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Vol. 6/Issue 51

The Columbia


December 18, 2009

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TRAPPED — Panorama residents played a large part in helping this moose, which had fallen through the ice, free

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Bewildered Bullwinkle freed from Toby Creek By Pioneer Staff What looked like a tragedy in the making resulted in a happy ending last Sunday after a moose fell through the ice and became trapped in the frigid waters of Toby Creek. According to Conservation Officer Pat McHarg, after seeing the animal from the

highway, residents frightened the moose into turning around and exiting in the opposite direction, an easier route. Once it turned around, the animal climbed out of the freezing water and ran into the bush. Officer McHarg urges anyone who sees an animal in distress to call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

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Four back country lodges proposed By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff A Panorama tour operator is planning a tourism first for British Columbia. Toby Creek Adventures is applying to the Ministry of Forests and Range to build four lodges in the Purcell back country, ranging north from Panorama to the Bugaboos. Once built, the lodges will stage multi-day snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, dog sledding and mountain-biking excursions. “This is a big step for us,” said owner Scott Barsby. “It gives Toby Creek Adventures long-term security and it opens up the area for tourists.” The company applied to the provincial Integrated Land Management Bureau in August to amend its tenure for Crown land. If the application is approved, it will allow the tour operator to build four lodges and 80 kilometres of trails near Dogsleg Lake, Half-Way Lake, Three Island Lake and Forester Creek. One lodge is simply a warming hut, while another two lodges will sleep 10 guests each and include a sauna and outhouses.

The lodge at Dogsleg Lake will be the activity centre. It will consist of a two-storey day lodge with dining room and spa, and 10 self-contained cabins with wood-fired hot tubs and a sauna. The Regional District of East Kootenay has stated its support for the application after the board voted 13 to two in favour on Friday, December 4th. One of the no votes came from Gerry Wilkie, the director for Area G that encompasses most of the tenure area. “I think the application should be put on hold until we come up with a management plan,” he told The Pioneer later. “This is the only area in the East Kootenay that doesn’t have a back-country access management plan. We should have that in place before we consider a major tenure like this.” Mr. Wilkie said he is concerned that the “backcountry resort” is too close to lakes and creeks, and he is also concerned that the tours will impact on public recreational use. “It could have an impact on people in recreation sites. It could compromise their enjoyment because there is motorized recreation nearby,” he said. Environmental group Wildsight has expressed similar concerns over public access to the areas and the

effect on the nearby lakes, as well as wildlife impact. “The proposed cabins could create problems for wildlife,” said Wildsight’s Rachel Darvill in a letter to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. “There is nothing in Toby Creek Adventures’ management plan that talks about bear or wildlife management issues and how they would address these critical components of having back-country lodges/cabins.” Wildsight has approached other interest groups opposed to the application, including Windermere Snowmobile Society and Tembec. “Tembec is also not in favour of the current application,” the letter read. “Tembec thinks that the number of lodges and infrastructure on their land base is already very high.” In response to these concerns, the Integrated Land Management Bureau has asked Toby Creek Adventures to revise its application. “Bureau staff are working with the applicant to determine if there are alternative and suitable locations,” said Cheekwan Ho, spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests and Range.

Whiteway set to open December 27th By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The popular skating and skiing loop on Lake Windermere will open again on December 27th. Last winter, Invermere and Windermere residents delighted in the first Whiteway, a 15-kilometre loop on the lake that linked Windermere Beach with James Chabot Beach in Athalmer, and Kinsmen Beach in Invermere. While it is impossible to know how many people used the Whiteway last year, Darren Tamelin, president of the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, said

it was hugely popular each day. “Sometimes you would see 200 or 300 people out there. It was used every day, even in the evenings,” Darren said. The ski club is responsible for creating and maintaining the Whiteway throughout winter. This year, there will be three timber-frame signs installed at access points to the trail. The signs will display a map of the lake, and a code of conduct for the Whiteway. After complaints last year that users weren’t picking up after their dogs on the trail, the signs will also hold a doggie-bag dispenser. This year, Darren said, the Toby Creek Nordic

Ski Club is also encouraging users of the Whiteway to become members of the ski club, or pay a voluntary drop-in fee in a box at any of the signs. The cost will cover the Whiteway’s liability insurance. Annual membership to the ski club is $30 for an individual, or $80 for a family. The drop-in fee will be $5. Meanwhile, the ski club is planning a grand opening celebration for the Whiteway on Sunday, December 27th at Kinsmen Beach. Free cross-country group ski lessons will be provided to the community by up to eight coaches, including Darren and Nipika Mountain Resort owner Lyle Wilson.

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It is around this time of the year that some of our thieves get active for Christmas. While doing any shopping in town, it is best that you lock up your valuables in the trunk so they are not visible by people just looking into the car. • The RCMP is receiving reports of thefts and suspicious persons and vehicles possibly casing out houses during the day in the Brisco and Spillamacheen areas. If you see anyone in the Brisco area who does not belong, be observant in describing the persons and the vehicles to RCMP. If in the Spillimacheen area, contact the Golden Detachment. • December 10th: At 8 p.m., RCMP attended a complaint of break-and-enter at a seasonal cabin on Ashton Road in Spur Valley. A door was broken into and a number of small items such as movies were stolen. Nothing else was reported stolen.

• December 11th: At 1:30 p.m., RCMP received a complaint of theft of a 14-foot Princecraft aluminum boat from the 1800 block of 13th Avenue. This theft happened between October 1st and November 1st. • An adult male living in the Golden area but who had previously resided in the Invermere area was checked by the police in Golden. The male provided a false name and gave the name of a person who resides in the Invermere area. The male was released, but Golden RCMP contacted Columbia Valley RCMP for help. His true identity was determined and the adult male and one adult female were charged with obstruction. • December 12th: At 4:35 a.m., Panorama Security attempted to assist a 24-year-old intoxicated male by trying to locate where the male was living while up at the hill. After over an hour of attempting to assist the intoxicated male, he was provided a bed-andbreakfast, minus the breakfast, at the local detachment. He slept the night off and later located his residence.

Marko’s gift ideas for new drivers Submitted by Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment This tip goes to all motorists, but as parents with a son who recently obtained his own vehicle, we wanted to ensure that if something goes wrong on the road or the highway where he is far from help, that he is well-equipped to handle an emergency. It’s not what he really wanted for Christmas, but it made his mother and me a little more comfortable. Here are some ideas for the vehicle: • Easy-to-use hydraulic jack (it’s a little more expensive but fast and easy to get them off the side of the road). Cut up some short two-by-fours that may come in handy. • Safety triangles or beacon lights

• Emergency sign (call police, or 911) • Tool kit • Flashlight • Jumper cables or self-charger • Shovel • Bags of sand for weight • Safety vest • First-aid kit • Gloves • Hand warmer, foot warmers, candles • Emergency pack with extra clothes, blankets, water and munchies The most important thing to remember is to leave enough room in the trunk, so should he/she wish to run away and elope, there is still sufficient room to accomplish this task.

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Military flag desecrated in Fairmont Hot Springs “If I ever find out who did it,” he said. “I will cut his balls off and fly them A decorated war hero up that flagpole.” is looking for the person Mr. Engel said he who desecrated his flag. understands some people In the wee hours are opposed to the war, of the morning of Nobut insists there are betvember 24th, someone ter ways to express their backed a vehicle onto views. Richard Engel’s lawn and “Come on,” he said. cut down the Camp Pa“We have troops in tricia flag he flies in front harm’s way.” xxx of his Fairmont Hot The Pats, ranked secSprings home. ond in the order of prece“Somebody came by,” dence for the regular inhe said, wincing, “and let fantry, have contributed the flag fall down on the significantly to the cause deck, on the driveway.” in Afghanistan. Mr. Engel was In February 2002, wounded three times the regiment deployed WAR VETERAN – Richard Engel, shown here at a through four tours of approximately 700 troops Remembrance Day ceremony, is a Korean war veteran. duty in the Korean War to Afghanistan as part of as a member of the Printhe Canadian contribucess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. tion (Operation Apollo) to Operation Enduring FreePrincess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is a dom. The regiment also deployed troops as part of the Canadian Forces regiment belonging to 1 Canadian International Security Assistance Force. Mechanized Brigade Group. It is one of the most decLosing more members than any other unit in the orated regiments in the Canadian Forces. Canadian Forces, 37 Pats have died in Afghanistan Mr. Engel said he lowers the Patricia’s flag to half- since the war began. mast each time a Canadian soldier dies in Afghanistan Mr. Engel founded Aviation News in 1976 and and doesn’t raise it again until the fallen soldier’s body served as its publisher and editor for 25 years. He and arrives on Canadian soil. his wife Faye have lived in Fairmont for 19 years. According to Mr. Engel, sometime between 1 a.m. Anyone with more information , please call RCMP and 7 a.m., someone cut through the pulley mecha- Constable Christine Steffler at the Columbia Valley nism used to raise and lower flags. detachment, 250-342-9292. By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

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Gift Certicates Available NOTICE Would any witnesses to the motor vehicle accident which occurred on June 19, 2009 at the location of Althalmer Road or Highway 801 in Invermere, B.C. at approximately 9:30 p.m. please come forward by contacting our office at the number that follows. A lady and a gentleman were each riding separate motorcycles when a white 4 door truck (2001-2003) veered into the gentlemens lane, striking the motorcycle on the left side causing a loss of control, resulting in him being thrown to the pavement. Thereafter, the truck accelerated up the hill and neither persons involved were able to get further information. The gentleman sustained serious, multiple injuries as a result. We would greatly appreciate ANY new details. KAY & RIGGINS, BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS BROOKS, ALBERTA T1R 1C1 PH. 403-362-5733 • FX. 403-362-5770 GORDON W. KAY

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Wonderful winter By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

My friends in Mexico think that the entire nation of Canada suffers from some form of mental illness, or why else would anyone want to live in this climate? But they don’t know and love winter like I do. We have not one, but two local ski hills at Fairmont and Panorama, both now open with record snowpack. This year Panorama even has a regular bus running up and down the hill so we don’t even have to drive. The Whiteway is scheduled to open two days after Christmas, and I feel sorry for people who live near water that doesn’t freeze, because skating on the lake is so darned much fun. For more adventurous souls, there are other great things to do in winter – snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and for the really daring, there’s always the great Canadian sport of curling. We don’t suffer from torrential rains or tropical hurricanes. Our climate is unfriendly towards poisonous insects and snakes. The mosquitoes and wasps have disappeared. Even the bears are hibernating, so there’s nothing to fear from wildlife in the great outdoors. If we want to stay inside, nothing beats snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a good book from the public library, especially with the Christmas lights gleaming softly in the background. In winter, we can wear sweaters, and we don’t have to worry about how we look in a bathing suit or the fact that our legs aren’t tanned and/or shaven. Finally, there’s a certain sense of togetherness that comes from braving the elements, sort of like huddling together in the community igloo – especially after all the sissies leave for Arizona. Best of all, this isn’t Edmonton, where the temperature fell to minus 46 degrees this week. Now, that’s just crazy.

