Mary Guiliano

New reverend at Christ Church

Christ Church Anglican has a new priest, Reverend Andrea Brennan, BA (Hons), MDiv.

City honours Pat Gilmar

The City of Fernie award Pat Gilmar with the George S. Majic Spiritus award for his dedication to trail building in the Fernie area.

Byron Sarabun retires from the City of Fernie

The City of Fernie bids adieu to Byron Sarabun, who retired from the City for nearly four decades.

Mayor’s update for the month of January

Fernie may have physically changed over the years but the one thing that remains constant is the amazing generosity of the people.

Conversations with Mary – Grace Brulotte

Sixteen years ago I wrote about the birth of Grace Brulotte.

Legion veterans dinner 2012

On Saturday, June 9, Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 36 Fernie, held its annual Veterans’ Dinner.

Conversations with Mary – Mary East

Mary East is sitting in a straight back chair, hands on lap looking out her living room window.

Day of mourning honoured

The annual day of mourning was observed on Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. by the City of Fernie workers.

Around town with Mary Giuliano

Mary celebrates Phillip Kwok's 80th birthday, surrounded by family and friends.

December brings a mix of joy and tears in Elk Valley

December is the most fascinating month of the year for me.

Around Town: Congratulations to Elk Valley from Mary Guiliano

Congratulations to the Elkview Mine Rescue participants for coming first in the surface competition at the Mine Rescue Competition recently held here. Nineteen teams from western North America were on hand to show off their knowledge and skills and as usual our local groups excelled. At the last council meeting Mayor Corrigan praised Free Press Publisher Dave Hamilton for the excellent mining supplement he produced that provided information on all the teams. Mayor Corrigan said the supplement proved very popular with all competitors and was snapped up quickly by all.

Its amazing how quickly perception of life can change

Its amazing how quickly perception of life can change

A friend indeed – in the Elk Valley

If someone had told me that it could take days to get a new computer operating properly I would never have believed it. I had been pretty content with my Dell until one day I turned it on only to see the start light give a little flicker and then die. Subsequent tries to revive it proved fruitless so I called Dell and inquired as to why my computer of only three years had stopped.

Great music fest in Fernie BC

Congratulations go to the organizers of the first Wapiti Music Festival held in Fernie recently. All the hard work put into making this event a success paid off as a thousand people attended each day of the two day event. That’s a lot of attendees so that says a lot about the quality of music offered as well as the excellence of planning required to pull off something of this magnitude.

Paulette Girou Smith

Paulette Girou and I reminisce about growing up in Fernie. I last saw her over a decade ago so it was wonderful to run into her at the Heritage Library on the day North by Northwest was broadcasting from there.

Fernie’s Annie Yip

Growing up in Fernie in the sixties meant socializing with friends at the popular Diamond Grill on Victoria Avenue owned by Charlie and Annie Yip. It was like a scene out of TV’s “Happy Days” sitting on smooth vinyl covered seats of booths or on stools along the lunch counter of the restaurant.

Mary meets Rosie Pallone in Sparwood

Sparwood resident Nicole Pallone and I are exchanging pleasantries when Rosie, her three-and-a-half year old asks, “When are we going to talk about PKU?”

A farewell to Joan

Salvation Army pastor Major Joan Shayler is leaving Fernie after 10 years. This past week supporters held parties on several different occasions to honour the Major and bid her farewell.

Friends from the 1951 graduating class reunite in Fernie

In April, The Free Press carried several articles by Fernie students that dealt with the good and bad points of the city and the certain problems that the tourist has to cope with when he arrives.

The library honours it’s volunteers

Library Director Emma Dressler said at the annual dinner to honour volunteers, “volunteers have always been an integral part of Fernie Heritage Library, since the library’s founding as a reading room in 1899 and in 1920, the formation of Fernie Public Library Association. Fernie remains a Public Library Association, one of only 17 remaining in the Province of B.C. I reviewed our files- hundreds of community members have volunteered their time to the Library.”