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December 24, 2010 Vol. 7/Issue 52

Your Weekly Source for News and Events

The Columbia


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By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Over 220 families will celebrate Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of the Columbia Valley community. The Christmas Bureau, now in its fifteenth year, handed out 223 hampers on December 17th. That added up to almost 700 people in the community having a holiday dinner, as well as enough staple food for up to 10 days. “This year has been overly successful,” said Helen Wynder, co-chair of the Christmas Bureau. “We’ve been so well supplied by the community and that’s

what the season is all about.” To receive a hamper, families themselves fill out an application to see if they fit the need. Neighbours or friends can’t apply for someone else. “When you apply on your own, you’re taking responsibility,” Ms. Wynder said. “The putting together and donating is their neighbours taking care of them. It’s their neighbours and community that are helping.” In addition to food, the Christmas Bureau also coordinated the Christmas Angels so children and seniors receiving hampers can open presents too. Children up to 12 and seniors over 65 received gifts, while teens up to 17 received gift vouchers for businesses in the Columbia Valley.

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Lake Windermere initiatives help clean up Lake Winnipeg By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Recognition of the Lake Windermere Project’s success continues as it becomes a template for water stewardship in other communities around the country and world. Wildsight’s practices have already been recognized by the British Columbia Lands Awards and the Canadian federal government. Wildsight has also worked with international groups such as the UK Environment Agency and Lake District National Park Authority, Parks Canada, and, through Living Lakes International, over 83 organizations around the world. Now it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. “Looking at what Wildsight has accomplished is remarkable,” said Alex Salki, a retired research biologist and a director of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. “The beauty of the approach is that it creates a partnership between all relevant politicians and groups. It’s a good benchmark.” Wildsight and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation formed Living Lakes Network Canada to foster citizen-based stewardship in other areas of Canada.

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It employs the successful tools used to clean Lake Windermere: awareness, community-based stewardship, protection and restoration of sensitive natural areas, sustainable water use, detection and prevention of aquatic invasive species and innovative water policy. The Lake Winnipeg Foundation will use Wildsight’s habitat mapping project to figure out how to lower the amount of blue-green algae that contaminates the lake and reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen entering into Lake Winnipeg. “We hope this will provide us with guidelines for development, reclamation and rehabilitiation, as well as reducing nutrient loads,” Mr. Salki said. “There are very few programs in place that have categorized lakes as well as Wildsight.” Despite the size difference between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Windermere — 24,514 square kilometres versus 16 square kilometres — the initiatives can apply to any community. “We used a multi-prong approach of science, community education, outreach and engaging with the decision makers,” said Heather Leschied, Lake Windermere Project program manager. “Lake Winnipeg has a much larger scale, but the lessons we learned can be shared.”


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Outside the box Normally in this space I write about some of the crimes of the past week or the sometimes tragic or sad things which have happened to people. Not this week. I would like to talk about the younger members of our community. I had the very pleasant opportunity recently to visit David Thompson Secondary School and listen to Mr. Constable’s kids, from Grade 8 to seniors, put on an excellent concert. This inspired me to abandon my normal report. Whether it be music, sports (mostly hockey) or other activities like guides or cadets that our youth are involved in, it requires balancing their school work and home responsibilities. This takes discipline and sacrifice, the results of which were seen at the concert. My other observation of late was the great number of young people at the Remembrance Day ceremony. Older kids and young children braved the cold, standing around for lengthy periods of time. I was impressed with the number who participated. Police officers at times get caught in a thought process of us versus the world, because of our interaction with a minority of people who are responsible for the majority of our crime. We have to guard ourselves from these thoughts. The kids I describe seldom have interaction with police, and hence, unless we make a point of getting involved, we don’t get to know them. In our small community, that chance is there and really, we do try to smack them around during floor hockey to introduce ourselves. Seems to work. There is a saying that it takes a community to raise a child. I believe the valley is doing a good job. Merry Christmas from everyone at the detachment.

Reclaiming land in the name of the Queen The information I am about to share resulted from a Black Ops project, very sensitive at the time, but now that 20 years have passed I can divulge it before Wikileaks does. When I worked in Rossland we had a back country area to patrol with rough tracks that allowed a vehicle to enter both Canada and the States. Eventually the tracks returned to the highway approximately 10 kilometres south of the Canada/U.S. border. The norm was that we would not go past the marker and enter the States. But, what the heck, I’m not normal. On one such Black Ops patrol I decided to go all the way and look for fresh tracks, entering well into the United States. Driving a marked RCMP car, I got many strange looks from the Americans camping on the other side. A fellow flagged me down, approaching me with obvious concern as he asked if he mistakenly crossed the border into Canada. I advised the elderly gentleman that he was still in the States, for now, but that my mission from Ottawa was to correct an error from 1812 and reclaim some land. He looked confused and concerned as I told him I was to plant the Canadian flag on every mile, moving the border a few miles south, and that he was witnessing a one-man Mountie invasion. I continued on, feeling that if I remained this fellow would round up the other campers, grab arms and defend their land. Americans are a little sensitive in this area and if they are American, they are armed. I reclaimed the land and made it back to the Canadian Border without shots fired. You won’t see it on the map, but just by the Rossland border at Patterson crossing, the border line dips about 10 kilometres further south. This is not recognized by both Governments. Just me.

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CAO for Canal Flats By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff Canal Flats finally has its first permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), since January 2009. Brian Woodward, previously of Hope, B.C., started working as CAO on December 1st. Mr. Woodward has 30 years experience working in small to medium municipalities in British Columbia. Mr. Woodward will be the third CAO of Canal Flats since its incorporation as a village in 2004. Current mayor Bruce Woodbury was the village’s first, followed by Rob Sabine in March 2007, who later left in January 2009 after Painted Ridge development brought a court case against him and the Village of Canal Flats. Ruth Copeland then took over as an interim officer, but finished working for the village in August. Ms. Copeland tendered her resignation in April, giving the village four

months to hire a replacement. During the first application process, council found no applicants that fit, but after a second try, they found Mr. Woodward. “We’re pleased with Brian,” Mr. Woodbury said. “Council and staff interviewed him to see if there was compatibility and so far everything is working out.” Now, having a permanent position will allow the village to move forward on plans. “We’re a small municipality and only have three staff members. When we’re short one, we’re really short,” said Mr. Woodbury. “Without a CAO, certain projects can’t move forward.” Some of those projects include the budget review and development of capital works, such as assessing road conditions and discussing what upgrades need to be done. The municipal office will also move into a new building, a log home which will also house the visitor and information centre.

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Fear the fruitcake By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Few desserts polarize holiday diners as quickly as fruitcake can. The dense seasonal “treat” (and I use the term very loosely), offers no middle ground: you either love it, or you hate it. Packed with nuts, red and mysteriously bright green cherries, and enough alcohol to drown a sailor, the lauded and loathed dessert has persevered through hundreds of years of yule, and is still served at many a Christmas gathering. Once referred to by Charles Dickens as, “a geological homemade cake,” the fruitcake has a remarkable shelf life, due to the vast amounts of alcohol soaked in the dough. The origins of the fruitcake are debated, but some accounts place the cake’s first appearance in ancient

Rome, when pomegranate seeds and pine nuts were mixed with barley mash. The determined dessert clung on through the Middle Ages, and later became most popular in Britain in the 1400’s when dried fruit from the Mediterranean reached the country. The popularity of the ringed cake soon became detrimental to it’s spread when it was outlawed throughout Continental Europe in the 1700’s for being sinfully rich. It’s use was relegated to special occasions only, which is perhaps the origin of the desserts’ holiday appearance. I have yet to taste a fruitcake I find delicious. If I ever take a few dreadful mouthfuls of the dessert, I always picture a bird pecking at the dense ring of dough as the chunks of fruit slide down my throat. If anyone can prove me wrong, I challenge you to bring a slice to the office and change my mind.

