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JULY 2016 | ISSUE 115

THE POWER ISSUE FEATURE ARTIST TESSA KNOOP ON THE POWER OF REUSING AND BUILDING | KEYS TO AN EMPOWERING BIRTH BY DR. TAINA TURCASSO, ND | EMILY BRYDON REVIEWS OPEN MIND BY CLARA HUGHES, TWO STRONG ROLE MODELS IN THE WORLD OF SPORT | NEED A BOOST THIS SUMMER? TRY KRISSI HYLAND’S FERNIE POW’R BAR RECIPE! FERNIEFIX.COM

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OUTDOOR LIFE | 30

Feature Artist – Tessa Knoop Fernie Reads with Emily Brydon – Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes Rental Fix – A Bigger Splash by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Happy Wednesdays! by Carolyn Nikodym

Down to Earth: The Next Chapter with Aaron Levesque by Helen McAllister and Jennifer Heath Never Have I Ever – A Solo Camp Adventure by Jesse Bell Lift Access Biking – A Guide to Intermediate Trails at FAR by Karen Pepper Summer Hikes with the Elk River Alliance: Silver Springs by Ayla Bennett Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Power Through Collaboration by Terry Nelson Outdoor Living by Duncan Maisels: Components to a Backyard

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 24

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 49

Feature Resident by Krista Turcasso – Jim and Alice Booth You’ve Got Male: The Power of Simplifying by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – Over Powered by Shelby Cain FernieFix.com Events Calendar / July at the Arts Station

Superhero Exercises to Build Superpowers by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health Naturally – Empowerment Through Birth by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – Fernie POW’r Bar

BUSINESS | 7 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – Knowing is Half the Battle

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 16

Beauty and Fashion in a Fix – Dress to Impress Yourself by Solange and Zoe

BITS AND BYTES | 59 The Answer Guy – Keys to Cleaning Keys by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 62 Fix Trivia

COVER: Power and Poise. Michela Hoveling at Crossfit Fernie. Photo by Leslie Prentice THIS PAGE: The Guide’s Hut Bike Toss at the Fernie Roll & Sole Trail Fest Photo by Mark Gallup www.markgallup.com


Dr. Uli Helvoigt

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Public Sandy Beach with Swimming Docks. Full-service Store: groceries, fishing licenses, general supplies plus boat and vehicle gas. Kitchen serving delicious All Day Breakfast Sandwiches, Burgers, Veggie Burgers & more! 12 Flavours of Hard Ice Cream and a large selection of novelties.

Open 9am - 9pm every day, all summer long! A whole other world to explore just a half hour drive from Fernie.

2354 Kikomun Road ~ KoocanusaCampsite.com

Photo Courtesy of Barkside Pets

Dr. Uli Helvoigt and the team at Tanglefoot Vet Services in Cranbrook are pleased to announce the opening of Tanglefoot Fernie. We welcome Dr. Tim Ritson-Bennett and family who are excited to live in the Elk Valley.


Editor’s Fix “YOU CAN DO IT!” “I believe in you.” “It’s okay if you don’t get it. Just try your best!” In our household, I am known as the family cheerleader. At first, I fought the title, perceiving its negative connotation, but three years in, I have let go of any worry and continue to work hard at being a positive and encouraging voice to my girls. The saying, “What you say today is their inner voice tomorrow,” helps guide me when I get off path. Lately, I’ve been examining my own inner

Contributors ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the wet coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting. CAROLYN NIKODYM is excited about the return of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. See you there! PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a winter-time wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional. EMILY BRYDON, a retired Canadian Alpine Ski Racer who calls Fernie home currently resides in San Francisco where she works and plays hard, and manages to keep plugging through her list of ‘must read’ books. SHELBY CAIN was raised in the East Kootenays. After spending a decade wandering the prairies - she’s back, baby. Writing and mothering and enjoying her daily dose of #ferniestoke. Her first novel, Mountain Girl, is now available at Polar Peek Books! Tweet her @ShelbyCainWrote JESSE BELL spends her first night alone in the woods under 40 millimetres of rain and imagines that all sorts of creatures will soon come to eat her. As it turns out, solo camping can be a very empowering thing.

voice, as I have been feeling overwhelmed and questioning myself a lot. From losing my patience with my kids and partner, to not believing in my abilities, to over committing… when something falls through the cracks, which is inevitable, that inner voices kicks in. “Why did you let that happen? You should know better! Come on, Krista!?” How can I be genuine and empowering to my girls, if I am not rooting for myself first? In a few days, I am headed to race my bike for the first time in a long while, and while that negative inner voice has made its point, (“You haven’t biked enough. This is hard on your family. How can you race without sleep?”) I am leaving it behind

While researching for their book Down to Earth: Cold-Climate Gardens & Their Keepers, HELEN MCALLISTER and JENNIFER HEATH spoke with many inspiring Elk Valley gardeners. Always interested to learn more, they continue the conversation with other gardeners who are also passionate about growing their own food. Into his ninth summer of lawn-loving at local landscape company Mow & Snow, DUNCAN MAISELS is currently training Ellie the dog to root out dandelions (you’ve heard of truffle pigs, right?!) AYLA BENNETT lives with her family in Fernie and as the Program Manager at the Elk River Alliance is passionate about conserving and discovering more of our beautiful mountains, freeflowing rivers and wild spaces. KAREN PEPPER has worked at Fernie Alpine Resort for almost 15 years. She looks forward to sharing tidbits about the mountain with readers this summer. KRISSI HYLAND is a Holistic Nutritionist, Ski and Snowboard Instructor currently spending her last few months in Fernie, BC enjoying everything summer here has to offer. NourishThroughNature.com

and ready to try my best. Believe in myself. I can do it. And not just for me, but for my family as well. Above all else, I am going to have fun. Because the best part about feeling confident and powerful is that it’s fun. And fun is what it’s all about. Krista Turcasso, Editor FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: info@clarismedia.com Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 www.clarismedia.com Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

SARAH INGRAM, practicing kinesiologist, is hoping to develop some heros this month with the superpowers workout. If you need help with your program, call 250-423-9167 or visit www.sarahsactiverehab.com The FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization that works with outdoor recreation groups, government and private land owners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network. DR. TAINA TURCASSO is a naturopathic doctor and midwife practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She spends most of her time catching gorgeous babies, and is slowly inching her way back to Fernie. Operators and sisters of No.3, SOLANGE and ZOE have a passion for fashion and beauty combining their expertise into their salon and boutique. ADAM K. MACDONALD is excited to have some family visiting this July and to show off Fernie’s Canada Day celebrations. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. YANN LORANGER from HappyCulture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie. happycultureinc@gmail.com

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PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM Children ages 3-5 Now accepting registration for September!

“Buying or selling a home is a big decision - you need an experienced professional to guide you through the process. When you work with me, you can count on personal, attentive & patient service. I have an excellent knowlege of the area, great negotiating skills and expert selling strategies. “

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Karen Scott, RMT 250.423.0155 601C - 2nd Avenue Downtown Fernie, BC

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Business

BUSINESS NEWS

The Blue Toque 601 1st Ave, 250-423-4637 FERNIE’S BLUE TOQUE is always striving to balance cost, ethical and environmental responsibility, and a buylocal preference. From their signature local, fair trade, organic coffee blend to their “100-mile diet” sourced eggs, they consciously produce low carbon footprint plates. The menu highlights plant-based dishes, showcases natural turkey and chicken and offers non-GMO tofu and organic quinoa. A planet conscious menu is just the beginning. The Toque manages greenhouse gas-producing waste by offering sensible yet satisfying portions, and the waste the diner does produce is removed by biodegradable trash bags. SUBMITTED PHOTO Need a take away box? These containers are compostable too! These actions are only a fraction of the ways they are proving that the food and beverage industry can in fact improve standards of practice for the good of the planet. And if what they’re accomplishing wasn’t enough – they pay it forward to Mother Earth every month by planting 25 trees through Tree Canada!

The Castle on First www.thecastleonfirst.com THE CASTLE ON FIRST invites you to “move with us this summer.” All yoga, dance and fitness classes are $10 drop-in all summer long! Pre-registration and multiclass passes are also available online at this great price. Watch for their weekly $5 (drop-in only) Karma Yoga class, where new teachers hone their skills while sharing with all of you. Come with an open mind and heart, check the schedule for dates and time. The Castle on First’s new-client, one-month unlimited pass is now available. If you have never attended a class you can now experience all that is on offer for only $89. It’s their way of welcoming you!

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The Castle has spent the last month getting the Courtyard ready for your next outdoor event! You are invited to rent this beautiful and romantic setting for long-table dinners, private functions, and other catered events. For more information contact christa@ thecastleonfirst.com. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Business

BUSINESS NEWS

Hitting the trails?

Elk Valley Hospice www.elkvalleyhospice.com 250-423-4453 ext. 309 DROP BY THE ELK VALLEY HOSPICE KIOSK located in the Fernie Hospital waiting area for lab and radiology services. Meet one of the dedicated volunteers, inquire about their services, and purchase coffee, a snack or a hand-crafted gift. Most merchandise at the Kiosk has been donated by volunteers and proceeds from purchases go directly to supporting Hospice activities. The Kiosk opened earlier this year, and with the help of volunteers and donors, Elk Valley Hospice continues to reach out to the community from this location. They invite you to visit, as they are here to help, and their services are free.

Tight hip flexors? Numbness and tingling? Muscle fatigue? Seasonal allergies?

NEW HOSPICE ADMINISTRATOR SANDRA BOER (LEFT) AND CHRISY HILL (RIGHT). CHRISY SPEARHEADED THE KIOSK OPENING EARLIER THIS YEAR. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Have you tried

Acupuncture?

Laurie Sibbeston, R.Ac.

Fernie Ecogarden www.ecogarden.ca FERNIE’S COMMUNITY GARDEN was designed as a place to help the community grow, and that will continue to be a focus on Thursday mornings in July and August when the EcoGarden will host the Little Sprouts In The Garden program. Coordinated by Wildsight and the Community EcoGarden, the program allows caregivers and their little sprouts (ages 0-6) to engage weekly in the garden setting, using Wildsight’s environmental education resources to bring the natural world to life. Young families in Fernie now have two options for great things to do on Thursday mornings in July and August from 9:30-11:30am, as EKKids. ca also hosts a Little Sprouts program at the Creative Minds Forest School Garden (Max Turyk School). To learn more about the Little Sprouts In The Garden program please visit www.EcoGarden.ca or join the facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/LittleSproutsFernie

It can also help with:

Addictions, Stress, Insomnia, Headaches, Digestion, Asthma, Colds, TMJ, Tendonitis, Infertility, Glaucoma and more. Thunder Meadows MASSAGE THERAPY

632 2nd Ave. Fernie 250-423-2673

Book your appointment online today:

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Fernie Massage 601C 2nd Ave 250-423-0155 KAREN SCOTT, OWNER AND OPERATOR OF FERNIE MASSAGE, is delighted to share that she has successfully completed the BC Massage Therapy Board Exams and is now a BC Registered Massage Therapist. Karen has been serving the community and surrounding areas with quality treatments and care for 11 years from her downtown studio. She thanks all of you for supporting her over these years and looks forward to continuing to serve your health and wellness goals and needs as a BC RMT. She offers massage therapy, manual lymph drainage, hot stone massage and shiatsu (Japanese massage). Scheduling a treatment is easy and convenient with an online booking feature found at www.ferniemassage.ca. You can also call or text her directly at 250-4230155 to make an appointment, have your questions answered and to find out more details.

