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Who is the all-time scoring leader for the Montreal Canadiens? (Answer on page 7)

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December 1-7, 2016 Volume 14 Issue 49 Valley Voices in Concert There is an incredible choir here in the Columbia Valley. The ‘Valley Voices’ put in a lot of time doing something they love, singing. They are very good at it. This Friday and Saturday evenings, December 2 and 3, the Valley Voices will be performing their ‘Angels Carol’ Christmas Concert. There will also be a guest performance by the ‘Voices of EMP Children’s Choir’. The show begins at 7 pm both nights at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets are only $10 ($5 for students) and are available at Inspire, Purple Cow and Meet on Higher Ground. Don’t miss this event. I can promise you that you will be happy that you attended.

Good Timing Did you hear about the dad who beat his kids up every morning? That way he could have their breakfast ready when they finally got up.

Free Turkey Dinner Everyone loves free food. Especially when it is an awesome turkey dinner with all the

fixings. Copper Point Golf Course is hosting their 13th Annual ‘Feed the Town’ event this Sunday, December 4 between noon and 7 pm This is always an incredible event. Last year more than 1,200 folks were fed. Thanks to Sysco, Gordon Food Services and Kootenay Paving/Skandia Concrete for their sponsorship. Everyone is invited to this free meal. Donations of cash or non-perishable food items for the Food Bank will be graciously accepted.

Dick Scott Many of you know Dick from golf, curling, the Gardens, the Whitehouse, fishing and more. He lived in Windermere for years after retiring from firefighting in Calgary. Dick helped me with deliveries of The Valley Peak during the last couple years. Dick passed away last Tuesday, November 22. He and Lorna are off on an eternal golf and fishing trip. He was a wonderful man. He added a lot to my life and many others. Dick’s life will be celebrated at the Windermere Valley Golf Course this Thursday, December 1, at 1 pm.

Thanks for shopping at AG Valley Foods

ROTARY SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS DINNER Welcoming Long-Term Residents Who Helped Build Our Community

Open 7 am-10 pm daily

Sunday, December 11, 5:30 pm

Black Forest Restaurant PRE-REGISTER at 250-342-0186 Between 9 am & 4:30 pm.

Rotary Club of Invermere

Congratulations to more than 300 ‘Spin to Winners’

DCS Plumbing For repairs or service call:

250-341-8501 Seniors’ Discount

24 Hour emergency service

Paint a Portrait for Christmas Workshop Dec. 3-4 Purcell Mountain Painters Studios Together we will paint a beautiful portrait of your loved one. Bring Photos and lunch. Contact Pat Yesh 403-519-8268



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December 1-7, 2016

Santa in Fairmont

Helping Families In Need

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Sponsor a family Donate a goodie box Donate goodie items Flat donation to the Christmas Bureau Visit an Angel Tree at Dairy Queen, Home Hardware or Fields Email for more details.

Do You Need Assistance? Pick up registration forms at Family Dynamix, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Food Bank, Employment Centre or the Canal Flats Food Bank. You can also email

SINCE 1994


INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE $5-$15 OFF All Wine and Beer 20% Off all gift ware 10% bonus added to gift certificates Call 250-342-6004 or go to

Head out to the Smoking Water Coffee Company this Sunday, December 4 for a free family event for all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the coffee shop between 1 and 3 pm. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookie decorating and caroling to live music from Valley Forged. Bring a camera for a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food bank donations are appreciated.

Riddliculous What can you hold in your left hand but not your right hand? What is large enough to hold pigs but small enough to hold in your hand? What two words contain thousands of letters? See page 9.

Tree of Lights On Friday, December 9, The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is hosting the third annual Tree of Lights. This special evening of music, poems and the lighting of a commemorative tree to honour those who are no longer with us during the holiday season. This year in addition to the tree in Invermere there are four satellite trees in Edgewater, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs and Canal Flats. This fun family event will be at 6:30 pm in all locations. If you wish to purchase a commemorative light please go to the hospice website, and click on tree of lights or contact the hospice office at (250) 688-1143. Proceeds raised from this event go to support Hospice Bereavement Programs.

Aging “My hair is really getting wavy these days,” said the little old lady. “More and more of it is waving good-bye each day.”

