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Vol. 6/Issue 50

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December 11, 2009

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Experts say frozen river is not a sign of the apocalypse By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Famous for never freezing — in even the coldest of winters — the mouth of Lake Windermere where it empties into the Columbia River has frozen over in an early cold snap. The phenomenon, which has occurred for the first time in as long as some of our oldest residents can remember, left onlookers and theorists snapping photos and scratching their heads. Ninety-three-year-old Invermere resident and local historian Ray Crook said he has never seen it freeze. “I asked a fairly elderly Indian lady,” Mr. Crook commented, “and she never heard tell of it either.” Theories for the usually free running river and rare freeze-up abounded this week, including guesses it has something to do with temperature inversions in

the lake and the hot springs that occasionally bubble up by the old saw-mill site behind the Rona hardware store in Athalmer. The most plausible theory, presented as fact by retired conservation officer Rick Hoar, cited a low water year as the cause of the frozen river. According to Rick, the bottle-neck effect where the large body of water in Lake Windermere empties into the narrow channel of the Columbia River creates a swift current and a lot of energy. The combination of the two usually prevents the water below the Athalmer bridge from freezing. However, he said, due to lower than normal water levels, the current below the bridge has slowed and the energy has diminished. Although, he admits, he too can’t remember ever seeing it freeze, he doubts it hasn’t happened before. “What can people remember?” he asked.

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New housing development planned By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Invermere developer Leo Kienitz is back in business. Now retired, the 68year-old businessman who developed Fort Point and Pineridge plans to turn his five-acre property into a housing development Leo Kienitz for seniors called Sunrise Ridge. In this case, the term ‘seniors’ is applied to people over 50. If council approves, Mr. Kienitz plans to build 25 duplexes on his 5.44-acre property on the corner of 15th Avenue and Pinetree Road in Invermere, just across the street from Westside Park. The development will be aimed specifically at

people over 50 years old who don’t need any assisted health care and prefer to live in a semi-detached home rather than in a condominium complex. “This is where you live when you can still look after yourself. There is no outside maintenance on the house, but there is no physical assistance, either,” Mr. Kienitz said. The 50 homes will have two floor plans: one with a walkout basement will be 1,300 square feet; another floor plan will be 1,200 square feet. “There will be five or six exterior designs so there is variety when you drive into the development,” Mr. Kienitz said. Leo and his wife Dianne have lived in Invermere for 30 years. They have resided on their property at the south edge of Invermere for the past 27 years. They raised three sons there, who are now aged between 30 and 39 and live in Calgary. “I bought the land with the intent that it would be developeable some day,” Mr. Kienitz said.

Originally he hoped to subdivide the property into single-family lots, but he has abandoned the plan. “Because the building lot market has gone down the tube, I figured this would be a better use for the land,” he said. “I feel there is a very dire need for this type of development.” Chris Prosser, Invermere’s chief administrative officer, estimated that this is the first development proposal that council has discussed this year. “It addresses a need in the community,” Mr. Prosser said. “It will be interesting to see the public process.” Mr. Kienitz said interest in the duplexes has already been expressed. “Anyone I have talked to in that age bracket thinks it is a great idea,” Mr. Kienitz said. In the 1980s, Mr. Kienitz subdivided a six-acre parcel into 30 lots on Fort Point. He is also the original developer of Pineridge subdivision, before he sold the remaining parcel to the Statesman Corporation. Council gave two readings to the rezoning on December 8th. A public hearing will be held in January.

Road condition not a factor in man’s death By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff An investigation by the provincial Ministry of Transportation into the accident that killed a 57year-old Edgewater man has concluded that Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting is not responsible. Barney Weismiller, an employee of Coyote Concrete, was standing outside his truck putting chains on the tires when he was struck by a vehicle that lost control on Peter’s Hill on Toby Creek Road on October 14th. He died in hospital two weeks later. Following the accident, questions were raised as to the icy condition of the roads by Mr. Weismiller’s employer, Coyote Concrete owner Dale McKay.

However, Dave Crebo, ministry spokesman, said road maintenance was not a factor. “In this instance, the maintenance contractor performed well. They did everything they should have been doing,” he said. “As it turned out, it was a very unfortunate, very tragic accident.” After hearing the results of the investigation, Mr. McKay said he does not believe it is legitimate, because it was conducted by the Ministry of Transportation – the department that employs Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting. “It’s like letting the RCMP investigate themselves,” he said. “They are not going to give themselves a black eye – that’s just the way it’s going to be.” He said he doesn’t think the ministry inter-

viewed any other motorists. “I don’t know how they can do an investigation and never talk to any of us who were on the road that day,” Mr. McKay said. “The whole thing smells pretty bad to me.” But according to Mr. Crebo, ministry officials were on the scene immediately after the accident to ensure that the road maintenance had been done properly. He said that Mainroad management was aware that snow was forecast that morning, and did perform up to ministry expectations. “The general manager, Jim Conley, was on the radio at 6 a.m. that morning advising motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions,” Mr. Crebo said. “The road was then sanded and salted 40 minutes before the accident.”

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Submitted by Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment • On December 2nd, at 2 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was apprehended after he was observed shoplifting at Fields Store in Invermere. The young man was seen leaving an old pair of shoes behind and walking out of the store with a new pair. The young person was apprehended outside the store and held for police. • On December 2nd, RCMP attended to the 300 block of Laurier Street in Athalmer to investigate a complaint of assault. A 32-year-old man from Invermere assaulted a 19-year-old man. Some of the assault was captured on a security video. The 32-yearold man has been charged with assault. • On December 4th, at 5:40 p.m., police responded to a single-vehicle accident on Toby Creek Road. A 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 27-year-old male from Invermere went off the road and down an em-

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Columbia Valley RCMP were startled recently to receive a bomb threat at not one, but two locations – Superior Propane and Petro-Can in Athalmer. A 911 call made at 11:30 p.m. on November 29th warned police that bombs had been placed at the two high-risk locations. Alarmed at the prospect of seeing Athalmer go up in a giant fireball, officers sped to the scene and checked out both locations, but couldn’t find any evidence of break-ins or bombs. “It was late at night. Officers went and made sure the sites were secure,” said Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac.

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This is the first bomb threat that has been experienced for many years. The last one reported was a high school student who called in a bomb threat to David Thompson Secondary School. This time, a 52-year-old Invermere man is the suspect. Since the man made the call from a residential telephone in Invermere, police were able to look at call display and find his number. They visited the home linked to that number and questioned the suspect. He is yet to be charged. “He had been drinking and he made stupid threats,” said Staff Sergeant Shehovac. Neither Superior Propane nor Petro-Can would comment, although Superior Propane said they weren’t even aware of the incident.

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Wilks elected board chair By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff David Wilks, the mayor of Sparwood, is the new chair of the Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors, defeating one-term incumbent Norm Walter by a 2-1 margin. In a silent vote at the board’s December David Wilks 4th meeting, 10 directors voted for Mr. Wilks, while five directors voted for Mr. Walter, the director from Area E. In his new role, Director Wilks will run the monthly board meetings, as well as representing the board in discussions with provincial ministries and other agencies. “This is an honour,” Wilks said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the four years I have served on the regional district board and I am looking forward to the challenges and new opportunities as board chair.” Mr. Wilks is best known locally for his successful

campaign last August to hand-off zoning decisions for the embattled Jumbo Glacier Resort to the provincial government. His motion to ask the provincial government to designate the Jumbo Valley a resort municipality passed narrowly, eight votes to seven, with four out of five Columbia Valley directors voting against. Outgoing chair Norm Walter also voted against the motion. In Sparwood, David Wilks has served on council since 2002. He was voted mayor in 2005. An RCMP officer for twenty years, Mr. Wilks has been owner of Sparwood Bowl and Billiards since 2000. Area C Director Rob Gay was acclaimed the board’s vice chair for 2010. “It’s a pleasure to serve as vice chair and I am eager to work with Chair Wilks and the entire board as we continue to move the region forward,” Director Gay said. Mr. Walter, the director of Area E, including Skookumchuck, Wasa and Marysville, was voted chair after the municipal election last November. The board holds elections for the position of chair and vice-chair every December. Before Mr. Walter, the chair of the board was former Radium mayor Greg Deck, who held the position for six years before retiring.

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Purls of wisdom This photograph taken about 1980 shows Ethel Cleland, a charter member of the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, busy at her knitting. Once popular among women of all ages, knitting is making a comeback. Yarn, needles and instruction books are available at Essentials Department Store in Invermere. If you have any more information about this photograph, please e-mail us at

By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher It may not be possible to buy everything I want or need here in the valley, but there are a few practical reasons why I shop local first. The number one reason is simplicity. It’s easy to walk in and out of shops that I am familiar with, knowing where everything is kept on the shelves. If I need to ask a question, I have help within minutes. When I’m ready to buy, I don’t have to wait. When I first moved here, I was standing fifth in line in The Dollar Store to pay for something. The guy in front of me stormed out because he was being forced to wait. Coming from a city where it was not unusual to find yourself 40th in line, I thought this was hilarious. Today I find it almost intolerable to have to wait for a parking spot, a store clerk or a cash register. Living in the valley does spoil one for city life. Cost is another consideration. There are more choices and bargains to be had in the city, but the cost of driving there, eating there, staying there and the sheer amount of my precious time that it takes to get there – those are prices I’m no longer prepared to pay. Local service is also a biggie. Buy something here and chances are very good that you can return it, exchange it or get it fixed without too much trouble. What goes around, comes around. For me, there’s a certain sentimentality in owning things that come from my own valley. One of the nicest presents I received last year was a wooden tray made by local artisan Guenther Plassman, purchased at the Village Arts Co-op. If I didn’t know who made it and where it came from, I wouldn’t enjoy it so much. Finally, supporting our merchants is a good thing, especially in these troubled times. Since I have a choice, I’d rather that our own valley businesses had my money than anonymous big chains in another city.

