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Halloween in the Robson Valley Valemount high school student, Rebecca Brady, went all out with her Mad Hatter costume for Halloween this year. See more on Page 10 & 11. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

McBride youths take in the fireworks display on a warm but gusty Halloween night. At the pavilion, for those who still had an appetite after all the collected candy, the Elks and Royal Purple treated them to hot dogs and chocolate while the McBride District Fire Department ignited an impressive show of fireworks in the ballpark. Photo by Matthew Wheeler.

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Travis Wied (Shaggy), Shawna Zimmerman (Daphne), Miah Fraser (Velma) and Sapphire Pelletier (Scooby Doo) made a complete set at Valemount Elementary’s Halloween festivities. . Photo by Joshua Estabrooks. 18 18 Real Estate................. pgs 20





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The Valemount Senior Girls Volleyball team recently took first place in two separate tournaments in Barriere and Jasper. Coach Cheri Dehnke said that the girls played well in both tournaments, beating out some stiff competition. “It was a complete team effort. These girls are good players, and did Valemount proud both on and off the court.” The team includes three exchange students, two of which have never played the sport before, said Dehnke. “The girls help each other out a lot. It’s nice to see the teamwork.” On October 16, the team travelled to Barriere where they beat Pender Harbour in the final to take top spot. Then, on October 23, the team struck gold again, beating Harry Collinge (Hinton). Both tournaments were six team affairs, which makes the accomplishment that much more impressive. “We’re focused on the zones now,” said Dehnke. “They are a very athletic team, so we should do well.” Zones will take place in Prince George on November 19-20. Back Row: Haley VanderZwan, Kristen Prosser, Melanie Brown, Linnaea VanderZwan, Nina Grigat, Sylvia Grigat, Rebecca Lerch, Stephanie Blanco, Coach Cheri Dehnke. Middle Row: Kelsey Griffin, Kate Soucy, Natasha Frank, Rita Gonella, Lea Werner, Carey Newby. Front: Stacey Duncan, Coral Hogg.

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More opinions on the ancient forest; Working forest needed Joshua Estabrooks

agree on, said long time Crescent Spur resident, Melva Phillips, as she believes that people who depend on the forest for their livelihood view the land as a farmer views their agricultural land, something to manage responsibly. “I consider loggers to be the original environmentalist. They were here long before the environmentalists were here managing the land. We are no different than any other farmer, we’re just growing trees. Our futures depend on these forests, so it re-


he discussion surrounding the ancient cedar forests in the Crescent Spur area have been going for quite some time, and have brought out strong opinions on both sides of the argument. For some, the areas in question need to be protected, as they feel they are important ecosystems to save from future logging operations. For others, logging has been a way of life for decades, and to keep protecting more and more areas is a threat to their livelihoods and way of life. Those who make their living from the forests feel that the government needs to step in and determine just exactly where the working forest will be, as it seems that as more and more areas are protected, their ability to work will become less and less, and it will become harder and harder to plan for the future. Steve Pelton, who recently opened a new mill in the Crescent Spur area, explains this sentiment. “The question in my mind is not how much of the Robson Valley should we take away, but how much of the Robson Valley are we allowed to harvest on, so we can plan the future of our businesses. The first thing we should do is find out where we are going to do business. From that you get the businesses working around the protected areas. If you take the area that we assume we can do business on and start chopping it up everyone loses and there is an awful fear of developing a business in the Valley.” Pelton’s desire to delineate a working forest is a solution both loggers and environmentalists should be able to

of these special areas as we are operating,” said Pelton. “But the first thing we need is a guaranteed working forest, and if you take it out you trade it for something else acre for acre. Every part of BC is special to someone, for some reason, and if we take everything out that every group is fighting for, what are we left with in terms of a working forest?” Pelton also pointed out that many of the areas the public, locals in particular, recreate on,

“I consider loggers to be the original environmentalist. They were here long before the environmentalists were here managing the land. We are no different than any other farmer, we’re just growing trees. Our futures depend on these forests, so it really does bother me that some people seem to think that the loggers are tearing the land apart with no regard for anything.” ~ Melva Phillips

ally does bother me that some people seem to think that the loggers are tearing the land apart with no regard for anything.” For Phillips, who’s husband, Abe, has been in Crescent Spur for 70 years, the thought of ending logging in the Robson Valley is ludicrous, because each and every community here was originally built by the forestry work. It is the history, and the future, she said. “This whole Valley was built on timber dollars. Every place came about because of a mill, and then it slowly turned into a community. If it wasn’t for the logging there would be no access. People would not have been able to move here and buy land.” Another long time Valley resident, Mike Mon-

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roe, said that he would like to see more specialty mills start up on the model that McBride’s TRC Cedar has established, achieving complete utilization of wood fibre that no one else will use. “In my experience, the utilization of the wood harvested in this Valley has gone steadily down, and I have started to see it come around, and I think that is very important. We are using species that have never been used before, and that is a great salvation, not just to the industry

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but the forest itself. We were going to run out of forest because the profile kept getting narrower and narrower, but now we’re seeing this start to reverse, which will hopefully put an end to how we were just taking out the best wood and leaving the rest behind. If we can use it all, we can essentially get more volume out of smaller areas.” The forestry families don’t disagree that there are some areas that should be protected, but determining which ones and how many is something they are worried is getting out of hand, which is why they would like the discussions directed to establishing the working forest, so they have some assurance of their future. “There’s nothing to say we can’t delineate some

are accessible because of the logging industry. Without the work that went on in a particular area, there would be no roads, bridges, or access of any kind, and in his opinion, these are perfect examples of industry and the public working together for the betterment of all. “You can’t access a lot of the backcountry in the parks, it is the working forest that you’re recreating in. You don’t have to protect it, just go use it. A working forest may look different as it is utilized, but it just takes time to see them rejuvenated. There aren’t any of these cedar areas that haven’t already been logged for telephone poles a long time ago. They too were a working forest at one time.” The conversation is an interesting one, and





has been heard by For- different strategies to estry Minister Pat Bell, be employed depending who said he looked at on the circumstances. all of the options for the When asked if the Interior Cedar hemlock non-spatially defined areas, and feels the 53% protection system renon spatially defined lies on mutual trust beprotection plan is the tween those who want best fit. “We felt the best specific protection and way was to do it non those who wish to harspatially. In other words, vest, Bell said “You can identifying the amount qualify it, you can idenof area that we thought tify it. At any point in was important and then time you may be able working with licensees to spatially identify it, it to maintain that level of just may move around protection on the land on the landscape. We base.” did it by hectares, not by He said the strategy is percentage, and it is up to allow things to remain to the District Manager, flexible while still main- who would never altaining an element of low it to fall under that protection on the land number of hectares.” base, in light of chang“It all comes down ing environmental con- to trusting your fellow ditions. “If we learned man,” said Phillips. “We anything from moun- need to view the fortain pine beetle I think ests as a farmer views it is that things change his land. I’m not saying on the landscape and there wasn’t mismanland based decisions agement in the past. need to be flexible and There was. But they reflect those changes on didn’t know better, like a day to day, month to when we thought smokmonth, year to year, de- ing was good for us.” cade to decade process. Using TRC as an exSo the non-spatial pro- ample again, Pelton tection does allow us to said he understands move around but I think and sympathizes with it is a better model. If what the move to prowe had’ve done that tect more and more with the mountain pine forest does to the longbeetle things may have term plans for a combeen different today. pany that employs 30 Today we have protect- or more local residents. ed old growth stands “It must be hard to run that are dead that are a business when you largely irrelevant from don’t know whether the a wildlife habitat per- material you need will spective within the be there from year to MPB stands because year, and that’s exactly they were spatially de- what’s happening. What fined.” In other words, is the longevity of a mill allowing the protection like that when you keep to move around on the taking pieces out of 4” operating area?” landscape allows 3.36” for xtheir

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Oh, Canada!


