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The Columbia


January 1, 2010

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That goal is well in sight after his win in the Giant Slalom during the recent Northwest Funds Nor-Am Cup at Panorama. Overall, Jon was stoked with his time in Canada and said that he can’t wait to come back to Panorama Mountain Village for next year’s Nor-Am race. “I can’t say anything else than that I rank this win among the 10 biggest things I have done in my ski career. Winning a Nor-Am is not the easiest thing, it’s one big step on my way to my goal,” he said.

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Invermere man dies in tragic accident By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff An Invermere man killed in a tragic car accident just a week before Christmas will be remembered by his family and friends as a stand-up guy with an infectious laugh who loved to fish. On December 18th, 84-year-old Cecil Reid was killed when his vehicle left the road south of Canal Flats. A devoted family man, Cecil was on his way to pick up Margaret, his wife of 61 years, who was recovering from surgery in Cranbrook when the accident occurred. Cecil moved to Wilmer from Saskatchewan in the early 1950s with his wife and young son Allan. The couple had five children: Allan, a retired millwright who resides in Invermere; Brian, a gas plant employee in Prince George; Barry, an employee of Kootenay National Park; Dale, who is employed with Helmer Construction in Invermere; and Kathy, who lives in Invermere and works at Sobeys. “My dad was an all-around good guy and he could do anything, Allan said. “When he moved to the condo in Invermere and all little old ladies found he was that good and he was retired – they had him out there changing oil and fixing things. He was always surrounded by little old ladies, but mom didn’t mind because he always came home at night.” Allan said he remembers his dad being happy all the time, except once when someone stole his brand-new fishing boat from Whiteswan Lake on

the first day of his two-week vacation. But he has many other fond memories of his dad, a man who was always there for the family, whether in the stands at baseball games, helping out a neighbour or teaching his 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren how to fish. “I was lucky,” Allan said. “I lived next to him for 40 years, and I got to see him every day.” Byron Irons, a long-time family friend, will always remember the hardworking, fun-loving, maintenance supervisor who was respected by all. “He had a great big grin on him all the time,” he said. Byron met Cecil in 1974 while working in Kootenay National Park. Cecil supervised road maintenance in the park for 28 years. “I remember being a starving warden living at Kootenay Crossing, and Cecil used to bring me beer,” he laughed. “Anyone who brings me beer is held in high esteem in my book.” It was Cecil’s job to make sure the road from Radium to Banff National Park was in tip-top shape for travel. But he was also known for his all-or-nothing attitude. “They always said that if Cecil couldn’t get through on that road, no one could,” Byron said. “Being a good Saskatchewan boy, he knew how to improvise, so he would chain up his truck. You could always hear Cecil going by the warden’s office, you could hear those chains just a-going.” A luncheon will be held in celebration of Cecil’s life at 1 p.m. on January 9th at the Edgewater Legion.

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Top: Cecil Reid with Margaret, his wife of 61 years. Bottom left: Cecil and Margaret after a day of fishing. Bottom right: Before working for Parks Canada, Cecil drove a logging truck, pictured here looking under the hood.

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Timber Ridge residents approve water upgrade By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The fledgling Windermere Water and Sewer Company scored its first big win — more than doubling its customer base — in its effort to deliver provinciallyapproved drinking water to communities on the east side of Lake Windermere. The Timber Ridge and Timber Heights communities, comprising 366 homes, approved a deal to hook into the system. On Wednesday, December 30th, the Regional District of East Kootenay announced that 67 percent of properties totalling 68 percent of the communities’ assessed value consented to the deal. The owners of 245 properties indicated support; the process required support from only 183 owners of the total 366 properties. “I was very happy that we received consent from two-thirds of the property owners,” said Wendy Booth, director of Area F in the regional district. “I was hopeful, but not confident, that this would pass.” Currently, Timber Ridge has its own water supply which does not meet Interior Health standards for drinking water. Property owners are advised to boil water before drinking if they have a weakened immune system. The project will see the regional district retain ownership of the water system and purchase bulk treated water from Windermere Water and Sewer. Each home will have a water meter installed. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1,924,700. The regional district has received grants to cover $497,034, so it will borrow $1,453,096. Each property owner will contribute a maximum parcel tax of $455 per year over 15 years. User fees are estimated to cost each residential user $840 per year.

The project will double the number of homes serviced by Windermere Water and Sewer Company. “We have approximately 300 houses and lots tied into our water system currently,” said president Paul Partlo. “When tied in, Timber Ridge will add approximately 370 residential properties and the Copper Point Golf Course to our overall user base.” Wendy Booth said the petition process was the best way to poll an area with so many second homeowners. “The petition process is a challenge because it is more effort on the part of the property owner. However, it does give the non-resident property owner the opportunity to participate,” she said. “In the case of Timber Ridge, with so many nonresidents, we felt the petition process was the best way to engage second homeowners as well as full-time residents.” The proposal was the result of two years’ discussion by the Timber Ridge Utility Advisory Commission. President Mel Gibson said he is happy the hard work has paid off. “I was very pleased indeed with the results, having spent a number of years working with the regional district on how we could improve the quality of the drinking water in the Timber Ridge service area,” Mr. Gibson said. However, some property owners are opposed to the project. Timber Heights resident Scott Frank said he is disappointed with the result. “I think it is the wrong choice,” he said. “I am disappointed in the way they handled it. People were railroaded into it.” With 67 percent approval, though, the regional district will proceed with the borrowing bylaw at its January 8th meeting. After provincial approval, the bylaw should be adopted in March.

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Family mourns Radium father of three killed before Christmas in freak accident By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff The family of Gurmail Parmar are remembering a long-time valley resident who loved to garden. The 51-year-old Radium Hot Springs resident passed away on Thursday, December 17th after being struck by a car beside Highway 93/95 near Juniper Gurmail Parmar Heights. He leaves behind a wife, Gurdarshan, known as Pinky; daughters Harjot, 15, and Navjot, 11; and son Paramjot, 6. Gurmail was driving south from Radium to Invermere on December 17th when his car hit an icy

patch. He lost control of the vehicle and it ran into the ditch. A passerby stopped to lend assistance and Gurmail used her cell phone to call his cousin, Sarwan Parmar, to pick him up. Before Sarwan arrived, however, a second driver lost control on the same patch of highway and the vehicle swerved off the road, striking Gurmail. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Invermere and District Hospital. Gurmail was born in the small village of Khanoura, Punjab, India. He emigrated to Canada in January 1987, and settled in Radium where his cousin Sarwan lives. In 1991, Gurmail returned to India to marry Pinky, and she joined him in Radium in 1993. From 1987 to 2006, Gurmail worked as a planer at the Seel sawmill in Edgewater until he was involved in an accident in October 2006. As he was changing the planer heads, his fingers were caught in the planer and he lost his left hand up to the wrist.

