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Vol. 6/Issue 49

The Columbia


December 4, 2009

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earn the use of a brand new GMC vehicle for a year as a result of his perInvermere’s own formance. Manny Osborne-Paradis “I mean, I was seccatapulted to the top of ond here (in the downthe list of Olympic hopehill) a couple of years ago fuls last weekend and and now I am first, so made history to boot. this is great,” he said. Manny led the CaUnfortunately, the nadians in what is benews was not all good lieved to be the country’s for the Canadians. John best super-G result ever, Kucera saw his Olymwinning the Bombardier pic hopes crash when he Lake Louise Winterstart left the course midway SG, while two teamthrough his run, which mates joined him in the MAKING HISTORY — Manny Osborne-Paradis cel- resulted in a leg fracture. top five. “It’s the name of the game ebrates after winning the super-G at Lake Louise. Manny picked up the Photo by ACA/Peak Photography – this happened to Frank first super-G win of his (Francois Bourque) last career, becoming the first year,” Manny said. “It’s Canadian male in history to win both a super-G and a probably going to happen to a number of other peodownhill World Cup race at Lake Louise, finishing in ple between now and the Olympics. It’s been that way a time of one minute, 32.93 seconds. since the sport was invented.” It’s the third victory by a Canadian in Lake Louise For now, he said, he will try not to think about the in four years, as Jan Hudec of Calgary won the down- Olympics and focus on the next race. hill in 2007, and John Kucera of Calgary won the su“It’s something that you can’t think about. You per-G in 2006. Manny also joins Kucera as the only need to focus on the things at hand and concentrate Canadians to be on the podium twice in their career at on the small things. If you concentrate on winning a a World Cup in Lake Louise. podium at the Olympics, it’s not going to happen.” “I don’t think it gets any better than this. In suThe Canadian men’s speed team is on its way to per-G I knew that I was making some good turns but Beaver Creek, Colorado to race in a super combined, I didn’t expect this,” said Manny, who will once again a downhill, and a giant slalom this weekend. By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

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Valley NEWS

Survey says yes to boats on lake By Pioneer Staff Responding to a survey of Invermere and Area F residents, the public has reaffirmed its commitment to allow power boats on Lake Windermere. However, respondents also requested a number of controls on power boating, including keeping boats away from the beaches and restricting boats in environmentally-sensitive areas. The survey was conducted by a consultant for the Regional District of East Kootenay last summer. Increasingly an area of intense scrutiny, Lake Windermere is heralded as the top attraction in the valley for tourists and owners of recreational property, while also serving as the primary source of drinking water for the communities surrounding it. More than 600 people submitted comment forms for the Lake Windermere Management Plan, which will guide decision-making for the regional district and the District of Invermere. The survey was a subject of controversy in August when an e-mail message — falsely claiming local government sought to ban motor boating on Lake Windermere — circulated among second homeowners in Alberta.

Elected officials were quick to disavow the claim. “We as a local government don’t have the power to restrict boating. It requires legislation by the federal government,” Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft said. The controversy fuelled a high rate of response to “I don’t think that there were any surprises in the results . . . Lake Windermere is very important to the valley on so many levels. I’m hoping what comes out of this management plan is something that the community will respect for years to come.” —Area F Director Wendy Booth

the survey among second homeowners who, officials said, are usually difficult to poll. “I was very pleased with the number of responses. I think that shows how much importance people place on the lake from a social, environmental and economic standpoint,” said Area F Director Wendy Booth. In general, survey respondents registered their support for a combination of recreational interests — like continued boating opportunities, improved public ac-

cess to the lake, and construction of a new public boat launch. They also requested environmental protections, including boating restrictions in environmentallysensitive areas, water quality monitoring and analysis, development of community sewer systems and regulatory measures to protect and enhance shoreline and sensitive areas. Most respondents were opposed to any kind of ban or limitation on motor boating, water skiing or wakeboarding, or personal watercraft, including any limitations on hours of access, wake height, on-water refueling or over-night on-water boat storage. “I don’t think that there were any surprises in the results of the Lake Windermere Management Plan survey,” Ms. Booth said. “Lake Windermere is very important to the valley on so many levels. I’m hoping what comes out of this management plan is something that the community will respect for years to come.” Consultant Catherine Berris Associates of Vancouver will now use the results of the survey to draft the Lake Windermere Management Plan. The Regional District of East Kootenay hopes the plan will be ready for public input in February.

Vista Del Lago developer now selling shares By Pioneer Staff Stoneset Equities, the Calgary-based real estate firm that owns the ambitious Vista Del Lago condominium development proposed for downtown Invermere, has gone public and is now selling shares in the company. Stoneset’s plan is to develop the project over 10 phases, including a 144-room, four-star hotel and conference centre, 570 condos and 45,000 square

feet of commercial space on 12 acres of lakefront property adjacent to Eddie Mountain Arena. On October 20th, Stoneset announced it had entered into an amalgamation agreement with Aqueous Capital Corporation, publicly-listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Aqueous shares were trading at five cents on Wednesday, December 2nd. “Wouldn’t it be nice to hear some positive news for a change?” the company wrote in the November 18th edition of the Stoneset Insider electronic news-

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letter. “Many of us have heard the negative news about the state of the investment world lately. Some companies are in receivership, some have been mismanaged and some are even being investigated for fraud. At Stoneset, we are a good news story – and one we want you to be a part of!” Called a “reverse takeover” when a privatelyheld company acquires a publicly-traded company, the amalgamation is subject to acceptance by the stock exchange.

H1N1 vaccine is now available free for all BC residents over 6 months of age. Seasonal flu vaccine is provided free only for those over 65 and those at risk of health complications from the flu. Clinics are booked weekly and posted on our website every Wednesday. For dates and locations, or to find out if you are eligible for the free seasonal flu shot: • visit or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 or call your local Public Health office.

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So far, the local foundation has given out $14,855 to projects including the lending library at InThe Columbia Valley got an vermere’s Family Resource Centre, influx of charitable funding last new carpets for Windermere Valweek. ley Child Care Society, a banner Kootenay Savings Credit advertising the Lake Windermere Union is donating $112,700 to Whiteway, and hall rentals for litthe Columbia Valley Community eracy classes in Canal Flats. Foundation. Also this year, from its exist“One of the four pillars by ing funds, the foundation donatwhich Kootenay Savings Credit ed $2,000 to the Road to Rescue Union measures success is comcampaign, $2,000 to renovate the mitment to the community and kitchen in Edgewater Commuthis is one demonstration of that,” nity Hall, and $2,000 for a Dasaid Brent Tremblay, chief execuvid Thompson Secondary School tive officer of the credit union, at a bursary. presentation in Invermere on SatThe foundation was formed Seona Helmer urday, November 28th. in 2001 with two $25,000 grants “This is very exciting for us,” from the Vancouver Foundation said Seona Helmer, chair of the Community Founda- and the Columbia Basin Trust. tion. “Kootenay Savings has such a strong foundation, Since then, it has granted $220,000 to commuand this really legitimizes us in the community.” nity projects. The board has 12 members but is always Most of the funds will be held in trust on behalf looking for more. of the Community Foundation, but $5,635 will be This month, a new website was launched for the available to give out in grants in 2010. foundation at Now com“Our next call for applications will be in early munity members can find application instructions, spring,” Ms. Helmer said. membership information and ways to donate online. In total, Kootenay Savings donated $1 million “We had a website initially but it was sort of a to foundations throughout the East and West Koo- monolith. It got so outdated, we just lost our connectenays. tion to it,” Seona Helmer said. “The creation of these funds will allow us to leave The Community Foundation had no idea how permanent and lasting legacies in our communities,” generous the donation from Kootenay Savings Credit said Keith Smyth, Kootenay Savings board chair. Union would be when they applied for it. This donation for the Columbia Valley Commu“We never expected this much,” Ms. Helmer said. nity Foundation comes on the back of a $30,000 grant “I didn’t know what amount we were talking about from Columbia Basin Trust in June. until last week.” By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