December 24, 2010

Historical Lens

Here fishy, fishy In this image, date unknown, fishermen gather on a frozen Lake Windermere for an ice-fishing party that got a bit out of hand, judging by the fellow in the front. If you have more information about this image, email us at Photo submitted

The Pioneer’s Annual Christmas Gift List Each year, The Pioneer comes up with a list of presents that we’d like to give some people in the valley. Remember, it’s all in good fun! • Iron-gated windows for Radium Petro Canada to keep out bears wanting to go shopping. • A gift certificate for stress counselling to Pat Cope and staff at the Family Resource Centre after dealing with a complete office move. • Sling shots for Mayor Gerry Taft to hand out to Invermere residents for deer management. • A hotel and conference complex for Vista Del Lago so they can get on with it.

• A pictorial botanical guide for Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac and crew to help identify cannabis plants growing downtown. • A spot on Team Canada for Ben Thomsen. • Big bags of money for the Wings Over the Rockies Take Flight project so injured birds of prey can finally have a proper flight cage. • A large tube of crazy glue for Norm Macdonald so he can help put the provincial NDP party back together. • A protein shake for the many local athletes who continue to do well in their sports. • A new Tallest Mountain in the World to give

Pat Morrow something to do. • A massive surge in the lumber market so CanFor can reopen and give our fine valley residents their jobs back. • A new cell phone for MLA Bill Bennett, since the government allegedly cut his off. • A foam hand for Rob Rice so he can pat his Rockies players on the back for always volunteering around town. • A hefty tax break for everyone from our valley who generously donates to countless causes. • An Energizer battery for the lone taxi driver. Have a busy holiday season!

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Pioneer currently afloat Dear Editor: Your readers may be interested to know that a copy of The Pioneer is currently in the middle of the Atlantic aboard the vessel Sea Otter of Canada. The Sea Otter is a 38’ Bavaria sailing yacht owned and sailed by Jonas Marshall and his wife Heather Marshall. Accompanying them is Stormy the sea dog. Jonas’s parents, Jack and Carol Marshall, have been part-time residents of Invermere for many years. Sea Otter departed Gibraltar on November 2nd bound for St. Lucia in the Caribbean, and is currently in the midAtlantic. Arrival in St. Lucia is expected early in the New Year. Harvey Doerr, resident of Invermere, crewed for the Marshalls during the first part of the crossing from Gibraltar to Madeira, at which point his wife, Sherry Doerr, joined the expedition, and the four of us sailed on to the Canary Islands.

The Doerrs left the vessel in the Canary Islands and returned home. Jack and Carol suggested we take a copy of the Pioneer along on the voyage, which we did. The Pioneer remains on board the vessel, and we have asked for pictures from mid-Atlantic and in the Carribean on arrival. Jack and Carol Marshall will be in St. Lucia in the Carribean from December 30th to January 13th, vacationing and waiting on the Sea Otter’s arrival. Harvey and Sherry Doerr Invermere Editor’s note: Harvey and Sherry Doerr have been second homeowners in the valley since 2001, and moved here fulltime in 2009. They have two sons, Robbie and Tommy. Jack and Carol Marshall are residents of Calgary. Carol’s family have been parttime valley residents for more than 40 years.

AHOY — Harvey Doerr and Jonas Marshall with The Pioneer at port on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands.

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I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. I hope that you will each get a chance over Christmas to spend some special time with family and friends. As 2010 draws to a close, we will begin to think about what is ahead in the New Year. The start of a new year is a great opportunity to refocus our efforts and energies to make sure that we are in fact accomplishing that which we want to accomplish. I’m particularly interested in working toward improving democratic processes, making good decisions about our land base, and protecting public services. These are the things that the people I represent tell me are important to them. I want to thank you once again for the opportunity to serve as your Member of the Legislative Assembly and I look forward to continuing in that work in the New Year.

I am writing in response to the person who submitted the Jeers in the December 17th edition against the sanding/salting on the Athalmer Bridge deck. I find it strange that they would think that the safety of our roads is not important in the winter time. The crew of Mainroads work very hard to ensure our roads are safe. They are not perfect, but they do the best that they can under some very dangerous circumstances. May we be reminded that there are far more dangerous substances going into the Columbia: sewage, boats, people; trust me, a little gravel and salt will not harm the fish. How would you feel if your job was picked apart by society? If there is an accident on the road, blame the person who isn’t driving to the road conditions, not Mainroads. I appreciate the hard work this crew does for us. Sometimes we must sacrifice things in life. I will sacrifice a little gravel and salt going into the Columbia knowing that I can drive safely on our roads!

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Student invited to Youth Parliament tine Ch ris


It is in this spirit we say . . .

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A high school leadership student has been invited to take part in British Columbia’s Youth Parliament and will fly to Victoria on December 26th to represent the region at the organization’s annual session. Elizabeth Arif Elizabeth Arif, a senior at David Thompson Secondary School, will spentd five days in the Parliament buildings, debating with 95 other young people the projects which Youth Parliament will support throughout the year. The commitment to Youth Parliament is a yearlong one, with members working throughout the next 12 months to best serve the needs of young people in their community and region. “We’ll debate what is important for people our age and how we can really make a difference,” Elizabeth explained. “It will teach me a lot, give me different perspectives from young people living around B.C. and hopefully teach us all how to make a difference.” Elizabeth and the other Youth Parliament members will spend December 27th to 31st in the Legislative Chambers, learning about the parliamentary process and planning community service projects. These projects are presented as a government bill would be, and must be enacted once passed, as a law

At the Holiday Season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.

would be if passed by Parliament. Elizabeth is one of the only representatives from outside the Lower Mainland and is excited to bring forward issues from this part of the province. “I think the distance is going to present a good challenge,” Elizabeth said. “Keeping in touch might be tough and I’ll need help from my fellow students to enact the projects, but I’m pleased to be able to represent the region.” Elizabeth found out about the Youth Parliament through a bulletin board at the high school and within 24 hours had decided to apply. After taking part in the Legislative Page Program in Ontario while she was in Grade 8, Elizabeth was keen to build on that experience and challenge herself. She applied in mid-October and only had a short wait until the start of November when she was told her application was successful. “It is an impressive commitment; all of this is done in her own time,” said Beverley McEwan, who teaches the Leadership students. “She will get to meet with specialists in politics and social issues and bring this experience into the work done with leadership.” B.C. Youth Parliament members sit as independents, with no political affiliations. During the week in Victoria members will elect a Premier, Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Speaker. The Premier will then go on to appoint a cabinet, who run the Youth Parliament. The decisions made on a topic are then passed along to the actual government authorities or other parties responsible for those issues.

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Whiteway open for skiing and skating By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The Lake Windermere Whiteway Trail is now open to cross country skiers, ice skaters and other outdoor enthusiasts. The 15-kilometre trail has two classic cross-country tracks, as well as terrain for skate-ski and ice skating. The Whiteway is maintained by Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, who set the cross-country track on December 15th and plowed a skating track on December 19th, after the ice had thickened to 12 inches. “Whiteway is really weather dependent,” said Darren Tamelin, Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club’s President. “Whenever there’s a fresh drop of snow we re-groom, or if there’s no new snow we will usually go out and maintain trails once a week.” Using their new skidoo and grooming machine, purchased last fall, the Club will be in charge of maintaining the Whiteway for a third winter. For the first time this year, the club will conduct a Whiteway photo contest. They are encouraging Whiteway users and local shutterbugs to get out and capture an image of what people love about the Elaine Osborne and Sadie Johnson of Rocky Mountain Whiteway. To send in your pictures for the contest, House test their skis on the Whiteway on Tuesday, December 21st. Photo by Kelsey Verboom e-mail

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

Reggae rockers


Reggae rock band Redeye Empire will play Bud’s Bar and Lounge on Wednesday, December, 29th. See Page 14 for more.




