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Volume 26 Issue 26

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Including the communities of Valemount, McBride, Dunster, Tete Jaune, Blue River, Mount Robson, Crescent Spur and Dome Creek

David Bouchard New Clock - Page 3

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“Eagle who flies in and out of the clouds bringing messages from Creator”

MCBride Graduation- Page 10

On Tuesday June 21, David Bouchard plays one of his many flutes for a crowd that gathered after the end of his two-hour presentation to listen to more of his songs and stories. Bouchard performed in the Valemount Community Theatre at Valemount Secondary School to an attentive audience following an outdoor potluck dinner. Bouchard’s Metis spirit name is Zhiibaayaanakwad which means “Eagle who flies in and out of the clouds bringing messages from Creator”. Photo by Andrea Scholz

Honoured Metis Writer Visits on Aboriginal Day Daniel Betts Editor


bright warm sun broke through the clouds when famous metis author and Order of Canada recipient, David Bouchard, arrived in our Valley on June 21, which also happened to be Aboriginal Day across Canada. Outside Valemount Secondary School (VSS), many Valley residents gathered to enjoy a community potluck with David

VES Talent Show - Page 15

Weather WEDNESDAY ChanCe of ShowerS High: 16°C Low: 9°C Details pg 14

Bouchard. An authentic teepee had been set up and enjoyed by the children who attended. “I expected more mosquitos, “ Bouchard joked when opening his evening presentation, held at the Community Theatre at VSS. Moments earlier, as the audience was seating themselves, beautiful melodies filled the theatre as Bouchard expertly played one of his many flutes. It had been a long road that led Bouchard to our community theatre on aboriginal Continued on Page 2


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day. “This year alone, since the first of February, I’ve travelled 62,000 miles. In the last 11 years it’s for sure been a million miles,” Bouchard told The Valley Sentinel, speaking to us before the show. Bouchard told us that he has likely been snowed-in in every remote community in Canada, including with a “big white ugly cook” in Natuashish in northern Labrador. “I’ve met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot of interesting stories,” Bouchard said of his many travels. “The most significant thing I’m doing in my life is what I’m doing now,” Bouchard declared. He said it took him 25 years to learn to become a better father and teacher. It started with him progressively


The Valemount 2011 grad class would like to thank the following for helping make our grad a success: Glacier Ridge IGA Pepe’s Best Western TheValley Sentinel Infinity Paul & Laura Johnson Valemount Volunteer Fire Dept. Dave & Debby Salayka- Ladouceur Jolene Beeson Dan Kenkel Monashee Spring Water All community members & parents who supported our Bottle Drive, BBQ and Movie Nights!

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watching his own son’s struggle and coming to realize the importance of reading. “My sons don’t read because I wasn’t a good father, I just didn’t know,” Bouchard explained. He quoted famous author Maya Angelou who said, “Parents that know better, do better.” He said he realized the power he has to make change happen and decided to use that power as a school principal. Part one of his destiny was realized. Part two of Bouchard’s journey came with the realization of his metis ancestry. “It dawned on me that maybe I was put here for a reason, maybe my grandmothers were waiting for the time to be right for me to be mature enough, to be ripe enough, to guide me,” Bouchard said. He believes that the reason aboriginal people are not readers is because they don’t see themselves in books. “The good news is anything can change,” Bouchard said. Bouchard noted such famous aboriginal authors as Joseph Boyden, who won the 2008 Giller Prize for Three Day Road and Drew Hayden Taylor, the Ojibway writer of Motorcycles & Sweetgrass. “I have a mission to write cultural books that will be of interest to all ages and I am trying to include as many nations as I can,” Bouchard declares. Bouchard explained that he recently changed to a publisher who agreed to print his books in native languages. “My dream is to get books in as many of our languages as I can, there are at least 62 living languages in our country,” Bouchard explained. Bouchard has authored 52 books. “I’ve got maybe 10 in the fire,” said Bouchard. Bouchard’s presentation held the audience spellbound for it’s two-hour length during which he demonstrated the different melodies his various flutes made, demonstrated to the children of the audience the importance of reading through the telling of stories and explained the key to becoming a good reader. “To become a reader, find one book you like and then one more and one more. That’s why I like series like Harry Potter and Twilight,” Bouchard told the audience. Even when the presentation ended many members of the audience joined Bouchard on stage to speak with him personally, learn more of his beautiful flutes and to perhaps squeeze just a little more knowledge from such a wise man. Particularly obvious was the ease the children had speaking and interacting with Bouchard. Local First Nation Elder, Mae Frye, was impressed with the presentation. “I really enjoyed the show, especially the attention he gave to the kids, and how he encouraged them to read more books and watch less television. I think that was my highlight. He is a very good storyteller. Storytelling, I think, is very important,” said Frye.

