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Police investigate Invermere death By Pioneer Staff

An RCMP investigation is underway into the death of a 30-year-old man from Invermere who was found dead in a 5th Avenue driveway. At around 1:30 p.m. on April 3rd, police were notified by the B.C. Ambulance Service that a man had been discovered deceased, lying in the driveway of a home in the 1100 block of 5th Avenue, Invermere.

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Avalanche triggered near Taynton Bowl By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

equipment anywhere, rescuers were confident no one was buried as was initially feared. The search was completed the next A human-triggered avalanche tore morning, and was called off. down the slopes of an out-of-bounds ski “We’re really lucky more people area near Panorama Mountain Village on weren’t,” Mr. Williams said. “It was really April 1st. Although up to a dozen people impressive how quickly the search effort were originally feared missing and buried, came together.” rescue workers eventually determined that The cost of the search, which will likely the avalanche claimed no victims. total thousands of dollars, will be handled At 2:30 p.m. on April Fool’s Day, Coby the province. lumbia Valley RCMP received word that an Chris Elder, director of sales and maravalanche had occurred near the Taynton keting for Panorama Mountain Village said Bowl area at Panorama Mountain Village. the resort has not yet discussed any possible According to Columbia Valley Search repercussions to the skiers. and Rescue and RCMP, the avalanche was The boundary the skiers crossed is an triggered by skiers in an out-of-bounds open boundary, meaning people can leave area known as Jessie’s Monster, and travthe resort on their own volition. elled far enough that it spilled in-bounds AIR LIFT — A rescue helicopter lands at R.K. Heliski, where much of the rescue was coor“We just want to reiterate that when into Never-Never Land in Taynton Bowl. dinated from. The heli-ski company lent two of their helicopters for the search. people do go outside of resort boundaries, Photo by Kristian Rasmussen they know and understand the current conThe avalanche was labelled a Class 3, and ran for more than a kilometre, creatditions,” Mr. Elder said. “They need to be ing debris more than three-metres deep in some places, ma Ski Patrol members who had also been nearby when prepared with courses, equipment, and background knowlsaid Steve Williams, Search and Rescue (SAR) president. the avalanche ripped down the mountain. edge. They also need to tell people where they are going. “I have been here for 16 years and I have never seen According to RCMP, original reports of how many “They were very fortunate and we’re very happy everya slide that big in that bowl.” skiers could have been in the avalanche’s path varied one came out breathing.” A local adult male skied down the slope first, and was from zero to as many as a dozen. The Columbia Valley RCMP would like to thank evfollowed by an adult female, according to RCMP. The loFacing uncertainty and fearing people could be eryone involved in the search effort, including Columbia cal woman is thought to have triggered the avalanche. trapped under the heavy snow debris, 60 rescuers from Valley, Golden, and Cranbrook Search and Rescue, PanHer ski partner was able to avoid the slide path, but a number of organizations rushed to join the large-scale orama Fire and Rescue, Panorama Ski Patrol, Toby Creek the woman was caught up in the churning avalanche and rescue. Four helicopters joined the effort, and search dog Adventures, R.K. Heliski. was swept 200-300 metres and over a cliff. She was air- teams were flown in from Golden and Cranbook. This is the fifth incident Columbia Valley Search and lifted from the scene with non-life threatening injuries. After a hasty search to assess the site and check obvi- Rescue has responded to this year. The local group has 15 At the time of the avalanche, Mr. Williams happened ous burial sites, rescuers began methodically probing the volunteer members, and covers the area from the Bugato be skiing in the general area. He didn’t witness the slide, deep, chunky debris in hopes of locating possible victims. boos to Canal Flats, to the Alberta border. To volunteer but saw the debris and raced to the site along with other Search teams diligently combed the debris field until with the rescue crew, email SAR members who were also skiing that afternoon. nightfall, but found nothing. For a photo of the avalanche aftermath, go to: www. He was on-site within minutes, and joined PanoraWith no sign of beacon signals, gloves, toques, or ski

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Fire risk is hot, even during spring By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff The spring season can be deceptively tempting for those looking to burn portions of their grass or torch scrap piles. Even though the weather is cool and the ground may seem wet, grasses typically dry out quickly and carry a very real risk of turning a small fire into an out-ofcontrol one, said Steve Levitt, forest protection technician for the Invermere area. “Each spring starting near the beginning of April, we have problems with people burning and then starting fires.” The fires are typically lit with good intentions, like clearing a ditch, but often become out of control. “People really tend to underestimate what can happen because it’s not very hot, and the conditions have been wet. But dead grass can dry out in a matter of hours and carries fire easily.” When it comes to runaway spring fires, Invermere has a sloppy report card. Last year in the Invermere area, three fires escaped during the springtime, and one during September. These fires were four of only five in the entire Southeast Fire Centre — an area that encompasses the area extending from the U.S. Border to Mica Dam and from the Okanagan Highlands/west side of the Monashee Mountains to the B.C./ Alberta Border. These early-season escapee blazes are usually caused by fires that don’t stack up to government regulation, Mr. Levitt said. “The regulations are written in a way so that if you follow them, you really can’t fail. These fires are one-hundred per cent preventable.” Spring burning doesn’t need to stop; people just need to follow the rules, Mr.

Levitt explained. “Just make sure you’re doing it properly, so we or the fire department doesn’t have to come to put it out.” Fire calls to blazes of a just a few hectares can easily rack up costs of tens of thousands of dollars, he added. Although the province doesn’t always elect to do it, they can pursue recovering the cost of the call if the person who started the fire was negligent. “It’s not something we just do, but it is an option and it has happened,” Mr. Levitt said. The base ticket price for a non-compliant fire is $345, which doesn’t include any fire rescue costs. When it comes to spring burning, the most important rules to follow are • When burning grass, the size limit of the burn area is 20 metres by 100 metres. Anything larger than that requires a registration number. Call 1-888-797-1717. • When burning piles, the size limit is 2 metres high by 3 metres wide. Anything larger than that requires a registration number. Call 1-888-797-1717. • Maintain a fuel break. This means having a change in fuel source near the fire, like a dirt barrier. • Have shovels handy and make sure there is a significant water source nearby. • Don’t underestimate how long a pile can stay hot. Some piles burned in the fall can remain hot until spring. For more information about burning regulations, go to, or drop by the Invermere Services B.C. branch (across the street from the Invermere fire hall). Also, check with your local municipality for specific regulations. To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555.


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A hefty price

By Kelsey Verboom

We live in a beautiful area with an enticing backcountry. Many outdoor enthusiasts safely venture onto the slopes and trails of the Columbia Valley’s wildest places, but when a day of skiing, hiking, or climbing goes wrong, who should foot the rescue bill? A large-scale search and rescue took place this week, when skiers who ventured out of Panorama Mountain Village’s ski area boundaries triggered a large avalanche. Sixty rescuers were activated, four helicopters swooped to the scene, and rescue dogs from neighbouring towns were flown in. The helicopter fuel costs for this rescue mission easily totalled thousands of dollars. The total price tag for the operation is yet unknown, but it’s not difficult to ballpark. As per British Columbia’s rescue rules, the entire bill will be picked up by the province — or in other words, by you, the taxpayer. In fact, B.C. Search and Rescue performs an average of 1,000 backcountry rescues annually. On one hand, it Two wardens from Kootenay National Park use a cable car to cross the Kootenay River on June 3rd, 1942. The cable seems unfair that valuable provincial resources should be car was used to cross the river at Macleod Meadows before a footbridge was installed. Standing on the platform is Bob eroded to come to the rescue of people who get themselves Th ompson, warden from Kootenay Crossing, and in the cable car is Bert Rutherford, who was the warden for the Kaye’s into sticky situations, often due to a lack of knowledge, Cabin area. If you have any more information, email us at Photo courtesy of Ray Crook equipment, and common sense. It’s tempting to conclude that rescued backcountry users should pony up and pay the entire cost of their knights in shining armour. On the flip side, what happens if an experienced and prepared rock climber has a rock land on his leg by chance? Dear Editor: not our area, Columbia-Revelstoke. If he requires a rescue, should he be charged for a “life hapIt should be recognized that Mr. Bennett — pens” moment, even though he did everything else right? From Kimberley through Invermere and apart from his, and the current B.C. government’s Perhaps those who act irresponsibly should be Golden in the Rocky Mountain Trench, over Rog- misguided approval of a ski area that is not within charged, while others should get the province’s help when ers Pass to Revelstoke; that domain is the constitu- reasonable reach of many, is based on a shrinking paying the bill. But this is such a fluid concept it’s nearly ency of MLA Norm Macdonald. glacial area, and is still rather pie-in-the-sky — beimpossible to prove. Likely the reason the rescue/resources It is truly exasperating for me that the MLA longs in the southern Kootenay East area, not in question is still hotly debated is because there’s no clearfor the south of us, Bill Bennett, seems to appear in the Upper Columbia Valley. cut answer. Recreating in the backcountry comes with photo opportunities in many of “our” communities. risks that often result in cost. It’s the price we pay. He is the MLA for Kootenay East, which is Shirley Campbell, Invermere Another often forgotten element to large-scale rescues are the resources lent by private companies (which often can’t recuperate the resulting costs), and the hours CLARIFICATION — The resort base for Jumbo Glacier Resort is in Area F of the Regional District of logged by volunteer rescuers. A big thumbs-up to all East Kootenay, while the glacial ski area falls within Area G boundaries. Also, many thanks to local glider those who helped at the recent avalanche, and who voland photographer, Trevor Florence, whose photo of Jumbo Glacier graced the March 23rd edition. unteer their time and knowledge year-round.

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Where can residents buy gas masks? Dear Editor: Ah, it’s spring. I just spent several hours removing 10 lbs of deer feces from my small front lawn; all accumulated since early December. I’ve done the math and it suggests we have several tons of deer feces lying about the town. I’m a curious sort so I did the following Google search: “deer feces diseases e.coli.” The search returned 255,000 references. After reading several of the articles I’ve decided to put my front lawn “out of bounds” for my grandchildren. I believe deer feces can be a real hazard to humans. I just might be suffering

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I have been watching the deer cull issue with some interest. Initially, I was mildly against the deer cull but since I am an evil, part-time resident, I was reluctant to take a serious position on the issue. However, that has recently changed. Those oversized rodents have decided that it is okay for them to munch on my Mugo pines. That’s it. My tolerance is shot. Imagine the suffering those poor, little pines went through when the gaping maw of the deer bore down on them. It is almost too much to bear. I think we should found the Invermere Shrubbery Protection Organization Editor’s note: after receiving much feedback from our readers, The Pioneer has decided to cease publishing letters about the deer cull, for now. When there are future developments on the issue, we will be happy to publish more letters. Please send your wonderful thoughts and opinions about other Columbia Valley issues

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from fear, anguish, sleepless nights and emotional stress. Kind of sounds like a lawsuit I’ve heard about. And folks, don’t give me the fertilizer argument. I’d like to suggest that some enterprising local merchant stock air masks for those folks who want to mow their lawns this spring. Who among us really wants to be breathing in a deer feces fog while doing the mowing? Or maybe the Invermere Deer Protection Society would like to mobilize and cleanup the problem. Frank Jones Invermere

Shrubbery protection organization budding Dear Editor:

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(ISPO). Its first act will be to sue the pants off the Invermere Deer Protection Organization (IDPO) for loss of plant life, plus damages for a variety of stress induced ailments including sleeplessness, headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, excessive flatulence and alcoholism. (Well, perhaps the alcoholism is a pre-existing condition.) Any money left over from the lawsuit after lining my pockets would be donated back to the municipality to offset the costs of the frivolous IDPO lawsuit. Gary Euler Calgary, Alberta to, or drop by our office at #8, 1008-8th Avenue, Invermere. Also, it should be noted that in the March 30th RCMP Report, Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac’s mention of a Bighorn Sheep cull in Radium was an April Fool’s joke.The Bighorn sheep in Radium will not be culled.



