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Chief Roger Ekman honoured at Fireman’s Ball Invermere Fire Chief Roger Ekman was honoured last weekend for 30 years of service to the Invermere Fire and Rescue. Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft presented Chief Ekman the 30-year bar for his Long-Service Medal on October 17th at the 38th Annual Fireman’s Ball.

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Still no school bus for north valley kids By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Months of lobbying has come to a disappointing end for several parents living north of Edgewater. Vicki Roberts of Spillimacheen, was just one of several parents fighting for a return school bus service for six young children living in the area. The group took their concerns to the school board but, even after the annual school bus review was completed, the decision remained the same – children living north of Edgewater would have to find another way home from Edgewater Elementary School. “I’m very disappointed and frustrated,” Ms. Roberts commented. “The words I would use to describe it cannot be published.” According to Vicki, the school board broke the news of their decision to parents last week, stating a

lack of funding and that they simply had no bus to give them. “With the snow and stuff coming, I’m frustrated with the whole thing,” she said. “Now, not only am I going to have my school child at risk, I have my three year old and my unborn child at risk, everyday on the highway.” Bendina Miller, Superintendent of Rocky Mountain School District No. 6, said legislation requires the school district to support children who live outside the walking distance. The walking distance is defined as four kilometres from the nearest bus stop for children in kindergarten to Grade 3 and 4.8 kilometres for children in Grades 4 to 12. For those living beyond walking distance, the district provides either a school bus or financial assistance: a subsidy of 20 cents per kilometres up to $10 per day, plus 30 cents per child.

Vicki said the parents will be meeting with the school district again in the next week to discuss further options, but she has no idea what will come of the talks. “A bigger subsidy would be nice, but if they cant afford the funds for a bus they can’t afford a large subsidy,” Vicki said. “Its not even the whole money thing it’s just that there should be a bus – we pay school taxes for a reason.” The return bus route north of Edgewater was dropped in 2002 due to the shortage of riders. Currently six children from north of Edgewater ride the bus to the school in the morning, but according to the school district, this is too few children to warrant a return trip – although board policy does not specify a minimum number of riders to require a school bus. “I think it’s just an easy way out for them to not give us a bus,” she said.

H1N1 vaccine available in Invermere next week By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Interior Health has been inundated with calls about the new H1N1 vaccine, which will be made available to high risk persons next week. On November 6th, those with chronic illness and others identified as high risk will have the option to receive the free vaccine in Invermere at Community Hall. Those considered high risk are pregnant women over 20 weeks gestation, persons less than 65 years

with chronic conditions, children six months to five years, household contacts of infants less than six months, immunocompromised persons and their household contacts, persons living in remote communities including all Aboriginal communities and health care workers. So far, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has identified 199 severe H1N1 cases in British Columbia, including: six in the Northern Health region; - 15, including 1 death in the Vancouver Island Health Authority; 60, including 1 death in the Vancouver Coastal Health; 87, including 7 deaths in

the Fraser Health region and 31, including 3 deaths in the Interior Health region, which the Columbia Valley is a part of. Of the 12 confirmed H1N1 deaths, all victims had an underlying medical conditions. Interior Health is recommending everyone take advantage of the free vaccine, which will be available to the general public near the middle of November. The first H1N1 clinic will be held on November 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Invermere Community Hall. For more information visit or call 8-1-1.


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Police debunk rumours of Zimmerman sighting By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment has been flooded with calls from the public concerning rumours circulating throughout the community that a prolific violent sex offender has been seen in Parson and a Dean Zimmerman vehicle associated to him was found parked in that area. According to Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac, that and rumours the RCMP set up check stops in the area last week to search for the offender, Dean Zimmerman – are all false. “I don’t know how these rumours get started,” he said. “If that was the situation and we thought he was in our area we would be going public right away.” The rumours have also caused considerable panic in the community of Golden, as Parson is in their RCMP jurisdiction. In response, Golden RCMP sent out a media release this week to address concerns. In the release, Golden RCMP said there was a reported sighting of the high-risk offender, but, by

Tuesday, October 27, the report remained unsubstantiated. On October 20th, 2009, a person driving on Highway 95 observed a male sitting on Slaven Road near Highway 95. This motorist, police said, believed the male resembled the photograph of a violent sex offender he had seen on the television news and the Golden RCMP were notified. There was only one reported sighting of this individual, and police patrols have not located anyone who could be the subject of this complaint. So far, Golden RCMP reported, police have not located any vehicle of a suspicious nature or any vehicle associated to any sex offender, and, specifically, none associated to Dean Zimmerman. “The Golden RCMP are not aware of the origin of the information which precipitated the rampant speculation which has fueled this panic,” RCMP Corporal Dave Kronlund of the Golden Detachment wrote, “and wish to mitigate the growing apprehension in the Golden community by supplying the accurate account of the police report.” Still, law enforcement officials are encouraging area residents to report any suspicious persons or vehicle that may be associated to this or any other offender in our community. For more information please contact the detachment at 250-342-9292.

RCMP Report Submitted by Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment of the RCMP received a complaint of a damaged window to a parked van in the area of the 400 block of Luck Avenue in Canal Flats. • On Oct 22, at 1150 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft of a licence plate numbered 476GSD in the 400 block of Invermere’s 18th Street. • On October 22, at 12:41 p.m., police received a complaint of theft of gas from a vehicle parked at the B.C. Forest Service building in Invermere. • On October 23, the RCMP’s Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a hit-and-run at the Radium Golf Course. A blue, 2001 Ford F150, received damage to the back end of the pick up. • On October 24, at 2:32 a.m., police responded to a vehicle that hit a deer on the highway. A 26-

year-old Cranbrook women was charged with driving without due care and attention. A 26-year-old Cranbrook man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, landed in jail due to his state of intoxication. The man was fined under the liquor act for being drunk in public. • Columbia Valley RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in solving a hit-and-run that occurred Saturday night, October 17th, in Radium Hot Springs. A Honda was struck with significant force on the driver’s side door. The suspect vehicle fled from the scene without providing any assistance to the occupants of the Honda. The suspect vehicle is likely a blue 1999-2007 Volkswagon Jetta or a 2001-2006 station wagon. The suspect vehicle is blue in colour and would have sustained front-end damage. Please contact Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Enrolment declining slower than average By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Enrolment in the Windermere Zone of Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 continues to fall, although at a rate slower than provincial rate. Overall in the Windermere zone, enrolment has decreased just 1.1 percent from 2008 levels, compared to the provincial decrease of 7.1 percent. For the 2009/2010 school year, 1,290 students enrolled in the Windermere zone of Rocky Mountain School District 6, compared to 1,305 in 2008/2009. In the entire school district, enrolment has gone from 3,288 last year to 3,295 this year. But the Kimberley zone has dropped by 4.9 percent and Golden has dropped by 2 percent. “While enrolment is not dropping at the same rate in the Windermere zone as it is in Golden or Kimberley, it is still a decline in enrolment that we have planned for,” said Bendina Miller, superintendent for the Rocky Mountain School District. Examining the last three years of enrolment, the most significant finding is a drastic drop at J. Alfred Laird, from 204 students in 2007/2008 to 177 students this year. That’s a decrease of 13.2 percent. Meanwhile, Windermere Elementary School enrolment has increased by 18.8 percent since 2007.

The school began offering Intensive French classes for Grades 6 and 7 in 2008, however Ms. Miller said that is not the only reason that Laird’s enrolment is down. “The decrease in enrolment at J. Alfred Laird is partly because of Intensive French, but there are also fewer Grade 4 students starting at Laird than Grade 7 students leaving for high school. Intensive French is only part of the decline – it would have happened anyway,” she explained. It is a result of a decrease in kindergarten students. Since 2007, elementary school enrolment has decreased by 2.9 percent. “We have seen fewer students enrol in kindergarten for a number of years. That trend is following through to Laird. It is a trend we were able to predict based on kindergarten enrolment,” Ms. Miller said. One trend that wasn’t predicted is an increase in the number of students at David Thompson Secondary School. Over the last three years, enrolment has increased 2.2 percent. That can be contributed to a longer education for many students, Ms. Miller said. “There are more students coming into the community who are in secondary school, but also there are more students remaining to complete high school. It speaks to the importance families and students see in completing their high school education in order to

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move on to further education,” she said. There has also been an increase in special education students in the school district, up 13.4 percent in the last 12 months. It is strongest in high school years. “David Thompson has specialist teachers and special needs assistants to aid the learning of those students. There is also a strong focus on inclusion at David Thompson and a work experience program that facilitates the transfer from secondary school into the community,” Ms. Miller said. Funding remains a challenge for the Rocky Mountain School District, despite the strength of enrolment figures. “The schools are funded by enrolment figures but as a district there is no further funding because we are still down in enrolment overall,” Ms. Miller explained. Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald said that provincial funding for education – on a per-head basis – causes a struggle for the school district. “The current funding system doesn’t really reflect the challenges that rural districts face,” Mr. Macdonald said. “Overall in each and every part of B.C., funding has been a real problem. The government has continued to add huge cost pressures.”


