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Aurora Orchiston of Invermere, 9, leads Kathleen Wilker to the finish line during the 4th Annual Half Marathon Relay Race fundraiser for the Invermere Public Library held on Saturday, October 20th. The event, organized by Invermere’s Michelle Taylor of Columbia Valley Life Sports, drew 27 competitors who competed in distances ranging from four to 10 kilometres. The relay race raised $270 for the Invermere Public Library.  Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

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Invermere Sobeys under new ownership “I feel like I learned from the best.” Mr. Bromley’s wife and Sobeys co-owner, Andrea Bromley, is looking forward to making A pair of fresh faces have taken the reins connections with her new home, she said. of one Invermere’s largest businesses. Brad “What is really important to us are the reand Andrea Bromley are the new owners and lationships that we build with the community, operators of Sobeys. The couple, who moved the staff, and the store,” she said. “We came to from Leduc, Alta, with their two daughters, Invermere and felt that it was a beautiful place Alana, 4, and Maddyn, 2, took control of to raise our kids. There is a lot of opportunity for the operation from past owners Randy and involvement here, which is what we are used to.” Wende Brash, Doug and Beth Degrazio and The original owners of Sobeys took over Tim Brash and Kim Hutton on Sunday, Octhe store when it was still located near the site of tober 21st. what is now Red Apple on March 15, 1984. “We will be providing the freshest quality The grocery group then built a Garden Marfoods and service,” Mr. Bromley said. “I think ket IGA at the site of the current location, which ­ Pictured, from left to right: Sobeys newest owners opened on June 22nd, 1995. A major renovation we are also going to bring youthful energy and GROCERY GO-GETTERS — Brad and Andrea Bromley stand with past owners Randy Brash and Doug Degrazio. in 2006 changed the store once again to Sobeys. some new ideas.” Photo by Kristian Rasmussen After 28 years at the helm of one of the valley’s Although they are looking at implementing  new ideas, the Bromleys are veterans of the grolargest grocery stores, it was time for retireBrad’s father would go on to open a 37,000 square foot cery business. Mr. Bromley’s dad, Graham, began the family Garden Market IGA, which eventually turned into Sobeys. ment, said Mr. Brash. legacy with a 9,000 square foot grocery store in Leduc, Alta. The young entrepreneur worked his way up the ranks at “I would like to thank everyone that has supported us The new co-owner of Sobeys started his career 22 years ago his family’s business and has first hand experience in every throughout the years,” he said. “We have wonderful peoas a nine-year-old apprentice in his fathers store. ple working in the store here and I know that Brad and department of the store, he added. “I used to stand on a milk crate to price meat,” he joked. “My dad is one of the best retailers out there,” he said. Andrea will do a great job and give the same great service.” By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff

Seven Imagine actions underway at district By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff A plan that’s set to guide the District of Invermere for the next 18 years of sustainable development is starting to take root in how the local government does business. “It’s about trying to make Invermere as resilient as possible,” said Coun. Greg Anderson of the integrated community sustainability plan, entitled Imagine Invermere 2030. With the plan hashed out by a team of 17 valley residents and approved by the previous council in June 2011, Anderson now chairs the implementation

committee — and progress is happening on seven of the nine actions selected to move ahead. The district’s succesful application for one of the province’s 454 new electric vehicle charging stations in September is one of the actions kick-started by the Imagine Invermere 2030 plan. Other actions now underway are a look at how Invermere applies the principle of smart growth within the official community plan (OCP), and an updated survey of the district’s affordable and attainable housing stock. “When the district’s planning department receives an application, now they go back to what our descriptions for success are,” said Anderson, who noted the plan addresses areas far beyond the scope of


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the official community plan. “It becomes a rudder for moving us forward.” Other actions now underway as a result of the plan include implementing more signage for walking and biking trails in Invermere, and connecting local food producers with retailers and distributors in the valley. A community composting plan has been completed with the help of the Groundswell Network Society, and suitable land has been set aside beside the community greenhouse to establish a community garden. The two implementation actions turned down (for now) by council are the suggestion to have an economic development officer position created, and the idea to discuss a new arts and culture centre.

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Thieves’ Christmas shopping spree There are, at the time of this report, 64 more sleeps before Christmas. It’s near the time for thieves to start thinking of shopping for items for Christmas, and your unlocked car might as well have a sign saying “open for business” if you don’t get in the habit of locking your doors. • On October 15th, a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act was executed in the 1000-block of 13th street. As a result of the search, a 31-yearold male well known to the police has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking as a result of police observing the packaging of the cocaine seized. The man was also charged with breach of conditions. The male was remanded in custody to appear in Invermere provincial court at the end of the month. • On October 17th, an elderly male reported that while he was in the parking lot of Sobeys store, a black truck had made contact with his vehicle. No plate was provided. The report was made to the police days later. • On October 18th at 1:15 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment was made aware of a hazardous situation when a red Kenworth dump truck was observed on 10th Street in Invermere with the tail gate down and rocks and boulders observed to have the potential of falling out of the truck. Any similar observations should be reported to the detachment. Patrols for the truck came up negative. • On October 19th at 9:30 a.m., a gray Ford F-150 pickup truck was observed to be damaged. The damage is thought to have occurred between October 14th and October 17th while parked in the 4800-block of St. Joseph Street in Radium Hot Springs. Scratches were observed on the truck. • On October 19th, the detachment received a complaint of mischief when a Coke machine located near the Hill Crest Apartments was pushed down a hill. A num-

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ber of youth were located in the area and admitted to pushing the machine, which suffered no damage. The owner was able to get the machine back to its location. • On October 20th at 2:30 a.m., detachment members stopped a 1996 GMC Sierra pickup truck on Laurier Street and Panorama Drive. The driver displayed signs of impairment and admitted to consuming liquor. An ASD demand was read and the 42-year-old driver from Invermere blew a warn. The vehicle was impounded for three days and the drivers licence was suspended for three days. • On October 21st at 1:30 a.m., while doing bar checks in the town area, RCMP determined a 24-year-old male known to have a condition of not to consume liquor was drinking. The male was arrested and charged with breach of condition. The male is set to appear in Invermere provincial court on December 10th. • On October 21st at 10 p.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft from an unlocked vehicle in the 4000-block of Lakeview Meadow Close. A remote control for a garage was stolen. Fortunately the remote was not for the house where the theft happened. • On October 22nd at 9:15 a.m., the Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft from a vehicle in the 4000-block of Timbervale Place. A satellite radio and sunglasses were stolen. The report did not state if the vehicle was unlocked or not. (My money is on unlocked.) The uncomfort zone There are many times as police officers we have to face some uncomfortable situations, and regardless of one’s fears of the unknown, you just go. This weekend I faced that uncomfort zone when I agreed to walk into the dark bottomless pit of the Creative Stitch and Crafting Alive Fair at the Calgary Corral Centre with my wife. Continued on page 30 . . .

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Invermere invited for trail care lesson By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff Those who like to frame their valley views from behind the handlebars or by hiking local peaks will be given the opportunity to brush up on their trail building techniques on Saturday, November 3rd. The Columbia Valley Cycling Society and the Trail Care Crew from the International Mountain Bike Association of Canada are presenting a free one-day workshop on proper trail design and maintenance beginning at 8 a.m. at the Invermere Fire Hall. The event starts with a classroom session outlining the basics of trail design, construction, and maintenance. After lunch, which is donated by Invermere A & W, the class heads out to the popular Kloosifier trail near the Toby Benches for hands-on training in rock armouring. “Cyclists will learn a lot about all the different methods of trail design and construction,” said A.J. Strawson, who comprises one half of the trail care crew, along with his wife, Rachel Raven. “It is a great way to get some fresh air and give a little back to the community.” The Ottawa-based crew is funded by the IMBA,

Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail. Since June, the pair have been traveling across North America in a Subaru Outback teaching workshops on proper trail design and maintenance for cyclists and hikers. “I love my job,” A.J. said. “My favourite aspect of this would probably have to be all the great different places that we get to experience. It is really fun to be the catalyst in the community to get people really thinking about their trails and getting them excited to go out and do the next project.” Invermere’s workshop will mark the 24th community that the crew has visited so far. From the The Trail Care Crew are travelling North America in this Subaru Outback.

Yukon to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the duo has led workshops at points across North America. They managed to take time to wipe the trail dust from their brows long enough to get married outside Thunder Bay, Ontario, in September. “You kind of get into a routine and doing things a little bit differently because you are living out of a car,” A.J. said. “It really has its challenges, but every community has been very welcoming and happy to have us.” Invermere was selected to host the crew because of the potential for new trail building opportunities, great terrain, and a hard working community that supports their bike club, A.J. added. The crew teaches a creative and environmentally conscious approach when designing and maintaining trails. “We try to reveal as much of what the landscape gives us,” A.J. said. “We try to design a trail by using a lot of different neat and scenic outlooks and trees or some neat rock features. On a properly designed trail hikers and mountain bikers are going to have about the same impact.” For more information on the trail building event please contact the Columbia Valley Cycling Society at .