Out & About Photo submitted by Don Erhardt

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

Movie Review: Easy A and the films that have come before it. Director Will Gluck pays homage to the glory days of teen films with a brief John Hughes montage and the John Cusack movie Say Anything. Emma Stone keeps the film rolling with her razor sharp delivery, but also honesty and heart. Her relationship with her mother and step-father,

Reviewed by Samantha Stokell “Let’s not, and pretend we did,” sums up the situation af average high school student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) in the comedy, Easy A. After lying to her best friend (Aly Michalka) that she lost her virginity to a fictional guy at community college, the rumours start flying around her high school and eventually she’s cast as the resident harlot. Easy A is the reverse of most high school flicks: Olive changes from an unknown student to the most talked about girl in school overnight, but for all the wrong reasons. What keeps the film from straying into cliche territory is its awareness of the stories it’s already telling,

played by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci, keeps you smiling and almost jealous of the easy relationship she has with them. Amanda Bynes plays the role of the Christian villain to perfection and Penn Badgley, though a little lacking in charisma, plays the love interest as well as one can expect while dressed as a woodchuck. While seemingly about and for high school students, Easy A’s nod to the classics and smart dialogue means anyone with a love for clever films can enoy this one, even high schoolers’ parents.


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

• 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Public Skating at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. $2.25 per person.

Thursday, December 30th: • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Public Skating at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. $2.25 per person.

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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.

Friday, December 24th: • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Torchlight parade and fireworks display at the Ski area at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. • 7:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Fireworks at Conrad Kain Park in Wilmer.

Sunday, December 26th: • Christmas Bird Count. Come out and count birds in your neighbourhood. See story on Pages 24/25. For info call Cam Gillies: 250-342-9605. •Monday, December 27th: • • Opening of Lake Windermere Whiteway. Club memberships available: • 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.: Public Skating at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. $2.25 per person.

Tuesday, December 28th: • 9 a.m.: Ice Fishing Day carpool to Bear Lake from Invermere Petro-Can, from Fairmont car wash at 9:20 a.m. and Hoodoos Gas station at 9:30 a.m. Call Norman for info: 250-342-9033. • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Public Skating at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. $2.25 per person.

Wednesday, December 29th: • 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Holiday skating at Aspen Meadows in Windermere. Please bring donation for the Food Bank. For info:

• 3 - 6 p.m.: Village of Radium Hot Springs celebrates 19th Birthday. Toboggan and skating at the park. Hot dogs, hot chocolates and birthday cake. Followed by Fireworks at The Springs driving range at 6:30 p.m. For info: 250-347-9311. • New Year’s Eve Taste of the Decade at Casa Vino Wine Bar in Radium. For reservations: 250-3415938. • 4:30 -7:00 p.m.: Seatings for Family New Year’s Eve party at Radium Resort. For reservations: 250347-9311. • 5 p.m.: New Years Eve Dinner at Old Salzburg Restaurant in Radium. Fireworks and Bonfire at midnight. For reservations: 250-347-6553. • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Seatings for Family New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at the Great Hall at Panorama Resort. All ages DJ Dance party at 9:30 p.m. For info and reservations: 250-342-6941. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Seatings for New Year’s Eve 6-course dinner at Eagle Ranch Resort. For reservation call: 250-342-6560. • 6:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.: New Year’s Eve Gala at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For reservations: 250-345-6070. • 6:30 p.m.: Family New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner and Dance at La Cabina Ristorante, Prestige Inn, Radium. For reservations: 250-347-2340. • 7 p.m.: Mardi Gras New Year’s Eve party at Radium Resort. For info: 250-347-9311. • 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. • 9:30 p.m.: Torchlight parade and Fireworks at Panorama Resort. For info: 250-342-6941.

Saturday, January 1st: • Gymnastics registration begins for new winter schedule. For info: • 7:30 p.m.: Campfire sing-along, cocoa and cookies

at Panorama Resort. For registration: 250-342-6941.

Sunday, January 2nd: • 5:45-6:45 p.m.: Public Skating at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. $2.25 per person.

Monday, January 3rd: • 3:30-5:30 p.m.: The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club Registration for all skating programs at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Fairmont Hot Springs Pools: • December 25th: FREE swimming all day with a donation for the Food Bank. • Christmas week: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Radium Hot Springs Pools: • December 25th, 12 noon - 5 p.m. • December 26th- January 1st, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Christmas Eve Church Services Lake Windermere Alliance Church • 2 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service at the Summit, Panorama Mountain. • 6 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Lake Windermere Alliance Church. • 8 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service in the Great Hall at Panorama Resort. Windermere Valley Shared Ministry • 4 p.m.: Family Service at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. • 8 p.m.: Communion Service at All Saints in Edgewater. • 10 p.m. Communion Service at St. Peter’s in Windermere. • 11:30 p.m.: Communion Service at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. • Dec 25 - 10:30 a.m.: Communion Service at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere • 10:30 p.m.: Lutheran Service at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. Roman Catholic Church • 5 p.m.: Canadian Martyr’s Church in Invermere. • 8 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. •12 midnight: Canadian Martyr’s Church in Invermere. • Dec 25 – 11 a.m.: St. Joseph’s Church in Radium.

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December 24, 2010

Redeye Empire to play Bud’s By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

Thank you to all of our clients and suppliers for a wonderful year. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!


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Reggae rock band Redeye Empire are bringing their lively fusion sound to Bud’s Bar and Lounge in Invermere on Wednesday, December 29th. The five-piece band from Vancouver will visit the valley for the first time, after gathering a following in mountain towns like Revelstoke and Golden. They hope to repeat their success locally with their eclectic blend of rock, reggae, ska, punk, pop, hip hop and more, tinged with overtones of Sublime. “We’ve had amazing success in mountain towns in B.C.,” said singer and guitarist Gabe Davis. “We love to play gigs like this and are really looking forward to coming to Invermere for the first time. We’re very comfy in places like this. The crowds are good and they really enjoy the genre.” Gabe and his bandmates, Mike Redmond (guitar/ vocals), Eric Stephenson (bass), Andre Arsenault (lead guitar), and Ryan Davis (drums), have been playing together for four years. Gabe and Mike were the first to collaborate. Although in separate bands at the time, the duo decided to turn their jam sessions into a short CD. After enjoying the recording process, gigs quickly followed.

Mike and Gabe quickly gathered together some friends and fellow musicians to round out their sound and within six months the newly-formed Redeye Empire found themselves on a national tour, supporting alternative hip-hop band G. Love & Special Sauce. “We got a huge break when we were asked to tour with Special Sauce,” Gabe explained. “I met G-Love through some friends. We started hanging out and he was cool enough to ask us to tour with him.” Tours with Hawaiian rock band Pepper and reggaerockers Iration soon followed and in 2008 the band released a second album, The Diary of Everett Miley. The quintet developed their sound from the eclectic mix of influences and styles loved by the band’s five members. Each brings his own flavour to their music, with everyone contributing during the writing process. A second tour with G. Love & Special Sauce came in February of this year. “We had a major US tour in the spring, coast to coast, to promote our new CD,” Gabe said. “In the summer we were doing festivals, which we had a blast doing and then started recording again in September.” The band will be testing out songs for their upcoming new album at Bud’s Bar and Lounge on December 29th. Tickets are $5, for more information call, 250-342-2965.

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December 24, 2010

Last Minute Gifts?!