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Kinbasket bows out

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The Regional District of East Kootenay, Kinbasket Water and Sewer Company and Windermere Water and Sewer Company are reaffirming that the water system upgrade currently being proposed for Timber Ridge is the best option for the community. There have been some questions regarding whether Kinbasket Water and Sewer might be an option. However, Kinbasket Water and Sewer Company chief executive officer Dean Martin says it’s not an option. “Although Kinbasket Water and Sewer has the capacity to service Timber Ridge, we determined that it is not economically feasible for us to service the community and we are not interested in pursuing it. The Windermere Water and Sewer Company option currently being proposed is the most economical.” Area F Director Wendy Booth emphasizes the funding currently available will likely be lost if the community turns down this proposal. “This is the best and most economical option for the community of Timber Ridge to secure safe, treated drinking water,” she said. “The grants we have received from the federal and provincial governments are sig-

nificant and we likely would not be successful in future grant applications if this project is not successful.” Ms. Booth is encouraging the Timber Ridge community to read all the information available and mail in their petitions if they support the project. “Only those petitions received at the Regional District of East Kootenay office by 4:30 p.m. on December 17th will be counted,” she added. The Timber Ridge water upgrade is one in a number of projects that will help address long-standing issues with regard to east-side servicing. “Kinbasket Water and Sewer and Windermere Water and Sewer, with the Regional District of East Kootenay’s support, have agreed to a joint servicing strategy to address these servicing needs,” explained Windermere Water and Sewer Company president and chief financial officer Paul Partlo. “While the agreement hasn’t been finalized, Windermere Water and Sewer Company and Kinbasket Water and Sewer Company remain committed to the proposal. We continue to have positive, open dialogue and are looking forward to having a summary agreement finalized and signed by the end of December. That agreement will also create a very real opportunity to upgrade the water supply in areas to the north.”

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Flu shot: why not?

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I had my flu shot this week, and here’s why. I don’t think this is necessarily the great pandemic that will wipe out half the planet, but I don’t think the threat is to be dismissed so easily, either. In recent years, flu strains have been mutating and jumping from animals to humans. Whoever thought we could get the same flu as chickens, for example? If this particular strain turns into something worse, I’d like to think I will be immune. Nor do I think the vaccination program is a vast conspiracy by the pharmaceutical industry. I’ve never been a subscriber to conspiracy theories. I find it hard to believe that a whole bunch of people could agree on anything important, and more significantly, that they could all keep their mouths shut about it. Sooner or later, someone would blab. On the whole, vaccine is a good thing. Remember polio, which killed or crippled thousands of children? Immunization by vaccine has wiped out polio in most countries. The vaccination program may be an overreaction by health care authorities, but on the other hand, wouldn’t you prefer that they overreact? In the beginning, nobody knew what they were dealing with. This whole H1N1 thing (I’ve heard it called the “hiney” flu in some circles) has proven to be a good exercise for the health care professionals. Surely, they must have learned some valuable lessons about how the vaccine is distributed, which will prove useful when the next thing comes along. Knowing the number of people who choose to be vaccinated will also help them plan for the future, and I’d like to contribute to that statistic, just to make sure the valley will gets its fair share of vaccine when there could be shortages.

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Thanks for the Christmas spirit! Dear Editor: I want to start by cheering, “Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!” to everyone who came out and supported the Valley Christmas Kickoff. There were 40 floats and approximately 1,000 spectators. Way to go, Invermere! As parade organizer and event coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce, I want to say, “Thank you!” from my heart to yours. The en-

ergy and spirit that lined our streets was pure joy! We are a wonderful community and I am proud to be a part of it. So, again, thank you, one and all — big and small — for all your participation and making the day a huge success! Debbie Fenton, Marketing/Events Co-ordinator Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Arts council let down by low turnout Dear Editor: On behalf of the Columbia Valley Arts Council, I want to thank Bob Hahn for his letter that appeared in The Pioneer on November 27th. Yes, the Foothills Brass put on a great show and, yes, it was disappointing that the hall wasn’t full. Unfortunately, this was not a first time for low audience turn-out to a quality show which would cost much more than $20 in most locations. And, by the way, even $20 per ticket would not cover the cost of these acts without the contributions of many volunteers who work on obtaining grants and sponsorships and offer to billet the performers, as well as carrying out the many other tasks required to put on a show. Regarding the advertising, we try. Sixty posters are distributed throughout the community, and our local papers publish articles and banner ads before every show. There is a large display board at the Panorama turnoff with information about upcoming events and anoth-

er on the side of Village Arts downtown. In addition, all events are listed on our website, Anyone interested can have their name added to a list and receive a personal reminder a couple of weeks before a performance or show. Next up is a performance by The Human Statues who will be showing at the David Thompson Secondary School theatre at 7 p.m. on January 8th. You can learn more about them at Here is an open invitation to attend our next Annual General Meeting in the spring. We really want to know if we are bringing in the right or wrong groups, if the scheduling is suitable, if the pricing is too high or too low and if we are missing out on any advertising opportunities. Hint: we have a vacancy on the board at this time for a Director of Marketing.


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Tasha to carry the torch! as a Coordinator for the Olympic News Service I loved your article for Ice Hockey at Generlast week on the local al Motors Place (Canada people who will be parHockey Place) during the ticipating in the Olymgames. pic Torch Relay. It’s great At her regular job, fun to know who has she’s a Communicathe great honour of taktions Coordinator for ing part in the Olympic 2010 Legacies Now, an Torch Relay. It feels more organization working personal and makes me with communities and feel like I’m a part of the groups to create sustainrelay as well. able legacies as a result of My daughter, Tasha hosting the 2010 Winter Bukovnik, was born and Games. The website is raised in Invermere. I’m a www.2010andBeyond. very proud mom because com and is well worth Tasha Bukovnik, formerly of Invermere Tasha will also be takfollowing. ing part in the Olympic Tasha also has a blog Torch Relay. Tasha will be carrying the torch some- called We are all Mukmuks! It can be found at www. where between Golden and Cranbrook on January It keeps everyone up to date 22nd, 2010. The Vancouver Olympic Committee will on all the fun things that are happening in and around reveal her stretch of the road in January. the Olympics. You get an insider’s view with wit and I will be recruiting as many people as I can to join humour and no punches pulled. It’s great fun and very me in watching Tasha on the road. I’ll also be asking informative with all the latest tidbits that you don’t get everyone to take as many photos as possible, especially anywhere else. when her torch is being lit and, of course, when she’s Happy Olympic 2010 to everyone! running with it. I’m also proud of the fact Tasha will be working Jill Bukovnik, Invermere Dear Editor: Our fresh chicken is marinated-seasoned and pressure cooked in 100% Trans fat free vegetable oil to lock in flavour and moisture.

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Glass artist Carolyn Barzilay has organized the big Christmas Craft Fair to be held at Invermere Community Hall on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th. See Page 16.




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Toby Theatre closed until December 28th Friday, December 4th: • 6 p.m.: Back Country Jack’s Groovy Party. Dress as a ‘60s spy for a chance to win prizes for best costume. For info: 250-347-0097. • 6 p.m.: Panorama Mountain Freeride Club annual general meeting at the College of the Rockies, room #104. Open house and info evening starts 7 p.m. • 7 p.m.: Valley Voices Christmas concert at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Guest artists Unhooked and the Invermere children’s choir. Adults $10, students $5. Tickets at One-Hour Photo, Essentials, N’Deco and Smoking Water. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Kamloops, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Saturday, December 5th: • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The 16th Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Invermere Community Hall. For info: 250-342-1475. • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Edgewater Recreation Society’s Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Edgewater Community Hall. Free admission. Pictures with Santa, lunch and refreshments, crafts and produce. For info: 250-347-9324.

