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October 5, 2012 Vol. 9/Issue 40

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WHERE THERE’S SMOKE — A forest fire raging near Canal Flats has been sending clouds of smoke into the skies above the southern Columbia Valley. Photo by BC Forest Service, Wildfire Management Branch

Mt. Glen fire fills south with smoke By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff

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A forest fire estimated at 350 hectares in size has been burning near Canal Flats since Saturday, September 29th. A bolt of lightning started a small blaze in the Mount Glen area, 12 kilometres northeast of the municipality. But the perfect storm of dry weather conditions and high winds meant a rapid growth in the fire, which had reached approximately 300 hectares in size by Monday, October 1st. By Wednesday, the BC Wildfire Management Branch website was reporting a fire of 350 hectares. “It obviously started off small, but on Monday the area experienced very strong winds and the fire just grew,” said Karlie Shaughnessy, Fire Information

Officer for the Southeast Fire Centre. “As of now [Tuesday, October 2nd] we have a specialized team deployed to the fire and our fire officers are developing a plan of attack.” While the fire has not threatened any structures or communities, southern valley residents may have noticed large, thick plumes of smoke rising from the area near Canal Flats, she added. The BC Forest Service has been monitoring the fire since it started, with a specialized wildfire team on-site to decide whether any action is needed. If the fire continues to grow, a plan for attacking and suppressing the blaze may need to be formulated, Ms. Shaughnessy added. To learn more about all current forest fires, visit www. .


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Locally raised author pens his second novel By Kate Irwin, with files from Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff Celebrated Invermereborn author David Wilson is putting the finishing touches on his second book, a novel centred around the 2003 B.C. wildlifes. Mr. Wilson, who D.W. Wilson writes under the pen name D. W. Wilson, is making the final edits on his second written work, part two of his two-book publishing deal with Penguin Canada. “It is tentatively titled Ballistics,” the Invermereraised writer said. “I am in the middle of my final edit of Ballistics before it is due and then after that I have no idea [what comes next for me].”

Mr. Wilson, a graduate of David Thompson Secondary School, has been making waves on two continents since launching his writing career one year ago. His breakout tome — a collection of short stories entitled Once You Break a Knuckle — has won him critical acclaim and several awards on both sides of the Atlantic. He won the University of East Anglia’s inaugural Man Booker Prize scholarship and became the youngestever winner of the BBC’s prestigious National Short Story Award in 2011, as well as being named a finalist for the 2012 CBC Short Story Prize. But Mr. Wilson has not forgotten his valley roots — quite the opposite, in fact. “We writers are always looking for stories, hearing tales, bits of dialogue, etc. I always find myself thinking, ‘That would be a great story.’ Then I think, ‘How can I put it into the valley?’ “I can try and write away from it, but I am pulled in toward putting characters into that world.”

Mr. Wilson, who is currently living in Cambridge, England, and studying for a Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, said that writing about the East Kootenay region was the kickstart to his career. “I started out not writing stories about the valley and then eventually I wrote a story about the valley and that was the breakthrough story. I found my niche, I guess.” While Ballistics is not based in the gritty darker version of the Columbia Valley that Mr. Wilson created for his first book, the subject matter doesn’t stray far from small town southeastern B.C. The tale ties together two threads. The first revolves around a 29-year-old Ph.D. student studying in Toronto who returns to the local area to rescue his father from the forest fires that swept through Kamloops and Kelowna. The second thread, set 30-40 years before follows an American army deserter who crosses the border into Canada and sets into motion the events that lead up to the first story thread.The book’s Canadian release will be in May 2013.

Large prescribed burn begins soon by Canal Flats By Kate Irwin Pioneer Staff A 455-hectare prescribed burn is planned near Canal Flats next week, but coordinators assure the public that limited effects will be felt in the small community. The Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program is organizing the burn, which will take place at the foot of Fir Mountain beside Finlay Creek, nine kilometres west of Canal Flats. Weather permitting, crews from the Wildfire Management Branch Southeast Fire Centre will be setting grass and shrubs ablaze around mid-October. “We’re just waiting on the weather right now,” said

Randy Harris, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Ecosystem Restoration team leader. “It’s a little bit dry; if some of that predicted rain comes along, that would be good news for us.” Fire crews will mainly be seeking to ignite grasslands, using a helicopter to drop ping pong balls of flaming liquid into areas unreachable by road and drip torches filled with flammable liquid to ignite the edges. Ecosystem restoration has been ongoing at Finlay Creek for years, and recent thinning treatments allow restorative fire to be introduced safely and effectively, said Dan Murphy, Trench Natural Resources Society. For the burn to move ahead, fire crews will need ideal conditions, Mr. Harris explained.

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“The conditions needed are what we refer to as 2020-20,” he said. “We like to light up at around 20 degrees Celsius, with less than 20 per cent humidity and winds of less than 20 kilometres per hour.” As the burn site is 400 metres above the elevation of Canal Flats, and organizers will be aiming to have smoke rise in a column and dissipate high above the valley, local effects should be minimal, Mr. Harris added. “You’ll definitely see and smell smoke in the area of the burn, but there shouldn’t be any smoke rolling down into the valley.” The Findlay Creek burn is being conducted to improve grazing for elk and cattle and enhance badger habitats. It should be complete within 24 hours.


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• On September 27th at 2:55 a.m., a white van driven by a 21-year-old man from Invermere was checked by police in Athalmer. The vehicle was found not to have insurance, and there was evidence of open liquor inside. A search of the van revealed approximately one ounce of cocaine and associated paraphernalia. The man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. • On September 27th at 12:15 p.m., a search warrant was executed under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act on a property in the 7000 block of Prospect Avenue, Radium Hot Springs. A number of marijuana plants were located in the residence, as well as numerous plants outside. Two adult men were also discovered on the property. The owner, a 46-year-old man from Radium, is charged with possession and production of marijuana. • On September 27th at 7:37 p.m., a local 26-year-old woman struck a deer with her Subaru vehicle on Highway 93/95 near Dincey Road, just south of Dry Gulch. The woman stopped, but reported that the deer ran off before she could do anything. The damage to the vehicle was minimal and the driver did not receive any injuries. • On September 30th, a Schwinn mountain bike was turned into the office. The owner is requested to attend the detachment and give a full description so we can return it. • On September 30th at midnight, Columbia Valley RSS


officers attended a mischief complaint in the parking lot of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Someone had attempted to damage some cars by lighting a piece of clothing on fire and leaving it near the vehicles. The damage was minimal. Army cadets I am involved with the local Army Cadets as a civilian instructor teaching drumming. This year, we are down in numbers and are on a recruiting drive to keep this group alive. Army Cadets provides youth with leadership and life skills and is an opportunity for travel and adventure. In my youth (not that long ago), cadets kept me busy and out of mischief (most the time!). We plan to hold an open house soon to provide information. Contact me at 250-342-9292 with any questions. That time of the year again Seems like the older you get, the quicker special events seem to come around again. Blink, and Christmas is here. Blink, and you are checking the wedding album to ensure your anniversary doesn’t go by unnoticed. Blink again, and here I am again having to go down to the range to re-qualify on my firearm to see if they will let me keep it. Last year I was blind as a bat, but with eye surgery — wow! I didn’t need a seeing eye dog to help me this year. Last year, one bark meant shoot more to the left, two barks was go right, growl meant bullet went off the page. The shooting stance I use is pictured above. The combat stance is standing up, legs bent down in a semicrouch, arms extended straight out with your pistol. That is the norm. As you can see from the photograph I tend to use the ‘wing and a prayer’ stance. The prayer goes, “Please Lord, let the bullet find its mark and more importantly, Lord, if my target is 25 meters or more away, protect all those in the vicinity.”

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World turned upside down A distracted driver and his passenger found themselves upside down in a ditch on Thursday, September 27th. The 25-year-old Wasa resident lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup while travelling south on Highway 93/95 near George Anderson Road in Edgewater. Both men received minor injuries.  Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

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Local newspapers begin new agreement By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff A new business partnership in the Columbia Valley is aiming to ensure that regional news coverage continues to be comprehensive and diverse. On Tuesday, September 25th, owners of The Columbia Valley Pioneer and the The Invermere Valley Echo entered into a joint operating agreement, allowing the two businesses to share some costs, while keeping the editorial content of the papers entirely separate. “The joint operating agreement is a partnership where we will join operational tasks where it makes sense and where it would benefit both papers, making both thrive in our valley,” said Rose-Marie Regitnig, who is now serving as publisher of both The Echo and The Pioneer.“This agreement should enable both papers to advance and grow.” The new agreement will keep the two newspapers competitive, by allowing them to share overhead costs such as administration and accounting. This means both businesses can work together, instead of fighting for survival in the face of decreasing profit margins. Each newspaper will maintain its owner. Black Press still owns The Echo, and Misko Publishing still owns The Pioneer. And both will maintain their distinctive editorial voices, Ms. Regitnig explained.

“To serve the community best we feel that each paper should maintain its personality and thus both will have varied content, just as they do now,” she said. “Significant stories may run in both, but as we have two separate editorial teams, the coverage of the same event will differ.” “This agreement is set in place to make each newspaper better, in every way.” The Pioneer will remain a free newspaper and website, while The Valley Echo will continue to be a paid subscription newspaper and a paid viewing website. The partnership represents a new spirit of cooperation that can apply not just to community newspapers, but to a broad range of businesses in the valley. “I believe that this joint operating agreement will allow us to get so much further by letting us shift our mindsets and work together, rather than against each other,” Ms. Regitnig added. “That can be an uncomfortable and intimidating concept to most of us when we think of our business competitors, but we are taking this approach because we believe in it.” “Our competitive editorial spirit at both newspapers will still be there, and that is good and healthy. It creates better newspapers.” The Pioneer welcomesthecommunity’sfeedbackon the new agreement, and Ms. Regitnig can be reached by email at .

DUAL ROLE ­ — Invermere’s Rose-Marie Regitnig will assume the role of publisher of both the Columbia Valley Pioneer and Invermere Valley Echo, effective immediately. 

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Give thanks, eat bacon By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff

The leaves are bursting with colour, the sun is hanging lower in the sky, and wood piles are being bolstered with dry firewood. A millimetre-thick frost is making appearances on windshields throughout the valley. Fall is here, and it’s time to sit back and appreciate the great summer we had, the harvest that was reaped, or just take the time to appreciate family and loved ones. For Canadians, the focus of this time of reflection is usually a Thanksgiving feast. After all, Thanksgiving was invented in Canada in 1578, when English navigator Martin Frobisher pulled ashore in what we now call Newfoundland, and probably said something along the lines of, “Thank God that’s over!” But this year, our feast is clouded with the threat of a terrifying famine: a looming global bacon shortage. Drought in the U.S. farm belt over the summer has led to dramatically decreased yields of corn and soy, two primary staples of agricultural feed. That means the pigs on farms around the Western Hemisphere are harder to feed and more expensive to raise, and declining herds of porkers mean fewer rashers reaching market. This is serious business. I’m calling on the federal government to immediately take drastic action. Let’s start with a Strategic Bacon Reserve. Along with the NHL lockout that’s depriving us of hockey, a lack of bacon is a serious threat to our Canadian identity! Local government can play a role here too: forget affordable housing; we need a new program to ensure affordable bacon. We are facing an aporkalypse! Oh, hang on a second — ­ this just in — ­ more recent media reports tell us that economists believe the threat of bacon shortage to be highly exaggerated. Hogwash, in fact. The worst we might see is a 10 per cent increase in bacon prices. For the record, I’m just talking turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

Athalmer, mill town The Simon Ronacher and Company sawmill and lumber yard took centre stage in Athalmer in 1938. There’s a boiler on the left, the planer mill in the middle, and a public works building on the right. If you have any more information, email us at .  Photo C493 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Memories of Windermere Beach Dear Editor: The photo of the Windermere Beach cottages [September 7th issue] was taken by a Calgary photographer named Stillings and was later used as a postcard. Perhaps readers would be interested to know that cabin rates were $2.50 per night, including fire wood and linens that were changed weekly. There was indoor plumbing, but since BC Hydro had not yet reached the area, electricity was provided on-site. No electric refrigerators could be used, but there were communal iceboxes, using ice from the lake stored for summer use. At about 11 p.m., my father would ‘flick’ the lights, letting everyone know that power would cease in about 30 minutes! The only radio station available was the CBC, and radios were powered by a batteries. My parents

had a loudspeaker set up outside the camp store where adults would congregate in the early evening to listen to the world news. World War Two was, of course, taking place during the early 1940s. Building lots in adjacent Calberley (a Calgary/ Kimberley name) were selling for less than $200 and families spent the summer at their cottages there with fathers carpooling to come visit on the weekends (gas, of course, was rationed). For the children of this era, it was a magical time, playing outdoor games late into the evening and of course swimming and boating during the day. On Saturday evenings, there was a bonfire with singsong, hotdogs and marshmallows provided. Those of us who have these memories are very grateful. Bernice (Stoddart) Hathaway Parksville, B.C.

