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CITIZENS OF THE YEAR — Don (left) and Julie McIntosh (centre) receive the Citizen of the Year award from Rotary Club of Invermere President, Jeanette Riches (right), at a special luncheon to honour the contributions of both Julie and her late husband Bill to the community over the years. Sadly,, Bill passed away this spring. Photo By Joshua Estabrooks

Rotary Club recognizes citizens By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff The Rotary Club of Invermere has honoured longtime valley residents, Julie McIntosh and her late husband Bill, as the Citizens of the Year. A special luncheon took place upstairs at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, on Thursday, May 26th, and included members of the Rotary Club, local politicians and members of the McIntosh family. Milt Deck, Chair of the Citizen of the Year Committee, spoke of Bill and Julie’s unwavering support of the community over the years, specifically the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team, which Bill helped establish and kept mobile by driving the bus for close to a decade. District of Invermere Mayor, Gerry Taft, said that

the award is playing a bit of catch up for the many years of service both Julie and Bill gave in various volunteering capacities, and thanked them both for their dedication to the community. Julie was joined by her son Don to accept the award, and said after the ceremony that the honour came as a complete surprise. “I had no idea this was coming. All I knew was that I was going out for lunch,” she said. She added that the award is bittersweet, as she wished that Bill — who passed away on March 29th — was here to receive it with her, but she believes he would be very pleased. “I know Bill would be honoured to receive this. We never did anything for the recognition, though, we just did what needed to be done.”

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Golden Timber Frames enters receivership By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff A local company that received millions of dollars in funding from the federal government in 2009 entered into receivership this spring for reasons yet unclear, leaving a lineup of creditors waiting to be paid back. Since then, local residents have been wondering what happened to both the company, Golden Timber Frames Limited, and the funding, but details have been hard to find. Invermere’s Shirley Campbell is one of those residents. She said that it is unfortunate that Golden Timber Frames is no longer operating, and that she has been stumped when looking into what happened to the grant money. “That is taxpayers’ money,” said Ms. Campbell. “It shouldn’t be this difficult to access information about the outcome of these grants. Tracking the funding is difficult, and I haven’t been able to find out any information on my own, which is why I came to the paper.” Golden Timber Frames Limited was created to manufacture a wide range of timber frames and timber components for residential and commercial use. The manufacturing facility was constructed on Hwy 93/95, just north of Invermere on Shuswap Indian Band land. The organization received multiple grants from multiple funding agencies, the most notable being a near $1.5 million grant from Western Economic Diversification through the Community Adjustment Fund, a Federal program to stimulate the economy in rural areas. “I sat on the management board for the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust that also provided them with a significant amount of money as well. They got the money, built the facility and they were moving forward,” said newly-elected Kootenay-Columbia MP, David Wilks. The money was to be used to help Golden Tim-

ber Frames introduce new manufacturing technology, enhance production and diversify its customer base by marketing to builders across North America. But in an unexpected twist, Golden Timber Frames Ltd. filed for bankruptcy and entered receivership this spring. Mr. Wilks’ understanding of the situation is that the company had a problem with one of its lenders. “It had nothing to do with the federal government. It had something to do with the land, but I don’t know exactly,” he said. “That is taxpayers’ money. It shouldn’t be this difficult to access information about the outcome of these grants.” — Shirley Campbell, Invermere Now that the company has entered receivership, some of the grants might be returned if the agencies that provided the funds are on the creditor list, Mr. Wilks said. “Basically if it is a grant it was provided to that company, they exercised their money in good faith and they did put a product forward and, like any other grant, it has no strings to it,” he said. “There is a pecking order where people get their money back when they sell the assets.” According to a court document obtained by The Pioneer, the Supreme Court of Canada appointed Vancouver-based Wolrige Mahon Limited to be the receiver of both Golden Timber Frames Ltd. and Golden Timber Frames Partnership. They now have the custodial responsibility for the companies, including tangible and intangible assets and rights. The total assets come in at approximately $2,906,000, the court document states, including accounts receivable, inventory and the property plant and equipment. The list of secured creditors, those first in line for repayment, includes Business Development Bank of

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Canada for almost $2 million, Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust for just over $600,000 and the Bank of Montreal. The list of unsecured creditors, those who should receive a share of any leftover money after secured creditors are paid, includes 53 agencies or companies, for a total amount of nearly $600,000. The largest amount sought by an unsecured creditor, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WEDC), is a little less than $400,000, only a fraction of the nearly $1.5 million granted back in September of 2009. The difference between the amount sought and granted is because a full grant was never administered, as funds are distributed when needed, not in a lump sum, said WEDC spokesperson, Ben Letts. “We can confirm that Western Economic Diversification had reimbursed Golden Timber Frames Ltd. $396,479 for eligible costs that they incurred prior to the business going into receivership,” Mr. Letts said. “Businesses that go into receivership are in default of their contribution agreement with Western Economic Diversification and are expected to repay the funds they have received. As the process is ongoing, it would be premature to speculate on whether or not these funds are recoverable.” Senior Associate of Insolvency and Restructuring with Wolrige Mahon Ltd, Raj Hara said that the assets of both Golden Timber Frames Ltd. and Golden Timber Frames Limited Partnership are currently for sale, and they expect offers to come in until the end of May. “We have 24-hour security on site to ensure the security of the assets and we’re just doing everything feasible to get the best value for the assets. We’re just waiting to get some offers,” Mr. Hara said. Once the assets are sold, the money will be used to pay back the creditors. The Pioneer was unable to contact representatives for Golden Timber Frames, and Dean Martin, CEO for Kinbasket Development Corporation, said he would rather not speak about the situation until the court process is complete.

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Submitted by Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac Columbia Valley RCMP • On May 19th, the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of an assault that occurred at the Riverside golf course in Fairmont. A group in front was asked if others could play through, which resulted in an argument and one man assaulting another. The victim was a 56-year-old man from St. Albert, and the man being investigated for the assault is a 32-year-old male from Vancouver. • On May 20th at 7:33 p.m., a 17-year-old male driver from Calgary was given a ticket for excessive speeding in the Dry Gulch area of the highway. His 2000 Pontiac was impounded for seven days. • On May 21th at 1:56 a.m., as a result of checking a vehicle in the 1300 block of 13th Avenue, a 30-yearold man displayed signs of having consumed alcohol. A roadside breath test demand was made and the male blew a fail. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his 1993 Ford was impounded for 30 days. • On May 21st at 5:00 a.m., police attended a twovehicle accident on Hilltop Road in Windermere. A blue 2009 Ford Flex driven by a 24-year-old Calgarian man lost control and collided with a parked Ford F-150. The man received some injuries and was taken to the hospital. Police attended the hospital and noted that he had been drinking. The man was given a 90-day driving prohibition. This same man, just prior to this accident, had entered a residence in the 1000 block of Baltac Road in Windermere appearing confused. The homeowner escorted the man out of the house. • On May 21st at 6:30 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment responded to the hospital area in response to a call about a man threatening to harm himself. The man had left the hospital and was located nearby. He was convinced to return to the hospital to seek assistance. • On May 21st at 7:30 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a two-vehicle accident at the corner of Timbermount Road and Timber Heights Road. A 50-year-old driver of a 2003 Nissan was turning left when a 1986 Toyota, driven by a 19-year-old man from Invermere, began to pass the Nissan, striking it as the vehicle attempted to turn. The driver of the Toyota was charged with passing on the left when unsafe. • On May 22nd, police attended the Lakeshore Resort Campground and assisted staff in evicting a group of campers. • On May 22nd at 9:46 a.m., a 2004 BMW was checked in the Dry Gulch area for speeding. The 31-year-old driver from Kelowna displayed signs of having consumed liquor and was given a roadside breath test demand and he blew a fail. His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

One headlight trick Back in the days when I was a real policeman we dealt with a lot of bush parties where kids did their drinking. One particular evening a couple of us went in and we did our thing, seized the liquor and requested the kids move on. They did. Except this one particular evening we observed one man run into the bush carrying his case of beer. We could hear the beer bottles clanging about as he ran along. Anytime we would come close to the youth he would run further into the bush. We requested that the other kids move on. With everyone gone we knew we had an intoxicated young man in the bush and we couldn’t leave him there, so we drove away. We did an about turn and when we returned the kid would keep running. This time we drove away and stayed away a little longer. This particular police car I was driving had a defect in the switches. When one switch was turned on, the left headlight would go out. I hit the switch so I would appear to be a vehicle with a headlight out. I went racing down the road at mach speed. The kid, at night with the lights glaring on him, was unable to recognize it was a police car. I went racing up, slammed on the brakes and came to a sliding stop, yelling at the kid “Get your ass in the car before the police come back.” The kid came running towards the car thinking I was a friend returning to pick him up. Surprise! Once again, thinking outside the box paid off. Detachment Open House I would like to thank all those who attended the detachment’s recent open house. Our thanks to the Windermere Lions club and Tim Hortons for sponsoring this event. Lions club hosted the beef-on-a-bun dinner and fed about 100 people. Tim Hortons provided the coffee and treats along with some Tim Hortons bears. We estimate that 130 people attended the detachment. Our thanks also to all the Grade 3 classes in the valley who drew all the pictures that were posted throughout the building. We also appreciate all the detachment volunteers who assisted with the open house. Unfortunately due to a couple of ongoing emergencies at the same time, we were unable to open up the main office area as it was being used. Our volunteers and Lions club members did double duty. Corporal Sullivan and his dog Rambo were a big hit. Kids got to pet Rambo. Thanks to his demeanor that day, there were no civil lawsuits for biting anyone. The kids however seemed to be more interested in the cell block area and the machines we had in the back parking lot. Although busy that day my thanks to those officers that took the time to come out and mingle with the people. Finally to those parents and grandparents that came with kids, thanks for not leaving them behind.

