work in those trades. But, really, we — and especially you — have to take a longer-term perspective for jobs and employment than what you are espousing, based on something that has happened over the last seven months. Sorry, but I think you are far too short-sighted for Wildsight. You are far too short-sighted for our youth and our trades here in Invermere. We all need these jobs now, more than at any other time in this great area of ours. The Columbia Valley needs help, and the people who really plan for the future are helping. Just saying “no” is not planning for the future. David Pacey Radium, BC

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East-side grocer defends his store economic downturn. “I know some of the older gentlemen we caught were stealing food more than liquor,” he said. “Neither makes me happy, but at least I can understand people stealing food – but not liquor.” And although the Columbia Valley sees a lot of short-term residents, Cory said, they aren’t the ones committing the crimes. “It is almost never transients we’re catching,” he said. “Almost all of the people we have caught have lived here for a very long time.” But, Cory said, although he now knows the root of the problem, catching the thieves does little good to make up for the profits he is losing, as stores receive no restitution for the crimes. “It makes it more difficult to pay the bills,” Cory said. “Liquor and the other things I sell here have low margins – meaning the more we lose to theft, the faster it hurts us.” Being in the grocery retail business for 18 years, Cory said, shoplifting is not a new problem to him, but he would like to have more say in how offenders are dealt with. “I would like to see stiffer punishments and restitution from shoplifters, especially if they are charged and found guilty.”

By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff After losing close to $5,000 to shoplifters in the last year, Cory Stanbury, owner of Windermere Family Pantry, decided to take matters into his own hands. In August, he installed four state-of-the-art cameras with hopes of catching the sticky-fingered thieves red-handed. “Since then, we have caught 14 people on camera shoplifting,” Cory said. “Another handful have been caught by store staff.” Five of them are awaiting court dates, but even with the new system, Cory said, he hasn’t seen a decrease in thefts. “I have caught seven people shoplifting since February,” he said. Cory, his father Scott and his brother Justin purchased the store in 2002. He first noticed there was a problem while calculating year-end margins last summer. “There should have been between 15 and 17 percent profit margin but we were only coming up with 11 to 12 percent,” he said. “That meant we had a problem, whether it was inventory management, staff stealing or customers stealing.”

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Grasslands restoration to employ loggers By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Twelve unemployed forestry workers will be given six months of work through the province’s Job Opportunities Program. The Ministry of Community Development awarded $400,000 from a federal trust to the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society. Beginning this month, the trench society will coordinate a six-month project in the Dutch and Findlay Creek areas, west of Fairmont, and the Wolf and Sheep Creek areas, near Premier Lake, south of Canal Flats. Forestry workers will cull trees that are up to 40 years old using chainsaws. The area covered is approximately 750 hectares. “The government likes labour intensive programs,” said Dan Murphy, co-ordinator of the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society. “They are trying to employ as many people as they can.” Applications for the 12 positions are now being accepted. Unemployed forestry workers can contact Dan Murphy on email at or fax at 250-489-4059. The government’s requirements to

be eligible for the Job Opportunities Program can be found at “We are looking for longer term unemployed people,” Mr. Murhpy said. The project is part of the Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program, an initiative involving the Ministries of Forests and Range, Agriculture and Lands, and Environment, as well as 23 forest and range licensees, and naturalist, hunting, angling and environmental clubs. Started in 2000, the restoration program aims to restore land that has been encroached on by forests to its natural state as grasslands. “We got really good at putting out forest fires. Mother Nature intended for this to be grasslands,” Mr. Murphy said. Tony Wideski, district manager for the Ministry of Forests and Range’s Rocky Mountain District, said the aim is to clear 3,500 to 4,000 hectares a year. Overall, the program hopes to restore 118,000 hectares before 2030. According to statistics provided by the restoration program, cattle ranching in the East Kootenay had a gross economic value of $25 million in 2001. In 2003,

resident hunting provided $20.3 million of gross economic value, and hunting through guides or outfitters provided $8.1 million. To secure that economic value, the restoration will provide more natural habitat for ungulates and cattle. In addition, it will restore habitat for species at risk like the bighorn sheep, provide more space for largediameter trees that house birds and bats, and protect communities by reducing the fuel load for forest fires. There will be two prescribed fires in the Columbia Valley this year as part of the restoration program. This month, 550 hectares of crown land near Canal Flats will be burned. The area is described as Stinky Pasture on Fir Mountain, eight kilometres west of Canal Flats and north of Findlay Creek Road. In the fall, 110 hectares of crown land near Juniper Heights will be burned. The location is described as seven kilometres southeast of Radium and two kilometres east of the highway. “We work with the Ministry of Environment to only burn on days with proper ventilation,” said Dan Murphy. “We try to keep the smoke out of the valley.”

College enrolment swells through layoffs By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Enrolments at the College of the Rockies have increased over the last 12 months, more than doubling in some areas. Campus manager Marilyn Petersen attributed the rise to the economic situation. “That is pretty typical in an economic downturn,” she said. “Whereas, when there is a hot job market, we have to work harder.” In the 2007 fiscal year, there were 976 enrolments in evening courses. In 2008, that figure jumped to 1871. Many general interest courses were shortened last year. “We decided it would be better for our students if we made courses more affordable by making them shorter,” Ms. Petersen explained. Daytime courses have been popular, too. In the

last 12 months, the campus ran 100 First Aid courses. Each were full and most had a waiting list. There were two full-time residential care programs last year – with 18 students in total – and 14 students enrolled in the nursing program. “There is a big demand for health courses,” Ms. Petersen said. “They are our hot sellers.” She has noticed the trend change since the recession began. “Certainly people are looking for ways to become more employable and updating their skills seems to be a way of doing that. “Since the downturn more people have come in who that day have found out they were laid off and asked what they can do to acquire skills to obtain other jobs,” she reported. Most of those people were from the hospitality industry, Ms. Petersen noted, though some were from forestry and construction.

The trend is noticeable at a regional level, too, according to Donna Kraus-Hagerman, College of the Rockies executive director of college relations and marketing. In the 2007 fiscal year, over its seven campuses, the college had 2118 post-secondary students enrolled. While the final figure for the 2008 fiscal year isn’t available, Ms. Kraus-Hagerman said “the expectation is the numbers will go up.” Adult Basic Education courses have been the most popular. “More people are looking to upgrade their skills. It is a precursor of people upgrading before they enrol in trades or health courses,” she said. That also means that trade and health courses have had to be increased to meet demand. “All vocational programs have increased,” Ms. Kraus-Hagerman said.

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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




Grade 2 student Alexa Hallgren, daughter of Mark and Kara Von Niessen of Invermere, is one of many students whose artwork will be shown at Art From the Heart, held at Pynelogs Cultural Centre until April 26th. Alexa’s piece, shown here, was chosen for the exhibit’s official poster . Photo by Cayla Gabruck


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Art From the Heart • Pynelogs Cultural Centre Art From the Heart: Part 5 · Open daily from 11 am to 4 pm.

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

Movie Review: Yes Man

Reviewed by Dave Sutherland

Yes Man is a warm-hearted comedy about a man who takes an unorthodox approach to dealing with depression. Stuck in a rut since his divorce and saddled with a dead-end bank job, Carl (Jim Carrey) finds himself constantly saying “no” to life. He dodges his old friends and avoids making new ones. He is testy with co-workers, surly with strangers, and avoids new experiences. Romance is definitely not on Carl’s horizon, since his idea of a good time is to stay home alone, watching DVDs and not answering his constantly ringing phone. Finally, his friends’ patience at an end, Carl is badgered by a manic acquaintance into attending a motivational seminar, conducted by a charismatic and sonorously voiced speaker named Terrence.

Terrence and his followers champion the transformative power of “Yes” and Carl reluctantly agrees to test their methods – to say yes to everything that he would normally say no to. Carl’s decision prompts an almost immediate and seemingly positive change in his life. He says yes to language lessons and flying lessons, yes to people who need bank loans, and yes to demands of money from a homeless man. His fortunes change. He becomes popular, regains the trust of his friends, gains a job promotion, and the possibility of romance looms. Everything is going as well as it could be, until the cumulative complications of so many yeses cause Carl’s life to spiral chaotically, and comically, out of control. Yes Man is a great showcase for the physical comedy of the rubber-faced Carrey. He gets to mug shamelessly, contort himself, engage in pratfalls and throw himself about, as only he can. He is joined by an able



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Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or Email us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

• Screening mammography program mobile service at the Radium Seniors’ Centre today and Wednesday. Call 1-800-663-9203 to book an appointment.

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you trained for the Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run on May 30th. For info: 250-342-2074. • UFC 97 and Ring Girl Tryouts at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Monday, April 20th: • 7:30 p.m.: Friends of Kootenay National Park AGM at Radium Visitor Centre.

• 7:30 p.m.: April 10-11: Paul Blart: Mall Cop • Closed from April 12-May 13.

• Deadline today for Windermere Valley Minor Baseball Association registration, available at www. For info: Jeff Armstrong at 250-342-7105. • Special opening event for Art From the Heart: Part 5 at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Show runs until April 26th.

Friday, April 10th:

Thursday, April 16th:

Thursday, April 23rd:

• Three-day Paragliding Easter Meet at Panorama starts today. For info: • 6-9 p.m.: Pauline Paquin exhibition opens at the Artym Gallery. Runs until April 23rd. • 5:30 p.m.: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s. Please call 250-342-7238 to reserve your spot. • DJ Brenzz at Bud’s Bar. For info: 250-342-2965.

