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October 7, 2011 Vol. 8/Issue 40

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Mayor of Canal Flats will not seek re-election By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Bruce Woodbury, current mayor of Canal Flats, will not run again for the position, but current councillor, Ute Juras has stepped forward to seek election as mayor. “I have really enjoyed my three-year term on council and the time spent working with my fellow council members, municipal staff, advisory committee members, volunteers, and our residents and taxpayers,” Mayor Woodbury said. With what he described as “mixed feelings,” Mayor Woodbury cited his business, Headwaters Development Consulting, as one of the main factors in his decision. Since being elected to council in 2008, he said he has been unable to work for Canal Flats residents or for the Village of Canal Flats due to conflict of interest issues, and he misses being able to work in his own community. “Although I achieved a number of the goals I set for myself when I was elected to council, there is more that I would like to see done for the community,” Mayor Woodbury said. “I believe however that there are other residents that are quite capable of doing a good job on council and achieving those same goals; they just need to step up to the plate. I found my time on Council a rewarding experience and I thank the community for giving me that opportunity.” One potential candidate for Mayor Woodbury’s po-

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sition is Councillor Ute Juras, who has served on council since the Village of Canal Flats’ incorporation in 2004, and also on the Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors. “I believe that my experience ... has taught me how to be an effective leader” Ms. Juras said. “It has also made me aware of the local and regional issues and I’m hoping for the opportunity to continue to represent Canal Flats and make sure that our voice is heard.” Both Mayor Woodbury and Ms. Juras encouraged residents to become involved in the community and to vote on November 19th. The nomination closing date for all municipal government positions is October 14th.

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UP IN SMOKE — Two large smoke plumes could be seen on Friday, September 30th, as Parks Canada Staff carried out a prescribed burn in the Redstreak area of Kootenay National Park just outside of Radium Hot Springs (left). Fire Protection Officer, Jessica Hilton, uses a drip torch to burn some of the grasslands in the prescribed burn area (middle), while Incident Commander, Bruce Sundbo, takes some temperature readings as the prescribed burn continues (right).  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

Prescribed burn mimics nature’s regular fire cycle By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff Parks Canada’s forest fire staff were on hand on Friday, September 30th, for a prescribed burn in the Redstreak area of Kootenay National Park, just outside of Radium Hot Springs. The reason for the burn was to reintroduce fire to the landscape, which is what used to happen in the past, said Fire Communications Officer, Julia Millen. “Fires were really frequent here historically, so we are trying to reduce the fuel load to make things safer for the Radium area and also to restore some habitat for Bighorn Sheep,” Ms. Millen explained.

The entire area that is scheduled for a prescribed burn is 250 hectares, but Parks have been doing the work in manageable chunks. The area burned on Friday was approximately 22 hectares. “It’s not ever completely done, because as we finish the area in question, we will have to go back and re-burn areas we did previously,” Ms. Millen said. “The goal is to establish trees of different ages to have a more diverse forest system.” On scene, Incident Commander Bruce Sundbo said that although the winds were not as strong as he would have liked, the operation went off without a hitch. “The goal here today is to consolidate a guard that crews have cut previously and thinned out,” he said.

“We’ve waited until the end of the tourism season to do this burn so we didn’t affect any valley-based businesses or events.” Mr. Sundbo said that the work being done was the result of a unique partnership between a number of agencies, as it included members of the B.C. Forest Service, Parks Canada officials and members of Radium’s volunteer fire department. “These guys are out here volunteering on their day off, so it has been a good partnership and an opportunity for cross-training.” The prescribed burn, which will be the last of the season, was extinguished by wet weather during the weekend of October 1st and 2nd.

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Another Scam: Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a scam involving billings sent out to businesses that were in the Yellow Pages. This scam was identified in the past. In the past the yellow page logo on the billing document was upside down. Other than that it looked authentic. Riding for a cause: In partnership with Invermere Rotary, the Columbia Valley Detachment was able to present Cops for Kids a cheque in the amount of $1,000 when the bike ride went through Golden last week. The money was raised during the July 1st long weekend while working the food concession. Our thanks to our local Rotary club for being involved in this important event. • On September 30th at 2 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a complaint of the theft of a black and blue Rock Hopper bike. The bike is equipped with Rock Shocks and disc brakes. The bike was stolen behind the Pamper Yourself Spa in Invermere. • On September 30th, the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft of tools stolen from a 2007 Black Trail Blazer trailer that was parked in a rest area on Highway 93/95 between Canal Flats and Fairmont. A lock was cut and a number of tools including a Fiber Optic Cable Splicer were taken. • On September 30th, more tools were reported stolen out of a shed in the 4000 block of Willow Ave in Canal Flats. The tools were of a “Mac” brand and included sockets, wrenches and an air gun. Anyone with information about these tool thefts is requested to contact the detachment. • On October 1st at 2:30 a.m., a Chevrolet Tahoe on 13th street cut off a police vehicle, which always initiates an investigation. A 36-year-old driver from Invermere was noted to have consumed alcohol prior to driving. An ASD demand was read and the driver blew a fail. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days and the male’s drivers licence suspended for 90 days. • On October 2nd at 6 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP members responded to a complaint of breakand-enter in the 6000 block of Columbia Lake Road in Fairmont. A male had broken into the house while the owner was upstairs. The owner confronted the male who fled on foot. Police had a suspect in mind and attended to the residence of a 25-year-old male residing in the

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same area. The male was charged with break-and-enter and ordered to appear in Invermere provincial court in December. • On October 2nd at 11:55 p.m.. police attended to a complaint of sexual assault in the area of Black Forest Trail. A number of people known to each other were together at different times of the day. A 26-year-old male known to the two young female victims had made numerous advances to the females. As a result of an incident in the morning, the male was charged with sexual assault. Later in the evening further accusations were made. Due to the fact alcohol appeared to be involved, further information is being gathered from other witnesses to determine the extent of the assault. The investigation is continuing. The male was released for a court date in January. • On October 3rd at 5:50 p.m., Columbia Valley Detachment members received a complaint of two males attempting to gain entry into a residence on the 700 block of 14th Street. This investigation is continuing. Aspirations once upon a time I once had aspirations and a goal to join the RCMP Musical Ride. The RCMP, however, advised me that the photo on page 10 is about as close as I will ever get to my aspirations and goals. I have no personal stories of being on the ride but I can share a story of a friend’s experience. Cpl. Barry Kennedy, a close friend, did some time on the ride with his horse, Chancey. As is customary, after the ride’s performance is over the horses and riders spread out to meet the people in attendance. Adults and kids can come right up to the horse, pet the horse and speak to the riders about the horse or their experience on the ride. One child was trying to feed Chancey a treat so Barry was able to manipulate the reins and get Chancey to take the treat from the young person. People were amazed at how much control Barry had over Chancey. Barry was concentrating on speaking to the group on his left, telling them that he had to have complete control over his horse and that he could get Chancey to do pretty much anything he wanted and Chancey would obey. As Barry’s attention was on this group, Chancey’s head all of a sudden bolted up and to the right. As this happened there was a ripping sound. Chancy had somehow grabbed hold of a lady’s halter top with his teeth and off came the shirt.  RCMP Report continued on page 10 . . .

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Andre Bell makes top 40 on U.K’s X-Factor By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff Invermere-raised Andre Bell has been taking the stage against some of the U.K.’s top aspiring singers in a bid to win the popular television reality show, The X-Factor. Stepping on stage during the auditions wearing a red-and-grey striped hoodie and jeans, Andre raised his mic in front of a cheering crowd of 3,000 and belted out a rendition of Elton John’s ‘Rocketman’. After poking fun at some of Andre’s dance moves during the song, the judges, who include Kelly Rowland of the pop group Destiny’s Child, voted to put him forward into the next round: a competitive singing bootcamp. At the bootcamp, Andre spent a week singing with the other finalists in a bid to become the top pop crooner and win a prestigious recording contract. After making it to the top 40 out of the 219,000 original singing hopefuls, he was one of eight singers who were cut in a heartbreaking choice to whittle down the final field to 32 sellable T.V. characters who will continue on. Even though he didn’t make the final field of contestants, Andre said he was thrilled to be on the show, and the exposure he’s received since it aired has been electric. He is now regularly recognized on the street and approached by fans congratulating him. Currently living in London, England, and pursuing

his singing dream, Andre said his heart still belongs in the Columbia Valley. His family, parents Paul and Laura Bell, and his sister Ellian, moved to Brisco in 2000. Andre graduated from David Thompson Secondary School, and his parents still live in Brisco. “It feels like home to me,” Andre said of the feeling he gets when returning to Brisco for visits. “I love the people, and the friends I have in the valley are in that special and very personal category of ‘friends for life.’” Although he loves the valley, Andre moved back to his home country of England to pursue his singing career. “Location is key to connections and success in the entertainment industry. Sadly I can’t meet Jude Law, Kate Moss, Kelly Rowland, and Russel Brand in Brisco as I have done here, but we’ll have to work on that,” he added, laughing. Since being on The X-Factor, Andre’s own star power has risen considerably. He was one of only 14 people of the 3,000 people who auditioned in Liverpool chosen to appear on TV. Andre’s TV debut was four minutes long, but required 10 full days of filming from dawn until dusk. “There was endless standing around; no wonder actors have their own fancy chairs!” he said. Proving that a reality TV show isn’t always grounded in reality, Andre explained that singing ‘Rocketman’ and adding dance moves for his audition wasn’t his idea: it was a last-minute request from producers that he reluctantly

STAR POWER — Andre Bell at his audition for X-Factor.  Photo submitted agreed to just one hour before stepping onto the stage. “There’s a ton that they edit and you only see what they want,” he said. “I’m glad I pulled it off. It still went down well and I really enjoyed it!” Although he didn’t win his dream recording contract, the exposure he’s received has already earned him an invitation to perform for England’s number-one songwriter, Guy Chambers. For now, he will continue to do what he loves most. “Up up and away is where I’m looking, regardless of the outcome,” he said. Follow Andre at Search “Andre Bell, X-Factor U.K.” on YouTube to watch his audition clip.


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Take the time By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

This week I had the immense pleasure of tagging along with and photographing Edgewater farmer, George McLean, as he made his annual wheat harvest using his team of Belgian horses, Looker and Lou. George is a bit of an anomaly in the world of modernday farming (see story on pages 6 and 7 of the Thanksgiving pull-out): he uses modern machinery for some of his tasks, but he prefers to hitch up his horses and harvest his fields the ‘ol fashion way as often as he can, using the sheer power of his horse team to work the land. Watching George, he captivated me from a photographer’s standpoint because of his weathered and completely natural, honest look, but I was also drawn to him because his mannerisms and carefully-chosen words radiated a quiet wisdom that gave me a much-needed reality check, reminding me to slow down and take the time to do things right and true. Backed by the low evening rays of a setting September sun, George put a worn boot onto his wooden hay wagon and hoisted himself up. He took the leather reins in his hands and spoke a few short words to his team of Belgian draft horses, urging them into motion. The wagon lurched forward with the horses’ power, and George steered them towards the field, the skin around his eyes creasing as he squinted against low sun, which cast a soft glow on his neck kerchief and hat. There was little sound except for the huff of the horses’ breath, the roll of the wagon’s wheels mixed with hoofbeats, and the rustle of the wheat as the team made their way across the field. The quietness and purity of the whole operation, coupled with watching George and his son Scott grunt against their pitchforks, hoisting forkful after forkful of wheat onto the wagon, struck a powerful chord with me. George doesn’t make a financial fortune working the land with his horses. He seems to do it because it makes him rich in other ways. Watching the purple glow of the sun as it set behind the Rocky Mountains that back onto his property, I was certain George has the right idea: take the time to slow down and enjoy the simplicity and hard work of life, and you’ll reap the benefits in plenitude. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers.

