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Council’s Monday meeting opened directly into controversy as the mayor issued a statement that rebuked Coun. Laurie Charlton for publicly accusing the CAO Victor Kumar of libel on Feb. 14. The drama ended with Charlton’s expulsion from the council chamber. The mayor’s statement noted that the CAO could sue for $250,000 or more, plus legal fees, at taxpayer expense for breach of contract, and recommended that Charlton either apologize, or that council censure Charlton’s comments publicly. In the course of discussion, Charlton reiterated his accusations of libel, prompting the mayor to demand an immediate apology under threat of expulsion. The issue stems from the Feb. 14 council meeting, when Charlton gave a notice of motion accusing Kumar of libellous comments regarding Charlton’s and Coun. Kathy Moore’s actions in a parcel tax review panel that failed to fulfil its mandate the year before. Charlton then moved to terminate Kumar’s employment contract “for cause, effective immediately,” but the motion was met by a resounding silence at the subsequent meeting. With no second to the motion, it failed, but the mayor claims Kumar’s contract was already breached. When Charlton refused to apologize at Monday’s council meeting, the RCMP were called and, after some resistance — notably the threat of arrest by the attending officer — Charlton left the room. Mayor Greg Granstrom’s statement noted that staff have a responsibility to give their “best professional advice, without considering whether it might be popular or unpopular.”

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Under the threat of arrest, Coun. Laurie Charlton agrees to continue a “discussion” with an RCMP officer in the lobby of city hall after being ordered out of the council chamber by Mayor Greg Granstrom on Monday evening.

He continued that council members should “raise valid concerns about the performance” of staff. “However, such concerns must be properly aired and handled by council.” The thrust of the mayor’s point was that Charlton’s choice to drop a notice of motion on council which contained accusations of libel pointed at the CAO was unethical, “equivalent to trying [to defame] him without due pro-

cess.” According to the mayor, due process for issues of staff begins “behind closed doors,” in an in-camera meeting. Granstrom noted that staff who “feel bullied, intimidated, harassed, and defamed” may resort to legal action, lacking the privilege of public debate.

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Consolidating kindergarten to Grade 12 into Rossland Secondary School by September 2012 was one of several new facilities recommendations announced during the School District 20 (SD20) board of education meeting Monday night. With full-time kindergarten starting this September and an increase of per-student funding, SD20 is projected to have a shortfall of about $230,000 for the 2012-2013 school year. Supt. Jean Borsa said after conversations with municipalities and parents earlier this year, the new recommendations will now spark another round of discussions with affected communities. “The intent [is] that now with discussion with whatever municipalities or groups that are affected in here, the board will move forward in that direction to see if it’s possible … and work out the details and then make decisions after they have details,” she explained. She added that trustees will also have to figure out how to proceed with voting on each recommendation. “That’ll be a board decision — whether they vote one-by-one or wait and do a bunch or a few,” she said. In May, Greg Belland, Chair of the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCI), wrote a letter to Education Minister George Abbott, requesting the ministry “take into account the economic impact that school closures have on rural communities and to reconsider the current funding formula in rural areas of the province.” Acknowledging the “financial challenges” behind proposals for yet more closures, Belland

writes that another challenge facing rural areas of B.C. is “attracting new business investment.” He writes, “the continued uncertainty around school closures within our region,” more than one in three since 2002, “only makes our efforts to grow and diversify our local economies more difficult.” “School closures are impacting our ability to retain and attract professionals such as doctors, nurses, technicians and other skilled workers; occupations and services that are critical for the retention of existing residents and businesses.” The LCI provides economic development services for Rossland, Trail, Warfield, Montrose, and Fruitvale. Other recommendations put forward at Monday’s school board meeting include: • reconfiguring Twin Rivers Elementary and Castlegar Primary into one campus; • reviewing all district alternative programs by March 2012 before pursuing the disposal or repurposing of the online and/or Trail Middle School facilities; • investigating enrolment challenges at Robson Community School with the goal of creating sustainable enrolment by March 2012; • maintaining the current school board office until the status of the lease to own and the Fortis building ownership is determined in 2013; • disposing of the Sunningdale facility as soon as ministry permission is obtained; • pursuing partnerships and shared services “to streamline our school district operations”; • creating a new operating format for the Blueberry Creek Community School facility by maintaining “hub programming” in the Castlegar area by January 2012. If each point is adopted, the district estimates it will save at least $389,618 annually by September 2012.

“Speed Kills!” is a popular road safety slogan that we hear often. It’s pretty simplistic and when I look around me on the highway I am convinced that drivers either don’t believe it or live in a world of denial. Speed alone doesn’t kill, but combine it with poor driving skills or a bad decision and it definitely makes a bad situation worse. The most obvious drawback of speed is that the faster you go, the more likely some road user is going to get hurt or killed when things go wrong. Energy increases as the square of the speed and our bodies can only deal with sudden changes in energy to a certain extent. Exceed that threshold and we tend to come apart at the seams.

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He also wrote: “Mr. Kumar does not wish Rossland taxpayers to suffer any financial loss as a result of this very serious incident. The city and the taxpayers of Rossland are facing a precarious position.” At the meeting, Coun. Kathy Moore summarized the intention of the mayor’s motion that “these problems are handled outside the public sphere until we know there’s something to bring up.” Coun. Kathy Wallace said, “If Coun. Charlton would voluntarily withdraw that motion and make a public apology, then council does not need to act.” The mayor asked, “Coun. Charlton, are you prepared to withdraw your motion?” Charlton responded, “How can I withdraw a motion that’s already in the minutes?” “Alright then, are you prepared to make an apology?” Granstrom asked. Charlton asked, “For what?” “For accusations of libel,” Granstrom replied. “For contravention of the Community Charter, for contravention of the procedural bylaw, for contravention of our CAO’s contract,” Wallace added. “Where and when did those occur?” Charlton asked. Granstrom intervened, “So you’re not prepared then, [to apologize], can I assume that?” “Assume whatever you want,” Charlton said. Granstrom reviewed that an apology was necessary if council was to proceed. “Spell it out,” Charlton said. “It’s obvious to the rest of us,” Wallace muttered. Granstrom took a lengthy pause, then read from his statement. “Councillor Charlton without prior notice to this council read a ‘Notice of Motion’ to terminate the employment of the City Manager Victor Kumar. This has contravened the Community Charter and potentially seriously breached Mr. Kumar’s employment contract.” Granstrom turned to Charlton, “Are you prepared to apologize?” “Not at this time,” Charlton said. The council discussion on a motion to censure Charlton continued, in which Kathy Moore remarked, “Staff and council have spent way too much time on this issue, I want this to go away.” She broadened her point to a global perspective. “If you look at all the truth and reconciliation commissions all over the world, who have had far worse accusations thrown back and forth, and those people have been able to sit down, put the past behind them, and move on with the business of what’s important to all of us: working on behalf of our community. If [this motion] gets this issue off the table, I don’t want to look at it one more time.” Coun. Jill Spearn took a harder line than mere “censure,” defined by the mayor as a “slap on the wrist.” “This is a cop out, undermining the seriousness of this issue,” Spearn said. “I too want to move on. We have better

