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The first Invermere Rock Solid program — an addictions education and prevention program for teens making the transition to high school — has just been completed for all Grade 8 students in the valley. Rock Solid is a program put on by East Kootenay Addiction Services which has been running in Golden and Kimberley for the past four years. It involves classroom and outdoor sessions to teach young people about the different types of support available in the community and to empower them to make sensible choices regarding drugs, tobacco and alcohol. “In the classroom sessions we talk about the continuum of drug use, from experimentation to addiction, and what characterizes each stage. We also have the kids identify both their challenges and strengths as individuals,” said Gwyn Robinson, Columbia Valley Youth Addictions Counsellor. “The idea behind the outdoor sessions is experiential education … We set up a series of challenges; a big part of completing them is supporting each other and working together.” During the outdoors sessions at the Fairmont Ski Hill on September 14th and 15th, students were introduced to local community members and RCMP officers — people who they may need to turn to in the future for help and advice. They also completed a series of group and individual physical challenges, including climbing over a 10-foot wall, walking along a line strung between two trees, and passing through an obstacle-filled maze while blindfolded — a metaphor for their journey through life. “Prevention and harm reduction is the focus of this program,” Ms. Robinson said. “We understand that there are certain things young people will encounter in life. However, if they have a sense of belonging, confidence in their ability to master tasks, control over life and the generosity to give back to others, then they are more likely to make healthy choices.” Drawing from Native American child rearing phi-

FACING FEARS — Annie Zehnder, a Grade 8 student at David Thompson Secondary, faces one of the outdoor challenges that form part of the new Rock Solid program.  Photo by Kate Irwin

losophies, Rock Solid also highlights the importance of both the wider and the in-school communities in the development of young people. “We know that young people who are supported by their family or community and school are better able to cope with struggles in life,” Ms. Robinson added. “The kids really enjoy the challenges as well as meeting people they might not otherwise talk to. It gives them the opportunity to better understand and support each other.”


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Regional district is ‘not taking away docks’ By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Concerns about how the approved Lake Windermere Management Plan is going to be implemented has spurred the creation of a new community group called the Lake Windermere Watersports Association. Along with about 70 other citizens, members of the new association attended an open house in Invermere on September 20th, which was hosted by the Regional District of East Kootenay, to ask questions about the Lake Windermere Management Committee and about two directives that are being considered as a result of recommendations from the management plan: surface zoning on the lake and Development Area Permits. Currently, the possibilities of both surface zoning and Development Area Permits are in the consultation stage, which will continue for the next six months. During this

time, the Regional District and the District of Invermere are collecting public input, which will be considered before either recommendation moves forward. If new surface zoning and Development Area Permits are established, it would allow the Regional District of East Kootenay and the District of Invermere to have more decision-making discretion when it comes to future development on the lakeshore, said Karen MacLeod, planner for the Regional District. Currently, much of the decision-making power regarding applications to build new structures on specific portions of the lakeshore belongs to the provincial or federal government, and up to the foreshore, few areas are subject to a Development Area Permit. If surface zoning — which would regulate the development of structures like docks, boat moorings, and retaining walls — and Development Area Permits were to move forward, existing structures would be grandfathered,

Ms. MacLeod said. She stressed that the implementation of such tools would not eliminate or prohibit people’s ability to build or recreate on the lake, but it would help provide guidelines to help local government make decisions about building requests. “The Regional District isn’t banning boats, and it’s not taking away your docks,” Ms. MacLeod said. Issues surrounding the speed, size, or number of boats permitted on the lake is the sole responsibility of the federal government, she added. “The surface zoning has absolutely nothing to do with those aspects.” Because steps to implement the Lake Windermere Management Plan are still in the consultation process, there aren’t yet specific details for exactly what a Development Area Permit would look like, Ms. MacLeod said, which is why the Regional District is asking for the public’s input to help decide the finer details.  Continued on page 37 . . .

Regional homeless shelter proposed for Cranbrook By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A 72-bed homeless shelter to serve the entire East Kootenay region has been proposed for Cranbrook, offering addiction and mental health services, a meal centre, literacy and job training and a secure location for men, women and families with nowhere to turn to. Although the multi-million dollar proposal is still in the planning stages, federal funding has already been received for developmental work and a 2.5-acre site secured beside the downtown Salvation Army building on Slater Road. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation came before the Regional Distric board at the

start of September to seek backing from the area directors and funding from each municipality and electoral area within the catchment area. “Optimistically we would like to see construction begin as soon as possible, and would be delighted to see ground broken by spring of 2012,” said Melba Hanson, Executive Director of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation. “It will depend on major funding being approved. Major funding is more likely when there is broad community support throughout the region.” The Foundation and their partners have together formed the East Kootenay Shelter Coalition and are seeking local support and funding of a total of $20,000 from each municipality and $10,000 from

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• On September 16th at 3:35 a.m., Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of a broken window at Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater. No entry was gained. • On September 16th, as a result of a complaint from a flag person working on 3rd Avenue and Laurier Street, a 76-year-old man from Invermere was charged with failing to obey a flag person. The man failed to stop for the flag person and struck the sign they were using with his vehicle. The sign person was uninjured. • On September 16th, officers investigated a vehicle versus deer accident on Highway 93/95 and Burns Avenue. A 2007 Lexus collided with a deer, with no injuries caused to the driver and minor damage to the vehicle. • On September 16th, police attended to a disturbance complaint in the 7000 block of Main Street in Radium as a result of an intoxicated man being reported. Police attended but were unable to locate the man. • On September 16th at 7:38 p.m., police patrolling in Radium observed a vehicle driving erratically. The 52-year-old driver from Calgary, who was operating a 1980 Chevrolet pickup truck, had a strong odour of liquor on his breath. A breath demand resulted in the man blowing a fail. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days and the man’s licence suspended for 60 days. • On September 18th at 1 a.m., Columbia Valley officers attended a disturbance at the Riverside Resort in Fairmont. An adult man and woman were arguing. The 42-year-old woman from Medicine Hat informed police she would not cooperate with them. The intoxicated woman was arrested for causing a disturbance and for being drunk in public. She was released when sober and issued a ticket for public drunkenness. • On September 18th at 10:40 a.m., detachment members assisted B.C. Ambulance on a 911 call where a woman had taken numerous pills. She was taken to Invermere hospital for treatment. Radium Car show The day of the event went extremely well for the police in that only one ticket was issued for no insurance. Police assisted the driver in obtaining a one day permit. Few warnings were issued. Handicap parking zone Please leave it for those that need it. We will be pay-

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ing more attention to these zones when time permits. I suspect that many who have family members that qualify for the parking make life easier for themselves by using the handicap sign to their advantage. The sign does not make it legal if the person it is intended for is not in the car. In instances of abusing the handicap sign, I will at every opportunity handicap your wallet. Solved in one hour If NCIS and Criminal Minds on TV can do it all in an hour, so can we. While stationed in Golden we received a call from a detachment in Alberta regarding a man in a restaurant who overheard a trucker state during a phone call that he shot and killed a guy in a parking lot and had to run the guy down to do it. The witness provided a description of the trucker, description of the semi and even the licence plate. The time delay should have put the trucker in our area. His truck was located and I instructed officers to stop the vehicle and take the driver down. Firearms were drawn, the person was removed from his truck, handcuffed and placed in the back of the police car awaiting my arrival. Once I got there, I took the role of “good cop” and took off his cuffs and suggested we went for a little walk. I advised him why he was arrested and the accusation. He was in shock and pleaded his innocence, although admitted to being at the restaurant and agreed that he had phoned his girlfriend and father. I phoned the girlfriend and questioned her about the conversation. There was no mention of murdering anyone. When she asked what this was all about, I advised her that I couldn’t say and hung up. I then called the father and asked him to repeat what he and his son talked about; just work related stuff. I then laid the bomb on dad and asked, “Just wondering, at what point in the conversation did he tell you he chased someone down and killed the person in the parking lot?” The dad flipped, adamant that no such conversation took place. 45 minutes had elapsed and I was continuing my murder investigation when the father suddenly called back with a new insight. His son had mentioned a new shoot-em-up game he purchased and that he had made it to a new level by shooting up guys, which is what the person must have overheard. We located the game in his truck and the son confirmed he did talk to his dad about it. Case closed. I informed the Alberta Detachment that I solved their murder but let the guy walk. Time elapsed, one hour.

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Needle exchange boxes coming to Invermere By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff It’s an issue that not many people are aware of, and if they are they don’t like to talk about it — but there is a need for sharps needle disposal containers in Invermere, according to Interior Health’s public health department. This need stems from a number of incidents where used needles have been found in public spaces, and an overall harm reduction program that aims to protect the general public from encountering used drug paraphernalia in these spaces. Public Health Nurses, Jeff Quinn and Crissy Stavrakov, were recently given the go ahead from District of Invermere Council to install three sharps containers in the public washrooms at Kinsmen Beach, Mt. Nelson Athletic Park and behind the Eddie Mountain arena. The receptacles could also be used for insulin syringes and even broken glass, anything sharp or hazardous that could hurt any member of the public, including the waste disposal personnel, said Mr. Quinn. Both Mr. Quinn and Mrs. Stavrakov said that they have noticed an increase in use of their needle exchange program, currently located at the Invermere Health Centre, and have learned from the RCMP that crack/cocaine

use is also on the rise. This indicates that there is already use in the community, and as the numbers in Golden and Cranbrook are also on the rise, the same is likely occurring in Invermere, said Mr. Quinn. The harm reduction program also deals with crack/ cocaine use as it has a pipe exchange component, where users can bring in their used pipe and receive a new one, which helps prevent the spread of disease from cracked or damaged pipes. “What happens with glass is when it is heated it becomes brittle,” Mr. Quinn explained. “The pipes do end up cracking or breaking and if they are reused and cracked it can cut the lips and spread diseases that way.” The data collected from the three initial sites will help both Mr. Quinn and Mrs. Stavrakov determine just how much need there is in the community, and could lead to the installation of more sharps containers in new locations if demand is there. If anyone does find a used needle in a public space, they are asked to be very careful when disposing of it, said Mrs. Stavrakov. “They should be as safe as possible. Put it in a pop can and bring it to us at the health centre and we will dispose of it. If they don’t want to touch it themselves they should definitely let someone know. Don’t just leave

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My favourite season By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

As the first frost settles across the valley I always get a tingle of excitement that autumn has arrived, bringing with it cozy evenings in front of a crackling fire, warm, hearty meals and the promise of my favourite snowy season just around the corner. Winters are what first brought me to this country seven years ago and as the seasons turn I’m always filled with the same excitement I felt when I stepped off the plane in Calgary and felt the truly bitter cold of my first Canadian winter. Even the yearly ratcheting back of the clocks to glean a precious extra hour of daylight does nothing to dampen my enthusiasm for the chilly months. There’s something to be said for living in a country where it’s us versus the elements. I’m not sure whether it’s the geographical seclusion or the meteorological adversity, but the community of the Columbia Valley feels even more tightly-knit at this time of year. Neighbours come over to offer use of an ice scraper to combat the first frosted windshield; jokes are cheerfully swapped as you slip-slide down a sidewalk; and a helping hand willingly offered when you have your first ice-induced pratfall. Growing up in England must have done something to perpetuate my love of snow. Back home, snow is a once or twice per winter event which prompts much joy from all ages and grinds the entire country to a halt. Snow tires are unheard of, accidents plentiful, and stories of motorists stranded in their vehicles after three flakes have fallen from the sky are amusingly commonplace. By contrast Canadian winters are a slick, efficient affair with everyone parading off for their tire change, stocking up on ice scrapers and concocting just the right antifreeze blend for the windshield washers. I guess the old Boy Scout motto of ‘be prepared’ is the best way to tackle whatever weather the upcoming topsy-turvy season will throw at us.