• 6 p.m.: All those interested in planning an Earth Celebration with a focus on our watershed and Run of River projects meat at Hippichic Boutique. For info: • 7 p.m.: Official Kick Off for Columbia Valley Relay for Life at Copper Point Golf Course. This year’s relay will take place June 13th and 14th. Live entertainment, live and silent auction, door prizes, appetizers and cash bar. For more info: Lisa at 250688-4488 or Shonese at 250-347-2244. • 7 p.m.: Brisco and District Recreation Commission General Meeting at Brisco Community Hall. For info:

• 9 a.m.: Ministry of Forest S100 Fire Suppression free refresher course at Brisco Community Hall. For info:

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Saturday, April 11th: • 1 p.m. Spring clean-up at Galena cemetery and church. For info: 250-346-3001. • 3-6 p.m.: Opening reception for Flair! exhibition at Effusion Art Gallery. Elena Ilku’s oil and Sharon Quirke’s acrylic paintings shine with Flair! Exhibition runs until April 20th. • DJ Brenzz at Bud’s Bar. For info: 250-342-2965. • Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club Predator and Prey Shoot at Lake Lillian Archery Range. For info: 250-342-9033.

Sunday, April 12th: • 10 a.m.: Easter Egg Hunt at Windermere Hall. • Noon: Easter Egg Hunt at CastleRock Estates gazebo. For info: 250-341-6212. • The Kinsmen Easter Egg Hunt, which is usually held in Radium on Easter Sunday, has been cancelled because the forest thinning and burning treatments recently carried out in the area have made the site unsuitable and potentially unsafe for the Easter Egg Hunt this year.

Monday, April 13th-Tuesday, April 14th: • 7 p.m.: Anita Pearce ministering at Radium Christian Fellowship. For info: 250-347-9937.

Friday, April 17th: • 7 p.m.: Montreal Guitar Trio at Christ Church Trinity. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7:30 p.m.: Ben Atherton-Zeman and his performance, “Voices of Men – a One-Man Play Working to End Men’s Violence Against Women” at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Donations to the Women’s Services of the Family Resource Centre would be gratefully accepted at the door. NB: The performance includes scenes depicting violence against women.

Saturday, April 18th: • 26th Annual David Thompson Secondary School Big Band Dance. Tickets available from Dave’s Book Bar, Sears, and any senior band member. For info: Greg Constable at 250-342-9213, ext. 136. • Experienced Trail Runner Camp at Nipika Mountain Resort. Tips, yoga, lunch, Parks Canada presentation, cross-fit session and training schedule included to get

Tuesday, April 21st: • Quebec soul band Madcaps at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Friday, April 24th: • 4:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.: Ladies Night Out “Celebrating Women” at Pamper Yourself Spa. For info: 250-341-6266. • 5:30 p.m.: Crop Night at Scrappy-Do’s. Please call 250-342-7238 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, April 25th: • 10 a.m. to noon: Valley Pride Day, valley-wide cleanup day from Edgewater to Canal Flats, sponsored by Columbia Valley Service Clubs Alliance. For info: Steve at 250-342-3825 or Milt at 250-342-3353. • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Grand Opening of the Community Greenhouse. Guided tours, food for sale, prizes, expert gardeners’ advice. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. with Invermere and Windermere Children’s Choir. For info: 250-342-0539. • Columbia Valley Cycling Society Bike and Gear Swap at Invermere Community Centre. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Drop your gear. 1-4 p.m.: Come and buy gear. 4-5 p.m.: Come get your unsold gear. For info: www. • Swollen Members at Bud’s Bar. For info: 342-2965.

Sunday, April 26th: • 5 p.m.: Pajama Party at Lake Windermere Alliance Church, Invermere for girls aged 12 to 17. Special guest Charmaine Champion, recording artist and speaker. Cost is $35, including food and drink, concert, speaking session and free gift.

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Artists use flair for Effusion show Submitted by Jessica Pignataro Effusion Art Gallery Elena Ilku’s oil and Sharon Quirke’s acrylic paintings shine with flair! Flair is a natural ability to do something creative and artistically well with unique style. These ladies embody this definition through distinctive artistic styles. Both residents of B.C., they will be highlighted April 11th to 20th at Invermere’s Effusion Art Gallery. Elena Ilku’s powerful yet elusive work intrigues the eye with a masterful balance of abstraction and the figurative, achieving unity with colour and form. Her Ukrainian birth and a prestigious arts background from institutions in the U.K. and France have contributed to her style, which stirs delicate emotions with strength. Sharon Quirke has broad appeal with her bold, muscular brush strokes, fluidity and vibrant colours that take you beyond the canvas boundaries. From the Pacific rainforests to floral gardens, she portrays her passion in the beauty of our natural landscape and its inter-connectedness. With an accomplished arts career, she continues to find and express joy in the poetry of details. Elena and Sharon share some insight into their creative influences and philosophy. Elena spends days, sometimes months of preparation before transferring an image onto canvas. Ideas filter their way into her paintings: “The beauty of the world endlessly surprises me every day.”

Her artistic influences range from Toulouse-Lautrec to Gustav Klimt, Giorgio Armani and Peter Greenaway. Her late grandmother and mother “taught her to see and understand the beauty in everything.” Raised in a creative home, Elena would prefer museums and theatres to play time with other kids. She always knew she would be an artist. Sharon’s creative experience is slightly different. In her studio under a towering cedar tree she is “away from the energy and verve of teaching, away from the movement and demands of home and heartland.” Quiet, she says, allows the painting process to unfold. She recalls an early artistic awareness as a child on Prince Rupert’s north coast when cedar trees would sway in the wind outside her bedroom window. “I remember the movement and the contrast . . . the variety of greens.” She invites the natural world to inspire her, painting what she knows, be it alleyway or backyard, sea to forest. She uses strictly acrylic paint and canvases built by master craftsman Ian Thomson, who mills the first growth of the fragrant western red cedar which he collects locally from beaches on the Sunshine Coast. She knows her work is done “when there is no part of the canvas unpainted, unexpressed . . . and the painting speaks clearly with one message.” Join us for the Flair! opening reception on Saturday, April 11th from 3-6 p.m. For more information, visit: www.

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Her paintings feature the lives and antics of children – watching them play, enact dramas and The Artym Gallery converse with each other. is very pleased to present Full of action, spontanean exhibition of works by ity and creativity, Pauline’s well-known Quebecois work invokes the feeling artist Pauline Paquin. of watching the kids of The exhibition opens today and remembering on Friday, April 10th at ourselves as the children 10 a.m. and everyone is of yesterday. To help reininvited to attend the eveforce this feeling, Paquin ning reception from 6-9 is renowned for painting “C’est qui un gros nuage” by Pauline Paquin. p.m. This exhibition will her figures without faces, remain on the walls at the so that the viewer can enArtym until April 23rd. Although Pauline is unable to vision people from their own life in her work. Pauline attend this show, the gallery will have over 25 of her creates paintings that viewers can relate to on several original paintings. levels and captures a narrative moment that the viewer Pauline’s work has been featured on Canadian doesn’t just see, but can also participate in. postage stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary Pauline works in oil, but will use paper and collage of UNICEF, she has illustrated a children’s book enti- in her work to create pattern and texture. Her bright tled “Carry Me, Mama” (authored by Monica Devine colours and enthusiastic brush strokes help to create and published in 2001), and there are even puzzles a mood of joyous innocence that so many collectors featuring images of her paintings (check Monkey’s find appealing. Paquin’s work has received acclaim and Uncle). praise from critics and collectors alike and her pasAlways prone to drawing, it was only after she sionate depictions of the joy, creativity and abandon met and married her husband that she began to paint of childhood ensure successful exhibitions of her work in earnest. After painting with her neighbour Marcel across Canada and North America. Fecteau (a well-known landscape painter), she found Take this opportunity to experience the work of a her footing as an artist and created her own unique well-known acclaimed Canadian artist in Invermere. style and approach, which is now recognizable across If you can’t make it to the gallery, you can see all of the Canada and North America. new work online at Submitted by Deanna Berrington Artym Gallery

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Birds need houses too... Birdhouse Building Workshop at the Community Greenhouse, for all ages. Birdhouse structure built by the DTSS Woodworking class. Use recycled material to customize this home for birds! Finished house will be exhibited at Pynelogs Cultural Centre during the Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival. Viewers Choice Awards in two categories. All birdhouses will then be permanently displayed throughout the community.

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April 11th – 20th

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Television providers explain digital shift By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff As the United States makes the switch from analog to digital television, many people north of the border are wondering what – if anything – will change on our TV sets. The short answer is: nothing. The only folks who might be affected are those who don’t have cable or satellite TV. If you use an antenna and are able to pick up an American television station, then that signal will disappear after June 12th, 2009. “If you don’t have cable and you are picking up a U.S. signal, it will go off air. You will still see Canadian signals,” said Cam Kernahan, vice president of operations for Shaw Communications. Meanwhile, Canada will change over to digital television in August 2011. Currently, over-the-air television signals are delivered via analog, which means it is delivered using radio signals. When over-the-air changes to being digitally de-

livered, the signal will come in a stream of bits. As well as offering better picture and sound quality, digital television frees up airwave space, so that other services, including police, fire and ambulance, can use the airwaves. When the switch happens here, it will mean little

“If you don’t have cable and you are picking up a U.S. signal, it will go off air. You will still see Canadian signals.” – Cam Kernahan, Shaw Cable change for Canadian TV watchers. Cable subscribers will continue to receive television as they always have. “If you are on Shaw cable, you have nothing to worry about,” said Mr. Kernahan. He explained that Shaw converts digital signals to analog itself, before relaying that signal into homes us-


ing coaxial cable, rather than over the air. Local telecommunications company Nanofibre plans to launch its television service in mid-summer. Managing Partner Mark Halwa explained that Nanofibre TV will be entirely digital, so the transition will not effect its subscribers. Also, satellite subscribers will see no change in their service. But some unsubscribed television viewers will need to take action in order to continue receiving a signal. If your television has a digital tuner, it will accept the new signals. However, older televisions may not have a digital tuner, and then you’d need to buy a digital converter box. “The simplest solution would be to hook up to cable,” said Mr. Kernahan. “As a bonus, you will have lots of flexibility and choice and access to great technology.” More information on the digital conversion can be found at ca02319.html.

177 BC SCHOOLS CLOSED 10,000 OVERCROWDED CLASSES SPECIAL NEEDS NEGLECTED The current provincial government promised to fix class-size problems for BC students and improve support for children with special needs. But things are worse today. Too many students in our community are still waiting for the support they need. And this September, students and parents should brace for more cuts because this government’s budget failed to make public education a priority.

