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Christmas in the Mountains 2018
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Five-year-old Soda Taylor was all smiles and waves at Christmas in the Mountains on Nov. 30, taking in all the splendour of the glowing gazebo shortly after it was lit for the first time that night. See pages 11, 12 and 16 for more photos from the Christmas in the Mountains weekend festivities.
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~ Council updates ~
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA PROPOSED BYLAW NO. 1011, 2018 7:00 PM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers PURSUANT to sections 230, 606, and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter M-26, the Council of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in the Province of Alberta hereby gives notice of its intention to consider proposed Bylaw No. 1011, 2018 being a bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 868-2013, being the municipal land use bylaw. The purpose of Bylaw No. 1011, 2018 is to amend the Land Use Bylaw for the purposes of regulating the storage and use of Recerational Veihicles (RVs) on residential parcels. Specifically, the following amendments will be included: 1. Schedule 4, Part 45, is replaced with the following standards: In the GCR-1 and GCR-2 land use districts the following rules apply to recreational vehicles (RVs): (a) Where a principal use has not been established or approved (development & building permits issued) on a parcel, two (2) recreational vehicles may be stored on the parcel for a period not to exceed two (2) years from the date of the bylaw being proclaimed. After (2) years has passed following the adoption of this bylaw, no recreational vehicles may be stored or used on a parcel where no principle use has been established or approved. (b) Where a principal use has been approved (development & building permits issued), three (3) recreational vehicles may be stored and used for temporary sleeping accommodations on the parcel for the period that construction is active. (c) Where a principal use has been established, up to three (3) recreational vehicles may be stored and used for temporary sleeping accommodations indefinitely on the parcel. (d) A recreational vehicle stored on a parcel shall be setback a minimum of 3.0 m (10 ft.) from a side or rear property line. (e) In no case shall a recreational vehicle be used as the principle use or living accommodations for the parcel. (f) In no case shall a recreational vehicle be permanently connected to private or public utilities (e.g., septic system; power connections). (g) In no case shall ancillary structures (e.g., additions, decks, etc.) be permitted to be attached to or developed explicitly for recreational vehicles. In the R-1, R-1A, R-2, R-2A, R-3, R-4 & R-5 land use districts the following rules apply to recreational vehicles (RVs): (h) Where a principal use has not been established or approved (development & building permits issued) on a parcel, no recreational vehicles may be stored on the parcel. (i) Where a principal use has been approved (development & building permits issued), one (1) recreational vehicle may be stored and used for temporary sleeping accommodations on the parcel for the period that construction is active. (j) Where a principal use has been established, not more than one (1) recreational vehicle per dwelling unit (not including secondary suites or apartment buildings without individual exterior ingress/egress) may be stored on the property and used for temporary sleeping accommodations provided that no part of the recreational vehicle may be stored on a municipal road allowance or lane and that the recreational vehicle does not exceed 15 percent of the parcel area. (k) In no case shall a recreational vehicle be permanently connected to private or public utilities (e.g., septic system; power connections). (l) In no case shall ancillary structures (e.g., additions, decks, etc) be permitted to be attached to or developed explicitly for recreational vehicles. (m) Where a provision specific to a particular land use district regarding the storage of recreational vehicles is not listed anywhere above, a development permit may be issued, provided that “Recreational Vehicle Storage” is a listed use in the particular district, for the storage of three (3) or more recreational vehicles. THEREFORE, TAKE NOTICE THAT a public hearing, pursuant to section 692(2) of the Municipal Government Act, to consider the proposed Bylaw No. 1011, 2018 will be held in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers at 7:00 PM on December 18, 2018. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that anyone wishing to make a presentation regarding the proposed bylaw should contact the Development Officer no later than 4:30 pm December 12, 2018. Both written and verbal presentations may be given at the public hearing. A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the municipal office during normal business hours. DATED at the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in the Province of Alberta this 21st Day of November, 2018. Lisa Kinnear, Development Officer Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Box 600, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta T0K 0E0 Phone: 403-563-2218 E-mail: email@example.com
EV charging stations, York Creek use, Category 3, Coleman revitalization AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
York Creek Lodge With the new seniors’ lodge currently under construction, the Seniors Housing Authority has initiated talks exploring alternate uses of the York Creek Lodge building once it is vacated. Although the building is owned by the province who will be making the final decision, Council and the Seniors Housing Authority hope to have a say in the outcome. The Seniors Housing Authority has proposed that the building be used as an Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre. “The design of the building would be ideal for such a facility. Our community surroundings with the mountains, hiking trails and other amenities such as trail and horseback riding would provide a therapeutic environment conducive to healing,” wrote Joanne Drain, Seniors Housing Authority Board Chair, in a letter to Council. Councillor Dean Ward was the only one who made a comment towards the proposed idea, saying, "I would love to have a discussion to the future use of the building, but I am not supportive of this proposal.” Council passed a motion to meet with the Seniors Housing Authority Board in the new year for discussion. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations The Peaks to Prairies Electric Vehicle (EV) initiative has identified Crowsnest Pass as a strategic location to have electric vehicle stations installed. According to Patrick Thomas, CAO, a possible location is downtown Coleman and would be rolled out as part of the Downtown Coleman Revitalization project. The capital and operational costs of the infrastructure and installation would be funded through the Peaks to Prairies project. The charging stations would be DCFC “Fast Chargers”, which can fully charge an EV in