THIS IS PARADISE – Walking sticks were mandatory when strolling on the snowy banks of Paradise Basin in 1911. Among the local pioneers in this group are Meda Hume, and William and Ethel Cleland. The source of the photo was Jaryl McIsaac. If you have any more information about this photograph, please e-mail us at Photo (C1399) is provided courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Support your local arts council Dear Editor: Another great musical performance – this time by the Valley Voices and their special guests. Unfortunately, too darned many people showed up! What a dilemma – a poor showing for one musical event and a surplus of folks for the next. There has to be a compromise and I have a suggestion. Any agreement between the arts council and any outside group should include a clause stipulating that they must share the stage with a local school choir. If Johnny is performing, the whole family better be there. That’s an unwritten law. Therefore, a full house is almost guaranteed! Seriously, we should be very grateful to the arts council for the job they do. My complaint about

the advertising for the Foothills Brass was primarily based on the fact that one write-up about the group didn’t appear until the day of the concert. In his recent letter, Alec Fleming pointed out that even $20 a ticket it would be impossible to afford these talented performers without all the volunteer work. But no group will appear without some sort of financial guarantee and I’m guessing that the arts council went into the hole after the last concert. Without more local support, we can kiss goodbye to outstanding performers like the Foothills Brass. Just think what else that could mean. Even more of the music-starved public might attend next year’s Christmas concert. Bring out the binoculars! Bob Hahn, Juniper Heights

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Long-term care rate hike ‘disgusting’ Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Premier Gordon Campbell by the Columbia House Family Council. Dear Mr. Campbell: We are appalled with the new rate structure for long-term care residents. How can this government stand with any kind of dignity when you proudly announce: “Residence rate increases are expected to generate around $53.7 million in additional revenue” that will be stripped off the backs of our seniors? This news release also stated: “Residents receive full coverage for most prescription medication and equipment, as well as some over-the-counter drugs.” This statement is completely misleading and has absolutely no truth. These rates completely ignore all of the additional monthly expenses residents must incur, which includes all medication expenses (as they are not covered) as well as all hygiene supplies, clothes, dental, vision, hair, nail and skin care. Also not covered is the equipment that has to be individually purchased – for example, Broda (acute care) chair, $3,500; wheelchair, $2,500; chair cushion, $500; oxygen, nebuliser (medicine inhaler), toilet seat risers, etc. There is a tremendous financial burden placed on couples who must maintain a residence while having a spouse “in care” and you want 80 percent of

their income, leaving them with little to live on and cover all the above expenses. How can this be called fair and equitable? This income can be lowered slightly if they do an undignified procedure by getting an involuntary separation after 40 to 60 years of marriage. This is what you are making them do in order for the one spouse living at home to barely survive. This is disgusting. These people worked hard all their life so they could both retire when the Old Age Pension and Canada Pension Plan payments arrived and now you want 80 percent of it. Most residents have to purchase a Broda chair and wheelchair, and those two items alone would take two years to pay off at your $275 a month. Where is the money coming from for the rest? This new rate structure is out of line and needs to be evaluated again as you are pushing our seniors into poverty and despair. A reply is expected. P.S. This is something everyone should be aware of as this will be you in a few years, fighting to keep a few dollars that you saved over the years or earned in a pension and the government wants 80 percent. Helga Boker, Chair Signed on behalf of Columbia House Family Council, which covers 34 residents and their families

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Ambulance Service to cut response time with GPS units By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Brisco Community Aid recently outfitted B.C. Ambulance Service vehicles with Global Positioning System units with local address overlays, expected to shave precious minutes off ambulance arrival times. “We found that, not just up here in Brisco, but even in Invermere, ambulance drivers wasted time searching,” Brisco Community Aid’s Hedi Trescher said. “I know I had to flag them down on the highway twice. I don’t know why this isn’t standard equipment.”

WHICH WAY? — Brisco Community Aid President Patsy Wolfenden presents B.C. Ambulance Service Chief Peter Hecher Global Positioning System units for use in each of their ambulances. The units will help shave precious minutes off arrival times.

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Money needed for CPR Lodge move By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The push to move the old CPR Lodge from Fort Point to Kinsmen Beach is picking up steam. The Canadian Pacific Railway has now given its stamp of approval for the project, and last week Mayor Gerry Taft asked council to consider donating another $20,000 to the cause. “There is positive movement but we still need thirty or forty thousand dollars raised to make it happen,” he told the councillors at a special meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd. “Another $20,000 from the District of Invermere would be enough to provide the comfort level that it is 100 percent happening and the lodge is moving.” In September, council voted to accept the donation of the lodge from the Weir family. Built in 1920 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the lodge was Invermere’s first tourist camp. The Weir family purchased it in 1965, but now the family wishes to sell the valuable piece of property. In July 2008, Nancy Ballard, nee Weir, offered to donate the historical lodge to the district, as well as

$20,000 to help pay for the move. The Columbia Valley Heritage Building Society was formed and several locations for the lodge were proposed. Eventually, the district decided to move just the hall portion of the lodge and place it next to the tennis courts, southeast of Pynelogs. An old washroom building on the site will be demolished, and new washrooms will be built in a basement under the lodge. After an open house at the lodge in September, explaining the project, council received 50 comments in favour of the plan, and 10 opposed. The following day, council voted four to one to proceed with the move. Now the district and the heritage building society are working together to raise $120,000 to relocate the lodge in the spring. So far, the Weir family has donated $20,000, the Columbia Basin Trust has granted $10,000, donations from individuals add up to $10,000, and the district has pledged $30,000. Although the project is more than half funded, Mayor Taft told council that the remaining portion will be hard to achieve. “Another $40,000 over three months – that’s a

challenge,” he said. However, councillor Al Miller, who voted against the project back in September, is against putting up any more money. “I wouldn’t be able to go for it. I didn’t feel good about this right from the start and I still don’t today,” he said. Councillors Bob Campsall and Ray Brydon were undecided. Spring Hawes was absent. Meanwhile, the Canadian Pacific Railway has lent its support to the lodge project in principle, meaning the district can use its name for the lodge. Mark Seland, general manager of corporate communications and public affairs for the Canadian Pacific Railway, explained its support. “The CPR Lodge has historical connections to the company and it occasionally housed CPR personnel. It is the most recent example of the company and its employees ‘lending a hand’ in Invermere, where we will support the fund-raising and relocation of the CPR Lodge,” he said. Donations for the project can be made at the District of Invermere office or at Nature’s Floors in Invermere. Taxable receipts will be issued. Visit www. for more information.





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Out & About Four-year-old Carly Nickurak, daughter of Brian and Karen Nickurak of Invermere, and five-year-old Luke Schaal, son of Brian and Corrie Schaal of Invermere, were all smiles after their free turkey dinner at Copper Point’s annual Feed the Town event. All proceeds from the dinner, which was held last Sunday, were donated to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. This year, the event drew a record number of participants, serving more than 950 meals and raising $5,285 for the food bank. Photo Photo by by Cayla Cayla Gabruck Gabruck

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Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds Reviewed by Dave Sutherland Inglourious Basterds is a big, sloppy, cinematic smorgasbord, not just for Quentin Tarantino fans, but for movie fans in general. Like all his best work, Inglourious Basterds is populated by characters who run the gamut from thoughtful to absolutely cartoonish. It’s composed of scenes that seem to go on forever, with characters talking and talking, interestingly but almost interminably, in settings heavy with atmosphere, while the suspense builds and builds . . . until, finally — POW! — the scenes end, spectacularly, with complete viewer satisfaction. Sometimes it is with such satisfaction that you feel

like having a smoke afterward – that is, if you smoke. Ultimate movie fan Tarantino takes techniques he’s learned from master directors and employs them in lurid exploitation-flick styles he’s learned from, well, the worst directors. And, like most of Tarantino’s films, it’s packed with movie trivia and filmic in-jokes. The plot concerns the efforts of an elite, DirtyDozen-like squad of Jewish-American soldiers, led by Brad Pitt, who specialize in killing Nazis, as many as they can, in various grisly ways, in order to demoralize the Third Reich and foil Hitler’s nefarious plans. They do their job very well. There’s much more, of course, including romance, revenge, betrayal, pyrotechnics — all the good stuff

— culminating in what is perhaps the most satisfying alternate history movie ending of all time. In addition to Pitt, who is great as Lieut. Aldo Raine — his name is a movie in-joke — there are fine performances from Hostel director Eli Roth as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz and Melanie Laurent as a trés cool Resistance fighter. Top acting honours, however, go to Christoph Waltz, playing Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, who is likely one of the most coldly evil characters ever committed to film.


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Toby Theatre • Closed until December 28th • December 28th-30th, 7:30 p.m.: Planet 51

Friday, December 18th: • 9:30 a.m.: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Family Ski Area opens for the season. Half-price lift tickets all day. For info: 250-345-6000. • 5:30 p.m.: Rotary Seniors’ Christmas Dinner at the Invermere Inn. For info: 250-342-4242. • 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 & Concert at Brisco Community Hall. For info: 250346-3294. • 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. Talented young people can compete for a chance to perform at Windermere’s Olympic Torch Celebration. To register: 250-341-3383. Carol singing with the Seconds Winds Band from Invermere from 1-1:30 p.m. Admission is $2.

• 5 p.m.: 9th Annual Lakeside Pub Food Bank Benefit Concert. For info: 250-342-6866. • 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. • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Keeping Christ in Christmas – live nativity presentation at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, Invermere. Everybody welcome.

Monday, December 21st: • 4 p.m.: Regional District of East Kootenay public hearing for Bylaws 2186 and 2187 (Fairmont Mountain Bungalows) at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s main lodge. For info: 250-489-0314. • 7 p.m.: Regional District of East Kootenay public hearing for Bylaws 2174 (Windermere Water and Sewer Company), and 2192 and 2193 (DuBois) at Windermere Hall. For info: 250-489-0314.

Tuesday, December 22nd: • 7 p.m.: Regional District of East Kootenay public hearing for Bylaws 2189 (Edgewater water servicing), 2190 and 2191 (Reid) and 2196 (Dehart) at Edgewater Hall. For info: 250-489-0314.

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. • 6 p.m.: Skating, coffee and hot chocolate by donation with fireworks to follow at Conrad Kain Park, Wilmer.

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 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. Buffet dinner and live entertainment with Ray “The Hatman”, party favours and glass of bubbly at midnight. Tickets $59. For info: 250-345-6000. • Vegas-style New Year’s Party at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. Party with Elvis and DJs Wil C, Futa and Goober. Tickets $30. For info: 250-342-2965. • Recession Buster New Year’s Party at Copper City Saloon. No cover, bubbly. For info: 250-341-3344. • New Year’s Eve at Eagle Ranch. Cocktails, live acoustic music, dancing. $30 for a three-course meal, $80 for a five-course meal. For info: 250-342-6560. • Chinese Buffet and New Year’s Celebration at Radium Resort. Entertainment by Paul Filek. Tickets $69. For info: 250-347-9311. • 6:30 p.m.: New Year’s Eve buffet dinner and dance at La Cabina Ristorante, Radium. For info: 250347-2340.

Friday, January 1st: • 8:30 p.m.: Two Banff Mountain Film Festival movies and Salem, a chill-out band from Colorado, at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. For info: 250-342-2965.

Saturday, January 2nd: • Rabbits Skills Development Program begins at Nipika Mountain Resort, run by the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club. For info: 250-342-6504.

Sunday, January 3rd: • Skate Ski Learn to Ski Clinic begins at Nipika Mountain Resort, run by the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club. For info: 250-342-6504.

