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by Kris King photo Kris King (band) Sarah Jane Osadetz (snow) Live music is rampant in big cities such as Vancouver, Seattle and Calgary. They are the harbinger of some of the world’s greatest artists. On the hit list for a lot of the up-and-comers and even the established, is Golden, BC. We are not just a sleepy little highway ski town. At least a few times a week live music is playing. Now this isn’t just a basement dweller with a guitar testing a new song. This is high-calibre live entertainment. Some of these music artists come back year after year. Now this isn’t a happenstance that they stumble upon Golden. They come with purpose and desire. We may be a small town but we have the venues like The Golden Civic Centre, to provide big concert hall-quality events. Artists including 54-40, Steve Earle, Steven Page, Hey Ocean, Joel Plaskett, African Guitar Summit, Elliott Brood, Tim Hus, Big Sugar, David Braid, Shred Kelly, Willhorse, Broken Down Suitcase and Disaster Man have all played in Golden. The list goes on. World-renowned DJs and electronic music producers also entice those who dare to dance all night long. It is just a regular night out in Golden to experience talent that has come to influence our culture and time here on this earth. Kicking Horse Culture, Golden Delicious, Rockwater Grill and Bar, The Golden Taps and various interested parties produce and meticulously plan for artists to share their passion as they tour across North America. If you’re held up in your hotel tonight reading this, or a bored long-term resident, venture downtown and you will find some kind of music or event in any one of our venues. Trust me; there will be music somewhere. And if it’s a rare down night, strike up a conversation with a friendly local and they will surely entertain you with tall stories.

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SARAH JANE OSADETZ | GRAPHIC DESIGN & CONTRIBUTOR: Home is where the heart is. This Mom’s love carries through the passions of a life-long learned journey of spiritual growth, self discovery and finding solace in Golden and its surroundings. If it’s stormy, then lesson hasn’t been learned yet. Sunny skies ahead! osacreative@hotmail.com LYNN MARTEL | EDITOR: Lynn’s heart is as big as her home - now Golden & Canmore, which is a vast stretch of mountains and highway. Mountains are her home - being in the moment on any adventure peering around the proverbial corner - oh, there will always be a story brewing too! http://lynnmartel.ca/ SEAN TONELLI | SOCIAL MEDIA: Get comfortable and at ease with short ditties and the versatility of as this homie’s blog. Out and about always tech-ing it up in residence, the man has something to say and it’s well worth reading or listening to... Do you do any podcasts yet, Sean? C’mon! www.onoursleeves.com SEAN (ROOKIE) NYILASSY | GEAR BY ROOKIE: The man with a plan. Rookie’s big badass truck gets him to and from his TWO homes Tofino and Golden. One, to where his skis shred the snow and the other - where his board floats on the ocean. Don’t pin this guy down - he’ll find you! He’s quite at home all over this vast province...... CLAUDINE ST CYR-PREMONT | CONTRIBUTOR: Never one to shy away from trying something new, Claudine can make her home where Yuki and her man play - anywhere backcountry, front country and in Golden keeps her hopping. She’ll make you feel at home at the most elevated dining room in N.A. Stop by and say “Hi” to this special lady at the Eagle’s Eye. TODD MENZIES | MUSIC & MUSES: Well, like he says... This man loves his brown couch - quite at home in a store, in a bus, on a couch with a beer and never fear... he will always return right after the burn of stardom shines brightly. Don’t burn the couch, Todd!! www.willhorse.com ANDREA JOHNSON | CONTRIBUTOR: New to our home, yet ever seeking a new adventure, Andrea lives with zest putting her skills and wandering spirits to the test - let’s see what the rest can bring as she shares with us her best. IT’s ABOUT YOUR & OUR COMMUNITY | TOWNIES : Jessica Campbell, Dalia Yanai, Chris Tighe, Jason Eastwood, Gentlemen’s Leisure Club of Golden, The Local Townie News thanks them for their continued support and great writing. Want to contribute? call 250-439-7123 The Local Townie News Magazine is published by Moonraker Services, PO BOX 2673 Golden BC V0A 1H0. 4000 copies published every month. Enquiries? KrisKing@LocalTownie.com 250-439-7123 G.B.L.T.Q. Copyright Moonraker Services 2013. OWNED

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In fine tradition it is necessary, sometimes grudgingly, to go home and visit your parents and family. When you are a young adult, it is duty for said young adult to visit, just to make sure your family knows that you are alive and well and not just a Facebook status update of how rad ice climbing is. Home is a very subjective concept for many, and to me, home is where my feet are. I grew up in many different houses, towns and cities in western Canada, and to this day, the longest place I have lived in in my whole life is here in Golden; nearly six years in the same house. My mother is a nomadic person, drifting with the times to new towns and places as she discovers life and matures. Recently, I thought I’d be a good son and surprise visit my mother and my stepfather at their current home in the remote hamlet of Seymour Arm, a small collection of homes in the north Shuswap at the end of 50-kilometre logging road. It is a beautiful area on the shores of Shuswap Lake with no electricity or phones or any modern amenities that most communities would have. Life there is simple yet complicated—you worry about generators, fire prevention or access to medical services. But the freedom is that you don’t have a phone, and there is no crime—except for some incidents associated with growing certain types of controlled plants—Internet is by satellite, you are not invited over for coffee, you are expected for dinner. Sundays are the community horseshoe tournament, an afternoon full of laughs, heckling and lessons from the old dogs. The sense of home and community is woven in to their blood and something to envy. During the first night’s dinner with my mother and friends, we decided we’d drive to the coast and surprise some family we hadn’t seen for more than a decade. Mom and I haven’t really lived near the Vancouver area for years, and as distance grows in living situations, so does time. Living far from your birthplace you gain an appreciation for rain, wicked coastal storms and the smell of the ocean. We arrived in Surrey (my birthplace) to have dinner with my mother’s mother—just down the road from where I attended Kindergarten to Grade 3. We actually got lost and pulled into my old apartment complex to turn around; memories of my home and youth. “The city has changed so much,” my Mom said. With the three of us around the dinner table for the first time since we can remember, it felt right, and free of awkward feelings of strangers. The next day we drove to Powell River to visit more family. Driving up the coast, my mother was nervous of the tight winding roads, while I was having flashbacks of youth and exciting ferry rides up the Sunshine Coast. There were so many familiar sights that triggered memories of summers past hiking up the nearby mountains, lake time jumping off log booms with my cousins, the smell of the pulp mill and wandering around with the resident geese in Lund Harbour. Is this home? My past summers with family? My Mom was brought to tears each time we visited a family member, the time and distance was now closed. Time and sick lungs have taken their toll on my grandfather, a proud ship’s captain nicknamed Skip. My uncle is still as subtle and funny as ever, making fun of his 40-year gold watch from the pulp mill. We used to spend so much time in this town where my extended family lives. Is this home for my mother, or just another place? Yearning and stories filled the air as we ate dinner and caught up. But this isn’t home anymore for me; it is just memories of growing up. Reflecting on the way back, I expressed my urge to be with family more and move closer. I feel the wanting to experience family and participate in holidays together again. Mom shook it off and wants to be home with my stepfather again. Home is where the heart is; for some home is where your feet are. I guess home, for me, is where familiar people and sights create an emotion to stay and enjoy the love of community. My mom is happy in Seymour Arm now, and driving back into Golden, I feel at home.

