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December 17, 2010 Vol. 7/Issue 51

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Deer committee takes shape By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff A solution to the downtown deer population in Invermere has taken one step forward with the formation of a specialized committee to manage the situation. Using the terms of reference from the provincial Ministry of the Environment, the District of Invermere is in the process of forming an urban deer management advisory committee. The committee will be comprised of one representative from the Ministry of the Environment, two members from council and four citizens from the community. “We want to see a cross-section of the community,” said Gerry Taft, mayor of the District of Invermere. “Part of the goal is to choose reasonable people who will be exposed to the information and have the best interest of the community.” Concerns about the urban deer population havecome to a head in recent months with pressure from residents for the District of Invermere to take action. After advertising the committee positions in the local papers, council received seven applications for the four public positions on the committee. The terms of reference require applicants to reside in the community, which eliminated a couple of the otherwise qualified candidates. A discussion at a December 14th council meeting has resulted in a narrowing of the applicants, but councillors will make the final decision at the January 11th council meeting. The two council representatives have not been chosen yet. Once formed, the committee will complete a deer count and conduct a survey to see what the community thinks.

A-HAY IN A MANGER — An enterprising doe munches from a hay buffet within the manger of the Canadian Martyrs’ Church’s annual live nativity scene on 12th Avenue, Invermere. Photo by Kelsey Verboom “We’re going into this with an open mind and looking at the best practices used in other communities,” Mr. Taft said. “First we need to see how many deer we’re talking about.” Kimberley, Cranbrook, Sparwood and Elkford have already initiated deer advisory committees to deal with the urban wildlife population.

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New drunk driving laws affecting festive business By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Drivers who drink and get behind the wheel are facing the first festive season under B.C.’s new, tougher drink driving laws, introduced in the province on September 20th. While police are hoping the regulations will prevent people from driving when they are over the legal limit, local businesses and liquor store owners are concerned that this limit is not widely understood by motorists and are reporting a downturn in festive business compared to previous years. “I do think the laws are extremely confusing,” said Dee Conklin, owner of the newly-opened Casa Vino Wine Bar in Radium. “It is difficult for people to calculate a reasonable and safe amount to drink, such as a glass of wine. People don’t know if it is safe to have a glass of wine any more, which has certainly affected the restaurant industry.” Although local police admit that retailers and restaurants have seen an impact, they say the most important thing is to make people consider how much they drink before driving, not to stop drinking altogether. The element of the new law which is most affect-

ing motorists is immediate, tougher roadside penalties for those who are caught with between 0.05 percent blood alcohol content and 0.08, the legal limit. A blood alcohol level of between 0.05 and 0.08 percent is within the warn range for breath samples on roadside breath tests. Previously the maximum penalty for those falling in this range was a 24-hour vehicle impoundment and ban, even for multiple offenders. Now penalties range from an immediate three-day licence suspension, to a month-long driving ban and vehicle impoundment for repeat offenders, with fines and fees of up to $3,650. “It gives police a tool to suspend your licence and the discretion to tow your vehicle,” explained Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac, of the Columbia Valley RCMP. “If someone else is in the car who is sober, or it is in a safe spot then the vehicle can be left. But if there is any indication the driver will continue to drive then we tow and make sure an unsafe driver is off the road right away.” Drivers on a learner or new driver permit can face penalties with any level of blood alcohol, even if they are well below the legal limit. Any driver caught with more than 0.08 percent blood alcohol, or who refuses to give a breath test, faces an immediate 90 day driving

ban, 30 day impoundment and fees of up to $4,000. “The key point is whether someone is impaired,” Staff Sgt. Sehovac explained. “People need to know you can be charged with impaired driving even if you are under 0.08 percent if evidence is there of impairment.” It is extremely difficult to calculate the level of alcohol you can consume while remaining under 0.08 percent, as each person is different, he added. Blood alcohol content is affected by a complex series of factors including amount of alcohol, age, weight, gender, rate of consumption, metabolism, absorption rate, anatomy and your body’s water content. Once alcohol is in the body it is impossible to reduce your blood alcohol level. Eating and drinking water or black coffee are often mistakenly believed to sober you up. In actuality the only way is to wait it out, consume less alcohol to begin with, or slow the absorption rate with a starchy meal before drinking. “I think it is really unfortunate that this law punishes the responsible person,” said Charlene Fuller, the General Manager of the Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery in Radium. “We have customers coming in and having one beer, who are then worrying about driving home. People who would go to a pub, drink seven or eight beers and drive home, will continue to do so.”

Residential care beds to meet needs of aging population By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff New residential care beds planned for Invermere will fill a missing need in the healthcare services offered to the community. Interior Health issued a request for proposal from not-for-profit or private investors for the development and operation of a new facility that will house 34 new residential care beds. “Invermere has been identified as community

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with a gap in it right now,” said Karen Bloemink, regional director for residential services for Interior Health. “[The beds] are part of a plan that’s in place for Invermere, based on the population growth for those 75 years and older.” Interior Health has increased the budget for residential care and will fund the new care facility, while the winner of the request for proposal will manage the facility. The demand for beds for patients who have an urgent need for 24-hour a day, seven days a week profes-


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sional care is so high in the community, that 12 temporary beds have been set up in the Invermere Hospital in old patient rooms and offices. That brings the total number of available beds up to 47. “That should relieve some of the immediate pressure,” said Gerry Taft, mayor of the District of Invermere during a council meeting on December 14th. The location of the new facility will be decided by the chosen proposal. Completion of the beds will likely take two years.

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• On December 9th, at 4 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a possible assault where a man was thrown out of a vehicle on Highway 93/95, south of Dutch Creek Bridge. Police located the vehicle involved, a 1998 Ford pickup truck, parked at the gas station. A 63-year-old man from Windermere was inside, who displayed signs of being impaired. While attending to him, B.C. ambulance found a 52-year-old man, also from Windermere, lying on the road. Police attended the scene with the driver. The 52-year-old was highly intoxicated and told officers that he jumped from the vehicle on his own. He became aggressive during the interaction with the officers and assaulted them. The man was checked by medical staff and then charged with assaulting a police officer. The driver refused a roadside breath test and his licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 30 days. • On December 10th, police were called to the high school following a report of two students fighting on the previous day. The circumstances and students’ cooperation resulted in the incident being referred to the restorative justice program. • On December 12th, at 10:15 a.m., officers responded to a complaint of domestic assault in the 1600 block of 9th Avenue. As a result a 30-year-old man from Invermere was arrested and charged with assault. The victim did not require medical treatment. • On December 12th, at 4:10 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a vehicle hitting a Bighorn sheep on Highway 93/95. The driver, who was from Calgary, reported the incident later. • On December 12th, at 7:30 p.m., Columbia Valley Detachment received a report of theft of an ATV

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More usage at Family Resource Centre in new, downtown Invermere location By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff In order to provide easier access to its services, the Family Resource Centre has moved to a new central location in downtown Invermere and is just awaiting the finishing touches. The centre has moved from its old location across from the Invermere fire station to a more visible location on 7th Avenue, next to Angus McToogle’s Restaurant. Moving to the more accessible site has increased traffic already, with the office seeing as much traffic in a day as it would over three days in its former place. “The downtown location provides anonymity. People can park and walk anywhere,” said Pat Cope, the Family Resource Centre executive director. “If you are going to use a service, you need to see where it is.” The resource centre employs a staff of 15 support workers, counsellors and outreach workers. For adults, the centre offers specialized services for those suffering from abuse, including counselling,

information, referrals and outreach workers who will help solve such issues as housing, transportation, advocacy or medical appointments. Services for children are also available, including those for young people who have witnessed or suffered from abuse, mediation and support Pat Cope help, play therapy and Executive Director play and learn time. The centre hopes to highlight its move through the nation-wide Purple Light Nights campaign, which runs from December 8th to December 24th. The movement has local stores displaying and selling purple lights to make people aware of domestic

violence in the community. There is also a display of purple ribbons hanging from the Russian olive tree in Cenotaph Park to draw attention to the cause. Part of the campaign will be to recognize that domestic violence encompasses all types of violence: domestic, rape, sexual harassment, murder and bullying. “We have to call it what it is. We have to say yes, it’s murder and it’s violence,” said Rachel King, one of two women’s outreach workers who organized the campaign. “Domestic and gender violence is in every aspect of society; it doesn’t matter what your pay cheque is.” Decisions regarding what services, programs and campaigns are offered come from the board of directors. The centre is a community-based, non-profit charity that receives input for what is needed in the community, from members of the community. “We are grassroots and absolutely not a government organization,” Ms. Cope said. “It’s about what services the community needs.” For more information about the Family Resource Centre, call 250-342-5566, or drop in to its new location.

