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Riders clad in body armour and full-face helmets carved down the slopes of Panorama Mountain Village last weekend in a national calibre event that drew downhill cyclists from across the country. The Downhill National Cycling Championships were held at the resort on July 10th and 11th, making it the first time Panorama has ever played host to a national-level mountain biking event. “We’ve been trying to get a national event for a number of years,” said Director of Mountain Operations Brad Brush. In the weeks leading up to the race, Panorama trail crew applied the finishing touches to the course, which was held on the black diamond run Insanity. The start and finish were both rebuilt to make it “more fun for the riders and more spectacular for the spectators,” said Mr. Brush. Around 175 riders donned their gear on race day to take a turn down the steep, twisting course. Two local riders, Sawyer Logan and Aaron Clark, both of Invermere, made an impressive showing on their home hill.

Mr. Clark finished third in the Men’s Master Expert division with a time of 03:53. Sawyer, son of Brad and Tracy Logan, clinched top spot in the Men’s Under 15 category with a time of 04:13, earning him a national title only one day after his 14th birthday. Winning at home “felt awesome,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard towards it. All my hard work paid off.” The race was overseen by Nicholas Vipond, the technical delegate for the Canadian Cycling Association, who was on hand to make sure the race adhered to the correct technical procedures and rules. “I think it was a great weekend,” he said. “The course was well-received by everyone. In all the categories the last rider was the winner, so the race wasn’t determined until the very end. The racing was exciting, there were no glitches, and we heard great reviews from all the riders.” Panorama hopes to host the event again next year. For now, race organizers will turn their focus to this weekend’s Mad Trapper Canada Cup. The downhill event is similar in calibre to the National Cycling Championships and will feature many of the same riders, as well as a selection of international racers. It runs from July 16th to 18th.

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Ministry responds to deer problem By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff The solution to Invermere’s urban ungulate population is management, not mass slaughter, agreed Invermere council. On Tuesday, July 13th, council discussed recommendations from the Ministry of Environment on how to proceed with the population of metropolitan deer living within town boundaries. Council received the recommendations outlined in a letter after writing to the province’s Minister of Environment, Barry Penner, to explain the contentious issue. In its response, the Ministry of Environment acknowledged, “Management of deer within urban environments is extremely complex due to the mosaic of human land uses and social pressures.”

After receiving concerns similar to Invermere’s from other communities across the province, the Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officer Service commissioned an independent wildlife biologist to develop an Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis for B.C. Report. The report outlines a number of recommendations, including the introductionand enforcement of “no deer feeding” bylaws, conducting a community survey to better understand the views of residents, and appointing an “Urban Deer Management Committee” to better explore the issue. Invermere currently does not have a “no deer feeding” bylaw in place, said Chief Administrative Officer Chris Prosser. “We discourage it, but we have not adopted a bylaw.” Councillor Ray Brydon voiced his support for

implementing a formal bylaw, and said it was a good first step in a multi-stage process. Regardless of how council moves forward, the public carries a large responsibility to not feed the deer and other wildlife, Mayor Gerry Taft said. Council agreed that appointing an Urban Deer Management Committee was a favourable idea that would help direct the required amount of focus and time on the deer management issue. Council members are not wildlife specialists, said Mayor Taft, and a committee would provide the opportunity to properly research the issue and work with council to reach a solution. “Ultimately, this isn’t a council issue; it’s a community issue,” he said. “Moving into the future, setting up a committee is the best road to go down. “Hopefully this will dispel any perception that council is on a deer killing spree.”

Development cost charges to decrease By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff District of Invermere council is moving forward with plans to change the current Development Cost Charge (DCC) Bylaw and lower developer fees. Following concerns from a crowd of 40 developers and subcontractors who attended a council meeting on Tuesday, May 4th to protest the high fees, council met in a series of Committee of the Whole meetings to discuss possible changes. The existing DCC Bylaw requires developers to pay $16,349.85 per single-family house in development cost charges. The fees are designed to help pay for sewer systems, water, parks, and the Westside Parkway project.

After hearing suggestions from developers and considering several different scenarios, council has decided to adjust the bylaw to better reflect current projects and fair development. The proposed changes include removing phase two of the Westside Parkway project from the list of developer fees, and adding $4 million for improvements on three existing intersections. The revised development cost charges mean developers will pay $9,480.37. Mayor Gerry Taft said that although he firmly believes the fees for developments are “not the difference between making or breaking a development,” Invermere is “not there yet” in charging developers for phase two of the Westside Parkway project. “In setting these rates, we have to be fair,” Mayor

Taft said. “They should be realistic, well-researched, and reflect real timelines.” Mayor Taft commented that the proposed revisions to the development cost charges would address concerns that not enough money was being allocated to improvements on existing infrastructure, such as the three intersections covered in the adjusted Development Cost Charge Bylaw. “It’s fair to the development community, and it’s fair to the general community,” agreed Councillor Ray Brydon. The proposed changes will now go to a public hearing, which will be held in the middle of August. Due to the complexity of the bylaw, Mayor Taft encouraged people to ask council and staff for information about the issue before forming an opinion.

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• On July 9th, Columbia Valley RCMP were dispatched to a tanker truck that had rolled over. Police arrived and spoke with witnesses who were still on scene. They said that the driver was out of the vehicle with no injuries. The truck was travelling south on Highway 93 and failed to turn the corner. The driver lost control, hitting a concrete barrier, spinning 180 degrees, and ended up rolling onto the truck’s passenger side. Police spoke with the driver and his boss who said that they had already contacted a company to clean up the fuel leaking from the engine and fuel tanks. The truck was carrying a concrete product which was not leaking. Fortunately the vehicle was not blocking the highway. The driver of the truck was charged with speed relative to conditions under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act. • On July 9th, at 3:29 p.m., police were called to a two-vehicle accident on Athalmer Road in front of the Petro-Can gas station. Upon arrival officers saw a white 1997 Ford Escort stopped in the eastbound lane with front end damage. There was also a 1996 Dodge van stopped at the entrance to the Petro-Can, facing north. The van had damage to the front driver’s side. Police spoke with a witness who stated that the van attempted to pull out from the Petro-Can into traffic and struck the car. Police then spoke with the driver of the van who stated he was pulling out and then the car struck him. The owner and only occupant of the car received minor injury to her arm. Emergency Health Services transported her to Invermere hospital. The owner and sole occupant of the van did not receive injury. Damages to the car are estimated to be $5,000 and $3,000 to the van. The driver of the van was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield the right of way. • On July 9th, officers responded to a complaint that two 16-foot Zodiac-style boats had been rummaged through and gas stolen from them while located at the marina at Indian Beach Estates, Windermere. One boat had a four-foot cut in the tarpaulin covering it. The owner of both boats noticed that gas had been siphoned from one boat, and the gas can from the other was taken. This had occurred sometime overnight. The value of gas and gas can was $75 and the damage to the tarpaulin is estimated at $50. Police are asking for anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact them. • On July 10th, RCMP were informed of a found bicycle at the park on 12th Avenue, Invermere. A woman reported that her son had found a bike which appeared to be hidden behind a sea can the night be-

fore. They checked for the bike again the next day and noticed it was still there and decided to report it. Police picked up the bicycle – a green 16-speed Kona with an estimated value of $1,000. • On July 11th, an Invermere woman came to the police station to report the theft of her iPod and iPod adapter from her car overnight on July 10th. Also missing was her Kona lime-green mountain bike that was stored behind her garage. On July 13th police noted this incident appeared to be related to the bike found in the report above. Police contacted the victim who told them that she had not heard anything regarding her bike and described the one that had been seized. Police informed her that a similar bike had been found and asked her to visit the police station to identify it. She identified her bike based on a frame/chain guard she had attached to the rear wheel frame. Anyone with information regarding this theft please contact the local detachment at 250-342-9292 or Crimestoppers. • On July 10th at approximately 1:50 p.m. officers were dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Horsethief Creek Road, Radium Hot Spring. A female motorcyclist was riding a 2002 Harley Davidson eastbound on Horsethief Creek Road. The dirt road was in poor condition and she was travelling at 3040 kilometres per hour when she drove into a pothole that was filled with fine silt. The pothole was at least six inches in depth and threw the rider about 30 feet . She landed on the dirt road sustaining minor injuries and cuts along her front. An ambulance attended and transported the rider to Invermere hospital. Tow services were refused and the motorcycle was transported by friends of the rider’s back to the Horsethief Hideout. No charges were laid in this incident. • On July 10th at 3 p.m. police were dispatched to a local grill and eatery on Main Street West, in Radium Hot Springs. It was reported that sometime overnight the main window to the eatery was smashed. There were no witnesses or suspects. There were no tools or objects that appeared to have been used to break the window. Police conducted neighbourhood inquires for surveillance cameras in the area and continue to investigate. Damage is estimated to be $500. • On July 12th at 2:10 p.m. a local flag person reported an erratic driver to the Columbia Valley RCMP. He said he was controlling traffic on 14th Street, Invermere, when a white Ford van failed to stop for him. He said a while later the van came through once more but stopped this time. The flagger spoke to the male driver and told him he had to obey flag people. The male driver then swore at the flagger and drove off. Police continue to investigate.