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Warning: this story contains language some may find offensive Snowflakes swirl and dart madly here and there before they’re punished to the ground. The sky is a mean grey; layers of low-lying clouds block the sun’s warmth like curtains pulled across a window. The February sky is cold but the air is even colder. Bundled like an eager, snotty-nosed child at recess in layers of wool and Gore-Tex, you’re warm despite the chilled air. A snug flashy toque, goggles to protect one’s eyes from the dancing snow and the shared anticipatory laughter of friends takes the mind off the cold. At the top of this mountain, at the mercy of Mother Nature, you are warm and even comfortable. Now imagine yourself naked. No socks, but probably that flashy toque. The mountain top is replaced with a frosty beach by the winter sea. The wind pierces the skin like a thousand sharp blades across exposed, soft flesh. Nipples scream with agony as the skin stretches so tight it’s likely to tear from the body. Toes and fingers burn; an icy fire creeps deep into the bones. A blast of cold wind whips your naked body like an unruly, determined jockey, and Jack Frost’s frozen, icy fingers poke at your teary eyes. Amidst all of this, pulling on a thick layer of neoprene, possibly still wet from prior use, is a shivering struggle. The six millimetres of neoprene is the cold, black shield; all of your Merino wool, polypropylene and GoreTex rolled into one. With a board under arm, trudging through snowdrifts and then half-crawling like a clumsy tripod stumbling across a stony beach, every stone tries to toss you off as if each is a thickly-covered icy enemy. The spray from the breaking waves feels like gravel as it hurls into your exposed face. In your mind you scream. Why the F%^# am I here?!

If this was any other winter, I’d be on that mountaintop mentioned earlier, warm and surrounded by giddy friends. Later I’d be enjoying a pot-luck dinner, packing into a friend’s kitchen drunk on the day’s adrenaline and the night’s spirits. Eventually, our party would spill into The Golden Taps pub, where tales of heroic mountain feats would be traded, shots lined up and plans made for the morning that would come too soon. Somewhere amidst the fun and adventures I would also work. But work was always on the priority backburner, getting pushed to the side to allow more room for fun times. This was the train of events that was repeated, happily, for eight solid years in the magical town of Golden, BC, which I was lucky to call “home.” It was amazing, it was hypnotizing and enlightening, it was spiritual and fulfilling, it was eye-opening and heartwarming. Most importantly, it was fun. So ya, I left. I traded it all for simplicity and solitude. Traded my skis for some surfboards, my friends for some seals and the young, hip, gnarled town of Golden for a quiet paradise in Nova Scotia, where the only demographic bigger than the Baby Boomers is their Tim Hortons-loving parents. The question I’ve been asked is why leave home? Well there is really no one answer for a change this significant—how could there be? Why does one do anything at all? What fuels our decisions, what motivates us to stay the course or veer randomly and blindly into unchartered waters? It could be desire—or duty. Maybe it’s for the challenge or a change of scenery. Is it a desire to seek a family? And then, is one’s motivation solely a duty to provide for that family? How? Instinctually, by providing, protecting and creating a home. But what if your family is just you; what motivates just you? Is there still an urge to belong, to create a sense of worth, to build a home to attract a

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mate, a family? These expectations, these instincts, these desires of family, community and having a home, they were ingrained into your psyche and DNA early in the evolution of life. So are they really your own? At one time, they were of great importance. There is safety and efficiency in numbers (belonging to a community). Sex is pleasurable, so finding a mate and in turn having offspring guarantees the survival of the species. You provide for these offspring as they are yours—your future and better, your brothers/sisters. The dominant ones have first pick of food, shelter, a mate. I’ve simplified this, obviously, but the basics are the same. Even today, hundreds of thousands of years later, your desires, and subsequently, your actions, are a product of evolution and instinct. They are merely a means to an end; to survive (though now we define this survival as success). This success is commonly associated with a job, marriage, house and kids; creating a home, creating permanence, creating ownership, creating a sense of belonging, creating a part of the whole for yourself and yours. But, there is a huge “but.” As life continues to evolve, so do our instincts, our desires and sense of obligation and duty. It is far more common, and therefore accepted, to not marry or raise a family. The definition of survival and success has blurred and many now seek an individual path, spliced here and there with group activities but always returning to a solo venture. So then, in turn, is there still that necessity to build a home and belong to a community? I say no, there’s not the necessity; there is still the desire in most, but the desire stems from different goals, call them selfish or self-serving. We are social animals; being an outcast and feeling lonely sucks. We want to belong to a pack, we want stability. But even with all that, it doesn’t mean we can’t still crave something else, that we can’t search for something new, that we won’t sacrifice our family and our home to step into the abyss. But it’s easier to step into the abyss when you only have yourself to worry about. I think we’re all searching for something, in some way—something to fill us up, something to distract us, to take our minds off our instinctual need to survive and thrive. Something that proves to us, day in and day out, that there is still true beauty and light and love in this

stubbornly unbalanced world. This isn’t a negative view; it’s an honest and simple observation of life. Why do we ski? Or surf or mountain bike or garden or paint or play music—besides and beyond the fact that these activities are fun? It’s because these outlets, these passions, prove to us and let us quickly glimpse that we are one. By becoming one with the moment we connect fully to the world around us, and in turn connect fully to ourselves. Distractions and duty disappear, stress, worries and hardships are gone, and you start being without doing. Instead, all your senses are independent and on overdrive to deliver you into a moment of instant meditation. During this time everything is at it should be; there is no right or wrong, things just are. And when you can be content with how things are, then you can be happy. Did I move across the whole country, uproot after eight years because I wasn’t happy? Perhaps. But it’s more than that, and definitely not the sole reason to pick up and leave home. I’m searching for something (just like you, whether you realize or admit it), and I don’t know exactly what. I do know this; whatever I may be searching for, after living for eight years in Golden, I didn’t feel like I’d found it. Well, all of it, anyways. I came close though, and definitely found many beautiful things and wouldn’t trade my experiences there for anything. But life, in a variety of ways, told me to move on. I don’t know if I’ll find “it” here in Nova Scotia, either, but I needed to try. I still don’t know exactly what I’m looking for and that in itself makes it very hard to know when I’ve found it. A good friend of mine told me to stop looking, and let the Way find me. And I say to him, the Way brought me here and it’s up to me to understand why. Beyond a spiritual search and the rest of that hippy bullshit, there’s also something to be said for empty waves. Just as the mountains did some eight years ago, the sea pulled me here, drew me like an ant to an irresistible picnic. The

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Maybe that’s it. There are endless forms of paradise all over the world, one no better than the next, just different. So maybe I’m being greedy, or just true to myself, but I want to experience them all. I’m a glutton, surviving off the fun times, submerging myself in as many different environments and adventures as my life will allow, understanding and participating in the rhyme and rhythm of the different lands, seas and cultures. And unfortunately, to do this, you have to ignore your basic instincts of permanence and family; you have to be able to say good bye to your friends and the last place you called “home.”

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taste of salt on my lips, the endless expanse of shimmering blue, cove after cove full of adventure and fun. And these beautiful, somewhat mysterious shadows moving under and through the water all in rows, taking their turns lurching upwards, toward and through the surface of the sea, mixing the water and air molecules to create these hypnotizing dancing waves. These shadows, as I describe them, are waves of energy, energy that is moving through the water as wind is energy moving through the air. When I surf a wave, I am not surfing the water, the water is just the medium; I am surfing energy. I have never felt more connected to anything as I feel when I surf. This place is my paradise, just as Golden used to be.

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I felt conflicted as I walked through Mtapo village in Malawi, Africa. The peoples’ homes were likely as you have seen on TV. Most were made of clay, with no glass windows and guarded by an older woman sitting on the floor at the doorway watching groups of children play outside. The kids wore torn clothes, no shoes, and were covered in what appeared to be a permanent coat of red clay. I was in the village in June to interview a farmer. Mahchi Petalo grows and sells tobacco to provide for his family. But, in attempt to regulate the country’s tobacco industry, the Malawian government recently put a limit on how much each farmer can grow. In 2012, Mahchi’s crop size was cut in half. He now sells less tobacco and makes less money as a result. He fears for his family’s health and security, he said. Yet, the man still smiled. In fact, they all smiled. It was only five seconds after our interview ended that the other villagers, who were sitting around Mahchi and me listening intently, celebrated my visit to the village they call home. The men stood in the middle of a circle playing their African drums. The woman and children danced and sang passionately around the men. I was captivated by the energy of the people.

