Dear Editor:

Being Canadian is something to celebrate; so is being a Kinsmen Club member. With Canada Day upcoming, we are asking you to help us celebrate our valley by contributing to our Canada Day Fireworks Fund, enabling thousands to enjoy the fireworks display over Lake Windermere.

For many years, the Kinsmen have kick-started the festivities with our annual fireworks display at one minute after midnight on the night of June 30th and we raise the money to do so through business donations, coin boxes in local businesses, and fundraisers throughout the year. We will also be holding the Fireworks Fundraising Barbecue at Invermere Home Hardware on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th, and we would like to invite everyone to stop by for a bratwurst on a bun, a cool drink, and a handheld Canadian flag anytime from 10:30 a.m. until the food is all gone.

Thank you to Al and Lucy Miller at Home Hardware for their great support of the Canada Day Fireworks and the Kinsmen Clubs many other activities.

The fireworks will be set off just east of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere, and we would also like to thank Stoneset Equity Development Corporation for generously allowing us to use their property again this year as our launch pad. The best places to see the show are beside the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, Lakeview Road on the east side of Lake Windermere, James Chabot Beach at the north end of the lake, or from one of the many boats that anchor on the lake each year.

Our local businesses are very supportive of this event and we thank them for their generous contributions to the show. The public can help out by making a contribution at one of the donation boxes in many Invermere stores, or by contacting us at Box 2039 in Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0. If you want to donate in person, drop-offs are accepted at Local View Printing in Invermeres Industrial Park. On behalf of the Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley, we look forward to seeing you at Home Hardware on June 29th or 30th and again at midnight on Sunday, June 30th for another great show to kick-off Canada Day 2013!

Steve Mantyka

Fireworks Chair

Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley