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Those using the upstairs cardiovascular workout studio at the Valley Fitness Centre will be greeted by an old friend when they walk through the door. The centre has dedicated its second floor cardio studio to Georgina Dubois, Invermere fitness guru and community leader. A plaque and mural to the memory of the popular valley resident greets those entering the room. “They did a wonderful job on the plaque and display,” said Bill Dubois, Georgina’s husband. “There is a lot in it when you really look. I am honoured to have this room dedicated to her. She worked hard for probably 30 years, before the building was even there, to get this facility.” Georgina, who was instrumental in founding and running the Valley Fitness Centre, passed away in October 2011 at the age of 69 after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. The valley local loved to keep fit, hiking several times per week and spending her winters skiing, both cross-country and downhill. “She was into everything,” Mr. Dubois said. “Anything that she wanted to try, she would try. I’m sure she would be hang gliding if she had the opportunity. She

didn’t have that opportunity. “To keep Georgina’s legacy alive you should enjoy every day and get out and do something every day.” Tiffany Gulbe, vice president of the Valley Fitness board of directors, worked alongside Mrs. Dubois for 10 years. “The thing that I enjoyed most about her was that she was a real go-getter,” Ms. Gulbe said. “She didn’t mince words. She was always honest and forthright.” Valley Fitness would never have received the level of funding that it now enjoys without Georgina’s hard work, she added. Jim Galloway, president of the club’s board of directors, met Georgina 21 years ago and found her to be an inspiring figure. “In the course of one week, Georgina talked me into buying membership. Then she talked me into going on the board of directors, and then she appointed me as recording secretary,” Mr. Galloway said. The Valley Fitness Centre president plans to keep Georgina’s legacy alive. “I think that we could strive to make the fitness centre an even better place and improve the services that we offer at the moment,” Mr. Galloway said. “That would be the best thing that we could do for Georgina’s memory.”


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Shuswap Band mourns fallen community leader and ‘90s. The Arrows pulled in seven Canadian Native Championship titles, three of which were won in a row. Shuswap Band members are in mourning fol“There are not too many times when a dad lowing the sudden death of council member and idolizes his son, but I sure do,” Dean Martin said. community leader, Randy Martin. Mr. Martin, 39, Randy’s devotion to sports was dwarfed only passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 9th, by his love for his family and the Shuswap Band, during a trip to Las Vegas. his family members agree. The loving father and dedicated baseball “What he would tell every Band member or coach was a leading member of the Shuswap kid was, ‘go to work, get your education,’” Dean Indian Band, where he had served on council said. “Education is the only way that we are gosince November 2010. He was also a familiar ing to move forward as a people.” face around town due to his work for Kinbasket When he was running for the position of Development Corporation as utility operator for councillor at the Shuswap Band’s bi-annual elecwater and sewers. tions in October 2010, Mr. Martin went above Above all, the community leader will be reand beyond to include all community members, membered for his kindness, said Sierra Stump, Ms. Stump said. Mr. Martin had to campaign Mr. Martin’s partner, with whom he has a sixagainst 13 other political hopefuls to earn his year-old son, Gage. spot on council. “That guy had the biggest heart around,” Ms. “Randy wrote every single Band member a Stump said. “He would do anything to help anyletter,” she stated. “He said ‘I am running for body, whether it was the people on his reserve, council’ and laid out what he wanted to do.” or his friends in California whom he graduated But Mr. Martin’s dreams for the Columbia high school with.” Valley were not limited to the Shuswap people, Mr. Martin completed high school in CaliDean Martin said. “He was a community memfornia because of his uncanny ability to throw, ber. When he did things it was for everybody.” which led him into the sport of baseball. Mr. Martin wanted to give his son Gage all “When he was a baby they evaluated him the opportunities that he had growing up and in the States,” said his mother, Pamela Martin. was willing to make sacrifices for his family. “Randy wasn’t even a year old and could throw a “When little league was scrubbed here he ball overhand. He grew up on the baseball field was willing to take his boy all the way to Cranwith his dad and his uncles.” brook, just so that he could have that extracurMr. Martin completed high school in Coro- IN MEMORIAM — Randy Martin, Shuswap Band councillor, passed away ricular activity.” na, California, and went on to play baseball for the suddenly on May 9th. He is pictured with son Gage, 6. Photo by Kate Irwin A celebration of life for Mr. Martin was held high school state champion team. After his success on Thursday, May 17th at the former Golden in the States, he returned to the Columbia Valley Timber Frames building. Instead of flowers, the on the Arrows fastball team. and played alongside his father, Dean Martin, Chief Exfamily asks for donations to be made to the Canadian The legendary First Nation baseball team racked up ecutive Officer of Kinbasket Development Corporation, a string of championships titles throughout the 1980s Diabetes Association. By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

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• On May 11th at 11 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment attended a complaint of a break and enter in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue, Invermere. Entry was gained via a back window. At the time of the investigation nothing was reported stolen. • On May 11th, a Village of Canal Flats employee advised the police of kids running through an unoccupied mobile home in the 4000 block of Beatty Avenue. • On May 11th at 2:30 a.m., police on the lookout for a suspicious vehicle located an SUV with its driver displaying signs of having consumed liquor. A breath demand was given and the man blew a ‘warn’. As a result, his driver’s licence was suspended for three days. • On May 12th at 3:53 a.m., the detachment received a call from a man who reported being with a friend in Fairmont, both highly intoxicated, and advised that they may not be able to carry on and find their condo. Both men were from the Calgary area. An officer phoned them back, informing them that a taxi could be called. The men responded that they had located the condo and would require no further assistance. To serve and protect. • On May 12 at 12:30 a.m., Canadian Pacific Railway police out of Golden contacted the Columbia Valley detachment to report that two men had jumped on a train heading toward Invermere. An officer went down to the tracks around the time the train arrived and a search was conducted. Nobody was located. • On May 12th, over a two-day period the detachment received multiple reports of a suspicious man walking on the highway in the Radium and Fairmont areas. Police had checked the man the previous day, and learned he was homeless and en route to Cranbrook. His behaviour certainly was strange and we appreciate the concern and phone calls to the detachment. • On May 12th at 11:40 p.m., officers responded to a complaint of a large group of men fighting in the area of Stanley Street, Radium Hot Springs. The disturbance had ended by the time police arrived. It was learned that a group who had been drinking got into a scuffle. The men were from out of town; Prince George and Calgary area. All were sent on their way. • On May 13th, the detachment received a com-

plaint of theft of money from a wallet left on the dashboard of an unlocked vehicle in the 2000 block of Pine Ridge Drive, Invermere. Insider trading There must be added stress on the son or daughter whose parents are police officers in a small community — but there are some advantages. One such advantage and pleasure I had in Golden was my relationship with the young people in the community. My son started Grade 1 in Golden and graduated there years later. As a result of being involved with his activities, relationships established with the youths during those 13 year were the best experience of my career to date. I could go into a crowd and the kids would cover my back. My son, in his partying days (still ongoing), happened to be with a large group of youths, 50 or more, at a house party. Unfortunately for the kids it was just a few houses from me and it was getting noisy and out of hand, with screaming and yelling. I requested the officers on duty attend the house and tell them to keep it quiet. The response back was that the young man holding the party was not cooperating. So, Sheriff of Mayberry kicked in. I phoned the house in question and requested they put my son on the phone. My instructions to him were pretty brief. “You have ten minutes to decide who your best friends are and leave the house.” To my surprise there was no returning argument. My son turned to his friends and told them it was time to leave. When they asked why, he responded, “Hell is about to descend and he’s bringing friends.” No uniform required, I walked over to the house where uniformed officers were waiting. I followed some partygoers into the house. Everyone was happy to see me, asking how the hockey team was doing. I told them I was not in the mood to talk hockey, and announced that the party was over, then walked through the house and cleared it out. I stood at the door as they were leaving and I felt like a steward as people were getting off the plane. “Thanks for coming. Bye, bye.” Some kid obviously new to town or visiting from the big city stopped and demanded, “Don’t you need a warrant to do this?” “Not in Golden, thanks for coming. Bye, bye!” I responded. I love small-town policing.

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Canine companions vanish from resident’s driveway By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff A Parson dog-lover has found herself without man’s best friend after her dog and two puppies were stolen from her driveway. Beverley Corey, who owns a Newfoundland labrador cross named Quinn, returned home on Wednesday, May 2nd to discover her canine companion and his two 12-week-old puppies were missing. “Just after I left for work, according to my neighbour, two women in a blue pickup with cages and a white trailer removed my dogs from the end of my driveway,” Ms. Corey said. “I just want my dogs back. They left the mother dog and she is just devastated.” Both are 12 weeks of age, and Baby Girl has black fur, while Banjo is a golden colour. Ms. Corey has already contacted the SPCA and local police, she reported. The RCMP are taking the matter seriously, she said, and have already taken some of the hair off the puppies’ mother for evidence. But the Parson woman is still in shock that her dogs are gone. “I feel violated,” Ms. Corey said. “I stay here by my-


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perspective Historical Lens

Claiming the skies By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

When Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” he might as well have been talking about learning to paraglide. At its best — the first snatches of flight, the surge of power from the wind as it inflates your wing — it’s utterly exhilarating. At its worst — debilitating, scrambling hikes followed by uncooperative weather aborting all launches — it reduces you to to an angrily frustrated (and somewhat sweaty) wreck. After getting a taste for the sport with a tandem flight at Invermere’s Lakeside Event a couple of years back, my attempts to get airborne have arrived woefully overdue. The tranquility of soaring with the breeze is a nobrainer for someone unafraid of heights (or should that be, plummeting from said heights?). A world of floating beside the birds, spiraling through thermals and the freedom to pick your pathway through acres of blue sky? Sign me up! But, as with any new activity, the sport can also kick your butt all the way up and down the valley. From being dragged across the ground shearing off layers of skin to the unusual upper arm bruises inflicted by a glider’s lines, knocks and scrapes come with the territory. Relentless patience is also much-needed. There’s the long treks out to launch sites; there’s the para-waiting (impatiently sitting at the launch site while the wind refuses to cooperate); and there’s the utter dependence on weather (which leaves you at the top of a lengthy hike with no way back down than foot power). You should also be prepared to empty out your bank account; a voluntary mugging that will set you back thousands. But the chance to join that elite club — the soarers unencumbered by the trappings of gravity — is also bewitchingly irresistible. Sitting in the sky whilst teeny specks of cars hurry about below and the majestic mountains silently observe your progress makes your head swim with the wonder of being alive. As you gulp lungfuls of the fresh mountain air all worries, responsibilities and stresses sink into the background. The sky becomes yours to claim, and who could ask for a better playground?

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Mother’s Day contest winners announced The Pioneer is proud to announce the winners of the Mother’s Day Poetry Contest. Bobbi Donahue’s Grade 9 class from David Thompson Secondary School stormed the competition with an array of wonderful and creative entries. The grand prize winner is Logan Powell, for his poem Mother. Logan wins a Mother’s Day gardening

basket courtesy of It’s a Wrap Gift Baskets. Second prize goes to Dre Haynes, for his entry This Is For, and third prize goes to Blake Glassford for his piece, entitled Mother. Both Dre and Blake win a ‘Fun with Mom’ gift basket courtesy of It’s a Wrap Gift Baskets. Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.

Correction In the May 11th edition of The Columbia Valley Pioneer it was stated in the story “Final push for Lot 48” that the lot in question is owned by Carol and Don Seable. In fact, the lot is owned by the Wilder family. Mr. and Mrs. Seable are part owners. Our apologies for the error.

