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- Your Only Locally Owned Newspaper • Serving the CNP since 1930 • May 16, 2018 ~ Vol. 88 No. 20 -

A day to celebrate our graduating class of 2018!

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Stunning dresses, dapper young men and pink flamingoes dazzled the Coleman Sportsplex on Friday, May 11 for the 2018 graduation ceremonies. Cameron Hildebrandt delivered this year’s valedictorian address and retired Canadian hockey player Theoren Fleury was invited as guest speaker. Pictured above are Jarrett Kress (left) and Calvin Duarte-Pedrosa during the opening march of the graduating class. See more photos on page 6 and 7.




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Part one: where it all started

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to those who offered such kindness, support and comfort during the sudden loss of Olga Cathaleen Krug; wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We send heartfelt thanks to those who generously donated to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society in her memory. Our love and gratitude to everyone who called, sent cards and flowers, offered food and visited. A special thank you to the emergency services, ambulance and medical staff of the CNP Hospital and a very special thank you to Darrell and staff of Fantin’s Funeral Chapel.

~ Otto Krug & family


You are invited to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 31th 2018 at 7pm. Rm. 208 – 12501 20 Ave Blairmore (2nd floor of the Provincial Building). Please access the building from the rear door – northwest side of the building facing 21st Ave. For more information, please call 403-562-8000

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In 2016, the Economic Development Committee (EDC), a municipal advisory board, committed to create a website focused on promoting tourism and inspiring relocation to Crowsnest Pass. By the beginning of 2017, the website went live. Now, well into 2018, members of the community question its purpose, necessity and value. This is the first of a three-part series that will explain the benefit that the website brings to the municipality, the ongoing improvements that are being made and how tourism and hospitality businesses can utilize it as a tool. Part One explains why the EDC saw value in creating a tourism and relocation website and how the concept became a reality. The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass does not employ an Economic Development Officer or a grant writer. These are valuable positions that drive to promote a community in order to attract business development opportunities and economic growth. Recognizing the lack of a municipal voice on these matters, the EDC

was motivated to think of solutions that may fill the gap and, in 2015, a subcommittee was created to take the lead on the project to develop strategies that could promote recreating and relocating to the area. Relocation was an important focus of the EDC's goal, an element that goes hand in hand with promoting tourism and recreation in the area. “The idea was to attract people here to visit and then, maybe get them to buy a home here, which would lower the tax base, increase the selling of properties, create some activity and by bringing people here, we'll automatically attract businesses as well,” says EDC board member Oliver Strickland. "We saw a common denominator that when you want to play here and hike here and bike here, then you have a tendency to consider buying a home here. That's where we were driven, that if we promote the playground, maybe people will buy into this tourism site and buy a home here." The EDC’s original idea was to create a magazine that would be distributed in businesses, along travel corridors and throughout public areas. However, very early on, that idea was dis-

carded. "We came to the realization that the magazine was too outdated, it needed constant upgrading every year and the cost of doing a magazine was just too expensive,” says Strickland, co-chair of the subcommittee. “So then we started thinking about a website.” First, they decided to see if a tourism and relocation element can be incorporated into the municipal website, "When we opened it up, the first thing we saw was a schedule of where we could throw out waste and recycling. That was not very attractive," says Strickland. "Then, when we started going the website, it was a lot of administration, bylaws, council meetings... It was very busy and driven for local people. We didn't think we could add an attraction to that site for people interested in moving, recreating or buying a home here." That’s when the EDC decided to pursue a separate website dedicated to providing information and creating stories around tourism, business promotion and relocation. The EDC dedicated $20,000 from their 2016 budget to make it happen. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was sent out and, of the five companies that

bid, NATIONAL Public Relations out of Calgary won the bid. "The reason we picked NATIONAL is because their presentation was awesome, their managing partner is from the area and because we got value added from them. They were prepared to give us a $60,000 website for $20,000. That took them over the top," says Strickland. The outputs expected of NATIONAL were to create a website dedicated to tourism and relocation. As a bonus, NATIONAL also created a three-year strategic marketing plan to drive visitors to the region. Over the course of 2016, NATIONAL conducted several surveys in the community to determine what locals would want to see happen in the website. The feedback that they received asserted that most Pass residents don’t want their home turned into a luxurious commercial destination like Canmore. Instead, they want to keep it authentic and wild. Based on that research, the Go Crowsnest website launched in January 2017... Part two in next week's Pass Herald will look at what the EDC has accomplished to date with the GoCrowsnest website.

