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Congratulations Patrick Dibb On your Grade 12 graduation from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame on June 12th, 2009. Good luck with your summer at Harvard and your future studies at McGill in September. Love Mom, Dad, Kevin and Charlotte.

CONGRATULATIONS 2009 GRADUATES! On behalf of the Board and staff at Columbia Basin Trust, we wish the graduates of David Thompson Secondary every success in your future endeavors. CBT would also like to congratulate the recipients of the Columbia Basin Trust Youth Community Service Award. Recipients will receive $2,000 toward their first year of post-secondary education or training for exemplary volunteer service in their community. To learn more about our scholarships, programs and initiatives, visit


District staff accept president’s challenge Invermere town planner Rory Hromadnik, pictured above, joined district staff and council in accepting Panorama president Kirby Brown’s challenge to spend the afternoon navigating downtown in wheelchairs. The exercise was aimed at conveying a better understanding of

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Search and rescue services suspended By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Outdoor enthusiasts are being urged to think twice before heading into the back country. Search and rescue societies in Golden, Cranbrook and Fernie have suspended their services amidst concerns about liability insurance. On Wednesday morning, June 17th, Columbia Valley Search and Rescue manager Steve Talsma said the organization hadn’t made a decision, but was considering a similar action. The Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre is advising hikers to be extra prepared this weekend. “We have to be very honest and tell them that they are at their own risk because we are not sure who will come to the rescue if something happens,” said manager Kent Kebe. However, the RCMP will continue to call rescue services when they are needed, said the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment’s Staff-Sergeant Marko Shehovac. “We will still call the Provincial Emergency Program and they are responsible for contacting Search

and Rescue,” he said. “If Search and Rescue don’t respond to a call, we would look at Parks Canada assisting us. It’s quite dangerous for the public; it’s scary. We, as police officers, are not equipped or trained to do these type of rescues,” he added. But it is never wise to go into the back country without proper preparation, Staff-Sergeant Shehovac said. “Our advice has always been to be prepared and know what you’re doing. People with no experience should know the additional risk: it may take a while before someone can be located to look for you. Hopefully this is going to make people think twice.” The suspension of services started in Golden last Thursday. In a press release, the Golden and District Search and Rescue Society said: “This drastic action came as a result of the province of British Columbia and the other tasking agencies failing to honour the responsibility they have in the provision of search and rescue activities.” In May, the Golden and District Search and Rescue Society was named in a lawsuit by Quebecois skier Gilles Blackburn, whose wife died outside the boundaries of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in February.

Consequently, the society learned the province does not insure it against liability. B.C. Solicitor General Kash Heed said on Tuesday that he will meet with search and rescue representatives to address concerns. “I’m going to meet with the head of their association,” Mr. Heed said. “We’ll problemsolve around it. What that is right now, I can’t say.” Since the decision in Golden, Fernie search and rescue has followed suit, and Cranbrook will not respond to mutual aid requests outside its area. Nelson and Kimberley suspended services last weekend, but reinstated them on Monday. In the Columbia Valley, the Search and Rescue Society is considering its next move. “Golden approached us to see if we would support them with similar action or by writing a letter to the Provincial Emergency Program, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Mr. Talsma explained. “At the moment, if there was an emergency in Golden, we would be called,” he added. “But even if I receive the call from Victoria, it’s completely voluntary, so if the members don’t want to respond, they don’t have to.”

Homeowners forced to remove fences By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff A plan to create a lakeside trail in Windermere has been canned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Last August, the ministry held a community meeting in Windermere to talk about turning a stretch of provincial land beside the lake, between Cemetery Road and Windermere Creek, into a community trail. The land is an unused right-ofway known as Columbia Avenue. Because it has never been developed, some adjacent homeowners now have structures and fences on the land. In an attempt to deal with complaints about limited access to the public land, the ministry suggested selling four other unused rights-of-way in Windermere so it could build a trail along the lakefront. Three of them are full-sized empty lots. Excess funds from the sales were to be used to upgrade the

intersection of Bench Road and Highway 93/95. After the public meeting on August 30th, 2008, the ministry asked residents to vote for or against the proposal. Scott Maxwell, the ministry’s area manager of roads, said the vote was 23 in favour and 189 opposed. “There was quite a strong opposition to what we proposed,” Mr. Maxwell said. “It wasn’t even a close vote, so it made our decision easier.” People were opposed to the sale of the four lots, he said, particularly one at the end of North Street which is used to access the lakefront. Now the plan is scrapped, the ministry will send notices to homeowners adjacent to a road right-ofway, explaining where the public land begins. “We will do our best to work with the homeowners to have the encroachments removed,” he said. Anne Picton, president of the Windermere Community Association, said that is a vital step. “It is important for homeowners to know where their land ends and public land begins,” she said. “I

do think that the ministry should take some action against people who have ‘adopted a road’ for their own purposes.” In some places in Windermere, residents have installed fences and gates on the right-of-way to stop public access. Milada Pronkova and her husband Hank Pronk spoke to their neighbour on Lake Street after he built a wooden gate on the street, blocking access to the beach. The Ministry of Transportation installed a sign explaining it was public land, and Milada and Hank took down the neighbour’s gate, but soon a metal gate was erected instead. “I am a pretty private person, but this is just so arrogant,” Milada said. Improvements to Bench Road will also be put on hold now that the ministry isn’t raising funds by selling lots. “The Bench Road improvement is in a list of priority projects for the area, but it is a number of years away,” said Scott Maxwell.

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Two years since the Regional District of East Kootenay installed a high-speed fibre-optic network at the taxpayer’s expense, only a fraction of those taxpayers have access to the ultramodern network. However, Radium-based NanoFibre Networks, a provider of last-mile connectivity, is working to change that and is making great strides. In less than a year since the company began connecting homes and businesses to the fibre-optic backbone, the company estimates about 20 percent of service area now has access available. Access means the fibre has been installed; owners then have the option of signing up and paying for the service. NanoFibre Networks announced this week that it has begun constructing its fibre-optic network in Invermere and will be available to 300 homes and businesses by the end of the summer. According to NanoFibre’s managing partner Mark Halwa, the fibre originates near the Invermere Court House, heads west toward Sobeys and then south past all three schools.

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• On June 13th, at 8 p.m., RCMP received a complaint of theft of a wallet from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. A wallet was stolen from a locked locker. Cash and credit cards were stolen. RCMP are following up on leads when the credit card was used. • On June 14th, at 3:30 a.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a break and

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Private energy firm seeks to build power line over Purcell range By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff The proponent of a controversial runof-river hydro project in the West Kootenay wants to deliver power to BC Hydro’s electrical grid at Invermere by installing power lines over the Purcell Mountains. Purcell Green Power is making its second attempt to secure permission to build power houses on Glacier and Howser Creeks where they flow into Duncan Reservoir. The subsidiary of AXOR Group, a multidisciplinary construction firm specializing in power projects, has made it to the public consultation phase. According to Purcell Green Power project manager Simon Gourdeau, the firm’s first attempt at environmental approval was denied for a lack of hydrological data on Glacier Creek. “We had some problems with the hydrology,” Mr. Gourdeau explained. “The machine we were using to collect data was stolen

and we lost all the data on those units.” An unrelated summer blockade on the road leading into Glacier Creek prevented them from discovering the problem, he said. After an injunction ended the blockade, the theft was discovered. “Every nut and bolt had been removed,” he said. Hoping to recover the equipment and the data it contained, the RCMP was notified and a substantial reward was offered, but nothing turned up. With the application now complete, BC’s Environmental Assessment Office, which approves projects like this, is seeking the public’s input on the project. A series of open houses has been scheduled, including a 7 p.m. event at Invermere Community Hall on Thursday, June 25th. Environmental watchdog group Wildsight is strongly opposing the project and is organizing a rally outside the Community Hall an hour before the event. “The meeting, and a 45-day period for

written comment, are the only ways local people can have a voice in whether this project is approved or not,” said Dave Quinn, Wildsight’s Purcell program manager. “With so many private power proposals on the table in the Columbia Basin, it’s absolutely critical that Kootenay residents speak out. “Most British Columbians are supportive of alternative, truly green energy sources,” Quinn said. “But the Glacier/Howser River Diversion proposal is not green. If we focus on energy conservation, on upgrades to existing facilities, and on developing an energy plan that makes sense for British Columbians, we won’t need to allow private interests to dam and divert our wild rivers.” According to Mr. Gourdeau, about 50 hectares of old growth forest will be lost, but the route will follow corridors where there is already human access — along Stockdale and Horsethief Creeks — and will employ five high elevation spans, built using helicopters, to save large tracts of forest. See www. for more.

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A sense of place

James McNaughton Scott poses in the driver’s seat of his team and wagon in front of the Invermere Livery in this 1912 photo. The Invermere Livery was later Invermere Garage and is now the site of Bud’s Bar. If you have more information about this photo, e-mail us at the Pioneer (

By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor I’ve always been an advocate for historic preservation. I love old buildings. I love the softness of old stones worn smooth from generations of use and the papery smell of old rafters as they heat up in the summer sun. Where I grew up in Indiana, there are so many old buildings that the entire village was named an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s hard to argue the value of historic preservation to some people, especially when it means ignoring today’s bottom line for an intangible future benefit that they, themselves, might not enjoy. While, in some respects, historic preservation is about “value,” it is more about a community’s “values.” Historic buildings and a community’s history are repositories of a community’s values. My heartfelt desire to see old structures preserved has little to do with ongoing maintenance costs or potential future uses, but rests squarely on our attachment to them as the building blocks of identity for our community. Our community leaders are wise to make historic preservation a budget item. By doing so, they have engaged us in a conversation about who we are and what we value as a community. It is also wise to remember — in our relentless pursuit of sustainability — the most sustainable building is one you do not tear down. For the founding directors of the Columbia Valley Heritage Building Society, I will start your most important list: The Top Ten Most-Endangered Historic Structures in the Columbia Valley. (1) The old CPR lodge on Fort Point; (2) the old park warden’s house across from the hot pools in Radium; (3) the old log irrigation flume out Marshall Road on the Toby Benches . . .

