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Rossland author Yolanda Ridge read from her new novel â€œRoad Blockâ€? on Saturday at Cafe Books West and was joined by about 50 kids and parents. For more see page 5.
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Columbia project construction begins ARNE PETRYSHEN Rossland News Editor
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The City of Rossland has awarded the contract for the Columbia Avenue infrastructure project to Copcan Contracting Ltd. Copcan workers were already at work Friday in down-
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town Rossland, marking and surveying roadways and cutting sidewalks. At Mondayâ€™s meeting, the mayor announced that they had done away with the issue that has been the most contentious - the parallel parking. Well there was no discussion on the subject, the mayor did make a quick statement for
those in the gallery. â€œBy council resolution, we have asked staff to remove parallel parking and make it angle parking as it is now,â€? Granstrom said. â€œFurther, there are some deletions to the tune of $424,000 that have been negotiated with the contractor.â€? Other than the parallel parking, the city cut most of the op-
tional items in the tender document. Council had decided to leave those items in the document labelled as optional in an earlier meeting, but stopped short of taking them out. These items, which make up the $424,000 in deletions, are things like benches, bike racks and waste receptacles. The project cost is now at
$5,638,018. That figure also excludes the costs of Ministry of Transportation, but includes a reserve fund. In the schedule released Wednesday afternoon, the city highlighted the work schedule for the next week or so. The saw cutting of the sidewalks, See City on P. 3
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starting at 6 p.m. Gnarlieâ€™s Angels will be taking on Bad News Betties. Tickets are $5 at the door.
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out of Trail/Rossland. Itâ€™s in a mock dog-show format where dogs are judged based solely on cuteness. Details about the show can be found on our website. Contact: Ida Koric firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.heartdogrescue.com
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in the 12 hours of non-stop entertainment and activities. Contact Suzanne Belanger at 250-362-7422 or go to www.relaybc.ca for more info.
306(&.64*$ Concert Series presents the last concert of the season: the Couloir Duo
with harpist Heidi Krutzen and cellist Ariel Barnes, two of Canadaâ€™s premier musicians. Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rouge Gallery (old bank building, Rossland). Tickets $15 available at the Rouge Gallery or at the door. 250-362-9609.
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clude a burger, beer and entertainment. There are also two Red Mtn day passes up for grabs! Proceeds go to Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. For info contact Robert 250.231.6924 Website: www.facebook.com/TrailRelayForLife Cost: $20
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,)"0401&3" Will be at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail on May 12. Tickets are on sale at the Charles Bailey Theatre ticket office (250-368-9669). Adults: $25, Seniors/ students: $20. Show time: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12 */'"/5 .05)&3 (004& 130(3". Enjoy an hour of rhymes, songs and stories with
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Skatepark pushes ahead in design phase ARNE PETRYSHEN
Featuring live music, dance, performances and cuisine from the diverse cultures represented in the Kootenay region. Be part of this exciting cultural event! COST: $2.00 Bring a lawn chair and blanket and spend the day on Heritage Way.
THINK GREEN TAKE THE MTI SHUTTLE
saw cutting of the sidewalks, which began Tuesday night, will continue until Saturday down the north and south sidewalks of Columbia Avenue, from Spokane to St Paul. The city advises that no pedestrian movement will be permitted within the affected
Shuttles sponsored by Mountain Transport Institute
From the Station Museum & the Castlegar Recreation Complex Starting at 10:30am downtown and continuing throughout the day to the festival site. Go to www.kootenayfestival.com for a full list of entertainment, artisans & food vendors PARTNERS
Contact: Audrey Polovnikoff at 250-365-3386 ext.4105 for further information or to volunteer at the event
Powder Pig Excavating and geo-technical engineer Norm Deverny (left) were out assessing the ground beneath the future skatepark location Monday morning. Arne Petryshen photo fits in with the mountain culture, biking and other aspects of the area. “When you look at some of the other skateparks around the area, whether it’s Castlegar, the one planned for Nelson or Trail… We want to try to be something that’s a little bit different,” he explained. “They’re a little bit more street orientated, so we’re definitely going with more flow and that’s going to fit in well with the bikers as well.” Strachan said that the RSA has been in consultation with the mining museum as well, as the site used to be a train site. They hope to infuse some of that cultural heritage into the theme of the park. “Just recently the mining museum emailed us some pictures of what this site used to look like to draw on some inspiration,” he said. “So we’re looking at that as to how to
build that into the park.” The RSA hopes to have the design wrapped up in June, and will be having a public meeting prior to that, either later this month or early June, to present the designs. At that meeting they will see what people think of the design and will likely have some 3D models and other things. Strachan said they were able to fund this stage of the design through efforts by the RSA, and contributions form the Rotary club, Telus and Teck. Once the final design comes out, then they will know in more detail how much they need to raise for the project. “Then we’ll know how much fill we’re going to need, how much rebar, how much concrete,” he said. For more info or to watch for the meeting dates, go to www.skaterossland.com.