about an hour. According to the Peaks to Praries FAQ document, “These chargers are ideal for the long distance drivers who are looking for quicker stops, typically for commuting or regional travel. DCFCs are strategically located along major highway routes and travel corridors. These chargers support tourism as they reduce ‘range anxiety’, and are conveniently located for a quick ‘pitstop’ – enough time to grab a coffee and go to the bathroom while your vehicle gets charged enough to get you to where you need to go.” Part of the Community Energy Association, the Peaks to Prairies initiative is a collaboration between the City of Calgary, City of Lethbridge, City of Medicine Hat, Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliance and SouthGrow Regional Initiative. Their objective is to create a clean transportation network that will increase EV adoption and enhance tourism opportunities across the region, create a robust network of strategically deployed electric vehicle charging stations in southern Alberta. Pincher Creek is also slated for an EV charging station through the Peaks to Prairies initiative. Category 3 In the past year, Council has been reviewing their Category 3 funding policy, wishing to move away from funding events on an annual basis as they have in the past. Although the policy doesn’t officially come into effect until January 2019, Council has started unofficially implementing the policy. Category 3 grants would be intended for one-time funding opportunities for new events. Afterwards, an organization must move to Category 1 or 2 for ongoing requests for the same event, and would be approved or denied at Council’s discretion. "When an organization comes up short, that's when we should be using taxpayers' funds, not when they make a re-
quest annually,” said Councillor Gord Lundy. Councillor Dave Filipuzzi added, "I realize we like to support every group in our community, but Category 3 has left us in a precarious situation numerous times for who we should be giving money to. When groups are making money, why are we giving them more?” In past years, Council has donated the funds remaining in Category 3 to STARS Air Ambulance. With approximately $3,500 left in Category 3 for the remainder of 2018, Councillor Marlene Anctil noted that STARS plays a very important role in this community and was worried about what is going to be left for STARS. Each of the three groups on Council’s agenda were requesting $1,000, the maximum amount permitted for Category 3. Council denied funding to the Bellecrest Seniors Citizens Club to support their annual Harvest Tea, noting that the municipality supports the club in many other ways like maintenance and renovations of their building. Council also denied a request from the Crowsnest Conservation Society for the Mountain Spirit Festival. Council voted to grant $250 out of Category 3 funding to the Turtle Mountain Riding Club, a youth/family organization that puts on about a dozen gymkhana events throughout the year. Coleman Revitalization Non-typical decorative streetlights that the municipality hopes to install in downtown Coleman as part of the revitalization project are what’s holding up the project at this time, said CAO Patrick Thomas. Based on feedback from the community, the municipality hopes to install light posts with a “heritage” look to them as opposed to a modern look. The municipality is hoping to go to post the tender before the end of the year.
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In the lIne of fIre Between November 26 and December 2, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 36 calls for service including the following reported incidents. One (1) assault, one (1) residential break and enter, one (1) threat/harassment, one (1) mischief (vandalism), four (4) thefts, three (3) other criminal code, four (4) other provincial statutes, four (4) driving complaints, seven (7) motor vehicle collisions, two (2) assistance to general public, three (3) suspicious occurrences, three (3) assistance to other agencies, one (1) invalid 911 call and one (1) animal call. Stolen tools On November 26, tools and tires were reported stolen from a shed on 17 Street in Coleman. Stolen tires On November 26, win-
ter tires were reported stolen within the past two weeks from 21 Avenue in Blairmore. Stolen TV On November 26, a TV was reported stolen within the past two weeks from a residence in Hillcrest. Convenience store theft On November 27, a theft was reported from a convenience store in Coleman. A 30-year-old female was charged. Hit-and-run On November 29, a hitand-run to a parked 2018 Dodge Ram truck in Lundbreck was reported. The incident occurred overnight. Stolen & abandoned On November 30, an abandoned vehicle was reported. The Dodge Ram truck had been stolen from
The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl
The new “old” A major item on people’s prayer list will most likely have something to do with health. I don’t know any person who doesn’t wish to be in good health, and I don’t know any person suffering from ill health who doesn’t wish to be cured. I met a few who could not be cured and wanted to die. I pray for healing, but have received a lot of healing from the medical profession. Some pray for God to guide the doctor’s hands. The doctors don’t mind. It makes sense to me. In my life I had surgeries, almost always have been on medications and hardly ever can remember a long period of steady good health. That was until I discovered the Crowsnest Pass. I don’t know if it is the place itself or the new way I began to think but something happened. I was sitting in the barber's chair the other day letting my beard be snipped into shape, one hair at the time. The old barber who started his business not much later than when I was born was rushing around. He is, I think, close to 90 years old, and he runs across the floor to get hot shaving cream. He is there at seven in the morning and hardly misses a day at work. His hands are steady and his scissors, which he sharpens by hand, are always honed to perfection. He is charging less than what I used to pay 30 years ago, and there is always a group of clients, old and young, waiting. We were talking about his friend who is about the same age as he is and is still running a business. I remember moving to the Pass some years ago. I was recovering from a heart attack, at times walking with a cane, and shortly after had five more surgeries. Something happened which I have a hard time describing. There was a shift in my thinking. The specialists were forever increasing my medications, and it stopped. Without any effort, I lost weight, began to feel better and above all, entered for the first time in my life a long period without the “hardest illness to cure,” the common cold. The cardiologist who, a short time before, said that half of my heart is dead and the other half is barely functioning, said that at the rate I am going, I might outlive him. He is much younger. I did change how I pray. I no longer tell God what I wish and expect miracles. I changed how I view God altogether. Now I learned how to trust the universe and, above all, whoever it is who is creating it. By doing this, I lost the fear of getting worse and without any other changes, started feeling better. The tests
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the Cardston area on November 2, 2018. There were various tools located in the vehicle, which did not belong to the owner of the vehicle. Gas-and-dash in stolen vehicle On December 1, a gasand-dash incident was reported at a gas station in Lundbreck. The suspect’s vehicle was reported stolen from Coaldale earlier in the day and was later located in the Nanton area. A 35-yearold male from Coaldale was charged with theft and numerous other charges. He has been remanded into custody for Court. Crime mapping Crime mapping is available online to residents who are interested in viewing property crimes that occurred within the past two weeks in our area. For more information on crime map-
ping, see the October 3 issue of the Pass Herald. Lost/found items A set of keys was found in Blairmore. Bikes have been turned in to the municipality. An iPhone/camera was found. 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 403-562-2867, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-422TIPS.