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MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT PERMIT LAND USE BYLAW No. 868-2013 The Development Authority of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass recently approved the following development application(s): 1. DP2018-019; Lot 10& 11, Block 19, Plan 6808CU; 8542 – 16 Avenue, Coleman Discretionary Use: Side-yard setback variance for deck. Any persons claiming to be adversely affected by the above development may file an appeal in writing by May 23, 2018, to the MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS, SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD, BOX 600, CROWSNEST PASS, ALBERTA T0K 0E0. A fee of $400.00 must be included with the appeal. Lisa Kinnear Development Officer 403-563-2218

Artists’ Tour It was that time of the year again where people hopped in their cars or on their bikes and made their way around Crowsnest Pass and area for the annual Artist Studio Tour, where local painters, sculptors and creative minds of all kinds opened their workspaces to the public for an inside look at their original work and their method. Over 20 local artists participated in the studio tour and showed that art is so much more than paint on a canvas. It’s emotion, texture, stories and creativity. Pictured left is local visual artist, poet and author Michael J. Leeb holding Indigenous drums he crafted out of rawhide. Anna Kroupina photo

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In the lIne of fIre Between May 7 and May 14, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 56 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Five (5) assaults, one (1) fraud/forgery, one (1) threat/harassment, three (3) mischief (vandalism), two (2) thefts, one (1) impaired driving, two (2) drugs, three (3) disturbing the peace, three (3) other Criminal Code, four (4) other provincial statutes, five (5) driving complaints, six (6) motor vehicle collisions, five (5) assistance to general public, three (3) suspicious occurrences, six (6)

assistance to other agencies, three (3) invalid 911 calls, two (2) false alarms and one (1) municipal bylaw. Car wash theft On May 8, RCMP received a complaint of theft from a car wash in Lundbreck. The incident occurred some time overnight. Unauthorized debit transactions On May 9, RCMP were informed of unauthorized transactions on a debit card in Blairmore. The incident is under investigation.

DUI warning On May 11, a vehicle was stopped for irregular driving. The odour of cannabis was detected. A small amount of drugs and paraphernalia were found. The male driver was warned. Stolen truck On May 12, a white Ford F350 truck was stolen from 211 Street in Bellevue. The theft occurred sometime overnight. Found items A duffel bag was found in Blairmore. A vehicle key was found in Blairmore.

Scams Reminder to residents of computer scams, credit cards scams, Grandparent scams, Revenue Canada scams asking for money or cash cards and saying warrants out for arrest. Do not give out personal information to persons you don't know. Do not open emails if you are suspicious of their origin. Anyone with information regarding any crime is urged to contact the Crowsnest Pass RCMP Detachment at 403562-2867, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-422TIPS.

Post office hours provoke vandalism AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

Improper activity and vandalism have been occurring at several Canada Post offices in Crowsnest Pass, first due to a lack of a security system and, now, because of it. At the beginning of April 2018, the Blairmore and Coleman post offices installed an automatic door system that locks entry to the building between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. The move was in response to several inappropriate activities that have occurred in the post offices overnight. According to Giulia Cartwright, senior assistant at the office in Blairmore, there have been people spending the night in the foyer of both post offices, making staff and clients feel uncomfortable. Vandalism activities have also occurred, such as smoking inside the post office foyer, disposing of cigarette butts on the floor or in a garbage

can filled with paper, broken lighting, and tampering with client post office boxes. These types of activities have been occurring on and off over the past several years. "I've lived here my whole life and I never thought this day would come when we had to lock everything up. It's a small town. Everybody knows everybody. But we had to do something because now, it's the security of the customers' mail," she says. Several residents expressed their frustration at the limited hours to post office staff and on social media. Since the automatic door system has been installed, epoxy glue was injected three separate times into the door locks in Blairmore, causing them to have to be replaced each time. Garbage and debris has also been inserted into the outgoing mail slot on the outside of the building.