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The Rossland Skatepark Association (RSA) is moving ahead with the design of the city’s skatepark. The association had some big news recently, with the decision on who would design the park. Robin Strachan, a RSA director, said they had just gone through a request for proposal process. “We went out to industry and skate park design professionals and we got some good replies back,” Strachan said. “We’ve selected the company Spectrum Skateparks. Jim Barnum, with the company, is designing the park.” In consultation with Barnum, the RSA was doing an assessment Monday of the grounds below the skatepark site, on the Emcon lot. Barnum, who’s Vancouver company specializes in skateparks exclusively, was in Rossland a few weeks ago for an initial site visit and to meet with the rest of the board to review what Rossland is looking for in a park. Back in November 2011, the RSA held the first of design meetings open to public input. “We asked anybody to fill out a survey about different aspects of the park,” Strachan said. “What do Rosslanders want to see in the skatepark itself as for features, physical objects or the feel and look of the park?” He said they want to address any issues of sound barriers for local residents and other concerns. “We got a great amount of results back for that. We were able to summarize the survey using raw data,” he said. “From that they formatted it into what we call design intent. So it tries to summarize what we’re looking for: Approximately 1,500 sq. ft. (140 metres squared) on the south eastern corner of the Emcon lot.” He said it’s clear from the results that Rossland is looking for a “flawy” park, which
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block. There will also be tree falling done this week. Next week workers will begin asphalt milling on the north side of Columbia from St. Paul to Washington. No Parking will be permitted for the two blocks, but this will affect the north side only, all day Monday, May 14. Traffic will also be affected.
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Next week they will begin partial sidewalk removal as well as excavating the Thrift store lot for parking purposes. That should be reopened by the end of next week. The Rossland News will be having weekly updates on the project, as well as the city’s official website: www.rossland.ca/columbiawashington-construction-updates.
Pet et Of Of The The W Week ee k On April 14, 2012, we received 9 cats from a farm thatt are now lookingg for their new forever homes. There are 4 neutered maless and 5 females, four of which are waiting to be spayed. All of the cats aree longhaired with many different colors and aree all 5-8 years old. If you are looking to give any of these great cats a second chance at a warm and loving home, you can come to the Trail BCSPCA and meet the 9. You can also contact the Trail BCSPCA at 250-368-5910 and firstname.lastname@example.org
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Publisher: Barbara Blatchford Editor: Arne Petryshen Sales: Monika Smutny 2114 Columbia Ave., Rossland 250-362-2183
Construction is coming soon to Rossland
Summer is here and so too are the workers dressed in reflective vests and helmets. The concrete is being is being chalked and cut beneath our feet as Rossland prepares for the largest construction it’s had in a long time. There is a fine line to walk between the need for the construction and the needs for Rossland businesses and locals to be able to go about their business. There is no doubt that the construction will have an impact on the city, how big will depend on a lot of factors. Will there be long wait times to pass through town? If so many summer travellers might opt to travel around Rossland. As of Wednesday, there’s still very little information out as to what will be expected and what the schedule for construction will look like. Many businesses are frustrated by the lack of information being provided, with things like the Spring Wing Ding only weeks away and the fate of the Real Food market still in the air, there is still no news on what will be affected and when. Parallel parking is out, which will be good news to many, though the wider sidewalks may have been an interesting change for that street. It’s likely just an accessibility issue for those headed to the busiest part of town. So how will the project shape up? That remains to be seen. As the Copcan machines make their way to centre stage in Rossland, we can at least look back to the dirt paved roads of Rossland’s past and the horses that carried you from place to place and see how far we’ve come. Even if that means embracing a long summer of bumpy roads for a future of smooth riding. We want to hear from you.