Since 2007, he worked as the caretaker at the Park Inn in Radium. Gurmail’s parents emigrated from India in 1994. His father passed away in 1997 but his mother, Jit Kour Parmar, now lives in Columbia House after suffering a stroke three years ago. In India, Gurmail’s brother, three sisters and 12 nieces and nephews mourn his passing. His cousin, Sarwan, and close friend, Balbar Minhas, said Gurmail had a real green thumb. “He was a gardener and he grew all kinds of flowers,” Balbar said. He added that he will miss Gurmail’s friendship and his smile. “He had a different kind of smile and he laughed in a different way,” he said. The family, he said, received a lot of support from the community of Radium after Gurmail’s passing. “We really appreciate the community helping during our grief,” Balbar said. A funeral for Gurmail Parmar was held at the Sikh temple in Calgary on December 26th.

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New Year’s favourites By Elinor Florence Pioneer Publisher

Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday we were celebrating the millennium? At any rate, here are some of my favourite things about the New Year: • Auld Lang Syne. This is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, with lyrics praising the memories of the past. The song was written by Scottish poet Robbie Burns and, loosely translated, means “Days Gone By.” It’s a tribute to the old year, and all the years that came before. • Happy New Year, by Abba. This lovely and poignant piece was written and recorded by the group in 1988, and includes the lyrics: “May we all have a vision now and then, of a world where every neighbour is a friend.” The song is still played at many fireworks festivals around the world. • Dinner for One: This 18-minute black-andwhite 1963 television video was recorded with British comedian Freddie Frinton. For some reason, it has become a New Year’s Eve cult classic in Germany, Denmark and several other countries, including Australia. We have a copy of the video, and yes, our family watches it and laughs out loud every New Year’s Eve. You can watch it on Youtube. • My wedding anniversary: New Year’s Day is the anniversary of the happiest day of my life. I often wonder why more people don’t choose this propitious day for a wedding. Our anniversary starts each year at midnight with fireworks and champagne, a wonderful way to celebrate new beginnings. Every new year starts with a reflection of the past year, and good wishes for the new year. It’s the most optimistic day of the year, when we all plan and hope for better things. A very happy and successful 2010 to all of you, from everyone here at The Pioneer.

LAUNDRY DUTY — Two men, employees of Heap Holland in Fairmont Hot Springs, do their laundry in this 1912-1916 photo from the John Beedle collection. If you have more information about this image, please e-mail us at Photo (C1945) is provided courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Hamper recipient says thanks Dear Editor: I was a recipient of one of this year’s Christmas hampers and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. I have never used this service before, but this was a tough year for many, including my family. I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who contributed to this wonderful cause. When I went to pick up my hamper, I was so touched by the kindness and generosity of the community we live in.

I left with tears of joy in my eyes and I am eagerly awaiting better times so that I, too, can help bring this feeling to other families in need. Thanks, again, to all the “earth angels” for bringing the true spirit of Christmas into our home! Our three small children will experience the true magic of the season, thanks to our loving and giving community! Hugs to you all and we wish you the very best for 2010! Love, blessings, and gratitude. Hamper recipient Invermere

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Lodge is ‘money pit’ Dear Editor: Invermere councillors: I read in the Columbia Valley Pioneer that Mayor Taft has requested an additional $20,000 from the taxpayers to assist in relocating a part of a building with supposed historical significance to the community. I must strongly protest this request, as it will surely lead to more down the road (pun intended). This project has very little merit and reflects poorly on the judgment of the council (Mr. Miller excepted).

This is going to be a bottomless money pit. Councillors Brydon, Campsall and Hawes expressed “monetary concerns� at the time of approval. These concerns are now manifesting themselves and the building has not even been moved. If you want new washrooms at the park, then renovate the existing ones at the ball diamond. Please do the right thing and stop this project now.

There are many great things about living in the valley, but our greatest asset is our people, who never fail to step forward to help others in need. The 2009 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is just

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Someone around 9th Avenue in the Wilder subdivision accidentally left something harmful outside, or, worse, knowingly gave him some “holiday cheer.” Whatever the case, I urge my neighbours to think twice about the trash or fluid you leave outside. Is it contained properly? No matter how well I train my dog, he will eat anything given to him or carelessly left lying around. And, if you are the Grinch who poisoned my pooch, contact me to talk about it. Tomba is feeling much better, and I will be keeping a closer eye on both him and the neighbourhood.

Invermere seems to be not interested in the Gamestown 2010 competition or the great prizes and money to be given away. With only five entries from Invermere and over 280 from the little town of Princeton that is currently leading, it would seem that there is nothing to do around Invermere. Or perhaps everyone is just too busy doing their own thing that very few of the organizers have the time to send in their activities. We have so much more here than Princeton does, and very few care enough to spend five minutes to write a entry on the Gamestown 2010 website. It’s easy, quick and doesn’t show your name. The competition is open until January 4th, so there is still time to get it out there. Come on, Invermere, get going! You have it all right here in this beautiful valley. Norman Hendricks, Toby Benches

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Community briefs Lakeside Benefit a success

Fitz Flooring donates to Food Bank John Fitzsimmons, owner of Fitz Flooring, donated $5,000 to the Columbia Valley Food Bank on December 30th.

It was accepted by Rachel King, left, and Bev Deck, who volunteer for the Food Bank. Photo by Dave Sutherland

Organizers of the annual Lakeside Food Bank Benefit Concert, held on December 20th at the Lakeside Pub in Athalmer, are calling the event a riproaring success. Bill Cropper, master of ceremonies and recruiter of musical talent, said that although the event raised $2,700 – $1,000 less than last year – he is very happy with the results. “We had a full house,” he said. “There was lots of music, lots of entertainment and we raised a lot of money – it was remarkable.” Mr. Cropper attributes this year’s decline in donations to a lack of live auction items, stating that last year, the success of the event was due to a large number of auction items donated at the last minute. But despite the lower earnings, there is a silver lining for this year’s concert

– aside from the fact that it showcased more than 25 local musicians. “Normally we raise around $2,000 each year,” Bill said. “So we are still above average, which is great!”