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Saving CPR lodge as ‘insane’ as the railway itself Dear Editor: There are millions of dollars in provincial and federal grants available to communities for heritage, arts, culture and tourism — money that has been pouring into other communities throughout Canada. There are a billion dollars of stimulus money available for “ready-to-go� projects that can be completed by March 2011. Some of these grant programs can fund 100 percent of the project cost. The historic CPR lodge project ideally fits a number of these grant programs. It benefits the local economy, especially an economy hit hard by the downturn in the forestry sector. It creates a legacy by providing a highly-functional and unique community facility. It creates a heritage tourism site to complement Pynelogs, the walking heritage tour, and the museum. And, it can be completed by March 2011. I suppose it is only fitting that the CPR lodge project should encounter opposition, given that the construction of the railway itself was called an “act of insane recklessness.� Following is an excerpt from The National Dream, The Great Railway, 1871-1881, by Pierre Berton: “Its political opponents pretended to believe that the Macdonald government had gone mad. ‘Insane’ was the word the Liberal leader, Alexander Mackenzie, used time and again for most of the decade of the seventies, to describe the pledge to build a railway to the Pacific. It was, he said in the House that spring of 1871, ‘an act of insane recklessness,’ and there were many Canadians, including some of John A. Macdonald’s own supporters, who thought he was right. “If the railway followed an all-Canadian route, its builders would have

to blast their way across 700 miles of this granite wasteland (the Precambrian Shield), pocked by gun-metal lakes and overlaid with a patchy coverlet of stunted trees. There were ridges that would consume three tons of dynamite a day for months on end; and, where the ridges ended, there was another 300 miles of muskeg, which could (and would) swallow a locomotive in a single gulp. This was land incapable of cultivation. There were many who held with Alexander Mackenzie that to build a railway across it was ‘one of the most foolish things that could be imagined.’ “After the Shield was breached, the road was to lead across the Northwest — a tenantless empire of waving grass (which many thought to be unproductive desert) bordered by the thinly-forested valley of the North Saskatchewan River. Every sliver of timber — railroad ties, bridge supports, construction materials — would have to be hauled, league after league, across this desolate land where, it seemed, the wind never ceased. “At the far limits of the plains, the way was blocked by a notched wall of naked rock, 8,000 feet high. Beyond that wall, lay a second wall, and beyond that wall, a third. Here were gloomy trenches to be bridged, cataracts to be thwarted and alpine buttresses to be dynamited. At the end of that sea of plumed mountains lay the unknown coastline, tattered like a coat beyond repair. George Etienne Cartier, acting for his ailing leader, had promised that the railway would reach that coastline, ready to operate, within ten years. It was, cried Edward Blake, the intellectual giant of the opposing Liberal (or Reform) Party, “a preposterous proposition.�

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Roads don’t kill grizzlies, hunters do Dear Editor: Roads do help save wildlife, specifically when applied to the Jumbo area. Look at the geography of the location. The gazetted road plus 330 feet would include the creek bed. You cannot shoot towards a gazetted road. Therefore, the hunter cannot shoot away from the road nor towards the road, from the other side of the creek, while Gregory the Grizzly is drinking from the creek.

We already know that 450 grizzlies were shot in B.C. in 2007! Count the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Three years times 450 equals 1,350 grizzlies in three years. It seems the largest single killer of grizzlies is humans’ hunting. This is the root cause of death in B.C. for grizzlies. Gazetted roads do help grizzlies in the Jumbo area, and other four-legged animals as well. David Pacey, Radium Hot Springs

Gas prices compared Dear Editor: I would just like to make the following comparison: Saturday, June 13th, 2009: gas price in Invermere, 111.9; gas price in Cranbrook, 96.9; gas price in Behchoko, NWT, 111.9 (that’s 100 km northwest of Yellowknife); new gas price in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, 121.9 (all gas is shipped by barge once a year,

so this is their price for one year). I didn’t compare to Alberta nor Ontario where there are many more people, just remote places smaller than Invermere and Cranbrook. I know I can’t change anything, but this letter makes me feel better. Gerriann Donahue Windermere

Busy corner needs fix Dear Editor: The recent, tragic death of a female cyclist at what a nearby resident described as “one of the most dangerous intersections in Penticton,” makes me wonder if we have to wait for a serious accident to happen at the corner of 7th Avenue and 13th Street in Invermere before something is done to correct the situation.

With vehicles entering from four directions and a large number of pedestrians crossing both the avenue and the street, the obvious answer to me is a well-marked four-way stop. Near misses and minor accidents are bad enough; let’s act before something much worse happens. Alec Fleming Radium Hot Springs

A blue note . . . Dear Editor: “To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” Quote from Bono. At times, many might feel like singing the blues — viewing colourless, unfinished condos that don’t match other places. We observe that some locations have built different welcome off-beat landmarks — Canada’s Giant Hock-

ey Stick, the American Sky High M. It might be fun for our valley to have something unique – perhaps the only blue store in B.C. – what fun! And an asset to all our art venue. Here, a creative, communityminded business owner may bring joy, laughter, tourists and comment to our wonderful community. Good luck, AG Valley Foods. Fran Ryan Invermere

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Volunteers rally to keep Radium library open great way to meet people, and some hadn’t even heard of the library,” she said. The Radium library was first established on FebA call for help that appeared in The Pioneer has ruary 15th, 1994, located at the Radium Elementary resulted in a flood of support for the Radium Public School. After outgrowing this space, the library moved Library. to the Radium Seniors The library, once in danHall. Last June, the facility ger of cutting its hours due moved to its current loca“The volunteers were coming from near and to a shortage of workers, now tion on Main Street West, far – I couldn’t believe it. That article reached has 11 new faces, all trained where it was operated by a out to so many people.” and ready to help. few volunteers for limited “The volunteers were hours. —Radium Librarian Jane Jones coming from near and far – I The library now claims couldn’t believe it. That article more than 400 members just reached out to so many from around the Columpeople,” said librarian Jane bia Valley, and is open five Jones. “My problem now is days a week: Tuesday 6 to scheduling them all!” 8 p.m.; Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m. Jane was especially pleased with the dedication and 6 to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to noon; and Sunday shown by the new volunteers. 2 to 4 p.m. The library will be holding its annual book “I have people committing to certain days and sale on June 27th outside Meet on Higher Ground times, which really surprised me,” she said. “Some Coffee Shop in Radium. people were new in town and thought it would be a For more information call 250-347-2434.

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Mill closure leads town hall discussion By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Stephen Mackie, general manager of the Canadian Forest Products operation in Radium, addressed a number of concerns over the impending closure of Radium’s major industry at the first Village of Radium town hall meeting last weekend. The discussion came two weeks after Canfor announced the closure of three sawmill operations in British Columbia, including Radium’s. The shutdown, said to be indefinite, is the direct result of a serious and lengthy downturn in the lumber market. The closure will leave 167 local workers unemployed. “Right now our priority is to bring the operation down in a safe and orderly manner,” Mr. Mackie said. The biggest concern of residents was the exact date of the shutdown. “Right now we are starting to process out all of our inventory,” Mr. Mackie replied. “We are winding down logging and are just finishing off deliveries from our operations in the bush.” Harvesting activities, he said, will be complete within days. The next step, Mr. Mackie said, is the systematic closure of the mill. The closure of the sawmill will be complete by June 26th and the planer will be down by August 7th. He estimated that the product would be fully shipped by the end of September. Councillor Brent Frederickson asked Mr. Mackie what Canfor is doing for its employees in light of the shutdown. Mr. Mackie replied that they are doing their best to help workers by making employment counselling avail-

able and looking at redeployment opportunities for personnel to other Canfor divisions. According to Mr. Mackie, the Canfor facility has an annual local payroll of $14 million.

Council prefers Bear Aware Radium resident David Pacey questioned the effectiveness of the village’s Bear Aware program, suggesting the village employ Karelian Bear Dogs to chase out the ursine wanderers. Councillor Frederickson said he would much rather educate the public than hire dogs to chase the bears out of town. “The Bear Aware program is not only about making sure your garbage is secure, the fruit is picked off your trees and taking your bird feeders down,” Mr. Frederickson said. “The most important part of the program is that when you are walking around, pay careful attention – make sure that you are Bear Aware and you acknowledge that you are in bear country, and you might see one or come close to one.” Radium Chief Administrator Mark Read added that the village allocated $5,000 to the bear education program this year.

Radium to consider truck ban Darren Thompson asked council to place restrictions on logging trucks and tractor-trailers on village side streets. Mayor Dee Conklin said council would consider the restriction when it updates the village’s Official Community Plan later this year.

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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





REACH: DTSS Art Show • Pynelogs Cultural Centre June 2 to June 21.

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Call for more information 250-342-4423. What does ART mean to you? Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts Fun for the whole family! Wednesday July 1.

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

Movie Review: One Week erything he ever wanted to do. By the time he is 20, Ben Tyler has no dreams left. He is about to marry Samantha, a step he is not quite sure about, and his cancer diagnosis makes it all too easy for him to run. And so he does. Armed with only a cell phone and a fascination for taking photos of the “biggest items in Canada” – the biggest teepee, the biggest prairie camel, etcetera – Ben begins his journey. Along the way, in addition to enjoying the beautiful landscape, Ben is enlightened by a number of people, including a stoned biker/philosopher/ cancer survivor, played by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, and a young woman who changes his life with her rendition of “Un Cana-

Reviewed by Cayla Gabruck Uniquely Canadian, One Week is a great film for those dreaming of escaping from the dismal routines of everyday life. What would you do if you had one week to live? For Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson), a 20-something teacher who has been shell-shocked by the diagnosis of stage four cancer, the answer is simple – abandon his family, fiancée and troubles, and ride from Toronto to Tofino on a vintage Norton Commando. Throughout his life, Ben’s dreams have been crushed: singing, writing, playing baseball – ev-

dien Errant,” a French-Canadian folk song. Amidst his journey, Ben begins philosophizing about “finding Grumps,” a magical figure from a book he wrote when he was a child. “Grumps” serves as a metaphor for the meaning of life. The movie reminded me of Into The Wild, another tale of a young man’s journey, but this one falls short in terms of camera work and plot line. Even the scenery wasn’t as spectacular. Speaking of scenery, I found it quite exciting when Ben finally rode his motorcycle through Sinclair Canyon – although I couldn’t figure out a logical explanation as to why he travelled from Radium to Banff on his way out to the coast.



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Friday, June 19th: • 5 p.m.: Doors open for Bull Riding in the Rockies – rodeo at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Beef and beans dinner, crowning of the queen, muttonbusting, bull riding and family dance with Sneaker. Tickets at Home Hardware, Brisco General Store, Selkirk TV and Mountainside Markets.

Saturday, June 20th: • 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Invermere Companion Animal Network Society garage sale at 1703 Sinclair Avenue, Windermere. For info: 250-341-7888. • 10:30 a.m.: Yoga at Parks Canada office building, Radium. $10 drop-in. For info: 250-270-0377. • 6:30 p.m.: Supper and Sounds at Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House, Radium. French cuisine and house band. Tickets $30. For info: 250-347-6567. • 20th Annual Coy’s Par 3 Fun Day of Golf by Fairmont and District Lions Club. Tickets at Coy’s. Proceeds to East Kootenay Foundation for Health. For info: 250-345-6675.