Friday, January 8th: • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Princeton at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Sunday, January 10th: • 7 p.m.: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $20. All proceeds for the Lake Windermere Whiteway.

Ashtanga Yoga with Jaime Lynn Monday and Wednesday 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. • Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 am. Endeavor Fitness, 491 Arrow Road (next to kicking horse cafe) Drop in: $15 •10 Class pass: $120 • Try your first class free • All levels welcome

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Eagle Ranch · Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, · a la carte brunch on Saturday, · Fabulous Sunday brunch buffet from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with a chef attended carving station. During this holiday season Eagle Ranch will be closed December 24th, 25th, reopening on the 26th at 5:00pm, closed for the day on December 28th and January 1st.

3 course early bird special. Seating from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To follow at 7 p.m., a delicious 5-course meal, starting with cocktails in the living room while listening to ‘Live’ acoustic music throughout the dinner hour. Taped music and dance to follow.

Christmas crafts with a smile Five-year-old Quinten Eugene of Edgewater helped his mom Andrea Godlien sell Christmas ornaments made from dough at the David Thompson Secondary School craft fair held last weekend. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

Daniel, Scott and their staff at MaxWell Realty would like to extend their warm welcome to our newest member Bernie Raven.

Call now to make your reservation! Early Bird 3-course $30 +tax Delicious 5-course $80 +tax

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December 18, 2009

Lakeside Pub to host annual Food Bank benefit By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Musicians from around the valley will gather for a good cause on Sunday, December 20th as the Lakeside Pub in Athalmer hosts its ninth annual Food Bank Benefit Concert. Throughout the years, the event has raised thousands of dollars for the Columbia Valley Food Bank, but given the economic situation around the valley, Guido Hochheiden, owner of the Lakeside Pub, said this year it is more important than ever for residents and visitors to come out and show their support. “I know it’s tough times for everyone, but we are still doing well compared to other people out there,� Guido said. “They are a little bit more in need, and it’s a nice way to show that we all care.�

Guido started the event nine years ago, after taking over the Lakeside Pub, as a way of giving back to the community. “It’s always a nice get-together during the holidays,� he said. “It’s always nice to see that many people in one spot having a great time for a good cause. We all have a really good time doing that.� Last year, the event raised more than $5,000 for the food bank, through donations and bids on surprise items which were auctioned during the evening. This year’s event will feature up to 20 musicians including host Bill Cropper, John Cronin and Deb Ede. There is no cover charge. The 9th Annual Lakeside Food Bank Benefit Concert will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 20th. If you are interested in showcasing your talent and supporting a good cause, call the Lakeside Pub at 250342-6866.

KIDS SKI & SNOWBOARD PROGRAMS Register now! Children’s Programs at the Family Ski Area at Fairmont Hot Springs start soon. All courses are taught by our friendly and fully-certified professional instructors. Novice learners will love the new Magic Carpet ski lift—learning to ski & snowboard is now even easier!

Santa’s Little Helper Take the stress out of Gift Giving!

Still time to order for Christmas! Call Jayne at 250-342-3160

Our fresh chicken is marinated-seasoned and pressure cooked in 100% Trans fat free vegetable oil to lock in avour and moisture.

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SNOWBIRDS (Ages 4 to 8) t 5 weeks from only $144* t Sundays First 5-week session starts January 10th. Register by January 4th. Second 5-week session starts February 21st. Register by February 15th. Price per 5-week session includes ALL lessons, rentals and lift tickets!

BOARD WILD (Ages 6 to 12) t 5 weeks only $189* t Sundays

La Cabina Ristorante

First 5-week session starts January 10th. Register by January 4th. Second 5-week session starts Sunday, February 21st. Register by February 15th. $189* per 5-week session, including ALL lessons, rentals and lift tickets!

NANCY GREENE SKI LEAGUE (Ages 6 to 10) t 10 weeks only

$325* t Saturdays

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*..

Renaissance Wellness Centre & Massage Therapy

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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COME ENTER OUR FREE CHRISTMAS DRAW! Save 20% on New Skates, Helmets, Ski Goggles and Snow Shoes We also have FREE SPECIALTY COFFEE GIVE AWAYS daily until Christmas! *Sale ends December 24th*


Holiday Hours: December 24th – 10 am – 3 pm December 25th – Closed December 26th – Closed December 31st – 10 am – 3 pm January 1st – Closed

from the staff at The Natural Home Come in to see our gift selection and new shipments.

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Getting ready for the Torch Relay Grades 4 and 5 students from Edgewater Elementary School painted symbols of the Olympic sports on Radium business windows in preparation for the Olympic Torch Relay celebration coming up on January 22nd. Local artist Stan Perry sketched the outlines for the kids to paint. Pictured here are Blake Krebs, standing, and Logan Nygren. Photo submitted

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 17

December 18, 2009

Local student living in Brazil

EXCHANGE — Kate Godlien, pictured here on the beach and with her host family, is spending the year in Brazil as part of the Rotary Exchange Program.

Submitted by Kate Godlien Rotary Exchange student in Brazil About a year ago, I applied to become a Rotary Exchange student. Today, I am one. Living in João Pessoa, Brazil, for the past three months, it has been an experience of a lifetime but it was a long road to get here. The past year was full of application processes, interviews, student visa applications and document after document after document! There is so much to do just to get ready for your exchange year, you feel like the departure date will never arrive. Then, before you know it, you have packed and re-packed — forgetting half the things you need but remembering everything you will never use. You have said goodbye to all your friends (twice) and you find yourself at the airport with your family. Stepping onto the first plane is surreal. The fact that you are leaving Canada for a year has yet to register. Then, you get on your second or third plane and the truth starts to sink in. You find yourself wandering in the Sao Paulo airport with twenty minutes to catch your final connection and reality slams into you like a brick wall. Not only are you really leaving, but you are already gone. You make it on to that final flight and arrive in your host city to find your first host parents waiting at the airport. Pure terror was the only emotion I felt for the first week here in João Pessoa. At the beginning, it is just a blur of names you can’t remember, faces that look vaguely familiar and a new language you hardly understand. It is hard, to say the least. In the blink of an eye you are sitting on the beach on November 21st, the day of your three-month mark with a group of friends having a conversation in Portuguese before you head off to basketball practice. It is amazing how fast you make friends, get a pretty good grip on the language, and develop routines that make your city really feel like home. Overall, this has been a great experience so far. Rotary Youth Exchange is a fantastic program that lets us go to a different country to learn a new language and experience a different culture first hand. I am amazed at how my perspective on everything has changed since moving here and I hope, in the coming months, I will learn and grow even more. Editor’s note: Kate Godlien, a 16-year-old David Thompson Secondary School student, is the daughter of Dan Godlien and Megan O’Neill.

Photos submitted.

Join us to ring in the New Year with Homemade Chinese food with entertainment provided by Paul Filek. Menu Includes: Sushi Rolls · Wonton Soup · Fried Wontons · Pork Dumplings · Crab Legs · Ginger Beef · Kung Pow Chicken · Chow Mein · Egg Fried Rice · Steamed Rice · Stir Fried Veggies · Assorted Desserts · And so much more…



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Greywolf Nordic Centre Opens Today

We’ve got snow!

Come ski or snowshoe over 20 kilometres of track-set crosscountry trails that will take you through Greywolf Golf Course and along the scenic Toby Creek. Travel 4 km out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin for an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains. Day Pass Season Pass Adult $10.00 $75.00 Teen (13-18) $7.00 $50.00 Junior (7-12) $6.00 $40.00 Under 7 N/C N/C Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $25.00 $150.00 If you have a Panorama season pass, a nordic season pass is 50% off the above rates.

December 18, 2009

Changes wanted to Westside turnoff By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff Local politicians want to see improvements to the intersection of Westside Road and Highway 93/95 in Fairmont. The District of Invermere has written to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in Cranbrook to request changes to the unnoticeable turnoff at the base of the Hoodoos. “Westside Road is increasingly becoming an alternate route to Invermere, being used by residents and visitors,” the letter read. “The route provides driv-

ers with an option that is less congested, more enjoyable and reflects the natural and historical characteristics of this valley.” At the intersection, Invermere council wants to see: a sign that points out an alternate route to Invermere; better street lights; a north-bound turning lane; acceleration and deceleration lanes for south-bound traffic; and a sign warning of the upcoming intersection. Earlier this month, the Regional District of East Kootenay put its support behind the request. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is yet to respond.

Call 250-341-4101 for more information.


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!

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


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December 18, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - it all adds up!

On December 25th alone, over

30,000,000 bags of garbage will be put out in front of Canadian households. Much of that garbage will be made up of boxes and paper.

Wrapping Paper - all paper based wrapping paper can be recycled in the yellow bins or Invermere’s blue bag program. Foil based papers cannot be recycled and should be thrown in the garbage if they can’t be saved and reused. Please consider paper based paper when purchasing gift wrap. Ribbons & Bows - cannot be recycled. They can be saved and reused. If they can no longer be reused, they go in the garbage. Aluminum Pie Plates & Roasters - cannot be recycled. They can be rinsed and reused. If they are not longer usable, they go in the garbage. Cardboard Boxes - all cardboard and boxboard (like cracker and cereal boxes) are recyclable. Please flatten them down to conserve space in the bin or blue bag. Tin Cans - all tin food and beverage cans can be recycled. They must be rinsed out. Labels can be left on if they are difficult to remove. Styrofoam - Even though Styrofoam is marked with a #6, it is NOT recyclable in our program. It should go in the garbage if it can’t be reused. Plastics - all plastics with the triangular recycling symbol and the number between 1 and 6 (except Styrofoam) can be recycled in the yellow bins or Invermere’s blue bag program. They must be clean and every piece of plastic must be numbered. Lids often are a different type of plastic, and if there is no number on the item, it goes in the garbage if it can’t be reused.


Please recycle your cardboard and paper based wrapping paper. It truly does add up!


Plastics Not Accepted: • #7 plastics, dirty plastics, plastics with no number. They go in the garbage if they can’t be reused. Glass goes in the yellow bins marked GLASS ONLY. The ONLY glass accepted for recycling is container glass. That means jam jars, salsa jars, wine bottles, olive oil bottles, etc. NO other glass (including dishes or drinking glasses) is accepted. If in doubt, please leave it out. When the wrong glass gets thrown in, the entire bin has to be landfilled.

There is no electronics recycling depot for the Columbia Valley. The nearest depot is in Cranbrook at: Cranbrook Bottle Depot 1125 Industrial Rd. #3 Phone: 250-417-0306 Hours: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 9a-4p, closed all Stats They accept televisions, computers & peripherals (keyboard, mouse), monitors, fax machines.

For more information, contact the RDEK at 1-888-478-7335

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December 18, 2009


Are you overweight in Canadian stocks? Institutional vs. retail

reveal that retail investors feel more comfortable investing in Canadian stocks than global or U.S. stocks.

There are generally two types of investors in the stock market: institutional investors and retail investors. Institutional investors usually look after large pools of money for insurance companies, pension plans, banks, hedge funds and mutual funds. Retail investors include those who use financial advisors, or manage their portfolios themselves. It’s no secret in the world of finance that institutional investors are more conservative, focus on the long term and use less emotion than retail investors. This is partly due to their greater experience and knowledge, and partly due to the emotional responses of retail investors during the ups and downs of a market cycle. Institutional investors avoid chasing market trends, avoid mistakes and earn better returns.