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Time to cooperate

Historical Lens

By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff Fifty years ago this week, the Western Hemisphere was a scary place to be living — and it had nothing to do with Halloween being on the horizon. For thirteen tense days, the United States and Cuba teetered on the brink of nuclear war. In the wake of the aborted Bay of Pigs invasion spurred by spy photos showing nuclear missiles under construction in Cuba, nuclear weapons were attached to American long-range bombers, ready to be deployed as soon as one side blinked. Thanks to the actions of two brave men, U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, the two sides stepped back from the brink. Each leader withstood unbelievable pressure from military minds bent on forging ahead with mutually-assured destruction. The confrontation ended on October 28th, 1962, when Kennedy and then United Nations Secretary-General U Thant reached an agreement with Khrushchev. The Cold War is history now, but fifty years later, global leaders are facing another crisis that’s quickly approaching a point of no return: climate change. It’s hard to say which world leaders might step up to the plate this time, but it’s abundantly clear that a binding global agreement is needed to keep emissions in check and prevent the planet from turning irreversibly toasty. Recent Columbia Valley weather makes this seem like an attractive prospect, but as a recent Columbia Basin Trust report on regional climate impacts points out, there are significant downsides. Drastic solutions are now being contemplated, as the recent dumping of one hundred tons of iron sulphate near Haida Gwaii makes clear. The project, which attempted to show that spurring plankton growth could help deal with excess carbon dioxide, was panned by most scientists, but it does speak to the need to find solutions to the problem. A better approach is to demand our leaders begin cooperating on the issue, not ignoring it.

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The scariest costume ever

This year my Halloween costume is the scariest ever. I’m going as this huge multi-headed monster, so big and powerful that just a few control the world. These beasts have at their influence entire armies, both military and propaganda. They scour the world overthrowing resource-rich governments, fixing their elections and set up their own puppets. These puppets—through trade deals and privatizations—have the job of freeing up the nationals resources. These resources feed these ravenous insatiable beasts. These monsters were once kept somewhat leashed, but Stephen Harper, as payback for winning the last election, has deregulated and unleashed these psychopathic ghouls. Now they’re gobbling up Canada’s choicest cuts. You’ve probably guessed; I’m dressing up as an

international corporation. As servant to these demons, Harper is signing all kinds of trade deals with anybody that still talks to him. Some of these deals are merely disguised as trade. For instance, the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership is a deal about corporate rights. This deal gives corporations the right to sue any government that stand in the way of their profits. In an act approaching treason, corporate-owned media doesn’t talk about Harper’s backroom deals. Halloween night, if a corporation should come knocking at your door, be very afraid. As corporations everywhere, they’re looking for a handout. Be generous. Or you could wake up with a pipeline through your backyard. Bryan Stawychny Edgewater

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Deer cull based on emotion Dear Editor: In June 2010, some of us began our individual protest by talking to council members, writing letters and forming the first anti-cull Facebook page. The Invermere Deer Protection Society came together in January 2012, with the shocking Christmas announcement that the District of Invermere would start killing deer. We’d naïvely expected common sense would prevail, but the district made the misguided decision to slaughter deer in a doomed attempt to resolve growing fear and impatience with wildlife. From a viral video, an inflammatory Union of B.C. Municipalities resolution, a Ministry of Environment response and reports, eight short deer committee meetings, a biased opinion survey, and “revisions” of the Kimberley final report – they never questioned the myth of “too many urban deer”. They ignored the Ministry of Environment advice regarding collaboration and focused all funds and effort toward killing, no matter what the cost to our community. They misused unreliable survey results, referenced anecdotes, and ignored thoughtful protest to justify, defend and promote killing. Even before the first committee was formed, it was assumed slaughter would please the majority throughout. In the East Kootenays and all northwestern U.S. states, mule deer populations are declining. All efforts are now focused towards increasing their numbers. There is no overpopulation in Invermere, and because the slaughterhouse killing method was never meant to be used outside of controlled conditions, culling is not “euthanasia” (killing animals humanely to relieve

their suffering). The district argues that one benefit of killing is the provision of meat. Unwitting Invermere taxpayers then participated in a covert, non-profit, seasonal meat processing industry including slaughter, butchering and meat distribution. This is agriculture, not wildlife management. So we are left with property damage and fear of injury as reasons to kill. Yes, there is risk and managing risk is an established science. Reducing the number of deer may reduce the likelihood of an encounter or damage, but will not reduce severity. If we fence to exclude, educate and implement humane, long-term, non-lethal measures we can successfully reduce the already low risk. If it is merely our intolerance at issue, the district has done little to educate citizens to live with, accommodate and protect wildlife. In a 2009 Species At Risk Report, Invermere’s official community plan is criticized because there is “minimal allowance for wildlife habitat and movement corridors within the plan”. When our injunction stopped the killing, rather than ending the conflict, council chose to fight on and vilify the Deer Protection Society in their determination to slaughter even a few. We recently joined with other groups to form the B.C. Deer Protection Coalition. Our mission remains “advocating and supporting non-lethal deer management through education, research and political action.” Sue Saunders Invermere Deer Protection Society More letters on page 24. . .

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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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By Greg Amos Pioneer Staff A peace pact is within reach for a well-known ski and snowmobile playground in the Purcell Mountains. The tricky question of how to balance motorized and nonmotorized recreational uses of the Catamount Glacier, Northstar Glacier and Forster Creek Meadows – all found in an area west of Radium Hot Springs – may have been answered in a new amendment being pro- CATAMOUNT COOPERATION ­— Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Reposed to the recreation rules source Operations recreation officer Aina Cerenoks (left) explains to habitat biologist now in place for the area. Sue Crowley the finer points of proposed changes affecting snowmobile and backcounThe amendment is being try skiing at the Catamount and North Star Glaciers west of Radium Hot Springs. made “to resolve conflict be- Open houses held on October 9th and 12th at the Service BC building in Invermere tween recreation users and to drew about half a dozen interested stakeholders.  Photo by Greg Amos protect public recreation redeal. “It helps fill our hotels in the winter season. We’re sources from damaging impacts of inappropriate use”, wrote recreation officer Aina Cere- absolutely looking forward to this.” Attracting sledders is a significant part of the plan noks in the proposal document for the amendment. The revised order under Section 58 of the Forest for Tourism Radium, who are teaming up with Toby and Range Practices Act would open the Forster Creek Creek Adventures to jointly market the area to snowMeadows to snowmobiles from December 1st to May mobilers, who Conklin expects would abide by the 31st annually, and would open the Catamount Glacier new agreement. “We’re better off looking at something that is manto snowmobile use from February 16th to May 31st. It would also close the North Star Glacier to snowmobiles agaeble – this way we can get the proper signage up,” she year-round, while allowing backcountry and heli-skiing. said. “It’s amazing how well people will police themselves A closure to motorized use was put in place in Janu- if they know there are rules in place.” “In my mind, it is a perfect way of doing some backary 1996, but was found to be generally ignored, while country management,” added Conklin, noting the sucincurring costly education and enforcement efforts. “It really was ineffective; people were using [the cess of this process could be the start of a long-awaited glaciers] anyways even though they shouldn’t be,” said backcountry management plan in the region. The amendment is “a step in the right direction,” Wendy Booth Regional District of East Kootenay Area G director, whose jurisdiction includes part of the area said Columbia Valley Hut Society president Ryan in question. The Catamount and North Star Glacier Bavin, who’s cautiously optimistic the deal can work Snowmobile Closure Area remains in place today, and for both sledders and backcountry skiers using the covers 2,333 hectares within the Village of Radium Hot area. “Everyone wants to go up and get that experience of being on a glacier.” Springs’ community watershed. In terms of crevasses and steep drops, the North In July 2010, a process dating back to 1993 was revived when group of stakeholders including the Wind- Star Glacier is considered to be slightly more dangerermere Valley Snowmobile Society, the Columbia Valley ous terrain than the Catamount Glacier, Bavin said, Hut Society, the Village of Radium Hot Springs and sev- adding he’d prefer to see the snowmobile opening on eral individuals with commercial and recreational inter- Catamount take place a little later in the season. “March is considered to be prime time, as the creests began to talk. Over the course of nine meetings in vasses tend to get filled in by then,” he said. two years, a consensus was reached. The Invermere office of the Ministry of Forests, The move would open up about another six square miles (1,555 hectares) of snowmobile terrain, said Barry Lands and Natural Resource Operations drew about Lightfoot of the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Soci- half a dozen visitors during two open houses held on ety. That’s a draw that could mean more Albertan riders October 9th and 12th, and is accepting written commaking Radium their destination, rather than heading ments until noon on Wednesday, October 31st. Comments can be submitted to Mrs. Cernenoks for sledding terrain closer to Revelstoke. “We’re thrilled – snowmobiling for us is a huge busi- at , or in person at the Serness,” said Radium mayor Dee Conklin of the potential vice BC building in Invermere.

