March 13, 2018

New Denver-Silverton Affordable Housing Plan on the way

Affordable housing in the New Denver-Silverton area is one step closer. The Healthy Community Society of the North Slocan Valley (HCS) has received a $10,000 grant to complete an Affordable Housing Plan.
“We are very happy to be able to move forward with developing a plan,” commented Jan McMurray, chair of the HCS Affordable Housing Committee. “We want to be ready for the next opportunity to submit proposals for funding to create affordable housing in the north valley.”
HCS struck the Affordable Housing Committee in November last year, and has been meeting monthly.
“We’ve only met four times, and we are on our way to having a plan. Although we know the need for affordable housing here is urgent, we are quite pleased with our progress in such a short time,” said McMurray.
The group applied for the grant from the provincial Rural Dividend program in December 2017. They hope to have a detailed plan by the end of this year.
The project will involve hiring a consultant to look at such options as purchasing existing houses and buildings and converting them into affordable housing; purchasing land and building affordable housing on the land; receiving donated land for affordable housing; and increasing the stock of secondary suites, rooms and carriage houses.
Committee member Danika Hammond has volunteered to set up a table during the New Denver May Days celebration to gather input from residents.  McMurray adds that the Columbia Basin Trust has shown an interest in working with and supporting the committee.
Anyone interested in submitting a proposal to create the Affordable Housing Plan can contact McMurray at


RENTAL SWEET RENTAL:  The perfect tenant for your small house/cottage.  Retired, single woman, non-smoker, no pets, long-time New Denver resident, seeks long-term rental. Current rental ends May 31/18. Excellent references. 250-358-7711


Columbia Basin Culture Tour – 2018 Call for Entry – August 11 & 12, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm.  Call for entry: registration is now open for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture taking place August 11 & 12, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm. Help us make the 10th anniversary tour the best yet! Final registration deadline is April 15; register by March 31 and save!Information and registration:


The Silverton Gallery is back:
After 5 years of huge uncertainty, our iconic heritage building will be ready for community service on July 1, 2018. The building will be open all day, on July 1, as an Open House, for touring, for goodies, and for events.  Stay tuned for more details.
The major upgrades are almost completed, but the upstairs interior will need cleaning and painting. The Slocan Lake Gallery Society is organizing various dates for smaller work parties during the month of May. Please contact for details on how you can help clean this baby up. Just like the good old days………
On another note, the Slocan Lake Gallery Society is reorganizing itself, with a planned name change to the Slocan Lake Arts Council. The Board is rolling out it’s new constitution/by-laws, as well as a new organizational structure so that the various functions of the Arts Council can be easily followed. All this needs to be ratified during SGM/AGM May 27, 2018  by membership. Please come out and vote your approval.

The Arts Council will function as various Programs, each stand alone, and each with its own budget. Rather than needing more Board Members, this Society is inviting community members to join their preferred Program and help grow this Arts Council. The Programs are Performance Programming, Art Gallery Programming, Family Programming, Artist Mentoring, Art Education….and of course, The Building.  All ideas are welcome.

The Society has managed to pull together a budget to pay an Arts Administrator to help the Board with it’s operations. This position is dynamic and designed to grow over time. INSERT the job ad here.

The Society is also looking for a local caterer, who would like to take on the concession for regular Arts Council events. Please contact  for more details, if interested in this opportunity to grow your business.

And finally, the Society is preparing to host a 3 hour workshop with Val Mayes, in early June….on Using Your Budget as a Management Tool. Val, has condensed her years of board development expertise into a 3 hour workshop on this sometimes perplexing topic. Stay tuned for more details.


Help Wanted: The Slocan Lake Gallery Society is hiring a part-time (for now) Arts Administrator to work with the Board in the execution of local Arts Council plus the Silverton Gallery (grand opening on July 1, 2018) operations. To express interest, or to request a detailed job description please contact

A group of New Denver & area youth have been exploring the possibility of creating a skate-boarding area in New Denver.  They have recently approached Lucerne School about the possibility of turning the tennis court located at the school into an area dedicated to skate-boarding and other wheeled activities (non-motorized!)  The community is invited to a short presentation and opportunity for discussion on Wed. March 14, 6:30, in Lucerne School library.

IT’S TAX RETURN TIME!  Time to gather your papers!  Let me take care of all those pesky receipts and government forms.  Netfiling open this year on Feb 26th.  Yes, that means now!  YES, still 20% more affordable than the competition!  YES, still doesn’t cost you any gas $$$ for travelling!  *** NEW!  Free estimates for all contractors! ***  I’m also available for grant writing, business financial reporting, payroll processing, and regular bookkeeping.  Contact Paul Merrifield at 250 505 9748 or


Hidden Garden Gallery Friday Night Movies 7:30 pm

March 16:   Seducing Dr. Lewis (La Grande Seduction) Comedy 2003
A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village St. Marie-La-Mauderne,Quebec provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to make Dr. Christopher Lewis a local.    Co-sponsored by The West Kootenay Francophone Association (AFKO)

Friday March 23, Selma 2014 Biography/Drama/History
The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Reminder: Area H North TV Society AGM and new Constitution & Bylaws special resolution Thursday 5 PM at Lucerne School Library. All welcome.



AA:  Annex of Health Care Centre (where the Red Cross is) Fridays, 7 – 8 pm  Call 358-7158 for more info                        

AL-ANON  same place, Thursdays, 7 pm, info:  358-7904; NA:   info:  358-7265

BADMINTON:   Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm, Lucerne School gym

BOOKKEEPING SERVICE:  Judy Flaherty, (780) 897-3663.  Paul Merrifield 358-6806 wk / 250-505-9748

BUS:  Nakusp Regional Transit System – Bookings:  1-877-843-2877

BUSINESS COUNSELLING/TRAINING/LOANS and the Self Employment Program – local Community Futures reps –   leave  message at 265-3674 ext. 201 or email

CARPENTER CREEK LAST WISHES –Gloria 358-2253  Carolyn 3587-760  Kay 358-7991

CHIROPRACTIC with Dr. Larry Zaleski, Mon & Fri   358-2177



HOSPICE SOCIETY, 250 358 7828, PO Box 217, ND,,

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY meet 2 pm 1st wed. of the month, Health Care Centre.  for more info, 358-2653

LIBRARY/READING CENTRE:  Wed. 7-9 pm.  Tues.&Thurs1-4 pm. 358-2221 –

MASSAGE – by appointment only – Nancy Guise – Certified Massage Therapist – phone 250-265-8530

PALS:  Nakusp:  265- 3792     RIDESHARE: Give a ride, get a ride, move your stuff.


ROOFING CONTRACTOR – Willy Molloy, (250) 358-7967

ROSEBERY TRANSFER Wed. & Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – gate shuts at 3:00 pm

SENIORS:  Knox Hall, Fridays @ 1:00 pm


SLOCAN LAKE  GALLERY SOCIETY:  (the local arts council)

SLOCAN VALLEY LEGACY FUND:   Phone: 1-877-649-5643 (toll-free)  Web:
: Mass times: 12:30 every Sunday

SOULGARDEN COUNSELLING SERVICES:  Individual & Online counselling sessions provided in Silverton and Winlaw.   Sue Mistretta, M.A. (8-2177)

YOGA Silverton Fire Hall (upstairs) Monday & Thurs. 9 – 10 am  – Madeleine 8-2475

ZION UNITED CHURCH, Church meets in homes in Silverton and New Denver at 10 a.m.  For information call  7973, or 2145.  All are welcome