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Legion Auxiliary honours long service By Pioneer Staff

Medals and pins were handed out by the Invermere Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary on Tuesday, March 22nd to pay tribute to some of its longest-serving members. With a total of more than 285 years of service between them, the ladies present were delighted to receive their well-earned accolades. Four of the organization’s members, Diana Thompson, Gladys Ferguson, Irene Florence and Phyllis Lake were given their 55-year service pins, while Mary Goodwin was rewarded for her 45 years

with the organization. The membership pins are handed out at intervals after five years of service to the Legion Auxiliary. “Our basic purpose is to assist the Legion,” explained Auxiliary Secretary Faye Riches. “We do a lot of catering and community service: tea at Valley Appreciation Day, memorial teas for veterans and members, donations to the Legion and just helping to support them in what they do.” The Invermere Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary is open to women of all ages and is currently seeking members. For more information, call 250-342-9517.

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Mixed local reaction to minimum wage hike By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Despite having served just two weeks in office, British Columbia’s new Premier, Christy Clark, is making waves by announcing last week a near 30 percent boost to the province’s $8 per hour minimum wage. In a move that met with a mixed, but generally favourable, reaction from local business owners and the local Chambers of Commerce, the province will undergo a three-part series of increases, taking the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour by May 2012. The first jump, to $8.75 an hour, will take place across British Columbia on May 1st, rising again on November 1st to $9.50. By May 2012 workers across the province — excluding servers — will be earning a minimum of $10.25 per hour, an increase of $2.25 from the current minimum. Another important step for Ms. Clark is the abolition of the current $6 per hour training wage, for workers with little to no experience in their job. “Raising the minimum wage and eliminating the training wage is a fair and reasonable step forward in putting families first and building our economy,” Ms. Clark said in a statement. The increase could translate to more than $4,000 in additional annual income for a full-time employee, the new Premier added. She also announced a new alcohol server wage which will increase at a lesser rate due to earnings in tips, moving to $8.50 per hour on May 1st, $8.75 by November and $9 per hour in May 2012. But there’s concern from the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce that the new wages are being rushed in, giving business owners little time to plan for the salary changes and adjust their budget for operating costs. “While we and the other B.C. Chambers support the increase, we were hoping for a longer period of time for it to be implemented,” explained Susan Smith, Executive Director of the Columbia Valley Chamber. “It gives

MONEY MATTERS — British Columbia’s new premier, Christy Clark, has announced a series of increases to take the provincial minimum wage to $10.25 per hour by May 2012. Photo by BC Gov Photos businesses very little chance to adjust and although very few people locally are on minimum wage, this increase raises expectations that as the minimum wage rises, their salaries will also increase incrementally.” A problem may arise because workers who currently make more than $2 per hour over the minimum will suddenly find themselves on or close to minimum salary, Ms. Smith told The Pioneer. This has the potential to undermine or devalue experienced workers, who may find themselves on a similar salary to new employees once the changes take effect. In turn, this could lead to more workers seeking

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raises in a less-than-buoyant economy, pushing staffing budgets up — a big problem for small businesses. But despite that potential risk, local businessman Paul Christy said the Columbia Valley will likely see little difference under the new rules. “I don’t think locally anyone has been paying minimum wage because they’d struggle to get employees,” explained Mr. Christy, owner of Monkey’s Uncle Toy & Gift Co. and Rainbow Donkey Kids Clothing and former head of the Invermere Business Committee. “As employers we feel wage should be based on performance, but we prefer not to be dictated to by the government even though we already pay beyond the minimum.” It is 10 years since British Columbia last saw a minimum wage increase, despite the cost of living steadily increasing over that period. Christy Clark’s changes go directly against the minimum wage freeze implemented by the BC Liberals under Gordon Campbell’s leadership. But while salary is a significant factor for jobseekers other considerations such as the type of work, coworkers and the location of the job are often rated as important or more important than wage, Ms. Smith said. “Business owners need to look at getting smart,” she added. “You have to make sure you’re a great place to work, offering training, support and good management. If you’re a good employer you empower staff. Communicate well, train well and give your employees opportunities to increase their skill sets and wage could well become a moot point.” The Columbia Valley and Radium Chambers of Commerce can provide information on the range of training courses, wage subsidies and other funding and assistance available to employers. The Chambers are also currently working with the Education Committee to develop a new training program for front-line employees. For more information call, 250-342-2844.

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Plucky teen rescuer wins bravery medal By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff David Thomspon Secondary School student, Jayme Saunders, has been awarded a Commonwealth Honour and Rescue Award for a daring act of bravery during which she A HERO’S WELCOME — helped save her own Jayme Saunders is presented life and that of her with her Silver Medal for boyfriend, David Weis- Bravery. Photo submitted miller. Jayme and David, both 16, were riding a dirt bike near Findlay Creek on July 31st, 2010, when they lost control and careened off a bridge into the shallow glacier-fed creek water below, hitting the rock-strewn surface. David, who suffered a broken shoulder blade, three broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, was disoriented and coughing up blood, suffering from stroke-like effects

due to a pinched carotid artery. Jayme, who realized her femur was broken, put her recently-acquired first aid training to the test, splinted her leg with a branch and wet clothing, and spent the next several hours tending to David until she flagged down a passing vehicle. David and Jayme have since both made full recoveries. The story of Jayme’s remarkable actions made its way to the National Lifesaving Society, who decided to award her with the prestigious Silver Medal For Bravery, of which only 14 were awarded. Jayme traveled to Vancouver for a black-tie ceremony on March 12th to receive her award from a group of dignitaries that included Steven L. Point, the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Jayme said she isn’t at all comfortable with the term “hero” and thinks what she did is what anyone would do in the same situation. “I just did what needed to be done,” she said. “When you’re in a predicament like that, you really don’t think about anything you don’t have to. All you’re concentrated on is what to do next, how to do it , and where it may get you.” Jayme’s line of thought while laying in the creek bed was clear.

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“Adrenaline definitely had me in it’s grasp,” she said. “I was focused, calm, and concentrated. I knew right away what I was going to have to do, and how I was going to have to do it, along with any ‘what ifs’ I could think of.” This harrowing experience has inspired Jayme to pursue a career as a paramedic. “I can recall very clearly in the ambulance I was asking what they were doing, why they were doing it, how they were doing it, and what I could have done better or shouldn’t have done,” she remembered. “Ever since then, I’m 100 percent sure I’m going to be a paramedic, and maybe go into nursing.” Jayme is insistent her first aid training (which she acquired only a few weeks before the accident) helped secure her and David’s survival. “My advice to every other person in the world is take it [first aid]. Without a doubt, take it, take it, take it ... There isn’t a more useful tool to have under your belt ... You never know how you’re going to react during something like that, but having knowledge is power.” For an exclusive question-and-answer period with Jayme, go to www.columbiavalleypioneer.com.

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Minimum wage increase rocks the business boat By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

In a move overdue by a decade, Christy Clark followed through with her campaign promise to raise British Columbia’s minimum wage. The increase is a step in the right direction, but the impact it will have on the Columbia Valley business scene is yet unknown. For workers, more money is better; that’s a no-brainer. This is especially true in our area where we pay a little extra to live in such a beautiful place. However, the majority of businesses in the valley already pay a few dollars more than minimum wage in order to attract and retain employees. The move seems like a healthy and much-needed increase for cash-stretched employees, but it may not appear so to business owners who think the wage hike — which was approved a mere two days after Ms. Clark was sworn in as the new Premier — was sprung upon them without the chance to properly budget and plan. The restaurant and bar businesses may find the wage increase an especially bitter pill to swallow, considering many valley restaurants have had one of the toughest winters in a long time, thanks to the contributing factors of the province’s new drink-driving laws and the introduction of the Harmonized Sales Tax. Overall, the wage increase is unlikely to completely make or break local businesses. With only a slight increase in workers’ base salaries before the busy summer months hit, businesses who aren’t already paying a wage comparable to the new minimum have more than a year to prepare for the third and final phase of the salary change in May 2012. British Columbia is one of the most expensive provinces to live in, and having the lowest minimum wage in the country for more than 10 years was unacceptable. It’s about time B.C. caught up with the rest of Canada, although there’s still room to improve.