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Deer count begins with social media By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff Kootenay National Park's white-tailed deer may soon find themselves wandering onto the internet via Facebook and Twitter. Parks Canada began their annual white-tailed deer count on October 15th and are currently looking for motorists to help tally the number of deer along Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park. Once counted, the public is asked to post their sightings on the park's Facebook and Twitter pages. “People are already sharing the things they love about being in the park and we thought this was another way of giving people an opportunity to share what they see,” said Amy Krause, web and new media officer for Parks Canada. “This is also information that we can actually use.” Tallied results will go to help mitigate the risk of deer and auto collisions on the highway in the future, Ms. Krause added. “If we know roughly when the peak pe-

riods are for migration in the spring and in the fall it makes it easier for us to mitigate potential accidents on the highway and it tells us when we can put up signs to let people know the deer are coming back or when they are leaving.” October and November are particularly dangerous months for drivers accessing Highway 93 because deer are in the middle of migrating to lower elevations for food. Motorists are urged to follow the speed limit and carefully watch the ditches on the side of the road because wildlife are likely to be grazing or attempting to cross the highway in these areas, Ms. Krause said. “In terms of this project we encourage people to get involved and participate, but definitely to do so safely.” Drivers are asked to designate a passenger to count deer and then to record the number, time, and date of the sighting and post their four legged findings on Twitter @kootenaynp or on Facebook at kootenaynp . The deer count will be officially closed on November 15th.

ANIMAL CROSSING - The wildlife highway mortality number in years to come stands to be affected by a Parks Canada white-tailed deer count now underway in Kootenay National Park, seen here under a layer of fresh snow on Sunday, October 21. Photo by Greg Amos.


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By Greg Amos, Pioneer Staff More than three months after a debris flow wreaked havoc in Fairmont Hot Springs, a torrent of cash is flowing in to help the Regional District of East Kootenay clean up and prevent similar incidents. Emergency Management BC is funding 80 per cent ($269,760) of a $337,200 project to remove the remaining debris from the channel near Marble Canyon, and is also providing up to $80,000 for an assessment to determine how much material came down in the flow, and what risk is posed for similar events near Fairmont in the future. “When the incident happened, we realized there could be risk for further situations to happen,” explained regional district engineering services manager Brian Funke. “Obviously among the public there is some concern.” The torrent of mud, boulders and uprooted trees swept through Fairmont Hot Springs at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th, washing out the road connecting Fairmont Resort to its RV park and forcing the evacuation of more than 350 homeowners and holidaymakers. No injuries occured in the debris flow. The groundwork for the assessment project, which is being carried out mainly by observations taken while walking through the creek, began last week. The work is being carried out by Kelowna-based Clarke Geoscience, and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

WATER HAZARD - A golf cart reaches the end of its path after the July 15 debris flow in Fairmont Hot Springs.  Photo by Kate Irwin The cleanup work will take place over a span of roughly 200 metres within a regional district service area established to maintain creek bank stability. While homeowners in the service area are responsible for covering the remaining 20 per cent of the cleanup cost, the regional district may step in to mitigate those costs. After the flow, the mud extended from above Fairmont Resort, across Mountainside Golf Course and down to Highway 93/95. The event is thought to have been caused by the bursting of a natural earth dam formed in a narrow section of Fairmont Creek high above the resort.

Regional District of East Kootenay Be part of the community Be part of the excitement Be part of our team Be a volunteer firefighter! Columbia Valley Fire & Rescue is now recruiting and seeking both men and women of all ages to join. It’s flexible, family-friendly, and fun! The CV Fire & Rescue covers the Edgewater, Panorama, Windermere, and Fairmont areas. Drop by your local Fire Hall, or check out the Facebook page, Columbia Valley Fire & Rescue, for more information. Columbia Valley Fire & Rescue Service 250-342-6214

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

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Blackberry Wood members Jen Charter and Kris Wood (along with drummer Ryan Trigg; not pictured) kept the crowd hopping at Bud’s Bar and Lounge on Thursday, October 18th, in a lively performance that at one point pitted the audience in a group dance-off. Photo by Greg Amos

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Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer teaches him the ways of vampire hunting. One of the saving graces of the film is the trademark weapon chosen by The Great Emancipator to ward off the armies of the undead. A woodcutter’s axe dipped in silver and packed with surprises dispatches ghoul after ghoul throughout the misty moonlit battle scenes. The visionary style of Tim Burton is obvious in many of the battles, which use stop motion animation to highlight every blood-soaked slash and hack in perfect detail. After years of spending his evenings slaying ghouls, Abraham decides to take some time off and turn his attention to politics. He becomes the 16th President of the United States and vows to free the slaves of the south and unite his country. The film cuts to the Civil War, which we learn has an occult side. Epic battles between Confederate vampire

Reviewed by Kristian Rasmussen Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter comes with more action than an axe attack to the face. The plot and story development feel as though they have suffered the same fate. The story begins in 1818 when a young Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) tries to prevent the beating of one of his childhood friends, William Johnson (Anthony Mackie), by a foreman on the plantation where he and his family live and work. Abraham’s father intervenes and draws the ire of the plantation owner, who turns out to be a vampire and exacts revenge by killing Abraham’s mother in her sleep. Witnessing the tragedy, Abraham vows to avenge the murder. As he grows into adulthood he teams up with the mysterious Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper), who







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troops and Union soldiers erupt in the way one would expect from a film with a $69 million budget. The final showdown between good and evil is fought on an out-of-control locomotive teetering atop a burning bridge hundreds of feet off of the ground – a symptom of the film’s dedication to action scenes so preposterous they could only be taken seriously at a satirical level. The only thing the film is missing are perhaps vampire surfers riding a wave of lava and shooting laser beams from their fingertips. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter should have been a comedic B movie, but it takes itself too seriously.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS Saturday, October 27th

Thursday, November 8th

rib dinner. Door prizes, silent auction, and live band Crossfire. Tickets $30 call 250-342-3200. • 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Clearly... A Breast Friends’ Bash celebration for raising $1 million for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s new digital mammography machine. Three-course dinner, door prizes, fashion show, live entertainment. Tickets: 250-342-9059 or visit the Invermere or Radium Kootenay Savings. • 7:30 p.m.: Official Kickoff Fundraiser for Edgewater Ball Diamond at Edgewater Community Hall. Dancing, costumes and live entertainment. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door and are available at Pip’s Country store, The Radium Husky restaurant, Home Hardware and Invermere One Hour Foto Source.

• 7 p.m.: Killer Rollbots recruitment night at the Invermere Community Hall. Pizza and all gear provided. For more info, call Jess at 250-342-532.

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• 7:30 p.m.: Within the Realm of Happiness: A Himalayan Perspective. Bhutan’s Dasho Kinley Dorji presents a different view of prosperity at the Invermere Community Hall. Tickets $15 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available at Circle Health Foods, The Book Bar and online at .

•2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Adventure Club returns to the Invermere Public Library. Grade 5-7 students are invited to help solve a murder mystery. Participants are asked to register by November 14th. For more information and to register, please call 250-342-6416.

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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.

Friday, October 26th • 12 p.m.: Soup, bun and dessert at Edgewater Legion, $6. For more info, call Joyce Longe at 250-347-9388 • 6:30 p.m.: Monster Mash — A Halloween Celebration. A three-course dinner and kitchen party at From Scratch ­­— A Mountain Kitchen. Tickets are $36.95. For more information, please call 250-345-0008. • 7 p.m.: Free curling clinic at Invermere Curling Club. All levels and abilities welcome.

Saturday, October 27th • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Used electronics roundup in parking lot behind Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere. Encorp will be accepting all computer parts, monitors, televisions, and many more electronics for recycling. • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Métis Nation Columbia River Society AGM at the Brisco Community Hall. Brief meeting followed by teepee-making craft and potluck lunch. Elections for board positions will be held. • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Edgewater Radium Hospital Auxiliary Halloween Tea and Bake Sale at the Edgewater Legion Hall. Admission is $5. For more info, call Barbara Neraasen at 250-347-7757. • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Halloween Howler at Elk Park Upper Ranch’ Old Eaton House. Haunted house, wagon rides, pumpkin hunting, crafts and games. Parking and admission $5. • 6 p.m.: 41st annual Firefighters Ball fundraiser at the Invermere Community Centre featuring prime

Wednesday, October 31st • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Halloween Book-tacular at the Invermere Public Library. Children are invited to make Halloween crafts, listen to spooky stories, and enjoy treats. • 7:30 p.m.: The Chimney Swallows bring their organic mix of upbeat folk to the Station Pub on Halloween. For more information contact Josh Page at 250-341-7354.

Thursday, November 1st • 8:30 p.m.: Acoustic guitar greats John Cronin, Sean Cronin and Mac Walter unite as musical trio Cousins +1 at Bud’s Bar. Cousins + 1 play a second show at Pynelogs Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m., November 2nd. Tickets $20 at the door, $18 in advance. Tickets available at Pynelogs Cultural Centre or the Book Bar.

Wednesday, November 7th • 3:30 p.m.: Junior Curling begins for novice curlers at Invermere Curling club. $40 for 15 week program. To register please contact or Invermere Curling Club at 250-342-3315.

Saturday, November 10th • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Braeden Gagatek celebrates his birthday at the Invermere Community Hall and asks well wishers to help him raise money by donation for the East Kootenay Brain Injury Society. All gifts will be donated to the local Christmas Bureau. For more information, contact Kimberley and Norman Gagatek at 250-688-0950.