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Valley Foods, Radium Mountainside Market, Pip’s Country Store or Windermere Pantry. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays from The Pioneer Merry Christmas from the entire team here at The Pioneer. We would like to wish all of our readers, subscribers and contributors and the wonderful community of the Columbia Valley a very happy holiday season. In a quirky Christmas turn of fate as we gathered for the Pioneer staff Christmas photo (left), we were paid a visit by Mrs. Claus herself (above) — the valley’s own Mrs. Susan Claus that is! Photos by Kelsey Verboom


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December 24, 2010

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For an incredible 70 years, Jean and Frank Meadows have chosen to live and love together. On December 27th, they will celebrate seven decades of marriage with a family brunch, followed by an open house with their friends at the Invermere Senior’s Centre. Their love affair started in a small town in northern Manitoba. “She was just over 16 when I started going for her,” Frank said. “I guess you could say we’re just really in love.” On December 27th, 1940, Jean, 19, and Frank, 23, married with all of their family attending. Eventually Jean and Frank settled in Calgary in 1952, and Frank continued working as a carpenter. In 1971 they moved to the Columbia Valley. At ages 93 and 89, Frank and Jean still live together independently in Windermere in a lovely basement apartment in their son Jerry’s house. Their other sons Larry and Eugene live in Invermere and Windermere, respectively. Frank and Jean work as a team and because Jean’s legs have started to weaken, Frank has taken on most of the cooking duties.

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“We’ve had a full partnership,” Frank said of their 70 years of success. “We always talk it over and figure out how to live together.” Jean agrees. “It just seemed to fit,” Jean said. “We got married and there was no question we wouldn’t stay married.”

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December 24, 2010

Word on the Street:

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“When I was six I got a My Little Pony,.I’m not sure what my parents were trying to tell me!”

“A white, ‘99 Jeep with a big red bow on it. My husband bought it for me.”

“I was given a lump of coal. As I was a kid I didn’t understand the significance.”

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December 24, 2010


What to do with your Tax-Free Savings Account your TFSA as long as they grow. The rule of thumb any income tax on dividends from eligible Canadian for using stocks in your tax-free savings account is that investments if their income is below $40,970. Even if stocks or mutual funds have to grow at better than their income is higher than that, it may not be worth twice the rate of interest in order to make them worth- the tax savings versus interest income. while. When interest rates rise With many TFSAs offering between one and two When interest rates rise one day and go back to a percent interest, a stock or mutual in your account only has to grow by two to four percent to make sense more normal level, investments that pay interest will Manulife Incorporated = IDA beSecurities an easy choice for a TFSA. from a tax perspective. TFSAs do not have to be savings accounts If an investor could buy a $10,000, Many Canadians still believe that their TFSAs Manulife Securities Investment Services inc. =10-year MFDA government bond that paysInc. six = percent interest in their No capital losses in a TFSA have to be savings accounts. This is not true. Investors Manulife Securities Insurance INSURANCE It should be noted however that if you buy a stock TFSA and they left it alone for the entire 10 years, can set up a tax-free savings account and buy stocks, mutual funds, bonds or pretty much any investment or a mutual fund and it goes down in value you are they would have $16,000 tax free. The same investor buying a stock for the same 10normally able to declare a capital loss withFrench the Canada they can hold in their RRSP accounts. English year period would have to hope for 12 percent annualRevenue Agency. This capital loss can applied to future capital gains ized returns on the stock to achieve the same after-tax What type of investment is best? The best type of investment for a TFSA is one that or against previous investment capital gains from the result. Minimum size toinvestments be used on business pays 3/16" interest. The reason that paycards inter- past two years. However, if you buy a stock or a muAsk your investment advisor est are best for a TFSA is because interest income is tual fund in your TFSA and it goes down in value and If you are thinking of setting up a TFSA and are taxed the highest by the government. In fact, interest then you sell it, you will not be able to declare a loss. unsure of what you should do, ask your local investincome is taxed at twice the rate of capital gains and ment advisor for help. What about dividends anywhere from 32 percent to 22 percent higher than He or she will will be able to offer you assistance Buying investments such as stocks that pay dividividend income. dends in your TFSA can be a good idea, but only if in finding the best investments for the long-term and will be able to take the interest rates and your risk tolWhat about stocks or mutual funds? your income is sufficiently high enough. erances into account. In 2010, investors in B.C. will not normally pay Stocks or mutual funds can be a good idea for 1/4" Minimum size to be used on the standard sized brochures

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December 24, 2010

The Case of the Missing Toys Submitted by Dorothy Blunden Windermere District Historical Society The Windermere District Historical Society extends Christmas greetings to all valley residents, part-timers and visitors alike. Thank you for your support during 2010. This has always been a special time in the valley as through the years folks have found the time to visit friends, to share memories, good food and of course, stories. Records in the museum tell us that the first Christmas ‘tree’ and concert was held in 1898 and almost didn’t happen! Mrs. Rufus Kimpton planned and organized the event with the help of the local schoolteacher, Miss Lyn Gibson. The children practised their Christmas music and verses for the concert, while Mrs. Kimpton collected money from all of the residents to purchase toys for the children. The toys were ordered in plenty of time from Eastern Canada, as there was no mail order company in Vancouver. Excitement was high as the special day approached. All of the necessary preparations were made for the

tree, the concert and the party that was to follow. All was ready, except for the toys. They had not arrived! On the eve of the celebration Mrs. Kimpton’s concerns reached the sky. There were no phones or telegraphs; no way of checking the progress of the load of toys, and Mrs. Kimpton didn’t want to disappoint the children. At 9 p.m., Mr. Kimpton decided to do something. He and Mrs. Kimpton went to the home of Jim Lambert who owned a lightweight sleigh – a sleigh that would make better time than the heavy freight sleigh. Together they persuaded Jim to set out in search of the missing toys. Jim drove all night finally meeting the freight team at MacKay’s Stopping Place where the driver had put up for the night. Mr. Lambert took the boxes and bags of toys from the load and brought them to Windermere on his sleigh, arriving just in time for the Christmas tree! The Museum will be closed over the holidays but we invite you to visit us in the New Year. We will be open most Tuesday’s noon to 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call ahead to confirm: 250-3429769.


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Letters To December 24, 2010

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December 24, 2010

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Crazy Boxing Day Sale 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come on in for the best deals of the year! Watch for Boxing Week Daily Specials unit December 31st

Running/Yoga Store

Happy Holidays!

Downtown Invermere between Effusion and Village Arts Ph: 250-342-2074 •

Thank You!

The DTSS Senior Boys Soccer would like to Thank our sponsors

• Schickedanz West • Meet on Higher Ground • Royal Lepage Rockies Coffee House West Realty • Sobeys • Best Western Invermere • Max Helmer Construction • Rockies Pizzeria You were all tremendously generous in helping us get to the Provincial Championships.

Firefighter honoured for service By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A Panorama firefighter with almost 25 years of experience has been honoured for his service to the community with a Federal Exemplary Service Award. Brad Brush, who Brad Brush is also the Director of Mountain Operations for Panorama Mountain Village, has seen extensive growth at the fire department since he started volunteering 24 years ago. It has expanded from a handful of firefighters with one truck, to a large crew who tackle fires, assist at accident scenes and aid with search and rescue and water rescue, from their new multi-million dollar fire hall. “I started at Panorama Mountain Village in 1985 and the fire department in 1986,” Mr. Brush said. “The fire chief came to me and said that I had a lot of skills they thought would be useful. It had always been something I wanted to do.” After more than two decades of aiding those in need, Mr. Brush was presented with a medal for his services to the department and the community on

Tuesday, December 14th, in a formal ceremony. The medal, decorated with crossed axes, a hydrant and a stylized Maltese Cross, the symbol of the fire prevention community, is awarded to firefighters with more than 20 years of outstanding service. After the in-uniform presentation, members of the fire department and their families enjoyed an informal barbecue and pot luck in honour of Mr. Brush. “It’s exciting to be recognized for being involved with the fire service for that many years,” Mr. Brush added. “It has been a great thing working with all the volunteers over the years ... I would recommend volunteer firefighting to anyone; it is a great opportunity to get excellent training that you will use forever.” Mr. Brush said he enjoys the unexpected nature of fire calls, never knowing whether the crew will be called upon to extract those trapped in a vehicle after an accident or dive into the frigid waters of Toby Creek to aid rafters. The department has only added swift water rescue to its remit in the last four years. “I think I most enjoy being able to prevent things from getting worse when something goes wrong,” Mr. Brush explained. “When we get a call, arrive quickly and deal with the problem, everyone is happy. I enjoy the responsibility and being prepared to deal with whatever incident is at hand.”

