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‘Sea of Pink’ sweeps away bullying Students at David Thompson Secondary School took a stand on Wednesday, September 30th. Hundreds of students donned pink clothing to participate in the 3rd annual Sea of Pink anti-bullying day at the school. They marched from the hallway to the soccer field, where the student body formed the words, “Say no!”

while a plane flew overhead to take a photo. The school also combined the event with the Terry Fox Run, in support of their custodian Shirley Banham, who is battling cancer. Top: Shane Prentice, Taylor Liebel, Ryan Wagner, and Tysen McCarthy share a T-shirt. Photos by Cayla Gabruck

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Mega grant will fix east-side water By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The regional district has received $2.5 million to provide bulk water and install water meters in Windermere and Timber Ridge. The project was one of 174 infrastructure projects under the Building Canada Fund announced by Premier Gordon Campbell on Thursday, September 24th. The provincial and federal governments will each contribute $1,030,000 towards the project. The Regional District of East Kootenay will put in the remaining $515,167. “By joining forces with the federal government, the province of B.C. and the regional district on this project, we are providing jobs and improving infrastructure for all residents and visitors to benefit from in the years to come,” said Jim Abbott, MP for Kootenay-Columbia. But the project still needs to be approved by the residents of Timber Ridge and Windermere, said regional district Area F director Wendy Booth. “Regardless of the grant money, we still need community consent in the form of a referendum or a peti-

tion to spend it,” she said. While Timber Ridge is likely to have a petition on the issue, “We haven’t decided yet which would be the most appropriate for Windermere,” she added. Brian Funke, manager of engineering services for the regional district, explained the project. “The proposed upgrades include retrofitting the existing systems to receive bulk treated water, implementing water meters, and connecting to Windermere Water and Sewer Company,” Mr. Funke said. Both communities are currently placed on a water quality advisory by Interior Health. That means that the young, elderly or ill should boil tap water before drinking it, washing food or brushing their teeth. The supply of bulk water from Windermere Water and Sewer Company would mean the advisory is removed. “The water will meet Interior Health objectives,” Ms. Booth said. “There will be no more water quality advisories; those signs will be gone.” According to Director Booth, the installation of water meters will help keep water use down. “Water metering promotes water conservation and it is proven to reduce water consumption,” Ms. Booth said.

She added that purchasing the bulk water from Windermere Water and Sewer is a positive arrangement. “I have spent a lot of time investigating Windermere Water and Sewer and speaking with the general manager. I am confident in the company’s long-term sustainability,” Wendy Booth said. The next step is to hold community meetings to outline the project for residents. “Now that we have received funding, we will be calculating the estimated costs and sharing those with the affected communities in the near future,” Brian Funke said. In June, property owners on Lower Lakeview Road voted down a regional district proposal to build a water and sewer network that would see water provided by a partnership between Windermere Water and Sewer and Kinbasket Water and Sewer. Meanwhile, the District of Invermere also applied for a grant from the Building Canada Fund, but it was unsuccessful. In April, Invermere submitted an application for $2.3 million to upgrade the stormwater and sewer systems underneath 17th Street. It also would have seen the road resurfaced and sidewalks installed.

Path for transmission line revealed to public By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The route for the planned Columbia Valley transmission line from Invermere to Golden was revealed at community meetings last week. About 20 people attended open houses in Brisco and Radium on September 23rd and 24th to see two potential corridors for the 230-kilovolt line. It was the second round of open houses regarding the transmission line. In June, the British Columbia Transmission Corporation presented the plan to the public. Since then, it has outlined two proposed corridors 500 metres in diameter running from the Invermere substation north to Golden.

“We will use the input obtained from this latest round of open houses to identify one preferred 50 metre corridor that will then be the topic of discussion at another round of open houses in late October,” said Judy Dobrowolski, community relations coordinator. At present, the proposed corridors cross the Toby Creek canyon twice, before passing through the Toby benches. They run parallel to Westside Road to its west, pass behind Steamboat Mountain, cross Westside Road west of Brisco and continue on to Golden. “The line will stay on the western bench, away from communities,” said Deepak Anand, project manager. “We will use the terrain to screen the transmis-

sion line as best we can.” Originally part of B.C. Hydro, the B.C. Transmission Corporation was separated in 2003 as an independent government body to manage the province’s electrical transmission system. The transmission line to Golden was conceived in 2006 when it was learned that the town’s electricity supply will reach its capacity in late 2010. Currently, Golden is fed power from Invermere along a 69 kilovolt line. “We need to get something done now because we are running out of time,” Mr. Anand said. However, the new transmission line would not only benefit Golden. Continued on Page 25 . . .

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• A ring was found on Kinsmen Beach on September 21st. The owner is to attend, or call, the Columbia Valley Detachment of the RCMP, and provide a description of the ring before it can be returned. • September 22nd: RCMP were called to the high school on a complaint of assault, which took place in the classroom and was witnessed by one of the staff. The investigation is continuing and charges of assault will be forwarded to the Crown against two female youths. • September 24th: A shed was broken into near Macaulay Street and Bench Road in Edgewater. Although the door was damaged, nothing was reported missing from the shed. • September 24th: During the night, a vehicle parked in the underground lot at Panorama Mountain Resort was vandalized. An antenna was broken along

with the windshield wipers and a mirror. • As a result of observing driving infractions in the town area on September 26th, police stopped a vehicle and found that the driver was impaired. A 22-year-old Invermere man is charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 percent. A court date is set for November. • September 27th: At 3:17 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP members were called to investigate a complaint of attempted theft from a vehicle parked behind the Best Western Hotel in Invermere. The 32-year-old suspect was located by the vehicle with the owner. The male was arrested and charged with attempted theft when he admitted to trying to steal the radio. • September 28th: As a result of the police attending to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of 11th Avenue in Invermere, a 34-year-old Invermere man was charged with assault. A court date is set for December.

Veterans shown thanks with delicious lunch Ed Reynolds, left, was one of the veterans honoured at the 2009 Veterans’ Appreciation Lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion in Invermere on September 23rd. His son, Don Reynolds of Invermere, was a proud spectator.

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Benevolent Society folds after 25 years Royal Canadian Legion, Invermere Senior Citizens and the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary. It was a somber day at the From there, the society took off. Invermere and District Hospital as They contributed $500,000 for the the Lake Windermere District Beconstruction of a long-term care fanevolent Society announced that it cility, Columbia House, which was would cease operations, after raising built in 1994, and gave $558,698 more than $862,000 for long-term over three years for renovations to the care in the Columbia Valley. old hospital. For 25 years, the society, comIn 2004, the society donated anprised of a group of local volunteers, other $99,644 over a three-year peworked to supply a facility for the elriod to Columbia House. derly citizens of the community, and This money was used to develop in keeping with that tradition, will and open an additional 15 extended give $152,074 to the East Kootenay care beds, which were opened in Foundation for Health to take care 2005. Just this year, the society proof the future needs of Columbia vided an additional $48,352 to CoHouse. lumbia House for furnishing and BITTERSWEET GOODBYE –– Larry Root, president of the Benevolent Society, right, “It was a job well done with the equipment. help of the community,” said Benevo- proudly hands over a cheque to Donna Grainger, left, Executive Director of the East Kootenay Throughout the years, the BenevPhoto by Cayla Gabruck olent Society has gained the respect lent Society president Larry Root. Foundation for Health, and Jim Tarves, Treasurer. “We’ve done our job.” and admiration of many, but none The society began in June 1977, more so than Donna Grainger, presithe help of the community to further their cause. when the Board of Directors of the Windermere and Their goal was to provide a facility for the elderly, dent of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. District Hospital passed the following resolution: “The encouraging a normal lifestyle for residents, but at the “How can I put into words what the Benevolent Windermere District Hospital requests the provincial same time providing them with necessary care. Society has given to East Kootenay Foundation for government assist in establishing an intermediate and “The community got behind it very much,” Mr. Health? It’s about more than the generosity or the personal care home in Invermere. The hospital board Root said. “It was a lot of hard work. Doing anything money,” she said. “It’s about the trust they have shown will make land available for the institution, placing it is hard work, but it was rewarding. You don’t sell tick- by asking East Kootenay Foundation for Health to near the hospital so that the existing services, such as ets on cars and you don’t hold bingo games without it steward funds they have worked so hard for. dietary and laundry, need not to be duplicated. The being a lot of work.” “This gift is about many things, past, present and board is willing to subdivide the hospital property and future support for seniors and long-term care at InverLarry has been involved with the society since lease or deed the land to a new society.” its inception. Other founding directors include Stan mere’s Columbia House. This resolution spurred action in the community Caspell, Roy Millar, Gerry Stober and Bruce Paterson. “I have been moved by many experiences in my and led to the formation of Lake Windermere Dis- The total membership was made up of 11 volunteers: time at East Kootenay Foundation for Health and this trict Benevolent Society. They accepted the challenge six from the Lions Club, and one each from the Rotary I can truly say would be one of the highlights of the of raising funds for long-term care and began to enlist Club, the Kinsmen Club, the Invermere branch of the last five years.” By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

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Emergency room is next By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

The new initiative to raise funds for the Invermere hospital’s Emergency Room is one that we’ll hear a lot more about in the coming months. Until now, the effort has taken a back seat in order not to interfere with the Road to Rescue campaign, also a vitally-important life-saving component of our valley’s health care. The end may be in sight for the rescue vehicle campaign, if a couple of proposed grants materialize. Volunteers have raised a whopping $300,000, and the remaining $150,000 will hopefully come from governments. It can be argued that the whole amount should have been paid for with public funds. We also need to think about what happens to accident victims and critically-ill people when they arrive at our hospital during that “golden hour” when life is on the verge of ebbing away. Again, valley volunteers have sprung into action to raise their dedicated goal of $500,000 for renovations to the emergency department – which will cost $4.3 million in total. With the hard-working ladies belonging to the three auxiliaries in the valley – Invermere, Windermere and Edgewater/Radium – those efforts will no doubt be successful. The Invermere group operates the local thrift store, and has already donated $20,000 to the rescue vehicle. They will host the Sensational Seconds fashion show on October 3rd. The tiny Edgewater/Radium group raised $453 at a bake sale, and the Windermere ladies have worked for golf tournaments. Already donations have reached the $75,000 mark. Valley residents have a long history of funding their own health care. The Lake Windermere Benevolent Society, which wound up this week, worked tirelessly for the past 25 years, raising $862,000 for Columbia House, a long-term care facility. As the population ages, governments will be hardpressed to keep up with the demand for more and better health care, and our ability and willingness to donate will make all the difference.