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Calgarian reader loves The Pioneer Dear Editor: I am writing to say that I enjoy reading your fine publication every Saturday night at the local Dairy Queen on 8th Ave. SW here in downtown Calgary. As a first year journalism student currently attending S.A.I.T., I take particular interest in print media, especially those publications written in small towns like Invermere. One could argue that people in small towns are much less inclined to “beat around the bush” and much more inclined to take an honest and real approach to the world. I also enjoy reading the faith column, as my own faith is aligned to said convictions on that page. As

a believer in the living God, and his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the passages written therein fill my spirit with joy and my heart with gladness, every time I read it. Finally, the Cheers and Jeers section of your newspaper always gives me a laugh, with my favourite from last week being: “Cheers to the security cameras at Summit Footwear & Apparel. Shoplifters and vandals smile.” Thank-you for The Columbia Valley Pioneer, I will continue to read it every Saturday night. Carl BR Johnson Calgary

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Please don’t take the local RCMP for granted Dear Editor: I have to say that I am tired of hearing people talking so poorly of our RCMP. You know the reason that you do so is because you have had encounters with them. In all honesty if you weren’t doing something wrong in the first place then you would not have had an issue. The worst part is when you are in trouble, who are the first people you call? Not Ghostbusters, that’s for sure! So why can’t our local heroes start getting some of the praise that they deserve? Also to all those people who think they own the road: classic car or not, the flashing lights that you see behind you are not there just to look pretty or to be a nuisance; it means pull over and get out

of the way. Failing to do so could cost someone their life. It is time for people to start thinking of others and not just about themselves. I ask one thing of all of those who take the time to read this blurb of mine. The next time you see an officer walking down the street, instead of referring them with whatever slang word you may have for them or telling your child that cops are bad people, walk up to the officer shake his or her hand and thank him for being our local hero. It is because of them that you have such a wonderful place to raise your child. Tabatha Mercer Invermere

Smart Meters feared unsafe Dear Editor: A number of people have concerns about electromagnetic radiation from the wireless Smart Meters BC Hydro has begun installing in homes and businesses with implied consent. Allegedly there is no administrative body regulating health and safety. In talks by doctors and engineers on Youtube videos, such as The Dark Side of Smart Meters, The Truth About Smart Meters, and others, there are explanations about non-thermal radiation that causes breakdown of DNA, causing cancer. Among other health concerns is the interference with the blood brain barrier. Children are at greater risk. It is explained that wireless Smart Meters have constant pulses that are more powerful than cell phones. The body can’t cope. In Ontario, where Smart Meters have been installed, bills have doubled and tripled. Premier McGuinty admitted the program has not been cost effective. Citizens Against Unsafe Emissions

are asking everyone to refuse installation of wireless Smart Meters until a moratorium may be granted, as requested by a number of city and town councils including Invermere. Concerned customers may contact them at to get on the mailing list for updates and to download a copy of a letter of refusal that has been drawn up by a lawyer. One copy should be sent to BC Hydro and one posted on the existing meter (putting plastic wrap over for weatherproofing), leaving space for meter reading, plus another one for records. If BC Hydro contacts a customer who sent in a refusal, stating that the customer must fill out a form and meet with a Hydro representative, a letter of reply is also available from the same e-mail address, indicating that these conditions do not exist by law. Citizens for Safe Technology Society and the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters are working with a lawyer in Kamloops. Beverley Jean Sinclair Invermere

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Parks presents long-term plan to erect wildlife fence in Kootenay National Park By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff In an effort to reduce the mortality rate of wildlife struck by vehicles on Highway 93 South in Kootenay National Park, Parks Canada has a long-term plan to install wildlife underpasses and fence the busy roadway, and tentative funding is now in place. Parks land use specialist Todd Keith and wildlife crossing project manager Trevor Kinley attended a regular Radium Hot Springs council meeting on September 14th to present council with the Highway 93 South Area Plan, which is still in the end stages of being finalized. The plan is a result of recommendations from the larger Kootenay National Park Management Plan, which was approved in June 2010. The intent of the Highway South Area Plan is to enhance visitor experience, while addressing the ecological effects of the highway and improving recreational and interpretive opportunities, Mr. Keith told council. One of the main components of the plan is how it will address the ecological effects caused by the interaction between wildlife and the highway, Mr. Kinley said. “Kootenay National Park was literally built around the road. It’s a bit of an unusual situation for a National Park to have a road going right through the middle.” The presence of the highway creates problems with wildlife being struck by vehicles, and with the highway physically dividing some populations of species that are reluctant to cross the roadway. In the past decade, more than 400 large animals have been killed in Kootenay National Park. An average of 50 large animals per year are found dead. “We have a pretty big number of animals killed per year, a large portion of which we don’t know about,” Mr. Kinley added, explaining some animals are struck but not reported, or some move away from the roadway after being hit and are not found. Parks Canada has been using electronic signs to warn motorists of animals on the road, and has explored technologies like motion-detection warning systems. It has also coordinated with the RCMP to concentrate ticketing efforts to sections of the highway that are high incident zones for animal/vehicle strikes. “None of those efforts have been terrifically effective,” Mr. Kinley said. As a result, Parks Canada has long-term plans to erect a wildlife fence on both sides of the highway in Kootenay National Park, focusing on the south part of the park and particular sections of the north end, and RSS


to install a number of wildlife underpasses beneath the highway, similar to the fencing and overpasses that were installed in Banff National Park. “Essentially, what does work is what has been done in Banff,” Mr. Kinley said, adding that since the Banff overpasses were erected a decade ago, more than 200,000 animals have been recorded using the structures. Mr. Kinley stressed that the plan is very much a long-term project that is dependant on funding, and that it could take decades to complete. He said that currently the national Parks Canada office has indicated there is $5 million available in the next fiscal year to begin the project, which would likely start with installing two underpasses and fencing three kilometres of the roadway, possibly near the Dolly Varden area — one of the worst areas for vehicle-caused wildlife deaths. There is also a continued effort to refurbish existing culverts and install new ones where necessary, to ensure free passage for fish in streams beneath the highway, Mr. Kinley added, noting that a number of targeted culverts have already been completed. Mr. Todd spoke to council about other elements of the Highway South Area Plan, like the planned decommissioning or relocation of a number of picnic sites, and the construction of several new or re-purposed trailheads and rest stops. These changes, which include ideas like relocating the Dolly Varden rest stop to Crooks Meadows, will improve the overall visitor experience and make the park more user-friendly to motorists, Mr. Todd said. At the meeting, Radium Council raised concerns that other areas of the park were receiving precedent over the portion of the highway leading down Sinclair Pass and through the canyon into Radium. Councillor Ron Verboom said that while he applauded the efforts of Parks Canada, he is concerned that past promises to address paving issues on the highway leading into Radium were not being addressed. “As far as visitor experience goes, coming into the park from this end is not an enhancing experience. That should be a top priority in my opinion,” Councillor Verboom said. Mr. Todd explained that another plan, one specific to the portion of highway from Sinclair Pass to Radium, will be developed once the Highway South Area Plan is finalized; likely by this winter. That plan will address council’s concerns, Mr. Todd said. To provide comment about the Highway South Area Plan, contact Todd Keith at or 3436101. Details of the plan are available at

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Toby Theatre’s days may be numbered By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff An iconic Invermere attraction is at risk of shutting down permanently. The Toby Theatre has been serving the community for almost 60 years, but changes to the way films are distributed throughout Canada and the increasing pressure to move to a digital format are threatening to force the business to close its doors for good. Ron and Elizabeth Peters have been running, and living above, the Toby Theatre for over 40 years this coming November, and were shocked when they received a letter in July stating that the company that distributes their films was shutting all of its offices in Canada except one in Toronto. The couple used to get their films shipped from Calgary, so the change has almost tripled the shipping costs, which will further cut into the bottom line of their business. In the same letter, the couple were also warned that soon films will only be available in a digital format, which would mitigate shipping costs, but would force the theatre to undergo almost $200,000 in upgrades, which both Ron and Elizabeth feel is just not feasible. “The switch to digital will basically force us to toss out everything that we have and buy everything brand new,” said Elizabeth. “The downfall is that we have been

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told that within five years it may all change again, so why would we spend that money and then have it become obsolete within five years?” Lately, the theatre has been run as more of a community service then a business, said Ron, who has been satisfied to simply break even at the end of the year, which has been a struggle sometimes. He truly feels the era of cinema in Invermere is coming to a close, and looks to the eventual sale of the theatre and land as his only hope for a comfortable retirement.

“If people want it to survive they have to come out and support it.” Elizabeth Peters, Co-owner of the Toby Theatre

“We made the decision not to buy a house, so selling this land is our retirement. We had hoped that it would be a viable business for someone to buy and continue on, but these upgrades complicate everything,” said Ron. The pair are hoping to limp along until July of 2012, as that would mark the 60th anniversary of when the

Toby Theatre first opened its doors to the public. In an attempt to keep their costs down, Ron and Elizabeth have decided to run one film a month. The show will run from a Friday to the following Saturday, not counting Sundays, in the hopes that more locals will come out to a mid-week show if given the opportunity. Both Ron and Elizabeth have very fond memories of running the theatre over the years, and have been happy to do everything themselves as much as possible. An example of this occurred in 2003, when Ron, being the only projectionist in the area, had to be let out of the hospital after having a stroke to run the projector for an evening, he recalled with a chuckle. “The doctor really wanted to see the movie, so they let me out on a day pass,” he added. “Elizabeth came and picked me up; I set up the movie and then she drove me back to the hospital. I think they knew I would be less stressed if they let me come run the movie.” But while the end of an era hangs on the horizon, both Ron and Elizabeth are remaining optimistic about the future of the Toby Theatre. “If people want it to survive they have to come out and support it,” said Elizabeth. “We’re open to trying new things to see if we can get people to come out, but we have definitely noticed people are spending less money these days.”

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Mayor Conklin will run again Radium a more social community, Mayor Conklin said. She has worked to build a regular community newsletter for the town, to increase the walkability of the town, and to create the perception of a council that is open to discussion, suggestions and new ideas. If re-elected, Mayor Conklin said she plans to increase the opportunities for citizens to bring forward their concerns. A new mayor’s office is currently under construction at the town’s office, where she said she would like to hold weekly hours called “The Mayor’s In” where anyone could come to discuss their concerns. Should she be re-elected, she said she would like to work on several target projects, such as formulating a five-year Resort Municipality Plan, working with Tourism Radium to brand and market Radium as a top tourist destination. She said she would also like to explore the recent discussions about hiring an Economic Development Officer (EDO) for the area, although she said she believes local government first needs to have a clear plan of what they want before hiring anyone. “An EDO cannot do it for us. We have to first give them the tools.” Mayor Conklin also voiced her desire to work to resolve one of the biggest gaps in the community, the currently stagnant Canfor mill site, which she said desperately needs to be re-opened or re-purposed in order to create a self-sustaining community. “We absolutely cannot afford not to have our mill up and running,” she said. Mayor Conklin said the support she’s received from the community, her family, and village staff, makes her excited about the possibilities ahead. “I think the energy Radium has been creating in the past few years can really work to our benefit moving forward...I hope the community supports me. I am working on their behalf, and my door is open to them at any time.” Mayor Conklin and her husband, Rod Conklin, have lived in Radium for eight years. They own and operate both Palliser Printing and CasaVino Wine Bar.