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Vote on business excellence awards By Pioneer Staff The nomination period for the 2011 Columbia Valley Business Excellence Awards is drawing to a close on March 31st. You can still cast your votes now by going online or stopping by one of the Chambers of Commerce to put your support behind your favourite local businesses and businesspeople. Whether it’s your favourite restaurant, that must-

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LETTERS

Literacy Golf Tournament takes indefinite hiatus Dear Editor: After much consideration the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy has decided to take a break from hosting the annual Literacy Golf Tournament. The decision was a difficult one. Over the past seventeen years we have been extremely lucky to have such wonderful supporters who have generously given their time and money to literacy programs within the valley through this tournament. Radium Resort has been extremely supportive of our organization, kindly allowing us use of the golf course, dining facilities and assisting in the organization of the event. There are also numerous local businesses, organizations and individuals that have generously donated and participated in this tournament and we are forever appreciative. To those that volunteered time we are in awe of your efforts. Over the past few years it has become increasingly difficult to find volunteers to

gather prizes; as well we have been seeing decreases in participation and donations. Partially this is due to the slowing economy in the valley, the numerous other charity golf tournaments that have popped up over the years and the lack of volunteers and staff for this enormous task. The monies that the Literacy Golf Tournament generated were instrumental in allowing us to continue the high level of literacy programming in the valley. CBAL will now look into other fundraising opportunities and the possibility of making improvements and bringing back the golf tournament in future years. We will be sending out letters to our participants and donors asking for your input on how we can make improvements in our fundraising efforts. Please e-mail comments or suggestions about the golf tournament or other fundraising opportunities to achruszcz@cbal.org. April Chruszcz Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Entire valley supports the conservation fund Dear Editor: I‘m writing regarding the article in the March 18th issue of The Pioneer titled ‘RDEK spends big money on conservation’. I would like to point out an error in the statement, “It shows great leadership by the people of Areas F and G.” This statement implies that the fund is only supported by the electoral areas when, in fact, all of the Columbia Valley, including the three municipalities (Canal

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The article that ran in the March 11th issue regarding local trades has done a great job of opening a discussion between local trades, town council and taxpayers alike. Now that we all know that in fact the valley does have the skills and the capacity to compete with larger centers I pose a question to our community: why are we not able to underbid contractors from other cities that need to pay accommodation and subsistence to their sub-trades and/or staff on most of these bids? Whatever it is — cost of living, gas or materials that is driving up our costs — there is still one major point to consider when you are hiring trades to do projects in the valley. People who live and work in

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Will Rogers said, “We are here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can,” and having read Gerry Taft’s letter about Harmonized Sales Tax in the March 18th edition I must admit I had a good chuckle. The smile on my face did not come from the HST issue, but from an oversimplified, naive depiction of a significant provincial issue and how a new party born from a single-issue platform can promise to ride in and save the political day. The letter indicated the “people of British Columbia understand the HST perfectly fine,” which is simply not the truth. There is not a B.C. Liberal in the province who will tell you that the introduction or explanation of HST. and its subsequent implementation was handled well by our former Premier, but they will agree that it is the responsibility of our new Premier‘s government to put in the corrections. Putting the needs and wishes of British Columbians first, Premier Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberal party believe the HST issue is so important that the referendum has moved to June 2011 from September 2011. In the days leading up to it you may come to know that the HST is a Value Added Tax found in over 140 countries in the world and that 80 percent of Canadi-

ans now have a tax system like the HST with the lowest rate in the country in B.C. British Columbians may learn why economists firmly believe that the HST will make B.C’s economy more competitive potentially creating over 110,000 jobs and over $11 billion in new investments. We will welcome the B.C. HST tax credit that will put money back into our pockets, especially for our seniors and low income earners. The definition of an input tax credit will come to the forefront explaining how our businesses can recover up to 100 percent of the HST paid on goods and services bought to operate the business, subsequently making us more competitive with provinces like Alberta. The challenges associated with the HST will become clearer as will the solutions designed to address them, remembering that governance is not a static process but one that is reflexive and responsive to the ever-changing needs and conditions around the lives of British Columbians. As the June HST referendum approaches, British Columbians might be well served to reflect on the words of the Chinese proverb: “Wise people make their own decisions; ignorant people follow public opinion.” Doug Clovechok President, Columbia River-Revelstoke B.C. Liberal Riding


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A silent auction and penthouse condo sale is being held this weekend and next weekend in Radium Hot Springs, with organizers hoping to raise more than $10,000 for the STARS air ambulance service. Doors open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March, 26th, with visitors having the chance to view the four bedroom, penthouse condo — just one of the items up for bids. The silent auction will also feature a range of treats from local businesses including golf packages, a couples retreat, gift baskets and massage certificates. “We will have different sets of silent auction items for each weekend, with the large items, like the condo open for bidding this and next weekend,” said Keith Uthe, of Prairie Mountain Properties, co-organizers of the event with Luxury Real Estates. “The retail value of the items is probably around $2,500 to $3,000, with a portion of the proceeds from the condo sale also being donated. We’re hoping to raise somewhere close to $10,000 for STARS.” The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is a non-profit charitable organization, which provides safe,

speedy and highly specialized emergency medical transport for anyone who finds themself critically ill or injured in the Columbia Valley. It was a STARS crew who were integral in the rescue of nine-year-old Tanner Delfs (now ten) when he was impaled on a tree branch near Invermere after an ATV accident in August 2009. He suffered a torn stomach, punctured lung, nicked liver and damaged spleen and diaphragm. The STARS crew swiftly located Tanner and flew him to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, saving his life. “I feel as though STARS gave Tanner a second chance. I truly believe that without STARS he wouldn’t have had that chance,” said Dwayne Delfs, Tanner’s father. Although STARS operates in the Columbia Valley, as an Alberta-based company they cannot hold fundraising events or sell their STARS lottery tickets in B.C., Mr. Uthe explained. The eco-friendly condo up for sale has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and is valued at $465,000. The event runs from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on Saturday March 26th and April 2nd, and from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday March 27th and April 3rd. For more information, call 403-774-9527.

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Cap-tivating An exhibition featuring the newest works of Constance Bachmann and Danny McBride, the artist behind this Acrylic piece, Café Amour, is opening this Saturday, March 26th, at the Artym Gallery. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the artists will be on hand from 12 to 3 p.m. The exhibit runs until April 3rd. Photo submitted

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What does ART Call for more info 250-342-4423 mean to you? Tickets available at The Book Bar, Bud’s & Pynelogs Visit columbiavalleyarts.com for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

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

Movie Review: The Tourist The setting is Venice, with its exotic canals, opulent casinos and grand hotels; in short, the perfect backdrop for romance and derring-do. The plot involves mistaken identity, mobsters, an international police sting operation, and missing billions. You may love this film, but somehow, it just didn’t gel for me. Granted, the cast and the setting were beautiful, and there were moments of action, suspense and romance. It just wasn’t enough to keep me glued to my seat. Jolie’s performance seemed to consist of a series of catwalk style poses, while Depp

Reviewed by Dave Sutherland A quick glance at the cast, credits and synopsis of The Tourist, and you would think you were in movie heaven. It stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, surely two of Hollywood’s most bankable and desired stars, and they are backed by a coterie of dependable supporting actors that includes Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton and Rufus Sewell. The screenplay was co-written by Christopher McQuarrie, who penned the cult hit The Usual Suspects, and Gosford Park author Julian Fellowes, so you’d think there would be a great combination of action, suspense and witty banter, but it falls a little short.

appeared to sleepwalk as he mumbled his way through the goings-on. More interesting for me, were two recent documentaries that I rented. The first, The Wild, Wonderful, Whites of West Virginia concerns the antics of a family of redneck, alcoholic, pill-popping criminals, certain members of whom are also noted for their award-winning folk dancing. The second was Lemmy, a profile of the notorious founder of the punk/metal group Motorhead, the loudest group in the world. This is the kind of stuff you just can’t make up.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS Arts. Tickets available at The Book Bar, Bud’s and Pynelogs. For info: 250-342-4423. 8:30 p.m.: Earth Hour, turn off your lights and unite with millions around the globe in a call to action on climate change. For info: EarthHourCanada.org. Sunday, March 27th:

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

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

• 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Windermere Farmer’s Market at Windermere Hall. Support local artisans. Lots of food vendors. For info: 250-342-6210. • Cheesecake Burlesque Revue presented by Columbia Valley Arts. Tickets available at The Book Bar, Bud’s and Pynelogs. For info: 250-342-4423.