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Candidates respond to the issues Question 4, four weeks to go: Based on your conversations with voters during this election season, what have you identified as the single most important issue we are facing today? Mark McKee, Revelstoke, Liberal Party The number-one election issue is the economy and jobs. People, more than ever, are concerned about what the future holds for them, their children and their grandchildren. They are asking what we are doing now and what we will be doing in the future to ensure economic stability. They draw comfort from the fact that British Columbia now has the lowest tax rates in Canada, as opposed to the highest in North America, which was the case under the previous NDP governments. They see the accelerated infrastructure projects coming along and know that these will not only create jobs but improve our highways, bridges, parks, airports, hospitals, municipalities and the other things that we need now and in the future.  They see a re-invigorated relationship with the federal government, a relationship that wasn’t there with the NDP. This partnership brings real federal dollars to some of our infrastructure projects. 

People know we are concerned about our economy and are doing something about it, but not at the cost of future generations. The BC Liberals are seen as fiscally responsible, just the way everyday British Columbians are with their own households and small businesses.  We are in tough economic times and they will get tougher, but deep down our people know who has the wherewithal to manage this province and make a positive impact in rural communities. Norm Macdonald, Golden, New Democratic Party Since my return to the constituency following the end of the last Legislative session, I have spent the majority of my time knocking on doors and attending meetings with voters. I have had the opportunity to ask voters of all political stripes what is on their minds. The most common sentiment that I hear is that Premier Campbell’s view of the province does not, in any way, match our reality. I hear that Premier Campbell doesn’t understand

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rural British Columbians. This total indifference to rural communities is evident in so many crucial areas. Whether it be a lack of action on forestry, the abandonment of seniors, the removal of our ability to make decisions for ourselves, or the giveaway of our rivers, people tell me that the root cause is that Premier Campbell doesn’t care. The BC Liberal’s campaign slogan is “Keep BC Strong”. But eight years of BC Liberal rule has weakened the economy in rural communities and made our communities less resilient. Throughout our province’s history, the wealth of this province has been generated in rural British Columbia. Successive Social Credit and NDP governments have understood this, and have worked to protect our rural way of life. Rural residents don’t expect more than their fair share, but they won’t support a government that has implemented policy after policy that has benefitted only the Premier’s corporate friends and political donors. We have watched as our tax dollars are spent on the Premier’s pet projects in Vancouver while services to rural communities have been cut. People in this area deserve a government that will value our contribution, who will respect the rural way of life, and who will be good stewards of our environment and our resources. People tell me that the Campbell Liberals have failed rural British Columbians on every count.

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How to be a better buy-and-hold investor A lot of investors talk about the “buy-and-hold” approach, without thinking all that much about what it actually means to be a buy-and-hold investor. True, buy-and-hold is a simple strategy to understand. Instead of actively trading an investment, jumping in and out according to market news, you buy and you hold it. The market goes up, and you keep holding it. The market goes down, and you keep holding it. The market goes back up, and you keep holding it. This strategy can be difficult in today’s media-driven world and volatile stock markets. But just because buy-and-hold is simple to implement doesn’t mean it’s a simple strategy. Before you put the buy-and-hold strategy to work in your portfolio, you have to know what you’re doing. With that in mind, here are some quick tips on how you can be a better buy-and-hold investor. Insist on quality Buy-and-hold only works if you buy quality. So before you invest your money, invest the time and research your investment thoroughly. Read the annual reports or prospectus before you buy. Know what you own, and get comfortable with it. Whether you’re buying an individual stock or a mutual fund, insist on quality management. This is the best way to make sure what you’re buying is actually worth holding over the long term.

Choose “tortoises” over “hares” Remember the old story about the tortoise and the hare — how “slow and steady” wins the race? The same lesson can be applied to buy-and-hold investments. Buy-and-hold works best with “slow and steady” investments: conservative, well-managed companies operating in mature industries that have strong balance sheets. It works less well with speculative, high-growth, high-risk investments and deeply cyclical stocks – the “hares” of the market. Maintain your discipline No matter how well you do your homework, no matter how capable the management team, all investments suffer periods of underperformance. Your buyand-hold investments will be no different. In fact, how well you can maintain your investment discipline during periods of underperformance may well determine how well buy-and-hold works for you. If you’re inclined to make changes to your portfolio when volatility strikes, then buy-and-hold may not be an appropriate strategy. Understand mark-to-market pricing Mark-to-market pricing in the stock market refers to evaluating a portfolio on any given day based on the market price of the stocks, bonds or mutual funds. While mark-to-market evaluation is important, we all know that in volatile markets this pricing system can

give strange results. All you have to do is remember that Nortel was valued in the mark-to-market world at over $100 a share in 2000. Did that mean that Nortel was really worth $100 per share in assets and future profits? Stocks, bonds and mutual funds will run up in price and run down in price based on short-term market psychology and does not always reflect a true valuation of what you own. Paying too much attention to mark-to-market pricing in the short-term versus the long-term will prove difficult to buy-and-hold investors. Make changes when necessary That said, buy-and-hold doesn’t mean “never sell.” If it’s clear that the fundamentals of your investment have deteriorated, or the investment no longer fits in with your long-term financial plan, or you’ve simply made an error in your assessment of company management, by all means, sell. Far better to make a change than to hold on to an investment you’re just not comfortable with. Work with a professional No matter how good an investment strategy is, it’s no substitute for professional advice. Whether you’re just starting or a seasoned veteran, the best way to use the buy-and-hold strategy is to work with an experienced advisor who can show you which investments are worth buying and holding for the long term.

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Volunteers of the year named By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Paul Stewart of Fairmont Hot Springs and Warner Einer of Brisco were named Volunteers of the Year by the regional district for Areas F and G. Area G Director Gerry Willkie said Mr. Einer was nominated by Heidi Trescher of Brisco for his work as a community organizer, in particular as president of the Brisco and District Recreation Society. “Warner Einer was instrumental in the building of the new community hall,” Mr. Willkie commented. “Also, in leading the community acquisition and preservation of the historic Galena Church and Cemetery property and the Brisco United Church property.” Area F Director Wendy Booth said

Mr. Stewart was nominated by a group of a dozen individuals, led by Elisabeth Usher, for a long list of leadership roles and community involvement, including the Fairmont Community Association, Fairmont Fire Department Board, Fairmont Mens Golf Club and the Fairmont Parks and Trails committee. “I’m grateful that Paul lives in our community and his generosity of his time and expertise over the years on so many different levels is very much appreciated,” Director Booth said. “There are many worthy candidates for this award in our community and we wouldn’t be here today without the effort and contribution that volunteers provide. I’m honoured and proud that Paul Stewart is the 2009 Volunteer of the Year.” Mr. Einer and Mr. Stewart will be honoured at ceremonies in May.

Kinsmen Home Show selling fast By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Organizers of this year’s Kinsmen Home and Recreation Show—which moves into Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere from May 8th9th—are reminding businesses that time is running out to book your booth. According to Kinsman Kelly Love, the show is already half booked. The Home Show is the Kinsmen Club’s big annual fundraiser and helps support cystic fibrosis and other Kinsmen Club causes. Mr. Love announced that this year’s feature entertainer is Swanee of Banff, who will provide family entertainment centred on the bass and harmonica. Swanee will be emceeing the show as

well as staging scheduled performances. Also, he said, there will be few “special guests” appearing beside Swanee. “It’s good stuff for adults and good stuff for the kids,” he said. The Kinsmen have selected the Youth Action Team as its partner for this year’s silent auction. The Youth Action Team stands up against drug and alcohol use and promotes healthy choices for teens. The team will be raising money to attend a conference in Prince Edward Island. Contact Shelley Chaney, the drug and alcohol prevention worker at David Thompson Secondary School, to donate items. Businesses wanting to book a booth at the Kinsmen Home Show can phone or fax 250-341-3314.

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Moondance to open retail store “The product met all of our requirements, so we said to Dell that we wanted it,” Mark explained. You know the sinking feeling you “Dell is excited to have someone in get when your computer goes on the Canada to offer this.” fritz and you have absolutely no idea And the service is not out of reach what’s wrong with it? for valley businesses. The people at Moondance Technol“I’m particularly excited to be able to ogy had that feeling in mind when they deliver services to small businesses that signed up with Dell to become the only are usually only available to businesses certified provider of its management serwith million-dollar budgets,” Mark said. vices in Canada. Moondance is expanding in other It’s innovative stuff. Businesses sign ways, too. In the spring, they will open a up for a small monthly fee, then Moonstore in Parkside Place, Invermere. Here dance’s server will remotely provide supcustomers can purchase computers and port and maintenance for the business’s accessories, “all the technology that you computers. You don’t need to buy the can get at the bigger stores,” Mark said. software yourself – the computer simply You can drop off troubled machines to “borrows” Moondance’s access. be repaired, or talk to a technician about “Their equipment checks in with ways to protect your computer. our server periodically and says, ‘Do “We are opening the facility to have you have any tasks for me to do?’ The Left: Mark Bowen, owner and systems engineer. Right: Dieter Soellner, field technician. a conversation point for people who have server might say, yes, and run online vicomputers they need worked on,” Mark rus protection, or back-up the system,” said. explained Mark Bowen, owner of Moondance TechAnd Moondance will continue to move with the The business has expanded since then, and it nology. “It is exciting to be involved in such an in- even won Business of the Year in 2006, awarded by times. novative service that provides worry-free computing,” the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Now, “This new technology will allow us to log into a he added. Moondance has a staff of four and offers a full range computer remotely even if it is powered off. We will be Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Mark and of technical assistance. able to connect in, turn the computer on, diagnose the his wife Allison moved to Invermere in 1999 and Last year, Mark heard that Dell was compet- problem, and turn it off again. It is very powerful and started the family business. With his background as a ing with Hewlett-Packard and IBM to purchase the definitely the way of the future in terms of computer computer engineer for Hewlett-Packard, Mark quickly cutting-edge technology that allows remote comput- servicing.” picked up contracts to maintain Invermere and Gold- er maintenance. When Dell “beat the others to the For more info, call Moondance Technology at en hospitals’ networks. 250-341-1114. punchline,” Mark saw his chance. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO THE COMPTROLLER OF WATER RIGHTS UNDER THE WATER UTILITY ACT AND THE UTILITIES COMMISSION ACT NOTICE is hereby given by Parr Utilities Ltd. that an application has been made to the Comptroller of Water Rights for: A Certicate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the proposed construction and operation of a waterworks distribution system to serve residents in the area of District Lot 1093, Kootenay District. Any person wishing further information in connection with this application should apply directly to Parr Utilities Ltd., PO Box 121, Athalmer BC V0A 1A0. Any objections to this application are to be forwarded to the Deputy Comptroller of Water Rights, Water Utility Act, PO Box 9340 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9M1, to be in the Deputy Comptroller’s hands on or before April 29, 2009. Parr Utilities Ltd.


