Mary Poppins is a hit! Summer Youth Theatre wows the crowds at Capitol Theatre

Singing, dancing . . . and that's just in the first act. Summer Youth Theatre production of Mary Poppins is a hit! — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down . . . the medicine go down. . ..

Well, almost everyone knows the rest of the jingle.

But if people want to hear it live, then head on down to the Capitol Theatre to check out the 27th annual Summer Youth Theatre production, this year of Disney’s Mary Poppins, which began Thursday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.

Emma Chart and Quinn Barron star in 27th annual Summer Youth Theatre production of Disney’s Mary Poppins beginning Thursday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.

NPD, Physician concerned with string of recent drug overdoses

Kootenay Lake Hospital has seen its share of drug overdoes patients recently. — The Nelson Daily

Interior Health and Nelson Police are warning the public in the wake of at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.

The warning comes as the summer festival season heats up — Starbelly Jam, Shambhala and Unity Music Festival — in the Nelson area.

“This is my third year in Nelson, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Nic Sparrow, emergency department physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital in a media release.

UPDATED: Happy ending to scary missing person story

UPDATED: Happy ending to scary missing person story

The region gets to experience what RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr calls a “rare happy ending,” in a local missing persons case that went on for more than a week.

“It is with great pleasure the Trail & Greater District RCMP announce that the exhaustive investigation and search for missing person Gavin Ballard, aged 23 years, has ended on a positive note,” said Orr in a press release Sunday afternoon.

SE Fire Centre urges caution as crews battle blazes near Christina Lake and Upper Arrow Lake

Fire chief/airport manager Gerry Rempel offers thanks to departing fire fighters, being picked up by the first 737 to land in Castlegar in decades. Photo by Kevin Chernoff.

Since Monday, July 20, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 81 new wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre. All but five of those fires were lightning-caused.

Ground crews are being supported by helicopters and airtankers as they work to contain and extinguish the fires, with 39 of them already out or contained. None of the new fires is currently a threat to any structures or communities. However, smoke from some of them may be highly visible in nearby populated areas.

Police boat makes first summer patrol of Arrow Lake Saturday

Police boat makes first summer patrol of Arrow Lake Saturday

Did you know that it’s a Criminal Code violation to pull a waterskier without a spotter in the boat? Or that driving a boat drunk will get you the same penalties as driving your car drunk?

The Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP detachment is out on our waterways this summer – many boaters saw the police in their rigid-hull inflatable Kodiak on Arrow Lake last Saturday, July 18, in the first of what will be many sporadic patrols throughout the summer season.

Singing cowboy crosses country in horse-drawn chuckwagon - with stops in Trail and Castlegar

Singing cowboy crosses country in horse-drawn chuckwagon - with stops in Trail and Castlegar

Motorists in Trail must’ve been doubting their own eyes this morning, as many watched a man head through town driving an authentic chuckwagon (wooden wheels, on-board kitchen and all) pulled by four horses and towing a covered wagon behind with feed, cruising along the highway.

Pierre Cloutier, 41, left his small town of St. Barnabe Sud, Quebec, on Nov. 6 and has since driven his wagons roughly 3,000 kilometres, clear across Canada, over the course of eight-and-a-half months.

Province Provides Selkirk College Funding for New Trades Training Equipment

Selkirk College Millwright/Machinist Program student Josh Carr works on the new industry-standard drill press that was purchased with the last round of funding from the provincial government. Future students at Nelson’s Silver King Campus will further benefit from $87,000 in new equipment that has been made possible by the provincial government under its B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint initiative.

Selkirk College is receiving $87,000 from the provincial government to purchase new industry-standard technology for its trades programs.

As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions so students planning to enter in-demand occupations learn their trade using the best quality technology.

Summer Youth Theatre 2015 — Disney’s Mary Poppins

Director Geoff Burns runs through a part in the upcoming Summer Youth Theatre production of Disney’s Mary Poppins. — Heather Austin, The Nelson Daily

Culture Tour coming to Christina Lake

Gallery 2 - Richard Reid – Three & Little Burro Western Art Gallery

Taking place August 8 & 9, from 10 am - 5 pm, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

Trail recreation rates to rise

Trail mayor Mike Martin

Rates are on the rise for recreational services in Trail.

Monday afternoon, council received three readings of the Trail Recreation Fee Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2795. The bylaw will be advanced to adoption in August and proposes an increase in fees by 1.7 per cent at various facilities including the Memorial Centre and gymnasium.

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