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The suspects are residents who are frustrated at the new operating hours of the post office. "You're mad that the doors are locked, so now you're going to take it out on people's mail that's in there? You're taking it out on the wrong people," says Cartwright. "That's people's mail in there. This is our community." As a result of the vandalism, the building owners of the Blairmore post office installed two surveillance cameras on May 1, one on the outside of the building and one in the foyer. The security of the mailboxes is of primary importance, says Cartwright, and since that was at risk, action needed to be taken. She adds that the security of both staff and customers also prompted the change. "We're trying to accommodate everybody. We don't like it either but for us too, it was a battle all the time. We're the ones that have to

come in in the morning and deal with it. People have to understand our position, too. It's scary sometimes because you're coming into work and you don't know what you're going to face," says Cartwright. Post office staff are recording feedback from residents and Canada Post will reassess the operating hours in six months. For clients that have difficulty picking up their mail in the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. window that the Coleman and Blairmore post offices are open, Cartwright advises loaning the spare key to a reliable family member or friend who can pick up the mail for them. She adds that parcels are kept at the post office for 15 days after they are received, and if this amount of time is still insufficient for the client, they can make a special arrangement to request staff to hold it for longer on a case-by-case basis.

World Cup 2018

Kootenay Tae Kwon Do (TLD) is getting ready to compete for the World Cup in Sydney, Australia in September 2018. A team of 11 recently competed in the Western Canadian Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan. Master Sant Saran, the head instructor, was very proud of the team that brought home 19 medals (4 gold, 8 silver, 7 bronze). The hard work is not over with more tournaments and intense training in preparation for the WC. Competing against the world is not easy, but Kootenay Tae Kwon Do already has world champions in their club and are coaching and training to develop other world-class athletes. Back row, left to right: Nolen Markowski, Adam Liebe, Calvin Domin, Master Saran 7 dan (head coach), Markus Liebe, Adam Frank. Front row, left to right: Bryden Markowski, Ruby Rumple, Orien Domin, Gena Paton (instructor/coach). Missing from photo: Joshua Kallies, Jordan and Shelby Simard. Herald Contributor photo

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Spanish onions, chopped garlic cloves, chopped cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes bay leaves pound fresh squid, sliced pound cuttlefish, cut into pieces pound lobster tail meat, cut into pieces Salt, to taste cups chicken stock cup dry white wine cups Arborio rice dozen fresh mussels to 3 dozen fresh clams tablespoon saffron

1. In a large paella pan, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the squid, cuttlefish, lobster, and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring, for a minute or so more. 2. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock and wine to a boil. As it boils, add the rice to the fish mixture in the paella pan and blend thoroughly. Ladle three-fourths of the boiling stock over the rice and bring to a boil. Season the rice with more salt to taste. Reduce the heat to low and mix well, distributing rice evenly in the paella pan. Continue to cook the rice for 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. While the rice is cooking, heat about 1 inch of water and a drizzle of olive oil in a separate sauté pan, then add the mussels. Steam until the mussels open, then transfer to the paella pan with a slotted spoon. Steam and transfer the clams in the same way. Take 1 cup of the clam water and whisk together with the saffron in a small bowl. Add to the paella pan, and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes more. Serve the paella directly from the paella pan.

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Editorial and Opinions mother’S day without a mom Mother’s Day is all fine and dandy when you have a mother, but when you don’t, it kind of sucks. My first Mother’s Day without my mom was exactly six months after her death. I barely wanted to get out bed, let alone celebrate. My boys tried and I tried to put on a brave face, but deep down I just kind of wanted to crawl into a hole and hang out there until it was over. That day, I remember getting out of bed, because ultimately that’s what I always do, and I put on my running shoes and ran Sartoris road about 21 km up to the summit. The higher I ran, the closer I felt I got to her. It was one of those moments when you just figure it out, a turning point of some kind. I don’t remember how bad my knees hurt, or how tired I was, I just remember wanting to get to her, to touch those clouds and maybe, just maybe for one brief moment, I wouldn’t quite hurt so much. My second year without a mother was a blur. Actually, I can’t remember what happened, so perhaps I did that hide-under-therock thing. This year, though, I was able to put a smile on my face. My oldest son was home after a year of travelling. I had learned a valuable lesson while he was gone: that my boys are leaving quickly and that, slowly but surely, my house is becoming quieter. Well, this Mother’s Day was anything but quiet. It was loud and messy with a homemade breakfast, lots of laughs and tons of noise. I’ll take the mess and noise over quiet and clean any day of the week. I spent some alone time thinking about my mom. I shed a tear and then I enjoyed some time with my boys. My mom raised me to know that family always comes first and this Mother’s Day, I celebrated all the wonderful lessons she taught me, lessons I hope I am teaching my boys. Keiran and I ended the day with a round of golf with his friend Simon and his grandparents Louise and Stuart. I played decent. Well, decent for me, with the help of Stuart. And I laughed, great big belly laughs and I had fun. One thing my mom and dad were was fun. They knew how to live life, whether it was dances with the Lightermen, gambling, Vegas or sporadic trips everywhere. So, though I’m still not a fan of Mother’s Day, I did try to make the best of it. Time doesn’t heal the wounds, but it does make them less sharp. So to all my friends and family without moms, I hope you learned to survive the day with a small smile on your face. That’s the way I see it. LS