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Difference makers to carry relay medals “Mr. Verge, is it OK if I give half of this to another boy who just got diagnosed?” Moments like those are what inspires Floyd to keep giving, he said. Floyd Verge has a big Floyd modestly calls himself “just the laugh and an even bigger go-to guy,” saying the foundation wouldn’t heart. run without the help of dedicated volunThe lifetime valteers who make it happen. ley resident is constantly “It’s everybody’s charity. When you volunteering in the comhave the opportunity to assist people, you munity, from coaching just do it; whatever is asked, whenever you sports, driving cancer pacan do it.” tients to appointments, Floyd’s unassuming attitude is one of and helping fundraise for the reasons he said he was caught off guard local families who need a when he was recently asked to be a medal helping hand. bearer during the Radium leg of the Rick Floyd and his family Floyd Verge Hansen Relay on April 13th. and friends’ best-known “It just totally blew my socks off. It’s a endeavor is the Verge for Youth Foundation, which donates money and equip- heck of an honour and its very humbling. We just do ment to youth and families going through ongoing med- what we do; we don’t do things to get recognition.” ical treatment. Floyd will be carrying the medal alongside Radium’s Since the foundation began 20 years ago, it has Kingston Peters. “To be honest, it got me a little emotional when I raised and distributed $350,000 to local families. One of Floyd’s most memorable donations went to a found out,” Floyd admitted. The outgoing go-getter admits he was not always so 13-year-old boy from Cranbrook who was fighting cancer. After the foundation gave the boy $2,000, he asked, community-minded. By Kelsey Verboom Pioneer Staff

When he was 15 years old, Floyd lost part of his right leg in a piece of equipment at a Christmas tree farm. Doctors saved part of his leg, but a portion needed to be amputated and he was fitted with a prosthesis. An avid sportsman at the time, Floyd struggled with not being able to play his favourite sports. He went through a tough period, but eventually found what he loves doing: helping other people. Since then he has never looked back, and does as much as he can to pitch in. “To me, I’m not disabled because I can get around,” he said. “I can still help people, and volunteering is just part of my life now,” he said. “You know, things happen. To me, you should always be on the positive side.” To be recognized alongside the likes of Rick Hansen is beyond imagination, Floyd said. “It’s amazing that an individual like Rick Hansen just takes the bull by the horns and does what he does. Anything people can do that can enlighten the world about different disabilities, the better the world will be.” Everyone has the ability to volunteer, Floyd said. “It doesn’t matter what you do; we can all do what we can. People can always make the time to help out.” Floyd lives in Radium with his wife, Shelan. They have two children, Doriena Hassett and Shayne Hassett.

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April 6, 2012 . . . ‘Difference makers’ continued from page 8

Ladies Night Out

By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff Norm Gagatek playfully chases after his pet chihuahua in the living room of his Invermere home. “I know you’re chasing Hammie. You’ve been stirring the pot today. You’ve got mischief in you!” jokes his wife, Kimberley Harris. The 42-year-old father of two has a lot to be excited about. Once a volunteer firefighter, Norm suffered a stroke and resulting brain injury in 2008. The road to recovery has required him to relearn how to speak and, in the past year, how to walk. On April 13th his fight for recovery will pay off, when he walks his 250-metre leg of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay in Invermere. Norm has been identified as a difference maker in the community, and has been given the honour of carrying Rick Hansen’s medal for a portion of the race. “For me it will be a milestone. I will finally get more recognition for my disability,” Norm said. “I think I was more excited about it than he was,” Kimberley added. “One of the people in the office phoned us. I said he will be doing it, as a matter of fact, he’ll be walking it. Norm just gave me this look of ‘What are you getting me in to?’” Building up to walking in the relay was an extremely difficult task for the firefighter, but it was born out of love. “He started walking at Christmas time in 2010. That was my Christmas present,” Kimberley said. “It was quite painful at first — it still is to a certain point — but it isn’t as hard for him as it used to be.” To make things tougher, while learning to walk he battled pneumonia, C.Difficile and debilitating bone infections. With so many changes to his mobility and access to the community, Norm has faced a whole new set of challenges living in Invermere. Although the community is learning how to better accommodate people with disabilities, Kim said her family is often frustrated with people parked blocking access ramps, or at times a lack of snow removal downtown. “He has been in the house all winter because he can’t get out. He can’t get into a lot of the stores because there are lips or a step up,” Kim said.

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FAMILY SUPPORT — Norm Gagatek at home with his 8-year-old son Braeden. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen Despite the tough winter conditions and lack of access to certain parts of town, the family has never considered leaving the area. “I think it was a no-brainer. He was born and raised here. There is no reason why people in this community should have to move to Kelowna, Calgary, or Cranbrook because they are now disabled. He is 43 next week. Why should he have to leave his home of 43 years to get proper care, assistance, and access?” questioned Mrs. Harris. The other issue facing brain injury victims is the lack of access to patient-specific treatment. “They [private care facilities] are also for people where Norm is now. They are not for people like Norm was before, lying in a hospital bed, being labelled a ‘bed blocker,’” Kimberley said. “I think what we need to look at is getting, first of all, an influx of funding into local brain injury societies who are ground zero for helping people like Norm.”

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Pioneer welcomes reporter By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff The tank was full of gas. The oil was topped up. My old friend that always greets me on long road trips, the check engine light, came along for the ride. Like all respectable Canadian road trips, mine began ill-planned and unprepared. I was embarking on an adventure to a new town, a new job and a new life. I packed up all my worldly belongings and hoped for the best. Graduating from university in April, I had been on the job hunt for several months. I had heard a tip through one of my newspaper contacts about a mountain town that was looking for a reporter. With romantic thoughts of living the “Grizzly Adams” lifestyle, I put in my application and became the latest member of the team at The Columbia Valley Pioneer. Arriving in town to start my new job, I was imme-

diately struck by the intense beauty of the area. The size and scope of the surrounding mountains are intimidating for an outsider. I worried about how I was going to fit in with my new community. I was a city transplant. How was I going to be received? I learned the only thing more grand than the landscape of the Columbia Valley is the passion and friendliness of its people. My first day in town I received advice on everything from hiking to garbage removal. Being from the Lower Mainland, I also worried if there was going to be enough news to keep me going in a small town environment. I discovered the Columbia Valley to be a hotbed of exciting stories and interesting dialogue. Valley citizens are passionate about their beautiful home and are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, no matter the issue. I can’t wait to document the living history of this beautiful mountain nook. Whether I am covering high school sports, breaking news, or attending the latest council meeting, I am dedicated to providing a fair voice to all valley residents. If you have a burning news tip or just want to chat, you can find me around town or at The Pioneer at 250341-6299 or

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Out & About A new exhibit celebrating spring is on offer now at Invermere’s Artym Gallery. Featuring paintings from Cameron Bird and wildlife sculptor Vance Theoret, the show begins April 6th and runs until April 15th. For more information, phone 250-342-7566 or visit Photo submitted

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Movie Review: We Bought A Zoo Reviewed by Kate Irwin We Bought A Zoo is one of those films you’d be slightly embarrassed to get caught watching. Not because of explicit or gratuitous content. Oh no — this movie’s squeaky clean. But if you can be gratuitously sweet, We Bought a Zoo is obscene. This cloying offering from director Cameron Crowe (who had us at hello with Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous) ticks all the boxes for a family movie. Cute kids? Check. Animals? Check. Solid acting from Matt Damon and Scarlett Johanssen? Check. Superficially these look like the perfect ingredients for movie magic. But superficiality seems to be the film’s main problem. The lack of emotional honesty from our well-meaning-but-bumbling protagonists and the all too predictable plot leaves a feeling of great dissatisfaction. Watch-

ing the film is like gorging yourself on candy. You’re left feeling slightly ill, fairly ashamed of yourself and hungry for something you can actually sink your teeth into. What Crowe has done is taken an interesting true story of British journalist Benjamin Mee — who purchased a dilapidated zoo and brought it back to its former glory — and turned it bland. Matt Damon earnestly portrays the grieving widower struggling to hold his family together after the tragic loss of his wife. But it winds up as an over-long family therapy session, crossed with a trashy sitcom. This week on We Bought A Zoo: hilarious hijinks for the Mee family as mopey teen Dylan (Colin Ford) leaves a crate full of snakes open; drama as Scottish gamekeeper MacCready (Angus Macfadyen) tries earnestly to kill a visiting USDA inspector (John Michael Higgins); and adorable moppet Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) does something cute so we can all go “awwww!”

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

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may run rarely. Toby Theatre • April 6th - 7th and April 9th - 11th, 7:30 p.m.: The Lorax. • April 20th - 21st and April 26th - 28th, 7:30 p.m.: John Carter. For info:

Friday, April 6th: • 4:30 - 9 p.m.: Free lift-accessed tobogganing on Highway 1 at Panorama Resort. Pick up lift ticket at Guest Services. For info: 250-342-6941. • 6 - 9 p.m.: Cameron Bird and Vance Theoret Exhibition at The Artym Gallery. Show continues until April 15th. For info: 250-342-7566. • 7 - 9 p.m.: ‘Through My Eyes’ solo art show by Jan Zora at Radium Resort. Music and snacks. Artist in attendance. Runs April 5th -12th.

Saturday, April 7th: • 12 noon - 4 p.m.: Panorama Mountain Spring Carnival. Carnival games and activities at Mountain base arena. For info: 250-342-6941. • 7 - 8 p.m.: Campfire Fun and Marshmallows at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s courtyard fire pit. Free.