Karaoke Finals The finals for the ‘Karaoke through the Decades’ contest at the Horsethief Creek Pub are this Thursday, December 1. Winners from each of the past 4 weeks representing the best of the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s will be performing their favourite songs in an attempt to win the $500 first place prize. The fun begins at 9 pm. Everyone is invited to come cheer on singers and have a great evening.

SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 am-4 pm

THRIFT STORE Specialty items in all departments. Jewellery, Clothing, Housewares, Linens. Novelty Items suitable for gifts!

Catering Services Planning a gathering for the holidays? Anne and Brandi Riches can supply amazing food for any size party. Book early for Christmas. 250-342-1679.

For Rent Versatile, inexpensive, licensed Lounge suitable for up to 120 people. Invermere District Curling Centre. 250-342-3315. _____

Hall rental and catering. Royal Canadian Legion, Invermere. Reasonable rates. 250-688-0640. ______

Hot Tub Rentals, Diamond Heating & Spas, 250-342-7100. _____

Windermere Community Hall. Upgraded. Lots of features. Call 778-526-0092. _____

Hot Tub Rentals. Valley Spas. 250-342-3922.

Services Shuttle Service. Blazin Trailz. Travel safely this holiday season. 250-688-6135. _____

LIVELAUGHLASH, Certified Eyelash Artist. Affordable lashes- Classic, Volume, Coloured sets. _____

Ron & Deb’s Dog Walking Service. Park walk, 1 hour, any time, any day. 250-270-0303. _____

Professional Spa Maintenance, weekly, bi-weekly. Valley Spas, 250-342-3922 _____

Shannon's Blinds & Designs. Covering the Valley one window at a time. 250-342-5749.


Open Late Mon-Fri 8 am-7:30 pm Saturday 8 am-6 pm Sunday 9 am-6 pm

The Countdown Is On! Come see us for all of your holiday gifting and entertaining needs!

December 1-7, 2016

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DAVID THOMPSON SECONDARY SCHOOL BANDS IN CONCERT Thursday, December 8 DTSS Gym, 7 pm Admission by Silver Collection at the door



FREE FAMILY EVENT Fun for All Ages Shortbread Cookie Decorating Hot Chocolate Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Bring your camera) Food Bank Donations Welcome Christmas Carol Sing-along with

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This is always a very busy little valley. This weekend has a few things going on, similar to many weekends. It makes it tricky to organize The Valley Peak because I want to highlight important events (and they are all important). Whose event gets priority on the front page? What article or ad goes beside Robservations or Watson’s Waddle? Placement can make a huge difference on how many folks see things. I want to make everyone happy. The writing part is a bit easier when things are busy. I have lots of little notes that remind me of what to write about. I can become a bit of a ‘writing robot’ once I have decided my topics. This issue had lots of topic choices and I have had to save a couple for next week. One theme you will see a bit of this time of year is to ‘please shop local’. I understand that you want the best value for your dollar but value does not always come from low prices. It comes from helping each other succeed, being part of a community, raising families and things like that. Our local business owners contribute a lot to our community. It only makes sense that we support them in return.


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CHRISTMAS CONCERT Friday, December 2 Saturday, December 3 7 pm

Christ Church Trinity with special guests

I used to be pretty good at magic. One of my favourite tricks was easy. I would walk down the street and turn into a drug store.

Voices of EMP Children’s Choir

Shuttle Service

Tickets $10 (students $5) at

Are you planning a social event during this holiday season? Providing safe transportation for your friends to and from the event is always a good idea. ‘Blazin Trailz Shuttle Service’ is here to help you. They are happy to take care of your transportation needs. Give them a call at 250-688-6135 or you can email them at

Inspire Floral Boutique, Purple Cow Gift Shop & Meet on Higher Ground Coffee Shop

Bands in Concert The David Thompson Secondary School ‘Bands in Concert’ performance is coming up on next Thursday, December 8. It will begin at 7 pm in the DTSS gym. This is always a fantastic show. It is very impressive how Mr. Constable helps these young adults develop their musical talents. Admission is by a silver collection.

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Will you be the next Multi-Millionaire?

What is the most valuable fruit crop in Canada? Which Ontario city was the first in Canada to install parking meters? Chemically pure gold contains how many carats? What colour are Bart Simpson’s shorts? Which Great Lake is entirely in the United States? Which element is represented by the symbol ‘Au’ (aurum)?

Answers are hidden within ads in this issue. Enjoy your search!