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Legion says thank you Dear Editor: Remembrance Day has passed and we are fast approaching the end of the year. This is a time to reflect on how blessed we are to live in Canada, and especially the Columbia Valley. It is a time to say a big, “Thank you,” to all those people who helped make our Poppy Campaign a resounding success. This is a mammoth undertaking involving individuals, businesses and

organizations who willingly participate to raise funds for this worthwhile annual project. On behalf of all veterans and their families, I offer a huge thank you. Thanks, also, to you wonderful behind-the-scenes volunteers who, each year, participate in our Remembrance Day Parade. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Howard Williams, Poppy Chairman Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #71

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Protect yourself and others with flu shot Dear Editor: The worst of the H1N1 flu seems to be behind us and many are still wondering if we should get vaccinated. But what is all the fuss about? Consider this quotation from Bill Bryson’s book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, published in 2003. From page 317: “It is sometimes called the Great Swine Flu epidemic and sometimes the Great Spanish Flu epidemic, but in either case it was ferocious. World War One killed 21 million people in four years; swine flu did the same in its first four months. “Almost 80 percent of American casualties in the First World War came not from enemy fire, but from flu. In some units the mortality rate was as high as 80 percent. Swine flu arose as a normal, nonlethal flu in the spring of 1918, but, somehow, over the following months – no one knows how or where – it mutated into something more severe. A fifth of victims suffered only mild symptoms, but the rest became gravely ill and often died. Some succumbed within hours,

others held on for a few days. “In the United States, the first deaths were recorded among sailors in Boston in late August 1918, but the epidemic quickly sped to all parts of the country. Schools closed, public entertainments were shut down, people wore masks. “It did little good. Between the autumn of 1918 and spring of the following year 548,452 people died of flu in America. “The toll in Britain was 220,000, with similar numbers dead in France and Germany. No knows the global toll, as records in the Third World were often poor, but it was not less than 20 million and probably more like 50 million. Some estimates have put the global total as high as 100 million.” (In Canada, it is believed that 50,000 died of the flu.) As others have said in situations like those we are now facing, “Unless you learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it.” Please give serious consideration to attending one of the vaccination clinics in your area. Emile Morin, Canal Flats

High school’s first ‘Snow Ball’ successful Dear Editor: The David Thompson Secondary School Leadership Class would like to thank everyone involved in making the Annual Winter Formal, “The Snow Ball,” a success. More than $1,300 was raised for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Shirley Banham. We would like to thank: Joseph Lyons from Essence of Sound, Stem Floral

Designs, the Columbia Valley Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Ms. Morris and Mr. Anderson from the school board. As well, a special thank you goes to Peter Bourke at the Eagle Ranch Resort who hosted the event free of cost. Once again, thank you, and we hope to see you again next year! David Thompson Secondary School Leadership Class

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Josie Cobb remembered by friends and family including a four-year stint in Hazelton before returning to the area. Laura Snider, 89, of He and Laura raised Golden called this week four boys in the valley, to give us the background whom are now a welder on last week’s Historical in Terrace, two teachers Lens photo. in Penticton and Sum“I was so excited to merland and, the youngsee our old dog, Scotty,” est, Pastor Wayne Snider she said. of the Baptist Church in The photo of Josie Cranbrook. Cobb wrapped in a string Jack died in Nicholof marten furs showed son in 1984 and Laura Scotty during winter moved to Golden where camp by Inlet Creek near she now resides in a seWhiteswan Lake back in niors home. the 1950s. The Pioneer isn’t ofJo and Leonard (Len) ficially distributed in Cobb, she said, were Golden yet, but extra friends and neighbours copies delivered to Brisof Laura and her husco are circulated widely band, Jack Snider, back throughout Golden. then, down on the end of REMEMBERED — Josie Cobb, pictured here in the Laura befriended a Snider Road about two winter of 1950, prompted readers to provide more detail delivery driver who picks miles south of Brisco. up a copy on his route when it appeared in last week’s paper. “They were very Photo courtesy of the Windermere and delivers it to her each good neighbours,” Laura District Historical Society. week. remembered. One of the Golden Both men, she said, were foresters and outdoors editions made it all the way to Nanaimo and promptmen. In fact, Jack got Scotty, a Labrador retriever-col- ed a response from Nancy Hohnsbehn. Nancy’s 91lie mix, from Red McIntosh of Athalmer to take duck year-old mother, Ann Bergenham, is one of Josie’s two hunting. living siblings. Josie was Ann’s oldest sister. The Cobbs, she said, had a cabin out near “Mom and one other, who has Alzheimer’s disease, Whiteswan Lake and would fly in for the winter. Len are the only living Graham siblings left,” Nancy said. maintained a trap line out there and the marten furs “Josie was a stenographer in Vancouver for three years were, surely, the fruit of his labour. when she was young and then, one summer, went to During the winter of 1950-51, Laura and Jack Radium Hot Springs to work.” went down to New Westminster so he could attend There, she met and married Len Cobb. The couranger school. The Cobbs agreed to take Scotty with ple, she said, didn’t have any children. them to Whiteswan Lake. Josie wrote to her mother often, she said. Their faLen made pack sacks or panniers for Scotty to ther followed the Gold Rush west from Flora, Illinois, carry supplies on trips to check the trap lines. and was married in Tonopah, Nevada. The children “Jo and I had a lot of good times,” Laura remem- were born on Texada Island, B.C. bered. “I miss her a lot.” Josie, predeceased by Len, died two years ago, One time, Laura said, she killed a deer who was Nancy said, at age 94. She lived in Columbia Garforaging in her garden. den Village in Invermere. Ann married a Bergenham “I called Jo up and said, ‘Come quick. I shot a from Moberly. Her son Lewis and his wife Donna live deer,” she explained. “Jo and I cleaned it and had it in Golden. Ann and her daughter, Nancy, live in the hanging up by the time Jack got home for lunch.” same building in Nanaimo. Jack eventually left the Forest Services and held “It was wonderful seeing this picture,” Nancy a string of jobs at saw mills in Parson and Golden, said. By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

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Library gets a boost By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Invermere’s library has earned a 70-percent increase in funds from the District of Invermere in 2010. Council is budgeting a $73,000 fee for service going to Invermere Public Library next year. In 2009, the library received $43,000 from Invermere, and $40,000 in 2008. “We’re thrilled,” said head librarian Liz Robinson. “This will make things so much easier.” Councillor Al Miller represents the municipality on the library board, and he said the board was hoping for significantly more. “We were looking for $90,000 including a $6,000 annual audit,” he said. “I could see where the library was going and it wasn’t good. It is a vital component and we needed to rectify the situation.” While the library’s fee is still $10,000 off what they hoped, Al said it is a step in the right direction. “I am happy to achieve this amount. We are going to have to be cautionary with our funds and spend wisely, but we can certainly add new critical services,

which is tremendous.” The most significant change the library will see is an increase in its full-time, year-round staff to three. As a result, the library can offer outreach programs to seniors and youths in the community. “We wouldn’t be able to offer any of those programs without a third person,” said Liz, who has been librarian for 26 years. “We have always wanted to do these programs, but it takes the two of us to work the desk every day.” The library now has 2,564 members – 1,175 from Invermere and 1,389 from the surrounding district. Last year, the Regional District of East Kootenay allocated $53,860 for the library. The regional board will determine the 2010 funding in February. Gail Hoffmann, chair of the library’s board of trustees, was ecstatic to hear of such a dramatic increase in funding. “I am absolutely pleased,” she said. “This is a big step forward. It will make a significant difference to the library.” Gail said the library is invaluable. “The library is free entertainment during the recession. It has more to offer than just printed books.”

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Purcell Point must tidy up By Pioneer Staff Cardel Resorts, the developer of Purcell Point on 10th Avenue in Invermere, is under fire from the District of Invermere. On Tuesday, December 8th, council moved to explore its enforcement options to make the developer finish the existing buildings and clean up the work site. “There has been no construction in a long time. I get a lot of comments about it,” said Mayor Gerry Taft. “It would be nice to know what our options are. Our goal is that the owners will cooperate and voluntarily finish the cladding and clean up the construction site.” The last of four building permits for Purcell Point expired on August 1st. Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser added that the district is holding $300,000 in security deposits from Cardel Resorts.

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Movie Review: Julie and Julia Reviewed by Elinor Florence This movie features a winning hat trick – the great actress Meryl Streep; Julia Child, the famous American chef who brought French cooking to the masses; and the writer of many comedic scripts, Nora Ephron. The plot is about two women, based on their own memoirs. Julia Child, who died in 2004, wrote a book called My Life in France about her life following the Second World War, when she was a new bride living in Paris and just learning to cook. In 2002 Julie Powell, a New York writer who was bored by her job at a call centre, decided to work her way through Julia’s masterpiece, The Art of French Cooking. She wrote a daily blog about her experienc-

es, later published in a book called Julie and Julia. The script goes back and forth between the decades and the two women’s lives. Young Julie is played by Amy Adams, who brings to the table her frustration with the elaborate dishes in the cookbook. Although Amy does her usual good job, it’s impossible not to be overshadowed by the larger-than-life Meryl Streep. Those of us who are old enough to remember Julia Child on her old black-and-white television show will enjoy seeing her brought back to life. The awkward, six-foot, four-inch Julia Child lumbers around her kitchen, throwing masses of butter into every dish and lecturing us in her high-pitched abrasive voice. Meryl Streep even manages to look taller.

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Monday, December 14th:

Toby Theatre closed until December 28th

• 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 discusses RCMP policing detachment priorities at Canal Flats Civic Centre. For info: 250-342-9292.

Friday, December 11th:

Tuesday, December 15th:

• 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Kimberley, Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. • 4-8 p.m.: Trade show at Radium Hall, continues Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • 4-8 p.m.: Annual Arts, Crafts and More Fair at David Thompson Secondary School, continues Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Panorama ski hill opens for the season. For info: 250-342-6941.

• 1-3 p.m.: Dave’s Book Bar hosts local author Juanita Rose Violini. Meet the author and get your copy signed. • 4 p.m.: Wings Over The Rockies annual general meeting at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

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Saturday, December 12th: • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Sicamous at 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. • 5:45-6:45 p.m.: Annual Tim Hortons Holiday Free Skate at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Free hot chocolate, Timbits and admission for all.

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.

Thursday, December 17th: • 5:30-9 p.m.: Thai Buffet at Mountain Flowers Dining Room, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. $24.95 per person. For info: 250-345-6015.

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. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Golden at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Saturday, December 19th: • 2 p.m.: Children’s Santa Visit at Brisco 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: • Noon: Community Christmas Party at Canal Flats Civic Centre. Santa will visit, games, balloons, snacks and drinks. For info: 250-349-5447. • 1-4 p.m.: Windermere Community Association Christmas Party and Talent Contest. Special guests Kimberley Community Band and Santa Claus. • 5:45-6:45 p.m.: Annual Tim Hortons Holiday Free Skate at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Free hot chocolate, Timbits and admission for all. • 6:30 p.m.: 9th Annual Lakeside Pub Food Bank Benefit Concert. Hosted by Bill Cropper, featuring local musicians. For info: 250-342-6866. • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Keeping Christ in Christmas – live nativity presentation at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, Invermere. Everybody welcome.

Thursday, December 24th: • 5:30-7 p.m.: Annual Torch Light Parade and Fireworks at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort family ski area. For info: 250-345-6000.

Sunday, December 27th: • Grand opening of the Lake Windermere Whiteway at Kinsmen Beach. For info: 250-342-6504.

Thursday, December 31st: • 8 p.m.: New Year’s Eve 2009 Dance at Edgewater Community Hall. Adults only. $10 admission. Tickets available from Pip’s Store and members of the Edgewater Recreation Society Board. For info: 250-347-9324. • 9 p.m.: New Year’s Eve Frolic at Brisco Community Hall. Tickets available at Brisco General Store from December 1st. • New Year’s Eve Gala at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Grand buffet dinner and live entertainment with Ray “The Hatman”, party favours and glass of bubbly at midnight. Tickets $59. For info: 250-3456000.

