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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS | 7 Business News/New Business

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | 10 Feature Artist – Nicole Leckenby, camp + co. Abdou’s LitPicks – A Fork. A Knife. And a Shattered Plate Between by Keith Liggett Rental Fix – Babylon 5 by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Sounds so Sweet by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY & EVENTS | 19 Feature Resident – Ron Ulrich by Krista Turcasso Events Calendar / September at the Arts Station A Year in New York by Hannah Griffin – Part 3: Back to School September Feature: Back to School by Mandy Potter, Fernie School Aged Care

OUTDOOR LIFE | 27 Gnome Nests – Another Year Begins by Katharine Rosger Never Have I Ever – On the Open Road by Jesse Bell Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Back to Fernie Trail School by Terry Nelson

You’ve Got Male: Summerizing by Adam K. MacDonald

BITS AND BYTES | 49 The Answer Guy – Evernote by Kevin McIsaac FernieLove by Chantel Souliere Monthly Horoscopes by Claire Simmons



Fit to Play – Outdoor Workout Equipment by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health Naturally by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Food for Thought - 6 Ways to Support Your Brain Function This Fall Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN School Snacks Recovery Tales From An Unexpected Yogi – Yoga in Our Schools by Heather Ivany Around the World with Rebecca Hall – Paradise for Babies

COVER: Last days of summer spent selling lemonade at the Mountain Market Photo by Martina Halik

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Contributors ANGELA ETHERIDGE is a lawyer at her solo practice Etheridge Law in Fernie and can be reached at 250-430-0007, and invites you to submit suggestions for her column “Legal Matters.” ANGIE ABDOU is a local fiction writer.Her fourth book, Between, will be available at Polar Peek Books and Treasures this month. For more information on Angie’s books and upcoming speaking engagements, see 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 pledges to catch more concerts at The Arts Station this season. You should too! KATHARINE ROSGER is busy creating Homespun Soap and slipping into the rhythm of summer. Morning coffee in the garden, mmmmm yes.

HANNAH GRIFFIN is writing a new series contrasting the lifestyles of New York and Fernie, and is happy to be back in the mountains after a year away at school. This summer Hannah is excited about riding her bike, swimming, and bagels. SARAH INGRAM,practicing kinesiologist has been helping the Elk Valley stay healthy, active and injury free for 14 years. This month she is hoping to see a few more adults trying Fernie’s new outdoor fitness equipment. For help setting an individual program, call us at 250-423-9167 or visit KRISSI HYLAND is a holistic nutritionist and whole food chef stoked to be writing for the Fix and inspiring the community to eat not only healthy but tasty foods. Visit or call 250-531-3553 for a nutritional consult or cooking class. JESSE BELL finds herself on the back of a motorbike on a hot summer’s day, killing bugs with her face.   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. HEATHER IVANY has been teaching yoga for 10 years and practicing for over 15. For more information on private sessions, retreats, workshops, and classes see  

REBECCA HALL loves to hear and write about the places that Fernieites travel to. If you’d like to share your travel story, write to her at ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes Tears and Gears participants all the best and wants to say a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers that make it such a great event.

KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. CHANTEL SOULIERE owns Freyja Lifestyle Inc and is the Marketing Director of Wapiti Music Festival. You can follow her @ChantelSouliere. Have some inspiration for my page? Tweet me! CLAIRE SIMMONS is an intuitive Reiki Master living on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia who spent last winter in Fernie. Stay tuned for a link to her blog where she’ll be writing about the intuitive process and posting tips.

Editor’s Fix IT MAY BE A WHILE SINCE I divided my year in terms of “back to school” and “summer vacation,” but I remember the feelings vividly. The excitement as the last days of elementary school approached, knowing that the long days of summer and outdoor play with the neighbourhood kids was nearly here. Like clock work, midAugust would arrive and I would already be anticipating heading back to school. New teacher, new studies, old friends. Fast forward to university, and it was the same. While I could barely wait until exams were done with, by August I was bored with work and ready to hit the books (okay, and perhaps a pub or two.) I am still a ways off returning to those divisions, as my daughter is just a toddler, but I can see the transition with friends and their families. Planning summer vacations, and looking forward to time spent with kids, quickly morphing into needing structure and patterns, perhaps a little break from one another, and a chance to regain clarity and get some work done. Fortunately, September in Fernie seems to be fabulous for re-grouping. The busy times of “back to school” is pleasantly contrasted by the mountainsides slowly turning golden and the buzz of town quieting down. Friends and family are around more frequently, working together and lending a hand. The days are shorter and mornings crisper, this time of change making itself well known and us accepting it with open arms. We hope you had a beautiful summer, and wish you luck with this transition upon us. Krista Turcasso, Editor FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 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.





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NICOLE LECKENBY, camp + co. Featured artist? More like crafting nerd, which I am totally in touch with and proud of. I always laugh when people roll up to the market stall and comment, “I didn’t know you were so crafty?” I don’t think I did either, it just sort of evolved. Mostly with people’s birthdays and Christmas presents, that’s what got things started. When my daughter was little she used to get invited to so many birthday parties that we decided we should start making things to keep the cost down, not to mention we thought that homemade was cool. So we started making scrabble tile necklaces and they were such a hit with her friends that we decided to try our hand at selling them at the markets. We added magnets to the mix and called our company Ten Miles Past Pluto - her reference for how much she loved her dad and I.

We registered our name, crafted and then hit the summer market scene here in Fernie. I was so excited to teach her about money and packaging and how to sell the product, but what I didn’t take into account was that the market is full of distractions, cotton candy, blow up toys and a park. She lasted all of 20 minutes and then it was down to me selling the necklaces left wondering what I had taught her. Now looking back, I can see that maybe she was a little young for all of these lessons. That it was more about the time we spent around the kitchen table crafting and talking and in the end, I was the one to learn the biggest lesson. I learned that I enjoyed the markets! I loved how social markets are and how it feels like having a mini storefront without all of the headaches. I can change up the

display, skip a weekend if things are too busy and most importantly it allows me to express my creative side. I began doing the odd fall/winter market and putting my own spin on things with products such as infinity scarves, headbands and earrings… and things just kept evolving. This is all very laughable when I think back to my thirtieth birthday. My mom had given me my aunt Dosie’s old pfaff sewing machine and I cried! Not because I wasn’t happy, but because I couldn’t believe after all these years she still didn’t know me. “What the heck am I going to do with this?” She wasn’t insulted but instead gave me a reassuring hug and just said, “Someday this might come in handy.” I guess she knew me better than I thought.

This spring I decided to try the market thing full time and make it my main job. While away on a trip to Whitefish, I spotted a beautiful Airstream trailer and that’s where the idea was born for a trailer/store. The only thing I needed was a trailer small enough to tow with my car. So, I started looking at Bolers and Canned Hams. These are not easy to find, by the way and have gone way up in price. There is a whole “glamping” movement happening right now, where large groups of people meet up because they own these nostalgic little campers. Just go on line and see for yourself ! I looked for a couple of months with no luck, but one night after a shift at work where I gave my notice I came home and checked once again. This time I knew I would find it, and I did. Which proves the

old saying, “Sometimes you have to close one door to open another.” The trailer was in Nelson and we picked it up three days later and drove it straight out to my folks in Oysoyoos, where we spent a week renovating it. My dad, husband and friends Ralph and Helen, the collective, all put in massive amounts of time to make it sparkle. I had always known it would make for an amazing backdrop for the market, but I had not anticipated just how much people would love it and want to stop to chat and shop.

Miles Past Pluto. This seemed to put her at ease and I am happy to report that we have had more kitchen table time and she now sticks around for longer periods helping and learning before hitting the park. I have thoroughly enjoyed this venture and am excited to see where the trailer takes us. This fall, hopefully camping! Thanks for all of the support and encouraging words from friends and family, it means a lot.

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A Fork. A Knife. And a Shattered Plate Between

strings together indelible scenes. Ligaya’s time as a Hong Kong nanny. Vero’s melt down. A family Christmas in Mexico with Shane’s parents and jock brother, Vince. Ligaya’s arrival in Canada, first meeting Vero and then the boys. The list goes on with Vero, Shane and Ligaya sharply and compassionately drawn.


