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David Thompson Secondary School 2016 graduate Amelia Smart   competing during the Ladies Alpine Combined Super-G Hafjell Olympic Slope during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway. Photo: Arnt Folvik for YIS/IOC

From the local slopes to the international circuit

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


From competing at the Winter Youth Olympics in Norway to training internationally and holding a part-time job, David Thompson Secondary School graduate Amelia Smart has accomplished a tremendous amount during her 12 years at school. And she shows no signs of slowing down her alpine ski career upon her high school graduation.
After attending the Canadian selection camp at Sunshine Village in May 2015, Amelia was selected for the team and began training.
“I was named to the team (Canadian National Development Team) last July, so July 2015; it was just …

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David Thompson Secondary School 2016 graduates Japhy Hunt (left) and Matty Helmer (right) will be working on a full-length feature film this summer after graduation. Photo by Nikki Fredrikson

Setting their sights on the big screen

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


It all began with a film project in a Grade 10 gym class where Japhy Hunt and Matty Helmer opted to explore their creativity through film instead of making a poster for a class assignment. The pair began to integrate filmmaking into more of their assignments with the support of the staff at David Thompson Secondary School, and were able to expand on their filmmaking skills to the point where they’re at today, graduating Grade 12 with skills they will use this summer to create a three-hour feature film.
“Last …

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Graham Norquay with Invermere Judo Club head coach Hermann Mauthner after receiving his silver medal. Photo submitted.

Norquay wins silver at judo nationals in Calgary

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


While most high school kids are spending weekends playing video games, hanging out with friends and exploring the outdoors, some are training for their sport. Graham Norquay, 13, has been busy keeping active to be able to compete at the national level in judo.
“Before nationals, it was about four times a week, so I would practice once on Monday, once on Wednesday, and then Friday and Sunday were either going for runs or going for bike rides or swimming just to keep active,” said Graham.
This year, Graham has …

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2016, June 24 – Out & About

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by


Friday, June 24th
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Contractor Appreciation Day at RONA North Star Hardware with sales, prizes, demonstrations and free barbecue lunch.
• 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Art Show at Pynelogs featuring Sherry Mallach, Alice Hale, Cat McDiarmid & Jane Murray. Show continues until June 26th.
• 6:30 p.m.: Steak Sandwich Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: Infinity Solstice and Lightning Lix perform at Strand’s Old House Restaurant.
• 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.: The Swillbillies play a …

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FAB DAD — Top: Kendyl Hart with his sons Wyatt, left, and Trystan, right (photo by Nikki Fredrikson)

Hart of Gold: one father shares his passion with his children

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


He’s your biggest fan, he’s the one who motivates you when you’re down, he goes out of his way to see you’re successful and, if you’re really lucky, he’ll share his knowledge. He’s your dad. Not everyone has a great relationship with theirs, but if you’re one of the four Hart children, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about dirt biking from him.
For Wyatt and Trystan Hart, they can both agree that their dad Kendyl Hart is their number one fan when it comes to them and their …

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2016, June 17 – Out & About

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


Friday, June 17th
• Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s (FHSR) Long Drive Competition at Fairmont Airport. See how far you can drive the ball down the 6000’ runway! Open to everyone, $15 for 3 balls ($10 for children 12 & under).
• The Province of B.C. is offering licence-free freshwater fishing this Father’s Day weekend.
• 12 – 8 p.m.: Invermere Art Walk downtown every Friday throughout the summer until September 9th.
• 5 p.m.: Summit Youth Centre Reach Your Peak Climbing Program. A 4 week climbing program with a certified climbing coach. Meet at …

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Parkside Place celebrating with block party

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


The businesses of Parkside Place are teaming up to bring a special event to the community on Saturday, June 18th. The event is a block party, that brings family fun, sidewalk sales and live music to the area for the community to enjoy.
“We Parkside Place folks sat down and came up with some ideas one day at Circle Cafe. June tends to be one month where there’s less going on than May and July, which have long weekends. Just something for people to do in June,” said Bobbi Donahue, …

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Farmers’ Market returns for another season

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Invermere Farmers’ and Artists Market is preparing for the beginning of the farmers market season. The first day of the 2016 market is Saturday June 11th.
The market last year had 65 vendors each week and Ken Carlow of the Royal Canadian Legion said this year there is more.
“It’s everything from produce to things people have made, jewellery people have made, all the historical market folks are there, the ones that have been there for many years,” said Mr. Carlow.
The downtown farmers market is a great place for both locals …

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Larrabee to perform at the Legion

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not catch dinner and a show at the Royal Canadian Legion? Robert Larrabee will be performing at the Invermere Legion both Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th.
“Robert Larrabee was born and raised here and he now lives, I think, in Medicine Hat. He does regularly have shows down in Vegas and he also tours throughout B.C. and Alberta,” said Ken Carlow of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Robert Larrabee is an impersonator and does performances of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, …

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Music Festival Kickoff at market

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


A live performance by Big Eli B blues band, sponsorship opportunities, give aways and more will be at the Invermere Music Festival (IMF) Kickoff, set for Saturday June 11th at the Invermere Farmers and Artist Market location. The kickoff gets underway at 9 a.m. and will go until 1 p.m.
“We’ll be there to sell tickets, we’re looking for volunteers, sponsorship and just general information about the event itself,” said Invermere Music Fest organizer Jami Scheffer.
The kickoff event gives the public the chance to get the super early …