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Relationship is a healthy one Dear Editor: Regarding the article from the September 23rd edition about the approved Lake Windermere Management Plan, and some residents’ concerns: The group quoted was the Lake Windermere Watersports Association. I wonder how many of the members of this new organization have worked over the past five years toward the improvement of the lake? This planning and research, with published results, is now recognized internationally as an exceptional and valuable piece of research. Cheryl Willard, who is a member of the Lake Windermere Watersports Association, said she could

not sit upon the Lake Windermere Management Committee — or maybe the Lake Windermere Ambassadors — because of their connection to what I presume she meant is Wildsight; a business and ecological-value relationship that she views as immoral. Many people here are members of Wildsight, and several people know the team of the Ambassadors. Very few people in the Columbia Valley, or living around Lake Windermere, would place such a slur upon the many hardworking persons still striving to improve the threatened health of Lake Windermere. These are not deceitful, morally evil, vicious or dissolute persons. Shirley Campbell, Invermere

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LETTERS Autonomous or not? Dear Editor: With regard to Mr. Christy’s letter of September 30th, 2011, I would like to bring forward the following information: Mr. Christy mentions that the Lake Windermere Ambassadors are “autonomous.” The definition of autonomous is “self-governing” or “undertaken or carried on without outside control.” As mentioned the Lake Windermere Ambassadors have signed an agency agreement (provided to me by the Ambassadors) in which it is stated that Wildsight “Shall have and maintain full and complete direction, control and supervision over the application of all the charity’s funds.” In this case “funds” refers to $65,990.14 of the total $105,700.14 of grant revenue and donations (mostly grants) that the Lake Windermere Ambassadors received from October 1st, 2010 to August 16th, 2011 that were channeled through Wildsight in order for tax receipts to be issued to donors. It should be noted that for providing this service, Wildsight received 10 per cent, or $6599.01. For this Wildsight provided the following administrative services to the Ambassadors: “Bookkeeping, payroll management, financial reporting to funders, annual audit, advice on society matters, administration of EI, CPP, taxes (for em-

ployees such as summer student), and WCB (for contractors), support for grant proposals, development of budgets, fulfillment of financial obligations, strategic advice, program development and networking opportunities, training and professional development”. This information is contained in the “Operational Relationship between Lake Windermere Ambassadors and Wildsight”. I provide this “public” information and allow the good readers of The Pioneer to draw their own conclusions as to whether the Lake Windermere Ambassadors are functioning autonomously or not. I also refer you to a note in the August 2011 Update of the East Kootenay Conservation Program online at www., which refers to “Wildsight’s Lake Ambassador Program,” although this has probably since been removed. Many have expressed concerns about the Lake Windermere Management Committee’s lack of broad representation and possible bias in one particular direction. I believe Mr. Hoar alluded to the perfect solution in his letter to the editor of September 30th, 2011: select a new committee with people representing ALL stakeholders. Cheryl Willard, Lake Windermere Watersports Association

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Despite having moved to the distant city of Victoria, I still care about the little town I grew up in. David Thompson Secondary School is the place where my love of writing was discovered and developed. It was an environment of safe experimentation that allowed me to grow as a writer. With the confidence I gained from my teachers and classmates, I have been pursuing a writing degree with a minor in journalism. Lamentably, my experience is not standard. I think everybody can conjure up a moment where they felt like living trash. Perhaps ethnicity or religious background was the source of ridicule? Maybe a family issue, or some ‘uncool’ clothing caused the problem. Remember the scorching feeling in your face? Arms filled with agony, slumped shoulders, a body aching with pain? Was there anger, was there fear? Was silence the most sonorous scream you could muster? Why, in a society that is perpetually advancing in one way or another, do generally altruistic and decorous people act exceedingly in an inhuman way toward one another? The toxic forces of judgement and hatred have trickled into our society. I write today about the variety known as homophobia. Can you imagine an educational setting where students recognized love in all its unique forms, just as we recognize the inherent beauty in different skin colours? Imagine how marvellous it would be if every single child and teen could succeed academically/personally in a secure, non-threatening environment. Sexual and gender identity are the only categories that do not have specific policies and programs in place. Our tax-funded educational system should be all-inclusive. On October 20th, 2011 a lobby group will deliver thousands of letters, encased in purple envelopes to the Premier Christy Clark. These letters, written by people like me, explain why there needs to be a policy change in our education system. The website for this group is It contains mailing information, stories and letters written by various public figures. I implore everybody to write a letter for this campaign, as well as emailing our MLA and Minister of Education. We have already seen hundreds of catastrophic teen suicides as a direct result of bullying. Which local teen will be forced to take their life before we wake up and take action? Karlie Banville Victoria, B.C.

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The Columbia Salmon Festival last Saturday brought together the community, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, from near and far. The Shushwap and Ktunaxa Elders spoke clearly of our imperative to respect water, nature and each other. Their wisdom comes from a long history of living close to the land — and of losing out. While many people have unquestionably benefitted from the hydroelectric power and irrigation created by the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam 70 years ago, the salmon fishery that had existed for at least 10,000 years and had given the Shushwap and Ktunaxa spiritual

and economic sustenance was eradicated overnight. At the time, politicians told them they would be compensated for their losses with tins of canned fish. We are now in a new millennium and here in the Columbia Valley, we continue to grapple with finding a balance between economic prosperity, community well being, job creation, and the preservation of our natural environment. As local politicians jostle with each other for election in November, will they heed the Elders’ advice? Baiba Morrow Wilmer

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There stood a female with her arms covering her breasts. My buddy Barry loudly made it clear to the crowd ,“ I DID NOT TEACH HIM TO DO THAT.” Myself and a number of friends who know Barry believe that Chancey was probably taught this. There was another time when once again Barry was talking to people and he didn’t realize until someone in the group brought it to his attention that Chancey was chewing on a man’s hand. Somehow a man in a wheelchair who was unable to speak was groaning and moaning. Barry thought this was the man’s way of communicating. The man somehow got his hand in Chancey’s mouth up to his first knuckle, caught up on whatever they put in the horse’s mouth. He was eventually freed without serious injury. No doubt Barry has other stories. I will get it out of him.

HORSING AROUND — Staff Sgt. Shehovac comes as close as he ever will to the RCMP musical ride.

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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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



Local skiers shred in film Invermere’s Stuart Bilodeau launches himself from a rock lip at Ice Creek Lodge near Nelson during the filming of the ski movie, The Powder Highway, which will be shown at Copper City Saloon on Friday, October 7th. The film also features ex-Olympian and Invermere skiing sensation, Christina Lustenburger.


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Movie Review: Scream 4 Reviewed by Kathy Sutherland What’s your favourite scary movie? This is the chilling question posed in each of the Scream movies by the ghostfaced killer who terrorizes Woodsboro. Oddly enough, my answer to that question is the Scream series. I am a sucker for cheesy, adolescent, suspense movies that aren’t disturbing in a Hostel kind of way. The movie is the fourth in the series by writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven. The story picks up fifteen years after the first installment. Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, is the author of a self-help book and returns to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Sidney’s return to her hometown puts her, Gale, Dewey, her cousin Jill and her friends in danger. The first scene is both comical and brutal, setting the vibe for the rest of the movie. Another scene shows

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Jill, played by Shenae Grimes of the TV series 90210, in a room that is reminiscent of Sidney’s room in high school. Watching that scene unfold brought me back in time to the first Scream movie that came out in 1996. I’ll never forget the sound of the phone ringing on the screen and the beautiful Drew Barrymore answering the phone and flirtatiously answering questions about her favourite scary movie. This of course did not end well for her. Once the scene was over, so was her character. I’ve always thought of these types of movies as slightly vapid but the first Scream converted me. The fourth installment of Scream marks it as perhaps the only franchise to have all its main characters return for all of its sequels. Sidney Prescott played by the lovely Neve Campbell, Gale Weathers played by the enticing Courtney Cox-Arquette, and Dewey played by the charming but ever-so-dorky David Arquette all feel very genuine.

True to their original characters Sidney is quiet and quite serious lacking much humour, probably due to her tragic past with her mother being murdered (see the original Scream for details on this). Gale is back as her snappy self with biting one-liners, and Dewey is a clumsy and somewhat scatterbrained deputy whose heart is definitely in the right place. If you are looking for a movie that is suspenseful and doesn’t make you think too hard, then I say pop some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the thrills and chills of this fun movie.



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Toby Theatre • October 7th - 8th, 10th - 15th, 7:30 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, October 7th: • 10:30 a.m.: Drop-in Story Time for preschoolers at Invermere Public Library. For info: 250-342-6416. • 12 noon - 6 p.m.: Thanksgiving Ski and Board Sale at Final Gate at Panorama Mountain Village. Sale runs all weekend. • 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.: 17th Annual Seniors’ Harvest Tea at David Thompson Secondary School, hosted by the Cook Training class. All seniors welcome to enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, delicious food and great conversation. For info and to reserve seat call Cindy at: 250-342-9313 ext. 110 by October 6th. • 9 p.m.: Ted Alexander performs live at The Whitehouse Pub in Windermere.

Saturday, October 8th: • 6th Anniversary celebration at Be Gifted in Invermere. Free Belgian chocolate fountain and buttercream fudge. For info: 250-341-3775. • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: 1st Annual Harvest Market at Winderberry Nursery. Local vendors. For info: 250342-3236. • 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Gals Global Animal Lovers Canada fundraiser BBQ at Invermere Home Hardware. For info visit • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Join Purcell Mountain Painters

for coffee, tea and goodies at Pynelogs Gallery. Enjoy paintings, meet artists and see demos. If painter or interested in trying to paint, find out about this group and how they can help you. For info: 250-342-0021. • 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.: Glassblowing Demos at Bavin Glassworks. For info: 250-3426816. • 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.: Flameworking Demos at Bavin Glassworks. For info 250-342-6816. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Golden Rockets at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info: • 9 p.m.: Ted Alexander performs live at The Whitehouse Pub in Windermere.

Monday, October 10th: • HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Columbia Valley visitors and residents! From The Pioneer staff. • 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Annual Thanksgiving feast at Rocky River Grill. Fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Food Bank. Come enjoy a hot meal, by monetary or food donation, if possible.

Tuesday, October 11th: • 7 p.m.: Cinefest at Pynelogs series presents The First Grader at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. $10 per person. Tickets for sale at the door.

Wednesday, October 12th: • 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at Invermere Public Library. The community bus will pick up and drop off at Columbia Garden and The Manor. Tea and treats will be served. For info: 250-342-6416.

Friday, October 14th: • Link to Rink Tournament. Curling at Invermere District Curling Club, 9 holes of golf and dinner at Windermere Valley Golf Course. $50 per person. For info and registration call Vic at 250-342-3315 or e-mail • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Revelstoke Grizzlies at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

342-0021. • Pavlo Simtikidis, Canadian-born, World Music Artist of the Year performs at Key City Theatre in Cranbrook. Mediterranean guitar style. For info and tickets: 250-426-7006 or • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Kamloops at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. For info:

Sunday, October 16th: • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Edgewater Community Hall 75th Birthday Brunch , at the Hall. $15 per person, $10 per senior, for 10 years and under; $1 x their age. Search ‘Edgewater’ on Facebook for event details or call Tammy at 250-347-9324. • 1 p.m.: Bighorns vs. Cranbrook at Bighorns football field in Invermere. • 1:30 - 4 p.m.: Carpet bowling, pool, shuffleboard, darts, ping pong, cards and pickleball at Radium Hot Springs Community Hall, Home of the Seniors. For info contact Kathy: 250-347-9875.

Friday, October 21st: • 6:30 p.m.: Mystery Night at the Higher Ground Coffee Shop. Hosted by Radium Public Library.

Saturday, October 22nd: • 6:30 p.m.: Mystery Night at the Higher Ground Coffee Shop. Hosted by Radium Public Library.

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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Columbia Valley participates in Worldwide Photo Walk

On October 2nd a group of snap-happy Columbia Valley photographers took to the streets of Invermere to participate in the Worldwide Photo Walk 2011, an event where photographers from around the world shoot photos on the same day. This page, clockwise from left: photographers Tanya De Leeuw, Judy McCauley, Adeline Johnson, Karol Jorgensen, Marilyn Crichton, Marlene Chabot, and Achim Lohse at

Kinsmen beach; a tryptic by Tanya De Leeuw of poplar trees; a close-up of a daisy, by Marilyn Crichton; a lone gull on the beach, by Judy McCauley. Facing page, clockwise from to left: a vibrant red maple leaf, by Marlene Chabot; a sun-seeking sunflower feeds a bumblebee, by Marlene Chabot; Lake Windermere is perfectly framed by overhanging branches, by Marilyn Crichton.

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Lin Steedman & Oliver Egan are pleased to announce their marriage which took place on August 28th in Windermere Our heartfelt thanks to Bob & Mary Ann Fenimore, Rosemary Bradford, Leisa & Patrick O’Sullivan, Chef Marc LeBlanc (what a feast!), The Windermere Wedding Band (what a blast!), Tracy Connery Photography, Jenny Bueckert & crew, Anna & Randy & family and friends that made the day so memorable!

The happy couple will make their home in Windermere, on the ‘farm’!

The true story of an 84year-old Mau Mau veteran in Kenya who enters Grade 1 to learn to read.

Tuesday, Oct 11th 7pm @ Pynelogs.

It’s Movie Night at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come early. Limited seating.

The Cinefest @ Pynelogs Series gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Film Circuit.

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Bavin Glass revives summer wind-up party and show

party :30! 6:30-10

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Fall is in the air and along with the cooler temperatures comes exciting times at Bavin Glassworks. Traditionally at Bavin Glass the fall meant a show of new work, and a party to celebrate and wind up the summer. This tradition fell by the wayside back in 2007 as the company started going through various transitions. This year the Bavin Glass crew is finally feeling like they are back on track, and as a result, they are bringing back some old traditions and starting some new ones. New to the shop will be a workstation where Pat Bavin will be working on his paintings, prints and cards. He has his work on display here as well. Pat is also starting to teach art. He started teaching this summer at Panorama, and has recently taught more than ninety grade 2’s and 3’s at the Columbia Salmon Festival. For more information about Pat’s classes, or to view his latest work, drop by Bavin Glassworks and check it out! Ryan Bavin continues to blow glass in the spring and fall at the shop. As always the public is welcome to watch him work in the hotshop. Contact Bavin Glassworks for information on the


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blowing schedule, or check out and “like” the Bavin Glassworks Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest details. Leah Duperreault has moved her flameworking studio back within the walls of Bavin Glassworks with her company, Glass Duck. She can often be found there working on her latest designs if she isn’t working in the hotshop blowing glass. To keep current on the latest with Glass Duck, you can “like” her Facebook page as well. Bringing back the traditional fall celebration is a source of excitement for everyone at Bavin Glass. Saturday, October 8th will be filled with festivities at the shop. Glassblowing demos will happen at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and in the evening at 7:30 p.m. Flameworking demos will happen at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will be door prizes during the day as well as a special edition of drinking cups that will be on sale at a special price during the evening only. The evening events start at 6:30 p.m. with a special evening demo starting at 7:30. A silent auction will determine who takes home the prized demo piece. The crew at Bavin Glass is inviting everyone to drop by, mingle with friends and enjoy our new ventures!

