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Adapting to fatherhood: Forrest Campbell’s journey

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


Little boys are often high energy, spending most of their free time outside riding their bikes, playing at the skate park, and skiing, with their family. As a father you’re often the one taking the boys out to wear off some of that energy, and for local dad Forrest Campbell over the past two years he’s learned how to adapt the way he plays with his boys Owen and Taylor.
Two years ago Forrest was in a skiing accident that left him quadriplegic but he has never let his road to …

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A father-daughter perspective on hiking the Hoodoos

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


To celebrate Father’s Day, reporter Nikki Fredrikson and her dad Neil, each wrote their own account of hike here in the Columbia Valley:
Neil – the dad:
During one of my visits in early spring to see my daughter in Invermere, she convinced me to come for a hike at the Hoodoos in Fairmont. Now I let her pick the hike but before she even got out of the truck. I took charge of the route we were going to take up the hill.
Luckily we somehow managed to get up to …

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Lake Ambassadors get new program coordinator

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


By James Rose
Special to the Pioneer
The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are pleased to welcome Thea Rodgers as the new program coordinator. The role, previously held by Megan Peloso, involves coordinating the organization’s many different programs, activities, and community outreach.
Ms. Rodgers spent the last three years working as a research assistant at the University of British Columbia on projects pertaining to soil science, agriculture, and physical limnology. “These positions developed my skills and understanding of research methods in the fields of land use and hydrology,” she said.
And she grew up not far …

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The Fenimores leave the Valley

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
The Columbia Valley is losing arguably one of its most unique families with the departure of Bob and MaryAnn Fenimore.
The Fenimores have a long and interesting history here. Many may know Bob from his years as veterinarian in the valley. Perhaps others know MaryAnn from her time as a substitute teacher at the high school, alternate school and college.
But what drew most people’s attention was the couple’s unusual way of living. The Fenimores live in an off-grid cabin, planted in middle of their idyllic six-acre property …

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Budding entrepreneurs sell native plants for micorloan

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Students in Mrs. Gauthier’s grade 4/5 class are inviting the public to buy a plant and help a good cause.
The class has created a native plant business to raise funds for a Building Beginnings Microloan. The students chose native plants as a business idea because they liked how it will help the environment.
“We looked at what native plants do and we learned about native plants,” said student Owen Christy.
Student Kayla Wolfenden explained why native plants are important to our ecosystem.
“If native plants stopped growing, the …

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Trio of bears destroyed in CastleRock

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


It’s easy to forget to bring in your garbage, it’s even easier to leave your barbecue uncleaned, and if you’re living in the Castle Rock community it seems especially easy to attract bears. Following a series of unfortunate events and an apparent switch to a non-bear-resistant garbage bin, three black bears were destroyed within 48 hours in the subdivision.
“Over the last week, I noticed that the bin in CastleRock was not a bear-resistant one; I believe both bins used to be bear-resistant. We asked Southeast (Disposal) to switch the …

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Lack of qualified staff at heart of valley’s daycare crisis

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


By Lorene Keitch
Pioneer Staff
Area daycare managers agree: staffing shortages are the cause of childcare concerns in the Columbia Valley.
Many local families have expressed frustration that there are not enough spots or hours available for their needs. However, for the local daycares, it is not simply a matter of opening up more spaces.
“Unless you have educated teachers, you can’t fill those spaces,” said Carrie Rickards, general manager of Eva Joseph Cultural Centre’s Little Badgers daycare in Windermere. “The focus needs to be on education for teachers.”
Ms. Rickards has been able to …

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Old community hall to be torn down

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by


Not long the after almost-completed new multi-use centre officially opens its doors — indeed, depending on the new centre’s exact opening date, it may be a matter of weeks — wrecking balls will be smashing into the current Invermere Community Hall.
The current hall — formally known as the Lake Windermere Memorial Hall — was built decades ago as a memorial to those who lost their lives fighting overseas for Canada, but owing to substantial structural issues will be torn down as early as this September.
The district is already seeking public …

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