“Man with a Mission”

Above: David Bouchard discusses the struggles Metis children have in learning to read. Below: Jenna Udot (blue shirt) and Erika Marklund play in the teepee set up in front of VSS on Aboriginal Day. Photos by Andrea Scholz

“North to Alaska”

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The Coffee Is Always On

Left: Klaus Luettgen stands in front of his bicycle and trailer and gets ready to ride to Tete Jaune for the night. Photo by Andrea Scholz Luettgen is on his way from Vancouver to Alaska on a trip he is dedicating to his father Karl Luettgen who passed away in 2008. Luettgen has named his trip “20,000 Orden (Pins)”. Luettgens father was a renowed collector of specialty pins from the Cologne, Germany “Karnivals”. Karl Luettgen collected thematic Carnival pins his entire life which have been passed on to son Klaus. Klaus Luettgen is trading and gifting these pins dated from 1934 to 2008 and in all shapes and sizes to people who show him hospitality on his journey. Luettgen’s travel plans will take him through Prince George to Smithers, north along the Cassiar Highway to Watson Lake, to Whitehorse and Dawson City in YT, and then to Denali National Park in Alaska. You can follow his travel blog at:

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Marina Boat Ramp Daniel Betts Editor


oaters will be pleased to know that the Valemount Marina is finally open and boats can now be launched from the new ramps that have been under construction since February, despite the fact that rising lake levels forced workers to pick up the pace. During the week of June 13 it was a challenge to pour concrete ahead of the water. “It was pretty scary,” said Edgar Marriott, BC Hydro General Tradesman and Foreman for the project. To keep ahead, construction continued past 9 p.m. on some days. “It’s a good thing it was cold this year, otherwise we may not have got it in,” Marriott speculated. Neil McCririck, Project Manager with BC Hydro said that the rising lake levels were not an unusual problem to deal with. “We get predictive models that tell us how to expect the lake to be, but we never know exactly what is going to happen, so our expectations are always with a wide margin,” said McCririck. It was noted that construction had a few unexpected problems at the beginning. “The soil was much muddier than expected from the geotechnical surveys, but nothing extraordinary,” McCririck said. To compensate extra rock was brought in, some of which was harvested from around the marina. A new, two stage concrete ramp with a 13% grade was installed with special groves in the surface to drain water and provide traction. At least 320 cubic meters of particularly strong concrete was poured during construction. “We hired all local contractors,” Marriott declared proudly. Local contractors included Lakewest Concrete, Don Beeson Logging, Nordli Construction, Alpine Country Rentals, Valemount Stone, Griffin Trucking, Cliff Jackman Contracting, DRB Forestry, Steve Smith Contracting, Black River Contracting, EBA Engineering, Spaz Logging and Monashee Survey of Vernon. The last of the concrete was poured on Friday and the original ramp was available for use this last weekend. Contractors were scheduled to return to the site on Monday and Tuesday to grade the upper lot. The Valemount Marina should be fully functional as of today.

“New Construction on Boat Ramp”

Above: Edgar Marriot stands above the construction zone last week as he points out the 2 ramp areas. Below: The upper boat launch concrete pours stay ahead of rising lake levels. Photos by Andrea Scholz

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Whistle Stop Gallery 250.569.8891 CALLING ALL ARTISTS The Whistle Stop Gallery and the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council invite artists from McBride, Valemount and the Area H to submit artwork for a Critiqued Art Exhibit to be held in McBride as part of the Fraser Heritage Festival on World Rivers Day (September 24, 2011). The theme for the Art Exhibit is tracks through the Valley.

“It’s About Time”

We aren’t impatient, the manufacturer who built our brand new clock that now sits at the top of the Valemount Fire Department tower is called It’s About Time. Yes, we thought it was clever too. On Wednesday June 15, after some measuring and adjustments, Dean Schneider and Donovan Gee, who donated their time to the endeavour, safely hoisted the new clock into place. Alpine Rosemary L. Hruby, CAIB Country Rentals donated the Tel: 250.569.2264 433 Main Street, McBride use of their hydraulic lift. Fax: 250.569.8838 The Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Office Hours: Affected Areas Program made Mon-Fri: the new clock possible with 8:30 - 6pm the approval of the Village Sat: 10am - 3pm of Valemount and Valley residents who approved of the application for funding. • • Photo by Andrea Scholz

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All artwork must be original as well as created by the submitting artist within the last two years (2010-2011). CRITERIA All media, sizes and types of work will be accepted. Open to artists of all ages from McBride, Valemount and the Area H. Only original work is eligible. (No kits or commercial molds) Art work must have been completed after 31 of December, 2009 OPEN TO ALLS AGE’S AND TYPES OF MEDIA EXHIBITON REQUIRMENTS All work must be ready for hanging or displaying for exhibition. The hosting organizations have the right to the final decision on the exhibition of the works.

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s some of our online readers may have noticed I spent some time last week speaking with politicians, CUPE representatives and Canada Post representatives in an attempt to keep the community informed on the progress of the Canada Post lockout. While the situation is a hindrance to many of us in the Valley the process and how it is dealt with is of great importance to all working Canadians. On one hand we need our mail yet we all understand that working Canadians deserve fair compensation for the work that they do. I’ve worked on both sides of a union shop, manager and worker, and in my experience disrupting service has rarely achieved the end goal. The problem being that the issues become personal and rather than discuss the problem both sides go to war. In war both sides bring their strengths to bear while exploiting the other’s weaknesses. For Canada Post the union’s greatest weakness was the rotating strikes and it’s affect on the public. For instance, Canada Post let the public know that postal workers get seven weeks of vacation every year, but left out this is only achieved after twenty-eight years of continuous service. Postal workers actually only start out with 3 weeks vacation. Canada Post’s biggest weapon was the knowledge that legislation would force an end to the disruption. The union has accused Canada Post of not negotiating in good faith because they knew from the start that legislation would be used to force workers to return to work, if need be. Most Canadians just want their mail service back, the disruption has kept people from paying their bills, receiving paycheques and vital documents; Canadians were being forced to suffer because two sides cannot agree. I however must question, if Canada Post knew legislation was a weapon at their disposal, like having a nuke in your arsenal, were they truly negotiating in good faith? What could the union have done differently? The union was conducting rotating strikes yes, but it was Canada Post who shut the whole system down with a nationwide lockout which led to forced legislation. If the prospect of government legislation had not been in the equation would negotiations have gone differently? Having worked in a union shop before, I shudder at the general mood of Canada Post workplaces. I would not want to be the manager of Canada Post plant right now.