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• March 25th - April 2nd: Theatre is CLOSED. • April 6th - 9th, 7:30 p.m.: Gnomeo and Juliet.

• 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Free Bra Clinic at Radium Seniors Centre. Call to book a custom fitted appointment: 1-888-909-9641. • 5:30 p.m.: Drop-In Yoga Sessions at Columbia Ridge Rec Centre. $10 per person. For info: pamelajoy@bell.blackberry.net.

Friday, March 25th: • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Free Bra Clinic at Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call to book a custom fitted appointment: 1-888-909-9641.

Saturday, March 26th: • 8 a.m. - 12 noon: Free Bra Clinic at Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call to book a custom fitted appointment: 1-888-909-9641. • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Edgewater community garage sale at Edgewater Community Hall. $2 per table. Call Tammy for info and to reserve a table: 250-3479324. • 10 - 12 noon: Windermere Community Association Annual General Meeting at the Windermere Community Hall. Pancake breakfast 9 - 10 a.m. • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Constance Bachmann and Danny McBride Exhibition at Artym Gallery. Artists in attendance from 12 noon to 3 p.m. For info: 250342-7566. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: BBQ at Home Hardware for the Tierra De Animales Canada. For info: 250-3463076. • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Christine Stufano Simpson from Kimberley will be painting and local artist Leslie Rowe-Iraelson will be doing a jewellery and glass demonstration at Effusion Art Gallery. For info: 250-341-6877. • Cheesecake Burlesque Revue 2-day backstage pass or full stage show. Presented by Columbia Valley

Wednesday, March 30th: • 7 p.m.: Annual General Meeting of the Conrad Kain Centennial Society at the Windermere Valley Museum. New members welcome.

Thursday, March 31st: • 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Cycling Society Annual General Meeting at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Free pizza and beverage. For info: cvcyclingsociety@hotmail.com. •Friday, April 1st: • 10:30 a.m.: Specially themed drop-in story time at the Invermere Public Library. For info: invermere. bclibrary.ca. • 6:30 p.m.: Mystery Night Jest for Fun at Higher Ground Coffee House in Radium. Hosted by Radium Public Library. • 9:30 p.m.: Shane Philip, west-coast multiinstrumentalist and one-man phenomenon performs at Ray-Rays Beach Pub. Tickets are $10. For info: 250-342-8346 or www.shanephilip.com.

Monday, April 4th: • Registration starts for Wings Over the Rockies Festival. Call 250-342-2473 or visit www. wingsovertherockies.org. • 6:30 p.m.: Annual General Meeting for Columbia Valley Search and Rescue at Ray Ray’s Beach Pub. Members please R.S.V.P. to cfnomad@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, April 5th: • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: ART from the Heart: Part 7 Art Show starts. Featuring local school students at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Runs until April 24th. For info: 250-342-4423. • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Pynelogs Cafe opens for the season. For info: 250-342-4423. • 7 p.m.: Invermere Camera Club meeting. Contact Tanya for info: tanyadeleeuw65@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 6th: • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open House at Sonshine Children’s Centre. Accepting registrations for September 2011 preschool. Call 250-341-6224. For info: sonshine@ cyberlink.bc.ca. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Scrabble Night at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416. • 7:30 p.m.: Windermere Valley Rural Range Resource Patrol Annual General Meeting. For info: 250-341-5362.

Thursday, April 7th: • Local Band The Halfsacks, releases their 2nd CD at Bud’s. No cover. For info: 250-341-1426 or visit www.thehalfsacks.ca. • 7 p.m.: Adult Slo-Pitch Invermere League Annual Meeting at the College of the Rockies. For info call Darla at 250-342-2808 or email: invermereslopitch@ gmail.com.

Friday, April 8th: • 7 p.m.: Jaclyn Guillou, jazz vocalist with a 4 piece band performs at Strand’s Old House Restaurant. $10, reservations recommended. 250-342-6344.

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Saturday, April 2nd: • 1 p.m.: The Bighorns play Calgary Broncos at the Bighorn football field in Invermere. Referees needed. For info: 250-342-8852.

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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY PLAN A new approach to planning is underway in Invermere - an approach that supports a forward-looking and adaptable community, recognizing “upstream” solutions to address both local and global challenges. PARTICIPATE The vision of Invermere’s future, in 20 to 30 years, or a generation from now, has inspired the community planning team to develop “description of success” statements for future sustainability goals as well as “current reality” summary so the distance we must travel to our community sustainability goals can be identified and addressed through actions. The team is at the “action planning” stage for the sustainability goals and are calling for your ideas and input into the action planning. Meaningful public participation is essential to creating an ICSP and Imagine Invermere belongs to everybody who works, lives or plays in Invermere. Whether you are a business, a resident, a visitor or a member of another community, we want to hear from you. ACTION DEVELOPMENT ONLINE SURVEY An action development survey, along with background information and development documents, all for your input are posted at http:// imagineinvermere.ca/index.htm. The survey can also be obtained through the District of Invermere’s website at www.invermere.net and then following the Imagine Invermere links, or can be picked up and returned to the District Office at 914-8th Avenue between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday from today until March 30, 2011. Input to be received by 4:30 pm, March 30, 2011. Please contact Rory Hromadnik, Development Services, 250-342-9281 ext 235 planning@invermere.net for more information. Thank you for your participation

INSPIRING ARTWORK — The Artym Gallery and The Pioneer have teamed up once more to sell reproductions of this year’s Columbia Valley Map Book cover. The painting, entitled Generations - Grizzly, is by artist Cameron Bird. Left to right, Rose-Marie Regitnig of The Pioneer and Connie Artym-Bradatsch and Kim Baker of the Artym Gallery. Photo by Kate Irwin

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2011 Map Book launched By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff The 2011 Columbia Valley Map Book is now on newsstands throughout the valley, sleeker and more colourful than ever before. This year’s Map Book has a fresh design and includes new content, like a section dedicated to summer and winter trails, and new pages about Edgewater, Wilmer, Windermere, Panorama and the Akisqnuk First Nation community. Inside you will find everything you need to know about playing, eating and staying in the Columbia Valley and a handy set of maps to guide visitors and locals alike around our valley communities. As always, the pages of the Map Book are splashed with high-quality photographs, thanks in large part to a selection of talented local photographers, whose captivating images help bring the publication to life. The cover of this year’s Map Book is the stunning creation of Cameron Bird, entitled Generations – Grizzly, featuring a mother grizzly bear walking with her cub. “The new image has Cameron’s strong brush strokes, which exemplifies the strength and power of the grizzly,” said Connie Artym-Bradatsch, owner of Invermere’s Artym Gallery with her husband, Grey Bradatsch. Each year, the cover artwork from the Map Book is printed as a giclée (a high-quality print), framed, and made available at Artym Gallery, with all proceeds going towards a community charity. Last year, $4,450 was raised for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health to contribute to the Invermere hospital’s emergency room renovations. This year’s cho-

