February 27, 2017

My special friend John Conklin died on February 21 in the Vancouver General Hospital. Coincidentally, it was my birthday so I’ll never forget the date.  We had a group email list to communicate with his family and close friends who loved him and it numbered over 40.  I consider his a very successful life to have generated so much love.  What could be more important than that? There will be a memorial later in the year – perhaps June – and you will be informed.

Looking for:  propane cook stove, the smaller the better.  Wendy, 7792

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

We have been summer residents and would like to move here permanently but our 400 sq ft House is too small. Anyone out there considering selling their house or lot?   please contact us.  iwhitfield@telus.net

Attn: Parents, Grandparents, Family Friends! Koots Kids Clothing Exchange, Sat., March 10th,      1 – 4pm. Bosun Hall, New Denver.  Bring children’s clothes to give away or just take some with you.  Meet & Greet for local babysitters & childcare providers at 2pm.

Lucky St. Patty’s Day – Flea Market – We’re organizing a spring flea market on March 17th at the old Silverton General Store (Bigway). Come sell your items! Anything from your closet clean-out steals, to artisan products or baked goods. All will be considered gold at the end of this rainbow! Tables cost $20, to reserve please call Danika at 250-358-2284.

Anyone needing an Easter food hamper please call Syl 8- 2676 or Sue 8-7787 by March 20th. We need your name, a contact number, and the number of people in your family. Please leave a message and we will return your call.  Thank you to members of the community for their support of the food hamper program, serving the community from Hills to Enterprise Creek.  Donations of food can be deposited in a box at Newmarket {Please no outdated food items}. Monetary donations may be deposited to account # 56078-9 at the Credit Union, or if you wish a tax deductible receipt you may send a cheque made to Community Food Hamper Program Box 445 New Denver.

Reminder that the CKCA arts and culture grants are due to your local arts council CKCA administrator by Friday, March 2, 2018.  They can either be mailed to:  Slocan Lake Gallery Society (Att: Sue Mistretta) Box 123 Silverton, BC  V0G2B0 or dropped off at Hand & Soul Wellness Center by Friday before 5 pm.  I would be happy to review any applications in advance of Friday – call me at 250-777-1704 to arrange an appointment.

The Slocan Community Health Centre has openings for 2 DOCTORS!! Please help spread the word . . . let everyone you know that we are trying to help IHA in the recruitment process.  Word of mouth is by far the best chance we have!! Please have any interested physicians contact the Slocan District Chamber of Commerce Health Committee at 250-358-2561 or email chamber@slocanlake.com

Life can change in a moment. Do you have someone designated to speak for you if you are unable? Do your family and friends understand your values and wishes as it applies to Health care?  Begin the conversation at a free Peer-Facilitated Advance Care Planning (ACP) public information session, Tuesday March, 13, from 7-9, at The Knox Hall in New Denver, brought to you by New Denver Hospice Society. Hospice Society volunteers travelled to Vancouver to train to facilitate ACP workshops after receiving a grant from the BC Centre of Palliative Care (BC CPC). The public is invited to attend and join in the conversation.  The ACP model developed by the BC CPC, is an interactive approach that seeks to get people thinking, talking and ultimately making known their values and wishes regarding treatment during serious or sudden critical illness and end of life care. New Denver Hospice is a part of the BC CPC; a provincial organization that supports non-profit organizations who strive to improve the everyday experiences for people affected by serious illness or who are nearing end of life.

The Annual General Meeting of the Area H North TV Society will be held Thurs. March 15, 2018 at 4 PM in the Lucerne School Library, 604 7th Ave, New Denver. As well as the usual AGM business, such as financial reports & election of directors, the meeting will decide whether (or not) to adopt updated constitution & bylaws for the Society (to enable transitioning to the new Societies Act). Constitution & bylaws can be viewed by emailing your request to aardsaw@gmail.com

The Silvery Slocan Historical Society will be hosting its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm at the Knox Hall. Hear firsthand what we have been up to over the last year and what is in the works for the coming year. New members are always welcome! Your membership demonstrates support for our museum and is much appreciated.. Hear firsthand what we have been up to over the last year and what is in the works for the coming year. New members are always welcome! Your membership demonstrates support for our museum and is much appreciated.

                      Food for Thought: Astronomer explains merging stars
The Hidden Garden Gallery invites you to a presentation March 4, 7:30 p.m. at Knox Hall in New Denver.  Amateur astronomer Sandy Nichols has been studying the night sky and has presented lectures and star parties for all ages in the US and Canada. Many people were aware of the solar eclipse last August and watched in awe as the sun was blocked by the moon’s shadow. However, there was a far more significant celestial event that took place just prior to the eclipse, the merger of two neutron stars. Nichols will explain the mind- bending science behind this merger in his talk, “A Ripple in Space/Time”.  Admission by donation, to benefit the gallery. www.hiddengardengallery.ca.  Sponsored by Slocan Lake Recreation Commission 6.