BUSINESS NEWS

Fernie Museum – Chautauqua & Fall Fair 491 2nd Ave  250-423-7016 CHAUTAUQUA WAS A TRAVELLING CULTURAL SHOW that brought a four- to six-day program of entertainment to rural communities. Fernie hosted the Dominion Chautauqua each June between 1917 and 1935. In 2015, the Fernie Museum brought back the tradition as a fall event. Last year, Wildsight also hosted an autumn event Our Harvest Fall Fair – showcasing blue ribbon pride, livestock, urban agriculture, harvest traditions, and farmstead living. This year the Fernie Museum, Wildsight, the Fernie Arts Station, the Fernie Heritage Library, Leisure Services, and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce have joined to grow the event into a signature four-day festival, September 8 to 11.

• September 8 – Opening reception and dinner with award-winning author and historian Lynne Bowen. • September 9 – Family Dance with the Kootenay Stringbenders. • September 10 – Chautauqua Main Stage with local entertainment, heritage building tours, Art Walk, and Artisan Market. • September 11 – Our Harvest Fall Fair Visit Facebook @FernieChautauqua or ferniechautuaqua.com for event updates.

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www.rivercity.ca Skilled Craftsmen Living and Working in Fernie Providing their Craft anywhere the Best is wanted

Fernie Showroom 11 Kutenai Road, | 250.423.3331

www.rivercity.ca

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Business

BUSINESS NEWS

Three Sisters Day Spa 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395 THREE SISTERS DAY SPA welcomes Jess Norman, a fully certified Eyelash Technician, offering eyelash extensions in downtown Fernie.

Property Guys East Kootenay

Originating from the UK, Jess is happy to call Fernie her “home away from home.” She has enjoyed working in the customerSUBMITTED PHOTO service industry for over ten years and has since completed the Lash Canada Certification course for Eyelash Extensions. Jess is excited to contribute to the beauty and wellness industry with the team at Three Sisters!

www.propertyguys.com

For more information, call the spa directly or visit www.threesistersdayspa.com.

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PROPERTYGUYS.COM EAST KOOTENAY has recently annexed the Crownest Pass, Alberta into its service boundary with the goal of providing more value-driven real estate alternatives in the Pass. The East Kootenay franchise has consistently been one of the top performing locations in Western Canada. Lisa Christopher and Amber Biberdorf, owners of PropertyGuys.com East Kootenay are eager to hit the ground running on building their new location. Christopher of Sparwood, and Biberdorf of Fernie stated in a media release, “The geographic location, mining and recreational culture of the community fits right in with our existing territory. We are excited to build new relationships in the Pass!” For more information on PropertyGuys. com East Kootenay and Crownsnest Pass check out www.PropertyGuys.com/ learning or call 250-489-8383 / 1-866237-8281 Visit them on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates on new listings and sold properties throughout the region.

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Wildsight – Wild Nature Tours 891 2nd Ave 250-423-3322

corridors in wilderness areas. Get a taste of true Rocky Mountain wilderness deep in the backcountry. Spend the night camping at Sage Creek Rec Site with WNT Guide Ryland Nelson.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you did something for the first time? Wild Nature Tours (WNT) is now booking summer adventures. Want to explore the best wild spaces the Elk Valley has to offer? Let the vibrant, experienced local guides at WNT lead the way. With interpretive hikes for all levels of explorers, the WNT Featured July Adventures are a great place to start.

More Featured Adventures

Flathead Overnight Adventure July 16-17

Want to explore another time? Visit wildnaturetours.ca to choose your own date. Adventure Awaits! 

Explore the pristine Flathead Valley and discover the importance of connectivity

July 15 Castle Mountain Hike, 2pm July 16-17 Flat Head Overnight Adventure July 2 - Fernie Provincial Park Hike, 6:30pm July 23 - Silver Springs Lakes Hike, 10am

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Your employees are your greatest assets AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Drink Specials Monday - Friday 9pm - close!

Specials & more info:

301 Hwy 3 | 250-423-3002

The ambassador program drives visitor spending through in-depth knowledge of the destination ‘product’ and customer service training; ensuring a consistent delivery of a positive visitor experience.

“ The Ambassador program was extremely motivating for the Fernie Hotel staff. It provided us with a wide range of knowledge about Fernie that has helped us engage and inspire our customers. Attending the course as a team encouraged us as Ambassadors to elevate the service we provide.” ~Alicia Dennis, General Manager, The Fernie Hotel

$5 Coffee/Bailey's on Saturday and $5 Caesars on Sunday

Open daily

Enable them to leave lasting impressions with your customers and generate more business with training provided through the Fernie Ambassador Program.

Resort Municipality Initiative Investing in B.C. Resort Communities

Business registration starts at $50 for six months. Non-Chamber members are welcome to participate. Please see more info at Ferniechamber.com/ambassadorprogram and contact Merrin Ozols for more information Merrin@Launchlocal.ca or phone 250-946-6241

Full Automotive Service & Repair

DEKAUTOS

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✓ BRAKES ✓ FRONT END ✓ GENERAL REPAIR

Custom cabinetry, interior finishing and furniture

& MAINTENANCE

250.423.9075 www.bisarowoodworking.com KYLE HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY

792 3rd Ave. Fernie, BC 250.531.0323 astahl@telus.net


Business

NEW BUSINESS

Ferniebnb Airbnb Management FERNIEBNB CAN TAKE CARE OF ALL of the logistics of setting up and managing a rental property for you without any of the hassles, or can build a custom solution to provide only what you need. From listing creation—with professional photography and Fernie-specific search and price optimization—to organizing professional cleaning services, right through to managing interactions with guests—from inquiry to check-in to five star reviews. All 24/7. Their Airbnb management services are different than traditional property manager. You remain in complete control of your property; they just help you out, which allows them to keep commissions as low as 6%. Ferniebnb is excited to soon be able to distribute listings across 22 different short-term rental platforms, and manage those listings for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More platforms generate more views, more views generate more leads, and more leads generate more bookings! For more information visit www.ferniebnb.ca.

Untamed Designs www.untamedfernie.com UNTAMED DESIGNS, a new clothing company based out of Fernie, designs funky clothes for busy living. After growing up in England, Emma Stevens travelled the world before arriving in beautiful British Columbia 11 years ago. Her love of adventure was perfect for life in the mountains and she now calls Fernie home. With a diploma in Fashion Design, and knowing that every woman wants to look good, feel comfortable, needs pockets and always has a million things to do, Emma created the hoodie dress. Each piece is a one of kind, incredibly versatile, very comfortable and extremely flattering on all body types. It can be worn over jeans or leggings, with boots or flip-flops, making it the perfect staple for every lady’s closet. Discover Untamed Designs at Fernie Mountain Market on Sundays, and Baynes Lake Market on Saturdays Also, custom build your own hoodie dress on-line at www.untamedfernie.com. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Essential Yoga Boutique is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-4pm. Check out our awesome variety of styles and brands including Onzie, Hardtail and Prana.

761 7th Avenue, Fernie BC www.essentialyogastudio.com

Fernie, BC August 12 - 13, 2016

Yukon Blonde Camaro 67 Shred Kelly Wooden Horsemen The MatinĂŠe The Funk Hunters Bear Mountain Wild Honey Terra Lightfoot Linden Anthony wapitimusicfestival.com

10am-10pm daily


Business

Knowing is Half the Battle PATTY VADNAIS

THINKING ABOUT POWER AND BUSINESS, I was drawn to the old adage “knowledge is power.” The most successful people in the world have an incredible appetite for learning. They are always learning – whether reading books, researching reports, or experimenting. Top executives know that to stay on top they must continue to learn. Learning leads to knowledge, and knowledge gives a clear and powerful advantage over those that do not. Want the knowledge of business experts like Warren Buffet, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates? Read their books, or the books they read – Google any one of them and you will find a list of their favourite business books. You will also find a testament from them on the importance of always learning. Knowledge is everywhere in the digital age. Your consumers have access to all sorts of information they never had before. Think of the last major purchase you made without researching some aspect of it first. Your consumer is more knowledgeable than ever, all the more

BUSINESS ADVICE

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reason to take some time to develop and expand your own knowledge. Businesses that thrive will understand consumers, innovation, marketing trends, and demand trends. One great place to start finding great business books is the Chamber’s Biz Book Nook, where local business people have made recommendations of their favourite business books. Get your business focused with a book like Simon Sinek’s Start with Why, improve your management skills with Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman’s First Break All the Rules. Two great books on knowing your businesses purpose and knowing your people. If you really want to understand knowledge as power – read Roger Martin’s The Opposable Mind and learn how to hold two opposing ideas at once to create powerful solutions. You can find these books, and other great Biz Book Nook recommendations at Polar Peek Books, the Fernie Heritage Public Library, and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is always looking to add books to the Biz Book Nook. You can share your favourite business book with us on Twitter or Facebook using #bizbooknook. Or complete a short survey at www. surveymonkey.com/r/bizbooknook. Happy learning.

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Arts and Entertainment

F E AT U R E A R T I S T

TESSA KNOOP I was surprised to be asked to be in the feature artist column because I’ve never really viewed what I do as “art.” I’m not sure why; maybe because a huge part of my motivation is to make use of things that would otherwise end up in the dump, a burn pile or discarded in someone’s basement. I also have a desire for much nicer furniture than I can actually afford. The more I looked at each piece, however, the more I could see the flow, the patterns, the natural beauty of the wood that makes what I do an artistic endeavour, wrapped in a practical approach. Each piece is utterly unique, and built for the space and person involved.

My love for building started when I was a little kid on the sawdusty floor of my Dad’s workshop. He was always working on something, and I often had the job of cleaning up the scrap wood. These off-cuts took so many forms in my mind – and as I learned, as my dad had time to teach me – in my hands. Over the years. I’ve experimented with ways to make things more beautiful through building, but have always been limited by lack of space and tools. It wasn’t until we arrived in our current house, with the ancient, leaning garage and uneven timber plank floor backing onto the alley that I was truly able to explore the possibilities.

Noticing an abundance of pallets around town, many with beautiful wood grains and varieties hidden under dirt and scratches, led me to try building larger furniture for my family out of reclaimed lumber. I also haunted an amazing demolition yard on Vancouver Island, hauling lumber across the province to make furniture that I had always dreamed of. This went unexpectedly well, in spite of a couple of “learning opportunities” along the way, which resulted in some very funny looking pieces. Clients of my doggrooming business and friends started to notice the pieces I had in the house, orders were made much to my surprise, and Alley Pallets was born.


I love the idea of creating with such a minimal footprint. The pallets are slated for the dump, but become beautiful, solid furniture. The off-cuts go into our woodstove to heat the house, the sawdust goes into my compost. The reclaimed lumber I find becomes beautiful and useful again and carries its story on in a new form. I work from home, and my kids get to watch raw material become something gorgeous and functional. Every time I start a new project, I’m scared. But I have to do it. If I’m not making something with my hands I end up chaotic and unhappy. I want my kids to see me being nervous, overcoming the fear and moving forward. Figuring out how to make something work, learning something new every day, taking risks and solving problems are such important examples for me to set for them. I want my son and daughter to see that women are just as capable of building with their hands as men, and that they both are capable of anything if they are ready to work hard and take risks. I want them both to have the confidence and courage to take care of themselves and explore their creativity. My favourite time to work is late at night, glass of wine on the workbench, pile of pallets on the floor and U2 or Bon Jovi pounding from the stereo (much to my husband’s horror!) It’s an interesting, dusty, possibility-filled space that just fills me up! The Fernie community has been inspiring in its own way and I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it. The number of artistic, daring, creative, energetic people in this town is amazing and it feeds the energy and courage of those that want to take steps forward into the unknown. I don’t think I would have been able to maintain a homebased business, allowing me to so much time with my kids, in my workshop and my garden, if we lived in a larger city. I have felt encouraged and supported by my husband, family, friends, clients and strangers that have seen my work, and been lifted up by their excitement over what I’ve built. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Relaxing in the mountains is our passion! Come and check out our self serve dog wash and lounge! Open 7 days a week 791 A 2nd Ave, Fernie 250-423-4332 www.barkside.com


Arts and Entertainment

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

leap of faith with readers and sports fans alike. She confesses her struggles with sports, commitment and balance. Her candor in the personal topic of drugs in sports, and specifically cycling, gives the story unique depth and challenges the status quo: these are the stories that need to be told.