show that I need to be careful, so I am, but I feel so much better. It is all in good hands, and I don’t have to worry. I talk to the old people and find that they are the same. They have learned that they can’t know everything and that in life, you must be able to trust blind faith and they do. When I was a child, physicians were making house calls with a black bag, often going to visit patients on foot. Here in the West, doctors had to use a horse and buggy or a sleigh. They were good, hardy people setting bones, fixing wounds and often assisting with difficult births. By the time I was a teenager, the medical profession had morphed into almost miracle workers. If a person from the 1950s would have been in a coma and woken up in 2018, he or she would be fully convinced that this is a planet of aliens who can produce miracles on demand. I drive to the post office waving at a friend whom I know is over 80, riding a bicycle waving back, and I wonder... Is it the technological advancements or does this place in the mountains have some unusual qualities which have not yet been investigated? I have seen some very old people die but they often told me that they were surprised at how long they lived. More than a few could have gone on living, but told me that they were tired of life and missed some other people who passed on. Are they dying from natural causes or do they have a choice? I am aware of people who quit their regular activities because they were convinced that they are too old to carry on with what they used to do. It seems to me that they could have gone on but at some point, they became convinced that they are expected to lay down and wait to pass on. Those who don’t give up see a doctor, say a prayer and keep on living. It is clear to me that people here in the mountains have some choices since I am talking with them. What I see is a new demographic developing. Young people going to the urban centers to participate in a new fast-changing world and retired people going the other way, back to the country. A combination of new science and a new way of thinking is enabling the old people to stay alive and be active in ways they would have never imagined before. They learned that the number of birthdays they had is no indication of shutting down. Their long-term investments in pension funds are a big factor in our economy. Old people are now an important part of the economy, and more than a few refuse to plan for impending death, actively participating in society. New forms of co-operation between old and young are developing, and retired people are finding ways to be useful and share the knowledge that brought us to this point in the first place. New discoveries both in spirituality and science are changing the human race. Here is a link to my blog: thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca. Feel free to check other articles and comment.
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recipe corner Breakfast Bread Pudding With Pecan Crumble For the bread pudding: 1⁄2 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing 1 pound brioche bread, cut into 3⁄4-inch cubes 8 eggs 2 cups milk 1⁄2 cup heavy cream 1⁄2 cup sugar 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons good bourbon Pinch of fine grain sea salt 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans, toasted For the crumbled topping: 1⁄2 cup flour 1⁄2 cup pecan pieces 1⁄2 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp. Sliced persimmons, for serving (optional) Maple syrup, for serving (optional) Lightly butter a 9 x 13 baking dish, then place cubes of brioche in the baking dish in an even layer. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugars, vanilla, bourbon, and a pinch of sea salt. Sprinkle toasted pecans over the brioche, then pour the wet ingredient mixture evenly all over the bread, making sure it’s covered thoroughly. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours (or up to overnight). To bake the bread pudding: Preheat the oven to 350 F and remove the baking dish from fridge. Meanwhile, prepare the crumble: Add flour, pecans, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter to a medium bowl, and using your fingertips, rub ingredients together until evenly combined and clumps start to form. Sprinkle the surface of the bread evenly with the crumbs. Bake until the bread pudding is puffy and the top is golden, about 45 minutes to an hour. To serve, cut squares of warm bread pudding, and place on small plates. Top with sliced persimmons and maple syrup, if desired.
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Meet your new community dentists AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
REMINDER All accounts with taxes owing on January 1, 2019 will have a further 12% penalty applied. Payments can be made in person until December 21, 2018 at the MD Administration building. During the holiday closure (Dec 24 to January 1 inclusive), payments can be made online or dropped off at the MD Administration building in the drop box.
Crowsnest Dental in Blairmore has gone through some changes over the past several months. They are under new ownership, have a new general manager and are staffing two new general dentists, Dr. An Yi Ma and Dr. Nicholas Ehmann. They perform a full range of dental procedures, from checkups, restorative work, fillings, crowns, prosthetics and cosmetic dental procedures like veneers, whitening and cosmetic recontouring. To further serve the needs of the community, they will be pursuing additional training to perform Botox, apply braces and install implants.
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Dr. An Yi Ma (left) and Dr. Nicholas Ehmann are the new dentists are Crowsnest Dental Clinic.
They are focused on family dentistry and serving the entire community, kids included. “We want to serve kids and parents together because in the past, the clinic had referred a lot of them away to do general anesthesia. We really want to focus on bringing kids back to the clinic. It’s outrageous sending every kid an hour and a half away [to a clinic in Lethbridge]. We want to turn that around,” says Ehmann. The engaged couple both graduated from the dental program at the University of Alberta and moved to the Pass from Edmonton in August 2018 to take the position at Crowsnest Dental. In fact, it was an opportunity that almost didn’t pan out. Back in Edmonton, they were struggling to find a position that was in proximity to one another. The day they were going to sign a contract for a position in Regina, SK, they received an offer from Crowsnest Dental. "It was almost like an act of fortune. They needed us and we needed them. It was really good timing,” says Ehmann. “We talked about how we wanted to serve a rural community
because there was a big need and we would get to do a lot of things and form a nice bond with people there. In a big city, dentists come and go, patients come and go. There’s no assurance that you’ll keep seeing the same people for 20 years.” Ehmann and Yi Ma have already started to be involved in the community. They joined the Crowsnest Community Christian Centre, the Pass Pottery Club and enrolled in martial arts courses through the municipality. “The community has been really welcoming,” says Yi Ma. Ehmann, born and raised in Medicine Hat, always had an interest in medicine, initially wanting to be an ER doctor or a family doctor, but finally settling on dentistry for the work-life balance and the personal connection with patients the profession offered. “For me, dentistry was a very obvious choice because I like to talk to people, the mouth doesn’t gross me out and it gave me flexibility to be with my family,” he says. Born in China, Yi Ma moved to Edmonton when she was in grade 3
and her desire to pursue dentistry stems from a very personal story. “I had really bad teeth growing up and as immigrants, we never had any money, so I looked into it a lot. I never received dental care growing up, so after looking at it, I felt compelled to do better for people and to serve in an area that I was passionate about,” says Yi Ma. She will be undergoing double jaw surgery in January 2019. The couple is looking to settle down in Crowsnest Pass, here to stay for the long term... no matter how much Yi Ma misses her Bubble Tea! Between the two of them, they are into skiing, hunting, trail running, fishing, and they look forward to taking advantage of the other perks that the natural landscape has to offer. "We’re working hard to show that we want to stay. We are not yearlong dentists like the past 10 years have been. That’s something we want people to know,” says Ehmann. “We’re here and we’re committed.” The Crowsnest Dental Clinic is located at 2132 129 Street in Blairmore.