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New fire truck approved for Village of Canal Flats By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Canal Flats will get a new $250,000 fire truck after plans for funding the vehicle were approved at a council meeting on Monday, July 12th. Council unanimously voted to borrow up to $275,000 from B.C.’s Municipal Finance Authority, repayable over 10 years, for the truck. Also discussed and voted on was which of three suppliers to buy the new vehicle from. “There are a limited number of suppliers,” Canal Flats’ Mayor Bruce Woodbury said. “One of the reasons we sought input and advice from a consultant was to get the piece of equipment that we need.” The consultant, Gary Hovdebo, of Hotshot Fire

Trucks Ltd., helped to prepare three quotes from manufacturing companies. These ranged from $190,000 to $250,000. The mayor and councillors Gilbert Delorme, Ute Juras, Michael McDonald and Roy Webb agreed on Monday to buy the vehicle from Hub Fire Engines, as it is the closest match to the village’s requirements. “It is what we need. Our current tanker in the last three months has been out of service three times,” said Canal Flats Fire Chief Stuart Moore. “It is likely to be a year until we get the truck . . . we’ll have to keep holding on for another year I guess.” The new fire truck will have a water pumping capacity of 840 gallons per minute, improving on the capability of the current truck. With 330 horsepower, it should also be able to travel to incidents faster.

Beach rename sparks debate By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Plans to rename Canal Flats’ beach met with controversy at the council meeting on July 12th, after a letter from resident Ray Case. Mr. Case wrote to council asking them to consider naming the area after the Richardson family, who used to own the land before it became a provincial park. “Council did go out and ask for submissions and got a wide range of names,” Canal Flats Mayor Bruce Woodbury said. “I am reluctant to go to the public for even more. I think that the decision should rest with council, not with the public.” The village held a contest in May to select a


suitable name for the beach and provincial park in which it lays. Around 35 submissions came in and councillors chose the name Tilley Memorial Park. The name was suggested by resident Cheryl Otting in honour of former Mayor John Tilley, who passed away while in office, and for his family, who have lived in Canal Flats for generations. The choice was announced at the annual Canal Days festival held on the first weekend in June. However, council meeting attendees expressed their annoyance at not being consulted on the name, calling it “inappropriate” and “rude” to name the park after a single family. A decision on whether to officially adopt the name or to consult with the public was deferred to the next council meeting.

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Pioneer Weir In this image, dated 1913, a woman identified as Jean Weir poses for the camera wearing a medallion, black arm band and bows under her chin and in her hair. Mrs. Weir (neé McMartin), a nurse, married William Weir in June 1913. If you have any more information, e-mail us at

By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff In the post-war neighbourhood where I grew up, there were about 50 houses. About half of them housed families, the kids I grew up with. Back then, families stayed put. Most of us have grown up and moved away, but many of our parents still live there, including mine. Holidays are often like extended family reunions, on which we make the rounds to the homes of our neighbours to catch up with our childhood playmates. Our neighbours play important roles in our lives. They are there to help us jumpstart our cars on cold winter mornings, to guard the homefront when we’re away on business, to yell at our kids when they are in danger or misbehaving. In fact, if you think back on all the places you’ve lived in your life, I’ll bet you can remember the neighbours in every location. I’m sure some of them were annoying, aggravating and even troublesome, but most were probably friendly, helpful and concerned. This week’s cover photo filled me with good memories of neighbours I’ve had over the years. Good neighbourly relations are building blocks of society. Ralph Nader once said, “When strangers start acting like neighbours . . . communities are reinvigorated.” Humbert Humphrey said, “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbour.” Summer is a good time for reconnecting with our neighbours. Everyone is outside working in the garden, barbecueing out back, or enjoying an evening on the front porch. Take the time to say hello.

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Great show of patriotism on July 1st Dear Editor: You always hear how proud and patriotic our neighbours to the south are about their country. If you were in Invermere on July 1st, you would agree Canadians in the Columbia Valley are second to none when it comes to expressing their patriotism and love for their country. The turn-out and participation at this year’s Canada Day parade and fireworks were exceptional. It’s great to see how proud we are of our country and to express that sentiment by displaying our gratitude to a country that is the best home in the world. During the Vancouver Olympics, the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge said, “The Canadians,

both athletes and spectators alike, were showing an uncharacteristic behaviour of being openly boisterous and even brash in expressing their feelings for our country’s accomplishments.” Canadians have always been viewed as calm, reserved and un-confrontational, which is not a bad thing, but it’s nice to see we are also viewed as being a proud, patriotic people not afraid of showing our love for the greatest country in the world. Congratulations and cheers! Year-round residents, seasonal residents and visitors alike should be proud of their patriotism and love for Canada shown at this year’s Canada Day festivities. Dave Lister, Windermere

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Bennett favours ruining two lakes Dear Editor: On Friday, July 2nd, an independent federal environmental review panel advised the Harper government that the proposed Prosperity open pit copper/ gold mine in the interior of British Columbia would have “significant adverse environmental effects” on several factors including fish, fish habitat, grizzly bears and First Nations’ use of the land for traditional purposes. That is because the mine’s owners want to dump its toxic trailings into Fish Lake and Little Fish Lake, home to 90,000 rainbow trout. The British Columbia government, however, is in favour of allowing the proposed mine to commit this environ-

mental atrocity. This is exactly the type of government misconduct that created the horrific situation that now exists in the Gulf of Mexico. It should be noted that no one is more in favour of this proposed environmental degradation than Bill Bennett, B.C.’s mining minister. Mr. Bennett, who enthusiastically supports this mine, claims he is not about “rape and pillage”. He also claims to be a life-long conservationist. How can anyone who makes those claims be in favour of ruining two lakes? Mr. Bennett needs to give his head a shake. Jim Galloway Brisco

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great family golf outing next year. In a valley where golf reigns supreme in the summer — whether among permanent or weekend residents — we need to encourage, foster and play with our junior golfers of all ages and skill levels. Golf is one of the few sports that allows competition among varying skill levels so that no one need feel “not good enough”, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the Radium Resort Tournament for Parents and Children. Parent and child paid just under $90 for the pair, all the kids received a tee gift and a delicious barbecue, french fries and salad bar dinner was included. What was priceless was the camaraderie and intergenerational sharing of the love of the game. Thanks, Radium Resort. Marlyn Gill, Radium Hot Springs

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Fire department moving into new hall The fire department currently only has two full-time members, Chief Miller and Deputy Chief Drew Sinclair, with the remaining staff made up of volunteers. Windermere’s new fire hall has passed safety With the addition of more full-time firefightinspections and is now ready for use, giving the ers working shifts, the new facilities would profire crew and their equipment a much-needed vide a place for those on night duty to sleep at new home. the hall. Planning for the $2.3 million construction This should help to give quicker response project began five years ago when the department times when an emergency call comes in. bought the building next to the old fire hall. “Our statistics are going up every year; the Work on the site started in September and call volume is increasing,” Chief Miller said. “A contractors took advantage of the mild winter to larger crew would definitely be a bonus for the finish on time and on budget. community. The more people, the quicker the re“The firefighters are extremely excited, they’ve been looking forward to this day for quite some NEW HOME – Chief Jim Miller and the rest of Windermere’s sponse time.” The Windermere Fire Department covers an time,” said Windermere Fire Chief Jim Miller. fire crew have already started moving into their new fire hall, “We are going to start moving in right away.” completed at the start of July. Photo by Kate Irwin area stretching eight kilometres in all directions from the hall. Their patch includes Athalmer and The fire department has been housed in the the Shuswap and Akisqnuk reserves. old hall for nearly 30 years and has expanded sigtraining building to practice rescues in dense smoke, The department would like to hire up to six fullnificantly over that time. as well as offices and meeting rooms. With the addition of water and medical rescue ser“This will enable us to grow our numbers,” Chief time members in the future to deal with the increasing vices and equipment and the acquisition of new rescue Miller explained. “In the last few months we have call volume in the area. “It’s a huge area to look after,” Chief Miller added. trucks, the department has outgrown the old space. been able to take on new members and conduct basic The new hall has seven bays for trucks and equip- training and we would like to expand eventually into “Shift work needs about six people to get it working properly, but we’ll start off small and grow from there.” ment, dormitories for staff and a corrugated iron hiring more full-time firefighters.” By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

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Community Forest: Part 6 of 6, your turn By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff The steering committee proposing Columbia Headwaters Community Forest is seeking your opinion. Over the past five weeks, The Pioneer has published a series of articles on the initiative to establish the Columbia Headwaters Community Forest. The community forest, a versatile community-owned working woodlot, would encompass about everything the eye can see from the bottom of the valley from Radium in the north and almost to Wasa in the south. Columbia Headwaters Community Forest Steering Committee Chair Rick Hoar said it is the largest area ever proposed for a community forest in B.C. and helps the province advance toward its goal to entrust 20 percent of B.C.’s forests in the hands of the communities they surround. A community forest, he said, could help protect the community’s watersheds, help maintain highly valued

viewscapes and help mitigate the risk of wildfire in forest interface zones. “These forests are being managed socially, ecologically, economically and for spiritual sustainability,” he said, “which is resulting in both monetary and nonmonetary benefits for the community.” The proposal, he said, was well-received by Minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell in Vancouver last month. The next step, he said, is to develop a business plan and begin to engage the public in discussions about the community forest. Public input and buy-in is crucial to gaining approval from provincial authorities, he said. The community can help by completing and returning the survey below. “Please, we’re really looking forward to people returning those surveys,” he said. “I know people don’t like filling out surveys, but it isn’t some national thing. It’s about your community.” Look for updates on the Columbia Headwaters Community Forest website at