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Meters may harm us Dear Editor: In the article in the September 28th edition of The Pioneer about smart meters, Greg Alexis, BC Hydro spokesperson, stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that wireless smart meters pose no known health risks. In May 2011, the WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer committee classified radio frequency radiation from all wireless devices, including smart meters, in a 2B class. That means the meters are possibly carcinogenic to humans. Without evidence of health risks, there would be no reason for this classification. In a YouTube video entitled Health Canada Warns Smart Meters, Dr. David Carpenter, the University of Albany’s Dean of the School of Public Health, asks, “What is the evidence that smart meters are safe? There is no such evidence.” In the video Smart Meters and EMR: The Health Crisis of Our Time, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt of the Sophia Health Institute states that law reports show everybody is electrosensitive. He says the meters are 600 times above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, sending signals of up to 190,000 pulses a day, with serious health consequences including high blood pressure, heart palpitations, Alzheimer’s, brain tumours and neurological symptoms. Dr. Daniel Hirsh, Radiation Scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, states that while cellphones are used voluntarily for short periods of time with radiation to the head, smart meters give whole body radiation with cumulative exposure producing a latent effect that could produce an illness decades later.

From Mr. Hirsch’s calculations, smart meters expose residents to about 100 times the microwave radiation of a cellphone. The Physicians’ Group of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has adopted a resolution against smart meters. They state that there are serious concerns regarding radio frequency (from 3 KHz to 300 GHz) or extremely low frequency (from 0 to 300 Hz) exposures. In the YouTube video called The Truth About Smart Meters, Dr. Karl Maret says the non-thermal pulsed radiation of wireless smart meters breaks down DNA and causes cancer cells to develop, as well as interfering with the blood-brain barrier allowing toxins to reach the brain, causing neurodegenerative diseases and lowering melatonin. Dr. Bill Deagle, who works in the area of electromagnetic radiation and can be seen in the YouTube video Death by Smart Meters, states that wireless smart meters can cause heart attacks and arrhythmia. People who have had wireless smart meters installed on their homes in various places such as B.C., California and Australia say there have been ill effects including dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations and pacemaker interference. Some reported dogs whining and not wanting to sleep near the meter. There is a YouTube video of a plant dying on a wall around a smart meter. The meters could be wired and customers should at least have a choice to not be radiated. Thousands of B.C. customers have barricaded their existing meters and are refusing installation of a smart meter. The Stop Smart Meters BC coalition is now proceeding with a class action suit. Beverley Sinclair, Invermere

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New coach running Rockies By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff An organization’s desire to build a strong foundation of hockey experience was behind a coach’s decision to leave Invermere’s Junior B hockey club. The departure of former head coach Marc Ward from the Columbia Valley Rockies on Tuesday, September 25th was his decision alone, said team president Al Miller, who received a resignation letter from Mr. Ward that afternoon. “He had a disagreement with us, the executive, on the operational side,” Mr. Miller said. “We hired Marc for a two-year contract last year, as coach and general manager. One of the things we as a club didn’t have last year were people with strong hockey knowledge, those people who’ve been very involved in hockey locally. “We felt we needed to have that this year.” The team got that and more when Ross Bidinger, the Rockies’ director of hockey operations, Dave Tomalty, Rockies board member, and a trio of Dubielewicz brothers — Scott, Kirk, and Wade, a former NHL goalie — agreed to come aboard as additional coaching staff. Mr. Bidinger, now the head coach and general manager, helped scout the team’s current players and had input on the roster. He intends to carry out coaching by committee, he said, with input from all the coaching staff. Along with Mr. Ward, assistant coach Jan Kascak also left the team. “Players come and go, coaches come and go, and we wanted to have something that was reasonably stable,” Mr. Miller said. “Marc didn’t feel like he had the final decision. If conversation could’ve been there, there are lots of areas he could’ve had final approval on. “It’s unfortunate; as far as I’m concerned we’re here to see coach development as well as players,” he added, mentioning that former Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney once coached the Rockies. “We are going to move on, and we’re going to be a team that’s difficult to come into this building and win against.” After a strong start to the season, the Rockies are now in a minor slump. As of Tuesday, October 2nd, the team was on a three-game losing streak, with their record


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TAKING THE HELM — Ross Bidinger, the Columbia Valley Rockies’ former director of hockey operations has now taken over as head coach and general manager after the sudden departure of Marc Ward. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen standing at 3 wins, 4 losses and 1 overtime loss. Once their current nine-game road trip wraps up, the next home appearance will be on Saturday, October 13th against the Fernie Ghostriders, who have led the Eddie Mountain division for the last couple of years. It’s a game that promises some emotion, as the teams have built a significant rivalry. The Rockies’ roster may change again soon, as Wednesday, October 10th, marks a deadline for the first round of player changes in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The final deadline for team changes will be in early January, prior to the playoffs. “Nothing is set in stone — as you’re developing players, some players get cut from junior A teams,” Mr. Miller said, adding the team will look at its options. Mr. Ward had left Invermere by the end of September, and could not be reached for comment.

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Political meet gives local gains By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

Three-legged horse THREE-LEGGED HORSE ­— Golden’s Willhorse rocked Bud’s Bar and Lounge on Thursday, September 27th, despite being without their bass player. The band played as a three-piece, including guitarist-vocalists Jeremy Borschneck (pictured above) and Branden Winterholt and and drummer Nick Petrowich. Local band Otter played as the opening act. Willhorse will be back in Invermere in December or January for a CD release party.  Photo by Greg Amos


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A planned $509-million, four-lane upgrade to the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta is among the biggest regional benefits arising from the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria, say local elected officials. “That stretch of road has been in need of major upgrades for years,” said Wendy Booth, Area F director. “I was really happy to hear the announcement because it will have positive impacts for the Columbia Valley.” Local leaders hope the 10-year upgrade will provide a safer road connection between the Southern Interior and Lower Mainland, which should have a knock-on benefit to the Columbia Valley. The upgrade was announced by B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark on September 28th, the final day of the week-long convention. “I found it was one of the Premier’s better speeches,” said Radium’s mayor Dee Conklin, who was also impressed by the proposed twinning of the highway. “I

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Community Open Houses The Nature Conservancy of Canada invites you to join us at our Open Houses to learn about our conservation projects in this community. Marion Creek Benchlands Columbia Lake–Lot 48 Tuesday, October 23, Tuesday, November 6 6-9 pm 6-9 pm Columbia Ridge Community Centre 6890 Columbia Lake Road Bring your questions, stories and wisdom. Together we can care for our community’s natural treasures. For more information, contact NCC’s Invermere office: 250-342-5521 or

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Columbia Basin Trust increases grant funding By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff The Columbia Basin Trust announced a new funding limit for their Environmental Initiative Program grants on September 26th. Local organizations looking to make a change to improve their community can now apply for funds from the program's small grant stream, which is designed to provide a helping hand for projects under $10,000. “After the (economic) meltdown in 2008, a lot of funders that were out there stopped giving out as much as they had in the past,” said Rick Allen, program manager for the Columbia Basin Trust. “We are hoping that $50,000 will help organizations around the basin get to their goals quicker.” The trust accepts applications on a continuous basis. Full scale projects will allow groups to take advantage of the large grants stream, which has increased funding from $30,000 to $50,000 on an annual basis. The Columbia Basin Trust has issued $5 million in grants over the past 11 years, including $45,000 to the Boulder Creek Diversion project. The project, which has required fundraising of close to $1,000,000 thus far, was

designed to protect wildlife habitat and improve water quality in Lake Lillian, Lake Enid, and Wilmer Lake by helping to combat falling water levels, Mr. Allen said. The Boulder Creek Diversion Ditch was built in the early 1900s and was designed to divert water from Boulder Creek to provide irrigation for agricultural projects and drinking water. Wilmer has updated its water system and no longer relies upon the ditch for drinking water. The diversion has since required constant upgrades from volunteers to fix leaks forming in the ditch. Through grant funding from Columbia Basin Trust and the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club, additional water flow will now be provided to local lakes by the installation of 4,000 meters of piping. The piping runs along the ditch and has required several hundred hours of volunteer time to install. The project is due to be completed by the end of October. "For Columbia Basin Trust, this is kind of a good template for how things should be done,” Mr. Allen said. “The way that the program is organized is that it is community initiated and community supported. We are an organization that doesn't tell anybody what to do.” The deadline for application for the next large scale grant is October 26th.

Joe and Elizabeth have retired from the store, but we still have beautiful stock left. We are having a warehouse sale in the bay behind the old store. Great deals to be had, drop by.

Friday, October 5th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 6th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Ryan Bavin of Bavin Glassworks flattens the base of a Bugaboo Bowl, while Leah Duperreault blows to keep the glass bubble stable. For more glassblowing photos, see page 17.




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

Have you seen this camel? What does ART mean to you?

Alice the Camel has been in the Valley for a few weeks helping international law enforcement track a notorious drug smuggler from the Middle East.

Alice went missing on October 1st, and is an indispensable part of an upcoming performance at Pynelogs Cultural Centre.

For more information about “Midnight at the Oasis” murder mystery evening on October 20 and 21, or to report a camel sighting, please call 250-342-4423.

Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

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Movie Review: Grassroots ate about only one issue: the monorail. Cogswell is so enamoured by the monorail that he wants to unseat the experienced and well-respected incumbent, Richard McIver (Cedric the Entertainer, who voiced Maurice in the Madagascar series). The pair successfully sues Seattle City Hall to increase their exposure in the sole printed publication the electorate are likely to read, and somehow manage to make it past the primaries. In the aftermath of a campaign party, September 11th comes and perhaps the most poignant part of the movie is revealed. Many of us remember exactly what we were doing when the World Trade Center was under attack, and how profoundly affected we were. Emmy award-winning director Stephen Gyllenhaal

Reviewed by Lizzie Midyette Can you believe that back in 2001, there was no social media? It’s interesting to look back just a short while ago to examine a grassroots movement that now could be fought and won or lost almost entirely in the Twitterverse. Grassroots is a mostly true story following Phil Campbell (Jason Biggs, A.K.A Jim Levenstein in the American Pie franchise), an unhappy, recentlyfired journalist, who agrees to be the campaign manager for his friend. Enter Grant Cogswell, played by Joel David Moore (most notably Colin Fisher in the TV series Bones) a would-be Seattle city counsellor who is so very passion-

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(Numb3rs, HawthoRNe) reminds us of the stillness that overcast the world in the aftermath of the catastrophe. Cogswell’s passion for standing up for what’s right is the inspiration for his inexperienced campaign team to gain the momentum that ensures he’s actually a possible contender to unseat the incumbent. Unfortunately, where the movie falls short is that it’s little more than a story. I was anticipating Jon Stewart-style dry comedic wit and some sharp social commentary about the state of grassroots movements then or now. Instead I was rewarded with beautiful shots of the Seattle skyline, and some show-stealing scenes from Cedric the Entertainer.


