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In the past month, there have been countless sightings of two mother bears with cubs in Kootenay National Park. Photographer Dani Tschudin snapped this family by Olive Lake last month. Park superintendent Pam Veinotte asks drivers to slow down when they see bears at the roadside, but continue driving by to avoid “bear jams”. If you have cell phone coverage, call Parks Canada at 403-762-1470 so they can send out a patrol or use flashing signs to alert drivers.

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Dance held for Invermere hospital’s emergency room First Nation dancers gathered in Invermere’s Pothole Park on Monday, August 2nd to help raise funds for improvements to the hospital’s emergency room. The event was organized by Invermere’s Joe Bruce, who spent time in the hospital this year and wanted to show his gratitude. “I’ve seen the dedication of these doctors and nurses,” he said. “They don’t care where you’re from or what colour you are.” The event featured local Shuswap grass dancer Jeremy Stevens, jingle dress dancer Megan Eugene, women’s fancy dancer Cayla Eugene, and Quintin Eugene, as well as Siksika men’s traditional dancer Leon Cranebear of Calgary. Clarissa Stevens, who organizes the Shuswap dance group, said, “It’s phenomenal to see the pride come out of the kids when they dance.” Pictured, above: spectators joined hands with the dancers in a traditional welcome dance; left; local Shuswap dancer Megan Eugene in her jingle dress. Photos by Kelsey Verboom

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Shmigelsky seeking NDP nomination By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Former Invermere mayor Mark Shmigelsky has resigned from the B.C. Liberal party and announced his intention to pursue the New Democrat Party nomination for parliament in the Kootenay-Columbia riding. Mark Shmigelsky “I’ve been a lifelong federal Liberal,” Mr. Shmigelsky said. “When I retired from local politics, I was out of politics completely. About six months ago, people started asking me if I was interested in running for the NDP.” After lengthy discussions with his family, his wife Robin told him, “You’re grinning from ear-to-ear – I can tell you want to do it,” Mr. Shmigelsky said. “After two years out of politics, it started to feel right. We did all the comparisons between parties. We were very careful and made sure we weren’t compromising any personal values. “I certainly fit within the NDP party. I consider

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myself more of a centrist – more in the middle with a balance between fiscal and social responsibility.” Mr. Shmigelsky, 40, said he believes people will support him because of his ability to fairly represent the interests of the riding, not solely because of his party choice. “It’s alright to make the switch,” he said. “I’m a strong believer in representation, and this gives me the opportunity to do that. I think as a member of parliament, the job at the end of the day is to represent everybody in the riding, and I want to do that. “I’m an average everyday Canadian, I guess, just a bit more active in politics. I don’t feel I’ll be criticized by people who are going to support who I am as a person. The average everyday person doesn’t believe in parties, they believe in representation, and I think that’s something I’m able to do.” Although Mr. Shmigelsky has been involved in the Liberal party in the past, the NDP best represents the interests of the riding, he said. “I had a great relationship with them [the Liberals], and I still have a lot of friends in the Liberal party. But they [the Liberals] haven’t been able to provide the representation of the average Canadian. So there’s a number of reasons why I’ve switched parties, and I’m quite comfortable.” The first step is to win the nomination, Mr. Shmi-

By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Following an unusual investigation, a Windermere man pleaded guilty in Banff Provincial Court to possession of a firearm in Banff National Park and was fined $1,000. According Park Warden Steve Anderson, park officials found an image of a man carrying a shotgun while sorting through photos taken by a mo-

gelsky said. “If we can do that, we aren’t going to take anything for granted. It’ll be a fun exercise, a fun battle, and then after that try to represent the riding.” In February, current Kootenay-Columbia Conservative MP Jim Abbott announced his plans to retire after the next federal election, which will end his 17year representation of the riding. Mr. Shmigelsky said that Mr. Abbott’s retirement creates an exciting time that will leave the political playing field “wide open.” “I’m excited about it. I think it’s a wonderful time to be a voter,” he said. Noting his respect for Jim Abbott, Mr. Shmigelsky added, “I want to strive to do even better than the last person. For me, it’s about getting down to what an MP should do, which is represent the people on the hot-button issues.” Mr. Shmigelsky was on Invermere council for 15 years, nine of which he served as mayor. His third term as mayor ended in 2008. “I just had a remarkable time doing that,” he said of his time on council. “My family and I were fortunate enough to have tremendous support from all political spectrums. I’m hoping that’s still there, and I’m encouraging people to get a hold of me and help us go further with this.”

tion-sensing wildlife camera. With the help of B.C. conservation officers, the warden was able to identify the Windermere resident, who took responsibility for the crime. The charge itself is rare enough, Warden Anderson explained, without being able to recall the last time it has happened, but the successful conviction was even less likely, he said. The May 20th incident occurred at Spray Pass on the way to Leman Lake.

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Over the past long weekend, police responded to 39 calls for service. • On July 30th, the detachment received a complaint from a Fairmont man that his dog had been attacked by a neighbour’s dog. His dog required stitches in its back and tubes to drain fluid. The man reported the incident to the regional dog control officer, who stated she was seeking a destruction order based on other complaints she had received regarding the same dog. • On July 30th, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report that approximately $100 worth of gas was stolen from the forestry compound on 4th Avenue in Invermere. The man said the theft occurred between 10 p.m. and 1 p.m.. on July 30th, and said two regular red gas cans were stolen from a fire truck, which was in a gated compound. Methods to improve security around the compound were discussed. • On July 31st at approximately 2 a.m., police were notified of a “man down”. Members attended and found a male laying on the pavement who was very intoxicated. He had been wrestling with another male when he fell backwards off the curb, striking his head. Ambulance attendants treated the victim and transported him to Invermere hospital for a laceration to the back of his head. Witnesses said an assault did not take place and that the male simply lost his balance. • On July 31st at around 8:30 a.m., RCMP attended the Springs Golf Course for a vandalism/mischief complaint. Police were taken to two golf holes where two putting greens showed significant damage from an axe or similar object. It appeared human feces were left on one green. Employees indicated the last golfers were off the green around 9 p.m. and the damage was noticed around 6:30 the next morning. Police continue to investigate. • On July 31st at 9:48 a.m., police were notified of an attempted robbery at The Bargain Shop on 13th

Street, Invermere. Police were nearby and attended immediately. Employees told police an unknown man entered the store wearing a white balaclava, yellow jacket and had what appeared to be the ‘butt-end’ of a gun sticking out of the jacket. The man stated, “I want my money – where is it? Give it to me.” After employees told the man there was no money, he left heading down 8th Avenue towards the beach. Local businesses with external video surveillance will be providing assistance as police continue to investigate. • On July 31st at 8:48 p.m., RCMP received report of an intoxicated man on Kootenay #3 Road in Windermere. Police located the male laying in the ditch. The police detected a strong odour of liquor and noticed the man was slurring his speech. The man was arrested for being drunk in a public place and lodged in Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment cells. He was released once sober and served a violation ticket of $115 for Public Intoxication under the B.C. Provincial Liquor Control and Licencing Act. • On July 31st at 11:18 p.m., Valley Hawk Security requested police attendance to the Lakeview Meadows private beach to assist in the removal of more than 100 youths who were refusing to leave an unauthorized party. The youths, who appeared to all be from Calgary, scattered upon police arrival. • On July 31st at 10:38 p.m., patrolling RCMP observed a white Chevrolet Celebrity swerving in its lane, crossing the fog line and driving 60 kilometres per hour in a 90 kilometre per hour speed zone south of Radium. Police conducted a traffic stop and noticed the female driver showed several signs of impairment. The driver refused to provide a breath sample, and was given a notice to appear in Invermere court and a Roadside Driving Prohibition. • On August 1st, police were dispatched to assist with a truck on fire. Upon their arrival they found the truck engulfed in flames. The truck is registered to a local male whom police have made attempts to locate without success. This investigation is ongoing. Continued on Page 22 . . .