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Free turkey dinner at The View Ladies’ Night Out By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Organizers of the popular Feed the Town event at Copper Point Golf Club said they are expecting at least 800 hungry people this year due to the impact the recession has had on the valley – up from last year’s 750 diners. The event, a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings, was begun to ensure everyone has a Christmas dinner. Those who can afford to pay bring a donation of cash or food, and those who cannot afford to pay enjoy the dinner for free. Copper Point’s general manager Brian Schaal said he wants to remind the community that everyone is welcome, not just those less fortunate. “We know it has been a tough year for everyone, so all we know for sure is that everyone who comes here will leave with a full belly and a smile on their face,” he said. Copper Point has been hosting the event, a fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Food Bank, for six years. Last year they raised $4,400 plus three hampers full of food items, and this year they are hoping for

even more. “Not only do we want the Food Bank to benefit from this, which in turn supports the needy families in our community, but we want to provide a place for people to get together, meet old friends and create new ones,” Mr. Schaal said. “Copper Point is a member of the community and we want our community to be the best it can be, so if you can help why wouldn’t you? This is a great place to live!” This year’s meal will be catered by Anne Riches, who recently entered into partnership with The View at Copper Point restaurant. Mr. Schaal said patrons can expect a meal that is “nothing but first class.” Santa Claus will also be on hand, and all children will receive a free photo with the big guy. Feed the Town will be held on Sunday, December 13th at The View at Copper Point restaurant, located in the golf clubhouse. The event begins at 1 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items or cash are accepted. For more information, call 250-341-3392.

shoppers win $1,750 in prizes

By Pioneer Staff Seven lucky winners took home a $250 gift certificate each, after their names were drawn at the end of the successful Girlfriends’ Night Out Shopping Extravaganza, held in downtown Invermere on Tuesday, December 1st. Melva Barrault won the gift certificate from Inside Edge Boutique, Jane Lustenberger won from Details by JoAnne, Elke Budenholzer won from the Three Bears Gift shop, Christine Dure won from The Rainbow Donkey, Jess McAdie won from Columbia Valley Trading Company, Ruth Fast won from Interior World, and Mickey Hess won from Be Gifted. Together, $1,750 worth of free merchandise was awarded to the winners. “It was a very successful event and the turnout was fantastic,” said organizer JoAnne Willox, owner of Details.


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Take a shopping trip to the City of Kimberley Advertising Feature By Pioneer Staff Valley residents and visitors seeking a new shopping experience don’t have to make the three-hour drive to Calgary, or even travel as far as Cranbrook. Just an easy hour’s drive away, the City of Kimberley – also called the Bavarian City of the Rockies – has a lovely platzl with plenty of gift shops and restaurants for enjoying a hearty lunch or a slice of apple strudel while you’re looking for the perfect gift. From the Columbia Valley, head straight south on Highway 93/95 and you’ll find yourself entering Kimberley from the north. Drive straight into the centre of town and you’ll find a large parking lot on the right. At the far end of the parking lot is the Kimberley Visitor Centre, a good place to stop if you want to pick up information and learn more about the area. With a population of about 7,000, Kimberley was once a thriving mining town. When the largest lead-zinc mine in the world, called the Sullivan Mine, closed in 2001, Kimberley renewed itself as a tourist destination with a Bavarian theme. The three-block downtown core, closed to traffic, is called “the platzl.” It is located on the right of the parking lot, through several alleys leading to the pedestrian-only town centre. It’s a pretty walking street with Bavarian-themed shops and architecture, and hand-painted fire hydrants. It also boasts the largest freestanding cuckoo clock in the world, and “Happy Hans” emerges from the clock to welcome visitors. WINDOW SHOPPING – With a three-block stretch of shops, Kimberley’s platzl has something for everyone.

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FAMILY OUTING – The Kimberley platzl is even prettier at night, decorated by sparkling Christmas lights. Continued from previous page . . . The shopping in Kimberley’s platzl will keep you occupied for a full day, especially if you stop for lunch or stay late for dinner. A variety of specialty shops include home decor, clothing, sporting goods, gifts, souvenirs, books and videos. Here’s a quick sample of the goods on offer: • Black Bear Books & Video: This is much more than a bookstore. It offers DVD rentals, books, gifts, and an internet cafe all in one, plus you can pick up tickets here to local events. Check out their collection of board games and puzzles. • Gilded Goat: This spacious shop has eclectic home decorating items and unique gifts from around the world, perfect for kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom or garden. Check out the stocking stuffers!

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Spend your money wisely this Christmas Create a budget and stick with it

First, look at your overall budget to determine what you can and are willing to spend this holiday season. Remember times are tough for many people, so it’s okay to not spend a lot of money this year. Be realistic. Next, sit down with your family and make a list of everyone you are going to buy gift for. Next to their name, write an amount you are going to spend on them. After you finish going through the list, you might have to come back and readjust the amount next to each name so the total fits into your overall budget.

Don’t buy on impulse

Remember that you have a list and a tight budget. It’s easy to get distracted regardless of whether you shop online or go to your local stores. These guys are really good at putting “deals” and “specials” in front of you so that you’ll forget your list and budget. Just resist the temptation, say no, and stick to your budget.

ally need, and end up paying interest when the payment is due. Let’s think about it for a minute. These stores must be making a lot money on interest and late fees in order to offer you that special 10-20 percent off deal. And, yes, if you mess up with these store credit cards, your credit score and history will be affected.

No payment financing offers

Yes, it’s great that you can buy something and don’t have to pay for it until six months later. But that’s another way these stores are getting you to spend more money than you have. Remember that you have a strict budget that you’re following, and you are planning to pay off the credit card in full (if you are using one). So these offers shouldn’t even matter to you. Stores that offer this kind of deal make an astronomical amount of money when you fail to make payment in full in the allotted time. When this happens, they charge you outlandish interest rates on the entire grace period – i.e., six months.

Don’t open store credit cards

It’s tempting to get that 10 percent or 20 percent off your purchase for the day, but don’t do it! You’ll most likely blow your budget, buy stuff you don’t re-


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If you lose track of spending when shopping with a credit card, withdraw a specific amount of money and only pay with cash as you go along. This will stop you from going over budget and from being burdened with an unhappy financial statement after the holiday season.

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Buy the gifts you’re sure of early in the season. That way, you’ll spread out your expenses and feel less overwhelmed by all the last-minute gifts and preparation.

Use your instincts

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Old Zone: aged hockey players shown in calendar By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist

2009 OldTimer Hockey Standings

With Christmas approaching faster than Sidney Crosby streaking down the ice, I am sure all the significant others of the OldTimers are wondering, “What the heck do I get him for Christmas?” Well, I have a few suggestions:

Hockey tape:

Every one of us uses roll after roll of this stuff. The older we get, the more we need to hold ourselves and our equipment together in one cohesive unit. Clear tape is the best as it doesn’t blatantly advertise this fact. Some black or white tape for our sticks is also needed, however, not as much or as frequently.

Gift certificates for skate sharpenings:

This is something that we all need to do more often, but it is such a pain in the butt to get it done. Maybe a better idea would be to promise your man skate drop-off and pick-up for the year!

Water bottle:

This suddenly makes perfect sense with everyone blaming everything for possibly getting H1N1. Plus your man could fill it with apple juice or some energy drink instead of water.

OldTimers Calendar:

Lastly, this is a gift idea that I’m totally serious about with no humour intended here at all: the Columbia Valley Oldtimers Hockey Association has created a 2010 calendar that is selling for a mere $20.


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Bus to Panorama open to everyone By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Valley residents can hop on the bus to Panorama this ski season, thanks to an expanded shuttle service from Invermere. Now that the ski hill is open, there will be five trips a day between the mountain and the valley, running seven days a week. “It creates great access for the kids in the community to jump on a bus to come up and recreate at the resort, rather than car pool or hitch hike,” said Ken Wilder, who works in business development for Panorama Mountain Resort. Best for locals is the trip departing downtown Invermere at 9:30 a.m., then leaving Panorama at 4 p.m. “It is really suited to the skier who lives in town,” Mr. Wilder said. There is also an evening shuttle that will take valley residents to the ski hill for dinner. The Mountain-Valley Shuttle Service is the first project to benefit since Invermere and Panorama were jointly named a Resort Municipality by the

province in February. Hotel guests in either community pay an extra two percent tax on top of their hotel room, and the province matches that funding. Half of the revenue goes towards marketing the communities, and the other half helps to improve the community for visitors and residents. “The shuttle was in its early stages last year. We are ramping it up coming into this season, with an expanded schedule to do everything we can to improve access and connectivity between the mountain and the valley,” Mr. Wilder said. There are another three projects on the priority list now that the hotel tax is being collected. For 2010, Invermere council is budgeting its contribution to a revitalization of Kinsmen Beach, including sidewalks, lighting and signage. Longterm projects include the creation of a performance space at Pothole Park in Invermere, and trailways between Panorama, Invermere and Radium. Visit or call 250-342-6941 for the schedule.

Count the lights contest on now in Fairmont By Pioneer Staff George Gray of Fairmont Hot Springs is inviting passersby to enter a contest by guessing the total number of lights in the holiday display at the intersection of Highway 93/95 and Fairmont Resort Road in Fairmont Hot Springs. The display is the result of seven weeks of hard work to get it up and running, he said. “My wife golfs a lot,” Mr. Gray explained, “so while she was golfing,

I was testing light bulbs and working on this display.” The entire display is 200 feet long. One scene alone, he said, contains more than 1,000 lights. Jot down your guess for the total number of lights in the display, along with your name and number, and drop it in the box posted near the display. The winner gets a round of golf for two, with cart, at Riverside Golf Course in beautiful Fairmont Hot Springs.

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Road to Rescue hits a bump Terri and Dave Wolfe of Wolfe Construction donated $5,000 for the Road to Rescue campaign last Thursday, December 3rd. The cheque was accepted by Tom McNeil of Invermere Fire Department (right) and Rick Hoar of Lake Winderemere District Lions Club (left). Rick said the rescue vehicle project met a hurdle recently when it was turned down for a grant from the B.C. gaming branch. “Had we been successful, the grant would have put us very close to achieving our funding goal,” Rick said. “So far it has been our local people and businesses that have risen to the cause.” The campaign has raised $320,000, which is $100,000 short of its target. “While we wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas, those looking to make a charitable donation to a worthy cause at this time of year, please think of the rescue vehicle.” Donations can be made to the Lions Club by contacting Rick Hoar at 250-342-9482.


The 1st Annual Winterlude will be held on January 22nd, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Kinsmen Beach. Come help us celebrate the beauty of our Lake Windermere in the winter and being one of the few communities across the country to host an Olympic Torch celebration. There will be stage performances along with skating, shinny and other winter activities. Refreshments will be available for you to sip or nibble on while warming up by the fire pits. Don’t forget to watch some of the famous curling on the lake and cheer on your favourite teams! The evening will end with a fantastic fireworks show from the ice! Watch for more information as the weeks get closer!


