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Ingrid has been the owner and editor of The East Shore Mainstreet newspaper for more than twelve years now. She lives in Gray Creek, BC, with her husband Juergen and children Zoe and Luka.

Gray Creek Hall Sound System Available for Modest Donation

The directors of Gray Creek Hall have decided that it’s finally time to decommission the sound system at the hall, as it gets very little use, and requires attention.

Thus, all of these items are being offered to members of our community, for a modest donation (suggested minimum donation – $20)

Please look carefully at the photos which indicate model numbers.

Each item on the list below may be procured/secured by a small financial donation to GCH Society (first $ gets it)

  • YAMAHA DVD multi-disc player
  • YAMAHA RECEIVER (this is an amplifier with surround sound, many inputs and modes)
  • HITACHI equalizer (stereo ‘1/2 octave’ – 10 band graphic eg
  • JVC CD (5 disc) player carousel
  • large floor standing wooden audio quipment rack (19″ W X 60″ H outside dimensions)
  • pair of professional’ speakers
  • pair of home stereo speakers (really rough shape – new speaker surrounds needed)

Although at one time they worked fine, they are being offered as ‘untested’.

Grime, historical dust & dirt of the ages, spider webs, etc. all included at no extra charge

If you are interested in any of these items, please contact Will Chapman, to arrange pick up and donation – ideally during the first week of February. (250) 227-9600

If unclaimed, these items will be taken to be donated to charity at the beginning of February.

Gray Creek Hall Society


Avalanche Risk High – Avoid the Backcountry

Recreational Backcountry Travellers Urged to Avoid Avalanche Terrain

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Interior Ranges. For more information click HERE

Jan 11, 2018, Revelstoke, BC: Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada are issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, in effect immediately until the end of day Monday, January 15. The warning applies to the following forecast regions: Lizard Range & Flathead, South Rockies, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South & North Columbia, Glacier National Park and the Cariboos. For a map of the regions involved, click here.

The snowpack in these areas contains a number of weak layers. Recent snowstorms have buried these layers anywhere from 40 cm to more than a metre deep. The weight of the new snow has brought this unstable snowpack to a critical point, making it very easy for skiers or snowmobilers to trigger large avalanches.

“We have been keeping a close eye on these weak layers and the snow load that has been accumulating on top of them,” explains James Floyer, Forecasting Program Supervisor for Avalanche Canada. “It’s a complex situation and we are now at the tipping point. The warmer temperatures forecast for the coming weekend will definitely increase the chances of triggering an avalanche.”

There have been a number of near misses reported over the past 7 – 10 days, as well as a fatal avalanche accident north of Fernie on January 8. “Many of these incidents are occurring in what is generally considered fairly safe terrain, such as relatively low-angle slopes, treed areas and even heavily tracked slopes,” adds Floyer. “These conditions require expert-level decision making skills and we recommend backcountry users avoid avalanche terrain. The signs indicating you are exposed to avalanche terrain can be very subtle. If you don’t have the training to recognize them, please avoid the backcountry or hire a professional guide.

Correction on Starbelly Jam Article in January Mainstreet

In the January edition of the Mainstreet, there was an error in a price for the weekend passes at the gate. It read $14 and should have read $145. Apologies for any confusion. The correct version is below.

Starbelly Jam Festival 2018 Is Coming!

Submitted by Lee Reidl for Starbelly Jam Music Society
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Starbelly Jam Music Society is excited to announce the 19th Starbelly Jam Festival will take place July 20-22 in Crawford Bay Park, Crawford Bay, BC.

Starbelly Jam 2017 was a remarkable success.  Attendance was one of the best on record.  All enjoyed the diverse musical line-up from local artists to artists from Europe and Africa.

Starbelly Jam’s success in 2017 can be attributed to many and Starbelly expresses thanks to all who contributed.  We would be amiss not to give special thanks to the 2017 Artistic Director, Will Chapman, and to outgoing Chair of the Board, Galadriel Rael, who has devoted herself for many years to the festival.

We are pleased to announce our new Chair is Lee Reidl, and the new co-Artistic Directors are Amanda Hulland and Ben Johnson. We are also pleased that long time team member Farley Cursons has accepted the position of Executive Director.

Ticket prices for 2018 have increased slightly for day passes, weekend passes, youth and senior passes. This makes it an even better deal to take advantage of our Early Bird and Advance ticket specials. What better Valentine’s Day gift than a Starbelly pass for your sweetie?

Early Bird Tickets (available until March 21st)

Weekend Passes        Adult  $120      Senior $85       Youth $80

Advance Tickets (available until July 19th)

Weekend Pass            Adult $130       Senior $90       Youth $85

Day Passes                 Adult $75         Senior $55       Youth $50

Gate Ticket Prices

Weekend Pass            Adult $145       Senior $100     Youth $95

Day Pass                     Adult $ 85        Senior $65       Youth $60

As always, Starbelly remains a family-oriented festival. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free and there are lots of fun activities for our younger Starbelly guests!

Starbelly Jam thrives on volunteer participation. Join us and earn a weekend pass while discovering how fun it is to be part of our team.

Visit www.starbellyjam.org  for details and to order tickets. If you have any questions, please email info@starbellyjam.org.

We are looking forward to providing information about Starbelly Jam’s 2018 musical line-up and activities in the near future. Stay tuned to the website.