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Saturday, November 17th • 5 p.m.: Light Up Night in Invermere. Christmas parade beginning at 6 p.m. Event features visits with Santa, live local entertainment and window display contest. For more information, call Alita Bentley at 250-341-3775.

Friday, November 23rd • 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.: ICAN dinner and comedy show to raise money for new shelter. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Mara King at 250-342-3554.

Friday, November 30th • 12 p.m.: Soup and a bun and dessert at Edgewater Legion $6. For more info, call Joyce Longe at 250347-9388.

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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. 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

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Chimney Swallows to touch down in Invermere Submitted by Joshua Estabrooks Special to The Pioneer The Chimney Swallows, will be swooping into Invermere on Wednesday, October 31st to play a Halloween-themed costume party at The Station Neighbourhood Pub. After a half dozen tours over as many years, songwriters Raghu Lokanathan and Corwin Fox decided it was time to give a name to their lively concoction of words and music. The Chimney Swallows aim to set songs free to be everything they BIRDSONG — Corwin Fox (left) and Ragu Lokanathan make up the creative can be, from art to mischief to pro- musica duo, The Chimney Swallows.  Photo submitted by Dave Prothero test to prayer. They sing harmony, in Invermere, as the area is somewhere he has always pick guitar, frail banjo, squeeze acwanted to explore, he said. cordion and tell stories. “The Columbia Valley is a very inspiring place, and Mr. Fox played bass in punk bands as a teenager in the Ottawa Valley, put in his time touring the country to be able to play on a fun night like Halloween in a fresh in a dirty van in an art rock group called Big Fish Eat new pub is a real treat! Get it?” Local musician, Oso Simple, is also looking forward Little Fish, and studied sound engineering. Now based on Vancouver Island, he has a career divided between to this rare show of two exceptional B.C. talents. “I took a song writing course with Corwin Fox a few performance projects like Morlove (with Miss Emily years ago. I loved his songs and his genuinely charming Brown) and his highly acclaimed work as a record properformance style. I’ve wanted to see Raghu Lokanathan ducer for a league of independent artists. Raghu Lokanathan, who calls Prince George home, play since I first started hearing about him from musihas been described as “…a rare sort of artist whose work cian friends of mine on the coast.” The October 31st show will be your chance to hear evokes a world both strange and familiar…an artful daban epic roots duo. There will be no cover for the event, bler in folk traditions.” He studied accordion as a kid, picked up the guitar which begins around 8 p.m. The Station Neighbourhood in his teens and eventually taught himself clawhammer- Pub is located near Kinsmen Beach at 1701 6th Avenue. style banjo. Mr. Lokanathan is incredibly excited to play For more information, call 250-342-5557.

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Cronin concert coming By Kristian Rasmussen Pioneer Staff A trio of troubadours, united by blood and separated by geography, will reunite in Invermere for two shows at Bud’s Bar and Lounge and Pynelogs Cultural Centre November 1st and 2nd. John Cronin, his son, Sean, and cousin Mac Walter are the musical trio Cousins + 1 . The band strums their way through several genres, including folk, jazz, and blues. “Our style comes from the fact that my cousin and I have played together since the 1960s and we have really developed a unique finger style guitar where you use all your fingers instead of a pick,” John said. “It is a fairly dense meshing kind of sound.” John’s cousin, Mac, has performed as an opening act for guitar great Johnny Winter and is the recipient of three Washington Area Music Awards. He will be traveling from the Baltimore region, where he has his own recording studio, to Invermere for the two shows. John’s son, Sean, 30, was raised in Invermere and has been a professional musician for 10 years. He is currently lead vocalist and bassist for band Sean Cronin’s Very Good. The group completed a western

Canada tour over the summer with a stop in Invermere on July 27th. Sean is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York, and will be making the trip to Invermere to reunite with his family in song. “It is just great to be playing with my son because it is really comfortable,” John added. “He grew up with the music I played and fits in really naturally with what we do.” John’s musical influences began in the 1960s when he was growing up and listening to folk music from artists like Doc Watson and Peter Paul and Mary. He earned his folk credentials by touring with the legendary Ian Tyson band for seven years throughout the U.S. and Canada. “People who have seen us before can expect some new material and people who have never seen us before will be really dazzled by the guitar playing and variety of stuff that we do,” John added. “We have played here off and on over the past 15 years. Each time we have something new and fresh.” The concert is presented by the Columbia Valley Arts Council and begins at 8:00 p.m. on November 1st at Bud’s Bar and Lounge. The November 2nd show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets are $20 at the door and $18 in advance and are available at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and the Book Bar.



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YOUR MONEY Is Your RRSP Maturing?

This article is intended to make two commonly misunderstood investing principles clearer. In particular, those who have ever uttered the words “the rates on my registered retirement savings plan are so low” or “my registered retirement savings plan is maturing” may find this article helpful. “The rates on my Registered Retirement Savings Plan are so low” One of the most common misconceptions regarding registered retirement savings plan accounts is how the rate of return is determined. Excluding tax considerations, returns on registered retirement savings plans are determined in the same fashion as other accounts. This means the rate of return is calculated on the type of investments held, when they were purchased, and market conditions. The easiest way to make sense of this is to think of a registered retirement savings plan account as a box. A person puts money into that box. That money buys investments. Those investments are only limited by what can be bought at the institution the box was opened with. For instance, at certain banks, the money in a registered retirement savings plan box might only be able to buy guaranteed investment certificates or that bank’s mutual funds. For registered retirement savings plans opened at a brokerage firm, the money invested in an registered retirement savings plan box has more options, including guaranteed investment certificates, mutual funds, stocks and bonds. If a person bought only guaranteed investment certifi-

cates in their registered retirement savings plan box, they may find that the rate of return is lower than if they had bought a diverse portfolio of stocks or mutual funds. This is due to the risk/return principle, which states that in most market conditions, the potential for the highest returns resides in the investments with the highest risk. Conversely, those who are comfortable with low risk investments only will generally achieve below average returns. “My RRSP is maturing” Many people use this statement to describe an investment within a registered retirement savings plan account that has matured, such as a guaranteed investment certificate. This is incorrect, however, because registered retirement savings plans only “mature” once, which is on December 31st of the calendar year that the annuitant turns 71. Guaranteed investment certificates generally mature every one to five years. Remember guaranteed investment certificates are investments, while registered retirement savings plans are accounts. Upon maturity, a registered retirement savings plan account must be converted to a registered retirement income fund account or annuity. All that means is that the annuitant must start mandatorily taking withdrawals from their registered retirement income fund account during the following calendar year when they turn 72. The holdings in the registered retirement income fund account itself don’t mature and don’t have to be changed.

Some of the investments may be sold to make withdrawals, but the annuitant may continue to hold the same stocks, bonds or mutual funds as before. Essentially, the most important change is that the registered retirement savings plan box has been renamed as a registered retirement income fund box. Can I take withdrawals before I turn 72? Withdrawals from a registered retirement savings plan or registered retirement income fund may be taken at any time, but the amount is added to a person’s annual taxable income for the year. When an account is still a registered retirement savings plan people have a choice whether or not to take withdrawals from it. When the account becomes a registered retirement income fund, a person must take withdrawals from the account at a rate determined by the federal government. In conclusion Firstly, unless you have turned 71 this calendar year, your registered retirement savings plan is not maturing. There may be investments within the registered retirement savings plan that have matured, but the registered retirement savings plan itself is not maturing. Secondly, the rate of return on an registered retirement savings plan depends entirely on what investments you are holding. There is no such thing as a blanket rate of return on registered retirement savings plan accounts.

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A focus on guest experience has lifted Panorama Mountain Village to the pinnacle of the 2012 Best of Business Awards, handed out this week by Kootenay Business Magazine. Including the ski hill, golf course and services at the resort, Panorama alone took home a total of nine of the annual business awards. The resort, seen here during a perfect bluebird day, is entering its third ski season as a locally-run business after being purchased from resort developer Intrawest in 2010. For more on the business awards, including a full list of winners, see page 18-20.