Dear Editor;


Trick or Treat?


t always amazes me how family oriented Halloween is up here in the Robson Valley. When I lived in Vancouver, I would take part in the formal celebrations when I could. The Parade of Lost Souls on Commercial Drive was always a highlight for the costume aficionado, and was usually fairly uneventful, in terms of hooliganism, despite the thousands of people that took part. It’s funny how in the absence of an organized event, however, some trick or treaters are a little too heavy on the tricking, and forget the more positive aspects of the event. I remember one particular year, when I was kept awake until dawn by what sounded like a heavily armed military resistance on my street. No, the Russian paratroopers had not just descended onto my quiet neighbourhood, but it sure sounded like it. Breaking glass, inhuman screams and unrelenting explosions pierced the night air, coupled with such bright pulsing lights, I feared I would develop epilepsy and have a seizure just by looking out my window at the flaming carnage below. These days are over, thankfully, as it seems up here, at least, people remember that being civil to your fellow man is not a sentiment that can be put on hold just because “we want to party!” It is always a treat attending the various schools’ Halloween events; seeing all the kids dressed up in their costumes and enjoying the one time of the year where a sugar buzz is not considered a danger to their health. The good times don’t end there either, as the entire community gathers at night, once the costumed ones have made their house calls, to enjoy a safely organized fireworks display, which I think goes a long way in satiating the desire to “blow things up” that those youths in the city feel is an imperative on October 31st. And police officers handing out candy? When does that happen in the city? It doesn’t, and I think it is another way the potential for disaster on Halloween night is averted. The police are part of the festivities, and are not seen as “the man” trying to stop anyone from having any fun. These are all important facets of a successful, fun and most importantly, safe Halloween celebration. Get everyone involved, have a communal “explosion” and then everyone heads off to their various after parties or houses to curl up with the bounty they have just collected from their friends and neighbours. That’s the key after all, isn’t it? We are all still friends and neighbours up here. It’s truly an important fact that just doesn’t exist in the larger urban centres.



Fraudulent, phoney farmers Dear Editor;


read with profound interest the article about the McBride Farmers’ Institute in the September 29th issue of The Sentinel. I joined the Institute in May of 1953, when it was the senior and most influential organization in the whole district. In those days the membership was composed of proper farmers, real farmers, men who had been trained either by a parent or an employer, men who knew their job. It has always been a matter of amazement and annoyance to me how easy it is today to call oneself a “farmer”. If one were to call oneself a Doctor, merely on the strength of having read a book on medicine, a prison sentence would ensue. If one were to call oneself a builder, merely on the strength of owning a set of carpenter’s tools and perhaps having read a book on building, one would very soon find oneself in court, answering to criminal charges of incompetency. Yet farming – agriculture – is THE BASIC INDUSTRY, but all that one has to do to call oneself a farmer, is to occupy land. Since the end of the Second

Joshua Estabrooks

World War, farming has had its ups and downs, but it has never been the sick, under-capitalized industry it was between the two World Wars. Consequently, we have seen a flow of what I call Fugitives from Suburbia, who having the wherewithal to purchase land, do so, and immediately call themselves “farmers”. I submit that it is the Hippy element amongst these folk who have spawned the ‘organic farming’ idea, which I consider the most fraudulent scam of the 20th century. I feel myself qualified to express a valid opinion, as I started farming in August 1937, and apart from a four year interval when I was in the army in World War II, have been a farmer ever since. I am now in my 90th year, but still keep abreast of things. Anyway, in conclusion, may I say that if these “organic freaks” can make money at the ridiculous game, the very best of luck to them, and long may it last! Yours Truly, Michael R. S. Openshaw Duncan

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Canada. O puhlease. What hath God rot? True North Strong and Free? Let’s start with the Col. Russell Williams’ media frenzy. We were told it was necessary to see and hear all the sordid details for our own good. He pleaded guilty on 88 counts. Case closed. No. Too boring. C.B.C. needs a boost in ratings. Nothing like a respected military leader wearing women’s underwear and ending up a psycho serial killer, for real, to up ratings for boring Canadian news. That he was Paul Bernardo’s University buddy and P.M. Harper’s and Queen Elizabeth’s personal pilot adds to the intrigue. I wonder if he got to try on her undies? Here’s a thought. Headline: Latest terrorist strike! Col. Williams and Omar Khadr are flying P.M. Harper and the Queen to Ottawa. Col. Williams leaves the cockpit to Omar Khadr and takes the Queen hostage in the loo wearing her underwear. Khadr then flies the P.M.’s plane into the Parliament buildings. Wow! That should boost the ratings. O Canada. Yeah. Gotta go now. Rod /Sappho/Rocko the Rhymer, Dunster, B.C.

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Some Irish cheer for Valemount Dear Editor;


n September 21, my wife Mauread and I arrived in Vancouver to commence our holiday in Canada. We were actually celebrating our 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary as well as being on our honeymoon – money was scarce when we married back in 1959 and I am now glad that we did not have a honeymoon all those years ago – it would not have been as enjoyable then as neither of us even knew of the existence of British Columbia. From Vancouver we hired a car and drove to Valemount where we stayed with Mauread’s cousin, Mary Riesterer and her husband Brian. The welcome we received from Brian and Mary was overwhelming, to say the least. After a few days, when we had gotten over the tiredness from our journey we began to look around Valemount. I had never been to Canada before, though Mauread had been on a visit back in 2001. The beauty of Valemount and the friendliness of all of the people there had to be experienced to be fully appreciated. The town of Valemount is very clean and though it is spread over a wide area (at least to an Irish person’s view – it is a wide area) it is very easy to get out and see points of interest. It is a delight to shop in Valemount – all the staff in all of the shops proved to be extremely helpful, friendly and willing to go out of their way to look after us at all times. For example, the lady in the IDA Pharmacy where I had my photos printed was most helpful and ensured that I got the prints I required. The staff in the Liquor Store, Fields, and The Market Place IGA – all were brilliant and Monique in the Stationery/Computer supplies store made us feel as if we were the only people of importance. As for Mary and Brian – they ensured that we had something new to do and see every day. Brian took time out from his busy work schedule to take us out in his 4WD and show us parts of Valemount and the surrounding countryside areas. Sights we would not otherwise have seen. I cannot emphasise enough just how brilliant they were and I hope that at some point in the not too distant future we will be able to repay at least part of the great debt we owe to them. The manner in which they opened their home to us, the meals Mary cooked, the freedom we were afforded – it was like being at home - whilst being in Canada. I had met Mary previously when she visited us in Ireland – she is really a remarkable woman – generous to a fault and extremely energetic. Her daughter Sherri is an absolute angel – she put us up and put up with us, for three days in Clearwater – her and her partner Brian – an absolute terrific guy who took us to see waterfalls, caves, salmon – we even saw a bear in his Mum’s back garden – we met all his family – we had pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving?! – Now there’s a holiday and a half, and to celebrate that feast day with such an absolute brilliant bunch of people, was truly an experience to cherish. Oh Canada was really some holiday – but mainly I suppose because we spent it in British Columbia – the soul of Canada – where the people are as real and as genuine, as the mountains that surround them. Mary’s son Shawn came down from Fort