sen recipient is the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN), which finds homes for, provides veterinary care for and assists pets in need. “Choosing another of Cameron Bird’s pieces of art for the 2011 Map Book cover made perfect sense,” said Columbia Valley Pioneer publisher Rose-Marie Regitnig. “The moose was well-received last year and raised a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause. I hope the grizzly print — which would actually look very nice next to the moose — will be equally successful for ICAN.” Ryan Bavin Photography has produced just 100 prints of Generations – Grizzly. The reproductions are 16” by 16”, and are printed on paper, dry-mounted, varnished and framed. Each print is $280, with all profits from sales — minus the cost of production — going to ICAN. “We would love the opportunity to help secure loving futures for more animals of the community in the years to come,” said Lana Banham, ICAN president. “The Map Book cover project will help us begin to realize this dream and enable us to help more needy animals in the area. We are honoured and grateful that ICAN was chosen this year. It is such a wonderful thing that they are doing with this project.” To purchase one of the limited edition giclées, drop by the Artym Gallery at 934 – 7th Avenue in downtown Invermere, or call 250-342-7566. To view the painting online, visit www.ArtymGallery.com. For more about the Invermere Companion Animal Network, visit www.IcanHelpAPet.com, phone 250341-7888, or email info@icanhelpapet.com.

Constance Bachmann & Danny McBride Exhibition Saturday March 26th, 10-5:30pm Constance & Danny will be in attendance from 12-3pm Exhibition continues until April 3rd

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GET GROWING — Gardening enthusiasts of any age can take advantage of the arrival of spring, with some handy growing tips from The Pioneer by your side. Left: Anne Zurbriggen (left) and Marie Pike sample the flourishing spinach at the Community Greenhouse. Right: Alexandra Schaal (left) and Cassidy Palmer, from Eileen Madson Primary School, help to plant some seedlings at the greenhouse during a school trip. Photos by Kate Irwin

Gardens bustling as spring growing begins By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Spring is officially here and gardeners across the Columbia Valley are flexing their green fingers as the growing season gets underway. This is the time for starting vegetables, spring cleaning your garden and readying your tools for the furious season of growing ahead. As the ice and snow retreat up into the mountains there is plenty you can be doing to prepare your lawn, ready flower beds and fill greenhouses to bursting with herbs and vegetables. “We’re doing lots of seeding, planting and transplanting down in the greenhouses right now,” said Lin Steedman of Edible Acres and Winderberry Nursery. “This is the best time of year for moving seedlings into the greenhouse and starting salad vegetables and herbs from seed.” Now is the time to plant your onions, spinach, to-

matoes, peppers and herbs, with seed packets providing information on growing times so you can plan what will ripen when. Another important spring task is taking time to clean up your garden and lawn as soon as the snow has disappeared. Remove dead branches and rake up dead grass, and a soft green carpet will soon spring up in its place. Early spring gives a good opportunity to prune back bushes and shrubs before new growths have formed. “Clean up garbage, cut down perennials and prune shrubs,” advised Patty Nickisch, of Patty’s Greenhouse. “Now’s a good time to clean and sharpen your tools which have been sitting all winter.” Once the ground thaws it can be worked in preparation for planting, and compost, fertilizer or manure should added to keep the soil rich in nutrients. Turning the soil with a spade or garden fork also aerates it, helping plant roots absorb nutrients at a faster rate. But those without gardens needn’t despair as many

fruits, vegetables and herbs are just as happy in a pot on the balcony as they are in the ground. Lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, green beans, radishes, peppers, chillis, green onions, blueberries, beets, cabbage, squash, cucumbers and much more can be grown with only a modest amount of space. In fact, growers are now developing smaller strains of squash, cucumber and other vegetables for just this purpose. “In gardening there are no set rules as long as you put it in the ground and water it,” Ms. Nickisch added. “It is a lot easier than people think to grow something whether you have a large garden or just a small amount of space.” For those whose fingers resolutely refuse to turn green, you can always sign up for a CSA Food Box from Edible Acres. A weekly box for the 16-week season is $600, with a small number of working shares — work four hours a week and get your boxes for free — still available. For information, call 250-342-7472.

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Former resident fighting poverty For the third consecutive year, my teammates and I just bought a big batch of goats. This year was the largest group yet — 260 goats over two weeks. But why on earth does a group of Canadians living in Niger, West Africa want to own hundreds of goats? I’ll try to explain. The Fulani people, with whom I work, have a cultural practice in which they lend female animals (cows, sheep or goats) to the poor to help establish their herds. The recipient cares for the animal until its young is weaned. Then they keep the young and return the adult to its owner. Or in my AIDING AFRICA ­— Lisa Rohrick is working to fight poverty in Niger, case, pass the animals on to someone. West Africa. She is pictured with Fatima and Aissa, two women helped by Niger consistently lands in the top the animal lending program Lisa is assisting with. Photo submitted three of the United Nations’ list of “Least ranging to pay them in a different location. Young men Liveable Countries.” We are working with a local cooperative which chooses recipients, giving priority spread out to all the markets in the area and in less than two weeks had found the desired 260 goats. to widows and women in financial difficulty. Then I showed up with the money. It was about Before buying any goats, we gathered the group of chosen women for a day of training with a local vet. Then $10,000, but it sounds more impressive in local currency came the buying, which was more complicated than in the — five million West African francs. (My grandmother past. Other times, I’ve handed over the cash to the cooper- told me there’s not much money in this kind of work. She ative and they’ve gone to the animal markets to supervise. didn’t know I’d be a millionaire!) Within a couple hours, ATMs and debit cards haven’t arrived in Niger yet. everyone had what was owed, and I had a field of goats! The animals were vaccinated and a few days later I’m guessing that not one merchant in the market knows what a credit card is, let alone ever having seen one! So the women gathered again to take home their loaner these guys just wander around with pockets full of cash. animals. It’s a small step on the long road of community In recent months there have been a number of incidents development, but there were many happy and thankful women. “Poverty is on its way out of town!” exclaimed involving bandits robbing people on market days. As my friends are known to be connected to this Aissa, one recipient. lending program there was no way they would show up at the market with thousands of dollars in cash. They got EDITOR’S NOTE A former resident of Invermere, Lisa to work connecting with network of animal buyers, ar- works in community development in Niger, West Africa.

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Camps run from July 3rd – August 27th for Kids, Teens & Youths Activities include: • Climbing Tower • Wakeboarding • Campfires • Scuba Diving …and much • Whitewater Rafting much more! • Paintball • Archery… Discounts available for large families. Please call our Vernon office for more information.

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March 25, 2011

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Taking care of aging parents The population of our planet is aging faster now than ever before. In 1997, there were 390 million people over the age of 65, comprising 6.6 percent of the world’s population. By 2025, this number is expected to exceed 800 million, or about 10 percent of the population. This demographic shift will soon become a serious challenge for our society. In addition to taking care of their children, baby boomers may well find themselves responsible for the care of their aging parents. Add to this growing concern about the long-term financial viability of government-sponsored medical care, and you have the potential for a full-fledged crisis to occur. English Most people tend to avoid a discussion about health care planning, simply because they prefer not to face the topic of their own mortality or the difficult decisions which3/16" surround it. size to be used on business cards Minimum The truth is, discussing the topic early with your parents can save you and your family problems in the future. Here are some steps to help you and your family to prepare for long-term care.

Be sensitive when discussing their concerns and wishes — the subject of long-term care can touch on a variety of intensely personal issues, so you’ll want to initiate the conversation with sensitivity and empathy.