Lake Windermere District Lions Club 7th Annual Charity Golf Day “Golf Carts for Crash Carts” Thank You Thanks for making the day a success and for the generosity of : Hole-in-One Sponsors: Lake Windermere District Lions Club, Pepsi-Cola, Hi-Heating Insulating Hole Sponsors: Aquair, Columbia Valley Sign Artists, Diamond Heating, Golden Timber Frames, Interior World, Invermere Fire Department, Invermere Glass, Invermere Veterinary Hospital, K-5 Mechanical, Kinsmen Club, Kool Country Auto Sales, Kool Country Towing, Lambert Insurance, Max Helmer Construction, Maxwell Realty - Bernie Raven, Odyssey Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, OK Tire Auto Service, Pine Ridge Mtn Resort, Planscape Inc., Ptarmigan, Radium Esso/Lake Motors, Radium Petrocan, REMAX - Wende Brash, RONA North Star, Superior Propane, Tri-Del Energy Inc., TXN Installations Photo Sponsor: Invermere One-Hour Photo Venue Host: Copper Point Golf Course Management & Staff Volunteers: Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary, East Kootenay Foundation for Health, Interior Health, Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, Lake Windermere District Lions Club Members, Windermere Health Care Auxiliary “Thank you to the over 200 golfers, our sponsors and volunteers for helping the Lake Windermere District Lion’s Club to raise $10,000 on our annual Charity Golf Day. Your support is allowing the Lions to order 6-7 new trauma crash carts for the Invermere ER.” ~ Harold Hazelaar, Event Coordinator



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SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE  Do you support the concept of a community forest managed and operated for the benefit of the community?  Do you think the land base as shown previously in the Pioneer is appropriate for the community forest? (map also on website).  Please rank in importance of value to you for the land base being discussed for the community forest? Please rank these from 1 – 6 with 1 being most important and do not use the same number twice. Water Recreation Economical Wildlife Viewscapes Spiritual  Do you think that decisions about possible resource use in our watersheds should be made by? (please circle one) Ministry of Forests and/or Mines Regional District of East Kootenay A local group through a Community Forest Our MLA A Resource Board possibly based outside our area Municipality

 The community forest can be managed for a variety of activities and forest values. Below are some potential uses for the land base including forestry values. Please rank these in importance from 1 – 9 with 1 being the most important. Please do not use the same number twice. Tourism activities Maintenance of old growth forest Water quality and fish habitat protection Education opportunities Creation of economic benefit for the community Maintenance or enhancement of recreation and trails Create harvesting opportunities including small scale forestry Protection and/or creation of wildlife habitat Maintaining scenic viewscapes  Harvesting and non-forest activities in the community forest can generate revenue for the community. What should these revenues be used for? Reinvestment in the community forest Community projects Infrastructure projects Other (please specify)

 Would your organization be interested in a partnership role, which could include both a capital investment and participating at a governance level, in a community forest for the local area?  In working towards establishing a Community Forest would you be interested in helping and if so what attributes are you able to offer? Are you able to offer these as a volunteer? How can we contact you at a future time?  Would you or your organization be willing to provide a letter of support for a community forest?  Do you have any comments, questions or concerns about the establishment of a community forest? If so, what are they?

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The completed survey can be dropped off at one of the 3 municipal offices or RDEK office in Windermere if you prefer not to do it through our website. Thank you for taking time to fill out this survey and offering your views to us.

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Out & About Multiple award-winning burlesque dance group, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, pictured here, have performed all over the world, including Las Vegas, Vancouver, Berlin, Seattle, and Victoria. The troupe will hold workshops to train local ladies in their craft as part of the Arts Council’s upcoming Performing Arts Series. See Page 14 for more. Photo submitted.

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Movie Review: Greenberg Reviewed by Kate Irwin Ben Stiller plays an awkward misfit in this darkly funny, often awkward, observational comedy. His titular role as Roger Greenberg, an angry 40-something recovering from a nervous breakdown, is a departure from Stiller’s usual style. There is none of the “frat pack” silliness which punctuated his earlier work. Greenberg is a rude, angry antihero, writing complaining letters to the many corporations that have caused him offence. Greenberg’s reluctance to accept and fit into the modern world — he still handwrites his letters — is a continuing theme of the film. Still single and childless, Roger lacks the selfawareness to realize that the tiny grievances and petty

annoyances that preoccupy him are not as interesting or important to others. The setup leaves Greenberg house-sitting in L.A. for his brother, when he meets nanny, and all around doormat, Florence, played by Greta Gerwig. Their awkward entanglements make for uncomfortably funny viewing. Stiller’s character also tries to reconnect with old band mates, including Ivan (Rhys Ifans), who are still bitter about a record deal scuppered by Greenberg 15 years ago. Gerwig is strong in her role as a socially awkward, masochistic young woman, who sees past Roger’s wounded exterior and sympathetically attempts to forge a connection with him, while he simultaneously woos and then rejects her.

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Director and co-writer Noah Baumbach continues his preoccupation with misery. His script delights in finding humour in discomfort — any fans of Woody Allen will recognise his influence in this movie. The movie treads the fine line between comedy and tragedy. A drug-fuelled scene where Roger tries to connect with college kids and ends up ranting at them will make you laugh and squirm equally. While not filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, Greenberg does offer an interesting series of social mistakes that are both accurate and amusing.








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Tuesday, July 27th:

• 7:30 p.m.: Summit Trail Makers Society Annual General Meeting at the Lions Hall. • 8:30 p.m.: Fred Eaglesmith performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Tickets $25.

• 8:30 p.m.: Tim Nutt performs on Comedy Night at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Cover $10.

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Toby Theatre • July 17th and 19th-23rd, 8 p.m.: Iron Man 2 • July 24th and 26th-27th, 8 p.m.: Killers

• 6-7:30 p.m.: Free hula-hoop class at Invermere Public Library. Everyone welcome. For info www.

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Thursday, July 22nd:

• July 16th-17th: Customer Appreciation Days at Rona North Star Hardware. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Contractor Days. Saturday: Free barbecue. For info: 250-342-6226. • July 16th-17th: The Columbia Valley Twirlers are holding a square dance campout weekend at Radium Hot Springs. Free dry camping is available at the Robideau farm. Rob Krum from Newman Lake, Washington, is the caller. There will be a mainstream dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Radium Seniors Hall. There will be a barbecue and fun dances throughout the weekend. For info: 250-347-6573.

• 7-9 p.m.: Stacey and Bud perform for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331. • 9:30 p.m.: Caught Off Guard performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. No cover charge. • July 22nd-23rd, 7 p.m.: PyneStock Concert – Two Hours of Peace and Music at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. A dozen local twentysomethings arrange improvisational, creative and never-before heard compositions. For info: 250-342-4423. • July 22nd-24th: Columbia Valley Summerlude: Lake Windermere Regatta, PyneStock concert, Valley Appreciation Day and Bull Riding in the Rockies. For info: www.columbiavalleysummerlude. com.

Saturday, July 17th: • 9 a.m.: Young Hearts kids’ triathlon at James Chabot Provincial Park. For info: 250-342-3373. • 6-9 p.m.: Pirate and Princess Costume Dance at Windermere Community Hall. Families welcome. Prizes, concession, face painting, games and music. For info: 250-341-3383 • 6-9 p.m.: Opening reception for Maya Eventov solo show at the Artym Gallery, Invermere. Exhibition continues until July 17th. For info: 250-342-7566. • 7-9 p.m.: Combo Akimbo performs for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331.

Sunday, July 18th: • 8 a.m.: Heart of the Rockies triathlon from James Chabot Provincial Park. For info: www. or 250-342-3373.

Thursday, July 29th: • 7-9 p.m.: Marty Beingessner performs for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331.

Saturday, July 31st: • 7-9 p.m.: Late performs for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. For info: 250-347-9331. • July 31st-August 1st: Morigeau family reunion at the Lions Hall, Invermere crossroads. For info: 250497-8617.

Sunday, August 1st: • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: 2010 Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts in unique gardens throughout Radium and Edgewater, featuring juried works of several artists. Passports $20. For info: 250-342-4423.

Thursday, August 5th: • 7-9 p.m.: Marty Beingessner performs for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331.

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• July 23rd-25th: Ballfest Co-Ed Slo-Pitch Tournament. Cash and prizes, minimum four games, home run derby, beer garden, food concession. For info:

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Creative Tangent workshop at Pynelogs Cultural Centre with Carney Oudendag. Create intriguing images, decorate and personalize found and ready-made papers; have fun with collage and paint. Cost: $60. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7-9 p.m.: Gord Askey performs for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331. • 15th Annual Loop The Lake running and walking race, hosted by the Rotary Club of Invermere. For info:

Saturday, July 24th: • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: BIG Book Sale for Invermere Public Library at Invermere Community Hall. Quality used books. • 2 p.m.: Lake Windermere Regatta at Kinsmen Beach. Sailing, canoe and kayak races, beach volleyball tournament, sand art contest, rowing, water skiing and wakeboarding demonstrations. For info: 250-341-6898.