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2016, June 10 – Out & About

Posted on June 10th, 2016 by


Friday, June 10th
• 6:30 p.m.: Robert Larrabee at the Legion in Invermere. $35 ticket includes a chicken dinner. Reservations Required. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 p.m.: Columbia Valley Car Club meeting at Rocky River Grill breakfast room. All car enthusiasts welcome! For info, call Vicki at 250-342-1257.
• 8 p.m.: Invermere leg of the Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game is being held at J.A. Laird Elementary School. Funds support the accessibility and development of Ultimate Frisbee for children, youth and those with disabilities. Bring a red and …

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The Life of Leo Grillmair showing a second time

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


Arriving 10 minutes before the doors opened for the showing of Nine Lives Would Not Do: The Life of Leo Grillmair, Mountaineer seemed like plenty of time, but it turns out I was quite mistaken. The show was sold out almost instantaneously.
“The doors were to open at 6:30 p.m. last night and at (5:50 p.m.), six people were lined up. We didn’t start selling because it wouldn’t be fair. We started selling at 6:30 p.m. and we were sold out at 6:35 p.m.,” said the film’s creator, David Goldsmith, the …

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Radium pub putting community first on Sundays

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


It’s called Give Back Sundays — an opportunity for local charities and not-for-profits to receive proceeds from food sales at Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium Hot Springs. Owner Patrick Tolchard explains that the program allows for local charities to receive 15 per cent of proceeds from all food sales on any charity’s given Sunday. The idea came about when new owners took over the Horsethief Creek Pub in the fall of 2015 and were trying to think of ways to draw more people in.
“Why don’t we start a …

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2016, June 3 – Out & About

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by


Friday, June 3
• 6 p.m.: Canal Days Youth Bingo at the Canal Flats Civic Centre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Ages 8 to 16.
• 6:30 p.m.: Pork Schnitzel Dinner at Branch 71 Legion in Invermere. $17.50. Reservations Recommended. Call 250-342-9517. Meat Draw and 50/50.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Fresh Fridays Open Mic at Pynelogs. Showcasing young talent from the valley. All ages, licensed bar. First Friday of every month.
• 7:30 p.m.: La Cafamore performs Music From the Movies and other Internet Lies at Christ Church Trinity. Tickets available at Avenue. …

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People wanting to help ICAN's rescued animals are invited to an Open House on May 29th to learn more.

Invermere Companion Animal Network Looking for Volunteers

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Helping Invermere’s smallest furry companions, the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) works hard to provide animals with the best care. That care is provided by ICAN president Lana Banham and her team of 25 volunteers. However, the animal rescue group is in need of more volunteers and will be holding an open house on Sunday, May 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ICAN headquarters at 455 Panorama Drive to recruit them.
“It’s a volunteer fair, a recruitment open house. We’re having a barbecue with snacks and drinks to show …

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Titans Tourney-- A scene from the 2015 Clash of Titans soccer tournament in Invermere. 
File photo by Katie Watt

Third annual Clash of the Titans kicks off

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


For the third time in as many years, the Columbia Valley Football Club will be hosting the Clash of the Titans Soccer tournament from May 27th to 29th.
The tournament first started in 2014, drawing in approximately 30 teams in the U12 and U14-U18 age groups from Alberta and British Columbia to play in the tournament. The following year, the tournament swelled to include 45 teams. This year, the tournament maxxed out, said club chair Cheryl Maybuck, with 67 teams coming from places as far as Edmonton to compete in the …

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The Rotary Club of Invermere has named Janet and Ray Brydon Citizens of the Year for 2015. The couple are long-term valley residents well-known throughout the valley for their extensive volunteer work.

Rotary Club of Invermere Names Citizen of the Year

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


The Citizen of the Year award is given to a person or — in this year’s case — persons dedicated to the Columbia Valley community.
“We’re looking for people who contribute to the betterment of the community here in the valley,” said Milt Deck, president of the Rotary Club of Invermere.
Each year, the club asks for nominations of people they believe fit the criteria of this award, which includes work that is not related to the person’s business, and Rotary Club members are not allowed to be nominated. This year, …

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Flush with Funding: (Left to right) RDEK Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke, Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, RDEK Area F Director Wendy Booth, and RDEK Chair Rob Gay in Fairmont Friday, May 20th for the Fairmont flood mitigation funding announcement.

Province provides help in Fairmont Flood Mitigation Project

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


After experiencing two devastating floods back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, the Fairmont Hot Springs area will receive the funding it needs to ensure such a vital economic area is protected against future flood damage.
As part of the public safety funding announced in the 2016 provincial budget, the Province is committing $1.47 million in funding toward a flood mitigation project near Fairmont Hot Springs that will protect it from flood damage caused by debris. In both 2012 and 2013, debris flow in the area caused considerable damage with the earlier …

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Out & About

Posted on May 27th, 2016 by


Friday May 27th
• 12 p.m.: Soup lunch at the Edgewater Legion. $6.
• 6:30 p.m.: United Dance studio’s Freedom showcase. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 available at Inside Edge, Avenue or call 250-341-8525.
• 7 – 10 p.m.: Madeline Tasquin performs jazz, French & originals on piano, guitar & ukulele live at Strands Restaurant. $5 cover. Reservations recommended.Call 250-342-6344.
• 7 p.m.: Music For Life at Christ Church Trinity. Musician Arne Sahlen, joined by area musicians young and old. Admission by donation.
Saturday May 28th
• Jumpstart Day at Canadian Tire. …

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Norm Macdonald

Local MLA stepping away from politics, into education

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by


With less than a year until the next provincial election in British Columbia, Columbia-River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald has informed the public that he will not be seeking re-election and instead will transition back to the classroom.
Before becoming an MLA in 2005, Mr. Macdonald was the principal at Nicholson Elementary School in Golden with more than 20 years of teaching experience under his belt. He said that he has been thinking of returning to the classroom for a while now.
“It was always my intent that there would be a period of …

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