IN THE LAST ESSAY OF Where the Bluebird Sings to Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West, Wallace Stegner says about fiction, “You take something that is important to you, something you have brooded about. You try to see it as clearly as you can and to fix it in a transferable equivalent.” “She and Shane would be different (because they had before, on so many counts, been exactly that—different).” In the first paragraph of Between, Vero Nanton embarks on motherhood knowing it will be no big deal. She and Shane will handle parenting with all aplomb they’ve handled their life together. Vero and Shane are different. Their life is predictable and easily handled. Why not have kids? It’s no big deal. There is virtually no appreciation (or understanding) on their part of how having children fundamentally changes your worldview. While in fact, as any parent will tell you (and so many told Vero and Shane), there is virtually no possibility that bringing prodigy into the world will do otherwise. To balance things out, they have a second child. And as so many learn, the second child doesn’t mitigate the first, it exacerbates the situation. And in Vero and Shane’s case, the second son is developmentally disabled. He walks late. He only speaks gibberish. Vero melts down. Taking a handful of pills, sequestering herself in the pantry further fortified by bottles of white wine, she waits for Shane to find her and realize her distress. His solution? Hire a Filipino nanny. The nanny skirts the situation. Let Ligaya handle it. Even changing her name to be


THIS IS A MODERN TALE OF CHARACTERS FOUND IN WATERS OVER THEIR HEAD, WONDERING HOW LONG THEY CAN TREAD... little easier for the boys. On meeting the two boys, Elliot and Jamal, Ligaya introduces herself. “I am your nanny, Ligaya.” “No!” Elliott screams, “Lee-lee! Lee-lee! Lee-lee!” Ligaya does not know what this lee-lee means. She steps away. Shane quickly explains, “Elliot is very particular,” and they had told the boys her name was Lili, so it would be easier to pronounce. “He’s expecting a Lili.”

This is no Oprah Book. Sure, it’s about having kids, hiring a nanny to lighten the load, about changing family dynamics, existing family dynamic with the in-laws and brother, servant/elite relationships, the boredom of long-term relationships and how one couple seeks to avoid the pitfalls of all of the foregoing. It’s about having kids and taking in a nanny in the same way Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It is about fly fishing. “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” The lines Norman portrays are social and personal lines in Montana in the ‘30s, not fly lines. The same lines run through Between, but in the modern setting of a small mountain town. Between is no how-to manual. And it’s no how-not-to manual. In fact, two thirds of the way through the book, there is the sudden (you are so engrossed in the story until this point) realization, this cannot end well. This is a train running at full throttle with the engineer asleep on the cab. The bridge is out. No one’s bothered to tell him. All you can do is turn the page and watch. Fascinated. Engrossed. Enthralled.

This is a modern tale of characters found in waters over their head, wondering how long they can tread and then watching (and marveling) at what they choose to “‘Lili is fine,’ Ligaya says, to help them all.” grasp as life rings. With one fell swoop Ligaya gains a Clearly, Angie brooded long and hard on position, a family and loses her former the nature of bringing children into her life identity. and the consequences of hiring a Filipino nanny. And we’re all better for it. Between is told in two voices—that of Vero and that of Ligaya (happiness in Filipino). Angie Abdou will be at the Fernie Heritage Library With the voices separated at first—Vero in September 26 as the first author of this year’s Springdale and Ligaya first in Hong Kong, Booked! series, along with local band RedGirl. then coming to Canada to work for Vero and Shane. In the alternating voices, Angie FERNIEFIX.COM






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Babylon 5

recognized for playing Will Robinson in Lost in Space, another science-fiction series in the mid to late ‘60s. He plays Delenns’ ambassadorial aide Lennier.


This group of notables does well to elevate an uninspired script and plot, but unfortunately they are not well supported by the rest of the cast who are wooden and untalented.

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI IS A writer and producer who is perhaps most famous for creating Babylon 5, a groundbreaking science-fiction TV series that ran from 1993 to 1998. The show was the story of a group of intrepid military officers and politicians in the 23rd Century trying to survive on board a rotating space station designated Babylon 5 by the Earth Alliance. As the show explains, the station is a port of call, a home away from home for diplomats, smugglers and wanderers. It is a place that is meant to be neutral territory, attempting to keep the peace ten years after a devastating war between Earth and the Minbari, a pale-skinned, mysterious and inscrutable race of mystics. The universe that Straczynski created for his program is truly awesome, full of intergalactic conflict, intrigue and subterfuge with enough aliens, blasters and space battles to keep an uber-geek happy for years. The problem is that the show itself is not very good and has not survived the test of time. Straczynski clearly loved Babylon 5, shepherding it through five seasons of chronically low ratings while writing 92 of the 110 episodes that aired. Unfortunately, the majority of the scripts did not reflect well the huge amount of imagination that went into creating the backdrop that the show played out against. The characterization was poor, giving some excellent actors little to work with. The show’s CGI, which was used to cut down on production costs, made the program quite remarkable in the ‘90s. It was the first television program to do such a thing since most science fiction television at the time was still using models. It has to be said, however, that the CGI is now seriously dated, which only brings Babylon 5’s flaws more sharply into focus, and it becomes clear that this franchise, which


I cannot recommend this show. If you indulge in it for nostalgia’s sake, watch it on Netflix so you aren’t wasting your money on something you will never look at again. For a quality space opera experience check out the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica with Edward James Olmos.

was so cutting edge during the decade of Nirvana and Bill Clinton, is essentially a right-wing, low-rent version of Star Trek. There were five notable actors in B5, the most distinguished being the late, great Andreas Katsulas (1946 to 2006) who plays Ambassador G’kar. He is best known for playing Commander Tomalak in Star Trek, The Next Generation. Peter Jurasik does a great job as Ambassador Londo Mollari. His previous film credits include Sliders and M.A.S.H. Mollari’s assistant is played by the talented Stephen Furst, who previously played opposite Michael Keaton, Peter Boyle and Christopher Lloyd in The Dream Team. Mira Furlan plays Delenn, the Minbari ambassador. She was a prominent actress in Croatia before travelling to the US to add dramatic weight to a show that really didn’t deserve her talent. Her role gradually spiralled downward from that of a distinguished and respected politician at the start of the series into a character that became flat and undeniably boring. The final actor worthy of note is Bill Mumy,


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SEPTEMBER MARKS THE RETURN TO ROUTINE, normalcy after the halcyon days of summer. Musically, Fernie rocked it over the summer, between Wapiti, the Socials and all of the other talent that strummed through town. But that was then. Now we look to the fall, and the beginning of The Arts Station concert series. With twelve concerts between this month and April, we’ll be treated to intimate folk, jazz, bluegrass and indie – it’s an enviable lineup. Kicking things off is Fernie favourite, quirk-meister Ben Sures. And he’s not coming alone. Joining him on stage will be Juno-nominated Chloe Albert and Canadian Folk Music Award-winning Karla Anderson. And I mean literally joining him on stage – one won’t be opening for the other. The three talented Edmonton musicians will perform together as Honey in the Jar. While all are singer-songwriters, each has their own flavour, and it should make for an interesting mashup. The show will be like a songwriters’ circle, made all the more intimate by the theatre at The Arts Station. Each musician will perform their own material with the others joining in. Although Honey in the Jar has about ten shows together over the next year, when I spoke with Chloe Albert, the trio hadn’t performed together in this form yet. “I think what will end up happening is that it will be a lot of improv,” Albert says. “That is where a lot of the fun happens.” The last year has been a dizzying one for the singer. After releasing her second album, Dream Catcher, last summer, Albert has had to include more than a couple awards shows to her itinerary – including


the aforementioned Junos, where she shared the stage with a host of Canadian music royalty like Jim Cuddy and Ron Sexsmith. Although Albert is still receiving accolades for Dream Catcher, she has turned her sights on material for a new album. “Taking care of the whole shebang is very time consuming,” she says of handling her own career. “I am just starting now to focus on a new album. But I hope for it not to be as long as between the last two records!” Not to shun Ben Sures, but it will be incredible to hear Albert and Karla Anderson sing together – they both have achingly beautiful voices. The similarities don’t end there – Anderson also has two albums under her belt and more than a handful of accolades. The singer started garnering attention when her song, “What Else Can I Do?” was used on the midaughts show Joan of Arcadia (with Amber

