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RSS student Kaycee McKinnon lines up a shot in the Royals’ match against the Stanley Humphries Secondary School Bulldogs in Castlegar last week. RSS won the match 1-0. While the fields were dry and green in Castlegar, soccer season is taking a bit longer to reach Rossland. The Royals were supposed to play SHSS again on Monday — this time at home — but due to snow the game was again played in Castlegar. SHSS took the second match by a score of 3-0. Please see another photo from the first game on page 20.

Thieves target cash in series of downtown break-ins ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Three men used crow bars to pry their way into three downtown businesses to steal cash in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with their activities caught on video and also spotted by the Prestige

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Hotel’s night auditor who called police at 2:30 a.m. The RCMP confirmed that a break-in at the Red Pair Shoe Store was reported at 2:30 a.m. and said a cruiser was immediately dispatched. When police arrived at the Red Pair Shoe Store, they discovered

that Mountain Life had also been broken into. A break-in at Clansey’s wasn’t discovered until employees arrived at work. RCMP files record a call from Clansey’s just before 6:21 a.m. “I can’t give a lot of detail,” Sgt. Rob Hawton said. “We can’t release

everything we know publicly.” “It was the night auditor from the Prestige who called the police,” said Stephanie Robinson of the Red Pair Shoe Store. “He was outside on a break and noticed three guys coming down my steps.”

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“They totally went for cash,” Robinson said. “I had an SLR camera and a computer on the table, but they strictly went for money.” Although the thieves were stymied at the shoe store where there is a nocash policy, other businesses were not so lucky, including neighbouring Mountain Life owned by Pat Hinds. “It’s a part of life, unfortunately” Hinds said stoically. Again, money was the object, and cash was stolen from the Mountain Life register. Hinds has now changed his company policy so that no cash is left overnight. Besides cash, the thieves took a couple pair of sunglasses from Hinds’ store that he said “couldn’t be worth more than $70.” They passed over the Garmin GPS watches just below the register. Clansey’s was also forcibly entered with the door broken. Megan Cook said a couple hours in the morning were lost waiting for the police to complete their investigation, and a “bit of a mess” of papers was left by the thieves, but nothing was taken other than money. Three men were caught on several security video feeds. “There are video cameras everywhere in town,” Robinson said. “The clearest shot was picked up by Ferraro’s camera.” Sgt. Hawton said break-ins like these are quite unusual for Rossland, but couldn’t speculate whether it was more likely the thieves came from Rossland or out of town. “We’re checking videos,” he said, but could not divulge any clues to the criminals’ identities. He did have advice for shop keepers. “Don’t leave cash on the premises — that’s what people go for first.”

After much wrangling, council appoints two-thirds of a panel ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Council approved a new three-member parcel tax roll review panel in a special meeting on Monday, a process that previously bogged down (and failed) in controversy; more recently, council’s decision to re-appoint an entirely new panel resulted in acrimony at council. Section 204 of the Community Charter requires the city to appoint a review panel to hear any complaints before a parcel tax is imposed for the first time, in this case the Ophir Reservoir parcel tax. The new panel convened at noon today at city hall to hear parcel tax roll complaints, as the city advertised with various notices on April 7. Coun. Laurie Charlton, Mayor Greg Granstrom, and Coun. Kathy Moore were appointed to the panel last year to adjudicate complaints, but they failed to authenticate the tax roll. According to a public memo by CAO Victor Kumar, two of the panel contravened procedure in two ways, first by introducing a late amendment to the agenda — “a [panel] member cannot make a complaint and purport to adjudicate on that issue” — and secondly by attempting to “investigate” an alternative method of calculating the parcel tax. It was Kumar’s opinion that “one or two panel members are confusing [the zoning by-

law with the application of tax.]” Legally, Kumar said, the panel must “apply objective standards,” and “follow procedure,” but “the 2010 review panel prejudiced their independence,” confusing their “quasijudicial function” with their “policy decision making function.” Granstrom was sure to point out that the formula contested by the panel “has gone to the B.C. court and was upheld in the Court of Appeal.” When the issue of reappointing a panel was addressed by council on Feb. 14, Charlton was upset by what he perceived as libel on Kumar’s part, but Charlton’s behaviour then spurred the Mayor to eject Charlton and phone the police to make sure it happened. The situation resolved when Charlton apologized. Staff was instructed by the resolution that passed at that meeting to assemble a new panel of people who “are not active members of the present council but who have previously served on city council.” Staff recommended — and council approved — the appointments of Ms. Jackie Drysdale and Mr. Steve Knox. Staff reported that, “due to sickness and vacation commitments” of potential panelists, they were unable to find a third member who fit the criteria. Instead, staff suggested Mr. Bill Trewhella, “a seasoned previous elected official from the Village of Warfield,” who offered to assist, and council accepted this offer.

How to dole out CBT funding? ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

It’s that time of year when the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program money gets divided between many organizations in the region, but again the applications far exceed the available funds. Across our region — Fruitvale, Montrose, electoral areas A and B, Warfield, Trail, and Rossland — $301,319

are up for grabs, of which $46,127 will be divvied up by Rossland’s council. Council, however, must whittle down the $69,970 requested in applications by 25 organizations, a reduction of more than 50 per cent. Regionally, requests sum to $484,578, outmatching available funds by 61 per cent. Rossland council began the difficult process of allocating funds at Monday’s committee-of-the-whole after receiv-

ing short presentations by a large number of the interested parties. The amounts requested by community groups ranged from the hundreds to the thousands. A 10-per-cent cap of $4,612 may be applied, and preliminary figures were reached at the committee-of-the-whole on Monday, but final decisions won’t be made until next week’s regular meeting.

Just in time for Easter Grade 7 RSS students finished up their Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) just in time for Easter. Raw eggs are drawn on with hot wax, dyed in vibrant colours, and finally the wax is burned off to reveal the beautiful colours that were sealed in. Students thanked their school PAC members for helping to buy the supplies needed for this project. From left to Submitted photo right: Ross Armour, Landon Gill, Kara Deane, Braden Mckay, Nathan Mckay, Nick Fantin and Annika Dixon-Reuz showing off their Easter eggs. Fantin’s “Canucks Egg” was particularly popular.