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Time to start Triathlon training Lots of great activities, programs, opportunities and events coming up in the next few weeks, in Rossland! Check out some of the great programs we’re running, in the Spring Brochure, which can be viewed online at www.rossland.ca and also on Facebook. The Rossland pool is looking for qualified Guards and Instructors for this summer! Please contact the recreation department if you’re interested in working at the Rossland pool this year. The Christina Lake Triathlon is coming up and registration information is available online, (gfplay@ rdkb.com) or in the recreation department. The triathlon is Sunday, June 24 and is very popular. Register early to avoid disappointment! Registration deadline is June 17 with early bird registration until May 31. The Rossland pool is scheduling several new opportunities in June – a Stroke Correction class, Adult Lessons and the Bronze Medallion will all be offered in June. If you’ve struggled with swimming in the past, or have genuine fears, the adult lessons would be a great way to start the summer swimming season. If you’re interested in pursuing lifeguarding, the Bronze Medallion is the first certification course you’ll need to pass. For more information about Lifeguarding requirements, please contact the recreation department. Roller Fit in the Rossland Arena starts on Tuesday, May 8, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. and runs until June 26. Each 90 minute class will consist of on-skate dynamic warm-ups, cardio, core and upper body strength
exercises. Instructor Darlene Jamin (aka Slameron Diaz) will lead you in this fun and energizing total body workout – without all the bruises! This course is for women of all ages, from 13 years and up! Drop in is $12, including HST. Proper safety equipment, including a mouth guard, helmet, shin, elbow and wrist guards and either roller skates or inline skates are mandatory. For more information, please contact Darlene, at firstname.lastname@example.org With bike season upon us, Revolution Cycle is offering several Bike Maintenance Classes in the next few weeks. For older teenagers and adults, there’s a Bike Mechanics 101 course on Wednesday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Little Kid Rugby starts at the beginning of June! If you have a little one, ages 5-9 years who’s interested in running, jumping, throwing and catching games, check out this new, non-contact rugby program! Kid’s rugby training develops and enhances a child’s basic motor skills and focuses on activities which develop balance, co-ordination and agility. Program starts Friday, June 1 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on the Cooke Avenue field. Hey Youth! A Life Coaching course is a great addition to your resume and life skills! Check out Psyched for Life Camp for Youth - Mental Toughness, Training and Outdoor Pursuits with Lesley Beatson, PhD Leadership Coaching and Consulting. The highly qualified, experienced leaders will facilitate a weekend of fun and learning that will help lead to your success! Mental training sessions will be
facilitated before each activity and participants will be encouraged to apply skills from sport psychology during activities of choice. Parents are invited to a wrap up portion of the program on Sunday at 2 p.m. for an information and Q&A session to help incorporate newly learned skills into daily life and sport. Dates for the exciting weekend are: May 26 and 27, Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Ages 10-13 and 14-17 years (min. 25 participants) $165. For full program details contact Rossland Recreation at email@example.com or 250362-2327. The Teen Boot Camp starts on May 14 and runs until June 20, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. The course is an energizing, indoor / outdoor fitness workout using high intensity interval training for total body conditioning. Led by Gabrielle Jangula, certified personal trainer. The course runs at MacLean Elementary gym, utilizing the gym, the field and the play space. Shelley Painter’s Adult Multi Media Art program starts soon! The course runs May 28 until June 25 on Mondays from 7 - 8 p.m. in the Rossland Arena lounge. This course is designed to help you improve your art skills – whether it’s drawing, painting or 3D art. Participants will discuss their interests with Shelley and then the following classes will be catered to those goals. The recreation department will be working on the Summer Brochure in the next week…..if you would like to offer a program, please contact our office at 250-362-2327 or by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rossland News Thursday, May 10, 2012
News Playing the part Students at MacLean enjoyed the Three Musketeers play performed by the Dufﬂebag Theatre, as well as students themselves, on May 3. Arne Petryshen photo
School district passes budget TIMOTHY SHAFER Trail Times
