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Former Ontario attorney general presenting

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The Shuswap Indian Band is bringing former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant to the valley for a speaking engagement later this month.
Mr. Bryant will be here Thursday, September 15th at Copper Point Resort, giving his presentation 28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy and Hope.
“It will be an eye-opening tale of tragedy and addiction,” said Shuswap Indian Band community support work and communications co-ordinator Morgan Floesser. “We wanted to bring somebody to speak, searched through Speakers Spotlight (a website that functions almost as a database of Canadian …

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Crescent hotel growing its green side

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


A Radium Hot Springs couple has been taking significant steps to make the motel they own as environmentally friendly as possible.
Silvia and Bjorn Fahrion have been running the Crescent Motel in Radium for six years and this past July they installed 39 solar panels on their building. They then followed that up by putting in an electric car charging station this month.
“The solar panels and car charger we put in because we wanted to do something for future generations,” Mrs. Fahrion told The Pioneer. “We have always tried to do …

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Construction begins on abattoir

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The Windermere District Farmers’ Institute’s (WDFI) micro abattoir project continues to press ahead, with construction having already begun this summer.
The project, located just south of the Crossroads, has been years in the making, and those involved with it hope to have it open for business this October.
“It feels so satisfying to finally be here,” said Farmers’ Institute projects co-ordinator Hedi Trescher. “The building is up, the roof is on, the concrete is poured and the corral is ready.”
The Farmers’ Institute formed a committee to build a small-scale local abattoir in …

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Master ringmaster from Invermere shines in Rio

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Every four years, the Olympics, summer or winter, feature the remarkable accomplishments by the Games’ athletes. Lost behind those headlines are people like Invermere’s Pedro Cebulka who made his sixth Olympics appearance at the Rio Games working as a ringmaster for the equestrian events.
Growing up in Germany, Mr. Cebulka didn’t always dream of becoming a ringmaster. Instead, he started his professional career as a banker before travelling to Brazil in 1976 where he stayed for five months. It was there that he decided banking was no longer the route …

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Photographer sheds light on the unknown Baltics

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For many people, mentioning the Baltics as a region in the world can lead to widespread confusion as to its exact geographic location. Thankfully, photographer and storyteller Cheryl Goodwin has devoted her time to travelling the area in hopes of educating people on the history of the region.
She will be hosting a slideshow presentation of her journey, titled “The Baltics: Overcoming Occupation”, at Pynelogs on Sunday, September 4th starting at 7 p.m.
For those unfamiliar with the region, the Baltic States are located in north-central Europe, along the eastern …

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Radium CAO recognized

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The chief administrative officer for the Village of Radium Hot Springs has been honoured by the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) for his service in municipal work. Mark Read was recognized at the Radium Hot Springs council meeting on Wednesday, August 17th with Radium mayor Clara Reinhardt presenting him with a pin from the LGMA commemorating his 25 years working in the industry.
When Mr. Read graduated from York University with a political science and international relations degree, he never dreamed he’d end up working in municipalities.
His original intention was to …

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Solution in sight for Windermere water

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


After hosting two open houses and receiving feedback from Windermere residents, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board has two important decisions ahead of it to determine the best route to lift the water quality advisory that’s been in place since 2006.
The first open house on Saturday August 20th and second on Tuesday, August 23rd were held to collect public opinion on which of the three options presented the RDEK can move forward with.
The first option presented to the public was the reservoir option, which would entail …

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Nine local veterans featured in Florence’s new book

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


The Columbia Valley is home to many veterans and for some, their contributions by serving the country are being recognized. Elinor Florence’s latest book, My Favourite Veterans, features true stories from Canadian men and women serving in the armed forces during the Second World War, including nine veterans from the Columbia Valley with two of them still living to see the book. My Favourite Veterans is Ms. Florence’s second book (the first being Canadian bestselling novel Bird’s Eye View), which she chose to self-publish, allowing her control over the creation …

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Trail builder praised

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Dear Editor:
May I be amongst the first to commend with the highest possible praise the volunteer trail building work of David Pacey — whom I don’t know, and have never heard of until I read about his upcoming court appearance in this paper the other day (“Unauthorized trail builder faces charges” in the August 19th Pioneer). His public-spirited actions are an inspiration and a sad reminder of what we’ve lost.
May I also take advantage of the opportunity — too perfect to miss — to point out to Parks Canada that …

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Cheers

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to Leah Shoemaker and Simon Helmer for being amazing friends and beautiful individuals! You guys make home feel not so far away.

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Jeers

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It used to be about culture, people and family. Stop putting lipstick on the donkey and start focusing on your most valuable resource…Us!

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Cheers

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to Invermere`s RONA and Home Hardware stores and Fairmont Bigway Foods for your participation in this year`s Columere Park Family B.B.Q. Your contributions and involvement helped make this one of the best Family B.B.Q.’s we have had. Much appreciated.

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Jeers

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


to drivers who do NOT give the legal 1 metre passing allowance for cyclists on the road. You have passed me more than once with only inches to spare. Share the road – there are a lot of cyclists here.

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Cheers

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to Cody Fuller of CF X-CAVATING and Summit Trail Makers Society for upgrading the access road and parking lot for the Brewer Creek hiking trail. The road is now in great shape and the parking area much larger. Much appreciated!

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Cheers

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A huge JUMBO CHEER to Pat & Baiba Morrow for rescuing us when we had a “blow-out” problem in the backcountry last weekend.  You made our day!

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Cheers

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to R.D.E.K. for recognizing the value of Jim Miller’s dedication to the fire service of the valley. It’s about time.

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Cheers

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


to those cyclists who obey the rules of the road and ride in single file. And a double Cheers for the motorists who slow down or wait for it to be safe before properly passing cyclists on the road to Panorama where there is no shoulder.

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Cheers

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to Sydney-Anne at AG Valley Foods for being generous and donating a case of plastic bags to the Thrift Store.

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ROCKIN’ OUT TO REGGAE

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2016, August 26 – Out & About

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Friday, August 26th
• Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club Bugaboo Blast weekend registered clay event. Visit lwdrodgun.com for details.
• Effusion Art Gallery Summer Creative Series featuring artist Caio Paagman. Also August 27th.
• 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. Call 250-347-6525.
• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Artym Gallery Maya Eventov exhibition with artist in attendance from 5 – 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to …

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