Apparently Kirsty Morris, the inventor and author of Unsung Heroes, thought I needed to start my day a little earlier. I wasn’t so sure, but agreed nonetheless to track down a Fernie Unsung Hero of the Street Cleaner variety. Or should I say Beautification Attendant. That’s how Adam McNaughton, a Fernie resident and dedicated sweeper, shovel’r and pick-er up’r describes himself and his vital role that he unfailingly performs here in the heart of Fernie.
Like many in our community, Melissa Fleischacker moved to Fernie from Ontario (Thunderbay) after finishing University. She got a job travelling across Canada as a support crew for Cycle Canada. “I knew I wanted to go somewhere west, but hadn’t picked a place yet. I didn’t want to go as big as Whistler or Banff. I thought maybe Golden, but when we arrived I thought it was too small. So I kept my ear out and knew people that had come to Fernie and thought I would try it out.”
I’ve really enjoyed my winter of film- from attending Think Tank screenings and the amazing Fernie Mountain Film Festival (Nature Propelled blew me away) and helping to organize the Indie Films circuit and the Reel Canadian Film Festival (if you still haven’t seen Cole, all I can say is- why not?) and finally last month, bringing Creston film Lovers in a Dangerous Time to Fernie. Now I’m looking for something new to try for the summer. I’ve walked or cycled past the Disc Golf Course in James White Park many times and thought I should try it out, so that seems like a good place to start.
Quality of life. What does that mean exactly? And how do you measure it to ensure that you keep it, or better still, improve it over time.
For an individual it would be easy. I made Fernie my home because of the people, the amazing mountains I wake up to every morning, and because I get to do the things I love, just stepping out my front door, everyday. I know it gets better because I have ongoing and increasing opportunities to do these things.
With the seasons changing on a daily basis this spring it’s a sharp reminder to be prepared for anything when venturing into the Fernie outdoors. Whether it’s consideration about the animals I might encounter on the trails, the weather that might change or the terrain I might cross, I can never be certain it will actually be just a stroll in the woods.
Recycling is high on the priority list in my household. I have the ‘Blue Bag’ system for the recyclables that the City collects from our doorstep every other week. I have a compost bin in the garden and the wine, beer and milk containers collect in the garage until I do a run to the Fernie Bottle Depot.
I might make the trip to the Fernie Depot once a month and it’s always a hub of activity. I think the only time I’ve passed the Depot with no one there is when they close on a Sunday and Monday. On any other day of the week they always seem to be busy.
Janet Kuijt is one of Fernie’s first transients, arriving in 1991 alongside the first Australian ski bums to grace our slopes.
Cross Country Ski Lunch, April 3
Before you put your cross country skis away for the year there is still one more even that you don't want to miss. On Saturday, April 3 the end of year fun race and lunch is happening at Island Lake Lodge. This event will include a ride up and down in a snowcat, a relay race around the lodges for kids, a race around the lake for adults, and a delicious lunch provided by Island Lake Lodge. Plus there will be prizes! The Schedule is as follows:
10:00 am snowcats leave from the parking lot to bring people up to the lodge
11:00 am kids race starts
Who are the Hustlers? The Fernie Hustlers are the dedicated, energetic and talented group of women that make up Fernie’s competitive women’s hockey team. This skilled and versatile team consists of moms, artists, professionals, tradeswomen, successful entrepreneurs, and many avid skiers! This team was originally started by a group of FAR women staff members for the purposes of intermission entertainment for the classic men's Fernie vs. Kimberley hockey match. Since then the team has grown into a talented, cohesive, fun-loving group of friends.
Frank Lento, a remarkable Fernie citizen always working behind the scenes. We have tried in the past to feature this man and it wasn’t until this project came up that he agreed to meet – but we could only talk about the project. Throughout the conversation snippets of past projects and achievements drifted into the conversation, swiftly followed with, “Don’t publish that.” All right, to the project which will have the town buzzing and proud within minutes of viewing.
Ugo Brousseau – Outdoor Guest Services Manager at FAR
Every time I ski down to the Haul Back I always pause to consider the job of the FAR lifties. And my first thought is usually, “Poor guys!” Whether it’s a powder day or -20 on the hill, I am enjoying myself and relying on these guys to get me up the mountain so I can squeeze another run in.
I caught up with Ugo Brousseau, Outdoor Guest Services Manager at FAR, to find out what a typical day looks like for our lifties and ticket checkers.
According to legend, Fernie has not always been graced with the fine snow conditions we now enjoy on a regular basis. According to the legend, a baby boy was born mid winter in 1879 in a grizzly bear's cave high in the mountains. Sometime later the resident bear awoke ravenously hungry. A terrible battle occurred between the boy and the grizzly - one fighting for his life, the other for his dinner.
Full Day Kindergarten at IDES by Dawn Voysey
Isabella Dicken Elementary School is now accepting registrations for their 100% funded full day Kindergarten classes, which are supported by the BC Ministry of Education and begin in September 2010. The all day Kindergarten program, which in the past was parent funded and offered as an option, will be completely paid for by the Education Ministry.