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“Success By 6 presents $5000 to Canoe Valley Community Association”

Mr Robert Moore of Success By 6 came to Valemount from Prince George on Wednesday, June 8 to publicly present a cheque for the amount of $5000 to the Canoe Valley Community Association (CVCA) to serve as seed money to encourage other funding partners for the Community Hub / Neighbourhood House project. A fun time was had by all. There were free books and juice for all the little ones who attended the event in Centennial Park.For more information about Success By 6, their programs and philosophy see: Photo by Kathy Gates-Grogan

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Two New Faces at The Valley Sentinel Daniel Betts Editor


great ship needs a great crew and we are very excited to introduce two very professional, eager and talented shipmates who are sure to complement and enhance the quality professional products our readers have come to expect.

Welcome Back Coulter Beeson Many Valley residents know Coulter well. He has just returned from being on student exchange in Denmark. Coulter is no stranger to media having spent some time working for VCTV. We are very pleased to have Coulter with us full-time for the next 8 weeks before he takes advantage of a well-earned Scholarship to UBC where he plans to study medicine. His extensive computer training and experience will certainly be an asset as he helps us organize our archives, updates our website and covers the office for Deanna when she goes on vacation. We are also very interested in hearing about his adventures in Denmark.

Introducing Tiffany Smith Tiffany hails from Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of the SAIT Polytechnic Journalism Program with a major in Photojournalism. She has also completed a year of the Creative Photography course through Humber College in Toronto. Tiffany has been the senior photographer for Jostens Canada and a staff photographer for Redskin Magazine. She has published photos in Redskin Magazine, SAY Magazine, The Hamilton Spectator, PrintAction Magazine, The Emery Weal, FFWD (Calgary Weekly Newspaper). Recently Tiffany spent six weeks in Shanghai working for the International Magazine of the Year, Time Out Shanghai as an intern. Tiffany comes with extensive knowledge and experience of current newspaper/ photojournalism tools and software. Tiffany is looking forward to bringing readers the best coverage of Valley news and events. Sadly, Tiffany will only be able to stay for a few months but we are positive she will leave a lasting impression on the Valley.



STARTING THIS SUMMER, BC HYDRO WILL BE UPGRADING HOMES AND BUSINESSES WITH NEW SMART METERS. MOVING TO A MORE EFFICIENT, MODERNIZED GRID WILL CREATE IMMEDIATE SAVINGS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. YOU MAY BE WONDERING... What is a smart meter? The smart metering program will modernize our electricity system by replacing old electro-mechanical meters with new digital meters. A smart meter is a a digital meter that records the amount of power you use. It helps improve the efficiency of the power grid, means less wasted electricity and gets BC ready for future power needs. What are the benefits for me as a customer? You will be able to see your power use in near real time and it will be faster and easier to open and close your account if you move. What happens if the power goes out? With smart meters in place, BC Hydro can pinpoint power outages and restore power faster. How does it make my community safer? The new meters reduce public and worker exposure to theft-related safety hazards, such as house fires, live wires and premature transformer failures. How will my meter be read? There will be remote, two way communication between your meter and BC Hydro. Smart meter signals are short, infrequent and will last less than one minute per day. Is the signal safe? The signals are low level frequency and exceed Health Canada safety standards. Is my information secure? Similar to online banking systems, the data from the meters is secure and your privacy is protected.


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Canada Day Village Celebrations Friday July 1st McBride’s celebration in the Park! Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a yummy feast hitting the grill at noon, so bring your appetite! Fireworks with music at 10 p.m. Village of Valemount will be having all day events, finishing off the evening with a grand fireworks display at the Sports Plex beginning at 10 p.m. Mount Robson celebrations begin at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast along with special guest Jerry the Moose! followed by a day of fun filled events. Check out the full list of events on page 9. Bryn Stevenson Art Exhibit From June 18th to July 14th Valemount Museum Canoe Mountain Rodeo Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th Canoe River Campground/Rodeo Grounds 6190 South Hwy 5, Valemount Ladies’ Club Tournament Open Saturday July 23rd Valemount Pines Golf & RV Park $60/ entry includes 27 holes of golf, lunch during tournament, dinner following tournament, chipping contest, putting contest, door prizes and more. Register before July 9: 250-566-4550