Sunday, April 8th: • 10 a.m.: Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Windermere Community Association. Entry by donation, volunteers needed. For info: 250-341-3383. • 10 a.m.: Easter Egg Hunt at Panorama Resort. • 10 a.m.: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s annual

Easter Egg Hunt. Meet at the tennis courts. • 12 noon - 3 p.m.: Carnival games and activities at Panorama Mountain base arena. For info: 250342-6941. • 3 p.m.: Egg Toss at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Hill. • 4 p.m.: Annual Make Your Own Toboggan race at Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Hill. Come watch the staff race down the ski hill for the last time this year.

Tuesday, April 10th: • 6:30 p.m.: Spring General Meeting for Invermere Business Committee (IBC) at Lion’s Hall, behind the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments served. In need of more steering committee members. For info: 250-341-3775. • 7 p.m.: Cinefest at Pynelogs series presents The Guard at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. $10 per person. Tickets for sale at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. For info: 250-342-4423.

Wednesday, April 11th: • 1 - 2:15 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at the Invermere Public Library. The community bus will pick up and drop off at Columbia Garden Village and the Manor. Seniors are treated to tea and treats. • 5:15 p.m.: Spring Running Clinics start at Mount Nelson Athletic Park. For info: 250-342-8737.

Thursday, April 12th: • 6:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Relay for Life Kick-Off Party at Copper Point Golf Club. Registration, live auction and silent auction. For info: 250-342-9059 or email

Friday, April 13th: • 2 - 5 p.m.: 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour arrives at Pothole Park. Come cheer on the relay runners. Entertainment, food vendors, games and cake. Hosted by the A.C.E. Committee and the District of Invermere. For info: 250-342-5596 or visit • 4 p.m.: Official Ceremonies. Relay arrives at Pothole Park. Honouring of medal bearers and cake cutting. • 7 - 9:30 p.m.: Open Mic at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Entry by donation. Cash bar. For info: 250342-4423.

Saturday, April 14th: • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Parkade Sale at Copper Point Resort. • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.: Big Band dance lessons with Cranbrook instructors Randy Tapp and Kim Bombardier. $15 per person. For info call Nancy: 250-342-8784. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: BBQ fundraiser for Global Animal Lovers at Home Hardware. • 5:30 p.m.: Spring dinner at the Edgewater Legion. Ham, cabbage rolls and scalloped potatoes. $12 per adult. $10 for seniors and children under 12. For info: 250-347-0044. • 7 p.m.- 1 a.m.: 4th Annual Galarama Goes Bollywood at the Edgewater Community Hall. A ladies-only event presented by Edgewater Rec Society. $15 per adult. Tickets available at Bud’s and Scrappy Do’s in Invermere, Nellie’s Salon and Prestige Lounge in Radium and Pip’s Store in Edgewater. For info call Tammy: 250-270-0340. Tuesday, April 17th: • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Options for Sexual Health clinic at Invermere Health Unit. For info: 250-342OPTS(6787). • 6 - 10 p.m.: Business Excellence Awards at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Brought to you by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Radium Chamber of Commerce. For info: 250342-2844 or

Wednesday, April 18th: • Denis Chang Master Guitar Workshop brought to you by Columbia Valley Arts. For info: 250-3424423. • 7 p.m.: Denis Chang Manouche Quartet Concert at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. Featuring the style of music from Django Reinhardt. For info: 250-342-4423.

Thursday, April 19th: • 7 p.m.: The Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley’s annual general meeting in the activity room at Columbia Garden Village. For info, call Gail at 250-342-6752 or Helen at 250-342-6789.

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A group of David Thompson Secondary School seniors will be going hungry April 5th and 6th to raise money and awareness for access to clean drinking water, education, food and safety on the African Continent. The 30-hour famine at the high school is organized by leadership group member Elizabeth Arif. “I want to tell Columbia Valley residents about this to help them realize how lucky we are,” Ms. Arif said. While simply reading about the issues facing world hunger may grab attention, Ms. Arif wants students to learn from experience. “A famine is not only good to raise money, but to bring awareness to the students. They can experience hunger firsthand and think about how lucky they are for 30 hours.” The David Thompson senior contends that the inspiration for the event has two purposes. “This is not only to inspire them [students] to help with famine in Africa, but also to see that they are making a difference and that we have the power to do that, and also how fun and easy it is.” The event will feature two guest speakers, including local celebrity Pat Morrow. The mountain climber and photographer is famous for his photos of Canada’s first

scaling of Mt. Everest in 1982. After Everest, the Columbia Valley local went on to be the first person to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents. He received the Order of Canada in 1988 and the Summit of Excellence Award at the 1990 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Also speaking at the event, via skype, is Liz Wiebe of World Vision. Mrs. Wiebe will discuss the four causes of famine with students and how they can get involved at the community level. “I would like to see everybody come out of it [the weekend] with something different, something that they can tell me that they learned, experienced, or appreciated more,” Ms. Arif said. Ultimately the Grade 12 student would like to see more participation in the local community by young people. “I would really like to see a big number of people join the leadership group at the school and promote different causes, not just poverty, but other causes that they are inspired by.” The event will feature a Wii station donated by Gone Hollywood Video, a series of games and activities for participants inspired by the TV show Minute to Win It, and a high school dance. Sobeys has donated food products to the event for recovering participants.

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Jan Zora raising money for children This Friday, April 6th, the paintings of local artist Jan Zora will be showing at Radium Resort, just off Highway 93/95. The show is a fundraiser for the Family Resource Centre, and a portion of the proceeds will go to help children who use the community facility. Ms. Zora will display works like this mixed-media piece titled ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ from 7-9 p.m. Local musicians Elijah and Marty Beingessner will be on hand to entertain the crowd. Photo submitted

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By Kate Irwin, Pioneer Staff Four friends are bringing fresh flavours to Fairmont Hot Springs at their new market bistro, From Scratch, which opened April 6th. From Scratch - A Mountain Kitchen features a menu sprinkled with Italian and French influences, along with fresh-made takes on Canadian classics. Chef Adrian McCormack and his wife Lara, along with fellow locals Holly Brockmeyer and Norbert Kleiber have teamed up to help make Fairmont a true destination for food-lovers. “We’ve been thinking about doing this for years,” said Holly, From Scratch’s president. “We all live in Fairmont and we’ve always wanted to open this business here.

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We’ve seen what we think is missing from the lineup and the ideas just evolved from there.” Along with a comfortable restaurant where breakfasts, lunches and (from May long weekend) dinners will be served, the eatery will offer a take-home food menu including curries, soups, stews and lasagna, and a deli with olives and seasonal salads. From Scratch will also sell its own product line in the Market Bistro section, which will include condiments, breads, bacon, pasta sauces, desserts and more, all made in-house. Frozen foods available from the team of chefs will include pasta and stews. Regional ingredients will be used whenever possible Story continued on next page . . .

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April 6, 2012 . . . continued from page 16 and suppliers will include valley businesses like Patty’s Greenhouse and Edible Acres, Lara explained. “Almost everything is made from scratch with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients,” she added. “When you dine here you’ll find the menu different from the take-home menu, which will be changing depending on the season. There’ll be some good staple dishes to take back to your home, RV, hotel room, or wherever you are staying.” The star of the show in the open-plan kitchen is the wood-fired oven. Not only can it crank out sizzling pizzas in minutes, it’s also key to creating some of the unique flavours that From Scratch - A Mountain Kitchen will be known for, Adrian said. “We ordered it all the way from Italy,” explained the chef of 22 years, who trained with some of England’s top culinary experts. “I also requested not to be shut off behind a wall when cooking. We designed the restaurant with a modern, rustic feel. Comfy, but with a little touch of mountain too.” With the bistro’s open layout, diners can see their dishes being prepared and watch the wood-fired oven at work cranking out piping hot food. There is also a sun deck for diners to enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles, a dessert or a full meal. Another investment for the four business partners was to purchase a smoker, allowing them to smoke roasts for pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, bacon, and chicken for sandwiches and salads.

“We’ll have packaged, smoked ribs that people can take home and reheat,” Lara said, “and we’ll adjust the take-home menu depending on what’s popular. On Fridays we’ll be open until 7 p.m. to let people stop by and grab food for the evening so they don’t have to cook.” Attention to detail has been key while creating the bistro, said Norbert, who helped to make and build much of the interior décor. From the water served to the tables diners sit at, nothing has escaped the owners’ eagle eyes. “We really want to build a good local following.” Holly said. “We know we’re in a sleepy area off-season, so we’re going to have lots going on and plenty of atmosphere.” The four are also hoping to create a real food community in Fairmont. Supper clubs will be a regular feature in the coming months, with a set menu and chance to mingle with fellow foodies. Cooking classes may also feature in the future, Adrian said. “We’ve heard people say, “Fairmont really needs something like this” so we’re doing our best to provide it,” Lara added. “We’re really happy with all the enthusiasm and support from the community.” From Scratch - A Mountain Kitchen is located on the corner of Hot Springs Road and Resort Road in Fairmont. The restaurant is now open Wednesday - Sunday for breakfasts and lunches. For more information, phone 250-345-0008 or go to www.

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Federal budget highlights Last week the Conservative government released their 2012 federal budget. Among the more notable items were changes to the Old Age Security, increased tax-free amounts for cross-border shopping and the elimination of the penny. The newly balanced budget is expected to move our country from a $33 billion deficit to a $3.4 billion surplus by 2015-2016. OAS and GIS Perhaps the most talked about item in the budget was the government moving forward with a plan to delay the age at which Canadians can start receiving Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Securities payments from 65 to 67. The changes will not affect anyone age 54 or older as of Saturday, March 24th. For those born between 1958 and 1962, collection can start between age 65 and 67, subject to details pertaining to their actual birth date. Those eligible for Old Age Security may also choose to defer their payments for up to five years in exchange for an elevated payment in the future. No more pennies Though pennies will still be considered an acceptable currency, the Royal Canadian Mint will cease producing the coins in April, and circulation will cease in the fall. At this time, the government recommends that

cash transactions are rounded off to the nearest five-cent increment. In the case of debit and credit card purchases, no rounding will be imposed. This change is expected to save $11 million per year. Cross-border shopping Globe-trotters and Black Friday shoppers will be pleased that starting June 1st, there will be an increase to the amount of goods Canadians can bring home tax and duty-free after travelling outside of Canada. There is no exemption for trips shorter than 24 hours but for trips up to 48 hours the exemption increases from $50 to $200. For those leaving the country for two to seven days, the current $400 exemption is doubled to $800. For trips lasting longer than seven days there is a slight increase, from $750 to $800. Rules pertaining to alcohol and tobacco will be the same. Public service workers The public service will be reduced by about 19,200 jobs over the next three years, including 600 executive jobs. This amounts to approximately 4.8 per cent of current public service positions. To put this number into context, the public service grew by approximately 95,000 jobs between 2008 and 2011. Few details have been released about which pro-

grams and departments are experiencing cutbacks and which are expected to be shut down entirely. In addition, the Public Service Pension Plan has been adjusted so employee and employer contributions are shared equally, instead of elevated employer contributions. These changes are expected to also affect the RCMP, Canadian Forces and Parliamentarians. Charities Going forward, the Canadian Revenue Agency will require charities to disclose more information on their political activities, particularly their funding from outside sources. According to the government, this move is expected to improve accountability and transparency, and charities can expect to face new sanctions if they aren’t compliant. Businesses Small businesses in Canada will enjoy the Small Business Hiring Credit for one more year, as well as limits to EI premium increases. In the case of businesses focused on research and development, fewer tax credits will be available but there will be more opportunity for direct grants, amounting to $400 - $500 million. While those looking for more from the budget may be disappointed, it is common for majority governments to present their most meager budgets during the first part of their term.