Retail investors buying Canadian stocks A guide to see where retail investors are placing their money can be found in the Investment Funds Institute of Canada website. According to October 2009 figures, Canadian mutual fund investors held a 21.5percent share of Canadian stock funds with only 14.2 percent of U.S. and international funds. The figures


Institutional investors buying foreign stocks A review of the B.C. Teachers Pension Plan and the Canadian Pension Plan reveals a different approach. According to the Canadian Pension Plan Board website, as of September 2009, the CPP had 31 percent of their $55.2 billion in Canadian stocks, and the remaining 69 percent in foreign stocks. In July 2009, the B.C. Teachers Pension plan held only 33.9 percent of Canadian stocks, with 34.8 percent in U.S. stocks and another 31.3 percent in international stocks.

Brendan Donahue BCOMM, FMA, CIM

Senior Investment Advisor Insurance Agent 250-342-2112

Stocks, Bonds, GIC’s, Income Trusts, Preferred Shares, EFT’s, Mutual Funds and more.


RRSP’s, RRIF’s, TFSA’s, LIRA’s, RESP’s Corporate Accounts Cash Accounts

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While retail investors couldn’t get enough U.S. and international stock funds back in 1999, pension plans couldn’t get rid of their foreign holdings fast enough. For example, in December 1999 the Canadian Pension Plan had only 17.8 percent U.S. and international stocks, with 82.2 percent in Canadian stocks. A quick look at the history of the Canadian dollar and the U.S. stock markets in the past 10 years will reveal that the CPP Board was positioned very well back in 1999. On the other hand, retail investors were investing based on past performance and emotions as foreign stock markets outperformed the Canadian markets in the years leading up to 1999.

Retail investors in 1999 Ten years ago, when the Canadian dollar was low and international stocks were booming, things were quite different. According to the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, in December 1999 Canadian stock funds held a 22.6-percent market share of the mutual fund industry, while U.S. and international funds held a 34.3-percent share. Canadian stock funds have held pretty constant, but ownership of U.S. and international funds have dropped more than half since 1999.

The future The fact that retail investors have underweighted their foreign holding and that many institutional investors have actually increased their foreign holdings means that someone is going to be disappointed over the next few years. Given the past performance of institutional investors, it may be a good time to review how much Canadian content is in your portfolio.

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Institutional investors in 1999


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

GIC Rates* as of December 144th

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

1.00% 0.80% 1.50% 2.00% 2.55% 2.90% 3.25%

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Corporate Bonds Issuer GE Canada Shaw TD Capital Trust

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

Yield* 2.48% 3.32% 5.28%

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

Income Trusts Issuer A&W Income Fund Davis & Henderson CML Healthcare Fund

Yield* 8.30% 11.50% 8.00%

** Estimated NET yield as of December 14th, 2009, based on minimum commissions. Subject to change without notice and subject to availability. Actual yield obtained may differ.

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

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December 18, 2009

Windermere seeks talent for torch celebration Submitted by Windermere Community Association The Windermere Community Association is looking for talented young people to compete for a chance to perform at their Olympic Torch Celebration. The competition will be held Sunday, December 20th, in conjunction with the community’s annual Christmas Party. For information or to register call Cheri Hann at 250-341-3383. Advance registration is required. The party will take place in the Windermere

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Community Hall (corner of North Street and Sinclair Avenue in Windermere). Carol singing accompanied by the Second Winds Band from Invermere will take place from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The talent contest will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa Claus. It is hoped that a wide variety of performers will come forward to provide a variety of entertainment that people of all ages will enjoy. Admission is $2 and a concession will be available.



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WOODLOT LICENCE PLAN – WOODLOT 441 Location: Spillimacheen, BC Ralph Stewart is hereby advertising the Woodlot Licence Plan for Woodlot 441. Woodlot License Plans specifically identify performance measures or results proposed to manage known forest resources within a woodlot license area. The plan identifies areas where harvesting and/or road construction will not occur or where harvesting operations will be modified to address identified resource concerns. The plan will be in effect for 10 years unless otherwise specified by the District Manager.

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!


At this time we are asking interested persons, organizations, agencies and interest groups for input prior to the final preparation of the plan to ensure all interests are adequately identified and considered. Specifically, we would like to give you the opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan with respect to your concerns on the woodlot area. This information will then be used to assist in finalizing the WLP before submission for approval to the Ministry of Forests. The WLP is being advertised from December 18, 2009 until January 17, 2010.The plan is available for viewing at Pioneer Forest Consulting’s office at #205-806 9th street north Golden, BC during the advertised period from Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Please call ahead to ensure someone is available to review the plan with you. If you are unable to review the plan at these times please call to set up an appointment or request a digital copy of the plan. Comments specific to the plan must be received by January 17, 2010 by regular mail, fax, or email to: Att: Mark Dascher, RPF. PO Box 628 Golden, BC V0A 1H0 Phone 250.439.1008; fax 250.439.1009 or email

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December 18, 2009

‘Tis the season for giving back

R DE K Ho li day Hou r s COLUMBIA VALLEY LANDFILL December 24 9:00a-3:30p December 25 Closed December 31 9:00a-3:30p January 1 Closed All other days through the holiday season, the Landfill will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

COLUMBIA VALLEY OFFICE December 22-23 December 24 December 25-28 December 29-30 December 31 January 1 January 4

The RDEK’s Cranbrook Office will be open the same dates and times as the Columbia Valley Office; however, it is open during the lunch hour. For more information, contact the RDEK at 1-888-478-7335 or 250-489-2791.

8:30a-4:30p (closed 12p-1p) 8:30a-3:00p (closed 12p-1p) Closed 8:30a-4:30p (closed 12p-1p) 8:30a-3:00p (closed 12p-1p) Closed 8:30a-4:30p (closed 12p-1p)

Sherry Doerr of the Toby Benches (second from right) was presented with a cheque for $1,500 this week from the Columbia River Greenways for winning the inaugural Ice In On The Lake contest. Sherry guessed that the lake would freeze at 2 a.m. on December 1st. The organizers know the lake froze that night, but weren’t able to determine the exact time because the sensor installed in the lake fell over just prior to freeze-up. Sherry was chosen from a draw of six entrants who guessed sometime that evening. But when Greenways board members Sue Crowley, Ross MacDonald and Taoya Schaefer gave Sherry her prize money, Sherry handed it straight back! The raffle sold 234 tickets at $5 each, so without Sherry’s generous donation, the Greenways would have ended up in the hole, instead of raising money for the Lake Windermere Whiteway. It just goes to show that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Invermere. The Greenways would like to thank the businesses and sponsors who supported the raffle this year. The Lake Windermere Whiteway opens for its second season on Sunday, December 27th. See Page 3 for more information. Photo by Sally Waddington

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December 18, 2009

Public Information


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

District of Invermere’s Traffic Bylaw y requires q all pproperty p y 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... •

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.

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Do not place your garbage cans on top of snow banks. If possible place them on your driveway near the edge of the road.


Are you an avid reader? Would you like to be a part of your library’s future? “The Invermere Public Library is searching for an enthusiastic individual resident to fill a volunteer Trustee position. The Position will be for a length of 2 years.� To be considered for a pposition, the applicant pp must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere and cannot be an employee p y of the District of Invermere or Library Board. Those holding positions at the time of advertisement are welcome to reapply for an additional term. Interested persons are requested to submit letters of application and brief resumes including reasons for interest and related experience to: Mayor y and Council, District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 , 914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere, B.C., V0A1K0 or to Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 18th, 2009

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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from around the world

St. Lucia Festival in Sweden

Almond Rice Pudding in Denmark

Born and raised in the town of Sala, two hours north of Stockholm, Sweden, Rose-Marie Regitnig’s fondest memory of the Christmas season is the St. Lucia Festival. Rose-Marie moved to Canada in 1985 to marry a Canadian. She lived in Whistler first, and moved to Invermere in 1991. She has three children: Sophia, 17; Max, 15; and Henrik, 12.

In 1956, Henry Hoffmann immigrated from Denmark, married a Calgary girl and raised three children. The Hoffmanns moved to Invermere in 1994 where they are tireless workers for the community, being named Invermere’s Citizens of the Year in 2006. Here’s what Henry’s wife Gail submitted about her family’s traditions.

Held each year on December 13th, the festival involves a young girl in the role of Lucia, whose origin can be traced back to the ancient Italian Saint Lucia, bringing light into the darkness of winter. Every school, every town, every hospital, every workplace has a Lucia on that day. It’s a huge holiday in Sweden. Wearing a long, white dress with a red sash and a crown of lighted candles, Lucia and her attendants form a procession into the community hall, singing traditional Christmas songs and bearing trays of saffron buns and gingerbread cookies. In Grade 6, I had the special honour of serving as Lucia. In those days, the chosen Lucias often had blonde hair, representing the light and the Scandinavian traditional look of blonde. Now, with so many different nationalities in Sweden, you can find a Lucia from every ethnic background and with any hair colour. Lucia has a bevy of girls acting as her attendants, also wearing long white gowns. And several boys also come along. The “Star Boys” wear long white robes and pointed conical hats, decorated with stars, while other boys dress as Elves. The audience is entertained by a repertoire of traditional Christmas songs and readings. When my daughter Sophia was a little girl, she would wear the white dress and a lighted crown (these days the candles are electric rather than waxen). Together we would visit the neighbours on December 13th, bringing them saffron buns and gingerbread cookies. Sophia is too old now to play Lucia, but I still bake the traditional treats every year on December 13th. Today I’m a proponent of both Canadian and Swedish traditions, but I really miss my home around the Christmas season.

Henry loves the Canadian fruitcake and turkey, but we have retained some of the Danish traditions for him and to expand our children’s experience. This light dessert has retained its position because of the hidden almond. Our older children were caught augmenting their portion with purloined almonds, but when three extra almonds turned up, the jig was up! Red Cabbage is also a Christmas staple. We light the table with lots of candles. Ris A L’Amande (Danish Rice Pudding) 1/4 cup short-grained rice 2 cups milk 1/4 cup chopped almonds 2 cups whipping cream 1 envelope gelatin 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 tablespoons sugar Boil milk, add rice and cook until done. Add almonds, gelatin (dissolved in milk/water), vanilla and sugar. Cool slightly. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into serving bowl. Refrigerate and serve with raspberry or cherry sauce. We double the recipe for 10 or 11 people. In Denmark, a whole almond is inserted into the pudding before it is served. The person who finds that in their bowl receive a marzipan treat.