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Lot 4616 division sent to province By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff An important step forward could soon be taken with Lot 4616, the long-debated piece of Crown land on the southern edge of Invermere. Invermere council has recently sent an application to the Agricultural Land Commission to have the lot excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve. If approved the move will allow the Shuswap and Akisqnuk First Nations and the District of Invermere to begin carving up the land, splitting the use between public park and development. “The plan is to divide the land up with around a 50/50 split,” said Lorraine Schmidt, of the Integrated Land Management Bureau. “If anything, it will lean a little more heavily towards park land than land for development.” The question of what to do with the lot, which is about 50 hectares — 124 acres — has been ongoing for the past six years. In 2004 the district applied to receive the entire piece of land, fending off interest from several real estate developers who wanted to purchase the lot. The area was deemed too valuable by the provincial government, who currently owns it, leading to a

MAKING PROGRESS — This map shows proposed boundaries within Invermere’s Lot 4616, beside CastleRock Estates. partnership between Invermere council and the local First Nations to develop some land and leave the rest as public park.

“What made negotiations somewhat complex in the beginning was that our goal was 100 percent park land and First Nations’ goal was economic development,” said Invermere’s Mayor Gerry Taft. “I think everyone is now comfortable with the current agreement and there is no perception of one side trying to take advantage.” District Lot 4616 is a prime piece of Invermere acreage located on the western side of Lake Windermere, with stunning views out over the lake. The current proposal is to retain the eastern land for the district’s park with development confined to the CastleRock Estates side of the plot. A decision on the type of development to take place is on hold until the land is released from the Agricultural Land Reserve. “Any developer will tell you that development is market lead,” said Dean Martin, Chief Executive Officer of the Shuswap Band’s Kinbasket Development Corporation. “At the time of land release, if we decide on some type of development there certainly has to be a profit margin after paying for the land.” The application to exclude the lot from agricultural land could take several months to be processed, but it is highly likely to be approved, according to Mayor Taft.

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Credit where credit is due

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By Brian Geis Pioneer Editor Listening to the chatter on the radio scanner sitting on the corner of my desk is always informative and entertaining. In the week leading up to Invermere’s inaugural Summerlude, it was interesting to follow preparations underway by municipal staff. Later that day, I crossed the street to find Wildsight staff spilling out of their office onto the sidewalk to prepare for the revival of the Lake Windermere Regatta. It reminded me how many people take on extra work — above and beyond their already busy schedules — to help organize and stage the valley’s ambitious schedule of festivals and events. Having lived in towns where no one really does anything beyond what is absolutely necessary, I am always impressed and inspired by the armies of volunteers who donate their time and effort to put on a show around here. Time after time, municipal council and staff, the Arts Council, the Invermere Business Committee, Wildsight, the service organizations, valley clubs and societies, area businesses, performers and hundreds and hundreds of volunteers — ticket-takers and grubslingers, judges and announcers, showmen and stewards — get up early and stay out late to set them up, see them through and clean up afterwards. In the interest of giving credit where credit is due, I for one say good show and thanks for the effort! If you regret not having thanked one of them personally, don’t worry. We’re now only midway through the festival season with some of the best to come. Never to miss a chance to quote Randy Bachman, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Much moved cabin In this 1956 photo, Annie Blanchard Crook revisits a tourist cabin her husband, Charles, and son, Ray, built. At the time it was serving as housing for the fire look-out in Kootenay National Park. The top of the fire tower can be seen in the background. It now stands on museum grounds in Invermere, above. Photos submitted by Ray Crook

Cabin’s long road to museum Submitted by Ray Crook The Windermere District Historical Society started its collection of buildings in April 1964 by acquiring a small log cabin from Kootenay National Park. At that time, it was located at Kaye’s Cabin warden station, five miles east of the Radium pool. It was originally built by my father and myself and used for tourist accommodation at our Rocky Mountain Camp, now Crook’s Meadow, 21 miles east of the park gate. This property was sold to the Crown in September 1956. Kootenay Park moved this cabin about a quarter-mile north to be used as quarters for the look-out person, as a fire tower had

been erected at that point. After that it was moved to Kaye’s Cabin. In 1964, the Historical Society obtained permission from the Village of Invermere to place this cabin on the southern rim of Pothole Park, across from where AG Valley Foods is now. I built a cement foundation for it and it was moved to Invermere by Ian Weir on May 30th, 1964. It was officially opened as a museum by MLA James Chabot and village chairman A.E. Erickson on May 23rd, 1965. By this time the building had been moved three times and was to be moved a fourth time. It is now part of the Windermere District Historical Society’s museum complex.

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LETTERS Thanks to Tour of the Arts volunteers

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Thank you to Linda Tutty and all her super volunteers from the Columbia Valley Arts who — very professionally — assisted with the Tour of the Arts garden tour at our home on Sunday, August 1st. You are a very organized group of people! A special thank you to John Cronin and the Dry Gulch Ramblers — who provided lovely music for the event — and all the people who displayed their

art work at our home. Also, thanks to our neighbours Al and George for all their help and support, John and Margo from Rockies Pizza for delivering the delicious food for our volunteers, and, last but not least, the 675 people who actually took the time to drive to our home and view the wonderful art work in our yard. Even with the rain, the event was a huge success. Thank you! Chester and Pat Allen Radium Hot Springs

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measures palatable. Harper’s agenda desperately needs a “crisis”. It’s an old diversion tactic. For this mission Harper has appointed key people: Commissioner Elliot in RCMP, Director Fadden at CSIS, and pit-bull Peter MacKay in Defence (if they can’t create a crisis, who can?). Sounds farfetched? Maybe, yet this tactic is standard procedure in many parts of the world and the U.S. conveniently keeps its people in a permanent state of crisis, with “paranoia” a growth industry. “Political bullying” is another tactic Harper is not above — not the usual one country against another, but the more insidious bullying of its own people, its cabinet ministers and civil servants. Forced resignations, character attacks and strategic appointments have muzzled information flow from ministries in health care, defence, media, environment, energy, and now the census. So much for “open and transparent”. Bryan Stawychny Edgewater

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Uncle Elmer loved Bull Riding Dear Editor: The 12th annual Bull Riding in the Rockies was an enjoyable event this summer. We have been attending this event for many years as a family, and our Uncle Elmer Spiry comes along to enjoy the show. Every year, the staff and security have been very helpful to ensure that our uncle is well placed to view the performance. The location where the event was held this year was accommodating for all ages to enjoy the show. Our uncle

said that he particularly enjoyed the outdoor arena this year. He was able to hear and see the entire performance, as well as visit with many locals who approached him. As a former bull rider in his earlier years, Uncle Elmer said the event was the highlight of his summer, and he hopes to be able to attend again next year. Thanks for all the hard work it takes to put on an event like this. Our uncle thoroughly enjoyed it. Darla Spiry, Athalmer

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Dining under the stars at Edible Acres “It is our first year in this capacity and we’ve had a fantastic response,” Lin added. “At the moment we don’t have any tickets left but we may release more a bit closer to the day.” Formal dining in a field will soon be coming The Pig Out will feature food from the Coto Windermere courtesy of Lin Steedman and Ollumbia Valley and other areas of the Kootenays iver Egan, owners of Windermere’s Edible Acres such as Creston and Fort Steele. community farm. The event’s 10 chefs — which include FairTheir event, the Pig Out, will be taking place mont’s Larissa and Adrian McCormack and Eagle on Sunday, August 22nd at the community supRanch’s Drew MacDonald — will cook a wide ported agricultural farm where they grow organic range of appetizers, making creative use of the vegetables. mostly organic ingredients. Then everyone will Working with a wide range of local produce come together for dinner, a hog roast, with musics — from beer and wine to poultry and pork — Lin by Invermere’s Standby for the Bomb. and Oliver’s one-time event will promote all that is “We’ll promote local produce and have a really available to valley residents on their own doorstep. good party,” Lin said. “This could well turn into “We have about 10 different chefs who are coming in to cook for us,” Lin explained. “We will PIG OUT — Lin Steedman and Oliver Egan of Edible Acres an annual event but we need to see how the field set up four tents and people can wander around Farm will host the Pig Out on August 22nd. The event, at the holds up. We haven’t done an event this size in it.” Oliver and Lin established Edible Acres in and try the different appetizers, then everyone will farm in Windermere will combine fine dining and promotion of local produce, all in a country setting. Photo submitted 2008 and have been running the cooperative farm sit down for the same main course.” ever since, in collaboration with their 20 local Inspired by a Calgary dining afternoon called members. Feast of Fields, the couple decided last summer to nating with local food producers and chefs to cater for The members donate time or money, in return for hold a pot luck with friends and family at their farm. up to 200 people. The idea proved popular and the Broadening their horizons for 2010, the pair event sold out fast, with Lin setting up a waiting list weekly fresh produce. For more information or to join opened the evening to the public and started coordi- to assign tickets that may be released in coming weeks. the waiting list for the Pig Out, call 250-342-7472. By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