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Canadian Tire now open The newly built Canadian Tire opened its doors last week to a lineup of eager customers. On March 29th, more than 100 excited shoppers waited outside Canadian Tire, some standing in line for up to two hours in order to be the first to browse the store’s aisles. The Invermere location is the 15th Canadian Tire Small Market Store to open since 2008. It has 14,000 square feet of retail space, including automotive supplies and housewares. The space also includes a Mark’s Work Wearhouse clothing store. “With all the attractions Invermere has to offer, Canadian tire is a natural fit,” owner Craig Knapp said. “Our business is life in Canada, and my team has been working hard to ensure we are ready to help the community take it on, at prices that are competitive with any other larger centre.” Mr. Knapp is now living in Invermere, after moving from

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Dinners require re-heating. Vegetarian option available.

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Now offers garden maintenance Maintaining and caring for your garden is important in keeping your landscape beautiful and vibrant. Let us take care of it for you. We can create a maintenance schedule that meets your needs. From once-a-year clean ups to a weekly routine, we offer solutions to suit your garden. 250-342-5676 •

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE COLUMBIA VALLEY— Valley residents, either at work or play, were out in full force during the last weekend in March. This page, clockwise from top left: skateboarder and photographer Mark Johnston finds himself on the other side of the lens as he catches some air at Mount Nelson Skate Park in Invermere; pilot Tammy Leonard of Babin Air performs a pre-flight inspection on a four-seater Cessna 206; firefighter Michael Hecken checks over the Jaws of Life equipment at the Invermere Fire Hall on Saturday. According to Mr. Hecken, the newer generation of lifesaving equipment is much lighter and can easily be operated by one firefighter; Christine Squire multi-tasks at Panorama ski resort Saturday. The winter enthusiast gets both family time and toboggan thrills with her two boys Alexis, 6, and Justin, 4, of Red Deer, Alberta. Photos by Kristian Rasmussen

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April 6, 2012 . . . this page, clockwise from top left: Franz Grasegger of rock and folk group L8 plays the accordion in front of the Great Hall at Panorama Mountain Village; snowboarder Brandon Ellefson competes in the big air event of the Easy Rider Snowboard Cup. The event had 203 competitors last year, and this year a whopping 439 riders turned out for the competition; Clayton Hildebrant performs some spring cleaning at Kinsmen Beach; Myrtle Holden prepares for her turn carpet bowling at the Invermere Seniors’ Hall. Photos by Kristian Rasmussen

DIRTY BLINDS Yes, it’s that time of year again!

SPRING CLEANING DISCOUNT 15% OFF VERTICAL BLINDS For all your blind cleaning and repairs call Doug or Cathy Cowan



Rocky Mountain School District is pleased to celebrate

Education Week (April 2nd-6th) with a special edition of our Learning Leadership Report. Please look under “Important Links” on our website at to read about some of the wonderful things happening in the Windermere Zone.

Vision To encourage and teach participants how to improve their quality of life through walking, running and other life sports.

Spring Running and Triathlon Clinics Running Clinic (10 weeks)

$9500 + HST Wednesday nights Beginner Class and Intermediate/Advanced Class. Starts April 11th Free Sunday group runs for clinic participants.

Wasa Triathlon Preparation Clinic (5 weeks)

$5000 + HST Tuesday nights starts May 1st Free Sunday group runs for clinic participants.

To register go to or call 250-342-8737 Email:

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Spring is here and we are cleaning up.

Parkade Sale Saturday, April 14th • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Surplus construction materials: • Steel doors • Cabinets • Lights • Plumbing fixtures • Variety of electrical items, wire, plugs, boxes, etc. • Granite countertops • Thinset and Grout • Slate flooring and more! Priced to sell. Everything must go. All reasonable offers accepted.

15 Anniversary Special: $15 green fees all day, every Wednesday this season!

Seasonal RV sites, why store it? Use it! With a golf membership = Crazy Good Value!

Golf course and restaurant open today!


Even the turkeys are excited The Columbia Valley will soon become host to legions of migratory birds. To celebrate, Ornithologists can flex their oculars during the Wings Over the Rockies bird watching festival, May 7th to 13th. Registration for festival event begins April 9th. In 2010, veteran birdwatcher Russell Cannings set a new record when he spotted 373 different species of bird in a single year. Photo by Larry Halverson


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Located along the Dutch Creek in a quiet setting with paved roads. Every lot backs onto a natural forested green space which can be up to several hundred feet. The treed lots range in size from 5,000 to 13,000 square feet, serviced for year-round use with water, sewer, 70 amp power, cable TV, and high speed Internet.

Deeded RV lot ownership starting at $62,300.00 This unique RV community boasts 5 km south of Fairmont HotofSprings, BC spectacular views the Rocky Mountains and the• 250-345-6558 Hoodoos. These beautiful treed lots range in size from 5,000 to over 12,800 square feet.

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EASTER BUFFET BRUNCH B o o k n o w – S u n d a y A p r i l 8 th 1 0 a m – 2 p m

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A combination of our exceptional cuisine, wine selection and spectacular views of the Rocky and Purcell mountains guarantees an unforgettable and incomparable dining experience.

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Wedding bells with Pioneer in tow Invermere’s Jennifer Gleave and Mike Szabo tied the note at the top of Kicking Horse Resort in Golden on March 24th, and brought The Pioneer along to help celebrate. Congratulations to the happy couple! Photo submitted




Open House

April 6, 2012 - Good Friday April 7, 2012 - Saturday 11:00 a.m., #110, 7599 Eaglecrest Lane, Radium.

11:00 a.m., #8120 Duby Road, Radium.

Hosted by Tracy Seheult for Wende Brash, Remax Invermere.

RE/MAX Invermere

Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459, Invermere BC V0A 1K0 E-mail: or Fax: 250-342-9611

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300

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Village of Radium Hot Springs

BUDGET CONSULTATION Village of Radium Hot Springs Council hereby gives notice that the proposed 2012-2016 Financial Plan is now available for public review by obtaining a copy from the Village’s office or website: Written submissions are invited from the public up to 4:00 pm on April 10th.

• Full and partial dentures • Repairs • Relines • Rebases

Invermere B.C. • 1-250-999-9191 Donald MacDonald – D e n t u r i s t

The Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley

AnnuAl GenerAl MeetinG

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 •7:00 p.m. Activity Room, Columbia Garden Village 800 - 10th Avenue, Invermere

All interested people are welcome. For information, call Gail at 250-342-6752 or Helen at 250-342-6789.

Government Rebates • Furnace Replacements • Heat Pumps • Fireplaces • Full Heating and Ventilation Systems

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Winser Timber Ltd. Road Building Land Clearing Basement Excavation Water & Sewer

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“For all your dirt-moving needs”

IN WITH THE NEW — Grey Bradatsch and Connie Artym-Bradatsch of Invermere’s Artym Gallery display the 2011 and new 2012 Columbia Valley Map Book cover art. On the left is ‘The Buck Stops Here,’ by Brent Heighton, prints of which are now on sale. To the right is last year’s cover art, Cameron Bird’s ‘Generations - Grizzly.’ Photo by Kate Irwin

Map Book supporting two causes By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff The 2012 Columbia Valley Map Book is here, and for the first time, not one, but two local causes will be supported through sales of its cover art. The Map Book is an annual visitor guide published by The Pioneer with cover artwork chosen in partnership with Invermere’s Artym Gallery. Working with Artym, high-quality prints of the chosen cover art are sold to fundraise for local causes. Since 2005, the cover project has donated over $25,000 to a range of valley non-profits, with 100 per cent of the funds raised poured back into the local community. The first of this year’s causes is Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, a not-for-profit organization helping to keep our valley safe for all who live and recreate here. The money will go towards the purchase of a muchneeded piece of equipment: a portable radio repeater. “Columbia Valley Search and Rescue is honoured to

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be chosen as the recipient of this very generous donation,” said Steve Williams, President. “One of the biggest factors in a successful search operation is effective communication … This repeater will allow our members to communicate in the mountainous terrain with the RCMP, the search manager and each other, making for a safer and more effective search.” The remaining funding will go towards creating two bursaries for graduating students at the local high school. The Columbia Valley Pioneer and Artym Gallery Bursaries will be awarded annually to two David Thompson Secondary School students going on to post-secondary education in the fields of media, journalism, graphic design or communications. Ryan Bavin Photography has produced just 100 prints of ‘The Buck Stops Here.’ The reproductions are 20” x 16”, costing $280 and are printed on paper, drymounted, varnished and framed. To purchase one, stop by the Artym Gallery at 934 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, or call 250-342-7566.

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Relay for Life preps with kick-off party Submitted by Sheila Tutty The Kick-Off Party for the Columbia Valley Relay for Life will be at the Copper Point Golf Course on Thursday, April 12th. The Relay for Life is an annual fundraising event for the fight against cancer. This fun-filled kick-off party is an opportunity to help us start our relay in style. You can learn about Relay for Life, register yourself or your team, enjoy fabulous hors d’oeuvres, bid on auction items, and visit with your neighbours. It is open to people of all ages and we even have a children’s auction. We still have an ice fishing shack which we will be auctioning off this night,

as well as many wonderful items, including a quilt made by yours truly; a two-day accommodation for up to eight people at Nipika; a $1,500 landscaping package from VJ Bishop Excavating, including two trucks of screened top soil with all machinery and labour for four hours. There are also green fees to your favourite golf course to bid on; two ceramic horses from Te Papa Nui, a beautiful gift basket from Fusion Spa; local art from Denise Lemaster, Carney Oudendag and other locals; and many other items and gift certificates. If you wish to donate an item(s) to the auction, we would be happy to accept them. Call Sheila at 250-342-9059 for details.