If you have been selected to carry the Olympic torch, now that you are allowed to share this exciting news, we would like to know who you are so we can honour everyone that has been given this incredible opportunity. If you have been chosen as one of the lucky few, please let Kindry know by phoning 250-342-9281 or emailing


All activities associated with the production of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games require the commitment and participation of its volunteers. This is certainly the case with torch relay community celebrations. Below is a brief description of the various roles and responsibilities that require volunteer crew support. It is essential that persons wishing to participate be able and willing to perform the described roles as well as agree and commit to the time requirements outlined. For more information, please consult the website at for a full description of each volunteer position. We look forward to working with you in producing an extraordinary and memorable community celebration.

Stagers (8 volunteer crew) Stagers provide the “muscle” for the celebration staging team. Volunteer crew for this team must be able to lift and carry up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds). They must be able and willing to work in all extreme outdoor weather conditions with limited breaks. This role is not for the lighthearted but is truly the critical backbone of the celebration production team!

Security (6 volunteer crew) The security crew set up directional/control signage and then control access to secure areas of the celebration site. These crew members must be reliable and trustworthy.

Show Runners (3 Volunteer crew)

Show runners serve as production assistants to various departments during the set-up hours and then as operational personnel during the actual celebration.

Mascot Performers and Handlers (4 Volunteer crew) The mascot crew are required to execute the mascot performance at the celebration.

Media Relations (2 Volunteer crew) Media relations crew will assist the VANOC media specialist with setting up a media registration desk and the media zone as well as staffing these 2 areas.

Special Situations All Hands (if required — everyone is asked to help in this situation) All hands are needed to install truck-plywood roadways if the celebration is schedule for a grass/soft field.

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Help make the torch celebration an environmentally friendly area, by helping to pick up garbage and recyclables

Setters serve as hospitality and location managers. They must be able to lift folding tables and chairs, help deliver and set up personnel holding areas, and maintain clean and orderly areas. The physical demands of this team are minimal; warm personalities and commitment to detail and hospitality are essential.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kindry Dalke at 250-342-9281 or and specify which position you would like to volunteer for. For more information regarding each volunteer position, please look on the website at

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Call 250-342-5047 to get your SPOT for o C Christmas! st as!


Christmas Bureau benefits from AG Valley Foods AG Valley Foods raised $10,116 for the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley during their week-long Renovation Celebration last month. Owner SydneyAnne Porter (left) and sons Eric (rear left) and Greg Lapointe presented the cheque to Gail Hoffmann and Helen Wynder (right)

of the Christmas Bureau. The bureau has already received 151 requests for hampers this year. This weekend is your last chance to register. Call 250-342-6752 or 250342-6789. Photo by Dave Sutherland

CP HOLIDAY TRAIN! WHEN: Monday, December 14th 5:00 – 7:00 pm WHERE: CPR Crossing on Horsethief Creek Road Radium Hot Springs The Poolside Shop is offering a 20% discount on all regular-priced swimwear—ladies, men’s and children— through December 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 through December 20th‌ just because!


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Recipes Gingerbread Cookies

2 cups brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon ginger 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup molasses 1 cup melted butter 1/2 cup boiling water 5 1/2 cups flour Mix sugar, soda and spices together. Add molasses, water, and butter at once, stirring till sugar is dissolved. Gradually add flour, kneading when dough stiffens. Roll out dough. Use sharp knife or cookie cutters to make shapes. Bake at 300F for 10 to 20 minutes. – Submitted by Steve Talsma, Columbia Valley Search and Rescue

Gerry’s Ginger Cookies 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups butter 2 1/3 cups white sugar 1/2 cup molasses Cream the above ingredients, then add the following dry ingredients: 5 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cloves 2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon ginger Roll in sugar before baking at 380F for 16 minutes.


– Submitted by Gerry Taft, Gerry’s Gelati

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French Croissant and Salmon Breakfast Casserole We have this on Christmas morning. This recipe is for six to eight people. It can be adjusted for fewer people. 8 croissants (I buy these unbaked, frozen from Quality Bakery – call ahead to order a bag.) 8 ounces (225 grams) Swiss cheese, grated 4 ounces (110 grams) smoked salmon, chopped 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh chives, chopped 10 eggs 3 cups milk Pinch nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Butter a nine-by-13-inch baking dish and set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. Slice croissants in half as if you were making a sandwich, reserving the top halves. Cube the bottom halves of the croissants and place in a large bowl. Mix in the cheese, salmon and chives. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add the egg mixture to the croissants and salmon. Spoon the combined mixture into the prepared dish. Arrange the reserved croissant halves on top of the casserole. Press them gently into the egg mixture to make sure they get moistened. Bake 50 minutes to one hour or until puffed and golden brown. – Submitted by Liz Robinson Invermere Public Library

Lemony Snickets 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup coconut 1/4 teaspoon salt

December 11, 2009

Chocolate Panforte

Ukrainian Honey Cake

3/4 cup berry sugar 1 cup Beeland honey from Spillimacheen 2 cups of almonds 1 cup chopped apricots 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice 360 grams dark chocolate, melted Icing sugar to dust Preheat the oven to 320F. Combine the sugar and honey in a pan over low heat, until dissolved. Place the nuts, apricots and mixed spice in a bowl. Pour over the sugar mixture and the melted chocolate, and mix together. Press into a parchment-lined springform pan. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the tin. Slice and dust with icing sugar. Serve with coffee, hot chocolate or liquor. – Submitted by Chef Adrian McCormack Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Restaurants

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies With Orange These cookies are moist and perfect for the holidays. They will keep in the fridge for one month. 1 cup soft butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tablespoons orange zest 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts e.g. almonds 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 1 cup oats 1 cup shredded coconut 1 1/2 cups wholewheat or spelt flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda

First layer: Crumble first three ingredients until mealy. Press into ungreased nine-by-nine-inch pan. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Second layer: Beat eggs slightly. Stir in remaining five ingredients. Spread over first layer. Bake at 350F, 20 to 30 minutes until set in centre and light brown in colour. Cool. Cut into 36 squares.

In a large bowl, use a fork to cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, orange zest and vanilla and continue to mix. Mix in the nuts, chocolate chips, oats and coconut. In a separate bowl, combine together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir well with your hands. (Put love in that mixture!) Shape the dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet that has been lightly oiled or has parchment paper on it. Press down with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes just until golden for a soft chewy cookie, or longer for a crispier one, in a 350F oven.

– Submitted by Liz Robinson Invermere Public Library

– Submitted by Steph Clovechok Smoking Water Café

1 cup liquid honey 1/2 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs, separated 3 cups sifted flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons ginger 1 cup sour cream 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup raisins Preheat the oven to 325F. Bring the honey to a boil and cool. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat until fluffy. Beat in the honey. Sift flour and all the dry ingredients together. Add, alternately with sour cream, to the honey mixture. Stir in the nuts and raisins. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Turn into a tube pan that has been greased and floured or sprayed. Bake at 325F for 55 minutes. For the last 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 300F. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then on wire rack. Makes 10 to 20 servings. – Submitted by Lila Fodchuk Invermere

Fruit Knox Festive Shapes 4 envelopes (1 tablespoon each) unflavoured gelatin 1 cup cold fruit juice (100-percent orange, grape, cranberry, apple, raspberry) 3 cups fruit juice, heated to boiling 2 tablespoons honey (optional) Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in a large bowl and let stand for one minute. Add hot juice and stir with a metal spoon until gelatin completely dissolves (about five minutes). Stir in honey if desired. Pour into 13-by-nine-inch pan. Refrigerate until firm, about three hours. To serve, cut into squares or use festive cookie cutters for fun jiggly shapes. – Submitted by Leslie Cartwright Canal Flats

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December 11, 2009

Mum’s Christmas Cake

Lemon Cheese

Gingerbread Cake

Line an eight-inch cake tin with a double layer of brown paper, then a layer of parchment (baker’s) paper. Turn oven to 350F, and place shelf in the middle of the oven. Assemble two large mixing bowls and a cup. Mix into a large bowl: 750 grams mixed dried fruit 125 grams blanched slivered almonds (optional) 125 grams chopped peel 125 grams glacé cherries, rinsed and quartered. Add: 300 grams flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice Grated rind of 1 lemon Mix with your hands until all the fruit is coated. In another large bowl, cream together: 250 grams butter 250 grams soft brown sugar Add and beat in: 1 tablespoon English black treacle or molasses 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 eggs Add in the fruit, and stir until it is well-mixed. In a cup, mix one tablespoon milk and one-half teaspoon baking soda until dissolved. Add to fruit/ batter mix, and stir until absorbed. Add brandy by the spoonful and stir until the mixture has a soft “dropping” consistency, three to four tablespoons. Turn into the cake tin. Hollow out the top slightly. Put into oven. Turn down oven to 275F and bake for 3.5 hours. Then test for doneness. Remove cake from oven when it is done, and let it cool completely. The next day, peel off all the paper and wrap the cake in fresh paper or cloth, then wrap in foil. Or you can put it in a storage tin. Store in a cool place. Uncover and sprinkle one tablespoon of brandy over the cake once a week until Christmas.

This recipe is from Emily Walker, grandmother of Sylvia Walker of Invermere. Emily and her husband Arthur moved to a property just north of Wilmer in May 1913 from Lincolnshire County, England. They moved shortly after to the banks of Abel Creek, where descendants of their family still reside. This recipe is best made with fresh farm eggs when lemons are at their best.

Why should the gingerbread man just be a cookie, when he can be a whole cake?

– Submitted by Anne Picton, Windermere

Delicious Hot Dairy-Free Cocoa 1/2 cup unsweetened gluten-free/casein-free cocoa powder 3/4 cup agave nectar 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch salt Make syrup by combining cocoa powder, agave nectar, and water in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add vanilla and salt and cool to room temperature. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Add two tablespoons of the dairy-free chocolate syrup to three-quarters cup of soy, almond, rice or other dairy-free milk of choice. – Submitted by Leslie Cartwright, Canal Flats

6 eggs, leaving out 2 whites 1/4 pound butter Rind of two lemons and juice of 3 lemons 1 pound sugar Boil all together until thick. Can in hot half-pint jars. This lemon cheese can be used as jam or filling for cakes and tarts. – Submitted by Pat Cope, Invermere Great-granddaughter of Emily Walker

French Canadian Sugar Pie (Tarte au Sucre) 1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons flour 1 egg 1 cup canned milk or cream 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 1 nine-inch pie shell Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients. Pour into the pie shell and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes before serving. – Submitted by Adrienne Turner, Invermere

My Cranberry Sauce

1/2 cup soft butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses 1/2 cup finely grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 cup wholewheat flour 1 cup unbleached white flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt In a large bowl, use a fork to cream together the butter and sugar. Whisk in the egg, molasses, ginger and vanilla extract. In a small bowl, combine the milk with the vinegar. Add this to the wet mixture. In a third bowl, combine all the remaining dry ingredients. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet with a wooden spoon just until they are completely combined. Pour the batter into a lightly oiled 10-inch springform pan and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350F. Check with a knife until knife comes out clean. Allow it to cool slightly before removing. Serve topped with whipped cream, apple sauce or stewed fruit. – Submitted by Steph Clovechok Smoking Water Café

Stewed Fruit

When it is cold outside, we must feed our body with warm foods! Why not warm your fruit, too? 1 cup whole pitted prunes 1 cup whole dried apricots 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped dry dates 1 chopped apple 1 peeled and chopped orange 1 chopped banana 1 cinnamon stick

I make this the day before using. Boil together five minutes: 2 1/2 cups water, 2 1/2 cups sugar Add 5 cups frozen whole cranberries. Boil together without stirring for about five minutes – skins will pop. Add near the end of the five minutes: some raisins, rind and pulp of one orange, some chopped nuts. Refrigerate.