George for a few days and he also pandered to our every whim and took us to places he had not visited since his school days. He too, was generous to a fault – a trait he obviously inherited from his Mother. He took us through the forests, pointing out places of natural beauty – places he had visited as a schoolboy in Valemount. He would not be hurried in any way and did not, at any time, make us feel as if we were a burden – a nuisance. His manner was so like that of his Mother – I am sure Mary must indeed be proud of him. What was also lovely about Valemount was the Catholic Church there. Mauread and I like to attend mass when we can, and it is so reassuring to discover that God needs no Passport, no Visa – no Fare – no matter what part of the world you are in – if you want to find Him – He is always with you - in your heart. We were also able to attend mass in Clearwater – see – He kind of follows you around – if you let Him. The priest in Valemount was Father Emil Sasges – a lovely man who endured some hardship when his plane crashed in the mountains some years previously. The priest in Clearwater was Irish - Father Don O’Reilly– he is from County Cavan. Mauread’s brother and his wife live in Cavan so after mass Mauread and Father O’Reilly had a great chat. When our holiday ended and we returned to Vancouver to catch our flight to Amsterdam I was indeed very sad. Sad to be leaving Mary, Brian, Sherri, Brian No 2 – but even sadder to be leaving Valemount – a town in British Columbia that I had come to love so much – as well as all the beautiful people Mauread and I met there. These people proved to be more than just acquaintances – they were friends – they had been a part of our most enjoyable time in a far off country and the way they treated Mauread and I meant a great deal to us both. The memory of that holiday will take a long time to fade – and if I have anything to do with it – that memory will be renewed in the near future. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger and General MacArthur – I will be back! That is not a threat – that is a promise – more to me than to you. I am strongly considering having the Maple Leaf tattooed on my chest – just above my heart. I really enjoyed myself in British Columbia – I really did, and that pleasure is down to Mary and Brian and all the wonderful people of Valemount. I have composed a poem about Canada and Valemount which I hope the Sentinel will be able to publish. May I please impose on you to pass on our sincere thanks to the people of Valemount and in particular to Mary and Brian? I have also attached some photos – you may print them if you desire.

Vancouver, Kamloops, Boston Bar, Clearwater, Valemount too So many places to be seen So many things to do Mary and Brian Riesterer Are emblazoned on my heart Describe their welcome? Well you see, I would not know where to start. I dreamt I was in Heaven ‘Met St. Peter at Heaven’s door St. Peter said “I know you – Yeah – you’ve been here before” I said ‘I’ve never been to Heaven I’ve been to Valemount – check my name’ Peter said “Heaven and Valemount In my book they’re the same” I was about to contradict him When I began to realise Only one word describes Valemount That one word is Paradise. When I awoke I was still in Valemount Now let me quite clearly state I could live forever with Mary and Brian And St. Peter and Heaven can wait. See Naples and Die the Italians declare Not the best of advice to give Why would I want to see Naples and die? When I can see Valemount and live? Richard Hall

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• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

• Adult Computer class at the Valemount Library 6:30pm-8:30pm









NOV 6/7

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Drop in Community Volleyball at McBride Sec. School. 7:00-9:00 pm

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge •ADULT RECREATIONAL BADMINTON starts at Valemount Sec. School Gym 7-8:30pm

• Jam Night at The Gathering Tree 7-9 pm. Come on out and enjoy some of our local musicians play! • Friday night dinners at the Valemount Legion will continue through the winter 5pm See below for menu

• DUNSTER FAMILY DANCE 7-10 PM. on Sat Nov. 6th at the Dunster Comm. Hall. Call Pete for details 250 968-4334 • McBride Sec School Snowboard/Ski Club “Beg an Egg” Sat Nov. 6th. See below for details


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NOV 13

• TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit in McBride • 7-9 PM VFD mtg @ Fire Hall • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL 7-9pm at the Valemount Sec. School Gym

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Drop in Community Volleyball at McBride Sec. School. 7:00-9:00 pm • TOASTMASTERS at The Best Westerm 7:30pm9:30pm

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge •ADULT RECREATIONAL BADMINTON starts at Valemount Sec. School Gym 7-8:30pm

• Jam Night at The Gathering Tree 7-9 pm. Come on out and enjoy some of our local musicians play! • Friday night dinners at the Valemount Legion will continue through the winter 5pm See below for menu

• Maria’s 3rd Annual Community Bookfair at Valemount Sec. School Sat Nov 13 from 10am-9pm and Sun Nov 14 from 10am - 5pm

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NOV 19/20

• TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit in McBride • 7-9 PM VFD mtg @ Fire Hall • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL 7-9pm at the Valemount Sec. School Gym

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Drop in Community Volleyball at McBride Sec. School. 7:00-9:00 pm

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge •ADULT RECREATIONAL BADMINTON starts at Valemount Sec. School Gym 7-8:30pm

• Jam Night at The Gathering Tree 7-9 pm. Come on out and enjoy some of our local musicians play! • Friday night dinners at the Valemount Legion will continue through the winter 5pm See below for menu

• Valemount Arts & Craft Fair at the Valemount High School Gym. Sat Nov. 20th Call Jan for info 250 5664396

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• Adult Computer class at the Valemount Library 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lions Bingo at Valemount Lions Hall tonight. Doors open at 6pm

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Friday Nights at the Valemount Legion Dinners will continue throught the winter with a new menu.

Beef Dip with salad or chili and bun for $6.50

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How: We come to your door and either beg or sell. If we come begging you give us a donation of an item that would be suitable for selling (eg. A dozen eggs, dish soap, or a craft item) If we come to sell you give us what you feel the item is worth.

Services VALEMOUNT • PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING EVERY 2ND WED. 5 PM DOWNSTAIRS AT THE LIBRARY. • PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT Prenatal Classes, Baby Clinics - Call 566-9138 ext 228 for appointments. • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • 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 • 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. • LADIES AUXILIARY #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. Seniors Music Night 7PM WED • VALEMOUNT CIRCLE DANCE. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 • ADULT RECREATION BADMINTON. Thurs at 7pm in th Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656 • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLYBALL. Tues from 7pm - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9977

TETE JAUNE • TETE JAUNE COMMUNITY CLUB meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall. MCBRIDE • VALLEY PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Every Sun, 8 pm at the Health Unit. • OAPO STITCH & KNIT Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • ALANON every Mon. 8pm at the Health Unit • 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. • 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 • DOOR STORIES SERIES 2008-2009 Art Exhibition by Pamela Cinnamon. Nov 12 2009 - Jan 15 2010 at the Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion St. McBride

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Water Rates going up to reflect operational cost increases Joshua Estabrooks


alemount village council is considering quite a hefty water rate increase. The increase is long overdue, but is needed even more now that the new water treatment plant is fully operational. Village CAO, Tom Dall, said that the operational costs of the new plant have left the village with a shortfall in the water fund of approximately $100,000, and instead of taking it out of general revenue, as has been done in the past, council is looking at increasing the user fees across the board, with 40% increases for residents, 45% for commercial and 50% for motels/ hotels and restaurants. “This is not an unknown phenomena, because people don’t think about operating costs.” Dall said the increase would come into place on January 1st, and works out to about $5.00 a month more for a single family unit, who would pay $193.87 a year, up $55.39 from last year. He added that the commercial sector, as well as the arena and curling rink, are taking the largest hit, but that is also because they use the most water. “It has all been scaled accordingly.” The budget for the operation of the water plant is based on a “best guess,” said Dall, who took the estimates from village engineers to come up with the

numbers. The real numbers are not known as the plant has not been operating for a year yet, but once they are known the rates may go up or down accordingly. Another factor that could affect the final rates is the public’s water use itself, as the more people conserve water less water is being treated, and therefore less money is being spent to deliver safe drinking water. “If everyone conserved water there would be less costs and the rates would go down, and that may happen in this case. We are going on the best guess of the operation of this plant based on the engineers. We are using that as our template but we may find that the real costs are less and we can adjust the rates accordingly.” Mayor Bob Smith said that the proposed rate increase did not come as a surprise, and that council is committed to having a user pay system for village water. “I knew the rates were low. I wasn’t sure how low but I am a very firm believer in user pay. If you’re going to use the water, you pay for it. Right now it is a flat rate but down the road we are going to have to get into metering because I don’t want all the water that is treated going out onto the street and into grass unnecessarily.” Water metering is an inevitable future, said Smith, but it makes sense because it targets the biggest consumers of water, while rewarding those who conserve.