Flu shots offered at health unit Those wanting to be vaccinated against the H1N1 virus will now have to book their appointments ahead of time. Starting this month, Interior Health will no longer be holding mass clinics at the Invermere Community Hall and instead be offering vaccinations by appointment only at the Invermere Health Unit. The vaccinations are still free of charge and available to everyone. The clinics will be held weekly throughout the month and the next scheduled date is Thursday, January 7th. To book your appointment, call 250-342-2360.

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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Movie Review: Jennifer’s Body Reviewed by Dave Sutherland Jennifer’s Body is a slasher flick made with wit and style, starring sexpot du jour Megan Fox. Needy Lesnicky becomes deservedly worried when her sexually rapacious friend Jennifer (Fox) is possessed by a demon and begins to — literally — eat boys. Needy, played by Amanda Seyfried, is the good girl to Jennifer’s bad. You can tell. She’s smart, wears big glasses and rarely shows any cleavage. She plays second fiddle to her best friend whenever they’re together, and despite the fact that Needy has a perfectly nice boyfriend, she also seems to be in awe of Jennifer’s hold over men. Despite her name, though, Needy draws on an in-

ner reserve of resilience when the going gets tough. What could have been a run-of-the-mill horror flick becomes, in the hands of writer Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama, a sly and subversive look at raging teenage hormones and the high school pecking order. Cody, of course, is the writer responsible for 2007’s runaway hit, Juno, and Kusama directed 2000’s Girlfight. Cody peppers her script with salty wisecracks and knowing nods to earlier films. She has a keen eye for the lines drawn between the various cliques that naturally populate high schools — and how all kids ultimately hunger for the same thing.

There are both scares and humour in abundance in this movie. Some of the blackly funny lines may stick with you for a while and, though there is some gore, it’s not the kind of over-the-top, ultra-violence you would find in something like Hostel, or The Hills Have Eyes. So, if you’re as tired as I am of the seemingly endless spate of eye-poppingly bad, falsely cheery holiday movies that aired over the Christmas season, you might want to take a look at Jennifer’s Body.


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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.

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• 4 p.m.: Winter session of the Columbia Valley Otters swimming lessons starts. For info: 250-3479562.

Monday, January 4th:

Friday, January 15th:

• 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Weekly yoga at Radium Hall starts again. All abilities welcome, $10. For info: 250-3429765. • Coffee and conversational Spanish at Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House in Radium. Beginner and intermediate speakers welcome. $60 for six classes or $12 drop-in. To register and for more info, call Jessica at 250-346-3363 or 250-341-1799.

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

Tuesday, January 5th:

• January 17th-24th: Nordic Ski Festival begins at Nipika Mountain Resort. For info: 250-342-6516.

• 7 p.m.: New members meeting of the quilt guild at Edgewater Community Hall.

Thursday, January 7th: • 1-3 p.m.: Combined H1N1 and seasonal flu clinic at the Invermere Public Health Unit. For info: 250342-2360.

Friday, January 8th: • 7 p.m.: Folk/pop duo The Human Statues performs at David Thompson Secondary School for Columbia Valley Arts Council. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Princeton at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Saturday, January 9th: • January 9th-10th: Columbia Valley Bighorns football team are holding a bottle drive in Invermere. For early pick-up, call Darla at 250-688-0256 or Joe at 250-341-1032.

Saturday, January 16th: • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Kimberley at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Sunday, January 17th:

Tuesday, January 19th: • 7 p.m.: Goodbye Solo screens in the Cinefest at Pynelogs Winter Film Series by Columbia Valley Arts. For info: 250-342-4423. • Snowed In Comedy Tour at Bud’s Bar & Lounge, featuring Glen Wool, Craig Campbell, Dan Quinn, Ed Byrne. For info: 250-342-2965.

Thursday, January 21st: • 8 p.m.: Rita Chiarelli performs at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. Tickets $20. For info: 250-342-5873.

Friday, January 22nd: • The Olympic Torch Relay passes through the Columbia Valley. Celebrations will be held in Radium, Invermere, Windermere, Fairmont and Canal Flats. • January 22nd-24th: Bonspiel on the Lake at Kinsmen Beach and Invermere Curling Club. For info: 250-342-3315.

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Banff film festival coming to valley By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff The Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Invermere on Sunday, January 10th, thanks to the owners of RK Heliski. This year, the event is moving into a larger, centrally-located venue and offering almost double the number of tickets at new lower prices. According to event organizer Janna Patrick, RK Heliski has been hosting the event at the heliplex for more than 15 years, with proceeds going to various community organizations. “The venue has been moved from Choppers Landing to the Invermere Community Hall,” she said. “We’re hoping to accommodate more film-goers as the festival is always a sold-out

show. Also, the venue is more central and accessible, especially for families and younger film-goers. Lastly, selling more tickets at this bigger venue helps to reduce ticket prices from $28 in 2009 to $20 in 2010 — fantastic!” This year, all proceeds from the event will go towards the Lake Windermere Whiteway Project and the Toby Creek Nordic Club. As per tradition, she said, the films selected for presentation will not be announced until days before the event to ensure the strongest lineup possible. Running time will be about 120 minutes with an intermission featuring prize giveaways. Tickets are available at Crazy Soles, Kootenay Coffee on Main, Columbia Cycle, Spring Health Foods and at RK Heliski and Lusti’s in Panorama.

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and its inhabitants in this brand new year. In those days, a lump of coal was considered a most acceptable gift and as all the houses were heated entirely by coal fires, very practical. It is also tradition to accept a drink and some food at each house visited. Most living rooms would have everyone sitting in a circle creating a ceilidh atmosphere and one’s party piece would be delivered, a story, poem or song. “What would you have to drink,” meant, will that be whiskey or beer? No mixes or ice, but often a bottle of Port or Sherry for the ladies. For me, Hogmanay was a string of intimate visits and singing our way through the village with a group of friends, an all-night affair ending with breakfast at the last house. Happy New Year!

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January 1, 2010

Three-week countdown to torch arrival Invermere

By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Columbia Valley communities are gearing up for the festivities that will be held on Friday, January 22nd to welcome the Olympic torch on its route through the region.


The torch will pass through Edgewater at about 9:15 a.m. No formal celebration has been planned, but the students of Edgewater Elementary School will be waiting at the cenotaph to greet the torchbearers as they pass through the community.

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The torch will pass through Radium at about 10:30 a.m. Barrel fires along the route will keep spectators warm. On January 23rd, the day after the torch passes, Radium will host its first Winterfest. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include a pancake breakfast, face-painting, snowman-building, family skating and sledding, snow-sculpting and dogsled rides. For more information, call 250-347-6455.