Christmas Eve in Namibia

Gina Mannheimer, a physiotherapist, grew up in Namibia, a small country in southern Africa, and moved to Invermere this fall with her husband Dr. Gareth Mannheimer. If you ask the average Namibian what he or she wants for Christmas, the automatic response is ‘rain’. This answer does not just mean rain during the coming year. It also specifically hopes for rain on Christmas Day. However, Santa rarely delivers on this request and ‘dreaming of a white Christmas’ is not likely to produce better results! The months before Christmas are usually bone dry and very, very hot. Fortunately the prospect of Christmas holidays keeps everyone in a good mood. The most conspicuously Namibian aspect of Christmas is the mass migration from Windhoek (the capital city) to Swakopmund (a small coastal town). This alters the shape of towns and families across the country, and messes up Santa’s delivery schedule to no end. Holiday-makers seek to spend wonderful sunny days on the beach with cooler evenings perfect for ‘braaing’ (the adopted Afrikaans word for a barbecue on open flames). Being in Canada, this is the first year that we have had a real – live – Christmas tree in our house. The typical Namibian Christmas tree is shop-bought and plastic! However, many people opt for branches of the Camelthorn tree, whose long white thorns make excellent hooks for decorations, albeit not very green! Namibia was once a German colony and as such Christmas is a little spread out, with celebrations on Christmas Eve, the 24th, as is the German tradition, as well as church and early morning presents from Santa on the 25th, followed by huge lunches with family and friends – all to be topped off by a game of garden cricket and a swim in the late afternoon! But as with most countries, Christmas in Namibia is a time of love and remembering and family and friends and of course we can’t forget the presents! So to all, Merry Christmas, Geseende Kersfees, Frühe Weihnachten and Okrismesa ya yambekwa (English, Afrikaans, German and Oshiwambo); from Namibia with love.

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December 18, 2009

from around the world Christmas Eve in Lithuania By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Romalda Hodosi, owner of The Gables Motel in Radium Hot Springs, waits all year for Christmas Eve. Born and raised in Lithuania, Romalda moved to Radium seven years ago. She has only been back to her home country once since moving to Canada in 1996, but still looks forward to a traditional Lithuanian Christmas every year. Food and superstition are the staple ingredients of a successful Lithuanian Christmas. It is said in Lithuania that on Christmas Eve, animals speak and well water turns into wine. Dinner is left on the table while the family attends evening mass, so that family members who have passed on may take part in the Christmas Eve feast. For the living, December 24th in Lithuania begins at the crack of dawn. As a young woman, Romalda, her husband and two children would trudge through the snowy streets to her mother’s house and head straight to the kitchen – it was a lot of work to prepare dinner, which is composed of a minimum of 12 meatless dishes. Everything, from the Christmas bread to the cranberry jelly, is made from scratch. “The twelve dishes represent the 12 Apostles,” she explained. Before dinner is served, the women must set the table – another important part of Lithuanian Christmas Eve. In the centre of the table, Romalda places a handful of hay. This represents the bed of hay that Christ was born on. Next she places a clean white table-

Top: Romalda Hodosi of Radium Hot Springs celebrates a traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve with 12 meatless dishes. Top left: Romalda serves homemade cranberry jelly in a china pitcher. Left: Poppyseed milk with Christmas bread is a popular after dinner treat in Lithuania. Photos by Cayla Gabruck cloth over the hay, with two long white candles on either side. On top of the hay she places a dish containing Dievo pyragas, or unleavened bread. Every year, her brother sends her a piece from the family church in Lithuania. At the beginning of the meal, the family passes the bread around, each person breaking off a piece. “We thank God for the year and wish for health and peace for everyone at the table,” Romalda said. The breaking of the bread is more than just a religious act, it is drenched in superstition. It is said that the person who breaks off the biggest piece of bread will have good luck for the coming year. Being missed in the passing of the bread could signify extreme misfortune. Next comes the feast, which is served around 8 p.m., after mass is finished. At Romalda’s home in Radium,

dinner begins with a beet soup. The main course consists of: beet salad made with finely diced beans, apples, carrots and potatoes; breaded white fish; breaded herring; smoked salmon in an onion and tomato sauce; herring topped with carrot, cinnamon and fried onion; herring with mushrooms and fried onions; herring with tomatoes; and herring topped with diced beets, apples, corn, finely-diced boiled eggs, horseradish and mayonnaise. Following the main meal, the family enjoys a poppyseed milk served with a cinnamon-flavoured Christmas bread and cranberry jelly. “We have the poppyseed milk afterwards, because it is sweet and the meal tends to be very salty,” Romalda explained. “You don’t want to be drinking water all night long.”

After dinner comes more superstition. Each woman at the table reaches under the tablecloth and grabs some of the hay. If she is single, the number of straws she pulls represents the number of boyfriends she will have in the coming year. If she is attached, the number of straws she pulls represents the number of new people coming into her life in the next year – this could mean anything from friends to children. “When we were younger, around 15, my sister and I used to write the names of boys on pieces of paper, roll them up into thin straws and put them under our pillow,” she laughed. “On Christmas morning we would reach underneath our pillow, and the name we pulled was the name of the boy we were going to marry.”

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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!

If you have been selected to carry the Olympic torch, we would like to know so we can honour everyone that has been given this incredible opportunity.

Watch for more information as the weeks get closer!

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 or organizations 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) StagersStagers 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 light-hearted 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.

Setters (2 volunteer crew) 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.

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.

Coca Cola’s Recycling Team (6 Volunteer crew) Help make the torch celebration an environmentally friendly area, by helping to pick up garbage and recyclables You can volunteer individually or have the entire group or organization volunteer. The more the merrier! 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

December 18, 2009

All smiles as the holiday train comes to Radium

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Opposite page: The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train stopped in Radium on December 14th. Funds from the event, which included a performance by The Odds and Shaun Verrault of Wide Mouth Mason, were donated to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. Top: Trudy Veres and Judy Peacock sold tickets for a food-tasting event to raise money for the food bank. Bottom: Lauren Dunlop, five years old, and her dad Dave Dunlop of Windermere braved the cold to take in the festivities. Photos by Cayla Gabruck

Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year from The Friends of Kootenay National Park last minute unique Christmas shopping, at 20% off all merchandise. We will be open until December 24th, 12 noon. Lots of great gift ideas: great books, jewellery, children’s gifts and much, much more.

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Village of Radium Hot Springs Briefs By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff

Large number of contractors fight for chance to build Radium fire hall Radium Hot Springs has received 16 applications from contractors who want to construct their new fire hall. However, based on a set of criteria established by council, only four were invited to bid. Two local companies, CXL Construction and WHL Construction of Invermere, along with Mierau Contractors of Abbotsford and BPR Construction of Kelowna, have now received their tender packages and are expected to submit their bids early in the new year. The companies were chosen by a council-appointed selection committee, which evaluated each applicant based on performance, experience, local benefit, project team, references, presentation and subcontractors.

The Village of Radium hopes to break ground in February on the new building, to be located behind the Esso Service Station on Main Street West.

Radium firefighters donate gear to new station The Radium volunteer fire department is giving back this holiday season. Fire Chief Dave Dixon announced at a recent council meeting that the department would donate its surplus firefighting gear to a new volunteer department in Erris, British Columbia – a small community located north of Princeton. “These guys have nothing and they are looking for any type of clothing to start up their own fire department,” Chief Dixon said. “If we have something we were just going to throw out anyway, we may as well give it to them until they can afford to get some better stuff.” Chief Dixon learned of the perils of the depart-

ment in Erris in a request for help sent out to members of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia. He will be sending more than 10 sets of gear, including helmets, boots, pants and coats. This is not the first time the department has helped another station in need. About five years ago, it shipped several suits to a small community in Mexico.

Winterfest volunteers sought Winterfest in Radium is fast approaching, and the organizing committee is looking for volunteers to help with various events. The festivities will include a snowman-building competition, ice-sculpting competition, fire pits, a potato cook-off, and musical entertainment. Winterfest will take place on Saturday, January 23rd starting at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and ending with a firework finale at 5:30 p.m. If you can help, contact Heather Perkull at 250347-9331 or 1-888-347-9331.

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT Ron Cantelon, MLA (Parksville-Qualicum) Chair Doug Routley, MLA (Nanaimo-North Cowichan) Deputy Chair

Upper Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request For Proposals The East Kootenay Conservation Program and Regional District of East Kootenay are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen utilizing the Upper Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund. You must review the Terms of Reference for the Fund prior to applying - go to and click on Local Conservation. Particularly relevant is Section 8, Fund Design. Up to $200,000 is available for conservation projects that will result in reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Proposals that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders, will have priority. Proponents must be non-profit, have registered charity status or must partner with an organization that has registered society status. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum of three years. A Technical Review Committee will review submissions and make recommendations to the RDEK Board of Directors for final funding approval. Closing date for project submissions is January 29, 2010. Projects specific to land acquisition or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time during the year. Project proposals must be submitted in writing to: Wayne Stetski, Manager East Kootenay Conservation Program 1543 Mt. Fisher Crescent Cranbrook, BC V1C 7J6

Phone: 250 581-1122 Fax: 250 489-8506 email:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS SHARE YOUR VIEWS An all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly is currently reviewing the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996, c.165) and is interested in your views on the legislation. The purposes of the Act are to make public bodies more accountable to the public and to protect personal privacy. The Act gives the public the right to access the records held by BC government ministries, local governments, health regions, hospitals, universities, schools and other provincial public bodies.

A public hearing is scheduled for: VANCOUVER

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Waddington Room, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 900 West Georgia Street


Wednesday, February 3, 2010 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Douglas Fir Committee Room (Room 226) Parliament Buildings

To appear before the Committee or make a submission (online, as an audio or video file, by mail, fax or email), visit our website at or contact the Office of the Clerk of Committees, Room 224, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4; phone: 250-356-2933 or toll-free in BC: 1-877-428-8337; fax: 250-356-8172; e-mail: The deadline for receipt of submissions has been extended to February 28, 2010. Craig James, Clerk Assistant and Clerk of Committees

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Fire crews train in new facility Fire Chief Roger Ekman beamed as he showed The Pioneer around the Invermere Volunteer Fire Department’s new training facility. Located in Athalmer, the new centre will save members from travelling to Kimberley for training and the department will rent the facility out to other stations for extra income. The new centre is composed of three containers, all donated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The containers replicate a one-storey home and a two-storey home. Chief Ekman said that when the facility is complete, he will be able to fill the containers with smoke and heat to train for intense rescues. Photo by Cayla Gabruck

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Alternative theory for frozen river By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff A competing theory for the historic freezing of the Columbia River below the Athalmer bridge last week is beginning to emerge. In last week’s Pioneer, retired conservation officer Rick Hoar of Invermere theorized that a reduction in current and energy due to low water levels and an early cold snap combined to freeze the water at a spot that is famous for never freezing. This week, Invermere landscaper Peter Pankovitch introduced a competing theory. Three or four times this winter, a thin layer of ice forming over the surface of the lake was broken up by high winds. Each time, he said, the broken ice was driven north by the winds and piled up in the channel below Athalmer Bridge. The ice, he said, lowered the temperature of the water and caused the river to freeze over.

IT’S A MARVEL – The Columbia River beneath the Athalmer bridge is pictured here in a rare frozen state. Photo by Brian Geis





The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an amendment to the Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan. If approved, the amendment will add a new policy under Section 12.3, Servicing and Utilities, stating that existing, vacant parcels within the Edgewater water system service area shall be given water service priority and applications for an extension to the system will be reviewed on an individual basis.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Don and Gloria Dehart to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject property to accommodate a two-lot subdivision. The property is located at 8833 Dehart Road in the Dry Gulch area.

19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

Bylaw No. 2189 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1926, 2006 – Amendment Bylaw No. 4, 2009 (Water Servicing / RDEK).”

Bylaw No. 2196 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 241, 2009 (Dry Gulch / Dehart)” will change the designation of Lot 1, District Lot 288, Kootenay District, Plan 14781 from SH-3, Small Holding Rural Zone to SH-2, Small Holding Semi-Rural Zone.