Sunday, June 21st: • 8:30 p.m. Roxanne Potvin performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. No cover. For info: 250-342-2965.

Monday, June 22nd: • 6:30 p.m.: New time for Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors’ Hall. Mondays and Thursdays.

Tuesday, June 23rd: • 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Community Foundation annual general meeting at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Lodge. For info:

• 7:30 p.m.: Family Resource Centre annual general meeting at the Columbia Valley Chamber hall at the crossroads. For info: 250-342-4242.

Thursday, June 25th: • 9:30 a.m.: Awards Day Ceremony and 3:30 p.m.: Commencement Ceremony at David Thompson Secondary School. For info: 250-342-9213. • 5:30-9 p.m.: Open house and invitation to comment at Invermere Community Hall on the Environmental Assessment of the proposed Glacier/Howser Project. For info: • Brickhouse performs at Copper City Saloon. For info: 250-341-3344. • Flair Bartending Contest at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Top six bartenders in Canada compete for $3,000. Drinks sold to aid ICAN. For info: 250-342-2965. • Grand opening of Kootenay Savings’s Radium branch. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: charity barbecue for Radium Volunteer Fire Department. 1 p.m.: Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Friday, June 26th: • 1 p.m.: Invermere Public Library is holding a reception to thank the province for its support of libraries. All welcome. For info: 250-342-6461.

Saturday, June 27th:

the door of the Edgewater Legion. • The Elixxir perform at Bud’s Bar. All-girl ska band from Vancouver. For info: 250-342-2965. • 3 p.m.: Mad Trapper Downhill Mountain Bike Race at Panorama Mountain Resort. For info: www.

Tuesday, June 30th: • 6:30 p.m.: Canada Day kick-off at Panorama Mountain Resort. Live music from Oso Simple at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., as well as stilt-walkers, face painting and more. • Midnight: Canada Day fireworks below Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Wednesday, July 1st: • 10:30 a.m.: Fantastic 3 Triathlon at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For info: 250-342-2074. • 11 a.m.: Canada Day parade through downtown Invermere to Kinsmen Beach. To register a float, call 250-342-4242. • Noon-3 p.m.: Mountain Mosaic Festival at Kinsmen Beach. Bounce castle, face painting, food, live entertainment. • Noon-4 p.m.: Fairmont Canada Day celebrations at the ski hill. Live entertainment, barbecue, beer garden and game stations. • Dusk: Fairmont fireworks at the main lodge.

• June 27th and 28th: Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club – Introduction to Sporting Clays at Rauch Homestead Range from 10 a.m. Round of 100 clay targets: $15. For info: 250-341-3254. • 11 a.m.: Panorama Firefighters Barbecue on the Great Hall Deck at Panorama Mountain Resort. • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Farmers’ Market opens for the summer, every Saturday in downtown Invermere. • 3-6 p.m.: Reception for Drifting Leaves exhibition at Effusion Art Gallery. For info: 250-341-6877. • 6 p.m.: Reception for Angela Morgan exhibition at Artym Gallery. For info: 250-342-7566.

• 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Edgewater Open Market opens at Edgewater Legion, every Saturday for the summer. Vegetables, crafts, books, preserves and more. To book a table, call Doreen at 250-347-9550. • 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Barbecue at Home Hardware, on behalf of Invermere Companion Animal Network • July 4th and 5th: Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club seventh annual Shooters’ Triathlon at Rauch Homestead Range from 9 a.m. Archery, .22 rifle and trap shooting. For info: 250-342-9033.

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Monday, July 6th:

• Edgewater Legion hosts the Pioneer Dinner, honouring six local seniors: Gladys Ferguson, Dorothy Brown, Olga Hynes, Val Wolfenden, Nella Smith and Sylvia Atwood. Cocktails 5:30 p.m. and supper at 6:30 p.m. Barbecued roast beef and all the trimmings. Cost $12 adults; seniors and children six to 12 years, $10; children under six free. Tickets at

• July 6th to 10th, 9 a.m.-noon: Crocodile Dock, at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. Crafts, games, snacks, Bible stories, music. Cost $5/child for the week. For info: 250-342-9535 or 250-342-0338. • 5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Free-For-All Tots’ Soccer for kids two to five years begins at J. Alfred Laird School field. Program is free. For info: 250-688-0656.

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Brickhouse to play Copper City Saloon West Coast Music Award nominees Brickhouse are bringing their original, tight and funky blues-funk machine to Copper City Saloon on Thursday, June 25th. Named best Canadian live band in 2004 by Real Blues Magazine, Brickhouse is an original band with a vision, a vision that one day live music will rule the day . . . again! For 12 years, fans have hummed, sung and even lived the songs that bring them back time and time again. Singer Rob Bracken invites you into the ‘kitchen’, where sights, smells and sounds are tossed on a groove and served on a platter. Never without a house gig, Brickhouse are always a good time. Dubbed “Vancouver’s busiest band” by Rock 101’s Storman Norman, the host of Sunday Blues, Brickhouse has won respect among musicians as a band and that makes a difference — where the ‘song’ is the focus — accompanied by individual inspiration. On any given night, old and new friends share the stage to play their part in the classic “Brickhouse” experience. With a list of original material that

rivals the number of keys on a full size piano, Brickhouse delivers a message that attracts the young and the young at heart. Performing more than 200 shows a year, it’s no wonder fans choose the set list before the band does. Now a six-piece ensemble, the sounds are forever evolving into a groove that’ll knock your socks off. Brickhouse is: • Rob Bracken, lead vocals and harmonica; • Ray Keesh, bass guitar; • Ed Johnson, drums and percussion; • Oldrich (OZ) Zitek, saxophone and backing vocals; • Tim Porter, guitar and backing Vocals; • Darryl Havers, Hammond organ, keyboards and backing vocals. Come ready to boogie. Copper City Saloon is the official bar of Bullriding 2009. Boasting the best pizza in town, the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.! For more information about this and other upcoming shows, visit

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Pynelogs showcasing unique and local talent terials including oils, acrylic and pastel. The ever-so-talented Will Green is returning to Pynelogs, with a new collection of lathed treasures. AfPynelogs Cultural Centre is hosting artwork by ter leaving the corporate world to pursue his passions the talented students of David Thompson Secondary in woodworking as a carpenter, Will actually picked School until June 21st, but will open a new exhibition up wood-turning by accident, after receiving a lathe as with six artists on Wednesday, June 24th from 7 to 9 a gift from his father eight years ago. p.m. Ever since, Will has been challenging himself with This new exhibition highlights the work of Alice the lathe, combining hundreds of tiny pieces of difHale, Ann Jones, Mary Ann Bidder, Will Green, Mau- ferent wood, shaping them and finishing them to crereen Gagnon and Karen ate polychromatic segJorgensen, and will run mented bowls or vases. from June 24th until Maureen Gagnon July 5th. returns to Pynelogs with Alice Hale is a a new exciting collecwonderfully skilled tion for her solo show. potter who has been Heavily inspired by the throwing, shaping and group of seven, as well sculpting clay for most as the impressionist of her life. and fauvist movements, Her pottery demMaureen’s creations exonstrates a variety of hibit the joy of colour functional and sculpand awareness to natutural pieces, often inralism. Although her spired by the beauty interest in painting beof nature. A recent trip gan with acrylic and oil, to Morocco has influMaureen has also been enced many of her new creating with encaustic creations for this show. wax, which “evokes a Working mainly in simple, immediate and oil, Ann Jones switched more vital effect.” This colourful bowl by Will Green will be on exhibit at to water media after Karen Jorgensen Pynelogs from June 24th to July 5th. moving here from the also works in encaustic prairies in 1980. When and oil. Although drawlooking at her creations, it is easy to see the beauty that ing her subject matter from natural images, Karen is surrounds us here in the mountains. They aim to dem- more concerned with capturing a mood. This attenonstrate a heightened awareness of the importance in tion to feeling rather than representation has pushed preserving our eco-systems. her creative process to manipulate the picture plane Mary Ann Bidder is a new addition to Pynelogs, and create using multiple layers of thin media and although a veteran in her involvement with the arts glazes. community of Western Canada. Don’t miss your chance to see these unique art As an artist with an interest in a wide array of sub- forms; come down to Pynelogs and take in the gallery ject matter, it is Mary Ann’s attention to detail that show, eat a delicious lunch at the café, and check out creates cohesiveness. Her diverse subject matter is also our newly-published summer workshop schedule. For reflective of her skills in media, as she uses several ma- more information, call 250-342-4423. Submitted by Jessica Gowling Pynelogs Cultural Centre


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The Youth Action Team at David Thompson Secondary School would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors of our Silent Auction. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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A special THANK YOU to the Kinsmen Club, Community Link and Verge For Youth for their generous financial support.

High school concert band hits the right notes The David Thompson Secondary School concert band performed before a crowd of enthusiastic music-lovers at their annual band concert in the school gym last week.

Pictured here are T. J. Verwey, Ben Bootsma, William Constable and Dennis Wass, members of the Dixieland group, part of the senior concert band. Photo by Sally Waddington


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Youth centre to get makeover Submitted by Nick Berzins Windermere Valley Youth Centre Valley youths will have a bright, new, updated youth centre after renovations take place this summer. The Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society, operator of the Summit Youth Centre upstairs at the Invermere Community Hall, is pleased to announce that the Lake Windermere District Lions Club has graciously donated $15,000 to provide computer equipment, software, and computer workstations. Kootenay Savings Credit Union has also generously committed $4,000 for computer equipment upgrades. To accommodate the renovations, the Summit Youth Centre will be closed after June 20th, 2009, with a reopening planned in August. The renovations will include drywall, new paint, new flooring, new shelving and cupboards as well as new computers. The new equipment will be used to support a sustainable fundraising plan that includes youthproduced art, writing and audio-visual productions. The Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society has received tremendous community support that makes this much needed facelift possible, and we

invite the community to stay tuned for the grand re-opening in August. The Summit Youth Centre provides a drop-in centre where youth, ages 12 to 18, can interact with their peers in a positive, supervised environment. The centre provides recreational equipment, television, computers with internet access and a concession stand. The centre is located upstairs at the Community Hall and the operating hours vary by season. Generally, the centre is open at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society is a non-profit society with charitable status established in 1994. The society relies on grants, donations and fundraising events to operate the Summit Youth Centre. The society’s goals are: to support youth-oriented programs within the Columbia Valley; to help youth develop existing or new talents and abilities; to help youth look at all the choices available to them; and to provide the support and direction towards the tools they need to make positive choices. To assist the society in achieving its goals, or for more information, contact Nick Berzins, Treasurer, at 250-3425760 or email

Power outage planned On Saturday, June 20th, BC Hydro will be making electrical system improvements in Radium Hot Springs. As a result, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical services for approximately three hours, from 4 to 7 a.m. The area affected is the Radium townsite from the Prestige Inn south to

Windermere, including all of Invermere. BC Hydro apologized for the inconvenience and recommends you protect all sensitive equipment. If you experience any electrical problems following the interruption, or would like more information, plesase call BC Hydro at 1-888-769-3766.