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Jumbo debate did not detract from council Dear Editor: Despite the suggestion from Ms. Verboom’s May 11th editorial, District of Invermere council is devoting full energy to items that matter to Invermere. Some items, like renewal of our infrastructure are based on realities within our boundaries and require a significant amount of staff time. Other issues like subregional recreation, economic development, and planning for Lake Windermere cross jurisdictional lines and take time and energy from staff and elected officials (from both DOI and neighbouring local governments). Other more political issues (which I believe are also very important to Invermere) — like long-term land use in the Columbia Valley, the development options for Grizzly Ridge Properties, and the governance of the Jumbo Valley — are advocacy issues where council may not have the final decision, but can take positions and help influence the outcome. These advocacy issues require a bit of time and energy from council, but do not generally require any work from staff. To suggest that the hour-long discussion on Jumbo governance and the concept of appointed Mountain Resort Municipalities took away time or energy from any other item, is completely untrue. Nothing was dropped from the council meeting, nothing was added to the list of strategic priorities for council or the work plan for our staff, we simply had a meeting which went an hour longer and resulted in a decision to advocate our position on governance in Jumbo and the concept of appointed Mountain Resort Municipalities. I don’t view debating the governance of Jumbo as “throwing a stick at the train”, but rather, asking, “Is the train going in the right direction, and who is driving the train?” I think that the concept of an appointed council with no residents, and no services to provide, and with the only purpose of rubber stamping zoning which

both the developer and the province are too nervous to have go before the public and elected officials (like any other development would), should concern people. In 2004, when the Jumbo Glacier Resort proposal was granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate, one of the key conditions was that, “The Proponent must obtain the appropriate zoning and other necessary approvals for the Project from the Regional District of East Kootenay prior to commencement of construction of the Project.” The headline of the press release from the province, when the Environmental Assessment decision was announced, stated, “Province says ultimate Jumbo decision up to region”. What happened to the promise of local input on zoning? If that promise can be broken, then what other promises can be broken? When (not if ) the developer requests changes to the zoning and “master plan”, who makes the decision, and what chance does the public have to comment on it? A proposal for a densely developed, boutique, year-round ski resort with hotels could quickly morph into a sprawling backcountry real estate development with no commercial accommodation and surprisingly few ski lifts, few jobs, and few economic benefits. Land zoning is a powerful tool: it can instantly increase the value of land and make land speculators quick profits — but despite the suggestion in Ms. Verboom’s editorial, it does not automatically create business. Whether it is a gas bar or the real estate development beside a ski hill, the zoning does not guarantee that business will be created: several Invermere examples to prove the point include Vista Del Lago and Lake Windermere Resort. Let’s keep municipalities elected, rezoning processes public, and council meetings exciting (even if sometimes they are an hour longer). Gerry Taft Mayor of Invermere

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Criminals beware — a 16 pound, two-month-old crime fighting force is making her mark on the valley. Erna, a German Shepherd puppy, is in training in Invermere to become an RCMP police dog. The cute-as-a-button young pup is currently dividing her time between training sessions and chewing the pant legs of her handler, Constable Chris Ralph — who is also in training, to become an RCMP K-9 handler. “Some of the dogs that my friends have worked on are now working police dogs that are out there saving lives,” Constable Ralph said, explaining why the role appeals. K-9 officers generally get to go on the most exciting calls, he added, as the dog unit is usually used for criminal apprehensions, missing persons and drug busts. The path to earning the title of K-9 officer is not an easy one. Constable Ralph must complete a series of four different steps, two of which he already has under his belt. He started with a “quarry period,” where he assisted RCMP officer Corporal Phil Sullivan, an established K-9 handler, to train police dog Rambo in Cranbrook. “What you do is lay a track for him,” Constable Ralph explained. “I will hide drugs and other articles. The officer will follow and track with his dog. Your number one goal as a quarry is to keep the dog sharp.” From there, he moved on to an imprinting course, where RCMP officers learn to train puppies. Constable Ralph passed that course in May 2011, leading him into step three, training Erna. Now he has received his imprinter designation, Constable Ralph must complete a minimum of 24 months of puppy training before he can be chosen for the last step, a six month K-9 handler course in Innisfail, Alberta. Although keeping a puppy focused can be tough, Constable Ralph said, his current dog Erna is no slouch when it comes to training. “This is a dog that was born at the RCMP kennel,”

the constable said. “Officers take the active police dogs, ones that they think are exceptional, and breed them with the females that they feel have the best qualities. They are genetically creating dogs that are just fantastic for the job.” Even with the pick of the litter on his side, the dog trainer has a laborious task ahead of him. “Puppies are very impressionable,” he said. “If you do something that the dog doesn't want to do and scare the dog, it can wreck the animal right away.” The officer recommends a gentle approach to animal training. Even the way that a person walks up to an animal can leave a lasting impression, he added. “You really want to get down to its level so that you are not this big looming thing over it,” Constable Ralph said. Another challenge of dog training is the problem of moving forward with an animal that isn't always cooperative. Training in increments is the only way that most creatures are able to overcome their built-in fears, the officer explained. “I won’t push a dog to climb a set of slippery stairs right away,” he said. “We always start with the basics and work with different textures, like metals or wood so that the dog can find its grip and balance.” He said that working with dogs is also a 24-hour routine as he’s also roommates with his trainee. “It is a puppy, and you are up all hours of the night letting it out,” Constable Ralph said. “It is a full-time living and breathing thing that I am taking care of.” After multiple months together, saying goodbye to a puppy can be tough, he admitted. The RCMP can request any police puppy in training be moved on to another handler and facility at any time. With no K-9 unit in the Columbia Valley, the nearest detachment where Erna could eventually end up is in Cranbrook. But for now, handler and dog are enjoying their training journey together, at the expense of Constable Ralph’s pant legs.

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Every year The Royal Canadian Legion encourages young people to learn about Canada’s military history through artistic expression. Students are invited to create Remembrance posters, essays and poems in honour of Canadian accomplishment, valour and sacrifice, past and present. The amazing creative artistry of young Canadians is impressive and outstanding.

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 Windermere wishes to announce that the 2011/2012 Poppy Poster Literary Awards Presentation for 2011 entries will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday May 27th in the Legion Veterans’ Hall.

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CV Arts welcomes new assistant curator Submitted by Joshua Estabrooks Pynelogs Art Gallery and Cultural Centre Hello there Columbia Valley. I hope you had a rejuvenating winter, and are raring to go for what looks like a busy summer ahead. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joshua Estabrooks, and I have lived in Invermere for just over a year. I came down here as part of a work transfer with the Columbia Valley Pioneer after spending six years in the Robson Valley (just inside the B.C. border from Jasper). With a year of getting to know this wonderful part of the province under my belt, I will now be spending my days at Pynelogs, working as the assistant curator. Life changes can be great, I have learned recently, and I am beside myself with excitement at the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about art and art galleries, and to work alongside the dedicated members of the Columbia Valley Arts Council. Groups like CV Arts don’t exist everywhere, and I think oftentimes we take our long-standing, successful

community groups for granted. But not me, as I have worked with many organizations throughout the years and have yet to work with another that has not only accomplished so much, but also has so much potential still waiting to be realized. Art and those who create it have always fascinated me. Growing up on a small farm near Ottawa, Ontario, I had the luxury of frequenting a city full of art galleries, both large and small. Visiting the National Art Gallery of Canada, or the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, were regular occurrences for me, and helped shape my artistic sensibilities as I realized my own creative side. I have been exploring art in my own way for quite some time, using both abstract photography and strange musical compositions to satisfy my need to create. I’ve never publicly presented my work, but after some positive urging from a few key people here in Invermere, I will be taking part in my very first official show right here at Pynelogs in July. So come on down to the little log cabin on the beach and check out what we have in store for you this summer. We have a lot of new ideas (including a revamped website) that we are already working on, and I look forward to meeting the artists, art lovers and those who share a passion for all aspects of the artistic process. It’s

going to be a great season. I can feel it. If you’d like to get in touch with us to find out more, visit www. or call 250-342-4423.

Purcell painters showing at Pynelogs Submitted by Pynelogs Cultural Centre Did you know the Columbia Valley has its very own painting collective? It may not be as well known as the famous Group of Seven, but the 30-member strong Purcell Mountain Painters have been creating their interpretations of the breathtaking local landscapes for over 14 years. Their art will be on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre from May 15th – 27th. The artists’ opening will take place from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on May 16th, so come on down and meet some of the soon to be famous group of painting afficionados. Many of the painters will also be on hand on May 20th for an afternoon of tea and treats, so be sure to pop by Pynelogs to meet them.


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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

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

Treading the boards The David Thompson Secondary School senior drama class are preparing to take to the stage next week with two plays, Words, Words, Words and The Unusual Suspects. For more, see page 19.





Out & About Your weekly guide to what’s happening around the Columbia Valley Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

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Movie Review: Chronicle (Dane DeHaan), his pseudo-intellectual cousin Matt (Alex Russell), and the athletic and charismatic Steve (Michael B. Jordan). Andrew purchases a secondhand camera, using it as a shield as well as to document his daily life. While at a rave, the three discover an enigmatic object buried in a field that grants each of them a sliver of power. They find that, over time, this power can be nurtured, strengthened, and diversified. Their friendship evolves in parallel with the evolution of their powers. Unlike other graphic novel-based superheroes, there are no alter-egos. In-

Reviewed by Dean Midyette Chronicle is a youthful tale of the genesis and evolution of the superhero told from a high school perspective. Directed by Josh Trank, a relative newcomer, the movie pulls from the style of neo-classics, particularly Cloverfield’s journey through the impossible as seen from a series of shaky hand-held cameras. The special effects are subtle, integrated and used artfully to tell the story as opposed to a Michael Bay-like extravaganza of carnage which has little or nothing to do with the plot itself. The story focuses on three classmates: the abused and introverted Andrew

stead we are witness to three friends pushing the boundaries of their new-found abilities in anonymity. The story turns when Andrew — bullied, abused, poor, with a dying mother and alcoholic father — is pushed to the edge. While the movie starts off relatively slowly, it reaches a frenetic pace as first Steve, then Matt try to pull Andrew back from the brink. There are no clichéd Hollywood endings here. Instead, we are left with shattered friendships and a hint of introspection. After two years of superhero blockbusters, this movie is a welcome departure from the campy and predictable.


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

Submissions must be received by the Monday prior to publication. We may only run an entry for two weeks prior to the event. Please limit your submission to 30 words. Priority is given to one-off events, so weekly events may run rarely. Toby Theatre • May 18th - 19th, 7:30 p.m.: The Hunger Games. For info:

Friday, May 18th: • Backwoods Blues Festival at Horsethief Hideout, also on Saturday and Sunday. Family event. Includes camping. $50 for adults, youth $25, kids 10 and under free. For info: 250-434-4444, 1-403-7551545 or • 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Rotary Club Garage Sale at Deck Storage in Athalmer, Unit 118. Treasures for everyone. Proceeds go to Invermere’s student exchange programs. For info: 250-342-6122. • 6 - 9 p.m.: Min Ma and Neil Patterson exhibition at the Artym Gallery. Continues until May 27th. For info: 250-342-7566.

Saturday, May 19th: • 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Rotary Club Garage Sale next to Invermere Provincial Courthouse, across from Sobeys. Treasures for everyone. Proceeds go to Invermere’s student exchange programs. For info: 250-342-6122. • 8 a.m. onwards: Garage Sale and Bake Sale plus coffee at 1215 -10th Ave., Invermere, to raise money for the Underwear Affair. Fundraising and raising awareness of cancers below the belt. • 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Windermere Health Care Auxiliary hot dog sale at Home Hardware. Proceeds go to Invermere Hospital, Columbia House and palliative care suite. For info: 250-345-6635.

• 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: BBQ hotdogs at AG Valley Foods. A fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Swim Club. Visit • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: New work by Janice Tanton and Tresa Gibson. Art demonstration at Effusion Art Gallery and Glass Studio. For info: 250-341-6877. • 1 - 4 p.m.: Handmade Kazuri Jewelry from Africa for sale at Pynelogs. Hosted by the Valley GoGo Sisters. Admission is free. A luncheon to preview jewelry and purchase prior to sale at Pynelogs Cafe. $20 per person. Tickets are available at One Hour Photo. • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Grand Opening for the Cross Roads Collective at Invermere Crossroad, Hwy. 93/95. Musical groups, BBQ fundraiser for the Killer Rollbots, kids’ activities and wood art. • 2 - 6 p.m.: Fairmont Beach Resort and Waterski Park Open House. Free BBQ and fun for the whole family. Bring swim gear. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. For info: 250-341-7085. • 8 p.m.: The Good Doctor by Neil Simon performed by the Lake Windermere Players at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $15, sold at The Book Bar, One Hour Photo, Radium Video, Fairmont Pizza and La Galeria II in Fairmont. For info call Bruce: 250-347-9021.

Jardine at 250-347-9860. • 8 p.m.: The Good Doctor by Neil Simon performed by the Lake Windermere Players at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $15, sold at The Book Bar, One Hour Photo, Radium Video, Fairmont Pizza and La Galeria in Fairmont.