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A big thank-you to all those who helped make the 5th annual Headbanger Trail Challenge in Radium a huge success. All funds raised help support the Radium Public Library.

Major sponsor: Canadian Forest Products Ltd. • Art Reinsch - INROCK • Backcountry Jack’s Restaurant • Bare Hands Day Spa • Bighorn Gifts & Souvenir Shop • Bighorn Meadows • CasaVino Wine Bar • Columbia River Greenways Alliance • Crazy Soles • Friends of Kootenay National Park, Nature’s Gifts & Bookstore

• Helna’s Stube Restaurant • Horsethief Pub • Kootenay River Runners • La Cabina Restaurant • Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House • Melting Pot Eatery • Mountainside Market • Nellie’s Hair Salon • Peacock Embroidery • Prestige Inn • Radium Esso • Radium Husky • Radium Library

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Radium Petro-Canada Radium Resort Radium Video Regional District of East Kootenay Spur Valley Greens The Old Salzburg Restaurant The Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe The Springs Golf Course The Village of Radium Hot Springs Tourism Radium

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Saturday, October 27, 2012 Black Forest Restaurant

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• 3-course dinner 6:30 • fashion show 7:30

all models are breast cancer survivors. Fashions by Details by JoAnne, essentials, Inside edge and tiffany’s thredz.

Live entertainment by Marty and elijah Beingessner to follow. exciting door prizes!

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This is NOT a fundraiser, it is a Celebration! The 2-year campaign to bring a digital stereotactic mammography unit to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital has reached its $1,000,000 goal in less than a year.

available at Kootenay Savings Credit Unions in Invermere and radium, or by calling

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A special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers!




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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 • October 5th - 6th, 7:30 p.m.: The Amazing SpiderMan.

Friday, October 5th: • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Baby Goose program every Friday begins at Eileen Madson Primary school. For parents and babies up to 18 months. For info, e-mail . • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Panorama’s annual Final Gate Ski Sale at Panorama Mountain Village. Continues all weekend. For info call: 250-342-6941. • 7 p.m.: Like Father - Like Son, Marty and Elijah Beingessner perform at Strand’s Old House Restaurant. For reservations call: 250-342-6344.

Saturday, October 6th:

• • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Armand. F. Vallee Exhibition at the Artym Gallery. Show continues until October 12th. For info, call 250-342-7566. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Global Animal Lovers Society’s (GALS) BBQ fundraiser at Home Hardware. • 11 - 3 p.m.: Art demonstration by Connie Geerts at the Effusion Art Gallery. For info: 250-341-6877. • 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.: 24th annual Fall Show at Bavin Glasswork. Glass blowing demo at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments, prizes and limited edition cups. Show continues all weekend. For info call: 250-342-6816. •

Sunday, October 7th:

• 10 a.m.: Registration starts for dermere District Rod & Gun Shoot. At the Rauch Homestead Radium Hot Springs. For info:

the Lake WinClub’s Turkey Range west of 250-341-3254.

Tuesday, October 9th:

Wednesday, October 17th:

• 5:30 p.m.: Shuswap Bingo at the Big White Tent on Capilo Way, old Eagle Ranch entrance. Every Tuesday. • 6 - 7 p.m.: Open House and registration for 1st Invermere Scouts, Cubs and Beavers (boys and girls) at J.A. Laird school. Leaders needed. • 7 p.m.: Cinefest season starts at Pynelogs featuring Monsieur Lazhar. Tickets at the door. For info: 250342-4423.

• 6 - 8 p.m.: Business Opportunities, an evening of discussion with the Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency at College of The Rockies, Invermere. Free. Please register by calling: 250-342-3210.

Wednesday, October 10th: • 1 - 2:15 p.m.: Seniors’ Day at the Invermere Public Library. The community bus picks up and drops off at Columbia Garden Village and the Manor. Seniors are treated to tea and treats. For info: 250-342-6416. • 1 - 3 p.m.: Autobiographical Writing for Adults at the Seniors’ Centre, Invermere. No cost. For info call 250-688-2115 or e-mail Katie: • 7 p.m.: Author Angie Abdou reads from her work, “The Bone Cage” and “The Canterbury Trail” at the Invermere Public Library. For info, call 250-342-6416 or visit .

Saturday, October 13th: • 10:30 a.m.: Fairmont Road Clean-up. Join Fairmont Lions and other community members to help tidy up Fairmont. Meet at the intersection of highway and Resort Road. • 5 - 7:15 p.m.: Scott Kelby’s 5th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. Meet at James Chabot Provinical parking lot. Free to participate. For info contact Marlene: 250688-1486 or 250-342-6811. • 6 p.m.: Community Potluck Dinner and Public Safety Meeting at the Community Hall in Radium Hot Springs. For info call Mark: 250-347-6455. • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Fernie at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. . •

Tuesday, October 16th:

• 5:30 p.m.: Shuswap Bingo. Early Bird at 7 p.m. Big White Tent on Capilo Way, old Eagle Ranch entrance. • 7 p.m.: Halloween Crafts with Trudy at the Radium Public Library. For children 5 years and older. Please register by calling 250-347-2434 or by e-mail: .

Thursday, October 18th: • 9 p.m.: Blackberry Wood, a ska, folkband performs at Bud’s Bar and Lounge.

Friday, October 19th: • 7:30 p.m.: Columbia Valley Rockies versus Princeton at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. .

Saturday, October 20th: • “Midnight at the Oasis”, a Murder Mystery evening at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Runs October 20th and 21st. For info: 250-342-4423.

Invermere Library hours: • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Invermere Thrift Store hours: • Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Fridays and Saturdays: 1 - 4 p.m.

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

Radium Thrift Store hours: • Thursday: 10 - 4 p.m. • Friday and Saturday: 12 noon -4 p.m. For info call: 250-342-6622.

Canal Flats Community Library hours: • Tuesday: 7- 8:30 p.m. For info: 250-349-5360.

Other: • Fridays 5 - 8 p.m.: Public Indoor Rock Climbing at J.A. Laird School in Invermere. $5 drop-in fee. Also Saturdays and Sundays. For info: 250-342-9413.

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First Nation carpenters gain credits and confidence By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff A group of First Nations students are framing their future, one board at a time. The Legacy Project, a $205,000 partnership between the Akisqnuk First Nation, Akisqnuknik Development Corporation, Home Renovation Centre and the College of the Rockies, is close to 90 per cent complete. The project has tasked local First Nation students with building a classroom addition to the Eva Joseph Centre on the Akisqnuk reserve and an outdoor arbour structure at the Lakeshore Resort and Campground, just south of Windermere, while earning the College of the Rockies’ Introduction to Carpentry certificate. “The program has gone well so far,” said Cory Stuart, site supervisor. “There has been a lot of participation by students in all of the aspects of it.” Before the first nail could be hammered or the initial saw cut made, the students had to begin to learn the language of labour. “Communication has been the biggest challenge,” Mr. Stuart said. “The terms that we use in the construction field had to be interpreted into terms that the students can understand.” The site supervisor began with the basics. He started

with breaking down the confusing industry language for his up-and-coming carpenters. “We have overcome the communication barrier. I have noticed quite a bit of skill development from the students. I have gone from listening to them ask, ‘How do you read a tape measure?’ to ‘I am at five-sixteenths.’ You really start to see the lights turning on.” While the changes in skill are obvious, some of the biggest advances have been personal.

“ The provisions that this classroom is going to provide for education is huge,” Cory Stuart, Legacy Project instructor “There has been a lot of confidence gained,” Mr. Stuart said. “A lot of the students have gone from being unsure of themselves to at least trying new things before they ask for a hand. They have a lot of heart and lot of go.” Among the construction plans for the new classroom is special wiring for Smart Board technology, a touchscreen device that works off a projector and allows educators and students to create custom interactive les-


son plans and presentations. “The provisions that this classroom is going to provide for future education is huge,” he added. “This is going to really benefit the Akisqnuk people.” The education of future generations at the Eva Joseph Centre is of particular importance to dual Akisqnuk and Shuswap member Dominique Sam. The 21-year-old has a 17-month-old daughter, Mya, who attends the Little Badger Early Learning Program at the centre. “It is really cool to know that one day she will be in this classroom and she can say ‘Mommy built that’.” Ms. Sam took a particular interest in the electrical aspects of the project. She helped with the installation of the lighting fixtures and is interested in the future possibilities that being an electrician could bring. Although she is entering a field dominated by men, Ms. Sam said she is not intimidated. “We pretty much showed up most of the guys who were working before. We would be the ones working the hardest because we have more to prove than the boys do.” Ms. Sam’s classmate, Akisqnuk member, Theresa Kains, 21, first became interested in the program and carpentry in general because she was looking for meaningful work around the valley and her little sister attends the Little Badger program, she said. Continued on page 15 . . .

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Who is this for?

Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria: • Unemployed • Aged 55 – 64 (in some circumstances, unemployed workers aged 50 – 54 or 65 and up may also participate) • Be legally entitled to work in Canada • Require new or enhanced skills for successful integration into new employment • Live in an eligible community/region • Be ready and committed to returning to work

What will you get?

THANKSGIVING BUFFET BRUNCH Sunday October 7th 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

3-course Thanksgiving dinner 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Clubhouse is now closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Open Wednesday thru Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. [ 9 p.m. ] weekends, for lunch and dinner. Yo u c a n n o w r e s e r v e o n O p e n Ta b l e , o u r w e b s i t e w w w. e a g l e r a n c h r e s o r t . c o m o r c a l l 2 5 0 3 4 2 6 5 6 0 9 5 8 1 E A G L E R A N C H T R A I L , I N V E R M E R E B. C .

Participants may be eligible to receive: • Class-based skill development – including job searching and career planning • Funding to access training at local educational institutions/trainers • Income support for the duration of in-class training • Targeted wage subsidy for on-the-job training

When is it?

• Nov 2012 to Feb 2013

Funded by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Invermere For more details, phone 250-342-3210 ext 7103 or Email:

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Canadian Firearms Safety Course Friday evening, October 19th and all-day Saturday, October 20th

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PINPOINT PRECISION ­­— Theresa Kains, 21, marks out her next cut while preparing siding boards for the exterior of the Eva Joseph Centre.  Photo by Kristian Rasmussen . . . continued from page 14 “I enjoy waking up in the morning and knowing that there is something new to do every day. This is not like an office where it is more of a question of what can I do? With this kind of work there is always a plan and you can see the structure of a day.” The toughest aspects of working on the job site for Ms. Kains arrive with the heavy lifting and power tools. The student has learned to adapt and one day plans to build her own home, she added. Martina Shovar, 18, credits her do-it-yourself attitude with launching her into the College of the Rockies’ course. “I don’t like the fact that people often just hire others to do projects,” she said. “Even if it is simple stuff people don’t have an idea of what to do. I want to be able to do things on my own, or even if I can just hire somebody

and be able to know if they are doing something right or wrong.” Since beginning her job site studies, Ms. Shovar has found that her main motivation comes from community pride. “I know this is for a good cause. I am not sure if I would have gotten involved with the project otherwise. The fact that she is venturing into a field that has been historically dominated by males is also not lost on Ms. Shovar. “I think a lot of the time girls don’t even bother trying out this sort of thing because they have the mindset that this is not girls’ work,” she added. “I remember at the beginning of this I asked my boss for some time off work to come do this and he said, ‘Isn’t that a guys’ thing?’ I told him that you can look at it that way, but I am going to make this a girl’s thing.”