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NOTICE OF POWER INTERRUPTION IN WINDERMERE, INVERMERE & RADIUM Time: 4:00 am to 7:00 am When: June 20, 2009 We will be making electrical system improvements in the Columbia Valley on Saturday, June 20th. As a result, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately three hours, from 4 am to 7 am. The area affected is all customers from Windermere North to Radium including all of Invermere. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and will restore service as quickly as possible. Please protect all sensitive equipment. If you experience any electrical problems following the interruption, or would like further information, please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766).


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Federal grant extends work program is a direct result of the closure of Canadian Forest Products’ Radium mill. “We are trying to respond as rapidly as could be A make-work program for unemployed mill work- conceivable as far as Radium is concerned,” Mr. Abers has been extended by five months, thanks to a fed- bott told The Pioneer. eral grant. He explained that The Rocky Mountain when he heard about Trench Society hired 12 the Canfor closure, “We feel like a small lifeboat beside the Titanic. local unemployed forestry he immediately apWe need more help.” workers in March to cut proached Lisa Raitt, back forest encroachment Natural Resources Min—Dan Murphy ister. The Rocky Mounon historical grassland. Co-ordinator of the Rocky Mountain Trench tain Trench Society had The project was Natural Resources Society already applied for furbrought about by a $400,000 grant from the ther funding through British Columbia Ministhe Community Adtry of Community Development. Initially, the project justment Fund, part of the Conservative government’s was set to finish on October 31st. Economic Action Plan. However, last week the federal government an“I said, ‘I’ve got something all set to go and it’s nounced funding of a further $876,705 for the proj- what we need for the area,’” Mr. Abbott said. “It was ect. Now it will continue until March 31st, 2010. just good luck and good maintenance.” Jim Abbott, member of parliament for the The additional funding was announced on MonKootenay-Columbia Riding, said the announcement day, June 8th. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff


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“It is not an answer to the problem by any means, but it is important for people to know that their elected representatives are tuned in. We can’t fix everything but we can go as far as we can. We’re all in this together.” The move is being celebrated by the 12 workers and their families who now have full-time employment through the Rocky Mountain Trench Society. “There will be a lot of happy people when I announce this!” said Dan Murphy, co-ordinator of the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society. “Kudos to the federal government for helping us out. “It’s a real feel-good program. It attracts people who really want to be involved. They need the income and they are really interested in the program and happy to be doing the restoration work because it benefits all sorts of critters out in the wilderness.” The trench society has already applied for more funding through the Community Adjustment Fund to allow the program to hire more forestry workers. “We feel like a small lifeboat beside the Titanic,” Dan said. “We need more help.”



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Late planters get deals on garden stock By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff When I decided to plant a recession garden, it might have been a bit optimistic. As a busy professional with a small child and another on the way, I discovered a recession of time as well. As the days and weeks passed, I watched the growing season grow shorter and shorter. The pressure mounted: get something in the ground or wait and try again next year. Relief came in a phone call. My parents were coming to visit. Perfect, I thought. I would put my father — a lifelong gardener — to work. The night before, I picked his brain, choosing a salad of crops that were easy to grow and could finish in the time I had left: yellow onions, Cherry Belle radishes, Early Curled Simpson lettuce, Snowflake snow peas, Danvers half-long carrots, tomatoes and two kinds of corn. On the upside, I discovered half-price vegetable stock at Patty’s Greenhouse and chose a half-dozen tomato plants that were well on their way. The ground in the community garden behind Canadian Martyrs Church was tilled to a fine, smooth texture and only slightly weedy — despite weeks of neglect — which made easy work of planting. I followed the instructions on the seed packets and relied on Dad for the homespun wisdom. “Plant one seed for the birds, one for the worms and one for you,” he said. In less than two hours, we had planted about 600 square feet of garden, with a few rows left over for beans, which I forgot to buy. Lastly, I gave the entire thing a good soak. We were home by noon and off to Lake Lillian for a picnic lunch with the rest of the family. The next day, perfectly on cue, it began to rain and has been raining at regular intervals ever since. I will report back in the coming weeks to let you know if anything comes up. Let us know how your garden is doing. E-mail your stories and photos to Happy gardening!

Annual General Meeting

Family Resource Centre Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Hall at the Crossroads. The business meeting will be followed by an informal get together with refreshments served.


BEACH AMBASSADOR WANTED The District of Invermere is seeking an engaging, knowledgeable long term resident to be an ambassador at Kinsmen Beach during July and August. Pay shall be by honorarium. The scope and hours of the position are flexible but would entail the following core responsibilities: • Sharing local knowledge and information of the region and Lake Windermere • Informing visitors of beach rules, including littering, recycling and responsible dog behaviour • Ensuring the appropriate use of the beach, swimming and parking areas • Liaising between users, District of Invermere and law enforcement


HIRED HAND –– Jay Geis, seen here pushing onion sets into the ground, helps plant a recession garden. Photo by Brian Geis

Gardening Tip of the Week Guess what? Newsprint makes good organic mulch. Apply two to four centimetres deep, unshredded; four to eight centimetres deep, shredded. Newspapers are often used on vegetable beds, but they can also be used on flower beds, top-dressed with another organic mulch if appearances are important. You can shred the paper, tear it or lay it in sheets. Make sure you wet both the soil and the newspaper. –– Mark Cullen, author of The Canadian Garden Primer: An Organic Approach, available at Invermere Home Hardware

For the months of July and August the District of Invermere will hold only one Regular Meeting of Council. Council meetings will be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office (914 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC ) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 and Tuesday, August 25th, 2009. For further information please contact Kindry Dalke, Corporate Officer at the 250 342-9218 ext#228.

PESTICIDE AND HERBICIDE DROP OFF The District of Invermere is now a pesticide free community! If you have any leftover pesticides and/or herbicides (no other hazardous waste can be dropped off at this time), the District has arranged for a pesticide drop off at the Invermere Fire Hall located at 626 – 4th Street on June 27th, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For further information please contact the District of Invermere office at 250-342-9281 or

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Grads: take a lesson in money management With a new class of high school graduates ready to finish their year, it’s a good time to plan for the future. The first few semesters away from home at a post-secondary institution can be an exciting time, but there are many financial pitfalls along the way. Taking the time to teach your children good budgeting and cash management habits today will pay off in the future.

Budgeting 101 Most post-secondary institutions provide cost estimates and budgeting tips for students – check the school website and student services department. At its most basic level, a budget simply lists income and expenses. Monthly income sources might include: • Allowances from parents; • Withdrawals from personal savings; • Educational Assistance Payments from Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs); • Earnings from a part-time job; • Payments from scholarships, student loan programs and/or bursaries. Monthly expenses might include: • Rent, utilities, food, clothing, tuition fees, textbooks, transportation, entertainment. Ideally, students should create a budget with a little income left over to cover unexpected expenses. If

there’s a shortfall, there are two ways to address it: the student can find additional sources of income (perhaps by taking on a part-time job) or reduce non-essential expenses.

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A monthly budget is easier to manage than an annual budget. Deposit money into the student’s bank account each month or issue a series of post-dated cheques rather than providing one lump sum to cover the year’s expenses. Interest takes a bite out of the money available to pay other expenses, so advise students to use cash or a debit card instead of credit cards, and to pay all bills on time. Food can be a significant expense for students: • On campus, choose a meal plan carefully and make sure students will take full advantage of it before signing up. • Off campus, encourage students to scan grocery store flyers for deals and make their own meals rather than ordering in or eating out. Remind students to take advantage of every opportunity to save, including requesting student discounts at movies, museums, banks and travel agencies. Research cell phone, long-distance and internet rates and choose plans that match usage. Second-hand is cheaper than new, so consider

Students who file tax returns may be able to deduct: • Eligible tuition fees, and an education and textbook amount for each whole or partial month they are at school either part-time or full-time; (Note that students might be able to transfer unused deductions to their parents or carry them forward to a future year.) • Moving expenses to attend school; • Interest paid on student loans; • Child care expenses; • Costs for monthly transit passes; • Travel costs to get to and from the school of your choice. If students are earning an income while they are in school, encourage them to file a tax return each year so they can accumulate RRSP contribution room. And if there’s extra money left over at the end of the semester, remind them that anyone with earned income – including students – can make a tax-deductible RRSP contribution and begin to benefit from taxdeferred growth.

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By Pioneer Staff More than 200 people attended the opening ceremony at this year’s Relay For Life, held on Saturday and Sunday at the David Thompson Secondary School field. “It was a really well-attended event,” said Lindsay McPherson, media chair for this year’s relay. “The work of all the volunteers was greatly appreciated to pull off the event.” Twenty-three enthusiastic teams participated in this year’s event – down eight teams from last year. The relay raised thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. A final tally isn’t yet available. Top: members of Kootenay Baton Konnection Maddy Wells, 8, and Abby Wells, 10, of Edgewater led the cancer survivors around the track. Right: cancer survivors Henry Hoffmann and Jean Ann Hartung. Opposite page, top: Tristan Miller, 4, of Invermere, enjoys the festivities. Shonese Hogarth participates in the survivors’ lap. Bottom, from left: Melissa Kashuba, Joelle Wassing, Barbara Jenkinson, Kalyn Grabowski, Sarah Miller, Courtney Pronk and Stephanie Pronk had a fun night out for a good cause. Photos by Sally Waddington



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Te Papa Nui celebrates five years By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff In the past five years, hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of antiques have made their way from Te Papa Nui Antiques & Collectibles into homes in the Columbia Valley and around the world. Joe and Elizabeth Klein are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their 8,000-square-foot store, one of the largest in Western Canada, and they couldn’t be more thrilled. “It’s been a great five years – very interesting,” said Joe. His wife Elizabeth agrees. “It really has been a lot of fun,” Elizabeth said. “We’ve made lots of friends.” The couple has owned a home in Invermere for 27 years. They also own a home in Calgary, where they live three days a week because of Elizabeth’s job as a part-time accountant. The store is a second career for Joe, a retired real estate agent and long-time collector of beautiful objects. “Elizabeth said to me one day, ‘If you’re bored, you should open an antique store,” he said. He replied that he wasn’t bored, but was, in fact, happy doing nothing. Nevertheless, being a sensible