Holiday Magic at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

New Year’s Eve Gala Greet the New Year in Style! Grand buffet dinner, DJ and dancing, party favours and a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight. Tickets: $59 + tax and gratuity Ages 16 and over only. 6:30pm to 1:00am

Advance tickets required. Call 250.345.6070

Brewer’s Christmas Market Christmas Eve

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas at our magical Christmas Market, with homemade baking, goodies, sweets, treats, gifts and more!

FREE Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display at the Ski Area. 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm (except Christmas Day). Located next to the Hot Pools.

Christmas Day A warm gift for you! FREE swimming all day at the Hot Pools with a donation for the Food Bank. 10:00am to 6:00pm

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Annual scholarship awarded

From Jason and his staff at…

By Pioneer Staff Aspiring social worker Brianna Seel is the recipient of this year’s University Scholarship from the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary. Brianna graduated from David Thompson Secondary School and is now in her last year of a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Lethbridge. Her grandmother, Lorraine Ruault was a longtime member of the Health Care Auxiliary, and Brianna is looking forward to returning to the valley and following in her footsteps. Brianna volunteers for both Big Brothers and Sisters and the YWCA in Lethbridge, which helped earn her the $1,500 scholarship, Auxiliary member CONGRATULATIONS — Brianna Seel (left) is the recipient of this Kerry Jopp said. “It’s very hard to choose. There are year’s Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Scholarship, which was presented to her by Kerry Jopp (right). Photo by Kelsey Verboom lots of bright students from the valley.”

Best of the Season to all our Customers from

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Holiday Greetings

to all of our valued friends and customers from everyone here at… • 906 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-3330

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Season’s Greetings from all of us at

By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff

Open For Lunch • Closed December 25th


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Birders and non-birders alike can get outdoors this holiday season and participate in a citizen-science project. The Christmas Bird Count, an annual survey of bird populations, has happened for 33 years in the Columbia Valley and 111 years around the world. On December 26th, keep an eye out for people with binoculars poking around the neighbourhood. “It’s a great way to see what happens with birds over time,” said Cam Gillies, co-coordinator of the Christmas Bird Count in the Columbia Valley. “We can keep track of birds and the changes that may be due to climate change.” The count allows researchers and biologists the chance to study the health, status and location of bird populations across North America. It helps show how the bird populations have changed over the past hundred years on the continent. The count happens in a 15-mile

wide circle from Wilmer and includes Radium, Windermere and Invermere. In addition to including the municipalities, it also encompasses the greatest variety of habitats, which will hopefully result in higher diversity of bird species. In 2001, the highest recorded count for the Columbia Valley totaled 4,625 birds with 60 different species. It’s no coincidence that 2001 also marked the highest number of participants in the count. “The count centres in Wilmer so that we can get as many people out in the valley as we can,” said Larry Halverson, also a co-coordinator. “There’s excitement about what’s in the valley.” The Columbia Valley is a major flyway zone for bird migration. With the variety of habitats in this area – forests and wetlands – and with two mountain ranges funneling the birds south for the winter, the count provides an opportunity to see some birds that might be just passing through. Continued on next page . . .

Radium Sources Hot Springs thermales Radium

Warmest greetings from the staff of Radium Hot Springs


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un joyeux temps des Fêtes

Special holiday hours

Heures d’ouverture spéciales durant le temps des Fêtes

HOT POOL December 25 Noon to 5 pm December 26 to January 1 11 am to 11 pm

PISCINE CHAUDE 25 décembre Midi à 17 h 26 décembre au 1er janvier 11 h à 23 h

COOL POOL December 25 Closed December 26 to January 1 Noon to 10 pm

PISCINE FROIDE 25 décembre Fermé 26 décembre au 1er janvier Midi à 22 h

Annual pass sale on now

Offre de laissez-passer annuels

Save up to 20% for spontaneous escapes to Radium, Miette or Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Économisez jusqu’à 20 % sur les escapades aux sources thermales Radium, Miette ou Upper Hot Springs de Banff.

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friends on Boxing Day Wishing you Blessings at Christmas to last the whole year through. Hwy 93/95 Windermere • (250) 342-3236

We’d like to wish all of our friends and neighbours a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season! From all of us here at… L i v e

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BIRD COUNT MAP — If you live in this area, you’re included in the count. Map courtesy of Larry Halverson . . . Continued from previous page Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join. Grab a bird book such as the Sibley Guide to Birds or do some online research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to get an idea of the birds in this area. “It just takes practice,” said Fran Kimpton, a long-time birder in the region.

“Most birders counting are old faithfuls, but we have some beginners too.” Last year, 96 people participated and counted 1,987 birds, including 52 different species. To attend the count, call Cam Gillies at 250-342-9605. To report a count of your backyard feeder, call the same number.

733 - 12th St. Invermere • (250) 342-8877

Enjoy a delightful

New Year’s Eve Menu in our cozy atmopshere featuring…

Roasted Tomato Bisque

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallions

Garnished with fresh dill and parmesan croutons or

on Shiitake Merlot demi glace served with rosemary roasted baby potatoes and vegetables

Baby Spinach Salad

White Chocolate Mouse

with warm maple walnut vinaigrette, crumbled goat cheese and roasted red pepper coulis

Holiday Skating Party You and your family are invited to join us skating on our new pond at the Aspen Meadows new home community in Windermere. Thursday December 30th. 11:30AM - 4:30PM Admission

Please bring a food bank donation. To Vancouver

Topped with warm Grand Marnier soaked mandarin oranges

Entrée $27 • 3 Course $36

We will welcome the New Year with hot spiced wine, fireworks and bonfire at midnight! Open at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call 250-347-6553


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Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday 914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Ph: 250-342-9281 • Fax: 250-342-2934 E-mail:

Happy Holidays Dark side of the moon From the staff at

Invermere Medical Clinic 937 7th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-9206


Astronomy enthusiasts got an early Christmas gift with a rare celestial event on the early morning of December 21st: a total lunar eclipse on the same day as the winter solstice. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between a full moon and the sun, blocking any sunlight from reflecting off the moon. The reddish colour is caused by Earth’s atmosphere refracting light onto the moon’s surface. Left to right, the full moon is slowly covered by the Earth’s shadow, appearing red as it enters total eclipse. Photos submitted by Robert Ede

Merry Christmas from all of us at the

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Merry Christmas

Valley Hair Styling from Susan, James and Jennifer.