Safe Home to open in New Year By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Women fleeing from violent situations will have a safe place to run to in the Columbia Valley. The Family Resource Centre will open the first dedicated Safe Home for women and children needing shelter from abusive homes in January 2011. “It’s needed to provide support to a family who is fleeing domestic violence,” said Pat Cope, executive director of the Family Resource Centre. “The facility will offer a space that is safe and comfortable while they take the next steps in their life.” Before this shelter, the Family Resource Centre had private homes that offered a place for women and their children to stay. Having a dedicated space for women and their children to recover and rebuild their life will provide more support. “It’s hard to live in someone else’s home and be normal when you’ve been through a violent situation,” said Rachel King, a women’s out-

reach worker with the Family Resource Centre. Due to safety concerns for the women needing the new facility, the location cannot be revealed. The building has three bedrooms, a kitchen, dining and living room, as well as a quiet room for contemplation. The centre hopes the place will be a warm and homey respite from horrible situations. Living in the Safe Home will provide women with direct access to support workers who can help women and their families find new jobs, counseling, addictions treatment and other outreach programs. If the women need to escape from town quickly, the Family Resource Centre has connections with safe homes in other communities. The home is simply waiting for the delivery of mattresses before it can be opened up. With beds, bedroom furniture and a dining room set donated by Interior World, and comfortable couches and armchairs and fresh paint on the walls, the home is almost ready to welcome its first guests. For more information, contact the Family Resource Centre at 250-342-5566.

PURPLE HUES — Valley residents may have noticed purple light bulbs in store windows and a decorated tree in Cenotaph Park. The colourful display is part of the Purple Light Nights campaign, which runs from December 8th to December 24th to raise awareness of domestic and gender violence. Photo by Samantha Stokell

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By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff While watching my brother’s fingers flit from key to key as he composed a text message on his cell phone with blurring speed, my mother commented that just as the anteater’s snout has evolved to slurp insects, human thumbs are bound to adapt into specialized texting machines in order to keep pace with the technology-oriented demands of staying in touch. Indeed, there are a dizzying number of ways to post and exchange information, and at the rate social media is evolving, it’s hard to stay up to date. Long gone are the days of smoke signals, carrier pigeons, and for many people, good ‘ol fashioned snail mail; the electronic information highway is now filled with texts, tweets, Skypes, instant messages, Facebook posts, phone-to-phone video chat, and email. Instead of waiting weeks for a postcard, people can post instantaneous status updates about their evening plans, current frustrations, or their relationship status. What happens to all that information floating in cyberspace? People bite at the bytes and devour the information. News happens instantly, but at a weekly paper such as The Pioneer, it doesn’t always reach our readers until Friday. The Pioneer has decided to live up to its name by pioneering the local digital news scene with a brand-new Twitter account (a website that delivers instant updates to your email or cell phone) and a pledge to keep our Facebook page more regularly up to date. Nothing beats sitting down with the newspaper, so think of our new Twitter page as an added electronic bonus to Friday’s paper. Now that we’re tweeters (twits?), anyone who becomes our friend on Twitter will receive instant news updates of note, as they happen. Our Facebook updates are linked to Twitter, so you’ll receive those, too. Our new Twitter name is PioneerNewsTip, and our Facebook group is Columbia Valley Pioneer. We’d love to have you as our friend.

House party, 1941 In this image, dated 1941, friends gather at the house of Mrs. Ellen Coy for a dress up party. Pictured, left to right, back row: Jack Meridith, K.C. Oliver, Rueben Bartman, Arthur Ashworth, Arthur Chisholm, Harry Peters, Tommy Wier, Howard Cleland, and Ken Marples. Middle row: Mrs. Oliver, Ms. Fisher, Mrs. Chisholm, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Bartman, Mrs. Meridith. Front row: Mrs. Cleland, Mrs. Marples, Mrs. Wier, Ms. Anna Bartman, Mrs. Evelyn Ashworth, Ms. Margaret Ashworth. If you have any more information, e-mail us at Photo courtesy of Audrey Osterloh

Car crash survivor says thanks Dear Editor: First, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our valley family for their cards, best wishes, and continuing support. Dave is facing a new challenge each and everyday, but he is confronting them with strength and determination. We would also like to thank all the people involved with Dave’s rescue — the list is endless, but

each of you deserves recognition for what you all did that day. In addition, thanks to the Invermere District Hospital doctors and nurses alike for their quick and professional treatment and getting Dave stabilized and to Calgary in record time. Thank you again and I will continue to give you updates on Dave’s progress. Dave and Denise Mesenchuk and their families Canal Flats

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No thanks for non-profit Dear Editor: With reference to last week’s article ‘Helping Hand Given to Mexican Dogs,’ I feel I must clarify a few things. The spay/neuter clinic was held by three non-profit organizations: only two were mentioned, Candi International and Isla Animal Spay and Neuter Clinic. The third one, Achates Legacy, is a non-profit organization run by my son, Stephen McGarva. He has devoted much time and much money in this cause. Being non-profit, it is important to get his organization’s name out there so that donations to the cause can be made and he can continue to do the so-important work. In the news we normally hear more


stories about our local “kids” that have done something wrong rather than good things. I find it uplifting to hear stories about our young people who have gone on to do good things. I believe that seeing articles written about a local young person doing great things will be a catalyst for more of our youth to step up and also aspire to great things. Stephen was born and grew up here in Invermere and is proud to tell everyone where he is from. Stephen has many supporters and friends in our area and I hope this “flawed” article will not affect the support these organizations need to keep doing their good work. Patricia Blakley Invermere

What does the government do with my money? Dear Editor, I’m curious about the way a topic can be framed to appear a certain way, even though reality is completely opposite. When I was a kid, ski hills were supposed to be a good way to go for an environmentally sound future. Nowadays, well-funded professional environmentalists frame resort developers as big money against us poor little helpless valley people. Actually, the environmentalist groups have the big money. It floods in from sources in the United States like The Tides Foundation. They have targeted B.C. and Alberta within the scope of the Social Change Institute. Billion-dollar American foundations are funding anti-Canadian oil and anti-Canadian development.

I don’t trust that concept. Locally, we give money as a tax on our land each year. It goes to different environmental concepts. We are the only area in the Regional District of East Kootenay that voted for this fund. It makes more sense to me to keep our money and clean up our own place. Instead, we give it to groups to spend on mostly environmental desk jobs. We should throw this tax out, along with the carbon tax that is another slush fund. The concept of giving the government our money, then telling us what we should be spending it on, dummies us down and makes us dependent. Me spending my own money makes more sense. Monroe Hunsicker Stoddart Creek

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School completion rates clarified Dear Editor: I would like to clear up any misconceptions that may have arisen from the December 10th story regarding student completion rates in School District No. 6. I would like to affirm that while our completion rates are at the provincial average, we do not view this as a reason to relax our approach, but rather as a challenge. It is also important that the public understands the completion rate statistic that was reported, i.e. 79.3 percent of students in the District graduated within six years of entering Grade 8. The first thing to understand is that it is not a graduation rate. Graduation rate is the number of students entering Grade 12 who graduate that same year, which is much higher in our district than the completion rate, which was 96 percent in 2009/2010. The next thing to understand is that while it might

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be tempting to view a completion rate of 80 percent as meaning that 20 percent of students dropped out of school, that would certainly not be true. Every school district experiences a movement of students in and out of the district over that six-year period. Students who move to another B.C. school district are picked up in the new district’s data, while those who go to another province or a private school appear in the same way as students who drop out. We do wonder to what degree this may be affecting School District 6 data in particular, given our proximity to Alberta, and we will be looking closely at this with future cohorts of students to ensure we have an accurate picture to inform our plans. Paul Carriere Superintendent of Schools, Rocky Mountain School District

Pioneer Staff Invermere firefighters are crediting a newly-installed smoke alarm for saving a sleeping family’s life. At about 3 a.m. on December 9th, a family from the 1000 block of 4th Avenue, Invermere, was asleep in their home when their smoke alarm went off. The family was able to safely exit


their home before the Invermere Fire Department arrived. The alarm was triggered by a fire in a downstairs closet. The fire was contained to one room, although smoke damage occured throughout the house, said volunteer Deputy Chief, Tom McNeil. Mr. McNeil was unable to comment on the cause of the fire, as it is still under investigation.


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• The Access Community Equality group briefed council about their new website, which will provide visitors with information about special-access availability throughout the valley. • The Dangerous Dog Bylaw was given a second and third reading. Council discussed which areas around town should be designated off-leash, and reviewed two letters from the public that were in favour of the proposed bylaw.

Canal Flats, December 13th

• Brian Woodward has been sworn in as the new Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Canal Flats. Mr. Woodward recently moved to the valley from Hope, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from his near 30-year involvement with municipal administration and treasury. He will be responsible for carrying out all decisions made by council and also takes on the role of Director of Corporate Services and Director of Finance. “I love this part of B.C.,” Mr. Woodward said. “I used to live in Cranbrook and I am delighted to be back in this area with my wife.”