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East Kootenay businesses: winning By Pioneer Staff Businesses in the Columbia Valley have always thought of themselves as winners – and now they have the hardware to prove it. Nearly 70 of the award winners in Kootenay Business magazine’s 2012 Best of Business awards hail from the valley. With input from a reader’s survey carried out over a two-month period, the results were tallied to determine the annual champions of commerce in the region, ranging from platinum (the top award) through gold, silver and bronze. The winners are listed in the magazine’s September/October issue. Among the most victorious is Panorama Mountain Village, who scooped nine awards, including platinum awards in the categories of Kootenay Getaway Resort, Ski Area, Ski Shop, Snowboard Shop, Driving Range and Golf Shop. “We put together a great team up here; all the employees are on the same page, and we have a dynamic in our employees that I’m extremely proud of,” said Panorama president and chief executive officer Rick Jensen. “Our first year, we really focused on trying to make a noticeable difference in the level of service,” he said. The current ownership team has been in place at Panorama since March 2010, when the area was purchased from Colorado-based resort developer Intrawest. “We’ve been trying hard to improve the product we 2012

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deliver, and it’s hard to measure that until we’re being recognized with awards,” he said. “A big part of any resort is how the guest is treated – and we aim for friendliness, good service, and a consistent level of quality. We’re proud of the awards we’ve received, and there’s much more that we want to do in terms of elevating the level of guest experience.” Panorama Mountain Village has enough available real estate to double the existing 3,800 beds to 7,600, and the ski area could be expanded from its current 120 runs and 4,000 feet of vertical to 180 runs and 5,000 feet of vertical, said Jensen. Below is a complete list of all business award winners in the Columbia Valley: Canal Flats • Columbia Lake Lodge – bronze for Hostel Fairmont • Chalet in the Rockies – gold, Bed and Breakfast • Smoking Water Coffee - bronze, Caterer • Design Cents – silver, Home Staging/Interior Design • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd. - platinum, Hot Springs Getaway • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ltd. - gold, Kootenay Getaway Resort 2012

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A business case for buying local: union boss ees, local taxes and other expenses. In contrast, of $100 spent on a locally-owned business, $68 can be expected to remain in the community, while $32 would leave town, O’Neill explained. Buying local creates a measurable trickle-down effect that magnifies the local benefits of doing business, “I’m not an economist — there are no economists in Cape Breton,” quipped the former Nova Scotian, a B.C. union leader told the crowd at the Columbia emphasizing the simplicity of the concept. Buying Valley Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon on Thursday, October 18th. products online, he added, guarantees that virtually no money from the purchase will stay in the local area, “I’m not a huge fan of local buying programs persay, because there’s no buy-in,” Canadian Union of Public he said. O’Neill advocated for local government to get Employees (CUPE) B.C. president Barry O’Neill told a crowded room, before presenting numbers and graphs involved in business incubation roles to spur a strong and resilient local economy. He noted trade agreements that outlined the economic incentive to buy local, rather such as the North American Free Trade Agreement than just the moral imperative to do so. (NAFTA) and the Trade, Investment and Labour MoThe Invermere presentation was O’Neill’s ninth bility Agreement (TILMA) have “a major impact on stop in a six-day tour of the Kootenays to promote the Ten Percent Shift, a concept that CUPE has imported what local government and small business are able to achieve” around local procurement and buying policies. from a program based in the U.S. LOCAL SHIFT — Buying local is a trickle-down theory that While Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA Norm Essentially, the shift involves a consumer dedimakes sense, Canadian Union of Public Employees B.C. president Macdonald was in attendance, no local government cating at least ten percent of their spending to locally Barry O’Neill told the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce at manufactured or grown products, and to locallyrepresentatives were in the room. their Thursday, October 18th luncheon. He noted 29 of the largest cities in the U.S. have owned businesses that offer locally-produced goods  Photo by Greg Amos increased their local buying requirements from 8 to and services. nomic multiplier effect, while reducing the “leakage” of 15 per cent, despite notions that international trade “Canadians really do believe the lowest price is the agreements may not allow that to happen. law,” he said. Although it may be impossible to avoid money back to a corporate headquarters. O’Neill’s numbers illustrated how $100 spent on a “But no one’s getting hauled to Geneva to face tribuying products made in China, for example, O’Neill noted that buying those products at a local store rather non-local business typically means $57 leaves the com- bunals,” he said. To learn more, visit . than a big-box retailer ensures at least some local eco- munity, while $43 stays in terms of paying local employBy Greg Amos Pioneer Staff




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20 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer . . . ‘Winning’ from page 18 Invermere (continued) • - silver, Coolest Kootenay Website • Kootenay Savings Credit Union - silver, Credit Union (along with Kimberley location) • Chisel Peak Medical Clinic – bronze, Doctor • Great Canadian Dollar Store – bronze, Dollar Store • Tim Hortons - platinum, Doughnut Place (along with Cranbrook, Creston and Fernie locations) • Essentials Department Store - silver, Fabric/Sewing Store • Town & Country Feeds - bronze, Feed Dealer and Supplies • Country Heating & Air Conditioning - silver, Fireplace/Wood Stove Dealer • Diamond Heating & Spas - bronze, Fireplace/Wood Stove Dealer • The Stem Floral Design & Giftware - bronze, Florist • Home Hardware Building Centre - platinum, Hardware & Building & Supply (along with Cranbrook, Kimberley, Revelstoke/Creston locations) • Diamond Heating & Spas - silver, Hot Tub/ Spa Company • Toby Theatre - silver, Movie Theatre • William Letcher Trucking - bronze, Moving/Storage Company • Columbia Valley Pioneer - bronze, Newspaper

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Octogre 26, 2012 • Skyline Painters - bronze, Painter/Interior Decorator • Babin Air - bronze, Recreational Tour Company • Hart Roofing - silver, Roofing Company • Scrappy-Do’s - platinum, Scrapbooking Company • Columbia Valley Sign Artists - bronze, Sign Company • Quiniscoe Homes - gold, Sustainable Green Builder • OK Tire & Auto Service - bronze, Tire Store (along with Cranbrook location) • Monkey’s Uncle Toy & Gift - silver, Toy Store • OK Tire & Auto Service - silver, Transmission Service • Four Winds Tailoring & Upholstering - silver, Upholstery • Gone Hollywood Videos - silver, Video Rental Store Panorama • Greywolf Golf Course - platinum, Driving Range • Panorama’s Mountain Stampede - silver, Festival • Greywolf Golf Course - gold, Golf Course • Greywolf Golf Course - platinum, Golf Shop • RK Heli-Ski Panorama - gold, Helicopter Service • Panorama Mountain Village - platinum, Kootenay Getaway Resort • Panorama Mountain Village - platinum, Ski Area • The Final Gate — Panorama Mountain Village platinum, Ski Shop • The Final Gate — Panorama Mountain Village platinum, Snowboard Shop


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In the photo titled ‘Heads or tails’ in the October 19 edition of The Pioneer, the coin toss was reported to determine which course would be hosting the 2013 B.C. Amateur Golf Championships. In fact, the coin toss was only to determine where the final round of play will be held. Both Copper Point Golf Club and The Springs Golf Course at Radium Resort are jointly hosting the event. We apologize for the confusion.

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Is poaching really the problem?

. . . Letters from page 7

Dear Editor: I read the article about the deer poaching problem in Invermere, and wonder if it’s not simply a case of people protecting their property from the destruction of the deer. When the powers that be will not or cannot provide protection for property owners, then no one should be

surprised that they will do it themsleves, law or no law. Perhaps one answer could be to bring a class action against the Invermere Deer Protection Society for aiding and abetting the destruction of private and public property. All those who have suffered financial loss due to the deer could tally up their costs and submit it for compensation. There was a picture in the Pioneer a while back

about a broken tree, accusing vandals. Did anyone consider that it was the deer? We have had that happen to us. We have a problem and it has to be addressed. It is only going to get worse. Len Burkitt Invermere, B.C.

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Pioneer Classifieds s obituary s Hermann Brummer Hermann Brummer of Invermere, British Columbia passed away peacefully at the age of 86 with his wife at his side on Sunday, October 21, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Hermann was predeceased by his father, mother and brother in Germany. He was a long time employee of the Radium Mill and a resident of Wilmer. In keeping with Hermann’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Hermann will be missed by his wife Dorothy, family and friends. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at:

BLAIR CALDWELL BLAKLEY August 26th, 1924-October 16th, 2012 Blair Caldwell Blakley, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle and friend, left us on October 16, 2012. He will be forever remembered in the hearts of his wife Pat, his son Brent (Becky) of Radium Hot Springs, daughter Kerrie (Glen) of Sparwood, B.C., step-sons Barry (Elise) of Victoria, B.C., Ian (Kris) of Ottawa, Ontario, and Stephen (Pam) of Germany, his brother Herb (Peggy) of Invermere, 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces/nephews, and too many great friends to count. Blair was predeceased by his parents, Jessie and John, brother Jock and his first wife, Madeline. Blair grew up in Radium, where his parents operated the Radium Hot Springs Hotel. With Madeline, he built and operated the Mt. Farnham Bungalows. In 1946, he took over his father’s Dodge dealership in Radium, relocating the dealership to Invermere in 1966. In turn, his son Brent took over the dealership on Blair’s retirement in 1984. Blair was an avid skier, joining the Panorama ski patrol first as a volunteer in 1972, and after retiring, as a pro, staying involved with the patrol until 2011. Renowned as a local pilot, Blair could often be found at remote mountain lakes with his Super Cub floatplane, or in Mexico with his Bonanza. Blair loved the backcountry and one of his greatest pleasures was showing others, by horseback or plane, the area he loved so much. Blair was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Masonic Hall. The family wishes to express their thanks to the physicians and staff at the Invermere District Hospital where Blair spent the last few weeks of his life. A celebration of Blair’s life was held on Tuesday, October 23th, 2012, at the Christ Church Trinity in Invermere. In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to make donations, in memory of Blair, to the Neurological Sciences Foundation of Canada. Phone 403-2299544, . Pioneer Classified Advertising 250-341-6299

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Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. For more information, please call 250-342-2424. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday (closed), and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Radium Friendship Group: Friday at the Catholic Church, East Side of Main St. With the exception of Tuesday, all meetings are open.