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Copper Point Resort opens its doors By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The staff at Copper Point Resort were celebrating last weekend, as the newly-completed resort opened the doors to its very first guest. Simon Billo from Calgary was warmly welcomed when he checked in on Friday, May 20th, to the new 203-room hotel, which overlooks The Ridge golf course on one side and the Rocky Mountains on the other. “It’s unique to be the first customer; maybe they’ll put a plaque up,” Mr. Billo joked. “I was treated to big smiles from staff when I came in and have been made to feel very welcome and wanted.” The new resort features indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs, a fitness centre, a sports court, an on-site market and two on-site golf courses. In addition, the contemporary restaurant, Elements Grill, will provide a fresh, seasonal menu, with a large outdoor patio situated to catch the evening sun. “We couldn’t be happier to be open,” said Michellene Kandert, Director of Public Relations and Brand Development. “For a long time there were no visual changes and it felt like we were never going to pull it together ... It’s such an incredible moment now we can say we delivered on all our intentions.” It has been just more than a year since Rohit Com-

munities bought Copper Point Resort out of receivership and set about the ambitious task of completing the resort and opening the doors to paying customers in just 12 months. Along the way they have won awards for their logo, advertisements and marketing campaign, and have become part of the local charity and fundraising scene. Working with local businesses, tradespeople and artists has been integral when putting the finishing touches on the resort, Ms. Kandert added. “The journey we’ve taken in the last year is so big,” Ms. Kandert said. “Our job in addition to building this resort was building a reputation in this town ... looking at where we’ve come from it’s hard not to feel proud.” As part of the opening, Bobby-Jo Wiebe, a member of the resort’s marketing team, did a tandem paraglide jump with local gliding expert Max Fanderl, landing on The Ridge Golf Course. The May 20th opening is being deemed a “soft” opening by staff, as only one wing of the hotel, the Athabasca Wing, is currently open to guests. The Mt. Bryce wing will be unveiled at the grand opening on Tuesday, June 28th. A number of offers and contests are being run in conjunction with the opening. For more information on Copper Point Resort call 1-855-926-7737, or visit

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Historical Lens

The pull of the playoff puck By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

Nothing has more patriotic power than a Canadian team making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. In a country as large as Canada, it takes a lot to bring together people from all of the provinces, but I’m convinced the NHL playoffs help unite Canucks — and not just the Vancouver kind — from coast to coast. I’m no hockey buff, but I do enjoy sitting with friends and watching a game, especially the playoffs. Even if you don’t own a jersey or know all the intricacies of the sport, the excitement and the screaming (or crying) fans have a certain pull, and can’t help but leave you feeling emotionally invested in the whole spectacle. I was on Vancouver Island this past week, and watched two of the Vancouver/San Jose games from pubs filled with jersey-sporting mega-fans. On Tuesday, May 24th, I was flying home during the game that sealed Vancouver’s spot in their first Stanley Cup Final in 17 years. In the airport lounge, strangers were chatting with each other about the game, and the airplane I was on erupted with cheers when Vancouver scored the first goal during the first period. At the Calgary airport, most of the flight’s passengers huddled around a TV near the baggage carousel while their luggage twirled around the conveyor belt, forgotten. Granted, I was deep in the Canuck fan-zone, but turning to face other cheering fans, and seeing the mass of people on TV who congregated in downtown Vancouver, I felt a surge of patriotic pride I haven’t experienced since the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I don’t know what it is about hockey, but the flying pucks, tricky skate work, heavy checks, and sheer power of the sport bring us crazy Canadians together in a way unmatched by anything else I can think of. So even if you’re not a Canuck fan during the regular season, set aside your other foam fingers and fanfare in the name of national pride and cheer on the only Canadian team in the finals. Go Canucks go!

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Garbage is not just from visitors Dear Editor: I share the same concern Dean Timothy has for all of the garbage spotted in the ditches on a recent trip to beautiful Canmore, where I live. However, I detect a slight bias towards who is at fault here. The implication seems to point towards those pesky Albertans. Any thinking person should realize this is a human problem, not one based on which province

you reside. Check anywhere and you see the same thing. I have an acquaintance in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and they have the same problem there. Proof that people are a little selfish and self centered (especially when no one is looking) no matter the locale. Alvin Shier Canmore

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After 20 years, please stop talking about Jumbo Dear Editor: At this point, the majority of us are aware, in one capacity or another, of the history of the proposed Jumbo Glacier resort. By now the majority of us have formulated an opinion about the proposal. The proponents are adamant that this is a sustainable project and an appropriate use of public land, and somehow believe they have the public’s support to make this resort a reality. They believe there are simply not enough ski hills in the area and that an extended ski season will keep local tourism and ski industries afloat. Local environmental advocacy groups have long fought back, largely with local public support. Call it scare tactics, call it reality, call it whatever you want. No, the area is not a pristine, unspoiled wilderness. The region has long supported itself through forestry and mining and the Jumbo Creek Valley was no different. Groups like Wildsight and the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society are 100 per cent necessary to keep industry and government in check. Without them, frivolous land grabs and exploitation of resources would run rampant. Local First Nations have also thrown in their two cents. To the Ktunaxa, the valley has spiritual value and should be left alone. To the Shuswap, the resort should go ahead as planned. The topic has been a political hot potato; with neither local nor provincial bodies wanting to make a decision. The decision has been kicked around so much, it’s starting to look like an inmate in a prison riot. I say lock it up. Tie this thing up for as long as possible and one of two things is going to happen: eventually the proposal

will become stale and it is unlikely investors will want their name attached whether it goes ahead or not; or everyone involved will eventually pass away and the proposal along with them. In any event, it will give us hikers, climbers and mountaineers more time to spend with the area before tourists swarm the upper glaciers of the Commander Group of mountains. Amid all the shots being fired across everyone’s bows, the history of this great group of mountains has yet to be mentioned. The immediate area has eight peaks over 11,000 feet of elevation — a concentration rivalled only by the Columbia Icefields — and countless more over 10,000 feet, and is mountaineers’ heaven. It is not only the height and prominence of these great peaks that draw climbers to them. The history is rich and laced with the names of the most dominant pioneers of Canadian alpinism. They recorded numerous first ascents on the area’s peaks in the heyday of Canadian mountaineering, even when everyone’s focus had been on the Rockies peak bagging spree. That is the way the area should be enjoyed: summiting a peak after negotiating the objective hazards of glacier travel, rockfall, weather and exposure; standing atop a mountain summit after a long day of work; enjoying a view that requires a concerted effort to attain. Not riding a ski lift. Not milling around with hundreds of tourists. Not trying to find a parking spot closest to the gondola. Of course, my argument could be avoided entirely if the government just says no. And to everyone else...go take a hike! Seriously! Steve Tersmette Kimberley

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Be ready for the HST referendum Dear Editor: By June 13th, Elections B.C. will start mailing ballots for the referendum about the Harmonized Sales Tax. I have found that our politicians try to defend the existing new tax by misleading the public with unqualified statements, to justify the introduction of HST last year. British Columbians responded very clearly, with an anti-HST petition of more than 70,000 signatures. I am a local electrical contractor, with a yearly gross income (as an example) of $300,000. One third goes on supplies expenses and materials: $100,000. Two thirds go to labour: $200,000. Before, I applied five per cent GST and seven per cent PST on materials, because that is what I paid at time of purchase. I received it back as Input Tax Credit. On my labour I applied only five per cent GST, which was set to the Canada Revenue Agency. Using the above $200,000 example that is $10,000. With the combined tax I now have to charge my

customers an additional seven per cent tax on my labour, which is $14,000, plus the original $10,000 (using the earlier $200,000 example) going to the Revenue Agency. It is obviously another tax grab. In fact, let’s say it, this is additional tax on the B.C. labour. I suppose it is common sense to cut my spending if I’m running over my budget in my household. Our provincial government has a different approach. They would rather increase taxes. My income dropped last year almost 80 per cent from the previous year. I wonder if the government employees had the same wage cuts. The province was given no time to recover from the recession before the new tax was introduced that killed construction activity in our region. We depend here on the new housing projects and the Albertan oil dollars. With the new tax we are no more attractive to our neighbours. Those are my reasons to vote against the HST. in the upcoming referendum. Daniel Bakos Fairmont Hot Springs

Windermere Ladies Golf report Submitted by Ann Way Windermere Ladies Golf Club The warm, sunny weather on Wednesday, May 18th, drew 27 ladies out to play Pin Round #2. The first flight was won by Susan Nikirk, the second flight by Deb Plato, the third flight by Connie Watson and the fourth flight by Doreen Stewart. The deuce pot was shared between Susan Nikirk

with two deuces and Sandra Howard and Deb Plato with one each. Susan also won the putting pot. Well done Susan! The clinics have been well-attended. The clinic on June 1st is with drivers; June 8th, sand; June 15th, course management; June 22nd, short game strategies and June 29th is fill swing. The clinics are open to non-members and the cost for each clinic is $10. Ring the pro shop to register.

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Farmers’ market open longer By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The Invermere farmers’ market is soon returning for its 11th year, with an extended season to keep up with popular demand. Opening on June 18th, one week earlier than in previous years, and closing Julia Oaks on September 10th, one week later, the market will fill the streets of downtown Invermere every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New market manager, Julia Oaks, who took over from market founders and long-time managers Rosemary Oaks and Eva Coles, said she is looking forward to a busy summer catering to the 2,000 or more visitors passing through the market each weekend. “We added two weeks to the season after a lot of requests to extend the market,” Julia explained. “We’ve had a good response from vendors with over 100 applications

sent in so we’re rolling along nicely ... People are pretty excited and want it to get underway as soon as possible.” The market has been a popular fixture in Invermere since it began in the summer of 2000. It operates under a make, bake or grow philosophy, with 100 per cent of produce and items sold made in Canada and the majority locally created or grown. Each week sees an array of 55 different vendors, selling anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to local arts and crafts. Additions to this season’s line-up will include new artists and bakers. After founders Rosemary and Eva made the decision to step aside last fall, they hunted for the perfect manager to take over their legacy. Julia, with her experience as a vendor at the market and background in the valley arts scene, came out on top of the five applicants. “It’s important to keep the market going,” Julia added. “It brings a lot to the local economy ... After Rosemary and Eva put their hearts and souls into the market for 10 years I’m proud to keep it going.” A limited number of weekly spaces for vendors are currently still available, with all the seasonal spots sold out for the summer. For more information, 250-342-5138.

