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Students need support

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
I am asking the community of Invermere to speak to our district councillors at the Budget Open House on February 4th to request a safe walking path for our children attending Eileen Madson Primary School.
Eileen Madson Primary School (EMP) has 220 children attending this year. These children are little, between the ages of five and nine, and are too young to safely navigate traffic. From the back parking area at 14th Avenue to the main roadway at 13th Avenue, there is no walkway for the children. The children are …

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What version of Canada do you want?

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
(In response to last week’s letter to the editor, “I want my country back.”)
I am so very grateful to have been born a Canadian and to have enjoyed the privilege of living in a country with one of the highest standards of living on the planet. I do, however, take issue with the notion that we are somehow special in the eyes of anyone in the world but ourselves.
Much like a spoiled and entitled child, we cling to a self-inflated ideal of our place on the …

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Bring out more bins

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
Regarding your January 2nd article “Invermere transfer station ill-treated”.
We know how busy our town gets during Christmas and New Year.
It looks like all garbage bins are full in your picture, so common
sense is to put out more bins during busy times and long weekends.
And build a station for goods that people can drop off.
B. van Son
Invermere

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POTATO PATCH KIDS — The November 28th Historical Lens photo  that identified Charles Crook, Helen Spencer, centre, and Elinor Venice. 

Photo (A1343) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

History emerges on charming children

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
 
Some information regarding the Historical Lens photo in your November 28th, 2014 issue. The boy is my brother Charles Crook, who was born in the Wilmer hospital on June 24th, 1911.
The girl in the centre is Helen Spencer and the other girl is Elinor Venice. They are standing in front of Sinclair Craig’s potato patch at Windermere. Thank you for printing the picture.
 
Ray Crook
Invermere

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Get over the price of gas in the valley

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by


Dear Editor:
John Tames wrote a letter to the editor last week, making several points about being in a business where the costs are very public, and seemingly always making the news. I think that we are actually very fortunate with the price that we presently pay for the fuel for our vehicles these days. Here’s why.
Fifty years ago, the price of a gallon of gas was in the fifty to sixty cents per gallon range. The average five-year-old car was a 1960 Chevy that, on a good day, got about …

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Don’t fuel the fire of gas prices

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Regarding the article in The Pioneer about local fuel (December 19th issue)… as the owner of a local gas station, I can’t help but take a bit of exception to those who vilify gas station owners.
We, as business owners, are no different than other owners of businesses.
We serve the public, as do most all other businesses.
The difference is that our cost of material is basically open to public knowledge. Be that as it may, it seems that people generally  forget that businesses must operate at a profit.
When was the last …

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DAPPER DANDIES — It’s thought the men in this historical photo are Jack Buchhani, B.G. Hamilton, Bill Seaton and Mr. Tomkins. In his letter, Mr. Smith identifies Mr. Tomkins as the man on the step with the young girl below him.

The mysterious case of Harry Tomkins

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
In regards to photo A1423 (Historical Lens, November 14th Pioneer), I have a little information for you. Mr. Wilfred Harry Tomkins, also known as Tommy Tompkins is my grandfather. He was born July 7th, 1884 and died on July 9th, 1972 in Calgary. He had taken a position in Invermere sometime before 1920 as Secretary of the Irrigated Fruit Lands Co. Ltd in Invermere. 
As far as we know, he resided in Invermere until the late 1920s. Depending on the exact year of the picture, the little girl standing beside him …

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No reason not to support Jumbo

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
After reading Steve Tersmette’s letter looking for any reason to allow Jumbo (The Pioneer, December 12th issue), I have searched long and hard to find any reason to stop it.
He mentions the voting public being ignored, but our last Regional District of East Kootenay and Invermere council elections showed the anti-Jumbo candidates receiving the least amount of votes. Clearly they are not the majority. After starting four successful businesses in
Invermere over the last 45 years, I have found the vast majority of business owners are pro-Jumbo!
Reasons against? …

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Deer are a lesson in gentleness

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us from spirit. 
Like the dappling of a fawn’s coat, both the light and the dark may be loved to create gentleness and safety for those who are seeking peace.
Stop pushing so hard to get others to change and love them as they are!
Please find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, for you may be projecting your fears and anxieties onto others.
Stop courting your …

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Trying to understand Jumbo Resort

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
I’ve been searching long and hard for a reason why Jumbo Glacier Resort should receive approval from the Ministry of Environment therefore allowing them to continue construction on one of the most controversial land use decisions in this province’s history. And that reason is simply it wouldn’t be very professional of the BC Liberals to not grant approval to a project being undertaken by a financial supporter of the party.
It makes complete sense that the voting public that opposes the project would be ignored.
It also makes sense that …