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CREATIVE FLAIR — Cajsa Fredin, Jen Abra and Natalie Ruby (left to right), owners of Black Star Studios, are enjoying settling into their new location in downtown Invermere. Photo by Kate Irwin

Black Star Studios moves downtown By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Black Star Studios, a popular art gallery, artists’ studio and retail store, is settling into a new location in downtown Invermere, after securing the space vacated by Nostalgia Gifts and Antiques. The studios, which are run by owners Cajsa Fredin, Natalie Ruby and Jen Abra, were started in July 2009 to provide a place for contemporary artists to display and sell their creations and to offer working studio spaces to visiting and resident artists and art demonstrations. The bright and quirky gallery and store, which opened downtown on March 11th, houses a wide range of pieces, including metal work, toys and clothing, paintings, jewellery and accessories, glass art and much more. “We wanted to fill a bit of a niche for this kind of art when we created Black Star,” said Natalie, who makes glass jewellery and sculptures. “The things we display and sell are a little different, funky and contemporary. The store and the artwork have real personality and it’s always changing and evolving as we get new pieces in.” After almost two years situated on Athalmer Road, Natalie, Jen and Cajsa were looking to expand their business into a larger space, and to fluidly incorporate the studios — previously at the back of the store — into the main gallery, for visitors to experience art in the making. Moving into the downtown core was another key

factor, they explained, to increase the visibility of the studio and make it more accessible to visitors and locals. “We really wanted the opportunity to become part of the downtown scene,” explained Jen, whose one-ofa-kind, handmade bags are a colourful addition to the store. “It’s much easier for people to walk in and see what we are up to, and with 35 artists represented here we’re always up to something.” Nearly everything Black Star sells is made locally and with four rentable studio spaces, visitors can meet and talk with the resident artists — currently the owners and silversmith Caren Gibb. The trio are also encouraging a new generation of artisans to come forward and display their work in their Rising Stars gallery. This gives local children and teenagers a place to show artwork. The store makes and sells postcards featuring the childrens’ art, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to local art programs. “When we first started we were finding artists, now artists are finding us,” added Casja, who had the original idea for Black Star Studios. “If anybody would like to be part of the gallery they are always welcome to send us pictures of their work or come in and see us. We are always looking for new artists and art demonstrations.” For more information visit www.blackstarstudios.ca, call 250-342-6663, or stop by the new location at 1021B 7th Avenue, Invermere.

Time… to think about investing for the future.

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Planning is a lifelong process. Contributing to your RRSP early in life can have a major impact on future plans. Don’t put things off, talk to us today about how easy-to-manage monthly contributions can help you build a retirement savings portfolio comfortably.

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Pictograph talk coming to Radium By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A presentation exploring the significance of Aboriginal pictographs is coming to Radium Hot Springs on Saturday, April 9th. The talk, by archaeologist Brad Himour, will explore the cultural history of Aboriginal people in the region through examination of pictographs drawn onto the rocks thousands of years ago. For the past two years, Parks Canada archaeologists from the Western and Northern Service Centre have been working with local Aboriginal communities to preserve, protect and interpret rock art sites in and around Kootenay National Park. For millennia, Aboriginal people in what is now Western Canada left traces of their cultural history recorded on stone in the form of pictographs. These were often made to record significant events: a battle, a treaty or even a long journey. “What is fascinating about native rock art along the Canadian Rockies is that often pictograph sites depict the spirituality of First Peoples,� said Deborah Griffith, of Parks Canada. “It’s a rare glimpse into the belief systems and rituals that make Aboriginal cultures truly unique.� The presentation — part of the celebrations of 100

PLEASE DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS Are deer or wildlife a problem in your neighbourhood? Does your neighbour feed or attract wildlife? You may want to share the following

COLUMBIA VALLEY REAL ESTATE Professionals

The District of Invermere is considering a bylaw to prohibit the feeding of deer and control of wildlife attractants within the municipality.

Strata, Apartment & Commercial Property Management

Attractants are not limited to food products, pet food, feed, compost, grain, salt or any substance that attracts wildlife. The bylaw will prohibit anyone from providing deer with food or food sources. Please ensure birdfeeders are not accessible by deer and fruit is picked from the trees when ripe. In order to stop wildlife from accessing garbage, you will be required to place your garbage in the following: • A building that is not accessible to wildlife; • A wildlife resistant container; • A wildlife resistant enclosure; or • Deposited at an appropriate disposal site. Garbage and recycling cannot be placed for curbside pick-up prior to 8:00 am on the day of the scheduled pick up. The District may issue fines for a contravention of the bylaw. For a copy of this bylaw or for more information please contact the District of Invermere office.

years of Parks Canada conservation — will be at the Prestige Inn in Radium, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th, preceded by the Friends of Kootenay National Park Annual General Meeting at 7 p.m. Entry is by donation. The presentation is part of the Wild Voices Speakers Series sponsored by the Friends of Kootenay National Park and Parks Canada. Continuing the series, on April 20th, will be a talk by Jim Thorsell, entitled World Heritage Sites in your Backyard.

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ROCK ON — Ancient pictographs such as these will be the focus of a presentation in Radium on April 9th. (picture colour treated to enhance the image) Photo submitted

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Fairmont freestyle contest kicks off

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff You could win big in a freestyle contest at Fairmont ski hill that includes snowboard and ski cross racing, and a slopestyle contest in the terrain park. The Spring Shakedown, now in its second year, begins Saturday, March 26th at 10 a.m. It is open to all ages and ability levels, from a

novice taking their first run through the park to members of Team Fairmont. “It’s going to be a really, really fun day,” said Paul Whittle, the event organizer. “We’ll have music on at the hill, races in the morning, a slopestyle contest in the afternoon. People can come along and take part or just watch.” The day will begin with registration from 9 a.m. and the first ski and snowboard cross races starting at 10 a.m. The course covers jumps,

rollers and banked turns. For those more inclined to hit jumps and rails, the slopestyle contest begins at 2 p.m. Competitors have the chance for multiple free runs through the park, performing jumps and tricks along the way which will be scored by a panel of judges. A range of prizes, from t-shirts to ski gear to gift cards, are available. Entry is $10 per person. Helmets are mandatory. Call 250-3456037 for more information or to register.

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Interior World

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is actively accepting new patients. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact the clinic.

Dr. Karen Fahrni DC


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HERE TO SERVE YOU A ccurate Towing and Recovery • • • •

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Pioneer Classifieds

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ANNOUNCEMENT

CHEERS & JEERS

STORAGE

SHARED ACCOMMODATION

SUITE FOR RENT

SUITE FOR RENT

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.

Jeers to the teachers who forget what it is like to be young…live a little.

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

Shared accommodation in 2 bdrm suite, furnished, walk to town, monthly, $480, includes all utilities, internet, cable. April 1st or 15th. 403-678-3087 or email mjjbug88@ yahoo.com.

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.

In Panorama, furnished Studio apartment, N/S, N/P, no partying, includes underground parking, $800/month, including utilities, 780-970-7040.

ACCOMMODATION wanted

Large 2 bdrm main floor fourplex unit in Windermere, near the beach, 5 appliances included, W/D, $800/month, 403-239-2017.

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841. 10% off at The Windy Café! Once again, enjoy a 10% discount off your bill! 250-342-6001.

CHEERS & JEERS Jeers to people who buy or build along a busy road, and then complain about the traffic! Before you jeers, do your research. Police, firefighters and paramedics are exempt from talking on cell phones while driving laws. We tend to be more situation-aware than the general public and take emergency driving courses. Quit picking on the RCMP for no good reason! Jeers to all the homeowners who let their pets roam off-leash and unsupervised. I’ve almost hit three dogs and a cat in the past two weeks due to their running onto the streets. The deer are not what I am looking for on the road anymore, it’s pets. Cheers to the kids that know how to have fun.