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Back in the saddle again In this photo, dated 1914, young Geoff Smith, the son of Eric and Barbara Smith, to his left and right, poses in the saddle in front of their home at Big Vermillion (now called Spur Valley). The Smith family had just arrived from England and later gave birth to a daughter, Dorothy Brown of Edgewater. The man in the photo with the

shotgun is identified as Dave Gemmal, then postmaster of Edgewater. If you have any more information about this photograph, please email us at Photo (C1107) is provided courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Our history worth investing in Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who have contributed their time and expertise to the CPR lodge project thus far. I know there have been many hours invested by various sincere and dedicated citizens who value a strong, vibrant community. A thank you, also, goes to Nancy Ballard and family for their generosity and patience while they

waited for a decision from council. I believe that our history is worth investing in, and I’m pleased to think that this building will be around to tell its story for years to come. I hope it will remind us of the fascinating history of this most lovely valley we call home, and that it will be used and enjoyed by many members of our community. Spring Hawes, Invermere

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Historical Society tired of being blamed Dear Editor: I can’t help replying to councillor Al Miller’s hurtful comments about the Historical Society. He should get his facts straight before condemning the hard-working members. Where does he get off saying that the society is “not enthusiastic about the building”? As soon as the possibility of moving the building came up, we went to the

lodge, measured it and put stakes on the museum grounds where the building would have to go. It would have taken over the Rotary flag area and part of the entrance road. We are tired of being the bad guys. Our few members really work hard to preserve our past. Joy Bond Invermere

Day care potential use for old bank building Dear Editor: While the open forum, town hall meeting held in Edgewater was well attended, and brought out a number of good ideas, some of the main points were missed in The Pioneer article entitled “New Fate for Old Bank.” It was learned early in the meeting that the old Credit Union building is uninhabitable as is, and would need a minimum of $35,000 in upgrades to the roof, furnace and interior. By the end of the meeting, there was a full consensus that this would not be money well spent, as the building is very old, and very small (500 square feet), with very few years of life left. The existing post office building seems to be in the same state.

Proposals were put forward as to what would help pay for the beginnings of a new town centre building, with the words “day care!” ringing loud and clear, along with recreation facilities, an existing demand for business space, and of course, the post office. Planning for these ideas would need to start with a blank sheet of paper to properly address this valuable piece of town property and its potential uses for the community. All avenues of funding were to be explored, including the possibility of planning assistance, although there seems to be considerable talent in that direction already in Edgewater. When there is a good turnout, it’s also good to have the voices heard. Eric Friesen, Edgewater

My dad sold that goat Dear Editor: The mountain goat (pictured in last week’s Historical Lens photo) was captured by my father, Walter Stoddart, and his ranching partner, Charles D. Ellis, who owned what was then called the Ellenvale Ranch (now K2). I have a similar photo in the album I inherited (that will some day be given

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all the areas represented by the regional district, the directors who voted to give the decision to Victoria were not representing their constituents. Wendy Booth did. The bigger issue is the matter of local decisions. It is the mandate of the regional district to deal with land-use issues and follow the required processes of local governments. These processes have been abdicated, with no opportunity for a public hearing. Wendy Booth voted to follow the correct procedure and keep the decision local. So did six other directors who are ready to accept this responsibility. Thank you those who voted in accordance with local government procedures. Thank you to those who stressed the importance of following democratic due process in rezoning public land and spoke up in favour of conducting a fair and impartial hearing. It’s a shame that others didn’t follow your leadership and sound reasoning.


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Pioneer climbs the Andes Submitted by Adolf Hungry-Wolf Skookumchuk Homes worth $500,000 and cars worth $50,000 are totally beyond comprehension for most of the traditional Quechua people of the Peruvian Andes who looked at my copy of The Columbia Valley Pioneer. In their entire lives they’ll never see a fraction of that money, as they barely get by on subsistence farming and animal herding, eating and sleeping in unheated huts while constantly travelling over rugged and dangerous mountain trails. Last winter, a special invitation reached my cabin in the wilds of the East Kootenay. Three families I’d met in a remote community wanted my participation in their annual celebration called “pukllay,” a series of dances and rituals with flute music for blessing the animals, the earth and each other. Since those rituals are held in private at remote places and during the rainy season, I considered the invitation a special honour. It came to me in part because their children attend a small school whose students had adopted me as “padrino” on a previous visit. As their sponsor, I came home and started gathering materials and funds to help them. They receive no government assistance to speak of, relying on their incredible strength, patience, honesty and spiritual faith, all inherited from their Inca ancestors. The Paropta School consists of three simple classrooms and a tiny teacher’s office and sleeping room, all of it unheated and unlit, situated in a tiny glacial basin at 5,000 metres! Every time I’ve been there it has snowed and everyone wears only sandals on their feet. Some kids walk up to three hours to reach the school from their remote homes, frequently in the rain, hail and snow.

Often they get home after dark, then help drive in the family herds of llamas and alpacas. Some European non-profit groups have helped to build two new dormitories and a dining room, while school fathers were adding a sizeable greenhouse when I was there last. School and building materials are always needed, along with bedding, utensils and gardening tools. Some well-meaning donations have included piles of modern clothing, which distracts some people, especially the young ones, though there is a strong dedication to their own traditional clothing, which is very warm, colourful and all handmade. My East Kootenay neighbour, Connie Griffiths, persuaded her employee to donate a good used laptop. “The first one ever in our mountain communities,” according to Paropta president Rene Quispe, who accepted the gift during a special gathering. Dr. Bob Neidermayer of Cranbrook sent along a big box of medicines, mostly for children (adults rely mainly on plant medicines), while Dr. Irme Rokus contributed a sack of dental needs. I brought a sack of toys and school supplies, along with an envelope of money from the sale of fine weavings and antique horse gear that I buy down there and bring back. If you want to know more about the ruggedly spiritual lives of these mountain people, and about my own adventures while travelling and visiting them, watch for my next book entitled “Mystico – With Mountain Spirits in the Rockies and Andes.” If you want to help Paropta School, if you need weavings and other Andes art or antique horse gear, or if you want to help bring traditional Andean music here through the group Winay Taki Ayllu, contact me at or visit the website

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Hard Luck Henry takes first flight By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff For aviation enthusiasts, the dream of flying a rebuilt vintage craft remains just that – a dream. But not for one local man. Sixty-three-year-old Tom Larrabee of Invermere took his first official flight on Sunday aboard his fullyrestored 1946 Aeronca Champion, which he has lovingly dubbed “Hard Luck Henry,” after a character in a poem by Robert Service. “It was really great,” Tom said. “Everything went good, she flies good.” Tom, an employee of CertainTeed Gypsum for 19 years, has lived in the valley all his life. He and his wife Melloney, who works at Lambert Kipp Pharmacy, have six grown children. Tom has been rebuilding the relic for 12 years now, a mechanical journey marked by victories, large and small, and — true to its name — a few disastrous setbacks as well. Tom wasn’t looking for a plane the day he and Melloney travelled to Salmon Arm in 1997. In fact, the couple had just gotten rid of one. It had only been a few months since Tom sold a plane of the exact same model. But, as fate would have it, when he came across the body of the 1946 Aeronca, battered and bruised, at AM4 Aviation, an aircraft repair facility in Salmon Arm, he just couldn’t say no. “We took it home in boxes,” he said. “We were about 20 kilometres out of Salmon Arm, when I heard a big crash. It sounded kind of like a drum. I looked back and the wind had flipped the fuselage off the trailer and onto the highway. I thought it was a writeoff.” However, Hard Luck Henry survived the crash. The body suffered some damage, but that didn’t stop Tom from diving head-first into the restoration project as soon as they got it home. Tom estimates he spent 2,500 hours on the project over the last decade.

HARD LUCK HENRY – Tom Larrabee of Invermere has been rebuilding this 1946 Aeronca Champion, dubbed Hard Luck Henry, for the past 12 years. Last Sunday he took it for its first official flight in front of 70 spectators. Photo by Cayla Gabruck It was a process that went smoothly until about eight months ago. Tom had just attached the wings to the fuselage, an event he describes as the highlight of the project, and was giving the Aeronca a taxi test. He was driving it up and down the runway, when the engine seized. “When that motor went, I almost shed a few tears,” Tom said. “I threatened to sell it, and then, a week later, I kicked myself. I just had to keep going – I

had to finish.” Tom sent the engine to Red Deer to be rebuilt. It arrived two months ago and was promptly installed. “I am pretty excited,” he said. “I’ts just great, the feeling of accomplishment, knowing that I did it.” At this point he is unsure of where his first flight will be, but he is excited to share it with his wife Melloney, who will be his first passenger.

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Federal grant will improve Invermere athletic park Kootenay Columbia MP Jim Abbott met with Mayor Gerry Taft and councillors Ray Brydon, Al Miller and Bob Campsall to celebrate a $102,200 grant for Mount Nelson Athletic Park. The funds, which were designated

from the Community Adjustment Fund, will be used to build running paths, a baseball field, basketball courts and tennis courts. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Radium sees steady decrease in crime over the summer By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff As predicted, crime in the Columbia Valley, particularly in Radium Hot Springs, is continuing a downward trend, according to Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac. Staff Sgt. Shehovac attended last week’s meeting of Radium Hot Springs council to deliver the good news: the calls for service in the village dropped by almost half, 42.1 percent, from last July. “Having looked into my crystal ball during my last meeting with you, going on the statistics of the first quarter, I informed council I was of the opinion that our summer would follow the same pattern,” Staff Sgt. Shehovac said. “As usual, I was correct.” But it’s not only the July statistics that have seen a significant decrease. In August, calls for service dropped 34.9 percent, from 43 to 28. It’s a pattern that is being

seen all over the Columbia Valley. For the entire Columbia Valley Detachment’s jurisdiction, which employes nine constables, calls for service have dropped by 40 percent, moving from 2,559 calls between January 1st and August 31st, 2008, to 1,546 calls during the same period this year. The last time Staff Sgt. Shehovac met with council in July, he told them that crime in the area had risen 73.5 percent from 2007 to 2008. Staff Sgt. Shehovac said that he links the drop in crime to the drop in the number of temporary workers, resulting from the recent economic downturn. A contributing factor, he said, is the detachment’s recent practice of bulking files, such as minor accidents. For minor car accidents involving only one vehicle and incurring less than $1,000 damage, the detachment takes the complaint, but will no longer attend the scene. Council will receive its next quarterly report in December.

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soulful songstress Cara Matthew will perform at Radium Resort at 7 p.m. Monday, October 12th in the Bugaboo Lounge. Entry is free, and food and drink specials will be available.