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Trustees spare some programs, increase class size in new budget JIM BAILEY Trail Daily Times

School District 20’s board faced the difficult task of making further cuts to its budget for 2011 and while they balanced the budget on Monday, it came at considerable cost to teachers, CUPE and district staff. The budget review committee faced the daunting task of reducing a $1.2-million deficit in order to balance the board’s approximately $38-million budget. The committee found $700,000 worth of savings but the school board was left to axe an additional $450,000 to balance the books. Board chair Gordon Smith heard first and second readings before moving the meeting to a committee of the whole. “It’s advantageous for the board to move to committee at this point so we can relax procedural rules,” said Smith. Despite the district’s re c om m e n d at i ons to move or eliminate the alternative online learning program at Blueberry com-

munity school, cut a Russian language position at Twin Rivers, and teacher librarian positions, most programs remained intact. However, teachers took a hit for the second year in a row when trustees voted to increase class sizes, saving about $100,000, from 23.5 to 24 students. “Pushing the limits on class sizes and composition results in increased stress levels for teachers and a reduction in the amount of individual, face-to-face, support time students can have with them,” said Andrew Davidoff, Kootenay-Columbia Teachers Union president. However, with the recent court ruling for the B.C. Teachers Federation that the Liberals acted illegally when stripping class sizes and composition limits from teachers’ contracts in 2002, the move to increase class size may prove premature. “We have to ask what is the implication of the court ruling,” said Davidoff. As part of the budget process another

concern for teachers and CUPE workers was that the deficit and projected cuts were not announced until a few weeks ago. The lengthy public consultation process and meeting in February where teachers, staff and parents pitched 80 projects totaling over $3.5 million in funding, was essentially a waste of time, says Davidoff. However, district staff disagree. “Even if we were in a deficit position, and a great idea came up, why wouldn’t we take advantage of it and make room for it,” said district treasurer Kim Morris pointing to the recent success of math-lead teachers in the classroom. In the budget process, CUPE suffered the majority of the cuts. Their salaries represent 19 per cent of the budget but they accounted for almost 39 per cent of cuts including over 100-man hours loss of work. Efforts to further cut hours by instituting a centralized call out for teachers and thus reducing more CUPE hours was defeated. “I am feeling a

“Pushing the limits on class sizes and composition results in increased stress levels for teachers and a reduction in the amount of individual, faceto-face, support time students can have with them.” Andrew Davidoff, KCTU president

little sympathetic for CUPE, because we’ve already hit it once already maybe we should look at something different,” said trustee Vince Morelli. However, the board passed a recommendation not to replace full-time CUPE staff with on-call employees during summer vacation periods at a savings of $50,000. “They are people who are simply on a call-out basis . . . not regular scheduled employees,” said trea-

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Cross-Canada, the long way ROBSON FLETCHER Rossland News Editor

Tana Silverland may seem a little out of place riding her recumbent tricycle over a snowy West Kootenay mountain pass but as far as she’s concerned, the more odd looks she gets, the better. Ten months in to an epic, two-and-a-half year journey, the transplanted British citizen is trying to attract as much attention as she can while slowly pedalling her way across Canada in a circuitous route that has already spanned 3,000 kilometres through the Yukon and B.C. alone. It’s all part of Silverland’s passionate effort to raise the profile of an international charity that many North Americans have never even heard of. SOS Children’s Villages provides loving homes for 78,000 orphans and abandoned children in 130 countries around the world. One of its roughly 500 “villages” is located in Surrey but Silverland said most British Columbians she’s encountered on her journey so far know little if anything about the organization. “Even in Europe (where SOS Children’s Villages originated) it’s much lower profile than it deserves to be,” she said. “I was living in the same town as the U.K. office for nearly 10 years before I even realized that they existed.” When Silverland did learn about the organization, she was struck by the approach it takes to caring for children who have lost their parents. “It’s a family-based model rather than the just the big dormitory orphanage type of thing,” she explained. “The kids actually get a mom that loves them and takes care of them throughout their childhood, just as my mom did for me. I just think that’s so incredibly important for a child — to have that love, to have that security, knowing that someone’s there for them, that someone loves them.” Silverland initially volunteered with SOS Children’s Villages in the U.K. but a love for the natural beauty of Canada prompted her to immigrate to this country, where she planned to do more voluntary work with the organization. She soon discovered that her choice of local transportation — an unusual-looking recumbent trike dubbed ‘Ranger’ — garnered more interest than the

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Tana Silverland rode her recumbent trike, dubbed ‘Ranger,’ through Rossland last week before heading on to Castlegar and then to Nelson as part of a 30-month cross-Canada journey to raise awareness of SOS Children’s Villages.

actual work she was doing. As a result, her mission “evolved” into a cross-country trip on the human-propelled vehicle. Silverland figured she could do more for SOS Children’s Villages by raising its profile — city by city, town by town — on what she expects to be a 30-month journey from Whitehorse, Yukon to Cape Spear, Nfld., along a winding route designed to bring her through as many Canadian communities as possible. How long of a trip will that be? Silverland doesn’t even want to calculate the total distance. “I’m quite deliberately not adding it up,” she said. “It probably would be quite scary.” Along the way, Silverland tries to speak to schools, service clubs and local news organizations to spread the word about the charity she is so passionate about. And though she’s not specifically seeking donations for SOS Children’s Villages, she said many of the people she’s met have decided to support the organization financially after learning about what it does. To that end, as well, Silverland is relying on generous locals in every community she visits to provide her with meals and accommodation. “It’s actually because I have no money and I didn’t want to be asking for money to support me,” she said. “If anybody wants to give money as a result of what I’m doing I want them to give it to SOS Children’s Villages, not to me.”