I took time to seriously consider why I was confused about how much sympathy these people needed. They don’t have much, but are so goddamn happy—which explains my initial sense of conflict. And then it hit me. I, like many people in the world, had succumbed to the assumption that those with fewer material things are amongst the unfortunate, and, as a result, are unhappy. The people of Mtapo showed me very quickly that one’s home is no indication of who they are, or how content they might be. In fact, it suggests very little, if anything. It was only five months after my visit to the village that I had this realization reemphasized. This time it was in my own life, and in my own country. In November, I moved to Golden, British Columbia. I came to work at the ski hill, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Naturally, this means I am surrounded by “ski bums,” people who forfeit making any money “just” to ski or snowboard everyday. Just as villagers in Africa experience, ski bums, at times, are stereotyped as having “nothing” based on their material wealth. No money, de-

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The other day I walked in to Home Hardware for a light bulb. Absorbed in my curiosity of wondering why there are powder pink light bulbs, I was abruptly stopped by Diane. Diane is a customer service representative extraordinaire. Quickly she said, “Hi Kris, where’s my hug?” This usually happens about once a month when I go to the Golden Home Hardware store for little nick-nacks for the house. You know, the usual—furnace filters, duct tape, pet food, furniture, windshield washer fluid and fuzzy animals for my key chain—the things that are important to life. There are always familiar faces at Home Hardware. Most of the staff are long term and embrace their work family. As I shop, skipping the pink light bulbs for some 40-watt fridge and stove light bulbs, we start chatting and catching up while she guides me to what I am looking for. “We believe in family first and our job second,” Susan Birnie explains. Doug Birnie was passed the Golden Home Hardware store from his father Glenn, who started selling hardware in 1959. The original shop, Glenn’s Hardware, was set up in the same building as the present Moon Café. Eventually the store grew and moved down the street, across from Sobeys Foods. In 2005, Doug and his team stepped it up a notch and built the present store on a five-acre lot on Highway 95. “Either we were going to get out, or grow,” Susan says. “We decided to stay ahead of the game.” With a chuckle, Doug adds, “Every week someone will come into the store with an unopened item from my dad’s store with the price sticker still on

it from years past to return the item. We ask how long they have had it, and they can’t remember. But we still exchange it for a gift certificate. We are happy to.” Now, Susan says, they are starting to use the items in their product displays. The Home Hardware team has been building the foundations of Golden for more than 50 years. They have watched quite a few unique homes go up around Golden and area. They have helped weekend warrior home builders craft their first home, and also massive contractors looking for supplies. “We have helped build straw bale houses, log and rock homes,” Susan says. “We have so many unique homes in the area because of less restrictions.” One of the difficult things for staff at the Home Hardware is trying to know more than the customer, now that everyone has the Internet and watches home improvement TV shows. The team engages in professional development all the time to keep up. The staff fields questions about obscure products and techniques regularly. Referring to those who venture to build their own home, Doug says with modesty, “It’s not as easy as the TV shows; it’s what you make of it!” The team learns with their clients and directs them to maybe something even better in quality. Even though they have millions in inventory, they still get surprised when there is something they don’t have in stock.

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During the winter of 2011, the town of Field, BC was closed off to the rest of the world. The avalanche danger was extremely high and it was too dangerous to drive east or west on the good old Trans-Canada Highway. So, what did the 150 people of Field do? They threw a big pot luck party. Within two hours of the call-out, the community centre was set up, food was delivered, stranded truckers, tourists and residents arrived and the party started. “Did you know that we are the pot luck capital?” asked the lively Denise Toulouse, a resident of the mountain parks and Field for more than 35 years. “Those are the best parties.”

As I sipped strongly brewed Kicking Horse Coffee from my cup, we sat in the bright dining area of her rustic house. “[Living in Field] is freedom, just a little place that you come to,” Denise said with a hint of a Quebecoise French accent. “When we go to Golden, even coming to Golden is like going to the city. Then coming home it’s a sense of relief, a peace of mind.” “I am not the longest living resident of Field,” she added, rolling off names like they are celebrities. In their own right, in the mountain guiding and geology communities, they are. Field is nestled at the base of Mounts Field and Stephen at the headwaters of the Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. Field was once known

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Thirty-five years later, the two run Emerald Sports on the shores of Emerald Lake along with Denise’s husband, Mike, renting canoes in the summer and Nordic skis in the winter. They have the best gift shop in the Rockies, as repeated by many guests visiting the store. As Denise stoked the fire in her historic home full of bric-a-brac, timeless photos and finished with recycled antique doors, windows and hardwood-clad floors from the original Emerald Lake Lodge cabins, her daughter, Noah, skirted around us with tons of yarn in bundles in her arms. Colourful toques were spread around the kitchen table. “Wanna buy a tuque?” Denise asked. Noah is very well-known for her 343 brand hand-crocheted tuques. Denise then pointed out a pencil drawing on the wall of canoes and a dock

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on Emerald Lake. “Mike started with a couple of canoes, and we were lucky to make five to $15 a day.” Denise’s conviction that Field is home is understated. Her body language is excited talking about home, her family and the passion for the Kicking Horse Ski Club. The spirit of Field is consistent with the passions of its residents—their three-day winter carnival, ski club fundraisers, weddings and funerals, and the shortest Canada Day parade. “Thirty minutes—and it takes that long because we get stopped by the train crossing the road,” she said with a giggle. “The kids love the water

fight with the firefighters. They plan for weeks of strategic places to sneak up on them.” “Home is a place you come to and put your feet up and forget about everything else,” she continued. “Field is where you want to do that. Home is where the heart is, where your family is. It is not about that my children live in Lake Louise or Golden, Noah is all over the place. But they all come home. Field is the best place to raise your children.” Noah was home preparing to go back to work for a heli-ski lodge, and shyly stated that all her belongings were in the basement, waiting for somewhere to be. But here, she said, is fine.

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town, especially with a self-paced program, Meg explains. She is now proud to provide Art 12 at the Campus. “For a small town we offer a wide range of courses,” Meg says. Meg’s education and skills are brought to the front when it comes to biology, all levels of math and the sciences. It is truly a one-stop shop for all your adult education needs, including advice for further education and help gaining the building blocks to get you there. Townies of all ages, financial backgrounds and needs have come through the doors at COTR to get help with their foundation and transferable skills. Most notable were Kay Paul, in her 80s by the time she received her Adult Education Diploma, and Bill Dhami who was in his 90s attending for math and English skills. “It’s great to see multiple generations of students helping each other learn,” Meg says. The college has even seen four adult students who

had all dropped out of high school for some reason or another, who returned 22 years later to finish school. Meg is always learning about new courses and how to help. She describes her inspiration to lead the ABE program in Golden as, “watching people progress and making it toward their next step in life. I see ABE as a transitional process of gaining the confidence and the knowledge to succeed in some other venture.” Some of the high school level courses offered at COTR include Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Social Psychology and Fine Art. Most programs are self-paced to fit your lifestyle and needs. Financial assistance and daycare are available for those who qualify. Call Meg at the College of the Rockies Golden Campus to make an appointment and get started: 250-344-5901.

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She was nine months pregnant and grocery shopping. That could be a recipe for disaster (pun intended), but not if Wolfgang Vogt is on shift. She was at Overweightea Foods, the grocery story where Wolfgang works, when her water broke.

Not an average move by a customer service representative—but that’s exactly the point. Wolfgang is not average. He’s dedicated, passionate, and has been making peoples’ grocery shopping trips in Golden, BC memorable for the past five years.

“You’re not having the baby, are you?” Wolfgang asked in a panic.