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Movie Review: Kick Ass who are way more effective than he is at what they do. Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), a caped crusader who bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain dark knight, has trained his young daughter, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), to become a super-efficient fighting machine. Their target is the evil empire of murderous drug kingpin Frank D’Amico. Kick Ass is the most recent adaptation of a comic book series to hit the video stores, and is based on a series written by Mark Millar (Wanted) and illustrated by the prolific John Romita

Reviewed by Dave Sutherland Kick Ass lives up to its title. It’s a demented actioneer about an ambitious fan boy named Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to live out his fantasy of becoming a superhero. Dave feels strongly about righting wrongs and, incidentally, becoming more appealing to girls. Calling himself Kick Ass, Dave’s initial attempts at super-heroics are hampered by his lack of fighting ability, but he does attract an internet fan base and garners the attention of a father/daughter team of crime fighters



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Jr. The screenplay was adapted by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, and directed by Vaughn, who’s earlier work includes Layer Cake and Stardust. There’s plenty of mind-boggling, physics-defying action in Kick Ass. The story is a lot of fun, and there is a fair amount of wry humour, but, be warned, the story does take some dark turns. Kick Ass earned an R rating, but not for violence. Rather, it was for the profane dialogue that issues from the mouth of its 11-year-old protagonist. Some of the lines uttered by Hit Girl would curl the toes of a sailor.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS golf, floor hockey and more. Cost: $100/week or $25/day. Drop-ins welcome. For boys and girls, aged 6-12. For info: 250-342-1421. • Roaring Women Business Group meets to promote, connect and educate. For info: 250-347-9199.

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Tuesday, August 10th:

• August 4th-6th, 8 p.m.: Prince of Persia • August 7th and 9th-10th, 8 p.m.: The A-Team • August 11th-14th and 16th-17th, 8 p.m.: Toy Story 3 • August 18th-21st and 23rd-24th, 8 p.m.: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

• 9 a.m.-noon: Community Weed Pull in Radium Hot Springs. Call for volunteers to identify and pull out invasive plants from the wetlands near Radium. Meet at Forsters Landing Road, just past the mill. Gloves, drinks and snacks provided. For info: 250344-4961. • 1-4 p.m.: The Magical World of Shrinky Dinks workshop with Jessica Gowling at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7 p.m.: Mariah Mennie and special guest Bryan Deans perform at Strands Old House Restaurant. Classical, modern and originals with piano, cello and vocals. $10 cover. For info: 250-342-6344.

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Wednesday, August 11th:

• 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. • 6-9 p.m.: Artist reception for Reflections exhibition at Effusion Art Gallery. Exhibition continues until August 16th. For info: 250-341-6877. • 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. • 7-9 p.m.: Artist reception for An Evening with Mr. Lester and Friends exhibition at Black Star Studios, in collaboration with Japhy’s Creativity. Exhibition runs August 4th-8th. For info: 250-342-6663. • 15th Annual Loop The Lake running and walking race, hosted by the Rotary Club of Invermere. For info:

• 1-3 p.m.: Arts Combo workshop with Carney Oudendag at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-4423. • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Health Care Assistant information session at the College of the Rockies, Invermere campus. For info: 250-342-3210.

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Monday, August 9th: • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Rocky Mountain Sports Camp kicks off for a week at J. Alfred Laird. Volleyball, soccer, bellyflop basketball, mini Olympics, frisbee

Thursday, August 12th: • 7-9 p.m.: Oso Simple and Friends perform for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331. • 8:30 p.m.: David Gogo performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Tickets $20.

Saturday, August 14th: • 7-9 p.m.: The Halfsacks perform for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331. • August 14th-15th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Columbia Basin Culture Tour in the Columbia Valley. Visit artists at their studios. Map available at www.cbculturetour. com. For info: 1-877-505-7355.

Tuesday, August 17th: • 1-4 p.m.: The Bound Page Art workshop with Jessica Gowling at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. For info: 250-342-4423. • Comedian Andrew Gross performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Tickets $10.

Thursday, August 19th: • 7-9 p.m.: Late performs for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-347-9331.

Friday, August 20th: • Canadian hip hop artists Rascalz perform at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Tickets $20 at the door.

Saturday, August 21st: • 10 a.m.: The Radium Public Library presents the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Legend’s Field in Radium. All preschoolers are welcome to attend the bear hunt. • 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. • Third annual Kootenay Savings Credit Union Celebrating Health Care Golf Tournament at the Ridge at Copper Point Golf Course. Entry fee is $125. All proceeds go to buy equipment for Invermere and District Hospital’s renovated emergency room. For info: 250-342-6961.

Sunday, August 22nd: • 4 p.m.: The Pig Out: formal dining in the field at Edible Acres, Windermere. Featuring local organic vegetables prepared by talented chefs from the valley, Banff and Calgary. Live music and pig roast. Tickets $45. For info: 250-342-7472.

Thursday, August 26th: • 7-9 p.m.: Kathleen and Scott (Dos Equis) perform for Music on Main on Main Street West, Radium. Every Thursday and Saturday. For info: 250-3479331.

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Radium mayor to open wine bar By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Radium couple Dee and Rod Conklin are transforming their home into Radium’s first-ever wine bar. CasaVino Wine Bar will be a place for people to sit by the fireplace or on the garden patio with a glass of wine and a plate of local cheeses. “It’s not a late-night bar,” Ms. Conklin, RadiDee Conklin um’s mayor, said. “It’s just a place to end your evening or start your evening – almost a European café style that people think of when they think of Paris, just in Radium.” The wine bar will be tucked just off of Radium’s Main Street at the edge of Legend’s Field in the bot-

tom half of the Conklins’ newly renovated home. With a 90-person capacity, customers will be able to wander outdoors and sit on a patio, or in the Conklin’s large, modern garden. Pâté, local cheeses and sushi will accompany CasaVino’s wine selection. “We aren’t a licensed kitchen, so we will serve cold appetizers that go well with wine,” explained Ms. Conklin. “We will also have a featured dessert each evening, so people can come down after dinner for dessert and a glass of wine.” The Conklins plan to open CasaVino in time for the holidays in mid-December, but are currently awaiting the results of their liquor license application. Surrounding residents and business owners have until August 31st to comment on the proposal. Ms. Conklin said she has received positive feedback from surrounding businesses, and that other restaurant owners have expressed their interest in sending customers to CasaVino for a glass of wine while they wait for an open table. The idea for a wine bar has been fermenting for

the past five years, Ms. Conklin said. “Radium is a walking town and there has been a number of people who’ve talked to me over the years about how, when they walk by our house, they think about how it would be nice to sit out in the garden. “Rod and I are often out on the patio with wine or coffee, so we thought it would be a good fit.” The Conklins have been taking courses about wine, and are working towards the goal of Rod becoming a sommelier. They plan to carry a large selection of B.C. wines, as well as Chilean, Argentinean, Australian, and American. “It may not be when we open, but by next spring we will be well into an amazing inventory of wine,” Ms. Conklin said. “As people share their wine experiences with us, it’ll be really fun to expand using suggestions from customers.” CasaVino’s planned hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday during the spring and summer, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the wintertime.

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EXHIBITION “REFLECTIONS” AUGUST 7th to AUGUST 16th RECEPTION AUGUST 7th 6-9pm Artists in attendance INSPIRED BY NATURE — Rick Berg’s painting of marshland is one of the works on display at the Effusion Gallery from August 7th to 16th.