EMILY BRYDON

IT TAKES COURAGE to bare your heart and soul. It takes trust to share your deepest darkest secrets. It takes wisdom and humility to tell the story right – to put into words all the emotions, realities, experiences and thoughts that one experiences every second, minute and day. Open Heart, Open Mind does just that. What Clara Hughes does in her autobiography, Open Heart, Open Mind is nothing short of a miracle. She has provided the reader a glimpse behind the iron curtain into the world of sport and what it takes to become a champion. Clara has provided insight and perspective, which will not only change the face of sport but it will give voice to mental illness and help numerous athletes and people feel less alone in their struggles; it will inspire them to strive and continue, always putting one step in front of the other. It is very important for our heroes to tell their own stories. It is so easy for outsiders to create an ideal or a fantasy, which is often far off the mark. This autobiography humanizes athletes and sheds light on some of the struggles even the most “perfect star” athletes go through. This is the first step of many in unveiling the truth behind sport and just what it takes to achieve your dreams and goals. Sport looks glamorous; it appears exciting, thrilling and rewarding. Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. Clara’s story unveils some of the dirty truths about sport and the level of dedication invested

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in it. Her humility and honesty will change the course of many athletes’ careers over time and I am willing to go as far as to state that any young female or male athlete must read this book.  I know Clara personally, as we did some work together with Right To Play in the past, and I have also had the pleasure of being pushed to the limit on a couple bike rides with her. By having that personal connection, it helped me connect with the book even more; it provided context and validity in the times where it was almost too hard to believe. I found her struggles powerful and courageous – it gave words to emotions I felt while being an athlete. Her grit and tenacity to achieve and overcome pain is unmatched by anyone I know, but her vulnerability around it makes her human. With all the attention on mental illness in Canada right now, this book has come at the right time. Clara is a trailblazer and her story through sport gives hope to those who struggle and doubt themselves. Her ability to communicate often dark and wordless times helps the reader connect on his or her own individual level. One of the great lessons in this book is that of the struggle of balance. We all face that struggle, whether or not it is on a bike, at work or at home. We sometimes think that the superstars are immune to those struggles – this is what gives this story power; it is relatable. Clara takes a

My only sadness and disappointment while reading this autobiography is that is has the potential to be dark. I hope that people read it inspired by sport and their own challenges and are not turned away: it should lead, empower and educate. This story is riveting but also at times may come across as depressing. I am a believer that education and knowledge provide us tools to make smart choices. It is my hope that this story does just that: provide a strong platform from which to achieve dreams and goals. Clara is a fighter. Her message is consistent and powerful. From some of the greatest depths of despair came some of her greatest moments – that should give hope to all.  The most powerful underlying messages in this book is team. It is a lesson for us all. We are better as a team – when people who support, empower and inspire us are our guardians. Clara’s story reflects just that. Although her struggles were often alone, her “team” was always close by. Her confidants and partners were her pillars in times of success and failure, struggles and epiphanies. This is an important book for people to read. It will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, but then again, that is why we read. The honesty and bareness to the story will change lives. Even if you are not an athlete, this autobiography transcends all and has the ability to connect to every single one of us.

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RALPH FIENNES HAS HAD A CAREER playing characters who are grim and humourless. In The English Patient he played Count Laszlo, a Hungarian cartographer who, while mapping the deserts of Libya, ended up crippled and dying as the result of a plane crash. In Schindler’s List his character was Amon Goeth, the sadistic camp commandant who thwarted the efforts of Schindler to save the lives of Jewish prisoners. In The Constant Gardener his role was that of a grief stricken British diplomat desperately seeking answers regarding the death of his wife. Even in the dark comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, his character was that of the hotel manager, M. Gustave, a sad and lonely man. Given that his filmography is filled with such evil, sad and/or depressing characters, it is refreshing to see him play such a vibrant, almost hyperactive, character as one of the leads in A Bigger Splash. The film tells the story of four people, an aging pop star played by Tilda Swinton, her much younger boyfriend played by Matthias Schoenaerts, her ex-husband played by Ralph Fiennes, and his daughter played by Dakota Johnson. It deals with the angst that has built up between them over the years, with a beautiful Italian island forming the backdrop to the story. Tilda Swinton is excellent in the role of the pop diva, which isn’t surprising given that she has provided excellent performances throughout her career in such films as Hail Caesar, We Need to Talk about Kevin, Adaptation, and Michael Clayton. What is even more impressive is that Swinton plays a character in A Bigger Splash who is essentially mute throughout the film. While the movie focuses primarly on Swinton and Fiennes, her manic former manager and producer, they are supported by good

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performances by Johnson and Schoenaerts. Schoenaerts started his acting career on Belgian television. His first film role was at the age of 13 in a movie that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy awards in 1992. Since then he has had a busy acting career in both television and film. He appeared in Girl (2002). He starred opposite Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (2012) and was directed by Alan Rickman in A Little Chaos (2014). He starred with Carey Mulligan in Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), and had a supporting role in the incredible The Danish Girl (2015). At 27, Johnson has already had an interesting film career. Her first film role was in Crazy in Alabama (1999), when she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played the daughters of their real life mother Melanie Griffith. She appeared in 21 Jump Street (2012) and Black Mass (2015), and starred in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015). A Bigger Splash is directed by Sicilian-born Luca Guadagnino. He was raised in Ethiopia, but his earliest films were made in Italy. His directorial debut was The Protagonists (1999) (which also included Swinton), but his greatest recognition was for the Italian/Spanish film Melissa P. (2005). He also directed Swinton in I Am Love (2009) in which Swinton played a Russian mailorder bride. Swinton, it seems, is fluent in Italian and is comfortable with scripts written in that language. A Bigger Splash continues the collaboration between Guadagnino and Swinton. This is a remarkably engaging film. Two thumbs way, way up!

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MUSICAL NOTES

Happy Wednesdays! CAROLYN NIKODYM

MONSOON JUNE IS GONE for another year, and that means Fernie really gets its summer on. It’s all about squeezing every single drop of enjoyment out of the long days of this too-short season. Between the lake, bike rides and river runs, there are always places to go and people to see. Fun, but it can certainly get exhausting. Fortunately, the Wednesday Concert Series is a perfect reminder to kick back, and hang out with friends and family. The festivities start around 5:30pm (Fernie time) and it’s free! Many thanks to the organizers for putting together such a fun and talented lineup. July 6 • Jocelyn Pettit Band • Jocelyn Pettit is an accomplished fiddler, stepdancer and singer. Her quartet delivers spirited Celtic, Québécois and world folk music. Hailing from BC’s West Coast, the ensemble loves to spread the message of music: its ability to elate, its ability to unite, its ability to soothe. July 13 • Chinookin’ • This Calgarybased band doles out the classic rock that has a hint of blues, a dash of funk and a sprinkle of R & B. Guitarist Will Ripley was born and raised in Fernie, so this little homecoming should be quite the shindig. July 20 • The Cave Singers • Making a pit stop in Fernie on the way to the Calgary Folk Festival is Seattle indie band the Cave Singers. Together since 2007, since the breakup of guitarist Derek Fudesco’s Pretty Girls Make Graves, the trio is touring with its fifth album, Banshee, which was released in February. July 27 • Ayrad • In between its stops at the Calgary and the Canmore Folk Fests, Montreal six-piece world music band Ayrad graces the humble Arts Station. Before moving to Montreal in 2005, the

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band’s founder was born and raised in a musical family in Morocco. Ayrad’s music is very much rooted in the north African country, but it also borrows from other genres, from blues to flamenco. Ayrad’s self-titled debut was nominated for a Juno in 2015 and garnered a plenty of other award nods.

August 17 • The Sealegs • A folk-rock quintet hailing from landlocked Calgary, The Sealegs are high energy and love to entertain with songs about life on the open sea and shipwrecks. While the lyrics may be sarcastic and witty, the music is tight, zesty folk rock with a hint of drunken sailor.

August 3 • Po’ Ramblin’ Boys • Touring the bluegrass festival circuit this summer, the Tennessee quartet perform unapologetic traditional bluegrass, the kind that harkens hot summer days. These boys are the real deal – I mean, the band formed in 2014 to perform regularly at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery! Since then, the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have toured heavily around North America and Europe and released their debut record, Back to the Mountains, in February.

August 24 • Sean Ashby • The talented Mr. Ashby is back in Fernie with his raunchy guitar (he performed at Wapiti back in 2012). If you didn’t catch him back then, you need to catch him this time around. Whether playing a solo one-man band show or with other musicians, Ashby brings it all to the table, and it’s goooood.

August 10 • The Raven & The Fox • This duo out of Canmore is the perfect relaxed warmup to Wapiti weekend. Unpretentious and genuine, the pairing of seductive vocals and acoustic guitar will make your heart sing. Formed a few years ago out of Canmore’s open-mic scene, the Raven & the Fox (Julie Chang and veteran climber Sean Isaac) now play regularly in and around Canmore, as well as Edmonton and Calgary.

August 31 • Tasman Jude • “A reggae band out of Grande Prairie,” are not words a music writer thinks they’ll every write, but here we are. Formed out of an open-mic night in northern Alberta, the band has won over the hearts of many reggae fans. Tasman Jude’s lyrics of unity and positivity are a wonderful way to close out a summer of great music. Wednesday Concerts are at the Station Square, outside of The Arts Station, in downtown Fernie. Beverage garden opens at 5:30, with bands beginning at 6:30pm. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Community and Events

F E AT U R E R E S I D E N T

Jim and Alice Booth KRISTA TURCASSO

THE SENIORS DROP-IN CENTRE is a fixture of our community. Many of us have attended events held there over the years, from piano recitals to retirement parties, 3300 Club events to bridal showers. While it is a fantastic venue for hosting, it has become vital to the senior citizens living in our community. Enter Jim and Alice Booth. Originally from Ontario, they headed west, alongside many others, when the mines closed in their own small town and never looked back. An energetic couple who have called Fernie home since 1979, they decided to raise their four children here because it had the most opportunity for their family. The two have been active members of our community ever since, from sitting on boards—such as the Fernie Golf and Country Club—to owning and operating businesses such as the Grizzly Grind Coffee Shop at Fernie Alpine Resort. Their list of accolades is long and varied, and at its heart is a love for all things Fernie. While Jim and Alice had long been members of the Fernie and District Senior Citizens Society, it wasn’t until 2012 that they considered themselves active members. “It was kind of funny,” Jim recalls. “I was out golfing and came home to find out that I was now the President, and Alice was the Secretary.” “There was a need,” he adds. “The facility was pretty run down, the structures were very well used.” They met with Cam Mertz, who at the time was working with the City of Fernie in Leisure Services, and he helped them get started with grant applications. “Once the ball was rolling, we never stopped.” They raised a total of $185,000 for the renovation of the

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building, which added important elements such as handicap doors and bathrooms and a members-only space to allow people to still access the building when the main area was rented out, alongside revamping the majority of the interior. The City of Fernie put a new roof on the building, and also added to the exterior of the building with new sidewalks, railings and flower gardens. “They have been very supportive,” Jim notes.

With a fresh building to work with, the duo got started on programming. And wow, the activities available are impressive. Dominos, bridge, mah-jong, crafts, yoga, crib, gentle-fit, cards, decorative arts, Tai Chi, quilting, pay me cards, canasta cards, evening socials, weekly lunch, morning coffee… there is quite literally something for everybody at various points throughout the day.