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things to do than belabouring the negative conduct of Laurie Charlton.” “But I’m not in favour of just sending it all away, so Laurie Charlton smugly walks out of here, [thinking] ‘Hmph, I won.’ I’m in favour of stronger consequences, so I will be voting against this.” As it turns out, stronger consequences followed soon after Charlton took his turn to comment: “Do you take full responsibility for this statement?” he asked the mayor. “Did you prepare it yourself without help from anybody else?” “I take full responsibility for it,” Granstrom said. “Did you seek legal advice before you prepared the statement?” The mayor said no, and Charlton asked, “Why not?” “I believe that it isn’t necessary and that we have better things to do with our money than spend it on lawyers.” “The statement from Mayor Granstrom is full of inaccuracies, misstatements and misleading comments,” Charlton said. “I think these statements are intended to persuade council to take actions that they have no authority to do.” First off, Charlton said notices of motion don’t require prior notice. “They are the prior notice.” He also said the mayor’s statement didn’t explain how Charlton’s actions contravened the Community Charter, and denied there was any contravention. He proceeded, “my notice of motion came about because Mr. Kumar made libellous comments about Coun. Moore and myself, and I…” Granstrom interrupted before Charlton could continue. “Councillor, you’re out of order!” Kumar spoke up to the mayor, “This is out of order and I think you have to take action. The councillor is in breach of my employment contract, let’s be clear on that. If you wish to breach, let’s move on. I’m moving out, that’s what you are doing to me. So what is the action?” Granstrom said to Charlton, “Your statement just now, again, accused the CAO of libel.” Kumar added, “He needs to apologize, your worship, otherwise you remove him from the office. This is your opportunity right now.” Granstrom continued, “You must apologize for that statement of libel right now, or I’m going to ask you to leave the meeting.” Charlton denied it was a statement of libel.

Wallace was incredulous. “You accused [Kumar] of libel, how is that not a statement of libel?” Granstrom repeated his request but Charlton denied that the mayor had the authority to ask him to leave. “I have so,” Granstrom said. “No you don’t,” Charlton retorted. Charlton asked to continue reading his statement, but the mayor flatly rejected this: “Not until you apologize.” “There’s nothing to apologize for,” Charlton said. “All I did was refer to my comments that were in my notice of motion.” “You accused the CAO of libel. Apologize, or I ask you to leave the meeting,” the mayor repeated. “So?” Charlton asserted he had nothing to apologize for. The mayor called a motion to sustain the chair’s decision and he received council’s support. The meeting was adjourned until an RCMP officer arrived on scene 35 minutes later. Coun. Moore was not pleased, “This situation does not benefit our community.” The mayor reconvened the meeting and asked one more time for an apology, but Charlton refused and the RCMP took over. “Sir, could you just step outside with me?” the officer asked. “I’m sorry, sir,” Charlton replied, “the mayor doesn’t have the authority to have you expel me.” “He does,” the officer replied. “I’m here to enforce that bylaw to ask you to leave peacefully.” The officer maintained that the issue was no longer public, but would be continued in the lobby. Charlton remained seated and denied there was an authority that could move him. “If you wish to file a grievance, through the city, or by whatever means you want to. It’s not going to happen now,” the officer explained. “Stand up, leave this room right now.” “By what authority, what legislation,” Charlton protested. “Okay, stand up,” the officer said, taking him by the arm. “If you fail to comply with this, you will be charged and arrested for obstructing justice, do you understand?” Charlton pressed for an authority. “The Criminal Code of Canada,” the officer answered. Faced with arrest, Charlton agreed to leave the room, “to go have a discussion.”


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Preliminary redesign plans unveiled ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

ISL engineers and architects met with council on Monday to review progress in the plans for infrastructure upgrades and surface redesign for Columbia Avenue and Washington Sttreet Low cost and sustainability guided the team’s complete site survey and plan for new watermains, storm drains, and sewage pipes. Discussions with the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) continues as plans are finalized to meet MOT requirements, for example regarding the design for narrower lanes. The new pipes are the bulk of the bill, accounting for some $6 million in the budget, but about $2 million is also budgeted for surface work. The expect-

ed cost includes 15 per cent contingencies and inflated material prices, the MOT will contribute roughly $1 million, and grants are expected to kick in significantly as well. The surface plan focuses directly at improving the pedestrian experience. “You’ve got such an unbelievable opportunity here to do something really neat,� architect Patrick Butler said, “and you’d be surprised how well known you will become if you pull it off right.� The plan increases core parking from 140 to 146 places, with a reconfiguration of the parking by the credit union and a decrease of 10 parking spots along the north side of Columbia. The design allows “bump-outs� at every corner with plants and

narrower crossings to slow traffic. “It really works,� said Butler from his experience in other communities, notably Kimberley. A short stretch of parallel parking on the north side of Columbia between Queen and Washington to allow for a seven metre wide sidewalk was a “strong concern� for Coun. Kathy Wallace who asked if it was a “done deal.� It’s not, but project manager Kevin Terness said it was an important “trade off � for Rossland to consider. “If we go back to angle parking, the sidewalk will be back down to four metres,� he answered. “You lose that pedestrian space in front of store fronts and the ability of store owners to activate that space.� “It really helps to enhance the down-

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town, it actually becomes an economic driver, creating that sense of place people want to stay in and end up shopping more and doing more.� “I think people adapt to what’s new in their community,� Terness said. “We’re hopeful that the benefits and improvements to the streets will offset those inconveniences.�

“I’ve worked on a number of these projects in a number of communities,� Butler said. “This is really an exciting community. You have so many things going for you. We have to struggle in any other job and any other community we work in. To miss this opportunity would be a shame.�

Interact gets to work on trails ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Students in the Interact Club have completed the trail-clearing labour on a new trail in the vicinity of Georgia Street and the Old Railgrade, they plan to tackle a second trail linking 8th Avenue to Columbia-Kootenay Road on June 19. The students will also shell out the cash they raised this school year — some $7,000 — for professional trail builders to come in and finish the technical aspects of the trails. "It went great, we had about a dozen Interact members on Georgia Street," said Marilyn Nelson, the Interact co-ordinator. "They spent four hours on Saturday [June 4] clearing trees, branches, brush, and leaves, and got it all ready for the professional trail builders to go in." They also spent an hour after school a couple days later to load up a dump truck volunteered by Marwest Industries to haul away the branches and debris. The regional district waived the tipping fee. After completing the prep work on both trails — No. 18 and No. 22 in Rossland's Active Transportation Plan prepared by Stewart Spooner in 2009 —

