By Steve Hubrecht

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The familiar, ever-friendly faces of the Powers-Fanderl family will be your main go-to point for good eats and great water sports at Kinsmen Beach for some summers to come. Invermere council voted unanimously to award the contracts for both concessions and for water sports at Kinsmen Beach to the family’s Columbia River Paddle business for a five year term.

“We’ve been quite happy with their services,” Invermere corporate officer Kindry Luyendyk told council members prior to the vote, during council’s Tuesday, Dec. 8 meeting, adding that district staff had done one or two year contracts with Columbia River Paddle in the past, but is upping the term to five years because “we’re pretty comfortable with them. They’re great tenants.”

“They’ve done a truly great job, and they really act as beach and lake advocates for us down here,” said Invermere mayor Al Miller.

Councillor Greg Anderson jokingly suggested that council rent Columbia River Paddle’s standup paddle boards on a Tuesday evening this coming summer and hold a council meeting out on Taynton Bay.