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Three-vehicle smash near Canal Flats

A three-vehicle accident took place 10-15 kilometres south of Canal Flats at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th. A red, 1992 Toyota Tercel, with two occupants, was travelling northbound to Golden when it veered onto the other side of the road causing a collision with two southbound cars: a silver, 2007 Subaru Impreza with two occupants and a maroon, 2000 Pontiac Grand Am with four occupants. The Totoya rolled over, ending up on its roof in the centre of Highway 93/95. The other two vehicles wound up in a small ditch beside the road. Both male occupants of the Toyota and a pregnant woman travelling in the Pontiac were taken to hospital. No serious injuries were reported. The driver of the Toyota Tercel is being investigated for impaired driving. Photos by Kate Irwin

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Send in the clowns Japhy Hunt of Wilmer performs a magic trick for seniors at Columbia House on Thursday, May 19th. Residents were treated to a magic show, doggie dancing and fun and games with costumed staff. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Movie Review: I Am Number Four Reviewed by Dave Sutherland I Am Number 4 seems to have been tailored for and aimed squarely at the same demographic that made the Twilight franchise huge blockbuster hits. Throw in a dash of Harry Potter and a mishmash of ideas from other hits and you would hope to have a surefire hit on your hands. I Am Number 4 did have a bit of an epic feel to it: despite its modest running time, it seemed to go on forever. The plot concerns hunky teenage alien, John, originally from the planet Lorien. He’s on the run from the fierce, bald-headed, tattooed Mogadorians, who are intent, for reasons that are never really interesting, on eradicating his entire race. When John and his “father” and their shape-shifting “dog” settle temporarily in Paradise, Ohio, he enrolls in high school.

There, he befriends underdogs, battles bullies, and starts an intense relationship with a sensitive model (I mean student!) named Sarah, all the while engaging in a never-ending pursuit by the ray-gun wielding, dentally impaired baddies. The cast — Alex Pettyfer as John, Dianna Agron as Sarah, Timothy Olyphant as Henri, and Callam MacAullife as Sam — are all adequate in their roles, but don’t seem to have a lot to work with. The story behind I Am Number 4 is at least as interesting as the movie. The plot was concocted in a fiction factory run by James Frey, who received a personal dressing-down from Oprah herself when his muchhyped memoir, ‘A Million Little Pieces’, turned out to be wholly fabricated. Frey pays young writers a paltry sum to churn out works in the same vein as hits, containing elements that

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

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

Toby Theatre • May 25th - 28th: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules. • June 1st - 27th: CLOSED

Friday, May 27th: • 2 - 4 p.m.: “A pirate’s life for me!” Special event for children, Grades 1 - 5, at the Invermere Library. Scavenger hunt, crafts, costumes, stories and, of course, TREASURE! Pre-registration is required, space limited. Visit or call 250-342-6416. • 6:30 p.m.: Schnitzel Dinner at Invermere Legion, Branch 71. For info: 250-688-0640.

Saturday, May 28th: • Relay for Life Fundraiser at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. One dollar from each golf round and each pool entry will be donated. Proceeds from a fundraising barbecue at the Adventure Centre/ Mini-golf will also be donated. For info call Kira: 250-345-5990. • 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Japan Relief Fundraiser, a benefit live music concert at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets are $30, available from Essentials Department Store, Spring Health Food Store and One-Hour Photo. $32 at the door. • 6:15 p.m.: Doors open to KBK Baton Year End show at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. No admission fee. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, May 31st: • REACH Art Show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. 7th Annual art show featuring art from David

Thompson Secondary School students. Scheduled until June 12th. Opening Event on Wednesday, June 1st. For info: 250-342-4423. • Royal Canadian Legion National Poppy Poster and Literary Contest - Winning Entries Exhibition from May 31st to June 12th at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. • 7 p.m.: An evening with Sam Levin, co-founder of Project Sprout, at David Thompson Secondary School Theatre. Entry bu donation. For info contact:

Wednesday, June 1st: • Opening Event for REACH, 7th Annual Art Show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Featuring art from David Thompson Secondary School students. For info: 250-342-9216 ext. 146 or 250-342-4423. • 7 a.m.: Tim Hortons Camp Day. This annual event will help raise money to send kids from our community on a camping adventure of a lifetime. Fundraising and fun activities throughout the day. Your fave local restaurant hosts will be there to serve you coffee. • 1 - 3 p.m.: Free Job Search and Resume Preparation Workshop at the Radium Information Centre with an employment counsellor from the Columbia Valley Employment Centre. For info and registration: 250347-9331 or • 7 p.m.: Canal Flats Days 2011, from June 1st to June 5th, starts with Canal Days Idol. For information about Canal Days: 250-349-5447.

Friday, June 3rd: • 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Paddle to the Pacific - Launch at Kinsmen Beach. Fur Trade entertainment. Brigade arrival at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and Dance at Invermere Legion at 6 p.m. $12.50 per person. To reserve call: 250-342-9517.

Saturday, June 4th: • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.: 3rd annual Garage Sale at Sonshine Children Centre at 320 - 10th Avenue. Accepting donation of gently used items during centre hours Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 p.m. Proceeds go to educational equipment. For info: 250-341-6224 or email • 8 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at Canal Days, in Canal Flats. Parade, special features to follow. For info: 250-349-5447.

Monday, June 6th: • 7:00 p.m.: Wilmer Waterworks District’s Annual General Meeting at the Wilmer Community Hall (Conrad Kain Park). Wednesday, June 8th: • 5:00 p.m.: Panorama Foundation’s Annual General Meeting at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

Friday, June 10th: • 7:30 p.m.: A Greek Mythology Olympiganza! Presented by the David Thompson Secondary School Senior Drama Class. Admission is $10.00. For info: 250-342-9213.

Saturday, June 11th: • Radium Days at Legend’s Field in Radium Hot Springs. For info: 250-347-9331. • 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.: British Car Show in the Ball Park in Radium. • 12:noon - 12:30 p.m.: Radium Day Parade. • 1 - 4 p.m.: Kids’ Zone, Laser tag, Outdoor Market, Canteen and Music at Radium Days. Tickets for various events will be sold at the grounds. For info: 250-347-9331. • 7:30 p.m.: A Greek Mythology Olympiganza! Presented by the David Thompson Secondary School Senior Drama Class. For info: 250-3429213.

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Pynelogs’ summer student: an introduction By Montana Cameron Pynelogs Cultural Centre As this summer’s fulltime summer student at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, I am happy to have this opportunity to introduce myself to those who don’t know me, and to allow those who do to learn a Montana Cameron little more about me. I grew up here in the valley and coming home each summer when the university semester ends is something I really look forward to. Having the opportunity to spend this summer involved with the local arts is something I could not be more excited about. Although I am preparing to complete my final year in my Bachelor of Arts degree, my major will actually be in psychology. Many people have given me confused looks and inquired what a psychology undergraduate student is doing in a place like Pynelogs. I hope this article will help to explain. Growing up, I was involved in many forms of dance, was heavily into piano and later, guitar. I was an avid poetry and short story writer, and had interest in other arts

such as painting and card making. Creative outlets for me have always been where I found my self-expression, confidence, and greatest happiness. When I graduated from the local high school in 2007, I received the Columbia Valley Arts Bursary and went off to university to pursue my interest in victim counselling. Somewhere along the way though, I got a little lost from my artistic side with all the stress and focus that full-time studies entail. I was lucky enough to enroll for two fine arts courses this past year, one entitled Creativity and the other Story, both of which turned my world upside down and set me back on the right track. The classes discussed how essential art is in our daily lives and in terms of feeling fulfilled. We spent our time discussing art, stories, movies, the changing world, education and life in general. I originally enrolled in only the first course as a filler, but half way through the term I knew I had to sign up for more as those classes ended up causing real change and true learning. I ended up doing more writing for those classes than any other, and at the end I was astonished at what I had written. Suddenly I had clarity on what I wanted to pursue in my future, thanks to a year-end project. I have always known I wanted to go into victim counselling and had never before taken my artistic side seriously enough to incorporate it into my career plans.

Researching my final project I discovered the domain of art therapy and got a little obsessed. Realizing what a solace art had been in my own life, I understood how healing it could be and am now passionate about pursuing a way to incorporate art into the counselling I will provide. Since deciding this I have found myself picking up my guitar a little bit more often, even during finals, and taking time for writing things other than just essays. When I got the news I would be lucky enough to spend my summer in this job, I felt it perfectly signified that I am on the right track. On the days that I am not here, come talk to Sarah Frazier who works part-time. She is working on a documentary this summer when she is not at Pynelogs and is preparing to teach a film course with Gabriel Jablanczy at College of the Rockies from July 25th to 29th, for kids aged nine to thirteen. It will be a wonderful experience for kids interested in film and will be taught by two fun and passionate instructors. Both Sarah and I look forward to chatting with many of you over the summer and encourage you to come look around the gallery and ask us any questions you may have. Please call Pynelogs Cultural Centre for answers to any questions or for general information: 250-342-4423.