With little fanfare the new school district budget officially passed late last week into legislation. The $41.9-million budget bylaw was adopted with no discussion — nor with anyone in attendance from the public — by the School District No. 20 (Kootenay Columbia) board of trustees at Trail Middle School in a brief meeting Friday evening. It was a balanced budget, as mandated by the province, but it came at the expense of district staff, with expectation nearly 14 people from the district’s teaching and support staff will be cut. However, that terminal prophecy could alter when the school year begins this September, said board chair Darrel Ganzert on Sunday. What passed into law Friday night might not necessarily transpire when the chalk hits the board in the fall. Instead, what was delivered in the budget was acknowledgement the school district will work within the reduced means the Ministry of Education has allotted it, but it is not what will automatically happen, said Ganzert. “The actual amount of money that you gain or lose by the decisions you’ve made is quite variable in a budget,” he said. “Only the future will tell how this works. All this budget does is signal to the public our intentions, if truth be told.” Meaning there will be some adjustment, some finetuning. A budget is the direction the district’s secretary treasurer will pursue until the board decrees the course must be changed. That adjustment takes place on a monthly basis during the school year as issues — such as the teachers’ sick day cost overrun — arise, said Ganzert. He also dismissed the idea of putting the onus back on the provincial government to find answers to the $1.55-million budget shortfall, similar to what Cowichan’s School District No. 79 did in passing an unbalanced budget, $3.8 million more than its revenues, recently. An unbalanced budget was not considered in SD20 since many trustees felt the facilities question — clos-
ing schools in Castlegar and Rossland — could provide a budgetary answer in the next two years, Ganzert said. “Until that is done, it would be irresponsible to approach the government for more money because the first thing they would say is, ‘Cut a school,’” he said. “Now, do you want them to do that or for us to do it with public input? For us, we aren’t there yet.” The new budget means there could be 14 full time job losses throughout the region — including two teacher-librarians, almost eight teachers, three nonenrolling teacher staff, and one custodian. The job cuts were deemed necessary for the coming year to deal with a $1.55 million operating shortfall in the district — and rising internal costs for sick leave that are now $400,000 over budget — covering a three per cent drop in funding from the Ministry of Education. Cutting the teacher positions meant the district would save $1.17 million in 2012/13, the largest chunk out of the $1.58 million in total cuts made. With custodial staff possibly being cut from 12-month to 11-month employees, the district expecting to save $113,841. There will also be a district-wide rise in student-toteacher ratio — from 24-1 to 25-1 — that could impact the electives offered at the high school level. A motion was also passed at the meeting to consider possible reconfiguration or closure of Castlegar area schools, as well as Rossland schools, with a decision to be made by Dec. 31, 2012 and implementation in September 2013. This was the first year there has not been a budget review committee and its effects were felt Friday night, said Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union (KCTU) president Andy Davidoff. There have been 10 committee meetings on the budget to create the budget that was passed Friday night, but those meetings, unlike previous years, did not include regular representation from the KCTU, CUPE and the district parents advisory council (DPAC). “So all the board is hearing is in camera. They are all closed meetings, so all they are hearing is senior management and the administrator’s perspective,” said Davidoff.
www.rosslandnews.com A5 The Rossland Historical Museum is accepting applications for the positions of Interpretive Guide and Visitor Centre receptionist. Applicants must be attending a post secondary college/university and be returning in the fall. Resumes may be emailed to email@example.com or brought to the museum weekdays, 9:00 to 4:00. Deadline for applicants is Tuesday, May 15th. Only those applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012, 7:30 pm CHARLES BAILEY THEATRE, TRAIL, BC Tickets available at the Charles Bailey Theatre Box office, 1501 Cedar Avenue, Trail, BC or by phone at 250-368-9669. Adults $25/Seniors and Students $20
Local author reads from new book protect your nest
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On Saturday, more than 50 people came out to celebrate Yolanda Ridge’s second book: “Road Block” atCafe Books. Ballots were handed out to vote on your least favourite rule and with guidance from the author the kids chanted protests from her first book “Trouble in the Trees” such as “We want to climb, no more rules!” Ridge read from the novel and after kids could line up to get copies signed and talk to her directly. Cupcakes and juice was available and local band the Hoochie Ranchers played their fine music in the back-
ground. The book is geared to 8-12 year olds. Local grade five student Tatyanna read the book previous to the launch. “Road Block by Yolanda Ridge was one of the best books I’ve read. Bree really inspired me to fight for what’s right and now I realize that something can’t be done if you just ignore it. You have to fight back! I was really impressed by the way Bree just took matters into her own hands! I would never have been able to do what she did. I hope Yolanda Ridge writes more books!” For more information or to get in touch with Yolanda Ridge visit her website www.yolandaridge.com. Café Books in Rossland has book reviews and events listed on www.cafebookswest.ca.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 Rossland News
Rossland-based HEART Dog Rescue is
gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year. On Sunday, May 13, mutts from Nelson to Grand Forks will be de-
scending upon Birchbank Picnic Grounds for a mock dog-show and a variety of fun competitions.
