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Windermere votes ‘no’ to purchased H2O By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Voters in the community of Windermere voted a resounding ‘no’ to a proposed upgrade to the Windermere Community Water System during a referendum on June 25th. The proposed upgrade was to provide treated drinking water through the purchase of bulk treated water from Parr Utilities Ltd., also known as the Windermere Water and Sewer Company. A total of 244 valid ballots were cast in Saturday’s referendum, which represents 54 per cent of eligible voters. After a final count, 203 residents voted ‘no’, and 41 voted ‘yes’. Mike Haltman, a member of the recently-formed Concerned Citizens of Windermere, who have proposed a third, and yet unexplored, water treatment option, said that he is happy the community voted against the Parr Utilities option, as he feels there is a lot of philosophical opposition to the concept of private ownership of a community’s water. “The options that the regional district looked at raised more questions than were being answered. I think

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there is a clear need to examine why the study came in with a $12 million cost to upgrade the system when one of our residents here came up with a system that was half the cost. It is clear that residents want a public system and are willing to pay more for it.” This sentiment was echoed by chair of the Windermere Utility Advisory Commission, Mick Eldstrom, who said that he feels there is still plenty of time to come up with a more viable option by 2015. “I am convinced there is a more economical option,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t do anything. I have been drinking the water for more than thirty years and I have been involved with the water for a long time. I am not the slightest bit concerned about it.” Regional District Electoral Area F Director, Wendy Booth, said that she was very pleased with the number of people who came out to vote, as it showed the community was very engaged in the decision. “From day one our job as the Regional District was to give the community the facts, and the community was to make the decision,” Ms. Booth said. “That was done, so now we know the community doesn’t want to purchase bulk water. That’s fine. We By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Douglas Fir trees by the roadsides near Invermere and across the valley are suffering from a mystery ailment, leaving them sickly and dying. Near Invermere this phenomenon can be spotted out along Westside Road, on Pineridge Drive, Johnson Road, on the north side of Lake Dorothy and in numerous other roadside locations. Its cause however is a bit of a mystery. “It’s a phenomenon which is going on all over the place,” said Rory Hromadnik, Invermere’s Director

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know we’re not going that way. We don’t know what way we’re going now, but we know we’re going to have to go some way in the future.” The next steps, according to Ms. Booth, are to sit down with the Utility Advisory Commission, and have a discussion as to where they go from here. She added that there would be some rate increases to pay for work on the existing water system that RDEK had been holding off on until the vote was complete. Paul Partlo, President of Windermere Water and Sewer Company Inc., said that he was disappointed with the vote, as the option presented took many years of hard work to reach. “It was disappointing to see the Windermere voters dismiss years of effort by the regional district to bring a simple, cost effective solution to that community’s water problems,” Mr. Partlo said. “However, the result was not a surprise given the information chaos that preceded the vote. From our perspective, not much changes. We’ll continue our work with the other communities on the east side of the lake that are interested in bringing safe, compliant drinking water to their homes as soon as possible.” of Development services, who also has a background in forestry. “Something is tipping the balance in the natural life cycles of the trees and causing them to die ... I’m reluctant to jump to one single cause.” The tree deaths are likely due to a mix of contributing factors, he explained. Building roads interrupts groundwater flow, which may be contributing to stressing the firs. Other causes include drought stress, age of trees, run-off from salting and gritting road surfaces, root rot fungus and Douglas-fir beetles, which usually inhabit trees already under duress. The District of Invermere is aware of, and investigating the problem, Mr. Hromadnik confirmed.

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• On June 23rd at about midnight, Columbia Valley Detachment members were busy investigating a separate matter in Radium when an intoxicated male approached them requesting a ride. The members contacted a family member to pick up the 18-year-old male. The male proceeded to interfere with the police by attempting to open the police door and by standing in front of the police car. A second call was made to the relative, and the relative was advised to cancel attending the scene and told that the male could be picked up in the morning at the detachment. • On June 23rd the Radium liquor store reported that an unknown male stole the tip jar. • On June 23rd at 9:40 p.m., police attended a domestic assault in the 1700 block of 10th Ave., Invermere. A 39-year-old male from Calgary was arrested for assault and threats. The male will appear in Invermere provincial court on Sept 26th. • On June 24th at 1:50 p.m., the detachment received a complaint of theft from an unlocked vehicle in the 800 block of 13th St., Invermere. An iPod Classic with a black face engraved with “Penelope” was stolen. • On June 24th at 3 a.m., Columbia Valley Detachment members responded to a disturbance on 13th St. in Invermere, where two males were fighting. At the time a lone RCMP member attended and attempted to break up the fight. A 28-year-old ‘hero’, bolstered by his state of intoxication, took a run at the officer and assaulted the officer. A number of other ‘heros’ decided to interfere and were immediately pepper sprayed. The 28-year-old male was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer. The remaining two were taken to the detachment and had their eyes flushed out with water. The 28-year-old from Calgary will be returning to the valley for court. Our thanks to those citizens who interceded and assisted the lone officer until backup arrived. • On June 25th at 6:15 p.m., the detachment received a complaint of theft from a 2005 Pontiac that was parked at the Radium Hot Pools. Purses with cell phones

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Deer attacks ‘on the rise’ in B.C.

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To some they are a cute novelty, to others a persistent pest, but after an aggressive attack by a pair of deer in Kimberley which hospitalised a woman last week, questions are raised about the threat to humans and pets from our ever-expanding urban deer population. In the last month alone, the number of deer-related incidents across the country has risen as protective mother does defend their newborn fawns. On June 1st, a toddler in Kenora, Ontario, narrowly escaped injury from a wild doe which jumped the fence into her family’s yard and attempted to trample the 13-month-old, before severely injuring the family dog. Just last week, a deer jumped through the window of a Subway store in Maple, Ontario; an incident which was mirrored that same day in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when a young deer crashed through the window of a coffee shop, trashing the store and scattering customers. And of course, who can forget the Cranbrook deer attack of last June, where a doe trampled a border collie and cat; the video of which went viral on Youtube, garnering almost three million views? “This is certainly not common, but does seem to be on the rise in communities in B.C. where deer are interacting with humans and dogs,” said Mike Badry, Wildlife Conflict Prevention Coordinator for the Ministry of Environment. “These incidents mostly seem to involve an aggressive response by deer to dogs. Deer which have been habituated to people and their pets have learned they can be the aggressor and charge dogs.” Stan Markham, a member of Invermere’s deer committee who worked as a Conservation Officer for 30 years, said that there’s a distinct difference between deer acting aggressively and defensively. When fawns are born, usually during late May and early June, the natural instinct of the mother is to protect its offspring. “Deer are not predatory animals,” Mr. Markham explained. “Almost all of their aggression is due to defensive behaviour when they see a threat to their young … It’s safe to say I’m not aware of any incident like [the Kimberley attack] in Invermere.” During May and June, deer typically leave their fawns alone for hours, usually curled in a secluded spot, while they feed nearby. A newborn deer has no scent and is safer motionless as it is less likely to attract predators. But if the doe perceives a threat to its young it can act

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The number of conflicts between humans and urban deer is on the rise at this time of year as does protect their fawns. Pictured, this fawn strolls through Radium. Photo submitted aggressively towards the supposed predator. “They can see dogs as being a particular threat,” Mr. Badry explained. “They try to displace the dog and if the person gets in between the dog and deer, conflicts occur.” The best response to an aggressive deer is to slowly back away and keep dogs under control, he added; steering clear of areas where does and their young have been spotted is also advisable. It is also recommended not to interfere with fawns found alone; if they are handled or picked up, the scent can attract predators or cause the mother to abandon her young. Call the local Conservation Officers at 250-3424266 before touching, moving or approaching baby deer or any other wild animals. The Invermere Deer Committee is in the process of finalizing their recommendations for dealing with urban deer and plan to present them to council on July 26th. “We are addressing it,” explained Deer Committee Chair, Ray Brydon. “I can say that this will not be a short-term solution to deal with the deer annually.”

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Historical Lens

People are slow to change By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to ride on a train pulled by an historic steam engine, the CPR’s Empress 2816. I rode the 1930s beauty through Yoho National Park from Golden to Field, criss-crossing the Kicking Horse River, chugging past sheer rock faces, and whizzing through blackened tunnels (see story on Page 6 and 7 of the Play ‘N Stay pull-out). While I was hanging half out the open window of the train’s observation deck, watching the mighty engine panting steam with the effort of pulling the trailing cars, I was transported backwards in time to an era where rail travel was the most modern form of transportation. I started thinking about progress and how quickly technology advances, but also how at the same time humans seem to have the tendency to slightly resist changes by clinging to more familiar ways of doing things. Take home design for example. For decades the exteriors of homes were constructed out of logs and stones. For most people that time has now passed, but take a stroll down the aisle of any home improvement store, and you will find vinyl siding made to look like wood, fake stone flooring, and synthetic rock material for the sides of houses. Or fashion: flip open a magazine and you will see suits with pockets that aren’t actually pockets; they’re just made to look like them because, hey, they’ve always been there. Cheddar cheese is my favourite example. In North America, the popular cheese has been coloured orange since the mid 1800s, even though its natural colour is a pale cream hue. Cheddar doesn’t squirt out of the cow glowing orange, we dye it that colour. Why, no one seems to know, including Joseph Harding, the cheddar king. It would probably be healthier, less labour intensive, and more cost effective to keep it undyed, but we’re stuck in our ways and unquestioningly love our orange cheese. These quirky and enduring tendencies are what keep the human race from outrunning ourselves.

This image from the 1920s shows the original road near the Radium Hot Springs Pool, facing east towards Kootenay National Park. In 1980, Roland Stuart purchased a Crown grant of 160 acres — an area that included the Radium hot springs — for a mere $160. Originally, Mr. Stuart thought he would make a fortune by bottling the water from the springs and selling it to drink, but he later realized the springs’ potential as a tourist attraction. In 1911, multi-millionaire St. John Harmsworth lent Mr. Stuart $20,000 to build a log bathhouse and cement swimming pool. Mr. Harmsworth was paralyzed from the waist down and spent many hours soaking in the pools. On April 3rd, 1922, the federal government expropriated Mr. Stuart’s holdings for $39,692, when the formation of Kootenay Dominion Park was announced and no one could contact Stuart, who had gone off to war in England. Photo courtesy of Ray Crook

Photo of school children explained Pioneer Staff The Historical Lens photo in the June 24th issue of The Pioneer (Photo C900) showed a group of Brisco school children planting a garden in the yard of their school. Since printing the image, we have learned more about the people in the photograph. In the photo, the children are standing with their teacher, Mr. Edgar F. Clark. He was the sole teacher at the Brisco School from 1914-1919. He had family in Vancouver, and sent them part of his $70 per month teacher’s wage. In the book Brisco & Spillimacheen: A History by Hedi Trescher, former student Allan Henderson remembers:

“Our teacher, Mr. Clark, was a man about 50 years of age. He was very strict, but also very thorough. When he punished a pupil for disobedience, that pupil never made the same error again. On the other hand, if help was needed, it was given wholeheartedly and with kindness. Mr. Clark was held in respect akin to that of the Maker himself. No pupil failed the final exam, Mr. Clark saw to that.” The children in the 1916 photo we printed were unnamed. Here are their names, left to right: front row: Pete Paul, Wesley Atchison, Leonard Cobb; 2nd row: Mr. Clark, Pat Atchison, Alan Henderson, Gordon Nixon; 3rd row: Dudley Harrison, Nick Paul, Myrtle Atchison, Susie Nixon, Bill Harrison; back row: Annie Watkins, Miles Atchison, Joe Watkins.

