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No free lunch, but Kootenay Co-op offers free breakfast

No free lunch, but Kootenay Co-op offers free breakfast

It may be true that there are no free lunches, but the Kootenay Co-op is proving that there are free breakfasts!
 
‘Healthy Breakfasts’, the Co-op’s fall community initiative, combines a free community breakfast with ideas and information about how to make sure the most important meal of the day get the attention it deserves.

Top of the Lake Community Shoreline Clean-Up The

Top of the Lake Community Shoreline Clean-Up The

The Friends of Lardeau River, the Kootenay Conservation Program and the Friends of Kootenay Lake are teaming up to organize a community shoreline clean-up in the north end of Kootenay Lake.

When: Sunday, September 28th 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

Where: Rendezvous at the Argenta boat launch — 4.3 kilometers south from intersection of Duncan Lake Road and Argenta Johnsons Landing Road.

Blewett's Rob Hiscox wins big at West Kootenay Toy Run

Blewett's Rob Hiscox wins big at West Kootenay Toy Run

Rob Hiscox of Blewett was one happy ticket holder when his name was called as the winner of the 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide during the West Kootenay Toy Run celebration.

Hiscox bought the winning ticket at Taghum Shell.

Joey Bella of Trail won $1000 second prize while Sherry Chrastensen of Genelle took home the $500 third place prize.

Winners of $100 were Gerry Woodhouse of Rossland, former Mayor Bill Trewhella of  Warfield, Allan Jmayoff of Christina Lake, Clint Johre of Trail and Tim Okeefe of Castlegar.

Kootenays join global day of action for the largest climate march in history

Kootenays join global day of action for the largest climate march in history

People concerned about climate change and a clean energy future can join in local events for the global action, the People’s Climate March, on Sunday, (September 21).

We will be rallying at Nelson City Hall at 4:30 pm for speeches. Then we march to Nelson United Church which is hosting a potluck dinner. Following the dinner there will be a showing of the documentary film “Disruption” about this giant global climate action.

Nelson United Church launching brand new Sunday School

Nelson United Church launching brand new Sunday School

This Sunday, (September 14), Nelson United Church is launching a brand new Sunday School and Youth program this year that really digs deep into the interests and abilities of different age groups. 

The program was developed locally by the church’s newly hired Sunday School Superintendent, Robin Murray, based on her years of experience in child care, children’s recreational programs (including Camp Koolaree) and environmental education as well as her more recent studies as a seminary student at the Vancouver School of Theology. 

$2 Million in grants available from Columbia Basin Trust

$2 Million in grants available from Columbia Basin Trust

The Columbia Basin Trust is looking for people who are planning a project that will help youth, social well-being or the environment.

And the CBT is willing to pay big bucks for the project.
 
“We are pleased to make nearly $2 million available to support community projects that will benefit our youth, improve social well-being or enhance our environment,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Senior Manager, Sector Initiatives.

Authors team up to host Kaslo writing retreat

Authors team up to host Kaslo writing retreat

Writing can be a confusing business when you’re twenty or thirty-thousand words in, but author Holley Rubinsky has the answer.

She’s been offering writing retreats at her Kaslo home since 2011, giving writers dedicated writing time and targeted feedback — leading ultimately to success.

For her upcoming retreat October 16 – 19, she’s invited Nelson author Anne DeGrace to help collaborate with five engaged, committed writers over the four-day intensive.

Nelson hosts Connecting Canada ceremony

Nelson hosts Connecting Canada ceremony

Nelson will host a Connecting Canada ceremony Wednesday (September 10) at Noon at the Rotary Lakeside Park in support of preventing suicide through community and connection.

 “Everyone can benefit from the help and support of their family, friends, and community during difficult times,” said Jenny Green, Community Health Facilitator with Interior Health.

Balfour Stage 2 Outdoor Water Conservation Measures Rescinded

Balfour Stage 2 Outdoor Water Conservation Measures Rescinded

Balfour water restriction practices have been valuable in diverting daily peak demand.

Throughout July and August, Balfour’s Water Systems experienced high demands. This high demand was primarily the result of increased outdoor use during the hot weather. Water consumption has now returned to normal seasonal levels.

Cops for Kids Ride departs Kelowna Friday; Arrives in Nelson Monday

Cops for Kids Ride departs Kelowna Friday; Arrives in Nelson Monday

Friday (September 5), 19 riders and six support people from RCMP and supporting enforcement agencies within South East District will embark from Kelowna on this year’s annual Cops for Kids Ride.