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Octogenarian Octoberfest Peggy Statham (foreground) enjoys the traditional folk songs of musicians, George ‘Hippy’ Blisner (left), Franz Grasegger, Franz Schwable, and Rolf Heer at the Octoberfest celebration at Columbia House, on Tuesday, October 2nd. Franz Grasegger has been playing his accordion at the Columbia House Octoberfest for the past 20 years. Octoberfest is a 16-day

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Art in action Top to bottom: Ryan Bavin and Leah Duperreault of Bavin Glassworks shape a Bugaboo Bowl in their Invermere workshops; Ryan uses gravity and centrifugal force to flare out the bowl into its final shape. Bavin Glassworks is holding their 24th annual Fall Show beginning at 6:30 p.m. on October 6th. The event will feature live glass blowing demonstrations, limited edition glass pieces, and prizes. Photos by Kristian Rasmussen MÉTIS NATION COLUMBIA RIVER SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE

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Estate planning with your tax-free savings account Since its introduction in 2009, the Tax-Free Savings Account has become a popular investment account for many Canadians. According to a recent poll, almost half of all Canadians have one, with the majority using theirs for long term savings. In addition to savings, a tax-free savings account can also help couples with their estate planning. What happens to my account when I die? When a person passes away, their tax-free savings account will pass to the named beneficiary. In the case of a married couple who are each other’s named beneficiaries, the assets will transfer directly to the surviving spouse’s savings account. This transfer is deemed an exempt contribution so that it does not impact his or her savings account’s contribution room. For example, if a husband and wife each had savings accounts worth $20,000 and the husband passed away, the assets in his account would be moved to the wife’s. The wife now has an account worth $40,000. Since the transfer is an exempt contribution, it does not impact the wife’s contribution room. The wife would continue to accrue contribution room as usual each calendar year. What if my spouse is terminally ill? It’s unpleasant to think about, but in the case of terminal illness, many couples and families have to discuss estate planning strategies. To get the most out of

the tax-free savings account, a terminally ill spouse should make every effort to maximize savings account contributions prior to death. This will ensure that their surviving spouse has as much tax-free investment opportunity as possible going forward. In order to raise funds to maximize their account, the terminally ill spouse could transfer money from other savings accounts, de-register Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP), Registered Retirement Income Funds or even take out an investment loan. Even if the surviving spouse had to cash out some of the account to pay off the investment loan, the extra room would still be available to the surviving spouse, as long as the funds had been transferred to their account first. Why is extra room important? There are many lifestyle considerations for people after the passing of their spouse. Many people, especially seniors, consider selling their house after their spouse dies. Having extra room in a tax-free savings account gives the surviving spouse the ability to tax shelter more proceeds from the sale of assets. A higher tax-free savings account contribution ceiling can also mean more tax-free income. Since a surviving spouse usually receives their deceased spouse’s Registered Retirement Savings Plan or Registered Retirement Income Fund, their taxable income might increase as their minimum annual income fund withdrawals are now

based on a higher amount. If a senior’s income gets too high, it might be subject to an Old Age Security claw-back. Further, many assisted living facilities base a senior’s bed rate on their income as reported on their income tax statements. These reasons make it very important for a retiree to create as much tax-free income as possible. Do withdrawals affect my account’s room? Unlike an RRSP, withdrawals from a tax-free savings account do not lose contribution room. A person can withdraw and reinvest as many times as they like within their tax-free savings account. The only exception to this rule is that year’s contribution amount, which may be reinvested in the following calendar year. In addition, principal and gains in a taft-free savings account can be withdrawn and reinvested. For example, if a person invested $20,000 in their account and it grew to $25,000, when that person cashes out the $25,000, they can reinvest the whole amount back into their savings account over the remainder of that year and the following calendar year. Seek advice Estate planning is an important component of everyone’s life. Always consult a financial advisor as well as an accountant and lawyer to ensure your estate is properly taken care of.

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Learning for all walks of life

Just Try It Sports Day Students at Eileen Madson Primary got to try their hand at a multitude of different athletic activities, from soccer to Jiu Jitsu, as part of the schools Just Try It sports day on September 28th. Pictured, clockwise, from top left: Kindergarten student Rafael Bondoc practices his soccer skills; Ethan Cummings, Grade 3, tries his hand at dribbling; Mikayla Cameron, Grade 3, sends Travis Tagg, Jiu Jitsu instructor, flying during a throwing demonstration; Joseph Deman, Grade 3, hams it up for the camera during his turn on the rope swing.  Photos Kristian Rasmussen

we offer over 100 full-time, part-time and evening classes

Upcoming courses: October 2012 Invermere Campus: Oct 9 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 22 Oct 22 Oct 23

Mystery Bones (Intro to Mystery Writing) Professional Brow/Lash Tinting Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR Conversational Spanish - Beginner Step 1 Intro to MS Word Intro to Vermiculture (Worm Composting!) Personal Business Opportunities Traffic Control Graduated Licensing for New Drivers Thai Hot Stem Facial Training FoodSafe Level 1 Social Media for Business Conquering Your Camera Occupational First Aid Level 1

Contact the Invermere campus today:


Myth: Change your ads all the time. Readers get tired of the same thing. Reality: Develop a good campaign, or theme for your ads. Stick with that one campaign, and only make small changes of headlines or details. Call Dean at 250-341-6299 to find out more.


8, 1008 8th Ave. Invermere, B.C. Ph: (250) 341-6299 Fax: (250) 341-6229 • Email:

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Village of Radium Hot Springs

Community Potluck Dinner & Public Safety Meeting Residents are invited to discuss safety issues in our community and explore the possibility of establishing ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ and ‘Citizens on Patrol’ organizations. The meeting will be held Saturday October 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall 4863 Stanley Street. Please join us for a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. If you would like more information, please contact a Council member or Mark at 250-347-6455.

Breast Friends Bash Don’t Miss an celebrates early success Issue! By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff


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Last chance for golf and great Mexican Food! Open though October 8th 50% Off Selected Merchandise! Thank You to all of our guests for a great season!

Buds, beers, and a goodbye to breast cancer are the themes at the second Breast Friends Bash to be held at the Black Forest Restaurant on Sunday, October 28th. The first Breast Friends Bash was celebrated in March and raised $17,000 for A Clear View, the fundraising campaign to raise $1,000,000 for a new digital stereotactic mammography unit for the Cranbrook Regional Hospital over two years. Fundraising for the unit was completed a year sooner than expected largely in part to the generosity of local community groups, including a $100,000 contribution made by the Lake Windermere District Lions Club. “Everybody had such a good time at the last Best Friends Bash in March that we decided to do it again in the fall,” said Sheila Tutty, event founder. “I didn’t realize that we would have completed our two-year goal in less than a year. Rather then make this a fundraiser, it is going to be a celebration.” The event will feature a three-course meal, a fashion show featuring breast can-

cer survivors sporting the latest trends from local retailers, and live entertainment provided by Invermere musicians Marty and Eli Beingessner. “With the event that we had in March, the comment that I heard from everybody was that the bash was more fun than they had in a very long time,” said Mrs. Tutty, who has a personal connection to cancer. She has defeated breast cancer twice in two years and understands, from first-hand experience, what a difference the new stateof-the-art equipment will make. The machine that is being replaced would not have been able to detect the type of cancer that she was afflicted with, she added. “This new stereotactic digital machine is going to save lives, there is no doubt about it. The really cool thing is that there is no waiting. Normally when you go and get a mammogram you wait seven to 10 days to find out the results. That is a very long time, especially for somebody that is expected of having cancer.” Tickets this year are $30 and can be found at Kootenay Savings’ Invermere and Radium branches.

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Roasted Beet Salad

Local roasted beets with mixed greens, goat cheese, finished with a herb vinaigrette

Roast Turkey with all the fixings

Served with a sage & onion stuffing, braised red cabbage, wood-oven roasted veg, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and of course, From Scratch gravy & cranberry sauce.

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Portobello mushroom & spinach pie with potato & mushroom gratin

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Playful painter Effusion Art Gallery is welcoming back Calgary-based artist Connie Geerts. Connie’s work is inspired by the iconic nature of trees. They serve as a vehicle to express her love of colour. Though she continues to work in her

first passion, acrylic paints, Connie now also devotes equal time to discovering the possibilities in glass. On October 6th, Connie will be creating a series of small paintings at the Artym Gallery from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Photo submitted

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at the t h nig 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Close-out Sale Everything must go! • Jackets from $19 (kids, youths and adults)

• Christmas gifts and decorations • Cellular accessories from $1

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A lone grizzly bear made a brief appearance in the Pineridge Estates area, up from David Thompson Secondary School, on Friday, September 28th at about 8:30 a.m. “We saw tracks in someone’s lawn in the frost, but we never actually saw the bear,” said Invermere conservation officer Lawrence Umsonst, who was joined by two RCMP officers in his search. Umsonst believes the bear likely wandered up through the Toby Creek gully and ended up in the neighbourhood, where morning traffic probably scared it back into the woods. Photo by Dave Liddell

Regional District of East Kootenay Sanitary Sewer Flushing Begins Soon Edgewater & Holland Creek The Regional District of East Kootenay is gearing up for its regular maintenance work on the Edgewater & Holland Creek sanitary sewers to remove settled and accumulated material. This maintenance is scheduled for the week of October 9 - 12, 2012. During this process, the contractor will be setting up their flushing apparatus at each service access (manhole) in the roadway and releasing pressurized water through the sanitary sewer main pipe to remove buildup. A bubbling and/or vacuum effect may be noticed in your drains and toilets due to this maintenance flushing. It is recommended to keep all toilet seats closed and cover any floor drains. Internal plumbing consists of “P” Traps, which hold a volume of water to prevent sewer gasses from migrating into a home. During the flushing process, this water could be drawn out of the traps. For that reason, it is important to refill all plumbing traps by running the water in your sinks and floor drains after the work is complete. This preventative maintenance process is necessary to reduce the potential for a sanitary sewer main backup which could result in damage to property. The RDEK would like to thank you for your patience during this regular maintenance. For more information on the flushing program, contact: Joel Bilodeau, RDEK Senior Operator 250-342-0063 or 1-888-478-7335

Proposed Section 58 Recreation Order Amendment Motorized Use Restrictions Catamount/North Star Glaciers Area The following amendment to the Recreation Order is being proposed and is available for review and comment until October 31, 2012. Pursuant to Section 58 (1) (b) of the Forest and Range Practices Act, and by order of the Regional Manager of the Southern Interior Region-East, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLRNO), the area indicated on the attached map and known as the Catamount/North Star Glaciers Snowmobile Closure Area is amended as described below: 116°35'0"W



Area 1 - Forster Creek Meadows: Closed to motorized use June 1st to November 30th annually


Dave White Cabin

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Area 1 Forster Creek Meadows

Area 2 - Catamount Glacier: Closed to motorized use from June 1st to February 15th annually


50°40'0"N Forster Creek cabin

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Area 3 – North Star Glacier: Closed to motorized use January 1st to December 31st annually


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Area 2 Catamount Glacier

Area 3 North Star Glacier Olive Hut

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This order amendment is made to resolve conflict between recreation users and to protect public recreation resources from damaging impacts of inappropriate use.