Interact will now pay for pros to cut the trail and build rock support walls. "It's pretty steep right now and they have to build it up a little bit," Nelson explained, "but it's all ready to go for them." About 16 Grade 9 to 12 Interact students raised the $7,000 to fund this project "from scratch" since they nearly emptied their account on an HIV/AIDS clinic project in Honduras last year. "They've helped out at events, such as a coat check at the Rotary wine-tasting. They've been to every event possible to do bake sales and serve coffee and tea. They time-keep at the hockey games down in Trail. They held a big epicure party. Absolutely everything that they can," Nelson said. She reported that the Kootenay-Columbia Trail Society is "thrilled." "Stew Spooner is really happy with [the kids]," she said, "and they had fun." Part of the fun was unearthing "a couple big deposits from people ages ago. We found an old Singer sewing machine Submitted photo from about a hundred years ago, and some old, old glass A dozen Interact students cleared a new trail on June bottles," Nelson said. "It was 4, tackle another June 19, and will spend $7,000 raised in the last year to hire professionals to ďŹ nish up both. like a treasure hunt."

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Adulthood looms Congratulations, grads, and welcome to the real world. As another group of RSS students celebrates the end of high school, joy and optimism about the future abounds. As it should. These accomplished young people have lots to look forward to as they make the transition from adolescence to their adult lives. And while this ought to remain a time for celebration, we can’t help but be a little worried about the economic challenges these graduates will face as they strike out on their own. On the same day that RSS students and parents were celebrating last week, Statistics Canada released its latest batch of data depicting the grim reality facing young people in this country. The unemployment rate among Canadians aged 24 and under remains at 14 per cent, which is more than twice the rate for those aged 25 and older. Young Canadians who are lucky to enough to find jobs often settle for part-time and temporary positions. This is to be expected, somewhat, as many of these people are pursuing post-secondary studies but still, the part-time employment rate among youth stands at 48 per cent — more than three times that of Canadians older than 25. This same group of young people is also struggling with record student-debt levels and some of the highest housing prices in history, especially for those who want to attend college or university in places like Vancouver or Victoria. But it’s not just the next few years that will be difficult. Long-term financial challenges also lie ahead for today’s youth, as it will be their future tax dollars that will simultaneously have to pay down the mounting national debt, cover ballooning health-care costs, and support the looming mass retirement of the biggest bulge in the our country’s increasingly inverted population pyramid — the Baby Boomers. We hate to rain on the grads’ parade, but these economic and demographic realities are impossible to ignore. Today’s youth will need to put their education, skills and creativity to good use to meet the varied and numerous challenges confronting them as they become adults. We want to hear from you.

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Summer Reading Club at library The Redefining Beauty course with Amber Oosthuyzen is coming up soon on June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rossland Arena lounge. The course is for girls ages 12-18 years. 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. To register a daughter, niece or granddaughter, please contact the recreation department. Early morning lap swim at the Rossland Pool is now on Tuesday mornings, 7-8 a.m. Cost is $2 for members and $5 for non-members. Interested in private lessons for yourself or your little one? We offer half hour, private lessons for $15. Please contact the pool or the recreation department to discuss available times and instructors. If you have a young person who’s interested in learning more about lifeguarding, register them in the Bronze Star course, July 11 to 14 from 12-3pm at the Rossland Pool. The Bronze Star is the entry level training course and provides excellent preparation for the Bronze Medallion course. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills as

individuals and as partners. This is a 12-hour course for preteens 11-13 years. The Rossland Public Library has their Summer Reading Club information out and this year’s theme is “Savour Each Word … discover the deliciousness of reading.” With games to play, crafts to make and stories to tell, there’s lots of fun to be had. For more information about age groups and times, please contact the library at 250-362-7611 or rplsrc@gmail. com AquaTot lessons at the Rossland Pool start on Tuesday June 21 and run for the duration of the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. This half-hour lesson is for parents and tots to enjoy social time in the water and introduce skills like buoyancy, movement, floating and active water play. The lessons are drop in and parents can enjoy coming as often or as little as summer holidays permit. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members. Interested in playing softball with other families? The recreation department has set aside the Cooke Avenue ball field in lower Rossland, on Friday nights, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grab your gloves, your bats and your kids and head out to Cooke Avenue field for a casual, relaxed game of softball. This is a co-ed, multi age, recreational, fun game organized by the families that show up. Tell your friends! The more families who show up, the

more fun you’ll have! Adults will be responsible for ensuring safety, common sense and fair play. If you’re interested in adult roller hockey at the Rossland Arena, a new co-ordinator has started up the sport. Days of the week and times may change in the future. If you’re interested in playing, please contact Hart Joron at joron_k12_hart@hotmail. com. Hart will be able to answer any questions about drop in fees and equipment required. Junior roller derby in the Rossland Arena has started up, with regular, weekly practices on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Equipment can be purchased at RossVegas or from several online retail stores. For more information, please contact Darlene, the co-ordinator, at darjamin@telus. net. Junior derby is for girls ages 5-18 years, with the different age categories being split out for safety. There is no contact allowed for junior derby, so there’s no reason not to give it a try! The Rossland Mountain Market will be taking place every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in downtown Rossland from June 30 to Sept. 29. The Rossland Mountain Market is coordinated by Rossland REAL Food and supports local entrepreneurs to sell their homemade and homegrown goods. The market also strives to work with the local business community and welcomes their ideas and suggestions for the 2011 market season.

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Fortis sheds light on museum ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Fortis BC has given the Rossland Museum a $2,700 lighting makeover as part of its $5 million FLIP initiative (FortisBC/LiveSmartBC Lighting Installation Program), in which "eligible small businesses" can receive up to $5,500 in upgrades to energy efficient lighting systems at no cost. But FLIP wasn't the program the Museum first thought might cover these upgrades. Back in March, six per cent of Rosslanders took the Earth Hour pledge to turn off all their lights at 8:30 p.m. on Earth Day (March 26), which put Rossland in third place behind Keremeos and Crawford Bay.