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Cinefest series kicks off with The First Grader Submitted by Montana Cameron Student, Pynelogs Cultural Centre Good news for local residents who are film fans: Cinefest is returning to Pynelogs this fall. For those who are not familiar with Cinefest, it is an independent film series brought to you by the Columbia Valley Arts Council and the Toronto International Film Circuit. This event provides a great opportunity to experience some fantastic films during the somewhat dreary winter months. Popcorn will be available as the perfect pairing to a night of movie watching, and the bar will be open if you feel inclined to have something to sip. Before and after the film is a fun time to visit with other viewers. It is a great opportunity to catch up with familiar faces you might not have seen in awhile, or introduce yourself to someone you don’t recognize. The first Cinefest film of the season, showing on Tuesday, October 11th, features The First Grader. This uplifting true story follows a Kenyan man during his quest for education and his struggle as the world’s oldest primary school student. This film reels you in with its human-interest hook,

but packs an even more vital agenda: enlisting Kenyan locals to share little-known details of their nation’s independence. While relatively conventional in the telling of the film, director Justin Chadwick’s admirable effort manages to do more than inspire, educating us with an important chapter in African history — specifically, the treatment of Mau Mau fighters. The popular Cinefest movie festival will be held on the second Tuesday of each month: October 11th, November 8th, January 10th, February 14th, March 13th, and April 10th. Doors open at 6:30, and the film starts at 7 p.m. A great event like Cinefest cannot happen without sponsorship and hard work. If you or your business feels that this is an event you would like to sponsor, please contact Pynelogs and we will put you in touch with Cinefest organizer, Chris Jones. The Cinefest Committee has worked hard to organize Cinefest the last several seasons and is looking forward to another great year of sharing films with our valley residents. We look forward to seeing familiar and new faces this fall! For more information, contact Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 250-342-4423.


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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 Wednesday, October 19th, 2011.

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• Invermere resident Grace Sander recently held the Parkinson SuperWalk at Invermere’s Pothole Park to raise money for the debilitating disease. Grace, who suffers from Parkinson’s herself, led the charitable walk, raising $1,900 on her own in just three weeks by going door-to-door. Twenty-three people walked for the cause on the day of the race, raising an additional $1,083, for a total of nearly $3,000. All proceeds were given to the Parkinson Society of British Columbia. Grace hopes to start a Parkinson’s group in the valley, and asks anyone interested to phone 250342-6764. • The East Kootenay Foundation for Heath’s ‘A Clear View’ is fundraising $1 million to purchase a new digital stereotactic mamography unit for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, which will help support

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The Union of British Columbia Municipalities wrapped up on Friday, September 30th, and local leaders from the Columbia Valley have now returned home with renewed energy and some new ideas. The conference is an annual event where municipal leaders from throughout the province gather to network and meet face-to-face with provincial ministers to discuss issues that affect their communities. This year it was held in Vancouver, and was attended by representatives from the Village of Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, the Village of Canal Flats and Regional District of East Kootenay Area F and G directors. Regional District Area F Director, Wendy Booth, said that the conference was very busy, but very productive, as Columbia Calley directors, along with reps from the three local municipalities, met with Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, for 45 minutes to discuss the progress of the valley’s community forest. Ms. Booth said that the minister was very supportive, but the ministry must look for some available tenure before officially inviting the community forest to apply for a cutting permit. Discussions with Minister Thomson also occurred regarding Lot 48, which Ms. Booth said was positive, although the minister said there was no money to help with the purchase of the property. “I was happy to hear that they were really well-informed with the project and they mentioned that it was definitely a priority for the province,” she said. Area G Director, Gerry Wilkie, said the meetings he attended would not have been as productive if it weren’t for the hard work of the staff for both the district and the ministries. “What makes that such an excellent convention is

Area G Director, Gerry Wilkie the behind-the-scenes work that both levels of government put in,” Mr. Wilkie said. “It is a very intense week but also very enjoyable with some intense discussions and opportunities to meet face-to-face with the decision makers: the ministers.” Mr. Wilkie added that he had discussions with the Minister of Agriculture and the Agricultural Land Commission to update them on the progress of the district’s cultural plan. “We have done the inventory and now we are going to be starting the public consultation process throughout the district.” Canal Flats Councillor, Ute Juras, said that the conference made for an exhausting and hectic week, but that it was also extremely exciting and educational. She added that she attended a workshop on small water systems, and looks forward to sharing what she learned with the rest of council and the community. Ms. Juras said that during the policy session, a resolution was passed that would see UBCM lobby for change to the Fire Underwriters Survey requirements for replacement of first-line fire trucks to ease the burden to taxpayers in small rural centres. “This is particularly important to Canal Flats since we recently purchased a new fire truck and under current regulations, first-line fire apparatus should be replaced after 20 years,” she said. “Small communities such as ours do not use their equipment enough to need replacement after 20 years; therefore, it is not fair to ask us to make a large investment such as this on a frequent basis. It would make more sense to look at hours logged by the equipment.” Another announcement that caught Ms. Juras’ eye was the Premier’s promise of $30 million in funding for recreation facilities, which she envisions being used for upgrades to the local arena. Continued on page 21 . . .

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...Continued from page 20 For Mayor of Radium Hot Springs, Dee Conklin, the $30 million funding stream for recreation also caught her attention, as did the keynote speaker’s presentation about demographic trends worldwide, and the importance of encouraging a stable, young workforce. “Discussions such as the RCMP contract, B.C. Hydro’s Smart Meters and the Municipal Auditor General kept the interest up throughout the whole conference,” Mayor Conklin said. “After last year’s confusing count for one of the resolutions, this year UBCM had wireless clickers for us to use in close votes. We had to use it on a number of votes, Smart Meters being one. I found it rather ironic as one of the concerns about Smart Meters was using wireless devices.” Invermere Mayor, Gerry Taft, said that the Ministry of Environment held a special meeting regarding urban deer conflict issues. Cranbrook, Kimberley and Invermere will most likely be sharing a number of clover traps

Mayor for Invermere, Gerry Taft

and bolt guns to undertake a trap and cull program, he said, but it is still unclear whether or not the deer meat will be made available to the public. That would require special approval from the province. Another important meeting took pace with the Ministry of Transportation to discuss Invermere’s welcome sign at the highway. “It looks like the Rotary Club is going to do some landscaping there to help beautify the entrance,” he said. “Now that we know the traffic circle isn’t happening in the near-to-medium future, we can work on replacing the sign and refurbishing the area.” The Panorama Road through the industrial area of Athalmer was also discussed, Mr. Taft said. The District of Invermere asked the Ministry to undertake another traffic count, and if the through-traffic were higher than 50 per cent, the Ministry would take the road back under their jurisdiction. Mayor Taft said the Ministry committed to this, and that they told the Minister they would be happy to give it back to them.


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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL BROADBAND TRANSMITTER INFRASTRUCTURE INSTALLATION CHIS (Castledale-Harrogate Improvement Society) is seeking proposals for the installation of a remote transmitter station on Jubilee Mountain enabling line-of-sight connection to bring Broadband Internet Service (BBIS) to the residents of our two communities. The proposed tower site can be accessed on existing logging roads to about 800 meters from site. Project Objectives: • Clearing of site 100’ x 100’ (Burn site 2010 forest fire, stand 6” or smaller) • Provide and install (7) surface lockblock foundation (no frost footings) • Provide, fly in and install 6’ x 6’ x 8’ sea freight can with entry roof • Provide and install 50’ extension tower with guy wires and attachments • Provide and install (8) solar panels • Provide and install (20) batteries 6V 350AH with all necessary cables • Provide and install TEG propane backup 60 W with tank and initial propane fill • Provide and install all necessary lumber, cribbing and other materials and labour to complete above tasks. • Including all shipping, travel time, helicopter rental and/or any other necessary items to complete the project. Project Requirements: • Project must be completed on or before December 1st, 2011 • Contractor to be fully insured and bonded Qualifications ~ The successful Contractor • Must be fully insured (provide proof with proposal) • Must be fully licensed (provide proof with proposal) • Must be able to meet strict time lines • Must be able to improvise as conditions may require • Must be experienced in back-country work • Must be experienced in engaging with government organizations and local community groups. All proposals have to be submitted by October 19th, 2011, 4:00 PM MDST. Mail proposals to: CHIS, Attention: Christoph Loesch P.O. Box 157, Parson, BC, V0A 1L0 250-439-8048 •e-mail: Proposals by e-mail will be accepted with pdf document attachments.

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Hot tips for winterizing your shoreline Submitted by Kirsten Harma Lake Windermere Ambassadors

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How you winterize can enhance your property and keep Lake Windermere healthy, which also enhances your property over the long term. If you’re closing up the cabin this Thanksgiving long weekend, or you live here full time and are looking for advice, here’s a checklist of tips adapted from On The Living Edge - Your Handbook for Waterfront Living (British Columbia Edition) by Sarah Kipp and Clive Callaway of Living by Water.

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1) Allow for runoff It’s a fact of gravity: Runoff happens. But there are things you can do to reduce the havoc it can create. • Check runoff control systems with spring runoff in mind. Observe how drainage systems are working by walking your property during a rainstorm. • Install any needed runoff control devices. • Clear sediment out of drainage ditches, swales and culvert ends, rocks and other debris that could block the flow of water. • Clear debris out of eaves troughs and downspouts. • Check that any water surge deflectors are in place. 2) Consider parking your dock Beaching your dock can prolong its life and protect it from winter storms and ice damage. But dragging it ashore may damage your shoreline. Talk to your neighbours to get a sense of winter conditions before you decide what is best.

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3) Wean the chlorine Chlorine kills — that’s why it’s sold. Protect fish in the lake by emptying used water from hot tubs and pools into the sewer line, not the storm drains. (They lead directly into the lake). Several days prior to emptying, remove the chlorine/ bromine dispenser and stop using it. If you have a septic system, empty the water into a dry well or spray over a large vegetated area where the water will be absorbed and not run off to drainage ways and watercourses. Consider treating your pool or hot

tub with bromine or other alternatives to chlorine that are less harmful to both your health and the environment. 4) Snow removal smarts Avoid spring flooding by designating areas for piling snow that won’t interfere with spring runoff. Stake and mark trees, shrubs, rocks, runoff logs or other objects that could be damaged by snow removal equipment — or that could damage the equipment. 5) Keep wildlife out of your home Block all means of entry for insects, rodents and bats. Plug up holes and cracks in your foundation, along porches and steps, through doors and windows, next to wires and pipes, on the roof and under the eaves. Trim tree limbs that touch your home’s roof or walls. Store firewood away from main buildings or in a special shelter. Use animal-proof garbage cans, keep pet food inside, and keep barbecue equipment clean and in a secure area. 6) Leave the leaves For quick compost of leaves use a mulching mower. Don’t dump them over banks or bluff edges into ravines or the water. 7) Insulate plumbing Ensure water pipes, pumps and outside faucets are either well-insulated or drained so they can withstand the cold temperatures. Protect unheated crawl spaces. If necessary, insulate footings. For more information contact the Lake Windermere Ambassadors at 250341-6898 or Or, swing by our office located in the old District of Invermere office beside the Invermere Community Centre. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are of community stakeholders committed to water quality monitoring and stewardship. Their work is made possible by the generous support of Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, Columbia Valley Community Foundation, The Real Estate Foundation of BC, The District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay, TD Friends of the Environment, Wildsight and member donations.

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Docked Instead of leaving your dock in the water where it may be damaged by freezing, consider parking it on shore for the winter season, recommends the Lake Windermere Ambassadors.


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Sunday, October 16th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the hall. Eggs Benedict, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Waffles, Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Veggie/Cheese Tray, Fruit Salad, Dessert and Beverage.

All for $15/person; $10/seniors; 10 yrs. and under $1 times their age. Search “Edgewater” on Facebook for event details or call Tammy 250-347-9324

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES PROGR AM APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED CBT is accepting applications for projects that help to maintain and enhance the environment in the Columbia Basin. Deadline is Monday, November 14, 2011. NOTE: There will NOT be a spring 2012 application intake. There have also been important changes made to CBT’s Twitter Environmental Initiatives Program in regard to funding amounts and eligibility criteria. Applicants are highly encouraged to review these before applying.