50°37'30"N Catamount / North Star Section 58 Closure Proposed Boundary Amendments – September 2012 Area 1 Forster Creek Meadows


Area 2 Catamount Glacier Area 3 North Star Glacier REC5186 REC6072 REC6879

The proposed amendment details can be reviewed at the Service BC Building, 625-4th Street, Invermere during the following dates and times:

Recreation Lines - Active

Structures and Bridge Feature

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Bridge Dave White Cabin Forster Creek cabin Olive Hut R.K. HELI CABIN




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4 Kilometers

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 12th, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Written comments must be received by 12 noon on October 31st, 2012

For more information, clarification, and comments please contact Aina Cernenoks, Recreation Officer, Recreation Sites and Trails Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 250-342-4222

Recreation Sites and Trails B.C.

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Invermere man clears the waters By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff An Invermere man has created a new business dedicated to providing clarity in the murkiest of waters. Marty Beingessner is the owner of Doctor Spa, a service dedicated to environmentally friendly spa maintenance. “I see a lot of people’s hot tubs that are terrible,” Marty said. “Some hot tub owners don’t realize that their water is supposed to be as clear as a brook. There is no reason why it shouldn’t (be clear), but there are a lot of people who have yellow water that smells like a wet dog.” Marty, who has years of experience in hot tub maintenance, was forced to seek out natural cleaning alternatives because he is allergic to the chlorine commonly used to treat hot tubs. Exposure to chlorine and chemicals were making him chronically ill, he said. “I could taste the chlorine and smell it in my pores. I found out that if I kept on using chlorine I was going to have to wear a mask at work. I know a lot of customers that quit using their hot tubs because they were getting rashes from the chemicals in the tub.” Marty’s quest for a healthier hot tub led him to Chilliwack-based cleaning company, The Natural Solution. The company sources all of the ingredients in their products from all-natural, bio-degradable, and

chlorine-free ingredients. “I feel good about offering The Natural Solution to people,” Marty added. “I have done my research and this is the most environmentally friendly product I have found that works better then everything else I have tried. You know that every time that a tub of this gets spilled it is not going to harm the earth because this product is made from natural enzymes, glycerine, and water. ” For Marty, hot tub maintenance was as natural a calling as the cleaning products that he uses. The spa specialist enjoys the challenge of troubleshooting problems and has developed a keen eye for detail, he said. “Once you learn what to look for it, is like an art. I can walk up to a tub and tell the owner what is wrong immediately because my eyes can tell me from experience.” Doctor Spa offers a tub’s worth of services, ranging from weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly spa maintenance packages, water changes, winterization, and de-winterization of a hot tub. “I have customers that are really excited that I am doing this,” Marty added. “I am getting phone calls already from people who are excited about trying something more environmentally friendly.” For more information on hot tub maintenance from Doctor Spa please call Marty at 250-688-0085 or reach him by email at .

DOCTOR’S IN­— Marty Beingessner is offering a new natural new approach to spa maintenance at Doctor Spa.  Photo by Kristian Rasmussen







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Membership Special! Memberships only $ per month


(if purchased before the end of October)

For more information please call 250-688-6108 • 320 Borden St. next to RONA

Salmon fest goes swimmingly The second annual Columbia Salmon festival took place last weekend, celebrating the Chinook salmon that used to swim the waters of the Columbia River. A variety of educational events, cultural and spiritual celebrations and demonstrations from members of various First Nations made for a full three-day lineup. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Jocelyn MacGregor, Head Naturalist for B.C. Rockies Adventures, teaches schoolchildren about the area’s original Chinook salmon near Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; two First Nation elders demonstrate a traditional courtship dance at the Lakeshore Campground on Saturday, September 29th; the girls’ fancy dancers show off their moves at the campground, with a traditional-style teepee in the background.  Photos by Kate Irwin

• Full and partial dentures • Repairs • Relines • Rebases

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Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund Request for Proposals The East Kootenay Conservation Program (EKCP) and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) are seeking proposals for projects that will benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats utilizing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF). To apply for funding go to and click on the CVLCF tab. Review the Terms of Reference paying particular attention to Section 8 – Fund Design and then apply using the application form provided. CVLCF funding is available for conservation projects that result in the reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Projects that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders will have priority. Proponents must be a registered not-for-profit organization, First Nations band, or local government. Unqualified groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum three years. A Technical Review Committee will review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDEK for final funding approval. Closing dates for project submissions is midnight October 31, 2012. Projects specific to land acquisition and/or conservation covenants may be submitted at any time during the year.

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Project proposals must be submitted in writing and delivered by mail or email to: Dave Hillary Program Manager East Kootenay Conservation Program P.O. Box 2767 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Phone: 250-688-1508 Email:

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In the Columbia Valley Rockies supplement included in the September 28th, 2012 edition, the wrong photograph appeared for forward Kellen Marchand. Pictured at right is the correct photo. The Pioneer apologizes for the error.

In the September 28th edition, The Pioneer ran the headline ‘Library celebrates book month’ along with an article about the Invermere Public Library.

The month in question that the library is celebrating is Canadian Library Month, not “book month”. The Pioneer apologizes for any possible confusion that arose.

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The spirit of VallÊe comes to the valley These works were originally toured together as a group, reflecting their historic importance. For the first time, 16 of the paintings are now World-renowned painter Armand F. available for purchase individually. VallÊe passed away almost four years ago, The techniques Mr. VallÊe used in the creand his popularity continues to grow. ation of his Heritage Series are remarkable, and Invermere is lucky enough to have a galfrom a technical standpoint, both impressive and lery that is the exclusive dealer of VallÊe’s fascinating. The style and technique throughout work in Canada. The Artym Gallery is the series is consistent, and very time consuming. pleased to present a collection of his treEach painting begins as a drawing and he then mendous paintings. used layer over layer over layer of glaze, with each The show will open on Saturday, Oclayer consisting of very thin, translucent paint, tober 6th. Mr. VallÊe was a world class and thinning medium. After each application of painter, with a master’s approach to his colour, Mr. VallÊe would take different materientire artistic career. He was a highly als (perhaps a rag, paper or even cardboard) and trained genius when it came to technique remove layers of paint with them. This was done and medium, and had an unmatched pasrepeatedly, with as much or more time spent resion for painting. moving the paint as applying it. Born in 1921, Mr. VallÊe was the This process of repeated applications and A TRUE MASTER ­— The work of master painter, Armand F. VallÊe, will begin consummate artist for all of his 88 years. removals continued, with details like shadowing showing at Artym Gallery on October 6th.  Submitted by Artym Gallery He overcame the physical and emotional being one of the last layers to be applied. The final challenges of being a World War Two step was applying a wax-like varnish, completing veteran. He found a voice for himself in the painting with an absolutely smooth finish. rie and pieces from the Heritage Series. These paintings painting full time once he was exposed to Canada, which span many years, and include a variety of the mediums You can find the works of Mr. VallÊe VallÊe at www. was a wild new country to him. , including a special section just for the that he worked with. Copies of Mr. VallÊe’s book will be available at the The Heritage Series is a completed series of paintings Heritage series. Artym as well. It’s a detailed exploration into his life sto- which Mr. VallÊe created in the 1970s to capture and exYou can see these works up on the walls starting at ry, his painting and his philosophies. plore diminishing rustic ranch life in the south Calgary 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th and running until FriWith a dwindling supply of paintings available from region. Most notable is the Burns ranch in Bow Valley, day, October 12th. Having the opportunity to see paintMr. VallÊe, the Artym Gallery is pleased to feature a show which included 81 square kilometres in the middle of ings of this calibre in Invermere is really incredible — it with a broad selection of works from his career. These what is now modern day Calgary. The old homestead is is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the legacy and include paintings from his Desert Series, Kananaskis Se- now the Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park. spirit of a world-renowned painter. Submitted by Deanna Berrington Artym Gallery

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Ray Case November 28, 1921 – September 19, 2012 With extreme sadness, the family announces the passing of Ray Case. Born in Victoria, Ray was raised in Vancouver and along the BC coast. He joined his mother in Canal Flats in the early thirties, where he resided until joining the service in 1941. Ray served his country overseas in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. He met and married the love of his life, Margaret, while on leave in Scotland. In 1946, they returned to live in the family home in Canal Flats. After his discharge from the army, Ray and Margaret ran the family owned Queen’s Hotel in Canal Flats. Ray had horses and packed supplies for the Forest Service into remote areas, such as White Swan Lake, on a trail that was only wide enough for one horse to pass through in the canyon area. He also had a trap line on the Palliser River, which he trapped for the last time in 1967. In later years, he mainly worked in the forest industry, logging, scaling, hauling slabs and held numerous other positions in the sawmill until his retirement in 1986. Ray continued to serve the community he loved, Canal Flats, as a volunteer. He was chairman of the Hall Committee for both the BC and Canadian Centennials, he was a 55-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 71 and for several years, he conducted the Remembrance Day Ceremonies. He was a Trustee and Chairman of the local School Board and member of the Rod and Gun Club, which built the beach and road at Columbia Lake. He was one of the first Industrial First Aid attendants in Canal Flats, fielding emergency calls in the community since 1960. Ray was also a charter member of the Lions Club and life member of the Masonic Lodge “St. James” in Scotland. Ray knew the area surrounding Canal Flats like the back of his hand. He covered many of the valleys on foot with his hunting partners and he was always sharing stories of trapping, picnicking and fishing trips with family and friends. In retirement, Ray and Margaret loved to golf and travel, spending several winters in Arizona. Ray was predeceased by his Beloved Margaret in 2003 and their infant twin children, Russell and Margaret in 1944. He is survived by his children, Robbie, Chuck, Babe and Heather and their spouses; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. Ray thought he lived in the best place in the world, with “Old Baldy” (his chapel) in clear view. After 80 years of family presence in Canal Flats, the corner downtown just won’t be the same without him! If friends so desire, donations in Ray`s memory can be made to The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 71 PO Box 446, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

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Saturday, October 6th, 9 a.m. No early birds. 1564 10th Street, Invermere. By the barn.

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 Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley would like to thank Copper City Amusement Park - Especially Diane and Trisha for organizing the Fundraising Mini Golf Tournament. A big thanks to Rob of The Valley Peak for being instrumental in bringing this to fruition. We want to thank our many sponsors: AG Valley Foods, Bank of Montreal, Bellows Iron Forge, Brian Hoffos Wood Designs, Canadian Tire, Columbia Valley Rockies Hockey Club, Copper City, Amusements & Staff, Copper Point Golf Course, Coy’s Golf Course, Crisanna, Crossroads Collective, Dairy Queen, Dominion Creek Gold, Fairmont Pizza and Ice Cream, Fairmont Village Gift Shop, Fat Boyz Pizza, Fifth Avenue Jewelry, GLH Vending, Hair Tricks, Invermere Travel World, Jackie Lysak, Kinbasket Development Corporation, Kootenay Bough & Cone, Lambert Insurance, LambertKipp Pharmacy, L8TE, Local View Printing & Design, Majestic U-Brew, Pharmasave, Pepsi, Radium Resort, Rona North Star Hardware, Saunders Family Farm, Skookum Inn, Sobeys, The Valley Peak, Tim Hortons, Triple S Computers, Verge for Youth, Windermere Family Pantry. Here’s to putting along until next year.

All Saints Church Guild Edgewater give a huge thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Dinner. Special thanks to Alex and Penny Brown and Joyce Lang for donating the wonderful fresh veggies from their gardens. To Deb and Terry from Radium Credit Union for donating their time and working so hard. Also, a big thanks to Erica. To Marlise, Melva and Ruman for doing a great job cooking, organizing, and getting the food served on time.