“We added more of the active programs to bring different people into the centre, and also put on various seminars,” Alice says. “We wanted to get more vibrancy in the club, and to get seniors in the community to be engaged. It can be pretty lonely to be a senior citizen.” Both Jim and Alice work hard to ensure the space is open and welcoming to everyone, at any time. “It’s like Cheers here, you are always welcome,” Jim adds. They continue to evolve and grow the society, most recently by hiring an administrator to help with the day-today business as well as to create better exposure within the community. Both Jim and Alice believe that, as part of a community, you should give something back and help it to grow. “Being involved and volunteering is important,” Alice says. “You have to hope that once you aren’t able to volunteer any longer, someone else will step up and volunteer to enrich your life!”

the people were really, really welcoming. It was an easy community to move into. 4. What keeps you in Fernie? It’s home. Friends, activities, the people. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? Jim: I think mine is watching the snow first come down the mountain. I also love when it goes back up. Alice: No special memory, the whole experience really. I have a lot of good memories. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? Jim: You know, I like the fall. Because of the colours and the temperature is a little nicer. Alice: Spring, I like to watch the green start. 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years?

Take the time to visit the Fernie Seniors Drop-in Centre. Word on the street is that they serve a fabulous lunch, September through June and while there, you may just find something that sparks your interest, or is an opportunity for a friend or family member to get involved.

Jim: I would hope that Fernie would carry on being as vibrant as it has been. I do like some of the activities that are taking place. The Wednesday Concert Series, patios… gives the community a little more vibrancy. Alice: I would like to see even more activity, like outdoor plays, happening as well in summer. But I definitely don’t want to see it go downhill in any way.

1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here?

8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals?

In 1979, and mining brought us here.

We sit on the deck and have a coffee. Check the emails, check the calendar, go for a walk or come down here (the Drop-in Centre) to exercise.

2. Where did you first live in town? We first lived in the Ridgemont Apartments. 3. What was your first impression? Before we moved here, we came out to visit in 1974. It was August, the clouds were low, you couldn’t see the mountains and it was cold. We hit Fernie at a bad time. When we moved here in 1979, it was perfect, and so beautiful. We are small town people so it suited our lifestyle. And

9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. We are proud grand parents and proud great grand parents. 10. Quote to live by: Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

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THERE IS A FREEDOM IN SIMPLIFYING. We have all felt it: deleting emails, donating belongings, camping. I am due for a purge. Since having kids and moving into a larger house, I am flabbergasted at the amount of stuff that has collected in my life. I grew up with all the necessities, plus some extras. I had enough that I did not lack anything big, but little enough that I appreciated everything I had. My parents instilled in me a recognition of how fortunate I was. I do not know how they instilled this characteristic in me; their method was not overt and I’m not even sure they knew they were doing it. They never told me how lucky I was. Perhaps, I just picked up on their own attitudes. My son loves airplanes. Today, I counted the number of toy airplanes he has. I quit at 12. Can quantity sometimes detract from specialness? I mean, he enjoys piling up his planes and flying around the house, but he also enjoys wearing a towel and pretending they are his airplane wings or special rocket boosters. Does having so many toys increase imagination, or does the quantity decrease imagination. I love my kids, and I understand now more than ever the temptation to spoil them. But then I remind myself that the word spoil can also mean, “to go bad.” I want my kids to grow up feeling entitled to a good and happy life, but not feeling entitled to everything they want. Happiness weighs a lot less than stuff. A few months ago, our family went to Costa Rica. One of the things I loved about the trip was the simplicity. We only brought what our suitcases could hold. The kids had a few toys and a few books (though they got just as much joy out of playing with sticks and sand). I promised

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myself that I would bring some of that simplicity back home to my life in Fernie. So far, I’ve failed. I had good intentions, but I fell back into old patterns and into the hecticness of the everyday. I race around attempting to complete a never ending to-do list, taking breaks to check a phone that I like to think I own, but that, in moments of honest reflection, I realize owns me. Summer break is upon us, and I am hoping to inspire myself to infuse more simplicity into my life. I am ready to be amazed at how much fun we can have throwing rocks into the Elk River. The calendar feels full, but I know it is still possible. No, I don’t think my days will be as stress free as they were vacationing in Costa Rica, but there is lots of room for simplifying and the freedom that comes with it. I can give away some airplanes. I can leave the phone at the front door. I can pass on books I will never read again. I can walk in the woods with my kids and be reminded that we need very little. I am ready to simplify. I am ready to let go of stuff. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Over Powered SHELBY CAIN

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO, when I can scrape up a spare hour, is to go to Kim Shopland’s fitness class. She is in charge. And from the moment I walk in the door, I know this. Everyone knows this. For the next sixty minutes Kim has all the power. She tells me what to do, what not to do. How fast to go, how slow to go. When I do something wrong, she corrects me. If I try to do it my own way she stops me, “that’s not the right way,” she says, “it’s not safe. Do it my way. I’m trying to help you.” It’s fantastic. When I first started going to her class I was shocked by how I responded to this type of direction. I couldn’t wait for more. And so, as most writers who write about themselves on the regular tend to do, I asked myself some questions. An interview of sorts. Why was I so drawn to this type of coaching? Why was I looking for someone to take over and make all of the decisions? Here’s what I came up with. As parents, we have a lot of power. It may not feel like it some days, but we do. On a daily basis we make hundreds of decisions that affect the growth and development of a human being. A real person that will one day be running a company or saving lives or growing people of their own. It’s a huge deal. We know this. And so we put every ounce of time and energy we can spare into deciding where we should live and what school they should go to and what activities they should be involved in, right down to how many servings of vegetables they should have per day. It’s freaking exhausting. Recently, I conducted an ex-parent-ment (couldn’t resist). I attempted to count how many decisions I made in a regular day with my children. From clothing to meals to excursions to safety. Halfway through the day I decided this was a bad decision and ended it. Conclusion – if you’re wondering why you’re so tired all the time

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as a parent, it’s because you’re a powerwielding dictator. But you have to be. That’s your job. You know the right way, and the safe way, to do things. At least this is the case most of the time. When you don’t know the correct course of action, you fake it ‘til you make it. Being this powerful can really wear you out. That’s why, I find, having a little sanctuary where you can go and let someone else make all the decisions is much needed. If you happen to have a job where you relinquish power to a superior, you may not have quite the same desire as I do. Or if you have teenagers. Or a bossy partner. Now, all this said, I know the end of my reign will come. When Five and Seven become Fifteen and Seventeen I will laugh at the old me, looking for a reprieve from my power-trip. There are hints in the air. A few days ago Five was attempting to ride

her bike to school. She hopped up onto her bike seat, her giant purple backpack slung off the edges of her tiny shoulders, threatening to be sucked into the back wheel the moment she started pedaling. I put down my own bike and started to fuss with her straps. She looked up at me with the skepticism of a wise old grade-schooler and said “Mom. Relax. I got this.” What? I stood back and looked at her, running the foregone scenario of how this would end through my head. And then I quoted Kim Shopland. “That’s not the right way. It’s not safe. Do it my way. I’m trying to help you.” She sighed deeply, and let me get her sorted out. For now. But I know she has to learn things on her own. Make her own mistakes. We all do. And maybe giving up some of my power won’t be such a bad thing.

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Outdoor Life

DOWN TO EARTH: THE NEXT CHAPTER

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Aaron Levesque HELEN MCALLISTER AND JENNIFER HEATH

WHEN FERNIE FIRST ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A TOWN, many residents grew their own food. It was a matter of survival. Their yard was a place they could feed their families. A lawn was not a concept they were familiar with. Over time, humans have become obsessed with the perfect green lawn and have invested copious amounts of coin and time to maintain it. Fast forward to today – there is a new generation of gardeners who are

concerned about where their food comes from and how it is grown. Veggie pots and plots are emerging around every corner. Yet the concept of a front lawn, is still the norm in our neighbourhoods. In 2015, Aaron Levesque decided it was her turn to join the urban farmers. She chose her front yard as it was a space that saw no use and essentially sat vacant. Together, with her husband and two teenage boys, she converted her entire front lawn into useable food growing space. They decided if they were going to do it, they would “make it part of the architecture of the home.” They rented a sod-cutter, removed the lawn, and offered it for free at the front of their house. By the end of the day, it was gone. They


brought in quarried stones to define the garden space, and more than a dump truck load of soil. It was a family project to install the rocks by hand. “Now we feel very accomplished and we use the front yard space all the time.” Aaron reports little trouble with deer and attributes her success to the use of a motion-activated water sprinkler. Aaron and her husband Jon are both originally from Saskatchewan. Jon has a farming background and Aaron grew up in the city, only moving to an acreage during her teenage years. She recalls her earliest memories of gardening with her mom and shares her secret to success – adding horse manure to enrich the soil. “I’m a sucker for horse poop! It’s sentimental because it’s what I did with my mom.” 2016 marks Aaron’s second year of growing her own food. “I’m very linear by nature. This year I’m trying to be more free-spirited about it. It gets me anxious but it keeps me creative.” She would eventually like to convert more of her backyard into food. She is already creeping in that direction with perennial crops like raspberries and asparagus finding their home there. Amazingly, she reports that her family are not keen on vegetables so the crops she plants are influenced by their palates. However, she has been able to convince them to try some new things if it comes from the garden. Her favourite crop is her perennial herbs. “They pop up without much coaxing. They are like my little friends. I can count on them.” As a new gardener, Aaron tries to learn one thing at a time until it becomes habit and she doesn’t have to think about it too much. “It’s easier than people think it is,” she states. “When you grow it yourself, you don’t waste anything. It seems more precious, and you value [your food] so much more.” Aaron also appreciates knowing where her food comes from and how it is grown. She would like to add something new to her gardening knowledge each year. This summer she

plans to investigate rainwater catchment for irrigation. She also wants to tackle her biggest challenge of timing seed starts both indoors and outside. Aaron is pragmatic in her approach and does not want to grow more food than she can manage so that she can maximize her yields and not waste any of her bounty. When asked what response she has received from the community she recounts a very positive reaction. “The front yard invites everyone to enjoy it. It creates a conversation. I want to share it and for others to join in.” Perhaps you’ll feel empowered by Aaron’s bold gardening choice to join her in the conversation. Aaron’s tip: “Think outside the box. Stick something in a pot or in the ground and see what happens. You’ll get hooked!”