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Windermere District Historical Society to host Potato Talk Submitted By Dorothy Blunden Windermere District Historical Society Did you know that in 1884 Francis Patrick Armstrong built two bateaux (flat-bottomed vessels) to transport potatoes down the Columbia River for sale in Golden? And did you know that potatoes have been an important part of the agricultural history in our valley since that time? The April 17th meeting of the Windermere District Historical Society will feature “Potato Talk” to celebrate the completion of the Restoration Tyme project. This project, sponsored by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, has allowed the museum — mainly Dave Lewis — to repair, paint, and restore numerous pieces of farm machinery which were used in the potato industry in the Windermere Valley. These pieces will be on display in

the Wagon Shed until a new site is developed. As well, at that meeting, members of the Historical Society will have their first look at a new display in Jaryl’s Parlour – upstairs in the main building. April and May are spruce-up, cleanup months at the museum. If you would like to get involved, give Marg Christensen a call at the museum at 250-342-9769. She’ll be glad to hear from you. The museum plans to hire two individuals for the summer months. If you have a young person in your family who is returning to school in the fall (post secondary or high school) and, who has an interest in history or tourism, likes working with children, has good computer skills, can follow directions and doesn’t mind a bit of cleaning, please encourage him or her to drop off a resume at the museum. Summer is fast approaching. Remember: Friday, April 17th, 2 p.m. at the museum for the monthly meeting, and have a Happy Easter!


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Barb Smith of BJS Accounting celebrates five years in business said. “I started to get bored and I thought, ‘What a great time to finish my CGA!’” She and her family spent six years in Rocky MounBarb Smith of the firm Barb J. Smith CGA/BJS tain House. During that time, she was employed with Accounting is celebrating five years in business — and Heywood, Holmes & Partners, Chartered Accounloving every minute of it. tants. Today, her passion for accounting remains as “It’s been a great journey, I absolutely loved it. strong as it was when she first began. And we are still growing — which is always impor“I really love what I do; it is my passion,” she said. tant,” Barb said. “I am so fortunate that I wake up every day and get to Barb founded her own firm in 2004, nine years go to a job I love.” after she moved to Invermere with her family from That passion, combined with the fact that she Rocky Mountain House, worked her way to the Alberta. The family — top, may be what has Barb, her husband Darrell made Barb so successful and their two children, in her career. Olivia, 17, and Daniel, 12 “I started out as a – moved here after Darrell technician and, as a ‘tech’, took a job with the B.C. I was working with the government working for clients most of the time,” the forest service. she said. “So I grew to She spent her first understand the clients’ few years in the Columneeds, which makes it bia Valley working in the much easier to work with accounting field as an acthem now.” counting technician to Today, she is doing various businesses. her part to ensure that “I always wanted to aspiring accountants get Barb Smith opened BJS accounting five years ago. have my own firm,” Barb the same quality training said. “It was a natural proshe did. Barb currently gression for me. I was very fortunate because, in my employees six female technicians at BJS Accounting, previous work with other accountants, I was allowed making it a completely woman-powered business. to be in a senior position — that made opening my “At the beginning of my career, in 1986, I would own firm easy.” have said being a woman hindered me in this field, but Barb’s love affair with accounting goes back to her definitely not now,” she said. “I think it might even early years. be a big plus. Women are easy to talk to; they’re great “When I was in high school, I loved anything with communicators. numbers — that’s when I decided I wanted to be an “People understand their financial situation when accountant,” she said. they leave here and I think that’s great!” After high school, Barb began her post-secondBarb’s client base is composed of mostly locals, but ary ventures. She spent two years at Red Deer College she also serves some Albertans and even a few people and two years in Edmonton, graduating from Business out of the country, in places as far away as the United Administration at Grant MacEwan College. She spent Kingdom and Singapore. four more years in the city gathering experience in the As for the spiralling economy, Barb said from her accounting field before moving to Rocky Mountain point of view things are already getting better. House. She began her quest to be a Certified General “I can already see improvement since last fall and if Accountant in 1991, while on maternity leave with it keeps going like this, I think we will be okay here.” her first child, Olivia. For more information on the services available at “She was a good baby. She slept all the time,” she BJS Accounting, contact Barb at 250-342-8304. By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff


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Kick-Off Party OPEN YOUR HEART—Norm Gagatek, who is recovering from a stroke, will be the subject of a benefit dinner and dance in May. Photo submitted by Kim Harris

Party for Norm in May By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Invermere resident Norm Gagatek will be given a helping hand in May at a benefit called Open Your Heart and Party for Norm. Norm has been in hospital since suffering a stroke last July. Now the Friends of Norm Gagatek will host a fundraiser to help pay for his care. He is currently in hospital in Cranbrook, but his medical team hope to move Norm to Invermere hospital as soon as he’s up to the move. “He’s doing excellent,” said friend Jill Pawlyshyn. “We visited him yesterday for four and a half hours.” Norm’s fiancée, Kimberley Harris, gave birth to their first child together, Quinn, on January 5th. Kim has anoth-

er son, Braeden. Everyone is invited to Invermere Community Hall on May 2nd for a dinner and dance. Come at 6 p.m. for cocktails, and a prime rib dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Live and silent auctions will be held, and guests can buy hearts at the door. Open the heart to find out if you have won a prize, then turn it over a write a message for Norm on the back. The hearts will then be used to decorate Norm’s hospital room. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Essentials Department Store and Home Hardware in Invermere. You can also order tickets or donate items for the auctions by contacting Rick Magri at 250-342-3110, Shawn Verge at 250-342-1023 or Jill Pawlyshyn at 250-342-8322.

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Easter eggs reach a whole new level By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff When Silena Ann Ewen of Invermere decided to decorate eggs at Easter two years ago, she never dreamed that the simple holiday craft would evolve into her artistic passion, not to Silena Ann Ewan mention a part-time job. Of course, the way Silena decorates eggs isn’t simple at all. Hours of work and intricate detail go into every single pysanka, better known to many as Ukrainian Easter eggs. “I hadn’t done it since I was 10 years old,” she said. “Being Ukrainian myself, I thought it would be neat to focus in on one of the aspects of my heritage that had been lost. “I just love the small detail work it involves. It really gives me a chance to focus and channel myself into every minute detail.” Each egg takes Silena around six hours to complete using the traditional “batik method”. She begins by dipping a small type of stylus, called a kitska, into piping hot beeswax. Then she proceeds

to draw her design using the beeswax onto the fresh egg. Once the wax has cooled, she dips the egg into the lightest color of dye that she plans to use. The process is then repeated, working in linear fashion from lightest colour to darkest. “Many of my contemporary designs are also inspired by East Indian Mehndi design, which I used to do a lot of in the summer when I was younger,” she said. “Oddly enough, it lends itself very well to eggs!” That said, in order to perfect the traditional eggs, Silena spent many hours researching the popular folk art. “I did a lot of reading to fully understand the history and the symbolism behind the pysanky,” she said. “I really wanted to honour it.” That is why each egg that she sells comes with a book explaining the meanings of the symbols she has incorporated into each design. Once the simple grocery-store egg is transformed into a beautiful work of art, Silena burns off the wax using a candle and blows out the inside of the egg. She does this with a seven-dollar hand pump she purchased off the internet. So far, she said, there has been amazing response to her eggs. “The feedback has been really positive,” she said. “The community is so supportive of the arts in general.”

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Silena moved to Invermere in July of last year from Fort St. John after her husband Mike took a job with Focus Corporation. “We spent four years in Fort St. John and it just wasn’t our type of town, so we were casually looking for somewhere to move,” Silena said. “So one day Mike came home and said, ‘Do you want to move to Invermere?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ and that was that.” But the big move also meant that Silena left a fulltime job teaching art and drama at a school in Fort St. John. Always positive, she decided that this was a perfect opportunity to work with art on a more fulltime basis. In December she was accepted into the Village Arts Cooperation and already is struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for psyanky. She is also in the process of completing more pysanky for inclusion in a line she fondly refers to as the “Babushka Babes,” eggs inspired by the Matryoshka nesting dolls of Eastern Europe. She is also working on a line of eggs for the upcoming Wings Over the Rockies bird festival. Silena’s eggs range in price from $7 to $100. She also does commission work. Visit or for more, or see her work for yourself at Village Arts, located at 1045A 7th Avenue, Invermere.