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Water issue saw plenty of communication Regarding last week’s editorial, ‘Communication breakdown’, just how much communication has there been about the water “situation”? Last fall, the Regional District East Kootenay told people of Windermere that a series of meetings would settle the water treatment situation in the spring. A Windermere Utility Advisory Commission assigned to study the issue could not agree to purchase treated water from Parr Utilities, but they settled the issue with a referendum. A petition called for public treatment of Windermere water and not the purchase of privately treated water from Parr. This petition was presented at the February 10th, 2011, regional district meeting. At the May 17th meeting, the RDEK presented their water treatment proposal to approximately 120 citizens. They told the citizenry that there was only one choice and that was to purchase treated water from the private provider, Parr. There was not an acknowledgement of the community sentiment other than to say there would not be a grant for a public treatment facility that the MMM study estimated would cost 12 million. The officials at the meeting told us that with the Parr option, we would be guaranteed the grant to upgrade our system. Who is “corrupting the vote”? This prompted people to ask why MMM estimated a $12 million cost to upgrade the Windermere Water Utility when a Focus study estimated the cost at $4.6 million using 2001 dollars. There were questions left unanswered regarding the setting of water rates by the Comp-

troller of British Columbia Water Rights. There were questions about the economic viability of private water treatment providers in British Columbia. This meeting resulted in more questions being raised than answered. The citizenry were very agitated with the top-down communication. Consequently, this led to the creation of a selfappointed committee, made up of volunteers who wanted to thoroughly examine the options available. One member of the committee was Steve Lackey, a retired water engineer, with 32 years of experience in Canada and the U.S., who came up with a design for an alternative standalone water treatment facility. Talk about the story gaining legs. On June 10th, Steve presented his proposal to about 70 citizens at the Windermere Community Hall. The meeting was open to everyone. Steve took one hour to make a very detailed and enlightening presentation that had the undivided attention of the audience. During the course of his presentation, he responded to all questions asked. Some people remained in the hall for another hour to ask Steve about his proposal. Steve is open to have his standalone scrutinized by those versed in the technical details. A considered exchange of ideas about the various options is the process that is most likely to result in the best solution to the Windermere water issue. Why is this “an interruption to an important political process”? Out of chaos comes resolution when reason is allowed to prevail. Mike Haltman, Windermere resident

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Gerry Taft to run for second term as Invermere’s mayor By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff After one term as mayor and two terms as a local councillor, Invermere’s incumbent mayor, Gerry Taft, has announced he intends to run again for his position in November’s municipal election. Mr. Taft, who was born and raised in Invermere, was elected as Invermere’s youngest ever councillor at the age of 20, and became the town’s youngest mayor in the last local elections in 2009 at the age of 26. “It has been a really excellent experience,” said Mr. Taft of his time as mayor. “Building on my council experience, I felt very comfortable with the process of local government and understood the current issues. ”A lot of what is needed as mayor is experience of local government and local knowledge of Invermere and the surrounding area.” A large portion of the mayor’s role is to act as a spokesperson for the District of Invermere and a go-between for council and administrative staff, Mr. Taft said. After 29 years living in the area and with seven years experience as a local businessperson under his belt he feels well suited to serve the interests of a wide cross section of the business and residential community. “I think the business sector has had two very tough winters and I’m not sure it’s over yet,” he said. “So much of our economy is based on construction and development of second homes. “We need to really assess what our strengths and weaknesses are as a community and work on a strategy to attract full-time residents to keep our schools full and community vibrant.” During his time as mayor, Mr. Taft is most proud of having been involved with advocating the upgrades to Invermere and District Hospital’s emergency room and fighting to keep employment services in the valley and restore the community’s helipad. Other successful projects he is excited to have been involved with include the completion of Pothole Park, the


construction of new pathways and sidewalks around town and the move and refurbishment of the C.P.R. lodge. “Another really positive thing has been a really strong, proactive relationship with the other Columbia Valley directors which has been really effective,” Mayor Taft said. “I’ve especially enjoyed working with the Regional District board dealing with issues that affect the entire valley, not just Invermere.” If re-elected, Mayor Taft said he looks forward to building on the sustainability plan that the community just adopted and creating a comprehensive economic development strategy. Mayor Taft encourages anyone with questions, comments or input to give him a call at 250-341-1202, email and check out his Twitter feed @taftgerry. The municipal elections will take place across British Columbia on the third weekend in November. The Pioneer will bring you all the latest news as it unfolds.


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Valley crime continues to drop By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Despite less than ideal staffing numbers at the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment, reports of crime continue to either decrease or hold steady valley-wide. In a report to Village of Radium Hot Springs council on June 22nd, Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac reported that calls for service in Radium have decreased by roughly one third, compared to the same quarterly time period last year, between January and June. In the rest of the valley, calls for service have decreased incrementally or stayed approximately the same. Calls for the past quarter have gone from: in Radium, 91 last year to 64 this year; in Invermere, 274 calls last year to 242 this year; in Canal Flats, 35 last year to 38 this year. For the same January-June quarter last year, there were 854 calls for service valley-wide, compared to a decreased 784 this year. Reports of crime have experienced a dip, even though the number of RCMP members currently staffed at the detachment have also gone down. In October of 2010, Radium discontinued paying for a designated officer for the town; a unique program which had been running since 2005. Now that the officer is gone, the case load has been spread to the remaining detachment members, Staff Sgt. Shehovac said. Currently, the detachment has 11 members — a number that Staff Sgt. She-

hovac said he wishes was a bit higher. “In peak season, each member could be investigating up to 25 files at a time,” he said, adding that 15 files is a more comfortable number. “We’ve been seeing members having to work alone quite often, where we’d like to be riding with two to a car.” Staff Sgt. Shehovac said he attributes the drop in reports of crime — despite the added pressure the members have been experiencing — to their growing expertise. Most of the officers currently staffed at the detachment have been here since 2008, and are now well-versed with the valley and have received training courses specific to problems the area experiences, like drugs. “The valley has the advantage of experience from these members who have now been here for three years. I’ve watched their confidence and experience grow tremendously,” Staff Sgt. Shehovac said. The current economic climate, the slow-down of the major construction boom the valley experienced in 2008, fewer transient workers in the valley, and the detachment’s focus on prolific offenders have also contributed to the decrease in crime, Staff Sgt. Shehovac said. He added that the community can still expect to see detachment members out in the community, getting involved. “Even though we have this pressure, the members are putting in a lot of voluntary overtime, and they’re getting involved with local kids and the community; that’s all done on their own time.”

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

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Out & About On July 17th Invermere’s Artym Gallery will be showing popular returning artist, Alex Fong. Mr. Fong’s work will be displayed as part of the gallery’s A la Carte series. See Page 23 for more.

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

Movie Review: Barney’s Version story line, this is one of the few movies that is as good as its companion novel. The film centers around Barney Panofsky, a shamelessly blunt, politically incorrect, anti-social train wreck who drinks heavily and offends almost everyone he encounters. Barney is played by Paul Giamatti, and the casting couldn’t be more perfect. When Barney receives news that will change his life forever, it is surprisingly tough not to feel bad for him. Despite his shortcomings and rough demeanor, this movie makes you fall in love with the most unlikable of personalities. As the final chapters of Barney’s life unfold, he fights

Reviewed by Kelsey Verboom This smart, honest film is the screen adaptation of much-loved Canadian author Mordecai Richler’s last — and perhaps best — novel, Barney’s Version. As a Canadian writer, Richler had an extremely accomplished career; he wrote for publications like the New Yorker and the National Post, and was the author of a long list of novels and children’s books. His sleek, witty writing style translates perfectly into the film Barney’s Version; fans of Richler’s writing won’t be disappointed. Although the film script differs slightly from the book in order to accommodate the

and has tender moments with his family, who help him even when he’s insulting them. It’s impossible not to be swept up in Barney’s unintentional charm as he gaffes and guffaws his way through his personal struggle. This movie is sharp and stylish. It’s raw, funny, sad, and above all, real. Paul Giamatti won the Academy Award for Best Actor for this film, alongside Dustin Hoffman, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Barney’s father, Izzy Panofsky. Both awards were well deserved: it’s impossible to choose a favourite performance between the two. Don’t be surprised if you end up most loving characters you started out hating.


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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS Day in Radium Hot Springs. The Halfsacks perform. • 10:30 p.m.: Canada Day Fireworks in Fairmont Hot Springs.

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Toby Theatre • June 28th - July 1st, 8:00 p.m.: Rio • July 2nd, July 4 - 8th, 8:00 p.m.: Thor • July 9th, July 11 - 12th, 8:00 p.m.: Rango

Friday, July 1st: HAPPY CANADA DAY! • Opening Day for Mountain Biking, Sightseeing and the Fun Zone at Panorama Mountain Village. For info: or call 250-342-6941. • 9 a.m.: Registration starts for Fairmont Fantastic 3 Triathlon at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s Courtyard. Race starts at 10 a.m. Fun for everyone. Live Music, BBQ, beer and finish line celebrations. Check it out at • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Columbia Valley Reflections exhibition at Effusion Art Gallery. 250-341-6877. • 11 a.m.: Canada Day Parade through downtown Invermere, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71. • 12 noon - 3 p.m.: Mountain Mosaic Festival of the Arts. Celebrate Canada Day and join in the free family fun on the Pynelogs’ grounds. Musical acts, activities and food for everyone. For info: 250-342-4423. • 12 noon - 4 p.m.: Inflatable playland, face painting, games, live music, BBQ, beer garden and more at Fairmont Base Camp on the way to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. • 3 p.m.: Build a Boat contest at Kinsmen Beach. Fundraiser for RCMP’s Cops for Kids. Register by calling 250-342-6908. • 6 - 9 p.m.: Market on Main with local vendors in Radium Hot Springs on Main Street West. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Music on Main celebrates Canada

• 9 a.m.: First annual fundraising garage sale for the Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club at the Valley Alley. Donations welcome, baked goods or items to sell! All donated items to be delivered to the Valley Alley storage bay on Friday, July 1st. • 9 a.m.: Gatorade B.C. Cup XC race at Panorama Resort. For info: • 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Open Market at the Edgewater Legion. Crafts, Baked goods, Vegetables, Canned goods and much more. For info call Doreen: 250-347-9550. • 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Invermere Companion Animal Network Society’s (ICAN) 4th annual fundraising BBQ at Home Hardware. All proceeds go toward rescue, re-habilitation and re-homing of domestic pets. For info: 250-345-6270. • 12 noon - 4 p.m.: Book signing at The Book Bar. Author and serving Canadian police officer, John Smith is present to sign his book The Sheepdog. Breaking the ‘badge, bottle, gun’ stereotype and exposing what policing is really like. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Dry Gulch Ramblers perform.

Sunday, July 3rd: • 9:30 a.m.: Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Prayer Service at Saint Joseph Church in Radium. Procession at 9:30 with prayer service at 10 a.m. Mass at 11 a.m. with pancake breakfast and pictures to follow. For info: 250-342-6167. • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Canada Day pancake breakfast at Edgewater Community Market. $3 per person. Browse vendor booths and enjoy the kids’ park. For info: 250-270-0340.

Wednesday, July 6th: • 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon: Children’s program at the Windermere Valley Museum at the ‘Top of the Hill’. Activities, games and crafts for youngsters 6 -11 years of age. Admission by donation. For info: 250-342-9769. • 6 - 8 p.m.: Scrabble Night at Invermere






Thursday, July 7th: • 7 p.m.: Summit Trail Makers’ Society AGM and movie night with Pat Morrow at Lions Hall, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. For info call John Ashby: 250-342-7121.

Friday, July 8th: • 1 - 3 p.m.: Drop-in summer reading club at the Invermere Public Library for students 6 - 10 years old. For info: 250-342-6416 or visit invermere. • 7 - 9 p.m.: Music on Main in Radium Hot Springs. Stacey and Paul and Bud perform.

Saturday, July 9th: • 8 - 11 a.m.: Traditional Pancake Breakfast at Elk Park Ranch. $5 per person, proceeds to be donated to Verge for Youth. Location at parking lot of Elk Park main offices in Radium across from the Petro Canada. For info: • 8 a.m.: Registration starts for Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club’s Shooter’s Triathalon at Rauch Homestead Range, 5.3 km west of Radium. Archery .22 rifle and trap shooting. Breakfast and lunch, evening BBQ. For info: 250-341-3254. • 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Garage Sale at Wilmer Community Hall. • 10 a.m.: Oso Simple concert at the Invermere Public Library. No admission. For info: 250-3426416. • 2 p.m.: Oso Simple concert at the Radium Public Library. No admission. For info: 250-342-6416.