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December 9

6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of commemoration

Purchase a light at Hospice Office Frater Landing Invermere, Edgewater Community Hall, Meet on Higher Ground, Fairmont Lions’ Den, Canal Flats Village Office 250 688-1143

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December 1-7, 2016 Found at:

Watson’s Waddle It is actually snowing as I write this. That reminds me that really, winter is pretty much here, we just haven’t noticed it yet. Please be careful with your pets in the cold weather. If it is cold for you outside then it is cold for us as well. We would rather be cuddling up on the floor of your living room than stuck outside. I still need lots of exercise in the winter so Rob and I will still be going out for plenty of walks. He is pretty good because he seems very aware of my ‘cold feet’. It is not always the cold temperature that causes problems but more likely the moisture from the ground getting between my toes and paw pads. This moisture will freeze and the ice crystals can really start to bother me. So this winter, plan on frequent but shorter walks. Watch for your pet to be limping or favouring a limb. You might just have to warm the paw in your hands to help get them home. Thanks for loving an animal.

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What Year Was It?

Christmas Silent Auction at the Invermere Library The Christmas Silent Auction is a long-standing tradition at the Invermere Library. Library visitors can browse the unique auction offerings to fill every Christmas shopping list. Choose from art, hand-crafted items, decorative and useful gifts, books and gifts for children. Post bids for your favourite items. Check your bids often. Bids close on Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm All funds raised support library programs and special events.

The syndicated comic strip ‘Garfield’ debuted, the movie ‘Grease’ was released, Space Invaders flooded the arcades and gold reached $200/ounce. Volkswagen shut down production of the ‘Beetle’ and PWA Flight 314 crashed in Cranbrook, killing 44 of 50 on board. What year was it? See page 10.

Aging More “I have discovered the perfect cure for dandruff,” said the oldtimer. “Really. What is it?” “Baldness.”

Monthly Golf Winner I did the draw for a monthly winner of the ‘Where’s the Puck?’ contest for November. Congratulations to Kim Cerny. Kim receives 2 golf passes to ‘The Ridge’ at Copper Point. Thanks to all the entries and the sponsors. Lots of great prizes coming up. Get your page 8 entries in now.

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Paint a Portrait


A great gift idea is a personal portrait of someone you love. International portrait artist Patrick Yesh is hosting a workshop this Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4 at the Purcell Mountain Painters studio in Invermere. Learn how to capture personality while creating a great portrait of a loved one. Use colour-mixing for skin tones, face, torso, hands and hair to capture character, foundations, exaggerations and more. Learn how to take and select the right photo for portraiture. Bring a photo, any medium you prefer and your lunch. The cost is $100 for two days of instruction. Call 403-519-8268.

Legal Fees


The millionaire is in court. “Don’t worry,” says his lawyer. “You will never go to jail with this much money.” The lawyer was right. By the time he went to jail, he was broke.


The Columbia Valley Rockies are on the road until:

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 pm CRESTON VALLEY THUNDER CATS Win Game Tickets and more by entering the ‘Where’s the Puck’ Contest on page 8.

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Inside ICAN

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This is Sadie reporting from ICAN Rescue and Adoption Facility. With the holidays around the corner, I'm here to remind you that gifting a pet should never be an option. Bringing home an animal companion is a big decision, one that should be made with your whole household. If you have your heart set on adding to your household this holiday season, consider giving a gift box of animal care essentials or making your own "coupon" for a pet instead of rushing out to pick up the cutest fur baby in the rescue. Remember adopt, don't shop! Call ICAN to learn more 250-341-7888.

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PASTORS: Lead: Trevor Hagan Associate: Matt Moore

Sunday, December 4, 10:30 am Second Sunday of Advent ‘GOD SPEAKS– ANGELS: PEACE

Pastor Trevor Hagan ministering “K.I.D.S.” Church available during the Morning Service (age 3 to grade 7)

UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, December 2, 6:30 pm TURKEY DINNER Cribbage, Thursdays, 6:30 pm. Darts, Saturdays, 2-6 pm. Texas Hold-Em, Thursdays at 6:30 pm 250-342-9517

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Branch 71, Invermere



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Daily Lunch Specials

European Christmas Goodies are arriving! Get your favourites while supplies last. Monday-Saturday 9 am-6 pm.