So far, Silverland said “the kindness of strangers” has “exceeded her expectations” and while the decision to rely on random Canadians to welcome her into their homes was borne out of necessity it ended up as an integral part of her trip. “It’s actually turned out to be the most wonderful part of doing this journey, because I’ve gained so much more of an insight into the places I’ve been visiting and it’s just made the experience so much richer,” she said. After travelling from Grand Forks to Rossland last week, Silverland made her way over a snowy Paulson Summit to Castlegar, where she spent the weekend. She left on Monday for Nelson where she was scheduled to speak to Daybreak Rotary Club early Tuesday morning. From there, it’s across Kootenay Lake by ferry and down to Creston, then eastward to Cranbrook and beyond. All along the way, and well into 2012, Silverland plans to spread her message about SOS Children’s Villages. “They are working with the most vulnerable children who quite literally have no one, giving them a future they can look forward to rather than dread,” she said. “Every child should have that opportunity.” You can follow Tana’s progress on her blog — tanasilverland.wordpress.com — which also contains links to the local and international websites of SOS Children’s Villages.


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The West Kootenay Early Years Conference 2011 (EYC) was held in Rossland this year, the third in a series that brought together care providers and educators from across the region to develop their professional skills and build relationships. Conference organizers think it should be made an annual event to best advance the community-specific needs of young children. The conference, held on April 8 and 9 at the Prestige in Rossland, was “very successful” said chairperson Dorothy Kaytor. “We should have it every year,” she said of the EYC conference and that is exactly what the organizing committee aims to do with the next event in 2012. “It’s so valuable to have cutting edge information shared on a broad basis, you can’t do that without a conference once a year,” Kaytor said. Kaytor is also the coordinator of the West Kootenay Early Years office, a branch of the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Cooperative located in Nelson. She explained that her office, funded by Success by 6 provincially and regionally by the Ministry of Child and Family Development, provides public awareness about the importance of the early years and skill development for professionals. “More and more, childcare centres are closing on Friday

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Editor: Robson Fletcher Publisher: Karen Bennett 2114 Columbia Ave., Rossland

A truly epic ride Cycling across Canada is no longer such an amazing feat. Sure, it’s tough. It’s gruelling. It takes grit. No question there. It’s just that cross-country bike trips have become so commonplace, they’ve lost their a bit of their cachet. It seems every other day you hear of someone else undertaking an “epic” journey from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, often in support of a charity or some other kind of cause. Not to take anything away from the people who selflessly set out on these types of undertakings, but as journalists it’s easy to become a little bored when confronted with the same old story every year once the snow starts to melt. When something ceases to be new it usually ceases to be news. But, if you haven’t already, take a look at the article about Tana Silverland on page 4 of this edition of the Rossland News. Even to the jaded eyes of a journalist, this is no run-ofthe-mill story about a cross-country bike trip. First of all, Silverland rides a recumbent tricycle, not a bike. But that, in itself, isn’t particularly interesting aside from the novelty factor. The timeframe of her trip — 30 months — is certainly unusual, as it’s a lot longer than most coast-to-coast rides, which usually last only a summer. So too is the route she’s chosen, which takes “circuitous” to a whole new level. In her eastward journey, Silverland has covered 3,000 kilometers already and hasn’t even made it past Cranbrook yet. But what struck us most about Silverland is the commitment it must take for her to not only devote two and a half years of her life to this voyage but also to rely solely on the generosity of strangers in each community she visits for food each day and shelter each night. All this in an effort to simply spread the word of a charity she believes passionately in: SOS Children’s Villages. That certainly grabbed our attention. We want to hear from you.

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Summer brochure in the works The REC Department is starting to move into “Pool Season” and we’re looking at new programs and opportunities for the community. We’ve heard over the years that an early morning lap swim would be an asset to the community. Due to Staff scheduling, payroll and preprogrammed lessons and camps, it’s not possible to schedule a regular, daily, morning lap swim. What we can do though, is work with groups who would like to schedule specific dates or weeks. For instance, if the Triathalon Club wanted to commit to several weeks over the summer, and pay the hourly rental rate, we would schedule the staff to open early. Please contact the Recreation Department if you would like to schedule an early morning lap swim session for your organization. And if you have other ideas or “wants” please don’t hesitate to ask! We are always looking for new programs and opportunities to bring to the community. The Red Mountain Racers Spring Sport Swap is Saturday April 30 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Trail Fieldhouse by J.L. Crowe Secondary. This is a great opportunity to clean out your garage and get rid of any golfing, biking, tennis, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, soccer and baseball equipment. Basically, anything spring related — but NO skis or snowboard equipment. Rossland’s first annual Earth Day Expo is this Friday, April 22 at the Miners’ Hall. The Expo will run from 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. with local businesses and organizations displaying

their eco/green initiatives and products. There is a community potluck to follow and everyone is invited! The REC Department is excited about bringing Amber Oosthuyzen’s “Redefining Beauty” course to Rossland! Amber is a local teen from Trail who has developed a course for girls and young women, that helps them to channel their self-worth, develop healthy relationships and teaches them to set the bar high. This year’s program focuses on mental and physical health and stripping away an obsession about body and image. The participants figure out what makes them tick through discussions and activities while enjoying the support of the group. The course will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Miners’ Hall. The course is designed for girls ages 13 – 18, but girls who are turning 13 this year are invited to attend. The fee for the course is $20 and includes a healthy lunch. This workshop is a great opportunity for any young woman in Rossland — if you have a daughter, granddaughter or niece, consider registering them for this important course. With summer right around the corner you may want your son or daughter to take their babysitting course. The Babysitter Training Course was first released in 1970 and has since trained over 500,000 Canadian youths to become educated, responsible babysitters. This eighthour course consists of eight topics, including; responsibilities, child development, nutrition, behaviour,

emergencies, safety and first aid, illness, physical challenges and special needs issues. Students are required to obtain a passing grade of 75 per cent on the final examination. The course is being offered Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The course is for teens and preteens who are turning 12 this year and will be held at the Rossland Pool. Sr. men’s basketball at RSS started this week, on Mondays between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The program is open to all men aged 35+ who want to play basketball and have some fun. Please bring a water bottle and a clean pair of indoor running shoes. Yoga at the MacLean Annex will be ending at the end of April. Our instructor, Norma, will be moving on to her next adventure and is leaving Rossland. Hula-hooping with Shauna Davis, on Monday nights in the Miners’ Hall, has also ended due to Shauna’s next adventures. The session No. 2 “Make a Homemade Lasagna Pan” class is Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 28. This class would make a great gift for Mothers Day!! The Recreation Department will be working on the summer brochure in the next few weeks. If you’re interested in running a summer program, please contact our office. If you would like to run some kids camps, please let us know! We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to keep the kids busy and happy during the summer. Give our office a call, at 250-362-2327 or email us at recreation@rossland.ca.