Saturday, July 10th: • 8 a.m.: Day two Registration opens for Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club’s Shooter’s Triathalon at Rauch Homestead Range, 5.3 km west of Radium. Breakfast and lunch. For info: 250-3413254. Friday, July 15th: • Moon light Movie at Panorama Resort. For info visit: • Ballfest weekend starts. For info and to volunteer: 250-342-0420 or 250-688-6880.

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Tour of the Arts coming this month By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Summer has officially embraced the Columbia Valley, and with it, the Tour of the Arts seems that much closer. The tour will take place on July 31st, with Fairmont residents Doreen and Paul Stewart hosting the second stop on the circuit. The Stewarts built their home in 1988, and permanently retired to the valley in 1995. Paul has been involved with the arts community as both a musician and a budding watercolour painter and is looking forward to sharing his love of gardening with those who pass through the property. “The tour is a unique concept, and there are some great people and great artists in this valley. We’re looking forward to hosting it this year.” Windermere potter, Tom Symington, will be showcasing some of his recent work at the Stewart’s home, and said that he is excited to have the chance to get to know more artists in the area.

“I take inspiration from some of the other more experienced potters in the valley, so being able to see their work is exciting for me,” he said. Fairmont resident, Rita Rankin, will also be on hand with her unique pastel work, and she said she is looking forward to being a part of the whole atmosphere that the tour creates. “I think it will be an incredible experience. Sharing our work with other artists, and the public, is a great opportunity.” Visitors to the Stewart’s home will be treated to musical entertainment by Fraser Smith, Mike Smith and Bruce Childs in the morning, and Scott Ivers and Kathleen in the afternoon. Tour passports are on sale now at locations throughout the valley. For more information or to volunteer, call the Columbia Valley Arts Council at 250-3424423, or e-mail info@columbiavalleyarts. com. The event normally takes approximately 100 volunteers to run successfully, so if you can, lend a hand.

GREAT ART OUTDOORS — Artists Tom Symington, top, and Rita Rankin will be on location at the Stewart’s home in Fairmont Hot Springs, left, during this year’s Tour of the Arts on July 31st.  Photos by Joshua Estabrooks

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Columbia Valley Reflections art exhibition at the Effusion Art Gallery By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Effusion Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new show, entitled Columbia Valley Reflections. The show, which opens Saturday, July 2nd at 10 a.m., will show works from three talented women: Connie Geerts, Virginia Boulay and Lucie Bause. There will also be a demonstration taking place throughout the day. Virginia Boulay is a graphic designer, illustrator and painter who expresses her passion for the natural world and her love of color and design through her fine art. “For me, landscape painting is a direct connection to my inner feelings and desires for peace and solitude,” she said. “It’s something I only experience when I am alone in nature. The seasons, the creatures, the steadfastness of our earth move

me, and the mystery and the many gifts it offers humble me.” Lucie Bause’s artwork is based on nature, landscape and the environment, and she continues to explore various aspects of these themes. Whether on the coast, the prairies or in the mountains, Lucie finds a sense of freedom, rejuvenating energy and inspiration in the natural landscape. Connie Geerts’ appreciation of nature has lead to her passion for color, which is displayed in her acrylic paintings and her kiln formed glass. “The iconic nature of trees, as a symbol of life and growth, continues to inspire me. They serve as a vehicle to express my love of colour play.” Effusion is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Go to for an online gallery.

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Art from the Attic Te Papa Nui’s matriarch, Elizabeth Klein, presents her donation to a charitable art sale for reused art treasures. The fundraiser, Art From the Attic, is organized by local resident Elinor Florence. The art event is still in need of more pieces, so check your attic for anything that is collecting dust. Money raised from the sale will go to support the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary and the Columbia Valley Arts Council. Art can be dropped off at the Invermere Thrift Store, Pynelogs Cultural Centre or by calling Elinor Florence at 250-342-0444 for pick up.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

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New business has the right frame of mind Submitted A local couple has started a new business that encompasses their love of photography and their desire to provide the community with high-quality, affordable framing. Lost Caribou Frameworks is a full-service framing business owned and operated by John and Lise Niddrie, originally from Edmonton but valley residents since 1989. John recently retired as a park warden from Parks Canada after 33 years. Lise raised the couple’s sons Thomas and Nick, and spent 17 years as office manager for Dr. Maria Dibb before leaving her job last year. While planning for their retirement, the couple decided to pursue a business together since they enjoy each other’s company and share common interests. John is an award-winning photographer who has captured many gorgeous shots of the area. One of them, a photograph of firefighters taken during the huge 2003 forest fire in Kootenay Park, won the grand prize in a national environmental photography contest sponsored by David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things on CBC-TV. “We have been framing John’s work for the past 10 years,” Lise explained, “so we understand how important it is to present visual images to their best advantage.” They have been planning and developing their business for the past year, taking intensive framing courses in Edmonton and the U.S., purchasing supplies and renovating a 400-square-foot building on their property as a combination framing shop and a small studio to display John’s photography. They chose the name “Lost Caribou Frameworks” as a tribute to the disappearing mountain caribou. “Wilderness areas are important to us,” John said, “and the serious decline of the caribou represents a loss of something very precious.” The business will offer a full range of conservation matting and framing, several types of glass and acrylic, canvas stretching, dry mounting, laminating, shadow box framing for special mementos such as needlework or small objects, frames for sports jerseys and even custom mirrors. Lost Caribou has suppliers in both Edmonton and


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BOOK SMART — Pictured, left: members of the Radium Public Library gather to listen to author and former RCMP Sergeant, Charles Scheidenan, on June 24th. Right: the Invermere Library bids farewell to librarian Leah Shoemaker on June 24th, as she leaves to pursue her travels. Leah is pictured here on her last full day of work, helping Invermere

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A&W Restaurant AG Valley Foods All Things Beautiful Alpen Motel Greg & Leeann Anderson Anglz Hair & Tanning Studio Anne Riches Angus McToogles Restaurant & Bar Apple Tree Inn BMO Bank of Montreal Babin Air Ltd. Be Gifted Baskets Best Western Invermere Inn Bighorn Meadows Black Star Studios Bliss Hair & Esthetics Blue Dog Cafe Brendon Donahue (BDO) Brisco Store Brisco Wood Preserver’s Ltd Canal Flats Family Pantry Candy Land Canterbury Flowers CasaVino CIBC Christie Olson (Avon) Columbia Valley Sign Artist Columbia Valley Trading Post Copper Point Golf Course Cut Loose Hair & Tan Dairy Queen Details by Jo Anne Dry Gulch Country Store E.K. Rivers Enterprises

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Eagle Ranch Golf Resort Essentials Dept Store Fairmont Gold Smith Fairmont Outpost & Outdoors Fairmont Village Gift shop Fields Fire Valley Restaurant Fitz Flooring Ltd Four Winds Tailoring Full View Curtains Cindy & Arnie Franson Furry Companions/Radium Video Gables Motel Gerry’s Gelati Gone Hollywood Videos Henry & Eileen Bilodeau Huckleberry’s Restaurant Home Hardware Inside Edge Sports Store Inveremere Sales & Rentals Invermere Barber Invermere Glass Invermere One Hour Photo Invermere Vet Hospital Invermere Wash & Lube Jessica Clare K-5 Mechanical Kicking Horse Coffee Konig Meat & Sausage Company Kool Country Auto Sales Kootenay Coffee Kootenay River Runners Kootenay Savings Credit Union LBO Autobody

Mayor Gerry Taft dust off his library card and welcoming part-time valley resident, Joan Gallaway, as a new member of the library. Anyone who owns property in the area, full-time or otherwise, can get a free membership at either library. Even if you don’t own property here, there are many other ways to become a member at the valley’s libraries.  Photos by Ron Verboom and Kelsey Verboom

The grad steering committee, staff and graduates would like to THANK the following businesses and individuals for making the 2011 David Thompson Secondary School graduation celebrations outstanding! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Local artists coming to Pynelogs By Montana Cameron Pynelogs Summer Student

FROM THE LENS — The images of Fairmont photographer Vic Panei will be on display at Pynelog’s upcoming art show. This photograph by Vic Panei is of Dolomite Peak #2 in Kootenay National Park, looking from the top of Peak #3.  Photo submitted

It is time again to introduce another exciting art show down at Pynelogs. June 28th to July 10th will feature the five fabulous artists Colin Bell, Vic Panei, Jim Robertson, Japhy Hunt, and Janet Assen. Colin Bell is a retired architect who was born and educated in Argentina. He enjoys working with different mediums, but mainly paints with oils and watercolours because they allow certain magical things to happen which are unique to that medium. He said he believes painting to be a celebration of life, spirit, light, and colour. When weather permits, painting “plein air” is one of the great joys in his life. Photographer Vic Panei was born and educated in Italy, was a Calgary resident for over forty years working as a geologist. He now lives on Columbia Lake in Fairmont. The outdoors and photography have been Vic’s lifetime passion. In fact, his very first purchase on credit in Canada was a Pentax Spotmatic 2 camera in 1967. Self-described as an “almost fanatical” bicyclist, hiker, scrambler and snowshoer, he never leaves home without one of his many digital cameras. Artist Jim Robertson resides in Cranbrook, B.C.,

and while he works primarily with acrylic paint on canvas, he also paints on wood, vinyl, or anything else that will hold still long enough to fall “victim” to his brush. His work is comprised of bold outlines and bright colours, and his style is described as loose, somewhat representational, and always highly stylized. At twelve years old, young artist Japhy Hunt attributes his ever-evolving eccentricity to numerous inspirations. Being home schooled has given Japhy the opportunity for national and international travel, and carrying a backpack and sketchbook has become second nature for him. Daily fortunes and misfortunes have fostered dark humour throughout his artwork. He has a background in art, music and theatre, and smiles at the world of inspiration. Janet Assen has lived in Calgary for most of her life, and after completing her degree in fine art with distinction, she now maintains a studio practice, paints full time, and raises her three children. Her subject matter embraces the organic forms of man and nature and bridges a connection between the two. She finds her paintings are influenced by the patterns found in nature and her attraction to the textile quality of these designs. For more information phone 250-342-4423.

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Artym to host a feast for the eyes Submitted by Suzanne Artym On Saturday, July 16tth, the Artym Gallery in Invermere presents another of the A la Carte series, in conjunction with Eagle Ranch Restaurant. For this event, the artist of choice is Alex Fong. Mr. Fong is much in demand for these events. He has been part of the A la Carte series in the past and is looking forward to returning yet again. “I have just finished a new series based on my travels to one of the Gulf Islands,” Alex said. “These new paintings were challenging, as no photography was permitted on the island, so I had to work from sketches and memory.” In addition to his new series, Mr. Fong’s more traditional and easily-recognizable watercolours will be on display. These paintings capture whimsy, and combine the expected with the unexpected. Imagine a painting featuring wine bottles and half full glasses of wine…now add some goldfish swimming around the glasses and you get the gist of an Alex Fong painting. They make you smile while appreciating the talent of this Western Canadian artist. A favourite activity of the evening involves ‘active participation’. Mr. Fong will come prepared with a sketch on primed canvas. He will engage and encourage each person to paint a section. In past years, people were initially reluctant to pick up a paint brush, but as the evening unfolded inhibitions lessened and creativity flowed. By the end of the night an original painting is complete! Last year, the original painting from the first A La Carte series was auctioned off and the funds were presented to the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN), a not-for-profit animal shelter based out of Invermere. You can be part of this summertime event by contacting Eagle Ranch’s dining reservations, where the event will be held, at 250-342-6560 or 877-777-3887. Each guest will be able to order from either the Saliken fine dining menu or the Trader’s Lounge menu. Call soon, as this event has sold out on previous occasions. Mr. Fong’s paintings will be available for viewing and purchase at Eagle Ranch on the evening of Saturday, July 16th and online @ The Artym Gallery would also like to welcome everyone to their main street location in Invermere on Sunday, July 17th from 12-2 p.m. to meet Alex and view his paintings.