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Radium Hot Springs’ current mayor, Dee Conklin, has decided to throw her name back into the political pool for the upcoming fall election and run again for the position of town mayor. Mayor Conklin has served one three-year term Mayor Dee Conklin in the role, and said she would like to continue because of her genuine love for Radium, and to see several projects she’s been a part of come to fruition. “The community really embraced me, which is one of the reasons I’m choosing to continue,” she said. “Ultimately, you can’t do everything you want to in three years. It takes time to see the end result.” A project Mayor Conklin helped mould during her term was the revisiting of Radium’s Official Community Plan, which is currently being finalized and will be implemented in the years to come, which she said she would like to be part of. The past three years have given Mayor Conklin a valuable base of experience to move forward with, she said. During the past term, she and council faced challenges with a major slow-down in building permit applications, the closure of Canfor’s mill site, and the deaths of longtime Councillors Al Mullin and Brent Frederickson. Mayor Conklin said these challenges taught her the importance of having continuity around the council table, and of taking time to look at the overall picture. “It’s always good to sit back, take a look, and take a moment,” she said softly. Such reflection resulted in several initiatives to make

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Movie Review: Bridesmaids Reviewed by Kate Irwin Bridesmaids, the new Judd Apatow comedy, has caused a bit of a movie reviewing rift in our office. For me the film typified all that is bad about modern comedies with a heavy reliance on toilet humour, fat jokes and humiliation, but as two of my fellow Pioneer staffers split their sides laughing, it’s fair to say it divides opinion. Our 5/10 rating sits somewhere between my preferred score (3/10) and theirs (8/10). The premise of a bride-to-be and her warring bridesmaids is tried-and-tested chick-flick fodder. We all know where the storyline is going; it’s how the filmmakers handle the journey which determines its success or failure. Hyped as female empowerment film, Bridesmaids sets out to degrade its mostly female cast from the start. We meet Annie (Kristen Wiig) as she hits rock bottom after the failure of her business, the loss of her boyfriend

and in the midst of an uninspiring bedroom encounter with her vile “friend with benefits” (Jon Hamm). When Annie’s best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement the battle is on between her oldest friend, Annie and new chum Helen (Rose Byrne) to see who is truly Lillian’s best friend. The fairly sweet central story is soon washing around in a mostly humourless slop of nasty, backbiting characters, gross-out humour and women degrading themselves desperately for a laugh. While Bridesmaids strives to be modern and show this “We can be crude like the guys!” empowerment, the result is cringe-inducing, crudely stitched together and painfully infantile. The supposed “highlight” is an over-long scene where the bridal party contracts food poisoning during a dress fitting in a classy boutique. Cue nicely dressed women projectile vomiting on one another and defecating in

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Toby Theatre • September 23rd - 24th, 8 p.m.: Cowboys and Aliens. • October 7th - 8th, 10th - 15th, 8 p.m.: Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World. Due to a restructuring of movie film distribution in Canada, the Toby Theatre will only be open for 1 movie per month this fall and winter. For info:

Friday, September 23rd: • 10:30 a.m.: Drop-in Story Time for preschoolers at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus North Okanagan Knights at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

Saturday, September 24th: • Headbanger Trail Challenge trail run in Radium Hot Springs. Fundraiser for the Radium Public Library. Starts at 10 a.m. from the Radium Seniors’ Hall. Race package pick-up is 8-9 a.m. www. to register. Phone race director, Ron, at 250-347-2456 for more info. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lake Windermere Shoreline Cleanup. Meet at the cleanup base station at Kinsmen Beach, all materials will be provided. To sign up contact Lake Windermere Ambassadors: 250-341-6898 or show up at cleanup base station. • 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Gals Global Animal Lovers Canada fundraiser BBQ at Invermere Home Hardware. For info visit • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Youth workshop, New Now, for young filmmakers exploring contemporary First Nations film at Akisqnuk First Nation Hall. Free

workshop open to Native or non-Native youth aged 12-20. Offered by Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Vancouver). For info and preregistration call 604-685-3841 or e-mail info@ • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Creston Valley Thunder Cats at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

Sunday, September 25th: • Free Body Blast workout offered by Fitness4Life owner Jill Andrews and personal trainers Kate Atkinson and Hayley Wilson. For info contact Hayley: 250-342-0503 or email jill@myfitness4life. ca. • 9 a.m.: B.C. Hockey Officiating Clinic at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association is in need of officials. Register on-line at or call 250342-0042. • 10 a.m.: Second annual Kootenay Krusher endurance mountain bike race at Nipika Mountain Resort. Partnership between the Columbia Valley Cycling Society and Nipika and a fundraiser for the local volunteer cycling club. $75 entry fee. Register at For info call Adrian: 250-342-6301. Volunteers needed, e-mail:

Tuesday, September 27th: • Flower Picking Day in Invermere, courtesy of the District of Invermere Flower Crew. Please only cut annual flowers and be respectful with roots, grasses, shrubs and perennials. Enjoy! For info: 250-342-9281.

Wednesday, September 28th: • Columbia Valley Salmon Festival starts. Field trips for children and youth and fun-filled day at the Little Badger Early Learning Centre. For info call Andi: 250345-6049 or e-mail: columbiasalmonfestival@gmail. com. • 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.: DIY Animation Redux, cartoon workshop for ages 9+. For info and registration: 250-342-4423.

Friday, September 30th: • 12 noon: Columbia Salmon Festival Charity Golf

Tournament at Riverside Golf Course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Texas scramble. Teams of four. $100 per person includes green fee, power cart, dinner, gratuity and tax. To register: 250-345-6346. •Saturday, October 1st: • 1 p.m.: Bighorns against Vernon at Bighorns football field in Invermere. • 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Salmon monument celebrations at Chabot Provincial Park. • 6 - 10 p.m.: Salmon gala dinner at Fairmont Resort.

Invermere Library hours: • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. .Radium Library hours: • Tuesday: 6 - 8 p.m. • Wednesday and Thursday: 1 - 4 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 noon. • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Other: • Fridays 5 - 8 p.m.: Public Indoor Rock Climbing at J.A. Laird School in Invermere. $5 drop-in fee. Also Saturdays and Sundays. For info: 250-3429413. • Mondays 1:30 p.m.: Carpet bowling at Invermere Seniors 50 Plus Club. For info: 250-342-9893. • Mondays 6:30 p.m.: Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors 50 Plus Club. For info: 250-342-9893. • Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.: Floor Curling at Invermere Seniors 50 Plus Club. For info: 250-342-9893. • Wednesdays 7:15 p.m.: Ceilidh Night at the Invermere Legion. For info: 250-688-0965.

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Mystery writing course at College of the Rockies By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Aspiring authors who get a special thrill from solving a good whodunit now have the chance to write one of their very own on the new mystery writing course at the Invermere College of the Rockies. Local mystery guru Juanita Rose Violini Juanita Rose Violini will teach you everything you need to know about developing a gripping plot, a realistic clue trail and a winning story for use in a variety of mysterious applications, including but not limited to mystery novels or short stories, murder mystery parties and games, or mystery-themed contests for promotional purposes. Ms. Violini has been fascinated with mystery writing since getting into the mystery party entertainment

industry in Banff in 1988. “I was always committed to having a story that the reader is able to solve,” she said. “We call them Fair Play mysteries.” By paying attention to her audience and their ability to actually solve the mysteries she writes, plus an intensive study of other mystery writing techniques, Ms. Violini has found a winning formula for developing a clue trail. This plot device, if included in a mystery story, allows the crime or dilemma to be solved as the action unfolds. Once students learn the basics of plot and effective clue trail development, Ms. Violini said that they can utilize those techniques in a number of settings and potential storylines. “Stories can be set in the middle ages, the future, or even the wild west. It doesn’t matter how you dress it up, the clue trail is the same.” Her course will be offered through the College of the Rockies, and is scheduled for two nights a week for three weeks. To sign up for the Mystery Writing course, or for more information, contact the College of the Rockies at 250-342-3210.

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First annual Columbia Salmon Festival starts this week By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The first ever Columbia Salmon Festival will soon be underway, from September 28th to October 1st, with four packed days dedicated to learning about and celebrating the history of salmon in the area. The brainchild of Fairmont naturalist Andi Dzilums, the festival began with the idea of holding a few educational programs about the Kokanee salmon spawning run, which is currently at its height. But as more organizations and individuals came forward, the scope of the festival began to change and grow, encompassing the traditional Chinook salmon and their historical role for First Nations bands and Native American tribes, the unveiling of a salmon monument, Columbia River Treaty discussions, and more. “We were going to start small this year with a few fun trips and a small dinner,” explained Andi. “However, once we started, so many people were so excited about it that things have just grown and grown. “Now we have First Nations involvement, treaty talks going on at the same time, a golf tournament, the gala dinner, the monument unveiling, arts and cultural elements, etc. Everyone has put in a lot of work.” The event kicks off on September 28th with youth trips down the Columbia River in Fairmont to view the spawning salmon, a field trip organized by the Akisqnuk First Nation and a guest speaker presentation at Fairmont Resort by Bill Green and Mark Thomas of the Canadian

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Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fishery Commission. The two men will discuss the historic role of salmon in the Columbia River, the decline of the Chinook salmon and the prospects for, and challenges of, restoration. “We’re very excited about the salmon festival,” Mr. Green said. “It will be good to build the public understanding of the fish resource as well as the way salmon used to be in the river and what we’ve lost and what contributed to their demise. Building public awareness is a key part of the event.” None have felt the loss of the Chinook salmon more than the Native American and Canadian First Nations bands and tribes whose traditional territories have long included sections of the Columbia River. Since the river was dammed in the early 1940s an entire culture based around the Chinook salmon has been lost. “The dams basically ended the way of life for people in the Upper Columbia,” said Lillian Rose, of the Akisqnuk First Nation, who will lead two field trips during the festival. “Up until the Grand Coulee dam in the 1940s, Chinook salmon made their way to the Upper Columbia. There was no consultation, discussion or accommodation of the salmon and not a lot of thought given to the impact of damming on traditional lifestyles and cultures.” First Nations elements are woven throughout the four-day festival, starting with field trips lead by Ms. Rose and culminating in a full-day celebration of the salmon on Saturday, October 1st at Chabot Beach.

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NOTICE TO RADIUM HOT SPRINGS WATER USERS The Village of Radium Hot Springs will commence hydrant flushing in Radium Hot Springs beginning September 26, 2011 through to October 31, 2011.

SOMETHING FISHY — Lillian Rose, who will lead field trips during the Columbia Salmon Festival, with a model of a Chinook salmon, which used to fill the Columbia River. Photo by Kate Irwin ...Continued from page 16 The final day of the festival will begin with a spiritual salmon ceremony at Lakeshore Campground for all U.S. Tribes and First Nations dignitaries involved in Columbia River Treaty discussions on September 29th and 30th. They will then set off in a fleet of warrior canoes to land at Chabot Beach around 11:30 a.m. where there will be a public celebration including the unveiling of a specially created monument to Chinook salmon, followed by a free salmon barbecue, speeches, dancing, games and hand drumming. “We went net fishing on the Fraser River and caught 80 salmon for the ceremony,” Andi said. “It is an important cultural component for First Nations groups to extend hospitality to their guests, so everyone is welcome to come and eat for no charge.”

Later that evening there will be a gala dinner with David Wolfman, a chef from the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network at Fairmont Resort. Also on offer at the festival is a charity golf tournament, on Friday, September 30th at Riverside Golf Course in Fairmont. The $100 fee includes a round of golf, cart and buffet dinner. Youth and children are well served with field trips on the 28th and 29th and by a fun-filled day program at the Little Badger Early Learning Centre on Friday. For more details on all of the events at the Columbia Salmon Festival and to buy tickets contact Andi Dzilums at 250-345-6049 or, or Sunny LeBourdais at All proceeds from the event will be put towards ecological and restoration projects along the Columbia River and in the surrounding area.

