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Newsletter District of Clearwater MAY 2013 Volume 2, Issue 3

Community Update Wells Gray World Heritage Celebrating 100 Years of Discovery of Helmcken Falls In October 2013, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will see the grand opening of the TRU Wilderness Centre. An exceptional building that will serve as a research centre in the Upper Clearwater Valley that will further outdoor learning and research of the wilds of the Clearwater Valley Wildlife Corridor. The Wilderness Centre has been a long time vision of Tom Dickinson, Dean of Science at TRU. To celebrate this milestone event, Dr. Dickinson and Trevor Goward at Edgewood Blue are teaming up to host a yearlong series of guided tours, hikes, field courses, lectures, and children’s events – all on the theme of wilderness research and learning in the Clearwater Valley and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Wells Gray World Heritage Year will run from May through October 2013 – in celebration of the discovery of Helmcken Falls in 1913. (see back page for dates)

District Services           

Bylaw Enforcement Cemetery/Columbarium Development Services Economic Development & Tourism promotion Fire Protection ICBC/Motor Vehicle Appointed Agent North Thompson Sportsplex Parks and Recreation Public Works (Water/Sewer) Street Lighting Transit Service


World Acclaimed National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis THE SACRED HEADWATERS

THURSDAY MAY 30, 2013 | 7:00pm Clearwater Secondary School — Clearwater, BC World Acclaimed National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis

$20 adult

| $30 for families (up to 4) | $10 student

Surface Water Intake Open House The District of Clearwater's surface water intake has been recently upgraded to include UV treatment. We invite you to come check out the new system from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on May 22, 2013. Get to know your H2O!

Mayor Harwood presented Bob Behan with a Long Term Service Award congratulating him on 35 years of service at the North Thompson Sportsplex.

Congratulations to Greffard’s Saw and Outdoor Shop and Greenscapes Art and Craft on the relocation of their businesses to 733 Clearwater Village Road.

Composters Composters are now available for purchase from the District office. $25 +GST

Pitch-In A big thank you to all those who participated in the recent pitchin week (April 2127, 2013) and helped keep our neighbourhood litter free.


Tips to Conserve & Reserve  

M AY- S E P T S p r i n kl i ng b e t w e e n 6 a m- 1 0 a m & 6 p m- 1 0 p m E v e n a d dr e s s e s o n e v e n n u mb e r e d d ay s , O d d a d dr e s s e s o n o d d n u mb e r e d d ay s

Grass prefers to be watered in the morning

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Use a rain barrel Lawns only need 1 inc h of water every 7 days to stay green i n the summer Leave grass at l east 3 inches l ong. Longer g rass retains more moisture and requires less water ing Use a spring loaded shut -off device on all hoses Use mulch, so water moisture is retained i n the soil longer and plants stay cooler in hot weather Use a broom, not the hose, to clean driveways

For more information: 250 -674-2257 Email:

Volunteers Needed for Seniors Mobility Study From Front Door to Grocery Store: Getting seniors where they want to be in Clearwater The Community Development Institute (UNBC) in collaboration with the District of Clearwater, and the local AgeFriendly Community Committee (including members of Interior Health Authority, Yellowhead Community Services, Evergreen Housing Society, Wells Gray Seniors Society, Friendly Club, Wells Gray Country Services, and the Chamber of Commerce) is carrying out a community based research project to explore seniors’ mobility needs, barriers and supports in Clearwater. The study process will involve a mobility journaling exercise, 3 interviews, 8 field trips (4 in the summer and 4 in the winter) and 5 workshops over the next 3 years. We are looking for 16 participants to collaborate with us in this study and take part in the research activities. The group of 16 participants should represent seniors and older adults (55+) with a range of abilities—from travelling unassisted, to using a mobility aid (e.g. hearing aid, scooter, walker, cane etc.). If you are interested in participating in this project, please complete a ‘potential participant questionnaire’, available at the District of Clearwater Office, Yellowhead Community Services and Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital (Public Health) and return it to the District of Clearwater Office by May 24th 2013. For more information or to volunteer contact Jessica Blewett – Community Development Project Manager: (250) 960-5952.