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Fairmont villas in trouble By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Fairmont Resort Properties has entered “credited protection” as it tries to deal with a $60 million debt. The company owns nine resorts in British Columbia, Nevada, Hawaii, Florida, Mexico and Belize. It has 400 direct and indirect employees, with 23 of those in its Fairmont Hot Springs sales office. In Fairmont, the company owns Fairmont Vacation Villas, which consists of 250 time-share apartments. Valley residents will recognise them as the white buildings with red roofs on the west side of the highway, and the brown building beside the airport. Murray Moore, chief financial officer of Fairmont Resort Properties, told The Pioneer, “On March 30th, Fairmont Resort Properties was made subject to creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. This process allows the company the opportunity to present a plan to restructure its obligations to the benefit of all stakeholders, including secured and unsecured creditors, employees and customers.” Fairmont Resort Properties entered the arrangement on March 30th when it was unable to make loan payments, operational payments or fulfil its payroll ob-

ligations. The company’s loans total $60,694,167.60. It has until the end of April to present a financial restructuring plan or it will enter receivership. “At this time, it is not expected that we will have a plan completed by then,” Mr. Moore said. However, Mr. Moore reassured the owners of time-share leases in Fairmont. “Fairmont time-share owners are not affected by this arrangement and continue with the rights they acquired at the time of their purchase,” he said. The time-share leases are for periods of 40 years, with the first leases being signed in 1989. Also, the Fairmont villas are managed by an independent company, Riverside Villa Management, which Mr. Moore said “is also not subject to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act order.” Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is not related to Fairmont Resort Properties in any way and is in a healthy financial state. “We are just next door neighbours to these people,” said vice president of development Richard Haworth. David Dupont, general manager of Mountainside Villa Management, also stressed that it is not involved with Fairmont Resort Properties. “Mountainside Villa Management isn’t associated with Fairmont Resort Properties whatsoever,” he said.

READY, SET, LEARN Children born in 2005 and 2006 and their parents/guardians are invited to your local elementary school Please check specific dates and times for each school below

Enjoy…… • story time • parent information session • snack, • meet teachers and early childhood specialists All children will receive a special book and parents will receive a resource kit Eileen Madson Primary School; Tuesday, April 14, 1:00 p.m. Register by phoning: 250-342-9543 Windermere Elementary School; Wed., April 22, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Register by phoning: 250-342-6640 Eileen Madson Primary School; Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. Register by phoning: 250-342-9315 Martin Morigeau Elementary School; Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. Register by phoning: 250-342-5665 To assist with planning, please advise the school if your child has any food allergies Sponsored by: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Ministry of Health Services Hosted by: School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) in partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

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Funding will power eight projects By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Federal and provincial government gave the green light to eight local municipal projects on Saturday. MP Jim Abbott and B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Bill Bennett visited Invermere and Radium to announce $2.5 million in government funding for a swath of priority items. See Page 3 for the full story. Expect to see these projects started this year.

The District of Invermere

• The revitalization of 7th Avenue between 6th and 9th Streets. Amount received: $400,000. Fund: Towns for Tomorrow. Linked to Pothole Park, the project includes widening the road and covering it with an asphalt overlay, intersection improvements at 6th Street, sidewalks, ornamental street lights and plant baskets. Work could start within six months; however the district still needs to come up with another $600,000 to meet the estimated cost. • The Westside Pathway system. Amount received: $198,966. Fund: Local Motion. The pathway will extend existing sidewalks and

trails on 13th Avenue, Stark Road, 15th Avenue and 13th Street. A fitness trail loop will be created between all three schools, including 10 fitness stations. Between 13th and 7th Avenue, a dedicated cycleway will be laid out and sidewalks will be improved. The estimated total cost is $480,000, so the province needs to provide another $281,000. • Beautification of Invermere parks. Amount received: $40,000. Fund: Trees for Tomorrow. Approximately 150 trees will be planted in six spots: at the entranceway to Invermere at the Athalmer bridge; near Dairy Queen in Athalmer; at Mount Nelson Athletic Park; around David Thompson Secondary School’s track; at Pothole Park; and at Kinsmen Beach.

Regional District of East Kootenay

• The upgrade of Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Amount received: $375,000. Fund: Towns for Tomorrow. Wheelchair access to the second floor and the replacement of the concrete surface beneath the ice are the top priorities for this project. • Studies of Timber Ridge and Windermere water systems. Amount received: $20,000. Fund: Infrastructure Planning.

“The Timber Ridge and Windermere studies will assess the option to retrofit the existing distribution systems or receive bulk treated water from Windermere Water and Sewer Company,” said Brian Funke, manager of engineering services at the regional district.

The Village of Radium Hot Springs

• A new fire hall. Amount received: $400,000. Fund: Towns for Tomorrow. As reported in last week’s Pioneer, Radium will build a new fire hall to replace its smaller facility. A design and layout is currently being determined and the village hopes to break ground this summer. • Sidewalk along Columbia Avenue. Amount received: $20,000. Fund: Local Motion. Also announced in the Pioneer last week, the village will build a 300-metre stretch of sidewalk parallel to the highway and The Springs Golf Course on Columbia Avenue.

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• A sidewalk loop. Amount received: $243,000. Fund: Towns for Tomorrow. The village will construct an asphalt sidewalk in a loop along Burns Avenue, Shaughnessy Street, Beatty Avenue and Grainger Road.




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Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land FrontCounter BC Cranbrook has accepted an application made by 391043 Alberta Ltd. of Canal Flats, BC, on behalf of the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB), Kootenay Region, for an Inclusion under Section 80 of the Land Act for the purpose of access situated on Provincial Crown land near Revelstoke, BC and containing 0.0019 hectares more or less. The ILMB File Number that has been established for this application is 4404929. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Natural Resource Officer at FrontCounter BC, 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook B.C., V1C 7G1 or e-mail to: lwbc.cranbrook@victoria1. Comments will be received by FrontCounter BC until May 10, 2009. FrontCounter BC may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please refer to our website and follow the link to Crown Land Applications – Applications and Reason for Decision Database for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at Integrated Land Management Bureau regional office.

HOLE IN ONE — Sherry Larratt of Invermere aced the 7th hole at Copper Point Golf Club on opening day, Friday, April 3rd. Pictured here, from left to right, are Al Larratt, Dave Lister (Head Superintendent), Sherry Larratt, and Darren Ottenbreit (Head Golf Professional). Photo submitted by Brian Schaal, Copper Point Golf Club

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Community Greenhouse to host grand opening Submitted by Lin Steedman Community Greenhouse The community has been watching our Community Greenhouse grow, from the ground up, with help from over 200 pairs of hands. We celebrated and thanked the volunteers last fall at the Potato Palooza. Now we are getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of this amazing community faLin Steedman cility. The grand opening of the Community Greenhouse is going to be on Saturday, April 25th. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be guided tours of the facility, each hour, on the hour. Come and plant your own lettuce bowl and strawberry plant to take home, learn about the native plants that we are growing and meet the many people who have been involved in the project. The high school’s chef training class will be preparing food for sale. There will be experts there to answer questions about educational material and school gardens. There will also be expert gardeners available to answer questions by donation. We will be announcing the upcoming spring events and giving away draw prizes for community input. The official grand opening ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. with the Greenman, man of forest and rejuvination, cutting the ribbon to the entrance in the Community Greenhouse. The Invermere and Windermere Children’s Choir will be the first to sing to the plants and we are going to be planting a tree to mark this celebration (with a deer fence immediately following). If you drive, please park at the high school or college and walk down to the Community Greenhouse.

We welcome all of the community to join in the celebration of our grand opening. Come and check it out from the inside and see what we are growing!

Upcoming events at the Community Greenhouse Professional Development Day at the Community Greenhouse: On April 24th, the founder, Linder Peterat, and program manager, Stacy Friedman of the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project (founded in 2002) will join us for a “Learning from the Land” workshop. Participants will learn about the Landed Learning Project at UBC (, along with ways teachers can integrate sustainable food production, health and environmental topics into their curriculum. The workshop is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the cost is $40. Space is limited so if you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact Lin Steedman at or 250-342-0539.

Ladies Night Out WOMEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION s our Spring Theme Alliance Church April 27th – 7:00 p.m. Lisa Rohrick will share bout constructive changes her life and in the lives of women all over the world.

Tickets $800 each Contact Edna at 250-347-7750

Easter Celebrations Good Friday 2:15 p.m. The Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph’s Church, Radium 3:00 p.m. The Passion Service

Holy Saturday 10:00 p.m. Vigil at Canadian Martyr’s Church, Invermere

Easter Sunday 9:00 a.m. Canadian Martyr’s Church, Invermere 11:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s, Radium 2:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats

Attention volunteers If you have volunteered your time, expertise or materials and have not yet received a Columbia Valley Botanical Garden and DTSS water bottle, then please pick one up at The Cube (the old district office in the north-east corner of the Community Hall parking lot) by Friday, April 24th.

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Learn about green building initiatives Interested in learning about green building initiatives? Join us at the Community Greenhouse for a workshop on green roofs. The Living Roofs & Walls seminar with Geneviève Noel is on Sunday, April 26th, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact Lin Steedman at or 250-342-0539.

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Anyday you want! We’re open 7 days a week. Gift certiďƒžcates available.

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request for proposals

columbia basin water smart initiative Columbia Basin Trust is seeking proposals from qualified project teams to coordinate and manage all aspects of the Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative (CBWSI). The CBWSI is a multi-year project that is working to establish a comprehensive approach to Basin-wide reduction in domestic water consumption. The successful project team will work closely with CBT staff, the Water Conservation Steering Committee and other project partners. The Request for Proposals can be viewed online at or by contacting Heather Mitchell at 1.800.505.8998 or Deadline: April 27, 2009, 3:30 p.m. PST • 1.800.505.8998 •

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Eric Oddy builds ice climbing oddity By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff “The Natives call me the man with many dreams — but you got to have dreams or how would you get anywhere in life?” Like many Columbia Valley residents, Eric Oddy loves to take advantage of the recreational activities the landscape has to offer. But, then again, Eric Oddy isn’t your typical Columbia Valley resident. The 40-year-old father of four is a world-recordholding paraglider, avid outdoorsman and, to top it off, he has built a 70-foot-tall ice-climbing wall in his yard in Brisco. “I have always wanted to do something like this,” Mr. Oddy explained. “I am an adventure seeker, no doubt about it.” Eric first came to Canada when he was 12 years old. He moved from England with his father and his brother. The family first settled in Salmon Arm, living on a sheep farm owned by his uncle. Three years after migrating to Canada, the family moved to Barriere, British Columbia, where they settled on another farm. From there, they moved to Manitoba and then to Dawsons Creek. By this time,

Eric’s wilder side was starting to emerge. As a young man, he began to make a name for himself as a fearless rider on the junior bull-riding circuit. When he was 18, the family moved to Golden and Eric began work blasting and falling trees. Longing for a job with less travel, he got a job working with Brisco Wood Preservers. He met his wife Luraina seven years ago and now owns his own excavating company, Brisco Rocks and Excavating. Eric has four children – Emilio, 14, from a previous marriage, and his three children with Luraina, Bellavee, 5, Nevaeh, 2, and Sephira, 1. The couple is also expecting another child later this year. According to Luraina, building an ice wall is something very typical of Eric. “I am always wondering what he is going to do next,” she laughed. This isn’t the first year Eric has attempted to build a man-made ice-climbing wall. He spent the two previous winters “working out the bugs” and this year he couldn’t wait to get it started. “As soon as that temperature drops below zero it’s time to start making ice,” he said. Continued on next page . . .