Yard Sale Sunday, October 7th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 1738 9th Ave., Invermere. Interior design furnishings, power tools, athletic gear. No early birds.

ANNOUNCEMENT The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of Main Street, Radium. Call 250-342-2424 for more info.

Windy Café . . . is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m. and dinner as always from 5 - 9 p.m. Enjoy 10% off all orders. Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 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 250-3428255.


thank you The Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley would like to thank all those who helped us with running the Columbia Valley Classics Car Show Dance - it was another success! Columbia Valley Classics Car Club, AG Valley Foods, Brent Raven, CIBC, Colin McAndrew, Columbia Valley Rockies, Dan Wall, DTSS, Gunner Anderson, Hank Smith, Huckleberry’s, Invermere Citizens on Patrol, Invermere Curling Club, Invermere Inn, Lake Windermere District Lions Club, Local View Printing, Max Helmer Construction, Mike Heidt, Nancy Clarke, Pepsi Selkirk Beverages, Scheffer Foods, Sobeys, Verge for Youth, Walker’s Repair. Thank you all!

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John Kew October 1946 - September 2012 Customers and staff of Radium Husky are mourning the loss of their former co-worker and long time friend John Kew. He was a hard working, humorous, large as life, gentleman. His passion was cooking and having a conversation with everyone. John was a storyteller and he loved to stir the literal pot. After attending culinary school, cooking became his living and he enjoyed serving people. John was also an avid sports enthusiast. Work friends and customers in Kimberley, Cranbrook, and Radium will remember John’s laughter and upbeat disposition.

cheers & jeers Cheers to Jason and the staff of Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery for another great meal and excellent service. Jeers to the person who defecated at the trailhead to Old Coach Road on Sunday morning. Very inconsiderate of others sharing the beautiful trails in the Valley. Use a bathroom before heading out or pick up after self! Cheers to Carol the dog officer for responding to my rescue calls and taking good care of the little gaffers until their owners were found.

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Cheers to the District or Invermere for Flower Picking Day. Flowers in bloom don’t leave me gloom.

Lost: set of car keys on August 12th. May be left at landfill or downtown Invermere. Reward offered. 250342-2678.

Jeers to passive aggressive people who use the Cheers & Jeers section to shame people. What’s your concern…really?

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to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 71 and to everyone who has shown kindness and support with the loss of our Dad, Ray Case. Also, thank you to those who supplied and served the wonderful luncheon. Dad loved his community and friends and would have been honored. After 80 years of his family’s presence, the corner down town just won’t be the same without him. Sincerely, The Case Family

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Jeers to those who are illegally dumping their garbage along Toby Road behind Pine Ridge! Take responsibility for environmental stewardship and properly dispose of your household waste in designated areas.

Jeers to the two Albertan women who felt it necessary to hurl personal insults at my wife after a minor no-fault accident. Your vitriol revealed more about you than it did about her. Cheers to my wonderful spouse for maintaining her cool!

Cheers to Casey, Dale and the rest of the Windermere Valley Golf Course staff for organizing a great weekend of golf for “the boys”.

Invermere: furnished room for rent in Westside Park. Available immediately. Call 250-688-7787.

Clean, quiet, bright, large, 1-bdrm upstairs suite for rent in Columere Park. $600/month + hydro. Call 250-345-6524.

2-bdrm, 2-bath near Kinsmen beach. Walk to downtown. Fully furnished, 6 appliances, $1,000/ month includes utilities. N/S, N/P. 250-342-8787.

Cheers to Janine from AG Foods for taking in an abandoned kitty and giving him a new start on life. Jeers to the two high school girls working on Sunday night who completely ignored anything I said, and spent the entire time bragging about partying. Grow up and show some respect girls, no matter who your customers are. A big cheers to the nice people on 11th who gave my son the “Kootenay Bottle Boy” their unwanted bottles/cans to recycle. He was very excited. Thanks for making his day. Cheers to the cook training class for the wonderful lunch. From a senior. Cheers to a true gentleman and the 2012 Windermere Valley Mens’ Club Champion, Cy McConnell. Wellplayed sir! Cheers, gratitude and blessings to Pat Cope and Shelly Chaney at the Family Resource Center for really being there when I needed them. You made the world of a difference! Cheers to the amazing volunteer sports leaders for EMP’s Just Try It- Sports Day. Everyone had a blast and your time, energy, and patience are most appreciated. Come back anytime! Cheers to the RCMP who patrol 15th Street in the morning and afternoon. We really appreciate your presence in keeping speeding down in our neighborhood. Cheers to the family who adopted Daisy the pug and gave her a loving forever home. It is people like you that make this a better world! Cheers to Aaron at The Source for helping to make things right for me. Great solution.

Cheers to Dave Dakin for 25 years of stellar golf course maintenance at Windermere Valley Golf Course. You outdid yourself last weekend my friend! Congratulations! Great big cheers to Jeff Blake in Windermere, BC from Dacota Freight Service Ltd. in Cranbrook for going above and beyond to help us out. Thanks again Jeff! Cheers to A.D. for being so gullible. We are laughing with you, not at you. Honest. Cheers to Casey Johnson as he embarks on another of life’s great adventures. Cheers to Bonesy for all your determination and hard work to make it to the top of Ruault Lake. Jeers to the people who just reverse out and expect me to stop. 95% of the time I will stop. 5% of the time you don’t give me an option: I have to stop! Jeers to those who judge and spread rumors based on hearsay and/or their failure to comprehend what they read because it is outside of their frame of reference or scope of life experience. Get over yourself. Everyone else will. Cheers to those who refuse to judge based on those same principles. God bless you. Your judgment will always be respected and valued. Jeers to people who ignore parking signs. There is limited parking in this town and some businesses don’t have the option of an alley for deliveries and pick-ups. Cheers to Nipika Mountain Resort for always being backcountry saviors in time of need and emergency.



Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166. 8-car garage looking for boats, cars, campers, etc. to store for winter. Call 250-345-0070 and leave a message or email brackenkelly@

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. For lease: 1,200 sq. ft. finished office space. Available immediately. Call Scott at 250-342-5758. For Lease: newly renovated, beautiful office spaces. Street level. From 250 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft., air-conditioned. Available immediately. Panache Building across from the A&W. Call 250-3425805. For lease: 2,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse space. Located at #2 - 108 Industrial Road #2. $1,350/ month + HST and utilities. Phone Leo at 250-342-1177. 1,200 sq. ft. commercial space. Excellent highway location, adjacent to Canadian Tire. Available October 1st. 250-342-3790.

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

Invermere: roommate needed to share large, 3-bdrm house on the lake. Fully furnished. 250-3421791. Are you 55+ or newly retired? Perhaps looking to downsize? Tired of the worries associated with homeownership? Here’s a great opportunity for an individual who would appreciate shared accommodation in a spacious home without the headaches of home ownership. Includes cable, phone, internet, laundry facilities and all utilities. 250-341-7711. 2 bedrooms available in a great house! 2 blocks from Kinsmen beach and downtown. We have a great environment focused on athletics and healthy lifestyles. Looking for roommates who are mature, clean and easy to hang out with. Absolutely no smokers. Phone or text 250-342-5937. Large Private room with own bathroom. Includes utilities and shared laundry. $550/month + D.D. 250-342-1255.

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. $750/month. Available immediately. 250-2700729. Radium: bachelor, 1-bdrm and 2-bdrm fully furnished units. 1-3bdrm 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. 2-bdrm apartment close to schools and hospital. Large yard, N/S. $775/month. 250-342-3790.

Invermere: clean, modern, 2-bdrm suite. Very short walk to downtown. W/D, dishwasher, N/S. $950/month, utilities included. 250-342-3790. Downtown Invermere: 2-bdrm, unfurnished suite. Laundry facilities, N/S, N/P. Call 250-3423155 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Windermere, near the beach: 2-bdrm upper suite in 4-plex unit. 4 appliances including washer/dryer. $700/month. Call or text 403-8366059. 1-bdrm renovated basement suite for rent in Windermere. N/P, N/S, available immediately. $700/ month + $350 D.D., includes utilities, satellite TV and internet. Phone Doug or Tracy at 250-3423047. Invermere Centre apartments. 1-bdrm, 4-piece bath, central location, laundry on-site, N/P, N/S, 1-year lease. Available October 1st. Call Sharon, 250-688-1365. Spacious, renovated, 2-bdrm, 1-bath in Edgewater. $550/month + D.D, heat included. 250-3422898. Fairmont: 1-bdrm suite on golf course. Great views, fully furnished, W/D, dishwasher, stereo, BBQ. $650/month, utilities and cable included. Available October 31st. 250-341-1629. Fairmont: 4-bdrm, furnished, main floor on Riverside Golf Course with nice views. 2 full baths, double garage. W/D. $1,200/month, cable and hydro included. Available immediately. 250-342-1629. 1-bdrm walkout basement suite in Westridge Estates. Fully-furnished, bright, spacious, spotless, in-suite laundry, stove, fridge, microwave. N/P, N/S, available immediately. $650/month, including utilities. Call 250-342-8755.

2-bdrm, bright, lower suite near Sobeys. Shared yard, W/D, N/S, N/P. Quiet long-term tenants $700/ month + utilities. 403-609-6643. 2-bdrm suite in Riverside, Fairmont. All appliances, N/P, N/S, Available immediately. $850/ month including heat and utilities. 250-341-8040. Radium: modern 2-bdrm, lowerlevel suite. W/D, D/W. $850/month, utilities included. 250-342-3790. Large 2-bdrm, main floor, 4-plex unit in Windermere, near the beach. 5 appliances incl. washer/ dryer. $800/month Call or text 403836-6059. Invermere: 2-bdrm basement suite + den. Wood stove, W/D, 1,100 sq. ft., private yard. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. 250-342-5332. Downtown half duplex. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 2 lake view decks, quiet street. 1,500 sq. ft. Modern and new. 5 appliances. Attached garage. N/S, N/P. $1,100/month. Available November 1st. 250-3428662.

house FOR RENT 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. For rent in Edgewater: older 3-bdrm, 1-bath home. 5 appliances, wood/propane heat, pets negotiable. Available August 1st, $750/month with D.D. Call or leave message, 250-347-6453. Large 4-bdrm, 2-bath house with large yard in downtown Invermere. W/D, DW, microwave, N/S, fireplace. $1,250 + utilities. November 1st. 250-341-1650 or

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Lovely views of downtown Invermere on double lot. 3-bdrms, 2-bath, fully furnished with wood stove. Available November 1st - May 1st. $1,000/ month + utilities. For more info call 250-342-6605.

Invermere: newer 4-bdrm, 2.5bath home. Close to all schools. $1,200/month + utilities and D.D. Must have references. Call 250342-6199 or 250-688-0501. See Kijiji ad 414047469.

Akiskinook Resort: 1-bdrm condo, fully furnished, 6-appliances, equipped indoor pool and hot tub. $700/month includes cable. 403281-3991.

Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath condo with in-suite laundry. 1,000 sq. ft. of beautiful, comfortable, living space in quiet neighbourhood. $700/month + utilities. Available immediately. Call 403-873-8158 or e-mail . Serious inquires only.

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


2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, partly furnished condo facing the lake, 3rd floor. $1,150 + utilities.


3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, large family home. $1,375 + utilities.


3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, family home in Wilder subdivision. $1,295 + utilities. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, newly renovated family home, close to schools. $1,400 inclusive of hydro. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex in Athlemer. Newly renovated, fenced yard, fully furnished. $1,200 + utilities.