The main celebration in Invermere will begin at about 10:45 a.m. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has organized an official event that will include displays from Coca-Cola and the Royal Bank of Canada, and entertainment from local schools and First Nations, as well as other local entertainers. The event will be held downtown at the intersection of 13th Street and 7th Avenue. Celebrations will continue later that day at Kinsmen Beach, including skating, shinny and the annual Bonspiel on the Lake. At 6 p.m. the district-sponsored celebration, Winterlude, will begin. This includes family entertainment and fireworks. The District of Invermere also has Olympic mittens available at $10 per pair.


The torch will arrive in Windermere from Kinsmen Beach, after being carried across the lake on skateskis and a sled. It will mark the official kick-off the Windermere Winter Games. This event will run until 5 p.m. and include outdoor sports, relays, games and contests, as well as music, entertainment and food.

Akisqnuk First Nation

Festivities at the Akisqnuk First Nation, located about one kilometre south of Windermere on Highway 93/95, will begin at noon when Chief Wilfred Teneese welcomes the torch. Celebrations will continue until 2 p.m. with food and performances by Akisqnuk members and Invermere band Standby for the Bomb.

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The celebrations will start about noon on Frontage Road, in front of the Fairmont mall, including entertainment, ice-carving, a winter sports day, the building of a commemorative inukshuk and a barbecue sponsored by local businesses. The party continues at 3 p.m. at the Fairmont Ski Hill.

Canal Flats

Festivities in Canal Flats will include an artwork contest, mini-Olympics – which will begin at 1 p.m. at the arena – a duct-tape bobsled race, free skating, 3-on-3 hockey, a time capsule and a talent show. Spectators are encouraged to support Canadian athletes by wearing red along the torch route and decorating their homes. For more information, call 250-349-5462.

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Olympics trip ends in wedding for Aussie nurse By Dorothy Isted Special to The Pioneer Shirley Smith was born in March 1932, in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest of five children. The family moved later, and she grew up in the state of Victoria, in the towns of Yellingbo and Yalloum. Her father farmed and worked as a boilermaker at a coal mine. Shirley’s first school was two miles away and she had to walk. After the family moved into Yellingbo, the school was six miles away and Shirley and her younger brother drove a horse and jinker (cart) to school. The children were responsible for feeding and unyoking the pony when they got to school. In Australia, school was free but families were required to pay for school uniforms and books. At the age of 13, Shirley had to quit school because the nearest high school was 25 miles away and her parents couldn’t afford to pay room and board for her. She stayed home and helped with the housework and the dairy farm chores: milking and feeding the animals and cleaning up. She decided to grow sweet corn, peas and lettuce, so she planted a vegetable garden. Until then, there was no garden on the property – nor was there any plumbing or electricity. Shirley says her family were poor managers and not very organized, and she decided when she was young that she did not want to follow in their footsteps. A teacher saw some spark in Shirley and insisted she write her Grade 8 exams when the other students were doing theirs, even though she had attended a much lower grade. She passed the exam. At the time, Grade 8 was the entrance requirement for nursing school. Shirley was supplied with room and board and a stipend, about six dollars every two weeks. There was no cost for the lectures but the girls did have to buy their own books. She graduated from Williamstown and General Hospital in Victoria with her nursing degree and later took midwifery in Australia and a course in New York on medical nursing. At the age of 23, Shirley began nursing and travelling. She visited areas of New Zealand and Australia, supporting herself by housekeeping, waitressing, working at a health camp for recuperating children,

Shirley Thode-Hamilton poses with her husband, Fred, on their wedding day in 1976. and cooking for shearers at a sheep station. While in New York, in 1960, Shirley trained with a friend who later became the nurse in charge of a hospital in Mayo, Yukon Territory, and persuaded her to come and work there. It was while she was in Mayo in 1964 that Shirley met Fred Thode-Hamilton. Ursel and Hermann Mauthner of Wilmer spent their early married life in Mayo. A circle of friends developed, including the nurses from the hospital. Ursel said: “We always had the nurses at our house. We had a big group of friends and that’s how they met. I always thought those two were made for each other, but Fred was dragging his feet.” Shirley returned to Australia. As Ursel recalls, “Once she was gone, he realized what he had missed. Everybody else could see it except for him. I think he

was always fond of her.” That might have been the end of it except that Shirley decided to return to Canada for the 1976 Olympics. She contacted the Mauthners, intending to visit them near the end of her trip. Ursel asked Shirley for permission to tell Fred she would be here. By this time Fred and his father Patrick were living in Saskatoon. Fred was managing the Rabbit Lake Uranium Mine, 850 kilometres north, and commuting by plane. Once he got the call from Ursel telling him that Shirley was visiting, he took leave from his job and travelled out to the valley, staying at the Skookum Inn cabins. Shirley went to a New Year’s party at Fairmont Lodge with the Mauthners and Fred showed up. After 13 years, Fred and Shirley renewed their friendship and when she returned to Australia in January 1977 they promised to write to each other. In August, Fred proposed by letter. Shirley accepted, and suggested they have the wedding in Canada as Fred’s father was not well enough to travel. “But Dad said that was nonsense, as a wedding was a woman’s affair and we should have the wedding in Australia,” Fred recalled. “He also said I should go and see where she was from and meet her family and friends. It was wise advice.” Fred’s father was there in spirit, though. When Fred told him they were to be married, Patrick said, “What has the poor girl done to deserve someone like you?” Fred also recalled his father saying, “There’s 10 percent of a witch in a woman, which makes her interesting for a man. Men are 10 percent boy and 20 percent idiot, and I don’t know why they marry us!” Shortly after the wedding, the couple arrived in Saskatchewan in minus 40-degree weather. While Fred continued to work at Rabbit Lake, Shirley worked at the University Hospital in Saskatoon. Shirley later became a nursing supervisor and worked at the hospital for almost 10 years before her job was made redundant. The same thing later happened to Fred. The couple then decided to move to Invermere and bought a lot on 7th Avenue in 1990, where they built their home overlooking the lake. Continued on next page . . .