District of Invermere, December 14th

• Invermere council approved Bylaw 1422, the Vista Del Lago road closure and exchange bylaw. The new law continues forward with the requirement that land use phasing, execution of a phased development agreement, execution of right of way agreements and

posting of development securities are resolved. No comments were received from residents about the road closure and exchange. • Mayor and Council will continue to work towards getting a satellite employment centre in Invermere. The hope is that the contractor hired to run the Cranbrook centre will agree to place an Invermere office. • The hospital board has requested that Interior Health use the money left over from the new Emergency room project to go towards operating the heliport. The District of Invermere will send a letter to the provincial Minister of Health and Finance, Colin Hansen about the need for the heliport. • Through the federal Gas Tax Agreement, the District of Invermere will receive $85,514 in 2011 for projects that intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or have cleaner air and water. That amount will increase to $172,000 over the next few years. East Kootenay Conservation Program manager Wayne Stetski gave an update about the program, reassuring council members that the $20 per parcel property tax is being put to good use. The $230,000 raised annually goes toward the local conservation fund for the Columbia Valley and has resulted in programs as the Lake Windermere Project and the Columbia Valley Invasive Plants Neighbourhood Program. • Heather Leschied from Wildsight attended to share the Lake Windermere Project’s top prize at the Land Awards on November 18th. The project will help the City of Winnipeg design a similar project to clean up Lake Winnipeg.

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Worldly celebration Eileen Madson Primary School hosted a holiday concert on December 15th, showcasing festive traditions from around the world. Pictured, 7-year-old Nika Louw of Invermere sings about South African celebrations, alongside her Grade 2 classmates. Nika is the daughter of Dr. Francois Louw and Dr. Colleen Matham. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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Movie Review: Despicable Me Reviewed by Kate Irwin Apparently supervillain movies are like buses. You wait, and you wait and you wait, and then two come along at once. Despicable Me, the first feature from the new Universal production house Illumination Entertainment, is the first to enter the fray, bringing 95 minutes of enjoyable family entertainment. Just like its duelling supervillains, Gru (Steve Carell) and Vector (Jason Segel), Despicable Me has been duking it out at the box office with its own nemesis, Megamind. And Despicable Me sets a pretty high bar for its competition. It follows the story of the villainous Gru, who is dreaming up a new evil plot to set himself apart from

the rest of the supervillain wannabes, aided by his army of cute, yellow, pill-shaped minions (I predict a fortune in pre-Christmas cuddly toy sales). With an anarchic sense of humour, Despicable Me sets up the character of a solitary, brooding villain and then unravels it with the introduction of three orphaned girls (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher), adopted by Gru to further his scheme to steal the Moon. Peppered with one-liners and well-executed set pieces this movie does provide laughs, but also borrows heavily from previous animated flicks to a point of near-plagiarism. The minions sound identical to the three-eyed Toy Story aliens, there’s a Shrek-like musical sequence and then the obvious parallels with The Incredibles.

But despite some shortcomings, Despicable Me is especially funny. Carell puts in a stellar vocal performance and Julie Andrews sends up her perky Mary Poppins image perfectly as his mean-spirited mother. Russell Brand amuses as mad scientist Dr. Nefario, testing his new inventions on the happily hapless minions; but it’s really these little yellow guys who steal the show. Whether they’re being squashed, levitated, shrunk or used as a walking glowstick, there’s no shortage of amusement when they are on screen.


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Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or e-mail us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may run rarely.

Toby Theatre Closed until December 27th. • December 27th - 30th, 7:30 p.m.: Megamind. A PIONEER THANK YOU to Ron and Elizabeth Peters for sponsoring our Christmas Ornament contest this month!

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Sunday, December 19th: • 9 a.m.: Skate Ski Learn to Ski Clinic at Greywolf Nordic Centre or Nipika Mountain Resort. To register e-mail: • 2 p.m.: Second Winds Community Band performs at the Windermere Community Hall. For info contact Howie: 250-342-0100. • 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.: Free Holiday Skate at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, courtesy of Tim Hortons. •Tuesday, December 21st: • 1 - 3 p.m.: Local author presenting “Anny the Nanny” children’s book at the Invermere Public Library. Reading at 1 p.m., signing to follow. For info: 250-342-6416.

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• 7:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Fireworks at Conrad Kain Park in Wilmer.

• Opening Day for downhill skiing at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Lift ticket includes a free visit to the hot pools. For info: 250-345-6000. • Saturday, December 18th:

•Monday, December 27th: • • Opening of Lake Windermere Whiteway. Club memberships available:

• 9 a.m.: Classic Learn to Ski Clinic at Greywolf Nordic Centre or Nipika Mountain Resort. To register e-mail: • Jumps and Bumps and Youth Freestyle programs start with Panorama Mountain Freeride Club. For info: 250-342-9082. • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Kimberley artist Christine Stufano Simpson paints at Effusion Art Gallery. For info: 250-341-6877. • 5:30 p.m.: Brisco and District Christmas Potluck. Children’s Christmas Party and Santa visit to follow at 6:30 p.m. Carols by Steamboat Mountain Stargazers. Admission by donation. For info: wee@ • 7 p.m.: Christmas Concert at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. A Sister Girl Country Christmas. Tickets available at The Book Bar and One-Hour Photo. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Kimberley Dynamiters at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

• 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.: Edgewater Recreational Society’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Edgewater Community Hall. $15 per person. Tickets are available at Pip’s store or from board members. For info call Tammy: 250347-9324.

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Tuesday, January 4th: • 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Snowshoe hiking clinic at various locations in the valley. For info and registration: 250342-8737 or visit www.columbiavalleylifesports. com. Wednesday, January 5th: • 6 - 8 p.m.: Scrabble Night at the Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416.

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Don’t forget! By Pioneer Staff The Pioneer office’s Christmas tree is still looking a little sparse. What it needs is a few more crafty ornaments. Good thing there’s still time to enter our inaugural ornament-making contest! The rules are simple: make a Christmas tree ornament of any shape, size, or style, as long as it’s constructed from Pioneer newspaper pages. Break out your scissors, glue, and glitter, and let your kids (or the big kids in your family) go wild. Ornaments must be dropped off to our office (#8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere) by 5 p.m. on December 20th. Entries will be put into a draw, and the winning entrant will be treated to tickets for four from the Toby Theatre. Craft away!

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December 17, 2010

Local skier competes at World Cup level By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff An Invermere ski racer who has won the national GMC Cup twice is now competing at an international level, with appearances in the first two FIS Ski World Cup races held in North America this season. Ben Thomsen, who was born and raised in Invermere, has taken part in downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise last month, and this month’s super-G at Beaver Creek, Colorado, against international and Olympic-level athletes, placing 44th, 61st and 45th respectively. He is skiing and training alongside Team Canada’s alpine racers and competing against the highest-level skiers from across the world in his first full season of World Cup races. “Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be a World Cup skier,” Ben said. “A few years back there were some challenges and a lot of people were encouraging me to give up, but I stuck with it.” Ben’s perseverance paid off, taking him to Europe where he is currently racing in the downhill and super-G events in Val GardenaGroeden, Italy.He and Team Canada’s Louis-Pierre Hélie were invited to compete in Italy after they achieved podium finishes at the NorAm Cup in Lake Louise on December 8th and 9th. Ben is now tantalizingly close to a Team Canada position, training and skiing with their athletes as part of the national development team and on an invitee status for the 2010/2011 season. “Ben has been competing at World Cup events with the Canadian team, and because of his performance at these events has taken part in team training,” said Kyle Marr, of Alpine Canada Alpin. “He is not on the named team, but he’s with the alpine national team, training with the team, eating with the team and competing in World Cup events.”

If the 23-year-old performs well in the upcoming race season and finishes within the top 30 in World Cup points, he should win a Team Canada spot next season. This is something Ben has been dreaming of ever since he started racing with the Windermere Valley Ski Club, where his mother, Shelley, coached for more than 20 years. “He’s doing awesome,” said Glenn Thomsen, Ben’s father and former head coach of the B.C. Men’s Ski Team. “He is skiing well and proving he can be part of Team Canada. It’s really exciting to see all this come about; he’s put so much time and effort into this.” For this season the lack of official Team Canada status presents a challenge for funding Ben’s racing. While the team offers as much support as possible, and Ben is receiving funding through the national Athletic Assistance Program, he is still responsible for much of the cost of attending races, including securing himself a plane ticket to race in Europe. His rank as 104th skier in the world, just outside the top 100, also means he has to take part in time trial runs against two other Canadian skiers to qualify for each race, which he did successfully in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek. “It’s tough with downhill as you only get a couple of training runs, which for me are used as qualifiers,” Ben explained. “Basically you have to forget about the race. It’s hard. You don’t always want to compete in training, you want to learn the course and work on improving your skiing and times.” Next up for Ben is the World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy from December 27th to 29th. He plans to remain in Europe until the World Cup ends in March and is looking forward to January’s downhill races at the legendary Kitzbühel course in Austria. “I have wanted to race Kitzbühel for as long as I can remember,” Ben said. “It’s the biggest race outside the Olympics and World Cup finals. It has such a big reputation, some of the biggest crashes and is one of the most exciting and hardest downhill courses.”