Hydrant flushing is a preventative maintenance procedure done to ensure trouble-free operations of all our hydrants. This also gives the opportunity to flushwatermainsofanysedimentationbuildupthatmayhaveoccurredduring normal operations. Residents may be faced with a temporary discoloration of their water supply. Chlorine levels will be increased during this period to ensure that safe drinking water is being supplied at all times. Chlorine levels will return to normal when flushing procedures are completed. The Village apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this operation. For further information please telephone the Village office at 250-347-6455. Ken McDonell, Public Works Superintendent

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DANCING UP A STORM — Dance instructors Erin Turner, Colleen Wagner and Natasha Hull and their class of junior jazz dancers are ready to move to the music as part of the community dance program.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

Wagner opens new dance studio By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff No one can deny the health benefits of movement and dance and now a new dance studio has opened in Invermere offering a variety of options for anyone interested in learning how to move. Desiderata Health and Wellness Studio opened its doors this month, and already long time dance instructor, Colleen Wagner, has over 200 students and many of her classes have filled up. The name for the studio comes from a famous poem Ms. Wagner’s sister used to love, and since her passing has been a mantra for Ms. Wagner’s life, she said. “My background is recreation therapy and I have always wanted to incorporate promoting health and wellness through movement and music,” she said. “There has never been a place to do this in the valley, so I am excited to be able to provide a space for people to explore the benefits of dance.” Ms. Wagner started dancing when she was three and has been teaching various forms of dance in the valley for over ten years. Some of the styles offered at Desiderata

include creative dance and movement, ballet, jazz, tap, Irish dancing, zumba, belly dancing, and even yoga. Not all classes are taught by Ms. Wagner herself, but with other experienced teachers and a fresh crop of student teachers, there is no shortage of capable instruction for any of the programs. Instead of having a grand opening celebration, Ms. Wagner said that the studio will be hosting monthly karma nights, where residents can come and check out one of the programs for a donation, and stay for an open house style gathering afterwards. The donations will go to support a worthy cause. This month, the karma night will feature Moksha inspired yoga, which is a style of hot yoga designed to detoxify the body. The event will occur take place on Friday, September 23rd at 5:15 p.m. and the open house will follow the yoga demonstration. All proceeds from the suggested $5.00 donation will go to support the Nature Conservancy. Desiderata is located below the Chisel Peak Medical Centre. For more information on any of the programs, call 250-342-3371 or e-mail The studio is working on a new website, but for now they can be found on Facebook.

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MOTORING MELEE — The Columbia Valley Show & Shine on Saturday, September 17th, was packed with vehicles from across North America and Western Canada. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: A 1957 GMC truck owned by Cliff Barkley from Invermere; a 1956 CJ3B Jeep; Gerry Tames of Cranbrook with his 1937 Ford Coupe; this bright yellow 1935 Ford Coupe and hot pink 1940 Ford two-door sedan made for a colourful contrast; a small selection of the personalized licence plates on display. This page, clockwise from top left: this bright orange 1937 Ford Roadster was turning heads throughout the day; a 1951 Ford Victoria; one of the many items of motoringrelated decor; Orest and Carole Kitzul of Calgary with their 1911 Cadillac, the oldest of five vehicles the couple owns; Glenn Saive of Sherwood Park, Alberta shows off the one-of-a-kind custom paint job on his 1932 Ford Coupe. Photos by Kate Irwin

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Book Review: Cutting for Stone Reviewed by Linda Madson Red or White Book Club Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is one of the best novels that I have read for some time. Verghese delivers his messages with vivid images that will stick in your memory for a very long time. It is the first novel for author and physician Verghese, who is a professor at the Standford University School of Medicine and has previously published essays and short stories. With this novel, Verghese proves himself to be a skilled writer as he weaves the threads of numerous storylines into one epic tale. He honors the work of surgeons and physicians but also allows the reader to see them as ordinary men and women. This unforgettable story spans continents and generations and unfolds across five decades in India, Ethiopia and the United States. A large portion is set in Ethiopia during the 1960s and ‘70s under the rule of Emperor Haile Selassie, and tackles the politics, history and culture of the country. Once the hero of his people, Selassie had become an authoritarian ruler, noted for his lavish lifestyle and feared by many. Verghese describes how this

fear, combined with hunger and poverty, eventually lead to a bloody revolution. The main focus of the story is the lives of Thomas Stone, his twin sons, Marion and Shiva, and their adoptive parents, Hema and Ghosh. The novel explores the lives of these five people as well as a host of other memorable characters, many of whom are doctors. The reader learns a lot about the world of medicine, often with detailed descriptions of procedures and surgeries, especially that of a liver transplant. The story is narrated by Marion Stone and begins before he and his twin brother Shiva are born at a Mission Hosptal in Ethiopa, referred to in the story as Missing Hospital, as the result of a secret union between Surgeon Thomas Stone and a beautiful Indian nun, Sister Mary Joseph Praise. The mother dies in childbirth and the father abandons them and flees the country. The twins are raised by Hema and Ghosh, two Indian doctors, who also work at the hospital. They are compassionate and caring individuals who love and nurture the twins and encourage their interest in medicine. They also teach them to value the people of Ethiopia and to understand

their culture. During the country’s civil war, Marion, who is now a medical student in Addis Ababa, is forced into exile and escapes from Ethiopia. His escape is aided by the rebels and is very dramatic. I found this segment very interesting and educational. The author describes the rebels’ lives and strength of character in detail. It reminded me of accounts that we read about rebels today in our news magazines. Marion is helped by many people during his escape journey, and eventually he makes his way to the United States, where he is accepted as an intern at a hospital in the Bronx and trains to be a surgeon. It is very interesting to learn about the living conditions of the interns, how they are trained and the expectations placed upon them. Shiva remains in Ethiopa with Hema and Ghosh and works with them at the Mission hospital. He becomes an expert in his field of Fistula surgery and treatment. His teachings and publications make him well-known not only in Africa, but in developed countries as well. After many years, strange circumstances reunite the boys and their birth father, Thomas Stone. Cutting for Stone is a must-read, and you will have to read it yourself to discover how the final chapters of the story unfold. The novel is available at the Invermere and Radium Public Libraries.

Village of Radium Hot Springs Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Technical Review Committee - Expressions Of Interest


The Regional District of East Kootenay and the East Kootenay Conservation Program are seeking to fill one vacancy 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.

Public Notice is given to the electors of the Village of Radium Hot Springs that nominations for the offices of:

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.

For a 3-year term (December 2011, to December 2013), will be received at the Village Office 4836 Radium Blvd from 9:00 am October 4th, 2011 until 4:00 pm October 14th, 2011 during normal office hours.

Please submit a resume and include a covering letter that provides: • Contact information including name, address, phone number and email address. • 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. • Any special or unique circumstances that you want us to consider.

Nomination documents are available at the Village Office.

Closing Date For Applications: Midnight Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Applications can be mailed, emailed, faxed or hand delivered to: Manager - EKCP 1543 Mt. Fisher Crescent, Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 7J6 Email: Fax: 250-489-8506 If you have any questions please contact EKCP at 250 581-1122 or at Thank you for your interest!

NOTICE OF NOMINATION Mayor (one) and Councillors (four)

QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria: • Canadian citizen; • 18 years of age or older; • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed, and; • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office. FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting: Mark Read, Chief Election Officer [347-6455]

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request for Proposals The East Kootenay Conservation Program and Regional District of East Kootenay are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund. To apply for funding go to and click on Local Conservation Fund. Review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 – Fund Design and then apply using the Application Form provided as a download. Up to $255,000 is available for conservation projects that result in reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Proposals that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders, will have priority. Proponents must be a registered non-profit organization, local government, or First Nations band. Unqualified groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum of three years. A Technical Review Committee will review submissions and make recommendations to the RDEK Board of Directors for final funding approval. Closing date for project submissions is midnight, October 31, 2011. Projects specific to land acquisition or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time during the year. Proposals must be submitted in writing and delivered by mail, email or fax to: David Hillary, Manager East Kootenay Conservation Program PO Box 2767 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Phone: 250 688-1508 email:

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ICAN seeking larger home By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff The Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) is seeking to expand their operations, as the group is outgrowing their current location in Athalmer. President Lana Banham attended the District of Invermere Council meeting on September 13th to begin discussions about the group’s vision for a new facility. Originally Ms. Banham was set to discuss building on the land that currently houses their operation in the industrial park, but council unanimously advised against it, as the location’s long-term future is not known due to a desire to realign the road that runs past the area and up to Panorama. Councillor Bob Campsall summed up council’s opinion by stating that they are 100 per cent behind the organization, but that the district could “do better” in terms of a location. This has lead to the scheduling of a meeting in October between ICAN and council to see if there is a suitable piece of public or Crown land that the new facility could be housed on, but the group is beginning to fundraise towards the new facility anyway, Ms. Banham explained. Currently, ICAN occupies an old house, which needs extensive upgrades to continue being used. The group has a vision for a new facility that would still have a homey feel, Ms. Banham said, but would be constructed out of more hygienic materials and will allow

for new animals to be quarantined before entering the main group. “We don’t want anything huge. 2,000-2,200 square feet would be fine,” she said. “We have had an overwhelming amount of support from the community. We did a survey and 86 per cent of those who responded support our desire for a new building.” Coincidently, Kim Sanderson, of Kimberley Rae Sanderson Professional Photography and Custom Art Framing approached ICAN and proposed a fundraiser idea that will offer professional pet portraits for a nominal donation to ICAN. Ms. Sanderson said she thought it would be a great idea to offer people and their pets an opportunity to have their portraits taken, and for a $45 minimum donation they will walk away with a 5 by 7 print or a CD of low-res images. If further prints are requested, Ms. Sanderson will donate those proceeds to ICAN as well. “Some city studios charge up to $390 for an hourlong sitting, so this has great value and is helping out a good cause,” explained Ms. Sanderson, who is also calling on all local photographers who wish to take part to give her studio a call. Portraits will also be chosen at random to be featured in this year’s ICAN calendar as well, said Ms. Banham. The calendar is another successful fundraising initiative for the organization. Sittings are available from September 24th to October 5th, and can be booked by calling 250-342-5102.


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

REPRESENTATIVE TO THE RECREATION SOCIETY BOARD The Council of the District of Invermere is now receiving applications for a Representative to the Columbia Valley Recreation Society Board. This volunteer position will work closely with other members of the board regarding the operation of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Interested persons are requested to submit letters of application and brief resumes including reasons for interest and related experience to Mayor and Council, District Of Invermere P.O. Box 339 (914 – 8th Avenue) Invermere, BC, V0A1K0 Interested persons are asked to please have their letters submitted to the District of Invermere no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30th, 2011.