Reflections exhibition on show at Effusion

Submitted by Effusion Art Gallery Contemplation is at the heart of the Reflections exhibition showing at Effusion Art Gallery from August 7th to 16th. Please join us for the opening of this stunning exhibition on Saturday, August 7th, at 10 a.m. Following is an evening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Featured artists are Tresa Gibson, Jana Milne, Sharon Quirke, Rick Berg, Andrea Pratt, Virginia Boulay and David Calles. We asked the artists to reveal something which may not be known about their technique and inspirations. “Energy and excitement,” Tresa Gibson said, talking about what inspires her art. Tresa enjoys creating works that balance colour and depth, best expressing herself with a palette knife using oil on canvas. Rick Berg revealed his work is influenced by nature. He is inspired by the special light, landscapes and wildlife found between the prairies and mountains. “My impressionistic paintings satisfy my more structured side, while my abstract paintings give me a real thrill,” Jana Milne revealed. “I love to alternate between the styles and mediums to keep things fresh.” Preferring to work with oils, Jana has a remarkable aptitude for colour, making bold, bright compositions with diverse subject matters. Warm, golden light and bold brush strokes define Sharon Quirke’s canvases, making her paintings inviting and dramatic. She surprised Effusion staff, saying:

“I like to look at my work upside down and sideways before deciding if it’s finished.” Other artists involved in the exhibition also had some unusual secrets to tell about the way they create their paintings. “I work backwards,” Andrea Pratt revealed. “I do this with landscapes and more abstract work. Most artists build forward from a background image, clarifying and refining as they go. But my mind works in visual reverse and I construct the foreground and then work into the background.” Andrea uses a layered approach to her paintings which often examine time, growth and life cycles, through her use of symbolic imagery and patterns on a segmented and flattened picture plane. “My technique still is reminiscent of watercolour in that I don’t use the acrylic pigment very heavily,” admitted Virginia Boulay. “Because of my graphic design influences I use very clean-lined contours for my mountain scenes and very quiet (albeit bold) sweeps of colour in my works depicting the prairies.” In 1998, Virginia discovered east-end Saskatchewan, which she is continually drawn to for the sweeping vistas and beautiful valleys. David Calles is originally from Argentina and now lives in Victoria. His work explores use of colour, form and traditional Italian cane techniques. Join us over the weekend to view these stunning works of art. Effusion Gallery is in downtown Invermere at 1033 7th Avenue, phone 250-341-6877. Visit the online gallery at

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Gowling back for Pynelogs show Submitted by Kate McKenna Pynelogs Cultural Centre Pynelogs Cultural Centre is already gearing up for its next show, on display from August 10th to 22nd, featuring the work of Paula Cravens, Jessica Gowling, Jane Murray, Pauline Newhouse and Tracy Szekely. Paula Cravens, whose Avian Alphabet collection is currently on display at Pynelogs, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Illinois University, where her major area of concentration was ceramics with a minor in painting. She experiments with acrylic and collage elements, while being drawn toward the use of colour and texture. Her style drifts between a loose and painterly style and a more ‘topographic’ method, outlining colour blocks to produce a flat graphic work. Her main inspiration is the wildlife that she encounters on a daily basis, as well as old rusty vehicles, vintage photographs, cowgirls, horses, and bold women. Jessica Gowling grew up between Windermere and Calgary, and recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media at the Alberta College of Art and Design. She constantly looks for ways to express her interests and passions with others, and as a result “her creations are an exploration of her life experiences and vivid visuals that she has encountered.” Jessica currently works as a print maker and print media artist; her specialty lies in intaglio, silk screen, lithography, and book arts. She chose Print Media because of its rich history, attention to materials, and constant challenges that arise through the process.

Jane Murray’s paintings centre on the impermanence of the human body and its connection to the ecosystem. She creates paintings that speak about renewing the connection to other species, the air, water, earth, moon and sun. She works with acrylics, tempera, ink, and water, often all in the same piece. “The finished painting is a synthesis of concept-based intentions executed with intuitive process.” Jane’s own body gestures are a source for the series of paintings. Pauline Newhouse was born and raised in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, trained as a nurse at the Regina Grey Nuns Hospital, and has been ‘potting’ since the 1970s. Pauline then studied Fine Arts at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, majoring in sculpture, and has had her work exhibited for the past 35 years. She has been showing her work at Pynelogs since her move to Invermere in 1985, and her clay works are both functional and sculptural. Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Tracy Szekely recently moved from Calgary to Invermere. She is featured with works of the world’s best artists, and some of her pieces have been featured in The Calgary Sun. Tracy has found success both with private sales and ribbon awards as a result of participating in various shows and competitions. She is primarily self-taught and paints mainly with oils, and has recently explored formal instruction. She is constantly inspired by the world around her. The opening event will be held on Wednesday, August 11th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, in Invermere (250-342-4423).

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ROAMING NEWSPAPER – Pictured,clockwise from top left: Shelby Ingram at Lake Louise; Betsy and Chuck Regehr at the Twelve Apostles in Australia; Jennifer Morera and Camilla Pratt at the volcano Poas in Costa Rica; and “Nana” Betty and “Popa” John Moore visit friends in Las Vegas. Take a copy of The Pioneer on your vacation, shoot a photo, then send it to us at, mail it to Box 868, Invermere, V0A 1K0 or bring it to #8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere.

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HAPPY SNAPS – Pictured,clockwise from top left: Karen and Rob Bedford on a cruise near Falmouth, England; Shirley Thode-Hamilton in Nanango, Queensland, Australia; Mel and Jackie Thesen in Coober Pedy, South Australia; Justina, Brandon and Nolin Kennedy in Port of Spain, Trinidad; and Andre and Sepp Renner, father and son, hosts of Assiniboine Lodge. These lucky entrants could win a trip for two to Calgary with tickets to a Flames game and one night’s accommodation, courtesy of Travel World.

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. . . RCMP Report: continued from Page 4 • On August 1st at 3:15 a.m., RCMP attended to a single vehicle collision on Westside Road near Invermere. Upon attendance, police found a locked black 1999 Ford Explorer in the ditch. Police searched the surrounding area but did not find any occupants. It is believed the occupants hiked or received a ride from the collision location. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. • On August 1st, RCMP responded to Kootenay Park Lodge, which had been broken into sometime overnight. A safe had been opened with what appeared to be a crowbar, and approximately $10,000 in Canadian/U.S. currency, as well as credit card imprints, had been taken. Entry was gained when a locked sliding window of the office where the safe was located was forced open. Photos were taken and police continue to investigate. • On August 2nd at around 2:33 a.m., police were dispatched to a fight in front of Bud’s Bar. Police arrived to find three people who were heavily contaminated with what is believed to be bear spray. Bud’s management did not see what had happened. Given the condition of those contaminated with bear spray, there was no way a coherent statement could be obtained at the time. All parties were told they would be contacted later for statements. Police continue to investigate. • On August 2nd, RCMP received complaint of


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KNEE-DEEP – Jen Reagan of Golden attended last year’s community weed pull in Radium. Photo submitted

Wildsight hosts weed pull By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff A group of volunteers are joining gardeninggloved hands in a community weed pull to remove invasive plant species from sensitive areas surrounding the Columbia River wetlands near Radium. The weed pull is being coordinated by Wildsight, which also runs an in-depth program to research, map and monitor invasive plants in the Columbia Wetlands and the west bench of the Columbia Valley. Invasive species such as common tansy and Canada thistle are encroaching in the native plant ecology of the Columbia River wetlands and degrading the overall quality of the area, said event coordinator Rachel Darvill. “By pulling them, we can help maintain native plant growth and a healthy ecology,” she said. The group is searching for more volunteers to join the pull. Last year’s group of 15 volunteers helped remove enough common tansy to fill a pick-up truck. “This year we’ll return to a huge patch that we pulled last year to mop up re-emerging growth,” Ms. Darvill said. “Don’t worry if you don’t know a tansy from a fir tree – we’ll be joined by members of the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council to help us identify the plants.” Volunteers will be provided with gloves and garbage bags, as well as snacks and refreshments. Anyone interested in helping can meet Tuesday, August 10th at 9 a.m. at Forsters Landing Road, just past the mill on the north side of the road before it intersects with the Columbia River wetlands. Call 250-344-4961 for further details.

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A partnership of developers want to turn the crossroads into a destination for valley visitors. The junction of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road, according to John Newton and Pedro Cebulka, is exactly where the business community needs to go in order to thrive. “It’s time to interconnect local businesses; bring them together in one place and work collectively to achieve the same goals through sales and marketing strategies and other cooperative efforts in the most ideal location,” John Newton of High Country Properties commented. John and Pedro are establishing a new business market at the Invermere crossroads. John says the location is ideal because every single visitor to the area has to pass by the intersection. Also, traffic passing through will be more inclined to stop, as the centre will include a refreshment stand, gift and artisan shops, public washrooms and an entertainment gazebo. The concept is to have similar attractive elements as Coomb’s Market does on Vancouver Island, he said. John and Pedro developed Black Forest Village at the crossroads and have been involved in other projects as well. The area will be left unpaved to create a rustic appeal and have a grassy picnic area and small park for children to play. John says there will be ample room for parking and it will include visitor information. “The Columbia Valley is perfectly positioned at this time for the projected growth of this region with respect to tourism. The economy is at a turning point and we need to be prepared for the potential this represents,” John said, adding that, “we are confident that the business community’s growth and development will flourish, but we need to work together to make this happen.” The planning stages for the market are well underway with Statesmen (Pine Ridge Mountain Resort) and Stoneset Equities (Vista Del Lago Resort) involved. The two companies will have structures at the crossroads by mid-August. High Country Properties and a few others, such as Dusk Building Systems, will also participate in the Crossroads Market. “Businesses throughout the valley and at Panorama have been spending far too many years working independently when ultimately we want to achieve the very same goals. We feel the unification of efforts will work well for everyone,” John said.