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July 2016 Monthly Events FRIDAY 1.7.2016 Canada Day Festivities @ The Fernie Aquatic Centre, 125pm. Enjoy the first of the Fernie Mountain Market, alongside live music, food vendors, a refreshment garden, and an amazing fireworks display. Canada Day Party with the Fernie Yacht Club @ The Northern FRIDAY 1.7.2016 – SUNDAY 3.7.2016 Fernie3 Mountain Bike Race @ Fernie Trail Network. A three-day stage race with a one day option, and new this year timed descents. SATURDAY 2.7.2016 13th Annual PDGA Disc Golf Tournament @ Lizard Range Disc Golf Course, James White Park followed by party and prizes and the Parkplace Pub. Fernie Roll & Sole Festival @ Fernie Trail Network and Downtown Fernie. Fun events, guided bike rides, hikes and runs and more. Trails In Motion: The World’s Trail Running Film Fest @ The Arts Station, 6pm. Presented by Stag Leap, a great evening of film with draw prizes, popcorn and beer. 5th Annual Eureka Summertime Festival @ Riverside Park, downtown Eureka, Montana. Free live music, HA Brewery on tap, vendors, Paws for Pancakes breakfast fundraiser at 8am, live music starts at 10am. Due Clause Trio Live @ The Northern SUNDAY 3.7.2016 Fernie Roll & Sole Festival @ Fernie Trail Network and Downtown Fernie. Fun events, guided bike rides, hikes and runs and more. Stag Leap’s King of the Castle Vertical Climb @ Castle Mountain, 10am. Guided Hikes: Big White Peak @ Island Lake Lodge, 250423-3700 TUESDAY 5.7.2016 FMBC 2knee Tuesday Ride Series @ Dem Bones, 7pm. Bring a toonie, ride a trail, drink a beer, brag with friends. Weather dependent. Mountain High Adventures Paddleboard Race @ Elk River. The 2nd Annual SUP race, fun for participants and spectators. info@raftfernie.com, 250-423-5008 WEDNESDAY 6.7.2016 Wednesday Concert Series: The Jocelyn Pettit Band @ Fernie Arts Station, 5:30-9pm. Vibrant fiddle player, stepdancer, singer and composer Jocelyn Pettit and her band of musicians kicks off this popular summer series! THURSDAY 7.7.2016 Jay Aymar @ Infinitea, 8pm FRIDAY 8.7.2016 Roger Rookie Tour Tennis Tournament @ James White Tennis Courts, 11am-3pm for ages 6-16 Farmer the Band @ Infinitea, 8pm SATURDAY 9.7.2016 Kootenay Trout Hatchery 2nd Annual “Kick Off the Summer” Event @ Kootenay Trout Hatchery, 10:30am – 3:30pm. A free, fun family festival with bouncy castle, face painting, live music, fish races, mini farmer’s market, celebration cake, and a variety of surprise guests. SATURDAY 9.7.2016- Sunday 10.7.2016 Ladies “Get Into It” Weekend @ Fernie Trails. Two halfdays providing the opportunity to increase confidence in a friendly environment. 1-888-843-4885, manager@ ferniebikeguides.ca Kids Mountain Bike Camp @ Fernie Trail Network for kids ages 8-12 by the Fernie Bike Guides. 1-888-843-4885, manager@ferniebikeguides.ca Split Dream @ Infinitea, 8pm

SUNDAY 10.7.2016 Out of the Box: A Dumpster Art Project @ The Arts Station. Watch as ten commercial trash dumpsters are transformed into works of public art by regional artists, and vote for your favourite dumpster! Participate in the publc submission or partake in the various activities taking place in Station Square. Community Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Residents of the Elk Valley enjoy a lift ride on Fernie Alpine Resort, either to enjoy the views at the Lost Boys Café, hike one of their amazing trails, or enjoy the ride back down on your bike! 25% off bike rentals, BBQ at the base and complimentary hikes. www.skifernie.com Downtown Sunday Socials: Artsy Fartsy @ Victoria Avenue, 1-4pm. Enjoy a pedestrian only 2nd Ave, entertainment and various kids activities. Each Sunday has its own theme. Hachey the Mouthpeace & Sam Klass @ Infinitea, 8pm MONDAY 11.7.2016 FMBC Little Critter Bike Race @ James White Park, 6pm TUESDAY 12.7.2016 Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) Support Group @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am Kids’ Workshop: Craftastic Summer Series with Becca Musso & Friends @ The Arts Station, 10am-12pm. Call 250423-4842 to register. FMBC 2knee Tuesday Ride Series @ R-Trail – Oh Dear, 7pm. Bring a toonie, ride a trail, drink a beer, brag with friends. Weather dependent. WEDNESDAY 13.7.2016 Wednesday Concert Series: Chinookin’ @ Fernie Arts Station, 5:30-9pm. Fernie-raised musician Will Ripley is back with his Calgary-based rock band sure to have the crowd on their feet! FRIDAY 15.7.2016 Tennis Camp for Ages 3-5 @ James White Park, 10am-12pm Yin/Restorative with Yoga Nidra @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:15-10pm Wild Nature Tours Hike @ Castle Mountain, 2pm wildnaturetours.ca SATURDAY 16.7.2016 SUP Yoga at Koocanusa @ Essential Yoga Studio, 3-4pm Griz Kids Summer Carnival @ Fernie Alpine Resort. Balloon animals, crafts, games, and more for free! Wild Nature Tours overnight @ Flathead, wildnaturetours.ca Cowpuncher Live @ The Northern SUNDAY 17.7.2016 Guided Hikes: Mountain Lakes/Heiko’s Trail @ Island Lake Lodge, 250-423-3700 Downtown Sunday Socials @ Victoria Avenue, 1-4pm. Enjoy a pedestrian only 2nd Ave, entertainment and various kids activities. Each Sunday has its own theme. MONDAY 18.7.2016 Fernie Ambassador Industry Night @ Fernie Hotel. Current Ambassadors receive a complimentary beer, snacks and updates on the program. Future Ambassadors are welcome to come and learn what it’s all about. 6pm-8pm Clayton Parsons & Joelle Winkle @ Infinitea, 8pm MONDAY 18.7.2016 – FRIDAY 22.7.2016 Kids’ Pottery Workshop: Ancient Ruins with Kerri Holmes @ The Arts Station, 9:30am – 12pm. Full week or drop in, ages 5-10 years old. TUESDAY 19.7.2016 FMBC 2knee Tuesday Ride Series @ Mushroom Head – Red Sonya, 7pm. Bring a toonie, ride a trail, drink a beer, brag with friends. Weather dependent. Sam Weber @ Infinitea, 8pm

CHECK OUT THE FERNIE FIX EVENTS CALENDAR ONLINE AT WWW.FERNIEFIX.COM WEDNESDAY 20.7.2016 Wednesday Concert Series: The Cave Singers @ Fernie Arts Station, 5:30-9pm. Probably the most anticipated act in the series, this Indie Rock Band from Seattle, Washington is sure to impress. Carter and the Capitals Live @ The Northern THURSDAY 21.7.2016 Wild Nature Tours Hike @ Fernie Provincial Park, 6:30pm wildnaturetours.ca Splish, Splash, Sploosh @ Fernie Water Park at Fernie Aquatic Centre, 3-5pm. The Fernie Heritage Library invites you to join them for a few hours in the sunshine with music, stories and lots of fun and games. Free, everyone welcome. Laura Sheila Tremblay @ Infinitea, 8pm FRIDAY 22.7.2016 Tennis Camp for Ages 3-5 @ James White Park, 10am-12pm SATURDAY 23.7.2016 – SUNDAY 24.7.2016 Singletrack 3 @ Fernie Trails Network. This year, the Singletrack3 has chosen Fernie’s awesome trails for two stages of this six-day mountain bike stage race. Singletrack6.com Wild Nature Tours Hike @ Silver Springs, 10am wildnaturetours.ca SUNDAY 24.7.2016 East Kootenay Adult/Junior Open @ Fernie Golf & Country Club Bocephus King @ Infinitea, 8pm TUESDAY 26.7.2016 Kids’ Workshop: Craftastic Summer Series with Becca Musso & Friends @ The Arts Station, 10am-12pm. Call 250423-4842 to register. FMBC 2knee Tuesday Ride Series @ 48 Hours (may change because of logging), 7pm. Bring a toonie, ride a trail, drink a beer, brag with friends. Weather dependent. Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 8pm WEDNESDAY 27.7.2016 Wednesday Concert Series: Ayrad @ Fernie Arts Station, 5:30-9pm. A world music group from Montreal, playing a modern spin on traditional Moroccan music.

THURSDAY 28.7.2016

Gallery Opening: Visual Arts Guild @ The Arts Station FRIDAY 29.7.2016 Tennis Camp for Ages 3-5 @ James White Park, 10am-12pm Daisy Blue @ Infinitea, 8pm SATURDAY 30.7.2016 – SUNDAY 31.7.2016 Ladies Next Step Sessions @ Fernie Trail Network. Want a refresh or to learn more? These sessions are for you! 1-888843-4885, manager@ferniebikeguides.ca SATURDAY 30.7.2016 SUP Yoga at Koocanusa @ Essential Yoga Studio, 3-4pm Crafty Comedy Night @ Fernie Community Centre, 8-11:30pm. A night of inflectional laughter, local beer and tasty food with three hilarious comedians: Ken Valgardson, Dan Clarke and Drew Behm. Event raises funds for the Elk River Alliance, www.elkriveralliance.ca 7th Annual Porky Blue Mountain Bike Ride @ Fernie Trails and the Fernie Hotel. Visit www.fernietrails.com for more details. SUNDAY 31.7.2016 Guided Hikes: Tamarack Viewpoint Kids Hike @ Island Lake Lodge, 250-423-3700 Downtown Sunday Socials: Wapiti Kick-Off Event @ Victoria Avenue, 1-4pm. Enjoy a pedestrian only 2nd Ave, entertainment and various kids activities. Each Sunday has its own theme.


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July 2016 Weekly Events

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Burger and Bud $14.99 @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel $6 Meals all Day and Astrology Drop-in after 7pm @ Infinitea Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) @ Parkplace Pub Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Free Pool, Spice Rum Special @ The Royal, 10pm Jam Night with Zac @ The Rusty Edge, 3-6pm Date Night @ Island Lake Lodge, 5-9pm. Enjoy a romantic dinner with two entrees, two glasses of bubbly and an appy to share for $79 per couple. Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close I Love Mondays @ Island Lake Lodge, buy one treatment and get a 2nd for 50% off TUESDAYS Pasta Specials @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ Parkplace Pub $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all three for $275

$10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal $5 Kids Dinner @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 5-9pm Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close WEDNESDAYS $7 Single or $14 Double Wings @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ Parkplace Pub Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea Crochet Collective & Sweater Club Knitting @ Infinitea, 7-9pm Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern $10 Vietnamese Sub and Beer @ Pho Locoal $10 Pizza Night @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 5-9pm Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing services. Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close Wine Tasting Wednesdays @ Island Lake Lodge, 5-course tasting menu paired with 5 wines. $99 per person

OUTDOOR & FAMILY MONDAYS •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Kids’ Workshop: Club Cre8 @ The Arts Station TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:3010:30am •Summer reading camp “Book a Trip” @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm. Free, email ferniesrc@gmail.com for details. •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Ladies Only Golf Clinic @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Ladies Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •FMBC Two-knee Race Series on Tuesdays @ Fernie Trails, www.bikefernie.ca WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm

THURSDAYS Tacos for $12.95 @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern $10 lasagna @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 5-9pm $8 2oz Cocktails @ Infinitea Summer Happy Hour@ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close Buck a Shuck Thursdays @ Cirque, $1 Oysters, $5 Presecco, $5 Kokanee Friends Who Spa Together Stay Together @ Island Lake Lodge, bring a friend and get a free mini-mani or a brow or lash treatment FRIDAYS Full Rack of Ribs $19.95 @ Boston Pizza Tastings at The Tipple @ The Tipple. 1st Friday of the month only. Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips plus Rib Night @ Parkplace Pub $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA.Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Live Music @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 6-9pm DJ Aurora @ The Griz Bar Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm

Bike •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:3010:30am •Fernie Women on Wheels @ The Guide’s Hut, 6:30pm. •Summer reading camp “Book a Trip” @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm. Free, email ferniesrc@gmail.com for details. •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Wednesday Concert Series @ The Arts Station, 5:30-9pm •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf & Country Club THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. Flying and practice •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:3010:30pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. •Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:3010:30am •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Trail Maintenance Night with FMBC @ Fernie Bike Park, 6:30pm

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to close Take Care Fridays @ Island Lake Lodge, take care of your skin with $25 off Yonka facials and 25% off Yonka products SATURDAYS Any Large Pizza for Medium Charge @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Open Mix and Live Music @ The Fernie Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Rib Night: $19 Half/$24 Full @ Parkplace Pub Songwriting Workshops and Wine Specials @ Infinitea, 5pm 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro SUNDAYS Kids Sunday $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea CLOSED (available for special events/private parties) @ The Royal Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort $18 Sausage and Mash @ Parkplace Pub 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ Parkplace Pub Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro