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Kootenay Dance Kamp 2011 July 18-22 and July 25-29

Join us for a week of dance, play, creativity and fun this summer! Beginner to advance dance kamps available. Information and registration online at Ph: 250-342-5002

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FREE 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the A ROOM WITH A VIEW — The Olive Hut sits high in the alpine on Catamount Glacier, and is one of the five huts in the Purcells that are managed and maintained by the Columbia Valley Hut Society. Photo submitted by Ryan Bavin By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff

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For hikers, mountaineers, snowmobilers, and backcountry recreationalists, the huts located throughout the Columbia Valley are important to their continued enjoyment of the alpine potential of the area. The Columbia Valley Hut Society has maintained five of these huts since the 1980s, and as the group’s Annual General Meeting approaches, President Ryan Bavin said he is hoping for a good turnout of people interested in helping out. The group maintains five cabins in the area, said Mr. Bavin, spanning from the Jumbo area in the south to the approximately 100-year-old mining cabin called McMurdo in the north. “They’re all hike-in huts,” Mr. Bavin said. “Some you can drive to within a few kilometres, but others you have to cross glaciers to get to. People go to the huts for all kinds of recreational activities.” The five huts the group maintains are Jumbo, Olive (located on Catamount Glacier), David White (Forster Creek drainage), Kingsbury (in International Basin), and McMurdo. In the winter months, the huts are used as base camps for skiing expeditions and warm-up areas for snowmobilers. In the summer, they are used by hikers and mountaineers as starting points on their expeditions. Mr. Bavin said that useage has been steady lately, and includes a good mix of locals and out-of-towners. “I grew up going to these places, and there are a lot of locals and Calgary locals who use the huts regularly. We

also see a number of users from further away. It’s spreading out in terms of the usership. More and more people seem to be getting interested in backcountry stuff.” To book a cabin, users go online to www.cvhsinfo. org, choose the dates they are interested in and pay the fee. The fees are then used to do regular maintenance on the huts and bring in supplies like firewood. In some areas, the firewood has to be flown in due to the sensitive alpine ecosystem they are located in. The society is non-profit, said Mr. Bavin, and therefore runs on volunteer power, so he is hoping to attract some more members for the June 7th AGM. “We want to build a bit more of a foundation, especially the younger people who want to get out and around,” he said. “There have been a few younger members, but in the past year or two people have been getting pretty busy so we want to broaden the membership base so that if someone is busy then we have other people who can fill in.” Currently the society has about 24 members, but Mr. Bavin would like to see that number increase so there are more hands to help in keeping the huts in top shape. “We’re looking for anyone who has an interest in the backcountry and is not too scared to get their hands dirty. The work we do includes cutting or stacking firewood, loading up slings with supplies and regular maintenance work on the huts themselves.” For more information on the society or if you would like to help out in any way, send an e-mail to contact@, or come out to the AGM in the upstairs of Angus McToogles restaurant at 7 p.m. on June 7th.

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Seniors groove at Zumba By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A group of seniors at Mount Nelson Place in Invermere are proving that you’re never too old to boogie with their weekly Zumba dance fitness classes. The classes, which are held every Friday, are put on by Colleen Wagner from the Community Dance Tree. They are designed to provide the group of 10 residents with some light exercise and a cheerful start to their day, with the merry Zumba beats putting a smile on everyone’s face. “Exercise is such an important thing, plus the positivity and good feeling that the class brings,” said Donna Jefferson, Manager of Mt. Nelson Place. “It can be hard as you get older to be active, but the type of movement is gentle enough that our residents can just sit and do the footwork, or can be up on their feet joining in.” The group of residents, the majority of whom are senior citizens, have been living together in residential care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities for more than 30 years. The centre’s staff are always seeking new and interesting entertainment and excursions, and when Ms. Jefferson, a Zumba regular, came up with the idea of Zumba classes, the residents were keen. A few weeks later, the air at Mount Nelson Place was filled with lively Latin rhythms. “I just love music and Zumba myself and knew Colleen because she used to be part of the staff here, so it seemed ideal,” Ms. Jefferson explained. “It’s all about giving our residents choices that they can enjoy, and they really like the classes.” After three months of classes, the residents have got into the Zumba spirit and are showing off some surprisingly sprightly moves, including salsa and merengue steps. The eldest student, John Nicholson, is 90 years young and said he enjoys the music and lively beats. “It blows me away every Friday. They just warm my

FUNKY FEET — 90-year-old John Nicholson shows off his dance moves at Mount Nelson Place’s weekly Zumba class. Photo by Kate Irwin heart with their enthusiasm,” said Ms. Wagner. “I definitely want to keep doing more classes. Zumba has so much to offer for overall health and the music just heals the soul.” For more information about Zumba classes or Community Dance Tree, call 250-342-3371.









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Notice of Voting - Windermere Water System Upgrade Vote PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the electors within the Windermere Community Water System Local Service Area that a vote will be held on the following question: “Are you in favour of the Regional District of East Kootenay adopting Bylaw No. 2301 and No. 2302 to: • borrow up to $2,230,000 amortized over 25 years to purchase access to treated water and upgrade the Windermere Community Water System; and • increase the maximum annual requisition for the Windermere Community Water System Local Service to $340,000?”


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ELECTOR REGISTRATION If you are not on the list of electors, you may register at the time of voting by completing the required application form available at the voting place. To register you must meet the following qualifications: • 18 years of age or older; • Canadian citizen; • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day; • resident of OR registered owner of real property (land) in the Windermere Community Water System Local Service Area for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day; and • not otherwise disqualified by law from voting. Resident electors will also be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and if more than one person owns the property, written consent from the majority of property owners to that person voting.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING Electors may vote by mail if they: • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; OR • expect to be absent from the RDEK on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities. REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: Before 4:00 pm on June 23, 2011 you must submit the following information to the RDEK office in Cranbrook by mail (19-24th Ave S, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8), telephone (250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335), fax (250-489-3498) or email ( 1. Full name; 2. Residential address; 3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors); 4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: (a) pick up at RDEK office in Cranbrook; (b) regular lettermail through Canada Post to residential address; OR (c) regular lettermail through Canada Post to an alternate address provided when requesting the mail ballot package; and 5. If you are not on the list of electors, to ensure you receive the correct registration application form in your package, you must indicate whether you are going to be registering as a resident or non-resident property elector. The RDEK will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about May 30, 2011. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on June 25, 2011.

SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED BYLAWS BYLAW NO. 2301 – “Regional District of East Kootenay – Windermere Community Water System Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw, 1990 – Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2011” – This Bylaw will increase the maximum amount of money that may be taxed annually to $340,000 in order to cover the debt servicing costs of the proposed upgrade to the Windermere Community Water System. BYLAW NO. 2302 – “Regional District of East Kootenay – Windermere Community Water System Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2302, 2011” – This Bylaw will authorize the borrowing of $2,230,000 amortized over 25 years to purchase access to treated water and upgrade the water system within the Windermere Community Water System Local Service Area to receive bulk treated water. TAKE NOTICE that the above is a synopsis of the proposed Bylaws and that this synopsis is not intended to be and is not to be understood as an interpretation of the Bylaws. Full copies of the Bylaws may be inspected at the Regional District of East Kootenay office, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC, during regular office hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, and on the Regional District of East Kootenay website at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, please contact Shannon Moskal, Chief Election Officer, or Jennifer MacDonald, Deputy Chief Election Officer, at 250-489-2791 or toll-free at 1-888-478-7335.

IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING - DRY GULCH WATER The RDEK is hosting a meeting to present and discuss the most recent information on construction options, associated costs and approval process for a community water system in Dry Gulch.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 7:00pm Radium Hot Springs Senior Citizens’ Hall 4863 Stanley Street, Radium Hot Springs Please attend this meeting if you are a resident and/or property owner in this area. Your input is important. For more information contact Elizabeth Ahlgren, Project Supervisor at 250-489-2791 or toll free at 1-888-478-7335 or by email at

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Canadian Housing Affordability Worsens After two consecutive quarters of improving homeownership affordability across most of Canada, the first quarter of 2011 experienced a decline. In the latest quarterly housing affordability report from RBC, it was noted that although mortgage rates were relatively flat, the average home price across Canada rose. After experiencing two quarters of falling mortgage rates that improved affordability for Canadians, the start of 2011 brought in a slight decline. The good news for Canadians is that housing affordability, while still above the long-term average, remains well below the cyclical peak levels we experienced in 2008, and the all-time levels experienced in 1990.

est rates back to a more normal level. This is expected to restrain growth in housing demand for quarters to come.


Perhaps closer to home for residents in the valley, the Alberta market was noted to be stuck in low gear. Outlook New home construction and existing sales experienced modest gains while there appears to be a hesitation RBC’s report suggested that a mostly flat trend in from buyers extending from the rapid rise in home prices the housing market can be expected for the next two during the 2006-2007 boom. years or perhaps longer. The RBC report noted that mortgage delinquencies While thisIncorporated doesn’t bode = well Manulife Securities IDAfor homeowners who are as high as they have been in a generation in Alberta, wish to increase their net worth, the good news is that Manulife Securities Investment Services inc. = MFDA and while market conditions have become much more RBC does not expect a widespread and sustained drop in Securities Insurance Inc. = INSURANCE balanced in recent months there has been very littleManulife up- home prices during this period. ward momentum in housing prices. Their reasoning is that household incomes should be The good news for Albertans is that housing afford- able to keep up with rising mortgage rates. The excepability is attractive and below the long-term average for tion to this low probability of a sharp downturn is the French the province. Vancouver market.

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New flights available between Edmonton and Cranbrook By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Lethbridge-based airline, Integra Air, announced they will be launching direct, regularly scheduled flights between the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook and the Edmonton International Airport, starting on June 15th. To begin with, flights will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing Edmonton at 11:45 a.m. or departing from Cranbrook at 3:00 p.m. The flight is approximately an hour and 20 minutes, and costs between $189-$239, plus applicable taxes one way. The service will be targeting two segments: recreational passengers from the Edmonton area and further north who wish to enjoy the Kootenay Region and Columbia Valley, as well as Kootenay-based employees who work in Northern Alberta and need a simpler and less

stressful way to commute. Air service between Cranbrook and Edmonton is just the first phase of Integra’s plan. As phase one launches, the company will be engaging stakeholders in conversation to find out what their shift schedules are, and what days and times to schedule additional flights. Phase two might be adding flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then phase three may be adding a direct flight to Fort McMurray with the single stop in Edmonton to better serve the commuting passenger, said Integra Air CEO, Brent Gateman. Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak said he is very pleased with the announcement by Integra Air. “The continued growth in service providers and overall passenger numbers simply reaffirms to me that the airport is on the right track and that our residents and visitors see the Canadian Rockies International Airport as a viable option in their travel plans.”