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Record numbers for this year’s Tour of the Arts Submitted by Lynda Tutty Tour of the Arts Committee Thunder rumbling through the Columbia Valley early on Sunday morning was the last thing the 2010 Tour of the Arts Committee wanted to hear. Months of planning went into the self-guided tour featuring 50 artists in beautiful garden settings. The big day had finally arrived and it was threatening to be a wash-out. In spite of the steady rain, the artists and a small army of volunteers carried on. Shelters were reinforced to keep valuable artwork dry and golf umbrellas protected artists. Organizers worried that art lovers would not brave the wet weather to attend the tour, which is now in its third year, but just after the gates opened, the drizzle disappeared, visitors arrived in droves and eventually the sun shone. The 2010 Tour of the Arts recorded attendance of more than 750 visitors, up about 100 from last year’s event. Although numbers are still being finalized, the Tour appears to have been a successful fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Arts Council. Artists who displayed their work were very pleased with the opportunity to interact with so many people who appreciate art. “It was a wonderful event,” said painter Paula Cra-

vens. “There were so many positive comments from visitors.” And visitors not only enjoyed meeting and learning about the art. Many of them bought pieces that will have a special place in their homes. Five stunning gardens were the backdrop for the Tour. The homes of Elizabeth and Joe Klein, Pat and Chester Allen, Dee and Rod Conklin, Renee and Forrest Estby as well as Elk Park Ranch’s Upper Ranch provided spectacular locations for the artwork. “The property owners worked so hard on their gardens so they’d be perfect for tour day,” said Nora Efford, a tour committee member. “The properties looked magnificent.” The real heroes of the Tour of the Arts are the volunteers – all 110 of them. Artists and visitors alike called them “helpful” and “cheerful”, with one guest adding: “They did everything they could to make the day enjoyable.” The 2010 Tour of the Arts concluded with a reception at the Springs Golf Course, sponsored by the Radium Resort. This spectacular setting high on the cliffs overlooking the Columbia Valley wetlands and the Purcell Mountains was the perfect way to conclude an amazing day of enjoying art in our beautiful — and sunny — Columbia Valley.




dventure Radium is offering a wilderness training experience on August 20-21, 2010. Campers will sleep under the stars at the Crook’s Meadow campsite in Kootenay National Park. This camp will be focused on survival skills and fun. Campers will learn essential skills like shelter building, fire craft, camp cookery, finding food, purifying water, animal safety and the basics of navigation. This camp is limited to youth ages 9 to 12 years. Those interested in participating can sign up at the Adventure Radium day program or at the Radium Hot Springs’ municipal office. The fee is $35 per participant. The final selection of applicants may be by lottery as we are limiting numbers to four campers for each leader. Campers will be expected to provide a warm sleeping bag, ground insulating pad, warm clothing and rain gear, flashlight, daypack and personal toiletries.

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Woman walks for cancer aid By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Invermere woman Rachel Griffith is tightening up her shoelaces and walking for two days to raise $2,000 for women’s cancer research. Rachel, 25, is participating in the upcoming Weekend to End Women’s Cancers in Vancouver, and will walk 60 kilometres in support of the cause. The event, which raised $2.9 million last year, generates funds for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. “I feel like I can make a difference by taking part in the walk,� Rachel said. “I also feel that the growing prevalence of cancer in our society has to be addressed, and getting up and walking to make people aware and work to prevent and cure it is one thing I can do to fight it.� Rachel, who grew up in Invermere, is finishing her Education degree at the University of British Columbia, and hopes to return to the valley as a substitute teacher in the fall. She was inspired to join the fund-raising effort after losing her grandmother to lymphoma in 2008. “While this isn’t specifically a ‘women’s’ cancer, I saw firsthand how cancer can really devastate the body and mind,� Rachel explained.

“She lost her healthy, active, adventurous lifestyle so quickly, and I would not wish this on anyone. Whether it be lymphoma or breast cancer, I want to do something so that neither myself nor anyone I know has to experience what she did.� Rachel hopes her participation in the event will inspire people to do what they can to support the fight against cancer. “I want people to know that we are all capable of helping the people around us and that we are all vulnerable to these diseases,� she said. “I know that I’m not safe from cancer, but I hope that by participating in this event I can help to change this.� Event participants can choose to direct their donor funds towards research for breast cancer, gynecological cancers, or a discovery fund for other cancers that impact women. Rachel will be giving to the discovery fund. She’s been busy campaigning to her friends and family and volunteering her time selling tickets to a variety of fund-raising events. Her goal is to raise at least $2,000, and she currently has around $1,000 with less than two weeks until the walk. To donate and help Rachel with her journey, email

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Arena revamp due to finish on time By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena renovation is on track for completion by the end of August, just in time for the start of the hockey season. The $840,000 revamp began the week after the arena closed on March 10th, and currently there are still two to three weeks of work left. The renovations include a new concrete slab underneath the ice, which will improve the skating surface, making it much smoother for skaters. The ice rink’s cooling system has also had an overhaul, with all new piping installed which will make the cooling system underneath the rink more energy efficient. “We are really getting the building back into condition,” said arena manager Phyllis Dubielewicz. “Our target is not to interrupt the hockey programs that go on here. We’re really planning on opening again by the end of August, barring some disaster.” The arena, which was built between 1974 and 1975, has been used to teach generations of Invermere residents to skate and play hockey. The replacement of the ice base will give the rink a brand new surface for the

first time since it opened nearly 40 years ago. The renovation also includes a modern-day upgrade, the insertion of a lift to give wheelchair users access to the upper viewing area. “We have probably two to two and a half weeks of work left, with a whole bunch of stuff still to do,” Ms. Dubielewicz added. “At the moment we’ve still got holes where there aren’t supposed to be holes.” The renovations have been made possible through a $375,000 grant from the provincial Towns for Tomorrow program and $215,000 from the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Grant Program. The hockey season at the arena is set to begin with the Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey training camps on August 27th. “The Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena project is nearing completion and we are on schedule and on budget,” said Loree Duczek of the Regional District of East Kootenay. “We will be issuing a news release regarding the project and the arena opening date once the lift work is complete and we have a firm date established.” For more on programs available at the arena call 250-342-6712.

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August 6, 2010

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3-family garage sale, great variety of items, check us out! Saturday, August 7, 9am-2pm, 799 Lower Lakeview Rd.

Zehnder’s local beef now available at Grant’s Foods, 503 7th Ave., Invermere, free of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones.

864 sq.ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/ month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250-342-3637.

Radium, 2 bdrm, upper suite, D/W, W/D, patio, $800/month, includes utilities, references required. Donna, 250-342-6010.

Windermere, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, $890/ month + utilities, for family or 1 or 2 tenants, September to June, 250342-2135.

Saturday, August 7, 8am-1pm, 4843 Windermere Road, children’s large climb and slide set, junior basketball, clothing, books, collectables.


Jeers to the lady who stands at the back of her truck smoking while you send you daughter to ask people for bottles, cans, and milk jugs. To the little girl, things won’t always be this way. God is watching over you.

Centrally located upstairs at Frater Landing (above Columbia Trading) in downtown Invermere, 140 sq ft, $275/month + HST, available immediately. Call 250-342-5521 for more information.

Bright 1 bdrm, walk-out suite, in quiet Invermere neighbourhood, available September 1. Furnished, N/S, N/P, references required, long term renter preferred, $900/month including utilities, cable, and internet, 250-341-5956 or rosis@

Rent by the week, 2 bdrm house, fully furnished, 2 blocks from Athalmer Beach, 250-342-3841.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 6254th 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. Lovely community centre in scenic Bella Vista Estates (Fairmont), available for weddings, clubs, reunions, Christmas parties, for up to 50 people, gas F/P in and out, call Bob, 250-345-6668.