Enjoy Store-wide

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Shuttle bus free to all By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The free mountain shuttle connecting Panorama Mountain Village and Invermere is up and running for the winter, and is open to all visitors and residents of the valley. The Mountain and Valley Shuttle runs from Invermere up to Panorama six times daily, also HOP ON BOARD -— Tomas Pechman, left and Baroffering six opportunities bora Lauferova and, from the Czech Republic arrive in for skiers and snowboardInvermere after taking the free Mountain and Valley ers to ride back to InverShuttle. Photo by Samanta Stokell mere throughout the day. The bus completes Mountain Village. “It’s good to get the a loop of Invermere, the first of which message out there that this shuttle is starts at Dairy Queen at 9:05 a.m., free, it is available to everyone and isn’t stopping at Sobeys, JA Laird and CIBC just for Panorama staff.” before the final pick-up at AG Valley The mountain shuttle has been in Foods on 7th Avenue at 9:32 a.m. operation since 2008. For more infor“The shuttle is open to everyone” mation visit: www.panoramaresort. said Jasmine Schacher, from Panorama com/getting-here/valley-shuttle.

C E L E B R AT E T H E H O L I D AY S AT PA N O R A M A M O U N TA I N V I L L A G E Night ski on Showoff every evening until 9 pm Have fun at the Snow School’s Kid’s Christmas Camp Take a sleigh ride through the village Family New Year’s Eve dinner and family New Year’s Day brunch New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks To book activities please call 1.800.663.2929

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Ph: 250-342-1377


Dashing through the snow Visitors to Fairmont Hot Springs’ Smoking Waters Cafe take a trot through the falling snow on a horse-drawn sleigh, courtesy of Diamond B Outfitters. The sleigh ride, on Sunday, December 12th, was part of the 3rd Annual Santa and Sleigh Ride, which also included cookie decorating and the chance to meet Santa. Photo by Kate Irwin


Contact Dale Elliott • 250-341-7098

Selkirk TV & Appliance

A Very Merry Christmas from all of us at Selkirk TV & Appliances, The Source and Invermere Christian Supplies.

1229-7th Ave., Invermere



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HERE TO SERVE YOU RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week


Freight & Passenger Depot

(250) 341-6888

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726

Ki m b e r l e y R a e S a n d e r s o n Portrait & Commercial Photography Digital Retouching & Restoration Instructional Courses Private or Group, on:

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(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

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Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles


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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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Interior World

HERE TO SERVE YOU window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

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window fashions

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1710 10th Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0


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• Auto • Home • Commercial • Shower Doors • Mirrors • Windshields

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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

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

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• Millwork • Cabinets • Stairs • Custom Framing • Renovations

P H A R M A C Y LT D .

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

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

Mike Cope

1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere


Journeyman Carpenters


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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU VACATION HOMES REQUIRED TO MEET OUR GUEST DEMANDS. 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.

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

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Columbia Chiropractic

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Fine Homeservices



Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations

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Kyle Moll

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Your Local


Strata, Apartment & Commercial Property Management

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

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Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists Fully Insured & WCB Covered

Please call Steve ~ 250-342-1791

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Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

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

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals

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at Renaissance Wellness Centre, Invermere. Advanced bookings required.

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

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

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

SERVING SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY Call 250-341-6299 to discuss your advertising needs. N E W S PA P E R • E-mail:

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Senger Gwendoline Edith (Kennings) May 6, 1928 - August 24, 2010 in Golden Hospital at the age of 82 years. Gwen was born in Calgary on May 6th, 1928. She spent her earlier years in the Peace River District before coming to the Windermere District as a young girl. She graduated from Victoria Normal School with a First Class Teaching Certificate in 1948. It was here she met the love of her life, a naval officer named John. Her teaching career began at Brisco Elementary in the Valley. After her marriage, she returned to Victoria and taught for a number of years while John was with the Royal Canadian Navy. Upon John’s retirement they returned to the Columbia Valley where she taught at Edgewater, Radium Hot Springs, and eventually retired from Eileen Madson Primary School in Invermere. From childhood, Gwen had a great love for the Windermere Valley and its people. She treasured its history, its mountains, its seasons and the changing panoramic vistas of the Columbia River. Gwen was involved in and belonged to many organizations including the Edgewater All Saints Guild, the Kimberley Retired Teachers Association, and most important of all to the Windermere Valley Museum, and Invermere Historical Society.

Celebration of the Life of

Gerald Wayne Miller (Gerry) It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald Wayne Miller (Gerry) announces that he passed away peacefully at home in Fairmont Hot Springs in the arms of his loving family on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Gerry had faced medical challenges over the past 6 years with courage and grace. His positive attitude, strong faith and strength has been an inspiration for all who knew him. Gerry was born to Bill and Mona Miller in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on June 3, 1940. He spent his early years in Debden and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan moving to Calgary as a young boy. In 1948 Gerry was joined by his brother, Bill. Gerry graduated from Central High School in Calgary and attended Venture Military College prior to joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was a proud member of the RCMP serving in Langley, Surrey, New Westminster, Regina, Sooke and completing his career as Staff Sergeant in Prince George. Gerry had a distinguished career in the RCMP and was awarded a Certificate of Honour for rescuing a man rendered unconscious by gas and lime fumes at the bottom of a 40 foot well in Langley. That selfless act typified Gerry’s commitment to the RCMP and the people he served. Following retirement from the RCMP in 1982 Gerry began a second career with the Province of British Columbia serving as Manager of Court Services, Director at the Prince George Correctional Centre

She was well known for her love of gardening, a love she inherited from her mother and her Grandfather John, a noted agriculturist. She had a great affection for her cats, all eight of them but particularly, “Anna of Siam.” Together with her husband John she shared the adventure and misadventures of breeding, owning and raising many American Saddle bred and Morgan horses on their Harrogate Ranch. Always with a twinkle in that Irish (& Danish) eye, she saw the humorous side of life and could entertain for hours with great stories. She will be dearly missed by many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews. Gwen was predeceased just 45 days earlier by her loving husband, John; her mother, Edith Kennings (1989) and her sister Audrey Monro (1986). At her request there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. There will be a small private ceremony in the spring at Edgewater. The family wishes to thank Dr. Starke, Dr. Larsen-Soles and the staff and nurses at the Golden Hospital for their excellent care and support. Donations in memory of Gwen and John Senger may be made to the All Saints Guild, Edgewater, B.C. Arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home.

and the Prince George Youth Custody Centre and completing his career as Manager, Health and Safety for the Ministry of Child and Family Development. With each career move Gerry took on the new challenges with commitment and enthusiasm. He was a lifelong learner who constantly sought out new opportunities. Gerry had a passion for giving back to his community. He was a Past Governor of the Kinsmen Club and received a Life Membership from the Langley Club. Gerry was particularly recognized for leadership in the development of Telemiracle, a provincial telethon in Saskatchewan which has raised significant funds to improve the lives of vulnerable citizens in that province. Gerry has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Prince George as well as the Masonic Lodge and the Shrine. He was also an executive member of the Liberal Riding Associations in both Prince George and the Columbia Valley. Even in death Gerry continues to give back through a bursary which is providing recognition for students graduating from Golden Secondary, David Thompson Secondary and Selkirk Secondary Schools and through a golf trophy which will be presented to a golfer at the Riverside Golf Course. Gerry was a natural athlete who enjoyed competitive curling and was passionate about golf. The last 9 years of Gerry’s life were rewarding in that he lived in Fairmont Hot Springs (on the first tee) where he loved to golf. Gerry’s passions included a love of history, motorcycling, flying, curling and travelling. He particularly enjoyed travelling to tropical destinations where he could golf. Gerry thoroughly enjoyed sharing his passions with his family. The loves of Gerry’s life were his wife, Bendina, his daughters Barb

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


thank you

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.

I would like to Thank all the doctors, especially Dr. Louw and all of the nurses at the Invermere District Hospital for all of the care you provided to my husband Leo and all of the comfort you provided to me over the last year and in particular the last three months prior to my husband’s passing. Your kindness will not be forgotten. Erna Bukovnik.

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.

cheers & jeers

10% off at The Windy Café! Once again, enjoy a 10% discount off your bill! 250-342-6001.