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• 10 a.m.: Annual beach cleanup at Windermere Beach. Please bring rakes, shovels, clippers, weed whippers, saws, trowels, trailers and trucks, and any other useful tools. Hotdogs to follow after the cleanup. For info, email • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Multi-family yard sale at Columbia Ridge Community Hall. All proceeds supporting Relay for Life. Furniture, sporting goods, clothing, books, household and garden items, building material, toys and more. Food and beverages for sale. • 12 noon - 4 p.m.: Join Purcell Mountain Painters for coffee, tea and home made goodies at Pynelogs Art Gallery in Invermere. Enjoy their display of paintings, meet artists and see demos. • 2 p.m. Louise Rose performs at the Edgewater Hall. Celebrating 100 years of the Edgewater townsite. Adults and seniors $25, students $10, children $5. For info call Barry More at 250-347-9668 or Anne

• 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: BBQ Hot Dogs at AG Valley Foods. A fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Swim Club. Visit • 8 p.m.: The Good Doctor by Neil Simon performed by the Lake Windermere Players at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $15, sold at The Book Bar, One Hour Photo, Radium Video, Fairmont Pizza and La Galeria in Fairmont.

Wednesday, May 23rd: • 5 p.m.: Info Fest 2012 at the Radium Resort Palliser Room. An information trade fair hosted by Tourism Radium. Free to attend or to exhibit. To register e-mail

Thursday, May 24th: • 5 - 8 p.m.: Second annual Columbia Valley Detachment Open House. BBQ hosted by Lions Club. Tim Hortons and Restorative Justice volunteers will be supplying police food along with drinks. Police dog visits at 6 p.m.

Friday, May 25th: • 12 noon: Lunch at Edgewater Legion. $6 for soup, bun and dessert. $6. • 8 p.m.: The Good Doctor by Neil Simon performed by the Lake Windermere Players at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $15, sold at The Book Bar, One Hour Photo, Radium Video, Fairmont Pizza and La Galeria in Fairmont.

Sunday, May 27th: • 3:30 p.m.: 2011/2012 Poppy Poster Literary Awards in the Legion Veterans’ Hall, Invermere Branch #71. For info: 250-342-0100. • 2 p.m.: The Good Doctor by Neil Simon performed by the Lake Windermere Players at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $15, sold at The Book Bar, One Hour Photo, Radium Video, Fairmont Pizza and La Galeria in Fairmont.

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Experience art in action at Effusion Gallery relationships with Aboriginal communities and leaders across Canada Energy, passion and free expression are a fitting series of adjectives for our second artGet some art tips from the experts this ist, Tresa Gibson, and the artwork she creates. weekend with a one-day art demonstration Tresa’s art often presents a simultaneous sense at Effusion Art Gallery. On Saturday, May of order and chaos, drawing out unique emo19th, Janice Tanton and Tresa Gibson will tions from her viewers. spend the day demonstrating their techTresa best expresses herself with a palette niques to capture movement and energy in knife, using oil on canvas. She enjoys creating their artwork. works that balance colour and depth. Both artists will be in the gallery from Her subjects are diverse and her colour 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. creating art on canvases and palette varied: Aspen and Birch forests display sharing tips and advice. a wide array of warm tones in all seasons; dark Janice Tanton “Iniskimaki” (Buffalo cityscapes enlighten the big city feel; airy, Stone Woman) is an interdisciplinary artist, bright and colourful floral contrast with pure and an adopted member of the Siksika First passionate abstracts. Nation. Tresa’s inspiration comes from many years Janice maintains a studio in Canmore, of travel and research. Her wandering nature Alberta. She has worked for over 22 years in has taken her from the Canadian Rockies to the field, creating works that resonate widely. the Arizona desert, while intersecting big citShe has now begun working in a new vein of THE POWER OF ART — Muskwa Kyayo - When Spirit by artist Janice Tanton. ies such as New York and Copenhagen. artistic exploration of these cross-cultural reJanice will take part in a live art demonstration this weekend at Effusion Art Gallery To learn more about this and other future lationships between oils, film and a melding in Invermere. Photo submitted events and exhibitions at Effusion Art Galof performance arts practices. lery, visit or call Following five-and-a-half years of service The Banff Centre at the end of December 2010 to devote in Aboriginal leadership, Janice retired from her role at time solely to her studio work. She continues her strong 250-341-6877. Submitted by Daryl DaCosta Effusion Art Gallery

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Supernatural siren to serenade Edgewater my when Louise performs, Mr. Moore said. “The acoustics of the hall Edgewater is celebrating its and the power of the Seiler grand 100 year anniversary with the piano are a happy coincidence,” emotional vocal stylings of goshe added, describing the sound pel and blues songstress, Louat the venue as supernatural. ise Rose. Louise will entertain “You will have to experience the crowds on May 20th at the it to believe.” Edgewater Hall. The event could also be the “When she sings her voice last time that audiences will get fills a building like an organ fills to hear the tinkle of the ivories a church,” said Barry Moore of through Edgewater Hall, Mr. the Columbia Valley Music and Moore said. Festivals Association. “It’s like a “This may be the last conforce of nature with something cert in the hall with the piano,” to tell us.” Mr. Moore said. “We hope you The musician will be playwill come out and enjoy this ing the hall’s infamous Seiler great artist and the phenomenal grand piano and entertaining concert hall.” audiences with traditional gos- TRADITIONAL CHARM — Louise Rose will Louise is known for her pel and blues music. rambling musical tours across be performing at the Edgewater Hall Sunday, “She always arrives a day May 20th. B.C. in which she stops to share Photo by Doc’s Photography early and schmoozes everyone,” her gospel talent at churches Mr. Moore said. “She has a real throughout the province. The feel for the place.” singer believes that every day should begin and end with Edgewater has already enjoyed a taste of Louise’s the words “thank you.” music twice before. The singer played at the opening of Doors to the show, on Sunday, May 20th, open at 1 the hall 16 years ago and returned 10 years later. She is p.m. Tickets are available at One Hour Photo, Essentials, now back to showcase what Mr. Moore calls her power- Higher Ground Coffee and Pip’s Country Store. ful, spiritual, stride-piano style. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $10 for students, “She loves this little town,” Mr. Moore said. “She thinks and $5 for children. The sales from the concert will go to that the people here have the right idea about music.” the hall’s map and photo display and the moving of the The Edgewater hall performs a peculiar audio alche- hall piano to Invermere. By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

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SPLASH OF COLOUR — Aspen Skeletons is just one of an array of paintings on show at Invermere’s Artym Gallery until May 27th. Photo submitted

Master painters showing at Artym Gallery Submitted by Deanna Berrington The Artym Gallery FundraISer For

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What makes a great painting? Is it the colour of the piece? The texture? The scene it depicts? The feelings it invokes? Or is it some combination of these and more? Something that is intangible by nature, but that the viewer can sense. Min Ma and Neil Patterson, the two painters featured at the Artym Gallery this month are not only master painters, but have both spent much of their respective careers teaching others to paint. Although radically different in experience, technique and medium, both paint western Canadian landscapes (mostly). But each artist has a distinctive technique and recognizable style that distinguishes them. Neil Patterson decided he would become an artist when his aunt took him to the National Gallery in Ottawa when he

was only 12. Since then he has dedicated himself to art, including teaching. Neil’s advice to those wanting to pursue painting is simple, “paint every day that you eat.” He is firm believer that if you paint for 15 minutes every day for a year, you will learn much about putting down the essentials and keeping things simple. Min trained in China and became a professor of art at the Beijing Academy before coming to Canada. Min has done live demonstrations of his prowess with acrylics many times at the Artym Gallery. His use of colour is unusual and exciting, and Min maintains his status as one of Artym’s most popular artists. The opening reception for the Min Ma and Neil Patterson exhibit will be Friday, May 18th, from 6 - 9 p.m. The show will continue until May 27th. All works are viewable online at www.

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Green fingers work some magic A crew of close to 20 Rotarians and other volunteers gathered at the Invermere crossroads on Saturday, May 12th, to set their green fingers to work. The team came together to assist with the crossroads beautification project led by the Rotary Club of Invermere. Planting was carried out in decorative beds, which have been created on the small pieces of land by the Invermere sign and beside the BC Hydro Athalmer substation. With generous donations of equipment, plants, materials and

labour from a multitude of local businesses, the Rotarians spent their week unloading topsoil, creating a pebble border to the beds and preparing the ground for planting. “The business community especially has just been incredible,” said Rod Turnbull, Rotarian. “They stepped up and said, ‘How can we help?’” Now that the plants are in place it should take one to two years to see the full effects of the planting, Mr. Turnbull added. Photo by Kate Irwin

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Retirement income strategies for small RRSPs Though most Canadians are familiar with retirement programs such as the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS), many wonder if these streams will provide them with enough income in retirement. The average Canadian has a Registered Retirement Savings Plan worth $55,000 and plans to wait until age 71 before making withdrawals. Examining the Canadian government’s retirement programs more carefully, however, sheds light on some lesser known strategies for making the most of retirement income. The strategy outlined in this article involves withdrawing all, or most of a person’s RRSPs prior to age 65, and works best for those who do not expect a pension from their employer and have a modest amount invested in Registered Retirement Savings Plans. Step 1: de-register RRSP accounts During the last few years of employment, a person would systematically de-register their RRSPs, being careful not to move any of their income into a higher tax bracket. If a person had $50,000 in Registered Retirement Savings Plans, they may choose to de-register $10,000 per year, for five years in order to spread out the tax liability. The $10,000 per year would be added to their annual income. Step 2: reinvest the money The money from the RRSP withdrawals would be invested into a Tax-free Savings Account (TSA) and/or a

non-registered investment account. Within the account, products which pay non-taxable income will be purchased and in the TFSA any investments can be purchased. This will ensure that a person’s taxable situation does not change. Using this strategy, the most popular type of investment for non-registered accounts is a Corporate Class mutual fund. Corporate class funds are ideal because they pay return of capital rather than interest or dividends. In the eyes of Revenue Canada, return of capital is simply a person receiving their own money back. Step 3 : apply for OAS and GIS Prior to a person’s 65th birthday, they should apply for OAS and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits. Qualification for benefits is determined by a person or couple’s income during the previous calendar year. If not already receiving CPP benefits, apply at this time as well. Shortly afterwards, benefits will start being paid. The Corporate Class mutual funds would pay a percentage of their value annually, say five per cent, to further supplement income. The logic The idea is to get a person’s taxable income as low as possible in order to pay the least amount of tax and receive the maximum government benefits available during retirement. For example, imagine a married couple, both 65 years old, each with a $50,000 RRSP account,

full Old Age Security, and receiving Canadian Pension Plan benefits, one maximum and one average. Their total annual income would be approximately $30,900 — all of it taxable. At this point they could qualify for a Guaranteed Income Supplement until the age of 71, when they would be forced to RRIF their RRSPs, making their income too high. If the same couple were to systematically withdraw their RRSPs early and invest the proceeds into non-taxable investments, they would receive $38,340 per year between CPP, OAS and GIS. In addition, their Corporate Class mutual funds could provide an additional 5 per cent, or $5,000, bringing their income to $43,340, of which only $30,900 would be taxable. That’s like receiving an extra $1,000 per month of tax-free money. What is the Guaranteed Income Supplement? For many retirees without a pension or large RRSP accounts, the Guaranteed Income Supplement can be a very important part of their retirement. GIS benefits are payable to those collecting OAS, and must be applied for, in order to receive them. In order to qualify, a person must be a resident of Canada, must be collecting OAS benefits and their income must not exceed certain amounts. Speak to an advisor To determine if this strategy is appropriate for you, speak to your financial advisor.