The family of Lorraine Goodwin wishes to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and support. Also, a thank you to the Edgewater Recreation Society for the beautiful luncheon. There are no words to describe the feeling of love you receive in a small community. We also wish to thank two ladies who always seem to be there when a friend is needed, Elke and Mimi. The Goodwins.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Invermere’s #1 Realtor, Glenn Pomeroy of MaxWell Realty Invermere for going above and beyond in helping us purchase our first home. Thanks!! Cheers to the driver that hit me at the 4 way stop on 13th Ave. and sped off. Would you like the bill?

s obituary s Joseph “Joe” Aubrey “Ouzo Joe” March 7, 1942 – July 27, 2010 Joe touched our hearts with his wonderful wit and sense of humour, his kind, gentle spirit and his love of sports, music, nature, and all things innocent and beautiful. He will always be remembered. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Diane Peterson Aubrey, his half brother, Gary Aubrey, his half sister, Marilyn Ledwon, his stepsons, Adam Lawrence and Josh Lawrence and his many close friends. Everyone who was blessed by Joe’s presence in their lives are welcome to come and share stories and memories of Joe on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 5:00pm, 4760 Lake Road, Windermere, BC. Those who wish to make donations in Joe’s honour may give to the Interior Health, Invermere Hospital or the SPCA in Cranbrook.

Cheers to the Columbia House! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the summer. We will be back next week and we will be bringing a few friends. See you soon! Nicole and Cherie.

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SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/S, N/P, 250-342-4088.




Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units, $600/month, 2 bdrm units, $800/ month. 250-341-1182.

Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637 STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100. Warehouse/storage, 720 sq.ft., D/T, overhead door access, ideal to store cars, skidoos, ATV’s, boats, etc., $350/month + HST, 250-342-0603 or 250-341-5845.

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. CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781. Black Forest Heights, large 2 bdrm basement suite, 5 appliances, storage shed, large yard, available immediately, includes utilities, $900/month, 250-347-9629.

Invermere, large, bright, 2 bdrm basement suite with own entry, all appliances, shared W/D, central location, 2 blocks to D/T, schools, and hospital. 3 blocks to grocery store and beach, pets OK, N/S, available September 1, $675/ month + utilities. Call Grant, 403493-1245. Brand new, large, bright, 2 bdrm basement suite in D/T Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $850/month + utilities, 1 year lease preferred, references required, available immediately, 403-874-0483. 2 bdrm suite available in Windermere, 2 blocks to beach, all appliances, $775/month, 403-2418598, 403-803-4540, 250-3423736, or Radium, bright 2 bdrm, 1 ½ baths, private entrance, shared laundry, $700/month + DD + Hydro, references required, N/S, 250347-9970. 2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, walking distances to D/T Invermere, $985/month + DD, F/S, W/D, and utilities included, call evenings, 250-342-8679 or 250-342-1584. 2 bdrm, clean, furnished apartment, utilities and cable included, $900/ month, DD, references, N/P, close to schools, available soon, please write to: Landlord, Box 362, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0, state age and employment.

2 bdrm duplex, less than 5 min drive to Invermere, nicely furnished or unfurnished, yard, W/D, N/P, references required, $850/month + bills, 250-688-0244. Invermere, charming home next to Kinsmen Beach, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 F/P, N/P, N/S, available immediately, $1600/month + utilities, references and DD required, 403-246-6680. Edgewater, 3 acres, 6 bdrm, 4 full baths, 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms, 10 appliances, $1300/month, 403650-8654. Athalmer, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2000 sq.ft., $1475/month. Large secluded property, nature lover’s paradise, can boat from doorstep. Available immediately, utilities not included, DD required, please call 403-390-4513. Available September 1, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, home with garage on Windermere acreage, furnished, $1100/month, call Linda, 403-2448402. Windermere, 1 bdrm home, lovely yard, N/S, pets considered, references, September to June, $590/month, unfurnished, $650/ month, furnished, 403-619-1540. Edgewater, 2 bdrm house with yard, 2 bdrm apartment and 1 bdrm apartment, 250-342-2898. Invermere, overlooking the lake, spectacular 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 minute walk to D/T, a must see! Available September 1, $1275/ month, 250-342-3688.

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Windermere Lakeview Meadows Spacious luxury, 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 2 storey, premium finishing, large decks, bright, open views, major appliances, elevator access, secured underground double parking and storage, recreation centre w/indoor pools, fitness, games rooms, private beach, boat dock, sports courts, playgrounds. N/S, N/P, DD, references, $1800/ month, includes heat/AC, + basic utilities. Rent to own options. Avail Sept. 1, 250-6880512.

Invermere townhome, furnished, 3 bdrm, 2 ½ baths, 5 appliances, 2 F/P, garage, $1100/month + utilities, N/S, N/P, 403-703-0930.




for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

Invermere 2 bdrm house, furnished, N/S, DD and references, rent includes utilities, $1250/month, 250-342-3841. Invermere duplex for rent, available September 1, bright, spacious, upper 2 bdrm, gas F/P, W/D, D/W, includes all utilities, cable, and internet. Open concept living, large deck, solarium, incredible views of the valley, walk to D/T, $1200/ month. Call 250-341-4805. In Radium, cozy, bright, 2 bdrm, trailer on large private lot, all appliances, W/D, two out buildings for lots of storage, $950/month + utilities, N/S, DD required, available September 1, 250-342-3841. Executive home in quiet gated community in Radium, long term tenants, 3 bdrm (main floor) bath, 2 bdrm (lower floor) bath, all appliances, electric heat + F/P, $1200/month + utilities, available September 1. Phone 250-3479900. 3 bdrm house, no sublets, $1300/ month or 2 bdrm, main floor, $850/ month. DD, N/S, N/P, references required, utilities included, cable excluded, 250-341-6043.

condo FOR RENT 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. 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, 250-3421475.

D/T Invermere condo for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, $1250/ month + utilities, N/P, N/S, 250341-1182. D/T Invermere Townhouse for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, garage, very private, perfect location, gorgeous views, N/P, N/S, $1100/month + utilities, available August 15, 250-342-0020. Spacious Lakeview Meadows townhouse for rent, 2 + 1 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 6 appl., gas F/P, hardwood floors, attached garage, access to private beach, tennis court and rec. centre with pool, available September 1, N/S, N/P, $1300/ month + utilities, looking for nice family or couple, please call 250341-3214 or (cell) 250-688-0516. Radium townhouse, large windows & deck, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, bungalow style in Eagle Crest Villas, single car garage, 6 month minimum lease, $950/month + condo fees, utilities, DD. N/P, N/S, references required, 403-519-2216 or 403-981-1551. Radium, Pinewood, newer 2 bdrm, 2 bath, fully furnished, W/D, underground parking, N/S, N/P, $900/month, includes utilities and cable, available immediately, 780467-9220 or 780-914-3497. Radium Aspen Building, top floor, 3 bdrm + loft area, 3 bath, 2 underground parking, $825/ month, includes utilities + DD. Possession Sept 1, 2010, minimum 6 month lease & references, small dogs okay, N/S, 250-341-5896.

Invermere, 10th Ave., 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $850/month + utilities, available immediately, 250-3411575. 2 bdrm, 2 full bath in Radium, access to pool and hot tub, underground parking, N/S, N/P, $1000/month including utilities, available September 1, 250-2700377. 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, townhouse in Riverstone Villas, Radium, 6 appliances, A/C, gas F/P, single car garage, N/S, N/P, excellent condition, $1150/month + utilities. Call CoraLee, 403-609-9234. Invermere, D/T, furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, N/S, N/P, no partiers, $1100/month, 250-342-6440. 1 bdrm, 1 bath, W/D available, $750/month, available August 1, close to hospital and D/T, adult building, 604-997-4887.

Bring the entire family and enjoy lake front RV Camping on the shores of Lake Windermere. Or book your stay in a brand new deluxe cabin with all the amenities. For Reservations: LAKESHORE RESORT & CAMPGROUND

250 342 6352 4 bdrm vacation rental, nice view, quiet, child and pet friendly, no young partiers, $242/night, $1250/ week. Will negotiate if less than 4 people. 250-341-1030.

RV Rental Windermere, RV rental sites, $25/ night, $50/week, $500/month, for self contained RV’s, also new RV for rent, $65/night, $350/week, close to lake and golf, 250-342-6162.

house for sale

Radium, 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1050 sq.ft., $950/month, includes water and heat, available immediately, 403-690-3166 or 403-815-7980. 2 bdrm, Black Forest Village town home, less than 5 mins to Invermere, fully furnished, W/D, N/P, references required, avail September 1st, $950/month + bills, 250-688-0244.