Tourism Wells Gray At its 2012 Annual General Meeting Tourism Wells Gray Elected its new Board of Directors for a 12 month term they are as follows: Tourism Wells Gray – Board of Directors 2013 Gy Ovenden – Chair, Guiding & Activities Cheryl Thomas – Vice Chair, Chamber of Commerce Daniela Schwaiger – Secretary, Tourism at Large Mario Woedlinger – Treasurer, Additional Hotel Room Tax Doris Laner, Park Permit Holders AJ Bachaal, Additional Hotel Room Tax Dan Saul, Simpcw First Nations Tod Haughton, BC Parks Area Supervisor Sandie Robinson, Accommodation & Food Hazel Wadlegger, Wells Gray Country Services Committee Barry Banford, District of Clearwater

ICBC / MV Tips & Info Road Tests

Licence Upgrades?

Driver Examiner appointments for Clearwater are available during the weeks of May 21st, and June 17th, 2013.

Do you need to upgrade your licence for Trailers & RVs? A class 5 or 7 licence allows you to tow a trailer up to 4600kg. If you have a trailer weighing more than 4600kg and a class 5 passenger vehicle licence, you’ll need to upgrade your licence. What are your options?

Please call in advance to book your Road exam. Requests for appointments are taken up to three weeks before the scheduled date. The number of appointments available depend on demand and Driver Examiner availability. If you have a preference as to the day or time you would like your appointment, we will gladly put your name on a waiting list in the hope of accommodating you. Appointments will be confirmed one week prior to the date. Please call ICBC/ Driver Services at 250674-2733 or drop in for more information.

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Apply for a house trailer endorsement. This will allow you to tow recreational house trailers of any weight. Apply for a heavy trailer endorsement. This will allow you to tow any kind of trailer of unlimited weight provided it does not have air brakes. Apply for a Class 1,2 or 3 commercial licence.

North Thompson Arts Council (NTAC) The North Thompson Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for and supports local arts and culture. Fueled entirely by volunteerism and support from local businesses, organizations and individuals, NTAC organizes several community-based projects, events and workshops throughout the North Thompson Valley. NTAC aims to form a common link between local artists as well as the greater community by creating opportunities for people to experience what artists do with their skills, passion and time. The 2 nd Annual Art Crawl, organized for May 11th/12th this year, draws community members into the studios of visual artists to see firsthand how artists work. Maps available at the Community Resource Centre and the District of Clearwater will allow people to personalize their tours, stopping at as many artist studios as they wish. In collaboration with the District of Clearwater, NTAC is currently working on a series of revolving exhibitions through which local artists can display their work at the DOC offices. Artists at all stages of their practice, supporters of the arts and groups such as Thompson Valley Players and Wells Gray Gallery Cooperative are members of the North Thompson Arts Council. Membership is open to everyone and a strong membership base is important to the vibrancy and effectiveness of a community arts council. Even if people are unable to volunteer their time, becoming a member of NTAC is an excellent way to support local arts and culture. More information about NTAC and how it promotes arts and culture in our community can be found on NTAC’s website: Anyone wishing to get involved in any capacity is encouraged to contact the North Thompson Arts Council.

Key Council Meetings Resolutions That Council direct staff to move forward with a property survey to determine Bampton Recreation Park boundaries; and, that the funds be expended from the 2013 Parks budget allocation to Weyerhaeuser Pioneer Park. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY That Council direct staff to submit a grant application in the amount of $5,000 to the BC Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund for the purpose of developing an ―interagency‖ community stakeholder sharing group. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY That Council approve offering the Transit Bus service to Blue River on a once a month basis until December 2013, with Area B paying for the full costs of the service directly to the District of Clearwater. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY That Council respond to the Ministry of Health and BC Healthy Communities thanking them for the commemorative award and the grant of $1000; and That Council donates the funds towards the cost of the installation of a fence along Park Drive at Ed Buck Manor senior facility. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY That Council direct staff to work with David Dubois, Project Coordinator, Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat on developing a business case for green heat options for the Dutch Lake School facility; and that Staff investigate funding opportunities from the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY The TNRD has recently adopted a Septage disposal Regulation and Management Bylaw No. 2417 2013, which includes new septage disposal rates for commercial haulers to the Clearwater Septage Disposal Facilities. For a copy of the Bylaw, visit the TNRD website:

Web Mapping Now Available To Public The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) is offering web mapping services to the general public for the first time with its new application, myRegionView. MyRegionView will provide the general public access, 24 hours a day, to property related information; local services; building permits; land-use information and regulations; and other valuable spatial information, all maintained by the TNRD’s Geographic Information System (GIS) department. With this new application, users can search for a property and/or map feature in a TNRD rural area or in most member municipalities, generate a property information report, create a printable map, or find services offered by the Regional District, such as libraries, water systems and transfer stations. It is integrated with Bing and Google Maps, both aerial image and map based. To get started with myRegionView, go to For more information contact Regina Sadilkova, Director of Development Services: 250.377.8673;

Clearwater Eco Depot The Clearwater Eco-Depot is located at 100 Mile Forest Service Road (the former Camp 2 Mill Site)

Opening Hours: from 8am-4pm CLOSED MONDAYS For information call 1.877.377.8673 Email: recyclenow@tnrd or visit Payments accepted - Debit Card, Credit Card or Eco Card Controlled Waste, Prohibited Waste and Banned Recyclables: Detailed descriptions and instructions will be mailed out to all area residents and businesses shortly

Community Parks

Property Taxes

The District would like to remind the community that usage of District Community Parks for group events (weddings, craft sales, art functions, etc.) require an application process in order to confirm that the event is properly insured, also it will ensure there are not conflicting events. These applications can be picked up at the District’s offices or online at District Services / Community Parks. For further information please contact the District of Clearwater at 250.674.2257

You will be receiving your property tax notice in the mail by the end of May. In order to avoid a penalty and interest, payment is due by July 2nd 2013. Payment can be made at the District Office by cash, cheque or debit card, or you may make payment using the internet through your online banking.

Are you new to the Community?

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A HOME OWNER GRANT? Don’t forget if you are eligible for a Home Owner Grant, complete the back of the tax notice and return it to the District office as soon as possible.

The District office has lots of useful information for new residents of Clearwater. Why not drop into our office and pick up some information and meet the team.

News from the Fire Department The Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department have been donated some smoke detectors for seniors. They are provided free of charge to those that need them, they must be installed by a member of the fire department. It is part of a program from the province and suppliers. For more on this visit The Fire Department are also working on a program to provide smoke alarms to those who need them. During our public functions we give out smoke alarms as prizes and provide new 9 volt batteries to people that need them for their smoke alarms. To request a smoke alarm, please contact the District office and leave a message for the fire department, or come by the Fire Hall on Thursday nights between 7pm & 9pm, or email the fire chief T-Shirts - $20 each Available for purchase from the Fire Department or the District Office

Water Conservation The community is currently consuming 873 to 1,355 Litres per capita day (2007 to 2011 figures). The District would like to encourage the community to achieve the following;  

The Fire Department is raising money to purchase some play equipment for Chad Memorial Park. Please help them out in their fundraising by purchasing a t-shirt.

Reduce water use 33% by 2020. A 33% reduction in water use means an Average Daily Demand of 737 Litres per capita day.

