Community

Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator

Sparwood to support museum financially through to December 2022

The district will provide financial support for the museum to hire a full-time director

 

Members of the community garden hosted their first seed swap and fundraiser at the Greenwood Mall in Sparwood on Monday. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood Community Garden hosts first seed swap

Work on the garden at Engelmann Spruce Drive will begin soon

 

Community gardens are an ideal way to improve food security according to the Fernie Food Action Strategy. (Contributed)

Fernie Food Action Strategy makes recommendations on food security

The FFAS recommended allowing backyard hens, among other things

 

Jason Meldrum said it was important for younger kids to have more to do in town. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Donations roll in for Elkford bike park

The Elkford Biking Club has been given $2,000 in donations recently

Jason Meldrum said it was important for younger kids to have more to do in town. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
It doesn't look like much now, but 440 Englemann Spruce Drive in Sparwood is the future home of the Sparwood Community Garden. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood Community Garden gets green light

The district has approved a land use agreement for a garden near Juniper Court

It doesn't look like much now, but 440 Englemann Spruce Drive in Sparwood is the future home of the Sparwood Community Garden. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to spread some cheer to seniors as memorable days roll by on the calendar. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Adopt a senior this Easter

Buds and Blooms has a target of adopting 200 seniors in the Elk Valley

Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to spread some cheer to seniors as memorable days roll by on the calendar. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)
Jarren Beck, Carly Beck, Brock Tomlinson, and Kiera Hansen of the Elk Valley Dolphin Swim Club. (Contributed by EVDSC)

Exciting Month for Elk Valley Dolphins

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins After a challenging year of…

  • Mar 19, 2021
Jarren Beck, Carly Beck, Brock Tomlinson, and Kiera Hansen of the Elk Valley Dolphin Swim Club. (Contributed by EVDSC)
Flowers given to seniors that were 'adopted' through the Buds and Blooms program. (Image contributed by Lilac Terrace, Sparwood)

Give a gift of fresh flowers this Easter

The ‘Adopt a Senior’ project hopes to reach 200 seniors this Easter

Flowers given to seniors that were 'adopted' through the Buds and Blooms program. (Image contributed by Lilac Terrace, Sparwood)
The Regional District of East Kootenay will close their facilities to public access while remaining open for business in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. File photo.

Community groups seek CBT funds through Community Initiatives program

In the Elk Valley, three of four subdivisions are over-subscribed for funding requests

The Regional District of East Kootenay will close their facilities to public access while remaining open for business in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. File photo.
Flowers given to seniors that were 'adopted' through the Buds and Blooms program. (Image contributed by Lilac Terrace, Sparwood)

Brighten a senior’s day with flowers

Receiving flowers can improve well-being by lifting spirits, so the folks at…

Flowers given to seniors that were 'adopted' through the Buds and Blooms program. (Image contributed by Lilac Terrace, Sparwood)
Volunteers from the Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society. (Contributed by Katrin Taylor)

Elk Valley Thrift Shop celebrates half a million in donations

The EVTSS has donated $502,000 to local causes in the Elk Valley since it opened

Volunteers from the Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society. (Contributed by Katrin Taylor)
JoAnn Turner and Wendy Fowler accepting a $500 donation from Rowena Lennox from East Kootenay Community Credit Union. (Contributed by Shawna Klein)

EKC donates to Elkford Community Garden

The East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) in Elkford recently donated $500…

  • Feb 17, 2021
JoAnn Turner and Wendy Fowler accepting a $500 donation from Rowena Lennox from East Kootenay Community Credit Union. (Contributed by Shawna Klein)
Greater Victoria high school student Josiah Plett, 18, unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved while hula hooping on Feb. 13 at Pacific Christian School in Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Greater Victoria high school student Josiah Plett, 18, unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved while hula hooping on Feb. 13 at Pacific Christian School in Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A long and happy life in Chemainus has been very good to Ejlif and Anna Mose. (Photo by Don Bodger)

B.C. couple celebrating nearly 70 years of Valentine’s

Chemainus pair Ejlif and Anna Mose still very much in love after nearly 70 years of marriage

A long and happy life in Chemainus has been very good to Ejlif and Anna Mose. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Some of the bright artwork entered into the 2021 Edge of the World colouring contest. (Photo contributed)

Artists of tomorrow showcase their best

107 young artists entered into Edge of the World’s 2021 colouring contest

Some of the bright artwork entered into the 2021 Edge of the World colouring contest. (Photo contributed)
The search has concluded for Keno, with a happy ending. He was found on Mount Prevost in the Cowichan Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (File photo)

Keno the dog found on B.C. mountain 2 weeks after going missing

Husky/shepherd cross enticed by the smell of bacon frying in the dead of night

The search has concluded for Keno, with a happy ending. He was found on Mount Prevost in the Cowichan Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (File photo)
The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Griz Days goes (mostly) virtual

The pandemic has changed a lot about the popular winter festival in Fernie

The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
(Photo contributed by FSA)

FSA reports incident with aggressive riders

Four men terrorized an attendant recently

(Photo contributed by FSA)
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CBT kicks off new year with grant opportunities for Basin residents

A variety of grants are available for eligible community projects, non-profits, and businesses

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