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In this image dated 1949 are the oldest children of Lewis Kelly at their home at the centre of the bay on Cemetery Street in Windermere. From left to right are Ralph, 6, Shirley, 8, and Bobby, 10 and Bruce, 1. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of Shirley Stewart

Windermere kids, 1949

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Local photographer Joe Lucas holds the August 22nd issue of The Pioneer under the Milky Way as seen from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Another noteworthy travel contest photo to make the front cover, one made even more special as Mr. Lucas’ own photography of Farnham Creek is what graces the cover he’s holding. Photo by Joe Lucas

Pioneer space travel

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Children of all ages celebrated Oktoberfest traditions in style, sporting colourful face painting designs and enjoying animal balloon-making demonstrations at the fun-filled  festival that took place in Invermere on Saturday, October 4th.
Photo by Erin Knutson

Oktoberfest art

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In this image, dated the mid-1920s, Lady Byng in the white hat is walking toward Robert Randolph Bruce holding the wreath. This ceremony marked the unveiling of the cenotaph donated by Mr. Bruce to commemorate lost lives in the First World War. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.Photo (A1425) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A cenotaph to honour fallen soldiers, 1920s

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Logan Bezaire helps to collect flowers for the Windermere Valley Child Care Centre on Flower Picking Day – Monday, September 29th – 
when the youngsters were taken around Invermere to collect flowers to 
share with each of their parents. Photo by Dan Walton.

Building bouquets

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1930, an elderly lady beside a clapboard building leans in on a chair. Known as Mrs B, grandmother of Lloyd Palmers, the stern looking matriarch lived in Wilmer. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.     Photo (A1410) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A woman of her times, 1930

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David Thompson Secondary School students were all smiles when B.C. public schools re-opened on Monday, September 22nd after B.C. teachers reached a negotiated settlement with the provincial government last Thursday, ending the teachers’ strike that delayed the start of the 2014-2015 school year by two weeks. Photo by Erin Knutson

School’s in session

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by


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The Columbia Salmon Festival on Saturday, September 13th was a feast for the senses with live music, kids’ activities and First Nations storytelling and dancing at Kinsmen Beach followed by a wild salmon barbecue and pow wow in Windermere at the Akisqnuk band office facility. This young dancer was one of many who entranced spectators with their traditional 
head-to-toe regalia. Photo by Erin Knutson

SALMON SOLDIER

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1973, four men lounge in front of a Greyhound bus near the Invermere Hotel across the street from Kipps Pharmacy — Roy Lake (driver) and Al Miller in the back row; the men in front are unknown. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Four men and a Greyhound bus

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


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This image of summer swimmers relaxing on Lake Windermere (circa 1920) ran as the first Historical Lens photo in The Pioneer’s inaugural issue dated September 16th, 2004. Photo courtesy of the Ede Collection

The original Historical Lens photograph

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The Pioneer celebrates 10 years in print on Tuesday, September 16th. In recognition of this milestone, Pioneer staff — past and present — share their favourite memories in this special anniversary issue.

Photo by Nicole Trigg

Delivering news for a decade

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Missy the dog in Markham, Ontario, clearly saddened to learn about the removal of Invermere’s Russian olive tree

Take a moment to smile

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by


Travel World, our local travel agency in Invermere, has generously donated a night at a Calgary hotel and two tickets to a Calgary Flames game to the winner of our annual Pioneer Travel Photo Contest.
Simply take a copy of The Pioneer with you when you are away on holidays, take a photo and send us a copy to have it published in The Pioneer. At the end of the year, we will draw the winning name. Submit your photos online at www.columbiavalleypioneer.com, email them to info@columbiavalleypioneer.com, or drop by our …

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Columbia Valley teachers were back on the picket line on the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd, which normally would have marked the start of the school year , but the continuing labour dispute between the B.C. government and  teachers ‘ union  is keeping public schools throughout the province closed. 
Photo by Dan Walton

Education Impasse

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In this image, dated 1935, five curious men sit on a bench amongst a large crowd near Athalmer — Harry Peters, Bert Rutherford, Pat McGrath, Howard Cleland and Mr. Weir. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .	      
Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Cross legged on the bench, 1935

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Imperial Esso, 1950s

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Farewell Friend

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In this image taken in the 1950s, Dodge De Soto was the service garage on Invermere’s Main Street, located where up until recently Lake Auto Service was situated. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (C295) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Downtown Invermere service station

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


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This beautiful vista was taken just below the toe of Farnham Glacier.  The visible stream is one of many that come off of the Glacier and help start Farnham Creek.  The three large peaks to the right are Mt. Hammond, Mt. Farnham and Mt. Peter.  

Photo by Joe Lucas

FARNHAM CREEK FLOWERS

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


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In this image, dated in the early 1930s, from back row left to right; Bill Hiller, Marion Frater, Marion Tunnacliffe, Winifred Harrop, Annie Hillier, Hal, Ted and John Bavin, relax on a couple of logs in Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A1418) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Eight people sitting on a log, 1930s

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


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Orange crush

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