The museum missed out on winning that competition and receiving upgrades as a prize, but Nicole Bogdonavic of Fortis BC said that the museum caught their attention not only because of high participation, but also because the museum fit the FLIP initiative. "When we recognized that there was this need, we realized that they fit within [FLIP]," she said. Businesses, or non-profits whose annual electric bill is less than $20,000 qualify. "We're trying to target small businesses that wouldn't be able to afford to do their lighting themselves," Bogdonavic explained. "The process covers the assessment, the consultation, and the actual installa-

Too few patrons and legion faces uncertain future ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

“If people don’t start participating in the legion, we’re going to lose it,� said legion president Doug Halladay. “The problem is an ongoing problem of lack of member participation.� Of some 239 members, perhaps 10 per cent participate regularly, Halladay said. “We’re running at a deficit, we only have a few thousand dollars in the bank account. When that’s gone, the legion will be gone.� Halladay has already spent considerable effort getting this message out, but it’s more urgent now:

“If we don’t make enough money at the bar for expenses, that will be the end of us.� “The only profits we can use to pay our daily maintenance, our bartenders, and all our utilities, is the money we make over the bar and from the kitchen,� Halladay explained. “We can’t use poppy funds — all that has to go to charity, as do all our gaming funds.� Branch No. 14 will celebrate legion week on June 24 and 25 with dinners, dances, and drinking. Halladay hopes these events will bring in much needed revenue. The legion is otherwise closed for June, July, and August.

tion," she said. The $2,700 upgrade were performed by a contractor who looked at fixtures to make sure they supported more energy efficient lamps and replaced lamps and "old fashioned" fluorescent tubes. The consultation and installation also considered opportunities to automate lighting to reduce the problem of lights being left on. "If I was reading this and I was a small business, I'd be like, wow, Fortis BC is giving away free lighting, I want to get involved," Bogdanovic said. She cautions that the budget is limited and there's only just enough left to support people who have already applied, but she still encouraged new applications.

IMT and STEPS singin’ n’ dancin’ ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Iron Mountain Theatre (IMT) spent the winter spreading the gospel of Ski Bum: The Musical, but last weekend the group of talented Rosslanders put a new spin on their repertoire, sharing their musical theatre skills with eager dancers at the Steps Dance Centre in Trail. “It was a really fun time, we hope to do it again,� said Nadine Tremblay of IMT who helped organize the two-day workshop with Rhonda Michallik, the artistic director of the Steps Dance Centre. “The kids were really focused.� IMT’s Jane Gaudet agreed. “Those step dancers were so amazing, they really took the challenge. It was great to see how dedicated they were.� Gaudet said the troupe weren’t sure what to expect, given that it’s the first time IMT has done a workshop like this. They were also


"[FLIP] has been such a successful program, so popular. People should apply sooner rather than later, before spaces run out." On average, she says, customers see an annual reduction of 8000 kWh — roughly $800 at 10 cents per kWh — in their energy consumption. "We're constantly coming up with new programs," she said, and the next one on the line is free laundry lines to be given away, beginning next week in Trail, Nelson, and Castlegar. Places and dates have not yet been released by Fortis, but she said 10,000 lines will be available. To apply for a FLIP grant, call 1-866-932-8283 or email

concerned that the scenes and songs they chose were all “really tough� pieces from West Side Story, but the results were fantastic. “We threw so much at them — words, music they had to learn. They went home after the first day and came back the next, and they all knew the words and lyrics, they really took it seriously.� Michallik had approached IMT with the idea of a workshop — Steps Dance Centre already offers musical theatre courses, and they are always looking for ways to expand on their dance programs. Each IMT member focused on a different aspect of musical theatre. Tremblay taught vocals, Peters gave an acting session, and Gaudet helped the students understand how to pull a number together, from choreography to staging. Gaudet said, “a lot of students are interested in singing and dancing, and it was cool to have all three of us doing the workshop together.�

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Doreen Kelsall Born February 24, 1933 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Died June 5, 2011 Born Evelyn Doreen Samuelson, Doreen was the second of ďŹ ve children of Richard and Dilys Samuelson of Rossland, BC. Growing up, she spent many happy days hiking, backpacking and skiing in the mountains around Rossland. She was a gifted student, and talented in many ďŹ elds. After high school, Doreen worked in the Department of Highways oďŹ&#x192;ce in Rossland, where she met Jack Kelsall, a newly graduated engineer from Silverton, BC. They married on September 4, 1954. They shared a love of the outdoors, especially the mountains and scenery of British Columbia. Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst posting as a highways engineer took them to Prince Rupert, where their daughter JoAnn was born. Doreen described this time as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great adventure,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;very excitingâ&#x20AC;? for them. For the next 12 years, they lived in New Denver, Grand Forks, Revelstoke and Victoria as Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career with Highways progressed. In 1969, they moved to Nelson, where they stayed for the rest of their lives. Wherever they lived, Doreen created beautiful homes using her talents for sewing and interior design. Doreen could turn rented houses into showcases of style with paint, fabric and artfully arranged furniture. In 1977, Doreen and Jack bought a house near the golf course in Nelson, and made it their dream home. Using principles from Japanese garden design, Westcoast native art and nature, they turned a rocky uneven hillside into a magical garden, with meandering pathways, connecting decks and terraces, and an artiďŹ cial stream cascading down the hill into a pond. The garden was a highlight on local garden club tours, and the topic of a feature article in Gardens West magazine in 2007. They never stopped working on the house, from upgrading plumbing, lights and doors, to replacing all the ďŹ&#x201A;oors and a complete kitchen renovation. Avid readers, Doreen often said the only room in their house without books was the bathroom. She continued to enjoy reading and listening to CBC Radio all her life. Doreen and Jack were enthusiastic skiers, both downhill and cross-country, and were very involved in the golf club. Doreen served as Rules Chair for a number of years. Doreen was highly creative and tried her hand at many diďŹ&#x20AC;erent arts and crafts, from embroidery to upholstery. She came to love quilting, and her fabric art brought recognition from many quilters. She was the featured guest artist at a guild show in Grand Forks, and friends and family members will cherish the bedspreads, lapquilts, Christmas tree skirts and other projects she gave them over the years. Whenever she was in public, Doreen was always beautifully dressed, in stylish, elegant clothes she often made herself. She was intelligent and digniďŹ ed, funny, insightful, and outgoing. She will be remembered and missed by many people. Doreen was healthy all her adult life until she developed pneumonia and died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 78. Cremation has taken place and arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service, Ltd. Doreen is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Turner. Her youngest sister Audrey (Mack) also survives, along with brothers-in-law Alan Underwood and Bud Mack, sister-in-law Marilyn Samuelson, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Doreen was predeceased by both of her parents, Dilys (Jones) Samuelson in 1960 and Richard Emanuel Samuelson in 1963, and by her sister Gladys (Underwood) and brothers Sonny and Maurice Samuelson, all of Rossland. Doreen and Jack Kelsall were known for their togetherness, that if you saw one, you knew the other was nearby. Her beloved husband Jack died in September, 2009. Jack and Doreen will be interred together in the Nelson Cemetery. A memorial and celebration of their lives will be held in Nelson on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Condolences may be e-mailed directly to, or posted online at

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GOLD FEVER FOLLIES 25TH ANNIVERSARY Daily shows, Tuesday to Saturday, July and August, at the Miners’ Hall. Visit for more information.

ANNUAL KIDNEY WALK Aug 28, 9am registration, Gyro Park, to increase organ donors and

support the Kidney Foundation. Walk, volunteer, or sponsor.

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.

BARKS & RECREATION DOG TRAINING CLASSES Start anytime: puppies 2-6mo. old, basic

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obedience, small dog socialization, advanced obedience, tricks and fun. Contact: 521-BARK,, 1396 Cedar Ave.