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PLOTTING AGAINST THE PRINCIPAL— Ataya Chaisson, Cody Hollick, Micah Mitchell, Sierra Franklin, Alisha Trozzo, and Luke Vincent are all actors in the DTSS production of The Unusual Suspects. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Drama class takes to the stage By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

A group of David Thompson Secondary School students are proving that high school life can indeed be very dramatic. The graduating drama students will take to the stage next week to perform The Unusual Suspect, and a short introductory play entitled Words, Words, Words. “Both plays are outrageous, hilarious, and everyone will have something to relate to,” said Ataya Chaisson, one of the student performers. “There are only a certain number of seats. You want to be in one of them.” The Unusual Suspects revolves around a group of four students who all hate their school principal. “The students are trying to get revenge on him for all the wrong things that he has done to them over the past years of their high school life,” said Luke Vincent, a grade 12 student performing in The Unusual Suspects. He will be joined on stage by Micah Mitchell, as the primary antagonist Principal Piddles. “Mr. Piddles is really stern teacher,” Micah said. “As the play progresses, his character changes into a mamma's boy, sad little man ... When you act and have your own character you kind of push your norm aside, get out of your comfort zone, and just create something.” But for the drama class, theatre isn't just about their experiences in front of the lights. Alisha Trozzo, 18, said • • • •

that the course has helped her as much on the stage as off. “I am a very small person and I am very shy,” Alisha said. “Last year I played Hercules in our play. It was way out of my comfort zone, but it is something that you grip and hold on to. If it weren't for drama I would never have considered doing anything like that.” The senior high school drama class has spent close to a month rehearsing for the production, which has partly coincided with the British Columbia Teacher Federation's job action, removing all teaching staff from assisting with extracurricular activities. “We have had to work around the job action,” Ms. Ewen explained. “Normally we do a lot more after school rehearsals. We are trying to cram it in during class time, which is always challenging.” The ten minute introductory play, Words, Words, Words, is a university favourite of Ms. Ewen's, and will bedirected by Blayr Lightfoot, high school senior. “It is a ten minute play that explores the idea that three monkeys, typing into infinity, will eventually produce Hamlet,” Ms. Ewen said. “The play is a little more intellectual, while at the same time exploring some great physical comedy with chimpanzees.” Tickets for the performances are available at the high school office from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. They cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. 10 per cent of ticket sales will be donated to charity.

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Open house being held for Fairmont Beach Resort By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

Announcing Radium Springs Estates, a small exclusive gated community of 20 estate lots nestled within the Springs golf course in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Enjoy golf course living where the 1st tee is only a 2 minute golf cart ride away.

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The first waterskiers and wakeboarders will take to the lake at Fairmont’s newest development this May long weekend. Fairmont Beach Resort, the brainchild of first-time developer Jon Martin, is holding an open house on Saturday May 19th from 2 - 6 p.m. to allow visitors and potential lot buyers to check out the facilities. Since breaking ground last summer, the first phase of the development has moved forward on schedule, Mr. Martin said. The first of two private watersport lakes has been dug along with a separate swimming area, and RV and cabin lots are now up for sale. “We’re able to start selling lots but they aren’t serviced yet,” Mr. SPLASHING ABOUT — Fairmont Beach Resort Martin explained. “At the open is holding its first open house this weekend for visitors house this weekend, we’ll show to check out the new watersport facilities. Pictured, visitors around; they can see the Aurora Jansen shows off her wakeboarding skills on lots, test out the water trampoline. Lake Windermere. Photo by Lauren Gagatek “We’ve had lots of activity going on at the site and people are itage Lake to steer users around. curious, so now they have the The second lake will be available for chance to see what we’ve been up to.” Heritage Lake, the first to have been private watercraft to book, Mr. Martin said. “I don’t think there’s another waterski created on the site, is around 2,200 feet long by 200 feet wide. Time on the lake lake like this in Canada” he added. “It’s will be booked much like a tee time for a going to be a fun, family resort in a safe location with everything here.” round of golf. A total of 50 RV and cabin lots will be With private boats limited to the yetto-be-developed Legacy Lake, water ba- up for sale once the resort is complete. The bies will enjoy an unimpeded loop around developer expects to see cabin construction the lake to hone their skills on waterskis, starting next summer, with eight cabins lots and 12 RV lots already in place. kneeboards or wakeboards. The open house this weekend will inThe plan is to eventually have a range of rentable equipment on site, including clude a barbecue, boating and swimming. To learn more about Fairmont Beach wakeboards, paddleboards, wetsuits, and a dedicated resort boat and driver on Her- Resort, visit

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Radium’s businesses get ready to mingle By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff Workers in Radium are preparing to put their heads together at a brand new business event, aimed at enhancing visitor experiences in the village. The Information Trade Fair, a mingling evening from Tourism Radium on May 23rd, will offer business owners and employees the chance to network, learn more about other local businesses and swap information. “It’s for Radium businesses and their staff to come and learn about each other so everyone is on the same page when giving out information and suggestions to tourists and visitors,” said Victoria Delorme, Marketing Administrator for Tourism Radium. “We believe this will take the customer service up to the next level here in Radium.” The Information Trade Fair, which will be held at Radium Resort, is open to all Radium Chamber of Commerce members. The evening will include displays, short presentations from each business, a chance to mingle, and an optional pasta dinner. The event is 100 per cent free, excluding the dinner, and every business that signs up will be given a table to set up a display and hand out samples, brochures and information. “We’ll give everybody two minutes to talk about what they do and offer,” Ms. Delorme said. “Even if you live here you can get stuck in a rut of going to the same places and doing the same things, so it’s a chance to learn what else is out there.” The event should be useful for everyone, from seasonal staff new to the area to long-time valley locals, Ms. Delorme said. “This is good for any business that has staff members who may possibly be interacting with the public,” she added. “Employees are essentially being trained for free in what to do and where to go in Radium … I’m hoping the event will become a must-attend for businesses and their staff.” Tourism Radium will also be unveiling a second new initiative at the event, the Explore Radium Booklet. It offers visitor information and discount vouchers, and booklet-holders who get stamps from six featured businesses will have the chance to win an array of prizes. To learn more about the Information Trade Fair or to sign up, call Victoria Delorme at 250-347-9331.

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Shooting to thrill at the Rauch Homestead range Shannon Todosichuk takes aim at the Rauch Homestead Range during the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club’s annual Elmer Fudd shoot on Saturday May 12th. Brian Hornacek, of Calgary, took home the coveted first place prize and Elmer Fudd cap. The range is open during daylight hours and is located on the Horsethief Creek Forest Service five kilometers west of Radium Hot Springs. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

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An avalanche of multi-coloured tights, rolling wheels and hard-hitting action will be crashing onto the scene at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on June 2nd. Invermere’s Killer Rollbots roller derby team are taking on Kimberley, while Fernie battles Cranbrook in a double-header main event. “It is going to be rowdy and it is going to be loud,” said Jess de Groot, Rollbots captain. “This is not like anything that has ever been to Invermere before.” At the event, Jess will be going by her derby name, Devotchka Thrash, which she derived from the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. She’s expecting the match-up against Kimberley will not be an easy task for her and her fellow Rollbots. “They hit pretty hard, but it comes down to hitting hard versus strategy,” Jess said. “We are just going to keep on working with our strategies. They might throw us around and surprise us, but I think in the end we will probably pull through.” Jess and the Rollbots have just returned home from a victory against Cranbrook on May 12th, their first game of the season. “It was still a tough game, they hit and came after us,” Jess said. “We had been practising and we were ready. We really worked as a team instead of individual skaters floating on the track.” Chris Corey, the Rollbots’ coach (also known as Coach Meathammer), said he’s very proud of his team’s work in Cranbrook. “I always tell people that you never become a derby girl until you take your first big hit,” the coach said. “In Cran-

brook they took a lot of big hits, but they dished it out.” The coach credits the win to the determination and hard work of his team, who have diligently been practising over the winter. “It was five degrees and they were out skating in the middle of winter,” the coach said.” When everybody was at home on the couch with the fire place, these girls were out here skating.” Before roller derby, sports were not always an interest for Jess, she admitted, let alone anything during the winter. “ I am not naturally athletic, and I had to work really hard to get to where I am,” she said. Roller derby is a sport unlike anything Jess has ever been involved with, she said. Her newfound love for the game has required her to practise three times per week, even in the winter, and volunteer up to 20 hours a week of her time for the team. “There is definitely something missing from women’s sports,” she said. “Women are flocking to this sport and starting leagues all over the place. Women who have full-time jobs and families are finding the time and the money to play the sport.” Roller derby is a mixture of strategy, strength, and speed, according to Jess. Two teams of 10 players skate together on a circular track. Eight of the players are called blockers; two are called jammers. The goal of the game is to help the two jammers to lap the other team, while blocking the opposing jammers by creating a log-jam of other skaters ahead of them. Tickets for the June 2nd bout in Invermere are $10 in advance, from the group’s Facebook page, or $15 at the door. The event will feature an autograph signing with the Rollbots. Event organizer Chris Corey expects a crowd of up to 1,000 people.

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possible through the work of volunteers and a grant from the Village of Canal Flats. Pictured, left to right: Jacob Pronk (Grade 5), Shawndrae Stanbury (Grade 4), Christopher Midyette (Grade 5) and Davyn Stanbury (Grade 5) admire their fellow students’ handiwork on the colourful display.  Photo by Kate Irwin

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Players ready for the spotlight

Ladies night at the Library “Crafts with Kathee” Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

By Lauren Gagatek Pioneer Intern The stage is set and the curtains are opening for the return of a live community theatre group to Invermere. After a 10 year hiatus, the Lake Windermere Players Theatre Group is reuniting to present the The Good Doctor, a comedy written by Neil Simon. “Live theatre has been part of the valley’s history since 1920 off and on. It’s woven into the fabric of the community,” said Margaret O’Sullivan, the play’s A PASSIONATE PLAYER­­— The Lake Windermere Players theatre group is preparing to return to the stage after a 10-year break between performances. Pictured, Tony Berryman at director. Photo by Kelsey Verboom More than 20 peo- the dress rehearsal for the group’s first show, The Good Doctor.  ple will be involved in staging the group’s newest production. As well as the they appreciate it.” The group, which operates on a non-profit basis, is players — 13 starring actors — a crew of technicians has been involved in every aspect of staging the play, from set funded entirely through ticket sales and donations. Any funding collected over and above production costs is construction and props to lighting and sound. “It’s a collective, creative process and it’s not just one used to purchase technical equipment, insurance or to person; you’re dealing with a whole lot of people,” Ms. fund future productions. In the past, the group has also funded bursaries for high school drama students. O’Sullivan said. New members are always welcomed, Mr. Robinson Live theatre differs from watching a movie in that everyone, including the audience is involved in each per- said, explaining that the experience of acting to an audiformance, Ms. O’Sullivan said. The audience experience ence is unlike any other because, “you don’t get much the highs and lows encountered by the actors and get to more interactive as a medium.” The Good Doctor will be playing at the Invermere be part of a unique, immersive experience that differs Community Hall on May 19th, 20th, 25th and 26th. every single night. Bringing back the group adds to the choice of live The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 theatre available in the area, explained Bruce Robinson, p.m. On May 27th, a special matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m.. Lake Windermere Players’ president. Tickets are available at The Book Bar in Invermere “It’s by the community for the community,” he said. “We just like to put on a good show for people and hope or at the door for $15.

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INVITATION FOR PROPOSALS Kinsmen Beach Concession The District of Invermere (“Owner”) invites Proposals for the 2012 to 2015 Kinsmen Beach concession contract. The proposal should include potential “winter” operations to support the Lake Windermere Whiteway. Documents may be viewed at or obtained from the Municipal office at 914 8th Avenue Invermere, BC. Proposals delivered no later than 4:00 p.m. local time, June 4, 2012, in a sealed envelope clearly marked Kinsmen Beach Concession Proposals. Proposals received after the stipulated time will be rejected and returned to the individual unopened. Faxed Proposals are not acceptable and will be rejected. If mailed use the address provided below: District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 The municipality is organizing a mandatory Bidders’ Meeting to be held at the concession stand on Friday May 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. local time. There will be no public opening for this Invitation for Proposal. Proposals will be opened privately by the District of Invermere after the closing time specified for receipt of Proposals. If you wish to contact District of Invermere in response to the awarding, please do so after the closing time specified above. The District reserves the right not to award a contract at all, and the highest or any Proposal will not necessarily be accepted. The following criteria will be determining factors in the award of the contract: • • • • • •

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Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer District of Invermere Office: (250) 342-9281 ext. 225

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Regional district celebrates local volunteers


By Lauren Gagatek Pioneer Intern

Time: 5:30am—9:00am Mountain Daylight Time When: Sunday, May 27, 2012 We will be making electrical system improvements to Athalmer substation on Sunday, May 27, 2012. To ensure the safety of our work crews, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately 3 1/2 hours, from 5:30am to 9:00am. The areas affected are: •

Highway 93/95 south from Athalmer substation on east side of Windermere Lake down to Windermere, including Windermere Loop Rd. and Kootenay No 3 Rd., south to Hyllestad Rd.