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Thursday, December 10th: • 5:30-9 p.m.: East Indian Buffet at Mountain Flowers Dining Room, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. $24.95 per person. For info: 250-345-6015. • 7 p.m.: David Thompson Secondary School band concert at the school gym. Silver collection at the door. For info: 250-342-9213.

Friday, December 11th: • December 11th and 12th: 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. • December 11th and 12th: Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at David Thompson Secondary School. Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To book a table, call 250-342-9213 ext. 110. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Kimberley, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Sunday, December 13th: • 9 a.m.: Classic Learn to Ski Clinic, put on by Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club at Nipika Mountain Resort. For info: 250-342-6504. • Noon: Santa Sleigh Ride and Christmas Event at Smoking Water Café. Cookie decorating table, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa. Bring a donation for the food bank. For info: 250-345-4008. • 1-6 p.m.: Copper Point’s 6th Annual Feed the Town Christmas Dinner at The View at Copper Point. Free Christmas feast but donations of nonperishable food items or cash for the Invermere Food Bank gladly accepted. For info: 250-341-3392. • 2-4 p.m.: Natural Springs Spa Christmas Tea at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Free mini-treatments, tea and snacks, spa tours, mini-makeovers and 15% off retail items. For info: 250-345-6007.

Monday, December 14th: Monday, December 7th: • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Moms Supporting Moms Open House at Eileen Madson Primary School gym. Usborne Books, Epicure, Norwex, Tupperware and

• 5-7 p.m.: Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train comes to Radium Hot Springs at the railway crossing on Horsethief Creek Road. Bring food or cash donation to Food Bank. For info: 250-347-9331.

• 5:30 p.m.: Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac discussing RCMP policing detachment priorities at Canal Flats Civic Centre. For info: 250-342-9292.

Tuesday, December 15th: • 1-3 p.m.: Dave’s Book Bar proudly hosts local author Juanita Rose Violini and Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible and the Ignored. Meet the author and get your copy signed. • 4 p.m.: Wings Over The Rockies annual general meeting at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

Wednesday, December 16th: • 6 p.m.: Start of Avalanche Skills Training course at the College of the Rockies, Invermere. Cost: $185. For info: 250-342-3210.

Friday, December 18th: • 5:30 p.m.: Rotary Seniors’ Christmas Dinner at the Best Western Invermere Inn. For info: 250-3424242. • 6 p.m.: Christmas Potluck at Invermere Legion.

Saturday, December 19th: • 2 p.m.: Children’s Santa Visit at Edgewater Community Hall. • 6 p.m.: Brisco & District Christmas Potluck & Play at Brisco Community Hall. The Brisco Players are looking for talent to play various roles in the Christmas Play. For info: 250-346-3294. • December 19th and 20th: Interactive Cooking Classes with Anahata Foods at Spring Health Foods. Saturday 6 p.m.: Simple Soups and Hearty Stews for Winter. Sunday 3 p.m.: Tiffin and Tapas. $65 per person, includes food, recipes, entertainment and other surprises. For info: 250-342-2552.

Sunday, December 20th: • 1-4 p.m.: Windermere Community Association Christmas Party and Talent Contest. Special guests Kimberley Community Band and Santa Claus. • 6:30 p.m.: 9th Annual Lakeside Pub Food Bank Benefit Concert. Hosted by Bill Cropper, featuring local musicians. For info: 250-342-6866.

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International students find home away from home in the valley Another year of international education at David Thompson Secondary School is underway and it has a new look and a district-wide focus. More than 50 students from Japan, Germany, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Holland, Mexico and India are attending high school in Invermere, Golden and Kimberley this

year as part of the newly-branded Rocky Mountain International Student Program. To learn more about the Rocky Mountain International Student Program, including how to become a host family, please visit Pictured here, from left to right, are David Thomp-

We’re all moved in! Windermere Water &

Sewer and NanoFibre Networks have moved to their new building at 1164 Windermere Loop Road. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their patience during our transition and invite you to come down and visit us at our new location!

son Secondary School’s international students Tomoki Yanemoto (Japan), Yannick Jannsch (Germany), Bobby Jeong (Korea), Soeren Hein (Germany), Maxi Ruger (Germany), and Daniel Jeong (Korea). Photo submitted.

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Big craft fair opens at Invermere hall By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff The 16th annual Big Christmas Craft Fair will open its doors this weekend and, this year, the hall is fully booked and boasting a record number of artisans. Event organizer and local artist Carolyn Barzilay said the response from artisans and community members alike has been extremely positive. “It’s a blast,” she said. “The craft fair is a great social time. You see everyone from town, because there

are hundreds of people there. Some you will only see once a year, at this show. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out into your community and be part of it.” This year’s craft fair will showcase 42 of your favourite artisans, including: The Pioneer’s own Dave Sutherland with Dave’s Hot Pepper Jelly, Kootenay Boughs with fresh wreaths, and Andi Schoni’s famous wood-oven-baked bread. In addition to the regulars, there will also be tables selling baked goods, soaps, bath products, jewellery, finished wood products, stained glass and much more.

Christmas shopping doesn’t get more fun than this, according to Carolyn. “It’s a really unique gift experience,” Carolyn said. “And it’s a chance to support your local artisans and business people, keeping money in the valley.” The Big Christmas Craft Fair will open at Invermere Community Hall on Friday, December 4th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are currently no tables available at this year’s fair. For more information contact Carolyn Barzilay at 250-342-1475.


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O TANNENBAUM — Students in Leisa O’Sullivan’s music class at J. Alfred Laird School in Invermere sing their hearts out. Pictured are, back row, left to right,


Christine Constable, Brianna Falk, Abby Bidinger and Jake Wilcox; and, front row, Jocelyn Taylor, Claire George and Faith Taylor. Photo by Brian Geis

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O Holy Night O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Fall on your knees O hear the angel voices O night divine O night when Christ was born O night divine O night divine Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming Here come the wise men from Orient land The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger In all our trials born to be our friend. Truly He taught us to love one another His law is love and His gospel is peace Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother And in His name all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name.


It Came Upon

Jingle Bell Rock

A Midnight Clear

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun Now the jingle hop has begun.

It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold! “Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven’s all gracious King!” The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square In the frosty air.

Still through the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurled, And still their heavenly music floats, O’er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains, They bend on hovering wing. And ever o’er its Babel sounds, The blessed angels sing. Yet with the woes of sin and strife, The world hath suffered long; Beneath the angel-strain have rolled, Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not, The love song which they bring: O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing. For lo! the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold, When, with the ever-circling years, Shall come the Age of Gold; When peace shall over all the earth, Its ancient splendours fling, And all the world give back the song, Which now the angels sing.

What a bright time, it’s the right time To rock the night away Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet That’s the jingle bell, That’s the jingle bell, That’s the jingle bell rock. Let It Snow Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! It doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I’ve bought some corn for popping, The lights are turned way down low, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! When we finally kiss goodnight, How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But if you’ll really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm. The fire is slowly dying, And, my dear, we’re still good-bying, But as long as you love me so, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Little Drummer Boy Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum A newborn King to see, pa rum pum pum pum Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, So to honour Him, pa rum pum pum pum, When we come.

Santa Claus

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus Underneath the mistletoe last night. She didn’t see me creep Down the stairs to have a peep; She thought that I was tucked up In my bedroom fast asleep. Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus Underneath his beard so snowy white; Oh, what a laugh it would have been If Daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, Joy to the World Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, Joy to the world! The Lord is come; On my drum? Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum and heaven and nature sing, The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum and heaven and nature sing, pum and heaven, and heaven and nature sing. I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns; I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum Let men their songs employ; pum, While fields and floods, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, Rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum Repeat the sounding joy, Me and my drum. Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. I’ll Be Home For Christmas I’ll be home for Christmas; You can count on me. Please have snow and mistletoe And presents on the tree. Christmas Eve will find me Where the love-light gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessing flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders of His love.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’ angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem! (Refrain:) Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new-born King! Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord; Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the Virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with man to dwell; Jesus, our Emmanuel! (Refrain) Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Risen with healing in his wings, Light and life to all he brings, Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! (Refrain) Come, Desire of nations come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Rise, the Woman’s conquering Seed, Bruise in us the Serpent’s head. Adam’s likeness now efface: Stamp Thine image in its place; Second Adam, from above, Reinstate us in thy love. (Refrain)

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Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing alleluia; Christ the Saviour, is born! Christ the Saviour, is born!