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The Canyon in Colour

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This hand-coloured photo taken in 1926, shows the Moose Jaw Chrylser dealer L.L. Smith and party stopping to marvel at Sinclair Canyon in Radium Hot Springs. According to Mr. Smith’s granddaughter, Joan Smith, of Calgary, who remembers the photo hanging in her childhood home in Montreal, her father had mislabled the image as Johnson Canyon. “My grandfather is the man with his foot on the rail of the fence, presenting his profile as was his wont. The picture belonged to my great Aunt, Lilias Macfie, who was my grandfather’s sister in law,” she said.

By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor Frankly, I am more excited about the Olympic Torch Relay than the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. I am lukewarm about the actual games, but prospect of some of the Olympic hoopla parading through the Columbia Valley is pretty exciting to me. The Olympic Flame has a sacred history and symbolizes the principles of peace, brotherhood and friendship. The flame’s 106-day, 45,000-kilometre, crossCanada journey begins today, October 30, in Victoria, after arriving on a trans-Atlantic flight from Olympia, Greece. On Friday, January 22, day 85 of the relay, the torch heads south from Golden and will be carried by through the Columbia Valley to Cranbrook, stopping in Invermere for a community celebration. The most exciting part is that I will be carrying the torch into Invermere. I wasn’t actually chosen to participate or invited to run in the relay. In fact, I didn’t even apply. My plan is to run onto the course a few minutes ahead of the actual torch and it’s entourage. I will be carrying a replica I made in my neighbor’s garage and will be followed by a chase vehicle with friends posing as media. When you see me coming, cheer for on to help convince the skeptics in the crowd. Seriously, though, the names of the actual torch bearers have been trickling into news room as selections are made. If you are one of the lucky ones chosen to carry the real torch, give us a call. We want to share your story and let everyone know to watch for you when the torch comes through.

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Fall back: daylight saving ends After you get back from trick-or-treating on Saturday night and you are full of sugar and chocolate, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st, daylight saving time comes to an end.

You will likely need the extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning to recover from your Halloween hangover. Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us here at the Pioneer!

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Plan of action in place for Ben Abel Creek Dear Editor: “Everyone says that Abel Creek is being badly abused, but no one has a solution” according to Invermere councillor Bob Campsall. That is just not true. The District of Invermere received a report in March 2006 entitled Draft Action Plan for the Restoration and Stewardship of Abel Creek (the Action Plan). The Action Plan was prepared by Bill Swan of Osprey Communications and Carolla Environmental Consulting. The Action Plan was well-prepared and laid out the path for restoration and stewardship of Abel Creek, the first step being the formation of a working group of the many stakeholders required to address the stresses on the Abel Creek system. The Action Plan authors never received comments from the District that would allow them to issue a final Action Plan, and Council never made a resolution to adopt the Action Plan recommendations. The Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA) approached the District in June and asked for a resolution from Council to accept the recommendations contained in the Action Plan; and support the CRGA application to the Columbia Basin Trust for grant funding in the amount of $20,000 to begin implementing the Action Plan. Council did not make that resolution and did not offer an explanation as to why the resolution was not made.

Ironically, everyone other than the District of Invermere provided support for the grant application to restore and steward Abel Creek. The list of supporters includes: landowners in the area; East Kootenay Conservation Partnership (and their partnership members); Ministry of Environment; the Lake Windermere Project; the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program; and the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club. There are solutions other than “to cut off Johnson Road” and these solutions may include a traffic management plan for the area, use of bottomless arch culverts at select locations, and modification of road maintenance practices. But these solutions can’t be explored until you have all the information and all the interested parties sitting together at the same table working toward a solution. So, here is my suggestion to Councillor Campsall: dust off the Draft Action Plan; review it and provide comments to the authors; ask them to submit a Final Action Plan that incorporates the District comments; adopt a resolution to accept the Final Action Plan and the recommendations contained therein; submit an application to the Columbia Basin Trust for funding in the amount of $10,000 under the Community Development grants program or through the Environmental Initiatives Program; and begin implementing the Action Plan. Nick Berzins Invermere

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Mayor says to save the historic CPR lodge, we must save it now Dear Editor: Saving a portion of the CPR Lodge is a much better alternative than the community losing the entire building. The hall portion is still in its original condition, and people can easily identify with the charm and historic feeling of its rustic nature. The reality of the situation was that the Weir/Ballard families needed a firm yes or no to whether the community was willing to save the building. Quite frankly, the work that Mr. Berzins spearheaded which resulted in a proposal for a poor location and a concept budget of over $500,000 was ridiculous and wasted a lot of valuable time. In order to ensure that a portion of the building could be saved and enjoyed by current and future generations of valley citizens, a realistic proposal and sensible location had to be put together relatively quickly. The CPR Lodge relocation and restoration (whether part or whole of the building) is not a realis-

tic candidate for heritage funding or significant senior government grants. The availability of grants and money for infrastructure projects is exaggerated by our senior governments to score political points. There is not an endless pot of money and the reality is that there is stiff competition both from communities and even competing projects within a community. It has been my honest belief that the CPR lodge represents a piece of Invermere’s history, and that there is the interest, the passion, and the ability to save and restore a portion of this building from the efforts of the people who live here, without having to depend on outside senior government funding, and without having the decision of whether the building should be saved or not, decided by outside forces. Many historic buildings are modified so they can be functional and practical. Our Lake Windermere Valley Pioneer Museum was moved and placed on a new foundation, and in the basement there is important space for archives,

meetings- and, yes, even washrooms. Pynelogs Cultural centre was originally constructed as a home, and it now boasts a main-floor washroom, a full commercial kitchen as well as many other alterations. Saving a portion of the CPR Lodge is going to take a lot of work and money, but what would be lost by not saving it is much greater. Over the next several weeks the Invermere Historical Building Committee is going to begin the efforts to raise additional money and line up volunteer/in-kind materials and labour. I felt very honoured and privileged to be able to donate $1,000 of my own money towards the cause, and I challenge those individuals and businesses out there, who are able, to make a contribution. I also challenge Mr. Berzins to put his cheap shots about ice cream aside and to rejoin the efforts to save some of Invermere’s history. Gerry Taft, Mayor District of Invermere

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MLA Macdonald out of touch with youth issues Dear Editor: Kids say the darndest things” is a phrase used when seemingly naive children bluntly speak the truth. As a high school student, I have a certain knack for consciously “saying the darndest things,” and would like to do so now. Norm Macdonald does not represent everyone in his riding, and he is being paid as if he does. Our MLA recently came to David Thompson Secondary School to explain to a Grade 11 class how government is supposed to work. Several students asked about the time it takes for new drivers to acquire a driver’s license (three years), and the elected official had no idea what students were asking him about. I told Mr. Macdonald that it reflects poorly on him to come into a high school and not be aware of teen issues. Readers, I am one of the biggest investments you will ever make. I and my classmates are your future, and millions of your tax dollars are spent on us. Tragically, they are also spent paying a man who clearly does not know anything about children or teenagers, and has made no effort to inform himself on such issues. Why are you paying someone who

cannot answer simple questions about driving requirements? What other basic issues is Mr. Macdonald not aware of? The class was told that if they have a problem, they should e-mail him. “If you don’t write me, then I don’t know.” I have written our elected representative on four separate occasions, and have never received a response. I am forced to the conclusion that, because I am underage and don’t pay taxes, my voice counts for nothing in the eyes of government. However, your tax dollars have not been totally wasted. I am educated, literate, and I know how to use a computer. Your tax dollars have given me the knowledge to inform you all that the person handling your investment does not give adequate attention to it. George Shaw once said, “He who knows nothing; he thinks he knows everything-that clearly points to a political career.” As a future voter and a workingclass citizen, I demand that our current MLA either start working for his money and educate himself on issues that concern youth, or step down and give the job to a more capable person.