He decided to work at Overweightea soon after retiring from his 40-year career as a chef in Alberta, 25 of which were spent primarily as the head of the kitchen at the upscale Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise, and at other locations. The pace of retirement, however, wasn’t for Wolfgang, especially because his career was high-strung and full of pressure.

“I think I am,” she responded. He made a dash for the flatbed dolly, the one they use to transport large boxes around the store, and asked the woman to take a seat. He wheeled her out to her car so she could get to the hospital. That afternoon, about two years ago, she delivered her baby.

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And it has been. “I’ve never looked back,” Wolfgang says. “I arrived with a smile,

and I will leave with a smile.” Wolfgang says he has always had a good attitude and positive outlook on life, but the intensity of his prominent career over shadowed it. He enjoys his more recent approach to his work life. “I have a new sense of freedom, no stress and no worries,” he declares. Now he advises others to try to be happy at work, regardless of their career choice. “Take a step back,” he advises. “You’re not just living in your own small world. Be considerate and be open.” He was once highly noticed for his cooking; now it’s for his customer service and attitude. “Fire years after retirement and I am right back to it,” he says with a chuckle. “To the fame and glory!” Wolfgang was awarded the Customer Excellence award by Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce in both 2011 an 2012.

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By Dwayne Medoba Everyone knows of the Bermuda Triangle, the mysterious triangle west of Florida where ships, planes and people go missing, never to be seen again. To my surprise, after some crazy Googling sessions, I have found our very own triangle, known to many as Kicking Horse Country. I’ve dubbed it The Golden Triangle, its rough location being from Susan Peak north of Donald to Cathedral Mountain east of Field to the Shangri-La of Mount Ethelbert southwest of Parson. Now the Golden Triangle hasn’t had planes, ships and people go missing; it’s more of a cousin to the Bermuda Triangle. In some way or other, everyone in town has seen the effect of this phenomenon. Here are some examples of everyday life that we allow to pass by without a second thought. THE MAIL SYSTEM: Sending things to Golden, BC via Canada Post, Fedex, UPS or by other means, has a tendency to take longer. For example, when ordering online, shipping takes five to seven days, but everyone in Golden knows to receive that order will take at least 10 days. Why is that? We are on the Trans-Canada Highway. GAS PRICES: Everyone notices that gas prices have never changed, forever, not up or down. In conversation Goldenites will never ask what the price of gas is; we’ve just added it to our fixed expenditures. LEAVING TOWN: Have you ever tried to leave Golden, by moving or vacation? Not saying it isn’t possible, but the Golden Triangle has this ability to pull people back to the area like a vortex of magnets. Even I have tried to leave on road trips and the car breaks down after 200 kilometres. Moving to other towns just doesn’t feel like you belong there, and foreigners come back year after year. LOST CITY: Now Golden isn’t lost, but for most people who don’t live here, they don’t have a clue where we live. Golden where? Oh it’s west of Lake Louise or north of Radium Hot Springs or east of Revelstoke. “Oh that’s a town, I thought it was just gas stations,” is the response we get. These are just some of the everyday life examples I have seen, but the Golden Triangle is also awe-inspiring, religious, mysterious and the home of historical places and locations. The Kicking Horse River is completely engulfed within the triangle, and the triangle’s centre is Wapta

Falls, which, I believe, is the source for the vortex’s mysterious power. Other natural features include: TAKAKKAW FALLS: One the largest falls in Canada, its First Nations translation is “it is wonderful!” Goodsir Towers: Possibly an ancient fortress of the indigenous peoples from 300 years ago—who knows? That was just a guess. UPPER DUNBAR LAKES: At the southwest point of the triangle, the lakes are said to be the Shangri-La of North America. ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRENCH: The energy force of the triangle has started to rip the valley apart at its seams. BURGESS SHALE: Some of the oldest fossils ever found in the world, possibly the place where life began.

area whenever possible. STASH CIRCLES: These are the latest phenomenon reported by skiers and sledders in and around local snow sliding resorts. SIKH TEMPLE: The first one in Canada was built in Golden, BC; don’t think this was coincidental. After connecting the dots to find the Golden Triangle, the area we live in is full of mystery, wonder and beauty, and there is no other place I want to be. I will continue to track down the unknown and take in Golden’s surroundings. Hopefully, the mystery of the Golden Triangle can be solved. We at The Local Townie are always interested in your mysterious stories from within the Triangle.

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Mysterious and religious findings of the Golden Triangle: THE LABYRINTH: Near Quantum Leaps Lodge is an electromagnetic vortex that is a connection to the archangel Michael. HOODOO FOOTPRINT: During the travels of David Thompson, a journal entry reports a phantom in the woods that scared man and horse. They called it the Hoodoo Footprint. FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: A manuscript from the 1858 Palliser Expedition mentions stumbling upon a life-giving liquid. SASQUATCH: The lack of sightings in the area makes me think they know about the Golden Triangle and avoid the

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Home is where the heart is, and for me, my heart has been embedded deeply amidst music for as long as I can remember. For the past year I have called the road home as I have toured around with my band, Willhorse. Throughout the summer we live out of our beloved bus, which we have named Stevie, after the one and only, Stevie Nicks. Stevie is a 1973, 36-foot MCI tour bus, fully equipped with all the amenities of home. For those who have stepped foot in Stevie and have experienced her in all her glory, you can see why we love her so much; for those who haven’t, let me tell you a little about life on the road with Stevie. Originally purchased by our drummer, Nick, in the days of Whiskey Highway, Stevie holds a special place in his heart. When Willhorse was formed, Jeremy and Nick made the trip back to Alberta to get Stevie out of storage. Spending a week to get her back in touring shape, they brought her back to Golden. The first time I laid

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eyes on Stevie, I was in love. Hesitant at first to be touring in a bus when we had only played a handful of shows, I quickly changed my mind when I saw her. Outstretched alongside our jam space with the sun reflecting off of her chrome, I pictured bands such as The Allman Brothers Band rolling around in such a bus. If you have ever seen the movie Almost Famous, you get the idea. On any given day you will find us rolling down the highway bound for another town—Nick and Jeremy behind the wheel, and Branden and me stretched out on the couches; me usually working, and Branden playing guitar or reading a book. Yes, you heard me correct, we have couches on our bus, three in fact. We also have queen-sized bunk beds, a shower, toilet and kitchen unit. Once we arrive at the venue, our first mission is to find a place to park—not always easy when you’re in downtown Calgary or Edmonton. After we load in, we return to Stevie for a cold beer and our pre-show routine.

I always describe being in a band as being in a relationship with three other people; needless to say, we are all very close. After our shows the party usually ends up on our bus, beers and Jamesons flows like the rivers of spring and the laughter resonates. The hours tick by and our guests usually find their way home. On occasion we will awake to the ones who couldn’t be bothered and have crawled up on a couch or the floor. We are usually awakened by police, bylaw officers or angry business owners telling us we have to move our bus. We fire up Stevie and in a cloud of black diesel smoke we leave behind another town and head to the next. There are many stories I would love to tell you about, but rule number one: what happens on the road, stays on the road. There are many other rules we live by on the road, but they too must remain on the road. If you want to know more, you’ll just have to come to a show and get on the bus.


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CING N A . FIN NTER I . E IS WI R U YO ON? I T A VAC FEBRUARY 21st 2013. THE CANADIAN GOV’T ANNOUNCED IT PROPOSES TO AUDIT ALL 2012 TAX RETURNS WITH E.I. INCOME.