Right now, there is no real incentive to conserve water, said Dall, but a metering system would correct that. “If I conserve water and you use twice as much as I do it just isn’t fair that we pay the same rate. We are hoping that people will start to take their water really seriously. Right now it is something we all take for granted. Just because we have the volumes here doesn’t mean it’s cheap. The cost of treating and distributing it is higher and higher.” Comparing Valemount’s water rates with other communities around the Province, Dall said that they are still quite low. “To use the most recent numbers, Montrose (pop. 1043) pays $225.00, Kaslo (pop. 1184) pays $238.14 and Lion’s Bay (pop. 1398) pays $525.00 for their water.” To assist and encourage a shift in the way we approach our water, the village has teamed up with the Columbia Basin trust to develop a water use plan, which will focus on conservation of the precious resource. Council has also taken their time with the bylaw, said Dall, so it is not just “sprung” on the residents. “We took our time with the bylaw because we want people to be informed. Council could have done all three readings at once but they decided to take a longer timeline so they can allow people to get the information they need. We are intentionally delaying the process.”

Petunia rambles back to Valemount for exclusive show Joshua Estabrooks


or those lucky enough to catch ramblin’ man, Petunia, on his last visit to Valemount, get ready because the master songwriter is coming back! The artist, simply known as Petunia, plays over 150 shows a year, and has added Valemount to his list of preferred

venues, as he said the people and the area have been on his mind since his performance. “I had a really good time at the Anglican/United Church. The sound was exceptional and the audience was refreshingly interactive.” Petunia got his start playing on street corners and subways throughout North America, honing his timeless sound with a variety of collaborators. His mu-

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7:00 p.m. and tickets cost $12.00 at the door. So bring your best yodel, and see if it can compare to the swoonin’ croonin’ yodelin’ styles of one of Canada’s real roots ambassadors. It is a show you won’t want to miss. Just ask anyone who caught him last time, or check out his music online at www.petuniamusic. com.

1st Major Passport Clinic in Valemount, BC Get your first-time or renewal passport application pre-checked for speedy processing by Passport Canada, Gatineau, in one quick stop!

Saturday, November 13 at the Valemount Community Hall

Passport Photographer Andru McCracken will be onsite 11:30 am – 4:30 pm, or call for an appointment 250-566-8288 days, 250-566-8428 evenings.

From 12:30 pm until 4:30 pm


101 Gorse Avenue, Valmount BC PAYMENT $87.00 Canadian Funds by Visa, Certified Cheque or Money Order. Cash will not be accepted for Passport payment

1. Bring two NEW passport photos along with your current passport. Note: your current passport must have been issued within the last 6 years 1. Photocopy of both sides your Driver’s Licence and your Health Your from the date of current application (i.e. November 13, 2004). Beyond 6 Card or other ID, signed and dated by your guarantor on both sides with years, you must apply for a new Adult Application. the statement “true copy of the original document” 2. Your ORIGINAL Birth Certificate (must be in good condition and not 2. Bring a completed copy of your Renewal Application self-laminated) OR, your Canadian Citizenship Card. If your name has changed from that shown on your Birth Certificate bring proof of your CHILD APPLICATIONS (UNDER 16) (PPTC 155) name change Child aged 3 to 15 years $37.00, under 3 $22.00 3. If a guarantor has not signed your documents, bring a Guarantor with For more information or to save time, visit you. Any person with a valid Canadian Passport that has known you and print your applications. Blank applications are also available at your personally for at least two years can sign your documents at the clinic local post office AND at the passport clinic. Passport applications are 4. Two recent copies of your passport photo, one signed by your available at our Constituency offices in Kamloops and 100 Mile House. guarantor, AND Please call to have them mailed to you. 5. A COMPLETED copy of your application along with payment REMEMBER to do three things before your application can be processed: A) Your Guarantor must fill and sign the Guarantor section) of the application form B) Your Guarantor must sign and date the back of one of your photos, and C) BOTH sides of the photocopy of your driver’s licence and or other identification stating “true copy of the original document”. Photocopies MUST be legible. D) USE ONLY ONE GUARANTOR FOR YOUR DOCUMENTS


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DCFS stewardship plan needs tweaking Birgit Stutz Contributor


he Dunster Community Forest Society is still waiting for the go-ahead to start logging. “The Forest Stewardship Plan for the Dunster Community Forest is still under construction,” said society Chairman Archie McLean. “The process is ‘glacial’. We submitted the plan to the Ministry of Forests and Range for approval in June. That was at the time when the Forest Timber Area was transferred from the Headwaters District to the Prince George District. So we had to go to Prince George for the final review. We just got the review back.” McLean said the Prince George District had some different requirements than the Headwaters District, and therefore the Forest Stewardship Plan won’t be approved until all these changes are made. “They didn’t throw it out,” he said. “They were actually quite helpful with their comments. We’re still on track, it’s just more paperwork.” McLean said the Forest Stewardship Plan is currently being revised by a member of the Dunster community. “Tim Qureshi is working on it. We hope to get the plan tweaked soon so it gets approved. That’s where we stand with the process right now.” McLean said the DCFS would be quite interested in getting some cutblocks together so logging can start, but said the process of getting cutblocks approved is a sixty-day period. “Quite a few people have been inquiring about it, but we can’t do that until all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. So it looks like maybe winter logging in 2011. Hopefully by the next DCFS

Village of Valemount Request for Proposal Snow Clearing and Removal Services The Village of Valemount is seeking proposals from qualified Contractors for winter snow clearing and removal services on an as and when required on-call basis. Contractors, who are interested and capable of providing snow clearing and removal services to the Village of Valemount and are interested in being on our list of contractors, are encouraged to submit a letter of proposal. Pre-qualification responses from prospective proposals will include: • • • • • • • •

Identification of the types of project in which a contractor may be interested Names, qualifications and experience of personnel available to be assigned to projects Identification of the type of equipment available Price lists, such as staff charge out or equipment rates The contractor’s knowledge of local conditions The contractor’s ability to meet security deposit or performance bonding requirements A general statement describing the types of work the contractor has done previously References

All contractors must also ensure appropriate levels of insurance coverage and required licenses. The Village reserves the right to undertake work with Village staff, however, in the event that a project is to be undertaken by other than Village staff and likely to exceed $10,000.00, the Village may prepare an Invitation to Tender (ITT) which will be faxed to each relevant contractor on the list of contractors. For further information please contact Tom Dall at the Village of Valemount municipal office or by phone at (250) 566-4435. A letter of proposal outlining your interests and qualifications to provide the Village of Valemount with Snow Clearing and Removal Services should be submitted to the Village of Valemount by 12:00 pm on November 15, 2010 c/o P.O. Box 168, Valemount, BC, V0E 2Z0.

meeting we will have the Forest Stewardship Plan revised and approved.” The Dunster Community Forest covers a total area of about 20,000 hectares on two parcels of land near Dunster, one on each side of the Fraser River. The 25year agreement grants the DCFS the right to harvest up to 15,000 cubic metres of timber per year while preserving recreation and conservation areas within the community forest. Proceeds from the Dunster Community Forest will support the Dunster Community Hall, the Dunster School, the Dunster Community Association, the Dunster campground, public walking trails and recreation facilities, as well as the Heritage Train Station. The Forest Stewardship Plan review was discussed at a DCFS meeting on October 20. In addition to the regular DCFS agenda, a special presentation by Fred Fortier, Simpcw First Nations representative and DCFS board member, was made. Fortier’s PowerPoint presentation included an introduction of the Simpcw Nation and their involvement and expertise in the areas of forestry, fisheries, rights and land titles. “It was really interesting,” said McLean. “He told us about the history of their tribe back to when they used to live here in the Robson Valley, and before that. They had a sizable community in Tete Jaune. They were moved when the railroad was coming in, but they still have quite an interest in the Robson Valley.” McLean said the presentation lasted over a couple of hours, with approximately 20 people attending. “He also told us about their school just north of Barriere where they are reviving their language. They’ve been quite active in getting things going and getting themselves back in the game. It was quite a good PowerPoint presentation.” McLean said new members are always welcome at the society’s meetings. DCFS meetings are every third Wednesday of the month. Membership is $50 a year and is open to residents and landowners of the Dunster area.