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. . . Continued from last page Eric began constructing the wall in November, using only gravity to move water from Morris Spring through a half-inch garden hose down a steep, treefilled incline located on his 160-acre property. Almost every day since then, he has nursed the steadily growing giant, donning his gear, climbing its walls and adjusting the hose. “I really want people to be able to come here and climb the ice safely,” Eric said. “Most of the ice climbs in this area take a lot of work to get to; you can’t just pull off the road and climb. This way you can and it is a controlled area — there’s no class-one avalanche above you.”

His goal is to transform his property into a fullfledged adventure ranch, complete with cabins, paragliding, quadding, snowmobiling, mountain biking and of course, climbing. This, he said, will take some time. “Sure, I could go out and get investors and get it done right away,” he said. “But I want to do it all myself and that could take as long as five years.” So for now, Eric will continue to work by himself to achieve his dream, much to the delight of his young daughters. “I love it,” said Bellavee, Eric’s oldest daughter, when The Pioneer asked her about the ice wall. “It’s mine and my dad’s.”

ICE CLIMBING ODDITY — Clockwise from top left: it takes Eric Oddy less than 15 minutes to climb to the top of the 70-foot ice wall he built in his yard; Eric hangs from another smaller wall he built adjacent to the large one; although smaller, the adjacent wall offers its own challenges to climb; more than 40 feet above the ground, Eric has a perfect view of the surrounding Columbia Valley. But sightseeing occurs when he reaches his destination; until then, it’s total concentration.

Photos by Cayla Gabruck

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P ioneer C lassifieds ANNOUNCEMENT


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Connect to Your Own Power

Rocky Mountain Buffalo Now available at Grant’s Foods 503 – 7th Avenue

CHEERS: to Jason Botterill for winning the last 3 hockey tournaments in the valley and also being the MVP of those tournaments, Good on ya Sport!! KL & RM.

Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270.

2 bdrm basement suite w/ private entrance, all appliances, 5 mins from D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $950/month + util. References required, available April 1st , 403-874-0483.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 International Student Program

HOMESTAYS NEEDED School District No. 6 (Rocky Mt.) requires host families in Invermere to accommodate International students for David Thompson Secondary School immediately and also starting September 2009. Host families provide a family environment with a private bedroom, three meals a day, a study area, transportation assistance and high speed internet access. Remuneration of $600.00 per month per child is paid for hosting a student.We need your support now! Homestays are required to submit a criminal records check. If interested please contact Lori Sluth (Homestay Coordinator Invermere) at 250-346-3377

Obituary HANN – Sharon Louise Sharon Louise Hann passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2009 in Calgary, AB at the age of 60 years. Sharon will be lovingly remembered by Grace & Wilf Gedcke (mother & father), Eleanor Bemister (sister), Todd (nephew), Alan & Erin Hann and Ken & Cheri Hann (sons & daughters-in-law); Jake, Luke & Angela (grandchildren); Emily, Hannah and Alice Doherty honourary granddaughters; Peter, Lynn & Michael Bridge (beyond friends). Sharon was born in Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1968. She raised Alan and Ken in Invermere, returning to Calgary in 1986. A Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will be held at CANYON MEADOWS COMMUNITY CENTRE, 848 Cantabrian Drive SW, Calgary on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Don Rogers officiating. Everyone is asked to wear their Calgary Flames attire or any red in honour of Sharon’s love of the Calgary Flames. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the charity of your choice.

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Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium.

Pat Lynch’s 80th Birthday Open House Celebrating Pat Lynch’s (formerly Bryce) 80th Birthday! An Open House for family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. at the Seniors’ Hall. Please drop in to wish Pat a Happy Birthday!” EASTER EGG HUNT CANCELLED THIS YEAR The Kinsmen Easter Egg hunt, which is usually held in Radium Hot Springs on Easter Sunday has been cancelled because the forest thinning and burning treatments recently carried out on the area have made the site unsuitable and potentially unsafe for the Easter Egg hunt this year.

thank you

Dear family and friends

Thank you for going over the top for my beautiful 50th birthday surprise party. How blessed I am to have so many special people in my life. Special thanks to Corey, Christina, Justin, Shelley, Norma, Donna, Denise and of course my husband Vince. Mary (Cooper) Olsen The Wilmer Community Club was overwhelmed with the support for their fundraising garage sale. It was a huge success. Thank you to everyone for your donations! The WCC would also like to hold a flea market in June, if enough interest is generated. Please call 250-342-9470 by May 15th to book a table.

lost & found LOST: Border Collie, black & white male, small, fast, last seen in Brisco. Please call 250346-3036. FOUND: Apple iphone. Call 250342-0356.


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

Zehnder’s Local Beef (Free of antibiotics & growth hormones) Now available at Grant’s Foods 503 – 7th Avenue

380-square-foot garage available immediately. Great contractor location. Reduced to $300/month. Call Mom’s Upholstery, 250-342-0355.

Attention Contractors! Secure 20-foot storage container in fenced yard. Larger lots also available. Invermere Industrial Park. Call 250-342-2100 or 250346-3011. Panache Building, Invermere, BC. Beautiful building near public beach and walking distance to hundreds of condos in Canada’s most perfect fourseason town! 2400 feet on main, with two 1200-foot world-class apartments up. Perfect location for restaurant or retail. For info, call 250-342-5525.

shared accommodation Invermere, furnished new townhouse, centrally located, $435 + DD, utilities included, N/ S, N/P. Available May 1st , 250688-0726. 1 bdrm in 3 bdrm house in Invermere. $500/month, include all utilities, W/D, available April 15th 250-342-7248

suite for rent One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month, (250) 3456365 Fairmont Bungalows. Affordable accommodation in Radium. $425 and up. Call 250341-7022. Hillcrest Apartments, 1 bdrm $700. 2 bdrm $900, fully furnished, all utilities included. Call 250-341-1182. 2 bdrm + den/3rd bdrm, all appliances, 5 mins. from D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $1250/ month + util, references required, 403-874-0483.

2 bdrm suites available in Windermere, 2 blocks to beach, all appliances, $775/month & 1000/month, 403-241-8598 or email 2 bdrm suite in Panorama located on Greywolf Drive. Furnished, N/P, N/S, $1050/ month + DD, utilities included. Available immediately, 403502-0752. Large 1 bdrm basement suite in central Invermere, $725/month, utilities included, 250-3415027. Fairmont, bright walk-out basement. Fully furnished, 2 bdrm, full bath, full kitchen. $950 includes cable, internet, & utilities. Long-term, references required. Call after 4:30 pm, 250-688-0727. Basement studio in Westside Park, $600/month, utilities include, W/D. 1 year lease, avail. May 1st or June 1st , 250-2700422. Panorama 1 bdrm, fully furnished, walk-out basement suite + garage on Greywolf Dr. $1200/month includes utilities, W/D, 403-861-1800. Invermere large 2 bdrm, 2 bath, upper suite in Black Forest Heights. Large lot, 2 decks, N/S, N/P, available April 23rd , $1050/ month, utilities included, 250342-9770. Invermere basement suite available Apr 1st to Sept 1st . Semi furnished, good location, N/P, N/S, $575/month, cable, hydro, W/D included, 250-6880566.

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Private entrance, small detached suite, very quiet, good for single person, N/P, N/S, $575/month, hydro included, semi furnished. Available May 1st , 250-3427000.

Brand new 4 bdrm, 2 bath home in Edgewater, all appliances. Right price for right person. Leave message, 250-341-3225.

2 bdrm mobile home on 180 acres by the river, 10 mins, from Invermere, $800/month. Call 250-341-1577.

Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email

Wilder subdivision, 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath house, N/P, N/S, long-term rental only. References required, $1100.00 + utilities, 250-3422052.

Pinewood Radium, 1 bdrm, 1 bath, new, main floor, underground parking, storage, $695/month includes utilities, mature, N/S, N/P, 403-2399279.

Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 bath, facing lake, underground parking. Avail. May 1. Weekly, monthly or long-term. Call 403-561-0111.

Sable Ridge, Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath w/den, fireplace, A/C, granite, pool, 2 hot tubs, heated underground parking, $1,195/ month includes utilities, 403256-0694 or 403-650-5503.

Spacious 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, Willow View condo in Canal Flats. Beautiful 1000 sq. ft, newly built in 2007, in suite W/D, kitchen has 4 appliances, laminate flooring, 9’ ceiling on main floor. Furnished with dining set & futon. 10 min from Fairmont, 25 min from Invermere. Must see! $725 + utilities. Available May 1st , but can move in as early as Apr 16th . N/S, small pets negotiable. Call 403-873-8158, email

Radium, new 2 bdrm condo, fireplace, W/D on main floor, underground parking, N/S, references, $1000/month, 403328-2944, 403-892-2731 (cell).

Radium Condo for sale or rent, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den. Open to offers, 250-347-2252.

1 bdrm furnished basement suite, close to all amenities, quiet mature person, N/P, N/S, no parties, references, $700/ month + DD, utilities included, 250-342-9328. Radium 1 bdrm apartment, D/T location, $650/month. Call 250341-1577. 1 bdrm walk out basement suite, W/D, N/S, N/P, close to D/T Invermere and beaches. $600/ month, includes utilities and electricity, $300 DD, available May 1st , 250-342-7547.