8th Annual Flower Show and Garden Tour Saturday July 23rd 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Valemount Museum Robson Valley Fighting Championship 1 July 29th - 6:00 PM Canoe Valley Recreation Centre in Valemount Northwest Mudbog July 30th & 31st Canoe River Campground/Rodeo Grounds Robson Valley Music Festival August 19 to 21st Dunster, B.C. Summer Blowout Day August 27th At the Valemount Fair Grounds Come check out what treasures can be found at the all day garage sale! Or bring the family down for some three-legged races and don’t forget to check out the grand finale, ‘Valemount Has Talent.’ Free Admission or to register for the garage sale, contact Hollie: 250-566-9095 Valemount Marina Fishing Derby September 3rd-4th Valemount Marina Mount Robson Marathon September 10th Mt. Robson and Valemount


BOTTLE DRIVE Saturday, July 16 All Areas Covered

ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 am Golden Years Lodge • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 2nd Mon. 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. • Valemount Pines Golf course - Ladies Day. Fun, food and friends. Hole Prizes Play 9 or 18 holes. New Golfers always welcome. tuesdays: • adult recreational vollEyball 7 - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Ladies Auxiliary #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. WEDNESDAYS: • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 pm Downstairs at the library. • Mcbride community forest Open meeting first Wednesday of the month. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 pm • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Ladies Kickboxing & Fitness 7-8:30 pm • valemount seniors music night 7-9 pm Golden Years Lodge • TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30PM at the Best Western.

• Valemount Pines Golf course - Men’s Night. Fun, food and friends. Hole Prizes Play 9 or 18 holes. New Golfers always welcome. THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. Thurs at 7pm in th Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656 • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • Chamber of Commerce General Meeting 2nd Thurs of the month @ 12pm at the Learning Centre • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting 3rd Thurs. 7 pm 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. FRIDAYS: • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 pm SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 am • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 • Valemount Pines Golf course - Burger and Beer $10. 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Come and enjoy the view from our Patio. Non-golfers welcome. SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 pm.

Tete Jaune •

Tete Jaune Community Club meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall.


• Dunster family Dance First Saturday of each Month from 7 pm -10 pm Short Lessons throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances. Admission $5 anyone over 12, Maximum $10 per family. All welcome! Contact Pete at 250 968 4334 SATURDAYS: • DUNSTER farmers market - Every Saturday from 10 - 12 pm, Dunster Hall, Starting July 9 - September 10

McBride tuesdays: • TOPS Tues. 6:45 pm weigh-in, 7:15 pm meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • Village Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues,7:30 pm, Village Council Chambers. • Alcoholics Anonymous Every Tuesday, 8 pm at the Health Unit. WEDNESDAYS: • Diabetes Support Group 1st Wed, 1 pm at Beaverview Lodge & Sat.10 am -12 pm, 441 Dominion St 569-2658 / 569-0113 • Support Group For Families Dealing With Mental Health Problems Last Wed every month 7:30 pm @ McBride Health Centre more info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILLIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 FRIDAYS: • mcbride farmers market - Every Friday, 12 - 3 pm, McBride Village Park, Starting July 8 - September

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Dunster Ice Cream Social history Birgit Stutz contributor


he 34th Annual Dunster Ice Cream Social is just around the corner! Sugar aficionados from Dunster, McBride, Tete Jaune, Valemount, and from as far away as Prince George, Jasper, and Hinton are once again expected to converge a the Dunster Community Hall on Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. to get their fill of ice cream, pies, cakes, cookies, squares, tarts and many more sweet treats. The Dunster Ice Cream Social has a long history, going back more than three decades, and is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Dunster Community Association. “The idea for the first ice cream social happened when Bonnie and I attended my school teacher sister’s ice cream social in Pendleton, Oregon,” recalls Dunster resident Curtis Culp. “Bonnie brought the idea back to the local ladies here in Dunster for a fundraiser for the Dunster community.” The first Dunster Ice Cream Social was held in 1978 at the current Dunster school grounds, with Curtis Culp, Fred Wall, and Pat Cousineau serving ice cream. Eight tubs of ice cream were sold that first year. “The first ice cream social was filled with laughter as the local farmers and hippie population mingled,” said Culp. “The hippies could not believe the unlimited amount of ice cream, cakes and pies they could eat for such a small amount of money.” He added that in 1982, the admission price for unlimited ice cream and sweet treats was $3. “The social was such a success that it was decided to try it every year,” said Culp. In 1980, the social was moved to the newly built Dunster Community Hall, where it has been held ever since. There has always been a dance to follow the gluttony of savoury sweets. “We danced on plywood that first year at the hall because the floor boards were still stacked up in the hall to dry out,” said Culp. This year’s event will be followed by a dance with live band Roadside Splinter starting at 9 p.m. “This will be the third year that we have the privilege of having local awesome dance band Roadside Splinter,” said Lelani Arris, organizer of the Dunster Ice Cream Social for ten years. In the last few years, between 600-700 people attended the social said Arris, up from the approximate 500 who attended in 1984. Culp said over the years there have been many ideas to attract people to the social. “In 1987, the Dunster ladies went out the night before the social and painted Bigfoot footprints on the highway, some as far away as Tete Jaune,” said Culp. The Dunster Ice Cream Social is also well known for it’s dummies greeting travellers along the highway. “The first dummy idea was thought up by a young Danish hippie type who was visiting our farm,” recalls Culp. “Him and Bonnie set up a dummy on a bicycle near the present hall. One year one of the dummies got stolen and ended up appearing on the railroad tracks in Valemount, scaring the living daylight out of the train conductor.” Organizers also use Burma-Shave signs with catchy phrases strategically placed along the highway to attract the attention of passers-by. Bonnie Culp, who, together with Eileen Wall, ran the Dunster Ice Cream Social for more than 15 years, has kept a diary about the ice cream social over the years. When Bonnie Culp retired from the organizing position, Jane McDonald took over and ran it for three years, followed by Kim McNaughton, who ran it for several years.