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Festivities at the Bellevue Legion
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Gifts from Santa, live music, a delicious meal and great conversation were aplenty at the Bellevue Legion’s Christmas Party on Nov. 29. Photo: Evelyn Kozak is delighted to be one of the winners who received a gift from Santa.
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Editorial and Opinions whaT’S wrOng wiTh COaL I feel sorry for coal. It’s like the dirty twice removed cousin to diamonds, literally. This poor fossil fuel can’t win and the worst part is that it’s literally right in our back yard, waiting to be dug up, adding industry to this beleaguered community. MacMines in Australia has received environmental approval from the Queensland Government for its proposed A$6.7 billion China Stone mega-mine in the Galilee Basin. The open pit mine is slated to produce up to 38 million tonnes of coal per year once at full production. The coal from the 20,000-hectare mine will be exported to Asia, mainly China. The article on Mining.com states, “...the company will build a coal handling and preparation plant, a tailings storage facility, a rail loop and train-loading facilities, as well as a coal-fired power station. China Stone mine is expected to contribute about A$188 million in annual royalties to the Queensland Government during its first 25 years of operation and create thousands of jobs.” Also, in Australia, Indian conglomerate Adani Group has decided to go ahead with its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine and rail project, also in Queensland. The article, also on Mining.com, states, “the Indian conglomerate had spent more than $120 million in legal fees and cutting its way through the environmental snags that delayed the first phase of the mine.” I guess the fact that the mine will create 6,400 new jobs was the deciding factor for final approval. Put this into perspective: these two mines will produce 100 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent of four Elk Valleys and 25 Grassy Mountains. In our back yards we have a coal mine, albeit a small one that will contribute money into this community, yet here they are in year four waiting for approval. One just has to look 30 minutes to the west to see how much the communities of Sparwood, Elkford and Fernie are flourishing with the taxes they receive from Teck, yet here we are trying to figure our how many pot holes we can’t fill in order to fund our library. I know that sounds facetious, but these are real conversations taking place around the council table when it’s budget time. Coal isn’t the dirty black plague some environmental groups would like us to think. In fact, the coal that we have in this valley has some of the lowest sulfur content in the world. We need that coal to build our homes and to make the steel that society needs in order to function. Until some scientist figures out how to make steel from something else, coal is an essential element for the world.So while our government sits on its proverbial thumbs, the world is moving forward and we will once again lose out on a local scale. At least that’s the way I see it. LS
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On the road again Dear Editor, The latest edition of ISL Engineering’s Highway 3 planning exercise is on the table. It’s ugly. It showcases what can happen when engineers are given an equation in which speed, alone, defines outcomes. Engineers assigned to create a twinned superhighway have authored a plan that, if acted upon, would destroy one of Alberta’s most scenic river valleys, a headwaters community, numerous historic sites, and a rare and integral part of Alberta’s heritage. Incongruously, they have also chosen to ignore the towering threat imposed by an unstable mountain, and wish to desecrate the world-renowned Frank Slide. If the proposed project is implemented, the sign at theTravel Alberta Information Centre greeting visitors from British Columbia will need to be reworded. My suggestion: Welcome to Alberta—land of wanton destruction. The Crowsnest River valley’s tight, rock-walled serpentine course, paired with the adjacent expanses of tortured topography, would make a high-speed highway proposal on this headwaters landscape problematic even if the river, a com-
munity, an existing highway, and a railway weren’t already part of the complex logistical equation. Today, incredibly and absurdly, the highwayplanning process on this landscape, like a runaway boulder, has crushed everything in its path. How did it acquire this false momentum? The process gives the appearance of being more important than the planned product, more influential and substantial than the health of the populace. The planning procedure needs to be readdressed, and the people of Alberta need to be directly—not superficially—involved. Hundreds of millions of dollars—as well as health and safety issues—are hanging in the wind. Some of the engineerenvisioned outcomes: 1 Construction of a “truck route” through the last remaining vestiges of an incredibly rare and ecologically intact Crowsnest River valley headwaters landscape; 2 Creation of a maze of new roads within the historically “protected” Frank Slide; 3 Construction of an additional 30 km of new roads within the alre a d y - o v e r w h e l m e d -
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with-roads Crowsnest River valley; 4 Installation of 30 km of large-mammalproof fencing along both sides of the proposed speedway. Such a veritable straightjacket of wire and posts would resemble the scene along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park; 5 Relocation of the Alberta Department of Transportation Weigh Scales (currently near the northern end of Highway 507) into the core of Highway 3’s bloodiest roadkill death zone (bordering Rock Creek). I stood in disbelief during ISL Engineering’s public information session as a reviewer asked a presenter how to exit the proposed highway in order get to Castle Provincial Park. “What park?” was the ISL response. “Where is it? Is it a provincial park?” The person asking the question was standing near the northern border of the park, but was ultimately told he’d need to drive east toward Pincher Creek in order to find the obscure feature. Anyone looking at the big picture today— well, perhaps anyone other than a project-lusting engineer—can see there are physical constraints that overwhelm the available space and
scream for a highway solution that favors human health and wellbeing, a slower pace, and safety. Not needed is a twinned, trans-community speedway that degrades and consumes Crowsnest Pass, a sprawling community located within the Crowsnest River valley between the Burmis Tree and the Alberta/British Columbia border, a distance of roughly 30 km. The winning highway solution needs to embrace—not overwhelm and destroy— Crowsnest Pass’s relaxed lifestyle, its wealth of wildlife, its scenic splendor, its abundance of alluring cultural resources and historic sites. The winning highway plan must start with the vision of maintaining aesthetic, cultural, and ecological integrity within the extremely narrow portion of the Rocky Mountains that exists in southwestern Alberta, the landscape accessed within the tight confines of the Crowsnest River valley. This portion of Highway 3 might, for example, be designated a Scenic Byway, or Heritage Highway, a label used to redefine the highway’s function, its value to society. Con’t on page 14
BOUQUETS -To Bill and Belle Kovach and JaneAnne and Duane Reimer for all the volunteer work you do for our community.