BC SENIORS’ GAMES, 55+ Aug 16-20. Visit, contact Barb: 362-9489. STEPHANIE GAUVIN ART SHOW All June, Rush Coffee Lounge at the Prestige. Interconnect-

ing mountain lifestyle with acrylic creativity. GOLDEN CITY DAYS ARE COMING Sept 9 to 11, Parade on Sept. 10. This year, “Think Gold”

KIDS KUNG FU May 16 to June 29 on Mon. and Wed., 3:30 to 4:30pm at Better Life Fit-

ness. Ages 7-12. 14 classes for $70. Contact 362-3348 or

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

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

and let’s get Rossland glittering. Free lunch after parade. To register, call 362-9023.

HIP HOP CLASSES For all ages. Contact Megs: 362-3381,

WHITE WATER BLACK GOLD DOCUMENTARY June 16, 7 p.m., RSS. Film on the tar sands fol-

HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna:

lows David Lavallee’s journey in search of answers about the battle between water and oil. $10 adults, $5 students and children. Trailer:

ZUMBA! Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am. Tues. 6-7pm, Miner’s Hall, dance with Amber: a_, 362-7447, $55 for 10, first time free.

HISTORIC FORT SHEPHERD June 16, 7 p.m., Rossland Museum. Free presentation by Trail

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

Historical Society on the historic Hudson Bay Co. trading post near the Waneta Dam.

Fitness. Drop-in $12 or 10 for $95.

FOLK DANCING - ENGLISH & CONTRA Next: Friday, June 17, 7-9:30pm, Miners’ Hall,

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

Newcomers welcome! $5 drop-in. Contact Dave Cornelius, 362-3319.

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

YOUTH CHOIR PERFORMANCES June 17, 6:30 p.m., at the MacLean PAC barbecue at Ma-

OUT OF BOUNDS FITNESS Indoor cycling, Drill Fit, Pilates, strength training, cardio,

cLean Elementary. BBQ begins at 5:30 p.m.

core, and more. 1995 Columbia, above the Subway.

KARAOKE AT THE STEAMSHOVEL June 17 and 24, 9pm, with Barry Oakey.

SATURDAY MORNING GROUP TRAIL RUNS 8-9:30am, Saturdays, May to October. Meet

ROSSLAND GLEE CLUB PERFORMANCE June 18, 6pm and 7pm performances, Rouge Gal-

lery. An eclectic repertoire directed by Nadine Tremblay. By donation. Bar and snacks.

at Kootenay Nordic Sports (2020 Washington). Free drop-in, all levels, year-round. Contact Tammie Gibson, 362-7071,

JOE HILL COFFEEHOUSE Next: June 19, 7-9:30pm, $3 for adults, free for students. To volun-

ROLLER HOCKEY Fridays, 7pm, Rossland Arena. Co-ed drop in, all welcom. Contact Hart

teer or perform, contact Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or

Joron, 778-588-7195.

2ND ANNUAL EAGLES PIG ROAST June 24, 5-11pm, and June 25, 8am-8pm, Trail Eagles

SHUTTLE RIDES Wed. and Thu. nights, Pick-up 5:45pm at Revolution Cycles, Drop-off

Hall. Pancake breakfast, entertainment (Titus Kanby, 9pm, June 25), kids’ zone, cake walk, silent auction, concession trailer, beer garden, all-day live entertainment, and roast pig dinner. Contact Larry at 362-5860 or Kim at 364-2646.

LESSONS AT LOOLU’S LOST SHEEP Knit, crochet. $2 drop-in. Call 362-5383.

LEGION WEEK CELEBRATIONS Reopening June 24, 3pm to closing, and June 25, all after-

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

noon, Rossland Legion. Meat draw and jam night on June 24. On June 25, 1pm boche tournament, fish pond, kids games, horsehoes, and heritage history hunt with prizes. Hamburgers, hot dogs and salad. Golden City Fiddlers play for a dance that night.

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

at the Steamshovel afterwards, by Adrenaline Adventures. $15 shuttle, or $20 includes burger and beer. Different ride each week. Limited space, book ahead.

KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact

Renée Salsiccioli at 368-8601 or

7TH ANNUAL ART FOR PEOPLE FUNDRAISER June 24, 6pm, 1930 Monte Christo, Martine and Andy’s home and garden. Lots of art, wine, cheese, and a raffle for a painting of your choice. Visit to see projects funded to date. 362-9177.

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


HOST YOUR OWN RADIO SHOW! Rossland Radio Co-op, 101.1 FM, Wednesday meet-

photos from the region and around the world judged and displayed. Opening night, 7pm June 24, Jim Ford slideshow of Vietnam and Australia. Call for hours: 364-1181. ZUMBATHON June 25, 9am registration. A 2 hour Zumba fitness class charity event. $30

registration before June 15 includes T-shirt. Visit for details. S-100 FIRE SUPPRESSION COURSE June 25 & 26, Rossland. S-100 provides training to work

on a fire suppression crew. S-185 (entrapment avoidance) included in training. Contact instructor Don Mortimer, 362-9680. ROSSLAND MOUNTAIN MARKET Farmer’s market, June 30 to Sept 29, Thursdays from 3 to



Highway Drive, Trail B.C.

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. ings, 7-9pm, 1807 Columbia. Or email

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.