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Abattoir proposal gets feasibility funding “One problem is that during hunting season it is hard to get in at the butcher plant because they are so busy with game,” he said. Sometimes the facility is booked out two months in advance. The study will also consult local restaurants and grocery stores to see whether there is demand for locally produced meat products. “Maybe they will only want the more expensive cuts. We have got to be able to market the whole beast,” Mr. Zehnder said. The feasibility study will look at the cost of constructing and operating an abattoir, waste disposal options, which species are handled, and whether it is a mobile or stationary facility. “There are a number of different spots we are considering,” Mr. Zehnder said. One is the Town and Country Feed Store at the Invermere crossroads, where the Farmers Institute owns land. The Shuswap Band has also expressed interest in the facility. “That would be ideal because we wouldn’t have to rezone. If that it something they want, then it’s a winwin,” Mr. Zehnder said. He added that the Cranbrook butchering facility is located on a residential property in Gold Creek, a

By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff A group of local farmers is hoping to construct an abattoir in the Columbia Valley. The Windermere and District Farmers Institute received $4,000 for the Regional District of East Kootenay this month to pay for a feasibility study on whether an abattoir in the area would be worthwhile. Between November and February, Institute member and local rancher John Zehnder will conduct the study. Mr. Zehnder said first he will interview local farmers to ascertain what level of supply is available. There are around 20 operators in the Columbia Valley, but more could surface if the abattoir became a reality, he said. “There are a lot of dormant farmers and ranchers that, if it was viable, they would probably sell beef,” Mr. Zehnder said. Legislation dictates that meat must be checked by a provincially appointed inspector before it is sold. Currently, the closest approved butcher plant is in Cranbrook. As well as the cost of transporting livestock, Mr. Zehnder said the Cranbrook abattoir is over-worked.

rural residential area of Cranbrook. The operator does not receive complaints from neighbours as the facility is completely enclosed and does not have an odour. The Windermere and District Farmers Institute has 28 members and was formed back in 1914. The abattoir has long been discussed by the group as prices on the meat market make it difficult for farmers to get by. “The cost to produce meat has increased but the price for the product hasn’t increased with it,” Mr. Zehnder said. “We are still receiving the same prices for products that we did 20 years ago.” At its October board meeting, the regional district agreed to fund part of the feasibility study. “I am very supportive of the idea and I’m supportive of the institute and local farmers,” said Gerry Wilkie, director of Area G. The abattoir would benefit the entire community, Mr. Zehnder said. “Having our own plant provides employment opportunities and it is ideal for people who like to know where their food comes from. This valley is known for producing excellent quality livestock. “It opens up new markets for farmers and provides the consumer with a truly local product which is government inspected.”

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SOPRANO TO Serenade Fresh from a summer singing Mozart in Italy, Barbara King will sing in the fine acoustics and legendary hospitality of the Edgewater Community Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th. See Page 14 for more.

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Movie: Assassination of a High School President Reviewed by Cayla Gabruck For anyone interested in a light-hearted, film noirish comedy, chock-full of every imaginable piece of teenage slang of the moment, this may be a film worth seeing. For me, it was the kick I got out of seeing Bruce Willis play an unhinged principal with a personality much like his character in The Whole Nine Yards. Reece Thompson plays Bobby Funke, a school newspaper reporter who uncovers a conspiracy that is rampant among the students and teachers. It all begins when he is assigned to write an article on the school’s student body president Paul Moore, a good looking, all-star athlete with a squeaky clean record, that is until he is busted for stealing the S.A.T’s. Breaking the story of the president’s crime has Bobby soaring to the top of the social ladder, and gains

him the attention of Paul’s ex-girlfriend, Francessca, played by Mischa Barton. The plot thickens when Bobby befriend’s Paul during his fall from grace and begins to suspect that he was framed. I might be biased, but I thought Bruce Willis did an amazing job in this film. Although it is a much smaller part that he normally plays, he was definitely the most memorable character in the film for me. That and the grade school snitch willing to cough up information in exchange for stuffed unicorns! The movie is full of offbeat characters, including a priest who teaches Spanish and showers with the jocks and a sketchy school nurse. Never a dull moment!

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House at Invermere Community Hall. For info: 250342-9281. • 7 p.m.: Discussion on communities responding to global crisis for the newly formed Columbia Valley chapter of the Council of Canadians at the Community Greenhouse. Presentations by regional director Harjap Grewal and regional office assistant Ava Waxman. All who are interested in learning more or volunteering with the local chapter are welcome. Coffee and donuts provided; dress warmly. • 8 p.m.: Syndicate movie premiere: In Deep, at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

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• 4-8 p.m. October 30th and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 31st: Mini tradeshow at the Radium Hall, 20 businesses under one roof. • 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Halloween Dance at the Edgewater Hall. Prizes for best costume: male, female and couple. Drinks, snacks, music and a howlin’ good time! Presented by the Edgewater Recreation Society, $10/ticket. Advance tickets at Pip’s Store, society board members or at the door. For info: Tammy 250347-9324 or Mimi 250-347-9868.

• 6:30 p.m.: 8th Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Tickets $35. For info: 250-345-6000. • 6:30 p.m.: Wine Makers Dinner at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, prepared by Terroir with wines from Tin Horn Creek. For tickets: 250-270-0489. • 7 p.m.: Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, presentation and dessert at Christ Church Trinity, 110-7th Avenue, Invermere. Sponsored by Family Resource Centre and Windermere Valley Shared Ministry. Purchase products created by the entrepreneurial women of Afghanistan. • 7 p.m.: Edgewater author Juanita Rose Violini speaks about her newly published book, Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible and the Ignored at Radium Seniors Hall. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Fernie, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • Red Cross Swimming Lessons start at Radium Hot Springs Pool with Dara’s Dolphins. For more info call 250-347-7734. • Ski Swap, Invermere Community Hall. Drop off used ski equipment and clothing 9-11:30 a.m. Sale noon-3 p.m. Concession. Sponsored by Windermere Valley Ski Club. For info: 250-342-3819.

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Saturday, October 31st: • 9:30 a.m.-noon: Headbangers, an information session about Bighorn sheep in Radium Hot Springs, held at the Prestige Inn. Cost $29 plus GST. Book by calling 1-888-347-9331. Four dates scheduled: October 31st, November 1st, 7th and 8th. • 1-3 p.m.: Spooky Swim for all ages at Fairmont Hot Springs Pools. Cost: $25. Trick or treating, prizes and fun. For info: Dara Allen, 250-347-7734. • 7:30 p.m.: Halloween Party, Royal Canadian Legion, Invermere. Admission $5. • Halloween Bash, Farside Pub, Fairmont. • DJ Juice spins reggae and hip-hop for Halloween at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. Costume prizes for sexiest, funniest and most original.

Sunday, November 1st: • 10 a.m.: Mortgage Burning Celebration Service at Valley Christian Assembly, Windermere. Special guest speaker Reverend Ken Russell, PAOC District Superintendent. For info: 250-342-9511.

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Sunday, November 8th: • 11 a.m.: Invermere Half Marathon Relay and 15kilometre Walking Relay Race for Food Bank. Departs from Pot Hole Park. Enter a three-person team in the run or walk category. Cost is $2 per person and an open donation to the Food Bank and/or nonperishable items for the Food Bank. To register or for more info, call Michelle at Columbia Valley Life Sports at 250-342-8737. • 2 p.m.: Mezzo soprano Barbara King performs

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her classical and popular repertoire at Edgewater Community Hall. She is joined by Invermere a cappella group Uhooked, poetic readings by Sandy Ferguson and bagpiping by Pieter Jansen. For info: 250-347-9668. • Red Cross Lessons start at Radium Hot Springs Pool through Dara’s Dolphins. For info: 250-347-7734.