Can one teenager change the world? The answer, in the case of 18-year-old Sam Levin, is emphatically yes. Not only is Sam changing his world, but he is inspiring others worldwide to do the same. An internationally-recognized innovator, motivator and speaker, Sam is one of the three co-founders of “Project Sprout”, a 1,200-square foot, student-run community garden near Monument High School in Great Barrington, Mass. The garden is maintained and cultivated by community and student volunteers of all ages, providing fresh food primarily for the high school with additional produce donated to projects in the community such as WIC (Women, Infants and Children). Project Sprout educates both the community and its students about healthy eating, the natural en-

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GARDENER’S DELIGHT ­— On bright summer days, all the hard work that goes into careful and meticulous gardening and landscaping comes to fruition. Far left: A bleeding heart, considered a deer resistant plant, catches the late afternoon sun in the impressive garden of Invermere residents, Lila and Nestor Fodchuk’s. Left: The Fodchuk’s flowering Pear tree shows signs of a healthy harvest to come. Photos By Joshua Estabrooks

Deer proof your garden By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff


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Deer are a constant problem for local gardeners, and it seems everyone has a different strategy for discouraging our cloven-hoofed neighbours from making a meal out of vegetable and flower gardens. Some property owners hang strongly scented soap around their properties to discourage deer from nibbling on their favourite foliage, while others concoct a specially-blended, environmentallyfriendly hot sauce mix for use on vegetables destined for human consumption. To make this safe and easy contact repellent that will not harm the plants or the deer, simply mix: 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent, 1 ounce of hot sauce 1 quart of water

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Also, when choosing what to place in your garden, remember this list of deer resistant plants: • Allium • Barberry (Berberis) • Bee balm (Monarda) • Bleeding heart (Dicentra) • Boxwood (Buxus) • Columbine (Aquilegia) • Daffodils (Narcissus) • Daphne • Daylilies (Hemerocallis) • Ferns (most species) • Forsythia • Foxglove (Digitalis) • Christmas rose • Holly (Ilex) • Lambs’ ears • Lady’s mantle and sunflowers • Lilac (Syringa) • Monkshood • Pine (Pinus) • Spirea (Spiraea) • Spruce (Picea) and wisteria. • Strongly scented, resinous herbs. • Prickly, fuzzy leaved or poison- ous plants.

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The Pioneer has been out gathering a set of handy gardening hints to turn any budding horticulturalist into a green fingered god or goddess. From pest control to compost, we’ve got you covered!

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Contact Dale Elliott • 250-341-7098 DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

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NOTICE is given of a Public Hearing to be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in the Council Chambers at the District of Invermere Office, 914 - 8th Ave., in the District of Invermere, to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002. Bylaw No. 1435, 2011 will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1145, 2002 as follows: • By amending section 5.22 (1) (e) of Zoning Bylaw 1145, 202 to include Carwashes, Auto Sales and Parts Supply Stores as permitted use(s) within the M-1 Light Industrial Zone. Lands Zoned M-1 Light Industrial are indicated on the inserted map

TWIRL POWER — The Kootenay Baton Konnection at the Provincial Baton Championships. Pictured, left to right, back row: Ashley O’Neil, Karli Servatius, Selena Wieler; middle row: Amber Larrabee, Sarah Kloos, Andi Hutchinson, Mariah Morneau, Maddie Hromadnik, Karlee Baes; front row: Holly Banville, Robyn Tardif, Delaney Rad, Jessie Hromadnik, Marissa Jobs, Leigh Thompson, Olivia Rad, Jade Tardif.  Photo submitted

Final twirl for local baton club

By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1435, 2011”. A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the District of Invermere municipal office 914 - 8th Ave., Invermere from May 18, 2011 to May 31, 2011. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. All persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1435, 2011. may: • Send written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing • Fax written briefs to the District of Invermere prior to the hearing; or • Present verbal or written briefs at the hearing. NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations after the close of the public hearing. Rory Hromadnik Director of Development Services

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After storming the Provincial Baton Championships earlier this month, local twirling group, the Kootenay Baton Konnection, will be going out on a high, with their final Year End Show at David Thompson Secondary School on May 28th. After 17 years of teaching twirling in the valley, coach Karen Gratton has announced that she is departing in November for at least six months, leaving the future of the club uncertain. With the support of parents, Karen’s older twirlers and a former student or two, she hopes to keep the club running, albeit with a smaller membership, for those current students who wish to continue twirling. “I purposely didn’t say anything earlier because I didn’t want to disrupt competition season,” Karen explained. “I think the club could conceivably keep running for at least one more year; however, students will need to be self-motivated. We will need a good parent base to help with administrative tasks such as ensuring practice space, scheduling and proper supervision.” With former students offering to fill in until February, and coach and choreographer Loranne Meek from Calgary promising her services to students, Karen feels positive that her legacy, in some form, will continue. Her announcement came after a successful run for 16 Kootenay Baton Konnection members at the provincial championships in Vancouver from May 6th to 8th. Along with the Kootenay Baton Konnection picking up B.C. Baton Club of the Year, the twirlers walked

away with a host of trophies and medals, including three Athlete of the Year awards, eight high point trophies and many more solo, duet and team awards. “They all did really well in the championships,” said Karen proudly. “It’s extremely gratifying when the kids, at maybe their last competition, achieved the goals they had set for themselves and had a positive experience that they will remember for a long time.” The Kootenay Baton Konnection was started by Karen in 1994 after moving to the area from Calgary. She put on a display at Windermere Elementary School with the help of athletes from Calgary and instantly gained 25 new recruits. Although she had not intended to start another competitive club, after her new twirlers went to watch a competition in Calgary with Karen they were hooked and the new group blossomed. At its height the Kootenay Baton Konnection had more than 60 twirlers. The group will finish with just less than 40 members. After 47 years of teaching twirling, Karen insists that she won’t be putting away her baton just yet. While she is away traveling in America she plans to offer support and advice via e-mail to any students wishing to continue. The club will still be performing at a number of events throughout the summer including Canada Day, Radium Days and Relay for Life. The Kootenay Baton Konnection’s final Year End Show will be held on Saturday, May 28th at David Thompson Secondary School. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. Karen would like to extend a special invitation to all former students, parents and anyone else wishing to attend.

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Kids get a kick out of soccer this season By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff It may not be as popular in North America as the rest of the world, but here in the Columbia Valley, approximately 300 local youth are hitting the pitch each week to take part in a growing soccer culture. Columbia Valley Youth Soccer Association Director, Jurgen Striegel, said that the number of kids signing up for soccer has been holding steady for the past few years, and he is looking forward to building on the successes of last season as the 2011 season gets into full swing. “Last year both the U14 and U17 boys Rep teams made it to the provincials. They are usually really good teams,� he said. Players begin as young as five, he explained, and work their way up through the house league until they decide whether to continue on in the more competitive Rep league when they turn ten. “We don’t have enough kids to have house league teams in every age group so they usually go into the Rep league. The Rep teams travel to

five or six tournaments a year and if they do well can go to a provincial competition at the end of the season.� There are six main Rep teams in the valley, Mr. Striegel said. Dependent on age and gender, each team is made up of similarly-aged kids, who play in a number of games and tournaments against other teams from the KootenayColumbia Zone. Currently there isn’t a home tournament, but Mr. Striegel said it is something they are working on if they can find a date that fits with the schedules for the other teams in the zone. “Most of the dates have been set in other communities for years so it won’t happen this year but we’re working on it. We have a big tournament coming up in Creston on May 28th29th, and Kalispell, Montana, on June 4th-5th and then the provincial qualifying tournament later in the season.� Both house and Rep teams practise on Tuesdays and Thursdays, said Mr. Stiegel. Anyone who is looking to come out and watch some budding soccer stars can find them at Mt. Nelson Athletic Park.

MAKING A SAVE — Local youth, Mikayla Cameron, practises her goal tending skills during a practice with six and seven-year-old players on May 24th at Mt. Nelson Athletic park.  Photo By Joshua Estabrooks

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. Ph 250.341.5900 Bernie Veldboom • Invermere, BC

Sales • Warranty • Repairs

250-342-9207 1265A Sunridge rd., Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC •

• Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping Retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.

Phone: 250-342-6452 • 250-342-3773 • Cell: 250-270-9444 All products are available at 9120, Hwy 93/95 which is five kilometres north of Tim Hortons

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HERE TO SERVE YOU From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Call Al at

We Do It All!


1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.


THE WATER YOU DRINK – Reverse Osmosis, Whole House Filtration, UV Disinfection & Softeners THE AIR YOU BREATHE – Furnace & Duct Cleaning Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0


Complete Automotive Repairs • PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Trucking • Mini Excavator • Residential/Commercial



(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)

Design/Project Management for Traditional Joinery Custom Timber Frames, Stairs, Decks, Green Building, Passive House, Renovation ~ make your home green Raising/Installation Cell: 250-341-1066

Kari & John Mason

Phone: 250-342-6614 •

Bighorn Timber Frames • • • • •

Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

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

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

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

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

• Bobcat • Mini Hoe • Dump Truck • Rock Walls • Top Soil • Sand • Gravel

Bruce Dunlop Cell: (250) 342-1793 Home: (250) 342-9081 E-mail:

Box 75 Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0

#4 1008 8th Ave, Invermere BC 250-409-9628

Call or visit online

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

Dunlop Contracting

Certified ART® & Graston® provider

PH: 1-888-711-ESCAPE (3722) • WEB:

Tel: (250) 349-7586

Invermere • Panorama

Dr. Karen Fahrni DC Dr. Meghan Haggarty ND

Our vacation rental inquiries out number 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.