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250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at “Available Now” Rockies West Realty Independently Owned & Operated

Windermere, Timber Ridge 1, 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, fully furnished & stocked, N/S, N/P, available Sept. 1st , $1400/month +util on 12 month lease. Call 403287-9968.

Radium, 2 bdrm trailer, fenced yard with out buildings, partially furnished, N/S, $1200/month, includes utilities, 250-3423841. Athalmer, 2 bdrm house, completely furnished, N/S, $1250/month includes utilities, 250-342-3841. Invermere cozy 4 bdrm, 2 bath, lake view, near schools, 5 appliances, hot tub, N/P, N/S, $1600/month + util. + DD. References required, available April 1st , 403-246-6680. 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, luxury ½ duplex w/ single garage. Fireplace, large deck, vaulted ceiling, 5 min. walking distance from Columbia Lake @ Spirits Reach. N/S, N/P , $1500/ month, +DD + Util. Available immediately 403-678-0245. Wilder 1500 sq.ft. 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, central A/C, fireplace, large yard, south balcony w/ great views, 2 blocks to beach, N/S, small pets okay. Avail. May 1st , $1250/month + util, 403287-1755.

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condo for rent Radium­-FULLY FURNISHED. Large windows & large deck, backs onto 13th hole of The Springs Golf Course. Available now, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow style in Eagle Crest Villas. Single car garage, 6-month minimum lease. $1,250 (includes condo fees) + utilities + DD, N/P, N/S. References required. 403-5192216 or 403-981-1551. 2 bedroom furnished & unfurnished condos, 5 appliances, garage, NS, NP. Were $1200 now $1000 + util, 250342-1475. Radium, 3 bdrm fully furnished villa, sleeps 10. Includes linens, dishes and free long distance. Available for short or long term lease starting @ $149/night, $1600/month long-term. 1403-617-1122

1 bdrm, full bath luxury condo in Sable Ridge, built in 2007. Fully furnished with Penthouse furniture, stocked with all amenities, full gourmet kitchen with all appliances, eating bar & dining table. Stone gas fireplace, queen bed, 2 TVs, DVD, 3rd floor patio, BBQ, insuite laundry, full use of outdoor hot tubs, pool & club house, underground heated parking & storage. Looking for long-term renter, $895/month, available immediately. Call Karen, 403-710-4448. To view pictures (photo gallery).


Lakeview Meadows townhouse. Over 1700 sq. ft. 2 bdrms up, fully finished basement, 2.5 bath, 6 appliances, gas fireplace, A/C, garage, access to private beach, tennis courts, rec center (indoor pool, gym). Avail May 1st , $1300/month + util. + DD. N/S, N/P, 250-341-3214 or 250688-0516.

CLOSE TO EVERYTHING. 3 bdrm townhouse across from Pothole Park. Includes W/D, dishwasher, 2 patios, garage. Available May 1st , $1200/month + util, 250342-3415. Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, quiet, pool, hot tubs, underground parking, storage, utilities incl, W/D, N/S, N/P, $1100/month. Avail. May 15th , 403-873-0073.


INVITATION TO TENDER POTHOLE PARK PHASE ONE SITE DEVELOPMENT (No. 0953.0077.02) Please be advised that the tender closing for the above noted tenders has been extended until April 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. local time. The opening of the tenders will take place at the office of the District of Invermere at the following address District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC

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POTHOLE PARK WASHROOM BUILDING (No. 0903) Please be advised that the tender closing for the above noted tenders has been extended until April 22, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. local time. The opening of the tenders will take place at the office of the District of Invermere at the following address District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Development Services, Rory Hromadnik at 250-342-9281 ext. 235

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P ioneer C lassifieds vacation rental Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 bath, facing lake, underground parking. Avail. May 1. Weekly, monthly or long-term. Call 403-561-0111. Sled Heads/ Skiers Special, furnished house, rent by the night or week. 20 mins. from your paradise, N/S, 250-3423841.

house for sale 2 bdrm, 2 bath, quiet area in Invermere, $395,000. No agents, 250-342-9446. Canal Flats 2006 Moduline home next to golf course. Mint condition, plenty of room for R.V. etc. Pad rental $225/ month. $119,000 OBO, 250349-5439 or 250-4214790. Email for pictures. HERITAGE RANCH HOUSE, completely renovated house on 2.5 acres located outside of Windermere, in Elkhorn Country Estates, an exclusive private gated community, one of only 11 estates included in phase one. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security system, working shutters, all services underground, furniture included, $485,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250342-1268. BEAUTIFUL FAIRMONT HOME WITH REVENUE SUITE. This 6 year old, 3300 sq.ft., 6 bdrm. home is located on Riverside Golf Course. Main floor: 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl. All stainless, beautiful views. Downstairs: 2 bdrm private entry suite, new kitchen,5 appl. Walk out to golf course. Double car garage, underground sprinklers, large driveway, a must see, $629,000. Call 250-342-7682 or email for photo’s bruce_terri@hotmail. com

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417 6th St. 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, Boat slip to rent for 2009 boating attached double garage, 100’ season on Lake Windermere. x 200’ lot, walking distance to Contact Linda, 403-519-9240. all amenities. Asking $450,000, pets 250-342-2802. House for Trade or Sale Wanted home in Columbia Valley to trade for new, modern, furnished house in Calgary, adjacent to Elks Golf Course and close to D/T. Call Ray 403-9203359

condo for sale Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, completely renovated, stainless steel appliances, very well furnished, indoor pool, beach, marina and tennis courts, $275,000, realtors protected, 403-703-8614.

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE Spectacular Private Gated Acreage One of only 10 prestigious 3 acre estate lots in this private community. On a hill with 360degree mountain views, minutes from Windermere beach. See Invermere. 250-3425367. Sunny South facing 59’ x 120 ‘ level lot, zoned R1MH in Canal Flats. Located on Spruce Avenue, between cedar fence and huge tree, $75,000, 250-342-7179. 8 acres of hay meadow. Beautiful mountain view with great building opportunity. Near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $425,000.00. Call 342-2802.


Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden 250-344-8447

2 female Shih Tsu/Chihuahua cross puppies. Born Jan. 28/09, 1st shots and Vet checks, $350 ea. 250-342-6200.

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Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales $160/bale. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617.

Older tandem trailer, 5000 lb. axels, new brakes, tires, paint, looking good, $2300, 250-3425264, leave message.

Lund 12’ aluminum fishing boat, w/oars, $800 firm, 250-3423058.

Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil 160/dump truck load, $70/ pick-up lad. Manure $100/pickup load. Call, 250-342-1268.




2006 Honda CR-R85-R, mint condition, 250-342-9025.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1993 Infinity J30-T, loaded, easy miles, mint condition. $2500, hell of a steal! 250-342-6890.


EMPLOYMENT POSTING Temporary Gardener (Maternity Relief for regular part time employee)

Gardener II Regular Part-Time

The District of Invermere has an opening for a Temporary Gardener Position within the Public Works Department. This position is for the relief of a full time employee on maternity leave and will be reviewed after five months.

This position is primarily focused on flowerbed planting and maintenance. Typical duties include designing and preparation of flowerbeds, gardening tasks involving the cultivation of a variety of flowers and plants in large garden areas, planting, weeding, fertilizing and pruning numerous varieties of plants, flowers, shrubs, bushes and trees and assisting with scheduling, training and supervision of parks staff.

This position is primarily focused on flowerbed planting and maintenance. Typical duties include designing and preparation of flowerbeds, gardening tasks involving the cultivation of a variety of flowers and plants in large garden areas, planting, weeding, fertilizing and pruning numerous varieties of plants, flowers, shrubs, bushes and trees and assisting with scheduling, training and supervision of parks staff.

The preferred candidate will possess Horticulture experience, must hold a Valid BC drivers license, WHMIS training and Muscular-Skeletal Injury Prevention training. In addition, the preferred candidate will possess a working knowledge of Work Safe BC regulations and safe work procedures. Applicants with exceptional knowledge and experience in safety practices are encouraged to apply. The preferred candidate will have the ability to work in a team environment, but with minimal supervision while being self-motivated. The preferred candidate will require excellent public relation skills. Applicants should have the ability to make independent decisions and be physically able to carry out work of a heavy manual nature in all weather conditions. This is a Regular Part Time position expected to commence May 01, 2009 and end October 10th, 2009. This position within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit and wages follow the 2009 Collective Hours 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday Hourly Rate: as of April 1, 2009 Probationary Period $22.92 Regular Part Time $23.61 Modified Work Week Weekend work is required @ an additional $0.27 per/hr Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: Grant Gyurkovits, Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District Of Invermere, P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Or via email to: Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009 Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

The preferred candidate will possess Horticulture Certificate(s) or equivalent experience. Valid BC drivers license, WHMIS training and Muscular-Skeletal Injury Prevention training. In addition, the preferred candidate will possess a working knowledge of Work Safe BC regulations and safe work procedures. Applicants with exceptional knowledge and experience in safety practices are encouraged to apply. The preferred candidate will have the ability to work in a team environment, but with minimal supervision while being selfmotivated. The preferred candidate will require excellent public relation skills. Applicants should have the ability to make independent decisions and be physically able to carry out work of a heavy manual nature in all weather conditions. This is a Temporary position expected to commence May 01, 2009 and end October 10th, 2009. This position within C.U.P.E. 2982 bargaining unit and wages follow the 2009 Collective Agreement. Hours 7:00 – 3:30 Monday – Friday Hourly Rate: as of April 1, 2009 Temporary Rate $23.95 Modified Work Week Weekend work is required @ an additional $0.27 per/hr Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resumes to: Grant Gyurkovits, Engineering & Infrastructure Supervisor District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 Or via email to: Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009

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2001 Ford F150 Ltd. 7700 series, super cab, complete tow pkge, custom Tonneau cover, $12,500. Call 250-342-6464, 250-3425370 (cell).

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.