“The local people running the social make all the pies and cakes and have always paid to get in themselves. For the past few years, even people from McBride, Valemount and Tete Jaune have been donating sweet treats.” In 1986, organizers of the Dunster Ice Cream Social decided to start a scholarship for anybody in Dunster who is graduating from high school and going on to a higher education. “The social wouldn’t “Ice cream anyone?” work without the Dunster Fred Wall and Curtis Culp scooping ice cream at the Dunster community,” said Culp. school in 1978, the first year of the Dunster Ice Cream Social. So come on out to the Photo by Bonnie Culp Dunster Ice Cream Social this weekend and mingle with friends and neighbours and support your community. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for youths (6-10) and seniors, and kids under $5 are free.

Are you an Ice Cream fan? Don’t miss the Dunster Ice Cream Social! July 2nd at 7pm

Christian Revival Church Looking for a fresh, new, vibrant Christian Church? Come see for yourself. CRC linked church services 6pm every Sunday at the Community Hall For further info contact: 250 566 1858 All welcome!

Shirley BOND, MLA

Prince George–Valemount

Office: 1350 5th Avenue Prince George, BC Toll Free: 1.866.612.7333 Phone: 250.612.4181

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CaNADA DAY Let's Celebrate

Canada Day! Enjoy the festivities From

Mayor, Council & Staff Village of McBride 250-569-2229

HAPPY CANADA DAY! It is with a great sense of national pride that I wish you and your family a fun, safe, and memorable Canada Day. Bob Zimmer, MP Prince George-Peace River 613-947-4524

Evolution of the Canadian flag Submitted To The Sentinel


ew flags are as strikingly simple and as easily recognizable as the National Flag of Canada, also referred to as the Canadian Flag. An 11-point maple leaf on a white background flanked by red borders has been the adopted flag since 1965, despite Canada being an independent country since 1867. Before the adoption of a national flag, several incarnations were used. During the early days of the Canadian Confederation, the Royal Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, was flown in Canadian North America. After Canada earned its independence, the Red Ensign Flag was used from about 1870 until 1924. Red and white were used on the flag, and eventually they became the official colours of Canada. The Red Ensign featured a red background with the Union Jack in the upper left corner and a composite shield featuring the coats of arms of the Canadian provinces. The shield was later replaced by the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada and adopted as the unofficial flag for general use for some time. There had been a few attempts at designing and implementing an official national flag under the advisement of Prime Minister Mackensie King, but the attempts were unsuccessful. The flag was eventually adopted under Prime Minister Lester Pearson.

From Coast to Coast to Coast,

Pearson appointed a 15-person committee to adopt a flag and gave them a six-week deadline. The maple leaf design was suggested by George Stanley, a professor at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. The maple leaf holds no specific significance for Canada, nor does its 11-point design. The leaf had been used an unofficial national symbol and appeared on some decorations for visiting dignitaries. Just as with other nations, there is flag etiquette that should be maintained when displaying the National Flag of Canada. When strung to a flagpole in a horizontal manner, the flag should be displayed to the right. When the flag is displayed vertically, the top points of the maple leaf should be facing the left. There is no formal way of folding the Canadian flag.

I am proud to be Canadian!

Take time on July 1st to celebrate with family and friends! Happy Canada Day!

CATHY MCLEOD, MP Kamloops - Thompson - Cariboo Toll Free: 1-877-619-3332

Shirley BOND, MLA

Prince George - Valemount

1350 5th Avenue Prince George, BC Toll Free:1.866.612.7333 Phone: 250.612.4181

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Important moments in Canadian history Submitted To The Sentinel


anada has been its own dominion since 1867. Since that time, Canada has witnessed its fair share of memorable moments and remarkable history. Some of the more memorable moments in Canadian history include: * July 1, 1867. The day it all began, July 1 is celebrated as Canada Day throughout the country because on this day 144 years ago Britain’s North American colonies officially united as the Dominion of Canada. * 1873: The North-West Mounted Police are formed. Canadians and many others across the globe commonly refer to these officials as “Mounties.” * 1875: Jennie Kidd Trout becomes the first licenced female physician in Canada. * 1898: The Klondike Gold Rush, a frenzied gold rush immigration in the Yukon district of Canada, hits full swing. 1900: Reginald Fessenden, who was born in Canada, makes what might have been the first wireless radio broadcast. * 1903: Canada loses the Alaska boundary dispute to the United States. Though the loss created disappointment and anger among Canadians, those feelings were directed more toward the British government, whom many Canadians felt betrayed Canadian interests.