KONIG MEAT & SAUSAGE COMPANY AUTO REPAIRS TIRE SALES & REPAIRS, 4-wheel drive repairs, Air conditioning repairs, Engine & transmission replacements, Vehicle inspections



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December 1-7, 2016

Small Business Challenge The Challenge is on! Jocelyn Brunner from Summit Footwear and Fashion is challenging all small businesses to donate to the Columbia Valley Centre. In fact, she will be matching all business donations up to a total of $25,000! Donations can be made online at or in person at the District of Invermere office. Like their Facebook page, Columbia Valley Centre, for updates on the challenge.

The Thrifty Reporter Special Announcement: Over the year the Invermere Thrift Store has been storing the best of your donations for a very special event. The shopping ‘Extravaganza’ is this Saturday, December 3, from 1 to 4 pm. They will be selling spectacular items such as gold and silver jewelry, fine china, beautiful handmade quilts, special clothing and many more splendid items. This lavish event, is held on the first Saturday of December each year and is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping and stay within your budget. I hope to see you there!



SUPPORT the NEW HALL We are donating $1 from every Pint & $3 from every Jug ordered until January 15 to Arts Equipment for the New Columbia Valley Centre CHEERS TO THE ARTS $25k $20k $15k $10k $5k $3,763

Then we will match the total donations.

3,235 pints 176 jugs so far


Strong Vows

CHRISTMAS STOCK Only 3 weekends until Christmas

Gift Wrap & Bags Party Supplies & Helium Art & Craft Supplies Giftware & Toys Books for All Ages & Much More! New stock arrives weekly. If we don’t have it we will be happy to get it.

We accept special orders too! Across from the Invermere Post office

Sunday Noon-4 pm Monday Noon-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm

After the honeymoon the new wife told her husband, “You may as well sell your golf clubs. You won’t be playing golf anymore.” “You’re already starting to sound a lot like my ex-wife,” he replied. “I thought I was your first wife.” “You are.”

Radium Holiday Market Tourism Radium presents the Radium Holiday Market at the Best Western Plus Prestige Inn on Sunday, December 11, between noon and 4 pm. This year’s event has 29 amazing vendors booked and it is pretty much the last market of the season so our final chance to pick up some very awesome, unique gift items. Admission is free but you are invited to bring a donation for the Food Bank.

Legion Dinners The Invermere Legion is still hosting their Friday night dinners. This week, Friday, December 2, it will be a turkey dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. It will be delicious. While you are there, pick up tickets for the 50/50 and meat draws. You might just be a winner

250-342-9933 Drive Thru until 9 pm

Upgrade your small sundae to a mini blizzard for only $1 on any $6 or $7 meal deal The ultimate combination of hot and cold delights Try a hot dessert a la mode Triple Chocolate Brownie Funnel Cake Fudge Stuffed Cookie Enjoy a Mango-pineapple Julius in December

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! COZY UP YOUR LIVING SPACE. Pop into our showroom to view our stoves & fireplaces

Wood-burning. Propane or Electric




Answer on page 11

Can you guess where this photo was taken?

One Day Only! Sunday, December 11 Fun 4-End Games, Meal, Prizes Only $25/person or $100/team.

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Castlegar Please If there is anyone heading towards Castlegar (Trail, Nelson, Grand Forks) in the next couple of weeks I could use a gift delivered to my Mommy. Please call me at 250-3417243. Thanks

Canadian Sports Trivia Answer



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Guy Lafleur is the all-time leading scorer for the Montreal Canadiens and is a member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

There’s the Puck

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Last week’s winner of the page 8 ’Where’s the Puck?’ contest was Darryl Davidson from Calgary. Darryl wins 2 golf passes to Windermere Valley Golf Course and 2 tickets to Rockies Hockey.

Math Problems “Go forth and multiply,” said Noah to the animals as he docked the Ark. “We can’t,” replied a pair of snakes. “Why not?” Noah asked. “Because we are adders.”

Fundraising Ornaments Effusion Art Gallery is pitching in towards the Westside Legacy Trail. They have beautiful hand-made ornaments created by talented artists. The ornaments sell for $35 each and all funds raised go towards the Trail.

Live Music Mondays

BOX 2228 742 - 13 STREET INVERMERE, B.C. V0A 1K0 PHONE 250-342-3031 FAX 250-342-6945 EMAIL

Proudly Printing The Valley Peak

Check out ‘The Choice’ this coming Monday, December 5 at the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium. They are a new local band that covers lots of good old rock and roll. The following, Monday, December 12 will be an ‘Open Mic’ night hosted by Marty and Larry. Live Music Mondays happen from 7 to 9 pm each week.