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Expo and entertainment for Earth Day ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The Earth Day Expo and community potluck at the Miners’ Hall on April 22 have firmed up live entertainment and an even wider range fun and educational demonstrations. From 1:30 to 3 p.m., while the chicken crawlers meet at the Cook Avenue baseball diamond for a tour of local hen houses, those hankering for an “earth walk” will meet at the Miners’ Hall for a hike down the new Louie Joe trail. The Eco-expo explodes into action at 3 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall. Of particular note since last week’s report, MacLean Elementary students will have art and environmental initiatives on display in addition to a number of children’s performances from 5:30 p.m. onwards. Jeff Herr, resident solar energy expert

and owner of Skyward Energy will have a booth on hot water and electricity from the sun. No doubt he’ll get people inspired, noting that a square foot in Rossland gets roughly 28 per cent more solar energy than a square foot in Germany, the country which has installed about half of the world’s solar energy systems. Jennifer Coleshill will have a display on the grizzly study she has planned for the Rossland Range. And there’s so much more, from worm composting to build superb soil to electric fencing to deter bears. And especially now that people will have seen their new-and-improved water bills, the water task force of the sustainability commission will be on hand to talk about water meters and the issues we face as a community, now and in the future.

Then it’s time to eat some veggie lasagna and whatever other delectable vegetarian cuisine people care to bring along, all the while serenaded by local musicians. Terry and Janet Marshall play at 6 p.m. after Terry conducts the MacLean choir. Marieke Hiensch plays at 6:30 p.m., followed by Peter’s Trio at 7 p.m. and the Golden City Fiddlers at 7:30 p.m. The Earth Day Expo and community potluck are a joint initiative of the Sustainability Commission, Rossland REAL Food, the City of Rossland, and the Neighbourhoods of Learning Committee. All the events are entirely free to attend, although a contribution of a salad or dessert for the potluck would be most appreciated by the organizers. For more information, visit: www.visionstoaction.ca.

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Potluck dinner to fight cancer ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” said Hippocrates, the Greek father of the medical profession, around 400 BC. Along those lines, Rossland’s team of volunteers for Prevent Cancer Now (PCN) has organized a big Kiss-Off Cancer Cook-Off on May 1, billed as “Rossland’s biggest and healthiest gourmet potluck dinner.” It’s also a competition that will draw both local and celebrity chefs, and give results we can all sink our teeth into while keeping cancer at bay. “It’s gaining momentum,” said co-organizer Deb Dovgala, “our chefs are starting to get excited.” As the April 24 registration deadline approaches, Dovgala added: “I really hope that some of our great community chefs come out and razzle and dazzle us as well. The best food in town is a Rossland potluck!” For the rest of us, there’s nothing for it but to go and sample all these delicious, healthful dishes. The cook-off will be comprised of a number of events. Celebrity chefs will be pitted against each other, working with student teams to create scrumptious dishes with foods that prevent cancer., while community cooks can show off their culinary expertise by entering their favourite healthy dish. Categories will run from appetizers to desserts, with

She explained: “Millions special prizes for “super-food causing substances that can hero” and other titles. Chefs be reduced or even complete- are spent on cures, but we feel there has to be energy from will focus their attention on ly eliminated,” PCN writes. It’s long been said that an our end to change our lifea broad but specific list of ingredients identified as cancer- ounce of prevention is worth styles and look at these things a pound of cure, and it was to help limit our exposure to fighting and healing. Entering a dish is as simple never more true than for can- carcinogens.” “My mum is all about this,” as paying a $20 fee. That fee cer. Despite 50 years and mulcan be waived if more than tiple billions of dollars spent Dovgala said about her moth$200 in pledges are raised. on intensive research, 50 per er, now 70 years old, fighting Other ways to support the cent of men and 40 per cent hard, and full of vitality. “She’s event include sponsoring a of women will contract can- been cooking like this for chef, making a donation, or cer, and a quarter of us will years!” “It seems a bit overwhelmbidding on the silent auction. die from it, usually within five ing, so I just try and do the “It’s unbelievable how sup- years of initial diagnosis. In fact, far from finding little things: Eat locally and portive the community has been,” Dovgala said, noting the elusive cure, “where can- eat well and think about our food sponsorships from Fer- cer rates have dropped, there consumption everywhere.” raros, the Kootenay Co-op, is a clear link to prevention she said. “All of this is leading and the Endless Harvest or- efforts,” PCN reported. For us to a lifestyle change if we ganic delivery business. “The example, most of the decrease listen.” The Kiss-Off Cancer Cookprizes are great too. Red in men’s cancers are a result of Mountain gave a pass, artists declining lung cancer, direct- Off starts at 5 p.m. on May 1 Stephanie Gauvin and Jenny ly linked to anti-smoking ef- at RSS, so bring your dishes Baillie have donated some of forts. Among women, breast then with serving utensils. Tickets for tasters — their work, and around the cancer rates have declined a community everyone’s been little since 1993, but that can $20 — are available at Bear donating stuff for door prizes mostly be attributed to a low- Country Kitchen, The Flying er use of hormone replace- Steamshovel, and The Gypsy and the silent auction.” at Red. All proceeds go to PCN, a ment therapy at menopause. For more information, Dovgala has personal exnational society that endeavours to eliminate the prevent- perience. “My mom had from the list of anti-cancer able causes of cancer. They cancer twice,” she said, diag- ingredients to much more advise the basics — like not nosed 10 and two years ago. about ways we can prevent smoking, eating fresh fruits “Somebody put me on an cancer, visit: preventcancernow.ca. and vegetables, limiting alco- anti-cancer book focused on hol, and exercising frequently prevention.” — but they also seek to reduce carcinogens from our air, water, food, and the nu1131 LAKESIDE DR., NELSON BC ● 250.352.2200 OR 1.800.900.9228 ● www.glaciertravelgroup.com merous personal products we use daily. BOOK YOUR COACH TOUR OR CRUISE BY APRIL 30TH AND RECEIVE €75.00! “Most of our homes, schools Imagine floating down the Rhine river or bus touring in Italy. and workplaces Talk to our expert travel consultants and make your dreams come true. are contaminatCERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. ed with cancer-

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To all Kootenay families who have fought with this terrible disease.

