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Art by Kids silent auction raises money for microcredit loan

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A community-minded classroom and their teacher are hoping to raise money for a microcredit loan to tackle social issues in the Columbia Valley.
Alyssan Gauthier’s Grade 5 students at J.A. Laird Elementary School will be selling their handmade canvas paintings from the Art by Kids program in a silent auction held in the main foyer of the school between April 25th and 28th to create the second interest-free Building Beginning Microcredit Loan to help someone from the community pursue their dream.
“My hope is that starting a business shouldn’t …

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Play Here Initiative Gives Kids a Better Place to Grow and Play

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by


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With a new look, and some updated equipment, Alyssa Delorme says her four-year-old daughter, Claire could remember the park she plays in every Saturday, with the same fondness her mom does.
Alyssa, 32, recalls running home from school each day, dropping her backpack in her mother’s foyer and dashing back out to the neighborhood playground to meet her friends.
“We had swings and a jungle gym and a teeter totter [see saw], I don’t think they’re allowed to have those anymore. But we had a lot of fun playing there. Our …

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Smokin’ Ray and the Detectors return to valley

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The strong sounds of blues and rock music will set the mood in Fairmont for ladies night which begins with an open air market featuring home-based business vendors at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th.
Smokin’ Ray and the Detectors will be performing and hosting a jam night at 8:30 p.m. at the Hoodoo Lounge and Grill on the 28th.
“One of our staff members (Lisa Weppler) has a little, home-based business called Unique Make-up,” explained Rory Sinclair, Hoodoo Lounge and Grill owner. “She was asking if we would …

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Burlesque Show returns to Radium

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A tantalizing burlesque show featuring a seductive art form from the prohibition era will be coming to life in Radium Hot Springs this weekend.
The Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery will be hosting a Burlesque Show for adults with music provided by DJ Blair Van Riesen starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd.
“There was a big demand,” said Mike Gray, owner at Horsethief Creek Pub and Eatery, while adding that his clients were so excited about the first burlesque show held in Radium Hot Springs over Halloween. …

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Bike swap offers good deals for good cause

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley Cycling Society’s annual bike swap is just around the corner.
The highly anticipated event is one of the society’s major fundraisers and always offers great bargains on the 40 to 50 used bikes that the swap typically elicits.
“It’s for a good cause as the cycling society uses the funds raised to maintain and build (bike) trails for everybody to enjoy,” said organizer Darcy Martin. “There are usually a lot of good deals as well as a really good selection of kids’ bikes.”
The swap will be held Saturday, April …

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Swing band comes to Strand’s

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


A stripped down version of band with a long history of valley shows will make another appearance here this weekend, with half the members of the Alberta-based Polyjesters taking to the stage at Strand’s Old House Restaurant.
Polyjester lead vocalist Sheldon Valleau and lead guitarist Adam Young are playing the show, going under the name Half Polyjesters, as the other two members of the band are unable to attend, but Mr. Valleau vows concertgoers will enjoy the duo as much as the full four-man band.
“It’s going to be a unique show, …

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RDEK directors ask province to delay Jumbo’s voting seat

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors voted at its most recent meeting to ask the province to amend the letters patent for Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality in order to push back the time when the Jumbo is scheduled to take a seat at the RDEK table to January 2020. Furthermore, the board is encouraging the government to further amend the letter patent to link a voting RDEK seat for Jumbo municipality to a minimum permanent population and assessment value.
The motion was initially put forward by …

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Riverstone Villas residents expressed concern about the effect of pesticides on wildlife

Radium residents question pesticide use

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


A pair of Radium Hot Springs residents are expressing concern about pesticide use at their condominium complex.
Susan Oddy and William Nolin live in the Riverstone Villas condominiums near The Springs Golf Course and recently noticed warning signs posted around the property saying that pesticides were being used to control weeds such as dandelions. Alarm bells started ringing for Mr. Nolin and Ms. Oddy when they read that Mecoprop was among the pesticides used.
“It’s one of the most common pesticides used, but also one of the most controversial,” Mr. Nolin told …

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NEW DIGS — Kinsmen Beach’s resident ospreys settle back into their nest within five minutes of the crew leaving the area. Photo by Sherry Dewey

Resident ospreys at Kinsmen Beach receive new platform

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by


By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
The osprey platform at Kinsmen Beach has been upgraded and its residents are now enjoying their refurbished room with a view overlooking Lake Windermere.
On Wednesday, April 13th, crowds gathered to watch as a BC Hydro crew, using a bucket truck, dramatically lifted the nest occupying the raised platform at the entrance of the Kinsmen Beach parking lot in order to replace both it and the pole.
“The poles are checked for structural integrity approximately every five years,” Ava Boehringer told The Pioneer. Ms. Boehringer is a registered professional …

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