Wednesday, November 11th: • 11 a.m.: Remembrance Day parade in Invermere, followed by beef-on-a-bun at the Invermere Legion for $8. Everyone welcome. Veterans free. • 3:45 p.m.: Remembrance Day parade in Edgewater, followed by wings and ribs dinner at the Edgewater Legion. For info: 250-347-0044.

Thursday, November 12th: • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Flu shots for those 65 and older, Canal Flats Civic Centre.

Friday, November 13th: • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Beaver Valley, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • Mini tradeshow at the Radium Hall, featuring 20 businesses under one roof. Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 14th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, November 14th: • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Free Windows 7 Community Information Open House at Moondance Technology store, #111, 809-7th Avenue, Invermere. Learn about Microsoft’s new operating system and find out if your computer is upgradable. Everyone is welcome – business and residential. For info: 250-342-2833. • Red Cross Babysitters Course through Dara’s Dolphins. For info: 250-347-7734.

Saturday, November 21st: • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Creston, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • Valley Christmas Kickoff event in the early evening combines both the Santa parade with Light-Up of Invermere’s downtown stores and Russian olive tree, plus offers some great shopping specials. Everyone welcome. For info: 250-342-2515. • November 21st-22nd and 28th-29th: Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Combo course through Dara’s Dolphins. For info: 250-347-7734.

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Singer to serenade solo in Edgewater Submitted by Barry Moore An exciting concert experience at Edgewater Hall awaits music lovers as Barbara King, Mezzo Soprano, sings solos from her classical and popular repertoire and in combo with the amazing a capella group “Unhooked” from Invermere. Poetic readings with a Remembrance Day theme by Sandy Ferguson will be illustrated with plaintive laments and joyous skirls of piper, Peter Jantzen in this reflective but heart-warming tribute to the people defending our land and democracy overseas. The Columbia Valley Music Association is assisting Barbara by recording her audition CD to the Metropolitan Opera at the Edgewater Hall with the Seiler Grand piano and state-of-the-art recording gear run by guitarist-singer and recording artist, Oso Simple. In return, this fine musician, fresh from a

summer singing Mozart Opera in Italy, will sing for us and with us in the fine acoustics and legendary hospitality of the Edgewater Community Hall at 2 pm on Sunday, November 8th. A guest appearance at Columbia Garden Village is also planned for the near future. For more information please call Barry Moore at 250-347-9668 or Anne Jardine at 250-347-9860. Barbara currently resides in Calgary, where she sang as Countess Ceprano in Calgary Opera’s 2007 production of Rigoletto. Barbara will be hosting a concert on November 5th at the South Calgary Community Church at 7 p.m. This concert will feature Barbara King, and some local guest artists. Darrel Janz will be the Emcee. For more information about Barbara King, see http:// php?pt=1&user_id=94796 or e-mail

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Toby Creek Adventures moving in at crossroads By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Winter in the Columbia Valley may bring downtime for some businesses, but for one local adventure company, it is opening up a whole new range of possibilities. In just over a month, Toby Creek Adventures will officially open the doors to its brand new sales centre, located at the crossroads just south of Tim Hortons. “I think our new location will provide a base for activity providers,” said Scott Barsby, owner of Toby Creek Adventures. “It will also give people reason to stick around a lot more knowing that those adventures are close at hand.” Toby Creek Adventures, located near Panorama, offers half, full and mutli-day guided experiences for everyone, whether you prefer being pulled by a team of dogs, thrashing powder with a snowmobile or heading off-road on an all terrain vehicle. The award-winning adventure company has been in business for 13 years. “I was working as a hunting guide and was looking for something to do during the winter months,” he said. Starting out with only himself, and a group of hearty volunteers, Toby Creek Adventures took off running. Now extremely successful, the company serves a large customer base including many regional patrons and a large base of Albertans.

Scott has big plans for his new location, and has poured thousands of dollars into the renovation of the old service station and former studio of woodcarver Kyle Burley. His plans include a completely revamped interior and exterior, loads of machinery, back country gear and clothing for sale, daily departures and the inclusion of BP Motorsports, a fully operational recreational vehicle repair shop. The new sales centre will promote activities offered by Toby Creek Adventures and other companies such as RK Heliski and Kingmik Dog Sled Tours. “I think this new building gives activity providers the opportunity to take activities to the market place that much easier,” Scott said. Mike Pollard, manager of BP Motorsports, said he is very excited about the shop’s new location at the crossroads. “You can’t even sum it up in words how excited Scott and I are about it,” he said. He said he thinks the new location will result in an increase in clientele and bring broader ranger of people to their doorstep. “We are really trying to pretty the shop up – to change the face of the location to the extent it will really have an appealing look to it when you drive into or through Invermere,” Mike said. The new sales centre is expected to open in late November. For more information contact Scott at 250-342-5047.

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Fried chicken now available in Radium By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Chickens can’t fly but the fried variety at Chicken 93 soars to new heights of flavour. Chicken 93, a take-out restaurant located on Main Street East – just north of Rockies Pizzeria in Radium, has been open only three weeks and already has a growing fan base. “Some people have even said that it is better than KFC,” exclaimed proud owner Dennis Wolsky. Dennis has lived in Radium for 14 years with his wife Christina. The two raised two children, Jason, and Ginger, who is employed as the assistant food and beverage manager at Radium Resort. Dennis operates the restaurant in a renovated space he built below his home. Prior to his new business venture, he was self-employed as a carpenter, but has always retained a love for cooking. “I’ve always cooked, since I was a little kid,” he said. “I come up with some really tasty stuff.” Dennis spent years perfecting his

special secret recipe, a mouth watering product with a crispy coating and a tender, juicy inside. He decided he was going to open the restaurant two years ago, and slowly began acquiring the equipment to make his idea a reality. “People were saying that they had to have an alternative,” he said. “There are a couple pizza places in town but no chicken – so I thought opening up a chicken place would be a good idea.” Dennis is also health conscious, “We cook all of our chicken in a pressure cooker, so it is healthier than just frying it,” Dennis said. “We use 100 percent trans fat free veggie oil.” Chicken 93 also also serves fries, gravy and homemade salads. “My goal is to supply a product that people can enjoy and come back for more,” Dennis said. Chicken 93 is located at 7510 Main Street East, just south of the Husky Service Station. For more information or to place your order call 250-341-1088. Dennis recommends ordering 20 minutes prior to your desired pick up time.

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Redekers form new realty ity to rent those properties.” Timeshare resales are also a key part of There is a new real Eric’s business. estate company on the “To sell a timeshare is block. First Choice Renot easy. There are thoualty opened on Friday, sands for sale and only October 30th, beside hundreds of buyers,” he Lake Auto on 7th Avsaid. “Most realtors don’t enue in Invermere. It is touch timeshares because the baby of long-time they only sell for thourealtor Eric Redeker and sands. I compare myself wife Yvonne. to Walmart – it becomes “We are very happrofitable because I sell a py with the location in hundred a year.” downtown Invermere Eric Redeker grew Eric and Yvonnne Redeker and we will enjoy the up in Holland and emiwalk-in opportunities it provides,” Eric said. grated to Canada when he was 21. He and Yvonne are Although Eric has been a licensed realtor in the long-time Rotarians and both are past presidents. Eric Columbia Valley for 15 years, this is the first time he is the district chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange is setting out on his own. Up to this month, he was Committee. a managing broker at Royal LePage Rockies West ReThey have four children: Ian, 14, who is in high alty. school; Jolanda, 21, who is at college in Kelowna; “I have worked for most companies in the valley,” Warren, 23, who is a chef at Portabella in Invermere; Eric said. He has a unique brand of real estate, incor- and Sonja, 25, who lives in South Korea. porating residential property sales, property manageEric is proud to explain that Royal LePage Rockment, and timeshare resales. ies West Realty has allowed him to transfer all of his Because he facilitates long-term leases on rental clients to his new business. properties, he said, the downturn in the real estate “That is something totally different to any other market has had less of an impact on him. real estate company and it makes me very proud. It is “The downturn in the economy offers opportuni- not just a sign of how the company operates, but it is ties for some people. The availability of good rental ac- a feather in my cap that I am allowed to leave in this commodation is a prime opportunity,” he said. “There way,” he said. are a fair number of vacant properties. The supply has First Choice Realty is located at 1005 7th Avenue, not decreased but the demand has. I make it my prior- Invermere. Call Yvonne and Eric at 250-342-5914. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