Cheers to the very kind trucker in Kootenay Park who came to my rescue when my truck broke down. Not only did you stop but you also had the skills, knowledge and tools to fix what was wrong with my truck! Cheers to the Royal Canadian Legion in Invermere for hosting the Irish Dinner last week. The food was delicious, the company was friendly and the young Irish dancers were delightful. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Jeers to the person who stole my husband’s wallet out of his truck. He is a person with disabilities and works VERY hard for his money. There wasn’t even any cash and the credit cards have been cancelled so it is no good to you. PLEASE return it to us somehow – otherwise your ignorance will be rewarded with bad karma and you know it too! Cheers to Patricia Kilback, her friends and staff at the Radium Lodge for holding it together in a time of absolute chaos. Cheers to Jacque Frederickson and her staff for being strong in such tragic circumstances. Jeers to all the vultures and scumbags who descended on the Radium Lodge and not only stole lodge items but personal items as well. Jeers to Parks Canada for forcing out the Radium Lodge and its owner for the integrity of the sheep. We have lost another icon in the valley. Cheers to the cleaner of the public washrooms in Invermere! Those are the shiniest toilets I have ever seen!

Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166. You own it we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE New, commercial office, and/or retail space for rent. Prime location, D/T Invermere, excellent monthly rates, furnished, kitchen, available now. 250-341-5788. Industrial Shop for rent, 1500 sq.ft., heated, available April 1, 250-3429526. 950 sq.ft. great location D/T, 7th Avenue in Invermere. Monthly rate including all amenities. Call 250342-6369.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room w/ cable, phone, laundry access, internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 DD, N/P, 250-342-4020. 1 bdrm in Juniper Heights, $500/ month, includes heat, hydro, W/D, 250-341-1388. Shared accommodation for responsible adult in 4 bdrm apartment, private bathroom, N/S, no partying. helmimagic@ uniserve.com or 250-341-1650.

Pioneer graphic designer seeks a long term, pet friendly, unfurnished, 1 bdrm apartment in Invermere, max $600/mo. Must have laundry facilities and wood stove would be a bonus. Preferred move-in date May 1st or 15th. Please call 250-341-6299 days or 250-342-9438 evenings. Retired couple seeking longterm rental, 2 – 3 bdrm with garage in Invermere, furnished or unfurnished. 250-342-6197.

SUITE FOR RENT Radium, furnished apartments available Oct 1. 1-2 bdrm, 1-1 bdrm, and 2 –bachelors. Includes all utilities, parking and cable. N/S, pet possible, DD required. 2 bdrm - $800/month, 1 bdrm - $650/ month, Bachelor - $550/month. Contact Joan at 250-342-7517 for viewing. CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, NP. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781.

Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email: info@cv-pioneer.com www.columbiavalleypioneer.com

2 bdrm D/T apartment furnished, $800/month, all inclusive, 250341-5534. Radium, 3 bdrm, unfurnished apartment, includes all utilities, parking, and cable, N/S, pet possible, DD required, $900/ month. Contact Joan at 250-3427517 to view. Windermere, bright, 2 bdrm, ground floor unit in quiet fourplex with beautiful views, large yard area, separate parking and entrance. N/P, $675/month plus electricity and DD, available immediately to mature, responsible tenants, references required. Call 403-258-3132. 1 bdrm basement suite in Invermere. Separate entrance and partially furnished, W/D, close to all amenities. Mature single female preferred. $600/month, utilities included. N/S, N/P, No parties, 250342-9328. Columere Park, bright 1 bdrm, semi-furnished, large upstairs suite, clean and quiet, $700/ month. 250-345-6524.

Black Forest Heights, walkout suite, 2 bdrm, 5 appliances, storage building, $850/mo including utilities. 250-347-9629.

Bright, 2 bdrm, ground level walkout, 2 blocks to D/T Invermere, N/S, N/P, $900/month + DD, F/S, W/D, D/W, and utilities included, 250-342-1584 or 250-342-8679.

Radium, large 2 bdrm lower suite with separate entrance, 5 appliances, fenced yard, N/S, $750/ month + utilities. 250-342-5129.

1 bdrm basement suite, available April1, $600/month inclusive, wireless and cable, DD, N/S, N/P, Private entrance, 250-341-5159.

Invermere, newly renovated, large one bedroom walkout suite in quiet location near schools. Fridge, stove, W/D, N/P, N/S. Available April 1st, single occupancy $650/month, double occupancy $800/month. One month DD, utilities included. Phone 250-342-3474. Bright, spacious, 2 bdrm, 1400 sq.ft., walkout 1st floor suite, private driveway, F/P, W/D, D/W, fully furnished, all utilities included, N/S, N/P, $1000/month at Fort Pointe, Invermere, 250-6883746.

house FOR RENT Canal Flats, Very Clean, 2 bdrm,

new W/D, laminate floors, huge yard, close to beach and school, 10 minutes to Fairmont, $800 plus utilities. Available May 1st. 250342-6899. 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 information and pictures. Invermere, charming, 4 bdrm, 2 bath home. Near Kinsmen beach, N/S, N/P. Available April 1st. $1,400/ mo plus utilities. References and DD required. 403-246-6680. 2 bdrm townhome with garage, walking distance to D/T, $1100/ month + utilities, N/S, N/P, 250341-1395 for viewing. Invermere, 3 bdrm, detached house with workshop, within walking distance to D/T, DD required, pets are possible, $1100/month + utilities. Call Joan at 250-342-7517 to view. Available April 1st.


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house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR SALE

MISC. FOR SALE

FOR RENT

Large 2 bdrm, 14’ mobile home, 5 appliances, new deck, siding, skirting and windows. Large yard. Sorry, no dogs allowed. 4800/ month plus utilities, call 250-3421700.

Radium Pinewood condo, 2 bdrm with loft, 2 bath, F/P, $800/month, includes underground parking and utilities, N/P, N/S, 403-615-9989.

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.

FREE Laminate Flooring, Royal Oak colour, three cartons of 12 planks, FREE student desk, 48”w x 30”h x 28”d. Call 250-342-9607.

Contact

250-342-4040

for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

FirstChoiceRentals.ca

Castle Rock Estates, beautiful 2 bdrm villa, 2800 sq.ft., granite, Jacuzzi tubs, carpet/hardwood, large deck, double attached garage, unconstructive west view, N/S, $1100/month, 403-250-2075. In Radium, cozy, bright, 2bdrm trailer on large lot. Two outbuildings for lots of storage, N/S, $800/mo plus utilities. 250-342-3841. In Radium, bright 3 bdrm home in nice subdivision. Corner lot with nice yard. N/S, $800/month plus utilities. 250-342-3841. 2 bdrm townhouse for rent in Edgewater, end unit, yard access, indoor pets ok, responsible renters only. $800/month plus utilities and DD. Available immediately. 250341-8775. Downtown Invermere, 13th Street, 4 bdrm house, large yard, available April 1, $1300 plus utilities, W/D, N/S, N/P, helmimagic@uniserve. com or 250-341-1650. Modern 4 bdrm, 2 baths, split level home in Wilder sub-division, large yard with storage shed, W/D, D/W, N/P, N/S, $1450/month. 250-3423790. FOR RENT – 2 bdrm log home Wilmer, 1 ½ baths, W/D, fireplace, wrap-around deck, fenced yard, N/S, N/P, mature responsible person/s, long term, non-partiers, $1000/month plus utilities, references required. Call 250-3429470. $600/month, renovated 2 bdrm. That is right $600/month! I am looking for a responsible renter, 1 yr lease minimum, need references. 2 blks from the lake, huge lot, clean, bright, furnished home. Kelly 403990-1224, kelly.thompson@fugrodata.ca.

Edgewater, acreage, 1 bdrm plus office space, $850/month, hydro included, W/D, N/S, 250-342-3381. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2000 sq.ft. unique home in Athalmer. Huge front yard and lots of storage for toys. End of road so total privacy. DD required. $1400/month, call 403-390-4513. 6 bdrm, 4 bath, suite overlooking lake in Wilder subdivision. 3000 sq. ft. plus all bathrooms and kitchen are new. Very private with best view in Invermere. DD required. Call 403-390-4513. 2 bdrm house (13th Ave) available April 15th. Great view in quiet residential neighbourhood. Close to schools and D/T. D/W, W/D, $900/month. Call Jeff now at 250342-6842.