The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

The power of words

Words are the most important “something” in our universe and yet, they are nonsubstantial. You can’t smell, touch, see, taste or hear a word unless you communicate it. You can only think it. Words can tell a story, harm or glorify a person or create someone’s future. Try for a second to think without words. Without opening my Bible, I can quote a few passages about words. God spoke the word and God was the word. In the story of creation, God told Adam to name the creatures of the Earth with words. People get rewarded or punished for obeying or not listening to the word of God. Jesus said that it's not what you put into your mouth, it’s what comes out of your mouth... words. People pray with words and make laws with words. Most important are the stories people tell themselves. You become the story you tell yourself, or at least you try to. Everyone has a story that tells others who they are. In reality, it is the story they wish others to hear and with which they convince themselves. There is always an alternate version of every story. It all depends on the words used. I am now in the group that is considered older humans. I meet people my age and we all inject phrases about being old into our conversations. It seems as if we can no longer talk about ideas because we are old. We assume that we are behind in some ways since we didn’t bother to learn some newly developed technologies. The real reason is that we know that you can have a full life without spending it on a cell phone or hooked on to virtual reality goggles. We call it real life. There is no need to lament about getting old. One is either alive or not alive. There is no reason to limit life by using words that set you back. I remember clearly how, as a child, I wanted to get older. When I became a teen, the tempo changed. There was a period in which I worked very hard to project an older image and was upset when people said words indicating that I will eventually grow up. Now I am sensitive to any words about old age and make feeble attempts to joke about it. I say something about old age and chuckle stupidly. Joking and comedians use words in a way different than most. The court jester in past days was the only person who could tell the truth about the king and

avoid being beheaded. Often, rulers laughed at the jester but paid full attention to the comedians in their courts who were the only people who told the truth. Others were chosen for their loyalty but most often were viewed as “yes men.” Saying the word “yes” gets you places, but diminishes the truth. Words are most critical in the stories about prophets such as my favorite, the Prophet Isaiah. There is no surprise that so many prophets’ stories were included in the most popular book of all ages. Jesus did things to fulfill the words that were written. He wanted people to realize that words become actions. We often pray for what we wish, often wanting to change God’s mind about what he does. The assumption is that God will hear our words and grant our wishes. Sometimes he does and other times, he doesn’t. Perhaps he knows things we don’t know. One thing I noticed is that often people get what they expect or what they are afraid of instead of what they are asking for. There is no way to tell. I view it as if God responds to the emotions created by our words, not to the words themselves. Our thoughts are made of a combination of words. The most powerful thoughts are those originating in fears. That’s understandable since the natural instinct is to protect the body, which I call “me.” Fear often can’t be conquered unless you acquire the stronger feeling of love, which is the only antidote. When you are in love, surprisingly enough, you are often above fear. It is all created in your mind with words. Try to empty your mind of all thoughts. They used to tell people to think of nothing to meditate. I wonder if anyone ever managed to do it. Thoughts are life itself since a mind that is not thinking is dead. The one thing that you can do is replace thoughts and it is not that hard to do. If you can figure out what or whom you can love, train your mind to imagine something about the activity you call love. Get into it and see another view of it or another angle. Thoughts are all made of words, but a few people can think in pictures. They are rare, but the pictures are actually their words. I used to be amazed in my younger days, before I could read, when my parents were reading a book and all at once burst out laughing. I remember going behind my mom and looking at the page and seeing nothing funny, but I started laughing also. My mom realized what was happening and started laughing, which made me laugh even harder. The words created emotions and the emotions passed on to a child who didn’t know the words. Scientific instruments can detect words. They are minute vibrations of energy. Those tiny sparks that alternate thousands of times each second cause human thoughts and alter the world. Alter the world and you get creation in all its magnificence. Avner Perl