Tamblyn). The attention the song received prompted Anderson to get her debut out and The Embassy Sessions went on to win a Canadian Folk Music Award for best new/ emerging artist in 2005. And then there’s Ben. Anybody who has seen Ben Sures on stage or listened to his lyrics knows that he likes to have fun in his performance. His seven albums feature a songwriter who is witty, warmly self-deprecating as well as intelligent. He’s shared the stage with Fernie’s own Bubba Cook and has contributed to CBC Radio’s the Irrelevant Show. So there should be little doubt that Honey in the Jar will have be as irreverent as it will be impressive. Honey in the Jar performs at The Arts Station on Thursday, September 11 at 8pm. For more information on the whole concert series, visit FERNIEFIX.COM




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RECENTLY, WHEN THE WELLKNOWN FACE to Fernie’s history Mike Pennock announced his retirement, the Fernie Museum began its search for a new Director/Curator. The posting was listed and applications received from around the world. After a lengthy, thorough and professional process, the applicants were whittled down and it was Ron Ulrich that stood out among an impressive field. “Ron brings extensive experience, a strong vision and a holistic understanding of the arts, heritage and tourism fields to the role,” says Laura Nelson, Chair of the Hiring Committee and the heart of the five-year Fernie Museum project, recently completed with the core exhibit. Ron’s experience within the historical realm is extensive. His museum career began at the young age of 14 as the youngest board member of the Crowsnest Historical Society. Volunteer work and attending workshops and conferences solidified this interest in high school, and Ron continued to follow his passion with an internship in Museum Studies with Medicine Hat College. He has worked at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, the Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site and also managed museums and galleries in Southern Alberta and Vancouver. Ron was living in Edmonton when he first heard of the opportunity in Fernie. “I wanted to do something different,” says Ron. “I was looking into small communities and the Fernie position came up. It wasn’t just the quality of the lifestyle and the calibre of the museum, there seemed to be a lot of things happening in the community that could affect the growth,” he adds. “There is a solid base of local people and second-home owners that have a stake in the town, a vested interest in preserving the heritage. All of these things help to make a museum successful,


and the more I went through the hiring process, the more boxes were getting checked!” After being here a few weeks, Ron is keenly aware of how community minded the residents, businesses and organizations living and operating in Fernie are. “They don’t mind working with a non-profit,” he says, and with such a solid base to start working from, Ron is excited to develop existing and new partnerships. He is also

planning on utilizing the exhibit space on the second floor to incorporate meaningful exhibitions to Fernie. “What are those stories that are important to Fernie, and how can we tell them?” Ron is especially interested in creating public awareness and providing a good resource within the community. He’s looking into working with groups of FEATURE RES CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




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educators and discussing how the Museum can be integrated within the schools. “What kind of programs can we offer? What kind of services and professional development? I want to help them take what we have and integrate it within their classroom,” says Ron. Full of ideas and enthusiasm, Ron is a firm believer that museums have a significant role in creating vibrant and inclusive communities. “I am looking forward to exploring how the community we live in today has been shaped by the Elk Valley’s environment, the Ktunaxa people, and the many labourers and their families that called Fernie home.” Consider stopping by the Fernie Museum this fall and meeting one of Fernie’s newest residents, and while there take in the core exhibit if you haven’t already! 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here?

A month ago, the cool vibe of the town, the heritage and my personal connections to the area.

to get out into the countryside. I am also looking forward to strapping on a pair of skis.

2. Where did you first live in town?

7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years?

The old hospital just off downtown. 3. What was your first impression? Authentic.

As a premiere destination that retains its sense of personal identity.

4. What keeps you in Fernie?

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

I want to say the town continuing to prosper, the authentic core, and the care and appreciation for heritage. That Fernie remembers its roots.

Coffee. Get up in the morning, put on a cup of coffee, hop online and check out some of the papers. The museum doesn’t open until 10, so I have that opportunity.

5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory?

9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you.

Rooting my skis and getting stuck in Cedar Bowl in Grade 8.

Taught at a private school down in the States for a few years. It was the most eye opening experience.

6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? I am looking forward to fall here. I am a big walker, and it will be really interesting

10. Quote to live by: Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Part 3: Back to School HANNAH GRIFFIN

MY FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL IN NEW YORK did not feel great. As fifteen students sat around a rectangular table in a drafty classroom, my teacher Mary asked everyone to go around the room and say what they had been doing for the last few years prior to beginning the Masters program. One by one my sharply-dressed classmates (sadly not a toque in sight!) listed off their accomplishments: intern at Elle, editor of a Bozeman newspaper, fashion writer, freelance photojournalist. When it was my turn I explained that I had lived in a Canadian ski town teaching snowboarding in winters and took teenagers on canoe trips in Ontario in the summers. Blank stares all around. Although I am super happy with those experiences, at that moment, as one of a handful of people in the whole program with no journalism background, I didn’t feel that even one hair on my head belonged in that room. I went back to my apartment that day and wondered what on Earth I was doing. Feeling undeserving or like an imposter during new experiences is an awful feeling. Everyone at some point has felt it, whether it be a new job, school or social setting. It can often be difficult to remind yourself that every person in the same situation you are in likely feels the same way, despite their apparent confidence. It took a month or two to stop feeling like I was the beginner in a program full of pros, but eventually I hit my stride. Even though I felt like the start of the school year would have been much less rocky if I had the kind of background that my classmates did, a diversity of experiences in the people you are around always makes for a richer environment.


Although Fernie is a small town, it is a perfect example of this diversity. In any group of friends there are people from different pockets of Canada and the world who have interesting backgrounds in different jobs, unique skills and a ton of collective knowledge. That is one of the nicest things about living here; you can find some common ground with just about anyone, but you can also learn something new from them too. While it is always tough to leave Fernie, it can be a pretty good place to live in before embarking on a new chapter. Being constantly surrounded by courageous and adventurous people is inspiring and

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September Feature: Back to School MANDY POTTER, FERNIE SCHOOL AGED CARE

THE FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL is often met with excitement and anticipation mixed in with a few nerves. Most kids are ready to go back to see their friends everyday, as opposed to just a few organized “ play dates” a week. And surprisingly, whether they know it or not are keen for routine and structure. Here are a few tips to help these first few days/weeks to run remotely smoothly!

Bed Times The change (to an earlier) and consistent bed time is something that you might want to start a few days or a week before the first day of school. Sleeping in was fun for all of us but summer is over and it is back to getting 20 things done before 8am. It’s recommended that school aged children get about 10-11 hours of sleep per night, so depending on what time your child needs to wake up, ensure that the bed time routine is back on track so that he or she gets a healthy amount of sleep.

Morning Routines Discuss your morning routine and practice with your child at least once before the first day so that it’s not a shock (the shock will be that because of this practice day, you will be on time for once). Don’t make this routine too daunting, keep it simple. It’s a good idea to put it into two categories. For example, before breakfast: wash face, get dressed, and make bed.  After breakfast: brush teeth, pack bag and shoes on.


If you have Kindergarten to Grade One children (and have time) pre-make or print off the internet a routine visual that they can follow and cross off with a dry erase as they follow the tasks. This will help to establish new habits and organizational skills, which they will be using for many years. It will also hopefully mean that there is less frustration, shouting and stress from moms and dads... every morning. In the after school club we often have different expectations between the Kinder to Grade One kids and the Grade Two and up kids. Kinders and Grade One’s are still needing a few more reminders and gentle guidance. Where as the Grade Two’s and up are old hands at this school game and it will all fall back into place within a week or two. If your child is in the younger grades then you will be the one doing a lot of the preparing and organizing. A child in the older grades can do this himself with a bit of reminding and encouraging (some may call this nagging). Something else that I recommend doing that will help reduce stress is organizing lunches, bags and clothes the night before. This may seem like a drag at 10pm on

a Wednesday night when you’re already exhausted but you know that it’s also the last thing that you will feel like (or have time to do) at 7:30am the next morning. If you have older kids then this can be a part of their pre-bed routine.