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Notes from All Over “Helen Hansen is the best driver in town!” Bob Beeson would like to commend Helen Hansen on being one of the best drivers in town. He shares that she has been driving since she was 12 years old and before she was a teenager could change a transmission all on her own. “Ohhhmmmm….” There are thousands of proven benefits to meditating, from enlightenment to peace of mind. Over the last few weeks, together, participants have been participating in a non-invasive introduction and exploration of meditation, as guided by Regena Bergen, Having Trouble Making Babies, Now you can Adopt an Ancient Cedar Grove You can name, adopt or dedicate an Ancient Cedar Grove in Crescent Spur, and each adoption allows the Save-the-Cedar League (STCL) and their 120 members and volunteers to protect ecosystems of Ancient Cedar within the world’s only Inland Temperate Rainforest. They do this in part by, educating the public regarding how cedar forest ecosystems may be crucial for human, wildlife, and fish survival, and how

they may be important for water quality and for counteracting the effects of global warming and ozonethinning…[and through] advancing science and education, by providing academic lectureships, workshops, field courses, research programs, public eco-tours, printed materials, and guides.” Craft fair This year’s McBride Secondary craft fair will be on Saturday, November 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kathy Molendyk said tables are going fast and vendors are not guaranteed to get their regular table. So far 20 tables have been reserved. Call the school at 250-5692295 to book a table. This year’s craft fair is a fundraiser for the McBride Secondary PAC. Grad fundraisers McBride Secondary Grad students are now taking orders for Christmas Poinsettias. There are three colours to choose from. The plants will be ready for pickup on November 26 and 27. The Dry Grad Class of 2011 is also taking firewood orders and doing odd jobs. For more information call Brian Taphorn at 250-5692406 or the school at 250569-2295.

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Beaver River Stockyards Property – Hwy 16 E, McBride Adult Non-fiction Changing my mind ~ Margaret Trudeau The dirty life ~ Kristin Kimball Broken circle ! Theodore Fontaine Homeopathic care for cats and dogs ~ Don Hamilton Return to Northern British Columbia ~ Jay Sherwood Adult Fiction The brave ~ Nicholas Evans Legacy ~ Danielle Steel The home for broken hearts ~ Rowan Coleman Junior Half brother ~ Kenneth Oppel Garfield potbelly of gold ~ Jim Davis Hannah and the spindle whorl ~ Carol Anne Shaw CD Sweet sundown ~ Jason Blaine Plus many, many more new titles listed on our website - Check them out! Library hours Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-5pm Wed 10am-9pm • Sat 11am-3pm

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George intends to consider adoption of the Beaver River Stockyard Property Use Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 2649, 2010 at its meeting of November 18, 2010. Bylaw No. 2649 will authorize the Regional District to enter into a renewal agreement, terminating in 2015, with the McBride Farmers Institute for the Beaver River Stockyards property, located off Highway 16 East, McBride, BC, Electoral Area H. The subject property is described as the Unsurveyed Crown Land together with Part of the Fractional Southeast ¼ of District Lot 7228, Cariboo District. In consideration of the entitlements given, the Regional District will receive a nominal sum of $1.00 for the specified term of the agreement. A copy of Bylaw No. 2649 is available for viewing on the Regional District website, at: Documents/DocumentList.aspx (Agenda for October 2010 Regional Board meeting item #9.8), or in hard copy at the Regional District Service Centre at 155 George Street, Prince George, BC during regular business hours. Persons wishing to file a written submission in respect of Bylaw No. 2649 should do so not later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2010. J. Metcalfe Service Centre Leader 155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 Telephone: (250) 960-4400 Toll Free: 1-800-667-1959 Fax: (250) 563-7520 • Web:

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Valemount hockey player Coleman Szerencsei tries to escape McBride assistant captain Dawson Drader during a double header in Valemount on Saturday. The games were very entertaining, and ended with McBride returning home 2-0. Joshua Estabrooks/The Valley Sentinel

Bear scare on 6th Ave. Donalda Beeson Contributor


Local releases first Cookbook Donalda Beeson Contributor


uick, easy, delicious, nutritious and cheap recipes for dayto-day cooking, says the cover of Cooking for Lukas: A Cookbook for Beginners, both written and published by Robson Valley local, Jeanette Lorenz. Originally from West Berlin, Jeannette Lorenz, has been living in Valemount for the last twelve and a half years, and said she has “always wanted to write a cookbook.” She was inspired to pursue a self-publishing path, and publish one herself after hosting Lukas Munk, 16 at the time, in 2007, when he attended school in Valemount for three months. During that time, out of his love to eat and learn, and her love to cook and teach, after planning out a few meals, to avoid boring repetition, she taught him a little of what she knew about cooking, and thought to herself, maybe now’s the

time to finally write that cookbook! Lorenz said when she sat down to write it she was surprised at how many recipes she already had in her head, though there are a few recipes borrowed with permission included in the book. The cookbook is excellent for beginners, perhaps those first leaving home, as well as for more experienced chefs. It features photos by both Lorenz and Andru McCracken, and she is thankful to her many local friends who helped her during the last three years and who knows how many hours. Ann Kiyooka and Raghu Lokanathan helped her with proofreading but she added “the mistakes are all my own!” Silvio Gislimberti also helped her figure out the Adobe InDesign program she used to write and layout the book. Regarding self-publishing, Lorenz highly recommends the process to anyone, “interested in learning something new,” and willing to put in the work. She adds

that Adobe InDesign is a great tool and Self Publishing in Canada is an excellent book to help get you started. She does have two more cookbook ideas on her mind, so stay tuned for more yummy recipes. In addition she will be launching a website to accompany the book, which will feature a few recipes but you will have to buy the book to get the full set. The publishing company is Valley & Mountain Publishing, it was printed in Prince George B.C. at Papyrus Printing, and the first copy of course went to Lukas. Her book launch will be November the 14th, and she will be available at the high school Book Fair at 2:00 p.m. for signing. You can pick up your copy of Cooking for Lukas for $19.95 including taxes, in Valemount at the Crafters Guild, located at the new Trading Post and in McBride at the Whistle Stop Gallery, where she had her first book launch, October 30th.

Valemount Community Church & New Life Sanctuary

Winter Coat/Clothing

Give Away

Do you have a good winter coat that you do not need? Do you need a winter coat? We Can Help! Saturday, Nov 6th • 10 am - Midday At The Community Church, 5th Avenue, Valemount Donalda Beeson/The Valley Sentinel

Jeanette Lorenz and her first self published cookbook.

If you have children’s coats that need a new home please drop them off at the Valemount Health Centre.

onday afternoon of this week, Valemount residents on 6th Avenue were both pleased and alarmed to see a momma bear and her two cubs outside their homes, in the open lot just behind the Clinic property. Heidi Griffin called the concern in Monday afternoon, saying she had seen the black bears on 6th Avenue. A traffic cop went by to check out the situation, and the momma bear, who was none to happy to see him, instinctively chased her cubs up a tree, following behind them. Constables Simon Bentley and James Bos were on scene to help facilitate the safe relocation of these bears. A conservation officer was called and they were told that basically, they would have to deal with it themselves, and that if they just left her alone, she would likely

leave on her own. So they barricaded 6th Avenue off up to the Loose Moose, to give her space and “the option to calm down.” Sure enough, after leaving her alone for about half an hour, she came down by herself, said Bentley, and headed towards 5th Avenue, which they rushed over to block off immediately. Constable Bos followed behind her and made a loud noise, and the trio set off into the green space behind the Canoe Restaurant. Constable Bentley, who has had experiences like this with Cougars and Bears on Vancouver Island, said this was the first time for him in Valemount and also said that unfortunately the situation doesn’t always end so well, adding, “here we have the opportunity to help the bears leave without hurting them.” He also said the public was very understanding of the road closures during this time.