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Performing arts season to include Klezmer Submitted by Kate McKenna Pynelogs Cultural Centre Columbia Valley Arts’ and Pynelogs’ Performing Arts Series is back this year, and a number of great and eclectic acts are lined up for this season. The first act of the season is a music and dinner evening in the intimate settings at Pynelogs Cultural Centre with the entertaining music of Heavy Shtetl… sure to be an appealing, eclectic and fun evening! Hailing from Nelson, this dance band boasts a mix of Klezmer, minor swing and traditional jazz. Their specialties include old New Orleans classics, Jewish-European wedding music and French, Russian and Balkan tunes. Their first CD was released in 2007, called “Buskin’ on Baker,” and their follow-up, Gesundheit, is due soon. Jazz veteran, saxophone and clarinet player Dmitro Woychuk, accordian, mandolin and high-hat player Catherine McGrath, trombone, trumpet and helicon player Anneke Rosch, and upright bass player John Deeley make up this unforgettable band. Canadian-born comedian, musician and awardwinning playwright Lorne Elliott will bring his unique and wacky performance to Christ Church Trinity on

October 6th. He has performed in Newfoundland, New York, Los Angeles and Australia, to name a few. He began his career in 1974 as a folk musician and has written fiction, songs, monologues, and one-liners throughout his career. This combination of styles results in a special show of comedy and music, guaranteed to make everyone laugh. His material is timeless, observational, and should not be missed. Denis Chang is greatly influenced by the music of Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, and brings this influence to his band, the Denis Chang Manouche Project, performing at Pynelogs on March 1st, 2011. He is a contemporary of such great Jazz Manouche guitarists as Fapy Lafertin, Ritary Gaguenetti, Paulus Schafer, Rindo Winterstein and Emmanuel Kassimo, among others. The young guitarist credits these musicians as helping to form his own distinct style, also influenced by a wide range of musical styles and musicians, namely Bach, Chopin, George Benson and Michael Jackson. Multiple award-winning burlesque dance group, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, have performed all over the world, including Las Vegas, Vancouver, Ber-

lin, Seattle and Victoria. In March, they will perform and teach workshops at Pynelogs (dates to be announced). Their influences range from cult classics like Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Broadway favourites like Guys and Dolls. Their performances are modern-day show-stoppers, and each of the dancers is unique and individual. Audiences can expect high energy, stand-out performers, flawless comedic timing and seductiveness with a hint of girl-next-door approachability. Silena Ewan, Director of the Performing Arts Series, has been instrumental in re-evaluating and relaunching the series, which requires a lot of community support. She hopes the event will be successful in showcasing what the community wants, generating interest with both new and old audience members. It kicks off with an opening night much like a gallery opening, at which patrons will be invited to see video clips, get information, and have a preview of the series. This season’s Performing Arts Series is shaping up to be the best yet, and with a wide selection of acts to choose from, audiences will not be disappointed.

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Maya Eventov going solo at the Artym tions and inspiration, she says her favourite place to paint is “in my studio with perfectly lined up paints and [palate The Artym Gallery knives], perfect lighting, is pleased to welcome my heavy-duty beat-up Maya Eventov back to easel, and my family in Invermere. the kitchen next to me. This internationSpeaking of the paintally known artist will be ings for this show, she at the Artym on Friday, says, “Everything I paint July 16th, for an evening WOODLAND – Birch Trees by Maya Eventov, whom will be showing at the Artym Gallery this weekend. comes from a place that I reception from 6-9 p.m. create for myself. It is an She will also be at the gallery on Saturday, July 17th, doing a very special Saturday to watch her work, and have a chance to win imaginary place where I am happy. For me painting is painting demonstration. the guitar. Despite all of the acrylic layers, the guitar like writing a story. I create imagery from all the visual Eventov’s style of painting is quite unique – her should be playable, and will be an amazing and very information stored in my mind over the years, and as I paint, I create a window of idyllic escape.” In this strong colours and incredible texture make her acrylic unique collector’s piece when finished. paintings instantly recognizable. When talking about her life as an artist, Maya show, and in her paintings in general, Maya longs to Using a palate knife instead of a paintbrush, Maya clearly loves what she does: “I never expected to have share “my excitement for life, my passion for colour, and my optimism.” slathers paint onto a canvas very thickly, sometimes such joy from what I do for a living. Take this opportunity to meet Maya Eventov – leaving layers of paint three and four centimetres “I never allowed myself to even dream of having an artist who exhibits internationally – in Invermere thick. The amount of paint layered in each stroke of international recognition.” the knife gives Eventov’s work fascinating detail close But international recognition she has achieved; at the Artym Gallery. She will be in attendance for up and a rich vibrant effect from a distance. with shows right across North America, and the world, the Friday evening reception from 6-9 p.m., and don’t miss her painting the guitar on Saturday, July 17th. For this exhibition, Maya will be doing a painting Maya Eventov has made quite a name for herself. Don’t miss your chance to win this unique piece. demonstration, but instead of working on a canvas, Nevertheless, Maya Eventov retains her downshe will be creating an original painting on a guitar. to-earth demeanour when it comes to painting. Al- Even if you can’t make it into the gallery, check out her Everyone is welcome to come down to the gallery on though she has travelled around the world for exhibi- work online at Submitted by Deanna Berrington Artym Gallery

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Gillespie, whose acrylic paintings will be at Mayor Conklin’s. “Art and culture is so integral to life . . . and the artists of this community are just so friendly and encouraging.” An award-winning painter, Angelique’s artwork concentrates on whimsical figures, drawing on her experience with medical illustration, commercial art and illustrative quilting. Alongside her in the garden will be woodblock printer June Thomsen. This is June’s first Tour of the Arts and she will bring along the tools of her trade to show the complicated process of making her work. “A lot of people don’t understand that this is original artwork, not reproductions,” June said. “In fact the process destroys the woodblock as you go, making further copies beyond the first edition impossible.” June’s artwork takes a year to make from start to finish, with a limited run of prints made from each woodblock. On sale on August 1st will be landscapes, inspired by her Columbia Valley surroundings. Tour passports are on sale at locations across Radium, Invermere and at Fairmont Hot Springs, or by phone at Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 250-342-4423. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Lynda Tutty at 250-341-3185, or e-mail

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2010 Columbia Valley Summerlude

Appreciation Day part of next weekend’s festivities By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff With a chainsaw race, pancake breakfast and live music, this year’s Valley Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 24th, is set to be a fun-filled celebration of the valley. Now in its 23rd year, the day has grown since its humble beginnings as a thank you to visitors who come into the Columbia Valley and support local businesses. Over the years it has become a chance for residents and visitors alike to pay homage to the place they share a passion for. “Making people happy and celebrating this valley – that’s what this day is all about,” said Paul Christy, chair of the Invermere Business Committee which organizes the event. “When I see people out smiling and enjoying themselves, then I know we did a good job.” The 2010 celebrations will be a little shorter than in previous years to make room for the Lake Windermere Regatta later that day. It is the first year the Regatta, Pynestock, Bull Riding in the Rockies and Valley Appreciation Day will combine together. With a slightly later start time than previous years, the event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast hosted by volunteers from the nearby service clubs, including the Invermere Legion, Kinsmen Club

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and local Lions branches. “We are very excited about being part of Summerlude this year,” Mr. Christy said. “All of a sudden we realized these four summer events are happening almost at the same time and should be combined together. We hope to do the same for next year as well.” The valley celebration will also include local musicians providing live music on the Home Hardware stage, and a lumberjack show. Award-winning loggers Normand and Gerald Gagnè, who run the Rocky Mountain Logger Sports Company, will entertain the crowds with speed chopping, axe throwing and woodcutting races with chainsaws and by hand. “It’s a great pleasure for me, my son, my granddaughter Kaitlyn and the rest of the family to be involved again,” said Normand Gagnè, who, with his son Gerald, attends logger sports competitions across the world. “We have been invited back because the organizers say crowds love our shows . . . it is exciting for them to watch something with a history to it.” Other entertainment for visitors will include a bouncy castle and interactive stalls set up by various local businesses. Valley Appreciation Day will be held on 7th Avenue in Invermere from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m on Saturday, July 24th. All stalls and entertainment are free of charge.


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Regatta returns as part of Summerlude By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff After a 40-year absence, boaters and swimmers will once again skim the waters of Lake Windermere in an organized regatta. That is if you don’t count the 1990sera Windermere Cup Invitational yacht races. The revival of the 1960s-era Invermere Regatta will feature events both on and off land throughout the day, Saturday, July 24th, beginning with a rowing demonstration at 7 a.m. and wrapping up with a waterskiing and wakeboarding display at 5:30 p.m. Those looking to get wet can take part in a series of canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming races, while a sand art competition and beach volleyball tournament will satisfy those more inclined to keep their feet on dry land. Locally crafted prizes will be awarded for each event, and all activities are

free to watch and participate in. In addition, Pynelogs Cultural Centre will host an art exhibition celebrating the theme of water and water stewardship, which will feature local artists Ryan Bavin, Lynne Grillmair, Brad Hill, and Pat Morrow. The results of this year’s Love Your Lake photo contest will also be on display. The rebirth of the regatta came about when the Lake Windermere Ambassadors were searching for a way to celebrate the lake and the completion of the five-year Lake Windermere Project, a community effort that helped maintain the ecological integrity of the lake. “The regatta is a way to celebrate the lake and what it brings to our community, and to celebrate five years of a water quality monitoring and community education program,” explained Heather Leschied of the Lake Windermere Project. Continued on Page 22 . . .

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New owner of Portabella Restaurant By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Bud’s Bar and Lounge has bought Portabella Restaurant and announced a grand re-opening on Friday, July 23rd. Shelley Ferguson, owner of the adjacent Bud’s, is coming together with old friends and new business partners to try and create a restaurant for locals and visitors alike. Alongside manager Janice Mitchell and in consultation with chef and former owner Nick Gibbs, Ms. Ferguson hopes to create a casual, fine dining restaurant with a wide selection of wine. “We are going back to the Portabella menu Nick has created, with creative new dishes as well,” she said. “We will also change up the wine list, making an extensive, well-priced list, with quality food alongside.” Ms. Ferguson has more than 15 years experience in the food and beverage industry and has been the owner of Bud’s since October 2005. She is bringing in friend of 10 years and former co-worker Janice Mitchell to help her run the restaurant. The pair used to work together at Invermere’s Myrtles on Main, before it became Angus McToogle’s

DREAM TEAM – Pictured, left to right: new restaurant manager Janice Mitchell, former owner and chef Nick Gibbs and new owner Shelley Ferguson outside Portabella Restaurant, which reopens on July 23rd. Restaurant and Bar. “We have a friendship based on the shared appreciation of food and wine,” Ms. Mitchell explained.