The First Day I find that anxiety in kids is lessened when there is reassurance and positive thoughts to be reminded of. If your child is anxious about their first day back, remind them who their teacher is (we are very lucky in Fernie that most teachers are known to the kids from being a part of the community). Remind them what friends they will see in their class and what to expect on that first day. Also letting your child know who will be picking them up or waiting at the bus stop for them will help with the reassurance. Having a treat or fun activity planned for after school is a nice thing to do and for some kids that thought will keep them going throughout that first day back. Good luck, moms and dads!  Mandy is an early childhood educator of 12 years and a pro routine kinda girl. FERNIEFIX.COM





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Another Year Begins KATHARINE ROSGER

HAPPY NEW YEAR HERE WE ARE ROLLING INTO SEPTEMBER. Another summer full of childhood milestones has passed, and I swear that the heat and sunshine attributed as much to the children’s growth as it did to the garden’s! Since my children have been in school, September has become my New Year. Everything changes in September. Our schedule changes and becomes more focused and rhythmic with school, sports, meals and reconnecting with friends. The weather changes and we start to make soup and unpack our cozy wardrobe.

I prepare for September a little at a time throughout the summer, searching for the elusive white soled, non-marking supportive running shoe, volleyball shorts and clothes that will actually be worn at a reasonable cost. School supplies this year were thankfully made easier to purchase through our school and the school receives a percentage of the profit for fundraising. I love that! September also means the beginning of next year’s garden. Garlic beds get prepped for planting in October, perennials are moved and new garden areas can be plotted out and dug up for the spring. My summer garden had a few challenges and also some success and I have already made plans for next year to work on those challenges and increase the crops in which I have had the most success. It all starts now. Happy New Year! KATHARINE ROSGER PHOTOS

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September 2014 Monthly Events MONDAY 1.9.2014

WEDNESDAY 10.9.2014

Guided Hike: Heiko’s Trail @ Island Lake Lodge

Scott Cook & The Second Chances @ Infinitea, 8pm. Live folk and roots.

TUESDAY 2.9.2014 Closing Day @ Fernie Alpine Resort. This is your last opportunity to enjoy a lift ride and access amazing view points, hiking trails and downhill biking!

WEDNESDAY 3.9.2014 Fall Registration Fair @ The Fernie Community Centre, 6-8:30pm PenHaze and Spoken Word @ Infinitea, 8pm

THURSDAY 11.9.2014 Artist Demonstration Series ft. Tara Higgins @ Angela Morgan Gallery, 7:30pm. Admission by donation. Honey in the Jar @ The Arts Station. Folk Roots. 8pm Ben Everydayman @ Infinitea, 8pm

FRIDAY 12.9.2014

Fall Registration Fair @ The Fernie Community Centre, 6-8:30pm

Sam Webber Band @ The Royal, alternative/folk/pop music. Sam Webber @ Infinitea, 8pm playing acoustic music.

FRIDAY 5.9.2014

SATURDAY 13.9.2014

THURSDAY 4.9.2014

First Friday – Wine & Cheese Tasting @ The Pub Bar & Grill, 4:30-6:30pm Nightmare & Special Guest @ The Royal, house music

Fernie Kids Triathlon @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 8:30am – 4pm. Anarcist & Elk Hunt @ The Royal, metal/hard rock

SATURDAY 6.9.2014

SUNDAY 14.9.2014

Fifth Annual Fernie Tears & Gears @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am – 3pm. Compete, cheer or volunteer at this community non profit mountain duathlon! Electro Swing Night @ The Royal

MONDAY 15.9.2014

SUNDAY 7.9.2014 The Pub Bar & Grill Disc Golf Tournament @ James White Park, Pub Bar & Grill

MONDAY 8.9.2014 Little Critter Criterium Ride @ Annex Park, 6-6:45pm. Pedal bikes, run bikes, trailer bikes all welcome! Days for Girls Elk Valley Sew-a-thon @ Anglican Church, 1-9pm. Visit for more details. Another sew-a-thon will be held Oct 11. Indie Films Fernie - The Grand Seduction @ The Vogue Theatre, 7pm. Tickets available at the door or online.

TUESDAY 9.9.2014 Project 9 Race @ Island Lake lower parking lot, 6:30pm. After party with Project 9 Pils at the Pub.

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Gallery Barking Daisy Luthiery. By Kim Kennedy. Opening reception Thursday August 28th at 7pm. Exhibit continues until Monday September 22nd Wearable Art. Fernie Spinners & Weavers Guild. Opening Reception Thursday September 25th at 7pm. Exhibit continues until Monday October 27th

Concerts Folk Roots – Honey in the Jar. Thursday, September 11th at 8:00pm. Members: Adult $15 youth $10. Non-members: Adult $20 Youth $14. Tickets available at The Arts Station, Carosella, Freshies, and Online

Guided Hike: Rocky Way, Mt. Fernie @ Island Lake Lodge The Shrugs @ Infinitea, 8pm

THURSDAY 18.9.2014 Artist Demonstration Series ft. Angela Morgan @ Angela Morgan Gallery, 7:30pm. Admission by donation. Book to Movie Club Launch @ Fernie Heritage Library, 6:30pm. Each month features a new title! Beautea Night @ Infinitea, 6-9pm. $10 massage and manicures.

FRIDAY 19.9.2014 Rock Night with Ash @ The Royal

SATURDAY 20.9.2014 Emily Brydon Golf Tournament @ The Fernie Golf and Country Club, an all-day event full of fun and surprises, raising funds for the youth of the Elk Valley. All welcome! Dirt Diggler Fall Classic DH Race @ Dirt Diggler, Microwave Towers. Lazy Lizard Trail Ride and Lunch @ Island Lake Lodge. Visit for more details.

CHECK OUT THE FERNIE FIX EVENTS CALENDAR ONLINE AT WWW.FERNIEFIX.COM Six in the Stix @ Cranbrook Trail Network, visit www.rmevents. com for more details. WildSafeBC and Wildsight Open Houth @ Wildsight Office, 891 2nd Ave from 10am-2pm. Brickhaus @ The Royal, house breaks electro

SUNDAY 21.9.2014 Ladies Closing @ The Fernie Golf and Country Club Six in the Stix @ Cranbrook Trail Network, visit www.rmevents. com for more details.

TUESDAY 23.9.2014 Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6-8pm

FRIDAY 26.9.2014 Booked! Writer’s Series: Angie Abdou @ The Fernie Heritage Library. Local author Angie Abdou reading from her newly released Between with entertainment by Redgirl. Frankie McQueen @ The Royal, blues rock n roll band

SATURDAY 27.9.2014 Elk River Swim, Drink, Fish Festival @ Fernie, visit for full details. High Roller Poker Ride @ Fernie Mountain Bike Trails. Visit for more details – a great ride celebrating the amazing trails and the community of riders we have in Fernie! Fall Craft Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 10am – 4pm. Home baked goods, local produce, crafts, and much more. Youth Concert and Arts Colour Crawl 5km @ The Fernie Arts Station, hosted by Shred Kelly with all proceeds benefiting the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation and the Fernie Arts Station. Registration at 1pm, race starts at 3:30pm, BBQ and prizes at 5pm, concert at 6pm and refreshments from 3:30-8:30pm – a great day for the whole family! Bison Brothers @ The Royal, roots-rock/alt-country/rockabilly music.

SUNDAY 28.9.2014 Elk River Swim, Drink, Fish Festival @ Fernie, visit www. for full details. Global Drums, Percussion Ensemble @ 1622 10th Ave, 2pm. Bringing steel pans from Trinidad, samba drums from Brazil and drums from Africa, a group of musicians that sells out concerts around the world!