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The Crowsnest Pass SPCA is an independent organization totally dependent upon donations and fundraising. In the past, we did little fundraising, mostly due to a shortage of manpower. Little did we know that the CNP SPCA has many more supporters than we had imagined. In discussions with our many volunteers and executive, we decided to reach out to the community by holding a very successful November fundraiser. We were overwhelmed with the help and such immediate and positive support of so many people! There are no words to express the appreciation and gratitude for everyone who contributed to the success of our fundraiser! All those who donated to our White Elephant Sale and our Bake Sale made it a great success. Some wished to remain anonymous and there were so very many who had donated to our cause - it is very hard to try and name all of you! We also would like to acknowledge all those who bought our raffle tickets, 2019 Calendars, baked goods and gently used items. Be assured that every dollar goes towards the health and welfare of the animals in our care. They are the ones who benefit! We are so very grateful to all those who helped with donations, both material and monetary; design and production of the calendars and the raffle tickets; donations towards the production of the 2019 calendars; donations to the raffle, White Elephant and Bake Sale; advertising and getting the word out; setting up and taking down; all the volunteers and helpers the day before and day of our fundraiser; those who loaned us the use of their cash boxes and those who offered their advice, knowledge and expertise. Our main focus and concern has always been the health and welfare of the cats and dogs under our care. Over the years, we have been able to garner just enough donations to cover our annual operating costs – veterinary/medicinal expenses, food, building maintenance and cleaning supplies. But as all our expenses are everincreasing, we find we have had to tighten our belt a little more each year in order to sustain and maintain the high standards of care within our facility. Currently we have 23 cats and 3 dogs we are responsible for. Expenses looming in our very near future are 2 cat neuters and one cat spay; 1 amputation; an umbilicord hernia repair and a dog spay – all told approximately $2,400. With our first annual fundraiser under our belt, we are again planning our next event several months ahead. We were approached many times at the fundraiser by people who wished to donate to our next “gently used” sale that we have booked the Coleman Seniors Hall for May 4, 2019 to hold an exclusive White Elephant Sale. We will also be holding our 2nd Annual Furr-tastic Fundraiser November 2, 2019.
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Atoms CNP Thunder travelled to Siksika on Saturday and came home with a 12-7 win. Tristan Kriger and JJ MacGregor scored 5 goals each, and Branden Anctil scored 2. Braiden Hubley, Dakota Gibboney Stafford, and Ashton Winberg assisted these goals. Unfortunately, our Home tournament has been cancelled this weekend due to a many other hockey events taking place the same weekend. We hope to reschedule. Next home game is Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
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Comfortable winter entertaining ideas Herald Contributor
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Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas. • Indulge in sweet treats. Comfort foods can make even the most blustery winds easier to tolerate. Invite people over for a dessert party. At a dessert pot luck party, everyone brings along a favorite decadent dessert, from molten lava chocolate cake to warm bread pudding. Serve alongside tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Adults can enjoy the added punch of spiked beverages, which can warm everyone up instantly. • Host a “snowed in” party. Spending a day
cooped up inside when the roads are covered in snow might not be your idea of fun, but invite a mix of friends and neighbors who live nearby over, and this impromptu party can make the cabin fever disappear. Ask guests to bring one food item or beverage. Light a fire in the fireplace and set out some cozy throw blankets. If possible, invite everyone outdoors to build a snowman. • Get physical. Get physically active with friends or family members by staging mock Olympic events in the yard. These can be fun “sports” created by participants or variations on fun winter activities. Sledding races, snowball dodging contests, ice skating obstacle courses, and much more can make for an entertaining afternoon. • Get cooking. Cooking can certainly pass the time, and it can be even
more enjoyable when done in the company of others. Send out an invitation for friends to stop by for a meal or plan a meal prep party. • Host a movie marathon. Handpick some favorite films and invite everyone over for a movie marathon. Fill the family room, home theater room or living room to capacity and host a group for a film fest. If space permits, set up one room with a children’s movie for youngsters, while the adults retire to another room for movies that are more their speed. A buffet table set up with assorted snacks will help keep bellies full while guests watch some favorite flicks. Winter days and nights are ripe for entertaining possibilities. These events help squash the cabin fever that can sometimes develop during the colder times of year.
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~The chosen route ~
Highway 3X from Sentinel to Pincher Station AnnA KroupinA
The Kids, teacher’s and the board of the Kids Kollege Nursery school would like to give a BIG Thank you to the Bellevue Legion for your donations, and The Landfill Association for your donations put towards our Christmas concert. A special thanks to FCSS for your support and generous donations throughout the years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Pass Herald Reporter
The entire proposed twinned Highway 3 route from Sentinel to Pincher Station was presented at a public information session on Nov. 29. ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd., the company hired to complete a functional planning study, has developed a recom-
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA PROPOSED BYLAW NO. 1017, 2018 7:00 PM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers PURSUANT to sections 230, 606, and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter M-26, the Council of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in the Province of Alberta hereby gives notice of its intention to consider proposed Bylaw No. 1017, 2018, being a bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 868-2013, being the municipal land use bylaw. The purpose of Bylaw No. 1017, 2018, is to re-designate Lots 15, 16, and 17, Block 18, Plan 7242AI (2706 – 227 Street, Bellevue) containing ±0.07 ha (0.17 acres), from Drive-in Commerical (C-2) to Cannabis Retail Commerical (C-4).