Deck the Halls Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Santa Claus Is

See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Coming To Town Oh! You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town!

Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of Yule tide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice, He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town!

Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake!

Silent Night Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight,

So . . . you better watch out, You better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. Little tin horns, Little toy drums. Rudy-toot-toot and rummy tum tums. Santa Claus is coming to town. Little toy dolls that cuddle and coo,


Elephants, boats and Kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is coming to town. The kids in Girl and Boy Land will have a jubilee. They’re gonna build a toyland town all around the Christmas tree. Oh . . . you better watch out, You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is comin’ Santa Claus is comin’ Santa Claus is comin’ To town. Away in a Manger Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus Laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky Looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, No crying he makes. I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, And stay by my side Until morning is nigh. Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay. Close by me forever, And love me I pray. Bless all the dear children, In thy tender care. And take them to heaven, To be with thee there.

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Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer’s here, But also when ‘tis cold and drear. Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging! Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; How often has the Christmas tree Afforded me the greatest glee! Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me. Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! From base to summit, gay and bright, There’s only splendour for the sight. Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! Thou bidst us true and faithful be, And trust in God unchangingly. Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee!

Jingle Bells

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Dashing through the snow, In a one-horse open sleigh, Over the fields we go, laughing all the way. Bells on bob-tails ring, making spirits bright, What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight.

Oh little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

(Chorus) Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! O what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright, Was seated by my side; The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seemed his lot; He got into a drifted bank and we got upsot

For Christ is born of Mary, And gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love. O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth! And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, (Chorus) But in this world of sin, A day or two ago, the story I must tell Where meek souls will receive him, still I went out on the snow, and on my back I fell; The dear Christ enters in. A gent was riding by, Where children pure and happy In a one-horse open sleigh Pray to the blessed Child, He laughed as there I sprawling lie Where misery cries out to thee, But quickly drove away Son of the mother mild; (Chorus) Where charity stands watching And faith holds wide the door, Now the ground is white, The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, Go it while you’re young And Christmas comes once more. Take the girls tonight, And sing this sleighing song; O holy Child of Bethlehem! Just get a bob-tailed bay, two-forty as his speed Descend to us, we pray; Hitch him to an open sleigh Cast out our sin and enter in, And crack! you’ll take the lead Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels (Chorus) The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel!

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big as a kite, With a tail as big as a kite.” Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, “Do you hear what I hear? Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy, Do you hear what I hear? A song, a song high above the trees With a voice as big as the the sea, With a voice as big as the the sea.” Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, “Do you know what I know? In your palace warm, mighty king, Do you know what I know? A Child, a Child shivers in the cold – Let us bring him silver and gold, Let us bring him silver and gold.” Said the king to the people everywhere, “Listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people, everywhere, Listen to what I say! The Child, the Child sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light, He will bring us goodness and light.”

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Here Comes Santa Claus

The First Noel

Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Are pulling on the reins. Bells are ringing, children singing; All is merry and bright. Hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! He’s got a bag that is filled with toys For the boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, What a beautiful sight. Jump in bed, cover up your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

The first Noel the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds In fields as they lay; In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

White Christmas I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten, and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white

Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. (Refrain) And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. (Refrain) This star drew nigh to the northwest, O’er Bethlehem it took its rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay. (Refrain) Then entered in those wise men three Full reverently upon their knee, And offered there in his presence Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. (Refrain) Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord; That hath made heaven and earth of naught, And with his blood mankind hath bought. (Refrain).

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O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, Born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above; Glory to God In the highest; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

See how the shepherds, Summoned to his cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither Bend our joyful footsteps; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Child, for us sinners Poor and in the manger, We would embrace thee, with love and awe; Who would not live thee, Loving us so dearly? O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.


Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?� Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history!

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Frosty the Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose, And two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day.

Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.

There must have been some magic in that Old silk hat they found. For when they placed it on his head, He began to dance around.

Frosty the snowman knew The sun was hot that day, So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun now before I melt away.”

O, Frosty the snowman Was alive as he could be, And the children say he could laugh And play just the same as you and me.

Down to the village, With a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there All around the square saying,

“Catch me if you can!” He led them down the streets of town Right to the traffic cop. And he only paused a moment When he heard him holler “Stop!” For Frosty the snowman Had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye saying, “Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day!” Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.

Copper Point’s 6th Annual Feed the Town You’re invited to make a difference! Copper Point is pleased to host its 6th Annual Feed the Town Christmas Dinner – a community event that serves a FREE Christmas feast to Invermere. Absolutely everyone is invited to enjoy this traditional dinner with all proceeds to the Invermere Food Bank.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009, 1:00 – 6:00 pm The View at Copper Point All kids get free pictures with Santa! Donations of non-perishable food items or cash are gladly accepted.

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Windermere man raises fish for food By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff “My grandpa is good at making fish,” eight-yearold Laine Dunlop told The Pioneer. In a 100-square-foot space in his Windermere home, Mick Eldstrom, a retired BC Hydro employee, raises more than 300 fish a year. He doesn’t sell them, but his newfound hobby is feeding his family and friends. “I like the idea of growing my food close to home,” he said. “You know what you are eating and how it has been treated.” Mick and his wife Helen are long-time valley residents, moving here from Golden in the mid-1970s. The couple raised three children here, one of whom still resides in the area. Andrea Dunlop, mother of Laine, is a French teacher at David Thompson Sec-

ondary School. The couple’s other daughters, Michelle Kirby and Jodene Eldstrom, live on the west coast. Mick first became involved in the fish industry five years ago, when he offered to help a friend install some plumbing at a new hatchery just outside Calgary. “When we were finished, they gave me a 20-gallon tank and 50 fingerlings,” he said. Fingerlings are baby fish. The fish were tilapia, a small, low-fat fish that originally comes from Africa, where it has been a dietary staple for thousands of years. In recent years, tilapia have become a popular item on menus around the world. Mick’s small venture didn’t stay that way for long. Six months after receiving his initial batch, he acquired another 50 fingerlings. He said it has been an ongoing process, and each year he builds new tanks to properly store the growing


The Poolside Shop is offering a 20% discount on all regular-priced swimwear—ladies, men’s and children— from December 7th to 20th. Just to say, thank you for your continued support and wishing everyone all the best for the Holiday Season! Also, come check out the hotel Lobby shop. We have lots of great new gift and clothing items and we are offering a 15% discount from December 7th to 20th… just because!


school of fish. “My success rate for planned parenthood is quite low,” he laughed. “They are always breeding when I am not looking.” Currently, Mick’s farm houses 450 fish, which are separated into five tanks. The first, a 100-gallon wooden tank, is home to 12 breeders. After birth, the young fish are moved to a 20-gallon tank, where they stay until they weigh around 20 grams. From there they are transported into a long trough, where they remain for a few months. They are then moved into a 200-gallon fibreglass tank, and finally into a larger steel tank, where they are kept until they weigh around 2.5 pounds – the perfect size for dinner. “I enjoy doing it,” Mick said. “It is always interesting; there is a continuous learning curve.”

Brewer’s Christmas market opens DeCemBer 2nD!

Experience the magic of Christmas at Brewer’s Christmas Market! Open for the Holiday from December 2nd, Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm—and starting December 21st through the Christmas Holidays from 11:00am to 6:00pm. We’ll be dressed up for the Season and promise an old-fashioned treasure trove of delights and surprises. Something perfect for every stocking including seasonal baked products and specialty foods, coffees and teas. Located adjacent to the hot pools.