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By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Two big fish in the real estate industry are joining together next month. Beginning November 1st, realtor Ross Newhouse will move to Coldwell Banker Windermere Valley Realty to work beside realtor Gordon Bagan. After 13 years, Ross is leaving Royal LePage Rockies West Realty. “The primary reason for the move is to provide better service for my clients since it is a much smaller office,” Ross said. “I look at it as more like a boutique than a shopping mall.” Ross moved to the Columbia Valley in 1992 with 15 years’ realty experience. In 1996, he and Don Slobodzian purchased Royal LePage. They sold it to Kim and Wayne Collens in 2007, and the company merged with Rocky Mountain Realty in January. Ross explained that the two-year contract he signed with Kim and Wayne Collens has just end-

ed, prompting the move to Coldwell Banker. He is moving with his associate Kristy Altman, as well as approximately 80 clients. “I have been on my own for a number of years. Over that time I have had a number of people talk to me, but Ross was the only one I felt was compatible,” Gordon said. “We are all prepared to work hard but we are very concerned about lifestyle. We both like to get out and enjoy the valley.” As well as his work philosophy, Gordon said that Ross’s experience is a big draw card. “Ross has a lot of loyal clients because he has been such a good realtor over the years,” Gordon said. “He has been in the business for the same amount of time that I have. We have worked together since that time and I have always found it great to deal with Ross. Coldwell Banker is located at Suite 201, 375 Laurier Street, Athalmer; phone 250-342-9450. You can also call Ross at 250-342-5247.

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Time is running out There are only two months left to get your entries in for the 2009 Pioneer Travel Contest. These lucky entrants made the cut and will now be eligible to win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game and a one night stay at a Calgary hotel, courtesy of Invermere Travel World. Pictured here, from top left are: Dianne and Lorne Kochorek in Windermere, Cumbria, England; Don and Bev McHugh on the Amazon River in Peru; Lisa and Brent Fasick in Miami, Florida; Lee Klas playing golf in La Quinta, California at the Jack Nicklaus private course at PGA West and Al and Nancy Brown in Turkey.

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Proper estate planning can require the help of multiple professionals Estate planning is one of those fields of planning where one single professional can rarely, if ever, perform all of the work necessary. It is also one of the fields of planning that many people tend to avoid because of the lack of a one stop shop for services and often complicated solutions. A few simple steps can set you in the right direction and make planning for your estate a more pleasant experience. See your accountant Perhaps, the biggest reason people plan their estate wind-up in advance is for tax reasons. No one likes the idea of paying too much tax while they are living and surely don’t like the idea of paying too much tax after they have passed on. A visit to your accountant can be a big first step in estate planning. Accountants will be able to estimate the final taxes owing on your estate and develop a strategy to limit your estate’s eventual tax bill. Many taxes can’t be avoided so be prepared to hear about ways that you may be able to pay some tax now in order to avoid paying more tax later.


See your lawyer Another big factor in estate planning is to ensure your estate is passed on to your family, friends or charities the way you want. Lawyers play a big part in ensuring your will and your assets are set up to avoid mistakes or confusion. Lawyers will review how your assets are owned, which ones will flow through your will and help ensure that everything is passed on according to your final wishes. If you have children that are minors or young adult children, your lawyer can help ensure that your estate protects their best interests. Simply giving your estate contents to a 19-year-old may be a big mistake and your lawyer can help draft your will to ensure assets are managed by a trustee until the children are more mature and responsible. See your financial advisor Your financial advisor will probably be very knowledgeable but in both the legal and tax implications of your estate setup but won’t be able to execute your wishes or be an expert. Financial advisors are almost never lawyers or accountants but they can be an excel-

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The Old Zone: Junkies win! By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist The Finish Line Phantoms, still reeling from their stalled comeback two weeks ago, found themselves facing a much tougher opponent last week. The nonstop fore-checking and stellar goaltending of the Kicking Horse Coffee Junkies, made for a tough night of frustration. Even though this was only the second win for the Junkies this season, they have been within a goal or two of victory every game. The overall competitiveness of each team is quite a bit closer than in previous years. This is due to the new ranking system used at the player draft, which resulted in all nine teams being more balanced than previous drafting methods allowed. This system actually groups all 126 players into 14 draft rounds based on perceived talent. I guess if there is a debate, it would be whether or not those of us who did the perceiving, did it right! The hope is that each and every game will be close with either team potentially able to win. By season’s end, we will know if the system works. Meanwhile, the Junkies are now on top of the world, full of confidence and ready to take on all challengers. Bring it on ... we are ready!

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RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere BC V0A 1K0 E-mail: Fax: 250-342-9611

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Fine Homeservices


European trained finishing carpenter and cabinet maker. I offer you the best quality!

Sales • Repairs • Warranty

Phone/Fax: 250-342-3600

Phone: 250-342-9207



•Shower Doors•Mirrors •Auto•Home•Commercial

Telephone: 250-342-3659

Jeff Watson

J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware

Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Site Clean-up Landscaping • Hauling • Sand • Fill • Gravel

• Structural Timbers and Posts • KD Tongue & Groove (Pine, Cedar and Fir)

• KD Bevel & Channel Sidings • Radius Edge Cedar Decking 5/4 and 2” • Wide Plank F/L Flooring

Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

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

Cell: 250-341-7727 • Fax: 250-347-6363 •

Serving The Entire Valley 4798 Selkirk Ave. Box 108 Edgewater BC V0A 1E0

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


Daren Noble

Pierre E. Trudel Bus 250-270-0363 Fax 250-347-6948

Jean-Luc Cortat

Certified Hellerwork Practitioner

Box 80 SKOOKUMCHUCK, BC V0B 2E0 PHONE (250) 422-9229 FAX (250 422-9227) Email:

1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere

Serving the Valley since 1995• #3, 109 Industrial Road #2, Invermere

LIFE’S BRIGHTER under the sun.



250.341.5886 250.349.5882

Deep Connective Tissue/Fascia Bodywork Structural Balance


Window Cleaning FULLY INSURED


Jim Detta • Canal Flats, BC • Ph: 250-349-7546 VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

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

Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential • Garage Doors • Passage Doors • Truck Doors • Sun Rooms • Patio Covers • Vinyl Decking • Aluminum Railings • Gutters • Siding • Soffit • Fascia • Window Capping • Renovations

Phone: 250-342-6700 • Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


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Quality Hand-crafted Steel


• Structural Steel • Welding • Fabricating & Machining • Custom railings and ornamental iron •

Warbrick Towing & Salvage

#117 Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere, BC Ph: 250-342-9926 • Fax 250-341-3956 e-mail:

Call Judy: (250) 341-1903

Shiatsu & Acupressure Relaxing - Comfortable - Therapeutic

Farron Chandler

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed


(250) 341-6888

Dean Hubman

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

Certified Technician


Registered Shiatsu Therapist Over 12 years of experience

#106, 901 7th Ave. Parkside Place Downtown Invermere V0A 1K0

Phone : 250 342-6347 Mobile : 250 688-0364

Available Monday–Wednesday at Mei Mei’s Asian Market. Make an Appointment Today, let your worries melt away!

BOOKKEEPING Scott Postlethwaite


Phone: (250) 341-1164 Phone: (250) 688-0946

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Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations


Box 2952, Invermere BC V0A 1K0, Canada

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


Cranbrook Pest Control p

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CVCC Contractor// Trade Builder of the Year 2008

Residential, Commercial Electric Furnace and Hot Water Tank Repair and Service For All Your Electrical Needs

1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Specializing in ALL types of stone!