In a heavy saucepan, place all the ingredients and add enough water to just cover the fruit. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer for approximately 24 minutes, until everything is tender and soupy. Serve over cakes, oatmeal or yoghurt. You can add ginger or figs as well.

– Submitted by Liz Robinson Invermere Public Library

– Submitted by Steph Clovechok Smoking Water Café

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Roasted Acorn Squash Soup with Parmesan and Crispy Sage This comforting soup can start off a holiday meal or be served on its own on a cold winter evening. 3 pounds acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cut into one-inch cubes Sea salt to taste 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 carrot, roughly chopped 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped 1 leek (whites only), roughly chopped 1/2 medium white or yellow onion, roughly chopped 6 cups veggie broth 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 12 fresh sage leaves Parmesan cheese for garnish Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly oil a baking sheet. Place squash on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake for 30-35 minutes. Set aside. Heat two tablespoons oil in large pot over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, leek and onion and cook five minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent. Add broth and cook 30-35 minutes uncovered, until carrots are soft. Add squash and cook five more minutes. Add white pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Transfer soup to blender and puree, in batches if necessary, then return soup to pot. Or use an immersion blender and puree soup in pot. Heat remaining two tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add sage leaves and fry until the leaves turn dark green, about two minutes. Serve hot, garnished with crispy sage leaves and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Serves six to eight. – Submitted by Marika Geis, Invermere

Whipped Shortbread 1 pound soft butter or margarine 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 cup corn starch 3 cups flour Cream butter, using mixer. Add remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. – Submitted by Betty Sawchuk, Edgewater

December 11, 2009

Roasted Cornish Hens Stuffed with Wild Rice, Shitaake Mushrooms and Cranberries 2 Cornish Hens 2 cups wild rice 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup shitaake mushrooms 1/2 onion, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper Orange Glaze: Mix one cup honey, one-half cup orange juice, one teaspoon cinnamon, one tablespoon orange zest, pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the wild rice until soft, drain the remaining water, add all ingredients together, mix well. Cook on low heat for five to 10 minutes, turn heat off, let it cool, then stuff the hens. Heat oven at 350F. Roast hens for about 30 minutes. Using a brush, brush the orange glaze over the hens. Repeat every five minutes for about another 30 minutes. – Chef Hung Khuu, Angus McToogle’s Restaurant

Fig, Pine Nut and Rosemary Cake 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3 tablespoons olive oil 3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup chopped dried figs, marinated in port overnight 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary

Pumpkin Cheesecake 9-inch spring form pan 2 1/4 pounds cream cheese 1/4 cup cognac or brandy 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 1 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon mace 3 large eggs 2 yolks Blend cream cheese and sugar. Add cognac and pumpkin purée. Mix in spices. When everything is smooth, add eggs, one at a time. Pour mixture into a nine-inch springform pan with a graham cracker crust. Foil the springform pan to the top of the pan and make sure the foil is secure. Bake in a roasting pan half-full of warm water. Bake at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until set. Cool for at least six hours. – Submitted by Marc LeBlanc, Earl Grey Lodge

Maple Candied Cranberries

2 cups cranberries 1 cup maple syrup 1 cup sugar Bring sugar and maple syrup to a boil with one cup of water. Reduce heat and simmer for seven to 10 minutes. Add cranberries and cook for 10 minutes or until syrup gels when dropped from tip of spoon. Cool and serve on cheesecake. – Submitted by Marc LeBlanc, Earl Grey Lodge

Sugar Cookies 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup margarine 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg yolk, beaten slightly 3 tablespoons milk 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat together oils and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Sift together dry ingredients. Beat into eggs mixture. Stir in figs, nuts and rosemary. Pour into greased 10-inch cake pan and bake at 350F for about one hour or until center springs back when pressed. Serve with your favorite blue cheese and garnish with some toasted pine nuts and a nice balsamic reduction.

Cream margarine and sugar. Add egg yolk and mix well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Add vanilla. Chill dough, roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 375C until golden in colour (about 8-10 minutes). My mother-in-law mixes a batch of icing and puts it between cookies – like Oreo cookies, but better!

– Submitted by Chef Steve Mahon, Terroir

– Submitted by Toril Wilder, Fairmont

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December 11, 2009

Public Information SNOW REMOVAL

District of Invermere’s Traffic Bylaw requires all property owners to remove snow, ice or rubbish from the sidewalk and footpaths on a road right of way adjacent to the property within 24 hours of the accumulation. To be a Good Neighbour Here’s how you can help... • • • • •

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Clear snow and ice from sidewalks as soon as ppossible after a snowfall to ensure that they are safe for all residents. Lend a hand to those who may not be physically able to shovel. Do not ppark on the street duringg a snowstorm or while snow clearingg operations p are underway.y Parked cars make plowing p g difficult, and sometimes impossible. p With yyour help, p winter maintenance crews can plow snow faster and more efficiently and you will reduce the chances of having to dig your car out of a snow drift. Please make sure that your car is parked within your driveway. Please do not let it extend onto the street or sidewalk. Keep children safe - don’t let them play in snow piles, or build snow forts in the snow banks at the side of the road. Snow plows p have no place p to push p the snow except p to the curb or shoulder of the road. Sometimes this happens pp just j after you y have finished shoveling. g We appreciate pp this can be frustrating; g however, we ask yyour cooperation p in clearingg this snow without pplacing it on the roadway.y If yyou hire a pprivate contractor to clear your driveway, make sure the contractor does not push snow into the traveled portion of the roadway, or fill in sidewalks. Pile snow on the right g side of yyour drivewayy (when facingg the road) if possible when shoveling. This helps reduce the amount of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway. Remove snow from around fire hydrants on or near your property to enable quick access by emergency personnel if the need arises. Do not place your garbage cans on top of snow banks. If possible place them on your driveway near the edge of the road.

CANCELLATION OF DECEMBER 22nd, 2009 REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL The regularly scheduled Meeting of Council for Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 has been cancelled.


The District of Invermere Council meets regularly throughout the year on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office (914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere)

January 12th & 26th February 9th & 23rd March 9th & 23rd April 13th& 27th

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Agendas are posted on out website prior to the meetings or are available at the Municipal Office

The District thanks you for your co-operation!

2010 GARBAGE & RECYCLING COLLECTION CALENDAR Please be advised that regularly scheduled garbage and recycling collection within the District of Invermere is in effect for the holiday season. The 2010 Calendar will be delivered to each home in the first couple of weeks of January. In the meantime you may consult our website for the entire year calendar at











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December 11, 2009

Most valley residents refuse free H1N1 vaccinations By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

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Three more people in British Columbia died of H1N1 this week, but many Columbia Valley residents are opting out of the free vaccination program. The most recent vaccination clinic, held on December 3rd at the Invermere Community Hall, immunized only 266 residents – about half the number that attended previous clinics. When the vaccine was introduced in late October, Interior Health officials estimated that 70 percent of the population would choose to receive the vaccine. Since the Columbia Valley has a permanent population of 10,000 residents, that means 7,000 were estimated to receive the vaccine. To date, more than 3,000 residents have been immunized. “I think it’s because H1N1 has faded from the

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media and people seem to think it’s over with because they are not hearing about it,” said Brenda Marsman of Interior Health, “but it is still around and we still hope to immunize as many people as possible.” To date, more than 250,000 people in our region have been immunized against H1N1 flu, about 35 percent of the Interior Health population. Combined H1N1 and seasonal flu clinics have been running steadily for nearly two months, with 229 clinics being held in communities across the region. The next local vaccination clinic will be held on Tuesday, December 15th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Invermere Health Unit, located behind the hospital at 1100-10th Street. The vaccine is also available at all local doctor’s offices. For more information on upcoming clinics, dates, and times visit or call 250-3422360.

Flu season is well underway, and whether you choose to be vaccinated or not, The Pioneer has complied a list of tips from health experts to boost your immune system. Here’s what they recommend: • Don’t expect to boost your immune system overnight. Dr. Colleen Maytham at Chisel Peak Medical Clinic said that it takes years of preparation to fight illnesses. “You cannot expect results within a week by taking extra vitamins,” she said. “It takes months to prep your immune system and keep it in shape.” • Eat healthy. Especially important is limiting your sugar intake, says Invermere naturopath Marika Geis. “It is not enough just to say ‘eat healthy’ because people start to tune it out after a while,” she said. “People need to realize that when not properly balanced with enough protein and fibre in a meal, as little as one teaspoon of sugar can depress your immunity by as much as 50 percent for 24 hours.” • Keep your stress level low. Solve your problems well and maintain good personal relationships. “When you engage your body’s stress response, it produces an excess of cortisol, which has an immunosuppressive function,” Dr. Geis said. “Stress really is a killer.” • Exercise moderately and regularly. • Get at least eight hours of sleep a night.

• Don’t drink too much caffeine. Caffeine activates your body’s stress response, which can negatively affect your immune system. • Drink enough water. According to Dr. Geis, take your body weight and divide it by two. That’s the number of ounces of water you need to drink daily. • Avoid smoking and the overuse of alcohol. “These are unhealthy coping mechanisms that can lead to chronic diseases or unhealthy behaviour,” said Invermere public health nurse Brenda Marsman. • Get enough Vitamin D. “It’s becoming one of those vitamins that is sort of a wonder drug,” Ms. Marsman said. Vitamin D strengthens bones, prevents cancer, helps to fight infections and offers protection from diseases. It is found in foods such as milk, salmon and tuna. You can also take it in the form of a pill. • Wash your hands frequently with soap. “Hand sanitizers are great in a pinch, but soap and water is best,” Mrs. Marsman said. • In the winter, take a multi-vitamin. According to Dr. Johnson Rose of the Invermere Medical Clinic, the vegetable intake of the average person tends to decrease in the winter – mainly because fresh produce from the garden is no longer available. • Try to laugh more often. “We know that humour helps our immune system,” Mrs. Marsman said. “It releases tension and also releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel good.”