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•Little Sprouts Free Program @ Creative Minds Forest School Garden at Max Turyk School, 9:30-11:30am •Little Sprouts in the Garden @ Community EcoGarden at Prentice Park, 9:30- 11:30am •Summer reading camp “Book a Trip” @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm. •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Ladies Only Golf Clinic @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Scott Thursday Night Race Series @ Fernie Alp;ine Resort, before 6:30pm at the Adventure Centre Cabin FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7:30pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library Ages 0-2 11:15am •Women’s Writing Group @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 2-4pm. •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Fernie Heritage Library, first Friday of the month. •Summer reading camp “Book a Trip,” @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-3pm. Free, email ferniesrc@gmail.com for details. SATURDAYS •Family French Fun @ The Arts Station, 10:30-11:30am. $12/ person or $5 per family member (maximum $20/family). •Teen Wheel Pottery @ The Fernie Arts Station 10am-Noon $125/ month $30/drop in •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Historical Walking Tour @ Fernie Museum, 11am. •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •First Sunday of the Month Family Climb Time @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 2-4pm •Fernie Mountain Market @ Rotary Park, 10am-2pm

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N E V E R H AV E I E V E R

JESSE BELL PHOTO

A Solo Camp Adventure JESSE BELL

WHEN ALONE IN THE WOODS on a dark and stormy night, the stillness is both awful and sublime. The wind breathes in an alarming whisper, leaves flutter with uncertainty. The tumbling rock and crackling branch is a bear, a cougar, a vengeful murderer. And I am the woman who hides in her tent beneath the heavy rain, easy prey for all of the above. Or, at least, my mind wanders freely in the solitude and this is how I imagine my last moments. Ah yes, solo-camping at its finest. I’ve just spent the last hour hiking to a secret lake tucked beneath a towering cliff face. Though my original plan to camp with a friend was foiled by 40 millimetres

of rain, I decide to camp anyway and pack my overnight bag. I hike the short 3.5 km below relentless rain to the beautiful, deep-green lake, my own personal Shangri-La. This is one of my favourite places—silent, a deep contrast to bustling summer months. I carry my umbrella and weave along the trail, lush with Indian Paintbrushes and wildflowers, a vibrant emerald woodland. Water flicks from droopy branches. My dog Brady zips ahead of me, a trusted companion. When we arrive at camp I pick the least saturated location, although puddles are everywhere. I pull out my tarp, lay it on slanted rock and dirt along the lake and frantically set up my small two-person tent in the rain. Brady watches, the odd shiver escaping his body. By the time I finish setting up, the inside of my tent is wet. I lay out my tiny Thermarest mattress and sleeping bag. I

dry the tent floor with the blanket. I dry Brady with the blanket. I attempt to dry my now wet mattress with the blanket. The blanket is wet, everything is wet. I boil water with my tiny stove and eat a re-hydrated beef stroganoff, steaming hot inside my tent. It might be the most delicious tinfoil bag meal I have ever eaten. I feed Brady and head back outside to hang my food bag in a faraway tree – a preventative measure for a safe sleep. I find a decent tree 50 feet away and, looping rope around a heavy rock, I whip the rock over a branch, hoist the bag and tie a knot. Once back at the tent I notice water pooling at its corners. I dig drainage ditches with my boot and hope this will be enough to keep me pleasantly dry. We crawl inside and I look to Brady, the rain pelting the vestibule. “What now?” I ask him.


He looks at me with a blank stare, a slight tilt of his head. It’s only 8pm. Can I fast-forward the next 12 hours? I think to myself. I change into warm clothes and crawl into my sleeping bag with a book of Robert Frost poems. An hour later the rain lightens. Birds chirp in celebration as though it were a bright, shiny morning and not past dusk. I peak out from the vestibule and look at the lake—small ripples from slight rain disperse on its surface. I am the only one here. As I settle inside comfortably, Brady lets out a “woof.” He’s a nervous dog; I’m certain it’s nothing. He woofs again. Dread slowly creeps into my body. I unzip the vestibule and peak outside with great hesitation. The light is nearly nonexistent. Shapes blur and darkness grows with each passing moment. “Who’s out there?” I ask, as though some creature might reply. “Go Away!” I can hear rock falling from the bank across the lake, crashing into the water.

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I insert earplugs and my mind wanders to the most chilling places it possibly could. The dog has proved himself inadequate. Hours pass in restlessness. Brady shivers next to me. We cuddle while I try to maintain the dryness of the tent. The rain picks up again and water pools in the topleft corner near my head. I take my extra toque with the large pom-pom and use it to soak up the growing puddle. By morning I’ve had two to three hours sleep and want nothing more than to go home. I wait for enough light before packing up. I squeeze water from the pom-pom, skip breakfast and hike out.

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Our Harvest

Feast &Fest

When I reach the car I strip to my skivvies and crank the heat. It is 7am. Indeed, the silence of a companionless adventure is at once frightening and fabulous. And when it rains 40 millimetres, it is very, very wet, although empowering.

Sept 10th a local brew ha ha!

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A fundraiser for the: Elk River Alliance Three Hilarious Comedians: Drew Behm, Dan Clarke & Ken Valgardson

Pizza, Local Beer & Snacks Available Tickets:

(includes first drink) $30 in advance/$35 at the door Now available on our website:

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A Guide to Intermediate Trails at FAR KAREN PEPPER

FOLLOWING MY JUNE ARTICLE, I thought we’d step it up into the intermediate downhill trails at Fernie Alpine Resort. These “blue” trails are a great progression from the novice trails described last month. They are absolutely manageable (and fun!) for the numerous cross-country riders in Fernie that may want to delve into the downhill experience. Advanced riders also love these trails, as do downhill racers – these trails are favourite race courses for the SCOTT Thursday Night Race Series.

So, get your gear on and let’s go!

Hollow Tree (#22) Hollow Tree is accessed from the Elk Chairlift, via the Deer Trail (#6). The ultimate Fernie classic trail, Hollow Tree boasts loamy singletrack that winds its way through beautiful, mature forest. This is a great trail for intermediate riders, as it has a medium grade with plenty of natural terrain features (roots, rocks and rolls) to negotiate. A fun trail to develop and practice technical skills!

Top Gun (#33) Another one of Fernie’s most loved trails, Top Gun is also accessed from the Elk Chairlift, via the Deer Trail (#6). The trail is machine-made with flowy berms and rollers. All features can be rolled over, providing a great option for progressing your riding. It’s also a great transitional

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trail for groups with varying interests and abilities. Be sure to manage your speed to your ability on this trail – it can live up to its name as more advanced riders love to ramp up their speed and take flight!

Bin Logdin (#35) Bin Logdin can be accessed via the Timber Chair for advanced riders, but for intermediate riders, it’s best to access via the Elk Chair. Take Deer Trail (#6) all the way across to the access road that goes uphill around the top of the Deer Chair, and follow this road to the Bin Logdin trailhead. I promise it will be well worth the pedal! This popular trail is like Eville on steroids – full of amped up flowy berms, rollers, and wall rides. The trail has a low grade for the most part (with a few steeper sections), and is machinemade with a hard packed surface. Bin Logdin will connect up with the bottom FERNIEFIX.COM

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of Rumplestumpskin (#30), where you can choose your rock-star finish on the wooden ramp (easy to roll over) or hook onto the bottom of Deer Trail via a left turn in the last tree island for a more mellow finish.

What’s Next? Once you’ve mastered these trails, there are still a number of intermediate trails to try out. Want to test your technical skills and balance? Ewok (#38) is a tight trail that snakes its way through the forest utilizing low- to medium-height wood features. About two-thirds of the trail is made up of these wood features, and the rest is smooth dirt. The two-foot wide wooden “sidewalk” is reminiscent of the Star Wars Ewok Village – a great place to improve your confidence on raised features! Access this trail from the Elk Chairlift – there are a variety of novice and intermediate trails to ride to the Ewok trailhead, including Ben’s Big Rig (#17) and Mr. Berms (#34). See you on the trails!

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SUMMER HIKES WITH THE ELK RIVER ALLIANCE

AYLA BENNETT PHOTO /ELK RIVER ALLIANCE

Silver Springs AYLA BENNETT

WATER LITERALLY MOVES MOUNTAINS. Every day, water in its amazing states of solid, liquid and gas is essentially wearing down mountains, attempting to transform them into prairies. Water is a sculptor, carving out the rugged peaks, basins and ridges of the beautiful mountain landscape that we all love. Most recently (geologically speaking), a kilometre of ice filled the valley, carving out the flat bottomed “U-shaped� Elk Valley. This river of ice has been in retreat for thousands of years, leaving the Petain Glacier in Elk Lakes Provincial Park as the last remnant piece.

Ice plucks, bulldozes rock, deposits gravel piles, and glacial melt water can sometimes get trapped behind terminal moraines or walls of gravel and rock, like the one that formed near the Morrissey Tunnel that held back Glacial Lake Elk. This ancient lake was so deep it flowed east out the Crowsnest Pass. An accepted theory among geologists and naturalists is that when the rock dam holding back Glacial Lake Elk burst, the floodwaters rushed westward. Colliding with the huge pile of debris from the glacier in the Rocky Mountain Trench, the raging floodwaters shifted to the south and carved out a 230 m deep, 350-750 m wide and 4.5 km long trench, creating the local chain of alpine lakes known as Silver Springs. This incredible geologic feature is now a popular destination for many types of recreational activities.

Silver Springs represents the power of water. It also shows the power of people who care about this local gem. During the last decade locals and visitors have expressed disappointment and frustration with degradation to the area. During the busy months, from June to August, thousands of users embark on the short hike to jump off the cliffs into the turquoise, crystal-clear water. Unfortunately a small number of thoughtless and careless users are abusing the privilege of this special place. People haul in floating toys and coolers of beer, break bottles and discard cigarette butts, as well as camping overnight where no public toilet facilities exist. If you pack it in, why not pack it out? Assembled random fire pits are mistakenly used as garbage cans! Human waste is rampant from random campers as there is not a


bathroom available. A huge concern is the fear of wild fires escaping into the dry Douglas fir forest and restricted access by firefighters. Many locals no longer visit Silver Springs in the summer months, for fear of what they might encounter. Since 2011, a core group of Elk River Alliance (ERA) volunteers has pledged to care for Silver Springs and do their part to keep it in a pristine condition that enhances the backcountry experience. Every BC Rivers Day, ERA, along with youth from the Fernie Christian Youth Group and other volunteers, leave the site in a condition that protects the integrity of the recreational experience all expect and would like to encounter. For 2016, ERA is working on improving parking, signing and installing a composting toilet. Silver Springs is not just a place for people to have fun; it is also a critical wildlife corridor for animals moving between the Wigwam Flats and the Elk Valley. Bighorn sheep utilize the area as a winter range. To access Silver Springs, take the first east turn south of the railway bridge in Elko. Drive through the historic community snaking on the main paved route to River Road. Cross the Elk River, and a few hundred metres past the km 5 marker, there are a number of access points and trails. There are several places to park to access the road to the south under the power line. Hike past the yellow gate up the hill and in 500 m you will see the well worn path that is a short 1 km hike up to the lakes. When you crest the top and see the beautiful lake, the trail veers off to the left (east). ERA is working this summer on a more established parking lot and easy-tofind trailhead. Silver Springs is a community-cared-for site, so please “take only pictures and leave only footprints.� Or better yet, take a bag with you and do your part to leave this precious place cleaner than when you arrived!

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HITTING THE TRAILS WITH THE FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE

Power Through Collaboration TERRY NELSON

I RECENTLY ATTENDED A COLUMBIA BASIN TRUST trail meeting, hosted by the Fernie Trails Alliance, where the assembly of 50 diverse people revealed a collective passion that spotlighted the power that is possible with cooperation. The damming of the Kootenay River at Libby created Lake Koocanusa, which generates hydro-electric power and provides downstream flood control. With the dam came an international treaty compensation agreement, which created a legacy fund managed by the CBT. The Trust supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well being, and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

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CBT has reached out to progressive trailmanaging organizations, to show support and discover where their funding can be best utilized in the Basin. The power and structure behind such an organization really comes to light when you are amongst a focus group willing to volunteer its time, expertise and energies, and work together to fulfil this objective. The meeting’s agenda included presentations on Asset Management, Trail App Development (see Trailforks), Risk Aversion, Funding Procurement, Trail Construction Methods, Land-Use Agreements, Marketing and Regional Network Support, all intended to provide trail-use organizations with the tools required to build support and capacity within this not-so-easily navigable terrain. When groups are given the opportunity to share their experience and skills, the value of this collaboration cannot be understated.