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Dance performance close to the heart ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Renee Salsiccioliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kootenay Danceworks is staging a set of solo performances to raise funds for the Stollery Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Foundation cardiology department tomorrow, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the RSS auditorium. The cardiology department in Edmonton recently performed open heart surgery on Rossland dancer Nadia van Asselt, a Grade 11 student who has been dancing with Salsiccioli for four years, three of which she spent in the Red Mountain Dance Academy. Nadia is still recovering from her May 9 surgery for a congenital heart defect, her third such operation, but is already getting back on the dance floor. With luck, she said, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll only need one more surgery in 15 years and then never again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel good. I am feeling a lot better than before the surgery,â&#x20AC;? Nadia said, adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;dance is very helpful.â&#x20AC;? She began dancing some years ago with Steps, in Trail, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;once Renee came, I really fell in love with dance,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the expression of dance, the way it makes me feel, being able to push myself to do better at something.â&#x20AC;? Salsiccioli teaches about 100 students in Kootenay Danceworks, and also the four girls currently in the RSS Dance Academy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nadia has no outside imposed limitations on what she can do,â&#x20AC;? Susan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all up to her. She and Renee have a system going to determine how much her body can handle. She chooses how much she can or canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a miracle that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dancing,â&#x20AC;? Susan continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Renee is remarkable in that regard. Words escape me. She and Nadia click. Renee pulls out of Nadia the desire to do better and Nadia rises to the discipline Renee puts on all the girls. Nadia is able to shine.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me cry, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lovely to watch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about ability, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about disability at all,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Nadia is taking on a gardening job this summer, but looking to her future she has been thinking about offering dance or movement therapy to others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always wanted to help people who might be in a situation like me, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an outlet like me. Dance therapy might be a way to use what I love to do what I want to do.â&#x20AC;? Nadiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first surgery for her rare Ebsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anomaly occurred when she was three at a clinic in Minnesota where the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading researcher on the anomaly practiced. The B.C. government agreed to cover the costs and by the time her next surgery was needed, the Stollery clinic was ready. She also goes for annual check-ups to a cardiologist at Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Stollery] is a world class facility that others from B.C. and abroad go to as well,â&#x20AC;? explained Nadiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother Susan, including patients from as far away as Jamaica. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are a good team up there,â&#x20AC;? said Nadia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very nice and kind, and want to see the best outcomes and help you a lot.â&#x20AC;? Susan noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our experience with the medical system has been very positive. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always got stellar care.â&#x20AC;? Susan said the funds raised will either be used to research congenital heart deformities (CHD) or to buy specialized equipment for kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; surgeries. Modern techniques have improved considerably and today doctors can handle CHD very well. Thirty years ago, a surgery patient might spend two months recovering in hospital; now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out in five to 10 days. Nevertheless, the pig or cow valves inserted eventually degenerate and need periodic replacements when the valves get too small or stop closing properly. Symptoms like debilitating headaches can leave people unable to function, and only a few major centres in Canada can perform the surgery. Admission to the performance on June 17 is by donation, and a tax receipt can be provided for donations of $25 or more.




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Congratulation Class of 2011! Wherever you go, go with all your heart & do something remarkable! Samme Beatson will attend the University of Calgary to study biological sciences. She received a $2,000 President’s Scholarship and is looking forward to dancing it up wherever she lives.

Justine Armour is planning on attending Selkirk College in the fall to start her degree in elementary education.

Congratulations and best wishes for a succesful future.

Josie Barker is very excited to be starting post secondary education at Selkirk College next year. She is taking general studies and hopes to get into the nursing program, eventually to work in oncology.

Laura Barrett will be attending the University of Calgary next year in an undeclared major arts degree. Although she is excited to begin the next chapter of her life, she is going to miss Rossland and the people in it.

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Simone Behrens will attend the University of Victoria in the fall, where she will pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. Simone has received an entrance scholarship of $1,000 to U Vic.

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Cameron Brinson is going to the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna and plans to chill in the sick gnar mountains of the Okanagan.

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Katie Dasiuk has received an International Merit Scholarship of $12,000 at Gonzaga University, Spokane. She will be taking her first year of undergraduate studies majoring in biology. Katie is very excited to start university but she will really miss her mom! Katie loves cats.

Laura Davies plans to go to Selkirk College in September to take general studies so she can decide what she wants to do with her life. Eventually Laura would like to move away to experience life beyond her hometown of Rossland. Grad photos by Doell Photo

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Sarita Doell has little idea about what she wants after grad, but is off with Canada World Youth on June 25 to spend three months in Bolivia and another three in Kingston, Ont.

Sabrina Gauthier plans on moving to Whistler and riding on the BC Freestyle Snowboard Team.

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Matt Finlin wants to continue on with his electrical program and plans on going to BCIT in the spring of 2012. In the meantime, he will try to find work under an electrician and save money for school.

Steven Fry will continue to ski race on the Western Canadian and NorAm circuits pursuing his dream of racing at the World Cup level.

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Contratulations! Caleb Gibson will work through the summer and may go to either Level 2 of the Cooks program at Selkirk College in Nelson, or go on to baking school.

Lily Grubisic will attend Thompson Rivers University in the fall, taking general science courses.

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Justin Kruchen plans to hunt and go to Selkirk College this fall. He will then carry on to UBCO next year and then come back to Rossland and continue being a redneck.

Neil Hilts will attend Mount Royal University this fall for a four year bachelor’s degree in journalism. He hopes to join TSN or ESPN.

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Micah Hinchcliffe will be attending Selkirk College in the fall for one semester then plans to visit Elly MacDougal in Maui for as long as she wants.

Mack Isaak will be tree planting through the summer and later will pursue a career in the fine arts field.

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Elly MacDougall is going to the University of Hawaii for its business program. With her business degree, she hopes to pursue her passion in sewing and designing bathing suits, and open up her own line with her sister.

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Jake Martin will be attending the University of Victoria in the fall where he was offered a $1,000 entrance scholarship. While there, he will study psychology and will come home able to judge every single one of you…

Julia Mason will attend Selkirk College in the fall taking general university courses. In January, she’ll move on to Capernwray, New Zealand for five months. In the fall of 2012 she’ll register at UBCO to major in psychology.


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Tiffany McLim plans to attend Selkirk College for the Level 2 Cooks program. You can buy burgers from Tiffany this summer while she’s working at the concession stand at Gyro Park in Trail.

Kalin Milligan is off to Selkirk College in September. She will be working towards completing an Associate Degree of Science.

Dale Norman will take some time off to work and then hopes to get a degree in replacing tires on wheel barrows and making a career of it. Seriously, maybe drafting or some type of desk work.

Shawna Paulson wants to be a social worker and in the fall she will be attending Selkirk Colelge, Castlegar campus to pursue her career.

Logan Ross is set to attend Selkirk College in the fall to become a millwright.

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Sage Sidley will be a UBC Okanagan student in September working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Sage has been awarded the President’s Entrance Scholarship for $2,500.

Heidi Skadberg has been accepted at Solberg College in Norway and will be leaving for Europe in August to live for a year.

Maddie Snelgrove plans to travel for the next few years, first to New York this summer. She will continue working and gaining life experience, before starting her post-secondary future.

Sam Spearn will attend the University of Calgary to pursue a degree in business. She will also continue in athletics as she has been recruited to play on the U of C varsity field hockey team.

Scott Stevenson plans to complete the Millwright/Machinist and Process Operator programs at Selkirk College. He would like to work with and operate heavy-duty equipment.

Jessica Sullivan will take a year off to work in Rossland and then plans to attend BCIT for the Levels 2 & 3 Chefs program. She will return to Rossland to ski and visit friends and family.

Devin Thatcher is busy completing his first year Millwright with the Ace It program and plans on doing the second year at the College of the Rockies in the fall of 2012.

Next fall, Una Trivanovic will be attending Montana State University with a $16,000 scholarship. She will also be skiing for the junior varsity team.

Josh Young will be attending Selkirk College in Nelson in the fall in the Resort and Hotel Management program. He will also be playing for the Selkirk Saints soccer team.

Devon Zanussi will be spending his summer fighting forest fires and in the fall he will attend Selkirk College taking the Business program with hopes of one day owning his own gym.