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.

house for sale

house for sale

Beautiful, well appointed home, 5 bdrm, 4 bath, 5 minutes to lake and golf, $789,000, 250-342-6162.

Home on 1.16 Acres with panoramic Rocky Mountain and Columbia Lake views, private lake access and Par 3 Golf Course nearby, $589,000 with offers, see #43733. 250-345-6226, Columbia Lake Road. 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.

420 4th Ave., Invermere, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, newly renovated, shop/shed, deck, fenced yard, all appliances, 3 blocks to beach, $320,000, 250342-1698,

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 l 403-968-8747. Home on 5 acre parcel at the base of the Hoodoo’s in Fairmont Hot Springs, $679,000, 250-342-5290.

condo for sale

Mountain Home in the Canadian Rockies 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).

2 bdrm townhouse for sale, across from Tim Horton’s, 3 levels, possibility for a 3rd bedroom in basement, single-car garage, built in 2006, PRICED TO SELL AT $169,900. Serious inquiries only please, 250-270-0254. Affordable condo downtown Invermere, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, $139,900, 250-341-1182.

House for sale #103 - 7307 Prospector Ave. Radium

$229,900 – NO HST Copper horn village – 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom, Professionally designed and decorated - all custom furnishings are included. Immediate possession, just pack your suitcase and own!

Copper Horn Village, Radium mLs numbers on request


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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. 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,, 250341-1182. 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! $224,900, no agents please. 250341-5170. 1 bdrm, 1 level, ground floor condo, close to hospital and D/T, adult building, asking $150,000, no agents please, 604-997-4887.





vehicles for sale

Radium Valley Resort, RV lots, week 19, site 115 (pull through) and week 36, site 94, 403-288-3173.

Single glass door cooler, great for wine fridge, $250 OBO. Large 78 record collection, 250-342-6967.

2004 Honda CRF 450R, excellent shape, $3600 OBO, 250-341-1182.


100% leather couch and love seat (dark brown) + cloth chair, only 1 year old, paid $5500, asking $3500, 250-342-6376.


SX-Trail 1 Mountain Bike, Freeride/ Downhill set-up, upgraded parts, excellent condition, $1500, 250342-3595. 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. Lot # 4967 Spruce Ave., Canal Flats, reduced to $61,000, mobile home on zoned lot in quiet location, close to school, golf course, convenience store, and beach, 250-342-7179. 1.6 acre lake view lot for sale in quiet Rushmere community, 14 kms south of Invermere, 4584 Rushmere Rd., 403-831-7658.

WANTED Handmade, wooden, female butler statue holding tray, 250-342-7219. Used treadmill or exercise bike, will pick up, 250-342-7625.


Older Mobile Home with Constructed Addition for Sale, 24’x55’, currently located in Windermere, must be moved as single unit, approx 940 sq.ft. interior and a 12’x16’ fully covered deck, very good condition, kitchen and bathroom updated in 2008, 2 bdrm, living room, dining room, and laundry/storage room. Windows have been replaced and are all newer awning & casementstyle, hot water tank is only 5 yrs old, and furnace has been updated as well. If you have land and are looking for an economical solution to housing, this is it! $19,900, call 403-828-1961 for more info or photos.


Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/ pick-up load. Manure $100/pick-up load, delivery extra. Call 250-3421268.

Phones! Uniden TCX905, 1 station phone and 6 cordless phones, 2 lines, durable, easy to use, caller ID, speaker phone, and lots of extras, $100. Also, Uniden 420ic, 4 station phones and 4 cordless phones, 4 lines, station to station intercom, Rocket Dial, 10 memory dial locations, $100. 250-341-6299.

14 ft. trampoline for sale, very good condition, $125, 403-829-8550. Top Quality Hay, alfalfa/grass, round bales, call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. 12 ft. tandem axle cargo trailer, $4000; Yamaha 2000 Generator, $600; Eamor Saddle, $575. 250347-9192 or 250-341-1234.

Firewood; cut, split, and delivered. Pine & Fir mix, $180/half cord, $275/full cord. Larch, $240/half cord, $350/full cord. 250-6880143.

Black & Decker, Dewalt radial arm saw, $75; Kenmore 80 series Washer/Dryer, $300 for set; Weed Eater XT110, $25; couch and loveseat, cream and burgundy, $150. 403-650-7848.

Panasonic KX-FHD332, plain paper fax and photocopier, $40 OBO, 250341-6299.


Pool table and accessories, $500, 250-342-0105.

29 ft., 1990 Prowler Linx Travel Trailer, everything works, sleeps 6, $5500 OBO, 250-342-1599.

misc. for sale

1975 8 ft camper, interior completely rebuilt, fridge, stove, furnace, needs cushions, $2600, 250-341-7098. 1996 Jayco Tent Trailer, sleeps 6, king in front, queen in back, table folds into bed, stove, 3 way fridge, water tank, battery, propane, awning, $4500, 250-342-3205. 2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski, 800 SXR, 800 cc, only used in fresh water, approx. 17 hour use, trailer included, new $9999, asking $5500 OBO, 250342-7077. 1986 Suzuki Savage, excellent shape, great beginner bike, 340 lbs, seat height 25”, 650 cc (Lady Driven), $2500, 250-342-6073. 20 ft. 1985 Holidaire camper trailer, fridge, stove, 3 piece bathroom, good condition, 250-342-6967. 1979 Triple E, 17’, dual axle, sleeps 5, new upholstery, everything works, $2500, 250-342-8330.

Now you pay what we pay! The best prices of the year on the top selling line up in Canada.

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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. 250-341-6299. Brand New Toyo Winter Tires, set of 4, 16” (1G02+-225-60-R16), used only one winter, paid $995, asking $600 OBO, 250-688-2897. 4’x8’ American Millenium Air Hockey Table, never used, $225, 250-342-9446.

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1999 Trail Blazer, 4x4 SUV, excellent condition, leather seats, $700 stereo system, upgraded 17” black rims, 5” suspension lift kit, 3” body lift kit, $10,900 OBO, 250-3456495.

Busy seasonal café for sale in Invermere, B.C. Serious inquiries only, 250-341-5370.

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.

College Student with a Truck

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

Rocky Metals requires a welder, machinery experience preferred, apply in person at Industrial Park, Invermere, 250-342-0182.

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

Local electrical company seeks a full-time Journeyman Electrician or 3rd/4th period apprentice to join its team. Good knowledge of residential, new home, hot tub, and furnace wiring is considered an asset. Please forward resume to

1998 Ford Windstar, 159,000 km, $2000 OBO, 250-342-6907 or 250342-5341. 1999 Honda CRV, 294,000 km, $4100, 250-342-0105. 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, $16,000, good condition, 79,000 km, 250342-6376.


REDUCED! SAILBOAT for sale, MacGregor 26, purchased new in 1995 and in excellent condition. Four sails, including spinnaker and furling genoa, easy to transport with water ballast system, full cabin with head, sink, and sleeping accommodation, interior lighting and exterior navigation lights, Nissan 8HP motor and trailer with surge brakes. Comes complete with cushions, swim ladder and GPS and orange float ball. Located in Windermere. Price $14,900, 250-342-9436. 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, 250-345-9521, Fairmont. 1988 Four Winns, in excellent shape, sleeps four, sink, stove, bathroom with shower, stereo, full camper top, great for fishing or just cruising the lake or ocean, could be used for guided tours, $21,900 OBO, call Pete, 250-566-1706. 25 HP, Evinrude with 16 foot Bowrider, new battery, plugs, recently serviced, runs like a top, almost hate to sell, very clean, must be seen. Asking $2,490 or reasonable offers. Please call Todd at 250-270-0323.

Mei Mei’s Asian Market FOR SALE, 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. Invermere Sears, established retail/ catalogue business. Interested parties please contact Mary Frances at

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

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

Buy One Get One half off !! 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: August 31, 2010.

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. Tandem axle dump truck for hire, will haul most anything, 250-3495659 or 250-919-2957.