Allan Gauthier


Columbia Chiropractic


LUMBIA ROOFING COQuality Roofing and Repairs

• LANDSCAPING & DESIGN • Skidsteer Services • Mini Track Hoe

FREE ESTIMATES Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists Time to clean the winter sludge from your eavestroughs. Fully Insured & WCB Covered.

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



YEARS EXPERIENCE Now is the time to book your spring pruning!

Please call Steve ~ a real local you can trust! 250-342-1791

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Pioneer Classifieds

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




shared accommodation


house FOR RENT

Saturday, May 28th 10-2 p.m. Wooden sailboat and assorted garage sale goodies. 1077 Swansea Road.

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.

The Staff at Eileen Madson Primary School would like to say “gracias” to our wonderful PAC for providing us with a delicious lunch!

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

Suite for rent in Black Forest Heights, Invermere. 2 bdrm lower walk-out. Very bright and roomy. Large lot. $850/mo includes utilities. N/S. Avail. June 1st. 250-342-9770.


Fully furnished, 1 bdrm bsmt suite in Invermere. Close to all amenities. $700/mo, DD required. N/S, N/P. Utilities included. Avail. June 1st. 250-342-3832.

Saturday, May 28th 9-1 p.m. 601-4th Ave, Invermere. Sports, building supplies, miscellaneous. Multi families’ yard sale. Household, children’s furniture, lots of stuff. 111-7th Ave, across from United Church. Saturday May 28th, 9 a.m Cancelled if rainy. Saturday May 28th from 8–12 noon. 902-5th Ave, behind and above Lake Auto, Invermere. Misc., 2 bed frames. May 28th and 29th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5151 Riverview Road, Fairmont Hot Springs. Bookcases 82”x33” wood and glass shelves, entertainment cabinet, office furniture and office supplies, books (business, medical, general), Nikon N2020 camera, Siemens computer, flat screen monitor and keyboard, Azus notebook, HP printer and oodles of ‘computer things’, clothing including Columbia ski wear, lots of footwear including hiking boots, sport shoes, sandals, luggage, stemware, other kitchen and household items, small appliances, Electrolux vacuum, H20 floor steamer, 31/2” primed baseboard, garage door opener, casement window screens, ceiling/ wall fixtures, cords (extension/ computer/phone), bi-fold door, bamboo roller blind, pictures and lots of frames, crocheted and needlework handicrafts, Janome SR2100 sewing machine, CD and DVD movies. See you there!

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.

LOST AND FOUND Set of keys (three in total) with key tag found in back parking lot of AG Foods. Call 250-341-6299.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to the EMP School PAC for providing the staff at EMP with a delicious Mexican lunch on Monday, May 16th. It was delicious and much appreciated! Cheers to Doug Ryter and Mainroads Crew for sweeping the highway shoulders. Avid Cyclist. Cheers to Viv, Steve and Doug for coming to my rescue. I could not have asked for a better group of care givers. Steve O.


Jeers to all the “litter bugs”. You are disgusting. I take my beautiful dog for a walk, and clean up after him, after my long day at work only to have him step on broken glass and have him limp home with a bleeding paw.

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

Cheers to Mike at Mr. Tire, you are one of the business lads who make this valley a great place to shop.

Multi family garage sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dutch Creek, Saturday, May 28th.

Cheers! To the Oriental Palace for providing us an amazing lunch on Child Care Provider Appreciation Day! Thank You! From the Sonshine girls. CHEERS for DOI for upgrading the sewer system in Athalmer, a special CHEERS to DOI Public Works Dept. for a job well done! From residents on Panorama Drive .

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE Bright and modern commercial space for rent in Chisel Peak Centre on the lower floor (next to physiotherapy clinic). Last one left! Size: 1492 sq.ft. Beautiful South facing views. Please contact Francois 250-342-5899 or Mike 250-341-5187 for further info.

shared accommodation Roommate wanted for a 2 bdrm log home in Wilmer. $500/month. Contact 250-688-1179.

Large 3 bdrm house on the lake in Invermere, furnished, sharing with one other, available with own bath, all appliances, $500/month, cable internet, and utilities included, 250-342-1791.

SUITE FOR RENT 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, $850/month. 250342-8781. 2 bdrm apartments, D/T Invermere, clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything, Start at $775/month, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-3426912. Downtown Radium nice, bright 1 bdrm apartment, $650/month utilities included 250-347-6420. Newly Renovated 2 bdrm upper 4 plex suite in Windermere includes W/D. New renos. $700/month. Call 403-239-2017. 2 bdrm bright spacious basement suite, W/D, private entrance, fabulous lake view. N/P, N/S. $750/ month + utilities. Available June 1st. 250-342-0020.

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

Available immediately, 2 bdrm furnished, central Invermere, walk to D/T and beach. 2 single ppl or couple. $799/mo utilities included. or 403-6783087. RADIUM – Bachelor – 1 bdrm – 2 bdrm fully furnished units. 1-3 bdrm unfurnished apt. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable, parking. DD required. N/S, pets possible. Call Joan at 250-342-7517 for more information and availability.

house FOR RENT Home for rent in Radium. Bright 3 bdrm home in subdivision. Corner lot with nice yard. N/S $800.00 month +utilities. 250-342-3841. Beautiful acreage, 2 bdrm, 2 bath with garage on 24 acres. Less than 5 minutes from Windermere, $1050/month. Contact Linda 403244-8402. D/T furnished immaculate 4 bdrm house for rent. A/C, W/D, fully developed basement, N/S. Available immediately $1375/ month + utilities. Contact Linda or Gordon 289-795-4000 or 289-7954107. For Rent-2 bdrm log home in Wilmer, 11/2 baths, W/D, fireplace, wrap-around deck, fenced yard, N/S, N/P, mature responsible person/s, long term, nonpartiers-$1000/month + utilities, references required. Call 250-3429470.



for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at

Invermere: 3 bdrm house close to downtown and schools. $1100 plus utilites. Contact Joan at 250-3427517 for viewing. Invermere: 2 year old house near Sobeys with garage, 3 bdrms, 2.5 bathrooms, all major appliances, A/C, granite countertops, nice backyard with patio. Quiet longterm tenants only. Available June 1st, N/P, N/S. $1,250 + utilities. 250-342-5229. 1 bdrm house with large yard in Radium $450/month + electricity. Phone 250-347-9325 or 250-3479958. TOWN HOME FOR RENT: DT Invermere 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, unfurnished town home. Steps to main street. $1250/month + utilities. 250-688-0244. 2 bdrm townhouse with garage. Walking distance to D/T. $1100/ month + utilities, N/P, N/S. Call 250-341-1395 for viewings. Acreage, 2 bdrm near Edgewater. $850/mo. Hydro include. W/D, N/S, 250-342-3381 or dlherbs@telus. net.

condo FOR RENT Hillcrest Apartments has 2bdrm apartments, $800/month, utilities included, fully furnished, all in 250341-1182. 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo for rent in Radium Pinewood Building $950/ month including utilities. 403-6903166.

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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. Radium large 1 bdrm condo, completely furnished. Heat, cable, utilities included. N/S, no parties. Available immediately. $800/ month 250-427-4997 or chriskios@ Invermere-2 bdrm, 1 bathroom behind hospital. Next to playground. Clean, N/S, N/P, laundry, secure building. $750/ month + DD, utilities included (excluding electricity). Available July 1st , 2011. Call 250-342-7547. 3 bdrm plus den, Sable Ridge condo for rent. Top floor, great views, $1300/mo. 403-630-7464. For rent, D/T, Invermere. 2 bdrm fully furnished condo, 2 blocks from D/T and beach. $900/mo include utilities. Hydro, cable and internet. Avail. June 1st. 250-833-0196 or 250-341-5855. Canal Flats Condo, Jade Landing Development. 2+1 bdrms, 1 bath, 6 appliances. Partially-furnished basement, 12 mins to Fairmont, $750/month + utilities. Available June 1st. Contact Mike at 403-4640789. Radium, 2 bdrm, 2 bath nearly new condo, part furnished or unfurnished, laundry, $875/month includes utilities. 250-688-0244 Invermere, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, luxury fully furnished & equipped condo, lake view, vaulted ceilings, steps to lake, walk to D/T. Rent depends on length of stay. 250-688-0244.

acreages and lots

May 27, 2011


Lake view lot (1.6 acres) for sale in quiet community of Rushmere, 14 kms south of Invermere. 4584 Rushmere Road. 403-238-7723. 15.5 acres located between Radium Hot Springs, BC and Invermere, BC. Surrounded by Dry Gulch Provincial Park and Fish & Wildlife. Very Private, with spectacular views of the Mountains and Wetlands. Frontage on the paved road. Untouched with mature trees. 5 min. drive to Radium Golf Course. Asking $398,000.00. 250-3421520.

acreages and lots For sale in Edgewater, 11.254 acres with older home, 3 connections for town water. Asking $500,000. 250845-2566.