LACE, the Lucerne Association for Community Education will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Bosun Hall, 1 pm on Friday, March 9. Following the AGM we will have a regular meeting. We expect to adopt the new Constitution and Bylaws at this time. Community members are always welcome.
LACE also manages the Donation Store to financially support the Bosun Hall; we want the public to know we are dealing with the “red tape” of provincial regulations and hope to have our re-opening as soon as circumstances permit. As our new space is 1/3 smaller, we will be carrying less stock. If you have bags and bags to bring in, please consider taking them to Nelson or elsewhere. Thank you.
We want to thank the many community members who have helped move & sort the contents of the Donation Store. I cannot name them all here: some have come for an hour, others for days, of the two months this has taken. Everyone has given of their time, their vehicles and wonderful positive energy. What a blessing to live in such a caring community! THANK YOU ALL!


                                      “Get Your Just Desserts” Returns for 2018!

Volunteers – they keep our communities strong and resilient, putting in countless hours to make sure that critical services are provided and multiple needs are met. Volunteers – they come in all shapes and sizes, and they live throughout our valley. Volunteers – they deserve to be thanked and appreciated for all that they do!

This year Volunteer Week in Canada runs from April 15 to 21. The Slocan Valley is once again celebrating with “Get Your Just Desserts”, a special event hosted by the Slocan Valley Community Legacy Society (SVCLS), the same folks who organized a similar event in Winlaw in 2016 and in Silverton in 2017. The event is free, and includes entertainment, refreshments and door prizes. Funding is provided through Columbia Basin Trust and RDCK Area H. Pre-registration is required, as the numbers will be limited. The location this year is the Vallican Whole Community Centre. “We hope to make the event accessible to as many people as possible by holding it in different locations each year,” says Val Mayes, event coordinator. “Get Your Just Desserts 2018” is happening on Sunday, April 15th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

“We wish we had room for all the volunteers in the valley, but there isn’t a hall with that much space!” she adds. With over 90 non-profit groups, from firefighters to parent advisory committees, from arts councils and historical societies to trail-maintaining groups, from early childhood supporters to seniors housing (and much more)  – there are so many dedicated citizens giving their time and energy that the numbers are really impressive. So instead, each group is invited to select up to five deserving folks to send to the event. These could be the group’s most active volunteers, or perhaps someone who couldn’t make it last year or the year before. Valley residents are also encouraged to suggest an individual, someone who volunteers informally rather than as part of an organization.

Groups wishing to register (or someone with an individual suggestion) should send an email with the name of their organization and the names of their five volunteers (or the name of their nominee) to svcls.event@gmail.com. The deadline to register is April 4, 2018. “This will be a great opportunity for friends and neighbours to relax and enjoy an afternoon out,” says Mayes, “without having to do any work.”  Early registration is recommended to be sure of a spot. For more information call Val at 250-226-7399.

The SVCLS also reminds non-profit groups in the valley that their 2018 granting cycle is now underway, and grant applications and guidelines can be found on the website at www.slocanvalleylegacy.com. Deadline is March 16, 2018. And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook!

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                                                 FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES: Knox Hall  7:30 pm
Friday March 2, 7:30 – My Cousin Vinnie (Comedy Crime 1992) –  Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins–an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners–comes in to defend them. Funny, funny. With Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei.  (She got an Academy award for this role.)

Friday, March 9 7:30 PM    Kitchen Stories (Comedy- Drama 2003)
In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walks the equivalent number of miles as the distance between Stockholm and Congo, while preparing her family meals. So the Home Research Institute sent out eighteen observers to a rural district of Norway to map out the kitchen routines of single men. The researchers were on twenty-four-hour call, and sat in special strategically placed chairs in each kitchen. Furthermore, under no circumstances were the researchers to be spoken




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 / 250-505-9748 cel  pauljmerrifield@gmail.com

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 Nakusp@futures.bc.ca

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

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

COMMUNITY WEBSITE:  www.community-connect.ca.

GUITAR LESSONS:  Patrick Mcgove at fishmusish@hotmail.com

HOSPICE SOCIETY, 250 358 7828, PO Box 217, ND, newdenverhospice@yahoo.cawww.newdenverhospice.ca

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 – ndreadingcentre@yahoo.ca

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. kootenayrideshare.com

REFLEXOLOGY, ENERGY HEALING & SPIRIT GUIDING:  3 Forks. 778-206-4325 Aspenhousemountainretreat.com

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)  www.silvertongallery.ca

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

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

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