Highway 93/95 north from Athalmer Sinclair Creek Rd. including downtown Radium and Highway 93 to Radium Hot Spring Pools,western portion of Forrester Landing Rd., Decrespigny Rd., Shuswap Creek Juniper Heights. South from Athalmer Rd. including Timber Ridge Rd. and Baltac Rd.

West side of Invermere, Athalmer, Lillian Lake, Westside Rd., south to Rushmere Rd., Wilmer and Castle Rock south. West of Athalmer substation on both sides of Columbia River and Windermere Lake; east side of Invermere including downtown, Lakeview Rd., and Eagle Ranch Trail.

To prepare for this interruption and protect your equipment from damage, please unplug all electronics, such as TVs, PVRs, DVD players and computers. Please also turn off all lights, electric heaters and major appliances, such as your clothes or dishwasher, dryer or oven.

We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will restore your power as soon as we can. Prepare for outages and stay informed by visiting or from your handheld device. Please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) if you experience any electrical difficulties or for more information.


For the first hour after the power comes back on, please plug in or turn on only what you really need. This will help ensure the electrical system does not get overloaded.

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A former Rod & Gun Club president and a Wilmer community leader are being celebrated for their philanthropy with a volunteer award. Norman Hendricks and Sharon Wass have been named the Regional District of East Kootenay volunteers of the year 2012 for Area F and Area G respectively. “I want to thank the person who nominated me and also all the people who voted for me,” Mr. Hendricks said. Mr. Hendricks, a long-time Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club member, current vice-president, and former president, has played a vital role in the restoration of Wilmer’s waterways. His leadership and drive helped move forward the Boulder Creek diversion project, which aims to improve and increase water flow to two streams, three lakes and several wetland habitats in the Toby Benches and Wilmer Creek area west of Invermere. In addition, Mr. Hendricks volunteers the use of his property for the Rod & Gun Club’s archery program, as well as coaching the sport to school children, Cadets, Girl Guides, Cub Scouts and Beavers. The Area G volunteer of the year, Sharon Wass, has spent two decades helping out around the valley. Over that time, Ms. Wass has been involved with Meals on Wheels, Parent Advisory Councils and other school functions, the Wings over the Rockies festival and Bighorn in our Backyard, a stewardship, education and monitoring program for Radium’s bighorn sheep. And these are just a few of the activities for one of Wilmer’s most dedicated volunteers. “I do things because they need to be done; that’s what you do in a community,” Sharon explained. The most rewarding aspect is the people you meet and the smiles you share, she added. For the Wilmer Community Association member, the volunteerism just comes naturally. “It’s automatic: you don’t think you just do it,” Ms. Wass explained. Along with her work across the valley, she is also on the Advisory Planning Commission for Area G and the Métis association. A dinner will be held in July in honor of the volunteers from all of the Regional District’s electoral areas.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEER INVERMERE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEMBERS In accordance with the Library Act, the District of Invermere is inviting applications for membership on the Invermere Public Library Board. Membership on the Board will be for the remainder of 2012. To be eligible, you must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere. Members of the Invermere District Council, employees of the District of Invermere and employees of the existing Library Board are not eligible. Members of the Invermere Public Library Board are guardians of a “public trust”. They have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the public library provides relevant and efficient service to the community that it supports. Successful candidates must possess a strong sense of community service, willingness to work respectfully as part of a team and have good communication skills. Normal Board activities include: • Assuring that adequate funding is available; • Assessing the needs of the community and advocating for the library; • The development and revision of library policy; • The development and implementation of a vision and strategic plan; • Assisting the Library Director in implementation of the strategic plan in accordance with Policy. New board members must be willing to attend training and information sessions designed to assist them in the work they undertake on behalf of the Invermere Library Board. Interested persons are invited to submit written applications on or before May 25th, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m. to: Kindry Luyendyk Corporate Officer Box 339, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 or to

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Valley Pioneer Meet the valley’s first policeman: Colin Cameron By Lauren Gagatek Pioneer Intern Colin Cameron, the first man to enforce the law in the Columbia Valley, was described as a well-built man, with a full moustache on his lean weathered face, and short, greying hair. The dapper officer of the law was most commonly found sporting a single-breasted suit with a heavy gold chain across his lapeled vest. With a jauntily placed Fedora upon his head and a thin tie knotted around his starched white collar, Mr. Cameron’s uniform of choice was a far cry from the RCMP of today, as police uniforms were not introduced until 1923. Mr. Cameron was born in Ontario on October 18th, 1862. He took his first job as a police officer in Victoria, B.C., where he worked to keep the peace between docked sailors and the Chinese on Fisguard Street. Cameron helped to keep the streets in order during Chinatown lotteries and riots caused by fan-tan, a Chinese gambling game similar to roulette. On his rounds, Cameron encountered many a hard drinker, but he had a different tactic than most. He would take drunks around the corner, kick them in the pants and send them on their way home. But the hirsute police officer wasn’t only known for his lawmaking abilities, but also for his knack at sports. Being a bachelor left him with lots of time to practice for sporting competitions. He won a cup for tossing the caber (throwing a 17 foot log) and second prize for putting the stone (similar to shotput). N E W S PA P E R

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A SPORTING GENTLEMAN­— Colin Cameron, the Columbia Valley’s first police officer, was a keen athlete in his spare time.  . . . Continued on page 29  Photos courtesy of Bob Ede

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He was also the captain of the winning tug-of-war team when Victoria police faced off against the sailors of the H.M.S Comus during the 1970s. After living and policing in Victoria, the attorney general sent Cameron to Telegraph Creek in northern British Columbia, where he got a taste for life in the north. He moved back to Victoria for a year-and-a-half after having his employment terminated due to a political conflict. He left again on May 15th, 1900, for Dawson City — a town of 20,000 boasting 64 steamboats, 40 restaurants, 12 hotels, six newspapers, two breweries and four churches. But this time, Cameron decided to sideline his policing career and instead left on a steamboat with 22 tons of goods for Klondike trade, after buying a miner’s license for $2.75. Prices of goods were outrageous in the north, he noted in his well-kept records. Eggs sold for $18 a dozen and butter for $5 a pound. Mr. Cameron even recorded a local rumour of cats being sold for an ounce of gold each due to their value in managing the mouse population. Unsure of how to charge duty on cats, the customs people charged a dollar on each for the fur. After a year of life working as a businessman in the north, Mr. Cameron left to resume his career as a policeman. Instead of returning to Victoria, in 1901, Cameron moved to the opposite side of British Columbia, coming to rest in Wilmer (known at the time as Peterborough). Upon arrival, he was involved in solving the valley’s first murder — a strange case involving an honorable, young, English aristocrat named Frank J. Lascelles. Lascelles shot his Chinese servant in a delusional fit when he mistook him for a notorious First Nations Chief named Lame Joe. Colin Cameron helped to bring Lascelles into custody. Lascelles pled not guilty and was housed in an insane asylum until his family brought him back to England. But Mr. Cameron was involved in the community as more than just a policeman. He was known to sit in on games of poker with the boys in Wilmer. In the winter, court dates in Wilmer proved to be difficult to uphold when local children would pour water down the hill to make it better for sledding. Some days it was so icy that Cameron, his prisoner and the witnesses couldn’t make it up the hill to the courthouse. Unfortunately for Cameron, his time in the valley wasn’t all fun and games. One day, while talking in front of the grocery store with his foot upon the spokes of a wagon wheel, the horse pulling the wagon became frightened. It took off, dragging Cameron behind the wagon for quite some distance. He ended up with a badly broken hip. Even the restorative powers of the local hot springs did little to sooth the injury, which troubled him for the rest of his life. As time passed, Cameron became even more immersed in the community. He was appointed Chief Li-

THE DAPPER PIONEER— Colin Cameron, pictured left, was known for his choice of dress. The officer enjoyed sporting a single breasted suit. He added a heavy gold chain to his ensemble, and finished off the look with a well placed fedora.  Photo Submitted by Bob Ede cense Inspector and the Deputy Mining Recorder for the Windermere area. Cameron was loved by the townsfolk and became quite the social figure, even drawing crowds at social events.The smitten townsfolk threw an appreciation dance at the Athalmer Town Hall before he left to visit his family in Paisley, Ontario. Cameron served on the committee for the sports day at Windermere, which featured foot races, greased pig grapples and swimming contests in Lake Windermere. Some annual highlights of the sports day included soccer games, the rifles shoot between Windermere and Golden and the famous Grand Ball. On September 4th, 1909, Mr. Cameron gave up the

ways of the bachelor when he married Miss Ellen Gray, a housekeeper from Donaghmore, Ireland. She wore an empire gown cream point in colour and carried a simple bouquet of sweet peas. Ellen was 26 and Colin was 47 at the time of the marriage. The pair had four children. A mere two weeks after his wedding, Cameron moved to take a post with the North-East Kootenay police district. He lived with his family in Golden from 1909-1914, when he then moved to Ashcroft. In 1918, Cameron moved again to Vancouver, at the age of 56. The officer spent his last days in Vancouver. He passed away on December 26th, 1940 at the age of 78.

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Vet’s passion for animals shines through By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff Dr. Mark Zehnder has dedicated his life to saving the lives of animals in the Columbia Valley. The morning of Thursday, May 10th, finds the veterinarian squinting into the sun beside Athalmer bridge hunting for an injured osprey. The call came in to the veterinary hospital that morning, and reconnaissance and rescue of the injured creature are part of the duties of the day. The bird turns out to be on the other side of James Chabot Provincial Park, on the beach behind Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. “I walked over there and I found the bird just staring at me,” said Roi Golan, the concerned resident who reported the sighting. He leads Mark to the injured osprey. “He has been sitting there for the past five hours.” The Invermere vet unfolds a blanket that he has brought for the task of retrieving the large bird of prey. He carefully approaches the cowering creature, edges closer and gently scoops the bird into the blanket. Despite its apparent fright, the osprey submits, accepting Mark’s gentle touch. While carefully maneuvering around the bird’s extremely strong talons, Mark lifts it and notices a deep gash on one of its wings. “This looks like a territorial dispute,” the veterinarian said. “There is nothing out there on the water that could have gotten it, unless there are sharks on Lake Windermere that we don’t know of!” Mark gently places the bird inside a cage, which he covers with a blanket to ease the osprey’s anxiety. He loads the cage into his SUV for the drive back to his practice at the Invermere Veterinary Hospital. The long-time veterinarian was raised on a ranch in the Columbia Valley by Swiss-born parents, Fritz and Vreine. After a lifetime around larger animals, Mark did not set out to become a small-town vet. “Originally I wanted to work with wildlife,” he said, “but there aren’t a lot of ways to make a living in B.C. working with wild animals. You still get to pick up your interests though, like what we’re doing right now, chasing birds around.” Mark has always been fascinated by the animal world. After graduating from David Thompson Secondary School, he completed one year of studies at the University of Lethbridge and six years of study at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated in 1989 and married his wife Ruth in 1990. The couple now has four children, Luke, 16, Jacob, 14, Naomi, 12, and Hanna, 8. Mark returned to the Columbia Valley to start practicing veterinary medicine in the fall of 1993. An average day for Mark is anything but average. The vet will work on around 20 animals a day, ranging from grizzly bears to pet rats. The animal doctor has even received a call to tend to a butterfly, he said with amusement, admitting that it fell outside his realms of expertise. The most exotic house call came from a circus troupe based outside of Red Deer, Alta, to work on a Siberian tiger.