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.

LOST: Fairmont Riverside area October 10th. Siamese cat, very shy, 10-years old. ID tattoo in ear. 250-341-8424.

Cheers to Columbia Eagle Resort. You have invested in our luxury. Signed, the squirrels, mice, skunks, pack rats, numerous insects and a few species of birds.

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. Jumbo Creek Conservation Society AGM. Tuesday, November 20th, 7:30 p.m. at the Lion’s Club Hall at the crossroads.

Narcotics Anonymous meeting now available. Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 250-342-1071 for more info.

WVSC Ski Swap Saturday, November 3rd. Check-in your used skis, snowboard, sports gear, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Sale starts at 12 p.m. Invermere Community Hall. Ski tuning by Zenon Sharko, concession. Find your bargain!

s obituary s The Finest Man We Know

Bob Sklapsky 1947-2012

“Gladly did I live and gladly die [...] the hunter is home from the hill.” It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bob Sklapsky. Bob passed with his daughters by his side, on the Harvest moon, September 30, 2012. He was a Neil Young fan until the end. Bob stands out for his youthful love for life and ability to enjoy the simplest things with pure delight. He passed this joy and enthusiasm onto many. He will be remembered as hunter, fisher, guide, forester, scotch connoisseur, and above all as a family man who lived with great integrity. His genuine nature, knowledge, big heart and blue eyes will never be forgotten. Bob will be forever loved and missed by daughters Alicia and Janell, Son-in-law Ian, adoring grandchildren Lanaya Skye and Cayden Raine, and sisters Marilyn and Elaine, not to mention many dear friends. A Celebration of Life was held in William’s Lake on October 5th. A get-ttogether will be held Monday, October 29th, at The Station Pub at 5 p.m., with a slideshow at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to Ducks Unlimited. Our family thanks The BC Forest Service family as well as all who have given their unwavering support. We are grateful.

cheers & Jeers Cheers to everyone who helped paint the curling rink. Cheers and a big warm fuzzy to the Pharmacist at Lamberts, who went above and beyond to help a worried lady with medication concerns. You are why I love living here. Three cheers to Mayor Gerry Taft for standing up for democracy! Cheers to Karol and Mike at Pips Country Store! Thank you for making excellent treats on Credit Union Day for the Kootenay Savings Radium Branch. They sure were delicious! Cheers to Jeff at Sobeys for the great Halloween costume idea. I’m going to dress up as you so everyone will ‘cheer’ me! Jeers to the people who leave bags of garbage beside an alreadyoverflowing garbage bin. If it’s full, find another bin or take it to the dump. Cheers to the garbage man who cleaned up after you inconsiderate slobs. Cheers to Rolf for doing such an excellent job with our trees. Have a wonderful winter in warm places! C & L. Cheers to the Red Apple for turning your lights off at night. You’ve made your neighbourhood a better place! Thank you. Jeers to the person or people who could torture and maim a beautiful and innocent deer in such a heinous fashion. You are completely deranged and psychopathic in the truest sense. We expect our town council, mayor and the RCMP to bring justice to this issue.

Cheers to Barry Jonas of the Fairmont and District Lions Club, for all his hard work in organizing the Fairmont clean up on October 13th and to all the volunteers who turned out to help. A huge cheers to Herb for making my son’s birthday special on the morning of October 13th. Thanks for all the extra work you do for our community! Jeers to people who rent their homes/rooms to drug dealers. Really? Cheers to Toppozini. You’re the best! Cheers to Rick from Fairmont, the road angel who changed my flat. Thank you from Eloise. Cheers to Paul and crew from RDEK who restored our water service in Windermere on Monday evening. Cam.

storage NEWHOUSE MULTI STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climate-controlled units. Call 250-342-3637. STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park: 250-342-3166.

commercial space 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.

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Rent/sell: pprox. 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: 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. FOR LEASE 1,900 sq. ft. of prime space in Invermere Industrial Park. Presently used as a wood working shop. Lease rate is $7.50 per sq. ft., + triple net, HST and hydro. Available January 1st. Call Gerry, 250-341-1202.

SHARED ACCOMMODATION Private room with cable, phone, laundry access, Internet, and all utilities included, $400/month + $200 D.D., N/P. 1-866-222-0325. Invermere: furnished room for rent in Westside Park. Available immediately. Call 250-688-7787. Invermere: roommate needed to share large, 3 bedroom 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.

ACCOMMODATION wanted Returning mill worker wanting to rent long-term, 1 - 2 bedroom cabin. Very quiet, mature, single guy. Excellent local references. Call Gord collect at 403-250-9449.

Wilder subdivision: 1-bdrm + den, lower suite of renovated home. Includes kitchen, W/D, fenced yard and shed. Available immediately. $700/month + utilities. Call 250341-7701. 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. 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. 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 included. W/D. $800/month Call or text 403-8366059. Furnished basement suite with private entrance. W/D, N/P, N/S. $750/month, utilities included. Call 250-342-6534. Radium: 3-bdrm apartment. $550/ month in winter, $600/month in summer. One house pet. Phone Tim. 250-342-7337. Invermere: modern, clean, bright, 3-bdrm, 2-bath. Great downtown location. Attached garage, front and back decks. W/D, D/W. $1,500/ month, includes utilities. Kijiji ad ID #421356717. 250-342-3790. Radium: 1-bdrm basement suite for rent. N/S, N/P, responsible renter. $550/month, includes utilities. 250-347-9958.

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SUITE FOR RENT Invermere: large, bright, 2-bdrm basement suite with separate entrance. Appliances shared, W/D, central location, and 2 blocks to D/T, school, and hospital. 3 blocks to groceries & beach. Pets OK, N/S. Available November 1st. $625/ month + utilities. Call Grant 403493-1245. Large, renovated 2-bdrm suite close to schools. Large yard, insuite laundry. $750/month + utilities. .

house FOR RENT Edgewater house: 4-bdrm, 3-bath, large fenced yard, wood stove. $1,100/month + utilities. For more info call 250-688-0228. 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. Windermere 3-bdrm, 1-bath, 5 appliances, recently renovated mobile on large lot. Quiet residential street, N/P, N/S, $800/ month + D.D. 403-286-1132. Radium: 3-bdrm spacious house. N/P, N/S. $1,000 + utilities and $1,000 D.D. Available immediately. For more info call 250-347-9915. Townhouse for rent at Cedarwood Glen Estates. 3-bdrm, 1.5 baths, garage. $1,200/month + utilities. N/S, N/P. Available immediately. 250-341-1182. Family home for rent on quite street in Invermere. Features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths upstairs, and 2 bedrooms with 1 bath in fully developed basement. Close proximity to schools, Kinsmen beach and downtown. Includes fridge, stove and dishwasher. Pets OK, non-smoking. $1,200/month. Available December 1. 250-3425691. Windermere: 1-bdrm house. Cozy and clean, $750/month + utilities. 250-342-3790.

house FOR RENT


3 bedroom, 2 bathroom large family home. $1,100 + utilities. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo, large corner unit. $900 includes utilities .


2 bedroom, 2 bathroom executive home, close to golf courses. $1,500 + utilities. 4 bedroom family home in Columbia Ridge. $1,000 + utilities.


3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unfurnished family homes available from $1,150 + utilities. 2 bedroom+ den, 1.5 bathroom, furnished townhome. $1,250 + utilities.


4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on Windermere Loop Rd. $1,250 + utilities.


2 bedroom furnished trailer. $800 + utilities.


Fully furnished and equipped 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos in Lake Windermere Pointe and Heron Point from $1,250 inclusive. or call Ben Green at 250-688-0362 for more info.

Westridge: 5-bdrm, 3-bath, large deck, fenced yard, double garage. F/S, D/W, microwave. N/S, N/P. $1,500/month + utilities. Available November. 604-935-7519. 3-bdrm, 2 full bath. Wood and propane heat, 7 appliances, fenced yard. Will allow small dog. $950/ month + D.D. 250-489-6298. Fairmont: bright, 3-bdrm, 1.5bath, large yard. 6 appliances, N/P, N/S. $900/month + hydro. Refrences required. 250-345-6100 or 250-341-8177. Edgewater: 2-bdrm mobile home with large addition. Wood/electric heat. Best suited for a couple or a single. N/P. Call 250-347-9500 or email . Invermere: 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath house. #4, Lochend Lane, right behind Sobeys. 2-storey, full basement, large master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in closet. 5 appliances plus garburator, covered front porch, fully fenced backyard patio. Single attached garage. Built 2005. Mature couple or single, kids OK, N/P, N/S. $1,100/month + utilities and $1,100 D.D. Available immediately. Call 403-472-6684.



Available immediately: 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. 250-342-2536.

Radium: 2-bdrm top-floor condo with heated parking and outdoor hot tub. Granite, maple cabinets, fireplace. $1,250/month includes utilities. 403-861-7754.