The Shirleys Concert • Christ Church Trinity ‘The Shirleys’ are an all-female A Cappella Septet that packs a real punch. Friday October 9 at 7pm.

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Movie Review: Away We Go Reviewed by Dave Sutherland Away We Go is a film about a couple who are expecting a baby and haven’t yet decided what family really means to them. Burt and Verona are rootless thirtysomethings who have moved close to Burt’s parents so they’ll have some family support when the baby comes. But the parents have decided to sell their home and realize their dream of moving to Belgium. Burt and Verona embark upon a road trip to decide on a place they will eventually call home. The trip takes them to Arizona, Florida and Quebec. They visit old friends and colleagues who all have

different family set-ups and diverse ideas of what makes a family. Lily and Lowell have an indifferent marriage, with two kids who appear detached and alienated. L.N. and Roderick are a pair of well-off space cadets with unorthodox ideas on childrearing. Tom and Munch shower love on a house full of adopted kids, but still yearn for one of their own. Through their encounters with these couples and with Verona’s sister, Burt and Verona come to realize what home and family mean to them. Away We Go has a lot of quirky humour and an equal amount of heart. Viewers will likely sympathize with many of Verona’s “pregnant” moments.

Away We Go has the look and feel of a “small” indie film, but it’s directed by prominent director Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and written by cult favourite Dave Eggars and his wife Vendela Vida. Burt and Verona are affectionately played by John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Eventov (Saturday Night Live). Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels are hilarious as Burt’s parents, and other roles are filled by familiar faces. If you are looking to spend an hour and a half on an entertaining and enlightening road trip, Away We Go will take you there.


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Essentials, Tiffany’s Thredz and the Thrift Store. • 7-10 p.m.: Opening of Annual Pynelogs Art Show, celebrating 95th birthday of Pynelogs. Exhibition runs until October 11th. For info: 250-342-4423.

Sunday, October 4th: • 7:30 p.m.: Sounds of the Solar System, a crystal bowl and planet gong concert with David Hickey of Crystal Journey at the Lions Hall, Chamber of Commerce. $20 per person. Tickets at All Things Beautiful. For info: 250-342-7010.

Toby Theatre: adults – $8; under 13 – $5 • September 30th & October 1st-3rd: Julie & Julia • October 7th-10th: G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Friday, October 2nd: • 2:30-4 p.m.: Seniors Meet Seniors Harvest Tea at David Thompson Secondary School. Senior citizens are invited to join the graduating cook training classes for tea and coffee, delicious food and great conversation. For info: 250-342-9213, ext. 110. • October 2nd and 3rd: Mini tradeshow at the Radium Hall. More than 20 businesses under one roof. Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, October 3rd: • 7 a.m.: Columbia Basin Watershed Network workshop at Panorama Mountain Resort. For info: 250-341-3738. • 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: How to Grow a Child’s Brain and How to Care for the Caregiver’s Brain seminars at the Lions Hall, Chamber of Commerce. $60 per person. For info: 250-342-9576. • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Community Greenhouse Full Moon Work Bee. The Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living invites everyone to help tackle a range of jobs to get the greenhouse ready for winter. For info: 250-2700813. • Noon: International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, organized by the Columbia Valley Cycling Society. Meet at Lake Lillian to ride. A complimentary barbecue follows at around 1 p.m. For info: www. • 1:30-6 p.m.: Open house at Pine Ridge Mountain Resort, Invermere. For info: 1-866-580-2588. • 6 p.m.: Sensational Seconds Fashion Show at Invermere Community Hall. Hosted by Invermere Health Care Auxiliary for the emergency room campaign. Tickets $20, available at Details by JoAnne,

Wednesday, October 7th: • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: One-To-One Reading Program volunteer tutor training at Eileen Madson Primary School. All volunteers must consent to a criminal records check. For info: 250-342-9576.

Thursday, October 8th: • 7:30 p.m.: Invermere District Curling Club’s Annual General Meeting and open house at Joe Peters Curling Centre. For info: 250-342-3315. • Ellen McIllwaine performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge in the Fall Blues Concert Series. Tickets $15. For info: 250-342-2965. • Invermere Public Health unit will be closed October 8th and 9th while the location is moved to 110010th Street. It will re-open in its new home beside the ambulance station on Tuesday, October 13th.

Friday, October 9th: • 7 p.m.: All-female a cappella septet The Shirleys perform at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere, in the Columbia Valley Arts Performing Arts Series. For info: 250-342-4423.

Monday, October 12th: • 5-9 p.m.: Thanksgiving traditional three-course turkey dinner being served at both Dapper’s Landing and Mountain Flowers Dining Room, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For info or reservations: 250-3456000. • 7 p.m.: Jazz musician Cara Matthew performs in the Bugaboo Lounge at Radium Resort. No cover charge. For info: 250-347-9311.

Wednesday, October 14th: • Beginning of an eight-week session of aquajogging

by Kutenai Aquatics at Radium Hot Springs Pools. For info: 250-342-5979.

Thursday, October 15th: • 10 a.m.: “Creating Income in Retirement” seminar at Invermere Seniors Hall. Hosted by Manulife Securities and presented by Mackenzie Financial.

Friday, October 16th: • October 16th-17th: Link to Rink Tournament with Invermere District Curling Club. Two curling games and one nine-hole game of golf and dinner at Windermere Valley Golf Course. $50 per person. For info: 250-342-3315. • October 16th-17th: Closet Frenzy, an upscale women’s fashion resale event at Lions Hall, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For info: 250-342-2270.

Friday, October 23rd: • 6:30 p.m.: Fall Supper, sponsored by Canadian Martyrs Parish, at Invermere Community Hall. Adults $15, children under 12 $6, children under 4 are free. Tickets at Columbia Valley Trading Company, Fairmont Goldsmith, Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere and St. Joseph’s in Radium. • October 23rd-25th: Gratitude and Abundance Weekend Workshop by MK Facilitations at Radium Hot Springs. Cost: $395, specials available. For info: 250-347-2110.

Saturday, October 24th: • The Valley Go Go Sisters host a fund-raising dinner at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Cost $25 for a home-cooked meal based on African recipes, in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which helps grandmothers in Africa. Tickets at One-Hour Photo. For info: 250-342-6488.

Friday, October 30th: • October 30th and 31st: Mini tradeshow at the Radium Hall. Over 20 businesses under one roof. Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, November 7th: • 6:30 p.m.: 8th Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Tickets on sale now for $35. For info: 250-345-6000.


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A tasty treat for all music-lovers background, Yael Blum, Samantha Fletcher, Karen Lee-Morlang, Karla MunThe Columbia Valley dy, Keona Mundy, Vicis in for a treat. A full four toria Oginski and Dawn courses of song, to be exPemberton blend their act. individual voices together The Columbia Valto create a wide variety of ley Arts Performing Arts musical styles, all promotSeries is in full swing for ing a message of joy and the season, and the next happiness. course this fall is an excitThe third course of ing performance by the the fall series looks (and Vancouver-based sensasounds) to be a fulfilling tion, The Shirleys. After one! Thanks in part to the resounding success of the B.C. Touring CounThe Shirleys, pictured here, will perform in Invermere this fall, part of the Performing Arts Series. the first concert of the seacil, The Shirleys perform son by Nelson jazz singer, at Christ Church TrinWorld Peace Forum and the World Urban Forum, as Flora Ware, followed closely by the second-course per- well as in conjunction with the Stephen Lewis Foun- ity on October 9th at 7 p.m. Tickets are available formance of the Symphony of the Kootenays on Sep- dation, they will bring their talents to Invermere this in Invermere at Essentials Department Store, Onetember 27th, the arts council is branching into a new October. Hour Photo and Pynelogs Cultural Centre, as well as style of music with its next performance. While the message is peace and love, the medium through N’Deco in Radium, and Smoking Water in The Shirleys is an all-female a cappella septet with for The Shirleys is beautiful singing, and a great sense Fairmont. For more information, call 250-342- 4423. a fun sound and a serious message. It’s a message of of fun! Consisting of seven very different women, the Come on over and eat up the music! peace, love, tolerance and hope, delivered by seven group is nonetheless united through music. But don’t forget to save room for dessert . . . voices in perfect harmony. Having performed at the The Foothills Brass performs November 18th. Ranging widely in age, experience and cultural Submitted by Silena Ann Ewen

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Sharon Kamphuis turns glass into gold by heating pieces of glass in a kiln at extremely high temperatures — from 1300 to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. Sharon Kamphuis can turn an “Fusing glass takes a lot of imaginaordinary piece of glass into a colourtion,” Sharon said. ful piece of art. “It is very technical and there is lots The proof is in her Edgewater to learn but you put a lot of your own studio, where Sharon specializes in thoughts into each piece.” stained and fused glass — making Sharon gathers inspiration for her everything from jewellery and bird work from the vibrant colours of the glass baths to beautiful hanging pictures and the exquisite scenery that surrounds framed in weathered barn wood. her. “Some people come into the gift Her designs come from around the shop and just stand there and stare at world. Last year, she spotted a unique demy work,” she said. sign on a T-shirt while vacationing in Rio Sharon is a retired occupational De Janeiro. She photocopied the shirt and therapist and her husband, Herb, is is currently in the process of creating it on a truck driver for Chief Hauling. The a beautiful blue glass panel. Sharon also couple has lived in Edgewater since collects rocks from her travels and incormoving from Calgary in 1998 and porates them into her work. have two grown children, Donna You can see Sharon’s work at Village and Doug, residing in Calgary. They Sharon Kamphuis shows off one of her latest works of art in her Edgewater studio. Arts in Invermere, and also at her glass shop, also have four grandchildren. located on the corner of Purcell Avenue and make them,” she explained. Sharon began experimenting with Columbia Road in Edgewater. After that, she was hooked and began creating stained glass in that year while the couple was conFor more information or to custom-order a piece, structing their home in Edgewater. “We needed a few pieces for family and friends. In 2002, Sharon took call Sharon at 250-347-6967 or email edgeart@telus. doors upstairs and a vanity so my husband suggested I a course in Calgary on how to fuse glass. This is done net. By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff


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Not just a fresh coat of paint for youth centre By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The shiny new Summit Youth Centre is open and ready for visitors. Last Friday, September 25th, an open house was held at the youth centre to show off its face-lift. “The kids’ mouths have dropped,” said Maegan Stanbury, a board member for the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society. “They are saying, ‘Is this really for us?’ There is disbelief coming from what was here before. It almost feels like a rags-to-riches transformation.” The centre first opened in the 1990s for valley youth aged 12 to 18 but most of the room has been unchanged until now. The walls were lime green, the ceiling was covered in movie posters and the lighting was poor. So the youth centre society began asking for donations to renovate the facility. After a golf tournament, hot dog sale and raffle were held, and generous donations from community organizations and businesses – including $15,000 from the Lake Windermere District Lions Club – the society had $25,000 to fund the renovation. The centre was closed on June 26th,

the last day of the school year, and Martin Bechdolt of Marbet Constructions spent the next six weeks transforming it. “The closure was really worth what the result is. This gives the kids a place they can come to and feel safe,” Ms. Stanbury said. The ceiling was replaced, new lighting was installed, new carpet laid, fresh paint on the walls, the kitchen was upgraded, ventilation installed, the walls were given trim, and the doors new casings. What’s more, new furniture was brought in and students created artworks for the walls. Three new computers were donated by Kootenay Savings Credit Union. “Everything is new but the television and the game system,” Ms. Stanbury said. “We are hoping this is a brand new start. Young people can come here and relax, be themselves and relate to their peers.” Summit Youth Centre is now open Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The youth centre society is seeking members. For information, call 250342-3033.