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By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff If you can read that headline, you can probably read a new book written by two local authors in Invermere. Nicci Brown and Anne Gilbert wrote and illustrated Anny the Nanny goes to Maui, a children’s book with each page featuring phrases in English, French, Spanish and German. The pair will read and sign copies of the book at the Invermere Public Library on Tuesday, December 21st. “I had been looking for books that have different languages, but hadn’t found any in Canada,” Ms. Brown said. “It’s a way to broaden the mind at a young age and introduce children to people and cultures.” Ms. Gilbert works as Ms. Brown’s au pair and together they came up with the book idea on a family trip to Maui. Now, one year later and the two have self-published the book and have four more ideas for where Anny the Nanny can travel. The two hope to distribute the book in schools

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Recipes Peanut Butter Boulder Balls 3/4 cup melted butter 1 lb of icing sugar (approximately 3 1/2 cups) 2 cups of peanut butter 3 cups of Rice Krispies This recipe makes a lot so grab a big bowl and two cookie sheets. Mix the ingredients well and chill. Form into balls and chill again. For the easiest clean up, place the rolled balls onto wax paper-covered cookie sheets. Melt semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler (either chocolate chips or a box of baking chocolate will work). Dip each ball into the chocolate, covering well, and place on prepared cookie sheets. Once the sheets are filled with chocolate covered goodies, place them in the freezer or fridge until they are cool enough to remove and store in containers. Store in a cool place to prevent melting.

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Garrett’s Brown Sugar Shortbread

1 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg yolk 2 cups of flour pinch of salt 1 teaspoon of vanilla Cream butter, sugar, and egg. Add flour, salt, and vanilla. Roll into little balls and press with a fork. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

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Kicking Horse Coffee Peppermint Patty 1 teaspoon loose leaf peppermint tea 1/2 ounce chocolate sauce 10 ounces milk, soy, or almond milk Mix all ingredients together. Steam. Let steep for 30 seconds. Pour through a strainer and enjoy.

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Cranberry Cheesecake Tart 30 frozen tart shells 2 bags frozen cranberries 1 cup white sugar 1 package strawberry Jello powder 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup water 2 8-ounce bricks cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 cup whipping cream 2 teaspoon vanilla Bake the tart shells at 350 degrees until golden brown (approx 20 minutes), set aside to cool. In a large pot combine the cranberries with 1 cup sugar, strawberry Jello, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the cranberries just start to break apart, about 1/2 hour. Remove from heat and cool completely in the refrigerator. With a mixer combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy. Place a teaspoonful of cream cheese mixture into each tart shell, cover with cranberry mix. Keep refrigerated after assembling. - Submitted by Sarah Lapointe Invermere

Tiger Butter 1 box (6 ounces) white Baker’s chocolate 1 cup smooth peanut butter 1 box (8 ounces) semi-sweet Baker’s chocolate 1/4 cup butter In two separate pots, combine first the white chocolate and peanut butter and second the semisweet chocolate and butter. Melt both over low heat stirring constantly. Line a 9x9 inch cake pan with wax paper and pour in the white chocolate/peanut butter mix. Then pour the dark chocolate mix in stripes over the first layer. Take a butter knife and swirl through both chocolates to achieve tiger stripes. Cool completely in the refrigerator. Allow to come back to room temperature before slicing into squares, then store in the fridge or freezer. - Submitted by Sydney-Anne Porter Invermere

December 17, 2010

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup 1 large white onion 2 large carrots 4 celery stalks 2 full butternut squash, cut and cleaned 3 cups chicken stock Dice and sauté onion, carrots, and celery with butter. Roast butternut squash for 45 minutes or until tender. Peel skin when removed from oven and mix with vegetables and butter. Add chicken stock, and cook down. Strain. Puree mixture in blender and thin with water until desired consistency. Add salt and pepper as necessary. Serve with a dollop of sour cream. - Submitted by Chef Marc LeBlanc Eagle Ranch

Whipped Shortbread 1 cup butter, room temperature (not margarine) 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 1/2 cups flour With a mixer cream together the butter and icing sugar until combined. Add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all the flour is added, whip the dough until it lightens in colour (3-5 minutes). Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets, handling as little as possible. Bake at 350F until the bottoms JUST start to turn golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes. Cool completely on a rack and store in an airtight container for at least a day before eating. - Submitted by JoAnne Willox Invermere

Moroccan Lamb Brochettes 1 lb ground lamb 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika (regular paprika works too) 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon tandoori masala 1 garlic clove 2 teaspoons of Herb du Provence 1/8 cup of extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons of sea salt (regular salt is okay) Rosemary spears (whole stalk) Combine above ingredients and form into 20g balls (make a circle using your pointer finger and the first joint of your thumb. This is about right). Place on a cookie sheet or the like and cook at 400F for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove from cookie sheet to cool. Save some of the drippings for reheating, otherwise serve immediately in the following way: peel the bottom leaves off the rosemary about two inches up the stalk. Skewer three of the heated lamb balls with the rosemary and serve with a favourite dipping sauce like mustard honey thyme or even tzatziki. - Submitted by Dee Conklin Casa Vino Wine Bar

Crunch Bars 1 cup butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 35 Premium Plus Crackers 1 package (8 squares) Baker’s semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, or 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup walnut pieces, toasted, finely chopped, or 1 cup chopped almonds

Mix all ingredients, and allow to set in the fridge. Simple and easy!

Cook butter and sugar in saucepan on mediumhigh heat for 5 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring occasionally. Bring to boil; cook 3 minutes without stirring. Meanwhile, arrange crackers in single layer in foil-lined 17x111/2x3/4-inch pan. Spread sugar mixture onto crackers. Bake for 7 minutes at 400F. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted; spread to cover crackers. Top with nuts; cool completely. Break into pieces.

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December 17, 2010

Red and Green

Christmas Rocks My mother made these family favorite cookies every Christmas. She would hide them from all of us kids, but I always managed to find them and convince my sister, who was about six or seven at the time, that it was OK for us to have a few. We would eat a couple and then I would confess that we were not really allowed to touch them but now she was an accomplice and couldn’t tell on me! This recipe is a yellowed newspaper clipping taped into a 1945 C.C.F Cook Book that belonged to my mother and is now a treasure of mine. 2 cups dates 2 cups cherries 3 rings candied pineapple 1 cup butter 1 1/4 cup almonds 1 1/4 cup brazil nuts 1/2 cup flour 1 cup butter 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder Chop fruit and nuts. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of flour. Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Sift dry ingredients into creamed mixture and blend. Fold in floured fruit and nuts. Drop by spoonful on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325F for approximately 20 minutes, or no longer than 15 minutes in a convection oven. Good keeping qualities (if hidden — my mums note!), they mellow with age.

- Submitted by Donna McKay Tiffany’s Thredz, Invermere

Three Bean Salad Several handfuls of washed & cut green beans 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) cut yellow beans, drained 1 can (about 16 ounces) red kidney beans, drained 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (use the whole thing!) 1 cup sliced red onion 1/2 cup cider vinegar (or white vinegar) 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Preparation:

Hot Mulled Cider 3.8 litre apple cider or apple juice 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1 litre pineapple juice 1/4 - 1/2 cup demerara sugar (light brown) 2 cinnamon sticks 12 whole allspice berries 12 whole cloves 4 - 6 thinly sliced apples 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 can jellied cranberries

Rinse beans; drain. Combine beans, green pepper, and sliced onion. Whisk together remaining ingredients; pour over bean mixture. Toss well and chill for at least 4 hours. Store in refrigerator.

Place all ingredients in a pot on stove on medium heat. Cook for 20 - 30 minutes. Lower heat and simmer. As an alternative, make cider in a crockpot. Additional option: add a dash of wine, rum, or your alcohol of choice for a little extra holiday cheer.