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, $1,800/ month, includes Heat/AC, + basic utilities. Rent to own options. Avail immediately, 250-688-0512.

Parkside Place Enviro 2000, fully furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 2 car garage, $1400/month, 250-342-9650. 2 bdrm + Den, 2 bath, lake view, The Point, fully furnished, high end, monthly seasonal or long rent, 1 underground parking stall, references required, 403-561-0111.

For rent, D/T Invermere, 2 bdrm fully furnished condo, 2 blocks from D/T and beach, $900/month, includes utilities, Hydro, cable, and internet, available April 15th, 250833-0196 or 250-341-5855.

wanted

Foldaway cot wanted, call 250-342-9647.

Services

For Sale mattresses, dressers, lamps, TVs, chairs, desks. By appointment only. Call for details 250-345-6155.

VEHICLES for sale

Condo for rent in Radium Copper Horn Towne, newly renovated, all new appliances, including W/D, 2 bdrms, 1 bath, A/C, F/P, 2 patios, $750/month. 403-702-3002, lindsaycampbell@yahoo.ca.

Large outdoor/indoor plant pots in good condition. Will pickup, call Shawn 250-688-8008.

2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, no partiers, available immediately, references required, $900/month + utilities, 250-342-9446.

Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908.

2010 KLX 250S, only driven 149k, on-road, off-road. Two available, one green, 1 black. $5000. 250341-1600.

Sirius Satellite Radio, Starmate 3 with vehicle kit, excellent condition, $45. 250-342-3595.

2007 Suzuki Boulevard, silver/ white, 16868kms, $5700, contact 250-688-0141.

Top quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-0617.

business for sale

Rent to own, new 2 bdrm condo in Radium, includes 5 appliances plus furniture, call for details, 250-2700102.

ACREAGES AND LOTS Radium Golf Course, 24 acre lot backing unto Springs Golf Course, #93 Pinecone Lane, $220,000 negotiable, 250-688-2667. Lake view lot (1.6 acres) for sale in quiet community of Rushmere, 14 kms south of Invermere. 4584 Rushmere Road. 403-238-7723.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 3 bdrm, 1 bath, new appliances, new windows, new furnace, wood burning stove, loads of upgrades. Asking $49,900, 250-347-0053. For Sale, fully furnished including shed, tools, lawnmower etc. 250347-7750.

HOMEs FOR SALE No HST. Built green, efficient, custom home in exclusive Pineridge Mountain Resort. $649,000. To view, call 250-341-7387. Stunning 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath townhome in Riverstone Villas in Radium. Single car garage, A/C, master bedroom en-suite and much more. Only $239,000. Call 250-347-7787.

MISC. FOR SALE

Best Western Golden is selling queen size beds and box springs, $200/set, 250-344-2333. Firewood, Fir and Pine mix $235, Larch $300, Pine $180, all wood split and delivered. 250-341-5551. Quality Top Soil and Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truckload, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. 8 ft. 7 person hot tub, 50 jets, 2 pumps, used, Valley Spas, 250-3423922. Quiney Jogging Style Stroller. Excellent condition, $150, 250342-9414. Outdoor Basketball Hoop and Stand. $200, 250-341-5956. DeWalt heavy duty dual tank compressor with Honda motor, $400, Hobart arc welder, $400, Weight bench c/w weights, $25, Antique carved rocking chair, $200, Electric guitar with amp, brand new, $125, 250-347-9177.

2002 Golf GLS Turbo Diesel, 4 dr, 5 speed, power group, heated seats, alloy wheels, plus winter tires and rims. New brakes and routers, one owner, 64 mpg!! Asking $8,000. 250-341-5159.

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

Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman tile setter 30+ years experience Custom Steam Rooms, Showers, Floors, and Cultured Stone. All work Guaranteed. Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645 Renew & Restore Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning, Re-grouting, Repair & Sealing of Tile, Grout, Slate, and Stone. Commercial & Residential 35 Years Experience New Installations also Available 250-341-5645 refreshtile@yahoo.ca. Free Option – Cellular Shades Expires: March 30, Shannon’s Blinds & Design, Call a professional today for a Free In-Home Consultation 250-342-5749 shannonsblinds@yahoo.ca “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” “I have already told other’s about you! Your very friendly and wellinformed, excellent ideas and fair prices. It was a pleasure.” Lori

recreational vehicles

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250-342-3350 • www.bpmotorsports.ca

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


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Services

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help wanted

help wanted

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

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

Full time help needed at Radium Petro-Can/Subway. 250-347-9988.

CERTIFIED, HDPE Polypipe Fusion, 250-999-1632.

Sous Chefs required at Birchwood Restaurant, Invermere. Full-time positions. Contact Chef Steve Root at 250-270-0135, send resume to birchwoodrestaurant@hotmail. com, or drop by with resume after 2 p.m.

Young business exec looking for consulting, contract or full time work. Rates affordable and negotiable. Contact 250-581-0455.

Full-time experienced cooks needed for La Cabina, in Prestige Inn, Radium. 250-347-2340.

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. Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, fhs@telus.net. LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. Drop in for a free estimate on paint and body work @ #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696 Executive Typing Services, Over 20 years word processing experience. Resumes, manuals, data entry, and more. Accurate and fast! 250-270-0254.

Pampered Chef is in the Valley! The New Spring/Summer Catalogues are here! Host a Pampered Chef Bridal party, Kitchen party, Book party (get individual orders and receive FREE items) or you can simply place an individual order. If you are interested in viewing the new Spring/Summer catalogue online, you can view it at www.pamperedchef.ca. Send me your mailing address at france5@ shaw.ca and I will send you the new catalogue. You can also reach me at 250-342-1143.

help wanted Want to set your own schedule? Then selling .925 sterling silver jewellery is for you! Work parttime or full-time selling beautiful jewellery and having fun! Work as little or as much as you like. Earn 30% on your sales along with opportunities for trips and free jewellery. Fastest-growing sterling silver jewellery company. Interested? Call 250-342-0399. Established-Invermere based landscape company is looking for an individual experienced in operating equipment and installing irrigation. Please email resumes to rick@ferriers-waterscapes.com. Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers, line cook, and kitchen help, F/T or P/T, apply in person or email resume to lakesidepub@shaw.ca. Fairmont Creek Property Rentals is looking to hire a part/full time maintenance man. Must have knowledge with electrical issues, furnaces, A/C units, finishing, wall repair, electronics, minimal computer skills (Outlook), and lawn care maintenance. Individual must also be a self-motivated team player who is organized and able to communicate with the public and work with office and housekeeping staff. Experience will determine wages. Benefits available. Only qualified applicants apply. Send resumes to sandi@fairmontcreek. ca. Homefront Essentials Garden Maintenance. Job opening for qualified garden maintenance assistant, mid-April to midSeptember. Send resume to eshopland@telus.net.

Experienced stucco plaster needed. Full-time work, starting wage $21/ hr, and labourer needed, starting wage $16/hr. For punctual ad hard-working individuals. To start mid-April. 250-270-0422 or 250688-1224.

2 positions, Full-time and Part-time

Invermere and District Curling Club requires an Ice Technician/ Maintenance Worker for the 2011/2012 season. Responsibilities will include ice making and maintenance of ice, general maintenance and cleaning of club. Previous ice making experience preferred but will train right individual. Send resume to invermerecurling@shaw.ca or leave message 250-342-3315. Excavator operator for rock retaining wall construction and landscaping job. 250-342-1048.