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Every year, hundreds gravitate to a ski town sharing one common goal: to ride. Our local hill offers terrain unavailable inbounds anywhere else. But a new town, new mountain and new atmosphere can be intimidating. Follow these 10 rules and your winter will be smooth sailing. 1) Listen to the locals, but never trust them. Seasoned locals know the right spots, the wrong spots and, most importantly, the sweet spots. They just don’t want you to know their sweet spots. If a local says to go one way, chances are the snow is the other way. 2) Don’t traverse unless you’re at the top of a ridge. Have you ever been traversing, looked up and salivated at untouched chutes, “Man, one day I’ll hike up there and ski that!?” If you have, don’t do it again. When someone who hiked to the top hits that hard packed traverse track, they’ll blow a knee. You don’t want to be responsible for that, do you? 3) Smoke outside. Whether it’s a cigarette or an encounter with Mary Jane, take it outside. It’s a lot easier to explain to a child why the forest smells like skunk rather than the gondola. Plus, getting caught and losing your pass is embarrassing. 4) You don’t hate powder, you hate your skis. If you hate powder because you get stuck, get tired and go slow, then it’s time for new powder skis that

will float your soul—and leave you enough energy for a beer at day’s end. 5) You did not lose your girlfriend, she is at the bar. Frantic eyes search the mountain base almost daily. Before reporting a missing person, check the bar/car. 6) If you are lost, go to the bar. The Peaks is the designated meeting place. If you don’t find the friends you came with, you’ll make new ones. 7) Family areas are not a bordercross track. It’s tough to hold back on the low-angle lower slopes, but no-one looks cool cutting someone off. You look worse running over a senior or a little kid.

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by Todd Menzies

In an era when rock and roll seems to be dead, a band such as Yukon Blonde serves as the defibrillator that is bringing it back to life. Originally formed in 2005, based out of Kelowna and known as Alphababy, they changed their name in 2008 and moved to Vancouver a year later. Since then, Yukon Blonde has developed a huge following across Canada as one of the biggest up-andcoming Canadian bands. Touring continuously, including showcases at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, they still find time to release an EP or album every year. This spring they are back on the road again in support of their most recent album, Tiger Talk, alongside Toronto indie rockers Zeus. Together these two bands join forces to deliver a rock show that is unforgettable. Classed in the genre of “Indie-Rock,” this reference comes from a time when bands such as Yukon Blonde and Zeus would be only known in an underground music scene. Since the fall of most major record labels and the rise of the Internet and social media, bands such as these two have stepped up and brought a really genuine feel back to the music scene. Call it a throwback to the ’70s with their long hair and vintage gear, but the reason the look and gear of the ‘70s has endured the

test of time is because it was—and is—good! Before the mainstream media and marketing of the 21st century became overwhelming, most Canadian bands focused their efforts on touring and building their fan base, just as these two have. Zeus has made a name for themselves by signing with the Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which has supported bands including Broken Social Scene, Feist, The Stills, Constantines and, more recently, Timbre Timbre and Dan Mangan. Selfdescribed as “meat-and-potatoes rock and roll,” Zeus relies on strong songwriting and a captivating live show rather than flashy gimmicks and over-saturation of their music to gain fans. Like Yukon Blonde, they may have been born in the wrong decade, sporting a ’70s-esque look and accompanied by a blues-rock sound that could have easily landed them an opening slot for the Grateful Dead.

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On April 7, Yukon Blonde and Zeus roll into Golden along with openers Grounders, who also recently signed with Arts & Crafts. Falling on the last day for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, this is sure to be a seasonending party to remember. Before we all head back to our “real world” lives and homes, what better way to close out another great ski season!

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CD REVIEW BUCKMAN COE by Todd Menzies

From the first note of Love For All Living Things, this album catches your attention. Cram-packed with happy uplifting tracks, Crow’s Nest is a hit. Buckman Coe has delivered another great effort that will have you singing along from start to finish. With a mix of West Coast pop and reggae, Buckman Coe takes you on a musical trip that makes you think you’re on a beach watching the waves crash. Stubborn Man has a real soul feel as it presents an uplifting, strong message. No album is complete without a love song, and Miss Sugar Love is just that, adding the keys and a touch of gospel. Things take a step back for the mellow tale of Stars Over Tokyo, with Buckman Coe’s signature ukulele sound. Then this CD finishes off with the sevenminute track, Kingdom Come, which feels like a mix of Bob Marley and The Tea Party. Buckman Coe http:// buckmancoe.bandcamp.com/

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by Todd Menzies

For just over a year I have worked at Golden’s social hub known as Plain Wayne & Jane Boutique. I have had the pleasure of drinking coffee, eating lunch and hearing all the latest gossip while chilling out on our brown couch. For me, it’s a great way to pass the time. I have been a resident of Golden for a little more than eight years and now call this town home. For me, home is a community; we all have our stories and in some way we are all connected. As a musician, I spend a lot of my social life in bars, so it is nice to

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get to know people in a much less intense and sober situation. I get to hang out with many of my friends’ kids and watch them grow as I sit on the couch. Over the last year I have learned that our community is full of talented artists and photographers who have shown me their work while upon the brown couch. Recently, the store changed ownership, and the new owner thought she would remove the couch, or replace it with another. I simply told her I would quit. She laughed… I didn’t.

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by Andrea Johnson

Kirt Sellers, a long-time resident of Invermere, BC spends nearly four hours commuting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to receive dialysis from the nearest treatment center located in Cranbrook. When combined with the several hours that Kirt is stuck in a hospital chair hooked up to a dialysis machine, his time spent at home with friends and family becomes increasingly limited. Prior to June 2012, Kirt and the several other dialysis patients from the Columbia Valley were able to receive treatment from the Invermere Dialysis Unit (IDU) which had been operational for the preceding 12 years. Yet, in the summer of 2012, the facility was temporarily closed when the only renal nurse at the facility took a six-month leave of absence. With discussion of the unit

re-opening on Jan. 14, 2013, Kirt was shocked to receive a phone call three days prior announcing the unit’s permanent closure. “I felt mislead and frustrated,” explains Kirt. In his 50s, Kirt considers himself lucky; he is young, pursues an active lifestyle and is self-sufficient in managing his health. Regrettably, he realizes that this is not the reality for many of the more senior dialysis patients who are affected by the closure of the IDU. “Seniors often have other health issues in addition to kidney failure. This may make travel, dialysis and recovery difficult to accomplish alone and unsupported,” says Kirt. It becomes taxing on their family members who now have to sacrifice three days a week to take their loved one to and from Cranbrook, as the process of dialysis often completely debilitates the patient. It is not a sustainable solution, which is why in most cases the patient is forced to relocate from their home community to a city where their treatment is more readily available. It is for these people that Kirt is advocating. Kirt has called Invermere home for the past 25 years, and finds it difficult to accept the idea of relocating when there is a dialysis unit in his community that is fit for operation,

minus the funding and support from Interior Health. As a result, this issue has become a political hotbed, where most local leaders in the community are weighing in, many against the closure of the IDU. Due to the contentious debate and the apparent opposition from the community, on February 8, Interior Health announced a 90-day freeze on its removal plans of the dialysis unit from the Invermere and District Hospital. As a result, Kirt remains positive about the future of the dialysis unit and is calling all of his community members to action. “Now is the time for everyone in the Columbia Valley to support the reopening of this vital service. Send concerns, letters and emails to your local, municipal or regional district representative. The Invermere Dialysis Unit is fully equipped, the staff is available to work, yet the unit remains closed.” At the bottom line, it is a matter of justly serving our community. Kirt’s story authenticates this notion, proving that it is inequitable when people are forced to relocate from their home to obtain medical services that were previously available to them in their community. Kirt is constantly motivated by the other dialysis patients in his community and will continue to fight for the re-opening of the IDU.

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One of the most challenging things about maintaining a Yoga practice is creating and keeping your home practice. Our lives get in the way… right?! Jobs, hobbies, kids, laziness, sickness – can all keep us from sticking to a routine. Even after more than a decade of practicing, I find this to be my biggest challenge. Here are some basic tips to creating – and maintaining – your home practice: START SMALL – don’t try to set aside 90 minutes every day for a practice. Be realistic. Start with 15 minutes, and see if you can increase it gradually.