Sponsor support has been amazing for this year’s event, with Pulsar stepping up to offer the “Cutest in the Koots”
Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*
What does this mean for you? 54 or older as of March 31, 2012
You may still obtain OAS/GIS at age 65
53 or younger as of March 31, 2012
The age of eligibility for OAS/GIS will change gradually between 2023 and 2029
Starting in July 2013, Canadians who are eligible for, but not yet receiving OAS will have the flexibility to delay receiving it in exchange for a higher monthly amount at a later date.
The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is decreasing** 6
The number of working-age Canadians per senior is decreasing, placing additional pressure on the OAS program.
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The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees hosted an intimate fundraiser for the two Burmese families they are helping to bring to Rossland. Submitted photo
lyasia, but they can not settle there permanently. Groups like WKFoR, as well as individuals in Canada, are able to apply to privately sponsor refugees who have been approved for resettlement to a third country. This is a separate process from the govern-
ment’s regular immigration program. Private sponsorship enables more refugees to resettle and start new lives. The funds that WKFoR are raising will go to supporting the families for their first year in Rossland. For more information, please visit www. friendsofrefugees.ca
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Anyone who missed out on getting the sold-out Nelson opera Khaos will get another chance this weekend, as it’s playing in Trail. The opera premiered to rave reviews last month in Nelson and will be in the area for one night this Saturday, May 12. It is jointly presented by Nelson Community Opera and the Trail Harmony Choir, and the Trail performance is sponsored by Teck. Khaos producer, Marty Horswill explained that a sponsorship from Teck was a major factor in allowing the production to come to this area. “Opera is the most complex of the performing arts and is, therefore, extremely expensive to produce and even more expensive to tour,” Horswill said. Nearly 2,000 people saw the initial run of this newly commissioned opera at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre in early March and by all accounts everyone who attended these performances were “bowled over by the power of the work itself, the quality of the cast’s performances and the extremely high level of theatrical presentation achieved by this production.”
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Rossland’s West Kootenay Friends of Refuges (WKFoR) recently hosted an intimate fundraising event in Rossland. The fundraiser was held at Kathy Moore’s house and featured the Valhalla ArtsTrio. The trio is made up of cellist Johanne Perron, clarinetist Nicola Everton, pianist Suzanne Ruberg-Gordon and twelve year old Isabella D’Éloize Perron. They delighted audience members with a mix of classical and contemporary chamber music. The event was a success raising over $1,900 that will go towards bringing two refugee families to Rossland. WKFoR are currently raising $20,000 to sponsor the two families, from Burma, to resettle in Canada. Refugees are defined as those people who have fled their home country due to a well founded fear of persecution. The group said that after fleeing the repressive military regime in Myanmar which continues to persecute ethnic minorities, these two families are currently living in refugee camps in Ma-
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Khaos: the Opera will be at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail for one night on Saturday. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo
Local composer, Don Macdonald, and local director/playwright, Nicola Harwood, were commissioned to write the opera. It is scored for seven soloists, chorus, orchestra and a solo dancer. Khaos is a re-imagining of the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in a contemporary world of climate change and looming global catastrophe. It’s per-
formed entirely in English. Soprano Allison Girvan stars as Persephone, Trail mezzo soprano Audrey Bissett as Demeter, tenor, Roger Ley as Hades and baritone, Kevin Armstrong as Cerberus. Tickets are on sale at the Charles Bailey Theatre ticket office 250-368-9669, Adults: $25; Seniors/students: $20. Show time: 7:30 pm, Saturday May 12, 2012.