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 Landscape concrete, forming, finishing, stairs, walks, walls, decks, exposed, stamped, acid stain. Eric, 250-342-1775. Experienced House Sitters available from October 12 to April 14, petsitting, hot-tub maintenance, general cleaning and minor reno services, all negotiable. References available. Call Ian and Stephanie at 250-342-1648. High Quality painting, Exterior/ Interior, also small renovations, call Fred, 250-342-8621, Invermere. Red Rock Contracting, custom installations of interlocking pavingstones, for your patio, driveway, etc. Retaining wall systems. For estimate call 250-341-6869. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush, and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt at 250-342-3569.

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.

Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

K&C Pick-up will pick-up all your recyclable cans and bottles, free at your location between Radium and Fairmont, including Panorama, call 250-342-9503.

Seeking Employment, daytime and flexible hours, have valid Class 1, chainsaw experience, general laborer. 250-347-7778 or 250341-7262.


RK Heli Ski, full-time evening administrative role, must speak fluent German & English, start date December 1, 2010. Send resume to Lauren, RK Heli Ski, various administrative roles, start date December 1, 2010. Send resume to Lauren, lauren@ Black Forest Restaurant is looking for servers and kitchen help, please call 250-342-9417. Local, private guest ranch/lodge is looking to hire a motivated, detailoriented person. Job includes primarily housekeeping and also lawn & garden, horse care, and assisting with maintenance of building, grounds, and systems. Part-time leading to full-time. Email resume to royalantler@ Invermere Petro Canada is currently accepting applications for fulltime employment. Please apply in person or drop off resume to 185 Laurier, Invermere, 250-342-3050. APPLY NOW 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 @ 1-800-567-5699, Ext. 5-1

Head Housekeeper. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the overall running and operation of the housekeeping department ensuring high standards of cleanliness, in a wide variety of accommodations. Experience in managing and leading an existing team of staff. The successful applicant will have a strong sense of responsibility, computer skills, excellent organizational and motivational skills, and be a key member of a growing company. Interested applicants may submit their resume with reference in confidence to: resumefmr@gmail. com. Competitive wages. Room Attendant. Need enthusiastic, experienced cleaners, attention to detail, the ability to work in a high paced environment, $15.00/hour and the opportunity to make more. Send your Resume to Arrowhead Apparel/Mercer & Company has a full-time or parttime position available. Must be good with public, outgoing, and creative. We need someone as unique as the position itself. Apply in person or mail to Box 100, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0.

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 37

August 6, 2010

Valley athletes compete at BC games By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Golfers, baseball players and track and field stars from the valley were in Langley last month to take part in the BC Summer Games. The games, from July 22nd to 25th, were attended by 3,500 young sportsmen and women from around the province, supported by a team of 5,000 volunteers. Seven athletes from Invermere and Windermere competed in a range of track and field events, including sprints, high jump and javelin. “The events for the track athletes were pretty competitive and impressive,” said Lee Barker, the track team’s coach. “The athletes involved were from all over B.C. and train all year or have been training for the past couple of years just for their individual event.” Faced with stiff competition, the valley’s teens put in a strong performance, beating many of their personal bests. In the boys’ javelin, Invermere’s Stephen Hawes finished sixth out of 11 competitors, throwing a distance of 32 metres in the final. As well as javelin, Stephen took part in three additional events — the 1,200 metres, 800 metres and the boys’ relay. “I think we had the most fun out of all the teams,” Stephen said. “We knew we weren’t going to win everything – for me, taking part was definitely the most important thing.” Like Stephen, most of the valley’s competitors took part in more than one event — training over a period of five months. To qualify for the games, Kootenays team members had to place first or second in

SPORTSMEN — Colin Ross (left) and Stephen Hawes pat each other on the back after the 1,200 metres at the BC Summer Games in Langley. Photo submitted

their events at the East Kootenay Championships in Cranbrook in May. As well as track and field, one sportsman from Windermere played in the baseball section of the tournament. James Wilfley was part of three games for the

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Kootenays squad. “It was a great experience,” James said. “I play right field and short stop and made some good catches. It was a lot of fun.” The boys were beaten in a close first game against the Thompson-Okanagan team, with a final score of seven to 13. For the second preliminary, the Kootenays secured a victory over Fraser Valley. After a loss in the third game the Kootenays team — who played together for the first time at the summer games — came sixth overall. “They were all pretty close games except that last one,” James added. “For the first time playing together as a team, I think we did a great job.” Another Windermere local took on an important role at the games. Dale Moore, head golf pro at Windermere Valley Golf Course, coached six boys and two girls from around the West Kootenay region. The eight golfers each played 36 holes at the Redwood Golf Course over two days. The team played well, finishing sixth out of eight competitors, as well as putting in a strong showing in the individual contest. “It is a tough course,” Dale explained. “It’s narrow and there is deep grass on either side — there were lost balls all over the place.” Dale — a two time nominee for B.C. teacher of the year — is hoping to have junior golfers from the East Kootenays competing in the next tournament in two years time. Between the team and individual events, all the athletes enjoyed some relaxation time. As well as holding two dances, organizers put on games and activities in the evenings to keep teams entertained.

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The Green Zone: when I grow up By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist So, this year, I decided I would try to participate in a Men’s Night at one of the local courses. It turns out Wednesday was to be the best day for me, therefore Radium Resort was going to be the place. So far, my participation has not been what I expected. In the 17 or 18 weeks the guys have been playing, I have managed to make it out four or five times. Pretty dismal, to say the least. I blame the weather for most of the misses, with work coming in a distant second. On one occasion, I was driving to the course when it started to rain quite heavily, so I turned around and

went back to work where it was dry. How bad is that? Recently, on a day where everything worked out in my favour and I made it in time to play, I wound up in a group with Joe, Ian and Chuck Newhouse. Joe Newhouse is living in the tail end of his ninth decade and still plays golf multiple times each week. He didn’t start the game as a youngster, but he’s making up for lost time now. His shots are straight down the middle of the fairway most of the time and he gets upset with pars. He walks off many of the greens muttering about a poor putt! The competitive spirit between him and his boys is fun to watch. Even though they encourage each other after every shot, you know they are working hard to

beat each other on every hole. I guess this is, in part, what Men’s Night is all about: to be able to get out and golf with family or friends in a somewhat competitive situation and not feel inadequate about the whole thing makes me look forward to playing this game for years to come without worrying about hitting it the farthest or scoring the lowest. It’s all about personally feeling you’ve still got “game”. I know that Joe does! I now know what I want to be doing when I grow up! The Green Zone quote of the week is by golf course architect, Pete Dye: “The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top.”

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How do you define faith? By Pastor Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church The dictionary says that faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or belief that is not based on proof. The Bible gives the best definition I have found so far in my life: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long time his throat became very dry. About that time he saw a little shack in the distance. He made his way over to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note. The note read: “Pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it. If you do this you will get all the water you need.” Now, the man had a choice to make. If he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked, he would have all the water he needed. If it didn’t work, he would still be thirsty and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be

enough and he still might die. After thinking about it, the man decided to risk it. He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle. At first nothing happened and he got a little scared, but he kept going and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower and filled all the containers he could find. Because he was willing to give up momentary satisfaction, he got all the water he needed. Now the note also said: “After you have finished, please refill the jug for the next traveller.” The man refilled the jug and added to the note: “Please prime the pump – believe me, it works!” We have the same choice to make. I have a faith in someone who knows the unknown, someone who at the moment is unseen, but someone who is very much in control of this world and even my life: Jesus the Christ. I have been challenged in my life even as D. L. Moody was in his when he said: “I prayed for faith and thought that someday faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’ I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.” Prime the pump – read the Bible and see if your faith does not grow.

Collect your pull tabs By Sally MacDonald Pioneer Staff Invermere residents Gail and Henry Hoffmann have decided on a novel way to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. The couple is collecting pull tabs from the top of pop cans in aid of Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for families while their children receive medical treatment at a Calgary hospital. What’s more, they are asking valley residents

to donate their pull tabs to the cause. The small pieces of aluminium are recycled, and the money raised is used to support the operation and supply costs of Ronald McDonald House. But the campaign needs lots of support: one metric ton of pull tabs will raise around $1,000, but that’s 3,990,000 pull tabs! The small metal pieces can betaken from pop and juice cans, fish and meat tins, soups, and cat and dog food tins. To donate your pull tabs, call Henry and Gail Hoffmann at 250-342-6752 or email

Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, August 8th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. Guest speaker Mr. Matt Wilks. 7 p.m.: Sing and Celebrate Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sharing Truth, Showing Love Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats Father Jim McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, Sunday 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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