- Submitted by John Roberts Calgary

- Submitted by Lucy Miller Invermere

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Turnip Casserole

2 to 3 medium turnips, diced 1 cup apple sauce 6 tablespoons butter 4 teaspoons white sugar 3 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoons pepper 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups bread crumbs Place cream and milk in good quality saucepan 2 tablespoons melted butter with vanilla pod (or essence). Heat gently until just simmering. Take off heat and allow vanilla to infuse. Cook turnips until tender. Mash and combine Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks sugar and cornflour in with all ingredients except 1/2 crumbs and melted large bowl. Whisk milk and cream gradually into egg butter. Mix well. Pour into casserole dish and top mixture. Put back in saucepan and over gentle heat, with bread crumbs and melted butter. Cool slightly. whisking all the time. Allow to come back to simmer Cover and refrigerate before cooking. Cook at 350F and thicken. Serves 6. for 30 minutes. 2 1/2 cups single cream 1 cup milk 1 vanilla pod, or 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 large egg yolks 1/3 cup caster sugar 2 level teaspoons cornflour

- Submitted by Mike Irwin Cambridge, England

- Submitted by Elaine Wallace Invermere

Sometimes the best presents don't come in a box. Your local Tim Hortons invites you to a Free Holiday Skate. It’s our way of saying thank you and happy holidays. Free skating will take place on December 12 and December 19 from 5:45-6:45 PM at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

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Birchwood opens for business By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Birchwood Restaurant in Invermere is now open for business, offering a menu inspired by classical French cuisine, with a modern twist. Everything at the eatery, from garnishes to chutney to ice cream, is made in house by head chef Stephen Root. He has sourced a range of local ingredients and brought them together in a menu which caters to all tastes and requirements, including vegetarian and gluten free. The restaurant, formerly known as Portabella, will have a changing seasonal menu, which will highlight the best flavour combinations of the season, said restaurant manager Janice Mitchell. “Our chef is trying to support small growers and purchase regionally and locally,” she added. “That is why we are able to offer this seasonal menu, using fresh, local produce.” Along with a new menu the restaurant space has undergone a complete redesign, incorporating numerous pieces from local artists including George Oliver, Dale Hunt, Ryan Bavin, Sean Tegart and Cajsa Fredin. The aim, said owner Shelley Ferguson, is to create a contemporary space which is warm and inviting to

anyone from diners to those looking for somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine and chat. Attention has been paid to the details, with Ms. Ferguson bringing in crystal glasses, birchwood-patterned lights and natural colours throughout the space. With prices starting from $9 for an appetizer and $17 for a main course, affordability is also important to the owner. “We’re conscious of people’s wallets,” Ms. Ferguson explained. “Not only is there a range of prices for food and drinks, but also we offer some of the more expensive wines by the glass or half-litre.” Each night at Birchwood a different wine will be featured, which diners can sample before choosing. The wine menu has been carefully selected to offer options which complement different appetizers, main courses and desserts. Along with crafting the food and drinks menus, extensive staff training has been a main focus, said Ms. Mitchell. All servers at Birchwood have an excellent knowledge of the ingredients and cooking methods used, she added, and they are happy to substitute ingredients to accommodate allergies and food intolerances. “We just want to make sure people are going away satisfied,” Ms. Ferguson explained. For information or a reservation, call, 250-342-0606.

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Rockies split weekend series By Steve Mantyka Columbia Valley Rockies Junior Hockey Club


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With the boys on the road in Penticton and Princeton over the weekend, the Rockies were looking to gain some ground in the Eddie Mountain Division race and came away with a split — losing Friday, but winning Saturday. In Princeton on Friday, December 10th, the Posse fired a barrage of shots at netminder Tyler Stamler: 45 pucks in total against and just 25 for the Rockies. The Posse wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard just 1:14 minutes in, and it stayed that way until the end of the period when Stephen Hynes scored from Julian Fraser and Guy Glasspoole at 1:29. In the second, a power play marker and an evenstrength goal gave the Posse a two-goal lead heading into the third. The Posse added another goal at 7:53 for a threegoal lead. Mike Vaughan scored from Kevin Dunlop to pull the Rockies within two. An empty netter and another in the final minute made the final 6-2 Princeton. On to Penticton to play the Lakers on Saturday, December 11th, and the Rockies came out to play from the drop of the puck, scoring three times in the final

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five minutes of the opening period: Brett Trofanenko from Connor Beauchemin; a power play marker from Kevin Dunlop with an assist to Jacob Halderman; and with just eight seconds left in the period, Tyler Reay from Stephen Hynes. No scoring in the second period, but the power play struck again in the third, Micheal Keyes from Hynes and Julian Fraser at 18:59. That goal staked the Rockies to a 4-0 lead that the Lakers would try to come back from. Three straight goals — at 14:01, 7:38 and 1:58 — pulled the Lakers close, but still short. A scrum at the end of the game led to several fights, with six Posse players being penalized and four Rockies taking home extra penalty minutes. In the end, the Rockies earned two points in the standings and kept pace with Kimberley, ten points back of the Dynos for the final playoff spot. The Rockies play some key Divisional matchups this week, playing in Golden on December 14th, Fernie on December 17th and hosting Kimberley on the December 18th. Come see the Initiation Team scrimmage during the intermission on Saturday, December 18th and cheer on the home crowd. See you at the rink!

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December 17, 2010

Cross-country skiers train for world championships By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

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A group of local cross-country skiers have been busy waxing their skis and building their leg muscles in preparation for the 2011 Masters’ World Cup, which are the world championships of cross-country for skiers 30 years of age and above. The group of skiing friends slated to compete is composed of Beva Kirk, Penny Powers, Kim Kitching, Darren Tamelin, Mary Ann Rombach, and former Olympic cross-country ski coach Lyle Wilson, all from Invermere. Although each racer will compete individually, they are training and traveling as a team. The Masters’ World Cup happens every year, but it is usually held in Europe. This year’s race will be in March in Sovereign Lake, B.C., near Vernon. Having the race on Canadian trails is a great opportunity for local racers who might not otherwise be able to travel to Europe to compete, Kim said. “Just participating is fun. I know everyone is excited,” she said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie in the sport. It’s really nice.” Kim competed in the Masters’ World Cup four years ago when it was held in Idaho, where the oldest competitor was an 82-year-old Canadian man. “It’s pretty inspirational when you see the older people competing,” Kim said. In preparation for the race, the skiers (who bike together in the summer) are training together on a weekly basis — even skiing on the lake at night with head lamps — and plan to enter local cross-country ski events to sharpen their mental and physical strength, Kim said. “It’s all about getting out there and getting the mileage.”

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MASTERS OF THE TRAILS — Beva Kirk, Penny Powers, and Kim Kitching (pictured, left to right) are busy preparing to race in next year’s Masters’ World Cup cross-country ski race in Sovereign Lake, B.C., near Vernon. Also racing but missing from the photo are Lyle Wilson, Darren Tamelin, and Mary Ann Rombach.

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Twenty years of service for councillor By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A village councillor, who has served Radium Hot Springs since its incorporation in 1991, has been recognized for his long-standing commitment to the community. Local business owner Brent Frederickson Brent Frederickson has served for almost 20 years on nine consecutive village councils, alongside numerous fellow councillors and under the leadership of two mayors. When the village became a municipality in 1991, Mr. Frederickson, who owns Radium Esso, immediately made the decision to stand for a council position, eager to help the small village to develop and expand. “The growth has been incredible since I first joined the council,� Mr. Frederickson said. “I think we’ve been fortunate over the years that council have had similar vision for the community. Being able to work together with council, staff and the community makes it easier to get value for the taxpayer.� Mr. Frederickson’s wealth of knowledge and expe-

rience has been appreciated by newer council members, said Mayor Dee Conklin, who took over leadership of the council last year when long-standing Mayor, Greg Deck retired. “I was absolutely thrilled to find Brent was on board when I was elected,� she added. “He has so much experience and understanding of the village and can offer assistance with complex issues which some newer council members haven’t dealt with before.� On Friday, November 10th, Mayor Conklin and the Village of Radium honoured Mr. Frederickson with an award for his service to the community. In addition to serving as a councillor, Mr. Frederickson organizes the annual community New Years’ party, fundraises and participates in community programs and has trained numerous mechanics at the Esso automotive repair shop. “You could say he’s a pillar of the community,� said Councillor Ron Verboom, who has served alongside Brent for more than 16 years. “Brent’s longevity on council is a testament to the job he does. You don’t stay as a councillor for so long by making bad decisions.� Mr. Frederickson said he hopes to have the opportunity to remain serving as a councillor for a long time, and that he plans to stand again at the next municipal election in 2011.

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Dr. Karen Fahrni DC

Certified ART® & Graston® provider #4 1008 8th Ave, Invermere BC 250-409-9628

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



1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.

385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0



Confidential Counselling and Consulting • Individual • Couple • Family

Complete Automotive Repairs (Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

• PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Trucking • Mini Excavator • Residential/Commercial

Kari & John Mason

• LANDSCAPING & DESIGN • Skidsteer Services • Mini Track Hoe

Fiona Bradford BSc BSW MSW RSW

Invermere • Panorama

250-688-6012 • #202A 926 7th Avenue, PO Box 414, Invermere BC V0A 1K0



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

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

• Relationships • Depression • Anxiety • Parent-Teen Mediation • Grief • Stress

Our vacation rental enquiries outnumber the homes we have available. Let us introduce you to our “Boutique” style management services and show you how your vacation home can pay for itself.

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

Call or visit online

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

LUMBIA ROOFING COQuality Roofing and Repairs

PH: 1-888-711-ESCAPE (3722) • WEB:

Cranbrook Pest Control We use the most successful products available. Environmentally-friendly integrated pest management. Ask about our maintenance programs PEST QUESTIONS? Visit our website:


Allan Gauthier

Tel: (250) 349-7586

Cell: (250) 489-8685 • Fax: (250) 349-7586




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

250-341-8501 Senior Discount

Wood Blinds

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Interior World

HERE TO SERVE YOU window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

Top Quality


Interior World



INVERMERE GLASS LTD. Your Full-Service Glazier

• Shower Doors • Mirrors • Windshields


KARLFAST • 250-688-1200 •

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

Need Blinds?