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Couloir Duo will finish off the Rouge season STAFF WRITER Rossland News
The last concert of the RougeMusic 20112012 concert series is Monday May 14. Couloir Duo with harpist Heidi Krutzen and cellist, Ariel Barnes will be playing music that’s been described from spiritual to the sublime. The Couloir Duo regularly hears from audience members that the cello and harp are many people’s favourite instruments, yet there is very little written music for the combination. In response to that, Couloir has embarked on a journey to create a new repertoire for cello and harp, by commissioning new works and arrangements that allow them to explore the colour, timbre, and depth of the sound of their two instruments together. The result of their work is several wonderful new pieces to be performed on tour in the Kootenays “Three Meditations on Light” by Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock ~ a profoundly spiritual work, effervescent and glowing, “Drifting Seeds” by American Baljinder Sekhon - a rhythmically exciting work that explores the social and cultural
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connections between individuals and societies, and “A monk, dancing” by Canadian Glenn Buhr which includes chant and music from other cultures following the story of a monk constantly flipping faiths as he finds his way. Couloir will also perform their transcription of Debussy’s masterpiece, Sonata originally for cello and piano. Ariel Barnes is one of Canada’s acclaimed cellists. His solo and chamber music recordings have been received with critical acclaim, having been nominated for a Juno Award and two Western Canadian Music Awards. Selected as one of six cellists across the nation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ariel has recorded J.S. Bach’s d minor suite as part of the Canadian Bach Cello Suite Project, celebrating the launch of www. cbcmusic.ca. Heidi Krutzen has emerged as a leading musician in Canada. She is celebrated for her solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances, for her collaborations with composers, and for her excellence as a teacher. Heidi is a regular guest at chamber music festivals throughout North America including the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and many more. In addition to her solo
and chamber music, she is a founding member of Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, principal harpist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Heidi now teaches at the University of British Columbia, and is on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra. The concert is Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rouge Gallery Tickets $15 at the gallery. For more info call 250-362-9609.
chance to sing in a classy environment.. Gorham, a former bank manager said he’s “not a promoter or advertiser or anything like that, I’m just a guy who likes to sing.” So with that success he decided to hold another concert in March 2011, which sold out again. From there he decided to see what he could do with the talent search contest and began expanding to other towns like Cranbrook, Nelson and soon Rossland. “We’re just going to try and conquer the Kootenays first and see how that goes,” he said. The Rossland contest is May 23 at the Miners’ Hall and Trail is May 31. “I’m looking for singers. It’s open to duets and trios,” he said. Typically most of the singers will sing to a backing karaoke track, so he needs the music ahead of time for set up. There are prizes as well. First place in Rossland will win $100, second $50 and third $25. The top two singers from Rossland will
advance to the Kootenay’s Best Singer contest in Cranbrook on June 23. “That’s going to be a big event. We’re going to be holding it in the Alliance church, which holds 1,000 people. First place for the regional contest is $1,000, plus time in a recording studio to record an original song and a music video of the person singing the song. The judges come in from out of town, to relieve any biases. They also try to keep things positive and look to lift singers up, rather than point out too many flaws. He said there are a lot of people out there that never get a chance to sing in front of a crowd that paid to see them and others sing, and this is that chance. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s great for the singer, it’s great for the audience and it ends up being just a positive, fun night.” For more information or to sign up email Gorham at email@example.com or visit www.kootenaysbestsinger.com
The Couloir Duo will play at the Rouge Gallery Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo
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Rossland will soon get a chance to find out who the best singer in town is, as the Kootenay’s Best Singer contest makes its way here. The contest was started in Creston back in November 2010 by Vern Gorham, while he was waiting for another business venture to get going. Gorham thought, why not hold a Creston Idol contest. “Nobody was doing anything like that,” he said. For that show he hoped to sell maybe 200 tickets and make a bit of money. He was blown away by the response. “We sold out the place. It holds at least 330 people and we had at least 100 people at the door that we had to send away,” he said. So after that he thought that he had struck something. His philosophy is to simply give people a
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Kootenay DanceWorks is pleased to recognize Sally Turnbull, Cydney Streadwick, Anna Cooper and Jill Amantea (missing), who were chosen as representatives for the Provincial Festival of the Arts being held in Nanaimo. Kathryn Daines has been chosen to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division Summer School. Dancers will be performing on Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail. Submitted photo
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Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288
Misc. Wanted Local Coin Collector buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold & Silver Coins. Call Chad 250-499-0251
Real Estate Gulf Islands CORTES ISLAND BC. Tranquility is yours for $309,500. 3 bedroom on 1.3 acres at Smelt Bay. Attached workshop. Sun deck. Fenced garden. Ocean peek. 604-789-2492.
