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Andrew Hayden (Chair, Tourism Fernie), Karen Pepper (Fernie Alpine Resort), Jeannie Watson (Royal Canadian Legion Fernie Branch 36), Joe Howse (Raging Elk Adventure Lodging) (Image courtesy of Tourism Fernie)

‘Expose Yourself to Fernie’ poster sales raise $1,000 for Legion

The famed poster featuring renowned local volunteer, Vern McGariggle has been on sale around town

 

Andrew Ede, Sam Rampado, Blair Hindle and Cameron Sorensen are the crew behind the works on Elkford’s new bike park in the middle of town. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘They’re so nice’: Elkford turns out to support bike park

Work is expected to be completed on the new bike park within weeks

 

Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)

Neighbourhood block party helps B.C. residents heal after trauma of bank shootout

ER nurse who cared for 2 wounded officers, is married to ERT member, organized event

 

Parastone owner Simon Howse presenting a check for over $25K to Fernie Volleyball Club president Dennis Staples, with lots of happy volleyball court users in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s volleyball courts a popular addition to town

The courts weren’t possible without community support

Parastone owner Simon Howse presenting a check for over $25K to Fernie Volleyball Club president Dennis Staples, with lots of happy volleyball court users in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The community profiles are available on the EVEI website. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley Economic Initiative)

EVEI publishes Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford community profiles

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative has created broad profiles of each Elk Valley community

The community profiles are available on the EVEI website. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley Economic Initiative)
The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).

Fernie’s Wapiti Music Festival to bring the music

The festival is only a few days away

The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).
Eye of the Needle and Fernie Forge owner, Sandra Barrett with some examples of felting – a vase, and a piece of artwork behind her. The flowers are courtesy of her friend, Elizabeth. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Culture tour returns to Fernie for 2022

Eye of the Needle is the only local establishment to take part this year

Eye of the Needle and Fernie Forge owner, Sandra Barrett with some examples of felting – a vase, and a piece of artwork behind her. The flowers are courtesy of her friend, Elizabeth. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Adam Hayden, Ava Pollock, Abbi Wannamaker, Katherine Hafke at the BC Games. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Fun for Fernie swimmers at BC Games

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Super athlete Maddox…

  • Jul 29, 2022
Adam Hayden, Ava Pollock, Abbi Wannamaker, Katherine Hafke at the BC Games. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)
18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)

2 teens killed after driver flees police in Lower Mainland; fundraisers launched for families

Yasbirat Ytatek and Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali were killed in a collision on July 26

18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Elkford local Jason Meldrum with a copy of The Free Press from August 2020, when he first set out raising support for a bike park in town. Pictured at the site of the future park in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford Bike Park funding secured

All the required funding is lined up, with construction set to start soon

Elkford local Jason Meldrum with a copy of The Free Press from August 2020, when he first set out raising support for a bike park in town. Pictured at the site of the future park in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District governor for Fernie Rotary (second from right) inducting two new members into the local branch, Carlie Thompson and Sharon Clark. Pictured with president of Fernie Rotary, Anita Palmer at the Fernie Rotary 100th anniversary celebration dinner in Fernie on July 15, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Rotary marks 100 years

The club was first formed in 1922, and has worked for the betterment of the community since

District governor for Fernie Rotary (second from right) inducting two new members into the local branch, Carlie Thompson and Sharon Clark. Pictured with president of Fernie Rotary, Anita Palmer at the Fernie Rotary 100th anniversary celebration dinner in Fernie on July 15, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Anglican Fernie Reverend appointed Regional Dean

Rev. Andrea Brennan has ministered the combined Christ Church Anglican and Knox United congregations since 2019

The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Mary Cosman of the Fernie seed library with a ‘drunken woman lettuce’ - an example of a plant that has become more suitable for the Elk Valley climate over a time. Pictured here in the Fernie EcoGarden in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Local seed library building a more secure food source in the Elk Valley

The library is a long-term effort to acclimatize plants to the cooler Elk Valley conditions

Mary Cosman of the Fernie seed library with a ‘drunken woman lettuce’ - an example of a plant that has become more suitable for the Elk Valley climate over a time. Pictured here in the Fernie EcoGarden in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

RDEK announces 2022 volunteers of the year

Seven recipients across the six areas were announced on Thursday

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)
The Three Sisters in Fernie partially obscured by wildfire smoke in the 2021 summer wildfire season in B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Three Sisters in Fernie partially obscured by wildfire smoke in the 2021 summer wildfire season in B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Community giving: Save-On-Foods in Sparwood donated $1,360 to the Sparwood Food Bank last week from proceeds raised from their 5th annual 'Share it Forward' campaign. As part of the campaign, 50 percent of the net proceeds from Western Family products sold in Save-On-Foods stores over a one-week period are donated to local food banks. Pictured above is Tami Chechotko, Debbie Maine and Edie Holland of the Sparwood Food Bank, and Mark Lento of Sparwood Save-On-Foods. (Image courtesy of Sparwood Save-On-Foods)

Sparwood Save-On-Foods gives back

$1,360 was raised from sales in-store to be donated to the local food bank

Community giving: Save-On-Foods in Sparwood donated $1,360 to the Sparwood Food Bank last week from proceeds raised from their 5th annual 'Share it Forward' campaign. As part of the campaign, 50 percent of the net proceeds from Western Family products sold in Save-On-Foods stores over a one-week period are donated to local food banks. Pictured above is Tami Chechotko, Debbie Maine and Edie Holland of the Sparwood Food Bank, and Mark Lento of Sparwood Save-On-Foods. (Image courtesy of Sparwood Save-On-Foods)
A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. couple presented with new car after winning Canada-wide contest

‘We thought it was some scam when we found out we won,’ they said

A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
(Black Press file photo)

Okanagan-based group ready for B.C.-wide celebration of collector cars

July 9 is recognized as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province

(Black Press file photo)
A photo from a previous Jaffray-Baynes Lake Market posted to the market’s Instagram page. (Courtesy of Shaun See)

‘Super excited’: Jaffray-Baynes Lake Market returning for 31st season with refurbished space

The market location has had some recent enhancements thanks largely to a CBT grant

A photo from a previous Jaffray-Baynes Lake Market posted to the market’s Instagram page. (Courtesy of Shaun See)