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Self-employed to get new benefits On November 3rd, the federal government introduced legislation that will allow the self-employed to join the federal employment insurance plan and collect benefits currently available only to wage-earners and salaried workers. The Fairness for the Self-Employed Act will extend maternity, parental, adoption, medical and compassionate-care benefits to Canada’s estimated 2.6 million self-employed workers.

New benefits

Maternity benefits for up to 15 weeks will be available to birth mothers only and cover the period surrounding birth. Parental benefits for up to 35 weeks will be available to biological or adoptive parents while they are caring for a newborn or newly-adopted child. They may be taken by either parent or shared between them. If parents opt to share these benefits, only one waiting period must be served. Sickness benefits up to 15 weeks may be paid to a person who is unable to work because of sickness, injury or quarantine. Compassionate care benefits up to six weeks may be paid to persons who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death.


When would the measure be available?

Unfortunately, if you are self-employed and not currently contributing to the Employment Insurance program, you will have to wait to earn these new benefits. Under the proposed legislation, self-employed Canadians would be required to opt into the program at least one year prior to claiming benefits and be responsible for making premium payments starting with the tax year in which they opt into the program. The self-employed would be able to opt in as of January 2010. Payments of premiums for individuals opting in during the 2010 calendar year would be paid through their 2010 tax return. The earliest a self-employed person could make a claim is January 1st, 2011. Self-employed workers could opt out of the program at the end of any tax year, as long as they have never received benefits.

What are the requirements?

To qualify for these benefits, self-employed workers would have to: 1) Either be an individual who declares self-employed earnings when they file their tax return or employees whose employment by a corporation is excluded from insurable employment.

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What will it cost?

The self-employed would pay the same premium rate that salaried employees currently pay. They would not be required to pay the employer’s portion of the premium rate, as they would not have access to Employment Insurance regular benefits. The 2010 Employment Insurance premium rate will be $1.73 per $100 of insurable earnings.

What to do if you’re self-employed

Many self-employed individuals carry disability or accident and sickness insurance in case they become disabled, sick or injured. If you are self-employed and are wondering how the new benefits will affect your current insurance, you should call your insurance agent or the company that you carry your insurance with. You might find out your accident and sickness coverage will not start until the Employment Insurance sickness benefits run out. Find out if an extended wait period is warranted.

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Offering the valley more than just mutual funds. Investments

2) Opt into the program at least one year prior to claiming benefits and be responsible for making premium payments starting with the tax year in which they opt into the program.


19 GIC Companies 15 Insurance Companies 100 Mutual Fund Companies


TD Newcrest Credit Suisse First Boston First Energy Capital Corp. MFC Global Investment Management This material is not to be construed as an offer or solicitation. The securities mentioned may not necessarily be considered suitable investments for all clients. Contact your Investment Advisor to discuss your individual investment needs.

GIC Rates* as of November 300th

Cashable 90 Days 1 year 2 yrs 3 yrs 4 yrs 5 yrs

1.00% 0.85% 1.50% 2.10% 2.60% 2.95% 3.30%

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Corporate Bonds Issuer GE Canada Shaw TD Capital Trust

Term Sept. 28, 2012 Nov. 20, 2013 Jun. 30, 2019

Yield* 2.42% 3.37% 5.00%

*Yield factors in the current share price, call date and set quarterly dividends. Rates are subject to change without notice. Can be sold prior to maturity.

Income Trusts Issuer A&W Income Fund Davis & Henderson Arc Energy Trust

Yield* 8.50% 11.50% 6.00%

** Estimated NET yield as of December 1st, 2009, based on minimum commissions. Subject to change without notice and subject to availability. Actual yield obtained may differ.

Insurance products and services are offered through Manulife Securities Insurance Agency (a licensed life insurance agency and affiliate of Manulife Securities) by Manulife Securities Advisors licensed as life agents. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company is the sole issuer of the Manulife GIF Select insurance contract which offers the IncomePlus benefit and the guarantor of any guarantee provision therein. Manulife Securities Incorporated is a member CIPF.

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Who needs reindeer?

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Santa traded his reindeer for pugs last weekend at the annual Pet Photos with Santa event. Mungo and Toby Fitz, owned by Davena Turvey of Invermere, and T.T., owned by Betty Johnson of Invermere, snuggled up to Santa in aid of the Invermere Companion Animal Network. This year the event raised $555 for Invermere Companion Animals Network’s work in rescuing the valley’s animals. A total of 40 dogs, one cat and two guinea pigs sat on Santa’s lap. Photo by Sally Waddington

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Hot Pepper Jelly Available at The Original Christmas Craft Fair

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HERE TO SERVE YOU RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


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

TREE-MENDOUS Tree Specialists


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HERE TO SERVE YOU You’re invited to see our


Sewer/Drain Cleaning

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals

• 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


• 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

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Complete Automotive Repairs

24 hour emergency service

(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)


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CVCC Contractor// Trade Builder of the Year 2008 0

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

1710 10 Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 th

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

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• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems NEW AND USED ARCTIC CAT SNOWMOBILES AND ATVS REPAIRS, PARTS, SALES, WARRANTY, FINANCING

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Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Dunlop Contracting Bruce Dunlop


colorworks Painting Inc.

Dr. Hauschka Natural Skin Care and Mineral Cosmetics ~ Anion

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• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron lters that really work! Call (250) 342-5089

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thank you

thank you


lost & found



We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their kindness and support during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone for their flowers, phone calls, food, cards, visits, and all the hugs. Thank you to my family for all your help and support. Thank you to those who looked after our dogs, horses, picked up our irrigation pipes, hauled our hay and our firewood. It is very comforting to live in such a caring and supportive valley. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is greatly appreciated. Barney meant so much to us and will be in our hearts forever. Kathy and Tristan Weismiller

Thank you to Max Helmer, Bobbie Stewart, Ken Beckner and Bill W. Thompson for their efforts in putting the Tim Hortons float together for the Invermere Santa Claus Parade. Also a big thank you to Blair (Invermere Sales and Rentals) for the use of their generator. You made it possible and we appreciate your help. Thank you from the girls at Tim Hortons.

Arts and Crafts Fair at David Thompson Secondary School. Friday December 11th, 4-8 pm and Saturday, December 12th, 10am-3pm. $2.00 entry. Babysitting available by donation.

Lost: 1 year old black Miniature Pincher, across from the Fitness Centre. Answers to the name Baby, 250-342-8842.

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

864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250342-3637.

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

Office/retail for lease

Call 250-341-6299 to place your Classified Ad.

announcement 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.

s obituary s Earle Snyder

September 22, 1945 November 11, 2009 Earle Snyder of Invermere, BC passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at his side at the Invermere Hospital. Earle is survived by his children Shane (Brandi) and Christina, his sister Marilyn Snyder, all from Calgary. Earle is also survived by the mother of their children and friend Donna Snyder of Calgary. Earle was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Lillian Snyder. Earle was a wonderful father who loved his children and treasured every moment he could with them. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with all his friends. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all those lucky enough to have known him. The family will announce a “Celebration of Life” in honour of Earle at a later date.

Christmas shopping at Doreen’s. Avon open house, unique ceramics, creative sewing, Nov. 28, 29, and Dec. 5, 6, noon - 8pm. 4836 Stanley Street, Radium. Daycare spaces for 3-5 year olds available at Windermere Valley Child Care Society, 250-3423168. TRADITION IS A REAL TREE CHRISTMAS! Family and friends would like to congratulate Lindsay and Tavis O’Rourke on their marriage on October 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Windy Cafe will now be open for lunch, Tuesday - Sunday, from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Call 250-342-6001.