Joe and Elizabeth Klein, owners of Te Papa Nui man, he took his wife’s advice. “It was supposed to be a small store and ended up a monster,” Joe explained. Visitors are often amazed by the size of the store, which is located in Invermere’s industrial park. The space has grown over the past five years and now houses an enormous variety of antique furniture and home accessories. Joe and Elizabeth, who originally hail from Glasgow, Scotland, have spent the last five years trav-

elling the world selecting unique pieces to display in their store. The couple brings home containers full of antiques from many countries, including Scotland, England, Belgium, Hungary and China. Each item is hand-selected depending on its age, quality and price. The two admit they don’t always agree on what to bring back and that’s what makes the store so special – it reflects the combined tastes of both individuals. Although the couple admits they love travelling, that isn’t the best part of their job. “The best part is selling a piece to someone and then seeing it in their home,” Joe said. “Because they are character pieces, they look different in a home than in the store.” For Elizabeth, it’s the number of interesting people they meet along the way. Many of those people have become repeat customers, from all over the country, each one making yearly visits to the store to check out the couple’s latest find. Joe and Elizabeth will be celebrating their anniversary by offering numerous in-store specials, so don’t miss out! Te Papa Nui is located at Unit 6, 1340 Industrial Road, in Invermere. For more information call 250342-0707 or visit

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Local RCMP officers to ride for kids in crisis originally from Vancouver Island, where he worked for a fireplace Two Columbia Valand barbecue manufacley police officers are in turer before joining the training for the ride of force. their lives. Const. Steffler is new Constables Christo the ride, but she’s not tine Steffler and Derek put off by the gruelling Balderston will hit the schedule. road in September to “Derek raved about pedal 1,000 kilometres it last year,” she said. through British Colum“It’s a good cause and bia’s southern interior. the money raised stays The ride will raise in the southeast district. money for the Cops For Plus it’s an awesome exKids charitable foundaperience, and a chance to tion. Started in 2001 by give back.” members of the Kelowna Const. Steffler has RCMP, it has grown to worked at the Columbia benefit children in crisis Valley Detachment since across the southern inteAugust 2007. It is her rior. first post. She grew up in When the ride beDurham, Ontario, and gins on September 11th, was a personal trainer beConstables Christine Steffler and Derek Balderston 30 police officers will set fore becoming an RCMP out for Kelowna and cyofficer. cle in a loop through Osoyoos, Castlegar, Nelson and Each rider must raise $2,000 for the foundation, Cranbrook before reaching the Columbia Valley. so the constables are working hard to gather donations Although the date is not set, Const. Balderston during their training period. said the cycling cops will pass through Invermere beThe next big fund-raiser will be held at the Mounfore the ride continues on to Golden, Revelstoke and tain Mosaic Festival at Kinsmen Beach on Canada Kamloops, finishing on September 20th. Day. Teams of emergency services employees will The riders will have a police escort as they cycle compete to build a boat in three hours at the festival, through downtown Invermere, before stopping for using materials delivered from Home Hardware that lunch. The community is encouraged to come out and day. At 3:15 p.m., the teams will race their “unique” lend support on the day; keep reading The Pioneer for vessels on Lake Windermere. more details. There will be prizes for first place, best costume, This will be the second year Constable Balderston and the least amount of money used to build the boat has participated in the ride. (and still be able to finish the race). It’s bound to be a “The bike ride is a challenge,” he admitted, “but hilarious event – don’t miss it! the whole goal is solely to raise money for kids in Anyone interested in donating to Const. Steffler’s need.” and Const. Balderston’s Cops For Kids ride, please The Columbia Valley is Const. Balderston’s first contact the Columbia Valley Detachment at 250-342post after joining the RCMP in March 2007. He is 9292. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

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Windermere kids study trilobite treasures Submitted by Delphi Hoodicoff Columbia Basin Trust

FOSSIL FRIENDS – Jade Bowen, Brooklynne Agnew, Alyssa Marchand, and Sam Gaspar of Windermere Elementary School enjoyed learning about some of the oldest fossils in the world, found right here in the basin formed by the Columbia River.

Who didn’t grow up playing in the dirt and, after reading about dinosaurs and buried treasures, lead a few exhilarating expeditions in the back yard – shovel in hand – ready to discover a piece of history? There are the passionate few who can still be found on these dirt-digging expeditions long after they’ve left their childhood. And that’s a good thing, because as Chris Jenkins knows, the Columbia River Basin is a fossil hunter’s dream. “There are lots of fossils to be found in our local area, and not a lot of people are aware of this. I wanted to share my discoveries and what I have learned with young people in hopes of educating and perhaps inspiring a future palaeontologist,” said Chris. “I’ve found 40 to 50 new trilobite species.” Trilobites are a group of long-extinct marine fossils. For the past two years he has partnered with Columbia Basin Trust and

Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council in a school program to teach and encourage palaeontology and fossil-hunting. This year the Community School Trilobite Exploration program took place in several local schools including Invermere, Windermere and Radium. Students were introduced to fossil exploration research, and given hands-on exhibits of some of the oldest fossils in the world – trilobites. “Now that students have been introduced to these fossils, I would encourage them to go and explore while hiking or camping because they might just make a new discovery,” Chris said. Windermere Elementary School principal Jill Jensen said it was a wonderful learning experience. “This was an important opportunity for students to experience hands-on science with a real scientist,” she said. “Students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. They were engaged, had lots of questions and were excited about taking a trilobite home with them.”






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Kootenay Savings wins awards Submitted by Deb Melnyk Kootenay Savings Kootenay Savings Credit Union has added more national awards to its reputation. The credit union has won Best of Show for the 2008 “Roadmap to Prosperity” annual report at the Marketing Association for Credit Unions annual awards gala in Quebec City, achieving the highest score among all credit unions across Canada. Kootenay Savings Credit Union, with corporate offices in Trail, is a member-owned financial institution with 13 branches throughout the Kootenays, including Invermere and its new branch in Radium. The Achievement in Marketing Excellence awards recognize the best and brightest achievements in credit union marketing. “We are so proud of this award,” says Dario Cescon, vice-president of marketing. Earlier this year, Kootenay Savings won its first Golden Mirror Award, which honours exceptional marketing campaigns within Canada and the United States. The award was presented

by the Credit Union Executive Society based in Madison, Wisconsin. Chief Executive Officer Brent Tremblay stated: “Our marketing department created a very unique concept for the 2007 annual report. The almanac concept was easy to read and very informative at the same time. I am proud of all of the people on the marketing team for this outstanding achievement, and wait until you see the 2008 Annual Report. It’s another winner!” The accolades don’t stop there, as Kootenay Savings was presented with the prestigious Prism Award by the International Coaching Federation. The Prism Award celebrates businesses and organizations that have achieved tangible bottom-line benefits and other organizational impacts through coaching as a leadership strategy. “This award is a testament to the great time, effort, importance and dedication we have all placed on our transition to the “coach approach,” commented Larry Holm, vice-president of human resources. Kootenay Savings Credit Union has $794 million in assets, 40,000 members and over 250 employees. It also operates a community foundation.


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Watering times Morning 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Afternoon 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Windermere Residents living north of Windermere Creek can water on even numbered days and residents south of Windermere Creek can water on odd numbered days. Timber Ridge Even numbered homes can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and odd numbered homes can water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Lakeview Meadows Even numbered homes can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while odd numbered homes can water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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The Pioneer has landed Top: Carl and Brittany Kinsey took The Pioneer along when they got married in Las Vegas on May 30th. From left to right: Tannelle Bolt, Tina Tremblay, Katie Sant, Megan Jones, Brittany Kinsey, Carl Kinsey, Kerri Jones, Matt Willox, Chad Potter. Front: Chris Kinsey and his friend Brent. Bottom left: Eric and Marg Rasmussen at the Viking Statue in Gimli, Manitoba. Bottom right: Donna and Steve Bremmer, Val May, Linda and Mel Warer at the Giz Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. These contestants will all be entered to win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game and one night at a Calgary hotel courtesy of Russ Daggett at Invermere Travel World.

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New Radium fire hall sketched By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The Village of Radium is mere months away from breaking ground on their highly-anticipated new fire hall. Sketches of the building, provided by Richard Cordner Architect Ltd. of Calgary, were released to the public last weekend and, so far, residents like what they see. “Everyone I have spoken to is happy with the design,� said Councillor Don Devlin, a member of the fire hall committee. “One of the biggest comments I have gotten is that people really like that the fire hall is going to have that mountain type of look – keeping it similar to our village’s style.� “Modern� and “appropriate� are the words Mr. Devlin used to describe the new fire hall, to be located behind Radium Hot Springs Esso. “I really like the fact that there’s a special roof deck being built so the firefighters can do some rope training off

the back of the building,� he said. The preliminary drawings, at right, show the new fire hall consisting of three floors and four vehicle bays. The basement will house a utility room and a weight room; the second floor will feature a training area, lounge and kitchen. The main floor will contain the four vehicle bays, an office, radio room and workshop. One of the most important features is the building’s expandable design, Mr. Devlin said. “This means, as we grow as a village, the fire hall can grow with us,� he said. But, Mr. Devlin warned, the features might be subject to change. “We are still working to get to the final plans,� he explained. “We are just in the preliminary drawings phase – trying to iron out a few of the glitches in order to get a buildable product.� The village will begin seeking tenders for the construction of the fire hall within a month and hopes to break ground in late August.

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1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.




• Road Sweeping • Landscaping • Property Maintenance

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• Trucking • All Grading • Mini Track Hoe

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• Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks 24 hour emergency service

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• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations

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window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406



BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 342-3031 PHONE: 347-9350 FAX: 342-6945 FAX: 347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician #109-901 7th Ave., Invermere


RR3, 4874 Ridge Cres. Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

Commercial and Hospitality IT

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250-342-6008 @ With four service Technicians and two support staff we have the resources to solve your computer problems.

Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

Data Protection Computer Repair IT Consulting

3D Modeling and Virtual Rendering Home Automation and Green Technology Computer Sales and Support

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Septic Systems Installed ~ Pumped ~ Repaired Prefab Cement Tanks Installed Water Lines Dug Installed Basements Dug




Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

Darren Ross 4890 Stoddart Creek RR#2 Invermere, BC V0A 1K2

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BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 342-3031 PHONE: 347-9350 FAX: 342-6945 FAX: 347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031

Today’s Technology Old Style Craftsmanship



Jean-Luc Cortat

Certified Hellerwork Practitioner

385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax:

@ Renaissance Wellness Centre Box 185 / 505 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 • 250-342-2535

(250) 342-7100 (250) 342-7103


• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email:



1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Manulife Securities Incorporated = IDAAND KOOTENAYS SERVING THE COLUMBIA VALLEY Manulife Securities Investment Services inc. = MFDA Manulife Securities Insurance Inc. = INSURANCE

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VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Clean Machine Pressure Wash Phone: 250-688-1172 • Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


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Cape of gold lightens the evening sky The sky glowed last Thursday night with a beautiful sunset, one of the finest treasures the Columbia Valley has to offer. Taken looking north from Mount Swansea, this photo captures the moments after the sun dips behind the mountains.

Photo by Sally Waddington

HERE TO SERVE YOU Decks, Finishing, Hardwood Floors and Accentuating Timber Projects

Farnham Construction Enhancing your mountain setting is our specialty.

(250) 347-7746 Box 33 Edgewater BC V0E 1A0

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


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Freight & Passenger Depot

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Dunlop Contracting

next to Skookum Inn

1484 Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC V0B 2L1


(250) 341-6888

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Green Zone: top 10 reasons to golf By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Here is my list of the top ten excuses you can use to go golfing today: 10. All the pin placements are forward today. 9. I am just very optimistic I will play well if I golf today, so I’m going. 8. I am useless at work unless I golf twice a week. 7. I enjoy hitting things. 6. I can get some lawn care tips from the ground maintenance crew. 5. I don’t have time for the driving range, but I have time to play 18. 4. I can pass gas, and no one is

the wiser. 3. I bought a double titanium krypton driver with atomic shaft and sand grooved grips. I need to try it out. 2. I am almost 50; I need to practice for the senior circuit. 1. I can expense it for business purposes. The Green Zone Quote of the Week is by Sam Snead: “I once thought of becoming a political cartoonist because they only have to come up with one idea a day. “Then I thought I’d become a sports writer instead, because they don’t have to come up with any.”

Golf Briefs Mountainside Men’s Snips Sixteen golfers (loose term!) teed it up on Wednesday afternoon, and the weather was as nice as it gets. The Hoodooville Golf Cart made its inaugural appearance, and I must say it was well received. The team game was won by Tim Lindsay, and Steve Scheult, and second place was easily secured by Ron (Bucky) Dear and young gun, Cam Richardson. Cam was the big money winner, securing the only deuce on 16, which held for a snip as well. Snips were also recorded by Ray (Hatman) Everton, Steve Scheult, Bill Kulyk, and Ed English. – Submitted by Ed English

Ladies in the Pink The Springs Ladies In the Pink – Relay for Life Tournament took place on June 10th, raising $1,781 in donations from club members both participating and unable to play in the event. Since the inspiration for the fund raiser came from Lisa Logstrup, Chair of the local Relay for Life, the money was dedicated to “Sam’s Team” in memory of her daughter. The Ladies were happy that Lisa was able to join the post-game festivities and present the trophies donated by two club members. The event was a huge success on

many levels, not only raising money but promoting camaraderie and the fun of competition as the ladies took time from their busy lives to enjoy a light post game lunch. Thanks to Michael at the Pro Shop for making sure all the pins were in place and a huge thank you to all the Springs Ladies whose enthusiasm for the event was tremendous. – Submitted by Marlyn Gill

Golf Day planned for hospital The Fairmont and District Lions Club, whose motto is “working together to meet new needs and greater demands,” is the first service club to step forward to help raise funds for the Together for Everyone! Invermere District Hospital Emergency Department campaign. Every year this enthusiastic group works with sponsor Coy’s Par 3 Golf Course to host a Golf Fun Day benefiting a local charity. This year the Fairmont Lions will allocate their tournament proceeds toward the $500,000 goal for emergency hospital equipment. The Golf Fun Day takes place on Saturday, June 20th with a noon and 2:30 p.m. draw (limit of 72 players per draw). Sign up by calling Coy’s Par 3 Golf Course at 250-345-6504.

Literacy : more than words WED JUNE 3 2009 RD

09 It was a gorgeous day for golf, music and delicious food at the Radium Resort on Wednesday, June 3 for the 16th Annual Literacy Charity Golf Tournament. The day’s biggest winners were the literacy programs and services of the Windermere Valley. The LITERACY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT could not happen without the generous support of corporate and individual donors. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the participants, supporters, volunteers and the following sponsors and donors: Very special thanks to special guest Barbara Adler, our Poet Laureate, musicians John Cronin, Brian Hoffos, Kurt Reichel and

Bill Cropper for providing such excellent entertainment, our MC Bob Gadsby, Prose Art for all the wonderful promotion materials, tournament photographer Keira Steen with The Valley Echo, Nelson and Carter Philips our Town Crier and miniCrier, and all the dedicated volunteers who helped to make the day so much fun. Thank you also to Kelly, Aaron and Alex for speaking about their experiences as ESL learners. Last, but definitely not least, a warm and special thank you to Joe Evanoff and the staff at Radium Resort for hosting and supporting this tournament for the sixteenth year!


CORPORATE SPONSORS AG Valley Foods BC Hydro District of Invermere Essentials Department Store Focus Corp Interior World Invermere Home Hardware

Invermere Public Library Kluge Boyd Lawyers Lambert Kipp Pharmacy Marble Canyon Hoodoo Grill Moondance Technology North Star Motors

Pete’s Marina Quasar Western Electric Rona Northstar Hardware Rotary Club of Invermere Royal LePage Sobey’s Windermere Valley Golf Course

DONORS AG Valley Foods Anglz Hair Salon B n G Fuels Backdoor Wine Cellar Bank of Montreal Bare Hands Massage Bavin Glassworks Best Western Invermere Inn Black Forest Restaurant Bliss Hair Salon Blue Dog Café Bootleg Gap Golf Brian Hoffos Wood Design

Brisco General Store Canada Post Canadian Rockies Hot Springs Canterbury Flowers Caraway Pottery College of the Rockies Columbia Kayak and Canoe Columbia Valley Pioneer Columbia Valley Trading Copper Point Golf Course Coy’s Dutch

Creek Ranch Dairy Queen Dapper’s Landing Dave’s Book Bar Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly DR Sports Eagle Ranch Golf Course Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort/ Riverside/ Mountainside/ Creekside Family Resource Centre Farside Inn

Fusion Wellness Spa Gone Hollywood Interior World Invermere Dental Clinic Invermere Family Chiropractic Invermere Wash and Lube It’s A Wrap Kicking Horse Coffee Kool Country Auto Parts Towing & Rads Kootenay Coffee Works Kootenay River

Runners MacDonald Thomas Lawyers Majestic U-Brew & Wine Manulife Securities Marble Canyon, Hoodos Bar and Grill Monkey’s Uncle Moondance Technology Odyssey Carpet Cleaning Pharmasave Pilates Pursuits Prestige Inn Prose Art

Quality Bakery Radium Resort Renaissance Wellness Centre Massage Therapy Rising Sun Massage and Spa Serendipity by Design Spur Valley Golf Course Te Papa Nui The Valley Echo Tim Hortons Valley Alley Valley Fitness Centre



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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Wladimir M. Redeker “Ray” Born: January 3, 1917 in Russia Passed Away: June 7, 2009 in Invermere, British Columbia On June 7, 2009 our dear father and grandfather passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 92. Ray lived an energetic and productive life that took him to live and work around the world: namely Russia, Holland, Finland, Indonesia, Hawaii and Sicamous, British Columbia. Most recently Ray and Jeannette (wife of 59 years) came to live in Invermere to be near their children. The family is grateful for this time together. WEL TE RUSTEN PAP. Ray is survived by: Eric and Yvonne Redeker; Sonja, Warren, Jolanda and Ian; Janet and Pedro Cebulka; Stephanie and Jessica; Peter and Lucy Redeker; Jason and Quinn. He was predeceased by his spouse Jeannette Redeker. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

Minnie Thompson Minnie passed away at Columbia House on June 14, 2009. Minnie was born in Goldthorpe, Yorkshire on January 14, 1927. She came to Canada with her family in July, 1963 and moved to the valley in September, 1963.

GARAGE SALE Saturday & Sunday, June 20th & 21st, 8:00am – 2:00pm. Leather sofas, glass coffee table, antique side chairs (4), paintings, pictures, posters, light fixtures, books, antiques, Xmas decorations & lights, office supplies, wooden shelving, wooden mantle, music/movie DVDS/CDS, wood grained folding door, curtains, blinds, snowboard, sports equipment, lawn boy mower & other gardening items, clothing, clothing racks, countless treasures & household items. 5151 Riverview Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, HWY 93/95 to the main gate of Riverside Resort. (West side of Hwy at the flags. Riverview Road is the main road to the Riverside Golf Pro Shop.)



. Yard Sale, Saturday, June 20th, 8:00am – 2:00pm. Furniture, antiques, tools, misc, 9206 Main Avenue. Wilmer. Saturday, June 20th, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, 1703 Sinclair Ave, Windermere. Fundraiser for ICAN (Invermere Companion Animal Network Society), a nonprofit, all volunteer, companion animal rescue society based in Invermere. Contact 250-3417888,,

announcement Scrapbooking Supplies, local, creative memories consultant for traditional and digital scrapbooking. Call Kathy, 250270-0254.



HEMMELGARN – In loving memory of Tyral who passed away June 22, 2003 There is a face that haunts us ever And a voice which brought us cheer And a smile we’ll forever remember When in silence we dry every tear

Minnie worked at the Post Office in Invermere until her retirement as Postmistress.

Love Dad, Harmony, Grandpa, Grandma, Teryl and Al

Minnie is survived by her daughter Anne (Louis) McSheffrey of Invermere, BC and son Peter (Candice) Thompson of Bassano, AB, grandchildren Christine (David) Reiter of Quesnel, BC, Robert McSheffrey of Invermere, BC, Kevin Thompson of Bassano, AB, Melissa Thompson of Bassano, AB and her two great grandsons Daniel Reiter and Anthony Thompson.


She is also survived by her brother George (Margaret) Myers and sister Ruth Taylor, sister-in-laws, Margaret (Chad) Chadwick, Lynda (Jeff) Connis, brother-in-law Phil Harris, in England. Cousins Ron (Trudi) Potts of Calgary and Bill (Barb) Potts of Quesnel, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in England and New Zealand.

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 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.

Predeceased by her husband Ronald Thompson and sister-inlaw Shirley Harris in England.

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.

Funeral services will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday June 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm.

If interested please contact Lori Sluth (Homestay Coordinator Invermere) at 250-346-3377

Got an entertainment, sports or news tip? Give us a call! 250-341-6299

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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.