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Custom contractor brings passion to each build This year, Peter Magee of Magee Developments celebrates the 20th year he has been building and renovating homes in the Columbia Valley. Peter is a custom contractor, who can handle any project from inception to completion. Peter builds custom homes from start to finish, and specializes in renovations. He typically works on one project at a time, so your request receives his full attention. “I prefer to work that way, because I can stay focused on that project and do it really well,” Peter said. “Also, with all my attention centred on one project, the job doesn’t drag on.” Peter works on each build himself, consulting closely with the customer as he progresses. “If you hire me, you get me; I’m the one actually doing the work,” he said. With Peter working directly on-site, his passion for building and renovating is reflected in the quality of the finished product. “I love doing renovations because they’re always a challenge,” he said. “There’s never one that’s the same.” Peter works side-by-side with good friend and coworker Colin Bennett of Brisco on each build and has a close working relationship with subtrades to make sure each project receives the most professional touch possible. Over the years Peter has had the fortunate

opportunity to work with quality contractors like Jon Martin, Al Semple, and Doug Charlton, so he’s well-versed in the subtleties of building in the Columbia Valley. Peter first came to the area in 1987 to run in the annual triathlon, and decided it would be a wonderful place to live some day. He moved here in 1991, and has been planning and working on beautiful builds and renovations ever since. “When I’m working on a project here, and I look out at the view and the mountains around me, I feel so thankful I get to work in a place like this,” Peter said. “For 20 years I’ve loved the people here. This is a great community to live in, and I don’t plan on going anywhere.” To learn more, phone Peter at 250-342-6070.

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Adventurous wanderer World-renowned photographer and Wilmer resident, Pat Morrow, will be at the Summit Trail Makers’ Society’s annual general meeting on July 7th, to present some of his photographs from years of hiking and traveling the world. Mr. Morrow will walk attendees through a slideshow of images from hiking in the Purcells during the 1970s, and photos of his experiences in the Himalayas and Tibet. The meeting will be held at the Lions Hall, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7th. The Summit Trail Makers maintain hiking trails throughout the valley. Pictured, Mr. Morrow’s partner, Baiba Morrow, navigates a rocky ridge in Bhutan, as wispy clouds rise around her.

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By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Rocky Mountain Sports Camp is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is back for another action-filled summer of games and activities for kids, including basketball, archery and the perennial favourite: dodgeball. Established by Kristi Denby and Owen LeBourdais, the popular day camps for children aged six to 12 will run for five weeks during July and August, from Monday to Friday. The key to their success, Kristi explained, is providing a safe, fun environment for kids with a blend of new games and activities mixed in with returning favourites like mini-Olympics. “We want to ensure kids have fun and memorable experiences during the summer when there’s not much to do,” Kristi explained. “We have fun; it’s fun for the kids and fun for their parents to know they’re off enjoying themselves.” Whether children are just seeking fun in the sun, or the chance to learn some new sports and develop skills, they’re in safe hands with Kristi and new camp coordinator Dan Eberhard, who has taken over from Owen while he teaches overseas. After helping out regularly at the camp over the years, Dan, who is Owen’s brother, will team up with Kristi to run the first few weeks of camps and then take over completely as she heads off to study in Norway in August. “As Owen’s younger brother I’ve known Kristi a long time,” Dan said. “I helped out at the camps before and had a really great time doing it.”  Continued on Page 27...

BALLIN’ — Rocky Mountain Sports Camp’s founder Kristi Denby will be working alongside new camp coordinator Dan Eberhart this summer to run the five-week series of days camps for kids aged six to 12. Photo by Kate Irwin



















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July 1, 2011 ...Continued from Page 26 “I was looking for a fun thing to do this summer and she was looking for help so it seemed a great fit.” A typical week at camp begins with more traditional sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball which take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. With a background in sports and coaching, Kristi and Dan are keen to teach skills along with enjoyment of some new sports. Wednesdays are dedicated to slightly more unusual sports like lacrosse and archery, while Thursday is filled with the mini-Olympics contest, a favourite among the children at camp. The kids are divided into teams and spend the day playing a range of different games. Owen’s own invention — O-Ball — a variation of dodgeball is always a popular addition to the day’s line-up. It’s off to the beach on Fridays, when Dan and Kristi take campers down to Kinsmen Beach for some fun in the sun, including beach volleyball and bocce. “The kids genuinely love it,” Dan said. “I still talk to guys 10 years later who are all grown up and look back on the camps with a big smile on their face.” “Some kids will come for the whole summer and have been coming for four or more years,” added Kristi. “They really love it.” Along with a summer of fun activities, Rocky Mountain Sports Camp also has an altruistic side, Kristi told us. Last year, with the help of camp attendees, their parents and generous community members, Kristi was able

to donate a collection of sports equipment to children in Nicaragua, raise funds to sponsor a young girl there and provide a scholarship to a Nicaraguan child. She and Dan are now working with the Family Resource Centre to bring children and youth with special needs to the camp and offer a few subsidized spots during the summer. In addition, the duo also coordinates with the local schools to provide free days for students. “The support from the community and schools has been amazing over the years,” Kristi explained. “We want to do something to give back.” As for plans on how to celebrate the 10 year anniversary, Dan and Kristi have a few ideas. “Maybe a big 10 year reunion dodgeball game,” Kristi joked. “Kids love dodgeball. It’s how we end most of our days.” Rocky Mountain Sports Camp will run Monday to Friday during the third, fourth and fifth week in July and from August 8th-12th and 15th-19th at J.A. Laird Elementary School. The cost is $125 per week, or $30 per day, with daily drop-ins welcome. Registration forms are available at DR Sports or from schools offices up and down the valley. To register, or for more information, call Kristi at 250-342-1421 or Dan at 250-581-0455, e-mail or visit the Rocky Mountain Sports Camp page on Facebook. Anyone with old sports equipment to donate to Nicaragua should contact Kristi.

Summer Camps There are several summer camps to choose from in the Columbia Valley to keep the little ones entertained throughout the summer: • Adventure Radium begins on Tuesday, July 5th and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until August 25th. Open to children aged five to 11 the day camp has activities including canoeing, hiking, orienteering and crafts. The drop-in fee is $5 and the summer fee is $25 per child or $50 per family. For more information, call 250-347-6455. • Blue Lake Summer Camp will run from July 10th to August 13th. This residential summer camp near Canal Flats offers overnight stays of up to two weeks in log cabins in a wilderness setting. Open to kids aged seven to 14, activities include campfires, EcoFun learning programs, talent shows and swimming. For more information, call 250-426-3676. • The Adventure Camp and Youth Golf Camp at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offer a selection of half day, full day and three day camps from Tuesday through Saturday during July and August. Open to ages five to 14, activities include kayaking, minigolf, tennis and more. Prices range from $30 for a half day to $199 for the three-day Golf Camp. For more information, call 250-345-6049.

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Town councils: news in brief Radium Hot Springs, June 22nd • The Village of Radium Hot Springs voted to pass a development permit for the proposed Pioneer Condo and Apartment Development. The new three-storey development will be constructed on the corner of Pioneer Ave. and Edelweiss Street. Council praised the developer and architect for designing the building to blend with building style in Radium, and for following the application process promptly and correctly. • Council discussed at length the possibility of hosting the annual dance associated with the Columbia Valley Classic Car Show. Council tentatively agreed, and are waiting for further budget and tent rental details.

Canal Flats, June 27th • The Village of Canal Flats is adding new crosswalks to the Burns Avenue and Shaughnessy Street intersection. The work is expected to begin midJuly and to last for a few days. There will be no road closures and there should be minimal disruption to traffic in Canal Flats.

Invermere, June 28th • Council carried a recommended resolution to defer a capital road repair expenditure in the amount of $127,000 which was set for Industrial Roads #3 and #4 in the Athalmer Business Park, and to redirect up to $30,000 towards the preparation of engineered road design, signage and access improvement plans within the Athalmer Business Park. The recommendation came about from a meeting staff and council had with many of the Athalmer business owners who would like to see a comprehensive plan for improving the roads and signage for the area. The resolution was amended to expand the boundaries of the study and road plan to include from the CPR tracks to the edge of the Wildlife Management Area, so it would take into account residents on Panorama Drive as well as the business area. Councillor Campsall applauded the concept, stating that these issues have been popping up as long as he has been on council. “It’s much better to get an overall plan rather

July 1, 2011 then fiddling around piece by piece,” he said. • Council carried a motion to amend the 2011 Financial Plan to permit the construction of a new washroom and concession facility at Kinsmen Beach in the fall of this year. The motion also included direction to staff to prepare and submit applications to various granting organizations, and to advertise the tender process for the construction of the facility, which they hope to have completed in time for the recently announced pond hockey tournament in February. The goal for the building is to have many green components, CAO Chris Prosser said, including utilizing solar and wind power, a grey water/rainwater collection system for use in irrigation and the washroom’s toilets, and an overall goal of having the build-

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ing carbon neutral with no greenhouse gas emissions. Councillor Miller voted against the motion, as he said he would like more public involvement in the process. He requested staff organize an open house, which council discussed. Council decided not to host an open house because of the tight timeframe. They decided that because the facility has been identified as a community need for some time, that the priority should be getting it completed in the time allotted for construction. Mayor Taft responded, saying that he wasn’t sure if council would be willing to make any changes that could come about as part of a consultation process. Council did decide to unveil the plans publicly in some form, and to have them available at the district office so residents have access to them.


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Te Papa Nui has been astonishing locals and visitors alike, since they opened the doors of their 8,000 square foot warehouse seven years ago, with their exceptional selection of quality antiques from all over the world. The store is such an impressive showcase of interesting antiques, it continues to attract customers from all over B.C. and Alberta, many of whom come from big cities, where large stores like Te Papa Nui simply can’t exist. Owner/Operators Joe and Elizabeth Klein scour the international antique world for one-of-a-kind items as well as character pieces that will compliment any room, regardless of your taste or interior design style. Te Papa Nui houses large and small pieces from Europe, Asia and the U.S.A., fitting any budget or artistic vision. They also have regular sales on many items.

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Ministry seeks input about homes on farmland By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Through a survey conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, British Columbians are being invited to have their say about whether oversized homes should be allowed to be built on agricultural land. Until July 14th, the public are being invited to give feedback on a new draft bylaw proposed by the Ministry, which would give clear guidelines for home building in the Agricultural Land Reserve (A.L.R.). The issue of huge homes — some as big as 15,000 square feet — being built on agricultural land is less pressing in the Columbia Valley than in the Lower Mainland; however, Metro Vancouver is asking the Ministry to create province-wide guidelines to prevent the problem being pushed elsewhere. “The A.L.R. is intended to protect agricultural opportunities but does acknowledge that if you want to have a farm, you may want to live on the land and have a second dwelling for farm help,” said Matt Gunn, of the Regional District of East Kootenay’s planning department. “In some areas like Richmond and Delta there are issues with people buying A.L.R. land and building huge homes.” The online survey asks public opinion about limiting size, location and scale of homes built on agricultural

land — homes which are meant to be occupied by farmers or farm workers, but are more commonly springing up as hobby farms and second homes. Although local governments tightly control the size and placement of new homes within their boundaries, few have specific requirements for A.L.R. land. The Village of Canal Flats examines each application on a case by case basis to offer site specific recommendations, Mayor Bruce Woodbury explained; however, the ultimate approval or denial rests with the Agricultural Land Commission (A.L.C.). “When we were creating our Official Community Plan in 2005, we did establish a policy to ask the A.L.C. to review the land in our boundaries within the A.L.R. to determine whether it should remain there,” he added. “It was divided up in the 1970s, province-wide, so we’ve been left with places where land on one side of the street is A.L.R. and on the other side isn’t, when it’s the same sort of land.” The planning departments for Radium, Invermere and the Regional District — under whose jurisdiction the majority of A.L.R. land in the valley falls — all confirmed that they have no specific guidelines in place for Agricultural Land Reserve land within their boundaries and that each application is examined on its own merits. However, all noted that any zoned agricultural land within their boundaries is governed by the same zoning

LAST STRAW — The Ministry of Agriculture is trying to create guidelines to prevent monster homes being built on on agricultural land. bylaws that control all development. Unzoned agricultural land, which is only found in the very rural areas of the Regional District outside the upper Columbia Valley, is dealt with by the Agricultural Land Commission, Mr. Gunn explained. To take part in the survey and to read the attached discussion paper, visit and click ALR Residential Guidelines Survey.