HOMES FOR SALE Invermere-Rural

Large Home in Quiet Invermere Location Situated on a very private oversized lot with amazing 360 degree mountain views. Newly renovated 2,800 sq. ft. plus fully developed walk out basement. 5 bdrm, 4 bath, 3 car heated garage, RV parking. Beautiful river rock fireplace, hot tub, A/C, custom blinds. 9 Appliances/VAC FLO, Underground sprinkler, Garden Shed. 2 bdrm suite with private entrances. Great for guest or rental income. $725,000. To view call 250688-0521. Private Sale Westside Park. 3 bdrm and 2 ½ baths on upper floors, as well has a beautiful self-contained bsmt suite. Still has home warranty. Priced below assessed value. Please compare price to MLS prices. $319,900. 250-341-5560.

condo FOR SALE $775,000.00 House and 5 Acres. 3 bdrm, 3 bathrooms + 1 loft. Located at 9455 Toby Ridge Road, Invermere. For more info phone 250-342-1548 or email robinshmigelsky@ Invermere bungalow, 3 bdrm upstairs, 1 bdrm downstairs, 2 bathrooms. Central location close to schools. $315,000 call 250-3411076. 3 bedroom house on large, treed, fully-fenced yard. 2 baths, 5 appliances, close to all amenities. $369,000.00. NO HST. Call 250341-5486. 3 bdrm, 1 bath, wood stove on each floor, 2000 sq ft including walk-out basement. New flooring on main level, freshly-painted screened veranda, central vac. New pretreated fence, children and pets can play safe. Quiet area, breathtaking view, 5 minute walk to downtown. #3- 1st Street Inveremere. Asking $369,000. 250-342-0247.

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. 3 bdrm plus den, Sable Ridge Condo. Top floor, great views. Owner would consider a trade for a house. 403-630-7464.

wanted Recreational Kayak for lake and river use. Single seater, preferably plastic, must have some cargo capacity. 12-14ft ideal. Call Kate: 250-341-6299. Furnished accommodations required in Invermere for a Swiss Baker for June to October 2011. Please contact Peter Banga at Quality Bakery 250-342-4422 or 3 bdrm house in Windermere/ Invermere. Bsmt, yard, shed, D/W, W/D. For mother of two and small dog. 250-342-3666.


misc. for sale

VEHICLES for sale

Local family looking for childcare in our home. 2.5 days/week. Children 2 ½ yr old and 6 month old. Wage depends on experience. 250-6880061.

Heavy Duty Washer and Dryer $400 OBO and Hide-a-bed $300 OBO. Call 250-342-0279.

92 FORD RANGER, no motor, good body. Best Offer. MUST GO! 250341-7393 1986 CHEVY ½ TON, no motor, LOTS OF ACCESSORIES. Best Offer. MUST GO! 250-341-7393.

BEE EQUIPMENT and secure hive site. Need partner with bees. Gordon 250-342-4415.

2000 Dodge Caravan. Excellent Condition, includes 4 new winter tires, and remote starter. $2500. 250-347-9886.

Free wooden picnic table needed. Please call 250-341-6299.

misc. for sale 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.

250 US Gallon Tanks for Sale. Very Versatile, plastic with metal cage, 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George 250-347-9500.

7-person Hot Tub, 75 jets, stereo, LED lighting, ozone water purification systems, 2010 floor model BLOWOUT. Valley Spas 250342-3922.

Portable ballet barre with tote bag, 4.5ft., grey, lightweight, easy to assemble, $250. Acoustic guitar with hardshell case, $150. Kenmore Vacuum cleaner, $40. Call 250-3412793.

Hot Tub Rentals Week or Weekend Rates. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922.


Beautiful blue living room set, couch and two chairs. Mint condition, $75. Oak wall unit for TV, $50. Red shag carpet, hardly used, $25. In Fairmont 403-221-5002. New Panache bar/patio set for sale. Never been set up or used, still in packaging. 4 swivel chairs and crescent shaped bar table. New $750. Asking $500. Pls call 250342-6890 or 250-342-5364. 302V8 + 3SPEED TRANSMISSION MODIFIED MOTOR to many extras to list. Best Offer. (250)341-7393. 700R Chevy Transmission custom-built, originally paid $3000. Best Offer. 250-341-7393. Customized Boat Trailer w/ fishing and camping compartments $1200. 12’ Welded Aluminum Boat w/ 10 HP Motor $1300. 250-3420320. 17’ Northwoods Pioneer Fibreglass canoe, new condition $800. Mirror sliding closet doors, new condition, 48” wide x 8-“ high $100. Call 250342-1308.

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SPORT Van Excellent condition. Unique exterior color of blue/steel gray, blue interior. 175,162 km, 5 doors/2Sliding, 4 captains chairs and rear bench seat (never used), 3.3L – V6. Power everything. Keyless entry. Good Tires, 2 newer. No accidents or dents. Serviced regular by Dodge Bought another, so this van must go! Must be seen to appreciate the value… $5,300. OBO 250-3425749.

1987 25ft. Travelaire 5th Wheel. Well maintained, sleeps 4, fully self-contained, and hitch included. $5000. 250-342-9482. 1990 Travel-Lite 5th Wheel, 21ft, 3 piece bath, fridge, stove, microwave, sleeps 5 includes hitch. $4500. 250-342-9079. 1973, 17’ camper trailer in good condition, sleep 5, $2000 OBO. Call Jesse 250-688-0061. 1995 Vanguard 5th wheel, 26ft. exc. condition, new exterior siding and tires, $7,500. 403-680-2078, 250-347-6530.

FOR SALE: 2006 Honda Odyssey, 110,000kms; well maintained and runs like new. Nice to drive, lots of power, very comfortable, and GREAT ON GAS! Asking $19,000. 250-342-5596. 2004 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8 Quad Cab for sale, 4x4. Truck is in excellent condition, 122,000kms, spray-in box liner & Leer Cap. Used as family vehicle not a toy. Asking $11,900, please call 250-341-5560.

recreational vehicles

DIRT BIKE & ATV SERVICE SPECIALS 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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business for sale



help wanted

Successful, local wedding planning business for sale. Take over now with new client inquiries for 2012. Great part-time income for a talented and self-motivated individual, with tons of expansion potential. Training and mentoring included. $10,000. 250-341-5683

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

Invermere Sharpening

Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers, line-cooks, and kitchen help, F/T, P/T. Email resume to or drop off in person.


Renew & Restore Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning, Re-grouting, Repair and Sealing of Tile, Grout, Slate, and Stone. Commercial and Residential 35 Years Experience New installations also available. 250-341-5645


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

250 342 6352

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.

“Thank you so much Shannon for all your time and effort helping me decide what blinds to choose.” Mary Shannon’s Blinds & Design, Call a professional today for a Free In-Home Consultation 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” 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. 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. Red Rock Contracting. Custom installations of Interlocking paving stones, for your patio, driveway, etc. Retaining wall systems etc. For estimate call 250-341-6869. K&C Pickup will pick up all your recyclable cans and bottles, free at your location between Radium and Fairmont, including Panorama, call 250-342-9503.

Carbide and Steel Sharpening Services. Carbide Saw Re-Tipping. Saw-Blades Router-Bits, PlannerKnives, Hole-Saws, Ice Auger Blades, Knives, Scissors, and Much More. 250-341-6029, 345 Blair St. Athalmer

ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt 250-342-3569


Forming & Finishing Gradework, Stairs, Decorative Eric Friesen 250-342-1775


Devon Maslaniec-Owner/Operator Servicing & Installing All Brands of Major Appliances. Certified Appliance Technician w/ Refrigeration & Gas Tickets. 250341-7393 Newly Certified Nail Technician! Looking to expand Clientele. Great Rates. Contact Danielle 250-6886615.

Professional Painters

Motel Bavaria is seeking Housekeeping Staff. Wanted immediately. Permanent Position, Excellent working conditions. Please call 250-347-9915 or drop in. Wanted: Vendors for Canal Flats Days Sat. June 4th. Call 250-3495447 for info. Duct Tape Boat Races, Sunday June 5th at Noon also part of Canal Flats Days Fun Entertainment for all. If you would like to join the fun Call 250-3495305. YPC is hiring a full time Window Washer wage based on experience. Call Daryl 250-3427622 or email your resume to yourprivateconnection@yahoo. com. Black Star Studios wants YOU! Summer Student Position. July-September. Weekends a must! Get Creative! Get Inspired! GET IN HERE (with your resume)!

Interior/Exterior/Small Renovations Fred-250-342-8621

The Rib Ranch is now hiring for Servers and Cooks, F/T and P/T 250341-3333.

help wanted

The Old Salzburg Restaurant is now accepting applications for Front End Positions and Kitchen Positions. If interested please contact Franz or Scott 250-347-6553.

Part-time job, Full-time income potential. It’s true-work as much or as little as you like. Earn 30% commission as an independent representative selling sterling silver jewellery. Along with the trips and free jewellery, being an independent representative is also a fun way to earn some extra money. Call me to find out how 250-341-5956. Peppi’s Pizza Resturant hiring all positions for summer cooks, servers, dishes/prep. Email resume to AG Valley Foods is seeking a Deli/ Bakery employee. Experience preferred but not required. Please bring in resume to Eric or Greg.

Help Wanted for local vegetarian company. Very part time. Call Anahata Foods: 403-921-1300. Cleaning person once a week for recreational property during July and August. 250-342-3381 or RESIDENTIAL CARE WORKER – Casual position available. Human Service Worker, Health Care Attendant or equivalent education required. Union membership – HEU. For more info please contact Manager, Donna Jefferson at 250342-3699 or e-mail wdsss@telus. net.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the position of:

Marketing Coordinator Reporting to the Marketing Manager, this entry-level position is the gateway to a career in resort sales and marketing. This role requires an organized, articulate English speaker with strong writing, communication, presentation, teamwork and interpersonal skills to: • Work with print, broadcast and web-based media • Assist with writing and production of news releases, media kits, brochures and sales material • Assist with website, social media, email blasts, In-Resort information screens and media tours Experience and requirements preferably include a postsecondary education with a marketing/communication focus or equivalent experience, a demonstrated ability to capture quality still and video imagery, and proven knowledge of graphic production software, web authoring tools, database management and Microsoft Office. Fairmont Hot Springs offers a competitive salary and benefit package with access to all resort amenities. Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of: David Sheedy: or call 250.345.6004

Radium Chamber of Commerce Destination Marketing Organization

Marketing/ Accounting Administrator This position is with the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, located in the Radium Visitor Centre Building, 7556 Main Street East, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. Qualifications and duties include: • Formal business administration/marketing degree or certificate from a recognized university or college program or an equivalent combination of education and experience • Accounting knowledge and training • Computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and Simply Accounting • Be an enthusiastic individual with an outgoing personality • Must have strong organizational and management skills • Willing to work alone if required • Willing to complete Tourism BC’s Tourism/Visitors Information Counsellor program • Reporting directly to the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Manager and working with the board of directors, and marketing partners. Please drop off your resume in person to the Radium Chamber of Commerce office, 7556 Main Street East, Radium Hot Springs, BC or e-mail to Attention: Kent Kebe by 5 p.m. MST, Tuesday, May 31st, 2011.