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2011 GENERAL LOCAL ELECTIONS NOTICE OF NOMINATION Public Notice is given to the electors of the District of Invermere that nominations for the offices of: Mayor (1) • Councillors (4) And for the School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) Trustee Electoral Area 3 School Trustee (1) will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows: District of Invermere Municipal Office 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC

9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 to 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 14th, 2011 Mountain Standard Time *Excluding Statutory holidays and weekends

Nomination documents are available at the District of Invermere office during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria: • Canadian citizen; • 18 years of age or older; • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Legion donates to Columbia House Legion members were on hand at Columbia House to present a cheque for $3,950 for a new recumbent low mobility exercise machine for the physiotherapy program for veterans and geriatric patients. Pictured, left to right: Legion member and Columbia House resident Jack Collins (seated); Louise Collier; Rick Jarrett, Branch 71 president; Erica Phillips, Health Service Administrator for Invermere and Golden; and Howie Williams.  Photo by Kate Irwin

FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting: Chris Prosser, Chief Election Officer 250-342-9281 ext 225 Nancy Smith, Deputy Chief Election Officer 250-342-9281 ext 228

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New fruit swap program aims to reduce bear issues By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff A novel new fruit swap program is being instituted in the valley by Bear Aware Coordinator Crystal Leonard. The goal of the program is to hopefully mitigate some of the conflicts between bears and residents in this typically problematic season. Residents may recall last year’s especially troubling fall, which resulted in the euthanization of five black bears in Radium. It is not uncommon to see bears sniffing around town in the fall, said Ms. Leonard, adding that although

garbage is the number one attractant, abandoned fruit from the trees that adorn many residents’ lawns is a close second. “Most of the houses in this valley have fruit trees, and when the fruit starts to ripen and smell it becomes a real attractant for bears,” she added. Some bears can even become intoxicated by consuming fermenting fruit, said Ms. Leonard, which can cause the animals to become disoriented and confused. The program is simple. People with fruit that they don’t plan to collect when it falls to the ground can call and register with Ms. Leonard, as well as those who wish

to utilize fruit but do not have a fruit tree of their own. Once a fruit grower and a fruit picker are identified, Ms. Leonard acts as matchmaker, connecting the two residents, which will hopefully result in little to no fruit being left on the ground to attract bears into the valley’s communities. The program is modeled after a successful initiative with similar goals taking place in Prince George, said Ms. Leonard, adding that she hopes people will utilize the service and continue to work towards having a bear aware community. To sign up as a fruit grower or picker, call 250-688-1511.

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Promoting health and wellness through music and movement!! Offering a full Community Dance Program for ages 3- Adult. Spaces left only in 3&4 year Primary ballet, Zumbatomic for Children, Irish Dance with Miss Colleen Malone Baton/ Dance combo in conjunction with KBK and adult ballet and beginner yoga. Specialty classes in Belly Dance with Sandra Mercier

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Karma yoga class - Friday Sept 23rd, 5:15-6:30 pm $5 min donation to Nature Conservancy Canada


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Reaching new heights Local student, Dale Verge, ascends the Conrad Kain climbing wall located in the J.A Laird Elementary School gymnasium. The climbing wall is a labour of love for elementary school teacher, and qualified climbing instructor, Herb Weller. The wall is open to the public from Friday-Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m., or by appointment by calling 250-342-9413 or e-mailing The drop-in cost is only $5.00 to use the wall, and all equipment is provided. Rock climbing has many health benefits, as it increases your upper body strength, particularly in the lats, forearms, biceps and shoulders. It also strengthens your core strength, improves flexibility and has some cardiovascular benefits as well.

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Travel Medicine Clinic is available starting September 23rd. Dr. Tania de Klerk specializes in providing vaccinations and related medical services to people travelling to tropical and developing countries. The clinic also has many related services and products for your travel needs. Please phone the clinic at 250-341-6900 to book your appointment.

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The Pioneer reaches all corners of the globe Intrepid Pioneer readers have been busy traveling the world, but not without a copy of their favourite newspaper. These readers will be entered into our annual Pioneer on the Road travel contest, the winners of which will earn a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, plus overnight accommodation courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Pictured, opposite page, clockwise from top left: The Tamelin Family — Darren, Shelley, Kristyn, Calissa and Ryan — at Edinburgh Castle on a summer trip to Scotland; Annmarie Deagnon and pup Luna at Mount St. Helens, Washington; Gordon and Alex Mitchell of Calgary hiking in Jumbo Pass; Andrew and Christopher Dehart enjoying a heat wave in Grand Bend, Ontario. This page, left to right: Avy Nicholson and Valerie Laresser at the Eiffel Tower, Paris; Harald Kloos, Nicole Kloos, Douglas Smith, Blair Kloos, and canine companion KB, at the top of Mt. Nelson, Invermere. Keep packing a Pioneer with you on your adventures, and send your high-resolution travel photos to info@cv, or bring them to #8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere.

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

250-341-8501 Seniors’ Discount

VACATION HOMES REQUIRED TO MEET OUR GUEST DEMANDS. Our vacation rental inquiries outnumber the homes we have available. Let us introduce you to our “Boutique” style management services and show you how your vacation home can pay for itself.

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1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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



(250) 342-7100 (250) 342-7103

LUMBIA ROOFING COQuality Roofing and Repairs Allan Gauthier

Tel: (250) 349-7586

Cell: (250) 489-8685 • Fax: (250) 349-7586 • Ready Mix Concrete • Commercial concrete sealer • Concrete Pumping retarder for exposed • Over 50 colours available aggregate and in stock • DELIVERED ON TIME • Concrete stamps for rent at a fair price • Full range of coloured release • Full range of sand and agents for stamping gravel products.

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

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HERE TO SERVE YOU Dunlop Contracting • • • •

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


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

FREE ESTIMATES • 250-688-0959 • 250-342-2087

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

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

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

Bruce Dehart 250.347.9803 or 250.342.5357

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

• LANDSCAPING & DESIGN • Skidsteer Services • Mini Track Hoe

Kari & John Mason

(Beside the Petro Canada Car Wash)


Phone: 250-342-6614 •

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385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

From Framing to Finishing Al Tallman

Call Al at

We Do It All!

Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

THE WATER YOU DRINK – Reverse Osmosis, Whole House Filtration, UV Disinfection & Softeners THE AIR YOU BREATHE – Furnace & Duct Cleaning Call (250) 342-5089



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Box 75 Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0

FREE ESTIMATES Chimney and Eavestrough Cleaning and Repair Specialists Why wait for Winter? Book your chimney cleaning now and save! Fully Insured & WCB Covered

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


Now’s the time to book your pruning and hazardous tree removal!

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

Lake Auto Services


250-342-9310 Same great team, same great service.

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Pioneer Classifieds Happy 60th Anniversary

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s In Memoriam s

garage sales



to Curley and Dorothy Fletcher

In loving memory of our Mother

Estate Sale on Saturday, September 24th. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 4871 Windermere Rd., Windermere.

Still holding hands after 60 years.

August 20th, 1925 – Sept 24th, 2010 We love you and miss you. You are not forgotten.

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 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.

Cheers to the line up of males that were waiting to use the Port-APotties at the Radium Car Show that let a busy ice cream vendor butt into the front of the line, who had to wait over 4 hours before her only break to run and use the PortA-Potties! I am extremely grateful!

Love, Daughter, Wanda Son, Kevin and their families. xoxo

s obituary s In Memory of

Heinz Froemgen January 4, 1933- September 9, 2011 Heinz Froemgen passed away after a long fight with cancer on September 9, 2011. He was courageous to the end and passed away peacefully at the Invermere Hospital. Heinz arrived from Germany swearing he would fight in no man’s war. He moved to Vancouver and worked as a Journeyman plumber, finally settling in Kelowna with his wife Flo and their three children. Moving from Kelowna to Invermere to supervise the plumbing contract at the new Invermere Hospital, Heinz soon came to love the Columbia Valley. He met and married Vivienne Crebo (2006) and together they enjoyed their love of art, kayaking and their many friends. Soft spoken, adventuresome, and a wonderful husband. He will be missed by family and friends. Having retired from plumbing, he started Image Framing in Invermere while continuing his love of art and painting. Many of his paintings were sold and will be a welcome remembrance of his achievements. His favorite sport was Kayaking and enjoying the outdoors with Vivienne and their dog, Comet. He also took a serious interest in golfing and marshalling at Copper Point. He is survived by his wife, Vivienne and her family, three children: Patricia Allinot, Sabina and Peter Froemgen, and grandchildren, Alecia, Jolene and Zoey. “Life gives us brief moments with another. But sometime in those brief moments we get memories that last a life time.” Bon Voyage, my Love. We will meet again. And “Cheers” with a glass of wine from your friends and loved ones. There will be no funeral service at his request. A gathering in Heinz’s honor with close friends and family was held Sept 11th in celebration of his Life. Condolences please: 250-341-6895 or; RR2 14-B Wolf Crescent, Invermere, BC V0A 1K2.

Stella Marie MicKelson

Saturday, September 24th at 9 a.m. 5737 Vermillion Street, Edgewater. Clothes, plants, books, Jacuzzi tub, and lots of kids stuff. Garage/Furniture sale at 1825-14th Ave. Close to Eileen Madson School on Saturday, September 24th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Love, Your Children, Your Grandchildren & Your Friends.

garage sales Saturday, September 24th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 4993 Ogilvy Avenue, Fairmont (The Meadows). Sail boat sails, sliding door, twin bed, K&N. Saturday, September 24th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1710-10th Avenue, Invermere. Treadmill, tonneau cover, furniture and lots of kids stuff.

announcement Summit Youth Center is looking for new learning opportunities. If you have a skill or hobby you feel youth would enjoy, we would love to host you. If interested please call 250-3423033.

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.

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.

Art Gieck of Country Piano House will be tuning September 28th & 29th. Call 250-347-9882 for an appointment.

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

Born Ernest William Grolla Jr. in Lac La Biche, AB, Ernie grew up in Edmonton where he met the love of his life. Ernie married Iris in 1983 and they spent their married life in Burnaby, Aldergrove, Mission, Pitt Meadows and Squamish before moving to Invermere in 2001. They have two sons, Evan (Amanda) and Addison.

Found a set of keys on a fishing lure on 1700 block 13th Avenue. Call 250-342-3104 to claim.

Rent/Sell approx. 2400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Center & Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne @ 250-270-0102.

Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Rose and Ernest Sr. and by his sister, Hope. He is survived by his sister, Gerri.

Cheers to the sunbathing beauties who rescued us by boat Monday afternoon & ended up towing us from Timberidge to Lakeshore. Pay it forward.

s obituary s Ernie Grolla March 22, 1950 - September 12, 2011 Loving husband and father. “All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed.”

Ernie’s sense of humour and ready smile will be missed by all of his extended family, friends and the staff and customers who knew him at Home Hardware. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and nurses at Invermere & District Hospital and to the local ambulance attendants. No service will be held, at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either Dyer House (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 2012—3rd Ave., Trail, BC V1R 1R7—noted as “for Dyer House”) or Sanctuary House (Generation to Generation Society, 1705 Bay Ave., Trail, BC V1R 4B5), both of which supported Ernie and the family when he had treatments in Trail.

Windy Café . . . is now open for lunch from 11:30-2:30 and Dinner as always from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders.


Jeers to all the people, despite being educated by a lovely Bear Aware Rep continue to leave their garbage outside. The bears aren’t the problem; you are! Cheers to everyone who maintains the public washrooms in downtown Invermere. They are always clean, stocked and safe. Thank You!

For lease, approximately 2800 sq. ft. Across from the Invermere Post Office. Contact Gordon at 250-3429271. 864 sq. ft. Warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $625/ month. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3637.

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

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suite for rent

suite for rent

Private room & bathroom for rent. Female preferred, N/S, N/P, W/D. Available immediately. References required. $450/month utilities included. 250-345-2104.

RADIUM – Bachelor – 1-bdrm – 2-bdrm fully furnished units. 1-3 bdrm unfurnished apt. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable, and parking. DD required. N/S, pets possible. Call Joan at 250-3427517 for more information and availability.

Fairmont -1-bdrm walkout suite. Large kitchen, bay window, dining room, large living room, large bdrm with walk-in closet. 4 appliances in kitchen, W/D in suite, blinds, private patio with walk around deck. $650/month including water, high speed internet and cable. Contact or call or text 780-945-0508.

1-bdrm suite for rent in Windermere. Available October 1st. $600/month includes hydro & satellite TV. Furnished if desired. N/S, N/P, quiet individuals only. Contact Doug or Tracy at 250-3423047.