Lost, silver cell phone with pink heart charm. Lost Saturday between Monkey’s Uncle and The Source, 250-342-9006.

cheers & jeers Cheers to Dale Hunt. You are a good man and an excellent friend. Cheers to Don at Club Towing for being so human, making a difficult situation easier to deal with and going out of your way to return my CDs. You are a true professional, thank you! Cheers to Nancy Wilfley and all the public health staff who have organized the flu clinics. Thank you for a job well done! Cheers to Debbie Fenton for rallying up all the businesses and groups for an awesome parade. Great floats people!

s Memoriam s In Loving Memory Omer J. St. Amour “Papa”

April 26, 1940 - December 4, 2007 This day is remembered and quietly kept, no words are needed, we shall never forget, for those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen and unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, and so very dear. Lovingly remembered, wife Yvette and children, Dan, Carole, and Emil, Mike, Nicole.

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.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. 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. 1350 sq.ft. store front property, 7549 Main Street West, Radium, 250-342-6633. Invermere work shop, 40’ x 12’ x 10’, cement floor, $350/month + power; also unheated storage, 40’ x 40 ‘, price negotiable, call Stan, 250-409-9049.

Street front location in Invermere, with 1 to 5 office layouts. Incentives available with year lease. Competitive rates. Mountain Creek Properties, 250-341-6003 or to view call 250-342-6912.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Large 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath home in Canal Flats. Furnished room w/ cable, wireless internet. Home owner often away a couple of times/week, 250-688-0733. Females only. $400-$450/ month includes hydro, cable, wireless internet, phone, laundry. Furnished suite shared with 2 other girls, no lease or DD required. Walk to town & beach, N/S, no partiers, N/P, available immediately, 250-342-7084, 250-341-7112. Roommate wanted to share 3 bdrm townhouse in Radium. $390/month including laundry, hydro, high speed internet. Available immediately, 250347-7787. Bedroom available in fully furnished executive level, green minded home, 1 block from the lake and downtown Invermere. Seeking mature, sporty, green types. $475 includes wireless, W/D, N/S, N/P, DD and references required, 250-342-5937, email

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house for rent

house for rent

condo for rent

1 bdrm in a 2 bdrm basement suite, fully furnished, 5 min. walk to Sobey’s, N/S, N/P, $400/ month, all included. Call 250688-8222, email mfelderhof@

Bright 1 bdrm basement suite in Invermere, great location, laundry available, separate entrance, N/S, N/P, $650 including utilities, available Dec. 1st, 250-342-5785.

Bright clean 2 bdrm lower level walk-out suite, W/D, dishwasher, very close to downtown, N/S, $865/month, available Dec 1st, 250-342-3790.

3 bdrm house in Invermere, bright and clean, N/S, N/P, close to schools, F/S, W/D, D/W, available immediately, 250342-1588.

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


Small 1 bdrm suite, brand new, $575/month, everything included, N/S, available immediately, 250-688-0566.

house for rent

½ duplex in Radium, 3 bdrm, 3 full baths, N/S, available Jan 1st. Contact 403-288-3743 for info & pictures.

Beautiful newer A-frame home in Fairmont, 5 bdrm, 3 bath, 2 fireplaces, large deck, walkout basement, perfect for large family or singles, available immediately, $1400/month + utilities, 403-239-7037 or 403836-9701, email cleawhite@

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. ATTENTION CONTRACTORS! One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month! Call 250-3456365, Fairmont Bungalows. Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $700/month. 2 bdrm units, $900/month. 250-341-1182. Affordable accommodation in Invermere, $550 and up. Furnished, utilities, phone, cable, and some housekeeping/ laundry service included, 250342-6618. Invermere, 2 bdrm lower suite, clean, quiet, $850/month, all inclusive, N/S, 250-270-0745. Invermere spacious 2 bdrm, 1400 sq.ft. suite. Newly renovated kitchen & floors, all appliances included, 2 mins. from school, large fenced yard, pets negotiable, $750 + ½ util. ($70/month,) 250-688-1244.

Invermere, 2 bdrm furnished apartment, W/D, reasonable rent, references. More info reply to; Rental, Box 362, Invermere, V0A 1K0. 1 bdrm basement suite available Dec. 1st, private entrance, N/S, N/P, $650 includes hydro, cable, wireless, DD required, 250-3415159. Bachelor studio for employed mature person, N/S, N/P, furnished, W/D, cable, utilities included, $600/month + DD, 250-342-0355, Mom’s Upholstery. Windermere, 6 minutes from Invermere, beautiful newly renovated basement suite, new kitchen with counter island, new appliances, new floors, separate entrance, 2 bdrm, large yard, shared garage, $1050/month all included, 403-473-7828, Jessica. Upper level 2 bdrm fully furnished. Deck and yard, great view of Rockies and downtown. Available Nov. 15th/30th to April 30th, $900 + utilities, 250342-6605. Cozy lower level 1 bdrm walkout suite, fully furnished, W/D, all appliances, N/S, N/P. $600/ month + utilities. Available immediately, 250-342-6605.

FOR RENT Contact

250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at “Available Now” Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email bradyh@telus. net. Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath duplex. Central location, F/S, D/W, W/D, N/S, $1200/month + utilities. Available December 1st. Call DK, 250-342-5935. Invermere, 3 bdrm house close to DT, N/P, N/S, no partiers, references, 250-342-6803. 3 bdrm furnished duplex in Fairmont, 6 appliances including W/D, 2 baths, N/P, N/S, $1200/ month includes utilities, DD required, 1-888-227-2024 or 250-345-0339. 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.

2+ bdrm, 2 bath, N/S, N/P, quiet responsible persons only need apply, available immediately, long-term lease only, $1100/ month + utilities, 250-3429446. Wilmer, clean cozy, 2 bdrm log home, 1 ½ bath, 2 fireplaces, wrap-around deck, fenced yard, mature persons only, N/S, N/P, no partiers, $1100/month + utilities + $550 DD, 250-3429470. Invermere, charming 4 bdrm, 2 bath home, next to Kinsmen Beach, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $1600/month + utilities, references and DD required, 403-521-0544. New 3 bdrm, 3 bath with master bdrm ensuite. Located close to schools in quiet cul-de-sac location. Beautiful kitchen, shared laundry, $1000/month, (with lease) + 2/3 utilities + ½ month DD, references required. Available Jan. 1st, possibly sooner, 250-342-3399. Fully furnished executive 3 bdrm ranch home, available Jan. 1st. Located on the 12th fairway at Riverside Golf Resort in Fairmont Hot Springs, nestled between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains. $1000/month + utilities with 1 year lease agreement, N/S, N/P. If interested, please contact Darren Still at darrenstill@

condo for rent



PET FRIENDLY CONDO! 2 bdrm townhouse in Black Forest Village $1000/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 immediately, $900/month, utilities included, 250-341-1182 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. Radium, 2 bdrm ground floor with patio, all appliances, $950/month includes utilities, available immediately. Call Richard, 250-341-6888 or 403613-6815 (cell).

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. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished and equipped, indoor pool, hot tub,$675/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991. Lake Windermere Pointe, lake front complex, newer unfurnished 2 bdrm condo, $950 + utilities, N/S, N/P, 2 full baths, W/D, underground heated parking, fitness centre, hot tub, pool. Must provide three references. Email sandi@ or call 403-888-5318. 2 Bedroom Furnished Condo, majestic mountain views, 1.5 baths, single garage, 6 appliances, rent weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. $1000/ month + util. 250-342-1475. Black Forest, 2 bdrm + bonus room, 5 appliances, end unit with great mountain views,$800/ month, 250-342-3826. Downtown Invermere Condo on Tenth, 2 bdrm, W/D, F/S, D/W, available Jan. 1st, adults only, N/P, $750/month, 250-3423417. Invermere 2 bdrm condo, laminate throughout, close to all amenities, N/S, N/P, $750 + utilities, 250-688-2178.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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

condo for rent

condo for sale

MISC. for sale

business for sale



Invermere, new, furnished 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo. Underground parking, available immediately, long or short term. $1100/month + DD, 403-6501238.