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Just chillin’

Fairmont Outpost & Outdoors THIS WEEK ALL FLIES $150 ONLY! CANOE SPECIAL $50 PER DAY

Fly Fishing Rods & Reels, Over 2,000 Flies! • Canoe, Kayak and Tube Rentals • Fishing Boat Rentals • Come see our HUGE stock of fishing supplies

Three of Invermere’s deer found the perfect spot to escape the heat of the summer sun on Thursday, May 19th, in the shade of an Arctic Glacier truck parked beside the train tracks near Columbia Cycle.

4962 Fairmont Frontage • 250-342-1034

Relationship Counselling Stress Management Chronic Illness Support Life Transitions Family Resource Centre 1317-7th Avenue, Invermere (beside McToogle’s)


help wanted

help wanted

Book Worms Wanted!

Local heating contractor looking for A/C and Refrigerator Mechanic. Must have 5 yrs experience, own tools and vehicle preferred. Please fax resume and expectations to 250-342-3967.

The Invermere Public Library wants to hire an enthusiastic summer student to start June 21st. We are looking for someone who can share their love for libraries and reading through programs for youth. Responsibilities would include running the Summer Reading Program, reader’s advisory, and a circulation desk. Student must have attended school in the past year and be returning in the fall. Bring resumes in person to the Invermere Public Library preferably, or email

FUNTASIA in Fairmont Hot Springs is offering F/T summer (May-October) or L/T (March-October with winters off). Positions for clubhouse customer service. Mature individual with a love for people, animals and nature. Till and cash handling experience. Maintenance, clean and tidy environment. Some food prep. Light gardening, animal care etc. Resume to Fairmont Funtasia@ or fax 250-345-4542 or Fairmont Fun Park 4896 Hwy 93/05 Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, V0B 1L0. Ph 250-345-4511.

Village Country Inn is now accepting applications for parttime staff for housekeeping. We are also looking for staff who enjoy baking for the Fireside Tea Shoppe. Please apply in person, with resume, to 7557 Canyon Ave. Radium. Ambitious student for a couple of days gardening and yard work. 250-342-1354.

Experienced Caregivers needed: We are looking for 2 qualified caregivers to assist wife in looking after husband. Must have up-to -date First Aid, willing to have criminal record check and be willing to work around children and busy home. Call Kim 250-688-0950 for more info.

Photo by Joshua Estabrooks


Part-time permanent retail position Are you a trustworthy, self-motivated, creative, people person? We are looking for someone to join our fun and supportive work team. Apply in person at… .COM

Downtown Invermere

SHUTTLE DRIVER / RAFTING TEAM MEMBER Kootenay River Runners has a shuttle driver position available for our whitewater rafting operation on Toby Creek. If you are an energetic and outdoorsy individual this is the job for you! Job duties include helping river staff and guests with equipment, shuttling guests from Panorama to the river put-in and taking photos for resale on the return trip. Ideal candidates must be organized, have basic computer skills and a valid class II license. *Willing to train qualified candidates who have a valid class IV license and clean drivers abstract.

To apply submit resumés to

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

Tough, sometimes dirty work, demanding dedication, problem solving skills and plenty of attitude, as Kicking Horse Coffee’s

ROASTER MAINTENANCE Your job will be to do whatever it takes to keep our Roasters roasting. Cleaning and preventative maintenance of roasting equipment will include: • Regularly scheduled pipe disassembly, inspection and cleaning of all equipment in roasting operations • Mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting including inspections and diagnostics of motors, impellers, filters and burners • Planning, documentation and record keeping The ideal candidate will have previous mechanical maintenance experience; preference will be given to those with forklift, air tool, mechanical and burner troubleshooting experience. Shift hours are afternoon, between 12-8 pm. In return, we provide a steady paycheck, awesome benefits, but most importantly, the opportunity to work with one of the finest teams in the country! To enlist, please email your application to or fax 250-342-4450. We will contact successful applicants.

NOW OPEN! – JOB FAIR Thursday, June 9th, 2011 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm At Copper Point Resort Copper Point Resort is the newest luxury four season destination located in Invermere, BC. We are looking for those strong candidates who are energetic and passionate about providing an exceptional guest experience. We are committed to bringing together the industry’s best talent to create a diverse team of innovative thinkers. All those applying must be able to have fun! WE INVITE YOU TO BRING YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO THE JOB FAIR!

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HST REFERENDUM JUNE 13 - JULY 22, 2011 Elections BC is administering the 2011 HST Referendum. To vote in the referendum, you should know the following: ■ an HST Referendum Voting Package will be mailed to each registered voter beginning June 13 through to June 24, 2011.

■ ballot packages must be received by Elections BC, a Service BC Centre or an Elections BC Collection Centre before 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 22, 2011. Locations are listed on the Elections BC website at or call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). ■ HST Referendum Voting Packages are provided in English. Translations of the materials will be available on the Elections BC website at Ballot

Far and away Submit your travel photos to for your chance to win a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, plus overnight accommodation from Invermere’s Travel World. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Chris Fedun in Chefchaouen, Morocco; David and Marilyn Goldsmith at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; René and Connie Flury at the other end of the Columbia River, in Astoria Oregon; Fern Oglestone and her daughter Carol Robideau visit “London Bridge” in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

■ voters who do not receive an HST Referendum Voting Package may request a package until midnight (local time), July 8, 2011. Call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). ■ voting packages will include a ballot and instructions on how to vote and return your ballot package. ■ you can vote if you are: ■ a Canadian citizen ■ 18 years of age or older on July 22, 2011 ■ registered as a voter in British Columbia, and ■ not disqualified by the Election Act or any other enactment from voting or be otherwise disqualified by law

Creation Date: 10/05/09

For more information, contact: 1-800-661-8683 TTY 1-888-456-5448

Ad No (File name): EBC004203_HST Ref_7x105L

Ad Title: HST Referendum

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M ay Lo n g We e ke n d

A bald eagle and baby catc h the rays in their nest by Westside Road . Photo by intrepid loca l shutterb ug Dani Tsch udin, who practised his tree clim bing skills to get the shot. www.visu alexposu res.c a

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Sea-do oers skip across the sur fac e

Win derm ere Water and Sewer’s Gra nd Ope ning was on Sat urday, May 21st. Pict ured,Ken Mitche ll (left ) and Pau l Par tlo, W.W.S. Pres ident.

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of Lake Win der me re on May 21st.

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May 27, 2011


God moved into the neighborhood By Pastor Trevor Hagan Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sometimes when we think about Jesus we picture a baby at Christmastime, or Jesus teaching or hanging out with his holy huddle (disciples), or indeed for many, the only picture they have is of Jesus dead on the cross. How about this picture: Jesus, as your neighbour. John (the disciple), one of Jesus’ best friends, describes him this way in John 1:14 (The Message): “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” I think we sometimes forget that there were thirty years between the story of Jesus’ birth and when he started to

teach and share his message of hope. For thirty years he lived mostly in the town of Nazareth. He apprenticed and then worked as a carpenter. I wonder if he would have gone down to the town square for coffee, or the equivalent. I wonder if some of his disciples were friends he grew up with. The point is he lived in the neighborhood. For thirty years he got up, ate breakfast, went to work, hung out with friends and had to deal with the everyday of life. For me it is encouraging to know that Jesus, my God and my Savior, lived in the everyday and experienced life much as we do. He walked the roads. He got dirty and had to wash; in fact the book of Hebrews in the New Testament tells us that: “Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God — let’s not let it slip through our fingers. “We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all — all but the sin”(Hebrews 4:15 The Message). So, when Jesus went to the cross for you and me, he knew our struggles, he understood our challenges. He still understands today and he cares.

Water Conservation Notice In order to conserve water, Windermere Water and Parr Utilities have adopted the Regional District of East Kootenay watering restrictions for the months of May through September. We are asking that residents restrict the amount of water used for watering lawns and gardens. Watering times will be restricted to the cooler parts of the day from 6:00am - 10:00am and 7:00pm - 11:00pm on alternating days as follows: • Residents living in even numbered homes may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. • Residents living in odd numbered homes may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. We would like to thank-you in advance for your understanding and co-operation.

Got an entertainment, sports or news tip? Give us a call! 250-341-6299

Valley Churches

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, May 29th, 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY, “SanctiWhat?”... Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served. “K.I.D.S.” Church during the Morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Interim Priest in Charge Katherine Hough 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • 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

• Books • Music • Stationary • Children • Educational


Selkirk TV & Appliances Ltd. “Serving you since 1971” MAIN STREET • INVERMERE (250) 342-6415


Wilmer Waterworks District PO Box #747, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Notice of 2011 Annual General Meeting The annual general meeting of the

Wilmer Waterworks Improvement District is scheduled for Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilmer Community Hall (Conrad Kain Park).

All Wilmer residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Trustees Wilmer Waterworks Improvement District

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The Rocky Mountain range, that is. Right now, you can own your own Columbia Valley ranch right at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Rolling meadowlands… fragrant alpine forests…high bluffs overlooking the Columbia River wetlands. It’s a setting right out of Legends of the Fall – and it’s available now to a very lucky few. Only 17 Ranches will be made available in Elk Park Ranch – ever. To schedule a private guided tour, please call 1-604-694-7628 or email




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