CREATE THE SPACE – make sure you have enough room, that it’s warm enough, and quiet.

Shavasana – the corpse pose – to realign your body and give yourself time to relax.

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU NEED – if you are tired or weak today, have a gentle practice; if you feel energized, maybe try a more challenging sequence. If you practice right after a ski / run / gym practice – focus on calm, deep stretching. Your practice shouldn’t be the same all the time.

COUNT BREATHS TO KEEP YOURSELF HONEST – try staying for five breaths in each pose, or longer, if it feels right.

BALANCE YOUR PRACTICE – make sure you follow a pose with a counterpose: for example, if you practice a deep back-bend, follow it with a forward bend, etc. Make sure you start with a warm-up, follow that with the more vigorous postures (if that’s what you need!) and finish with gentle, slow stretches. Always leave time for

DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH about remembering particular sequences – get on your mat and let your body do what it feels like doing. You’d be surprised how much it remembers. BE FLEXIBLE- you can do a couple of postures when you wait for the water to boil, or right before bed. Even if you don’t get to your mat at your designated time, you can still do something. And that’s better than nothing! Good luck!

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by Claudine St Cyr-Premont

Plusieurs étudiants canadiens en immersion française ou parlant le français à la maison se demandent où, autre que le France, parle-ton français? Voici une partie de la réponse. La Francophonie a comme définition l’ensemble des pays qui on en commun l’usage total ou partiel de la langue française. Dans le monde, plus de 890 millions d’hommes et de femmes utilisent le Français, comme langage primaire ou secondaire, pour communiquer quotidiennement. La langue y est enseignée à l’école dès un très jeune âge. Cela représente 12.7% de la population mondiale. L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie comprend 57 États et gouvernements et 20 États observateurs.. Les objectifs de l’OIF ont été définies durant le Sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement en 2004 à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, Afrique). Ces missions seront adoptées pour

la période de 2005 à 2014 : • Promouvoir la langue française et la diversité culturelle et linguistique : Développer l’enseignement et l’utilisatoin de la langue française dans le monde de la diplomatie, de la littérature, et de l’art. • Promouvoir la paix, la démocratie et les droits de l’Homme : ces paramètres dépendent des gouvernements, des parlements, de la justice, des organisations professionnelles, des associations de la société civile et des médias. • Appuyer l’éducation, la formation, l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche : des outils pédagogiques sont développés pour améliorer les compétences des enseignants et autres participants de l’éducation pour en faire profiter les élèves.

• Développer la coopération au service du développement durable : l’économie et l’environnement sont étroitement liés et nécessitent une expertise venant des États pour la protection des ressources naturelles et la réduction de la pauvreté. L’OIF a aussi une portée sur l’engagement des jeunes, l’égalité des femmes et des hommes, la culture numérique et électronique et le partenariat avec la société civile. La langue française a une portée beaucoup plus grande que la communication à elle seule. Elle réforme, développe, rapproche et éduque. S’impliquer dans le monde de la Francophonie contribue aux succès d’une société du présent et du futur.

2013 Proposed Annual Budget Package Now Available You are entitled to know about our Annual Budget process and what we are proposing. Our Public Information Package provides some detail of what is involved in building the Annual Budget, important information to consider and understand, and what it may mean to you from a taxation perspective.

Your opinion matters to us!!

Council passed first reading of the Annual Budget (Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw) on February 19th. Now is your opportunity to give us feedback. Council plans to give 2nd reading to the bylaw on March 19th, allowing nearly a month to hear from you. The deadline for public input will be 4:00pm, March 11th. *This will allow time for council to consider and discuss all comments prior to its March 19th meeting. The Information Package is available: *In print at Town Hall and the Okanagan Regional Library *On our website at www.golden.ca (Click on the Public Notice on the Homepage) * *On our Facebook page “Town of Golden” * How to Give Us Your Opinion: *Email us at clerk@golden.ca. Please title your email as “Comments on Annual Budget” * *Start a conversation on our facebook page. * *Come to Council’s regular meeting at 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 5th where time will be set * aside for any member of the public wanting to speak to the proposed Annual Budget. *Write to us care of the Corporate Officer at Box 350, Golden, BC V0A 1H0. *

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by Sarah Jane Osadetz

It's not how long a job takes, but the quality at end that counts. —John Kriese When first approached about being interviewed, Barret Leftwich’s reply was delivered with honesty with modesty.

mountain-scape, The Golden Taps' portable summer outdoor deck and the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre’s gate. Additionally, landowners around our fair mountain village showcase lovely rendered ironwork on their gates that’s super solid with a down-home country, yet high class, appeal.

to look at three bids,” Barrett stated, “We do our best to be competitive and most of the time we are successful with those bids. Being close by with the technology and equipment we use helps. I always reinvest into my business, updating my equipment, which funds and supports the business.”

“I'm not an artist,” he said. “I just do my job,

Barret has his own unique take when discuss-

What's more is Barret doesn't market his busi-

ing his work. “Mostly I deal with the architect, and I prefer it that way. I also take conceptual drawings from individual clients and then design something realistic on my software for the actual design to come out right—down to the inch,” Barret said. “Whoever it is, I have to make it work without losing structural integrity. I don't look out just to make art. I do a variety of contracts. It keeps my staff employed and I get to pay the bills. I do find that when I am working with a unique artisan design that I am putting way more labour into the work than what I'm actually going to charge.”

ness, and never has. Born and raised in Golden, Barret has made a name for himself welding here. It's not just creative; it has essential applications, given our needs in the industrial world.

From my observation, Barret is extremely nononsense about the work he does. He does not put on airs or look for exclusive recognition. He just does what he does, and does it well. When asked what work he takes the most pride in doing, he's extremely forthright. The contracts that are simple and straightforward bring in the best labour to profit ratio. “Our work doesn't leave the shop until I'm satisfied it's the best it can be,” Barret said.

It's an interesting and versatile trade, welding. Working with Flatiron on the Donald Bridge and manufacturing structures for various contractors is the fuel that keeps Leftwich Ironworks a sustainable venture.

and do it well.” Barret's situation is unique. He's a certified heavy machinery mechanic turned welder turned entrepreneur. Working for more than 10 years at Columbia Diesel doing mostly industrial welding set him up with the know-how to start his own business almost 13 years ago. “The best thing that ever happened to me was being let go by Columbia Diesel. I started my own business and never looked back,” he reminisced. Why talk to a welder about art—let alone write an artist profile on his work? It's obvious that industrial welding has its own relevance for highways, construction and various applications. The main bread-winning work for the initial eight years of Leftwich Ironworks’ operations was working at the ski hill, doing interior, exterior structural and aesthetic applications and construction design. From numbers on doors, railings on staircases to custom fountains as interior focal points, to the grunt and grime of chimney installation and a whole list of other contracts, Leftwich Ironworks—consisting of Barret Leftwich, Mike Feuz and a couple of other employees—has left an imprint of fine ferrous ore all over our community. Since art appreciation is what we're about, let’s name a few stop-and-stare destinations. Leftwich Ironworks built Spirit Square's metalwork

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A job well-done is essential. Leftwich Ironworks has the largest welding workshop this side of the Rockies and they bid against companies as far away as Edmonton. “When Flatiron needs work done, they need

Starting Leftwich Ironworks in the industrial district, Barret moved from an 1800- square foot shop to a 3000- square foot shop in a matter of years. It's word of mouth that keeps the business going. “Some months are slow, like January and February, yet there's always someone who needs welding,” Barret mused.

Finally, when viewed through the vision of a creative person, Leftwich art installations—in homes, large outdoor-scapes, businesses, house signs and gates—render a creative side that’s something for the eye to behold. Unique and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, Barret's projects knit together the fabric of what Golden is today—structurally sound, industrial with a flair for awe, inspirational installations and humble creative outcomes; sawing that diamond towards a brilliant setting.