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Lions winners All three Trip of the Month winners for May were locals! Pictured above is the first place prize winner Mark Cnossen of Blairmore (left) with Blairmore Lions member Daryl Ferguson, who sold the winning ticket. Cnossen won a trip to Orlando, Florida valued at $2,500. Pat Rypien of Coleman was the second place winner of a $200 gift card to Border Building Materials. The third place winner was Dustin Voeller of Blairmore, who won a $120 gift certificate to Limber Pine Restaurant. Anna Kroupina photo

Affordable and spacious mobile home on its own large corner lot. Big inviting addition with a nice gas stove. Upgrades include newer windows and a patio door which opens onto a newer deck and a large private back yard. Three-piece ensuite plus four-piece bath. Very attractive package at this price. $88,000 CALL JOHN MLS

ValleY ridGe This 3-acre parcel borders Gold Creek and has been skillfully developed as a perfect 3-bedroom 2-bathroom mountain chalet. Spectacular mountain views and a mature evergreen landscape. Deck and covered patio. Secure 8’x40’ storage. Very attractive package. $374,900 CALL JOHN MLS

belleVue New home. 4(+) bedrooms, 3(+) bathrooms. Energy efficient construction and a new home warranty. Outstanding finishes throughout. Sunny and spacious lot with back lane access and plenty of room for a large garage. Fantastic deck. Large shed. Call your realtor about this great new home. $369,000 CALL JOHN MLS

timberline ridGe Prime building lots available at affordable prices, starting at $68,000 and up. Large and fully serviced with all underground utilities. Very sunny location with great view of the valley. If you are thinking about building, now or in the future, Timberline Ridge may be the place. CALL JOHN

Boot sale One person's junk is another person's treasure, and that was precisely the theme at the Bellecrest British-Style Car Boot Sale on May 12. Main Street Bellevue was closed down that morning to allow for treasure-seekers to stroll between the parked vehicles searching for that doohickey they didn't know they needed. And it was beautiful, sunny weather, to boot!

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We may not have hit the high peak of summer yet, but it's prime time to start thinking about fire awareness. Members of Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue hosted a wildfire information event at the Elks Hall on Saturday, May 12, where they provided homeowners with FireSmart information and how to reduce the risk of wildfire. The event was held in association with National Wildfire Community Preparadness Day. Pictured above, left to right, are Darryl Johnson, Cliff White and Vance Maclean with Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue. Anna Kroupina photo

coleman Well maintained 3+2 bedroom raised bungalow with south facing walkout basement. Recent windows, newer high efficiency furnace, metal roof and nice deck. Main floor laundry with sink. Mature landscaped back yard. Large corner lot with plenty of parking and ample room to build a big garage. $295,000 CALL JOHN MLS

crowsnest riVer acreaGe Affordable 2.55 acres along the river, within Crowsnest Pass. Close to municipal sewer, water, power, gas, phone and cable. Outstanding fishing holes right off the property. Flat building site suitable for modular, or RTM, and large shop. Paved access right to the property. $149,500 CALL JOHN MLS

3.5 acres hiGhwaY commercial Highway 3 west-bound. Zoned C-2 – Perfect for gas bar and convenience stop. $249,000 CALL JOHN MLS

60 ironstone driVe End unit, semi-detached luxury bungalow. Superior quality materials and detailed craftmanship throughout. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings with spacious and open living areas. Two gas fireplaces. Nice south-facing deck off the kitchen. Large, attached double car garage and plenty of parking. $389,000 CALL JOHN MLS

6 townhomes in coleman Six townhomes in Coleman available to a qualified buyer for $99,000 each. Tremendous revenue stream in a strong rental market. Please call John for details.

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blairmore Beautiful 4-bedroom Linwood home in a prime location for privacy and fantastic mountain views. Triple car garage. Fantastic living areas and a friendly, open and spacious floor plan. $579,500 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Spacious family home on a large corner lot. Great room and large open dining room. Bright kitchen with island. Den and laundry on main floor. Four bedrooms up. In-floor and forced air heat. Heated triple garage plus large shed. RV parking. Beautiful location near the river and walking trails $369,000 CALL JOHN MLS

southmore Genuine and affordable log home, right on the Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill. Three bedrooms and very high quality kitchen and finishing details. The ski hill is also near a staging area for the ATV and sled trail network. Stainless steel appliances and a great laundry/mud room right off the garage. $595,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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Looking Back By John Kinnear