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January 1, 2010 Continued from last page . . . In the early 1990s, Fred played the Nazi in The Sound of Music, a musical production by David Escott in Invermere. Shirley was in the off-stage chorus. Fred also won the B.C. Seniors Table Tennis Championship, and served as an Invermere town councillor for two terms, totalling six years. These days, Fred is working on his autobiography. Shirley belongs to the Valley Fitness Centre and exercises three times a week. She belongs to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Columbia Valley Arts Performing Arts Committee. Shirley continues to ski, but is not sure if this will be her last year. The couple enjoys travelling around B.C. and the United States. They house-sit every summer for friends in Port Moody and Whistler, and they continue as beloved “aunt and uncle” to the Mauthner children. MEMORIES — Images of Shirley Smith (now ThodeHamilton) with her younger sisters in Australia (top, left); in nursing school at age 23 (bottom, left); with her friend Diane Thompson in the Yukon Territory in 1966. Photos submitted


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Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft sets agenda for 2010 Submitted by Gerry Taft Mayor of Invermere This year has been a challenging one. There was uncertainty about global and national economies and, locally, we saw a slowdown in construction and the unfortunate and unexpected closure of the Canfor sawmill in Radium. Despite the challenges, there were many good news stories in 2009. In the spring, Invermere was successful in receiving a number of grants, including money to improve pathway systems and networks, planting trees, and upgrades to 7th Avenue east of Pothole Park. Grant money, donations and reserves allowed us to proceed with the construction of Pothole Park. The result is beautiful and will add immensely to the character of Invermere. It was also announced that the upgrades to our hospital emergency room would proceed. The timing of this approval was extremely important, and lucky! Had it not been approved when it was, there probably would be no provincial money for that project for several years. In March, we ended boundary expansion discussions with Grizzly Ridge Properties. There were concerns about dedications of parkland, timing and structure of processes, and long-term land uses. In August, the regional district board voted on a motion to ask the province to establish a resort municipality in the Jumbo valley. The amount of public comment on the issue was immense. People’s passion and conviction are very strong. The vote passed eight to seven. At the following board meeting, unanimous support was given for a resolution to restrict a potential resort municipality at Jumbo from having a seat at the regional district board, unless it was an elected council — which was one of many issues and concerns regarding the resort municipality governance model. This summer, we opted to pay a road improvement parcel tax out early, which helped to lower our debt and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments. In September, a rumour spread suggesting the Lake Windermere Management Plan was going to ban boats on Lake Windermere. The rumour resulted in a flood of very emotional e-mails and phone calls, and a

lot of concern from second homeowners. The “story” was featured in the Calgary Herald and Global News in Calgary. The Lake Windermere Management Plan advisory group has been working hard to sort through the public comment forms and a draft plan is expected in February 2010. The goal is to recommend policies and strategies that are reasonable and enforceable. Banning boats is not being considered. Looking forward to 2010, we will be completing some previously budgeted projects, including rebuilding a portion of 11th Avenue, moving the garbage bins from behind the arena to the public works yard in the Industrial Park, as well as continuing with parks and trails construction and the addition of an athletic court at Mount Nelson Athletic Park. Discussions regarding “regional governance” in the Columbia Valley will continue in 2010. Other new initiatives include increased funding to the Invermere Public Library, which will allow it to hire a third fulltime employee and improve library services. Kinsmen Beach will receive $50,000 in upgrades with money raised from hotel room tax to improve facilities enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. There are significant improvements being made to sewer lift stations and associated infrastructure around town. We will also be upgrading some water transmission lines and initiating an aquifer protection plan. We will contribute a significant amount of money to our reserves across various categories, as we strive to maintain and enhance our financial health. During the first several months of 2010, staff will review Development Cost Charges and recommend whether rates should be changed. In January, district staff will present legal and enforcement options regarding the unfinished Purcell Point development. Some items still under discussion by council include the construction of the first phase of the Westside Connector (behind Westridge leading to Pine Ridge Mountain Resort), potential payout of loans on several district vehicles, options regarding a lease or purchase of a new street sweeper, designs for downtown enhancement and parking plans, potential additional funding for the movement of the old CPR lodge, and whether or not the district should be performing all park and lawn maintenance “in house.” On behalf of council, I would like to extend yuletide greetings and heart-felt wishes for a wonderful year. I hope the passion and excitement the Olympic Torch Relay will bring to our community on January 22nd will inspire us to have an exciting and enjoyable 2010! Questions and comments are always welcome to or 250-341-1202.

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RCMP seeks public input on priorities By Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP How does the detachment determine what priorities to take on, and how do we then deal with these identified priorities? At home, I know where my priorities come from and in their order of importance. My marching orders come from my wife and, at times, my 19-year-old son attempts to dictate what my priorities should be. I take my wife seriously. My son’s priorities keep me in good humour, often in stitches. As detachment commander, I determine the detachment’s priorities. In the past, many of the priorities were handed down from Ottawa, “E� Division headquarters in Vancouver, and the district office in Kelowna. To some point, that still applies. Since the advent of community-based policing, we work with the community to identify our priorities. Small, rural detachments like ours live and breathe community-based policing. In fact, we invented it. Everybody has a different view on what police priorities should be. Can we take on all the priorities

identified? By talking to the public, we get numerous ideas and often common themes are heard. We will analyze all the information and look for the most common or frequent issues that surface. We have learned over the years that properly managing and paying attention to the highest priorities has the greatest impact and, as a result, reduces the impact of other, lower priorities identified. Some priorities identified by the public were thefts, property crime, break-and-enters, and thefts from vehicles. When looking at these priorities, we also look at the underlying problems fuelling these types of crimes. If we identify and tackle the underlying causes, the resulting problems disappear. Drug and alcohol abuse is always one of the top priorities. Drug use, drug dealers, the need to commit crimes in order to continue to use drugs, or commit crimes to pay off drug debts, and assaults as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, are all interconnected. Some priorities are, in fact, part of our day-to-day operations. One example is traffic safety for our kids on their way to and from school. Many young children assert their independence by announcing to mom and dad they intend to walk

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Now taking NEW lawn maintenance

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




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HERE TO SERVE YOU 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 Q Q

Quality Hand-crafted Steel


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

Warbrick Towing & Salvage

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

(250) 341-6888

Shiatsu & Acupressure Relaxing - Comfortable - Therapeutic

Farron Chandler Registered Shiatsu Therapist Over 12 years of experience

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

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

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

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

Custom Home Design Specializing in Single Family Homes, Additions and Renovations, Drafting Services. Contact: Paul Aubrecht Invermere (250) 342-0482 Calgary (403) 874-0483



P H A R M A C Y LT D . J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware

Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere


Fine Homeservices


Sales • Repairs • Warranty Phone: 250-342-9207

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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HERE TO SERVE YOU Cranbrook Pest Control We use the most successful products available. • 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

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GUARANTEED info@cranbrookpestcontrol com



Complete Automotive Repairs REFERENCES AVAILABLE

(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

Phone: 250-342-6614 •


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

colorworks Painting Inc.


1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.