A public hearing will be held at: EDGEWATER COMMUNITY HALL 4858 Cordillera Avenue Edgewater BC TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

A public hearing will be held at: EDGEWATER COMMUNITY HALL 4858 Cordillera Avenue, Edgewater BC TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area G, Electoral Area F, and the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area G, Electoral Area F, and the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing:

If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing:

• inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing.

• inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing.



All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.t

This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Rob Veg, Planner, at 250.489.0306 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335.

This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250.489.0314 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335.

Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services December 4, 2009

Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services December 4, 2009

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The Old Zone: Why all the fuss? By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist What could possibly drive anyone to put on rank, damp, musty equipment and go out in freezing cold or in humid sweltering heat to play a stupid game of ice or roller hockey? A thought like this has often entered my wife’s mind, I am almost certain! The answer to this question is sure to bring confusion and stupid looks from anyone who does not or has never played the game or understood it. The answer will bring deranged smiles and excited laughs from those who have felt a bone-crushing body check or those who have heard a puck bang off an iron post or even raised their hands in pure joy of sliding a round disk past the Incredible Bulk with a big stick. In my mind, to simply tell the reader the answer by trying to describe the game would be only more confusing and, in most cases, would keep the reader from finishing this article. I can’t describe the game, but I can describe the feelings it gives me. So here goes nothing . . . Hours before playing hockey I find myself thinking of game situations. I get nervous, but not a scared kind of nervous, more an excited kind of nervous. It feels like I’m a kid waiting for Christmas morning. I decide what colour jersey I will wear and think of a hockey team hat to go with it. I check and doublecheck my equipment, remembering not to forget anything. I carefully choose my sticks. I pick them out

and test their weight in my hand. I check the blades and wonder to myself how many goals I might score — almost like I’m preparing for battle. At the rink, while putting on my battle gear, we sit and talk about the pros. We give our opinions on professional hockey games, coaching tactics and pro players. Then the conversation changes to equipment. We talk about what equipment is new, and show each other marks of previous battles on our tattered and torn gear. Our gear gives off a lurid odour, but nobody cares. Something else that excites me is the feeling I get from completing a great pass. Passing for an assist is almost as rewarding as scoring a goal. Hitting a teammate on the tape for a goal-scoring shot is an awesome feeling. The sound of my goalie banging the pipes with his stick, to orient himself perfectly in the goal mouth as I am skating backwards on defence, never stops thrilling me. The constant loud shouts from teammates yelling for a pass or screaming at me to shoot while the opposing goalie is still screened, is music to my ears. These feelings get me ready to play even as I type this article. I play a game tomorrow night and I don’t see how I will ever wait that long. We skate until our legs burn and our backs ache. We come home and pay for our adventure sometimes long into the next day. This is when that thought bounces back into my wife’s mind, especially when I

beg her to rub my aching back and legs. But she didn’t skate, didn’t pass, didn’t shoot and didn’t share the dressing room experience. She may never understand any of this. Many people don’t. But a hockey player who reads this will smile and then probably rush out to find a game. If that fails, he will turn to his equipment and examine the battle scars and remember the place and the feelings he had during that game. No more typing for me! It’s time to tape my blade for tomorrow’s battle! December 9th results: The Waterboys spanked the Junkies, the Wolves blew away the Black Smoke, Lake Auto beat Petro-Can, and the Phantoms stymied the Hawks. CVOHA League Standings Team


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Dynamiters and Eagles topple Rockies By Steve Mantyka Rockies Hockey The Kimberley Dynamiters came to Invermere to face the Columbia Valley Rockies. A quick-paced match-up along with stellar goal-tending had them come away with a 7-0 win in Invermere. The next night, the Sicamous Eagles were the visiting team and a consistent attack led the way to a 6-2 win over the Rockies, as Columbia Valley continues to struggle in this rebuilding season. On Friday night, the Dynamiters lit the lamp early, scoring just 44 seconds into the game, Brennan Foreman with his first of three on the night. The Rockies recovered from that goal and play went back and forth with a slight edge to Kimberley until Brett Luker made it 2-0 at 5:15. A penalty-filled second period gave both teams chances, but Kimberley made the most of it, with

Foreman scoring twice, at 3:33 and a clock-beater when just one second remained in the period. The Dynamiters turned up the pressure in the third. Corson Johnstone scored twice, at 18:43 and 0:21, sandwiching a goal by Corey Allen at 15:04. Michael Smith was steady in the Dynamiter net, blocking all 26 shots, and Jeff Magee was solid in the Rockies net, stopping 37 of 44. Saturday night, the Eagles took a little longer to start the scoring, but Garret Earley began the scorekeeper’s night at 17:12 and Jarryd Tenvaanholt added another at 5:18 as the Sicamous team outshot the Rockies 15-5 in the first period. Three straight penalty calls in the second period led to some good power play chances for the Eagles, and Andrew Nunn was rewarded, making the lead 3-0 at 18:35. Quinn Rempel extended the lead to four at 17:26 before Sean Leslie put the Rockies on the board at 10:53.

Eagles captain Aaron Buat regained the fourgoal lead at 5:23 and if not for the heroics of Rockies goalie Cam Dagg, the game could have really gotten away. A late penalty in the period gave the Eagles an early power-play chance in the third and Scott Fellnermayr capitalized, making it 6-1 at 19:02. Some strong forechecking and hustle resulted in the Rockies’ second marker, Cody Brndjar popping the puck in the net at 10:46. Some late game dustups finished the game; with the game all but over, a few players worked out their frustrations. Tyler Steel held the fort for the Eagles, allowing two goals on 22 shots, while his counterpart, Cam Dagg, kept 41 of 47 out of the net. The Rockies host the Golden Rockets on Friday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m., the last home game before the Christmas break. Come on down. The 50/50 will be big and so will the crowd!

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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

RR#3 4874 Ridge Cres. Invermere, BC V0A 1K3 250-342-3052 • Odyssey would like to take this opportunity to communicate with our customers about our current and future plans. During this past August and September, Odyssey was working hard at restoring Mickey’s Auto body shop into our new warehouse. Unfortunately our offer to purchase the lots and building fell through in October and Odyssey was forced to move back into our old location of #8 1340 Industrial Rd. #1, Invermere. We have been in this location for the past three years. Odyssey will still be expanding warehouse space to provide extensive quality service for the East Kootenay region. By combining forces with Angel Restoration out of Vancouver, this partnership will allow Odyssey to take on any size of restoration job, large or small in the valley, while still maintaining our small town service and dependability. We hope this might clear up any confusion about our location. We look forward to continuing our restoration and cleaning services for the East Kootenay.

The little engine that could is ready for Christmas Patsy Kachanoski of Fairmont Hot Springs took a spin in her classic car, The Huckster, this week. The 1949 Chevrolet Canopy Express

truck was decked out in her Christmas finery and gleaming with joy. It has been an eventful year for Patsy and the Huckster – the truck

won 13 awards at car shows in 2009, to add to the 17 awards she has won in previous years. Photo by Sally Waddington

Your Local Bernie Raven


MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

Paul Glassford Strata, Apartment & Commercial Property Management

For professional management of your strata corporation, overseen by a Certiďƒžed Property ManagerÂŽ, with the accounting done by a Certiďƒžed Management Accountant, please contact Bill Weissig CPMÂŽ, RI, RPA, CPRPM, CLO, SMA, CRES.

Sales Consultant $FMMt

Invermere, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs

Our six Strata Managers are licensed under the Real Estate Services Act of B.C. For more information regarding their extensive qualiďƒžcations and experience, please visit our website at

Phone: 250-341-6003


RE/MAX Invermere

Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue Box 459 Invermere BC V0A 1K0


Billy Thompson 250-341-5168

Wende Brash Broker/Owner

Daniel Zurgilgen

Glenn Pomeroy

MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

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

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

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New equipment needed for emergency room Submitted by Donna Grainger East Kootenay Foundation for Health The sorely needed $4.3-million redevelopment of the Invermere District Hospital will double the current size of the emergency department, but the price tag doesn’t include any of the equipment doctors and nurses need to save lives. The collaborative partnership between the Auxiliaries of Invermere, Windermere, Edgewater/Radium and East Kootenay Foundation for Health is seeing its next stage of fund-raising with Interior Health’s announcement of the priority equipment list. “It seems uncanny that the prioritized equipment list has just been completed at a time of year when giving is such a huge part of spirit of the season,” said Erica Phillips, Health Administrator for Invermere.

“We are sincerely hopeful that the community will get behind the auxiliaries and foundation to purchase these essential items, which will result in Invermere having a state-of-the-art emergency facility.” The top priority pieces of equipment for the first phase include: • Central monitoring station which provides nurses with ability to monitor the condition of up to four patients at the same time. • Two overhead trauma booms, providing dropdown access to equipment such as oxygen lines and suction hoses, and allowing 360-degree access around the trauma patient for the medical team. • Three critical care stations, allowing for 360-degree visibility of all patients within the unit, access to the necessary medical crash carts and equipment, cohesive recording of all patient data, etc.


19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:

• Electrocardiogram machine to determine heart rate and rhythm, whether there are abnormalities, prior heart attack or coronary artery disease, etc. This technology has the capacity to provide the information to remote specialists. • Bariatric ceiling lift, with the capacity to move any patient up to 600 pounds in weight. • Pumps to provide accurate management of medication. • Hopper/utensil washer, meeting current infection control standards, reutilized equipment and reducing waste. To make a donation, visit, the Invermere District Hospital or send to East Kootenay Foundation for Health, 13-24th Ave N, Cranbrook, V1C 3H9. For more information contact Donna Grainger at 1-877-489-6481.


19 – 24th Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Phone: (250) 489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 Fax: (250) 489-1287 Email:



The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Larry and Arleen Reid to amend the Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the bylaw amendments will change the designation for Lot B, District Lot 1089, Kootenay District, Plan NEP74853 to bring the existing cabin rental business into conformity with the bylaws. The property is located at 4920 Dorney Road in Brisco.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Bill and Georgina DuBois to amend the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the bylaw amendment will change the designation for part of Lot 94, District Lot 8, Kootenay District, Plan 1080 to accommodate a subdivision to separate the single family dwelling from the RV park. The property is located at 1735 Cardiff Avenue in Windermere.

Bylaw No. 2190 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1926, 2006 – Amendment Bylaw No. 5, 2009 (Brisco / Reid)” will change the designation of the subject property from RR, Rural Resource to C, Commercial. Bylaw No. 2191 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 239, 2009 (Brisco / Reid)” will change the designation of the subject property from A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to C-1, Community Commercial Zone. A public hearing will be held at: EDGEWATER COMMUNITY HALL 4858 Cordillera Avenue Edgewater BC TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area G, Electoral Area F, and the Village of Radium Hot Springs. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING

Bylaw No. 2192 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 6, 2009 (Windermere / DuBois)” will change the designation of the subject property from R-RES, Residential Reserve to R-SF, Residential Low Density. Bylaw No. 2193 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 240, 2009 (Windermere / DuBois)” will change the designation of the subject property from RES-1, Recreation Accommodation Zone to R-1, Single Family Residential Zone. A public hearing will be held at: WINDERMERE COMMUNITY HALL 4726 North Street, Windermere BC MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING

All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250.489.0314 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335.

This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250.489.0314 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335.

Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services December 4, 2009

Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services December 4, 2009

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HERE TO SERVE YOU ph/fax 250-347-2144

Fireplace and Woodstove 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE

WETT Certified Inspection and Technician Licenced and Bonded Gas Contractor


250-342-5047 • 1-888-357-4449 Q Q


Cell: 250.341.7227 Toll Free: 1.877.342.4426 Fax: 250.342.4427 1484 Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC V0B 2L1 next to Skookum Inn


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

Phone: 250-342-6700



Darryl Stettler Insured and WCB

Warbrick Towing & Salvage

Quality Hand-crafted Steel • Structural Steel • Welding • Fabricating & Machining • Custom railings and ornamental iron #117 Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere, BC Ph: 250-342-9926 • Fax 250-341-3956 e-mail:

Professional Window Cleaning • Snow Removal • Carpet Cleaning • Janitorial Services • Chimney Sweeping • Gutter Cleaning • Moving & Deliveries Fax 250-342-0488 • Email:


Hand Crafted Log , Timber and Conventional Frame Homes. Crane Service, Septic Systems, Rent or Hire Excavator, Compact Excavator, Dump Truck, Flat & Dump Trailers, Scaffold, Foundation Forms, Tools.

Call Tim Anderson • 250-341-7260•

ROSS’S POOLS & SPAS Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

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

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

Commercial and Hospitality IT Your search for quality and dependability ends with us.

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician


We’re back at our old location in the Industrial park! Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

Computer Consulting, Service and Support 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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

Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

Data Protection Computer Repair IT Consulting

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Shiatsu & Acupressure Relaxing - Comfortable - Therapeutic


P H A R M A C Y LT D . J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy

Farron Chandler Registered Shiatsu Therapist Over 12 years of experience

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

Come in and browse our giftware

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

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

1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere


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

INVERMERE GLASS LTD. •Shower Doors•Mirrors •Auto•Home•Commercial

Telephone: 250-342-3659

Jeff Watson

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

H E L L E R W O RK Jean-Luc Cortat

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

Custom Home Design


Specializing in Single Family Homes, Additions and Renovations, Drafting Services.

Sales • Repairs • Warranty

Contact: Paul Aubrecht Invermere (250) 342-0482 Calgary (403) 874-0483

Phone: 250-342-9207

Cranbrook Pest Control We use the most successful products available. Environmentally-friendly ironmentally-fr ronmentally-fr onm nm nm men me ennnt y eent integrated pest est m ma management. Asskk about As Ask aabbboou out ut our o r mai maintenance mainte m ce programs program prrrogram ograms gram am ms PESTT QUESTIONS? PEST QUUE UES ESTIIOON ES EST OONS NS? Vis Visit our website website: eebsite: bbsite: bsite ite:



Dr. Hauschka Natural Skin Care and Mineral Cosmetics ~ Anion

Phone/Fax: 250-342-3600

Deep Connective Tissue/Fascia Bodywork Structural Balance

Fine Homeservices


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

GUARANTEED info@cranbrookpestcontrol com


VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

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

Complete Automotive Repairs (Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

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


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

Sewer/Drain Cleaning

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

Bruce Dehart 347-9803 or 342-5357 • Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


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1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.


• FURNACES • HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • FIREPLACES • HOT TUBS • CHEMICALS • SERVICE & MAINTENANCE 385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: (250) 342-7100 PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax: (250) 342-7103

Gel Nails, Gel Toes, Eye Lash Perming, Lash & Brow Tinting.

• Snow Removal • Sanding/ Sweeping

• Landscaping • Property Maintenance

Kari & John Mason

250.270.0821 Invermere • Panorama

Jesse Vader – Ken Johnson Call:



• Autoocaad 20110 • Home Deesig gn • Innterrioor Design


Janet Watson iccegirrl1@ttelluss.nnet 250-3 342--59 937

• De s i g n • B u i l d • L i a s o n Automotive Repairs

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

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

Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations

• Residential • Commercial •

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO • Structural Timbers and Posts • KD Tongue & Groove (Pine, Cedar and Fir)

• • • •

Specializing in ALL types of stone!

CREATIVE C REATIV VE ENERG ENERG GY Located behind Tim Hor tons • Ph: 250-688-0787

• Trucking • All Grading • Mini Track Hoe

7 days a week

GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726


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



BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 342-3031 PHONE: 250-347-9350 FAX: 342-6945 FAX: 250-347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031

Residential • Commercial • Construction Sites


Office: 250-342-3040 • Cell: 250-270-0757 •

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

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

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December 18, 2009

HERE TO SERVE YOU • Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems

Scott Postlethwaite

Call for your FREE conultation and estimate Invermere

(250) 341-6888

Dunlop Contracting

CVCC Contractor// Trade Builder of the Year 2008 0

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

1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

You’re invited to see our

Bruce Dunlop


Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

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

colorworks Painting Inc.

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


385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Senior Discount

Advanced Wood Burning Stoves

Need Blinds? Interior World

Paddy Brown

Al Tallman window fashions

Complete your renos NOW before the Tax Credit runs out in February. Call for estimates.

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

From Framing to Finishing – We do it all!

120 Spokane St., Kimberley BC Ph: 250-427-3394 • Cell: 250-908-4861 Fax: 250-427-4455 •

Wood • Pellet • Gas • Outdoor Boilers

Your Weekly Source for News and Events

TREE-MENDOUS Tree Specialists



Dave Sutherland Sales Associate

#8, 1008 - 8th Avenue Invermere, BC 250-341-6299 •

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

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Now taking NEW lawn maintenance

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




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THE CLOCK IS TICKING –– There are only two weeks left in the 2009 Pioneer Travel Contest. Send us your travel photos before January 1st and you could win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game and a one-night stay in a Calgary hotel, courtesy of Invermere Travel World. Pictured here, clockwise from top left: Glen Krushel in Switzerland; Greg Guilderson in Nova Scotia; Kate Zanon, Bronwen Belenkie, Kylea Sheehan and Lana Madson in the Dominican Republic; Atlyn, Adele, Jane, Byron, Hadrian and Breton Trask in Cuba; and Todd and Brenda Mitchell, left with children Alexandra and Madeleine Mitchell, and friend Haley Kluge in Hawaii.

December 18, 2009

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Pioneer on the road

THE PIONEER GETS AROUND – Time is winding down in the 2009 Pioneer Travel Contest, but the entries are still pouring in. The lucky travellers pictured here will all be entered in a draw to win two tickets to a Calgary Flames game and a one-night stay at a Calgary hotel, courtesy of Invermere Travel World. Pictured here, clockwise from top left: Andy Stuart-Hill with a Khoisan Bushman in a remote part of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana; Donabelle and Howie Williams in Grenada; Paul and Doreen Stewart in Mexico; Donovan Sawatzky in Cuba, and Otto Wittenborn at the edge of the jungle in Misiones, Argentina.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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Cheers & jeers





Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium. Call 250-342-2424 for more info.

Cheers WM, I love hampsters too.

Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270.

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.

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.

Radium, 1 bdrm apartment, $650 including cable & utilities. 2 bdrm apartment, $800, including cable and utilities. Bachelor efficiency, $550, available immediately. DD, N/S, N/P, references required. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250-347-7775.

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.

house FOR RENT

The Windy Cafe will now be open for lunch, Tuesday - Sunday, from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Call 250-342-6001. Dance survey was a success. Looking for dance instructors for Ballroom, Latin And Jazz Swing. Call Margaret, 250-347-6885.

Cheers & jeers Cheers to Sally. Great job on the firewood article. H.W. Jeers to the police officers who insist on speeding past on the icy roads, even though I see you’re only going to Tim Hortons, and not somewhere important. Cheers to Steve! Maybe next time you’ll be able to keep up to the big girls.

Cheers to Copper Point and the chef for the phenomenal meal at “Feed the Town”. Brian Staid Cheers to Carol the dog catcher for helping out an animal in need.


NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637 STORAGE SPACE - assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

s Memoriam s Rob Daniels 1965-2004

Rob it’s 5 years since you left to journey on. Our lives are filled with sadness and tears, remembering how you made our lives so full and happy. We know you’re near. Missing you always, Love Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters.

Panache Building, Invermere, B.C. Beautiful building near public beach and walking distance to hundreds of condos in Canada’s most perfect fourseason town! 2400 feet on main, with two 1200-foot world-class apartments up. Perfect location for restaurant or retail. For info, call 250-342-5525. 1350 sq.ft. store front property, 7549 Main Street West, Radium, 250-342-6633. 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.

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.

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

Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182. Affordable accommodation in Invermere, $550 and up. Furnished, utilities, phone, cable, and some housekeeping/ laundry service included, 250342-6618. 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. First month free! Black Forest Heights 2 bdrm lower suite, $850/month inclusive, $800 DD, 6 month lease, available immediately, 250-270-0745.

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

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. Radium, 2 bdrm, 1 bath spacious suite, private entrance, laundry, pet friendly, $700/month + hydro + DD, 250-347-9970. Invermere brand new bachelor suite, $525, includes everything, available immediately, 250-6880566.

2 bdrm apartment, 13th St, Invermere, minutes from downtown, furnished, utilities, cable, N/S, N/P, $1100/month, 250-341-1650.

Edgewater upper level 1500 sq.ft. on 3 acres, 2 full baths, 5 appliances, very good condition, $1200 including utilities, available immediately, 403650-8654.

2 bdrm, lower level apartment, stove, fridge, W/D, $800/month, includes power and heat, N/P, N/S, 250-342-6349, 250-3423418.

Invermere, 2 bdrm apartment, separate entrance, W/D, N/S, N/P, $750/month + utilities, references required, 250-3423245.

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. 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. 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@ 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@

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Pioneer Classifieds

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house FOR RENT

FOR RENT Contact

250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at “Available Now” 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. 2 bdrm + den condo in Radium. Fully furnished, 6 appliances, granite, cast iron fireplace, hot tub, pool, underground parking, long or short term rental, 403861-7754. Invermere, 3 bdrm semi, near schools, $850 + utilities, DD, N/S, N/P, references required, available immediately. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250347-7775 (home). Radium cabin, $625, utilities included, 250-347-6420 or 250341-1577. Downtown Radium, large 3 bdrm, all appliances, $800 + hydro + DD. References required, available immediately, 250-688-3825. Invermere, charming 4 bdrm, 2 bath home, next to Kinsmen Beach, N/S, N/P, available immediately, $1600/month + utilities, references and DD required, 403-246-6680.

condo FOR RENT



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

Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 baths, facing lake, underground parking. Available immediately. Monthly or long-term. Call 403-5610111. 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, N/P, N/ S, available now, $1350/month, 250-341-1182. 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.

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Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished and equipped, indoor pool, hot tub,$675/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991.

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.

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

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Majestic mountain views, 1.5 baths, single garage, 6 appliances, rent weekly, biweekly or monthly. $1000/ month + util. 250-342-1475.

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

Downtown Invermere Condo on Tenth, 2 bdrm, W/D, F/S, D/W, available Jan. 1st, adults only, N/P, $750/month, 250-3423417.

Peaceful creekside 2.5 acres, $639,000. 4950 Stoddard Creek Road, 5 bdrm, 4 bath. See, #40848 for details and pictures, 250-347-6532.

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

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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). Radium Golf Resort, fully furnished, 1 bdrm condo, $600 + utilities, N/S, N/P, 403-2382543.