The Kerr Family Legacy The Early Years When Sarah Kerr, daughter of James William (Bill) Kerr, stepped up to the microphone at the 115th commemoration of the Frank Slide recently, she promptly treated the audience to a fascinating overview of the pioneer Kerr family history. She was there also in support of the re-release of her father’s book The Frank Slide, first self-published by Bill in 1990. It is the definitive work on the Slide. It was obvious from the engaging way that she led us through her family story that Sarah is very proud of this remarkable legacy. As a historian, I was naturally drawn deeper into the story and realized that the details of how it all went down was a classic example of immigrant-found opportunity, determination and entrepreneurship. So what say we back it up and follow this story through? Their beginnings here kind of parallel the Kinnear family story, that being of a Scottish coal miner coming to Canada and having their wife follow them once established. In the case of the Kerrs, it was two brothers, John and Bill, who left Craigmark in Ayrshire, Scotland in May of 1903. John was 20 at the time and Bill was 15. John had married a petite Glaswegian school teacher by the name of Annie Runciman in 1901 and had built a house next to his coal miner father in Westlothian. Just before the Boer War ended in 1902, coal demand fell and with it, came wage cuts. So John, who had been contemplating immigrating to Canada anyway, booked passage on the S.S. Sardinia, a converted cattle boat. Side note: The Sardinia was only a year old when they sailed. It went immediately after its first launch in 1902 to bring back British soldiers from the Boer War. During the First World War it was hit with a German torpedo in the bow while sailing with a convoy in the Mediterranean. After most of the passengers and crew were rescued, she sailed backwards for 60 miles at 3.5 knots to Oran in Algeria where she was repaired. The Sardinia was taken to Osaka, Japan and dismantled for scrap in 1925... But I digress. John and Bill sailed on the day news reached Scotland about the Frank Slide tragedy. Sarah’s comment on this brought a chuckle from the crowd: “The Frank Slide was big news all over the world, and John and Annie’s families back home were very concerned about them living in this distant country where mountains fell on people.” She noted that it was no small irony that not three years later, John, Annie and Bill Kerr would find themselves living within sight of that great rock fall. It brings to mind an image of my tiny Scottish grandmother who in this situation would have crossed her hands in front of her and bowed and shook her little head in disdain. After their rough 11-day crossing on the Atlantic, the boys boarded a train in Montreal headed for Winnipeg, where “they found many men waiting around for the government to do something for them,” says Sarah. Not being impressed by this situation, they headed west to the Estevan area of what was then still called the North West Territories and found work at a small coal mine in nearby Bienfait. Twenty-year-old Annie decided to tough it out with them and joined them in their two room shack in September of that year. There, on February 7, 1905, James Runciman Kerr was born and the following September, mother and child returned to Scotland for a visit while John, now a qualified pit boss, and Bill set out prospecting for new mines for the Estevan Coal Company. After finding no success prospect-wise in what is now Southern Saskatchewan, they headed west all the way to Taber where they wintered. While still working for W.L. Hamilton at Estevan they continued west to Police Flats (now Leitch Collieries Historic Site) where promising coal outcrops were found. They wound up living in the old North West Mounted Police log cabin barracks, built in 1881 and left abandoned by the force. The cabin was on a small creek west of the old coke oven remains. Annie and young Jim had rejoined them by then and in October of 1907, a second son, John Jr., was born. So it was that the construction and operation of the short-lived Leitch Collieries was begun. John became the mine’s pit boss. The town of Passburg sprang up next to the mine and it boggles the mind when one reads all that was there and is now