Indie – Tom Savage. Saturday, September 20th at 8pm. Members: Adult $15 youth $10 / Non-members: Adult $20 Youth $14. Tickets available at The Arts Station and online

My Friend Art. Thursdays September 25th through October 23rd. 4:00 – 5:15pm / Ages 9-12. $75 (4 sessions + Art Show day). Instructor: Michelle Senior

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Fun with Clay. Friday / Sept. 26 / Oct. 24 / Nov 28 / 6 – 7 pm. $25 per couple per night (includes all supplies). All ages welcome. Instructor: Michelle

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Workshops Register for workshops by calling The College of the Rockies 250-423-4691 No School Friday. Friday September 19 / Friday October 24 / Friday November 28. Ages 5 – 10 years / 9:30am–noon. $25 per day (includes all supplies). Instructor: Jodie Parker, Michelle Senior, Lesley Graham

Cardboard Muscle! Wednesdays, October 1 – 29. 3:45-5:15pm. $95 for first child, $80 for additional siblings. Ages 7-12. Instructor: Lesley Graham

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September 2014 Weekly Events

DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Wings Night @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Pitcher and Poutine for $20 @ The Fernie Mexican Flying Fish & Chips @ El Guapo Movie Night @ Infinitea, 7pm Mix and Match Pasta @ Pub Bar & Grill Karaoke with TOPO @ The Royal Mani Monday Special @ Spa 901 Mussel Mondays @ The Livery with $6 glass of Proseco Ladies Night $5 wine and pints of cider, $10 appies @ The Northern Manic Mondays @ Island Lake Spa, $50 Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min TUESDAYS Feature Pasta and Wine Night @ Boston Pizza and Sports Bar Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Tacos @ El Guapo Wing Night @ The Pub Bar & Grill Xbox Kinect @ The Royal, 7pm $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Beer and Burger Night $10 @ The Northern Treat Yourself Tuesday @ Island Lake Spa, $25 off any facial Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedi-

cures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all three for $275 WEDNESDAYS $7 Off Large Pizzas @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse 2 for 1 Burritos @ El Guapo Karaoke Night @ The Fernie Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Wine Wednesday @ Max Restaurant with 50% off Select Wines Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal Featured Pub Burgers on Special @ The Pub Bar & Grill $12 Organic Roasted & Chicken and Beer @ The Bridge Bistro Locals Night @ Loaf, 5-9pm Tarot Readings @ Infinitea from 6pm Wine Wednesday @ The Livery $8 Wings and $14 Kokanee and Fernie Jugs @ The Northern Wellness Wednesdays @ Island Lake Spa, 20% off any body treatment Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal THURSDAYS $3 Off Tacos @ Boston Pizza Acoustic Jam @ The Brickhouse Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Bar & Grill

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 •Women’s Night @ Old School Boxing, 7:30-9pm •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Locals Night @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Parent Tot Fun Times @ Community Centre, 9:30am-12pm 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 •Swimming Lessons @ Aquatic Centre, kids under 3 from 10-10:30am •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •AquaBlast @ The Aquatic Centre, 9-9:45am •GentleFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 10:30-11:15am •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Ladies Night @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Ladies Soccer @ Prentice Park Field •Fernie Book Bike Roving Book Bomb @ Fernie, 4pm. •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Holy Family Centre, 10-11am. $6 •Lego Club Grades 1 + @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:304:45pm

Free Samples @ Sweet Shop with any purchase over $5. $2 Off Appies @ The Fernie, 6-9pm 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Naturalist/Ash Alternate Weeks @ The Royal BeauTEA Night with Trillium @ Infinitea, 6-8pm Project 9 Pizza Night @ Loaf Spring Clean Spa Day Special @ Spa 901 $12 Mussels, $5 Pints and $7 House Gin Doubles @ The Northern Open for Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge Pub Team Trivia @ The Pub Bar & Grill starting June 12 FRIDAYS Full Rack of Ribs for $19.95 @ Boston Pizza Fish Tacos @ El Guapo Brewery Tour @ Fernie Brewing Co. 3pm Tastings at The Tipple @ The Tipple. 1st Friday of the month only. Local Live Music @ Infinitea, 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Corona Buckets @ The Pub Bar & Grill $10 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live Bands & DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Golf

WEDNESDAYS •Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am - noon Ages 6 months-2 years •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Drop in Workshop @ Clawhammer Press. 6-9pm, $30 •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. All levels welcome, drop in for $5 •Introduction to Letterpress Printing Workshop @ Clawhammer Press, $30 6-9pm •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •ActiveFit @ The Aquatic Centre, 8:30-9:15am •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Fernie Women on Wheels Group Ride @ The Guide’s Hut, 6:30pm. All levels welcome. Update on meeting time and place: . •Fernie Book Bike Book Bomb @ Aquatic Centre, 4pm. •StrongStart @ IDES, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Holy Family Centre, 10-11am. $6 •Puzzlers Grades 4 + @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:304:45pm THURSDAYS •Better Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre. 1pm-3pm, every 2nd week. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. From 7-9pm come enjoy indoor flying and practice •Swimming Lessons @ Aquatic Centre, kids under 3 from 10-10:30am •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:30-10:30pm •Women & Men’s Night @ Old School Boxing, 7:30-9pm

$5 Domestic Bottles and $10 Fish and Chips @ The Northern Open for Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge SATURDAYS Large Gourmet Pizza for Medium Price @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Pizza Night @ Loaf Bakery, 5pm – close. Prime Rib Special @ Max Restaurant & Pub Bar & Grill $5 Glass of House Wine, $5 Off Bottles of Wine @ The Fernie Live Music @ The Central Live Bands & DJs @ The Royal $7 Slush Drinks, $6 Coronas and $10 Steak Sandwich @ The Northern Open for Dinner @ Lizard Creek Lodge SUNDAYS Kids Eat for $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse Fish & Chips plus Caesars and Pints on Special @ The Pub Bar & Grill Steak & Eggs & Build Your Own Caesar Bar @ The Fernie $10 BBQ @ Infinitea, 6-9pm $7.50 Caesars and Beesars, $5 Icebergs and $12 Poutine @ The Northern


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On the Open Road JESSE BELL

THERE IS BUG JUICE SPLATTERED all over my sunglasses and my face. Every few seconds, ping! Another one slams to its demise against the skin of my cheek.



This is motorbiking at its finest. When Mike Tomney—my old biology teacher and father to my best friend— offered to take me on a motorbike ride for my column in the heat of summer, I was beyond excited. I have had motorbike envy for a long time.

and a biker in front of you gives a casual wave to another biker as they pass each other. Why doesn’t anyone wave at me as I drive by?

You know the kind. When you’re driving your ’99 Volkswagen Jetta on the highway

I scramble for several minutes through

I’ll tell you why: because Jettas aren’t cool. Motorbikes are cool.

my closet trying to pick the most suitable biking attire before Mike arrives. The closest I come to suitable is a pair of acidwash jeans and a lightweight, grey-blue jacket. I can hear the rumbling of the motorbike several blocks away and as Mike pulls up he hands me a helmet and a set of earplugs. I jump on the back of the black and chrome cruiser bike and we’re off. Less than five minutes onto the highway I’ve encountered what feels like hundreds of bugs. The first one takes me by surprise – a sharp sting on the soft part of my cheek. The less pleasant bugs leave a wet splat. I’m a little nervous, as the only thing holding me on this bike is a hand strap between my knees and my ability to balance.

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But I trust Mike and his skills as a biker, even when he says this is “tough guy territory.” It takes me a while to notice I’m drooling. I’ve been distracted by the bugs and by Mike’s hoodie string smacking me in the face because of the wind. Hoping he hasn’t noticed the drool in his mirror, I quickly wipe it away.


Every once in a while a cool breeze relieves us of hot gusts of wind. The smells of pine and gasoline mix together and the blue water of Kootenay Lake passes by.

“It’s about being by yourself. You have to be comfortable inside your head,” he says. “It’s fun and exciting. I like the smells, the openness of it all.”

As we continue on I begin to realize what it is about motor biking. It’s just you and the road, the pavement gliding smoothly beneath your feet; and every once in a while a burst of adrenaline and speed.

I get it, the solitude. We need more of it than we sometimes allow ourselves to have.

We head south on Highway 93 past fields of corn and sprinklers soaking green pastures. The smells are incredible (and some are horrible), something you never get to experience when in the comforts of an air-conditioned tin box of a car.

We head back towards Jaffray and Mike waves to several bikers as they pass. There it is, that motorbike envy. Except today I’m the tough chick on the back of that motorbike giving the wave back. Ah-ha! Or at least, that’s how I see myself.

We drive to Baynes Lake, through Jaffray and back to the main highway before heading down the Wardner Fort Steele Rd. Every contour of pavement is an intimate move, the bike winding and dipping with each change in the terrain.

We stop for lunch at the Jaffray Pub and Mike tells me about his recent biking adventures. In the last ten years of biking he has been to California, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington and most recently, 8,000 km to New Mexico and back.

We jump onto the bike and head back into town. I’m amazed that I haven’t thought about Jackson Teller from the TV series Sons of Anarchy even once. Not for a second, I promise. Hot from the sun’s heat and a slight windburn, we arrive back to town midafternoon. My face may be contorted, covered in drool and splattered with the insides of dead bugs, but none of that matters. Because today I was relieved of my motorbike envy, and there is nothing better than that.