2706 – 227 Street, Bellevue Lots 15, 16 and 17, Block 18, Plan 7242AI
THEREFORE, TAKE NOTICE THAT a public hearing, pursuant to section 692(2) of the Municipal Government Act, to consider the proposed Bylaw No. 1017, 2017 will be held in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers at 7:00 PM on December 18, 2018. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that anyone wishing to make a presentation regarding the proposed bylaw should contact the Development Officer. Both written and verbal presentations may be given at the public hearing. A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the municipal office during normal business hours. DATED at the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in the Province of Alberta this November 21, 2018. Lisa Kinnear, Development Officer Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Box 600, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta T0K 0E0 Phone: 403-563-2218 E-mail: email@example.com
mended plan refining all the options that have been shown at prior events. Alana Somers, project manager with ISL, says they have incorporated input from the public, the technical standards committee and the project review committee. At the information session, display boards detailed the interim and ultimate plans for select routes. The interim route options are intended to diffuse congestion until capacity is reached, which would then prompt construction of the ultimate plan. The ultimate plan may not be built all at once and may, for example, start with one lane in each direction and include climbing or passing lanes, where required. There is no timeline or projection for when the ultimate plan may be needed. “It’s completely based on timing, funding and approvals,” says Somers. “Once an interim component of the plan is implemented, it’s monitored from that point forward as to what’s happening with the safety and the capacity of the highway to when it might be moved to the ultimate.” The interim plan incorporates traffic lights and has more access points onto the highway than the ultimate plan. Wildlife fencing was proposed for four sections of the highway for animal-vehicle collision mitigation, along with animal detection systems and a number of underpasses. As is the case with projects of this magnitude, residents expressed all types of opinions on the proposed route, both favourable and critical. The proposed route involves expanding the highway through the Frank Slide, a factor that didn’t sit well with some residents. An interchange providing direct access to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and the Town of Frank is proposed to be located at the edge of the debris field to minimize impact to old Frank town site, adjacent to Gold Creek, where there are known house remains
and an assumed graveyard site is located. For some residents, this is not enough. Concerns were raised about disturbing a burial ground, as well as expressing fears that drilling and other construction activities may trigger more of Turtle Mountain to crumble. The iconic Burmis tree will remain where it is today. In the interim plan, the roadway gets widened, but does not impact the tree. In the ultimate plan, a service road is built on the north side of the Burmis tree and the tree will remain between the highway and the service road. A tourism pullout will be available near the tree for people to pull off and take photos as they so often do today. There was a lot of buzz around access points. Residents affected by road closures and having to access locations using a longer route were split – some didn’t mind the extra drive, while others were bothered by it. Property owners at the Allison Creek turnoff were very supportive of the route by their house, as it lowers the highway slightly south and they said it would alleviate some of the traffic and noise right by their house. “We just hope it gets to be tractors on the ground soon, but it’s nice to at least have a plan,” they said. Another property owner in Coleman noted that this area is part of a trade network and desperately needs upgrading to support the transactions. A Blairmore resident, whose property is adjacent to the proposed truck route going through west Blairmore, says although his property is significantly affected, he supports the plan for the greater good. “I’m for it. My place is going to be just across the river from the intersection. We all have to sacrifice for the greater good of the community and the whole province, not just me," he says. “Yes, my house prices might go down, but then my taxes will go down. It's the best thing for everybody. It might not be the best thing for me,
but I'll live with it.” One Coleman resident felt there were too many traffic lights in the interim plan that defeat its purpose of being built as a high-speed alternative. However, he said he was in favour of the ultimate plan and wished that it would be implemented in a short time. According to Somers, traffic lights in select locations were necessary to ensure safety. She added that engineers would try to coordinate the signals to the best amount possible and the lights would be installed with sensors to detect when vehicles are at the intersection. “If it was thru traffic only, they wouldn’t be needed but because people are coming from different locations and communities and private homes and they’re needing to turn, it’s hard to find a gap in the traffic to make that left turn. It's a safer situation than the alternative,” she says. The province’s design guideline is for engineers to consider a roundabout first over a traffic signal because they’re safer than a stop-control situation. According to Somers, they have tried to include those options when possible. “Where the traffic lights are shown, it’s either the space isn’t available for a roundabout, or we’re planning for the long-term in a different way that didn’t fit for some reason, or the traffic volumes are too high for the roundabout to operate,” she says. “We've tried to not have as many lights, but they’re there for safety.” ISL is continuing to assemble a full technical report document using the recommended plan, including a cost estimate. A draft functional plan is expected to be ready in early 2019 with a final plan to follow in spring 2019. All material from the information session is available on the project website at www.transportation.alberta.ca/6087. htm. We want to hear your thoughts on the proposed Highway 3X! Send us a Letter to the Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Learning for Life - Ready for Change AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter
A community is like an ecosystem, with many interconnected, interdependent parts living in symbiotic relationship with one another. Things like the economy, the education and healthcare sectors, the political and sociocultural spheres, and the natural environment all contribute to our collective wellbeing. Changes in any of these component parts can have an impact on all the others. In a thriving, prosperous community, these dynamic elements work together for the greater good of the whole. That’s precisely how John Taylor sees the Crowsnest Pass. Taylor is an OffCampus Coordinator with the Livingstone Range School Division. He is working with Crowsnest Pass’ three local schools and a diverse group of community leaders to bring a systems change initiative to the Crowsnest Pass. The ‘Learning for Life – Ready for Change’ project aims to put into place a system of lifelong learning where citizens of all ages and all socio-economic groups are afforded the opportunity to access valuable learning experiences at every stage of their lives. “As a society, we are facing unprecedented challenges propelled by accelerating globalization and a bewildering rate of technological development. The future is uncertain and we cannot predict it, but as a community, we need to be open and ready for it," says Taylor. "Our schools are preparing young