• Residential • Commercial • Jesse Vader – Ken Johnson Call:


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

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

READY MIX CONCRETE Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

For competitive prices and prompt service call:

342-3268 (plant) 342-6767 (office)

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Complete Automotive Repairs • Road Sweeping • Landscaping • Property Maintenance

Kari & John Mason

• Trucking • All Grading • Mini Track Hoe

250.270.0821 Invermere • Panorama

(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)


342-6614 •

DCS Plumbing & Heating • Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks


Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • Complete sewer/drain repair • Reasonable rates - Seniors’ discount • Speedy service - 7 days a week • A well-maintained septic system should be pumped every 3-5 years • Avoid costly repairs

Bruce Dehart 347-9803 or 342-5357

Need Blinds? Interior World

window fashions

24 hour emergency service

315 - 41st Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 2N4


Phone: 403 230-3961 Fax: 403 230-3969 Toll Free: 1 800 663-3969

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

Senior Discount


Sewer/Drain Cleaning


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

Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


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

GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger Depot

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs


(250) 347-9726

• FURNACES • HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • FIREPLACES • HOT TUBS • CHEMICALS • SERVICE & MAINTENANCE 385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax:

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



1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.




Tree Specialists


Now’s the time to have your chimney and eavestroughs cleaned!

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Now taking NEW lawn maintenance contracts for Spring 2010.

Please call Steve for a free estimate • 250-342-1791




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Kain drama to be staged at J.A. Laird

The live theatre production of “As Far As I Can Take You,� — a dramatic monologue based on the life of Conrad Kain — will be staged at J.A. Laird Elementary School on Wednesday, November 4th. The play dramatizes the life and times of Conrad Kain, who pioneered mountaineering and guiding here in the Columbia Valley and elsewhere. Kain lived in Wilmer for many years and was the first to climb many peaks including Mount Robson, Bugaboo Spire and Farnham Tower.

The production, sponsored by Parks Canada, was very well received by hundreds of people at the recent Kain Centennial celebration in Wilmer. The drama will take place at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, November 4th, in the gymnasium at J.A. Laird School. The event is free and everyone is welcome! For more information about the stage production of “As Far As I Can Take You,� please contact Herb Weller at 250-342-6232 (at school) or 250-342-9413 (at home).

HERE TO SERVE YOU 250.342.4426 Cell: 250.341.7227 Toll Free: 1.877.342.4426 Fax: 250.342.4427

next to Skookum Inn

1484 Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC V0B 2L1


Bruce Dunlop


250-342-5047 1-888-357-4449


Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron ďƒžlters that really work!

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ph/fax 250-347-2144


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Complete your renos NOW before the Tax Credit runs out in February. estimates. 3/16" Minimum size toCall be for used on business cards From Framing to Finishing – We do it all!

Fireplace and Woodstove 15 Years Experience WETT Certified Inspection and Technician Licenced and Bonded Gas Contractor

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See our ad on Page 20 for more details. @ With four service Technicians and two support sta we have the resources to solve your computer problems.


Dave Sutherland Sales Associate

#8, 1008 - 8th Avenue Invermere, BC email:

Commercial and Hospitality IT Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

Data Protection Computer Repair IT Consulting

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

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cheers & jeers





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 and thank you to my favorite truck driver WM “keep on truckin!”

Commercial Space

Roommate wanted to share 3 bdrm townhouse in Invermere. $500 includes laundry, all utilities, high speed internet and room is partially furnished, close to all amenities, available immediately, 250-341-7283.

Invermere, 2 bdrm fully furnished ground floor apartment, all utilities, cable and laundry facilities included, $900/month + DD, N/S, references required, long term preferred, only 1 ½ blocks from DT Invermere, available immediately, 250342-9712.

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.

Hate swallowing vitamins?

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

Try Youth Juice. Our World Network. Carol Slotta @ 250-342-3853. Jumbo Creek Conservation Society annual general meeting November 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the DTSS Theater. Annual Arts and Craft Fair at David Thompson Secondary School, Friday, December 11th , 4-8pm and Saturday, December 12th , 10am-3pm. To book a table, call 250-342-9213 ext. 110. Edgewater/Radium Health Care Auxiliary is hosting a Halloween Tea, October 31st at 2pm at the Edgewater Legion.

thank you The Windermere Hospital Health Care Auxiliary would like to heartily thank all the fabulous local companies and individuals, who kindly made a donation towards our highly successful East Kootenay Health Care Auxiliary Conference held Sept. 26th, 2009. Your kind consideration certainly helped us stage a great day.

Cheers to everyone who put on the Harvest Dinner at the Invermere Community Center. It was fabulous!



STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. 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. Indoor Heated Cars/Trucks/Boats $100/month, 6 month minimum. Also 12’ x 12’ space for personal item storage. $100/month, 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845.

Pioneer Classifieds


cheers & jeers Cheers to Mr. Weller for donating all of his time and patience to the Invermere climbing wall.


250-341-6299 •

Highway Frontage Windermere Store Front Adjacent Workshop Area Comes with 2 bdrm. apartment. Lease or rent. Rent negotiable.

Call 250-342-9578 Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. 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. Office/Retail space for lease on 8th Ave. Three 600 sq.ft. units, large store front windows, on street parking, 1 year lease, 250-342-6912, Mountain Creek Properties. 1350 sq.ft. store front property, 7549 Main Street West, Radium, 250-342-6633.

ACCOMMODATION WANTED Accommodation at Panorama Mountain Village for ski instructor this winter season. Would consider shared. I am a mature, responsible person with own home. Please contact chris@ christopherbutlerfurniture. com, or ++44 1450 870786 (Scotland).

SUITE FOR RENT The Sunset Motel is offering discounted daily, weekly or monthly rates. Contact Darren or Heidi, 250-347-0021. 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 basement suite. Separate entry, shared W/ D, close to downtown/beaches/ grocery, N/S, $660/month + utilities, available now. Call Grant, 403-493-1245


Bachelor studio in Athalmer, fully furnished, W/D, cable, utilities included, N/S, N/P, $600/month, must be employed with references, 250-342-0355.

Roommate wanted to share 3 bdrm townhouse in Radium. $400/month including laundry, hydro, high speed internet. Available immediately, 250347-7787.

Two 2 bdrm apartments for rent in Invermere. N/P, N/S, references required, available immediately, $775/month + DD, 250-342-6912, Mountain Creek Properties.

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

New large 1 bdrm suite, 5 appliances, N/P, N/S, private entrance, close to college, $750/ month, includes hydro, available immediately, 250-342-6607. Bright 1 bdrm basement suite in Invermere, great location, laundry available, separate entrance, N/S, N/P, $650/month including utilities, available November 1st , 250-342-5785. Fully furnished newly renovated bachelor suite, 2 blocks from downtown Invermere, D/W, W/D, cable and hydro included, no pets, $700/month, 250-6880244. Affordable 2 bdrm suite, 5 appliances, N/S, pets allowed, utilities included, available immediately, 250-341-1099. Cozy lower level 1 bdrm walkout suite, fully furnished, W/D, all appliances, N/S, N/P. $600/ month + utilities. Available November 15th/30th , 250-3423790. Clean, bright very affordable bachelor suite close to downtown Invermere, available immediately, 250-342-1617. Radium, 2 bdrm suite, W/D, D/ W, F/S, $700/month + utilities, 250-342-5129. Fort Point walk-out basement suite, easy walk to town, 3 bdrm, kitchen, utilities and cable, N/S, N/P, $850/month +$400 DD, available Nov. 1st , 250-342-6752.

Spacious 1 bdrm furnished suite close to shopping & Panorama pickup, off street parking, separate laundry & entrance, N/S, N/P. Available Dec 1, $695/month, utilities, cable and internet included, 250-3429690. 2 bdrm furnished lower suite, TV/cable, walking distance to town. Couple preferred/no partiers, references, long term for winter. Rent negotiable, 250-342-8651. 1 bdrm main level suite. Bright, spacious and clean, D/W, W/ D, N/S, $800/month, utilities included, 250-342-3790. Upper level 2 bdrm fully furnished. Deck and yard, great view of Rockies and downtown. Available Nov 15th /30th to April 30th , $900 + utilities, 250-342-3790. Bachelor suite available, dinner meals provided. Suitable for senior. Call Alison 250-341-3350 Affordable accommodation in Invermere, $550 and up. Furnished, utilities, phone, cable, and some housekeeping/ laundry service included, 250342-6618.

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

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Pioneer Classifieds

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house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo for rent


Available immediately, year round, perfect for family. Large older 3 bdrm house in Windermere, huge yard, garden, fruit trees, optional big detached garage, NO PETS. Only $800/month, 250-342-5201.