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Back to Fernie Trail School TERRY NELSON

LEARNING IS A NEVER-ENDING CHALLENGE beset before us to help us improve our social well being, our physical capabilities, and our mind’s enlightenment. When first venturing out into uncharted territory, a person has a heightened awareness of their surroundings. Natural responses mysteriously take over, as our subconscious draws on our genetic survival strengths. These reactions to unfamiliar conditions, or situations, as a result of chemical endorphin responses help to guide us safely, if we let this effect function as intended.

Most likely, however, the conscious part of our brain questions this reactive control, and disrupts our ability to move forward with unrestrained attention. It is this instantaneous questioning that sometimes keeps us safe, and at other times may lead us into harmful situations. This typical responsiveness to our surroundings, is the human’s most important instinct to aid in our evolutionary development. The learning of how to respond to changing environments begins at the youngest of ages, and hopefully continues into our later adult years, and is likely passed on genetically from generation to generation. An excellent representation of this adaptability can be observed while venturing out onto the surrounding Fernie trails. Whether learning how to put one foot in front of another while moving

through varied terrain while hiking, or making split second decisions on highspeed mountain bike descents, we must trust our instincts to guide us through these otherwise potentially hazardous surroundings. When the baby takes its first brave step, the learning begins. Hanging onto its coverall suspenders for security adds that extra feeling of comfort, allowing baby to graduate from gripping the edge of the coffee table to a stumbling, then into a full-stride walk to arrive in mom’s safe arms. From the first bicycle ride, having advanced past the training-wheel stage, to the free-wheeling excitement of when dad pushes you off into the wild world. These sensations of freedom, confidence, and reward help to drive us through the many obstacles faced along the path.

As we gain a broader physical skill set, we begin to take more risks. Eyes wide open, always looking ahead, synapses firing in rapid succession, all senses heightened, we have control over the situation, and move into a state of full concentration, where all is one. This fulfilling sensation, whether considered a Zen state, or just a feeling of personal well being, is what the body seeks to fulfill its lifeblood needs. We have learned to trust our instincts, and not rely on the forever questioning, confidence busting physical brain, and excel beyond the predetermined limits we may have posed on ourselves.

Fernie harbors many persons who have honed their skill levels in many different disciplines, such as ultra-running conquests, long-distance endurance riding adventures, scary white-water paddling expeditions, major ocean crossings, extreme skiing challenges, big mountain downhill riding feats, all achieved through perseverance, determination and, of course, community support. The Fernie Trails Alliance salutes all of our adventurers, who provide inspiration for all of us to keep on the track towards personal success and satisfaction. We never stop learning.

TRAIL OF THE MONTH: The Learning Loop THE LATEST ADDITION TO Fernie’s quality trail system is the “Learning Loop” at the Aquatic Centre Bike Park. Providing an opportunity for both youngsters and oldsters to practice some basic mountain bike riding skills, this is the place to learn. Begin at the Bike Network Hub at the Aquatic Centre parking lot on Pine Avenue and ride across the concrete apron in the front of the structure where you will find yourself immediately faced with a decision as to whether you should ride over the wooden beam, over the rough rock snail, or curve smoothly around on the dirt berm. These decision making skills may very well be the most important skill aspect of becoming a “Mountain Biker.” Continue under the hydro right of way, and stay right to where the trail will let you attempt another daunting obstacle, the “uphill switchback.” Once up and around, you will be faced with another switchback, only in the opposite direction. Can you say, “dexterity?” The trail then crosses back under the hydro right of way where some wooden roller features await. Can you say, “fun?” A ride-around is provided at every obstacle on this route. There are many stacked loops within this area. One leads into the tight aspen forest, to practice not hitting trees. Some loops lead over skinny’s (2X6’s to ride over), while other loops have some incrementally set drops ranging from 100mm to 300mm in height, again with optional ride-arounds. The loops all lead you back to where you started.




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SITTING BETWEEN THE FERNIE AQUATIC CENTRE, Splash Park and Dirt Bike Park, lies five new pieces of equipment. This is an awesome addition to our community but so far, I have yet to see anyone but kids playing with it. First and foremost the goal of this fitness equipment is to get everyone moving, so good job kids, but those of you who have yet to try it might be surprised by this fun new way to keep “Fernie Fit.” 1. Just do it! It is suggested that you approach it initially as play and try the variety of movements that it promotes with no emphasis on specific number

of repetitions. Give them a try and you will soon feel what muscles each piece is for. The movements are self-explanatory. Remember to keep good posture and your abdominals sucked in, as well as start at a comfortable pace. 2. Choose a time. The goal of consistent workouts (ie. two times weekly) should be your primary focus at the beginning of any fitness program. Being consistent with your days and times (ie. Tues, Thurs at 11am) makes it easier to accomplish regular exercise. You may want to plan it around your child’s swimming lesson or meet a friend after work.

Aquatic Centre to give you an active break and complete your goal time. Remember, you should never work through pain and you should always be able to talk while exercising. Also remember that the goal is to get you moving and to enjoy it, so try to have fun! 4. Progress. Progress you workouts gradually with no risks. Listen to your body and avoid any excessive discomfort, which could set you back. As you get more advanced, you can try to set 30- to 60-second intervals at each station.

End your exercise session with stretches, holding each for approximately five slow 3. Set a timer. Once you have committed breaths. With consistency, you will reap the yourself to a time, you are going to begin many benefits of exercise: feeling good, where you can. I like to set a goal of 10-20 increased flexibility, increased strength, minutes without stopping for beginners. increased endurance, better health, greater Rotate between the exercises doing as vitality, living longer, increased productivity many repetitions at each station as you and just being outdoors… So get out there can until your timer goes off. If you need and give it a try! to, you can walk or jog laps around the FERNIEFIX.COM



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Food for Thought - 6 Ways to Support Your Brain Function This Fall DR. TAINA TURCASSO, N.D., R.M.

AS FALL APPROACHES, our thoughts naturally turn to education and learning as many of those around us return to school. In fact, many of us who have been out of school for years still mark the beginning of a new year in the fall. We are all ready for

something new, some way to enhance our health, and thus our lives, and promoting the power of our brain is one way to improve upon many aspects of our health and longevity. Here are six changes you can make this fall to boost your brain function, whether you are going to school or not. Exercise - Exercise helps almost every system in our body function better, particularly the brain. Regular exercise increases focus, improves memory, reduces depression, stress and anxiety, and results in better quality of sleep, which also promotes healthy brain function. To see these benefits, we need to be doing at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least four days a week.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - If I had to pick one thing to add to your diet to improve your brain function, it would undoubtedly be foods and supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, for example, is rich in both DHA and EPA, both essential for brain growth and function. Fish is best wild, fresh, and sustainable, but if you can’t get that, buy frozen. There are also a plethora of supplements available containing high amounts of DHA and EPA, in both liquid and encapsulated form. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important during brain development, so they are especially beneficial during pregnancy, postpartum, and in growing children. HEALTH NATURALLY CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




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GROWING UP, I REMEMBER the smell of peanut butter and jam sandwiches when I opened up my paper bag. Most, if not all schools nowadays are a nut-free zone. This makes the PB & J sambo a dying breed, and I’m perfectly ok with that! There are plenty of nut-free options and I hope to inspire your kiddo’s school lunches this year. I asked parents what the hardest part of packing a school lunch was and the things I heard most were nut-free ideas and healthy snack ideas. Here are a few fun ideas for a healthy school year!

JICAMA STICKS This crunchy crisp vegetable is a great raw veggie for lunches, salads and stir-fries. The texture and taste is like an apple and water chestnut had a baby. Jicama is a sweet root vegetable otherwise known as the Mexican turnip or the yam bean. Its sweet flavour comes from the inulin, a fibre known as fructooligosaccharide, which helps to feed the healthy probiotic bacteria in our digestive tracts. 1 large jicama Juice of 1 lemon Simply peel and slice the jicama into sticks. Squeeze lemon juice over sticks right on the cutting board and toss. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.


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2 cans (2 x 398ml) organic chickpeas, drained & rinsed

1 Cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 Tbsp grape seed oil or melted coconut oil

1/4 Cup hemp seeds

1 tsp ground cumin

2 Tbsp whole flaxseeds

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt, plus more to finish

2-3 Tbsp maple syrup

1/4 - 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/3 Cup dried cranberries or goji berries

1 Cup raw sunflower seeds 3 Tbsp chia seeds

1/3 Cup golden raisins or currents 1/2 Cup chocolate chips/chunks

CINNAMON SPICE ROASTED CHICKPEAS 2 cans (2 x 398ml) organic chickpeas, drained & rinsed 1/2 Tbsp grape seed oil or melted coconut oil 4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp coconut sugar Good pinch of sea salt Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss chickpeas in oil, spices and sea salt. Adjust seasonings to your child’s preference. Lay out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice until golden and crunchy. Season with extra sea salt. Allow to cool before storing them in an air-tight glass jar.