Akiskinook Resort: 1-bdrm condo, fully furnished, 6-appliances, equipped indoor pool and hot tub. $700/month includes cable. 403281-3991. 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. Canal Flats: 2-bdrm, 1.5bath 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 inquiries only. Lake Windermere Pointe in Invermere: 2-bdrm + den, 2-bath, lake view, underground parking, fully furnished with leather couches, N/S, N/P, available immediately. $1,000/month, includes all utilities except heat. 403-561-0111. Downtown Invermere, Cedarwood Glen: 3-bdrm, 1.5 bath corner unit. 6-month or 1-year lease. $1,200/ month + utilities. Available November 1st. 250-341-1692.

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Winter rental, golf/vacation. Chandler area. Bungalow-style condo, fully furnished, equipped. 2-bdrm, 2-bath. $1,850/month. Available December 2012 and April 2013. See pictures at, ID #383927. Call Gary Thompson, 250-345-6603 or cell, 250-3418573.

Akiskinook: 3-bdrm, 2-bath, furnished, N/P, N/S. $1,250/month, utilities included. srowell@telus. net or 403-861-0544. Radium: Aspen condo. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, 1,050 sq. ft. Fireplace, underground parking, N/P, N/S. Long-term lease, available November 1st. $900/month, includes utilities. 403-690-3166. Invermere: 2-bdrm, 2-bath furnished condo. Close to downtown. N/S, N/P, no partiers, references. $1,025/month, utilities included. 403-978-4559 or 403251-4556. 2-bdrm, 2-bath, at The Peaks in Radium. Furnished, underground parking, N/S, N/P, 7 appliances. Swimming pool and hot tub. $850/ month, all included. 403-6630446.

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

animals Winter horse boarding. November 1st - May 1st. 250-342-5297. PUPPY SOCIALIZATION / DOG OBEDIENCE AND ADVANCED CLASSES. Interested in learning some helpful tips on obedience and the importance of socialization for your dog or puppy? Certified canine behaviorist, Gary Dace, has over 20 years’ experience and uses 100% positive reinforcement. Classes start Monday, Nov 12. Registration and reservations required. Previous obedience classes required for advanced class registration. Please phone the Invermere Veterinary Hospital 250-342-7007 for information and registration.

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Octogre 26, 2012

Condo FOR Sale

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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.

Winter tires and rims, will fit a 2011 Subaru Outback. Premium spoke rims. Hankook Winter Pikes 225 60R 17 inch. Less than 3,000 kms. Pictures available by e-mail. Paid $1,350, taking offers. Call 250-6880050.

Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, fir, larch, dry and split. To order call 250-342-6908.

ZUMBA Fitness Classes

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

Invermere Sharpening Carbide and steel sharpening services. Contractors, restaurant, home/garden, pet/hair. 330 Blair Street. 250-341-5447.

misc. for sale 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. Newer 151 litre (40 US gallons) propane hot water tank with spark ignition, $150. 250-342-8679. 4 new P265-70R-17. Goodyear Wrangler SR-A mud and snow light truck tires. $600. 250-342-3178.

Hotel furniture for sale! Beds, desks, night tables, luggage bench, headboards, chairs, heat/AC units, sofa beds, dressers, and more! Prestige Inn Radium Hot Springs. Call Sandra 250-347-2300 or come in and have a look! Upright freezer, $250 OBO. Small Ikea computer desk and chair, $25. Ikea high chair, $5. 250-347-9275.

camping 8-foot truck camper for sale. Fridge, stove and furnace all work well. Good shape, $500. 250-3479886.

Fir firewood, split and delivered $200/cord. 250-342-5413. Firewood: premium, local product. Cut, split and delivered. Call or text 250-688-0143. www. . Firewood: dry fir, $200/cord. Dry pine, $180/cord. All split and delivered. Leave a message at 250342-2214.

recreational vehicles 2006 SkiDoo RevX 800cc, Terra Alps porting, Y pipe and head, can, dual ring pistons, 600km on top end, (Motor Tech) clutch kit, running board mod, so much more. $5,000 firm. Excellent condition, as good as it gets for this year of sled! 250341-5297.

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492 Highway 93/95, Invermere, BC

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1 Egg 1 tblsp Soy Sauce 1 teaspoon Water 1 Carrot, shredded 2 tblsp Asian Sesame Dressing 2 Green Onions, thinly sliced 1 cup Pork Tenderloin, cooked 2 tblsp Dry Roasted Peanuts, & chopped chopped 1 1/3 cups Long Grain Rice, cooked Beat egg and water with fork. Add to large skillet and cook on medium heat 1 – 2 minutes until set; transfer to bowl and cut into pieces. Wipe skillet, add dressing and meat; stir fry 2 minutes. Add rice and soy sauce; stir fry 3 minutes. Add carrots and onions; stir fry until heated through. Remove from heat, stir in egg then top with nuts. See all my recipes at

Home Of The Week Canal Flats Cutie!

Affordable 2 bedroom town home is ready to welcome you! End location is bright with an open floor plan, deluxe ensuite, finished lower level and lots of green space




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. $4,000 OBO. 250-342-5676. 2006 Chevy Silverado Z71. 4x4, 5.3L engine, 131,000 kms. Recent maintenance inspection, mint condition. Spare rims available. Asking $12,500 OBO. 250-3420128.

entertainment Got music? 3-piece Smarty Pants Call now Christmas is coming! 250-342-3264 Bill Cropper.

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 Renew & Restore Professional tile and grout cleaning, re-grouting, repair and sealing of tile, grout, slate, and stone. Commercial and residential. 35 years experience. New installations also available. 250-341-5645 . Tile & Slate Installs Journeyman tile setter. 30+ years experience. Custom steam rooms, showers, floors, and cultured stone. All work guaranteed. Competitive rates. Call 250-341-5645. Home Building and Renos Chuck Newhouse Builders 250-342-3637 . 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. 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!

Dryer Vent and Furnace Cleaning & inspections. Call AQUAIR today! 250-342-5089. 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 Pre-Christmas Special – Blinds & Gift Certificates. Expires November 9th ``Shannon’s attention to detail was exceptional as was her knowledge of her product. Shannon takes her job very seriously and I have no problem recommending this company.” Pat. Shannon’s Blinds & Designs 250-342-5749 Covering the Valley – One Window At A Time The Valley Shine Shop Keep your vehicle free of salt & road grime. Have it detailed. Basic – deluxe packages available. #35 109 Industrial Rd #2, 250-342-9696. Flooring installations, lino, carpet, laminate and hardwood. 30 years experience. Call 250-347-9192 or 250-341-1235.

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. Guitar lessons. Available most evenings and weekends. Call Emily at 250-409-4104. Valley Framing & Contracting. Everything from roofs and decks to major renovations. Contact Will at 250-342-7517. Electrical Service. Commercial, industrial, residential. Fast, professional service. Reasonable rates. Davidson Power Services Ltd., Invermere. 250-409-7514. Empathic Care Service. Private care and companionship. Certificate, services, and references available upon request. 250-347-9982. Home care service provider. Certified Home Support/Resident Care Attendant offering personal, one-on-one care. Light household duties, provide meals, run errands, transport to/from appointments, and shopping. Phone 250-3422626 or cell, 250-409-4510. Residential and recreational cleaning services also available. Wood lot close to town and/or splitter available. 250-342-6936.

health & Wellness

GOOD HEALTH, HEALING, FITNESS AND ANTI AGING TAI CHI, QI GONG, and THE EIGHT TREASURES Healing Exercise based on Traditional Chinese medicine. All Fitness levels welcome, classes and discussion groups are ongoing. USANA HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS For information or to purchase supplements or skin care. For more information please contact: Betty Newton 250-342-6343 or

28 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

Octogre 26, 2012

HELP WANTED IMMEDIATELY Account Manager wanted urgently

help wanted

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Anahata Foods,

Love the mountains? Ski to work! Looking for a full time cook for the Summit Hut at Panorama Resort. Must be able to perform in a busy kitchen and host après ski parties with style. Must be motivated, talented and love the mountains. Strong skier/boarder essential. Starting wage is $12/hour. Send resumes to or call 250-341-1399 for more information.

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. Experienced Hungarian cook for seasonal, full-time work from April - October 2013. $15/hour, medical, vacation pay, room and board available. Apply to Citadella Restaurant in Radium, B.C., or send resume to info@milliondollarview. ca. Ranch Manager position needs filling at site near Invermere/ Fairmont Hot Springs. Responsible traits to work/oversee maintenance and upgrades. No animal care. Please email resume or response to The Radium Esso has an employment opportunity in its automotive repair shop. The successful applicant will enjoy flexible hours and the potential for full-time, year-round employment. Experience is an asset. Apply in person with resume or fax to 250347-9894. Ichi Resources Ltd. is seeking experienced logging equipment operators for work in Radium Hot Springs / Canal Flats area. Please send resume by email to or fax to 778-479-2088. Dusk Building Systems is currently hiring employees for their truss and wall panel plants. Please submit resume to info@ or fax to 250-342-3427.

Prestige Inn, Radium Hot Springs has 2 full-time positions available housekeeping and front desk night audit. Please bring resume to 7493 Main Street West, Radium Hot Springs. Benefits and other perks!

E-mail for application.