In Loving Memory

Daniel James Simard December 13,1970 - November 5,2009 “Little we knew the day that God was going to call your name, In Life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, But in God we put our trust In times as difficult as this, Faith is such a must. You Left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again.” Dan, we miss you greatly and Love you!! Always and Forever Jolene and Tessa Simard, Jane and Laurier Pelletier and Family.

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Happy Halloween ABOVE: The winners of the pumpkin carving contest at Valemount Elementary School. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks. BELOW: There was some confusion at Valemount Secondary School leading up to Halloween, as exchange student Ben McLeod dressed up as Principal Dan Kenkel, while Principal Dan Kenkel dressed up as exchange student Ben McLeod. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

ABOVE: A colourful mix of trick-or-treaters were knocking on people’s doors in Dunster on Halloween eve. From left to right, Willow Chapman-Glenn as Penny Pan, Noah Janecke as a bounty hunter, Laurel Berg as Tinker Bell, Liam Gustafson-Randall dressed as a nerd, and Erik Berg as a Mexican. Photo by Birgit Stutz.

Valemount resident, William VanderZwan (SNL’s MacGruber) and Tete Jaune’s famous living doll, Kiara Hogg. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

“Pharmacist” Oli Shiefelbein tries to help Substitute teacher, Stan Keim, was lucky a patient at “The Old McBride Hospital he packed a costume when he was asked to (Condemned)” downtown. Photo by Mat- fill in at Valemount Elementary School. By Joshua Estabrooks. thew Wheeler.

Travis Wied (Shaggy), Shawna Zimmerman (Daphne), Miah Fraser (Velma) and Sapphire Pelletier (Scooby Doo) made a complete set at Valemount Elementary’s Halloween festivities. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

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The winners of Valemount Elementary’s costume contest during the school’s Halloween festivities. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks. Valemount teacher Sharon Nusse leads her class through the costume parade at Valemount Elementary School. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

Shelley Mainprize made a wonderful Geisha at Valemount Secondary School. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

Angelic teacher Lynn Yetter and Colton Byford (Frankenstein) got a long well at the elementary school’s Halloween festivities. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

Alex MacDonald and Olivia Bruce were perfect as Thing 1 and Thing 2. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks.

ABOVE: At the cafeteria, Tobias “Spooky Pianist” Orth lifts the lid to reveal a choice serving of Mark Roth, while Izzy Monroe, a good fairy having a bad day, points out other offerings in the first scene to greet visitors at “The Old McBride Hospital (Condemned).” It mysteriously appeared in the Elks Hall with the help of Christine “The Secretary” Monroe and friends, to benefit Grad 2011 by donation. Photo by Matthew Wheeler.

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Local youth to teach American Sign Language courses Donalda Beeson Contributor


hat do you wish you could say in sign language? Ask Valemount resident, Mackenzie Harley, who was inspired to teach basic American Sign Language skills to the community when he noticed a deaf lady at the bus. He “decided to introduce [him]self and ended up interpreting between the lady and the girl at the front counter. Even the friend of the deaf lady knew limited ASL, and it truly made a difference to have someone who knew some basic ASL.” Harley has been practicing ASL for six years, learning mostly through “attending events held in, or interpreted in ASL.” He also has a few hearing impaired friends he “keeps in touch with, as well as friends involved in ASL communities across Canada,” some of whom have helped him with his lesson plan. He can “carry on basic conversations with deaf associates,” but notes that “living in communities

with limited access to immersion [he has] yet to attain fluency.” Last September he obtained an advanced Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and plans to apply the methods he learned in that course to his knowledge of ASL. One ASL education source said ASL is the fourth largest language and as people become more aware of the large hearing-impaired community, ASL becomes more recognized and useful. It’s also been said that if every person in the world could communicate in sign, we could communicate interculturally without language barriers. Harley said the funds from teaching this workshop “will assist [his] travels to Honduras in January, for three months,” where he will be volunteering full time with the hearing impaired, offering free Bible courses in their Sign Language, LESHO, which he is learning along with Spanish, and he adds, “Along with teaching the Bible I will be helping the deaf

attain fluency in sign language, since education barriers are common in the country.” The ASL Workshop is “designed for people whose jobs involve customer service, tourism,” and anyone else interested. It will cover the alphabet, numbers, basic skills, vocabulary, culture and effective communication techniques. In addition, he will discuss some misconceptions people have about sign language and how to effectively communicate with the hearing impaired. Harley said it will be a fun afternoon and dynamic workshop, providing an upbeat learning experience, and exposure to a unique culture. While posters say it costs $65, it is only $45 if you book in an advance of three days prior minimum, and group rates are available. The price includes a lesson plan and coffee at the Best Western’s “Bear Den,” Saturday, November 13th, at 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sign up at Kiwa Crafts, and if you have any questions Mackenzie Harley making the sign for love in ASL. call Mackenzie at 250-566-5029.

Touring songwriters come to Valemount Joshua Estabrooks


t can sometimes be a lonely road for travelling singer/songwriters. That’s why they sometimes pool their forces in collaborative tours where the songwrit-

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ers are also the band. Wise and Weathered is such a touring project, and features Yukon’s Kim Barlow, P.E.I.’s Catherine MacLellan and Valemount’s own Raghu Lokanathan. The three songwriters will be appearing at the Anglican/ United Church in Valemount on Thursday, November 18. Originally from Nova Scotia, Kim Barlow studied classical guitar before taking up a career as a songwriter and moving to the Yukon. Her songs are rustic fairy tales with touches of heartbreak and wilderness. Exclaim Magazine likened her music to “… a cup of rum-spiked cocoa during a tundra cold snap.” She has just released her sixth recording, Saplings. Catherine MacLellan’s latest recording, Water in the Ground, was named Folk Recording of the Year at this past year’s East Coast Music Awards. The Boston Herald had this to say about her: “MacLellan is the rare young folkie who knows how to write a catchy melody and a concise, accessible lyric. Yet her pop instincts never diminish her deep, folk spirit or quiet soulfulness. Already drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell in her native Canada, she’s a charming talent: delicate yet not wispy, poetic yet not pretentious.” Lokanathan is fresh off a tour in Ontario with Corin Raymond (of the Undesirables, who appeared in Valemount in September 2009). Raghu continues to scribble and pick in wait for songs, and can be seen many Fridays at the Gathering Tree jam night. Starting November 10 in Whitehorse, Wise and Weathered will be playing a series of nine shows that will take the trio through BC and Alberta. They appear at the Anglican/United Church in Valemount on Thursday, November 18. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $12. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Infinity. For more information about the musicians, you can visit their websites:

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Valemount and Area Chamber of Commerce year end report


s we continue to strive to position ourselves as a proactive group, seeking solutions to issues and concerns that face us, we are developing a close working relationship with the Village of Valemount, the local service groups, our MLA and MP, and the many organizations beyond our borders. We are constantly trying to identify areas of concern of not only the business community, but also the community at large, and finding keynote presenters that can address these issues. Some of what we have worked on over the past 12 months include but are not limited to: 1. Hosted several Round Table meetings with Regional Parks Planning and Job Creation Partnership Program for Park and trail development in and around Valemount. 2. Hosted : HST Seminar guest presenter from BC Chamber Progressive Employment Services Small Business BC – “Expose Yourself and Get Noticed” Community Futures – small Business Information session and workshop Service Canada seminar on HST 3. Co-nominated Jeanette Townsend for her BC Achievement Award. 4. Sponsored a Bursary for a local VSS student entering the Trades. 5. Coordinated Late night Shopping in 2009, and continue to do so in 2010. 6. Attempted to generate a Policy Proposal for the BC Chamber of Commerce regarding the Train Whistle – this turned out to be a non issue across the province -- proposal dropped. 7. In partnership with the McBride C of C we collected data on the unstable Power in the Valley (also a non issue for Valemount - over 600 surveys were distributed – 4 were returned). 8. Participated in the Annual Pitch-IN Campaign in April. Thank you to the Village for supplying the garbage bags and the truck to pick up the full bags at the end of the day. As a result of the campaign we lobbied the Village (–also unsuccessfully) for placement of ash receptacles and a re-cycle container for the 5th Ave corridor and doggie doo containers at the corners of the SAAS Fee property. 9. Purchased and erected 10 “please Pick up after your Pet” signs on the SAAS Fee Property. 10. Purchased and erected a “Town Centre ½ Km” sign at the corner of 5th and Fir to direct tourists to the shops. 11. Applied for and was successful in receiving funds from CBT for a Chamber only computer and Printer/Photocopier. 12. Applied for and received funds from CBT for the construction of our very own website --Although site is Live it is still a work in progress. Site created by janavisions. 13. Created an on-line Business Directory for ALL Businesses in Valemount and Area. Paid members will have a free link to their own website.