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The peacocks of the Columbia Valley By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff For most residents of Canal Flats, seeing a peacock roaming through their yard has become somewhat of a common occurrence, but to those outside the community the creatures hold a sense of fascination. There are about 25 semi-wild peacocks currently living in the community. They spend most of the spring, summer and fall out and about the community, but spend their winters at local resident, Dave Belcher’s place. Mr. Belcher said he doesn’t know how the peacocks got into the area, but he sets up a heat lamp in one of his sheds so the birds can survive the winter. “Anything under -10 degrees and they start to have trouble. They are really interesting birds. They just came into my yard one day and now they just hang out here.” According to Mr. Belcher, there were three people that he knows of in Canal Flats with peacocks, but they are quite smart and do not want to be penned for too long. They can also fly like the dickens. “A lot of people buy them and they keep them in a pen and if you open the door and they fly away, what do you do? Sometimes they go across the highway or to another subdivision for a few weeks. They’re just

all over the place. I have seen them go through the trees here at 30 miles an hour. They can fly better than a wild turkey.” Edgewater has also hosted a peacock in the past. One flew into George McLean’s farm one winter, and stayed with the wild turkeys around his property for 15 years before disappearing two winters ago. “I don’t know who owned him. He just wandered in here one year and I put him in the barn,” said Mr. McLean. “In most cases he got along with the turkeys but in the spring when they breed they would get into fights.” In a one-on-one battle, Mr. McLean is pretty confident a peacock could “whip” a wild turkey, but the turkeys fight in groups, which puts the peacock at a disadvantage. “That’s the only way they could get him,” said Mr. McLean. “That peacock got pretty noisy in the spring, but the poor bugger could never entice a hen turkey.” Mr. Belcher said that the Canal Flats peacocks usually start displaying their plumage in June, which is an impressive show.

They drop their display feathers shortly afterwards, and then get down to the business raising their chicks. Mayor of Canal Flats, Bruce Woodbury, said that various people have owned peacocks in the area for years, and the number of birds seems to fluctuate. He added that surprisingly, they have not been spotted by many tourists, and although they can be a little noisy in the spring, the Canal Flats Village Office has yet to receive any complaints about them. A strange attraction for visitors to Canal Flats, peacocks like this one are not an uncommon sight in and around town. Photo submitted by Sylvia McLean


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A STRANGE SPARRING MATCH — A peacock takes on a wild turkey on George McLean’s farm in Edgewater. George’s wife, Sylvia, said that the peacock (now deceased) wass much faster and stronger than a single turkey, but when the turkeys would gang up on the peacock, they usually won. The fights never got out of hand, she added; they simply sparred in the spring during mating season. Photos submitted by Sylvia McLean

...have A Clear View The A Clear View campaign is about all of us ~ our families, our friends, all deserving the best care. The East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s A Clear View goal is to raise $1 million to purchase a new Digital Stereotactic Mammography Unit for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.


















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Snow removal contracts are required for: Area #1

Kimberley Administration Zone Office, Maintenance Compound, and Blarchmont Elementary School in Kimberley, B.C. All enquiries should be directed to Wayne Keiver at 250‐427‐2268.

Area #2

Selkirk Secondary School, McKim Middle School, Lindsay Park Elementary School, Kimberley Alternate School and the Community Skills Building in Kimberley, B.C. All enquiries should be directed to Wayne Keiver at 250‐427‐2268.

Area #3 (Snow removal and sanding)

Martin Morigeau Elementary School parking lot in Canal Flats, B.C. All enquiries should be directed to Norman Julien at 250‐342‐6814.

Area #4 (Snow removal and sanding)

Anti-bullying campaign comes from the heart Students at David Thompson Secondary School show their support for an anti-bullying campaign that encourages those involved to wear a pink shirt as a statement against bullying in schools. The official pink shirt day occurs in February, but Grade 12 leadership class students Ciona Thompson and Julia Halwa organized the event for the start of the school year as they felt it more appropriate to bring the topic up as their peers begin a new school year. The slogan on the pink shirts the Grade 8-12 students are wearing simply states, “Love is Louder.” The students also put the word ‘love’ on their arms to remember students who have lost their lives due to bullying, usually in the form of suicide. The students gathered on Wednesday, September 28th, and made the shape of a heart to further illustrate the “love is louder” theme of the anti-bullying campaign.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

Edgewater Elementary School parking lot in Edgewater, B.C. All enquiries should be directed to Norman Julien at 250‐342‐6814.

Area #5

Golden Secondary School parking lots and bus turnaround in Golden, B.C. All enquiries should be directed to Alan Ure at 250‐344‐8643.

Area #6 (Snow removal and sanding)

Field Elementary School parking lot and sidewalks in Field B.C. All enquiries should be directed to Alan Ure at 250‐344‐8643. Snow removal will take place if over 3” of snow on the ground and must be completed prior to 7:00 a.m. Contracts will be based on the type of equipment and hourly rates. Please list your equipment and the hourly rates. Contractors are welcome to bid on all areas; however, separate bids for each area must be submitted by 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011. More than one contract may be issued. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted. Sealed tenders must be marked “Snow Removal Contract with the Area #” and submitted to: Steve Jackson, AScT, Director of Operations Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 PO Box 430, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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Brothers on nine-month cycling adventure pay a visit to the valley By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff On a desolate stretch of Highway 93/95, hundreds of kilometres from home, three small town farm boys from North Dakota on a nine-month bike touring adventure are working their way up yet another hill. It’s the start of the third month of their unsupported trip from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, and brothers Isaiah, Nathan and David Berg are happy to have made it through the endless kilometres of national parks that stretch from Mount Robson to Radium and back to civilization. In the Columbia Valley for two days only, October 2nd and 3rd, The Pioneer flagged down the brothers just north of Windermere, as they wound their way south towards a place to rest in Kimberley before the final push for the U.S. border. “We have a lot of freedom on an unsupported trip,” said Isaiah, who first came up with the idea of a cycling tour to raise money for a cause all three support: Habitat for Humanity. “We have everything we need on our bikes: tents, electronics, food — and every day is an adventure. When we get tired we can set up our tent by the side of the highway and sleep.” It has been years since the brothers first dreamed of their journey. With all three graduating from their respective colleges and high school at the same time, they knew it may be their only chance to undertake their epic adventure together. After much saving of money and the self-assembly ON THE ROAD — ­ Isaiah, Nathan and David Berg, from North Dakota, take a break on their whistlestop trip through the of their noble steeds — three orange-framed Surly Troll valley this week on their cycling tour from Alaska to Argentina. The boys, who are raising money for Habitat for Humanity, bicycles — they bid farewell to friends and family in are cycling more than 24,000 kilometres to raise money for affordable housing in their hometown.  Photo by Kate Irwin their small hometown of Starkweather, North Dakota, They take each day as it comes, planning the route “At the end of the day we’re all sleeping cramped into and headed north. By August 9th they were near Anchorage, had sold while on the road to pass through points of interest, a little tent, so we have to get along,” Isiah laughed. “All of us have our quirks. There are jokes about overcooking the car which carried them up there and set out for the spectacular landscapes or places of shelter. “The beauty of the country up here is amazing,” the pasta and brotherly banter, but I feel so blessed to be first time on their bikes, which weigh over 100 pounds said David. “The Columbia Valley is spectacular, plus we making this journey together.” each when fully loaded. The three boys are fundraising for Habitat for Hu“We had our first and only flat tire about one hour liked the good downhill into Radium where we spent after leaving,” said Nathan, who at 24 is the eldest of the the night. Travelling by bike is an amazing way to see manity, a non-profit organization which helps to build brothers. “That has been the only damage along the way the country without a windshield between you and the affordable homes across Canada and the U.S. elements.” They hope to raise $60,000 to fund the construction so far, but we are expecting maybe a few more flats.” David, Nathan and Isaiah — who had limited cy- of a new home in their small hometown of Starkweather. Contending with strong winds and adverse weather, the brothers try to average around 100 kilometres a day cling experience between them when they set off — The the boys plan not only to raise money for the house, to keep them on schedule for their May finish in South travel with a single change of clothing, a tent, camping but also to assist in the building when they arrive home. “For me the best part about the trip has been the America, more than 24,000 kilometres from their start stove, camera and laptop, which they use to make regular updates on their Bound South blog. constant amazement at the generosity, graciousness and point in Anchorage. Despite the constant close sibling contact and some diversity of people we’ve met,” added Isiah. “We’ve stayed The boys, accompanied by a vast jar of peanut butter and numerous fun-sized candy bars, have already made it cold and rainy days in Alaska, the brothers are still de- with farmers, priests, crazy hippies and met people in the through Alaska, the Yukon and, by now, British Colum- lighted to be sharing their cycling adventure with one most amazing circumstances by the side of the road.” To follow the brothers’ adventure or to donate to bia, and are back on U.S. soil, pedalling south through another, and are proud to say that there are no better companions for the road. their cause, visit the state of Idaho.

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Flu Season is Upon Us Chisel Peak Medical Clinic Travel Medicine Clincic The Travel Clinic is offering Influenza Vaccinations. These are available to anyone that does not qulify for Publicly Funded Influenza shots. The vaccine may be purchased directly from Dr. Tania de Klerk at the Travel Clinic. Quantities are limited. Please call Chisel Peak Medical Clinic for more information. 250-341-6900

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Celebrating salmon The first annual Columbia Salmon Festival has just come to a close, raising $40,000 for local ecological and restoration projects. Opposite, top to bottom: Traditional dancer Leon Cranebear performs at the Salmon Monument celebrations at Chabot Beach on October 1st; Warrior canoes arrive at the beach during the festivities. This page, left to right: Hayden, Hunter and Tanya Johnson enjoy the free salmon barbecue at the beach. Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks by the new Photos by Kate Irwin salmon monument erected at the beach.  Dancer photo by Larry Halverson


The Windermere Community Association would like to thank the following for their generous community support:

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Cheri Hann ~ Chair, Fun Events, Entertainment Jo-El Buerlen ~ Co-Chair, Website Gracie Boake ~ Sponsorship, Popcorn & Hot Dog Stand Karen Taylor-Browne ~ Financial, Treasurer Pat VanRegen ~ Gatekeepers, Pie Organizing Wendy Behan – Artisan and Vendors Eileen Bilodeau ~ Food Ordering & Serving, Supplies Anne Picton ~ Advertising Anne Riches ~ Catering Andrea Dunlop ~ Kidz Only Ken Hann & Family~ Set up, Clean up, Mr. Fix It Cathy Voshell ~ Advertising

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Scott Ivers ~ Emcee Sounds of Essence ~ Sound Technician Ray Schnerch ~ Coffee Home Hardware ~ Stage Leona & Heidi ~ Itsy & Bitsy Hoodoo Quilters ~ Quilting Display Jeremy Stevens ~ Magician The Columbia Valley Pioneer ~ Publicity The District of Invermere ~ Sign Space Sam Fiddler – Pet Judging, Chicken Bingo Greg Whitman ~ Garbage Bins


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Faith Saunders ~ Baking & Canning Cindy MacKay & Jen Cope~ Scarecrow Judges Gord Lazzarotto ~ Ladies & Kids Hammering Shandrea of The Stem - Floral Arrangements Joe & Sanda Taylor ~ Horticulture Steve Bentley – Wife Carrying and Wheelbarrow Race Jean Blackstock & Family ~ General Assistance Tracy Connery ~ Photography Bill Ayrton ~ Advisor, Sponsor Sam Bootsma, Neil Patterson ~ Food Cashiers Henry Bilodeau ~ Set up, Clean up Jim Fraser ~ Parking, Landscaping, Take Down DTSS Leadership Class ~ Kidz Only Jim & Lorraine Watt ~ Giant Pumpkin, Popcorn Japhy Hunt – The Mad Hatter Petra Downey – Goat Display Maegen Stanbury~ Face Painting, Scenery Painting Valley Peak ~ Publicity DR Sports ~ Ribbons Rolf Heer ~ Chainsaw Carving Donation Palliser Printing ~ Printing Windermere Fire Dept. ~ Foam Splashdown ~ Wow!

