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Trail builder praised

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
May I be amongst the first to commend with the highest possible praise the volunteer trail building work of David Pacey — whom I don’t know, and have never heard of until I read about his upcoming court appearance in this paper the other day (“Unauthorized trail builder faces charges” in the August 19th Pioneer). His public-spirited actions are an inspiration and a sad reminder of what we’ve lost.
May I also take advantage of the opportunity — too perfect to miss — to point out to Parks Canada that …

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Apply the ‘Two Second Rule’

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
An excellent editorial re: the common driving problem of “following too close” or “tailgating” (August 19th Pioneer).
There is an easy method to ensure that you are not “tailgating”, known as the “Two Second Rule”. This rule does not require any math skills, and is easy to follow. This rule is taught by many driving instructors.
To apply this rule, while following the vehicle ahead, note when the vehicle ahead of you passes a pole, or a white road marker, then slowly count two seconds. If your vehicle reaches this …

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Parks petition growing

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you to The Pioneer for printing the article on the ongoing trail maintenance issues within Kooteny National Park (“Unauthorized trail builder faces charges” in the August 19th Pioneer). It has generated a lot of interest and concerns and discussion about the long-standing lack of maintenance within the National Park systems. Long-standing meaning at least four decades of neglect; lack of maintenance to the point that some locations are close to simply being dangerous to the well-being of a hiker’s limbs. The four-foot wide path built initially has generally …

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A poem for a loved one who has passed

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


I’m Free
(Author ~ Unknown)
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard Him call,
I turned by back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of …

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Reader provides historical insight

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Just finished my weekly read of The Pioneer online and felt I should comment on two items:
The just-dissolved Windermere Health Care Auxiliary had a precursor in the village of Windermere, known simply as the Windermere Social Club. Its members included pioneer families like Chisholm, Kimpton, Tegart, Pitts, and (from the early ‘40s) my mother, Eleanor Stoddart. The Club’s members were primarily members of St. Peter’s Church, but performed many acts of community service, including aid to the small hospital at Taynton Bay, now the site of Pynelogs.
The play …

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Boys identified

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
RE: Historical Lens photo, July 29th Pioneer
These boys are Harry and George Barbour, my great uncles.
Sincerely,
E. Bellamy (ellenbellamy@live.ca)
Carbon, Alberta

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BACK ROW: Darcel Luyendyk, Lorraine Ross, Doris Allan, Wanda Zubach, Cathy Voshel, Nelda Harker, Raylene Oram, Dorothy Anders; FRONT ROW: Margaret Bashnick, Julian Jakos, Bev Palfry, Daphne Harding, Bunny Turner, Myrtle Murphy, Anne Engdahl; MISSING: Sherry Avery, Caron Green, Mary Ellen Jones, Sharyn Schmidt, Kathy Winters

Windermere health auxiliary disbands

Posted on August 11th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
After more than 65 years of community service, the Windermere Health Care Auxiliary (WHCA) is disbanding. With the help of a generous community, the Auxiliary has been able to provide care and comfort items to Columbia House and create a Palliative Care suite in the Invermere & District Hospital.
The WHCA, then known as the Windermere Hospital Aid, was formed in 1949. A group of ladies gathered in a private home to discuss projects to help raise funds to support the Lady Elizabeth Bruce Memorial Hospital. In 1959, the …

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Old plane in photo identified

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
A couple of additions/corrections to the two photos in the “Team, pilot remembered” article (Historical Lens feedback) in the July 15th issue.
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• In the first photo (of the 1910 Golden baseball team), John Blakley is back row, second from the right, not the left.
• The pilot in the second photo is also John Blakley. The plane is a de Havilland DH.60 Moth (Gipsy Moth), registration CF-AGK, owned by Radium Hot Springs Flying Service Ltd. and flown by both John Blakley (owner) and his son Jock Blakley. The plane was …

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Community garage sale

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I’m writing to let your readers know that the Fairmont & District Lions Club is holding a Garage Sale on August 13th and 14th at the Lions Community Den, 5003 Hot Springs Road. Come out and find treasures. Any reasonable offer will be accepted and all proceeds go to help valley residents. For pick up of item donations, call 250-341-7150.
Lynda Devenish, Lion
Fairmont Hot Springs

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River ban is needed

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Who is this irresponsible boat owner on the Riverside Golf Course section of the Columbia River on Friday, July 22nd? He comes flying around a corner and has to cut his engine because of people in the river. Not only floaters, kayaks, canoes, but people swimming downstream. These boats should not be allowed on the river, not just for safety, but for environmental reasons.
Lynda Devenish
Riverside Drive resident
Fairmont Hot Springs