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Soft turns await skiers, riders at Panorama Submitted by Marke Dickson Panorama Mountain Village Although the snows of winter have only recently settled in the Columbia Valley, significant early falls have set up Panorama Mountain Village for one of the best openings in recent memory. The resort opened top to bottom today, December 11th, with a 75-centimetre Summit base and 65 trails and bowls skiable, including sought-after powder spots like Taynton Bowl, the Extreme Dream Zone and Sun Bowl. Panorama’s marketing manager Marke Dickson said that the mountain operations crew has been working since early October to prepare the mountain for skiers and riders. “It’s easy to underestimate the effort that goes into preparing a mountain of Panorama’s scale for opening,” he said. “That said, we know that it wasn’t all work and no play over the past few weeks, as the crew has routinely sent

photographs showing deep snow and perfect ski tracks!” All lifts will operate this weekend and a number of events are scheduled, including the 23rd Ski Pro Workshop hosted by Heather and Don Bilodeau. The event starts on Saturday, December 12th and attracts some of the very best ski teachers in North America. On Sunday, December 13th, topclass ski racing returns to the mountain, with Northwest Funds Coupe NorAm Cup races. According to Mr. Dickson, large groups of skiers and riders from Ontario and from as far afield as the United Kingdom are also due to arrive early next week. “Skiers go where the snow is and right now the snow is deep at Panorama Mountain Village, and it’s deep right across Western Canada.” The Panorama Mountain Village winter season runs until April 11th, 2010. For the latest conditions visit

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December 11, 2009

Rockies win their first home game of the season Submitted by Steve Mantyka Rockies Hockey The Columbia Valley Rockies began play slowly last weekend, spotting the Kamloops Storm a twogoal lead early in the first period with goals by Rylee Orr and Gary Rai, before beginning the comeback that would lead to an emotional 6-5 overtime win. Kevin Dunlop and Briar McNaney scored over seven minutes apart to tie the game at two, but Rai scored his second of the night with 10 seconds to play in the period to give Kamloops a 3-2 advantage after 20 minutes. Bevin Ollek scored in the opening minute of the second period to restore Kamloops’ two-goal lead. Kory Movold, on the power play, pulled the Rockies within one again, only to have Duncan Schulz reply in the final minute of the period to regain the two-goal lead, making it 5-3 Storm after forty minutes. Dane Milliken’s hustle was rewarded, flipping in a rebound to keep the game close. It was about to get

closer when Darrell Boldon scored unassisted at 5:55, evening the affair at five apiece. Kamloops was forced to burn their timeout to stop the pressure applied by the Columbia Valley Rockies. With some great chances, the two teams headed to overtime. A gamble on one end led to a two-on-one for the Rockies and Tye Moses didn’t waste it, potting the winner at 3:40, sending the crowd into a frenzy as the Rockies earned their first home win in a struggling season. The following night in Beaver Valley, the euphoria of victory wore off quickly, as a parade to the penalty box led to a defeat at the hands of the Nitehawks as fans were treated to a special night from Scott Morisseau, who collected eight points in a 13-2 conquering of the Rockies. Morisseau totalled four points, including a hat trick in the first period alone, as the Nitehawks scored four power-play goals. Just 29 seconds into the second frame, the Rockies got on the board, Kevin Anderson from Boldon and

Zack MacLellan. It took the Morriseau line a bull ride, eight seconds, to reply. Beaver Valley would add two more in the period to hold an 8-1 lead going into the third. In the third, Stephen Hynes from Kory Movold scored for the Rockies and then Morisseau scored his fourth of the night in reply. There were two more power-play goals from the Nitehawks and Chris Derochie capped the scoring with the final two scores of the night. Morisseau finished with four goals and four assists, linemates Layne Stopanski and Colton Donselaar each added five points — a goal and four assists each. With his big night, Morisseau tied for the league scoring lead with Castlegar’s Ryan Aynsley, both with 54 points. Stopanski sits second with 48. The Rockies were in Kimberley on Tuesday, and play the second half of the home and home series on Friday, December 11th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere. The Rockies host Sicamous on Saturday, December 12th.

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A Reminder from the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley Did you submit your request for a hamper by calling (250) 342-6752 or (250) 342-6789? Did you phone in your hamper sponsorship to (250) 342-6752 or (250) 342-6789 or email or ou donate an Angel gift for a child (0-12) at Dairy en or a gift for a senior (65+) at the Bargain Store? nsors, please remember to deliver your hampers to the Invermere Community Hall on Friday, December 18, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Applicants, pick up hampers and gifts on Friday, December 18, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Remember, if you are unable to come to the Community Hall, write a note to authorize someone else to pick up your hamper. Volunteers will not be available for next day pick up.

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Join our popular NGSL 10-week skill development program for children with a minimum ability to ski green runs. This program teaches safety and skill development in a fun environment. 10-weeks starting Saturday, January 9th. $325* (lift pass not included). NGSL members qualify for a specially-priced Season’s Lift Pass for only $110*..

NANCY GREENE SKI LEAGUE PLUS (Ages 7 to 12) t 14 weeks only $650* NGSL+ is geared towards the next level with a strong emphasis on race training and ski competition. Classes take place on both Saturdays and Sundays. 14-weeks starting Saturday, December 19th. $650* (lift pass not included). NGSL+ members qualify for a specially-priced Season’s Lift Pass for only $110*.

RBC RIDERS "HFT tXFFLTPOMZ* t Saturdays Similar to the Nancy Greene program, RBC Riders is a 10-week snowboard freeride program for children with a minimum ability to ride green runs. 10-weeks starting Saturday January 9th. $325* (lift pass not included). RBC Riders members qualify for a specially-priced Season’s Lift Pass for only $110*/ages 8-12 or $135*/ages 13-14. *GST is not included in above pricing.

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Columbia Valley Map Book buys new door for Legion It was all smiles at the Invermere Legion this week as staff from Invermere Glass installed a brand new door on the building. The door, 36 inches wide, made the building wheelchair-accessible. It was purchased using funds raised from the 2007 Columbia Valley Map Book Cover Project, a joint effort by Artym Gallery and The Columbia Valley Pioneer. The new entrance, costing more than $8,000, will also include an automatic door-opener. Pictured here, left to right, are Legion Building Chair Tracy Riches and Legion President Rick Jarrett, Invermere Glass owner Jeff Watson and employee Dave Boake. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Ice In contest crowns winner By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Sherry Doerr of the Toby Benches is the official winner of the inaugural Ice In On The Lake competition, taking home a $1,500 prize. The winning guess was that Lake Windermere froze at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1st. The contest by the Columbia River Greenways was in aid of the Lake Windermere Whiteway, a 15-kilometre skiing and skating loop that will open for its second year on December 27th. Entrants had to guess the date and time that the water at Kinsmen Beach first reached zero degrees Celsius and stayed there for at least an hour. A sensor was set up at the beach, with concrete supports and a data recorder emitting the results above the surface. Alas, according to Greenways board member Taoya Schaefer, the device was knocked over by wind on Sunday, November 29th. “Then sheets of ice piled on top of it, and I was no longer able to get readings,” Taoya said. By sun-up on Tuesday, December 1st, the lake was frozen. Former Greenways director Nick Berzins, who installed the device, waited until the ice was thick, then went out and drilled nine bore holes, trying to locate the device. “I couldn’t find it and it was 20 below, so I gave up,” Nick said. To choose the winner fairly, Taoya said, the board placed the names of six entrants on the evening of Monday, November 30th, into a blind draw. Thus Ms. Doerr was named the victor. We wish the organizers better luck next year!



This Christmas treat the golfer in your life to a book of ten rounds, redeemable at both Riverside and Mountainside Golf Courses. Buy now and save! A book of ten is just $499 + tax, and worth up to $800 in value. Riverside Golf Shop is open Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, through Christmas Eve. Call 250.345.6346.

Presenting another perfect stocking stuffer— the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Gift Card!


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Cold snap kindles need for wood Some families, Karen added, will order enough wood to heat their entire Firewood is in short house all winter. supply this year, but if you “If you were relying know where to look, good on wood alone to keep quality local wood is still your house warm, you available. would need six cords for The Columbia Valley the winter. That’s for one Rockies hockey team sells family with wood as your firewood to raise money primary heat for the whole for their season, but they winter,” Karen said. are plum out of firewood, Choosing which type after selling 170 cords of firewood you would since September. A cord is like can be daunting, but a pile of wood measuring each wood burns differ128 cubic feet. ently, according to Tom “The Rockies are baKrebs. sically out of firewood “When you are choostemporarily,” said Ray ing a type of wood, think Brydon, treasurer of the about if you want the fire Rockies board. to look and smell good, or “I am not sure there if you want it to heat your will be any more deliverhome and have longevity,” ies this year. We have logs he said. but they need to be proKaren Robertson excessed.” plained the features of CHOPPING BLOCK – As the snow flies, Tom Krebs cuts a load of firewood at his workshop in Windermere. Last year, the Rockies each. Photo by Sally Waddington sold 250 cords between “Birch burns longer September and February, and hotter. There is a nice so while sales are well ahead this year, the supply is are not working so they went out and got their own smell to the smoke and it has a nice crackle. Larch also depleted. also burns longer and hotter; fir comes in the middle; wood,” he said. “Our supply is delayed because we rely on logFred sells a pine and fir mix, cut and split. Call and pine is a faster burner so it is best as a fire starter,” ging contractors and sawmills. With the Radium mill 250-342-9480. Karen said. closed down, it is more difficult to get. We depend on “Spruce is less popular. It burns faster, there is not In the south valley, sisters Alicia and Cortnie donations but during hard times it is more difficult to Massie run Redneck Girls Firewood Sales. Their mom, as much heat and you end up with lots of ashes.” get donations,” Ray said. Birch is good for family gatherings around the Heather Wilson, said there has been a shift in orders The increase in supply, he added, is because folks this year. fire. know there is less wood around this year. “Birch is a show wood. Your fireplace smells nice “Business is steady but slower than last year. I “People are worried about the supply of wood. think it’s because of the economy and it hasn’t been as and it holds a pretty flame,” Tom said. They have been ordering larger quantities than we an- cold until recently,” she said. If you order a large delivery of firewood, be careticipated,” Ray said. The girls sell pine, larch and fir by the cord or half- ful how it is stored. For example, Radium Hot Springs Former logger Tom Krebs has been selling fire- cord. It is cut and split and delivered anywhere in the has a bylaw that bans firewood being stored on the wood for eight years, but he agreed that supply is low valley. The wood is cut from Crown land, so they have front lawns. this year. He is running out of wood, too, but he said plenty to go around. Call 250-341-5551. Other municipalities also have Unsightly Premises that his orders are down rather than up. Meanwhile, Murray Babin and Karen Robertson, bylaws that could allow a fine if firewood isn’t stored “I was busy at the start of the season but it has who own Horizon Ridge Ranch north of Wilmer, cut neatly. dropped right off,” Tom said. “People are holding onto the firewood they sell off the ranch. To save money, you can also acquire a permit from their money this year.” “Any wood we sell is right here from the Colum- the Rocky Mountain Forest District that will allow Tom sells fir, pine and larch, cut and split into 16- bia Valley,” Karen said, adding that business is up this you to chop wood yourself from Crown land for free. inch lengths. Call 250-342-6479. Only dead trees can be cut down, and larch must year due to advertising. Wilmer resident Fred Hrisook has also noticed a For the last three years, the couple has sold fir, be left standing. drop in business, although he still has plenty of wood pine, birch and larch off their property. It is cut, split For information, visit the Service BC centre in after cutting it last April. and delivered throughout the valley. Call 250-688- Invermere, call 250-342-4260 or see “Business has been poor this year. A lot of people 0143. By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff

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THAI BUFFETt5IVSTEBZ %FDFNCFSUI0OMZ Join us Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-9:00pm for ethnic/theme dining in the Mountain Flowers Dining Room, located in the Lodge at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Call 250.345.6015 for reservations. $24.95/person.