To all the amazing women in my world, lots of love, Lori.

Healing energy, thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who has been affected by brain cancer. We send this message with a special little girl on our minds. Our good friends lost their sweet baby girl 4 years ago on April 13th. Always have you in our hearts Hannah Gail Dyck.

To all those out there that have fought the battle and lost and those who are 多ghting hard

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SAFETY VILLAGE, AGES 5-8 May 14, 10am to noon. Bicycle and fire safety, bring bike and helmet. Parental participation required. Pre-register at Aquatic Centre, 364-0888.

• POETRY MONTH, LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS • WORLD AUTISM DAY (U.N.), APRIL 2 • WORLD HEALTH DAY (W.H.O.), APRIL 7 • NATIONAL SOIL CONSERVATION WEEK, APRIL 18-24 • DAFFODIL DAY (CANCER SOCIETY), APRIL 27

SPRING FLING DANCE May 14, 7-11pm, Genelle Hall, $10 includes light lunch. Music by

Old Time Fiddlers. Proceeds to Megan Hutchinson Fund. Contact Yvonne, 367-9473. JOE HILL COFFEEHOUSE Next: May 15, 7-9:30pm, $3 for adults, free for students. To volunteer or perform, contact Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or giffmus@telus.net.

COUNCIL 101 May 17, 6pm and May 19, 10:30am, Arena Lounge. Learn what it takes to be a city councillor or mayor - elections are coming this fall and candidates are needed. TRAIL GYMNASTICS CLUB Register for preschool, co-ed, and boys classes only. 364-5688.

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YOGA WITH KERRY Power Flow: Tues/Thurs. 6:30-8pm. Yoga for Peace (restorative):

Sun. 10-11:30am. At Better Life Fitness. Visit www.kerryyoga.com.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS Apr 22, Miner’s Hall. Expo from 3-5:30 includes interactive

HIP HOP CLASSES For all ages. Contact Megs: 362-3381, groovecorp@yahoo.ca.

displays on energy, water, soil, and homesteading.

HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna: davisshauna@yahoo.ca.

LES ANIMAUX MAGIQUES! Exhibit open until Apr 23, Rouge Gallery.

ZUMBA! Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am. Tues. 6-7pm, Miner’s Hall, dance with Amber: a_

EASTER SUNRISE ON THE FARM Apr 24, 7am, Kerby’s farm in Happy Valley - follow the

hayes@telus.net, 362-7447, www.zumbakootenay.com. $55 for 10, first time free.

signs. St. Andrew’s United Church service. All welcome.

INTERMEDIATE PILATES WITH JACKIE Mon 7:30-8:30pm, Fri 6:30-7:30am, at Better Life

ALL CANDIDATES MEETING Apr 27, 6:30pm doors, 7pm start, Miners’ Hall. NDP, Conser-

Fitness. www.betterlifefitness.net. Drop-in $12 or 10 for $95.

vative, Liberal, and Green candidates for Southern Interior will field questions.

URBAN DANCE Tuesdays, 5-6pm, $8 drop in or 6/$40, Better Life Fitness - 2086 Washing-

JUNE BUGS Apr 28, 8pm, Miner’s Hall, $12 advance, $15 door. Youth under 16 and seniors

ton. No experience required. Contact Nicole at 362-9673.

over 65 for $5. Tickets at Out of the Cellar and Charles Bailey Theatre(1-866-368-9669).

OUT OF BOUNDS FITNESS Indoor cycling, Drill Fit, Pilates, strength training, cardio, core, and more. 1995 Columbia, above the Subway. www.outofboundsfitness.com.

WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB PHOTO SHOW 21st annual, Apr 29 deadline for submis-

sions. Visit www.westkootenaycameraclub.com for contest details. RSS GRAD BOTTLE DRIVE Apr 30, curbside pickup or drop-off at lot beside Garage restau-

SATURDAY MORNING GROUP TRAIL RUNS Meet 8am at Mountain Life (BMO building) and carpool to adventure. Free drop-in, all levels, year-round.

rant. Call Mary Ann, 362-7302.

WEDNESDAY GROUP SKATE SKI 6:30pm, with Gerald, meet at Black Jack trailhead. Free.

SPRING SPORT SWAP Apr 30, Trail fieldhouse, J.L. Crowe. Check-in from 8:30-11am, sales

KINDERCARE AT RED 8:30-4 daily, 18 mo. to 5 yrs, ski lessons for 3-5 yrs. Punch pass,

from 12-2:30pm. Biking, tennis, camping, watersports, etc. No winter sports.

$250/10 half days. Contact Jenny: 362-7384, ext. 237, kindercare@redresort.com.

WOMEN’S FITNESS AND FLASH-FIGHT DEFENSE Free introductory class, Apr 30, 9am, Bet-

MOTHER GOOSE Rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories, 10:30-11:30am, Thursdays at

ter Life Fitness, 13 yrs and up. Then regular classess, May 2 to June 20, Sat. 9-10am, Mon 6-7pm. Contact tcapozzolo@gmail.com. RADIO BINGO Apr 30, 7-9pm, tune in to 101.1FM. Bingo cards $2 at Ronnie’s Best Food

Mart and entrance of Ferraro’s, Apr 23 and 27. Buy a Rossland Radio Co-op membership and receive 5 cards free. www.rosslandradio.com

DRAGON BOAT - KOOTENAY ROBUSTERS Tue/Thu evenings, Sat morning, May to Sept, Christina Lake. Carpool from Rossland. Contact Mary Hatlevik, 362-9452. All women welcome. Raise awareness of breast cancer, support wellbeing.

KISS-OFF CANCER COOK-OFF May 1, 5pm, RSS. Sponsor a celebrity chef, enter a dish, or come out and eat. Proceeds to Prevent Cancer Now. Tickets at The Grind, Bear Country Kitchen, Prestige, Drift, and Steamshovel. www.preventcancernow.ca. KOOTENAY MUTT STRUT May 1, Centennial Park, regional dog show, all entries accepted.