5 bedroom executive home. $1,650 + utilities.


2 bedroom + den, 1.5 bath, fully furnished and equipped townhome with garage. $1,250 + utilities.


Fully furnished and equipped 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos in Lake Windermere Point and Heron Point from $1,250 inclusive.

Call Ben Green 250-688-0362 or visit Edgewater house: 4-bdrm, 3-bath, large fenced yard, wood stove. $1,100/month + utilities. For more info call 250-688-0228. Invermere: 3 + bedroom home in Pine Ridge. Close to schools and walking trails. 5 appliances, large deck, large family room and 3 bathrooms. $1,400/month + utilities and D.D. Available October 1st. Call 250-347-7775 to arrange a viewing. Edgewater: small 1-bdrm house with wood stove on two lots. Furnished or unfurnished, pets negotiable. Rent negotiable. Call Terry at 780-915-2861. Edgewater: 3-bdrm, 2-bath, double carport, 2 decks. Quiet street, W/D, recently renovated, N/S, N/P. $800/month + hydro. Long term preferred. Phone 403-660-2979. Invermere: 4-bdrm, 2-bath house, W/D, dishwasher, strong wood stove, garage, large fenced yard, greenhouse, very close to schools. $1,350/month. Call 250-342-3790. Downtown Invermere: 2-bdrm, 1-bath, W/D, N/S, N/P. 1-year lease, $800/month + utilities. Available October 15th. 250-341-6080.

MODERN INVERMERE HOME Long-term rent available. Not for sale. Not overpriced. Invermere: 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath house. #4, 200 10th Ave., Lochend Lane, right behind Sobeys. Walking distance to everything. 2-storey, full basement, large master bedroom with ensuite bath and walk in closet. 5 appliances plus garburator, covered front porch, fully fenced backyard patio, side grass yard. Single attached garage plus driveway. Still like new, built 2005. Looking for mature couple or single, kids OK, N/P, N/S. $1,100/month + utilities and $1,100 D.D. Available immediately. For appointment to view, please call 403-472-6684, or email at nicolepollock39@yahoo. com . Enjoy the easy life in this modern 3-bedroom Westside Park home. Open concept living on the main floor, large master bedroom upstairs with ensuite and walk-in closet, washer/dryer and small storage area in the basement. Stroll 5-minutes to EMP school. Ride mountain bike trails right from your back door. Store your toys in the large garden shed. Mow the lawn in 15-minutes. Very quiet part of the neighborhood with open fields out back. Sorry, no dogs (cat OK) and no smokers. Available November 1st, 2012. $1,150 per month plus utilities. Call 250341-6100 through Thanksgiving weekend. Fairmont: newly renovated 3-bdrm, 2-bath, 2,250 sq. ft. house for rent in quiet neighborhood. W/D, dishwasher, stove and fridge. Available immediately. $1,100/ month + utilities. Call 250-3450070 and leave a message or email . CHARMING 2 BEDROOM HOUSE! Excellent location. Valley view. W/D, DW. $850 plus utilities. Jeff 250-688-1105.

Fairmont: bright, 3-bdrm, 1.5-bath, large yard. 6 appliances, N/P, N/S. $900/month + hydro. References required. 250-345-6100 or 250341-8177. Beautiful, open concept 2,200 sq. ft. home with great views for rent. 501 13th Ave., central location close to schools and downtown Invermere. 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 full baths. Looking for clean, nice renters! $1,250 + utilities, includes cable. Call 250342-0599. Windermere - Ideal family home on acreage. Modern, beautifully finished 4-bdrm, 2.5-bath, hardwood/tiled floors. Cozy wood-burning fireplace. W/D, N/S, dishwasher. Minimum 1-year lease, references please. $1,400/month. 250-342-3790.

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1,700 sq. ft. 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath condo in Copperside. $1,400/ month, includes heat, air, water, sewer, propane, underground parking, storage locker. Also includes membership in Lake View Meadows Community Association - private beach access, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room and tennis court. Small pets welcome, must sign a one-year lease. 250-3422536. Windermere Pointe: 2-bdrm + den, 2-bath, lake view, underground parking, fully furnished with leather couches, N/S, N/P, available immediately. $1,100/month, includes all utilities except heat. References. 403-561-0111. Blackforest Village unit for rent. 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath and 5 appliances. Single garage, N/S, pets negotiable. $1,100/month, water/sewer included. Available immediately. Call Keith to view 250-341-1400.

2-bdrm, 1.5-bath. Garage, patio with BBQ, amazing views, 6 appliances. $975/month. Available November 1st. 250-342-1475. Radium, Sable Ridge: 2-bdrm, 2-bath, den, fireplace, heated parking, and granite, A/C. $1,095/ month, condo fees and utilities included. 403-256-0694. Canal Flats condo, Jade Landing Development: 2+1 Bedrooms, 1-bath, 6 appliances, partially finished basement, 12 minutes to Fairmont. $750/month + utilities. Available November 1st. Contact Mike, 403-804-6937. Invermere: 2-bdrm, 1-bath behind hospital and next to playground. Clean, N/S, N/P. Laundry, secure building. $700/month + D.D., includes utilities but not electricity. Available immediately. Call 250342-7547. Modern 2-bdrm, 2-bath, completely furnished condo at The Peaks in Radium. Underground parking, in-suite laundry, access to pools and amenities. $850/month includes utilities. Call 403-8940207, 1-403-381-2176 or email . Available immediately: 2-bdrm, 2-4-piece bathroom condo. Furnished in Fairmont Riverside Resort, overlooking golf course, great mountain views. Laundry and storage in unit. 1-year lease, N/S, N/P. Call Sharon at 250-688-1365. 2-bdrm condo near Sobeys. N/S, N/P, with washer and dryer. Quiet folks only need apply. $700/month. 250-342-6255. Radium Resort: 1-bdrm furnished condo. Dishwasher, W/D, cable TV, rec center. N/P, N/S. $725/month + D.D. + hydro. 403-293-3870.

Homes for sale Quiet neighborhood. 1,100 sq. ft. + full basement bungalow. Zoned R2. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and half bathroom off master bedroom on main floor. 1 bedroom and wood stove in basement. Central vacuum, A/C. Large, flat, fenced yard. 111 12th Ave., Invermere. Agents welcome. 250-341-3983.

Mercer & Company Lighting store & complete custom framing shop. Visit http://canada. and enter Invermere in the search box for full details on sale. Serious inquiryies only. Call 250-342-5440.

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.

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Free to good home: 2 English Bulldogs for adoption. They are vet checked and also friendly. For more information james.adam600@ .

wanted Used ukuleles donations wanted for student practice at Laird School. Please drop off at the school. Wanted to locate and purchase: antique, double barrel, side-byside shotgun with broken stock. Sold by local man in the summer of 2005. It is a family heirloom. If found, please call Rena Andrew in Battleford, SK at 306-445-1392.

misc. for sale Hot tub rentals. Week or weekend rates. Valley Spas: 250-342-3922. Top quality Hay and Straw, alfalfa/grass round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch. 250-342-0617. Quality Top Soil and Manure Topsoil, $160 per dump truck load, $90 per pick-up load. Well-aged cow manure, $120 per pickup load. Delivery extra. Call 250-342-1268. Fir firewood - split and delivered. 250-342-5413. Pot lights, trim, casing, handles, jet tubs, eldorado stone, and miscellaneous building products. Call April 250-341-5649. Firewood. Dry fir, $200/cord. Dry pine, $180/cord. All split and delivered. Leave a message at 250342-2214. Wood stove, new with glass door. 16” logs, $800 OBO. Toolbox for pick-up truck, $50. 250-342-7219. Douglas fir firewood. 16 - 18” lengths split and delivered. $250/ cord or special bulk price. Truck rack, 79” long x 64.5” inside front to 65.5” inside back x 25” tall, $300. 250-342-3569. Newer 151 litre (40 US gallons) propane hot water tank with spark ignition, $150. 250-342-8679.

Beautiful pine dinning room set good for kitchen also table and 6 chairs. Mint condition, no scratches on table, $275. Located in Fairmont Hot Springs. sharonk.boyes@ or 403-668-0434.

Vehicles for sale 1990 Ford Club Wagon XL window van. Automatic, air, 302 V8, two fuel tanks, 10-ply tires. 174,000 kms. $2,000 OBO. 250-342-2104 or 250-342-7608. 1997 F-150 XL extended cab 4x4. Burgundy, 4.6 Triton engine, longbox, comes with matching canopy. Air bag assisted rear suspension, 215,000 kms. Well-maintained, new brakes on all four. $5,000 OBO. 250-342-5676. 2003 Grey Nissan Pathfinder. 150,000 kms. Great condition. Winter studded tires on rims, and summer tires on rims. $10,500 firm. Call Monita, 250-347-6420 or 250-688-1582. 1994 Saturn SC1 Coupe. One owner, senior-lady driven. Always garaged, summer driven. 5-speed manual, AC, sunroof. Excellent condition. 139,000 kms. $2,500. Fairmont 250-345-0020. 1977 Ford F-250. 351 engine (runs), automatic transmission, solid body, needs D.O.T. inspection. Great parts truck. $700. 250-342-3569.

automotive AutoWyze Services Re-Opened No Appointment Oil Changes First-come, first-served. All your vehicle repair and maintenence needs, diagnostics, performance, custom cosmetics. 250-342-6614.

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ZUMBA BY SHAWNA Tuesday in Canal Flats, 7 - 8 p.m. @ Civic Center. Wednesday in Invermere 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. @ Lion’s Club on the Highway. Drop-ins welcome, $10 or monthly pass available. 250-270-0456 for info or to book your own private Zumba event.

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 .

Book your Family Portrait Session before the leaves leave! Professional Photography Picture Framing Photography Classes 250-342-5102 ...look for the red door behind the Invermere Dry Cleaners!

DOCTOR SPA Your Natural Solution - Clean & Green All-natural enzyme solution to hot tub care. 100% bio-based, non-toxic. Just clean, beautiful water. Safe for you and the environment!. Doctor Spa (Marty Beingessner) 250-688-0085.

The Valley Shine Shop

Valley Framing & Contracting. Everything from roofs and decks to major renovations. Contact Will at 250-342-7517.

Fitness 4 Life Fall Programming H20 Aquatic Boot camp ($10/class) Monday & Wednesday @ 7 p.m. FIT4 30-Minute Metabolic Workout ($5/class) Tuesday & Thursday @ 5:30 p.m. Call 250-688-0221 WWW.FITNESS4LIFE.TV. ZUMBA Fitness Classes Every week, Wednesday & Friday at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at 7 p.m. at Desiderata Studio (back of Pharmasave building) Monthly and drop-in rates available. Call Julie 250-341-5474 or Colleen 250-342-1438.

services Vacuums Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089.

Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman tile setter. 30+ years experience. Custom steam rooms, showers, floors, and cultured stone. All work guaranteed. Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645.

Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696.

Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 .

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

Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-342-5089. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Environmentally friendly products. Dry in 1 hour! Call 250-688-0213 or visit .

Shannon’s Blinds & Designs

HUGE CLEARANCE – ALL INVENTORY MUST GO! Expires October 5th. Phantom Retractable Screen Door, Blinds & Shades “Your punctuality, professionalism and installation exceeded our expectations.” Michelle & Ken Bech Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 “Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time.”

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Invermere Sharpening

Carbide and steel sharpening services. Contractors, restaurant, home/ garden, pet/hair. 330 Blair Street, 250-341-5447. 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. Basic tutoring session, $30/hour. Call Emily at 250-409-4104.