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A sweet tradition By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Here in Canada, a “bun” refers to any kind of bread roll, but in England the word has a more specific meaning: a sweetened and spiced small loaf. These tasty buns emerged in Britain in their modern form during the late 1600s, when sugar and spices from the New World became affordable to the burgeoning middle classes. Some variants included the icing-topped London bun, a finger-shaped treat with currents and caraway seeds, and the Chelsea bun (almost identical to the North American sticky bun) with lashing of brown sugar, cinnamon and a sticky, finger-licking glaze. But the hot cross bun traditionally eaten on Good Friday, is believed by some historians to pre-date Christianity itself. The term “hot cross bun” first appeared in print in 1733, when Poor Robin’s Almanack noted: “Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs. With one or two a penny hot cross buns.” But the bun tradition is far older than that. The ancient Egyptians ate small round cakes marked with ox horns, which were offered to the goddess of the moon and signified the four seasons. The Greeks and the Romans followed similar practices. Indeed, when archaeologists excavated the Roman city of Herculaneum — buried by the same volcanic explosion that preserved Pompei in AD79 — they found two small, carbonized loaves among the ruins, each marked with a cross. The pagan Saxons, who colonized Britain during the Dark Ages, baked breads slashed with crosses to honour Eostre, their goddess of spring and fertility, who is the most likely source of our word Easter. The truth is that the cross is such an ancient, widelyused sign that it can represent almost anything. Loaves and buns marked with it have spawned a large number of legends and superstitions. Sailors, always a superstitious bunch, would take crossed buns to sea to keep safe from shipwrecks. It was also widely thought that stashing a bun marked with a cross in a heap of corn would keep the rats and weevils away. People also hung them in kitchens to protect against fires and improve a cook’s baking. The most common belief was that buns and loaves baked on Good Friday never go mouldy, and so they were sometimes kept as good luck charms for an entire year. Pieces were then grated off for use in medicines to cure a variety of maladies, especially diarrhea. The tradition of hot cross buns at Easter was likely cemented in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I of England, who restricted London bakeries from making crossed buns “except ... at burials, or on Friday before Easter, or at Christmas.”

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Hot Cross Buns Ingredients: • 1 cup (200 ml) milk, plus a little more for glazing • 3 cardamom pods, bruised • 1 cinnamon stick • 2 cloves • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg • Pinch of saffron • 4 teaspoons (50 g) fresh yeast • ¼ cup (50 g) superfine sugar, plus extra to glaze • 3 ½ cups (450 g) strong white flour (bread flour) • 1 stick (100 g) butter (frozen until solid) • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon ground ginger • 3 eggs • ¾ cup currants • ¼ cup mixed peel • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1. Heat milk gently in a pan along with the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and saffron until just boiling. Then turn off the heat and leave to infuse. 3. After one hour, return the pan to the hob and heat until warm. Strain the milk and mix in the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar. 4. Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl and grate butter over the top. Rub it in with fingertips, or in a food mixer, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 5. Add the remaining sugar, salt and ginger.

Sugar Cookies Ingredients: • 1 cup (225 g) butter • ½ cup (110 g) superfine sugar • 2 cups (275 g) flour • Coloured icing tubes • Food colouring • Confectioner’s sugar • Easter cookie cutters • Edible decorations (sprinkles, etc.) 1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF (170ºC). 2. Cream the butter in a large bowl until soft. 3. Add sugar and beat together until fluffy and butter turns light in colour. 4. Sift in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon and then with your hands to form a dough. 5. If you have fun Easter cutters, roll the dough out into a sheet approximately half an inch in thickness (it may help to place it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes first) and then cut out shapes and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

6. In a cup or mug, beat together two eggs. 7. Make a well in the centre of your flour mix, and add the beaten eggs and the yeast mixture. Stir together, adding enough milk to make a soft dough (it shouldn’t be tough or at all dry). 8. Place your dough on a floured worksurface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. 9. Lightly grease a mixing bowl at least double the size of the piece of dough and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (60-90 minutes). 10. Tip dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a minute or so, then flatten it out and scatter over the fruit and peel. Knead again to spread the fruit around evenly, then divide into 16 equal pieces and roll these into bun shapes. 11. Place them on a lightly greased baking tray and score a cross into the top of each, then cover and put in a warm place to prove until doubled in size. 12. Pre-heat the oven to 390ºF (200ºC) and beat together the last egg with a little milk. Set aside. 13. Mix all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt and enough cold water to form a stiff paste. Paint the top of each bun with the egg/milk wash, and then, using a piping bag or teaspoon, draw a thick cross on the top of each. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. 13. Meanwhile, mix 1 tablespoon superfine sugar with 1 tbsp boiling water. When the buns come out of the oven, brush them with this before transferring to a rack to cool. Eat with lots of butter.

6. If you have no cutters, divide the dough into walnut sized pieces and roll into egg shapes by hand and flatten onto a baking sheet. 7. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden. 8. Place on a wire rack to cool. Decorating 1. Once cookies are cool, mix confectioner’s sugar with water until a fairly thick icing is formed. 2. Divide it into bowls and add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl. 3. Use a knife to spread icing over cookies. 4. Use edible decorations/coloured icing tubes to decorate cookies as desired.

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Easter around the world • In many African countries, Easter is celebrated with a gathering of hundreds at the local church, which is decorated with butterflies, flowers, trees and other symbols of nature, made out of clothing. • The Spanish parade through the streets for Easter with effigies of Saints, plus religious icons and symbols. In some parts, juas or Judas dolls, are burned. • Easter in Russia is a late night affair. After a Saturday night mass, Russians return home to feast until the small hours of the morning. Willow branches are used to tap people on the shoulder for good luck and eggs handed out, also for luck. • Eggs are central to the Easter celebration in Greece as well. Since the days of the Romans, painted eggs have been

given as gifts and people knock the eggs together while saying, “Christ has risen.” • In Sydney, Australia an annual Royal Easter Show is held. Visitors can pet farm animals, take a spin on rides, watch nightly fireworks, march in parades and find all kinds of street treats to eat. • In Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, early on the morning of Easter Monday boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them on the legs with willow or birch twigs or switches. The custom of pouring water was an ancient spring rite of cleansing, purification, and fertility. • In Haux, France, a giant omelette is cooked in the town square on Easter Monday. Approximately 4,500 eggs are used.

Regional District of East Kootenay

Swedish spirit of Easter In Sweden, Easter traditions include the giving of candy-filled eggs left by the Easter rooster and the decorating of an Easter tree, pictured above. Mothers decorate the house with spring branches and adorn them with brightly coloured eggs, chicks, witches and feathers. During this Easter weekend, according to Swedish folklore, witches fly back to a place called Blåkulla and these bouquets symbolize their brooms. Children dress up as witches for Maundy Thursday in Sweden and go door-to-door with Easter cards and a cauldron to collect candy. Photo by Kate Irwin


SEALED TENDERS marked, “Tender – Operation of the Columbia Valley Landfill” will be received by the Solid Waste Superintendent, Environmental Services, Regional District of East Kootenay, 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 until 2:00 pm local time on April 24, 2012. Tenders received after the specified time will be returned unopened to the Bidder. The Contract Documents including Bid Forms may be obtained after April 6, 2012 from the Cranbrook RDEK office during regular office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday) upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit by cash or certified cheque in the amount of $50.00. A site meeting is mandatory. It must be scheduled through the Solid Waste Superintendent and attended prior to April 17, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Columbia Valley Landfill, 1884 Windermere Loop Road, Windermere, BC. TENDERS must be accompanied by: • a bid security deposit in the amount of $20,000.00 (Certified Cheque or Irrevocable Letter of Credit). The successful bidder shall be required to provide a BANK IRREVOCABLE LETTER OF CREDIT, in the amount of 50% of the total of the first year of the contract, valid for the life of the contract.

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The Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily accept or reject any or all bids and to waive irregularities at its own discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing the Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily reject any bid submitted by a contractor that has a disputed account against or due by the Regional District or against whom the Regional District has a disputed account. The lowest or any bid will not necessarily be accepted and the Regional District reserves the right to negotiate terms and conditions with the successful Bidder. Jim Penson, Solid Waste Superintendent Environmental Services Regional District of East Kootenay

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF EAST KOOTENAY 19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Email: Website:

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COLUMBIA VALLEY REAL ESTATE Daniel Zurgilgen MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

Cell: (250) 342-1612 Office: (250) 341-6044 Fax: (250) 341-6046

Monthly Feature

Glenn Pomeroy

MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

Cell: (250) 270-0666 Office: (250) 341-6044 Fax: (250) 341-6046

Scott Wallace Co-owner/ Managing Broker

Maxwell Realty Invermere/Panorama 926 - 7th Avenue, Invermere B.C.

Office: 250-341-6044 Cell: 250-342-5309 Fax: 250-341-6046

Riverbend three-bedroom townhome

Bernie Raven

MaxWell Realty Invermere 926-7th Avenue, Invermere, BC

Cell: (250) 342-7415 Office: (250) 341-6044


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Invermere, Windermere, Panorama, Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs

On Toby Creek, just steps from the gondola to Panorama Mountain Village. Quiet and peaceful but close to the fun. Newly painted and carpeted means you only need to bring your skis, bikes and golf clubs. Fully-furnished. No HST! Compare and make the smart choice!


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WINDERMERE VALLEY REALTY 250-342-9450 BUS., 250-342-0510 FAX 1-866-342-9450 TOLL FREE, 250-342-5115 CELL

Gordon Bagan Broker/Owner

375 Laurier Street, Unit 201 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

Wende Brash Broker/Owner

RE/MAX Invermere Independently Owned and Operated 1022B - 7th Avenue, Box 459 Invermere BC V0A 1K0 E-mail: Fax: 250-342-9611

Office: 250-342-6505 • Cell: 250-342-1300

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Sales Representative MaxWell Realty Invermere 250-341-7600

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HERE TO SERVE YOU AVOID THE STRESS! Call Rhiannon and her team.

250.341.7171 •

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25+ Years Experience • Dangerous Tree Removal • Tree Topping & Disposal • Pruning • Hedge Trimming • Lot Clearing

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Also offering FREE year-round pickup of unwanted vehicles

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HERE TO SERVE YOU ROSS‛S POOLS & SPAS Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

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Interior World

HERE TO SERVE YOU window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406


Home-based customized gift basket business.

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Lions’ Ice Out contest winner cashes in The lucky winner of this year’s Lake Windermere District Lions Club Ice Out contest has been found. With a guess that was just six minutes off the correct time, Penny Highet of Sherwood Park, Alberta became the sole competition winner on Tuesday morning. 3,000 tickets were sold in the annual contest to guess when the ice would vanish from the surface of Lake Windermere. Lion Henry Hoffmann, who oversees the contest, confirmed that the guessing game drew to a close at 7:46 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd. Ms. Highet’s guess of 7:40 a.m. on that date was enough to land her the full $1,000 prize, half of which she donated back to the Lions Club. The annual contest is a fundraiser for the club and goes towards two Lions Club scholarships for local students and other community projects the club is involved with. Photo by Herb Seel

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In Memory of

Rain or Shine! Moving Yard Sale. Saturday, April 7th, 8:00-2:00 p.m. 126 7th Ave, near Library. Everything must go!

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.