Kyle Moll

Interior World

window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

CVCC Contractor/ Trade Builder of the Year 2008

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

1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

HTH Contracting Ltd. 250-341-5603





Fresh Clean Laurie 250-342-8977 Cell 250-341-8090 We specialize in Construction Cleans! • Renovations Inside & Out • Custom Decks • Design & Build • Finish Carpentry • Doors & Window Replacement Experts

ree Homes In t d l e c. Fi Ph 250.341.5900 Bernie Veldboom • Invermere, BC

Scott Postlethwaite

• Auto • Home • Commercial

• • • •

Fine Homeservices


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


Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations


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


• 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

Your Weekly Source for News and Events


Dave Sutherland Sales Associate

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


Jesse Vader 250.341.5426


Ken Johnson 250.341.5427


• 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

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

WINDERMERE 250-342-6805

Kimberley Rae Sanderson Portrait & Commercial Photography Digital Retouching & Restoration Instructional Courses Private or Group, on:

Digital Photography and Image Editing Gift Certificates Available! 250.342.5102 •

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


(250) 341-6888

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dean Hubman

Freight & Passenger Depot

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726

Delicious Sushi

for a Healthy Lifestyle - and always fresh!

• Brown Rice Sushi • Wild Caught Salmon • Naturally Pickled Sushi Ginger

Toll Free: 877-342-3052

Certified Technician

Invermere, BC V0A 1K3


Located in Parkside Place Downtown Invermere

Open Monday - Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm Our freshly made Sushi also available at AG Valley Foods 7 am - 10 pm


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

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


Interior / Exterior / working locally

• Millwork • Cabinets • Stairs • Custom Framing • Renovations

Mike Cope Journeyman Carpenters


Lake Auto Services




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

Same great team, same great service.

Radium Hot Springs Esso

250-347-9726 7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

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

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

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Radium Computer Access Program offers tech help By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Locals and visitors alike are being offered a helping hand to enter the technological age, with the Computer Access Program at the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Centre. Established at the centre for more than eight years, staff are hoping to draw attention to the program, computer accessibility and range of assistance on offer. Not only can visitors make use of computing programs, fax, printing and copying, they also have access to the ultra high-speed fibre-optic internet connection at the information centre. “There’s not much affordable computer access available in Radium,” said Jessica Tegart, Youth Intern with the Computer Access Program. “We want more

people to be aware we are here and can help them, even if they are a new computer user.” Those unfamiliar with technology can learn basic computer functions, how to navigate online and how to set up e-mail, among other skills. Staff can help users to achieve what they need to do on a computer, while giving them valuable information and tips for future usage. “Just about anybody can benefit from learning to use a computer,” Ms. Tegart explained. “We’ve seen great results with people who are in their 40s and 50s and are looking for jobs. “They aren’t of the same generation that grew up using computers so we can equip them with the knowledge to job hunt online, which they may not have been able to do before when applying for work.” The high speed internet at the Chamber of Com-

merce allows visitors a higher level of access than is usually offered in other centres, Ms. Tegart added. Higher speed internet means faster downloads and increased functionality while users are browsing. The Computer Access Program is administered by Industry Canada and provides employment throughout the country to youths between 15 and 30. The program is the product of a combined effort of many, including federal and provincial governments and community and business groups. Computer and internet access are available at the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Centre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. To set up a time for computer assistance call, 250-347-9331, or e-mail All services are available by donation, but there is a small fee for fax, printing and copying.


“Serving the Columbia Valley”

Acrylic Nails & Sales

Gift certificates available 1304 13th Avenue Invermere, B.C.


• Furnaces • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems Call for your FREE consultation and estimate


After Hours Call: 250-342-3830 Email:

■ Lockout Service ■ Lake Recovery ■ 24 Hour Towing ■ Prompt Service

Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles

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

250-342-6700 •

LIFE’S BRIGHTER under the sun. Pierre E. Trudel Bus 250-270-0363 Fax 250-347-6948 4798 Selkirk Ave. Box 108 Edgewater BC V0A 1E0

Warbrick Towing & Salvage • Cell: 250-342-5851 VJ (Butch) Bishop Owner/Operator

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

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


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Pioneer Classifieds

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

s in Memoriam s





house FOR RENT

Cecil Reid

Jeers to whoever ran into my brand new black VW Jetta while PARKED behind the Valley Echo and Bank of Montreal, Thursday, November 25, at 1:15 p.m. Witnesses? Call me. 250-342-1526.

Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/P, 250-342-4020.

Radium, top level, 3 bdrm apartment with 5 appliances, $600/month, DD required, 250342-3790 or 250-342-5159.

Room in Invermere with own bathroom, shared kitchen and laundry, $500/month, includes all utilities, 250-342-0358, leave message.

Radium, very nice, bright, 2 bdrm suite with in-floor heating, $950/ month, utilities, TV, and internet, 250-342-5159.

Walk to D/T and Kinsmen Beach, spacious, clean 2 bdrm basement suite, separate entrance, 4 appliances, backyard amenities, N/S, N/P, no partiers, references/ deposit required, rent negotiable, water, hydro, heat included, available January 1 or earlier, 250342-7590.

In Radium, bright 3 bdrm home in nice subdivision, $900/ month + utilities. Cozy 2 bdrm trailer on large private lot with out buildings, $850/month + utilities. In Invermere, clean, partially furnished, 2 bdrm home, great location for Panorama bus, W/D included, $1250/month, includes utilities. All N/S, DD, and references. 250-342-3841.

November 30th, 1925 – December 18th, 2009 Forever remembered, sadly missed. In loving memory, wife Margaret, family, and friends.


YEAR END CLEARANCE 20%-60% OFF Monday , December 20th 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 2216 Westside Park Avenue 250-688-5564

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. Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. AlAnon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841. 10% off at The Windy Café! Once again, enjoy a 10% discount off your bill! 250-342-6001.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Fiona at the Credit Union. Your consistent smile and good cheer is contagious. Cheers to volunteers Shawn Ottman and helpers for again working to provide ice at Edgewater’s Frank’s Rink.

Jeers to whoever took my ATV plow from my backyard. Jeers to all the salt and gravel being splashed, sprayed, and dumped into the Columbia River at the Athalmer bridge.

storage Secure self storage, call Suzanne, 403-390-4513. NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE 864 sq.ft. Warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $656.25/ month includes GST, available immediately. Call 250-342-3637. New, commercial office, and/or retail space for rent. Prime location, D/T Invermere, excellent monthly rates, furnished, kitchen, available now. 250-341-5788.

SUITE FOR RENT Radium, furnished apartments available Oct 1. 1-2 bdrm, 1-1 bdrm, and 2 –bachelors. Includes all utilities, parking and cable. N/S, pet possible, DD required. 2 bdrm - $800/month, 1 bdrm - $650/ month, Bachelor - $550/month. Contact Joan at 250-342-7517 for viewing. 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, NP. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781. 2 bdrm apartments, D/T Invermere, clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything, Start at $725/month, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-3426912. Apartment for rent, 1800 sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2 bath, huge balcony with view, utilities included, $1250/ month, 403-519-0447. Invermere, 2 furnished, 1 bdrm apartments, laundry, cable TV, utilities included, N/S, N/P, DD, 250341-6096. Radium, large, bright 1 bdrm apartment, $650/month, includes utilities, DD, call 250-342-3790 to view.

1 bdrm apartment in Radium, $550/month, includes utilities, available January 15, 250-3425159. 2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, walking distance to D/T Invermere, $985/month + DD, F/S, W/D, D/W, and utilities included, 250-342-1584 or 250342-8679. Invermere, large 2 bdrm walkout suite, separate entrance, 5 appliances, $1100/month, DD and references required, includes all utilities, cable, and internet, N/S, pets negotiable, no partiers, 250342-4436 or 250-342-1427. 2 bdrm suite in Invermere with private entrance, Wilder Subdivision, D/W, W/D, available January 1, 250-342-6842. Invermere, 1 bdrm, private furnished suite, includes Hydro, N/S, available December 15, $600/ month, 250-342-5332. Invermere, bright walkout in newer home, $725/month, utilities included, close to D/T, N/S, references required, available immediately, 250-342-3790. 2 bdrm walkout suite, available in Fairmont, available January 1, ideal for quiet couple, N/S, N/P, DD, $800/month, includes utilities, 250-345-4094. 1 bdrm condo suite, laundry, vehicle outside plug-in, quiet building, pets negotiable, location behind Sobeys, walk to town, $595/month + DD, 250-342-2287.

Very affordable, 2 bdrm, close to bus and D/T, partially furnished, cable TV, internet, utilities, all included, available January 1, 250342-1617.

house FOR RENT Black Forest Heights, totally renovated, 2 bdrm, 1 ½ bath, upper floor, 6 new appliances, blinds, large deck, yard, N/S, N/P, $900/ month, includes water and Satellite T.V., 780-718-4922 or rfr111@ Wonderful home, freshly painted, great views, 3 minutes from the lake in Indian Beach, great neighbors, 2 bdrm + Den, email: or call 435901-1600. 1800 sq.ft., 4 bdrm bungalow, attached garage, across from Windermere Golf Course, $1450/ month, DD and references required, 250-341-1998.

