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Windermere business gets solar boost

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


A local small business is harvesting the power of the sun, with help from a company headed up by a David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) graduate.
When Hopkins Harvest owner Fred Hopkins renovated his business several years ago, he made sure he left the potential to incorporate alternative energy sources in the future.
“I was hoping there would eventually be some kind of government grant or program to help small businesses tap into things such as solar power,” Mr. Hopkins told The Pioneer. “But then, last year, my hydro bill through …

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Sculptor invites people to try her stone labyrinth

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A creative stone maze in Dutch Creek is fast becoming a local attraction.
Sculptor Pat Luders was inspired to create a circular labyrinth out of large creek stones near her Dutch Creek home following a trip to Europe with some art school friends a decade and a half ago.
“We saw this (labyrinth) pattern on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral (in France), and I was intrigued,” said Mrs. Luders. “I knew from my nursing background that labyrinths are sometimes used in the medical field to help calm patients, especially those in …

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Invermere MusicFest less than a month away

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With the Invermere MusicFest less than a month away, organizers have cobbled together another stellar lineup of bands.
This year’s version of the festival features 10 bands from the valley and far beyond, including the headlining Winnipeg six-piece ensemble Royal Canoe.
“The music at the festival has typically been of a really good calibre, and this year will be another great year. People can expect an extremely high quality musical experience in a beautiful location,” said festival artistic director Ben Cameron. “The Invermere Music Festival is a great deal, there is a …

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Local author publishes third novel

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Local author Kristina Stanley continues to churn out books at an eye-popping rate, having recently published her latest novel, another instalment in the ongoing Stone Mountain Mystery series, as well as a non-fiction book.
Avalanche, published on June 25th, is the third novel in the Stone Mountain series, and the success of the first two novels (one of which sat atop the Amazon bestseller list for Hot New Releases in the Women Sleuth Mystery category) prompted her publisher, Imajin Books, to get her to also write The Author’s Guide to Selling …

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Remembering Ray Brydon

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Remembered as generous, compassionate and energetic, Ray Brydon was a beloved member of the community. His passion for the Columbia Valley and making the community he called home welcoming to others was what made Ray special.
Born in Neepawa, Manitoba on November 1st, 1940, Ray worked as a banker, travelling all around, before taking a management position at the Stedmans V&S store in Invermere. As a people person, Ray went above and beyond making sure every customer got exactly what they needed.
“All the little old ladies coming in looking …

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Akisqnuk adopts goat weed control

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Invasive weeds are an ongoing issue throughout the East Kootenay region, but for the Akisqnuk First Nations traditional territory, a counter attack program is hard at work. A herd of 350 goats from Rocky Ridge Vegetation Control have been brought onto Akisqnuk land to eat a variety of invasive weeds in the area.
The Akisqnuk First Nation band has been working on and off with the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council and Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society to combat invasive weeds. The band was put in touch with Tracy Kaisner …

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Concerns over sawmill brought to council

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The Village of Radium Hot Springs council heard concerns from resident Chris Knight regarding Radium’s Canfor Mill at their July 20th council meeting. Having first addressed his concerns via email before presenting them in person at the meeting, Mr. Knight expressed dismay with the mill’s light pollution, dust, and excessive noise.
“There are three issues: one is the noise. The noise is not the normal operating noise, it’s the noise that’s made when the equipment is not properly working and it’s a metal on metal noise,” Mr. Knight told The …

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Get ready for the 21st annual Loop the Lake

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On your marks. Get set. Go! Those will be the words heard by hundreds on the morning of Saturday, August 6th as runners will flock from across the Columbia Valley and surrounding areas for the 21st annual Loop the Lake race.
Put on by the Rotary Club of Invermere, the race was originally held for the first time in 1995 and has been growing since to include over 600 runners each year, said Darrell Smith, president and chairperson for the Loop the Lake.
When the race first came into existence, …

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Upping the ante

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River ban is needed

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Dear Editor:
Who is this irresponsible boat owner on the Riverside Golf Course section of the Columbia River on Friday, July 22nd? He comes flying around a corner and has to cut his engine because of people in the river. Not only floaters, kayaks, canoes, but people swimming downstream. These boats should not be allowed on the river, not just for safety, but for environmental reasons.
Lynda Devenish
Riverside Drive resident
Fairmont Hot Springs

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You can help save the bees

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Dear Editor:
Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on residents of Invermere to join the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count and help scientists learn more about these important pollinators. All it takes is a simple snap of a picture of bumble bees you see in your garden, park or campsite and upload to www.Bumblebeewatch.org.
The Canadian member of Friends of the Earth International, one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental organizations, is partnering with Bumble Bee Watch to deliver the first ever Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count.
Bumble Bee Watch, created …

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Miniature wagons

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Pokemania!

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By Nicole Trigg
Pioneer Staff
Seeing people huddled together at local landmarks like the Invermere Cenotaph staring down at their phones is a common sight these days and probably will be for a long time to come, ever since the release of Pokemon GO earlier this month — the new augmented reality game that can be played on a mobile device.
Only one week after its United States release on July 6th, the game had already over 21 million daily active users and that number continues to climb as Pokemon GO gets rolled …

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2016, July 29 – Out & About

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Friday, July 29th
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Wild Nature Tours – Sense of Place, hosted by Wildsight. Join “Everyday Explorer” Carol Patterson along the historic Old Coach Road Trail. Kids $15, adults $25; www.wildnaturetours.ca/invermere.
• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior Naturalist Program for children ages 6-12, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Redstreak Campground Theatre until Aug. 27th. Cost $5 per child. Parents call 250-347-6525 to register. Drop-ins are also welcome!
• 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Artym Gallery features Cameron Bird and Sandy Graves exhibition. Cameron on site …

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Jeers

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to the District for building a $9 million dollar library. So much for being an arts building.

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Cheers

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to Kool Country for starting my car so promptly not once but twice. Cheers to the wonderful people at Valley Alley on Tuesday July 20th for starting my car. Great place to buy gas!

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Jeers

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to aggressive drivers, please leave your aggression at home when you come to visit our peaceful valley. We only beep our horns to greet a friend in passing, and we don’t speed up and roar through the right hand turn lane so we can cut in front of everyone ahead of us. Have some respect for others on the road!

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Cheers

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Huge Cheers to another great Ballfest, organizers did an awesome job. Small Jeers to the concession stand closing early on Saturday though.

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Cheers

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to Jack at Columbia Garden Village for being so considerate and helpful, we all love you!

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Jeers

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to drivers who give me the finger or worse still, don’t even see me asking you to slow down on 13th Avenue because you are into your coffee or on your cell. May the Karma Master of Speeding Tickets get your number soon. Let our children and pets live.

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