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From Conception to Kindergarten! Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm


From Conception to Kindergarten! Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm



4. Blue All Occasions By Donation to the Christmas Bureau Parkside Place #112, 809 7th Ave, Invermere




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December 1-7, 2016

WHERE’S THE PUCK? Draw in where you think the puck should be for a chance to win hockey tickets and other great prizes! Drop entries off at ‘Smaller Footprints’ in downtown Invermere or at ‘Fairmont Pizza and Ice Cream Parlour’

Coys Par 3 Rocky River Grill Copper Point Golf Club The Station Neighbourhood Pub Fairmont Pizza & Ice Cream Parlour Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Windermere Valley Golf Course Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery



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All Entries will be placed in a monthly draw to win 2 Golf Passes at ‘The Ridge at Copper Point’ The monthly winner for November is Kim Cerny. Kim receives 2 passes to ‘The Ridge’ at Copper Point. There are lots of great prizes available. Get your entry in each week The Rockies are on the road until Tuesday, December 13.



Puck was here

Winner: Darryl Davidson 2 Golf Passes for Windermere and 2 Hockey Tickets


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Seniors’ Christmas Dinner


The Rotary Club of Invermere is hosting their Seniors’ Christmas Dinner on Sunday, December 11, at 5:30 pm at the Black Forest Restaurant. The event celebrates long-term residents who have helped build our community. All seniors are welcome but you must preregister by calling 250-342-0186 (Best Western Inn) between 9 am and 4:30 pm.

Riddliculous Answers (From page 2) Your right elbow (or hand). A pen. Post Office.

CRESTEEL HVAC (’81) LIMITED Furnace and Heat Pump Installation Service and Repair


Library Silent Auction 6. Gold

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Judy 250-341-5245 Days, Evenings and Weekends

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! & so are the Parties & Exchanges

CUSTOM GIFT BASKETS For everyone on your list! Personal & Corporate Stress-free Gift Giving ORDER EARLY AND SAVE! CALL JAYNE @ 250-342-3160


Outerwear • Footwear • Workwear 250-342-3366

Annual 'Month of Savings' in December. A surprise discount when you find...the 'Elf on a Shelf'!

926 7th Ave, Invermere (Frater Landing) 250-342-4406 or 1-800-433-3606

The closing date for bidding on the Christmas Silent Auction items at the Invermere Public Library is next Wednesday, December 7. The Christmas Silent Auction is a longstanding tradition at the Invermere Public Library. Visitors can browse the unique auction offerings to fill every Christmas shopping list. Choose from art, hand-crafted items, decorative and useful gifts, books and gifts for children and more. Post bids for your favourite items. All funds raised support library programs and events.

GREAT CHRISMAS IDEAS Antiques ☺ Rarities Boutique ☺ Vintage Home Décor ☺ Upcycled Junk Jonny & Teresa 778-526-5117 4730 Government St. Windermere

Quality Hearing “My new hearing aid is the best you can buy,” said grandpa. “What kind is it?” I asked. “It’s ten minutes past five.”

European Goodies It is that time of year. Everyone enjoys a few treats and around the Christmas holidays we like to find those extra special things. Konig Meat & Sausage Company brings in all sorts of specialty items from all around the world. European goodies. My Mom loves some of that stuff. Stop in and check out some great options for treats as gifts and stocking stuffers.

Suicide Intervention Skills Training Foodsafe Level 1 Red Cross Child First Aid Home Alone Red Cross Babysitter Occupational First Aid Level 1 Sushi Occupational First Aid Level 1 Business Excellence Fundamentals

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Christmas Parties The Curling Centre is an incredible place for a party. Rental is based on how many folks attend and can include ice time with curling lessons or just the rental of the lounge. Beverages are very affordable and the lounge includes pool, darts, shuffleboard, foosball and more. It makes for a very fun time. Call 250-342-3315.

RENT THIS SPACE As low as $46 for 1,500 Copies! Reach the Locals Reach the Visitors Reach the Internet

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We Can Help The Christmas Bureau is ramping up for a busy season this year and they could use our help. There are many families that will be a little tight this year and we can make their Christmases a bit better. You can sponsor a family, donate a box of goodies, donate items for goodie boxes, purchase a gift for an Angel Tree or make a flat cash donation to the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley. Please email for more information.