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Victoria Page & Helen Elstrom ~ Recycling & Garbage Darla Spiry ~ Hall Clean-up Bob Kochorek, Mike Haltman & Friends ~ Set up, Take down Brenda Challis ~ Parade, Set-up, Food Serving, Recycling Paul Patterson & John Kimpton ~ Hall Cashiers Terri Lightfoot & Charlene Diakiw ~ Final Finances Rockies Hockey ~ Set-Up (Tyler Stamler, Jordon Stinson, Tyler Reay, Trevor Simonson, Joel Adams, Bruce Corrigal, Spencer Johnston, Kenny Whitford, Colin Seddon)


Sign Artists ~ Banners Joan & Stan Turley ~ Watermelon Eating Contest Local View Printing & Design ~ Entry Cards, Bags Windermere Family Pantry ~ Drink ordering Windermere School ~ Grounds, Scarecrows Kyle Young ~ Set up, Take down Alex Challis ~ Set up, Take down Sam Gaspar ~ General Assistance Gail Berg ~ Info Booth Mike Fraser, Peter Oppenvelde, Grigg Swayze, Jerry Herdin ~ Parking, Take Down


Staging a fundraising event like the Fall Fair & Scarecrow Festival would not be possible without the incredible volunteer help of the over 150 people who have assisted the organizing committee (many have been involved for all twelve years!). To all those who made the wonderful scarecrows, rented tables, gave demonstrations, provided music and to all those who submitted entries in the judged competitions, and who donated their entry to the WCA, we thank you! Also to the Windermere Elementary School, the Principal and Staff who had just 3 days to have the students make scarecrows – the fair would not be the same without your involvement! Extra Special thanks to Sierra, Zack and Chelsea for volunteering! To all the other volunteers, such as the work crew, ticket sellers, gatekeepers, kitchen volunteers, food cookers and servers, the ladies who donated home made pies, baking and canning judges, the DTSS Leadership Class who ran Kidz Only Area, and WES students who helped. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

THANKS! TO THESE DONATING SPONSORS: Columbia Basin Trust • A&W • Valley Foods • Babin Air • Back Door Wine Cellar • Bicycle Works • BMO

• Canterbury Flowers • Columbia Valley Pioneer • Columbia Valley Trading Co. • Dairy Queen • Copper Point Resort • Eagle Ranch • Fairmont Creek Properties • Fat Boyz Pizza • Fairmont Goldsmiths • Fields • Fitz Flooring • Funtasia • Her Public • Gerry’s Gelati • Interior World • Kool Country Auto • Meridian Mortgage Solutions • Lambert Pharmacy • OK Tire • Rib Ranch • Peacock Embroidery • Quiniscoe Homes • Rainbow Donkey • Rivergems Jewelry • Rockies Pizzeria • Rockies Ice Cream • Rocky River Grill Skandia Concrete • Strands • Skookum Inn • Syndicate Board Shop • Te Papa Nui • The Book Bar • Black Forest Restaurant • Bliss Hair • Blue Dog Café • Copper City Amusement • Coy’s Par 3 • DG Gallery Hopkins Harvest • Inside Edge • K5 Auto • Invermere Glass • Kicking Horse Coffee • Kootenay Pasta Company • Kootenay Savings • Majestic U-Brew • The Source • Saunders Family Farm • The Natural Floor Tiffany’s Thredz • Travel World • Windermere Golf Course • Invermere Veterinary • Bavin Glassworks • Tim Hortons • Crazy Soles • Diane McGregor Art • Great Canadian Dollar Store • Royal Le Page • Valley Hair • Winderberry Nursery • Radermacher Chiropractic & Massage • The Monkeys Uncle • The Natural Home • Three Bears Gifts • Valley Alley • Valley Echo • Valley Shine Shop • Valley Peak • Rona • Windermere Family Pantry • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort • Sobeys • Pharmasave • High Country Properties The Fall Fair is the primary fund-raising event for the Windermere Community Association and the funds are used for maintaining the community hall and grounds, children’s productions and an informative website, etc. Thank you to all who attended and we hope you had a memorable day!

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Back of the net The sportsmen and women of the Columbia Valley have had a jam-packed week filled with tournaments, swim meets and sports matches. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Ryley Purdy of the Columbia Valley Bighorns football team throws a pass during their match against Vernon on Sunday, October 2nd; Benjamin Visser completes a length of the pool during a friendly swim meet between the Columbia Valley Swim Club and Cranbrook Triton Swim Club on Saturday, October 1st in Radium; Monique Johnson of the Columbia Valley Thunder Women’s Hockey Team takes on a player from the Cochrane Motherpuckers during a recreational hockey tournament on Saturday, October 1st at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. The tournament’s proceeds will go towards equipment for local minor hockey, purchasing barres for Colleen Wagner’s Desiderata dance studio and sponsorship of local young sportsmen and women. This page, clockwise from top left: Jodi Lawrick and a Cochrane Motherpuckers player go for the puck during their game; Sahara Eccles clambers from the pool after racing in the Columbia Valley swim meet; Jared Livingston, a member of the David Thompson Secondary School senior boys’ soccer team, goes for the ball during a tournament at JA Laird School on Friday September 30th. 

Photos by Kate Irwin and Kelsey Verboom

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Be aware in the backcountry during fall hunting season By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff If you’re outside enjoying the wondrous backcountry of the Columbia Valley this fall, it is important to be aware that it is also a busy hunting season out there in the woods. Although most hunting occurs far away from roads and trails, it is possible for backcountry recreationalists and hunters to cross paths. The onus is on the hunter to ensure they are using their firearms in a safe and responsible manner, said Invermere Conservation Officer, Greg Kruger, but there are a few things non-hunters can do to help.

“The backcountry is safe for all users,” Mr. Kruger said. “Our message to people is to be aware that there is an open hunting season. Hunters know to properly identify an animal and its surroundings before they set their crosshairs on anything, but it wouldn’t hurt if hikers wore brighter colours to help the hunters in their identification.” Before hunters are granted a licence, they must complete an educational course that requires them to know their targets and the area beyond the target to ensure they fire their weapon in the safest manner possible. It is also legislated that hunters are not permitted to hunt while impaired by drugs or alcohol, said Mr. Kruger, so if the public comes across anything that makes them feel un-

safe they are encouraged to call it in to 1-877-952-7277. The Columbia Valley is a hot spot during the fall hunting season, Mr. Kruger said, as it has an abundance and diversity of animals. But that doesn’t mean people who aren’t heading out to hunt should feel unwelcome in the woods. “If you come across a hunter or a hunting camp, stop and talk to them,” he advised. “Let them know where you’re headed and ask where they are planning on hunting. Communication is key to keeping everyone safe in the backcountry.” Another tip to being safe in the woods for dog owners is to attach a brightly-coloured bandana to your pet so they stand out in the woods.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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cheers & jeers




Moving sale! Saturday, October 8th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 472 Lake Hill Road (Lake View Meadows).

I wish to thank all of my loyal patrons for four fabulous years in Invermere. I am presently working at Humming Bird Spa in SW Calgary. I look forward to seeing you there. Yours in Health & Wellness, Diane Peterson.

Cheers to Dr. Bruce Tiesan of the Invermere Veterinary Clinic. Thank you for the exceptional comfort & love you showed me! You have an amazing soul. Your heavenly angel Cassey.


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

Bright, furnished, 1-bdrm basement suite in Invermere. $550/ month includes utilities & cable, N/S. Single person preferred. 250342-0337.

Yard sale at Carriage Court Apartments! Saturday, October 8th. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. #3 218 10th Avenue. Cookware, tools, knick-knacks and more.

ANNOUNCEMENT Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the 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. 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 250347-9841. Windy Café . . . is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. and dinner as always from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders. Summit Youth Centre 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 250342-3033. Beach Bound is closing the Invermere location on Oct. 9th. Reopening in the spring at a new location. The Fairmont location will remain open through the winter. This weekend only EVERYTHING in the Invermere location is 60% off the original price. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Monday.

Thanks to my friends and family for supporting me for the 1st Invermere Parkinson’s Superwalk. We raised $3,000! Not bad for 23 people. Grace Sander.

lost and found Found: prescription sunglasses at Chabot Memorial Park on Monday, October 3rd. Please call Laura 250342-0705 or 250-341-8095.

cheers & jeers Cheers to Larry at the Invermere Hospital for going above & beyond the call of duty, even when not asked. From level 2. Jeers to the group who partied at the Pine Ridge Drive Loop and left the remains of their pallet bonfire and trash for others to clean up. Cheers to all who offered help after we blew over on the lake on Saturday the 25th. Much appreciated. Cheers to Lori Watt of Columbia Valley Sign Artists for doing such as awesome job on Invermere Jr. Boys Curling Team Banner. Lori you rock!! Cheers to Anne at Pharmasave for picking my wallet up on 13th. Your honesty and kindness will go a long way! Michael. Jeers to the people who dropped a load of apples at Munn Lake in Wilmer. Thanks to you that caused a conflict with the bears and our dogs. Be bear aware! An outstanding cheers to the people who maintained Invermere’s flowerbeds! Beautiful job!

Jeers to the dirty rat who did what you did to Jake Slanders. I know what you are up to and you were too late. VVE

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE Rent/Sell approx 2400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Center & Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne at 250-270-0102. 864 sq. ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $625/ month. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3637. For lease – Approx. 3,000 sq. ft. 503-7th Ave below Gone Hollywood and Valley Spas – beside Back Door Wine Cellar. Overhead door/heated. $5/per sq. ft. triple net. Call 250342-0603 or 250-341-5845.

For lease or sale 1200 sq. ft. 2 bay shop with fenced yard located Invermere Cross Roads on Hwy 93/95. Excellent exposure great lease options. Call 250-342-5667.

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

Room available for rent in quiet and clean new Invermere home. Female roomie preferred. Great place to live! Soaker tub with mountain views & walking trails very close. W/D, N/S, Internet, N/P, storage available. Call 250-3415192 for more info.

SUITE FOR RENT CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS. Conveniently located behind Sobeys within walking distance to downtown. 2-bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, NP. Utilities not included. $850/month. Available immediately, 250-3420838. 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 – 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. Invermere 2-bdrm/office bright walkout suite. All inclusive: hydro, utilities, W/D, Internet, facing south, huge yard, new appliances, large windows, tile floor, yard maintenance included. Cat or dog possible? Large fenced dog run. Close to amenities, quiet person or couple, working or retired. $875/ month. Available Oct. 1st. 250342-6899.

3-bdrm, 1-bath large upper suite in Black Forest Heights. $1,050/ month includes utilities W/D, D/W. DD and references required. N/S preferred. Available immediately. Call 250-342-9025. Unfurnished, modern, sunny, 1-bdrm basement suite. 4 appliances, bath, personal W/D. Must be mature, have good reference. $625/month includes utilities, Internet, N/S, N/P. Available October 1st. Phone 250-341-7246 or westsideparkinvermere@gmail. com. 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, 1-bath suite in Athalmer. Upper level, W/D, large deck & yard, electric heat, N/S, quiet pets negotiable, references required. $750/month + utilities + DD. Call 250-342-8933. Farimont, 2-bdrm, 1-bath suite. W/D, fully furnished, excellent location, N/P, N/S. $750/month + wireless Internet, water, power & cable included. 250-270-0043. Radium Hot Springs – Available November 1st. Large, bright, 1-bdrm & 1 bath walkout suite with private entrance and 6 appliances. $700/month + hydro, except water. N/S, N/P, DD of $350 required. Call 403-288-1287 or e-mail larch6@ Radium, brand new, furnished lower level suite for rent. 2-bdrm, 2 bath, lots of windows, bright and clean. Available immediately, N/S, N/P. $750/month + utilities. 250342-3790.

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SUITE FOR RENT Spectacular lake views on walkout, lower floor of house in Windermere. 2-bdrm, 1 bath, fireplace, N/S. Available November 1st. 403-6512002. Radium, 2-bdrm apartment, D/T, bright. $850/month with hydro, 5 appliances, DD required. Call 250347-6420. Fort Point, 1 block from Kinsmen Beach. Brand new unique 1-bdrm, basement suite, separate entrance, bright, large windows, fridge, stove, DW, excluding phone, Internet and cable. N/S, N/P, references required. $750/month includes utilities. Call Sam: 403-510-8143. Invermere – 1-bdrm suite for rent. $600/month. Includes W/D, Internet, utilities, furnished, N/S, N/P. Please call 250-341-5520 or 250-341-5096. 1-bdrm lower level walkout suite. Lots of windows, close to D/T and beach includes W/D, N/S. $825/ month utilities included. 250-3423790. Large 2-bdrm suite in Invermere with private entrance. Very close to D/T and schools. W/D, fridge, stove. $775/month + hydro. Available November 1st. Call 250-688-1105. Brand new large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite in D/T Invermere. Private entrance and enclosed patio, all new appliances, N/S, N/P, $800/month + utilities, 1 year lease preferred, references required, available immediately. 403-874-0483. 2-bdrm, 1.5 bath, upper suite in Radium. Shared laundry and large back yard. $600/month + hydro + DD. Call 250-347-9970. 1-bdrm basement suite in Westridge Estates, furnished, in-suite laundry. $650/month + utilities. Bright, spacious, spotless, N/S, N/P. Available Nov. 1st. 250342-8755.

homes FOR RENT 3-bdrm, 1 bath, 4 appliances, N/S, available Oct. 15th. $900/month. Call 250-342-3195.

homes FOR RENT

homes FOR RENT

homes FOR RENT


Windermere 4-bdrm, 3 bath home. Fully furnished, available Sept.May. $920/month + utilities. Call 250-342-2135.

Windermere cottage. Furnished, 2-bdrm, F/P, DD + references required, N/S. Oct. 15th, 2011 – May 15th, 2012. $500/month + propane, DD references required. 403-9483879.

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 bdrm. unfurnished town home, long-term at $900 plus utilities. RADIUM: 4 bdrm. home, unfurnished long-term, no pets or smoking at $1350 plus utilities. CANAL FLATS: Newer 2 bdrm. town home $850 plus utilities.

Contact Dave or Eric


T/H in Radium Hot Springs. 1st month free with 1 year lease. 3-bdrm, 3 full bath, 6 appliances, F/P, available immediately. $995/ month + utilities. 403-220-1423 or Luxury Chalet of Canyon View – 3 minutes to D/T Invermere, close to schools, 1,700 sq. ft. 3-bdrm, 2 ½ -bath, fully furnished, 5-appliances, patio and BBQ, underground parking, great views, private area. Minimum 4 month lease. $1,500 + utilities. Call Sherry 250-688-1247.