gone. A post office, two stores, a meat market (Pisony), a liquor store, a bank, a hotel, a two-storey school, a church and a doctor’s office. With all this, of course, were many houses. In 1910, John and Bill Kerr bought lots in Passburg and built a general store/post office there. In 1912 John and Annie’s daughter Mary Thomson was born and four years later they opened a second general store in Bellevue. The downfall of Leitch in an interesting story in itself and one that I will unfold in detail some day but suffice to say by 1915 it had closed. According to Jim Kerr’s recounting of those days in Crowsnest and Its People, Passburg became a ghost town but many of the buildings were still around until 1921. “The remaining houses were used periodically by families desperately in need of accommodation, while the man of the house worked in nearby towns.” John Kerr kept that store and post office going until 1938 for the convenience of those families. At this point in the story, Sarah stepped back a bit in her talk to connect her maternal side into the picture. Her maternal great grandfather was Daniel May who moved to Lille in 1905 to work on the train that ran from Lille to Bellevue down that crazy set of switchbacks. A year later, her maternal great grandmother Ida Jane McIntyre came from Perth, Lanark County, Ontario to join him in Lille. Sarah shared a humorous story about this union and said, “The match almost didn’t happen, because the local postmaster in Lanark had his sights on Ida and had been diverting their letters to each other, hoping to quash the relationship. Eventually, Daniel took the train back to Ontario to see for himself and the ruse was discovered. True love conquered and Ida eventually arrived in Bellevue. Family lore talks about her disembarking from a dusty coal train in a sparkling white dress and white hat.” Wow, was she in for a surprise. So while Daniel and Ida were living in Lille they had a daughter, Florence Elaine, in 1908 (Sarah’s grandmother). Four years later when Lille closed, they moved to Bellevue next to the Kerr residence and Florence and John Kerr’s son Jim attended the same school. As a young man, Jim worked at both general stores after school and on Saturdays. In Crowsnest and Its People, it elaborates on the business of running a store when there were few cars and not many phones in the area. Freight had to be picked up at the station and hauled to the store’s loading platform. There was no idle time for Jim. Another side note on the Kerr story is that in the early 1920s, Jim’s dad John and family visited the Federal Government Fish Hatchery in Banff and after that, John contacted them and volunteered to plant rainbow trout fry in the Crowsnest River and tributaries if they were shipped to the Pass. What followed then for many years were yearly pickups of fry from a baggage car that were hastily transported “to chosen spots for planting.” When the Waterton hatchery was established, pickups were done there also for transplanting in the Castle, Crowsnest and Oldman Rivers. This went on till 1930 when Alberta took over its natural resources. In 1931, Jim Kerr married Florence and about this, Sarah shared the following memory: “At my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (in 1981), my grandmother talked about her first Photos, top to bottom: memories of Jim. She said he had broken trail through the snow for her on the way to school in John, Annie and young Jim Kerr 1905 - courtesy Sarah Kerr; Sod turning for Leitch, 1907. Pictured are William Hamilton, James Redfern, John grade one. She said lovingly that he’d been breaking trail for her ever since.” So it seems that I have once again dug myself into a protracted story which has so much Kerr, Annie Kerr, Jimmie Kerr, Dan Evans - courtesy Glenbow Archives; more to it than space allows. Tune in next week where I will unfold the rest of the Kerr story in- Mine crew Leitch Collieries, 1908. Pit boss John Kerr at far right - courtesy Glenbow Archives; Kerr's Passburg General Store and Post Office cluding the Chinook Motel, Turtle Mountain Playgrounds, KFC and the remarkable legacy of - courtesy Glenbow Archives; Albert Daniel (Alb) May and Ida (McIntrye) one James William Kerr. May at their 50th wedding anniversary- courtesy Sarah Kerr.