Unfortunately the vet was too late to help Saphira, the 18-year-old circus tiger, who eventually died from cancer. The toughest part of the job for Mark is seeing the animals that he loves die or needing to be put to sleep. “Even though the vast majority of the time that you euthanize animals you are doing them a favour, it is not something that I like,” Mark said. “My orientation is to keep animals alive.” The life of a veterinarian can also be hard on family. Mark finds it difficult to plan time with his wife and children because he is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. “You can’t really do all the things that you want to do,” he explained. “If my wife is planning a supper, or something like that, she can’t necessar-

HEALING HANDS — Left: Tania Kruger prepares to perform a spay operation on a young kitten. Above: Dr. Mark Zehnder retrieves an injured osprey from an area of James Chabot Park behind Eddie Mountain Arena.  Photos by Kristian Rasmussen

ily depend on my being there.” Despite the challenges, Mark said he finds his career path extremely rewarding. He has a personal knack for surgery in the most peculiar of situations. “I did a badger study where I implanted radio transmitters in the abdomens of badgers, so that biologists could track them in the wild,” he said. But his most unusual surgery came locally, in Radium Hot Springs. Mark had to implant transmitters in rubber boa snakes to track their locations. Even with his wide array of animal experiences,

Mark requires an equally experienced team to back him up. Two veterinary technicians, Sarah Richards and Tania Kruger, assist with animal care, from ensuring they are fed and watered to helping with surgeries. Sarah started as an animal groomer eight years ago. She was exposed to the animal world from a young age as her father was a veterinarian. “This job is something different,” she said. “Just when you think that everything has gotten boring, you get an osprey or a wolf or a goat. There is always something different.” A flair for handling the exotic is definitely helpful for the job, said her colleague, Tania Kruger. The most interesting animal Tania ever came into contact with was in Kelowna at a rescue education centre for alligators. “A couple of them got into a fight,” she said. “One of the alligators bit the other one’s leg off. We did a surgery on the alligator to fix the hole where his leg once was.” The friendly face at the doorway to Invermere Veterinary Hospital is Dana Strachan, a third vet tech responsible for the front-end operations for the animal care facility. The duties of gatekeeping are shared with the clinic’s animal friends. The two unofficial office mascots are Camilla, a Siamese cross, and Charlie, an Ocicat, who sleep peacefully in a tangled bundle on the front counter.

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In Loving Memory

Moritz “Fred” Friedrich Sept. 22, 1934 - May 20, 2011

Helmut Friedrich Aug. 1, 1939 - May 14, 2002 Forever missed until we meet again.

s obituary s Randy Lee Martin October 24, 1973 – May 9, 2012 It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Randy (Spanks) Martin. Randy was born in Brewster, Washington and was the first-born son of Dean and Pam Martin. When he was six, his family moved to Canada and soon after he called the Shuswap Reserve his home. Randy’s passion of sports came naturally. Growing up around ball fields and hockey arenas only made him want to play the games more. At the age of 16, Randy’s love of baseball led him to Corona, California, where he played on a state champion team. After graduation he returned to Invermere where his love of sports continued as he spent his time playing golf, softball, hockey and fast pitch. In 2004, Randy met his fiancé Sierra Stump. In September 2005, they were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Gage quickly became the center of Randy’s world. Through the years together, there were many ball tournaments, hockey tournaments, and travels. Randy always loved to be on the go. This took his family to many places and led him to make many friends in Canada and the United States. Randy always enjoyed organizing, coaching and playing sports. His love of sports was passed on to his son who will continue to be his living legacy. Randy is survived by his fiance Sierra, son Gage, mother Pam, father Dean, brother Hawk (Chayton), brother Richard (Kristal and Memphis), Grandmother Alice Sam, Grandfather Paul Sam, and Grandmother Era Sherman. A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

garage sale

garage sale

50 Years of McGilvery’s Collectibles. A must see. Tools, and more tools, furniture, camping equipment, 5th wheel. Saturday May 19th, 20th and 21st, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 2020 - 15th Avenue, corner of Pineridge Road.

Small Yard Sale, 5151 Riverview Crescent, Fairmont. Saturday May 19th, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE on Sunday, May 20th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Columbia Ridge Community Hall (10 minutes south of Fairmont). Proceeds supporting “Relay for Life”. Furniture, sporting goods, clothing, books, household and garden items, building material, toys and more. Food and beverages for sale. Saturday, May 19th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 1510-11 Avenue, Invermere. Couches, furniture, antique hutch, kitchen things, everything must go. Yard Sale Paradise. A utopia of stuff at dream prices. So don’t just daydream about finding what you want for cheap, come to our moving sale and turn your fantasy into a reality. 4894 Timber Way, Timber Ridge 1 across from the bowling alley, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on May 19th. Garage Sale - Sunday, May 20th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 818-13th Avenue, Invermere. Garage Sale - Furniture, kitchen table (chairs/bench), couches, household items, children’s clothes and toys! 7526 Jackson Ave., Radium. Saturday, May 19th, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Moving Sale - Sofa, loveseat, club chairs, tools, etc. Saturday, May 19th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., #4 130-11th Ave., Invermere. Garage sale - Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Alliance Church (behind Sobeys) Antiques, kid’s toys, clothes, furniture, bikes, bake sale and much more! Funds support Falk Family’s Mission to Africa.

Castle Rock community garage sale. Saturday May 19th, 8 a.m. 12 p.m. Follow the signs! Early birds pay double! Garage Sale Saturday, 9:30am. Lots of stuff for everyone. Come have fun, 4935 Timber Way, Invermere. Garage/Cottage Craft Sale Saturday, May 19th, 9 a.m. 1409 12A Avenue, Invermere. The Cottage Crafters are showing their work inside - quilts, pillows, art, cards, jewelry hangers, necklaces, purses, plants, soap, wood work, items made from recycled plastics, and more. The garage sale is outside - electronics, laptops, tires (and ???)


Saturday, May 19th, 1151-13th Avenue, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Furniture, antiques, construction material. Annual Dutch Creek Multi-family Garage Sale. May 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 817-12th Avenue, Invermere. Something for everyone. Plants, tools, furniture, fabrics, household, washer and dryer. Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. BIG Garage sale - Moving sale everything must go. Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 8:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. No early birds please.

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Saturday, July 7th Tickets on-line or at many local outlets $30 adult $1250 youth (6-18) Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium. Call 250-342-2424 for more info. Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us. Al-Anon meets EVERY Monday in Invermere at 7:15 p.m. at the Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 712 – 12th Ave (behind the Invermere hospital). For information, please call Carol at 250-347-9841.

cheers & jeers Cheers to Josh & Tammy. Here’s to another great summer in Radium!

LOST AND FOUND Found - key ring of 6 keys on May 10th at Edgewater Dump. Keys were in the pocket of a discarded black/blue computer-style carry case, which was left on the wood pallet of salvage items. The keys will be available for the owner to claim at the Edgewater Post Office.

cheers & jeers Cheers to Joyce Nixon- a former employee of The Dollar Store. Your many years of excellent customer service did not go unnoticed! We miss your happy smiling face greeting us as we walk in the door. We wish you all the best. . Cheers to Kellan Moore for finding my daughter’s phone in the grass at Laird school and for all your hard work trying to locate who it belonged to and then delivering it back to her. And to his parents for raising such a polite and honest little man. Thanks ~ Melisa Agnew. Cheers to the staff at Kicking Horse Coffee for hosting a professional, informative tour as part of the Wings Over the Rockies Festival. Great tour, great team, and great coffee. Thanks so much. Jeers to the construction on 7th Ave. It is not necessary to start before 7 am with your loud drills and machines. People are sleeping in the apartments right above you. Please think of the beauty sleep you are depriving the residents of!



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

live at Edgewater Hall May 20th at 2 PM A Columbia Valley Music - hosted Historical Gathering

Adults & Seniors $25, Students $10, Children $5 Tickets at Usual Outlets, Reservations: 347 9668, 347 9860

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cheers & jeers

cheers & jeers



suite for rent

Cheers to my boyfriend for shooting his first bear! And to our unreal blue ticks for gettin‘ ‘er done!

Jeers to the town for creating new walking and bike paths while 9th Ave. remains a pothole-infested 4x4 trail through the centre of town.

Cheers to Kelsey! Your recent editorial on DOI council was wellwritten, accurate and thought provoking. Being publicly critical takes courage. You said publicly what many people have been thinking privately for years. Keep up the good work!

NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate Controlled units. Call 250-342-3637.

Single professional seeking a clean home/condo for long-term rental in a quiet neighborhood in Invermere or Windermere. Very responsible, non-smoker, non-partier with no pets. Will care for your home in exchange for reasonable rent. Please call 250-341-7106.

2-bdrm apartment (upper floor) in Canal Flats. Available immediately. $550/month + utilities + D.D. N/S, N/P. Call 250-342-3345 after 6 p.m.

Cheers to the person driving the blue VW for buying my breakfast at the Tim Hortons drive-through. I will pay it forward. Cheers to Jeanelle of Nellie’s Salon for going beyond the call of duty by providing a ride home for her clients. You are why we love living in a small community! Keep being wonderful. Jeers to the two women who took my 3 dogs on May 2nd on Hwy. 95 South, near Parson. It would be nice if you returned them. They are sorely missed. Cheers to Doris, Betty, Terri, and Joyce for working so hard and helping me with my first function as president of All Saints Church Guild. REALLY appreciated all your help. Cheers to everyone who supplied the food and came to enjoy it. You all made the Mother’s Day luncheon go off without a hitch. Thank you all ~ Marg. Cheers to Kelsey Verboom for her perspective on council. Right here, right now and right on. There are very competent people in town hall, make better use of them, council. Cheers to Lizzie for the awesome cupcakes. You are amazing!

Jeers to the guy with the sexy wife who wouldn’t tell us where the $500 went. We wanna know! Cheers to the people who returned our nice wooden lawn chairs broken after borrowing them Saturday night. It finally got my husband in gear to build the fence. Cheers to the RCMP for having a “presence” at the Grade 12 bush party north of Wilmer last Saturday night. Nice job and thank you. Some parents appreciate it. Cheers to Cheryl Maybuck for keeping us all organized and involved with our local dance, soccer and every other possible sport our kids are involved in. We all need a Cheryl in our lives. Thank you — you rock! Cheers to everyone who just took their Level 3 First Aid Course. And a big thank you to Richard for taking the time to teach us. Cheers to Barb at Selkirk TV for helping those of us who are inept with technology. Amazing patience and superb service. Thank you. Cheers to the couple who found my hearing aid. ~ E.B.

Cheers to the good, hardworking folks on the Wilmer Waterworks Board of Trustees. And special thanks to Karen Cote who is stepping down after many years of service, professionalism and diligence. Cheers to Tiffany and Chris for the wonderful futon. I am so grateful. Cheers to my neighbor Dianna for thinking about me re: the futon. You are awesome! Cheers to Verna and Basil for making snacks and lunch while we were studying so hard on Serving it Right. Thank you ~ from the Shuswap ladies and gents.


You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long-term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-3425297, 250-346-3011 or 250-3422100.

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Rent/sell: approx 2,400 sq. ft. between Home Renovation Centre & Fitz Flooring. For more information please call Lorne at 250-270-0102. 864 sq. ft. warehouse space with loading dock, unheated, $625/ month. Available immediately. Call 250-342-3637. For lease: 1,200 sq. ft. office space. Available immediately. Call Scott at 250-342-5758. 230 sq. ft. office space for rent on Main Street in Invermere. Available May 1st. Call Ben Green: 250-6880362. For lease: approximately 2,800 sq. ft. across from the Invermere Post Office. Contact Gordon at 250-3429271.

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

for lease We wish to thank all those who helped to make our Sensational Seconds Fashion Show such a success! • District of Invermere (hall rental) • Rocky Mountain School District #6 • AG Valley Foods • Home Hardware (Al Miller) • Scheffer Foods (Peter Scheffer) • Elaine Shelstrom (tablecloth)

• Thredz, Essentials, Details by JoAnn (ticket sales) • Roscoe Dalke, Milton Deck, Marcel Labrie, Todd Fisher, Dennis Zuk, Greg Mustard, Wayne Rossington, Nick Nicholson • Dennis Collins (music) • The fabulous models

All proceeds go to the health care in the valley!


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:

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, N/P. Utilities not included. $800/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. 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. Email or 250-342-5805. Windermere: bright, 2-bdrm, upper unit in quiet 4-plex with beautiful views. Large yard area, separate parking + entrance. N/P, $700/month + electricity + D.D. available immediately to mature, responsible tenants. References required. Call 403-258-3132. 3-bdrm apartment close to the hospital and schools. W/D, large yard and garden. Available immediately. $950/month. Call 250-342-3790.