“When this opportunity to work together came up it really was a no-brainer.” The plan for now is to keep a similar style of menu and to try and attract local people in, Ms. Ferguson said. Making use of the bar at Bud’s will also allow Portabella to offer a wider selection of drinks, including a range of cocktails. The new owner said she would like to develop a wine and tapas bar within the cozy restaurant in the future, giving a lighter option for people eating out. “The restaurant just seemed right to me,” she added. “I’ve always seen it do well with Nick, and I would come and sit here and have a glass of wine. It has a great atmosphere.” Nick Gibbs owned and ran Portabella Restaurant for eight years with his wife Judy. This is his second attempt to sell the eatery after a deal with three new owners in December 2009 was unsuccessful. “I figure it’s a really good fit for both Bud’s and Portabella’s,” Mr. Gibb said. “The two organizations complement each other and have everything people want – a bar, entertainment and fine dining.” Portabella Restaurant is reopening on Friday, July 23rd. To make a reservation call 250-342-0606.

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The results of the water quality monitoring program will be available at the regatta, as well as a handful of educational opportunities about how to keep the lake healthy. It has been 40 years since the last organized regatta, and the return of the event has generated some nostalgia, said Ms. Leschied. “There are some local residents who remember participating in past regattas. It’s amazing the people we’ve spoken to who remember those days. They’ve come forward with trophies, medals, and even an old race program.” Harley Portman of Invermere, 66, remembered a first-place trophy he won for a water ski race. “There

was at least one year where they held a water ski race from Windermere to Invermere,” he said. “The boat had to show up in the bay with the skier still behind.” Mr. Portman used to be the driver of an amphibious car that would pull the regatta’s queen, or “mermaid,” through the bay and onto the beach as she sat upon a giant Styrofoam turtle mascot named Plaso. Ninety-year-old Pat Howie of Invermere used to attend the regattas as a spectator, and recalled a water ski jumping event and a swimming race from Invermere to Windermere. “I remember they gave away a boat in a raffle once,” she said. For more information about this year’s event, go to or phone the Lake Windermere Project at 250-341-6898.

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Big Book Sale on next week By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

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The Big Book Sale is coming to Invermere on July 24th, and time is ticking down to donate your unwanted books and give them a new home. The Friends of Invermere Public Library are already sorting through almost 15,000 books donated by valley residents. But a truly big book sale needs a lot of reading material on offer — and the closing date for donations is Wednesday, July 21st. “Last year we had around 12,000 books and we want this year to be bigger,” said Sheryl Thomas, president of the Friend of Invermere Library group. “We collect books thoughout the year and always have a bit of a rush toward the end, but could always use more.” The sale raised $8,000 last year for the library, with the money going to programs for children and seniors, as well as keeping the shelves well stocked. “There’s everything from history books to cookbooks,” Sheryl said. “We’ve got gardening books, travel tales, suspense, cooking, bestsellers and more.” The Big Book Sale will offer a range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, all in lightly used or nearly new condition, all sold by donation. To give books to the sale, drop them off at the public library by Wednesday. The Big Book sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 24th.

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2010 Columbia Valley Summerlude

Bull Riding returns to Rockies By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Time to bring out your best cowboy duds – the 12th annual Bull Riding in the Rockies is set to return on Friday, July 23rd. “The cowboys all have to be in the top ranks to come here,” said event organizer Al Miller. “It’s all based on points, and for this event only the top 30 are allowed to participate.” Normally held in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, the event grounds will move across the street to the large outdoor area beside the curling rink. The open-air atmosphere will only add to the character of the event, Mr. Miller said. “It’s ideal. We have lots of land there, so it works out really well. It will mean a larger area for people to sit, and I think it’s really going to take on a whole new flavour and be a bigger show than ever.” Bull Riding in the Rockies will kick off at 5 p.m. with the popular beef, biscuits, and beans dinner, where $8 will get you a beverage and a meal fit for a

cowboy belly. Then the Mutton Bustin’ for kids and a fundraising auction for the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team, followed by the main event. “The entire day is really a fundraiser to make sure we keep the Columbia Valley Rockies on the ice for the winter,” Mr. Miller added. Also set to return this year is the crowd favourite, Mexican poker. The daring game of nerves showcases 4 cowboys seated at a poker table. Bulls are released one by one into the arena until only one cowboy remains sitting. “It’s a real treat. The cowboy with the greatest nerves wins,” Mr. Miller said. A family dance at the curling rink will follow the festivities, with the Calgary-based band Mardis Gras on stage to entertain the crowd. “The whole family is welcome. You don’t have to be over 19 to attend,” Mr. Miller clarified. “This is a family event from start to finish.” For ticket information and a complete schedule of events, visit the event website at

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Pynestock to rock Summerlude

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Music will fill the air at Pynelogs Cultural Centre next week as the Pynestock concerts make a return to the stage. The two-hour concerts, on July 22nd and 23rd, have a wide range of musical talent, with a sprinkling of poetry and film in the mix as well. And with a varied selection of musical

July 16, 2010 genres, there should be something to suit nearly all tastes. “We have acoustic guitar, a little bit of rock, a little folk, some indie music, poetry, film — basically something for everyone,” said Jami Scheffer, Pynelogs’ manager of administrations and gallery. Among the acts are several local performers and groups: ladies harmony trio, Unplugged; Fraser Smith, a regular vocalist at Angus McToogle’s Restaurant; and Jade

Bowen, who sang in the Windermere Olympic parade in January. The two-hour concerts will feature 1015 minute performances from each group or soloist, followed by an improvised jam session. This allows any musicians and singers from throughout the night to join together on stage and create original music in front of the audience. Continued on Page 27 . . .

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July 16, 2010 . . . Continued from Page 26 “It’s a rare opportunity to jam and sing with people who are usually more talented than me,� said Unplugged singer and Columbia Valley Arts board member Silena Ewen. “Last year a couple of people asked us to go up on stage with them during their set or sing backing vocals. It was really exciting to be involved.� Last year’s Pynestock was Unplugged’s first live show and one they are really looking forward to returning to, Ms. Ewen added.

As well as the musical entertainment, this year’s PyneStock is branching out to include poetry readings and film. It will be the local premiere for filmmaker Gabriel Jablanczy’s 11-minute short, Buckshot, made earlier this year while he was studying at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The film was a finalist at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Student Showcase in May. “It’s good to be involved with Pynestock,� Gabriel said. “It is going to be interesting to see how locals react to my film. I’m looking foward to it.�

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PO Box 22, Canal Flats, BC V0B 1B0

Quality Stonework in the East Kootenays Competitive Rates

Workmanship Guaranteed


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FREE ESTIMATES • 250-688-0959 • 250-342-2087



CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008


Installation and maintenance Owner/Operators Tanner Saunders • Brodie Smith

1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0


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

Saunders Irrigation

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

Located in Invermere’s Industrial Park Peter Pankovitch • 1321 Industrial Road #3 Phone: 250-342-0665 • Cell: 250-342-1073 Fax: 250-342-0666 • Email:

The Deck• Decks Guy • Fences

1-250-270-2703 - Tanner Free 1-250-342-5673 - Brodie Estimate s

Invermere (250) 342-4498 Calgary (403) 477-2411

4825 Dell Rd, Windermere, V0B 2L2

Complete Automotive Repairs (Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

• SANDING/ SWEEPING • Landscaping

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

• SNOW REMOVAL • Trucking • Property • All Grading Maintenance • Mini Track Hoe

Kari & John Mason

250.270.0821 Invermere • Panorama

Excavator • Mini-Excavator • Bobcats • Dump Truck • Compaction Equipment • Snow Removal & Sanding • Street Sweeping • Underground Services • Site Prep • Road Building • Land Clearing • Landscaping • Basements

Trevor Hayward (Owner/Operator)


Hourly or Contract Rates Available

Wood Blinds

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Interior World

HERE TO SERVE YOU window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

Top Quality Dunlop Contracting Interior World

All Your Excavating, Hauling, Landscaping Needs

• 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

Renaissance Wellness Centre


 Structural Integration  Chronic pain/Fascia work

 Holding pattern/Range of motion  Sport performance réhabilitation

Jean-Luc Cortat CHP

window fashions

Bruce Dunlop Cell: (250) 342-1793

Box 75

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406BC Home: (250) 342-9081 Athalmer, E-mail:

V0A 1A0

Need Blinds? Interior World

window fashions

Certified Hellerwork Practitioner Box 185 / 505 – 7th. Avenue Invermere BC V0A 1K0

250-342-2535 • • • •

Millwork Cabinets Stairs Custom Framing • Renovations

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week

Journeyman Carpenters


Hauling Rock, Gravel, Sand & Fill

T R U C K I N G RR#4 1700 Canyonview Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K4

(250) 342-5654 (250) 341-3636 Shawn & Mel Hollowink

• 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


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

GAS • PROPANE • DIESEL Freight & Passenger Depot

Mike Cope


7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

(250) 347-9726

invermere and area

Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron filters that really work! Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning Specialists Time to Clean the Winter Sludge Out of Your Eavestroughs! Fully Insured & WCB Covered

Deck SiDing Framing renovationS Scott

cell 250 270 0745 • fax 250 342 5591

• Pruning and Removal of All Trees and Shrubs • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured & WCB Covered

Time for Spring Pruning!