Radium: Room in 4-bdrm house on 2 acres. Available October – May. Lower bdrm with ensuite living room, storage, and separate entrance. Kitchen & shared laundry with upstairs tenant. $650/month utilities included. 403-807-1960. Upstairs room for rent with private bath & shared kitchen facilities in Columere Park. $350/month. Available immediately until the end of December. 250-345-6524.

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Bright, new walkout 1-bdrm basement suite in Radium. Furnished, W/D, in suite, full kitchen, wireless internet, N/S, N/P. Available Oct. 1st. $700/month includes utilities and furniture rental. Call 250-341-1454 or 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, 250-3420838. 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, 2-bdrm, 2-bath, unfurnished condo, includes utilities. N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. Contact 403-285-3417.

Radium, nice, bright, 1-bdrm suite close to D/T. $650/month including utilities. 250-347-6420. Invermere, large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite with own entry. All appliances (shared W/D). Central location, 2 blocks to D/T. Schools, hospital, 3 blocks to grocery store and beach. Pets ok. N/S Available Oct. 1st. $675/month + utilities. Call Grant 403-493-1245. Invermere 2-bdrm bright walkout suite. $875/month all inclusive: Hydro, utilities, W/D, internet, facing south, huge yard, new appliances, large windows, tile floor, yard maintenance included. Cat or dog possible? Close to amenities, quiet person or couple, working or retired. Available Oct 1st. 250-342-6899.

Black Forest Heights 2-bdrm lower suites $800/month includes utilities & wireless internet. Beautiful mountain views, N/S, DD required. Available Oct 1st. Call 250-270-0745. 3-bdrm, 2-bath suite on 13th Ave in Invermere. F/P, N/S, DD required, available Oct 1st. $1,150/month includes utilities. Call 250-2700745. Modern 1-bdrm basment suite. 4 stainless app, bath, own W/D. Mature person good references required. $625/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. Phone 250-342-7662, westsideparkinvermere@gmail. com

2-bdrm, 1.5-bath upper suite in Radium. Shared laundry and large back yard. $600/month + hydro + DD. Call 250-347-9970.

Large 1-bdrm 1-bath, W/D, N/S, N/P, extra storage. Available immediately. $700/month includes hydro. Call 250-342-6607.

Invermere 2-bdrm suite near schools in log home with laminate & tile floors. Includes W/D, fridge, stove, free cable & wireless internet. Private entrance with lots of parking, N/S, N/P. $750/month + utilities + DD. Available October 1st. Call 250-342-1010.

Quiet, clean, partially furnished 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. Responsible single person (N/S). $600/month includes utilities & cable. 250-342-0337.

New bright 1-bdrm suite in D/T Invermere. Available immediately. $600/month includes utilities and cable. Call 250-341-6215. Fully furnished, 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. Close to all amenities. $600/month, DD required, N/S, N/P, utilities included. Would like long term tenant. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3832. D/T Invermere 2-bdrm, 1-bath, W/D, N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. $650/month includes utilities. 250-341-6080.

2-bdrm, walkout, basement suite in Invermere. Year-round rental, close to beach and shared laundry. $650/month + partial utilities. N/S, references required, available October 1st. Call 250-342-9605 (evening) & 250-341-8754 (day). Newly renovated 2-bdrm basement suite for rent. D/T Invermere walking distance to beach schools. Large back yard, pets ok, DD required. $850/month + utilities. Call 250-342-8954 or 250-6881224. Available now! 2-bdrm apartment N/S, N/P in Radium. Available now! $700/ month. 250-342-5919.

Bright 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. $600/month + DD all inclusive, N/S, N/P, shared W/D. 250-342-3595. New 1800 sq. ft. bright and sunny beautifully furnished walkout apartment in Windermere. Large windows, 2 bdrm, F/P, W/D, N/S, N/P, references required, cats considered. $775/month includes utilities. 250342-6162. Central location in Invermere. 2-bdrm, furnished suites. Available Oct 1st for long term rental. $699 + utilities. 403-678-3087. E-mail Renovated 2-bdrm, 1-bath apartment in Invermere. Furnished & equipped. Hydro & cable included. Shared laundry. $875/ month Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362 AD ID 3309800996. 6-bdrm, 4-bath, suite overlooking lake in Wilder subdivision. 3000 sq. ft. plus all bathrooms and kitchen are new. Very private with best view in Invermere. DD required. Call 403-680-6999.

homes for rent Windermere 4-bdrm, 3-bath home. Fully furnished, available SeptMay. $920/month + utilities. Call 250-342-2135. Weekly vacation rental Sayulita Riviera Nayarit. Traditional 2-bdrm, 2-bath. Mexican house, very private, secure, large garden with pool. Contact Giselle, 250688-1004. Great winter property! 3-bdrm, 2-bath, fireplaces, indoor pond, and all amenities. Suite is also available. $1,400/month. 250-5810455.

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1757 Fort Point Close. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, executive home. Fabulous location, steps to everything. Mature responsible only! Available immediately. $1,350/month. Call 250-342-6577.

INVERMERE: Lake Windermere Pointe starting at $900/month; furnished or not; pool, underground parking, elevator and much more. WINDERMERE: Furnished 2 bdrm. cottage for October 1. Nice yard! $900 plus utilities. INVERMERE: 2 bdrm., furnished condo, storage room, central location at $800 plus utilities BLACK FOREST VILLAGE: 2-3 bdrm.. furnished or unfurnished long-term from $900 / month. RADIUM: 4 bedroom home, unfurnished long-term, no pets or smoking at $1350 plus utilities.

Contact Dave or Eric


New Invermere 3-bdrm townhouse 3-full bath, 5 appliances, hardwood floors, large deck, developed basement. Beautiful views, near Sobeys. Available August 1st, N/P. $1,140/month + utilities. Call 403703-0930 for more info open house every Saturday! Bright 2-bdrm home in Athalmer. Large kitchen, F/S, W/D, yard, pets negotiable. $900/month includes utilities. 250-342-3841. Fully furnished Windermere areaIndian Beach Estates Vacation home for lease. Residence features magnificent and private panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the mountains. This 2200 sq. ft. 2 level home has 4-bdrm, 2-bath, 2-fireplaces, living room, dining area, and cozy TV room. Outdoors requires little maintenance and features 2-decks of which one is a very large wrap around deck. Only minutes to the lake. Comes not only furnished but includes all dishes, cutlery, linens, cookware and TV. Also includes stove, 2-fridges, extra freezer, DW, MW, W/D. Annual lease for 1-2 persons is $1575/month + utilities. $1675/ month + utilities for 3-4 persons. No more than 4 persons allowed. Available November 1st (or sooner if existing tenant agrees) N/S, pets negotiable (no cats), DD and references required. Best to email as traveling. or 403-266-4555.

Year round large 3-bdrm house in Windermere. Huge fenced yard with large garden, great soil & fruit trees. Comes with tractor, lawn mower & 5 appliances. No dogs. $800/month + utilities for the right tenants. Call 250-342-5201 or 250-342-7111. 3-bdrm, new house. Modern & bright. Excellent D/T location. Garage, D/W, W/D. $1,500/mth. Utilities included. 250-342-3790 10 mins south of Fairmont, unique 3-bdrm home, 3 years old, 1817 sq. ft. Semi-detached, hardwood, granite counter tops, 5-appliances, garage, carport, geothermal heating and A/C beach house. BBQ, fireplace, 5 star accommodation, low utilities. $1,500/month + utilities. Kijiji Ad #294873160. 780446-3575. Invermere, 4000 sq. ft. 5-bdrm, 4-bath home. W/D, A/C, dbl garage, 2-decks. Walking distance to town and schools. N/S, no dogs. $1,800/ month + utilities. Available Nov 1st. 403-609-0870. 3-bdrm, 2-bath, 2000 sq.ft. unique home in Athalmer. Huge front yard and lots of storage for toys. End of road so total privacy. DD required. $1400/month, call 403-680-6999. Wilmer: 2-bdrm log home, large fenced and detached workshop, perfect for couple or 2 singles. Small pets welcome. Wood heat on main + basement oil furnace and W/D. $1,000/month. Available Oct 1st Call to submit application with references. Ed English 250-3421194 or Jan Klimek 250-342-1195. Black Forest Heights 3-bdrm, 3-bath, single car garage, and large lawn. Available immediately & references required. $1,200/month + utilities. Call 250-342-1322.

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Large newly renovated 4-bdrm, 3-bath home in Edgewater with beautiful mountain views. Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, wood F/P, large deck, large fenced yard. 800 sq. ft. shop, N/S, N/P. $1,200/month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-3479532.

Large house in Radium on Acreage. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, garden, patio, N/S, DD required, pets negotiable. Yard maintenance required. Available immediately for long-term rental. $900/month + utilities. Call 250341-1099.

Invermere Parkside condo for rent. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 6-appliance, separate entrance, nice private deck. R2000 energy efficient. Central location. 1235 sq. ft. N/S, small pets negotiable. $1,200/ month. 1-year lease. DD & references required. 250-342-0853 or

Suites for Rent near Sobeys! 2-bdrm suite $700/month. 1-bdrm suite $600/month. N/S, N/P. 250342-6255

2002 Winfield Mobile Home occupied for 4 years. Good condition. Must be moved! Porch and propane tank included. $50,000. 250-342-6188.

Winter Horse Boarding! Available November-May. Call 250342-5700 or 250-342-5297.

2-bdrm, farm house in Fairmont. Available Sept. – April. $550/month + utilities. Rental is conditional to caring for animals and light snow removal. Remuneration available. Please call Funtasia Fairmont Fun Park 250-345-4511 or 250-345-4558 (evenings). 2-year-old Invermere T/H for rent. 3 bdrm, 3 bath, 5 appliances, developed basement, 2 f/p, large deck with spectacular views. Beautiful kitchen with h/w floors. $1050/month + utilities. Open house every Saturday. Call 403703-0930. 3-bdrm, 1.5-bath + den and sunny deck. Quiet street, close to D/T and beach. $925/month + DD, N/S, N/P. Call 250-342-3948. 4-bdrm home in upper Wilder Subdivision. Close to everything. Great views, fenced yard, 1 pet ok, ref. Required, N/S. $1,300/ month + utilities + DD. Occupancy negotiable. Call 250-342-5686. Large, clean unfurnished cabin in Fairmont. 3 bdrm, 2 renovated baths, great deck, lots of storage $1,250/month Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362 AD ID 315455509. 3-bdrm newer town home in D/T Invermere, 2.5 bath, garage, unfinished basement. $1,200/ month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362 AD ID 304127213. Invermere, 2-bdrm, 1-bath duplex with large yard. Storage space, unfurnished or furnished. Laundry, wood F/P. $850/month+ utilities. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362 AD ID 308870828.