people for jobs not yet imagined, to use technologies not yet invented and to solve problems not yet anticipated. More than ever before, people of all ages need advanced capabilities for critical and creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving to succeed in an evolving world of work.” Taylor is spearheading a fundraising initiative to raise $48,000 to bring the Institute for Community Prosperity and the Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University in Calgary to the Crowsnest Pass to facilitate a series of multi-stakeholder conversations, workshops and social innovation labs. The facilitators have led similar systems change efforts throughout the province. The fundraising goal is currently about $5,000 shy of its intended target to enable the start of Phase 1. Phase 1, the development of a systems map identifying the community’s shared aspirations and intended outcomes for a working model of life-long learning is envisioned to begin in early 2019. Phase 2, a series of social innovation labs aimed at designing and implementing priority areas of the model, would immediately follow with an expected completion date in late June or early fall. There are two primary drivers for getting the ‘Learning for Life – Ready for Change’ initiative up and running. The first is a shared desire by all three schools – Horace Allen (HAS), Isabelle Sellon (ISS) and Crowsnest
Consolidated High School (CCHS) – to move towards a “placebased” approach to learning. Using the local ecological and socio-cultural settings of Crowsnest Pass as a dynamic learning context, students would have opportunities to more readily connect with themselves, their community and their local environment through hands-on, authentic realworld learning experiences. The schools believe such an approach would augment school-based instruction while helping students see how classroom learning is relevant to their world, take pride in the place they live and become concerned, contributing citizens. We see this shift in projects like the Nature Learning Playspace at the MDM Community Centre and the HAS Outdoor Classroom. These are great examples of real-life environmental education. There’s also the collaboration between the Coleman Legion and CCHS where students participated in the 100th Anniversary Gala this past Armistice Day in November, a partnership that stimulated sociocultural exchange. A second catalyst for the initiative is the desire of many communitybased organizations in the Crowsnest Pass to enhance existing relationships and expand meaningful partnerships with the schools. They recognize that both formal and non-formal learning opportunities, if made available to all citizens, would enable sustainable economic
Christmas open house The team at Riversdale Resources hosted a festive Christmas open house on Nov. 30, where guests could warm up from the cold and mingle over complimentary wine and food. Pictured above are some of the staff who helped out that night. Back row: Alisdair Gibbons. Left to right, front row: Tyler Riewe, Valerie Breakenridge, Jackie Woodman, Claire Rogers. Anna Kroupina photo
development, promote social cohesion, and foster greater civic and social participation. They are keen to work together with the schools to support the learning and wellbeing of everyone – pre-school children, youth, adults and seniors – but especially the most vulnerable members of the community. For a project like this to succeed, it is vital that schools, community organizations and local government work together for maximum collective impact. To date, approximately 21 organizations representing a diverse range of focus and activity have expressed their interest to participate in the process and others are most welcome. “Using a structured form of collaboration, as opposed to where organizations primarily work alone to solve social problems, will help us understand the wider systems and as a community, we will have more resilience to the shocks that are coming and have an impact at every level of our community,” says Taylor. “Getting the greater community involved would impact every sector of society, enable sustainable economic development, promote social inclusion and cohesion, and foster greater civic and social participation.” The initiative will build upon the work already underway in the community to serve its citizens while finding synergy and alignment with the upcoming strategic planning process of the Municipality of the Crowsnest
Pass and the call to action identified in the Social Needs Assessment Report that was funded by Family and Community Support Services. This is an opportunity for Crowsnest Pass to be at the forefront of change, collective impact and community well being. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If we take this
on, we will jump ahead,” says Taylor. “We will be looked at as one of the more progressive rural communities that can work together, a community coming together to plot its own course, to realize its own destiny." For more information on the initiative or to get involved, contact John Taylor at 403-3391590 or Shar Cartwright at 403-562-8858.
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Christmas Pottery Sale
Beautiful hand made artwork, mugs, plates and decorations were on display at the annual Christmas Pottery Sale on Dec. 1. All pieces were made locally by members of the Pass Pottery Club. To learn more about the group or to join, visit their Facebook page at “Pass Pottery Club.”
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Looking Back By John Kinnear
Frozen moments in time So this year’s Crowsnest Museum and Archives calendar has been out for a while now and is it ever a dandy! Thirteen months of iconic Gushul images themed around the remarkable legacy of music and musicians here in the Pass. We are indeed blessed in our combined communities to have first hand access to the photographic legacy of the Gushuls. The images chosen this year present a rich cross-section of instrumentalists and music-related events that profile over 100 years of musicality. Whether in formal poses or candid shots, like the 1965 calendar photo cover of the Delrays, the Gushuls were expert in the use of natural light and composition. They recognized the importance of their work and never compromised as they carefully “froze moments in time.” Captions throughout the calendar help one recognize the importance and prevalence of musicians and musical training in the Pass, especially in the early years. I was surprised to learn that almost every community had its own opera house where cultural events of all manner were held. Ethnic and community halls were also central to most events for many years. The Polish Hall is an exact reminder of how important these gathering places were for cultural events, occasions that usually had music as the main event. There was also, of course, the outdoor presentation of music which is depicted nicely in the calendar. Parades, funerals and even outdoor dance floors were common. I recall reading about the one that locals built in Il Bosc (East Bushtown) down below the Mohawk Tipple. Easy to build and no lighting or heat required. Just a lot of high octane lubricant and great musicians to stoke up the dancers. The April Gushul image caught my interest as a mining historian. It is a 1941 funeral procession with a marching band from Coleman coming down Bellevue’s 211th Street heading for the Catholic Church. They were going