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PRIMARY OCCUPATION: Teacher and professional Guide of mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing and backcountry skiing. I have developed a career as guide and teacher of mountain skills over the past 12 years or so here in Golden. SECONDARY OCCUPATION: Aerial Dance Artist. There is a fine line between dance and rock climbing: the dance of rock climbing is defined by the choreography of time and water sculpting the weaknesses in the rock that entice us onto the vertical. For me, rock climbing is a dance. I perform with Vancouver-based aerial dance company Aeriosa Dance Society. We dance on the sides of buildings and cliffs using climbing ropes and harnesses. The walls become our floor and we defy gravity and perspective, creating impossible dance in impossible spaces. TERTIARY OCCUPATION: Student of Biology. I am now cracking the books to complete my degree and transition more of my work into the field of biology. I love it! I take my beat-up truck into all the remote valleys around Golden in the spring to witness the migratory breeding birds that descend upon us from the tropics each breeding season. HOBBIES: I suppose you could say that my hobbies are my occupations. In an artistic sense, one of my hobbies is acrylic painting on canvas. My other hobbies include my gardening, playing the guitar and singing, surfing and travelling. PHILOSOPHY IN LIFE: Follow your heart; it is not a road to the riches of the material world, yet it will compel you into deep joy and a love of life. For more info on Aeriosa Dance Society, visit www.aeriosa.com Abigail (Abby) Watkins can be reached at abilgailwatkins@mac.com

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Gentlemen’s Leisure Club: Beer Review By The Gents Club: www.gentlemenofgolden.com THE JOHN CATTIE Now I realize that this beverage is not a beer, but bear with me. John Cattie LOVES beer, and drinks a lot of it. His palette for the malty hop beverage is far, far superior to yours. So when John wants to get out of his hard ski boots and slip into something a little more comfortable, he chooses to drink his own personal creation. This drink is bound to take the load off, make any barstool feel as comfortable as a La-Z-Boy and make anyone look really badass whilst drinking it. So, without further adieu, I present to you, “The John Cattie.” Here is how it is made: Take a pint glass, fill it with ice, put in two or three shots of raspberry vodka, and top it up with white wine, preferably out of a box. Any vodka can be used in place of raspberry vodka, but John feels raspberry best expresses his personality. Nothing says style more than sauntering up to the bar and ordering a pint of wine! This drink stirs up easy conversation with the ladies and makes men shudder at the superiority that is bestowed upon a fella when he has this tall cool glass of magic in his hand. You can find this drink at any bar in town that serves white wine. If it makes you nervous, try it at home first before you are out on the town where you will be at once the centre stage of judgment. No one wants to embarrass themselves. DRIFTWOOD BREWERY - WHITE BARK WHEAT ALE Now I am a sucker for wheat ales, especially Belgian-style wheat ales. Therefore, this may be a bit biased, but I am writing it, not you, so nana nana poo poo. Let me set the stage. It is Friday afternoon; you have been out ski touring all day, legs exhausted, lungs ripe with fresh oxygen and your face hurts from smiling so much. As we all know, the liquor store is open ’til 9 p.m. on Fridays, which is always a saving grace. After you and your crew roll back into town, stop by Jiggers Pub for a pint of beer and 10 wings for $4.92, you make your way to the BCL. This place is almost as busy at this hour of the day as Golden Taps is on Jam Night. You push your way to the back of the store and wrap your sweaty little fingers around a 650 ml bottle of the White Bark Wheat Ale, then you glance at the price; to your shock and awe, it is $5. BAM, lucky day! You are so excited you pop the top right then and there and take a big long swig. What you find is very well balanced wheat ale, with hints of coriander and curacao orange peel. It is delicious. Your eyes are closed and your head is craned toward the ceiling; it instantly transports you to a faraway land sitting on a beach in front of a steamy bowl of a beautiful Thai curry. Yep that is it! Pure bliss.

by Sean Tonelli

Like your riding, technology has progressed as well. It’s safe to say the way we tackle a mountain is far different from the way your grandfather did. Sure the basics are the same, but today’s skier has a modern edge; a little gadget called the “smart phone.” Here are some of the best apps to help you shred. Google Maps: Google Maps is the premier map app for any smart phone user. But did you know Google has added ski resorts? Now you can plan your road trip and even see what hill has the best runs. Check out their coverage of Lake Louise! Instagram: I know, I know, you probably already have it, but did you know that it’s being used outside your circle of friends? The top resorts, magazines and riders

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all utilize Instagram, showing you hidden treasures, glorious vistas and keeping you informed about the latest comps, powder days and even *gasp!* lift lines. Find My Friends: You’re cruising into Feuz Bowl at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and low and behold, your friend fell off the traverse! Well if you turned on your phone’s GPS and have this handy app, you’ll know exactly where they are, and whether they should grab you a pint. Ski Tracks: Using your phone’s GPS, this app tracks distance, speed, altitude, duration and more. It also uses your satellite map to show what runs you’ve hit. For only 99 cents, you can back up your claims of hitting 90 kilometres per hour blasting out of the chutes.

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by Sean (Rookie) Nyilassy photo Kris King A seasonally-unemployed young man’s eyes flutter open on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, despite the heavy darkness weighing his blankets down. Heart rate: 64. As his eyes focus on the glaring red digits of his alarm clock, his sluggish brain comprehends that it’s not even eight o’clock. “Well, this is odd,” he thinks after noticing a tall fort propped in his sheets. “I don’t have to pee and I know I wasn’t having a steamy dreamy.” A purposeful roll toward the window reveals an angry swarm of dime-sized snowflakes performing an illuminated descent under the streetlight. Heart rate: 70. His consciousness jolts to action as he clumsily pinballs into the living room and directs his still sleeping hand through a few clicks to bring up KHMR’s (Kicking Horse Mountain Resort) advanced weather data on his laptop. Cold temps, light southerly winds and more than 20 cents overnight will undoubtedly offer some deep fluffy turns in the CPR and Feuz chutes today. Heart rate: 74. As his muscles begin to match his brain’s level of alertness, the seemingly impossible medley of simultaneously boiling water for coffee, dressing appropriately, packing lunch and snacks, organising ski gear and icing some toaster strudels becomes a realisation. On the road, with his left hand devoted to the coffee, the right is forced to multitask between controlling his fishtailing Toyota Tercel with the steering wheel, maintaining its feeble acceleration by switching gears between turns and improving his vision by scraping away whenever possible at the frosty windshield’s interior with his ski pass. Heart rate: 82. Almost free of Golden’s grasp, another swipe of the windshield wipers reveals the flashing lights indicating CP Rail is delaying his fresh lines. Heart rate: 72. After the train has stopped, backed up, stopped again and finally cleared the road, the Tercel charges on to the daylodge.

With an elapsed driving-to-ski-attire turnaround time of 2:27, he enters the gondola maze, greeting some familiar grinning faces in the pole position. Heart rate: 80. As more keen riders accumulate behind him and the official clock approaches 9 a.m., a slight avalanche control delay rouses the growing swarm. At 9:12, two final blasts break a silence that is followed by jubilance as the first three pairs of skis and five snowboards are loaded onto a gondola cabin. Heart rate: 85. An agonizing four minutes pass: at last his skis are loaded by a cheerful liftie as a memorable voice pipes up from behind. “Gonna be sweet-azz up there mate,” an Aussie acquaintance comments as her skis slide into the rack beside his. The ensuing 12 minutes are filled with laughs, high-fives and one-upmanship as memories from past Kicking Horse adventures blended with today’s objectives crowd the cabin. Heart rate: 93. As the gondola soars over Buffalo Jump, Showoff and Bowl Over, the first riders’ hoots and hollers become more distinct, announcing a clear story of what’s to come. At about tower 19 he leans forward and adjusts his boot buckles from relaxed to rad. As the doors open and the other passengers file into the storm he catches his first glimpse of the waist-deep drift by the Eagle’s Eye. Heart rate: 100. The satisfying clunk as his boots settle into their bindings is like flipping the autopilot switch to get some. A few poles towards CPR, a couple of traverse bumps absorbed and an intermediate skier dodged, he’s reached the top of PW and drops in without hesitation. Blam, first turn: boot top. Scwhack, second turn: knees. Kablooie, third turn and onward: thighs with lowdensity blower in the face. Skiing out of Crystal Bowl with the appropriate muscles now warmed up and no time for reflection, another lap is only a quick burn to the bottom away. Heart rate: 120, and the result of the stoke of a powder morning.