April 20, 1960 - April 8, 2010. When I was a child I had a fever. My hands felt like two balloons. Now I’ve got that feeling once again, I can’t explain, you would not understand. I’ll send a pink one your way this Sunday. Love S.

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

S OBITUARY S VIVIENNE CREBO June 9, 1941 to March 23, 2012 After a long battle with cancer, Vivienne Crebo passed away in peace surrounded by family and friends in Calgary. She was a courageous woman who fought her final battle with dignity and love. Vivienne is survived by her son Patrick McGough (Susan), her daughter Kathleen Hlavay (Joe) and her five grandchildren: Kimberly, Christina, Braden, Brittyne, and Colten. She was predeceased by her husband Hienz Froemgen and has left behind many family members and friends whom she truly adored. Vivienne was born in Saskatchewan and spent her earlier years there raising a family. She moved to Calgary where she acquired a Bachelor of Education degree and began her teaching career. She taught school in Northern Alberta where she also went on one of her life adventures of canoeing down the Athabasca River. She later took up a second career of as a Real Estate agent in Calgary, but continued with more adventures such as sailing on the Pacific Ocean in a yacht as the “first mate”. Her life in Invermere began when she decided to leave the city and begin her semi-retirement years surrounded by the mountains, rivers, and lakes of “The Valley.” Here, she became a part time teacher in the local school district and invested more time in the hobbies she enjoyed such as painting. She loved to do portraits but would study new art techniques always following her desire to learn. She later was one of the founders of “The Purcell Mountain Painters” of which she directed until this past year when she had to give up her duties to devote her time to her health. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference”. In loving memory of Vivienne, a celebration of her life will be held in Calgary on April 14th,2012 at Willow Park Golf and Country Club in Calgary, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.


Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841.


S A L E Inventory clear out, taxes included! Saturday, April 7th Best Western Invermere Inn 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 250-688-5564

A celebration of the life of Margaret Rasmussen will be held at Christ Church Trinity on Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m.

S OBITUARY S ERNEST MORGAN November 2, 1908 - March 22, 2012 Ernest went to be with the Lord March 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and his children Ann, Sharon, James and Beulah. He is predeceased by his sons John and Peter and baby daughter Mary Ruth. Ernest was born in Indian Pond, Newfoundland. At the age of 18 he left for Canada and spent the rest of his life in Ontario and the last three years in British Columbia. Ernest had a full, wonderful life. He enjoyed his vegetable garden, making maple syrup in the spring, and visiting Newfoundland in the fall to fish for cod and pick blueberries and partridgeberries. He took great joy in delivering a basket of fresh picked vegetables or a jar of maple syrup to friends and neighbors. Ernest had his own painting and decorating business. He was a lifetime member of The Gideons. Ernest and Dorothy had a local cable TV show called “Golden Moments”. The couple travelled to India, Africa and South America preaching the word of the Lord and delivering Bibles to the villages they visited. Ernest was a wonderful loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be remembered with much love and wonderful memories by his wife Dorothy, his children, 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many dear friends. The family sends our deepest gratitude to the angels at Columbia House who cared so lovingly for Ernest over the last 3 years. Donations in memory of Ernest can be made to The Gideon Bible Society.

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CORE Hunter Training Safety Course is being offered in Invermere on April 11th-15th. Registration and details at Inside Edge Sports. 250-342-9245.

Cheers to Ginny and Kitty the pug for all your help on Monday. Your kindness was greatly appreciated and your pug made my birthday that much more special. Thanks, Amy.

Notice of Annual General Meeting. Windermere Valley Rural Range Patrol. 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Windermere Community Hall on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. Wildsight Invermere Branch AGM Monday, April 16th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Lake Windermere Office location, at the far end of the Service B.C. building. 625 – 4th Street Invermere

THANK YOU Since the loss of our son, Jay, our home overflows with love and support from family and friends. Calls, visits, food, flowers, cards, notes, emails, and donations to Mental Health are all so appreciated. Thank you to Rev. Dr. Katherine Hough for the intimate service. Thank you also to the Clubhouse in Cranbrook for the warm “Gathering for Jay” and his Red Deer friends for the special gathering and drum circle in his honor. Your support has been so very helpful during this difficult time. Warmest love, Keith and Betti Carscadden and family.

CHEERS & JEERS Jeers to the man who was so rude about having cherries on his milkshake. A please and thankyou would have been nice. If you’re having a bad day, don’t take it out on the people who are serving you! Cheers to Michelle Evans for replacing my whirligig after it got stolen. You are the greatest! Amanda.

Cheers to Jumbo! Let’s get deeeeep in a few years! Jeers to the loud, obnoxious, inebriated guy from Cranbrook at White Swan on Monday who made my romantic birthday night a nightmare. Perhaps next time you could respect personal boundaries and realize that not everyone is there for your entertainment. Jeers to my house-mates. Your sunflower seed shells don’t belong on the floor. Please use a tin, glass, plastic bag, or whatever it takes so they don’t end up on the carpet. It’s disgusting. Cheers to the IDPO for bringing back vigilante justice. If it works for the IDPO, it can work for the citizens who want to complete the job. Eleven eliminated by the cull, and numerous through collisions. Let’s call it 15 and 85 to go. Cheers to Steve Levitt for a great Letter to the Editor. It was a true representation of the facts. Cheers to the people who returned the chairs to the point by the old foundation. Thank you. Cheers to my very patient wife for putting up with me and our two teenage daughters. You’re amazing and you keep our train on the tracks.~ Wanda. Cheers to Panorama avalanche techs, ski patrollers and all other rescuers who put their lives on the line to keep others safe. Thank you for the great job you did on April 1st. You guys rock!

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Jeers to the people who lent out their dye packs so Jumbo opponents could write anti-Jumbo messages in the snow.


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

2-bdrm apartment (upper floor) in Canal Flats. Available immediately. $500/month + utilities + D.D. N/S, N/P. Call 250-342-3345 after 6 p.m.

Looking for long-term, female roommate. N/S, N/P. Behind Tim Hortons. $500/month, utilities included. 250-270-0622.

2-bdrm (upper floor) deluxe apartment. Available immediately for long-term rental in Canal Flats. Newly renovated, fridge, stove, W/D, perfect for couples or 2 roommates, N/P, N/S. $650/month + utilities + D.D. Call after 6 p.m. 250-342-3345.

500–1,250 square feet of PRIME COMMERCIAL HIGH-TRAFFIC FRONTAGE In the Fairmont Village Mall. Suitable for retail, food service, studio or office space.

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Full-service licensed restaurant. Turn-key operation. Prime location Main Street East Outdoor patio and balcony views of the valley and mountains. Includes managers upstairs suite. Please call 250-342-5755 -or email:

Cheers to the anonymous donor who generously donated $500 to the Killer Rollbots, Invermere’s roller derby team! Thank you so much! Cheers to Kaleigh the bride who was extra nice to a stranger at the hair salon on her special day. Congrats on your wedding. Jeers to the irresponsible owner of the two bulldogs who constantly run at large and defecate all over in Pothole Park. Cheers to the responsible dog owners who keep their pets on a leash and pick up after them. Cheers to the Valley Alley for hosting our Staff Appreciation Party on Tuesday, March 27th. We had an excellent time and we were very well taken care of. ~ The team at Copper Point Resort.



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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 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

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Assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park. 250342-3166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Rent/Sell approx. 2,400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Center & Fitz Flooring. For more information, please call Lorne @ 250-270-0102. 864 sq. ft. warehouse space with loading dock. Unheated, $625/ month. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3637. For Lease: approximately 2,800 sq. ft. Across from Invermere Post Office. Contact Gordon at 250-3429271. For lease: 1,200 sq. ft. office space. Available immediately. Call Scott at 250-342-5758. Can you provide “down-home” cooking? Fancy-shmancy not required. A filling breakfast, a good hot lunch, or lunch buffet, and a mouth-watering and plentiful supper will ensure your success. Are you up to it? Maybe include a good pizza and/or fried chicken for the evenings, and you’ve got it made! Rent that varies with the seasons. Largest kitchen in the valley and an outdoor patio combined with indoor seating will allow for seating of nearly 100 people. Most of the ingredients for a successful restaurant! All that’s needed is YOU! Call John at Skookum Inn at 250342-6293 to inquire about leasing. For rent/lease: up to 1500 sq ft in Meadowland Art Works building, near Canadian Tire. 250-341-8875 or 250-342-3335.

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. 250-2700729. 2-bdrm apartments, downtown Invermere. Clean, quiet units, parking, walk to everything. Start at $775/month, N/S, references required, D/W, W/D hookups. Call Dennis, 250-342-6912. Radium: Bachelor – 1-bdrm – 2-bdrm fully-furnished units. 1-3 bdrm unfurnished apt. Rent includes heat, hydro, cable, and parking. D.D. required. N/S, pets possible. Call Joan at 250-3427517 for more information and availability. 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. Low, low monthly rates. Daily, weekly, and monthly. Motel Bavaria, Radium Hot Springs. Call 250-347-9915.

Beautiful 1,200 sq. ft. luxury apartment. 2 bdrms, 2 baths, 5 appliances. Must be seen. N/S, N/P. $1,200/month + hydro. References required. Available immediately. E-mail or 250-342-5805. 3-bdrm apartment close to the hospital and schools. W/D, large yard and garden. Available immediately. $950/month. Call 250-342-3790. 1-bdrm lower level walk-out. Quiet location, close to beach and downtown. Lots of windows, infloor heat, D/W, W/D. $775/month utilities included. 250-342-3790. 2-bdrm apartment, close to downtown Invermere. Fullyfurnished, balcony, shared laundry, N/S, pets negotiable, storage space available. $850/month, utilities included. Available immediately. 250-426-5454. Clean, quiet, bright, large, 1-bdrm upstairs suite for rent in Columere Park. $650/month + hydro. Call 250-345-6524. 2-bdrm lower walk-out in Black Forest, Invermere. Very bright and roomy. $800/month, includes utilities. N/S, available immediately. 250-342-1305.

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SUITE FOR RENT Windermere: 3-brdm, 1.5-bath upper-suite. Big yard. $1,150, utilities included. N/S, pets negotiable. 250-342-8662. Skookum Inn Motel has a 2-bdrm, 2-bath suite with full kitchen and living room for long-term rental. Rent at $900/month, includes utilities and cable. The suite includes basic cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, cups, etc. Available April 15. D.D. required. Phone John at 250-342-7293. 2-bdrm second floor suite. Newly renovated, A/C, fridge, stove, D/W, W/D, N/P, N/S, $850+ DD, utilities included. 250-342-3335. Invermere: large 1-bdrm suite. N/S, N/P. $700, includes hydro. Available immediately. 250-342-6607. Available May 1st: two 1-bdrm suites, furnished or not. Prices start at $650 plus utilities. Contact Eric Redeker at First Choice Realty at 250-342-5914. 2-BDRM fully-furnished groundfloor apartment for rent. All utilities, cable and free laundry included. $850/month plus DD. N/S. Long-term preferred. Only 1 ½ blocks from downtown Invermere! Kitchen and bathroom recently renovated. Available immediately. Phone 250-342-9712 or email More info and photos: Ad ID 367486174. Suite available immediately in Fairmont. 2-bdrm walkout basement suite includes utilities, satellite TV, Internet, and W/D. Private yard backing onto Crown land on Columbia River. $950/ month. Call 250-409-9399 and leave contact info. 1-bdrm basement suite behind Tim Hortons. All appliances, N/P, N/S. $650 + D.D., all inclusive. 250270-0209.

