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The IPC World Championship is set to take Invermere by storm this weekend. Canadian paralympic athlete Mac Marcoux and his guide  Robin Femy shred the slopes (above). Photo by Marcus Hartmann

When the whole world comes to town

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


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Parading south on Invermere’s main street

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At Radium’s annual Winterfest held on Saturday, February 14th, the winners of the indoor curling event were the Radium Rockets — the village council team. Left to right are councillors Tyler McCauley and Ron Verboom, mayor Clara Reinhardt, and councillor Todd Logan. Photo by Kristin McCauley

Radium rocks

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by


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Shelan Verge (left) and Coreen Duncan pose with Bill Cropper, Bernie Thiesen and patient Jim McKay at the Invermere & District Hospital while dishing out a healthy dose of festive spirit with the Valentine’s Photo Booth they created. The booth was up in various locations around the hospital this week and will be in Columbia House next.
 
Photo by Dan  Walton

HEART-STOPPING HEALTH CARE

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1945, a group of men are moving the old Legion hall (mentioned in last week’s Historical Lens) which was originally the Columbia Valley Supply Co. Store, from Athalmer to Invermere. It was rebuilt as Dr. Tripp’s home and later the Osterloh home. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Men on the move, 1945

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


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“Main Street: At The Heart of the Community” is the theme of this year’s B.C. Heritage Week (from February 16th to 22nd), so this week’s Historical Lens photo is of downtown Invermere’s main street (7th Avenue) in the 1970s, on the corner of 13th Street and 7th Avenue. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1466) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Invermere’s main street

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1937, a group of actors performed the comic opera “Trial by Jury” at the Legion Hall in Athalmer — Front Row — Left to Right: Herb Beckley, Delbert Mitchell, Evelyn Ashworth, Jim Ashworth, Audrey Cleland, Warner Newton, Ron Ede, Anna Bartman, Hans Braathen, Lillian Blake, Florence McGuiness, Ruth Saunders — Back Row: Bud Cleland, Bud Coy, Dave McGuiness, Carl Jones, Norman Collinson, Walter Elmes, Jenny Weir, Harold Saunders, Erna Trethewey, Kay Thornton, Helen Pietrosky, Marjorie Saunders, Margaret Ashworth, Frances Ashworth, Avril Dobbie, Doreen Johnston. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.     Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

A marvelous group of players, 1937

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


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Youngsters not old enough to play in the BC Pond Hockey Tournament in Invermere last weekend were more than happy on Saturday, January 31st to enjoy the camaraderie of this year’s event. 
Photo by Dan Walton

POND PARTY POSSE

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Ethan McGregor and Sheldon Lindsay from Copper Point Resort indulge in their own crab bisque with corn bread during Taste of the Valley at Kinsmen Beach on Friday, January 23rd as part of the Snowflake Festival. Photo by Dan Walton

TASTERS OF THE VALLEY

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1930, a bustling First Nations family enjoys an outing on their two-seat buckboard and wagon at Fairmont Hot Springs. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Buckboard crossings, 1930

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In this image, dated 1926, a travelling family enjoys a scenic view provided by the Banff-Windermere Highway. Anna Bartman (seated on the car), Mrs. Bartman, Betty Bartman and Mr. Bartman braved the frosty winter in their classic Studebaker. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      Photo (C2173) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The Snowbirds of Windermere, 1926

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


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RIBBON-CUTTING RESISTANCE

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


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The Columbia Valley’s new ‘Winter in Motion’ festival starts on Saturday, January 3rd with a big celebration of the Whiteway’s World Record title for longest ice skating trail. The outdoor party is planned for Kinsmen Beach, pictured here on Monday, December 29th when crowds — including  Diana Crombie and her stylishly bundled dog Charlie Murphy  (inset) — were out enjoying a plethora of winter activities on the frozen lake. Photos by Dan Walton

‘Winter in motion’ kicking off

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In this image, dated sometime in the 1950s, a bright trio of fastidious women — Mary McLeod, Shelagh Dehart and Naomi Chrona — diligently sort through a plethora of  Christmas trees, according to the colour of the tags. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      

Photo (A1039) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Three dames a sorting

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by


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To help Santa deliver Christmas to everyone in the valley, volunteers from the Columbia Valley Christmas Bureau sorted an overwhelming amount of community donations into gift hampers for families and individuals to pick up from the Invermere Community Hall on Thursday, December 18th. 
Photo by Dan Walton

HELP FOR THE H0LIDAYS

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In this image, dated 1915, five curious children present their Christmas treasures with the family Christmas tree in the background on the left. From left to right, Henry Hynes, Ellen Hynes, Orin Hynes, Ervin Hynes and Dave Hynes. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the 
Windermere District Historical Society

The five children of Christmas

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by


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Christmas concerts in the valley

Posted on December 20th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1922, three buildings in a winter scene represent the George Geary Farm and Blacksmith Shop; it was later known as the Lakeside Hotel, owned by H.E. Richardson and his father. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com Photo (A110) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A Winter Wonderland, 1922

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


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Discovery launched

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Michael Midyette holds The Pioneer up for a far-off Karli Ozimek to create a fantastic illusion at Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia, landing them the final travel photo cover of the year. The contest is drawing to a close, so get your travel pics in by the end of 2014 for a chance to win a night in a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game generously donated by Travel World in Invermere.  Submitted photo

Tail end of travel contest

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


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