Information at kootenaymuttshow.weebly.com or contact Ida Koric at 521-0403. LESSONS AT LOOLU’S LOST SHEEP Sweater class starts May 3; lace shawl for intermedi-

ate knitters starts May 11; hat class starts May 28. $2 drop-in. Call 362-5383. HOUSE CONCERT WITH LOWRY OLAFSON May 10, 7pm, at Terry & Janet Marshall’s house,

2786 Queen Street. Tickets are available by donation at 362-5632. FOLK DANCING - ENGLISH & CONTRA Next: Friday, May 13, 7-9:30pm, Miners’ Hall,

Newcomers welcome! $5 drop-in. Contact Dave Cornelius, 362-3319. BESSIE WAPP plays May 14, 7:30pm, Rouge Gallery. Balkan and Klezmer for solo voice

and accordion. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 362-9609 for information. CASTLEGAR GARDEN AND NATURE FEST May 14, 10am-3pm. Vendors ($30/space) and

non-profit groups (free space) wanted. Contact 399-4439, castegargardenfest@shaw.ca.

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MacLean StrongStart Center. Free, drop-in, for caregivers and young children.

HARMONY CHOIR All levels, new members welcome! Sept. 8 to April, Wed. at 7:30pm,

J.L. Crowe Music Room, Trail. Contact Tammy, 368-8399. KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact Renée Salsiccioli at 368-8601 or kootenaydanceworks@yahoo.com.

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Fridays at the Rossland Library: Tots (ages 3-5) 10:15-

10:45 am and Books for Babies (under 3) 11:00-11:30 am. Drop-in. A parent or guardian must remain in the program room for the duration. PUNK ROCK BINGO 9pm to last call, every Wednesday. Join Rosie and Katie at the Flying Steamshovel. $3/one card, $5/three cards. Proceeds to local families in need.

ROSSLAND RADIO CO-OP Join, volunteer, host a show. Meet the 2nd Wed each month,

7pm at the radio headquarters, Rotary Health Building, 1807 Columbia Ave.

ROSSLAND SKATEPARK COMMITTEE 6-8 pm, first Tuesday each month at the Rossland Library. Come be part of the process.

COLUMBIA DISTRICT GIRL GUIDES Columbia District Girl Guides has units from Rossland to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

SCOUTING For boys and girls, now at the Rossland Scout Hall. Beavers (ages 5,6,7)

Wed. 6-7pm. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thu. 4-5:30pm. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063. YCDC YOUTH NIGHTS Free drop-in, 1504 Cedar Ave, Trail. Call 364-3322 or contact

coordinator@columbiaycdc.ca. Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. # 14 ROSSLAND General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wed. of every month. All members of Branch #14 are asked to attend.

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Telling the story of the guitar At the Rouge Gallery on Tuesday night, Alan Rinehart (left) plays an ornate lute built by Clive Titmuss (right), who himself is playing a lute, which he also built. The vihuela is a close replica of the 16th century Spanish instrumens that was an important step in the evolution towards the modern guitar. Only three original vihuelas survive, none in good condition. At this period of history, the “true� guitar was a four-string instrument, a “poor cousin� to the vihuela with only a meagre printed repertoire compared to nine books printed for the vihuela at enormous expense over a half-century of the instrument’s peak popularity. The vihuela has exactly the same tuning as a lute, and both instruments have 12 doubled strings on six notes (like a mandolin has eight strings covering four notes.) To illustrate, they played this vihuela-lute duet. The second half of Rinehart and Titmuss’s concert featured replicas of an 18th century Spanish guitar, completing the links from early to modern guitars. The evening’s music told the story, as Rinehart said, “of how the ‘classical’ got put into the guitar during a fertile and productive period of its artistic growth.� Andrew Bennett photo

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ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Despite a lot of competition for places to be and people to see on Saturday night, fiddler April Verch and her band held a large crowd at the Miners’ Hall rapt with stunning displays of musicianship, dancing, and their good sense of down-home humour. “There might be a roller derby, there might be fight night down the road, but it’s Ottawa Valley fiddle night here,” Verch said as she, Cody Walters on bass, and Clay Ross on guitar swung into their first number. Rossland is the last stop on this tour and the last time the band will play in B.C. until November. “We’ve saved the best for last,” Verch said. “And today we’re in his home land,” she said, nodding towards Ross. A fabulous multi-instrumentalist, Ross didn’t miss a beat, figuratively or literally: “I like it here in Ross Land,” he grinned. “Tomorrow when I wake up, I’m going to go down and get my photo taken in front of Ross Vegas.” “They have T-shirts!” yelled a member of the audience. “T-shirts?” Ross said, “Well, I’m going to have to get my dad and my brother one.” “[Rossland] really reminds me of home,” he said later, “not where i’m currently living in New York city, but the home I’m from in South Carolina. I grew up right in the foothills of Appalachia.” He was introducing a set of Appalachian banjo-fiddle duets, with Kansas native Walters on clawhammer banjo. Included in the set was a piece Walters wrote in the old time hill style called Jimmy got a Lizard. “Jimmy was a cat,” Walters explained. “The lizard is no longer with us.” This is the April Verch Band’s fourth tour of B.C. since the beginning of January. “We’ve seen a lot of your province,” said Verch, a native of Pembroke, Ont., whose father was an old country guitrist and singer in the style of Hank Williams. “When we’re in one place people are always asking us, Where are you going next?” she laughed. “And then they tell us, Oh, you’re going to love it there! Then we get to the next town and the same thing happens. Basically it’s just because British Columbia rocks!” And the April Verch Band rocks too. Verch, for example, is not only a world-class fiddler in many styles, but also sings rich melodies and is a wickedly fast step dancer. She explained that the Ottawa Valley style of dance was born in logging camps inhabited by Irish, Scots, French, Germans, and Poles, “so it’s a mixture. A little bit of tap dancing, a little bit of clogging, some Irish hard shoe, some French Canadian, all rolled into one.” She had shared some of her fiddling skills in an afternoon workshop attended by about ten local fiddlers, and she appealed to them again in the concert, letting them in on “cross-tunings” she used, such as E-A-D-A and D-A-D-A instead of the usual E-A-D-G. The tunings create new overtones, drones, and double stops, making “the fiddle ring in a different way,” Verch explained. The range of styles the band performed wasn’t just technical showmanship, but an evocative experience. Introducing one of the band’s compositions, Walters recalled a 40acre farm in Virginia that the band travels to every June for a fiddle camp. “Everything’s green, it smells good, you can see the stars