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Like magic, dividend income can lower your taxes payable Interest rates are very low and GICs or government savings bonds are paying retirees very little returns these days. If that isn’t bad enough, GICs and government savings bonds pay interest income that is fully taxable by the federal government. But there is help out there for retirees, and it’s called dividends. Dividends are paid by corporations so they are not risk free, but they are taxed very little by the federal and provincial governments these days and can really help investors in their retirement earn some much needed income. In fact, some retirees will actually save on their taxes payable while being paid dividends. They can be magical! Back on Halloween night in 2006, the federal government announced that they would begin taxing income trust distributions in 2011. They also announced that they would lower the tax paid on dividends from eligible Canadian corporation such as Telus, Bank of Montreal, Fortis and many more. This move was made largely because many Canadian corporations were turning into income trusts to save on taxes and the federal government was losing out on too much tax revenue. The end result was that

investors who received dividends from Canadian corporations began to pay less income tax. To understand how investors might actually save on their income taxes while getting paid dividends, it is important to analyze how dividends are treated on your tax return. If an investor receives $1,000 in dividends in B.C. in 2009, they first will have to gross up the dividend by 45 percent on their federal tax return. The investor then reports $1,450 of income on their federal tax return. The grossed-up dividend income is then eligible for an enhanced federal tax credit of 18.97 percent or $275.06. In 2009, the federal tax rate on other income for the first $40,726 is 15 percent. Therefore, an investor who earns less than $40,726 and receives $1,000 of dividends has to pay $217.50 of federal income tax on the earnings but also receives a $275.06 dividend tax credit. The federal tax savings works out to $57.56. The same investor has to go through a similar process on their B.C. provincial return, ramping up their dividend income and receiving an enhanced provincial tax credit. While this provincial tax credit will be reduced

somewhat in 2010, many investors will still receive a larger provincial tax credit than the provincial income tax owing, adding up to more tax savings. To make it simple, retirees or any other investors who earn less than about $35,000 in B.C. in 2009 will save 14.36 percent income tax on every dollar of dividends when combining federal and provincial taxes. Those earning greater than $35,000 and less than about $38,000 will save 10.54 percent and those earning $38,000 to about $70,000 will save 0.38 percent. After that, dividends become taxable but are still treated better than most other forms of income. While dividends work like magic by evaporating your income taxes payable, it must be noted that they may increase your net income for means tested government benefits such as Old Age Security, Pharmacare and other programs. For those considering dividends as a way to earn more income and pay less in taxes, it is always important to consult your financial advisor and your accountant before making the decision to invest. It is also important to remember that dividends are a privilege paid by corporations to their shareholders and are not guaranteed.

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School students set the pace in Terry Fox runs Students at Edgewater and Windermere Elementary Schools participated in the Terry Fox Foundation’s National School Run Day on Friday, September 25th. The schools raised about $500 each to aid cancer research, in memory of cancer victim Terry Fox. Top: Edgewater Grade 7 students Sierra Horn, Hannah Nygren and Kayla Eugene put on their racing stripes for the run. Bottom

left: Grade 1 student Ashleigh McDiarmid hits the sports field at Windermere Elementary. Bottom right: Logan Powell, in Grade 6 at Windermere Elementary, leaves the starting line. Photo top submitted by Edgewater Elementary Photos bottom by Sally Waddington

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October 2, 2009

Pine Ridge bucking the trend By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff While some housing developments in the Columbia Valley have come to a screeching halt, one is moving full Steam ahead. Despite the slowdown in the housing market, the dust at Pine Ridge Mountain Resort still hasn’t settled. The developers of Pine Ridge are hosting another big open house event this weekend and are inviting everyone to come and see what they’ve done so far. “What we’re doing is providing something that would make people, outside of just Alberta, want to spend some time in the Windermere Valley,” said Garth Mann, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Statesman Group. “It’s such an idyllic destination, we want people to see what it’s like other than the three months of the year that it’s so busy.” The Statesman Group started building Pine Ridge Mountain Resort in 2006. The resort will comprise 700 residential units within the next 10 years. The first 26 townhouses in the first

phase are now finished and ready for inspection. “The units we have completed are threebedroom plans with a cozy front porch, a romantic master bedroom with balcony – lots of blending of stone and other products,” Mr. Mann said. “There are rustic stone fireplaces, nine-foot ceilings, morning rooms and spacious great rooms.” Already, he said, phase one is 70 percent sold and the company is turning its focus to phase two, consisting of chalets, alpine villas and the Toby Creek mountain lodge terraces. Phase two is 30 percent sold. “Phase two will be more encompassing in terms of the whole spirit of the community,” Mr. Mann said. “We are going to put in a physical workout centre, as well as a swimming pool.” Statesman is also planning a 16-acre park, including four tennis courts, two beach volleyball courts, and a sports court with a fire pit that can be converted to a skating rink in the winter. The catered open house runs from 1:30 MORE THAN JUST HOUSES — This beautiful townhouse, located in an p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd at area of the resort known as the Chalets of Canyonview, overlooks the beautiful the resort. Columbia River wetlands. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

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October 2, 2009

Kirk places in top 50 at adventure race By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Incredible. That’s how Jordie Kirk describes his experience in the 2009 Gor-Tex Transrockies run – a six-day race that covers just over 180 kilometres of terrain from Buena Vista, Colorado to Beaver Creek, Colorado, through two national forests. “It was a big accomplishment to come across that finish line and have that much fun over the week doing it,” Jordie said. “It was really cool.” Jordie has lived in Invermere for three years with his wife Beva and their two children: Birken, 9, and Solomon, 5. The couple owns Crazy Soles in Invermere, and Jordie is also employed with Canfor. Jordie decided to tackle the run, held August 23rd to 28th, with his friend Kevin Astridge of Vancouver. “Kevin turned 40 this year and he wanted to do something big,” Jordie said. “so we decided on this.” The Gor-Tex Transrockies course includes a mix of single track and forest road with nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain, reaching altitudes of over 12,500 feet. “There was some amazing scenery,” Jordie said. “I remember when we came up over Hope Pass, the highest point of the race at 1,200 feet, and you could see forever standing there – you could even see the fin-

ish line about 2,000 feet below us.” But the race wasn’t all roses. Although Jordie said he met some amazing people along the way, there were times that the race pushed him to his limits. “On Day One, the last six kilometres of the race, I think it was the combo of the heat and the elevation, but Kevin had to pull me through that last six kilometres,” Jordie said. “I crossed the finish line and proceeded to puke my guts out, and it was all good – after that everything went perfect.” Jordie and his partner decided a year and a half ago to complete the race. They began training the next day. “I put on lots of miles – did lots of big runs and multiple days in a row,” Jordie said. “A typical week would include two days of boot camp, one day of mountain biking, and four days of running.” Each bike ride was at least two hours long and the runs were anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours. Next time, and there will be a next time, Jordie said he plans to train a bit differently – adding a little more road running and some easy trail running to his regime. He and his partner finished 45th overall out of 119 teams. Jordie said he plans to tackle the race in 2011 with his wife Beva.


Jordie Kirk of Invermere competed in the Gor-Tex Transrockies run held in Colorado this August.




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October 2, 2009

Growing pains cause injuries to Rockies By Steve Mantyka Rockies Hockey

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Notice of Watermain Flushing The municipality will be flushing its community water system in October and November of this year. This program, carried out twice yearly, is necessary to maintain the quality of our water supply. There may be some temporary discoloration of water as a result of the sediment and organic materials that are being flushed from the water mains. During this period, disinfection by chlorination will be continued. To assist the Public Works Department during the flushing operation, users are advised that if they are experiencing persistent discoloration or odour problems with the water, to immediately notify the Municipal Office and explain the nature of the problem. The District apologizes for any inconveniences caused by this operation. For further information, please telephone the municipal office at 250-342-9281.

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BEAR SMART COMMUNITY? The District of Invermere is seeking a qualified individual or consultant to conduct a bear hazard assessment and create a public education program. The Bear Smart program is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts to reduce bear/human conflicts. The goal of the program is to focus efforts on addressing the root causes of bear/ human conflicts, reduce the number of conflicts and ultimately reduce the number of bears that have to be destroyed due to conflicts. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the District office. If you are interested, please bring a proposal to the District of Invermere office by October 6th, 2009. Address: 914 – 8th Avenue Email: Facsimile: 250-342-2934

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The Columbia Valley Rockies continue to get some bad luck. With an undisclosed injury to goalie Scott Ismond, the sudden departure of defenceman Travis Francoeur and more carding issues, the Rockies went into the third weekend of the season with a shortened roster once again. The Golden Rockets blasted into the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on Friday night and were met with a hard forechecking, aggressive style that had fans on the edge of their seat. The Rockies counted the first goal of the night, Darrell Boldon from Kevin Dunlop and newest addition to the lineup, Kevin Anderson at 10:38. The home fans saw strong skating and puck movement as players are starting to become comfortable with our systems and each other. The Rockies took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Shots were 13-12 Golden. Just under five minutes in, Golden was awarded a quirky goal that eluded goalie Cameron Dagg, squirting over the red line as he tried to keep the puck covered. This seemed to give the Rockets life, as they pressed on and were rewarded with a powerplay goal, Wake from Devlin at 14:02. Spencer Pommells played a brilliant game for the Rockets and he was rewarded

for his hard work, assists to Jensen and Wake at 8:04. Golden ahead 3-1, shots were 17-15 for the visiting Rockets going into the third. The Rockies enjoyed two more powerplays, bringing their total to seven for the game, including a two man advantage over a minute long, but were unable to put the puck past Danny Feuz despite some great puck movement and several great scoring chances. The end of the game had the Rockets’ Kyle Cummings hauled down on a breakaway and he was awarded a penalty shot, beating Dagg five hole at 1:07 to give Golden the final goal of the game, making it 4-1. Shots were Golden 49, Columbia Valley 35. The Rockies and Rockets had a few skirmishes to end the third, with seven players taking early showers. Saturday featured the powerhouse Fernie Ghostriders at the rink, and they wasted little time getting on the board, scoring just under two minutes in, building a four-goal lead after one, outshooting the Rockies 27-5. In the second, the story remained the same – all Ghostriders as they peppered Cam Dagg with 25 shots, adding four goals sandwiched by Columbia Valley’s only marker, Kevin Anderson with his first tally of the year, from Dunlop and Boldon. The third saw the Fernie team blast another 35 shots for a total of 87 against, with 16 in return. Final score Fernie 12, Rockies 1. The Rockies are on the road this weekend, in Castlegar and Grand Forks, and in Golden on the 7th. Friday, October 9th the Rockets return to the valley and thanks to Palliser Printing, it will be a guaranteed $500 50/50 draw night, so even more reason to come cheer on the boys.