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

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


Shih-tzu puppies for sale. First Architectural Shingles, 4000 shots, $350 each, 250-342sq.ft. dark green, used 16”x36” 1676. panels, $6500 OBO. 2’ x 8’ insulation panels, best offer. Call SERVICES Bob, 250-345-6668 Fairmont. Phil’s Carpentry - Everything Firewood, fir/pine, $200/cord. from roofs to decks, completion Call 250-342-9480. of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) Full sized 8 person hot tub 24/7. Not on valley time. with cover. Excellent working condition, only $1000. Call Todd, 250-341-1966. Gun cabinet, oak, excellent condition, with light, locking, holds 8 guns, 34”w x 77” h x 18” deep, $350, 250-342-0554. Firewood for sale. Pine/fir mix $225/cord. Larch and pine also available. Delivered anywhere in the valley, 250-341-5551.


Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums - sales and installations Bonded & licensed

Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207,

Stove - Kenmore Probe, 30” Furnace & duct cleaning services wide, white, clean, works, $100, using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free 250-341-6287. estimates, 250-342-5089.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 2001 Chev Tracker, 4 door, 4x4, low kms on new engine, 2 sets of tires, roof rack, $4500 OBO, 250-347-9259.

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

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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. Wood Flooring Installer, 250-688-5086.




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

2 permanent full-time cashiers ASAP at Gas Plus in Fairmont, BC. 40 hours/week, $13.26/ hour, medical, dental and life insurance. Candidate must be able to read, write, understand, speak the English language, be flexible, motivated and willing to learn, have secondary school education, be able to work overtime, weekends, days, and nights, and have knowledge of POS. Main duties are customer service, receiving payments, reconciling sales at end of shift, accepting reservations and take-out orders, stock shelves and cleaning check-out counter area. Fax resume 250-2456600, attention Mr. Muhammad Azeem Jutt.

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.

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

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Local electrical contractor requires journeyman electrician. Wage $26-$30/hour, benefit package, service van. Send resume to 1-866-673-5175. Massage practitioner/therapist required, part-time. Pleiades Massage & Spa, Radium Hot Springs Pools, 250-347-2100.

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Full time service station manager required to work shifts and start immediately at Gas Plus, in Fairmont, BC. $20.30/hour, duties include managing staff and assigning duties, good customer service relations, motivated and flexible. Must have at least 1 year minimum related experience, have knowledge of Versa POS, and info net systems, able to handle cash registers and Lotto machine, able to resolve customer complaints. Fax resume 250-245-6600, attention Mr. Muhammad Azeem Jutt.

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GREEN BEAN TACTICAL TRANSPORT SPECIALIST (a.k.a. Material Handler) 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. 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

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to:P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Administrative Assistant Busy Property Management office requires a full-time Administrative Assistant. The successful candidate will be a highly organized, flexible and energetic team player with excellent computer skills that include MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Remuneration includes a Benefits package. Please send resume with salary expectations to or fax to 250-342-2029 or mail to Box 249, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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Kelowna Pacific Railway Ltd (KPR) is accepting applications for our Manager of Track position. KPR operates in the Okanagan Valley and this position will work out of our Vernon, BC office. Experience in all aspects of track work is essential for this position including track equipment, track inspections, rules and regulatory, budgeting, costing and good computer and

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April 15, 1985. The beneficiaries of The Sawridge Trust at any particular time are all persons who at that time qualify as members of The Sawridge Indian Band under the laws of Canada in force at that time, including the membership rules and customary laws of The Sawridge Indian Band as they may exist from time to time to the extent that such membership rules and customary laws are incorporated into, or recognized by the laws of Canada. All person who believe that they qualify or may qualify as beneficiaries of either or both of the The Sawridge Band Inter-Vivos Settlement or The Sawridge Trust are asked to contact Paul Bujold, Trust Administrator by mail at 801, 4445 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB, T6H 5R7 or by email at Paul@sawridgetrusts. ca or by telephone at 780-9887723 or by fax at 780-988-7724 listing the particulars supporting their claim to be a beneficiary of The Sawridge Band Inter-Vivos Settlement or The Sawridge Trust. Personals

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Columbia Basin Trust supports Delta Air Lines flights to Cranbrook Submitted by Columbia Basin Trust Columbia Basin Trust is providing up to $300,000 over the next two years to secure Delta Air Lines for service into and out of Cranbrook. “We are pleased to support the Fly YXC Alliance Society in continuing the Delta Air Lines service, as it will have a positive impact in the community and the region, providing long-term economic benefits to residents and business,” said Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. This service has been made possible through the work of the Fly YXC Alliance Society, which was cre-

ated to better market the Canadian Rockies International Airport as an attractive new air servicing region. The society has more than 50 members and is comprised of various resorts throughout the East Kootenay, developers, recreation and tourism attractions and businesses. “This is the second year of the highly successful service that saw the spectacular Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia and its entire world-class ski and outdoor adventure offerings made easily accessible to virtually every major city in the United States,” said Andy Cohen, Chair of the Fly YXC Alliance Society.


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“We are very happy to have support from the Columbia Basin Trust for this initiative.” For Canadians travelling south, flights from Cranbrook to Salt Lake City are less than two hours, where more connections to any of Delta’s 500 destinations are convenient and economical. Delta Air Lines will be flying into the Canadian Rockies International Airport three times a week starting December 19th, with the service running through March 28th, 2010. Delta is taking reservations now, and tickets can be booked through any travel agent or online at www.


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The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by 626989 Alberta Ltd. (Fairmont Mountain Bungalows) to amend the Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the bylaw amendments will change the designation for part of Lot 1, District Lots 53 and 4596, Kootenay District, Plan 6103 to facilitate development of a RV Park and to accommodate a subdivision to create a separate lot for the existing residential duplex. The property is located at 4869 Highway 93/95 in the Fairmont area.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Windermere Water and Sewer Company and Point Developments Inc. to amend the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the zoning designation of the subject properties, known as “the knoll”, to accommodate a 39-lot bare land strata subdivision for rural residential use. The properties are located on Cooper Road in the Windermere area.

Bylaw No. 2186 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1734, 2004 – Amendment Bylaw No. 14, 2009 (Fairmont / 626989 Alberta Ltd.)” will change the designation of the subject property from GC, General Commercial to RES-R, Resort Recreation and R-MF, Residential Multi-Family. Bylaw No. 2187 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 237, 2009 (Fairmont / 626989 Alberta Ltd.)” will change the designation of the subject property from C-2, Service Commercial Zone to RES-1, Recreation Accommodation Zone and R-2, Two Family Residential Zone. A public hearing will be held at: FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT, Birch Room 5225 Fairmont Resort Road, Fairmont BC MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the Village of Canal Flats. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submis¬sions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submis¬sions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpreta¬tion of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250.489.0314 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335. Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services December 4, 2009

Bylaw No. 2174 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 234, 2009 (Windermere / Windermere Water and Sewer Company Inc. and Point Developments Inc.)” will change the designation for: • part of Lot 2, District Lot 7567, Kootenay District, Plan NEP89215 and an undivided 1/10 share in Lot 8, District Lots 7567 and 9001, Kootenay District, Plan NEP84492 from RES-2, Resort Recreation Zone to R-1, Single Family Residential Zone; and • part of Lot A, District Lots 1093 and 2846, Kootenay District, Plan 11986 from A-2, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to R-1, Single Family Residential Zone. A public hearing will be held at: WINDERMERE COMMUNITY HALL 4726 North Street Windermere BC MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area F, Electoral Area G, and the District of Invermere. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown above; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Jean Terpsma, Planning Technician, at 250.489.0314 or toll free at 1.888.478.7335.

Andrew McLeod, Manager Planning & Development Services December 4, 2009

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‘Blue Christmas’ service open to entire community By Sandy Ferguson Christ Church Trinity For many, Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. All around us, we see signs of people joining together, sharing in Christmas cheer. But this is not the whole story. For others, Christmas is a difficult time. It can be a time where the darkness of the year seems to press on, and many face challenges in this season. These challenges can be manifested in many ways. Some struggle to celebrate Christmas in a time of economic difficulty. All around us we are bombarded with imagery of what is supposed to be a perfect Christmas, and usually that means spending a lot of money. What about those who have lost their job? Or those whose income is not as stable as it was in past? What does Christmas look like for them? Recently I heard that the food bank in town is facing a major increase in use, and food doesn’t stay long on the shelves. In this Christmas season, let us hope that the spirit of giving will ensure that the food bank will continue to serve all in need. For others, there is the struggle that this is a time

when we remember who and what we have lost in the last year. Christmas is a time for family and friends. What about those who suffer from the memory of loss, that this year, in some homes around the table there may be one less person? Such loss may be from a death or a loss of relationship, or separation from family for a variety of reasons. It is important that people who have suffered such losses, and who are burdened by the memory of these losses feel that they too have a place in the Christmas season. This is especially true, because Christ Jesus himself was born in a time of struggle. The Good News he proclaims to the world was surely shaped by the struggles of his own life. Jesus knew the burden of loss, and the desire to search for hope in a difficult world. And so it is, that we as a community of faith, are called to share this Good News with others. Christ Church Trinity in Invermere in the past has offered a service for people who struggle in this time of year. And we do so this year. On Monday, December 21st at 7 p.m., we will have our Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service. It will be a service in which we share our loss with one another, and understand that we are not alone. All are welcome to attend who wish for a time and place to honour their loss. There will be an opportunity to light candles in honour of this loss, candles that will hopefully be a reminder that there is light in the darkness.

Christmas church services Lake Windermere Alliance Church Christmas Eve: • 2 p.m.:The Summit, Panorama Resort • 6 p.m.: Lake Windermere Alliance Church • 8:30 p.m.: Great Hall at Panorama Resort

Roman Catholic Church Christmas Eve: • 5 p.m.: Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere • 7 p.m.: Canadian Martyrs Church, Invermere • 11 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Church, Radium

Windermere Valley Shared Ministry Christmas Eve: • 4 p.m.: Family Christmas service, Christ Church Trinity, Invermere • 8 p.m.: All Saints, Edgewater • 10 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Windermere • 11:30 p.m.: Communion, Christ Church Trinity

Christmas Day: • 10 a.m.: Canadian Martyrs Church • 1 p.m.: St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere • 7 p.m.: Christmas Eve, Christ Church Trinity, Invermere

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, December 20th, 10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday of Advent. “Light of Joy.” Pastor Trevor ministering. K.I.D.S. Church, for children ages 3 to 12, during the service. 7 p.m.: Sing and Celebrate Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 •

Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Communion at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Communion/Christmas pageant at Christ Church Trinity Monday, December 21st: Blue Christmas/Longest Night Christmas service 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 18, 2009

Ring in 2010 in Style! New Year’s Eve Gala December 31

Brewer’s Christmas Market NOW OPEN!

Featuring a grand buffet dinner, live entertainment by Ray ‘The Hatman’, and a glass of bubbly at midnight! Call 250.345.6000 for tickets. $59/person. Ages 16+.

Experience Christmas magic at Brewer’s Christmas Market. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm—and starting December 21st through the Christmas Holidays from 11:00am to 6:00pm. We are all dressed up for the Season and promise something perfect for every stocking. Try our seasonal baked products and specialty teas and coffees, featuring our local Kicking Horse Coffee Blends. Located adjacent to the hot pools.

A Warm Gift for You! Bring a cash or food donation for the Columbia Valley Food Bank, and enjoy FREE swimming all day long. Merry Christmas from all of us at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.


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