RedRock Contracting

Installation of bricks, blocks, natural and cultured stones, glass blocks, etc., and repairs. Custom slate and tile setting. Interlocking paving stones. Retaining wall systems. For estimates call 250341-6869, or cell, 250-341-1220.

Guitar lessons. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250-409-4104. Electrical Service. Commercial, industrial, residential. Fast, professional service. Reasonable rates. Davidson Power Services Ltd., Invermere. 250-409-7514. HOUSECLEANING Is your cleaning taking up too much of your family/vacation time? I have 20 years local experience cleaning and would love to help you out. Honest, reliable, hard working and love to clean, with excellent references! I have a few spots open, contact me for details and price. Monday - Friday only, weekly or biweekly, or on an asneeded basis for 2nd homeowners. Sorry, do not do rentals. Dianne Peterson 250-342-9702 or email Weekly House Checks Are you a seasonal homeowner looking for someone to check in on your house this winter? For more information and rates call Margaret at 250-345-6462.

Health & Wellness


Ancient Chinese exercises to promote healing, fitness and anti-aging . Master Michael Shen Phd, MA, BA – WORKSHOP on the theory and practice of Qi Gong on Saturday, October 13th. Michael will be available for private appointments and healings from October 10th – 15th. TAI CHI will begin October 10th with Janice Gaillard and classes are ongoing. QI GONG classes and practices are ongoing. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. For more information or to reserve a space contact Betty Newton at 250-342-6343 or

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PIONEER ON THE ROAD Pioneering adventures Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest. Submit your photos online at, email them to, or drop by our office, #8, 1008-8th Ave. Invermere. Pictured, left to right: Faye Tomalty, Louise Julien and Roland Berlinghof at Half Moon Lake, Brownsburg, Quebec; Amanda Diakiw scales new heights with the Pioneer at Kila Crag near Kalispell, MT.

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(2) Food Service Supervisor Rocky River Grill in Invermere, B.C. Permanent, full-time. Completion of High school, customer service, and an experience an asset. $13.42/hour, 40/hours per week. Duties: -Supervise, co-ordinate, and schedule the activities of the staff - Estimate and order ingredients and supplies required for meal preparation - Prepare food order customers - Establish methods to meet work schedules - Maintain records of stocks, repairs, sales and wastage - Train staff in job duties, sanitation and safety procedures - Other related duties. Must be flexible and reliable. Fax 250-342-8889, Attn: Mr. Justin Atterbury.

(3) Food Counter Attendant Rocky River Grill in Invermere, B.C. Permanent, full-time. Some High school and customer service an asset. $10.25/hour, 40/hours per week. Duties: -Take customer’s order - Prepare, heat and finish simple food items - Serve customers at counter or buffet tables - Use manual and electrical appliances to clean, peel, and slice food - Portion and wrap food - Package take-out food - Stock refrigerators and salad bars - Keep records of the quantities of food used - Receive payment, clear and clean tables and trays - Remove dishes before and after courses - Other related duties. Must be flexible and reliable. Fax 250-342-8889, Attn: Mr. Justin Atterbury.

Have Fun and Earn Extra Income. What’s better than extra money? FREE JEWELLERY! As a Silpada Representative selling Sterling Silver Jewellery, you can earn 30% commission on your sales, expensepaid trips and free jewellery. Why not get paid to party for a living? Call 341-5956 and start your jewellery business now.

Black Forest Restaurant is looking for a F/T server and cook. Call, email or drop off resume. careers@ or 250342-9471.

Anglz Hair Studio is looking for a full time or part time hair stylist for a chair rental. Contact Maria at 250342-3227.

College of the Rockies Invermere Campus

Radium Subway is hiring for a full-time sandwich artist position. Training provided, $11.50/hour. Must be willing to work flexible shifts including weekends. Apply in person with resume at Radium PetroCan.

Anahata Foods,

Dehart Sewer and Drain is looking for some part-time help to assist the driver on the Jet Rod truck. Training will be provided and great pay. Call Bruce at 250-3479803.

Helna’s Stube is looking for a parttime server and kitchen help/dish washer. Please call 250-347-0047 or email

La Cabina in the Prestige Inn is looking for part-time and full-time servers and experienced chefs for KMZ Traffic Control is looking year round. Drop resumes off at La for certified, reliable traffic control Cabina or call 250-347-2340. 3.25” xpeople. 2.7” Please call 250-342-1182.

a vegetarian catering company

is seeking stable, part-time assistance. Please call 250-3411434 and ask for Lisa. Applicants must be mature, reliable, physically fit, and have firm work ethic. All employees will be fed in a divine fashion.

is looking for a qualified computer instructor to deliver Intro to Computer and MS Office curriculum for contracts in Fall 2012. For more information about position and qualifications, please contact Colleen at cweatherhead@cotr. or 250-342-3210. Busy little café is seeking part/ full time bakers and baristas. Must have a passion for people and coffee. Please submit resumes to

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Sunday Brunch October 7th, 2012 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Featuring Elements Grills original build-your-own cheesecake buffet!

$19.95 / Adult Children 6-12 and Seniors 65+ half Price. Kids 5 and under eat for free! Plus applicable taxes.

Elements Grill at Copper Point Resort Reservations recommended. For more information or to book reservations please call.


Wagen ­winner Calgary’s George A. Dorn is the new owner of a red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, after his name was picked in the Columbia Valley Rockies raffle draw on September 15th.“It was a real surprise,” said Dorn, 76, of the win, which came after he bought a $5 raffle ticket. “It’s the first thing I’ve ever won in my life.” Standing with George are Rockies head coach and general manager Ross Bidinger (left) and Rockies vice president Graeme Anderson (right).  Photo by Greg Amos

Genie to shake Pynelogs Submitted by Josh Estabrooks Pynelogs Cultural Centre A one-of-a-kind art show is coming to Pynelogs Cultural Centre, and it’s causing international heads to turn. After intense negotiations with the National Persian Art Gallery, Columbia Valley Arts has arranged a showing of the internationally famous Midnight Genie Bottle for a two night showing on October 20th and 21st in Invermere. This is the first time the magical flask has ever been allowed outside of Iran, and already a number of foreign dignitaries are on their way to try their hand at enticing a mythical genie out of the bottle during the limited engagement. According to local legend, once a year the Midnight Genie can be enticed out of his bottle to grant some lucky person three wishes. The Genie can only be charmed out by dancing, and every year, for generations, thousands of Persians enter a lottery hoping to win a chance to shimmy and shake in front of the ancient artifact. Violent battles have often broken out in the past among the contestants, which is what encouraged Gallery officials to find a temporary home for the bottle away from its home coun-

try at the time when the genie may be conjured. Whether one believes in the existence of the genie or not, CV Arts administrator Jami Scheffer said she hopes valley residents will be excited to take part in this once in a lifetime show. “All art is magic, one way or another. This event is the culmination of a lot of hard work and I am truly looking forward to hosting and displaying a piece of such international importance,” she said. Many wealthy dignitaries from overseas have either already booked their tickets, or are in the valley early to take part in the show. Scheffer confirmed that she has been contacted by two Sheikhs and a Sultan who will be performing their dances in front of the bottle during the two evening shows. In years past, one of these attendees was successful in enticing the genie out of the magical vessel, and did in fact receive three wishes. As part of the Middle Eastern theme, Pynelogs will be transformed into an oasis for the event. So mark your calendars and polish up your dance moves, you won’t want to miss this event. For more information, or to book your tickets, please call 250-342-4423.

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Valley Churches


God lives up to the hype By Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman, St. Peter’s Lutheran Mission of Invermere I’m writing this article on a MacBook, so I am not against the Apple Corporation or their many products. However, I am tired of the hype surrounding the launch of each new version of their devices. In the week leading up to the release of the iPhone 5, it was clearly the view of both its producer and the media that the arrival of this latest smartphone was big news, not only for the consumers of the world, but for the global economy itself. Smartphones are helpful devices. I use one myself, though not an iPhone; they’re too pricey for me. It does seem to me though, that when people camp overnight outside stores to buy them, and when marketers describe them in terms that ascribe god-like status to them, something is wrong. Yet there is something compelling about this for me as a Christian pastor. I believe God created us with a capacity for a relationship of faith and love with Him. According to the Bible, that capacity has been disabled by sin, a spiritual tendency that we have to try to be gods instead of worshipping God (see Genesis 3).

Our attempts to live as our own gods ultimately fail because we are limited beings, unable to control all of life. That has never stopped us from trying though. Technology is promoted as a means of shoring up our sense of godhood. How can we keep up with our plans and get all of our work done? Use your planning and calendar apps. Need to keep in touch with everyone in your world? Use your social media app, make a video call, send a text, or make a phone call. Want to be entertained? You can have a whole collection of music and movies stored on your phone. There seems to be no limit to the power of these phones, and by extension, to the power of those who use them. But the same technology that helps us also demands so much attention from us that we find ourselves distracted from our work and disengaged from our relationships with real people. Are we really that much more efficient in our work or closer in our relationships with the help of smartphones? Maybe yes and maybe no, but one thing is clear: technology doesn’t make us perfect in achievement or love. We aren’t any closer to being gods with or without an iPhone. The big news (though it’s not new) is what God has done to restore our capacity for knowing Him. God sent His Son, Jesus, among us to live a life of faith and love. He gave up His life, dying to save us from punishment for our god pretensions. He rose from the dead to teach us to follow Him in living before God with faith in Him and love for others. Want to learn more? We won’t make you camp out to visit us in church!

Pretty posies picked Lucie Nelson, a visitor from Regina, Saskatchewan, gets her hands on a free bunch of blooms at the District of Invermere’s third annual flower picking day on Wednesday, September 26th. The one-day event falls at the end of each summer and residents are invited to raid the downtown flowerbeds and take home free flowers to enjoy.  Photo by Kate Irwin

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, October 7th, 10:30 a.m. Worship and Life Instruction, “Truth For Today From The Old Testament: God Is With Us”... Pastor Trevor leading. “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. 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. 7 p.m.: Worship at St. Peter’s, Windermere. Reverend Laura Hermakin 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere • 250-342-6644 • 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 Martyrs’ Church in Invermere. Sunday: 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium. Father Gabriel • 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

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Wine Festival ! 11th AnnuAl EAst KootEnAy

SATURDAY NovembeR 3, 2012 • 6:30 - 9:30pm The Lodge at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort The Columbia Valley’s premier event celebrating British Columbia wine excellence! Featuring: Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery • Hester Creek Estate Winery • Pacific Breeze Winery • Cassini Cellars •

Krazy Legz Vineyards • Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery • Oliver Twist Estate Winery • Sonoran Estate Winery • Recline Ridge Vineyard & Winery • Desert Hills Estate Winery • Summerhill Pyramid Winery • Hillside Estate Winery • St Hubertus & Oak Bay Vineyards • House of Rose Winery • Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery • Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery • Peller Estates Winery • Cedar Creek Estate Winery • Skimmerhorn Winery • Calliope Winery • Mission Hill Family Estate Winery • D’Angelo Estate Winery • Robin Ridge Winery • Red Rooster Vineyard & Winery • Calona Vineyards • Black Hills Estate Winery • Forbidden Fruit Winery • Quails’ Gate Estate Winery • Castoro de Oro Estate Winery • Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery • Elephant Island Orchard Winery • Poplar Grove Winery • Howling Bluff Estate Winery • Nichol Vineyards • Covert Farms Organic • Monster Vineyards • Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery • Dirty Laundry Vineyards • Rustic Roots Winery

Canapés • Door Prizes

Tickets are $49* on sale now.

Call 250.345.6070

*Plus tax.


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