Sales ♠ Service ♠ Solutions DON’T LET A BUG RUIN CHRISTMAS!

250-342-9800 Friday: 9 am-5 pm Saturday: 10 am-3 pm Sunday: On Call

It Was That Year

FILL THIS SPACE! With your ad, not mine.

(From page 4) In 1978, the average house cost $54,800, average annual income was $17,000, eggs cost 48¢ and gas was 63¢/ gallon. The first test tube baby was born, synthetic insulin was developed and Ashton Kutcher was born.

Turkey Curling Day 250-341-7243

COLUMBIA VALLEY FOOD BANK TOP TEN ITEMS WISH LIST Peanut Butter Canned Fruit Canned Tuna or Salmon Spaghetti Sauce Canned Tomatoes Pork and Beans Boxed Cereal Tomato Sauce Canned Soup Canned Vegetables THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS!

The Turkey Spiel is coming up on Sunday, December 11. This is a super fun day at the Curling Centre for only $100/team. Entry includes lunch, curling and prizes. Teams play 4-end fun games beginning at 9 am and done by 5 pm. There are lots of great prizes including turkeys for your Christmas meal. There will also be draw to the button contests to take home turkeys. Call 250-342-3315 to get registered now.

Neighbourly “I think Mrs. Smith is mad at us. She hasn’t been by for days,” said my wife. “I wonder what we did.” “I don’t know,” I answered, “But I would love to find out and do it again.”

Good Food, Good Price Get registered for this month’s ‘Good Food Co-op’ by next Wednesday, December 14. This is a great program to help us afford to eat a bit healthier. Six bucks gets you a nice package. It includes fresh produce that has been purchased in bulk and distributed evenly amongst the participants. This program is open to everyone and it is a great deal. Register at Family Dynamix or by calling 250-342-5566.

Month of Savings

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Winners from the past 4 weeks representing 4 decades will be performing for a chance to win $500! Fun starts at 9 pm Lunch ’til Late Kitchen Open to 10 pm Daily, 11 pm Fri/Sat

Ambiente is running their annual December ‘Month of Savings’ promotion. Stop in and locate the ‘Elf on a Shelf’ for surprise discounts.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER INVERMERE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEMBERS In accordance with the Library Act, the District of Invermere is inviting applications for membership on the Invermere Public Library Board. Membership on the Board will be for a two year term, commencing January, 1, 2017. To be eligible, you must be a resident or elector of the District of Invermere. Members of the Invermere District Council, employees of the District of Invermere and employees of the existing Library Board are not eligible. Successful candidates must possess a strong sense of community service, willingness to work respectfully as part of a team and have good communication skills. For a complete outline of the board members responsibilities please visit the Invermere Libraries website ( under “About Us” and “Board Members”. New board members must be willing to attend training and information sessions designed to assist them in the work they undertake on behalf of the Invermere Library Board. Interested persons are invited to submit written applications on or before December 2nd, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m. to Kindry Luyendyk at the District of Invermere Municipal Office (914 – 8th Avenue) or email

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Fairmont Friday Shopping The businesses of Fairmont are holding their annual Friday Night Shopping event on December 9, between 4 and 8 pm. Check it out for fantastic deals, treats, samples, prizes and more. There are some incredible stores and services in Fairmont and this is a great chance to visit and see what they offer.


Hoodoo Parties The Hoodoo Lounge & Grill is filling dates quickly for Christmas parties. They can set up for any size party and will adjust the menu to make everyone happy. They can also fit any budget. Book now at 250-3452166.

Where I Was

Rockies Hockey The Rockies played an exciting game on Saturday, losing 3-2 to Beaver Valley, one of the league’s top teams. They will be on the road for the next few games visiting Kimberley and Fernie before returning to host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Tuesday, December 13. Thanks to all the fans that come out and support junior hockey. It is a great part of our community.

A shout out to Phyllis Munro in Invermere. Phyllis turned 100 years old this past month. That is awesome. She received letters from the Queen, the Prime Minister, Lieutenant-Governor, Governor-General, B.C. Premier and the Opposition Leader. It is quite the impressive list of pen pals. Way to go Phyllis.

Long Sentence

Stand-Up Comedy I love funny people. Keep Saturday, December 10 available for the Yukyuks on Tour event at the Horsethief Creek Pub. More details next week.

“What would you like for your last meal?” asked the prison warden. “Fresh strawberries please.” “But they aren’t in season for 6 months.” “I can wait.”

