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The July 15th Fairmont Hot Springs mudslide, which swept past the resort, across Mountainside Golf Course and through the neighbourhoods beside Fairmont Creek, caused millions of dollars worth of damage.

2012 Year In Review

Posted on December 28th, 2012 by


January
Icy plunges
The start of 2012 saw a trio of falls through thin ice on Lake Windermere when locals Don Steedman, Jordie Kirk and Robert Madsen all plunged into the chilly waters. While the first two were uninjured but startled, Mr. Madsen suffered a shattered femur when his leg punched through shifting ice as he returned from a fishing trip.
Dry Gulch seeks water
Residents petitioned the Regional District of East Kootenay in January for another chance to vote on a proposal to bring water to their community, after turning down suggested upgrades …

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INVERDEER — Invermere’s mule deer population numbers will stay steady until the results of the lawsuit against the municipality are known. Photo by Pioneer Staff

No second deer cull on the way for Invermere

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By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
Invermere council will not seek a second deer cull until the results of the lawsuit against the municipality are known and the public have been further consulted, mayor Gerry Taft has stated.
With a lawsuit looming in late January and no further solutions put forward by the province for management of Invermere’s urban deer population, the District of Invermere has no current plans for further action to control the number of deer in town, he added.
“There is definitely no desire to apply for any cull permits or take …

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Pedro-Cebulka---Hong-Kong-Gold---clipped

Making magic out of ‘beautiful stress’

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By Greg Amos
Pioneer Staff
Aside from being one of the world’s most in-demand ring masters at horse events, Invermere’s Pedro Cebulka is a man who knows all about travelling through different worlds.
From a childhood in Germany to voyages through South America before his arrival in Canada, Pedro’s persona in the equestrian ring draws on his national stereotype of attention to detail, combined with the friendly charm of Latin America. He also brings a flair for fashion that’s entirely his own, involving outlandish apparel and many different hats.
That approach has catapulted …

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Youth centre planned for Windermere

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By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
Windermere residents are set to gain a new youth centre and fully renovated community hall, thanks to $60,000 in government grants gained by the Windermere Community Association.
The funding contribution, announced by Western Diversification Canada, will be combined with $30,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust, plus a further $30,000 fundraised by the community association, to fund renovation work needed since the hall flooded in spring 2011.
Along with fixing up the basement, which was the area worst affected by flooding, the non-profit community group will also oversee work to …

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EARLY LEARNING — Charlotte Streicek displays Dragonia, one 
example of the arts and crafts pieces soon to be made at the Dragonfly Discovery Centre, a new early learning centre opening soon in Radium Hot Springs. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Early learning centre for Radium

Posted on December 28th, 2012 by


By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
A new world of exploration and discovery will soon be open to valley toddlers. Radium’s Dragonfly Discovery Centre Montessori school is poised to take off on January 14th, with 10 spots opening up for children age three to six, who are eager to learn about the world around them.
“Basically we are giving them the freedom to explore, to build their independence, and to discover their own interests,” said Dragonfly Discovery Centre founder Charlotte Streicek. “You are essentially holding yourself back if you are not given the …

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CURLING CASH — Five senior members of the Invermere Curling Club enjoy the new equipment purchased through funding from the Local Sport Program Development Fund. Left to right: Gerry Power, Hans Stettler, Jim Ashworth, Barb Fossnidge and Orest Kotyk. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

Curling club gets provincial funds

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By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
Local curlers will be hurrying harder thanks to brand new brooms and equipment at the Invermere Curling Club, purchased with a $2,000 provincial grant.
The new equipment includes shoe grippers, curling brooms and sticks to enable seniors and those with limited mobility to push rocks along the ice with ease. The funds to buy the new gear came from the provincial government’s Local Sport Program Development Fund.
“The health benefits of participation in sport can’t be overstated,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “It’s …

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Concert and dinner provide pleasure

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Dear Editor:
Cheers to Paul Carriere and the Valley Voices, Lisa O’Sullivan and her school choir, plus anyone who helped put on such a great evening of entertainment at the Sing For Joy Christmas Concert at Christ Church Trinity.
We thank all of you for your hard work and dedication. We always look forward to Paul’s concerts. He is so talented and we are so grateful to have him here at our school — as is Lisa. Thank you Barbara and boys for sharing him with us!
We are also most grateful …

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Jeers

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to the individuals who enable the abuse of, or themselves abuse animals. Neglect is one of the worst. Stand up for those with no voice.

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Cheers

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to the kind lady who helped my family and me when my dog was hit on the highway. Sorry I didn’t take the time to thank you.

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Cheers

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to everyone at Windermere Elementary for an entertaining and heartwarming Christmas concert. What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Bravo!

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Cheers

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to the gals at Black Star Studios for doing the paper maché snowmen with Windermere school’s Ks and 3s. What a lovely Christmas keepsake for them! We loved it!

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Jeers

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to the police who do not stop at stop signs and who talk on their cell phones while driving.

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Cheers

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to all the business and individuals who contribute to the Curling Centre. As a non-profit organization, your efforts are very important for the sustainability of the centre.

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Pupils from Edgewater Elementary School entertained parents, staff and a contented crowd with their annual Christmas Musical entitled Dear Santa - A Musical Tweet for Christmas. Pictured, left to right: Mercedes Brown (Grade 2), Emma Barr (Grade 1) and Katelyn Roberts (Grade 1) take a pensive pause between musical numbers at the evening performance on Wednesday, December 19th. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

SONGS FOR THE SEASON

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Cheers

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to Kim G. at Canadian Tire . You went above and beyond to help find the dishes I was looking for. I really appreciate your extra effort.

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Legion needs support

Posted on December 28th, 2012 by


Dear Editor:
With November 11th just past and a new year almost upon us, I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals for their attendance and support for both the Remembrance Day parade as well as contributions to our poppy campaign.
This year we had a very successful poppy campaign and our afternoon cenotaph service was well attended. The people in this valley are what make these events such a success. Their generous donations and those who attended the ceremonies, showing their respect to our fallen comrades, our living veterans …

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Cheers

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to the students and staff at Windermere School for another excellent Christmas concert!

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Cheers

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to Dr. Dibb, the first responders, and everyone else who helped out dear friend Frank when he collapsed, and then took the time to check in on him at the hospital! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ~ Janel and Mark.

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Cheers

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to Miss Colleen for her generous spirit and endless energy, and for giving our children the opportunity to experience the joy of dance. Also cheers to her for getting some very reluctant husbands doing the salsa!

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Word from the Web

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I just finished searching for the Radium Hot Springs Lodge and am finding it now to be demolished. It is a sad day and I for one do not feel that this decision is the right one.
When I wanted to see the Bighorn sheep, all I had to do was step out from the lodge when I stayed there a number of times in the past to see them.
Parks Canada has found a scapegoat so to speak in tearing this majestic building down. I for one will miss …

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