It’s almost Old Zone time By Pioneer Staff Pioneer columnist Harold Hazelaar – who pens his famous Old Zone dispatches from a secret concrete bunker below the ice in Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena – has not yet returned from the hiatus he uses to gather strength to play OldTimers hockey each season. However, we didn’t want you to miss out on the early season stats. Until Harold resurfaces in October, here is what has happened so far...

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. . . Continued from Page 3 “It will improve reliability for the entire Columbia Valley,” Mr. Anand added. “It will reduce the number and length of power outages experienced in the region.” One landowner attended both open houses last week to express concern over the potential corridor passing through his property. Paul Bauman owns 200 acres on the Toby Benches. “I can’t say I’m happy with the new transmission corridor. It opens access, cuts through the wilderness, and disrupts viewscapes,” Mr. Bauman said. “It will be in sight for most people living on the benches.” After speaking to B.C.T.C. about his concerns at the first open house, Mr. Bauman invited representatives to visit his land last week and walk the placement of the corridor. He added that B.C. Hydro purchased a right-of-way on his property twenty years ago and the proposed new corridor is only 500 metres away from the existing right-ofway. “We walked across the proposed right-of-way and the existing legal right-

of-way,” Mr. Bauman said. “As of today, B.C.T.C. have told me they are only considering using the existing right-ofway. “If it is going through – and I can’t stop it – at least I can have it placed within the legal right-of-way and make it less obtrusive for everyone on the benches,” he added. Deepak Anand confirmed that under B.C. Hydro, a right-of-way was purchased on private land on the Toby benches. “Our intent is to use that right-ofway wherever possible,” he said. “However, regulations and standards are different now and we need to look at it with a fresh mind.” Paul Bauman encourages Columbia Valley residents to learn about the project. “Every message I get from B.C.T.C. is that there is still room for input on mediating the impact on esthetics and the natural environment,” he said. “The more people who voice their concerns, the more amiable the solution will be.” A third round of open houses will be held in Brisco and Radium later this month. For more information, phone 1866-647-3334 or visit

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Regional District of East Kootenay

October 2, 2009

INVITATION TO TENDER Scale Operation at the Columbia Valley Landfill

SEALED TENDERS marked, “Tender – Scale Operation at the Columbia Valley Landfill” will be received by the Engineering Technician, Environmental Services, Regional District of East Kootenay, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 until 2:00 pm local time on October 29th, 2009. Tenders received after the specified time will be returned unopened to the Bidder. The Contract Documents including Bid Forms may be obtained on or after October 5th, 2009 from the Cranbrook RDEK office during regular office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday) upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit by cash or certified cheque in the amount of $50.00. There will be a mandatory site meeting on October 15th, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Columbia Valley Landfill Site located in Windermere B.C.

The successful bidder shall be required to provide a BANK IRREVOCABLE LETTER OF CREDIT or PERFORMANCE BONDING in the amount of $25,000.00, valid for the life of the contract. The Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily accept or reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities at its own discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing the Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily reject any bid submitted by a contractor that has a disputed account against or due by the Regional District or against whom the Regional District has a disputed account. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted and the Regional District reserves the right to negotiate terms and conditions with the successful Bidder.

TENDERS Must be Accompanied By: • A bid security deposit in the amount of $5,000.00 (Certified Cheque or Irrevocable Letter of Credit).

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NOTICE OF PRESCRIBED BURN IN KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK AVIS DE BRÛLAGE DIRIGÉ AU PARC NATIONAL KOOTENAY Redstreak Mountain Prescribed Burn Date: After Sept. 16th, 2009 (weather-permitting) Goals: To protect people and property from catastrophic wildfires by reducing forest fuel loads in the vicinity of Radium Hot Springs, and to restore grasslands & associated habitat traditionally used by Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and other wildlife by re-establishing the ecological role of fire in the Columbia Valley How will this affect the Public? Burn operations will be visible to motorists driving through Kootenay National Park on Highway 93/95 South. The smoke column will be visible from the surrounding area, including Radium Hot Springs. We can’t eliminate smoke, but every effort is made to reduce its impacts. Ignition of this prescribed burn will be conducted during good venting conditions, so smoke is dispersed high into the atmosphere. However, unpredicted changes in weather can affect how well the smoke disperses. During burn periods, reduced speed zones may be implemented where visibility is limited. For public safety reasons, closures may be in effect in the area surrounding the burn. Check with the Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre for up to date information on closures. Are You Highly Sensitive to Smoke? Kootenay National Park has a smoke notification list for those who are extremely sensitive to smoke and would like advance warning of prescribed burn operations. We are currently updating this list and we would like to hear from you. To be added to this list or for more information, please call the Fire Communications Officer at 403-7601090 or email

Brûlage dirigé du mont Redstreak Date : Après le 16 septembre 2009 (si le temps le permet) Buts : Protéger les gens et les propriétés de feux échappés catastrophiques en réduisant les quantités de combustible forestier dans les environs de Radium Hot Springs. Restaurer les prairies et l’habitat connexe que fréquentent normalement le mouflon d’Amérique des Rocheuses et d’autres animaux sauvages en rétablissant le rôle que joue le feu dans l’écologie de la vallée du Columbia. Quel sera l’effet de ce brûlage dirigé sur le public? Les automobilistes qui circuleront sur l’autoroute 93/95 verront les opérations de brûlage. La colonne de fumée qui s’élèvera sera visible de toute la région environnante, et notamment de Radium Hot Springs. Nous ne pouvons éliminer la fumée, mais nous déployons tous les efforts possibles pour en réduire les effets. Les feux seront allumés uniquement lorsque le vent sera favorable. Toutefois, des changements imprévus aux conditions météorologiques pourraient empêcher la fumée de se disperser rapidement. Pendant les périodes de brûlage, il est possible que la vitesse maximale soit réduite si la visibilité est réduite. Pour des raisons de sécurité du public, le secteur entourant la zone de brûlage pourrait être fermé à la circulation. Pour obtenir des renseignements à jour sur les fermetures, veuillez vous informer au Centre d’accueil du parc national Kootenay. Êtes-vous très sensible à la fumée? Le parc national Kootenay détient une liste de personnes extrêmement susceptibles à la fumée, qu’il avertit avant d’allumer des feux dirigés. Nous sommes en train de mettre cette liste à jour et si vous êtes une de ces personnes, veuillez nous le signaler. Pour vous faire inscrire sur la liste ou pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez téléphoner à l’agent des communications sur le feu en composant le 403-760-1090 ou en écrivant à l’adresse

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October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

Historic paintings in art show on Pynelogs’ 95th birthday

By Dorothy Isted Special to the Pioneer Medora and Alexander Hume moved from Galt, Ontario to the Midnapore, Alberta, area in the late 1800s. They had four children, one of whom died two weeks before their only daughter was born in December 1885, also called Medora. Although her mother was called Dora, the little girl soon became known as Meda. It is likely that wealthy rancher Harold Forster met the Humes while he lived in Galt. The year after he purchased Firlands Ranch in 1898, the Humes arrived in the Columbia Valley. Alexander was the manager of the ranch and Dora became the executive housekeeper of Forster’s mansion. In 1967, the Times Colonist of Victoria wrote of Dora’s contribution: “From storage in Hamilton came sets of china, Royal Worcester and Minton, two dozen of each, Georgian and Victorian silver in the same numbers and the 14-room house was lavishly furnished. From that day, under Mrs. Hume’s gracious guidance, Mr. Forster’s Firlands was run like an English country manor.” Though Dora was born in Ontario, she knew what it took to run a gentleman’s home. Her skills were put to the test in September 1909 when Canada’s Governor General, Earl Grey, accepted Forster’s invitation to visit the area. While the Earl and his men were roughing it, the ladies of the party were ferried down the river from Golden. The Times Colonist reported further, “When the ship stopped at Firlands Landing to pick up the mountain party, Miss Meda Hume, the manager’s daughter, presented the ladies, to their surprise and delight, with large bouquets of Harold Forster’s sweet peas.” Family legend has it that Dora was “ultra-religious.” She taught her children scripture, basic reading and writing. Since her daughter Meda played the piano until she was 101 years of age, it is likely that Dora taught her this skill as well. The ranch was remote and there was a lot more snow then, making poor roads impassable and impossible for the children to attend school. Meda was sent away for a year to