The Columbia Valley Arts Council is looking for two student Gallery Curators to assist in administrative matters and responsibilities to fulfill the HRDC summer program. Such staff persons will work under the direction of the Gallery Manager. Duties range from assisting with hanging, installing and displaying the Art Gallery Shows, promoting summer programs and events, cash handling and financial transactions, assisting in registrations, and supervising volunteers and front line sales in the Gift Shop & Gallery. Hours of work: full-time up to 40 hours per week; part-time up to 25 hours a week. Rate of pay: depending on experience. Requirements: Must be a Secondary or Post Secondary Student. Interest in arts an asset. Business experience necessary. Mature, responsible and quick-thinking. Sense of humour a must! Deadline for applications is April 14th, 2011. Start of employment: Full-time – May 2, Part-time – end of June. Columbia Valley Arts Council, Jami Scheffer – Manager, Gallery & Administration Box 2345, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 – Phone 250.342.4423 – Email: info@columbiavalleyarts.com

Office Assistant/ Receptionist The Columbia Valley Pioneer requires a full-time Office Assistant/Receptionist to join our team and be responsible for the following tasks: • Manage the front office, classified ads and flyer contracts • Answer phones, process payments, balance petty cash and filing • Produce daily, weekly and monthly reports for accounting, prepare weekly run-sheet • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and bank deposits Please send your resume to Rose-Marie Regitnig, Publisher, at…

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We are looking for a person who has fantastic communication skills, self-motivated and good computer skills. Please drop off your resume in person at the gallery or email to info@effusionartgallery.com. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

#8, 1008 - 8th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Phone: 250-341-6299 • Fax: 250-341-6229 Email: rose-marie@cv-pioneer.com www.columbiavalleypioneer.com

Graphic Designer We are seeking to add a member to our graphic design team. This individual will provide design service for multiple publications in Invermere and around B.C., for ad design, publication design or marketing materials.

1033 7th Avenue- Invermere 3.25” x 4.6”

He/she will be responsible for correct and accurate estimates for time to complete ad material and need to maintain a productive and efficient schedule. This is a full-time permanent position. We are an award-winning, community focused newspaper with high standards, both for content and appearance. We work hard, we have a great team, and we love our community. Our print run is 8,000 copies each Friday. We also produce several annual tourism and real estate publications, which our graphic designers all contribute to. Qualifications: We are looking for someone with 2-3 years Graphic Design education and a minimum of 2-3 years work experience in production or print design. Strong design skills and understanding of production principles, knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 4 or 5, proficient with the internet and e-mail/FTP protocols, knowledge of MAC OS; hardware and software is required. High organizational skills with knowledge of pre-press and technical requirements, excellent multi-tasking skills and very self motivated, some typesetting and copy writing. Knowledge of html, css, wordpress and php would be beneficial but not required. We are looking for an individual with strong PR skills and an ability to translate verbal requests to print concepts.

Careers at CBt CBT has an opening in the Castlegar office for a Manager, Operations. A detailed description of duties, skills and qualifications can be viewed at www.cbt.org/careers Twitter or requested from Debra Stewart at 1.800.505.8998. Please forward resumes to dstewart@cbt.org by Twitter noon (Pacific) April 8, 2011 for consideration. www.cbt.org • 1.800.505.8998

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Pioneer Globetrotters Entries have been flooding in for the 2011 Pioneer Photo Contest. Submit your travel photos now for the chance to win a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, plus overnight accommodation courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Clockwise from top left: Darren and Lois Ross enjoy the sun in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Rod and Christine Turnbull at Nepenthe, Big Sur, California; Dave, Renice, Jared and Jazlyn Oaks in Tulum, Mexico; Horia Geamanu in the Atacama desert, Northern Chile, on his way to Playa Inglesa; Dennis Alt (right) and David Goldsmith, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.


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Clockwise from top left: At Hidden Worlds park near Tulum, Mexico: Renice and Dave Oaks, Kriss Steinke, Greg Peter, Jason Steinke, Jazlyn Oaks, Deb Arnold, Caroline Berthon, Gord Arnold and Jared Oaks; Marilyn and Tim Donaldson, Paulina and Eric Stills in front of the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas; Ashley and Katrina DuBois at Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Harry and Cheryll Mannle on their Honeymoon on the Norwegian Star Cruise Ship in the Panama Canal, Panama; Pat and Carol Meidinger of London, Ontario (left) with Terry and Terri Hepburn of Panorama, vacationing in Varadero, Cuba. If you would like to submit a travel photo send it in and let us know who appears in the picture and where it is taken. E-mail pictures to info@cv-pioneer.com or drop off a copy to our office at #8, 1008, 8th Avenue Invermere.

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March 25, 2011 To place your Community Classified call The Pioneer at 250-341-6299 or toll free 1-866-669-9222 classifieds@bccommunitynews.com www.communityclassifieds.ca

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Deliver RV Trailers for Pay! Successful RV transport company seeking pickup owners to deliver RV’s from US to Canada. Paying top rates! www. horizontransport.com/Canada.

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SOUTH ROCK LTD. is hiring for all positions. Milling personnel, Paving personnel, Safety Advisor. Experience with asphalt preferred. Valid drivers licence required. Send resume: Attention: Tamara; careers@ southrock.ca. Fax 403-5681327; www.southrock.ca.

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March 25, 2011

Valley Churches

FAITH

How firm is your foundation? By Pastor Fraser Coltman St Peter’s Lutheran Mission I sat in a lecture hall at the University of Alberta to take a geography class. Next to me was a student several years older than me. As the daily courses of this spring study session passed, we introduced ourselves and talked about our education plans. My friend was a philosophy student. I was preparing for the ministry. Before classes began and during coffee breaks, we had some very interesting conversations. He told me that he was a rationalist. He did not believe in God or anything that he couldn’t see, hear, smell, touch or taste. So committed was he to this reason-centered way of life that he refused to even use the phrase “I believe” in a sentence. For “believe” he always substituted “think.” I was impressed by this man’s discipline, even a little shamed by it. After all, I certainly struggled with doubts and worries that betrayed the weakness of my faith. I still do. The day of our final exam my friend was already in his seat when I arrived. Sitting down beside him, I sensed that something wasn’t right. He seemed upset. I asked

him how he was feeling. He explained, “I’m really nervous. I’ve studied for this exam, but I’m afraid that I’m going to forget what I’ve studied once we get going.” Wanting to do something to help him, I asked him if he would like me to pray for him. I was surprised that instead of reminding me that he didn’t believe in prayer, he said with relief, “Thanks! That would be great.” I did pray for my friend, and I think that he made it through his test successfully. I also learned something from that time with him. There are some things in life that just cannot support us when pushed to their limits. My friend relied on his reason diligently, and it worked for him when life was going well, but when faced with a threat, he realized that his powers of reason were fallible, limited. No amount of study could guarantee him success; his mind could let him down. So can my faith as a matter of fact. It’s not really my faith that sees me through in life. My faith can falter because I am weak. What doesn’t fail us is God. When I rest my faith in God, remembering what He has promised us in the Scriptures (that we are His creatures, that He loves us even though we disobey Him, that He has given His Son to suffer and die to earn us a forgiving welcome with God, that He calls us to live lives of love for Him and each other, and that nothing – not even death – can pull us out of His loving embrace) then I am secure in God’s care. Where do you look for security? Money and possessions have their limits. So does the pursuit of pleasure. When I look to God in faith, I find my feet standing on bedrock. Will you join me?

Book, line and sinker A group of Grade 1 and 2 students visited David Thompson Secondary School on Thursday, March 17th, to enjoy storybooks written and designed by Grade 8 students. Pictured, Jamie Jenkinson reads her tale “An Angel in the School” to Mikayla Cameron and Micheal McConnell-Howell, from Eileen Madson Primary School. Photo by Kate Irwin

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, March 27th, 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY, “Paul The Prisoner”...Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served. “K.I.D.S.” Church, for Children ages three to 12 during the Morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lakewindermerealliance.org Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday 8:30 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s in Edgewater. 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Interim Pastor Katherine Hough 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.info or www.christchurchtrinity.com 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 • www.valleychristianonline.com Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St.Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Father John Kellogg Saturday: 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father James McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Thursday 7 p.m. Fun Night Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, Sunday 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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