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The makeup of trail organizations have evolved from the pick-axe-, Pulaski-, and brush saw-wielding enthusiasts into multifaceted, complex management groups—requiring employees, contractors, bookkeepers, and a strong and powerful volunteer body—that are responsible for organizing and delivering $100,000-plus annual budgets. With the goal of providing recreational infrastructure that will serve for generations to come, trails societies and

clubs must evolve to meet these long-term needs. The meeting attendees included Sparwood Trails Alliance, Golden Cycling Club, Fernie Nordic Society, Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance, Fernie Snowmobile Club, Elkford ATV Club, Kootenay Columbia Trail Society, Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, Slocan Rails to Trails Society, Salmo Equestrian Club, FERNIEFIX.COM

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Cheers to another epic summer in Fernie!

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and Fernie Trails Alliance. It’s inspiring to see that these diverse groups, powered mainly by passion, are able to build a significant network of accessible, wellmaintained trail systems throughout the region. Fernie Trails Alliance has built an operational model, that has many like organizations requesting our assistance and guidance so they are better equipped to tackle all that is involved in bringing trails that promote a culture of healthy, active living and other positive benefits to their communities throughout the Columbia Basin. When you are personally proud of all of the successes the FTA has enjoyed over the last couple of years, and get to share your information and knowledge about the trail-related progress achieved in our community, it makes the sun around us shine a bit brighter. Thanks CBT. Happy Trails.

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continue straight ahead to Mushroom Head. This is another good climb to test the legs.

Distance: Approx. 10km Time: 2 + hours Difficulty: Black

Now that you are warmed up, it’s time to head up Lactic Ridge, the final climb before enjoying the downhill. Here is where your power will really be tested with a relentless climb to the top. The suffering is reduced slightly if you stay right and take Moccasin to S-Bomb. After grinding it out on the road, watch for the sign on the left to S-Bomb. Follow the traverse, which has some exposure on the left-hand side.

Power, one way to improve it is to grind up some of the technical and punchy climbs our Fernie trail network has to offer. A classic Fernie grunt is Lactic Ridge, named appropriately! I like to start from Phat Bastard to get another challenging climb in. From West Fernie, ride up Burma Road until you spot a small parking lot on your left, approximately 100m beyond Stewart Avenue. Follow the signage to Phat Bastard from here. You will need some power to get up some of the punchy and rooty sections. After negotiating some switchbacks towards the top, cross the power line and

After all that hard work, enjoy the berms and long descent on S-Bomb. I like to continue on Brokeback for more fun corners. At the bottom, stay right down to Island Lake Road. If your legs still have some juice, there are plenty of other great trails to ride in the Provincial Park.

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Components to a Backyard

OUTDOOR LIVING

Insert “must have” components OK, now think about the functionality and things that have to be. Is your garage separated from the house? If so, how about a non-muddy connection? A pathway made of gravel, pavers or flagstones are just a couple of options. Do you have great patio doors off the living room? A patio or deck is going to really make that usable. What about a retaining wall to terrace that steep back end of the yard and make it useable?

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A BACKYARD LANDSCAPE DESIGN is made up of two landscaping components, softscape and hardscape materials. Essentially the Hardscape is the skeleton of your yard, the shape of the land and things built into it. It includes features such as rockery, paver applications, retaining walls, and water features. Softscape elements are the growing/easily amended parts. Shrubs, trees, plants, and flowers that provide beauty and colour to your yard.

Other “gotta have” components include sheds, fences, trees, and privacy (screen panels, hedge, tall shrubs/grasses, trees, sculpture).

Then the “love to have” components

Dreaming up the design

Once you have those fixed features in place, you’re ready to include things more personal to you and how you and your family use the space.

As you lie back in your hammock under your spreading shade tree, mojito in hand, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the possibilities of what to do with your space. Choices and options, however, can be focussed by considering overall factors, then including components by purpose and priority.

• Fire Pit (great family and friends focus, check with bylaws for safety factors) • BBQ area or hot tub • Lawn area (still the lowest maintenance ground cover and great to lounge on)

Some design factors to consider: Light and heat: Areas of sun vs. areas of shade, morning sun vs. evening sun. This will help in making planting choices.

• Shrub beds, veggie beds (or both) • Trees and/or posts to hang your hammock (remember the mojito?!)

Privacy: What can my neighbours and passers-by see? What are the sight-lines to and from the hot tub? What’s the lay of the land? Are there any steep slopes that need moderation or any extended flat areas that could be made more interesting?

• Water feature (pond, fountain, bubble creek) • Arbor or pergola (for privacy/shade, or to add aesthetic interest) • Irrigation

Access: Is it easy to bring in the boat and other toys from the driveway? Is there a route to the compost?

• Lighting So, there you go, now get started. Dreaming, designing, grading, choosing essential framework items, wishlist items…. easy, right? There are some great websites to help you with your design choices including Houzz.com and Pinterest being two of the popular.

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Superhero Exercises to Build Superpowers SARAH INGRAM, BSC.HONS.KINESIOLOGY, BCAK PRACTICING KINESIOLOGIST

IF THERE IS ONE THING A SUPERHERO is known for, it is superpowers. Here are five exercises you can do to improve your power. Make sure to stay pain free during each exercise! Repeat the list three times for a quick speed and strength superpower boost. Spiderman climb: Start on your forearms and toes. Keeping your abs tight, lift one leg and bring the inside of your knee up towards your shoulder without the leg touching the ground. Bring it down and repeat on the other side. Do as many as you can slowly and controlled. Batman TRX pec fly: Build your chest and arm muscles in case you need to fly. Start with both arms in front of you and slowly bring your arms out to the sides until they are even with your shoulders. Keep your arms slightly bent as you bring them back together. Repeat 10-15 times.

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Wonder Woman kettlebell swings: Start with the kettlebell on the ground, other hand on your hip, knees bent and head up. In one explosive motion, bring your arm (keep it straight) up until it is straight overhead. You should use your legs more than your arms. Slowly bring kettlebell back down to the ground and repeat 8-12 times per side.

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and choose to be trained for greatness. This superhero workout, should you choose it, will help maximize your power!

Incredible Hulk side biceps curls: Work your arms and shoulders like the Hulk. Keep your chest out and start with your arms out straight and palms up. Bend elbows to 90 degrees keeping your upper arms parallel to the ground and flexing your biceps. Repeat 8-12 times for full Hulk effect.

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Superman box jumps: Training to leap tall buildings should start with box jumps. Start with your feet hip width apart and use a height you are comfortable with. Keep your knees over your toes (no knee touching) as you take off and land. Will help to improve your explosiveness and keep your knees healthy. Repeat 10-20 times without stopping. Some heros are born great (Superman), some achieve greatness (Batman) and some have greatness thrust upon them (Spiderman). Personally, I think superheros are born with these gifts but have a choice

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Empowerment Through Birth DR. TAINA TURCASSO, N.D., R.M.

THE CULTURE AROUND PREGNANCY, birth and the postpartum period is very diverse and constantly evolving, with many different moving pieces all playing a part. Doctors. Midwives. Doulas. Childbirth Educators. Anesthesiologists. Nurses. Moms. Dads. Siblings. Friends. Family. Community. All of these people have an opinion about how birth should be, based on an intricate web of individual factors - experience, education, guidelines, perspective, background - and these different, and often somewhat conflicting opinions are what shapes a woman’s set of expectations going into her birth and level of satisfaction in the days, months (and years) following her birth. I’ve been a midwife in two different practices in the same community for seven years. When I was a new midwife, I had a particular set of ideas (or perhaps ideals), and I strived to create a birth for my clients that met the expectations of all of the players, which I ultimately discovered was not only impossible, but also not the most important piece of the birth puzzle. Those of us who provide primary care for pregnant women and their families are motivated by safety, and we all work really hard to create what we feel is the safest environment for any given patient. In fact, I would venture a guess that having a healthy mom and a healthy baby at the end of the day is what is most important to all of us, but it’s not the only important thing. As a midwife, I believe that home birth is a safe option for low risk women, when there is a skilled birth attendant, trained in managing emergencies including postpartum hemorrhages and neonatal resuscitation, present. I also believe that

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EMPOWERMENT OCCURS WHEN THE CARE IS CENTERED ON THE PATIENT(S), AND THEY ARE INVOLVED IN EVERY STEP. IT ALSO OCCURS WHEN THEY TRUST AND RESPECT THEIR CARE PROVIDER, AND WHEN THEY FEEL RESPECTED IN RETURN. many of the interventions that have become so routine - including inductions, epidurals and cesarean sections - can increase risk so I promote natural, low intervention birth because it’s what I believe results in the best outcomes for mom and baby. That being said, the whole point of providing prenatal care and monitoring both mom and baby during pregnancy and labour, is weeding out those individuals who are at higher risk of having an adverse outcome. Every single one of these interventions that I may not think should be offered to all woman in labour, should most definitely be offered and even recommended to some women. As a result, women in my care occasionally end up with some (or even all) of the interventions that they worked so hard to avoid, and definitely didn’t include in their birth plan. Sometimes, my recommendations for a hospital birth, or a consult with an obstetrician, or an IV in labour, are met with resistance during and disappointment after labour.

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Now, it’s not that important to me that women are happy with every aspect of their labour and birth - that would be unrealistic, and truthfully, sometimes the situation necessitates an intervention that is disappointing for all of us. It is, however, very important to me that women feel empowered throughout their pregnancy, labour, and even as they are getting into the groove of becoming a new parent, and I’ve discovered that it is absolutely possible to create an environment where empowerment can occur through birth, regardless of whether or not all of the “wants” on the mother’s list get checked off. Empowerment occurs when the care is centered on the patient(s), and they are involved in every step. It also occurs when they trust and respect their care provider, and when they feel respected in return. Sometimes, in a true emergency, there isn’t the opportunity to have a comprehensive discussion around the pros and cons of a recommended intervention, so I have discovered that the time to discuss those interventions are in the office, during their prenatal visits. When there is an understanding around what the different potential interventions are, when they might be recommended, and there is a trusting relationship between patient and provider, women will feel more empowered during and after their births than if they went into labour holding their birth plan, and just trusting that things will work out. The bottom line is that no one has complete control over how a birth goes; there are so many variables that we can’t always anticipate. Empowerment, however, can still occur in the most surprising of circumstances. It all comes down to education, perception, and most importantly, trust. Trust in birth, trust in the body, and trust in the providers and the fact that ultimately we all have the same goal - a healthy mom, and a healthy baby. Be an active participant in your health, and in your pregnancy. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Fernie POW’r Bar KRISSI HYLAND, RHN

THIS SUMMER MY HUSBAND AND I made a list of things we need to do so we could fit them in to our busy schedule. The weekends fill up months in advance and before you know it, it’s July! Where did the time go? Hopefully, filling your time off work with adventures and being present with family and friends. The other thing I love about summer is that when the weather is good there are spontaneous moments of activity, biking, hiking, or lawn games like can jam or spikeball (if you have not heard of either, you must try). Or impromptu BBQs that you need to bring dessert and have just 30 minutes to figure it out. This is where the Fernie POW’r Bar comes into play. It is mostly comprised of coconut oil – a tasty fibrous and healthy fat. Even if you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ve heard about the many benefits of coconut oil. This saturated fat is a powerhouse of nutrients. Wait a minute, did I just say that it was a saturated fat, and it is healthy? Sure did. Over the last 50-60 years we have heard saturated fat leads to heart disease, obesity, elevated cholesterol and even Alzheimers! The thing about fats we must understand now is that not all fats are created equally. Key word being “created.” While other saturated fats occur naturally, the dangerous saturated fats are manmade and manipulated into a saturated state called hydrogenation (where unsaturated fats are made into saturated fats yielding a rancid, thickened oil that only profits processed food shelf life).

fats are bad right? Wrong, that would be like saying ketchup is just as good for you as tomatoes.