Many thanks to all our loyal patrons and incredible volunteers. Starbelly Jam would not be possible without you. We look forward to seeing you all again this July!

WestJet Coming to Cranbrook!

WestJet Link to the Kootenay Rockies!

On November 24, 2017, at the Canadian Rockies International Airport, WestJet introduced a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the community of Cranbrook to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.

“This is a game-changing event, not just for our residents, but also opening up our region to WestJet’s long-haul travellers, which includes the UK.”
Mike Smith, Chair of Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.  Flights from Cranbrook begin March 7, 2018, and will fly 3 times daily (with reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays).  Book by December 4, 2017, for travel between March 7 and June 27, 2018, for special introductory fares.  WestJet.com/Flight-schedules-new

“Kootenay Rockies Tourism is extremely pleased with the announcement of the new WestJet Link service into the Canadian Rockies International Airport from Calgary.  Not only will this additional service serve residents and business travellers well, but visitors to our region now have a new viable option to get into this region from the Calgary gateway.  The new service is extremely welcome and exciting as we build up business for 2018 after the losses of 2017 due to the wildfires.  We commend Tristen and his team for their efforts to secure this new service and we look forward to working in partnership with the airport to get the word out.”
Kathy Cooper, CEO Kootenay Rockies Tourism 

“Today’s announcement represents a milestone that we’ve been striving towards for years.  This partnership between two great companies, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, is a best-case scenario allowing for the right-size aircraft, providing high frequency and timely connections to Calgary and WestJet’s international network.  In addition, we are pleased to announce we will reduce our Airport Improvement Fee in Cranbrook to four dollars for all flights booked on or after December 1, 2017, for travel on or after March 7, 2018.  Welcome WestJet, you will soon see just how delighted we are to have you operating in the Kootenays.”
Tristen Chernove, CEO, Elevate Airports 

Inter-generational Language Camp – This Weekend!

Multi-Generational Language Camp in Crawford Bay

Join the fun on the weekend of November 25, 26 at Crawford Bay School on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.   Celebrate our multi-language Canadian culture; the whole family is invited.

On Saturday, we start the day with yoga in French (instruction in English) at 10 am or make a German cake, then sing songs in Spanish and other languages, do Middle Eastern Belly Dance for women and Hip Hop World Sign for youth (and young elders) ! In the afternoon we are pleased to have an Introduction to Ktunaxa Language with Christopher Horsethief of the Ktunaxa nation and Anne Jimmie of Yakan Nuqui.  Child-minding (0-6) is available and LUNCH is available for purchase, thanks to Jen Newcomen.

On Sunday, play games in German with grandma and grand-daughter team Sylke and Eira, make a German cake, and dance with Dance Fusion Slava Doval- all ages.  Worldsign signing and colouring is available for all.  Maybe our favourite magician will stop in.   An international dance celebration will end the day at 4 pm.

WHY- we noticed that several local families speak French, German, Spanish and other languages at home.  In this event we hope bring families together to meet other families, and celebrate our diverse Canadian languages.   If you would like to get involved, maybe lead some games, give coordinator Laverne Booth a call at 250-551-6020.

This FREE event is brought to you by Heritage Canada, RDCK and the East Shore Learning Hub.  You can purchase a delicious lunch, and childminding (0 to 6) is provided.  Please let us know if you plan to attend on Facebook: East Shore Learning Place/event page or www.eastshorelearninghub.ca , email Laverne at eslearningplace@gmail.com or txt/call 250-551-6020.

NOTE the FERRY SCHEDULE- if you take the 8:10am from Balfour you arrive at Crawford Bay School (on Walkley Road) at 10 am local time (we are one hour ahead in MST). To go home, take the 5:20pm and arrive home an hour early!


Birth of a Family – On CBC Nov 19

The East Shore’s own Rosie Yopek (of Crawford Bay as well as being the ever-smiling face behind the counter at Gray Creek Store) was featured in a documentary by director Tasha Hubbard and the National Film Board of Canada, along with her two sisters and brother. The story is about their re-aquaintance and road to becoming a family again after being torn from each other and their home in the infamous 60’s Scoop.

Above, left to right: Esther, Rosie, Betty Ann and Ben

The synapsis on the NFB’s home page reads as follows: “Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.”

Mainstreet learned that CBC’s POV documentary series will be airing the film on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th at 9pm (presumably that’s PST – check your local listings!).  This is an important and moving story that we should all watch!

Don’t miss it.

Healing the Columbia – This Saturday, Nov 18

Join us for a talk and discussion on the ethics of water management in the upper Columbia Basin as well as the possibility of salmon re-introduction above Grand Coulee Dam in the Columbia River system. 

A River Captured represents a decade of research and a lifetime of learning about water for local author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, Nelson’s 2017 Cultural Ambassador.  Come learn about the Columbia  River Treaty and the opportunities it presents to the Pacific Northwest.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

  • Time: 3 pm to approx. 4 pm
  • Cost: By contribution

Options, stay for:

  • 4 pm – Ashram & Temple Tour
  • 6 pm – Dinner ($18, call ahead to reserve)
  • 7:30 pm – Satsang in Temple

For information about this event at the Ashram:

Call 250-227-9224 or info@yasodhara.org 

5 Minutes from Kootenay Bay Ferry.

527 Walker’s Landing Road, Kootenay Bay, BC