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Local PACs encouraged to apply for gaming grants

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


By Pioneer Staff
The Province distributes $135 million in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.
The following local community organizations that have received gaming grants to date in the government fiscal year 2014/2015 are as follows:
• In Edgewater, the Steamboat Mountain Music Society received $2,850 in the Arts and Culture sector under the Fairs, Festivals, Museums sub sector.
• In Invermere, the Columbia Valley Arts Council received $29,000 in the Arts and Culture sector under the Adult Arts and Culture sub sector.
• In …

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Freedom of Speech protects democratic process

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
This reflects on last week’s editorial in The Columbia Valley Pioneer. It appears that someone holds the view that controversial issues ought not be discussed in newspapers, but, rather, should be forwarded to specialist groups for a worthy opinion.
Seven hundred and ninety-nine years ago, Magna Carta introduced a process whereby citizens would influence how they were governed.
Canadians generally take pride in our Bill of Rights and the Constitution of Canada, both of which enshrine, among other guarantees, the right of free speech and freedom of the press. …

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New shopping events replacing Super Sunday

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am writing on behalf of the Invermere Business Committee (IBC) to let you and the community know there is no official Super Sunday Downtown Shopping Event planned for this year. The downtown businesses have found that this shopping event has been getting slower with each passing year. It will be up to individual retailers as to whether or not they choose to do any specials on the first Sunday of December.
Instead, efforts are being made to expand shopping opportunities in downtown Invermere, such as the December 8th PJ …

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Hats off to Fairmont airport enhancements

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I am delighted to read in The Pioneer about the navigation equipment enhancements to Fairmont Hot Springs Airport, which will allow some aircraft to land in inclement weather.
My appreciation is two-fold. In 2013, my child was rushed to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary by road ambulance in treacherous winter conditions as visibility was not favourable for an air medevac. Those precious minutes could make the difference to a child’s life.
I am also a proponent of WestJet service to Fairmont, rather than the RDEK’s and the District of …

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A message from the Youth Centre

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


During this giving season, we ask for your consideration to remember the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society in your donation requests. Here is why we need your help.
For over 20 years, the Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society has operated the Summit Centre, a drop-in centre for youth ages 12 to 18.
In the last two years, we have seen a very dramatic increase in usage of the centre from youth across the valley. We average upwards of 150 to 200-plus visits per month. For safety we must have …

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Invermere Library thanks local author

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
I had the opportunity to attend a 1940s evening at Pynelogs this past Friday. The event was held to honour our very own valley author Elinor Florence and the launch of her first novel called Bird’s Eye View, which takes place during this time period. The evening was a nostalgic walk down memory lane as guests stepped back in time to a bygone era. The attire and hairdos were very grand and detailed — right down to the ink-drawn seamed stockings — not to mention the family heirlooms on …

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Author thanks the valley

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
Thank you very much for the coverage provided for my Bird’s Eye View Book Launch, held at Pynelogs Cultural Centre on November 14th.
It was great fun and very heart-warming to see how many people took the trouble to dress in wartime vintage outfits.
Thanks also to Mike Smith and Bruce Childs for their soulful singing of wartime tunes, the Columbia Valley Arts Centre for the use of this beautiful and historic building, and the Invermere Public Library for organizing the event and acting as the local retailer for my …

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Avalanche expertise will prevail

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
 I am writing in response to the letter by Rod Gibbons published in The Pioneer on November 14th. I am a resident of Invermere, a self-employed ski and mountain guide who, at 66 years of age, still guides powder skiers and ski mountaineers, six to seven days a week all winter long. My private clients come mainly from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA and Canada. Some have done two trips a year with me for over 25 years now.
I have done extensive ski guiding with …

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Avalanche expertise will prevail

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor:
 
I am writing in response to the letter by Rod Gibbons published in The Pioneer on November 14th. I am a resident of Invermere, a self-employed ski and mountain guide who, at 66 years of age, still guides powder skiers and ski mountaineers, six to seven days a week all winter long. My private clients come mainly from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA and Canada. Some have done two trips a year with me for over 25 years now.
I have done extensive ski guiding with …

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Fire department’s efforts appreciated

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


Dear Editor and Readers:
I would like to express my sincere thank you to our local fire department.
A little over a week ago, the vacant house beside mine caught on fire. The response from our local fire department was absolutely amazing.
They were there before I was even aware that it was on fire.
They were extremely organized and came out in full force as they realized the seriousness of the location with houses, apartment buildings and many old fir trees in close proximity.
Most of the men are volunteers …

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