FIRLANDS FAMILY — At left, Dora Hume standing alone in the garden at about age 84. Above, the whole family, taken in 1920, shows Dora standing at the back. Also pictured, from left to right, are Frances, Thora, Harold Forster, Meda seated with Richard (Dick) on her lap, and George. Photos courtesy of Helen Perry. a girls’ school in Yale. Helen Perry of Kelowna says of her gran, “Meda was quite lively and outgoing. I could see her teaching the Chinese houseman how to dance. Her mother was quite perturbed, as she was pretty straight.” Dora’s activities were not confined to the ranch. Her name, Mrs. A. Hume, appears as a participant in the hospital auxiliary group that formed in Wilmer. She also had an activity that is surprising, considering her station in life as a housekeeper, in those days when the class system in Canada was more defined. Dora painted, quite profusely. In fact, Dora was very good friends with the Group of Seven’s Emily Carr and the two women corresponded, visited each other’s homes and painted together. Twenty-six-year-old Meda married Harold Forster in 1912. Both of the Hume sons served in the same unit during the First World War and fought at Passchendaele. Frank died but Jack survived to return to the valley. Helen says that it must have been difficult for her great-grandmother Dora to give up her place as chatelaine to her daughter — a role she had occupied for about 15 years — and, sometime after the wedding, she and Alexander moved back to Alberta and ran a store in Lacombe in the 1920s. Meda and Harold endured a difficult relationship. She left him several times, going back and forth between the ranch and her parents’ home in Lacombe. Finally, she took the children and spent some time in Spokane before moving to Penticton. Her father Al-

exander died in 1928 and Dora purchased property in Penticton in 1930. Mother and daughter lived together until Dora’s death in 1948. Helen says her great-grandmother Dora was a nice, grandmotherly type. She died when Helen was small, around the same time her friend Emily Carr died. Several of Dora’s paintings have survived and are scattered throughout the homes of her great-grandchildren. Helen and others of her family have generously loaned a few of them to be shown at the Pynelogs art show which began this week. It is likely they were painted prior to 1912. One painting is of the Firlands Ranch house, which burned down in 1940, and another is of Forster Falls. There is a wonderful watercolour of Mount Nelson and some other landscapes that are, to date, unidentified. Visitors to Pynelogs will note a line appears in the Mount Nelson painting, about an inch from the bottom. Helen says after it was painted Meda, or perhaps even Dora, took a dislike to that part of the painting and folded it back. When Helen had it re-framed a number of years back she noticed this and, liking what she saw, had it framed in its entirety. Pynelogs Cultural Centre is having a 95th birthday party and artist opening event on October 3rd. Pynelogs is the home built by R. Randolph Bruce for his bride, Lady Elizabeth Bruce, in 1914. It is fanciful to imagine that, perhaps, Dora Hume was entertained as a guest in this home, if not by Mr. Bruce himself, at least by his housekeeper.

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Fairmont takes delivery of new road rescue truck Area F Director Wendy Booth and Fairmont Fire Chief Jim Miller show off their shiny new road rescue pumper. Delivered last week, it was ordered back in June for the bargain price of $374,000, budgeted by the Regional District of East Kootenay. The truck has vehicle extraction, medical services and fire fighting capabilities, and is easy to manoeuvre down narrow streets. It can carry six passengers. Fire department volunteers will require three days’ training to learn how to use the all-in-one truck. Photo by Sally Waddington

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Nathaniel Edgar Tunnacliffe 1983-2009 Nathaniel Edgar Tunnacliffe passed away at Lion’s Gate Hospital on September 18th , 2009, after a brave six year fight with brain cancer. He was 25. Nathan received his BSc in Chemistry from SFU in 2008 and was an active competitive sailor and dedicated musician through his illness. A private family memorial was held on Bowen Island. He is survived by his parents Trevor and Rebecca and his brother Nigel who will offer a memorial for his friends in the near future. Also surviving Nathan are his grandparents Donald and Donna Tunnacliffe, his aunts and uncles, their spouses and children. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the family’s ride to conquer cancer: http://tinyurl. com/RideForNathan.

Cecilia Minnie Wilder died unexpectedly in a tragic accident on September 22, 2009, leaving a hollow place in the hearts of those who loved her. She was the epitome of adventure and business, having been born to Earl and Minnie Wilder in Invermere, B.C. and raised in an enterprising family. She developed and operated a ski hill, pursued her CGA, and obtained a commercial license, operating her own transport company. Her beautiful daughter Marni Melrose and grandson, Robbie, in San Diego, were her propelling light, speaking to them daily. Recently she was working with her brother, developing a productive operation, and never had she been so happy and excited about life. She was in the midst of packing up for a new home, when the CAT D9H dozer she was operating lurched over an embankment, striking her fatally. Cecilia was a spiritual woman of conviction, feeling that her body imprisoned her, and believed a higher power governed us. Her passion for life, her concern for the wellbeing of others and her love of family and friends spilled over to all who intimately knew her. Cecilia, our sweet lady, you always spoke of soaring with angels and now you are one, free as you always dreamed. However terribly we miss you, we know your eternal laughter will soon melt our frozen hearts, and as our guardian angel, you will be there to love us unconditionally, forevermore. A celebration of this diverse woman’s life will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 4 PM at the Harrison Beach Hotel in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

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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.

Cheers to the conscientious person who found my keys and promptly returned them to me through the TB Vets in Vancouver. Many thanks. ~Jim G.

Cheers to the 20th Annual Columbia Valley Classics Car Show and Shine volunteers. Another successful and entertaining weekend. Thanks for all your hard work! ~CJ

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.



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Cecilia Minnie Wilder

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Cheers to the staff at Portabella for making our 70/40th event such a wonderful occasion! ~Jill and Sebastien Bell

Cheers to Barry Benson for helping in the purchase of our property. You’re an outstanding real estate agent! Cheers to Ron Verboom and all the volunteers for their hard work in making the 2nd Headbanger Race a success. The course was spectacular, and the event was very well organized and fun. Thanks for bringing such a high quality race to the valley. M. Taylor Cheers to the kind people of Fairmont who donated so generously to the SPCA Paws for a Cause event. You are terrific!

s obituary s ALFRED TRESCHER 1929 – 2009 BRISCO – Alfred Trescher passed away suddenly on September 23, 2009. Alfred was born in Freiburg, Germany February 3rd, 1929 and raised on the family’s farm. In 1952, he immigrated to Canada and settled in the Windermere Valley. He met Hedi, his wife for 52 years, in Radium Hot Springs where she was working at a summer job. Alfred worked in logging and for 5 years was partners with Fritz Zehnder, operating a small sawmill. In 1962, longing to return to his farming roots, Alfred and Hedi purchased Charlie Watkins’ farm in Brisco. They bought their first Charolais cattle in 1965, and for 35 years it was their livelihood. Alfred thoroughly enjoyed his contact with people in the cattle industry and the many friends he made. He will be sadly missed by his wife Hedi, his children Peter, Heidy Sterling (Rob), and Anne Sterling (Brian), and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Siegfried (Klara) and sister Krimhilde Henderson (Terry). A celebration of his life will be held at the Brisco Community Hall on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

Lost, green boat cover, between Valley Alley & Pete’s Marina, $50 reward, 250-342-0050.

STORAGE NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637 You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

Panache Building, Invermere, B.C. 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.

ACCOMMODATION WANTED Retired couple looking for inexpensive, furnished, short term rental from October 15th to December 15th in the Invermere area. Please contact strental@

s Memoriam s

Mansell Hall

October 1 , 2008 st

Martina Nicholas

April 3rd, 2008

The moment that you died My heart was torn in two, One side filled with heartache the other died with you

Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday. But missing you is a heartache that never goes away.

I often lie awake at night, When the world is fast asleep, And take a walk down memory lane, With tears upon my cheeks

I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain. Sophie, Candice, Dominique, Nicholas, J.R. and family

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Room in executive level home near beach, $450 + utilities, references required, N/S, 250342-5937.

WALK TO DOWNTOWN & KINSMEN BEACH, 3 bdrm main floor of a house, separate entrance, 5 appliances, deck, view, shed, yard, N/S, N/P, no partiers, references/deposit required. Rent negotiable, water/hydro/heat included. Available December 1st, 250342-7590.

2 bdrm suite available in Windermere. 2 blocks to beach, all appliances, $775/month, 403-241-8598, 403-803-4540 or email


2 bdrm condo, near Sobey’s, N/ S, N/P, quiet folks only need apply, $800/month, 250-3426255.

Bright, one bdrm walk-out suite in Wilmer, 9’ ceilings, big yard, W/D, cable, all utilities included, N/S, available October 19th or November 1st, 250-342-0035. “Available Now”

4 bdrm, 2 bath, large rec room, upgraded kitchen and great room, W/D, wood stove, garage, corner lot, large backyard, walking distance to schools, hospital and town. Pets negotiable. Avail immediately, $1600 + utilities. Call Mark 403-803-7306 or Neil, 250-3417084.

Roommate wanted to share condo, own bedroom and living area, $500/month includes everything, 250-347-6324.

SUITE FOR RENT ATTENTION CONTRACTORS! One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month! Call 250-3456365, Fairmont Bungalows. CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS, conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781. Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units - $700/month, 2 bdrm units $900/month. 250-341-1182. Invermere, 2 bdrm, lower suite, W/D, stove, fridge, N/S, N/P, adults only. $850/month includes hydro and heat. Avail Aug 15th, ref. req. 250-3426349 or 250-342-3418. INVERMERE, 2 bdrm basement suite. Separate entry, shared W/ D, close to downtown/beaches/ grocery, N/S, $660/month + utilities, available now. Call Grant, 403-493-1245. 2 bdrm suite, fully furnished including W/D, D/W, wireless and cable, large deck, 3 blocks from beach and Invermere’s main street. Available immediately, $880/month + shared hydro, 250-688-0244.

New 1 bdrm suite. Laundry, N/P, $700/month + utilities, available October 1st, call 250342-6607. 2 suites for rent, Black Forest Heights, Invermere. 2 bdrm, 2 bath upper suite, 2 decks, large yard, $1000/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, available October 1st; 2 bdrm lower walkout, very bright and roomy, $875/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, available immediately. Call 250-342-9770. Large 2 bdrm suite, 5 appliances, pets negotiable, utilities included, available October 1st. Call 250-341-1099. 2 bdrm and 3 bdrm apartments in Edgewater. Heat and appliances included, $600/ month, 250-342-2898. FAIRMONT – won’t last! Private 2 bdrm walk-out basement suite. Bright, 1100 sq.ft., wood fireplace, backs Columbia River, pets OK, fire pit. Includes all utilities, W/D and storage. $950/ month. Available immediately. C. Bay 250-212-9898. Fully furnished newly renovated bachelor suite 2 blocks from downtown Invermere. D/W,W/D, cable and hydro included. $800/ month, available immediately, 250-688-0244. 2 bdrm apartment in downtown Invermere, $800 + DD, includes utilities, 250-341-5534.

Invermere, central, quiet neighbourhood, spacious, bright, newly renovated 1 bdrm suite with private entrance. Furnished or unfurnished, N/ S, references required, $875/ month including utilities, cable and internet, available October 1st, 250-342-0399. 2 bdrm basement suite, private entrance, N/P, N/S, quiet person, $900/month includes utilities, available immediately, 250342-1617. Windermere, 2 bdrm, furnished sunny walkout lower level, available Nov. 1st, N/S, N/P, includes hydro, W/D, $850 - 1 person, $1100 - 2 persons, 250342-6162 evenings. Black Forest Heights, 2 bdrm suite, storage shed, nice yard and views, W/D, N/S, no partiers. Available immediately, $800/ month includes utilities. Phone Rick 250-342-3057 (h) or 250341-5572(c).