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Dimensional Design & Drafting Ltd. extends to the Pass AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

You've envisioned your dream home – complete with non-negotiable two-storey foyer, spiral staircase, walk-in closet and rooftop pool – and are ready to invest from concept to concrete. But first, there's a necessary step before building can commence: the technical drawing. That's where Dimensional Design & Drafting Ltd., a company that re-

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company along with her husband Henry. Henry is a journeyman carpenter and has completed the Civil Engineering Technology program at Lethbridge College. He also worked in the truss industry for six years. "With all of that, he really knows how a building is put together and with the experience he has in house design, he can understand what you're looking for," says

Anita. "Building and energy codes are constantly changing, so we take that into consideration with every house plan." The Oudshoorns started their Fort Macleod-based company in 2006 as a small parttime, home-based business and the company has since grown to feature a portfolio of various housing plans and styles, from duplexes and multifamily homes

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Crowsnest Consolidated Panthers clinch victory over Nanton Herald Contributor

Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity nabbed the lead late in the game in an 8-7 victory over Nanton on Monday. The game was tied at six with Nanton batting in the top of the seventh when Nanton scored on a stolen base during Justin Mabley's at bat. Then Mabley singled. A five-run lead in the third inning was just enough for Crowsnest

Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity to hold off Nanton for the victory. Nanton scored six runs in the failed comeback on a home run by Dayne Lively in the fourth, a in the fifth, a error in the sixth, a walk by Josh Niwa in the sixth, a double by Josh Strauss in the seventh, and a stolen base by Strauss in the seventh. In the first inning, Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Var-

sity got their offense started when Ethan Wall tripled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Colby Snider was the winning pitcher for Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity. He lasted six innings, allowing five hits and five runs while striking out nine. Ethan Wall and Spencer Dorge entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Wall

recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity. Niwa took the loss for Nanton. He lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out two and walking zero. Grady Blake started the game for Nanton. He allowed seven hits and five runs over five innings, striking out six

Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity tallied ten hits on the day. Lyndon Ewen, Sante Canderan, and Jace Lewis all collected multiple hits for Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity. Canderan and Ewen each collected three hits to lead Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity. Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers Varsity stole 11

bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Ewen led the way with three. Mabley went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Nanton in hits. Nanton was surehanded in the field and didn't commit a single error. Tighe Strauss had the most chances in the field with ten. Tyler Jones led Nanton with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with five stolen bases.


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~ Council updates ~

RCMP Report, Strategic Plan AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

2017 Year End RCMP Review RCMP Staff Sergeant Gregory Wiebe presented the statistics on file counts for 2017 for the Crowsnest Pass detachment, which covers the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Lunbreck and the MD of Ranchlands. The report showed very minimal change from 2016 to 2017. In total, 2,546 files were generated in 2017 through the Police Reporting and Occurrence System (PROS). PROS files include calls for service from the public as well as self-generated and proactive files. Over the past four years, this is the lowest number of files generated, with the highest number in 2013 at 2,876. In 2016, a comparable 2,547 files were generated. The most common types of files that were

generated in 2017 included moving traffic violations, motor vehicle collisions and false alarms. The report showed that the summer months generated the highest number of reports. In a 24hour period, the hours between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. generally got the lowest amount of reports. Sgt. Wiebe also presented statistics for the first quarter of 2018 that represented the months of January to March. To date, the Crowsnest Pass detachment generated 496 files, a 24.9% increase over 2017. Sgt. Wiebe attributes the increase to poor weather continuing into late spring. The top three most frequent offenses were motor vehicle collisions, assistance to general public and suspicious occurrences. For 2018, Sgt. Wiebe

said the detachment will make Highway 22 a known place for policing by increasing RCMP visibility along that corridor. The detachment is also considering increased traffic enforcement along Highway 3 to address traffic violations that occur during morning commute. Sgt. Wiebe noted an increase in vehicle breakins as of late, but pointed out that in most cases, an item inside the vehicle had attracted the thief. Council requested that Sgt. Wiebe bring back a comparison of crime statistics between Crowsnest Pass and neighbouring municipalities at a future meeting. Strategic Plan Council has begun discussions about the municipal strategic plan, and indicated that they wish to get the public involved and contribute prior to ap-

proving any sort of plan. In June 2017, Council tentatively approved the Moving Forward Draft Strategic Plan that they spent several days creating with the guidance of former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Lorrie O’Brien. With O'Brien's resignation several months later and Council never officially endorsing the document, the strategic plan was never instated into action. Current CAO Patrick Thomas brought up the issue with Council, seeking guidance on whether Council would like to rework the draft plan from 2017 or create one from scratch. Council felt that the previous draft strategic plan was driven by Administration and lacked Council input. “When we went through this process last year, I don't think it was Council's strategic plan.

We were guided like a ship in the water. I would like us see to start this process again and make this Council's plan," said Councillor Dean Ward. "Also, with two new members [on Council], it's another reason to go back to the start." Several councillors also pointed out that they felt the plan lacked concrete objectives and goals. “This is the fluffiest strategic plan I've ever seen," said Councillor Lisa Sygutek. "There's not a lot of substance to it. There's no mention of where our future is, or what we want to actually do." Council ultimately decided they would like to develop a strategic plan from scratch based on input from the public and community groups. The four-year strategic plan is a foundation document that outlines the municipality's vision for Crowsnest Pass and

establishes strategic goals and critical priorities to achieve. The strategic plan is used to form the budget and as a guide for Administration and Council to improve the quality of life for Crowsnest Pass residents. The document is revisited annually by Council during the budget stage to reaffirm key strategic initiatives and to set priorities for Administration. The plan is generally approved in Year 2 of Council's term in order to function in the latter three years of Council's term as well as Year 1 of new Council's term, allowing the newly elected Council to operate smoothly during the election transitional period. The process of drafting a strategic plan also involves community and municipal groups input to ensure that the municipality is moving in the same direction.

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