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Speeches from the RSS Graduation Ceremony

‘The gift today is our graduation’ SAGE SIDLEY RSS Class of 2011 Valedictorian

Sage Sidley

Good afternoon honoured guests, community members, staff, family, friends and fellow graduates. I feel very privileged to be representing the graduating class of 2011. We made it! Graduation is a time to look at the past, present and future. It's a time to celebrate our achievements, reflect on the challenges we have faced, and be proud of what we have accomplished. It was seven years ago, when we first set foot into Rossland Secondary School. We were from rival elementary schools — Cook and MacLean — but we came together at RSS. We were just LGs and LBs trying to find our place in these big hallways. I remember seeing the Grade 12s, and being so afraid, and wondering how we were ever going to be like them some day. In Grade 8, we became more a part of RSS. No longer Snowflakes, we got to go to Snoball for the first time. By choosing electives, we explored all that RSS has to offer beyond the academics. The years flew by through Grades 9 and 10. Our individuality grew as we pursued our courses, joined clubs, and played on school teams. In Grade 11 exchange students came to RSS. It was crazy, but made for entertaining classes. It was the year we found our place as we focused on our goals and aspirations. We also discovered our sick wheels. In reflecting back on those years

and everything that has happened, let's have no regrets. We can't change the past, but we can take the good from it. All experiences, good and bad, have brought us here today and have helped us to become who we are, and we're awesome. This brings us to our Grade 12 year. Everyone told us it would go by quickly, but I had no idea how fast. It seems like just yesterday we sat in the foyer for the first time. We are the class of 2011. We may have stumbled along, had spats and drama, gained and lost friends, studied hard and not so hard, passed and failed, but we are all connected. We are a family. We may have our differences, but we care about each other. I know if anyone of us were in trouble, we would all be there to help. Because we are from RSS and there is something special about being able to walk down our hallways and know everyone's name. I can't wait for our class reunion to see 45 wonderful and successful adults. Graduating is a huge achievement and we should be proud to be here. However, we must not stop here. Learning and growing is a life long commitment, which we can all aspire to. So class of 2011, let's live our lives to our heart's content. Take the path that leads to happiness because in the end, that's what matters most. I would like to say a special thank you to the hard-working staff at Rossland Secondary School. Our teachers go well beyond just teaching us the curriculum. Through their tireless commit-

ment, they model and inspire us to give 110 per cent. Graduating is not only about quizzes or test marks. It’s about what we have learned about ourselves and trying to become better people. The RSS staff has taught us this valuable lesson and, for that, I would like to thank them. Tonight wouldn't be what it is without our parents. After this evening, they will no longer be parents of children but rather parents of young adults. Thank you moms and dads for your support and for always being there for us. I'd like to thank the grad committees for all their hard work and for this special night they've been planning since the fall. It is truly magical. We must not forget the valuable members of our community, who support our events and fundraising. Thank you to our elementary teachers who prepared us for high school. And thank you Subway for feeding us through the years. Thank you friends for knowing us, and loving us anyways. Thank you facebook for the opportunity to waste away our lives. Thank you cellphones, we can't imagine a class without texting. Well I can. As the wise tortoise from Kung Fu Panda says: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. The gift today is our graduation. So let's celebrate! Congratulations class of 2011, we did it! — This is the text from Sage Sidley’s valedictory address to the Class of 2011

Trust your instincts, find your path and follow it TERRY MCDONNELL RSS Principal

Let me first remind moms, dads and grads about some numbers: • 8 days — to the last day of classes • 16 days — to your last high school report card • 88 days — to the start of ‘Life after RSS’ • 1998 — kindergarten In 1998, the year, Titanic became the highest-grossing film, taking in more than $580 million and won 11 Academy Awards that year. Seventy-seven-year old senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, returns to orbit the earth in the space shuttle Discovery. In June of 1998 gas cost 52.4 cents per litre. And, I can talk to you about grads. Actually, soon to be four of them! What have I learned from them? Remember — I’m a baby boomer — so I grew up with the TV and phone. Nothing fancy, right? First thing I have learned: How do you say PLC – personal line of credit! Secondly, I thought I was learning some great stuff like emailing and texting until I realized they no longer had to stand in front of mom and dad to ask for money; they could text or email us asking for it! And thirdly: Have you heard this one lately on TV? “In five years you can retire but in five years will you be able to?” Nope, I’ve done the math and with four grads, I can retire when I’m 92. What am I really saying? Yup, too many kids and

Terry McDonnell

we’re broke! Would I wish for anything different? Not on your life!

Where did the time go!? Wow! Yup! They’re about to be out on their own now. You know what I say: “Yeah right; they know how to find you. You can run but you can’t hide! My dad’s first thing he used to ask us when we came visiting was: “How long are you staying?” So between my four grads they have had 15 different jobs. One continues to work at Ferraro’s, one is working on his first year in the machinist/millwright program, one looking to start his electrical apprenticeship in October and one continuing his chemistry degree back east in Ottawa. You will all take a different path — 45 of them! You have heard about friendship, about family, following your dreams and one part of your life coming to an end — now the next step: finding your own path. Wherever you choose to start, that’s the right spot. Remember: you have to start somewhere and then move on. Don’t worry about where you’re going; you’ll figure it out. Be patient! Along the way talk to your parents, your friends. Listen to them. Use their advice and make it work for you. And the successes — share them with your parents, your friends! But be who you are. Be true to you. Trust your instincts. And remember — we are a text message away. Thank you. — This is the text from the principal’s message given to students by Terry McDonnell

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Class of 2011 Scholarship Winners â&#x20AC;˘ Aboriginal Education Bursary: Micah Hinchcliffe, Steven Fry â&#x20AC;˘ Area A & B Directors of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary: Julia Mason â&#x20AC;˘ Beaver Valley Lions Club: Rhea Heink, Shawna Paulson â&#x20AC;˘ Bear Environmental Ltd.: Ekaterina Dasiuk â&#x20AC;˘ Beaver Valley Youth Soccer: Josh Young â&#x20AC;˘ Beta Sigma Phi: Justine Armour â&#x20AC;˘ Canadian Association of Educators for the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing Student Achievement Award: Laura Barrett â&#x20AC;˘ Carlin Levesque Athletic Scholarship Award: Samme Beatson â&#x20AC;˘ City of Rossland: Sage Sidley â&#x20AC;˘ City of Rossland-Health Awareness Award: Maddie Snelgrove â&#x20AC;˘ Columbia Basin Trust: Brianna Cullen, Sage Sidley â&#x20AC;˘ Columbia Power Corporation: Julia Mason â&#x20AC;˘ CUPE Local 1285: Scott Stevenson â&#x20AC;˘ Deborah Rebekah Lodge #13: Laura Davies â&#x20AC;˘ Emcon Services Inc.: Scott Stevenson â&#x20AC;˘ FortisBC Inc.: Matt Finlin â&#x20AC;˘ Fraternal Order of Eagles #10: Sam Spearn, Jessica Sullivan, Cameron Brinson â&#x20AC;˘ Girl Guides of Canada - Columbia Division: Sage Sidley â&#x20AC;˘ Grads of 2011: Laura Barrett, Sarita Doell, Maddie Snelgrove, Micah Hinchcliffe â&#x20AC;˘ KAST: Simone Behrens â&#x20AC;˘ Katrine Conroy, MLA, Kootenay West: Matt Finlin