Minding his own beeswax

Buffet Theme Nights return in the new year, starting Thursday January 7th with the Seafood Buffet.

Morley Winnick, owner of Beeland in Spillimacheen, was at the Christmas Craft Fair in Invermere last weekend selling honey, items made of beeswax and all things sweet. Organizer Carolyn Barzilay said the fair was a big success, with about 1,200 people passing through the doors. Photo by Brian Geis

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Custom Home Design

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For competitive prices and prompt service call: 250-342-3268 (plant) 250-342-6767 (office)

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Scott Postlethwaite

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU INVERMERE GLASS LTD. •Shower Doors•Mirrors •Auto•Home•Commercial

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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 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Some like it hot! The 2009 Pioneer Travel Contest is winding down. Clockwise from top right: Janice Mitchell, Doug Parkin and Carol Cameron in Maui, Hawaii; Natalie and Kate Gibbs of Invermere with Senator Ethel Cochrane at the Parliament Building in Ottawa; Rhianda Armstrong at Angel Springs near Kelowna on the third anniversary of the death of Carly Jones of Invermere, shown on the cover of the 2006 paper; and Rob and Mary Beth Galant of Lakeview Meadows and Calgary, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in Lanai, Hawaii.

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Bon voyage! Submit your travel photos by December 31st and be eligible to win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game and a one-night stay at a hotel, courtesy of Travel World in Invermere. Pictured here, clockwise from top right: Lloyd Tan, Kristine Tan and Makayla Tan in Bohol, Philippines; Ken Fisher of Invermere, right, with Jonathan T. Fried, the Canadian Ambassador to Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo; Hugh and Gail McQueen on the Great Wall of China; Lori Dahl and her fiancĂŠ Abidemi Ali-Balogun in Fortaleza, Brazil; and Rob and Karen Bedford at the home of author Robert Louis Stevenson, in Apia, Samoa.

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Pioneer Classifieds s Memoriam s In loving memory of Gilbert Maxwell Cartwright (Gil),

who died Dec. 7, 1999 at the age of 74. Always missed by his wife Jean, family Alan (Alison), Colin (Kathy), Debbie (Bob), Carol (Jack), Marion (Chris) and their families, and by his sister Marion Shepherd (Gordon) and family.

s obituary s Bruce McMurray November 29, 1948 December 7, 2009

thank you



The Broadfoot Families would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the wonderful people in this valley and elsewhere for their support, open hearts and condolences throughout our very difficult time in the past month. Isla Broadfoot & Family

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. Call 250-342-2424 for more info.

Daycare spaces for 3-5 year olds available at Windermere Valley Child Care Society, 250-3423168.

I would like to thank my family and friends for the flowers, cards and phone calls during my surgery. Also thank you to the nurses on the 2nd floor of the Cranbrook Hospital for their wonderful care. I love you all, Marlis Hess

Is anyone interested in recreational squash at Radium Resort? Call Kathy @ 250-3472255.

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It is with deep sadness, that we announce the passing of Bruce McMurray, who left us suddenly on December 7, 2009. Bruce is survived by Sharon, his loving wife of 38 years; his son and two daughters of whom he was so proud; Dale (Joyce), Kim (David), Trina (Bryce), and his six wonderful grandchildren whom he loved so dearly; Amber, Tyler, Brandon, Daven, Kayla and Caden. He is also survived by his mother, Margaret; sisters Sharon (Gary), Pauline (John); brothers Ron, Ken (Josie), Jim (Rose) and Mike; sisters in law Charlotte (Larry) and Sheila as well as many cherished extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his father, Roy. Bruce worked for 46 years as a dedicated and respected logger. In his short life, his main source of joy was his family, followed by a love of fishing and of course his passion for woodworking. Bruce was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He will forever be remembered as a hard working family man who always opened his heart to anyone in need. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Senior’s Hall in Radium Hot Springs, BC on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice. We will always love you Husband/Dad/Grandpa. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, your loving family.

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

THYGESEN, Victor We have lost a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend with the passing of our Dad, Victor Thygesen, from brain cancer on Sunday, December 6, 2009. Dad leaves behind our mom (Lynda), his loving wife of thirty-eight years, his two terrific sons: Kevin (Kristin) and Michael (Stacy) and three beautiful grandchildren: Aiden, Dylan and Lyla. Dad will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. We will remember dad for his infectious laugh, sense of humour and his love of plaid jackets. A Memorial Service will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Agape Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8. We would like to thank Dr. Lauf and all of Dad’s doctors, specialists and support staff for their caring treatment of Dad over the past five years. Special thanks to the caring staff of the Agape Hospice for their overwhelming support and love for Dad and our family over these past three months. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website WE LOVE YOU DAD FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 3A5 Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


CHEERS & JEERS Cheers ya Barbie girl, WM. Cheers to Monkey’s Uncle and Rainbow Donkey for their generous support of the Angel Tree program.


The Windy Cafe will now be open for lunch, Tuesday - Sunday, from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Call 250-342-6001.


BC ARTISANAL CHEESE available at Spring Health Foods. Order exceptional handcrafted Saltspring Island Goat Cheese and organic Moonstruck Dairy cheese (also handmade on Saltspring) by Saturday, Dec. 12th. #103 Parkside Place, (across from Valley Foods), 250342-2552.

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

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 & found Found: empty briefcase in downtown Invermere. Call 250346-3370. Lost: Black Nokia cellphone with blue rubber cover, Dec. 3rd, 5:30 pm between Columbia Trading and the Invermere Community Hall. Please call Christy, 250345-0073.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the gal at the Lucky Strike till on Wednesday evening who trusted me to go home and find my misplaced wallet after filling my gas tank.

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

You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

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.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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







1350 sq.ft. store front property, 7549 Main Street West, Radium, 250-342- 6633.

ATTENTION CONTRACTORS! One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month! Call 250-3456365, Fairmont Bungalows.

Affordable accommodation in Invermere, $550 and up. Furnished, utilities, phone, cable, and some housekeeping/ laundry service included, 250342-6618.

Invermere, 3 bdrm house close to DT, N/P, N/S, no partiers, references, 250-342-6803.


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

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.

for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

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

SHARED ACCOMMODATION 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

CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342- 8781. Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182. Spacious 1 bdrm furnished suite close to shopping & Panorama pickup, off street parking, separate laundry & entrance, N/S, N/P, available Dec 1, $650/ month, utilities, cable and internet included, 250-3429690. 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. First month free! Black Forest Heights 2 bdrm lower suite, $850/month inclusive, $800 DD, 6 month lease, available immediately, 250-270-0745. Radium bachelor suite, $330. Radium cabin, $625, utilities included, 250- 347-6420 or 250341-1577.

Downtown Radium large 3 bdrm apartment. All appliances, $800 + hydro + DD. References required, available immediately, 250-688-3825. 2 bdrm apartment, 13th St, Invermere, minutes from downtown, furnished, utilities, cable, N/S, N/P, $1100/month, 250-341-1650. 2 bdrm, lower level apartment, stove, fridge, W/D, $800/month, includes power and heat, N/P, N/S, 250-342-6349, 250-3423418. Fully furnished 3 bdrm house. 2 upstairs and 1 lower level with separate entrance. Comes with all the things you need to call home, great views of the Rockies and deer in backyard. Well trodden path to the wood pile for the Regency insert inside. Nicely situated in town, available Jan. 1st - Apr. 30th, 250-342-6605. 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.

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

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


250-342-5914 “Available Now” 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. 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@ Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home, N/S, pets considered, great yard. $550/month. Available immediately, 403851-2043 or 403-619-1540. Radium, 2 bdrm trailer with addition, partially furnished, fenced yard/outbuildings, $900/ month + util, 250-342-3841.

CONDO FOR RENT 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, biweekly or monthly. $1000/ month + util. 250-342-1475.

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PET FRIENDLY CONDO! 2 bdrm townhouse in Black Forest Village $1000/month. Call 250-342-0838.

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, new, furnished 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo. Underground parking, available immediately, long or short term. $1100/month + DD, 403-6501238. 1 bdrm luxury, 3rd floor condo for long term rent in Sable Ridge Resort, Radium. Fully furnished with Penthouse furnishings, and stocked with amenities. Just move in! Gourmet kitchen, ensuite laundry, queen bed, flat screen TV, fireplace, BBQ, underground parking, outdoor hot tubs, clubhouse, seasonal pool, $795/month including utilities. JOE 403-830-0799. The Aspen, Radium, 2 bdrm main floor condo, 2 bath, fireplace, heated parking, N/S, references, $975/month, 403-328-2944, or 403-892-2731 (cell).

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Miscellaneous For Sale


Invermere 2 bdrm condo, laminate throughout, close to all amenities, N/S, N/P, $750 + utilities, 250-688-2178.

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

Gun cabinet, oak, excellent condition, with light, locking, holds 8 guns, 34”w x 77” h x 18” deep, $350, 250-342-0554.


Miscellaneous For Sale

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

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.

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.

4 double pane windows/screens in casing $20.00, 250-3423841.


Architectural Shingles, 4000 sq.ft. dark green, used 16”x 36” panels, $6500 OBO. 2’ x 8’ insulation panels, best offer. Call Bob, 250-345-6668 Fairmont.

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.canadianhousingcorp. com.

CONDO FOR SALE Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST,, 250-341-1182. Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182.

Firewood, fir/pine, $200/cord. Call 250-342-9480. Wood Stove, $500. White dishwasher, $100. Like new white deep freeze, $200, 250342-1690. Gerhard Heintzman Piano, apartment sized, includes bench, good condition, asking $1400, 250-342-3410. Full sized 8 person hot tub with cover. Excellent working condition, only $1000. Call Todd, 250-341-1966

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2000 Toyota Corolla LE, 118,000 km, auto, A/C, C/D, $5700 OBO, 250-342-3673.

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


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

Pure bred Jack Russell puppies, tri-colour, lively and loyal, ready for Christmas, $450, 250-3463247.

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.

FREE to good home, English Bulldog puppies and Yorkshire puppies for adoption. They are vet checked and friendly. If interested contact

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

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.

Shih-tzu puppies for sale. First shots, $350 each, 250-3421676.

CONDO for sale

605 - 7307 Prospector Avenue


3-1005 7th Avenue, Downtown Invermere 250-342-5914 •

SERVICES Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman Tilesetter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers and Floors All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213. DK Woodworks Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches…etc. for all your woodworking needs, 250-6881335. 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. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

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


Blinds, Drapery, Bedding a savings! High quality & lifetime warranty commercial or residential Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Call a professional today; for a free consultation 250-349-7507 or 250-342-5749


Peppi’s will be reopening mid December and is looking for part time staff for all restaurant positions. Please forward your resume to: Fairmont Creek Property Management is accepting applications for a Hea Housekeeper responsible for the overall management of the housekeepin department. For detailed job description or to submit resume contact: info@

As a MATERIAL HANDLER in our legendary Roasting Department, your daily mission will be to do whatever it takes to maintain a steady supply of green beans to the Roasters. Additional priorities include ongoing room up-keep and cleaning, end of day staging and assisting with the loading and unloading of trucks as required.