Great Community Thanks to all the folks who showed up for the fundraiser for Heather Bibby at The Station Pub last weekend. A good little chunk of money was raised that will be a great help with her medical issues. I read a great quote this morning, “The only people you should try to get even with are those who have helped you.” Wouldn’t that be a great, positive existence?

Marketing Magic I am loving the feedback that I have received lately from some of my advertising clients. The Valley Peak definitely works. Why does it work? It is affordable ($25-$30) for an ad. It is very well-read. You are reading it right now. Nearly 2,000 readers, local and not, read every issue every week. And they read it all, not just a quick skim. Posting on Facebook or a bulletin board may get you a couple hundred views but nothing compares to the coverage and

COLUMBIA VALLEY GOOD FOOD CO-OP Monthly fresh fruits & vegetables.

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The photo on page 6 is from the ‘Cram the Cruiser’ Toy Drive with the RCMP pickup truck parked at Canadian Tire last Saturday. Jamie smiles as more than 250 toys were donated to the Christmas Bureau.

100 Year Phyllis

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1 Richard Pryor, Bette Midler 2 Nelly Furtado, Monica Seles 3 Ozzy Osbourne, Brendan Fraser 4 Tyra Banks, Crazy Horse 5 Walt Disney, Frankie Muniz 6 Ira Gershwin, Shekhar Kapur 7 Marie Tussaud, Tom Waits Local Celebrities

2 Pat Johnson, Theresa Wood 3 Tanya Weber, Matthew Krebs 4 Sherri Kelly, Doug Boker, Herta Gillies, Nicole Nelson, Karen Knight, Marvin & Donna Jefferson anniversary 5 Bob Hemmelgarn, Jean Bridge 6 Marj Wood, McKenna Nelson 7 Amber Coggins, Wade Graumann Submit your free birthday or anniversary greetings to or call 250-341-7243

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December 1-7, 2016 Lunch ’til Late Kitchen Open to 10 pm Daily, 11 pm Fri/Sat

Karaoke finals Thursday, December 1, 9 pm

‘The Choice’

FREE LISTINGS FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS Columbia Valley Food Bank Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2 pm. 3rd Wednesday, 5:30-7 pm. Located in Library Basement. Museum Hours Tuesday 10 am-4 pm. Thrift Store Hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Invermere Library hours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Wednesday, 10 am-8 pm. Radium Library Hours Tuesday, 6-8 pm. Wed, Thurs. 1-4 pm Saturday, 10 am–1 pm. Purcell Mountain Painters On Facebook Invermere Camera Club On Facebook Every Thursday Storytime at Invermere Public Library 10:30 am. 250342-6416. Carpet Bowling & more. Radium Hall, 1:30-4 pm Jiu Jitsu, 7-9 pm, next to Vet, 250-341-7113. Crib, Drop-in, Invermere Legion, 6-10 pm. Texas Hold ’Em Invermere Legion, $35, 6:30 pm. Columbia A.A., Women, Fairmont, Lion’s Den, 7:15 pm, 688–6050. ‘Name That Tune’, Copper City Saloon, 8 pm. Karaoke at the Horsethief Creek Pub, 8 pm. 2nd Thursday of Every Month Invermere Senior’s Lunches, 342-9281 ext 1232. 3rd Thursday of Every Month Parkinson's Disease Support Group Meeting at Heritage Inn in Cranbrook at 7 pm. Every Friday Aqua-Fit, Radium Pools, 11 am. 270-0456. Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors’ Hall 1 pm. Family History Help, Fairmont, 3-5 pm, 250-270-0299. Dinner at Invermere Legion at 6:30 pm. Bingo, Shuswap Band Hall, 7 pm. Alcoholics Anonymous at Radium Catholic Church. 8 pm. 342-2424. Last Friday of Every Month Soup & Bun Luncheon, Edgewater Legion, noon.