Windermere: lower level, 2-bdrm walkout suite in 4 -plex. Recently renovated and painted, 6 appliances. Large deck, large yard, views of lake, separate entrances, and ample parking. 3 blocks from beach, large wood burning stove, pets considered. $800/month, available immediately. Call or text 250-409-7435 or email Invermere: bright, lower-level walk-out suite. 1-bdrm + office on in-town acreage. Lots of windows, views over private, spacious back yard with fenced garden. N/S, N/P, $850/month includes utilities. 250342-3790. 1-bdrm suite downtown. N/S, N/P, includes satellite. Suitable for mature, responsible person. Call 250-341-2084. $650/month + hydro. 1-bdrm furnished suite. Close to the hospital. Lots of storage space, shared laundry, fenced yard, and off-street parking. $725/month, utilities and cable included + D.D. Call 250-342-9404. Clean, quiet, bright, large, 1-bdrm upstairs suite for rent in Columere Park. $650/month + hydro. Call 250-345-6524. 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. Available June 1st: 1-bdrm basement suite in Windermere. $600/month, including utilities, satellite. N/S, N/P. Contact Doug after 1 p.m. 250-342-3047.

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suite for rent For rent in Radium: big, 2-bdrm suite, complete with 5 appliances. $700/month + utilities. 250-3479345. Black Forest Heights: 2-bdrm lowerlevel suite, 5 appliances, storage shed, nice yard/views, N/S, N/P, no partiers, quiet building. Available immediately $775/month includes utilities. Home: 250-342-3057 or cell: 250-341-5572. Radium: 2-bdrm, 1 bath, shared laundry/large back yard. $600/ month, D.D. plus hydro. 250-3479970. Windermere: 4-plex, 2-bdrm suites recently renovated. All appliances, large deck, large yard, views of lake, separate entrances, ample parking, 3 blocks from beach, pets considered. Available immediately. $700/month. Call or text 250-4097435 or email sillymilleys@shaw. ca. 1-bdrm modern basement suite. Quiet, working, non-smoker. Landlord above. Partially furnished, free internet. Available now for summer. $575, includes utilities. 250-341-7246. Invermere: 1-bdrm basement suite, private entrance, cable, wireless, parking. N/S, N/P. $600/month inclusive. Available immediately. 250-341-5159.

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July 1st — recently renovated, nicely furnished, 3-bdrm, 1.5-bath in Fairmont. Minutes from golf courses and hot springs. Large yard, 12x12 shed, 7 appliances. References, D.D., N/P, N/S, $900/ mo. plus utilities. 250-345-6100 or 250-341-8177.

2-bdrm rancher on beautiful 5 acres with spectacular mountain views. New roof (November 2011), 5 minutes north of Radium. Asking $359,900. 250-347-9692.

Amazing cabin/house reduced to $369,000 Custom design - 2,265 sq. ft., 4-bdrm, loft, on desirable Pine Cone Lane, #7514. www.radiumcabin. com.


3 Bedroom 2 bathroom cabin. $1,100 +utilities.


4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home. Pets welcome. $1,000 + utilities


4 bedroom 2 bathroom cabin with hot tub. $1,500 + utilities


5 Bedroom executive home. $1,650 +utilities


One bedroom unit Toby $800

Call Ben Green 250-688-0362 or visit 3-bdrm house in Wilder subdivision. Close to downtown and beach. Long-time rental, garage attached, N/P, N/S. Available now. $1,100 + utilities. 250-342-2052. Radium: long-term rental. 2-bdrm, unfurnished house. Own yard, storage shed. $550/mo, plus Hydro and D.D. 250-347-9325. Available immediately. Invermere: charming home. Next to Kinsmen Beach. 4-bdrm, 2-bath, 2 fireplaces, W/D, N/S, N/P. Available June 1st. $1,400/month + utilities. References and D.D. required. 403246-6680.

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.

Invermere: Park-like, in-town acreage. 5-bdrm, 3-bath, executive home, workshop. Available July 1st. Rent negotiable. Call 250-6881508.

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.

Long-term rental. 3-bdrm, 3-bath, large deck, yard, and garage. Available immediately. N/S, references required. Contact Gary: 250-342-1322.

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.

Available immediately, to a N/S individual. Small 2-bdrm house near Radium with walkout basement, two bedrooms, 4 appliances. Pet friendly to responsible pet owner. $650/ month, utilities included. Longterm preferred. Rent could be lower dependent on references. Phone John: 250 347-9877.

2-bdrm, downtown Invermere, $700/month + utilities. Available June 1st. 250-342-9779.

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.

condo for rent Hillcrest Apartments have 2-bdrms, $800/month, 1-Bdrms, $600/ month, fully furnished, including utilities, TV and Internet. 250-3411182. Panorama condo for rent. 1-bdrm, fully furnished, private entrance, private garage. Beautiful QUIET location. W/D, N/S, N/P. Available May 1st. 6-month or 1-year lease, references required. Contact Devin for more details at 250-342-4054. Radium townhouse for rent. Bright, spacious, approx. 1,300 sq. ft. of living space. 2-bdrm, 2.5-bath, fully furnished, deck, BBQ and A/C. Includes all utilities. Available weekly or monthly. Minimum 6-month lease. $950/month. N/S, N/P. 403-240-9357 or 403237-4698. Email for pictures.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE 7 acres of hayfield/wild land, beautiful mountain views with great building opportunity, near Wilmer Toby Hill Road, close to Panorama Resort and Lake. $375,000, 250-342-2802.

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE Windermere: affordable family home. 1,500 sq. ft. 4-bdrm, large living room and family room. Goodsized rental lot. Close to elementary school and public beach. $70,000. 250-342-3379.



Lots for sale

231 Pine Tree Road Invermere, B.C. May 18th, 19th & 20th 10 a.m. – 4 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 and new electrical. For full details and pictures visit www.propertyguys. com ID#266210. 250-409-9130. Incredible Deal! Located in central Invermere. 2-year old, 3-bdrm house, 2.5 baths, lots of upgrades. For details and pictures, please to to Ad ID 370074280 or call 250-342-6956.

CASTLEROCK, 2583 Ledgerock Court Built as a show home, beautiful walk-out bungalow on large lot, backs onto park land, landscaped, large deck, covered front porch, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully upgraded, triple car garage, infloor heat, heat pump. Call 250341-1160 for more details or to view. House for sale in Juniper Heights. 3-bdrms, 2 full-baths, fireplace, in-floor heating, den, garage, and workshop. 3.59 acres, 2 covered decks, underground sprinkler system. Fully furnished, complete with dishes, cutlery, towels, line, riding tractor, 1995 Yukon, all gardening tools. Phone: 250-3423559. Cell: 250-342-1228.

Lake and Mountain Views. Location: Wilder Subdivision, end of Cul-de-sac Road. Very Private. NO BUILDING COMMITMENT. OPTIONS: BUILD A HOME/COTTAGE, DUPLEX, TRIPLEX OR 4-PLEX. R2 Zoned, $249,900. No HST. 910-15A Crescent. Call Bonnie-Lou. 250-342-6899. Email: Kijiji Ad ID #376177593

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Home for sale in Edgewater. Approx. 1,100 sq. ft. with finished basement. 24 x 24 garage. Lot is 65 x 120. Call for viewing: 250-3479192 or 250-341-1234.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Anglz Hair & Tanning Studio Full-service salon. For more information go to, ID # 263259507 or call Maria at 250-342-3227.

250 US Gallon tanks for sale. Very versatile, plastic w/ metal 6” opening, 2’ discharge, 125 lbs. $200 for 1 or $300 for 2. Call George. 250347-9500. 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.

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

wanted CALLING ALL VENDORS: Food and craft vendors still needed for the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival on July 7th in Edgewater. If you are interested, please contact Phyllis at 250-347-9673.

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

Quality Top Soil and Manure Top soil $160 per dump truck load, $90 per pick-up load. Manure $120 per pick up load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Kitchenaid dishwasher, Viking range + oven. Maytag washing machine, two new bathroom sinks with taps, miscellaneous lighting, baby crib, doors, bike trailer, bookshelf, and toys. 403-246-6680 or 250-342-6646. Fertilizer - spent mushroom compost. $65/yard. 250-342-5224. 1999 Arctic Cat Tiger-Shark Sea-Doo 3-seater. High-performance 770, like new condition. Triton trailer and cover. Best offer over $2,500. 32” x 80” Steel door complete with steel frame. 250-347-6404.

vehicles for sale

700 feet of 6’ chain-link fencing. Includes all post and cap covers, 2-10’ gates. Asking $6,000. 250688-0256.

1990 Ford Club Wagon XL window van. Automatic, air, 302 V8, two fuel tanks, 10-ply tires. 174,000 kms. $2,500 OBO. 250-342-7608 or 250-342-2104.

Aged, composted, horse manure. Loaded. 1/2 ton - $60. 4 kms south of Invermere. 250-342-1526. THINKING ABOUT GARDENING? Well-aged horse manure for sale. We load for you at $50/pick-up truck load. Call 250-342-8828. Cicero Computer - Windows Home XP, Service pack 3, AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+, 2.00 GHz, 448 MB of RAM with Microsoft Office. Samsung 22” flat monitor. Canon scanner. All in perfect condition $400. Phone 250-347-9679. Kitchen equipment - 18” Star Broiler (propane), small garland electric fryer, Hollman electric impugner oven, hot dog roller, pretzel warmer cabinet. Call 250347-9051. Ask for Mike. For sale – 12’ Harborcraft fishing boat. Comes with trailer and 9.9HP 2-stroke motor. Asking $2,500. 250-342-8330.

vehicles for sale 2004 Toyota Sienna Van - $8,900. Excellent condition, 230,000 kms. 250-345-0342.

2003 Dodge Caravan - 105,000 kms, $2,800. Also selling 4-horse trailer, bumper-pull, $2,000. 250342-6490. 2001 Ford Taurus SEL. 150,000 km, winter/summer tires, power steering, brakes, windows, locks, seat, pedals, mirrors, keyless entry, A/C, cruise, tilt steering, 6-CD player. Blue w/grey interior. Local owner, serviced locally, smoke free. $5,500 OBO. 250-342-9607 or 250342-5265.

camping 1985 Vanguard trailer, 27 foot. In excellent shape, ready to go. $4,500 or will trade for camper to fit short box pickup. Please call 250-342-9589.

services Renew & Restore Professional tile and grout cleaning, re-grouting, repair and sealing of tile, grout, slate, and stone. Commercial and residential. 35 years experience. New installations also available. 250-341-5645 Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637

recreatinal vehicles


Air, cruise, tilt. 125,000 kms


150 Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere Between Kool Country Auto Parts and OK Tire Ivan:

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Pier 1 Armoire Entertainment Centre, dark pine double-hinged doors for TV viewing. Large drawer, cupboard below. Excellent condition $250.00. 250-345-0106.

RECREATIONAL PROPERTY RV Lots on private water ski lake starting at $79,900. Close to Fairmont. Please call Peter at 250341-7085.

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250-342-4400 Email:

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



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.

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

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

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

Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Spring Deals “Shannon, Gaylene and I would like to thank you so much for the Quality service and Quality blinds that you supplied. We would highly recommend your company for supply and installation.” Dale Heidt Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time” LBO Autobody Your Fender Bender Mender & The Valley Shine Shop Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. Drop in for a free estimate on paint and body work @ #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696.

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. 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. 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 250-409-4104.

Health & wellness

NUTRI MEAL shakes are nutritionally-balanced meal replacements – healthy ratio of carbs, proteins, beneficial fats to maintain optimal health and ideal weight.

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Help wanted

Help wanted

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

TECHELECTRIC CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LTD. SEEKS JOURNEYMEN ELECTRICIANS AND 2 YR APPRENTICES FOR THE COLUMBIA-KOOTENAY REGION. Celebrating our 20th year, Techelectric is a full-spectrum electrical contractor, providing full electrical, data, security, surveillance, and automation services for residential, commercial and industrial projects of all sizes throughout the ColumbiaKootenays, Okanagan-Shuswap, and Peace regions. Journeyman starting $26 to $30/hr, experience based. We offer a comprehensive benefits and pension package. Send resumes to “Attn: Derek Bay”,, fax: 250-342-9369, in-person: 4854 Athalmer Rd., Invermere.

The Whitehouse Pub in Windermere is looking for part-time bartender/ server. Must be flexible and have Serving it Right. Apply in person with resume.