Cheers to Lyle Wilson. Thanks for a great day of cross-country ski instruction for our members of the Toby Creek Nordic Club. Cheers to Steve Bentley and the Windermere Elementary School staff for their effort and enthusiasm throughout the school year. The Christmas Concert they created and performed with the students was a wonderful gift to the community.

and Pam, his grandsons Sam and Cole and the numerous family pets he and Bendina welcomed into their home. Family was important to Gerry and he looked forward to and appreciated valuable time spent with his extended family. Gerry is survived by his loving wife Bendina, daughters Barbara (Michael Cato) of Seattle and Pamela (Chris Bugley) of Nanaimo, grandsons Sam Bugley and Cole Miller-Cato, brother Bill (Suzette), sister-in-law Marie Rowe (Bill Cookshaw) and brother-in-law Richard Looy (Claudia Miese). He is also survived by nieces and nephews Cindy Beland (Mike), Rob Miller(Dionne), Lisa Marlin (Tim Free), Danielle Rowe (Brad Riehl) and Germaine Miese-Looy (Mark Craig) as well as great-nieces and nephews Jack Marlin, Justin Beland, Nathalie Beland, Benett Miller and Nolen Miller. Gerry was predeceased by his former wife Gail, his daughter Kristine Leigh, his parents Bill and Mona and his mother-and-father-in-law Dorothy and Mart Looy. Gerry will forever be remembered as a selfless, generous man with a tremendous sense of humour and a passion for life. He had a ‘larger than life’ presence, a ready laugh and he cared deeply about his family, friends and community. A Celebration of Gerry’s Life was held at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere, BC on Saturday, December 18, 2010. In lieu of flowers Gerry has requested that donations be made to the Canadian Association for Community Living ( or ICAN, Invermere Companion Animal Network ( Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

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cheers & jeers




house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

Cheers to Panorama for the wonderful bus service! It includes not only tourists but locals too!

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Cheers to the wonderful team of doctors from around the world who founded the Addicted To Life club!


Cheers to Shirley & Charlie Mackey for sharing their Spirit of Christmas with the entire Valley. Their Christmas light display is beautiful!

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.

Secure self storage, call Suzanne, 403-390-4513.

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

You own it we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100. Storage or Workshop, 760 sq.ft. building near D/T Invermere, with or without heat, 403-669-7273.

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

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. 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.



Dec. 24th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (No Classes)

Dec 31st 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (No Classes)

Dec 25th and Dec 26th

January 1st, 2010



Dec 27th to Dec 30th January 2nd and beyond!! Regular hours and classes Regular hours & classes

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.

Large, clean, furnished, 1 bdrm suite for rent, new paint, carpet, and new queen bed, shared laundry, off street parking, large fenced yard, utilities and cable included, $725/month + DD, 250342-9404.

Radium, large, bright 1 bdrm apartment, $650/month, includes utilities, DD, call 250-342-3790 to view.

2 bdrm walkout, sunny suite, $650/month, W/D, all utilities included, N/S, N/P, 250-342-6162, Windermere.

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

Very affordable, 2 bdrm, close to bus and D/T, partially furnished, cable TV, internet, and utilities all included, available January 1, 250324-1617.

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. 1 bdrm apartment in Radium, $550/month, includes utilities, available January 15, 250-3425159. 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. Invermere, 3 bdrm basement suite, W/D, wood stove, $750/month + utilities, available January 1, 250342-5332.

Bright, spacious, walkout 1 bdrm basement suite near Kinsmen Beach, private location, newer house, N/S, N/P, $650/month, includes utilities, available January 1, negotiable, 250-341-3370.

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.



for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

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@ 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.

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. 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, 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, $650/month; 3 bdrms + Den, top floor, fully furnished, $1995/ month. Please call, 403-630-7464. 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 condo, 2 bdrm with loft, 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. Radium, Pinewood, 2 bdrm, main floor, 2 bath, F/P, heated parking, N/S, 1 year lease, 250-341-7448 or 403-328-2944. For rent or rent to own, 2 bdrm condo in Invermere, $850/month + utilities, excellent condition, garage, references, phone Ken Becker, 250-342-1161. 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. 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. Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished and equipped, indoor pool and spa, $675/month, includes cable, 403-281-3991.

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condo FOR RENT

condo FOR sale

vehicles FOR SALE

Invermere, D/T, furnished condo, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, N/S, N/P, no partiers, references, available January 1, $1050/month, includes utilities, 403-978-4559.

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.

2001 Cavalier, $1500. 2003 CR250, $3000. 2004 CRF450, $3000. 2002 CBR600F41, $4500. Good shape, must sell. Call 250-688-0053 or 250-270-0955.

Lake view, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, condo for rent, hardwood, granite, stainless steel appliances, W/D, pool, fitness facility, underground park, unfurnished, $1000/month, includes all utilities, available January 1 onward, 403-257-2984, Fairmont, deluxe, fully furnished, 3 bdrm condo on golf course, #5 5054 Riverview Road, available immediately, $1050/week, $1250/ month, plus Hydro, 780-435-8433. Invermere 2 bdrm, W/D, walk to everything, $700/month + utilities, available immediately, 250-342-5332. 1 bdrm, 1 bath, furnished in Radium, N/S, kenelled dog OK. Nanofibre, storage, play area, $575/month + utilities, references and DD required, available January 1, 403-281-0923. Prefer long term lease, will consider rent to own. ½ Duplex in Radium Hot Springs, 3 bdrm, 3 full baths, beautiful patio, BBQ, patio furniture, contact 403288-3743 or email msalas@shaw. ca for info and pictures.

house FOR sale 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.

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. 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. Larch firewood for sale, $275/cord, split and delivered, 250-409-9259. 2010 Floor Model Hot Tub BLOWOUT, everything must go! Valley Spas, 503B 7th Ave, Invermere. Like new, Pacific Atlantis Hot Tub Select, Serenity power packages, paid $11,000, asking $8500 OBO, 250-342-1700. Pine wood bunk beds, excellent shape, king size bed, 250-3422048. Kitchen table with 4 chairs, $50; PS2 plus Guitar Hero Game and Guitar, $100; Sakura porcelain animal print dishes, $40; blinds for patio and living room, must go! 250-270-0254.

business FOR SALE Busy seasonal café for sale in Invermere, B.C. Serious inquiries only, 250-341-5370. Wanted to purchase Vacation Rental Business in the Columbia Valley, reply in confidence to vacationrentalbusinesswanted@

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.

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

recreational Vehicles


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

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

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help wanted

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. Snowed in? Residential or Commercial Snow Removal, so you don’t have to. Call 250-341-7262 or 250-347-7778. Massage, Facials, Waxing… By reservation. www. or 250342-6899. Happy Holidays! Bon Bon.

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. Columbia Valley Gymnastics Club 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,


914 – 8th Avenue, PO Box 339 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Tel: (250) 342-9281 • Fax: (250) 342-2934

CANCELLATION OF DECEMBER 28th, 2010 REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL The regularly scheduled Meeting of Council for Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 has been cancelled.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE The Municipal Office will be closed for the Holidays from Monday, December 27th, 2010 to Friday, December 31st, 2010. The office will re-open on Monday, January 3rd, 2011.

2011 SCHEDULE REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL The District of Invermere Council meets regularly throughout the year on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office (914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere) January 11th & 25th February 8th & 22nd March 8th & 22nd April 12th & 26th May 10th & 24th June 14th & 28th

July 12th August 9th September 13th October 11th & 25th November 8th & 22nd December 13th

Agendas are posted on out website prior to the meetings or are available at the Municipal Office

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Merry Christmas Happy New Year


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from everyone at the… Family Resource Centre

PHONE: 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467)

1317-7th Avenue, Invermere


(beside McToogles)


help wanted

help wanted

Horsethief Pub and Eatery has an opening for a server/bartender. Part-time, year round employment, evenings and weekends, must be 19 years of age, have experience, and Serving It Right. Contact Charlene for more information, 250-347-6400, applications available at the Pub. Email resume to or fax resume to 250-347-9987.