* 1909: The first Grey Cup is played. The championship of the Canadian Football League, the Grey Cup was first won by the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, who defeated the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club on December 4. * 1916: The Canadian Parliment Buildings Fire occurs on a freezing February night in Ottawa. * 1920: Canada joins the League of Nations. * 1925: Women in Newfoundland receive the right to vote. * 1937: Trans-Canada Air Lines, today known as Air Canada, begins regular flights. * 1939: Canada, after initially remaining neutral, declares war on Germany, joining World War II. * 1952: Canada’s first television stations begin parttime broadcasts in Montreal and Toronto. * 1960: The Quiet Revolution, a period of intense change in Quebec that continues to inspire controversy today, begins. * 1961: Wayne Gretzky, who many consider the greatest hockey player of all-time, is born in Ontario. * 1975: The CN Tower in Toronto becomes the world’s tallest free-standing structure. * 1981: Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete and humanitarian, dies of cancer. * 1992: Roberta Bondar becomes Canada’s first female astronaut in orbit. * 2010: Vancouver hosts the Winter Olympics, during which Canada wins 14 gold medals.

Come and join us as we celebrate

CANADA DAY in the Park! - July 1, 2011

Show your Canadian Pride & Community Spirit on Canada Day!

11:00am – 2:00pm - Children’s Festival Fun Games for Kids and Adults - 3 legged races, Relay Race, Crab Walk Relay and more. Parent and child Games, Reading corner, Face Painting, Side walk chalk art. Noon – 2:00pm – BBQ Village Councillors and Chamber of Commerce will be cooking up a feast for you!

Come and join our Canada Day Celebrations! At Mt Robson Provincial Park

Starting at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by events all day long. See schedule of events below. Visit the Info Centre for your Free Canada Day Souvenir

Canada Day Activities at Mt Robson Visitors Centre Friday July 1st, 2011

7:30 – 10:00 am Parks Pancake breakfast + Jerry the Moose at Robson Meadows Campground 10:00 – 3:00 pm Wildlife Nature Walk in front info centre 10:00 – 5:00 pm Local Artisan Fair on the access road in front of parking lot 11:30 am – 1:00 pm RCMP at Info Centre 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Jerry the Moose at Info Centre 12:00 pm Cake, Coffee, Tea at Info Centre Deck 12:30 pm Story Time with Jerry the Moose at Info Centre Theatre 6:00 pm Local history and Parks information Talk at Berg Lake Hargreaves Shelter

Saturday July 2nd, 2011

Saturday afternoon: Mount Robson Ice Cream Social and Glacier Walk+ Talk at Berg Lake Campsite and Hargreaves Shelter 21 km up Berg Lake Trail. Visit the info centre for information.



Children’s Games • Comedy •Music •Cake & Singing of “O Canada” • BBQ • Fireworks • Puppet making • Face Painting • and so much more!


Mt Robson Information Centre

At the Museum:

11:00 am to 2:00 pm - Old-Time Music - Canada Day Souvenirs 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Children’s Activities 11:30 am to 2:00 pm - Chili & Hot Dogs for Sale 1:00 pm - Canada Day Cake Cutting 1:15 pm - Free Canada Day Cake, Ice Cream, Coffee & Juice

At the Visitor Information Centre: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm - Canada Day Souvenirs - Interpretive Talks - Puzzles - Scavenger Hunt 9:00 pm

At the Sports Plex:

2:00pm - Singing of “O Canada” led by the children of McBride, Canada Day address and cutting of the cake with Mayor Mike Frazier and Village Council

Music in the Park and Fireworks at 10:00pm Kids - Don’t forget to bring your enthusiasm and a smile! Hosted by the McBride and District Chamber of Commerce, The McBride Volunteer Fire Department, The Village of McBride, McBride Visitor Centre, Whistle Stop Gallery, McBride and District Public Library, the volunteer efforts of the Community of McBride and made possible with the support of Heritage Canada and “Celebrate Canada”

10:00 pm

- Celebration Ceremonies - National Anthem & Canada Day Cake Cutting - Local Entertainment - Face Painting & Balloon Animals for Children - Refreshments & Canada Day Souvenirs - RCMP in Red Serge

- Fireworks Display

For more information please contact the Village Office at 250-566-4435 Hosted by the Valemount Historic Society, the Valemount Visitor Information Centre, the Valemount Volunteer Fire Department, the Village of Valemount and the volunteer efforts and kind donations of the Community of Valemount, and made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and “Celebrate Canada”.

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McBride Graduation

“Who is Your Superhero?”

On June 25, McBride Secondary School graduation ceremonies were held at the arena. Irene and Dennis Rejman helped to create a fun atmosphere as the backdrop of the festivities. The superhero theme was recurrent throughout the night. Above: Graduates are seated as the ceremony begins. Right: Principal Derrick Shaw delivers his Principal’s message to graduates and guests. Below Left: Grads are seated during the introductions before dinner. Below centre left: Allana Starlund proceeds to the stage in her beautiful gown. Below centre right: Hank Esser pauses for a photo. Below right: Draizen Taphorn shows off her certificate. Photos by Andrea Scholz

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Joel Steinberg P.O. Box 124, Clearwater, B.C. V0E 1N0 250-674-0017

Mac’s Small Engine Service & Repair Closed Dec 8-Jan 8

• Lawn & gaRdEn • aTV’S • powER SawS • SnowMobILES

Call Mac Cochrane


Valemount Car Wash & Mini Storage Corner of 5th & Ash St. New Stock! All your car wash supplies and needs. Call Robert - Tel: 250-566-9195 Cell:250-566-1671


Hill Bill Products Ltd

Irly Building Supplies Mark Taron (250) 566-4572 cell (250) 566-1190

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• Hardware & Hardware for Cabinets • Electrical and Plumbing • Ply Woods, Drywall & Roofing 250-566-0007 940 Main Street, Valemount

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Sunday School 10am. Family Worship 10:30am. Prayer meeting Thurs 7pm


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VALEMOUNT COMMUNITY CHURCH Sundays 9:00 am 1275 5th Ave 250 5664772.