Zehnder’s Local Beef Including smokies, pepperoni, garlic coil & jerky (Raised without antibiotics & artificial growth hormones) Now available at Grant’s Foods 503 – 7th Avenue

Fairmont Canada Day Celebration July 1st, Fairmont Ski Hill, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for oodles of family fun and games. Prizes for every child! Live music, barbeque, cold beer and activities for all ages. Bring your own lawn chairs! Witness the finish of Fairmont Fantastic 3 Triathlon, (call Crazy Soles for registration details, 250-342-2074).


THANK YOU Thank you for donating to the Food Bank. The need for food has increased substantially this year. There is always a need for canned fruit. We would like to thank all the friends and family of Anneli Purschwitz for coming to Ken and Linda’s house for her honour! It was very much appreciated. Frank and Michael Purschwitz.

CHEERS & JEERS CHEERS: to all the DTSS and Legion students whose work is on display at Pynelogs. This valley has some really talented young people.

CHEERS: & M... M… MMMORE CHEEERS to Ivan at Kool Country Towing & AMA for taking such great Wednesday, June 24th, care of our Toyota truck’s 1st 7:00 pm – 10:00pm flat tire last Friday night June If you are looking for more 12th in front of Portabella’s. energy, joy, and peace in your THEN to top that off, made sure life and relationships or dealing that we SAFELY got home!! Your with stress, loss, change, illness service was absolutely fabulous and any destructive coping and very much appreciated. choice, this ”Course in Miracles” Sincerely, the “Golf Girls”. Gestalt based “Peak Recovery” experience will provide you CHEERS: to all the volunteer with insights and tools to effect soccer coaches. Without you a meaningful and positive our children would not have as change. much fun as they do! Thank you For program description and for giving your time. participation feedback response, see website: http://www. JEERS: to the person who left For more a used needle at the Kootenay information and registration, Savings Soccer Field. My seven contact David Ott at 250-857- year old picked it up and could 4705 or email: davidott@ have easily stabbed herself with it. Shame on you!

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Pioneer Classifieds

• Phone: 250-341-6299 • Fax: 250-341-6229 • Email: •




condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT



Radium, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, basement suite, $1000, includes utilities, available immediately, 250-342-6010 (Donna).


3 bdrm, 2 bath townhome plus garage in downtown Invermere, $1350 + utilities, N/P, 250-3411182.

Brand new, never lived in! Lakeview Meadows 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath top floor executive condo. SS appliances, granite, slate and hardwood finishes, gas fireplace. Backs Copper Point Golf Course. Full use of amenities include: indoor pool, tennis, beach access, paved walking/biking trails, underground parking and storage. Great views! N/S, $1500 + hydro, phone & cable. Long term only, references required, 250-341-6090.

OPEN HOUSE Saturday June 20th , 11:00 am -1:00 pm 2146 Westside Park View Contact Glenn Pomeroy @ 250-270-0666 Maxwell Realty Invermere

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. 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 GOING AWAY TO SCHOOL? Shared accommodation close to SAIT and U of C. Fully furnished house in great neighbourhood, $600/month includes utilities, wireless hi-speed internet, cable. Call 250-345-0004 for more info.

SUITE FOR RENT One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month, 250-3456365 Fairmont Bungalows. Bright new 2 bdrm walk-out in Radium. Large covered patio, infloor heating, $1100/month includes utilities, cable & internet, 250-342-5159.

BlackforestHeights, 2 bdrm walkout. Bright and comfortable with large windows, great views and yard, 6 appliances + central vac. N/S, N/P, quiet tenants only, available Aug. 1st , $925/month includes utilities, 250-342-3057 or 250-341-5572 (cell). 1 bdrm basement suite available July 1st, N/P, N/S, $650 + DD, includes utilities, wireless and cable, 250-341-5159. 2 bdrm suite in Invermere, bright and clean, close to schools, fridge, F/S/W/D. Available immediately, N/S, N/P, 250-3421588. Invermere 2 bdrm walk-out, $1000/month, includes hydro, utilities, 250-342-6899. Columere Park, bright 1 bdrm furnished upstairs suite, private beach, quiet, $750/month, 250345-6524. Available immediately, 2 bdrm, large renovated main floor suite, fully furnished. Walk to town & beach. Includes internet, cable, parking, all utilities, beautiful view. Available weekly or monthly, couple preferred, no partiers, references. 250-3428651.

HOUSE FOR RENT EXCELLENT LOCATION. Very nice Invermere home on quiet cul-de-sac, walking distance to Kinsmen Beach and Downtown, 3 bdrm up, 2 down, large private backyard, wood and electric heat. Dishwasher, Stove, Fridge, W/D included. Available June 1st, $1400.00 + util. 250-2700270.


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

Invermere, Westside Park, new bright and clean 3 storey house, 3 bdrm, 3 ½ bath, walkout basement, 2 car garage, fireplace, large living room and kitchen, dining area. N/P, N/S. Available June 25th, $1400 + util + DD, 250-342-7377, 250342-6753, 250-688-1067. Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email 3 bdrm mobile home, new carpets, 4 appl, propane heat, large deck with awesome view. $750/month + $375 DD. Absolutely no dogs allowed, 250-342-4400 (days), 250-3479242 (eve). Invermere 2/3 bdrm condo. Everything included, hydro, utilities, high speed internet, new W/D and appliances, huge sky lights & windows, sliding doors, private yard & parking. Yard maintenance year round, beautiful views, close to beach & amenities, long term, quiet single or working couple, N/S, N/P, no partiers, $1200, available July 1st , 250-342-6899 or 250688-7798.

condo FOR RENT Sable Ridge, Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath w/den, fireplace, A/C, granite, pool, 2 hot tubs, heated underground parking, $995/ month includes utilities, 403256-0694 or 403-650-5503.

RADIUM – FULLY FURNISHED large windows & large deck overlooking 13th hole of The Springs Golf Course, available July 1st. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow style in Eagle Crest Villas. Single car garage. 6 month min. lease. $1190 (includes condo fees) + utilities + D.D., N/ P, N/S, references required, 403519-2216, 403-981-1551. 2 bdrm + den condo in Radium. Sleeps 6, fully furnished, 6 appliances, granite, gas fireplace, top floor, wrap around balcony, BBQ, hot tub, pool, underground parking. Weekend, weekly, or long-term available, 403-861-7754. Radium, new 2 bdrm condos. Furnished, $1250, unfurnished, $1050, long-term lease required, 403-816-6007. Top floor Radium condo, unfurnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, in suite laundry, underground parking. Available immediately, $1000/month, util. included, 780-903-0900.

Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 2nd floor end unit, 7 appl, A/C, pool, underground parking & storage, $1000/month all inclusive, 403663-0446.

VACATION RENTAL R.V. lots to rent. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, 250-3498212 or 250-349-7568.


HERITAGE RANCH HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Saturday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Completely renovated house on 2.5 acres located outside of Radium “The Pinewood” Windermere, in Elkhorn Country professionally furnished 1200 Estates, an exclusive private sq.ft., 2 bdrm, 2 bath, in suite gated community, one of only laundry, deck, BBQ, underground 11 estates included in phase parking, N/S, N/P, $1000, one. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security includes utilities, available July system, working shutters, all 1st, references, 780-467-9220 services underground, furniture included, $485,000. Call Elkhorn or 780-914-3497. Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 2502 bdrm, 2 bath condo in 342-1268. Pinewood, Radium, fireplace, $950/month, includes utilities. 3 bdrm, 3 bath home in Available immediately, 403- immaculate condition. Open concept, hardwood, ceramic, 560-5603. carpet. Gorgeous mountain 2 bdrm townhouse in Black & lake views, 2 mins. walk to Forest Village, $1300/month. Kinsmen Beach. A must see $419,000, 250-342-7396. Call 250-342-0838.

Radium, 2 bdrm, 1 bath older home, neat and tidy, large corner lot, great potential to build. Reduced for quick sale $252,000 OBO, 780-633-0595, 780-993-1579.

House for Trade or Sale

Wanted home in Columbia Valley to trade for new, modern, furnished house in Calgary, reduced. Adjacent to Elks Golf Course and close to D/T. Call Ray 403-920-3359, google MLS C3366099.

condo FOR SALE Affordable downtown Invermere condo, 2 bdrm, $159, 000 + GST, 250-341-1182. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, furnished, all appliances, indoor pool and hot tub, beach, marina, tennis courts, $245,000, 403-249-7044. 1 bdrm, great for independent seniors, newly renovated, behind hospital, beside park, south facing, small pet allowed, laundry, dishwasher, parking. Call 250-341-3103 (eve), 250688-0083 (cell). No agents please. Heron Point, Invermere, ¼ share available, best unit in the complex, fully furnished, ground floor, walk-out to yard, 2 min. walk from both beach and downtown, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, pool, hot tub, fitness room, storage, great view of the lake and beach, $135,000, 250-6882667.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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condo FOR SALE


Misc. For Sale




Purchase in beautiful Sable Ridge, Radium. NO BANK QUALIFYING! $10,000. Call 403560-2354.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden 250-344-8447

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


1998 GMC 1500 SLS, 2x4, 2 sets of tires, summer/winter, mounted on extra wheels, club cab, excellent condition. $8000 OBO, let’s make a deal, 250-3426372.

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089


8 acres of hay meadow. Beautiful mountain view with great building opportunity. Near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $425,000.00. Call 250-3422802. Exclusive Private Gated Acreage Absolutely spectacular surroundings with unobstructed view straight down the snow capped Fairmont Rocky Mountain Range. Very private yet only 2 mins. to the beach & Windermere. Services to lot. Architectural controls ensure your investment, as well as no building commitment. See Invermere. Must be seen to be appreciated, 250342-1167. 1 ½ acres close to Windermere Golf Course. Views of Chisel Peak & Sawtooth Range, $259,900, 250-342-0284.


Blinds, 1 pleated linen, 70”w x 46”h. 3 Venetian Levolor 39”w x 70”h. 250-342-3935.

Wanted: picnic table or outdoor patio set and a couch. Call 250342-3036.

Bowflex Power Pro $500 OBO, 250-345-6666 or 250-2709091.

Boat slip to rent for the summer on Lake Windermere. Call Brad, 403-512-1754 or 403-2412669.

New collectors items: Mountain bike, Schwinn, Tim Hortons Special $800. Handmade by Bedouin’s, silk rug 6’ x 4’, $600. Chess set, pewter, crafted by Franklin Mint/Battle of Waterloo, $400. Hand-crafted King sized jean quilts, $200. Near new: Slider chair, $200. Solid Oak table, seats 6, $1000. Yamaha electric piano (88 keys), piano touch, $900. Call Stan 250-4099049.