Dawson Creek Campus

For more information please visit our website at 403-12.10-nenmulti-L

Help Wanted

VJ Bishop Excavating needs drivers and snow shovellers for winter in Fairmont, Radium and Invermere. Must be experienced. Fax resumĂŠ to 250-341-6006

Any work experience can apply. Must be accurate, computer-literate, must have good typing skills and sense of communication. Will earn $3340 monthly.

Email your resumĂŠ and letter of application to:

Senior Mechanical Services Worker We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with NLC, however, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.

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Part-time Paint Shop/ Office Assistant • An energetic person with a keen eye for colour along with excellent customer relation skills. • Requires basic computer skills, ability to work rotating Saturdays and involves some physically demanding work. • Capable of general bookkeeping including A/R, A/P and general office administration. Please forward resume by email to or by fax: 250-342-3546

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The District of Invermere (“Owner�) invites Proposals for 2013 Bylaw Enforcement Services. Documents may be viewed at or obtained from the Municipal office at 914 8th Avenue, Invermere, B.C. Proposals delivered no later than end of the day, November 15th, 2012 clearly marked Bylaw Enforcement Services Proposals in a sealed envelope. Proposals received after the stipulated time will be rejected and returned to the individual unopened. Faxed and emailed proposals are acceptable as long as they are followed up with a hard copy. If mailed use the address provided below: District of Invermere 914 – 8th Avenue Box 339 Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0 There will be no public opening for this Invitation for Proposal. Proposals will be opened privately by District of Invermere after the closing time specified for receipt of Proposals. If you wish to contact District of Invermere in response to the awarding, please do so after the closing time specified above. The Owner reserves the right not to award a contract at all, and the highest or any Proposal will not necessarily be accepted. Chris Prosser Chief Administrative Officer District of Invermere Office: (250) 342-9281 ext. 225

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Octogre 26, 2012

Hurry hard! The Invermere Curling Club hosted a group of 17 local youth and exchange students in a funfilled five-hour curling clinic on Sunday, October 14th. Local junior coaches and Curl BC Facilitator Al Kersey from Surrey took the young rock-throwers through the basics of curling, ahead of the Invermere junior curling program’s launch on Wednesday, November 8th at 3:30pm for novice curlers. A new bantam or high school league will be starting this year on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., with a 15-week session lasting from November through March at a cost of $40. An Optimist Interclub event with Cranbrook, Sparwood and Invermere is also in the planning stages. To register, contact drgaspar@telus. net or Invermere Curling Club at 250-342-3315.   Photo submitted by Dave Gaspar

Fairmont Creek Property Rentals

We need enthusiastic, experienced cleaners. ~ Full-time ~ Flexible hours ~ Competitive Compensation Package Attention to detail, the ability to work in a high-paced environment. Send your resume to or call us at 1-877-646-5890.

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Dining Room Supervisor Eagle Ranch is now looking for an experienced daytime dining room supervisor for our Clubhouse. This position is year round and available immediately. We require a dedicated person who is willing to go above and beyond to look after our discerning clientele. Please send your resume to

Vacation Rental Specialist Wanted High Country Properties is looking for a friendly and outgoing person to work in our busy call centre. You will be responsible for providing “legendary� customer service to owners and guests via telephone, email and in person. You will also be responsible for booking individual and group reservations, answering guest inquiries and selling the benefits of staying in a vacation rental. Please Note: This is a permanent part-time position (i.e. 20-30 hrs. per week, some evenings required.) Starting wage: $13/hr. + commission, plus health and dental benefits! Visit for a full job description. Please send cover letter and resume to Bjorn Billehaug via email by Friday, November 9th, 2012.

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30 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer . . . ‘RCMP Report’ continued from page 2 As I stood at the gates of gloom and glanced in, I observed no one of my species (husband), and commented on that to Bev. The lady at the door corrected me and said there were a few. With that encouragement, I stepped in. I stuck to Bev like glue and during the following 2 hours, 38 minutes and 18 seconds, I counted maybe six husbands. I learned from listening intently that all these women, including Bev, speak Klingon language. I have no idea what they were talking about. Some of these sewing machines and other gadgets actually have speeds. The only thing I could relate to was horsepower.

Octogre 26, 2012 At one point I went to the bathroom and instructed Bev to stay put so I could immediately re-attach. She moved. I was a lone male with the fear of being abandoned. I forgot what she was wearing, so I looked for a full head of grey hair. Wrong landmark. Once the re-connection was made, I sat quietly while Bev got instructions on a machine she wished to purchase. Four other ladies quickly gathered. I was minding my own business as one of the women stared down at me for long enough that I felt I should engage her in conversation. I did. “I’m here because I am working on getting permission for my retirement boat,” I said. A look of acceptance was returned. Close call. I saw

something for Christmas, and for the second time I broke free, to purchase a bag. When I had the item and tried to make my was unnoticed back to Bev, a sales girl commented, “nice purse.” Her tone was designed to make fun of me. I shot back two words: “smart ass.” I heard some women screaming in some corner and I figured the male dancer must have arrived. Where I come each year to visit the boat of my dreams, stood displays of scrapbooking. It was the desecration of hallowed grounds. I made a commitment to myself that I would be back in February to get my mind straight. Bev walked out with a sewing machine. One day, I walk out with the boat.


In the October 19th edition of The Pioneer, in the story entitled ‘Canal Flats council puzzles over water for Eagle’s Nest’, it was reported that the cost for an in-village water system upgrade and connection to Eagle’s Nest would cost $2.24 million, the estimated net cost is actually $1.75 million. Our apologies for the error.

WANT TO RECYCLE YOUR UNWANTED ELECTRONICS IN INVERMERE? Come to the Return-It™ Drop-Off Event: EDDIE MOUNTAIN MEMORIAL ARENA PARKING LOT 502 – 13th Street (public parking lot behind arena) Date Saturday, October 27, 2012 Time 10 am – 3 pm

WHAT’S ACCEPTED? Even more electronic devices can be recycled free of charge at any Return-It Electronics™ Collection Site. Among the accepted consumer products are console gaming systems and accessories, e-readers, electronic books, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and calculators. For the full list, please visit

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Octogre 26, 2012


Unexpected mercy By Pastor Murray Wittke Valley Christian Assembly There I was yet again, arrested, fingerprinted, and held in the RCMP lockup. Young and rebellious, I listened to no one; I decided for myself what was right or wrong, and lived the way I wanted. But locked in that jail cell with my shame and regrets, the truth was becoming painfully clear. I alone was responsible for where my life was headed. I had made the choices and I had done the deeds. Now I was going to face the consequences for my actions. The courtroom was quiet. We stood as the black robed judge entered and sat down. Everything and everyone there seemed so formal and serious. I was scared and alone. I stood as the charges against me were read out. Peering down at me, the judge asked if I was representing

myself and how I would plead. I answered with a long and rambling account of explanations and excuses in an attempt to try and talk my way out of there. I was silenced with his upraised hand. “Guilty or not guilty” he asked. Struck dumb, I stood there shaking, unable to answer. The judge directed me to a lawyer sitting in the courtroom and called a short recess. In the hallway I explained my situation to him. He asked a few questions and told me how much his help would cost. Back in the courtroom he stood and answered for me. After some excited paper shuffling and whispering between the Crown and the police,the charges against me were stayed. The judge looked at me and said “I don’t want to see you in here again” and left. I was free to go, but it made no sense. I was guilty, but for some reason I had not received what I deserved. Instead I had received what I didn’t deserve, a second chance, an unexpected mercy. “Here's a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I'm proof (Public Sinner Number One) of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy.” Tim 1:15

Valley Churches

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH Sunday, October 28th, 10:30 a.m. Celebration Sunday­— missions focused. International workers Gordon and Lillian Edey and Darrell and Katrina Wiens speaking. The Lord’s Supper will be served. “K.I.D.S.” Church for children age 3 to Grade one; and Grade 2 to Grade 5, during the morning service. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 - 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 9 a.m.: Worship at All Saint’s, Edgewater. 9:30 a.m.: God’s Breakfast club for children and youth 10:30 a.m.: Worship at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. 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

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Ready to remember The first poppy of the Invermere Legion's 2012 poppy campaign was pinned to Mayor Gerry Taft's lapel on Thursday, October 18th at the local cenotaph. Flanking the mayor are Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 vice president and poppy chairman Ken Carlow (left) and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 president Ron Cope (right). The poppy campaign officially kicks off today (Friday, October 26th). Photo by Greg Amos

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32 • The Columbia Valley Pioneer

Octogre 26, 2012

Wine Festival ! 11th AnnuAl EAst KootEnAy

SATURDAY NovembeR 3, 2012 • 6:30 - 9:30pm The Lodge at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Next weekend. Get your tickets today! The Columbia Valley’s premier event celebrating British Columbia wine excellence! Featuring 45 British Columbia wineries • 10 first time wineries attending • Sample more than 160 wines • Canapés • Door Prizes

Tickets are $49* on sale now.

Call 250.345.6070 *Plus tax.

NEW FOR 2012 Free Wine Fest Shuttle for Invermere and Windermere (see website for details)


Online edition of The Columbia Valley Pioneer for October 26, 2012.


Online edition of The Columbia Valley Pioneer for October 26, 2012.