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Kootenay Dance Kamp 2011

July 18-22, July 25-29, Aug. 29-Sept. 2 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

It’s Al’s 80th! We’re having an open house to celebrate Al Lynch’s Birthday on Saturday, July 2 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Invermere Seniors Hall. Come and join us!

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Wooden welcome sign has stood in place for generations By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Many drivers entering the Columbia Valley from Kootenay National Park take comfort in seeing the carved wooden sign hanging near the park gates, which is inscribed with the words, “The mountains shall bring peace to the people.” During the winter, the sign was absent while it was being restored, but it has now returned, along with its rich history. The phrase on the sign may sound familiar from a psalm of Solomon, Psalm 72, which states, “Let the mountains bring peace to the people, and the hills, in righteousness.” At some point, part of the message from the biblical phrase was adopted by James Bernard Harkin, who was the first Commissioner of the National Parks of Canada. Mr. Harkin was known to many as “the father of National Parks” for his commitment to conservation, for creating a centralized agency to administer the parks, and for helping to draft the National Parks Act of 1930. He served as commissioner from 1911 to 1936, making him the longest-serving commissioner in parks history. In addition to promoting conservation, Mr. Harkin was a vocal advocate of encouraging tourism. He tirelessly promoted the parks as a place where people could experience amazing scenery and find a sense of balance. In 1923, he opened the first road built across the Rockies, the Banff-Windermere Highway. At the time, the entrance to the highway through Kootenay National Park was situated near the Radium Hot Pools — not where it is today, further down the highway towards Radium. The original entrance was a gateway built across the road, and traffic drove underneath an A-framed

archway. Along that wooden arch, the phrase Mr. Harkin had adopted as a personal motto was inscribed in capital letters into the arch’s facia: THE MOUNTAINS SHALL BRING PEACE TO THE PEOPLE. Everyone entering and exiting the park drove underneath the artfully carved letters. The original archway was torn down in the mid1950s, when traffic through the park increased and the modest arch could no longer accommodate the volume of traffic. The official park entrance was moved to where it is now, and the new entrance opened in 1954. When the entrance’s location moved, the mountain motto was lost in the transition, and was forgotten for years. The phrase was brought back into the limelight during the early 1990s by Radium resident, Phyllis Jackson. Mrs. Jackson was on town council at the time, and remembered seeing the words in an old family photo of the original gateway. She took the photograph to the Radium Business Association, and suggested resurrecting the phrase on a new sign. The sign currently hanging just outside of the park entrance in Radium was hung shortly afterwards, where it remains today, with the mountains that brought Mr. Harkin so much comfort as the sign’s backdrop. Editor’s note: a special thank-you to Alexandra Weller of Invermere, who generously contributed her research from a school project to help with this article. Alexandra is Phyllis Jackson’s granddaughter, and the daughter of Herb and Colleen Weller of Invermere. Alexandra graduated this spring with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history, from the University of Alberta. See photos on facing page . . .

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A SIGN OF THE TIMES — The comforting message on the current wooden sign located on the side of the highway as you drive from Kootenay National Park into Radium (right) was once inscribed along the wooden facia of the A-frame archway that formed the original entrance into Kootenay National Park (left). This photo, showing the archway that was located just east of the Radium Hot Springs Pools, was taken by Hal Bavin sometime in the late 1940s. 



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ENJOYING SOME CANADIAN SNOW — Christina Kilson and Janice McGregor make some late season snow angels at the Salmo-Creston Summit during Ms. Kilson’s mentoring placement in the Columbia Valley.  Photo submitted

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By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff You may have noticed a new worker at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union last week. Christina Kilson, from Ghana, has been living and working in Invermere and Radium from June 17th – 27th. Ms. Kilson stayed with Invermere Branch Manager, Janice McGregor, for part of her time in the valley, and also with Radium Branch Manager Kristin Olsen. During her stay, Ms. Kilson said she has been learning how credit unions in Canada operate, and is very pleased with the knowledge and experience she has been able to gain and share with her temporary co-workers. “I also hope I improved my public speaking skills and the ability to meet tight reporting deadlines,” she said. Back home Ms. Kilson works as the Assistant Manager and Loans Officer for the Work UEW Co-operative Credit Union in Central Ghana, a role she has

held for the past seven years. The placement in the Columbia Valley came about through the Canadian Cooperative Association’s Women’s Mentoring Program. The program’s leader, Laurie Tennian, said that every year since 2002, the association has organized a mentorship program for female credit union managers from developing countries. The professional development program brings these credit union managers to Ottawa, where they participate in classroom training for 14 days and then go on 10-day placements with credit unions throughout the country, where they follow the daily work of credit union managers and personnel in a local credit union. “The objective of the program is to provide high-level professional development for women credit union managers from developing countries,” said Ms. Tennian. “To date, 137 credit union managers from 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean are alumnae of the program.”

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Club needs help By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

Wash and roll Invermere’s first and only roller derby team, the Killer Rollbots, held a fundraising car wash on June 25th in the parking lot of Syndicate Board Shop. According to the team, they are gearing up to have their first match sometime this fall. From left to right: “Charlie Sheens” (Sheena Lacey), “Vivien Vengeance” (Shara Schwab with son Tony Schwab), “DeVotchka Thrash” (Jess de Groot), “Frances Break’em” (Steph Woodwark), and “Mollova Yo’ass” (Cindy MacKay).  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is rallying to host a fundraising garage sale, after the amount of grant funding they normally receive was decreased for the upcoming season. “We’re trying to not raise prices, and keep the cost of being part of the club down,” said head coach, Danielle Elford. “The garage sale is going to help us do that.” The sale, which will be held this Saturday, July 2nd, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Valley Alley between Invermere and Windermere, will have an assortment of donated items from around the valley. All of the proceeds from the sale go to the figure skating club. Lexie McIntosh, who volunteers with the club, said that skating in general in the valley plays an important role in the lives of local young athletes, and that keeping the club going is an intregal part of that trend. “This is a large skating community, from figure skating to hockey,” she said. “Both younger people and adults in this valley spend a lot of time on the ice in general. We need to celebrate skating and help where we can.” The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is currently focused on young figure skaters, but also helps teach skating skills to minor hockey players, and is hoping to include an adult skating program in the future. For the first time ever Danielle and the skating club have organized a week long Power Skating and Figure Skating Camp, which is being held August 22-26 at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For more information, call 250-342-7432.

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Invermere Physiotherapy Clinic is pleased to welcome back GRAHAM MATHEOS for July & August

Graham is an owner and operator of a busy 5-person practice in Calgary, Alberta. He brings with him extensive expertise in manual therapy and inter-muscular stimulation. We look forward to having Graham join us in serving our community health needs this summer. Wallace Ross and Ruth Zehnder Phone 250-342-0415 for an appointment. Lower Level, Chisel Peak Medical Centre 417 – 10th Avenue

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Copper Point Resort officially opens Saskatoon-based rock band, The Sheepdogs, put on a lively show for the more than 600 people who attended the official grand opening celebration of Copper Point Resort on June 28th. Organizers of the event said that the weather, which was threatening to rain, held off, and everyone had a great time long into the evening. The event was the resort’s way of saying thank you to the community for all of their support. The celebrations raised more than $2,400 for the Invermere Companion Animal Network, after Rohit Communities matched what was donated by the public. Further donations can be sent by visiting.  

Photo by Dave Sutherland

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Hear the Lions roar

The charitable Lions Club welcomed a new Executive Committee for the 2011-2012 season. Pictured, left to right: Doug Anakin, Raylee Oram, Doug Leibel, Sherry Larratt, Kris Borek, Harold Hazelaar, Al Larratt, Peggy Page, Steve Ostrander, Leo Kienitz, and Al Lynch.

Photo submitted

Regional District of East Kootenay

Watering Hours

The RDEK has watering hours on all of its water systems. Having set watering hours conserves water, creates a balance in the system demand and controls costs. Please abide by these watering hours. They are in place for the benefit of your community. Windermere Water System

Watering Times: Morning Evening

Timber Ridge Water System Watering Times:

6:00am-10:00am 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Morning Evening

6:00am-10:00am 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Residents living NORTH of Windermere Creek may water on even numbered days

EVEN numbered houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Residents living SOUTH of Windermere Creek may water on odd numbered days

ODD numbered houses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Edgewater Water System

Holland Creek Water System

Watering Times: Morning Evening

6:00am-10:00am 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Watering Times: Morning Evening

6:00am-10:00am 7:00pm - 11:00pm

EVEN numbered houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

EVEN numbered houses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

ODD numbered houses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

ODD numbered houses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

For more information, contact the RDEK Engineering Services Department at 1-888-478-7335 or visit

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• David Thompson Secondary School graduation parade •

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GLAD TO GRAD ­— David Thompson Secondary School’s graduating class of 2011 took to the streets on Saturday, June 25th, to take part in the graduation Grand Parade through downtown Invermere. This page, left: Olivia Boyer and Dalyn Logan. Above: Shannon McCarthy and Lucas Putnam; Samantha Hawes and Daniel Wright; William Constable, Jess Wall, Katie Milligen. Opposite page, top row, left to right: Tryg Strand and Stevie Callaghan; Justin Lynch and Kailey Williams; Dorell Shovar and Christie Tallman. Bottom photo, foreground to back: Julia Blakely and Will Marshall; Kelsie Wolfe, Katherine Witt, Nadja Johnston, Taylor Ottman, Connor Williams. See more photos from this year’s grad parade on our website, Photos by Kate Irwi


Are your kids looking for an adventure? Why not send them to The Village of Radium Hot Springs’ camp program – Adventure Radium! Your kids will enjoy a variety of supervised activities such as canoeing, swimming, hiking, biking, orienteering and crafts. Our energetic, enthusiastic, trained and experienced camp leaders are looking forward to providing a fun and enjoyable camp experience for your kids. When:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011, and every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday til August 25, 2011. Time: Ages 5-8, 9:30 am to Noon Ages 9-11 1:00 pm til 3:30 pm Where: Meet at the Radium Hot Springs Skating Rink Fee: Drop-in fee - $5/child Summer fee per participant - $25/child Summer fee per family of three or more - $50 Registration forms are available at the Village office or online at life For more information contact Jill at 250-347-6455

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Seeking Members for The Mayor and Council Remuneration Committee The District of Invermere is looking for three(3) members of the public to be a part of this Committee whose primary purpose is to review the remuneration of Mayor and Council for the next term and provide recommendations. To be eligible, you must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere. Interested persons are invited to submit written applications on or before July 8th, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m. to: Karen Coté, Director of Finance Box 339, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 or to

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Cougars cause for pause Passing pedestrians and drivers had reason to gawk at four cement cougars lined up on the back of a flatbed truck that was parked in downtown Invermere last week. The frozen felines almost caused a few cat-astrophic accidents as drivers spun their heads to check out the unusual sight. The cougars were sculpted in Medicine Hat by the brother of Barry Lightfoot, who owns Barefoot Concrete in Invermere. The sculptures are made of concrete and weigh 667 lbs each. They are made from a rubberized cast that was moulded from the body of a real cougar that was found deceased by a group of hikers near Prince George. The cat was measured as the largest cougar found in 1993, measuring 87-inches and weighing more than 200 lbs. Once the concrete cast of the mighty cat is complete — a five day process in itself — it takes 12 hours to paint each one. There are four sculptures currently for sale by Barefoot Concrete, at $1,995 each.