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

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

Box 2952, Invermere BC V0A 1K0, Canada


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• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems Specializing in Custom Drapery, Blinds, Shutters & Flooring Residential & Commercial Interiors

Call for your FREE consultation and estimate

From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Brenda E. Werbisky, C.I.D., Interior Designer For appointment call

(403) 861-8782

Call Al at

Quality Hand-crafted Steel

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Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • NEW SEWER • CAMERA •

Complete sewer/drain repairs • Reasonable rates – Seniors’ discount • Speedy service – 7 days a week

A well maintained septic system should be pumped every 2-3 years Avoid costly repairs

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

East Kootenay Electrical Services Licensed Contractor Cell: 250.341.1342 Fax: 250.342.8733 E-mail: ekelectric



We Do It All!

Box 2206 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

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

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

• 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:


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Moving sale, Saturday, July 17, 125 7th Ave., starts at 9am, no early birds.

The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley would like to thank all the supporters of our annual Canada Day Fireworks, which took place at midnight of June 30 as we moved into Canada Day. It was a truly spectacular blast off once again and could not have been achieved without the tremendous corporate and private donations that help fund the project. We hope everyone enjoyed the show and thank you for donating to help celebrate Canada Day. Congratulations to the organizers of all the events that took place throughout our valley during July 1. Being Canadian is certainly worth celebrating. Sincerely, Steve Mantyka Project Chairman Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley

Cheers go out to the First Response Unit of the Fairmont Hot Springs Fire Department. Your fast appearance to our 911 call was a huge relief to both my husband and myself. We knew then we are not alone and were certainly in good and competent hands.

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, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobeys 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.

1 bdrm suite plus den/office, ground level, bright and airy, quiet neighbourhood, adults only, 5 appliances, N/S, N/P, $850/month + utilities, 250342-7096.

Benefit Garage Sale for Janine and family who lost their home to a fire, July 17, 8am-12pm, no early birds. Any items you wish to donate and would be appreciated can be dropped off at Sobeys.

ANNOUCEMENT 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. Landscape Oil Painting class, Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, cost $65 includes all supplies, 250345-6390 for more info or to reserve a place. Grant Lambert of Golden, BC, the youngest brother of Elna Mantyka, was biking on June 18 and a mishap ended with his being flown to Calgary hospital where he is recovering from a broken back and a severed spinal cord. Grant has a long road ahead of him and his family and friends encourage everyone who knows Grant to drop in to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and visit him during his lengthy recovery. Rosa Hefti’s 90th celebration, August 1, starts at 4pm, Edgewater Hall, Pot Luck.

Cheers to Mark for moving all of that gravel and picking all of those weeds. Cheers to all the guys at Rocky Mountain Cranes for once again showing off our Canadian Flag, also, thanks for helping me move into my new home. Jeers to the hauling trucks who speed on Capilo Way, also known as the old Gipson Road.

Jeers to the parents and grandparents who have not CHEERS & JEERS taught their children about Jeers to the two “body parts” sharing. DOUBLE Jeers to the that stole money from my parents and grandparents wallet that was in my truck themselves who were grabbing when I was at the bottle depot. candy for their kids with pockets full already while the You are known!! preschooler nearby asked, Sending out a huge cheers to “When do I get a candy?” And the sponsors of the Fairmont you turned away when you Canada Day Event & Triathlon; heard that! SHAME ON YOU! I❤, STORAGE Hoodoo Grill, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, The Residences NEWHOUSE At Fairmont Ridge, Fairmont Villa MULTI STORAGE Management Mountainside & Various sizes available. Fairmont Vacation Villas, and Now with climate Fairmont & District Lions Club. controlled units. Thanks to them, this year’s Call 250-342-3637 event was a great success. Other sponsors also include Fairmont STORAGE SPACE – assorted Village Gift Shop, Fairmont sizes, easy access, immediate Mountainside Market, and Royal availability, long-term or LePage Rockies West Realty. short-term. Deck Properties Thank you from the community! Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

LOST & FOUND Found, Ocean Kayak on Mud Lake near Fairmont Hot Springs on July 10, 2010, Gordon, 403922-2236. Found, canoe on the lake, 250342-1698.

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

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, internet and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/S, N/P, 250-3412068.

SUITE FOR RENT Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/month. 250-341-1182. Radium, 1 bdrm furnished apartment, $650 including cable & utilities. Bachelor efficiency, $550, available immediately. DD, N/S, N/P, references required. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250347-7775.

Modern 1 bdrm suite, walk-in closet, W/D, D/W, $700/month, includes utilities, N/P, N/S, extra storage space available, 250342-6607. Radium, bright, 2 bdrm, walkout, with in-floor heating, covered patio, and private parking, available immediately, $900/month including utilities, 250-342-5159. Radium, bright 2 bdrm, 1 ½ baths, private entrance, shared laundry, $700/month + DD + Hydro, references required, N/S, 250-347-9970. Bright 2 bdrm, walkout legal suite in newer home, long term, $850/month, Invermere, behind hospital, available July 15, 250341-7472. Black Forest Heights, 2 bdrm, lower suite, $825/month, all inclusive, available immediately, 250-270-0745. Invermere, newly renovated, spacious, 2 bdrm, walk-out suite, with laundry, utilities, and internet included, $1200/ month, references required, 250-342-4436 or 250-3421427.

Large 2 bdrm furnished suite on Greywolf Drive, Panorama, close to work, stove, fridge, D/W, W/D included, ideal for couple, utilities included, rent $1050/month, 403-502-0752 or 2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, walking distance to D/T Invermere, available August 1, $985/month + DD, F/S, W/D, and utilities included, Call evenings, 250342-8679. Furnished studio suite in newer home, utilities, cable, internet, and laundry included. Available immediately, $600/month, 250688-0965. 2 bdrm, spacious suite, fenced yard, W/D, D/W, private entrance, $800/month + ½ utilities, 250-270-0906.

house FOR RENT Invermere, executive rental, 3200 sq.ft., 4 bdrm, 3 baths, in Wilder Subdivision, acreage overlooking Kinsmen Beach. View to die for! $2500/month; Athalmer, unique log and pond home, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2000 sq.ft., $1600/month; 3 bdrm, 1 bath home, $1200/month; 1 bdrm, 1 bath, upper suite, $700/month; Shop/Yard/ Office, for woodworking/ storage business, etc. Approx 3000 sq.ft., $800/month. All properties available immediately, utilities not included, DD required. Please call 403-390-4513.

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house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

house for sale


Edgewater, 3 acres, 6 bdrm, 4 full baths, 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms, 10 appliances, $1550/ month, 403-650-8654.

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

New 3 bdrm, Invermere townhouse for rent, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, 3.5 bathrooms, fully developed basement, single car garage, ideal quiet location close to D/T and the beach, $1450/month including utilities, references appreciated, 403-288-7299.

Mountain Home in the Canadian Rockies



for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

Family home in Wilder subdivision, Invermere. Excellent condition, unfurnished, 2 bdrm’s up, 2 down, 2.5 baths, 6 appliances, double attached garage. 1 year minimum, N/P, N/S, available immediately, $1425/month + utilities + DD. 250-342-5914, First Choice Realty. Invermere, 3 bdrm, semi detached, close to all schools and D/T, $850/month + utilities, DD and references required. Call Don or Susan, 250-342-6908 or 250-347-7775. Radium, 3 bdrm house, N/S, N/P, $900/month + utilities + DD + references, 250-342-3841. Invermere, 2 bdrm house, furnished, N/S, DD & references, rent includes utilities, $1250/ month, 250-342-3841. Available immediately in Invermere, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appliances, large yard, N/S, $960/month + utilities + DD, 250-347-9086.

Wonderful 3 bdrm, 3 bath, Fort Point home, available immediately, mature responsible only, $1350/month + utilities, 250-342-6577 or 250-341-7092. A+ Windermere modular, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, + storage, recent renovation to the entire home, fully furnished, and super clean, large lot, excellent location, available end of August, $800/ month + utilities. Call Kelly 403990-1224 or kelly.thompson@ Windermere, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, $890/month + utilities, for 1 or 2 tenants, September to June, 250-342-2135. Rent by the week, 2 bdrm house, 2 blocks from Athalmer Beach, 250-342-3841.

condo FOR RENT D/T Invermere condo for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, $1350/ month + utilities, N/P, N/S, 250341-1182. Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1050 sq.ft., $950/month, water and heat included, available immediately, 403-690-3166 or 403-815-7980.

Invermere townhouse, furnished, 3 bdrm, 2 ½ baths, 5 appliances, 2 F/P, garage, $1200/month + utilities, 403703-0930. 2 bdrm condo, 1 ½ baths, extra storage room, D/W, W/D, microwave, fully equipped kitchen, some furnishings available, garage, patio, beautiful mountain views, $1000/month + utilities, 250342-1475. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, condo in Pinewood, Radium, F/P, $950/ month, includes utilities, N/P, N/S, 403-615-9989. D/T Invermere Townhouse for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, garage, very private, perfect location, gorgeous views, N/P, N/S, $1200/month + utilities, available August 15, 250-342-0020. Black Forest Village unit available for rent immediately, 2 bdrm with garage, N/S, $1100/ month, call Keith for more info, 250-341-1400.

Licensed Property Management Services For Owners - 20 Years experience - focused on finding For Tenants - see our selection of condos, cottages and the right tenants for your home or cottage. homes available for long term tenancy.

