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Historical Lens

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


The Pioneer’s Historical Lens feature on page 6 continues to generate regular feedback and historical facts from our readership. The information provided to us is recorded by the WindermereValley Museum and added to the archives, so thanks to everyone who is able to contribute to this ever-evolving community history project.

October 3rd Historical Lens
I am sending information about the photo in the October 3rd edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer.
This is a picture of my great-grandmother Beulah Palmer (Nee: Sherman). She was born in March of 1856. She was married to Ezra …

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Food bank sets record straight

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Submitted by Columbia Valley Food Bank Board of Directors
A number of questions and comments have been posted on the Facebook page of Cheers and Jeers Invermere concerning the Columbia Valley Food Bank and food banks in general. We believe it is appropriate to comment on a number of these.
The Columbia Valley Food Bank provides hampers to those accessing our services. Each hamper includes: frozen lean ground beef, wild meat (if available and requested) and chicken; peanut butter and jam; cereal, pastas and bread; potatoes, carrots and onions; a number of …

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QUEENLY QUILT — This unique quilt is one of the many items up for auction at the Best Friends’ Bash on May 31st at the Black Forest Restaurant. 
Photo submitted

Celebrate best friends with an evening out

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Sheila Tutty
Canadian Cancer Society
Sunday, May 31 is the date to mark on your calendar for Best Friends’ Bash.
This event is the evolution of our annual Kickoff Party and Dinner & Dance fundraisers for the Canadian Cancer Society.
We had such a great time at the Breast Friends’ Bash events held in 2013 to raise funds for the digital mammogram unit in Cranbrook, that I decided to borrow the name with a bit of a change up to it.
The Black Forest Restaurant has graciously stepped forward as our host, and they …

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TOUR DE FORCE — A Columbia Valley familiarization tour for 12 Calgary event planners concluded on April 28th at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Photo by Breanne Massey

Valley tour showcases attractions

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
A dozen Calgarians were flown to the Columbia Valley to learn about the perks of valley culture.
The Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee organized a familiarization (FAM) tour for 12 Calgarians to see the sights between April 27th and 28th through a partnership with Integra Air.
“It’s the first time we’ve done a tour like this,” said Andrea Tubbs, chair of the Columbia Valley Tourism Marketing Committee. “We’ve done the FAM tours for media, but this was the first time for meeting planners.”
The decision to reach out and extend …

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Const. Tim Harper (left) with an elder.

Notes from Nunavut

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Editor’s note: After six and a half years with Columbia Valley RCMP, Constable Tim Harper left last July with his wife Ali and their two dogs for a three-year posting in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. The Pioneer recently caught up with Const. Harper (a.k.a. Kuntapu Timati HAAPA, his name in the traditional Inuinnaqtun language). Here is his account of life so far in the Great North.
By Tim Harper
Special to The Pioneer
Kugluktuk is a town of 1,450 and primarily Inuit. It is located at approximately the 68th parallel on the Coronation Gulf of …

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Goodbye to bad taste and inconvenience

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Submitted by Mountain Fresh Water
Mountain Fresh Water has been supplying clean, healthy drinking water to over 60 per cent of the corporate offices and thousands of homes in Calgary for 28 years.
Of those affected by the floods two years ago and laden with water boil advisories, those with the Mountain Fresh Water system did not have to boil water!
I brought the system to Invermere because I was using a jug filtration system that was just not doing a good job of cleaning the town’s water.
It was costing a small fortune …

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Paddling through the wetlands

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The sunshine breaks through the clouds and gently warms up my shoulders.
I watch eagerly as more than a dozen twitchers gather around Columbia River Kayak and Canoe owner Penny Powers and her partner, Max Fanderl, to hear what the Wings Over The Rockies festival has in store for them during a paddle through the wetlands guided by Royal Ontario Museum curator of invertebrate paleontology Jean-Bernard Caron early on Sunday, May 10th.
“I don’t know anything about birds or plants,” Dr. Caron said with a chuckle, “but I know …

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Free conservation course

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
Environmental stewards are raising awareness about the importance of conservation efforts in the Columbia Valley with a workshop.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is offering a free workshop to educate people of all ages about the value of wetland conservation between Friday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 24th.
The hands-on field school allows participants to learn about mapping and hydrology in the wetlands. It also offers information about soil sampling. Lastly, there is a section that covers amphibian, plant and animal identification in an effort to protect Mother Nature.
Participants …

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Contest fuels thought on rural B.C.

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Attention writers, the BC Chamber of Commerce has opened up a new article contest, which the local Chamber is promoting, that offers participants the chance to win $10,000. For the Rurals & Urbans Contest, organizers elected to go with a theme that bridges the gap between rural and urban life in B.C., to understand how the two populations currently support each other and can better organize in the future.
The main question prospective participants are being asked to address is: “How can the diminishing rural population continue to …

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Valley artists fill Pynelogs’ walls

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Chloe Danielle Marson
Assistant Summer Curator
We are in full swing down at Pynelogs Arts and Cultural Centre, having already exhibited five weeks of work created by valley locals, children and adults alike.
We kicked off the season on April 7th with the ever-whimsical Art from the Heart exhibit and auction. If you didn’t make it in to see the local elementary school children’s masterworks, you missed out on a wall of blue cats, beautiful renditions of Group of Seven mountain ranges, brightly coloured collaged owls, dynamic city-scape horizons, and many, many …

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STONE STAR — This enigmatic work titled Clearly Dancing by stone sculptor Vance Theoret is just one example of the many unique art pieces on display at the Artym Gallery in Invermere until May 22nd. Photo submitted

Elemental exhibit at Artym

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Deanna Berrington
The Artym Gallery