Photo by Kate Irwin



STARTING THIS SUMMER, BC HYDRO WILL BE UPGRADING HOMES AND BUSINESSES WITH NEW SMART METERS. MOVING TO A MORE EFFICIENT, MODERNIZED GRID WILL CREATE IMMEDIATE SAVINGS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. YOU MAY BE WONDERING... What is a smart meter? The smart metering program will modernize our electricity system by replacing old electro-mechanical meters with new digital meters. A smart meter is a a digital meter that records the amount of power you use. It helps improve the efficiency of the power grid, means less wasted electricity and gets BC ready for future power needs. What are the benefits for me as a customer? You will be able to see your power use in near real time and it will be faster and easier to open and close your account if you move. What happens if the power goes out? With smart meters in place, BC Hydro can pinpoint power outages and restore power faster. How does it make my community safer? The new meters reduce public and worker exposure to theft-related safety hazards, such as house fires, live wires and premature transformer failures. How will my meter be read? There will be remote, two way communication between your meter and BC Hydro. Smart meter signals are short, infrequent and will last less than one minute per day. Is the signal safe? The signals are low level frequency and exceed Health Canada safety standards. Is my information secure? Similar to online banking systems, the data from the meters is secure and your privacy is protected.


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Hitting the books with hockey bursary

Sale price includes 8 lb. underlay*

Invermere athlete Reid Mitchell (right) happily accepts a $500 bursary from Milton Crawford of Investor’s Group. Investor’s Group gave $500 to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, which awarded the bursary to Reid for his commitment to hockey and school. Reid, who is the son of Ken and Janice Mitchell, played for the Columbia Valley Rockies from 2004-2008, and is currently attending a sports business program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Milton Crawford used to coach Reid in pee-wee hockey.  Photo by Kelsey Verboom

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Landscaping, excavating, sweeping, property clearing, mulching. We offer skid-steers, mini-hoes and many attachments to assist you. Proudly serving the valley for 9 years. Joe Cote • 250-341-1252 or 250-342-9712 •

• 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.

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HERE TO SERVE YOU KL Plumbing & Heating Kevin Losey / Journeyman Plumber

Installations, Renovations & Service Calls (250) 688-1717 / Box 2372, Invermere, BC


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HERE TO SERVE YOU Patryk Jagiello STAIN/LACQUER/PAINT INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Special Olympics Invermere making a splash Submitted by Kate Gibbs Special Olympics participant Our recent golf lessons were held at Copper Point Golf Course on Sunday, June 26th. The teaching professional, Scott McClean worked hard with our athletes and we all thank him for his expertise and patience! By the way, Lochlan is still waiting for his answer to his question, “What was golf like in the 1950s?” Right after the golf, the Special O swim program had its final session in the Fairmont Hot Springs pool. It was a little sad! Everyone has looked forward to coming to learn to swim and have fun in the water. Some parents, even if the weekend was busy, always made sure their child participated in the group. Everyone learned new things and had lots of fun. Anyway, Sunday was a perfect day for the last session of swimming. Five swimmers came up to celebrate the end of the swim program: Lochlan, Marlo, Brion, Brandon and Kate. Besides the last day of swimming, there was also another important celebration: Lochlan’s birthday! Happy birthday to you Lochlan. Thank you for spending it at the pool with us. We did some neat stuff at our final session. Warmups as usual, relays, and everyone got a mask and practiced swimming under water. We played Marco Polo. Something new for our last session was to dive for objects

that we threw in the pool, even in the deep end, which was a first for some kids. We ended up all over the pool! “Brion was figuring out how to use the mask during the session. He tried to put it on his face and blow bubbles and was having fun. Good job Brion! Marlo was so generous in the scavenger hunt. If anyone didn’t find their object because someone had already taken it, she’d always rescue it and give it to them to try again. Thank you Marlo, that was very sweet. Brandon loved all the toy animals the volunteers brought. You always see him playing with them. He was fascinated and had lots of fun. At the end of the week Kate’s goal was to jump off the diving board. As it was the last swim datem she did it as a big finale! She got to go up with Catrien, and then at the end of the board she got a push and went off. She had a life jacket on so when she popped up, everyone cheered! That was a big day for Kate. Thanks to Catrien and all the Fairmont pool lifeguard staff for making the day possible. Well, it’s sad we have to wind up our swim meets but with it being close to summer, everyone has different stuff going on. It is always a busy time of year. A big thank-you to all the volunteers who came on their own time. Thank you newcomers to the Special Olympics program. Trish and Evan, our swimmers sure had fun with you! And, of course, a huge thank-you to Catrien, Nicole, Gee and Willem, and Andrea for all their help

SPLISH SPLASH — The Invermere branch of B.C. Special Olympics tests the waters of Fairmont Hot Springs pools.  Photo Submitted with the Special Olympics. You’ve made kids’ weekends by giving them something to do every Sunday. We hope to see you all next year. Happy summer everybody! Many thanks to all the parents for driving their youngsters and to all the faithful coaches — without you all we would not have the program. A great big thanks to Copper Point and Fairmont Hot Springs for allowing us to use their facilities and we hope you will allow us to come back next year. Please stop by on July 1st during the Canada Day celebrations to visit the tent for the Invermere branch of Special Olympics B.C.

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Geanette Elliott August 22, 1941-June 19, 2011 Passed away after a short illness. Already missed by a loving family and many friends. A Remembrance of Life will be held at the Lions Club Hall on July 9th at 2:00p.m. Donations may be made to the Invermere and District Hospital. Thank You to all the doctors, nurses, and support staff for everything you do so well. A special thank you to all the close friends of the family. Your love and support is appreciated. The Elliot Family.




There is always a Bridge of memories From here to Heaven above. That keeps you very close to us It is the bridge of love. As time goes by without you And the days are now years They hold a million memories and a thousand silent tears To us you were so special What more is there to say Except to wish with All our hearts That you were here today Loved and remembered Forever Mom, Patty, Sonya, Samantha, Daylene, and Chaos Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

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Lady 60ish, newcomer, looking for social companion, coffee, dining, concerts etc. Non smoker. 250-4905140.

Saturday, July 2nd, 9a.m.-2p.m. 2518 Cobble Stone Circle, Invermere. Furniture, antiques, pictures, golf clubs, sports equipment, skis and decorative pillows.

Cheers to Victoria Delorme for delivering our papers to Canal Flats during the Canada Post Strike. Thank you so much!

Friday, July 1st 8a.m.-12p.m. 4955 Mountain Hill Rd. Fairmont. Misc. household items, furniture, antiques & kids’ motorcycles.

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.

Huge Garage Sale! Saturday, July 2nd 8a.m.-1p.m. 1815 14th Ave. Misc. items, antiques, canoe, quad, and too many household items to list.

Are you interested in working with youth? Currently the Summit Youth Centre is recruiting new board members. Please contact Summit Youth Centre at 250-342-3033.

Moving Sale, Saturday, July 2nd 9a.m.-4p.m. 1226 10th Street. Lots of kids toys, TV, and much more.

Space available, other youth oriented groups can access the Youth Centre by calling 250-3423033.

GARAGE SALES Are you planning a garage sale? Please consider donating, either before or after your sale, any paintings, prints, posters, photographs or frames to Art From the Attic. A giant sale on behalf of the thrift store and the arts council to be held Saturday, September 3rd, 9a.m.-4p.m., at the Invermere Community Centre. Drop off items at the Invermere Thrift Store or Pynelogs during their opening hours, or contact Elinor for free pickup. 250-342-0444 elinor1@ Saturday, July 2 2011, 9a.m.-1p.m., 1522 9th Ave Invermere. Items include household items, furniture, kids toys, and much more.

In Loving Memory Michael James Brown Dec. 19, 1977 - July 2, 2001

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Friday, July 1st, 4p.m.-8p.m., and Saturday, July 2nd, 9a.m.-3p.m. 4726 Blakley Pl. Radium. Items for sale: wooden shutters, aquariums, golf carts, art prints, books, plants, kitchen things, rocking chairs metal frames etc. Yard Sale Saturday, July 2nd, 9a.m.1p.m. Items include electric mower, weed wacker, small tile saw, car stereo/10 CD unit, picture frames and household items. 355 Borden Street, Athalmer. Saturday, July 2nd & Sunday, July 3rd, 9a.m.-5p.m. Variety of everything! 4773 Government Street Windermere. Huge Moving Sale! Antiques, backpacking & exercise stuff, tools, and much more. Sale begins Thursday, June 30th at 3p.m. and every evening until it is all sold. Turn south at Radium Community Hall on Pioneer to #127 Eagle Crest. 250-347-0095.

Garage Sale and Bake Sale Saturday, July 2nd, 10a.m.-2p.m. Appliances, clothes, books etc. 802 13th Street (Round House). Friday July 2nd-Sunday, July 3rd 9a.m.-2p.m. 5782 Toby Street Edgewater. Propane hot water tanks, and misc household items. Saturday, July 2nd 8a.m.-1p.m. Killer Roll Bots BBQ/ Bake/Garage Sale. Roller Derby Fundraiser at the Water Tower House across from the Bargain Store.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th 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. Windy Café… is now open for lunch from 11:302:30 and Dinner as always from 5:00-9:00pm.

Walk N Wag Pet First Aid Class! Saturday, July 9, 2011 At the Invermere Community Centre. For more information and registration please contact Anna Bolvin 306-278-3372 annabolvin@ or Raija Easterbrooks 250-342-8669.

LOST AND FOUND Car Keys Found on Westside Road. Call 250-342-8784. The Baltac Community Association has lost one 3ft. white swimming marker buoy. If found please call: 403-999-7647. Found: A paddle call to identify 250-345-0072. Small silver digital camera. Lost on Spirit’s Reach Trail in Fairmont. CASH REWARD! Call 250-342-7606.

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Eric & Jer., owners of Syndicate Board Shop for donating a bunch of boards to Hope for the Island Philippines. All the kids loved them and it put smiles on their faces.

Cheers to Shawn and Finn for all the time you have spent on repairs at the Wilmer Community Hall. Cheers to Mike Roblin at Rona for his outstanding customer service. Cheers to the Canal Flats Bingo ladies. Thanks for the fun! Cheers to Charlie for being the tallest guy in town and having the heart of a lion. Cheers to my wonderful neighbors, Thea and Dave from Edgewater. Thank you for everything you do for me! Cheers and cheers again for the hard work that the volunteers did to make DTSS Grad 2011 happen. Great Job! Cheers to my Oma for walking me everyday while Mummy & Datty are at work! Love, Sugar. Cheers to John Wolfe Construction for your generous donations which will help provide agendas for our students next year. Much appreciated! The Edgewater Elementary students thank you! Cheers to the Graduation Dinner & Jessica Claire for donating the amazing grad cake! Cheers to Larry Letourneau, Raymo & Darryl for all of their help & advice and to the crew at Kootenay Paving. You all did a great job! The Rouses. Cheers to the Jeers — passive aggressive at its finest! Jeers to the family on 15th Ave who allows their small black dog to roam around the neighborhood!

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house FOR RENT

Jeers to the two girls who snapped at the nicest guy in the world (Jeff, the Sobeys produce man) when he tried to help them find raspberries.

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

Cheers to Jeff Armstrong and the many coaches and volunteers from the Columbia Valley Little League Baseball for making a great season of baseball that was enjoyed by both parents and kids. We couldn’t have done it without you!! Way to go!!

Private room with internet, W/D, garden & all utilities. Quiet and tidy home in Westside Park. $500/ month. Call 250-341-5192 for more info.

2 upper level, 2 bdrm suites recently renovated with 4 appliances, large deck, $700/month each available immediately in Windermere, 4 plex, large yard, views of lake, separate entrances, ample parking and just 3 blocks from the beach. Call or text 403-803-4540 or call 403-241-8598 or sillymilleys@

4 bdrm, 2 bath in Invermere W/D, D/W, centrally located between town and schools, large yard and private deck. Available July 15th. $1450/month. 250-342-3790.

Cheers to the ladies of the Edgewater Legion for honoring the Pioneer Ladies on Sunday evening & providing a delicious Roast Beef Dinner. Well Done!

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 Large yard and Quonset in Althalmer Industrial Park across from OK Tire. $1200/month. 250342-3790. For rent approx. 870 sq.ft. Behind Dry Cleaners. $390/month + HST, power and utilities. Available July 1/11. Helga Boker 250-342-6790. Studio Space for Rent Hourly in Fairmont. New 500 sq. ft. cork floor. Multi Purpose use dance, yoga, circuit training, meetings, classes. $15/per hour. Contact: Ryan Haynes rhaynesmagellan@gmail. com 250-341-7345.