250-341-5096 ph/fax 250-347-2144


Fireplace and Woodstove


WETT Certified Inspection and Technician Licenced and Bonded Gas Contractor

250-342-5047 • 1-888-357-4449



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

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

Your Weekly Source for News and Events


Dave Sutherland Sales Associate

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

Scott Postlethwaite

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


Septic Systems ste t ms Installed Installe nss d ~ Pumped Pum P Pu ump ped d ~ Repaired Re ire Repair i ed ired Prefab P Pr reffab refa fab Cement Cementt Tanks Installed IIns In nsta s alle W Wa Water Lines nes Dug Dugg IIn Insta Inst Installed allled d Basements B nts ts Dug D

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

Commercial and Hospitality IT 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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• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems

Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

Call for your FREE conultation and estimate

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•

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

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

You’re invited to see our

• 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


Corporate Logos: Trade Name + Dealership Sub Logos

Colour: PANTONE 349 Serving The English

Dunlop Contracting

Valley for over 15 Years

Manulife Securities Incorporated = IDA Manulife Securities Investment Services inc. = MFDA Manulife Securities Insurance Inc. = INSURANCE

French Al Tallman

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration 3/16" Minimum size to be used on business cards including iron lters that really work! Call (250) 342-5089

Bruce Dunlop

Complete your renos NOW before the Tax Credit runs out in February. Call for estimates. From Framing to Finishing – We do it all!

385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Worried about providing income in 1/4" Minimum size to be used on the standard sized brochures your retirement? MANULIFE SECURITIES INSURANCE AGENCY

VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

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

• 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


See our ad on Page 20 for more details.


5/16" This size to be used on all oversized brochures.

Call 250-341-6299 to discuss your advertising needs. N E W S PA P E R • E-mail:

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pioneer on the road

Have Pioneer, will travel Clockwise from top left: Kathleen and Dale Wilker with a pair of gladiators outside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Judy Moore (on a donkey), Glen Carlson and Della Gordon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Logan and Tyler Powell at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida; Russ Hendry of Edgewater at Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; and Lorne and Rita Rankin of Calgary in the Falkland Islands. Email your photos to by midnight, December 31st, to enter the 2009 contest.

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Last chance to win!

Clockwise from top left: Emma Ross, Jonah MacNeville, and Colin and Clare Ross with the 78th Highlanders at the Halifax Citadel in Nova Scotia; Mel and Thora Casey visit the opium-producing Golden Triangle in northern Thailand; Susanna, Frank and Nico Walker in Chacala, Mexico; Pauline, Leanne and Marcy Wodniakowski with friend Karin in Okinawa, Japan; June, Brock and Doug Smith, Harald, Sarah and Leona Kloos and Sam Monfee celebrate the Brocks’ 25th anniversary in Hawaii; and Julie St. Amand and Garnet Wilcock on a free trip to the Tupperware factory in Hemingway, South Carolina.

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Pioneer Classifieds CHEERS & JEERS



Jeers to the skaters who won’t get off the ice road we’re driving on!

Jeers to all the people DRIVING on the WHITEWAY! STOP IT!!! Many people in the TCNSC are working hard to keep this great trail going and you are WRECKING IT! B. Kirk

Cheers to Brad Kitching, you are the BEST! So lucky to have you maintaining the Whiteway. B. Kirk

Found camera at the Lussier Hot Springs on Sunday, Dec. 27th. To identify email timinthehills@

Cheers to all the good people who donate and pay the $5 day use fee for the Whiteway, with your support we are going to keep this trail maintained for many years! B.Kirk


Cheers to the person who plows the nice ice road on the lake for us to drive on!

s obituary s Charles David Lum 1946 - 2009

Dave Lum passed away peacefully in the East Kootenay Regional Hospital on December 16, 2009 at 63 years of age after a courageous battle with cancer. He left with “no regrets”. Dave was born on June 8, 1946 in Creston, British Columbia and grew up in Fort Steele, British Columbia. He made his home in Canal Flats, British Columbia and worked for 40 years in the Canal Flats Saw Mill. He was an active member of the Canal Flats Volunteer Fire Department. For Dave, his wife, family, friends and pets were first and foremost. He always loved to share his passions for shopping, “Lumming”, fishing and the great outdoors with everybody. Dave was predeceased by his father, Peter Lum, and his mother, Isabella Tuck. He is survived by his lifelong partner and new bride Joyce Lum; his children: Rick Carr, Susan (Les) Alaric, Debra (Bob) Storey, Pamela (Jim) Fleming, Daniel (Larissa) Cormier, Brian (Sylvie) Cormier, Janet (Bill) Cormier, Gail (Stu) Bell, and Jodi (Lundy) Gongaware. He also leaves to mourn, his 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and siblings: George Tuck, Gord Tuck, Cathy Tuck and June Rejman and a large extended family. Dave will be remembered for his generosity and delight in helping those in need. For many of us, he was the father we never had. He was the grandfather and great grandfather that most could only wish for. At Dave’s request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s honour may be made to: The East Kootenay S.P.C.A., Box 2, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4H6. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:


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

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

Bonnie-Lou will be welcoming clients for massage, waxing, facials, tinting…on a p/t, by appointment only basis. Any person’s needing space? I may be willing to share even if it is p/t also??? Excellent location & space avail! Massage therapists, all therapists, fitness/health experts, Doctor’s. I am very open to ideas!!! Must be the master of your profession. Outgoing, positive, happy & are passionate to help others. 250-342-6899.

lost & found Found Canon camera outside Christ Church Trinity. To claim call 250-342-0160.

s obituary s Cecil Allan Reid Cecil’s journey came to an end on December 18, 2009 in his 84th year. A caring, loving man, his family will dearly miss him. Cecil is survived by his wife, Margaret, 4 sons, Allan (Cathy), Brian (Joanne), Barry (Suzanne), Dale (Lil), and his only daughter, Kathy (Michael). He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, Donny (Donna), Roy (Judy) and 1 sister, Donna (Doug), and numerous nieces and nephews.

lost & found

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

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

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

Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. Panache Building, Invermere, B.C. Beautiful building near public beach and walking distance to hundreds of condos in Canada’s most perfect four-season town! 2400 feet on main, with two 1200-foot world-class apartments up. Perfect location for restaurant or retail. For info, call 250-3425525.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION 2 rooms in Westside Park, $400 + shared utilities, 250-3423399.

SUITE FOR RENT 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.



In celebration of Cecil’s life there will be a luncheon at the Edgewater Legion on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society, or the Diabetes Society.


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


250 342-6899 BONNIE-LOU


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Pioneer Classifieds

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house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

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

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.