Second hand furniture, good condition only. Call 250-3422653.

Misc. For Sale Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/pick-up load. Call, 250342-1268. Luxury 5-6 son hot tub with corner lounger, 54 s/s jets, no maintenance cabinet, LED lighting & waterfalls, black marble with grey cabinet. Only 7 months old, new $10,000, asking $6,000, 250-342-7176 or 250-342-5730 (cell).

Girls white 4 piece bedroom suite, $200 OBO. Call Donna, 250-342-3699 (day), 250-342Sunny South facing 59’ x 120’ 3231 (eve). level lot, zoned R1MH in Canal Flats. Located on Spruce Avenue, Hot tub, $1000 OBO. Oversized between cedar fence and huge soaker bath tub with Roman tree, $75,000, 250-342-7179. tap set, $600 OBO. Laminate flooring, $1/sq.ft (1300 sq.ft), FOR SALE BY OWNER 250-342-5276. Wilmer Property 9140 Smith Street 200 gallon fiberglass water tank (off Main Avenue) $200. Fibreglass tub surround Nice mountain views almond, like new $50, 250-341Large walk-out lot 5536. Older 3 bdrm manufactured home currently on lot Excellent sandy top soil. $150/ $120,000 truck load, $50/pick up. Aspen Contact 250-341-1656. Meadows, 250-270-0590.

2 large, used dog igloos, $30 ea. Long galvanized water trough for horse/dog, $150, great condition. Dog food feeder, free. Gently used, spiral, fully enclosed and heavy duty child’s yellow slide. Will mount to 7’ high platform/tower, $150. FREE, very well used trampoline & enclosure, must pick-up. Call 250-421-3202. Newer washer and dryer set from Sears, used only 2 years, $400. Call 250-342-0358, after 6:00 or leave message. Pandora silver jewelry. Beads, rings, necklace, bracelet. Private sale, offers, 250-341-5345 (cell), 250-347-6007. For Sale or Trade. 10” tilting Arbor Table Saw & accessories $1100. 6” jointer $300. Heavy duty thickness planer $1100. Radial Arm Saw $700. Take all 4 for $2500 or will trade for small camper or trailer. Will also consider trade for labour. All prices negotiable, 250-342-2104.

2 Necky Santa Cruz recreational kayaks, paddles, spray skirts, Thule carriers with saddles, $2500, 250-345-0041.

MOTOR HOMES/TRAILERS 1999 19’ Terry Trailer, sleeps 4, bathroom, fridge, stove and microwave. $9,500 OBO, 3429374

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2004 Kawasaki Super Sherpa 250, on/off road motorcycle, street legal. Ride to work and in the mountains, excellent bike, $2400, 250-342-1167. 2 quads for sale, 1 Yamaha, 1 Kawasaki. Please call 250-3420350 (home) or 403-701-3344 (cell). 1964 Norton 850 Commando, 2002 1100 V Star Yamaha, both in excellent condition, 250-3423159. 1981 Vanguard Camper, 8’9”, bathroom, fridge, stove, furnace, sleeps 4, $1200. 1985 250 TRX Honda Quad with cover and winch, $1500. Call 250-3423832 after 6:00pm.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1977 Chev Malibu Classic, $3000 firm, 250-342-8474 or 250-3418033 (cell). 1978 Ford Ranger 150. Great for wood hauling, $500, 250-3423305. 1987 Toyota hatchback, 4 door sedan, good condition, $600, 250-347-5420. 2002 Impala, 175 HP, no rust, 40 MPG, $4800 OBO. Utility golf cart, $450 OBO, 250-347-6404.

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2002 Chevy Tracker 4WD, 5 speed, 4 door, A/C, new tires, windshield, brakes and battery. Great condition, 180,000 km, $6900 OBO, 250-342-4436, Amy or Chris. 2008 Mazda 3, 23,000 km, inside leather, many options, $20,000. Phone 250-270-0752.

Services Tile & Slate Installs Custom Steam Rooms, Showers and Floors All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-342-0448

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Flooring Installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250347-9192 or 250-341-1235. Installations of ceramic mosaic quarry tiles, slate glassblocks, etc. For estimates call 250-3416869


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.

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

Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Dale Hunt @ 342-3569 Lawn Services Required? Tired of who you have? Professional, qualified, yard services, with a great reputation and 15 years experience. Call Everett Frater Enterprises today, 250-342-6116 or 250-342-5645, efraterent@ Hello parents, I am 16 years old and looking for jobs this summer as a babysitter/nanny. I am great with kids, very responsible, confident, trustworthy and fun. Please contact Stevie, 250-6880042 or 250-342-5553.

TENDERS INVITATION TO TENDER The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking quotes for the following project: Paint Exterior of CVCC/Visitor Centre Building at 651 Hwy 93/95, Invermere, BC. Deadline for submissions is 4:00 pm, June 26, 2009. For more information, call (250) 342-2844 Lowest Bid may not necessarily be the successful tender.

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Stroke! The Lake Windermere Rowing Club completed a “Learn to Row” course on June 5th. It was the largest class ever. “We were especially thrilled to have two junior rowers this year and hope to continue the trend,” said club member Doris Penner. The keeners will be on the lake at 6:30 a.m. testing out their new skills in the rowing skulls when most people are still sleeping. Pictured here, back row: Karen Jukes, Jane Lustenberger (member), Leanne Ingham, Jenny Richardson (member), Caio Paagman, Giselle Reinsch, Patrick Donker, Dave McGrath (member); middle row: Balance Paagman, Parker McGrath; front row, Doris Penner (member), Kindry Dalke, Robyn Canty, Shannon Wilde, Laura Bidinger, Colleen Shaw. Missing from the photo are: Danielle Minard (participant) and members Margot Penner, Claudia Becker, Janet Watson and Dave Penner. Photo submitted by Doris Penner

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Verna’s Family Daycare has openings, 250-342-6010.

LEGAL – MacDONALD THOMAS Law Office requires receptionist/ legal assistant for immediate start – permanent, full-time position (4-5 days/week). Experience preferred but will train, salary D.O.E. Submit resume by fax 250-342-3237, mail to Box 2400, Invermere, V0A 1K0 or email reception@

FREE MOVIE RENTALS – F/T OR P/T. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals, benefits. Please call Thora at 250-3420057, or fax 250-342-6583, email ghvinvermere@hotmail. com or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood.


Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery is now accepting applications for a F/T, P/T line cook. Must be available for all shifts. Apply in person with resume, email or fax 250-347-9987.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Well established lawn irrigation and landscape business, equipment included, 250-3456666 or 250-270-9091.

careers Housekeeper required. Fulltime, part-time at Fairmont Bungalows. Call 250-345-6365, fax 250-345-6348, or email Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for year around f/t or p/t evening servers. Phone 250-347-0047 or e-mail mail@

Kootenay River Runners is looking for a self-motivated, personable individual for our fast paced rafting sales office in Radium Hot Springs. Although this position is multi-faceted, the main focus of the job is sales and customer service. Past experience in the Adventure Tourism Industry is an asset. Fulltime or part-time is available. Please forward resumes to Linda Irvine at info@raftingtherockies. com. Successful candidates will be contacted.

Copper City Saloon requires full-time cook. Email invinn@ or fax 250-342-6079 or apply in person to Brenda Gingrich. La Cabina restaurant requires experienced cooks and servers. Call 250-347-2340 or email Hairstylist required at Valley Hairstyling. Full or part-time, call Susan, 250-342-9863. Stevo’s 2 for 1 Pizza located in Fairmont Hot Springs is now accepting applications for cooks. Fax resume to 250-342-8884.

Strands Old House Restaurant is looking for a full-time saucier/sous chef. Applicants should be certified and have a creative and energetic disposition with a minimum of 4 – 6 years experience in fine dining. This is hands on in a well established casual fine dining restaurant. Please send resume to Tony Wood, Box 640, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 or or call 1-888-342-6344.

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NO JOB TOO SMALL for College student with truck! Yard clean up, gutter cleaning, debris hauling, or extra helping hands, 250-342-9446.

Certified Dental Assistant required for Invermere Dental Practice. Full-time for JulyAugust. This position comes with a beautiful 2 bdrm apartment, rent free for July – August. Come and spend the summer in Invermere, rent free! Please drop off resume at Lakeview Dental or contact us at 250-342-9663 or 250-342-7384 (cell).

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Listen to good advice Pastor Scott Peterson Valley Christian Assembly Have you ever noticed there are a lot of people who enjoy giving advice, but very few people who enjoy taking it? Maybe that’s due to the great number of “knowit-alls” in society today who feel they have all the answers. When we do come to a point in our lives where we seek the counsel of others, we often receive poor advice which leads to poor decision-making and negative consequences. In the book of 1 Kings, Chapter 22, there is the account of King Ahab, who ruled the nation of Israel (no, not Captain Ahab, the king was actually real). He wanted to attack the land of Ramoth Gilead, but acting on the suggestion of his friend Jehosaphat, king of Judah, he sought the advice of his local prophets. These prophets, however, were not led by God, and together they encouraged King Ahab to go to war. Among all the prophets who readily gave advice the king wanted to hear, there was one prophet who stood up and voiced an opposing opinion, whose name was Micaiah. The prophet Micaiah truly received his information from the Lord and passed it on to King Ahab, who, in turn, rejected it and threw him into prison. Then the king led his nation into battle, which would

be the last major decision he would ever make. Israel lost the confrontation, and Ahab experienced a bloody death in his chariot. What lessons can we learn from this story? As people of Christian faith, we understand that the greatest source of good advice comes from God’s Word, the Bible. God speaks to us through His Word, providing loving guidance in finding joy, peace, and purpose for life. When we feel the need to talk to someone on a personal level, we should certainly consider the source. Does this individual live a life of honesty and integrity? Does this individual have his or her own life in order and is qualified to give advice? Does he or she have my best interest in mind and will I be given the straight truth, even though it might hurt? Make sure you don’t go to someone to receive advice that you want to hear, but rather that you need to hear! Also, in case this little detail might be overlooked, make sure that it’s clear: we need to listen to good advice and apply it to our lives! Knowing the right thing to do doesn’t help unless you are willing to do it! Far too often, stubbornness and pride can keep us from making good decisions and cause us to make bad ones. Poor decisions can range from choosing the wrong kind of relationship to refusing to obey the speed limit and receiving a ticket! God will give us good advice if we ask Him for it. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” If we all received the right kind of advice, then applied it to our lives, it would make all the difference in the world!

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Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship, Christ Church Trinity Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word. Children’s Church provided during the message. Pastor T. Scott Peterson • 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father Jim McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship 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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