250 566-9990 Praise & Worship 11am



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197 Dominion, 250 569-2606 Sun. Communion Service 11am


Church 569.2378 or 569.8845 1st Ave Worship Service on

Sun 1030am

Certified Septic Installer Septic Planning available Construction - New, old, large or small Skid steer services with attachments & Mini Excavator Services Gerald Moore - 250.569.2269

Glacier Ridge Automotive Ltd. All your Automotive & Industrial Supplies Tel: (250) 566-4140 Toll Free: 1.800.269.5795 e-mail:

Sands Bulk Sales LTD Husky Oil Limited

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ANGLICAN UNITED CHURCH 441 Dominion St., 250 569.3206 or 250 569.3386. Worship/Kids church 11:30am


Lamming Pit Road 250 569.3370 Sabbath School: Sat. 9:30 am, Worship Service Sat. 11am, Pathfinders Tues 7pm, Prayer Meeting Wed 7pm


Church 569-3350 Office 569-6802 Sunday Worship 11:10am, Prayer Service Wed. 7 pm

MENNONITE CHURCH Sun. Sch. 10am Sunday Services 11am, 7:30pm Wed 7:45pm

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Garnick, John

September 22, 1928 – June 25, 2011

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On June 25, 2011 John Garnick passed away in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 82 years. John will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his loving wife of 62 years Margaret; son Leonard; daughters, Marilyn (Don) Grafton and Roxanne (Darryl Kalynchuk); grandchildren, Charlene (Shane) Labrecque and Calvin; great – grandchildren, Samantha, Liam, Elizabeth and many nieces, nephews, friends and fellow Lodge residents. John was predeceased by his sons, David and Tony; parents Paul and Julia; siblings Lanka, Olga, Zoley and Chester. John emigrated with his parents to Canada from Hungary in 1930; initially taking up farming, but was soon drawn to the mountains where he spent many years in the logging industry. At John’s request no funeral services will be held. A graveside service and informal memorial luncheon will be held in Valemount, BC at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society #1200, 8215 – 112 Street Edmonton, AB. T6G 2C8 To send condolences, please visit Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel (780) 484-5500

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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson contributor

Canoe Mountain Rodeo This Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th is Valemount’s own Canoe Mountain Rodeo at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds. There will be a Jackpot Rodeo - Cash Payout, Barrels, Bull Riding, Bareback Broncs, Saddle Broncs, and Team Roping (for the first 20 teams). The entry fee is $75/event per day. The Packhorse Race has free entry. Entry day is June 28th from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Gates will open on Saturday July 9th at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday July 10th at 11:00 a.m. General admission is $15, $10 for 65+, and kids 12 and under are free. There will be a boot-scootin’ boogie dance on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. with live music by Wiley Band. The dance will be $10.00 admission and available only to those aged 19 and over. If you have any questions or comments contact the Canoe Mountain Rodeo at (250) 566-4500.

The Convenient Discover Camping Registration System New from the B.C. government the Discover Camping registration system allows most back-country users such as hikers, campers and trail riders to apply and pay for their permits online. According to The Province, the system eliminates the need to bring cash or fill out forms at 26 different provincial parks. There are still twelve parks of B.C.’s 38 that do not yet offer the registration service but will likely be added in future. The system applies to back-country and marine-site uses only, and not to car campsites or controlled areas such as the Berg Lake trail at Mount Robson and Bowron Lake. Note that the self-serve registration will still be available at all designated trail heads and park access points. In addition the government also announced on May 3rd that all provincial park parking fees would be eliminated! Valemount Pines Junior Golf Program Tuesday evening’s at 6:00 p.m. at the Valemount Pines Golf Course and Country Club, Peter Kolida and the Pines is offering a not for profit kids golf program. Kids can drop in for just $5.00/day, with $2.50 going towards a pop and bag of chips, and $2.50 for a tournament at the end of the year. Parents are encouraged to stay and get involved (especially with those kids new to golf ), and reminded that this is not a babysitting service but rather a fun way to help introduce your kids to golf.

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Aaron Mahoney Unit Chief, Princeton Ambulance Crew After ten years in the heart of Vancouver, once upon a time Valemount boy Aaron Mahoney was tired of city life and relocated to Princeton where he is the new Unit Chief of the Princeton Ambulance crew. The biggest challenge he said has been finding enough people to work on ambulance. Paramedic

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New Look for the Sentinel If you’ve been visiting us online, you have likely noticed a new look for the Valley Sentinel website! Check it out at The Moose That Took Out a Greyhound A Greyhound bus en route from Edmonton to Kamloops, last week was forced off the road after colliding with a moose just south of Clearwater around 5:00 a.m. The bus veered off the highway after swerving in attempt to avoid the moose. It ended up parked upright in a shallow body of water approximately twenty meters off the highway. Only one passenger was injured, but sadly the moose was killed.