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

Firewood, fir/pine, $200/cord. Call 250-342-9480.

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

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

Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

VACATION RENTALS 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

RANCH HOUSE SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL DEC. 6, 2009 $399,000 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. 2000 sq.ft. plus walk-out basement. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security system, working shutters, all services underground, furniture included. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-3420617 or 250-342-1268. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, some renos, well maintained. Located in quiet area of Wilder subdivision. Priced to sell @ $325,000, 250342-9446.

STOP RENTING No Bank Qualifying owner financing or rent-to-own. Three nice homes to choose from. 250-984-7787 or www.

Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182.

resort property Calgary family seek to partner with like-minded family for purchase of Radium Vacation Condo, 403-620-1794.

MISC. WANTED 2 single beds, 1 Queen. Next to new, complete with deep mattress, 250-347-9906. 6” - 6 ½ “ planer jointer. Call 250342-6863.

MISC. for sale Firewood – Cut, split and delivered. Fir & pine mix, $180/ half cord, $275/full cord. Birch $275/half cord, $400/full cord. Larch now available, 250-6880143.

Bronze statue “Heading for Radium”, $3500. Propane bottle, 20lb, $15. Propane furnace, 100,000 BTU, 3 years old, $500. Ivory mammoth tusk (tip), $700. Ivory mammoth tooth, $300, 250-347-9185. Gerhard Heintzman Piano, apartment sized, includes bench, good condition, asking $1400, 250-342-3410. 2009 black anodized sled deck, excellent condition, $3000, 250341-7333. Full sized 8 person hot tub with cover. Excellent working condition, only $1000. Call Todd, 250-341-1966.

vehicle for sale

2004 Chevy Trailblazer LT Black, roof rack, heated leather seats, 4WD, 214,000 km. Runs great, well maintained. Was asking $10,000, now asking $8000, 250-342-5440.

Architectural Shingles, 4000 sq.ft. dark green, used 16”x36” panels, $8500 OBO. 2’ x 8’ 2000 Toyota Corolla LE, 118,000 insulation panels, best offer. Call km, auto, A/C, C/D, $5700 OBO, 250-342-3673. Bob, 250-345-6668 Fairmont. Dry firewood for sale, split and delivered. Larch, $350/cord. Fir, $250/cord. Pine, $225/cord. Call 250-341-5551. Wood Stove, $500. White dishwasher, $100. Like new white deep freeze, $200, 250342-1690.

Pets for sale Pure bred Jack Russell puppies, tri-colour, lively and loyal, ready for Christmas, $450, 250-3463247. Shih-tzu puppies for sale. First shots, $350 each, 250-3421676.

services Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman Tilesetter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers and Floors All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. Phil’s Carpentry - Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) 24/7. Not on valley time. 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 DK Woodworks Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches...etc. for all your woodworking needs, 250-6881335.

T. Holden Holdings, home repairs, renovation designs, drawings, stone work, minor welding, 250-341-8479 or 250347-9629. CASH! CASH! CASH! We buy houses, any price, any condition. Quick close. Call 250-344-4890, Custom installations of ceramic, mosaic, quarry tiles, slates, glass blocks, repairs etc. For estimates call 250-341-6869.

Dog Grooming Call now to make your Christmas appointment 250-342-6178. Wood Flooring Installer, 250-688-5086.


East Kootenay Addiction Services Society Youth Addiction Counsellor Position type: Permanent part-time, 0.7 FTE (25.2 hrs/week) Location: Invermere, BC Job Summary: Youth Addiction Counsellor will provide screening, assessment treatment planning and individual, group and family counselling to youth affected by substance misuse. The Youth Addiction Counsellor participates in the planning and delivery of educational and prevention programs to youth, families, schools and other community groups. An important component of this position will be the provision of after-hours outreach services to youth in non-traditional settings. The Youth Addiction Counsellor will work with other community service providers including the Adult Addiction Counsellors, local schools, Youth and Adult Mental Health, Youth Probation and the Ministry for Children and Family Development to promote a comprehensive and integrated delivery of services. Qualifications: • • • • •

Bachelors Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work within the health care field Demonstrated experience working with substance-affected youth, including assessment, treatment, planning and counselling Experience working with groups and families affected by substance misuse Experience conducting prevention and education programs Ability to provide services outside of regular business hours

Salary: Commensurate with HEABC Paramedical Agreement, Social Worker I, Grid Level 8 Submit letter of application and resumé to: Dean Nicholson, Administrator East Kootenay Addiction Services Society 202, 1617 Baker Street Cranbrook, BC V1C 1B4 Fax: (250) 489-1020 • Email: Web: Closing Date: December 18th, 2009. Only those short listed will receive a reply.

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December 4, 2009

Fairmont Lions Club finish season with a roar By Pioneer Staff

CLUBS FOR KIDS – Fairmont Hot Springs golf pros Bill Kulyk and Dwayne Storser, left and right, flank Fairmont and District Lions President Bob Rutherford,

centre. Mr. Rutherford was delivering sets of kid-sized clubs for Fairmont’s Junior Golf Program. Photo submitted

The Fairmont Lions Club recently reflected on the results of their busy summer fund-raising season. This small but active group of volunteers, not to be confused with the Lake Windermere and District Lions Club, raised $31,250 this year, in part from their major fund-raising events – Coy’s Fun Day of Golf in June, the Annual Garage Sale in July, and the Riverside Golf Course Challenge. Each of the events nets on average $10,000 per year. Organizations benefitting from the good work of the Fairmont Lions include the Food Bank, Family Resource Centre, Christmas Bureau, Camp Winfield, guide dog training,

Pioneer Classifieds careers


Fairmont Creek Property Management is accepting applications for a Head Housekeeper responsible for the overall management of the housekeeping department. For detailed job description or to submit resume contact: info@

Peppi’s will be reopening mid December and is looking to hire part-time staff for all restaurant positions. Please forward your resume to:


The Trades Industry Wants You!

Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Thursday, December 10th, 1:30 p.m. Columbia Valley Employment Centre 1313 – 7th Avenue South, Invermere

Call Today!

Roy Cimolai, Trades Assistance Program Ph: 250-421-9212 • E-mail:

Funded in whole or part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

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B.C. Senior Games, David Thompson Secondary School Junior Golf Program, East Kootenay Foundation for Health, George Gray’s Christmas light display, Columbia Valley Crime Prevention, the Society to Enhance Fairmont, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Lions’ Sight First program. In addition to their fund-raising activities, 20 people participated in Fairmont ditch clean-up in May and October. The Fairmont Lions also earned the distinction of collecting the highest number of donated eyeglasses in B.C. (more than 1,600 in 2008) at donation boxes located in Smoking Water Café, Fairmont Fas Gas and Canal Flats Family Foods. Thanks for everything, Lions!

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

Our focus is on giving people room to grow, room to impact, room to make a significant, personal contribution and room to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our focus is on giving people room to grow, room to impact, room to make a significant, personal contribution and room to make a difference in the lives of others.



Interior Health is accepting applications for the following positions:

Community Health Worker

Licensed Practical Nurse

Casual, Competition #169456

Casual, Competition #133470

Admitting Clerk

Resident Care Attendant

Casual, Competition #176130

Casual, Competition #175993

To apply for one of these positions or for more information, please visit the Interior Health website at and click on the Careers link.

Nursing vacancies are available in the following locations: GOLDEN


RN, Patient Care Coordinator

RN, Patient Care Coordinator

Permanent Full-time, Competition#169014

Permanent Full-time, Competition#165596

RN, Community Care

Casual, Competition#134971

To apply for a position, please visit the Interior Health website at and click on the Careers link.