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt Preheat your oven to 325°F. In a small bowl, combine all the seeds and cinnamon together. Stir in maple syrup with a spatula until well combined. Pour over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-13 minutes (halfway through, mix around with the spatula). Remove from the oven and add the dried berries on top and press them into the seeds. Allow to cool completely and add in chocolate chips. Store in an air-tight jar or container.

RAW SEED MUNCH Makes 8 Cups 24 (1/3 Cup) Servings 3/4 Cup dried fruit (mulberries, raisins, cranberries, diced apricots) 2 Cups apple chips or rings (or banana chips) 1 1/2 Cups chocolate chunks, Enjoy Life brand 1 1/2 Cups raw sunflower seeds

OTHER HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS Smoothies instead of a juice box Veggies and hummus/dip – there are so many healthy dips to choose from Air popped popcorn with coconut oil and sea salt Toasted nori – seaweed (Sea Snax is a great brand) Yogurt parfait with seedy granola and berries Edamame beans with sea salt – so easy! Easy fruit salad – bananas and peaches with hempseeds Sweet potato fries (leftover from last night) Organic corn chips and guacamole (Wholly Guacamole is a healthy pre-made guac) Ants on a log – mix half sunflower seed butter with half apple butter and spread on celery Tuna or salmon salad stuffed mini red peppers Black bean brownies Granola bars

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Yoga in Our Schools HEATHER IVANY

THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER has a swirl of emotions. I love the classic Staples commercial of parents floating through the school supplies aisles while the children sit miserable in the grocery cart, all to “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Kids are excited and nervous. “Who will be in my class? What teacher will I have? Will there be any new kids?” Parents absorb some of this energy in the form of anxiety, along with the stress of increased scheduling, paying out for clothes, supplies and the start-up of new programs. All the body recognizes is stress but it cannot decipher between good and bad stress. Many adults use yoga as a means to balance that stress; yet, what about our kids? Although yoga has enjoyed popularity with adults for many years, it is only recently that we have come to understand how helpful it can be for children in their formative years. Yoga promotes selfregulation, increases self-awareness, builds self-esteem, and strengthens bodies. It’s used in support for programs of antibullying and classroom management. Heather Skaien was the pioneer teacher in Fernie who recognized the positive influence that yoga has on children. She has been including weekly yoga classes in her Creative Minds Preschool since it opened back in 2009. When my eldest daughter started preschool at Bright Beginnings, I would pop in from time to time to teach yoga to her and her classmates. Gradually, the kids’ yoga classes extended to all three preschool classes offered at Bright Beginnings on a monthly basis. The yoga taught to children from Preschool to Grade Two is a form of dynamic storytelling, bursting with imaginary animals, scenes and


nature, which capture children who, in their delight, are unaware of how healthy and relaxed they are becoming. The movements go from high to low energy, teaching the children how to control their emotions but still instilling all the essential ingredients of yoga – breath awareness, mind-body fitness, and the opportunity to experience the self within. Thanks to the generous donations of the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation and the 3300 Club, I.D.E.S. ran a six-week yoga program last spring for kids, Grades 3 to 6. When teaching to children beyond Grade 2, classes start to look a little more like an adult class. Themes are added, geared to emotions and self-confidence. For example working on a theme of facing

fears, the class would begin by gathering to talk about what fears different people have. Breath work would layer on next, to experience how the heightened emotion of fear can drop by lowering the breath into the belly. Add to this some yoga poses such as crow (balancing the knees on arms with hands on the floor) and you can encourage kids to nudge their fears in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The yoga poses both reflect and reiterate the symmetry between emotions and body movement. Children begin to understand that it is not only the physical body that is made to do yoga, but that our brain, emotions and our physical body are all interconnected. Yoga postures and angles create pressures to stimulate their body and brain, making

the necessary changes to become healthy, happy, and whole people. Integrating yoga into public schools is a gradual process. Breaking through the yoga stereotypes can be challenging, yet the outcomes of these positive programs are outstanding. Kids who have a hard time being contained to desks for long periods of time can really excel through simple yoga techniques to break-up the inertia, without needing to book gym space or pile on the outdoor clothing. It seems to be only a matter of time before yoga becomes a regular part of our children’s curriculum. How grateful I am to live in a community of open-minded parents, administration and teachers.

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Paradise for Babies REBECCA HALL

AS A CHILD, MY PARENTS WERE CONSTANTLY bundling my sisters and me in the car for a trip. Despite my resulting understanding of how adaptable kids are, I’m still in awe of people who take their babies and toddlers to exotic places – Karen and Jeff, for example, whose two-year old daughter Elise is more well travelled than many adults I know. At just eight months old, Elise travelled to Costa Rica for a month with her parents. As we flicked through a photo album of lush rainforest and tranquil golden

beaches the couple explained how easy it was to travel there, even with an infant. Local flights are often a cheaper option than car rentals, but if you do rent a car, it’s fairly easy to get around. They recommended against travelling at night due to a lack of signage and some poor roads, but in general found it very simple. The trip began on the scenic Osa Peninsula, flying in from San Jose into Drake Bay to stay at the lovely Finca Maresia. The accommodation they chose in the country tended to be a hybrid of B&B and backpacker hostel – simple, affordable and comfortable single room cabins, with genial hosts and breakfast included. Without fail, Elise was welcomed everywhere they went – by all accounts, Costa Ricans adore babies.

In nearby Corcovado National Park, they took a guided tour to see the diverse wildlife. Throughout the trip they saw several species of monkeys, plus crocodiles, tapirs, caimans, sloths, sharks, iguana and a spectacular array of tropical birds, frogs and insects. They clearly enjoyed the experience here more than the busier Manuel Antonio National Park, although it is easier to get up close to the wildlife in the latter. Playa Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula takes the term “paradise” and runs away with it. Beachfront accommodations spill onto acres of golden sand and gentle waves are equally perfect for beginner surfers at low tide, and more experienced surfers at high tide. Warm yet temperate, the climate here is gentler than the lush,

humid rainforest areas in the south while the area is a haven for families looking for peaceful, calm locations away from the party beaches in the North. To cap off the trip, the pair planned a week of whitewater with Esprit Paddling, a Canadian company based in the Sarapiqui Valley. Professional and fun, the trip visits different rivers each day to race the whitewater and challenge the waterfalls by kayak or canoe. Baby Elise took the week off to hang out with Grandma, but if you don’t have an available senior, the company can provide a nanny. The remainder of the trip was spent touring by car, visiting cloud forests, hiking volcanoes and exploring the West coast. The family travelled through November and December, which can be a little early for the East coast where the chance of tropical storms is higher. January – April is the recommended time to visit, with Christmas often being twice the price of other times of year. Return flights from Calgary to San Jose in January start from $798 including taxes with United via Houston through dee. The family travelled for a month on around

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THOUGH I HAVE EXPERIENCED some spectacular summers, 2014 might be my favourite ever. This year, my wife worked part-time, and as a teacher I had the summer off. That meant lots of family time. We had our old 1974 trailer out to several lakes, camping with friends. We moved house from the Annex to West Fernie-delphia (thanks for all the help!), and we flew to the Maritimes, where we saw our son’s four very excited grandparents and many of his relatives. My favourite part of summer 2014 has been spending so much time with my son. I was a stay-at-home Dad and got to know my son better than ever. I also got very good at doing household chores with one arm, and attaching and un-attaching his Chariot to my townie bike. The two of us went to some amazing children’s programs (thank you Fernie Library and Little Sprouts!) where we sang songs and played games with other kids and parents. Sometimes I forget how lucky we are to have such wonderful programs available (and free at that!). Spending so many days together, I got to learn what my son’s subtle finger-points and his wide range of noises meant. I learned which cries to ignore and which ones to jump to. I learned to close doors and toilet lids. I know my son better and I am more confident about being a dad. My day was broken down by naptime, mealtime, bath-time, and bedtime. The weeks and weekends blurred together. And I loved it.