Available October 1st – May 31st 3-bdrm fully furnished home in Windermere. $1,000/month + utilities. If interested, please call Susan at 403-540-6858. Log home on acreage and lake on Toby Bench. 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appliances, 2 F/P, wood stove. Some pets ok, smokers welcome. Available October 1st. $1,000/ month + DD + utilities. 250-3420848.

condo for rent Windermere Lakeview Meadows Spacious, luxury, 3-bdrm, 2½-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. Available immediately. 250-688-0512. Hillcrest Apartments has 2-bdrm apartments, $800/month, utilities included, fully furnished, all in 250341-1182. Invermere 2-bdrm apartment, fully furnished. $800/month includes utilities. Call 250-688-0111. Radium 2-bdrm, 2-bath unfurnished condo. Includes utilities, N/S, N/P. Available Oct. 1st. Contact 403-285-3417. Invermere Parkside Condo 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 6-appliances. R2000 energy efficient. Central location. Available Sept 1st. $1,000/month, N/S, small pets negotiable. 1-year lease. DD & references required. 250-342-0853 or

3-bdrm, 2-bath Condo in Pinewood Complex in Radium. $900/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P, and available immediately. 403-4728992. 2-year-old, 3-bdrm, T/H for rent in Radium. Single car garage, on suite, W/D, 1400 sq. ft. $1,200/ month excluding gas & electricity. 403-875-0214. 3-bdrm, spotless, fully furnished villa in Radium. 2 blocks from main street includes A/C, F/P, gas BBQ. Available for short or long term rental. $895/month. 403-6171122. Condo for rent in Radium, Copper Horne Towne. Newly renovated, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, A/C, F/P, 2 patios. $750/month. 403-702-3002. We are looking for a single parent family to rent to own my condo in Edgewater. Want to help a struggling young person of good character get back on their feet. Rent will be determined by what you can afford. bgriko@hotmail. com. Executive 2-bdrm, 2-bath, open concept R2000 Condo fully furnished downtown Invermere. Includes all appliances, heated floors in bathrooms, electric fireplace and top of the line BBQ. $1,200/month + utilities. Available immediately. Please email or call 416709-4590. Newer 2-bdrm, 2-bath ground floor condo in Radium. Part furnished or unfurnished with W/D, A/C, underground parking & hydro included. $845/month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362 AD ID 308857664.

Invermere Condo 2 blocks from D/T fully furnished, 2 levels, 2 bdrm, 2 bath & carport. $1,050/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P, no partiers, references required. Call 403-978-4559 or 250-342-6440.

3 bdrm mobile home on lot in Green Acres MHP. Recently renovated & beautiful view of the valley. $60,000. Call 250-342-1700.

1-bdrm + den condo in Akiskinook. 10 min. drive to Invermere. Renovated, fully furnished & equipped with indoor pool. $750/ month hydro, cable & internet included. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362.

3-bdrm, 3-bath modern, open concept, architecturally designed, hardwood & tile floors, vaulted ceilings, garage and family room. Built in 2002 no updating required. 1800-15th Ave, Invermere. $359,000. Phone 250-342-7329.

2-bdrm, 2-bath condo in Radium, beautifully furnished, only $850/month hydro included. Jenny Buekert, Maxwell Realty Invermere. 250-342-5711.


Lake & Mountain Views Location: Wilder Subdivision, end of Cul-de-sac Road. Very Private. NO BUILDING COMMITMENT. OPTIONS: BUILD A HOME/COTTAGE 2/3 OR 4 PLEX. Zoned R2. Photos: Ad# 303457072. $249,900 OBO No HST. 910-15A Crescent. Call Bonnie-Lou 250-342-6899 Email: For sale in Edgewater, 11.254 acres with older home, 3 connections for town water. Asking $500,000. 250845-2566. Treed view single family 55 ft. x 110 ft. lots. No building commitment, within the gated Radium Valley Vacation Resort Community architectural controls. Full Rec Center membership (pools/hot tubs/fitness facility). First come first serve $59,900. Only 2 remaining! Contact Scott Sauermann at 1-877-347-6838 or

12 -year-old Quarter Horse/Paint Mare. Rides, packs, loads, shoes. $1,000. Call 250-349-5478.

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Affordable home for sale in Canal Flats! 3 bdrm, 1250 sq. ft. beautifully decorated, newly renovated, 6 appliances, main bathroom ensuite. Unfurnished basement with toilet & wash basin. Detached 2 car garage, large fenced yard, new propane furnace. Asking $269,000. Call 250-421-3126 or email for photo’s for more info.

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. 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.

condo for sale Ski to your door, fully furnished 1-bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, and hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, BC, $115,000 Firm. Call 250-3426858 after 6 p.m. 3-bdrm nearly new Radium Town Home. Fully developed with walkout basement, garage, heat pump, wood trim throughout, custom window coverings. Indoor outdoor pool and fitness center nearby. $299,900 Phone: 250-3420183.

302V8 + 3SPEED TRANSMISSION MODIFIED MOTOR too many extras to list. Best Offer. 250-3417393. 700R Chevy Transmission custom built originally paid $3,000. Best Offer. 250-341-7393. Firewood! Seasoned, cut, split, and delivered. Pine $150 ½ cord, $225 cord. Fir $200 ½ cord, $325 cord. Larch $240 ½ cord, $350 cord. Call 250-688-0143.

misc. For Sale

FIREWOOD FOR SALE Parson Community Hall Society has two (2) logging truck loads of firewood for sale.

Sealed bids will be accepted at Box 12, Parson, BC V0A 1L0 from September 1st to October 20th, 2011. There is a reserve bid per load and only one load per bid. It is mixed dry and will be delivered free within a 40 km radius of Parson. Delivery is subject to access to the wood and availability of truck.

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misc. for sale

recreation vehicles



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

1994 Ford F-150 extended cab. Runs great, lots of recent work. $3,400 OBO. Call 250-342-6934.

Cleaning Service

Prestige Inn in Radium Hot Springs is looking for a guest services and night auditor. Apply in person with resume. 7493 Main Street, Radium.

Wood dining table with 2 inserts and 6 chairs $200. Freestanding basketball hoop $75. Like new white Fridgidaire stove with selfclean $175. Call 250-342-9673 after 5 p.m.

1985 Chevy 1-ton dually with flat deck. Nice work truck. $3,000 OBO. Call 250-342-5676.

“Shannon and her crew installed a Phantom Screen Door while we were away. Perfect! Installed seamlessly and they left no mess. Very professional. Highly recommended.” James Le Mare, Castle Rock. FREE Installation! Phantom Retractable Screens for Doors, Windows & Large openings Shannon’s Blinds & Designs Call a professional today Free In-Home Consultation 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time”

Love the Mountains? Ski to work! F/T Barista/Food Service Worker for the Summit Hut and the Mile One Hut at Panorama Resort. Must be a strong skier/boarder. Duties include specialty coffee and food preparation and customer service and light cleaning in a busy alpine hut. Hours of work: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. We offer a great working environment, fantastic views, and a daily ski home. Starting wages is $11/hour. Send resumes to or call 250341-1399 for more information.

35 mm Nikon Camera with accessories. Harley Brown Ltd. Edition signed print of Mt. Nelson. “Chief Crowchild” #499/950. 1986/1988/1992 Stampede Posters. Print of Mt. Nelson. Lancer Model 102 Guitar. Maple Single beds/bunk beds. Call Jeff 250-3426345. Top quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-0617. 2 new vinyl windows (64”w x 38” h) or (48”w x 38”h) both are 4.5” thick, low e. Craftsman table saw and Delta scroll saw. Call 250-3477726. Texas instrument BAII plus calculator for sale. Comes with operations manual. Asking $70. Call Bianca at 250-342-1372.

recreation vehicles 1985 27 ft. Vanguard Trailer. Older but in excellent shape. Must see $5,000. 250-342-9589.

vehicles for sale 1986 CHEVY ½ TON, no motor, LOTS OF ACCESSORIES. Best Offer. MUST GO! 250-341-7393. Lady driven 2005 XLT Ford Explorer. 4x4, 6-cylinder. Dark blue with grey leather. Approx. 160,000 kms. $9,500 OBO. Call 250-341-3545. 2002 Olds Silhouette Van. Air, cruise, auto rear leveling suspension, 2-sets rims & tires. $2,800 OBO. Phone (h) 250-3479508 (w) 250-341-1509. 2003 Pontiac Sunfire in mint condition. Includes winter & summer tires. $3,500. Call 250347-9629.

Two 1989 Nissan Sentras for sale. Both do not run but lots of usable parts. Tires on both cars are like new. Take both cars for $500. Call 250-342-9503.

services 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 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.

LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. Drop in for a free estimate on paint and body work @ #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

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

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

Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207,

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

Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.

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.

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.

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.

Commercial & Residential Free! From chemicals. Free! From viruses & germs. Call 250-342-2509

ODD JOBS ENT. HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt 250-342-3569 Chinook handyman services specializing in decks, garages and small renos. Please call Doug at 250-345-2164 or 250-341-1619. Local Website Design: Designer seeking new clients, specializing in small to medium websites, blogs or portfolios. Initial meeting and quotes are free. www.

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 jewellery. Along with the trips and free jewellery, being an independent representative is also a fun way to earn some extra money. Call me to find out how 250-341-5956.

Fusion Wellness Spa is currently looking for F/T RMTs and a weekend year round front-end guest service agent. Please apply in person or email resume to info@ Legal Assistant/Receptionist required for 2 days per week with the potential for a full time position. Experience is an asset, but willing to train. Please forward resume to: Hubbard & Blakley; email: handb@; fax: 250-342-4414; mail: Box 639, Invermere BC V0A 1K0.

Career Opportunity at Windermere Childcare Society in Invermere, BC.

Dog walker needed in Edgewater for 2 large well behaved dogs. Must be available mid-day/ lunch for 30 mins a day MondayFriday excluding holidays. Must be responsible, reliable and trustworthy! Please call Gayle at 250-347-2186 or 250-409-9130 for more information.

ECE educator needed for 3-5 year old program. F/T permanent position. Start immediately. Pension plan and benefits available. Starting wage $18/hour. Come and join the positive team oriented group. Call Arlene or Silvi at 250-342-3168 or fax resume to 250-342-3359. E-mail wvccs@

Are you passionate about great food & friendly service? Corner Café immediately requires you part time for kitchen & front counter. Baking skills & positive attitude a must. Please call Rhonda 250-688-0169.

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

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

Food & Beverage Operations Manager Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the resort’s F&B operation, and reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the successful candidate will oversee multiple food and beverage outlets, along with a thriving conventions and banquet business. Responsibilities include: • Supervising daily F&B shift operation and ensuring compliance with all Health and Safety and company F&B policies, standards and procedures • Supervising staffing levels to ensure that guest service, operational needs, and financial objectives are met • Preparing annual F&B related budgets and manage within approved guidelines • Reviewing, evaluating and executing plans of action to ensure customer satisfaction • Ensuring all banquet event orders are fulfilled to specifications of the client • Working with Sales and Marketing to ensure consistent, ongoing marketing of F&B offerings • Working closely with Executive Chef on menu selection, food costs, and inventory control • Improving service by communicating and assisting staff to understand guest needs, providing guidance, feedback and individual coaching Qualifications include a minimum of 5 years progressive F&B experience, with 2 of those in a managerial role in a multi-outlet setting and prior experience with convention and banquet execution. Candidates must have a proven track record of improving customer service and driving revenue, excellent customer service skills, working knowledge of budget and business planning, strong attention to detail, excellent people management abilities and an outgoing and passionate personality. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort 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:, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004.

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help wanted SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 (ROCKY MOUNTAIN) School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) Windermere Zone invites applications from persons interested in being on our Casual Employment List for the following classifications: 1. School Bus Driver – This is bus driving work in the operation of school buses used to transport students on prescribed routes within the School District; the employee may also participate in the busing of students on curricular and extracurricular field trips both inside and outside the district. Applicants must have completion of the 12th school grade, or equivalent, minimum 5 years driving experience and an acceptable driving abstract; valid Class 2 Drivers license for the Province of British Columbia with an air brake endorsement (may be required); First Aid training would be an asset. If you are interested in being considered for the above casual position, please send a complete resume, including three references, by Friday, September 30, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. to: Meghan O’Neill, HR Co-ordinator P.O.Box 430, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 (250) 342-9243 (tel) / (250) 342-6966 (fax) e-mail: We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, but only those under consideration will be contacted. All successful applicants will be subject to a criminal record search.