CAREERS AT CBT
Homes for Rent HOUSES & APARTMENTS FOR RENT Available in Rossland & Trail. Please call Century 21 Property Management at 250-362-7021 www.RosslandRentals.com
CBT has two openings: t Analyst, Planning and Development t Program Manager, Water and Environment
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Teachers GPRC, FAIRVIEW Campus requires a Plumbing Instructor AND SteamďŹ tter/PipeďŹ tter Instructor to teach labs and classroom settings for their program. Visit our website at www.gprc.ab.ca/careers.
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Business/OfďŹ ce Service DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability beneďŹ ts? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. www.dcac.ca
Merchandise for Sale
Auctions BC LIVESTOCK is holding a ranch equipment auction Saturday May 12th 11A.M. @ The Johnsonâ€™s on Duck Range Rd. Pritchard. Equipment is showroom quality. Tractors, haying equipment, tools, tack, lots of good antiques. View Website at www.bclivestock.bc.ca F.M.I Call 250-573-3939
Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63â€™ & 90â€™ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C â€œCabsâ€?20â€™40â€™45â€™53â€™ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com
Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & MANAGER OF FINANCE
The City of Rossland, situated in the beautiful West Kootenays, oďŹ€ers an exceptional lifestyle with an abundance of recreational activities and cultural experiences. Only two hours from the City of Spokane, Washington and three kilometers from the base of Red Mountain Ski Area, Rossland is rapidly growing into a ďŹ rst class Resort Municipality. The City of Rossland is seeking a professional, experienced Chief Financial OďŹƒcer to join their Management Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning and management of the Cityâ€™s ďŹ nancial and budgetary aďŹ€airs as well as the provision of management expertise and advice to the Chief Administrative OďŹƒcer and Council. The ideal candidate will have a professional accounting designation with several years of senior management experience. Extensive knowledge of regulatory and legislative requirements as they relate to Municipal Government Accounting and experience with Risk Management and Vadimâ€™s iCity Software are necessary, along with a proven record of supervisory skills and strong leadership abilities. This full-time position oďŹ€ers an attractive beneďŹ ts and remuneration package. Job description can be viewed online at www.rossland.ca. Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume via email by May 31, 2012 to: email@example.com, City of Rossland, Box 1179, 1899 Columbia Avenue, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0.
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MILLWRIGHTS â€˘ Interprovincial Journeyperson CertiďŹ cate required â€˘ Mill experience a deďŹ nite asset â€˘ Welding certiďŹ cate would be a beneďŹ t
ELECTRICIANS â€˘ Interprovincial Journeyperson CertiďŹ cate required â€˘ PLC experience a deďŹ nite asset â€˘ Industrial construction experience a plus Strong values of Safety, Respect, Progressiveness, Open Communication, Integrity and ProďŹ t guide us at Tolko. READY TO APPLY YOURSELF? If you are interested in exploring this opportunity and being part of our community, please visit our website at: www.tolko.com and submit your resume by May 21, 2012 or fax: (1)250.546.2240
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 Rossland News
M thers Day!
Moms are celebrated around the world Everybody is convinced that the best mom in the world is theirs. That’s probably why Mother’s Day is celebrated in dozens of countries around the world, although not always on the same date.
Virginia began an official celebration for mothers in 1907. A few years later, in 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
There’s nothing new about honouring a mother’s unique role within the family and society as a whole. Ancient Greeks were known to celebrate Rhea, the mother of the Gods, and countless other religions have celebrated the fertility and nurturing qualities of women.
Since then, many countries including Canada, Brazil, Italy, Japan, and Belgium have followed this lead and made the second Sunday in May a day of flowers and words of love for moms.
The perpetuation of this tradition in North America goes back to an American, Anna Jarvis, who lost her mother on the second Sunday of May, 1906. She convinced the authorities in her small Virginian town to mark Mother’s Day with a religious ceremony the following year. The idea was so popular that the entire state of
Strangely enough, Mother’s Day is celebrated on a wide range of dates around the world. It’s celebrated as early as February in Norway and as late as December in Panama and Indonesia. Between these two extremes, hardly a month goes by without some country honouring their mothers with a special day. One thing is certain though, no matter the place or the date, mothers deserve to be celebrated!
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