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Spending full days with my son brought plenty of challenges. There were moments when my heart would stop as I realized he was climbing stairs, there were days when I felt frustration about getting nothing done, and afternoons when I wanted nothing more than to go to sleep. Every day, I had at least one moment of being in awe of single parents and how they


SPENDING SO MANY DAYS TOGETHER...I KNOW MY SON BETTER AND I AM MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT BEING A DAD. MY DAY WAS BROKEN DOWN BY NAPTIME, MEALTIME, BATHTIME, AND BEDTIME. THE WEEKS AND WEEKENDS BLURRED TOGETHER. AND I LOVED IT. do it. As excited as I was to spend whole days with my son, I was always excited to see my wife arrive home at the end of her work day. I was excited to see another adult, I was excited to see her because I could hand off my son and use both my arms, and of course I was excited to see her because she is my wife and I love seeing her any time. As summer ends, there are many things I am looking forward to about the fall. I am excited about returning to school and seeing colleagues and students and finding a comfort in structured routine. I am excited for the Demo Derby (nothing beats a mud-filled beverage). And September is my favourite month for hitting Fernie’s trails, whether for biking or running or hiking. I look forward to experiencing these things with a toddler. One of the many things I love about living in Canada is experiencing our four seasons and in September, we see fall take over from summer. Though the calendar tells us the official first day of each new season, I have my own markers. For me summer turns into fall not on September 22, but on the first day of school. Have a great fall, Fernie.





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As Fall approaches, come and see our hand crafted selection of candleholders for your Thanksgiving table. With a variety of styles and designs, these unique items are sure to spark a conversation. Available from our newly opened gallery at 2087 Hwy #3 in Hosmer and at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.


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Located in the heart of historic downtown Fernie BC this Ministry of Education recognized independent school offers a full complement of high standard academic programming combined with a focus on athletics and the arts. Hosting students from Kindergarten through Grade 12,The Fernie Academy focuses on individual students preparing them for the challenges of today’s demanding world. To book a tour please call: 250-423-0212 451 2nd Avenue, Fernie B.C. CONTACT OUR PRINCIPAL Jocelyn Sombrowski at:

David Barrett is a fifth generation blacksmith, who with his wife Sandra makes all manner of things from forged and fabricated metal. Using steel, copper and bronze, Fernie Forge takes this ancient craft and brings it up to date. We would like to welcome Tricia Mort to the team, who is joining us as a welder.

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WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS there won’t be many times in your life when you are presented with as many things to remember as when you are in school. Everything from class schedules, locker combinations, assignment deadlines, etc. And that’s without even considering the information presented in class. Keeping track of it all can be a challenge. A few months ago I wrote about how I use Gmail as a memory repository, and it’s certainly, for me, a useful way to store the history of my interactions with others. But there are dedicated tools now that are specifically designed to store and organize much of the information in your life. This month I’ll take you through a tour of Evernote, a web application that acts like a virtual shoebox for you to toss in anything, organize it, and let you find it again easily. You can get Evernote from It has a free version for Windows, Mac, iPad and Android devices. There is a paid subscription service of $5/month too, but you can do a lot with the free version and I’d wait to see if it really works for you before dropping the bucks. Create your account on and use your login credentials to log into Evernote on your devices. Now start putting everything you want to remember into it. Evernote supports text, photo, audio and web notes. It organizes notes into notebooks and notebooks can be organized into stacks. One way of setting up notebooks could be one for each class, one for each extracurricular activity, one for each sport, one for next year reminders, etc. Then you can put all those notebooks into a 2014 stack. Repeat next year for 2015, and so on. You can also create a notebook for specific projects and group them into stacks. Of course you can choose any organizational method that works for you.

...EVERNOTE, A WEB APPLICATION THAT ACTS LIKE A VIRTUAL SHOEBOX FOR YOU TO TOSS IN ANYTHING, ORGANIZE IT, AND LET YOU FIND IT AGAIN EASILY. Evernote works as a great storage shoebox because of its searching capabilities. Imagine if you could use Google to search your memory and you have a good idea of what it’s intended to do. You can use “tags” to further identify notes, even when they’re in different notebooks. Let’s talk about note taking, an unavoidable chore in school. Evernote lets you create audio recordings as notes. Important lectures can simply be recorded for later. You can, of course, type in notes, but you can also take photos of your handwritten notes. Sometimes paper is easier, but finding what you want in a stack of paper is not always simple. Typewritten sheets can also be scanned in and even OCRed (Optical Character Recognition) so you can edit and search the text. This includes PDFs that you receive via email, by the way. Speaking of email, Evernote has a nice feature where you can send yourself a note via email. You can use special characters to indicate the notebook, tags, etc. I find this very convenient for grouping important emails from people with the project they’re related to in Evernote. Have a lot of numbers to remember? Locker numbers, room numbers, new friends’ numbers, combination locks, etc. All can be put into Evernote on a dedicated note. These days a lot of research is done on the web. Evernote’s Web Clipper lets you grab pages, or portions of pages, bookmarks or screen shots and save them like notes. And you can annotate those notes with


your own information. I use this feature a lot when I’m researching a purchase or a trip. Everything I find when I’m surfing the web that looks even remotely useful I’ll drop into an Evernote notebook. Later I can peruse, organize and delete if needed, but it’s amazing how often I’ll find an article that I mindlessly clipped became the important piece I needed later. This is so useful as it’s not always easy to retrace your steps to places on the web days or weeks later. With a little practice I’m sure you’ll find many more uses for Evernote. Just need a few paragraphs from a text book: photograph them. Want to practice that chord progression from your music teacher: record it and listen while you practice at home. Tracking your expenses on a school trip: take pictures of the receipts. I’ll bet you can think of dozens more. Happy Computing.


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September Horoscope CLAIRE SIMMONS

Aries (March 21 - April 29) Magic Your life is enchanted. There’s magic everywhere if you’re open to experiencing it. Take time this month to connect with what’s magical for you – whether it’s fun with friends, time in nature, spending time with kids, or that yoga class you love... Discover the magic of the everyday.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Unknown It’s time to take a deep look into the unknown to discover what you can create or bring to life. When we sit with the unknown, we are often offered sparks of inspiration to put into action. Try to tune out distractions this month and be fully present to the mystery of life. Let it inspire you!

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Focus Think about what you want, not what you don’t want. Dedicate yourself to a single task at a time and try to eliminate multitasking. It’s scientifically proven that humans are not more efficient when multitasking – so throw that old belief out the window this month and practice the art of focusing.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Purpose A new energy is coming into your life that will clarify your purpose even more. You will develop a deeper understanding of who you are and of what gifts you have to offer your community and the world.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Speak Up! Time to speak up! Have you been holding your tongue or have you left something

unsaid? Now’s the time to have your truth heard. Speak from the heart.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Reflection Everything in your life is a mirror of your inner world. When we experience chaos in our life, on some level we are experiencing chaos within. The same goes for when we are feeling at peace. Work to cultivate the feelings you desire within and watch them manifest around you. This is a subtle art.

M O N T H LY H O R O S C O P E S develop your own self-sufficient support system for those times when there’s no one to call on. Spend time being your own best friend this month!

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Connection You’re deeply connected to the Earth and so when the Earth is going through changes, you feel it too. If you feel a bit off lately, it’s okay – know that you’re just sensing the Earth’s evolution.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Instruction

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Education

You know something that others can learn from you. Chances are there’s someone in your neighbourhood who doesn’t know what you know and could use some instruction. This month you might find yourself asking ‘What can I teach others?’ or “What do I have to offer?’ Get out and share your wisdom and skills.

Really feeling the back to school vibe this year? It might be because you have some studying to do yourself. What is it that you want to learn? Take some time to reflect on a new skill you want to develop and find a way to learn it. Call up a Libra friend – you never know – it might be just the thing they can teach you!

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Protection There’s a protective bubble around you right now. Think of it as a force field that keeps bad energy and negative attitudes from affecting you. Play with it and see if it’s something you can learn to call upon when you need it.


Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Trust Trust your gut. This is the best way to learn to trust yourself. Tune into your gut instinct when making daily decisions and play with simple yes and no questions to learn how they both feel in your body. This might help you later in life when you have to make a big decision.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Support In what ways do you support yourself ? Chances are you have a support team of other people around you but it’s good to




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