Guitar lessons. Available most evenings to come to your home. Variable rates. Call Emily at 250409-4104. DWM Contracting. Decks, Fences (Wood, Chainlink, Aluminum). Brush and Trail clearing. 250-3417022. ODD JOBS ENT HAULING Garbage, brush and construction disposal. Mulch deliveries. Call Dale Hunt at 250-342-3569. Great homemade food at reasonable prices. Luxor Creek Restaurant & Cantina, Spur Valley Greens. 250-347-9051. See us on

Help wanted

Do you enjoy a flexible work schedule? Earn $15/hr cleaning vacation rental homes throughout the Windermere Valley and at Panorama. High Country Properties is seeking experienced contract cleaners. Choose your own schedule; full-time or part-time, weekends or weekdays. Must have your own vehicle. Please forward resumes to julie@ or call 250 342-3887. Also required is a full-time, seasonal laundry attendant to work Monday through Friday.

Lakeside Pub is looking for experienced servers and kitchen staff. FT/PT. Send resumes to or phone 250-342-6866. 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.

Windermere Valley Childcare Society. Starting June 11th, 40 hrs/week, summer months. Must be 19 yrs or older, have valid First Aid and 20 hours of course-related credits. Willing to have criminal record check, have attended school in 2012 and return in September. 250-342-3168, ask for Arlee, Sylvie or Pat. Licensed Caregivers Needed. F/T and P/T caregivers needed to help man in his 40s. 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. Fairmont Bungalows is hiring for full and part-time positions, maintenance/housekeeping/ front desk. Suitable for both male and female students. We provide training and free accommodation. Forward resumes to bungalows@ or phone 250-345-6365. Carpenters and laborers’/ carpenter’s helper required for local work by Invermere contractor. Email: The Prestige Inn, Radium Hot Springs is hiring Guest Service Agents and Housekeepers. Benefit package available. Please bring a resume the front desk. 7493 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs.

Counter Staff, First Cook, Prep Cook wanted. F/T and P/T hours available. Please e-mail resume to

Don’t Miss an Issue! CAREERS AT CBT

Young, energetic individuals needed to work at Pete’s Marina. Submit resume to ahoy@ Peppi’s Pizza is now hiring full and part-time staff for all restaurant positions. Must be able to start immediately. Please email resumes to:

CBT has two openings:

• Analyst, Planning and Development • Program Manager, Water and Environment


Read us online:

A detailed description of duties, skills and qualifications can be viewed at or requested Twitter from Debra Stewart at 1.800.505.8998. Twitter Please forward resumes to by noon (Pacific) May 29, 2012 for consideration. • 1.800.505.8998


EVENT COORDINATOR Reporting relationships: • Reports to the ‘Tourism Radium’ Manager. General scope: • The Event Coordinator is responsible to facilitate the successful delivery, marketing, and implementation of tourism events and festivals, within the Village of Radium of Hot Springs, by working with volunteers and private sector representatives, by engaging community partnerships. Skills and education requirements: • The Events Coordinator would normally attain the required knowledge, skills and attitudes through completion of a degree or diploma in events coordination along with related work experience. Equivalencies will be considered. • Valid BC Driver’s Licence and vehicle. • Knowledge and understanding of the role of volunteers to run community based events. Primary responsibilities: • Prepare and manage the budget for events. • Grant writing. • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers. • Monitor and report requirements. • Organization, coordination, and delivery of events. • Secure and manage contracts associated with events and festivals. • Advertise and promote Tourism Radium events. Hours of work: • This is a part-time, TERM position to be reviewed for continuity in May of 2013. • This position has been allocated a maximum of 1050 hours per year. • Hours of work may peak to upwards of 160 hours per month during some months and may drop to minimal hours other month. For more information contact the Radium Hot Springs Visitors’ Information Centre: Ph: (250) 347-9331 • Email: Send resumes by May 23rd, 2012. Job description available upon request.





Join us:

We are people working together to build strong and empowered families and healthy communities. Bring your dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to make a difference to be part of our dynamic and history making organization.

Social Worker

Permanent Full Time, Invermere, BC Casual on Call, Cranbrook, BC The Social Worker significantly influences and changes the future of Aboriginal clients through proactive, responsive action that supports, heals, develops and protects human capacity, most particularly children and families. This position preserves the connection to family, community and culture by ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children. Qualities and qualifications that would make you a successful member of this organization are: • Bachelor degree in recognized human service field; • Diploma with 5 years direct experience may be considered; • Experience in working with Families at Risk is desired; • Knowledge of and experience in of Aboriginal community. Please fax or e-mail your cover letter and resume to Darlene Trach, HR Manager, at: (250) 489-5760 or Closing Date: May 22, 2012 Please review the detailed description on our website:

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BUS DRIVER “TRANSPORT WIZARD” We are hiring for the following positions;

· Full-time servers · Full-time houseman · Part-time banquet servers · Full-time room attendants · Dishwashers Copper Point Resort is the newest luxury four season destination located in Invermere, BC. We are looking for those strong candidates who are energetic and passionate about providing an exceptional guest experience. We are committed to bringing together the industry’s best talent to create a diverse team of innovative thinkers. All those applying must be able to have fun! Resumes can be emailed to, faxed to 250-341-4001 or dropped off to 760 Cooper Road.


Call us today to place your classified advertisement. E-mail: Phone: (250) 341-6299 Fax: (250) 341-6229

Located in Panorama Mountain Village is now hiring

Water isn’t the only highway we travel on here at Kootenay River Runners! We need a few key staff members to drive our Toby Creek guests, guides and gear from A to B.

Full and part-time positions available. Please email resume to No phone calls please.

Job Duties / Required Skills / Certifications Class 2, no air. Transport guides, guests, and gear to river put-in on Toby Creek(based out of Panorama Mountain Resort). Help with general daily duties (gearing up guests, transferring gear, etc). Photograph rafters as they make their way down the river. Wage $ 45.00 per trip, three trips daily. Approximately 2 hours involved with each trip.

Massage Therapists SALES REPRESENTATIVE We have an exciting new opportunity for a Sales Representative to join our team. This position will be responsible for sales at two resorts in the Columbia Valley. If you have a passion for sales and experience in providing excellence in customer service, we need to talk with you. If you are interested in learning more, please forward your resume to Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Learn from the ground up. The Invermere branch of Manulife Securities Incorporated is looking for a well organized, positive, hard working individual to join our team starting as an Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will be someone who wants to further their education and train to become an associate advisor. Please email you resume to or or drop off in person to 712B 10th Street, Invermere

Send us your resume if you ‘d like to work in a positive, outdoors environment and want to become part of our team! Please submit resumes to

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

Health & Safety/Training Coordinator Responsibilities include: • Liaison with Worksafe BC on all Occupational Health and Safety matters • Coordinating all incident and accident reporting • Training all staff in both H & S concerns, as well as guest experience The successful candidate will have: • High School Diploma, safety training or designation preferred • Computer Literate in MS Office, Internet, etc. • Excellent communication skills • 3 years experience in adult learning Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers a competitive 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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Rockin’ all over the world If you’d like to enter The Pioneer’s annual Travel Contest, send in your entries now to, drop them off at 8 1008 8th Avenue, Invermere or submit via You could win two Calgary Flames tickets and one night’s accommodation, courtesy of Invermere’s Travel World. Pictured, opposite page, left to right: Bruce and Liz Robinson, Bill Cropper, Chris and Sandy MacDonald in beautiful Barbados; Paul and Tanya De Leeuw, Kevin and Pam Whitfield, Katie Long, Diana

Hellyer, Rob Hellyer (holding The Pioneer) and Kathryn Burns, and Heather and Andrew Hellyer were all at Paul De Leeuw’s 50th birthday in beautiful Kihei Kai Nani Maui, Hawaii. Pictured, this page, clockwise from top left: Jan and Kim Kascak poolside at the El Cid Moro Beach in Mazatlan, Mexico; Sherry Mallach in San Miguel, Mexico; Rick Maki enjoys some summer sun in Maui; Steve Tristram and Patricia Teran at the richest and largest marina in Costa Rica, Los Suenos.

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Heavenly illumination This beautiful rainbow formed over the Old Coach Trail on a rainy Saturday earlier this month.  Photo Kristian Rasmussen To place your Community Classified call The Pioneer at 250-341-6299 or toll free 1-866-669-9222



Auto Financing WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in May, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095. Education APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information: www. Employment Opportunities WELDERS and FITTERS required for busy Edmonton FCAW structural steel shop. $27-33/ hour base plus benefits, OT, indoor heated work, paid flight. Fax: 780-939-2181, Email:

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

PROFESSIONAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, fluid transport company servicing Northern BC and Alberta. We are an equal opportunity employer now accepting applications at various branches for: Mechanics (Commercial Transport or equivalent). Wage Rage: $25. - $40./hour. Minimum experience requires: second year apprenticeship or equivalent. Professional Drivers (Class 1, 3). Wage Range: $25. - $35./hour. Minimum experience required: six months professional driving. Field Supervisors. Annual Salary Range: $90 - 110,000. (based on qualifications). Minimum experience required: previous supervisory experience. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and drivers abstract are required. We encourage candidates of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities to apply. For more information and to apply for these opportunities, visit our employment webpage at:

JASPER SUPER A is currently recruiting a candidate with good interpersonal and communication skills, with a positive energetic attitude for the position of Full-time Permanent - Premium Clerk. The primary duties include scanning, ordering, receiving, merchandising, replenishing stock, inventory and facing shelves. Candidates require the skills and ability to maintain operational objectives in the Managers absence. Computer literacy is a must. Candidates must have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, nights and weekends. A grade 12 Diploma and a clean Security Clearance are also required. Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health benefits package to eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in confidence to: Jasper Super A, P.O. Box 818, 601 Patricia Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. Fax 780-852-5491. Email: We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Employment Opportunities TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Skookumchuck Pulp Group, Cranbrook, BC Sept. 12-19 2012 Journeyman Trades Submit application and qualifications to: Fax: 250.422.3085 Email: holly.thygesen

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May 18, 2012

Valley Churches


A man with dreams and fears By Pastor Murray Wittke Valley Christian Assembly I am a man with deep longings and unspoken fears buried in my heart. On one hand, I desperately long for significance. I long to be a man of the highest quality of character, the kind of man who moves into and positively influences the people I love and the world I live in. I long to be the kind of man who has what it takes to handle difficult tasks, to be the husband and father my wife and children need me to be. To be the best friend anyone could have. At the end of my days, I want to look with satisfaction upon a legacy of love, carried on in the lives of those I’ve influenced. And secretly, I also long to be recognized, appreciated, and respected for being that kind of a man by my family, friends, and peers.

But, on the other hand, I’m plagued with unspoken anxiety and insecurity. I’m afraid that, despite my best efforts, I’ll eventually be exposed as inadequate, weak, and powerless; as a man of little substance, worth, or significance. I’m afraid when my life is over it will have had the weightiness or impact of the slight brush of a butterfly wing. I admit it, as a man I’m a strange brew of intense desire and horrible uncertainty. What calms my fears and gives me hope is the knowledge that I’m God’s child; that I’m dearly loved, highly valued, and the delight of my Heavenly Father. For reasons I cannot fathom, He loves me! He knows everything about me and doesn’t reject me! Despite my strike-outs, errors and fumbles; despite my shoes being on the wrong feet and my shirt buttoned up wrong; despite my embarrassing displays of temper tantrums, pouting, and sulking; and despite sometimes even running away, He still gathers me up into His arms, holds me tight, and cherishes me. Wrapped in the arms of His love all the longings of my heart are satisfied and all my fears are washed away. I am a man, but I am also His child.

Garage sale gurus raise big money for charity The Royal Lepage Rockies West Realty garage sale on Saturday, May 12th, raised close to $1,500 for the Family Resource Centre. The group has managed to raise $4,400 in the first three years of their garage sale charity. Pictured, Ken Becker and Kim Collens man the tables at the Royal Lepage offices for browsing bargain hunters.  Photo by Kate Irwin

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, May 20th, 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction, “The Journey: Our Helper And Guide - The WHY NOT!”... 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. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater. 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast Club for Children and Youth and 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. 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 Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats. Saturday: 7 p.m. and Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyr’s Church in Invermere. Sunday: 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. Father James McHugh • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service • Thursday 7 p.m. Fun Night Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. • Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society To donate In Memory or In Honour: | 250-426-8916 or call toll-free 1-800-656-6426 or mail to: P. O. Box 102 Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 Please include: Your name an address for tax receipt Name of the person being remembered Name and address to send card to

Let’s Make Cancer History

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Online edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer for May 18, 2012


Online edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer for May 18, 2012