Below are some of the steps that will be used to reduce water use within the community; Educational Measures Cost-of-Service Accounting Leakage Assessment Water Use Regulation Water Metering Study For further information on water conservation and possible water savings techniques please contact the District of Clearwater at 250.674.2257 or visit the Environment Canada website;

Sports Tournament Program Regular events: May 18, 19 & 20, 2013 May day Slo-pitch tournament. Largest tournament that Clearwater has hosted in years. Concession, Beer Gardens. Capostinsky Park May 25 & 26 U14 Fast Pitch Tournament. Athletes under the age 14 will battle it out for first place. Capostinsky Park June 9, 2013 Clearwater’s Kick Off Cup U8 Soccer Tournament Lots of action as these rising stars hit the fields Clearwater Secondary field June 22 & 23, 2013 Mixed Under 10 Fast pitch Tournament Fun, Fast and entertaining. Capostinsky Park July 5-7, 2013 Softball BC Boys U16 & U12 Provincial Championships The top fast-pitch players of BC will compete for Gold. Opening ceremonies Friday July 5th. Concession, 50/50, competitive ball games.

Volunteers Needed This July the District of Clearwater will be hosting the U16 & U12 Boys Fast Pitch Softball Championships here in Clearwater. The championships will run from July 5-7, 2013 with participating teams from across the Province. An event of this size will draw 300 plus visitors to our community and the organizers will be heavily dependent on volunteers to make sure this is a wonderful event for participants and fans alike. Volunteers are needed to help out with: Field Maintenance Host Dinner Concession If you are interesting in volunteering in any capacity please contact Melody Romeo, Sports Co-ordinator: 250-674-8009 or email Come help out and take in the sport of fast pitch, at a premier competition to be held right here in your neighbourhood this summer! Help us put Clearwater on the map.

Registrations: Minor Ball: Contact Tera Carter 250 674 3031 Soccer: Contact Shelley Sim 250 674 3296

Community Recreation Health Living Program Zumba programs with Brittany Pastorek wrapped up April 25th and all were sad to see her go! Unfortunately for her Zumba followers she is not planning to come back to Clearwater to instruct classes in the future as she is beginning a new chapter in her life and moving back home to Ottawa to be closer to family. We wish her all the best! Youth Week celebrations kicked off on May 1 st with the Clearwater’s Got Talent competition at the CSS pit. There were 15 youth acts that performed at this entertaining and fun community event. The Clearwater Carnage BMX and Sk8 Competition was held on May 4th at the Rotary Skateboard Park and was a lot of fun. This event is a great way for our local youth to showcase their skills to an audience. Lastly, the committee organized Youth Awards to nominate a local youth and a youth mentor to be recognized for their commitment to volunteerism and for being a positive role model to youth in the community. The Youth Week committee worked hard to organize these events over the past months. Great job crew! Learn to Run is in full swing! This program is again being instructed by Jennifer Wadlegger, the class is full! April 24 th the class had a visit from registered Dietician, Simone Jennings who spoke about the importance of nutrition and fueling your body for fitness. The talk was informative and the weather was beautiful. The youth mountain biking program has begun and is full also. Chris Martin is again instructing this fun and educational program and the youth are enjoying learning about simple bike maintenance as well as exploring some of our local trails. Mountain Biking for Adults is scheduled to begin Thursday, May 30 th, immediately following the end of the youth program. Fall program planning has begun. Some ideas being worked on are gluten free baking, pole walking, dance, skateboarding, and a variety fitness program that would include a nutritional component. Stay tuned for more info... Eleanor Collins: 250 674 1878

Upcoming Community Events Community Recreation Healthy Living Program: Info: Eleanor Collins, Healthy Living Coordinator 250-674-1878 Community Sports Coordinator Program: Info: Mel Romeo, Sports Coordinator 250-674-8009 Thompson Rivers University Continuing Studies: Info: Sylvia Arduini, TRU Community Coordinator 250-674-3530 Choir: Youth 3:30-5:00pm, Adults 6:45-9:00pm Info: Leah Jones 250-957-8440 Mayday Parade: Saturday May 18th, theme—‖Service to the Community‖. Registration 9:15. Judging 10:15. Parade leaves Capostinsky Park at 11am. $20/business floats; other entrants no charge; free lunch to all participants. Sponsored by Rotary, District of Clearwater and TNRD. Info: 250-674-3115 RCMP Bike Rodeo: May 25th—North Thompson Sportsplex 10am-2pm. Bring a bike and helmet