Hydrogenated fats like margarine or some peanut butters (trans fats as you might know them) were once deemed “hearthealthy fats” but were discovered to be the enemy to good health. Now just because this artificially manipulated saturated fat was labelled dangerous, than all saturated

It takes us back to the whole food principle. Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed, unrefined and are free from additives or other artificial substances. They are foods found and consumed the way mother nature intended. Naturally occurring saturated

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fats are found in chocolate (cocoa butter), nuts, coconut, and animal fats, just to name a few. Coconut oil, in particular, is the star of this bar. Coconut oil contains a saturated fat called MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides). Our bodies send these medium chained fatty acids straight to our liver to be converted into energy, acting like a carbohydrate with zero blood-sugar spike. Fifty percent FERNIEFIX.COM

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of the fat in coconut oil is another saturated fat called lauric acid, rarely found in nature, that acts in the body as a virus and germ destroyer; therefore, it is anti-viral and anti-fungal. Like other natural foods such as honey or maple syrup, coconut oil does not go rancid! Great news for these Fernie POW’r Bar’s longevity…however, they won’t last long due to popularity. These are just a few of the many benefits of coconut oil. A word of caution: just because this oil is great doesn’t mean there aren’t poorly processed coconut oils out there. When buying, please look for words like “cold pressed,” “unrefined,” “virgin” and “organic.” This will guarantee the nutrients have not been altered or affected in the making. Whether your day is full of spontaneous or planned adventures, or even if you have a lull in your afternoon energy, the Fernie POW’r Bar is a staple.

Fernie POW’r Bar (also known as crack bars) Makes 25 squares 2¾ Cups shredded coconut 1 Cup melted coconut oil 6 Tbsp maple syrup ¼ cup chia seeds 1½ tsp vanilla extract A generous pinch of sea salt 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs Prepare a 9X9 (or 8X8) baking pan lined with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips/cacao nibs in a large bowl and mix well. Using a spatula

place mixture in the pan pressing it down so it is evenly distributed. Spread the mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs across the top and with your spatula press them in so the top is relatively flat. Freeze for 15 minutes or refrigerate for 1 hour until set. Pop the parchment out of the pan and cut into 25 squares on a cutting board. Store in a container in the fridge or freezer. You can get creative and add things like goji berries, cocoa powder (you will need to add more sweetener), or other nuts and seeds. If you do, take it off the amount of shredded coconut to keep the same ratio.

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Memorable style depends on how you carry yourself. Finding a look that makes you feel confident and powerful can make such a huge difference in the way people look at you and, more importantly, how you look at yourself. Find your flaws and work with them rather than against. Highlight your best features and rock them. Add something more to your everyday outfit. Try something new. Even small changes can make a big difference. One of our favourite go-to outfits is a skinny jean and t-shirt. To add a little something to a classic/casual look, pair it with a mid-length blazer. Still feeling as if you could take the look up a notch? Accessorize! Funky rings, a long necklace, or a hot pair of heels. You will be screaming confident woman. When we think of powerful women in fashion, Elizabeth Taylor comes to mind. She was a bold, dowhat-I-want kind of lady. She had an amazing figure and knew how to compliment it with clothing. With a love for beautiful jewelry and the confidence to pull off bold makeup, Elizabeth set trends for decades. Elizabeth was naturally gorgeous. She had the perfect bold eyebrow and a beautiful pouty lip. Her face framed by her rich brunette hair. She will always be a woman to look up to. “No one is you, and that is your power.”

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Keys to Cleaning Keys KEVIN MCISAAC

ACCORDING TO AT LEAST ONE SOURCE on the web, the three dirtiest things we commonly come in contact with are money, light switches, and computer keyboards. I don’t know about you, but my keyboard is like a dirt magnet. Every time I vacuum the office I make sure to vacuum the keyboard too. This is not necessarily a good idea if you have a cheap keyboard where the keys come off easily, and based on my last keyboard cleaning session, it doesn’t appear to help much. Keyboards are notorious collectors of cruft. Their design is perfect for it. Tons of little crevices that trap dust, hair, and crumbs. Mix in a bit of spilt coffee and you have a pretty gross mess. Most people wait until the keyboard stops working before they do something about it. And what they typically do about it is buy a new keyboard. I suppose if you’ve got money to burn and an inner comfort with unnecessary consumption that’s a good solution, but there is a better way. Here’s how to clean your keyboard thoroughly and make it last. What you’ll need: a key lifter is ideal, but you can get away with a butter knife; a vacuum cleaner; an old toothbrush; some Q-tips; a lint free cloth; a pencil eraser; a bowl of warm soapy water; and some 99% isopropyl alcohol.

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just before you’re supposed to join up with your Overwatch clan. Now, grab your butter knife and gently pry up the space bar. You want to work from bottom to top on the keyboard. Pry up on the middle of larger keys. As you take each key off drop it into some warm soapy water. Once all the keys are off and soaking, get your vacuum and remove all the loose cruft. If your keyboard has folding key keepers you may have to gently lift them as you go along to make sure any stuff trapped under them is sucked up.

First grab your iPhone and take a picture of your keyboard. Most keyboards are similar, but occasionally a key here or there may be in a different spot.

Now grab your toothbrush, dip it in the isopropyl alcohol and gently go along and clean between all the keys. If you find something that won’t come off easily, use a Q-tip to dab on some alcohol and let it sit for a minute before wiping it up. Do not spill isopropyl directly into the keyboard, just dip and dab. Use your lint free cloth to wipe up any excess. Check that any key springs are still in place then put the keyboard aside to dry.

Now unplug your keyboard. Keep in mind that it’ll likely be several hours before you can use it again, so don’t start this process

Fish the keys out of the soapy water, scrub lightly with the toothbrush and rinse with fresh water. Note: don’t use isopropyl for

this part. It can discolour plastic keys. If you have some particularly nasty grime on a key use the pencil eraser. Now, for reassembly, work in the opposite direction. Start at the top of the keyboard and work towards yourself. Place each key back on its spot and press gently until you feel or hear a slight click. If not, recentre it and try again. Check your phone’s photo if you forget where any of the keys go. Make sure the keyboard is perfectly dry before you plug it back in. I usually leave mine overnight, but isopropyl does dry pretty quickly. In between the big tear down cleaning sessions, the best thing you can use is a can of compressed air. You can pick these up at almost any computer, pharmacy, or hardware store. Remember, don’t shake it before using it and keep the bursts short. This will reduce the creation of condensation. Also, it’s not a bad idea to take the keyboard outside when you do this. Happy Keyboarding. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Saturday, July 2nd 9am 9:30 - 10am 10am 10am 11-12:30 Noon 12:30 - 1:30pm 1:30 - 2pm 2 - 2:30pm 2:30 - 3pm 3 - 3:30pm 3:30 - 4pm 6pm

gPre-register at www.fernietrailsalliance.com to ensure a spot gRegister the day of the event at the Roll & Sole tent gCome find our table at the Canada Day celebrations

Registration (ongoing throughout the day) Search and Rescue - Bear Aware Talk Bus Departure, Hike to Mount Proctor Bench Depart for Guided Bike Ride - Coal Creek Heritage Trail Vitality Fun Run Downtown Lunch Social for participants Big Bang Obstacle Course and Dog Show East Kootenay Realty: Kids Strider Race Straight Line: Drag Race Ski Base: Progressive Skinny Loaf Adult Slow Ride Guides Hut: Bike Polo Stag Leap: Trails in Motion Film Fest @ the Arts Station

• Crazy, fun events • Guided hikes, bikes and runs • Cash prizes • Participate or just come watch • Fun for the whole family

Sunday, July 3rd 9am 9:30 - 10am 10am 10am 10am noon 12:30 - 1:30pm 1:30 - 2:30pm 1:30 - 2:30pm 2:30 - 3:30pm 3:30 - 4pm 4 - 4:30pm

Registration (ongoing throughout the day) Search and Rescue - Bear Aware Talk Bus Departure, Hike to Castle Mtn. Bench Depart for Guided Bike Ride - Lazy Lizard Viewpoint Stag Leap: King of the Castle Run Downtown Lunch Social for participants Loaf Kids Slow Ride Fernie Flyers Obstacle Course Demonstration Kids Obstacle Course Challenge Gear Hub: Inverted Limbo/Bunny Hop Giv’Er Shirtworks: Wheelie Contest Guides Hut: Grand Finale Bike Toss

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ASTROLOGY

July 2016

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Stillness

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Hope

YANN LORANGER

Innocent, you surrender, filled with the desire to reach your goal. Try to stay calm and still to give your elders a chance to give you their love. Give them a chance to get close to you.

You have all imaginable reasons to be filled with hope for the future! You wish and can almost foresee that the action of man will soon start to be regenerative for the Planet.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Abundance

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Liberation

You feel shining and full of energy. You are endlessly smiling as, on top of it, others recognize your strengths and give you kind advice. Keep part of your joy inside, into an inner thermos, ready for future colder days.

You are not used to receiving so much honour and attention. You are so deeply moved that tears invade your eyes. You feel loved.

JULY IS A BLESSING, the sweet blessing of our mother, our father, our elders, our friends, our beloved ones‌ given just before we leave for a long trip, a quest. We will feel naked in front of the ones we know, and it will be time to ask for their blessings. Vulnerability will give us our true power, as long as we ask for the blessings. This is of utmost importance since August will test our power. It is time to gather blessings from all the ones we love, we respect, we live with. If we want to live in peace, if we hope that our deepest desires will take place, will finally take root in our daily reality, we need blessings this July 2016. I wish for us all to humbly receive them and rejoice. It is a time when we feel uncertainty in our destiny. A simple breeze can tip the scale of the side we want. The blessings are those subtle breezes we need, the hidden power we can access again‌ like a prayer, a song, a magic word. If we want our arrow to reach the target, it needs a special intent, an invisible connection to our will, our focus. July is not a time to shoot, but one to take aim and ask for success. In this moment lies our healing, our happiness, our beatitude, our true power. Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following interpretation as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.

JULY IS NOT A TIME TO SHOOT, BUT ONE TO TAKE AIM AND ASK FOR SUCCESS.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) The Flash If you need to keep moving, at least take a pause each time you meet someone different. This will allow everyone to offer you their gift.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Channel

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Concentration You contemplate all those exchanges of love and stay stable, keeping your patience. You already focus on what will be coming next. You feel a bit colder than others, but are fine with it.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Ripeness

You are connected with the source. From your heart flow the blessings that heal, the love that gives life, the tenderness that allows us to accept our human nature.

At last, you smile. It seems like the first time since the beginning of the year. As you smile, ripe fruits are distributed around you. A feast is given to celebrate your smile!

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Divine

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Witness

You are also identified with the source. So much energy is funnelled through you that people around you will believe in their own power, their ability to change their own destiny. A magnetic aura surrounds you.

All that is happening serves your cause. You think that you are the only one to really get the whole picture. Put what you see in poetry!

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Relaxation It is the right time to relax and change your vision of the paternal archetype. Let the pressure drop a bit, tensed hands cannot easily form a cup to hold the water poured into them and are unable to be receptive.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Power Plant You feel in the middle of a siphon generated by your past. Your life will be changed forever when this ends. Help comes when you need it.

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