New at the Valemount Public Library Adult fiction

Ten thousand saints ~ Eleanor Henderson To be sung underwater ~ Tom McNeal

Adult Non-fiction

Why we get fat ~ Gary Taubes The library book ~ Dave Obee Storey’s guide to raising horses ~ Heather Smith Thomas From this moment on ~ Shania Twain Hell on two wheels ~ Amy Snyder Cool water ~ Dianne Warren 33 men ~ Jonathan Franklin

Junior fiction

The dragon in the volcano ~ Kate Klimo Pendragon series books 1-7 ~ D.J. Machale Claire by moonlight ~ Lynne Kositsky Whoopi’s big book of manners ~ Whoopi Goldberg


Born this way ~ Lady Gaga Seven sacred songs ~ David Bouchard


Emma Russell Peters - Green Card tour Harry Potter and the deathly hallows - part 1 Valentines Day Then she found me

Summer reading club program starts on July 6th at 1pm! Plus many, many more new titles listed on our website Check them out! Library hours Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-5pm Wed 10am-9pm and Sat 11am-3pm

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Activities HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Curiosity is leading you out these days. Visiting family and friends finds you in gypsy mode. With commitments deepening on all fronts, your sense of maturity and responsibility is on the rise. Financial considerations are featured and may well include investment interests. A rise in energy and enthusiasm is yours to enjoy; make the most of it. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Diversifying your interests will be matched with your scope of activities. Taking a pioneering and experimental approach to things is likely. You are in the mood to take risks. Ploughing through lines of opposition is likely and may get mixed reviews. Be willing to engage the talents and resources of others – the team…. Your willingness to try new ways will win votes. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Building upon new foundations of security is on your mind. A constructively critical perspective on current situations is ideal. Certain circumstances meanwhile may be challenging you to draw upon your deeper reservoirs of faith. Patience and perseverance may be your normal style and is especially important these days. Weave dreams worth living for! Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Taking some exciting independent leads is keeping you busy. These may require that you ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Dreams alone will no longer suffice; now it is time for action. Expanding your spectrum of talents is in the mix. A vision to have these eventually yield monetary returns is inspiring. Join with others who share your passions. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) A period of rest, retreat and gestation of future plans and actions is the call now. This may also include doing inner work to clear doubts and confusion of any kind. This can include simply choosing to be grateful and happy with what is now, to inspire future possibilities. The learning curve focus remains important. Build for the future! Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Expressing a fuller measure of your individuality is leading you to engage with others. You are focused to acquire new tools, skills and strategies. You are in a foundation building time so the returns may not be forthcoming yet. It may even be more of an investment period making you put out more. Your willingness to pay the price of success now is important. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) It is time to reach out for favours and earned rewards. This is a window of opportunity. Events and circumstances on more than one front are pushing you to assert your leadership. You will aim to push through any obstacles, forcefully if necessary. Attending to your health may be your most important goal. Avoid the quick fix approach and go for a wholesome lifestyle. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) After a rather challenging period you are now on the rebound. Your social scene will increase. Aims to stimulate new streams of income are likely. Yet what once was will no longer work, at least not in the same way or as well, and you are challenged to take new leads. This is a time for letting go of the old and creative brainstorming for practical alternatives. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Attending to securities may include investments, finances, insurance and so on. Yet, even deeper notions of security, like that of spiritual sources, are on your mind. Deciphering what makes others feel safe and confident is leading you to investigate. With returns for past efforts or errors pouring in, you are getting a lesson in deciphering what constitutes wise choices. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Everyone is feeling the change in the air and growing pressures to adapt, not least of all you. Rumblings both at home and in your public standing may be a source of stress. Yet, you are also in the mood to work at things, take new leads and make key investments for the future. Commitment and discipline is the old story but remains at the forefront. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Nurturing a more wholesome lifestyle is on your mind. There is reason to believe your confidences are on the rise, yet you need to take action on them so they can anchor. Opening your mind to new perceptions of yourself and the world and of new possibilities is important. Commit to a slow but sure learning curve with intentions to assist others. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) A creative and playful cycle continues for you. Amidst deep changes that are literally transforming your consciousness, you are being called to assume new attitudes about your roles in the world. Increased responsibility is implied and will require that you diversify your focus and expressions. Clear the clutter in your living space and outline some realistic strategies.

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“Valemount’s Got Talent!”

Above: June 22, (Left to Right) Michelle Burstrom accompanies Talyor Beallie, Hailey Knelsen, Maddie Ghosh-Logan, Clara Burstrom, and Latisha Marsden singing “Piggy Plum Pie”. Left: Danielle Knelsen (right), Ellie Deuling (left) sing together. Right: Cypris Arntson incorporates sign language into her dance routine. Photos by Andrea Scholz

“New Sign, Same Great Service”

Above: On Tuesday June 21 Ray Slavelle presents his brand new Glacier Ridge Automotive sign. Photo by Andrea Scholz

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