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Swine flu vaccine still available locally

December 4, 2009 By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff More than 700 people visited Invermere Community Hall on Saturday, November 28th to receive a vaccination shot against H1N1, or swine flu. “It was a busy day but no one waited longer than 45 minutes,” said Brenda Marsman, team leader at the Invermere Public Health Unit.

Brenda estimated that after Saturday’s session, 3,000 Columbia Valley residents had been vaccinated against H1N1, which is almost half of the provincial target of 70 percent of the population. With 10,000 permanent residents in the Columbia Valley, it is estimated 7,000 people will receive the vaccine. “I am worried people think it is over with. It is still important for people to get vaccinated,” Brenda said.

“With Christmas coming, relatives visiting and tourism increasing, we are at greater risk of a new wave of H1N1. It only takes one or two people and a population not fully immunized to see another outbreak.” Another immunization session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Invermere Community Hall. Vaccinations are also available from local doctors.

To place your Community Classified call The Pioneer at 250-341-6299 or toll free 1-866-669-9222

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December 4, 2009

Fairmont photo contest announces first winner


JUMBO WILD BUMPER STICKERS It’s time to show you care

Submitted by Sheenah Rogers The Residences at Fairmont Ridge

250-342-3147 •

Cory Larson is the first to win big in the I Love Fairmont photo contest. Cory “shared the love” with a photo, shown at right, of family fun in the Fairmont Hot Springs pools and was randomly chosen to win the first monthly prize of a two-night adventure package. Congratulations, Cory! For your chance to win, visit www.ILoveFairmontHotSprings. com and upload your favourite photo of time spent in Fairmont Hot Springs. Tell friends, family and colleagues to vote for your photo and you could win the big prize.

Just a reminder…

The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

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December 4, 2009

Need Blinds? Best Quality Call The Blind Guy!

Interior World

(250) 342 4406

Thank You

The Brisco Riding Club would like to thank everybody for their support and generous contributions for a successful evening. A big thank you to the following donators, you’re wonderful! • • • • • • • •

M&H Logging LTD Rodney & Diane Mitchell NAPA Auto Parts Lynne Grillmiar Rocky Mountain Tufa Patty’s Greenhouse Brisco General Store Spur Valley Golf Course

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Edgewater Sand & Gravel Town & Country Feed Store Rona Home Hardware Diane Mattson Owen & Heather Mitchell Brisco Wood

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Preservers Cherl Condy Ed & Diane Spagrud Radium Esso Amanda Jopp Don Wolfenden Appalosa Springs Claudia Mitchell Pips General Store Crissana McLeod

Stocking Stuffer Central

Enter to win a stocking full of goodies from the show!

INVERMERE COMMUNITY HALL Call 250-342-1475 for more info.

DTSS Bands in Concert


December 10th DTSS Gym 7:00 pm

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The Old Zone: think positive By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Mental attitude is everything in sports. If a player or a team collectively has the wrong or negative types of attitude, success will only be a goal never realized. Team sports demand that all players exist on the same page. “Me first” doesn’t cut it. “Me first” causes anger and hostility in teammates, when bonding and mutual respect is really what is required. Why do I mention these things? Because for some reason, this year, the Warwick Wolves are walking around town saying, “We suck.” Why do they have this attitude? They are only seven points out of a first-place position in a meaningless race to the top. Many of us in Oldtimers don’t care about the standings, and those that do realize that prior to our playoff round that begins in January, all of our games are really just practices. These games are merely our weekly exercise and night out. They are an opportunity to hone our skills for the playoffs. Any team can win the playoffs, thus earning the right to brag to whoever will listen that they are the league champions. I’m quite sure no one cares! I’m quite sure that

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the Wolves need not be down on themselves or their team-mates during their struggles so far this season. They still have time to turn it around, starting with a mental attitude adjustment. Maybe the Incredible Bulk has saved his best for later this year! I hope I haven’t awakened a sleeping behemoth. November 25th results: the Waterboys and Hawks tied (5-5), The Junkies blew away the Black Smoke (63), The Phantoms squashed the Tomatoes (7-4), the Hustlers out-ran the Wolves (7-2).

Rockies fall to Castlegar, 14-5 By Steve Mantyka Columbia Valley Rockies In a goal-filled first period, the game was up for grabs, but eventually the Castlegar Rebels danced away with a 14-5 victory over the Rockies. The scoring started before the seats were warm in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, Spencer Brodt from Kootenay International Junior Hockey League leading scorer Ryan Aynsley at 19:31. The Rockies answered throughout the first, Kevin Anderson knotting the game at 17:20. The Rockies killed off a penalty but were not rewarded. However, the Rebels were. From there, the Rebels got sloppy, and the Rockies Pizzeria power play went to work. At 8:08 Kevin Dunlop scored to keep the game tied at two. Neither team would give in to the other, as scoring chances went back and forth. The Rebels pulled ahead again at 1:57 before some gritty work by Briar McNaney drew a penalty to the Rebels Renz. The game entered the first intermission at 4-4. The Rockies started the second period very undisciplined, taking three penalties and the Rebels would

cash in each time, building a 7-4 lead. Frustrated, the Rockies’ Boldon was sent to the dressing room to serve a 10-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Rockies goalie Jeff Magee was replaced by Cam Dagg, but Castlegar would add two more goals to stake out a 9-4 lead after two periods. The first nine and a half minutes of the third period were uneventful, but at 10:29 Kalen Bird answered the challenge from Ben Bula as they dropped the gloves. Bula got an extra two minutes in the box for instigating. The relentless attack of the Rebels just kept on coming – Dylan Richardson making it double digits before the Rockies took penalties 31 seconds apart to give the Rebels a two man advantage for just under a minute and a half. Goalie Cam Dagg fended off the shots and the Rockies penalty killers did an excellent job of killing off the two-man advantage. It was a total team effort from the Rebels as their speed and attack led them to victory. The Rockies were without Sean Menton who sat out with an injury. The Rockies face the Kamloops Storm on December 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. See for details.

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What are you waiting for this Christmas season? By Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church Kids have a hard time waiting for Christmas. Here are some actual letters that were written to Santa: • “Dear Santa Claus, when you come to my house there will be cookies for you. But if you are real hungry you can use our phone and order a pizza to go.” • “Dear Santa, I want a puppy. I want a playhouse. Thank you. I’ve been good most of the time. Sometimes I’m wild.” • “Dear Santa, I’ll take anything because I haven’t been that good.” • “Dear Santa, I’m not going to ask for a lot. Here’s my list: The Etch-A-Sketch animator, two packs of No. 2 pencils, fat Crayola markers and the big gift – my own colour TV! Well, maybe you could drop the pencils; I don’t want to be really selfish.” Christmas is often associated with waiting. In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is a man named Simeon and the other is a woman named Anna. They don’t appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but they are significant players in the first Christmas pageant. Both of these individuals were waiting for some-

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thing – actually, they were waiting for someone. Luke uses a Greek word of anticipation that identifies them as waiting with expectation for the coming of the Messiah or Saviour. It literally means that they were “alert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.” We see this in Luke 2:25 in reference to Simeon, where we read that “he was waiting . . .” and in 2:38 to describe a woman named Anna who was “looking forward to . . .” Simeon’s expectation focused on the comfort that Christ would bring. Among Jews of Simeon’s day, one of the popular titles of Messiah was Comforter. Like some of the Christmas songs we sing, they were longing for the Messiah to come and bring His comfort to them. The other Christmas character waiting with anticipation was Anna. After her husband died, she dedicated herself to fasting and praying in the temple. She was looking forward to the same person as Simeon was, but with a different perspective. Instead of looking for comfort, Anna was looking for forgiveness. Verse 38 says: “Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Here, at last, was the One who would save His people from their sins. What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas? The Gift of Christmas – Jesus – can be the answer to your inward longing. He’s waiting for you.

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Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, December 6th, 10:30 a.m.: The second Sunday of Advent. Worship and Life Instruction. “Light of Peace.” 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 at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Communion 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 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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