Fully Furnished Executive 3 bdrm Ranch Home, available Dec. 1st , 2010. Located on the 12th Fairway at Riverside Golf Resort in Fairmont Hot Springs, nestled between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains. $1,400.00/month with a 1 year lease agreement, N/S. Includes 10 rounds of golf for the 2010 golf season. If interested, please contact Darren Still @

3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, N/P, N/ S, available October 1st , $1350/ month, 250-341-1182.

Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath newer condo, private balcony, $775/ month + hydro, prefer N/S, N/P, 250-347-9210.

3 bdrm deluxe, completed, furnished condo in Riverside, Fairmont. Available immediately, $1000/month or $700/week. 780-435-8433.

condo FOR RENT

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.


250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at “Available Now”

Radium, available immediately, 3 bdrm house, lots of living space, wood stove, N/S, pets negotiable, $900/month + utilities, 250-342-3841. Windermere, completely furnished, newly renovated, 5 bdrm bungalow. Seasonal rental until June 1st , adult. $1500/ month, close to Windermere Elementary & 40 steps to beach, 403-281-9499 or 480-3165121. Invermere, charming 4 bdrm, 2 bath home in Fort Point next to Kinsmen Beach, N/S, N/P, available November 1st , $1600/ month + utilities, references and DD required, 403-246-6680. Radium, spacious 2 bdrm, 2 bath, garage, W/D, pet friendly, N/S, $900/month + utilities + DD, 250-347-9970. Large 4 bdrm house, 2 bath, rec and laundry room, Invermere, minutes from schools and downtown, large yard, N/S, pets negotiable, Nov 1st , $1400/ month + utilities, references, 250-341-1650. Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath duplex. Central location, F/S, D/W, W/D, N/S, $1200/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call DK, 250-342-5935. Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home, N/S, pets considered, great yard. $695/month. Available immediately, 403851-2043 or 403-619-1540.

Invermere, 3 bdrm house close to DT, N/P, N/S, no partiers, references, 250-342-6803. Large house, 5 bdrm, 3 bath, rec room, deck, furnished or unfurnished, long-term, 250341-1099. Edgewater, 4 bdrm home, fenced yard, large shop, N/S, no indoor pets, $1200/month, available Nov 1st , 250-342-6607. Pineridge Drive, Invermere, 3 bdrm, double garage, W/D, N/ S, N/P, $1400 + utilities + DD, references required. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250347-7775. Invermere, 1600 15th Ave. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, fully furnished, plus extras, 2 car garage, big yard, close to schools, $1275/ month + utilities, 250-2700736 or 250-341-5941.

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. 2 bdrm condo, D/T Invermere, furnished. N/S, N/P, available October 1st , $1000/month, utilities included, 250-341-1182

Older, cozy, furnished, 2 bdrm home in Invermere. Large yard, quiet, but close to all amenities. No W/D, suitable for 1 to 2 people, utilities included along with reasonable rent, pets okay, references a must, available mid December. For more info write to LANDLORD, PO Box 362, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0, stating your employment status and age.

Invermere, furnished townhouse, attached garage,3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 5 appliances, $1,100/month, N/S, N/P, 403703-0930.

Older home in Edgewater, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appliances, wood/propane heat, pets negotiable, references, $850/ month + utilities + DD, 250347-6453.

Radium, Stanley Street, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, insuite laundry, laminate flooring, fireplace, A/C, 2 underground parking stalls, N/ P, N/S, available November 1st , $1100/month + DD, utilities included, 403-472-8992.

Newly renovated 2 bdrm fully furnished condo, 5 min drive from Invermere, D/W, W/D, cable, rec centre with internet and pool, no pets, $750/month, 250-688-0244.

Luxury fully furnished condo at Heron Point, downtown Invermere, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, W/ D, D/W, cable, wireless, hydro included, hot tub and gym access, $1000/month, N/S, N/P, available Dec 1st -May 31st , 250-688-0244.

Radium fully furnished townhouse, large windows & deck, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow style in Eagle Crest Villas. Single car garage, N/S, N/P, references required, 6 month minimum lease, $950 + condo fees + utilities + DD, 403-519-2216, 403-981-1551. Radium, 2 bdrm ground floor with patio, all appliances, $950/month includes utilities, available immediately. Call Richard, 250-341-6888 or 403613-6815(cell). Lake front, Invermere, new condo, main floor, 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath, furnished, N/P, N/ S, 6 appliances, pool, hot tubs, underground parking stall, $1150/month + DD + utilities, 403-861-0544 or srowell@telus. net Aksikinook, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, furnished, N/P, N/S, rec centre, indoor pool/hot tub, 6 appliances, $1075/month + DD, + utilities, 403-861-0544 or Invermere Condo, immediate procession, 2 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, F/S, W/D, single car garage, $900/month + utilities, 250688-0433 for more info.

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

Invermere, beautiful condo close to downtown, 3 bdrms, 3 bath, 5 appliances, large storage room and attached garage. Will go fast @ $1150/month + utilities! Call Kevin for evening showings, 780-982-1140. Radium walk-up condo, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, fridge, stove, microwave, W/D, A/C, private garage and driveway, small yard, patio deck backs onto golf course, $850/ month + gas + hydro util. 250341-3375. Akiskinook Resort 1 bdrm furnished condo, $750/month. 3 bdrm furnished condo $1150/ month. Radium Resort 1 bdrm furnished villa $750/month plus hydro, cable included, N/S, N/P, for all condos, 403-293-5659. 1 bdrm condo near Sobeys, N/ S, N/P, $600/month, 250-3426255. Invermere, Black Forest Village townhouse, /2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, attached garage, balcony overlooking green space, // Mountain view//, minutes to town and all amenities. Seeking non smoking, quiet tenants, pet friendly, $900/month + utilities, short/long term lease, vailable immediately. Call Karen 778-478-1972 or 250-870-3528

VACATION RENTALS Akiskinook, 1 bdrm furnished condo, D/W, gas BBQ, deck, indoor pool, hot tub, squash court, $69/night, 3 night minimum, 403-293-5659. Invermere on the lake new luxury, fully furnished condo, 2 bdrm + den, 2 baths, facing lake, underground parking, $650/week, 1 week minimum. Call 403-561-0111.

house for sale

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. 2 bdrm house in Wilder. Some renos, priced to sell $325,000. Call 250-342-9446.

mobile home for sale

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE Developing land (Canmore, AB). Must go quickly. Ranging from $3K - $12K!

For more details call Charlotte


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Pioneer Classifieds Mobile Home For Sale

Misc.For Sale

Misc.For Sale

Fully renovated 2 bdrm mobile home in quiet park. Slate/ hardwood floors throughout, large ensuite off master bdrm with large jet tub, custom slate/ travertine shower, separate laundry room, W/D, central vac, hot water on demand system, all appliances, large lot, beautiful views. Asking $132,500. Please call 250-342-0454.

Antique china cabinet, computer desks, captain’s beds w/headboards & good mattresses, 20” TVs, book cases, night stands, dresser, microwave stand, large dining room table w/6 chairs. 15’ round x 48” deep swimming pool complete with spare filters, chemicals & new cover, hitch mount bike racks, large stereo system, various lamps. Pet hamster cage & house assembly (no rodent), gas lawnmower, small wiper sniper, lots of misc. items & appliances. Large selection of camping equipment, sleeping bags, foamies, cooler, pots & pans, dishes, folding chairs, tent, etc. 250-347-0037.

Tanning bed, $800. Call Maria, 250-342-3227.

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

Misc.For Sale 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.

Electrical bedding sand, winter road sand. Pick up or delivery, call 250-347-2130 or 250-3421782 (cell). Firewood, Fir & Pine, by logging truck load or by pick-up load, 250-346-3247. Pool table 4’ x 8’ 3 piece slate, excellent condition. Call Rob, 250-342-9833. 4 Michelin tires LTX, M/S, LT 245/75R16, 12/32” tread, $300, 250-347-6941. 4 winter tires, 13”, $200 for all, 250-342-3643.

Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, fir, dry and split. To order call 250-342-6908.

Jennair convection wall oven, white. Kitchen Aid compactor, white. 5 drawer legal size filing cabinet, grey (lateral), 36”w x 65”h, 250-342-0279.