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Friday, March 8, 2013 Kicking Horse River Lodge 7 pm empower. unite. freedom. Navigating sexual health services can be tricky. Interior Health’s public health nurses want residents of Golden to know what is available in our community and how they can access local services. Golden Public Health, in the community wing of the hospital, offers emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling free of charge. Emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, is after-the-fact contraception when there is birth control failure, or unprotected or unplanned sex occurs. Plan B is most effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex, but still provides some protection up to five days afterwards. Local nurses also assist with pregnancy counselling options. The Golden Public Health office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday—closed for lunch between 12 and 1 p.m. To speak with a public health nurse phone 250-344-3001. Options for Sexual Health (Opt) is a drop-in sexual and reproductive health clinic that provides services the first and third Wednesday of every month. Opt is open between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the community wing of the hospital. Pregnancy testing and counselling is available as well as Plan B for $15. Low-cost birth control pills can be purchased and pap and sexually-transmitted infection (STI) testing is provided. Please see www. optbc.org for more information or phone 250-439-8331. Emergency contraception can also be purchased for $30 over the counter at Gourlay’s Pharmacy—open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.—or People’s Drug Mart—open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours, Plan B is available at the emergency department of the Golden Hospital. Birth control, STI and pap testing are also available at the Golden Medical Clinic, 250-3442211. They are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.—closed for lunch between 12 and 1:30 p.m.

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by Betty Rides

They say that home is where the heart is, but there's also a really great song that says, home is whenever I'm with you. So what is home and where is home to all the single people of the world? Does that make them homeless? Maybe home is where you wake up in the morning, regardless of whether or not it's in your bed. I've woken up in some strange places though, and none of them felt comforting or homelike. My parents raised three children, the last of which came as a “surprise,” and growing up money was always tight. They did the best they could and tried to give us everything we needed, but times were tough and it caused some arguments between them. There are a few occasions I can recall where my mother informed me she wasn't sure they were going to make it and the subject of divorce had been put on the table once or twice. Of course, this was usually mentioned after she had indulged in a few bevies—another reason there were some fights between my parents.

But nothing ever came of it, as the two of them are still happily married. This could be the reason why some of my early relationships were so dragged out and somewhat volatile to a point. I had the crazy notion that arguing over silly things was worth holding on to, and that every boyfriend of mine was to be my future husband. My parents were high school sweethearts and have been together almost 40 years, so you can understand why I may have thought this. Once I had endured a few long-ish relationships full of tears, opposite opinions and sometimes total hatred, I decided to ride the single train for a while and sow my wild oats—and that I did! To say that my wild ways were a direct result of my childhood is somewhat of a fair statement, but I'd only trust a professional to tell me that's the definite cause; maybe I just like to have fun. My definition of home still lies with my parents and my family, but my true home is here in Golden, in my apartment, snuggled next to the man I love.


HORROR SCOPES Prescribed by Jason Eastwood

PISCES – Find out how much your friends and family really love you by testing their tolerance with “that’s what she said” jokes this month. ARIES – Your romantic side is in an existential battle with your tobacco-chewing ancestral roots. Bring both together by dating a chicken from the Parson area. TAURUS – Due to humid weather and an affinity for canola oil, your lips will feel greasier than usual this month. Embrace your new slippery gams and utilize them often sliding easily off casual neckers. Try out a lip-load of dance partners this month. GEMINI –You have no time to be finicky this month; if you can cook it, you can eat it. CANCER – Your worst ideas will someday be your best. Make a list of the goals you never want to accomplish and put it under a friend’s mattress for safekeeping. (Don’t tell the friend they’re sleeping on your crappy dreams.) LEO - Your terrific personal energy helps you accomplish a lot with very little this month. Focus on your shallowest qualities and pander to the lowest common denominator in all situations. VIRGO – You think you’ve seen it all, but you haven’t even seen the tip of the asparagus patch. Empty your cup and fill it with carrots to brighten your vision for your fast approaching “See-pocalypse.” LIBRA – Remind your friends they’re your friends by tagging them in everything you post to Facebook this month. Add tweets too for extra friendly love #pleaselikemypageand I’lllickyourface. SCORPIO – Your career suddenly takes off this month, unfortunately it never comes back. SAGITTARIUS – Eat less meat this month for you are starting to smell a little too much like central Alberta. CAPRICORN – Some of your tales are becoming a little too obvious. Try not to roll your eyes when things go wrong – instead roll your r’s. For instance, “crrrrrrrrrrrrrap.” AQUARIUS – If somebody offers to meet you halfway this month, tell them the distance between you two is twice as long as it is, then they will meet you the full way and still think of you as an “equatarian.”

CONTEST Find Henry riding his bike in an ad and win win win. e-mail contests@localtownie.com Gift Certs - Tickets & More WINTER SERVICE JOBS Stop in Golden Employment Center to see the latest local postings WEB SERVICES Complete web services townily located. Designs, programming, codes that display properly on all devices. Currently $12,25/hour. Hosting rate: $1/month (yes!). Personal service. sergewebservice. ca - contact serge@sergewebservice.ca or phone 250-290-0033 for more info. LOCAL EMPLOYMENT Local employers wanting to advertise jobs call GEC @ 344-5413 or email goldenemploymentbc@gmail.com. We can post on our job board for free. EDUCATION FUNDING AVAILABLE: College of the Rockies has multiple programs available for students. Stop by for more information or call 250-344-5901 LOCAL TOWNIE PART TIME SALES & MARKETING Looking for a self driven sales oriented person. Wage depend on experience + commission + perks. Has a formal education in business or similar. Must be mature, community oriented, creative, very experienced with MS Office & social media platforms. MUST have home office with reliable and modern laptop computer. E-mail resume with cover letter to KrisKing@LocalTownie.com CHEERS & JEERS JEERS to people who jeer too much. I find it very jarring. My happy balance is off now. CHEERS: People who believe in a kid’s need to play and explore with out supervised overprotection and fear. SEND YOUR CHEERS & JEERS TO KrisKing@LocalTownie.com CHEERS: The staff of the Townie. One year strong and kicking! SMALL CLASSIFIED: Renting a house, selling some gear, got an old BBQ for sale? Classified start at $10 Get yours today 250-439-7123

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FOUND I would like to thank The Local Townie and all those who helped me find my rusty trombone. It turned out to be buried deep inside my closet; when I finally came out of the closet with it I was so happy to play it. The mouthpiece was a little worn out but with some tight lips I could still make it blow. The slide needed a little bit of lube, but once I got it going it worked great. Felt good to have the old thing in my hands again—I forgot how much fun the trombone was. I played it all night. My roommate walked in on me while I was playing, which was kind of awkward as I am not that good, but after convincing him to give it a try, he too, soon had a smile on his face. I highly recommend everyone taking up playing trombone. I’m sure you can find an old rusty one at a pawn shop somewhere, or, maybe if you’re lucky, Golden Free Classifieds; people seem to sell anything on there. I will never misplace my rusty trombone again. And to all you other tromboners out there—blow on, happy playing! JKs

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March 2013 The Local Townie News  

Home is where the heart is

March 2013 The Local Townie News  

Home is where the heart is

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