â&#x20AC;˘ Kiwanis Club of Trail: Archie McKinnon â&#x20AC;˘ Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bursary: Josie Barker, Kalin Milligan â&#x20AC;˘ Kootenay Columbia Principalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; & Vice-Principalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Assoc.: Maddie Snelgrove â&#x20AC;˘ Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union: Sage Sidley, Sam Spearn, Cameron Brinson, Davin Heikkila, Archie McKinnon â&#x20AC;˘ Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union Scholarship: David Heintz â&#x20AC;˘ Kootenay Savings Credit Union: Erik Martin â&#x20AC;˘ McEwan & Co. Law Corp.: Una Trivanovic â&#x20AC;˘ Monashee Medical Clinic: Ekaterina Dasiuk â&#x20AC;˘ Red Mountain Academies: Una Trivanovic â&#x20AC;˘ Remax All Pro Realty: Sam Spearn, Una Trivanovic â&#x20AC;˘ RHC Insurance Brokers: Brianna Cullen â&#x20AC;˘ RHS Class of 1960: Lily Grubisic, David Heintz â&#x20AC;˘ Robert Prough Memorial Scholarship: Samme Beatson â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Community Branch Nelson and District Credit Union - Aaron Allibone Award: Cameron Brinson â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Community Branch Nelson and District Credit Union â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aspire Award: Sage Sidley â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Community Branch Nelson and District Credit Union - Dan Burnett Award: Brianna Cullen â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Council for Arts & Culture: Cameron Brinson â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Fire Department: Devin Thatcher â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Health Care Auxiliary Society: Jake Martin â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Knights of Columbus: Cameron Brinson â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Lions Club: Ekaterina Dasiuk â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Mens Slow Pitch: Devin Thatcher The City of Rossland is holding another information meeting on the proposed new Zoning â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Rotary: Dale Bylaw on Thursday 23 June at the Prestige Hotel from 6pm-8pm. Norman â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Skidders The meeting will contain similar materials to the meeting in May with a summary sheet of Hockey Club: Justine public comments already received. Armour, Archie McKinnon â&#x20AC;˘ Rossland Trail Minor The information meeting provides further opportunity to receive feedback from you, the Hockey Association: community, on any ideas or issues that you have regarding the proposed new Zoning Bylaw. Justin Kruchen â&#x20AC;˘ Royal Canadian Legion Members of the Planning Department of the City of Rossland will be on hand to provide Branch #14: Lily Grubiinformation, answer any questions you have and take your comments. Copies of the proposed sic, Julia Mason, Davin bylaw, a summary of proposed changes and an online survey are available on the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heikkila, Erik Martin, Jake website. Martin â&#x20AC;˘ RSS Art Award: Sage We look forward to seeing you there! Sidley â&#x20AC;˘ RSS Career Preparation Rossland Zoning Bylaw Review Dept.: Dale Norman â&#x20AC;˘ RSS Music Award: DATE: Thursday 23th June, 2011 Ekaterina Dasiuk, David Heintz PLACE: Prestige Hotel â&#x20AC;˘ RSS Nutrition Committee Music: Sarita Doell, TIME: 6PM - 8PM Fine Arts: Davin Heikkila, CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF ROSSLAND Foods: Laura Davies, General Arts: Simone Behrens, Science: Archie McKinnon, Social Sciences: Jake Martin THE CORPORATION OF â&#x20AC;˘ RSS Secretaries Scholarship: Neil Hilts, Erik THE CITY OF ROSSLAND Martin â&#x20AC;˘ RSS Sport Scholarship: 2011 PROPERTY TAXES Brianna Cullen, Neil Hilts, Josh Young â&#x20AC;˘ Selkirk Beverages: The 2011 PROPERTY TAX NOTICES have been mailed out and any property owner who has not Lily Grubisic received their notice should contact the City OďŹ&#x192;ce by phone at 250-362-7396, by fax at 250-362â&#x20AC;˘ Selkirk College Arts & 5451 or by e-mail at ďŹ Please be advised that NEW OWNERS are responsible for Science: Melissa LaFace, unpaid taxes. Julia Mason â&#x20AC;˘ Smokettes: Justine The DUE DATE for paying the 2011 taxes is 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 4, 2011. After that date, a 10% Armour, Lily Grubisic penalty will be added to all unpaid taxes INCLUDING unclaimed Homeowner Grants. Postmarks â&#x20AC;˘ Teck Trail Operations: Simone Behrens are not accepted as date of payment. If you are unable to pay your 2011 taxes prior to the due date, if â&#x20AC;˘ Trail Driving School: eligible, you should apply for the Homeowner Grant to avoid penalty on that portion of the taxes. Neil Hilts Property owners can claim their Homeowner Grant online, visit the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at â&#x20AC;˘ United Steelworkers Local 480: Kalin Milligan, Property Owners with mortgages are responsible to see that they claim their Homeowner Grant Cameron Brinson before the tax due date, even though their mortgage company pays their taxes. Tax Prepayment Plan â&#x20AC;˘ United Steel Workers Local 9705: participants are also reminded to claim their Homeowner Grant before the tax due date and pay any Samme Beatson, Ekatremaining payable amount. erina Dasiuk â&#x20AC;˘ Zellstoff Celgar Ltd.: The City accepts cash, debit card, cheques and post-dated cheques at the City OďŹ&#x192;ce. You can pay your Una Trivanovic property taxes using internet banking or telephone banking, please contact your ďŹ nancial institution for more information. If paying property taxes by internet or telephone banking, your roll number is your MAJOR SCHOOL account number and please allow 5 business days for your payment to be processed. AWARDS


You can also use the City of Rosslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new online bill payment system on the City website. The payment options are preauthorized debit from your Canadian bank account or Mastercard or Visa. Please be advised that there is a convenience fee for using Mastercard or Visa and that amount is displayed on the payment screen before you choose to process your payment. There are no fees for preauthorized debit from you bank account. Visit our website for instructions. Tax amounts outstanding on July 5, 2011 will be subject to a 10% penalty City of Rossland Property Tax Department June 10, 2011

â&#x20AC;˘ Renato Magnone Memorial Award: Sam Spearn, Archie McKinnon â&#x20AC;˘ Don Saare Memorial Award: Maddie Snelgrove â&#x20AC;˘ Shepherd Memorial Award: Sage Sidley â&#x20AC;˘ John MacMaster Award: Brianna Cullen

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June 16 2011 Rossland News  

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