November 2014

New wood stove exchange program benefits communities

The province is hopeful up to 630 stoves can be exchanged  this coming year. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Province is providing $190,000 to communities throughout British Columbia to encourage residents to replace their old wood stoves with cleaner burning models.

Together thirteen communities/regional districts are receiving funding from the Ministry of Environment through the Wood Stove Exchange Program.

The goal is to have close to 630 stoves exchanged across the province this coming year.

"Many families throughout B.C. heat their homes with a wood stove or fireplace," said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.

Remembrance Day 2014: What are we remembering?

Crowds of people continue to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of Nelson City Hall. — The Nelson Daily photo

Canada is at war in Iraq. Two Canadian soldiers have been murdered in as many weeks on Canadian soil.

The question is how will this affect the Remembrance Day service this year at the Nelson cenotaph on Tuesday, November 11.

“We will carry on as normal,” said the Nelson branch of the Canadian Legion’s vice president Bill Andreaschuk.

Wildcats eager to raise the curtain on high school volleyball playoff season

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats (dark uniforms) and the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley will no doubt see each other before the Kootenay Champion in crowned. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The dress rehearsal is over for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.

Now comes the real test in front of a live audience as the Cats enter the playoffs in the single-A Girl’s Volleyball season beginning with the Kootenay Championship zone tournament this weekend at Mount Sentinel.

Mount Sentinel tuned up for the provincial run by capturing the title at the Selkirk Storm tournament Saturday in Kimberley.

The Cats played with confidence in defeating host Storm 3-1 in the best-of-five final.

Op/Ed: Tim Horton’s question percolates through Nelson council candidates

Is Nelson ready for a multinational fast casual restaurant Tim Horton's?

“We don’t have a Timmy’s in Nelson” I told the guy pouring my double-single behind the counter, “and my friend here had me up at the crack of dawn to get down here.”

“Well there’s one coming ‘atcha soon” he replied.

A few minutes later the same gentleman came over to our table to elaborate.

“I’m the owner of this place” he said, and told us how the company hoped to be on its way to opening a Tim Horton’s in Nelson within a year, and some of the sites they were considering.

The Mask Messenger bound for the Capitol Theatre

The Mask Messenger coming to Nelson as part of the Capitol Theatre Kid Series.

The Capitol Theatre Kid Series continues with The Mask Messenger, performed by Toronto's Faustwork Mask Theatre, on Sunday, November 16.

This widely toured show has been enjoyed by audiences of all ages, across North America and around the world — and now it's Nelson's chance to join in on the fun.

"Although it's part of our Kids Series, The Mask Messenger is a smart and engaging show that parents will enjoy just as much as their little ones," said Capitol Theatre Executive Director Stephanie Fischer.

Candidate forum: public's questions focus on dogs, poverty, transit, composting, and mayoral leadership style

Council candidate Charles Jeanes make a point at Monday evening's all candidates forum at Central School

The Central School Gym was packed to the walls last night. The stage was crowded too, with eighteen candidates for council, mayor, and school board.

Large crowd brave cool temperatures to honour Remembrance Day vets

Flags flapped in the brisk wind during the Remembrance Day Parade through the streets of Nelson Tuesday morning prior to the ceremony at the cenotaph. — Bruce Fuhr photo

One of the largest crowds on record braved cool temperatures to pay tribute to veterans who fought for peace during 2014 Remembrance Day Ceremonies Tuesday at the Cenotaph in front of City Hall.

Despite a thermometer registering in the minus digits for the first time this winter, spectators lined the streets, sidewalks and lawn surrounding the Cenotaph to listen to the ceremony that included the playing the Last Post, two-minutes of silence, a flyover by Nelson Pilots Association and speakers praising veterans of yesteryear.

Municipal Election 2014: Area E candidates discuss heavy bills, water and climate change

Rick Marken and incumbent Ramona Faust (right) are in a duel to see who will represent Area E at the RDCK board table.

Two-term incumbent Ramona Faust and challenger Rick Marken square off in Area E elections Saturday, November 15 to see who will represent Blewett, Balfour, Harrop and Proctor around the board table of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Faust, who has lived in the area for the past 40 years, has worked in a management role for the past 16 years and now has a consulting business, focusing on grant writing and community development. 

Wind storm raises havoc for Nelson Hydro customers

A homeowner on First Street in Lower Fairview was on the phone finding an arborist after Monday night’s windstorm downed some trees in his backyard. — The Nelson Daily photo

Wildcats prove Kootenay roundball no pushover at Single-A provincials in Nakusp

 The Mount Sentinel Wildcats include, from left, Spencer Szabo, Andrew Knapik, Devon Dunkley, Kaden Ellis, Erik Stewart, Lucas Raugust, Patrick Falle, Riley Osachoff, Coach Dan Szabo, Aaron Abrosimoff, John Dmitri Johnson, Carlos Berger, Denver Skey, Bryce Twible and Aslan Mackay. — Submitted photo

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats dispatched zone rival and tournament host Nakusp 7-2 in consolation round action at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Soccer Championships.

The win was the first the tournament for the Cats, giving the Kootenay zone champs 15th spot in the tournament.

“As for the results, I'm thrilled,” said coach Dan Szabo.

“My goal was to not get clobbered and we competed with the best.”