Weekly vacation rental Sayulita Riviera Nayarit. Traditional 2-bdrm, 2 bath Mexican house. Very private, secure, large garden with pool. Contact Giselle: 250-688-1004. New Invermere 3-bdrm townhouse 3 full bath, 5 appliances, hardwood floors, large deck, developed basement. Beautiful views, near Sobeys. Available immediately, N/P. $1,140/month + utilities. Call 403703-0930 for more info open house every Saturday! 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. 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. 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, centrally located 4-bdrm house for rent. Furnished or unfurnished. Walk to schools and downtown. References, no pets or partiers, rent to own possible, long term, 403 678-3087 or mjjbug88@ Wilmer: 2-bdrm log home, large fenced yard and detached workshops, perfect for couple or 2 singles. Small pets welcome. Some furnishings. Wood heat on main + basement oil furnace and W/D. $1,000/month. Available immediately. Call to submit application with references. Ed English 250-342-1194 or Jan Klimek 250-342-1195. janklimek@ 1-bdrm house on developed acreage. Quiet, great water, view of Purcells. 4 appliances, fireplace, greenhouse & garden. Affordable country living for $525/month. 250-347-6575. New 1800 sq. ft. bright and sunny beautifully furnished walkout apartment in Windermere. 5 mins. to hwy/bus/beach. Large windows, garage, 2 bdrm, F/P, W/D, N/S, N/P, references required. $775/month includes utilities. lindarod@telus. net. 250-342-6162. 250-342-1100. 2-upper bdrm, 1 lower bdrm fully furnished with large yard & deck. $1,200/month + utilities. Available November 1st. 250-342-6605.

In Radium, long-term, cozy & bright. 2-bdrm, 2-bath trailer on private lots. All appliances including W/D. Large fenced lot with outbuildings for storage. $850/month + utilities. Invermere cozy, small 1-bdrm home for long term rental — newly painted and clean. Excellent for one person. $650/month includes utilities. Call 250-342-3841. 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. $1,250/month + utilities. Call 403-680-6999. collinroadwarrior@ 6-bdrm, 4 bath, suite overlooking lake in Wilder subdivision. 3000 sq. ft. plus all new granite bathrooms and kitchen. Very private with best view in Invermere. DD required. Call 403-680-6999. collinroadwarrior@ 3-bdrm new T/H in D/T Invermere, 2.5 bath, garage, fenced yard, N/S, N/P. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management. 250-6880362. AD ID 304127213. Large, clean unfurnished cabin in Fairmont. 3 bdrms 2 renovated baths, great deck, lots of storage $1,100/month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. AD ID 315455509.

condo FOR RENT Hillcrest Apartments has 2-bdrm apartments, $800/month, utilities included, fully furnished, all in 250341-1182. Invermere Parkside Condo 2-bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appliances. Central location. Available immediately. $900/month, N/S, small pets negotiable. 1-year lease. DD & references required. 250-342-0853 or

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. Invermere Parkside condo for rent. 2-bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appliances, separate entrance, nice private deck. Central location. 1,235 sq. ft. N/S, small pets negotiable. $1,000/month. 1 year lease. DD & references required. 250-342-0853 or 3-bdrm, 2 bath condo in Pinewood Complex in Radium. $800/month includes utilities. N/S, N/P, and available immediately. 403-4728992. 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. 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. 1-bdrm, 1 bath condo with den in Pinewood, Radium. Amazing mountain views. Includes utilities, propane, and Internet. A/C, underground parking with storage locker, N/S, N/P. $625/month. 250202-9654. 1-bdrm + den condo in Akiskinook. 10 min. drive to Invermere. Renovated, fully furnished & equipped. Indoor pool. $750/ month with hydro, cable & Internet inc. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362.

condo FOR RENT 1-bdrm condo near Sobey’s $600/ month. 2-bdrm condo $700/ month. N/S, N/P. Call 250-3426255. 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. Walk to Pano bus stop & downtown Invermere from this 2-bdrm, 1 bath apartment. Furnished & equipped. Hydro, cable & WiFi inc. Shared laundry. $800/month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-688-0362. AD ID 309800996. 2-bdrm, 2 bath condo in D/T Invermere. Furnished and equipped. Hot tub access. $1,200/ month. Call Ben Green, Green Door Property Management at 250-6880362.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE For sale in Edgewater, 11.254 acres with older home, 3 connections for town water. Asking $500,000. 250845-2566.

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 O.B.O. No HST. 910-15A Crescent. Call Bonnie-Lou: 250-342-6899 or e-mail: LOCATED BEHIND SUNSATIONS DAY SPA!

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

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VEHICLES for sale



3-bdrm, 3-bath modern, open concept, architecturally designed, hardwood & tile floors, vaulted ceilings, garage and family room. Built in 200, 2 no updating required. 1800-15th Ave, Invermere. $359,000. Phone 250-342-7329.

Horse pasture for up to 6 horses with water & shelter close to town. Call Leo 250-342-6226 (day) 250347-9934 (night).

Dbl. Sled/quad trailer flat deck trailer. $450 obo. 250-342-7666.

1986 CHEVY ½ TON, no motor, LOTS OF ACCESSORIES. Best Offer. MUST GO! 250-341-7393.

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

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089.

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.

“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”

Affordable home for sale in Canal Flats! 3 bdrm, 1250 sq. ft. beautifully decorated, newly renovated main bathroom, 6 appliances, ensuite. Unfinished basement with toilet & wash basin. Detached 2 car garage, large fenced yard, new propane furnace. Asking $269,000. Call 250421-3126 or email dcmarchand@ for photo’s or more info. Quaint 1100 sq. ft. home for sale in Edgewater. Close to elementary school & river. Large 80 ft. x 200 ft. lot with mature trees. Excellent access with both side and back alleys. Fully renovated & new electrical. Asking $283,000. Call Gayle at 250-4099130. For sale by owner 1100 sq. ft. zoned R2 recently renovated bungalow. 3 bdrm, 1 ½ bath on main floor. Nearly finished basement with 1 bdrm & roughed-in bathroom, wood stove, 5 appliances, A/C & large fenced in yard. $380,000. Call for viewing 250-341-3983.

misc. for sale Quality Top Soil and Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truckload, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/ pick-up load, delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Hot Tub Rentals Week or Weekend Rates. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922. 302V8 + 3SPEED TRANSMISSION MODIFIED MOTOR to many extra’s to list. Best Offer. 250-341-7393. 700R Chevy Transmission custom built, originally paid $3,000. Best Offer. 250-341-7393. Firewood! Cut, split, and delivered. Pine, Fir & Larch. ½ cords and full cords. Starting at $150. Call 250-688-0143. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, Fir, dry and split. To order call 250342-6908.

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.

Large Jacuzzi bathtub with pumps in excellent condition. 250-3423841. 150 sq. ft. laminate flooring $70. 100 sq. ft. $50. Wood coffee table $75. Wood cabinet $125. Oak table $125. Micro stand $25. Cast iron stove & access, $400. 250-3420554.

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

2000 Ford SEL Windstar Van! Automatic, seats 7, runs, excellent, all services up to date, air conditioning, anti lock brakes, CD player, dual airbag, power steering, windows & locks, tilt steering wheel, 3rd row seating, sets of rims, (all season/winter) has been in a minor fender bender but everything works great. 202,000 kms. $3,000 firm. Phone 250-3429712. 1979 Volvo 2.7/264GLE/80.292 KLS. $9,000 OBO. 250-342-9636.


2003 Jeep Liberty 84,000 kms excellent condition inside & out. 4x4 limited edition, just inspected. $10,900 OBO. 250-341-5560.

1981 GMC Motorhome. New fridge, 60,000 kms. $8,000 OBO. Call 250342-9636.

2004 Subaru Impreza AWD low mileage, great shape. $11,500 OBO. 250-342-3357.

VEHICLE wanted


4x4 Pickup truck or SUV wanted. Japanese and European makes or Ford/Jeep preferred. Must be in good, roadworthy condition. Under $8,000. Call 250-341-2200.

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

2002 Olds Silhouette Van. Air, cruise, auto rear leveling suspension, 2-sets rims & tires. $2,500 OBO. Phone (h) 250-3479508 (w) 250-341-1509.

For Sale

Ski to your door, fully furnished 1-bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, and hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, B.C., $115,000 Firm. Call 250-3426858 after 6 p.m.

Antique roll top desk $700. Antique porcelain table $400. Call 250-3415560.

VEHICLES for sale

Mountain Home

condo FOR SALE

Chairs recliner, beds, tables. Everything ½ price by appointment. 250-342-3996.

2003 Toyota Corolla Sport 50MGP! 168,000kms, alloy wheels, A/C, new brakes, new windshield. (4) Toyo G02 winter tires on rims. $5995. Call 250-342-6543 or 250-342-5470.


Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089.



Washer & dryer for sale. $150 (both) OBO. Call 250-342-6134.

Building new cabin, everything must go!

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.

Miscellaneous furniture, appliances and household items. Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 2 pm, 2391 Ruault Road, Invermere (off Westside Road between Invermere and Fairmont)

250-342-9640 • 403-862-4071

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

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.

Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in 1 hour! Serving the Valley since 2006. Call 250-688-0213.

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

reacreation vehicles

DIRT BIKE & ATV SERVICE SPECIALS All makes and Models - Snow Plows, Klim Clothing, Avalanche Gear • SERVICE • PARTS • SALES • RENTALS

Supplying Parts and Service for all makes and models. Located Invermere Cross Roads beside Tim Hortons

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

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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.

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.

Experienced Hungarian cook for seasonal F/T work April – October 2012. Apply to Citadella Resturant in Radium, BC. $15/hour, medical, vacation pay, room & board available. Send resume to: info@

Executive Typing Services, Over 20 years word processing experience. Resumes, manuals, data entry, and more. Accurate and fast! 250-270-0254. Red Rock Contracting Masonry Work, River rock Walls, Glass blocks Etc. . . Tile and Slate, Installations, Interlocking Paving Stones, Retaining Wall Systems, Repairs Etc. . . For Estimates Call 250-341-6869. 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. Foundations Family Child Care! Specializing in providing quality care and education for children 6 months – 9 years. After school pick up from EMP (snack included) ECE certified, 13 years experience, first aid and CPR, references available, clean criminal reference check. Ask about special drop in hourly rate for October. Please contact Tanya 250-341-3224 or foundationsfamilychildcare@ Gel Nails, Pedicures, and Manicures! Competitive rates and professional service. Available days, evenings, and weekends. Ask about my fall specials! 250-341-7272.

Private in-home caregiver needed for man in 40’s. Casual, P/T, mostly afternoons & early evenings. Call 250-688-0950 for more info. Working mother seeking P/T nanny to care for 2 ½ year old & 10 month old. Please contact Jessie for interview. 250-688-0061. Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere, BC requires a “Food Counter Attendant.” Responsible for food preparation, customer service, and cleaning. $11.06/hour (no benefits), permanent, full time, year-round position. Must be available for work days, evenings, and weekends. Previous experience or related education an asset but not a requirement. Apply in person 1145-7th Avenue or gerry@ We have an opening for a Certified Dental Assistant at our office in Invermere, BC. We are looking for a gentle, organized and motivated person to join our team. The position is 4 days/week and could move to 5 days/week in the future. We could also consider a 2 days/ week position. Please fax resume to Dr. Pat O’Sullivan at 250-342-3561 or Financial World Opportunity You must be teachable, flexible, self-starter and willing to take short course prior to starting work. Tuition of $448.00. Will be reimbursed upon successful completion of course. Final course mark will influence starting guaranteed. Call John 250-3422509.

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to haul logs in Canal Flats area. Must be experienced and have a clean abstract. Please fax resume to 250-347-9722 or phone 250-347-9420 during the day or 250-347-9785 late evenings.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BASIN STORIES CBT is seeking (a) qualified contractor(s) to conduct and videotape interviews to capture the transformation of the Columbia Basin as a result of the Columbia River Treaty. Request for Proposals can be viewed online at or by contacting Twitter CBT at 1.800.505.8998 or Deadline is October 21, 2011 3:00 PM PST/ 4:00 PM MST. • 1.800.505.8998






Join us:

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society



Great Hall and Banquets Manager This position is an integral part of the resort F&B team. You will be responsible for the planning and operations of one of our highest volume outlets in the Great Hall as well as our fastest growing revenue area in catering and banquets. Adaptive leadership ability, strong communication skills and acute attention to detail will be essential to your success in this position. Essential functions include but are not limited to the following: • Lead by example and develop a vibrant team that delivers industry best service and product quality at all times. • Create and deliver Standard Operating Procedures • Regular pricing reviews on local, provincial, and national trends, paying particular attention to our local market. • In conjunction with the Food & Beverage Director, set an annual planning calendar highlighting timelines for planning, training, and programming. • Participate in required operational meetings as directed. • Perform weekly 1 on 1 meetings with your key direct reports. • Maintain regular front line shifts to work shoulder to shoulder with your team/s. • In conjunction with the Food & Beverage Director, develop a long-term plan for capital expenditures. Special Skills & Experience Requirements: • Serving It Right and Food Safe Level One certifications are required. • Minimum (2) years outlet management or lead supervisory experience in high volume operations. • Strong verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills. • Strong computer literacy especially with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. • Experience with F&B POS systems is essential. • Hands on training experience. Strong leadership skills, ability to develop and train all employees, delegate responsibility and take action appropriately. Physical Requirements: • Must be willing to work more than 40 hours/week as needed.   • Able to be on feet throughout a ten-hour day. • Able to Lift 50lbs

Outreach Addiction Counsellor - Casual Part-time (0.5 FTE) Addiction Counsellor - Casual Part-time (0.5 FTE) Addiction Counsellor – Casual Full-time (Maternity Leave)


Youth Addiction Counsellor – Casual Part-time (0.8) FTE (Maternity Leave)

Job Summary:

Under the clinical direction of the Administrator, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Addiction Counsellors provide screening, assessment, treatment planning and individual, group and family counselling to individuals affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. Addiction Counsellors also participate in the planning and delivering of treatment programs in the East Kootenay area; develop and deliver educational and prevention programs to youth, families, schools and other community groups; and provide outreach services in non-traditional settings.