Panorama Mountain Village is hiring for the fall and winter season. Sign up for our resort job fair on Tuesday, September 27th. Panorama Mountain Village, a ski resort located only 2 hrs southwest of Banff, 18 km from the town of Invermere. In the summer, an award winning golf course, epic mountain bike trails, and several other outdoor activities make Panorama a year-round destination for staff and guests from all over the world. Time – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Drop in. Location – Copper Crown Room, Panorama Mountain Village *please bring your resume and written references with you to the interview. To view all job descriptions and employee perks and privileges, please visit;

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Lisa’s self-proclaimed guide leads the way through the desert. 

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Seeing the road with my feet By Lisa M. Rohrick Special to The Pioneer Editor’s note: A former resident of Invermere, Lisa works in community development in Niger, West Africa. “My brother’s wife had a baby on Monday,” Ali, the night guard at my house, told me. “Can you come to the naming ceremony?” It had been a while since I’d been out to his village and seen his extended family, so I decided I should make a showing at this party. The custom here in Niger, West Africa, is that babies are named on their eighth day. Family and friends gather, the baby’s head is shaved (I’ve yet to find someone able to explain to me why they do this), gifts are given, and the baby is named. Soap is a common gift. I was once at a baby-naming ceremony where a group of women gathered in a dark and crowded hut to look at the gifts. There were 72 bars of soap! I think I was the only one there who found this humorous. That mother will never have to buy a baby gift again—she’s got enough soap to give away for years to come! Anyway, I digress. I accepted Ali’s invitation and set out for his village the following Monday morning, where I stopped and gathered a truckload of other guests. Ali’s family doesn’t actually live in the village, but in a collection of grass huts on a windswept hill about three kilometres away, up a dried-up riverbed. The sand was pretty deep and I was grateful for a 4-wheel-drive as I zipped along. When we arrived there was the usual gathering of men in the shade of a mango tree. Women were scurrying around preparing a meal. I greeted people then joined some other women sitting in a hut. I spend a lot of time just sitting around at these things, feeling too stupid to ask the obvious questions, like, “Where is the baby?” I’m glad I didn’t ask because a short while later I realized that the baby wouldn’t be there—the mother and newborn would be at her parents’ home, since women go home to their mother when they have a baby. After a meal of rice and pumpkin sauce (which is quite good), Ali asked me if I wanted to go and see the

baby. “It’s not far,” he assured me. When will I learn not to believe this? Truthfully, it wasn’t very far (only about seven kilometres) but it took over an hour to get there. First we had to load up the truck with 22 people; six in the cab, and another 16 in the back along with the sheep they would all be eating later that day. I had no idea where we were going, but a man I didn’t know confidently declared he knew the way and then my self-proclaimed guide climbed in the cab beside me. I think he just knew where the air-conditioning was! We started by going further up the riverbed, roaring through the loose sand. Half of my passengers got out when I got to a place I could slow down; I think I scared them. In fact, I overheard one of them say that it was only by God that we had got that far! I was happy to climb out of the riverbed onto a plain where there was considerably less sand. It quickly became apparent that my ‘guide’ didn’t know the way as well as he had let on. We wound our way back and forth through fields of dried and broken millet stalks. He asked me to stop. “I need to see the road with my feet,” he declared — and set off walking. In the meantime my passengers had caught up to me and climbed back in the truck for the slow ride inching along behind the guide. After moving a fence out of the way, he finally indicated he’d found the path. To call it a road would be far too complimentary. It was simply a trail carved out by a few donkey carts. We continued to poke along behind him as he jogged his way around bushes and through little gullies. One gully wasn’t so little, so I also got out to ‘see the road with my feet’. My feet planned the route and we made it through without incident. We eventually got to where we were going, saw the baby, ate more rice and sauce, and thankfully went home by a different route. Since then I’ve been doing some thinking about the road of life. Sometimes it would sure be nice to get out and ‘see the road with my feet’, but God asks me to live by faith, not by sight. So I’m trying to do that, knowing that, unlike my guide through the bush, He does know the way.

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September 23, 2011

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? — The details of how the Lake Windermere Management Plan is implemented will help determine how the lake’s valuable lakeshore is developed in years to come. Photo by Kelsey Verboom . . . ‘Regional district is ‘not taking away docks,’ continued from page 3 Ms. MacLeod added that it’s important people know the Regional District and the District of Invermere aren’t entering the process with any preconceived notions of how the process will unfold. “The intent of the plan [Lake Windermere Management Plan] and any regulatory measures is not to take away any current uses, but rather to have a framework and a plan to deal with future applications for changes to the foreshore and structures placed in the water,” stressed Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of being engaged and informed. Now is the time to start getting involved.” In addition to the open houses that have been held in Windermere and Invermere, the Regional District is trying to organize an open house in Calgary for second homeowners, and people are welcome to e-mail or phone in input, Ms. MacLeod said. But the newly-minted Watersports Association, which was created during the past two weeks and currently has about 100 members — representing recreational lake users, boat users, and homeowners — say the efforts that have been made thus far to provide input have not fairly included a balanced mix of interests. The open houses have been scheduled on days not plausible for second homeowners to attend, which has left a void in the representation of recreational lake users, said Dave McGrath and Cheryl Willard, who are part of the new association. They acknowledged that the management plan has many admirable aspects, and that they share many of the same concerns as the people currently sitting on the Lake Windermere Management Committee, but said that they don’t believe the interests of watersport lake users are being fairly represented, which they fear could have a

negative long-term effect on the local economy. “We’re all drinking the water, so we share many of the same ecological concerns,” Mr. McGrath said. “But we’re very concerned about the possible effect on the economy. People have many options of where to go on vacation or where to build their second homes. We’re concerned about anything that would make those people go elsewhere.” Ms. MacLeod said she is pleased that the Watersports Association has formed, and that she welcomes someone from the group to sit on the Lake Windermere Management Committee. More than one member of the association has expressed interest in joining the advisory group. The Lake Windermere Management Committee was recently established by appointing the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, a community group that helped provide input during the creation of the management plan, as the committee. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors were formed in 2005 through local environmental group, Wildsight. The Ambassadors have applied for non-charitable status to become an autonomous entity, but while they wait they are in the process of signing an agency agreement with Wildsight that would allow the group to use Wildsight’s charitable status to apply for fundraising grants to fund lake monitoring, the group’s coordinator position, and public education and outreach. Upon receipt of a not-for-profit status, the agency agreement would be terminated. Because of the connection between the Ambassadors and the Lake Windermere Management Committee, not all members of the Lake Windermere Watersports Association are willing to sit on the committee. Ms. Willard

said she would like to, but she won’t because she said she believes it is immoral to have a management committee that is so closely tied to an organization that is very vocal about an environmental-focused viewpoint. Ms. MacLeod said the Regional District is aware of the potential conflict of interest, as are the Lake Windermere Ambassadors. “If anything, we are all hyper-aware,” she said. “It [the potential conflict] was recognized, but the pros and cons of appointing the Lake Windermere Ambassadors were weighed. The benefits of having an already established body, rather that replicating a second body from scratch outweighed the potential conflict. It’s something everyone is aware of, and I hope that in time, the Ambassadors will prove themselves to be autonomous and independent, with a balanced approach to the lake.” Ms. MacLeod stressed that the role of the Lake Windermere Management Committee is in an advisory capacity only, and that they have no final decision making power. At the open house, Mayor Taft reiterated this sentiment. “The Regional District is not being driven by Wildsight, and it is not being driven by the Lake Windermere Ambassadors. It’s our process; we own it,” he said. In an informational e-mail Mayor Taft sent before the open house, he emphasized, “It is important to note that the Ambassadors are not in anyway directed by or controlled by Wildsight.” The Regional District’s next step is to organize an informational meeting in Calgary, and to continue to gather people’s opinions and ideas. Anyone who wishes to provide input or ask questions about the implementation of the Lake Windermere Management Plan can e-mail

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Church celebrates 80 year milestone By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Edgewater’s All Saints Church will be holding a special celebration on Sunday, October 2nd to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the historic building. The church, which was the first built in Edgewater, was constructed in 1931, and has been a shared ministry since its inception. The church was originally built to serve Lutheran, Anglican and United Church members, and drew on grants and donations from all three congregations, as well as local businesses, to make the construction possible. Master Carpenter, Elof Madsen, drew up the plans for the building and began construction with the assistance of Louis Ploughman. The wood used for the pews, the pulpit and the christening font came from Canal Flats, so the church was truly a

valley-wide initiative. On Sunday, September 17th, 1931, over a hundred people came from all over the Columbia Valley to witness the opening service. By May of 1933, the church was completely finished and paid for. Longtime Edgewater resident, Dorothy Brown, has attended the church since it was built. She said she has witnessed many changes in the valley since 1931, and is looking forward to attending the anniversary in October. “My parents were involved in the building of the church,” she explained. “I remember when we used to use gas lamps to light the building and an old wood stove that sat in the middle of it to keep everyone warm.” The celebration service will take place at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a harvest supper at the Edgewater Legion. Regional Dean, Derrick Smith will lead the celebration.

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TIMELESS TUTELAGE — The Edgewater All Saints Church will celebrate its 80th anniversary on Sunday, October 2nd.  Photo by Gayle Engstrom

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Church equals family By Father Jim McHugh Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church September 12th, 2011 was my grandfather’s 91st birthday. I have learned over the last three months, that it is important to express one’s feelings in order to be healthy. I have found over this summer that it is important to spend time with loved ones; just being in their presence is often good enough. For me and my family, spending a few days together means that we often just sit and enjoy one another’s company with few words exchanged, but we have no doubts about the love that is there. For friends, they often want to “do” things, to keep busy. For those who have children, parents or like me, grandparents still living, do you speak with them often? What do you say, or not say? For years I have been able

to speak with my grandparents — but I didn’t do it often enough. Now they are 87 and 91 years old, I do not have much time left, and it saddens me. So, on September 12th, I called my granddad and wished him a happy birthday. My mom and dad went for lunch with him, grandma and mom’s three sisters. Mom told me that he was thrilled that I had called that morning. It was not a great effort on my part, but it meant the world to someone I love and deeply respect. I have heard people refer to the church as community and that has always bothered me on a personal level. I see church as family, in which we are brothers and sisters. I will sit in the presence of my earthly parents in silence and be at ease — in fact, I love just being in their presence. For Catholic Christians, the opportunity to do that with our heavenly Father is always there. We can come into the church and sit before the Blessed Sacrament, and be in the presence of God. Jesus told us that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father. I find that when I take time during the day to be in God’s Presence, I am at peace within my soul and joyfully witness God’s salvation to others. I encourage you to do the same.

Benchlands bought

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, September 25th, 10:30 a.m.: CELEBRATION SUNDAY...“Pray To Be Fearless”... Pastor Trevor ministering. The Lord’s Supper will be served. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, 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 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father James McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Thursday 7 p.m. Fun Night Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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By Pioneer Staff The purchase of the Marion Creek Benchlands to the west of Columbia Lake, has just been completed, securing the 504-acre property for protection, by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The diverse habitat is home to an abundance of native wildlife and plant species such as American badger, spotted frog, wood duck, common butterwort and Rocky Mountain elk. Recognizing the natural value of the property, many groups and individuals rallied around the conservation project. Columbia Basin Trust, East Kootenay Wildlife Association, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund and others have contributed to the $1.7 million required to protect these benchlands in perpetuity. The Nature Conservancy of Canada will now conduct a complete inventory of the ecological values on the property, which will form the basis for an overall management plan.

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FURRY FRIEND — Reed Cathro (left) and his older brother Zack examine a badger pelt, one of the at-risk species which calls the Marion Creek Benchlands its home. Photo by Cam Gillies

at the Windermere Valley Museum on Saturday, September 24th, at 2:00 p.m. for his presentation. Laying the children’s ghosts to rest, honouring Canada’s child immigrants.

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