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You can help save the bees

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on residents of Invermere to join the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count and help scientists learn more about these important pollinators. All it takes is a simple snap of a picture of bumble bees you see in your garden, park or campsite and upload to www.Bumblebeewatch.org.
The Canadian member of Friends of the Earth International, one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental organizations, is partnering with Bumble Bee Watch to deliver the first ever Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count.
Bumble Bee Watch, created …

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Heavy-handed backcountry policing

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I would like to shed light on an issue that is occurring in our backcountry that is unfair and disturbing to the individuals involved. First, let me provide some background material.
My father was always very much an outdoorsman and as long as I can remember he would take our family camping/fishing/hiking on almost every weekend and holiday possible. One of his favorite spots was back in the “Findlay Creek” area and he first started taking us there in the late 1950s.
My Dad is now in his early …

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Big praise for small-town politician

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
A key responsibility of any political leader is to listen to the concerns of all constituents followed by working hard to find a common ground upon which everyone can take steps forward. My experience with Gerry Taft is that he is a good listener, that he respects opinions that differ from his own, and that he is able to focus on the big picture.
Regarding values, I know that Gerry is committed to supporting his family, to maintaining Invermere as the heart of the region, and to …

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Focus on the socio-economic reality

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Economic viability is based on producing a needed product or service. This is what provides jobs and supports, through taxes, community services. Reading current comments and articles, this seems to be a foreign concept.
Civic organizations talk about government money for a consultant to formulate a sustainable, green plan based on “relaxation”.
Hey, I thought “relaxation” was about putting your feet up on the sofa and watching TV. Not much economic stimulus in that.
An MLA candidate’s main emphasis is opposing positive economic opportunities and supporting more government. I see …

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Open invitation to blacksmiths

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I have been asked to do a small Blacksmith Demo at the Agri Park by the Crossroads this coming Sunday. Well, OK, but how about if we make it a demo by a few amateur blacksmiths?
Like I will show you mine if you show me yours? Could be fun and may be entertaining. I will bring a few anvils and forger plus a “Show and Tell” table. Bring your favourite hammer and maybe project, please?
Gunner Jorgensen
Invermere

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Jeersing a jeers

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
I am responding to the Jeers comment of July 15th about “BAH HUMBURGERS who complain about … dogs swimming in lake”. Why should dogs be restricted from swimming in public beach areas? Here are five reasons:
Dog waste contains 23 million fecal coliform bacteria per gram, 10 times more per pound of body weight than even cows produce.
Pets are responsible for up to one-third of bacterial pollution in waterways near developed areas.
Ten to 50 percent of bacteria in air samples comes from feces with dog poop being a particularly dominant …

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Congratulations

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


Dear Editor,
Congratulations on your July 1st issue. Great articles, super colour photography, all round terrific coverage of the events and activities, and wonderful people who live, work and play in the Columbia Valley.
Keep up the good work.
Leo O’Connor,
Toronto

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Spring for NDP nomination

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
What an interesting month! Since I announced my intention to seek the nomination for NDP candidate for Columbia River–Revelstoke, I’ve been having a great time meeting and talking to interested people in the riding.
I would like this nomination because I have the tools and the vision to represent our region. I believe in people, and I believe in a government that works for its constituents. My values are deeply aligned with NDP values of equity, social justice and democracy, and my work in the community has always reflected …

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Revisiting the electoral system

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
Dean Midyette’s editorial last April preposing an electoral system where the number of votes allotted are based on income and assets vs a proportional vote was of course just a silly comparison but it did prompt me to investigate the debate regarding electoral models.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Midyette’s editorial was an April Fool’s joke.)
In 2009, after it was revealed by the Speaker in the House that the B.C. “Citizens Assembly” failed to include information showing that a STV (single transferable vote) electoral system would shape less populated ridings …

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Jumbo issue continues

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
The Federal Court of Appeal has supported the B.C. First Nations request to keep the Northern Gateway Pipeline and oil tanker terminal project out of their traditional territories. Great news!
Yet, when I first heard ‘The Federal Court of Appeal has supported B.C. First Nations” my yearning was to hear that the Ktunaxa’s request to keep their sacred territory, Qat’Muk, free of the Jumbo Glacier Resort had been granted.
That, too, will be great news!
Currently Jumbo Wilders are being stretched while waiting for the B.C. government to officially support the …

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