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

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@

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.

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. 2 bdrm, lower level apartment, stove, fridge, W/D, $800/month, includes power and heat, N/P, N/S, 250-342-6349, 250-3423418. 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. Edgewater upper level 1500 sq.ft. on 3 acres, 2 full baths, 5 appliances, very good condition, $1200 including utilities, available immediately, 403650-8654. Wilmer, 1 bdrm walk-out basement suite, $700 includes utilities, cable, private entrance, W/D, available immediately, 250-342-0035.

2 bdrm lower walk-out suite in Invermere. Very bright, clean, large lot, N/S, N/P, $875/month, includes utilities, available Jan. 1st. 2 bdrm, 2 bath upper suite, large decks and lot, very clean, N/S, N/P, $1000/month, includes utilities, available immediately, 250-342-9770. Furnished bachelor suite available Jan. 1st, $550/month + DD, N/S, non partier, includes cable & utilities, 250-342-6178. Invermere, 2 bdrm apartment, separate entrance, W/D, N/S, N/P, $750/month + utilities, references required, 250-3423245.

house FOR RENT

FOR RENT Contact

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

New 3 bdrm, 3 bath with master bdrm ensuite. Located close to schools in quiet cul-de-sac location. Beautiful kitchen, shared laundry, $1000/month, (with lease) + 2/3 utilities + ½ month DD, references required, 250-342-3399.

Fully furnished executive 3 bdrm ranch home, available Jan 1st. Located on the 12th fairway at Riverside Golf Resort in Fairmont Hot Springs, nestled between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains. $1000/month + utilities with 1 year lease agreement, N/S, N/P. If interested, please contact Darren Still at darrenstill@ 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). 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. 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. 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.

Radium cabin, $600, utilities included, 250-347-6420 or 250341-1577. Downtown Radium large 3 bdrm, all appliances, $800 + hydro + DD. References required, available immediately, 250-3476420 or 250-341-1577. Exclusive Timber Ridge Phase III, 1400 sq.ft. bungalow on ½ acre, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, N/P, N/S, DD required, $1350 includes propane and water, private beach and tennis courts, 403685-3134 or 403-615-3134. Fairmont bungalow, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1150 sq.ft. Beautiful wood/laminate, private, fruit trees, $1250 including utilities, available immediately, 250345-6226.

condo FOR RENT 2 bdrm condo, D/T Invermere, furnished. N/S, N/P, available immediately, $900/month, utilities included, 250-341-1182

Pioneer Classifieds



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

Radium, Stanley Street, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, insuite laundry, laminate flooring, fireplace, A/C, 2 underground parking stalls, N/ P, N/S, available November 1st, $1100/month + DD, utilities included, 403-472-8992. Radium, 2 bdrm ground floor with patio, all appliances, $950/month includes utilities, available immediately. Call Richard, 250-341-6888 or 403613-6815 (cell). Invermere, beautiful condo close to downtown, 3 bdrms, 3 bath, 5 appliances, large storage room and attached garage. Will go fast @ $1150/month + utilities! Call Kevin for evening showings, 780-982-1140. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished and equipped, indoor pool, hot tub,$675/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991. 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). Invermere Townhouse with lots of upgrades, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, developed basement, single garage and large communal yard, 5 min. walk to downtown. Furnished or unfurnished, $1300/month + util, N/S, N/P, references required, 403-6974319.

condo FOR RENT



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

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. 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, N/P, N/ S, available now, $1350/month, 250-341-1182. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, unfurnished condo, $1000 + utilities, 6 month lease, N/S, N/P, W/D, underground heated parking, fitness centre, hot tub, pool. Lake Windermere Pointe - lake front complex. Must provide three references. Call Sandi 403-888-5318 or email sandi@

VACATION RENTALS Invermere on the lake, new, luxury, fully furnished condo, 2 bdrm + den, 2 baths, facing lake, underground parking, $650/week, 1 week minimum. Call 403-561-0111.

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

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Pioneer Classifieds condo FOR SALE

Misc. For Sale



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

24” apartment sized electric stove. Good working condition $100 OBO, 250-342-1617.

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

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

ACREAGE FOR SALE 8 acres of hay meadow, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, on town water, near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, $425,000. Call 250-3422802.

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

Misc. For Sale Firewood - Cut, split and delivered. Fir & pine mix, $180/ half cord, $275/full cord. Birch $275/half cord, $400/full cord. Larch now available, 250-6880143. FREE stove, Kenmore Probe, 30” wide, white, clean, works, 250341-6287. 1998 Honda Foreman Quad, $3500. Bunk beds, $200. Princess Toddler bed W/mattress and sheet set, $75. Call Angela, 250-347-9671. Larch firewood, ½ or full cord, 250-342-5790. Firewood for sale. Pine/fir mix $225/cord. Larch and pine also available. Delivered anywhere in the valley, 250-341-5551.

VehicleS Wanted, Astro or Safari Van. 1995 or newer. Needing TLC okay, 250-422-3691 (Wasa). 1997 Chrysler Van, good running condition, extra set of tires, $1800 OBO, 250-342-1617.

BUSINESS FOR SALE BE YOUR OWN BOSS Anglz Hair &Tanning Studio is for sale. This well established family hair salon has been in business for 11 ½ years. It is a well known salon located in Invermere, BC, in the Windermere Valley. Anglz has friendly staff and a constant flow of regular clients. Anglz provides all hair services, 4 stations, a tanning room, waxing/massage room, and a pedicure/manicure area. Seller would stay on part-time as a stylist, under a chair rental agreement. Call Maria, 250-342-3227.

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089. DK Woodworks Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches...etc. for all your woodworking needs, 250-6881335. Need a unique Gift? Give a Gift Certificate; a gift that lasts a lifetime.. Blinds, Drapery, Bedding a savings! High quality & lifetime warranty commercial or residential Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Call a professional today; for a free consultation 250-349-7507 or 250-342-5749

Join us for coffee and conversational Spanish at Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House in Radium. Beginner and intermediate speakers welcome. Starts January 4th. $60 for six classes or $12 drop in. To register and info contact Jessica, 250346-3363 or 250-341-1799. Dog Grooming. Call now to make your Christmas appointment 250-342-6178.

FULL-TIME ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER We are looking for a mature, motivated, professional individual. The Assistant Manager will assist with maximizing sales and ensure the effective operation of store activity. The position further provides sales leadership to employees and serves to protect Summit Footwear’s philosophy and image through excellent customer service and product knowledge. Qualifications: 2 years retail or sales experience, proficient at Microsoft Office, and proven track record for successfully training and motivating staff. Successful candidate must be able to work weekends. If you are positive, passionate about sales, and enjoy working in a retail environment please apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to

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

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

recreational VEHICLES

Looking for a job or career?