Professionals at your service, Dave McGrath & Eric Redeker 3-1005 7th Avenue, Downtown Invermere 250-342-4040 •

New condo available for rent at Parkside Place, downtown Invermere, bright, clean, private entrance, large private deck, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, $1,300/month, includes strata fees, water/ sewer, excludes Hydro, TV & Internet, N/S, pets allowed. Available August 10th for a 6 or 12 month term, 250-342-4856.

VACATION RENTALS Invermere, 4 bdrm, luxury lake view cottage; Radium, 3 bdrm home; Akiskinook, water front resort, 1 to 4 bdrm condos, indoor pool, hot tub, beach, tennis court, squash court, 403293-5659.

RV LOT RENTALS 3 only, unique RV lots for lease in Spillimacheen, BC, 3 hours from Calgary, AB, 30 amp electrical, water, & sewer, year round access. Call Doug at 250688-0789.

house for sale

Bargain Hunters 2700 sq.ft. walkout bungalow villa in Fairmont, $378,900, 2 F/P, 4 bdrm, 2 ½ baths, 6 appliances, A/C, VacuFlo, dbl garage, pictures at, AD # 42866 or call 403-968-8747.

Located 40 minutes north of Radium in the Columbia Valley, this home offers privacy, easy access, and excellent water. Accented Timber and Tudor make this 3434 sq.ft. (321 sq.m.) of living space, on three levels, a one of a kind executive home or cottage. Full 360 degree panoramic views, completely finished and fully landscaped. For more information, visit: www. or email: (Agents protected, call first.) Incredible value, modern home for sale in Canal Flats, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, 2 car garage, 2 sheds, over 2900 sq.ft., fully landscaped yard, jetted tub, irrigation system, all appliances included, paved driveway, 2010 brand new wood stove with stone work, $240,000, 250-341-1076. Home on 5 acre parcel at the base of the Hoodoos in Fairmont Hot Springs, $679,000, 250342-5290. Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath home, fenced yard, shop/shed, new deck, $320,000, 250-3421698. Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, single car garage, hardwood floors, fenced yard, totally renovated, 1125 5th St., quiet street, 2 blocks from hospital, Sobeys, and pharmacy, $410,000. Must see!! 250-342-1108.

house for sale

137, 10th Ave., Invermere, BC, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, office, finished walkout basement, underground sprinklers, air conditioning, laminate floors, large fenced back yard, fruit trees, paved driveway, walking distance to all amenities, asking $439,900, 250-342-3100 or 250-342-1092.

condo for sale

Bargain Hunters 2700 sq.ft. walkout bungalow villa in Fairmont, $378,900, 2 F/P, 4 bdrm, 2 ½ baths, 6 appliances, A/C, VacuFlo, dbl garage, pictures at, AD # 42866 or call 403-968-8747. Affordable condo, downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250341-1182. Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, $299,900 + GST, reduced to $279,900, no GST until July 1st, www., 250-3411182. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo at the Peaks in Radium. Swimming pool, hot tubs, underground heated parking, a/c, fireplace, appliances and window coverings. Great view! Like new! $229,900, No agents please. 250-341-5170.

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General commercial, 5 ft., 2 door, glass cooler, excellent condition, $1000, 250-347-9345.

Need rocks? Call Coys Dutch Creek Ranch, 250-345-6559.

18 ft., 2007 Ultra Light Eco Trailer, sleeps 4, queen bed, microwave, fridge, stove, A/C, electric hitch, $14,900, 250342-6857.



Must sell, 3 bdrm mobile on pad in Juniper Heights. Only $30,000 OBO, 250-342-6813.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE 2 bdrm townhouse for sale, across from Tim Horton’s, 3 levels, possibility for a 3rd bedroom in basement, singlecar garage, built in 2006, PRICED TO SELL AT $169,900. Serious inquiries only please, 250-270-0254.


Radium, #91 Canyon Resort, 2007 park model on best site with mature trees and large deck, furnished, winterized, A/C, sleeps 6, full kitchen and bath, deluxe entertainment, F/P, joint ownership includes heated pool, $219,000, 778-4304221 or

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Older 3 bdrm mobile home, new roof, electrical, plumbing, W/D, F/S, and huge deck with a great view, on long term rental pad, optional furnishings purchase, 250-342-5117. Newer 2 bdrm mobile home with addition in Radium, great location, beautiful corner lot, 2 outbuildings, $250,000, 250342-3841. 12’ x 68’, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, Green Acres Mobile Home Park, No dogs, $38,000 OBO, must sell! 250-306-0918.

7 acres of hayfield/wild land, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, near Wilmer, Toby Hill Road, close to Panorama and lake, $410,000 + GST/HST, 250-342-2802. 4967 Spruce Ave. Canal Flats, $70,000, mobile home zoned lot, quiet location close to school, golf course, convenience store, and beach. 250-3427179. 1.6 acre lake view lot for sale in quiet Rushmere community, 14 kms south of Invermere, 4584 Rushmere Rd., 403-831-7658. 2 lots, 82’ x 100’ each, north end of 12 Ave. in Invermere, 250342-6157.

wanted Good used bike and sport gear, consign at Sportuccinos, 250342-3669.

Clay chimney flue blocks, used for landscaping, assorted sizes and colours, $50. Call 250-3420358, leave message. Attention Musicians, Ensoniq SQ1 synthesizer with soft-shell case, stand, and manual, $300. Art and Lutherie Folk guitar with hard-shell case, $200. Call 250-342-9438, please leave a message. 6 ft. cedar posts, all natural, no chemicals, will not rot, $7.50 each, 250-688-0143. Brand new Toyo winter tires, set of 4, 16”, used only 1 winter, paid $995, asking $600 OBO, 403861-8782 or 250-688-2897. Clearance Sale: Antique furniture, armoires, dressers, tables & chairs, antique stoves, wagons, sleds, pots, etc. Please call for appointment, 250-4213202.

Pine loft bed with desk underneath, great for student/ small room, $400 OBO, 250342-9813. Engagement Ring, 14K White Gold with 17 diamonds around a large cushion cut diamond centre, elegant, custom made, classic design. NEVER WORN! Paid $2500, asking $1900 OBO, 250-688-0338. White painted wooden drop-leaf kitchen table, $30; melamine wood-grain kitchen table with chrome legs, $25; 2 new unfinished wooden swivel bar stools, sturdy construction, $30 each; 26-inch Sanyo TV, good condition, $30; 19-inch RCA TV with built-in VHS player, good condition, $20. To view these items and more, call 250342-0444. Antique oak china cabinet and buffet, $500; large sturdy white desk with attached hutch, $30 OBO, 250-342-0020.


business for sale

Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268.


Wall rack storage system for architectural drawings, blueprints, artist’s sketches, newspapers, or any documents that should be hung to save space and avoid creasing. New $700, sale price $200. 250-3416299.


If you are passionate about the natural health industry and always wanted to be your own boss, then utilize your talent, skills and ambition with an investment in your own company. This well maintained business has high levels of performance and is considered to be the leader in the East Kootenay health food industry. This business is in a very sound financial position with steady growth over the past 15 years and has an excellent reputation. We have very loyal customers and long term, well trained, staff in a great downtown location.

Asking Price $589,000 – Please call (250) 581-1128

White natural finish, oval table + 4 chairs and buffet, $200 OBO, 250-345-4088.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2004 Honda CRS 450R, excellent shape, $4200 OBO, 250-3411182. 1996 Jayco tent trailer sleeps 6, King in the front, Queen in the back, table folds into bed, stove, 3 way fridge, water tank, battery, propane, awning, $4500, 250-342-3205. 1971 Travelaire Trailer, 17 ½ ft., tandem axles, $2250, 250-3426534. 2003 Coachmen Catalina Lite Trailer, 25 ft., sleeps 6, 2 bunk beds in back, double bed in front, awning, dinner table which folds into bed, shower and bathtub in rear, sink outside bathroom, propane/electric fridge, stove, microwave, AC, furnace, Torsion bar, sway bar, and hitch included, $12,000 OBO, 250-341-3545.

1978 Triple E travel trailer, 23.5 ft., bunk model, $3000 OBO, 250-342-0428. 2005 650cc Kawasaki, dual purpose, 5000 km, too many extras to list, $4000, 250-3422909. 1990 Trav-L-Lite 5th Wheel, 22 ft, sleeps 6, queen bed, 3 piece bath, 3 way fridge, stove, furnace, excellent condition, includes hitch, can be towed behind half ton, $5900, 250342-9079. 2008 500 ATV, 2 up, Arctic Cat, $5000, 250-342-6157.

VEHICLES for sale 1991 VW Jetta, black, 4 door, standard transmission and sunroof, new tires, good brakes, mechanically sound, asking $1500, call 250-342-9438, leave message.

recreational vehicles

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

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2003 F150 Supercrew Lariot, power everything, sun roof, heated leather seats, CD player, towing package, $15,000 OBO, 250-341-3545.

Mei Mei’s Asian Market FOR SALE

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

1995 Pontiac Grand Am, excellent condition, $2100 OBO, 250-347-2406. 2000 Chev S10 4x4, V6, automatic, loaded with canopy, excellent condition, $7500, 250347-6376.

boat for sale 1996 Bayliner Capri 1850, 180 HP, I/O motor, wakeboard tower, stereo, $12,000, 403-860-2926. 1993 Malibu Boat with 1998 Evinrude 130 HP engine, white leather seats with red stripes, rear entrance ladder, 1993 Roller Trailer, fog lamp, includes 3 water skis, tube, towing rope, $9,000 OBO, 250-341-3545. Vroom!! 18 ft., open bow, Doral boat for sale, 325 HP, 5.7L V8, powerful and reliable with dual exhaust and trim tabs. Also, Fish and Depth finder, only 330 hours on boat, comes with life jackets. Great boat but time to sell. Call for more details, 250345-9521, Fairmont.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Busy seasonal café for sale in Invermere, B.C. Serious inquiries only, 250-3415370. Waste service business located in the Columbia Valley, complete with truck, containers, contract, and customer list. For further inquires, please email or fax 250342-2675.