Firewood- Cut, split and delivered. Fir and pine mix, $180/½ cord, $275/full cord. Birch $275/½ cord, $400/full cord, Larch now available, 250688-0143.

Older model Jennair oven range with down draft. Excellent condition, $250 OBO, 250-3415281.

Demco Tow-It auto transport tow bar dolly, excellent condition, $1200 OBO, 250-347-9927.

Floor tile - 220 sq.ft. of 21” x 21”, 115 sq.ft. of 13”.x 13”, 115 sq.ft, of 18” x 18” Filled Travertine. Call 250-341-5645.

Misc.For Sale

1997 red GMC Jimmy 4x4, V6 Vortex engine, leather seats, AC/PW/PB, high kms but in excellent condition, original owner, $4000, 250-345-6635. 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, fully equipped, 145,000 km, ready for off road with Warn winch for front & back, raised suspension & protective plates. Great condition, $5,500 OBO, 250-341-7155. 1998 red Honda Hatchback, front wheel drive, summer & winter tires, 207,000 km, $3500, 250-347-6420.


BUSINESS FOR SALE Complete Roll-off waste business located in the Columbia Valley. For more info please email or fax 250342-2675.

Misc.For Sale 1998 Subaru Legacy AWD, 210,000 km, new transmission. Motor and body in great condition. Asking $4500 OBO, 250-342-6555.

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1985 GMC dump truck, high/low axel, gas, 16’ box, $5000, 250-688-0143.

Great car for winter! 1991 Subaru Legacy GT, 2L turbo, AWD, leather, A/T, A/C, P/S, P/W, P/L, climate control, 17” chrome rims, separate winter tires on rims, 115,000 km, $4900 OBO, 250-342-0450. 2005 Ford Escape XLT, 4WD, V6, 97,000 km, newer tires, remote start P/W, P/L, $11,500 OBO, 250-342-0782.

2006 Chev Cargo Van, metal shelving, bins and drawers, lockable ladder rack, 84,000 km, $17,600, 250-342-1341.

1990 Chev Corsica LTZ 3.3 V6, auto, A/C, P/S, P/B, P/W, P/L, AM/FM cassette, full guage pkg, alloy wheels, blue metallic, one owner, 152,000 km, nonsmoker, always garage kept, well taken care of, $1400 OBO, must sell, 250-342-9388.

2006 VW Passat, loaded with all options, luxury package, 84,000 km, 3.6L , V6, $21,200, 250342-1341.

1998 Contour Sport, 4 door, 105,000 km, good mechanically, some minor work needed, $2300 OBO, 250-342-3666.

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We supply parts and service FOR ALL MAKES of: • snowmobiles • motorcycles • quads

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

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.

Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

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

Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches…etc. for all your woodworking needs 250-688-1335.

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

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T. Holden Holdings, home repairs, renovation designs, drawings, stone work, minor welding, 250-341-8479 or 250347-9629.

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.


HEADWATERS WALKWAY SNOW REMOVAL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Village of Canal Flats is accepting proposals for an initial one (1) year contract for snow removal for the Headwaters Walkway based on an hourly rate, on an as needed, as required basis. Written proposals may be submitted to: Ruth E. Copeland, CAO Village of Canal Flats Box 159, Canal Flats, BC V0B 1B0 Telephone: 250-349-5462 • Fax: 250-349-5460 CLOSING DATE FOR PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 6, 2009

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Lions support youth centre Lions Herb Seel and Al Lynch presented a cheque for $15,000 to the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society on Monday, October 26th. Accepting the generous donation were board chair Betty Knight and board member Lori Sluth. The Windermere District Lions Club contributed more than half the $27,000 bill to renovate Summit Youth Centre in Invermere this summer, including the purchase of three computers.

Photo by Sally Waddington

Pioneer Classifieds MDG DEVELOPMENT CORP.

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The Trades Industry Wants You!

MDG Development is hiring a carpenter and labourer to work at construction sites in the Invermere area. Must have own transportation.

Please contact Frank at 250-425-5037 careers Experienced Hungarian Cook required for seasonal work in Radium, BC, $15/hour, April to October room and board available. Call 250-347-9548 or email info@milliondollarview. ca Sales Clerk, F/T seasonal. Must be fluent in German and English, have 3 yeas experience in the ski industry, related customer service and merchandising. $13/ hour, email Labourer/Apprentice for Stone Mason, $15/hour. Call 250-3425845.

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Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Thursday, November 12th, 1:30 p.m. Columbia Valley Employment Centre 1313 – 7th Avenue South, Invermere

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Wings Over the Rockies Our Bird Festival is seeking a volunteer

Marketing Coordinator For more information contact Jim Bonny, Chair at 250-342-3112

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Level II Insurance Agent Invermere, BC Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd. provides a full line of general insurance products and services to the Kootenays with locations in Cranbrook, Crawford Bay, Nelson, Trail and soon Invermere.

This position will lead our new Branch in building a team, modeling professionalism, promoting excellent service and fostering teamwork in a community that offers exceptional lifestyle opportunities.


If you are a results driven team player interested in growing with an organization with the qualifications below, we would like to hear from you!

By November 13, 2009 to: John Sullivan CEO Suite 100-890 Schofield Hwy. Trail BC V1R 2G9 Fax# 250-368-5283 Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd is owned in equal partnership between East Kootenay Community Credit Union,Kootenay Savings Credit Union and Nelson and District Credit Union.

• Strong communication and leadership skills combined with a high attention to detail and accuracy • A minimum of 3 years experience in general insurance and familiar with ICBC • Minimum Level 2 licence in accordance with the Insurance Council of BC • Strong computer and technical skills We offer a competitive salary and benefit package together with a superior work environment.

Panorama Mountain Village is currently recruiting for the following year-round and seasonal positions: Staff Housing Coordinator Chef de Partie – Red Seal Certified Outlet Manager – Great Hall Restaurant Manager Journeyman Plumber Childcare Supervisor Childcare Assistant Supervisor IT Tech Support Manager Quality Assurance Lodging Administrator For seasonal employment and to view all job descriptions, please visit us at and apply on-line.

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Treat the seconds in each day as a bank balance of time By PastorTrevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Many frustrated people seem to always fight the clock, habitually, as a way of life. They stay up late, then they sleep as late as they can and rush frantically to school or work, gulping down an unhealthy breakfast in the car, applying their make-up (or using a ra-

zor) at the stoplight, talking on their cell phone at the same time. As I study Jesus’ life, I am amazed that He never seemed to be in a hurry. Although He was doing the most important job in history (redeeming the world), He made time to consider the flowers and the birds of the air. He had time to put his hands on the little children and bless them. The Apostle Paul recognized the value of time when he challenged us to, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16) I guess that I see time as a gift that we need to be careful with . . . and, to be honest, I get frustrated when I often hear people say, “I don’t have time . . .” Consider this my rant on time management. I learned a very valuable lesson one day when a friend came to take me for coffee. My quick answer back to him was, “I’m swamped – I just don’t have time.” He stood at my office door and then smiled and shared some very wise words with me that I will never forget. He said, “You don’t have time? These idle words are not exactly true, because you always find the time to do the things you want to do!” Ouch! He needed to talk and I needed to take the opportunity and give him some of my time. So invest your time wisely! The clock is running. Make the most of today.

MINI TRADESHOW Over 20 businesses under one roof! Shop Early for Christmass Christma Christmas!

Relay runners Great running by local youths propelled each to complete a seven-kilometre leg of the 2009 Fernie Half Marathon relay on October 4th. The runners include, from left to right, Jane Mouly, Courtney Hoffos, Justin Kinnersley, BenWiegert, Lucas Kinnersley and Matt Swallow.

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Restaurant Family Fun Activities ICAN 50-50 Raffle Check out our kid’s only store Nothing over $500

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Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, November 1st, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “How to Shine! – Father, Your Will Be Done.” Pastor Trevor ministering. K.I.D.S. Church, 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 Service at All Saints, Edgewater. 10:30 a.m.: Communion Service at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Healing service after worship in Invermere. Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Mortgage Burning Celebration Service, with special guest speaker Rev. Ken Russell, PAOC District Superintendent. 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 Sunday 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, Sunday 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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