Road Safety Awareness Ride and Walk: June 1st, 10am from the Clearwater New Life Assembly and ending at the Strawberry Moose. All welcome. For details see the press or call Elysia on 250 674 3855 Wells Gray Seniors Society: Info: Evelyn Warner at 250-674-3688 or Cheryl Thomas, 250-674-3260 Regular Monthly Meeting: First Wednesday of the month at the Community Resource Centre 10:00am Writers Circle: First & Third Thursday of each month, 2pm at the Library. Next one June 6th and 20th Third Sunday Social: Third Sunday of each month, 12.30pm in the Old Monroe Room at Wells Gray Inn. Friendly Club Pot Luck Lunch: Last Wednesday of each month, noon at Evergreen Acres Seniors’ Hall. Book Club: Last Thursday of the month, 2pm at the Library. Elks Brekky: Helmcken Falls & Lunch—Saturday May 25th. Wiener Roast at Warners’ Home: Wednesday, June 26th Indoor Picnic at Evergreen Acres: Wednesday, June 19th Volunteers for BC Senior Games: between Aug, 20th & 24th Clearwater Bridge Club: Contact Bonnie Carter 250-674-3458 Parent & Child Mother Goose: Mondays 10:00am-11:00am at the CRC Studio Room. Info: 250-674-3530 The Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: Meets every third Monday, 11:00am at a local mothers home. Info: Elizabeth Shook 250-674-4002 or facebook: ―Clearwater Breastfeeding Group‖

Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House: Every 2nd Friday. Local musicians. Concession. Open at 6:30pm Success by 6 Community Table Meeting: Last Tuesday of the month 10:00am-11:00am at YCS Elks Bingo: Every 2nd Thursday of the month. 5:00pm Info: 250-674-3535 Darts & Crib: Royal Canadian Legion. Info: 250-674-2120 Health & Healing: Tues, 6:30pm–8:00pm Shambhala Meditation Group at Forest House Info: 250-587-6373 Healthy Choices: Every Tues 9:00am, 12:00pm & 5:30pm Clearwater Christian Church Info: Kim 250-674-0224 Clearwater Karate Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays at Raft River School Beginners & Advanced Info: 250-674-3643 Community Tennis: The Tennis courts are free and available to the public at all times. Drop-in Badminton: Monday & Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:30pm at CSS Gym $3 Info: Dennis Leonard 250-674-2518 Drop-in Soccer: Thursdays at 7:00pm at CSS field. Everyone Welcome Wells Gray Riders Association and Rhythm Riders Drill Team: Info: North Thompson Sportsplex: visit for full program of events

Starting mid May, the Wells Gray W o r l d Heritage Committee will launch the 2013 Wells Gray Treasure Hunt, complete with treasure map, clues, and the haunting legend of Harkayee There will be two treasure hunts: One for people seeking high adventure, One for families and leisure treasure seekers. Both have cash prizes!

Treasure Hunt – May to September 2013 EVENTS: Summer 2013 DATES Birds for Beginners June 8, 9 Snake Tales June 15, 16 Lichen Revival June 21, 22, 23 An Ear for Birds OR Birds & Their Songs June 29, 30 Edge of the Wild in Wells Gray July 2, 3 Nature for Kids July 6, 7 Edge of the Wild in Wells Gray July 9-10, 16-17 & 24-25 Aug 6-7, 13-14, 21-21 & 27-28 Pond Study July 27 Wild crafting August 3 Land Above the Tree line August 15, 16 Ants: The Biological Giants August 17, 18 Volcanoes 101 August 24, 25 World of Waterfalls August 31 Speak to the Wild September 4 - 8 Bryoforay September 26 - 29

District of Clearwater Box 157, 132 Station Road, Clearwater, BC V0E 1N0 Phone (250) 674-2257 Fax (250) 674-2173 Email:

District of Clearwater Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 3  

District of Clearwater Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 3