Peppi’s is looking to hire parttime/casual servers for the winter season. Please email resume to

Black Forest Restaurant

is looking for kitchen help/ dishwasher, call 250-342-9417 or drop off resume.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 (ROCKY MOUNTAIN) School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) Windermere Zone is now accepting applications for the following temporary Secretary position: 1. District Resource Centre, temporary, part-time (20 hrs/wk), Monday to Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., effective January 17, 2011 to January 13, 2012. This position is part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 440. Completion of 12th school grade and completion of an Office Administration Program from a recognized Post-Secondary Institute and/or equivalent training and experience is required. Applicants must be able to achieve 60 wpm minimum keyboarding skills. Training/experience in L4U and organizing library resources is required for this position. If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume, including three references, by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 to: Cameron Dow, Secretary Treasurer School District No.6 (Rocky Mountain) P.O. Box 70, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5 Phone: (250) 427-2245 • Fax: (250) 427-2044 E-mail : Successful applicant will be subject to Criminal Records Review Check.

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Quality Control Technician Cranbrook, Fernie & Invermere 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. 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

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. Please send resume to: Fax: 250-342-0098 Email: 3.25” x 4.6”

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.

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

• 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.

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CBT has two openings in our Castlegar office:

Please forward resumes to by noon (Pacific) December 30, 2010 for consideration.

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Ice fishing on Lake Windermere By Samantha Stokell Pioneer Staff During the summer months, fishermen look for isolation to find the perfect fishing hole. Come winter, the fishermen around Lake Windermere join together to form a neighbourhood to seek the whitefish, trout or char still swimming. “It’s like a home away from home,” said Invermere’s Jimmy McGilvery, who is spending his fourth winter in an ice shack on Lake Windermere. “It’s a pretty good community. We’ll have a New Year’s party with BBQs and families coming down here.” From the middle of December to the middle of March, the Lake Windermere huts fill with fishermen and friends hoping for fish to take a bite of the worm or maggots. The seven shacks are quite small, but all have as much character as the fishermen who own them. Jimmy takes

pride in his shack and has put $3,000 into it with solar-powered lights, a laptop, radio, and tiny cupboards full of food. Wifi and a cell phone keep him in touch with the rest of the world. Nearby, Jason Lawrick’s hut, shared with a friend and in-laws, resembles a rec room with wood panelling and fish photos, as well as a woodstove to provide a cozy warmth. “It’s fun to just get out of the house and spend time outside,” Jason said. While Jimmy keeps his door open to the fresh air, Jason and his children, Reece, 5 and Cohen, 2, all from Invermere, keep the door closed to let the glow of the water light up the hut. At first pitch black, the cabin eventually glows an ethereal green from the melted water in the centre of the cabin. No fish swim pass today, but the kids aren’t worried. “They’re down at the bottom sleeping,” Reece said, with her Dora

BLUE LAGOON - Westroc decorated this fishing shack with a playful mural of the shark from Jaws. Photos by Samantha Stokell

the Explorer rod in hand. “You have to move the pole up and down to get them out.” The fishermen wait until the ice is at least eight inches before bringing the shacks out, usually around December 15th. First they cut the holes, about one foot wide by six or seven long, with chainsaws and then drag or push the huts out, tentatively, in case the ice is not as thick as they think. Jimmy was second out on the ice this year to his friend Lenny. Using a global positioning system, they made sure that they have the same holes as last year. Jimmy seems to have an exceptional spot, as about ten fish swim about and nibble on the bait, but none takes a bite. The fish aren’t the only reason Jimmy and his neighbours spend

WISH FOR FISH - Reece Lawrick, 5, spends a Saturday morning at her dad’s fishing hut.

their winter days out on the lake. The stillness of the night creates a natural beauty and serenity he can’t find anywhere else. “The ice makes all these noises and cracks that echo across the lake. It’s beautiful,” Jimmy said. The lake constantly changes, expanding, contracting and frighteningly, cracking and melting. In spring, ice fishing becomes a game of chicken. “There’s always a bet as to who will leave their shack out the longest,” Jimmy said. At the end of the season, the shacks will slowly disappear from the ice again, back into backyards and garages to wait for next year.

HOME SWEET HOME - Jimmy McGilvery enjoys a fresh cup of coffee on the deck of his ice fishing hut on Lake Windermere.

38 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

December 24, 2010

Tuba tunes

Large Home in a Quiet Invermere Location

Greg Digney of Calgary plays the euphonium (a tenor-tuned tuba) to get shoppers in the holiday spirit at Home Hardware on December 18th. Seven musicians treated shoppers to a TubaChristmas performance, a worldwide tradition for tuba fans.

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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 39

December 24, 2010


Peace on Earth Pastor Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship ‘Tis the night before Christmas, and I trust that all the preparation, shopping and scurrying here and there hasn’t tuckered you out to the point that you aren’t able to fully enjoy what Christmas really means: the birth of our Saviour, Jesus. In my last piece I shared about how our God is a giving God, His very nature is giving. John 3:16 tells us, “for God so loved the world that He gave.” Who did He give? “His only begotten Son.” Why did He give? So “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” On that Christmas Eve so long ago, that child, that son, that gift was born. God sent an entourage of angels, announcing to the world the birth of their Saviour. Luke 2:10-14 (New King James) says: “Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men.’”

I would like to take a moment to talk about that peace on earth the angels are so excited about.Christmas time to some people, is a very discouraging, depressing time. It shouldn’t be. Jesus tells us in John 14:27 (New Living Translation): “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” People today are looking for true, inner peace. They search through relationships, addictions, money, gadgets and even religion to try to find something that will fill the void inside. But true peace, the kind of peace the angels told us about, isn’t found in anything this world has to offer, it can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can satisfy the longing in our hearts and give us true, lasting peace. God gives freely, not as the world gives. We can’t earn it and we can’t pay for it. There’s no catch, no fine print and no strings attached. We can rest secure that He’s not ever going to take His peace away; He tells us “He will never leave us nor forsake us”. His peace is eternal. A life of peace begins when we invite Jesus to be our Lord and Saviour. Then as we align our thoughts, attitudes and actions with His Word, that peace will flood every area of our lives. The angels heralded it, Jesus told us about it, and that peace on earth, is available to each and every one of us. Will you receive that peace? All you have to do is believe in your heart, and profess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved. “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”


Valley Churches

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, December 26th, 10:30 a.m.: Celebration Sunday, “Do You See What I See (Through God’s Eyes)?... Prince of Peace”... Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served. “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 Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Carols and Readings at All Saints, Edgewater 10:30 a.m.: Carols and Readings at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Led by David Farrell 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: 11 a.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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40 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

December 24, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - it all adds up!

New changes to the recycling world in BC this summer mean that for the rst 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. The drop off location in the Columbia Valley is: Selkirk TV & Appliance, Invermere

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 landlled.

COLUMBIA VALLEY LANDFILL December 24 9:00am-3:30pm December 25 Closed December 31 9:00am-3:30pm January 1 Closed All other days, the Landll will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

COLUMBIA VALLEY OFFICE December 24 December 25 December 27-28 December 29-30 December 31 January 1-3

8:30am-3:00pm (closed 12pm-1pm) Closed Closed 8:30am-4:30pm (closed 12pm-1pm) 8:30am-3:00pm (closed 12pm-1pm) Closed

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 atten 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 difcult 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.

X 7

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

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 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, 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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