HOUSE FOR RENT 2 bdrm older house adjacent to Funtasia in Fairmont Hot Springs. Available October 1st-April 30th. $690/month + utilities. Please call Joseph or Tanya at 250-345-4511 or 250345-4558 (evenings). If you would enjoy taking care of the animals and light snow removal in the winter, remuneration for caretaker duties available.


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Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email Duplex, 1100 sq.ft. 5 appliances, 2 bdrm, storage shed, utilities included. $900/month, 250347-9629. Edgewater house on 5 ½ acres. Heated shop, other out buildings, set up for horses, pets welcome, immediate occupancy, references required, $1200 + utilities, 250-226-7660. Wilder subdivision, quiet, open floor plan, nice deck, 3 bdrm, single car garage, walk to town and school. N/P, N/S, $1200/ month + utilities. References required. Available immediately, 250-342-2052. Invermere winter rental! Fully furnished, newly renovated, 4 bdrm house (incl. 2 bdrm separate suite), Kinsmen Beach area, N/P, N/S, available starting November. $1500/month + DD + hydro. Includes cable and wireless, W/D, wood stove! A little bit of ‘cabin’ heaven! 250342-9290. Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home, N/S, pets considered, great yard, $750/month. Available immediately. 403851-2043. 3 bdrm home in Windermere, close to school, $1050/month + utilities, pets negotiable, Call for info and showings 250-3428662.

Invermere, large 4 bdrm house, 2 bath, rec and laundry room, mins. from schools and downtown, large yard, N/S, pets negotiable. Available Nov. 1st, $1500 + util, references, 250341-1650.

CONDO FOR RENT FIRST MONTH FREE!!! PET FRIENDLY CONDO! 2 bdrm townhouse in Black Forest Village $1300/month. Call 250-342-0838. Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 baths, facing lake, underground parking. Available immediately. Monthly or long-term. Call 403-5610111. Radium Townhouse, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, N/S, N/P, $1000/month includes power and water. Available immediately, 403-240-9357 or 403-237-4698. 2 bdrm condo, The Aspen, Radium, main floor, 2 bath, fireplace, heated parking, N/S, references, $975/month, 403328-2944 or 403-892-2731. Invermere, beautiful condo close to downtown, 3 bdrms, 3 bath, 5 appliances, large storage room and attached garage. Will go fast @ $1200/month + utilities! Call Kevin for evening showings, 780-982-1140.

3 bdrm condo in Pinewood, Radium. In-suite laundry, underground heated parking, $1300/month, utilities included. Available October 1st, 403-8750214. 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, N/P, N/ S, available October 1st, $1350/ month, 250-341-1182. 2 bdrm condo, D/T Invermere, furnished. N/S, N/P, available October 1st, $1000/month, utilities included, 250-341-1182 Radium, 2 bdrm ground floor with patio, all appliances, $950/month includes utilities, available October 1st, 403-6136815, Richard. Luxury fully furnished condo at Heron Point in downtown Invermere. 2 bdrms, 2 baths, W/D, D/W, cable, wireless, hydro included, hot tub and gym access. $1200/month, N/S, N/P, available October to May, 250688-0244. 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo in Radium, furnished/unfurnished, $975/ month, 403-870-5045. Gorgeous 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den main floor condo in Sable Ridge, Radium. View of valley, access to pool, hot tubs, clubhouse, underground parking, storage lockers, in suite laundry. N/S, N/P. Call 250-342-0200. Black Forest Village, 2 bdrm townhouse with single garage, 1.5 baths, all major appliances. Balcony overlooks green space, mountain view, close to Invermere, excellent condition, $1000/month includes water/ sewer, available immediately, 250-342-6743.

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Pioneer Classifieds CONDO FOR RENT


Copperhorn Town, Radium, 2 bdrm fully furnished condo, W/D, wood burning fireplace, 2 balconies, $900/month + utilities, 403-522-3669. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished, indoor pool, hot tub. Long or short term, $750/month includes cable, 403-281-3991. Lake front, Invermere, new condo, main floor, 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath, furnished, N/P, N/S, 6 appliances, rec centre, underground parking stall, $1250/month + DD + utilities, 403-861-0544 or srowell@telus. net. Akiskinook, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, furnished, N/P, N/S, rec centre, indoor pool/hot tub, 6 appliances, $1250/month + DD, utilities included, 403-861-0544 or 2 BDRM FURNISHED CONDO, Black Forest Village. Rent weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, 1.5 baths, garage, patio, 6 appliances. $1000/month, 250-342-1475. Radium, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, laundry, underground parking, fireplace, A/C, utilities included, N/S, N/P, references & DD, 403-239-7736 or 403-850-3768.

VACATION RENTALS Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm, fully furnished condo, pool, hot tub, beach, tennis courts, deck, gas BBQ, $550/week, $89/night, 3 nights minimum, 403-2933870.


Peaceful creekside, 2 ½ acres, 4950 Stoddart Creek Road. Open House Saturday 12-5. 5 bdrm, 4 bath, zoned SH2 allowing for home based business. See #40848 for details. New price - $639,000, 250-3476532.

PRICE REDUCTION! RANCH HOUSE Completely renovated house on 2.5 acres located outside of Windermere, in Elkhorn Country Estates, an exclusive private gated community, one of only 11 estates included in phase one. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security system, working shutters, all services underground, furniture included, recently appraised, $449,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250-3421268.

Open House 1733 Windermere Loop Road Windermere Valley Golf Course Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm Contact Glenn Pomeroy 250-270-0666 Maxwell Realty Invermere.

CONDO FOR SALE 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 the beach, $137,000, 250688-2667.

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1 bdrm, 1 level, near hospital, adult building, asking $160,000. No agents please, 250-6880083.

Dumbells wanted, 250-3427513.

¾” road gravel - $10/cubic yard; bedding sand - $14/cubic yard; drain rock - $12/cubic yard; landscaping rock - $12/cubic yard; well rock - $12/cubic yard; pit run gravel - $6/cubic yard; clean fill - $6/cubic yard. Pick up or delivery available. 250-347-2130 or 250-3421782.

Yamaha 350 Warrior Sport Quad, electric start, mint condition. Kawasaki 250 Mohave Sport Quad, mint condition, 250-3420350 or 403-701-3344.

Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST,, 250-341-1182.

Wanted: Trampoline in good to very good condition, 403-8298550.

Miscellaneous For Sale

ACREAGES/LOTS FOR SALE 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. WILMER PROPERTY 9140 Smith Street (off main avenue). Nice mountain view, large walk-out lot, older 3 bdrm manufactured home currently on lot, $120,000. Contact 250-341-1656. 8 acres of hay meadow, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $425,000. Call 250-342-2802. Our one remaining pristine commercial/residential lot in “Town Square.” 50’ X 120,’ W&S on frontage, $82,500. Build your own “Point of Arrival” on 1/4 Mile River frontage, 121 acres, 2 level airstrips possible: 1830’ up valley, or 1950’ cross valley. IN EDGEWATER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. “Municipal” water & sewer, 3-phase power and independent road access possible. Info: Edgewater Developments, 250-347-9660,

32”x 80” new aluminum screen door - $100; 54” General 2 door glass cooler - $900; 30” Toshiba TV - $50, 250-347-9345. Contractor equipment for sale. Ladders, all sizes, and scaffolding, etc. Call Stu, 250341-7229.

Horse jigsaw puzzle - $60; 2 paint-by-numbers - $150 each, OBO. Seen at Columbia House. Call 250-341-6062, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-4. Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/pick-up load. Call, 250342-1268. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, fir, dry and split. To order call 250-342-6908. Firewood - Cut, split and delivered. Fir and pine mix. $150/½ cord, $275/full cord. Birch $275/½ cord, $400/full cord, 250-688-0143. Marble Travertine tile - 18”x 18”, 317 sq.ft. of composite decking, antique claw foot tub, stationary bike trainer, baby crib, playpen and collapsible stroller. 250342-2052.

1998 Terry 26 ½’ 5th Wheel. Rear kitchen, large slide-out, 3 piece bath, sleeps 6, lots of storage, lifted springs, hitch hiker table included. Needs tires and battery, $9000 OBO, 250347-9756, after 5pm. 2006 Honda Odyssey EX, 94,000 km, $28,000. 2005 Honda CVR 600RR, mint condition, 5,500 km, $8000. 2006 Yamaha Rhino in good condition, $6000. Call evenings, 250-342-5596.

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Pioneer Classifieds 1985 Cutlass Supreme. 4 door, low mileage, good condition, $1000, 250-688-0143.




Dog grooming, medium dogs. 250-342-6178.

Custom installations of ceramic, mosaic, quarry tiles, slates, glassblocks, repairs, etc. For estimates, call 250-341-6869.

FREE MOVIE RENTALS – Parttime. Join our team; receive good wages, free rentals. Please call Thora at 250-342-0057, or fax 250-342-6583, email or drop off resume at Gone Hollywood.

Invermere Dry Cleaners requires someone who is mature and responsible. Apply in person with resume.

1995 Chevrolet Silverado ½ ton. New transmission, front-end, u-joints, brakes. AC, cruise, tilt, well maintained, great working/ hunting truck, $3500 OBO, 250342-5172. 1998 Toyota Sienna Van, 328,000 km, excellent condition, $2200, 250-345-0350.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Hair Salon for sale in Radium. Turn key operation (everything included). If you are a stylist this is an incredible deal! If interested and would like more info, please call Karen 250-347-2480 or the salon cell 250-688-0249.

SERVICES Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time.

Certified home support worker available for private care. Elderly, respite, surgery recovery. Call 250-688-0733. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

Gregg the Repair Man specializes in small/medium repairs/renos, plumbing, painting, electrical, carpentry, tiling plus. References $30/hour, 2 hour minimum. Flexible rate for seniors. 250688-2233. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING. Garbage, brush and construction Disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt @ 342-3569. Driving Lessons - get your license the easy way! Door to door pick up in Invermere and area. Preparation for novice license (class 7). Lessons only/ no class. Flexible hours/one-onone instruction. Special prices! 250-342-8651.

Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for year round F/T or P/T evening servers. Phone 250-347-0047 or mail@helnas. com. Fairmont Creek Property Management is accepting applications for a part-time accounting clerk position. For a detailed job description or to submit a resume please contact Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for permanent P/T evening kitchen help/ dishwasher. Please call 250-3470047 or email

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Mini trade fair coming

October 2, 2009

By Pioneer Staff Mary Holgate, the cook behind Chefson-the-Run, is organizing a mini trade fair to run on selected weekends from October to December at Radium Seniors’ Centre. Ms. Holgate said the event will be different from typical craft fairs because it will include retailers as well.

