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Retiring music teacher to give away “vintage” car

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Her metallic blue body, touched with Tremclad once or twice in her years, glistens in the sunshine. She’s an honest, unpretentious dame. She runs like a dream even if her body is aging.
She is a 35-year old Toyota Corolla, built in the days of boxy cars. Don’t hold that against her though: she might be over the hill, but she’s functional and, at the end of the day, that’s what a car should be.
Greg Constable bought her brand new in 1982 and drove it to his first …

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DTSS production of “Spy School” takes to the stage

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


Since spring break students in the senior theatre class at David Thompson Secondary School have been spending their free time memorizing lines, researching the 1960s, and rehearsing during their free blocks at school to put together their production Spy School.
The play is set in 1961 where Jane Doe — played by Grade 12 student Melissa Weber — is drafted by the CIA to infiltrate a high school and locate a Russian spy.
“Jane Doe, she’s an ordinary teenage girl. But she is, as it says in the play, destined …

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Trio of Columbia Valley alpine racers eye Olympics

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


With the Winter Olympics coming up this February three local skiers — Amelia Smart, Manny Osborne-Paradis, and Benjamin Thomsen — are one step closer to the Games. The trio of skiers have been nominated to the 2017-2018 Alpine Canada team after meeting criteria this past season.
For Ms. Smart, the nomination takes her from the development team and skiing on the North American Circuit (NorAm) to the World Cup level.
“Training wise it will definitely stay the same, but it might be a bit different during the season because I’ll …

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Report outlines access options for rafters

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
The town of Golden is looking to bypass CP Rail in an effort to get rafters back on the Kicking Horse River.
Rafting is an economic driver in the community of Golden, a tourist-based centre much like Invermere. Rafting companies — including one based in Radium Hot Springs — were blocked from access to the wildly popular lower canyon by CP Rail, which stated safety concerns over crossing its railroad tracks.
The town of Golden commissioned a report to investigate alternative access options to the lower canyon of the …

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Radium construction continues

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


Construction at the Radium Hot Springs Pools and along nearby sections of Highway 93 will continue throughout the summer season as upgrades and safety improvements are underway. Work being carried out at the pools is being done to ensure the facility meets current building codes and safety requirements while reducing environmental footprint by using modern heating technology according to a press release from Karin Smith marketing coordinator, Canadian Rockies Hot Springs.
The project is working to improve habitat for rubber boas, a species of snake that is of special concern …

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Council U-turns on open house

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


A Rotary Club proposal to put up an electronic community message board outside AG Valley Foods will sail ahead after all, after Invermere council did an about-face on its previous decision to have the club hold an open house about the sign.
As reported in yesterday’s (May 18th) Valley Echo, the four council members present at the Thursday, May 11th council meeting (councillor Justin Atterbury was absent), had unanimously agreed to ask Rotary to hold an open house about the digital sign the club plans to put on the current AG …

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Music, Meaning and Mirth at Christ Church Trinity

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by


Submitted by Arne Sahlen
This community celebration of music will take place May 31, 7 pm at Christ Church Trinity, past the Public Library on 7th Avenue. Admission is by donation; stuffies and colouring will be on hand for busy little ones.
The Invermere community’s superb Steinway grand piano, now housed at CCT, will move soon to the new Arts Centre. The equally fine Seiler piano, long owned by Barry Moore of Edgewater and also stored at CCT, will become church property. “From two stored to one …

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A&W co-owner wins Rotary award

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by


“I think you got the wrong guy,” was what Eric Vanderkruk, co-owner of A&W, said when he received a call from Eric Redeker from the Rotary Club of Invermere, saying he was selected as the Rotary’s Citizen of the Year.
“It was quite interesting because we were in Durango, Colorado. We just arrived and we were looking for a parking spot to park our trailer and Eric phoned. It was shocking,” said Mr. Vanderkruk.
According to his wife Liz Vanderkruk, the call wasn’t a surprise as she knew that Krysta Helmer, …

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