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. $850/month. Available immediately, 250-3428781.

1 bdrm walk-out basement suite. Clean and bright located on Upper Hill Top Rd. near Windermere. $675/month utilities included. 250-342-3790. 3 bdrm, 1 bath large upper suite Black Forest Heights W/D, D/W. $1200/month including utilities. DD & references required. N/S preferred. Available July 16th. 250342-9025.

house FOR RENT

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.


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.

Radium 1 bdrm cabin for rent. $600/month includes utilities. 250347-6420. Large 2 bdrm, 1 full bathroom basement suite in Windermere. N/S, all appliances including W/D. Utilities, Satellite, and Internet included. $800/month D/D and references required. Available July 1st. Call to view 250-688-0835. Lower level 2 bdrm walkout suite recently renovated & painted, 6 appliances, large deck. $875/ month available immediately in Windermere. four-plex, large yard, views of lake, separate entrance, ample parking and just 3 blocks from the beach. Call or text 403803-4540 or call 403-241-8598 or



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Invermere: 3 bdrm house close to downtown and schools. $1100 plus utilites. Contact Joan at 250-3427517 for viewing. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, A/C, heated garage, shed, and garden area. $980/month +DD+ Utilities. 7012 Columbia Ridge Drive, Fairmont Hot Springs. Available Aug/Sept 2011. Call Ken Arndt: 403-6255346 (Res.), 403-850-3354 (Cell), E-mail

1 Bdrm Cabin in Edgewater. $500/ month + Hydro. References required. N/S. N/P. 250-342-5912. Windermere 1 bdrm home, lovely yard, N/S, pets considered. References required $595/month. Available Aug 10th-May 15th. Call 403-619-1540. Invermere 2 bdrm clean pet friendly house. Great location, large fenced yard, W/D. $1075/month. 250-3415427. Modern 4 bdrm, 3 bath house 2 blocks from school. Attached garage, lrg yard, W/D, stove, D/W, microwave. Short or long term rental. $1350/month + utilities. Phone 403-993-0567. Available July 1, 2011 Luxury Chalets of Canyon View. Enjoy the Ultimate Resort Destination in our luxurious 3 Bdrm Two-Story Vista Town Homes. These thoughtfully designed 1,700 sq.ft. Town Homes are beautifully decorated in warm tones with quality furnishings. Dramatic 9 ft. ceilings on both levels. Relax in front of the rustic fireplace in the living room for those cool evenings. Master suite includes 3 piece bath and walkin closet plus 2 more spacious bedrooms. Gourmet kitchen includes 5 appliances, Patio with BBQ, raised breakfast bar and large pantry. Cozy front veranda to gaze at the spectacular views. Private Garage and fully equipped for all your needs. lchurchill@

Invermere 3 bdrm townhouse 3 full bath, 5 appliances, large deck, developed basement. Available August 1st. $1175/month + utilities. 403-703-0930.

D/T Invermere 2 bdrm, 1 bath, W/D, $800/month + utilities, N/S, N/P, 1 year lease. Available Immediately 250-341-6080.

Executive home in Windermere on large lot with lake and mountain views. Available Oct 1st for a period of 2 years. $1400/month includes internet and satellite TV. N/S Pls. For details call 250-688-0798.

2 bdrm older home for rent. Large yard, pets OK. Available soon. References, DD $850/ month including cable & utilities. Please write to: Landlord box 362, Invermere BC, V0A 1K0 with employment and age.

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.

condo FOR RENT Invermere 2 bdrm, 2 bath luxury fully furnished & equipped condo, lake view, vaulted ceilings, steps to lake, walk to downtown. Rent depends on length of stay. 250688-0244. Enviro 2000 Parkside Place Condo 2 bdrm, 3.5 bath, double car garage, luxury furnishings. $1400/month. 250-342-9650. Radium 2bdrm, 2 bath, furnished luxury condo, pool & hot tub access. $950/month. 250-688-0244.


Hillcrest Apartments has 2 bdrm apartments, $800/month, utilities included, fully furnished, all in, 250-341-1182. Condo for rent in Radium Copper Horne Town. Newly renovated, new appliances, including w/d, 2 bdrm, 1 bathroom, A/C, fireplace, 2 patios. $800/month. 403-702-3002 or 2 bdrm apartment in Canal Flats. N/P, N/P prefer single or couple. Available July 1st. $550/month + DD + Utilities. Call 250-342-3345 after 6p.m. or leave message. 1 bdrm condo for rent near Sobeys N/S, N/P. $600/month. Call 250342-6255. 2 bdrm, 1 bath condo for rent in Radium Pinewood Building. $875/ month including utilities. 403690-3166. Radium 2 bdrm Townhouse, furnished, or unfurnished, laundry, garage, storage, large deck, with great view, price dependent on term. 250-688-0244.

7 acres of hayfield/wild land & beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, near Wilmer Toby Hill Road. Close to Panorama and Lake. Reduced $375,000. Call 250-342-2802. For sale in Edgewater, 11.254 acres with older home, 3 connections for town water. Asking $500,000. 250845-2566. Lot on Pine Tree Road ($110,000) for sale or trade for a lot that allows manufactured home or trade for manufactured home. Interested? 250-341-3521. Radium Lot-4829 Marys Street. Zoned C2-allowing for single or multi-residential; no building commitment. Hydro & power in place. $165,000 OBO. Call: 250838-6635.

Home for sale

OPEN HOUSE 1151 - 13th Avenue, Invermere Friday, July 1st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ross Newhouse Windermere Valley Realty

(250) 342-9450 (Office) (250) 342-5247 (Cell)

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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.

2000 sq. ft. Radium Home for Sale. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, dbl garage, large yard, located D/T close to park & shops. $270,000. 250-3477755. We Will Pay Your Down Payment.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE 1996 Legacy Mobile Home in Canal Flats F/S, W/D, D/W, wood stove. Also has propane heat. Asking $55,000. Please call after 6 p.m. 250-417-0389 or 250-421-7085.


Edgewater Townhouse for Sale. Totally remodeled. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, fireplace, entertainment center and much more. $169,900 5% down and assumable if you qualify. See it on WeList or Call 250-347-2144. 3 bdrm nearly new Radium Town Home. Fully developed with walkout basement, garage, heat pump, wood trim throughout, custom window coverings. No HST. $319,000 Phone: 250-342-0183.

Juniper Hights Home on Acreage

2177 sq. ft. 3 bdrm + den, 3 bath, oak hardwood floors, slate entry, plus 1850 sq. ft. basement, garage, workshop etc. 5128 Juniper Hights Rd. $549,000 for more info call 250-341-6869.

Mountain Home For Sale

condo FOR SALE Ski to your door, fully furnished 1 bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, BC, $115,000 Firm. Call 250-342-6858 after 6 p.m.


misc. for sale

misc. for sale


Portable ballet barre with tote bag, 4.5ft., grey, lightweight, easy to assemble, $200. Kenmore Vacuum cleaner, $30. Call 250-341-2793.

15’ Coleman Canoe, Vests, paddles included. Never used $450. Older 14’ power boat, easy loader trailer, seats in boat. $1250. Jet-Ski $1000 won’t need much to get it running. Oak Entertainment Center $75. Wine Fridge $80. Call Garry 250345-6603.

1986 Travel Air 5th Wheel. Queen bed, pull out couch, full bathroom, stove, RF and oven comes with hitch. $3000 OBO. 250-342-9284.

Small chest freezer 4ft by 2ft $75. Colonial table with 2 chairs $25. Newer white microwave $20. Antique chair with writing arm $20. Call 403-771-5705.

8 ft. Camper in good condition. RF, stove, furnace. $1000 OBO. Call 250-342-3263 (evenings).

Bar Pool Table without coin slot. Cues, rack & balls included. $500 OBO. Call 250-342-3240.

vehicles for sale

US 25ft Sail Boat w/ Trailer in good shape. Swing Keel, 9.9 HP, Evinrude Outboard. Must be seen to appreciate. Asking $13,500. Call 780-883-0550. Hand Made 15.5” Saddle padded seat, Rawhide tree nice toolings with lots of other gear. $700. 250342-2082.

Golden Doodle Puppies available: 2 males, 2 females, ready to go to approved homes. 30-45 lbs full grown, 1st vacs & 2 year health guarantee. $1200. Tammie 250342-5114.

Entertainment Unit black/grey 5” Height $40. Single bed $30. Call 250-342-2526.

horse for sale

Private Sale in Black Forest ½ duplex with revenue suite. Upper 1065 sq.ft. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 7 appliances. Walk-in suite 1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appliances. Private entry and patio. $274,900. To view 250-342-4804. Private Sale Westside Park Has 3 Bdrm 2 ½ Bath on upper floors, as well has beautiful sellcontained basement suite. Still has home warrenty. Price below assessed value. Please compare price to MLS prices. $319,000. 250341-5560.

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 enterances. Great for guest or rental income. $725,000. To view call 250-6880521.


15 year old 15-2 HH reg. Paint Gelding-Western/English $3500. 7 year old 13-3 HH reg. POA Bay Gelding $3000. 250-342-4665.

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. Old Doors and Windows for Sheds. Call 250-347-9383

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. Hot tub rentals. Week or weekend rates. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922.

Newly renovated kitchen, bathroom, upstairs and down, recreation room, restored hardwood and cherry doors, large fenced yard lots of room for boats and toys, new sidewalks, $345,000 No HST, motivated seller. Save before interest rates go up! Check out #H3055274(same as MLS #) to view pictures. 250-342-1108.

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. Enterprise Wood Burning Cast Iron Cook Stove. Great for Cabin. $500. 250-342-8781.

250 US Gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal cage 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George 250347-9500. 2009 YZ-250 2-Stroke. Hardly ridden. Never raced. Comes with lots of GREAT extra’s. Must Sell. 250-688-1625. King Water Bed for Sale w/ heater and nice head-board with mirror, liner, baffled bladder. $300. 250688-5029 or 250-347-2275. Moving Sale: Queen sized large bed frame $700 OBO (pd $2000). Import Mexican handmade coffee table $300. Long end table w/ drawers $200. TV Stand $150 or make offer for all. Phone 250-3472426. 18 ft. 1994 Larson open bow boat 185 HP Ezload Trailer comes with many extras. $8500 OBO. 250-3456576. New Queen Bed w/mattress for sale. Only $250. Please call: 250341-2122. 4ft./8ft. Pool table w/accessories. Poker/card table. (16”) Mountain bike. Call 250-342-9833 for more info.

Safety 1st Portable pressure mount baby gate $20. Safety 1st solid wood pine colored crib $60. Crib mattress $20. Soft fabric & mesh Portable baby Play pen $60. Small red & pine colored rocking moose $20. All items like new-barely used by visiting grand-kids. 250-3456288. Dining Room Table, (4) chairs, and china cabinet $500. Coffee and (2) end tables $150. Computer Desk $75. 250-347-2245. Zender Local Beef. Steaks, smokies, and more. Available at Grants Foods 503 7th Ave, Invermere. Free to Good Home- (1) 18 cubic foot freezer and (1) 15 foot cubic foot refrigerator. Call 250-3472488. Black Hardi Board Trim 30+ 1 ¼ “ x 4” 16 ft. lengths $450 OBO. Call 403-466-0284. Renovation Sale! Round Oak Table $300. Floor lamp & (2) table lamps $175. Coffee table & end table set solid wood $150. Wood TV stand $75. A/W & D/R $200. Fabric chair $100. (2 wood night tables $100. 250-342-0054 BBQ, used very little. Almost new. $100 OBO. 250-342-9636.

Fully Serviced RV lot for rent at Mountain Shadows Resort located in between Radium and Invermere. $700/month. Call 403-286-1064.

1988 Rowler Regal Top of the line loaded. $5900. 250-342-5308.

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.

Motorino Electric Bikes No need for licence, registration, insurance or gas. Just charge it up and go. Call 250-347-9009 for more info. 1995 Mazda Cronos 626 V6, 5 speed manual, A/C, sunroof. All service records. $1900.00. Call 250-3472456.