Spacious 3 bdrm, 5 appliance, house in Columere Park in Fairmont Hot Springs, available January 1, $1000/month + utilities, 250-3456155. ½ Duplex in Radium Hot Springs, 3 bdrm, 3 full baths, beautiful patio, BBQ, patio furniture, available immediately, contact 403-2883743 or email for information and pictures. 3 bdrm house, 2 bath, wood stove, garage, large fenced yard, productive garden, green house, 2 ½ blocks to D/T, $1100/month, 250-342-3790. 4 bdrm house, D/T Invermere, available December to March, $1400/month, fully furnished, cable TV, Wifi, W/D, all included. 250-341-1650 or helmimagic@

commercial space

FOR LEASE 1,250 square feet of PRIME COMMERCIAL HIGH-TRAFFIC FRONTAGE in the Fairmont Village Mall Suitable for retail or office space.

CALL 250-345-2134

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condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT



Radium Resort, 1 bdrm furnished villa with rec centre, includes cable TV, W/D, D/W, 1 month free with 6 month lease, N/S, N/P, $725/month + Hydro. Also, 3 bdrm, Akiskinook Resort furnished condo, recreation centre, for 2 tenants, N/S, N/P, $950/month + utilities. 403-2935659.

Black Forest Village, 2 bdrm, South facing unit, new flooring, upgraded appliances, deck, laundry, storage, single car garage, easy access to D/T, N/P, N/S. Call Lindsay at 403251-6947 to view.

Large Amana Fridge, 32 1/2’”x68”, bottom freezer, off-white, excellent condition, I’m changing colours, must see! Will take a reasonable offer. Donna Tunnacliffe, 250-3426703.

house for sale

Larch firewood for sale, $275/cord, split and delivered, 250-409-9259.



for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

Lochend Lane house, near Sobeys in Invermere, 3 big bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, A/C, soft water, wood burning stove, all appliances, no yard work, pets negotiable, quiet area, N/S, DD and references required, $1400/month + utilities. 250-342-5229.

condo FOR RENT 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 immediately, 250-688-0512. New townhome for rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, in Cedarwood Glen Estates, D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $1250/month, available January 1st, 250-341-1182. 2 bdrm, 2 bath in The Point, underground parking, W/D, $1000/ month, 403-519-0447. Sable Ridge Condos for rent, 1 bdrm, top floor, fully furnished, $825/month; 3 bdrms + Den, top floor, fully furnished, $1995/ month. Please call, 403-630-7464. 1 bdrm, near Sobeys, N/S, N/P, $600/month, 250-342-6255. Radium, Pinewood condo, 2 bdrm with lofe, 2 bath, F/P, $900/month, includes underground parking, utilities, N/P, N/S, 403-615-9989.

2 bdrm condo behind Sobeys, available December 15, D/W, W/D, stove, fridge, microwave, $750/ month, 250-342-3417 or 250-3479768. The Peaks in Radium, 1 bdrm + Den, 800 sq.ft., $825/month, includes all utilities, F/P, underground parking, storage, long term lease, 403-8166007. Radium, Pinewood, 2 bdrm, main floor, 2 bath, F/P, heated parking, N/S, 1 year lease, 250-341-7448 or 403-328-2944. Executive, 1700 sq.ft., new townhouse for rent, fully furnished, 3 bdrm, F/P, 2 flat screen T.V.s, 2 underground parking spaces, available January 1, Pineridge Mountain Resort. 403-262-0262, ext. 32. 2 bdrm condo in D/T Invermere, walking distance to everything, in quiet building, N/S, $700/month + utilities, available December 15, 250-342-5332. For rent or rent to own, 2 bdrm condo in Invermere, $850/month + utilities, excellent condition, garage, references, phone Ken Becker, 250-342-1161. New 3 bdrm Invermere Townhouse for rent, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, 3 ½ baths, fully developed basement, single car garage, ideal quiet location, $1300/ month, includes utilities, N/S, 403536-8953.

Please call 250-341-6299 to place your classified ad.

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, house.

condo for sale 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, includes 2 person infrared sauna and deluxe massage chair. Great view! Like new! $199,999, Furnished, No agents please. 250-341-5170. Ski to your door, fully furnished 1 bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, BC, $115,000 Firm. Call 250-342-6858 after 6 p.m.

MISC. FOR SALE Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908. Top Quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Firewood, cut, split, and delivered. Birch, half cord $275, full cord $400. Larch, half cord $240, full cord $350. Fir and Pine, half cord $180, full cord $275. 250-6880143. Hankook winter tires, 205 75 R15, 1 year old, $300, 250-342-6022. Kids skis, Rossignol Blasts, 148 cm for sale. No bindings, $75, 250342-0399. Firewood, Fir and Pine mix, $235. Larch, $300. Pine, $180. All wood split and delivered. 250-341-5551.

2010 Floor Model Hot Tub BLOWOUT, everything must go! Valley Spas, 503B 7th Ave, Invermere.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 for sale, 265,000 km, excellent condition, all service records on hand, asking $4000, 250-3415052.

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

SERVICES Phil’s Carpentry, Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, 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, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in 1 hour! Serving the Valley since 2006. Call 250-688-0213.



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.

Care Aid is available, private care, companionship, transport to appointments, light house keeping, and shopping. 250347-0053. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

Get 25% off

Free In-Home Consultation, Customized, high quality BLINDS with lifetime warranty, Commercial or residential. Shannon’s Blinds & Designs, Call a professional today; 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time”

LBO Autobody

Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Auto detailing, power polishing, rock chip repair, and more… Prepare your boat for storage with an interior detail and exterior polish. Call Shawn or Jodi at 250342-9696.

Executive Typing Services, Over 20 years word processing experience. Resumes, manuals, data entry, and more. Accurate and fast! 250-270-0254.

Vacationing? Immaculate, reliable house and pet sitter. Will also clean and organize. Call Cindy, 250-347-6885. D&M Painting, interiors, exteriors, re-paints, etc. Call 250-341-1182. Pampered Chef is in the Valley! You can order “THE” one item you have always wanted to get! Visit to view the catalogue or send me a message at to place your order.

recreational vehicles

SNOWMOBILE SERVICE SPECIAL All makes and Models - Snow Plows, Klim Clothing, Avalanche Gear • SERVICE • PARTS • SALES • RENTALS

Supplying Parts and Service for all makes and models. Located Invermere Cross Roads beside Tim Hortons

250-342-3350 •

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

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Snowed in? Residential or Commercial Snow Removal, so you don’t have to. Call 250-341-7262 or 250-347-7778.

Columbia Valley Gymnastics Club

HELP WANTED Want to set your own schedule? Then selling .925 sterling silver jewellery is for you! Work parttime or full-time selling beautiful jewellery and having fun! Work as little or as much as you like. Earn 30% on your sales along with opportunities for trips and free jewellery. Fastest-growing sterling silver jewellery company. Interested? Call 250-342-0399. Subway in Gasplus Gas Station in Fairmont, looking to hire a good counter attendant and cash register clerk, full-time position, $11.50/ hour for 40 hours/week + benefits. Apply in person or by fax or phone at 250-342-5055, parth_ca@

is seeking a part-time assistant coach to work along side a Level 2 coach in our gymnastics classes. Requirements: Prior gymnastics experience, interest in pursuing Level 1 training an asset, ability to follow lesson instructions, minimum age or 16 years. We offer competitive wages and opportunity for growth within the gymnastics coaching field. Please email resume or interest to Cheryl Maybuck, Peppi’s is looking to hire parttime/casual servers for the winter season. Please email resume to

Invermere Medical Clinic

Part-time Medical Office Assistant

Job description: Answering multi line phone, booking appointments, electronic filing, faxing, call backs, sterilizing equipment and rooms, escorting patients, other clerical duties as necessary. Skills: Previous office experience necessary. Previous Medical office experience a plus. Excellent computer and keyboarding skills, experience with multi-line phones, ability to prioritize tasks, take direction, work well with others, work independently and to learn and adapt to a new and challenging environment.