HOMES FOR RENT Fairmont: newer 3-bdrm, 2-bath house. Large lot near river. All appliances included. $1,000/ month. Call Mark 403-519-0252.






Hillcrest Apartments have 2-bdrms, $800/month, 1-Bdrms, $600/ month, fully furnished, including utilities, TV and Internet. 250-3411182.

2-bdrm condo near Sobeys in very quiet building. Quiet people need apply. N/S, N/P, $650/month. 250342-6255.

Price further reduced!


INVERMERE: 5-bdrm, 4-bath, 4,000 sq. ft. home. All appliances, A/C, double garage, 2 decks, view of lake, walking distance to school and town, N/S. $1,800/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-609-0870 or kijiji Ad ID 362285483.


5 bedroom executive home. $1650 +utilities.


5 bedroom two bath fully furnished home. $1400 + utilities.

PURCELL POINT TOWN HOMES 2 bedroom + den, fully furnished. Starting at $1,250 +utilities.

HILLCREST APARTMENTS 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, downtown. Starting at $800.


1 bedroom unit, Toby, $800 inclusive. Two studio’s, Horsethief, $750 Inclusive.

Call Ben Green 250-688-0362 or visit 3-bdrm, 1-bath home for rent in downtown Invermere with nice yard, N/S, N/P. Available immediately. $1,350/month + utilities. Call 250-341-1182. Townhouse for rent at Cedarwood Glen Estates. 3-bdrm, 1.5 baths, garage. $1,200/month + utilities. N/S, N/P. Available immediately. 250-341-1182. Invermere: 3-bdrm semi-detached. Close to all schools and downtown. Available now! Pets negotiable. $850/month + utilities. Call Joan 250-342-7517 for viewing. Castle Rock Villa: 2-bdrm with high-end finishings, F/P, granite, 2.5-bath, double garage, deck with west exposures, N/S, N/P. Responsible couple welcome. Available immediately. $1,100/ month + utilities + D.D with a minimum of a 1-year lease. Send resume to or call 403-250-2075. 3-bdrm house in the Wilder Subdivision, close to downtown/ school/beach. Garage attached. No pets. No smoking. $1,100/month + utilities. 250-342-2052. Home for rent in Athalmer. Very cozy, newly painted, 2-brdm, 1-bath, wood and electric heat. 5 appliances, great yard. Looking for clean and responsible tenants. Available now. $900/month + D.D. + hydro. 250-342-8933.

2-bdrm cozy, furnished log cabin. Large yard, quiet location in Invermere. Suitable for 1 or 2 adults only. No W/D. Available in June. $825/month including cable and utilities. Please reply to: Landlord, P.O. Box 362, Invermere B.C., V0A 1K0. Please state employment status, age, plus other details. Edgewater: 6 bdrms, 4 full baths, 2 full kitchens, 2 living rooms. Includes 10 appliances on 3 acre lot. $950/month + utilities. Available immediately. 403-650-8654. Long -term rental: 3-bdrm, 3-bath, large deck, yard, and garage. Available May 1st. N/S, references required. Contact Gary: 250-3421322. Fairmont: 3 years old, 1,817 sq. ft. Semi-detached, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, 5 appliances, garage, carport, geothermal heating. Low utilities, A/C, beach house, BBQ and fireplace. $1,500/ month + utilities. Call 780-4463575. 3-bdrm main floor Invermere, year-round rental. Lake and mountain views, close to beach and downtown. D/W, laundry. $975/ month + utilities. N/S, References required. Available immediately. Call 250-342-9605 (evening) or 250-342-8640 (day).

Newly renovated, main floor and upper 2-bdrm + den. Large kitchen, 5-appliances (all new), deck, private storage compartment, downtown Invermere. $900/month + utilities. Available immediately. 403-874-0483. Radium Hot Springs: Sable Ridge fully furnished spacious condo. Underground parking, hot tub, pool, laundry. Only $800, utilities included. Call 403-861-5656 or 250-347-9915.

2-bdrm, 2-bath, at The Peaks in Radium. Underground parking, N/S, N/P, 7 appliances. $850/ month, all included. 403-8014356. 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo at Lake Windermere Pointe with pool, hot tub, gym, underground parking. $1,000/month + D.D. 1 year lease required. Call Janine 250-3421358.


Radium: beautiful 1-bdrm, furnished condo for rent includes utilities, underground parking, security. $650/month + D.D. Available now. 403-818-8777.

Cottage in the woods. Hike, bike, ski, golf, and garden. A gem 2-bdrm on 2 ½ acres, 20 minutes north of Radium and 50 minutes to Bugaboo. Call 403-288-4597.

Downtown Invermere, walk anywhere. New clean, 2-bdrm, 2-bath condo. 1086 sq. ft., W/D, N/S, small pets negotiable. 1-year lease + D.D. $1,100/month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-342-0853 or info@quiniscoe. ca.


2-bdrm townhouse. Downtown Invermere. Both bedrooms with ensuite. 2.5 bath, single garage, hardwood floors, W/D, gas fireplace, 2 blocks from downtown. $1,000/month plus utilities. N/P, N/S, Available May 1. 403-6157640.

2003 Winfield mobile home, occupied 4 years. Must be moved. Porch and propane tank included. $40,000. 250-342-6188.

Central Radium, close to golf course. Fully renovated, 6-bdrm home – like new! Stunning kitchen and suite potential. For full details visit www. ID#266165. Asking $447,500. Call 250-347-9399. Open house April 7th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Quaint 1,100 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. For full details and pictures visit www.propertyguys. com ID#266210. 250-409-9130. 1100 sq. ft. plus full basement, zoned R2, bungalow. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath and 1 half bath off master on main. Nearly finished basement with 1 bedroom, roughed-in bathroom and woodstove. A/C, central vac, large fenced yard. $360,000. Call for viewing 250341-3983.


OPEN HOUSE Friday, April 6th 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 7318 Glacier Drive Radium Valley Vacation Resort MLS® #K210005


Newer 4-bdrm house with garage in Canal Flats. Appliances included. N/S, N/P. Rent $895/month + security deposit. 403-813-4401.

Radium - The Aspen. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, second floor, corner unit. Heated underground parking, 5 appliances, N/S. $900/month, available June 1. Call 403-5616921.

Friday, April 6th 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 7497 Rivercrest Rd. Radium MLS® #K211454

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Lake Windermere Pointe condos starting at $1,000 plus utilities. Several choice properties available. Contact Eric Redeker at First Choice Realty at 250-342-5914.

Saturday, April 7th 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 4774 Riverview Dr. Edgewater MLS® #K210342

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Hawt Pawz n Clawz pet grooming is now booking appointments! Radium Hot Springs. Call Michelle, 250-347-2412.

Incare adjustable medical bed, good condition. $1,000. 250-3426188.


For Sale

Revenue Property for Sale Windermere B.C. Well-built house, 3-bdrm and 2-bath upstairs, 2-bdrm and 1 bath downstairs in self-contained suite. Across from school, very clean, partially renovated, and ready for immediate occupancy. Single detached garage. For details and pictures please go to www. or call 250-341-5316.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Rivergems Jewellery & Fossil Gallery, Invermere B.C., is for sale. Terms negotiable, whole or part. An excellent opportunity for this successful business. Serious inquiries only. Call Carole, 250-3420177.

CONDO FOR SALE Ski to your door, fully-furnished 1-bdrm condo, F/P, deck, heated parking, swimming pool, and hot tubs. Tamarack Lodge, Panorama, B.C. $115,000 Firm. Call 250-3426858 after 6 p.m. Sable Ridge: 2-bdrm, 2-bath, A/C, granite, heated parking. $219,000 OBO. Contact Roger at 403-2560694 or 403-650-5503.

WANTED: Cat-sitter. Two awesome outdoor cats need a loving home for 6 months. Expenses paid plus BONUS. Please call 250-688-1179. Growing local business seeks a food safe/commercial kitchen for reasonable price. Required immediately. Contact Natalie at 250-342-1198.

MISC. FOR SALE Hot Tub Rentals Week or Weekend Rates. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922. Top quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-0617. Quality Top Soil and Manure Top soil $100 per dump truck load, $70 per pick-up load. Manure $100 per pick up load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Attention Electricians and/or Contractors Ateknor Enterprises, owner Norm Gagatek, is selling its inventory. Everything from rolls of wiring, pipe benders, conduit piping, and all things electrical. Contact Norm and Kim at 250-688-0950 to make an appointment to view. Could be purchased as entire lot or in pieces.


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King bed, pocket-coil, pillow top. Like new. 250-347-6404. White garage door. Good condition, all hardware, remote opener. $650 OBO. Call John at 250-342-5723. 1996 Yamaha golf cart. Gas powered. Fully-serviced, 2011. $1,995. 250-342-5249.

RECREATION VEHICLES 2008 SUMMIT X 800 CC. 154” track, 3” paddles, electric start with reverse. Comes with hand guards, 2-up seat, cover and clickers. Less than 600 kms. Has been stored in heated garage. Like-new condition. Selling due to tropic travels in the winter. $7,000 OBO. 250-347-6981. Premium Quad. 2004 350 Honda 4 Trax. 2,000 km, 25 hours, $1,000 in accessories. $3,500. 250-341-6018.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2006 Dodge Caravan. 60,000 kms, excellent condition. $7,999. Summer/winter tires. 250-3424400. 2006 F-150. Super crew, Lariat, fully loaded. $21,995, negotiable. 250-342-5249.

CAMPING 1996 24’ Dutchman travel trailer. Master bedroom separate entrance. $7,995. 250-342-5259 Make an offer! 1999 Kustom Koach 5th wheel. Great shape, pulls with half-ton. Clean unit with extra storage. Phone 250-342-2894. 2004 Prowler 32-foot trailer with slide-out bunk beds. Sleeps 8 people. Excellent condition. Call Chris at 250-342-5826.

SERVICES Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089.

SERVICES have you herd? is proud to sponsor the Edgewater Recreation Society 4th annual

Galarama for ticket details please call 250.270.0340

Renew & Restore Professional tile and grout cleaning, re-grouting, repair and sealing of tile, grout, slate, and stone. Commercial and residential. 35 years experience. New installations also available. 250-341-5645 Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman tile setter. 30+ years experience. Custom steam rooms, showers, floors, and cultured stone. All work guaranteed. Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 Phil’s Carpentry, Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time.



Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit

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

Spring Frenzy—Save 40%! “The crew of Shannon’s Blinds have been fantastic in every aspect of they superior service. They were very helpful on choosing the right blinds. Shannon was great – very honest and knowledgeable.”Russell Buksa, Full Mason Enterprises Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, 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. Red Rock Contracting. Masonry work, river-rock walls, glass blocks, etc. Tile and slate installations, interlocking paving stones, retaining walls, wall systems, repairs, etc. For estimate, call 250341-6869.

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

Invermere Sharpening Carbide and steel sharpening services. Carbide saw re-tipping, saw blades, router bits, planer knives, hole saws, ice auger blades, knives, scissors and much more. 250-341-5447. 345 Blair St., Athalmer.

NEED A JOB? Then you need a great resume. Great prices, accurate, and fast! Also offering data entry services and more. Over 20-years word processing experience. 250341-1939.

Local Website Design: designer seeking new clients, specializing in small to medium websites, blogs or portfolios. Initial meeting and quotes are free. www.

Have you purchased a Mac computer and need a tutor to learn the basics? Making the move to a Mac can be an intimidating experience. I will show you the basics and show you how to get more value from your system. I’m a graphic designer with 20 plus years experience working the Macintosh operating system. Basic tutoring session, $30/hour. Call Emily at 250-341-2793. Are you an adult who has always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Let me show you the basics and more. Available most evenings to come to your home. $15/hour, group rates available. Call Emily at 250-341-2793.

HELP WANTED Not a salesperson? Make extra money as an independent representative with sterling silver jewelry bonuses, trip, and not to mention the 30% commission. It’s amazing the difference Silpada Jewelry can make to an outfit, your attitude . . even your life. Ask me how. Call 250-341-5956. All Dolled Up is looking for some awesome people to join our team! Must be certified in manicures and pedicures. Gel nail certification a plus. Email resume to iwantajob@ No phone calls please. P/T practitioner/therapist needed for Pleiades Wellness Spa. Call 250347-2100. The Prestige Inn, Radium Hot Springs is currently accepting resumes for Room Attendants. P/T - F/T for the summer season. Please bring a resume to 7493 Main Street, West Radium Hot Springs. Summer help wanted for busy landscape company. Full-time, seasonal. Equipment operation would be an asset. Wage dependent on experience. Must be physically fit. Email resumes to

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Fireside Tea Shoppe is looking for a student to work full-time during the summer. Duties would be varied and having Food Safe certification would be an asset. Student must be continuing with their education in the fall. Please apply in person with a resume to the Village Country Inn, 7557 Canyon Ave., Radium.

Lawn maintenance staff required. Labourers, sweepers for spring cleanup starting now. Everett Frater Enterprises. 250-342-5645.

Village Country Inn is accepting applications for part-time staff in the following areas: • housekeeping • baking staff Please apply in person with a resume to the Village Country Inn, 7557 Canyon Ave., Radium. Licensed Caregivers Needed F/T and P/T caregivers needed to help man in his 40’s. Must have current First Aid, criminal record check, and references. Busy house with two young children as well. Call Kim @ 250-688-0950 for more info. The Aquair Water Company has an immediate opening for a Service Representative. Must have driver’s licence and clean driving record. Please mail resume complete with current driver’s abstract to: RR4 107 Westridge Drive, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K4. Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a full-time server, previous experience required. Also looking for a kitchen helper. Call 250342-9417 or email careers@ EXCITING NEW FOOD CONCEPT COMING TO THE COLUMBIA VALLEY THIS SPRING! “Amazing food is more than a meal, it’s a way of life.’ We are looking for like-minded individuals who have a passion to create/deliver amazing food & customer service. Counter/Retail Sales Positions Must Be over the age of 19, be willing to learn, have a flexible schedule, and most importantly, have a positive attitude! Minimum one-year experience in the restaurant industry. Full-time and part-time positions available. Please forward your cover letter and resumé to irwin456@gmail. com.

W.A.A. Construction Ltd is currently accepting resumes for F/T seasonal work. Includes labourer, truck driver, hoe and skid steer operator. Fax resume to 250-342-7166 or email w.a.a.constructionltd@ Now interviewing for four positions starting May, 2012. The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce has three Visitor Centre Counselor positions and one Community Events Coordinator position available. If you are a full-time student in either secondary or post secondary, great with people, familiar with the Columbia Valley, reliable, a team player and motivated to learn, please apply in confidence to Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Centre Manager at info@cvchamber. ca. The Visitor Centre is currently open 5 days and long weekends, and starting June 30th, 7 days per week from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers and kitchen staff. FT/PT. Send resumes to or phone 250-342-6866. Wanna get down and dirty? Edible Acres at Winderberry is hiring two energetic summer students. If you are interested in working with a team of farmers, learning about organic growing, sustainable agriculture, working outside, eating lots of veggies and playing in the dirt then please send your resume to or drop it off at Winderberry Nursery. Full-time and part-time work available.

Heavy Duty Journeyman Diesel Mechanic required in Invermere, B.C. Wage based on experience. $30-$38/ hour and benefit package available. Send resumes to max@maxhelmer. ca or fax to 250-342-0212.

Seasonal Staff Employment The Crystal Springs Motel in Radium Hot Springs is seeking Housekeepers for the upcoming season. We are looking for seasonal full-time and casual housekeepers. Hours are 10am - 4pm most days. Wages $14+ for the right people. We are looking at starting in mid-April. Accepting weekend-only applicants as well. Please stop by for a chat with us.

Windermere District Social Service Society is looking to hire a


Terravista Strata Property is currently accepting resumes for seasonal outside caretaking employment April through September. A current driver’s licence is required, and previous lawn care & irrigation knowledge is a must. Any other experience with landscaping machinery and general maintenance is an asset. Please e-mail your resume to Dani Tschudin .

Duties will include but are not limited to, recording of monthly board meetings (evenings) additional secretarial duties as needed. Successful applicant would have exceptional organizational skills. Hours may vary, wages dependent on experience. Send resume to

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

Night Auditor The successful candidate will possess customer service experience, excellent communication skills and strong organizational and computer skills. All applicants must have basic bookkeeping experience. This position requires night shifts. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive salary and benefit package with access to all resort amenities. Interested? Please forward your resume with references to the attention of David Sheedy:, fax 250.345.6616, or call 250.345.6004.

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Copper Point Resort is hiring for the following positions:

• Permanent full-time Night Auditor • Permanent part-time Night Auditor • Seasonal full-time & part-time Housekeeping • Seasonal Breakfast Cooks • Seasonal Dishwashers • Banquet Servers Resumes can be emailed to, faxed to 250-341-4001 or dropped off to Copper Point Resort, 760 Cooper Rd., Invermere B.C.

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Friday, April 13th • 2–5pm Pothole Park, Invermere Everyone faces physical and mental challenges at one time or another. A.C.E. (Access in the Community for Equality) wants to be sure that everyone at all times knows how best to enjoy our incredible area — even in the backcountry. Did you know that gliding is an accessible activity? What about canoeing? Heli-hiking? Skiing? Swimming? All of these things are possible when you

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know where to go and who can help. AC.E. involves developers, municipal and regional elected council, First Nations, Chambers of Commerce, business and service communities, disabled people of all ages, youth and senior organizations. They encourage barrier-free access and awareness in the areas of transportation, community development, recreation, tourism, arts, culture, agriculture and parklands.

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Walking on sacred ground By Pastor Murray Wittke Valley Christian Assembly On a hillside in Radium overlooking a supermarket, a pub, and a Church, Jesus is nailed to a cross. Stopping to investigate, I discovered a series of sculptures along a path depicting the final hours of Christ’s passion. Curious, I decided to spend some time and walk The Way of The Cross. First, I see Jesus standing condemned while Pilate washes his hands. Although the highest Roman authority, he sits at the lowest spot on this path, just off the parking lot. A few yards away, Jesus accepts his cross and begins dragging it uphill. A Roman soldier with an eye patch and spear keeps him moving. Jesus falls several times and is beaten with a club. A tall thin man steps forward and carries the cross for him. Reaching the top we stop and two men strip Jesus of His clothing. Next, he’s laid on the cross with the point of the soldiers spear at his throat. I watch a man hold down Jesus’ arms, they’re mus-

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cular and strong. Another man with a twisted smile lifts his hammer and fastens Jesus to the cross with thick iron spikes. Jesus’ back arches; he turns his head and looks directly at me. Caught in his gaze I’m drawn into this scene. He’s seen me gawking. Embarrassed, I step back and look away. How did he know I was here? Somewhere I hear, “This is my body given for you.” Suddenly, I’m standing before three upright crosses. One cross holds an angry and defiant man. On another a man looks toward heaven. Silent and still, Jesus hangs above me with bowed head and lifeless eyes. I bow my head and say, “Given for me … given for me.” Below him a young woman clings to the cross. I watch as Jesus is taken down and falls limp into his mother’s arms. I see gaping holes in his hands, feet and side. A woman weeps. He’s placed in a tomb and I return to my car. Surely on this quiet Friday afternoon I’ve walked with Jesus on sacred ground. Have you?


LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Friday, April 6th, 7 p.m.: Good Friday Service; Sunday, April 8th, 7 a.m.: Sonrise Kinsmen Beach; 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction, “The Journey: To Emmaus”... Pastor Trevor ministering. “K.I.D.S” Church, for children age 3 to Grade 1; and Grade 2 to Grade 5 during the Morning Service. 7 p.m.: “SING and CELEBRATE” at 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; Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Kids’ Church. Reverend Laura Hermakin 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 Good Friday, 2 p.m.: Radium: The Stations of The Cross (outdoor shrine) 3 p.m.: Celebration of The Passion at St. Joseph’s Mission in Radium; Holy Saturday, 2 p.m.: Blessing of The Easter Foods in Invermere; 8 p.m.: Easter Vigil at Canadian Martyr’s Church in Invermere; Easter Sunday: 9 a.m. in Invermere and 11 a.m. 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. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

Autobiographical Writing for Seniors

Inspiring ministry in song and word

Have you ever thought about writing your life story? Join us to learn fun and interesting techniques to organize your memoirs, compose an autobiography, and gain writing skills. No writing experience necessary. Tuesday afternoons beginning April 10, 2012 Invermere Seniors’ Hall For more information and to register, please contact Katie Andruschuk Ph. 250 688 2115 e-mail:

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Valley Churches

Anita Pearce

Friday, April 6th & Saturday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Radium Christian Fellowship

#4-7553 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs, B.C. For more information call 250-342-6633.

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Mid-week: Riverside $49.99 • Mountainside $39.99

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