Computer Technician

2002 yellow Pontiac Sunfire, 2.2L, 4 cyl, great on gas. Asking $4995, 250-342-6918. 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport, P/W, P/D, air, CD player, 7 pass, quad seats, remote door opener. Very nice clean, $6800 OBO, 250-347-2130.

Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207,

2003 Dodge 3500, 200,000 We will pick up all recyclable km, lifted + chipped, 4” cans and bottles at your location, exhaust, brand new mudders. between Radium and Fairmont. Call K&C Pickup at 250-342$19,000.00, 250- 341-7333 9503. 2005 Pontiac Wave, 5 door Furnace & duct cleaning services hatchback. Auto, fully loaded, using the patented rotobrush only 48,000 km, $6500 + GST, system. Call AQUAIR for free OBO, 250-342-3178 or 250-342- estimates, 250-342-5089. 6369. KISS Landscaping 2005 Ford F350 Lariat Crew Cab & Bobcat Services. 4 x 4, SWB-SRW, 6.0 L diesel, Parking lot and sidewalk auto, fully loaded, 4” lift, new sweeping. tires & wheels, $21,500 + GST, Great rates, call 250-347-9385 OBO, 250-342-3178 or 250-342or 250-342-5912. 6369.



A+ certified, Microsoft certified, systems engineer, software support, network specialist. Very reasonable rate/tune-ups/virus/ prevention/removal/hardware/ trouble shooting/replacement. All computer problems. Phone Russ, 250-341-1779. Installations of ceramic mosaic quarry tiles, slate glassblocks, etc. For estimates call 250-3416869 ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Dale Hunt @ 342-3569 Sonshine Childrens’ Centre has space available in the Infant Toddler, KinderCare and Out of School programs. Please call 250-341-6224 for more information. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089.

Would you like to have more time? More money? More freedom? Find out how. Call 1-888-249-5356 today! Barber Shop in Invermere, BC. Business only, nice sized clientele. For inquiries please phone 250-341-3240 or 250342-0655.

careers Landscaping A rare opportunity for an experienced landscaper in the Invermere area. If you have equipment experience, positive attitude, good communication skills along with related industry and safety courses, this established company would like to talk with you. Some travel may be involved. Wage dependent on attitude and experience. Fax resume to 250-342-8860

careers PO Box 151 Kimberley BC V1A 2Y6

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To Unemployed Forest Workers in the Columbia Valley


The Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society (RMTNRS) recently received approval for a Community Development Trust – Job Opportunities Project in the Columbia Valley. Funding has been secured to hire 12 unemployed forest workers for six months that live in the Radium to Canal Flats areas, to carry out grassland ecosystem restoration work in the Rocky Mountain Trench. Approved project activities include: hand slashing with chainsaws or hand tools, slash piling, pile burning, etc. On the job training, equipment, materials and supplies will be provided. The rate of pay is $18.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay for 40 hours per week including travel time to the work site from two marshalling points in Canal Flats and Radium.

As one of our resident Kicking Horse Café FOOD GURUS, your creation of exceptional baked goods and pastries, lunch items and seasonal specialties will be showcased daily in the Kicking Horse Café. Ideally, you will have some formal cooking/baking experience and/or training.

Please email your resume to or fax to 250-4894059 with an anticipated start-up date for the project of April 20, 2009. The project start-up date may vary depending upon the hiring process for the crew members. If you have any questions, contact Dan Murphy, Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society at 250-421-9320.

BARISTA (Full-Time)



Experienced cooks and servers for La Cabina Restaurant. Call 250-347-2340 or email

New Station Pub requires wait staff, bus people, hostess, dishwasher and prep cook. Apply in person with resume and ask for manager.

Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 250-345-6365, fax 250-345-6348, or email Copper City Amusement Parks requires cashiers, go-kart attendants and bumper boat attendants. Please call Trish at 250-688-0711 to drop off resume. Helna’s Stube is now accepting applications for kitchen help/ dishwashers and servers. F/T or P/T, evenings. Call 250 347 0047 or

Hairstylists/Nail Technicians! Must be professional, reliable, keen, established, happy, and positive. Excellent Invermere location. www., 250342-6899.

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careers Gallery Curator – Full-time Summer The Columbia Valley Arts Council are looking for a Gallery Curator to assist in administrative matters and responsibilities to fulll the HRDC summer program. Such staff person will work under the direction of the Gallery Manager. Duties range from assisting with hanging, installing, and displaying the Gallery Shows, promote summer programs and events, cash handling & nancial transactions, assist in registrations, and supervise volunteers and front line sales in the Gift Shop and Gallery. Hours of work: 38 hours per week. Rate of pay: depending on experience. Qualications: Must be a university/college student. Interest in arts an asset. Business experience an asset. Mature, responsible and quick-thinking. Sense of humour a must! Deadline for applications is April 13th, 2009. Start of employment: May 1st, 2009.

Columbia Valley Arts Council Contact: Jami Scheffer – Manager, Gallery & Administration Box 2345, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Phone: (250) 342-4423 • E-mail:

As a Kicking Horse Café BARISTA, pulling the perfect shot, sharing your latte art with the masses, and providing a level of service that is second to none, will not so much be a job as it will be a vocation. The only requirement… ya gotta be crazy about coffee; think it, drink it, love it, dream it! For both these opportunities, a passion for great food and coffee, as well as a devotion to quality will be what separate you from the crowd; we will supply the tools and training – you will work the magic. In addition to teaching you more than you could ever imagine about coffee, we provide a steady paycheck, extended health and wellness benefits (Full-Time), competitive wages, staff fun days, paid day-off birthdays, and the opportunity to work with one of the finest teams in the country! If you’ve got what it tastes…, fire us off your resume to jobs@kickinghorse or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.

Full-time Cook

For Austrian restaurant. Minimum 3 years experience. $17/ hour. Resumes to Old Salzburg Restaurant at Box 217 95/93 Highway, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0

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THE PIONEER GOES GLOBAL — Here are the latest entries in the 2009 Travel Contest. The lucky winner will receive two Calgary Flames tickets and a night in a Calgary hotel, courtesy of Invermere Travel World. Clockwise from top left: Keira Neal, Lane Dunlop, Lauren Dunlop and Ryan Neal in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico; Andrew Plaunt and Casey Johnson at the summit of “Ciudad Perdida” or “The Lost City” in Colombia; Pat Bushey, Bruce Shand, Joe Downing, Debbie Downing, andStewart and Heide Zarowny in front of the London Bridge in Arizona; Eric and Margaret Rasmussen cruising on the Amazon River; Ryann and Liam Devlin in the Mayan Riviera; Alex Godlien and Connor Williams in Antigua, British West Indies.

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Clockwise from top left. Top, left to right: Blair Mumford, Mike Dubois, Scott Morgan, Helen Breau, Cory Breau, Nicole Morgan, Phil Catleugh. Bottom, left to right: Christine Keshen, Owen Evans, Julie Brown, Julie McSweeney and Brent Wilson at

Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho; Bruce, Andrew, Christopher and Alison Dehart/Brown in Mexico; Bob and Deb Hickey at Niagara Falls; Chris Fedun in Sedona, Arizona; Bob Hahn and Larry Halverson in Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, Mexico.

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Valley Churches

FAITH The Easter message is love By Pastor Scott Peterson, Valley Christian Assembly This weekend, we celebrate the most powerful and pivotal event on Earth: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With all of the theological teachings and various church traditions, we sometimes lose sight of a simple yet profound truth, which is the very central core of our Christian beliefs: Jesus loved us so much, He was willing to die for our sins on a cross, so that we could receive forgiveness and eternal life! Romans 3:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” I want to tell you a story about two brothers. Tom was the older brother and had a propensity for violence. Tim, the younger brother, had a gentle nature. One warm summer day, the two boys were playing with their family dog when the animal got overly excited and nipped Tom in the leg. Tom flew into a violent rage, grabbed a nearby stick, and began beating the dog until it was bloodied and crying out in pain. Just as Tom was nearly finished, their father came around the house and saw what was happening. He

grabbed Tom by the arm and was about ready to punish him, when Tim spoke up and said, “Father, please don’t hurt Tom. He didn’t really know what He was doing. Take me instead — I’ll take the punishment for him.” In essence, this is what Jesus did for all of us. Under the old testament Mosaic law, the Hebrew people were required to provide an animal sacrifice to the Lord to make atonement for their sins, in order to demonstrate their contrition and repentance. When Jesus gave His life on the cross of Calvary, He offered himself up as the ultimate “sacrificial lamb”, and died, once and for all, for the sins of mankind, taking our penalty for us. All we have to do is believe and receive Him as our Lord and Saviour, and we will experience the peace and joy that only God can give. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Aren’t you thankful for the free gift of love that God gave us through His Son? Remember that it wasn’t easy for Jesus to do what He did. In fact, it was the most incredible sacrifice anyone could ever make. Why did He come from Heaven to Earth, and go all the way to the cross of Calvary for us, when He could have called 10,000 angels to rescue him? Because he loves us, and did what was necessary in order for us to have a relationship with Him, purpose in this life, and the promise of eternal life. Have a happy Easter!

Ministering in Word & Song

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Resurrection Sunday: 7 a.m. Sonrise Service at Kinsmen Beach. 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “The Ultimate Bridge”. Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served. Sunday School, pre-school to Grade 6, during service. 7 p.m. Sing and Celebrate For sermons online: Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Good Friday 7 p.m.: Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Easter Sunday 7 a.m.: Sunrise morning service at Kinsmen Beach. 8:30 a.m. Communion at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m. Communion and baptism at Christ Church Trinity Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Good Friday 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday 10 a.m.: Dramatic Easter presentation entitled “The Master”. Children’s Church provided during the message. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Adult and Children’s Programs Pastor T. Scott Peterson • 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Good Friday 2:15 p.m.: The Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph’s, Radium Holy Saturday 10 p.m.: Vigil at Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere Easter Sunday 9 a.m.: Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere 11 a.m.: St Joseph’s, Radium; 2 p.m.: St Anthony’s, Canal Flats 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 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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