Please apply to Adrienne Turner, Columbia Garden Village 250.341.3350

Wage: Depending on experience and ability. Please send resume to e-mail or Fax: (250) 342-6669

0763792 BC Ltd. O/A Tim Hortons 496 Highway 93/95, Invermere BC, V0A 1K2

Food Service Attendant Permanent Full-time Graveyard (11p.m.- 7 a.m.; 12 a.m. -8 a.m.) and weekends. Rate $11.05 per hour + benefits Start Date: ASAP No Experience required; Education: not required

Apply in person at the above address BY fax: 250 341- 3177, Email: 3.25” x 4.6”

Please send resume to: Fax: 250-342-0098 Email:

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR ADVERTISING DEADLINES For both the December 24th and 31st issues, ad bookings and copy must be provided by 12 noon, Monday, December 20th. N E W S PA P E R

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

1 Year Assistant Manager Maternity Leave -Valley Fitness Centre, a non-profit organization. In this position you will provide enthusiastic and attentive front line customer service. We are looking for a positive self-motivated individual, you should have a passion for working in a customer service and sports/recreation role. Flexible part time or full time - potential to work both daytime and evening shifts. In addition to amazing customer service, other job roles include office administration, including scheduling, filing, ordering supplies, accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking and daily bookkeeping – no experience required – training provided! This job requires a high attention to detail and responsibility to manage the VFC during the manager’s absence. PS This job involves cleaning, as we work very hard to keep our centre clean and tidy. If you are not a fan of cleaning - this is not the job for you! Please apply to Helen Breau at by December 20, 2010

Quality Control Technician Cranbrook, Fernie & Invermere

Multiple Positions Full & Part-Time Looking for cleaners, general labourers, skilled trades and technicians who are highly motivated, physically fit, punctual, and organized (M&F). Duties include assisting with emergency clean-up, demolition and building at various job sites. Candidates must have a clean driver’s abstract and criminal record check. Wage based on experience and position responsibilities.

Home Care Worker Columbia Garden Village has an opening for a Home Care Worker. This position requires Registered Care Aid status and food safe. Staff enjoy a team environment in a friendly atmosphere and have access to a great benefit package.

BA Blacktop/ BA Concrete/ Fernie Ready Mix well established companies and part of Interoute Construction Ltd. (ICL Ltd.) group, are seeking for a Quality Control Technician. ICL Ltd. is a division of Terus Construction Ltd., a leader in the construction industry in British Columbia, the Yukon Territory. This position will be based primarily at the Cranbrook operations and reporting to the Area Manager. The scheduled start of work is to be early 2011.

Careers at CBT CBT has two openings in our Castlegar office: • Director, Community Engagement • Community Liaison, Southwest Basin A detailed description of duties, skills and qualifications can be viewed at or requested from Debra Stewart at 1.800.505.8998. Please forward resumes to by noon (Pacific) December 30, 2010 for consideration.

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To succeed in this position you must have good understanding of the Quality Control and Assurance testing procedures used in the construction industry. You are also a self-starter, function well within a team environments while being capable of working independently. You must demonstrate strong problem solving and communications skills. Finally, candidates must be flexible and mobile as per the nature of the work some travelling is required. Requirements/Skills • Good communication skills (oral and written) and team player • Accuracy in reporting • Time management skills • Computer Literate • Driver’s License Experience/Education • CET in Civil Construction with related experience to construction materials testing or 5 years directly related experience in construction materials testing. We offer a competitive compensation package with a comprehensive benefit plan. For more information visit our website at: Please send your resume stating position to the Human Resources department at: or by fax at: 604 575-3691 Terus Construction Ltd. would like to thank all applicants for submitting their resume. However, only applicants selected to be interviewed, will be contacted. Posting will be closing January 4th 2011.

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All I want for Christmas is...

Faster Internet Merry Christmas from NanoFibre! We want to wish all NanoFibre customers a Merry Christmas by boosting the speed of your Internet account for FREE until January 3rd, 2011! If your current Internet speed is

We will Merry Christmas boost you to

15 Mbps ...................................................... 25 Mbps 25 Mbps ...................................................... 50 Mbps 50 Mbps ...................................................... 75 Mbps The boost will occur on Friday December 17th and will remain in effect at no charge until Monday January 3rd! And if you are not currently a NanoFibre customer and want to take advantage of this offer, just call our office and book your install before December 22nd and we will give you the same boost for your entire first month of service!

Merry Christmas from all the staff at NanoFibre!

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Pioneer reaches warmer climates Clockwise from top left: Pam Frocklage and Kendyl Hart in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Jason Smith, Zach Smith, Nancy Smith, Julie Carey, Neil Carey, Riley Carey, Caleb Carey, Frankie Ronacher, Pat Carey, Brandy Carey and Meaghan Shouse in Liverpool, Nova Scotia celebrating a friend’s wedding; Noreen Ruault, Mitch and Brienne Chabot, Mark and Marlene Chabot, Barb Burkart, Ashley Utri, Kaelin Hyllestad, Lucas, Coreen and Gary Ruault and newlyweds Shaun and Celia Utri in Mexico; Pam Petersen at St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion, in Cornwall, England;. To enter the Pioneer’s photo contest, email your high-resolution travel photos to, mail to Box 868, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 or bring them in person to 8-1008 8th Avenue, Invermere. There are only two weeks left, so get your photos in for a chance to win a trip to a Calgary Flames NHL game and a night’s accommodation, courtesy of Travel World..

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December 17, 2010

Holiday Recycling Tips

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - it all adds up!

Recycling Basics

Battery Recycling New changes to the recycling world in BC this summer mean that for the first time in the East Kootenay, both alkaline and rechargeable batteries are recyclable. Previously, the East Kootenay had several locations for rechargeable batteries, but residents were left having to save their batteries if they didn’t want to throw them in the garbage. Thanks to the new BC-wide recycling program, there are now options for all batteries.

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

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The drop off location in the Columbia Valley is: Selkirk TV & Appliance, Invermere

Plastics Not Accepted: • #7 plastics, dirty plastics, plastics with no number. They go in the garbage if they can’t be reused.

Electronics Recycling Glass Tips Glass goes in the yellow bins marked GLASS ONLY. The ONLY glass accepted for recycling is container glass. That means jam jars, salsa jars, wine bottles, olive oil bottles, etc. NO other glass (including dishes or drinking glasses) is accepted. If in doubt, please leave it out. When the wrong glass gets thrown in, the entire bin has to be landfilled.

There is no electronics recycling depot for the Columbia Valley. The nearest depot is in Cranbrook at: Cranbrook Bottle Depot 1125 Industrial Rd. #3 Phone: 250-417-0306 Hours: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 9a-4p, closed all Stats They accept • Discman, walkman • Televisions • Computers & peripherals (keyboard, mouse) • Earphones • Microphones • Monitors • Telephones • Fax machines • Speakers • DVD/VHS players • Radios • Scanners • Cable, satellite and PVR boxes • Stereos, MP3 players & docking stations • Vehicle audio and video systems

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

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Valley Churches


Before Christmas comes... By Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere When I was a school child the game I loved to play at recess was “What Time is it, Mr. Wolf?” When my children were younger, I played it with them. In the game, one person plays the part of the wolf with back turned to the group while the rest of the players line up several yards away and call out, “What time is it, Mr. Wolf?” The wolf calls out a time and the players take that number of paces towards the wolf. This repeats until the wolf calls out, “Lunch time!” and turns to chase and tag as many of the players as possible. I loved the thrill of drawing closer and closer to the wolf, knowing what was coming without knowing when. For many Christians, this is the season of Advent. “Advent” means “coming”. Advent is a time when we meditate on the fact that God is present with us. He comes to us. In our Advent worship services, we read passages from the Old Testament that promised that God would send a great Savior into our world. We believe that those promises were fulfilled in the little town of

Bethlehem where Jesus was born. We remember and rejoice that Jesus came into world so long ago to help and save us. We praise God for keeping His promises. In this season, we are also reminded that Jesus continues to be with us, for we believe that after His death on the cross for our sins, Jesus was raised from the dead. He triumphed over sin and death for us, and shares that victory with us as He forgives our sins and inspires us to live lives of trust in God and love for other people. Jesus came to us when he was born a babe in Bethlehem, and He still comes to us through His story written in the New Testament and preached in our worship services. Our focus in Advent is also forward-looking. Jesus did not come only to save individuals from sin and death. He came to bring a new world into existence! Before ascending to heaven He promised that He would come again one more time to this world to bring an end to all that ails it, to judge the living and the dead, and to usher in a new, eternal age for God’s creation. We don’t know when Jesus will return, but we trust His promise that He will come again. In these days of Advent, we prepare ourselves for that day by taking stock of our attitudes and behaviors, measuring them next to the standard of God’s commands, confessing our sins, and relying on Jesus for forgiveness and help to be more faithful to God and kind to those around us. It’s a unique way to prepare for Christmas; if you are looking for an experience like this, why not visit one of our local churches this weekend?

The giving season Milt Deck, far left, and Todd Mitchell, second from right, hand over $750 from the Invermere Inn and $117 from the December 12th Rotary Seniors’ Dinner to the Christmas Bureau and the Food bank. Recipients are, from left, Helen Wynder and Gail Hoffman of the Christmas Bureau and, right, Don Pawlyshyn of the Food Bank.

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, December 19th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Do You See What I See (Through God’s Eyes)?... Everlasting Father”... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for Children ages 3 to 12 during the Morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 8:30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (BAS) at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: United Communion & Children’s Pageant, 7 p.m.: Blue Christmas Service at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Interim Pastor Joe Martinsen 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Mission in Canal Flats and 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father James 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 Thursday 7 p.m. Fun Night 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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Relationship Counselling Stress Management Chronic Illness Support Life Transitions Family Resource Centre 1317-7th Avenue, Invermere (beside McToogles)

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