The Trades Industry Wants You!

services Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums - sales and installations. Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

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


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


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

Full sized 8 person hot tub with cover. Excellent working condition, only $1000. Call Todd, 250-341-1966.

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Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Thursday, January 20th, 7-9 p.m. College of the Rockies 2-1535 14th Street, Invermere

Call Today!

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

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

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January 1, 2010

Frank and Jean Meadows celebrate 69 years of wedded bliss By Sally Waddington Pioneer Staff An Invermere couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last Sunday. Frank and Jean Meadows were married on December 27th, 1940. After 69 years, they are still going strong, with three sons, four grandsons, one granddaughter and one great-grandson. “We are hoping to make it to our 70th anniversary but who knows if we will?” Jean said. Frank, now 92, and Jean, 88, grew up around 20 kilometres apart in Manitoba. Jean, the daughter of a builder and a schoolteacher, lived on her parents’ property near Swan River, with her two sisters and one brother. Frank’s family hailed from Bowsman. His dad was a trapper, and he had three brothers and three sisters. Jean was only 16 when she met Frank at a dance in Bowsman. “All she ever wanted to do was dance and skate,” Frank remembered. While they were courting, Frank saw Jean’s true colours. “He met me one day after I had been out with my sister picking chokecherries,” Jean said. “Jean’s face was black from eating chokecherries!” Frank said. “It didn’t seem to bother him,” Jean added. The couple was married three years later. “It didn’t take us very long to think we had fallen in love and then that was it,” Jean said. The wedding was held at Jean’s parents’ property on a frosty, foggy day with 20 family members in attendance. Jean wore a traditional white wedding dress, sewn by her mother. “I can still see her at the top of the stairs with her father,” Frank said. With just $3.65 to their name, the couple rented a small house in Bowsman. Eight days later, Frank was sent off for one month’s military training. Their first son, Larry, was born in 1942, just before Frank was posted to a military camp near Chilliwack, B.C. Jean soon followed with Larry, but when she became pregnant with their second son, Eugene, she went to stay with her parents, who then lived in The Pas, Manitoba. Frank was discharged in spring 1944 and he met Jean and the boys in The Pas. Eugene was then six months old and Frank had never seen him.

Their third son Jerry was born in 1951 and, a year later, Frank’s work in construction took them to Calgary. Frank was a supervisor for Keith Construction, then Canada’s biggest house-building company. There they stayed until some friends asked Frank to build them a cabin in Fairmont Hot Springs in 1971. The Meadows liked the area so much they bought some land in Fairmont, too. “There was nothing there back then,” Jean said. “We would go to the hot baths almost every night.” In 1981, the couple moved to Windermere. Now they live with son Jerry and his wife Laurie in Invermere. Jerry has three children – Kirsten and Darren live in Calgary, and Brett lives on their Invermere property. Darren has a baby, Aiden. Eugene lives in Windermere and has two sons, Lee and Ian. Lee lives in Vancouver, while Ian is a ski instructor at Panorama. Larry and his wife Heather also live in Invermere. Frank and Jean said they don’t have a tried-andtrue formula for a successful marriage, but they think their upbringing has helped them. “We were taught that when you got married, you stayed married, and that was it,” Jean said. A healthy amount of respect goes a long way, too. “When I grew up we were taught to respect women,” Frank said. Happy anniversary and here’s to another year of marriage in 2010 for Jean and Frank Meadows!

GROWING OLD TOGETHER – Top: After 69 years of marriage, Jean and Frank Meadows are still in love today. Bottom: Jean said she thinks now that she looked frightened in this photograph taken on her wedding day.

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January 1, 2010


Change will do you good By Pastor Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church Change seems to be the only constant in our world. We are experiencing more change than ever in history. The rate of change is so great that we barely catch our breath before another blast of change slams into us. Everything we’re familiar with is changing. Dr. Harold White puts it this way: “This is the age of the half-read page; and the quick hash; and the mad dash; the bright night with the nerves tight; the plane hop and the brief stop. “It is the age of the lamp tan in a short span; the big shot in a good spot; and the brain strain and the heart pain; and the cat naps till the spring snaps – and the fun’s done.” Change is a constant companion in our fast-paced lives. One man put it this way: “My great-grandfather rode a horse, but was afraid of the train. My grandfather rode on a train, but was afraid of a car. My father rode in a car, but was afraid of an airplane. I ride in an airplane, but I’m afraid of a horse.” Change is always a challenge and can be positively

unsettling. But it is also an opportunity. It offers the chance to learn new things. It introduces us to new people. It forces us to make decisions and choices at a conscious level. As we look forward into 2010, there will no doubt be much change in our world and in your life. As you enter into this new opportunity, I would like you to know two things. One, God never changes. Malachi 3:6 says, “I the Lord do not change.” That means His love for you will never change. (For an encouraging read, check out Romans 8:28-39.) And two, though God does not change, He brings change all around us. Remember the beauty of the changing seasons – that was His idea! One of the greatest changes God brings to our world is when a person puts their trust in Him. Like a caterpillar changes into a beautiful butterfly, so God changes people from the inside out. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” The change I need is forgiveness for the junk in my life, forgiveness for how I treat others, forgiveness for my pride and my selfishness. When our sins are forgiven, we’re not just an “improved” version of our old self – we’re a completely new person! We’re no longer bound to the guilt or shame that previously bound us; we are, spiritually speaking, a new creation. I wonder if there is change needed in your life? I know that God would love to help you there.

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, January 3rd, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “Jesus on Fasting.” Pastor Trevor ministering. No K.I.D.S. Church this morning. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Communion at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Communion at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sharing Truth, Showing Love Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. 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

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January 1, 2010

Winter fun for the

whole family!

The new Magic Carpet is easy to use, and makes learning to ski and snowboard fast and fun for the whole family. The friendly ski school instructors at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort will have you boarding or skiing in no time!

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Wednesdays Chateaubriand for Two Flamed at the table by our Chef. $32.50/person. January 13th through February 24th. THURsdays

Theme Buffet Night

An exciting new theme every week! $24.95/person. January 14th February 4th February 25th

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January 21st February 11th

East Indian American


Seafood Night

A different selection every week. Priced at fresh market value. January 8th through February 26th.


Prime Rib Night

8 oz. prime rib, served with potato, jus and vegetables. $21.95/person. January 9th through February 27th.

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