to say goodbye to Vince Guriel, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, who died July 25, 1941 in the Bellevue Mine from a fall of cap rock. Vince was 42 years old and left behind a wife and three children. Large and small tubas and trombones are leading the procession. When I study the photo, I can hear clearly in my mind the dulcet notes of a Chopin funeral march. The August calendar image is of the West Canadian Collieries Band formed in 1911, a colorful uniformed band that was around for over 30 years. A 1939 image of the band I found in the Blairmore Enterprise newspaper lists Cyprian Guriel as one of band members. I suspect Cyprian was Vince’s son or nephew and the November calendar image of the Crow’s Nest Pass Symphony Orchestra lists Cyprian (Cyril) Guriel in the back row holding a small horn. The Czechs were prolific musicians here and one is hard pressed not to find one or more in any of the photos. The August image lists many well known musical names here in the Pass, including Paraska and Evan Gushul, both J.E. and Roy Upton, Frank McLafferty, Frank Beebe and Walter Moser. Other images are of some of the well known local bands like the Arcadians with Charlie and Jerry Slapak and the Blue Birds with Josephine Kubik, Johnny Morello, Harry Setla, George (Zit) Pire and Aldo Vanoni. All in all, a great calendar that will make a nice stocking stuffer under your tree. Recently I picked up a Fernie 2019 calendar that is produced by the Free Press and distributed free to three local charities to use for fundraising. It is entitled Fernie; Then and Now and it uses historic images deliberately blended with a modern version of the same image taken from the same location. The first time I saw this type of creative effort was in 2003 when Fernie published a centenary history book that included several blended images. It was an opportunity for the photographer Steve Short, who was the main contributor of images to the book, to put a new perspective and some discreet colour into old black and white photos. When done properly, these modified photos can be quite pleasing to the eye. The new Fernie calendar image that really caught my eye was a November composition which merged the official 1923 dedication of the beautiful Fernie cenotaph statue carved by Emanuel Hahn with a present-day shot. The statue is positioned in a spectacular setting in front of the chateau-style Fernie courthouse amongst mature mountain ash trees. It really seems to bring life to the
photo. A couple of years back, Vic Bergman sent me a blended image that really is exactly what this process is all about. Vic Bergman is a gifted photographer and outdoor enthusiast who keeps a great blog site with hundreds of wonderful photos. In his blog he states the following: “I also like experimenting with new techniques, whether it’s the way photographs are made, or how they can be processed on a computer. Photography is a means of personal expression and creativity, and I am constantly inspired by its challenges and rewards.” So it is no surprise the lengths to which Vic Bergman went to create the image he shared. The original is a Glenbow Archives photo taken inside the Mohawk Tipple by Gushul. In that original, we see six men posing around what is called the picking tables or screens in the coal cleaning plant. Vic’s next step was to recreate that photo as exactly as possible which required him to position himself in the same spot that Gushul stood. This is where it got interesting because in this rather dangerous place, the platform Gushul stood on in 1945 was gone. Undeterred, Vic built himself a portable plywood one and harnessed himself to some steel window bars above it as it would be a two-storey drop to the basement if the platform let go. So Bergman took some satisfaction in knowing that 70 years later, he stood in the exact same place as Thomas Gushul to capture the same important shot. Returning back to the Musical Memories calendar, I should say that its message to all of us through these iconic pictures is one of acknowledging the remarkable history of music and musicians in the Pass. It brought to mind a fierce advocate of the importance of immersing your children in music. His name is Kirk Muspratt and he is now the reigning emissary for the success and rewards that that choice can result in. In an interview with Herald reporter Anna Kroupina last April, Kirk said: “If you give a young person the right garden to grow in, if there is something there, they will grow. But if there’s no garden, there’s no way. It creates opportunity, joy, beauty and fun.” Kirk left the Pass when he was 16 to further his studies but as Kroupina stated in her piece, “has fond childhood memories of music in the mountains, an element that he credits as a critical factor in exposing him to music that led to a very successful and applauded professional career in orchestra.” Kirk shared a moment in time story with me last summer that revealed some of his first steps into the garden, so to speak. As a very young boy he grew up only a few houses away from mine on 6 Street in Coleman (now 23 Avenue). By his own admission, he told me he was uncontrollable at three years old. His mother used to attach him to a harness and clip him to the clothesline to keep him from continually escaping. So it was that one day, his mother Helen approached my mother to babysit him for just an hour while she ran some errands downtown. Kirk claims most neighbours eventually declined babysitting him because of his rambunctious behavior. When Helen returned later that day she was astonished to find that Kirk was sitting mesmerized in a chair in the living room and hadn’t moved from it the whole time she had been gone. The reason was that my mother Marie had sat down to the piano and played for him all the best songs that she had ever learned. By ear. Some of the early seeds for his garden were planted. From performing in his Sunday shoes and plastic bowtie in elementary school to an acclaimed music director and orchestra leader. Anything is possible. As Kroupina so aptly put it in her April 18 article: “It may have been some 30 years since Muspratt left the Pass, but if the week-long Crowsnest Pass Music Festival that took place not long ago proves anything, it’s that the Crowsnest Pass still has the same talent, appreciation and passion for music that it did when the maestro was a little boy.” Author’s Note: Copies of Musical Memories are available at the Crowsnest Museum, copies of Then and Now are available at the Fernie Museum or the Free Press in Fernie.
From top: Vince Guriel funeral procession - 1941, courtesy Crowsnest Museum - image 01733GUSH-NEG; Fernie Centennial Book blended image - weighing meat for relief supplies after Fernie 1908 fire, courtesy Steve Short; Blended image of Fernie cenotaph orignally photographed in 1923 - original image Fernie Museum, modified image courtesy Free Press; Vic Bergman Mohawk tipple blended image - original image Glenbow NC-54-2881- courtesy Vic Bergman; Kirk Muspratt - Northwest Symphony Orchestra Young People's Competition since 2002 - courtesy kirkmuspratt.com - Edda Taylor image.
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Clockwise from top left: The Pass Herald made a splash at the Christmas Parade; caroling Christmas favourites by the bonfire during Christmas in the Mountains; the Real Estate Centre had lots of popcorn to go around for Christmas in the Mountains; Mountainview Industries hosted their very popular Christmas Bake Sale; an arty and a foodie booth at the Artisan Gift Market; the band 21st Avenue performing during the parade; a float from the Christmas Parade. Anna Kroupina photos
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