Meat Draw Saturdays are back on, hosted by The Legion. Photo Submitted

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Coal Valley Boxing reopens to public

Fernie and Sparwood’s Coal Valley Boxing locations officially reopened this week.

To ensure safety, both facilities are following COVID-19 guidelines set by ViaSport, Canada Boxing, Boxing BC, WorkSafeBC, and Interior Health, including washing down and sanitizing equipment after every class, using individual grids and bags, and limiting spaces to 12 clients per session in Fernie and six per session in Sparwood. There will also be no sharing of equipment permitted, and all participants must bring or purchase their own wraps and gloves.

Fernie’s location is currently offering two one hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July from 6:45 p.m. till 7:45 p.m. and from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sparwood is running their classes Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Drop in fees run at $10 per class, however Sparwood’s summer classes are currently fully booked. For more information and a list of COVID-19 guidelines, as well as to sign up for Fernie’s classes, visit their Facebook page.

Meat Draw Saturdays begin at the Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 36 is once again hosting Meat Draw Saturdays starting at 4 p.m. each week. With 15 draws for an assortment of meat, as well as a 50/50 draw, the event raises money to give back to community groups, youth organizations, and soldiers.

To accommodate for pandemic restrictions, seating is limited and a variety of hygienic practices are to be followed for ticket sales, as well as the distribution of meat.

Tickets may be purchased 20 minutes prior to the event, and guidelines remain open to input and change. For more information, visit The Legion’s Facebook page.

Polar Peak Popcorn opens for business

A new local business, Polar Peak Popcorn, is bringing delicious kettle corn to the people of Fernie. Offering sweet and salty popcorn, as well as a variety of seasonal flavours, customers can purchase their kettle corn in both 15 and 24 inch bags.

After starting off by selling their goods at Elkford’s Wildcat Days Online Craft Fair, the team is now selling their products at the Fernie Mountain Market on select weekends throughout the summer, as well as online. In the future, owners hope to expand the business to accommodate special events and weddings.

“I decided to start the business because my entire family loves popcorn,” said owner Paula Vera. “It’s a great snack and really fun to spice up in different ways and share with people.”

For questions or to place online orders for pickup in Fernie, message Polar Peak Popcorn on Facebook or Instagram @polarpeakpopcorn.

Elkford opens a pay at the pump gas station

Elkford officially opened an Esso gas station on July 1. The convenient pay at the pump service is currently available 24 hours a day. Alongside gas, the Esso store opens from 5 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., offering a wide variety of to-go breakfasts including homemade fresh sandwiches, trays of chicken fingers, breakfast poutine and buns, breakfast bowls, coffee, and more.

EKCCU hosts virtual 70th annual AGM

The East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKCCU) hosted their 70th annual general meeting (AGM) on June 24. The meeting was hosted over Zoom, with all board members signing in from their own homes.

Despite minor concerns, the credit union acknowledged that technology permits increased accessibility to meetings, allowing members from all their communities to attend with ease.

The format of the meeting was matched to the live meetings, however the Community Cash program was unable to continue. In previous years, community groups attended the meeting to raise awareness about their offerings, allowing attendees to vote using community cash, ultimately giving back over $30,000 since 2016. This year’s cancellation prompted organizers to explore alternative options to giving back to communities.

Salvation Army accepts donations

Fernie’s Salvation Army is once again accepting donations after a pandemic induced hiatus. Donations are currently only being accepted on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., as all donations must be isolated prior to being sold.

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Polar Peak Popcorn brings kettle corn to the people of Fernie. Photo Submitted

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