Rare Car 1985 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Convertible. Seats, flooring and trunk reupholstered, 5 speed, 6 cyclinder. 13,000 miles. $18,500. Runs Beautifully. Call Garry 250345-6603. Bold Title Pls 1992 Dodge Ram 250. Road worthy but selling for parts . Selling price $250. 250-342-6655.

BUSINESS FOR SALE 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 tones of expansion potential. Training and mentoring included. $10,000. 250-341-5683

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recration vehicles







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

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

DEVCO APPLIANCE SERVICE Devon Maslaniec-Owner/Operator Servicing & Installing All Brands of Major Appliances. Certified Appliance Technician w/ Refrigeration & Gas Tickets. 250341-7393.

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




SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011 AT 11:00 a.m. SHARP On Location at 7481 Jackson Avenue, Radium FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD: Coffee and end tables, hid-a-bed, couch, love seat and chair, desk, TV, streamer trunk, hobby table filing cabinet, hospital bed, beds, kitchen table, filing cabinet, hospital bed, beds, kitchen tables and chairs, dishes, cutlery, glassware, train set and much more! TOOLS AND SHOP: Drafting tables, tool boxes, step ladders, hardware caddies, table sander, planer, many assorted hand tools, assorted hardware, shop vac, radial arm saw, miter box, assorted lumber, glass edger and glass and more! GARDEN AND OUTDOORS: Many garden tools, lawn mower, gas can, wheel barrow, lawn chairs, fertilizer spreader, fishing rods and more! SPECIAL ITEMS:

- BEAUTIFUL TRAIN SET all set up and mounted on large wall foldout - ASSORTED HANDMADE AND PAINTED butterflies - Several gorgeous BRAND NEW SINGLE OAK WARDROBES

AUCTIONEERS NOTE: The Verhelsts are downsizing and moving into a 2 bedroom condo. This is only a partial listing as there are too many items to mention and some decisions on what goes and stays are still being made. PREVIEW: from 9:00 a.m.

TERMS: Cash, Cheque, Visa, MC

All purchases are subject to a 10% buyers fee and 12% HST Subject to additions and deletions! Sale conducted by HIGH COUNTRY AUCTIONS, Invermere BC Auctioneer: Erhard “Tex” Lortscher Phone: 250-341-5316 email: web:

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. “Your blinds are beautiful. Thank you so much for your expertise, thinking outside the box, unending enthusiasm, infectious personality and sunny smile! Princess B-Fairmont”. 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”

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

Red Rock Contracting Masonry Work, River Rock Walls, Glass Blocks Etc. . . Tile and Slate, Installations, Interlocking Paving Stones, Retaining Wall Systems, Repairs Etc. . . For Estimates Call 250-341-6869.

Maid 2 Shine Service Condo cleaning, home and property checks for insurance purposes. Call Judy Moore 250-341-1478 or

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.

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.

Invermere Sharpening Carbide and Steel Sharpening Services. Carbide Saw Re-Tipping. Saw-Blades Router-Bits, PlannerKnives, Hole-Saws, Ice Auger Blades, Knives, Scissors, and Much More. 250-341-5447, 345 Blair St. Athalmer.

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

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

Summer Music and French Lessons With Tanya Siega Piano-Guitar-SingingSongwriting-Conversational French-French Pronunciation. 250427-0938/ email: Mike’s Handymans Service Renovations and new construction. Reasonable Rates. Call 250-3415770.


Job Opportunity Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy Windermere Valley Community Literacy Coordinator This is a part-time position between September and June. Position goals include working with an inclusive Community Literacy Planning Committee, developing relevant and effective local literacy programs, partnership development, funds management, grant writing, and program development and management. Abilities and attributes: Outstanding communication, interpersonal and presentation skills Knowledge of the literacy field and the ability to develop and manage programs Ability and enthusiasm for funds development, including proposal writing Strong time-management, administrative and priority-setting skills Strong consultation and team-building skills Willing to work flexible hours and to travel Computer software competence High degree of self-initiative, adaptive and creative Inclusive, sensitive and respectful approach to collaboration Post-secondary education and a background in teaching, facilitating groups, and community development will be definite assets. Please send your resume to by 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 4th.

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help wanted

help wanted

help wanted


Handy Man Services: Carpentry, exterior painting, decks, windows, and yard work. Call 250-341-5329.

Tow Truck Operator. Experience is an asset but will train for the right individual. Full-time. Start immediately. Wages dependant on experience. Must have air ticket. Apply in person with resume at Kool Country Auto in the Industrial Park. Call Ivan, 250-342-1700.

Black Forest Restaurant is looking for P/T daytime cleaner. Drop off resume or call 250-342-9417.

Evening nanny needed in Radium for 2 girls ages 8 and 5. Start immediately. Three nights a week, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., including Saturdays. Some cooking and light housework. 250-347-2110 or

Columbia Garden Village in Invermere, BC is looking for a Chef/Kitchen Manager to responsible for all food preparation, presentation, and meal service. This position will be enhanced throughout the year while we expand to meet the needs of the additional residents.

Call Margaret for house and pet sitting. 250-347-9779.

help wanted 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 jewelry. Along with the trips and free jewelry, 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 Restaurant 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. Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers, line-cooks, and kitchen help, F/T, P/T. Email resume to or drop off in person. 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.

Class 1 Driver needed w/ experience pulling quad trailers. F/T or P/T. Starting Immediately. 250-3413636 or 250-342-5654. Rocky Mountain Cold Beer and Wine Store is looking for clerks. Please apply in person at the Prestige Inn, Radium Hot Springs. Attention: Experienced hotel cleaners or stay at home moms. Work 9 a.m.-3p.m. Great hours. F/T. Great pay with bonus. Call Chalet Europe for more info 250-3479305. Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for permanent, P/T evening kitchen Help/Servers. Please call 250-347-0047 or e-mail Cook, 40 Hours/week, $12.50 $14.00/hour. Server, previous experience required in German/ European cuisine and service, full-time, $9.23/hour. Apply to careers@blackforestrestaurant. com or drop of resume between 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 250-342-9417.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is now accepting applications for the following positions to start immediately: • • • • •

Greenskeepers Housekeepers Hosts/Hostesses Prep Cooks Cooks

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

A busy carpet cleaning & restoration company in Invermere is looking for an energetic individual who can perform many different duties. Wage negotiable depending on experience. Fax resumes to 250342-9644 or contact Jason at 250342-5241.

The Rib Ranch is looking for F/T & P/T servers. Good wages. Great benefits. Call 250-341-3333 or

Deli Clerk We are looking for a full-time Deli Clerk for our busy retail and wholesale Meat & Delicatessen store in Invermere, B.C. Position would start ASAP thru to Christmas (with possibility of extension).

911611 BC Ltd. O/A Tim Hortons 496 Highway 93/95, Invermere BC, V0A 1K2

Food Counter Attendant Full-time/Shift Work

Nights/Overnights/Early Mornings/Weekends $11.05/hour + medical/dental/group benefits Apply via email:

If serving customers in a fast paced environment, letting your inner chef come out, helping in production and keeping the workplace clean and organized, sounds like the thing for you to do, we would like to meet you! The successful applicant is energetic, friendly, must be able to work in a team or independently; can multi-task and prioritize; and work in an organized, timely and efficient manner. Position available immediately. Wage to be negotiated. Apply by fax to: 250-342-9651, By Email to: By Mail to: Box 68, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0



Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Technical Review Committee - Expressions Of Interest

Fitz Flooring Ltd. is a company about people – people working together to provide our customers with outstanding service, advice and assistance.

The Regional District of East Kootenay and the East Kootenay Conservation Program are seeking to fill two vacancies on a five person Technical Review Committee to make recommendations on allocating $230,000 annually for conservation projects for the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Travel expenses will be covered for those who require them. You do not need to live in the Columbia Valley to apply. Term is for two years.


To better understand this unique opportunity please ensure that you read the Terms Of Reference for the fund by going to and then clicking on Local Conservation Fund.

SALES PERSON for inside sales in flooring and window coverings. Do you have a passion for interior design? Do you enjoy working with people? Come join our team! Full-time salary and incentives.

Please submit a resume and include a covering letter that provides: 1. Contact information including name, address, phone number and email address. 2. Your area of technical expertise. To be on the committee you must have knowledge related to at least one of the following conservation fields: water, fish, wildlife, habitat, or open space and natural area conservation. 3. Any special or unique circumstances that you want us to consider.


Please forward your resumes


Apply now by faxing (250) 341-3340 or emailing

Closing Date For Applications: Midnight Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Applications can be mailed, emailed, faxed or hand delivered to: Wayne Stetski Manager - EKCP 1543 Mt. Fisher Crescent Cranbrook,B.C. V1C 7J6

Fax: 250-489-8506 email

If you have any questions please contact EKCP at 250 581-1122 or at Thank you for your interest!

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Off the map Valley residents have been filling our inbox with a fantastic array of travel photos for our annual contest to win a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, plus overnight accommodation, courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Clockwise from top left: Connor Krebs, Rocky Krebs, Mitch Nicolson, Ruth Nicolson, Tristan Weismiller and Kathy Weismiller (left to right) at Seaworld in San Diego; Constable Tim Harper of the Columbia Valley RCMP during his month-long stay in Whale Cove, Nunavut; Rose-Marie Regitnig at the wedding of Kent Karlsson and Lisbeth Fagerholm in Sala, Sweden; A group of Invermere travellers attended a wedding at Castle Leslie in Ireland. Left to right: Rick Jensen, Chad Jensen, Rick Alison, Doug Tyson, Marc Delaire, Kathy Tyson, Shaunice Grech, Tyler Brown, Bruce Devlin, Myriam Anton. Submit your high resolution travel photos now to

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Valley Churches


The meaning of true strength By Father Jim McHugh Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church As we celebrate Canada this weekend, are we aware of the gift of freedom and strength that we as Canadians are celebrating or how it is reflected in the Christian faith (and in other faiths, too)? What does it mean to be strong? Some would say that for an individual it means being able to fend for yourself or defend what is yours. Strength lets you choose to do something in various situations. For a Christian, to be strong is to be selfless in the service of others, to have the strength to let go of one’s own desires in order to do good for another. It also means that we are willing to stand up for our faith in the face of adversity and ridicule and to do this

without violence or insult. For people living in the ways of the world, to be free may mean being able to do whatever they want, whenever they want, regardless of whom it may affect. It may be the ability to choose the way to live one’s life or any number of decisions one makes. For a Christian, freedom is God-given, a gift from God to choose the good, to choose life, or to choose differently; to indulge ourselves by our actions and words. In a way, both freedom and strength are complimentary. Freedom is abused by people who will compel others to do something; it is respected and dignified when strength is used to defend the helpless. Strength is really removed when one becomes enslaved to his appetite and loses the ability to choose freely because the appetite has overpowered the strength and has made him a slave. Without strength, freedom may be abused, but without freedom, strength can not truly be understood. Christian strength means freedom from sin and the power of the Prince of Darkness; Christian freedom means that we are strong enough to choose how we live our lives. Will we stand up for what is Godly or bow to the will of others simply because it is easier?

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, July 3rd, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction, “Marriage and the Church”...Pastor Trevor ministering. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED Sunday, 8:30 a.m.: Worship at All Saints, Edgewater 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 9:30 a.m. Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Prayer Service and Procession and 11 a.m. Mass 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


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

Red sky at night The sun paints the waters of Columbia River red as it sets over Fairmont Hot Springs.

Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

Photo by Kate Irwin

Let’s Make Cancer History

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Big Lots. Big VALue. Big BoNus. Enjoy Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s 2,500 acres with the comforts of living at home. That’s life at Mountainside Ridge. With the average size of a lot one third of an acre—the possibilities are endless.

And for a limited time, you’ll receive the exclusive Big Backyard Bonus upon purchase: a five year family hot springs pass AND a five year ski area pass.

Call 250.345.6068 or visit

Mountainside Ridge is represented by Royal LePage Rockies West Realty. Developer reserves the right to change offering without notice. E&OE. This is not an offering for sale. Big Backyard Bonus valid for new homesite owners only.


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