Excellent business for a couple or family to run together and share responsibilities, great location, in the new Parkside Place development on 7th Ave., downtown Invermere, with our unique and health friendly sushi we have a consistent well established clientele at the store and a great contract with AG Valley Foods keeping us busy in the on and off season. Mei Mei’s also has two rooms which have been used as treatment rooms, and are great for someone to start a new practice, or to contract practitioners to work for the store (ie. Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Reiki etc.) or rooms can be used for different purpose (ie. expansion, additional storage, office) Mei Mei’s is currently licensed with BC Interior Health and the District of Invermere as: grocery store, food service and alternative medicine facility, current owner will provide training for all aspects of the business; ordering and receiving supplies, how to operate all equipment, will train how to make Mei Mei’s specific kind of sushi, labeling and distributing. Over $120,000 worth of building improvements, equipment, fridges, freezers, sushi equipment, office equipment, current stock and merchandise, cash register and debit machine (Interact, Visa, MasterCard) and contract with AG Valley Foods all included in asking price. 3 yr lease left on space @ $1580/ month. Owner Asking $19,900. Summer is just around the corner so act now and get a great start! 250-688-0364.

Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

$$ Save $100’s $$ Customized, high quality BLINDS w/lifetime warranty, Commercial or Residential, Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Call a professional today; Free In-Home Consultation 250-349-7507 or 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” Offer expires July 31, 2010 36” wide Ditch witch, SK500 for hire w/ stump grinder, Auger (6”, 10”, 24”) 6 way blade, 2 buckets, 14’ dump trailer for clean-up or moving needs, call Dean at 250347-9678.

Services Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman Tile setter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers, Floors, and Cultured Stone All work Guaranteed Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645.

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Kitchen staff required, full and part time, please apply in person with resume and references. Ask for Ben or Billy.

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Red Rock Contracting Custom installations of interlocking paving-stones, for your patio, driveway, etc. Retaining wall systems. For estimate call 250-341-6869. Tandem axle dump truck for hire, will haul most anything, 250-349-5659 or 250-9192957. College Student with a Truck, is ready to do yard work, demolition, deliveries, dump runs, fence & deck painting, or be the extra set of hands needed to complete any chore, 250-342-9446. Shawn’s LBO Autobody, Your Independent Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Auto detailing, power polishing, rock chip repair, and more… Get your boat detailed for summer. Call Jodi 250-342-9696

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July 16, 2010

Canal Flats debates fireworks ban

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Canal Flats is considering imposing fireworks restrictions in the village similar to those put in place by the Regional District of East Kootenay on June 1st. The district has prohibited any stores from selling fireworks during an open fire ban, however there is not currently a restriction on firework use. Councillors and Mayor Woodbury

discussed whether the regulations go far enough for Canal Flats. “I think it would have more teeth with a bylaw banning the use as well as the sale,” said Councillor Ute Juras. But new council member Roy Webb brought up the issue of enforcing any restrictions that are introduced. Canal Flats is a municipality, meaning the RCMP or an appointed bylaw enforcement officer can enforce bylaws put in place.

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However the village does not currently have a bylaw officer and the nearest RCMP branch is in Invermere. “You can ask people, but you can’t force them to put it out,” said Fire Chief Stuart Moore. “We’ve had two potential wildfires already this year . . . Currently it’s just a request and respect and honour system.” A decision on whether to create a new bylaw was deferred to allow the council to gather more information.

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The Radium Liquor Store is now accepting applications for a Part-time Clerk position. Applicants must have Serving It Right certificate, be physically fit, reliable, and must be able to work flexible shifts; including evenings and weekends. Knowledge of wines and spirits a definite asset. Apply with resume in person to the Radium Liquor Store, beside the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery, by email to horsethiefpub@, or fax 250-347-9987.

Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers and kitchen staff, apply in person or send resume, 250-342-6866.

Kootenay Coffee Works: fulltime Barista/kitchen help, various daytime shifts, call Chris 250-341-3662 or drop off resume to the Athalmer Hwy location.

Invermere Inn requires a Cook/ Meat Cutter, full time, $12/hour. Call Todd at 250-342-9246.


Busy local framing company is looking for framers and labourers, please send resume to info@duskbuildingsystems. com or fax to 250-341-3427.

Bighorn Meadows Resort is currently seeking detail oriented, energetic, room attendants personnel. Related experience will be considered an asset. Full or part-time hours are available. Starting wage $12.05-$12.50/hour. Eligible candidates must have the ability to work weekends. Send your confidential resume to: pbusch@bighornmeadows. ca or by fax to 250-347-2311, attention Pearl. Local, private, guest ranch/ lodge looking to hire a motivated, detail-oriented person. Job includes primarily housekeeping and also lawn & garden, horse care, and assisting with maintenance of building, grounds, and systems. Parttime leading to full-time. Email resume to royalantler@gmail. com.

Are you an enthusiastic people lover? Join our team of Demo Professionals in the INVERMERE SOBEYS!!! Training provided, Most demos run: Fri/Sat 6hrs/ day. Contact Debbie @ 1-800567-5699, Ext. 5-1 Lordco Auto Parts in Invermere is currently seeking a fulltime parts person, wage DOE, full benefits package after six months, apply in person with resume to James.

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Journeyman Plumber and/ or apprentices needed for Copper Point Resort job site, Journeyman rate is $30/hour, apprentice rate on a sliding scale for level/time in the trade, can start right away, contact Clint Graf, 250-862-7405. Kal-West Building Systems, 710 Evans Court, Kelowna, BC

Mercer & Company has a full time sales position available. Must be good with the public, outgoing & creative. We need someone as unique as the position itself. Apply in person or email resume to leanne@ Experienced housekeeper for occasional cleaning of our vacation home, references, $20/ hour, call 250-342-2103 or 403287-6740.

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“In The hearT Of The rOCkIes” The Columbia Valley Gymnastics Association is currently seeking a Part-time or Full-time recreational, Level 1 or Level 2 coach. Dry land training with hockey and ski teams is also a possibility. Employment will commence in September 2010 or earlier. Flexible days and hours; work as little as 3hrs/week or as much as 30hrs/week. Very competitive salary. Enjoy a lifestyle in an area best known for world class skiing, hiking, golfing and other recreational activities all at your doorstep. If interested please contact: Cheryl Maybuck at: or Leanne Brooks at:

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Green Zone: charity tourney a success

July 16, 2010

By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist Two weeks ago, the Giving Back Golf Tourney was held at Windermere Valley Golf Course. Despite only 14 teams, the event raised a lot of money for Special Olympics. “One of our goals is to create awareness,” said Karen Cote, treasurer of the local chapter. “We started last November and people don’t know we’re in the Windermere Valley.” The $10,000 raised will fund multiple programs such as swimming and even golf. As a participant, I was disappointed in

the turnout, however I also understand there are many golf fund-raisers. With so many worthwhile causes in need of support, it becomes impossible to support them all. Rule of thumb: if the cause is local, it moves to the top of the list. I help as many as I can. The good feeling I get is worth the cost. Another one I am involved in is the Lions Golf Day. I have never participated but have been chairman and organizer since its inception seven years ago. The event has raised $80,000 for Lions Club projects. I personally thank everyone who has

played a round at Copper Point on Golf Day. This year, we are pleased to purchase as many crash carts as $10,000 will buy. Our hospital emergency room will be equipped to attend all situations as efficiently as possible. This is an extremely good thing! The next time you see an ad for a charity golf event in our area, don’t shrug it off. Instead, give it your most serious consideration. The Green Zone quote of the week is by John Schlee: “Watching Sam Snead practice hitting golf balls is like watching a fish practice swimming.”

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July 16, 2010

Valley Churches


Don’t worry, our future is in God’s hands By Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Do you get frustrated when your dreams aren’t coming to pass on your timetable? We all do. The point is: we often try to operate on our timetable and forget that our future is in God’s hands. We worry and fret that things aren’t going the way we think they should. All the while, God is trying to tell us that He has the plan and is waiting for us to come to Him for direction. He is waiting for us to say, as David did in Psalm 31:14,15 (New King James version), “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies and from those who persecute me.” The New Living Translation of the Bible says for verse 15: “My future is in your hands.” We have an enemy. He is prowling around looking for opportunities to steal our joy and tell us that God doesn’t care about us. It might seem, at times, that things are out of control and our life isn’t going anywhere, but that is simply not true. Our lives and times are in the hands of God and even though you might be going through a rough patch — maybe you have some health problems, or maybe the bills are piling up, or maybe any number of things might be going on in your life — the bottom line is, God is still in control.

Your future is in His hands. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at the first five verses of Psalm 103. David says (New King James), “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Sometimes we need to give ourselves a good talking to. David is telling himself to bless the Lord. I think we can learn from this. Get some paper and write on it, “Bless the Lord, forget not all His benefits.” Put it where it will be one of the first things you see in the morning. Tell yourself: I will not start my day without first spending some time blessing, or praising, the Lord. The first five verses of Psalm 103 is a good place to start. No matter what we are going through, God cares. Your future is in His hands and, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter, 5:6,7, “Therefore, humble yourself [demote, lower yourself in your own estimations] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” And verses 10,11 (New Living Translation): “In His kindness, God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. “So, after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power to Him forever! Amen.”

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