14. Also created an online Community Events Calendar to assist groups in planning their major functions. 15. Applied for and received funds from CSJ for Summer Office Assistant. Umesh Anghnoo worked for 8 weeks out of Valemount Real Estate Office building comprehensive Data Bases, fact sheets and doing content Management on the website. 16. The Chamber became an email Fan Out contact for a range of groups and organizations. 17. Created an Associate membership for Clubs, Service groups, and individuals who may wish to be a part of our organization. 18. Restructured the Business Directory Sign Policies as follows: You no longer have to be a member to advertise on this board. Dropped the annual fee from $160.00 to $100.00 a year. Changed our fiscal year for the signboard to June 1 – May 31. 19. Working with VACS and the Village to find a suitable design and location for a “Community Events “ sign for the downtown area. 20. Working with the Village to find a solution that will determine acceptable signage for business advertising within the Village limits -- case in point: Accommodations, especially the B & B’s that have paid through Tourism BC to have a blue Highway sign cannot have the sign within the Village boundaries. We need a solution in order to draw people to these businesses. 21. Working on building an Information Resource Centre re: funding sources and opportunities, and other pertinent information. 22. Investigating the logistics and the possibility of having an electronics round up in Valemount. 23. Working with Canoe Mountain Rodeo Assoc. and the Valemountain Days Committees to enhance their annual functions.


Some of our ongoing projects include Printing and distributing Service Specific Fact Sheets as needed, printing and collating our Welcome Package, creating a strategic plan for the Chamber, reviewing the bylaws and making any changes necessary. Election of Officers: Returning Chair: Christine Latimer Vice Chair: Maurice Hill Secretary Treasurer: Marie Birkbeck Our Board of Directors: Patricia Thoni, Diane Fowler, Tammy VandeNoblen, Sharon McColm, Jennifer Robinson, Sue O’Dwyer, Donna Hamilton, Jose Cornejo and Chris Dolbec. (Submitted by VACC)

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Valemount council briefs Donalda beeson Contributor


he regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on October the 26th. Mayor Bob Smith, Councillors Murray Capstick, Cynthia Piper, and Rita Tchir, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tom Dall and Corporate Officer (CO) Sandy Salt attended. Councillor Bobbi Roe was absent. Development Variance Permit King Road CAO Tom Dall provided council with an administration report to seek Councils approval to proceed with the Development Variance Permit process for Roger Odden, who resides on King Road. Odden was approached by the Building Inspector to stop work on the building because he needed a building permit to proceed, and at that time several issues were identified which may not comply with the zoning bylaws. One, the number of buildings on the property was greater than the allowable limit of three for Rural Residential 1 (RR1) Zoning, two the maximum floor area of Accessory Buildings cannot be more than 50% of the floor area of the single family dwelling (which is for the East Side of the Highway only), and three, the existing accessory building was already larger than the allowable limit, which would have been grandfathered in with the bound-

ary expansion. Dall said this is an “interesting case because of the way the laws are written.” Despite Dall’s recommendation, Council carried a motion to not proceed, and instead refer the case to administration for further information. Proposed Regional Park McKirdy Road (Cranberry Marsh) Council carried a motion to receive an administration report from Economic Development Officer Silvio Gislimberti, requesting the implementation of the Regional Parks Plan adopted by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George on September 16. Council will sign a letter and have it signed by Tourism Valemount, Valemount and Area Chamber of Commerce, VARDA, and the Friends of Valemount. Water Supply Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 659, 2010 First and Second Reading Council carried a motion to give a first and second reading to the Water Supply Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 659, 2010, which is deemed necessary as per the Villages Five Year Financial Plan, increasing them by 40%-50% due to the increase of operating expenses for the New Water Treatment Plant. As the calculations are based on last years operations, and actual numbers estimated by Urban Systems, the first and second reading will still leave time for adjustments before the bylaw is officially adopted.


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McBride High School to take part in Op. Christmas Child Birgit Stutz Contributor


cBride Secondary School is participating in Operation Christmas Child again this year. “It encourages people to send things to kids that don’t have anything,” said McBride Secondary science teacher Jill Howard, who organizes the project together with her daughter and fellow teacher Heather Howard. “The whole school gets involved. It is an opportunity for kids to do something for other kids in the world who are not as fortunate.” Students fill shoeboxes with items such as pens and pencils, crayons, toys, dolls, balls, stuffed animals, colouring and picture books, shoes, socks, tshirts, ball caps, hair clips, toy jewelry,

watches, hairbrushes, combs, soap, washcloth, and toothbrushes. Howard said the shoeboxes are gauged for a girl or a boy a certain age. The filled boxes are then sent to a central location in Calgary by Greyhound, which is offering the service for free. After the boxes have been checked, they are then sent off to South America, Africa or Europe. “If people would like to donate or do their own boxes, we would be happy to include them in our shipment,” said Howard. “We are looking at November 10 as our deadline.” Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people in desperate situations around the world.

McBride council briefs Birgit Stutz Contributor


he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride was held October 26 with acting Mayor Mike Moseley, Councillors Irene Rejman, Loranne Martin, Rick Thompson, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, and Deputy Administrator/Treasurer Danielle Smith in attendance. Mayor Mike Frazier and Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine were absent. Tax refund In a letter to McBride Village Council, McBride Elks Lodge No. 247 applied for a rebate of the Village portion of their property taxes for 2010. A motion was carried that the Council of the Corporation of the Village of McBride agrees to provide a refund to the McBride Elks Lodge No. 247 in the amount of $279.60 which represents the General Municipal portion of the 2010 Taxation Notice. Donation for fireworks The McBride and District Volunteer Firefighter’s Association asked Council for a donation towards the association’s annual Halloween fireworks display. Council was told that fireworks cost about $1,600 per year, and the association fundraises approximately $600 towards that amount. The association has also received donations in the amount of $200 from the McBride Community Forest Corporation and $500 from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

While there are no more funds available in the Village budget, Council suggested the association apply to the McBride Community Foundation. Maintenance Bylaw received A motion was carried that the “Village of McBride Maintenance Bylaw No. 706, 2010” be given first reading. Public hearing Council carried a motion that the public hearing for Development Variance Permit Application No. 2010-4 be held November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Storm sewer improvements Clements reported that the lawn basins on Columbia Street are completed and that the sewer pipes and storm pipes are being installed in two sections of alleyways. “We currently have one alley completed and have commenced on the next,” she said. The installation of five additional lawn basins was done by Caputo & Sons Contracting as part of the Columbia Street Storm Sewer Improvements – Phase 1. Eco- Sensitive Solution to Wastewater Treatment project Clements reported that a water treatment open house was held on October 19 “with a few people attending.” Clements further reported that the second cell of the lagoon is now completed. “The second cell will be put into use once the Ministry of Environment has completed an inspection of the second cell,” she said.