“I’m just trying to create a mini-mall,” she said. “It’s never been done here, so let’s give it a try.” Ms. Holgate promises something for everyone, including a draw box on every table, face-painting, food vendors, crafts tables, a “kids only” store, pumpkin-carving, haunted house and raffle for the Invermere Companion Animal Network.

“I’m all about fun,” Ms. Holgate said. “I don’t think kids have enough fun!” Vendors include Ray’s Music, Advanced Fit, Be Gifted, Essence of Sound, the Henna Lady, Sophie’s Choice, Butterfly Lady, Rainbow Donkey and The Dollar Store. The fair runs Oct. 2nd-3rd, 30th-31st, Nov. 13th-14th and Dec. 11th-12th. For information, call 250-347-2414.

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October 2, 2009


Watch for our Fall 2009

Home & Garden Special October 9 , 2009 th

EAGER BEAVERS – From top, Blair McFarlane, Rachel Kanan, Morgan Martino, Matthew Swallow, Brenden Kanan and Sienna Martino. Photo by Adrian Fahrni

Rookie camp a swimming success By Karen Fahrni Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club The Columbia Valley Otters Swim Club is off to a flying start this season. From August 30th to September 3rd, 14 swimmers participated in the club’s Rookie Camp, tuning their competitive skills. The club uses the camp as a tool to get swimmers back into the pool for the season and also to introduce swimming to potential new members. Diving in at 8 a.m., the swimmers spent an hour every day improving their fitness and strokes. By the end of the camp, every participant had mastered race starts, flip turns and all four competitive strokes, thanks to the hard work of coaches Sonia Otis and Karen Fahrni. The Otters are entering their fourth season and find themselves growing

substantially. Currently with 48 members, swimmers are training Mondays and Thursdays at Radium Hot Springs pools with coach Sonia. “It is fantastic to see the club growing and doing so well,” said club program director Shelly Kochorek. “We have swimmers coming in from as far away as Fairmont Hot Springs and Golden.” The club is offering programs for all levels two days a week. However, after Thanksgiving, a third swim day will open up. Adults interested in stroke improvement and lap swimming are also encouraged to contact the club. For a $5 drop-in fee, lap swimmers have access to the pool from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., a coach available for stroke improvement and a soak in the hot pool. Call the club at 250-347-9562 for more information or visit

prepare your home or cottage for winter. To advertise, call us before October 5th


Phone: 250-341-6299 • Fax: (250) 341-6229 Email: 8, 1008 – 8th Avenue, Invermere BC

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Golf Briefs Springs Ladies Golf Club On Wednesday, September 23rd, the ladies held their annual Club Wind-up. The ladies walked “the red carpet” to the putting competition following golf. High heels were removed! The club rounded out the year with a banquet and prizes. Sadly, this signals the end of the league season. Ladies, please feel welcome to join the club next year on Wednesday mornings at The Springs golf course. Radium Resort Ladies Golf Club Following are the results of the Radium Resort Ladies club championships which were held on September 1st and 2nd. Club champion: Gayleen Lang; low net champion: Doris Walker; first flight low gross: Myrnie Bergeson; first flight low net: Pat Andruschuk; second flight low gross: LeeAnn Barsby; second flight low gross: Joan Gallawa; third flight low gross: Bonnie Hosking and third flight low net: Joyce McLeod. The deuce pot was shared by Myrnie Bergeson, Susan Boker and Gayleen Lang and our PIN round winner for the month of August was Dee Veen.

Skunk stranded in bowl at skate park Amidst a midnight romp, this critter became trapped in the bowl at Mount Nelson Skate Park on Thursday morning.

Unable to climb back up the steep ledges, he had to be rescued by a local conservation officer. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Windermere Ladies Golf Club September 23rd was the last game of the season. Seven teams played Best Ball. The winners were: first – Norma Piche, Helga Boker, Pauline Haltman and Carol Stanford. Second – Pat Andruschuk, Doreen Stewart, Coreen Rualt and Ann Way. Third team was Pat Lynch, Betty Hope, Diane Slade and Helen Franken. Awards were presented afterwards. The club champion was Susan Nikirk, with overall low net winner Carol Stanford. Ruth Gordon was senior champion. Match play was won by Mary Jean Anakin and the most improved player was Deb Plato. For the incoming two years, Gail Cole will be president and Helga Boker will serve as vice-president.

Ski club gearing up for winter fun Submitted by Mary Bagan Windermere Valley Ski Club Fall is in the air and snow is beginning to appear on the mountains! Okay, maybe that’s wishful thinking but I’m sure the flakes will be flying soon! So it’s time to start thinking about skiing. For parents, there is always the question of what to do with the children. Do we take them skiing with us and hope that we have the patience and know-how to teach them properly, or do we search for a program that will allow the children to do what they really want to do: that is, ski fast with their friends, while learning skills to become better skiers and athletes? Windermere Valley Ski Club has developed a line-up of programs to appeal to children of all ages and abilities. Learn to ski for five and six-year-olds,

a traditional once-a-week program for six to 11year-olds, a twice-weekly racing program for the really keen ski racers, Christmas camps, fun ski races and lots of free ride skiing are on the schedule for all of our skiers. Nancy Greene head coach Wil Comrie is really excited about the options that are available to kids this season. “I’m looking forward to seeing kids get excited about skiing,” he said. Pre-season conditioning will begin in October for all of our athletes. These fun sessions include team games such as soccer and dodge ball, as well as cycling, running, and a variety of other dry land activities. Windermere Valley Ski Club recognizes the importance of team-building and encourages participation by all athletes to get ready for the ski season. Not only do they have fun in getting to know

the coaches and team mates, but they will also see a huge improvement in their fitness level. Head coach Helmut Spiegl is looking forward to watching the development of his athletes. He wants them to be ready for their first day on the snow in December! An upcoming Windermere Valley Ski Club event is our annual Ski Swap scheduled for Saturday, November 7th. The swap provides a great opportunity to sell your used ski gear and pick up some super bargains. Watch for more details as the date draws closer. Windermere Valley Ski Club welcomes new members. Enquiries and information about any of our programs can be directed to head coach Helmut Spiegl, 250-341-1650, or club president Jenny Hoffos, 250-342-3819. You can also check out the club’s website at

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Sharing truth, showing love By Pastor Scott Peterson Valley Christian Assembly If you don’t have a target in life, then you’ll hit it every time. You may have heard this saying in some form or another, but the fact is, it is true. All of us need to determine our priorities in life, deciding what matters the most. As a church ministering to the people of this valley, Valley Christian Assembly exists for two primary reasons: sharing truth and showing love. These two mandates fulfill the great commission Jesus gave in Matthew 28:18-20 to go make disciples through Christian teaching, and the great commandment He gave in Mark 12:30-31 to love God and love people. Colossians 1:3-6 says, “We thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints – the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven, and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you

heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” The truth that we share is the Word of God (the Bible), which is God’s love letter to the human race, whom He created. It provides the way of salvation through belief in Jesus Christ, and a road map for life to guide us along the right path. The love that we show is our love for God and one another, through word and deed. Genuine love is not a feeling, emotion, or “warm fuzzy” that tends to fade away. Genuine love is a decision we make with a commitment to follow through. The best definition of love comes from the Greek word “agape”, which translates into an unconditional, sacrificial love – the kind of love that God has for us and we should have for each other. Notice that we believe in showing love through action, not just feeling love. Ephesians 4:15 encourages us to speak the truth in love, which makes a significant difference on how the message is received. Telling your friend he or she is overweight and then walking away would probably trigger an understandably negative response. However, sharing with your friend your genuine concern for their health and wellbeing, then offering to work out together, would most likely be better received and appreciated. Everything we do should be motivated by love. Sharing truth, while showing love – isn’t that what Jesus does for us? Visit us online at

Shoebox gift drive begins

Gertie and Frank Friesen

Frank and Gertie Friesen, coordinators for Samaritan’s Purse, are kicking off Operation Christmas Child, an international relief effort to deliver shoebox-sized gifts to children in Central and South America. Valley residents donated more than 400 shoeboxes last year! Informational brochures and empty shoeboxes can be picked up at Home Hardware, Invermere Christian Supplies, A&W, Dollar Store, Monkey’s Uncle, Mountainside Market and Pip’s. Drop off filled boxes to Lake Windermere Alliance Church from November 16th to 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. For more info, contact Frank and Gertie Friesen at 250-347-9874.

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, October 4th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “How to Shine! The Structure of The Lord’s Prayer”. Pastor Trevor ministering. Sunday School, for children ages 3 to 12, during the service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Communion at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Communion at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 7 p.m.: Communion at St. Peter’s, Windermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word. Wednesday 7 p.m.: Adult Group Life First and third Thursday: Youth Home Group 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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Early bird pass prices held over from 2008! Buy before November 15th to enjoy last year’s discount rates.








$429 | $479

Senior (65+)

$329 | $359 Youth (13-17) $329 | $35 9 Child (6-12) $249 | $28 9 Family3

$1019 |

Transferable Parent’s Pass $469 |



1 Enjoy both the ski hill and unlimited hot pools during the ski season.



Adult Senior (65+)

$560 | $609 $439 |


9 Youth (13-17) $439 | $46 9 Child (6-12) $339 | $37


$1345 |

Transferable Parent’s Pass $615 |




$180 | $205

Senior (65+)

$165 |


Youth (13-17) $165 | Child (6-12) $125 |




$485 |


Enjoy unlimited hot pools entry until November 30, 2010.


Expires April 11, 2010. 2 Ski until April 11, 2010 and enjoy unlimited hot pools entry until November 30, 2010. 3 A family is two adults and two youth/children. GST is not included in above prices.

For details, call 250.345.6000 or visit


Experience something special in the Mountain Flowers Dining Room at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort! WEDNESDayS

Chateaubriand for Two

Flamed at the table by our Chef. $32.50/person. October 7th through December 16th


Theme Buffet Night

An exciting new theme every week! $24.95/person. October 8th through December 17th


Seafood Night

A different selection every week. Priced at fresh market value. October 2nd through December 18th


Prime Rib Night

8 oz. prime rib, served with potato, jus and vegetables. $21.95/person. October 3rd through December 19th

For some dates in November, we will interrupt these specials with very special special events! November 6 & 7 (Friday and Saturday) November 18-21 (Wednesday through Saturday) November 26 & 27 (Thursday and Friday)

The Eighth Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival Beaujolais Nouveau served with a table d’hôte special feature American Thanksgiving dinner specials


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