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at night, there’s fireflies,” he said, “That’s what this song is for us, we get to go there in our minds for a four minute vacation.” But technical feats are fun too. Ross wowed the crowd with his mastery of the Kashakas, an African instrument that might be mistaken for a toy — two shaker-balls connected by a string — if it weren’t played with such dexterity as Ross displayed. He has combined bluegrass and Brazilian rhythms in his own CD, Matuto — Brazilian slang for country bumpkin. Verch elucidated, “picture having Carnival in the Appalachian mountains.” Walters also has gigs on the side, including a new CD, Strung, released with Verch, Scottish master guitarist Tony McManus, and Doug Cox on Dobro. It “leans towards the Celtic side,” Verch said. With some 250 gigs per year as the April Verch Band, it’s hard to know how they fit in more on the side. “We’re on the road a lot,” Ross said. And now they’re in the air too, having departed Rossland for Kelowna, and Kelowna for China for a month of music there. “It’s a great way to end this tour,” Verch said about playing for the receptive Rossland audience. In closing, she added her thanks to the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture “for everything they do in support of live music, the time and effort they put in.” For more about April Verch and her merry musicians, visit www.aprilverch.com.

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Kung fu instructor to offer women course in ‘flash-fight’ defence selves.” Capozzolo began his martial arts training at age 12, and has since developed his interest into a passion and way of life. Continued on P. 16


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Cuteness competition is on like Donkey Kong ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The Mutt Strut, a fun event to show off dogs of all spots and stripes from across the region set for May 1 at Centennial Park to support the Trail SPCA, has shaped up with judges secured, including Rossland’s dog-loving mayor, vendors confirmed to sell dog goodies, prizes planned, and RSS grads running a barbecue — but volunteers are still required. Organizers have planned this event as a “celebration of the dogs we love,” said the event’s organizer, Ida Koric, “and a helping hand for all those dogs that need love.” “I really hope people come to show off their best friends, and that the community comes out to cheer on their favourites and enjoy the festivities,” she said. The Mutt Strut is unique in our region. “There are ‘real’ dog shows, and agility trials and those kinds of things, but I wanted to put on something fun, far from elite, for the regular dog owner,” said Koric. “I wanted people to be able to show off the things they love about their dogs, their quirkiness and uniqueness.” she continued. “I certainly think my dogs are amazing and will enjoy the chance to share them with the community.” “We’ve secured our three judges,” said Koric. “Danielle Jackman from the Trail SPCA, Sarah Fulcher of Barks ‘n’ Rec, and

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The task of picking winners from a lot of sure-to-be adorable dogs will fall to a panel of esteemed judges, including Mayor Greg Granstrom, at the May 1 ‘Mutt Strut.’

Mayor Granstrom, who am I told is a huge dog lover!” There are a lot of prizes on the line as well, donated by local sponsors, including “a couple of doggy DNA testing kits donated to us, which is great for someone with a rescue mutt because we all secretly want to know what our dogs really are, for those times on the trail you get “Awww, what a cutey — what is he?” and just have to shrug,” Koric laughed. In the meantime, Koric’s been getting lots of excited emails from total strangers with messages like: “My Misty is going to win everything, so just wondering what

prizes we’ll be taking home?” and “You should stop encouraging people to enter, cuz they really don’t stand a chance against my dog.” That’s exactly the spirit I was going for,” Koric said. The unseasonably cold weather may throw a wrench in the works, but nothing good old-fashioned labouring can’t fix. Koric said: “I’m freaking out a little bit right now because our venue is still under two feet of snow, so we’re going to have a shoveling party over the long weekend to try to help nature along.” On that note, Koric is still in need of a

bigger volunteer force. “I could also definitely use some more volunteers,” she said, “All the vollies I have right now have dogs registered in the show, and I want them to be able to enjoy being with their animals during the event.” Koric is convinced this is the right time and place to fundraise for the Trail SPCA. “People might not realize, but some new, tougher, animal legisltation was just passed in BC and it could lead to mushers and other dog owners surrendering pets they couldn’t be bothered to care for according to the new guidelines,” she said. She feels that accusations levelled by the B.C. Animal Advocates Society — for example that the SPCA euthanizes more animals than truly necessary — are unfounded, at least in the case of Trail’s SPCA. Animal Advocates is currently in a protracted legal battle with the SPCA in which Animal Advocates has been accused of libel. “Our Trail shelter does an amazing job,” Koric said. “It has one of the best records in the province for not putting animals down, and often takes in overflows from distant shelters.” “The Kootenays are an amazing place to raise a dog,” she continued, “ and we have animals coming here from all over Canada to be adopted. As loving dog-owners, we need to do what we can for those unlucky dogs still searching for homes like ours.”

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Training touted as a way to maintain fitness, focus, discipline Continued from P. 14

“I started young and never stopped,” he said. “The martial arts are rich in culture and time-tested wisdom based on principles and philosophies that can be

applied throughout life.” “The training is an excellent way to keep fit and to maintain a level of focus and discipline, at any age,” he continued. “Fitness is actually the key focus of this program because, without that, the ele-

ments required to defend yourself at any level will not be there,” he explained. Following the free introductory session on April 30, 14 classes will be held on Saturdays fromt 9 to 10 a.m., and Mondays at 6 to 7 p.m. until June 20.