Every Saturday Lego Club, all ages, Radium Library, 10 am-noon. Storytime, Invermere Library 11 am. 342-6416. Darts, Drop-in, Invermere Legion, 2-6 pm. Climbing Wall, Laird School, 5-8 pm, 250-688-5228. Edgewater-Horsethief Creek Pub shuttle, 6 pm to close. Crib, Edgewater Legion, 7:30 pm. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 pm. 250-342-2424. Every Sunday Latter Day Saints’ Service, Fairmont, 10 am. 270-0299. Worship & Fellowship, Alliance Church, 10:30 am. Caesar Sunday at The Station Neighbourhood Pub. Lutheran Service, Christ Church Trinity, 1:30 pm. Carpet Bowling & more. Radium Hall, 1:30-4 pm. Climbing Wall, Laird School, 5-8 pm, 250-688-5228. Jiu Jitsu, 7-9 pm, next to Vet, 250-341-7113. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 pm. 250-342-2424. Every Monday Senior Singalong, 10 am, Columbia Gardens. Aqua-Fit, Radium Pools, 11 am. 270-0456. Invermere Seniors’ Carpet Bowling at 1:30 pm. Bereavement Support Group, Hospice Office, 6 pm. Army Cadets, Invermere Legion, 6:15 pm, 688-5266. Live Music, Horsethief Creek Pub, 7-9 pm. Al-Anon, Inver. Catholic Church, 7:15 pm. 342-8255. Aqua-Fit, Radium Pools, 7:30 pm. 270-0456. 3rd Monday Every Month Inv. Caregivers Support, 1-3 pm, Hospital Boardroom. Every Tuesday Card Games & more. Radium Hall, 1:30-4 pm. Drop-in curling, 2-4 pm. Pasta Night, Best Western Invermere Inn. Meditation, 7 pm, Allison, Mountain Om Yoga & Wellness Studio, Free for seniors and ages 13-17. Cubs & Beavers, 6-7 pm, J. A. Laird. 341-3983. Jiu Jitsu, 7-9 pm, next to Vet, 250-341-7113. Games Night, Horsethief Creek Pub. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 pm. 250-342-2424. 1st Tuesday of Every Month MS Support Group, 7 pm, Christ Church Trinity. 1st and 3rd Tuesday Each Month OPTions for Sexual Health. Confidential low-cost birth control, STI tests. 6:30-8:30 pm. 688-6787. Every Wednesday Columbia Valley Play Association, ages 0-school, Invermere Community Hall, free, 9-11 am. Aqua-Fit, Radium Pools, 11 am. 270-0456. Rotary Club of Invermere, Curling Centre, 11:45 am.

Monday, December 5, 7-9 pm Duplicate Bridge at Invermere Seniors’ Hall 1 pm. Junior Curling, 4-5 pm. Ladies Curling, 6:30 pm. Free Meditation, 6:30 pm, Do Nothing Floatation. Trivia Night, Station Pub, 7 pm. Aqua-Fit, Radium Pools, 7:30 pm. 270-0456. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 pm. 250-342-2424. 1st and 3rd Wednesday Each Month Radium Rotary, Meet on Higher Ground, 8 am. December 1, Thursday Dick Scott Life Celebration, Windermere Valley Golf Course, 1 pm. Karaoke Contest Finals, Horsethief Creek Pub. December 2, Friday Turkey Dinner, Invermere Legion, 6:30 pm. Valley Voices, Christ Church Trinity, 7 pm. December 3, Saturday Thrift Store Extravaganza, 1-4 pm. Paint a Portrait for Christmas, 403-519-8268. Valley Voices, Christ Church Trinity, 7 pm. December 4, Sunday Paint a Portrait for Christmas, 403-519-8268. ‘Feed the Town’, Copper Point Golf, noon to 7 pm. Santa at Smoking Waters in Fairmont, 1-3 pm. December 5, Monday ‘The Choice’, Horsethief Creek Pub, 7-9 pm. December 7, Wednesday Silent Auction Closes, Invermere Library, 7 pm. Trivia Night at The Station Pub, 7 pm. December 8, Thursday DTSS Bands in Concert, 7 pm. December 9, Friday Fairmont Friday Shopping, 4-8 pm. Tree of Lights Celebrations, 6:30 pm. Chicken Parmesan Dinner, Invermere Legion, 6:30 pm. December 10, Saturday Yukyuks Comedy, Horsethief Creek Pub. December 11, Sunday Turkey Spiel, Curling Centre, 250-342-3315. Radium Holiday Market, Prestige Inn, noon-4 pm. Rotary Seniors Christmas Dinner, 250-342-0186. December 12, Monday ‘Open Mic’, Horsethief Creek Pub, 7-9pm. December 13, Tuesday Rockies host Creston Valley Thunder Cats, 7:30 pm. December 17, Saturday Rockies host Golden Rockets, 7:30 pm.

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