Qualifications: • • • •

Bachelors Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work within the health care field Experience and training working with individuals, groups and families Three years direct experience in the addictions field Experience working with clients with concurrent disorders

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Able to work with minimal supervision Able to provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing Able to develop and implement public education and prevention activities Able to work with an inter-disciplinary team approach Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values Maintain valid driver’s license. Must have own vehicle When required, maintain valid first aid/CPR certification


Commensurate with HEABC Paramedical Agreement, Social Worker I, Grid Level 8 Submit letter of application to: Dean Nicholson, Administrator East Kootenay Addiction Services Society 202, 1617 Baker Street Cranbrook, BC V1C 1B4 Fax: 250-489-1020

Email: Closing Date: 4:30 p.m. October 14, 2011 – No phone calls please Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Wage: $32,000-38,000 per year

To view the full job descriptions and to apply on-line, please visit; or contact Adam Hopper at Full-time, year-round positions receive a comprehensive benefit and RRSP plan

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Have paper, will travel Valley residents have been filling our email inbox with a fantastic array of travel photos for our annual contest to win a trip for two to a Calgary Flames game, plus overnight accommodation, courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Clockwise from top left: Fely Hidalgo, Svenja Birkelbach (a student from Germany),

Program Manager - East Kootenay Conservation Program The East Kootenay Conservation Program (EKCP) is a partnership of over 50 conservation, industry and government organizations dedicated to conserving natural areas for Kootenay communities. Our mandate is to coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land, and to generate the support and resources needed to maintain this effort. The Steering Committee of the EKCP is seeking applications from qualified individuals to assume the lead role in this dynamic, fast-paced organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day administration, coordination, and implementation of the EKCP. We require a seasoned professional with a varied combination of education and experience to build on the demonstrated success of this strong organization. As the sole staff member, the incumbent will be an integral part of the organization and report directly to the Steering Committee Chairperson (or designate). The position is based in the Kootenay region. For an information package call 250-352-6874 or email Deadline for applications is 11 a.m. (PST), Friday, October 28, 2011.

and Joe Hidalgo in Black Sand National Park on the Big Island, Hawaii; Blair Robinson and Donna Deschenes kayaking near Maurelle Island in the Discovery Islands. Submit your high resolution travel photos now to, or bring them to our office at #8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere.

Invermere Fire Rescue is seeking to enlarge its complement of volunteers. Invermere Fire Rescue is an active unit of community volunteers, operating on a paid on-call basis. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, these volunteers are ready to help in any emergency. On average, there are 100 calls a year; ranging from fire suppression to road rescue. As well as responding to calls, every Tuesday night between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. these volunteers train at the Invermere Fire Hall and the Invermere Fire Training Facility. Training is set to industry standards and is an on-going, continuing process. Every fifth Sunday, volunteers have call-out duty at the fire hall and inspect equipment to ensure it is ready to go. Volunteers also have opportunities to gain further education in the field of fire fighting, urban fire suppression and rescue techniques by attending outside courses. Several of our volunteers have moved on to careers in full-time departments. If you live in our service area, are of legal age, are physically fit, want a challenge and have a desire to help your neighbour, drop by the fire hall and see if we’re an organization to which you would like to belong.

Roger Ekman, Fire Chief Invermere Fire Rescue 626 – 4th Ave, Box 1042 Invermere BC V0A 1K0 Ph: 250-342-3200 Fax: 250-342-6642 • Email:

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he 2012 Columbia Valley Weddings Magazine hits news stands this Thanksgiving weekend! Look for it at locations across the valley, or drop by The Pioneer office to pick up a copy. Gather inspiration to plan your dream wedding in the Columbia Valley, read about couple’s who have already tied the knot, and find local vendors who can make your nuptials a reality. Read the magazine online at:

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Early morning mist The headlights of a Canadian Pacific Railway train cut through the early morning light on September 30th, while mist from Lake Windermere rises in the background.

Photo by KelseyVerboom To place your Community Classified call The Pioneer at 250-341-6299 or toll free 1-866-669-9222


Business Opportunities



If you received the CEP (Common Experience Payment), you may be eligible for further Cash Compensation. To see if you qualify, phone toll free 1-877988-1145 now. Free service! Auto Financing

with Great Canadian Dollar Store. New franchise opportunities in your area. Call 1-877-388-0123 ext. 229 or visit our website: www.dollarstores. com today.


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at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-7920599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

MEDICAL OFFICE Trainees needed! Hospitals & Dr.’s need medical office & medical admin staff. No experience? Need training? Career training & job placement available. 1-888748-4126.

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in October, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.

ACCOUNTING & Payroll Trainees needed. Large & small firms seeking certified A&P staff now. No experience? Need training? Career training & job placement available. 1-888-424-9417.

Employment Opportunities EXPANDING DODGE DEALERSHIP requires Journeyman automotive technicians. Thriving vibrant community. Wages $38.00 & up. Excellent benefits, relocation bonus. Fax resume 306-463-6808 email: Kindersley, Sask.

SERVICE ADVISOR We have an immediate opening for the position of Service Advisor. Applicant should be mechanically inclined, computer literate and familiar with all types of automotive vehicle repairs. Apply in person or writing to: Brown¬s Chrysler Ltd., 10447 ∆ 104 Ave., Westlock, AB, T7P 2E4. Phone 1-780-3495566. Fax 1-780-349-6493. Email: service@brownschrysler. com. Attention: Dale Marshall.

Financial Services

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Help Wanted

If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

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A PHONE DISCONNECTED? We Can Help. Best Rates. Speedy Connections. Great Long Distance. Everyone Approved. Call Today. 1-877-852-1122. Protel Reconnect.

MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660. For Sale SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills. com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL BUILDINGS Priced to Clear Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. BUILDING SALE... FINAL CLEARANCE. “ROCK BOTTOM PRICES” 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,990. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. Health GET PAID TO LOSE WEIGHT. $5,000 For Your Success Story. Personal Image TV Show. Call to Qualify: 416-730-5684 ext 2243.

GET PAID DAILY! NOW ACCEPTING: Simple P/T & F/T Online Computer Related Work. No experience is needed. No fees or charges to participate. Start Today, Loans SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS - start or grow your small business. Free to apply. Qualify for up to 100K. Personals DATING SERVICE. Long-Term/ Short-Term Relationships, Free to Try!!! 1-877-297-9883. Live intimate conversation, Call: #4011 or 1-888-534-6984. Live adult 1on1 Call: 1-866311-9640 or #4010. Meet Local Single Ladies. 1-877-804-5381. (18+).

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What we all need By Pastor Fraser Coltman, St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere Jesus told a story about a king who called one of his servants into court to evaluate the servant’s service. It turned out that the poor fellow had been doing a poor job; in fact, somehow he had incurred a huge debt to the king, far beyond his ability to pay. By law, the king could have sentenced the man and his family to life in prison for his failure. The servant begged the king for time to allow him to repay his debt, but the king surprised him by forgiving him the whole sum instead. The servant left the king’s palace a free man! Soon the servant passed a colleague of his. This man had borrowed a small sum of money from him a few months earlier. The servant confronted the man, demanding he repay him or he would lay charges against him. When the man begged the servant for time to repay, the servant had him arrested. Though the king had just generously forgiven him, he was not ready to forgive the man in debt to him. How easy is it for you to forgive those who hurt you? I find it very hard. When I suffer mistreatment from another, the pain of the wrong seems to overwhelm me. I feel like a victim, an innocent. I feel afraid and angry,

and my attitude towards the person who hurt me goes sour. He or she becomes my “enemy.” I look for ways to protect myself from further hurt. I imagine how I might get back at that person. Do you know how I feel? In Jesus’ story, I see myself in the first servant. His angry response to the failure of his friend to repay him got him in trouble. That injustice tempted him to feel victimized or innocent, but was he? Had the king not forgiven his giant debt, the man never would have encountered his debtor; he would have been on his way to jail. He was guilty of the same thing as the man he had arrested. When those who wrong us outrage you and me, we forget something very important. We are not innocent victims; we have committed the same kinds of wrongs as those who injure us. Thankfully, we also have a king to whom we can turn for help. God could punish us for our failures to live loving lives. But God loves us. He gave His Son, Jesus, to offer a payment of infinite value to cover the debts we all incur in life. Because Jesus died for us and rose from the dead, we can receive forgiveness from God for our wrongs. Because God forgives us, we can also forgive those who hurt us. Forgiveness is what we all need.


Valley Churches Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, October 9th 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction,“Thanks! Giving”... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S” Church, for ages 3 - 5 and 6 - 10, during the Morning Service. 7 p.m.: “SING and CELEBRATE” L.W.A.C. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere Interim Priest In Charge, Katherine Hough 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or Valley Christian Assembly Sunday, 10 a.m.: Worship and Word Kids’ Church provided. Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 •

Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St.Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Father John Kellogg Saturday: 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs’ Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father James McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor 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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The wild turkey’s history in the Columbia Valley By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Although a relatively new import to the Columbia Valley, wild turkeys have been around for a very long time. These large birds, a relative of the pheasant, have a history dating back 50 to 60 million years to the Eocene period. Just one look at their velociraptor-like clawed feet and reptilian head and neck and it is easy to see that link to the past. While turkeys were revered in ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations and honoured much like gods, they were also recognized as a very important food source and eaten at feasts and celebrations. First domesticated in Mexico between 200 B.C. and. 700 A.D, there are two North American species and five subspecies — one of which, the Merriam’s turkey, now inhabits British Columbia. “Merriam’s are originally native to the Rocky Mountain region of the southern States,” said Mark Hall, the Field Program Coordinator for the East Kootenay Wild Turkey Association. “The population here is the most northern wild turkey population in all of North America. While they have adapted to the area, like any population living on the fringe of its habitat, their numbers don’t really grow.” While it is not conclusively known when the first wild turkey was introduced to the East Kootenay region, the efforts to bring the bird to B.C. began in the early 1900s with the B.C. Game Commission. After raising turkeys on Vancouver Island for several decades, around the 1950s, the Game Commission released the flocks into the wild. The birds were also stocked in Idaho, Washington and Montana as part of a United States effort to

grow numbers after the species almost died out, and by the 1960s were migrating naturally up to the Creston Valley. “I believe they were first recorded in the Columbia Valley around the Wilmer area. It was 1990 when our annual bird count first recorded a wild turkey here,” said Larry Halverson, a retired naturalist involved with the annual Lake Windermere Christmas Bird Count. “I know of 20 birds released in Skookumchuk in June 1985, and at Fort Steele in 1987, 15 birds were captured then released.” As a relative newcomer to the valley, the Merriam’s turkeys have had to acclimatize to the valley’s snowy winters, which do not favour them, but they do have a strong preference for the Poderosa pine trees found locally. But more than the snow, the much-maligned wild turkey has also had to contend with dislike from agricultural producers, who say that the birds destroy crops and may spread diseases. “It’s definitely time to dispel some of the myths surrounding turkeys,” Mr. Hall said. “This year we did a study on their impact on agricultural producers. Although half the respondents said the turkeys caused some kind of problems, almost half said they were beneficial.” As for spreading diseases, the chances are extremely low, due to the fact that the species is naturally occurring in North America, Mr. Hall added. “The species in North America all co-evolved together and occupy different ecological niches so they coexist well. The problems of disease come when species from different continents meet.” If anyone would like to learn more about wild turkeys, contact Mark Hall of the East Kootenay Wild Turkey Association at 250-429-3400.

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10 little-known turkey facts • The turkey was so favoured by U.S. founding father Benjamin Franklin that he argued for it to become the national bird instead of the bald eagle. “For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America,” he explained in a letter to his daughter. By contrast he called the bald eagle, “a bird of bad moral character.” • In England, during the 1700s, farmers would walk their turkeys to market in large herds. On the long journey to the markets in London, they fashioned little booties to protect their turkeys’ feet. • Without turkeys, Big Bird would be naked. While not a turkey himself, the costume of Sesame Street’s Big Bird is festooned with almost 4,000 white turkey tail feathers which are dyed bright yellow. • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the United States Air Force was conducting test runs while attempting to break the sound barrier in the late 1940s, entire fields of turkeys would drop dead. • Turkeys have monocular vision. Their eyes are located on either side of their head so that they can view two things at once, but both eyes can’t focus on the same image simultaneously like human eyes can. • There is no real evidence that turkeys were served at the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving supper. The turkey

tradition actually appears to be rooted in the document Of Plymouth Plantation, written by William Bradford around 22 years after the actual celebration. • Wild turkeys can fly, but domestic ones can’t. Due to breeding for meat, a domestic turkey now weighs around double what a wild turkey does and is too heavy to take to the skies. Wild turkeys however can fly for short distances, such as into trees, where they roost at night. • Male turkeys are the only ones which gobble, while puffing up their feathers and strutting around shaking them. This fancy turkey trot helps the males — or toms — to attract females — or hens. • Nobody knows exactly where the name ‘turkey’ originated. Some believe it came from the Native American name ‘firkee’. Others insist that Christopher Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India and that the bird was a type of peacock. He therefore called it ‘tuka’, which is peacock in the Indian language, Tamil. The simplest explanation may come from the “turk turk turk” sound made by a turkey when it’s afraid. • Canadians consumers have purchased around 2.7 million turkeys each Thanksgiving for the last three years years, report the Canadian Turkey Farmers of Canada. Christmas and Thanksgiving account for more than 70 per cent of annual turkey sales.