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, REGISTERED NURSING OPPORTUNITIES Nursing vacancies are available in the following locations:

Dog Grooming

Local electrical contractor requires journeyman electrician. Wage $26- $30/hour, benefit package, service van. Send resume to 1-866-673-5175.

Call now to make your Christmas appointment 250-342-6178. Wood Flooring Installer, 250-688-5086. Spanish lessons available now through February 5th. 100% personalized, individual or group lessons in your home or office, www. columbiavalleyspanishlessons. , or call Jessica, 250-346-3363.

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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



RN, Patient Care Coordinator

Despite having gathered extensive tactical military planning experience and international proficiency driving exotic heavy equipment, the ideal Specialist will maintain a positive attitude in a fast-paced environment, moving pallets of green beans around on a ‘63 Toyota forklift. They must be physically fit (lifting required), organized, efficient, and have previous forklift and material handling/warehouse experience. Start the New Year off right, with a new job, a new vice, a new lease on life. Kicking Horse Coffee is now accepting applications. Fax 250-342-4450 or

RN, Patient Care Coordinator

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society Youth Addiction Counsellor

Permanent Full-time, Competition#169014

Permanent Full-time, Competition#165596

RN, Community Care

Casual, Competition#134971

Position type: Permanent part-time, 0.7 FTE (25.2 hrs/week) Location: Invermere, BC

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

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.

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.




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INTERIOR HEALTH, INVERMERE 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.

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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.

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

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High school to host craft fair

December 11, 2009

By Pioneer Staff The David Thompson Secondary School Arts, Crafts and More Fair will be held on Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th. The fifth annual craft fair, founded by teachers Joanne Bragg and Alison Bell, is a fund-raiser for the Youth Action Team and

the Community Greenhouse. “So many of our teachers and students at the school have hobbies and make such great food and preserves,” Mrs. Bragg commented, “that we thought it would be a great way for them to showcase their talents and contribute to the school.” More than 24 tables have been booked. Crafts for sale will include knitting, preserves,

Christmas basket arrangements, and feature small businesses, including Go Green and Tupperware. For a donation to the Youth Action Team, students will entertain the young kids. Student chefs will be serving dinner on Friday night and treats on Saturday, as well as selling some of their culinary creations. Doors open on Friday, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $2.

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Wildsight worries called fictional Dear Editor: Arnor Larson’s attacks on Glacier Resorts Limited include one telling phrase: “Since the area is larger and no longer held by a non-profit organization.” Apparently, profits are so evil that any means can be used to discredit those involved in their pursuit. There are three great fictions that Wildsight is trying to perpetrate on the unknowing public about Glacier Resort’s involvement at Farnham, and they continue to beat the same drum no matter what evidence against their false claims is presented. Fiction #1: Glacier Resorts somehow illegitimately received a 10-year License of Occupation on Farnham Glacier for its own profit and gain. Fact: Glacier was asked by the province and the Calgary Olympic Development Association — at the urging of Ken Read, then president of Alpine Canada Alpin — to enter into a long-term License of Occupation on Farnham, in order to provide the security of access to Farnham Glacier for Canadian elite athletes through three Olympic cycles. Glacier Resorts not only agreed to do so, but committed to dedicate the prime terrain on Farnham ex-

clusively to the snow sports teams for 10 years for $1 per year. This agreement resulted in a 10-year sub-license to the Calgary Olympic Development Association, now known as the Wintersport Canada Institute. All of the existing improvements were in place when Glacier Resorts took over the license. The area under license was increased in size to include the access road, built by the Calgary Oympic Development Association in 2006, between the forestry road and the glacier. Fiction #2: Glacier Resorts Ltd. built a road from the camp to the west flank of the glacier without proper permits. Fact: The License of Occupation granted Glacier Resorts Ltd. the rights to “access” the glacier, and this includes building roads. This fact is known by Wildsight members, who were told by the Minister of Tourism, Sports and the Arts in a public statement that Glacier Resorts Ltd. was “within its rights.” Fiction #3: A washout in a creek below Farnham Glacier was caused by the road that Glacier Resorts Ltd. constructed in 2008. Fact: A natural event occurred in July 2009 which

caused one of the small creeks coming off the glacier to jump its banks in a number of places, including where it crossed Glacier Resorts Ltd.’s road. The increased volume of water was due to an intense rainfall overnight, combined with warm temperatures at high elevations and rapidly-melting snow on the glacier. The creek scoured a new path in multiple locations, eroding the banks as it went. The pictures provided by Wildsight show the location where a Glacier Resorts Ltd. contractor was preparing to install a large culvert, which would have likely mitigated the resulting erosion. The reason that the culvert was not installed in 2008 was that Larson’s group chose to blockade the road to Farnham, resulting in a work stoppage. Despite the continuing efforts by some Wildsight members using questionable tactics to disrupt our activities and discredit us, we at Glacier Resorts Ltd. will continue our efforts to provide permanent training facilities for Canadian snowsports athletes at Farnham Glacier in the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. Grant Costello, Vice-President Glacier Resorts Ltd., Invermere

Conservatives untrue to their 1980s goals Dear Editor: Ah, I remember back to the mid-1980s when Stephen Harper’s bread was buttered by angry, middleaged, white guys who were sick and tired of pretty much everything. And it wasn’t butter; it was margarine. That whole thing about margarine being bad for you, they insisted, was just a diversionary tactic used by atheist scientists and those world domination seeking Lefty Liberals. And the margarine was laid on thinly to demonstrate the kind of frugality needed from angry but fresh leaders, who would take our country to, well, they didn’t exactly say where. To contrast their economic humility with that of those fat and happy Liberals, and to emphasize that it was their anger that was important and not necessarily the truth, they would use large, rounded-off, easy to understand numbers. So the Human Resources Development Canada so-called “scandal” headlines would read “billiondollar boondoggle,” even if, after the paperwork got caught up, it were found that there was only $38,000

missing. Big, rounded-off numbers and big, roundedoff scandals were what was in order. And, as bizarre as it seemed to most Canadians, this tactic worked and the movement came to power. As the local apparatchik for this angry new movement, Jim Abbott was on script to the syllable and moved around quickly in the ranks. Having demonstrated a keenness for Asian food and being a man whose riding was closer to Asia than most, Jim was given a modest raise, an “oh well, if you insist” pension and the task of spreading the new conservative gospel at multi-cultural festivals across the land. In the early, good years, Jim would even go overseas to taste mysterious new foods in their native habitat. Harper, upon hearing of Jim’s fabulist discoveries abroad, gave him a title (OK, an honorific), some bling and sent him away again, to eat more food and to bring back foreigners in the costumes from their countries’ pasts. Last year, the world demonstrated that the fundamental economic premises on which Harper’s move-

ment are based have more in common with selfish, naked emperors than reality. While remaining intransigent, Harper finally took action. After all, anyone with Grade 10 piano could see that ‘angry and frugal’ were so nineties. ‘Happy and strategically plotting’ is so now. Harper gave Jim his most difficult tasks yet: appear happy and inject strategically-placed fat. The media were happy to see Jim happy now, and expressed their happiness by publishing many photos of a smiling Jim with many seemingly happy people and many happy cheque and hard hat props on hand. Meanwhile, the angry middle-aged men who started the movement are a couple of decades older, certainly no wiser, and have discovered that they, themselves, have procured a not-always-small tire around the middle; having acquired a taste for fresh farmed Atlantic salmon with lots and lots of butter. And for dessert? Post-and-beam houses in the mountains with irony drizzled on top. Ken Cooper Spillimacheen

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 47

December 11, 2009


Wise men still seek Him By Scott Peterson Valley Christian Assembly The snow is here, the lights are hung, the decorations are displayed, and it genuinely feels like Christmas. Stores are heavily promoting holiday sales, families are finalizing travel arrangements to see loved ones, and shopping mall Santas are listening to the heart’s desires of boys and girls everywhere. In all of the hustle and bustle, the obvious question is this: what is the true reason for the season? The answer, above all else, is Jesus. There wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration if Jesus Christ had never been born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Even the concept of Santa Claus, which to some degree tends to hijack the holiday, stems from the story of a Christian priest, St. Nicholas, who is believed to have been born in 280 AD in Lycia, Asia Minor. He became known for giving gifts to needy children in Myra, which is now Turkey. His benevolence followed the teachings of Christ in showing love and compassion, which is a theme emphasized to all of us during this time each year. We can see that the centerpiece for which we celebrate is the greatest gift of all to the human race – Jesus our saviour and Lord, who promises an abundant life now and eternal life in Heaven to all who believe and live for Him. But what about the wise men, so neatly arranged around Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, in most nativ-

ity scenes we see? Who are they, where did they come from, and why did they come? Matthew 2:1-2 tells us, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi (wise men) from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’” Tradition holds that these were men of nobility, travelling from Parthia, near the ancient site of Babylon. They may have been astrologers who studied ancient manuscripts from various parts of the world. Despite the typical display of three figurines in your storefront nativity scene, there may have been several more magi who made the journey. Also in contradiction to modern-day belief, the magi arrived in Bethlehem some time after Jesus was born, at which time he was probably one to two years old. It would have taken considerable time to make the return journey by camel, and the scripture tells us by this time Mary and Joseph were living in a house. The most important principle to focus on is the reason they came. Even with prominence, wealth, and education, these men recognized that Jesus had come in divine providence as the fulfillment of prophecy to save the world from their sin. They humbly bowed down and worshipped the promised messiah, presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. You see, to be truly wise today is to recognize the limitations of our wisdom, strength, and ability. To be truly wise is to recognize the hand of God the creator in the awesome world around us, and choose to put our faith in Him who holds all of the answers. God sent His son Jesus to bring peace, good tidings, and great joy to all people. Will you seek Him today?

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS Live Nativity Presentation

Sunday, December 20th 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 702 12th Avenue Catholic Church Refreshments served. Thanks to the Mckeen, Downey and Tuft families for providing the animals. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and CWL.

Everybody Welcome


Thank You

would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and say thank you to our paramedics. A couple weeks back we had an incident take place in our store that required help from our local paramedics. The ambulance was here in record time and their professionalism was first rate. I was also very proud of how our Home team handled the situation as well. It could have been a very stressful ordeal, but cool heads prevailed, and our team handled everything beautifully. Our health and safety procedures were followed to a tee. Customer care was top notch and she is doing well. Thank you to all involved.

Al Miller,

Invermere Home Hardware Building Centre

Valley Churches

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, December 13th, 10:30 a.m.: The third Sunday of Advent. Worship and Life Instruction. “Light of Love.” 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.: Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, 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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December 11, 2009


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