This May long weekend, the Artym Gallery presents “Oil, Gold & Stone,” an exhibition featuring new work by painter Cameron Bird, goldsmith Bayot Heer, and stone sculptor Vance Theoret. These artists are exceptional in their respective fields, and you can watch all three working at the gallery on both Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 17th from noon to 4 p.m.
 Cameron Bird has been a regular at the Artym Gallery for over a decade; his strong brushstrokes and unmistakable …

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SPECTATORS’ DELIGHT — A textured painting titled “A Small Part of The Harvest” created by David Zimmerman is showcased above. Submitted photo

Effusion’s Seventh Heaven

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Stephen Lebovits
Effusion Art Gallery +
Glass Studio

If Seventh Heaven can be loosely interpreted as the state of great joy and happiness, then Effusion Art Gallery + Glass Studio is just about to enter it!
Heather Cuell, Effusion’s owner and resident artist, threw open the doors of her gallery/studio space almost seven years ago to this day, and has since been bringing some of Canada’s most talented and versatile contemporary artists to Invermere and the Columbia Valley region.
“It’s been a fun and interesting ride so far,” she coyly admits, adding “I’m still …

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Classical trio presents women composers

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


Submitted by La Cafamore
La Cafamore is in its sixth season of performing chamber works in the Kootenays.  The trio consisting of Angela Snyder (violin), Alexis More (viola) and Carolyn Cameron (piano) is returning to Christ Church Trinity in Invermere on Friday, May 22nd to perform works exclusively by women composers. 
“Some of my favourite concerts have been those featuring works by women,” said Ms. Cameron. “I’m not sure if it’s the thrill of discovering a hidden jewel, promoting the talented underdog, or just getting completely involved in amazing works. I’m always surprised these …

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Back on the track -
The wait is over for local roller derby fans. The Invermere Killer Rollots women’s roller derby team is back in action on Saturday, May 23rd at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena against the Canmore Lady Macs for what‘s panning out to be one of the team’s most competitive bouts ever.  
Kimberley Rae Sanderson photo

Killer Rollbots pumped up for upcoming derby

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
The Invermere Killer Rollbots are back and they are looking to show their continued dominance over opposing roller derby teams from B.C. and Alberta.
The Rollbots have an upcoming home game against the Lady Macs from Canmore, a team they have been looking to compete against for three years. The game is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
“Both teams have a number of veteran players as well as new skaters, so …

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Fundraiser gives needy families a jump-start

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The number of families plagued by the growing cost of signing their children up for sports and recreational activities is on the rise.
Some families start saving to cover the cost of selected children’s activities at the start of the year, but not everybody can afford it. For them, there is help.
Invermere’s Canadian Tire owner, Craig Knapp, is working toward helping needy families cover the cost of enrolment and membership fees for sports programming by hosting the annual JumpStart fundraiser on Saturday, May 30th.
“JumpStart Day is a time …

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Cenotaph Park completion delayed

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Ongoing renovation work at Cenotaph Park has fallen behind schedule and will not be completed by the May long weekend, as it was meant to.
The issue was brought up by councillor Al Miller at the most recent Invermere council meeting on Tuesday, May 12th.
“I’ve been talking with some of the business people downtown. They’re showing some concerns (about the delay). Their bottom lines have been dropping,” said Mr. Miller, asking staff for an update.
Invermere’s chief administrative officer Chris Prosser responded that local company Max Helmer Construction Ltd. …

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Family resources expand to Canal Flats

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The bond many people feel with the Family Resource Centre is expected to grow while the services expand their reach to Canal Flats.
The Village of Canal Flats has agreed to rent a room in the Columbia Discovery Centre to the Family Resource Centre for a lump sum payment of $1 for the next five years.
The partnership aims to improve access to programming and attract new families to the community.
“We are very excited to see services come to Canal Flats, such as the Family Program, Youth Outreach and …

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RUBBLE REMAINS —Valley resident Deanna Empey, who was in Nepal for the earthquake, shared her story and photos (one is pictured here) following the Morrows’ Wings Over the Rockies presentation at DTSS on Friday, May 8th.  Photo by Deanna Empey

Local efforts to aid Nepal grow

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Kevin Nimmock
Pioneer Staff
Pat and Baiba Morrow of Wilmer have dedicated their lives to exploration and environmental activism. Because of their travels to the far reaches of the world and Mr. Morrow’s experience climbing Mount Everest, the two have become attached to the country of Nepal and its people over the years.
After the recent earthquake on April 25th and subsequent second major quake on May 12th, the Morrows took the opportunity to make a difference by catalyzing fundraising efforts in the Columbia Valley.
Prior to their “Heart of the Himalaya” Wings …

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Farmers’ market standoff looms over Invermere

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Steve Hubrecht
Pioneer Staff
Invermere is bracing for a farmers’ market standoff this summer.
At its most recent meeting, on Tuesday, May 12th, Invermere council voted to approve an application from the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion to run a downtown farmers’ market on 6th Avenue starting this summer.
The district received two applications to operate a downtown farmers’ market on 6th Avenue this summer, one from the Legion and one from Julia Oaks, who has (together with her mother) run the long-standing Invermere Farmers’ Market downtown since it began about …

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Mobility issues addressed with Mobi-Mat

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


By Breanne Massey
Pioneer Staff
The wheels are in motion to help curb mobility issues in the Columbia Valley and promote a sense of unity in the outdoors.
Access in the Community for Everyone (ACE) spokesperson Spring Hawes has helped roll out a new asset — the Mobi-Mat — to help open doors for people with limited mobility or wheelchairs.
“The District of Invermere has received a great new asset to help make public access easier on uneven surfaces like sand and snow,” said Ms. Hawes. “Through the combined efforts of ACE, the Panorama Foundation …

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