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And all the By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Although the turkey is thought of as the star of any Thanksgiving feast, in reality we all know that the fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes, flavourful herb stuffing and all the accompaniments steal the show. Here are some traditional “trimmings” with a twist — with from-scratch recipes that will have your guests or family coming back for seconds, thirds and fourths.

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Ingredients: • The contents of your turkey roasting tray • 2 heaped tablespoons all-purpose flour • 2 cups/500 millilitres chicken or turkey stock • 1 cup/235 millilitres red wine • 1/2 cup/120 millilitres port • 2 tablespoons cranberry jelly • Salt and pepper Preparation: - Once your turkey is cooked, take the roasting tray and remove all but two tablespoons of rendered fat, leaving all the meat juices and lovely crispy bits. You can use the fat you siphon off to cook roast potatoes or Yorkshire puddings. - If your roasting pan is thick-bottomed set it over a medium heat on the stove top burner (if you are using a disposable roasting tray then scrape contents into a saucepan on medium heat). - Once pan is bubbling, add flour, stir well and brown for 2 minutes. - Add red wine, stir well and simmer for 1 minute. - Add port and simmer for several minutes, until sauce thickens to a smooth paste. If lumps appear, whisk until smooth. - Add stock and cranberry jelly, season to taste, then whisk together and allow to bubble until you are ready to serve (the amount of stock depends on how thick you like your gravy and how many mouths there are to feed).

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WORKING HARD — George McLean manoeuvres his tractor, which will run the threshing machine, into position.

Fall Harvest

By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff A few years ago The Pioneer wrote a story about Edgewater farmer, George McLean, who does as much of his wheat cultivation and harvesting as he can using horsepower of the non-mechanical kind — with a team of two draft horses pulling machinery behind them. This Thanksgiving season, we decided to check in with George to see if he was still harnessing his horse team to help him pull in his fall harvest. Indeed, we found him in his dusty cowboy boots with a kerchief around his neck and a feather standing at mast on his hat, giving out voice commands to his team of Belgians, Looker and Lou, who pulled a hay-laden wagon across his 36-acre property in Edgewater. In an age of machine-driven farming, George prefers to work his land with horses as much as possible — a process that takes longer than modern methods, but that he said he finds pleasure in. “Maybe I do it because I’m stupid, I don’t know,” he

said, chuckling. “But everyone is always so busy. With the horses it’s quiet and real natural. It feels right.” George preps, plants, and harvests his fields once per year; a process that takes about 120 days from start to finish. Once he cuts the wheat using his horses, he runs it through a 1930s McCormick threshing machine with the help of his son, Scott, or his wife, Sylvia, and collects the resulting grain in a restored wooden wagon. He then sells the lovingly harvested grain to locals who make their own bread flour, and the straw is collected for bedding. This year an ill-timed weather pattern of wind and rain pushed most of George’s upright stalks of wheat flat against the ground, making it difficult to use his equipment to tie it into sheaves. Normally the tied sheaves are stooked (stacked into triangle-shaped piles to dry) and then loaded onto a wagon and pitched into the thresher. For much of his harvest this year, George salvaged what he could from his flattened fields and pitched the wheat loose onto the horse-drawn wagon, which he is careful to point out isn’t the typical way to harvest. Of the obvious frustrations of being a farmer at the

whim of nature, George pointed upward to the sky and said, “I think pretty much everything you do on a farm is in the red. Anything else is a bonus. It’s all up to my friend.” Resting a weathered hand on Looker’s shoulder, George concedes that farmers like him are a bit of a dying breed, since farming with horses is hard to justify financially — he is now the only local farmer who uses horses to the extent he does to work the land. He may retire in the next few years, and is considering selling his equipment to Fort Steele, where he occasionally gives special demonstrations. George grew up on a farm in Manitoba, and moved to the valley in the early 1960s. He worked for the Edgewater mill, and then for the Ministry of Highways for 26 years. He bought his Hewitt Road farmland in 1980, where he still lives with his wife Sylvia. For now, he continues to take his post at the reins behind his horses and urge them across his fields to collect the annual harvest, keeping a time-honoured tradition alive.

BRINGING IN THE HARVEST — Pictured clockwise, from top left: George and his son Scott pitch forkfuls of wheat onto the horse-drawn wagon; George is silhouetted in the evening light as he secures his thresher for the evening after a hard day’s work; Belgian draft horse, Looker, waits to get to work; Scott stands atop a wagon full of wheat, as the horse team stamps impatiently and the sun sets behind the mountains; George moves his tractor into position. The belt running from the tractor to the 1930s threshing machine will power the process that separates the straw from the wheat grain. Photos by Kelsey Verboom

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Preparing your home for winter plants a boost with a well balanced organic fertilizer, and wrap evergreens to prevent animal damage over the winter. If you plan on installing Christmas decorations, why not get on with it before the snow flies and the winter conditions make ladder use less safe. Just make sure the light strings are removed as they can constrict branch movement and cause wear or girdling of stems if attached to trees or shrubs. Drain and store outdoor hoses, recommendsed Diana Hessel of Rainbow International Restoration, and make sure your exterior faucets are turned off from the inside. Ensure the gutters or eavestroughs around your roof are clear of leaves and test all downspouts to ensure they drain well away from the foundation of your home. The ground around the foundation should also slope away from your home, Ms. Hessel added.

Whether you are closing the cabin for the winter or making energy efficient improvements to your home as the days get shorter, it is undeniably that time of year in the Columbia Valley. For many property owners, the fall to-do list may seem daunting, but here are some handy tips to help make the preparations for jack frost’s frigid grasp a little easier to manage: Outside tips Fall is an excellent time to plant new trees and shrubs, as well as to inspect existing trees for structural issues such as dead and broken branches, splits, cracks and root collar disorders, said Scott Kells of Green Leaf Tree Services. Ensuring the soil is moist before it freezes is also important. A healthy mulching regimen can assist with keeping moisture in the soil around trees and shrubs. Mulch depth should not exceed four inches, said Mr. Kells, and should not be piled against the stem of the tree or shrub. Fall is also a great time to give all of your



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...Continued from page 8 Check your roof and replace any loose shingles or shakes. Also, if you use wood to heat, either clean out your wood stove yourself or have it professionally cleaned and inspected before you fire it up. Inside tips Preparing your home or cabin for the fast approaching cold winter weather not only makes it more comfortable if you’re staying there, but it can also save you a ton of money on heating costs whether you’re hanging out or closing the doors until the spring. Have your heating system, which includes your furnace and air ducts, professionally inspected and cleaned. The folks at Aquair recommend making sure you have an ample supply of air filters for your furnace as well. This will increase appliance efficiency — resulting in a warmer house — and

reduce the presence of airborne allergens in your home. Check in your attic for a proper amount of insulation, and remember, R-30 is considered a minimum, so don’t hesitate to add more if you need it. If your home is older, it is likely you should consider adding more insulation to keep the building more energy efficient. Seal the leaks in your home by caulking around doors, windows, both the glass and the frame, inside and out. Check the condition of weather stripping around doors and replace if necessary. Also take a look around the electrical outlets and pipes to see if there is air leaking in from the outside. If your pipes run in an area of the home that could freeze, consider wrapping them in heat tape or some form of insulation. Frozen pipes are never a fun thing to experience, and can cause a staggering amount of damage.

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If you are closing up the cabin for the season, Valley Hawk Security recommends that you designate a friend, neighbour or a security company check on your property. Investigate your home insurance policy to see what is required, and employ some of these handy tips to keep your investment safe: - Have someone remove the snow from your driveway and front entrance area. Even the presence of tire tracks in your driveway will

give the impression that someone is home. - Close some curtains, and leave some open slightly, but make sure all valuables, like televisions and stereos, computers and even liquor are out of sight. - Use automatic timers on random intervals for lights and even televisions or stereos. - Take digital pictures of all valuables, including serial numbers, and store them on a CD.

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Preparing your vehicle for winter By Joshua Estabrooks Pioneer Staff For many residents of the Columbia Valley, autumn means putting away their summer cars or RVs for another year, and getting their snow savvy vehicles up to snuff. There are many things to consider when preparing a summer vehicle for winter storage, as different storage methods require different types of work, but here are a few tips to consider: • Make sure the vehicle has fresh oil in it, as acids in used oil can corrode engine-bearing surfaces if left inside the engine. • Wash your vehicle thoroughly, both inside and out, before storage. This prevents paint and rust damage on the outside and mold damage on the inside. • How much gas to leave in the tank depends on whether you are storing the vehicles inside or outside, and how long it will be sitting for. If storing the vehicle outside, the tank should be full to prevent condensation in the lines. If storing the vehicle inside or if you plan to start the vehicle periodically, less gas is needed in the tank. • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If you are not planning on starting the vehicle up and moving it around periodically, putting it up on blocks is recommended as it prevents the tires from cracking or developing flat spots due to the weight of the vehicle. • Remove the battery if you won’t be running the vehicle at all, or attach a battery charger to avoid the battery from discharging over time. • Grounding your vehicle with a simple cable or grounding strap can also prevent the build up of static electricity, which accelerates rusting.

Picking the right winter tire The most important thing any vehicle owner can do when getting ready for winter driving is the purchase of proper winter tires. There are a number of options to choose from, and depending on the size of the vehicle’s wheels and the quality of the rubber, the price of a good winter tire varies significantly. Manager of OK Tire in Invermere, Rick Lake, said that a good winter tire will be made of softer rubber, and have lots of siping (the little slits in the tire that allow water to evacuate) and deep grooves between the tread. “Look for the snowflake symbol. It has to have tone to be considered a winter tire,” he said. Harder rubber tires can have studs installed, but they won’t have as good traction on hard packed road conditions Mr. Lake added. Another important safety consideration is having the same tire on all four tires. Some people only put winter tires on the front of their vehicles, which is a big no-no in terms of safety. “If you brake suddenly, and you only have good grip in the front, your back end will swing around and that is a really scary situation,” said Mr. Lake. As always, your best bet is to go into one of the reputable tire shops in the valley and talk to a trained professional about which winter tires are right for you. And remember: winter tires are most effective once the outside ambient temperature is consistently below eight degrees Celsius.

Some tips for getting a vehicle ready for winter roads:

• Get a regular winter tune up from a trained mechanic, making sure they check all the vehicle’s fluid levels, brakes, block heater, battery, wipers, headlights and brake lights, heater and defrost system. • Having your vehicle undercoated can prevent rusting from road salt during winter driving. • Winter tires are essential to safe winter driving. Make sure the tires you purchase have a snowflake symbol on them. The symbol is usually found beside the M+S symbol on most winter tires.

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Take potatoes from side dish to main event By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Nutritious, inexpensive and abundant at this time of year, the humble potato is a much overlooked item on the dinner table. With close to 4,000 varieties and almost endless preparation methods, it is time to shine the spotlight on this dietary staple. By choosing the right spud for your purpose and using a little creativity, starchy and bland dishes can be transformed into tasty morsels that have you and your fellow diners coming back for more. Chosing your spud When faced with multiples varieties of potato at the grocery store, sometimes it’s difficult to know what is best suited to the dish at hand. Some good all-rounders are the Yukon Gold, Desiree and King Edward varieties, with a mid-range level of starch, which lend themselves well to a range of cooking methods. If you are sticking with the traditional mash, your tastes will dictate the best potato choice. Many prefer a dry, starchy potato, which produces a smoother mash and fluffier texture. Russet and Idaho varieties are great when mashed with a good glob of butter and some milk and also serve well for baking and roasting. For a more flavourful mash with a denser texture, go

for a firm, waxy potato with a low starch content, such as White Rose, fingerlings or most red varieties. With their higher moisture and lower starch content, these are favoured for mashing by chefs, producing a thicker mash with a more robust flavour, but can turn to glue if they are overworked with a masher. Waxy potatoes are best suited to dishes where the potato needs to hold its shape, such as roast, scalloped or boiled potatoes. Roasting and potato wedges For delicious roast potatoes or potato wedges pick a high starch spud. Although mealy when raw, these roast to a light, fluffy texture. To get them extra crispy, parboil your peeled and quartered potatoes for 10 minutes, air dry and then shake vigorously in a lidded saucepan to roughen up the edges and make them extra crunchy. Baking Baking requires the same varieties as used for roast-

ing. High starch, low water potatoes produce airy baked potatoes that absorb butter or cream cheese. They can easily be hollowed out for potato skins as well. Frying Fried potatoes or hash browns are perfect uses for waxy potatoes. Unlike floury varieties which crumble, these hold together well when cooked, making them the best choice for homemade fries as well. Boiling/Steaming For boiling or steaming, a firm, waxy potato is the way to go. This will ensure that your potatoes hold their shape and do not fall apart during cooking. Potato chips Homemade chips are a truly amazing treat, packed with tons of delicious, earthy flavour. An all-rounder type of potato like the Yukon Gold is well suited for the super thin slices needed. Cooking too many chips at once, or placing them in before the oil is hot will result in soggy chips.


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