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Notice of Public Hearing Development Variance Permit No. 2010-04 Notice is hereby given that a public hearing for proposed Development Variance Permit No. 2010-04 will be held: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:00 pm Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road, McBride, BC The purpose of Development Variance Permit No. 2010-04 is to vary section 7.0 of Zoning Bylaw No. 703, 2010 to allow an accessory building to be established prior to a primary residence at the property legally described as Lot 4, Plan BCP 18859, DL 5316 (915 Airport Road). At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed development variance shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. The development variance permit may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride during regular office hours from October 26, 2010 to November 9, 2010. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

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DISTRICT MANAGER REQUIRED for Marquise Hospitality Services division. This exciting opportunity provides integrated support services including dining, laundry, maintenance and housekeeping services to Healthcare Facilities across Western Canada. The District Manager will oversee multiple healthcare facilities, managers and supervisors in the Fraser Valley area in BC, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. The District Manager is also responsible for all activities, including staff, client relations and budgets, at all sites within the region. Applicant will be an excellent ambassador of the Marquise Group and liaison between Marquise and clients. Will be required to carry out related duties of the food services department in addition to housekeeping, laundry and maintenance. Other responsibilities include; scheduling of staff for the Food Service Department, understanding and implementing HACCP rules and rationale, orientation and training of new staff and ensuring OH&S practices in the workplace. To be successful in this role, you must be committed to excellent service and superior client relations. You must also be a motivating leader who is able to mentor and develop your employees. Relocation packages are available. Please send resumes directly to HS504.

80% COMMISSION TRAVELONLY has 500 agents across Canada. Business opportunities with low investment, unlimited income potential, generous tax/travel benefits. Run your travel company, full-time, part-time from home. Register for FREE seminar, www., 1-800-6081117, Ext. 2020.

HD TECHNICIAN required for truck & trailer repair shop in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Fax or email resume: 780532-6749 or service@

BE YOUR OWN BOSS with Great Canadian Dollar Store. New franchise opportunities in your area. Call 1-877-3880123 ext. 229 or visit our website: www.dollarstores. com today. services ADVERTISE YOUR NEWS! Post a classified in a few easy clicks. Choose your province or all across Canada. Best value. Pay a fraction of the cost compared to booking individual areas. www. employment opportunities A progressive, multi-branch, full service hydraulic component re-manufacturing company located in SE BC, has a need for a Journeyman Machinist or equivalent experience. Consideration will be given to existing apprentices. We offer a competitive wage and benefit package. Fax: 250-425-7151 or email:

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Activities to Entertain & Amuse Pioneer Photo


About this photo Description: Croydon schoolboys Date: 1930s Credits: Valemount Museum & Archives ID: 2003.17.4 Image: 7 of 9 If you have any more information on this photo or any others that appear you can contact The Valley Museum & Archives in McBride, The Valemount Museum or contact us at The Valley Sentinel.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you need a rest to avoid burning out. Friends are urging you to slow down and take a breather, and it is best if you heed their advice.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A big adventure is on the horizon, Taurus. Even though you haven’t been in an adventurous mood, don’t pass up this opportunity for a little fun.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You have been doing a lot of waiting around this week, Gemini. Just remember that the calm often comes before the storm. You may wish you were waiting around in a few days.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, a lucky streak leads you somewhere you can test your good fortune. Just don’t push your luck too much or things could backfire.


LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, it isn’t in your nature to be meek. When something is bothering you this week, be sure to speak up loudly. It may initially catch some people off guard. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, your patience is at a minimum, but you have to keep your cool or you could end up in trouble. It’s easy to get frustrated, but best to remain calm. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, now is the time to solve some financial problems. It could be time to sit down with a financial planner and work out a better budget and savings plan. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, the easiest way to get something done is to do it yourself. You’ve grown tired of waiting around for others to tackle projects.


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Sagittarius, it’s time to introduce a special friend to your family. While not everyone will be excited about the prospect, this person will be received graciously.

CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20 Others have trouble reading you this week, Capricorn. That’s because you are sending out mixed signals. It’s better if you stay consistent with your beliefs. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Feeling restless, Aquarius? Spend some time with a hobby that you enjoy, perhaps whipping up culinary delights or completing a collection you’ve been working on. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 There’s more to you than meets the eye, Pisces. You enjoy letting others get little glimpses of your true self over time.


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Who are you going to call? Hill Bill Products Ltd: Irly Building Supplies Sharon McColm The Valley Sentinel Henry Unger sometimes wonders why people come to him. Then again, as Unger sees it, they ask him for advice , which he said he “gives for free. Unger got the experience in his trade as a cabinetmaker as well as a timber framer. This Happy Shoppers: Jim Bartelme & Don Beeson was all done by hand with chisels and crosscut saws, in other words, by hand. “I learned my do after sixty-two years. It has given me tremendous experience, trade well,” said Unger. As a youngster, Unger became a painter, to his parent’s dismay. which I still have with me today.” Satisfying customers is extremely important to Unger, being They wanted him to be a carpenter. He eventually discovered that carpentry was the way to go, as it fit with him well. It helped there to help when needed, which he enjoys immensely. “I like me all through my life says Unger, as I was always designing new all my customers to be happy customers.” For Unger, opening the Trading Post has been a long time comthings for people’s homes (inside and out).” Unger was always coming up with new ideas, which kept him going and still keeps ing. It hasn’t always been an easy process, but he takes it all in his stride, saying with a smile, “some folks you can give ‘something him going day and night. Unger formally started his trade at 14 years of age, by going to for nothing’ and they are still not happy. It takes all different types trade school. “At 18 Unger had his papers. His first wage was $5.25 of folks to make a world miserable.” Call Henry at 250-566-0007, or visit 940 Main Street, Valemount a month, (board included). I love my trade says Unger and I still

The Paint Corner; Henry Unger & Jeremy Althouse

About the IRLY Building Centres IRLY is a group of independent hardware and building materials retailers. The IRLY Building Centres are 100% Canadian owned and operated.  Established in 1963, IRLY has a long history in Western Canada, offering a selection of quality products at great prices. The IRLY BIRD and IRLY Building Centres names have very high awareness and a reputation for service and quality.   IRLY dealers follow a successful business model rooted in the same core values:  to live in and contribute meaningfully to their community.  This community focus is echoed in IRLY’s slogan, “Big enough to serve you, small enough to know you.”  The IRLY experience focuses on the customers and helping them with their projects, big or small.

BUILDING SUPPLIES From Plumbing to Flooring: Hardware Hardware for Cabinets Electrical & Plumbing Ply Woods, Drywall & Roofing 250-566-0007 940 Main Street, Valemount Owner Henry Unger

Fraser Plumbing & Heating

is a fully certified, licensed & bonded plumbing and heating contractor servicing the Prince George region in British Columbia. • gas fireplaces & stoves regency gas fireplaces & inserts metal artworks • rock/stone enerzone wood products / osburn wood stoves electric furnaces


Our friendly staff are always willing to help!

Automotive D & R Rob & George Raabis Auto Certified Technicians

All types of Mechanical Repairs, Tires, Electronic Diagnosis. Excellent Service, All Makes and Models. Servicing Included! 2895 Tamarack Road, Box 388 Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0

Call Rob & George: Shop (250) 566-0063 Cell (250) 566-1105

Hours: 8:30 - 5:30 pm • Monday - Friday

641 W. Athabasca St Kamloops, BC V2H 1C5

Your Full Frreight service solution Y for BC & Alberta r rta We are rre prroud to pro r vide daily service to the Valemount, McBride, Blue River area r rea along with overnight service to and from rrom destinations. Call 250-828-1040 For more info check out

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Call Today about these and other Robson Valley Listings brought to you by Irene Berndsen 860 Sansom Rd. MCBRIDE, BC


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Volume 25 Issue 44  

November 3 2010 Edition of The Valley Sentinel