Capozzolo will soon offer children’s Kung Fu classes as well. For more information, contact Better Life Fitness at 250-362-2348 or email Capozzolo at tcapozzolo@gmail.com. /Rossland News

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Angels exact some revenge on rivals ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The derby season is off and rolling with a massive opener last weekend that went beyond the hype, drawing a capacity crowd of costumed fans to cheer as women from four teams in three cities competed for glory in war paint, leather hot pants, and smoking fast skates. Rossland fans — not to mention the Gnarlie’s Angels themselves — were ravenous for a victory over Salmo’s Babes of Brutality after the Angels were brutalized last fall in the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League’s debut bout, and the hard training since then has paid off. Rossland took Saturday’s game with a final score of 135 to 113. “We’ve been wanting this since last June, when we started,” said the Angels’ jammer and also the team captain for the bout, Canuck Norris. “It’s absolutely amazing, I had to fight back tears the last half.” The effort was clearly that of a team and not any particular individual. “We have the best chemistry ever,” Norris said. “We do so much as a team outside of this, so we’re on a whole other level when it comes to friendship and teamwork. It’s pretty awesome.” Fans weren’t just treated to great derby, it was a spectacle and a party. Thunderous cheers shook the arena after Alissa “Dandelion” Arnason crooned the national anthem, and the momentum carried into the debut bout between the two Nelson teams, who finished neck-and-neck. Then the half time show featured Nelson’s superb samba band, Moving Mosaic, “got the crowd really pumped,” Pants said. “They were really, really amazing. The Angels were out warming up while the band was playing, it picked everything up a notch.” Across the board, the game has gone up in quality since last fall, with faster moves and better strategy obvious even to a roller derby ignoramus. “We have been training so hard and have excelled so fast,” Norris said, wiping the sweat from her brow in the locker room after the bout amidst shouts, backslapping, and big smiles. “It’s actually kinda scary how quickly this team has come together in terms of strategy — we already had the endurance.” Assitant coach Phil Yer Pants, a new face on the bench since last year, was impressed by everyone’s stamina. “I wasn’t even skating and it was tiring,” he said. “Our girls went out and did a really solid job, a great season opener.”

During the league fundraiser in Trail at the beginning of April, the women watched themselves in the Gnarlie’s Angel movie filmed last fall and were surprised at the noticeable improvement in the game and the skaters, both Angels and Babes. “People have learned a lot in training sessions, boot camps with outside people helping to work on strategy, a referee clinic at the end of March,” Pants said. “A lot of the skaters went to that and gave everyone a much better understanding of the game.” “It’s great,” he continued. “The more it improves, the more exciting the leauge will be.” The Babes and Angels, most of whom only started last year, have shown just how quickly the learning curve can be mastered, something that bodes well for the league as a whole as the new teams in Nelson, Castlegar, and Trail build themselves up. A big factor in the Angels’ development, Norris said, was Salmo jammer Beretta Lynch who has played derby for eight years, skates on the national team, and has highly developed skills that are plain to see as she deftly skips blockers sprawled across the track. “I have to give her every bit of credit,” Norris said, “she taught us everything that she knows. As good as she is, she’s also really gracious and has always been there for us. She helped build this team.” “She came out and coached us. She offered her expertise, nurturing us. I don’t think that we’d be the calibre that we are if we weren’t playing against someone that good all the time. On some level we owe it to her for sure,” Norris said. The Gnarlie’s Angel’s next bout is on May 6, playing Nelson’s Killjoys at the Castlegar Community Complex. For more information, visit www.kootenayrollerderby.com.

TOP: Fans jump up to high five the Gnarlie’s Angels as the skate their victory lap.

MIDDLE: The Gnarlie’s bench goes nuts as their jammer takes the lead and cranks in some insurance points in the final seconds.

BOTTOM: Angels fans Tom Premier and Jordan Barca cheer on the home team. Andrew Bennett photos


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Red Mountain Racers finish season strong ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

As dryland training approaches for the Red Mountain Racers next month, the skiers looked back on a great season, one that has even now generated some end-ofseason successes such as Soleil Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big bronze in Whistler earlier this month and Hansi Schwaigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invitation to join the German development team. Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bronze put Canada on the podium just behind a Slovakian skier with silver and a Japanese skier with gold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a great FIS race at home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people are still talking about it,â&#x20AC;? said Phil Patterson, head coach of the Red Mountain Racers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to have Soleil on the front page of a provincial event. Ian Fry, now 14 years old, did very well in his first year at the K2 level, finishing top 15 in provincials in slalom. Our FIS [age group] is in a rebuilding stage for next year. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had successes in each age group this year.â&#x20AC;? Somewhat wistfully he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The snow is amazing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too bad we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be up there right now training.â&#x20AC;? Sixteen-year-old FIS ski racer Hansi Schwaiger, having trained and competed with the Red Mountain Racers as a student in the RSS Red Academies since September and achieved consistent success throughout the season, has been invited to work with the German development team when he returns to Germany at the end of this school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansi impressed coaches and skiers at each of the events attended this year, often ending up on the podium,â&#x20AC;? said Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made heads turn here,â&#x20AC;? adding with a laugh that our local wildlife made Schwaigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head turn too, from mountain sheep to bears. Schwaiger said he has enjoyed his season at Red and his year at RSS, but was excited by the opportunity to further develop his skills with the development team when he returns to Germany. In the younger age groups, Red Mountain Racers also performed well at the Whistler Cup earlier this month, an international race event for athletes aged 11 to 14. A highlight was the third place finish for 12-yearold Soleil Patterson in the slalom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not aware of any Red Mountain Racer podiums at the Whistler Cup, now in its 18th year,â&#x20AC;? said the coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soleil also finished in a respectable ninth in kombi [a combination of GS and slalom gates] and 13th in GS,â&#x20AC;? he said. This follows up her solid performance at the BC Provincial event at Mount Washington in March $ where she earned sil-

ver in slalom, two fourth-place finishes in GS, and a fourth in the kombi. Rowen Stevens, a 12-year-old Rosslander, also skied very well at the Whistler Cup, vastly improving on his start position of 50th in each discipline, finishing 31st in kombi, 32nd in slalom, and 38th in GS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red mountain Racers are preparing for another good season with dryland training starting up next

month after our year-end barbecue,â&#x20AC;? Phil Patterson said. He also urged people to participate in the Spring Sports Swap on April 30 at the the fieldhouse at J.L. Crowe in Trail to help raise funds for the team to help educate coaches, send kids on trips, and as they continue to re-establish their racing infrastructure after the upheaval of Red Mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day lodge renovations.

The Face of Determination RSS Royal Sam Spearn focuses like a laser beam as she makes a break for the ball while Sydni Thor-Larsen of Stanley Humphries Secondary School turns and tries to catch up during the match in Castlegar last week. Kim Magi photo

    

 

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